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"A true Skidmore fall semester"

August 24, 2020
by Sarah Condon-Meyers and James Helicke

Skidmore has embarked on a new fall semester that will be “unlike any other.”

Although many aspects of campus life are new  social distancing, mask wearing, weekly tests for COVID-19 and some courses held in tents  many other scenes from the first day of classes are more familiar: students picking up books, running to classes and catching up with friends.

According to Skidmore College President Marc C. Conner, the new term and academic year will require “heroic action” from students and all members of the Skidmore community to be successful.

“But the possibility of experiencing a true Skidmore fall semester, with great learning, memorable experiences, key activities and programs — this is precious, and it’s right here for the taking,” Conner said at virtual Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 23. “Let’s do it.”

Staff Photographer Sarah Condon-Meyers captured these scenes from the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

Skidmore’s campus continues to provide important services for students. Robert Baldwin ’22 searches for the right paint brush at the Skidmore Shop.

Skidmore’s campus continues to provide important services for students. Robert Baldwin ’22 searches for the right paintbrush at the Skidmore Shop.

Even with social distancing protocols in place, there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Here, first-year student Jo Blanco ’24 chats with a classmate near Scribner Library.

Even with social distancing protocols in place, there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Here, first-year student Jo Blanco ’24, right, chats with classmate Olivia Cenac ’24 near Scribner Library.

Professor and Chair of History Tillman Nechtman took advantage of the opportunity to teach Sailing the Seas with Captain Cook, a first-year Scribner seminar, outdoors.

Professor and Chair of History Tillman Nechtman took advantage of the opportunity to teach Sailing the Seas with Captain Cook, a first-year Scribner seminar, outdoors.

Skidmore’s award-wining Dining Services team continues to provide delicious meals for students on campus. Here, John Winnek, supervisor of retail operations, assists a student at the Spa, a popular place to grab a bite.

Skidmore’s award-wining Dining Services team continues to provide delicious meals for students on campus. Here, John Winnek, supervisor of retail operations, assists Katherine Norales '24 at the Spa, a popular place to grab a bite.

Senior Brennan Conroy ’21 picks up packages from the Skidmore Post Office, where stickers on the floor highlight proper social distancing protocols.

Senior Brennan Conroy ’21 picks up packages from the Skidmore Post Office, where stickers on the floor highlight proper social distancing protocols.

The first official day of fall classes was hot with high temperatures around 88 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius). Isabella Figlioli ’24 found a shady spot on Case Green to do some work.

The first official day of fall classes was hot with high temperatures around 89 degrees. Isabella Figlioli ’24 found a shady spot on Case Green to do some work.

 

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