Faculty member John Ostwald was asked to speak at the New York Cancer Registrars Association’s 39th Annual Conference this past week in Albany. Ostwald spoke about his diagnosis and subsequent fight against prostate cancer.
The Honorable Conrad H. Lang, a retired Rensselaer County surrogate judge and chairman of the Board of Trustees at Hudson Valley Community College, will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 22 by the Rensselaer County Bar Association as a recipient of the Jones Award.
Please read more about Judge Lang and the award in the Times Union.
Congratulations to Matt Alvey, Hudson Valley Community College’s head ice hockey coach, who will be inducted into the Lake Superior State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 as a member of the 1994 NCAA Championship Laker hockey team.
The team is being inducted for capturing the third NCAA title for GLSU in less than a decade after beating Boston University 9-1 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here is a link to the official announcement: http://www.lssu.edu/glsw/hof2014.php.
Students in the Culinary Arts program at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center took home second place for the Judges’ Choice category and third place for the People’s Choice category in the Oct.12 Troy Chowderfest.
In their first year entering the competition, EOC students Warren Burras, Matthew Maloney and Mary Narron made a clam, corn, andouille sausage chowder served with a homemade honey cheddar biscuit stick. Using locally grown produce was one of the requirements of this year’s Chowderfest, and the EOC team used fresh corn from Hank’s Farm stand in Wynantskill that was grown at Hand Melon Farm in Greenwich.
The team, led by professor Joe Forget and assisted by EOC receptionist Erica Jackson and recruiter Millie Delgado, sold 30 gallons of chowder throughout the day. Professor Forget said, “I am so proud of our students, and we were so glad to be a part of the community that we have served for the past 48 years at the EOC.”
The EOC – a division of Hudson Valley Community College that each year delivers academic and workforce development programs to approximately 1,000 eligible adult learners at no cost — finished behind Jack’s Oyster House in the Judges’ Choice category at Chowderfest.
The Culinary Arts program provides workforce training for those interested in entry-level positions in the food service industry. Students enrolled in the program gain experience in all rotations in the kitchen laboratory, including providing lunch for EOC students and staff and executing wait staff techniques. Training includes theory and practice of hot and cold food production, desserts, entrees, catering, methods and procedures of stocks and sauces, knife skills, mis en place, weights, measures and mixing methods, cooking techniques, breads, kitchen equipment utilization and lite fare cuisine. Successful completion of the program provides graduates with the opportunity to earn the globally recognized National Restaurant Association ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.
EOC students practice their skills in the in-house restaurant called SPOONS.
For more information about the event: http://www.downtowntroy.org/special-events/chowderfest.html
Alfredo Balarin, assistant director of student life, is the recipient of the 2014 Leadership Council on Inclusion (LCI) Award. The award honors local college presidents, faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in diversity and inclusion on their campus.
Balarin was nominated by Larry Ellis, associate director of the center for counseling and transfer. Ellis represents Hudson Valley Community College on the LCI committee.
The Mission of the Leadership Council on Inclusion is to enhance and promote diversity and multicultural programs at educational institutions and agencies in the Capital Region of New York State. The council serves as a resource, advocate, and catalyst for the implementation of institutional change related to local and national issues of inclusion in education.
The awards ceremony is scheduled from 5 – 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 at the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Upper Sage Dining Hall.
EMT-Paramedic faculty member Bob Elling appeared on Capital Tonight program recently to talk with host Nick Reisman about the effort to include CPR training in public schools.
Elling has been very active in the American Heart Association’s lobbying efforts on behalf of “CPR in the Schools.”
Please join us in congratulating Rosemary Schultz, education specialist/professor from the School of Business Advisement Center. She has received the Academic Advising Certification of Completion.
Rosemary has been an academic advisor with the college for 25 years. She began her career at Hudson Valley working part-time in the Continuing Education Division, joining the Business Administration department in 1997 in a full-time faculty position dedicated to providing advisement to business students. In her years at the college, Rosemary has been committed to doing her best with each individual student she advises. She believes that service is a critical ingredient of the college’s excellence. She is currently serving as a member of the Academic Senate, a delegate to the Faculty Association and the college’s delegate to the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System. She has continued her professional growth through study in a number of non-credit, undergraduate and graduate school courses.
Rosemary loves working with community college students and with her colleagues in the School of Business and at the college.
Members of the college’s football and women’s soccer teams — both undefeated — were praised in the Campus Watch column published Sept. 30 in the Time Union.
For the season, the football team is 4-0 and the women’s soccer team is 7-0.
The team, currently undefeated at 4-0, will host East Coast Prep in a home game Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m.
We hope to see many students, faculty and staff at the game to support the team!
Automotive faculty member Chris McNally, department chair Brian Vlieg, and student/Army veteran Zack DeJoseph participated in last weekend’s Malta Tour de Roundabouts, in memory of Derek Farley.
Derek’s mother, Carrie Farley, was the honored guest of the event, representing the Gold Star Mothers of the region.
Associate Dean Penny Hill arranged the use of TEC-SMART for event registration and coordination of the event, the proceeds of which benefited the adaptive sports program at the Stratton VA Medical Center.
To view a video of the event, which includes an interview with Carrie, click here.
Assistant Professor Toni Howard received a Leadership Award from CW3 Stephen Breen of the U.S. Army last Thursday at ABC Sports and Fitness Center in Latham. Howard started a fitness program called “Get Your Rear in Gear” to prepare runners for a 5K to raise funds for the Colon Cancer Coalition.
To see some Times Union photos of the presentation, click here.
Automotive Program major Matt, along with Geoff Miller, director of development and alumni relations, recently were invited to participate in the Albany Rods and Kustoms’ Adirondack National Car Show in Lake George.
The week-long event was filled with souped-up car presentations, family games, vendors, and a time for friends to get together. This year’s event raised $10,000 and a portion of that money goes to fund a generous scholarship for an automotive major at Hudson Valley Community College.
The Dental Hygiene Department is proud to announce that Gabriele Hamm, dental assisting assistant professor, was recognized by NYS Senator Kathleen Marchione as a 43rd Senate District Woman of Distinction for 2014.
Gabriele received this award on Sept. 24 at a ceremony held at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. She was joined by 14 other Women of Distinction, who all are long-time volunteers in their communities.
Congratulations, Gabriele for such a well-deserved honor!
Edward Maitino and Michele Catone-Maitino, an associate professor of psychology at the college, spent the past year renovating a late 1800′s carriage house in Albany to create four, upscale apartments — two of which have been rented.
The ambitious project caught the attention of Michael DeMasi, a reporter for the Albany Business Review, whose article can be accessed here.
Former Hudson Valley Community College athletic director Drew Marrochello was recently named head AD at Boston University, where he has worked since 2005. Drew received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service while serving HVCC.
Read an article about his recent appointment here.
The Hudson Valley Community College football team (3-0) defeated #17 Dean College (3-1), 18-14, on Saturday afternoon.
The Vikings trailed 14-0 at halftime, but the Vikings put up 18 unanswered points in the second half on the nation’s number one defense to pull the upset victory. Dean had only allowed 12 points through the first three games this season heading into today’s contest. The Vikings defense produced the first score of the day when Ashton McKenzie (Dewitt Clinton/Bronx) got Hudson Valley on the board with a pick-six in the third quarter. Trailing 14-6 heading into the fourth quarter, Rafael Hidalgo (Brooklyn Lab/Queens) plunged in the endzone for a score to cut the lead to 14-12. The Vikings defense came up with a big fourth down stop late in the game to give them one last chance. Hidalgo led the team down the field and hit Craig Hardgers (Greece Olympia/Rochester) for the game-winning touchdown with 30 seconds left.
The family of the late Cecelia and Helmuth (Erik) Jorgensen, both emeriti professors of chemistry at Hudson Valley Community College, has donated $50,000 to the college’s Science Center.
Cecelia and Erik joined the college in 1967 and 1969, respectively, and both moved through the ranks to full professor prior to their retirements in 1990. Highly regarded by colleagues, administrators and students, the Jorgensens were recipients of numerous awards during their years here.
The donation comes from the Jorgensen’s children, Dr. Erika Jorgensen, Dr. Maria Jorgensen and Paul Jorgensen.
Ray Kimmelblatt, executive director of Hudson Valley’s Foundation, said, “It’s people like the Jorgensens who make Hudson Valley such an exemplary institution. Cecelia and Erik Jorgensen were extremely dedicated to the college and this made an impression on their children. This generous gift comes out of the loyalty the entire family feels for the college and the children’s determination to create a legacy for their parents. We are grateful and look forward to the opportunities this money will afford students in the science disciplines.”
As requested by the family, a suite of chemistry faculty offices on the second floor of the building will be named for the couple in a dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. We invite the campus community to join the dedication which will be held in the Science Center. There will be heart-felt speeches from faculty, staff, and the Jorgensen family. All are welcome.
Faculty member John Ostwald, who is involved with the Soldier’s Heart organization, spoke at the annual 85th Evacuation Hospital Phu Bai Reunion this past weekend. The group of veterans get together each year and invite others to speak at the gathering. Ostwald spoke on behalf of Soldier’s Heart on veteran pathways for reconciliation and healing.
The Grants Development Office is proud to announce that the college’s Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC) received a $2,151,310 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand nanotechnology and semiconductor training opportunities.
NEATEC’s objective is to fulfill the training needs of nanotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing industries in New York State and Western New England through development, demonstration and utilization of new materials, curricula and delivery methods by using the resources of academia, industry, and government.
The Center represents collaborative partnerships that include GlobalFoundries, IBM, General Electric, SEMATECH, Hudson Valley Community College, RPI, Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY IT, Mohawk Valley Community College, Fulton Montgomery Community College, Adirondack Community College, plus regional school districts and other community colleges in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The Grants Development Office is pleased to announce that our nursing department received funds from The National Cancer Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) to integrate a tobacco cessation training program into the nursing curriculum.
This grant is part of a collaborative proposal with Albany Medical College as the lead applicant. Albany Medical College and Hudson Valley’s nursing program have developed collaborative simulation exercises as part of multi-disciplinary education. Collaboration on the tobacco cessation counseling project is an extension of this work.
Women’s Empowerment Day was held on Friday, Aug. 15 and it was a resounding success. 43 students and numerous faculty and staff attended the event. Since the program, students have shared that they learned a great deal from the presenters and that the messages they heard resonated with them. One student shared: “I loved the time for questions and getting the feedback was inspirational to me. Overall I loved the event and I would come back again if the opportunity arose.”
We are extremely grateful for all of the support from campus staff, student helpers, The Foundation, Chartwells, the Office of Special Events, Student Activities, the Athletic Department, the Communications and Marketing Department, graphics, and especially the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region. We could not have made this program a success without all of the support we received from these departments.
We were honored to have a wonderful group of speakers and presenters including: Kathleen Jiminio, the Rensselaer Country Executive, Dr. Drew Matonak, Dr. Carolyn Curtis, Dr. Lucille Marion, Joyce Chupka, Debbie Benson, Marissa Lanchak, Dr. Ann Giesendorfer, My’Asia Colon, and Elaine Houston. We would like to make a special acknowledgment and thank you to Geoff Miller, Karen Ferrer-Muniz, Kristen Riegel, Tasha Taylor, Casey Ryan, Delia Hubbard, Jessica Pugliese, Loni Hetman, Barbara Youngs, and Konrad Odhiambo for all of their help.
Finally, we would like to thank the students who attended the event. Our hope is that they will begin the fall semester inspired and empowered. View photos from the event.
If you have ideas for next year’s event please contact Jessica Gilbert (email@example.com).
Thank you to all members of the campus community who helped to make
New Student Orientation a rousing success!
On Saturday, just over 1,800 students and guests attended New Student Orientation. A review of evaluations revealed that they were overwhelmingly satisfied with the day’s events. Of the students who completed a Student Orientation Questionnaire, 99.1 percent responded favorably to the question, “Overall, how would you rate your Orientation experience?” Additionally, 98.6 percent of the parents and guests responded favorably to the question on the Orientation Questionnaire for Parents and Guests.
When asked, “What was the most helpful thing about Orientation?” responses from new students included: “Get to know what is expected of me and the resources available to help students succeed”; “Seeing where my classes will be”; “The food”; “Tour”; “The presentations”; “Opening general session”; “Students speaking about experiences”; “All the help from people in yellow shirts”; “The friendly people helping out”; “Info on online classes”; “Student life”; “Having a pre-paid line for the books”; “Just giving me an overall awareness of everything available on campus”; “Info about student support services”; “Learning my ID doubles as a bus passv “Helpful and friendly staff and faculty”; What’s expected of me session”; “Financial Aid”; “The speaker telling me how to use my time wisely”; “The speakers”; “The tour guides were very helpful”; “Everything was very helpful, from the general session to the tours, to the info. sessions”; “I am now confident in attending this fall”; “Being able to explore the campus in a fun atmosphere”; “Student panel”; “Meeting new people”; “Info about where to get help”; “Helpful people and they’re very friendly”; “Nice people and good food”; “The whole experience made me feel more comfortable about college in general”; “Career and transfer opportunities”; “Being able to choose what info I wanted to get”; “Being able to get my student ID”; “Getting tips for college life”; “Veteran service was eye opening!”; “The public safety”; “Personal tour and tons of staff”; “The panel was pretty helpful”; “That everything was organized”; “The library tour”; “The planner book with the club listing”; “Everything.”
Parents’ and guests’ comments included: “Hearing students speak of experience”; “Having so many volunteers on hand was helpful”; “Help in the bookstore”; “Student opinions”; “Student support services”; “Open offices”; “Retention services, available support”; “I wouldn’t change a thing”; “All info great, but more impressed by tone and helpfulness of all—feel good about my daughter attending a caring, safe community. Thanks!”; “I feel supported”; “Learning about the school’s webpage and the importance of learning to navigate it”; “We received personal help with finding the baseball coach and met personally with him”; “Tour/map/general session”; “Student support presentation”; “CDTA person and transfer session”; “Overview on helping freshmen”; “Touring campus”; “Financial Aid”; “It helped me feel positive about my daughter’s future here at HVCC”; “Great welcome to families and helpful staff”; “General session, ladies were excellent with their presentation and information”; “Speakers”; “Tips on how to help my son succeed”; “Session for transfer”; “The down to earth atmosphere around the campus”; “Student panel giving suggestions”; “Student life”; Everything”; “So glad you are doing this. It will help my son feel more comfortable next Monday!”; “Student support services”; “Pretty well organized for # of people”; “Knowing services are available for help if needed”; “Helpful people”; “Seeing other parents in the same boat”; “Seeing how professional and caring everyone is, I know my son will do well”; “Learning about things I did not know to ask about”; “Tour and financial info;” “Library tour”; “Map. Success tips. Bus routes/schedule”; “10 things to be successful”; “Welcome session for parents.”
The Orientation was the result of the planning and hard work of many, many individuals throughout our campus community.
Thank you for welcoming our students, parents and guests
in such a fine manner.
Semiconductor graduate Kevin Fealey continued his education at Excelsior College’s Electrical Engineering Technology program and currently works at GlobalFoundries. He was one of the featured graduates in Excelsior’s online magazine Excelsior Life.
Freshman outfielder Eric Mueller (Bethlehem/Glenmont) earned the 2014 NJCAA Baseball Marucci Elite Hitters Award. Marucci Elite Hitter awards are presented to the All-America nominee from each district with the highest batting average, and Mueller was one of only 28 recipients of the award at the Division I, II and III levels.
Mueller led the team in batting with a .435 average, where he led all of Region 3 and finished in the Top-20 Nationally. He also led the team with nine doubles, six triples, 25 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases. Mueller has signed on to play baseball next season at the University at Albany.
Roy Pompey, coordinator of the college’s Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP), was the commencement speaker for the sixth grade graduating class at Ark Community Charter School in Troy on June 26. A long-time community advocate for area students in need, as well as for Hudson Valley students who seek personal and academic support systems, Pompey has been a workshop presenter at Ark in the past.
Ark, an alternative public school for grades kindergarten through five, operates without district control and free of the administrative burdens of public schools.
In his talk, Pompey told the group of 17 graduates and their 300 parents and guests, “You are good enough. No more. No less.” He encouraged the students to never give up on themselves and to always honor themselves and their parents.