Jul 312012
 Posted by on July 31, 2012

If you are still searching for an educational, athletic or enrichment program for your kids this summer, there are openings available here in the college’s Kids on Campus program. Summer Academy programs like Dance Camp and Say ‘Si’ to Spanish as well as week-long programs like Circus Theatricks (starting July 30) still have openings.

Call the Office of Community and Professional Education at x7339 for more information.

Jul 272012
 Posted by on July 27, 2012

This post in the Business Review blogs outlines the move of the restaurant The Hungry Fish, which is run by alumna Sarah Fish, formerly Sarah Worden, a graduate from 2007 who also was a recipient of the Chancellor’s award for Student Excellence.

The up-and-coming Fish was recognized earlier this year as one of six Rising Star chefs at this year’s prestigious Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts, an annual fundraiser.

Jul 262012
 Posted by on July 26, 2012

Two asbestos abatement projects will take place this week in the Marvin Library.

The first project will begin Wednesday, July 25 in the basement mechanical rooms to remove insulation from water lines and mechanical spaces. This project is expected to be completed by Friday, July 27 and to have no impact to library operations or the Marvin construction project.

A second project will take place this weekend to remove asbestos insulation from a pipe inside of a column in the basement. This abatement project will occur while the library is closed for the weekend and is not expected to have any impact on library operations.

Please contact Laurie Vivekanand, director of Environmental Health and Safety, with any questions or concerns.

Jul 242012
 Posted by on July 24, 2012

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

Public Health Preparedness Educator (exam #65-570)

Public Health Planner (exam #65-642)

Processing Technician I (exam #67-496)

Supervising Wastewater Plant Operator (exam #67-497)

Wastewater Plant Operator (exam #67-499)

Last filing date for the above exams is August 9, 2012 and the exam date is September 15, 2012.

Jul 232012
 Posted by on July 23, 2012

Could the Growing Use of High School Credit Recovery Programs Work Against Our Retention Efforts?

I read with great interest the prior two Sunday ”Perspective” sections of the Albany Times Union.  Each contained enlightening and somewhat critical assessments of the increasing use of high school “credit recovery” programs in an effort to bolster area school district graduation rates.

Having sat through countless discussions on this campus of the lack of preparation on behalf of many incoming students, and the resulting need for (expensive) remediation for a growing number of our students; it seems obvious to me that these ‘credit recovery’ programs may actually work against the academic skills preparation of a potentially large percentage of our incoming freshman class.

In an unofficial effort to identify how many local districts employ these programs (which essentially substitute for the completion of a required high-school course), I learned from Questar III that two different programs are in place, NovaNet, and Aventa; and that combined, these programs are used by fifteen of their served school districts.  The larger (serving four counties) “Capital Region BOCES” also provides both options to their participating school districts, and defines the credit recovery programs as including “a variety of alternative academic programs used in schools to offer students a way to make up credits for incomplete or failed courses.”

Interested members of the academic community should make themselves aware of the growing use of these programs, the motivation for NYS school districts’ willingness to employ them, and the critiques of their integrity and oversight.  I intend to survey my first year students this semester (six sections) to unscientifically determine how many of the incoming criminal justice students used these ‘credit recovery’ programs to bypass courses required for their high-school diplomas.

As we continually strive to improve our student retention initiatives, we should be aware of the dynamics working against our best efforts.  It would be most interesting to know how many local school districts use these programs, and what percentage of our student body is directly impacted by them.

Sources worth a look:

Jul 192012
 Posted by on July 19, 2012

College employees interested in volunteering during the World TeamTennis matches, scheduled for the evenings of Saturday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 24 in the McDonough Sports Complex, please contact Zach Yannone at z.yannone@hvcc.edu.

Jul 192012
 Posted by on July 19, 2012

The English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Department has the following office furniture available for campus use:

2-Wooden straight back chairs, light wood

3-Computer workstation tables measuring 30″ x 48″, two are light veneer and one has oak type grain finish

1-Grey metal bookcase measuring 34″  Wide x12″ Deep x 48″ High

1-Grey metal bookcase measuring 30″ Wide x 12″ Deep x 36″ High

1-Two- drawer cabinet measuring 17″ Wide x 20 1/2″ Deep x 26″ high

If anyone is interested in seeing any of these items for possible use within their department/office, please contact JoAnn Fowler at 629-7121 or j.fowler@hvcc.edu.

Jul 192012
 Posted by on July 19, 2012

The American Cancer Society is looking for someone from HVCC to help in raising money for and participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

There is a kick-off breakfast at the Marriott on Wolf Road on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. for the person who chairs this fundraiser. Basically the responsibility lies in creating a team and soliciting contributions. Then the team participates in the walk in Washington Park on Sunday, Oct. 21 at noon.

Last year our team raised a decent amount contributing to the total amount raised of $1,070,000 and joined the more than 15,000 people who came out on event day to walk! Erin Manning and I co-captained last year, but are unable to do so this year.

If you are interested in heading this, please contact me as soon as possible and I will put you in touch with the American Cancer Society to register for the kick-off breakfast. They are currently waiting to hear back from me and were very appreciative of last year’s efforts. In the event someone is willing to step up to this challenge, I promise to make the first donation! Thanks for considering.

Casey Lensink

Jul 162012
 Posted by on July 16, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

In order to keep the college community informed as to our progress in meeting our enrollment target for Fall 2012, starting on Tuesday, July 17, the Office of Planning and Research will be e-mailing the weekly Fall 2012 enrollment report to all college employees.

Please be sure to check your e-mail for this report every Tuesday morning through the end of August.

Michael S. Green, Ph.D.
Executive to the President for Institutional Effectiveness
and Strategic Planning

Jul 132012
 Posted by on July 13, 2012

The Graphics and Print Shop work order system will go offline at approximately noon today (July 13)  for a scheduled software upgrade. If all goes smoothly, we hope the new version will be online and ready for use on Monday morning.

This upgrade is the most significant we’ve had since implementing the system in 2007. We believe it will bring an improved user experience and some long-desired enhancements as well.

Thank you.
John Heiser
Director of Graphic Design and Printing Services

Jul 122012
 Posted by on July 12, 2012

Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) graduates celebrated their accomplishments at the 46th annual EOC graduation ceremony held in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College.

Three hundred and fifty-seven certificates of completion from the EOC’s academic, business, service, and technical programs were awarded.

Timothy Sprigs, a Building Trades graduate, inspired his classmates and their families as the 2012 student speaker.  “Before coming to the EOC, I suffered a brain injury that almost claimed my life,” he said.  “After a year of intense treatment, I regained my ability to walk and speak correctly.”  Sprigs said he chose EOC to further his skills and learn a trade.

“My deepest emotion is gratitude,” he said. “To anyone thinking about furthering their skills or education, or maybe you just have a need or desire to do better, take it from me, a person that before this never had a chance to wear a cap or gown, it is possible and EOC is a great place to start.”

The EOC serves nearly 1,000 students each year and has awarded close to 25,000 program certificates over the years.  Students enrolled at the EOC can pursue academic instruction to achieve their GED or to prepare for attending college or can elect to receive training in a variety of vocational fields including culinary arts, welding, building trades, cosmetology, medical office administration and nursing assistant. The EOC also offers students the opportunity to study English as a Second Language.

Each student at EOC has a story of his/her own: a story that includes overcoming challenges and finding success. Gloria Peek, an Academic Enrichment and GED graduate, came to the EOC seeking a new direction in her life. She first enrolled because her boyfriend asked her to. She remembers at her orientation her counselor saying, “You can’t do this for someone else, you have to do it for yourself.” Gloria quickly found she enjoyed her classes. She gained confidence and realized that she truly wanted to pursue personal goals.

During her time at the EOC, she faced multiple health issues. Despite those challenges, Gloria persevered and maintained perfect attendance in both of her programs. And now she’s enrolled in the EOC’s Culinary Arts program for the fall bringing Gloria and her boyfriend one step closer to reaching a mutual goal of together opening a bed and breakfast.

“Our students work very hard to reach this moment of celebration. While they are enrolled, they often juggle attending class with family, work and other responsibilities.  We are proud of their accomplishments,” said Dr. Lucille Marion Vice President at Hudson Valley Community College and Executive Director at the EOC.

At 31 years old, Kuwarn Boyd went back to school and enrolled in EOC’s Academic Enrichment program. Through his commitment, effort and persistence, he earned his GED and then enrolled in the Building Trades program where he received the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development Certificate of Achievement, the National Work Readiness Credential, the Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate, the OSHA 10-Hour Safety Certification, Hudson Valley’s Basics of Building Science and Environmental Education certificates and placement on the EOC’s Honor Roll.

Before finishing the Building Trades program, he was offered full-time employment with Securitas, a security company in Troy. Still interested in pursuing his education, Kuwarn used the EOC’s College Connections department to help him enroll in Hudson Valley’s Criminal Justice program.

The EOC offers free academic and vocational training to eligible New York State residents, 16 years and older. Registrations are accepted on a continuous basis.  For further information about the EOC and its programs, call 273-1900.

Jul 122012
 Posted by on July 12, 2012

Deborah Connors, long-time print shop employee, died Monday, July 9 at home in West Sand Lake surrounded by family.

Debbie started at HVCC in 1992 as a Faculty Student Association employee in the bookstore. Her tenure in the print shop began in 1994 and continued until the time of her illness.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home in Waterford. Please click here for details, including calling hours.

Jul 112012
 Posted by on July 11, 2012

On Tuesday, HVCC President Drew Matonak joined education officials from around the state to address Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “new” New York Education Reform Commission. Speakers identified problems in the state’s public schools, colleges and universities, as well as suggested solutions.

Tuesday’s hearing in Albany was the first of 10 planned around the state. The Commission, including Education Department Commissioner John King and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, will present its recommendations for revamping the state’s education system to the Governor in December.

News articles about the hearing:

The Daily Mail

Ithaca Journal

Jul 112012
 Posted by on July 11, 2012

If you are receiving a Summer Distance Learning Stipend check and your paycheck is normally directly deposited, please note that your Distance Learning Stipend 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 Distance Learning Stipend check will be mailed to your home address.

If your paycheck or paystub is normally sent to the Cashier’s Office, your Distance Learning Stipend check also will be available for you to pick up at the Cashier’s Office on Friday, July 13.

Please call the Payroll Office at ext. 4514 or 4565 if you have any questions.

Jul 102012
 Posted by on July 10, 2012

Bob Elling, paramedic instructor at HVCC, demonstrates CPR on an infant doll on during a recent press conference at Albany Medical Center in Albany. Martin, Harding & Mazzotti is donating 100 Infant CPR Anytime kits to the hosptial’s NICU. Parents can take the kits home and use them in an emergency.

Click here to see photos of the event.

Jul 102012
 Posted by on July 10, 2012

Sunday’s edition of the Times Union featured an article about Hudson Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Technical Systems program on the cover of its Business Section.

Click here to read the article by Eric Anderson, business editor.

Jul 102012
 Posted by on July 10, 2012

All employees in the State University of New York system may take advantage of a the new SUNY PerksCard program.

Those who enroll in the free program will receive discounts at participating local merchants on a variety of products and services, ranging from eyeglass purchases to restaurants.

Please click here for information on how to enroll in the PerksCard program. Click here if you’d like the app for your smart phone.

Jul 102012
 Posted by on July 10, 2012

Family and friends of Phillip Rotella, a Hudson Valley student who died suddenly in early 2012 from Cardiac Arrhythmia and Mild Cardiac Hypertrophy, are hosting a picnic on Sunday, Aug. 12 to raise funds for SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome) research.

Please click here for details about the event.

Jul 092012
 Posted by on July 9, 2012

Beginning today, high school students interested in engineering, nano-scale science, electronics and alternative energy can attend a five-day Technology Enrichment Program at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

Participants will explore electronics, video game design, photolithography, solar cell fabrication and hydrogen power. The program is co-sponsored by the Ballston Spa Central School District and is open to students from any district entering ninth through 12th grade. Program instructors include technology teachers from the Ballston Spa district.

Jul 052012
 Posted by on July 5, 2012

Try out an iPad during the Summer!

by Anne LaBelle and Valerie Waldin

The library is offering five (5) iPads for extended loan over Summer Session I and II.  Loan periods are for 12 days and began on May 21 with a great response!

iPads are due no later than the date specified and cannot be renewed.  Borrowers must agree to complete a survey after using the iPad to assist the library in developing the iPad lending service. We are very interested in feedback to further develop this program and to encourage use of mobile devices in the teaching/learning environment.

Below are the remaining extended loan periods for the iPads.

Summer Session II
July 16 – July 27
July 30 – August 10The equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Borrowers must complete a lending agreement which includes responsibility to replace lost or damaged iPads.

If you are interested, please contact:

Cindy Koman [after July 1]
/ext. 7360We also will have iPads available in the library for three-hour use. So if you do not want to take one home, come to the library see what the buzz is all about!

Jul 052012
 Posted by on July 5, 2012

Student Communications Calendar Preview

WHAT: The Student Communications Calendar is a calendar that identifies what is being sent to students, when it’s sent and by whom. The calendar will include mailings (U.S. mailings and e-mailings) and phone calls.

WHERE: Here’s the link to the calendar, which also will be posted on the  the Faculty Staff web page (left hand side): https://stucomm.hvcc.edu. Enter your e-mail username and your e-mail password. All employees have access to the calendar.

WHY: It’s a way for student service offices to share information with the campus and is a resource for employees.

HOW: The Student Communication Calendar was made possible through the support of the Enrollment Committee, the departments posting information to the calendar, and Bette Frisino and Sue Glaude.

ETC.: Not all offices have posted their communications yet, but the calendar will be completed by August.

Check it out!

Questions and comments are welcome and should be addressed to Deb Story, ext. 4507 or d.story@hvcc.edu.

Jul 022012
 Posted by on July 2, 2012
We have identified an exporting/importing issue with the Voice Authoring tool of the Bb Collaborate (formerly Wimba) suite of voice tools. After completing an import, the Voice Authoring tool content no longer plays.
The Voice Authoring tool allows you to create audio recordings that can be listened to right within course materials. There also is a mash-up option that allows you to add audio content right within a text box. This issue does not affect all the other Bb Collaborate Voice Tools (Voice Presentation, Voice Boards, Voice Podcaster).
Current Workaround: Use the Course Copy process. Please contact the Distance and Online Learning Help Desk if you need to have a course copy done for your course.
This issue has been reported to Bb Collaborate and has been escalated. However, we are still waiting for a resolution to the issue.
As always, if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Distance and Online Learning Help Desk at DLHelp@hvcc.edu or call 629-7070.