Nov 232015
 Posted by on November 23, 2015

A new book featuring the work of Associate Professor Thomas Lail, a fine arts faculty member, has been published by the Munich-based design project, 100for10.

The book, titled “All Our Pretty Yesterdays,” surveys Lail’s work from the past five years and features essays by free-lance writer Amy Griffin, Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor of Fine Arts, and Elana Bernard, a Fine Arts department alumna.

“All Our Pretty Yesterdays” is available through the 100for10 website:








Cover of Thomas Lail:
ALL Our Pretty Yesterdays,
100for10, 2015
Nov 172015
 Posted by on November 17, 2015

John Longton, The Hudsonian’s sports editor, had an article (see below) published in The Schenectady Gazette on Sept. 16.

Longton currently is interning at The Gazette in the sports department and enrolled in the Journalism Internship course at Hudson Valley Community College, according to Rachel Borrn, associate professor of English and faculty advisor to the Hudsonian.

Wrestling: Northeast Duals tourney is all grown up
By John Longton

TROY — There’s not a collegiate wrestling program within 65 miles of the Capital Region, but for one weekend, it became the Mecca of the sport.

On Sunday, Hudson Valley Community College played host to 20 Division I wrestling programs for the 13th annual Journeymen Northeast Duals tournament. Headlining the event was two-time NCAA heavyweight champion Nick Gwiazdowski, a graduate of Duanesburg High School who wrestles for North Carolina State.

Fans traveled for miles and packed the McDonough sports complex to get a glimpse of premier college wrestling.

“College wrestling is basically the professional level of our sport, besides the Olympics. So this is like the Boston Celtics playing several games in your area,” said Michael Verge, the wrestling coach of St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. Verge traveled three hours to be at the event, and said, “It was well worth the drive.”

Every year, Frank Popolizio, Journeymen Wrestling founder and director, attracts more and more major wrestling programs to his tournament, and has built the Northeast Duels into a top-five tournament in the nation.

“It’s come a long way,” said Popolizo. “Originally, when we did it back 13 years ago, there were four teams and they were mid-majors and they weren’t what we call the mainstay teams of college wrestling you saw today.”

Seven out of the top 25 teams made Troy their home this past weekend and about 2,000 fans turned out for the event. The match that most people wanted to see was the No. 1-ranked Gwiazdowski taking on No. 7-ranked Michael Kroells of Minnesota.

The match was the last of the day for both teams and was symbolic for the tournament and for Gwiazdowski. Without Gwiazdowski’s knowledge, Frank Popolizio brought in a Duanesburg wrestling mat and scheduled all three Wolfpack duels on it. The mat had past Duanesburg wrestler’s names, including Gwiazdowski’s, printed on it.

“I’ll wrestle on the street. It doesn’t matter,” said

Gwiazdowski after defeating Kroells 9-3. “That’s kind of cool, [to wrestle] on my home mat with my name on it.”

In the match, the Delanson native was in control, wrestling in front of friends and family.

“All my family and friends who I don’t see very often came out. So that was a big motivator,” said Gwiazdowski.

Frank Popolizio’s brother, Pat, coaches the Wolfpack and has had the luxury of being involved with Gwiazdowski during his collegiate career. When Gwiazdowski was a freshman at Bingamton, Popolizio was his coach. After that season, Popolizio took the job at NC State and Gwiazdowski went with him.

“I think we complement each other pretty well in our personalities,” said

Gwiazdowski about his coach. “He helps me think with things not just on the mat. Motivating and mindset wise and stuff like that.”

“He’s a special kid and obviously going for his third title,” said Pat Popolizio about his heavyweight wrestler, who has a 58-match winning streak. “He’s up for the challenge, and is doing everything he can to get better.”

Nov 162015
 Posted by on November 16, 2015

The Office of Admissions welcomed 441 prospective students and their families on Saturday, Nov. 14 for this year’s fall Open House (approximately 1,100 total visitors).  This was our second highest attendance!

Some of the comments from the evaluations include the following:

Informative experience, would recommend to everyone!

Everyone was very nice and super helpful in pointing me in the right direction.

The overall experience really showed me that I am in the right place to continue my education.

Engineering Seminar was very helpful and informative.

It was very well organized.

Very clean and well kept campus!

The staff in the Hygiene Dept. had a very good presentation, very informative, impressive attitude in their desire to help students succeed.

Looking forward to attending the Criminal Justice program this fall!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Open House including the behind the scenes departments (events/scheduling, graphics/printing, AV, maintenance/custodial) for all of their hard work. The 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.

If you have any comments or concerns about this year’s open house, please feel free to e-mail 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. 12, 2016!

Nov 102015
 Posted by on November 10, 2015

Jennifer Acker, senior clerk for interlibrary loan at the Dwight Marvin Library, is one of several featured speakers at the South Central (NY) Regional Library Council annual meeting at SUNY Cortland on Nov. 10, 2015.

The conference is titled “A.I.M. (Assess, Improve, Market) to be a Resource Sharing Superhero!” Acker will present on the interlibrary loan unit’s assessment activities completed last year. Other speakers include librarians from Cornell University and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Hudson Valley’s assessment project also was featured at this summer’s IDS Project annual meeting and is serving as a model for other academic libraries to collect feedback from users, analyze service, and engage in continuous improvement.

Nov 042015
 Posted by on November 4, 2015

Ballston Spa CSD receives District of Distinction Award
Nov. 2, 2015/Ballston Journal Online

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District has been designated as a “District of Distinction” by the nationwide District Administration (DA) publication, the most read resource in K-12 education, for its work advancing the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS).

Districts of Distinction is DA’s national recognition program honoring school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. The program recognizes established initiatives that are yielding real results and that can be replicated by other school districts.

Ballston Spa Central School District, along with its higher education and business partners, operates the Clean Tech ECHS. The mission of the program is to develop and support pathways to higher education that lead to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields through rigorous academic programming and a collaborative approach to learning. It provides high school students an opportunity to work towards an Associate’s Degree while preparing them to transition into key industry sectors with employers in our region.

“This award recognizes the hard work of our faculty, staff and partners at Hudson Valley Community College who are in the classrooms every day managing and implementing this unique program,” said Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent, Ballston Spa Central School District.  Further, “We greatly appreciate the support of all of our partners across all sectors that help make this program possible.”

The Clean Tech ECHS was developed in 2011 by the Ballston Spa School district in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The program leverages its relationship with over 45 leaders in business and industry, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the State University of New York (SUNY) and HVCC to provide authentic learning experiences for students. The program was designated as a NYS P-TECH school in 2013.

Nov 032015
 Posted by on November 3, 2015

Patrick Gareau, a 2015 Individual Studies graduate who served as editor of The Hudsonian at Hudson Valley Community College, was among an elite group of SUNY student and faculty, who participated in last week’s conference in New York City.

Gareau, who currently takes classes at both SUNY Albany and Hudson Valley, participated in the two-day conference as a SUNYCON Fellow representing Hudson Valley Community College. Fellows attended exclusive conference sessions and were charged with continuing the SUNYCON discussion at their home campuses.

President Drew Matonak also attended SUNYCON.

“As we spend the next two days reimagining a higher education sector that is not just sustainable, but thriving, it is critical that we provide a vehicle for our discussions, discoveries, and ideas to keep moving forward once SUNYCON has wrapped up,” said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “These SUNY students and faculty were chosen for their interest in innovation in higher education, and we have every confidence that their SUNYCON experience will be an enriching one for them, personally, and for their campuses, as they return home with new tools, clearer vision, and a broader network of connections in their fields.”

The SUNYCON fellows had exclusive access to featured speakers and discussions as national thought leaders in higher education, business, and philanthropy addressed the overall theme of Building a New Business Model for the Academy: Partnerships, Affiliations, Mergers & Acquisitions.

Oct 162015
 Posted by on October 16, 2015

Assistant Professor Kenny Tremont will be a featured presenter at The Saratoga Auto Museum’s “Lost Speedways” program on Nov. 28. This article from Race Pro Weekly outlines the addition of Tremont, one of the nation’s top short track racers, to the presenters’ lineup.

Tremont won the Track Championships at Albany/Saratoga and Devil’s Bowl this year, and the Small Block Championship at Lebanon Valley. He also placed 2nd in the Syracuse 200 and 2nd in the Lebanon Valley Big Block championship series.

Oct 092015
 Posted by on October 9, 2015

The following Q&A with Richard Monda, a part-time faculty member in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department, appeared in The Sunday Gazette on Oct. 4, 2015.

‘Star Talk’ celebrates 30th year at The Gazette
by Jeff Wilkin

Schenectady resident Richard Monda, an astronomy instructor who has written The Daily Gazette's “Star Talk” column for 30 years, stands next to the Carragan telescope, a reflecting telescope owned by the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers.

Schenectady resident Richard Monda, an astronomy instructor who has written The Daily Gazette’s “Star Talk” column for 30 years, stands next to the Carragan telescope, a reflecting telescope owned by the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers.

Sunny days are OK — but Richard Monda prefers starry nights.

“It’s just the beauty of the night sky, the beauty of natural phenomenon and the fact we don’t need any specialized equipment to see the night sky,” said Monda, who has been writing The Daily Gazette’s astronomy column “Star Talk” for 30 years now. “We just need to go outside and look up and become familiar with it. Astronomy is accessible to everyone.”

Halley’s Comet was preparing for its return to earth in 1986 when Monda proposed a column devoted to stars, planets, constellations and other celestial issues. Newspaper editors bought the idea, and the first “Star Talk” was published on Saturday, Oct. 5, 1985. The feature appears in the Life & Arts section of the newspaper on the last Sunday of the month.

Monda, 58, who lives in Schenectady and is a physics and astronomy instructor at Hudson Valley Community College, celebrated the anniversary by talking about the sun, comets, mind-bending numbers and the possibility of other life in the universe during a cosmic question-and-answer session.

Q: What have been your topics over the last 30 years?

A: It’s a gamut of things, from space program topics to what’s in the current sky, the planets. I try to write about what’s current, what would interest people. I also try to write about space program events that happen. In the popular press, you don’t hear any more about it, so I try to do follow-ups on those kinds of things. Current events, I’ve written about the results of the Pluto fly-by, the lunar eclipse. I’m thinking about for my next one: On July 14, when the New Horizons probe flew by Pluto, it was 50 years to the day that Mariner 4 flew by the planet Mars, the first successful NASA mission to Mars, so NASA’s been at Mars for 50 years this year.

Q: It seems like people are not as interested in the space program, not like they were during the Gemini and Apollo programs of the 1960s. Have we, as a nation, become jaded over space events?

A: Those were manned missions, and there is always a bigger interest in manned missions, people going out into space. We had a great impetus in the ’60s to reach the moon, and it was really politically driven. Some will claim it was really the very last mission to the moon, Apollo 17, which was really the true scientific mission to the moon.

Q: What things can be easily seen in the night sky?

A: Of course, the planets. They appear to our eyes as bright, star-like objects, but through a small amateur telescope, they’ll take on shape and you can see some of the obvious details of the planets. The moon is a good object to observe with binoculars. Visually, we can’t see any craters, but with binoculars, you can. With binoculars, you can even see the moons of Jupiter if you hold them steady enough.

Q: People know you’re an astronomy guy. What do they ask you about?

A: They ask me what’s going on in the sky and about some of the misunderstandings they have. One popular topic with the New Horizons fly-by of Pluto is about the Pluto planet controversy. Some professional astronomers think it should be considered a planet. It’s been re-defined as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union, so there’s adamant feelings about that even at the professional level. They ask me about eclipses, comets, planets.

Q: What are your favorite topics?

A: I’m a stellar astronomer, so I like observing what are called deep sky objects. When I was in graduate school, my research area was star-forming regions in the galaxy, so that’s where my primary interest is. I teach general overview astronomy courses, which are about basic physical principles, the planets, the motions in the night sky and stellar evolution.

Q: What’s the neatest thing you’ve ever seen through a telescope?

A: One of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen, one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen was something that wasn’t through a telescope, and that was the auroral display, the Northern Lights display of March 13, 1989, because that was a very intense, very colorful Northern Lights display. Even from the city, you could see the intensity of the colors.

Q: How many unknowns are there in the universe?

A: How many unknowns … is unknown. Some of the modern-day topics in astrophysics are what’s called dark matter and dark energy. We don’t know what it is, they’re just names we give to what we see the evidence for. In the case for dark matter, how galaxies rotate, suggests there’s something out beyond the galaxies that we don’t know what it is. The name for it is dark matter. Hubble, in the early 1990s, found that the expansion of the universe over time is accelerating and nobody knows what that is. It’s gone by a number of names, but the accepted name is dark energy. Some call it negative pressure; there have been different names for it. These are the real hot topics in modern-day astrophysical research.

Q: Occasionally, we’ll read about comets or asteroids passing close to the planet. How come some giant object hasn’t knocked out Earth yet?

A: It may have happened in the past, we’ve been fortunate. The cratering rate of the solar system has decreased since the solar system has formed . . . but there is something out there marked for Earth delivery, and given enough time, it isn’t a question of if it will happen, it’s a question of when.

Q: We’ve seen this scenario in science fiction movies. What would happen on Earth if something was on a collision course?

A: It all depends on how far out we detect it and the size of the object. Hopefully, we’ll have the technology by then to just nudge its path so it will miss the Earth.

Q: The sheer high numbers in astronomy, like the sun’s age, must knock you out.

A: The accepted age for the sun in the solar system is 41⁄2 billion years. We say the average lifetime of the sun is 10 billion years, but the sun is slowly getting hotter as the eons go by. So it will be long before 5 billion years that this planet won’t be habitable. It will be global warming on steroids.

Q: What will happen when the sun cashes out for good?

A: There are already discussions of moving out into the solar system. People look to the moon of Jupiter called Europa because there’s been speculations and now just recently there’s been some real strong evidence that it does have an underground ocean and of course, the eventual colonization of Mars.

Right now, for the first humans to go to Mars, NASA’s talking about the 2030s. There are some substantial problems to be overcome, like radiation in space, long-term zero gravity conditions and what that does to muscles or bones.

Q: How about some other mind-numbing numerical facts?

A: We say an average galaxy has 100 billion stars and it’s estimated there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe. So that means there’s 100 billion times 100 billion stars in the universe. Something much closer, the nearest star to us is 4.3 light years away. A light year is 6 trillion miles, so that’s 4.3 times 6 trillion miles away, which is roughly 25 trillion miles away and that’s the nearest star.

Q: People wonder if we’re alone. What do you think?

A: We’ve discovered, since the ’90s, objects around other stars have been found, most of them indirectly, but a few are what people believe are images of objects around other stars. We know about exo planets now, planets around other stars. There are at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone, we’re including planets just around the stars in our relative vicinity of the Milky Way. Statistically, it would seem there’s life elsewhere. The feeling in the astronomical community is that primitive life forms are probably prevalent. Intelligent life is rare.

Oct 052015
 Posted by on October 5, 2015

Jay Deitchman, Ph.D., coordinator for International Student Services at Hudson Valley Community College, was one of six panelists at a recent round table discussion on “Doing Business in China: Supporting American Entrepreneurs and their Chinese Counterparts.”

The discussion, moderated by NYS Assemblyman John McDonald, was held Oct. 5 in the Meeting House at The Crossings in Colonie and was designed to provide practical advice on promoting international trade with China.

Deitchman departs Oct. 13 for a 10-day student recruitment tour in China. He represents the only community college among about 25 schools participating in the tour, which will visit college fairs and high schools in four cities.

Other panelists at the round table were Kathryn Bamberger, Empire State Development Corporation; Jerry Shaye, Shaye Global; Yueqian Jin, College Factual Asia Area Team; and Dejun Cao and Tom Narins, both professors at the University at Albany.

The round table was followed by a live webcast from Washington, DC on foreign direct investment (FDI) in China with Robert Rubin, secretary of the treasury under President Bill Clinton; Sheldon Day, mayor of Thomasville, Alabama; Daniel Rosen, Rhodium Group, and Stephen Orlins, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.


Oct 012015
 Posted by on October 1, 2015

Kenyetta Zackery, a freshman majoring in Human Services, was recognized along with 20 others at the 16th annual Resourceful Women’s Luncheon presented by the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

Zackery, a graduate of the YWCA’s Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work Program, was honored as a “Woman of Inspiration.” She joined NewChannel 13’s Benita Zahn, named “Resourceful Woman of the Year,” and 19 other award recipients.

An article in The Record includes more information about the honorees and event, held Sept. 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.

Sep 092015
 Posted by on September 9, 2015

President Andrew Matonak attended the Sept. 8 meeting of the Rensselaer County Legisature, which recognized his 10-year tenure as President of Hudson Valley Community College.

Legislators presented Drew with a commemorative copy of a special resolution passed unanimously at their Aug. 11 meeting. Click here to read the resolution.

Sep 082015
 Posted by on September 8, 2015

Faculty member John Ostwald was the keynote speaker at a Hoosick Falls Vietnam veterans appreciation event on August 8 at Wood Memorial Park in Hoosick Falls.

Ostwald is a Vietnam Era Vet (US Navy) and co-founder of the college’s Armed Forces Club. He sits on the advisory boards of  Soldier’s Heart, Heroes at Home and Rensselaer County Veterans Service Agency.

Sep 012015
 Posted by on September 1, 2015

In this YouTube video, Peter DeWitt, a Hudson Valley Community College alumnus, recalls the semester Ron Mulson, professor in the History, Philosophy and Sciences, and former cross country coach, helped DeWitt change his life for the better.

DeWitt, never successful academically before coming to Hudson Valley, earned a degree in Individual Studies in 1993. He went on to earn a doctorate in education and serve many years as an elementary school teacher and principal. He now is a Visible Learning trainer. His syndicated blog, Finding Common Ground, is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine.

Jul 102015
 Posted by on July 10, 2015

Hudson Valley Community College’s “Bold Conversations” television advertising campaign earned two bronze awards at the 36th annual Telly Awards. A 30-second ad earned bronze in the Schools/Colleges/Universities category, and 15-second commercials from the same campaign won bronze in the category of Campaign–Promotional/Branding.

smith&jones idea agency, based in Sturbridge, MA, created the campaign in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Marketing, Graphics Department and Viking Video Technologies.

The Telly Awards, founded in 1978, honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials. Its mission is to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 35th Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Winners were announced the last week of June 2015.

Christine Tieri, president of smith&jones, said, “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the Telly’s, and we are extremely proud of our work on behalf of Hudson Valley.”

Jun 292015
 Posted by on June 29, 2015

On Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m.,  the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) held its 49th Graduation Ceremony in the McDonough Sports Complex where 294 Students were awarded certificates and many were acknowledged for their academic achievements.

Speeches were given by Dr. Lucille Marion, vice president/ executive director of the EOC; President Dr. Andrew J. Matonak; Dr. Susan Perkins, director of programs and services, University Center for Academic and Workforce Development, and Conrad H. Lang, Jr. chairman, Board of Trustees, Hudson Valley Community College. The student speaker was Billie Jean Hill,  a graduate of the High School Equivalency Program.

Graduates, family, friends and staff enjoyed a reception hosted by the EOC Culinary Arts Program.

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Jun 182015
 Posted by on June 18, 2015

Hudson Valley Community College was voted third place best college in the Times Union’s 2015 “Best of the Capital Region” readers’ poll.

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

While Hudson Valley finished first in the poll for six consecutive years (2009-2014), the “best two-year college” category was eliminated this year. Participants simply were asked to elect a “best college.” The college’s excellent ranking among the four-year college finishers prompted the Times Union to note: “A nice surprise third-place showing for HVCC — further proof of two-year colleges’ growing legitimacy.”

Nearly 15,000 readers voted on 78 categories in this year’s poll, about 4,000 more than participated in 2014.


Jun 082015
 Posted by on June 8, 2015

Laudelina Martínez, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, is profiled in a recent issue of Epoch Times.

The article focuses on the active role Martínez, founder in 2001 of The Martínez Gallery in downtown Troy, plays in the local arts and cultural community.

Read the article here.

Jun 042015
 Posted by on June 4, 2015

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Next Step Program, the newest Special Tribute and Recognition (STAR) Award recipients were named at the program’s Faculty Institute 2015: Keep on Next Steppin’, which was held June 1 to 3  at UMass Amherst.

These awards are bestowed upon individuals who have contributed in extraordinary and/or innovative ways toward the success of the Program. A STAR Award recipient is an individual who exemplifies many of the qualities that the Program desires to instill: teamwork, problem solving, quality, customer focus, and leadership.

One of this year’s recipients was Barbara Youngs, program assistant academics II in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies.

Barbara has provided major support for many years to Hudson Valley Community College’s Next Step program coordinators, the Next Step Program administrative staff, and the students. Her expertise and professionalism have resulted in a quick resolution to any and all student issues to ensure that their participation is a rewarding experience. She has provided complete, accurate, critical information in a timely manner and communicated effectively. Barbara always has  stepped up and taken care of whatever was required to help the students succeed.

Congratulations, Barbara!

May 262015
 Posted by on May 26, 2015

The results are in from the college’s participation in the 2015 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge. The annual 3.5 mile race/walk through downtown Albany draws hundreds of teams and thousands of runners each year.
The college had 16 participants this year and hopes to draw an even larger crowd next year.  This year, the president’s office covered the cost of registration for all team participants, who also received a Hudson Valley Community College t-shirt.

Hudson Valley Community College – Female A finished 202nd out of 824 female teams who posted times.
32:15 – Toni Howard
32:38 – Jen Eaton
37:47 – Eileen M Mahoney
41:22 – Christy Jerome
TOTAL TIME: 2:24:02

Hudson Valley Community College – Female B finished 583rd out of 824 female teams who posted times.
47:10 – Janice M Hindes
49:48 – Sarah S Retersdorf
1:05:13 – Jennifer M Moss
1:05:13 – Jill Sanders
TOTAL TIME: 3:47:24

Hudson Valley Community College – Coed A finished 228th out of 392 coed teams who posted times.
34:07 – Douglas B Ivey
42:15 – Alicia Carr
43:02 – J. Patrick Smith
46:20 – Erica Puentes
TOTAL TIME: 2:45:44

A few members of Team HVCC at the 2015 Workforce Team Challenge

A few members of Team HVCC at the 2015 Workforce Team Challenge

May 192015
 Posted by on May 19, 2015

Congratulations to Tylan Nino, library clerk, who earned his undergraduate degree from the University at Albany this weekend.

Nino completed a dual major in Africana Studies and Sociology.