May 312011
 Posted by on May 31, 2011

Penny Hill, the college’s new associate dean for Tec-Smart, was featured In The Spotlight of the May 27 edition of The Business Reveiw:

Penny Hill is on what she calls “an amazing trip to the future.”

Hill, the new associate dean for Tec-Smart, the Malta satellite campus of Hudson Valley Community College, can see the new GlobalFoundries computer chip plant from her window.

What surprises Hill is that, although the 18-month-old Tec-Smart has students, it is not at all crowded.

“I can’t believe this place isn’t bursting at the seams with people trying to get into this program so they can work at GlobalFoundries. You’d think there would be more.” Getting more students in Tec-Smart seats is one of her goals.

Hill is managing a semiconductor training program and two training grants, and supervises staff. Among the new initiatives is a wind energy training program: Just this week, General Electric Co. was set to deliver a windmill assembly, valued at $850,000, for students to train on. There is also a solar program.

While those technology certificate programs make the news, Hill wants to underline that the campus also offers general classes, in subjects such as English and psychology, to students looking to avoid the commute to Troy. The students would not, however, be able to get degrees in those areas attending just Tec-Smart.

There is also a program with Ballston Spa High School; 25 juniors from there are expected in the fall.

Hill joined Tec-Smart from the Workforce Development Institute in Troy, where she was regional director for four years. She oversaw training grants, pre-apprenticeships, and math and science training for those in the building trades in an 11-county area.

Before that, Hill spent two years with the Workforce Investment Board for Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties. For the 10 previous years, Hill ran her own business doing medical evaluations for insurance companies. She sold the company in 2001.

Hill, 57, graduated from HVCC and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the state University at Albany in 1977. She also holds an MBA, with a concentration in marketing, from Russell Sage College (1990).

Hill grew up in Melrose in rural Rensselaer County and now lives in Rotterdam. She has a grown daughter and is a new grandmother.

Hill is interested in social and environmental justice issues; she convened the regional chapter of the Apollo Alliance for clean energy and jobs, and took part in the Green Jobs New York campaign. She also enjoys farmers’ markets, the outdoors, hiking, golf and tennis.

May 272011
 Posted by on May 27, 2011

Representatives from 35 area businesses attended the event in search of candidates to fill employment vacancies. Local colleges including Hudson Valley Community College, Bryant & Stratton and Schenectady County Community College were also on hand to answer questions for individuals interested in furthering their education.

Each May, the EOC hosts a job fair as another means to assist students in finding employment. This was the first year the event was open to the public.

“Given the economic climate, we felt it was important to extend an invitation to the community. We were thrilled with the turnout and look forward to hosting similar community events in the future,” said Dr. Lucille Marion, Vice President of Hudson Valley Community College and Executive Director of the EOC.

Click here to see photos of the event.

May 272011
 Posted by on May 27, 2011

The Capital District Transportation Authority has announced that the Route 620 bus (Flex Service “Shuttle Bee”), which operates along Route 4 from HVCC to the Hannaford Plaza in East Greenbush, will not operate after Friday, May 27, 2011.

Routes 85 to Troy/Waterford and 224 to Rensselaer/Albany will continue to service HVCC.

For schedule information, call 482-8822 or visit

May 272011
 Posted by on May 27, 2011

Crystal Fortin, an adjunct faculty member in the math department, was interviewed this past weekend about a new business venture that she and her husband have started. Crystal calls “Happy Paws on Pawling” a high-quality dog daycare service. It’s located at 670 Pawling, near the Wynantskill line.

Here is an article about the new business that appeared in the Sunday Troy Record.

May 262011
 Posted by on May 26, 2011

Click here to read an article in today’s Times Union about a NYS Education Department grant that will benefit the Ballston Spa School District’s Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries program that’s been developed in collaboration with Hudson Valley Community College.

May 262011
 Posted by on May 26, 2011

Today’s Times Union includes an article about the Wiffle ball field and league Chris Hess built and runs in Glenville.

Hess is studying Radiologic Technology at Hudson Valley.

May 242011
 Posted by on May 24, 2011

In cooperation with local salons, students Smyrna Pena, Alicia Mariano, Kim Hanley and Kyle Colangelo-Garcia spent a day at the Albany Medical Center Ronald McDonald House Room on May 9 to provide a variety of services to the mothers and caregivers of those attending the TLC day.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the cosmetology students to apply their classroom knowledge to an event that brought joy to everyone, certainly those who received services and also to the EOC students, who felt a great sense of contribution,” said Dr. Lucille Marion, Vice President at Hudson Valley Community College and Executive Director at the EOC.

On May 16, 12 contestants from the EOC’s Cosmetology class participated in a hairstyling competition. Students spent weeks preparing a themed hairstyle on manikin heads for entry in three categories: a Bread and Butter category, which featured everyday commercial salon styles using only rollers and pin curls, a Romantic Fantasy and an Extreme Fantasy category.

Winners are as follows: Bread and Butter Category — 1st place, Helen Win, 2nd place, Kyle Colangelo-Garcia, 3rd place, Elizabeth Phillip-Little; Extreme Category Romantic Division — 1st place, Ashley Mishook, 2nd place, Kim Hanley, 3rd place, tied Sharde VanZant and Kyle Colangelo Garcia; Extreme Category Fantasy Division — 1st place, Tiniqua Chavers, 2nd place, Alicia Mariano and 3rd place, Elizabeth Phillip-Little.

The competition, organized by Assistant Professor of Cosmetology Doug Ivey, a 1984 EOC graduate, allows students to showcase their best hair designs on standard manikin heads.

The following local salon owners, managers and cosmetologists judged the competition: Virginia Berrios owner of Perfect Cut Salon in Albany and EOC graduate; Art Ward, EOC graduate and a cosmetologist at Perfect Cut Salon; Debbie Penneso, manager of Fantastic Sams in Brunswick; Cheri Lee, cosmetologist at Fantastic Sams; Jade Gibson owner of Jade’s Hair Envy in Albany; Kevin Swart, cosmetologist from Serendipity in Schenectady; Angela Nicols, cosmetologist from Make Me Fabulous in Ballston Spa; and Tek-Nik Beards, owner of Tek-Nik Traveling Scissors Hair Salon in Troy.

May 232011
 Posted by on May 23, 2011

The ACE machines needed for classes this morning have been built with the Windows 7 image. As with any new deployment, it is not without its litany of issues and quirks.

Please be advised of the following:

* Printing may have some issues on certain machines as we complete their configuration.

* Some machines in BTC, Hudson and Marvin may have some incomplete jobs and may reboot on the user one or more times once it regains contact with the Management system.

* The PC’s in Tec Smart still have the Windows XP build and will be rebuilt with Windows 7 shortly.

* The DRC machines that are available around the ACE classrooms are NOT yet rebuilt with Windows 7. We are planning that for today.

In addition to the above, some machines seem to take three minutes to complete their tasks from the time the Windows splash screen is displayed until the option to press CTRL-ALT-DEL is displayed. We are looking into the cause of this issue.

Please contact Computer Services at ext. 7311 with any problems you experience in the classroom. The main desk is the focal point for all ACE problems. Each will be triaged and assigned to appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Bill Jojo

Senior Systems and Network Specialist II

May 232011
 Posted by on May 23, 2011

Summer sessions begin on campus today. Please be mindful of the fact that many students will be on campus for the first time and could use some directions/assistance!

May 232011
 Posted by on May 23, 2011

Summer 2011 online courses will start on Tuesday, May 24 (instead of Monday) in order to allow for the switch over from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9.1. Neither Blackboard 8 nor Blackboard 9.1 will be available starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 23 after grades are due to the registrar.

They will both become available again on Tuesday, May 24 for the start of online classes.

Summer and Fall 2011 course shells were created ONLY in Blackboard 9.1 at

For summer instructors, if you have not already done so, it is highly recommended that you export and import your course from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9 this week.

When you go to the Blackboard 9.1 web site, you will get a prompt which says: “There is a problem with this web site’s security certificate.” To move past this, please click on “Continue to this website (not recommended).” Even though it says, ‘not recommended’, this is indeed what you need to do! (This prompt will disappear once we “go live” in the summer.) Click here for details:

Although you will see your course shells in Blackboard 9.1, THERE IS NO DATA THERE! You must export and import any courses that you would like to move from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9.1. (This includes Z areas.)

There are a few important things you need to do BEFORE Exporting from Blackboard 8 and Importing into Blackboard 9.1:

– Remove HTML tags from course menu items, such as font tags, horizontal rule tags, bold tags, etc.)

– Either remove date restrictions from Announcements or do not export/import old announcements

– Change course menu from buttons to links – especially important for Firefox users or you will not have full functionality of course menu editing tools.

Here is the checklist for importing from Bb8 to Bb9.1:

Once your courses are prepared in Blackboard 9.1, you will not need to move them again since this is the area which will go live and where the students will be enrolled for the summer and fall.

There are significant differences between Bb 8 and Bb 9.1, so we highly recommend training. The Distance Learning Center is available for training in a variety of ways:

1. One-on’one by appointment (e-mail Bonnie Farrell at or call 629-8197).

2. Walk ‘in to the Distance Learning Center, BTC 1042

3. Scheduled Workshops: Check the Training Calendar at

4. Departmental or Special Groups by request

5. Webinar format for those who live at a distance

6. Evening training available by appointment

Also please find additional information and tutorials for Blackboard 9.1 at a href=””target=_blank”>

Z area export/import and clean up:

As part of the upgrade from Bb8 to Bb 9.1, all data that you want needs to be moved from Bb8 to Bb9.1. This includes your Z areas (development or storage areas). There are a few important things you need to know about Z areas:

1. All faculty have a Z ZZZ_555 development area in Bb 9.1. This was created as a sandbox for Bb 9.1 training.

2. All faculty have a ZZZZ_999 development area in Bb 9.1. This was automatically created as a blank area associated with your username. You can use this for anything that you want.

3. We recommend you look over the contents of your Z areas in Bb8, and only move over the things that you will need into Bb 9.1. It is a good time to “clean up” your Z areas.

4. If you need more Z areas created please e-mail the Distance and Online Learning Help Desk at

5. We recommend that you ask us to create the new Z areas based on the old Z areas so it will be easy to move the old into the new. For example if you are currently using Z areas named 997, 998 and 999, we recommend that your new Z areas be named the same.

Please contact the Center for Distance and Online Learning for any help you may need to move your courses from Bb 8 to Bb 9.1. We are standing by!

May 202011
 Posted by on May 20, 2011

The Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department will be doing advisement by appointments beginning today (May 20, 2011) to meet the needs of our students.

Walk-in advisement times still will be scheduled Monday through Thursday to accommodate students taking the placement test or for those students with simple advisement questions.

To schedule an advisement appointment or to know when the walk-in advisement times are scheduled, please call 629-7342.

Thank you,

Howard Bancroft, Academic Specialist

May 202011
 Posted by on May 20, 2011

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 21, at the Joseph L. Burno Stadium.

Faculty should assemble in academic regalia in the Conway Ice Rink in the McDonough Sports Complex no later than 8 a.m. (A continental breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 a.m.)

The faculty and platform party will leave the Ice Rink at approximately 8:30 a.m. and meet up with our graduating students in the G-Lot near the north gate to the Stadium. The academic procession into the Stadium will begin at approximately 8:40 a.m.

As the ceremony will be held outside on the field, faculty are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing (flat shoes and clothing that will not be too warm when worn under a black academic robe). Depending on the amount of sun that morning you may also want to bring sunscreen and sunglasses.

The reception for faculty and staff following the Commencement ceremony wil be held on the second floor of the Campus Center.

May 192011
 Posted by on May 19, 2011

President Matonak and the college’s arts department will be honored by the Arts Center of the Capital Region during a gala event on June 5.

Details are available in this article from the Times Union.

May 192011
 Posted by on May 19, 2011

Jennifer Acker, who has worked at Hudson Valley since 1996, has earned the Leadership Development Certification of Completion.

Since the spring of 2001, Jennifer has served as the the Inter-library Loan Senior Clerk. Jennifer also serves on the Sustainability Committee.

Congratulations, Jennifer Acker!

May 182011
 Posted by on May 18, 2011

Computer Services is pleased to announce that we will be deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 to laptops, office computers and the ACE.

The ACE will receive Windows 7 and Office 2010 for the Summer 2011 semester.

Laptop and office computers will begin receiving Windows 7 builds this summer.

We are arranging training sessions and will periodically update the campus community of their availability.

May 182011
 Posted by on May 18, 2011

The Departmental Food Pantry Competition, sponsored by the Student Life Committee, is designed to encourage contributions to the campus Food Pantry and cooperation and community-building within departments.

Participating departments are recognized with certificates and mini-trophies. The department that collects the most food items is awarded possession of the large Giving Cup trophy for one year.

This program year, at a ceremony organized by the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, the Giving Cup was awarded to the Individual Studies & Liberal Arts Department. The department had collected 1,224 food items.

Running a close second- and third-place were the Mortuary Science Department (1,175 food items) and the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department (1,143 food items). Also participating in 2010-2011 were the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Public Administration Department, the School of Business, the English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Department, the Teacher Preparation Department, the Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department, and the Math and Engineering Science Department.

The nine departments collected an amazing 6,276 food items for the food pantry!

The Viking’s Cove Bookstore was also recognized for its monetary donation to the food pantry and its collection of non-perishable food items.

May 172011
 Posted by on May 17, 2011

The fitness room and racquetball courts will be closed Friday, May 20. They will reopen for regular summer hours on Monday, May 23.

Summer Hours

May 12-19 (final exam week):

6 – 8 a.m.

Beginning May 23, Monday – Friday:

6 – 8 a.m.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Individuals utilizing the Racquetball Courts MUST supply their own equipment. Protective eyewear is mandatory.

The fitness rooms will be CLOSED on the following dates:

May 30 — Memorial Day

July 4 — In Honor of Independence Day

Aug. 15 – 26 — Cleaning and Maintenance

May 172011
 Posted by on May 17, 2011

Summer hours begin June 6 for those who are eligible. To review the Human Resources department’s summer hours memo, please click here.

May 172011
 Posted by on May 17, 2011

Despite the down pouring rain, the March for Babies walk was a great success. Thank you to those of you who donated money to sponsor me in the walk and thank you to all of those who participated in Denim Day!

You helped me raise a total of $750 personally combined with another team member donations for a grand total of $1,180 for the Hudson Valley Community College Team Total!!

Thanks again!

Erin Manning