Dec 022016
 Posted by on December 2, 2016

Casey Ryan, a full-time instructor in the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department, presented her research on two topics at the American Society of Criminology conference in November: (1) Law enforcement’s use of Twitter as a non-investigative tool, and (2) Language the media uses to discuss youth who engage in sexting behavior.

The theme of the 2016 conference, held in New Orleans, was “The Many Colors of Crime & Justice.”

Dec 022016
 Posted by on December 2, 2016

Fine Arts Professor Thomas Lail’s  work is included in “Mediating Illusion: Landscapes” on view at the Albany Public Library Pine Hills Branch  through March 26, 2017.

The exhibition examines approaches to contemporary landscape in art and also features works by Theresa Bloise, Michael Oatman, and Charles Sommer. The exhibition was curated by Hudson Valley Community College Gallery Studies alumna Jessica Cone, the library’s art exhibition coordinator.

An opening is scheduled for Friday, Dec. from 6 to 8 p.m. The Pine Hills Library is located at 517 Western Ave. in Albany. More information:

Dec 012016
 Posted by on December 1, 2016
The Paramedic department receiving a donation of cardiac monitor training equipment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The Paramedic department receiving a donation of cardiac monitor training equipment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Hudson Valley Community College Paramedic students and their faculty members celebrated the acquisition of a new, state-of-the-art cardiac monitor/defibrillator on Weds., Nov. 30, with those who helped fund the new equipment.

Funding from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation helped pay for a LifePak 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator worth nearly $19,000, and representatives from Firehouse Subs were at the paramedic training facilities at 400 Jordan Road in North Greenbush to help announce the gift.

About 50 of the college’s Paramedic students joined President Drew Matonak, Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department Chair Patty Hyland and other members of the college staff to thank Firehouse Subs representatives.

Faculty and students demonstrated how the equipment will be used in training.

On hand were local Firehouse Subs franchisee Joe Deeb, Firehouse Subs Area Representative David Tucci and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Foundation Programs Jackie Gubbins. Funding for the equipment was accepted by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation.

The LifePak 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator will help train the college’s Paramedic students to better respond to cardiac arrests in the field and those in need of Advanced Life Support.

In 2005, founders of the Firehouse Subs chain of restaurants established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Its mission is to provide funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. To date, the foundation has given more than $23 million to hometown heroes, including more than $253,000 in New York.

Nov 302016
 Posted by on November 30, 2016

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 a CAE 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 received a Fall 2016 Engagement Award:

Nicole Durlack (GAP Award)
Cesar Lamb Tavarez
Stanley Azor
Tajmaleek Beckett
Josiah Swift
Malik Jones
Adolfo Peralta

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

Marvin St. Vil
Ragu Rathore

In addition, we selected Mike Muehling, head football coach, to receive the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award. We, at the CAE, are extremely grateful for his support of this office and our services.

We congratulate everyone on a successful semester!

The CAE Team

Nov 292016
 Posted by on November 29, 2016

A recent $10,000 gift from the Touhey Family Foundation will benefit students in the Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) through the college’s Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

The Touhey Family Foundation expressed its preference to target at-risk students when it approached the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation about a gift, according to Regina LaGatta, interim executive director of the Foundation. CASP, which provides services to promote the academic and personal growth of traditionally underrepresented students, proved to be a good match.

“This generous donation from the Touhey Family Foundation will make a great deal of difference in the lives of students,” said Roy Pompey, coordinator of the Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP). “Each semester, a number of CASP students face catastrophic emergencies or hardships that could cause them to withdraw from the college. But because CASP is able to ease their burden by providing financial assistance, the students are able to maintain their academics and remain in college,” he said. “We are very pleased to receive this gift.”

Nov 282016
 Posted by on November 28, 2016

Marilyn Shapiro, who retired from the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) in 2010, recently published “There Goes My Heart.”

The collection of over 40 personal essays captures special moments in a lifetime spent in Upstate New York, Florida, Colorado, and beyond. Her experiences as both an educator and an administrator at the EOC and its Hudson Valley Community College connection are woven into the narrative of several of the stories.

Her Amazon author page states, “Readers will empathize with these true stories of dating, marriage, raising children, and caring for elderly parents through the author’s wit edged with appreciation and love of family and friends.”

From 1986 through 1999, Shapiro taught academic courses at the EOC, including high school equivalency, college preparation, and study skills, attaining the rank of professor in 1998. In 2000, she moved into administrative positions, first as Assistant to the Director and then as Coordinator of Program Development and Research. She was the recipient of both Excellence in Teaching and the Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service.

Since 2013, Marilyn has been a regular contributor to The Jewish World, a Schenectady-based bi-weekly newspaper. A longtime resident of Clifton Park, she and her husband relocated to Kissimmee, Florida, in 2015. She is the author of over 70 articles published in The Jewish World, the Schenectady Gazette, and several educational publications.

“There Goes My Heart,” her first book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle e-reader format.

The Heritage Florida Jewish News published an article about Sharpiro’s new book.


Nov 212016
 Posted by on November 21, 2016

Congratulations to Lori Purcell and the Mortuary Science faculty and staff for a successful re-accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

The COA acknowledged the significant effort put forth to achieve re-accreditation. The identified program strengths included the quality of the on-campus embalming facility, financial support of the program and general administrative support particularly in assessment. In addition, the COA recognized the improved NBE scores and the considerable efforts of the new department chair. The re-accreditation is for the full seven (7) years.

I would personally like to thank Lori Purcell, Matt Lansing, Suzanne Pohlmann and all of the faculty and staff who helped to make this happen!


Carol Bosco, PhD
Dean of Health Sciences

Nov 162016
 Posted by on November 16, 2016

A new banner — on view in the Science Center — celebrates the production of the 10th Edition of “The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual” by James W. Zubrick, professor of Chemistry. The new banner depicts covers of the 10 English editions added to the Japanese and Portuguese editions. The 12 are arranged in a circle as the hours of a clock with the caption, “Time for World-Class Chemistry,” at the top, and a pair of clock hands set to noon, pointing directly at the latest 10th edition.

The previous banner, “World-Class Chemistry Teaching,” although absent the 10th edition cover, has proven to be quite a recruitment tool over the past few years, as visitors stopped and got their picture taken with the nine editions along with the Japanese and Portuguese covers as a backdrop.

Please come and see the banner in the laboratory window of SCI-220!

Adoptions of the 10th edition still include Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, and, of course, Hudson Valley Community College.

Nov 142016
 Posted by on November 14, 2016

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Open House on Saturday, Nov. 12. Your contributions and time spent with Hudson Valley’s prospective students makes a tremendous impact on our recruitment efforts.  Without the help of everyone our job would not be possible. We had an great turn out Saturday, welcoming 327 prospective students with their family and friends.

I especially want to thank the behind the scenes departments (Special Events/Facilities Utilization, Graphics/Printshop, Viking Video Technologies and Pysical Plant) for their hard work in regards to Open House.

Without the assistance, presentations, guidance and hard work from everyone, this event would not be possible.

Some of the comments include:

Really liked the extensive extra help.

I like how we got the opportunity to speak to students in the program (nursing).

Overall I believe the Open House was very informational.

Instructors were very informative.

Enjoyed meeting the teachers.

Very well organized.

Great campus, very helpful and can’t wait to start here.

Listening to the freshman and senior dental hygiene students was very informative and encouraging. It was a huge help.

Beautiful campus. Mr. Baxter was very informative. Excellent!

Thank you to Brian in Individual Studies for giving us a tour in the Digital Media Building.

If any of you have any comments or concerns about this year’s open house, please feel free to email me at I am always looking for new ways to improve the way we present ourselves to prospective students.

Please mark your calendars: next year’s Open House will be on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.


Oct 132016
 Posted by on October 13, 2016

Tara Fracalossi, an assistant professor in the department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media who also serves as director of the Teaching Gallery, was named “Artist of the Year” by the Albany Center Gallery.

She will receive the 2016 Mona Ruth Brickman Memorial Artist of the Year award during the Albany Center Gallery’s 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Renaissance Albany.

Fracalossi, a photographer, received a Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Albany and a BFA from the University of Vermont. She has exhibited locally and internationally, and is a recipient of two Photographer’s Fund Fellowships from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, a Fullbright travel grant from the US Department of State and several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

“Archive,” Fracalossi’s ever-expanding body of work, is composed from tens of thousands of images that capture and preserve fleeting moments. The images are selected, combined and re-combined in accordance with various rules, resulting in compositions that map commonalities, disjunctions and arbitrary collisions that form the basis of any language, any thought or any mode of being.

Archive (grey, blue stripes, square) 2015 Hand-cut archival inkjet prints and graphite on paper on aluminum, 18 x 18 inches

More information about the anniversary gala is available at

Oct 042016
 Posted by on October 4, 2016

Fine Arts Professor Thomas Lail has a recent drawing included in the Huffington Post’s “If This Art Could Vote” project featuring artists and artworks responding to the 2016 election.

Please follow the link before for more information, and to view drawings by Lail and other artists:

Sep 212016
 Posted by on September 21, 2016

Fine Arts Professor Thomas Lail will have recent drawings included in the Annual Exhibition at the historic Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, NY.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held  Saturday, Oct. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through Nov. 13.

Work for the exhibition was selected by Nicole Hayes, curator of The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. For more information and directions, please visit

Sep 202016
 Posted by on September 20, 2016

Fine Arts Professor Thomas Lail is one of three artists presenting gallery talks at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz in conjunction with the exhibition “Campsite,” currently on view at the museum. The talks will take place in the exhibition space of the museum at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Lail will the joined by exhibition curator Corinna Ripps Schaming, and Ruby Palmer and Amy Talluto, two other artists in the exhibition that also includes work by Tara Fracalossi, assistant Fine Arts professor and director of the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College.

“Campsite” remains on view at the Dorsky Museum through Sunday, Nov. 13. For more information:

Sep 192016
 Posted by on September 19, 2016

“Celebrating Troy: 200×200” is a new community-based exhibit at the Rensselaer County Historical Society that tells the story of the city through 200 artifacts. The exhibit mark Troy’s bicentennial as a city.

The college archives, located in the Marvin Library, loaned two items to the exhibit – an original architectural rendering of the campus from 1960 and a recent aerial drone photograph of the campus. The exhibit officially opens on Sept. 30 during Troy Night Out but you can read more about it in this Times Union article from last Friday.

Aug 292016
 Posted by on August 29, 2016

Peter Fil, instructor in the CADD certificate program, competed in the first Pan Am Mulimpia in Las Vegas this summer to win a gold medal for individual form and a silver medal in paper cutting in Haidong Gumdo (Way of the Sword).

Mulimpia refers to the world class martial arts tournament, where martial artists gather from all over the world to put their skills on display. Martial arts  included Taekwondo, Haidong Gumdo, Tangsoodo, Hosinsul, along with cutting and breaking technique competitions.

Peter trains in Haidong Gumdo regularly at Master Yang’s Martial Arts Center in Latham and has taken seminars in Alpha Krav Maga and Gracie Jiu Jitsu.


Aug 222016
 Posted by on August 22, 2016

On Sunday, Aug. 21, Alex Popovics, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Development, completed a 50k (31 mile) Ultra Marathon Trail Run in Gatineau, Canada.

The run was part of a two-day event presented by i2P (impossible2Possible) that included 100k, 50k, 36k, 23k, 12.5k and 10k events over a variety of trails.

The 50k on Aug. 21 started and finished at Breton Beach in Lac Philippe.

Aug 092016
 Posted by on August 9, 2016

More than 150 parents, family members and students attended a Parent/Family Orientation on Saturday, Aug. 6 in the Maureen Stapleton Theater.

Following President Drew Matonak’s welcome and opening remarks, attendees took part in presentations by various academic departments and finished the day with a tour.

Typical survey comments: “Thank you for this opportunity.” “This information will better support my child on a path to success.” “An excellent opportunity for parents.”

Thank you to everyone who made this orientation event a triumphant success.


Jul 252016
 Posted by on July 25, 2016

The college’s Grants Development Office is pleased to announce receipt of an award from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The college will receive up to $18,995 with which to purchase a Lifepak AED (automated external defibrillator) and accessories for use by students in the Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department.

Having a new, state-of-the-art Lifepak 15 available for student use and practice will greatly enhance the learning experience and allow graduates to become more confident in their abilities in emergency situations, reducing stress and response time.

Patricia Hyland, chair of the Caridorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department, assisted with preparation of the grant application.

Jul 112016
 Posted by on July 11, 2016

Former college retention specialist Ryan Stadler has recently published a book about his struggles with obesity and Type I diabetes. Stadler wrote “Living on Sugar Mountain: The Journey of One Man’s Life Down a Path of Uncertainty,” while recovering from a devastating amputation of his right leg. The book is now available through Amazon on Kindle and in paperback.

Jul 062016
 Posted by on July 6, 2016

The work of Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor in the Fine Arts department, is part of a two-person exhibition, “Compound Fragments,” opening Friday, July 8 at the Albany Center Gallery.

The exhibition includes recent photographic work by Fracalossi from her ongoing “Archive” series, alongside work by Katherine Chwazik.

An opening reception is scheduled for  5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 15; the exhibition remains on view through Aug. 12. The Albany Center Gallery is located at 39 Columbia St.

“Compound Fragments” runs concurrently with the exhibition “Campsite” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, which features a large scale  installation by Fracalossi and works by Thomas Lail, associate professor in the Fine Arts department.

For more information about “Compound Fragments:”

For more information about “Campsite:”

Jun 202016
 Posted by on June 20, 2016

Andrea Hanley, a member of the Foundation Board of Directors, was featured June 17-23 issue of the Albany Business Review. Hanley, along with her brothers Al and Michael, operates the CDL School in Menands. The family-owned commercial driving school is opening its sixth location this summer.

Congratulations to Andrea and the CDL School.

Please click here to read the article.

Jun 172016
 Posted by on June 17, 2016

Faculty member Dan Polak informed the Campus Chronicle that one of his students, Amy St. Clair, has recently been published in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore.

Professor Polak assigned his Honors students the task of analyzing an article in the journal written by colleague and friend, Stephen Alcorn, according to specific conceptual and theoretical guidelines. Both Professors Alcorn and Polak thought Amy’s piece was good enough to be published alongside the other scholarly work in this journal.

Amy’s article.

Quite an accomplishment for one of our Liberal Arts HonorScholar students!


Jun 162016
 Posted by on June 16, 2016

The Grants Office at Hudson Valley Community College recently received a $20,000 grant from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation. The funds will support College in the High School scholarships for students from low to moderate income households. In particular, it will allow the college to assist students from families without a legacy of college attendance.

Hudson Valley’s College in the High School offers more than 90 college-level courses during the regular school day at high schools across the Capital Region. The program gives students an opportunity to experience college-level coursework while still in high school and at a decreased cost. Tuition for College in the High School students is reduced to $50 per credit hour.

The William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation also provided grants of $15,000 to support College in the High School students in 2007, 2010 and 2014.


Jun 162016
 Posted by on June 16, 2016

For the second year in a row, Hudson Valley Community College was voted third place best college in the Times Union’s 2016 “Best of the Capital Region” readers’ poll.

The official results were:
1) University at Albany
2) Siena College
3) Hudson Valley Community College
4) RPI
5) Union College
6) The College of Saint Rose
7) The Sage Colleges
8) Skidmore College

Hudson Valley again is the only two-year college to place among the top colleges in the region. Prior to 2015, the poll included a “best two-year college” category, in which Hudson Valley Community College took first place for six consecutive years (2009-2014).

The Times Union reported that 13,121 readers voted on 92 categories — up 14 from 2015 — in this year’s poll.