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Monthly Archives: September 2011


FM Responds to Tornado Warning

At 1:20 p.m. this afternoon, Fulton-Montgomery Community College responded to a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service.  “We immediately activated our on-campus Emergency Notification System,” says FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger.  “All staff and students were requested to take shelter in the basement level of the Classroom Building, College Union, or Physical Education […]

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by Dr. Dustin Swanger Change may be difficult for some; others may thrive on change. While there are those who are constantly thinking about how we can change, what we do and how we do it, there are others who fight change at all costs. No matter how you may feel about change, I would […]

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FM’s Electrical Technology Students Create 15-Foot Electronic Display

Last semester, students in FM’s Introduction to Microprocessors course were given the task to create an electronic light board.  Pictured is what the students created.  They designed the circuit and component layout, built the physical product, and wrote the software to control a 15-foot long electronic light board. 500 LEDs were wired to an Intel 8051-based microcontroller […]

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FM’s Child Care Center Provides Positive Learning Experiences

Ann M. Day Over twenty years ago, the Fulton County YMCA and Fulton-Montgomery Community College formed a partnership to provide campus-based child care to serve the needs of the college community. Many students have been given the opportunity to attend college because they could leave their child in an affordable, secure and welcoming learning environment. […]

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Lt. Governor Duffy Looking to Bring Jobs to Community

Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s President Dr. Dustin Swanger, along with the Board of Trustees, participated in The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council’s (MVREDC) third meeting held Friday, September 16, 2011 at HFM BOCES.   The meeting was attended by Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, and led by Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Bjong Wolf Yeigh, […]

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Professor Freeman Receives PTK Honor

 Laurie Freeman, Associate Professor of Science at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, was recently recognized by Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence for her 10 years of service as advisor of the Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter. “Advisors are truly the lifeblood of our organization,” states Rod Risley, Executive Director of PTK’s Center for Excellence.  “We owe a […]

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Men’s Soccer Players Competing in NCAA

Six members of the Raiders’ 2009 and 2010 soccer teams are currently playing at the NCAA level. “It’s great to see such a large group continuing on academically and athletically. It’s an indicator that the program is maturing and preparing our student athletes for the next level,” says men’s soccer coach and Coordinator for Student […]

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FM Offers Late Start Semester

Fall Fast Track – Late Start Schedule Due to the unforeseen natural disasters which occurred just prior to the start of Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s fall semester, FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger, with the support of the College’s Board of Trustees, is initiating the College’s first ever late start semester. “Our community and its members have […]

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What the Heck’s an “Adjunct?”

Dr. Stephen  Astmann Many people in our community are often confused about the terms “adjunct instructor” and “adjunct professor” as they are used on the FM campus.  Students, in particular, usually assume that all their professors and instructors are employed on a full-time basis by the college, but that is not the case.  “Adjunct” is […]

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FM Receives Donation to Sculpture Garden

This summer, Fulton-Montgomery Community College began a new campus beautification project; the creation of a sculpture garden.  Its first piece is now on display thanks to the donation made by local artist Paul Kant.  “The piece Paul donated to FM is called Polo Players,” states FM Perrella Gallery Director Joel Chapin.  “It is actually a […]

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