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BMCC Ranks Third out of 690 Two-Year Colleges in Helping Students Climb the Income Ladder
A new study sponsored by The Equality of Opportunity Project tracked 30 million college students, and found that BMCC ranks third out of 690 two-year colleges, when looking at overall mobility index or the rise in students’ household income. According to the project’s Mobility Report Card: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility, 41 percent of BMCC students move up two of the five quintiles used to assess household income in the United States.

BMCC Students Earn Spots on Phi Theta Kappa All-State Community College Academic Team
Liberal Arts major Marija Binch and alumna Andrea Reed (’16, Business Administration), were selected to be part of the Phi Theta Kappa All-State Community College Academic Team for New York, making them eligible for national scholarships and other opportunities.


African Heritage Month Kicks Off, Artist Ed Dwight to Visit Feb. 24
Renowned sculptor and artist Edward Joseph Dwight Jr. will be recognized as a Living Black History Maker at BMCC on February 24 as part of the college’s African Heritage celebration that kicked off February 1 with dancing (shown), poetry and more. "Dwight’s sculpture, 'The Hands That Picked Cotton,' shows hands not only picking cotton, but casting a ballot," said Christopher Shults, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning. The sculpture will be on loan to BMCC for display throughout African Heritage Month. To see more African Heritage Month events, click HERE.

Faculty Convocation

Paths to Equity Explored in Faculty Convocation
The BMCC Office of Academic Affairs hosted the College’s first annual Faculty Convocation on January 27 in Theatre I at 199 Chambers Street. President Antonio Pérez opened the event attended by hundreds of full-time and adjunct faculty. Provost Karrin E. Wilks presented a talk on challenges in the community college classroom and evidence-based strategies for addressing them. Distinguished faculty award winners shared pedagogical approaches, and participants attended faculty-led group sessions in the afternoon.

Trumped We’ve Been Trumped! Analyzing Trump’s Election and Strategies for Resistance
The BMCC Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice is hosting a Faculty Symposium: Analyzing Trump’s Election and Strategies for Resistance, Friday, February 17, with events from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. This event is open to all BMCC students, staff and faculty. Please complete the RSVP form if you plan to attend.

Faculty and Staff Invited to CUNYFirst Travel and Expense Training
BMCC faculty and staff planning to travel to a conference are invited to attend a CUNYFirst Travel and Expense System training session that will outline the process and documentation required before and after their trip. Sessions will be limited to 10 attendees and held at
199 Chambers Street, Room S510B. Please RSVP to Fiodalisa Nunez,, if you plan to attend one of the following sessions: Thursday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m.; Monday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m.; Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.; Friday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m.


Public Safety Office Offers Sessions, Video to Inform Campus Community
The BMCC Public Safety Service fosters the mission of the college by providing a safe, secure and comfortable environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Public Safety is offering the video “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event” on its updated website to inform the campus of safety procedures. Visit the Public Safety website to learn about other emergency procedures and policies. For more information, contact the Office of Public Safety, (212) 220-8000, x7080.

Registration for the CUNY CUE Conference 2017 Now Open
The CUNY CUE (Coordinated Undergraduate Education) Conference 2017 will be held on May 5, 2017 at the BMCC main campus, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. The Conference is focused on Accelerating Progress, Accelerating Equity: Improving Student Success in Developmental and Gateway Courses. The annual CUE conference is an opportunity to share evidence-based practice across CUNY aimed at improving student success, retention and graduation, and successful transfer. The CUE Conference 2017 will focus on improving student outcomes in developmental and gateway courses, with special attention to acceleration models and the impact on advancing equity through effective models. See the day's agenda. Learn more about the call for proposals. Proposals are due February 15, 2017. For more information contact Dean Janice Zummo at


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.

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 once sent, each person's data will be erased from BMCC computers. 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,

Making Headlines

BMCC Develops Innovative Programs to Increase Underrepresented Students in STEM
Jan. 27, 2017 — Yahoo Finance, Marketwatch, Street Insider, Mercury News, The Star Telegram, The News and Observer, The Sacramento Bee and The LA Daily News

BMCC student from Yemen Impacted by Trump Administration Executive Order
Jan. 30, 2017 — Williamsburg Patch

Alumni and Donors

Tickets on Sale Now for BMCC Foundation 2017 Gala
Tickets are on sale now for the College’s largest fundraising event, “Invest in a Future” Gala, hosted by the BMCC Foundation and scheduled for Thursday, May 18 at Cipriani, 25 Broadway. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m., dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. Funds raised 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 contact Hyacinth Camillieri, (212) 220-8020 or


Alumni Gather to Network in Fiterman Art Center
BMCC alumni gathered on January 30 in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center to meet and reminisce with former professors and BMCC staff, including Vice President for Student Affairs Marva Craig and Communication Studies Professor Hollis Glaser. Also in attendance were BMCC Foundation Board Members Theresa Clark Messer and Judith Volkmann. BMCC Accounting Professor Joel Barker (`06, Business Administration) gave a talk on his journey to becoming a CPA and professor. The event closed with a raffle for Target gift cards and a gift certificate from Laughing Man Coffee & Tea. For questions about BMCC alumni activities, please contact

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.

African Heritage Month: Alumni Panel
Feb. 3

Central Park

Movie Screening: Meet the Central Park Five
Feb. 8

BMCC Majors Fair
Feb. 29

CUNY, SUNY and Private College Transfer Fair
Mar. 28


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 Basketball: BMCC Rolls Past Bronx in Battle of the Boroughs

Men’s Baseball: BMCC Announces Baseball Tryouts

Men’s Basketball: Panthers Stay Alive in CUNYAC, Beat Broncos 77-73

Men’s Basketball: Panthers Struggle Down the Stretch Against Caimans

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