Apr 282016
 Posted by on April 28, 2016

Mara Lefebvre, assistant director of Institutional Services and Events, is one of four artists exhibiting in “Environmental Expressions,” which opens Friday, May 6 at the Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. An opening reception runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Works by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel, Gammy Miller and Paula Overboy also are featured in the exhibition.

The exhibition remains on view through Saturday, June 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Arts Center is located at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs; there is no charge for gallery admission.

A sample of Lefebvre’s work:



Apr 282016
 Posted by on April 28, 2016

Michael Hurley, a current student, retired Army major and amateur woodworker is chairman of the Schuyler Flatts Burial Container Committee, and this Saturday, April 30, he and his colleagues at Northeastern Woodworkers Association, will be presenting burial containers they made for a very special project to re-inter the remains of 14 salves found buried in Colonie in 2005.

From the project website:

“The Schuyler Flatts Burial Project was created to provide an honorable, dignified and respectful burial for the human skeletal remains of 14 African Americans found in Colonie. Investigations revealed that during the 18th and early 19th centuries, the location was a Negro burial ground in an area described as Schuyler Flatts, which was part of a large estate owned by the Colonial Schuyler family.

On June 5th, 2005 construction work in the Town of Colonie, NY (Route 32 near Menands/Watervliet) revealed an unmarked burial ground. Archaeologists discovered 13 sets of remains plus another set of remains was found in 1998. A total of 14 individuals were discovered.

In 2010, bioarchaeological analysis was completed by the NYS Museum. The analyses determined that the remains are about 200 years old and represent 6 women, 1 man, 2 children, and five infants. DNA analysis concluded that four of the individuals are of African descent. (West/East and Central Africa) Two sets of remains are descendants of women from Madagascar (off the coast of Southeast Africa). One individual, who may have been of mixed ancestry, was descendant from a Native American woman (possibly Micmac Tribe: Eastern Canada and the Northeastern corner of the United States). The burial ground was dated between the 1700s and early 1800s. Historical research indicates that the burial ground was part of a large estate owned by the colonial Schuyler family who owned a number of slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries.”

There will be an artist presentation and a public meeting about the project from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the New York State Museum (Huxley Theatre). The public is welcome to attend. For more information, go to: http://schuylerflattsburialground.blogspot.com/

Apr 252016
 Posted by on April 25, 2016

More than 500 students participated in the online Student Senate elections on April 20 and 21 electing the following students for the 2016-2017 academic year:

President Emma Dillon (Individual Studies)
Vice President Steven Pelletier (Criminal Justice)
Treasurer Daniel Kusky (Individual Studies)
Secretary Manik Elahi (Computer Information Systems)
Senior Class President Jad El Khoury (Business Administration)
Student Trustee Manik Elahi (Computer Information Systems)

Congratulations to all the candidates!
The official term for the officers-elect commence June 1, 2016.




Apr 222016
 Posted by on April 22, 2016

Hudson Valley Fine Arts students and faculty members attended a reception for 2016 SUNY Spring Student Art Exhibition on Thursday, April 21, in the Gallery at State University Plaza. Three students are shown below with their work, Jessica Mastrobuono, Cassaundra Fraley, and Andrea Hulseapple.




Apr 212016
 Posted by on April 21, 2016

congratulationsCongratulations to Alice Busman and Rosemary Schultz for being the first Hudson Valley Community College employees to complete all three professional development certificate programs — Academic Advising, Leadership Development, and Teaching and Learning — offered by the Center for Effective Teaching.

For more information on certificate programs offered through the CET please visit http://www.hvcc.edu/cet/index.html.

Apr 202016
 Posted by on April 20, 2016

CongratsimagePlease join me in congratulating Rosemary Schultz, education specialist/professor from the School of Business Advisement Center. She has received the Leadership Development Certification of Completion.

Rosemary has been an academic advisor with the college for 25 years. She began her career at Hudson Valley Community College 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 to the college is a critical ingredient of Hudson Valley’s excellence. Rosemary loves working with community college students and with her colleagues in the School of Business and at the college.

She currently serves as a member of the Academic Senate, co-chair of the Educational Policies and Standards Committee, a delegate to the Faculty Association and is 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.


Apr 192016
 Posted by on April 19, 2016

Works by Fine Arts faculty members Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail is included in the upcoming exhibition, “CAMPSITE,” at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.

The exhibition, curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming, associate director and curator at the University at Albany Art Museum, features work by 14 artists exploring the theme of CAMPSITE in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and installation.

The exhibition is on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum from June 18 through Nov. 13, 2016. An opening reception is scheduled for June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

More information: http://www.newpaltz.edu/museum/exhibitions/future.html.

Apr 142016
 Posted by on April 14, 2016

The HVCC READS 2016 program culminated when author Jacopo della Quercia visited the campus on Wednesday, April 13. The author visited two classes, shared lunch with a small group of students, faculty members, and employees, gave a lecture, answered questions, and socialized with audience members at a reception.

The entire day proceeded smoothly, and I need to thank various individuals and departments for their assistance on that day and during the course of the entire HVCC READS 2016 program:

President Drew Matonak, who initially funded the program in 2006 and 2007 and has always supported it through the years.

My fellow committee members –Brenda Hazard, Cynthia Koman, Gail Roberts, Marlo Daniels, Mary Kate Robinson, and Ann Carrozza – for their input and assistance throughout the academic year.

Deb Renfrew and the Communicatons and Marketing Staff, which promoted the program.

Madison Palmer for her artistic work on the posters and the entire Graphics Design and Printing Services Department for printing the posters.

Sandi Eyerman for her help in maintaining the HVCC READS Community in the Hudson Valley Portal.

Mara Lefebvre, Charmaine Darmetko, Erin Hatter and the Institutional Services and Events Staff for scheduling the luncheon, the lecture, and the reception afterwards.

Marlo Daniels and Rachel Bornn, who allowed the author to visit their classes.

Vince Giordano for taking photographs during the author’s visit.

Andrea Lizzi and Chartwells Dining Services, who prepared and served both the luncheon and the reception after the lecture.

Steve Stegman and his staff for selling the author’s books at the reception after the lecture.

Andrew Marschilok and Eric Kiel, and Viking Video Technologies for taping and producing a DVD of the author’s lecture.

The entire HVCC community for its support of the HVCC READS program.

If you have ideas, thoughts, suggestions, or additional comments about this year’s program or about hosting a similar program in the future, please feel free to contact me at j.labate@hvcc.edu.









Apr 132016
 Posted by on April 13, 2016

o'connor_2015-16_bot_portrait_5082Hudson Valley Community College Business Administration student Brody O’Connor was recognized by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) as a member of the All-USA Community College Academic Team at a national ceremony in Chicago on Tuesday, April 12. President Matonak attended the special event to celebrate Brody’s achievement.

The All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is highlighted in a special supplement in Tuesday’s USA Today, recognizes an outstanding group of 20 two-year college students from across the country who display a combination of academic achievement and community service.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, serving nearly 1,300 colleges in all 50 states and nine countries. Members of the All-USA Academic Team are recognized for their academic achievements, leadership accomplishments and engagement in community service.

O’Connor, of Ballston Spa, is the secretary for the Student Senate, student representative on the college’s Board of Trustees and president of the Entrepreneurs Club. He is also involved in several extracurricular volunteer activities on campus and in his community. He will graduate this spring.

Apr 132016
 Posted by on April 13, 2016

On April 7, the Educational Opportunity Center held its annual Employer Recognition Breakfast celebrating 50 years of service with representatives of almost 90 Capital Region businesses and organizations that employ or support our students becoming employed.

Also in attendance were NYS Senator Neil Breslin; Jason Lane, vice provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and senior associate vice chancellor for the State University of New York; Lisa McKay, senior assistant provost and director of SUNY’s University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD), and Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak.

State Senator Kathleen Marchione was unable to attend, but sent her wishes and a legislative proclamation congratulating the Capital District EOC on its 50 years of service.

Doug Ivey, an EOC alumni and a current cosmetology instructor, spoke to the audience, thanking them for their support of our students.

The EOC is celebrating its 50 years of service with activities all year culminating in a gala event to be held on Oct. 14, 2016 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy.

Proclomation           Doug Ivey Emply Breakfast 2016


Apr 112016
 Posted by on April 11, 2016

The sixth annual Summer Camp Fair held on April 2 was a huge success. Nearly 40 camps were in attendance showcasing their summertime camp offerings. This event was free to the public and featured an arts & crafts area, clowns, DJ, two bounce houses and refreshments.

The Office of Community and Professional Education would like to thank the various offices that contribute to the success of this event, including Physical Plant, Public Safety, Institutional Services and Events, Graphics and Print Shop and campus photographer Vincent Giordano.

Without the support of these offices, we would not be able to bring this event to the community.

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Apr 062016
 Posted by on April 6, 2016

Five Hudson Valley Community College students were among the 248 to receive a 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence during an April 5 ceremony at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Taylar Delisle
Liberal Arts and Science – Humanities and Social Science Taylar has been a competitive cheerleader since childhood and is currently the president and captain of the cheerleading and pep squads. She participates in many campus events and fund-raising efforts. She volunteers regularly for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Avery’s Angels and is an assistant coach for Pop Warner cheerleading. Taylar’s goal
is to become a creative arts therapist.

Josiah Dillon
Business Administration
Josiah served as president of the Investment Club, was treasurer of the Student Senate, and was a board
member of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. He was on the President’s List and is a member of the College PTK chapter. He has been active as a basketball camp volunteer and is a member of the Hudson Valley cross country team.

Brody O’Connor
Ballston Spa
Business Administration
Brody is very active on campus, serving as the student representative on the school’s Board of Trustees and as an officer of the Investment Club, Entrepreneurs Club, and Student Senate. He is also a regular volunteer with AARP’s tax-aide program. Brody plans to go to law school.

Erika Pelletier
Early Childhood
Erika graduated with honors in December 2015, with an associate degree in Early Childhood. At Hudson Valley, Erika was actively involved in student government as a freshman and senior senator and served on the college’s Academic Senate Student Life Committee. She was president of the Early Childhood Club and was a member of the Tour Guide, Culture and Cheerleading clubs. Erika was assistant coach of a Pop Warner cheerleading team.

Erica Shudt
Liberal Arts and Science – Humanities and Social Science
Erica is a Liberal Arts student with a goal of pursuing a career in clinical psychology. She is currently the president of the Psychology Club, vice president for membership for the Alpha Xi Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and head
captain of the college’s women’s basketball team. Erica is an AAU basketball assistant coach of The Uncle Sam Lady
Hoopsters and a registered tutor for students with disabilities.

More information can be found in press releases issues by the college and SUNY.


Apr 052016
 Posted by on April 5, 2016

Four works by Hudson Valley students will be included in the SUNY Student Art Best of Show exhibition, which will run from June through October at the New York State Museum. A reception at the museum will take place on June 13, 2016.

These works and two others are currently on view in the SUNY Student Art Spring Exhibition in the main SUNY System Administration building. A reception will be held for that exhibition on April 21.

Student work includes: Jessica Mastrobuono’s Untitled painting; Cassaundra Fraley’s painting titled Sophistication (both works from the Fine Arts degree program’s Advanced Study class); Andrea Hulseapple’s ‘Untitled’ still life with books from the Painting 1 class; and Oteria Ludwig’s work, S.T.I. (Synthetic Telepathy Interface) Andrew Hulseapplefrom the Digital Media program.

This is a notable accomplishment for our students as the selections for the Best of Show exhibition are chosen from submissions from all SUNY campuses, including bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.Cassaundra FraleyJessica Mastrobuono edit

Apr 042016
 Posted by on April 4, 2016

Polly Karis, senior clerk in the Dwight Marvin Library, is a recipient of the 2016 Student Service Award presented by Empire State College.

Polly is enrolled in an Empire State College master’s degree program with an anticipated graduation date of May 2016. Congratulations to Polly!

Apr 042016
 Posted by on April 4, 2016

Jennifer Acker, senior clerk in the Dwight Marvin Library, is the featured speaker at the Capital District Library Council Lunch and Learn event later this month.

Jen will share the college’s successful interlibrary loan assessment project completed last year.

Mar 172016
 Posted by on March 17, 2016

Hudson Valley Community College hosted its 20th annual Viking Challenge on March 16. It is a game of Trivial Pursuit for teams of high school students and is sponsored by the School Programs and Educational Outreach office.

Nine schools participated: Academy of the Holy Names, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Schuylerville, Tamarac, Troy, Waterford-Halfmoon, and Watervliet.

The winners!
First Place: Tamarac High School
Second Place: Schuylerville High School
Third Place: Saratoga Springs High School

The Office of School Programs would like to thank the following for their continued support:
Vice President Jim LaGatta
Vice President Carolyn Curtis and Karola Berg
Ann Carozza and the Faculty Student Association
Eric Kiel and Scott Freedman, Viking Video Technologies
Mara Lefebvre, Special Events and Facilities Utilization
Andrea Hotaling and Chartwells
Vince Giordano, photographic specialist, and
Communications and Marketing and Graphics/Print Shop

Special thanks also to our Viking Committee:
Chris Helwig
Sue Agan
Mark Petersen

And our Challenge Master Jim Zubrick


Mar 152016
 Posted by on March 15, 2016

Hudson Valley Community College picked up four silver Addy Awards recognizing creative and effective advertising initiatives at the Ad Club’s annual dinner Friday, March 11. The Addy Awards are the regional competition for advertising excellence conducted by the American Advertising Federation.

Hudson Valley earned Addys in the following categories:

  • “That’s Bold” :30 TV commercial
  • “That’s Bold” integrated brand campaign
  • Cinematography for “That’s Bold” :30 TV commercial
  • Photography for Football Media Guide

Photos from the event are available online.

Mar 142016
 Posted by on March 14, 2016

Tom Schreck, adjunct faculty in the Human Services department, is featured this week on the ReelzChannel documentary “Copycat Killers: Fatal Attraction” as the expert crime reporter for the case.

ReelzChannel is available on Time Warner Cable, Fios and Comcast.

Mar 102016
 Posted by on March 10, 2016

Members of the Entrepreneurs Club at Hudson Valley Community College traveled to the fourth annual Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh on March 4, and came home with a second-place finish in the national competition. The team consisted of students Emily Connolly, Matthew Whalen, Durgin McCue, and Samantha Longton, with Jamie Waller who also earned a separate award.

At the competition, all teams were given a few hours to come up with a new product idea for McDonald’s. No information was available prior to the competition. The teams used marketing strategies to create a new product, design, promotions and anything else that would sell to McDonald’s.

“We knew we had a challenge trying to come up with a new, healthy concept that would appeal to the judges who were McDonald’s executives, but once we hit the ground running, we knew we had something big,” said Matt Whalen. The team came up with a new product called McKickin’ — chicken nuggets tossed and coated in a spicy, sriracha sauce.

“The support from our faculty advisers, Jodi Mather and Robert Braathe, as well as from the administration made this event an extremely successful endeavor,” said Jamie Waller. The team learned valuable skills about marketing and entrepreneurship that helped them with their success and for future experiences. This was the first year that Hudson Valley sent a team to the national competition.

At the national competition, the Entrepreneurs Club hosted a speak-off competition in which Jamie Waller placed fourth. Waller won the speak-off competition during the preliminary competition at Hudson Valley Community College on Feb. 17. McCue, Longton, and Whalen also were winners that day with a new product idea for 16 Handles frozen yogurt shop, earning the chance to compete in Plattsburgh.

“I really appreciate the opportunity provided by the college and SUNY Plattsburgh. We were new to the competition and really didn’t know what to expect. I am thrilled with the outcome, and really enjoyed seeing this dynamic team of students represent the college with such high quality and professionalism. I hope to see their concept in McDonald’s restaurants in the future,” said Professor Mather.

Hudson Valley’s Free Enterprise Team and advisors: Jodi Mather, Robert Braathe, Matt Whalen, Durgin McCue, Emily Connolly, Sarah Longton and Jamie Waller.Hudson Valley’s Free Enterprise Team and advisors: Jodi Mather, Robert Braathe, Matt Whalen, Durgin McCue, Emily Connolly, Samantha Longton and Jamie Waller.
Mar 012016
 Posted by on March 1, 2016

Christine Jenkins, assistant professor of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, is a recipient of the Kent Scriber Recognition Award presented in January by the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA).

Read more here.

Feb 102016
 Posted by on February 10, 2016

College alumnus and Fox 23 News anchor John Gray has learned that he has been nominated for three Emmy awards for 2015.

Gray’s nominations were for two stories he completed in 2015 – one a profile story on the youngest woman ever elected to Congress; Elise Stefanik and a piece on a local transgender teen. Gray received a third Emmy nomination for writing.

He previously received an Emmy award in 2014.

Jan 192016
 Posted by on January 19, 2016

The Educational Opportunity Center Cosmetology Program holds a clinic each week for the community with free services. This allows students to practice their skills while giving back to the community.

This year in honor of the EOC’s 50th Anniversary, the students are asking anyone who comes into the clinic to donate a canned food item, a boxed food item, or toiletries that will in turn be donated to two local shelters with the goal of collecting more than 50 boxes full of these items.

On Dec. 9, the students delivered their first batch of more than 15 copier paper boxes stuffed with food and toiletries to Sheridan Hollow Drop-in Center in Albany (www.interfaithpartnership.com) along with clothing they personally donated.

The students received a tour and were able to ask questions about the drop-in center. The students were deeply touched by what our community does for those in need and are anxious to visit the second site!

For more information about the Cosmetology Program or the Cosmetology Clinic, please call 273-1900 or visit www.hvcc.edu/eoc.

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Jan 182016
 Posted by on January 18, 2016

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Professor Tamu Chambers facilitated Students Together Opposing Prejudice (STOP) workshops at Siena College on Friday, Jan. 15 for its annual conference.

More than 22 schools attended the conference, where hundreds of Capital Region middle and high school students participate in training exercises that empower them to stand up to intolerance and violence in their schools.

Chambers was selected in August to contribute to an advanced training program. She earned an additional certificate as a facilitator of competency in diversity and equity training. She is a local and national trainer for the Anti-Defamation League’s “A World of Difference Institute.”

Philanthropists Neil and Jane Golub, a former teacher, have long recognized that educating students in grades K-12 is an essential component in producing positive societal change. Their resources complement their activism and commitment to improving lives through education and training. Through the Golub’s generous donations, the institution arm of the Anti-Defamation League provides new tools and resources to keep pace with contemporary challenges in understanding the need to pursue equity for all marginalized groups.

Jan 112016
 Posted by on January 11, 2016

The novel, “The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire,” by Sandra Hutchison, adjunct faculty in the department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, is reviewed in The Recorder (Greenfield, MA).

Please click here to read the review.

Dec 212015
 Posted by on December 21, 2015

Hunter Harrison, a student enrolled in the Digital Media program at Hudson Valley Community College, is a news intern at WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

He filed this story on Dec. 18 about attempts to revamp legal services for the indigent in New York State.