Sep 222017
 Posted by on September 22, 2017

It is with a very heavy heart that I inform the campus community of the passing of Richard Spence on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 21.

Rich served as the Coordinator for Student Services at the Educational Opportunity Center from February 1996 until his retirement in September 2016.  Over his two decades at the center, Rich contributed greatly to enhancing the student experience in recruitment, enrollment and counseling.  Rich’s accomplishments were many and included his role in leading the EOC through the conversion of its student records management system to a statewide Banner system hosted at SUNY.  Through his direct efforts, the EOC became a TASC (formerly GED) testing site which allowed the center to reintroduce this much needed service to Rensselaer County.  Rich was the recipient of merit recognition awards in both 2001 and 2011.  Following his retirement in 2016, Rich remained committed to the EOC and continued to devote his efforts to ensuring the center’s success by working on a part-time temporary basis to complete numerous special projects.  Each and every day, Rich worked in loyal and dedicated service to the EOC, its students and his colleagues.

Medically, Rich fought a valiant fight over the last year.  His strong spirit, will and determination were with him until the end.  These qualities served him well over his many years and most especially in these final days.

Details of arrangements are unknown at this time but will be communicated when available.

Those of us at the EOC, HVCC, and SUNY who worked closely with Rich mourn the loss of our dear colleague and friend.  Together we unite in expressing our appreciation for all Rich has done for the EOC, its students and each of us.


Sep 182017
 Posted by on September 18, 2017

We would like to congratulate Elaine Bell — now Stone — on her recent marriage. Elaine, is a program assistant in the Nursing Department.

We wish her and her hubby a wonderful life together.

Sep 152017
 Posted by on September 15, 2017

As previously announced, the campus community will have an opportunity to meet the candidates for the positions of Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Development (VP-EMSD).

These open forums are scheduled in the BTC Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m. on both Thursday, Sept. 21 (all interim VPAA candidates) and Friday, Sept. 22 (all interim VP-EMSD candidates).

Please visit the President’s Corner in Blackboard to access resumes for all candidates.

Sep 112017
 Posted by on September 11, 2017

The Rensselaer County Civil Service Commission announces the following open competitive (OC) and promotional (PROM) exams:

Clinical Records Clerk (OC)

Pistol Permit Clerk (OC)

Program Assistant (OC)

Program Assistant Academics I (OC)

Program Assistant Academics II (OC)

Program Assistant Academics II (PROM)

Program Assistant Academics III (OC)

Program Assistant Academics III (PROM)

Senior Financial Advocate (OC)




Sep 112017
 Posted by on September 11, 2017

In light of the upcoming retirement of Dr. Alexander Popovics, commencing Sept. 18, 2017, Sandra McCarthy, campus judicial coordinator, will be designated to handle all campus disciplinary issues and the oversight of compliance with Education Law 129-B at the college for the interim period.

The interim Vice President named to replace Dr. Popovics will be designated as the Title IX Coordinator in addition to supervising the Enrollment Management and Student Development division.

Sep 082017
 Posted by on September 8, 2017

The college would like to welcome the new chairperson for the Building Systems Technology Department, Brittany Slingerland Kitterman.

Brittany is a graduate of the college’s Electrical Construction and Maintenance program and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in technology education from SUNY Oswego and a master’s in technology education from Ball State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational policy and leadership at the University at Albany.

Brittany previously taught technology at Shaker High School.


She can be found at: Williams Hall, room 128; (518) 629-7777 or at

Welcome, Brittany!

Sep 072017
 Posted by on September 7, 2017

Joe has worked at the Hudson Valley Community College for 17 years in Physical Plant and has decided to retire on October 3, 2017. We would like to thank Joe for his years of service and dedication to the college.

You will be missed, Joe!

Sep 072017
 Posted by on September 7, 2017

With sadness I write to inform you of the passing of Rob Settler, husband of Susan Settler, EOC Employment Services Specialist.

Rob passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, Sept. 5.

A wake will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road in Ballston Lake. A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

Ballston Lake, NY

Our love and support are extended to Susan and her family.

Sep 052017
 Posted by on September 5, 2017

After 10 years of dedicated and awesome service to the students and staff of Hudson Valley Community College, Barbara has decided to retire and spend some more quality time with her grandchildren, family and friends.

Please stop by Financial Aid to visit and wish her well on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon.



Sep 052017
 Posted by on September 5, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to offer words of support through your cards, emails, texts, phone calls and visits during the passing of my Mother. This has been such a challenging time already for my family. I do not have the words to express to all of you how much your thoughtfulness has meant to me. Thank you for keeping my family and me in your thoughts and prayers.

Aug 212017
 Posted by on August 21, 2017

Viking Child Care Center at Hudson Valley Community College has immediate openings for full-time teachers/assistants. We are looking for qualified professionals who are enthusiastic about early care and education to come join our team. The ideal candidates must have the minimum qualifications required and perform the duties and responsibilities.

• Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
• Experience in a early childhood care setting

We offer competitive salaries, benefits, tuition assistance for SUNY classes and a rewarding career in our modern facility. Our center is rich in resources and materials for children and teachers and provides many opportunities for professional development.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. For further information please contact Kathleen at 518-629-4506.

Aug 142017
 Posted by on August 14, 2017

As I recently announced, Alex Popovics will retire from Hudson Valley on Oct. 20. To find an interim vice president of enrollment management and student development (EMSD), the college again is partnering with The Registry.

The firm already is assisting with the vice president for academic affairs search. Our goal is to have interim leadership by October in both academic affairs and EMSD as the search for the college president continues. The new president, expected to be in place in the summer of 2018, will conduct searches for permanent vice presidents.

Please note that faculty and staff will have the opportunity to meet candidates for both positions in late August or early September. Dates will be announced shortly.

Jul 272017
 Posted by on July 27, 2017

Sara Chamberlin has resigned from her position with Human Resources on July 26, 2017. We wish Sara the best of luck in her career endeavors.

Jul 262017
 Posted by on July 26, 2017

Dr. Alex Popovics, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Development, has announced his plan to retire, effective Oct. 20, following more than 10 years of service to Hudson Valley Community College.

Please join me in thanking Alex for all he’s done to advance the college and its mission, and wishing him well in the years ahead. He and his wife, Joanne, plan to relocate to South Carolina.

Here at Hudson Valley, Dr. Popovics’s responsibilities are oversight of enrollment and student services, including admissions, athletics, the registrar, student activities and several student support offices. Plus, he serves as president of the Faculty Student Association and supervises the Office of Communications and Marketing. He’s also the Title IX officer, ensuring compliance with federal guidelines for the prevention of sexual discrimination, harassment and assault.

His priority always is what’s best for our students and to that end he restructured student services to create the Center for Careers and Transfer, the Wellness Center, where students can find help with both physical and mental health issues, and the Center for Access and Assistive Technology. Services for both physical and learning disabilities are merged at CAAT. He is a strong proponent of New Student Orientation.

Five athletic teams for a total of 18 were added during Alex’s tenure, and the college now offers Welcome Week — special events at the start of each semester, and Pumpkinpalooza, a free Halloween event for the community that attracts hundreds of families each year.

Dr. Popovics spearheaded the campaign to build the $4.5 million Outdoor Athletic Complex and, as FSA president, helped secure funding for the parking garage and major renovations in the Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center. He oversaw the installation of 12 digital monitors to enhance on-campus communications, the implementation of the college’s re-branding a few years ago, and coordinated projects to rewrite bylaws for the FSA and Student Senate.

Jul 132017
 Posted by on July 13, 2017

Dr. Carolyn Curtis’s plan to retire on Oct. 13, 2017 as vice president for Academic Affairs was accepted by the Board of Trustees during its meeting in June.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Curtis for nearly two decades of dedicated and exemplary service to the college. During her tenure, the college added more than 30 new degree programs while greatly expanding its student support services and maintaining the high academic standards for which Hudson Valley Community College always has been recognized.

The college now is partnering with The Registry. The company, based in Peabody, MA, has placed interim presidents and senior staff at college campuses throughout the world for the past 25 years.

Our goal is to complete a search for an interim vice president for academic affairs by Oct. 1 as the search for a new college president continues. The new president, expected to be in place in the summer of 2018, then will conduct a search for a permanent vice president for academic affairs.

Please note that faculty and staff will have the opportunity to meet candidates for the position of interim vice president for academic affairs in August on a date to be announced.

Jul 112017
 Posted by on July 11, 2017

The campus has learned of the untimely passing of Edward Benton, former adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department and husband of Malu Benton, associate professor in the department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language. Mr. Benton died Sunday, July 9.

Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 14 at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen St., Albany. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Columbia-Green Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534.

Mr. Benton’s obituary.

Jul 102017
 Posted by on July 10, 2017

I am pleased to announce that the Office of Institutional Advancement is re-established under the direction of Regina LaGatta, interim executive director/chief advancement officer, and completes a plan I announced at the All College Meeting in January.

The office’s goal is to coordinate all alumni and philanthropic initiatives to best advance the mission of the college and Office of the President. It recognizes the critically important task of engaging corporate partners, donors and alumni in our mission and coordinates the efforts of the Foundation and Alumni Association.

The Foundation’s role to foster enduring relationships that build advocacy and support of Hudson Valley Community College has not changed. By seeking external resources and grants, the Foundation will continue to promote the college’s educational programs and services, and to enhance its institutional goals and objectives.

Effective immediately, Cheryl Beauchamp, director of grants, reports to the interim executive director/chief advancement officer, and will relocate her office to FTZ 131 by Aug. 1. The grants director most recently reported to Dr. Michael Green, vice president for Technology, Institutional Assessment and Planning.

The college’s original Office of Institutional Advancement functioned from fall 2002 through fall 2010.


Jun 302017
 Posted by on June 30, 2017

An obituary for Maureen Hood, an English professor at Hudson Valley Community College for nearly 50 years, is published in the June 30 Times Union.

Professor Hood, greatly loved by both colleagues and students, died June 26. Please click here to read a remembrance from Dr. Vivian Tortorici, professor emeritus and retired dean

Jun 282017
 Posted by on June 28, 2017

The campus learned June 27 of the passing of Maureen Hood, retired English professor. When known, funeral arrangements will be published in the Campus Chronicle.

Maureen P. Hood

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.
~ Carl Jung

It is with great sadness that we pause to reflect on Maureen P. Hood — colleague, teacher, mentor and friend. From 1967 through 2016, she served on the English faculty at HVCC, creating a legacy that has affected individuals and our community in ways too numerous and significant to be described adequately.

Those of us who had the good fortune to know Maureen at Hudson Valley can surely recall walking through the halls hearing her teaching Shakespeare, delighting students with her portrayals of characters in short stories, encouraging students in Public Speaking or just being the charismatic, enthusiastic, compassionate teacher we came to admire. Certainly, the thousands of students she taught over the years have been well served by the truly great Professor Maureen Hood.

Maureen’s influence, however, was not limited to students. She worked tirelessly for her department, for the faculty and for the college community. No task was too small or, for that matter, too large for Maureen to give entirely of herself to accomplish to the best of her ability. It was not unusual to see her in the halls or in the Campus Center rallying others to benefit students or the college.

Some may think the foundation of an institution is simply the ground on which it stands. Those who maintain such a position have surely not witnessed life at Hudson Valley Community College. Its foundation is based on professors like Maureen Hood who inspire students, motivate colleagues, and model for all a spirit of excellence and dedication that will continue forever. It is no accident that Maureen Hood was a Chancellor’s Award recipient. She represents the highest standard in teaching excellence. We are all better for her example.

Those of us fortunate enough to call Maureen friend suffer a great loss. Having known Maureen throughout my entire career at the college and over the years since retirement, I, like many, can say I am better because she was my friend.

Surely, Maureen is the subject of Carl Jung’s quote. She was, indeed, a brilliant teacher, but she stands out for how and how often she touched our human feelings.

Vivian A. Tortorici
Professor Emeritus and Retired Dean


Jun 232017
 Posted by on June 23, 2017

Congratulations to Martha (Marty) Desmond for her appointment as the Department Chair of Nursing!

Marty earned a B.S. in Nursing from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, a M.S. in Nursing with a major in Adult Health/Educator, as well as a Post Master Certificate as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY.

Currently, Marty is pursuing a doctorate of Nursing Science with an expected date of completion of December 2017. The title of her dissertation is “Senior nursing students’ perception of faculty caring and the caring milieu in two associate degree nursing programs.”

Marty has 37 years of experience as a registered nurse. She joined the Hudson Valley Community College Nursing Department faculty is 2008 and most recently served as the interim DC. In 2015, Marty earned a Merit Award for her dedication and commitment to the Nursing curriculum with a focus on simulation and critical thinking. Marty’s primary areas of proficiency are knowledge of the art of nursing, curriculum development, clinical expertise, and relating  industry experience to current trends and market demands. She prides herself on her ability to motivate and work with diverse individuals.

In addition, Marty is a member of many professional organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Northeastern New York Professional Nurses Organization (NNYPNO, formerly District #9) as a director-at-large. Marty also is a member of Ladies of Charity, a Eucharistic Minister, and a volunteer in Lourdes, France assisting sick and dying patients.