Oct 192017
 Posted by on October 19, 2017

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, 35 College in the High School (CIHS) faculty attended a professional development day on campus.

Faculty had an opportunity to meet with department chairs and faculty liaisons to review syllabi and curriculum, visit labs, and discuss instructional techniques. In addition, presentations were provided on library resources by Brenda Hazard and Dr. Todd Wysocki, who discussed “Mindset Implications for Teaching and Learning.”

The faculty at our partner schools once again expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to visit with their colleagues on campus. Thanks to all who participated!

Oct 102017
 Posted by on October 10, 2017

“The F Street Mess — How Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act,” written by Alice Malavasic, associate professor in the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, now is available from The University of North Carolina Press.

Pushing back against the idea that the Slave Power conspiracy was merely an ideological construction, Malavasic argues that some southern politicians in the 1850s did indeed hold an inordinate amount of power in the antebellum Congress and used it to foster the interests of slavery. Malavasic focuses her argument on Senators David Rice Atchison of Missouri, Andrew Pickens Butler of South Carolina, and Robert M. T. Hunter and James Murray Mason of Virginia, known by their contemporaries as the “F Street Mess” for the location of the house they shared. Focusing on the Senators’ most significant achievement — forcing a rewrite of the Nebraska bill that repealed the restriction against slavery above the 36° 30′ parallel — Malavasic demonstrates how the F Street Mess’s mastery of the legislative process led to one of the most destructive pieces of legislation in United States history and helped pave the way to secession.

Orders for the book may be placed at the link above. “The F Street Mess” also is available at Amazon.com or wherever books are sold.

Oct 102017
 Posted by on October 10, 2017

Hudson Valley Community College women’s tennis student-athlete Sarah Sampson (Albany/Albany) won the NJCAA Region III No.3  Singles Tennis Championship and was named to the First-Team All-Region team on Sunday, Oct. 8 after defeating Onondaga’s Micah Mixon in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

Sampson became the seventh Hudson Valley student-athlete to earn First-Team All-Region honors since 2012 and the first since Kathleen Mai earned the honors as the Vikings No.2 singles player in 2015.

Oct 042017
 Posted by on October 4, 2017

Fine Arts faculty members Tara Fracalossi, assistant professor, and Thomas Lail, professor, both have work included in an annex exhibition curated by Jan Van Woensel to accompany “Lee Ranaldo: Lost Ideas” at the Culturcentrum De Steiger in Mene, Belgium. The exhibition opens Oct. 14.

Lail also has work included in a group exhibition, Selection ’17, at Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren St., Hudson. The exhibition opens with a reception on Oct. 14 and is on view through Nov. 19.

Oct 032017
 Posted by on October 3, 2017

Tamu Chambers, a professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, is invited to present at the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) second Biennial Conference upcoming Oct. 12 to 14, 2017 at the University of Ghana at Legon in Ghana, Africa.

The abstract for Professor Chambers’ presentation is entitled “21st Century Deconstructing History and Debunking Myths about African and African American Women in Print, Literature and Social Media: Michelle Obama, America’s First African American Lady ‘Talking Back’ – Vanquishing Stereotypes.” The conference theme, “African Studies and Global Politics” is addressed in 40 panels, six plenary sessions and 32 posters sessions selected from the more than 160 proposals submitted.

“This opportunity provides experiential and educational possibilities in enhancing African American History, African History, Cultural Diversity in American Society, as well as my Sociology courses,” Ms. Chambers said. Information and knowledge gained at the conference “regarding Ancient Africa and Ghana, the area in which many Africans were scattered throughout the diaspora, will be shared with the campus community when scheduling diversity, equity and inclusion programs, [and for] curriculum enhancement.”

Oct 022017
 Posted by on October 2, 2017

Professor Valarie Lang and I, co-advisors of the Animal Outreach Club, are pleased to announce that the Animal Outreach Club of Hudson Valley Community College raised $577.26 in last week’s fund-raising drive to help animals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

This is a wonderful tribute to the hard work of club members and it also is a testimony to the generosity of all campus members. Thank you to all for all your help as we donate this money to help animals in need from the hurricanes.

Alan P. Joseph
Assistant Professor

Sep 262017
 Posted by on September 26, 2017

Ann Plourde, an instructor in the Teacher Preparation Department, has received the Teaching and Learning Certification of Completion. Please join me in congratulating Ann!

Ann has been with the college for 14 years. Throughout her time teaching and serving the students at Hudson Community College, Ann has actively pursued and participated in workshops and trainings to strengthen her pedagogical knowledge and strategies.

Ann brings her years of teaching experience working with young children into the many courses she teaches which include on-campus, online and hybrid formats. Additionally Ann was trained as an Academic Advisor and serves as a resource for Teacher Preparation Department students as they navigate their degree requirements.

Congratulations, Ann Plourde!

Sep 262017
 Posted by on September 26, 2017

Tamu Chamber, professor in the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, is invited to participate in Conversation in the Disciplines (CID), a SUNY Chancellor initiative.

The topic for this CID is “Accessing Diversity Outcomes.” It is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 at Morrisville State College.

The goal for this Conversations in the Disciplines is generate a report that details best practices that can be used by campuses across SUNY to develop Course and Program Learning Outcomes (CPLO), which address diversity, equity, and inclusion and to develop plans to assess these outcomes.

Professor Chambers is an educator input liaison to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Amistad Commission.

Sep 192017
 Posted by on September 19, 2017

Dr. Ernest R. (Rich) Rugenstein, a History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department liaison to the College in the High School Program, announces the publication of his first book, Akwesasne, Divided by more than the St. Lawrence River by Mélange Publishing. It will be available October 1, 2017.

From the back cover:
Annie Garrow, a full-blooded Mohawk, was walking down a road she had walked down many times. With her were twenty-four dyed ash splint baskets. She was heading to Hogansburg a small village in New York. She was still on the reservation, she had relatives that lived all around this part of Akwesasne, but she had crossed an invisible line. An act that would lead to the Supreme Court of the United States of America and change the perceptions Mohawks had about government jurisdictions and their land. Decades later this jurisdictional paradigm would lead to death and destruction.


Sep 142017
 Posted by on September 14, 2017

The Student Leadership Expo was a huge success!
Over 150 students participated throughout the day. 

The Student Leadership Expo was sponsored by Instructional Support Services and The Foundation with many different offices supporting the event. It was a memorable and inspiring event where students were able to connect to resources on campus and meet community and college leaders. Our keynote had an inspiring message while our workshops facilitators shared excellent strategies for success and ideas for personalized leadership skills.

The evaluations and feedback have all been very positive. One student reported, “It was very inspiring and helpful, I learned plenty of good resources and met friendly people.”  Another said, “I feel this leadership Expo was the best I have ever attended.  It gave realistic information, very informative. It was inclusive to all women, not just a few.”  Another reported, “It was a great experience for a first-year student.”

We cannot thank everyone who was involved enough. We appreciate the support through encouraging students to attend and promoting your department by having a table. We would never have been able to have an event like this without Karen Ferrer-Muniz. Karen is the inspiration behind these events and the person whose idea and support initiated these events several years ago. We would like to send a special thank you to her for all of her encouragement and support. We also want to thank the President’s office, FSA, the Student Senate and the Student Activities office, and the CAAT office for their generous donations and support. We want to thank the Athletic Department and Mazzone Catering for their assistance and support as well. In addition, we want to thank all of the offices that make events like this possible: Communications and Marketing, Office of Special Events and Facilities Utilization, Graphics, Maintenance, etc.

We are already looking forward to next year.


The Empowerment Committee

Sep 082017
 Posted by on September 8, 2017

Maya Suchak, a current Individual Studies student, and two alumni are among the 14 finalists in 15 Minutes Max. The sixth annual film festival for students within a 50-mile radius of Albany is sponsored by the College of Saint Rose.

Films by Gregory Ramirez, a 2017 Digital Media graduate, and Adams Richards, a 2015 Digital Media graduate, also are among the finalists. The finalist films were culled from submissions made in May 2017.

A free screening of the finalist films is Saturday, Sept. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Madison Theater, 1036 Madison Ave., Albany. Juried prizes, ranging from $50 to $200, are awarded.

An interview with Rezart Bushati, another Hudson Valley Community College student, is featured on the 15 Minutes Max blog site. His submission was a film entitled “Hidden Music.”

Aug 302017
 Posted by on August 30, 2017

Recently Physical Plant has received numerous positive comments for the current shape of the grounds and the landscaping. We take great pride in the physical appearance of our campus and appreciate the kind words. The condition of our building and grounds provide the first impression for visitors of our campus. And with today’s competition for students it is important that what they see when they visit provide a positive and inviting environment.

Keeping up with the grounds and the landscaping has been a challenge over the years.  There is a tremendous amount of maintenance required and a lot of the campus was not designed with maintenance in mind. We have worked hard over the last few years to replace high maintenance areas with lower maintenance items. We also tried something a little radical last year. We empowered our grounds department to take responsibility for areas of the campus.

The campus was divided into several areas and teams of grounds members were responsible for their own areas. If they saw something that needed to be done in their area they were empowered to do it. This change is structure created a sense of pride and ownership in each area. It was amazing to see the energy that everyone put into making their areas better. And that energy has continued and grown over the past year and created a desire to continuously improve the entire campus.

Please join me in recognizing and thanking the Physical Plant employees who are responsible for the ongoing grounds improvements and maintenance that is a year-round job. (A wrap up of other — many major — campus improvement projects undertaken this summer will be included in the Fall 2017 All College Meeting program on Sept. 18.)

Our Grounds Department is overseen by Larry Lavigne and is made up of the following personnel:

Jay Bonesteel, supervisor
Bill Bellard
Capone Brown, work study
Jim Carras
John Keyoskey
Josh Palmer
Marty Sloan
Kyle Spiak

If you see the guys out and about and want to make a suggestion, please say something.

Rich Edwards
Director of Physical Plant

Aug 242017
 Posted by on August 24, 2017

Peter Fil, a computer-aided drafting instructor, traveled this summer to PyeongChang, South Korea — the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics — to compete in the Third World Mulimpia. The Mulimpia is an open martial arts competition that includes TaeKwonDo, Haedong Gumdo, Kung Fu, Hapkido and Wushu.

Peter, his 10-year old son and 33 others from Master Yang’s Martial Arts Center in Latham, represented team USA with the school placing second overall in the world.

Peter won first place in the finals round to become world champion
in his division in Haedong Gumdo (art of the sword).

Word Champion Peter Fil holds his first-place trophy.

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 (labspaceart@gmail.com). Visit http://labspaceart.blogspot.com/ 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!