News and announcements from Skidmore College

Weekly Bulletin

Weekly Highlights

  • News: Rowing sends three boats to Head of the Charles
  • Jennifer Fawcett on why we like to be scared
  • Open enrollment begins next week with a Benefits Fair
  • On-campus COVID-19 booster clinic Friday, Nov. 4
  • New procedure to submit announcements to Skidmore Weekly Bulletin

Skidmore News

Jennifer Fawcett

Jennifer Fawcett, visiting assistant professor of English and author of the eerie page-turner “Beneath the Stairs,” explains the attraction of frightening fiction and how it allows us to explore some of our deepest fears.

Skidmore rowing team

Skidmore recently participated in the largest, most prestigious rowing regatta in the world, an exciting accomplishment for the growing program.

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.


Position openings

Human Resources invites interested Skidmore staff to submit application materials for the openings listed below:

  • Assistant Director for Student Outreach, Opportunity Program

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.


An email on Tuesday, Oct. 25, noted that Skidmore continues to keep a close eye on the COVID-19 Community Level in Saratoga County, which is currently medium. Skidmore remains a mask-supportive community and encourages all to get a COVID-19 booster as soon as possible. Free KN95 masks continue to be available to all on campus, and all students and employees may pick up free rapid tests at Case Information Desk or at Campus Safety. Updates are posted to the Campus Planning website and COVID-19 Dashboard. The College also encourages all to consider getting a flu shot.

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 Arciero, professor of health and human physiological sciences, was recently featured in Healthnews.

Read more>>


Giuseppe Faustini, professor of Italian, published a review in Annali d’Italianistica. Read more>>


Bernard Possidente, professor of biology, and Sarita Lagalwar, associate professor of neuroscience, co-authored an article with recent two recent alumni in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Read more>>

Marc Conner, president and professor of English, is co-editor of the new book “Screening Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama” (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2022). Read more>>


Hajar Hussaini, visiting assistant professor of English, has published her debut poetry collection, “Disbound,” with University of Iowa Press. Read more>>


Mahesh Shankar, associate professor of international affairs, published a chapter in “The Routledge Handbook of the International Relations of South Asia.” Read more>>


New Skidmore Weekly Bulletin submission procedure

Please help reduce bulk emails by posting your announcement in the Bulletin. Submit announcements and events, academic lectures, and faculty-staff achievements by completing the appropriate online form. The deadline for all submissions is noon on Monday. Please email if you have questions.


Skidmore Cares returns Nov. 16-17

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.


Friday night hockey bus

There will be a free fan bus to the following Skidmore ice hockey games: Friday, Oct. 28; Saturday, Nov. 5; Friday, Nov. 18; and Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. The bus departs Case Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Megan Buchanan.


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.


November brings National Career Development Month to Skidmore

Explore Skidmore’s Peer Advisor Network Nov. 1-4, find your next job or internship Nov. 7-11, participate in the National Student Leadership Diversity Convention Nov. 18-19, or have your resume critiqued. Learn more and register online.


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.


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 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.

Village Treats

The Office of Residential Life hosts Village Treats in Sussman and Northwoods Villages from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Participating apartments will be identified by a pumpkin sign attached to the door. Contact the Office of Residential Life for more information.


Super Saturday highlights full weekend of home Skidmore sports

There will be 18 intercollegiate events in Saratoga this weekend. The volleyball team will host the Skidmore Invitational Oct. 29-30. The Thoroughbreds will feature eight teams, playing 11 matches. The big match will be the Liberty League showdown with RIT at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29. The ice hockey team opens its season at home at 7 p.m. on Friday against Chatham. The teams will play again at 4 p.m. Saturday for Senior Day. The men’s soccer team will hold its Senior Day at home at 2 p.m. Saturday against Bard. The Skidmore Volleyball Invitational continues on Saturday with Skidmore playing Alfred at noon and Potsdam at 4 p.m. The unbeaten men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams open their home schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday against Clarkson. The men’s and women’s rowing teams will compete in the Head of the Fish on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.


Kids Night Out

Kids ages 5 to 14 are invited to participate in well-supervised recreational activities from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Williamson Sports Center. Recreation activities include swimming, basketball, kickball, soccer, dodgeball, and other sports. The cost is $10 per child. Save the dates for Fridays, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Jan. 27, 2023, and Feb. 3, 2023. For more information, email Ron Plourde.


Skidmore Shop

Join the Skidmore Shop Thursday and Friday for its Fall Sidewalk Sale and enjoy 40% off the original price. Eligible items will be displayed on the racks outside the shop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


‘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.


Honoring grief and celebrating memories for Día de los Muertos

Raíces and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life invite the Skidmore community to participate in the observance of Día de los Muertos. There will be an ofrenda (altar) in Case Gallery from Sunday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 5, on the second floor of Case Center near Burgess Cafe. You are invited to stop by for reflection, add a memory or image, and learn more about the traditions related to this observance. More information is available on SkidSync.


Wednesday, Oct. 26

5 p.m.

Panel Discussion on Contemporary Ireland

Wyckoff Center


Wednesday, Oct. 26

6:30 p.m.

Curating Eurydice

Payne Room, Tang Museum


Oct. 27 – Dec. 2

True to Type

Schick Art Gallery


Thursday, Oct. 27

11:15 a.m.

Grounding Early Reading Instruction in a Theory of Learning: Deciding What to Teach and Why

Palamountain Hall 202


Thursday, Oct. 27

5:30 p.m.

Cleyvis Natera ‘99: Book Reading

Wyckoff Center

Thursday, Oct. 27

6 and 7:30 p.m.

Plays at Play: Three Playwrights Respond to Art & Empathy

Tang Teaching Museum


Friday, Oct. 28

7 p.m.

Aaron Goldberg Trio (Jazz)

Zankel Music Center


Saturday, Oct. 29

7 p.m.

Ariel Quartet: American Dreams (Strings)

Zankel Music Center


Sunday, Oct. 30

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Chiara Garcia-Ugarte ’25

Tang Teaching Museum


Monday, Oct. 31

6 p.m.


Tang Teaching Museum

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