Jan 182018
 Posted by on January 18, 2018

Author W. L. “Bill” Staats, an emeritus professor of accounting at Hudson Valley and one of the college’s first recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award, has published the third in his book series, “On the Hudson.”

The first book, “Three Centuries on the Hudson River” discusses the 1696 fieldstone Dutch homestead on the east bank of the river that has been owned and occupied by the Staats family for twelve generations.  Bill wrote and published this interesting local/family history in 2010.

The book recounts the lives of the earliest residents of Hoogebergh but also include the retired accounting professor’s personal anecdotes about the ninth generation to live in the house, which survived the Great Depression. Staats’ widowed mother and seven children led a perilous life and survived, in part, only due to the generosity of an unwed uncle and maiden aunt.

He followed that with his second book, “Campus Capers on the Hudson,” which provides humorous anecdotes from the author’s nearly 50 years as a high school/college teacher in 2013.

His third and final book in the series, “Aging Suddenly at 83 On the Hudson” analyzes the often hilarious influences which led the now 85-year old writer to suddenly confront old age.

All three books are available at Amazon.com. For more information, you can email Professor Staats at Hoogebergh@aol.com.

Jan 172018
 Posted by on January 17, 2018

Dr. Ernest Rugenstein, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, represented Hudson Valley Community College at the American Historical Association’s 132nd conference held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. and participated in one of the poster presentations.

His poster, entitled Akwesasne, A Nation Divided by more than the St. Lawrence River, was with others in the presentation area just outside the exhibit hall, a high traffic area for large numbers of people passing by between sessions. It was a time of listening, learning and networking. The presentation time allowed poster creators an opportunity to explain their research and the aspects of the poster that isn’t in “black and white,” as well as interact with other presenters and conference participants.

“The exhibit process also brings those with expertise together that conduct similar research on various aspects of the poster topic. I had such an experience during my presentation when a fellow professor spoke about his experiences at Akwesasne while teaching at SUNY Plattsburgh. This type of interaction gives a richness to the overall involvement during this time and opens up new avenues of research,” Rugenstein said.

The poster currently is exhibited on the first floor of the Marvin Library Faculty Office Wing.

See more information here concerning the presentation:


Jan 162018
 Posted by on January 16, 2018

Tamu Chambers, a professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, is invited to participate in a SUNY-wide Black History Month event on Friday, Feb. 9.

Chambers is preparing a webinar honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that will be presented to SUNY’s Chief Diversity Officers, Chief Academic Officers and others. The presentation is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the SUNY System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI).

According to Chambers, the webinar presents a socio-historic perspective and a mini edu-drama that conveys Martin Luther King’s dream of valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion for all Americans and his global influence on cherishing humanity. It shows both the trajectory of civil rights accomplishments and the struggles that remain unfulfilled.

The webinar will be made available for those on campus interested in viewing it and/or showing it in their classes.

Jan 092018
 Posted by on January 9, 2018

Sue Grayson from the Dwight Marvin Library has received the Academic Advising Certification of Completion.

Please join me in congratulating Sue Grayson, associate professor/faculty librarian.

Sue has worked at the college for over 30 years. During that time, she has continually striven to improve in her professional and personal development. She has served on several campus committees including Personnel Resources Committee, College Sabbatical Committee, Instructional Resources Committee, and Cultural Affairs.

Sue is active in local Resource Sharing organizations, having served as chair of the Capital District Resource Sharing Committee and is currently serving on a statewide conference planning committee for the IDS Project (an Inter Library Loan organization).

This Academic Advising Certificate of completion complements Sue’s MLS and her Leadership Development Certificate of Completion, which she earned from the CET in 2007.

Congratulations, Sue!

Dec 152017
 Posted by on December 15, 2017

George Raneri, who has served as secretary to the college’s Board of Trustees for the past 18 years and previously served as a trustee from 1981 through 1998, has been named secretary for the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT).

NYCCT is a non-profit consortium of community college trustees who work to strengthen the effectiveness of the state’s community college governing boards in the development and implementation of public policy.

Raneri, who has served as Hudson Valley’s appointed delegate to NYCCT for 34 years, will serve as secretary for the statewide board and also join its executive committee.

In 2009, he was the recipient of the NYCCT Alice Holloway Young Award for Distinguished Service, which signifies service to a community college after the trustee’s retirement from the board.

Dec 052017
 Posted by on December 5, 2017

On the eve of the special election in Alabama to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat, Alice Malavasic, associate professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, has posted a “guest blog” on the University of North Carolina Press’s website.

Entitled “The Momentous Issue of Our National Soul,” the article explores the state of national affairs the last time senators were expelled from Congress in 1862 during the Civil War.

The UNC Press published Malavasic’s first book, The F Street Mess,” in 2017.

She also contributed an earlier guest blog, “What’s In A Name,” that provides some historical context to recent attempts by the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Dec 052017
 Posted by on December 5, 2017

A SUNY holiday tradition is “30 Days of Giving.” All 64 campuses are invited to submit articles to SUNY’s Big Ideas blog that highlight student volunteer and community projects.

Hudson Valley Community College’s Animal Outreach Club is featured on Day 10.

Dec 052017
 Posted by on December 5, 2017

Richard Garrison, who teaches Two-Dimensional Design in the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media, is a participant in the Pulse Miami Art Fair upcoming Dec. 7 to 10 in Miami Beach, FL.

Garrison’s work will be included in a two-person booth represented by Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY. Works by Garrison and Noah Loseberg are part of a “Conversations” area of the fair, that offers a unique focus for exhibitors and visitors to explore new visual and conceptual dialogues between two artists. Both artists transform common ideas, objects and experiences of daily life into exceptional objects of beauty.

Richard Garrison
Circular Color Scheme: Walmart, October 27-November 2, 2013, Page 1. “More Money For Your Halloween”, 2017
Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper
24″ x 24″ (60.1cm x 60.1cm)

Another of Garrison’s works is included in “When We Were Young: Rethinking Abstraction from the University at Albany Art Collections (1967-present)” on view through Dec. 16 at the University Art Museum, SUNY Albany.

Nov 302017
 Posted by on November 30, 2017

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is proud to say that we raised $19,356 on #GivingTuesday. We surpassed our goal by $4,356!

This success is all due to our generous campus community, alumni and friends who continue to support Hudson Valley and the Foundation.

Many thanks to all of those involved and who participated this year!

Nov 282017
 Posted by on November 28, 2017

Dr. Ernest R. (Rich) Rugenstein, a History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department liaison to the College in the High School Program, will represent Hudson Valley Community College at the American Historical Association’s 132nd Annual Meeting upcoming Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Washington D.C.

Rugenstin will present his poster, Akwesasne, A Nation Divided by More Than the St. Lawrence River at Poster Session #2 on Jan. 6. The poster is 56″ W x 44″ H.

The poster is based on his book, Akwesasne, Divided by more than the St. Lawrence River (Mélange Publishing, available through Amazon.com) Rugenstein currently uses the book in his course, Native American Culture of New York and New England (HIST 205).

Nov 142017
 Posted by on November 14, 2017

At the October Capital Area Archives annual dinner, James Davies, adjunct librarian at the Dwight Marvin Library, received the 2017 Sister Elaine Wheeler Award for Distinguished Services in Archives.

Davies was honored for his role as Local History Room librarian at the Albany Public Library, along with collaborator Anthony Opalka, Albany City historian. A full description of the award is available online.

In addition to providing reference services on Thursday mornings in the Writing and Research Center, Davies is also completing a project to review the Dwight Marvin Library’s special collections to identify overlap with local archival collections.

Nov 132017
 Posted by on November 13, 2017

Tamu Chambers, a professor in the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, will present “Definition of Diversity for Community Colleges: Campus! Curriculum! Culture! Clubs!” during SUNY’s annual diversity conference Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at the Albany Marriott.

Chambers also is a member of the planning committee for the 2017 conference, which is titled “Engaging Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in the Classroom, Campus and Community: Celebrating a Decade of Transformational Diversity Leadership.”

Ainsley Thomas, chief diversity office, and Fabian Vegan, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, also will represent Hudson Valley at the three-day conference.

SUNY is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all by building an equity mindset and developing wide-reaching campus initiatives that encourage inclusivity and diminish bias and discrimination. Through speakers, presenters and workshops, the conference aims to continue the work toward change that includes the classroom, the campus and surrounding communities. Success often is the result of individuals taking small actions, which over time foster change.

The conference, sponsored by SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the University Faculty Senate and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, is open to all faculty and staff. Please visit the conference website for more information and to register.

Nov 012017
 Posted by on November 1, 2017

Richard Garrison, who teaches Two-Dimensional Design in the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media, will participate in the Pulse Miami Art Fair upcoming Dec. 7 to 10 in Miami Beach, FL.

Garrison’s work will be included in a two-person booth represented by Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY.

One of Garrison’s works also is included in “When We Were Young: Rethinking Abstraction from the University at Albany Art Collections (1967-present)” on view through Dec. 16 at the University Art Museum, SUNY Albany. Another of the artist’s works is reproduced and discussed in “The Book Of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge” by Manuel Lima (Princeton Architectural Press, 2017).

Paintings by Ryan Parr, who teaches Drawing I, are included in the exhibition Masters of War, curated by Brian Cirmo at the Albany Center Gallery, 488 Broadway in Albany. The exhibition is on view through Friday, Dec. 1 with an opening reception Friday, Nov. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Oct 312017
 Posted by on October 31, 2017

The seventh annual Pumpkin Palooza  brought over 800 families and friends from our campus and the community to the McDonough Sports Complex on Oct. 26.

What’s becoming known as “the community halloween party,”  the day began with the pumpkin launch in front of the Administration Building, followed by the pumpkin decoration contest in the Campus Center, and concluding in the evening with plenty of fun and games, apple cider, and lots of candy, in McDonough.

Gratitude is extended to the Student Senate for organizing an engaging event for members of the college and local communities. Costume-garbed children were entertained with games, Mazzone’s refreshments, face-painting, prize drawings, music, balloon artistry, pumpkins, clowns, dancing, magic, photos, a train ride and much more.

The community outreach by the Student Senate included assistance from Eileen Maloney, Alfredo Balarin, Justin Hoyt, Carrie Farley, Andrew Fuda  and many volunteers.

See you next year!

Oct 302017
 Posted by on October 30, 2017

Alumnus Ryan Smithson, an author and Army veteran, will host an adaptation of his memoir “Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI,” at the university this week.

What began as an essay for a Hudson Valley Community College English class turned into much more when Ryan compiled his writings into his memoir, which was published by Collins in 2009. An adaptation of his book will be staged Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the university. Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company has adapted Smithson’s book for the stage.

More information can be found here.

Oct 192017
 Posted by on October 19, 2017

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, 35 College in the High School (CIHS) faculty attended a professional development day on campus.

Faculty had an opportunity to meet with department chairs and faculty liaisons to review syllabi and curriculum, visit labs, and discuss instructional techniques. In addition, presentations were provided on library resources by Brenda Hazard and Dr. Todd Wysocki, who discussed “Mindset Implications for Teaching and Learning.”

The faculty at our partner schools once again expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to visit with their colleagues on campus. Thanks to all who participated!

Oct 102017
 Posted by on October 10, 2017

“The F Street Mess — How Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act,” written by Alice Malavasic, associate professor in the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, now is available from The University of North Carolina Press.

Pushing back against the idea that the Slave Power conspiracy was merely an ideological construction, Malavasic argues that some southern politicians in the 1850s did indeed hold an inordinate amount of power in the antebellum Congress and used it to foster the interests of slavery. Malavasic focuses her argument on Senators David Rice Atchison of Missouri, Andrew Pickens Butler of South Carolina, and Robert M. T. Hunter and James Murray Mason of Virginia, known by their contemporaries as the “F Street Mess” for the location of the house they shared. Focusing on the Senators’ most significant achievement — forcing a rewrite of the Nebraska bill that repealed the restriction against slavery above the 36° 30′ parallel — Malavasic demonstrates how the F Street Mess’s mastery of the legislative process led to one of the most destructive pieces of legislation in United States history and helped pave the way to secession.

Orders for the book may be placed at the link above. “The F Street Mess” also is available at Amazon.com or wherever books are sold.

Oct 102017
 Posted by on October 10, 2017

Hudson Valley Community College women’s tennis student-athlete Sarah Sampson (Albany/Albany) won the NJCAA Region III No.3  Singles Tennis Championship and was named to the First-Team All-Region team on Sunday, Oct. 8 after defeating Onondaga’s Micah Mixon in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

Sampson became the seventh Hudson Valley student-athlete to earn First-Team All-Region honors since 2012 and the first since Kathleen Mai earned the honors as the Vikings No.2 singles player in 2015.

Oct 042017
 Posted by on October 4, 2017

Fine Arts faculty members Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor, and Thomas Lail, professor, both have work included in an annex exhibition curated by Jan Van Woensel to accompany “Lee Ranaldo: Lost Ideas” at the Culturcentrum De Steiger in Mene, Belgium. The exhibition opens Oct. 14.

Lail also has work included in a group exhibition, Selection ’17, at Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren St., Hudson. The exhibition opens with a reception on Oct. 14 and is on view through Nov. 19.

Oct 032017
 Posted by on October 3, 2017

Tamu Chambers, a professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, is invited to present at the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) second Biennial Conference upcoming Oct. 12 to 14, 2017 at the University of Ghana at Legon in Ghana, Africa.

The abstract for Professor Chambers’ presentation is entitled “21st Century Deconstructing History and Debunking Myths about African and African American Women in Print, Literature and Social Media: Michelle Obama, America’s First African American Lady ‘Talking Back’ – Vanquishing Stereotypes.” The conference theme, “African Studies and Global Politics” is addressed in 40 panels, six plenary sessions and 32 posters sessions selected from the more than 160 proposals submitted.

“This opportunity provides experiential and educational possibilities in enhancing African American History, African History, Cultural Diversity in American Society, as well as my Sociology courses,” Ms. Chambers said. Information and knowledge gained at the conference “regarding Ancient Africa and Ghana, the area in which many Africans were scattered throughout the diaspora, will be shared with the campus community when scheduling diversity, equity and inclusion programs, [and for] curriculum enhancement.”

Oct 022017
 Posted by on October 2, 2017

Professor Valarie Lang and I, co-advisors of the Animal Outreach Club, are pleased to announce that the Animal Outreach Club of Hudson Valley Community College raised $577.26 in last week’s fund-raising drive to help animals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

This is a wonderful tribute to the hard work of club members and it also is a testimony to the generosity of all campus members. Thank you to all for all your help as we donate this money to help animals in need from the hurricanes.

Alan P. Joseph
Assistant Professor

Sep 262017
 Posted by on September 26, 2017

Ann Plourde, an instructor in the Teacher Preparation Department, has received the Teaching and Learning Certification of Completion. Please join me in congratulating Ann!

Ann has been with the college for 14 years. Throughout her time teaching and serving the students at Hudson Community College, Ann has actively pursued and participated in workshops and trainings to strengthen her pedagogical knowledge and strategies.

Ann brings her years of teaching experience working with young children into the many courses she teaches which include on-campus, online and hybrid formats. Additionally Ann was trained as an Academic Advisor and serves as a resource for Teacher Preparation Department students as they navigate their degree requirements.

Congratulations, Ann Plourde!

Sep 262017
 Posted by on September 26, 2017

Tamu Chamber, professor in the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, is invited to participate in Conversation in the Disciplines (CID), a SUNY Chancellor initiative.

The topic for this CID is “Accessing Diversity Outcomes.” It is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 at Morrisville State College.

The goal for this Conversations in the Disciplines is generate a report that details best practices that can be used by campuses across SUNY to develop Course and Program Learning Outcomes (CPLO), which address diversity, equity, and inclusion and to develop plans to assess these outcomes.

Professor Chambers is an educator input liaison to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Amistad Commission.