Jul 282014
 Posted by on July 28, 2014

ITS is pleased to launch new services on July 24.

Launch of New Guest Network – “Guest”

Support documentation for the Guest Wireless Configuration is located under the Wireless Section on the ITS Documentation web page at: www.hvcc.edu/its/docs/docs.html. In order to connect to this network, a guest must first review Hudson Valley’s privacy policy, then complete a form with their name, e-mail address and mobile phone number. A verification code will then be sent to the e-mail address and mobile phone number provided.

Launch of New Technical Support Help Desk

Details of the New Technical Support Help Desk, including Live Chat and Remote Desktop Support, can be found on the ITS Web page at: www.hvcc.edu/its/support.html.

When calling 629-7311, option 3 will transfer you to the Technical Support Help Desk or you can call direct at 629-7364. Below are the hours of operation:

Regular Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jul 282014
 Posted by on July 28, 2014

Summer is a critical time for animals! Every day, cats and dogs are brought into the animal shelters suffering from the heat, dehydration, malnutrition and neglect. The costs to care for them all are on the rise.
To make matters worse, during the summer months, shelters typically see a decline in donations.

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is running low on food and medical supplies to care for these vulnerable animals.

I know that these are hard times for almost everyone, but could we all please pull together to help? I have started collecting funds that I would like to present to Mohawk Hudson Humane Society from all of us in the Hudson Valley Community College  community.   Please, let’s show our kindness and compassion and help the shelter stock up!

Please send or drop off your donations bt Friday, Aug. 8 to:
Tanya Hicks
Purchasing, ADM 240

Thank you so much!

Jul 252014
 Posted by on July 25, 2014

Textbooks go on sale in the Viking’s Cove Bookstore beginning Monday, Aug. 4!

Fill out a prepack form and reserve your books until you are ready to pick them up: www.hvcc.edu/bookstore/prepackinfo.htm

Fill out a pre-pack form for Fall 2014 and pick it up by Aug. 22, 2014 and you will automatically be entered to win a laptop.

Fill out a pre-pack form for Fall 2014 and pick it up by Sept. 5, 2014 and you will automatically be entered to win one of the following prizes:

  • $100 Bookstore gift card;
  • $75 Bookstore gift card; or
  • your fall semester textbooks for free!
Jul 222014
 Posted by on July 22, 2014

“Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.”

We are in the midst of the quietness of summer.

As I walk around campus, I never cease to be in awe of how quiet things are this time of the year. But just beneath the surface, the work continues.

For some of us, the silence is a most welcome change from the busyness of the school year. For those of us who love activity, the stillness can be boring, unbearable even. Others still may experience ambivalence. In each case, the quietness of this season can be most beneficial on a spiritual level.

In an article published on Sunday in the Calgary Herald, Rev. John Pentland of Hillhurst United Church writes:

“Silence is something people both fear and love. Some fear it because they are afraid of what they might hear or may have to take notice of. They are too busy doing and not being. Others love it because it is like a well filling us with water. The silence provides inner listening. Our soul is inside us, what is it saying to our life? You can only hear when you pay attention to it.”

Even in this near perfect silence, there are sounds. When you have a little break in your day, take a moment to listen. What do you hear? The humming of machines? Your favorite song on the radio? Conversations between students or co-workers?

What thoughts and feelings do these sounds elicit? Annoyance? Impatience? Calm? Love?

Use these feelings to go a little deeper to the realm of inner listening. What messages do you hear?

May we find time for leisure and rejuvenation. May we be attentive to the voices from within. Even as we must continue to do, may we find time to enjoy just being.

Peace and Blessings,

Cylon George
Campus Chaplain.

Jul 222014
 Posted by on July 22, 2014

Removal of asbestos-containing floor tiles and glue will take place the weeks of July 21 and July 28 in Brahan Hall, offices 218-228.

The area will be isolated and the work conducted by licensed asbestos abatement contractors during nighttime hours.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Laurie Vivekanand at l.vivekanand@hvcc.edu or 629-7163.

Jul 182014
 Posted by on July 18, 2014

Between August 12 and August 15, ITS will be upgrading our Blackboard server to the most recent version of Blackboard (it was released as Blackboard April 2014, in reference to the date of its release).  This new version of Blackboard presents a number of changes and new features that faculty and staff will want to be aware of.

As a means of assisting faculty and staff in making the transition to the new version of Blackboard, the Center for Distance and Online Learning will be offering a series of scheduled transition-training workshops.  This training will be conducted using our Blackboard training server (https://bblmstrn.hvcc.edu), which became available to faculty and staff on July 9, and which they can access in order to familiarize themselves with Blackboard April 2014 (Bb A2014).  Faculty and staff can prepare their Blackboard content for the Fall semester using the production server (https://bbprod.hvcc.edu), either before or after the dates when the production server is upgraded to Bb A2014.  The training server will be used predominantly for the purpose of training, although faculty and staff who wish to can prepare their Fall content on the training server and then export and import it onto the Production server after the latter is upgraded.

The scheduled transition-training workshops will focus on providing answers to the following questions regarding the new version of Blackboard (the bulleted items below are also links that you can use to view printable overviews of their respective topics):

Starting on July 15, these workshops will be held in BTC 1033 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – noon, and on Wednesdays from noon – 1 p.m.  This schedule of workshops will continue through the week of August 18 – 22, and no RSVP is required for folks who want to attend a transition training workshop!

If the dates/times of the scheduled workshops are not convenient for you, you can contact Mark Petersen in the Center for Distance and Online Learning (629-8128 / m.petersen@hvcc.edu) to arrange a training session on a date and time of your choice.

If you instead wish to review on your own the changes and new features in Blackboard A2014, simply use the above links to view printable overviews of the topics that you are interested in learning about.

For more details about the upgrade schedule and your options for working in Blackboard before and after the upgrade takes place, use the following link:  Information on the Upgrade to Blackboard April 2014

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Center for Distance and Online Learning (629-7070 / DLHelp@hvcc.edu) if you have any questions!


Jul 172014
 Posted by on July 17, 2014

Capital Region Sponsor-a-Scholar will launch its first-ever Duck Derby on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Albany’s Riverfront Park. The event begins at 10 a.m. and the sponsor of the winning duck will win a grand prize of $2,500!

If you’re interested in adopting a duck — each one will have a unique registration number — for as little as $5, please contact Debby Gardner at d.gardner@hvcc.edu. She will send you a mail-in registration form.

Sponsor-a-Scholar’s mission is to assist economically-disadvantaged young men and women to graduate from high school and attend college. Founded in 1996, the organization now serves more than 300 aspiring scholars from Albany, Schenectady and Troy high schools, providing mentors, academic tutoring for selected students, in addition to scholarships.

President Drew Matonak serves on the Sponsor-a-Scholar Board of Directors.




Jul 172014
 Posted by on July 17, 2014

On Thursday, July 17, North Road from Cross Road to the Co-Gen Plant will be repaved.

One lane will be open at all times.

In addition, the overflow parking lot at LaPan Services Building will be paved. This should completed in one day, but it will impact traffic in that area and to/from LaPan.

Please please plan accordingly.

Thank you,
Jeff Herrington

Jul 152014
 Posted by on July 15, 2014

Prepare for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and begin your Career in Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician!  There is an increasing demand from pharmacies for well-trained pharmacy technicians, especially those who have passed the certification exam.

Also, ask about SPECIAL TUITION FUNDING by the Department of Labor!**

This course provides job training,  preparation for the certification exam, and is a great stepping stone on a career path to being a pharmacist! For those students who live in the Capital Region, it provides the opportunity to participate in a unique 18-hour instructor-led, IN-PHARMACY INTERNSHIP!

This training program focuses on the retail pharmacy industry and emphasizes the importance of customer service. It is available in two convenient formats as an online-only course and a blended classroom/online course. It provides 108 hours of training, with 10.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and takes approximately three months to complete.

Students should have a minimum of 10th grade-level reading and math skills, basic computer skills and access to a personal computer with Internet access.

**The tuition of $1,525 is been approved for special Department of Labor funding! Call (518) 462-7600 for more information!

Note: The National Pharmacy Technician Exam (PTCE) is not administered by the college, and the fee of approximately $130 is not included in the tuition. Also, textbooks for this course cost approximately $150 and are available for purchase at the college’s Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN blended classroom/online course:

Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
July   29 – Oct. 31, 2014
Tues./Thurs.: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Albany Extension Center
Friday: Online
Debra Brown

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN online-only course:

Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
July   29 – Oct. 31, 2014 Online Debra Brown

IN-PHARMACY INTERNSHIP option:  final six Thursday class sessions, available to both classes!   

For more information and to register, visit www.hvcc.edu/wdi; call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu. 

Register now for the July 29 start-date!

Jul 152014
 Posted by on July 15, 2014


Chartwells  recently joined the world of Twitter to be able to provide our guests with up to the minute information about Chartwells Food Services.  In order to increase our number of followers, we are running the following promotion:

Follow us on Twitter @Chartwells_HVCC

For each new follower on Twitter, Chartwells will donate one pound of food to the Hudson Valley Community College Food Pantry.

The benefits for you are two-fold:

You help us do something nice for the college Community and you get to know about any specials and promotions we are holding.

Thanks in advance for following and supporting a great cause!

John Poole

Jul 112014
 Posted by on July 11, 2014

Mary Lambert, who recently celebrated her 102nd birthday, was honored by the college yesterday in a heartwarming event at her home in Niskayuna. The 102-year-old’s daughter in law contacted the president’s office a few months back and asked if the college could, in some way, recognize the Troy native, who has been painting for over 50 years.

Department chair Dorothy Reynolds and Dean Margaret Geehan visited the Lambert home in Niskayuna on Thursday, where they presented her with a certificate of recognition from the school. A reporter for the Troy Record, also was there to write about Mary’s recognition. Her story can be found here.

Mary Lambert

Mary Lambert

Jul 102014
 Posted by on July 10, 2014

Faculty emeritus Gerard McEneaney pointed out that longtime faculty member Ron Doyle passed away last weekend after battling lymphoma. Doyle was a faculty member in the School of Business for more than 40 years.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 16 at Sacred Heart Church. His obituary can be found here.

Jul 092014
 Posted by on July 9, 2014
Last evening, the Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously approved the college’s operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15. The budget totals $110,150,437 and reflects no increase from the current year while holding tuition level at $1,990 per semester for state residents.
Read the Times Union coverage here. Additional details will be forthcoming for the campus community.
Jul 092014
 Posted by on July 9, 2014
  • Beginning Wednesday, July 9, 2014 faculty and staff will have access to the “training server” with the upgraded version of Blackboard. This is Blackboard 9.1 April 2014 Release.
  • The address is https://bblmstrn.hvcc.edu and the username and password are the same as what you are currently using to access our live production server.
  • Use the “Blackboard Server Chart” below to see what you can do on the server and how it relates to our live environment now and in the fall of 2014.
  • If you choose to prepare your fall courses in the new version, courses can be imported and edited on the training server, and then exported back to production in the fall.
    • Important Note: Plug-ins for Blackboard such as publisher plug-ins, Bb Collaborate (Voice Tools and Web Conference), Turnitin, etc. are only available on Production Server. If you are using these tools it will be best for you to edit your courses in the live environment. Please contact Distance and Online Learning staff for other options available to you.
  • You can also choose to edit your courses in our live environment (production server) and wait until Fall to see what your courses look like on the new version (business as usual).
  • Organizations are already on the training server and can be examined in the new version, but cannot be exported to production (as they are always live).
  • Transition Training workshops will be available starting July 15th, please check the Campus Chronicle for announcements.
  • If you have questions, please contact the Center for Distance and Online Learning at dlhelp@hvcc.edu or 518-629-7070 for assistance.

Blackboard Server Chart — download/save this chart as a guide to what you can do on which server and how to prepare for our future upgrades

What are the upgrade plans? Why are we doing this?

You have probably noticed that the technologies of the web and your local computer are changing very rapidly. Browsers, security features, media plugins and other critical tools are updating faster and more often than ever before. Due to these rapidly changing computing and web environments and the need to maintain a secure environment, it is critical for us to upgrade the Blackboard system.

Since our communications last year about our change management plan for upgrading Blackboard, the company has made a change from quarterly service pack updates to twice-yearly updates.

Due to this change, ITS and DL staff have had to make adjustments to our change management plan. A “sandbox” will be available for faculty/staff in the new version beginning in the summer and several weeks into the fall semester. ITS and DL will be testing and finalizing technical needs for plugins and migrations during the summer as well.

Our plan still includes multiple servers in order to provide advance access to new versions for faculty and staff so that:

  • faculty can see what their existing courses would look and act like in each new version by having access to a training server
  • new online and web enhanced faculty could train in the version they would use live
  • faculty would have the necessary time and support to make edits due to new features and functionality change
  • faculty do not have to move their courses for the upgrade – their courses will be there and upgraded automatically

We will continue to upgrade every August to a new version of Blackboard. However, if a necessary security or functionality update is released in the late fall release, ITS and DL staff will investigate the need and impact to determine if an upgrade will be needed during the fall and spring semesters.

Blackboard Server Chart – download/save this chart as a guide to what you can do on which server and how to prepare for our upgrades

Please be sure to contact the Center for Distance and Online Learning at 518-629-7070 or dlhelp@hvcc.edu with any questions you may have about what you need or want to do with the training environment.

Jul 082014
 Posted by on July 8, 2014

Sports Complex Recreation Schedule
Summer 2014
May 12 – August 15

PLEASE NOTE: The McDonough Sports Complex, McDonough Fitness Room, and Racquetball Courts have a mandatory registration procedure that must be completed prior to utilization of these facilities. Registration will take place during the hours listed below; please see the attendant for a registration form.

Picture ID is required for access to all recreational facilities.

McDonough Fitness Room & Racquetball Courts
May 12 – 16 (final exam week) CLOSED
May 19 – 28 CLOSED
May 26 CLOSED (Memorial Day)
Beginning May 27
Mondays – Fridays from 6 to 11 a.m.
July 4 CLOSED (Independence Day)

Individuals utilizing the Racquetball Courts must supply their own equipment. Protective eyewear is mandatory.

Jul 072014
 Posted by on July 7, 2014

Here’s to hoping everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!

This week is looking like it is going to be another hot one.  To cool off, we are offering all 20 ounce Pepsi products at the cafe for just $1.

Jul 032014
 Posted by on July 3, 2014

The 2014-2015 payroll brochure containing the 2014-2015 paydays and other payroll information now is available on the payroll Website at: https://www.hvcc.edu/finance/payroll/index.html.

Please visit our Website and click on the “2014-15 Payroll Office Information and Paydays Brochure” link to view and/or print the brochure.

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

Jul 032014

On June 30, the Foundation completed its fiscal year. On behalf of the Foundation staff and Board of Directors, I’d like to thank the entire campus community for its support, generosity and partnership.

With your help, the Foundation contributed $695,544.37 to the college between September 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 as follows:

– $457,808.97 to support academic programs, including $88,381.42 for the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies, $245,703.80 for the School of Health Sciences and $122,573.75 for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences — primarily for construction of the Science Center Greenhouse.

– $217,410.43 to support scholarships, including $5,050 for departmental awards, $65,000 for the HonorScholar program and $26,000 for the Second Chance Scholarship program.

– $20,324.97 to support the Marvin Library Learning Commons and other student-centered initiatives.

We could not do all of this without the support and partnership of the entire campus.  Thank you and have a great summer.


Jul 032014
 Posted by on July 3, 2014

ITS is committed to increased awareness and education about phishing scams and other forms of malicious e-mail and how they affect our e-mail reputation score. We receive a generous influx of reports on these scams. Starting today, we are showcasing these reports for all to see.

A new web page, https://www.hvcc.edu/its/phishing.html, is devoted to new e-mail phishing scams as reported by the community. We encourage everyone to report these scams to infosec@hvcc.edu. These will then be added to the list.

We also encourage you to bookmark the page above and refer to it often. The more reports we receive the more informed our community will be.