Aug 312012
 Posted by on August 31, 2012

The How to Use the Library tutorial appears in Blackboard under Courses for every student. This 15-minute tutorial informs students about what the library has to offer and gives them some basic tips for accessing good information sources for their research.

If you are teaching a course with a research paper or project, you may want to assign this tutorial to help your students find the best sources for their topic. It also provides citation help and shows how our new catalog and some of the databases provide the citation information they need for their Works Cited or References page. An excellent resource for those teaching online as well. If you have questions or concerns about this tutorial, please contact Mary Ellen Bolton at

Aug 312012
 Posted by on August 31, 2012

The Hudson Valley Community College men’s soccer team (0-1) lost to Herkimer County Community College (3-0) 5-0 on Thursday afternoon.

The Vikings held strong through the first 45 minutes of play taking a 0-0 tie into the half against the defending national champions. Herkimer took over in the second half rallying for five unanswered goals. Rich Acheson (Columbia/East Greenbush) kept it close for much of the game recording six saves in goal for the Vikings.

The men host Finger Lakes Community College on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. in the second game of a women’s and men’s doubleheader.


Aug 302012
 Posted by on August 30, 2012

Did you know you can create Smart Views in the Grade Center?

They are convenient when grading and can be based on the type of assessment or on groups or student performance. If you create a Smart View and make it a favorite, you will see it under the Grade Center link in the Control Panel. There are a couple of favorite Smart Views that are in every course. If you click on Assignments under Grade Center you will have a view of the grade center with only assignments showing. This makes finding the column you are looking for quicker and easier.

For more information, contact Bonnie Farrell at

Aug 302012
 Posted by on August 30, 2012

Students interested in completing a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic psychology, forensic science or criminal justice have a new local option.

Hudson Valley Community College and The College of Saint Rose recently signed several transfer agreements that allow qualified students to transfer directly from the community college into Saint Rose’s baccalaureate programs in Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science and Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science are some of the most popular academic degree programs at Hudson Valley. According to the trade publication Community College Week, the college ranked fourth among all community colleges nationwide in the number of Criminal Justice degrees awarded in 2010-2011.

“The Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department offers some of the most popular academic programs we have at Hudson Valley. Each year, about 750 students take advantage of those programs, and we’ve seen a strong interest among our students in continuing their studies at the bachelor’s degree level, especially in the growing field of forensic psychology,” said President Drew Matonak. “With strong academic advisement, our students can transfer directly to Saint Rose as juniors in these programs, and that’s a great opportunity for those who wish to continue their education here locally.”

The Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department houses five degree programs: Criminal Justice (A.S. and A.A.S.), Forensic Science (A.S.) , Public Administration (A.A.S.), Criminal Investigation (A.A.S.), and a certificate in Animal Advocacy.

Hudson Valley and The College of Saint Rose have a history of collaboration. Transfer agreements between the schools cover programs as diverse as Accounting, Broadcast Communication, Fine Arts, Human Services and Early Childhood.

For more information about the new transfer agreements, contact the college’s Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department at (518) 629-7342.

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

Nationally known author and speaker Gary Tuerack will present, How to Get the Best Grades You Can.

  • Faster Reading! Increased Comprehension! Enhanced Memory Power!
  • Discover secrets of academic success
  • Dramatically increase your reading speed
  • Improve your concentration and comprehension
  • Learn ten ways to save hours studying
  • Receive higher scores on standardized tests
  • Find out how to easily memorize: facts, formulas, lists and names
  • Save hours of aggravation trying to understand your reading
  • Get your work done faster-and produce better results!

Find out more about Student Activities events at

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

The BTC north elevator (main lobby) is now back in service.

We thank you for your patience while the elevator was repaired.

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

Prepare for a career in the Photovoltaic (Solar) Energy industry with PV-Basics, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems, a 21-hour course offered by the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) from Sept. 11 to 29, 2012.

As an introduction to Solar Energy, students learn basic electrical skills, including:

  • Basic Electrical Theory
  • Electrical Measurements
  • Electrical Devices
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Practical Wiring Skills
  • Solar Panel Electrical Requirements

Classes will be held on campus in Williams Hall Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuition is $395, plus approximately $100 for the textbook, Photovoltaic Systems (optional). Students also must provide their own safety glasses with side panels, work gloves and a wire skinning knife.

Earn the WDI Photovoltaic Systems Certificate by successfully completing the following:

  • PV-Basics, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems
  • PV-Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power)
  • PV-Advanced (Photovoltaic-Solar) Electric Systems
  • NABCEP Entry Level Exam

Course descriptions are available online at

For further information or to register, please call 629-4235 or 629-4827.

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

Enhance your course in Blackboard!

The first of the CET’s Digital Library Workshop series is running Thursday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. These short, informative workshops will help you get the most out of all the library has to offer to support teaching and learning.

Integrating Library Resources in Blackboard
Join Brenda Hazard to learn how to post links to articles from library research databases directly into Blackboard. It’s easy once you learn the proper format! Learn how in a few simple steps. Articles from Academic Search Complete, JSTOR and other popular research databases will be demonstrated.

When: Thursday, 8/30, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
MRV 010 (lower level of the Marvin Library)

To register, please go to:

Certificate Credit: Teaching & Learning
Category: Instructional Technology
(Please note: Digital Library Services workshops are only applicable to CET certificate credit if two are more workshops are attended.)

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

The outpouring of condolences my family and I have received from the HVCC community for the recent passing of my dad has been truly unbelievable. Whether it was via email, cards, phone calls, coming to my dad’s service, donations to the church, hugs or just stopping by to say hello, it has all meant so much to me and my entire family.

My dad worked here for 25 years and he always said the people here were like a second family to him and I know he is smiling down on all of you right now. Thank you all so very much!!

Sue Yaddow-Agan

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Fredonia recently signed a transfer agreement that allows qualified students to transfer directly from the community college into Fredonia’s baccalaureate programs in Video Production and Journalism.

With proper advisement and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, students graduating from Hudson Valley’s Broadcast Communications associate degree program can enter Fredonia as juniors in either the Video Production bachelor of science degree or the Journalism bachelor of arts degree. Both degrees are part of SUNY Fredonia’s Communications Department.

The Hudson Valley Community College Broadcast Communications degree program is delivered in partnership with The New School of Radio and Television in Albany, New York. The program is designed to provide students with the academic background and the professional experience appropriate for employment in the fields of broadcast journalism, radio and television arts, or television and video production and for possible transfer to a four-year institution.

For more information about the new transfer agreements, contact the college’s Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications Department at (518) 629-7347.

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College will offer a 48-session driver education course beginning Thursday, Sept. 20, at its TEC-SMART facility in Malta.

The course includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of on-the-road instruction. Classroom instruction will be on Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and driving instruction times are scheduled on Saturday morning and early afternoon.

The course runs through Jan. 17, 2013.

Students must be 16 years old and have a learner’s permit or license before the course begins. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a student certificate of completion that allows them, at age 17, to drive after 9 p.m.

To register, call the college’s Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339.

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

Physical Plant is projecting the BTC lobby elevator work to be completed this afternoon, Weds. Aug. 29.

Please remember that there is a second elevator on the south end of the building that should be used until the north elevator is back in service.

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

The 2012/2013 Payroll Brochure containing the 2012/2013 paydays and other payroll information now is available on the payroll Website at:

Please visit our Website and click on the “2012-13 Payroll Office Information and Paydays Brochure” link to view or print the brochure.

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

Aug 292012
 Posted by on August 29, 2012

One year ago, Tropical Storm Irene ravaged so many of us, but none so much as in the Schoharie Valley from Greene and Delaware counties up through Schoharie, Montgomery and Schenectady counties and beyond. We all saw the devastation unleashed on so many. It affected so many of us, myself included, evacuating for 2 days from my home.

By word of mouth, by friends talking to friends, the call went out for aid and assistance. Friends of mine and their friends were helped by so many of the HVCC family. Donations helped bring many families back from losing most everything.

I wanted, albeit belatedly, on this one year anniversary of the storm, to thank each and every one of you who donated whatever…. clothing, materials, money, whatever you donated. I made 100% sure that all of it was used in my home county to help someone, families who lost everything, people homeless, whomever. The generosity of the HVCC family helped so many of my neighbors and friends, and people I never even met. Everything donated was put to use by people who needed it the most.

I am grateful for the generosity of all of you for helping so many of the folks here to survive and rebuild. The task is far from complete, and the losses are still raw, but you helped. On behalf of everyone in Schoharie County whom you helped, I, and we, say thank you for helping us in out time of need.

Prof. Bill Darling, proud Schoharie County resident

Aug 282012
 Posted by on August 28, 2012

Check out Student Health 101: Orientation edition. This monthly publication uses LiveMagazine technology to deliver health and wellness information in an interactive format.

Content is written for students, and in many cases, by student writers, to allow you to better connect with the content.

Topics include:
• Stress management
• Academic performance
• Alcohol and other drugs
• Sexual health and responsibility
• Body image
• Eating well and working out
• Mental health
• Sleep habits
• Sexual assault prevention
• Tobacco cessation
• Healthy relationships
• Money management
• And much more…

Aug 282012
 Posted by on August 28, 2012

Attention Runners: The men’s and women’s cross country teams are still recruiting. Contact Coach Terry at (518) 629-7328 or e-mail if you are interested.

Aug 282012
 Posted by on August 28, 2012
Welcome Back Barbeque
Thursday, August 30, 2012
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Student Pavilion

  • FREE Food
  • Entertainment
  • Games

Come Join Us!

For more information call the Student Activities Office at (518) 629-7348 or visit in the Campus Center, room 210.

Aug 282012
 Posted by on August 28, 2012

The Instructional Support Services and Retention Unit is pleased to introduce The Center for Academic Engagement.

As a collaborative effort between several different departments and overseen by Instructional Support Services and Retention, the mission of the Center for Academic Engagement (CAE) is to facilitate collaboration between academic and instructional support units and encourage faculty and staff to intervene on student retention issues in a timely manner.

This is an exciting, new and innovative approach to retention in higher education in that the CAE will employ active outreach techniques to engage academically at-risk students.  These outreach efforts are designed to proactively connect students to services that can enhance their opportunities to be successful at Hudson Valley Community College.

Faculty are encouraged to use the newly-revamped Early Warning System to refer students to the CAE.  Staff soon will be able to refer students, as well, through the Center’s Web site.  The CAE also will be open to any student who wishes to walk-in and self-identify as needing services.

The Center will host “engage and go” mini-sessions for small groups on a wide variety of topics relating to retention issues. The 15-minute sessions will be both timely and informative, and are meant to complement the full-length instructional sessions offered by the Learning Centers. A full schedule of Fall “engage and go” sessions will be posted soon on the CAE Web site.

The Center for Academic Engagement will host an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in its location in the Siek Campus Center, Suite 230. More information is available by phone at (518) 629-7550 or at

Goal: To increase achievement and success of all HVCC students

The philosophy and practice of this retention initiative is to identify students, facilitate early academic engagement, offer appropriate services and create a solid connection to the College with one goal: student retention and persistence.

Aug 282012
 Posted by on August 28, 2012

Welcome back! We have a new name!

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology is located on the first floor of the Siek Campus Center, room 130. When you get a chance, please stop by and see our state of the art, accessible facility!

Fall 2012 Extended Hours Continue
Monday – Thursday:  8 a.m. to 7 p.m.8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: by appointment

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back and to remind you of the services we provide to students, staff and faculty with disabilities at Hudson Valley Community College.

Extended Hours
The Center for Access and Assistive Technology continues to have extended hours. Extended hours offer students, faculty and staff an opportunity to utilize our adaptive computer lab, receive training on the assistive technology, testing accommodations and provides evening students and faculty access to the Center for Access and Assistive Technology.

CAAT Publications
We are in the process of updating our publications – Center for Access and Assistive Technology brochure, Deaf and Hard of Hearing brochure, Reasonable Accommodations Handbook for Faculty and Staff, and Policies and Guidelines for Alternative Testing Services manual; please contact the Center for Access and Assistive Technology at ext. 7154 and we will mail them to you.

These publications provide helpful information for college faculty and staff to ensure access to college programs and activities for individuals with disabilities. The Reasonable Accommodations Handbook is not intended to be an all-inclusive guide, but hopefully will provide faculty and staff members with some practical suggestions for the instruction of students with various disabilities.  We hope this handbook will increase your awareness of the difficulties faced by these students, and that it will answer questions of how to accommodate their disabilities without compromising their learning experience.

Asperger Syndrome
There has been an increase in the population of students who are diagnosed along the high end of the autism spectrum with the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. The CAAT has developed an Asperger Syndrome brochure, which outlines suggestions and strategies for faculty and staff and is available upon request. Please visit our website for information and video on Asperger Syndrome at

* We have updated the New Course Syllabus Disclosure Statement Fall 2012 Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. If you have not received the new updated syllabus via e-mail, please click here.

Handicapped Parking
There currently are 101 handicapped spaces at the following locations:

  • Parking Garage, 16 spaces
  • North Drive New B-Lot, 14 spaces (throughout the entire lot)
  • Behind Siek Campus Center, eight spaces
  • North Drive Extension, four spaces (along side the Conway Ice rink)
  • George Holliday Drive , eight spaces (south side of BTC)
  • Marvin Library, four spaces
  • Behind Brahan Hall, four spaces
  • Behind Lang Building, 12 spaces
  • C-Lot near Student Pavilion, two spaces
  • Upper G-Lot/Stadium Classroom Building, two spaces
  • North Drive Extension at Co-Gen Plant, one space
  • Lapan Service Building, two spaces
  • South Drive/Lower G-Lot for access to Joe Bruno Stadium, seven spaces
  • E-Lot for access to the Joe Bruno Stadium, eight spaces
  • Williams Hall, four spaces
  • J-Lot for access to Cogan Hall and the Viking Daycare Center, four spaces
  • Viking Daycare Center side entrance, one space

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology has seven electric scooters available for loan to students, staff and faculty based on individual needs and documented disabilities.

* Emergency Evacuation Chairs have been strategically placed throughout the entire campus buildings in the event of an emergency situation.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on how we can continue to enhance the services and learning environment for students with disabilities, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you have any questions or concerns regarding testing policies, special scheduling or about accommodations for a student in your class or lab with a particular disability, please calls us at 629-7154 or TDD 629-7596. We would be more than glad to schedule a meeting with you and the student to discuss any concerns you may have.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. Have a great semester and remember we are here to work as a team!

Center for Access and Assistive Technology
Phone Number: 629-7154
TDD Number: 629-7596
Fax Number 629-4831


Pablo Negron
Director Center for Access and Assistive Technology & ADA Compliance Officer

Deanne Martocci
Associate Director and Adaptive Technology Specialist

Norina Dowd, Office Manager

Donna Totaro, Coordinator for testing

Dawn-Marie Rung, Coordinator for Asset Placement Testing

Technical Assistants for Testing
Kathy Henry,
Eloise Peduto,
Annie Bevevino,

Learning Disability Services
Marvin Library Lower Level, room 035

Jennifer Miller, Learning Disability Specialist

Doreen McGreevy, Technical Assistant

Aug 282012
 Posted by on August 28, 2012

On Thursday, Aug. 2, ITS and Instruction Technologies (IT) released a new ticketing system for managing requests efficiently and delivering the best possible service to the campus. Please bookmark the following link:

The new system provides users with the ability to submit detailed tickets, receive e-mail notifications and query tickets using built-in reporting tools.

Please contact ITS at ext. 7311 for training information, if needed.

Thank you,

Aug 282012
 Posted by on August 28, 2012

ESL Advisement will be available on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 31 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Advisor:  Malu Benton
Office:  BRN 111-A
Phone: 629-7576