WARNING: OWNING A SKIDMORE MIND HAS BEEN KNOWN TO CAUSE PROFOUND MOMENTS,
MAJOR BREAKTHROUGHS, AND MORE THAN ONE OR TWO “AHAS.” OWNERS SHOULD
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO USE THEIR MINDS CREATIVELY,
FOR GOOD VERSUS EVIL, AND CERTAINLY TO CONJURE UP INTERESTING WAYS TO LEARN
AMAZING THINGS WHILE HAVING A GOOD TIME. PROPER MAINTENANCE OF YOUR MIND
AND ADHERENCE TO THIS MANUAL, ALONG WITH A REFRESHER COURSE HERE AND THERE,
WILL REDUCE BOTH THE RISK OF INJURY AND, OF COURSE, IGNORANCE.
Safety Precautions TABLE OF CONTENTS
Incorrect operation due to ignoring
of instructions will cause harm or at
least limit your options. A Skidmore
mind is not intended for use by
young children without supervision.
Because of the heavy weight of the
Owning a Skidmore Mind..............................................................................2
mind (1,300 grams on average), it is
recommended that you have many
Why You Should Read This Manual.............................................................3
highly qualified professors assist you
with the installation. What a Skidmore Mind Can Create.............................................................4
How a Skidmore Mind Gets Created.............................................................5
Inside a Skidmore Mind..................................................................................6
Maintenance & Repair...................................................................................8
Options & Special Accessories........................................................................9
Charge your brain Helmet not required
Acquiring a Skidmore Mind..........................................................................11
Parts & Specifications....................................................................................12
Limited Lifetime Warranty............................................................................13
Plug in properly Do not install alone
For your records:
Model No. ________________________
(Graduation Year) 1
OWNING A SKIDMORE MIND Creative Thought Matters
Regardless of whether you already own a Skidmore mind or are contemplating getting one,
you should read this manual. There are more than 30,000 Skidmore minds out there, scattered
around the world. Doctors, lawyers, artists, engineers, and more. Minds that make music, write
code, counsel children, and defend the accused. Minds that build bridges, tear them down, and
subsequently divert oncoming traffic. Minds that read this manual.
Skidmore minds differ in ability, background, and interest. And they tend to wear different hats.
But they share a common belief that creative thought matters. That the world is made better and
our lives are moved by creative thought. In all disciplines and vocations. In business, politics, medicine,
and an occasional video game. Creative thought matters.
Synapse Check WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS MANUAL
What is your mother’s maiden name?
You will need this for the many forms
you are about to fill out, for Skidmore,
and for the next 50 years.
The average human chooses not to read an owners manual 94.3% of the time, resulting in (a) a
174% increase in time required to learn how to use the tool and (b) another 212% increase in time
required to learn how to optimize the tool. The overall GDP of the United States would increase
over 2.7% per annum if people would just read owners manuals.*
If that hasn’t convinced you, consider this tidy little syllogism: the effective use of your mind will
impact your ability to think; your ability to think will determine your ability to make the right
decisions; your ability to make the right decisions will result in better outcomes; better outcomes
will yield happiness and joy.
This manual will give you deep insight into the wonder and potential of a Skidmore mind, the risk
and responsibility that comes with owning one, and the simple fact that the little fellah up top is your
most precious asset. If you care about your future, about achieving your purpose in life, read on.
Future with Skidmore Future without Skidmore
*Owners manual statistics are intentionally fabricated to accentuate a point. 3
WHAT A SKIDMORE MIND CAN CREATE Snap-on Add Ons
While the tool is powerful, most users
opt to add an accessory here and there
in the form of international or domes-
tic study and/or graduate school. Sixty
A Skidmore mind is a powerful tool, capable of producing images, words, and ideas that move percent of Skidmore minds develop
people, make money, and transform bad situations into good. In the past decade alone, Skidmore abroad for a semester or year. The
program includes a two-prong plug
minds have landed Fulbrights, NIH postgraduate scholarships, and MacArthur “genius” awards.
converter and the opportunity to
They’ve helped create an anticancer agent; landed patents related to brain chemistry; had study language in Beijing, archaeology
archaeological work exhibited at the National Gallery of Art; launched the first-ever fleet of in Rome, economics in the heart of
hybrid taxis in the Big Apple; co-founded an Internet portal and search engine; founded award- the European Community, religion in
winning advertising networks; launched nonprofits serving Third World countries; and pro- New Delhi, Irish history in Dublin,
music or psychology in Vienna, and
duced network TV shows.
environmental studies in Costa Rica.
And if none of those experiences make
Other minds have become mechanical engineers, performance artists, social workers, and diplomats. your mind spin, more than 100 other
While the professions are diverse, the consequences are the same: the creation of thought, leading study programs are available through-
to good things, necessary things. out the world.
Another popular accessory is gradu-
ate school. Within five years of grad-
uation, some 60% of Skidmore grads
will have gone to grad school. They
have accessorized at Boston University,
Cambridge University (England), Col-
umbia, Cornell, Emory, Georgetown
Medical School, Harvard, London
School of Economics, NYU, North-
eastern, Oxford, Pratt Institute, Rut-
gers, Stanford, Yale, and more.
Exercise: Doodle in each circle, transforming each one into a distinct object or image. See how creative you can be!
The Mind Tenders (aka Faculty) HOW A SKIDMORE MIND GETS CREATED
Your Skidmore mind will be tended,
bent, and challenged by nearly 250
teacher-scholars. They are a diverse
group of experienced, accomplished
professionals, who know how to The process of converting a basic mind into a Skidmore mind is far too complicated to explain (see
make your frontal lobe ache, your Fig. 1), and arguably requires a Skidmore mind to understand it, which creates what some call
cerebellum smoke, and your mind
a catch-22. We’ll just go ahead and presuppose your intellectual abilities, while reducing the process
produce amazing things. Since there
is one brilliant mind tender to every to one mind-melding academic and social experience—the First-Year Experience (FYE)—and three
eight budding Skidmore minds, yours building blocks: foundation courses; the mother of all topics, your major; and electives.
is guaranteed not to end up on a dusty
bottom shelf in a jar full of formalde-
hyde. Eighty percent of the liberal
arts and sciences faculty hold doctor- Experience
al/highest degrees in their field, and
many have earned national and inter-
national recognition for the output
of their own minds, including the
Pulitzer Prize, Emmy, Guggenheim, Fig.1: The process of converting a basic mind into a Skidmore mind
and MacArthur ”genius“ awards, and
fellowships or grants from Fulbright,
NEH, NIH, and NSF. The First-Year Experience engages you immediately and deeply in your academic work through your
choice of one of 50 Scribner Seminars (limited to 15 students each) taught by a veteran faculty mem-
ber who serves not only as your instructor but also as your advisor and mentor. It also introduces an
interdisciplinary approach to learning and thinking, a hallmark of a Skidmore education.
Through a combination of foundation course requirements and electives, you can create your own
Skidmore mind (and select your major) based on your individual interests and passions. Your major
and mind will receive increasing attention and focus in your junior and senior years.
INSIDE A SKIDMORE M
MAINTENANCE & REPAIR Mind Acuity Exercises
1. How many ways can you divide this
square into four equal parts?
In order to remain healthy, your mind requires constant feeding and intellectual stimulation.
At Skidmore we believe that minds should “step out” on a regular basis—to try new things,
contemplate the extremes, experience the mundane, and question everything that crosses their
paths. Along with the importance of risk-taking (you can’t learn if you don’t stretch) is the impor-
tance of sleep. Yes, sleep. Without sleep your Skidmore mind can become a little mushy, and its
ability to generate thought, much less creative thought, will be severely hampered.
In situations where your mind appears not to be functioning correctly we suggest you first calculate
the amount of sleep it has received over the previous three days. If fewer than eight hours per day, sleep
deprivation could be causing temporary mental atrophy, otherwise known as TMA. Go to bed.
2. There are 10 socks of each of the
following colors in a drawer: blue,
Mixing diverse perspectives has been virtually proven to produce beneficial results—one reason green, red, yellow, and white. That’s
that close to 50% of Skidmore seniors graduate with either a double major or a major with one or a total of 50 socks. If the socks are
randomly distributed in the drawer
(i.e., not in pairs or any other group-
ing), and you are blindfolded, what
Many Skidmore minds balance left- and right-brain exploration—e.g., the physics major who excels is the minimum number of socks you
in the music studio; the business-focused sophomore who discovers a passion for politics; or the must draw from the drawer in order
performance artist who becomes enamored with computer animation. Lots of minds take MB 107, to be certain you have at least 2 socks
of the same color?
an introductory business course where student teams respond to real-world business problems.
And their mind-melded solutions are then presented to a panel of corporate executives. Many
others participate in faculty-student collaborative research—typically on a one-on-one basis.
How’s that for a little cranial pressure? You can find the answers online at
Sampling of Clubs & Organizations OPTIONS & SPECIAL ACCESSORIES
Asian Cultural Association
Model European Union
Skidmore Nutrition Action Council
The Skidmore News We devise the Skidmore mind to integrate with a multitude of options. Options that stimulate
Wombats (Ultimate Frisbee) creative thought, options that produce joy, learning, and a sense of accomplishment.
Skidmore Honors Forum
Raices (Hispanic focus) Skidmore minds have many options to explore. On campus, there are well over 1,000 films, lectures,
Jewish Student Union and performances to absorb each year and approximately 100 clubs and organizations in which
A cappella singing groups to participate. Many minds find their way into community service or service-learning, taking
Cabaret Troupe advantage of Benef-Action, the volunteer network on campus, membership in Honors Forum, and
participation in the year-end Academic Festival.
Skidmore Young Republicans
Environmental Action Club Encouraging minds to wander, off campus
Skidmore Progressives We have created the optimal growing environment for minds, combining the options and activities
Student Speakers Bureau on campus with an off-campus world that has it all.
Benef-Action (volunteer network)
WSPN (radio station)
Chemistry Club Saratoga Springs … cosmopolitan … social … historic … great restaurants, shops, and galleries … thor-
Yoga Club oughbred racing … famous spas … the Saratoga Performing Arts Center—site of top rock, jazz,
classical, and pop performances … the Adirondacks … Lake George … park benches to rest on …
easy access to New York and the rest of the world. Simply lots to do.
Skidmore … hundreds of wooded acres … modern athletic complex … riding facilities … trails for
jogging and cross-country skiing … an incalculable number of annual campus events … dorms like
palaces. Lots to take in.
OPTIONS & SPECIAL ACCESSORIES (continued) Intercollegiate Varsity Sports
(NCAA Division III)
Basketball (men, women)
Field Hockey (women)
Skidmore minds like to play, and they like to win. Golf (men)
The health of your Skidmore mind is closely tied to the health of your body. And thinking creatively Ice Hockey (men)
Lacrosse (men, women)
applies as much in the game of soccer as it does in a physics class.
Rowing (men, women)
Whether it’s basketball or softball, lacrosse or rowing, Skidmore’s athletics program focuses on the Soccer (men, women)
art and the science of the game. In addition to 19 varsity teams that compete against other top lib- Softball (women)
eral arts colleges in the Northeast, Skidmore offers wide-ranging options for intramurals and club Swimming and Diving (men, women)
Tennis (men, women)
sports, and personal recreation and fitness.
• Main gymnasium with three
• Swimming pool and diving well
• Racquetball courts
Baseball Basketball Field Hockey Golf Ice Hockey Lacrosse Riding • Weight room and human-
• Nine tennis courts
• New turf field hockey field
and adjacent softball field
• Castle Baseball Diamond and golf
Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming and Tennis Volleyball Fitness and • Aerobics and fitness area
Diving Recreational Sports
• Lighted turf playing field for
soccer, lacrosse, and intramurals
• Van Lennep Riding Center
10 • Rowing boathouse
Come Visit ACQUIRING A SKIDMORE MIND
You should plan to visit us by January
31 of your senior year. Group infor-
mation sessions, interviews, and tours
are offered weekdays from 9 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. throughout the year and on Thinking about acquiring a Skidmore mind?
Saturday mornings from September Creative thought is embodied in all that is Skidmore: curriculum, activities, campus setting, and
through January. If you would like to
in the nature of Saratoga Springs itself. We are a diverse world of minds, a world of academics,
schedule a group information session,
interview, or tour, sit in on a class, or performing artists, and athletes, who come together in the shared belief and commitment that
stay overnight in a residence hall, creative thought matters. If you share that belief, apply to Skidmore.
please contact the Admissions Office
at 800-867-6007. Need more data? Check out www.skidmore.edu or request our 28-page viewbook, Creative Thought Matters,
by calling 800-867-6007.
How to Find Us
Skidmore’s Saratoga Springs home is
located about 30 minutes north of What it takes to get a Skidmore mind
Albany, in the foothills of the We look first at the strength of your academic record—the quality of your high school courses,
Adirondack Mountains. To find us, your achievement in those courses, recommendations, and your standardized test scores.
take Interstate 87 (the Adirondack
Northway) to Exit 14 and head west
We then look for personal qualities—students who are open-minded (pun intended), are exemplary
toward downtown Saratoga Springs.
This is Union Avenue. Where Union citizens, and care for others; students who have exhibited initiative and creative thinking,
ends at Circular Street, take a right; both in school and outside it; students who will thrive in an environment of intellectual freedom,
then take your first left onto Spring creative risk-taking, and academic rigor.
Street. At the top of the hill, take
a right onto Broadway and proceed
While we’re looking for a common spirit of learning and giving, we also seek to enroll classes
through six traffic lights onto North
Broadway. Continue about one mile. that are as diverse as possible. Diversity reflects our world, and drawing the best from different
The Eissner Admissions Center is on perspectives usually results in greater things. Our student body is composed of men and women
the right, opposite the College’s main from a wide spectrum of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.
PARTS & SPECIFICATIONS
The following is a list of Enrollment: Approximately Calendar: fall and spring network connections, with Internet Off-Campus Study: Skidmore
specifics that begin to address 2,400 students, from 47 states semesters, followed by two access, in all residence hall rooms international programs in China,
the who, what, how, when, and 46 countries optional five-week summer England (including the London
and where of creating a sessions, internships, and collabo- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; College First-Year Experience program),
Skidmore mind. The why is Gender Mix: 41% men, rative research opportunities and departmental honors; France, India, and Spain; affilia-
simple: because Creative 59% women Periclean (our own academic tions with other institutions that
Thought Matters. Faculty: 249 full-time; 80% hold honor society for juniors and take students for a semester or a
African-American, Latino, the doctoral or highest degree in seniors); Skidmore Honors Forum; year to an additional 125 pro-
Specifications Asian-American, and Native their field affiliations with national honor grams in Africa, Asia, Australia,
American Students: Class of societies in economics, French, Europe, Latin America, and New
Founded: 1903 2011 (23%), Class of 2012 Student-Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1 history, mathematics, physics, Zealand; affiliation with National
(21%), Class of 2013 (20%), political science, psychology, Student Exchange to provide
Location: Saratoga Springs, overall student body (15%) Class Size: Average is 17; more sociology, and Spanish domestic exchange opportunities
N.Y., a cosmopolitan city of than 95% of all classes have at more than 200 campuses in
30,000 in the Capital District Admission: Highly competitive; fewer than 30 students, and 1% Preprofessional & the U.S.; Washington Semester
region, three hours’ drive from last year Skidmore received 6,403 more than 50 Cooperative Programs: (12-week internship in conjunc-
New York City, Boston, and applications for a first-year class Premedicine, child development, tion with American University);
Montreal targeted at 675 (including 35 Library: 427,000 volumes; and elementary education; M.A. affiliation with Marine Biological
students spending their first 40,000 journals and periodicals in teaching with Union University; Laboratory in Woods Hole,
Program: Four-year, private, non- semester in London); 42% of (print and electronic); 15,000 3+2 and 3/2 programs in engi- Mass.; and Hudson-Mohawk
denominational, coeducational, applicants were offered admis- DVDs, and CDs: 3,600 electronic neering with Dartmouth College Association of Colleges and
liberal arts sion; 38% enrolled under Early books; interlibrary loan; advanced and Clarkson University; and Universities.
Decision; SAT and ACT scores: information technology 4+1 M.B.A. program with
Degrees: B.A., B.S., M.A. (in median for admitted students Clarkson and Union; DPT/OT Costs for 2009–10: $39,600
liberal studies) was 1320 and 30, respectively Computing Resources: 350 program with Sage Graduate tuition; $820 fees; $6,376
Mac and Windows PCs in School; dual degree program room; $4,400 board.
Retention Rate: 93% (fall to fall) general-purpose microcomputer with RPI for engineering. Total: $51,196
12 rooms; 24 Linux workstations;
PARTS & SPECIFICATIONS (continued)
Majors Economics History Minors ReMINDers
• Economics-French • History-Philosophy Most majors have corre-
• Economics-German International Affairs sponding minors. Minors are Creative Thought
• Economics-Spanish Mathematics also available in Italian, early Matters
• Economics-Mathematics* Music childhood education, Latin
• Economics-Philosophy* Neuroscience American Studies, and law
• Economics-Sociology Philosophy and society. Skidmore Minds =
Education Studies Physics Creative Thought
English Political Economy Special Academic Options
• English-French Psychology Premedical Program
• English-German • Psychology-Sociology Prelaw Advising Creative Thought
• English-Spanish Religious Studies + You = Success
• Business-Spanish 4+1 M.B.A. Programs
• English-Philosophy Self-Determined Major
• Business-Economics 3+2 and 3/2 and dual degree
Environmental Studies Social Work
• Business-Government Engineering Programs
Exercise Science Sociology Act Now!
• Business-Mathematics M.A.T. Program
French • Sociology-Anthropology Call 800-867-6007
French Area Studies Spanish DPT/OT Program
Geosciences Theater Internships and service-
German Women’s Studies learning opportunities (for Limited Lifetime Warranty
Dance academic credit)
Government This warranty, or any implied
• Government-French *To be phased out in 2011 Honors Forum warranty, does not cover nor-
• Government-German Collaborative Research mal wear and tear, and all
• Government-Spanish (faculty-student) warranties are void if the mind
• Government-History International and Domestic is used for nonconstructive
• Government-Philosophy Study Options activities.
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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632
Phone: 800-867-6007 or 518-580-5570