Oct 292010
 Posted by on October 29, 2010

From left, Tracey Wardwell, M&T vice president and a member of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation’s Board of Directors; Michael T. Keegan, M&T Bank regional president for Albany and Hudson Valley North; Drew Matonak, Hudson Valley Community College president; Courtney Haydock from the M&T Charitable Foundation; and Sarah Boggess, president of the Foundation.

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation has received a $50,000 gift commitment from M&T Bank to benefit the college’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta. The funds will be utilized to support the facility.

“Hudson Valley Community College plays an important role in preparing students for the careers of a global economy. M&T’s investment in the TEC-SMART initiative is an investment in a state-of-the-art facility that is training Capital Region residents for the economic engine that will propel our region’s future. M&T Bank’s success is directly related to the economic health of the communities we serve and our support of this classroom is indicative of our commitment to Capital Region’s success,” said Michael T. Keegan, M&T Bank Regional President for Albany and Hudson Valley North.

In honor of M&T’s leadership commitment, the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees voted this fall to name a classroom at TEC-SMART.

M&T has donated $10,500 over the past three years to support scholarships for the college’s ‘College in the High School’ program, which allows local students to take college-level coursework before graduating from high school.

-M&T Bank is a great friend and partner to the college and its charitable foundation. It is a thrill for the Foundation to be able to recognize M&T for its leadership gift to TEC-SMART,’ said Sarah Boggess, president of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation.

Boggess also thanked M&T Vice President Tracey Wardwell, who serves as an officer on the Foundation Board of Directors.

M&T’s most recent commitment was made as part of the Foundation’s comprehensive campaign, The Promise of Our Region: The Campaign for the Community, which has sought funding for high-tech, nursing and automotive academic programs.

Oct 292010
 Posted by on October 29, 2010

The Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society is in third place in the running for a $25,000 grant, but your daily vote is needed!

Each day, please visit the Website www.VoteToSaveLives.com and cast a vote for NY Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society.

Votes may be cast once a day (per e-mail address) through Sunday, Oct. 31.

If you have any trouble getting on Website, visit the Humane Society’s website at www.mohawkhumane.org.

The shelter staff and volunteers work very hard for these poor animals and this is a really easy fundraiser — just a click a day!

Let’s all vote every day and make them number 1!

Oct 282010
 Posted by on October 28, 2010

The Election Committee would like to congratulate and welcome the new members of the Senate. We hope your experience with the Senate is fulfilling.

Elected to the position of Senator for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is Shawna-Kay E. Addison. Elected to the vacant Adjunct position on the Senate for 2013 is Sarah S. Retersdorf. Elected to fill the Faculty position on the Elections Committee is Nola J. Kelly-Gondek.

Thank you,

John K. Dyson

Election Committee Chair

Oct 272010
 Posted by on October 27, 2010

The Hudson Mohawk Humane Society is now fourth. It could receive a $25,000 grant if you will make it first! Vote every day through Sunday, Oct. 31!

Click this link www.VoteToSaveLives.com.

Do it for the animals!

Oct 262010
 Posted by on October 26, 2010

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation leadership, staff, colleagues and students will be visiting employees throughout the week who supported student learning through their donations to the 2009-2010 Employee Campaign for the Annual Fund and/or a specific fund.

We’re coming to say thank you!

Oct 262010
 Posted by on October 26, 2010

The Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society is in the running for a $25,000 grant, but your daily vote is needed!

Each day, please visit the Website www.VoteToSaveLives.com and cast a vote for “NY Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society.”

Votes may be cast once a day (per e-mail address) through Sunday, Oct. 31.

If you have any trouble getting on Website, visit the Humane Society’s website at www.mohawkhumane.org.

The shelter staff and volunteers work very hard for these poor animals and this is a really easy fundraiser — just a click a day!

The Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society currently is in 4th place. Let’s all vote every day and make them number 1!

Oct 262010
 Posted by on October 26, 2010

During the Evening Student Reception from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, Sisters Incynch will be accepting donations for LOVE146, a not-for-profit organization working to bring an end to sex trafficking of girls in the United States.

The reception will be held on the second floor of the Siek Campus Center.

Thank you.

Tamu Chambers

Club Advisor

Oct 252010
 Posted by on October 25, 2010

Campus Center Food Court

Monday – Salisbury Steak

Tuesday – Stuffed Cabbage

Wednesday – Chicken Parmesan

Thursday – Goulash

Friday – Stuffed Sole

Soup: Food Court, Williams, Brahan

Monday – Garden Vegetable, Beef Stew

Tuesday – Italian Wedding, Potato Cheese

Wednesday – Chicken Gumbo, Southwestern Vegetable

Thursday – Minestrone, Beef Barley

Friday – New England Clam Chowder, Old Fashion Tomato

Soup: Starbucks

Monday – Garden Vegetable

Tuesday – Italian Wedding

Wednesday – Chicken Gumbo

Thursday – Minestrone

Friday – New England Clam Chowder

Monthly Special – Saboroso Fresh Mex

Breakfast Special – Ultimate Steak Breakfast Sandwich

Grill Special – Super Sliders

Risotto of the Month – Tuesday, Oct. 26th Food Court

Oct 252010
 Posted by on October 25, 2010

The following title is scheduled for a Renssealer County Civil Service exam:

Telephone Receptionist (exam # 61-148)

The last filing date for the above exam is Nov. 30, 2010 and the exam date is Jan. 22, 2011.

Oct 252010
 Posted by on October 25, 2010

The Midterm Check survey provides students with feedback on their learning styles based on their responses to 42 statements. Students can click to the survey from the home page (www.hvcc.edu) in the weeks after midterm grades are posted or find the link at olac.hvcc.edu, the Online Learning Assistance Center.

The results are generated on the computer screen as soon as the student completes the survey, providing the student with guidance to academic support services on campus. Students are encouraged to print the results to review later, share with their advisors or discuss with Don Frament, education specialist, in the LAC.

Students with low midterm grades and all new students soon will receive a letter encouraging them to take the Midterm Check survey. The Office of Instructional Support Services and Retention asks the campus community to recommend this self-assessment instrument to all students to explore their learning styles and maximize their opportunities for academic success.

If you have questions or comments regarding the Midterm Check instrument or other retention programs, please contact Kevin McNeelege at ext. 7638 or h.mcneelege@hvcc.edu.

Thank you for your support of student success and retention!

Oct 212010
 Posted by on October 21, 2010

Math faculty member Joel Glickman has always been fascinated by space flight. Next week, he’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the final Space Shuttle launches up close.

Here’s how Joel describes how he came upon the opportunity and what he expects to see:

“I witnessed my first space shuttle launch in April of this year and found out that NASA sponsored a special VIP program using Twitter. It is called the NASA Tweetup. Users of the social networking service Twitter have an opportunity to sign up for the NASA Tweetup and be selected for a two-day event which culminates in unprecedented access to the shuttle launch. NASA has set up a special tent for us just outside the Vehicle Assembly Buliding (VAB) which is where the shuttle / booster stack is assembled before it is slowly tractored to launch pad 39A. If you’ve ever watched TV coverage of the launch, you’ve probably seen the big countdown clock.

We will be parked right near this clock and will be among the closest human beings to the launch itself, other than the astronauts themselves. To give you an idea of where we will be situated, take a look at this map.

On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, will we be meeting astronauts, administrators and NASA engineers. We will also be treated to a live demonstration of Robonaut, a fully robotic astronaut that will be making its way to the ISS space station soon.”

Here is some more info about this experience: www.nasa.gov/connect/tweetup.

Oct 212010
 Posted by on October 21, 2010

Now that the tempature outside is dropping, the Enviornmental Health & Safety Department has put together some great information on the Web on how to find the right space heater and how to prevent a fire in your office.

Remember any heater used on campus must be approved and inspected by both Phyiscal Plant and Environmental Health and Safety.

For portable space heater safety tips, please go to: https://www.hvcc.edu/ehs/fire/spaceheaters.html.

For additional safety information for your home, please go to the Consumer Product Safety Commions Web site: www.cpsc.gov.

Oct 202010
 Posted by on October 20, 2010

Every five years the American Heart Association reviews and releases updated CPR Guidelines. These updated guidelines, which were announced Monday, assure that the most life-saving techniques available are in the hands of frontline responders to cardiac emergencies.

EMT-Paramedic faculty member Bob Elling is the media spokesperson and a local board member for the AHA. He spoke with several news outlets yesterday about the new guidelines.

Here are three highlights:

– If a bystander is not trained in CPR, the bystander should provide Hands-Only’ (compression-only) CPR for the adult victim who suddenly collapses, with an emphasis to ‘push hard and fast’ on the center of the chest

– A focus on doing chest compressions first, when administering CPR (the focus used to be on airway and breathing first)

– Chest compressions on adult patients should reach a depth of two inches down on the breastbone

Learn more by watching this YouTube video.

Learn more at www.Heart.org/CPR and www.Heart.org/ECCguidelines

Oct 202010
 Posted by on October 20, 2010

The college’s dental hygiene students provided educational programs to groups of all ages last year. For example, more than 1,300 children between the ages of 3 and 10 benefitted from oral health education programs provided by dental hygiene students. Students also present educational programs for senior citizens, special needs groups and at community centers.

To support these outreach proggrams, the dental hygiene students are selling the following oral health products:

— Oral B Triumph Power Toothbrush, $50

— Replacement brush heads for Power Toothbrush, 3-pack, $15

— Crest Whitestrips Supreme, $30

Please e-mail your order to Marianne Belles at m.belles@hvcc.edu by Monday, Oct. 25.

Thank you for your support!

Oct 202010
 Posted by on October 20, 2010

Haven’t sent in your wish list or suggestion for Faculty Workshop Day 2011?

This is your last chance to either send us an idea for a workshop or presentation you would love to see… perhaps a repeat from a previous year or a workshop the CET has offered but you weren’t able to make or maybe something great you saw or presented at a conference?

Please take a moment to submit your ideas here: https://www.hvcc.edu/facultyworkshop/suggestions.html.

Oct 202010
 Posted by on October 20, 2010

The Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research is selected annually by the Dwight Marvin Library faculty. The award recognizes a student’s outstanding accomplishment in library-based research.

Dr. Bulmer established the award in 1989 when he was president of the college. The library has continued the tradition for more than 20 years by selecting multiple winners who receive modest awards and recognition. One award of $150 is presented from a fund managed by the college’s Foundation for the specific purpose of recognizing library research excellence.

The award-winner is recognized at Student Honors Convocation and also in the Commencement program.

All nominees and faculty nominators will be invited to a reception at the Marvin Library in May. All students will receive a letter of congratulations for their nomination.


A student must be nominated by the faculty member for whom the research assignment was completed. The work nominated must have received a grade of A from the nominating faculty member.

Award Selection criteria

1. Extensive bibliography with minimum of five sources and various formats

2. Evidence of initiative, persistence, and ingenuity in identifying sources

3. Evidence of critical thinking in evaluating sources for credibility and appropriateness

4. Correct citation format

5. Free of plagiarism (papers may be reviewed using turnitin.com or similar software)

For more information, contact Valerie Lang.

Oct 192010
 Posted by on October 19, 2010

The women’s volleyball team (12-9) defeated Jefferson Community College while losing to SUNY Delhi and Alfred State in the Corning Invitational on Saturday.

SUNY Delhi, a very strong team, dominated most of the game. The Vikings did well, posting scores similar to other outings this season vs. SUNY Delhi. The final score for this game was 15-25, 12-25. Baleigh Morrow (Ravena/ Selkirk) finished with seven kills, three digs and a hitting percentage of .160.

In the second game of the day against Jefferson Community College, the Vikings came out strong and played consistently throughout the match for a 27-25, 25-22 victory. Billie Serfilippi (Catholic Central/ Cohoes) had nine assists and 12 digs and Baleigh Morrow (Ravena/ Selkirk) had four kills and 11 digs.

Hudson Valley was defeated in the third game against Alfred State with a score of 9-25, 15-25. Baleigh Morrow (Ravena/ Selkirk) led the Vikings again with four kills, no errors and a .222 hitting percentage.

Oct 192010
 Posted by on October 19, 2010

What: Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Date: Thursday Oct. 28, 2010

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Campus Center


1) Pumpkins may be carved or decorated

2) Pumpkins will be judged on two factors:

a. Creativity

b. School Spirit

3) Contest will be divided and judged separately in two different groups:

a. Group 1: Students

b. Group 2: Faculty & Staff

4) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded

a. 1st Place = iPod Touch

b. 2nd Place = $75 Gift Certificate to HVCC Bookstore

c. 3rd Place = $40 Gift Certificate to HVCC Bookstore


1) Pick-up a free pumpkin from Ken Dagostino in the Athletics Office (MCD 215) or from Alfredo Balarin in the Student Activities Office (CTR214) any time between Oct. 14 and 26.

2) Sign up with your name and contact information wherever you pick up your pumpkin

3) Decorate your pumpkin

4) Write or mark your name/contact information somewhere on your pumpkin or on something attached to your pumpkin (in case your pumpkin wins we can identify you)

5) Drop off your pumpkin any time on Wednesday, Oct. 27 or Thursday Oct. 28 (before 10 am), on the first floor in the campus center

a. Tables will be set up for the event near the digital monitor and staircase

b. You may drop off your pumpkin to any table designated for the event

6) Join us on Thursday Oct. 28 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for PUMPKIN PALOOZA II

7) Judging for the contest will begin at Noon

8) Winners will be announced at 1 p.m.

Please contact any of the individuals below for more information:

Ken Dagostino

(518) 629-7367


Alfredo Balarin

(518) 629-7183


Oct 192010
 Posted by on October 19, 2010

Teach It Forward will involve faculty and staff members who are willing to share their knowledge and skills, offering brief (45 – 90 minute) workshops to which members of the campus community are invited.

For example, someone may be willing to teach a quick, bare-bones workshop on Excel or perhaps a given aspect of PowerPoint. If you are presenting at a conference, this is a great way to do a practice run before you go on to a larger venue. Taking a grad course? Maybe you have a presentation to do and would be willing to share what you have learned. The possibilities are endless!

The first Teach It Forward session will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 in BTC 1044. Tony Podlaski will present a repeat of a session he did for the CET earlier this semester called “Wrestling with WIReD.”

This is a timely topic since midterm grades are due on Oct. 25. Tony will walk us through the WIReD system, explaining not only how to enter grades online, but also how to e-mail your class in one step, how to check your schedule and so on.

Kevin McNeelege will offer a session in the Library Multipurpose Room at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 called “Your Role in Retention,” during which he will describe the ways Hudson Valley defines retention, how faculty and staff can contribute to student persistence and why retention is everyone’s responsibility.

Much interest has been expressed in sessions on Excel, grade books, how to FTP from home to school and back again, and other areas. What will you offer to share with your colleagues?

Teach It Forward presenters will find that this is a great opportunity to enhance their teaching/annual performance portfolios in the areas of teaching and service to the college, so this is a win/win situation.

As you are aware, unlike university faculty, community college faculty are not expected to publish. Instead, the expectation becomes one of service, especially to the college, to students and to your department. You will have noted that the three broad areas for development of a teaching portfolio in the interest of discretionary promotion are teaching, professional development and service.

We recognize that not only will you spend an hour or so in a classroom sharing your knowledge with other faculty members, but there is also preparation involved. In recognition, presenters will be awarded certificates at the end of the academic year.

If you have any ideas for Teach It Forward sessions, please contact Vonnie Vannier in the CET. If you would like to participate but need to brainstorm ideas, please also contact Vonnie. We will handle the logistics; all you need do is show up, willing to share your expertise.

Thank you for your consideration.

Oct 192010
 Posted by on October 19, 2010

The Criminal Justice Faculty will be offering Hoffman’s Car Wash Coupons in our continuing effort to endow the Professor Ronald Dow Scholarship.

Car wash tickets (which never expire) are available at two service levels:

Full Service Car Wash (inside and out) at $18 each

Includes exterior washed and towel dried, floors, seats and ashtrays vacuumed, floor mats washed, air freshener applied, interior windows cleaned, and the dash,

steering column, instrument panel and door jambs are wiped down.

Exterior Car Wash at $9 each

Includes cloth wash and air dry of car exterior by automatic equipment (and dried if used at a

full-service location).

Coupons can be reserved by contacting Michael

Such (ext. 7844). Checks, made payable to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, may be sent through interoffice mail to FTZ-201.

Please specify how many tickets and at which service level.

The Car Wash Coupons will be sent to you upon receipt.

These are a nice way to extend holiday wishes to many of those folks you want to acknowledge, yet for whom you might not ordinarily buy a gift.

At the same time, you will be helping to support the academic pursuits of deserving Criminal Justice students.

Thank you.