Aug 222016
 Posted by on August 22, 2016

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

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

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

Aug 092016
 Posted by on August 9, 2016

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

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

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

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


Jul 252016
 Posted by on July 25, 2016

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

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

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

Jul 112016
 Posted by on July 11, 2016

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

Jul 062016
 Posted by on July 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

For more information about “Compound Fragments:”

For more information about “Campsite:”

Jun 202016
 Posted by on June 20, 2016

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

Congratulations to Andrea and the CDL School.

Please click here to read the article.

Jun 172016
 Posted by on June 17, 2016

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

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

Amy’s article.

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


Jun 162016
 Posted by on June 16, 2016

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

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

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


Jun 162016
 Posted by on June 16, 2016

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

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

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

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


Jun 162016
 Posted by on June 16, 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:

Jun 152016
 Posted by on June 15, 2016

Hudson Valley Community College earned five awards for excellence in marketing at the 2016 SUNYCUAD (Council for University Advancement) conference held June 8 to 10 in Cooperstown, NY.

The college was honored with the “best in category” award for total/multimedia advertising programs. In addition, the Admissions Open House newspaper wrap earned top honors for individual advertising pieces. The college’s new 30 second TV commercial, YouTube promotion and internal communications campaign for summer enrollment each earned judges’ citations.

Overall, Hudson Valley earned more awards than any other community college and placed third among all SUNY institutions. Work submitted to the awards competition was produced within the past year in conjunction with the college’s marketing partners, Idea Agency and Tipping Point Communications.

SUNY CUAD provides professional development opportunities for college advancement professionals in the alumni relations, development, government relations and marketing. The annual conference was attended by nearly 250 SUNY colleagues.

Jun 142016
 Posted by on June 14, 2016

Hudson Valley Community College was chosen to receive the 2016 Academic Enlightenment Award from the International Center of the Capital Region (ICCR). The award recognizes academic institutions that promote diversity, inclusiveness and global understanding.

The award was presented at the ICCR’s U.S regional diplomacy summit held June 1 in Albany. President Andrew Matonak and Dr. Jay Deitchman, coordinator for International Student Services, received the award on behalf of the college.

Over the past several years, Hudson Valley has welcomed delegations from around the world through the International Visitor Leadership Program. These efforts have been coordinated though the ICCR.

On June 14, delegations from Romania and Kazakhstan visited campus to learn about STEM and workforce development opportunities and partnerships.

Jun 132016
 Posted by on June 13, 2016

Assistant Professor Cynthia Koman presented “Health Sciences Collection Development at a Community College” at the SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA) annual conference held June 8 to 10 at the University of Binghamton

The conference is attended by hundreds of librarians across the state. Koman’s presentation focused on her efforts to continually assess collection use of books purchased in print and online formats in support of health sciences curricula.

Koman supervised graduate intern Stephanie Clowe from the University at Albany’s School of Information Studies during the spring semester. Clowe was awarded the Daniel F. Kissane Memorial Scholarship to attend the SUNYLA conference with all expenses paid. The scholarship provides an introduction to academic librarianship and professional growth opportunities, and encourages involvement with SUNYLA for promising emerging professionals.

Jun 092016
 Posted by on June 9, 2016

Two members of the Dwight Marvin Library staff recently were named to statewide committees.

Assistant Professor Katie Jezik, the library’s systems/cataloging librarian, was invited to serve on a statewide committee that will prepare library data migration protocols for the transition from the current library management system used by all 64 SUNY libraries to the next generation system. The committee’s work will result in improved access and efficiencies for students, faculty, and staff throughout SUNY when a new system is implemented.

Jennifer Acker, a senior clerk in the Marvin Library, was tapped to serve as coordinator of regional user groups for the IDS Project, the consortium of academic, public, and research libraries committed to rapid resource sharing. She will attend user group meetings across the state and liaise with member libraries and the executive board to ensure support for member libraries and their implementation of best practices for interlibrary loan workflow.

Jen, the recipient of the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service, also recently was invited to serve on an advisory committee for the Online Computer Library Center, the worldwide library network based in Dublin, Ohio. OCLC is exploring cloud-based systems; Jennifer will provide input from the staff-user perspective on new systems under development.

Congratulations to Katie and Jen on the recognition of their professional expertise and excellence!

Jun 072016
 Posted by on June 7, 2016

More than 100 parents, family members, and students attended a Parent/Family Orientation on Saturday, June 4 in the Maureen Stapleton Theater.

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

According comments on the parent surveys, the event was “amazing,” “very-well put together” and “informative.”

Thank you to everyone who made this orientation event a huge success!


May 312016
 Posted by on May 31, 2016

Works by three Fine Arts students — Cassaundra Fraley, Andrea Hulseapple, and Jessica Mastrobuono (shown below) — from Hudson Valley Community College are included in the  2016 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition to be on view at the New York State Museum from June 4 through Oct. 23.

An opening reception is Monday, June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall. Museum hours are Museum Hours 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Sundays, closed Mondays including Independence Day (Monday, July 4).




A panel of jurors selects work for the Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition from the fall 2015 and the spring 2016 student art exhibitions at the State University Plaza in downtown Albany. The works on exhibit at the New York State Museum represent the wide range of media being studied by art students within SUNY and cover the traditional areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture, as well as digital imaging, photography, and mixed media installations.

The SUNY Student Art Exhibitions began in 2002 with the goal of bringing the accomplished work of SUNY’s student artists to a wider and more diverse audience. This mission continues with the ninth installment of the exhibition at the New York State Museum.











May 242016
 Posted by on May 24, 2016

The Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting Exhibition, held April 29 through May 7 in the college’s Teaching Gallery, traveled for display at the Education Pavilions of the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent.

Students enrolled in Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting, a two-semester course for students who have completed foundation arts courses and wish to pursue their own body of work, restaged their thesis exhibition “Above Our Heads, It’s Just Noise” at Omi International on May 21 and 22.

The exhibition included work by all 12 Advanced Study students. Pictured (left to right) below with Professor Thomas Lail are Dylan Soares-Kern, Hannah Hutchinson, Zach Whitford, Cassaundra Fraley, Victoria Moore, Jessica Mastrobuono, Corina Waters, Kylie Farrell and Megan Kluball. Jean Ellen Sotansky, Trevor Kuhl and Rebecca Fortune are not shown.






May 112016
 Posted by on May 11, 2016

Meghan Mason of Cohoes, a 2016 Fine Arts program graduate, received an honorable mention for her photograph (see below) in the 2016 College Photo Exhibit at the Photo Center in Troy.

Meghan will be transferring to SUNY New Paltz in September.

Tara Fracalossi
Assistant Professor/Director, The Teaching Gallery

meghan mason pic Time In Nature, 2016 — 13″ by 19,” digital color print
May 062016
 Posted by on May 6, 2016

The recipient of the 2015-16 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research is Sydney Phillips for her research paper Juror Exclusion, submitted by Dr. Ann Geisendorfer in fulfillment of the requirements for Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar.

Two papers merit Honorable Mention: Jennifer Edwards for The Amazing World of Play submitted by Eileen Mahoney in fulfillment of the requirements for Techniques of Teaching Through Play, and Rebecca Inglis for Automation: The Debate of Innovation submitted by Anne Dearing in fulfillment of the requirements for English Composition II.

Sydney, Jennifer and Rebecca will be acknowledged at Student Honors Convocation and in the Commencement program. In addition, each will receive a monetary award and their names will be engraved on the Bulmer Award plaque in the Marvin Library Learning Commons.


43  papers were submitted this academic year, 30 of which were student self-nominations. Of the 43 submissions, 40 met the minimum criteria of “A” grade with five research sources, and went on for further consideration, in accordance with award criteria.

This submissions lists names Student / Instructor / Title of Paper / Course:

Emily Benton / Tara Eaton / Vapor Gets In Your Eyes / English Composition I
Ryan Brantigan / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Frederick Soddy / Chemistry I
Nicole Brophy / Michele Catone-Maitino / Mindful Meditation as an Evidenced-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorder / Abnormal Psychology
Danielle Chizek / Sara Tedesco / How Cultural Factors Influence Pregnancy in Teens / English Composition I
Sean J Duffy / Laudelina Martinez / The Twin Towers / English Composition II
A’chynee Ztarr Edmundson / Mary Evans / Our Room: A Child Within an Alcoholic Home / Writing About Literature
Brandon Garcia / James LaBate / Permits in the Catskills / English Composition II
Jacob D. Gidley / Jennifer Lee Austin / Violence and Video Games / English Composition II
Chrissy Grugan / James LaBate / Capital Punishment / English Composition I
Ariana Hall / Noah Kucij / The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis / English Composition I
Graham Hall / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Heinrich Hertz / Chemistry I
Philip Hyde / Noah Kucij / How Has Citizens United Changed the Political Process of America / English Composition I
Lorraine Jackson /Alan Joseph /Women’s Suffrage Movement /Western Civilization II
Stephen Klein /Dr. Danica Nowosielski /Wolfgang Pauli: An American Physicist /Chemistry I
Erich Koehler / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Peter Debye / Chemistry I
Eloise Lachance / Mary Jo Downey / Does Honey Have a Future? A Look at Contemporary Issues in Agriculture and their Impact… Apiculture / English Composition II
Michael LaMontain / Anthony Podlaski / Neurofeedback: Using the Mind to Heal the Body Within Addictions Treatment / English Composition I
Shane Lewis / Anthony Podlaski / The Sun King / English Composition I
Theresa Masse / Josh Kohan / The Father of Embalming / English Composition I
Teresa Memole / Ron Mulson / Arabesques and Anorexia / General Psychology
Katelyn Milos / Charlotte Prokop / Adoption / General Psychology
Lucas Mistler / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Alfred Nobel: A Dynamite Chemist / Chemistry I
Stephen Moore / Josh Kohan / The Man Who Unearthed a King / English Composition I
Rebecca Olson / Laudelina Martinez / Environmentalism and Anti-Consumerism in Pixar’s WALL-E / English Composition II
Joel Olzak / David W Van Aken / The Clovis as Hunters of Big-Game / Anthropology
Sarah Pepoon / Charlotte Prokop / Cyberbullying / General Psychology
Sydney Phillips / Dr. Ann Geisendorfer / Juror Exclusion / Criminal Justice Capstone
Marisa M Sorriento / John Meehan / Lead Along / Organizational Leadership
Jonathan Sparer / Dr. Danica Nowosielski / Joseph Von Fraunhofer / Chemistry I
Amy St.Clair / Marina Gore / Environmental Ethics, Education, and Future Generations / Honors Composition I
Samantha St.Germain / Anthony Podlaski / The Cold War in Comics / English Composition I
Anna Tibbits / James LaBate / The Vaccination Controversy / English Composition II
Christopher Trifiletti / Dr. Todd Wysocki / Sleep Deprivation and Stressors / General Psychology
Elizabeth Tripoli / Jennifer Lee Austin / Women in Leadership Roles / English Composition II
James Knox Waller / Tara O’Neill / These Are the Drones You Are Looking For / English Composition I
Angus Whittaker / Anthony Podlaski / The Cultural and Psychological Causes of the Popularity of the Roman Arena / English Composition I
Lalhming Zaua / Josh Kohan / A Man Who Searched For Peace and Well-Being of Humanity / English as a Second Language
Nicholas Zinzow / Josh Kohan / Earl Warren: Shaping the Future of America / English Composition I

Students and faculty are encouraged to submit research papers graded post deadline (after April 29, 2016) for the 2016-17 Bulmer Award consideration.  For more information visit

Congratulations and best wishes to all.

May 062016
 Posted by on May 6, 2016

The Learning Centers celebrated Spirit Day on Wednesday, May 4.

We celebrated the “spirit” of the Learning Centers and the twenty-one recipients of the Learning Centers Spirit Certificate. The Spirit Certificate is presented to a student who demonstrates the learning strategies and habits associated with academic success acquired through continued use of the Learning Centers. The efforts of these students reflect the mission and goals of the Learning Centers.

Congratulations! to the Spring 2016 Spirit Certificate recipients recommended by Learning Center instructors:
Shermaqiae Ambrose, Hongmei Chen, Daniel Collum, Jessica George, Grace Gidley, Elijah V. Hummel, Alisha Kennard, Zobaydah Kheshe, Johnneau McCart, Jon Miller, Enas Al Naseri, Frmesk Nury, Eric Pierson, Irgline Polynice, Musa Rahman, Matt Roden, Laura Sochia-Burkhardt, Kiel Suggs, Tyrone Talbott, Marion Walker, Sahib Williamson.

May 062016
 Posted by on May 6, 2016

CongratsimagePlease join me in congratulating Dolores Terry in the Educational Opportunity Center’s College and Career Services. She has received the Leadership Development Certification of Completion.

Dolores has been with Hudson Valley Community College/EOC for 13½  years and has dedicated the last 9½ years to working with the EOC’s College Connections Initiative by assisting students and community members with the college admissions process, and all aspects of Title IV post-secondary educational financing. Dolores also is a member of the Affirmative Action Committee and is actively involved with grant writing, diversity education, mentoring, and Financial Literacy. Dolores also provides College Connections services to Trinity Alliance – Capital South Campus Center in Albany. She has developed and facilitated a successful Financial Literacy Workshop for the EOC’s College Connections 2015 Summer Institute.

The knowledge that Dolores has gained has allowed her to assist many students to work through the college and financial aid process so that they are able to enroll at Hudson Valley and other colleges. Dolores continues to strive to reach her goals, enrich her knowledge, and educate herself by working toward completion of her Certified Educational Planner Certification (CEP) in an effort to continue to service and meet student needs.


May 052016
 Posted by on May 5, 2016

Both the Criminal Justice Club and the Center for Academic Engagement organized a large troop of Hudson Valley Community College “Vikings” to click clack in high heels for the annual Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes International Man’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence on Saturday, April 30 in Troy’s Riverfront Park. Samaritan Hospital was the local sponsor.

About 45 people including students, staff, faculty members as well as several Chartwell’s staff members participated in the march. Even the Viking Mascot sported a pair of pumps. Overall, it was a fun and successful day supporting an excellent cause.

We would like to acknowledge all of the students who participated and Student Activities and the Student Senate for their support. We also would like to give a special thank you to Coach Mike Muehling for encouraging his players to participate as well as.

The CRJ Club has been participating in this event for the last several years as part of an effort to bring awareness to this issue.

Shawna Addison and Jessica Gilbert
CRJ Club Co-Advisors

Some of the 2016 Walk a Mile crew

The crew


May 032016
 Posted by on May 3, 2016

The Center for Academic Engagement’s mission is to create confident, independent and successful learners. Each semester we acknowledge a select group of students who epitomize our mission as recipients of the Center for Academic Engagement Award. These honorees consist of pupils who work hard academically and/or help engage their peers to do the same.

This award is recognition for their hard work, their commitment to their academics, and their impact on their peers and the staff of the CAE. We commend their initiative and perseverance.

The Center for Academic Engagement is proud to announce the following students received Spring 2016 Engagement Awards:

  • Kiel Suggs
  • Freddie Johnson
  • Ray Santiago
  • Dan Berger
  • Paige Linen
  • Ray Watson

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

  • Ian Becker
  • Erika Shudt
  • Brian Doxsey
  • Ashley Torres
  • Terrell McFadden

The CAE office also acknowledges Marion Walker with a Certificate of Achievement for all of his hard work, dedication, and commitment to his academic success. Marion will be graduating this May.

In addition, we selected Karen Ferrer-Muniz as the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Recipient. We at the CAE are extremely grateful for her commitment to this office. Ms. Ferrer-Muniz continues to support and provide encouragement to the students and takes the time to work with students and show them how much she cares.

We congratulate everyone on a successful semester!
The CAE Team

Karen Ferrer-Muniz with award recipients


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: