Apr 162014
 Posted by on April 16, 2014

For the second week in a row, freshman baseball standout Eric Mueller (Bethlehem/Glenmont) has earned Region 3 Athlete of the Week honors.

Mueller went 12-29 last week, helping guide the Vikings to four league wins. He recorded three triples and a home run, while adding 10 RBIs at the top of the order. Mueller also registered four multi-hit games during the week.

Apr 072014
 Posted by on April 7, 2014


Please join us in congratulating Gabriele Hamm, dental assisting coordinator and faculty member. She has successfully completed the requirements for the certificates of completion in both Leadership Development and Academic Advising! She will be recognized formally for her achievements at this year’s Faculty & Staff Honors Convocation.

Gabriele has been with the college for more than 18 years and in her tenure at Hudson Valley Community College, she always has been strongly interested in her professional and personal development.

She holds a New York license as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), she also holds her national certification as a Certified Dental Practice Management Assistant (CDPMA) and a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). She and a campus colleague developed the Dental Assisting Certificate Program (DAC) and the Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP) as the first distance learning online certificate program in dental assisting.

Gabriele is an active member of the American Dental Assisting Association (ADAA), New York Dental Assisting Association (NYDAA) and Webmaster of the Capital District Dental Assisting Group (CDDAG). She also is active on campus as a member of the Blackboard Learning Management System Committee, serves on the campus Experts List, and established and manages the Dental Hygiene Department “KiDz Corner” educational web-link. This past February she and a campus colleague facilitated a session on “Distance Learning Round-table” at the 2014 Faculty Workshop Day. Her latest volunteer venture will be as the Dental Assisting Co-Lead for the upcoming Mission of Mercy “MoM” that will be held on June 13 and 14 here at Hudson Valley Community College.

Please join us in congratulating
Gabriele for her accomplishments!

Apr 072014
 Posted by on April 7, 2014

The New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) awarded the Elliot Cochamiro Award to Professor William Darling of the Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies Department and posthumously to Professor Maria Hull of the Automotive, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering Technologies Department Department.

This award  emphasizes both commitment to service within the engineering technology association and excellence in enhancing technology education. The awards were presented at the NYSETA spring 2014 conference April 3 at Excelsior College.

Apr 042014
 Posted by on April 4, 2014

James Greg and Jackson Lyons, two members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body, were named to the Phi Theta Kappa All New York State Academic Team this week.

Nominees for the honor must demonstrate academic excellence and notable service to the college and community. Those who are named to the All New York State Academic Team are eligible for scholarships at transfer colleges and universities. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students.

Greg, an Engineering Science student from Clifton Park, was named to the All New York State Second Team.

Lyons, an Engineering Science student from Saratoga Springs, was named to the All New York State Third Team.

The pair were were honored at the statewide Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony on Weds., April 2 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

The Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony recognizes outstanding community college students throughout the state. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award also are evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement.

This year, 68 students were honored from SUNY and CUNY community colleges.

The ceremony is sponsored annually by New York Community College Trustees, the New York Community College Association of Presidents, and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

Mar 312014
 Posted by on March 31, 2014

Chris Reddy, an adjunct instructor who teaches BIOL 105 “Topics in Biology:  The Gene,” for the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, recently had two articles published.

Reddy published in the January 2014 issue of The American Biology Teacher an article titled “A New Species of Science Education: Harnessing the Power of Interactive Technology to Teach Laboratory Science,” which outlines his use of interactive television to design and conduct a high school laboratory-based science course. He also was recently published in the March 2014 issue of The American Journal of Distance Education, with an article titled, “Educating Laboratory Science Learners at a Distance Using Interactive Television.”

Reddy is a high school biology teacher at Averill Park High School and an adjunct instructor in the College in the High School program.

Mar 252014
 Posted by on March 25, 2014

Over 400 people attended the Hudson Valley 101 event this past Saturday, including nearly 200 prospective students. The attending students have been accepted for Fall 2014 and are currently completing the enrollment steps.

They were welcomed by Dr. Carolyn Curtis, vice president for academic affairs, followed by a presentation reviewing the steps to enrollment. Students then had a chance to meet with a representative from their academic department. The day finished with campus tours.

The Viking’s Cove Bookstore was open and the Tour Guide Club provided campus tours. Audio-visual, set-up and catering crews assisted behind the scenes. The football and softball teams greeted attendees and acted as student ambassadors for the event, escorting families to their departmental presentations.

Thank you to everyone who made this enrollment support event a success. We had a tremendous turn out and everything ran very smoothly.

Mar 242014
 Posted by on March 24, 2014

A record number of employees attended the March 21st annual WE@HVCC luncheon today.  Everyone had a great time, and there were so many prizes that many people got more than one!  Cylon George, our campus pastor, was our speaker and his presentation on ”Sprituality and Leadership” was thoughtful and inspiring.

This year, there were six scholarship recipients:  Susan Agan, Gail Dailey, Martha Desmond, Deborah Rusiecki, Linda Ryder, Sue Smith and Laura Tubbs.

Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes for our door prizes and silent auction.

The WE committee would also like to acknowledge and thank the following:

Our Campus Sponsors and donors:  Dr. Drew Matonak, Dr. Frank Padula, Dottie Reynolds, Carol Bosco, Mary Kate Robinson, Lisa Van Wie, the Non-Instructional Employees Union, the Non-Teaching Professional Organization, the Faculty-Student Association, Chartwells, Meadowbrook Farms, the HVCC Nursing Department, and Carrie Farley.

Also, John Ostwald for the lovely piano music, Barbara McBride for the flower arrangements, and , of course, the WE committee:  Erin Hatter, Sue Agan, Shawnna Case, Erica Ferro, Debby Gardner, Deb Gregory, Barbara McBride, Lisa Paul, Linda Pelosi-Dunn, Mary Kate Robinson, Marie Stasiak, and Lisa Van Wie.

And a special acknowledge to Summer Paul for her role as imp-at-large.

See you next year!


Mar 182014
 Posted by on March 18, 2014


The CET is proud to announce that Michael Winnie, campus peace officer in the Department of Public Safety, has successfully completed the requirements for the certificate of completion in Leadership Development! He will be recognized formally for his achievement at this year’s Faculty & Staff Honors Convocation.

Mike has been with the college for the past 4 1/2 years. In his tenure at Hudson Valley Community College, Mike always has been interested in his professional and personal development. He is active on campus with both enforcing college regulations and criminal law. He also strives to have good working relationships with other employees on campus and the students at large. He believes that education and training should be ongoing  throughout life. “You are never too old or out of tune, to learn new things everyday.”

Mike comes to Hudson Valley after having an outstanding career in law enforcement. He spent 27 years with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and retired in 2000 as a sergeant assigned to the Law Enforcement Division. He later worked part time as a police officer with the Chatham Police Department and in January 2007 was appointed Police Chief with the Town of Stockport Police Department. He has attended many schools and training during his law enforcement career including Police Supervision, Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Criminal Investigation, Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques, Impaired Driver Recognition, Radar Enforcement, Public Safety Critical Incident management, Incident Command, Supervisory & Employee Ethics and Sex Crime Investigation and numerous others.

Mike also is a U.S. Army Veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. He attained the rank of sergeant at the age 19. He was instrumental and the inspiration for Military Memorial located at the new flagpole and pedestal here on campus.

Please join us in congratulating Mike for his accomplishment!

Mar 072014
 Posted by on March 7, 2014

Four members of the Hudson Valley Community College student body were named as recipients of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

The recipients are:  Shauna Anderson of Greenville; Charles Parslow of Fonda; James Greg of Clifton Park and Bryan Vandenburgh of Valatie.

A member of the academic honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, Shauna Anderson of Greenville also has been involved in the Foreign Language and Culture Club and has had several short stories published in the college’s literary magazine, Threads.  Anderson excels academically in the college’s rigorous Liberal Arts and Science Honors Program and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She also teaches American Sign Language to adults and children at her local library.

An All-Conference and All-Region baseball player for the college, Charles Parslow of Fonda is a peer tutor in the college’s Learning Assistance Center and has maintained a perfect grade point average in his Engineering Science studies.  Parslow also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

James Greg of Clifton Park is a member of the academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa and has been named to the President’s List for three consecutive semesters.  He is vice president of the college’s Student Senate and also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.  Greg volunteers weekly with SAFE, which helps students with disabilities play sports. He also helped establish a charitable organization in memory of local Shaker and Shenendehowa students who were killed in a car accident.

A United States Marine Corps veteran, Bryan Vandenburgh of Valatie is vice president for membership for the college’s chapter of the academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He was named to the President’s List for three consecutive semesters and he is serving his community as a member of his local volunteer fire department. Vandenburgh also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

All four Hudson Valley students will be honored along with other recipients from across the State University system on April 2 at a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 17 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Mar 072014
 Posted by on March 7, 2014

This week the Albany Business Review announced that the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation’s Executive Director, Ray Kimmelblatt, is one of 40 distinguished business leaders in the Capital District.

Ray is recognized for the work she does to promote the philanthropic efforts of the college, in order to support students, programs and projects. She leads her staff and volunteer board of directors with laser focus, tirelessly raising funds and awareness to increase individual and corporate involvement. Ray has done in an incredible job securing and stewarding loyal supporters who truly care about our students and community.

Congratulations, Ray!


Mar 042014
 Posted by on March 4, 2014

The CET is proud to announce that Alice M. Busman, program assistant to the department chair for Fine Arts, Theatre Arts, Broadcast, and Digital Media, has successfully completed the requirements for the Certificate of Leadership Development. She continues to work on certification in Academic Advising and in Teaching and Learning. Alice will be formally recognized for her achievement at this year’s Faculty and Staff Honors Convocation.

At the time of her completion of this certificate, she had only been with the college for four years. Within that time she has also been the very proud recipient of the Meritorious Service Award.  Alice consistently continues to provide an exceptional work ethic and high level of service. She enjoys working closely with students, going the extra mile to meet their needs and concerns. She continually receives great admiration from the students while also maintaining a positive rapport with parents, faculty and staff.

She works passionately as an animal rights advocate, and supports the outstanding work and accomplishments of the colleges Animal Outreach Club. She recently stepped down as a NYS Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. But, she still continues to help her special needs menagerie at home.

Please join us in congratulating Alice for her accomplishment, as well as wishing her a Happy Birthday on Wednesday, March 5.

Mar 032014
 Posted by on March 3, 2014

I am sending a big thank you to all the administrators, faculty and staff who contacted me either by e-mail or card wishing me well after my recent heart surgery. Your thoughtfulness was a great morale boost for me.

I am glad to say my recuperation is going well and I look forward to being on campus this summer and beyond. Your support is still another reminder to me of why being part of the Hudson Valley Community College community is so wonderful.

Thank you again,
Alan P. Joseph

Mar 032014
 Posted by on March 3, 2014
 Associate Professor Thomas Lail and Assistant Professor Tara Fracalossi will have works included in the exhibition The Sun That Never Sets: Spectacle and Normalcy in Time, curated by artists Vanessa Albury and Rachel Rampleman.
The exhibition is part of the Spring Break Art Fair in New York City, which runs from March 6-9,  and features ‘artworks that transform the personal and mundane into the spectacular through an exploration of public and private spheres and the experiential nature of art.’
The Spring Break Art Fair will take place during the Armory Arts Week at Old School on Mott Street. For more information visit www.springbreakartshow.com.

Tara Fracalossi, Archive 5

Thomas Lail, Untitled

Feb 252014
 Posted by on February 25, 2014

Head hockey coach Matt Alvey was announced as the Region III Coach of the Year this past weekend at the NJCAA National Ice Hockey Tournament held at Hudson Valley Community College. Alvey helped lead the Vikings to a 10-5-1 overall regular season record and now has 122 career wins for the Vikings.

Sophomore goalie Mike Fay (Sachem East/Farmingville) was the lone Viking to earn First-Team All-Region this year. Fay stopped 202 saves on the year and only allowed 27 goals. Forward Matt Wagner (LaSalle Institute/Clifton Park) and defenseman Jordan Simpson (Oxford Academy/Anaheim, CA) each earned Second-Team All-Region honors, while defenseman Ethan Bleau (Columbia/North Greenbush) claimed a spot on the All-Rookie Team.

The Vikings earned the #4 seed in the National Tournament this year, falling to #1 Monroe Community College in the semifinals.

Feb 252014
 Posted by on February 25, 2014

The women’s basketball team (14-8) had three players named All-Conference this season in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference.

My’Asia Alston (Cohoes/Cohoes) earned First-Team All-Conference honors, leading the Vikings in scoring with 18.3 points per game, assists with 3.7 per game, and steals with 2.8 per game.
Shikera Lawson (Albany/Albany) earned Second-Team All-Conference and was the second leading scorer on the team averaging 16.0 points per game, and led the team in rebounding with 11.8 per game. Rounding out the All-Conference teams was Samantha Tomeck (Duanesburg/Duanesburg), who earned Third-Team All-Conference, averaging 14.6 points per game.

The women received the #5 seed in this weekends Regional Tournament hosted by Onondaga Community College, and are set to take on #4 Schenectady County Community College on Friday at 7 p.m.

Feb 242014
 Posted by on February 24, 2014


The CET is proud to announce that Polly Karis, senior clerk in the Marvin Library Learning Commons, has successfully completed the requirements for the certificate of completion in Leadership Development! She will be recognized formally for her achievement at this year’s Faculty & Staff Honors Convocation.

Polly has been with the college for six years. In her tenure at Hudson Valley Community College, Polly has always been keenly interested in her professional and personal development. She is active on campus with Middle States, Personnel Resources Committee, and Refugee College Day, as well as mentoring refugees who attend the college. She is currently working on a Master of Arts in Adult Education at Empire State College. Upon completion, she hopes to teach and/or advise at HVCC.

Please join us in congratulating Polly for her accomplishment!

Feb 192014
 Posted by on February 19, 2014

Freshman forward Shikera Lawson (Albany/Albany) helped lead the Vikings basketball team to two big regional wins over Mohawk Valley and Jefferson this past weekend.

She recorded 8 points and 14 rebounds against Mohawk Valley, and then turned around the next day to tally a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds on 13-16 shooting from the field.

Feb 122014
 Posted by on February 12, 2014

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Wednesday announced 43 recipients of the system’s inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, which recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level. Two of those recipients are adjunct faculty members at Hudson Valley.

They are: Instructor Mathew L. Cantore of the Computing and Information Sciences Department and Instructor Jeffrey V. McMinn of the Dental Hygiene Department.

“Adjunct teachers are a key component of the SUNY faculty, providing top-quality instruction and making an important contribution to academic success and degree completion among students,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Those honored with our inaugural awards today are truly the best of the best, having demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to teaching excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.”

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

Jan 302014
 Posted by on January 30, 2014

Faculty and students in the Construction Technology Department are panelizing the Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady’s home this spring.

Under the direction of faculty members Tim Dennis and Rick Wood, the students will build walls for a 52-foot by 26-foot home for a family in need in Schenectady. The work will be performed in the UW Marx Construction Laboratory here on campus and shipped to Schenectady to be put together by the students Habitat for Humanity volunteers in April and May.

Jan 222014
 Posted by on January 22, 2014
Associate Professor John Ostwald will be part of a panel discussion and plenary at the Fourth Annual It Can Happen To You Building Bridges for Justice Reform Summit in the Legislative Office Building on Feb. 11.
The panel will discuss how veterans are treated in the justice system and will be moderated by L. Nathan Hare of the Community Action
Agency of Erie County. in addition to Ostwald, Gabriel Sayers of  the New York State Drug Policy Alliance and Jonathan Gradess, director of the New York State Defenders Association, will be on the panel.
Jan 202014
 Posted by on January 20, 2014

Fred Alm, an adjunct faculty member in the Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Department, serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the region’s rich industrial history. The Gateway is located in the former administrative office building of the Burden Iron Works in south Troy, where it operates the Burden Museum.

Alm was a HMIG volunteer for several years before his election to the Board of Trustees in July 2013. He’s been working on rehabilitating an antique dividing engine and mounting solid bronze letters on the Burden Museum’s entrance. As a trustee, he will be working with the museum’s senior scholar, P. Thomas Carroll, Ph.D., on the 21st Century Task Force, a fundraising campaign to continue renovating the museum building and create a permanent endowment fund to support the organization’s ongoing mission.


Jan 162014
 Posted by on January 16, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College’s Be bold. Be a Viking. television commercials received a Gold Award in recent judging in the CASE District II Accolades Awards program.

The commercials recognized in the individual advertising category can be viewed at https://www.hvcc.edu/enroll.html. The Be bold. Be a Viking. TV spots were produced by Viking Video Technologies, in partnership with Communications and Marketing and the college’s advertising partner, Smith & Jones Idea Agency.

CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is an international professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development and marketing. CASE helps its members build relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

District II is the largest of the eight CASE districts with more than 675 institutional members in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and West Virginia.

Click here to view a full list of the 2014 Accolades Awards winners in District II.

Jan 132014
 Posted by on January 13, 2014

Once again this year, the Human Services Club with the help of the Early Childhood Club was able to adopt 13 student families from our campus community. We were able to make this holiday season a bit brighter for 33 children ages 6 months to 15 years of age.

As always, this event was a success in part to the willingness of members of our campus community, who donated a range of items and gifts for this annual holiday event. With everyone’s help it was once again a success.

To all of you who supported us, thank you.

A special thank you to the Human Services Club which remains committed to this event each year.