May 312013
 Posted by on May 31, 2013

UPDATE: Computer Cafe Partially Re-opened (June 7, 2013)

Due to renovations on the second floor of the Campus Center, the Computer Cafe will be closed beginning Friday, May 31 and will remain closed for approximately  two weeks.

Computers are available in the Computer Learning Center, located in the Marvin Library Learning Commons

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Message from Information Technology Services (ITS)

May 292013
 Posted by on May 29, 2013

Potty, walker, high chair, etc. for sale.
Good condition; perfect for use at family home or summer camp.
Asking $15 each, but will consider offer for all.

Picture of high chair attached; other items upon request.

May 282013
 Posted by on May 28, 2013

I have a small number of grape vines, grown this spring, free for the taking.

Stebuen – 10 to 12 vines.

St. Pepin  – 7 vines  — needs a pollinator, LaCrosse is highly suggested, so I’d prefer a (2 or 3 to 1 ratio)

LaCrosse – 3 vines

Please e-mail Michael Engle if interested to arrange a day to get the vines.Y ou will need to bring in a container (something to hold dirt and probably 6-8 inches in depth) for each vine.  They are also not hardened off, as I grew them inside.

Google the varieties for more information.

May 282013
 Posted by on May 28, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College will offer a 48-session driver education course at its TEC-SMART facility in Malta this summer.

The course, which includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of on-the-road instruction, begins Monday, July 1. Classroom sessions at TEC-SMART will run from 10:30 to noon and drive sessions will be held throughout the week. Students must be 16 years of age before the course begins.

Two other driving-related courses will be held at TEC-SMART. A five-hour pre-licensing course will be held Tuesday, June 18 and Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 10 p.m. Completion of the course is required for any person seeking to take a Department of Motor Vehicles road test.

The college also will offer a Defensive Driving course from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 7. Those who successfully complete the course can receive a 10 percent reduction in motor vehicle liability and collision insurance premiums for a three-year period. Drivers who have violation points on their record will receive a four-point reduction.

All courses will be taught by certified instructors from Bell’s Driving School.

To register or more information, call Hudson Valley Community College’s Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339.

May 282013
 Posted by on May 28, 2013

I have a Panasonic DMC-G5 Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera with 14-42mm kit lens and two extra batteries for sale.

I bought it this April, but have decided to switch to a slightly different M43 model as my backup camera, so I need to sell this one. It comes with all the original accessories, box, packing, etc, and has 11 months left on the original one-year warranty.

Current new price on Amazon and B&H PhotoVideo is $599; I am asking $450. It’s a great little camera and would be terrific to take on vacation this summer.

Please e-mail me if you are interested at

May 242013
 Posted by on May 24, 2013

As many of you know, I work with a lovely group of refugees from Burma. Among that group are two young women who are working toward higher education and both have expressed an interest in the Nursing Assistant Program offered through EOC.

I’m looking for volunteers for the following:

Swe Swe is 20 and is attending Albany High School and needs help in all subjects but math (she already has a math tutor, one of HVCC’s own). Specifically and more immediately, she needs tutoring for the Regents exams which will be held in about three weeks. Beyond that, throughout the summer, she could use tutors in English, History and Science.

Sui Hnem is 29 and has a high school diploma from her home country. She will be taking formal ESL classes beginning in July, but could really benefit from something sooner.

Both students are eager to learn and understand the value of education. If you can help, please contact me at or 518-506-6275.

Thanks for considering this volunteer experience!


May 242013
 Posted by on May 24, 2013

HVCC’s 2013 Annual Stormwater Management Report has been posted to the Environmental Health and Safety Department’s Stormwater Management webpage:

This report is required to be prepared and submitted annually to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a condition of the HVCC Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Permit.

Please direct any comments or questions regarding the report or the HVCC Stormwater Management Program to Laurie Vivekanand at

Laurie Vivekanand, CIH
Environmental Health and Safety

May 232013
 Posted by on May 23, 2013
Following the Commencement ceremony on May 18, Polly Karis and her husband hosted a party for international students at their home in Stephentown.
“It started as a party to honor my young Burmese friend, Khun Thiri,” Polly said. “Khun is here in the US with no family. As a full-time student, she maintained a 4.0 GPA and received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Administration, all while working a full time job. She will transfer to SUNY Albany for her BA in Accounting.”
A senior library clerk, Polly met Khun in 2011 when she had a work-study job in the Marvin Library.
According to Karis, the party grew to include other grads, future grads and their family and friends. “We had students from Burma, China, India and Korea, many of whom were honors and awards recipients. We had a variety of delicious international foods (and no alcohol). The students really unwound from a challenging semester. My husband and I agreed it was one of the best parties we’ve ever had and vowed to make it an annual event,” she said.

International students, including Khun Thiri (center in lime green jacket), enjoy a post-graduation party. Polly Karis, party host, is just behind Khun.

May 222013
 Posted by on May 22, 2013
EOC’s Cosmetology students participated in the annual styling competition on May 21 and all of the students deserve accolades for a job well done.
Students had the opportunity to produce hairstyles for a “Fantasy Design”, “Bread and Butter Category” and a “Commercial Category.”
Please take a few moments to see the creativity and talents of the EOC’s Cosmetology program by viewing the photos on our Facebook page.
May 212013
 Posted by on May 21, 2013

Andy Kozak (Sidney/Sidney) wrapped up a stellar career by earning First-Team All-Region and All-Conference honors for the Viking baseball team. Kozak was also named Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Player of the Year after leading the Nation in batting during the regular season with a .537 average.

Charles Parslow (Fonda-Fultonville/Fonda) also earned both First-Team All-Region and All-Conference honors. Parslow finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record and will be the top returning pitcher next year on staff.

John Craig (Shenedehowa/Clifton Park) and Alex Lushkevich (Saratoga Spring/Saratoga) each earned All-Conference honors in which they both hit for a .376 average on the season.

May 212013
 Posted by on May 21, 2013

Viking Video Technologies conducted a live webcast of Hudson Valley Community College’s Commencement on Saturday morning, May 18.  Then immediately turned around on Saturday afternoon and went to the University at Albany and set-up for its Commencement the following morning, Sunday, May 19.

Using a multi-camera setup for this remote event, nearly 200 people were able to watch HVCC’s graduation from their computer, iPad or smart phone. Over 700 people watched the live webcast of SUNY Albany’s graduation from all over the world, places such as Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Uruguay, Argentina, the UK, Australia, Columbia and Israel.

As one of VVT crew was taking down one of the robotic cameras following the UA Commencement, a graduate and his family walked by him and asked if, “this was the camera that was streaming the video of the ceremony?”  When told the camera was one of five switched that were used to produce the event’s live stream,  the graduate’s mom  noted that her mom in Columbia (South America) had watched the live stream and loved it. She then jokingly said “My mom probably had a better view than we did.”  The VVT technician smiled and said “yes, she did!”

VVT Crew at SUNY Albany

VVT Crew at SUNY Albany
(From Left to Right) Chris Lenaghan, Phil Jenkins, Scott Freedman, Bob Racette, Roger Pinke, Eric Kiel

Control Room at SUNY Albany

Control Room at SUNY Albany
Scott Freedman (L) and Roger Pinke (R)

May 202013
 Posted by on May 20, 2013

The freight elevator in the Siek Campus Center, as well as the elevator in Fitzgibbons Hall, will be out of service for maintenance work until further notice, probably a couple of weeks.

We regret the inconvenience and will inform the campus community when service has been restored.

Physical Plant

May 202013
 Posted by on May 20, 2013

McDonough Sports Complex Recreation Schedule
Summer 2013
Effective May 13 – August 16

PLEASE NOTE: The McDonough Sports Complex, McDonough fitness room and racquetball courts have a mandatory registration procedure that must be completed prior to utilization of these facilities. Registration will take place during the hours listed below. See attendant for a registration form.

Picture ID is required for access to all recreational facilities.

McDonough Fitness Room & Racquetball Courts

Beginning May 20
Mondays – Fridays: 6 to 8 a.m. MCD 195
Mondays – Fridays: 8 to 10 a.m. HUD 112

Individuals utilizing the Racquetball Courts MUST supply their own equipment.
Protective eyewear is mandatory.

The rooms will be CLOSED on the following dates:
Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day

May 202013
 Posted by on May 20, 2013

EOC’s Cosmetology students provided manicures and hair styling demonstrations during the Senior Citizens Healthy/Vanity Fun Day held Thursday, May 16 in Harlem, New York.

Senator Bill Perkins, District 30, invited the Capital District EOC to participate in the day’s activities.

Visit EOC’ on Facebook to view additional photos from the event.

May 202013
 Posted by on May 20, 2013

Effective May 15, Staples was awarded the new state contract for office supplies. The award was made to only one company this time. The new state contract number is 66026.

Any other companies previously used may no longer be used.

If you have any questions, please contact Jo Anna Christian at 629-4517.

May 202013
 Posted by on May 20, 2013

Albany/Rensselear Area; must be honest,  dependable and experienced with cleaning and have own transportation.

Please call 928-2388 if interested

May 202013
 Posted by on May 20, 2013

In preparation for the Summer 2013 semester, please review the Prepare Your Course for the Semester information that can be found at:

Please call 629-7070 or e-mail for assistance or to set up an appointment.

Don’t Forget to Make Your Course Available
Once the semester begins, students will have access only to a course that has been made available by the course instructor. You must manually make your course(s) available in Blackboard in order for students to see them.

To set the course availability, follow these steps:

  • From the Control Panel of your course
  • Select Customization
  • Select Properties
  • Locate Step 3: Set Availability and select Yes, “Make Course Available
  • Select Submit
  • A green confirmation bar will appear indicating that the properties have been updated
May 172013
 Posted by on May 17, 2013
The Capital Region Parrot Society,  a registered 501(c)(3) charity that provides rescue and re-homing services for parrots and other exotic pet birds, is looking for volunteers. The organization generally takes in, rehabilitates and re-homes about 100 birds per year with a primary foster location in East Greenbush not far from Hudson Valley Community College.

The organizatin seeks one or two volunteers who can assist in the care of our foster birds.   Duties would include feeding and caring for the birds, changing papers and assisting in the cleaning of the aviary and quarantine areas. Volunteers also would have the opportunity for a hands-on, crash course in parrot handling and overall avian understanding. (The East Greenbush foster location also is a private home where more than 10 different species of socialized parrots — from finches to macaws and cockatoos — reside.)

This volunteer opportunity would not only be great for persons interested in exotic birds, but for persons interested in animal advocacy in general. Exotic birds are the third most popular pet species in the US, yet whenever there are situations of cruelty and abuse, authorities and SPCA’s often don’t have a clue what to do since most of the animals they’re called upon to assist have “four feet and fur.”

If you are interested in this opportunity or more information, please contact Robert Lewis of the Capital Region Parrot Society at