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In It 6

In It 6 is a suite of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs designed to raise our cultural fluency and strengthen our community. All members of the Skidmore community are encouraged to participate in the program next week, April 4-8. Please visit the website for more information on all the In It 6 events and to sign up for workshops.

Graduates lined up at SPAC Commencement

The College will bestow honorary degrees upon award-winning director, playwright, and activist-in-art Moisés Kaufman and noted novelist, literary scholar, and philosopher Charles Johnson during the College’s 111th Commencement Exercises on May 21.

Participants in this year's Humanistic Inquiry Symposium during a tour of Tang exhibition

Skidmore's Humanistic Inquiry Symposium is a showcase not only of Skidmore faculty’s rigorous scholarship and creative endeavors but also the supportive environment that is at the heart of the College.

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. Please also review updated guidelines related to gatherings, meetings, food, dining, and testing, which took effect Monday, March 28.


PCR testing available

Optional, drop-in PCR testing is now 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.

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. These are current, approved, budgeted positions that are being filled due to vacancies.


  • Assistant Director – Admissions
  • Staff Accountant - Finance


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.


Free TIAA-CREF individual counseling sessions

Rachel Fiedler, a TIAA retirement planning counselor, will hold one-on-one phone consultations with employees on Friday, April 8, and Thursday, May 5. Call 1-800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment or visit the website.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Barbara Black, professor of English, has been appointed to the PMLA advisory committee for a three-year term. Read more>>


Giuseppe Faustini, professor of Italian, published a scholarly article and has been appointed to the editorial board of the Italian studies journal Italica. Read more>>


Karen Kellogg, associate professor of environmental studies and sciences, has received an award from the Department of Energy to support research with students. Read more>>


Rebecca McNamara, associate curator at the Tang, and Sara Lagalwar, associate professor of neuroscience, spoke on WAMC's "Roundtable." Read more>>


Rodrigo Schneider, assistant professor of economics, published an academic article. Read more>>


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.


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.


Listening to the Field: Arts Ecologies and Economies

This virtual event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, features Ben Cameron, Robert Barry Fleming, and Lisa Richards Toney and 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. 


An Evening with Marty Baron

Marty Baron, former editor of The Washington Post, will participate in a Q&A with Skidmore’s Anita Jack-Davies, Andrew Lindner, Linda Hall, and Ron Seyb, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Zankel Music Center. While at The Boston Globe, Baron oversaw a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigation of the Catholic Church’s cover-up of sexual abuse that was the subject of the 2015 film “Spotlight (2015).


Kuroda Symposium

Nina Silber, Jon Westling Professor of History and chair of the history department at Boston University, will discuss “A ‘New Dealer of the 1860s’: Remembering ‘Honest Abe’ in 1930s America” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, 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.


Monthly Staff Meeting

The monthly staff meeting will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 1. A link to the Zoom meeting has been sent by email. Topics will include In It 6, our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and the in-progress NACCC survey; updates on the staff compensation study; a preview of the spring state-of-the-College finances presentation; a review of Campus Master Planning; a preview of 2022 Commencement; and other important initiatives. We are planning for the next staff meeting on Friday, April 29, to be held in person. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us. Details will be forthcoming.


NACCC Staff Campus Climate Survey

Skidmore staff should look for an email from “Marc C. Conner, President” which comes via, inviting them to participate in the NACCC survey. The survey will be available through April 21; all staff are urged to participate. (Faculty will be surveyed in 2023). The College acknowledges that completing the NACCC survey will take time and attention from other work demands and that the subject matter of this survey may generate responses that we want to respond to with care. As a reminder, supervisors may designate a day this week (March 28—April 1) for their teams to complete the survey together at 2 p.m. Please see Sarah Vero’s email from March 25 for additional information. Thank you to all those who have already participated. Results from the survey will be used to shape institutional priorities, which include making Skidmore a quality place to work for everyone.


Rachel Roe-Dale appointed FYE director

Rachel Roe-Dale, professor of mathematics, will serve as the next director of the First-Year Experience beginning June 1. Roe-Dale's scholarship ranges from mathematical biology and medicine to modelling the diffusion of manual irrigation pumps in lower income countries. An acclaimed educator, she has taught more than 20 different courses at the College, including three different Scribner Seminars. Currently the chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department, she has provided exemplary contributions to faculty governance, including service on multiple committees, and has also directed the Quantitative Reasoning working group. The College thanks Amon Emeka for his service as FYE director over the last three years, most of them during an exceptionally challenging period.


Athletics Update

The 11-3 softball team will host Williams College for two games starting Friday, April 1, at 3 p.m. The men’s and women’s rowing teams are home Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m. against St. John Fisher and Vassar. The 12-2 baseball team plays Liberty League rival Union College in a single game at Castle Diamond on Sunday, April 3, at noon. The men’s tennis team is also home April 3 against Division II Le Moyne College at 1 p.m. For information on all upcoming games, visit the Athletics website.


Admissions is hiring summer ambassadors

Summer ambassadors give tours of campus, participate in information sessions, and connect with prospective students and families. Summer ambassadors will work Monday through Friday, as well as some Saturdays. Hours can depend on weekly availability. They are paid $13.20/hour; current students also receive 70% subsidized on-campus housing. Interested students should fill out this interest form by April 4. Contact Gabby Vuillaume for more information.


‘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 until Sunday, April 3. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, we will gather online 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.


Skidmore Piano recital

Visiting Senior Artist-in-Residence Young Kim and Skidmore pianists will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1, in Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Concert Hall. Featured pianists are Kim, Joseph Goff '23, Hirry Huang '25, Nate Lucas '23, Emaline Relyea-Strawn '25, Seth Spital '24, and Quinn Stoddard-O’Neill '23. This event is free and open to the public.


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.


Art in Motion: Movement and Dance Workshops

Maya Gmach ’22, the 2021-22 Meg Reitman Jacobs ’63 Endowed Intern at the Tang, invites the campus community to a series of Art in Motion: Movement and Dance workshops. Participants will engage in a close-looking exercise followed by improvised movements in response to the art and by a discussion of how movement can help us see art in a new way. The Art in Motion workshops will be on three Fridays: April 1, April 15, and April 22, all at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Assistant Director for Engagement Tom Yoshikami.


Ramadan 2022

Ramadan begins this coming weekend. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) and the Muslim Students Association are working together to offer drop-in spaces, prayer gatherings, mosque trips, iftars, and more. Students, staff, and faculty who will be observing and wish to receive updates about these opportunities and other resources can fill out the survey here. For more information about academic and other accommodations for students due to religious observance see the ORSL website. ORSL staff are available to consult with students, staff, and faculty about accommodations and other resources.


Music senior recitals

On Saturday, April 2, the Music Department is proud to present a pair of senior recitals in Zankel Music Center's Ladd Concert Hall. At 1 p.m., come enjoy violist Adam Warner's recital. At 4 p.m., listen as cellist Sylvana Szuhay is joined by violinist Emma Lin. Both recitals are free and open to the public; both will be livestreamed.


Alash Ensemble: Vocal and Instrumental Music from Tuva

Alash, an award-winning Tuvan ensemble, will be in residency April 3-4 as part of the Filene Anniversary Concert Series. The three multi-instrumentalists who make up Alash — Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam, and Ayan Shirizhik — perform a set of vocal techniques known as “throat-singing,” which involves producing multiple pitches at one time. A concert (open to the Skidmore community) will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3. A throat-singing workshop (open to the Skidmore community and public) will take place at 4:40 p.m. Monday, April 4. Both events are in Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Concert Hall.


Q&A with Jesse Bowman Bruchac

Jesse Bowman Bruchac, a traditional storyteller, musician, Abenaki language instructor, and co-director of Ndakinna Education Center, will offer a presentation shaped around stories and music and drawing on his 30 years of language reclamation work in relation to both traditional culture and modern media at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Somers Room of the Tang Teaching Museum.


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.


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.


New Prayer and Meditation Space in Scribner Library

In partnership with the Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding (CIGU) and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL), Scribner Library has established a prayer and meditation space in LIB 111, located in the northwest corner of the first floor. Anyone may use this room on a first-come, first-served basis during normal building hours. The room has a variety of prayer rugs, mats, and seating options. There is also a moveable screen to provide privacy if sharing the space. If you have questions or feedback, please stop by the Circulation Desk or contact College Librarian Marta Brunner.


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.


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.


Skidmore Shop: Macintosh deals

For a limited time, the Skidmore Shop is offering a 13 inch MacBook Air (model MVH52LL/A, regularly priced $1,199) for $999 and a MacMini (model MRTR2LL/A, regularly priced $679) for $499. Please contact Doug Chang or call 518-580-5491 for more information.


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Wednesday, March 30

6 p.m.

Dunkerley Dialogue with Margaret Wertheim and Amy Frappier

Tang Teaching Museum


Friday, April 1

2 p.m.

Art in Motion: A Movement and Dance Workshop

Tang Teaching Museum

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