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NPR Correspondent Elissa Nadworny ’10

NPR Correspondent Elissa Nadworny ’10, who studied documentary filmmaking at Skidmore, describes her recent experience reporting from the war in Ukraine.

In It 6

From In It 6 to lava pours, the spring semester at Skidmore has been vibrant with memorable programs and experiences.

Skidmore Thoroughbred logo

Spring Liberty League championship season begins this weekend for the golf and rowing teams. The golfers will compete Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Kaluhyat Championship Course at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York. The winner receives the league’s automatic NCAA tournament berth. The men’s and women’s rowing teams will be “home” on Fish Creek April 30 at 2:30 p.m. Union College is hosting. The women’s varsity eight champion earns the league’s NCAA qualifier.

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. through May 13 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.


Spa Rewards Program through May 13

The Spa is offering its new loyalty rewards program now through the end of the spring semester. Customers who purchase nine meals ($5 or more) will receive their 10th meal free (a $7.99 value). The loyalty cards are kept on file at the cashier station.


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 vacancy.


  • Campus Safety Officer (1) – Campus Safety
  • Tang Guide – Tang Teaching Museum/Art Gallery


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


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 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.

Skidmore Spotlight

Li Zhang, social sciences and data librarian in Scribner Library, serves as the liaison librarian for the Management and Business, Economics, Political Science, and International Affairs programs. As data librarian, he works with faculty and students from any department interested in incorporating data-related skills in their teaching or learning.

Li Zhang

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Monica Das, associate professor of economics, published a scholarly paper. Read more>>


David Howson, senior teaching professor and Arthur Zankel Executive Director of Arts Administration, participated in a roundtable discussion. Read more>>


Vojtech (Vojta) Kejzlar, assistant professor of statistics, delivered an invited talk. Read more>>


Jill Linz, senior instructor of physics, authored an article. Read more>>


Jennifer Mueller, associate professor of sociology and director of the Intergroup Relations Program (IGR), was interviewed on a podcast. Read more>>


Dennis Schebetta, assistant professor of theater, was featured in a Times Union article. Read more>>


President's Awards for Leadership and Service 2022

The President’s Awards for Leadership and Service are presented to Skidmore community members who have embraced the educational mission and cooperative spirit of the College through their exemplary commitment to personal excellence, campus pride, and service to our campus community. Student awards, which will be presented at the Student Leadership Awards Event on April 28, go to Malchijah Hoskins ’22, Christina Lindstrom ’22, Austin Rook ’22, and Geraldine Santoso ’22. The faculty, staff, and team awards will be presented at the Retirement and Recognition event on May 24. Staff awards go to Patricia A. Choukeir, senior project coordinator in Academic Affairs (1964-2022), and Jim Rose, executive chef in Dining Services. Joerg Bibow, professor and chair of economics, and Erica H. Wojcik, assistant professor of psychology, have been named recipients of faculty awards. The team award goes to the COVID-19 Cleaning Team: Sarah Ford, Man Rana Mager, Patricia Overholt, Christopher Pitts, and Kayleigh Winne. President Conner extends his heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all recipients for their extraordinary service to Skidmore.


Monthly staff meeting to be held in person

The monthly staff meeting will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Filene Auditorium, Filene Hall. Topics include new gifts to the College, a preview of the May 24 State-of-the-College presentation, COVID-19, end-of-year activities, and other important topics. KN95 (or equivalent masks, i.e. N95 or KF94) are required for all attending. For those unable to attend, an audio recording will be made available after the meeting.


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.


Join the Workforce Team Challenge — registration due Sunday, May 1

The Work Force Team Challenge will take place on Thursday, May 19, in Albany. Register online by Sunday, May 1. To participate, select Skidmore as your team and fill out all the required information. You should see zero balance due. Skidmore’s team captain, Darren Drabek, will manage the payments. Contact Darren Drabek, Rachel Roe-Dale, or Mike Eckmann for more information.


Fiscal Year-End Reminders from Financial Services

Please review these detailed guidelines ahead of the close of the fiscal year on May 31. You are encouraged to submit expense reimbursements, invoices for payment, and related items in advance of the deadlines. As a reminder, all transactions are now handled through Oracle Cloud.


Give+Go help needed, Sunday, May 22

Our annual student move-out donation collection diverts tens of thousands of pounds of usable material to reuse in the Saratoga community. Staff and faculty volunteers are needed to sort and bag material for our nonprofit partners from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 22. Volunteers will be given lunch and an on-campus dining gift certificate as thanks. Family members are also welcome. Please sign up online. Visit the Give+Go webpage or contact Jen Natyzak for more information.


9 Miles East Fall CSA

Skidmore students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to participate in the popular Saratoga community-supported agriculture (CSA) each fall. 9 Miles East Farm delivers a big assortment of freshly harvested vegetables each week for 12 weeks during the fall semester. The 2022 season is scheduled for Sept. 9 to Nov. 23. The cost is $360 for the 12-week season. A subscription is required; only 100 shares are available. Sign up online.


Senior week sponsorship

Departments are able to sponsor non-graduating students (first-year students, sophomores, and juniors) to remain on campus from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 22. Non-seniors who are not sponsored are required to depart by Friday, May 13. Only students currently residing on campus may be sponsored. Students residing in residence halls must have a meal plan. The cost is $10.50 per day. Please contact Darlene LeBaron, card office coordinator, with your department budget number. Students who reside in the apartments do not need a meal plan. Students must leave campus no later than 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22. To sponsor a student, please email the Office of Residential Life with the student’s full name, the date of their departure from campus, the office sponsoring the student, and the reason for the sponsorship.


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.


From the Office of Community Service

Benef-Action, the SGA Volunteer Club, is selling raffle tickets to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. Tickets are $2 for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for 15 Church in Saratoga Springs. If you would like to buy a ticket, please contact Michelle Hubbs.


Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jewish Student Life and Hillel are co-hosting Rabbi Linda Motzkin of Temple Sinai for the night of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Ladd 307. We will have a brief ceremony to acknowledge those lost, and then Rabbi Motzkin will share the story of her family's journey of loss and survival. This will be followed by a Q&A.


Reunion Student Assistant Positions

The Office of Alumni Relations and College Events has temporary job openings for students (16-23 years old) for two Alumni Reunion Weekends, June 2-5 and June 10-12. Please apply online by May 18. Contact Janis Petroski for more information.


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.


Reimagining the International System Conference

If you were to redesign the international system, what would you change? This is the question students in two political science courses will join forces to address in this conference at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in The Center. Attendees will be able to engage with original student research addressing current issues in U.S. foreign policy and solutions to amend inequality in the Global South. Contact Emmanuel Balogun or Yelena Biberman-Ocakli 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.


Revised date: 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 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, 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. U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko is scheduled to speak during the opening ceremony. 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.


Skidmore Shop sidewalk sale

It’s spring cleaning time! Join us Thursday, April 28, for our sidewalk sale and enjoy 40% off all eligible items.


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May 4-13

The Juniors Show

Schick Art Gallery

Thursday, April 28

2 p.m.

Curators’ Tour with Maya Gmach ’22 and Brynnae Newman ’22

Tang Teaching Museum

Thursday, April 28

7 p.m.

Opera Workshop

Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Hall and online

Friday, April 29

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Handmade Pop-up Shop

Tang Teaching Museum

Friday, April 29

7 p.m.

Big Band recital

Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Hall and online

Sunday, May 1

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Cailey Surface ’22

Tang Teaching Museum

Sunday, May 1

2 p.m.

Concert Band recital

Zankel Music Center's Ladd Hall and online

Monday, May 2

4 p.m.

Math in the Museum: Math Trails in the Galleries

Tang Teaching Museum

Monday, May 2

6 p.m.

'The World Through the Eyes of Others' Talk

Tang Teaching Museum

Monday, May 2

7 p.m.

String Ensembles recital

Zankel Music Center's Ladd Hall and online

Tuesday, May 3

7:30 p.m.

Orchestra recital

Zankel Music Center's Ladd Hall and online

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