Mar 302012
 Posted by on March 30, 2012

Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 Degree/Certificate Application Deadlines

This is a reminder that the degree/certificate application deadlines for Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 graduation are as follows:

Spring 2012 — Friday, March 30, 2012
Summer 2012 — Friday, June 15, 2012

If a student plans on graduating either in May or August, a completed degree/certificate application must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the appropriate deadline as noted above. Please note that a completed degree/certificate application requires department chairperson/advisor signature. Applications received after the noted date will be considered for graduation for the following semester (i.e., an application received on March 31 will be considered a Summer 2012 application and an application received on June 16 will be considered a Fall 2012 application).

Summer 2012 graduates are invited to the May Commencement ceremony. This will be the only commencement ceremony that a student can attend. If a student wishes to participate and have his or her name appear in the Commencement program, a student must have a completed degree application submitted by the March 30 deadline.

The degree application can be accessed at

This Degree Application Deadline reminder has been posted to the Student Announcement Board and all students have been sent a reminder e-mails to their HVCC e-mail account.

Mar 302012
 Posted by on March 30, 2012

Dr. Ellie Fogarty, Hudson Valley’s Middle States Liaison, made a visit to the campus on Tuesday, March 27. During her time here, she met with the president, members of the campus community, the Middle States Steering Committee and College Assessment Committee, the Board of Trustees, and the co-chairs of the self-study.

Dr. Fogarty provided a great deal of helpful advice for best practices as we proceed with the self-study, and the Steering Committee was pleased to note that Dr. Fogarty characterized the college’s design document as, “excellent.” The design document, which is a “roadmap” as to how we intend to conduct the self-study, is the result of countless hours of collaborative effort on the part of the Steering Committee and Working Groups involved in the self-study.

Many thanks to all who took time to attend one of the sessions with Dr. Fogarty. We look forward to a self-study that will not only reaffirm our accreditation status but will also provide an in-depth and very honest look at Hudson Valley’s current compliance with the 14 Characteristics of Excellence as well as directions for our continued improvement.

Mar 302012
 Posted by on March 30, 2012

The softball team (2-0) defeated SUNY-Delhi (0-2), 11-6 and 17-9, in a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.

In game one, Gabriella Daniels (Troy/Troy) and Aimee Lefebvre (Waterford/Waterford) each had three hits and combined for six RBIs. Meghan Roullier (Columbia/Wynantskill) added two hits and two RBIs, and Shaylah Morris (Berlin/Berlin) got the win on the mound in the opener. In the second game, Daniels continued where she left off tallying four hits and four RBIs. Kate Brown (Colonie/Colonie) and Sarah Patzwahl (Chatham/Canaan) each recorded four hits and Morris came in in relief to earn the save.

The softball team hosts Columbia-Greene Community College on Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m.

Mar 302012
 Posted by on March 30, 2012

The following title is scheduled for a Rensselaer County Civil Service exam:

Fiscal Analyst  (exam #60-152) (OC)

Last filing date is April 24, 2012 and the exam date is June 2, 2012.

Mar 302012
 Posted by on March 30, 2012

If you’re in need of a timeless gift idea or just looking to add to your library collection, then 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 Steinbeck are just a few of the authors in this collection.

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

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

Mar 302012
 Posted by on March 30, 2012

Hudson Valley 101 is an information session for accepted students and their parents that has been held in late winter or early spring each year since 2006.

The students that attend this event are very likely to complete the registration process and be a part of the new class of students in the fall. In fact, on average, 85 percent of the attendees enroll, well above the 60 percent yield rate President Matonak has called for this fall. Not only that, but the students that participate in Hudson Valley 101 consistently have had a higher retention rate than other students in their entering cohort.

Retention Services always has relied on many offices and individuals to take the time each year to staff Hudson Valley 101, particularly Melissa Coon and the Tour Guide Club, Professor Ron Mulson, Brian Vlieg, Sue Kutryb, Anthony Kossmann, Mara LeFebvre, Mat Cantore and the Theatre Club, Financial Aid and Student Activities. This year, more faculty members are volunteering, including Vonnie Vannier, Carmine Pesca and Colleen Bartels, to welcome the accepted students and their parents and to help us get their feedback on the event.

If you would like more information about Hudson Valley 101, please visit or contact Kevin McNeelege, retention specialist, at or (518) 629-7638.

Mar 302012
 Posted by on March 30, 2012

The creation of a new Tier 6 for New York State Public Employee Retirement Systems was signed into law on March 16.  This Tier has a new benefit structure.

Just a few examples:

  • 3.5% contribution regardless of salary prior to 4/1/13
  • After 4/1/13 a percent of contribution is based upon regular compensation earned in the previous 2 years.
  • Increases the retirement age to 63

If you are interested in joining a NYS system prior to the Tier 6 effective date, Human Resources will need your application for membership signed and notarized prior to this Friday, March 30, 2012.

Unfortunately, Human Resources cannot accept a FAX — the application with your original signature and the notary’s is required. These pre-Tier 6 membership applications must be processed through our office to expedite enrollment.

Here are the membership forms:
Employee Retirement System
Teachers’ Retirement System
(Please note: the Teachers’ Retirement System membership is for faculty only.)

If you have any questions about any of this, please contact me at ext. 4552.

Deborah Richey
Assistant Director of Human Resources

Mar 292012
 Posted by on March 29, 2012

The lacrosse team (5-3) defeated Jefferson Community College (2-4), 21-7, on Wednesday afternoon.

David Wilber (Columbia/East Greenbush) led the Vikings with six goals and one assist, and Mason Agosto (Cary Grove/Cary Grove, IL) added five goals and two assists. Paul Bennett (Glens Falls/Glens Falls) and David Klapp (Saratoga Springs/Greenfield) each recorded five points in the win, and Andrew Reilly (Bethlehem/Bethlehem) recorded 17 saves in goal.

The team travels to Genesee Community College on Saturday, March 31 for a game at 1 p.m.

Mar 292012
 Posted by on March 29, 2012

It’s that time of the year again. I am selling candy bars to raise money for the March of Dimes. They are Hershey’s candy bars in 6 great varieties:

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds
Take 5
Reese’s Peanutbutter cups

Each bar is $1 and you can buy them at 3 great, convenient locations:

Erin Manning — GUN 252
Tara Farley  — CET BTC 1042
Carrie Farley — BRN 211

Thanks for you support!

Mar 292012
 Posted by on March 29, 2012

The latest issue of Valley View, the college’s magazine for alumni and friends, now is available at

In order to conserve printing and mailing costs, the college’s Community Report for 2011 is included in this 20-page publication.

If you would like a “hard copy” of Valley View, please e-mail with your campus address.

Mar 282012
 Posted by on March 28, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver yesterday announced an agreement on the 2012-2013 New York State budget.

The budget includes an additional $31.3 million in support for local community colleges, raising base aid from $2,122 to $2,272 per full-time equivalent student.

The college’s administration will soon be announcing to the campus community more details on the upcoming college budget and how the continued fiscal realities we face will impact college operations.

Mar 282012
 Posted by on March 28, 2012

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 Thursday, March 29 for payment on Thursday, April 5.

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.

Mar 282012
 Posted by on March 28, 2012

Faculty/Staff Honors Convocation
May 10, 2012

Nominations Sought for President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in College Service

Excellence in Teaching
Please let your students know they have the opportunity to honor a faculty member who’s made a difference in their life. Perhaps that person is YOU!

Nominations for Excellence in Teaching awards will be accepted through Friday, April 6.


  • Exceptional teaching demonstrated by innovative, student-centered methods
  • Effort and performance above and beyond what is expected


  • Any full-time or adjunct faculty member

Students may work alone or with their classmates to make a nomination.

To nominate a faculty member for this award:

  • Organize a nomination packet for the chosen professor, specifically stating how he or she meets the criteria
  • Include multiple letters of support solicited from students; additional letters from faculty, department chairs, and staff are recommended
  • Include contact information (name, address, phone number, email address) for the person making the nomination

Send the nomination packet to:

Faculty/Staff Honors Committe
Brahan Hall 008

Questions?  Call 629-7341 or 629-4557
Deadline: April 6, 2012

Excellence in College Service
Given in recognition of consistently superior service to the college, this award is given to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary performance in the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities of their positions and have provided extensive service to the college above and beyond normal expectations, thereby serving as role models for the institution in its pursuit of excellence.

Nominees for this award must be full- or part-time employees of Hudson Valley Community College with at least five years of continuous service to the college.

Nominations must include:

  • Letter of nomination (including contact information for the nominator)
  • Current resume/vita for the nominee
  • A summary statement of no more than three (3) pages addressing the nominee’s job performance and service to the college and how this goes above and beyond normal expectations for college employees
  • At least three (3) confidential letters of support for the nomination

Nominations should be sent to Dr. Michael Green, Executive to the President for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, GUN 162, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.

Nominations are due by April 6, 2012.
Submitted nominations will be reviewed by the Senior Staff, which will make recommendations to the President for his approval. Award recipients will be notified by April 27th. The award will be presented at the Faculty/Staff Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 10th.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Green at 629-4554 or

Mar 282012
 Posted by on March 28, 2012

The President’s Award

Criteria: Significant contributions made to the College and/or community by a student; e.g., volunteer activities, extracurricular activities, leadership, etc. (Recipient will receive an engraved plaque.)

The Doris & Hy Rosenblum Consideration Award

Criteria: HVCC graduating senior who has demonstrated the qualities of caring and community service. (Recipient receives a $500 cash award provided by the HVCC Foundation.)

The recipients of the President’s Award and The Doris & Hy Rosenblum Consideration Award must be either HONORS OR POTENTIAL HONORS GRADUATES, i.e., cumulative degree indices of 3.50 or higher at the end of the fall 2011 semester. These awards are presented by the President at the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Please submit nominations by Thursday, April 5, 2012, to Eileen Maloney, Technical Assistant, at or deliver them to the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 159.

Mar 282012
 Posted by on March 28, 2012

According to The National Center for Health Statics, one in 12 babies will be born premature. The work of the March of Dimes as help to shrink this figure!

I’m very excited to be a part of March for Babies this year and hope you will join the HVCC team!

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. We’re walking because we want to do something about this.

The money we raise will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Please join the HVCC team. You can do so on the HVCC team page.

If you can’t walk with us, please help the team reach our goal by making a donation. You can do that online as well.

Mar 282012
 Posted by on March 28, 2012

I suspect I speak for many when I offer my thanks to the physical plant for re-paving the speed bump on South Road approaching the parking garage. The suspension of my vehicle most appreciates your good work.

Also… the renovations to the rest rooms in Williams Hall are very well done!

Mar 272012
 Posted by on March 27, 2012

The area west of BTC will be used by a roofing contractor to stage its operations.  The roof over the BTC auditorium and meeting rooms will undergo replacement.

A portion of T lot will be used and be blocked off.

Physical Plant apologizes for this inconvenience.  Sometimes our projects must be done during times when the school is occupied.  Due to our fiscal calendar, the project had to be started at this time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Mar 272012
 Posted by on March 27, 2012


Spring is here! The increasing light and warmth of the season send powerful signals to the natural world. It’s time to start growing again, to come back home and to wake up!

Like plants and animals, we too respond to the signals of spring. We increase our outdoor activity, de-clutter our homes, our mood and outlook on life brighten, and we may already be thinking about summer! On a deeper level, spring is a great time to recommit to resolutions made at the beginning of the year and reassess our priorities. As we de-clutter our homes and workspaces, we may also be motivated to de-clutter our minds and hearts to focus on what’s essential.

If you are a student, you may be reflecting on the results of midterms and on your goals for the second half of the semester. You may be encouraged by your results to continue along your present path. You may decide that it’s finally time to get a tutor or seek the advice of an academic advisor.

Whatever the decisions you face, let the positive energy of spring be your source of strength.

Peace and Blessings

Cylon George
Campus Chaplain
Facebook: HVCC Campus Ministry

Mar 272012
 Posted by on March 27, 2012

Campus Center Food Court Menutainment
Tuesday – Chicken Alfredo & Stuffed Shells
Wednesday – Sloppy Joes & Spaghetti with Meatballs
Thursday – Baked Mac and Cheese & Teriyaki Chicken
Friday – Lemon Pepper Sole & Pork Stir Fry

Campus Center Food Court and Brahan Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain
Tuesday – Pasta Fagioli & Wild Mushroom Bisque
Wednesday – Chef’s Choice
Thursday – Split Pea & Mediterranean Red Pepper
Friday – New England Clam Chowder & Beef Barley

Campus Center Cafe Au Bon Pain
Tuesday – Wild Mushroom Bisque
Wednesday – Chef’s Choice
Thursday – Mediterranean Red Pepper
Friday – Beef Barley

Williams Hall Cafe Au Bon Pain
Tuesday – Pasta Fagioli
Wednesday – Chef’s Choice
Thursday – Split Pea
Friday – New England Clam Chowder

Mar 262012
 Posted by on March 26, 2012

The lacrosse team (4-3) defeated Finger Lakes Community College (4-4), 12-11, in overtime on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings rallied late in the fourth quarter scoring two goals in the last minute to force the game into overtime. In overtime, Mason Agosto (Cary Grove/Cary Grove, IL) scored the game-winning goal, finishing with six on the day. David Klapp (Saratoga Springs/Greenfield) added four goals and Andrew Reilly (Bethlehem/Bethlehem) recorded 22 saves in goal in the overtime thriller.

The lacrosse team hosts Jefferson Community College on Wednesday, March 28 at 4 p.m.

Mar 262012
 Posted by on March 26, 2012

This electronic ballot will allow all full-time faculty members to vote to fill the Academic Senate’s Curriculum Committee faculty positions, term ending July 31, 2012.

There are three positions available, please choose 3 out of the 5 nominees.

This electronic ballot will be available  Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30.

To view biographies of the nominees for the Curriculum Committee full-time Faculty position, log into the Portal, click on “Academic Senate” under the Community tab and then click the “Elections” button.

Thank you,
John Dyson
Election Committee Chair

Mar 262012
 Posted by on March 26, 2012

This electronic ballot will allow full-time Non-Teaching Professionals to vote to fill the Academic Senate’s Student Life Committee NTP position, term ending July 31, 2012.

Please choose 1 of the 4 nominees.

This electronic  will be available Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30.

To view biographies of the nominees for the Student Life Committee full-time NTP position, log into the Portal, click on “Academic Senate” under the Community tab and then click the “Elections” button. The biographies are posted there.

Thank you,
John Dyson
Election Committee Chair

Mar 262012
 Posted by on March 26, 2012

In this latest update, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is proud to share with the college community exciting news of achievements and new initiatives from the academic departments, including Dental Hygiene’s reaccreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; Human Services’ participation in the New York Drug Court Higher Education Initiative; Workforce Development’s participation in a $100,000 training grant with Equinox, Inc., and a great deal more!

Please click here – Mar 2012 Newsletter – to access the full Update and to learn more about new initiatives and activities happening in Academic Affairs this spring.