Mar 022015
 Posted by on March 2, 2015

John Otswald, associate professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, is one of four featured panelists at the Community Mental Health Forum, co-sponsored by the University at Albany School of Social Welfare and the University Auxiliary Services. The forum is Thursday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Milne 200, UAlbany Downtown Campus.

The forum highlights mental health issues encountered by students, veterans, adults and the elderly.

Free parking and refreshments will be available. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Yu-Hui Chen (, a librarian at the University Library, by March 3.

Mar 022015
 Posted by on March 2, 2015
Professor Bob Matthews and Faculty member Dianne Zielinski speaking to Indian Lake Central School via videoconference.

Professor Bob Matthews and faculty member Dianne Zielinski speaking to Indian Lake Central School via videoconference. 










Faculty member Dianne Zielinski is teaching General Psychology via Interactive Video Technology (IVT) this semester to Hoosic Valley, Indian Lake, Stillwater, Hancock, Madison and Milford Central Schools.

As part of the course content and to help students get a sense of the campus experience, Dianne asks each high school to visit campus during the semester.  Students visit Public Safety to receive their ID cards, take a tour of the campus and grab a bite to eat.  Dianne also worked with Professor Bob Matthews to create a presentation on collecting journal articles utilizing the Hudson Valley Community College Library web site.

Students who attended the class on campus were able meet their colleagues face-to-face for the first time instead of seeing them on a television monitor in the Flexible Learning Space computer lab located in the Marvin Library.

Since not all of the high schools could be on campus, Instructional Technologies staff members Eric Kiel and Roger Pinke utilized desktop videoconferencing software to connect to Indian Lake, Madison and Milford Central School’s videoconference classroom.  Students at both college and the high school sites were able to see, hear and participate during the presentation.

If you would like to conduct a virtual field trip, conduct meetings or bring a guest speaker from across the world into the classroom via videoconferencing, please contact Eric Kiel of Viking Video Technologies at or 629-7625.

Feb 262015
 Posted by on February 26, 2015

The poem, “Buoy,” by Megeen R. Mulholland, assistant professor in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, is published in the current issue of Modern Language Studies.

Modern Language Studies is a peer-reviewed journal representing the wide-ranging critical and creative interests of Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) members. The journal publishes scholarship, interviews, fiction and poetry, reviews, and commentary on the professions of teaching, research, and writing.

Feb 242015
 Posted by on February 24, 2015

The Viking Child Care Center recently was recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as it maintains its accreditation status. Early childhood programs accredited by the NAEYC voluntarily undergo a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement. Accreditation is awarded for five years.

The Viking Child Care Center demonstrated excellence by meeting all 10 of the Early Childhood Program Standards that are based on the latest research on the education and development of young children:
— promoting positive relationships;
— implementing curriculum that fosters cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social development;
— using effective teaching approaches that are developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate;
— providing ongoing assessments of children’s learning and communicating the progress to the family;
— promoting nutrition and health;
— employing and supporting teaching staff that have educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment to support families diverse interests and needs while promoting children’s learning;
— establishing  and maintaining collaborative relationships with each child’s family;
— establishing and maintaining relationships with the community to support and achieve program goals;
— providing a safe and healthy physical environment, and
— implementing strong personnel, fiscal and program management policies so all children, families and staff have a high quality experience.

Congratulations to the Center’s  dedicated and supportive teaching staff on this accomplishment!

Feb 182015
 Posted by on February 18, 2015

Two of the five main speakers at the upcoming 7th Annual Mohawk Watershed Symposium, March 20 at Union College, are graduates of the HVCC Environmental Science program.

They are: Scott George, of the U.S. Geological Survey, New York Water Science Center, who will speak on “Spatial differences in contemporary fish assemblages of the Mohawk River” and Alexander J. Smith, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, whose presentation will be “Water quality monitoring and assessment in the Mohawk River Basin.”

The Geology Department at Union College hosts the annual symposium on the physical aspects of the Mohawk Watershed in New York State.

Feb 162015
 Posted by on February 16, 2015

Our very own Community Education instructor, Mary Lynn Gagnon, was featured in a story in the Albany Times Union this month. The link to the article can be found here. We are very fortunate to have Mary Lynn teaching five different courses for us this semester.

The Office of Community and Professional Education is proud to offer over 300 sections of classes in Spring 2015. Please view our current course catalog. Our office (629-7339) will be happy to assist you with any questions.

Feb 162015
 Posted by on February 16, 2015

Faculty member John Ostwald will be part of a Community Mental Health Forum on Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at Milne 200, University at Albany Downtown Campus

The forum will highlight mental issues encountered by students, veterans, adults and the elderly.b Neurological perspective on the cause of depression, substance abuse, suicide, and health problems will be discussed.


community mental health forum
Feb 102015
 Posted by on February 10, 2015

Bob Elling, full-time Paramedic program faculty member, and his wife, Kirt Elling, have been selected to receive the honorary title of Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Ambassadors.

MCM Ambassadors are a distinguished group of individuals who champion the MCM through their work, volunteerism, and assistance in promoting the mission that advocates physical fitness, showcases the organizational skills of the U. S. Marine Corps, and generates community goodwill.

In its letter to Bob and Kirt, the organization wrote: “Undeniably, you distinguished yourselves 19 years ago, as you exchanged vows at the event. Your participation in every MCM since demonstrates the United States Marine Corps values of honor and commitment.”

Feb 062015
 Posted by on February 6, 2015

The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC), one of the largest road racing clubs in the nation with more than 3,000 members, will induct longtime Freihofer’s Run for Women and Troy Turkey Trot Event Director George Regan into its Hall of Fame this weekend.

The induction ceremony will take place at a banquet held Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at The Desmond Albany Hotel and Conference Center.

Regan, a resident of Troy, has overseen the Freihofer’s Run for Women since 1982 and helped develop the event from a small road race into one of the largest and most prestigious all-women’s road races in the world. He has worked on countless area events, including the annual Troy Turkey Trot, CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge, USATF Masters National Championship, Dunkin’ Run, Fam 5K “Fund” Run/Walk, as well as national club championship track meets at the University at Albany.

“We are thrilled to welcome George as our sole 2015 Hall of Fame inductee,” said HMRRC Hall of Fame Committee Chair Cathy Sliwinski. “He has had a profound influence upon the area of athletics, specifically track and field, cross-country, road racing, and race walking not only here in the Capital Region, but also throughout New York and the rest of the nation.”

Regan, who becomes the 29th person to join the prestigious hall ( which dates back to 1991, was first introduced to road racing in 1978. He had recently suffered an injury while alpine skiing and was told that running would help him rehabilitate his ailing back.  Regan quickly developed a keen appreciation for the sport.

“William (Bill) Scheder Sr., a founding HMRRC member and inaugural HMRRC hall of fame inductee, challenged me to run the Adirondack distance run 10-miler in 1980,” recalled Regan.  “I was 27 and Bill was 65 and he told me he would beat me and he did…by a large margin!  However, that spurred me on to a career in distance running and I ended up completing 11 marathons with a 2:47 PR at the NYC Marathon in 1983.”

Regan, who served as the president of the USA Track & Field Adirondack Association from 1983-2005, has received numerous accolades on both the local and national stage for his commitment to the sport of running.  This includes the “President’s Award” from The Athletics Congress/USA (1987), the USATF’s Women’s Long Distance Running Committee’s “Service Award” (1990), Men’s Long Distance Running’s “Scott Hamilton Award” (1995), “Race Director of the Year Award” from Road Race Management (1995), and the “Hospitality Excellence Award” from the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau (1998).

In 1999, his alma mater, Hudson Valley Community College, conferred upon him its “Distinguished Alumnus Award.” Four years later, Regan earned the Master’s Long Distance Running “Otto Essig Award” for his tireless work promoting masters long distance running in America.

“It’s a great honor to be inducted into the HMRRC’s hall of fame.  Road racing has been my life’s work and has given me so much pleasure,” said Regan. “I am most proud of my involvement in the Freihofer’s Run for Women, which gives women of all ages throughout the Capital Region, the nation and the world a chance to come together to experience the benefits of exercise and good nutrition.”

Regan resides in Troy with his wife, Terri, and his two daughters. He is a graduate of Catholic Central High School as well as Hudson Valley.

(Article provided by Rueckert Advertising and Public Relations.)

Jan 232015
 Posted by on January 23, 2015

On Sunday, Jan. 18, the CulinChili and Wing Challenge 2015ary Arts program participated in a Chili and Wing Challenge hosted by Catholic Central High School and St. Augustine’s School in Troy. Chef Joe Forget and student Warren Burras were awarded the Golden Spoon as the first-place winners for their Chili with Spanish Rice entry.

This is the third award the Culinary Arts program has won this year after winning 2nd place Judges All Around and 3rd place People’s Choice awards at the Troy BID Chowderfest in October.

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) delivers comprehensive, community-based academic and workforce development programs, and provides support services leading to enhanced employment opportunities, access to further education, personal growth and development. The EOC is an educational institution that serves eligible adult learners.

For information about the EOC or to enroll in any of its programs, please call (518) 273-1900.

Jan 122015
 Posted by on January 12, 2015

Tamu Chambers, professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Science, reports on completing training at the World of Difference Institute that enhanced her role as a facilitator on Jan. 9 at Siena College’s Annual STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) Conference.

“Through social media and diversity training specialists in various SUNY colleges and universities, I received notification for an interview to participate in an elite diversity train-the-trainer interactive seminar at the World of Difference Institute, the education branch of the Anti- Defamation League in New York City. The five day intensive training consists of an in-depth review of enhanced diversity training skills to diminish bullying in high schools, strategies to assist teachers, and other methods for training in public and private sector employers.

“As a certified diversity specialist/facilitator, for the World of Difference Institute, I facilitated peer training in Schenectady and Shenendehowa High Schools. On weekends, I will continue serving high schools throughout the capital region throughout 2015. On Jan. 9, I was selected to facilitate a diverse group of students from several high schools (Shaker, Tamarac, Ballston Spa, Bethlehem, Bishop Maginn, Catholic Central, Doane Stuart, Glens Falls, and Heatly) in the capital region and beyond at the Annual STOP Conference that takes place each year at Siena College. The opportunity to meet Neil and Jane Golub, financial supporters for the STOP conference, was a highlight of the day.

“I am truly grateful to Dr. Carolyn Curtis and Dr. Margaret Geehan for recognizing the value of the training opportunity and continued support to assist faculty in accomplishing excellence in teaching and innovative methods for serving the campus and the larger community. Participating in the elite training at the World of Difference Institute has greatly expanded my skills as a professor in the classroom, and a facilitator in high schools throughout our community, as well as club advisor and other volunteer activities here at the college.

“This semester students from Lansingburgh High School are invited to campus to meet members of Sisters In Cynch and visit Katrina’s Closet. Club members continue to volunteer as college mentors for high school students.”

Following are a few sources regarding Sisters In Cynch club activities:

Dec 262014
 Posted by on December 26, 2014

A science teacher and team of students from the Berlin School District were recently named the New York state winner of the 2015 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, earning the school $20,000 in Samsung technology.  The award-winning project was helped, in part, by a donation of software from Hudson Valley Community College. Read more about the project in this Troy Record article.

Dec 162014
 Posted by on December 16, 2014

The Human Services Club decided to do something different this year. After hearing about the demand being placed on our Food Pantry from Student Activities, the club decided to respond to the needs of students in a new way this holiday season.

The goal of the Human Services Club always is to help fellow students. With the help of Student Activities and Alfredo Balarin, 10 Hudson Valley student families were identified and received holiday food baskets. Baskets were complete with everything one would need for a complete holiday meal, including a ham or turkey and desserts.

Additionally, the club donated more than $200 worth of food to the Hudson Valley Food Pantry as part of this holiday initiative.

Many thanks to all who made this endeavor possible!

Dec 102014
 Posted by on December 10, 2014

The college’s fall 2014 enrollment advertising campaign recently was awarded a CASE District II Accolades Award. The campaign was developed by Communications and Marketing, which works with Smith & Jones Idea Agency, an advertising agency based in Sturbridge, MA.

The judges made the following comments: Creative, very fresh, eye-catching campaign, very smart to set up “bold” url to measure success; bright colors and personal snapshots build the emotional aspect/theme of the campaign.

CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is an international association of educational institutions. The association serves educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

Dec 042014
 Posted by on December 4, 2014

A photograph by Fine Arts student Kyle Birnbach was chosen to hang in the Washington, D.C. office of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Birnbach, who is changing his major to Individual Studies for the Spring 2015 semester, was encouraged to submit the photo by Assistant Professor Jean O’Malley, his Photography I instructor. The photo, shown below, is titled “Under Destruction.”

Fine Arts departments across the State University of New York system were asked to submit student work for the office exhibit, and Birnbach’s was one of 20 chosen, according to SUNY’s Carol Donato.

The selections were made by staff in the Governor’s D.C. office. The work will hang in the office through December 2015.


Dec 012014
 Posted by on December 1, 2014

Eight Hudson Valley Community College students received the National Certified Leadership Certificate on Sunday, Nov. 23, while attending the National Conference on Student Leadership (NCSL) in Orlando.

Congratulations to the certificate recipients:
Parishta Ahmed
Bintu Cisse
Amanda Coughlin
Adam Day
Grace Harrison
Fanny Motey
Jordan Neves
Ericka Pelletier

Students participated in a series of workshops and activities during the NCSL conference, held Nov. 20-23, including:
* Panel discussions on essential leadership topics in an interactive setting
* Presentations by speakers with real world leadership experience, from academia to business
* Opportunities that encouraged collaboration, communication and networking with like-minded individuals who are passionate about leadership

Nov 172014
 Posted by on November 17, 2014

The Capital Area Library Assistants (CALA) awarded Jennifer Acker the 2014 Outstanding Service Award. Jen is a senior clerk in the interlibrary loan unit of Dwight Marvin Library. She is supervised by Associate Professor Sue Grayson.

Jen serves as a mentor in the IDS Project, a 75-library resource sharing consortium serving New York State. In her role as mentor, Jen visits academic libraries in the region and hosts site visitors to introduce best practices for interlibrary loan workflow and systems configuration. She also is chair of the IDS Project eastern region users group and is a regular contributor to state and national listservs on interlibrary loan practice. Jen co-presented at the IDS Project annual conference in August on an initiative recently implemented at Dwight Marvin Library.

Many employees and students have benefited from Jen’s commitment to outstanding interlibrary loan services. A number of faculty and staff have commented on Jen’s instrumental support in their degree completion as she arranged for access to important books and articles not otherwise available from the Dwight Marvin Library collection.

Jen is an active member of the library’s iPad Tech Team, serves on the campus sustainability committee, and has a leadership role in her son’s school PTA.

Congratulations to Jen! She will receive a plaque and a certificate at a ceremony in the near future.

Nov 122014
 Posted by on November 12, 2014

Fred Alm, faculty member in the School of Business entrepreneurship and marketing programs, has been named program administrator for the Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program at the Sage Graduate Schools.

The program assistant guides Rubin Foundation grant applicants through the process from start to finish: processes all paperwork relevant to the grant; serves as liaison between the Foundation and grantees, participating agencies, academic institutions, and the public, and ensures that all guidelines are met.

Established in June 1990 with a gift from the Louis Rubin Family, the Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program is a cooperative venture of The Sage Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College, Emma Willard School, and participating agencies of Rensselaer County. The program and fund is administered by The Sage Colleges.

The program supports fellowships (full or part-time) for faculty of these institutions to work with one or several agencies, public or private, in Rensselaer County. The program provides opportunities for faculty professional development through release time from some teaching duties. By bringing the expertise of teaching professionals to the service of the citizens and agencies of Rensselaer County, the Rubin Community Fellows Program seeks to create collaboration partnerships, leading to creative solutions to economic, organizational, social and managerial problems challenging our community.

For more information, e-mail me (Fred Alm) at, or visit:

Nov 072014
 Posted by on November 7, 2014

Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor of Fine Arts and director of the Teaching Gallery, will have her work included in the exhibition “HomeGrown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014″ at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY). The exhibition opens Saturday, Nov. 15 and remains on view through Jan. 11.

The exhibition honors past recipients of the Center for Photography’s Photographer’s Fellowship award. Fracalossi is one of only two, two-time honorees. (Visit the center’s website for more information:

Fracalossi’s work also can be seen on campus in the “Fine Arts and Digital Media Faculty Exhibition” on view through Dec. 6 in the Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building. Click here for Teaching Gallery hours.


Nov 062014
 Posted by on November 6, 2014

Joe DiPiazza, head baseball coach, will be recognized today as a “driving force” in implementing Albany High School’s youth transition program that successfully transition students with disabilities from high school into the workforce.

Read here about Coach DiPiazza’s involvement in the special program, begun in 1997, that today will receive the 2014 Youth Transition Award from the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Kristan M. Pelletier
Director of Athletics

Nov 052014
 Posted by on November 5, 2014
Fred Aliberti, director of public safety, Bobby Hockaday, campus security officer, and Ret. Sgt. Eric Weaver, lead instructor.

Fred Aliberti, director of public safety, Bobby Hockaday, campus security officer, and Ret. Sgt. Eric Weaver, lead instructor.

Congratulations to Campus Security Officer Bobby Hockaday, who completed a week-long training course on Oct. 31 that focused on dealing with emotionally disturbed persons. The college has sent a number of officers to this training in past years.

The training was offered by the Troy Police Department in conjunction with the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Rensselaer County Mental Health Department and Samaritan Hospital.

The Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team Training class is a 40-hour course covering topics including personality disorders, juvenile and elderly issues, mental hygiene law, crisis intervention, medications, hospital and jail protocol, indicators of mental illness, developmental disabilities, communication skills, and role playing. Ret. Sgt. Eric Weaver, formerly of the Rochester Police Department and a pioneer in development of this training, was lead instructor during the training that was held at the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services on Blooming Grove Drive in North Greenbush.

Fred Aliberti
Director of Public Safety

Nov 032014
 Posted by on November 3, 2014

The Hudsonian, Hudson Valley Community College’s student newspaper, was recognized as the fourth best entry in the Best of Show competition for two-year tabloids at the College Media Association/Associated College Press National Conference held last week in Philadelphia, PA. Awards were announced Nov. 2.

The award marks the highest place The Hudsonian has ever achieved and the first award since receiving one for 10th place in 2011. Members of the award-winning staff are pictured below. Rachel Bornn and Jaime Barrett, associate professor and assistant professor, respectively, in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, serve as advisors to The Hudsonian.

The winning issue included stories about the first female ever to play hockey at Hudson Valley, and a student from Guinea who is raising money for the Ebola outbreak, as well as other campus and athletic events.

Colleges and universities from across the country attended the conference and participated in various competitions and workshops. Awards were given to the top 10 entries in the two-year tabloid category.

The Hudsonian is an independent and student-run weekly publication. It first was published in 1961, following The Technician, the student newspaper when the college was known as Hudson Valley Technical Institute (1954-1959).

The Hudsonian hits the stands every Tuesday throughout the school year and maintains a website at Students wishing to join an award-winning newspaper may contact The Hudsonian at

Hudsonian staff members at a recent meeting in the Campus Center.

Hudsonian staff members at a recent meeting in the Campus Center.

The Hudsonian staff members in Philadelphia: (left to right) Konrad Odhiamo, photo editor; Bobby Colla, sports editor; Cheyenne Fitch, staff writer; Nichole Danyla, staff writer; John Longton III, staff writer; Marison Topinio, staff photographer; Tyler McNeil, creative editor; Pat Gareau, editor-in-chief; Matt Whalen, layout editor.

The Hudsonian staff members in Philadelphia: (left to right) Konrad Odhiamo, photo editor; Bobby Colla, sports editor; Cheyenne Fitch, staff writer; Nichole Danyla, staff writer; John Longton III, staff writer; Marison Topinio, staff photographer; Tyler McNeil, creative editor; Pat Gareau, editor-in-chief; Matt Whalen, layout editor.

Nov 032014
 Posted by on November 3, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College’s “Bold Conversation” television campaign has earned a gold award in the international Davey Awards competition for 2014. Davey Awards honor “the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide.”

“This year’s Davey Award winners truly embody the idea of small firms with big ideas. The work entered into this year’s competition reflects a smart approach to creativity that highlights the capabilities and talents of small agencies worldwide,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Davey Awards.

The award was presented to the Smith & Jones Idea Agency, the Sturbridge, MA-based firm that  has been the college’s advertising agency since August 2011. Smith & Jones works with the offices of Communications and Marketing, Enrollment Management and Student Development, Graphics and Printing Services, and Viking Video Technologies to create and produce the college’s television commercials.

The TV commercials can be viewed here.



Oct 312014
 Posted by on October 31, 2014

Gratitude is extended to the Student Senate for organizing an engaging event for members of the college and regional communities. Thursday’s Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival attracted 1,208 attendees!

Costume-garbed children were entertained with games, Chartwells’ refreshments, face-painting, prize drawings, music, balloon artistry, pumpkins, clowns, dancing, magic, photos and much more!

The community outreach by the Student Senate included assistance from Eileen Maloney, Alfredo Balarin, Justin Hoyt and many, many volunteers including students, employees and departments.

Thank you to all who helped to make this such a successful event!

The Times Union published campus photographer Anthony Salamone’s photographs of the event.