Mar 312011
 Posted by on March 31, 2011

The Sustainability Committee is seeking donations of clear plastic one-liter soda bottles (cleaned and including caps) for a children’s terrarium-making project planned for the Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, Apr. 20. Smaller sized bottles also are useful.

Seeds, bulbs and small rooted plants are needed for the garden exchange. All must be non-invasive species, preferably natives, and seeds must be no more than one-year old.

Please make bottle donations in advance; garden donations can be brought in on the day of the event or in advance. Contact Maxine Ortiz at extension 7787 or if you can help out.

All are invited to Earth Day activities, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Siek Campus Center, Quad and Bulmer Telecommunications Center. There is something for everyone with acoustic guitar music by Caleb Bauscher, garden soil testing, solar oven cooking demonstrations, tours of the college’s co-generation plant, eco-friendly vendors, children’s activities and more.

Mar 312011
 Posted by on March 31, 2011

This is a reminder that the degree/certificate application deadlines for Spring 2011 and Summer 2011 graduation are as follows:

Spring 2011 – Thursday, March 31, 2011

Summer 2011 – Wednesday, June 15, 2011

If a student plans on graduating either in May or August, a completed degree/certificate application must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the appropriate deadline as noted above. Please note that a completed degree/certificate application requires department chairperson/advisor signature. Applications received after the noted date will be considered for graduation for the following semester (i.e., an application received on April 1 will be considered a Summer 2011 application and an application received on June 16 will be considered a Fall 2011 application).

Summer 2011 graduates are invited to the May Commencement ceremony. This will be the only commencement ceremony that a student can attend. If a student wishes to participate and have his or her name appear in the Commencement program, a student must have a completed degree application submitted by the March 31 deadline.

Degree application web link:

This Degree Application Deadline reminder has been posted to the Student Announcement Board and all students have been sent a reminder email to their HVCC email account.

Mar 312011
 Posted by on March 31, 2011

All are welcome to attend a reception honoring Dale Baxter, who retires at the end of the month.

The reception is from noon to 2 p.m. in the reception area of the President’s Office in Guenther Hall.

Mar 302011
 Posted by on March 30, 2011

Did you know that you can download a Kindle app for your smartphone, PC or other devices? You don’t need to own the Kindle device to read Kindle books.

Also, Kindle has a list of “Kindle Bestsellers” in two groups: 100 top paid and 100 top free. Many of the top free books are out-of-copyright — the sort of books that you can read on Project Gutenberg, but there are also freebies from best-selling authors thrown in here and there. I am assuming that the idea there is to get readers to fall in love with writers’ series and buy more. Whatever the reason, there are some great bargains for the Kindle.

Likewise, Barnes & Noble has a Nook reader application for various devices. You can always comparison shop if you are buying full-price e-books, between Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The saying “Too many books, too little time” is becoming more true every day!

Mar 302011
 Posted by on March 30, 2011

The softball team (8-2) defeated Columbia-Greene Community College (1-3), 11-2 and 13-2, on Tuesday afternoon.

In game one, Meghan Matan (Shaker/Latham) hit a grand slam pacing the way for the Vikings. Molly McDonough (Lansingburgh/Lansingburgh) provided further run support producing four RBIs and Kate Cahrenger (Waterford-Halfmoon/Waterford) got the win on the mound.

In game two, Matan picked up where she left off in game one going 2-4 with a double. Megan Mullholland (Lansingburgh/Lansingburgh) and Aimee Lefebvre (Waterford-Halfmoon/Waterford) each went 2-4 at the plate and Lindsey Christopher (Stillwater/Stillwater) drove in two runs. Cherish Kilventon (Cohoes/Cohoes) got her fourth win on the season.

The Viking women are off to their best start in over eight seasons going 8-2 through their first 10 games. The team travels to SUNY Delhi on Thursday for a double-header starting at 3 p.m.

Mar 302011
 Posted by on March 30, 2011

At a press conference Tuesday, President Drew Matonak announced a $100,000 gift from TV celebrity and animal rights advocate Bob Barker to create the Bob Barker Animal Advocacy Fund. The fund will support the college’s new Animal Advocacy certificate program.

Media coverage of the event follows Val’s remarks.

I am proud to be a part of HVCC as it continues to lead the way in so many vital, 21st century fields of study.

We truly are the first community college in the U.S. to establish an animal advocacy degree program. The courses are practical, necessary and will lead to gainful employment, meaningful work and contributions to society.

Thank you Dr. Geisendorfer for recognizing this, and moving forward. Thank you Drew, and all of you, who supported this initiative, particularly the New York State Humane Association whose officers served as advisors throughout.


Click here to read the college’s press release about the event.

Associated Press (, Vermont)

Times Union

Troy Record

Albany Business Review

the Albany

FOX 23 News

YNN Albany News

CBS 6 News


WGNA 107.7 FM

WNBZ AM 1340


The Vegetarian Star

Thoughts Unleashed/blog

Mar 292011
 Posted by on March 29, 2011

Mondays child is fair of face,

Tuesdays child is full of grace,

Wednesdays child is full of woe,

So to The Writing Center she will go.

As the spring semester winds to a close, the due dates for many research papers begin to appear on the calendar. Fortunately for students who may need help on those papers, extra assistance will be available during “Write All Night” on Wednesday, Apr. 13.

On that night, the Marvin Library will be open for an additional two hours – from 10 p.m. to midnight – and writing assistance will be provided in the Computer Learning Center on the lower level.

“Write All Night” is a special program sponsored by The Learning Centers once each semester to give students an extra opportunity to get help on their term papers or other writing assignments. Writing specialists will be available to answer questions and provide general-news feedback.

In the past, for instance, some students have used this special session to properly cite their research sources using MLA or APA documentation, while others have used the opportunity to straighten out problems in verb tense, point of view or subject-verb agreement.

In addition to the intellectual assistance, “Write All Night” offers physical nourishment: snacks and munchies will be provided.

Mar 292011
 Posted by on March 29, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College Passport Day will be held on Thursday, Apr. 7. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Location: Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Room 294 (next to the Hudsonian Office)

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Don’t wait to call the Troy Post Office at (518) 272-7300 to reserve the time during those hours that’s best for you!

* Apply for a Passport and/or the new U.S. Passport Card with help from trained United States Postal Service employees.

* Get your official passport photos taken and developed on the spot ($15 for the required pair of photos).

Visit for frequently asked questions, forms, fees and complete U.S. Passport application information. If applying for a passport for the first time or if you are not eligible to renew by mail, you need to apply in person.

On Apr. 7, you will need:

* Completed application form (available online or at the post office).

* Proof of US citizenship (birth certificate, etc.)

* Proof of identity (photo drivers license, etc.)

* 2 passport photos (available on site for $15 per set)

* 2 separate payments:

– to U.S. Dept. of State, $110

– to Postmaster, Troy, N.Y., $25

If you have any questions regarding the required documentation, please contact the Troy Post Office at (518) 272-7300.

Mar 282011
 Posted by on March 28, 2011

Menus for week ending Friday, Apr. 1.

Food Court

Monday – Chili Mac and Cheese, Swedish Meatballs

Tuesday – Eggplant Parmesan, Stuffed Shells

Wednesday – Beef Tips with Mushroom and Onion, Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Thursday – Flavors of the Final Four!

Friday – Stuffed Sole, Shrimp Scampi


Monday – Swedish Meatballs

Tuesday – Eggplant Parmesan

Wednesday – Beef Tips with Mushroom and Onion

Thursday – Flavors of the Final Four!

Friday – Shrimp Scampi

Soup: Food Court and Brahan

Monday – Minestrone, Split Pea

Tuesday – Potato Cheese, Chicken Florentine

Wednesday – Tomato Basil, Baked Potato

Thursday – French Onion, Chicken Noodle

Friday – New England Clam Chowder, Broccoli Cheddar

Soup: Starbucks

Monday – Split Pea

Tuesday – Potato Cheese

Wednesday – Tomato Basil

Thursday – French Onion

Friday – Broccoli Cheddar

Soup: Williams

Monday – Minestrone

Tuesday – Chicken Florentine

Wednesday – Baked Potato

Thursday – Chicken Noodle

Friday – New England Clam Chowder

Grill Special – Grilled Burritos

On Tuesday, celebrate March birthdays with free cake!

Mar 282011
 Posted by on March 28, 2011

The men’s lacrosse team (3-3) lost to Monroe Community College (2-4), 15-4, on Saturday.

Leading the way for the Vikings was Mason Agosto (Cary-Grove/Cary, IL) with three goals and James Christensen (Bethlehem/White Plains) with one goal. Geoff Ulmer (Albany Academy/Albany) recorded 13 saves in 60 minutes of action.

The men host Broome Community College on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Mar 282011
 Posted by on March 28, 2011

The Sustainability Committee is in need of seeds and seedlings for a gardening exchange to take place at its Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, Apr. 20.

Seeds and seedlings must be non-invasive species, preferably natives, and seeds must be no more than one-year old. Donations can be brought in on the day of the event or in advance. Contact Maxine Ortiz at extension 7787 or with questions.

Earth Day activities, taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., include a guided bird and wildflower walk, gardening lectures, a demonstration of solar oven cooking, tours of the college’s co-generation plant, eco-friendly vendors, movie screenings and musical entertainment.

Mar 282011
 Posted by on March 28, 2011

A Lump Sum Payroll Request Form was enclosed with your March 25 paycheck or direct deposit stub. The form is also available on the Payroll Office’s Web site at:

For those who work a 170-day work year, the Lump Sum pay will be issued on June 3, 2011. If interested, the form should be signed and returned to the Payroll Office by April 21, 2011.

For those who work a 195-day work year, the Lump Sum pay will be issued on July 15, 2011. If interested, the form should be signed and returned to the Payroll Office by June 3, 2011.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Payroll Office at ext. 4515 or 4514.

Mar 282011
 Posted by on March 28, 2011

A Lump Sum Payroll Request Form was enclosed with your March 25 paycheck or direct deposit stub. The form is also available on the Payroll Office website at:

The Lump Sum pay will be issued on June 3, 2011.

If interested, the form should be signed and returned to the Payroll Office by May 6, 2011.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Payroll Office at ext. 4515 or 4514.

Mar 282011
 Posted by on March 28, 2011

Scan; don’t fax. Buy recycled and/or reusable supplies. The ‘Green Office Practices Guide,’ developed by the Waste and Green Commerce subcommittee of Hudson Valley’s Sustainability Committee, is chock full of ideas like this for how college departments can save natural resources and money.

Click here for a copy, or pick one up at the college’s Earth Day celebration taking place on Wednesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Siek Campus Center and at various outside locations.

Send related suggestions or questions to

Mar 282011
 Posted by on March 28, 2011

The baseball team (4-11) defeated Baltimore City Community College (3-10), 12-2, in eight innings on Saturday afternoon.

Bryan Lajeunesse (Albany Academy/Watervliet) got the win on the mound, pitching a complete game with 11 strikeouts. Shawn Callahan (Niskayuna/Niskayuna) led the team going 3-4 at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs. Andrew Christie (Troy/Troy) and Matt Kasper (Columbia/Castleton) each recorded two hits and three RBIs in the win.

The Vikings open conference play at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in a double-header on April 5 at 2 p.m.

Mar 282011
 Posted by on March 28, 2011

Please click here to read about how the college set up security cameras in the new parking garage in the March issue of Cabling Installation & Maintenance. The article begins on page seven.

Mar 252011
 Posted by on March 25, 2011

The Hudson Valley Community College baseball team (3-11) lost both games of a double-header to Southeastern Community College (17-9) on Thursday afternoon. The Vikings fell 5-2 in game one, and then were slightly edged 7-6 in game two.

Timothy Murdick (Averill Park/East Greenbush) pitched a strong game on the mound recording 10 strikeouts in the first game but couldn’t get enough run support for the win. The Vikings came up a little short in game two. Nick Papas (Maple Hill/Castleton) went 2-4 with two RBIs and Sean Geisel (Guilderland/Guilderland) went 1-4 with two RBIs.

The Vikings travel back up north, stopping in Baltimore, Maryland to take on Baltimore City Community College at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 25.


Mar 252011
 Posted by on March 25, 2011

Bob Elling, a Paramedic faculty member and a 30-year volunteer with the American Heart Association, was honored by the organization on March 24.

“We named Bob Elling our New York State Advocate of the Year for his efforts to advance our public policy agenda,” said Michael Weamer, executive vice president, Founders Affiliate, American Heart Association. “Bob’s efforts over the years helped pass legislation to clarify that the Good Sam Law applies to all AED users, thereby alleviating liability concerns. This year, Bob is a driving force behind our efforts to make sure that all students learn CPR prior to graduation. Bob has been a tireless advocate for the AHA. He has met with lawmakers, recruited numerous volunteers and regularly been the face of the AHA in the media.”

Elling, who is a clinical instructor at Albany Medical Center working as a paramedic instructor at Hudson Valley Community College, also is a medic with Colonie EMS, and at Whiteface Mountain. He has authored several textbooks for paramedic students, often collaborating with his wife, paramedic Kirt Elling. Elling lives in Colonie.

Elling has volunteered with the American Heart Association for 35 years, as a CPR and Advanced Life Support instructor, on the regional faculty and national faculty. He serves on the Capital Region Advisory Board and the New York State Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee of the American Heart Association.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with the AHA staff and volunteers,” Elling, who received the award on Tuesday, March 14, said. “We’re all in this to save lives. Teaching others to be EMTs and paramedics saves lives, but changing the laws will have the greatest impact on prevention. If everyone who graduates from high school learns CPR, we can be assured that the general public knows what to do if someone collapses with sudden cardiac arrest in front of them.”

“I’m honored to receive the advocacy award, but the real award that I’d like to receive is a copy of the CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) signed by Gov. Cuomo this year,” Elling said. “That will save hundreds of New Yorkers’ lives!”

Mar 242011
 Posted by on March 24, 2011

The baseball team (3-9) lost a pair of games to Brunswick Community College (15-10), 8-3 and 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

In the first game, Chris Massaroni (Voorheesville/Voorheesville) went 2-3 with an RBI and Nick Papas went 1-3 with an RBI. In game two, Massaroni went 2-3 again and Bobby Peluso (Columbia/East Greenbush) went 1-3.

The Vikings finish up its spring trip in South Carolina with a pair of games against Southeastern starting at 1 p.m. today.

Mar 242011
 Posted by on March 24, 2011

The Hudson Valley Community College softball team (6-2) lost to Potomac State (4-1), 9-1, but turned around and defeated Wells College (0-6), 13-4, on Wednesday afternoon.

Natalie Triano (Colonie/Albany) drove in the only run for the Vikings in the first inning against Potomac State. The team struggled offensively and couldn’t produce any runs after that. The Vikings came alive in the second game against Wells College putting up 13 runs. Triano went 2-4 with a double, homerun and three RBIs. Molly McDonough (Lansingburgh/Lansingburgh) also went 2-4 from the plate with a two-run single. Cherish Kilventon (Cohoes/Cohoes) recorded her third win of the season.

The Vikings wrapped up its spring trip in Myrtle Beach, SC finishing 6-2. The team hosts its first home game of the season against the Community College of Rhode Island on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m.

Mar 232011
 Posted by on March 23, 2011

On Tuesday, the State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that authorizes Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher to pursue negotiations with the governor’s office and Legislature to craft a rational tuition plan for resident undergraduate students. The plan would provide a stable revenue source for SUNY in the face of reduced state support, while protecting students by maintaining modest and affordable tuition.

Chancellor Zimpher’s proposed five-year tuition plan would allow students and families to plan for the cost of a college education and give SUNY a sustainable revenue stream that will enable students to successfully complete their baccalaureate degrees in a timely fashion. The plan protects access and affordability through modest annual increases – if such increases are necessary – and will ensure that all the tuition charged by SUNY is invested in faculty, programs and curricula that would enhance degree completion.

“The Board is taking this action to stand up for an embattled university,” said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl Hayden. “By following the strong leadership of the Student Assembly and the Faculty Senate, we are ensuring that SUNY’s voice is heard in Albany as the budget negotiations reach their conclusion.”

“SUNY is the most affordable university in the northeast and one of the most affordable universities in the country,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “We take very seriously our obligation to maintain access for all New Yorkers who seek higher education, but we also must ensure that the education we offer continues to be world-class when they get here. This plan balances those two goals. I commend Chairman Carl Hayden and the entire SUNY Board of Trustees for passing this resolution.”

The resolution contains essential reform provisions to New York’s broken tuition-setting practices, which the SUNY Board of Trustees is asking the governor and Legislature to consider for the FY 2011-2012 budget. Among these reforms is a “maintenance of effort” construct – a priority of the Assembly Majority Conference – which includes placing SUNY’s state support, and all tuition and fees charged by SUNY, in a “lock box.” This would separate SUNY’s tuition and fees from other general-news funds and thus protect it from future sweeps into the general-news fund.

Further, the resolution seeks to establish statutory language that prohibits the use of incremental increases in tuition to backfill cuts in state support for SUNY.

“Governor Cuomo has made it very clear that SUNY will be a key part of the economic revitalization of New York,” Chancellor Zimpher continued. “An affordable tuition policy that protects students from the unexpected and exorbitant tuition increases we have seen in the past will help us answer his call. This plan is a fair, predictable and responsible solution for New York families, all of whom deserve access to a top-notch education.”

SUNY’s current annual tuition of $4,970 is the lowest among all public institutions of higher education in the northeastern United States and is also among the least expensive of all such institutions in the country. Even with modest annual tuition increases, SUNY will continue to be the most affordable university in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states and among the most affordable in the United States.

SUNY has endured more than $1.1 billion in cuts over the past three years. If enacted, the FY 2011-2012 Executive Budget proposal reduces this support by an additional $362 million, bringing the total reduction over four years to $1.5 billion – a decrease in state funding of nearly 35 percent. SUNY already has seen its capacity to deliver programs and services diminished, including hiring freezes, increased reliance on adjunct faculty, reductions in course offerings, increases in class size and already has announced decisions to limit enrollments or otherwise restrict programs.

Mar 232011
 Posted by on March 23, 2011

The softball team (5-1) defeated Wells College 9-1, followed by a big victory over Grace College, 11-2, on Tuesday afternoon. This was the third day the Vikings competed in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Aimee Lefebvre (Waterford Halfmoon/Waterford) led the Vikings going 2-3 from the plate, recording her first collegiate homerun with a two-run shot. Cherish Kilventon (Cohoes/Cohoes) picked up her second win of the season allowing only one earned run on just four hits.

In the second game against Grace, Natalie Triano (Colonie/Albany) went 2-2 at the plate with a homerun and two RBIs. Molly McDonough (Lansingburgh/Lansingburgh) and Lori Pelersi (Bethlehem/Albany) each had two singles and one RBI apiece. A two-run double from Meghan Matan (Shaker/Latham) broke the game open in the fourth inning. Kate Cahrenger (Waterford Halfmoon/Waterford) allowed only one earned run improving her record to 3-0 on the season. The team played great defense and helped Cahrenger get out of trouble several times throughout the game.

The Vikings will end its spring trip today with games against Potomac State and Wells College at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.