Feb 292012
 
 Posted by on February 29, 2012

The Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts & Broadcast Communications is pleased to announce that Tara Fracalossi, instructor and Teaching Gallery director, is a recipient of a Museumwise Individual Achievement Award of Merit.

In its announcement of the award, Museumwise noted: “The reviewers applauded Tara’s impressive record of commitment and success in bringing arts programming to HVCC and believe her work reflects an increased impact on the field through her graduating students.”

Museumwise is a statewide organization dedicated to providing resources, training and expertise to help New York’s museums. Awards of Merit are given to institutions or individuals whose project/work represent outstanding contributions in their category and excellence compared to similar activities throughout New York State.

The award will be presented on Sunday, April 22 at the Children’s Museum in Troy in conjunction with the Museumwise Museums in Conversation Convention.

Feb 292012
 
 Posted by on February 29, 2012

Do you have school spirit?!  Do you want to let everyone know you are a part of the Hudson Valley Community College family?

If you answered “yes,” then we have just the thing for you!  The Bookstore sells “HVCC” license plate holders. These plate holders are chrome plated with a hunter green background on the top and bottom.  On the top of the plate holder, HVCC is written in yellow letters and on the bottom the words HUDSON VALLEY are written.

Feb 292012
 
 Posted by on February 29, 2012

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

Aging Case Manager Assistant (exam #60-194) (OC)

Last filing date for the above exam is March 30, 2012 and the exam date is April 28, 2012.

Contract Analyst (exam #60-208) (OC)

Local Public Health Educator (exam #60-233) (OC)

Payroll Clerk (exam #68-436) (OC)

Payroll Coordinator (69-534) (OC)

Payroll Clerk (70-628) (PROM)

Last filing date for the above exams is April 5, 2012 and the exam date is May 12, 2012

Feb 292012
 
 Posted by on February 29, 2012

A report in today’s Inside Higher Ed discusses a recent study that shows two commonly used placement tests do not effectively gauge a students’ skill level.

From the article:

Large numbers of community college students are being placed into remedial courses they don’t need, according to new studies that questions the value of the two primary standardized tests two-year colleges use to place students: the COMPASS and the ACCUPLACER.

The research, which analyzed data from a large, urban community college system and a statewide two-year system, found that up to a third of students who placed into remedial classes on the basis of the placement tests could have passed college-level classes with a grade of B or better.

Feb 282012
 
 Posted by on February 28, 2012

Women’s basketball standout Arianna Youngs (Lansingburgh/Troy) earned First Team All-Region honors on Monday afternoon.

Youngs leads the Vikings with an average of 19.2 points per game — giving her a ranking of fourth in the region — and 107 total steals on the year. She is 10th all-time in Viking history with 442 points in a season, fourth with 107 steals in a season and third in career steals with 189. Youngs had a career-high of 31 points earlier in the season against Adirondack Community College .

The #5 seeded Vikings head to the Region III Tournament at Cayuga Community College to take on #4 Clinton Community College on Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m.

Feb 282012
 
 Posted by on February 28, 2012

Sophomore men’s basketball player Kalik Parker (Ragsdale (NC)/Greensboro, NC) earned First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference honors on Monday afternoon.

Parker leads the Vikings this season with an average of 16.7 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game, and ranks seventh in Region III in both scoring and rebounds. He is just 47 points shy of 1,000 career points entering this weekend’s Region III Tournament at Jefferson Community College. He also is currently ranked second in career three-pointers (155), needing only five to break the Hudson Valley record (159), and ranks fifth all-time in Viking history in career blocks with 103.

The #4 seeded Vikings head to the Region III Tournament to take on #5 Fulton-Montgomery Community College at Jefferson on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m.

Feb 282012
 
 Posted by on February 28, 2012

Just a short note to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude for all that was done for my mother and me upon my father’s passing earlier this month. The outpouring of support and kindness that was displayed by so many of you was just amazing. It means so much to us, thank you.

Feb 272012
 
 Posted by on February 27, 2012

This past week, Christians all over the world began the season of Lent by receiving ashes and by committing themselves to the ancient Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (caring for the poor). People have traditionally used this time of the year to slow down, reflect more deeply and to draw closer to God.

So in the spirit of being more reflective, here are a few helpful questions inspired by the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving:

  • How can I become more connected to God and to the sacred in my life?
  • What are the underlying values and motivations driving my daily activity?
  • How can I de-clutter my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual spaces so that I am less distracted and better able to focus on what’s important?
  • Am I taking care of my body by eating the right foods in the right portions and staying away from unhealthy foods?
  • How can I connect with others to help make a difference in the wider community?
  • Do I generously use my time, talents and resources to help the less fortunate?

I hope this season of Lent inspire us to be more intentional in how we live… to be more reflective and less reflexive.

If you are looking for more ways to pray, fast and give this Lent, you may enjoy this Lenten calendar: http://bustedhalo.com/features/fast-pray-give

Note: “Thoughts from Campus Ministry” is now on Facebook (search for “HVCC Campus Ministry”). Like the page to receive updates!

Peace and Blessings,
Cylon George
Campus Chaplain

 

Feb 272012
 
 Posted by on February 27, 2012

The lacrosse team (0-1) lost to Army Prep (1-0), 26-5, on Saturday afternoon.

The Vikings travel to Nassau Community College on Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m.

Feb 272012
 
 Posted by on February 27, 2012

As the campus continues to go green, we are currently trying some remanufactured ink and toner cartridges on campus. If you have  experienced any issues with the ink or toner we would like to know and we also would like you to return the ink or toner to ITS to have it replaced if it is defective.

We are no longer purchasing the remanufactured National brand and are now trying Toshiba and Staples brand recycled ink and toner. If you do happen to get one of these, we would appreciate your input on what you think.  Some of the input we are looking for is if the ink or toner leaks, how long it lasts or if it doesn’t work at all.

Please continue to return your empty cartridges to ITS in HGB119 for recycling!

Thank you for your input.

Feb 272012
 
 Posted by on February 27, 2012

The HVCC Book Club is sponsoring a Book Swap cart, located at the entrance of the Marvin Library.

Painted by Fine Arts faculty member G.G. Roberts, this cart is a place for donated materials. If you have books you’d like to donate, place them on the cart. If you see something on the cart that you’d like to read, help yourself! You don’t have to bring in a book to take a book.  This is a “free-cycling” venture to encourage literacy on campus.

Enjoy!

Feb 272012
 
 Posted by on February 27, 2012

Campus Center Food Court Menutainment
Monday – Steak Roulade & Penne Alfredo
Tuesday – Chicken Ballantine & Sausage and Peppers
Wednesday – Beef Lasagna & Chicken Stir Fry
Thursday – Bratwurst & Chicken Picatta
Friday – Stuffed Sole & BBQ Ribs

Campus Center Food Court and Brahan Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain
Monday – Corn Chowder & Chicken Noodle
Tuesday – Chicken Florentine & Broccoli Cheese
Wednesday – Vegetable Lentil & Potato Cheese
Thursday – Chef’s Choice
Friday – New England Clam Chowder & Tomato Florentine

Campus Center Cafe Au Bon Pain
Monday – Chicken Noodle
Tuesday – Broccoli Cheese
Wednesday – Vegetable Lentil
Thursday – Chef’s Choice
Friday – Tomato Florentine

Williams Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain
Monday – Corn Chowder
Tuesday – Chicken Florentine
Wednesday – Potato Cheese
Thursday – Chef’s Choice
Friday – New England Clam Chowder

Feb 242012
 
 Posted by on February 24, 2012

The HVCC READS Committee is pleased to announce that local journalist/columnist Mark McGuire has agreed to visit the campus on Tuesday April 24. During that day, he will visit two classes, share lunch with a small group of students, faculty and employees, plus deliver a lecture to the entire community with a dessert reception to follow.

The goal of the HVCC READS program is to encourage everyone on campus to read the work of one writer. In the past, the campus has welcomed novelists such as William Kennedy, Joyce Carol Oates and Amy Tan, non-fiction writers such as Bill McKibben, Richard Selzer, Liz Funk, and Ryan Smithson, and a graphic novelist, Jessica Abel.

Typically, the HVCC READS program focuses on one book written by the author, but this year, for the first time, the Committee chose an author who is known primarily for his work as a newspaper writer.

McGuire is originally from Long Island, but for the past 20 years, he has worked as a senior writer at the Albany Times Union. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, McGuire began his journalism career at the Leader-Herald in Gloversville, and later he worked at The North Jersey Herald and News before settling in the Capital District. During his time at those two newspapers, McGuire’s duties included general news assignments, government reporting and sports coverage, as well as a periodic column on music. Since arriving at the Times Union in 1990, McGuire also has written about television along with his reporting on news and sports.

In addition to his newspaper reporting, McGuire has also written two books; both are about baseball. In 1999, he co-authored with Michael Sean Gormley a book entitled Moments in the Sun, a work that chronicles the short-lived baseball careers of players such as Bo Belinsky, Bernie Carbo, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, and Joe Charboneau. A year later, the same two authors published The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of the 20th Century Ranked.

Prior to McGuire’s visit to campus, interested readers can find his work on the Times Union web page (www.timesunion.com) or his blog (http://blog.timesunion.com/mcguire). They can also find him on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/McGuire.Mark) and on Twitter (http://blog.timesunion.com/mcguire/(Sports)).

Anyone who is interested in attending the free luncheon at noon with McGuire should send an e-mail to j.labate@hvcc.edu, and faculty members who may want McGuire to visit their classes (10:00 or 11:00 a.m.) should do the same.

Feb 242012
 
 Posted by on February 24, 2012

Did you know there is a Blackboard tutorials page for students as well as course instructors and organization leaders?

To share the student tutorials with your students, give them this link, https://www.hvcc.edu/deptweb-dlweb/bb9tutorials/bb9tutorials_stu.html.

If you have a favorite or useful Blackboard feature you would like to share please e-mail Bonnie Farrell at b.farrell@hvcc.edu or post a comment below.

Feb 242012
 
 Posted by on February 24, 2012

In our newest version of WIReD, there is a required “Terms of Usage” page, which appears immediately upon logging in with your username and password.

The new page is intended to inform users that WIReD is a secure area of the College’s website and will be displayed for faculty, staff and students. The text has been approved by the College’s counsel and will appear the next time you enter WIReD.  Once you click “I Agree”, you will be able to process through WIReD as normal.

Thank you.

ITS

Feb 232012
 
 Posted by on February 23, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College men’s hockey player Paul Nicsevic Jr. (Colonie/Colonie) earned Second-Team All-Region honors on Wednesday afternoon.

Nicsevic, the sophomore goalie out of Colonie, allowed fewer than four goals a game this season for the Vikings in 20 games of action. He recorded 453 saves on the year and has a two-year total of 963 total career saves.

The men’s hockey team finished the season with a 5-15 overall record.

Feb 222012
 
 Posted by on February 22, 2012

The Dental Hygiene Department has recently received full accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Department faculty and staff would like to thank the campus community for all of its continued support.

Feb 222012
 
 Posted by on February 22, 2012

The Library will be starting its renovation project within the next couple of weeks.  The entire library staff will need to box up their offices and move to temporary locations within the building. Any spare copy paper boxes or other “moving” size boxes would be appreciated.

Contact Pat Kaiser ext. 7333 or e-mail p.kaiser@hvcc.edu or any other library staff  member and we will come pick up the boxes from you.

Thanks.

Feb 212012
 
 Posted by on February 21, 2012

The men’s bowling team finished first at the Region III Championships in Utica on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings were down by more than 400 pins after three games, but fought their way back and won by more than 350 pins shooting a total of 9519.

Ryan Sickler (Guilderland/Guilderland) won the singles title with a 959 series and Michael Hartmann (Coxsackie-Athens/Coxsackie) finished second with a 908 total. Both Sicker and Hartmann earned All-Region honors, and Sickler was also named the MVP of the Regional Championships. Victoria Jansen (Kingston/Kingston) earned All-Region honors finishing second on the women’s side with a 1552 total. She also teamed up with Candace Dawson (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk/Ravena) in doubles to finish second with a 1399 total.

The bowling team heads to the National Junior College Championships on Thursday, March 1 in Buffalo.

Feb 202012
 
 Posted by on February 20, 2012

The women’s basketball team (15-9) defeated Clinton Community College (18-6), 67-61, on Saturday afternoon.

Arianna Youngs (Lansingburgh/Troy) led the team with 21 points and Erica Houle (Shaker/Latham) added 20 including five three-pointers, extending her school record to 144 career three-point field goals made. Kelly Kell (Kingston/Kingston) chipped in 12 assists and is the new single-season record holder for Hudson Valley with 164.

The women head to the Region III Tournament on Friday, March 2 held at Cayuga Community College.

Feb 202012
 
 Posted by on February 20, 2012

Above our club logo designed by HVCC student and Habitat for Humanity club member Alexandra Cardish.  Each student attending the Melbourne, Florida trip will receive a green t-shirt with this design printed in white.

Students to Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity over Spring Break

Every year colleges across the country travel to join with Habitat for Humanity International to help the working poor by building houses one at a time.  This year, I am proud to report, that our Student Senate has decided they want to be a part of this nationwide event.  As a result they are offering our students the opportunity to go to Melbourne, Florida to assist the Brevard Habitat chapter put on their annual Strawberry Festival.  This event raises over $250,000 in one weekend and funds this chapter’s work throughout the year.  They hold a 5k race, an antique car show and hundreds of crafters and utilize over 1000 volunteers to run this festival.

As the Habitat for Humanity Club Advisor I have had the privilege of working Chad Coumbes and the Student Senate on organizing this trip.  It was wonderful to see our students asking to spend their spring break volunteering to help others.  However our trip cannot happen if we don’t get the word out. Having just been approved by FSA, it is imperative that we now let our students know.  Your assistance in publicizing the trip will be appreciated.  If interested, students should sign up at the student senate offices.   Six students have already signed up but we are looking for ten more.  The cost is still being worked out, but to help make this trip affordable, student senate will pay for 40% of the cost per student.  We will fly out Friday March 16th, volunteer Saturday, Sunday and Monday and take Tuesday to relax.  Melbourne is on the Atlantic Ocean so a day at the beach is a real possibility. However it is also close to Cape Kennedy and many other attractions.  We fly back on Wednesday. Each student who goes to Florida will receive a Habitat for Humanity t-shirt (see logo above) designed by HVCC student and Habitat Club Member Alexandra Cardish.  In addition student senate is offering one scholarship.  To apply you must write a 300 word essay; the best one will receive a free trip.

For those who cannot afford the cost of going away I have also arranged spring break volunteer opportunities locally.  We will build on Alexander Street in the South end of Albany.  Interested students should contact me directly since to participate.  No one may participate in a build until they have signed a hold harmless agreement.  In addition, I am also looking for one or two faculty to volunteer at our local build with our students as I will be in Florida chaperoning the Student Senate trip. Students volunteering locally may purchase our t-shirt at cost. However without faculty support this local opportunity may not happen.

For more information contact me, Sue Kilgallon.  I am the HVCC Habitat for Humanity club advisor at the college.  My e-mail is s.kilgallon@hvcc.edu, my office is Lang 107 and my office number is 629-8005. Anything you can do to get the word out to our students will be appreciated!

Feb 202012
 
 Posted by on February 20, 2012

On Friday morning it was announced that Brian Mariano (Mechanicville/Mechanicville) and Victoria Jansen (Kingston/Kingston) were named Mountain Valley Conference MVP’s.

Ryan Sickler (Guilderland/Guilderland) and Chris Strom (Columbia/East Greenbush) also had strong seasons for the Vikings and were named to First-Team All-Conference.

The men’s bowling team won its third consecutive Mountain Valley Conference Championship just two days earlier.

Mariano’s hi-average of a 224.3 for 18 games and 4,037 pins was best in the conference in his match against Schenectady. He also led the conference with a hi-game of 290 at Adirondack earlier in the season.

Jansen recorded a high-triple for the conference with a 727, averaging a 209.3 against Schenectady in the final match of the regular season.

Feb 202012
 
 Posted by on February 20, 2012

Campus Center Food Court Menutainment
Monday – Beef and Broccoli & Teriyaki Chicken
Tuesday – Seafood Gumbo & Jambalaya
Wednesday – Penne with Meatballs & Chicken Marsala
Thursday – Beef Stew & Turkey Cutlets
Friday – Seafood Newburg & BBQ Chicken

Campus Center Food Court and Brahan Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain
Monday – Vegetarian Chili & Chicken Dumpling
Tuesday – Louisiana Red Bean & Chicken Gumbo
Wednesday – Baked Stuffed Potato & Split Pea
Thursday – Chef’s Choice
Friday – New England Clam Chowder & Italian Wedding

Campus Center Cafe Au Bon Pain
Monday – Vegetarian Chili
Tuesday – Louisiana Red Bean
Wednesday – Split Pea
Thursday – Chef’s Choice
Friday – Italian Wedding

Williams Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain
Monday – Chicken Dumpling
Tuesday – Chicken Gumbo
Wednesday – Baked Stuffed Potato
Thursday – Chef’s Choice
Friday – New England Clam Chowder