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The equestrian team finished third in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 2 Finals on April 9 at St. Lawrence University. Only the top two teams qualified for nationals; however, the Thoroughbreds will be represented by three athletes competing for individual titles. Laurel Gaddis, Jade Bacherman, and Harper Sanford will compete at the IHSA nationals May 5-7 in Harrisburg, Pa.

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.


Optional masking practices remain in place on campus, and Skidmore remains mask supportive and mask friendly in all spaces, including at upcoming indoor and outdoor events. Free KN95 masks continue to be available to all on campus and will be made easily accessible at all events and gatherings. As outlined in an email message sent to all students and forwarded to all faculty and staff on Monday, April 11, COVID-19 protocols for upcoming campus events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may include additional required testing and safety measures.


PCR testing available

Optional, drop-in PCR testing is available to all students, faculty, and staff from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays 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.


  • Administrative Assistant, Advancement, Principal Gifts, Presidential/Trustee Strategy – Advancement
  • Director of Human Resources – Human Resources
  • Production Manager – Dining Services


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.


EAP Reaching Out Newsletter

The April edition of our Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Reaching Out Newsletter is here. EAP is an employer-sponsored benefit provided at no cost to you and your household members. EAP offers resources to assist you in resolving all types of personal or family-related concerns. All contacts with the EAP are confidential to the fullest degree allowed by law.


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 on 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 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.

Kristofer Covey, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, has received several gifts and awards totaling $50,000 to support student research experience. Read more>>


Jordana Dym, professor of history, organized workshops at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris and at the University of Bordeaux earlier this month. Read more>>


Trish Lyell, teaching professor and assistant director of the Schick Art Gallery, was interviewed by The Daily Gazette about the new “Humor Me” exhibit. Read more>>


Rachel Mann-Rosan, senior teaching professor of psychology, spoke to The Saratogian about her and her students’ participation in a local autism expo. Read more>>


Mark Miller, director of Dining Services, spoke to the Times Union about Skidmore’s dining culture and approach. Read more>>


Heather Hurst, associate professor of anthropology, is a lead author on an academic article, has received an award to continue her research, and will deliver a prestigious lecture. Read more>>


Regina Janes, professor emeritus of English, has been awarded the Louis Round Wilson Prize for the best article in a scholarly journal. Read more>>


Daniel A. Nathan, professor of American studies, and Michael Marx, professor of English, participated in a panel on Yiddish cinema. Read more>>


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.


Visualizing the Latinx Arts Scene in Upstate New York: A Conversation with Laudelina Martinez and Armando Soto

This event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in The Center seeks to highlight the work of Latinx artists and curators as well as galleries that frequently feature the work of Latinx artists in the Capital Region.


The Annual David H. Porter Classical World Lecture

Nandini Pandey, associate research professor at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Roman Diversity: Collecting and Commodifying Human Variety, in Antiquity and Today” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Davis Auditorium. This event is open to Skidmore community members only.


William E. Weiss Lecture: ‘How to Confront Global Inequalities’

Current methods of assigning climate responsibility build on existing global inequalities between rich and poor nations, and the global trade and financial architecture actively impedes climate mitigation and adaptation efforts by developing countries. Jayati Ghosh of University of Massachusetts Amherst considers how this plays out and what can be done about it at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Gannett Auditorium.


Annual International Affairs Lecture: ‘From Intelligence to Resilience: The Persistence of Race Science?’

Alison Howell, associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, examines two modes of standardized psychometric testing significantly developed in the U.S. Army (WWI intelligence testing and post-9/11 resilience testing) at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Davis 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 – Please consider participating

We have surpassed 60% participation of staff members. Remaining 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 Ends at midnight

There’s still time before 11:58 p.m. tonight to join Skidmore’s second crowdfunding campaign to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on campus. Since April 6, almost 100 donors have given just over $70,000. We still have available funds from a generous Skidmore family, who is matching contributions dollar for dollar. Together, we can meet this entire match! Please contact Lori Eastman for more information.


Lara Downes master class and performance

Pianist Lara Downes will offer a master class to the Skidmore community on Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. in Filene Recital Hall. Join the Music Department and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for an exclusive performance by Downes on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Music Center's Ladd Hall. The event is part of the Filene Anniversary Concert Series. Tickets for the April 14 performance are $30 for general admission and $10 for all Skidmore students, faculty, and staff. Skidmore students enrolled in the music program will have free admission.


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.


Senior recitals

The Music Department is pleased to welcome the community to the senior recitals of violinists Saana Teittinen-Gordon, Joey Dugan, and Elizabeth Roy. Teittinen-Gordon will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15; Dugan will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16; and Roy will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. The performances will take place in Zankel Music Center's Ladd Hall.


OCSE Photo Contest

OCSE invites the Skidmore community to vote for your favorite photos in the OCSE Photo Contest. Review the photos and vote here or check out the photos on Instagram @globalskidmore. Voting continues through Wednesday, April 13.


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 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. Their services are 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 Arthur Zankel Music Center, Room 117. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome. No registration is required.


Oxford Bibliographies database trial

The library has a trial underway for Oxford Bibliographies, which provides articles with commentary and annotations on topics within a wide variety of disciplines. It is a great way for students to begin their research by learning more about a topic, narrowing it down, and finding current and authoritative sources for it. Please give this database a try and email any feedback to Johanna MacKay. The trial will run until mid-April.


Library Altered Book Contest

Our seventh annual Altered Book Contest attracted a record number of entries. Stop by and vote for your favorite. Voting will be open until April 15, and the books will be on display until April 22. You can learn more about altered books from the Altered Book Contest guide.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Get to Know Victim Advocates from Wellspring and Planned Parenthood

Find us on Case Walkway on Monday, April 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Chat with advocates from our community partners, learn more about the role of advocates on our campus and in the local community, find out how to connect with an advocate, and grab some swag.


Now online: Videos of ‘Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science’

All video recordings of tours and panels from “Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science” are now available for viewing on the Tang website. The tours of the exhibition “Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science” include testimonials by participants in the community-created work Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef and discussions of other work on view by Tang Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara and Skidmore College faculty members Rachel Roe-Dale, Mark Huibregtse, Rebecca Trousil, and Sara Lagalwar.


Jorge Gomez visit

Cuban-American pianist Jorge Gomez, leader of the Grammy-nominated group Tiempo Libre, will discuss Cuban music and Cuban rhythm in a hands-on demonstration in Zankel Room 117 on Tuesday, April 19, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All Skidmore students, faculty, and staff are welcome.


Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore

Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore, an enrolled member of Six Nations of the Grand River territory, will share the work of her collective The Aunties Dandelion, a media arts organization and a transformative space informed by traditional Onkwehon:we (original peoples’) teachings, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Davis Auditorium. For more information, contact Angela Beallor or Andrea Casey.


Melissa Winter ’89 campus visit

Melissa Winter ’89, chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama, will participate in an open conversation about her path from art history major at Skidmore to her career in the White House. The discussion will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Tang Teaching Museum’s Wachenheim Gallery and will be facilitated by Professor of Political Science and Director of Gender Studies Kate Graney and Associate Professor of Political Science Natalie Taylor, co-curators of the exhibit “We’ve Only Just Begun: 100 Years of Skidmore Women in Politics.” Please contact Alison Hart in Advancement for more information.


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.


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. Your participation will help raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. All forms of mobility are welcome. Contact Ashley Chandler for more information. Register online.


Skidmore Grants Update

New content has been added to the Skidmore Grants website. The website is highlighting Winston Grady-Willis, professor of Black studies and director of the Black Studies Program, and Beck Krefting, associate professor of American studies, and their recent award from the Mellon Foundation. In addition, upcoming funding announcements have been updated. Visit the Skidmore Grants website 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.


Skidmore Shop

Need supplies for your final art project? Stop by the Skidmore Shop on Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to enjoy 25% off art supplies. Please note that this discount doesn’t apply to kits, art cards, and metals.


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March 24 – April 25

‘Humor Me’

Schick Art Gallery


Thursday, April 14


Curator’s Tour of ‘Opener 34: Ruby Sky Stiler — New Patterns’

Tang Teaching Museum


Friday, April 15

2 p.m.

Art in Motion: A Movement and Dance Workshop

Tang Teaching Museum


Sunday, April 17

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Helen Branch ’24

Tang Teaching Museum

Wednesday, April 13

6 p.m.

Winter/Miller Lecture: Juliana Huxtable

Tang Teaching Museum


Thursday, April 14

7 p.m.

Library Book Club

Virtual event


Saturday, April 16

1 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Olivia Berenson ’24

Tang Teaching Museum


Tuesday, April 19

6 p.m.

Weaving Codes with Soft Monitor

Tang Teaching Museum

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