May 012015
 Posted by on May 1, 2015

Matt Sterlina was selected as this year’s recipient of the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research for his outstanding paper on scientist Lord William Thomson Kelvin in fulfillment of the requirements for Chemistry I during fall 2014 semester.  Matt was nominated by Dr. Danica Nowosielski.

Matt will be recognized at Students Honors on May 14, 2015 and will be included in the commencement program. In addition, Matt’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual plaque in the Dwight Marvin Library.

Thanks to Dr. Bulmer, Matt will receive a check from The Foundation in the amount of $150 for his efforts.



Congratulations to all of our nominees, and thanks to faculty nominators:

Prof. Joshua Kohan – Vaccines and Viruses: From Edward Jenner to the future – English Comp – Nathaniel Ekstorm

Dr. Nowosielski – Dmitri Mendeleev – Chemistry – Angelina Giorgio

Dr. Nowosielski –  Fritz Haber – Chemistry – Levi Kelly

Dr. Nowosielski – Scientist Report – Chemistry – Marina Lanaro

Prof. Sessing-Matcha – Culture, Society and Media and its effects on ideal body image – Sociology – Eric Linkowski

Dr. Catone-Matino – Three Roads Down Information Highway An Introduction of Internet Gaming Addiction – Adolescent Psychology – Eric Munshi

Dr. Catone-Matino – Monsters on the Information Highway How cyberbullying through Social Media Impacts the Ability of Teenagers to Establish Healthy Identities – Adolescent Psychology – Eric Munshi

Dr. Nowosielski – Ernest Orlando Lawrence – Chemistry – Andrew Muratorri

Dr. Nowosielski – The Work of James Prescott Joule – Chemistry – Caleb Nasman

Dr. Susan Kayorie – Thaddeau Kosciuszko: Not Just The Twin Bridges Guy – English Comp – Oksana Pawlush

Dr. Nowosielski – DEMOCRITUS: Atomism in the Ancient World – Chemistry – Jacob Peterson

Dr. Nowosielski – Wilhelm Roentgen – Chemistry – Tim Rooney

Prof. Hathaway – Incarcerated Infants: Mothers and Babies in Prison – English Comp – Christine Thompson

Faculty members are encouraged to nominate papers submitted after this year’s deadline (Apr. 24) in consideration for next year’s award.

For more information contact Val Waldin, MRV 141,, ext. 7319.

May 012015
 Posted by on May 1, 2015

George Raneri, secretary to the college’s Board of Trustees and a retired public school administrator, will be honored by the School Administrators Association of New York State (Region 6) at its annual awards dinner on May 14 in Glenville.

Raneri’s 50 years of membership in and service to SAANYS will be recognized “as an expression of sincere gratitude for your longstanding dedication to public education.” Association Chairman Jennifer Drautz also said, “Reaching your golden anniversary as a SAANYS member is a wonderful milestone worthy of recognition. Your service and dedication certainly serves as a model for your peers.”

Raneri’s career as a public school administrator spanned 40 years, including 34 years as an elementary school principal in the Averill Park School District. He served as a Hudson Valley Trustee from 1981 through 1998, and was named secretary in 2000.

SAANYS Region 6 has more than 900 members in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties

Apr 292015
 Posted by on April 29, 2015

CongratsimageRosemary Schultz in the School of Business Advisement Center has received the Teaching and Learning Certification of Completion. Please join me in congratulating Rosemary, education specialist/professor from the School of Business Advisement Center.

Rosemary has been an academic advisor with the college for 25 years. She began her career at Hudson Valley Community College 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. She also teaches College Forum for School of Business students.

In her years at Hudson Valley Community College, Rosemary has been committed to doing her best with each individual student she advises. She believes that service to the college is a critical ingredient of Hudson Valley’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 graduate, undergraduate and non-credit courses.

Rosemary loves working with community college students and with her colleagues in the School of Business and at the college.

Congratulations, Rosemary!

Apr 292015
 Posted by on April 29, 2015

On behalf of President Matonak, it is my pleasure to announce this year’s recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence in College Service and Excellence in Teaching:

Excellence in College Service

Matthew Howe, coordinator of testing, Advisement and Academic Placement

Marcella Smith, technical assistant, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications/Teacher Preparation

Excellence in Teaching

Judy Bowers, assistant professor, EOC Academic Programs

Brian Farr, instructor, Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling

Antoinette Howard, instructor, Teacher Preparation

The award recipients will be honored at the Faculty/Staff Honors Convocation to be held Thursday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, followed by a reception in the lobby of the Guenther Enrollment Services Center.

Please join me in congratulating our colleagues for receiving these prestigious awards!

Apr 272015
 Posted by on April 27, 2015
Professor Andrew Hurd, PhD, of the Computing and Information Sciences Department, was recently asked to write the lab manual for the textbook “Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals.”
The book is published by Cengage Learning. Textbook author Mark Ciampa of Western Kentucky University contacted Hurd to see if he would be interested in updating the lab manual that went with his book, now in its 5th edition.
The manual would apply directly to CISS 125 (Computer and Information Security) at Hudson Valley, but can be adopted by Introduction to Computer Security classes worldwide. The text and lab manual also is written to help students prepare for the CompTIA Security+ exam.
Apr 232015
 Posted by on April 23, 2015

Dr. D. Elaine Reinhard, Mortuary Science department chair, was named “Educator of the Year” by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) this past week at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

Congratulations, Elaine!

Apr 222015
 Posted by on April 22, 2015

CongratsimageDoreen McGreevy in Instructional Support & Retention Services,has received the Academic Advising Certification of Completion. Please join me in congratulating Doreen, technical assistant for Learning Disabilities Services in the Learning Centers.

Doreen has been with the college for 14 years. In her tenure at Hudson Valley Community College, Doreen has always been keenly interested in her professional and professional development.

Doreen has participated in many events such as:

  • Informational high school meetings through admissions
  • Transition meetings with local high schools
  • Meeting with football players to let them know about support services
  • New student orientation
  • Open house
  • Advising workshops
  • Admissions campus visit day panelist
  • Chancellor’s Award committee member
  • Presenter at Woman Empowerment Workshop
  • Male Leadership Workshop committee members
  • Male Leadership Workshop presenter

Congratulations, Doreen!


Apr 212015
 Posted by on April 21, 2015

Architecture+, the architect for college’s Administration Building,  is being honored with an Excelsior Award for Public Architecture by the American Institute of Architects New York State.

The awards recognize New York State-funded public buildings with the goal of providing a model of excellence for future state-funded building design. The award ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 27 at Sixty State Place in Albany.

Please click here for more details.

Apr 202015
 Posted by on April 20, 2015

Four Hudson Valley Community College students have been selected by judges for the “Best of Show” SUNY System Administration Art Show exhibited in the New York State Museum this summer

The work of Samantha Bedell (Individual Studies), Megan Cassidy (Fine Arts), Angela D’Amico (Digital Media) and Arnela Mahmutovic (Fine Arts) were selected as Best of Show finalists from the Spring 2015 show.

Open through the summer, the juried exhibition features artworks chosen by individual art departments across SUNY’s 64 campuses. Included are works selected from more than 300 pieces submitted for the SUNY Art Student Exhibition Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 at the State University Plaza in Albany. The traditional areas of drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture and digitally-produced works are included.

At a June 9 reception three Best of Show winners will receive a $1,000 prize, and four $500 honorable mentions also will be awarded.

The images below were those selected from, from left, Mahmutovic, Cassidy, D’Amico and Bedell.


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Apr 172015
 Posted by on April 17, 2015

Please join us in congratulating Milt Connors, adjunct instructor from the Fine Arts department, and part-time education specialist in the Computer Learning Center. He has received the Teaching and Learning Certificate of Completion.

Milt has been with the college since 2006 and always has been keenly interested in his professional and personal development. He also is active on campus in the role of faculty mentor in the Center for Effective Teaching (CET). In addition, he has been teaching online courses in fine arts for the past four years.

Congratulations, Milt!

Apr 162015
 Posted by on April 16, 2015

On behalf on the Chancellor’s Award Committee, I am pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

Excellence in Classified Service

  • George W. Hastings, custodial worker — Custodial Department

Excellence in Professional Service

  • Erin  M. Hatter, scheduling officer — Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • William E. Jojo, Jr., senior systems and network specialist II — Information Technology Services
  • Julie A. Panzanaro, associate director of Admissions — Admissions
  • Zachary T. Yannone, director of Institutional Services and Events — Office of Special Events and Facilities Utilization

Excellence in Faculty Service

  • Dr. Christine LaPlante, department chair — Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies
  • Vonnie Jane Vannier, assistant professor — English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language
Excellence in Teaching
  • Mary M. Evans, associate professor — English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language
  • Mary Elizabeth Hampshire, assistant professor — Math and Engineering Science
  • Eileen M. Mahoney, associate professor — Teacher Preparation
  • Dr. Elizabeth A. Riccio, professor — Dental Hygiene

The award recipients will be honored at the Faculty/Staff Honors Convocation to be held Thursday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, followed by a reception in the lobby of the Guenther Enrollment Services Center.

Please join me in congratulating our colleagues for receiving these prestigious awards!

Mar 252015
 Posted by on March 25, 2015


Tara Bocketti in Community and Professional Education has received the Leadership Development Certification of Completion. Please join me in congratulating Tara, who serves as assistant director of Community and Professional Education.

Tara Bocketti has been with the college since July of 2014. In her tenure at Hudson Valley, Tara has been interested in her professional and personal development. She is active on campus, having most recently served on the committee for Faculty Workshop Day and was responsible for the coordination and planning of New Faculty Orientation. Working with her director, Tara assists with the development and planning of courses sponsored by Community and Professional Education and is responsible for maintaining the credit-free master schedule. For Spring 2015, approximately 300 course sections were offered. She also assists in the coordination of programs for Kids on Campus, including program development, brochure information, marketing, registration and staff hiring.

Congratulations, Tara Bocketti!


Mar 242015
 Posted by on March 24, 2015

Adjunct English Instructor Sandra Hutchison’s second novel, “The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire,” has been nominated for a 2015 Readers’ Choice Award in contemporary/literary/general fiction.

Voting continues through March 28 at this link in case you’d like to vote for or (“cough“) against it. The book also currently is $1 off in celebration at

If you read independently-published ebooks, you might enjoy checking out the other nominated books in your favorite genres. BigAl’s Books and Pals is highly regarded as a source of critical reviews for self and small press publications. Voting also enters you to win some nice prizes, including a $75 gift certificate to

Hutchison also is the author of “The Awful Mess: A Love Story,” which was recently accepted as a featured item in Library Journal’s SELF-e program, which curates indie publications for libraries.

Both books also are available in paper at Amazon or at Market Block Books in Troy.


Mar 202015
 Posted by on March 20, 2015


Please join us in congratulating Alicia Carr, technical assistant in the Registrar’s Office. She has received the Leadership Development Certification of Completion.

Alicia has been with the college for five years and has been keenly interested in her professional and personal development. She also serves as membership chair with NTP Union. She is a dedicated employee who enjoys working with students, staff, and faculty.

Congratulations, Alicia!

Mar 202015
 Posted by on March 20, 2015

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer Walker, instructor from the Department of Dental Hygiene.

Jennifer is a full-time instructor in the dental hygiene program at Hudson Valley Community College. Since joining the faculty in 2007, she has taken on a leadership role in the clinical component of the program. Her academic responsibilities include senior clinical coordinator, lecturer in preventive dentistry, and freshmen and senior clinical instructor.

She has extensive clinical practice in general dentistry. She is certified by New York State to monitor and administer nitrous oxide analgesia and to administer local infiltration anesthesia for dental hygiene treatment.

Jennifer is a graduate of the dental hygiene program at Hudson Valley Community College. She earned her B.S. degree in Community and Human Services at Empire State College and her Master’s degree in Education at American InterContinental University.

This is her second certification completion.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Mar 112015
 Posted by on March 11, 2015

On March 6, Hudson Valley Community College received an Addy Award from The Albany Ad Club, the region’s chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

The award recognizes the college’s online advertising and use of rich media which provides a range of interactive digital media tools — such as streaming video — within one ad.

The Office of Communications and Marketing, in partnership with Smith & Jones/Tipping Point Communications, has used this advanced technology since 2013.

Mar 022015
 Posted by on March 2, 2015

John Otswald, associate professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, is one of four featured panelists at the Community Mental Health Forum, co-sponsored by the University at Albany School of Social Welfare and the University Auxiliary Services. The forum is Thursday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Milne 200, UAlbany Downtown Campus.

The forum highlights mental health issues encountered by students, veterans, adults and the elderly.

Free parking and refreshments will be available. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Yu-Hui Chen (, a librarian at the University Library, by March 3.

Mar 022015
 Posted by on March 2, 2015
Professor Bob Matthews and Faculty member Dianne Zielinski speaking to Indian Lake Central School via videoconference.

Professor Bob Matthews and faculty member Dianne Zielinski speaking to Indian Lake Central School via videoconference. 










Faculty member Dianne Zielinski is teaching General Psychology via Interactive Video Technology (IVT) this semester to Hoosic Valley, Indian Lake, Stillwater, Hancock, Madison and Milford Central Schools.

As part of the course content and to help students get a sense of the campus experience, Dianne asks each high school to visit campus during the semester.  Students visit Public Safety to receive their ID cards, take a tour of the campus and grab a bite to eat.  Dianne also worked with Professor Bob Matthews to create a presentation on collecting journal articles utilizing the Hudson Valley Community College Library web site.

Students who attended the class on campus were able meet their colleagues face-to-face for the first time instead of seeing them on a television monitor in the Flexible Learning Space computer lab located in the Marvin Library.

Since not all of the high schools could be on campus, Instructional Technologies staff members Eric Kiel and Roger Pinke utilized desktop videoconferencing software to connect to Indian Lake, Madison and Milford Central School’s videoconference classroom.  Students at both college and the high school sites were able to see, hear and participate during the presentation.

If you would like to conduct a virtual field trip, conduct meetings or bring a guest speaker from across the world into the classroom via videoconferencing, please contact Eric Kiel of Viking Video Technologies at or 629-7625.

Feb 262015
 Posted by on February 26, 2015

The poem, “Buoy,” by Megeen R. Mulholland, assistant professor in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, is published in the current issue of Modern Language Studies.

Modern Language Studies is a peer-reviewed journal representing the wide-ranging critical and creative interests of Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) members. The journal publishes scholarship, interviews, fiction and poetry, reviews, and commentary on the professions of teaching, research, and writing.

Feb 242015
 Posted by on February 24, 2015

The Viking Child Care Center recently was recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as it maintains its accreditation status. Early childhood programs accredited by the NAEYC voluntarily undergo a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement. Accreditation is awarded for five years.

The Viking Child Care Center demonstrated excellence by meeting all 10 of the Early Childhood Program Standards that are based on the latest research on the education and development of young children:
— promoting positive relationships;
— implementing curriculum that fosters cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social development;
— using effective teaching approaches that are developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate;
— providing ongoing assessments of children’s learning and communicating the progress to the family;
— promoting nutrition and health;
— employing and supporting teaching staff that have educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment to support families diverse interests and needs while promoting children’s learning;
— establishing  and maintaining collaborative relationships with each child’s family;
— establishing and maintaining relationships with the community to support and achieve program goals;
— providing a safe and healthy physical environment, and
— implementing strong personnel, fiscal and program management policies so all children, families and staff have a high quality experience.

Congratulations to the Center’s  dedicated and supportive teaching staff on this accomplishment!

Feb 182015
 Posted by on February 18, 2015

Two of the five main speakers at the upcoming 7th Annual Mohawk Watershed Symposium, March 20 at Union College, are graduates of the HVCC Environmental Science program.

They are: Scott George, of the U.S. Geological Survey, New York Water Science Center, who will speak on “Spatial differences in contemporary fish assemblages of the Mohawk River” and Alexander J. Smith, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, whose presentation will be “Water quality monitoring and assessment in the Mohawk River Basin.”

The Geology Department at Union College hosts the annual symposium on the physical aspects of the Mohawk Watershed in New York State.

Feb 162015
 Posted by on February 16, 2015

Our very own Community Education instructor, Mary Lynn Gagnon, was featured in a story in the Albany Times Union this month. The link to the article can be found here. We are very fortunate to have Mary Lynn teaching five different courses for us this semester.

The Office of Community and Professional Education is proud to offer over 300 sections of classes in Spring 2015. Please view our current course catalog. Our office (629-7339) will be happy to assist you with any questions.

Feb 162015
 Posted by on February 16, 2015

Faculty member John Ostwald will be part of a Community Mental Health Forum on Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at Milne 200, University at Albany Downtown Campus

The forum will highlight mental issues encountered by students, veterans, adults and the elderly.b Neurological perspective on the cause of depression, substance abuse, suicide, and health problems will be discussed.


community mental health forum
Feb 102015
 Posted by on February 10, 2015

Bob Elling, full-time Paramedic program faculty member, and his wife, Kirt Elling, have been selected to receive the honorary title of Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Ambassadors.

MCM Ambassadors are a distinguished group of individuals who champion the MCM through their work, volunteerism, and assistance in promoting the mission that advocates physical fitness, showcases the organizational skills of the U. S. Marine Corps, and generates community goodwill.

In its letter to Bob and Kirt, the organization wrote: “Undeniably, you distinguished yourselves 19 years ago, as you exchanged vows at the event. Your participation in every MCM since demonstrates the United States Marine Corps values of honor and commitment.”

Feb 062015
 Posted by on February 6, 2015

The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC), one of the largest road racing clubs in the nation with more than 3,000 members, will induct longtime Freihofer’s Run for Women and Troy Turkey Trot Event Director George Regan into its Hall of Fame this weekend.

The induction ceremony will take place at a banquet held Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at The Desmond Albany Hotel and Conference Center.

Regan, a resident of Troy, has overseen the Freihofer’s Run for Women since 1982 and helped develop the event from a small road race into one of the largest and most prestigious all-women’s road races in the world. He has worked on countless area events, including the annual Troy Turkey Trot, CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge, USATF Masters National Championship, Dunkin’ Run, Fam 5K “Fund” Run/Walk, as well as national club championship track meets at the University at Albany.

“We are thrilled to welcome George as our sole 2015 Hall of Fame inductee,” said HMRRC Hall of Fame Committee Chair Cathy Sliwinski. “He has had a profound influence upon the area of athletics, specifically track and field, cross-country, road racing, and race walking not only here in the Capital Region, but also throughout New York and the rest of the nation.”

Regan, who becomes the 29th person to join the prestigious hall ( which dates back to 1991, was first introduced to road racing in 1978. He had recently suffered an injury while alpine skiing and was told that running would help him rehabilitate his ailing back.  Regan quickly developed a keen appreciation for the sport.

“William (Bill) Scheder Sr., a founding HMRRC member and inaugural HMRRC hall of fame inductee, challenged me to run the Adirondack distance run 10-miler in 1980,” recalled Regan.  “I was 27 and Bill was 65 and he told me he would beat me and he did…by a large margin!  However, that spurred me on to a career in distance running and I ended up completing 11 marathons with a 2:47 PR at the NYC Marathon in 1983.”

Regan, who served as the president of the USA Track & Field Adirondack Association from 1983-2005, has received numerous accolades on both the local and national stage for his commitment to the sport of running.  This includes the “President’s Award” from The Athletics Congress/USA (1987), the USATF’s Women’s Long Distance Running Committee’s “Service Award” (1990), Men’s Long Distance Running’s “Scott Hamilton Award” (1995), “Race Director of the Year Award” from Road Race Management (1995), and the “Hospitality Excellence Award” from the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau (1998).

In 1999, his alma mater, Hudson Valley Community College, conferred upon him its “Distinguished Alumnus Award.” Four years later, Regan earned the Master’s Long Distance Running “Otto Essig Award” for his tireless work promoting masters long distance running in America.

“It’s a great honor to be inducted into the HMRRC’s hall of fame.  Road racing has been my life’s work and has given me so much pleasure,” said Regan. “I am most proud of my involvement in the Freihofer’s Run for Women, which gives women of all ages throughout the Capital Region, the nation and the world a chance to come together to experience the benefits of exercise and good nutrition.”

Regan resides in Troy with his wife, Terri, and his two daughters. He is a graduate of Catholic Central High School as well as Hudson Valley.

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