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Student Veterans

Student Veterans Meet with Council Member Eric Ulrich to Address Housing Issue
Three BMCC student veterans; Stephany Lopez, Diego Changa and Keifer Ramos, along with BMCC alumni Yanisel Ramirez and Edan Benmelech, met with Eric Ulrich, Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Veterans on January 23 to present their concerns about difficulties student veterans encounter when they apply for apartments and present as income, their Basic Allowance for Housing, part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The students were accompanied by Wilfred Cotto, BMCC Veterans Services Specialist, and Douglas Israel, BMCC Director of Government and Community Relations, the students presented their concerns.


Professors Explore Language, Culture and Environmental Pollution With CUNY Research Grant Support
Academic Literacy and Linguistics Professor Sharon Avni and Science Professor Abel Navarro have each been selected to receive a research grant of $7,500 through the CUNY Research in the Classroom Ideas Grant (RIC) program.


Call for Proposals: CUNY CUE Conference 2017
All CUNY faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals no later than February 15, 2017 for the CUNY CUE Conference 2017, scheduled for May 5, 2017 at BMCC. This year’s focus, Accelerating Progress, Accelerating Equity: Improving Student Success in Developmental and Gateway Courses, serves as an opportunity to share evidence-based practice across CUNY aimed at improving student success, retention and graduation, and successful transfer. Visit the CUE Conference website to learn more:

BMCC Students Selected for Phi Theta Kappa All-State Community College Academic Team
BMCC students Marija Binch and Andrea Reed have been selected to participate in the Phi Theta Kappa All-State Community College Academic Team for New York. As team members, the two students will be eligible for the $5,000 All USA Academic Team scholarship. They could also be invited to attend the April 2017 American Association of Community Colleges conference. Meanwhile, they will attend a ceremony recognizing their selection for the academic team, in Albany on March 2. “It is a great honor for students to be nominated from their colleges for the All-State teams and be put forward for these scholarships,” said Heather Allen, Scholarship Operations Coordinator at the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi. “We have a chance to see the best and brightest community college students from across the country, and recognize their achievements.”


Newly Selected BMCC Foundation Scholars Recognized
Close to 125 students just awarded BMCC Foundation scholarships gathered at 199 Chambers Street on January 23 to learn more about the opportunities and responsibilities associated with being a BMCC Foundation Scholar. “The orientation is a celebration of the newly selected BMCC Foundation Scholars, and it was our effort to explain criteria in the scholarship agreement and what is expected of students as scholarship recipients at BMCC,” said Scholarship Coordinator Sussie Gyamfi. Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Karrin E. Wilks urged the students to take advantage of the free academic support services, such as tutoring, available at BMCC. Diane K. Walleser, Vice President for Enrollment Management, shared research findings that show scholarship recipients graduate faster and have more time to get involved in campus activities. Students interested in applying for a scholarship can visit the Financial Aid Office, N365 at 199 Chambers Street, or contact Sussie Gyamfi: (212) 220-8133 or


Public Safety Hosts Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder Presentation
All BMCC faculty and staff are invited to attend a 60-minute session, Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder, at 199 Chambers, Room N451, 11:00 a.m. on January 31. This presentation will be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, contact the Office of Public Safety, (212) 220-8000, x7080.

Employment Scam Targeting College Students Remains Prevalent
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is alerting the public to a common employment scam targeting college students across the United States. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This "employment" results in a financial loss for participating students. To learn more, click HERE.


Join Celebration of Artwork Donation by Siri Berg
A public event celebrating the donation of a recent, original artwork by internationally renown abstract artist Siri Berg will be held Thursday, February 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007. For more information, call (212) 776-6237, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, or click HERE.

CUNY Cultural Corps

BMCC Students Invited to Join CUNY Cultural Corps
The 2017-2018 CUNY Cultural Corps Academic Year Internship application is now available for BMCC students. For more information, go to You can also email or, or visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning. Please complete this online application. Applications are due February 15, 2017 for the Priority Deadline or March 12.

Tax Preparation

Free Tax Preparation Available to BMCC Community
Tax season runs through April 13. BMCC community members — currently enrolled students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents of dependent students— can expedite their 2016 income tax returns by taking advantage of FREE certified tax preparation through the Food Bank For New York City. The tax returns will be completed virtually. They will be sent electronically through secure encryption and each person's data will be erased from BMCC computers once sent to the tax preparers. Stop by BMCC Single Stop, Room S235, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to start the process of getting your 2016 taxes prepared.

Nominations Open Through February 15 for BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award
The BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes faculty who "incite intellectual curiosity in students, inspire colleagues both within and outside his or her department, and demonstrate effective and innovative pedagogy with clear evidence of student learning gains,” says Senior Vice President and Provost Karrin Wilks. To nominate full-time tenured professors, full-time lecturers with CCE, and adjunct faculty who have taught for 10 or more semesters at BMCC, contact Lisa St. Hill,

BMCC Students Invited to Apply Through January 31 for Innovate NYC 2017 Challenge
BMCC students are encouraged to Apply NOW for The DO School Innovate NYC 2017 Challenge! BMCC has teamed up with the DO School and ten other NYC higher education institutions to create a new landmark program: Innovate NYC. This program offers students a unique opportunity to launch their careers as changemakers within their communities and learn invaluable entrepreneurial skills. Deadline to apply is January 31. For more information contact the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning at

BMCC Hosts First Annual Winter Faculty Convocation
The first annual Winter Faculty Convocation at BMCC, Friday, January 27 at 199 Chambers Street in Theatre One, will provide an opportunity for all BMCC faculty to gather to discuss teaching and learning in support of students success. The day will start with an all-faculty meeting at 10:00 a.m. in Theatre One with speakers including BMCC’s 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award winners John Beaumont, Chamutal Noimann and Nicholas Marino. From 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon, faculty-led interactive sessions on high-impact teaching practices will be held in different locations throughout the Chambers Street building.Topics will include service learning, faculty mentored research, critical and creative thinking, flipped classrooms, facilitating difficult dialogues, and more. All faculty are invited and welcome. Refreshments will be served, including a light lunch.

Making Headlines

DACA students from BMCC featured in article describing their concerns under Trump administration
Jan. 18, 2017 — Fader

BMCC alumnus thanks President Barack Obama
Jan. 18, 2017 — Huffington Post

BMCC English Professor Syreeta McFadden featured in story about intersectional feminism
Jan. 19, 2017 — USA Today, The Baxter Bulletin, Indianapolis Star

Eduardo Juárez

BMCC student Eduardo Juárez featured in story about CUNY Dreamers
Jan. 23, 2017 — Queens Latino

BMCC student Sharon Bardalas comments on upcoming MTA fare hike
Jan. 25, 2017 — DNA Info

Human Resources

PSC and Classified Employees: When and Where to Pick Up Retroactive Payment Check
PSC and Classified Employees who do not have direct deposit can pick up their retroactive payment checks in Room S-612 on Thursday, January 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday, January 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bring a photo ID; no one will be permitted to pick up someone else’s check.

Weight Watchers Program Available
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, BMCC and Workwell can help. To learn about joining Weight Watchers meetings at BMCC, contact Lori Mazzola,

Alumni and Donors

BMCC Foundation 2017 Gala – Save the Date!
The College’s largest fundraising event, “Invest in a Future” Gala, hosted by the BMCC Foundation is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 at Cipriani, 25 Broadway. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. and dinner and program begins at 7:00 p.m. Funds raised from this event will support the BMCC Foundation Scholarship Fund. This year’s honorees are Jeffrey Gural, Chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; and Carol Britton, Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Services, BNY Mellon. For more information about the Gala, contact the BMCC Foundation at (212) 220-8020 or


Alumni Now: Elizabeth Simmons Cary
Elizabeth Simmons Cary (Medical Record Technology, ’95), made the Dean’s List several times before graduating from BMCC and going on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration from State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate, Brooklyn in 1999. Currently retired from working as a Health Information Administrator, she teaches at the New York Career Institute.

BMCC Invites Alumni to Networking Event
BMCC alumni are invited to the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, located at 245 Greenwich Street, to enjoy the exhibit "Siri Berg, In Color” and network with peers. BMCC Professor and alumnus Joel Barker (Accounting, `06) will be our featured speaker. The event is scheduled 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., January 30, 2017. Cost is $5. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by January 23 at: For more information email:

Help Make a Difference
The BMCC Faculty/Staff campaign provides scholarship and emergency support to BMCC students, 90% of whom need financial assistance to reach their educational goals. By donating just $25 to $100, you can help the college raise over $80,000 for students. Here are four 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, F1330. (Please note, you can designate your donation to your department.)
  • Donate via a payroll deduction (click HERE) through the CUNY Campaign for Voluntary Charitable Giving.

Internship Access: Non-Profit and Government
Feb. 7

BMCC Fafsathon
Feb. 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

Women's Swimming:
Panthers Swimming Returns to BMCC

Men’s Basketball: Panthers Offense Can’t Find Rhythm in 84-69 Loss to Lions

Men’s Basketball: BMCC Cruises to Victory over Rockland

Women’s Basketball: Lady Panthers Beat Lions to Extend Win Streak to 5 Games

Women’s Basketball: Lady Panthers Knock Off Division-II SUNY Orange

BMCC Womens and Men’s Teams Take on Kingsborough in CUNYAC Rivalry Game

Brooks, Fullerton Named Region XV Male and Female Players of the Month

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