April 28, 2014 — FM and its staff have been recognized for excellence in several areas including athletics, dining facilities, and both as an educational institution and place of employment.
College Measures, a joint venture of the American Institutes of Research and Matrix Knowledge Group, created a chart for CNNMoney to help students find the top community colleges allowing them the best chance to transfer to a four-year college or university. Based on the percentage of students that graduated within three years or transferred to four-year colleges, they compiled a “success” rating for each community college in the United States. FM came in the top 5% with a 52% success rate, ahead of several of its sister SUNY community colleges.
In a Chartwells’ National Market Survey, FM’s dining operation scored 4th in the nation for highest customer satisfaction. 60.6% of students rated Chartwells excellent for overall dining, facilities, and food and beverage quality.
Kevin Jones, Head Coach of the Lady Raiders basketball team and the College’s Athletic Director, has been named Conference Coach of the Year for the first time since the program’s inception 16 years ago. The Lady Raiders had an outstanding season, finishing with a 21-5 record. Over the past 16 years, Coach Jones, an FM alumnus and former Raider point guard himself, has established FM as a national power in women’s basketball posting a 320-141 (.694) record and making 13 of 16 regional tournament and two national tournament appearances.
Most recently, the Times Union named FM a Top Workplace in the Capital Region. Based on a comprehensive analysis conducted by Workplace Dynamics, FM was rated as one of the area’s top employers. There were 639 organizations evaluated for this award which included more than 14,000 employees surveyed; FM was one of only 45 institutions to receive this honor.
As part of the Top Workplaces anonymous survey, employees were asked why they love their jobs. An employee of FM had this to say: “I love teaching at this level. Helping students prepare for their careers is awesome.”
According to the survey, “what stands out is that the 45 workplaces named to the list are not necessarily those that pay the most or are the most glamorous at which to work, but rather they are the places that value employee input, make people feel appreciated and foster a sense of connection — among their ranks and in the wider community.”
“I’m very pleased not only that FM has been recognized in so many areas, but more importantly, that we have an atmosphere and colleagues that make FM such a special place for our faculty, staff, and students,” said FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger.
TopWorkplace left to right: FM’s Human Resources Director Jason Rauch; Times Union Capitol Bureau Chief Casey Seiler; and FM’s Admission and Enrollment Management Assistant at the Times Union’s Top Workplaces awards event at The Desmond in Colonie (photo by Shawn Morgan Photography)
Jones: Coach of the Year Kevin Jones
Chartwells Staff: FM’s Chartwells Dining Service Staff