Dec 222011
 Posted by on December 22, 2011

Did you know that you can color code your grade center? Would you like to be able to tell how many 70s, 80s, or 90s you have in your class at a glance? Color-coding is your answer!

For more information about color-coding, contact Bonnie Farrell at

Thank you Mark Petersen for this quick tip!

If you have an idea for a quick tip please email or post a comment below.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Dec 222011
 Posted by on December 22, 2011

Retention Specialist Kevin McNeelege recently became a contributing member of, a progressive Web site that publishes articles on current events, opinion pieces and essays on life, society and culture.

Articles are reviewed by editors before being published. Other contributors to the site include Ralph Nader, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. So far, they have published four of Kevin’s essays. If you would like to check it out, Kevin’s page is

Dec 212011
 Posted by on December 21, 2011

The lead story in this morning’s Capital District Business Review “Morning Call” blog details the expected growth in the college’s recent curriculum collaboration with several local school districts.

The clean and renewable energy curriculum, which began this year at TEC-SMART with 20 students, may soon expand to 100 students, according to the story. Reporter Robin Cooper spoke with Dean Phil White for the story.

Dec 212011
 Posted by on December 21, 2011

In this December update, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs has much good news to share from several academic areas within the college community — new training offerings from the Workforce Development Institute, HVCC representation on a new SUNY-wide committee, a new partnership for the Teacher Preparation Department, news from TEC-SMART, the Nursing Department’s National Board exam results and more.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone for your efforts and achievements in all of these endeavors.

Please click here to access the full Update.

Dec 212011
 Posted by on December 21, 2011

This report in today’s Inside Higher Ed details a new study that shows community college enrollments dipping slightly across the country over the past year.  Perhaps it would be more accurate to say they have stopped growing so rapidly, according to the study’s authors from the American Association of Community Colleges.

“It’s not that enrollment is down. It has essentially stopped growing,” said Kent Phillippe, a senior research associate for the American Association of Community Colleges.

Dec 202011
 Posted by on December 20, 2011

The campus will experience intermittent telephone outages beginning at 11 p.m. tonight for approximately two hours, due to necessary telephone system upgrades.  Normal operation will be restored by 1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Dec 202011
 Posted by on December 20, 2011

If you are…

An hourly employee and you are paid based on timesheets, your timesheet must be submitted to the Payroll Office no later than 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 for payment on Thursday, Dec. 29.

All timesheets received in the Payroll Office after the deadline will be processed on the following pay date.

**Please mark your calendars!**

For a complete list of timesheet due dates and other important payroll information, please visit us on the Web at

If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Office at ext. 4515, 4514 or 4565.

Dec 202011
 Posted by on December 20, 2011

Blackboard Instructors:

Are you ready for the Spring 2012 semester?
In preparation for the Spring 2012 semester, please review the Prepare Your Course for the Semester info which can be found at:

If you have not yet exported and imported your courses from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9.1, training will be available the entire week before the semester starts. Please call 629-7070 or e-mail for assistance or to set up an appointment.

Don’t Forget to Make Your Course Available
Once the semester begins, students will only have access to a course that has been made available by the course instructor. You must set the availability of your course(s) in Blackboard. To set the course availability, follow these steps:

  • From the Control Panel of your course
  • Select Customization
  • Select Properties
  • Locate Step 3: Set Availability and select Yes,Make Course Available
  • Select Submit
  • A green confirmation bar will appear indicating that the properties have been updated

Happy Holidays!

Dec 202011
 Posted by on December 20, 2011

The Viking’s Cove Bookstore has all HVCC apparel on sale.

20% off your entire clothing purchase from December 12 – 22!!

Don’t forget to check out Bob’s discount table for items that are 50% off!

Dec 202011
 Posted by on December 20, 2011

The Viking’s Cove Bookstore is hosting its end of the semester textbook buy back.  The store purchases select texts, offering 50% of the current new retail price (regardless if you bought them new or used).

Get cash for your books!

Dates & Times:
Dec. 19 – 21 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 22 – 9 a.m. – noon

Additionally, the first 289 people that sell their books back during these dates will get to spin the prize wheel!

Dec 202011
 Posted by on December 20, 2011

The prospect of having a family dental plan in place for the 2012 year is contingent upon achievement of 130 enrolled families for a mandatory two-year period. In other words, for the program to be implemented in January 2012, we need 130 contracts for both the 2012 and 2013 years. The cost will be $51.00 per month to the enrolled employee.

Those eligible for the plan are those employees already eligible for the individual dental plan provided by the College, and the benefits will be the same for family members as those for individuals. The schedule of benefits is found on the Human Resources Web page under “forms for internal use.” See the “Dental Benefits Plan Schedule of Allowances” for detailed information.

Please remember that one must enroll during our December open period for the two-year commitment. This plan may be more or less effective than utilizing the flex spending plan depending on your family needs over the next two years.

Enrollment forms and further information are available from the Office of Human Resources.

Dec 202011
 Posted by on December 20, 2011

Do you have a twin bed frame or even better a frame and headboard taking up space in your basement or spare room?

The Polysomnography program (sleep medicine) is in need of two twin bed frames for our new laboratory.

If you have one in good condition and are willing to part with it please e-mail Dave Ten Eyck at and arrangements can be made to pick it up from campus or your home if you are near the college.

Dec 192011
 Posted by on December 19, 2011

Longtime Hudson Valley faculty member Richard Carman passed away on Friday at home. He was 78 years old. His Times Union obituary is here.  A memorial mass will be held at St. Augustine’s Church, Lansingburgh.

Dec 192011
 Posted by on December 19, 2011

Fall 2011 courses in Blackboard will become unavailable to students on Friday, Dec. 23 at 11:59 p.m.

  • A banner will be posted in Blackboard to let students know the last access date.
  • The Distance and Online Learning Help Desk will have extended hours;someone will be available in the evening from 5 to 9 p.m. via e-mail or phone during final exams.


  • All Fall 2011 students given a grade of I (Incomplete) will be able to access the Fall 2011 courses again in Blackboard as soon as grades are posted by the Registrar.
  • Students who have an I (Incomplete) will remain enrolled in their Fall 2011 Blackboard course until either the grade converts or 30 days into the Spring 2012 semester.
  • If faculty have assigned any student a grade of I (Incomplete), they must keep their Fall 2011 course set to be “Available” in the Course Settings area in the Control Panel or the student will not be able to access it.

Grade Center Tutorials:

Archive Your Old Course


It is recommended that you archive your course; it can serve as your historical record of course work. The archived course contains the course material with the student course submissions (discussion, Bb quizzes/tests and assignments). It is recommended that you archive at the end of each term, once you’ve submitted student grades.

In your course, select Control Panel.

Select Archive Course under Course Options.

Select Archive from the tool menu.

Select Submit, and then select OK on the next screen.

You will receive an email from Blackboard when the Archive is complete on the system.

From the Control Panel in the course you are archiving, select Archive Course again.
Note: Yes, you do have to enter the Archive Course area for a second time.

Select the link for the most recent archive file.

Select Save and choose a location to save the archive file to (i.e. your desktop or your H: Drive). The archived file will be saved as a compressed file (.zip format).


Please contact the Distance and Online Learning Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns at (518) 629-7070 or


Susan Gallagher
Director of Distance and Online Learning

Dec 192011
 Posted by on December 19, 2011

The cafe, located on the first floor of the Campus Center, will be open frin 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during intersession (Monday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Jan. 16).

All other Chartwells locations will be closed during that time period and will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at regular times.

Have a happy holiday season!

Dec 192011
 Posted by on December 19, 2011

Faculty Workshop Day 2012 — Teaching in Challenging Times — is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8.

We are happy to announce that our keynote presenter for the event is Dr. Tina Good (  Dr. Good is well versed on the mission and challenges of community colleges and her current obligations include serving as:

  • President of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges
  • Professor of English and the Faculty Coordinator for Assessment at Suffolk County Community College
  • And as a result of legislation signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in August, Dr. Good has recently been appointed to a seat on the SUNY Board.

The event planning committee meets regularly to solicit faculty input for workshop ideas and training needs and currently is putting together a meaningful slate of opportunities for participants.  As per the President’s comments at the Fall All-College Meeting, budgetary impacts this year will result in the elimination of the end-of-event luncheon, allowing this years’ event to conclude early in the afternoon. In recognition of the needs created by the current economic strife, participants will be encouraged to bring donations for the college’s food pantry.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Detailed program information, workshop descriptions and registration options will be distributed at the start of the Spring semester. We hope you will plan on joining us in this annual event promoting interaction, growth and professional development.

Dec 192011
 Posted by on December 19, 2011

English as a Second Language Advisement Hours

Intersession 2012

Tuesday, Jan. 10 — 10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Spring 2012 (January 17-May 11)

Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. and by appointment

ESL Advisor: Elizabeth Allen
BRN 035-A

Dec 162011
 Posted by on December 16, 2011

Did you know that you could store documents on your HVCC Web space or in one of your “z” areas and link to them instead of uploading them to a specific course?

This comes in handy when you teach more than one section of a course. For instance, instead of editing your syllabus and uploading it to two or three courses you can simply edit it in one place and be done! The link is already there so as long as you do not change the name of your document, you need not do anything more.

If you choose to do this in a “z” area, you will need to change some settings in the “z” area. The advantage of this over using your Web space is that your documents are not viewable to anyone outside of Blackboard.

For more information or to schedule a time to come in and learn how to do this, contact Bonnie Farrell at

Dec 162011
 Posted by on December 16, 2011

On behalf of the college, the Foundation has contracted with a company called Harris Connect to produce the first-ever alumni directory for Hudson Valley Community College to be published in 2012.

Alumni have received notification that this is taking place and are now receiving notifications via U.S. Mail and e-mail asking them to contact Harris to confirm their information.

As might be expected, some alumni are questioning whether or not the college is aware of this activity. Although an initial announcement was sent, alumni may not remember or may have misplaced the announcement. If anyone receives calls concerning this project, please direct the call to Mandy Brown in the Foundation office at 629-8030. We will be happy to address any concerns expressed.

Thank you.

Dec 162011
 Posted by on December 16, 2011

Final exams begin this Saturday and all finals are to be delivered to the Disability Resource Center.

If you have a student in your class that requires special testing accommodations and they have given you the official accommodation forms, please bring the final exam to the DRC as soon as possible.  Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Dec 152011
 Posted by on December 15, 2011

Dear College Community:

Speaking for members of Sisters Incynch, we extend a heartfelt thank you.  Donations of career clothing for women and men greatly assisted in replenishing Katrina’s Closet. Members of the Hudsonian sponsored a successful clothing drive of winter clothing for the Unity House and the Domestic Shelter.

On Friday, Dec. 9, club members packaged bags of coats, scarves, sweaters and other items to provide warmth and comfort to many who are having difficulty purchasing basic items. We are delivering 50 large holiday shopping bags to the Troy Unity House.

In addition, we have adopted a family of four from the Domestic Violence Center. Donations of gift certificates from Wal-Mart, Target and Price Chopper are greatly appreciated and accepted at the Student Senate Office until Wednesday, Dec. 21.

In the spirit of the holiday season, our students, staff and faculty remind the larger community of humanity toward those in need of love, hope and joy during difficult economic times.

Happy Holidays!

Tamu Chambers
Club Advisor

Dec 152011
 Posted by on December 15, 2011

Mark Tempel in Physical Plant, a retired member of the US Naval Construction Battalion, is collecting new, unwrapped toys for “Toys for Tots.”

You will find a collection box outside of the Physical Plant office (LSB 105). If you are unable to drop your gift off, please call extension 7356 to arrange a pick up.

The deadline for toy donations is Dec. 14.

If you are unable to get out to purchase a toy, TJ Maxx (across the street from the campus) has a very large selection of reasonably-priced toys.

Help make a child smile on Christmas morning!

Dec 152011
 Posted by on December 15, 2011

The Criminal Justice Department is offering Hoffman’s Car Wash Coupons through the end of the semester as we continue our efforts to endow the Professor Ronald Dow Scholarship.

Car wash tickets (which never expire) are available at two service levels:

Full Service Car Wash (Inside ‘n Out):
$18 each, includes exterior wash and towel dried, floors, seats and ashtrays vacuumed, floor mats washed, air freshener applied, interior windows cleaned, and the dash, steering column, instrument panel and door jambs are wiped down.

Exterior Car Wash:
$9 each, includes cloth wash and air dry of car exterior by automatic equipment (hand dried if used at a full-service location).

Coupons can be reserved by contacting Michael Such (ext. 7844 or via e-mail ).  Please specify how many tickets and at which service level.

Checks may be sent through interoffice mail to FTZ-202. The Car Wash coupons will be returned to you upon receipt.  If paying in cash, we would be happy to deliver the coupons to you on a COD basis.

Car Wash coupons are a thoughtful way to extend holiday wishes to many of those folks you want to acknowledge, yet for whom you might not ordinarily buy a gift. They make great stocking stuffers for anyone owning a vehicle.  At the same time, you will be helping to support the academic pursuits of deserving Criminal Justice students.

Your support is much appreciated!

Dec 152011
 Posted by on December 15, 2011

The Holidays are here and we would appreciate your support to help make them a happy and joyful time for our Viking Child Care families.

Your kindness over the years has helped us to purchase gift cards for our needy families.  They have been greatly appreciated by the parents, who are often full-time students — many of them young, single parents, trying to make ends meet and provide necessities for their children.

In the spirit of the holiday season, will you please help to make this holiday season a little brighter for our young children?

Checks may be made payable to the Viking Child Care Center Holiday Fund and forwarded to the Child Care Center or the FSA Business Office located in the Campus Center.

We would like to thank each of you who have donated in the past and who are able to do so this year.  You make a difference for our families!

Dec 152011
 Posted by on December 15, 2011

It is that time of year again when the Human Services Club takes on one of its most important activities. For the past 15 years, the club has adopted the families of our students within the campus community who are in need of assistance. Last year, we adopted 18 families and provided gifts for more than 50 children, in part because of the spirit of giving on our campus.

In past years, we have been extremely fortunate to receive donations and support from faculty and staff. We are once again reaching out to the campus community to help make this holiday season a joyous one for the 15 families that will be adopted.  We are always in need of wrapping paper, bows,  batteries and other gift packaging items. If you are interested in adopting a child or a family, please contact: Maryanne Pepe, Maria Markovics or Loretta Blitstein in the Human Services Department.

Your generosity in past years has truly allowed us to uphold our club’s tradition and philosophy of helping those in need.  We thank you and wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!