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.

(Article provided by Rueckert Advertising and Public Relations.)

Jan 232015
 Posted by on January 23, 2015

On Sunday, Jan. 18, the CulinChili and Wing Challenge 2015ary Arts program participated in a Chili and Wing Challenge hosted by Catholic Central High School and St. Augustine’s School in Troy. Chef Joe Forget and student Warren Burras were awarded the Golden Spoon as the first-place winners for their Chili with Spanish Rice entry.

This is the third award the Culinary Arts program has won this year after winning 2nd place Judges All Around and 3rd place People’s Choice awards at the Troy BID Chowderfest in October.

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) delivers comprehensive, community-based academic and workforce development programs, and provides support services leading to enhanced employment opportunities, access to further education, personal growth and development. The EOC is an educational institution that serves eligible adult learners.

For information about the EOC or to enroll in any of its programs, please call (518) 273-1900.

Jan 122015
 Posted by on January 12, 2015

Tamu Chambers, professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Science, reports on completing training at the World of Difference Institute that enhanced her role as a facilitator on Jan. 9 at Siena College’s Annual STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) Conference.

“Through social media and diversity training specialists in various SUNY colleges and universities, I received notification for an interview to participate in an elite diversity train-the-trainer interactive seminar at the World of Difference Institute, the education branch of the Anti- Defamation League in New York City. The five day intensive training consists of an in-depth review of enhanced diversity training skills to diminish bullying in high schools, strategies to assist teachers, and other methods for training in public and private sector employers.

“As a certified diversity specialist/facilitator, for the World of Difference Institute, I facilitated peer training in Schenectady and Shenendehowa High Schools. On weekends, I will continue serving high schools throughout the capital region throughout 2015. On Jan. 9, I was selected to facilitate a diverse group of students from several high schools (Shaker, Tamarac, Ballston Spa, Bethlehem, Bishop Maginn, Catholic Central, Doane Stuart, Glens Falls, and Heatly) in the capital region and beyond at the Annual STOP Conference that takes place each year at Siena College. The opportunity to meet Neil and Jane Golub, financial supporters for the STOP conference, was a highlight of the day.

“I am truly grateful to Dr. Carolyn Curtis and Dr. Margaret Geehan for recognizing the value of the training opportunity and continued support to assist faculty in accomplishing excellence in teaching and innovative methods for serving the campus and the larger community. Participating in the elite training at the World of Difference Institute has greatly expanded my skills as a professor in the classroom, and a facilitator in high schools throughout our community, as well as club advisor and other volunteer activities here at the college.

“This semester students from Lansingburgh High School are invited to campus to meet members of Sisters In Cynch and visit Katrina’s Closet. Club members continue to volunteer as college mentors for high school students.”

Following are a few sources regarding Sisters In Cynch club activities:

Dec 262014
 Posted by on December 26, 2014

A science teacher and team of students from the Berlin School District were recently named the New York state winner of the 2015 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, earning the school $20,000 in Samsung technology.  The award-winning project was helped, in part, by a donation of software from Hudson Valley Community College. Read more about the project in this Troy Record article.

Dec 162014
 Posted by on December 16, 2014

The Human Services Club decided to do something different this year. After hearing about the demand being placed on our Food Pantry from Student Activities, the club decided to respond to the needs of students in a new way this holiday season.

The goal of the Human Services Club always is to help fellow students. With the help of Student Activities and Alfredo Balarin, 10 Hudson Valley student families were identified and received holiday food baskets. Baskets were complete with everything one would need for a complete holiday meal, including a ham or turkey and desserts.

Additionally, the club donated more than $200 worth of food to the Hudson Valley Food Pantry as part of this holiday initiative.

Many thanks to all who made this endeavor possible!

Dec 102014
 Posted by on December 10, 2014

The college’s fall 2014 enrollment advertising campaign recently was awarded a CASE District II Accolades Award. The campaign was developed by Communications and Marketing, which works with Smith & Jones Idea Agency, an advertising agency based in Sturbridge, MA.

The judges made the following comments: Creative, very fresh, eye-catching campaign, very smart to set up “bold” url to measure success; bright colors and personal snapshots build the emotional aspect/theme of the campaign.

CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is an international association of educational institutions. The association serves educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger 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.

Dec 042014
 Posted by on December 4, 2014

A photograph by Fine Arts student Kyle Birnbach was chosen to hang in the Washington, D.C. office of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Birnbach, who is changing his major to Individual Studies for the Spring 2015 semester, was encouraged to submit the photo by Assistant Professor Jean O’Malley, his Photography I instructor. The photo, shown below, is titled “Under Destruction.”

Fine Arts departments across the State University of New York system were asked to submit student work for the office exhibit, and Birnbach’s was one of 20 chosen, according to SUNY’s Carol Donato.

The selections were made by staff in the Governor’s D.C. office. The work will hang in the office through December 2015.


Dec 012014
 Posted by on December 1, 2014

Eight Hudson Valley Community College students received the National Certified Leadership Certificate on Sunday, Nov. 23, while attending the National Conference on Student Leadership (NCSL) in Orlando.

Congratulations to the certificate recipients:
Parishta Ahmed
Bintu Cisse
Amanda Coughlin
Adam Day
Grace Harrison
Fanny Motey
Jordan Neves
Ericka Pelletier

Students participated in a series of workshops and activities during the NCSL conference, held Nov. 20-23, including:
* Panel discussions on essential leadership topics in an interactive setting
* Presentations by speakers with real world leadership experience, from academia to business
* Opportunities that encouraged collaboration, communication and networking with like-minded individuals who are passionate about leadership

Nov 172014
 Posted by on November 17, 2014

The Capital Area Library Assistants (CALA) awarded Jennifer Acker the 2014 Outstanding Service Award. Jen is a senior clerk in the interlibrary loan unit of Dwight Marvin Library. She is supervised by Associate Professor Sue Grayson.

Jen serves as a mentor in the IDS Project, a 75-library resource sharing consortium serving New York State. In her role as mentor, Jen visits academic libraries in the region and hosts site visitors to introduce best practices for interlibrary loan workflow and systems configuration. She also is chair of the IDS Project eastern region users group and is a regular contributor to state and national listservs on interlibrary loan practice. Jen co-presented at the IDS Project annual conference in August on an initiative recently implemented at Dwight Marvin Library.

Many employees and students have benefited from Jen’s commitment to outstanding interlibrary loan services. A number of faculty and staff have commented on Jen’s instrumental support in their degree completion as she arranged for access to important books and articles not otherwise available from the Dwight Marvin Library collection.

Jen is an active member of the library’s iPad Tech Team, serves on the campus sustainability committee, and has a leadership role in her son’s school PTA.

Congratulations to Jen! She will receive a plaque and a certificate at a ceremony in the near future.

Nov 122014
 Posted by on November 12, 2014

Fred Alm, faculty member in the School of Business entrepreneurship and marketing programs, has been named program administrator for the Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program at the Sage Graduate Schools.

The program assistant guides Rubin Foundation grant applicants through the process from start to finish: processes all paperwork relevant to the grant; serves as liaison between the Foundation and grantees, participating agencies, academic institutions, and the public, and ensures that all guidelines are met.

Established in June 1990 with a gift from the Louis Rubin Family, the Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program is a cooperative venture of The Sage Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College, Emma Willard School, and participating agencies of Rensselaer County. The program and fund is administered by The Sage Colleges.

The program supports fellowships (full or part-time) for faculty of these institutions to work with one or several agencies, public or private, in Rensselaer County. The program provides opportunities for faculty professional development through release time from some teaching duties. By bringing the expertise of teaching professionals to the service of the citizens and agencies of Rensselaer County, the Rubin Community Fellows Program seeks to create collaboration partnerships, leading to creative solutions to economic, organizational, social and managerial problems challenging our community.

For more information, e-mail me (Fred Alm) at, or visit:

Nov 072014
 Posted by on November 7, 2014

Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor of Fine Arts and director of the Teaching Gallery, will have her work included in the exhibition “HomeGrown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014″ at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY). The exhibition opens Saturday, Nov. 15 and remains on view through Jan. 11.

The exhibition honors past recipients of the Center for Photography’s Photographer’s Fellowship award. Fracalossi is one of only two, two-time honorees. (Visit the center’s website for more information:

Fracalossi’s work also can be seen on campus in the “Fine Arts and Digital Media Faculty Exhibition” on view through Dec. 6 in the Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building. Click here for Teaching Gallery hours.