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Sands Family Foundation matching gift to raise $10 million for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship

A $5 million one-to-one matching pledge, along with additional matching gifts, creates the Sands Family Foundation Initiative for Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Skidmore College.

In It 6

In It 6, a suite of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs designed to raise our cultural fluency and strengthen our community, continues through Friday, April 8. Thursday events include workshops on "How to Write an Anti-Racism Action Plan" and "Creating an Inclusive Campus: Skills & Practice," as well as a lecture with Jesse Bowman Bruchac. The program concludes Friday with a special musical performance by Garland Nelson '96 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in The Center. All members of the Skidmore community are encouraged to participate. Please visit the website for more information on all the In It 6 events and to sign up for workshops.

Skidmore seal

President Marc Conner and Skidmore College administrators offered updates on important initiatives including ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, Campus Master Planning, Commencement, and other topics at the Friday, April 1, monthly staff meeting.

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

$5 Fridays at The Spa

Join us at The Spa every Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for special $5 menu items — all are combo meals and include your choice of fountain drink, bottle of water, coffee, or tea. Menu options vary each week.


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


  • Sergeant – Campus Safety
  • Campus Safety Officer – Campus Safety
  • Customer Attendant-Short Order Cook – Dining Services
  • Senior Administrative Assistant – Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Director of Human Resources Human Resources


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


You’re Invited: “SeedMore” Gathering

The Sustainable Workplace Operations Program (SWOP), in collaboration with Human Resources, will host “SeedMore,” a drop-by event to learn more about the SWOP certification program, meet and greet with fellow staff, and pick a seedling. Stop by the Community Garden between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, to enjoy some refreshments and snacks, and to select a seedling for your home or office. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own pot.


Future winter breaks

The College has announced that winter breaks for the next three years, for non-union employees, will be: Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, to Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023; Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, to Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024; and Monday, Dec. 23, 2024, to Monday, Jan. 6, 2025. Union employees, whose holidays are guided by their collective bargaining agreements, are encouraged to use vacation days and other paid leave time for those days that are not contractually scheduled holidays.


Save the date: Employee Retirement and Recognition Event

This year's Employee Retirement and Recognition Event will be held in person, from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, on Case Green. Please save this date in your calendar. A formal invitation with additional details will be distributed closer to the event date.


Moving in Mindfulness Challenge

The Live More, Skidmore worksite wellness program is promoting the four-week Moving in Mindfulness Challenge. Beginning on Monday, April 18, participants will engage in activities that incorporate movement and mindfulness with the goals of becoming more active, learning techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, and working to establish a consistent mindfulness practice. All employees are invited to register now.


Free one-on-one retirement consultations with Vanguard

Employees can schedule a one-on-one phone consultation with a Vanguard retirement planning counselor 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.

Skidmore Spotlight

As equipment manager in the Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation Department, Sherry Ankeny responds to the day-to-day and in-season needs of the 19 varsity sports played at Skidmore.

Sherry Ankeny standing among Skidmore athletic equipment

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Catherine Berheide, professor of sociology, published an academic article. Read more>>


Jason Breves, associate professor and chair of the Department of Biology, delivered an invited lecture at a scholarly meeting. Read more>>


Michael Janairo, senior manager of communications and strategic initiatives at the Tang Teaching Museum, published three poems in two journals. Read more>>


Vojtech (Vojta) Kejzlar, assistant professor of statistics, published a scientific paper. Read more>>


Tammy C. Owens, assistant professor of American studies, delivered a talk about her research. Read more>>


Pushkala Prasad, Zankel Professor of Management for Liberal Arts Students, published a scholarly article. Read more>>


Robert Turner, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Political Science, was quoted in The Post-Star. Read more>>


Li Zhang, social sciences and data librarian, co-authored a book chapter. Read more>>


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.


Winter/Miller Lecture with Juliana Huxtable

The fifth annual Winter/Miller Lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Tang Teaching Museum features acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Juliana Huxtable, who has been invited to campus by Roman Cohen ’22, a studio art and gender studies double major and Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Intern.


The Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Research Lecture

Susannah Mintz, professor of English, will discuss “From Milton to Memoir: On Sentences, Story, and Self” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. The Moseley Lecture is the highest honor Skidmore faculty confer upon one of their peers.


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.


Campus Master Planning Sessions

Staff, faculty, and students are invited to join the planning firm Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) for one of the following Campus Master Planning sessions via Zoom: 1 p.m. Monday, April 11; 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13; or 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 (students only). Updates on the Campus Master Planning process and schedule, as well as a review of the Campus Master Plan survey, will be provided. Following these sessions, the next community forums to be offered will be those presenting the final Campus Master Plan. Therefore, these sessions will offer the last opportunity to ask questions and provide any feedback or insights before that final presentation.


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.) Results from the survey will be used to shape institutional priorities, which include making Skidmore a quality place to work for everyone. Thank you to everyone who has already participated.


Belong more. Create more. Skidmore.

Join Skidmore’s second annual crowdfunding campaign to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on campus. Last year, donors from on and off campus together surpassed the $45,000 goal, raising nearly $80,000. Let’s build on this momentum! From April 6 to 13, a generous Skidmore family has stepped forward to match dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000, gifts made to support the constellation of programs on campus that advance our DEI mission. Please contact Lori Eastman for more information.


Athletics Update

Another full slate of home athletic events is on the docket for this weekend. The weekend kicks off with a Friday lacrosse doubleheader, with the women’s team hosting Clarkson at 4 p.m. and the men taking on St. Lawrence at 7 p.m. Saturday features the first round of the Tim Brown Golf Invitational at the Ballston Spa Country Club, beginning at 1 p.m. The tournament continues on Sunday at 8 a.m. The men’s and women’s rowing teams are home against RIT and Franklin & Marshall on Saturday with an 11 a.m. start time. The men’s tennis team hosts Rensselaer at 1 p.m., and the first-place baseball team plays Rensselaer at home in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Softball opens league play at Wagner Park at 1 p.m. with two games against RIT, and the women’s lacrosse team takes on St. Lawrence at 2 p.m. Softball closes out the weekend at home Sunday at 1 p.m. against defending league champion Rochester.


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 a discussion of how movement can help us see art in a new way. The Art in Motion workshops will be on Friday, April 15, and Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Assistant Director for Engagement Tom Yoshikami.


Blood Drive

A blood drive will be held Friday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the IM/Dance Gym. To schedule an appointment, visit the Red Cross website and put Skidmore in the search/make an appointment box.


OCSE Photo Contest

The finalists for the OCSE Photo Contest will be on display this Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Case walkway. Stop by and get a glimpse of what some of our students have experienced abroad! Vote for your favorites and help us pick the winners of each category. Can’t make it? We will be showcasing the finalists on Instagram: @globalskidmore


Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition

Skidmore’s annual Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition features students pitching real business plans and competing for funding. This year’s final presentations are scheduled for Friday, April 8. To learn more, visit the Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition’s 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.


NY Project Hope

NY Project Hope, a FEMA-funded program of the NYS Office of Mental Health, will be tabling at Case Center on April 12 and April 14 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. NY Project Hope provides emotional support to help NYS residents navigate through the stress and changes caused by the pandemic. This includes an Emotional Support Helpline, Online Wellness Groups, and a website filled with resources that folks can access anytime at Their services are always confidential and free. Please stop by the table for more information.


Taiko Workshop with Miho Connolly

Please join the Music Department on Thursday, April 14, in a series of open Japanese taiko workshops with guest artist Miho Connolly. Workshops will run 9:10-11 a.m., 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and 12:40-2 p.m. in the Arthur Zankel Music Center, Room 117. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome. No registration is required.


Library Book Club

The Library Book Club will be meeting over Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14. 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.


Community Lava Pour

Join students from IL-201 PourMore: Skidmore Lava Project for a demonstration of some of what they have discovered this semester about the qualities and behavior of basalt lava at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, behind Sasselin Art Building, in the foundry area. You can also follow it on Instagram Live @skidmoregeo. Contact Jennifer Cholnoky for more information.


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

Are you graduating or know someone who is? Get your grad the gift of Apple! Now until June 25, enjoy an additional $50 off education pricing on MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs at the Skidmore Shop. With work shifting to online, you can succeed at virtually anything with the right technology. Contact Doug Chang at 518-580-5491 or by email.


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March 24 – April 25

“Humor Me”

Schick Art Gallery


Friday, April 8

1 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Lila Saunders ’24

Tang Teaching Museum


Saturday, April 9

7 p.m.

17th Annual Skidmore College String Festival

Zankel Music Center


Sunday, April 10

7:30 p.m.

Brass and Wind Ensemble

Zankel Music Center

Thursday, April 7

7 p.m.

Lecture with Jesse Bowman Bruchac

Tang Teaching Museum


Saturday, April 9

3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Dance Capstone Symposium 2022

Tang Teaching Museum


Sunday, April 10

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Garrett Marino ’23

Tang Teaching Museum


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