Category Archives: Faculty

FM Biz Hub’s Yankee Candle Fundraiser

FM Biz Hub’s Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Help us raise money for our fall initiatives and shop for the Holidays!

Fundraiser Deadline: November 14

How to order:

Shop online at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com

Our Group # 999986869

or

We also have catalogs located in Room C-025 and in the faculty offices.

If you have questions or cannot find a catalogue contact any  Biz Hub Club member

Advisors: Charlene Dybas and Mark Swain

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.”

FM Business Faculty

Welcome back! The Fall 2014 semester has many exciting changes in store for the business students. Check out our Facebook page, the Biz Hub located in the basement of the classroom building and this website for all your business needs.