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Redesign

Forum Energizes Community to Redesign Systems for Student Success
BMCC faculty and staff filled Theatre 2 on October 16 for a community forum led by Interim President Karrin E. Wilks, and highlighting the BMCC campus-wide initiative, Designing for Success.

Talent

Turning Talent Into a Career
Ytzel Flores Cristiansen ('16, Business Administration), wanted to work in event management, but had never experienced an education in English, before attending BMCC. ESL classes and services such as the Center for Career Development helped her get on track. She graduated with honors and today attends Baruch College, majoring in business communications and psychology. 

Filmmaker

An Aspiring Filmmaker Gets His Start 
Timothy Rivera ('17, Video Arts and Technology) got his start at BMCC, and strengthened his skills in programs such as CUNY Start. He learned producing, camera skills and more in his course work, and his film Swipe was nominated for "Best Narrative" at the Tribeca Film Institute. Today he is studying film production at Brooklyn College

Vassar

BMCC Students Thrive During Summer Residency at Vassar College 
Six BMCC students took part in a five-week residency at Vassar College this past summer through the Exploring Transfer Summer Program, and a reception on October 12 honored their participation.

Breast Cancer

BMCC Team Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer 
On October 14, about 80 members of the BMCC community, family and friends joined for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Central Park. This year’s theme, "What Unites Us, Ignites Us," celebrated survivorship and helped raise funds for breast cancer research, public education and patient service programs. “The Breast Cancer Walk is a special event organized by the Women’s Resource Center," said Victoria Apostol-Marius​, Program Coordinator, Women's Resource Center. "It brings the BMCC community toget​her, raises awareness about breast cancer and inspires each of us to live healthy and happy lives.”

Significant Findings Faculty Speaker Series “Significant Findings” opens October 25
The BMCC Office of Academic Affairs presents “Significant Findings,” a series of talks by BMCC faculty that covers publicly relevant research and scholarship. The first presentation features Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Professor Shirley Leyro discussing her research project, “CUNY American Dream Machine? Exploring Feelings of Belonging and Membership by CUNY Noncitizen Students.” The event is scheduled for October 25 at 7 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact Helene Bach, director of research, BMCC at hbach@bmcc.cuny.edu.
Announcements

Funding for Students Facing Short-Term Emergencies
BMCC has received funds from the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation to offer emergency grants enabling eligible students to resolve short-term emergencies that would otherwise interrupt their college studies. Petrie grants cannot be applied to tuition cost, college debts or legal representation. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, students may visit the BMCC​ Single Stop, S-230 at 199 Chambers Street or contact Maxine Hunter: (212) 220-8000, Ext. 7149, or mhunter@bmcc.cuny.edu.

BMCC Community Invited to Help Finalize Theme for African Heritage Month,
October 23
BMCC will commemorate African Heritage Month in February 2019 with a series of special events, and the college community is invited to help finalize the month's theme at a meeting set for October 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room S-738 at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact Dean Christopher Shults, cshults@bmcc.cuny.edu.

ribbon Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events Scheduled
BMCC is hosting a series of events and activities in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Events will continue with Wear Purple Day, Oct. 18 and Walk With Me, Oct. 23. For more information contact the Women’s Resource Center at (212) 220-8165 or wrc@bmcc.cuny.edu.  
Italian Celebrate Italian Heritage October 25
On October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street, the BMCC community will celebrate Italian Heritage Month with events including a talk, “Mothers and Daughters in Roman Funerary Art," by Professor Sarah Elizabeth Madole; a presentation, "Rethinking Cities for Gender Equality," by Paula Asturias of AKT Architects; a culinary demonstration by Chef Michele Iammetteo; music by Professor Eugenia Oi Yan Yau and the BMCC Music Majors, and more. For more information, contact Dean Janice Zummo at jzummo@bmcc.cuny.edu.  
fun Join the BMCC Fun Walk, October 31 
The BMCC community will participate in a Fall Run/Walk event in Hudson Park on October 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will receive T-shirts and run, jog or walk from North Moore Street to Leroy Street and back. Please note that if event reaches capacity, there will be a waitlist. To register, click here.  
happiness Happiness Expo Comes to BMCC on Nov. 7
The BMCC Counseling Center will be hosting the 3rd Annual Happiness Expo on Nov. 7 from 12 to 3 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. The purpose of the event is to increase student awareness of the Counseling Center and help them build skills to manage challenging emotions. The event will feature activities promoting healthy living as well as mental health and wellness resources. Happiness stations will be on display to demonstrate positive ways to practice health and well being in daily living. There will also be a group mindfulness meditation session from 12:45 to 1 p.m., a salsa lesson and a grand finale dance contest. Healthy snacks, valuable resources and raffles with great prizes will be distributed throughout the event! For more information, call the Counseling Center, (212) 220-8140.
games Faculty Invited to Submit Proposals by November 10 for CUNY Games Conference 5.0 
BMCC faculty who design games or interactive activities for their classes are invited to submit a proposal—by November 10—to present​ a poster or game demo at the CUNY Games Conference 5.0, set for January 18, 2019 at BMCC. This event, sponsored by the CUNY Games Network, will focus on game-based pedagogies in higher education and include workshops on how to modify games for the classroom, incorporate elements of play into critical thinking activities and more.  

Changes to 2019 Winter Tuition Waiver Program  
Due to funding constraints, BMCC will only offer tuition waivers for Winter 2019 in STEM courses. Eligible students who enroll in credit bearing mathematics, computer programming, science, Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100) or Introduction to Multimedia (MMP 100) courses that count towards completion of their listed BMCC degree will be eligible for a tuition waver. For more information and deadlines, check the Academic Calendar.

PS Office of Public Safety Offers Resources and Services
The Office of Public Safety ensures a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment at BMCC through resources including free C.P.R., A.E.D. and First Aid, and Campus-Community Emergency Response Training for faculty, staff and students. Public Safety also trains staff as campus fire wardens. 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.  
Poster Guidelines for Posters and Flyers on Campus
The Office of Public Affairs consults with BMCC departments, offices, faculty and staff to promote events and initiatives in an effective manner, reaching audiences on multiple platforms. Learn how to maximize college resources including the @BMCC e-newsletter, TV monitors, BMCC calendar and social media.
Bathrooom Bathroom Renovations in 199 Chambers Street Building
BMCC has begun the next phase of its restroom renovation capital project at 199 Chambers Street. This project will provide greater accessibility and upgrades to restroom fixtures, stalls, floors, energy-saving LED ceiling lights, ventilation systems and temperature controls. Restrooms under renovation will reopen in early 2019. For more information, contact Facilities Management, (212) 220-8025.


Enrollment
Open House

Spring 2019 Registration Starts October 20
Students value the advice and support of BMCC faculty and staff. As trusted influencers, please encourage students to continue on their path to success and register for the Spring 2019 semester. Things to know: All students must meet with their advisors before registering. Students can register on CUNYfirst or visit the Registrar’s Office in Room S-315. For more information, visit the Registration page, contact Academic Advisement in Room S-108 or call (212) 220-8315.   

Admissions Fall 2018 Open House: October 27 
We are a few days away from the Open House. Do you know someone who is interested in upgrading their skills or continuing their education? Invite them to the BMCC Admissions Open House, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Theater 2. They'll learn about academic programs, financial aid options, student services, success programs and how and when to apply. RSVP online. For more info, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265.    

Admissions and Financial Aid Info Sessions 
Prospective students are invited to attend information sessions for an overview of BMCC and the admissions and financial aid process. They can also take part in a Q & A with admissions and financial aid specialists. For more information, contact the Admissions Office, (212) 220-1265.    

Say Hello to the Admissions Office on Social Media
The BMCC Admissions Office launched three new social media accounts last week. Stop by online and say hi! We appreciate your likes, follows, and thumbs up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.    

Making Headlines

BMCC alumnus leads Brooklyn College Debate Team
October 17—The Excelsior

BMCC alumnus wins second place in International Culinary Competition
October 17—Central Texas Now

Contractors detail BMCC pool renovations
October 17—School Construction News

BMCC will host city-wide public hearing on property tax reform
October 16—Gothamist

BMCC public affairs staffer Cody Lyon pens op-ed on political polarization in America
October 15—New York Daily News

NY Public Interest Research Group leads voter registration drive at BMCC
October 12—NY1

Human Resources
Health Benefits

Health Benefits Transfer Period in October
Now through October 31, BMCC employees may transfer into any health plan for which they are eligible, add or drop the Optional Rider and add or drop dependents. Changes made during this Annual Transfer Period will be effective the first day of the employee's first full payroll period in January 2019. Please contact Human Resources for the correct forms. For a summary of each of the offered plans, please visit the New York City Office of Labor Relations - Health Benefits Website. For more information contact Benefits Manager Diana Lopez.

Enhance Your Skills Through CUNY Professional Development 
The CUNY Professional Development and Learning Management (PDLM) Office presents the October 2018 through June 2019 CUNY Professional Development Program. BMCC faculty and staff can take part in professional and training sessions in areas ranging from MS Excel to data analytics, conflict resolution, business writing and many others. Certificate programs are also available. View catalogue and sign up now.

Benefits 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. 

Deer Oaks EAP Provides Free Health and Financial Resources
The Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BMCC employees, their dependents and household members are eligible to access services such as ​wellness support, workforce guidance and others at no cost​. Contact Deer Oaks EAP Services at (855) 492-3633, or ​eap@deeroaks.com

Alumni and Donors
Alumni Alumni Invited to Connect and Network
BMCC Alumni Affairs provides alumni benefits and services, as well as involving alumni in the advancement and support of BMCC. Alumni are invited to special events, profiled in BMCC publications and welcomed into the vibrant community that is BMCC. For more information, contact Yaritza Gonzalez, Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, (212) 346-8455 or ygonzalez@bmcc.cuny.edu

Make a Difference in Students’ Lives: Faculty and Staff Campaign
The faculty and staff of BMCC support our students in countless ways, every single day. That support includes contributing to the BMCC Foundation Scholarship Fund. Your support of the Faculty and Staff Campaign makes a significant difference in our students’ lives. There are three easy ways to give:

  • Make a donation online.
  • Text your donation to BMCC at (646) 876-2622.
  • Send your check, payable to the BMCC Foundation, via interoffice mail to the Office of College Development, F-1330. (Please note, you can designate your donation to your department).
Calendar

Common Application Workshop
Oct. 19   

CUNY/SUNY Application Workshop
Oct. 20 

Domestic Violence Month: Walk With Me, Silent Procession
Oct. 23

Radical Reading Group
Oct. 24

Happiness Expo
Nov. 7

TPAC

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings

Career

Center for Career Development Events

CETLS

Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Events

CONED

Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Events

 

Panther Pride
Panthers

BMCC, Queensborough to Square Off for CUNYAC Title for Fifth-Straight Year

Queensborough Hangs On For 1-0 Win Over BMCC in CUNYAC Championship

BMCC Men's Soccer Sweeps CUNYAC Major Awards for Second Year in a Row

Women’s Volleyball
October 18: BMCC vs. Fashion Institute of Technology (BMCC Gym)
October 20: BMCC vs. Monroe College, Bronx (Bronx NY)
October 20: BMCC vs. Dutchess Community College (Poughkeepsie NY)

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