BMCC Honors Employees for Decades of Service

June 12, 2019

Civil and classified staff at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) were recognized for their years of service with a luncheon on June 12 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street.

Opening remarks were delivered by Vice President for Legal Affairs and Faculty and Staff Relations Robert E. Diaz, who pointed out that many employees spend more time at BMCC than at home. “We look forward to this celebration every year,” he said.

Interim President Karrin E. Wilks also greeted the attendees and spoke as part of the program.

“This is a time for us to get together and recognize those being honored, but also to recognize all of the contributions and dedication of our civil service employees,” Wilks said. “Our highest priority is to improve student success and we can’t do that unless every member of this community participates. That’s part of what we’re celebrating today — the contributions of every member of this community in terms of making students feel welcome, that they belong and that they can succeed.”

The awards were presented by Diaz as well as by Interim Vice President and Provost Erwin J. Wong; Vice President for Student Affairs Marva Craig; Assistant Vice President, Campus Facilities Jorge E. Yafar; Vice President for Information Technology Joseph Spadaro; Executive Director, Manhattan Education Opportunity Center Executive Director Anthony Watson, and Vice President for Enrollment Management Diane Walleser.

Thirty-five-year honorees

Evelis Cruz: Office of Human Resources

Rose Zelaya: Modern Languages & Literature

Thirty-year honorees

Kiet Nguyen: Reprographics

Sandra Thompson: Financial Aid

Nestor Torres: Buildings and Grounds

Lucia Trejo: Financial Aid

Twenty-five-year honorees

Wilfredo Arellano: Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center

Donald Bernard: Buildings and Grounds

Carletta Pogue: Office of the Bursar

Germain Quijano: Buildings and Grounds

Jainarine Singh: Buildings and Grounds

Barry Williams: College Computer Center Operations

Twenty-year honorees 

Jane Asare: Office of Human Resources

Abdual Harley: Buildings and Grounds

Alejandro Leguillow: Buildings and Grounds

Madeline Vazquez: Office of Student Affairs


  • June 12 luncheon in Richard Harris Terrace celebrates civil and classified staff
  • Honorees have served 20, 25, 30 and 35 years at the college
  • Interim President Karrin E. Wilks and Vice President Robert E. Diaz opened the event

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