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Crack in the Ground, Deb Hall, Mixed Media

The third annual forum brings together presenters from across campus around the theme “Mistakes and Discovery, Truth and Ways of (Not) Knowing.” The March 25-26 symposium includes a keynote by Dartmouth College History Professor Darrin McMahon, live performances, tours of the Tang Teaching Museum, and a variety of engaging talks.

Skidmore athletics thoroughbred logo

It’s going to be a busy home weekend for Skidmore teams March 25-27 as the Thoroughbreds host eight events. The riding team opens its postseason at home with the regional finals at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26. The 11-1 baseball team hosts Ithaca College in three Liberty League games, starting with a Saturday doubleheader at noon and a single game Sunday, March 27, at noon. The 5-2 men’s lacrosse team welcomes No. 15 Rensselaer on Saturday at 1 p.m. Softball puts its 7-3 record on the line at Wagner Park at 1 p.m. Saturday against Utica College. The 19th-ranked women’s tennis team is home Friday, March 25, against Bates College. The men’s tennis team takes on RIT Sunday at 1 p.m.

COVID-19 Updates

The College’s Campus Planning webpage is up to date and includes information regarding current policies and guidelines, an archive of College messages, public health resources, the COVID-19 Dashboard, and more. Updated guidelines related to gatherings, meetings, food, dining, and testing are anticipated to take effect Monday, March 28.


PCR testing available

Beginning Tuesday, March 29, optional, drop-in PCR testing will be available to all students, faculty, and staff. Testing will take place weekly from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in Sussman Village Apartment A1. Please visit the Health Services website for details.


Daily Health Certification no longer required

On March 17, 2022, the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under the HERO Act ended. Although employees are no longer required to complete the Daily Health Certification, the College encourages employees to continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home if sick. If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact HR so they can provide you with important information regarding isolation requirements, which remain in effect.

Dining Services

Please visit the Dining Services website regularly for updates, Spa specials, hours of operation, and other information.


In line with recent updates to Skidmore’s COVID-19 policies, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall is now open to faculty, staff, and visitors in addition to students.

Human Resources

New Open Positions

Human Resources would like to invite interested Skidmore staff to submit their applicant materials for the opening listed below. This is a current, approved, budgeted position that is being filled due to a vacancy.


  • Managing Director, Zankel Music Center – Zankel Music Center Operation


To apply, please access the Okta portal. Click on the tile for “Oracle HCM,” then click “Me,” and then click on “Current Jobs.”


Free one-on-one retirement consultations with Vanguard

Employees can schedule a one-on-one phone consultation with a Vanguard retirement planning counselor on Tuesday, April 5; Thursday, April 21; Tuesday, May 10; or Wednesday, May 25. You can sign up for an appointment by going to the website and selecting New York/Skidmore College/Saratoga Springs/one-on-one sessions.

Skidmore Spotlight

Evening Media Services Technician Ben Steele is responsible for maintaining media, podiums, and projectors in classrooms and provides technical assistance for large events, meetings, and recordings.

Ben Steele pictured standing outside Scribner Library

Faculty-Staff Achievements

We welcome submissions from faculty and staff related to professional accomplishments and scholarly endeavors.

Joseph P. Cermatori, assistant professor of English, has received a research fellowship from the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Read more>>


Eliza F. Kent, professor of religious studies, participated in a panel at the South Asian Studies Association meeting. Read more>>


Timothy L. Harper, associate professor of management and business, gave a presentation at Marist College School of Management. Read more>>


Ron Seyb, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by WNYT-NewsChannel13. Read more>>


Sonia Silva, associate professor of anthropology, published an essay in an edited volume. Read more>>


Listening to the Field: Adaptations and Evolutions

How are arts organizations evolving and transforming in this new era? This virtual event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, features Sarah Craig, Anna Glass, Nancy Yao Maasbach, and C. Brian Williams. It is part of Listening to the Field: Artists and Arts Leaders Discuss What’s Happened and What’s Next,” a four-part webinar panel series with some of the nation’s leading arts professionals about the state of the arts in 2022. Registration is required.


Dunkerley Dialogue with Margaret Wertheim and Amy Frappier

Join this Dunkerley Dialogue with artist Margaret Wertheim, whose work is on view in Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science,”and Associate Professor of Geosciences Amy Frappier at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. This event is free and open to the public.


Inaugural Adirondack Trust Company Lecture on Finance

Richard E. Sylla, professor emeritus of economics at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, will discuss the history of finance in the United States in the Inaugural Adirondack Trust Company Lecture on Finance at 6 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Gannett Auditorium.


To view all upcoming lectures and for details on how to submit information about upcoming Skidmore academic lectures, named lectures, and faculty panels, visit the Skidmore Lectures webpage.


NACCC Staff Campus Climate Survey

In 2020, Skidmore College joined the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance as a founding member. As part of a three-year commitment, we surveyed students in 2021 and will survey faculty in 2023. This spring, Skidmore has partnered with the USC Race and Equity Center to administer the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) Staff Survey. Collectively, results from the three surveys will be used to shape institutional priorities, which include making Skidmore a quality place to work for everyone. Skidmore staff were sent an email from on Tuesday, March 22, inviting them to participate in the survey, which will be available through April 21. All staff are urged to participate in this survey, which will help understand staff experiences and improve the overall campus climate.


Highlights from The Center

In fall 2021, The Center opened its doors to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the Saratoga Springs community. During an open house on Sept. 24, President Conner spoke about the role of The Center as a hub for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities on campus.


Since then, The Center has received tremendous support and hosted over 30 events, meetings, and initiatives led by members of our community, including faculty in gender studies, political science, English and chemistry, as well as staff from Campus Life and Engagement, Student Affairs, Financial Services, Scribner Library, and the Opportunity Program. The Center has also hosted student events, including those sponsored by multicultural clubs. During Transgender Awareness Week, the Black Trans Abolitionists, Professor June Paul and other student volunteers created a candlelight vigil in the Fireside Reading Room that highlighted the experiences of BIPOC trans individuals. Early in the new year, the Chinese Culture Club celebrated Chinese New Year in The Center.


This semester, DEI student assistants will support a variety of programs and initiatives, including outreach to under-represented students. Each week, dedicated affinity time will be hosted in the space for BIPOC and trans students, as well as students with disabilities. In addition, the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity will soon host events in The Center for In It 6, scheduled for the first week of April. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contact Anita Jack-Davies, deputy chief diversity officer and director of The Center, regarding collaboration on DEI and interdisciplinary projects, and may also reserve space in The Center here.


President’s Awards for Leadership and Service 2022

Individuals or teams from the Skidmore community may be nominated for a 2022 President’s Award for Leadership and Service until 4 p.m. Monday, March 28. The President's Awards for Leadership and Service recognize Skidmore community members who have embraced the educational mission and community spirit of the College through their exemplary commitment to personal excellence, campus pride, and service to others. The awards are intended to foster school spirit and campus unity, and to provide an opportunity for us to express our collective appreciation of outstanding work on behalf of the College. Nominations may be sent via online form. For paper submissions, please contact the Office of the President.


‘Keepers of the Game’ virtual panel discussion

“Keepers of the Game” (2016) is a film about a women’s lacrosse team from Akwesasne, hoping to be the first Native women’s team to take the championship title away from their rivals Massena High. The film will be available to registered attendees for private screening from March 24 until April 3. At 7 p.m. on March 31, we will gather for an engaging discussion with Wa’kerakats:te Louise “MommaBear” Herne (Condoled Bear Clan Matron of the Mohawk Nation), Mimi Lazore (one of the featured lacrosse players), and Judd Erlich (filmmaker). This event is co-sponsored by the MDOCS Co-Creation Initiative and MLK Saratoga and is part of the series "Indigenous Media-Making: Land, Language, Relationship." Register online.


Library Book Club

The Library Book Club will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. The Scribner Library Book Club is a non-traditional book club that encourages attendees to “show and tell” a book they’ve read with the group. You can check our page for more info. Please join us on Wednesday via Zoom.


“Grief and Healing” open mic night

Students in EN 110 (Literature and Grief) invite you to an Open Mic Night on the theme of “grief and healing” in memory of the many lives lost to COVID-19. All are welcome at the event at 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, in Davis Auditorium. Refreshments will be served. Please join us and consider reading a short text on the theme of grief (a poem or two, or a brief excerpt from a longer literary work).


Spring intramural registration is now open

Register for five-versus-five co-ed basketball (7:30-9:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday) or co-ed power volleyball (7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday). Registration closes the morning of Friday, March 25. Both leagues begin the week of March 28 and run through the end of the semester. The top two teams will compete in a championship May 2-3. Contact Elizabeth Ghilardi for more information.


2022 Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention

Skidmore's 2022 Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention will take place at noon Sunday, May 1, on Case Green. Join in a community-wide walk for suicide prevention and help us meet our fundraising goal of $5,000. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are all welcome. Your participation will help raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The walking route takes approximately 45 minutes; all forms of mobility are welcome. Contact Ashley Chandler for more information. Register online.


Skidmore license plates

Drivers of cars registered in New York state can now order Skidmore custom license plates. Each person can choose a plate with numbers and letters assigned by the DMV or select their own custom combination. For custom plates, we suggest using a custom combination beginning with “CTM” — for Creative Thought Matters. For more information, visit the DMV website.


Tang Teaching Museum now accepting applications for 2022-23 endowed internships

Rising juniors and seniors are invited to apply to the Tang Teaching Museum’s year-long endowed internships, which are named for Eleanor Linder Winter ’43, Carole Marchand ’57, Meg Reitman Jacobs ’63, and the Charina Endowment Fund. These paid, pre-professional internships introduce students to postgraduate life by providing academic and practical experiences from fall 2022 through summer 2023. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, April 11. For more information, please visit the Endowed Internship page or contact Tom Yoshikami, assistant director for engagement.


CDC virtual workshop: 'How to Interview Effectively'

The Career Development Center will be partnering with New Frontiers Executive Function Coaching to provide a virtual workshop on “How to Interview Effectively” from 1 to 2 p.m. April 1. Join us as we review effective interview strategies, disclosure considerations, and clear next steps for practice and implementation. The process of requesting reasonable accommodations will also be discussed. This program is ideal for neurodivergent students and students with disabilities who are looking for extra support to get through the interview process. Register online.


Lara Downes concert

Join Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for an exclusive performance by Lara Downes at Arthur Zankel Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Downes’ performance will explore the landscape of American music from George Gershwin and Morton Gould to Billie Holiday, Scott Joplin, and Florence Price, giving voice to underrepresented and forgotten artists alongside their contemporaries. Downes will lead a piano master class for music majors at Skidmore the night before her performance. General admission tickets are $30, and $10 for all Skidmore employees and students. Skidmore students enrolled in the music program or currently taking a music class should contact Evan Mack for free tickets. This performance is part of Skidmore’s Filene Anniversary Concert Series.


Skidmore Shop: Macintosh deals

Last call! From now until March 26, enjoy an additional $50 off education pricing on MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs at the Skidmore Shop. Contact Doug Chang or call 518-580-5491.


Intergroup relations workshop for faculty and staff

Monita Thompson and Shana Schoem from the University of Michigan will facilitate a two-day remote intergroup relations workshop for faculty and staff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12-13. Participants will learn about foundational work related to IGR theory and pedagogy and engage in personal, self-reflective exercises that illustrate the practice of intergroup dialogue. Participants must commit to the entire two days. To register, please complete this form by April 15. Space is limited. Please contact Jenni Mueller or Lisa Grady-Willis for more information.


Summer 2022 employment for students

Students interested in viewing and applying for summer jobs at Skidmore should visit and filter by “summer.” In some instances, students may be hired for more than one position. Both jobs must be part time, be paid in the same manner (hourly or salary), and together cannot exceed 40 hours in a work week. For more information, contact Jim Calhoun, employment coordinator, at ext. 5802 or by email.


Summer course registration is open

Summer course registration is now open. All summer courses will meet in person. On-campus housing is available for enrolled Skidmore students. Choose from a wide variety of courses; many fulfill requirements. Dates, cost, and course descriptions are available on the Summer Sessions website. View the course schedule and register now. Contact Lilly Routledge, senior program coordinator for summer academics, for more information.


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Thursday, March 24

7 p.m.

Spinning Down: A Yarn Workshop with Laura Splan

Tang Teaching Museum

Sunday, March 27


Common Threads: A Student-Led Tour of Radical Fiber

Tang Teaching Museum

Sunday, March 27

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Star Herrera

Tang Teaching Museum

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