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Parent Newsletter – First Edition Week of 9/10/18

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Parent Newsletter – First Edition Week of 9/10/18

Posted: September 10, 2018

Greetings from FM! We had a successful start to the fall semester as new and returning students started classes on Wednesday, September 5th. Students are beginning to settle into the routine of college and with the warm weather in early September, there has been a lot of activity on the Campus Quad. In this newsletter, I want to introduce you to the many student activities and events we have going on at FM in the hopes that you can encourage your student to get involved in campus life at FM. I also want to share with you some big improvements we have made around our campus.

There will be a section in my newsletter for Important Information for Parents. My intent is to keep you informed of important dates for your students that appear on the academic calendar, financial aid deadlines that approach, as well as forms we use on campus that you might find helpful.

This month, I am attaching a FERPA Waiver Form for your review under the Important Information for Parents tab. FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. In short, the purpose of the FERPA law is to ensure educational records are kept private. As you may or may not be aware, once a student reaches college status, parents are not able to gain access to academic or financial records unless permission is given by the student. With a student’s permission, the FERPA waiver form can be used by parents to stay informed about your student’s financial aid and academic records. You can download this form; then it requires a conversation with your student to mutually agree that it is important for you as parents to be able to access information when needed.

Campus Highlights

Over the summer months FM took on some large renovation projects on campus. Our main campus was built in 1968 and since that time, we have utilized locker rooms as they were originally built. This fall we opened the Physical Education building with brand new locker rooms.

The returning students are amazed at how different and great they look. We now have team rooms for our competitive sports teams; visiting team rooms, all new lockers, showers, and a training room for our competitive athletic teams.

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In O’Connell Hall, our main classroom building, we have completed Phase I of a three-phase upgrade to our science labs. We now have brand new Anatomy & Physiology labs and we moved our Physics lab to the second floor of O’Connell Hall. We also renovated the Advanced Manufacturing Lab and the Nursing lab.

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To complete our upgrades this summer, we added a beautiful mosaic mural in the main lobby of O’Connell Hall and added some original oil paintings on the second floor of O’Connell Hall. The mosaic mural was created by local artist Linda Biggers and the artist who created the women in non-traditional careers is local artist Erica Haney. These works of art were commissioned to celebrate Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. On Monday, September 24 at 12:00 p.m., they will be on our campus the official unveiling of these pieces.

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Student Activities on Campus

Monday, September 10 starts Welcome Week. We have some great events planned on campus. Help us by encouraging your student to participate in campus activities. Here is an outline of what we have planned:

Monday 9/10

Tarot Card Readers: 10am-3pm, student can find out what the semester has in store for you! Stop by the Student Union to find out.

SAGE College Information Table: 9am-2pm. Interested in transferring to SAGE after graduation? Stop by and ask an Admissions Rep. Located in the Lobby outside of the Theater.

Southern Vermont College Information Table: 9am-1pm, Interested in transferring to Southern Vermont after graduation? Stop by and ask an Admissions Rep. Located in O’Connell Hall Lobby.

Tuesday 9/11

Inflatables Games: 11am-2pm, Grab your friends and head outside to play life size games on the Quad!

Remembering 9/11: Take a moment to remember those who lost their lives. Information will be available at the 9/11. We have a beautiful sculpture located on our campus and you are more than welcome to come and see it on 9/11 (or any time) Memorial is located near the Visitor Parking Lot.

Wednesday 9/12

Air Brush Artists: 10am-3pm, You asked for it, so we brought it back!!! Grab your personalized airbrush swag in the Student Union Lobby!

Men’s Soccer Game: 3:00pm, FM vs. Erie CC. Cheer on the men’s team as they take on Erie Community College! GO RAIDERS!

Thursday 9/13

“Stuff-a-Buddy”: 10am-2pm, Feeling a little lonely? Need a buddy for the semester? Then make your own! Stop by the Student Union Lobby for a fluffy good time! $2.00 each.

Friday 9/14

Student Senate Club Fair:  12pm-1pm, Interested in joining a club  but not sure which one is for you? Stop by and talk to club members!

Campus Clubs and Organizations – Student Government

Another important aspect of the college experience is getting involved in clubs and organizations. At FM, we have a very active Student Government, called our Student Senate Association. Comprised of officers and senators from each club, this organization is open to all students. Encourage your student to attend the Student Senate meetings. Great leadership opportunity for students!

Here are the clubs and organization FM offers students:

The following is a list of the clubs and organizations sponsored by the SSA that are currently active at FM.  Formation of new clubs is encouraged.  Students interested in participating in one of the existing clubs or in forming a new one should contact the Student Activities Office in the lower level of the Student Union.  Be active! Join or start a club!

ABLE – Abilities Beyond Limitation through Education is the club for students who wish to explore ways to make attending college easier for students with disabilities. Students work together on projects to raise money for club outings and activities to support this mission.

American Sign Language – The American Sign Language Club collaborates with the local deaf community to meet and greet in ASL- a visual, spatial concept language which is not related to English.  They advocate for equal rights of deaf individuals and promote that the only thing the deaf cannot do is hear.

Community Outreach FM – The Community Outreach Club helps communities in Fulton and Montgomery counties by raising money and volunteering in soup kitchens, schools, community fundraisers, donating, etc.

Criminal Justice Club – The Criminal Justice Club allows students to meet and interact with various law enforcement professionals from federal, state, county and local agencies in an informal setting.  Students hear from speakers, view videotapes and participate in field trips to learn about the diversity of the criminal justice field.  This exposure allows club members insight into their interests in the pursuit of their goals.  Students also have the ability to work closely with the criminal justice professionals in volunteer programs.

Electrical Technology Club – The Electrical Technology Club gives students the opportunity to explore technology related subjects through conferences and field trips to industry sites.  Club members help to offset travel expenses through fund-raisers and hands-on projects.

Fitness Club – The Fitness Club is where you can learn to change your body and your life for the better through group fitness, peer support and learning to eat better.

FM Biz Hub – The Business Club is open to all students and is active in both social and service oriented activities. Typical activities include sponsoring families during the holiday season, organizing a recognition lunch for clerical staff, and trips to such places as Boston, New York, Lake Placid, Burlington, Montreal, Quebec City, and Washington D.C.

Foggy Mountain Players – The Foggy Mountain Players members work closely with the FM’s Theater Department to produce campus plays and musicals.  Club members include students interested in set design, acting, directing, costume design, and other areas of theatrical production.  Other club activities include talent shows, tours of local theaters, and trips to Albany, Boston, and New York City to see shows.

Fulton-Montgomery Athletic Association (FMAA) – The Fulton-Montgomery Athletic Association fosters student participation in the governance of athletics at the College and to act as liaison between the athletic department and the Student Senate Association.  Membership is not limited to athletic team members.

Garden and Trails – The Garden and Trails Club assists in building and maintaining gardens and trails on the campus fosters a sense of community between students, FMCC employees, Liberty Enterprises, HFM BOCES, and the local community.  The Club invests students in caring for their physical environment by supporting and raising awareness of their relationship with the world around them providing them with the opportunity for  education, recreation and general wellness,  and raising awareness about the topic of sustainability.

Graphic Arts and Photography Club – The Graphic Arts and Photography Club focuses on providing a link to industry via professional outside organizations. Club members may participate in monthly dinner meetings with a chapter of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen.  Printing plant tours are integrated with the club’s event schedule.  Community services include job printing for some non-profit organizations and fund-raiser donations to civic organizations.

Martial Arts Club – The Martial Arts Club teaches participants about discipline and patience that can be used in everyday life. Students are taught the fundamentals of self-defense. It is a fun way for people to get in shape and meet new friends.

Musicians Club – The Musicians Club hones the skills of budding musical artists. Collectively students play music that participants have written along with pieces from the past and present. This club holds a talent show in the fall and spring semester.

MISA (Medical Imaging Student Association) – MISA members are typically first and second year radiologic technology students, but membership is open to anyone. MISA serves the college, the community and its members. MISA participates in fund-raising activities and community/college activities that relate to the medical imaging profession. Examples of these include: sponsored trip to the ’Bodies’ exhibit in New York City, sponsorship of families during holidays, on-campus symposiums that provide continuing education credit for area radiologic technologists and community awareness events for relevant health topics like Alzheimer’s disease. MISA typically donates excess treasury proceeds to local organizations such as the YMCA, local animal shelters and the FMCC Foundation.

Peer Tutor Club – The Peer Tutor Club is open to any person who is actively working as a tutor.  The Peer Tutor Club brings together some of the brightest students on campus.  The club has participated in food drives, fundraisers and review sessions for finals.  The Peer Tutor Club is also active in the community through the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon.  Any student who is interested in becoming a tutor and joining the Peer Tutor Club should inquire at the Learning Center, located in the Evans Library.

Phi Theta Kappa – Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges.  Alpha Alpha Upsilon chapter at FM has often earned the coveted 5-star status. PTK designs and implements activities around the hallmarks of Leadership, Fellowship, Scholarship, and Service.

Residence Life Club – The Resident Life Club provides an opportunity for residential students to plan programming and events for the campus community. This club is open to all FM students.

Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (Gaming Club) – The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture is open to all students who enjoy playing video games and learning about how these games are created.  This club plans such events as gaming tournaments, trips to gaming conferences, as well as bringing various speakers on campus to speak on this intriguing subject.  The video gaming room is located in the basement of the Student Union and all are always welcome!

Spectrum Club (Gay-Straight Alliance) – The Spectrum Club offers the opportunity for students to discuss issues related to sexual orientation, diversity, and sex-based discrimination. The club sponsors on-campus speakers who promote tolerance. Members also attend conferences at other colleges where they can share ideas with their peers.

Student Activities Board – The Student Activities Board (SAB) consists of active student volunteers who choose, plan, and implement college-wide social, cultural, educational and community service events and programs.  Students who are interested in being on the SAB should contact the Student Activities Office, located in the lower level of the Student Union.

Student Art Guild – The Student Art Guild promotes visual fine arts on campus and in the community.  Through hosting exhibitions, field trips and creative projects, the Art Guild enhances the students’ as well as the communities’ accessibility to the fine arts.  With diverse exposure to fine arts, a greater appreciation of artistic expression can be fostered.

Student Nurses Association (SNA) – The Student Nurses Association (SNA) is comprised of first and second year nursing students, the SNA serves its students, the college community, and the general community.  The SNA sponsors or participates in a number of health-related activities such as blood pressure clinics, food drives, health fairs, and March of Dimes Walk America, AIDS Walk-a-thon, campus speakers and Coats for Kids.  Members volunteer at area Soup Kitchens and Mental Health Association programs.  SNA provides mentors for the Career Exploration Program at Centro Civico.

Students of the World Club – The Students of the World Club is not only for international students.  This club promotes cross-cultural awareness by sponsoring service projects, recreational outings, plus on and off campus activities.

Table Top Gaming Club – The FM Table Top Gaming Club is designed for students who enjoy playing Magic the game and other role playing card games.

Think Peace – The Think Peace Club has four simple goals: Help promote peace through patience, equality, awareness, civility, and empathy; help promote peaceful/nonviolent methods of resolving conflict, help promote peace by respecting the dignity, diversity, and human rights of all people; support the practice of civility individually, in the school community, and in the local community.

Veterans Club – The Veteran’s Club offers an opportunity for Military Veterans, spouses, dependents and anyone who supports the military to assist peers with the transition from military to college. The Veteran’s Club also provides community service activities, fundraising, and donating to local community veteran organizations.

Wall Street Club – The Wall Street Club is an investment club. The purpose of the club is for students and faculty to have fun and learn about investing together.

As you can see, there is something for everyone at FM and as I state during orientation, students should always build in a little time for fun while at college!

Important Information for Parents

As I stated in the body of my newsletter, the FERPA form, when completed and returned to the College, gives parents access to financial aid information and educational records for your student.

The FERPA form can be downloaded by accessing this link.

Once completed, please return it to the Registrar’s Office or the Financial Aid Office, located in the FM Student Welcome Center.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Jane Kelley
Vice President for Student Affairs
518.736.3622, Ext. 8100