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Parent Newsletter – October 26, 2018

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Parent Newsletter – October 26, 2018

Posted: October 26, 2018 — Greetings from FM! Thank you for responding to my letter to receive this newsletter via email and by supplying your email address to me.  The number of subscribers continues to grow.  If you have not yet had a chance to do so, there is still time.  Simply add yourself to the list at the following web address:


It is hard to believe that we are now past mid-term, which is the half way point of the semester.  Your student is now finding out how well he or she is doing in coursework for the semester, so extra support from you will be welcome.  There are a few things coming up that I want you to be aware of so you can help support your student.

Campus Highlights

We have another art exhibition with a gallery opening on November 2, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.   Photographer Phil Scalia will be displaying his photography in an exhibition entitled “Broken Bad”.  This will run from November 2 – December 14, 2018.  Our art gallery offers many exhibitions each year and it makes for a nice evening if you are able to come to the campus and attend an opening.

We have also recently added some new sculptures to the Perrella Sculpture Garden.  I have included some photos of new sculptures on campus.  Try to come and see them firsthand before the snow flies!

Our Men’s Soccer season had a wonderful season this year and went to the Regional Tournament.  They lost in the first round of the Regional semi-final to Herkimer County Community College.  What a great season they had with an overall record of 7-6-1.

Men’s and Women’s basketball starts soon.  I have noticed that our teams are practicing each day and evening and each year FM competes strongly in basketball.  Check out our athletic link on our full website which has the schedule of games.  It makes for a great afternoon or evening to come to the campus and watch a game.  Usually, the women play first, followed by the men’s team.  Support the FM Raiders!

I also have great news!  We are bringing back Women’s Soccer in the Fall 2019 semester.  Historically, FM has had some challenges fielding women’s soccer teams.  That said, we have heard a lot of feedback from students that they are interested in this sport on campus…so we hear you!  If you know someone who is considering FM in the fall and they have an interest in women’s soccer, ask them to let the Admissions office know!

Student Activities on Campus

Each week, we publish a newsletter called the Raider’s Restroom Reader.  This publication is posted in all the bathroom stalls across campus.  The tagline is “things to know as you go”.  Students are able to read about all weekly events that are occurring on the campus as well as learn about important information they may need.

Here is a sample of happenings on our campus:


Scare for Foster Care - Haunted House at FM

Friday, 10/26 and Saturday 10/27

Get ready for horror… and support a good cause! Proceeds to benefit children in foster care within Fulton, Montgomery and surrounding counties.  This year our haunted house will be held at FM from 7-10pm on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th.

Monday 10/29

Department of Corrections Information Table:  10am-2pm, O’Connell Hall Lobby.  Speak to a Corrections Officer about the upcoming Civil Service Exam in February 2019.

Buffalo State Informational Table:  10am-2pm, Theater Lobby.  Interested in transferring after graduating from FM? Stop by and speak to an Admissions Representative!

Tuesday 10/30

Harvest Festival and Petting Zoo:  12:30pm-2pm, Quad.  Join us out in the Quad for a petting zoo, games, food and fun!

Meditation and Relaxation:  12:45pm-2pm, P-107.  Need a time out from your day? Grab your yoga mat and meet us in the Gym. Come even if you don’t have a mat!

Wednesday 10/31

Halloween Laser Tag:  11am-2pm, Large Lounge.  Zap your friends and show them who’s boss!

Chartwells Halloween Dinner:  4pm-6pm, Union Stations. Finger foods, sliders and haunted music. Wear your costume and enter the contest!

Thursday 11/1

90’s Throwback Ticket Distribution:  9am-3pm, Student Activities Office. Don’t forget to stop by and pick up your ticket for Friday’s event! You must have a ticket to enter!

Friday 11/2

Throwback to the 90’s Party:  10pm-1am. Raiders Cove! Wear your best 90’s outfit and throw it back to the time of Salt-n-Peppa and Snoop Doggy Dog!

Encourage your student to attend one or more of these events!  See all FMCC events on our Web Calendar!   http://www.fmcc.edu/calendar/

FM has a great presence on social media.  You are more than welcome and encouraged to friend, like, and follow us to keep up to date on what’s happening.  Check us out!




Important Information for Parents

Registration for Winter 2019 and Spring 2019

Registration has opened and is on-going for the winter term and spring semester.  It might be good to remind your student that if registration has not yet happened, to get in touch with their academic advisor to discuss options.

Financial Aid

As of October 1, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) can be completed for the next academic year (2019-2020).  www.fafsa.ed.gov is the site you want to refer to when completing this process.  And don’t forget to also apply for the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) if you are a New York State resident.  The TAP application can be accessed at www.hesc.ny.gov.  If you have any questions about how to do this to assist your student, feel free to reach out to our financial aid experts any time.  They can be reached at 518-736-3622, ext. 8201, or you can easily access the FM financial aid website by clicking on this link https://www.fmcc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/fast-links/  The financial aid process can be very complex, so if you are uncertain about any aspect for the upcoming academic year or if you have any questions regarding the process, we are here to help!

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