Dec 232013
 Posted by on December 23, 2013

The season’s greetings video from Hudson Valley Community College features campus minister Cylon George and students Tiffany Truesell (vocal) and Sam Guagliardo (saxophone) performing “What a Wonderful World” originally recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967.

The greeting can be viewed on:

You Tube


The video was produced by the offices of Communication and Marketing, Graphic Services and Viking Video Technologies.

Dec 232013
 Posted by on December 23, 2013

2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4.0L 4 WD  — $11,500

Miles:  77,567

Clean Title
Maintenance/Records – current and complete
Emissions Test – passed
Inspection – current and good until February 2014
Frame – unaltered
Paint and Body — minor/moderate scratches, chips, and dents
New Oil Change – 12/13/13 — @ 77,552
New Battery – 12/14/13
4 matching, newer tires – 75% or more remaining
Brakes – 50% or more remaining
2006-2011 RAV4 Recall Information — completed on 12/13/13 (included install of NEW rear suspension arms) — serviced by LIA Toyota
Remote Start
Equipped with Sirius XM Radio capability
Roof rack
CD player
Power sunroof
Engine/Transmission – excellent condition
AC/Heater – fully functional

Please Contact: Andrew
Selling b/c of death in family
Phone: 518-281-6806 or 518-356-4557
Certified Bank Checks ONLY.

Dec 232013
 Posted by on December 23, 2013

In this week’s HVCC Student Health 101

Relationship Red Flags

Relationship Red Flags
How to recognize abuse
UCookbook Videos
Check out healthy cookie recipes you can make today
This Weeks Poll
What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Find out more – and enter the December drawing for $1,000 in HVCC Student Health 101:

Be sure to like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter to find out when we announce the lucky winner.

Have a healthy week,
College Health Service

Dec 202013
 Posted by on December 20, 2013

The Center for Careers and Employment has a Pendaflex metal frame that will fit all standard letter or file cabinets for anyone who would like it. The frame will fit cabinets 24″ X 27″ as well.

Please contact the office at 629-7326 or e-mail me at

Dec 202013
 Posted by on December 20, 2013

The Marvin Library has the following vintage, harvest gold desks available for on-campus use:

All three are in fair condition and can be seen in MRV 117 (#s 233985 & 233998) and MRV 140 (#232020).

Dec 202013
 Posted by on December 20, 2013

Spacious, bright apartment available for rent on a residential street and the bus line in Rensselaer. It is freshly painted with new carpets. A must-see: clean, one bedroom, study, living room and eat-in kitchen apartment. Good for single professional. Rent is $700 per month, including heat and hot water.

For further information, please call (518) 465-6398.

Dec 202013
 Posted by on December 20, 2013

A friend of mine makes beautiful, fleece-lined mittens out of recycled wool sweaters for women, men and children. At the Saratoga Holiday Craft Show this year, she sold approximately $3,100 worth of mittens which is the reason for my request.

Bev is asking for your donation of recycled wool sweaters (100% wool or wool blend) to enable her to make additional mittens.

If anyone is interested, please drop off the sweaters in my office no later than Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. My office is room 201 in the Admissions Suite on the second floor of the Guenther Enrollment Services Center.

Thank you in advance and Happy Holidays!

Rebecca Maroncelli
Admissions Counselor

Dec 202013
 Posted by on December 20, 2013

Blackboard faculty:

Here is some important information for wrapping up the semester. If you need assistance, Distance and Online Learning staff will be available except on the holidays that the college is closed.

(You also may want to review:

Blackboard End of Fall 2013 Procedures

  • Fall 2013 student access to Blackboard courses will end on Saturday morning, Dec. 21.
  • A banner has been posted in Blackboard to let students know the last access date.
  • The Distance and Online Learning Help Desk will have extended hours: someone will be available in the evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. via e-mail or phone during final exams.


  • All Fall 2013 students given a grade of I (Incomplete) will be able to access the Fall 2013 courses again in Blackboard after grades are posted by the Registrar.
  • Students who have an I (Incomplete) will remain enrolled in their Fall 2013 Blackboard course until either the grade converts or 30 days into the Spring 2014 semester.
  • If faculty have assigned any student a grade of I (Incomplete), they must keep their Fall 2013 course set to be “Available” in the Course Settings area in the Control Panel or the student will not be able to access it.

Grade Center Tutorials – go to

Online and Web Enhanced End of Term Recommended Guidelines

It is recommended that you document student course interactions by archiving your course and key components for your records once you have submitted grades. Please use the following link to access the guidelines and subsequent tutorials:

Please call or e-mail the Distance and Online Learning Help Desk at 629-7070 or if you have questions or need assistance.

Happy Holidays from the Center for Distance and Online Learning staff!

Dec 202013
 Posted by on December 20, 2013

As a follow-up to the Blackboard End of Fall 2013 Procedures, which went out to all faculty yesterday via email, here are a couple of tips for preserving content and information from your Fall 2013 courses.

First, when you create an export package in a course in order to import that package into a new course (Export/Import), you should also save a copy of that export package to a secure location on your computer or network drive. Why? Because if you teach a course less frequently than once a year, you may find that the export file for that course in Blackboard is gone, since courses only remain accessible in Blackboard for a year and 30 days (395 days).  In this scenario, you would no longer have access to the content that you wanted to import into your new course. This is not a problem, however, if you have saved a copy of the export package for your course.

Second, it is highly recommended that you also create and save an archive file of your course (Archive Your Course). The archive file is, in effect, a “time-capsule” of your course, and represents a complete record of that course from the time that it opened to the time that it closed. If you ever need to access that record after your course has closed (say, in a situation where a student disputes a final grade that s[he] received in the course, but waits to do so until the semester after the course has closed), your course can be un-archived by ITS upon request (faculty do not have the permissions to un-archive courses themselves). By comparison, an export package cannot be used for this purpose in such a situation, because it is not a complete record of your course. Important Note:  you should archive your course within a week from the time that the course closes. If you wait until after then, records for students who have withdrawn from HVCC will disappear from your course, and the resulting archive file will no longer represent a complete record of your course.

There are a couple of other ways in which you can maintain records of your course(s).

You can download an entire grade history for your course (How do I do that?) for the purpose of documentation. This grade history is downloaded in the form of an Excel spreadsheet, which contains a record of every grade that every student received in your course during its entire duration.

Also for the purpose of documentation, you can create a complete record of all of the Discussion Board activity for a course by doing the following:

  1. Collect all of the threads for a Discussion Forum (How do I do that? )
  2. In the window that displays all of the collected threads, select Print Preview to view the collected threads as a printable web page
  3. Then either print the collected threads or use the Print-to-PDF option in your print window to save them as a PDF document
  4. Repeat Steps 1 – 3 for the other Forums in your Discussion Board

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Distance Learning Office (629-7070/ if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Dec 202013
 Posted by on December 20, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College is an open access institution that offers students the ability to begin or continue their higher education, advance their career or start a new business. For some adult students, making the decision to return to school is one that will require many sacrifices: less time to spend with the kids, irregular work hours to accommodate class schedules and tight budgets for their family.

The Foundation offers many different scholarship opportunities, one of which is the Second Chance Scholarship, which is aimed at students who not only are in need, but who overcome tremendous personal obstacles in order to pursue an education. One of this year’s recipients is Kelley-Jean LaCroix ’14.

When Kelley decided to return to school, she knew it would not be easy. LaCroix, a divorced mother of four adult children, enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program after 20 years of working in factories, as a waitress and in banking. Now a senior, LaCroix is known for her ability, grace and quick wit among her colleagues, teachers and patients. A few weeks ago, Judith DiLorenzo, department chair for the Dental Hygiene program, received a letter from a case patient of LaCroix’s. The letter praised Kelley for her gentle demeanor and affability — skills that cannot be taught in the classroom.

Kelley LaCroix is just one of many Hudson Valley success stories. Applications for Foundation scholarships will be available in January. Please think about the outstanding students you know and encourage them to apply for one of the more than 150 scholarships available. See the scholarship web site at for application details and deadlines.

Dec 192013
 Posted by on December 19, 2013

The Chancellor’s Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service

The nomination forms for this academic year for classified staff are now available. The committee is now seeking recommendations for this award. If you have a nominee who meets the following standards set by the Chancellor’s office and would like to recommend them to the committee, please e-mail Don Frament at for the nomination form. Nominations are due Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.


All nominees must have completed at least three (3) years of continuous, full time permanent service in the Classified Service position for which they are nominated.

The nominee must be an individual who has continuously demonstrated outstanding achievement, skill and commitment to excellence in fulfilling the job description for the position held.

The nominee also must demonstrate excellence in activities beyond the scope of the job description. The ideal candidate will demonstrate creativity and flexibility in performing his or her position to meet campus needs. Special consideration will be given to employees who consistently provide exemplary customer service to students, staff, patients and other members of the campus community.

Dec 192013
 Posted by on December 19, 2013

The library will be offering five (5)  iPads for extended loan over the upcoming intersession break to all faculty and staff. First come, first serve!

The loan period will begin on Dec. 19. All iPads are due back to the library on Jan. 20 and cannot be renewed. Borrowers must complete a survey after using the iPad to assist the library in further developing the iPad lending service. We are very interested in your feedback.
Borrowers must also complete a lending agreement which includes responsibility to replace lost or damaged iPads.

If you are interested, please contact Cynthia Koman at 629-7360 or

Thank you!

Dec 182013
 Posted by on December 18, 2013

The Office of the Registrar is in need of empty paper boxes (or any close resemblance) for our end of term  archiving.

Please reach out to Jason Degnan at 629-7001 or

Thank You and Happy Holidays!

Dec 182013
 Posted by on December 18, 2013

Girl’s size 10/12 black snowpants – NEVER WORN.  Reinforced knees, removable suspenders, and side zippers to accomodate snow or ski boots.  Warm and waterproof!  Asking $10.

If interested, contact Jennifer at

Dec 182013
 Posted by on December 18, 2013

Women’s waterproof, lined winter boots by Comfort View. Front zip, black, size 9WW.  NEVER WORN!

The style is narrower than the pair I bought two years ago and are not wide enough for my squarish feet . (I would say that if you have an average size 9 foot or a 9W they would be a good fit. )  Asking $40.

If interested, e-mail Jennifer at

Dec 172013
 Posted by on December 17, 2013

Those wishing to participate in the Capital District Transportation Authority’s “Stuff The Bus” food and clothing drive may drop donations at DeNooyer Chevrolet, located at 127 Wolf Road in Colonie.

Drop hours are 10 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Dec. 21.

Collected non-perishable food and gently-used clothing will be distributed at the Alternative Learning Center in Albany on Sunday, Dec. 22. Please contact Michael Demers at 518-445-5969 for more information.

The CDTA and DeNooyer Chevrolet are working with the Empire Christian Center on this project.

Dec 172013
 Posted by on December 17, 2013

Great things are happening in this December issue of the 2013-2014 Academic Update, including news of a new internship program through NEATEC with the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, a new project for Teacher Preparation with WMHT-TV, how to find the Library’s Voices series lectures online, the funding of a new collaborative project, “Building Civic Capacity for a Stronger Troy,” through the Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program, several success stories on the achievements of our faculty, students and recent graduates in their fields and much more!

Congratulations to everyone on their outstanding efforts in all these endeavors!

Please click here to access the full Update.

Dec 172013
 Posted by on December 17, 2013

At its Nov. 26 meeting, the college’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing Omni Housing Development, LLC and Sequence Development, LLC, acting together, to undertake a thorough environmental review of the college’s proposal for student housing at the site of the former Hy Rosenblum Administration Center, and its potential impacts pursuant to the requirement under the State Environmental Review and Quality Act (SEQRA).

The outcome of the SEQRA, undertaken by the developers at their own cost and risk, will determine whether the project can proceed.

Three developers responded to a request for proposals (RFP) issued in June 2013 by the college seeking plans to develop student housing at the Rosenblum Center site. The RFP called for bidders to submit plans that would include removal of the 91,000-square-foot seminary and adjacent garage, and the creation of student housing on the property.

The agreement, if completed, would allow a private developer to acquire land by ground lease, finance, build and operate student housing independent from the college. Any development on the property is subject to traffic and environmental impact approval before the college decides to move forward.

Dec 162013
 Posted by on December 16, 2013

Need a project to fill the long winter days? Well, have I got a deal for you…

It’s a 1995 Mazda Protege — 4 doors, automatic, 200,000+ miles.   Still runs, but definitely needs some work: muffler and exhaust, brakes, transmission has been sticking a bit…  Several newer (around one-year-old or less) parts, including rear struts, timing belt and water pump. Both heat and A/C work.  Body is in good shape for its age, some rust around the wheel wells.

Asking $450 or best offer!

Contact Linda Lim

Dec 162013
 Posted by on December 16, 2013

Increase the Peace: Help Yourself While Helping Others
What if you could lower violent crime in the city of Albany AND increase the peace in your own life all at the same time? We believe you can!

Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, a community of people who appreciate the power of peaceful intention through meditation will conduct an historic experiment. The question being tested through this experiment is: Can we lower aggravated assaults in the City of Albany (compared to the previous five years) with our collective intention of peace aimed at the city?

To help participants in the study focus their thoughts, meditations will be filmed live at Trinity Alliance in Albany and streamed over the internet for people to follow at home each day of January 2014. These meditations will teach people how to lead their nervous system into states of greater well-being as they focus their thoughts on peace both for themselves and for the Albany region.

Research has demonstrated that peaceful intentions for both self and others has many positive effects including lowering blood pressure and pain levels, and enhancing optimism and relationships. It is a Win-Win! SUNY Albany professor, Dr. John Foldy, will be analyzing crime data to determine if there is a corresponding reduction of assaults during January 2014. Research suggests that when more people are involved, there is a more robust positive effect, so it is important for as many people as possible to participate.

If you would like to be a part of this historic research, please visit as soon as possible to register and have the meditations e-mailed to your inbox each day in January 2014.

When you sign up to participate, you will receive your free “powering up” meditation kit.  Your are also invited to attend our kick-off: the New Year’s Day “Catch The Wave” concert on at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Street, Albany.

Thank you for considering becoming a part of this historic study!
Jerald R. Petell

Dec 162013
 Posted by on December 16, 2013

The women’s basketball team (4-5) defeated Tompkins Cortland Community College (2-6), 55-51, on Saturday afternoon.

Sierra Sangetti-Daniels (Oneonta/Oneonta) and Sarah Janson (Scotia-Glenville/Scotia) each recorded a double-double in the win. Sangetti-Daniels scored 15 points and collected 16 rebounds, while Janson tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds. Nikki Cavallo (Tamarac/Troy) added 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the four-point victory.

The women travel to Broome on Saturday, Jan. 4, for a game at 1 p.m.

Dec 162013
 Posted by on December 16, 2013

The men’s basketball team (4-4) lost to Tompkins Cortland Community College (5-5), 90-75, on Saturday afternoon.

Casey Hall (Shaker/Albany) and Garrett Pitcher (Berne-Knox/East Berne) led the Vikings with 12 points each, and Elijah Newsome (Cohoes/Cohoes) added 11 in the loss.

The Vikings return to action on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Broome Community College.