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Accomplished Alumni

Frances L. Saunders '05

As a Writing and Literature student, Frances L. Saunders'05 traveled to Ghana and directed an educational video about the trip. At Smith College in Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelors's degree in African-American Studies, Frances put her writing and filmmaking skills to work, directing and producing a documentary on the current climate of diversity on Smith's campus.

Steve Smaczniak '06

Working a dead-end retail job, Steve Smaczniak '06 knew "I wanted to get my life in order. BMCC welcomed me with open arms." At BMCC he pursued his interest in literary studies and won a 2005 English Department Faculty Writing Award. Today, studying for a BFA in Creative Writing at Knox College near Chicago, Steve has published his work in the journal Cellar Doors and says, "My life is back on track."

Mark Janis '06

As an older student, Mark Janis '06 was a little nervous about returning to college. But his worries soon dissolved thanks to "the support system at BMCC-- that includes professors, deans, and the school itself." Mark was class valedictorian, recipient of an Out in Two Scholarship (for students who finish their BMCC degree in two years or less), and winner of an English Department Faculty Writing Award for poetry. Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Hunter College, Mark plans to become a high school English teacher.

Keri Moore '06

"I am proud of graduating from BMCC and having had the chance to be taught by outstanding, supportive faculty members," says Keri Moore '06, who was working as a temp at the MTA and cultivating a novel when she enrolled in the Writing and Literature program. Now pursuing a bachelor's degree at Smith College, Keri is finishing up her novel and hopes to have it published.

Jesse Dean '05

At BMCC, Jesse Dean '05 was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the recipient of the Billie Ehrenberg Award for Excellence in English, and the co-valedictorian of his class. Jesse's accomplishments at BMCC helped him earn a scholarship to Columbia University, where he is currently studying for a bachelor's degree in sociology and is a staff writer for the university's daily newspaper.

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