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Accountants find balance in their careers

Do you love the idea of finding a career that helps you discover balance? No, I’m not suggesting you become a yogi, although that would be a great lifestyle, too. I’m talking about finding the yin and yang of a career in accounting. Accountants discover the daily joy of juggling money ...

Critical thinking in the age of fake news

Last month, FM president, Dustin Swanger, wrote of the disturbing trend of alt-news in his article, “Fake News, Social Media and the Downfall of the U.S.” It was a powerful statement that spoke to the confusion and distrust we have seen in this country in the months prior to and ...

Girls can’t do science? ‘Steminists’ at FM disagree

Traditions are considered attitudes or actions that have been around for a long time. For example, your family may have a big meal together every Sunday or celebrate with a barbecue and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Some traditions though, can be negative and hold people back. Even with ...

Closing the divide in our country

Our country is struggling with a divide. This divide is not a new one; however, it has become much deeper and emotional during the recent presidential election cycle and greater since the new president took office. I have written that without leadership, this divide will lead to civil conflict ...

When am I ever going to use this?

The age-old question every math teacher, and perhaps every teacher, has ever been asked is: “When am I ever going to use this stuff?” While it is true that much of the nuts and bolts of the material we teach will not be used by everyone in every field, I tell my students that they are ...

FM Summer Bridge: Big homies, mad love

High school senior Dasha Stubbs was having a great day. Her stellar play at an all-city basketball tournament earned her both the tournament MVP award, and the attention of several college recruiters, including FM’s Athletic Director, Kevin Jones. Jones convinced Dasha to apply to FM ...

Reconstructing concept of peace

“Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak. Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.” — Cesar Chavez Over the past several years I have become all too familiar with the tactics used to ...

Colleges as partners to manufacturing?

It’s great to hear and read the words “Made in America!” In our region there are great products being produced all around us. Fulton-Montgomery Community College has teamed up with Mohawk Valley Community College to bring more resources to local manufacturers. FM’s Center for ...

Fake news, social media and the downfall of the U.S.

As I have stated numerous times, a large part of our society only reads the headlines and reacts to these headlines as if they are fact. Now add the preponderance of “fake news” (yes, stories that are actually made-up), combine them with social media and you have a potential firestorm. ...

CSTEP: Breaking down barriers

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program began at Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s in fall 2015. CSTEP has grown to include 120 students, two professional staff members, and two professional tutors. The program helps break down the barriers that may prevent students in STEM ...

Do not fear being wrong

At the end of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge famously realizes the error of his ways: “I will live in the past, the present and the future,” he shouts, “The spirits of all three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” We ...

Learning by doing is a total education tool

I attended public school in Putnam County, New York, where I participated in a BOCES program called Walkabout. The mission of this alternative program was to advocate for experiential education — or, learning by doing. As part of the program, students practiced self-governance, internship and ...

Can we avoid an impending Civil War?

Got your attention? I believe that we are on a path toward civil war in our country. Now, some of you will call me an alarmist. Some will say that it can’t happen in the U.S.  Others will brush me off as some liberal, over-educated elitist who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. You ...

Financial aid filing has changed for school year

The financial aid filing process has changed for the 2017-2018 academic year. In the past, students and parents would be filing their financial aid forms in January using estimated tax information.  This process led to guessing, correcting and a sense of not knowing the true financial aid ...

The Evans Library and the open movement

Visitors to FM's website are met with the question, "Looking for an excellent education at an affordable price?"Like many marketing strategies, a relationship is easily established. An attractive opener, yes; and a promise. The Evans Library strives to do its part in fulfilling that promise by ...

Early admission a win-win for many students

Kelly Montanye, a Mayfield native, graduated from Mayfield Central School in 2013; the same school from where her parents and grandparents graduated.Like many peers, Kelly chose to attend Fulton-Montgomery during her senior year of high school as part of the college's early admission ...

Safe spaces and difficult discussions

College campuses all across the country are wrestling with the balance between "safe spaces" and open discussions that may challenge students, and others, to move out of their comfort zone. The viewpoints that have been expressed on both sides of the argument have ranged from a collegial ...

The changing face of intellectual curiosity

As my wife, Jen, was frying eggs last Sunday morning, she wondered aloud why bubbles were forming in the egg whites."Usually," she said, "the egg whites remain solid and uniform in texture. Would you mind Googling that for me?"This sparked a discussion between us about how, when she was a kid, ...

FMCC: local land of opportunity

It's election year where "we the people" decide who will lead us into the future. Republicans and Democrats are rarely in agreement, however, those labels don't change the American desire for a strong leader. Everyone has their own idea of what makes a leader. My perspective regarding ...

FM offers ways to enter job market more quickly

The job market is getting increasingly more competitive. Employers are seeking new employees who can demonstrate they have experience and a strong work history.So how does a college student get this experience and demonstrate performance? Isn't that what entry-level jobs are for?The answer for ...