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Welcoming the Class of 2026

Skidmore is welcoming the largest first-year class in College history — 787 students drawn from a record pool of more than 13,000 applicants.

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This fall semester will bring exciting experiences and opportunities, as well as a special celebration of Skidmore’s Centennial as we look forward to the future. In a message to the Skidmore community, President Marc Conner welcomes all students, faculty, and staff to campus for the start of a new term.

Dining Services

Murray-Aikins Dining Hall now offers halal meat

In collaboration with the Muslim Student Association, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall has begun labeling halal meat that it had already been procuring and is now serving it with the proper protocol. The new measures broaden the range of foods available to members of the Muslim community. Other Skidmore community members will continue to enjoy the same range of great food in the award-winning dining hall. For more information, contact Mark Miller, Aliza Nazir '23, or Arham Hashmi '23.


Scrape your plates, save resources

Starting Thursday, Sept. 1, the dining hall will have compost bins at the dish line for collection of post-consumer food scraps. This effort supports campus waste diversion goals and brings Skidmore further in compliance with the NYS Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law.


ReuseMore is back

For a one-time fee of $5, students and employees can join the ReuseMore reusable container program at The Spa. In addition to supporting campus waste reduction, participants will get a $0.25 discount off purchases and be enrolled in The Spa’s frequent customer program. Melamine plates and bowls are also available for use at no cost.


Please visit the Dining Services website regularly for updates, Spa Specials, hours of operation, and other information.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Paul J. Arciero, Karen M. Arciero, and Stephen J. Ives, faculty in the Department of Health and Human Physiological Sciences, published a research study with students. Read more>>


Angela Beallor-Press, MDOCS documentarian in Community Co-Creation, exhibited at Pratt Manhattan Gallery and published an article. Read more>>


Barbara Black, professor of English, has published her book in paperback.

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Marta Brunner, College librarian, was interviewed for a Chronicle of Higher Education report. Read more>>


Kris Covey, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, received a pair of grants and presented on a pair of panels. Read more>>


James J. Kennelly, professor of management and business, delivered a keynote address in Austria. Read more>>


Rebecca McNamara, associate curator at the Tang Teaching Museum, was quoted in an Albany Times-Union article.

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Jess Sullivan, associate professor and associate chair of psychology, was awarded a National Science Foundation Collaborative Grant. Read more>>


Jess Sullivan, associate professor psychology, published articles with Leigh Wilton and Corinne Moss-Racusin, both associate professors of psychology. Read more>>


A.J. Schneller, assistant professor and associate director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, published an article with students.

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Denise Smith, professor of health and human physiological sciences, has been awarded a Fire Prevention and Safety grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Read more>>


Wendy Taylor, administrative assistant in the Office of Academic Advising, and Helen Woolley Sarro, assistant to the director of Admissions, have donated in excess of 450 pounds to combat hunger in the local area. Read more>>


Marketa Halova Wolfe, associate professor of economics, published an article. Read more>>


Important New Parking Permit Registration Information

Skidmore is making important changes to the vehicle registration process and to parking rules, and all student and employee vehicles will be issued new parking permits. All students, including those living off campus, must register their vehicle before the start of classes, and student permits must be affixed to vehicles. Among the changes, students residing on campus will no longer be allowed to park in administrative or academic parking lots such as Palamountain, Arts Quad A or B, Case Center, Jonsson Tower, North Hall, North Hall East, Williamson Sports Center, or Tang Museum between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Detailed information about the new regulations was sent in an email on Aug. 25 and is also available online. Students and employees should register their vehicles as soon as possible.


Opening Reception

President Marc Conner and Barbara Reyes-Conner invite faculty and staff to an Opening Reception on Friday, Sept. 9, to mark the start of the new school year. Drop in between 3:30 and 7 p.m. on the Scribner House lawn to catch up with colleagues and welcome new members to our campus community.


Staff and faculty meetings

The first faculty and staff meetings of the new academic year will take place on Friday, Sept. 9. The staff meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the second floor of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. For those unable to attend in person, hybrid access information to join via Zoom will be forthcoming. The faculty meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium and can also be attended remotely.


Open Forum: Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs Search

All are welcome to attend an open forum on the dean of the faculty/vice president for academic affairs search from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in Davis Auditorium. Members of the search committee and the Storbeck Search firm will provide an overview of the search process so far, give an update on progress, and answer any questions. This is also another opportunity to offer feedback on this important appointment.


Improvements to Skidmore’s main entrance

Skidmore’s main entrance improvement project is scheduled to resume this Friday, Sept. 9, when the main entrance sign will be removed and a temporary sign near the service entrance will be installed. The main entrance will be closed from Saturday, Sept. 10, through Tuesday, Oct. 11. Signage will direct all North Broadway traffic to enter and exit through the service entrance. The College also recently received final approvals to install a cul-de-sac at the end of North Broadway. Construction on that project is also set to begin this Saturday, Sept. 10, with the removal of necessary trees.


Save the Date: In It 7

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 30 for the seventh annual In It series – a suite of diversity and inclusion programs designed to raise our cultural fluency and strengthen our community. Additional details and the schedule of events and programming will soon be shared. Please monitor your email for information.


Introducing SGA President Nathaniel Lowell ’24

In April, Nathaniel E. Lowell ’24 was elected president of the Student Government Association (SGA) for a one-year term, which began May 23. A political science and history double major, Lowell has been in SGA since his first year, serving as a first-year senator during the 2020-21 academic year and as executive vice president in 2021-22.


SEFCU branch now open full time

The SEFCU branch, located between the Dining Hall and Jonsson Tower, is now operating from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The branch is closed from 1 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. The branch serves the entire campus community, employees and students.


Student Textbook Affordability Survey

Skidmore is partnering with 10 other colleges to gain a better understanding of how students are impacted by the cost of textbooks and other required course materials. Students are invited to participate in this Student Textbook Affordability Survey. Weekly prize drawings will take place. The results will contribute to efforts in the movement for affordable course materials.


COVID-19 Updates

Important information regarding COVID-19 policies and procedures — specifically regarding testing, masking, and isolation — was shared in an email to the Skidmore community Wednesday, Aug. 24. Please review the message carefully and be aware of required procedures and policies. Health Services’ detailed testing and management plan for monkeypox can be viewed on the Health Services webpage. Updates will continue to be posted to the Campus Planning website as they are announced.


Opening weekend wins for Thoroughbreds teams

Skidmore teams returned to action over the weekend. The field hockey team went 2-0 with a 9-0 win over Thomas College and a 4-1 win against St. Joseph’s College of Maine. The men’s soccer team is 1-0-1 after a 1-1 tie with Worcester Polytech and a 3-1 victory over UMASS Boston. The women’s soccer squad opened with a 4-0 home win against Castleton and then had a tough 1-0 loss at Plattsburgh. The volleyball team went 0-3 at the Springfield Invitational. The team is home for three matches this weekend, starting with a 5 p.m. Friday contest against Oneonta. On Saturday, the Thoroughbreds host Williams at 11 a.m. and Morrisville at 3 p.m.


Skidmore Shop

From now until Monday, Sept. 26, get AirPods with your purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad at the Skidmore Shop. You’ll also save with education pricing. Contact Doug at or 518-580-5491 for more info.


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Friday, Sept. 9

5:15 p.m.

Shabbat services

Wilson Chapel


Friday, Sept. 9

6:30 p.m.

Shabbat dinner (RSVP on Skidsync)



Saturday, Sept. 10

7:45 p.m.

Havdalah and fun with Hillel

Porter Plaza


Sunday, Sept. 11

11:30 a.m.

Brunch at Falstaff's (RSVP on Skidsync)


Sunday, Sept. 11

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Allie Serapillio

Tang Teaching Museum


Sept. 15 – Oct. 16

Selected Art Faculty Exhibition

Schick Art Gallery


Thursday, Sept. 15

5-6:30 p.m.

Selected Art Faculty Exhibition Reception

Schick Art Gallery

Friday, Sept. 16

2-4 p.m.

Wall Street 101 Panel and Networking session (RSVP required)

Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, Second Floor


Monday, Sept. 19

5 p.m.

Lecture: Jomaira Salas Pujols, Self-Identity or Racial Classification?

Virtual event


Monday, Sept. 19

6 p.m.

Arthur Zankel Lecture: Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Gannett Auditorium


Tuesday, Sept. 20

5:30 p.m.

Fox-Adler Lecture: Kate Teltscher, The best botany book every published

Gannett Auditorium


Tuesday, Sept. 20

6 p.m.

Malloy Lecture: Laylah Ali

Filene Hall

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