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  • Important graduation deadlines
    - Posted on March 3, 2015
    • Spring & Summer 2015 Degree/Certificate Application Deadlines

      This is a reminder that the degree/certificate application deadlines for Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 graduation are as follows:

      Spring 2015 — Tuesday, March 31, 2015
      Summer 2015 — Monday, June 15, 2015

      If you plan on graduating either in May or August, a completed degree/certificate application must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the appropriate deadline as noted above. Please note that a completed degree/certificate application requires department chairperson/advisor signature. Applications received after the noted date will be considered for graduation for the following semester (i.e. a spring application received on April 1 will be considered a Summer 2015 application and a summer application received on June 16 will be considered a Fall 2015 application).

      Important Note: Summer 2015 graduates are invited to the May Commencement ceremony. This will be the only commencement ceremony that you can attend. If you wish to participate and have your name appear in the Commencement program, you must have a completed degree/certificate application submitted by the March 31 deadline.

      Degree/certificate application web link: https://www.hvcc.edu/catalog/policies/gradreqs.html.

      This degree application deadline reminder has been posted to the Student Announcement Board, the digital monitors and all students have been sent a reminder e-mail to their HVCC e-mail account.



  • Mindfulness Meditation on Tuesdays at noon
    - Posted on March 2, 2015
    • All are welcome to join our Mindfulness Meditation group on Tuesdays at noon in the Interfaith Prayer Room (Siek Campus Center, room 220). Participants will be introduced to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation through guided practice and group discussion. Sessions last between 10 and 20 minutes.

      Mindfulness Meditation is simply the practice of intentionally focusing your attention on the present moment, without judgement. Mindfulness meditation promotes mental and physical health. It is especially beneficial in our busy world today.

      For information, contact Cylon George in the Office of Campus Ministry at 629-7168 or c.george@hvcc.edu.

  • Voices Presentation on March 3: Education in the Prison Setting
    - Posted on March 2, 2015
    • The Voices: A Library Lecture Series Committee is pleased to present “The Transformative Power of Education in the Prison Setting” by Emily Patka on Tuesday, March 3 from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the BTC Auditorium.

      Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison was founded in 1998 with the mission to provide college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women.

      Emily Patka, the academic coordinator for Hudson Link’s college program at Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie, discusses Hudson Link’s unique model, the transformative power of education and the importance of offering educational opportunities in prisons. Tuesday’s program will include a panel of Hudson Valley Community College Criminal Justice students, who will explore the issue of educating prison inmates in a question and answer discussion with Patka.

  • Bereavement Studies instructor to facilitate campus discussion on death and dying on March 4
    - Posted on March 2, 2015
    • A Discussion About Death, with Dessert

      Wednesday, March 4, 2015
      7-8:30 p.m. Siek Campus Center, first floor cafe

      Heidi L. Parker, an adjunct faculty member in the college’s Bereavement Studies certificate program, will facilitate an open, interactive forum about death, dying, grief, mortality and making the most of the time we have. The discussion will provide a forum for people to discuss what is one of the most important, but least talked-about, topics for humanity.

      The discussion will follow the “death cafe” model, which is becoming increasingly popular around the world.

      Faculty, staff, students and the general public are welcome.

  • “Created Equal” film screenings and discussions this week
    - Posted on March 2, 2015
    • The Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle program series continues this week:

      Slavery by Another Name, a PBS documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same title, will be screened in full on Tuesday, March 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theater.  Popcorn will be provided. Viewers are welcome to bring a lunch.

      The film is the topic of moderated discussions led by Professor Tamu Chambers of the History, Philosophy and Social Science Department, Professor Carmine Pesca of the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department, and Roy Pompey of the Collegiate Academic Support Program. These events will be held on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Troy and on Wednesday, March 11 at 1 p.m. in the Marvin Library Learning Commons Multipurpose Room (2nd Floor).

      All are welcome to attend these events. All programs are free and open to the public.

      The description below is from the PBS website:

      Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.

      For most Americans this is entirely new history. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today.

  • Scholarships available for Fall 2015; application deadline March 13
    - Posted on February 27, 2015
    • The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is offering scholarships to students continuing their studies in the 2015-16 academic year. Current students must apply using our online application process.

      To apply online, please follow these steps:

      1. Login to WIReD (www.hvcc.edu/wired).
      2. Click on “Enrollment, Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Student Services” tab.
      3. Click on “Financial Aid” link.
      4. Click on “Foundation Scholarships.”

      Before applying, please keep in mind the following:

      • Many scholarships require submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please be sure your FAFSA is on file before applying for scholarships.
      • The application process requires one 250-word essay describing your educational and vocational objectives. This essay is used for all scholarships for which you apply – there is no need to write separate essays for each scholarship.
      • Please apply for all scholarships that are listed for you even if a secondary message screen indicates you may not be eligible for that particular scholarship.

      The application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015.

      If you have questions, please e-mail scholarships@hvcc.edu.

  • Film showing on March 3: Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret
    - Posted on February 26, 2015
    • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

      Tuesday, March 3
      6:30 to 9 p.m.
      Maureen Stapleton Theatre
      Free and open to the public.

      The film, Cowspiracy, exposes animal agriculture as the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, generating more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry. Kathy Stevens, founder and director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, is guest speaker.

      Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.” – Louis Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of “The Cove”

      Sponsored by the Animal Outreach Club at Hudson Valley Community College and New York State Humane Association.

  • Friday, Feb. 27: The International Cinema Showcase presents “Sin Nombre”
    - Posted on February 26, 2015
    • The International Cinema Showcase

      “Sin Nombre”
      a Sundance Film Festival award winning film

      Friday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.
      Siek Campus Center, room 150
      Open free to the entire campus community.

      Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the United States. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events.

      Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Mexico 2009)
      Language: Spanish with subtitles in English
      Focus Features
      Rated “R”
      96 minutes

      Professors Natasha Anthony and Malú Benton from the English, Foreign Languages and English a Second Language Department, will lead a discussion following the film.

  • Seats available in Sprint classes: ENGL 115, ENGL 117 & ENGL 152
    - Posted on February 26, 2015
    • The English, Foreign Languages, and English as a Second Language Department has seats available in the following sprint classes for spring. Sprint classes run March 16 – May 8.

      Library Skills for Research (ENGL 115) — CRN 36853
      Monday and Wednesday: Noon to 12:50 p.m.
      Instructor: B. Hazard

      Mastering Grammar and Punctuation (ENGL 117) — CRN 36429
      Tuesday and Thursday: 10 to 10:50 a.m.
      Instructor: A. Collins

      Creative Writing: Poetry and Song (ENGL 152) — CRN 33423
      Tuesday and Thursday: 3 to 5:50 p.m.
      Instructor: S. Oringel

      Thank you,
      Kris Lewis
      Technical Assistant, EFL Dept.
      BRN 035A, 629-7385

  • The Vagina Monologues on Friday, Feb. 27
    - Posted on February 26, 2015
    • The Hudson Valley Community College Theatre Club and Unity House of Troy present the ninth annual performance of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. Tickets will be available at the door.

      Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, located in the Siek Campus Center.

      Admission is free to all Hudson Valley students with a valid Hudson Valley ID. Tickets for other students with a valid student ID are $5 and general admission is $10. All proceeds benefit Unity House of Troy.

      For more information, visit the Theatre Club on Facebook at facebook.com/hvcctheater or contact Mat Cantore at m.cantore@hvcc.edu.

  • Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author, on campus on March 12
    - Posted on February 25, 2015
    • Cheryl Strayed, author of “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” will visit  campus on Thursday, March 12 to offer a reading, talk and book signing. The event — free to all — begins at 7 p.m. in the BTC auditorium.

      “Wild” chronicles Strayed’s solo, 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, undertaken in the wake of her mother’s death, a divorce and slide into an out-of-control lifestyle that included heroin use. “Wild” has been a New York Times Best Seller for 99 weeks and was released as a major motion picture in December 2014.

      Please note: Tickets for Cheryl Strayed will be distributed at the door on a first-come basis. Doors to the BTC auditorium will open at 6:15 p.m. with attendees allowed to gather beforehand in the lobby. No tickets will be distributed before 5 p.m.

      If necessary, the program will be broadcast live to an overflow seating area located in the BTC meeting rooms.

      Cheryl Strayed is presented by the Cultural Affairs Program. The Viking Cove Bookstore will be selling her books at the event.

  • Viking Child Care Center maintains national accreditation
    - Posted on February 24, 2015
    • The Viking Child Care Center recently was recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as it maintains its accreditation status. Early childhood programs accredited by the NAEYC voluntarily undergo a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement. Accreditation is awarded for five years.

      The Viking Child Care Center demonstrated excellence by meeting all 10 of the Early Childhood Program Standards that are based on the latest research on the education and development of young children:
      — promoting positive relationships;
      — implementing curriculum that fosters cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social development;
      — using effective teaching approaches that are developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate;
      — providing ongoing assessments of children’s learning and communicating the progress to the family;
      — promoting nutrition and health;
      — employing and supporting teaching staff that have educational qualifications, knowledge and professional commitment to support families diverse interests and needs while promoting children’s learning;
      — establishing  and maintaining collaborative relationships with each child’s family;
      — establishing and maintaining relationships with the community to support and achieve program goals;
      — providing a safe and healthy physical environment, and
      — implementing strong personnel, fiscal and program management policies so all children, families and staff have a high quality experience.

      Congratulations to the Center’s  dedicated and supportive teaching staff on this accomplishment!

  • Nursing resources at the library: NCLEX Board Review
    - Posted on February 23, 2015
    • Looking to review for the NCLEX or study for the next nursing exam?  Try out Board Vitals: NCLEX REVIEW


      >Available to all students/staff/faculty, Nursing NCLEX Board Review questions through StatRef! Board Vitals! An excellent resource that lets you create a practice test for yourself to test your strengths/weaknesses in the nursing curriculum and give immediate feedback to answers. Don’t worry that you may only have 15 minutes to take a practice test; you can create a short five minute question test and work on a specific area of nursing. As you create tests, the database remembers the questions/areas that you have chosen and continues to hone your skills.

      Here is the link to access this great resource: http://marketing.statref.com/lp/suny_nursing.htmlYou must register and create an account. Click on the large REGISTER button. Please use your HVCC e-mail so that the system recognizes that you are affiliated with SUNY.After you have registered you can then always access Board Vitals by this link:

      Click on the logon gold button at the top. Just enter your username and password and you should be all set to practice for the NCLEX-RN.

      This link is also available on the library website: https://www.hvcc.edu/lrc/databases/index.html. Click on StatRef! and then the box that says Board Vitals.

      This resource also has also been added to the Research Genius library subject guide for nursing accessible here: http://hvcc.libguides.com/nursing. . Click on the tab that says NCLEX Study Aids.

      Any questions? Please contact me at c.koman@hvcc.edu!

      Cindy Koman
      Health Sciences Library Liaison

  • Chartwells weekly newsletter
    - Posted on February 23, 2015
  • Animal Outreach Club meets Mondays at 2 p.m.
    - Posted on February 23, 2015
    • The Animal Outreach Club holds its weekly meetings on Mondays at 2 p.m. in Brahan Hall, room 108.

      New members always welcome. If you care about animals, you’ll be in good company.

  • Plant and seed donations plus vendors sought for Earth Day Celebration on April 23
    - Posted on February 23, 2015
    • The Sustainability Committee will be accepting donations of seeds and plants for this year’s Earth Day celebration, scheduled for Thursday, April 23. Also, vendors selling handmade goods and products are encouraged to participate. There is no charge for table space and electrical service is provided as needed.

      To make a donation or reserve a vendor space, contact Maxine Ortiz at (518) 629-7787 or m.ortiz@hvcc.edu.

      The celebration, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center and Quad, will feature environmental displays and demonstrations and a farmers market, in addition to the plant and seed exchange. Admission is free to the public and the campus community.

      Related events include a nature trail clean-up day and tours, an electronics recycling day and tours of the college’s co-generation plant. Dates and times of these events will be announced.

  • Student Health 101: #theJobProb + Marijuana laws + Favorite childhood show?
    - Posted on February 23, 2015
  • HVCC READS brings Author Joseph Luzzi to campus on March 27
    - Posted on February 19, 2015
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      The HVCC READS Committee is excited to announce that Joseph Luzzi will visit campus on Friday, March 27 to talk about his book, My Two Italies.

      During that day, Luzzi will visit two classes, share lunch with a small group of students, faculty, and employees, and deliver a lecture to the entire campus community with a dessert reception to follow. The lecture will take place in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre in the Campus Center at 1 p.m. with the reception to follow right outside the theatre.

      Luzzi, like many American-born children of immigrants, has written a memoir about his life and his position between two cultures: the pure Italian culture of his parents and older siblings, who came to America in 1956, and the Italian-American culture he experienced as a native American, born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island.

      Luzzi currently works as the director of Italian Studies at Bard College In an interview with BookPage, he says that rather than describing himself as an “Italian-American,” he is Italian “and” American. He adds, “I was too much of a child of my Calabrian parents to fit in with the kids in the cafeteria, yet too attuned to the English language and the American games and sports of my classmates to be as authentically ‘Italian’ as the Calabrian branch of my family.”

      In addition to his personal struggle with his “Two Italies,” Luzzi’s work also discusses the two different regions of his parents’ homeland, regions that the New York Times Book Review describes as “the prosperous north versus the indigent south.” Since Luzzi’s family immigrated from the southern region and since he still has family there, one would think that he might identify with that region. In reality, though, as a scholar of Italian arts, he is much more interested in the northern region, and he is perplexed by the fact that Italy doesn’t appear to be unified. Luzzi will discuss both his book and his heritage during his visit.

      The idea behind the HVCC READS program is twofold: first, bringing an author to campus for a discussion of his or her work will remind readers that living, breathing individuals are the creators of the books that form the foundation of a well rounded education; and, second, when everyone at HVCC reads the same book, the entire campus becomes a classroom for a discussion of ideas. In the past, authors such as William Kennedy, Richard Selzer, Bill McKibben, and Jessica Abel, among others, have participated.

      For more information about Luzzi’s visit or about the HVCC READS program, contact Jim LaBate at j.labate@hvcc.edu.

  • Low cost pet vaccine clinic Feb. 22 in Lansingburgh
    - Posted on February 19, 2015
    • The Rensselaer County Humane Society will host a low-cost Vaccine Clinic for dogs and cats.

      Sunday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      Lansingburgh Firehouse
      559 Fifth Ave. (at 115th Street), Troy

      Fees for dogs and cats:
      Rabies, $10
      Distemper, $15
      Kennel Cough (dogs only), $25

      Members of Hudson Valley’s Animal Outreach Club will be volunteering at the clinic.

  • Slavery expert speaks Feb. 19
    - Posted on February 19, 2015
    • The Abolitionists: Forgotten Emancipationists
      Thursday, February 19

      1 – 1:50 p.m.
      BTC Auditorium

      Manisha Sinha, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, speaks Thursday, Feb. 19 as part of the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle series sponsored by Dwight Marvin Library.  Dr. Sinha appeared in the film “The Abolitionists” to provide commentary on the history of American slavery.  Author of numerous books, Dr. Sinha has also been recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

      The event is free and open to the campus and the community. All are welcome.

      Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

  • Take a rapid HIV test
    - Posted on February 19, 2015
    • Take a rapid HIV test

      • no cost to you
      • no blood
      • no needles!

      Written results are available in 20 minutes!

      Friday,  Feb. 20  from 10 to 2 p.m.
      College Health Services
      Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, room 146

      STD treatment referral also available.

  • Employers want to talk to you at the Community’s Job Fair
    - Posted on February 18, 2015
    • Are you graduating? Need a job? Employers want to talk to you! The Center for Careers and Employment will host its annual Community’s Job Fair for full-time employment on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex.

      All student’s and alumni are welcome to attend. Bring copies of your resume and dress for success!

      Resume/Interview Assistance along with Career Counseling is available in the Center for Careers and Employment Office located in the Siek Campus Center, Room 207. Please contact the office at 629-7326 to schedule an appointment or for further information on the job fair.

      Some examples of positions that the employers will be recruiting for at the Community’s Job Fair:

      Business Administration
      -Accounting and Sales
      -Customer Service Representatives

      Human Services
      -Residential/Direct Support Services

      -Computer Technicians

      Early Childhood
      -Teachers and Teachers Assistants


      Criminal Justice
      -Public Safety Officer

      Engineering and Industrial Technologies
      -Construction Technology-Building
      -Architecture Technology
      -Civil Engineering Technology
      -Electrical Engineer
      -Electrical Technology
      -Heating, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technicians
      -Mechanical Engineering Technology
      -CAD Design
      -Sheet Metal Fabricators

      Administrative Assistant
      Warehouse Employees

  • “Taikoza” Japanese Taiko drum ensemble on campus April 11
    - Posted on February 18, 2015
    • Drawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza brings the thunderous rhythms of ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of bamboo flutes to the stage for a highly visual performance.

      Tickets are $10 for the general public; free for children under 12; free for HVCC students, faculty & staff. Available in Gunther 267.

      Taikoza performs on Saturday, April 11 at noon in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

  • Ash Wednesday services
    - Posted on February 18, 2015
    • Wednesday, Feb. 18
      10 a.m. and noon

      Siek Campus Center, Interfaith Prayer Room (Rm 220)

      For information, contact c.george@hvcc.edu or 629-7168.


  • Stress relief with therapeutic sound in Campus Center today
    - Posted on February 18, 2015
    • Wednesday, Feb, 18 from 9 a.m. to noon
      Siek Campus Center, room 204

      Three hours of therapeutic sound with Amy McTear, musician, mentor and spiritual activist (www.amymctear.com)

      Drop in for a quick fix or stay for a deep immersion.
      Yoga mats, cushions and back-jacks are set up. Come and go as needed!

      The Labyrinth also will also be available.
      Refreshments provided.

      Click here for more information or contact c.george@hvcc.edu or 629-7168.

      Sponsored by the Campus Ministry.

  • Feb. 19 is last day for Financial Aid Bookstore Advance
    - Posted on February 17, 2015
    • The last day to access the Financial Aid Bookstore Advance is Thursday, Feb. 19.

      The Bookstore Advance can be used to purchase textbooks, school supplies, electronics, backpacks and more.

      Hurry in today!

  • Cultural Affairs event survey now online
    - Posted on February 17, 2015
  • Feb. 17: “Created Equal” film screening and discussion
    - Posted on February 17, 2015
    • Join us for two events from the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle series today:

      Tuesday, February 17
      1 – 1:50 p.m.
      Multipurpose Room (2nd Floor)
      Marvin Library Learning Commons

      Join a moderated discussion of themes of The Abolitionists shown in excerpted form. Student leaders My’Asia Colon and Kilijah Crumpler will moderate. Both Colon and Crumpler are Student Senators and executive officers in the Black and Latino Student Union. Refreshments will be provided by the Student Senate. Note: this program will focus on personal response and reflection on highlights from the series identified by the discussion leaders; scholar moderators will not be participating in this event.

      Full film screening follows the discussion
      2 – 5 p.m.

      View the three-part series in full. Refreshments available while supplies last! Can’t get to the film screening? Watch the series online.

      Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

      For more information and for related library resources, visit hvcc.libguides.com/created-equal.

  • Shakespeare & Company’s residency features “Hamlet” on Feb. 19
    - Posted on February 16, 2015
    • For the sixth consecutive year, the Cultural Affairs Program and the Department of Fine Arts, Theater Arts and Digital Media welcomes the Lenox-based Shakespeare & Company for its week-long residency, Feb. 16 through 20.

      A highlight of the week will be a performance of Hamlet on Thursday, Feb. 19 at noon in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. The performance is open free to the entire campus community and general public.

      While in residence, the group will conduct workshops on Voice, Verse, Movement and Performance. The workshops (see schedule below) are open to all Hudson Valley Community College faculty, staff and students. The workshop schedule is below. Come to participate or just to observe.

      Monday & Tuesday
      10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
      Voice, Verse, Movement, Performance Workshop

      10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
      Fight Workshop

      noon – 1:30 p.m.

      Hamlet performance (open to the public)
      3 to 4:30 p.m.
      Actor Audience Workshop

      10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
      Clowning Workshop






  • First Animal Outreach Club meeting of spring 2015!
    - Posted on February 16, 2015
    • Let’s try this again! We have not met yet (I know many clubs are in the same boat) due to the beautiful upstate New York weather.

      We are scheduled to meet Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Marvin Library, room 014.

      We need to pick a president AND vice president!

      Don’t be intimidated, we need you. It’s not a lot of work but it’s a lot of satisfaction.

      We can focus on whatever issues/events/initiatives you want. Wildlife, horses, factory farming, kitties, puppy mills — you name it. I have the interest and experience. Come with ideas.

      The animals need whatever we can give. Here is our web site (http://clubs.hvcc.edu/wordpress/animaloutreach/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AnimalOutreachClub?ref=hl).

      Hope to see some of you tomorrow at 2 p.m. and to be able to  and hope to elect a new prez and v prez.

      Val Waldin (518-478-1505)


  • Voices Lecture on Feb. 24: Rehabbing an Historic Farmhouse
    - Posted on February 16, 2015
    • The Voices: A Library Lecture Series Committee is pleased to present “Rehabbing an Historic Farmhouse into a Net-Zero Energy Green Home” by Professor Joanne Coons on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the BTC Auditorium.

      The Peters-Lockrow farmhouse in Clifton Park was built in the 1830s and had been vacant for a decade. It had holes in the roof, water in the basement and a menagerie of animals living inside. Joanne Coons, professor of Building Technology at Hudson Valley Community College, discusses rehabbing this farmhouse using green building practices, while maintaining its historical integrity.

  • Recognition Ceremony for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is Monday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.
    - Posted on February 16, 2015
    • The Who’s Who Nomination Committee is pleased to announce that 50 students have received national recognition for outstanding academic and extracurricular/community achievement. Please consider attending the ceremony and showing your support for these outstanding student leaders.

      This year, 50 Hudson Valley Community College students are being recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. The very competitive process for recognition includes, but is not limited to, earning a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA, demonstrating leadership in voluntary extracurricular activities and/or community service while enrolled at Hudson Valley Community College, and exhibiting potential for future achievement.

      This year’s recognition ceremony will be held on Monday, Feb. 16, beginning at 3 p.m., in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. President Andrew Matonak and Vice President Carolyn Curtis will address the students being honored, their guests, and members of the College community.

      You are encouraged to attend the recognition ceremony and celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding student leaders. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the ceremony. Thank you.

      The students being honored are:

      Casey D. Angello, Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Sciences
      Jaclyn L. Baum, Dental Hygiene
      Hillary A. Beck, Early Childhood
      Samantha C. Bedell, Individual Studies
      Stephanie A. Berbrick, Criminal Justice
      Alyssa Brand, Dental Hygiene
      Benjamin S. Brickman, Business Administration
      Tonya M. Brock, Theatre Arts
      Brandi L. Carabateas-Shook, Human Services
      Bintou Cisse, Broadcast Communications
      Christine A. Corral, Human Services
      Marie E. DeMarco, Physical Education Studies
      Alexander J. Denney, Computer Information Systems
      Azmad Din, Engineering Science
      Samantha D. Evans, Nursing
      Curran S. Fahey, Individual Studies
      Vincent J. Fulgieri, Engineering Science
      Patrick J. Gareau, Individual Studies
      Kerry Gneiting, Business Administration
      Kimberly Hannell, Nursing
      Isaiah J. Harmon, Business Administration
      Grace I. Harrison, Individual Studies
      Joshua L. Henderson, Theatre Arts
      Johanna Huse, Nursing
      Karin Jacobson, Early Childhood
      Julia M. Jobin, Business – Marketing
      Deborah L. Johnson, Biological Sciences
      Jeffrey A. Judson, Computer Information Systems: System and Network Administration
      Areeg A. Khalil, Engineering Science
      Amman K. Kajla, Criminal Justice
      Jae Yun Ko, Business Administration
      Peter J. Kowal, Engineering Science
      Grace A. Kudlack, Liberal Arts and Science: Adolescent Education
      Sean K. Lachhander, Computer Information Systems
      Ryan T. MacKenzie, Computer Information Systems
      Marina A. Misercola, Radiologic Technology
      Wendy Paquin Gladd, Human Services
      Jacquelin F. Pelham, Liberal Arts and Science: Math and Science
      Erika G. Pelletier, Early Childhood
      Steven M. Pierson, Engineering Science
      Tiara Y. Riebeling, Nursing
      Eric R. Samaniego, Business Administration
      David J. Schwenker, Engineering Science
      Nicole A. Silvester, Theatre Arts
      Jacob C. Simmons, Engineering Science
      Arati Singh, Dental Hygiene
      Susan J. Smith, Bereavement Studies
      Jessica L. Stout, Environmental Science
      Elmore F. Wallace IV, Individual Studies
      Faizan A. Zaidi, Biological Sciences

  • Odyssey of the Mind: bigger and better than ever before
    - Posted on February 16, 2015
    • We thought last year’s Odyssey of the Mind tournament for Region 4 (Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties) was big, but this year’s event on Saturday, March 7 is going to be even bigger!

      We are in need of more volunteers to help out with set up the night before or for half aOMER face day at the tournament. Click on this link to sign up to help give an exciting out-of-the-box experience for almost 700 area students from kindergarten through high school! Also, please forward this information to anyone you know who would be interested in being a part of this event.
      Contact Tournament Director Nancy Bush with any questions (n.bush@hvcc.edu).
  • Student Health 101: Nutrition decoded + Thumbs doing all the talking? + Coffee or tea?
    - Posted on February 16, 2015
  • Chartwells weekly newsletter
    - Posted on February 13, 2015
    • Hope to see you all for our Chinese New Year buffet on  Thursday, Feb. 19.

      Check out the latest edition of our newsletter:

      Weekly Newsletter, volume 2

  • Selfies for SUNY 2015
    - Posted on February 13, 2015
    • Fun, on-campus selfie video captured for a presentation that began SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s 2015 State of the University address.

  • Higbee Hall Data Center Shut-down Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14 on Hold
    - Posted on February 13, 2015
    • UPDATE at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13
      PLEASE NOTE: The shut-down scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14 is now on hold and will be rescheduled. An updated announcement will be posted when it is rescheduled.

      There is a scheduled electrical power outage requiring a full shut-down of the Higbee Hall Data Center beginning at 3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. The majority of services affected will be supported by the Administration Building Data Center and remain operational on the main campus. The college’s Information Technology Services (ITS) will have staff on-site to work in conjunction with Physical Plant employees to minimize any potential, unexpected impact to students, faculty and staff. Once power is restored, it will take an additional two hours to bring Higbee services back online.

      While ITS is working to minimize service outages during the required shut-down, the campus community should plan for the following potential outages based on a possible Internet outage:

      • Off-campus WIReD access
      • On- and off-campus Blackboard access
      • On- and off-campus e-mail receipt/delivery
      • On- and off-campus Internet access (including college Web site availability)

      Office locations at Jordan Rd., 175 Central Ave., and the Educational Opportunity Center in Albany will have an interruption in telephone and network connectivity beginning at 3 a.m. until Higbee services are restored. However, 911 emergency services will remain available at these locations.

      We will keep the campus community apprised of any changes to the information above.

      Thank you for your understanding.

      Information Technology Services (ITS)

  • Feb. 12: Presentation on Civil War medical practices today
    - Posted on February 12, 2015
    • Remarks from a Civil War Surgeon
      Thursday, Feb. 12
      1 – 1:50 p.m.
      Multipurpose Room, 2nd floor
      Marvin Library Learning Commons

      Historian Paul Supley discusses Civil War medical hygiene, disease, wounds and treatment, as well as the Union’s military medical structure and civilian aid organizations. Supley presents in Civil War costume and uses props and audience participation to demonstrate various medical procedures of the era. Active in regional military reenactment groups, Supley has appeared in film as a Civil War soldier.

      His presentation coordinates with the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War,” on display in the library through Feb. 27.

  • Feb. 12: Underground Railroad Project founders moderate discussion
    - Posted on February 12, 2015
    • Come in from the cold and join a warm gathering:
      The Abolitionists, film screening with moderated discussion

      Thursday, Feb. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
      Christ Church United Methodist
      35 State Street, Troy

      Join a moderated discussion of themes of The Abolitionists shown in excerpted form. The event will be moderated by Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region. Refreshments provided by the Campus Ministry. Free off-street parking available in the adjacent municipal lot off Fifth Avenue.

      The Dwight Marvin Library at Hudson Valley Community College hosts Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a series of presentations by leading civil rights scholars and moderated screenings of these films this spring and next fall at locations on and off campus

      For details about this series, visit www.hvcc.edu/created-equalAll events are open free to students, staff and faculty at Hudson Valley, as well as the general public.

      Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

  • Top 10 Online Test Taking Tips for Blackboard
    - Posted on February 9, 2015
    • As you study and prepare quizzes and tests, make sure you check out these Blackboard Online Test Taking Tips:

      1. Only have one Blackboard Session open at a time. Whenever you log in, Blackboard starts a session for you and tracks your time. After 3 hours your Blackboard session may close, but if you have logged in several times within 3 hours you may have multiple sessions open. To prevent this make sure you always LOGOUT of Blackboard when finished so you always start a new Blackboard session.
        Before starting the test suggestions:
        Log out of Blackboard
        •    Clear your browser history and cache
        •    Close your browser window
        •    Re-open your browser
        •    Log back into Blackboard — at this point, you can proceed to take the test
      2. Only one (1) Internet browser window or tab should be open and you should Maximize your Internet browser screen before starting and keep it maximized during the test.
      3. Minimize the number of applications running, use only what you need to complete your test.
      4. Do not double click on the Begin button, or click the Begin button more than once when starting the test.
      5. Wait for the test to completely load on the page before selecting/entering answers.
      6. Be cautious using the backspace or delete keys. The test page could be refreshed and prevent you from re-accessing the test.
      7. Do Not Use the Internet Browser “Back,” “Forward” or “Refresh” buttons; using these buttons could cause you to lose connection to the test.
      8. Make sure you review the test results page that appears after submitting your test in order to confirm that the test submission was successful and to review any feedback your instructor may have provided. Feel free to print this screen for your records using your browser print feature.
      9. Wireless Internet Connections are NOT recommended.
      10. If typing a response, Save Often by selecting the Save All Answers or Save Answer buttons, but do not double click on these buttons or an error could occur.

      Many variables can contribute to you encountering online test taking issues. It’s just the nature of the online environment, but these common tips have helped to prevent many students from running into online test-taking problems.

      For additional tips and detailed information please see our Online Test Taking Tips handout.

      If you have any questions, please contact the Distance and Online Learning Help Desk at DLhelp@hvcc.edu or (518) 629-7070.

  • Go Red for Women campaign
    - Posted on February 9, 2015
    • Thank you so much to all the students who donated to the Go Red for Women Campaign! Together we raised $450. A special thanks to the Human Services Club members who volunteered their time to collect contributions.

      We are very excited about this year’s effort and look forward to next year.  Thanks to each and everyone of you. You made a difference in the lives of the women you love!

  • Take a Free HIV Test on Feb. 11
    - Posted on February 9, 2015
    • Take a rapid HIV test…

      • no cost to you
      • no blood
      • no needles!

      Written results are available in 20 minutes!

      Wednesday,  Feb. 11  from 1 to 3 p.m.
      College Health Services
      Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, room 146

      STD treatment referral also available.

      Sponsored by College Health Services and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services.

  • Student Health 101: Your path to fitness + Friends or frenemies? + Pizza, tacos, or ramen?
    - Posted on February 9, 2015
  • “Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War” exhibit and speaker
    - Posted on February 5, 2015
    • “Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine is on display in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium of the Marvin Library Learning Commons through Feb. 28, 2015.

      “Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War” explores the experiences of disabled veterans and their role as symbols of a fractured nation. The six-panel display features reproduced images of artifacts and rare photographs that depict disabled soldiers and veterans, battlefield surgery and medical personnel as it portrays the courage of disabled veterans to overcome amputations and limb loss. (Please note that the display includes graphic images that some may find disturbing.)

      View available resources on this exhibit at http://hvcc.libguides.com/lifeandlimb. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

      In conjunction with the exhibit, the library also will host a speaker:

      Remarks from a Civil War Surgeon
      Thursday, Feb. 12 from 1 – 1:50 p.m.
      Marvin Library Learning Commons Multipurpose Room (MPR)

      Paul Supley discusses Civil War medical hygiene, disease, wounds, and treatments, as well as the Union’s military medical structure and civilian aid organizations. Supley presents in Civil War costume, and uses props and audience participation to demonstrate various medical procedures of the era. Supley is active in regional military reenactment groups and has appeared in film as a Civil War soldier.

      All are welcome.

  • Deadline to use Financial Aid Bookstore Advance extended until Feb. 19
    - Posted on February 5, 2015
    • The deadline for students to use their financial aid funds in the Viking’s Cove Bookstore has been extended until close of business on Thursday, February 19.

      What can I purchase with my Bookstore Advance?
      Bookstore Advances may be used to purchase the following items only: textbooks, supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, rulers, etc.), book bags, lab materials, goggles, dissection kits, safety glasses, lab aprons, gloves, voice recorders, academically-priced software and laptops and computer accessories.

      Bookstore Hours
      Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Go Red for Women
    - Posted on February 5, 2015
    • HVCC is participating in the Go Red for Women Campaign geared toward raising awareness about heart disease. Friday, Feb. 6 is National Go Red Day. You can help support women’s heart health.  For a $5 donation you will get a pin and the “right” to wear red on Friday.  We will have a table in the Campus Center Thursday, Feb. 5 (on the 2nd floor) and Friday, Feb. 6 (on the 1st floor).  Please top by and make a donation.

      Think of the special women in your life. Make a donation for them!

      Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. More women (1 in 3) will die from heart disease; that is more than all cancers combined.

      Thank you for your support!

  • Automotive Lab now open
    - Posted on February 4, 2015
    • The Automotive Lab, located in Cogan Hall, is open again for the semester!  Many faculty, staff and students have taken advantage of the fantastic service the automotive students have provided throughout the years, and I’m just stopping by to once again remind everyone of the function and operation of the lab as there have been changes made recently.

      The purpose of the automotive lab is to provide live “work” for our students to gain experience during their senior year at school. This is to help us, as instructors, evaluate the practical “hands-on” ability of our students, as opposed to just learning from a book in an atmosphere that is close to, but not quite, an actual shop. In this way, we don’t have to find placements for each and every student in various shops around and outside the Capital Region. The benefit to the college community is that there is the possible opportunity to have your vehicle worked on for a fraction of the price found at a regular automotive shop. Yet there are a number of considerations to ponder before taking advantage of this service.

      1.  As stated above, our first priority is the learning of our students. This includes finding jobs with the most educational value from an instructional standpoint. The Auto Lab will no longer take any job presented to us, but will screen out vehicles by type of work, labor hours necessary, and our availability to any special tools that might be needed to complete the job.  As a rule, we don’t take in vehicles manufactured before 2000.

      2. As a learning facility, we are not a NYS Registered automotive shop, and do not fall under such jurisdiction. There is the possibility of things being damaged in the process of diagnosing and repairing your car, none of which will be our responsibility to cover monetarily.

      3. For our students to get the most out of a job, the vehicle owner must agree to do the complete repair and have the means to get all necessary parts in a timely manner. The Auto Lab is unable to purchase, pick-up or exchange parts for any vehicle in our care.

      4. Because a vehicle may not have the parts present for completion and the lab is only in session for four hours in a day, the customer must have a secondary means of transportation at the ready in the event the vehicle is not completed. We can make estimations, but no promises as to the time it will take to complete a vehicle, as the students all learn at different paces, and we run this shop as a learning facility, not a production facility.

      5. After an appointment has been approved and scheduled, a $15 lab slip from the cashier’s office, along with a current registration and insurance card are required to complete the paperwork necessary to bring the vehicle in for service.

      For all community members still interested in taking advantage of this facility, you may call 629-7189 to be considered for an appointment at the following times (morning lab/ afternoon lab):

      Tuesday: 8:30-11 a.m. or 1:30-4 p.m.
      Wednesday: 8:30-11 a.m. or 1:30-4 p.m
      Thursday: 8:30-11 a.m. or 1:30-4 p.m

      Thanks and have a great day!

  • Celebrate Chinese New Year with Chartwells
    - Posted on February 4, 2015
    • Chartwells will host its monthly luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 204 of the Siek Campus Center.

      All are welcome to attend. The cost is $6.95 per student and $8.95 per person for faculty and staff.

      The theme will be Chinese New Year; click here to view the menu.

  • Part-Time Job Fair is Feb. 4 and 5
    - Posted on February 4, 2015
    • The Center for Careers and Employment is sponsoring a Part-Time Job Fair for all Hudson Valley Community College students on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 4-5, in the Siek Campus Center. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days; more than 60 different employers will be on hand to recruit for part-time employees.

      A list of employers can be found on our web site: https://www.hvcc.edu/cce/pt-jobfair-day1.pdf

      Please contact the Center for Careers and Employment office for further information at 629-7326.

  • Feb. 4 at noon: Lecture honoring Dr. King’s birthday
    - Posted on February 3, 2015
    • The Voices: A Library Lecture Series committee is pleased to present “Is There Still an Opportunity for the Dream?” by Dr. Reverend Eric Shaw on Wednesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the BTC Auditorium.

      Dr. Reverend Eric Shaw, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Troy, discusses the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the lessons we can learn from him today as we grapple with contemporary racial struggles. In particular, Shaw speaks about Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” This presentation kicks off “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” programs. A reception follows.

General News Releases and Media Advisories

Hudson Valley Community College Expands HonorScholar Program to Business Administration Students

Students Honored by College for Inclusion in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

Hudson Valley Community College Offers New Academic Program in Worksite Health Promotion

Higbee Hall Data Center Shut-down Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14 on Hold

Hudson Valley Community College and NYSERDA Sponsoring Blood Drive at Malta Location

Classes cancelled effective 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9

American Civil Rights Movement Explored in Series of Film Screenings and Presentations at Hudson Valley Community College

Snow Sculpture Competitors Have Lots to Work with at Hudson Valley Community College This Year

Best-seller Authors Cheryl Strayed and TC Boyle Highlight the Spring 2015 Events Schedule at Hudson Valley Community College

Classes cancelled, college closed Monday, Feb. 2

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Athletic News Releases

Women’s Basketball Falls in Regionals

My’Asia Alston Named First-Team All-Region

Men’s & Women’s Bowling Regional Results

Women’s Basketball Routs Delhi

Men’s Basketball Ends Season with a Win

My’Asia Alston Earns Conference Player of the Year Honors

Elijah Newsome Earns All-Conference Honors

Nick Dennis Earns All-Region Honors

Alston’s 31 & 15 Pace Vikings Past Raiders

Men’s Basketball Edged by Fulton-Montgomery

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Upcoming Events

Mar 4 - Free Pizza Wednesday

Mar 4 - Transfer Advisor Visit: Siena College

Mar 4 - A Discussion About Death, with Dessert

Mar 5 - NYSPHSAA Girl’s Basketball Class AA Semi-Finals

Mar 5 - Slavery by Another Name Film Screening (with moderated discussion)

Mar 6 - Transfer Advisor Visit: The College at Brockport – SUNY

Mar 7 - NYSPHSAA Girl’s Basketball Sectional Finals

Mar 8 - Summer Camp Fair

Mar 9 - Student Senate Meeting

Mar 9 - Leadership Workshop: Mentoring Strategies

Mar 10 - Discounted Regal Movie Ticket Sales

Mar 10 - Community Job Fair

Mar 10 - Transfer Advisor Visit: The College of St. Rose

Mar 11 - Free Pizza Wednesday

Mar 11 - Slavery by Another Name Film Screening (with moderated discussion)

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Upcoming Athletic Events

Feb 28 @ TBA Women's Basketball

Mar 1 @ TBA Women's Basketball

Mar 2 @ 7 p.m. Men's Lacrosse (Home)

Mar 5 @ TBA Bowling

Mar 6 @ TBA Bowling

Mar 7 @ TBA Bowling

Mar 20 @ 4 p.m. Men's Lacrosse

Mar 21 @ 12 p.m. Men's Lacrosse

Mar 25 @ 4 p.m. Men's Lacrosse (Home)

Mar 28 @ 12 p.m. Men's Baseball (Home)

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