Sep 302010
 Posted by on September 30, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

I seldom send out group e-mails however I am making this exception because I am hoping you will announce to your students that the Habitat for Humanity Student Chapter will be holding its first meeting of the year this Monday, October 4th in Lang 111 at 2 p.m.

This Monday is the perfect day to kick off our chapter because Monday also is World Habitat Day 2010 and events are being organized across the world for this organization. So please help HVCC to be part of this important celebration by supporting our club.

Please let your students know that our student chapter has something for everyone. Although students in Engineering Sciences, Civil Tech, Construction Tech or Architecture seem obvious choices to belong to this club, Habitat International requires we have four varied and distinct functions. They are:

o Building

o Fundraising

o Advocating

o Educating

Students in the social sciences, business, criminal justice and education fields, to name just a few, all are important to this club. We also need facebook and Web support specialists. So please, won’t you take a few minutes in your next class to let them know of our meeting this Monday in Lang? Even better please print and post the attached announcement.

By the way, the first house we will be working on this year was designed by an HVCC graduate and is being built here in Troy. Activities we talked about last year included a tentathon to raise awareness (and funds) on homelessness, bake sales, public awareness campaigns and of course house builds.

One last item, should any of you want to co-advise I could use the help. Thanks and hope to see your students.

Sue Kilgallon

P.S. To learn more about World Habitat Day 2010 go to

World Habitat Day.

Sep 302010
 Posted by on September 30, 2010

Here are five simple things you can do in your office:

1. Print double sided: saves on the purchase of paper

2. Turn it off: computer, lights, other equipment – the energy savings really adds up

3. Send used printer cartridges to Computer Services: credits received towards purchase of new equipment

4. Recycle paper: the college receives a rebate for every pound recycled

5. Scan it: distributing documents electronically saves paper and time

Got a suggestion? Send it to the Sustainability Committee:

Sep 302010
 Posted by on September 30, 2010

Kristan Pelletier, director of athletics, is pleased to announce that the college, in collaboration with Viking Video Technologies, will provide an Internet video broadcast of Saturday’s football game against Erie Community College.

The broadcast, which will begin with the noon kickoff, is the first-ever Internet video broadcast of a football game in the history of the institution.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity, and this type of broadcast is integral to the athletic department’s initiative to advance our recruiting efforts and promote our student athletes to the best of our capabilities,” said Pelletier. “I would like to thank Viking Video Technologies of Hudson Valley Community College for its detailed planning, organization and implementation of this effort.”

Sep 302010
 Posted by on September 30, 2010

On Sept. 28, Human Services students listened to a presentation by three people from GGZe Eindhoven, a large mental health agency in the Netherlands.

These individuals are part of a program called Experts by Experience, a college-level education and training program for persons who are consumers of mental health services and are seeking jobs in Human Services agencies. The guests were in the United States as part of an exchange program with The College of Saint Rose.

Topics included the history and current status of social services in Holland, cultural differences and similarities with the United States, and a description of the educational system.

Sep 292010
 Posted by on September 29, 2010

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by a 7.0 earthquake, killing 300,000 people, leaving 1.5 million homeless, without shelter, food, adequate sanitation, electricity, medicines and water. Haiti is a land of mud, rats and disease. Many of the children there are without parents.

Please consider contributing to ‘Operation Shoebox’ for the starving children in Haiti by filling a shoebox with food or supplies that will be shipped to the Croatian Relief Service in Haiti.

Due Date: Friday, October 1, 2010

To: Professor Nancy T. Cupolo, Department Chair, Teacher Preparation Department

Location Drop Off: Higbee Hall, Room 109

Your shoebox should be wrapped in Christmas paper with a post-it note attached that lists the contents. The shoebox maybe filled with any of the following:

– 2-3 lbs. of simple, cheap rice

– 2-3 lbs. of beans (no instant)

– non-perishable foods

– school supplies

– hard candies

 No toys made in China, no soaps, no used items or clothes

 If you would like to donate $2 – $3 for shipping costs, place the money in a sealed envelope marked ‘shipping’

Thank your for your support.

Sep 272010
 Posted by on September 27, 2010

The women’s volleyball team (8-7) picked up five wins in the Holyoke Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.

The Lady Vikings defeated Nashua Community College, Holyoke Community College, Word of Life, Springfield College and Northern Essex Community College.

Julia Christian (Catholic Central/Cohoes) had a tremendous tournament with 36 kills and 30 digs before an injury ended her tournament early.

The Lady Vikings will next play Word of Life at home on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m.

Sep 272010
 Posted by on September 27, 2010

The football team (0-4) was defeated by Dean College, 23-3, on Saturday. The Vikings went down, 13-0, in the first half before they were able to put together their best drive of the day resulting in a field goal before the half expired.

Defensively, the Vikings created opportunities, as they intercepted four Bull Dog passes in the contest. The Vikings offense had troubles of its own, turning the ball over three times leading to the 23-3 loss.

Hudson Valley’s Julius Williams (Nottingham/Syracuse) had a career day with three interceptions out of the safety position.

The Vikings will play its second home game of the season on Saturday, Oct.2 against Erie Community College.

Sep 272010
 Posted by on September 27, 2010

The women’s tennis team played a double match against Mohawk Vallley Community College on Saturday. The Lady Vikings defeated Mohawk Valley in both matches, 5-2 and 4-3.

The two wins are Hudson Valley’s first of the season.

The Lady Vikings’ Kyrssie Brito (Lewis D. Brandeis/Bronx) won each match she competed in, including two singles matches and two doubles matches. Brito’s doubles partner, Teresa Dinovo (Colonie/ Colonie), also won a singles match to add to Hudson Valley’s success.

Sep 272010
 Posted by on September 27, 2010

The men’s and women’s cross country team ran in the Southern Vermont College Invitational on Saturday. The men had another strong showing as they took fourth out of 13 teams. The women competed as a full team for the first time this season and took sixth place out of 10 teams.

The men were once again led by Eric Young (Shaker/Latham), who came in second place overall out of 103 runners with a time of 30:31 on the five-mile course. Also placing well were Devon Sedgwick (Shaker/Latham) and David Degon (Ballston Spa/Aiken, SC), who came in 11th and 17th, respectively.

Amanda Slyer (Averill Park/Troy) came in 14th out of 63 runners with a time of 24:04 on the 5K course for the women. Nicole Dootz (Bethlehem/Feura Bush) came in just behind Slyer in 16th place.

The men and women next run in the Delhi 5K Classic on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Sep 272010
 Posted by on September 27, 2010

The men’s soccer team (2-3-1) was shut out at home against Broome Community College, 2-0, on Saturday. The Vikings had opportunities and had difficulty capitalizing after going down, 1-0, early in the first half.

The men will play at Clinton County Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Sep 272010
 Posted by on September 27, 2010

The women’s soccer team (3-5) was defeated by Broome Community College, 3-0, on Saturday.

The women will play at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Sep 272010
 Posted by on September 27, 2010

You can put a significant dent in your electricity usage by cutting down on your clothes dryer use. Nearly 5.8 percent of the energy expended in a typical home is from dryer usage. Besides, clothes last longer if air-dried.

A clothes line or drying racks will hold everything from sock to towels to pants. Hang shirts to dry on hangers. Run the dryer only when absolutely necessary.

Send green comments, suggestions or questions to

Sep 272010
 Posted by on September 27, 2010

Times Union Photographer John Carl D’Annibale captured this recent view of the Empire State Plaza and beyond from the top level of Hudson Valley Community College’s new parking garage.

Sep 242010
 Posted by on September 24, 2010

The Hudson Valley Community College women’s tennis team came back from Herkimer County Community College with an 8-1 loss on Thursday.

The lone Lady Viking win came from third singles player Teresa Dinovo (Colonie, Colonie). Dinovo defeated her counterpart in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

The women have a home match against Mohawk Valley Community College on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.

Sep 242010
 Posted by on September 24, 2010

On Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, the Zimbra servers will be upgraded to to the latest level of software to address some known issues and to enhance available features.

The system will be down from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. to complete the upgrade.

Computer Services.

Sep 242010
 Posted by on September 24, 2010

Information to be posted on digital signs across campus must be submitted to the e-mail address Submissions will not be accepted at any other e-mail address.

Submit your information at least five days prior to the date you want it to appear on the monitor(s). Five days are needed for administrative processing.

Events/information submitted must be sponsored by college departments or organizations. Notices promoting activities not connected with Hudson Valley Community College may not be posted without approval from the Office of Student Activities.

You may request to post on specific locations or all, as follows: Siek Campus Center, Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Marvin Library, Brahan Hall, McDonough Sports Complex and Cogan Hall. Indicate your preference in the body of your e-mail.

Sep 242010
 Posted by on September 24, 2010

Hello everyone,

Please donate to the student food pantry!

During this tough economy our students need our help. Numerous students have been utilizing the campus food pantry and we are presently down to: two peanut butters, two salsas and six boxes of pasta. I am reaching out to the campus community because I know we can do better!

The goal is to report back in a month and say the items in the food pantry are so numerous that I can’t even count it all! Let’s not wait for the holidays to donate when our students need us now.

Donations may be dropped off at the Student Activities Office, located on the second floor of the Siek Campus Center.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Jaime Miller

Sep 242010
 Posted by on September 24, 2010

Come join President Drew Matonak at the first Viking Cup event as Hudson Valley Community College students take on the faculty and staff in a game of softball at Bruno Stadium.

This event will be held at Bruno Stadium in conjunction with Fall Fest to be held on Oct. 7. Batting practice begins at 11:30 a.m. and the game will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Please contact Ken Dagostino if you wish to sign up,

We still are looking for nine men and nine women to represent the Faculty and Staff team. A few spots remain open. Participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Hope to see you all there!

Please note: Employees do not need to charge personal time to participate on Drew’s team.

Sep 232010
 Posted by on September 23, 2010

The Hudson Valley Community College women’s soccer team (3-4) lost its third game in-a-row during a murderous six-game road stretch to Tompkins-Cortland Community College on Wednesday.

The ladies had been riding a three-game winning streak.

The Lady Vikings will play next at home against Broome Community College on Saturday, Sept. 25 at noon.

Sep 232010
 Posted by on September 23, 2010

The Hudson Valley Community College men’s soccer team (2-3-1) drew with Adirondack Community College, 1-1, on Wednesday.

The Vikings controlled the tempo for most of the match which resulted in a Miguel Pinto (Windham-Ashland-Jewett/ Windham) top corner goal in the first half. The Vikings would hold the one-goal lead until the Timberwolves of Adirondack struck with 26 minutes remaining. The contest would go into two sets of extra-time that saw no score and completed the stalemate.

Renardo Dixon’s (Central/ Bridgeport, CT) five saves helped to keep Hudson Valley from being on the losing end of the match.

The men will play Broome County community College on Saturday, Sept. 25 at home at 2:30 p.m.

Sep 222010
 Posted by on September 22, 2010

The Center for Effective Teaching allocates funding to provide our teaching faculty with access to state of the art instructional technology and scheduled access to knowledgeable colleagues who can walk you though the learning curve to incorporating this technology in your classes.

All of this can be found in BTC-1052 — the Faculty Resource Room, an area specifically designed as a resource for college faculty.

Whether it be access to a PC to check your e-mail, a few quick copies, the need to make a phone call, to scan or fax a document… the Faculty Resource Room is available to all who teach.

For a part of each day, the room is staffed with a Faculty Mentor, who is there to help with any questions or issues regarding teaching and learning and/or the use of instructional technology.

Many of your colleagues spend time between classes using the facilities. For others, it is a quick stop to make a call or photocopy an attendance record. The resources available in BTC-1052 are there to support your work on campus and if you haven’t taken advantage of all that is offered, we encourage you to do so.

More information about the Faculty Resource Room and the Faculty Mentor Program can be found at the CET web pages:

Faculty Resource Room

Faculty Mentors

Sep 222010
 Posted by on September 22, 2010

The Faculty Student Assocation values feedback and when it comes to the food on campus, we know that many of you have strong opinions… and great ideas.

The FSA, together with Chartwells, wants to make sure that your voice is heard. We invite you to join the Food Service Committee!

As a member of the Food Service Committee, you will:

–Sample and critique new recipes and products

–Discuss quality and customer service with Chartwells representatives

–Raise and address concerns

–Help implement creative solutions

The first Food Service Committee meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Siek Campus Center Food Court area. Students, staff and faculty are all invited to participate.

To volunteer or to find out more information, please contact Lori Christian, FSA program assistant, at ext. 7143 or

Sep 212010
 Posted by on September 21, 2010

The Hudson Valley Community College women’s (3-3) and men’s (2-3) soccer teams traveled to Syracuse to take on Onondaga Community College on Monday, Sept. 20. The women were defeated, 2-1, and the men fell, 2-0.

The Lady Vikings’ leading scorer, Sydney Jenkins (Columbia/ East Greenbush) scored the lone Hudson Valley goal on a feed from Meg Crowe (Ausable Valley/ Wilmington).

The men were held scoreless in their contest. Hudson Valley goalie Renardo Dixon (Central/ Bridgeport, CT), had eight saves on the evening.

The women will travel to Cortland to play Tompkins-Cortland Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and the men will host Adirondack Community College on Wednesday.

Sep 212010
 Posted by on September 21, 2010

The Hudson Valley Community College women’s volleyball team (3-4) was defeated by Herkimer County Community College, on Monday, Sept. 20, in Herkimer, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17.

Hudson Valley’s Julia Christian (Catholic Central/ Cohoes) and Baleigh Morrow (Ravena/ Selkirk) each had five kills and four digs.

The ladies will next compete in the Holyoke College Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 25.