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Student Activities

Clubs and Organizations

There are nearly 60 chartered clubs and organizations at Hudson Valley Community College. These clubs have been established to supplement students' academic experience through educational, socio-political, cultural, recreational and religious activity.

Any group of students (10 minimum) with a common interest and purpose can request recognition by the Student Senate (which then will act on the) proposed charter and budget. Each club must have at least one faculty or staff advisor in order to be chartered.

Club membership is open to all Hudson Valley Community College students who pay the Student Activity Fee.

Organizations that have restrictions to their membership may be recognized by the Student Senate and afforded access to school facilities to meet and to advertise, but may not be granted a budget. However, any club or organization may request of the Student Senate special project funding for an event or activity.

For more information, please contact the Student Activities Office at (518) 629-7348.

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Air Conditioning Club

The Air Conditioning Club is open to all students on campus, and is a student branch of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Club members receive a one-year student membership in ASHRAE with a year's subscription to the ASHRAE Journal and a copy of the ASHRAE Fundamentals Book.

Monthly meetings, held with the local ASHRAE chapter, consist of a technical forum, formal dinner and a technical speaker following the dinner. Many local business people, who have jobs to be filled, attend these meetings. Students have found jobs from contacts made at these meetings.

The club also takes field trips to facilities related to air conditioning and refrigeration.

For more information, contact the Student Activities Office in the Siek Campus Center Room 210, or call (518) 629-7348.

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Amateur Radio Club

The Amateur Radio Club is for students, faculty and staff who are interested in electronics and operating radio transmitting and receiving devices. The club station "W2HVC" is located in Amstuz Hall Room 107. It has voice, code and data transmission capabilities on a wide spectrum of frequencies, giving Federal Communication Commission-licensed members the opportunity to establish contact with other amateur radio stations. Members who do not have an FCC amateur license, may study radio theory in preparation for an exam leading to their own station license or gain communication knowledge by observing the operation of the station. The Morse Code is no longer an FCC exam requirement.

Quite often amateur radio operators are called upon to perform public service communications during emergencies and special events, to report adverse weather conditions to the National Weather Service or to communicate road conditions to local police agencies.

Additional information is available by contacting Jim Carroll, Lang Building Room 112, (518) 629-8018.

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American Chemical Society Club

The Chemistry Club at Hudson Valley Community College provides chemistry enrichment activities to students. The club participates in community outreach activities including National Chemistry Day (held annually in the fall). In addition the club is a student chapter of the American Chemical Society.

For more information, contact Danica Nowosielski, AMZ 302, (518) 629-8124 or d.nowosielski@hvcc.edu and Elena Keesee, AMZ 218, (518) 629-4682 or e.keesee@hvcc.edu.

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American Society of Civil Engineers Student Club (ASCE)

This club promotes the understanding of civil engineering and civil engineering technology and encourages the growth of its members within the profession. The program is an active one, including field trips, speakers, concrete canoe competition, steel bridge competition, and other events.

For more information, contact Craig D’Allaird, Hudson Hall Room 117, (518) 629-7618 or c.dallaird@hvcc.edu.

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Animal Outreach Club

This club promotes and fosters animal advocacy locally and globally. Initiatives include humane education and fundraising efforts, including "Empties for Animals." This main fundraiser collects returnable bottles and cans and donates the proceeds to needy animal rescues. Club members plan and support opportunities to volunteer, take field trips, attend workshops, sponsor speakers, incorporate concepts taught in Animal Law I and II into humane education efforts, and write and edit newsletters.

For more information, contact Alice Malavasic, BRN 210, (518) 629-7697 or a.malavasic@hvcc.edu and Valarie Waldin, at MRV 141, v.waldin@hvcc.edu.

Club Web site: http://animaloutreach.hvcc.edu/

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The Armed Forces Club

The club provides a means for people within Hudson Valley Community College to support the efforts of veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces. These individuals could be student veterans, relatives of veterans, supportive veterans from the community, or representatives from state and federal agencies who work with veterans.

For further information, please contact the advisors, John Ostwald, Marvin Library Learning Commons Room 111, (518) 629-7217, j.ostwald@hvcc.edu or Carrie Farley, Science Center room 128, c.farley@hvcc.edu or (518) 629-7117.

Club Web site: http://armedforces.hvcc.edu/

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Art Club

The purpose of the Art Club is to help harness and develop skills and appreciation of students' artistic abilities. Students engage in local and campus community art exhibitions. The club is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the arts.

For further information, please contact the advisors Thom Lail, (518) 629-8009, Hudson Hall, Room 154 or t.lail@hvcc.edu or Tara Fracalossi, (518) 629- 8006, ADM 013 or t.fracalossi@hvcc.edu.

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Black and Latino Student Union

The Black and Latino Student Union (BLSU) was established in October 1968. Its purpose is to promote the mission of the college and to promote the awareness of Black and Latino history and culture through social, educational and community service activities. All students of Hudson Valley Community College are eligible and welcome to become members of the BLSU.

If you are interested and/or want more information about the BLSU, please contact Larry Ellis, Advisor, CTR 260, (518) 629-7320 and l.ellis@hvcc.edu or Jessica Gilbert, Advisor, CTR 234, (518) 629-7609 or j.gilbert@hvcc.edu.

Club Web site: http://blsu.hvcc.edu/

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Brothers Incynch

The primary purpose of Brothers Incynch is to provide male students (female students are invited to join the club, as well) with essential tools to complete their degrees through mentoring, internships, inspirational speakers and work with community leaders. According to a literature review, many scholars have identified African American and Latino males as an "endangered species," and the successful African American and Latino males as an anomaly. Brothers Incynch functions as a vehicle to stop the tide of despair among many of our disadvantaged male students. It is a gateway for promoting understanding and helping male students by creating a platform for individuals to find their voices and communicate. The organization promotes greater retention rates for males and opportunities of preparedness for continued higher education opportunities. The long-term results of programming are to enhance greater retention while engaging in academic pursuits. Futuristically, providing a platform for more voices is an essential component of greater economic, social, and political consequences for society.

For further information, contact the advisor, Tamu Chambers, FTZ. 101, (518) 629-7431 or t.chambers@hvcc.edu.

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The HVCC Builders Club (Student Chapter of the NAHB)

The Hudson Valley Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders provides an excellent opportunity for students in the Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Technology programs, as well as other programs, to interact with and develop contacts with the leaders in the Capital Region construction industry. Members of this chapter also have an opportunity to attend monthly meetings of the Albany Area Builders Association where speakers from all over the Northeast address owners, CEOs and management personnel of the area's top contracting firms and suppliers. Before and after these meetings, there is ample time for members to network with professionals who are more than willing to discuss their interests and aspirations.

Interested students should contact the advisor, Andy Donovan, Hudson Hall room 117, (518) 629-7651 or a.donovan@hvcc.edu.

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The Choir Club

The purpose of this club will be to improve quality of life for individuals on our campus by offering students the opportunity to belong to a singing group and perform on campus at events and activities designed to celebrate and enhance the quality of campus life.

Interested students should contact Cylon George, Campus Ministry, (518) 629-7168, Campus Center, Room 220 or c.george@hvcc.edu and Mary Ann Gulyas, extension (518) 629-8088 (60308), Brahan Room 111A or m.gulyas@hvcc.edu.

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Circle K International

The purpose of Circle K International is to provide the opportunity for leadership training through service on campus and in the community, to promote fellowship and high scholarship, and to develop aggressive citizenship and the spirit of service for the improvement of all human relationships. The members of the Hudson Valley Community College Circle K are students who agree to perform community service in order to create positive changes on campus and in the surrounding communities.

For more information, contact, Sherry Best, Advisor (518)629-7188 or s.best@hvcc.edu and Jennifer Eaton, Advisor, CTR 290, (518) 629-7219 or j.eaton@hvcc.edu.

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Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) Club

The purpose of the CASP Club is to create an environment on campus that celebrates diversity, inclusiveness and community. By providing information, activities and events that encourage students to respect, understand and appreciate diversity, we strive to create a greater understanding of acceptance and to make each student's time here at Hudson Valley more rewarding and educational.

For further information, contact advisor, Roy Pompey, (518) 629-7160, LAC or r.pompey@hvcc.edu.

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Criminal Justice Association

The Criminal Justice Association is an active community of learners, as well as future criminal justice scholars and practitioners, who are impassioned about the issues and challenges unique to the criminal justice system. All aspects of criminal justice, including law enforcement, the courts and the correctional system will be the subject of consideration, discussion and debate. Guests speakers, field trips, and a variety of activities and community service initiatives round out association events and provide a dynamic forum within which students may share their enthusiasm for criminal justice.

For more information, contact Shawna-Kay Addison, BTC 247, (518) 629-8088 (60222) or s.addison@hvcc.edu.

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The HVCC Dance Team

The purpose of the Dance Team is to provide halftime entertainment during basketball games and other sporting events, as well as at other school activities.

For more information, contact the Student Activities Office, Siek Campus Center Room 210, (518) 629-7348.

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Early Childhood Club

The Early Childhood Club strives to carry out the mission of the college and the department by providing a variety of activities that help children both globally and within the local community. This extracurricular club, comprised of students in the Teacher Preparation Department, advocates for the rights of children, provides a forum for discussion surrounding issues relative to childhood, and encourages student participation in the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference each year.

Any student enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Department may join the Early Childhood Club. The club's student board of directors seeks input from its membership to determine activities for the year. Activities vary each year depending upon the student voice and decision-making within the club.

The club is overseen by two faculty advisors; Professor Eileen Mahoney, Higbee Hall Room 211, (518) 629-4862 or e.mahoney@hvcc.edu, and Dr. Dawn Kolakoski, Higbee Hall Room 214, (518) 629-4833 or d.kolakoski@hvcc.edu.

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Educational Opportunity Program Club

The Educational Opportunity Program Club is designed to assist the Educational Opportunity Program in becoming more diverse and flexible through active participation in monthly group meetings. It aims to establish a cohesive group that can determine the needs of the EOP population. Guest speakers are invited to address specific and various EOP topic areas.

For further information, contact Jaime Miller, Siek Campus Center Room 120, (518) 629-7325 j.miller@hvcc.edu.

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Electrical Construction and Maintenance Club

The Electrical Construction and Maintenance Club was organized to help develop a better understanding of the electrical and electronic fields, and to promote fellowship among student members. The club sponsors speakers and field trips to industry events and facilities. Social activities include annual fall and spring outings.

For more information, contact James Countryman, advisor, (518) 629-7270, WIL 129 or j.countryman@hvcc.edu.

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Engineering Science Association Of Hudson Valley (ENSA)

The Engineering Science Club, formed in 1977, helps engineering students broaden their educational opportunities through activities not normally experienced in the classroom. Activities include speakers, trips and social events.

For more information, contact Beth Ernest, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Room 1061, (518) 629-7266.

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Entrepreneurs Club

This club is open to all students on campus. Its goal is to foster pride and fellowship within the School of Business and throughout the college community. Centering around each student's future academic and career goals, we encourage interest and activity in the fields of business and related areas.

For more information, contact James Williams, Brahan Hall Room 222, (518) 629-7148, Michelle King, Brahan Hall 117, (518) 629-7670, and Johanna (Jodi) Mather, BRN 225, (518) 629-7659.

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Foreign Language and Culture Club

The Foreign Language and Culture Club is open to all students who are interested in learning more about other languages and cultures. Club members include American and international students from the college who are interested in making new friends and learning together. Typical club activities include visits to cultural performances and museums, group dinners at local international restaurants, and participation in trips and activities sponsored by the Student Activities Office. Club members volunteer at college events such as Homecoming, Spring Fest and the Annual Club Fair. Members also co-sponsor events, such as the International Thanksgiving Dinner, with the International Students Club. It hosts an annual Spring Awards Ceremony to commend members for their participation in the club. Note: It is not necessary to speak a foreign language or take a language course in order to become a club member.

For more information, contact Natasha Anthony, Brahan Hall Room 112, (518) 629-7500 or n.anthony@hvcc.edu.

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Habitat for Humanity Club

We are a student-led organization that partners with local Habitat affiliates in Troy and Albany to build homes for those who otherwise could not afford them. No building experience is necessary; we will show you what to do when you arrive on the construction site. Habitat believes that every man, woman and child should have a safe and affordable place to live. While building homes is central to our mission, it is only one piece of the puzzle. The four functions of a campus chapter include: Building, Fundraising (to help our affiliate chapters), Advocating (by asking our government representatives to change the systems and policies) and Educating (others about the millions who need adequate shelter). Regardless of your interest, there are many ways you can help.

For more information contact advisor Sue Kilgallon, R.A. Lang 107, (518) 629-8005 or s.kilgallon@hvcc.edu.

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Health and Administrative Information Management Club

This is an academic club of dynamic individuals, working as a team to build a successful personal, academic and professional network to lead us into future careers. Our club welcomes all students interested in developing contacts with fellow students, faculty and alumni, as well as professionals working in the field of Health and Administrative Information Management.

For further information, contact Barbara LaMarche, Advisor, BRN 118, (518) 629-7133 or b.lamarche@hvcc.edu.

Club Web site: http://haim.hvcc.edu

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The Hudsonian

The Hudsonian is the official student newspaper of Hudson Valley Community College.

Its purpose is to provide students the experience of the regular creation and publication of a newspaper. The Hudsonian offers ample opportunities in journalism, the editorial process, layout, advertising, public relations, promotions, accounting and Web design. If you're interested in journalism but don't know where to start or if you want to improve skills you already have, The Hudsonian is the perfect place for you. The experience looks great on a resume and your work can be included in your portfolios. In addition, The Hudsonian has many valuable networking connections and provides internship opportunities at a local newspaper. The Hudsonian is published weekly throughout the academic year.

You can also find The Hudsonian on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thehudsonian

The office is on the second floor of the Siek Campus Center, Room 192, just upstairs from the Public Safety Office. Meetings are every Monday at 2 p.m. or contact hudnews@yahoo.com or co-advisors Mat Cantore at (518) 629-7187 and Rachel Bornn, LSB 125, (518) 629-7444.

Club Web site: www.thehudsonian.org

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Human Services Club

The Human Services Club provides students with a better understanding of who they are as human service workers by:

  • Sponsoring workshops, field trips and student conferences.
  • Supplying information and fostering communication among faculty, students and the college campus.
  • Performing community service projects to improve the quality of life for individuals within the community and to meet the needs of organizations in the human services field.
  • Functioning as a support system for students through meetings and social gatherings that promote unity, companionship and commitment.

All students in the Human Services curriculum are invited to join, in addition to other students who have an interest.

Contact Loretta Blitstein, Brahan Hall Room 010, (518) 629-4749 and l.blitstein@hvcc.edu or Marianne Pepe, Brahan Hall Room 012, (518) 629-7352 or m.pepe@hvcc.edu.

Club Web site: http://husclub.hvcc.edu/

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (I.E.E.E.)

The student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is open to all students in the Electrical Technology and Engineering Sciences departments. The IEEE is an international organization engaged in promoting the search for preservation and dissemination of knowledge of electrical engineering and the allied arts and sciences. Members of the student branch conduct and attend seminars, take field trips and participate in the annual national convention.

For more information, contact Abraham Michelen, Amstuz Hall Room 106D, (518) 629-7499 or a.michelen@hvcc.edu.

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International Students Club

The purpose of this club is to foster a sense of community among international and American students. The club is open to anyone who is interested in meeting and interacting with students from other countries. Through presentations, the club provides international students with important information regarding their immigration status, campus-based resources and services and other areas of interest. Club activities provide all interested students, representing a wide array of countries, with opportunities to share their experience and culture with others. Members enjoy shared dinners, meetings, trips and socials.

For additional information, contact club advisor Jay Deitchman, the Coordinator for International Student Services and Director of International Education, at (518) 629-7567, Gun 215 or via e-mail at j.deitchman@hvcc.edu.

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Investment Club

The purpose of this club is to improve the financial literacy and decision-making skills of students at Hudson Valley Community College. It seeks to provide a forum for sharing ideas on how to increase practical knowledge of markets, evaluate risk with greater accuracy, and improve decision making abilities.

For further information, contact Joseph Stenard, Marvin Library 109, (518) 629-7539 or j.stenard@hvcc.edu.

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Jewish Student Union

The Jewish Student Union aims to enrich Jewish life on campus by promoting awareness and helping Jewish students connect with their heritage through social activities.

For further information, contact advisor Crystal Heshmat, BTC 244 (518) 629-8088 (60784), c.heshmat@hvcc.edu.

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Martial Arts Club

The Hudson Valley Community College Martial Arts Club, in existence since the early 1970s, is indeed one of the college's oldest student clubs. It is open to all martial art disciplines and all skill levels from beginner to advanced. The club's purpose is to share martial arts knowledge and to help members hone their skills, learn new skills, stay fit and advance their art to the fullest potential.

The emphasis is non-violence, good health, fitness and etiquette.

For further information, contact the Student Activities Office, CTR 210, (518) 629-7348.

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HVCC Mathematics Club

The purpose of this club is to provide a center for mathematically inclined students to engage in contests, discussion and study related to the field of mathematics. Established in 2010, the club is one of the fastest growing new clubs on campus.

For further information, contact advisor, Ryan Bakes, Marvin Library 0011, (518) 629-7821 or r.bates@hvcc.edu.

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Mortuary Science Student Association

The Mortuary Science Club was chartered in 1972 for all students in the Mortuary Science curriculum. Club members host activities on campus; act as a liaison between the public and funeral services; visit industries allied with funeral service; discuss problems that are pertinent to mortuary science students; and prepare for their chosen profession.

For more information, contact Lori Purcell, Fitzgibbons Center Room 019, (518) 629-8088 (ext. 60456) or l.purcell@hvcc.edu.

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Muslim Student Association

The purpose of this club is to initiate a better understanding of the culture of Islam by exploring the true Islamic way of life.

Interested students should contact David Van Aken, Marvin 103, at (518) 629-7231 or via d.vanaken@hvcc.edu.

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Niemond Zonders

The Niemond Zonders Club was organized by nursing students to generate interest in the nursing profession and current health issues. Membership is open to all Hudson Valley students. Community-oriented health services are provided through activities that include volunteer work for non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross. Educational activities are scheduled periodically during the year.

For more information, contact Carolyn Antonucci, Fitzgibbons Center Room 240, (518) 629-7469 or c.antonucci@hvcc.edu and Deborah Campagna, Fitzgibbons Center Room 204, (518) 629-8081 or d.campagna@hvcc.edu.

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Not A Bit Of Difference Club

The Not A Bit Of Difference Club was established by students with disabilities on the Hudson Valley Community College campus, and membership is open to all students interested in promoting awareness of disability-related issues. Club members do fundraising, take field trips to area theaters and museums and pursue other activities of interest. They also are encouraged to play an active role in campus community life.

For more information, contact Dawn Marie Rung, Siek Campus Center Room 130, (518) 629-7535 or T.D.D.(518) 629-7596 or d.rung@hvcc.edu.

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Pep Band Club

The purpose of the Pep Band Club is to foster school pride, support Hudson Valley Community College students, faculty and staff, and to inspire community pride with our performances. The Pep Band Club is constantly searching for new members interested in raising school spirit.

For additional information, contact the Student Activities Office, Campus Center, Room 210, (518) 629-7348.

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Phi Theta Kappa

The Alpha Xi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for two-year colleges, recognizes and promotes scholarship, develops leadership, encourages service and cultivates fellowship among qualified students of the college.

For more information, contact Gayle Healy, Campus Center, Room 270, (518) 629-7326; Sarah Retersdorf, Campus Center, Room 290, (518) 629-7219; or Shawnna Case, Campus Center, Room 260, (518) 629-7320.

Club Web site: http://ptk.hvcc.edu/

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Physical Education Majors Club

Membership in the Physical Education Majors Club is for any student majoring in physical education or any student attending Hudson Valley on a full- or part-time basis who is interested in furthering the basic concepts and varied disciplines related to this professional field.

Activities are varied and include social activities, clinics and workshops, speakers, field trips to various colleges and participation in local and state conferences.

For more information, contact Thomas P. Rogan, McDonough Sports Complex Room 216, (518) 629-7193 or t.rogan@hvcc.edu.

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Pride Alliance

The purpose of this club is to improve the quality of campus life for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, label-free and transgendered members of our community by providing information, social events and opportunities in a safe environment.

For more information, contact Deanne Martocci, Siek Campus Center Room 130, (518) 629-8104 or d.martocci@hvcc.edu.

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Programming, Web Development and Design Club

The purpose of this club is to give all students, including CISS students, hands-on experience in programming, web development and design. This will allow students the experience of working in a group setting on real world projects. The club will give interested students the opportunity to build a portfolio.

For more information, contact Andrew Hurd, BRN 228, (518) 629-7268 or a.hurd@hvcc.edu.

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Psychology Club

The purpose of this club is to expose Hudson Valley students to the different subdisciplines of psychology and to offer students the opportunity for service to the college community.

The Psychology Club seeks to establish connections between students and local agencies that use psychological principles and applications.

For more information, contact Nicole Arduini- VanHoose, MRV 101, (518) 629-7239 or n.ardunivanhoos@hvcc.edu.

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Radiologic Technology Club

The Radiologic Technology Club provides opportunities for radiography students to enrich their educational and professional development through activities and guest lectures. Club members also seek to educate the campus community about the profession during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Radiologic Technology Week. Members assist department faculty in the recruitment of future radiographers through radiologic technology laboratory open house events. The club sponsors a professional recognition ceremony at which senior radiologic technology students are accepted into the profession as competent imaging specialists. The program's faculty, hospital clinical educators and staff, as well as guest speakers, participate in this ceremony. Club members organize and participate in fundraising events.

For more information, contact May Potanovic, Brahan 016, (518) 629-7435 or m.potanovic@hvcc.edu.

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Real Life Club

The purpose of the Real Life Club is to build movements of students who are transformed by Jesus Christ. This student-led movement seeks to introduce others to Christ, help them to grow in faith, encourage them to passionately live life in a manner consistent with belief in the God of the Bible, and to inspire commitment to advancing the purposes of God in the world.

For further information, contact Michael Dulay, FTZ. 248, (518) 629-7482 or m.dulay@hvcc.edu.

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Respiratory Care Club

This club is designed to disseminate knowledge regarding the theory and practice of respiratory care, as well as furthering student professional development.

The club actively participates in charity fundraising for those afflicted with lung diseases; sponsors community lung-function screenings; participates in the Better Breathers Club and asthma clinics for the American Lung Association, Rensselaer County DARE, as well as other school-based programs; and sponsors at least one fundraising event during the year to allow members to attend an educational symposium.

For more information, contact Ken Riordan, JRD 211, (518) 629-7454 or k.riordan@hvcc.edu.

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Running Club

The purpose of the Running Club is to invite students of all fitness levels to run together in a nonthreatening environment, while promoting physical and mental fitness at Hudson Valley Community College. We provide an alternative form of physical activity to those students who do not wish to play a winter and/or spring sport, yet want a healthy lifestyle. The Running Club also prepares students interested in the fall cross team.

For more information, contact Charles Terry, MCD 219, (518) 629-8088 (60388), c.terry@hvcc.edu.

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Russian Club

The Russian Club offers students a unique and challenging opportunity to enrich their understanding of Russian history and culture. By supplementing classroom studies with exciting annual tours and trips to Russian plays and restaurants throughout the Northeast, the club strives to give students a vivid background of contemporary life in Russia. The Russian Club offers many rewarding and educational opportunities to students interested in Slavic culture and traditions.

For more information, contact Natasha Anthony, Brahan Hall Room 112, (518) 629-7500, or by e-mail at n.anthony@hvcc.edu.

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Sisters Incynch

The Sisters Incynch Club provides essential support for our diverse student population through a multicultural forum. Members design projects and programs that embrace diversity. The club arranges various social and cultural awareness activities, including educational trips and student-centered leadership programs sponsored by the Hudson Valley Student Senate. Our goals are to:

  • Promote and provide friendly, informative and supportive services for students;
  • Develop a systematic and integrated approach to student persistence in personal and professional success;
  • Increase awareness of student support services, policies and campus events;
  • Foster and promote student responsibility and involvement in his/her education;
  • Promote the integration of pluralism within the college community;
  • Develop and promote institutional programs and processes that embrace diversity;
  • Increase the recruitment, retention, success and transfer of students from under-represented groups.

Katrina's Closet Service Learning and Civic Responsibility
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sisters Incynch traveled to Louisiana to assist in recovery efforts. When club members visited and interviewed the principals, teachers and students in the 9th ward who were forced to relocate to under served schools, they were inspired to find ways to assist economically challenged students and disconnected populations seeking career success in our own community. "Katrina's Closet" was born from that inspiration, as a way for club members to provide a resource for gently worn career and professional clothing for women and men.

The Katrina's Closet project promotes service learning in many ways, primarily by enhancing motivation and improving retention of academic skills by tying specific learning goals to community needs. Service learning is embedded in the experience through individual and collective responsibility in the management and operation of the project. In addition to learning how to apply classroom learning to a real-world context, Katrina's outreach efforts seek to address the needs of various disadvantaged populations at Hudson Valley, as well as some of the real-life needs in their own communities throughout the Capital Region. Sisters Inc. members also have participated in bringing relief to national and global disaster situations such as Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing Haiti Relief Project.

Katrina's Closet provides a compelling reason to learn, and an unobtrusive way to teach the skills of civic participation and to develop an ethic of service and civic responsibility.

For more information, contact Professor Tamu Chambers, Fitzgibbons Hall, Room 101, (518) 629-7431 or t.chambers@hvcc.edu.

Club Web site: http://sistersinc.hvcc.edu

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Ski and Snowboard Club

Membership in this club is open to all Hudson Valley students. All receive discounts on our trips. Beginners through experts are invited to join for the wide variety of skiing we do. During the season, we have several day and overnight trips to areas such as Sugar Bush, Killington and Stratton Mountain. Also included is a week-long trip to Utah during January break.

For more information, contact Tom Rogan, McDonough Sports Complex Room 216, (518) 629-7193 or t.rogan@hvcc.edu.

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Society of Manufacturing Engineers

The Hudson Valley student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is an affiliate of Capital District Chapter #20, the local chapter of the International Organization of Manufacturing Professionals, and is open to all students with an interest in manufacturing. The SME is an international professional society dedicated to serving its members and the manufacturing community through the advancement of professionalism, knowledge and learning. It has more than 70,000 members in 70 countries and is affiliated with several other professional organizations. Students gain exposure to and insight into today's manufacturing facilities through publications, tours, demonstrations, exhibits and technical forums. Student members who join the parent organization also may download shareware and communicate with manufacturing students and professionals throughout the world, in addition to listing their resume and searching for employment opportunities.

For more information, contact Jerry Crucetti, Lang Building Room 109, (518) 629-7379, or visit www.SME.org for more information on SME.

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Society of Refrigeration (Mechanics) Technicians

The SRT is for students interested in the field applications of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning. The principle objective is education, achieved through field trips, educational talks and contact with professionals in the refrigeration field.

Membership is open to all Hudson Valley students, and for a minimum fee you will receive discounts on our trips.

For more information, contact Tim Smith, Williams Hall Room 129, (518) 629-7313 or t.smith1@hvcc.edu.

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Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA)

The SADHA is an organization of dental hygiene students dedicated to building the ethical and educational future of the profession. The purposes of this association are to cultivate, promote and sustain the art and science of dental hygiene; to represent and safeguard the common interest of the members of the dental hygiene profession; and to contribute to the improvement of public health.

Activities of the association include table top presentations at local and regional meetings; an annual children's dental health event; fundraising; and a professional dental hygiene achievement ceremony.

The membership of this organization consists of an unlimited number of dental hygiene students who are part of an accredited dental hygiene program.

For more information, contact Marianne Belles, Fitzgibbons Center Room 155, (518) 629-7442 or m.belles@hvcc.edu.

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Student Christian Association

We are a group of Christians from different denominations who are united in Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to strengthen and encourage one another as Christians and to share our faith and love with others on campus.

We believe that our Creator loves us passionately and longs to have a close and personal relationship with us. Our emphasis is on walking in righteousness; diligently seeking God and pursuing His presence (Heb. 11:6); being filled with His Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18-20); studying and obeying His word (Psalm 119:11); growing as true disciples of Christ; loving Him with all our might; and loving others (Mark 12:30-31).

Every Hudson Valley student is invited to take advantage of any of our activities. You are welcome to check out the weekly Bible discussions and worship times held in BRN 107 every Monday at 2 p.m. In addition, there will be free informational tables, weekend conferences with other eastern NYS college Christian groups, lunchtime gatherings, special activities and service projects, holiday parties and more. Whether you are a Christian already or are just looking for more meaning to life, we'd love to have you join us!

For more information, contact one of our advisors: Jeff Schoonmaker, BRN, 127 (518) 629-7139; Susie Difranzo, BRN 119, 629-7344; Mary Musso, McDonough Sports Complex Room 214, (518) 629-7855; Jim Labate, Marvin Library Room 001 (518) 629-7226; or Michele Wiltsie, BRN 225, (518) 629-7146.

Club Web site: http://sca.hvcc.edu

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Table Tennis Club

The Table Tennis Club participates in outside tournaments and runs two Hudson Valley Community College championships every year. Four club tables are located on the first floor of the Siek Campus Center.

For more information, contact Dr. George L. Nagy, Siek Campus Center Room 290, (518) 629-8088 (ext. 60357), or g.nagy@hvcc.edu.

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Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society

The Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society is a scholastic recognition society for college students in the technical institute curricula. It was founded to provide recognition and high standards of scholarship among students in engineering technology programs; to promote and encourage scholastic achievement by offering membership to outstanding students; and to engender certain desirable qualities of personality, intellect and character among its members. Membership is restricted to full-time, matriculated students in the college's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies who are academically in the upper four percent of their engineering technology curricula.

For more information, contact Bill Darling, Hudson Hall Room 124, (518) 629-7003 or w.darling@hvcc.edu.

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Theatre Club

The purpose of the Student Theatre Club is to provide students and Hudson Valley community members an opportunity to pursue an interest in theatre, regardless of prior experience. Potential club experiences include acting, costume design, lighting design, sound design, set construction, stage management, direction and production. The Theatre Club puts on several shows each academic year, with ample opportunity for involvement of anyone interested. Shows are always free to Hudson Valley students, and often community members, parents and friends attend.

For more information, contact Mat Cantore, (518) 629-7187 or m.cantore@hvcc.edu.

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Tour Guide Club

The Tour Guide Club is open to all students interested in learning more about Hudson Valley's services and programs and sharing this knowledge with prospective students, and their parents or friends by leading campus tours. Tour guides become "peer recruiters" and, in turn, develop valuable interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.

For more information, contact Melissa Coon, Guenther Enrollment Services Center Room 217, (518) 629-4534 or m.coon@hvcc.edu.

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Wrestling Club

The purpose of this club is to provide students at Hudson Valley Community College an opportunity to learn and practice the skills of collegiate wrestling, as well as participate in intercollegiate competitions sponsored by the National Collegiate Wrestling Association.

Interested students should contact the Student Activities Office, CTR 210, (518) 629-7348

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