Oct 312012
 Posted by on October 31, 2012
Last Call for 2012-2013 College Catalogs

In an ongoing effort to “go green” and due to the budgetary issues facing the College, the number of catalogs available for distribution this year was limited.  However, it’s not too late to request your copy!

Please note that there will not be any catalogs available for student distribution. Students should be referred to the catalog on the college’s Website.

In an attempt to manage the distribution of catalogs to college employees and ensure that those who truly need a catalog receive one, the director of each area should send an e-mail to k.petley@hvcc.edu with the following information:

Employee name and title
Room Location
Delivery Method Requested: Interoffice mail or pickup
(If you would like to pick up the catalogs for your area, you will receive an e-mail notification when the catalogs are ready.)

Oct 312012
 Posted by on October 31, 2012

Earlier this week, the Faculty Workshop Day planning committee distributed a survey inviting faculty to help us identify which proposed workshop topics will be included in the February 27, 2013 event.

The 21 options focus on areas that impact us all: pedagogy, student services, educational technology,  faculty role in retention and the campus community.

To help ensure that the event includes those topics of greatest interest to you, please be sure to share your preferences by completing the participant interest survey found at http://www.research.net/s/76GX6Q7.

The survey will be available until Tuesday, November 6.

Faculty Workshop Day
“Engaging Our Campus Community”
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Oct 312012
 Posted by on October 31, 2012

If you are cooking popcorn in the microwave or heating up your lunch in a toaster oven, please do not leave your food unattended!

Several times a year, the fire alarms are set off by burning food. This careless act not only summons the local fire department to a non-emergency, it disrupts students and staff across campus. Plus, burned food creates a terrible odor that nobody likes.

So, please take the time to stay with your food until it is finished and enjoy your meal or snack.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the EHS Office at ext. 7787.

Oct 312012
 Posted by on October 31, 2012

The Conway Ice Rink, located in the McDonough Sports Complex, opened for the 2012-13 season this past weekend. The 18,000 square foot rink offers recreational skating from 4 to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Admission rates are $2 for children 2 to 17 years old; $2 for seniors (60+); and $3 for adults. There is a $1 per person discount for a group of ten or more with advance notice. Quality skate rentals are available for toddlers through adults. Cost is $3.

A credit-bearing class for beginning and intermediate skaters is offered by the college on weekday mornings. Outside instructors provide evening and weekend lessons at the rink. Call (518) 629-7372 for college lessons and (518) 629-4829 for outside lessons. Call (518) 629-4850 for general information.

The season runs through Sunday, March 10, 2013. The rink is closed Thursday, Nov. 22; Monday, Dec. 24; Tuesday, Dec. 25; Monday, Dec. 31; and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. It will be open for the holiday week, Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. each day.

Oct 312012
 Posted by on October 31, 2012

The Hudson Valley Community College men’s hockey team (2-1) defeated Albany Club (0-1) 8-2 on Tuesday evening.

Hudson Valley went up 4-0 in the first period and never looked back. The Vikings scored the first eight goals led by Mike Sablesak (Syosset/Syosset) who recorded his first hat trick of his collegiate career. Nick Inella (Schreiber/Port Washington), James Murphy (Comsewogue/Long Island), William Huber (Arlington/Hopewell), Mason Goss (LaSalle Institute/East Greenbush), and Vincent Walker (Dryden/Dryden) also all scored in the six-goal victory.

The Vikings host Wagner on Friday at 4 p.m.


Oct 302012
 Posted by on October 30, 2012

New Avon items:
Curves for women Retro Workout Sneaker, size 9, (reg. $40.) $20.
Curves for Women Sandal, size 7-8,  $5
Scarf  & Kitten heel Sandal (brown), size 10, $10
Blue Suede Faux Comfort Clogs, size 8, $10

Non Avon Items:
New Weekenders Jacket  & Skirt, blue knit, size M, $20
White Stag black flats, Size 9, $20

Call – 674-5844.

Oct 302012
 Posted by on October 30, 2012

Did you know you can easily create matching, flashcards and other activities for your students  inside or outside of Blackboard?

Using StudyMate, you can insert definitions, facts and multiple choice questions for students. StudyMate creates the activities you choose. You then post them to your homepage folder or to Blackboard for students. StudyMate is a free download for any Hudson Valley employee.

Here is an example I have posted for you. It is outside of Blackboard so can be seen without providing login credentials.

For more information or to schedule a time to learn how to use StudyMate, contact Bonnie Farrell at b.farrell@hvcc.edu

Oct 292012
 Posted by on October 29, 2012

The women’s tennis team finished 7th out of 13 teams at the National Tournament in Flushing, NY.

Emily Qua (Ichabod Crane/Stuyvesant) fought back to win her opening match in first flight singles after losing the first set. Qua lost a hard fought match in the quarterfinals to the number one overall seed and national player of the year from Ocean. Haley Knight (Chatham/Canaan) won her opening matc, but fell in the second round of the third flight singles. Both Qua and Knight teamed together in first flight doubles and won their first two matches to make it to the semifinals, but lost to Broome in two sets.

Overall, it was a very impressive showing for the Vikings on the national stage. The Vikings had an excellent year which featured an undefeated regular season, conference championship, a second place finish at regionals, and a national tournament appearance.

Oct 292012
 Posted by on October 29, 2012

The men’s hockey team (1-1) defeated RPI Club (0-1), 7-6, on Friday evening and lost to Marist Club (1-0), 7-5, on Saturday evening to open the regular season.

William Huber and John Garro led the Vikings with two goals apiece, and Patrick Raike, Kory Wilson, and Matt Wagner each added a goal in the one-goal victory over RPI Club. Huber came back on Saturday and recorded a hat trick, while James Murphy and Mike Sablesak added a goal apiece.

The Vikings host their first game on the season on Tuesday, Oct. 30 against Albany Club at 8 p.m.

Oct 292012
 Posted by on October 29, 2012

If you are free at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 and have an opinion about what we’re doing here at HVCC, would you like to join a focus group discussion about what we are doing well and what changes you would like to see? We’ll be talking for about 50 minutes, so you will be able to make any classes starting at 2 p.m.

We are having open, but polite discussion in BTC meeting room 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 and would like to have a variety of opinions. All we need from you is your opinion; we won’t be collecting any personal information, including your name.

If you can come talk with us, please e-mail d.zielinski@hvcc.edu to reserve a space.

And if you have an opinion you want to share and cannot make it tomorrow, how about planning on talking with us this Friday, Nov. 2 at either 11 a.m. or noon in the same room?

Oct 292012
 Posted by on October 29, 2012

Sarah is about three years old and is a beautiful calico cat. She’s an indoor cat and up to date on her shots and vet visits. She’s not too fond of being picked up, but loves to cuddle on her own terms and to have her head scratched. She’s good around little children and seems to tolerate dogs pretty well, though she hasn’t had much experience with them.

If you or someone you know has room in their heart and home for this lovely girl, please contact Colleen at coll4581@hotmail.com or (518)338-6225. Thank you very much!

Oct 292012
 Posted by on October 29, 2012

Monday Menutainment
Beef Stew
Vegetable Lo Mein
Broccoli and Baby Carrot Medley
Buttered Egg Noodles
White Rice

Chef’s Choice
Naked Pear: Chicken and Dumpling
Williams: Pasta Fagioli
Library Cafe’: Garden Vegetable

Tuesday Menutainment
Chicken Marsala
Tuscan Pasta
White Rice
Potato Wedges
Roasted Balsamic Mushrooms
Green Beans

Potato Leek
Vegetarian Minestrone
Naked Pear: Vegetable Minestron
Williams: Potato Leek
Library Cafe’: Potato Leek

Wednesday Menutainment
Beef Hot Dogs with Sauerkraut
Vegetarian Soy Dog
Sweet Potato Fries
Potato Skins
Green Beans
Peas and Carrots

French Onion
Tomato Rice
Naked Pear: Tomato Rice
Williams: French Onion
Library Cafe’: Tomato Rice

Thursday Menutainment
Chicken Cacciatore
Vegetarian Shepards Pie
Roasted Cauliflower
White Rice
Herbed Linguine

Italian Wedding
Garden Vegetable
Naked Pear: Italian Wedding
Williams: Italian Wedding
Library Cafe’: Pasta Fagioli

Friday Menutainment
Chef’s Choice

Clam Chowder
Naked Pear: Clam Chowder
Williams: Clam Chowder
Libray Cafe‘: Clam Chowder

Oct 292012
 Posted by on October 29, 2012

Thank you for submitting pumpkins to be judged at Thursday’s contest. We appreciate your creativity! Following are a few photos of staff and student winning pumpkins.


Oct 262012
 Posted by on October 26, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that space heaters, including both fixed and portable varieties, are associated with about 21,800 residential fires every year in the United States.

Approximately 300 people die each year in fires started by these heaters. According to the National Fire Protection Association, supplemental heating equipment, such as electrical and kerosene heaters, is the leading cause of home fires in the United States during the months of December, January and February.

College employees wishing to provide supplemental heating in their work area should follow these guidelines:

Find the right space heater

  • Select an electric space heater with a guard around the heating element.
  • Choose a heater that has been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Select a heater that is the correct size for the area you want to heat. The wrong size heater may not be an efficient use of energy. (The College’s Physical Plant Department will help you in making this determination).
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions, and ensure everyone who may use it knows how to operate the heater safely.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic “tip-switch,” a cutoff device (now required by fire codes) that turns off electric heaters if they tip over.

Preventing a fire

  • Place the heater on a level, hard, stable surface – (do not place on tables, countertops or other furniture.)
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet from furniture, files or other combustible items.
  • Do not use space heaters in areas where water is present.
  • Do not place items (books, papers, files, etc.) on top of or under the space heater.
  • The space heater should be plugged directly into an outlet. 
  • Do not use an extension cord or power strip.
  • Turn off the space heater when you leave the area, and never leave a space heater on when going home.
  • Do not use heaters with cords that are cracked or frayed.

HVCC Inspection Program

All space heaters must be inspected and approved by the Physical Plant and Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).  Contact Physical Plant 7356 & EHS 7787 for approval to use a space heater in your area.  The EHS Department will also inspect space heaters for proper use.

For more safety information about using space heaters in your home, go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission web page:  www.cpsc.gov and type in “space heaters” in the search window.

Oct 262012
 Posted by on October 26, 2012

The west entrance to the Parking Garage will be closed the week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 from 7 am. to 3:30 p.m.  The access roadway on the west side also will be closed.

Please enter the garage through the east entrance.

Thank you for your patience during the construction of the Science Center.

Oct 262012
 Posted by on October 26, 2012

From the Office of Academic Affairs:

Great things are happening in Academic Affairs in this first issue of the 2012-2013 Update, including the major make-over of the Marvin Library, the new Center for Academic Engagement and its efforts to boost retention, upcoming events from the Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications Department, the opening of a new WDI training facility for home energy efficiency, new retention initiatives, and much more!

Congratulations and thank you to everyone for your outstanding efforts and achievements in all these endeavors!

Please click here to access the full Update.

Oct 262012
 Posted by on October 26, 2012

Registrations are due Friday, Oct. 26 for this important weekend of training!

Please don’t miss this empowering opportunity!

This will be the final NCBI 3-day Train-the-Trainer program held at the college.

National Coalition Building Institute
Hudson Valley Community College Campus Affiliate Team

3-Day Train-the-Trainer Seminar
Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Siek Campus Center Exhibition Room

You must be present all three days

Hudson Valley Community College is hosting its 13th and final National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) three-day Train-the-Trainer program, and we would like to invite administrators, faculty and staff.  Ten slots have been reserved for employees of Hudson Valley Community College and Educational Opportunity Center.  Please note: there is no registration fee if you would like to participate.

The program will be held in the Siek Campus Center Exhibition room, 2nd floor, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Please note: in order to attend this training, participants must be present for all three days

The NCBI Three-Day Train-the-Trainer Seminar is an intensive course that teacher people how to lead two highly effective programs:  the NCBI Prejudice Reduction Workshop and the NCBI Controversial Issue Process.

The NCBI Prejudice Reduction Workshop is a one-day program that NCBI has implemented in hundreds of schools, universities, corporations, government agencies, trade unions, religious institutions, and community organizations throughout the world.  At the Train-the-Trainer Seminar, participants meet in small learning groups where they receive individual coaching in leading each component of both programs.

The NCBI Prejudice Reduction Workshop consists of series of incremental, experiential activities that help participants:

  • To celebrate their similarities and differences,
  • To recognize the misinformation that they have learned about various groups,
  • To identify and heal from internalized oppression-the discrimination members of an oppressed group target at themselves and each other,
  • To claim pride in group identity,
  • To understand the personal impact of discrimination through the telling of stories, and
  • To learn hands-on tools for dealing effectively with bigoted comments and behavior.

The NCBI Controversial Issue Process helps individuals and groups to move hotly contested issues forward by teaching how to listen first to the heartfelt concerns on all sides and then to reframe the debate in a way that builds bridges.

NCBI’s approach of combining emotional healing work with practical skill-training enables participants to learn quickly in a safe environment that values individual initiative.  NCBI’s seasoned training teams, representing a wide variety of backgrounds, coupled with the diversity of the participants in the seminar, also provide a valuable resource that helps people understand how they are both alike and different.

Following the three-day Train-the-Trainer Seminar, NCBI encourages the participants to join the HVCC Campus Affiliate Team or the local Albany NCBI chapter.  The HVCC Campus Affiliate Team and the Albany Chapter both meet monthly to offer ongoing support, advanced training and supervision.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pablo Negron.  You can reach him at (518) 629-7154, by TDD at (518) 629-7596, or through e-mail at p.negron@hvcc.eduPlease Note: It is extremely important that you respond by Friday, Oct. 26  if you are interested in participating. Please contact Norina Dowd at (518) 629-7154 or through e-mail at n.dowd@hvcc.edu

Oct 262012
 Posted by on October 26, 2012

The college’s online Campus Map just became much more comprehensive with the addition of videos that describe each campus building.

Check out the map page and click on any of the building names to view a video about the selected building. You can also view a YouTube playlist of the Campus Building tour at the same link above.

Oct 252012
 Posted by on October 25, 2012

Brian Nearing, Times Union environmental/business writer, wrote the following article after attending Wednesday’s open house at the new “pressure house” training lab, located at the former Hy Rosenblum Administration Center:


U.S. Congressmen Paul Tonko and Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino joined President Matonak and executives from the New York State Weatherization Directors Association and New York State Homes and Community Renewal at Wednesday’s dedication event.

The lab will train workers for New York’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which is administered by Homes and Community Renewal as well as students from Hudson Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Institute

From the outside, the building looks like a typical suburban home, but inside it’s uniquely constructed to serve as a state-of-the-art training facility for those in the building science field.  Drafts and other air leakages can be simulated throughout the house through the use of dampers, which can be set up in an infinite number of combinations for students to identify. The house will be used for training and testing of those in the field.

Oct 242012
 Posted by on October 24, 2012

A supply order of tape binding strips for the Print Shop has been missing for a couple of weeks that likely was misdelivered somewhere else on campus. If you have it, could you please let us know?

Below is the shipment information.

Vendor: Spiral Binding Company Inc.
Items:2 cartons black narrow (1000 strips)
1 carton  red narrow (500 strips)
Shipment delivered and signed for from UPS at 9/27 at 10:27am

Thank you for your assistance.

John Heiser
Director of Graphic Design and Printing Services

Oct 232012
 Posted by on October 23, 2012

This interview in today’s Inside Higher Ed focuses on a new book by Thomas J. Snyder, the president of the Indiana State community college system. Snyder is also a former corporate CEO. He drew from both experiences in writing a guide that tries to show students how to get on track to a good career by attending community college.