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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 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 jobs.skidmore.edu 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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