Jun 292012
 Posted by on June 29, 2012

Did you know you could set up your discussion board forums so students can subscribe to them and get an e-mail when someone posts?

With just the click of your mouse, you can give students the option of getting an e-mail when a new post appears. This might help them remember to log in and see what others are posting and reply in a timely manner.

For information about how to do this, contact Mark Petersen at m.petersen@hvcc.edu.

Jun 292012
 Posted by on June 29, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ken Dagostino announced on Thursday the national letter of intent signees from Section II in the basketball program’s 2012 recruiting class.

Headlining the group is Sajae Pryor, a 6-4 guard out of Lansingburgh who averaged 19.9 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game. He is listed as an ESPN Top 50 Guard Recruit and #19 overall in the state of New York. He was also the 2011 Colonial Council MVP and Troy Record All-City MVP. Joining the team alongside Pryor will be guard Jose Reyes out of Shenendehowa. Reyes averaged 18.6 points per game, 5.2 assists per game and 4.1 rebounds per game. He was the recipient of the Suburban Council MVP and News Channel 13 All-Star.

Devonte Gleason out of Watervliet and Nate Monson from Cohoes join the Vikings 2012 recruiting class. Both averaged more than 16 points per game and were named First Team All-Colonial Council. Joe Fey from Ichabod Crane, Nate Krimsky from Berne-Knox and Jordan Hoose out of Taconic Hills bolster Hudson Valley’s front court. Fey was named Second Team All-Colonial Council, Krimsky earned First Team All-Western Athletic Conference and Hoose earned First Team All-Patroon Conference. Rounding out the class are two athletic guards in Cameron Overbaugh from Catskill and Giacomo Giglio from Catholic Central. Overbaugh was a Patroon Conference Exceptional Senior and Giglio earned Second Team All-Big Ten Conference.

Head Coach Ken Dagostino is very optimistic about the coming season. “We are extremely excited about this year’s Section II recruiting class. Not only do we have a group of student-athletes who are obviously talented on the basketball court, but more importantly they exemplify the character we look for in young men. We are confident that each and every one of these student-athletes will uphold the values of Hudson Valley Community College in the classroom, on the basketball court and in the community,” Dagostino said.

Click here to view coverage by CBS News Channel 6.

Jun 292012
 Posted by on June 29, 2012

Hello everyone,

To the faculty & staff with offices in the faculty wing.

For the convenience of faculty and staff with office in the faculty wing of Marvin Library, a temporary phone has been installed just outside the faculty wing entrance for campus calls only.

On the evenings that the doors are secured early, the phone can be used to dial in to the offices inside. For office hours, please make sure your students know your office phone number, so they may dial in. You’ll have to respond to the entrance to allow them access.

Again, thank you for your patience.

Dave Plunkett
Public Safety

As of June 20, the main entrance to Marvin Library has been closed for the renovation project and all access to the building is through the faculty office wing. Those heading continue through the first floor fire doors at the end of the hall. Follow the signs.

Also be advised, if the RED fire doors to the library main side are closed, DO NOT open them, an alarm will sound.

The temporary telephone is needed since the faculty entrance doors follow the Marvin library hours of operation. This means the faculty entrance is locked at 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The entrance is secured at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursdays. The faculty entrance doors are opened by 6:45 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Any questions please call Public Safety, ext. 7210. Thank you for your continued patience.

Jun 252012
 Posted by on June 25, 2012

This past week brought us the harrowing story of a 68 -year-old female bus monitor being mercilessly bullied by middle schoolers on their way home from school in Rochester, NY.  As I watched the video on the Internet, overcome with sadness and disbelief, a few thoughts came to mind.

Adults experience bullying too. So much attention has been focused on teen and adolescent bullying in recent years that we often overlook the fact that adults, especially the elderly and the vulnerable, also experience bullying. Older adults are often victimized by younger people, as in this situation. Some may even be bullied by their own children. Other adults may experience the growing problem of workplace bullying. This case highlights that bullying, in all its forms, must be vigorously condemned.

We need to teach and model compassion for others. While many of us may be shocked by the actions of the middle schoolers in the video, the sad reality is that many young people experience these acts so regularly that they have become desensitized to the callousness of such behavior. We need to tirelessly teach our kids about being compassionate to others, about being peacemakers, and about the golden rule. The best way to teach our young about compassion is by being compassionate ourselves. It is unfortunate that many people reacted to the actions of the middle schoolers by sending them death threats. This perpetuates a culture of violence and gross insensitivity toward others. We simply cannot expect young people to treat others with respect if they are not being respected.

Never underestimate the power of the Internet. The teen who shot and posted the video of his friends bullying the bus monitor said to the press that he didn’t think that what he and his friends were doing was such a big deal. He had seen many videos like it on the web and he was simply making his contribution. Instead, the video drew millions of hits and condemnation from around the world. This young man had no idea that his own actions would lead to his present (and possibly future) troubles. Furthermore, he created a record of his misdeeds that will live in perpetuity in cyberspace. His life is forever changed. This is the unpredictable power of the Internet.

We also saw the power of the Internet in another way through this incident. Another young man took the same video and posted it to a funding site, soliciting donations to reach a goal of $5,000 to send the bus monitor on a “vacation of a lifetime.” To date, the site has raised over well over $600,000 and donations continue to pour in as I write this. Her life is forever changed.

Let us be thankful for the outpouring of support the bus monitor received. May the middle schoolers learn from their mistakes and be granted a second chance.

May we treat everyone we meet with kindness and respect.

Jun 222012
 Posted by on June 22, 2012

to all those that came out and supported the Columbia Blue Devils wrestling team at Smoky Joe’s BBQ on Thursday nite.

It was a big success!

Jun 222012
 Posted by on June 22, 2012

Did you know that you may have additional z areas in Blackboard?

Everyone automatically has a z area, zzz_999_yourusername, to develop new courses or to keep a copy of current courses. You may however ask for more. If you are developing a new course or if you would like to rework a current course, a new z area might be the perfect solution. Let the Distance learning office know by calling ext. 7070 and we will create new development areas for you in Blackboard.

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.

Jun 222012
 Posted by on June 22, 2012

Due to construction, South Road at the Route 4 entrance will be closed in both lanes today (June 22)  from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep you updated.

Karen S. Seward, P.E.
Director, Physical Plant

Jun 212012
 Posted by on June 21, 2012

Eight Hudson Valley Community College student-athletes representing five different sports earned academic awards at the national and regional level.

Congratulations to the following student-athletes!

NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement
Sal Cantali (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) — Ice Hockey
Michael Carpenter (Saugerties/Saugerties) — Lacrosse
Chad Coumbes (Lansingburgh/Troy) — Cross Country
Eric Plant (Guilderland/Guilderland) — Lacrosse
Charles Tebbetts (LaSalle/Troy) — Cross Country

NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement
Erica Houle (Shaker/Latham) — Women’s Basketball
Ryan Sickler (Guilderland/Guilderland) — Bowling
Christopher Strom (Columbia/East Greenbush) — Bowling

Region III Academic Award Winners
Sal Cantali (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) — Ice Hockey
Michael Carpenter (Saugerties/Saugerties) — Lacrosse
Chad Coumbes (Lansingburgh/Troy) — Cross Country
Erica Houle (Shaker/Latham) — Women’s Basketball
Eric Plant (Guilderland/Guilderland) — Lacrosse
Ryan Sickler (Guilderland/Guilderland) — Bowling
Christopher Strom (Columbia/East Greenbush) — Bowling
Charles Tebbetts (LaSalle/Troy) — Cross Country

Jun 212012
 Posted by on June 21, 2012

Freshman outfielder Andrew Kozak (Sidney/Sidney) earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award for the 2012 season. The Rawlings Gold Glove has been the standard for outstanding defensive play in the Major Leagues for over half a century. In honor of the award’s 50th Anniversary in 2007, the award expanded to the collegiate and high school levels.

The collegiate and high school Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are awarded to nine players at each of the following levels: NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, Pacific Association, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II, III, and high school.

Kozak was one of three players to earn the honor from the Mountain Valley Conference. He finished the regular season with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage accumulating 68 putouts, seven assists and no errors. Kozak will play a big role for the Vikings next season as one of the top returning players in the region.

Jun 212012
 Posted by on June 21, 2012

The SUNY Board of Trustees recently called for a total ban of tobacco use on each of its 64 campuses by Jan. 1, 2014.

On June 12, the  SUNY Trustees passed a resolution to support a “Tobacco-Free SUNY” policy and the development of New York State legislation that bans the use of tobacco on grounds and facilities and in vehicles owned, leased or controlled by SUNY.

In doing so, SUNY becomes the largest public university system in the country to adopt a comprehensive tobacco-free policy. The new proposal expands current state law and a policy adopted by SUNY Trustees in 2007 that bans smoking on SUNY campuses in indoor areas, including residence halls, and in vehicles owned or leased by the State University.

SUNY’s press release and a copy of the adopted resolution can be found here.

Jun 202012
 Posted by on June 20, 2012

Sports Complex Recreation Schedule
Summer 2012
Effective May 14 – Aug. 24

PLEASE NOTE: The McDonough Sports Complex, McDonough Fitness Room and Racquetball Courts have a mandatory registration procedure that must be completed prior to utilization of these facilities. Registration will take place during the hours listed below. See attendant for a registration form.

A picture ID is required for access to all recreational facilities.

McDonough Fitness Room & Racquetball Courts
Final Exam Week — May 14 – 18
6 to 8 a.m.

Beginning Monday, May 21
Mondays – Fridays, 6 to 8 a.m.

Individuals utilizing the Racquetball Courts MUST supply their own equipment. Protective eyewear is mandatory.

The rooms will be CLOSED on the following dates:
Monday, May 28 — Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4 — Independence Day

Jun 192012
 Posted by on June 19, 2012

Faculty and staff input is sought for nominations for next year’s Chancellor’s Award.

The Chancellor’s Award is the highest recognition awarded to faculty and staff at the colleges in the State University of New York system.  Hudson Valley is among the leading community colleges with people who have earned the recognition. The nomination process begins now for the awards for Spring 2013.

The areas of recognition are divided into three areas that include Faculty awards, Non-Teaching Professional awards and Classified Staff awards.  For Faculty we are allowed to recommend individuals for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Faculty Service, Excellence in Librarianship and Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.  For Non-teaching individuals there is the Excellence in Professional Service Award and for secretaries and clerical workers there is the Excellence in Classified Service.

Basic criteria for each award can be found at this link.

As the result of a new interpretation of the guidelines at the state level, we have been recommended to recognize Department Chairpersons with the Faculty Service Award in the future.

You are encouraged to recommend individuals who have had a positive impact here at Hudson Valley Community College.  The nomination form is available here or by contacting Don Frament (d.frament@hvcc.edu) or calling ext. 7569.  Nominators will be asked to assist the nominee during the process.


Don Frament
Chancellor’s Award Committee Chairperson

Jun 192012
 Posted by on June 19, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College recently received the Founders’ Service Award from the Capital Region Sponsor-a-Scholar organization for the college’s long-term role as an SAS partner, supporter and active member of its board of directors.

Sponsor-a-Scholar, begun in 1996, assists economically disadvantaged, at-risk high school students to achieve academic and career success. The organization provides academic and financial support, mentoring, counseling and advocacy to retain students in high school and move them on to college. Currently there are more than 360 students enrolled in the program from high schools throughout the Capital Region.

A number of the participants attend Hudson Valley’s College in the High School program, which gives them college credit for their high school courses in advance of graduation. Since the Sponsor-a-Scholar program began, more than 60 students have attended and graduated from Hudson Valley, either entering the workforce or continuing on to four-year colleges and universities. This past fall, nine students from the program began their higher education at Hudson Valley.

“It is a personal and professional privilege to work with the board of such a vital and worthwhile organization, and to be able to directly work with and guide its students on to academic achievements. We know education is the key to a better life and we understand that some students just need that extra assistance to get there. This process is best started at the high school level,” said President Drew Matonak. “We are proud that many of these students have found their niche at Hudson Valley. It is especially inspiring to have many take advantage of our College in the High School courses to gain college credit in advance of high school graduation.”

Jun 192012
 Posted by on June 19, 2012

A change to the BTC raised floor schedule has taken place.

BTC 1st floor is being carpeted the today (Tuesday, June 19). Classes have been relocated.

Work on the 2nd floor will begin Tuesday evening, June 19 and continue until Wednesday, June 27.

Work on the 3rd floor is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 27.

The scheduling office has moved classes per this schedule.  The contractor is doing its best to adhere to the schedule.  If changes occur, adjustments will be made.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve the campus.

Karen Seward
Director, Physical Plant

Jun 182012
 Posted by on June 18, 2012

Please click here to read an article by H. Kevin McNeelege, retention specialist, entitled “A Developmetnal Educator’s Plan to Address America’s Political Problems, that was posted recently on OpEdNews.com.

Jun 152012
 Posted by on June 15, 2012

Blackboard 8 is going away after the end of the Spring 2012 semester on June 15, 2012. Please export and import anything that you need from Bb8 to Bb 9.1. This includes any development (Z) areas as well. If you need Z shells created, please e-mail DLHelp@hvcc.edu and we will make them for you.

To get to Blackboard 8:

Log into Blackboard 9.1

On your Home page you will see a module that says:

If you have not Exported/Imported your course(s) or organization(s) from Blackboard 8, it is available for faculty and staff use through June 15, 2012. To access your material on Blackboard 8, click here.

You may get a prompt that says there is a problem with this website’s security certificate. Click on Continue to this website (not recommended) even though it says not recommended.

Please call or email the Distance Learning Help Desk at 629-7070 or DLHelp@hvcc.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

Thank you,

Susan Gallagher
Director Distance and Online Learning

Jun 152012
 Posted by on June 15, 2012

The Curriculum Committee calendar of meeting dates and curriculum proposal submission deadlines has been posted in the Academic Senate Blackboard Community. Click the Committees button in the Academic Senate Community and open the Curriculum Committee folder. The item named “Meeting and Submission Deadline Calendar” includes a link to the calendar. Curriculum proposals must be submitted no later than the submission deadline to be considered at the indicated meeting.

Instructions for preparing a curriculum proposal and proposal forms can be found in the Currciulum Proposal Instructions and Forms folder. Refer to the Proposal Checklist to determine which forms are necessary for your proposal. Each form can be saved to your computer to be completed. Use the “Instructions” link associated with each form to assist in completion of each form.

Please contact Lois Terry (l.terry@hvcc.edu ), if you have any questions about the curriculum proposal process or would like to arrange for a Curriculum Committee member to mentor you through the proposal process.

Jun 132012
 Posted by on June 13, 2012

Although we would hesitate to endorse a third-party web site that reviews colleges and the college experience, the reviews on this new site are so positive that they can only serve as an inspiration to faculty and staff.
Take a look and be proud that students feel so overwhelmingly grateful and positive about their experience at HVCC. The web site is called Cappex and offers students a chance to review their college experience.

Jun 082012
 Posted by on June 8, 2012

For the fourth year in a row, participants in the Times Union‘s readers’ poll voted Hudson Valley Community College as the region’s best two-year college.

More than 14,000 people cast votes in the annual survey. Here’s how the newspaper’s staff summed it up:

1. Hudson Valley Community College
2. Schenectady County Community College
3. SUNY Adirondack

Why? It’s hard to compete with the region’s largest community college, boasting some 11,000 students every fall and spring term. Not to mention HVCC’s expansion into Malta with its new TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies) campus.

Jun 072012
 Posted by on June 7, 2012

As part of the Marvin Library renovation project, additional asbestos abatement will be conducted in and in front of the library beginning today (June 6) and lasting for approximately one week. Abatement areas include the first floor construction area and the area around the windows on the east side of Marvin.

During the abatement around the windows, a temporary pedestrian tunnel will be erected to maintain access and egress to the faculty wing on the south side of the library.

For questions or concerns, please contact Laurie Vivekanand.

Laurie Vivekanand, CIH
Director, Environmental Health and Safety

Jun 062012
 Posted by on June 6, 2012

To the HVCC community:

Effective August 29, 2012, Hudson Valley Community College will discontinue its Student Accident and Sickness Insurance plan which was mandatory for full-time students and optional for part-time students through the Maksin Management Corp.

The college’s existing policy does not meet the  minimum requirements for  the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.

An upgraded policy with minimal coverage required by federal law would be cost prohibitive for students and as a result, the Accident & Sickness Insurance Fee will not be charged in the 2012 fall semester.

Please be aware that Hudson Valley Community College no longer requires students to hold an accident and illness insurance policy, however it is strongly recommended.

The majority of students  may already have their own insurance or receive coverage under a parent or family member’s plan.

Students seeking to gain insurance or learn more, may visit this Website (https://www.hvcc.edu/insurance.html) offering information on New York State-sponsored insurance plans and other options.

For more information or questions, please contact the college Health Services at ext. 7468.


Claudine Potvin-Giordano
Coordinator  of Health Services

Jun 052012
 Posted by on June 5, 2012

ESL advising will be available in Room 035-A pf Brahan Hall on the following days and times in June:

Monday, June 11 from noon to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Monday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Liz Allen
ESL Advisor and Instructor