By: Amy Radik
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
International business students meet with Bank Of Ireland’s head of innovation in the morning and then LOGOGRAB’s Marketing Director in the afternoon.
Students visit Northern Ireland
International travelers experience an Irish cultural site by visiting Causey Farm