Aug 152017
 Posted by on August 15, 2017

Work by Thomas Lail, professor in the department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media, is included in the exhibition “Music Seen” at LABspace Gallery in Hillsdale. A reception is set for Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition features work by artists who also play music and is curated by Michele Thursz and Susan Jennings.

Lail performs and records with the experimental music duo soundBarn. Its new CD, “Late to the Orchard,” will be released on Tape Drift Records this autumn.

“Music Seen” is on view through Sept. 2 at LABspace, 2642 NY Route 23, Hillsdale, NY. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment ( Visit for more information.



Aug 142017
 Posted by on August 14, 2017

More than 170 parents, family members, and students attended Parent Family Orientation on Saturday, Aug. 12. The event was held in the Maureen Stapleton Theater.

President Drew Matonak gave the opening remarks. The staff and presenters were well spoken and offered very helpful information, according to the parent surveys submitted. The day finished with a campus tour.

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


Jul 312017
 Posted by on July 31, 2017

Associate Professor Sue Grayson, head of Access Services at the Dwight Marvin Library, and Senior Clerk Jennifer Acker played leadership roles at the IDS Project Project library resource sharing conference held July 26-28 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica.

Grayson presented “Interlibrary Loan Life after the RUSA Star Survey” and described specific improvements made to interlibrary loan practices after completing a national assessment survey developed by the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services division. As statewide coordinator of member user groups, Acker convened the user group pre-conference meeting, focused on best practices and workflow optimization.

More than 130 librarians and library staff attended the Information Delivery Services Project conference, including representatives from SUNY, CUNY, and private colleges and universities from as far away as California. Grayson and Acker also served on the conference planning committee and will continue their roles for the 2018 conference at Utica College.

IDS Project member libraries are committed to “providing improvements to the entire resource sharing community through the ongoing development of innovative tools and promotion of best practices,” made evident through outstanding interlibrary loan services.

Jul 132017
 Posted by on July 13, 2017

Artwork by Jacob Shen, a 2012 Individual Studies graduate, is featured in an exhibition running through Monday, July 31 at the Colonie Memorial Town Hall, located at 534 Loudon Road in Newtonville.

The exhibition is entitled “Autism Artist — Jacob Shen Art Show for Expression and Imagination.” Visitors can find the exhibition, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the town hall’s second floor.

Jun 262017
 Posted by on June 26, 2017

Assistant Professors Cynthia Koman and Katie Jezik both presented at  SUNYLA 2017: “The Global Library: Diversity through Collections, Spaces, & Services” at Stony Brook University earlier this month.

Jezik co-presented a pre-conference workshop entitled “Preparing for the SUNY Library Services Platform.” Jezik is a member of the SUNY Metadata Policies and Standards Committee (SMSP) and reported on the committee’s activities to assess current practices, and develop policies and standards for the library service platform that will be implemented over the next 18 months across all SUNY libraries. Jezik is one of seven committee members preparing best practices for cataloging and metadata impacting the project.

Koman presented “Being an Internship Mentor,” and described her experiences and successful practices mentoring six graduate students working towards Masters in Information Science degrees over the past three years at the Dwight Marvin Library. Koman was joined by three intern alumni, including Stephanie Clowe, recently hired as the online media specialist, who attended the conference.

Jun 202017
 Posted by on June 20, 2017

Fine arts professors Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail have works included in the exhibition, “Inspired Views,” at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.

The exhibition is on view through Sunday, July 2, and recognizes “the many working artists who inspire and mentor our young people.” The 70 exhibiting artists are art educators, who teach in K-12 public and independent schools or community colleges throughout New England.

Tara and Thom are shown below at a June 17 gallery reception with Valerie Rafferty, a 2006 Fine Arts Department alumna.

Jun 192017
 Posted by on June 19, 2017

Approximately 140 parents, family members and students attended a Parent/Family Orientation on Saturday, June 17 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

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: “I was pleased with the information I feel confident in my child’s choice to attend HVCC!” “Very informative, thank you.” “Looking forward to my son’s experience here at HVCC.”

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


Jun 142017
 Posted by on June 14, 2017

A poster proposed by Ernest Rugenstein, adjunct faculty in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, will be included in the program at the American Historical Association‘s upcoming annual meeting.

“On behalf of the American Historical Association’s Program Committee, we are pleased to inform you that the poster you proposed, Akwesasne, a Nation Divided by More Than the St. Lawrence River, has been accepted for inclusion in the program of the January 4-7, 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC,” reads a letter Rugenstein received from the AHA. “On behalf of the Program Committee, we congratulate you and look forward to a wonderful conference in January 2018.” (Rugenstein’s final design will be published in a future edition of the Campus Chronicle.)

The letter was signed by Antoinette Burton of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, chair of the 2018 AHA Program Committee, and Rick Halpern of the University of Toronto, committee co-chair.

Jun 062017
 Posted by on June 6, 2017

Nick McSpedon, a rising senior in the Automotive Technical Services program, recently learned that he has been awarded a $2500 Garage Gurus Scholarship from Federal Mogul.

Funding for the scholarships is provided through the Federal-Mogul Motorparts Corporation Garage Gurus, who provide industry-leading training to automotive professionals. The scholarship will help pay for education expenses in his second year of the college’s highly-regarded Automotive Technical Services  program.

Nick was one of only 12 recipients in the nation, according to faculty member Chris McNally.

He also serves as a peer tutor for the Learning Assistance Center, helping his fellow students with math and other technical topics.

May 292017
 Posted by on May 29, 2017

The Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media  congratulates Fine Arts student Echo Goff, whose painting has been selected as a Best of Show Finalist for the the SUNY Art Exhibition Student Series 2016-2017.

The exhibition features works from all levels of study at SUNY campuses state-wide. Awards will be announced at the reception for the exhibition at SUNY headquarters on Broadway at the foot of State Street in Albany. The reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, June 1 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

May 242017
 Posted by on May 24, 2017

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology (CAAT) office would like to give our sincerest thanks to all of the faculty and staff who assisted us in the last week of the semester.

Also a big thank you to Gail DeDominces for volunteering and proctoring exams. We also would like to thank Karen Ferrer-Muniz, Lonnie Hetmann and Norina Dowd for giving us access to the Fitzgibbons computer lab.

Your assistance significantly helped the CAAT office administer more than 400 exams in one week. Thank you all so much and have a safe and happy summer!”

May 192017
 Posted by on May 19, 2017

Dr. Peter Sawyer was recently re-elected to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School Board, where he currently serves as the Board’s president. Peter received 1,152 votes, the largest tally of the three candidates on the ballot. He is a member of the board’s Strategic Partnerships Committee.

Peter has been a district resident for more than 30 years, and is a 1977 BH-BL graduate.

He also is a member of the Burnt-Hills Ballston Lake Rotary Club and the American Sociologist Association. In the past, he has served on several BH-BL committees.

May 192017
 Posted by on May 19, 2017

Twelve runners from Hudson Valley joined more than 8,000 others from businesses and organizations across upstate New York to compete in the CDPHP Workforce Challenge, a 3.5 mile road race in downtown Albany. This is the largest contingent of runners the college has had in several years! Those representing the college included: Eric Bryant, Jen Eaton, John Heiser, Janice Hinds, Christy Jerome,  Ian LaChance, Matt Lambert,  Eileen Mahoney, Chris McNally, Linda Pelosi, Adam Sanzone and Kathleen Weeks. Next year, let’s try to double the number of runners and walkers competing. That’s right, you don’t need to run, just make it around the park in one piece!

Thanks to the President’s Office for covering the registration fees for all of our representatives. Additional thanks to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation for covering the cost of our race shirts.

May 172017
 Posted by on May 17, 2017

Dr. Jay Deitchman, coordinator for International Student Services, was elected May 16 to the Board of Education in the Schenevus Central School.

District voters approved a $9,050,553 budget for the 2017-18 school year, 99-26, and elected Deitchman to a five-year term, according to the district’s website.

May 152017
 Posted by on May 15, 2017

Fine arts professors Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail have works included in the exhibition, “Inspired Views,” at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. The exhibition opens Saturday, June 17 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibition, on view through July 2, recognizes “the many working artists who inspire and mentor our young people” and features work from New England art educators and faculty at community college programs.

Thomas Lail
Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts & Digital Media

May 092017
 Posted by on May 9, 2017

Hudson Valley student Logan Carpenter will have a dream come true tonight, as his band Restless Streets opens for Poison and Tesla at the Times Union Center as part of Poison’s XXX Reunion Tour.

Restless Streets won a contest through iHeartRadio, receiving thousands of votes from around the world to land them the top spot in the contest and the chance to open the show. The announcement was made on Friday.

The band, which has been together for ten years, is made up of members Logan Carpenter on vocals, Brandon John on guitar, John Alund on bass, Aaron Uline on drums, and Brian Nellis on keyboards.

The concert will take place tonight, Tuesday, May 9, at the Times Union Center. Doors open for the show at 6:30 p.m. Restless Streets will take the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available at

Restless Streets has already toured the United States three times and has just released their third album, “Together,” which is available through ITunes and Apple Music. Physical copies are available at The band’s Facebook page with the latest updates is at

May 092017
 Posted by on May 9, 2017

The Dwight Marvin Library faculty is pleased to announce the recipient of the the 2016-17 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer for Award in Excellence in Library Research.

This year’s honor goes to Thomas Michael Smith for his paper, Few New Antibiotics: Even in the Face of Antibiotic Resistance, submitted in fulfillment of requirements for English Composition, under the direction of Assistant Professor Sara Tedesco.

Thomas’s research paper, focusing on the declining effectiveness of antibiotics in infection management, included a well-balanced combination of library resources and credible Web sites in proper Modern Language Association (MLA 8) format. Tom self-nominated his paper for the Award, followed by Professor Tedesco’s confirmation of a grade of “A.”

For more information on Bulmer Award criteria, deadline policies and previous recipients, visit the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research guide, or contact Librarian Val Waldin.

Thomas will be recognized this Friday evening at the Student Honors and Awards ceremony in the McDonough Complex, in the commencement program, on a perpetual plaque in the Dwight Marvin Library Learning Commons, and will receive a monetary award administered by The Foundation.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and their professors who continue to mentor and encourage excellence at Hudson Valley!

Aimee Rabine / Jim LaBate / End of Life Decision / English Composition
Amber Lightner / Carla Gundermann / Human Identification: The Beginning and the Continuance / Forensic Science
Boukemin Tanon / Jim LaBate School Uniforms Should be Required / English Composition
Cailee Navarro / Sara Tedesco / Animal Agriculture: The Devastating Environmental Impacts / English Composition
Carissa Seror / Sara Tedesco / Contributing Factors of the Increased Tension Between the United States and the Russian Federation / English Composition
Christopher Putnam / Sushmita Chatterji / Too Much to Lose / English Composition
Deborah Brannan / Noah Kucij / I Promise I Am Not a Pyromaniac: The Causes of Human Fascination with Fire / English Composition
Jade El Khoury / Todd Wysocki / Men’s Body Image and The Media / General Psychology
Jennifer A. Edwards / Shawn Hunziker / Dyslexia: Thinking it is Reading Backwards is Backwards Thinking / Education
Jessica Rodgers / Karen Nash / Human Trafficking Throughout the World / English Composition
Jessica Szumowski / Sara Tedesco / Difficulties People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Face in Gaining Employment / English Composition
John Keis / Danica A Nowosielski / Uranium / Chemistry
Kacie Rischbieter / Josh Kohan /  Frank Pantridge: A Life Saver / English Composition
Katelyn Pohlmann / Noah Kucij /50 Shades of Gray Matter-The Effects of Colors on the Brain / English Composition
Kierstyn Higgins / Megeen Mulholland / The Banning of To Kill a Mockingbird / English Composition
Laura Ciotoli / Danica A Nowosielski / The Wonders of Helium / Chemistry
Mackenzie Schweikert / Megeen Mulholland / Book Banning: Scandalously Good Literature / English Composition
Matt Moran / Danica A Nowosielski / The Smallest of Them All: H1 / Chemistry
Meagan Bonesteel / Sara Tedesco / The Heroin Epidemic / English Composition
Michael Fiore / Todd Wysocki / Muscle Dysmorphia in Men / General Psychology
Nate Sunderhaft / Jennifer Austin / Epidemic of Heroin Addiction / English Composition
Nathan Whiting / Julie Demers / Net Neutrality: The Economic and Societal Effects of Its Possible Repeal / English Composition
Shamus Chowenhill / Danica A Nowosielski / Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) / Chemistry
Shane Lewis / Danica A Nowosielski / Tungsten and its Uses / Chemistry
Shawna Fitzsimmons / Marina Gore / Painting, Poetry, and Pot Roast: A Recipe for Reflection / English Composition
Sheldon Wayman / Danica A Nowosielski / Sir Isaac Newton / Chemistry
Zaish Sadiq / Lynn Kinlan / What are the Significant Effects of the Indian- Subcontinent Partition of 1947? / English Composition

May 052017
 Posted by on May 5, 2017

The Learning Centers celebrated Spirit Day on Wednesday, May 3. We celebrated the “spirit” of the Learning Centers and 31 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.

The Spring 2017 Learning Centers Spirit Certificate recipients recommended by Learning Centers faculty and staff are Jeru Akel, Nida Aziz, Stanley Azor, Maw Kay La Blat, Concetta Cacchillo, Austin Coons, Reed Denney, UmaDevi Deodat, Paul Esmond, Ashlyn Gagnon, Destiny Hardnett, Ahsid Hemingway, Shannon Hilenbrandt, Joshua Hite, Chania Holt, Julia Huber, Paris Jenkins, Lenora Mars, Curtiss Mitchell, Vernessa Mitchell, Martine Noel, Frmesk Nury, Daniel Orapello, Joseph Pignatelli, Nyesha Pompey, Zaish Sadiq, Rabi Sah, Sarswoti Shrestha, Faith Sivik, Shane Slaver, Ahmed Zafar.

May 052017
 Posted by on May 5, 2017

The Criminal Justice Club and the Center for Academic Engagement organized a large troop of Hudson Valley 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 sponsored by Samaritan Hospital on April 29 in Troy.

About 35 people including students, staff, coaches, and faculty members participated in the march. Even the college’s Viking Mascot sported a pair of pumps, and ended up winning the Mascot Challenge for HVCC. Overall, it was a fun and successful day supporting an excellent cause.

We would like to acknowledge all of the students who participated. We also would like to give a special thank you to Mike Muehling, head football coach, and Tasha Taylor, program assistant in the Learning Assistance Center, for encouraging a large group of players and cheerleaders to participate in the event. The Student Activities Office and the Student Senate also deserve a bib thank you for their support.

Hudson Valley has participated in this event for the last several years as part of an effort to bring awareness to the issue. If you would like to learn how to get involved in next year’s walk, please contact Andy Roberts at

The Times Union published a photo gallery of the event.


Shawna Addison and Jessica Gilbert, CRJ Club co-advisors
and the CAE team

Some of the 2017 Walk-a-Mile Crew

May 052017
 Posted by on May 5, 2017

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 are students, who work hard academically and/or help engage their peers to do the same.

This award is a token of recognition for their hard work, commitment to their academics, and 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 have received this Spring’s Engagement Award:

•    Nigel Harris (GAP award)
•    Niko Culnan
•    Cody Stockwell
•    Ryan Shumway
•    Chaneil Thomas
•    Susan Steffek

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

•    Andrew Edwards
•    Jordan Holmes
•    Nick Teitter
•    Stanley Azor
•    Fred Johnson

In addition, we selected Dr. Ann Geisendorfer for the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Recipient. Since the CAE’s inception, she has supported our programming and referred her students. We at the CAE, are extremely grateful for all of her support for this office and our services.

We congratulate everyone on a successful semester!

The CAE Team