President's Newsletter

Frederick Community College
November 2016

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A Message From the President

It’s hard to believe that November is already here and Thanksgiving is around the corner. In the midst of another busy semester, the month of November and the Thanksgiving holiday remind us of the importance of pausing to reflect on the blessings in our lives.

It has been said, “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”

We are thankful to our hardworking faculty, staff, administration, and community partners for helping our students reach their academic and career goals. It’s an honor to work with a College community that so strongly believes in our mission.  Thank you for serving as role models for the type of people we want our students to become: people who are devoted to helping others and committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning.

We are grateful for all of our students, who remind us often of why we do what we do. Our students inspire us with their commitment to better themselves and our community. They consistently overcome challenges, exceed expectations, and above all, make us proud.

I feel fortunate to serve as President of a College that provides the gifts of learning and personal fulfillment to so many of our community members. FCC is a special place and I thank you all for your contributions that make it so.

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Burmaster
President, Frederick Community College

Design Students Place First
In Regional Competition

FCC graphic design students took home the top prize at the annual “MockUp: Student Design Challenge” for the second year in a row. The five-member FCC team beat out six other competitors that included multiple teams from Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University, as well as a team from Frostburg State University.

The competition was sponsored by AIGA Blue Ridge, a professional design association, and was hosted by Shepherd University on Oct. 28.

During the competition, students created design solutions for the Frederick County Humane Society. The teams had one week to build a new brand identity for the Humane Society, including a new website, logo, brochure, business cards, mobile communications, and fundraising ideas.

After the week was over, the groups gathered together and each team leader presented the team designs to a panel of judges comprised of graphic design professionals and key members of the Humane Society staff. 

The FCC team members, all Digital Media Design students, included Rob Blumenauer, Diego Camargo, Suzanne Earl, Carolyn Sangi, and Devin Schlicting. Carolyn Sangi will intern with the Humane Society to implement the new brand.

FCC teams have participated in the competition since it began in 2011 and this is the third time they have finished in first place.

    "It was inspiring to see our students take their design passion and what they’ve learned in our classrooms to rise up to the challenge and succeed in this competition."

Lisa Sheirer
FCC Program Manager
Computer Graphics and Photography

The FCC Foundation:

Apply Now For Spring 2017 Scholarships

The Frederick Community College Foundation, Inc. maintains many endowments and scholarships established through general contributions from businesses, foundations, civic organizations, and individuals. Scholarship criteria differs and may include financial need, academic merit, learning program, special skills, and other requirements.

The Spring 2017 scholarship application period opened on October 31st and runs through midnight on January 3rd. Students may apply online at

Contact Scholarship Program Manager Michael Thornton at if you have questions about scholarships or the application process.


FCC Holds First Dramapalooza

FCC held the first-ever Dramapalooza for local high school students on campus on Oct. 14. The event brought together theater students from across the county to learn from local drama experts. The day included breakout sessions on everything from costumes and stage make-up to lighting and design.

The sessions were led by professionals with a range of experiences including directing, acting, and singing, as well as special effects, fashion design, and production. The day also included a keynote address by Bobby Steggert, a Frederick native and graduate of Frederick High School, who has performed in numerous Broadway productions and films. The Theater Program hopes to make this an annual event. 


Men's Historic Soccer Season
Comes to an End

The men’s soccer team’s historic season came to an end in the NJCAA Region XX DI Championship game on Oct. 29, when the Cougars lost 1-0 to CCBC Essex. The team finished the regular season at the top of the MD JUCO Athletic Conference standings for the first time in school history and were crowned co-champions with CCBC Essex. They won their semi-final playoff game 2-0 before losing in the final. The Cougars finished the 2016 campaign with an overall record of 14-4-1. 


Rediscover Accounting
FCC & Mt. St. Mary's to Co-host Accounting Career Night

FCC and Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU) are co-sponsoring an Accounting Career Night at the FCC Conference Center on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The event is open to the public and intended to help community members rediscover accounting. Accountants today are key members of an organization’s management team and work in a variety of industries with diverse specializations such as auditing, budget and financial analysis, and income taxes. They also serve new areas such as forensic accounting, which will be a main topic for the event.

The night will include opportunities to network, a keynote address by Professor Larry Hoffman, the Accounting Forensic Program Director at MSMU, and breakout sessions on career opportunities, career progression, and licensure requirements. For more information,
click here.

Speaker Series Features

Danny Farrar, CEO and co-founder of SOLDIERFIT, will be the featured speaker at the Moving Mountains speaker series on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The series features inspiring professionals who share their life experiences and encourage teens and young adults to set the bar high in all areas of their lives. Sessions, which are free and open to the public, take place in the JBK Theater, located inside the Visual & Performing Arts Center on campus.

Farrar, a FCC alumnus, spent 13 years in the U.S. Army, where he was part of the first team to respond to the Pentagon on 9/11 and later served a full combat tour in Iraq.  Following his time in the Army, Farrar found himself homeless and attempted suicide in 2011. After spending three days in the psychiatric ward at Frederick Memorial Hospital, he turned his life around. Along with business partner Dave Posin, he started SOLDIERFIT, a functional fitness program that encompasses basic training, mixed martial arts, personal training, and a fitness gym. The business has grown from one sublet location to four standalone facilities and one franchise with more than 2,000 members and 44 employees. He also founded Platoon 22, an organization that combats suicides by veterans.

The next speaker event will feature Kristine Yaroschuk, a helicopter pilot with the Maryland State Police, on Jan. 11.

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FCC Day Welcomes Community Members to Campus

Thanks to all who celebrated FCC Fest with us on Oct. 16. We were proud to open our campus to the community and showcase our College and its programs while enjoying live music, family activities, food, and more on a beautiful fall day. We look forward to growing this annual community celebration each year. 


Angela Jones,

Angela is a student in the Paralegal program.
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Leria Reynolds,

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Raising Awareness on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

FCC held numerous events throughout National Collegiate Drug and Alcohol Week, Oct. 24-27, to raise awareness on the misuse and abuse of alcohol and drugs, including opioids. Events included discussions on the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders, recognizing and responding to students in crisis, and the personal and professional cost of a DUI/DWI.

Health care professionals from the Frederick County Behavioral Health Services and Frederick County Health Department were also on hand to provide overdose response and NARCAN intervention training.

During the Information, Support, and Recovery Resource Fair, students had the chance to get into a car and virtually drive it wearing goggles that simulated drunk and distracted driving.

At the end of the week, FCC held a faculty and staff forum on the state of the opioid epidemic in Frederick County with local law enforcement and health care professionals who see the impact of it every day.

We thank Dr. Michelle Busby-Parker with Frederick County Health Department; Sarah Drennan, a Clinical Manager with Frederick County Behavioral Health Services; DEA Agent Brian Fitzpatrick; Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County Sherriff’s Office; Lorrie LeClair, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Frederick Memorial Hospital; and FCC Counselor Kathy Manwiller for sharing their expertise on this serious public health issue with our College community.


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Frederick, MD 21702


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