May 192017
 Posted by on May 19, 2017

Dr. Peter Sawyer was recently re-elected to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School Board, where he currently serves as the Board’s president. Peter received 1,152 votes, the largest tally of the three candidates on the ballot. He is a member of the board’s Strategic Partnerships Committee.

Peter has been a district resident for more than 30 years, and is a 1977 BH-BL graduate.

He also is a member of the Burnt-Hills Ballston Lake Rotary Club and the American Sociologist Association. In the past, he has served on several BH-BL committees.

May 192017
 Posted by on May 19, 2017

Twelve runners from Hudson Valley joined more than 8,000 others from businesses and organizations across upstate New York to compete in the CDPHP Workforce Challenge, a 3.5 mile road race in downtown Albany. This is the largest contingent of runners the college has had in several years! Those representing the college included: Eric Bryant, Jen Eaton, John Heiser, Janice Hinds, Christy Jerome,  Ian LaChance, Matt Lambert,  Eileen Mahoney, Chris McNally, Linda Pelosi, Adam Sanzone and Kathleen Weeks. Next year, let’s try to double the number of runners and walkers competing. That’s right, you don’t need to run, just make it around the park in one piece!

Thanks to the President’s Office for covering the registration fees for all of our representatives. Additional thanks to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation for covering the cost of our race shirts.

May 172017
 Posted by on May 17, 2017

Dr. Jay Deitchman, coordinator for International Student Services, was elected May 16 to the Board of Education in the Schenevus Central School.

District voters approved a $9,050,553 budget for the 2017-18 school year, 99-26, and elected Deitchman to a five-year term, according to the district’s website.

May 152017
 Posted by on May 15, 2017

Fine arts professors Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail have works included in the exhibition, “Inspired Views,” at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. The exhibition opens Saturday, June 17 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibition, on view through July 2, recognizes “the many working artists who inspire and mentor our young people” and features work from New England art educators and faculty at community college programs.

Thomas Lail
Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts & Digital Media

May 092017
 Posted by on May 9, 2017

Hudson Valley student Logan Carpenter will have a dream come true tonight, as his band Restless Streets opens for Poison and Tesla at the Times Union Center as part of Poison’s XXX Reunion Tour.

Restless Streets won a contest through iHeartRadio, receiving thousands of votes from around the world to land them the top spot in the contest and the chance to open the show. The announcement was made on Friday.

The band, which has been together for ten years, is made up of members Logan Carpenter on vocals, Brandon John on guitar, John Alund on bass, Aaron Uline on drums, and Brian Nellis on keyboards.

The concert will take place tonight, Tuesday, May 9, at the Times Union Center. Doors open for the show at 6:30 p.m. Restless Streets will take the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available at

Restless Streets has already toured the United States three times and has just released their third album, “Together,” which is available through ITunes and Apple Music. Physical copies are available at The band’s Facebook page with the latest updates is at

May 092017
 Posted by on May 9, 2017

The Dwight Marvin Library faculty is pleased to announce the recipient of the the 2016-17 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Award in Excellence in Library Research.

This year’s honor goes to Thomas Michael Smith for his paper, Few New Antibiotics: Even in the Face of Antibiotic Resistance, submitted in fulfillment of requirements for English Composition, under the direction of Assistant Professor Sara Tedesco.

Thomas’s research paper, focusing on the declining effectiveness of antibiotics in infection management, included a well-balanced combination of library resources and credible Web sites in proper Modern Language Association (MLA 8) format. Tom self-nominated his paper for the Award, followed by Professor Tedesco’s confirmation of a grade of “A.”

For more information on Bulmer Award criteria, deadline policies and previous recipients, visit the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research guide, or contact Librarian Val Waldin.

Thomas will be recognized this Friday evening at the Student Honors and Awards ceremony in the McDonough Complex, in the commencement program, on a perpetual plaque in the Dwight Marvin Library Learning Commons, and will receive a monetary award administered by The Foundation.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and their professors who continue to mentor and encourage excellence at Hudson Valley!

Aimee Rabine / Jim LaBate / End of Life Decision / English Composition
Amber Lightner / Carla Gundermann / Human Identification: The Beginning and the Continuance / Forensic Science
Boukemin Tanon / Jim LaBate School Uniforms Should be Required / English Composition
Cailee Navarro / Sara Tedesco / Animal Agriculture: The Devastating Environmental Impacts / English Composition
Carissa Seror / Sara Tedesco / Contributing Factors of the Increased Tension Between the United States and the Russian Federation / English Composition
Christopher Putnam / Sushmita Chatterji / Too Much to Lose / English Composition
Deborah Brannan / Noah Kucij / I Promise I Am Not a Pyromaniac: The Causes of Human Fascination with Fire / English Composition
Jade El Khoury / Todd Wysocki / Men’s Body Image and The Media / General Psychology
Jennifer A. Edwards / Shawn Hunziker / Dyslexia: Thinking it is Reading Backwards is Backwards Thinking / Education
Jessica Rodgers / Karen Nash / Human Trafficking Throughout the World / English Composition
Jessica Szumowski / Sara Tedesco / Difficulties People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Face in Gaining Employment / English Composition
John Keis / Danica A Nowosielski / Uranium / Chemistry
Kacie Rischbieter / Josh Kohan /  Frank Pantridge: A Life Saver / English Composition
Katelyn Pohlmann / Noah Kucij /50 Shades of Gray Matter-The Effects of Colors on the Brain / English Composition
Kierstyn Higgins / Megeen Mulholland / The Banning of To Kill a Mockingbird / English Composition
Laura Ciotoli / Danica A Nowosielski / The Wonders of Helium / Chemistry
Mackenzie Schweikert / Megeen Mulholland / Book Banning: Scandalously Good Literature / English Composition
Matt Moran / Danica A Nowosielski / The Smallest of Them All: H1 / Chemistry
Meagan Bonesteel / Sara Tedesco / The Heroin Epidemic / English Composition
Michael Fiore / Todd Wysocki / Muscle Dysmorphia in Men / General Psychology
Nate Sunderhaft / Jennifer Austin / Epidemic of Heroin Addiction / English Composition
Nathan Whiting / Julie Demers / Net Neutrality: The Economic and Societal Effects of Its Possible Repeal / English Composition
Shamus Chowenhill / Danica A Nowosielski / Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) / Chemistry
Shane Lewis / Danica A Nowosielski / Tungsten and its Uses / Chemistry
Shawna Fitzsimmons / Marina Gore / Painting, Poetry, and Pot Roast: A Recipe for Reflection / English Composition
Sheldon Wayman / Danica A Nowosielski / Sir Isaac Newton / Chemistry
Zaish Sadiq / Lynn Kinlan / What are the Significant Effects of the Indian- Subcontinent Partition of 1947? / English Composition

May 052017
 Posted by on May 5, 2017

The Learning Centers celebrated Spirit Day on Wednesday, May 3. We celebrated the “spirit” of the Learning Centers and 31 recipients of the Learning Centers Spirit Certificate. The Spirit Certificate is presented to a student who demonstrates the learning strategies and habits associated with academic success acquired through continued use of the Learning Centers. The efforts of these students reflect the mission and goals of the Learning Centers.

The Spring 2017 Learning Centers Spirit Certificate recipients recommended by Learning Centers faculty and staff are Jeru Akel, Nida Aziz, Stanley Azor, Maw Kay La Blat, Concetta Cacchillo, Austin Coons, Reed Denney, UmaDevi Deodat, Paul Esmond, Ashlyn Gagnon, Destiny Hardnett, Ahsid Hemingway, Shannon Hilenbrandt, Joshua Hite, Chania Holt, Julia Huber, Paris Jenkins, Lenora Mars, Curtiss Mitchell, Vernessa Mitchell, Martine Noel, Frmesk Nury, Daniel Orapello, Joseph Pignatelli, Nyesha Pompey, Zaish Sadiq, Rabi Sah, Sarswoti Shrestha, Faith Sivik, Shane Slaver, Ahmed Zafar.

May 052017
 Posted by on May 5, 2017

The Criminal Justice Club and the Center for Academic Engagement organized a large troop of Hudson Valley Vikings to click-clack in high heels for the annual Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes International Man’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence sponsored by Samaritan Hospital on April 29 in Troy.

About 35 people including students, staff, coaches, and faculty members participated in the march. Even the college’s Viking Mascot sported a pair of pumps, and ended up winning the Mascot Challenge for HVCC. Overall, it was a fun and successful day supporting an excellent cause.

We would like to acknowledge all of the students who participated. We also would like to give a special thank you to Mike Muehling, head football coach, and Tasha Taylor, program assistant in the Learning Assistance Center, for encouraging a large group of players and cheerleaders to participate in the event. The Student Activities Office and the Student Senate also deserve a bib thank you for their support.

Hudson Valley has participated in this event for the last several years as part of an effort to bring awareness to the issue. If you would like to learn how to get involved in next year’s walk, please contact Andy Roberts at

The Times Union published a photo gallery of the event.


Shawna Addison and Jessica Gilbert, CRJ Club co-advisors
and the CAE team

Some of the 2017 Walk-a-Mile Crew

May 052017
 Posted by on May 5, 2017

The Center for Academic Engagement’s mission is to create confident, independent and successful learners. Each semester we acknowledge a select group of students who epitomize our mission as recipients of the Center for Academic Engagement Award. These honorees are students, who work hard academically and/or help engage their peers to do the same.

This award is a token of recognition for their hard work, commitment to their academics, and impact on their peers and the staff of the CAE. We commend their initiative and perseverance.

The Center for Academic Engagement is proud to announce the following students have received this Spring’s Engagement Award:

•    Nigel Harris (GAP award)
•    Niko Culnan
•    Cody Stockwell
•    Ryan Shumway
•    Chaneil Thomas
•    Susan Steffek

The following students are receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for all of their hard work and time invested in helping other students become academically successful:

•    Andrew Edwards
•    Jordan Holmes
•    Nick Teitter
•    Stanley Azor
•    Fred Johnson

In addition, we selected Dr. Ann Geisendorfer for the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Recipient. Since the CAE’s inception, she has supported our programming and referred her students. We at the CAE, are extremely grateful for all of her support for this office and our services.

We congratulate everyone on a successful semester!

The CAE Team

May 042017
 Posted by on May 4, 2017

The following students were honored May 3 at the Civil, Construction, Industrial, and Mechanical Technologies Department Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to all inductees and recipients!

Tau Alpha Pi Inductees
Hajar Alrifai
Graig Bell
Matthew Cherry
Jamie Craigie
Anthony DeChance
Anthony DeGregorio
Luke Dupuis
John Hitchcock, Jr.
Thomas Keyes
Jacob Koch
Nicholas LaGrange
William Lindemann
Kenny Mathieu
Patrick McMillen
Jesse Miner
Debora Nova
Zachary Ogden
Jacob Papas
Alejandra Pinto Torres
Jonathan Seim
Kyle Sleurs
Charles Tryon
Raymond Vogel III
Thomas Walker

Outstanding Architectural Technology Student Award
Alejandra Pinto Torres

BBL Construction Services Award
Anthony DeGregorio
Nicholas LaGrange

Outstanding Construction Certificate Student Award
Brandon Caster

Outstanding Construction Technology Student Award
Corey Mercer

Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Technology Student Award
Jamie Craigie

Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award
Stacy Phelps

RPI: The Award for Excellence
Debora Nova
Charles Tryon

Dr. Leonard Spiegel Memorial Award Fund
Charles Tryon


May 042017
 Posted by on May 4, 2017

Crystal Heshmat, adjunct faculty for the Math and Engineering Science department, recently earned the Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty through the SUNY Center for Professional Development.

The Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty provides a basic set of essential skills for teaching. The four-course program included essential communication skills for teaching, learning theories and effective teaching practices, effective student evaluation and assessment, and academic policies, laws, and resources.

May 042017
 Posted by on May 4, 2017

In an effort to reach out and help a community agency, the Human Services Club collected personal hygiene items for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany. The personal hygiene bags included shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste and several other needed items.

We would like to thank the entire campus community for their assistance with this project.

May 012017
 Posted by on May 1, 2017

Tony Podlaski, faculty liaison of the Center for Effective Teaching and Assistant Professor in the English, Foreign Languages, and English as a Second Language Department, earned the Uber Fellow Award from the SUNY Tools of Engagement Project.

Tony received this award for his outstanding mentoring and support provided for SUNY TOEP.

SUNY TOEP is an On-Demand Discovering Learning Professional Development program. The project’s goal is to encourage faculty and staff to explore new technologies with a focus on impacting the student learning experience. Hudson Valley Community College is one of the 21 SUNY colleges and universities to enter Phase 5 of this project.

Since October, the Center for Effective Teaching has been offering this online professional development opportunity supported by the SUNY Center for Professional Development, the University at Buffalo, and Binghamton University.

May 012017
 Posted by on May 1, 2017

A special thank you to all who supported the 2017 March for Babies.

I was able to raise $510 to support this amazing cause. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!


Apr 282017
 Posted by on April 28, 2017

Congratulations to Digital Media students Katherine Murphy and Isaac Kautz for their acceptance into the Lake George Film Festival, The People’s Pixel Project!

The 8th Annual  P3 Screening and Award Presentation
Sunday, April 30 from 2 – 4 pm
Hyde Collection
161 Warren St., Glens Falls
Tickets at the door: $10

Apr 262017
 Posted by on April 26, 2017

Six faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College were named recipients of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for 2017. Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor’s Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. Since its inception, 165 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have received the Chancellor’s Award.

Recipients are:

  • Alice M. Busman, Program Assistant, Academics II, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media / Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service
  • Melissa M. Coon, Associate Director, Office of Admissions / Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
  • Ian M. LaChance, Assistant Registrar, Office of the Registrar / Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
  • David E. Scott, Jr., Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar / Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service
  • Tara A. Fracalossi, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media / 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Joseph M. Stenard, Assistant Professor, History, Philosophy and Social Sciences / 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

In addition, four staff members received 2017 President’s Award for Excellence in College Service and one faculty member received the 2017 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

They are:

  • John K. Dyson, Technical Assistant, Instructional Support Services and Retention / College Service
  • Tara L. Farley-Wyckoff, Technical Assistant, Center for Effective Teaching / College Service
  • Domenica G. Hall, Technical Assistant, Office of the Registrar / College Service
  • Patricia G. Hyland, Department Chairperson, Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine / College Service
  • Philip D. Burtt, Assistant Professor, Biology, Chemistry and Physics / Teaching


More details on the honorees will be forthcoming. They will be recognized as part of the 2017 Faculty Staff Honors Convocation, which will take place 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

Apr 252017
 Posted by on April 25, 2017

Donna Totaro, assistant director/learning disability specialist in the Center for Access & Assistive Technology, represented the college during the sixth annual Autism Expo held April 23 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

“What a terrific experience,” Donna reported. “I visited with a couple of HVCC students and their families touring the informational exhibits.” The event included more than 80 exhibitors, including Hudson Valley. The Autism Expo, which is presented by Saratoga Bridges, also offered a sensory room, a bounce house room, and an arts and crafts center.

Donna Totaro (right) and Nicole Babie at the Autism Expo.


Apr 242017
 Posted by on April 24, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at Hudson Valley Community College is proud to announce that our student steel bridge team finished in 5th place out of 13 schools at the Upstate New York Regional Conference last weekend at Syracuse University in the Carrier Dome. Our team finished ahead of SUNY Polytechnic, SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson University, RPI, Montreal Polytechnic, West Point, Syracuse University and Cornell University. The 4 schools that beat us were ETS from Montreal, SUNY Canton, University of Waterloo and RIT.

Hudson Valley has participated in this competition annually since 1993 (with the exception of 2016), and according to the national head judge, we are the only community college that competes in the event.

Each year the students design a steel bridge that is approximately 20 feet long and 4 feet wide when assembled, but no single piece of the bridge can be larger than 6 inches by 4 inches by 3 feet long. At the competition, they are scored based on how fast they can assemble the bridge, how much the bridge weighs, and how much the bridge bends under a load of 2,500 pounds.

Prior to 2016, this project was always completed as part of a class. In 2016, the department chair decided that we should remove the project from the class. The students still tried to design a bridge that year, but found it to be too much work as an extracurricular project on top of their regular course work, their jobs and their daily commute to school.

This year, it happened again, until January when freshman James Blough decided he wanted to design a bridge. James comes from a family of machinists and he was confident that he could design it. The design process usually starts in September and James began on Feb. 1. James managed to design each piece of the bridge with some help from classmate Charlie Tryon and had it ready for fabrication on March 16. Unfortunately, when he finished his drawings and spoke to STS Steel in Schenectady, who typically donates the materials and labor to construct the bridge, STS had become too busy and could not fabricate the bridge on the time schedule we needed. Not giving up, James asked STS to order the materials and to cut the pieces up for him. Then James picked up the materials from STS Steel, brought them home, and with the help of his father and two brothers, they did all the welding and drilling to fabricate all the individual bridge pieces over spring break.

The bridge was brought back to campus on the Monday following spring break. Upon assembling the bridge for the first time, it failed two of the tests required of the bridge at the competition. At that time, seniors, Christian Makasi, Zachary Ogden, Nick Schindler, Evan Connolly, Will Sullivan, Charlie Tryon, and Matt Cashman helped modify the bridge to pass these tests. The team performed the final modifications two days before the competition.

These students did a fantastic job representing Hudson Valley at the competition and should be commended.



Apr 242017
 Posted by on April 24, 2017

Organizers of the Albany March for Science recognized Dr. Donna Barron, an assistant professor in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department, for her assistance with the April 22 event at the Capitol.

A member of the Albany March Committee, Barron participated in the “meet the scientist” event and felt the science activity tables at the march strengthened a connection between the local scientific community and all community members.

Donna teaches general, analytical, and biological chemistry at Hudson Valley Community College. Prior to joining the faculty more than 10 years ago, she worked in the local biotechnology industry. She uses her experiences in industry to prepare her students for the world they will encounter after college. Her research interests include the development of educational laboratory exercises using new and novel instrumentation.

Barron was one of seven members of the Albany March Committee to be profiled on the organization’s Facebook page.


Apr 112017
 Posted by on April 11, 2017

Belinda Colon, a 2010 graduate in the Gallery Management Program, recently was promoted to the position of associate director at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs.

Ms. Colon has worked at the gallery for the past five years, installing exhibitions and assisting with the development of new shows. She is married to Benj Gleeksman, an instructor in the Digital Media Program here at Hudson Valley.

Apr 112017
 Posted by on April 11, 2017

Today, Tuesday April 11, the Warriors Project will be at TEC-SMART from 10:15-11 a.m. to film student Blade Osborne and his efforts to help others.

The Warriors Project is overseen by a 403b organization called Cheer 4 Your Life, the project of mother-daughter duo Missy and Baylor Wilson, who were on season 28 of Survivor. This project provides teens with monthly challenges that they are to complete while raising money for teens who are unable to pursue their dreams due to unforeseen circumstances. Ballston Spa High School students have been a part of this program for the two years it has been in existence.

This year, Blade, a junior in the Early College in the High School program, is the recipient of this project. Blade, 17, is the founder of Buddy Blankets and Bears Inc., a nonprofit organization that delivers blankets and teddy bears to children of military parents and kids with terminal illnesses. The idea took root some years ago, when he accompanied his mother to her cancer treatments and befriended an elderly man at the hospital who was cold and needed a blanket. It became Blade’s mission to make sure the man, whom he referred to as Buddy, always had a blanket. When Buddy passed away in 2008, Blade continued the tradition by donating his first blanket, and Buddy Blankets and Bears was born. Since then, the organization has donated more than 350 blankets and bears to people in need, and currently partners with other nonprofits Operation Adopt a Soldier, in Wilton, and Stars For Our Troops, an organization in East Greenbush, to spread the influence further.

As part of Tuesday’s events, Missy Payne and her cameraman will follow Blade around at TEC-SMART to film his typical day, including a focus on Blade and friends crafting the fleece blankets. While Buddy’s Blankets and Bears is a nonprofit, the organization does rely on donations to keep going; those interested in contributing can do so via paypal at or write to P.O. Box 298, Ballston Spa, New York. 12020. More information on the Warriors Project is available at

Apr 072017
 Posted by on April 7, 2017

Jennifer Acker, senior clerk in Dwight Marvin Library, was recognized by the Albany County Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) for her work on the local arrangements committee for the 2016 IDS Project library resource sharing conference.

The award recognizes “dedicated volunteers [who] have provided the Capital Region’s economy with a tremendous impact.” The IDS Project conference resulted in more than 325 booked room nights at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Jen arranged for ACCVB to have a table at the registration desk to provide information for the hundreds of librarians and library support staff (and their families), who attended to take advantage of attractions and businesses in the Desmond Hotel / Wolf Road area.

Jen was unable to attend the awards ceremony last month because she was attending a resource sharing conference to continue to develop her knowledge and skills in the practice of interlibrary loan. Jen was the recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Services.

Apr 072017
 Posted by on April 7, 2017

Work by Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor, and Thomas Lail, professor, is included in “Taconic North,” an invitational exhibition of small works from regional artists, opening April 15 at LABspace in Hillsdale, NY.

The exhibition, curated by Susan Jennings and Julie Torres, is on view through Sunday, June 11. An opening reception with the artists is Saturday, April 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

This is a very large show of very small works organized in the same, inclusive spirit as LABspace, a nexus of community and creative expression. The curators share a love of tiny artworks and packed the exhibition with local artists in order to expand and strengthen these connections. “Taconic North” is a celebration of area artists and creative community. Events planned during the exhibition include
music performances, readings, talks, brainstorming/creative sessions and cocktail gatherings.

LABspace is located at 2462 NY Route 23 in Hillsdale, NY, just west of NY Route 22.  Gallery Hours are Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and some Sundays or by appointment ( Visit the gallery’s Facebook page or blog (