Nov 302011
 Posted by on November 30, 2011

OfficeMax now is setup as an office supply vendor for the college. As a state contract vendor, OfficeMax has an online catalog and office supplies maybe purchased through its website.

In the next few days, password and sign-on information will be sent in an e-mail.

You are encouraged to compare pricing with Staples and to purchase less expensive OfficeMax products when appropriate.

Delivery will occur  daily to the desktop. The account rep for OfficeMax is Sheri Huff, 229-4161.

An instructional Webinar on how to use the OfficeMax website also will be posted in the Campus Chronicle .

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jo Anna Christian, ext. 4517.

Nov 302011
 Posted by on November 30, 2011

The men’s basketball team (6-2) defeated the College of St. Joseph (JV), 93-73, on Tuesday evening.

The Vikings jumped out early and never looked back in the 20-point rout. Conor Maisch (Coleman Catholic/Kingston) led the team with 21 points and Jeremy Taylor (Catskill/Catskill) added 18 in the big win.

The Vikings travel to Jefferson Community College this Saturday, Dec. 3 for a 3 p.m. game.


Nov 302011
 Posted by on November 30, 2011

The women’s basketball team (2-4) lost to Albany Pharmacy (3-2), 63-55, on Tuesday evening.

The Vikings trailed by 10 points with two minutes to play and pulled within four, but Albany Pharmacy was too much. Arianna Youngs (Lansingburgh/Troy) led the Vikings with 22 points and seven steals. Erica Houle (Shaker/Latham) added 12 points and extended her streak of hitting a three-pointer in each game this season to six.

The Vikings host Schenectady County Community College Thursday at 5 p.m.

Nov 302011
 Posted by on November 30, 2011

Nick Gilbo (Moriah Central/Port Henry) and Nick Pedrotti (West Genesee/Syracuse), freshman linebacker and sophomore offensive lineman, respectively, on the football team, were selected to the Northeast Football Conference First-Team.

Gilbo was tied for second in the conference, averaging 9.0 tackles per game and finishing with 72 total tackles. He also led the Vikings with five sacks on the year. Pedrotti helped anchor the offensive line, playing in all eight games this season.

Earning Second-Team honors for the Vikings were Matt Fallico (Fayetteville-Manlius/Syracuse), sophomore linebacker; Trey Garvey (Woodbridge/Woodbridge, VA), sophomore safety; Dexter Green (N. Myrtle Beach (SC)/Syracuse), sophomore wide receiver, and Josh Gross (Old Mill/Glen Burnie, MD ), freshman tight end.

Fallico finished seventh in the conference with 7.2 tackles per game, and recorded two sacks and one forced fumble. Garvey finished the season with 36 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovered. Leading the team in all-purpose yardage and finishing fourth in the conference was wide receiver and kick return specialist Green. Green averaged 110.8 all-purpose yards each game and 18.4 yards in the kick return game. Gross led the team in receiving yards and finished third in the conference with 49.0 yards per game. He also had a team-high three receiving touchdowns on the year.

Mackenzie Elliot (Edgewood/Monrovia, Liberia), sophomore cornerback; Connor Hadcock (Burnt Hills/Burnt Hills), sophomore linebacker, and Darryl Haley (Woodbridge/Woodbridge , VA), sophomore safety, all earned Third-Team All-Conference honors.

Nov 302011
 Posted by on November 30, 2011

After more than a year of study, a federal committee is urging the Education Department to change how it tracks and evaluates graduation rates and other measures of success for students at community colleges.

Nov 292011
 Posted by on November 29, 2011

Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matt 6:25-27

The holiday season is truly one of the most enjoyable times of the year. It is a time when the goodness of the human heart is on full display.

However, the holidays can be a time of great stress, anxiety and worry. Students may worry about making the grade on their upcoming finals. Many of us worry too about our shopping budgets as we strive to get perfect gifts for our loved ones. Add to that end of year deadlines and reports and we can see how quickly stress can become a problem.

Though we can never avoid all stress in our lives, we can manage our stress by employing some tried and true methods:

  • Prayer, meditation, quiet reflection time.
  • Balance work activities with leisure.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Spend time with friends.
  • Practice deep, mindful breathing.
  • Laugh often.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Peace and Blessings,

Cylon George. M.A.
Campus Chaplain

Nov 282011
 Posted by on November 28, 2011

Campus Center Food Court Menutainment

Monday – Baked Manicotti & Marinated Chicken

Tuesday – Stuffed Peppers & Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Wednesday – Roasted Pork Loin & Turkey Pot Pie

Thursday – Eggplant Parmesan & Italian Meatballs

Friday – Baked Tilapia & BBQ Chicken

Williams Hall Cafe Menutainment

Monday – Marinated Chicken

Tuesday – Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Wednesday – Turkey Pot Pie

Thursday – Italian Meatballs

Friday – BBQ Chicken

Campus Center Food Court and Brahan Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain

Monday – Italian Wedding & Chicken Florentine

Tuesday – Chicken Noodle & Chicken Dumpling

Wednesday – Chef’s Choice

Thursday – Potato Cheese & Tomato Basil

Friday – New England Clam Chowder & Chicken Gumbo

Campus Center Cafe Au Bon Pain

Monday – Italian Wedding

Tuesday – Chicken Dumpling

Wednesday – Chef’s Choice

Thursday – Tomato Basil

Friday – Chicken Gumbo

Williams Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain

Monday – Chicken Florent

Nov 282011
 Posted by on November 28, 2011

Clem Zotto, the father of Physical Education instructor Sheila Zotto and a member of the Physical Education Department Advisory Committee and former head men’s basketball coach at Hudson Valley, passed away on Thanksgiving Day.

Clem was a well-known and well-respected member of the local sports community for many years.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to “the charity of one’s choice in memory of Clem.”

His obituary can be found here.

Nov 222011
 Posted by on November 22, 2011

If you are receiving a health insurance waiver check and your paycheck is normally directly deposited, please note that your waiver payment will be in the form of CHECK, and WILL NOT be directly deposited into your account.

If your paycheck or paystub is normally mailed to your home address or sent via interoffice mail, your health insurance waiver check will be mailed to your home address.

If your paycheck or paystub is normally sent to the Cashier’s Office, your health insurance check also will be available for you to pick up at the Cashier’s Office on Dec. 2.

Please call the Payroll Office at ext. 4514 or 4515 if you have any questions.

Nov 222011
 Posted by on November 22, 2011

The women’s basketball team (2-3) defeated Broome Community College (2-5) 59-45 on Monday evening.

Arianna Youngs (Lansingburgh/Troy) and Kelly Kell (Kingston/Kingston) got the Vikings off to a good start each recording 10 points in the first half to take a 32-25 lead heading into the break. Hudson Valley jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in the 59-45 victory. Youngs led the team with 16 points while Kell added 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

The Vikings next game is at home against Albany Pharmacy on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

Nov 222011
 Posted by on November 22, 2011

The men’s basketball team (5-2) defeated Clinton Community College, 74-55, on Monday evening

Jeremy Taylor (Catskill/Catskill) led the Vikings with 22 points while Kalik Parker (Ragsdale (NC)/Greensboro, NC) added 21.

The Vikings next game is on the road against The College of Saint Joseph JV on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m.

Nov 212011
 Posted by on November 21, 2011

The Center for Effective Teaching encourages the campus community to take advantage of the expertise of our faculty mentors — our “go-to” people with specialized skills who can answer questions, demo the key features of software programs, provide classroom ideas and assist all college employees with focused assistance in working though our work related challenges.

Nine experienced faculty participate in the program, including:

  • Jaime Barrett, who can help with Turnitin and detecting plagiarism;
  • Marianne Belles is willing to help faculty with developing portfolios for discretionary promotions;
  • Milt Connors has great tips for PowerPoint and the presentation of course content;
  • Linda Desnoyers has helped countless colleagues develop a meaningful course syllabus;
  • Mary Beth Farr serves as our mentor-on-the-move and will be on call for help especially with Microsoft Office programs;
  • Kyra Garrigue is our resident digital photo/video editing/web page development expert;
  • Toni Howard has any number of ideas to share on classroom management;
  • Tony Podlaski, who has experience with most desktop-publishing software, including InDesign and Publisher;
  • Michael Such can help you take advantage of the many functions of Zimbra along with other ways to remotely access your files

The full mentor areas with which you may receive assistance is located at: The calendar based mentor availability schedule can be found at:

Look for the “Mentor is In” sign on the door of the Faculty Resource Room, BTC 1054, which will indicate the availability of a mentor at any given time.

Nov 212011
 Posted by on November 21, 2011

The Hudson Valley Community College hockey team (2-3-1) tied Erie Community College (8-0-1), 5-5, on Saturday afternoon. The following day, the Vikings fell to Erie, 6-2.

The hockey team hosts Mohawk Valley Community College on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.

Nov 212011
 Posted by on November 21, 2011

Campus Center Food Court Menutainment

Monday – Jambalaya & Meatballs Marinara

Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken & Grilled Lamb Chops

Williams Hall Menutainment

Monday – Meatballs Marinara

Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken

Campus Center Food Court & Brahan Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain

Monday – Beef Barley & Broccoli Cheddar

Tuesday – Chefs Choice

Nov 182011
 Posted by on November 18, 2011

Fall 2011 Withdrawal Deadline: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

It is strongly recommended that a student discusses the impact of either course withdrawals or a total withdrawal with the Financial Aid Office before completing the process.

Course Withdrawals
A student may withdraw from a course or courses prior to the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. A student must obtain the approval and the signature from his or her advisor or department chair for course withdrawals. The official date of withdrawal is the date that the completed form is received in the Registrar’s Office. Discontinuance of class attendance or notice to the instructor does not constitute authorized withdrawal.

Course withdrawals from a term may jeopardize current and future financial aid eligibility.

Total Withdrawal
A student may withdraw from all registered courses within a term prior to the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. To complete a total withdrawal, please visit the Registrar’s Office in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 136. The official date of withdrawal is the date that the form is completed.

A total withdrawal from a term may jeopardize current and future financial aid eligibility.

If a student is unable to complete either of the above in-person, a letter will be accepted as long as it is postmarked and mailed by the U.S. Postal Service by Nov. 18, 2011.  Any request received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Nov 182011
 Posted by on November 18, 2011

Did you know that you when you reuse test questions in Blackboard you have the option of linking to the original question or copying it?

The difference is that if you copy a question and then make changes to the original the changes will not appear in your copy. If you link your question, you can make changes to the original and those changes will show up in the new test.

To learn to create new tests from existing tests and either copy or link them, contact Bonnie Farrell at

If you have a favorite or useful blackboard feature you would like to share, please e-mail Bonnie Farrell at or leave a comment below.

Nov 182011
 Posted by on November 18, 2011

The men’s basketball team (4-2) defeated RPI JV, 75-56, on Thursday evening.

The Vikings travel to Clinton Community College on Monday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.

Nov 182011
 Posted by on November 18, 2011

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

Accountant (exam # 65-090)

Administrative Assistant (exam # 65-552)

The last filing date for either exam is Dec. 5, 2011 and the exam date for either title  is Jan. 7, 2012.

Nov 172011
 Posted by on November 17, 2011

NACAS (National Association of College Auxiliary Services) is sponsoring a scholarship opportunity for students.

The Student Feature Article Contest consists of a 1,000- to 1,500-word essay on the topic “How Auxiliary Services Has Influenced My College Experience.” The deadline for submission is Dec. 2, 2011 and prizes are $500, $300 and $200 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, in addition to possible publication in College Services the quarterly magazine service the NACAS membership.

If any student is interested in this opportunity, please direct them to the FSA Business Office, Campus Center 240 or ext. 7181 for rules.

Nov 172011
 Posted by on November 17, 2011

Thank you to all who have donated a packed shoebox to this ministry.  To all who have not yet heard of the ministry, please read the article below from the Chronicle (11/7).

As the angel proclaimed to the shepherds of Bethlehem, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10b-11, NIV).”

Operation Christmas Child demonstrates God’s love to impoverished children in a tangible way by partnering with churches worldwide to deliver gift-filled shoe boxes and the good news of Jesus Christ.  Operation Christmas Child has brought hope to boys and girls in over 140 countries around the world.

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 14-21. Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to pack a shoe box for a child. I can provide you with a shoebox and the instructions for how to pack one.

Michele Wiltsie at, 518 629-7146, BRN 225.

My home church, Trinity Worship Christian Fellowship (, is a relay center for Operation Christmas Child. Just pack a shoebox and deliver it to me before Nov. 18, and I will bring it to Trinity to be forwarded on to a distribution center. You can even track where your shoe box is delivered to. Check out Operation Christmas Child’s website for more details.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, President.

Thank you and may God Bless you this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Nov 172011
 Posted by on November 17, 2011

The holidays are just around the corner. If you’re looking for a timeless gift idea, then why not stop by the English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Department and check out the William Keck classic book collection.  Dickens, Eliot, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald are just a few of the authors in this collection.

These classic books are available for only $10 and all proceeds go to the William Keck Scholarship Fund.  The books are available for review and purchase Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. tio 4 p.m. in BRN 035.

If you have any questions, please contact Kris Lewis at ext. 7385 or

Nov 162011
 Posted by on November 16, 2011

I wanted to thank each and everyone for their support and generosity for our Veteran’s Events last week.

The library exhibition, on which Alice Malavasic worked so hard, has brought many people together for a great cause.

I have never been so proud to work with such good people at such a great college.

Thank you!
Carrie Farley

Nov 162011
 Posted by on November 16, 2011
In the Spirit of Disability Awareness Month
The Disability Resource Center and the Center for Effective Teaching Presents:
Disability Webinar Series
Faculty, Staff and Students are Welcome!
Announcing Best Practice Series 3
Our popular Best Practice Series will continue, beginning Nov. 8.

In our new series of webinars, we will again tackle the difficult disability access and accommodation compliance issues that you struggle with on a daily basis.

Salome Heyward will lead the legal compliance discussion during each webinar.

All webinars and replays will be closed captioned. Any questions, please contact Pablo Negron Director, Disability Resource Center at (518) 629-7154 TDD (518) 629-7596 or e-mail at

Webinar 1: You Want Me to Do What???
Date:               November 8, 2011
Time:               1:30-3:00
Location:         Siek Campus Center Rm. 130 – Disability Resource Center Conference Room

An in-depth discussion of extreme behavior on the part of students, parents and faculty.

Webinar 2: FERPA and Confidentiality
Date:               December 6, 2011
Time:               1:30-3:00
Location:         Siek Campus Center Exhibition Room, Second Floor 

An exploration of the methods and procedures that can employ to respond to the confidentiality and privacy concerns of students.

Webinar 3: Students with Asperger Syndrome
Date:               February 7, 2012
Time:               1:30-3:00
Location:         Siek Campus Center Exhibition Room, Second Floor 

Dr. Jane Thierfeld-Brown, one of the country’s leading authorities, will join Salome Heyward to discuss access issues that are unique to accommodating students with Aspergers.  They will explore strategies that can be employed in designing academic adjustments.

Webinar 4: Access to Technology
Date:               March 6, 2012
Time:               1:30-3:00
Location:         Bulmer Telecommunications Center Meeting Rm. 2

OCR’s emerging technology directives as well as specific compliance obligations for distance learning and on-line programs will be discussed.

Webinar 5: ADA Revised Regulations
Date:               April 3, 2012
Time:               1:30-3:00
Location:         Siek Campus Center Exhibition room, Second Floor 

The pertinent provisions of the revised ADA regulations will be examined. The topics that will be discussed include: documentation standards; “effective communication” obligation; service animal provisions; redefining “direct threat;” and much more.

This Webinar Series is sponsored by the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Development and funded by the Perkins IV Grant

If you’re planning on attending or bringing your class, please call or e-mail Norina Dowd at (518) 629-7154 or

Looking forward to your participation!

Nov 162011
 Posted by on November 16, 2011

In support of the Theatre Club’s performance of the Laramie Project, the Pride Alliance will have informational tables each day this week, beginning Monday, in the Siek Campus Center, 1st floor.

Please stop by and visit us. Each day will be a different theme and provide a  unique look into LGBT life and culture.

Deanne Martocci
Pride Alliance Advisor

Nov 152011
 Posted by on November 15, 2011

You mustn’t be frightened
if a sadness
rises in front of you,
larger than any you have even seen;
if an anxiety,
like light and cloud-shadows,
moves over your hands and over
everything you do.
You must realize that something is
happening to you,
that life has not forgotten you,
that it holds you in its hand
and will not let you fall.

Rainer Maria Rilke