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Skidmore to mark Juneteenth as College holiday

In June 2021, President Biden signed a bill to establish Juneteenth National Independence Day, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday. Beginning this year and moving forward, Skidmore will also recognize it as an official College holiday. Juneteenth is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. While the holiday is officially celebrated annually on June 19, the College will recognize it this year on Monday, June 20.


“On Juneteenth, we reflect on the blend of idealism and imperfection that constitutes the American project, and we celebrate the heroism that strives toward justice, while recognizing the flaws that continue to haunt our communities and our history,” President Marc Conner said. “I’m proud that Skidmore will commemorate Juneteenth in this spirit of ever seeking the American ideal.”

Freirich winners Colin Fischer ’22 and Tom Duncan ‘22

Colin Fischer ’22 and Tom Duncan ‘22 have won the first-place $20,000 prize in Skidmore College’s annual Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition to develop their protein-enhanced ice cream business.

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.


As announced on Thursday, April 14, KN95 masks (or equivalent masks, i.e., N95 or KF94) are required in all indoor public spaces on campus, subject to previously approved exceptions, through the end of classes, Tuesday, May 3. Free KN95 masks continue to be available to all on campus and will be made easily accessible at all events and gatherings. COVID-19 protocols for upcoming campus events will continue to 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 opening listed below. This is a current, approved, budgeted position that is being filled due to vacancy.


  • Staff Clinician – Counseling Center


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.


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. A formal invitation with additional details will be distributed closer to the event date.


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.

Charlie Bettigole, director of the GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Kristofer Covey, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, and Juliana Hanle, landowner outreach and data acquisition manager, co-authored a research paper. Read more >>


Jason Breves, associate professor of biology, co-authored an academic article. Read more >>


Michael C. Ennis-McMillan, associate professor of anthropology, published an academic article. Read more >>


Beck Krefting, associate professor of American studies, appeared on a podcast episode. Read more >>


Christopher Mann, associate professor of political science, offered his expert opinion to CBS 6 News. Read more >>


Joowon Park, assistant professor of anthropology, has been elected as a board member of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. Read more >>


Pushkala Prasad, professor of management, presented her paper at a conference. Read more >>


A.J. Schneller, assistant professor of environmental studies, is a lead author of an academic paper along with current and former students. Read more >>


Ken Sider, visiting assistant professor in education studies, was inducted into the Oneonta Job Corps Academy Hall of Fame. Read more >>


Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology, was quoted in an article for Oprah Daily magazine. Read more >>


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.


Inaugural Education Studies Colloquium: Kate Snyder ‘92

Portland, Maine, Mayor Kate Snyder ’92, who majored in government and French at Skidmore, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, in Gannett Auditorium.


Lecture on The Satanic Temple

Ministers Dex Desjardins and Chalice Blythe from The Satanic Temple, a federally recognized church for nontheistic Satanists, will discuss TST’s history, beliefs, and activities at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Gannett Auditorium. Contact Xander Prince, assistant professor of religious studies, for more information.


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.


State of the College Finances and Compensation Presentation

From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, President Conner will lead a virtual presentation on the State of the College, with information presented by Vice President of Finance and Administration Donna Ng, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Orr, and Interim Director of Human Resources Sarah Delaney Vero. Topics will include the budget for next year as approved by the Board of Trustees; a summary of the budget for this current fiscal year; next year’s general salary adjustment (GSA); results from the staff and faculty compensation studies; an overview of Skidmore benefits and compensation; and other key elements of the College’s financial status and outlook. All Skidmore employees are invited to attend. The presentation will also be recorded and available to view later. There will be opportunities and mechanisms for questions and feedback. More details will follow in the coming weeks.


Facilities Update

With spring temperatures approaching, Facilities Services has begun the process of starting the campus chill water system, which provides air conditioning for the following buildings: Old Dana, Bolton, Palamountain, Tisch, Barrett, Howe Rounds, Wait, part of Jonsson Tower, Case, Ladd, Scribner Library, and JKB Theater. The campus chill water system requires de-winterization, and Facilities anticipates being completed and operational by May 1. Other campus buildings that have independent air-conditioning systems or use geothermal energy can use cooling as necessary.


Willingness to Serve Call

President Conner encourages interested Skidmore staff members to express willingness to serve on the following committees: Institutional Policy and Planning Committee (one exempt staff member beginning fall 2022); IPPC Subcommittee on Student Affairs (one non-exempt staff member beginning fall 2022); Safety Committee (one non-exempt staff member beginning fall 2022); and Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee (two staff members from outside the Academic Affairs Division beginning immediately). To express willingness to serve, please request support from your immediate manager/supervisor and respond to the Office of the President by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Your manager/supervisor should send a separate email supporting your application.


NACCC Staff Campus Climate Survey — Ends Tomorrow

We are at over 64% participation from staff members. Yesterday (Tuesday, April 19) morning, staff who have not yet participated received the final reminder email. Today, staff who previously began the survey will receive an email with a link to their partial responses. Please look for an email from “Marc C. Conner, President” which comes via, inviting participation in the NACCC survey. The survey closes at the end of tomorrow (Thursday, April 21); all staff are urged to participate. Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey.


Belong more. Create more. Skidmore – Thank you!

More than 100 donors contributed $101,636 to Skidmore’s second crowdfunding campaign to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on campus. Thank you to all members of our community. Together, we exceeded the $75,000 goal!


Brown Bag Lunch with SWOP: Featuring Professor Siobhan Hart

The Sustainable Workplace Operations Program invites you to join our student managers and Associate Professor of Anthropology Siobhan Hart for a discussion of local indigenous history and research. Bring your own lunch and enjoy light refreshments from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, on the second floor of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall.


Library Altered Book Contest

Out of a record 22 entries, the winner of this year's Lucy Scribner Library Altered Book Contest is “Corduroy” by Nolan Williams, Angela Kim, Hayley Yun, and Ben Williams. Second place goes to “The ‘Complete’ Musician” by Sabrina Dagazaí. Third place goes to “When Words Take Flight” by Ciara McDonald.


IFSA Chile Program Faculty/Staff Info Session

Join Skidmore study abroad partner IFSA at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, to expand your understanding of semester study-abroad opportunities in Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile. Register here.


Earth Week events from the Sustainability Office

Consider participating in this week’s events, from checking out the residential compost program with our compost managers to attending a pruning demonstration at the Skidmore Community Garden. For more information, visit us on Instagram.


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.


Skidmore Theater presents ‘Heddatron’

Elizabeth Meriwether’s ‘Heddatron,’ directed by Dennis Schebetta, will be staged at 8 p.m. April 22 -May 1; Sunday performances will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets are free.


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.


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.


Athletics News

The Skidmore College men’s and women’s rowing teams kick off back-to-back home championship weekends. The Thoroughbreds will compete in the 30th Annual New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships on April 23 at Fish Creek. The event starts at 8 a.m. The teams return to Fish Creek for the Liberty League Championships on April 29. Union College hosts the Liberty Leagues with a start time to be announced.


Skidmore Shop

From now until June 25, enjoy an additional $50 off education pricing on MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs at the Skidmore Shop. You can succeed at virtually anything with the right technology. Contact Doug Chang by email or 518-580-5491.


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March 24 – April 25

‘Humor Me’

Schick Art Gallery

Thursday, April 21

6 p.m.

Whole Grain: Short Films by Lauren Kelley

Tang Teaching Museum

Thursday, April 21

7 p.m.

Chorus & Vocal Chamber Ensemble: Petite messe solenelle

Zankel Music Center and online

Friday, April 22

2 p.m.

Art in Motion: A Movement and Dance Workshop

Tang Teaching Museum

Friday, April 22

7 p.m.

Small Jazz Ensembles

Zankel Music Center and online

Saturday, April 23

1 p.m.

Senior Recital: Vocalist Maddie Redpath ’22

Zankel Music Center and online

Saturday, April 23

3 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Carolyn Bergland ’24

Tang Teaching Museum

Saturday, April 23

4 p.m.

Senior Recital: Yoni Hirshfeld ’22

Zankel Music Center and online

Sunday, April 24

7 p.m.

Skidmore Guitar Ensemble recital

Zankel Music Center

Monday, May 2

4 - 6 p.m.

Math Trails at the Tang Museum

Tang Teaching Museum

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