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Billie Tisch '48

Skidmore is recognizing the alumna's leadership and service by naming the largest single academic project in College history in her honor.

Jacqueline Conrad

Conrad has earned a strong reputation for entrepreneurial leadership, savvy marketing, social impact, and engagement with and support for diverse communities.

Skidmore Athletics

The Skidmore College women’s tennis team beat Vassar 5-4 to win its 11th straight Liberty League championship. The Thoroughbreds face CUNYAC champion Baruch College at Amherst College on Friday, May 13, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

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 Friday, April 29, KN95 masks (or equivalent masks, i.e., N95 or KF94) continue to be required in all indoor public spaces, subject to previously approved exceptions. The College continues to closely monitor Saratoga County’s COVID-19 Community Levels and will provide timely updates regarding indoor masking policies.


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 update

The last day of optional, drop-in PCR testing on campus will be Wednesday, May 18. Free rapid tests will continue to be available to all students upon request through Campus Safety by calling ahead, or by appointment at Health Services for individuals who are symptomatic.

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 application materials for the opening listed below. This is a current, approved, budgeted position that is being filled due to vacancy.


  • Academic Administrative Assistant - Early Childhood Center Coordinator


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


Human Resources encourages Skidmore staff to review open positions on campus and to encourage their professional networks to apply. You can also access current open positions that are open for external applicants here.


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 was emailed to employees on Tuesday, May 3.


Free one-on-one retirement consultations with Vanguard

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

Skidmore Spotlight

Media Services Technician Tim Melville maintains, fixes, installs, acquires, and programs audio and visual technology for the College. A priority has been to standardize the setup of classroom podiums across campus.

Tim Melville

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Jason Breves, associate professor and chair of biology, and Yubo Hou, lecturer of biology, co-authored an article with students Katie Puterbaugh '23, Serena Bradley '23, Annie Hageman '23, Adrian Verspyck '22, Lydia Shaw '22, and Elizabeth Danielson '23. Read more>>


Joseph Cermatori, assistant professor of English, participated in a virtual book launch webinar for his recent book. Read more>>


Veena Chandra, private music instructor, performed at Ithaca College. Read more>>


Ruth M. Hernández-Ríos, teaching professor of sociology, was named scholar-in-residence at Wabash College. Read more>>


Bernardo Ramirez Rios, assistant professor of anthropology, authored a piece on Latinx basketball. Read more>>


The Tang Teaching Museum exhibition catalogue “Like Sugar” received a 2022 Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators. Sarah Goodwin, professor of English emerita, Rachel Seligman, assistant director for curatorial affairs and Malloy Curator at the Tang, and other faculty members contributed. Read more>>


Commencement 2022

Skidmore will hold in-person Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2022 on Saturday, May 21, at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The ceremony will also be livestreamed on the Skidmore website.


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.


Search Committee for Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs formed

Following a collaborative process with the Faculty Executive Committee, the Appointments and Tenure Committee, the Student Government Association, and Human Resources, the search committee for the Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs search has been formed. The committee members are: Marc Conner, president, chair of the committee; Adrian Bautista, dean of students and vice president for student affairs; Eriko Fujita, admissions assistant; David Howson, senior teaching professor and Arthur Zankel Executive Director of Arts Administration; Emilka Jansen, Class of 2024; Tammy Owens, assistant professor of American studies; Iti Singh, Class of 2023; Sarah Sweeney, associate professor and chair of art; Jeanne Urquhart, senior associate director, major gifts; Peter von Allmen, professor and David H. Porter Chair of Economics; and Joshua Woodfork, vice president of strategic planning and institutional diversity. Support is provided by Jeanne Sisson, special assistant to the president. The search firm leading the process is Storbeck Search.


Attention Skidmore musicians: Skidmania planned for fall 2022

“Skidmania” is planned for fall 2022 at Arthur Zankel Music Center. Inspired by the beloved and long-running Beatlemore, this reboot celebrates the music of 50 years ago, fueled by the talent and imagination of Skidmore student musicians. Auditioned student acts will present creative twists on familiar music or tributes — all based on selections from the music of 1972. Audition details will be announced early in the fall semester. More information is available online.


Scribner Library hours

Scribner Library will be open until 2 a.m. Wednesday, May 11. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12; from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 13; and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. It will be closed on Sunday, May 15. Seniors should return all library books by Friday, May 13.


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.


Two Students Win 2022 Projects for Peace

Congratulations to Novilhelha Moleni ’22 and M. Ntsetselelo Dlamini ’24, this year’s Projects for Peace winners from Skidmore. Novilhelha’s project will take place this summer in Malawi, while Ntsetselelo and his team will be working in Eswatini. This is the second year in a row that more than one student has been chosen for this prestigious award.


Creative Matter Repository – Senior Thesis and Capstone Preservation

Students should be aware that senior theses and capstones may be preserved and made accessible in Skidmore's institutional repository, Creative Matter. Why do it? Because Creative Matter will preserve students’ scholarship and make it available to future researchers here at Skidmore and around the globe. Students will receive a permanent URL to include in their resume and retain copyright as author. Upload instructions and more information are available online.


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 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.


Reunion Student Assistant Positions

The Office of Alumni Relations and College Events has temporary job openings for students (16 to 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.


Skidmore Shop

From now until June 24, enjoy an additional $50 off education pricing on MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs at the Skidmore Shop. Contact Doug Chang at or 518-580-5491 for more information.


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May 4-13

The Juniors Show

Schick Art Gallery

Thursday, May 12


Curator’s Tour of ‘Lauren Kelley: Location Scouting’

Tang Teaching Museum

Friday, May 13

6–8 p.m.

Senior Thesis Opening Reception

Tang Teaching Museum

May 13-21

Senior Thesis Art Exhibition

Tang Teaching Museum

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