Nov 212017
 Posted by on November 21, 2017

The Viking wants you to “Go Green!” on Spirit Day!

Spirit Day? What’s Spirit Day? It’s a chance for students, faculty and staff to come together, enjoy some food and fun, show your college pride and help restock the college food pantry! Free Hudson Valley t-shirts will be given out, and non-perishable food items will be collected.

When? Wednesday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where? First floor of the Campus Center

Details: Give a non-perishable food item and get a free t-shirt to wear on Spirit Day! Come together for free music, pizza, wings and ice cream, too.

Faculty and staff can make a non-perishable food donation, and pick up a Hudson Valley t-shirt starting Monday, Dec. 4 in the Office of Communications and Marketing (Guenther 267). We’ll be taking food donations and handing out shirts all day on Monday and Tuesday.

Shirts will be available while supplies last at the event on Wednesday, Dec. 6 for students, faculty and staff.

Who can participate? We all can! Students, faculty and staff are invited to take part. Spirit Day is sponsored by the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Development.

Need more spirit? The Viking’s Cove Bookstore is offering 20 percent off college-branded clothing in-store beginning Dec. 1.

Get your green on! Give a little! Show your college spirit!

Vance Valerio
Interim Vice President
Enrollment Management and Student Development

Nov 212017
 Posted by on November 21, 2017

Students in the Theatre Arts Program present “Middletown” by Will Eno at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, located in the Siek Campus Center. Admission is free at all performances.

Eno’s play is a moving and witty inquiry into what it means to live out the “middle” of one’s life in a small town community where the middle of life begins right after one is born and lasts until one’s death. The college’s production is directed by Assistant Professor Roseanne Raneri.

As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. Middletown features a wide array of characters — cop, mechanic, librarian, to name just a few — who together populate the play with Eno’s trademark subversive style.

“Will Eno is an original, a maverick wordsmith whose weird, wry dramas gurgle with the grim humor and pain of life,” — The Guardian. He has been called “a Samuel Beckett for the John Stewart generation.”

Nov 212017
 Posted by on November 21, 2017

Please note the following changes in cafe hours for Tuesday, Nov. 21:

PRIME Elements in the Science Center will close at 2 p.m.
PRIME Pit Stop in Williams Hall will close at 10 a.m.
PRIME Books and Bites in Marvin Library will close at 3:30 p.m.
PRIME in the Siek Campus Center will close at 2:30 p.m.

From the entire PRIME team: Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 202017
 Posted by on November 20, 2017

Members of the A-Tech Club, which is made up of automotive technology students, will hold its annual Holiday Silent Auction on Wednesday, Dec. 6 on the first floor of the Siek Campus Center. Bidding will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items up for bid include Sky Zone Family Fun Packs, Rotterdam 7 movie tickets, chess set, floral arrangement, screwdriver set, Lebanon Valley Speedway Family Pack, car washing kits, Napa train set, restaurant gift cards and more!

Stop by early and then check back throughout the day to keep a eye on your bids!

Nov 202017
 Posted by on November 20, 2017

Curriculum Committee Agenda
Nov. 27, 2017 —  2 p.m.
BTC Meeting Room 3

1.0 Roll Call
Roll call by signatures

2.0 Approval of Minutes
Approval of minutes from November 6, 2017

3.0 New Business
No new business

4.0 Information Items

5.0 Senate Report

6.0 Chair Report

7.0 Adjournment

Nov 202017
 Posted by on November 20, 2017

A few more seats are available on the NYC shopping trip on Saturday, Dec. 2. The bus leaves Hudson Valley at 7:30 a.m. with drop off at Bryant Park. The bus will depart Bryant Park at 6 p.m. for the return trip to campus.

Student: $20/person
Employee: $30/person
Student or employee guest price: $30
(Each student or employee may is allowed one guest.)

If you are interested, please stop by the Student Activities Office (CTR 210) between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with your Hudson Valley ID. CASH ONLY accepted for payment!

Nov 202017
 Posted by on November 20, 2017

Men’s Basketball (3-3) split games last week, defeating Adirondack, 94-65, at home on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Mitchell Dame led all scorers with 26 points and added nine rebounds. On Sunday, Nov. 19, the Vikings were on the wrong side of a buzzer beater as they lost in overtime at Schenectady, 70-69. Dame and Sean Webb each scored 13 points.

Men’s basketball is on the road Tuesday, Nov. 21 when they travel to play Ulster at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball (5-1) has now won four straight games and surpassed last season’s win total (4-20 in 2016-17) with Sunday’s 55-50 win at Schenectady. Late in the fourth quarter, Schenectady pulled within a possession of the Vikings and Hudson Valley’s Melpomeni Doutsis responded by hitting a clutch 3-pointer to put the game out of reach of the Royals and secured the Vikings fifth win of the year and remain undefeated in the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference (3-0).

The Women’s team also defeated Adirondack, 76-70, on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and Kingsborough, 98-62, on Saturday, Nov. 18. The team’s 98 points are the most points scored by the Vikings since Feb. 6, 2007 when they defeated Adirondack 102-62.

Nov 202017
 Posted by on November 20, 2017

PRIME Elements in the Science Center will be on shortened and delayed hours for Monday, Nov. 20. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please visit us in the PRIME Books and Bites Cafe in the Marvin Library, first floor, the Siek Campus Center, second Floor, or PRIME Pit Stop at Williams Hall.

Nov 172017
 Posted by on November 17, 2017

If you are receiving a 2017 Health Insurance Waiver payment, the payment will be issued on Friday, Dec. 8.

If you receive a payroll check, your waiver will be issued in a separate check.

If your payroll is directly deposited, your waiver will be issued in a separate direct deposit.

If you have any questions, please call the Payroll Office at 629-4514 or 629-4515.

Nov 172017
 Posted by on November 17, 2017

Please join us!

Dismissal, Suspension & Readmission Policies:
Balance ADA, Behavior Threats & Campus Policy  

Tuesday, Nov. 28th • 2 – 3 :30 p.m.
Guenther Board Room

  • A faculty member tells the institution that a student has exhibited
    threatening behavior in class.
  • A student in the residence hall is disruptive and making threats to self.
  • A residential student is struggling with an eating disorder and refusing to follow the recommendations of treating physicians.
  • Should these students be allowed to stay on campus or should they placed on a mandatory medical leave?

College and Universities are frequently confronted with determining the best way to respond to students who are deemed to be a threat to themselves. Often, these students may be persons with disabilities or may be perceived to have disabilities.

Accordingly, the struggle to balance the requirements of relevant disability laws, like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, with the concern that faculty and staff have regarding the well-being of students and the campus community is a very daunting task. To make matters worse, the legal guidance on what can and cannot be done to address these situations is lacking and, as such, colleges and universities are left with more questions, than answers.

  • Can they place a student on a mandatory medical leave of absence?
  • How can the student disciplinary process be used?
  • What are the best ways to update policies to make them compliant with disability laws?
  • What accommodations or modifications should colleges and universities consider to help keep students in school, instead of requiring them to leave?

We will provide you with information that will help you answer these questions, and more. Join our expert presenter Claire K. Hall, J.D., as she provides you with answers to these questions and practical advice on what you can do to address students who may be a threat to themselves, while ensuring compliance with the law. The presenter will examine the relevant guidance, resolution and settlement agreements that will help to support the hard decisions you may have to make on your campus.

To reserve a seat for the Nov. 28th webinar, please call Tara Isopo at 629-7154 or email

Nov 172017
 Posted by on November 17, 2017

Members of Capital District Patriot Flight Inc. will gather at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the seventh annual Pride of Our Nation… Pride of Our College, an exhibition of military photographs and memorabilia on view in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium in the Marvin Library Learning Commons.

This will be the Patriot Flight’s “Thanksgiving Thank You” event, according to Frank DeSorbo, president. Veterans in attendance will be asked to share a Thanksgiving Day story from their time in military service.

Capital District Patriot Flight Inc. is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans. Patriot Flight flies local veterans to Washington, DC to visit the war memorials. Top priority is given to the senior Veterans, WWII survivors and other veterans with special needs. Subsequent priorities are Korean and then Vietnam War veterans. The day trip from Albany, NY to Washington DC is provided at no cost. Capital District Patriot Flight Inc. serves a seven-county area including Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Greene, Washington, and Columbia counties, as well as parts of Vermont and Massachusetts.

“Pride of Our Nation… Pride of Our College,” a collaborative effort on the part of employees from several departments, is an ever-changing collection of official and family photographs and memorabilia of veterans and active military service members with a connection to the college. The exhibition is on view through Thursday, Dec. 7 during regular hours in the Marvin Library: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday and Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26 when the college is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Nov 172017
 Posted by on November 17, 2017

Everyone is invited to attend the 37th Annual Meritorious Service Awards and Pinning Ceremony. It will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the BTC Auditorium. A reception will be held in the BTC Meeting Rooms immediately following the ceremony.

This event recognizes outstanding members of the classified staff of the college, the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, and the Faculty Student Association (non-NTPs), who are nominated for the award by members of the campus community. The committee is pleased to announce that five of our colleagues have been selected to receive a 2017 Meritorious Service Award. Please join us in congratulating:

Carol A. Finn, senior account clerk, Faculty Student Association

Karl A. Hoegemann, laboratory technician, Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies

Debra J. O’Keefe, program assistant, Teacher Preparation

Philip Suriano, custodial worker, Physical Plant

Cheryl A. Trantham, senior account clerk, Marvin Library

The annual eremony also commemorates service to the college by awarding a pin for every five years of employment. Please check the list of service pin recipients here: 2017 Service Recognition.  If you are attending to receive your pin, please RSVP to Tara Bocketti at 518-629-7184 or by email at

We also are collecting non-perishable items for the college’s food pantry, so please bring what you can to the ceremony.

We hope to see you there!

Nov 162017
 Posted by on November 16, 2017

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drive will be held in Sharp Hall at the EOC’s Troy facility, 431 River St. in Troy.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to be someone’s hero by donating!

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Jenny Bogda at, download the free Blood Donor app or go to Use Sponsor Code: CapDistEOC.

Nov 162017
 Posted by on November 16, 2017

The Marvin Library Learning Commons’ Thanksgiving break hours are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 20 — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 21 — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26 — closed
(The college is closed during this period.)

Have a safe, peaceful and happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 162017
 Posted by on November 16, 2017

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation has been invited to participate in the Times Union’s Big $100,000 Giveaway. The newspaper will be giving out ten, $10,000 advertising grants to the nominated non-profits that get the most votes.

Please visit, click on “Vote in The Big $100,000 Giveaway” and select Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. You may vote once a day up to noon on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Nov 152017
 Posted by on November 15, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

You are invited to view the Open Meeting of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees at 1 p.m. today. At that meeting, the SUNY Board of Trustees expects to vote on the appointment of the next president of Hudson Valley Community College.

The SUNY Board is making this appointment after a multi-month, nationwide search led by the Hudson Valley Community College Presidential Search Committee, under the leadership of Board of Trustees Chairman Neil Kelleher. The committee invited three finalists to the college to meet with students, faculty, staff, and the greater Capital Region community. The Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees then voted to appoint a candidate as the next president, subject to the approval of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

You can watch the meeting live or recorded at:

Nov 152017
 Posted by on November 15, 2017

The Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (AIE) Committee met on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. The meeting minutes are as follows:

l.  Shared Governance Update
Ms. Ferrer Muniz communicated that the SUNY Committee on Shared Governance would not complete its work developing a rubric for community colleges in the near term. After discussion it was agreed that the AIEC Committee would take up this work at some point in time. It was hoped that work to date could be shared to assist in the effort.

ll. Middle States Update
Postponed to next meeting. Mr. Macklin was unable to attend.

lll. Advisement Assessment — update
Dr. Geehan discussed a revised version of the draft advisement survey previously reviewed.  The draft has been sent to VP Janosik for her review and approval.

IV. Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness Committee Charge
Dr. Geehan reviewed the draft with the Committee, received some comments and suggestions and agreed to produce a revised draft.

V. Begin to Review
Core Indicators – Dr. Geehan expressed the need to evaluate current CIs, to consider new ones and to consider retiring others. One consideration for addition is the new Financial Health element of Middle States new reporting requirements.

The meeting was adjourned at 2 p.m.

The next AIE Committee will be on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. in ADM 130.

Current AIE members
Margaret M. Geehan, chair
Carol Bosco
Clem Campana
Colleen Ferris
Patti Gaston
Michael Green
Justin Hoyt
Karen Jones
Alan Joseph
Jim Macklin
Karen Paquette
Ainsley Thomas
Dennis Wax

Nov 142017
 Posted by on November 14, 2017

The Dental Hygiene Department’s 2017 holiday goodie bag sale will benefit a 16-year-old boy who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Christmas goodie bags for adults or children are $1 each.

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. through Tuesday, Nov. 21
Where: Dental Hygiene Clinic, Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, room 127

Nov 142017
 Posted by on November 14, 2017


Holiday Time Sheet Schedule for Payroll

If you are…
An hourly employee and you are paid based on paper time sheets, your time sheet must be submitted to the Payroll Office no later than 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14 for payment on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

All paper time sheets received in the Payroll Office after the deadline will be processed on the following pay date.

** Please mark your calendars! **

For a complete list of time sheet due dates and other important payroll information, please visit us on the Web at

If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Office at 629-4515 or 629-4514.

Nov 142017
 Posted by on November 14, 2017

The Office of Admissions welcomed 451 prospective students and their families — approximately 1,120 total visitors — on Saturday, Nov. 11 for this year’s fall open house. This was our second highest attendance!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this year’s open house, as well as those in behind-the-scenes departments (events/scheduling, graphics/printing, AV, maintenance/custodial) for all of your hard work. The contributions and time spent with Hudson Valley’s prospective students makes a tremendous impact on our recruitment efforts. Without the help of everyone, our job would not be possible.

If you have any comments or concerns about this year’s open house, please feel free to email me at I am always looking for new ways to improve the way we present ourselves to prospective students.

Mark your calendars: next year’s open house will be Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018!

Nov 142017
 Posted by on November 14, 2017

Football (1-9) concluded the 2017 season Saturday, Nov. 11 after falling to The Apprentice School, 28-27, in overtime.

Trailing 21-14 with 3:13 remaining in the game, the Vikings marched down the field in 10 plays to tie the game up at 21-21 with 44-seconds remaining. Wesley Manning (Setauket/Ward Melville) completed the comeback drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Shaquille Edmond (Farmingdale, N.J./Wall) in the back of the end zone.

In the overtime period, The Vikings scored on their opening drive as the duo of Manning and Edmond connected once again for a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone, giving the Vikings the 27-21 advantage. The Vikings missed the extra point and opened the door for The Apprentice School to win with a touchdown.

The Apprentice School took advantage of the opportunity as Ethan Bryce scored on a five-yard run, tying the game at 27-27. Zack Schwenke converted the extra-point and secured the 28-27 win over the Vikings

Men’s Basketball (2-2) split games last week, defeating Jefferson at home on Friday, Nov. 10, 80-78, and then were defeated at Herkimer on Saturday, 88-69. Men’s basketball is home this Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.

Women’s Basketball (2-1) also split games this past weekend. The women’s team lost a tough 79077 game to Jefferson on Friday night before bouncing back to defeat Herkimer on the road, 73-71, on Saturday. The women’s basketball team is back home on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.