Mar 282013
 
 Posted by on March 28, 2013

Two entertainment centers; one with fold-out center space and glass doors; used, pics available; $55 each or both for $100.

Call (518)496-7340 or e-mail c.franco@hvcc.edu.

Mar 282013
 
 Posted by on March 28, 2013

The Criminal Justice Department and the Center for Counseling and Transfer is co-sponsoring a bus trip on Friday, April 19  to tour John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

The cost is $10 per a person with the trip limited to approximately 35 to 40 students. Those interested in participating should contact contact Shawna Addison, Kristen Riegel or Jessica Gilbert with payment and to sign a waiver.

The bus will leave from the McDonough Sports complex at 8 a.m. and and will arrive back on campus at approximately 8 p.m.

Mar 282013
 
 Posted by on March 28, 2013

Third annual Capital Region Canstruction
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New York State Museum
Lobby & 4th Floor Terrace.

Members of Albany engineering firm EYP and their Canstruction project.

This vision comes to life with the 3rd Annual Capital Region Canstruction event where teams of architects, engineers, contractors and students come together to create whimsical and innovative structures using only canned goods.

At the close of the exhibition, every can is donated to the Food Pantries for the Capital District to help feed families in the Capital Region.

Visitors are invited to bring canned goods to the exhibition and use them as votes to help their favorite structure win the prestigious Community Choice Award.

More information is available at: www.capitalregioncanstruction.com

Mar 282013
 
 Posted by on March 28, 2013

Scott Kellogg, owner of Radix, an ecological sustainability center based in Albany, discusses his latest urban sustainability projects in two consecutive talks in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on Tuesday, April 23. The presentation is part of ongoing Earth Week activities at the college. Taking place at noon to 12:50 p.m. and again at 1 to 1:50 p.m., the talks focus on hydroponics, urban gardens, rainwater collection/purification and composting. A teacher, activist and ecological designer, Kellogg opened Radix in 2009 to demonstrate environmental technologies and sustainable micro-industries for today’s urban environment. He is the author, along with Susan Pettigrew, of “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide.”

The Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 25 features eco-friendly vendors, environmental demonstrations and information, a seed and plant exchange and a cell phone collection booth.

On that day, Bill Reinhardt, former senior project manager at NYSERDA and cofounder of SustaiNYSERDA, discusses how peak oil and climate change issues will affect the potential career paths of students in a talk titled, “Energy, Environment and a Sustainable Economy: What Does This Mean for Today’s Students?” Taking place from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Reinhardt’s talk is sponsored by the college’s Voices committee and is the last in its spring 2013 series of lectures.

In conjunction with Earth Day, the Sustainability Committee is sponsoring an Electronics Recycling event on Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot off Holliday Drive (next to BTC). Recycle used electronics free of charge.

The Sustainability Committee is now collecting seeds, bulbs and small rooted plants for the Earth Day exchange. All must be non-invasive species, preferably natives, and seeds must be no more than one year old. Contact Maxine Ortiz at 629-7787 or m.ortiz@hvcc.edu to arrange for drop-off/pick up of your donations any time before Earth Day.

Cell phones collected on Earth Day will be sold to Verizon Wireless. Those that include installed sim cards, chargers and accessories can be reconditioned and donated to victims of domestic violence; phones without these items will be recycled. All proceeds from this effort will be donated to the college’s food pantry. Contact Carlene Sheehan at 629-7311 or c.sheehan@hvcc.edu for more information.

Mar 282013
 
 Posted by on March 28, 2013
NEW!
Advising Transfer Students Webinar

From the NACADA website: “The ‘completion agenda’ set by the Obama administration and the Lumina Foundation has stimulated certain realities within the higher education community, one of the foremost among them being the increased enrollment of transfer students. As a result, transfer students have been thrust into the forefront of new and renewed strategies for meeting the challenge presented by the completion agenda – more graduates. This new reality lies amid other challenges imposed by accreditors and employers – demonstrable student learning outcomes. This webinar will review the realities and challenges we are facing and provide an array of advising programs and strategies that will facilitate meeting the ultimate national completion agenda.”After the webinar, attendees will have time to discuss the presentation, including how the information presented is relevant advising transfer students at HVCC.
Facilitator: Matt Howe
When:1 Session, Thursday, March 28, 2 – 3:30 p.m. in BTC 1054Register

NEW!- Leadership Development Certificate credit opportunity
From the SUNY TLT- There is nothing worse than a bad meeting – they can destroy the motivation of the most committed group, and sap the life out of exciting and important projects. There are things you can do before, during, and after meetings, as chair or as participant, to ensure that your group work succeeds.
After the webinar, we’ll have a brief discussion on applying the best practices presented.
Facilitator: Caelynn Prylo
When: 1 Session, Thursday, April 4, 1:30 – 3 p.m. in BTC 217

Register

NEW!
Creating Web Pages for Your Course
Learn how to make your course schedule into a web page that students can bookmark! Participants will learn how to make web pages for presenting course materials such as: course schedules, resources and assignments. The web pages can be embedded directly into Blackboard or used on their own. This workshop will use Adobe Dreamweaver.
Instructor: Kyra Garrigue
When: 3 Sessions, Friday, April 5, 12 and 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the CET Lab

Register

NEW!
Authentic Assessment – Engaging Students in the Learning Process using Rubrics
This engaging and informative seminar will provide a forum for discovery, exploration, collegial discussion and the development of your own authentic assessment tool to empower students to monitor their own progress in you course.
We will discuss how students can be engaged in the assessment and learning process through the use of rubrics.  Participants will be given the opportunity to create their own rubric in any content area including math, science, history, writing, engineering, foreign language, art, and education.
Instructors: Nancy Cupolo & Bonnie Farrell
When: 1 Session, Tuesday, April 9 from 9 a.m. – Noon in BTC Meeting Room 2

Register

Mar 282013
 
 Posted by on March 28, 2013

Blackboard upgrades of the past have happened every few years, and as a Blackboard user at HVCC you have probably experienced several major Blackboard version upgrades. New features, functionality and fixes have made the adjustment worth the time and effort as you improved your course, deployed new activities and integrated with publisher content.

You have probably noticed however, that the technologies of the web and your local computer are changing very rapidly. Browsers, security features, media plugins and other critical tools are updating faster and more often than ever before. Due to these rapidly changing computing and web environments and the need to maintain a secure environment, Blackboard has changed the way it will be upgrading its product, now and in the future.

In the past, faculty and students might see a major version change every few years, while in the background, ITS and DL staff were testing and applying small patches and technical changes not very noticeable to most end users. Now, major Blackboard changes will be more noticeable and more often as Blackboard has been making upgrades to the product in quarterly service packs. Every odd numbered service pack is mostly patches, but every even numbered service pack has features and functionality changes that will impact to some extent the look, feel and design considerations of courses.

At the moment, HVCC is on service pack 7, which puts us 4 service packs behind the current release. The longer we wait to move to a current version of Blackboard, the more incompatibilities with browsers, operating systems and other web and computing tools users are apt to experience. However, frequent upgrades have the potential to be disruptive to faculty and students if not planned carefully.

ITS and DL staff have been working on a change management plan to systematically upgrade Blackboard while providing faculty with extensive lead time on new versions. Using multiple servers and a careful distribution of resources we have a plan that provides advance access to new versions so that

  • faculty can see what their existing courses would look and act like in each new version by having access to a training server
  •  new online and web enhanced faculty could train in the version they would use live
  • faculty would have the necessary time and support to make edits due to new features and functionality change
  • faculty do not have to move their courses for the upgrade – their courses will be there and upgraded automatically

We will be upgrading every August to a new version of Blackboard. ITS and DL will test new versions in late fall and early spring.  A “sandbox” will be available for faculty in the new version beginning at midterm of the spring semester, through the summer and several weeks into the fall semester. (This first spring cycle will start a bit later and with preliminary configurations. We are aiming for an April 15th preliminary release of the training server as we continue testing and finalizing technical needs for plugins and migrations.)

Ultimately, the upgrade plan will be the same every year. Details will be provided in a chart on the HVCC Blackboard Portal and frequent communication will keep everyone informed. Below is a visual guide to what users can do and where they can do it.

Blackboard Server Chart

Please be sure to contact the Distance and Online Learning staff at 629-7070 or dlhelp@hvcc.edu with any questions you may have about what you need or want to do with the training environment.

 

Mar 272013
 
 Posted by on March 27, 2013

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

Coordinator of M.I.C.A. Services  (exam # 64-581)

Community Prevention Coordinator  (exam # 67-109)

Welfare Investigator  (exam # 67-112)

The last filing date for the above exams is April 16, 2013 and the exam date is May 11, 2013.

Mar 272013
 
 Posted by on March 27, 2013

42″ square, white oak veneer table with 18″ leaf and 4 upholstered chairs with casters, $250

Call Frank at 518-283-4941.

Mar 272013
 
 Posted by on March 27, 2013

Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D., president of Hudson Valley Community College, since 2005, recently was elected as president of the New York Community College Association of Presidents (NYCCAP).

One of NYCCAP’s goals is to initiate, promote, and advocate at all levels of government and education for the improvement of public community colleges and their educational programs.

See the full release for more details.

Mar 272013
 
 Posted by on March 27, 2013

Two Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees members participated in this month’s Board of Trustees meeting using Cisco Telepresence Jabber, a desktop videoconferencing software.

Unable to be in the area during the meeting, Viking Video Technologies assisted Chairman Conrad Lang and Trustee Neil Kelleher in setting up the videoconferencing from a remote location. Lang and Kelleher were able to see meeting content and the members in the board room simultaneously.

This technology allows board members to participate if they cannot be here on campus and also has applications for our academic community as well. Cisco Telepresence Jabber is being used in many ways here at Hudson Valley for ITV Distance Learning, college employment interviews, departmental meetings and to connect with guest speakers.

The software is easily installed by Information Technology Services and support for Cisco Telepresence Jabber is provided by Viking Video Technologies.

If you have a need to conduct a videoconference, please contact Eric Kiel of Viking Video Technologies at ext. 7625 or e.kiel@hvcc.edu.

Mar 262013
 
 Posted by on March 26, 2013

Fine Arts student Raechael Inglis has had her work selected for the Best of SUNY exhibition at the New York State Museum.  Inglis’ work was selected from the Spring 2013 SUNY Art Exhibition, which also includes works by Fine Arts students Anneliese Holmes, Maxwell Goodknight, Lillian Ela and Benjamin Roy.

The work will be on exhibit at SUNY System Administration until late May when it will be sent to the museum for exhibition from the second week of June until September 18. After the exhibit is installed at the museum, it will be juried and the winners from the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Best of Shows  will be chosen.  There will be a reception on Tuesday, June 18, at the New York State Museum where the winners of the Fall and Spring Best of Shows will be announced.  There will be three Best of Show winners and four Honorable Mentions.

The Fine Arts program’s class of 2013 has had great success in securing scholarships to their transfer institutions, thus far. Five students have been accepted for transfer to the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with scholarships ranging up to $23,000 annually.

In addition, Fine Arts student Anneliese Holmes has been accepted for transfer to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, Cooper Union offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.   Cooper is one of the most selective colleges in the United States with an acceptance rate of only 7.7 percent.   All accepted students are granted a full scholarship and attend the college at no cost.

The faculty and staff  of the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications would like to extend congratulations its students on their noteworthy accomplishments.

Mar 262013
 
 Posted by on March 26, 2013

Please be aware of the following work that will be performed on the campus over Easter break:

1.  Replacement of leaking water line in Fitzgibbons Hall on Friday, March 29.  Water to Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center will be turned off for the day.

2.  Upgrade of Marvin Library elevator controls.  The elevator will not be available Friday, March 29 through Tuesday, April 2.

3.  Sweeping and washing of the Parking Garage.  This work is weather dependent.  If the long range weather forecast does not look favorable, this work will be rescheduled.

4.  Sweeping of Parking Lot A and Parking Lot B.

Thank you for your patience while we work to improve the campus facilities. If you have any questions, please call the Physical Plant office at 629-7356.

Mar 262013
 
 Posted by on March 26, 2013

The Naked Pear Cafe’ will be close: Friday,March 29 – Wednesday, April 3

It will reopen on Thursday, April 4.

Thank you.

Mar 262013
 
 Posted by on March 26, 2013

According to The National Center for Health Statics, one in 12 babies will be born premature. The work of the March of Dimes is helping to shrink this figure!

I’m very excited to be a part of March for Babies again this year and hope you will join the HVCC team!

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. We’re walking on Sunday, April 28 because we want to do something about this.

The money we raise will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Please join the HVCC team. You can do so on the HVCC team page. http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/t1703403

If you would rather make a donation, you can do so on my page: Erin Manning.

Candy Bars and Denim Day are back!!!

I am selling Hershey candy bars for $1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Reese’s Pieces, Hershey Chocoloate, Hershey Chocoloate with almonds, Kit-Kat and Caramello may be purchased in 3 great locations:
Erin Manning, GUN 252
Carrie Farley, BRN 211
Tara Farley-Wyckoff, BTC 1042

President Matonak has approved April 26 at Blue Jeans for Baby Day. Donate $5 and wear your jeans! Donations may be made in 3 great locations:
Erin Manning, GUN 252
Carrie Farley, BRN 211
Tara Farley-Wyckoff, BTC 1042

Thank you so very much!

Erin Manning
HVCC March for Babies Team Captain

Mar 252013
 
 Posted by on March 25, 2013

Community College Day at UAlbany is a day dedicated to community college students interested in transferring to the University at Albany. A day for prospective students to visit and tour the UAlbany campus, to obtain admissions, academic and student life information, to meet one-on-one or in small groups with academic program advisors, to meet with current UAlbany transfer students, and to have lunch with UAlbany staff, faculty and students.

Message from Center for Counseling and Transfer

Mar 252013
 
 Posted by on March 25, 2013

I am looking for a volunteer to serve as our campus coordinator for the United Way’s employee donation campaign.

If you are interested, please contact my assistant, Suzanne Kalkbrenner, at 629-4530 or by e-mail at s.kalkbrenner@hvcc.edu.

Thank you for considering this rewarding opportunity.

Mar 252013
 
 Posted by on March 25, 2013

A documentary by John Lyden, a Hudson Valley Community College alumnus now in his senior year at the College of Saint Rose, will have it premier at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the BTC Auditorium. The event will be hosted by Cylon George of the Campus Ministry.

Lyden is interviewed about the film, “Stepping Toward the Lion: Finding My Story,” on WNYT-TV 13.

Mar 252013
 
 Posted by on March 25, 2013

 

This has been the best stroller ever! The Baby Jogger City Double is designed for children up to 5 years old and has a weight capacity of 100 pounds. The stroller fits through standard size doors, can make 360 degree turns, and has easy to adjust reclining seats with 5-point safety harnesses. The stroller has tons of storage, an adjustable handle for individual comfort when pushing and the most incredible canopies for ultimate sun protection.

This stroller has been well loved by our 4 1/2 year old twins, but is in very good shape. I am including the Baby Jogger Bug Canopy and the Baby Jogger Belly Bar I purchased and used with this stroller.

I am asking $150 for everything.

Please feel free to contact me at 312-7480 if you have any questions.

Amy Conley

Mar 252013
 
 Posted by on March 25, 2013

Did you know that you can view an outline of your entire Blackboard course?

This is also called a tree directory or course map. On the main menu there are six small icons above the name of the course. The third one to the right of the plus sign will open your main course menu in a new window. Select that one and then in the new window select the middle icon on the top right; it looks like a folder. Once that is clicked, you can hold your mouse over it and then select “Expand All” to see your course map.

This is a good way to see the layout of your whole course at once.

Mar 252013
 
 Posted by on March 25, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College has made a strong effort to reach out to the growing community of political refugees who are re-settling in the area.

An article linked on the front page of the college Web site provides more information about our grassroots efforts and profiles one student from Burma currently earning a degree here.

Generation SUNY posted the article as well.

Mar 252013
 
 Posted by on March 25, 2013
Important notice about the upcoming Holiday Timesheet Schedule for Payroll!

If you are…

An hourly employee and you are paid based on paper timesheets, your timesheet must be submitted to the Payroll Office no later than 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26 for payment on Friday, April 5.

All paper timesheets received in the Payroll Office after the deadline will be processed on the following pay date.

**Please mark your calendars!**

For a complete list of timesheet due dates and other important payroll information, please visit us on the Web at Payroll Office .

If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Office at 629-4515 or 629-4514.

Mar 252013
 
 Posted by on March 25, 2013

The New York State Federation of Home Bureaus is offering four scholarships to Hudson Valley students. The awards will be between $250 and $300 and are being offered to full-time students with a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or better who meet residency and program requirements.

If you will be entering your second year of study at HVCC in Fall 2013 and you are enrolled in one of the following programs, please ask your department chair for an application:

Accounting
Business Administration
Computer Information Systems
Early Childhood
Human Services
Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences
Physical Education Studies

Applications must be submitted by April 30 and recipients will be notified in late May or early June.