Jul 102015
 Posted by on July 10, 2015

Hudson Valley Community College’s “Bold Conversations” television advertising campaign earned two bronze awards at the 36th annual Telly Awards. A 30-second ad earned bronze in the Schools/Colleges/Universities category, and 15-second commercials from the same campaign won bronze in the category of Campaign–Promotional/Branding.

smith&jones idea agency, based in Sturbridge, MA, created the campaign in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Marketing, Graphics Department and Viking Video Technologies.

The Telly Awards, founded in 1978, honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials. Its mission is to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 35th Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Winners were announced the last week of June 2015.

Christine Tieri, president of smith&jones, said, “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the Telly’s, and we are extremely proud of our work on behalf of Hudson Valley.”

Jun 292015
 Posted by on June 29, 2015

On Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m.,  the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) held its 49th Graduation Ceremony in the McDonough Sports Complex where 294 Students were awarded certificates and many were acknowledged for their academic achievements.

Speeches were given by Dr. Lucille Marion, vice president/ executive director of the EOC; President Dr. Andrew J. Matonak; Dr. Susan Perkins, director of programs and services, University Center for Academic and Workforce Development, and Conrad H. Lang, Jr. chairman, Board of Trustees, Hudson Valley Community College. The student speaker was Billie Jean Hill,  a graduate of the High School Equivalency Program.

Graduates, family, friends and staff enjoyed a reception hosted by the EOC Culinary Arts Program.

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Jun 182015
 Posted by on June 18, 2015

Hudson Valley Community College was voted third place best college in the Times Union’s 2015 “Best of the Capital Region” readers’ poll.

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

While Hudson Valley finished first in the poll for six consecutive years (2009-2014), the “best two-year college” category was eliminated this year. Participants simply were asked to elect a “best college.” The college’s excellent ranking among the four-year college finishers prompted the Times Union to note: “A nice surprise third-place showing for HVCC — further proof of two-year colleges’ growing legitimacy.”

Nearly 15,000 readers voted on 78 categories in this year’s poll, about 4,000 more than participated in 2014.


Jun 082015
 Posted by on June 8, 2015

Laudelina Martínez, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, is profiled in a recent issue of Epoch Times.

The article focuses on the active role Martínez, founder in 2001 of The Martínez Gallery in downtown Troy, plays in the local arts and cultural community.

Read the article here.

Jun 042015
 Posted by on June 4, 2015

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Next Step Program, the newest Special Tribute and Recognition (STAR) Award recipients were named at the program’s Faculty Institute 2015: Keep on Next Steppin’, which was held June 1 to 3  at UMass Amherst.

These awards are bestowed upon individuals who have contributed in extraordinary and/or innovative ways toward the success of the Program. A STAR Award recipient is an individual who exemplifies many of the qualities that the Program desires to instill: teamwork, problem solving, quality, customer focus, and leadership.

One of this year’s recipients was Barbara Youngs, program assistant academics II in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies.

Barbara has provided major support for many years to Hudson Valley Community College’s Next Step program coordinators, the Next Step Program administrative staff, and the students. Her expertise and professionalism have resulted in a quick resolution to any and all student issues to ensure that their participation is a rewarding experience. She has provided complete, accurate, critical information in a timely manner and communicated effectively. Barbara always has  stepped up and taken care of whatever was required to help the students succeed.

Congratulations, Barbara!

May 262015
 Posted by on May 26, 2015

The results are in from the college’s participation in the 2015 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge. The annual 3.5 mile race/walk through downtown Albany draws hundreds of teams and thousands of runners each year.
The college had 16 participants this year and hopes to draw an even larger crowd next year.  This year, the president’s office covered the cost of registration for all team participants, who also received a Hudson Valley Community College t-shirt.

Hudson Valley Community College – Female A finished 202nd out of 824 female teams who posted times.
32:15 – Toni Howard
32:38 – Jen Eaton
37:47 – Eileen M Mahoney
41:22 – Christy Jerome
TOTAL TIME: 2:24:02

Hudson Valley Community College – Female B finished 583rd out of 824 female teams who posted times.
47:10 – Janice M Hindes
49:48 – Sarah S Retersdorf
1:05:13 – Jennifer M Moss
1:05:13 – Jill Sanders
TOTAL TIME: 3:47:24

Hudson Valley Community College – Coed A finished 228th out of 392 coed teams who posted times.
34:07 – Douglas B Ivey
42:15 – Alicia Carr
43:02 – J. Patrick Smith
46:20 – Erica Puentes
TOTAL TIME: 2:45:44

A few members of Team HVCC at the 2015 Workforce Team Challenge

A few members of Team HVCC at the 2015 Workforce Team Challenge

May 192015
 Posted by on May 19, 2015

Congratulations to Tylan Nino, library clerk, who earned his undergraduate degree from the University at Albany this weekend.

Nino completed a dual major in Africana Studies and Sociology.

May 152015
 Posted by on May 15, 2015

The 40 Under 40 list, compiled annually since 1999 by the Albany Business Review to showcase up-and-coming professionals in a variety of fields, included four who include Hudson Valley Community College on their resumes:

Owen Burns — associate degree in Accounting, 2000/senior vice president and CFO, New York Business Development Corp., Albany

Rob Carr — studied electrical construction and maintenance after graduating from the University at Albany/president and owner, Mel Carr Electric, Albany

Christian C. Klueg —  attended Hudson Valley, Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Bible College in Lancaster, PA/Owner, broker and creative partner, CMK and Associaties Real Estate, Burnt Hills

Michael Stamas — associate in applied science degree, Telecommunications Management, 2000/co-founder and senior vice president of business development, Greycastle Security, Troy

May 152015
 Posted by on May 15, 2015

“Crowd,” a new and ambitious installation of collages by Fine Arts faculty member Thomas Lail, opened Friday, May 29 at Grand Street Community Arts (formerly Saint Anthony’s Church) on Madison Avenue at Grand Street in Albany.

Grand Street Community Arts is located at 68 Grand St. Please visit http://grandarts.org/ for more information and directions.

An illustrated catalogue of “Crowd,” with essays by artist and freelance arts writer, Amy Griffin, will be available at the reception.

Lail’s “Crowd,” slated to be on view for one year, consists of nine, large panels constructed for each of the street-level window niches in the historic St. Anthony’s Church. Made from thousands of pieces of paper cut in diminishing sizes, Crowd is Lail’s largest work to date in the Capital District. Each window panel is collaged with black and white reproductions of images of gatherings of people: crowds, protests and demonstrations, representing, as Lail states, “the accumulation of bodies that lead to utopian ideals or incremental change.”

Lail’s xerographic collage process includes enlarging, copying and re-copying his source images until all detail is obliterated and only a graphic, abstracted image remains. These copies are cut and collaged, layer upon layer into large scale abstractions. It is only upon observing the work both from a distance and at close range that the source images become decipherable and the latent content of the work becomes legible.

Though based in historic imagery acquired from archives, news sources and journals, Lail’s methodology results in images that, like the utopian experiments they picture, disintegrate into near illegibility and non-existence.

The dissolution of the image is not, however, entirely abject. Though communal utopias and protests are, by nature, short lived, they, like Lail’s images, persevere in bits and pieces, coalescing into new organizational groupings, new hopes, new crowds.

May 132015
 Posted by on May 13, 2015

Cheryl Beauchamp, director of grants, will serve as a panelist when the Mohawk-Hudson Chapter of the Grants Professionals Association hosts a workshop on May 29, entitled “Submitting Federal Grants: What You Need To Be Successful.”

Andrea Ryan, director of grants at Unity House in Troy, and Maureen Yee, development director for Whitney Young Health, also will be panelists. Topics to be addressed include: deciding which federal grants to pursue, time needed to complete a federal grant application and navigating the online Grants.gov system.

Beauchamp has helped the college earn $14.6 million in federal grants since joining the staff in 2007


May 112015
 Posted by on May 11, 2015

Following a 19-3 season and winning the Region 3 B Championship on Saturday, the Hudson Valley Community College Vikings softball team is on its way to Rochester, Minnesota for the NJCAA National Tournament, which begins on Thursday, May 14.

This is only the second time in school history that the softball team has made Nationals.

Team members are:
Emily Aubin (Waterford-Halfmoon/Waterford)
Jayda Bryant-Bonarrigo (Albany/Albany)
Shelby Fenton (Catholic Central/Troy)
Allison Ford (Mechanicville/Mechanicville)
Hannah Hoffman (Averill Park/Wynantskill)
Shannon Johnson (Averill Park/Wynantskill)
Rebekah Johnson (Amsterdam/Amsterdam)
Mercedes Martell (Coxsackie-Athens/Coxsackie)
Courtney McDonnell (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park)
Hannah Mochrie (Colonie/Colonie)
Michaela Pickett (Albany/Albany)
Jackie Rossi (Shaker/Latham)
Courtney Schlosser (Shaker/Latham)
Brittany Ubrich (Mechanicville/Mechanicville)
Kristen Vooris (Columbia/East Greenbush)
Brittany Wilson (Ichabod Crane/Kinderhook)

Head coach is Christopher Mazzeo, and Richard Andrews
and Kayla Kuilema are assistant coaches.

Rossi, Mochrie, and Ford all made the All-Tournament Team, with Ford being named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. It was also announced that McDonnell, Shelby Fenton (Catholic Central/Troy), Mochrie, and Ford were named Second-Team All-Region.

The team defeated Genesee Community College (25-11) 16-5 in the final game of the Region 3 B Championship on Saturday. The Vikings split with Genesee on Friday winning game one 2-1 and then lost 8-7 in game two.

The Vikings fell behind 3-2 in the first inning of the final game, but a five-run third gave them a 7-3 lead en route to the 16-5 victory. Courtney McDonnell (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) led the Vikings with a triple, double, and three RBIs. Allison Ford (Mechanicville/Mechanicville), Hannah Hoffman (Averill Park/Wynantskill), and Brittany Ubrich (Mechanicville/Mechanicville) each added two hits, while Ford picked up the win on the mound.

In game one on Friday, Ford pitched nine dominating innings, allowing only one run which was unearned. It wasn’t until the top of the ninth when Hannah Mochrie (Colonie/Colonie) hit her eighth homerun of the season to break the 1-1 tie, giving the Vikings a 1-0 series lead.

The Vikings turned around and gave up a 6-0 lead in game two. Hudson Valley trailed 8-6 in the seventh and scored early to put them within one, but they stranded a runner on third to end the game. Jackie Rossi (Shaker/Latham) led the team with three hits in the loss.

May 052015
 Posted by on May 5, 2015


Melanie Hecker has received an honorable mention for her 2015 Garfinkel Essay submission. This year’s topic was LGBT: The Road to Equality — How have the New York Courts addressed equal human rights for the LGBT Community in the Workplace?

Melanie worked independently on her essay throughout the spring semester in the Marvin Library and is very deserving of this distinction! Honorable mention designates Melanie’s essay as one of the 14 best submissions to this year’s contest, which is a significant accomplishment considering the number of essays submitted from across the state.

Melanie’s achievement is recognized on the New York Courts’ website at http://www.nycourts.gov/history/academic-center/garfinkel-essay-scholarship.html.

Congratulations Melanie!
We admire your determination and persistence.

May 042015
 Posted by on May 4, 2015

The college received three accolades for marketing in the SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence competition for 2014-15.

Judge’s citation:
“I will always be a Viking.” Admissions search piece

Judge’s citation:
“Be bold. Be a Viking.” Fall multimedia campaign

Best of category:
“Bold Conversations” Television campaign

The awards submissions were created by the college’s Communications and Marketing office, Graphics and Print Shop, Viking Video Technologies and Smith & Jones Idea Agency.

SUNYCUAD, the State University of New York Council for Advancement and Development, promotes educational and professional development opportunities for advancement professionals in marketing, alumni relations, development and government relations. Awards for Excellence will be presented during the organization’s annual conference in Rochester from June 3-5.


May 042015
 Posted by on May 4, 2015

Please join me in congratulating Dr. David Clickner, Ph.D on his successful defense of his dissertation. He will be graduating from the University at Albany in two weeks with a Doctor in Philosophy in Literacy Teaching and Learning.

May 012015
 Posted by on May 1, 2015

Matt Sterlina was selected as this year’s recipient of the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research for his outstanding paper on scientist Lord William Thomson Kelvin in fulfillment of the requirements for Chemistry I during fall 2014 semester.  Matt was nominated by Dr. Danica Nowosielski.

Matt will be recognized at Students Honors on May 14, 2015 and will be included in the commencement program. In addition, Matt’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual plaque in the Dwight Marvin Library.

Thanks to Dr. Bulmer, Matt will receive a check from The Foundation in the amount of $150 for his efforts.



Congratulations to all of our nominees, and thanks to faculty nominators:

Prof. Joshua Kohan – Vaccines and Viruses: From Edward Jenner to the future – English Comp – Nathaniel Ekstorm

Dr. Nowosielski – Dmitri Mendeleev – Chemistry – Angelina Giorgio

Dr. Nowosielski –  Fritz Haber – Chemistry – Levi Kelly

Dr. Nowosielski – Scientist Report – Chemistry – Marina Lanaro

Prof. Sessing-Matcha – Culture, Society and Media and its effects on ideal body image – Sociology – Eric Linkowski

Dr. Catone-Matino – Three Roads Down Information Highway An Introduction of Internet Gaming Addiction – Adolescent Psychology – Eric Munshi

Dr. Catone-Matino – Monsters on the Information Highway How cyberbullying through Social Media Impacts the Ability of Teenagers to Establish Healthy Identities – Adolescent Psychology – Eric Munshi

Dr. Nowosielski – Ernest Orlando Lawrence – Chemistry – Andrew Muratorri

Dr. Nowosielski – The Work of James Prescott Joule – Chemistry – Caleb Nasman

Dr. Susan Kayorie – Thaddeau Kosciuszko: Not Just The Twin Bridges Guy – English Comp – Oksana Pawlush

Dr. Nowosielski – DEMOCRITUS: Atomism in the Ancient World – Chemistry – Jacob Peterson

Dr. Nowosielski – Wilhelm Roentgen – Chemistry – Tim Rooney

Prof. Hathaway – Incarcerated Infants: Mothers and Babies in Prison – English Comp – Christine Thompson

Faculty members are encouraged to nominate papers submitted after this year’s deadline (Apr. 24) in consideration for next year’s award.

For more information contact Val Waldin, MRV 141, v.waldin@hvcc.edu, ext. 7319.

May 012015
 Posted by on May 1, 2015

George Raneri, secretary to the college’s Board of Trustees and a retired public school administrator, will be honored by the School Administrators Association of New York State (Region 6) at its annual awards dinner on May 14 in Glenville.

Raneri’s 50 years of membership in and service to SAANYS will be recognized “as an expression of sincere gratitude for your longstanding dedication to public education.” Association Chairman Jennifer Drautz also said, “Reaching your golden anniversary as a SAANYS member is a wonderful milestone worthy of recognition. Your service and dedication certainly serves as a model for your peers.”

Raneri’s career as a public school administrator spanned 40 years, including 34 years as an elementary school principal in the Averill Park School District. He served as a Hudson Valley Trustee from 1981 through 1998, and was named secretary in 2000.

SAANYS Region 6 has more than 900 members in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties

Apr 292015
 Posted by on April 29, 2015

CongratsimageRosemary Schultz in the School of Business Advisement Center has received the Teaching and Learning Certification of Completion. Please join me in congratulating Rosemary, education specialist/professor from the School of Business Advisement Center.

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. She also teaches College Forum for School of Business students.

In her years at Hudson Valley Community 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. She is currently serving as a member of the Academic Senate, a delegate to the Faculty Association and the college’s Delegate to the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System. She has continued her professional growth through study in a number of graduate, undergraduate and non-credit courses.

Rosemary loves working with community college students and with her colleagues in the School of Business and at the college.

Congratulations, Rosemary!

Apr 292015
 Posted by on April 29, 2015

On behalf of President Matonak, it is my pleasure to announce this year’s recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence in College Service and Excellence in Teaching:

Excellence in College Service

Matthew Howe, coordinator of testing, Advisement and Academic Placement

Marcella Smith, technical assistant, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications/Teacher Preparation

Excellence in Teaching

Judy Bowers, assistant professor, EOC Academic Programs

Brian Farr, instructor, Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling

Antoinette Howard, assistant professor, Teacher Preparation

The award recipients will be honored at the Faculty/Staff Honors Convocation to be held Thursday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, followed by a reception in the lobby of the Guenther Enrollment Services Center.

Please join me in congratulating our colleagues for receiving these prestigious awards!

Apr 272015
 Posted by on April 27, 2015
Professor Andrew Hurd, PhD, of the Computing and Information Sciences Department, was recently asked to write the lab manual for the textbook “Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals.”
The book is published by Cengage Learning. Textbook author Mark Ciampa of Western Kentucky University contacted Hurd to see if he would be interested in updating the lab manual that went with his book, now in its 5th edition.
The manual would apply directly to CISS 125 (Computer and Information Security) at Hudson Valley, but can be adopted by Introduction to Computer Security classes worldwide. The text and lab manual also is written to help students prepare for the CompTIA Security+ exam.
Apr 232015
 Posted by on April 23, 2015

Dr. D. Elaine Reinhard, Mortuary Science department chair, was named “Educator of the Year” by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) this past week at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

Congratulations, Elaine!

Apr 222015
 Posted by on April 22, 2015

CongratsimageDoreen McGreevy in Instructional Support & Retention Services,has received the Academic Advising Certification of Completion. Please join me in congratulating Doreen, technical assistant for Learning Disabilities Services in the Learning Centers.

Doreen has been with the college for 14 years. In her tenure at Hudson Valley Community College, Doreen has always been keenly interested in her professional and professional development.

Doreen has participated in many events such as:

  • Informational high school meetings through admissions
  • Transition meetings with local high schools
  • Meeting with football players to let them know about support services
  • New student orientation
  • Open house
  • Advising workshops
  • Admissions campus visit day panelist
  • Chancellor’s Award committee member
  • Presenter at Woman Empowerment Workshop
  • Male Leadership Workshop committee members
  • Male Leadership Workshop presenter

Congratulations, Doreen!


Apr 212015
 Posted by on April 21, 2015

Architecture+, the architect for college’s Administration Building,  is being honored with an Excelsior Award for Public Architecture by the American Institute of Architects New York State.

The awards recognize New York State-funded public buildings with the goal of providing a model of excellence for future state-funded building design. The award ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 27 at Sixty State Place in Albany.

Please click here for more details.

Apr 202015
 Posted by on April 20, 2015

Four Hudson Valley Community College students have been selected by judges for the “Best of Show” SUNY System Administration Art Show exhibited in the New York State Museum this summer

The work of Samantha Bedell (Individual Studies), Megan Cassidy (Fine Arts), Angela D’Amico (Digital Media) and Arnela Mahmutovic (Fine Arts) were selected as Best of Show finalists from the Spring 2015 show.

Open through the summer, the juried exhibition features artworks chosen by individual art departments across SUNY’s 64 campuses. Included are works selected from more than 300 pieces submitted for the SUNY Art Student Exhibition Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 at the State University Plaza in Albany. The traditional areas of drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture and digitally-produced works are included.

At a June 9 reception three Best of Show winners will receive a $1,000 prize, and four $500 honorable mentions also will be awarded.

The images below were those selected from, from left, Mahmutovic, Cassidy, D’Amico and Bedell.


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