Jan 312011
 Posted by on January 31, 2011

The men’s hockey team (12-5) lost to #4 ranked Erie Community College (13-5) 4-0 on Saturday. The two teams split the season series and continue to battle for post-season seeding’s.

The Vikings host Broome Community College on Athletics Community Day, Saturday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m.

Jan 312011
 Posted by on January 31, 2011

The Hudson Valley Community College men’s basketball team (9-11) fell to North Country Community College (12-9), 81-75 on Saturday.

The Vikings pulled within five points after falling behind by 15 with four minutes to go, but North Country’s long range shooting was too much in the end.

Kalik Parker (Ragsdale/Jamestown, NC) had a game high 25 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Robustiano (Mohonasen/Rotterdam) recorded a double-double, scoring 20 points and 10 assists. The two teams split the regular season series, each winning on its home court.

The men’s team heads to Columbia Greene Community College on Tuesday, Feb. 1 for a 6 p.m. game. The Vikings look for revenge after falling by four points to Columbia Greene earlier in the season.

Jan 312011
 Posted by on January 31, 2011

Contact Marvin Library to determine if a magazine or journal to which your department may subscribe is available from a research databases in online format.

The library can assist with setting up regular alerts sent automatically when new issues are published. The alerts include e-mail messages listing the issue’s table of contents with links to individual articles. You will have access to important news or developments in your field right from your Inbox!

Department chairs and faculty may contact their faculty librarian liaison (listed at http://library.hvcc.edu/liaisons) for more information. Administrative offices may contact Brenda Hazard for assistance (b.hazard@hvcc.edu).

Jan 312011
 Posted by on January 31, 2011

The men’s and women’ bowling teams both took second place at the Hawk Invitational in Utica on Saturday.

Megan Mormino (Niskayuna/Niskayuna) and Nicole Sheldon (Columbia/East Greenbush) won the doubles event with a score of 1121. Sheldon also made first team All-Tournament finishing fourth with an 1102 in All-Events.

For the men, Ryan Sickler (Guilderland/Guilderland) made first team All-Tournament finishing fourth with a 1287 in All-Events.

The next conference match for both teams is Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Ft. Edward Lanes at 3 p.m.

Jan 312011
 Posted by on January 31, 2011

The women’s basketball team (13-5) cruised to its 10th consecutive victory, beating North Country Community College (9-7) 80-57 on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The Vikings led by only one point at the break, but outscored North Country 44-22 in the second half. Stacey Salisbury (Schenectady/ Schenectady) had a big game recording 23 points and 16 rebounds. Erica Houle (Shaker/Latham) scored all 18 of her points from behind the arc, and Kelly Kell (Kingston/Kingston) chipped in 13 points and seven assists.

The women travel to Adirondack Community College Tuesday, Feb. 1 for a 6 p.m. game.

Jan 312011
 Posted by on January 31, 2011

The college’s Building Systems Technology program is a recipient of a test tool kit, valued at $14,500, from the Fluke Corporation, according to Rich Porter, department chair.

He credits Assistant Professor Geraard McEneaney with securing the test tool kit for Hudson Valley Community College.

Included in the kit are:

— three Fluke 719 Pressure Calibrators

— three Fluke 773 Milliamp Process Clamp Meters

— three Fluke 289 True-RMS Industrial Logging Multimeters with TrendCapture

— three Fluke 381 Remote Display True-RMS AC/DC Clamp Meters with iFlex

Jan 312011
 Posted by on January 31, 2011

The men’s bowling team took first place as it hosted five other teams at the Hudson Valley Invitational at Hilltop Bowl on Jan. 27. The women finished second place, falling just behind Mohawk Valley Community College.

The high roller for the men was Dan DeRizzo (Guilderland/Altamont), with a 265-737, and for the women, Nicole Sheldon (Columbia/East Greenbush), who rolled a 234-599 series.

The men’s team improves its conference record to 10-0, while the women’s team is 2-2.

The next conference match for both teams is Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Ft. Edward Lanes at 3 p.m.

Jan 282011
 Posted by on January 28, 2011

Do you have an innovative idea for a new education program at Hudson Valley Community College? Would you like to pursue a professional development opportunity that would advance your job skills? Perhaps you want to promote some new technological developments on campus or undertake a project to enhance the physical environment of the college?

Your work could be eligible for a Discovery Grant of $10,000 from the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation.

This competitive grant program, now in its third year, awards an annual prize of up to $10,000 to fund an initiative by an employee who has a minimum of five years service at the college. If more than one project is selected, the funds are divided accordingly.

The first Discovery Grant was awarded in the 2009-10 academic year to Nancy Cupolo, department chair of the Teacher Preparation Department, and was used to help pay for assistive technology and software licenses as well as computer workstations for the newly developed Teacher Preparation course, Assistive Technology: Pre-K through Higher Education. The 2010-11 academic year award was shared by Kathleen Quirk, now-retired associate dean for Institutional Support Services and Retention, who sought funding to develop a video communications system to allow student support service personnel to assist students at off-campus locations, and Cherie Pash-Corr, now-retired chairperson of the Mathematics and Engineering Science department, for the purchase of software that provides customized remedial math and engineering instruction to students in danger of failing.

Funding applications must be submitted to Ray Kimmelblatt (JRD 106) by Friday, May 13, 2011. The announcement of the award recipient will take place at the All College Meeting in September.

For more information, go to https://www.hvcc.edu/foundation/discovery.html.

Jan 282011
 Posted by on January 28, 2011

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that a comprehensive publication detailing more than 40 scholarship opportunities is available.

The publication, which includes an application, is available outside the Financial Aid Office in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center and online at www.hvcc.edu/scholarships. There are two ways to apply for scholarships this semester. An application, located in the back of the scholarship publication, can be completed and submitted or online via the student’s WIRED account.

Application deadline is March 1, 2011 at 4 p.m.

Elise Chan, the Foundation’s scholarship technical assistant, is available to provide advisement to students regarding all scholarship opportunities and to answer questions. Elise is also available to visit classes to discuss scholarship opportunities. She can be reached at 629-8017 or via e-mail at e.chan@hvcc.edu.

Jan 282011
 Posted by on January 28, 2011

This year’s Faculty Workshop Day keynote presenter is Cindy Scheibe, executive director of Project Look Sharp and Ithaca College professor of psychology, on the topic of “Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking into the Curriculum.”

Dr. Scheibe also will be offering concurrent workshops on the challenges of teaching in today’s media saturated world. (More about Ithaca College’s media literacy educational initiatives can be found at the Look Sharp website.

Please join us in this annual event promoting interaction, growth and professional development.

Program and registration details to can be found at https://www.hvcc.edu/facultyworkshop/registrationform.html.

A detailed agenda and program descriptions can be reviewed on the registration site. Early registration is recommended so the committee can accommodate your first choices.

Jan 282011
 Posted by on January 28, 2011

The men’s basketball team (9-10) took down the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Raiders (12-9, 75-65 on Thursday. The Vikings only led by one point at the break, but jumped out to an 11-point lead early in the second half.

Fulton-Montgomery’s attempts at a comeback were answered by the Vikings with strong offensive post play down low.

Steve Hunt (Tamarac/Wynantskill) had 14 of his 19 points in the second half, leading the team in scoring for the second straight game. Armand Thomas (Herbert H. Lehman, Bronx) had a solid performance in the post scoring 14 points. After falling to the Raiders earlier in the season, the Vikings got a big win to pull them within one game of .500.

The men’s team travels to North Country Community College for a rematch on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. The Vikings won the last meeting between the two teams, 97-79.

Jan 272011
 Posted by on January 27, 2011

All Hudson Valley offices should — it’s the green thing to do. Computer Services properly recycles cartridges to keep them out of the waste stream. Simply place used cartridges in an interoffice envelope and send them to Higbee Hall, Room 119.

Send green comments, suggestions or questions to gogreen@hvcc.edu.

Jan 272011
 Posted by on January 27, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College will be upgrading to Blackboard 9.1 for the Summer 2011 semester. In many ways, Blackboard 9.1 is similar to Blackboard 8, but there are some major differences, such as navigation and wording.

There are also many new features such as wikis and blogs.

The most important thing you need to know is that there is no data in Blackboard 9.1 . Any courses (including Z areas) that you would like to have in Bb 9.1 for summer and fall 2011 will have to be exported from Bb 8 and imported into Bb 9.1. It is the same procedure that faculty perform each semester to prepare their courses for the new semester. However, in this case, the courses will be going from Bb 8 to Bb 9.1. The Distance Learning staff is available to help you with this transition.

Blackboard Transition Training has begun! There are many options for training:

– Walk-in

– One-on-one by appointment

– Departmental groups

– Weekly scheduled classes

Currently scheduled classes in BTC 1033:

Thursday, Jan. 27 from noon-2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 9-11 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 3 from noon-2 p.m.

If you are interested in training, e-mail Bonnie Farrell at b.farrell@hvcc.edu or call 629-8197.

You can access Bb 9.1 at https://bbtrain.hvcc.edu

Please visit the Blackboard 9.1 upgrade page for more information: https://www.hvcc.edu/deptweb-dlweb/bbupgradeinfo.html

The Distance and Online Learning staff look forward to assisting you with this process!

Jan 272011
 Posted by on January 27, 2011

The 2010 graduating class from Hudson Valley Community College’s Nursing program again ranked among the best in the state. Ninety percent of Hudson Valley graduates passed the recent national licensing examination for registered nurses.

“Our nursing program has an outstanding reputation, not just in the Capital Region but around the state,” said President Drew Matonak. “That is proven by our consistently excellent results in the national licensing exam.”

Among the 29 community college nursing programs reporting to the State Education Department, Hudson Valley was statistically among the best. With 63 students passing the licensure exam, it also had one of the largest graduating classes among any of the state’s community college nursing programs.

The national average pass rate for the licensing exam was 87 percent. The statewide pass rate for graduates of all nursing education programs was 84 percent. Pass rates for graduates of the Hudson Valley program consistently have been at or above the national average for decades.

“Due to the high success rate of our graduates, they are in demand in both the Capital District and the entire state,” said Department Chairperson Dr. Carol Bosco. “Many of our graduates received positions in their chosen specialty areas and a number of our graduates are currently pursuing their bachelor’s degree in nursing.”

Jan 272011
 Posted by on January 27, 2011

The #2 ranked Hudson Valley Community College men’s hockey team (12-4) defeated #3 Broome Community College (14-5) 5-4 on Tuesday. All five goals came from different Viking players.

Scoring for the Vikings were Kenneth Lancto (Schalmont/Rotterdamn), Roman Malyshev (School No. 90/Moscow, Russia), Chris Wollerman (Point Pleasant/Point Pleasant, NJ), Dave Gardner (Lansingburgh/Lansingburgh), and Brett Fiorentino (Vestal/Vestal). Daniel Honovic (Xaverian/Brooklyn) also added two assists .

The Vikings will head to Erie Community College, which is ranked #4 in the National Coaches Poll, on Saturday, Jan. 29. The game is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

Jan 272011
 Posted by on January 27, 2011

The women’s basketball team (12-5) won its ninth consecutive game pn Tuesday, defeating Adirondack Community College (0-13), 83-57.

Kelly Kell led the Vikings with 18 points and 7 assists. Stacey Salisbury had an impressive line of 10 points, seven steals and five rebounds.

The women look to extend their winning streak to 10 games as they travel to North Country Community College on Saturday, Jan. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Jan 272011
 Posted by on January 27, 2011

The men’s basketball team (8-10) slipped past Adirondack Community College (2-15) 77-73, on Tuesday. Down one point with a minute to go, Anothony Robustiano (Mohonasen/Rotterdam) converted on a three-point field goal to give the Vikings a two point lead.

After a strong Hudson Valley defensive stand, Robustiano hit a deep three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down to give the Vikings a five point lead, which sealed the victory. Robustiano finished with 19 points and Steve Hunt (Tamarac/Wynantskill) had a team high 20 points.

The men’s team will travel to Fulton Montgomery Community College today for a 7 p.m. game.

Jan 272011
 Posted by on January 27, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College Cross Country Runner Eric Young (Shaker/Latham) earned Second Team All-American honors. As a freshman, Young finished ninth out of 135 runners with a time of 28:16 at the NJCAA National Championship in November of 2010. The top 15 runners earn All-American honors.

Hudson Valley Cross Country Coach Chuck Terry was proud of his runner, but also proud of Young’s accomplishments in the classroom stating, “Eric had a very good semester athletically and academically. He managed a 3.53 GPA, and was our top runner throughout the year. He was a very consistent performer this season.”

Young took first place in his first collegiate race at the SUNY IT Invitational in September of 2010, and helped the men’s team to a first place finish. In the Region III Championships at the end of October, Young placed fourth out of 73 runners. Young also had two other top-five finishes this season and led the men’s team in all of its events this season.

Jan 262011
 Posted by on January 26, 2011

If you want to check periodically for opportunities to fit some professional development/training into your schedule, be sure to bookmark the Center for Effective Teaching’s page: https://www.hvcc.edu/cet/index.html.

If you are using Internet Explorer when you are viewing the CET page, just click “Favorites,” then

“Add to Favorites.” If you are using Firefox, all you need to do is drag the CET Web page icon from the address bar to the bookmarks bar. (Here is a page with some brief tutorials on Firefox and bookmarks: http://mozilla.gunnars.net/firefox_bookmarks_tutorial.html.)

When you are visiting CET’s page, you will want to click (on the left) on “Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities” to view the list of upcoming seminars and workshops. You will note that already on offer is a variety of pertinent and useful sessions. Please visit CET’s Webpage when you have the chance.

If you have any ideas for upcoming professional development, please contact Caelynn Prylo (c.prylo@hvcc.edu) or Vonnie Vannier (y.vannier@hvcc.edu) and let us know!

Please note that there are several opportunities to develop short courses for the certificates in faculty development, leadership and advisement. The Center for Effective Teaching always is looking for course proposals and ideas. Submit an RFP online by logging on to https://www.hvcc.edu/cet/profdevelopment/rfp.html to submit a proposal. Up to $450 is available for delivery of the course for the first time. Subsequent sections of the class are remunerated at approximately $50 per contact hour.

Jan 262011
 Posted by on January 26, 2011

Marvin Library now offers more than 50,000 academic books in e-book format.

The library recently subscribed to ebrary Academic Complete, a collection featuring titles from academic publishers across many disciplines. More than one-third of the library’s book collection is now in electronic format. This addition marks a major step forward to transform access to the library’s book collection, joining the transformation of the library’s journal collection which is nearly all online.

Last year, over 1.5 million journal searches were performed from the library’s 50 research databases. Distance learning and off-campus students now have a substantial book collection available anytime, anywhere; students and faculty at the main campus can enjoy 24/7 access to a robust collection supplementing the print collection located on the second floor of Marvin Library.

Publishers with titles represented in the e-book collection include John Wiley & Sons; Kluwer; McGraw-Hill; Springer; Greenwood; Kaplan, as well as Harvard, MIT, Columbia and many other university presses. Content is suitable for students ranging from College in the High School programs through associates and baccalaureate programs. Faculty engaged in graduate study will also benefit from access to the collection.

The e-book format is available from nearly any PC or laptop and does not require a special device. The ebrary collection includes provisions for accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Access to the collection is limited to current students and employees; users will be prompted to enter username/password to access the e-books, similar to accessing Blackboard and other secure campus systems.

Faculty are encouraged to contact their departmental library liaison for more information regarding e-books and other library services.

Jan 252011
 Posted by on January 25, 2011

The Automotive Lab is opening again for the semester in Cogan Hall! Many faculty, staff and students have taken advantage of the fantastic service the automotive students have provided throughout the years, so once again let me please remind everyone of the function and operation of the lab as there have been changes recently.

The purpose of the automotive lab is to provide live “work” for our students to gain experience on during their senior year at school. This is to help us, as instructors, evaluate the practical “hands-on” ability of our students as opposed to just learning from a book in an atmosphere that is close to, but not quite, an actual shop. In this way, we don’t have to find placements for each and every student in various shops around and outside the Capital Region.

The benefit to the college community is that there is the possible opportunity to have your personal vehicle worked on for a fraction of the price found at a regular automotive shop. But there are a number of considerations to ponder before taking advantage of this service.

1. As stated above, our first priority is the learning of our students. This includes finding jobs with the most educational value from an instructional standpoint. The Auto Lab will no longer take any job presented to us, but will screen out vehicles by type of work, labor hours necessary and our availability to any special tools that might be needed to complete the job. As a rule, we don’t take in vehicles manufactured before 1996 or those that require special tools we don’t have.

2. As a learning facility, we are not a NYS Registered automotive shop and do not fall under such jurisdiction. There is the possibility of things being damaged in the process of diagnosing and repairing your car, none of which will be our responsibility to cover monetarily.

3. For our students to get the most out of a job, the vehicle owner must agree to do the complete repair and have the means to get all necessary parts in a timely manner. The Auto Lab is unable to purchase, pick-up or exchange parts for any vehicle in our care.

4. Because a vehicle may not have the parts present for completion and the lab is only in session four hours/day, the customer must have a secondary means of transportation at the ready in the event the vehicle is not completed. We can make estimations, but no promises as to the time it will take to complete a vehicle; students all learn at different paces and we run this shop as a learning facility, not a production facility.

5. After an appointment has been approved and scheduled, a $15 lab slip from the cashiers office, along with a current registration and insurance card are required to complete the paperwork to bring the vehicle in for service.

For all community members still interested in taking advantage of this facility, you may call 629-7189 to be considered for an appointment at the following times ONLY:

Tuesday — 8:30-11 a.m. or 1:30-4 p.m.

Wednesday — 8:30-11 a.m. or 1:30-4 p.m.

Thursday — 8:30-11 a.m. or 1:30-4 p.m.

Thanks and have a great day!

George P. Raneri

Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology

P.S. Please pass this information on to your students!

Jan 252011
 Posted by on January 25, 2011

This past Saturday, Walter Hicks, father of Tanya Hicks from the Purchasing Office, passed away after a brief illness.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. from the Connolly Funeral Home on Whiteview Road in Wynantskill.

Here is the obituary from today’s Times Union.

Jan 242011
 Posted by on January 24, 2011

Menus for week ending Friday, Jan. 28.

Food Court

Monday – Eggplant Parmesan, Cajun Chicken Breast

Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff, Baked Mac & Cheese with Tomato and Bacon

Wednesday – Chicken Stew, Sausage & Peppers

Thursday – Salisbury Steak, Goulash

Friday – Arctic Char, Jerk Chicken


Now Serving Chili EVERY DAY!

Monday – Cajun Chicken Breast

Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff

Wednesday – Sausage and Peppers

Thursday – Goulash

Friday – Jerk Chicken

Soup: Food Court, Brahan

Monday – Old Fashion Tomato, Chicken Noodle

Tuesday – Italian Wedding, Baked Potato

Wednesday – Chicken Dumpling, French Onion

Thursday – Split Pea, Pasta Fagioli

Friday – New England Clam Chowder, Garden Veg

Soup: Starbucks

Monday – Old Fashion Tomato

Tuesday – Italian Wedding

Wednesday – Chicken Dumpling

Thursday – Pasta Fagioli

Friday – Garden Vegetable

Soup: Williams

Monday – Chicken Noodle

Tuesday – Baked Potato

Wednesday – French Onion

Thursday – Split Pea

Friday – New England Clam Chowder

Come check out the new, expanded breakfast menu at the Campus Center Food Court 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Risotto of the Month

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Southwest Chicken & Roasted Corn Risotto

arborio rice risotto with chopped chicken breast, roasted corn, diced tomatoes, Southwest tortilla sauce and Parmesan, topped with chives and crispy tortilla strips