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 rubinfellowship@sage.edu, 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: www.cpw.org.)

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.


Nov 062014
 Posted by on November 6, 2014

Joe DiPiazza, head baseball coach, will be recognized today as a “driving force” in implementing Albany High School’s youth transition program that successfully transition students with disabilities from high school into the workforce.

Read here about Coach DiPiazza’s involvement in the special program, begun in 1997, that today will receive the 2014 Youth Transition Award from the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Kristan M. Pelletier
Director of Athletics

Nov 052014
 Posted by on November 5, 2014
Fred Aliberti, director of public safety, Bobby Hockaday, campus security officer, and Ret. Sgt. Eric Weaver, lead instructor.

Fred Aliberti, director of public safety, Bobby Hockaday, campus security officer, and Ret. Sgt. Eric Weaver, lead instructor.

Congratulations to Campus Security Officer Bobby Hockaday, who completed a week-long training course on Oct. 31 that focused on dealing with emotionally disturbed persons. The college has sent a number of officers to this training in past years.

The training was offered by the Troy Police Department in conjunction with the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Rensselaer County Mental Health Department and Samaritan Hospital.

The Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team Training class is a 40-hour course covering topics including personality disorders, juvenile and elderly issues, mental hygiene law, crisis intervention, medications, hospital and jail protocol, indicators of mental illness, developmental disabilities, communication skills, and role playing. Ret. Sgt. Eric Weaver, formerly of the Rochester Police Department and a pioneer in development of this training, was lead instructor during the training that was held at the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services on Blooming Grove Drive in North Greenbush.

Fred Aliberti
Director of Public Safety

Nov 032014
 Posted by on November 3, 2014

The Hudsonian, Hudson Valley Community College’s student newspaper, was recognized as the fourth best entry in the Best of Show competition for two-year tabloids at the College Media Association/Associated College Press National Conference held last week in Philadelphia, PA. Awards were announced Nov. 2.

The award marks the highest place The Hudsonian has ever achieved and the first award since receiving one for 10th place in 2011. Members of the award-winning staff are pictured below. Rachel Bornn and Jaime Barrett, associate professor and assistant professor, respectively, in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, serve as advisors to The Hudsonian.

The winning issue included stories about the first female ever to play hockey at Hudson Valley, and a student from Guinea who is raising money for the Ebola outbreak, as well as other campus and athletic events.

Colleges and universities from across the country attended the conference and participated in various competitions and workshops. Awards were given to the top 10 entries in the two-year tabloid category.

The Hudsonian is an independent and student-run weekly publication. It first was published in 1961, following The Technician, the student newspaper when the college was known as Hudson Valley Technical Institute (1954-1959).

The Hudsonian hits the stands every Tuesday throughout the school year and maintains a website at www.hudsonian.org. Students wishing to join an award-winning newspaper may contact The Hudsonian at hudsonian@hvcc.edu.

Hudsonian staff members at a recent meeting in the Campus Center.

Hudsonian staff members at a recent meeting in the Campus Center.

The Hudsonian staff members in Philadelphia: (left to right) Konrad Odhiamo, photo editor; Bobby Colla, sports editor; Cheyenne Fitch, staff writer; Nichole Danyla, staff writer; John Longton III, staff writer; Marison Topinio, staff photographer; Tyler McNeil, creative editor; Pat Gareau, editor-in-chief; Matt Whalen, layout editor.

The Hudsonian staff members in Philadelphia: (left to right) Konrad Odhiamo, photo editor; Bobby Colla, sports editor; Cheyenne Fitch, staff writer; Nichole Danyla, staff writer; John Longton III, staff writer; Marison Topinio, staff photographer; Tyler McNeil, creative editor; Pat Gareau, editor-in-chief; Matt Whalen, layout editor.

Nov 032014
 Posted by on November 3, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College’s “Bold Conversation” television campaign has earned a gold award in the international Davey Awards competition for 2014. Davey Awards honor “the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide.”

“This year’s Davey Award winners truly embody the idea of small firms with big ideas. The work entered into this year’s competition reflects a smart approach to creativity that highlights the capabilities and talents of small agencies worldwide,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Davey Awards.

The award was presented to the Smith & Jones Idea Agency, the Sturbridge, MA-based firm that  has been the college’s advertising agency since August 2011. Smith & Jones works with the offices of Communications and Marketing, Enrollment Management and Student Development, Graphics and Printing Services, and Viking Video Technologies to create and produce the college’s television commercials.

The TV commercials can be viewed here.



Oct 312014
 Posted by on October 31, 2014

Gratitude is extended to the Student Senate for organizing an engaging event for members of the college and regional communities. Thursday’s Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival attracted 1,208 attendees!

Costume-garbed children were entertained with games, Chartwells’ refreshments, face-painting, prize drawings, music, balloon artistry, pumpkins, clowns, dancing, magic, photos and much more!

The community outreach by the Student Senate included assistance from Eileen Maloney, Alfredo Balarin, Justin Hoyt and many, many volunteers including students, employees and departments.

Thank you to all who helped to make this such a successful event!

The Times Union published campus photographer Anthony Salamone’s photographs of the event.

Oct 292014
 Posted by on October 29, 2014

Jason Vandenburgh, a campus peace officer who also works as a patrolman in the Whitehall Police Department, saved someone from a possibly fatal heroin overdose by using a narcan kit. The Glens Falls Post Star reported on the recent incident.

Many of Hudson Valley Community College’s peace officers received training earlier this year in the proper use of the narcan kits.

Oct 242014
 Posted by on October 24, 2014

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) has earned finalist recognition for its submission earlier this year to the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Empire Awards. The Capital Region Chapter of PRSA created the Empire Awards competition in 2008 to celebrate and commemorate the triumphs of the programs, projects and people that strengthen, promote and sharpen the public relations profession.

In her role as coordinator of institutional advancement at the EOC, Katie Bradley submitted an entry packet to PRSA.

The EOC entry was submitted in the category of “integrated campaign,” which awards campaign programs that “employ the creative and effective integration and leadership of public relations strategies and tactics with other promotional marketing communications… and demonstrate the integration of strategies, plus the budget and measurement of return on investment of the communications to any stakeholder group, including employees, consumers, the media or shareholders.” The EOC entry focused on the campaign — “EOC is on the move” — used to market the center’s move to its new facility.

The PRSA will hold a recognition and award luncheon on Nov. 19.

Additional honorees are Philip Morris, CEO, Proctors, as Outstanding Communicator, and Rob Puglisi, director of communications, The Community Hospice, as Outstanding Practitioner. Other finalists also to be recognized:
— American Heart Association, “So many reasons”
— Corning Place Communications, “Making Equal Pay for Equal Work More than a Slogan”
— Corning Place Communications, “A New ERA for Upstate New York”
— NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, “STAR Registration Campaign to 2.7 Million Homeowners”
— Overit, “Overit gains press coverage to help secure athletic endorsements for local equestrian”
— Overit, “Non-Profit Organization, Center for Internet Security, Partners with Overit to Garner National Awareness and Executive Visibility”
—  Pierce Communications/Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, “Introducing the Remembrance Garden at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery”

My thanks and appreciation are extended to Katie Bradley along with Dennis Kennedy,, executive director of Communications and Marketing, and John Heiser, director of Graphics and Printing Services, for their great work in constructing the “EOC is on the move” campaign and for their joint efforts in submitting the entry packet to PRSA.

Oct 162014
 Posted by on October 16, 2014

Congratulations to Matt Alvey, Hudson Valley Community College’s head ice hockey coach, who will be inducted into the Lake Superior State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 as a member of the 1994 NCAA Championship Laker hockey team.

The team is being inducted for capturing the third NCAA title for GLSU in less than a decade after beating Boston University 9-1 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here is a link to the official announcement: http://www.lssu.edu/glsw/hof2014.php.


Oct 142014
 Posted by on October 14, 2014

Students in the Culinary Arts program at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center took home second place for the Judges’ Choice category and third place for the People’s Choice category in the Oct.12 Troy Chowderfest.

In their first year entering the competition, EOC students Warren Burras, Matthew Maloney and Mary Narron made a clam, corn, andouille sausage chowder served with a homemade honey cheddar biscuit stick. Using locally grown produce was one of the requirements of this year’s Chowderfest, and the EOC team used fresh corn from Hank’s Farm stand in Wynantskill that was grown at Hand Melon Farm in Greenwich.

The team, led by professor Joe Forget and assisted by EOC receptionist Erica Jackson and recruiter Millie Delgado, sold 30 gallons of chowder throughout the day. Professor Forget said, “I am so proud of our students, and we were so glad to be a part of the community that we have served for the past 48 years at the EOC.”

The EOC — a division of Hudson Valley Community College that each year delivers academic and workforce development programs to approximately 1,000 eligible adult learners at no cost — finished behind Jack’s Oyster House in the Judges’ Choice category at Chowderfest.

The Culinary Arts program provides workforce training for those interested in entry-level positions in the food service industry. Students enrolled in the program gain experience in all rotations in the kitchen laboratory, including providing lunch for EOC students and staff and executing wait staff techniques. Training includes theory and practice of hot and cold food production, desserts, entrees, catering, methods and procedures of stocks and sauces, knife skills, mis en place, weights, measures and mixing methods, cooking techniques, breads, kitchen equipment utilization and lite fare cuisine. Successful completion of the program provides graduates with the opportunity to earn the globally recognized National Restaurant Association ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.

EOC students practice their skills in the in-house restaurant called SPOONS.

Local media coverage of the eighth annual Chowederfest can be found in The Record and Times Union.

For more information about the event: http://www.downtowntroy.org/special-events/chowderfest.html

Oct 132014
 Posted by on October 13, 2014

Alfredo Balarin, assistant director of student life, is the recipient of the 2014 Leadership Council on Inclusion (LCI) Award. The award honors local college presidents, faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in diversity and inclusion on their campus.

Balarin was nominated by Larry Ellis, associate director of the center for counseling and transfer. Ellis represents Hudson Valley Community College on the LCI committee.

The Mission of the Leadership Council on Inclusion is to enhance and promote diversity and multicultural programs at educational institutions and agencies in the Capital Region of New York State. The council serves as a resource, advocate, and catalyst for the implementation of institutional change related to local and national issues of inclusion in education.

The awards ceremony is scheduled from 5 – 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 at the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Upper Sage Dining Hall.

Oct 032014
 Posted by on October 3, 2014


Please join us in congratulating Rosemary Schultz,  education specialist/professor from the School of Business Advisement Center.  She  has received the Academic Advising Certification of Completion. 

Rosemary has been an academic advisor with the college for 25 years. She began her career at Hudson Valley working part-time in the Continuing Education Division, joining the Business Administration department in 1997 in a full-time faculty position dedicated to providing advisement to business students. In her years at the college, Rosemary has been committed to doing her best with each individual student she advises. She believes that service is a critical ingredient of the college’s excellence. She is currently serving as a member of the Academic Senate, a delegate to the Faculty Association and the college’s delegate to the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System. She has continued her professional growth through study in a number of non-credit, undergraduate and graduate school courses.

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

Congratulations, Rosemary!