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First Cohort Completes U.S. Dept. of Labor America’s Promise Training
BMCC’s Center for Adult Education and Workforce Development celebrated the completion of its first cohort of students from the U.S. Department of Labor-funded America’s Promise Training program during a ceremony February 15. The 16 students, who received ComptTIA A+ and CISCO Certification Network Administration training, are eligible to receive four credits towards an associate degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at BMCC. “This Career Pathway model, which provides stackable credentials and the opportunity to bank college credits towards a degree at BMCC is a critical part of our strategic planning to engage and provides not just immediate skills training but provide our students with a path to pursue a BMCC degree," said Sunil Gupta, Dean of Adult Continuing Education and Workforce Development. Congratulations to Apolinar Almonte, Ariel Angel, Leo Cardona, Ran Chen, Narendra Dangol, Arodis Duarte, John Jackson, Jack (Sunny) Mei, Ana Melara, Gerry Oroh, Vincent Poon, David Richards, Devon Robinson, Sishir Thokar, Jason Trubma and Jonathan Wang.

Goldman Sachs

BMCC Hosts Goldman Sachs Local College Collaborative Meeting
Forty students from four participating colleges, including BMCC, attended the Goldman Sachs Local College Collaboration whole group meeting February 23 at BMCC’s Fiterman Conference Center. Marva Craig, BMCC Vice President for Student Affairs, gave welcoming remarks. Two Goldman Sachs representatives shared personal narratives that stressed the importance of individual identities, workplace norms and professionalism. The meetings will continue throughout the spring semester at the partner colleges, as well as at the Goldman Sachs headquarters in Jersey City and lower Manhattan.

Cisar BMCC Welcomes Thomas D. Cisar as Director of Procurement  
Thomas D. Cisar comes to BMCC from the MTA Long Island Rail Road, where he served as Manager of East Side Access Procurements. He has also managed procurements, contracts and capital budgets for the MTA NYC Transit, Queens Library, NYC Department of Sanitation and NYC Housing Authority.
Fugelsang The Art of Stand-Up: John Fugelsang Comes to BMCC TPAC  
On March 16 at 8 p.m., BMCC TPAC will present acclaimed comedian John Fugelsang and fellow comedians Laura Bolivar, John Guild (John G) and Jim Mendrinos. Preview clips of the performers and purchase tickets, $20 each, online or by calling (212) 220-1460.

Teacher Education Department Hosts Teacher Education Day
The third annual Teacher Education Day was held February 22 in Richard Harris Terrace. The event included panels, discussions and other resources for students considering a career in teaching. Attendees met teachers and leaders in the field, explored transfer opportunities and scholarships, and learned about programs such as NYC Men Teach.

BMCC TPAC Presents the Music and Magic of Motown
The Motortown All-Stars are coming to BMCC TPAC on March 23 at 8 p.m. Direct from Detroit, these world-class vocalists and musicians, who got their start in legendary bands include David Finley of The Miracles, George Wilson of The Capitols, and Douglas Gaddy and Charles Franklin of Ali Woodson's Temptations. Tickets are $25 to $35 and available online, at the door, or by calling (212) 220-1460.


New Services for Pregnant or Parenting Students 
The BMCC Office of Student Affairs announced a program, The Pathways for Expecting and Parenting Students (PEPS), to support students and provide referrals to services such as childcare, counseling, healthcare and nutritional counseling. For more information, contact Shirlgandy Saint-Jean ( or Michelle Payne ( at (212) 776-6403 or stop by the Single Stop office in Room S-230 at 199 Chambers Street.

Healthcare Option for BMCC Students
BMCC has formed a partnership with Gouverneur Health System, a member of the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). This will allow BMCC students—including those who are uninsured, international and undocumented—to receive direct referrals for medical and mental health services. To learn more, please contact the following BMCC offices: Health Services Center (Physicals, Immunizations, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dental); Counseling Center (Mental Health Referrals) or Single Stop (Insurance Issues).

Public Safety Office of Public Safety Offers Resources and Services
The Office of Public Safety reminds the BMCC Community of services and resources available to provide a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment. Public Safety provides free training to faculty, staff and students in C.P.R./A.E.D./First Aid, and Campus-Community Emergency Response Training. Staff are also offered training as fire wardens for various campus locations. Watch the video, “Run. Hide. Fight.” to learn about surviving an active shooter event. To report a crime or emergency, call Public Safety at (212) 220-8080 or 911. Blue call boxes are located throughout the campus.
St Patricks Day Tenth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch: March 14 
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to attend the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch on March 14 at 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace. Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch, Irish dance and door prizes. Proceeds go to the BMCC Emergency Fund,which helps students who have immediate temporary needs such as food insecurity and MTA MetroCards. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Camille Goodridge at (212) 220-8020.
Single Stop Single Stop Offers Services to Students to Combat Food Insecurity and More  
Working with other BMCC programs as well as with external partners, the BMCC Single Stop Office provides services to help students address barriers that prevent them from attending and completing school. All services are free and include SNAP Food Stamps, Health Insurance, Legal Services, Financial Counseling and Tax Preparation. For more information please call (212) 220-8195.
Call for Submissions

Students Invited to Submit Proposals for BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS): Deadline March 5
Faculty-mentored student researchers are invited to submit abstracts online through March 5, to showcase their work in the 2018 BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS), presented by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Research, May 10 at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact Director of Research Helene Bach at or (212) 220-8320, ext. 7980.

Service Corps Apply for CUNY Service Corps: Deadline March 11
Student applications for the 2018-2019 BMCC CUNY Service Corps cohort are open now through March 11. Through the CUNY Service Corps, BMCC students join projects to improve the civic, economic and environmental sustainability of communities in New York City. Service placements last 24 weeks over two semesters. Participants work 12 hours per week for $15 an hour, and in some cases, earn college credit. For more information contact BMCC Campus Manager, Lisa O’Connor:
Herstory Month Events

BMCC Women’s Herstory Month Events Throughout March 
BMCC is celebrating Women’s Herstory Month throughout March with the theme, Nevertheless, She Persisted. Current activism in the United States and on many college campuses, such as the Me Too movement, is reflected in the month's events.

CUNYFirst Travel and Expense Systems Trainings Set for March 12 and May 2
Planning to travel to a conference or other work-related event? BMCC faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of CUNYFirst Travel and Expense system trainings that help clarify the process of documentation before and after your trip. Sessions will be held March 12 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., both at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-603. Please RSVP to Rita Sun, BMCC Financial Analysist,

lrc LRC Offers Tutoring at Both Chambers Street and Fiterman Hall
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) now offers services at both 199 Chambers Street, Room S-510 and Fiterman Hall, Room F-511. For hours and more information on this free tutoring services for students, call (212) 220-1383.

NC Grade Policy Adopted, Starting Spring 2018
Under the guidance of CUNY, BMCC's Academic Senate has adopted an NC Grade Policy effective Spring 2018 for eligible freshmen. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at or (212) 220-1290.


Early Advisement and Registration for Summer/Fall 2018: Starts March 20
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of early advisement to ensure they get the classes they need and the schedule they want for the upcoming semesters. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media #BMCCFastForward.

Admissions Spring 2018 Open House: March 24
Do you have family or a friend who is interested in going to college? Invite them to the BMCC Admissions Open House on March 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Theatre 2, to learn about academic programs, financial aid options, student services, special programs and how/when to apply. RSVP at For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265.

Making Headlines

BMCC alumnus and co-founder of residential and commercial brokerage company EXR, profiled
Feb. 28—Commercial Observer

BMCC student senator shares concerns at CUNY Board of Trustees meeting
Feb. 28—The Campus

Two BMCC alumni featured in article about students shaping the future of New York City
Feb. 27—AM New York

Human Resources

Faculty, Staff and Students: Show Your Appreciation!
Nominate full- and part-time administrative and/or support and service staff members or team for the BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards! Award categories include: Leadership, Inspiration, Innovation/Technology, Rookie of the Year and Team Achievement.

Diana Lopez, Interim Benefits Officer, Available to Provide Assistance
Long-serving Benefits Officer Amparo Lopez-Moreno has retired, and Diana Lopez has assumed the duties of Campus Benefits Officer on an interim basis. She can be reached at (212) 220-8318 or

TIAA Meet on Campus With a TIAA Financial Consultant
Are you saving enough for retirement? To discuss this and other questions, meet with TIAA financial consultant March 7, March 22, April 3, April 19, May 1, May 17, May 30 and June 6. Space is limited, so RSVP online or call (800) 732-8353 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

TRS Members: Benefits and Services Workshop
Participants in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) of the City of New York are invited to attend sessions on TRS benefits at 55 Water Street in lower Manhattan. For more information, visit or call (888) 869-2877.

Health Benefits Seminars: Transitioning to Retirement
Employees transitioning to retirement, as well as those remaining active are encouraged to sign up for seminars with the City of New York Office of Labor Relations (OLR) Health Benefits Program at 40 Rector Street, 3rd Floor, in lower Manhattan. You can also watch a brief, Part One and Part Two video series on how health insurance changes for retirees.

HEO Staff Invited to Q&A with Human Resources
BMCC HEO staff members are invited to attend a question-and-answer session with Human Resources on March 21, May 16 or July 18. The sessions are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, in Room S-719. Advance questions can be sent to Lori Ann Mazzola by 12 p.m. on the Monday prior to the selected session. To register, visit here.

College Assistants Invited to Q&A with Human Resources
BMCC College Assistants are invited to attend one question-and-answer session with Human Resources on March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27 or July 25. The session are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-738. Advance questions can be sent to Lori Ann Mazzola by 12 p.m. on the Monday prior to the selected session. To register, visit here.

CUNY Administrative Assistant Exam Now Open: Don't Miss Out
The CUNY Administrative Assistant Exam is open now through March 30. For eligibility and other information, click here.

Alumni and Donors

Chat and Book Reading with BMCC Alumnus Jim St. Germain March 21 
BMCC alumni, students and friends are invited to attend a book reading and discussion with BMCC alumnus Jim St. Germain, author of A Stone of Hope: A Memoir. This event is sponsored by the BMCC Alumni Association and the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice.


2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Success, Set for May 15
Reserve your seat or table now in the 2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Success, presented by BMCC and the BMCC Foundation on May 15 at Cipriani, 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Gala Honorees are long-time friend of the College Loretta Lee, Chairwoman of Merchant House International Ltd., and Chieh Huang, Chief Executive Officer of Boxed Wholesale/ This year’s Special Guest Star Honoree is Liev Schreiber, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer and director. Proceeds benefit the BMCC Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact Camille Goodridge in the BMCC Office of College Development at (212) 220-8020.


Free Microsoft Excel Workshops begin
March 2

Career Fair Prep Workshop
March 5

Randy Cohen

"Person Place Thing" With Randy Cohen, Featuring Guest Woodie King, Jr. 
March 6

Media and Tech Talk: Focus on Nonfiction
March 6

Women’s Herstory Month: A Suitable Girl plus Discussion with Director
March 9


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings


Center for Career Development Events


Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Events


Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Events


Panther Pride

BMCC Grinds Out 88-81 Victory Against Kingsborough in CUNYAC Championship

Men’s Baseball
March 2, BMCC vs. Hostos Community College, Brookhaven Gym

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