Former college retention specialist Ryan Stadler has recently published a book about his struggles with obesity and Type I diabetes. Stadler wrote “Living on Sugar Mountain: The Journey of One Man’s Life Down a Path of Uncertainty,” while recovering from a devastating amputation of his right leg. The book is now available through Amazon on Kindle and in paperback.
The work of Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor in the Fine Arts department, is part of a two-person exhibition, “Compound Fragments,” opening Friday, July 8 at the Albany Center Gallery.
The exhibition includes recent photographic work by Fracalossi from her ongoing “Archive” series, alongside work by Katherine Chwazik.
An opening reception is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 15; the exhibition remains on view through Aug. 12. The Albany Center Gallery is located at 39 Columbia St.
“Compound Fragments” runs concurrently with the exhibition “Campsite” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, which features a large scale installation by Fracalossi and works by Thomas Lail, associate professor in the Fine Arts department.
For more information about “Compound Fragments:” www.albanycentergallery.org
For more information about “Campsite:”
Andrea Hanley, a member of the Foundation Board of Directors, was featured June 17-23 issue of the Albany Business Review. Hanley, along with her brothers Al and Michael, operates the CDL School in Menands. The family-owned commercial driving school is opening its sixth location this summer.
Congratulations to Andrea and the CDL School.
Please click here to read the article.
Faculty member Dan Polak informed the Campus Chronicle that one of his students, Amy St. Clair, has recently been published in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore.
Professor Polak assigned his Honors students the task of analyzing an article in the journal written by colleague and friend, Stephen Alcorn, according to specific conceptual and theoretical guidelines. Both Professors Alcorn and Polak thought Amy’s piece was good enough to be published alongside the other scholarly work in this journal.
Quite an accomplishment for one of our Liberal Arts HonorScholar students!
The Grants Office at Hudson Valley Community College recently received a $20,000 grant from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation. The funds will support College in the High School scholarships for students from low to moderate income households. In particular, it will allow the college to assist students from families without a legacy of college attendance.
Hudson Valley’s College in the High School offers more than 90 college-level courses during the regular school day at high schools across the Capital Region. The program gives students an opportunity to experience college-level coursework while still in high school and at a decreased cost. Tuition for College in the High School students is reduced to $50 per credit hour.
The William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation also provided grants of $15,000 to support College in the High School students in 2007, 2010 and 2014.
For the second year in a row, Hudson Valley Community College was voted third place best college in the Times Union’s 2016 “Best of the Capital Region” readers’ poll.
The official results were:
1) University at Albany
2) Siena College
3) Hudson Valley Community College
5) Union College
6) The College of Saint Rose
7) The Sage Colleges
8) Skidmore College
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).
The Times Union reported that 13,121 readers voted on 92 categories — up 14 from 2015 — in this year’s poll.
Works by Fine Arts faculty members Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail is included in the upcoming exhibition, “CAMPSITE,” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.
The exhibition, curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming, associate director and curator at the University at Albany Art Museum, features work by 14 artists exploring the theme of CAMPSITE in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and installation.
The exhibition is on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum from June 18 through Nov. 13, 2016. An opening reception is scheduled for June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.
More information: http://www.newpaltz.edu/museum/exhibitions/future.html.
Hudson Valley Community College earned five awards for excellence in marketing at the 2016 SUNYCUAD (Council for University Advancement) conference held June 8 to 10 in Cooperstown, NY.
The college was honored with the “best in category” award for total/multimedia advertising programs. In addition, the Admissions Open House newspaper wrap earned top honors for individual advertising pieces. The college’s new 30 second TV commercial, YouTube promotion and internal communications campaign for summer enrollment each earned judges’ citations.
Overall, Hudson Valley earned more awards than any other community college and placed third among all SUNY institutions. Work submitted to the awards competition was produced within the past year in conjunction with the college’s marketing partners, Idea Agency and Tipping Point Communications.
SUNY CUAD provides professional development opportunities for college advancement professionals in the alumni relations, development, government relations and marketing. The annual conference was attended by nearly 250 SUNY colleagues.
Hudson Valley Community College was chosen to receive the 2016 Academic Enlightenment Award from the International Center of the Capital Region (ICCR). The award recognizes academic institutions that promote diversity, inclusiveness and global understanding.
The award was presented at the ICCR’s U.S regional diplomacy summit held June 1 in Albany. President Andrew Matonak and Dr. Jay Deitchman, coordinator for International Student Services, received the award on behalf of the college.
Over the past several years, Hudson Valley has welcomed delegations from around the world through the International Visitor Leadership Program. These efforts have been coordinated though the ICCR.
On June 14, delegations from Romania and Kazakhstan visited campus to learn about STEM and workforce development opportunities and partnerships.
Assistant Professor Cynthia Koman presented “Health Sciences Collection Development at a Community College” at the SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA) annual conference held June 8 to 10 at the University of Binghamton
The conference is attended by hundreds of librarians across the state. Koman’s presentation focused on her efforts to continually assess collection use of books purchased in print and online formats in support of health sciences curricula.
Koman supervised graduate intern Stephanie Clowe from the University at Albany’s School of Information Studies during the spring semester. Clowe was awarded the Daniel F. Kissane Memorial Scholarship to attend the SUNYLA conference with all expenses paid. The scholarship provides an introduction to academic librarianship and professional growth opportunities, and encourages involvement with SUNYLA for promising emerging professionals.
Two members of the Dwight Marvin Library staff recently were named to statewide committees.
Assistant Professor Katie Jezik, the library’s systems/cataloging librarian, was invited to serve on a statewide committee that will prepare library data migration protocols for the transition from the current library management system used by all 64 SUNY libraries to the next generation system. The committee’s work will result in improved access and efficiencies for students, faculty, and staff throughout SUNY when a new system is implemented.
Jennifer Acker, a senior clerk in the Marvin Library, was tapped to serve as coordinator of regional user groups for the IDS Project, the consortium of academic, public, and research libraries committed to rapid resource sharing. She will attend user group meetings across the state and liaise with member libraries and the executive board to ensure support for member libraries and their implementation of best practices for interlibrary loan workflow.
Jen, the recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service, also recently was invited to serve on an advisory committee for the Online Computer Library Center, the worldwide library network based in Dublin, Ohio. OCLC is exploring cloud-based systems; Jennifer will provide input from the staff-user perspective on new systems under development.
Congratulations to Katie and Jen on the recognition of their professional expertise and excellence!
More than 100 parents, family members, and students attended a Parent/Family Orientation on Saturday, June 4 in the Maureen Stapleton Theater.
Following President Drew Matonak’s welcome and opening remarks, attendees took part in presentations by various academic departments and finished the day with a campus tour.
According comments on the parent surveys, the event was “amazing,” “very-well put together” and “informative.”
Thank you to everyone who made this orientation event a huge success!
Works by three Fine Arts students — Cassaundra Fraley, Andrea Hulseapple, and Jessica Mastrobuono (shown below) — from Hudson Valley Community College are included in the 2016 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition to be on view at the New York State Museum from June 4 through Oct. 23.
An opening reception is Monday, June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall. Museum hours are Museum Hours 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Sundays, closed Mondays including Independence Day (Monday, July 4).
A panel of jurors selects work for the Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition from the fall 2015 and the spring 2016 student art exhibitions at the State University Plaza in downtown Albany. The works on exhibit at the New York State Museum represent the wide range of media being studied by art students within SUNY and cover the traditional areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture, as well as digital imaging, photography, and mixed media installations.
The SUNY Student Art Exhibitions began in 2002 with the goal of bringing the accomplished work of SUNY’s student artists to a wider and more diverse audience. This mission continues with the ninth installment of the exhibition at the New York State Museum.
The Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting Exhibition, held April 29 through May 7 in the college’s Teaching Gallery, traveled for display at the Education Pavilions of the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent.
Students enrolled in Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting, a two-semester course for students who have completed foundation arts courses and wish to pursue their own body of work, restaged their thesis exhibition “Above Our Heads, It’s Just Noise” at Omi International on May 21 and 22.
The exhibition included work by all 12 Advanced Study students. Pictured (left to right) below with Professor Thomas Lail are Dylan Soares-Kern, Hannah Hutchinson, Zach Whitford, Cassaundra Fraley, Victoria Moore, Jessica Mastrobuono, Corina Waters, Kylie Farrell and Megan Kluball. Jean Ellen Sotansky, Trevor Kuhl and Rebecca Fortune are not shown.
Meghan Mason of Cohoes, a 2016 Fine Arts program graduate, received an honorable mention for her photograph (see below) in the 2016 College Photo Exhibit at the Photo Center in Troy.
Meghan will be transferring to SUNY New Paltz in September.
Assistant Professor/Director, The Teaching Gallery
The recipient of the 2015-16 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research is Sydney Phillips for her research paper Juror Exclusion, submitted by Dr. Ann Geisendorfer in fulfillment of the requirements for Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar.
Two papers merit Honorable Mention: Jennifer Edwards for The Amazing World of Play submitted by Eileen Mahoney in fulfillment of the requirements for Techniques of Teaching Through Play, and Rebecca Inglis for Automation: The Debate of Innovation submitted by Anne Dearing in fulfillment of the requirements for English Composition II.
Sydney, Jennifer and Rebecca will be acknowledged at Student Honors Convocation and in the Commencement program. In addition, each will receive a monetary award and their names will be engraved on the Bulmer Award plaque in the Marvin Library Learning Commons.
43 papers were submitted this academic year, 30 of which were student self-nominations. Of the 43 submissions, 40 met the minimum criteria of “A” grade with five research sources, and went on for further consideration, in accordance with award criteria.
This submissions lists names Student / Instructor / Title of Paper / Course:
Emily Benton / Tara Eaton / Vapor Gets In Your Eyes / English Composition I
Ryan Brantigan / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Frederick Soddy / Chemistry I
Nicole Brophy / Michele Catone-Maitino / Mindful Meditation as an Evidenced-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorder / Abnormal Psychology
Danielle Chizek / Sara Tedesco / How Cultural Factors Influence Pregnancy in Teens / English Composition I
Sean J Duffy / Laudelina Martinez / The Twin Towers / English Composition II
A’chynee Ztarr Edmundson / Mary Evans / Our Room: A Child Within an Alcoholic Home / Writing About Literature
Brandon Garcia / James LaBate / Permits in the Catskills / English Composition II
Jacob D. Gidley / Jennifer Lee Austin / Violence and Video Games / English Composition II
Chrissy Grugan / James LaBate / Capital Punishment / English Composition I
Ariana Hall / Noah Kucij / The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis / English Composition I
Graham Hall / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Heinrich Hertz / Chemistry I
Philip Hyde / Noah Kucij / How Has Citizens United Changed the Political Process of America / English Composition I
Lorraine Jackson /Alan Joseph /Women’s Suffrage Movement /Western Civilization II
Stephen Klein /Dr. Danica Nowosielski /Wolfgang Pauli: An American Physicist /Chemistry I
Erich Koehler / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Peter Debye / Chemistry I
Eloise Lachance / Mary Jo Downey / Does Honey Have a Future? A Look at Contemporary Issues in Agriculture and their Impact… Apiculture / English Composition II
Michael LaMontain / Anthony Podlaski / Neurofeedback: Using the Mind to Heal the Body Within Addictions Treatment / English Composition I
Shane Lewis / Anthony Podlaski / The Sun King / English Composition I
Theresa Masse / Josh Kohan / The Father of Embalming / English Composition I
Teresa Memole / Ron Mulson / Arabesques and Anorexia / General Psychology
Katelyn Milos / Charlotte Prokop / Adoption / General Psychology
Lucas Mistler / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Alfred Nobel: A Dynamite Chemist / Chemistry I
Stephen Moore / Josh Kohan / The Man Who Unearthed a King / English Composition I
Rebecca Olson / Laudelina Martinez / Environmentalism and Anti-Consumerism in Pixar’s WALL-E / English Composition II
Joel Olzak / David W Van Aken / The Clovis as Hunters of Big-Game / Anthropology
Sarah Pepoon / Charlotte Prokop / Cyberbullying / General Psychology
Sydney Phillips / Dr. Ann Geisendorfer / Juror Exclusion / Criminal Justice Capstone
Marisa M Sorriento / John Meehan / Lead Along / Organizational Leadership
Jonathan Sparer / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Joseph Von Fraunhofer / Chemistry I
Amy St.Clair / Marina Gore / Environmental Ethics, Education, and Future Generations / Honors Composition I
Samantha St.Germain / Anthony Podlaski / The Cold War in Comics / English Composition I
Anna Tibbits / James LaBate / The Vaccination Controversy / English Composition II
Christopher Trifiletti / Dr. Todd Wysocki / Sleep Deprivation and Stressors / General Psychology
Elizabeth Tripoli / Jennifer Lee Austin / Women in Leadership Roles / English Composition II
James Knox Waller / Tara O’Neill / These Are the Drones You Are Looking For / English Composition I
Angus Whittaker / Anthony Podlaski / The Cultural and Psychological Causes of the Popularity of the Roman Arena / English Composition I
Lalhming Zaua / Josh Kohan / A Man Who Searched For Peace and Well-Being of Humanity / English as a Second Language
Nicholas Zinzow / Josh Kohan / Earl Warren: Shaping the Future of America / English Composition I
Students and faculty are encouraged to submit research papers graded post deadline (after April 29, 2016) for the 2016-17 Bulmer Award consideration. For more information visit http://hvcc.libguides.com/bulmeraward.
Congratulations and best wishes to all.
The Learning Centers celebrated Spirit Day on Wednesday, May 4.
We celebrated the “spirit” of the Learning Centers and the twenty-one recipients of the Learning Centers Spirit Certificate. The Spirit Certificate is presented to a student who demonstrates the learning strategies and habits associated with academic success acquired through continued use of the Learning Centers. The efforts of these students reflect the mission and goals of the Learning Centers.
Congratulations! to the Spring 2016 Spirit Certificate recipients recommended by Learning Center instructors:
Shermaqiae Ambrose, Hongmei Chen, Daniel Collum, Jessica George, Grace Gidley, Elijah V. Hummel, Alisha Kennard, Zobaydah Kheshe, Johnneau McCart, Jon Miller, Enas Al Naseri, Frmesk Nury, Eric Pierson, Irgline Polynice, Musa Rahman, Matt Roden, Laura Sochia-Burkhardt, Kiel Suggs, Tyrone Talbott, Marion Walker, Sahib Williamson.
Dolores has been with Hudson Valley Community College/EOC for 13½ years and has dedicated the last 9½ years to working with the EOC’s College Connections Initiative by assisting students and community members with the college admissions process, and all aspects of Title IV post-secondary educational financing. Dolores also is a member of the Affirmative Action Committee and is actively involved with grant writing, diversity education, mentoring, and Financial Literacy. Dolores also provides College Connections services to Trinity Alliance – Capital South Campus Center in Albany. She has developed and facilitated a successful Financial Literacy Workshop for the EOC’s College Connections 2015 Summer Institute.
The knowledge that Dolores has gained has allowed her to assist many students to work through the college and financial aid process so that they are able to enroll at Hudson Valley and other colleges. Dolores continues to strive to reach her goals, enrich her knowledge, and educate herself by working toward completion of her Certified Educational Planner Certification (CEP) in an effort to continue to service and meet student needs.
Both the Criminal Justice Club and the Center for Academic Engagement organized a large troop of Hudson Valley Community College “Vikings” to click clack in high heels for the annual Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes International Man’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence on Saturday, April 30 in Troy’s Riverfront Park. Samaritan Hospital was the local sponsor.
About 45 people including students, staff, faculty members as well as several Chartwell’s staff members participated in the march. Even the Viking Mascot sported a pair of pumps. Overall, it was a fun and successful day supporting an excellent cause.
We would like to acknowledge all of the students who participated and Student Activities and the Student Senate for their support. We also would like to give a special thank you to Coach Mike Muehling for encouraging his players to participate as well as.
The CRJ Club has been participating in this event for the last several years as part of an effort to bring awareness to this issue.
Shawna Addison and Jessica Gilbert
CRJ Club Co-Advisors
Some of the 2016 Walk a Mile crew
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 the Center for Academic Engagement Award. These honorees consist of pupils who work hard academically and/or help engage their peers to do the same.
This award is recognition for their hard work, their commitment to their academics, and their 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 Spring 2016 Engagement Awards:
- Kiel Suggs
- Freddie Johnson
- Ray Santiago
- Dan Berger
- Paige Linen
- Ray Watson
The following students received a Certificate of Appreciation for all of their hard work and time invested in helping other students become academically successful:
- Ian Becker
- Erika Shudt
- Brian Doxsey
- Ashley Torres
- Terrell McFadden
The CAE office also acknowledges Marion Walker with a Certificate of Achievement for all of his hard work, dedication, and commitment to his academic success. Marion will be graduating this May.
In addition, we selected Karen Ferrer-Muniz as the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Recipient. We at the CAE are extremely grateful for her commitment to this office. Ms. Ferrer-Muniz continues to support and provide encouragement to the students and takes the time to work with students and show them how much she cares.
We congratulate everyone on a successful semester!
The CAE Team
Karen Ferrer-Muniz with award recipients
Mara Lefebvre, assistant director of Institutional Services and Events, is one of four artists exhibiting in “Environmental Expressions,” which opens Friday, May 6 at the Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. An opening reception runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Works by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel, Gammy Miller and Paula Overboy also are featured in the exhibition.
The exhibition remains on view through Saturday, June 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Arts Center is located at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs; there is no charge for gallery admission.
A sample of Lefebvre’s work:
Michael Hurley, a current student, retired Army major and amateur woodworker is chairman of the Schuyler Flatts Burial Container Committee, and this Saturday, April 30, he and his colleagues at Northeastern Woodworkers Association, will be presenting burial containers they made for a very special project to re-inter the remains of 14 salves found buried in Colonie in 2005.
From the project website:
“The Schuyler Flatts Burial Project was created to provide an honorable, dignified and respectful burial for the human skeletal remains of 14 African Americans found in Colonie. Investigations revealed that during the 18th and early 19th centuries, the location was a Negro burial ground in an area described as Schuyler Flatts, which was part of a large estate owned by the Colonial Schuyler family.
On June 5th, 2005 construction work in the Town of Colonie, NY (Route 32 near Menands/Watervliet) revealed an unmarked burial ground. Archaeologists discovered 13 sets of remains plus another set of remains was found in 1998. A total of 14 individuals were discovered.
In 2010, bioarchaeological analysis was completed by the NYS Museum. The analyses determined that the remains are about 200 years old and represent 6 women, 1 man, 2 children, and five infants. DNA analysis concluded that four of the individuals are of African descent. (West/East and Central Africa) Two sets of remains are descendants of women from Madagascar (off the coast of Southeast Africa). One individual, who may have been of mixed ancestry, was descendant from a Native American woman (possibly Micmac Tribe: Eastern Canada and the Northeastern corner of the United States). The burial ground was dated between the 1700s and early 1800s. Historical research indicates that the burial ground was part of a large estate owned by the colonial Schuyler family who owned a number of slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries.”
There will be an artist presentation and a public meeting about the project from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the New York State Museum (Huxley Theatre). The public is welcome to attend. For more information, go to: http://schuylerflattsburialground.blogspot.com/
More than 500 students participated in the online Student Senate elections on April 20 and 21 electing the following students for the 2016-2017 academic year:
President Emma Dillon (Individual Studies)
Vice President Steven Pelletier (Criminal Justice)
Treasurer Daniel Kusky (Individual Studies)
Secretary Manik Elahi (Computer Information Systems)
Senior Class President Jad El Khoury (Business Administration)
Student Trustee Manik Elahi (Computer Information Systems)
Congratulations to all the candidates!
The official term for the officers-elect commence June 1, 2016.
Congratulations to Alice Busman and Rosemary Schultz for being the first Hudson Valley Community College employees to complete all three professional development certificate programs — Academic Advising, Leadership Development, and Teaching and Learning — offered by the Center for Effective Teaching.
For more information on certificate programs offered through the CET please visit http://www.hvcc.edu/cet/index.html.