Apr 172014
 Posted by on April 17, 2014

The following titles are scheduled for Rensselaer County Civil Service exams:

Assistant Supervisor of Nursing (OC) (exam # 2014-01)
Head Nurse (OC) (exam # 2014-03)
Assistant Social Services Attorney (OC) (exam # 2014-05)

The last filing date and exam date is May 5, 2014. The only subject of the examination will be an evaluation of the candidate’s training and experience. Candidates are asked to include in the application a summary of all pertinent training and experience in sufficient detail so that the candidate’s background can be evaluated against the duties of the position.

Code Enforcement Officer (OC) (exam # 64-200)
Assistant Attendance Officer (OC) (exam # 69-297)

The last filing date for the above exams is May 5, 2014  and the exam date is June 7, 2014.


Apr 162014
 Posted by on April 16, 2014

Did you know that you can view some of the great webinars we offer through the CET from wherever you access Blackboard? And that you can receive CET credit?!

Join us in the portal, by going to the Center for Effective Teaching Organization and using the code 2013_CET to self-enroll. Not only can you view webinars, you also can access lots of great teaching and learning resources as well. Questions, just let us know at cet@hvcc.edu.

We hope to see you there soon!

Apr 162014
 Posted by on April 16, 2014

Don’t forget!

The Sustainability Committee is hosting  its annual Earth Day Sustainability Fair on Wednesday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Committee members are looking for plants and seeds (not older then two years) for our swap table. We also still are looking for local vendors that may be interested in a free table. Please have them contact Maxine at 629-7787 or e-mail m.ortiz@hvcc.edu.

Apr 152014
 Posted by on April 15, 2014


The publishers Jones and Bartlett have recently announced the publication of Anatomy & Physiology for the Prehospital Provider, Second Edition by faculty members Bob and Kirsten Elling.

Bob and Kirsten are career paramedics in the Town of Colonie EMS Department, Whiteface Medical Services, and EMS educators with the college’s Paramedic program.

To properly assess and manage a patient, a pre-hospital provider must have a solid foundation in human anatomy and physiology.  Anatomy & Physiology for the Prehospital Provider, Second Edition, uses a systemic approach to building this foundation.  It begins by providing an overview of the basic systems of the human body and then explores each system in detail chapter by chapter, delivering a thorough discussion on the system’s anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

The book includes a new section on the basics of chemistry, and expanded section on joints, expanded content on muscular physiology, updated illustrations and additional pathophysiology including cellular injury.

For more information about the book, visit the online catalog at http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781449642303.

Apr 152014
 Posted by on April 15, 2014

The next campus-wide surplus sale will be held on Thursday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the storage facility at the rear of TJ Maxx.

Items for sale include tables, chairs, old scientific equipment, laptops without hard drives, and desktop printers and scanners.

If you have any questions regarding the sale please contact Larry Amos at 629-7141.

Apr 152014
 Posted by on April 15, 2014

The following titles are scheduled for Rensselaer County Civil Service exams:

Mental Health Care Coordinator III (OC) (exam # 64-112)
Mental Health Care Coordinator II (OC) (exam # 64-113)
Mental Health Care Coordinator I (OC) (exam # 64-115)

The last filing date for the above exams is May 5, 2014 and the exam date is June 7, 2014

Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds I (OC) (exam # 69-402)

The last filing date for the above exam is May 5, 2014 and the exam date is June 21, 2014

Apr 152014
 Posted by on April 15, 2014

Once again the Sustainability Committee is looking for unwanted craft supplies for a recycling project for the Bring Your Child to Work event.

Yarn, buttons, we’ll take what ever you don’t want! Please contact Maxine at 629-7787 or email m.ortiz@hvcc.edu.

Final day for collection is April 23!

Apr 142014
 Posted by on April 14, 2014

The campus has learned of the death of Adrian C. Gonyea, who died April 10.

Mr. Gonyea taught many classes in business and finance at the college and became the first dean of the School of Business at Hudson Valley Community College in 1971. He retired from the college in August 1991.

Please click here for the obituary.

Apr 142014
 Posted by on April 14, 2014
Visitors from the Limerick Institute of Technology were at the Science Center last week. From left, Ian Foley, Limerick Institute of Technology; Dr. Laurie Bradley; Jessica Matthews, Regeneron; Brendan Murphy, LIT; Agnieszka Brozoska-Leckonby, Regeneron; Dr. Peter Schaefer.

Visitors from the Limerick Institute of Technology were at the Science Center last week. From left, Ian Foley, Limerick Institute of Technology; Dr. Laurie Bradley; Jessica Matthews, Regeneron; Brendan Murphy, LIT; Agnieszka Brozoska-Leckonby, Regeneron; Dr. Peter Schaefer.

Interested in learning more about Hudson Valley’s biotechnology and biomanufacturing programs, faculty members from Ireland’s Limerick Institute of Technology recently visited the Hudson Valley Community College Science Center.

Professors Ian Foley and Brendan Murphy were joined by representatives from the biopharmaceutical company Regeneron, which is opening a facility in Ireland and hopes to replicate the training partnership they’ve formed in this region with Hudson Valley.

Regeneron is a strategic partner for Hudson Valley’s Biotechnology Certificate Program (BIC) and provides input on curriculum development.  The two-semester program is designed for people with 40 college credits in math and science looking to gain hands-on experience to work in a research or industry setting.  Many BIC students have also interned at Regeneron.

Department Chair Peter Schaefer and faculty member Dr. Laurie Bradley showed the guests around the new state-of-the-art facility and discussed the college’s role in helping fuel the biotechnology sector.

“Regeneron is looking to set up a facility in Ireland and they would like to build a training partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology,” said Schaefer. “They were very impressed with the science center. The Limerick representatives mentioned they would like to connect via videoconferencing with Hudson Valley and possibly have exchange students train here.  That would be very exciting!”

In addition to the certificate program,  the college’s Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department also offers a biotechnology associate’s degree and has created several module-based programs in biomanufacturing .  These modules are aimed at teaching industry-specific skills to help students land careers in the biopharmaceutical industry. A non-credit biomanufacturing module program is being offered now in the science center with a small number of students.

Regeneron has been an ongoing partner with the college as they continue to expand their workforce in the region. Schaefer said a dozen BIC graduates have been hired by the pharmaceutical company in the past few years.

Apr 142014
 Posted by on April 14, 2014


PV – Solar Technical Sales and Marketing

52 hours, 5.2 CEUs, Non-Credit
April 23-June 7, 2014

The Workforce Development Institute offers this PV sales and marketing course, focusing on the solar power professional.  It covers the skills and techniques of photovoltaic systems sales, from marketing to installation and customer satisfaction.

The curriculum is based on the “Learning Objectives” for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Technical Sales Exam.  Its objective is to help prepare students to take the exam, and to become integral to the actual day-to-day success of their own or their employers’ companies.

Course Topics Include:


  •   Research
  •   Analysis
  •   Creating a Marketing Plan
  •   Implementation
  •   Measurement
Sales Skills

  •   Attention
  •   Interest
  •   Conviction
  •   Desire
  •   Close    

PV technical sales:  residential, commercial, not-for-profit and institutional.

  • Site Analysis (remote and on-site)
  • Financial Costs, Incentives and Savings, (in dollars and green issues)
  • Financial Incentives
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Non-Financial Benefit Analysis
  • Performance Analysis of Power, Energy and Costs
  • Creating the Written Proposal

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade-level reading and math skills; completion of a PV-Entry Level course, or proof of previous PV solar experience/training.

Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop; available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Upcoming Course Schedule:

Meeting Dates and Times



April 23 – May 31, 2014*
Monday/Wednesday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday: April 26 – May 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday: May 31, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
400 Jordan Road,Rensselaer Technology Park Charles Wicker

*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Mon., 6/2/14, Wed., 6/4/14, and Sat., 6/7/14.

 For more information, or to REGISTER online, please visit: www.hvcc.edu/wdi, or call: (518) 629-4827 or 629-4235, or email: wdi@hvcc.edu

Apr 142014
 Posted by on April 14, 2014

The President’s Award
Criteria: Significant contributions made to the College and/or community by a student; e.g. volunteer activities, extracurricular activities, leadership, etc. (Recipient will receive an engraved plaque.)

The Doris & Hy Rosenblum Consideration Award
Criteria: HVCC graduating senior who has demonstrated the qualities of caring and community service. (Recipient receives a $300 cash award provided by the HVCC Foundation.)

The recipients of the President’s Award and The Doris & Hy Rosenblum Consideration Award must be either HONORS OR POTENTIAL HONORS GRADUATES, i.e. cumulative degree indices of 3.50 or higher at the end of the fall 2013 semester. These awards are presented by the President at the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Please submit nominations by Monday, April 14, 2014, to Eileen Maloney, technical assistant, at e.maloney@hvcc.edu or deliver them to the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 159.

Apr 112014
 Posted by on April 11, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College’s 18th Annual Viking Challenge:  A Game in Trivial Pursuit, was held on Wednesday evening, April 9, with nine local high schools sending teams:

  • Academy Of Holy Names
  • Christian Brothers Academy
  • Lansingburgh
  • Middleburgh
  • Schuylerville
  • South Colonie
  • Troy
  • Waterford-Halfmoon
  • Watervliet


The winners were:

First Place – Schuylerville

Second Place – Academy of Holy Names

Third Place – Watervliet


The Schuylerville team consisted of coach Tom Bryson and team members Mike Pumiglia (captain), McKenzie Goldup and Zack Galcik and alternates Shannon Fay and Nate Mausert.  Academy of Holy Names was coached by Nancy Manning and team members were Mackenzie Kennedy (captain), Maggie Longo and Regan Edwards.  Watervliet’s coach was Mrs. Helenek and the team members were Muhammad Khan (captain), and Tyler Chasten and Sean Flynn, with alternates Brandon Freer and Thomas Brown.

The first-place school received a Netbook donated by Lenovo and each of the winning team members received a $500 scholarship to attend Hudson Valley.

All members of the three winning teams also received scientific calculators and each of the three winning teams received Encyclopedia Britannica software.

The challenge format is based upon the rules of the Trivial Pursuit game.  The schools send three-person teams which are comprised of high school students in grades 9-12.  Each team has a designated student captain and a faculty coach.  There are two elimination rounds and a final round.  The order of play for each team is randomly determined based on a drawing before the event and teams have a minute to answer each question until they get a wedge or answer incorrectly.  There are five categories for the game and once a team has won wedges for all five, they win the game, followed by second and third place.

There is a reception before the competition begins, and the students and schools are treated to pizza and wings.  Throughout the play, all students have the chance to win raffle prizes.

Congratulations to Schuylerville, Academy of Holy Names and Watervliet!

Photos of the event will posted later today.

Apr 102014
 Posted by on April 10, 2014

Hudson Valley students wrote all night!

Last night Hudson Valley students took advantage of extended writing and research services as part of the Learning Centers’ Write All Night program. The program would not have been possible without the combined efforts of many individuals.

A special thank you goes out to the following people:

  • Carol Hammond, Marlo Daniels, Joshua Kohan, Tara Eaton, Cathy Wronski and Tyan Nino for working well into the night to support the students that took advantage of the Write All Night program;
  • Tasha Taylor for taking care of getting all the signing made so that students knew about the event well in advance;
  • The Public Safety staff, for supporting the extended hours of the program by securing the Marvin building later than usual;
  • The Chartwells dining staff for supplying the snacks students enjoyed throughout the evening;
  • The Maintenance staff that patiently worked around students and staff;
  • The wonderful Hudson Valley faculty members who shared information about the event with their students.
  • Finally, to the students that chose to take advantage of the program, many of whom believe it made a difference in the way they worked on writing assignments, thank you all.
Apr 092014
 Posted by on April 9, 2014

The Dwight Marvin Library now has a link to EASY BIB Academic as a trial for the next month (trial period ending May 8).

The academic version provides students and faculty with access to user-friendly tools to help students create Works Cited/Reference pages for their research papers. The academic version also includes content from the latest versions of the MLA, APA, and Chicago Style guides to view online tutorials.

Check out the link to EASY Bib on the library’s web page (scroll down to “Citation Makers”):


As we approach the deadline for nomination of student research papers for the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Award for Excellence in Library Research (Friday, April 25), please be reminded that the key components required to constitute a winning paper are (1) at least 5 sources of varying format, (2) demonstrated critical thinking in evaluating sources for credibility, (3) initiative and ingenuity in identifying sources, (4) authentic academic effort (i.e. free of plagiarism) and (5) correct citation format.


Apr 092014
 Posted by on April 9, 2014

New York’s P-tech program, including classes at the college’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta, is becoming a model in other states, according to an article in The Business Review:


The Business Review also reports that the program is expanding locally to include high school freshman:


Apr 082014
 Posted by on April 8, 2014

Denim Day is back!

President Matonak has approved Friday, April 25 as Blue Jeans for Baby Day. Donate $5 and wear your jeans! Donations may be made in two, great locations:
– Erin Hatter, GUN 252
– Carrie Farley, SCI 128

According to The National Center for Health Statics, one in eight babies will be born premature. The work of the March of Dimes is helping to shrink this figure!

I’m very excited to be a part of March for Babies again this year. Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. I am walking on Sunday, April 27 because I want to do something about this.

The money we raise will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care right here in the Capital District.

Please help support this great cause by donating to my walk. http://www.marchforbabies.org/erinmarie520.  I am only $295 away from my goal of $1,200!

It’s not to late to join the HVCC team and raise you own money for the walk. You can join the team and walk with us by clicking this link http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/t2046562. The HVCC team is only $315 away from its $2,000 goal!

Thank you so very much!

Erin Hatter
HVCC March for Babies Team

Apr 082014
 Posted by on April 8, 2014

Please take a moment to vote for Hudson Valley Community College in the Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region 2014 Readers Poll, which continues online until April 24.


For five consecutive years, Hudson Valley has been the top vote getter as “best two-year college.” That distinction certainly is not in dispute, but we need lots of votes to retain the title in this competition. (Online voting is limited to one vote per computer.)

“Best two-year college” is the second-to-last question on the poll, but there’s a great incentive for providing at least 20 responses on the questionnaire: you’ll have a chance to win a new iPad. Earlier in the poll, feel free to write in The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College as your choice for “Best Art Gallery.”

Thanks in advance for helping us keep the college on top! Poll results will be published Thursday, June 19.

Vote in the Best of the Capital Region

Apr 072014
 Posted by on April 7, 2014

CIT 2014 is set for May 27 – 30 at Cornell University in Ithaca.

The Conference on Instruction & Technology (CIT) is SUNY’s largest and most prominent event on instructional technology in educating, providing a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to present, discuss, and explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment.

The theme of this year’s CIT conference — Objects in the Mirror are Closer than they Appear: Reflection, Innovation, and Learning — highlights the importance of self-reflection in teaching and learning and offers five different tracks for attendees:

  • Learning Design: Creating a Quality Learning Environment
  • Engaging Students in a Virtual World
  • Opening SUNY; Collaborating Across the System and Beyond
  • Strategies on Assessment of Learning

For detailed conference information, please go to: http://www.cvent.com/events/cit-2014-objects-in-the-mirror-are-closer-than-they-appear-reflection-innovation-and-learning/event-summary-d65ff39614a3472585f5cf95b1e2f618.aspx

Please note that the CET has limited SUNY CPD Points available to assist with the registration fees for interested faculty. Please contact Caelynn Prylo at c.prylo@hvcc.edu for details.

Apr 072014
 Posted by on April 7, 2014

The Office of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development would like to thank the Faculty Student Association, the Student Senate, and the HVCC representatives who attended the Evening Student Reception on April 2.

Several hundred students attended for the food and the outstanding DJ, and some students won gift cards to the bookstore.

Thank you to ALL who helped make the reception a success. We hope to see you at the next reception in Fall 2014.

Apr 072014
 Posted by on April 7, 2014

Please click here to view some great shots Lori VanBuren, Times Union photographer, took during the first-ever Hudson Valley Community College Guitar Festival. The two-day event was held April 4 and 5 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

Apr 072014
 Posted by on April 7, 2014

Dear fellow employees,

It’s time to register for Take Your Children to Work Day 2014!, which will be held on Thursday, April 24.

To register for this event please e-mail the following information to d.blesi@hvcc.edu — employee’s name, child’s name and age. Please note: registration closes Friday, April 11 at noon.

Please click here to view the schedule for Take Your Children to Work Day.

General Information
Starting at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, you may check-in and pick up your child’s name tag in the Campus Center Exhibition Room (204).
• You may attend a different activity each hour or attend only some of the activities.
• The minimum age for participating in the activities is 4-7 years. Older children are most welcome, but please be advised the programs have been created specifically for the 4-7 age group. In addition, adult sponsors (or someone designated by them) must be able to escort the children to the various activities and supervise (stay with) them during the activities. So, be sure to get prior approval from your supervisor before registering for this event.
• Please make every effort to be on time for the activities.
• Please join us for a closing reception at 1 p.m. back in CTR room 204. Employee and children(s) name will be announced, pictures taken and participants will receive certificates!

See you on the 24th!
Tammy Conway and Danielle Blesi
Take Your Children to Work Day 2014

Apr 072014
 Posted by on April 7, 2014

The Viking’s Cove Bookstore has the following books by poet Billy Collins, who will be on campus on Friday, April 11, available for purchase.

Ballistics – $16
Horoscopes For The Dead – $17
Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems – $28
Prices include sales tax.

Mr. Collins will present a talk and reading at 11 a.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre as part of the college’s Cultural Affairs Program in association with the Department of English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language.

Apr 072014
 Posted by on April 7, 2014

Please let your students know about two new exciting courses being offered this summer:

Modern China (History 140), TR 0500-0950 from May 19-June 27, with a CRN of 41929

Modern India (History 145), MW 0600-0950 from June 30 to Aug. 8 with a CRN of 41930.

Both meet the general education requirement for Other World Civilizations and are being taught by someone who has wide experience of the life, culture and history of those increasingly important countries.

Apr 042014
 Posted by on April 4, 2014

On Saturday, March 29, a group of Hudson Valley students and staff traveled to Schoharie to do some much-need clean up. Organized by Campus Chaplain Cylon George and alumnus Doug Stinson ’11, the group partnered with the Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) organization, helping with ongoing restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

As Volunteer Coordinator for SALT, Stinson has dedicated the past 31 months rebuilding the town he calls home. Drawing on his Hudson Valley education and expertise in emergency medical services, Doug has been able to provide hands-on assistance as he motivates his neighbors and other concerned citizens to continue rebuilding their town. Though it has been nearly three years since these storms caused unspeakable flooding and destruction, things are getting better; however there is still much work to be done. To learn more about SALT’s efforts please click here.


SALTFrom L-R: Doug Stinson ’11, Mark Wright, Geoff Miller, Victoria Mausler, Debby Gardner, Josh Feldman, Helena Czaban, Bob Kruzinski and Cylon George.
Apr 012014
 Posted by on April 1, 2014

The Stratton VA Medical Center is actively recruiting college undergraduates for its summer National Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The program is designed to help students obtain work experience and also may lead to career opportunities with the VA.

Anyone interested in participating in the NDIP should apply with one of the vendor organizations listed here. To be accepted into the NDIP, students must be in good standing; currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking program, full-time or part-time from an accredited post-secondary institution; and be a U.S. citizen.