Mar 232017
 Posted by on March 23, 2017

Hudson Valley Community College moved up a notch to rank second in the Times Union’s 2017 “Best of the Capital Region” readers’ poll. The official results, announced March 23, for Best College are:

1. University at Albany
2. Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
3. Siena College, Loudonville
4. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy
5. The College of Saint Rose, Albany

In 2015 and 2016, the college ranked third behind #2 Siena College and #1 UAlbany. Hudson Valley again is the only two-year college to place among the top colleges in the region. Prior to 2015, the poll included a “best two-year college” category, in which Hudson Valley Community College took first place for six consecutive years (2009-2014). This was the 20th year of the reader’s poll, the Times Union reported.


Mar 222017
 Posted by on March 22, 2017

Slate Run Publishing has released Emeritus Professor John Ostwald’s book “War, Sacrifice and Coming Home.”  It is a compilation of armed forces-oriented columns he has written over the past decade as well as a few contributions from colleagues. All profits from the book sales will go to the national non-profit, Soldier’s Heart, based in Troy.  The book may be purchased on Amazon  or from John directly. The cost is $15.

Mar 212017
 Posted by on March 21, 2017

Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor of Fine Arts, was co-juror for the 39th Annual Photography Regional Exhibition.

Fracalossi and Danny Goodwin, an associate professor at the University at Albany, selected 72 works from the more than 300 included in the open submission stage of the exhibition. The selected works are on view at Albany Center Gallery through April 21.

Jurors Danny Goodwin (left) and Tara Fracalossi (right) speaking at the opening reception for the 39th Annual Photography Regional Exhibition. (Photo by Jessica Sarah Mansmith.)

Albany Center Gallery is located at 488 Broadway in downtown Albany. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thomas Lail
Professor of Fine Arts

Mar 082017
 Posted by on March 8, 2017

Four Hudson Valley Community College advertising projects recently earned awards for creative excellence.

The college won three, regional Ad Club Addy Awards during a ceremony on Friday, March 3 at the GE Theater in Schenectady. The Outdoor Athletic Complex groundbreaking ceremony invitation, College in the High School faculty workshop day promotion and an Admissions Program Guide football photograph each earned Silver Addy honors. Addy Awards are sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.

Also, the college’s television campaign received a Davey Award for 2016. The Davey Awards are prestigious awards for impactful creative concepts that achieve strong results. Entries are judged by several industry experts, and the awards are sanctioned by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. See the commercials here.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the work!

Mar 032017
 Posted by on March 3, 2017

Daniel Kusky

Shane Batcher

Hudson Valley Community College students Shane Batcher and Daniel Kusky were recently named to the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, serving nearly 1,300 colleges in all 50 states and nine countries. Members of the All-New York Academic Team are recognized for their academic achievements, leadership accomplishments and engagement in community service.

At a ceremony held this month at the New York State Museum, Batcher and Kusky were honored with other students from community colleges around the state.

Kusky is pursuing an Engineering Science degree. He is treasurer of the Student Senate and also serves on the board of the Faculty Student Association. In addition, he is treasurer of the Entrepreneurship Club and serves as a peer tutor in the college’s Learning Assistance Center.

Batcher is also an Engineering Science major who serves as a peer tutor in the college’s Learning Assistance Center and is a member of the Student Senate. He also is president of the Tour Guide Club.

“Phi Theta Kappa annually recognizes community college students from across the nation who make a positive impact on their campus and community,” said Hudson Valley President Drew Matonak. “On behalf of the college, I’d like to congratulate Shane and Dan for this recognition. They are the kind of students who make Hudson Valley a vibrant academic and social community.”

Feb 222017
 Posted by on February 22, 2017

Thomas Lail, a professor in the Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media Department, has his work included in the exhibition “inDIVISIBLE” on view at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams, MA beginning March 9.

“inDIVISIBLE,” on view through Sunday, May 14, explores themes of democracy and the American electoral system. Work for the exhibition was selected by Alexandra Foradas, assistant curator at Mass MoCA, the Massachusettes Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Eclipse Mill Gallery is located at 243 Union St. in North Adams.

Feb 212017
 Posted by on February 21, 2017

On Saturday, Feb. 17, students and faculty from the Hudson Valley Dental Hygiene Department traveled to Stewart Air National Guard Base for the Special Olympics athletic competitions.

During the weekend games, faculty and staff helped to provide dental screenings, oral self care instructions and athletic mouth guards to help ensure the athletes oral safety. This is the fifth Special Olympic games that the department has been a part of and we look forward to being a part of the upcoming summer games as well.

Feb 072017
 Posted by on February 7, 2017

A work by Fine Arts Professor Thomas Lail’s will be included in A Call to Action, an exhibition and series of performances in reaction to Donald Trump’s presidency and his policies, at Kustera Projects Red Hook in Brooklyn, NY.

The exhibition opens Saturday, Feb. 11 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 26.

The piece included in the exhibition last appeared in the college’s Teaching Gallery as part of the Fine Arts and Digital Media Faculty Exhibition. Photo by Vincent Giordano.

Feb 062017
 Posted by on February 6, 2017

President Matonak has been named to the Butler County Community College Charles W. Dunaway Pioneer Hall of Fame, Class of 2017. He graduated from BCCC in 1974.

The Hall of Fame was created in 2015 to honor former student-athletes, faculty and staff, coaches and friends who have made outstanding contributions to athletics at the institution. President Matonak was a standout pitcher on the 1972-73 and 1973-74 Pioneer baseball teams, posting a 1.16 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 55 innings during his senior season. During his freshman year, he accumulated 73 strikeouts in 55 innings, which ranked fourth best in the Region and notched a 1.08 ERA. During both seasons, his batting average was over .400 and his team won the 1973 Skyline Conference championship and advanced to the regional tournament during both seasons.

Drew continued his baseball career at The College of Wooster, where he was named to the All Ohio Athletic Conference second team in 1974-75 and All OAC first team in 1975-76. He was twice named his team’s Most Valuable Player and finished his two-year career at Wooster with a record of 18-4.

He plans to attend the induction ceremony on Saturday, May 6 in Butler, Penn.

Jan 192017
 Posted by on January 19, 2017

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology (CAAT) would like to give our sincerest thanks to Mary Harvazinski, Casey Ryan, and Eileen Mahoney for volunteering their time and proctoring exams for the CAAT in December.

We also would like to thank Karen Ferrer-Muniz and Norina Dowd for allowing us access to the Fitzgibbons computer lab.

Everyone’s assistance significantly helped the CAAT office administer 515 exams during the final week of the Fall 2016 semester!

Jan 162017
 Posted by on January 16, 2017

Campus reporters impeded

By Rebecca Jordan
Rebecca Jordan is editor-in-chief of The Hudsonian.
This article was first published Dec. 24, 2016 in the Times Union.

Being a student journalist isn’t easy. There are the conflicts that journalists with all levels of experience face, such as unwilling sources, short deadlines and sleepless nights. However, students deal with challenges that journalists don’t usually encounter in the professional world.

College in itself is plenty for a student to handle. There are academics and social lives to maintain, as well as the constant turnover and training of new staff in addition to putting out a quality news product to their college community.

The biggest problem, though, isn’t the time commitment or lack of skill that many student journalists face. Oftentimes, college administrations pose the biggest threat, as many seem unwilling to let their student media organizations work in peace.

At Hudson Valley, the Hudsonian receives its money from the student senate. The senate is in charge of distributing the flow of money from student fees and responsible for approving the annual budgets for each club on campus.

This means that our student newspaper receives its money from the very organization it reports on, which is a conflict of interest. With the constant threat of losing funding and compensation, the dilemma presents itself: Do we report the truth and risk angering those who control our cash flow or do we sugarcoat our messages and play it safe?

During the last few weeks of the spring 2016 semester, the senate tried to completely take away our compensation, saying it was “unfair” we be the only club receiving financial compensation for our members.

During the period when we were deliberating with the senate, administration illegally withheld the paychecks of two of our members for work they had already completed. Although the administration eventually released these paychecks, a battle ensued.

We managed to keep our compensation when all was said and done, but they put limits on the amount our members can be paid based on tuition and financial aid. We’ve gone through forced constitution changes every year for as long as our adviser can remember, and we barely avoided elimination when the vote came up again this November.

A lot of this stems from a misunderstanding the administration holds about the service that student newspapers around the country provide for their campuses. Student media is one of the sole sources of information on campus events, the inner workings of administration and all issues that affect the student body. No one covers the news that we do.

Colleges are essentially paying their student media organizations for a product. They pay to have researched information about their campuses and students relayed to them in a coherent format, and they pay for the long hours worked on this product.

Instead, campuses have a tendency to see the service as reversed. In the minds of college administration, students should want to put in long hours to gain the experience of working on a newspaper. We should want to freely give up valuable time that could be put into schoolwork or a job, and we should thank them for allowing us to do so.

Working on producing the Hudsonian has brought me great joy, in addition to the constant struggles. I am blessed with an amazing staff that works tirelessly to produce the award-winning Hudsonian student newspaper. I have learned the ins and outs of newspaper production, as well as acquired writing, leadership and political skills.

But we can no longer ignore the state of student journalism at universities and educational institutions across the country. The University of Memphis’ The Daily Helmsman had $25,000 cut from its budget in 2012 as a result of a series of stories it published that uncovered free tuition benefits for student government members. In February 2016, the paper’s adviser was fired at Mount St. Mary’s University when the student paper published a quote from the academy’s president comparing struggling freshmen to bunnies that should be drowned.

The education system was created to give students the experiences and information they need to succeed in life, but instead, we are putting access to that knowledge out of reach. We say that they have the freedom to speak their minds and write the truth, yet those who do not like the truth will make every effort to stifle our voices. As the voice of our student bodies to the administrations that represent us, the next generation of leaders will not be silenced.

Jan 122017
 Posted by on January 12, 2017

Assistant Professors Anne LaBelle and Katie Jezik, librarians at the Dwight Marvin Library, were recognized among the top 20 librarians across New York State to respond to reference questions submitted to Ask Us 24/7,  the online reference collective, in 2016.

The Ask Us 24/7 consortium includes dozens of academic and public library systems. Hudson Valley Community College librarians monitor the service four hours per week in exchange for 24/7 service as part of the cooperative arrangement. Questions may be submitted by chat interface or by text.

Hudson Valley students submitted 600 reference questions to the service during the 2015-16 academic year. LaBelle and Jezik responded to nearly 300 questions over the year. Participation in the cooperative includes responding to both Hudson Valley users, as well as students from other institutions.

Ask Us 24/7 is a joint service of the Empire State Library Network, of which the Dwight Marvin Library is a member.


Jan 102017
 Posted by on January 10, 2017

Shown, from left, Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak; Marty McGill, vice president of Allendale Machinery Systems; Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Interim Executive Director Regina LaGatta; and Dave Sharpe, regional representative of Allendale Machinery Systems.

Representatives from the Gene Haas Foundation presented a check for $30,000 to support the students of Hudson Valley Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program on Tuesday. This is the third such gift in as many years, and was accepted by President Drew Matonak and Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Interim Executive Director Regina LaGatta. Allendale Machinery Systems representatives Marty McGill and Dave Sharpe presented the check.

The Gene Haas Foundation funds community causes across the country, many of which are related to supporting a skilled manufacturing workforce. Since its creation in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded in excess of $22 million to nearly 1,000 organizations. Gene Haas is the founder of Haas Automation, based Oxnard, California, one of the largest machine tool builders in the world.

In 2015, the college received a leadership challenge gift of $1 million from the Gene Haas Foundation for the expansion of the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program and Lang Hall, the building which houses the program’s labs and classrooms. The college and its Foundation are now seeking further support to make the expansion a reality.

The college’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program is seen as key to educating the skilled workforce to maintain and grow the manufacturing sector in New York. It is the only such manufacturing program within 125 miles of Albany.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

Jan 092017
 Posted by on January 9, 2017

Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge, owner and funeral director of Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home Ballston Lake, is the first funeral director in the State of New York to receive a certification from the Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

Lowes Sanvidge has over 25 years of experience in the funeral industry. She purchased Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home in 2013 from brothers Harold and Frank Townley and she has since expanded the building to accommodate more clients.

Read more here.

Dec 212016
 Posted by on December 21, 2016

Dr. Michael S. Green, vice president for Technology, Institutional Assessment and Planning, will receive the 2017 Eastern Educational Research Association’s Distinguished Service Award at the group’s annual meeting in February in Richmond, VA.

“[The] honor to be bestowed upon you was the result of a nomination by your peers who particularly noted your longstanding commitment to the Association and your outstanding service to the Board,” EERA President Michael T. Miller, a dean at the University of Arkansas, wrote in recent letter to Dr. Green.

Dr. Green has been an EERA member for more than 30 years and has served its Board of Directors as secretary, treasurer and president from 2003 to 2005.

EERA is an organization for educational professionals interested in conducting and disseminating research that improves education for all in both formal and non-formal settings. For nearly 40 years, it has been one of the country’s most successful educational research organizations serving the eastern United States. EERA is affiliated with the American Educational Research Association.


Dec 202016
 Posted by on December 20, 2016

Tara Isopo has received the Leadership Development Certificate. Please join me in congratulating Tara, principal clerk in the Center for Access and Assistive Technology.

Tara is an alumna of Hudson Valley Community College and has been employed by the college for two years. Tara is eager to obtain knowledge that will assist her in providing services for Hudson Valley students. Throughout Tara’s employment at the college, she has achieved her Disability Studies Certificate and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Education. She also is an active volunteer on campus helping with New Student Orientation and the annual Memorial Service

Congratulations, Tara!

Dec 152016
 Posted by on December 15, 2016

This past semester the Foundation and the Instructional Support Services and Retention Department collaborated to present the Empowerment Series Program, a series of workshops aimed at empowering Hudson Valley Community College students.

These interactive workshops featured campus and community leaders who shared their experiences and invited attendees into conversations pertaining to leadership and success. We are proud to celebrate the immense success of the workshop series and are thankful to the nearly 60 students who attended.

Special thanks to the Empowerment Committee — Jessica Gilbert, Ian LaChance, Regina LaGatta and Katherine Tomisman as well as Geoff Miller and Justin Newton, and the Office of Special Events, Physical Plant, Mazzone Hospitality, and Associate Dean Karen Ferrer-Muniz.

Congratulations to student participant, Brendon Calineo, the winner of the drawing of a laptop provided by the Foundation.


Dec 142016
 Posted by on December 14, 2016


A total of 780 Dental “Stocking Stuffers” were sold this holiday season to benefit Operation Smile. The Hudson Valley Community College Dental Hygiene (DHY) and Dental Assisting (DAC) students would like to thank the campus community for their generous support!

— $720 to help provide cleft palate surgery for three children ($240 each child)
— $60 to help ship antibiotics for 20 children

Again thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
Ann Gallerie & Gabriele Hamm

Dec 132016
 Posted by on December 13, 2016

Current and former Department of Fine Art, Theatre Art & Digital Media students met Professor Thomas Lail at Petzel Gallery on Dec. 10 in the Chelsea gallery district of New York City to attend “Talking Pictures,” a once-in-a-lifetime discussion with legendary Pictures Generation artists Troy Brauntuch and Robert Longo. The talk was held in conjunction with Brauntuch’s exhibition on view at Petzel through Dec. 23.

Pictured in front of Brauntuch’s untitled work are (l to r) Troy Brauntuch, Olivia Hackett, Robert Longo, Jean Ellen Sotansky, Anneliese Holmes and Kevin Mosca (photo by Thomas Lail).

Dec 092016
 Posted by on December 9, 2016

Fine arts students recently made a day trip to Brandeis University in Waltham, MA to attend an artist talk by acclaimed painter David Reed.

Here are Katie Eisenreid, Olivia Hackett, and Echo Goff with Reed in front of his paintings currently on view at the Rose Museum of Art at Brandeis University. The students are in the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media’s Advanced Study course, taught by Professor Thomas Lail.


Dec 022016
 Posted by on December 2, 2016

Casey Ryan, a full-time instructor in the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department, presented her research on two topics at the American Society of Criminology conference in November: (1) Law enforcement’s use of Twitter as a non-investigative tool, and (2) Language the media uses to discuss youth who engage in sexting behavior.

The theme of the 2016 conference, held in New Orleans, was “The Many Colors of Crime & Justice.”

Dec 022016
 Posted by on December 2, 2016

Fine Arts Professor Thomas Lail’s  work is included in “Mediating Illusion: Landscapes” on view at the Albany Public Library Pine Hills Branch  through March 26, 2017.

The exhibition examines approaches to contemporary landscape in art and also features works by Theresa Bloise, Michael Oatman, and Charles Sommer. The exhibition was curated by Hudson Valley Community College Gallery Studies alumna Jessica Cone, the library’s art exhibition coordinator.

An opening is scheduled for Friday, Dec. from 6 to 8 p.m. The Pine Hills Library is located at 517 Western Ave. in Albany. More information:

Dec 012016
 Posted by on December 1, 2016
The Paramedic department receiving a donation of cardiac monitor training equipment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The Paramedic department receiving a donation of cardiac monitor training equipment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Hudson Valley Community College Paramedic students and their faculty members celebrated the acquisition of a new, state-of-the-art cardiac monitor/defibrillator on Weds., Nov. 30, with those who helped fund the new equipment.

Funding from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation helped pay for a LifePak 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator worth nearly $19,000, and representatives from Firehouse Subs were at the paramedic training facilities at 400 Jordan Road in North Greenbush to help announce the gift.

About 50 of the college’s Paramedic students joined President Drew Matonak, Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department Chair Patty Hyland and other members of the college staff to thank Firehouse Subs representatives.

Faculty and students demonstrated how the equipment will be used in training.

On hand were local Firehouse Subs franchisee Joe Deeb, Firehouse Subs Area Representative David Tucci and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Foundation Programs Jackie Gubbins. Funding for the equipment was accepted by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation.

The LifePak 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator will help train the college’s Paramedic students to better respond to cardiac arrests in the field and those in need of Advanced Life Support.

In 2005, founders of the Firehouse Subs chain of restaurants established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Its mission is to provide funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. To date, the foundation has given more than $23 million to hometown heroes, including more than $253,000 in New York.

Nov 302016
 Posted by on November 30, 2016

The Center for Academic Engagement’s mission is to create confident, independent and successful learners. Each semester we acknowledge a select group of students who epitomize our mission as recipients of a CAE Engagement Award. These honorees are students who work hard academically and/or help engage their peers to do the same.

This award is a token of recognition for their hard work, commitment to their academics, and impact on their peers and the staff of the CAE. We commend their initiative and perseverance.

The Center for Academic Engagement is proud to announce the following students received a Fall 2016 Engagement Award:

Nicole Durlack (GAP Award)
Cesar Lamb Tavarez
Stanley Azor
Tajmaleek Beckett
Josiah Swift
Malik Jones
Adolfo Peralta

The following students received a Certificate of Appreciation for all of their hard work and time invested in helping other students become  successful academically:    

Marvin St. Vil
Ragu Rathore

In addition, we selected Mike Muehling, head football coach, to receive the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award. We, at the CAE, are extremely grateful for his support of this office and our services.

We congratulate everyone on a successful semester!

The CAE Team

Nov 292016
 Posted by on November 29, 2016

A recent $10,000 gift from the Touhey Family Foundation will benefit students in the Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) through the college’s Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

The Touhey Family Foundation expressed its preference to target at-risk students when it approached the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation about a gift, according to Regina LaGatta, interim executive director of the Foundation. CASP, which provides services to promote the academic and personal growth of traditionally underrepresented students, proved to be a good match.

“This generous donation from the Touhey Family Foundation will make a great deal of difference in the lives of students,” said Roy Pompey, coordinator of the Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP). “Each semester, a number of CASP students face catastrophic emergencies or hardships that could cause them to withdraw from the college. But because CASP is able to ease their burden by providing financial assistance, the students are able to maintain their academics and remain in college,” he said. “We are very pleased to receive this gift.”