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Parent Newsletter – October 1, 2018

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Parent Newsletter – October 1, 2018

Posted: October 10, 2018 — Greetings from FM! I first want to thank you for responding to my letter to receive this newsletter via email and by supplying your email address to me.  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 in full swing (Week 4) for the fall semester and it is going fast!  Your student is settling in to the daily routines of attending classes, becoming involved and engaged on the college campus, and juggling the demands of college and life in general.  There are a few things coming up that I want you to be aware of so you can help support your student.

Mid-term is quickly approaching!  This is the half-way mark in the semester when many professors will give an exam and a student will find out how well they are doing in their classes.  Unlike high school, in some instances, this will be the first test of the semester.  Might be a good idea to check in with your student to see who he or she is feeling about his or her classes.

We also have some days off coming up.  Columbus Day is celebrated on Monday, October 8.  There will not be day time classes on Tuesday, October 9 as well, which extends the holiday by one day for students to get a short break.  If you student takes classes in the evening, however, evening classes will be held on Tuesday, October 9.  On Monday, October 22, registration for the winter term and spring term opens.  Prior to this date, students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors for course planning for the upcoming semester.  Speaking of academic advisors, in an effort to build relationships between students and advisors, our academic advisors held luncheon meetings with their advisees recently.  Ask your student if he or she attended a session and how it went.  All students will be receiving a flyer from their academic advisor with some important information and tips (should be arriving in the mail shortly).

Campus Highlights

We have an art exhibition currently in our art gallery.  It is called Hammered Strand and the artist is Bradley LaMere, a Gloversville High School alum, and it is on display from September 10 through October 26.  The art gallery is open 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, so if you are in the area, stop in and take a look.

Our Men’s Soccer season and Women’s Volleyball season is in full swing and both are competing solidly in our conference. Check out our website for when games and matches are taking place and feel welcome to come to campus for a game.

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.

For the week of October 1, 2018, here is a sample of happenings on our campus:

Monday 10/1

College Transfer Fair—11am-1pm, in O’Connell Hall Lobby. Stop by the tables of over 40 four year public and private institutions and speak to an Admissions Representative about transfer opportunities after graduation from FM!

Tuesday 10/2

Stop Hate– Raider’s Hall 1st Fl. Meeting Room, 12:30pm. Hear from Jason Benitez– Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion & Director of Multicultural Affairs at Union College and Lyndon Cudlitz– LGBTQ Educator. Presented by the FM Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Open Recreation: 12:00pm-2pm, 9:00pm-12am. Gym.  This is a time to shoot some hoops and get some exercise!

Wednesday 10/3

Emotion Matrix– 11am-3pm, Need to escape reality for a while? We’ve got you covered! Meet us in the Union Lobby for this awesome event!!!!

Open Recreation: 12:00pm-2pm, 9:00-12am. Gym.

Thursday 10/4

Open Recreation: 12:00pm-2pm, 9:00-12am. Gym.

Community Resource Fair: 12:00pm-2pm, Tables will be set up in O’Connell Hall for you to learn about the services our community has to offer.

Friday 10/5

Open Recreation: 12:00pm-2pm, Gym.

Wali Shah- HE’S BACK!  Wali Shah was first introduced to the FM Campus last year.  He is a Poet Laureate and Songwriter from Toronto, Canada and was named one of Canada’s Top 20 speakers under 20 years old in 2014.  . He will speak in our Theater at 12:00pm.

Encourage your student to attend one or more of these events!

Important Information for Parents

Starting October 1, students are able to file their 2019-2020 FAFSA, using 2017 tax information.  This is called Prior Prior Year tax information.  So, believe it or not, now is the time to get financial aid in place.  If you have any questions or need any assistance, our financial aid professionals are in place to help in any way needed.  You can contact our financial aid department at 518.736.3622, ext. 8201.  The website to access to file the FAFSA for next year is www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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.

See all FMCC events on our Web Calendar!   http://www.fmcc.edu/calendar/

Check us out on Social Media too!




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