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Study Abroad 2018 – Belize

Informational session just announced – Tuesday – Sept 26 @ 12.30pm in room C025.  

BUS 206 International BusinessStudy Abroad – Belize

IDS 200 Interdisciplinary Studies-Belize : A Confluence of Art and Nature

During the spring 2018 semester the esteemed Professor Joel Chapin and the division of fine arts in conjunction with Mark Swain and the FM Biz Hub are offering another International Business: Study Abroad.  This is a special topics elective that includes an experiential learning objective with a study abroad component to Belize during Spring Break 2018. Students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States, Central America and Belize. Business students will be visiting and studying at least one corporation in Belize City and an in-depth look at ecotourism and the impact on a culture and its economy.

To see the complete itinerary click here. The cost is $3,389 with a$150 surcharge if travelers are older than 30. That includes flights to and from Albany, NY, accommodation, breakfast, evening meals and 6 local lunches!

Contact Mark Swain, Business Instructor for more details:

Click here to enroll on the International Business Enrollment, including prices and travel information.

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Mentors Make A Difference

Prof. Dybas & Al Green

By: Amy Radik

Through basketball recruitment, Al Green of Brooklyn, New York, came to FM.  In his first semester, he had a tough time juggling school and athletics and it showed through his grades.  He decided to put all of his focus and energy into his school work but he needed some guidance – enter Assistant Professor of Business Technology Applications Charlene Dybas. 
Assistant Professor Dybas was part of a new mentor program at FM where faculty members volunteered their time to work one-one-one with students.  Because Al’s career goal is to start his own business, he was matched with a business faculty member.
“Professor Dybas tutored me in a couple of my classes, helping me with my homework,” said Al.  “She taught me how to study.  I am thankful she was put in my life because I know the consequences of bad grades – you go home.  I’m the oldest of four siblings and I’m used to being in charge.  I had a lot of responsibility growing up and I know I can be responsible enough to run my own business.  Professor Dybas is helping me earn my degree so I can fulfill my goal.”
Al said earning a college degree was not only important to him but to his parents and grandmother as well.  “They have been my support system and encourage me to do my best,” said Al.  “I don’t want to let them down.”
Al likens Assistant Professor Dybas to a “campus mom.”  According to Al, they became close enough that he was comfortable not only discussing his school work with her but sought life advice from her as well.
Before seeking a mentor, Al’s grade point average was at or below a 1.5.  He has boosted it to over a 2.5 with the help of Dybas.
“Meeting Professor Dybas was a blessing,” says Al.  “I didn’t realize how much help FM had to offer until I looked for it.  Not only did she assist me, but I also utilized tutors in the Math and Writing Labs, the Biz Hub (FM’s Business Club), and the Evans Library.  I would tell any struggling student to use your campus’ resources; if you look for help, it’s always out there.”
Al finds new challenges in his life every day, whether school challenges or social challenges, they are there.  “Because of all of the help I am receiving at FM, I now know how to handle adversaries and controversies better.  I have found a balance in my life because I wanted to; you have to want something and go after it.  At FM, the faculty don’t go after it for you, but they teach you how to reach your goals.  If you listen, you will succeed.”
Although Al is not as involved with basketball as he once was, he still plays intramurals and watches the L.A. Lakers, his favorite NBA team.
“I still participate in campus activities, but I keep my education as my top priority,” says Al.  “I like money and in order to earn it and become my own boss, my focus needs to be a college degree.”

2nd Annual Pie-Your-Professor

Special thanks to all the FM staff who volunteered to have pie thrown at them. This years Biz Hub Club students have worked hard on giving back to the community and planning many campus events and fundraisers. Today’s pie-your-professor was a great way to end a successful year. See some of the pictures from the event below:

Administrative Luncheon – 2017

My FM Biz Hub students host their annual administrative luncheon to say thanks for all the support the staff provide for the students and the college.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

My FM Biz Hub Accounting Students, Kendra Griffin and Jennifer Kuebaugh prepared tax returns for approximately two dozen individuals/families, helping many receive very needed tax refund checks via the IRS Earned Income Tax Credit program. It is challenging to recruit students for this program, which requires hours of self-study and the passing of IRS administered examinations. Please thank and congratulate Kendra and Jennifer.

Kendra, Prof. Zuckerman and Jen


First FM Student To Become Certified QuickBooks User – Jennifer Kuebaugh

ACC 137, Computerized Acctg. Principles, was one of the first new courses developed by Prof. Zuckerman since his arrival at the College in Fall 2006. Back then, the accounting program was not even computerized and green ledger paper was still sold at the bookstore — how times have changed! For years, ACC 137 has been primarily taught using Peachtree Accounting Software – now, for the first time, in Fall 2016, QuickBooks has become the software of choice for ACC 137! Better yet, FMCC students now have the option of become Certified QuickBooks Users – a real resume booster! Our first ever Certified QuickBooks User is student Jennifer Kuebaugh, who completed ACC 137 last Fall and PASSED her certification exam on Monday April 24, 2017 – a permanent footnote in the history of the acctg program at FMCC! Soon our second Certified QuickBooks user candidate is slated to take the exam. Want to be NEXT? Looking for a job in accounting right after graduation. Ask Prof. Zuckerman or your advisor about ACC 137 for Fall 2017!


Congratulations to Kendra on her SUNY Chancellor Award

FM Community & Students Reflect On Their Visit To Ireland

FM Community & Students Visit Ireland

Ireland exceeded everyone’s expectations as they visited Dublin and Belfast with group leader Mark Swain and EF Tours. The tour started with a walk around Dublin to see the Book of Kells located in Trinity College. In the evening, they enjoyed a traditional dinner at an authentic pub in the famous Temple Bar area of the city. On day-two the FM group took a bus tour and visited St Patrick’s Cathedral along with a visit to the Guinness Factory and lunch in the oldest pub in Ireland, The Brazen Head.

On day-three students got a cultural experience at Causey Farm, where they met Dermot, the quintessential guide to teach them all about baking soda bread, traditional Irish dancing and how to play the Bodhran, an Irish frame drum.

Day-four continued to be an exciting time as they travelled to Northern Ireland where they learned about mythical giants of Scotland and Ireland at the Giants Causeway. Some of the travelers were brave enough to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge during extremely high winds and treacherous weather conditions…not for the faint of heart!

The trip then took an emotional journey as it moved to Belfast, where the tour-guide explained the history and his first-hand experience of the struggles in Northern Ireland that continue to present day. The guide took the tour along the Falls Road and his personal journey of living during a time of war. The guide described his time spent in The Crumlin Road Gaol, aka the Crum, as he pointed out the bus window to what is now a museum of the jail where he had once been incarcerated. The tour then travelled to the Shankill Road to reflect on the other side of the conflict. The bus passed through the current no-man’s land, where businesses employ both Catholics and Protestants alike. They saw the “Peace Wall” and the gates at either end of the wall that still close every evening at 6.00pm to keep the two factions apart. This lesson was emotional for the tour guide as he reflected on the most recent passing of Martin McGuiness, a former IRA member/commander.

Day-four continued with International Business Students returning home to the Belvedere Hotel in Dublin for an evening business conference to discuss the next day activities of business meetings and study.

Day-five started early with a team breakfast and taxi commute through the streets of Dublin for an 8.00am meeting with the head of innovation, David Tighe at the Bank of Ireland (BoI). This was a glimpse into the world of funding and communicating with startup companies throughout the world. The BoI has reinvented itself since the 2007/8 financial crisis and is trying to rebuild its brand image and trust of its customers. Students moved from the meeting to the BoI’s incubator in the exciting hi-tech area of Dublin that is home to companies such a FaceBook and Google along with the BoI Workbench. Students were involved in testing a new virtual meeting software for a new startup company at the banks innovative workbench environment.

The afternoon meeting involved a trip across town to LOGOGRAB, an entrepreneurial startup that has a state of the art software that helps companies improve brand detection, mobile engagement and obtains brand insights for their customers.  The students met with the Marketing Director. Collette Doyle an energetic young executive who impressed all the students with her insights and knowledge. The Republic of Ireland and its capital, Dublin, is an exciting place for young entrepreneurs to build partnerships and global success for their business ideas.

As the travelers left the emerald isle they felt fortunate to have had such great experiences along with making life-long memories. The travelers have made new friends and networks to build on their future careers in International Business.

Students are now excited and are planning for next years trip to Belize, March 2018. If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity offered by The FM Biz Hub see this link: itinerary click here.

Contact Mark Swain, Business Instructor for more details: or Joel Chapin, Art Professor




Day 5 – Getting Down To Business

International business students meet with Bank Of Ireland’s head of innovation in the morning and then LOGOGRAB’s Marketing Director in the afternoon.


Day 4 – Northern Ireland

Students visit Northern Ireland