Aug 222014
 Posted by on August 22, 2014

Women’s Empowerment Day was held on Friday, Aug. 15 and it was a resounding success. 43 students and numerous faculty and staff attended the event. Since the program, students have shared that they learned a great deal from the presenters and that the messages they heard resonated with them. One student shared: “I loved the time for questions and getting the feedback was inspirational to me. Overall I loved the event and I would come back again if the opportunity arose.”

We are extremely grateful for all of the support from campus staff, student helpers, The Foundation, Chartwells, the Office of Special Events, Student Activities, the Athletic Department, the Communications and Marketing Department, graphics, and especially the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region. We could not have made this program a success without all of the support we received from these departments.

We were honored  to have a wonderful group of speakers and presenters including: Kathleen Jiminio, the Rensselaer Country Executive, Dr. Drew Matonak, Dr. Carolyn Curtis, Dr. Lucille Marion, Joyce Chupka, Debbie Benson, Marissa Lanchak, Dr. Ann Giesendorfer, My’Asia Colon, and Elaine Houston. We would like to make a special acknowledgment and thank you to Geoff Miller, Karen Ferrer-Muniz, Kristen Riegel, Tasha Taylor, Casey Ryan, Delia Hubbard, Jessica Pugliese, Loni Hetman, Barbara Youngs, and Konrad Odhiambo for all of their help.

Finally, we would like to thank the students who attended the event. Our hope is that they will begin the fall semester inspired and empowered. View photos from the event.

If you have ideas for next year’s event please contact Jessica Gilbert (

Aug 192014
 Posted by on August 19, 2014

Thank you to all members of the campus community who helped to make
New Student Orientation a rousing success!

On Saturday, just over 1,800 students and guests attended New Student Orientation. A review of evaluations revealed that they were overwhelmingly satisfied with the day’s events. Of the students who completed a Student Orientation Questionnaire, 99.1 percent responded favorably to the question, “Overall, how would you rate your Orientation experience?” Additionally, 98.6 percent of the parents and guests responded favorably to the question on the Orientation Questionnaire for Parents and Guests.

When asked, “What was the most helpful thing about Orientation?” responses from new students included: “Get to know what is expected of me and the resources available to help students succeed”; “Seeing where my classes will be”; “The food”; “Tour”; “The presentations”; “Opening general session”; “Students speaking about experiences”; “All the help from people in yellow shirts”; “The friendly people helping out”; “Info on online classes”; “Student life”; “Having a pre-paid line for the books”; “Just giving me an overall awareness of everything available on campus”; “Info about student support services”; “Learning my ID doubles as a bus passv “Helpful and friendly staff and faculty”; What’s expected of me session”; “Financial Aid”; “The speaker telling me how to use my time wisely”; “The speakers”; “The tour guides were very helpful”; “Everything was very helpful, from the general session to the tours, to the info. sessions”; “I am now confident in attending this fall”; “Being able to explore the campus in a fun atmosphere”; “Student panel”; “Meeting new people”; “Info about where to get help”; “Helpful people and they’re very friendly”; “Nice people and good food”; “The whole experience made me feel more comfortable about college in general”; “Career and transfer opportunities”; “Being able to choose what info I wanted to get”; “Being able to get my student ID”; “Getting tips for college life”; “Veteran service was eye opening!”; “The public safety”; “Personal tour and tons of staff”; “The panel was pretty helpful”; “That everything was organized”; “The library tour”; “The planner book with the club listing”; “Everything.”

Parents’ and guests’ comments included: “Hearing students speak of experience”; “Having so many volunteers on hand was helpful”; “Help in the bookstore”; “Student opinions”; “Student support services”; “Open offices”; “Retention services, available support”; “I wouldn’t change a thing”; “All info great, but more impressed by tone and helpfulness of all—feel good about my daughter attending a caring, safe community. Thanks!”; “I feel supported”; “Learning about the school’s webpage and the importance of learning to navigate it”; “We received personal help with finding the baseball coach and met personally with him”; “Tour/map/general session”; “Student support presentation”; “CDTA person and transfer session”; “Overview on helping freshmen”; “Touring campus”; “Financial Aid”; “It helped me feel positive about my daughter’s future here at HVCC”; “Great welcome to families and helpful staff”; “General session, ladies were excellent with their presentation and information”; “Speakers”; “Tips on how to help my son succeed”; “Session for transfer”; “The down to earth atmosphere around the campus”; “Student panel giving suggestions”; “Student life”; Everything”; “So glad you are doing this. It will help my son feel more comfortable next Monday!”; “Student support services”; “Pretty well organized for # of people”; “Knowing services are available for help if needed”; “Helpful people”; “Seeing other parents in the same boat”; “Seeing how professional and caring everyone is, I know my son will do well”; “Learning about things I did not know to ask about”; “Tour and financial info;” “Library tour”; “Map. Success tips. Bus routes/schedule”; “10 things to be successful”; “Welcome session for parents.”

The Orientation was the result of the planning and hard work of many, many individuals throughout our campus community.

Thank you for welcoming our students, parents and guests
in such a fine manner.     

Jul 032014
 Posted by on July 3, 2014

Freshman outfielder Eric Mueller (Bethlehem/Glenmont) earned the 2014 NJCAA Baseball Marucci Elite Hitters Award. Marucci Elite Hitter awards are presented to the All-America nominee from each district with the highest batting average, and Mueller was one of only 28 recipients of the award at the Division I, II and III levels.

Mueller led the team in batting with a .435 average, where he led all of Region 3 and finished in the Top-20 Nationally. He also led the team with nine doubles, six triples, 25 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases. Mueller has signed on to play baseball next season at the University at Albany.

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Jun 302014
 Posted by on June 30, 2014

Roy Pompey, coordinator of the college’s Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP), was the commencement speaker for the sixth grade graduating class at Ark Community Charter School in Troy on June 26. A long-time community advocate for area students in need, as well as for Hudson Valley students who seek personal and academic support systems, Pompey has been a workshop presenter at Ark in the past.

Ark, an alternative public school for grades kindergarten through five, operates without district control and free of the administrative burdens of public schools.

In his talk, Pompey told the group of 17 graduates and their 300 parents and guests, “You are good enough. No more. No less.” He encouraged the students to never give up on themselves and to always honor themselves and their parents.

Jun 252014
 Posted by on June 25, 2014

Twenty Hudson Valley Community College student-athletes representing eleven different sports earned academic awards at the national and regional level. Below are the student-athletes, sport and award they each earned.

NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence
Charles Parslow (Fonda-Fultonville/Fonda) – Baseball

NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement
Kerry Longendyke (Berne-Knox-Westerlo/East Berne) – Volleyball
Victoria Savallo (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) – Women’s Soccer
Dean Smith (Mechanicville/Mechanicville) – Men’s Bowling
Marie Visker (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake/Burnt Hills) – Women’s Tennis

NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement
Eyonganyo Agbortogo (Sasse/Buea, Cameroon) – Men’s Soccer
Elizabeth Batchelder (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake/Burnt Hills) – Women’s Tennis/Women’s Golf
Steven DiLillo (Catholic Central/Albany) – Men’s Bowling
Damian Fitzpatrick (Liberty/Liberty) – Men’s Cross Country
Nathalie McNair (N/A/Schodack) – Women’s Golf
Richard Piper (Greenwich/Greenwich, CT) – Ice Hockey
Teagan Pollock (Catholic Central/Troy) – Women’s Bowling

Region 3 Academic Award Winners
Eyonganyo Agbortogo (Sasse/Buea, Cameroon) – Men’s Soccer
Elizabeth Batchelder (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake/Burnt Hills) – Women’s Tennis/Women’s Golf
Brianna Calcavecchia (Cairo-Durham/Leeds) – Women’s Soccer
Steven DiLillo (Catholic Central/Albany) – Men’s Bowling
Damian Fitzpatrick (Liberty/Liberty) – Men’s Cross Country
Amber Gass (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) – Volleyball
Giacomo Giglio (Catholic Central/Glenmont) – Men’s Soccer
Amanda Guyer (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake/Burnt Hills) – Women’s Golf
Kacey Lasch (Colonie/Colonie) – Women’s Golf
Kerry Longendyke (Berne-Knox-Westerlo/East Berne) – Volleyball
Nathalie McNair (N/A/Schodack) – Women’s Golf
Austin Miller (Guilderland/Guilderland) – Men’s Cross Country
Charles Parslow (Fonda-Fultonville/Fonda) – Baseball
Richard Piper (Greenwich/Greenwich, CT) – Ice Hockey
Teagan Pollock (Catholic Central/Troy) – Women’s Bowling
Victoria Savallo (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) – Women’s Soccer
Dean Smith (Mechanicville/Mechanicville) – Men’s Bowling
Raisa Tasmia (Maple Leaf International/Dhaka, Bangledesh) – Women’s Golf
Marie Visker (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake/Burnt Hills) – Women’s Tennis
Alison Wimmer (Lansingburgh/Troy) – Women’s Soccer

Jun 052014
 Posted by on June 5, 2014

On Sunday, June 1, Eric Kiel, Scott Freedman, Bob Racette, Sherry Flansburg, Lisa Van Wie, John Heiser and Roger Pinke helped Team Moscatiello’s raise nearly $10,000 for the American Diabetes Association as part of the 2014 Tour de Cure Saratoga Springs.

The riders cycled 25-62.5 miles and raised approximately one third of the total team donations, once again showing Hudson Valley employees commitment to supporting causes and the community is second to none!

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to those who participated on the team for your commitment.  Also, thanks to all who donated in support of the HVCC riders.  Your generosity is truly inspiring!

Roger Pinke
PROUD Team Captain

Jun 022014
 Posted by on June 2, 2014

Viking Video Technologies was hired again to provide a Livestream of the University at Albany Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. A few weeks prior to the event, NBC Universal had contacted the University at Albany about the possibility of including their proceedings in NBC Nightly News’ annual commencement round-up.

VVT worked with UA to come up with a broadcast-ready recording of the ceremony that could be handed off as soon as the ceremony had concluded. This footage was then edited down by the UA staff and sent to NBC. On May 29, NBC Nightly News broadcast its annual commencement round-up. NBC received footage from numerous colleges and universities and traveled to others in order to gather its own footage. The resulting 4:20 clip highlighted graduation ceremonies from around the country.

At the end of the clip (literally the very end) there is a clip shot by VVT staff on VVT equipment that closes out the segment. There is another clip on the NBC website that did not air that has more footage from the UA ceremony. You can see both clips at:

VVT is very proud of its relationship with the University at Albany and is pleased that they were able to give the University some national attention.

May 222014
 Posted by on May 22, 2014

2014 Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP)

In keeping with the club’s mission, members of Sisters Incynch participated Wednesday, May 21 in the interactive NOEP outreach convention at the Holiday Inn in Albany. In addition  to learning about various components of poverty and various government programs aimed to help under-served populations, we participated in mock interviews and a seminar to share ways to assist in helping disadvantaged groups throughout the Capital Region and beyond.

This year’s NOEP Outreach Convention was an opportunity for students and the general public to learn about Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs, namely SNAP, the School Breakfast program and the Summer Food Service program. Speakers included Hunger Solutions NOEP Coordinators, who spoke about their work with SNAP, as well as representatives of guest organizations from across New York.
This year, the NOEP Outreach Convention featured a special interactive Certificate of Participation curriculum for anyone interested in learning about SNAP. This curriculum included interactive booths that detail specific features of SNAP – mock family budgeting scenarios, mock application assistance, short informational presentations about SNAP and a specific population, and strategic discussion sessions.
Lauren Atiken, president of Sisters Incynch, and Ashley Dunbar, vice president, received certificates.
Tamu Chambers
Club Advisor
May 202014
 Posted by on May 20, 2014

Dr. Christine LaPlante, department chair, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies, and Bob Swanick, admissions counselor, recently visited Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam to talk to sophomore, junior and senior technology students about the college’s architectural, civil, mechanical, and construction technology programs.

Read more here.

May 192014
 Posted by on May 19, 2014

Freshmen Eric Mueller (Bethlehem/Glenmont) and Franklin Miller (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa), members of the baseball team, both earned All-Region and All-Conference honors this season for the Vikings.

Mueller led the team in batting with a .435 average, where he led all of Region 3 and finished in the Top-20 Nationally. He led the team with 9 doubles, 6 triples, 25 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.

Miller went 6-0 on the mound this season with a 2.12 ERA. He finished 1st in the Region with 66 strikeouts, which also placed him 6th Nationally. His breakout performance came against Adirondack where he struck out 17 of the 21 batters he faced.

May 162014
 Posted by on May 16, 2014

Ray Kimmelblatt, executive director of the Foundation, was among the 40 Under 40 honored Thursday by the Albany Business Review at a luncheon attended by local business and civic leaders.

Please click here for the Business Review’s coverage of the event, including a brief video.

May 162014
 Posted by on May 16, 2014

Heidi Parker, an adjunct faculty member who teaches the college’s Bereavement Studies courses, was interviewed for an article that ran in the Huffington Post. The article was related to the growing dying awareness movement in the United Kingdom and efforts to bring a frank and open discussion about death and dying into the mainstream.

May 142014
 Posted by on May 14, 2014
Emily Johnson (Tamarac/Wynantskill) and Jacqueline Rossi (Shaker/Latham), members of the college’s softball team, each earned All-Region and All-Conference honors.Rossi finished sixth in the region with a .519 batting average and third with 21 stolen bases. Johnson finished 13th in the region with a .488 average, leading the team with 18 RBIs and two homeruns.

May 142014
 Posted by on May 14, 2014

The Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling programs had their annual awards breakfast on May 9. Students were acknowledged for their hard work and dedication and several were given awards for outstanding academic achievement or  professional service and values. Pictures from the event can be found in this photo gallery.

The faculty and staff did an outstanding job putting this annual event together, and a great time was had by all. A special thank you to President Drew Matonak and Dean of Liberal Arts and Science Margaret Geehan for their support.

May 092014
 Posted by on May 9, 2014

Faculty member John Ostwald, who has been actively involved in veteran’s issues, was asked to speak about healing for veterans with PTSD and other emotional challenges, at the April 30 Veterans Summit hosted by New York State Industries for the Disabled.

A Vietnam-era veteran, Ostwald serves as the higher education liaison for Soldier’s Heart, a non-profit organization that focuses on creating a network of community-based services to facilitate a healthier and more successful reintegration of our nation’s veterans. He also writes and speaks about issues veterans face when returning from deployment.

May 062014
 Posted by on May 6, 2014

On behalf of the Sustainability Committee, I want to thank Chandra Burkhart for her time and effort for growing the plants and packing all of the seeds for last week’s fair.

Thank you!

May 012014
 Posted by on May 1, 2014


Please join us in congratulating JoAnn Fowler, program assistant III from the English Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language Department. She has received the Leadership Development Certification of Completion.

JoAnn has been with the college for four years. In her tenure at Hudson Valley Community College, JoAnn always has been keenly interested in her professional and personal development.  In addition, to being a 2003 HVCC graduate, she was awarded an Accounting Certificate this past fall.  In 2012, she was a Meritorious Service Award recipient.

Congratulations, JoAnn!

May 012014
 Posted by on May 1, 2014

Erin Hatter has received the
Academic Advising Certification of Completion.

CongratsimagePlease join me in congratulating Erin M. Hatter, scheduling officer, adjunct faculty member and academic advisor for The School of Business.

Erin has been with the college for 12 years. Erin has a passion for learning and professional development. Her first position here at the college was as an enrollment services counselor, where she had the opportunity to work closely with students with the enrollment process. Erin left this position to take on her current role as the college’s scheduling officer. Because of her love for working directly with students, Erin accepted a position as a part time advisor for The School of Business. She also teaches psychology classes as an adjunct faculty member. Erin also serves the college in many other ways. She has served ad secretary of the NTP Organization for many years and co-chairs both the WE@HVCC Luncheon Committee and Staff Development Day Committee, and is active in commencement every year.

She is extremely proud to have completed the advising certificate which she hopes will make her a better advisor and help all of her students take the necessary steps to reach their goals both here are Hudson Valley Community College and beyond.

Congratulations, Erin!


Apr 302014
 Posted by on April 30, 2014
Please join us in congratulating Joann Brodzik, advisor in the Technology Advisement Center. Joann has received the Academic Advising Certificate of Completion.

Joann has been with the college for over five years. In her time at Hudson Valley Community College, Joann always has been keenly interested in her professional and personal development. She completed the Certificate of Leadership in May 2010 and is now proud to have completed her Advising Certificate. Her first endeavor at the college was as a Coordinator of RealJOBS NY, a program to assist community members living in need to acquire the skills necessary for gainful employment. As the grant was ending, the opportunity to work as an advisor in Continuing Education continued her expertise in guiding individuals in the selection of a course of study and the necessary steps to achieve their goals. She is now advising students in  Engineering & Industrial Technology and helping them realize their goals.

Please join us in congratulating Joann for her accomplishments!


Apr 302014
 Posted by on April 30, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College freshman pitcher, Franklin Miller (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa), earned Region 3 Athlete of the Week honors.

Miller struck out 16 batters in a complete-game win against SUNY Adirondack last Thursday. He allowed just two earned runs and scattered seven hits. This marks the fourth week in a row that a Viking has earned the honor.