Jul 292011
 Posted by on July 29, 2011

Faculty members Thomas Lail and Tara Fracalossi are part of an exhibition in Bratislava, Slovakia.

“Transport,” an exhibition of videos, installations and works on paper by Fracalossi, Lail, and collaborators Leah Singer and Lee Ranaldo, is on display at Galeria Cyprina Majernika until Sept. 4. The project was developed in cooperation with curator Richard Gregor, director of Galeria Cyprina Majernika, and was even promoted on the U.S Embassy Web site in Bratislava.

Click here if you can read Slovakian and want to find out more!

Jul 282011
 Posted by on July 28, 2011

Did you know that you can now create a horizontal rule in your main course menu with out the use of HTML? You can also create subheaders to oranize your main course menu. You might want to do this to separate communication links, i.e send e-mail, discussion board, Web mail, from content links such as instructional modules, resources, syllabus etc.

To create subheaders follow the instructions in this tutorial on our tutorials page, https://www.hvcc.edu/deptweb-dlweb/bb9tutorials/coursemenu/subheader.pdf or use the tutorial for dividers (https://www.hvcc.edu/deptweb-dlweb/bb9tutorials/coursemenu/divider.pdf) to seperate different sections of your main course menu.

For more information about how to do this, please contact Mark Petersen at 629-8138 or m.petersen@hvcc.edu.

Jul 252011
 Posted by on July 25, 2011

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the summer so far.

As we are fast approaching August and some of you may be preparing curriculum proposals, I wanted to send a reminder regarding the Curriculum Committee meeting and submission dates for the 2011/2012 academic year.

You also will find information regarding a few form updates approved by committee. A link to each revised form, all of which can be found at https://www.hvcc.edu/acasenate/curriculum/forms/index.html, has been provided along with a brief explanation of each change.

The calendar of 2011/2012 Curriculum Committee meeting dates and proposal submission deadlines can be found at https://www.hvcc.edu/acasenate/curriculum/meetings.html. The first proposal submission deadline date is Aug. 29.

The following proposal forms have been updated. If you already have these forms saved on your PC please replace them with these versions for future use.

Form for Submission of Proposals (https://www.hvcc.edu/acasenate/curriculum/forms/submission.doc)

Addition of #5 – Answering the three questions in #5, necessary for new program/ certificate proposals, will help move implementation along once notice to proceed with implementation is received from the VP of Academic Affairs Office.

Course Outline (https://www.hvcc.edu/acasenate/curriculum/forms/course-outline.doc)

A statement has been added to the Grade Computation Field to reinforce the new Z grade policy. The following parenthetical should now be part of that field: (In general-news terms as defined by college policy. Specifics, including Z grade, will be defined on the instructor’s syllabus.)

Proposal Impact Statement (https://www.hvcc.edu/acasenate/curriculum/forms/proposal-impact.doc)

Library/Media Resources has been added as a new Area of Impact to address the need for additional funding for new programs. The Library Director will provide a position statement when it is determined it is necessary. The need for such a statement will be reflected on the Library/Media Resources Assessment Form.

Library/Media Resources Assessment Form(https://www.hvcc.edu/acasenate/curriculum/forms/lrc-assessment.doc)

This form has been edited to clarify the need for additional funding when the current and projected funds are unable to support additional resources new curriculum will require. The proposer will be advised when the need for additional funding should be addressed on the Proposal Impact Statement. The Library director will provide a support statement when necessary.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions: l.terry@hvcc.edu or 629-8067.

Jul 222011
 Posted by on July 22, 2011

Did you know that in Blackboard 8, students could see their grades through the Tools Panel but in Blackboard 9.1, the Tools Panel is no longer there?

If you do not have a “My Grades” button or a Tools button in your main course menu, students will not be able to access the My Grades page in your Blackboard course.

You can add a “My Tools” button to your course(s) by following the instructions in this tutorial, https://www.hvcc.edu/deptweb-dlweb/bb9tutorials/coursemenu/toollink.pdf.

You can see all Blackboard tutorials by selecting Blackboard 9.1 Tutorials in the Upgrade Information module on the Home tab in Blackboard.

If you are interested in learning more, please schedule a 15-minute training session by calling or e-mailing Mark Petersen at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or ext. 8128.

Jul 212011
 Posted by on July 21, 2011

If you are looking to sharpen your basic math skills or you’re considering beginning your higher education and need a math refresher, ‘Applied Math for Adults,’ can help.

This free, six-week, non credit course will be offered beginning July 26 at Averill Park High School. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The course will provide a ‘real world’ problem solving approach to basic math concepts like algebra, fractions and percentages. Students will work to gain more confidence in using math to help them with a variety of tasks. The course can also provide some confidence to those who are considering entering a technical field and need some help with their math skills.

For more information or to register, call Jamie Dreimiller at (518) 629-7453, or email j.dreimiller@hvcc.edu.

The course is offered with funding from a US Department of Labor/Employee Training Act grant and in conjunction with Hudson Valley Community College’s Department of Math and Engineering Science and the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Jul 202011
 Posted by on July 20, 2011

The College’s Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is offering a Welding Basics course, designed to teach new skills to the novice welder and to expand the skills of workers in the construction, auto repair, electrical, plumbing, heating/ventilation and air conditioning industries.

This 15-hour course provides students with an overview of the theory and practice for welding. Students will learn to use various welding techniques, with an emphasis on quality and safety.

This course trains students in the following four basic welding processes:

– Shielded Metal Arc (stick welding)

– Fluxcore and Mig wire feed welding

– TIG welding

– Oxy Fuel Cutting

The following supplies are included in the $500 tuition and will be provided to the students for in-class use and to own upon completion of the course:

– Welding Jacket

– Welding Gloves

– Welding Helmet

– Safety Glasses

– Industrial Earplugs

Schedule: The course is scheduled to run for five straight evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during the week of August 15 – August 19, 2011.

Locaton: Troy EOC, 145 Congress Street, Troy.

Instructor: Scott John

Requirements: Students are required to be able to lift 35 pounds and are responsible for bringing the following items to class:

– Work Gloves

– Steel Toe Work Books

– Long Sleeve T-Shirt or Sweat Shirt

CALL 629-4827 for more information and to register!

See all training programs offered by the Workforce Development Institute at:


Jul 202011
 Posted by on July 20, 2011

Workforce Development Offers National Electric Code (NEC) 2008 Update Course

The College’s Workforce Development Institute (WDI), is offering a 15-hour NEC 2008 update course for electricians who wish to bring their skills up-to-date.

This is not a course for beginners, but for experienced electricians who need to review the changes to the code in order to make sure their work is compliant with current regulations. (New York State recently adopted the National Electric Code [NEC] 2008 as the basis for its statewide electric code regulations.)

The NEC 2008 Update course will cover:

–Changes affecting the scope of the NEC

–Changes to definitions

–Changes to the general-news requirements for electrical installations

–Changes to the wiring and protection requirements

–Changes affecting wiring methods and materials

–Changes affecting the use of equipment for general-news use

–Changes affecting selected hazardous locations, agricultural buildings, mobile homes, swimming pools and emergency generators

The required textbook, National Electric Code 2008, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Aug. 9 – Aug. 18, 2011

Tuesdays: 8/9 and 8/16, 6 – 9 p.m.

Thursdays: 8/11 and 8/18, 6 – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 8/13, 9 a.m. – Noon

Location: 400 Jordan Road

Instructor: Tom McLaughlin

Tuition: $250

For more information and to register, call 629-4827 or 629-4235.

See all training programs offered by the Workforce Development Institute at: www.hvcc.edu/wdi

Jul 202011
 Posted by on July 20, 2011

The Workforce Development Institute is offering Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting with its training partner — Environmental Solutions Associates, (AEA).

The eight-hour course will teach students how to comply with the 2010 EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and the HUD Lead-Safe Housing Rule. Participants will learn how to perform lead-safe work practices safely and effectively.

Training Participants will use hands-on equipment and will receive the following:

– A 310-page comprehensive training manual

– Proper photo documentation and EPA-recognized documentation.

– A copy of the EPA firm application (needed to become firm-certified)

– Lead Identification color guide and EPA Compliance Sheets (to be posted at the job)

– Instructions on how to use the EPA-approved test kits

– Administration of the exam(s) required by EPA

– Follow-up support and technical advice after the class is over

Get certified! Successful completers of the course and the exam will receive:

– The EPA-recognized Certificate (valid for five years)

– The EPA Cleaning Verification Card (needed to clear a job)

It’s The Law

By law, since April 2010, contractors must take and successfully complete an approved eight-hour EPA-Certified Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) course, prior to renovating, repairing or painting houses, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978. Even window-replacement falls under this law. Civil penalties for failure to comply with this law can result in a fine of $37,500 per job and a possible five-year felony conviction.

(Recent enforcement action in St Louis cost contractor Window World of St. Louis, Inc., $39,577.00, as reported by the EPA in March 2011. The contractor was fined a penalty of $19,529 plus replacement of old windows with lead for a total of $20,048.00!)

Course Schedule

Beginning July 25, 2011 at 400 Jordan Road, Troy

Beginning August 19, 2011 at TEC-SMART, Malta

Tuition: $250, a small investment in learning how to avoid thousands of dollars in fines!

Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; minimum 10th grade reading and math levels.

CALL 629-4827 for more information and to register!

See all training programs offered by the Workforce Development Institute at www.hvcc.edu/wdi.

Jul 182011
 Posted by on July 18, 2011

A recent article in the Times Union highlights a federal grant the college received that makes it possible to offer free tutition in the one-year biotechnology certificate program.

Please click here to read to story.

Jul 152011
 Posted by on July 15, 2011

Banner will be unavailable from 10 p.m. Friday, July 15 through 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16 in order to complete required server maintenance.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Computer Services

Jul 152011
 Posted by on July 15, 2011

A revised Employee Tuition Waiver has been posted to the Human Resources Web page, accessible here.

Please use the revised form, effective immediately.

Jul 142011
 Posted by on July 14, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College, along with 29 other SUNY schools that form a job training alliance, could benefit from a $50 million federal grant promoted Wednesday by Sen. Charles Schumer.

Click here to read a Times Union article about the proposed funding designed to help colleges prepare students for immediate employment.

Jul 142011
 Posted by on July 14, 2011

Did you know that Hudson Valley has software that allows you to hold office hours online?

If your students cannot come to campus for extra help, use Wimba Pronto. This product is very easy to use. You can video conference or just use audio, chat or application sharing tools to help students in your classes.

To learn about the many uses of this product peruse this Web site: http://www.wimba.com/solutions/higher-education/wimba_pronto_for_higher_education/.

If you are interested in learning to use Wimba Pronto, please schedule a time for a 15-minute training on this tool by calling or e-mailing Bonnie Farrell at b.farrell@hvcc.edu or ext. 8197.

Jul 142011
 Posted by on July 14, 2011

For the final six months of 2011, the IRS has increased the standard mileage reimbursement rate to 55.5 cents per mile.

Beginning July 1, the college will reimburse mileage at this increased rate.

Jul 142011
 Posted by on July 14, 2011

To effect some changes in storage on HVNET, Computer Services is asking that you shut down your PC at the close of business today and in general-news, every day to conserve energy.

By not shutting down, some data on your PC is not written back to the server and therefore not copied to the new location.

The change will take place early Friday morning.

Jul 142011
 Posted by on July 14, 2011

Once a month, the Campus Chronicle offers a link to recent news articles about or related to Hudson Valley Community College. The “clippings” are compiled by the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Please click here to view the June clips.

If you hear or see news about the college, please let us know. You may call or e-mail Debby Gardner at ext. 8071 or d.gardner@hvcc.edu.

Jul 132011
 Posted by on July 13, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College is among several partners joining the City of Albany Housing Authority, which has secured a nearly $5 million federal grant to build an educational center in the South End of the city.

Please click here to read about the grant project in the Times Union.

Jul 132011
 Posted by on July 13, 2011

The 17th Annual U.W. Marx Golf Classic to benefit The Foundation is selling ONLY 300 raffle tickets at $20 each for a chance to win a 46-inch Toshiba LCD Flat Screen TV. The drawing will be held at the tournament on Monday, July 18. You don’t have to be present to win.

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

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

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

Jul 122011
 Posted by on July 12, 2011

The Enrollment Committee wants to promote this message to students: Check your college e-mail account regularly!

Some campus offices currently send information to students via e-mail, while others utilize both paper and e-mail.

A number of administrative offices are planning to transition to only e-mailing information to students, so it is important that students know that they have a Hudson Valley e-mail account that should be checked on a regular basis.

E-mail has many advantages as a way to communicate with students: it’s faster, saves the college money spent on paper and postage, and is the environmentally-friendly option.

Members of the Enrollment Committee will be working to get the message out this summer and throughout the fall semester. You should notice this message being added to various publications, our Web site, and in our conversations with students.

We also will be keeping the campus community informed along the way. Upcoming Campus Chronicle articles will provide information such as who receives an e-mail account, when they receive it and for how long, as well as updates from administrative and student services’ offices about changes being made to their method of mailing information (what will be e-mailed instead of mailed).

Stay tuned…

Jul 112011
 Posted by on July 11, 2011

English as a Second Language advisement hours for the rest of the summer:

July 5 – Aug. 12

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 1 to 1:40 p.m.

Aug. 15 – 26

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Advisor: Mal’ Benton

Office: BRN 111 – A

Phone: 518.629.7576

Email: m.benton@hvcc.edu

Jul 112011
 Posted by on July 11, 2011

Thanks to everyone who donated returnable beverage containers, as well as all the volunteers who helped collect, transport and “cash in” the 2,421 bottles and cans, $121.05 was raised on July 7.

The Animal Outreach Club will use the proceeds to assist animals in need.

Jul 112011
 Posted by on July 11, 2011

I am happy to announce that Dave Alber is our new Senior Microcomputer Technician. He joined our staff on July 5.

He is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College and comes to us with 13 years of experience in the IT field.

Please welcome Dave to the college!

Umran Yaqoob

Microcomputer Supervisor

Information Technology Services