Jun 302011
 Posted by on June 30, 2011

The following titles are scheduled for Rensselaer County Civil Service exams:

Senior Clerk (Promotional) (exam # 79-631)

Senior Clerk (Open Competitive) (exam # 65-738)

Records Clerk (Open Competitive) (exam # 66-602)

The last filing date for the above exams is July 28, 2011 and the exam date is September 10, 2011.

Assistant Social Services Attorney (exam # 2011-06)

The last filing date and exam date for the above exam is July 28, 2011. There is no written or oral test for this examination. The candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will receive an evaluation of their training and experience against the background of the duties of the position.

Jun 302011
 Posted by on June 30, 2011

On Wednesday afternoon, the NJCAA announced that men’s basketball player Anthony Robustiano (Mohonasen/Rotterdam), men’s soccer player James Belcastro (Niskayuna/Niskayuna) and women’s bowler/golfer Nicole Sheldon (Columbia/East Greenbush) each earned NJCAA Academic Awards.

Robustiano was the recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, while Belcastro and Sheldon received the Superior Academic Achievement Award.

Robustiano was a two-year captain, commanding the point guard position and finishing his career fifth in Viking history with 202 career assists. He was one of the top shooters in the region this season and finished second in the country in free-throw percentage at 85.5% and 15th in the country in three-point percentage at 42.5%.

Belcastro led the Viking’s midfield attack this season on the soccer field. He was one of the top defensive midfielders for the team and finished the season with two assists.

Sheldon was a two-sport athlete who excelled on the bowling lanes. She won the singles championship at this year’s Regional Championships, was named an All-American and was named to both the All-Region and All-Conference Teams. Sheldon’s best finish on the golf course was fourth place at the SUNY Delhi Invitational.

Jun 282011
 Posted by on June 28, 2011

As reported in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for medical transcriptionists is expected to grow by 11-percent annually through 2018. The average salary for full-time workers is approximately $32,000.

Medical transcriptionists are dedicated professionals, who specialize in transcribing a physician’s written and oral records into a digital format. Due to a growing and aging population, as well as new laws requiring the electronic documentation of patients’ medical records, the demand for medical transcription services is increasing.

The course is comprised of three separate modules, including Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Transcription.

The learning experience is supported with periodic ‘Live-Online’ sessions, where the students join the instructor in a ‘virtual classroom’ to review the course curriculum. Students can expect to spend at least 12 to as many as 24 hours a week studying.

Once training is completed, job placement is offered to successful graduates. Most medical transcriptionists work as independent contractors and have the flexibility to work at home and to set their own schedules.

Despite advances in voice- and print-recognition software, a human pair of eyes will always be needed to verify a medical record’s accuracy. Medical Transcription Online + Live-Online training can provide an opportunity for you or for someone you know, who is looking for a new career or a steady second-income, to have a flexible work schedule and the ability to work at home!

Please contact the Workforce Development Institute at 629-4235, or visit www.hvcc/edu/wdi for more information and to register for this training opportunity!

Jun 282011
 Posted by on June 28, 2011

Nine students from the Troy EOC C.N.A. class, along with their instructor, Loretta Garrand, participated in the 10th Annual Community Hospice Walk held on Saturday, June 18.

Two weeks prior to the event student, John Rakowski, presented the opportunity to his classmates and encouraged each of them to join him in walking a 1.5 mile path around the University at Albany grounds. “It was important for us to participate because this is what we do as C.N.A.s, we help people,” he said.

In two short weeks, the group collectively raised $190 in donations! The Community Hospice event raised a total of $181,000 from all participants.

Please click below to see photos of the event:



Jun 272011
 Posted by on June 27, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College again ranks as one of the largest and most productive two-year colleges in the United States, according to a survey released June 13 by Community College Week, a bi-weekly higher education newspaper.

According to the report, Hudson Valley awarded 1,763 associate degrees in 2009-2010, earning a rank of 38 out of 72 two-year colleges. (Twenty-eight four-year colleges also were ranked to identify the 2011 Top 100 Associate Degree Producers.)

The college’s rating improved significantly since the last report was issued, when it was ranked 61. It should be noted, however, that several colleges that were two-year institutions in 2010, now are ranked separately as four-year institutions.

Community College Week ranks the Top 100 two-year and four-year colleges based on the number of associate degrees and one- and two-year certificates conferred.

Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, the report shows that Hudson Valley is the fifth most productive college among the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system. Monroe Community College (ranked 12), Nassau Community College (14), CUNY Kingsborough Community College (27) and Erie Community College (34) awarded more associate degrees in 2009-2010. Valencia Community College in Florida awarded the largest number of associate degrees – 6,303 – nationally among two-year schools.

Community College Week also ranks the top 50 institutions by number of degrees awarded in certain academic areas. Hudson Valley ranked seventh among all colleges in the number of criminal justice/security associate degrees granted, 13th in computer and information sciences and support services, and 22nd in communication technologies/technicians and support services.

Jun 272011
 Posted by on June 27, 2011

Computer Services finishes up network upgrades today that began June 20. You may experience a network connection disruption lasting up to six minutes during the upgrade.

Please refer to the schedule below for your area. If you experience a connection issue on one of the dates below, do not log off. Your connection will be restored shortly. As always, please periodically save your work.

Monday, June 27

Hudson Hall (HUD)

400 Jordan Road, Troy (JRD)

Marvin Library/Learning Resource Center (MRV)

Between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. today, UPS upgrades were planned for TEC-SMART (telephone and data services), Internet for the Troy campus, 175 Central Ave. (telephone and data services), EOC data connectivity to the main campus.

We apologize for any inconvenience!

Thank you,

Computer Services

Jun 242011
 Posted by on June 24, 2011

The 17th Annual U.W. Marx Golf Classic to benefit the Foundation is selling ONLY 300 raffle tickets at $20 each prior to the tournament to be held Monday, July 18. You don’t have to be present to win and the winner will be announced at the tournament.

Contact us quickly – these tickets won’t last long!

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket or two, please contact the Foundation Office at 629-8012 or via e-mail at foundation@hvcc.edu.

Thank you for your support. Best of luck to all our raffle participants!

Jun 232011
 Posted by on June 23, 2011

Did you know that Blackboard 9.1 has a new tool to easily add YouTube videos to your courses?

Now you can search for YouTube videos from within Blackboard and display them in your course seamlessly without using HTML.

For a tutorial on how to do this, visit our tutorials page here, https://www.hvcc.edu/deptweb-dlweb/bb9tutorials/coursecontent/youtube.pdf or schedule a time to come in for a 15-minute training on this tool.

To schedule a training time, call or e-mail Bonnie Farrell at b.farrell@hvcc.edu or ext. 8197.

Jun 212011
 Posted by on June 21, 2011

Susan L. Kutryb, assistant professor, has been named chair of the Mathematics and Engineering Science (MES) Department, beginning fall 2011.

Sue has been a member of the MES department since 1993, first as an adjunct and then as a full-time instructor in 2001.

An active member of the MES department and the college community, Sue has been a student advisor for many years, and is currently the College in the High School Liaison for the MES department. She has served on the college’s Curriculum Committee and Faculty Workshop Day Committee, and is currently a member of NYSMATYC (New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges), where she served as President and Legislative Chair.

In 2010, Sue received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jun 202011
 Posted by on June 20, 2011

Please click here to read the obituary for James P. Crawford-Harris.

He is the husband of Annette Crawford-Harris, associate professor of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Services are Tuesday.

Jun 202011
 Posted by on June 20, 2011

On Sunday, June 12, Educational Opportunity Center faculty and staff participated in the annual Troy Flag Day Parade. The EOC was represented by 22 marchers including, students and their family members.

The Building Trades students played an instrumental role in decorating the EOC van. The annual Flag Day event is a fun-filled day for the entire family.

Click here to see a photo.

This year’s marchers included:


Keevin Killikelly

Melissa Thomas (with husband Chuck and son Austin)

Marion Viasner

Sheryl Waterbury (with daughters Allison and Kaitlyn)

Don McKeen

Veronica Branca

Erica Jackson (with daughters Anessa and Kantaya)

Dr. Lucille Marion

Steve Cowan

Millie Delgado

Meaghan Adair


Stefani Benway

Reynaldo Gonzalez

Maureen Schafer (with family members Samantha, Justin, Stephen and Stephen III)

Jun 172011
 Posted by on June 17, 2011

A new and exciting course is now available for those interested in the craft of improvisation. Introduction to Improvisational Theatre (THEA 170) introduces students to the fundamentals of improvisational acting through various theatre games and exercises that eliminate the anxiety and mental blocks associated with performing without any prior preparation.

In THEA 170, students will work in groups to develop through scene work the communicative and cooperative skills needed to confidently participate in the various styles and forms of improvisational theatre. Also, the course will afford students the opportunity to develop the listening and observation skills that are necessary for effective interpersonal communication in work, school and social situations. Finally, for non-theatre majors, the course is a fun way to fulfill a general-news education arts requirement.

Two sessions of THEA 170 are available:

THEA 170-800 (CRN 41725) — 6 – 9:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July. 5 through Aug. 12 in BTC 1001.


THEA 170-500 (CRN 16136) — 6 – 9 p.m. Mondays, Sep. 6, through Dec. 16 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

Jun 172011
 Posted by on June 17, 2011

The Office of Communications and Marketing sought bids from advertising and marketing firms to work with the college to develop and execute its annual marketing plan.

All faculty and staff are invited to review and provide comment on the proposals received in response to the request for proposals.

To do so, please stop by GUN 267 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17. Forms will be provided for your written comments.

Jun 142011
 Posted by on June 14, 2011

The 17th Annual U.W. Marx Golf Classic to benefit the Foundation is selling ONLY 300 raffle tickets at $20 each prior to the tournament on Monday, July 18. You don’t have to be present to win and the winner will be announced at the tournament.

Contact us quickly – these tickets won’t last long!

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket or two, please contact the Foundation Office at 629-8012 or via e-mail at foundation@hvcc.edu.

Thank you for your support. Best of luck to all our raffle participants!

Jun 142011
 Posted by on June 14, 2011

Roy Pompey, coordinator of the Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP), also will be inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame during ceremonies scheduled for Sunday, June 26 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany.

Pompey was a member of the Troy High School basketball team that was undefeated in 1965. Pompey and Coach Clem Zotto will be inducted with the remaining members of the team: Jerry Guter, Perry Ashley, Bob Wood, Rosie Phillips, Hubert Terry, Luther Rackley, Artie Wilson, Neil Dembo, Ken Holmstead and Joe Cohen.

Monday’s Campus Chronicle contained news that Athletic Director Kristan Pelletier will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jun 132011
 Posted by on June 13, 2011

File management now is available via two different methods: use of OpenVPN for access to H: drive or by use of the Zimbra Briefcase.

OpenVPN: Documentation on the use of OpenVPN can be found on the Computer Services Web site for Windows and Mac computers using the link below.


Zimbra Briefcase: Zimbra Briefcase is a method of managing documents without the use of the H: drive. Basic documentation on the use of briefcase is available on the Computer Services documentation site or can be accessed directly using the link below.


Jun 132011
 Posted by on June 13, 2011

The Academic Advising Certificate program began in fall of 2009 and was created to provide academic advisors with the resources and opportunities necessary to improve their craft.

Hudson Valley Community College considers Academic Advisors to be critical to fulfilling the college’s mission of providing “dynamic, student-centered, comprehensive and accessible educational opportunities that address the diverse needs of the community.”

To earn a certificate, participants must complete six hours of training through courses from each of three topic areas — Foundations of Advising, Advising Special Groups, and Advising Tools and Resources — for a total of 18 hours.

The CET is proud to announce the very first recipients of this certificate. Please join us in congratulating Diane Teutschman, Advising Specialist in the Teacher Preparation Department and Bob Taylor, Academic Advisor in the School of Business Advising Center for their hard work and dedication to academic advisement at HVCC!

Diane and Bob will be formally recognized for their achievement at the 2012 Faculty and Staff Honors Convocation.

Jun 132011
 Posted by on June 13, 2011

Kristan Pelletier, Hudson Valley’s director of athletics, will be inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame (CDBHF) for her achievements on basketball teams at Bishop Maginn High School and The College of Saint Rose.

The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held Sunday, June 26 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Albany.

Pelletier first made a name for herself as captain of the Bishop Maginn girls’ basketball team that won its first ever state championship in 1996, and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. She appeared twice in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 as a member of the Saint Rose women’s basketball team in 1997 and 1998.

“Basketball has always been an integral part of my life, whether I’m playing, coaching, overseeing, even just watching. In fact, with my three siblings also involved in the sport throughout high school and college, it’s part of my family life as well. I can’t express how honored I am to be included in the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame, especially alongside so many other great inductees from this area,” Pelletier said.

To be considered for induction into the CDBHF, a player or individual must have played locally throughout high school and college. Sportsmanship and distinction as a player or individual are considered along with statistics and achievements. Coaches, referees and media personnel are also included.

Athletics director at Hudson Valley since 2009, Pelletier previously served as assistant athletics director and is the first female in the college’s 56-year history to hold both these positions.

Jun 092011
 Posted by on June 9, 2011

Effective today, the services listed below are available in the following locations:

Computer Learning Center: Campus Center Computer Cafe, CTR 163

Learning Assistance Center: Campus Center CASP Suite, CTR 230

Learning Disabilities Services: Assistance provided at the Marvin Library lobby entrance

Instructional Media Center: Assistance provided at the Marvin Library lobby entrance; staff will retrieve needed items

Library Reference Services: Campus Center Computer Cafe, CTR 163

Library Collections: Assistance provided at the Marvin Library lobby entrance; staff will retrieve needed items

Quiet study space: BTC 207 (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), BTC 203 (5:30 – 10 p.m. Wednesday), BTC 219 (5:30 – 10 p.m. Thursday)

Access to the building beyond the lobby entrance is limited to employees. Staff are available at the lobby entrance to locate resources and services or to direct users to temporary service locations.

Services are expected to resume at their regular locations on Monday, June 13.

Jun 092011
 Posted by on June 9, 2011

The School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies is offering a certificate program in Semiconductor Technology beginning this fall for students who hold an associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT) and want to enhance their job skills to move into this new industry.

Applicants from other disciplines with a strong background in chemistry and physics also qualify for admission, and others with related experience or degrees can be admitted by permission of the department chairperson.

The 25-credit hour certificate, to be offered in part at the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) facility in Malta, will provide specialized training in semiconductors and nanotechnology, digital electronics, electromechanical devices, semiconductor manufacturing and nanofabrication processes. Some of the courses will be taught at Hudson Valley’s main campus in Troy.

The certificate program was developed in response to the expected employment needs of area computer chip manufacturing industries, including GlobalFoundries where positions are expected to open in late 2011. Program graduates will be qualified to apply for entry-level employment at annual starting salaries of approximately $45,000.

For more information, contact Hudson Valley’s Admissions office at (518) 629-7309 or admissions@hvcc.edu.

Jun 092011
 Posted by on June 9, 2011

Rich Porter, department chair for Building Systems Technology, and the college’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta are featured in the June issue of Visions, a publication of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Look for “Sunny outlook” on page 16.

Jun 082011
 Posted by on June 8, 2011

Professor Emeritus Kathryn Sullivan is co chairing the 13th Annual Conference of the Justice Studies Association in Cherry Hills, NJ, June 9-12, 2011.

The conference draws students and professionals from all over the world and the theme for this year’s conference is “Unlocking the Prisons in our Lives.”

Also presenting will be Prof. Emeritus Peter Sanzen and Dr. Charles Lanier, instructor.