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Skidmore Cares

Skidmore Cares — the College’s annual campus-wide effort to support individuals and families in need in our community — will take place Nov. 16-17. Now in its 17th consecutive year, Skidmore Cares provides a great opportunity to support local community agencies during this season of giving thanks. Visit the Skidmore Cares webpage for details on how to participate.

Dining hall lit up with green lights

With the campus glowing in green, the Skidmore community came together for an exciting Celebration Weekend filled with fun, family, and friends.

Renée Fritschel ’25 in dorm room  piece she selected by artist Victoria Manganiell

Maitreya Ravenstar ’25 and her roommate, Renée Fritschel ’25, slept outside the Tang Teaching Museum as part of Roommate, a Skidmore tradition that allows students to deepen their appreciation of art by borrowing artwork and living with it for an academic year.

Human Resources

Benefits open enrollment

Benefits open enrollment for eligible employees begins on Thursday, Nov. 3, and must be completed by the end of Friday, Nov. 18. A Benefits Fair will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, on the second floor of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. Additional information will be posted on the Benefits website, so check back frequently.


Mandatory anti-harassment training

All employees — faculty, staff, and student workers — are required to complete mandatory anti-harassment training by Friday, Oct. 28. Please review the College’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity, and Anti-Harassment Policies and Procedures for staff and faculty and then complete the “Prevent Discrimination and Harassment Together” module on the Compliance Training website. Faculty and staff (but not student employees) must also complete the training related to interacting with and the protection of minors, which is available on the same page. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.


Position openings

Human Resources would like to invite interested Skidmore staff to submit application materials for the openings listed below:


  • Technical Director, Lighting Designer, and Dance Theater Manager Dance Department
  • Technical Director Zankel Music 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 can access current open positions for external applicants here.

COVID-19 Updates

Skidmore will hold an on-campus COVID-19 updated bivalent booster clinic for faculty, staff, and students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Filene Recital Hall. Both the Moderna and Pfizer updated bivalent boosters will be available to all eligible individuals. You must book your appointment in advance. Please complete this paperwork and bring it with you to your appointment.


A detailed email on Sept. 19 reiterated that students and employees who have COVID-19 symptoms should stay home when sick, wear a mask around others in public, test, and closely follow isolation guidelines. All students and employees may pick free rapid tests at Case Information Desk or at Campus Safety. Students and employees must report positive test results. Updates are posted to the Campus Planning website and COVID-19 Dashboard.

Dining Services

Bread sales are back

Dining Services will again be selling bread starting Friday, Nov. 4. Orders must be received by Monday, Oct. 31, for pickup in the Atrium Café between 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. All breads (pumpkin chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, gluten-free pumpkin, sourdough, and ciabatta) are $5. Order online. Cash is not accepted.


Turkey dinners to go

Fully cooked, ready-to-heat turkey dinners feed up to six people for $45 and include 3 pounds of fully cooked turkey breast; homemade gravy; Yukon gold buttery mashed potatoes; cornbread stuffing; cooked green beans; and cranberry-orange relish. Email John Winnek to reserve. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 18. Pick up dinners at The Spa between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, or Wednesday, Nov. 23.


Burgess Café gift cards

Gift cards for Burgess Café can be purchased by calling ext. 5843 or contacting John Winnek or Stacey Tourtelot in The Spa.


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

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Paul Benzon, assistant professor of English, co-edited an issue of ASAP/Journal. Read more>>


Veena Chandra, private music instructor, performed at Fresno State University. Read more>> 


Jennifer T. Cholnoky, senior lecturer of geosciences, presented at a colloquium at Yale University. Read more>>


Candice C. Chu, visiting assistant professor of art, published an article on John Ashbery for The Brooklyn Rail. Read more>>


Kristofer Covey, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, presented to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Read more>>

Heather Hurst, associate professor of anthropology, is the first-place awardee for the ICOMOS Culture-Nature Prize. Read more>>


Aurelie Matheron, assistant professor of French, published an article in the International Journal of Francophone Studies. Read more>>


Oscar A. Pérez, associate professor of Spanish, and Viviana Rangil, professor of Spanish, published a chapter on Skidmore’s Language Across the Curriculum program. Read more>>


Saratoga Book Festival

Skidmore is supporting the second annual Saratoga Book Festival from Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 23. This year’s festival will offer more than two dozen sessions, workshops, and youth programs in downtown Saratoga Springs. Presenters include Skidmore community members Jennifer Fawcett, Beck Krefting, Joseph Cermatori, Susan Kress, and Erin McHugh ’74. Tickets to keynotes featuring Gregory Maguire and Meg Wolitzer are free to Skidmore students with their Skidmore IDs.


Friday night hockey bus

There will be a free fan bus from Case Center for the ice hockey exhibition game against Morrisville on Friday, Oct. 21. Buses leave Case at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game and will return at the end of the game.


Fall teams prep for playoffs

A pair of key Liberty League games highlight the weekend home sports schedule. The men’s soccer team (5-2-5 overall, 2-1-3 Liberty League) hosts league leader St. Lawrence (8-1-5, 4-0-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The field hockey team (8-7, 2-3) plays Rensselaer (6-8, 0-5) at home Sunday at noon in the team’s final regular-season league game.


Financial Aid Application workshop for students

Financial aid staff will assist students in completing their financial aid applications for the 2023-24 academic year on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. in Wyckoff Center. The priority re-application deadline is Friday, Dec. 2. Students should bring their laptop, FAFSA user ID and password, and copies of 2021 tax information.


SWOP Lunch and Workshop

Join Sustainability Office staff from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, on the second floor of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall for a catered lunch and workplace sustainability workshop to discuss the Sustainable Workplace Operations Program. Please register online. Contact Maggie Carmody ’24 for more information.

Skidmore Shop

Flash sale! Mac Mini only $499 (originally $699). Only one is remaining in stock. Contact Doug Chang for more information.


Skidmore Lifeworks Thanksgiving Basket Project

The annual Thanksgiving Basket Project helps local neighbors in need. To make a donation or learn how to help in other ways, visit the LifeWorks website. Consider noting “Skidmore” on your check or on the website. Skidmore initiated this program 35 years ago and continues to be among its largest institutional supporters.


‘Hoopy Halloween’ Open House

Stop by the hoop house by Wiecking Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, to learn more about the hoop house and enjoy Saratoga Apple cider and donuts. Contact for partnerships or questions.


International Education Week

Off-Campus Study and Exchanges invites you to be part of International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 14-18. Please consider holding an event during the week. You can find more information about IEW and how to submit an event to the IEW calendar on the OCSE website or by contacting Kendra Nelson.


Skidmore Encore

The 42nd annual Skidmore Encore faculty lecture series runs through Nov. 15. Current employees are invited to attend a faculty presentation at no cost. Contact Coleen Stephenson for more information.


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Wednesday, Oct. 19

6 p.m.

Eurydice Turning

Payne Room, Tang Museum


Friday, Oct. 21

7 p.m.

Ensemble Connect Performance


Sunday, Oct. 23

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Jayo Chandler

Tang Teaching Museum


Monday, Oct. 24

7 p.m.

Jacob Perlow Series: Reimagining Jewish Life in the Middle East and North Africa, 1800-Present

Davis Auditorium


Tuesday, Oct. 25

5 p.m.

Gabriel Fitzmaurice: The Listowel Literary Phenomenon

Wyckoff Center


Wednesday, Oct. 26

6:30 p.m.

Curating Eurydice

Payne Room, Tang Museum


Thursday, Oct. 27

6 and 7:30 p.m.

Plays at Play: Three Playwrights Respond to Art & Empathy

Tang Teaching Museum


Thursday, Oct. 20


Curator’s Tour of ‘Parallax: Framing the Cosmos’

Tang Teaching Museum


Saturday, Oct. 22

1 p.m.

Turning Pages: Artists’-Book Hangout

Tang Teaching Museum


Monday, Oct. 24

6 p.m.

'Rooted Out,' with director Julie Casper Roth

Gannett Auditorium


Monday, Oct. 24 

8 p.m.

Adenike Davidson: Gen Z, Afrofuturism, and Imagining a Better World: Octavia Butler and ‘Parable of the Sower’

Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center


Wednesday, Oct. 26

5 p.m.

Panel Discussion on Contemporary Ireland

Wyckoff Center


Thursday, Oct. 27

5:30 p.m.

Cleyvis Natera '99: Book Reading

Wyckoff Center



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