The following are student clubs connected to the ORSL. Current students: Check SkidSync for updates and more information on these clubs. Prospective students: Contact our office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to get in touch with student leaders from these groups.
Skidmore Christian Fellowship (CF) is a member chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. CF meets weekly in large group (Ignite, on Fridays) and small group gratherings and plans larger events and retreats on and off campus. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a national organization of Christian fellowships on college campuses all over the country that welcomes all individuals to our meetings, regardless of personal convictions, beliefs and backgrounds.
Hillel provides a community for Jewish students and serves as a resource for those interested in Jewish culture and religion. All are welcome. Hillel hosts weekly shabbat services and dinners and provides opportunities to participate in Jewish holiday observances. Skidmore Hillel works to creat an open, accessible and vibrant community. They host social, educational and Tikkun Olam (social action) events throughout the semester.
Muslim Students Association
This is a new group on campus just starting in fall 2017 to go through the process to become an official club. In previous semesters, Muslim students have coordinated with the ORSL and Hayat to hold Eid celebrations, attend local mosques for prayers and celebrations, carry out a refugee clothing drive, join for prayer at different locations on campus and generally build community. If you would like to get involved with this new group, contact the ORSL.
The Newman Club provides means for the spiritual, intellectual and social development of Catholic students at Skidmore. Each week, club members attend local masses, including the youth liturgy mass at St. Clements in Saratoga Springs. Car pools are available. Newman Club has also been involved with local and campus service projects, including interfaith collaborations. Masses can be arranged on campus by interested students in collaboration with the ORSL.
Rejoice is a nondenominational inspirational choir that seeks to unite the Skidmore community through inspirational songs and songs of worship. Their music is inspired by gospel music and spiritual music of all kinds, and they perform both a capella and with their band. Auditions are held every semester, and peformances happen on and off campus.
Hayat is a student club that raises awareness about the diverse cultures, traditions and politics of South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Though not a religoius group, the club often plans events that celebrate religious traditions from these regions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
A group of students with members of local Quaker meetings at least monthly at Wilson Chapel for social time and worship. Contact the ORSL for more information. The group is open to Quaker students as well as those interested in learning more about the tradition.
What about other traditions?
Don't see your tradition listed here? Some students choose to start their own clubs or informal gatherings focusing on specific traditions or topics. Talk to the ORSL, and we can help you get started, join with groups already in progress, and connect with advisors on and off campus.