Nov 302012
 Posted by on November 30, 2012

It’s an odd request: My 10-year-old son has asked for a typewriter for Christmas. I’m not sure why, but spending $100+ on something like this isn’t feasible.

If you happen to have one collecting dust that you are willing to sell (for less than $100) and know I can find ribbon and correction tape for it, please send me an email.

Casey Lensink

Nov 302012
 Posted by on November 30, 2012

As you know, many campuses aided in the immediate recovery efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy—from providing shelter to acting as the staging grounds for recovery efforts, SUNY provided critical services for New Yorkers after the storm. Although the immediate work is behind us, rebuilding the communities affected by the storm will be a much longer process—one which will need the hands of many.

SUNY Central Coordinator of Community Relations Elise Newkirk has established a partnership with the American Red Cross to support these long-term efforts, and we will need the support of all our campuses to provide these areas with the help they need to get back on their feet. The American Red Cross has prioritized three areas of need: blood donation, financial donation, and volunteerism. Blood drives previously scheduled on campuses are more important than ever as blood supplies run low; financial donations allow the Red Cross to continue aiding victims; and volunteers are needed in the affected areas to distribute aid.

SUNY has set up a Web site to direct interested students, faculty, staff, and alumni on how to get involved:

Interested parties may browse volunteer opportunities or make donations directly.

Nov 302012
 Posted by on November 30, 2012

Saturday, Dec. 1  — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Red Mill School
225 McCullough Place
East Greenbush

Come support local area home-based businesses and get some of your holiday shopping done! Door Prizes galore — you will be entered to win one just for coming to the fair, plus many other ways to earn them.

Vendors include:
Stampin’ Up!
Pink Zebra
Tastefully Simple
Higgins Handcrafts
Kilted Dragon
Dontam Equine Treasures
Lilly Madells
…and many more!

Come early, stay late… see you tomorrow!

Nov 302012
 Posted by on November 30, 2012

Free lance writer Amy Griffin reviewed the current Teaching Gallery exhibition — Abu Dhabi is Love Forever — in the Times Union.

The last day to view the exhibition is Thursday, Dec. 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday 1 to 7 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m.  Saturday.
Nov 302012
 Posted by on November 30, 2012

Free copies of “Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life” are available in the Office of Communications and Marketing, GUN 267, while supplies last.

Freedman is a founder of Civic Ventures and a co-founder of The Purpose Prize and Experience Corps. “Encore” tells the stories of individuals who not only continued to work rather than retire, but sought new and more meaningful direction in their lives.

If you’re interested in a copy of the book, please stop by GUN 267 or e-mail your request to Debby Gardner at

Nov 292012
 Posted by on November 29, 2012
Free Quilling Class at the North Chatham Public Library!
Snowflake Quilling
Create many sizes of snowflakes from small to large scale (as big as your hand)
Dec. 8, 2012
10 a.m. to noon
North Chatham Public Library
4287 New York 203
North Chatham, NY
(518) 766-3211
Sign up now, seats are filling up quickly!
I will provide the slotted quilling tool, quilling paper,  instructions and a carry home ziplock bag to take your items home in. Usually this class could cost a person $20. but the library is covering the cost so it is free to you and your friends. Pictures can be seen on my blog of what kinds of snowflakes we will be making:
Happy Holidays!
Stacey Kennedy
Nov 292012
 Posted by on November 29, 2012

Assistant Professor Andy Hurd has been asked to present at the spring 2013 Cenage Course Technology Conference  in San Diego.

More than 5,000 educators each year attend the conference from across the world. Hurd, who also presented at last year’s conference, is set to speak on two topics:

Assessment in an Introduction to Programming Course

Presentation Description: Learning outcomes: 1) How do you assess your students programming skills better? 2) Are some methods better than others? Why is it necessary? As educators we should always look for a better way to assess our students. Is just assessing coding assignments enough? What about the conceptual knowledge and the problem solving skills?

What Should I Get Out of a Conference Like This?

Presentation Description:  I come to the Cengage Conference every year and I gain a wide array of knowledge but I don’t have time to implement it when I get home. So what should I get from a conference like this? How do I bring the techniques I learn into my classroom? What are the important items that help me become a better educator? Why is this needed? Professors could be so much better if they made the time to just introduce 1 or 2 of the concepts they learn at the conference into their classrooms. How do we make that happen?

Andy has been a faculty member in the college’s Computing and Information Sciences Department since 2001.

Nov 292012
 Posted by on November 29, 2012

Students in two Early Childhood courses at Hudson Valley are getting a more internationalized education thanks to a link set up by a college staff member currently on sabbatical.

While on leave from the college, Director of Distance Learning Sue Gallagher is teaching English at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. Early this semester, Gallagher contacted Department Chair Nancy Cupolo with an offer to connect students in two of her classes with those studying here at Hudson Valley. Since Gallagher was teaching in the university’s School of Education, it seemed like a natural fit to match budding teachers in Turkey with their counterparts here in Troy.

Assistant Professor Carol Nason and Associate Professor Eileen Mahoney took up the offer, and their students in “Appropriate Curriculum Practices for Young Children” (ECCE 226) and “Child Development” (EDUC 100) have already paired up with a fellow student in Turkey.

The four classes, half a world apart, have exchanged emails and discussed their coursework via videoconferencing. The goal of the collaboration is to discover the differences and similarities culture can have on the role of the teacher. Nason said her course, in part, focuses on cultural beliefs and practices, and how connections are made between home and school. Learning to become an effective teacher has some universal themes, whether in Troy or Istanbul, but culture often plays a key role in the student/teacher relationship.

“After initiating the first email, we have started to hear back from our friends in Turkey.  Each began talking a little about themselves, their families, their fond and not so fond memories of past teachers, and anything else they’d like to share,” said Nason. “It’s perhaps most surprising to our HVCC students that students in Turkey share so many similarities.”

Students in Assistant Professor Carol Nason’s class have been corresponding with education students from Istanbul’s Yeditepe University.

This week, American students in Nason’s class will discuss the Thanksgiving holiday with their Turkish counterparts and plan to link up again via Skype or another videoconferencing tool.

Mahoney said her students were also taken with the similarities between themselves and their Turkish counterparts, as well as the common concerns they’ll run into as young teachers. A case in point: dealing with the onslaught of technology, which, not surprisingly, is just as evident in Turkish households as it is in America.

“As an instructor, it has been heartwarming to see how interested both classes are in learning about the other students. I wanted my students to get a sense of global issues, and that we all face similar concerns in the educational world,” she said. “In a world that gets smaller and smaller, we are more alike than we are different – and I hope as we’ve ‘seen’ and talked with each other, that both sets of students will leave the experience with that feeling.”

Students in Sue Gallagher’s Oral Communication class from Yeditepe University.

“Carol and Eileen have been just wonderful to collaborate with,” said Gallagher. “They are putting in extra time and energy – especially Eileen who moved her class to the college’s videoconferencing room.  I also would want to thank Nancy Cupolo, who was wonderfully supportive, as well as the college’s Viking Video Technology videoconference team – Bob Racette, Roger Pinke and Eric Kiel.

“For me, this has been a great opportunity to combine several of my passions such as language teaching, intercultural communication and distance learning.  All of the courses I teach are in Oral Communications, so communicating in a variety of ways with native speakers through email, Skype and videoconferencing gives my students an opportunity to interact in authentic context and for a real reason as opposed to using contrived material or role playing. These interactions turn into teaching moments because I see problems manifest in real interactions that I would not necessarily see in the classroom.  I am in the Education Department here and all of my students are studying to be English teachers so our activities are ‘content’ based such as comparing the education systems and trends in Turkey and the US.”

Nov 292012
 Posted by on November 29, 2012

Oak: 1 coffee table, 2 end tables w/ drawers and 2 lamps all matching set $120 or B/O.


Nov 292012
 Posted by on November 29, 2012

Jewelry, 18k sets and single pieces. E-mail for pics and prices. former customers receive an additional discount!

Nov 292012
 Posted by on November 29, 2012

Vizio 42″ HD TV, 120hz, 1080p, SRS w/ additioal inputs/ outputs, in box(never openned) Pd $674 selling for $550


Nov 292012
 Posted by on November 29, 2012

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Hudson Valley students took advantage of the Learning Centers’ Write All Night program. The program would not have been possible without the combined efforts of many individuals.

A special thank you goes out to the following people:

Jim LaBate, Daniel Beaudry, Colette Sicotte, Josh Sperber, Valerie Walden and Tyan Nino for working well into the night to support the students who took advantage of the Write All Night program;

Jim LaBate for writing the extraordinarily creative Chronicle articles advertising the event;

Rachel Bornn, advisor to The Hudsonian, for the wonderful advertisement she placed in the paper;

Tasha Taylor for taking care of getting all the signing made so that students knew about the event well in advance;

Ryan Bromm, the Work Study student who posted all the signs;

Bill Jojo and the folks in ITS for ensuring the nightly system updates did not interfere with students’ computer use;

The Public Safety staff, for supporting the extended hours of the program by securing the Marvin building later than usual;

The Chartwells Dining staff for supplying the snacks that students enjoyed throughout the evening;

The Maintenance staff that patiently worked around students and staff;

Coach Mike Muehling who stayed for the duration of the program to lend moral support to the student-athletes that took part in the program;

The wonderful Hudson Valley faculty members that shared information about the event with their students.

Finally, to the students that chose to take advantage of the program, many of whom believe it made a difference in the way they worked on writing assignments, thank you all!

Nov 282012
 Posted by on November 28, 2012

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

Dispatcher (exam # 64-615)

Supervisor of Transportation (exam # 64-655)

Last filing date for the above exams is Dec. 13, 2012 and the exam date is Jan. 26, 2013.

Accounting Supervisor, Grade A (exam # 69-180)

Last filing date for the above exam is Dec. 13, 2012 and the exam date is Jan. 12, 2013.

Head Nurse (exam # 2012-16)

Last filing date and exam date is Dec. 13, 2012. The only subject of examination for the above exam will be an evaluation of training and experience. Therefore, include in the application a summary of all pertinent training and experience.

Nov 282012
 Posted by on November 28, 2012

I have an Emmett Kelly Sitting on a bench and one eating Lettuce.  They are from the HoBo collection, numbered and in excellent condition, $35 each.


Nov 282012
 Posted by on November 28, 2012

Come and enjoy: eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea and hot apple cider, and have a picture taken with Santa (with your camera or ours) for only a $9/person.

Saturday, Dec. 1 with seatings at 8:30 and 10 a.m.
Holy Spirit School
Route 9, East Greenbush

Blackboard Tip of the Week

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Nov 282012

Did you know that you can use Web 2.0 tools to enhance your classes in many ways?

Here is one web 2.0 tool you can use to place an interactive graph in your course.  Create your material on the website and then post it in your Blackboard course.

Try creating your own infographic here:  It is free and easy to use and can make your Blackboard course more interactive!

Here is an example of one infographic already on the site:

For more information, e-mail Bonnie Farrell at

Nov 282012
 Posted by on November 28, 2012

The winter clothing drive for the area’s refugees was quite successful.

The campus community donated several coats (for adults and children), boots, linens and various housewares. These donations are invaluable for people who arrive from much warmer places to our wintery climate, bringing with them only what they can pack in a suitcase.

Thanks again to all who donated. The need is always there – more arrivals are expected in the coming weeks. Please keep the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Albany Field Office)  in your thoughts when recycling clothing and household goods.

Nov 282012
 Posted by on November 28, 2012

The men’s basketball team (6-3) defeated Cayuga Community College (1-7), 71-62, on Tuesday evening.

Richard Williams (Harry S. Truman/Bronx) came off the bench and provided the Vikings with a much needed spark. Williams grabbed 11 boards and scored seven points in the second half, finishing with 13 rebounds and nine points. Brandon Dean (Flagler Palm Coast/Bunnell, FL) added a team high 14 points and Jose Reyes (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) chipped in 13 in the nine point victory.

The Vikings host Jefferson Community College on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.

Nov 282012
 Posted by on November 28, 2012

Click on the “Learning Centers — Math” link on your “Home” tab in the MyHudsonValley Portal/Blackboard under “My Organizations.” Then:

1. Follow the green “LIVE Tutor is IN!” button that appears when a Math Specialist is present and waiting for YOU — Monday and Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.

2. Post a question on the Discussion Board. A Math Specialist will get back to you as soon as possible.

3. Check out the green folders on the left side of your screen for helpful materials related to your class.

If you are not yet signed up for “The Learning Centers – Math” organization, here are the 4 steps:

1. Login to MyHudsonValley Portal/Blackboard.

2. Click your “Community” tab.

3. In the “Academic Support” box, click the “Learning Centers – Math” link.

4. On the “Self-Enrollment” screens, click “Submit” and “OK.”

Then, when you need Math help, come get some!

If you have any trouble enrolling, please contact the Computer Learning Centers Help Desk at (518) 629-7891 or e-mail .

Nov 272012
 Posted by on November 27, 2012

2000 Silverado Sportster Z71 pkg. 5.3L Ext Cab
Excellent conditioner, new tires, new bed liner, 161K

E-mail – or call 813-2679

Nov 272012
 Posted by on November 27, 2012

I have a gorgeous Adirondack-style mirror for sale. This mirror was made by my husband and myself in our workshop. It features birch bark, twigs and pine cone rosettes (all of which were hand-harvested and are naturally fallen materials.)

It is very large at 3′ x 4′ and very, very heavy. The mirror is reclaimed from an old Broyhill dresser and is very thick contributing to the heft of the piece.

This is a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted art piece that would look great in any home with a rustic decor, a vacation cabin, as a vanity mirror, or over a dresser in a bedroom… a truly unique holiday gift for the “country folk” on your shopping list!

I have posted this item before at $500 but I really need the space in my workshop, so I am offering it at a firm $450.

If you’d like to see it in person, I can bring it to campus, but please, serious inquiries only as it is fairly difficult to move such a large piece. Please call me on my cell phone (518) 629-6837 or e-mail me if you are interested,

Nov 272012
 Posted by on November 27, 2012

An article in today’s Times Union talks about a new biotechnology program at the University at Albany and the implications it has for the growing biotech sector in the Capital Region. The new program could have positive impact on the number of young people pursuing biotech careers in the area and the number of students entering Hudson Valley’s associate’s degree and certificate programs in biotechnology.

Nov 272012
 Posted by on November 27, 2012

My grandaughter is selling $5 TCBY Gift Cards. If you buy $25 worth in any increments you get a $5 one free.

If  interested, please contact

Great stocking stuffers or gifts for the holidays!