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President's Message
President Perez

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Middle States Town Hall Meeting on February 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Theater 2. This will be the final college-wide session before the Middle States Self-Study team visits BMCC from March 11 to March 14.

During this event, I will share some thoughts and introduce members of the College’s Steering Committee, who will provide information regarding the visit and answer questions regarding the self-study. I look forward seeing everyone at this important gathering. Your participation is valuable.


President Perez

Antonio Pérez


BMCC Addresses Food Insecurity and its Impact on Students  
Three BMCC students share their stories of using the food assistance services at BMCC Single Stop. According to a recent survey of 33,000 community college students nationwide, more than half reported food insecurity, or not having access to nutritional, affordable food. At BMCC, where 71 percent of students come from families earning less than $30,000 a year, food insecurity is a real threat.


Research Award Opens Window on Distant Galaxy
Professor of Science and astrophysicist K.E. Saavik Ford and a team of scientists have won a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute to point the Hubble Space Telescope toward a galaxy they are researching, and to get first crack at the data those photographs generate.


BMCC Students Recognized at Year Up Graduation Ceremony
Year Up New York held a graduation ceremony in Theater 2 on February 7 for students who completed the one-year, intensive program. Twenty-five of the 109 graduates were from BMCC. Two of the BMCC students were recognized with special awards and BMCC student Yusef Stevens was the ceremony’s graduate speaker.

AHM BMCC Hosts African Heritage Month Events
BMCC is celebrating African Heritage Month in February with a variety of events. “This year, African Heritage Month showcases the innovation and ingenuity seen throughout the African diaspora, and empowering our students to think progressively about ways to move forward,” said Ashtian Holmes, African Heritage Month Committee Chair and Director of the Urban Male Leadership Academy.
Sharon Reid BMCC Welcomes Reid and Levin to Office of Internships and Experiential Learning
Sharon Reid joins BMCC as Director of the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning. Earlier this year, BMCC named Jessica Levin as Manager of Experiential Learning and the college’s Study Abroad program.
Faculty Artists Faculty Artists Showcase Work and Remember Artist Charles McGill
In the Studio, an exhibition of recent faculty art, opens on Wednesday, February 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. in BMCC’s Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. The exhibition offers a look at BMCC’s dynamic, diverse faculty of artists and designers. .
Grand Opening

Grand Opening: Learning Resource Center Offers Tutoring in Fiterman Hall  
Starting February 13 in Fiterman Hall, Room F–511, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) will provide Tutoring Services in Accounting, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, English and Art. The services will be offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, academic coaches will be available to help students develop individual learning plans in response to early alerts and to address academic difficulties. The LRC at 199 Chambers Street, Room S–510, will continue to serve students Monday through Sunday. For more information, call (212) 220-1383.

Lets Talk Let’s Talk: Counseling Center Initiative
The BMCC Counseling Center now offers Let’s Talk, a program that provides informal and confidential consultations with counselors. Let’s Talk is a drop-in service through which a student can benefit from a counselor’s feedback on an issue of concern. It is not a clinical service, a substitute for a regular counseling appointment, or intended for students needing urgent help. If you are having a mental health emergency, please go to the Counseling Center in S-343, call (212) 220-8140 during business hours or contact Public Safety at (212) 220-8080. For off-campus, 24-hour crisis support, contact NYC Well at 1 (888) 692-9355.

NC Grade Policy Adopted, Starting Spring 2018
Under the guidance of CUNY, BMCC's Academic Senate has adopted an NC Grade Policy effective Spring 2018 for eligible freshmen. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar: or (212) 220-1290.

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions: 2018 BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS)
Faculty-mentored student researchers are invited to submit abstracts online through March 5, to showcase their work in the 2018 BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS), presented by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Research, May 10 at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact Director of Research Helene Bach at or (212) 220-8320, ext. 7980.

Single Stop Single Stop Offers Services to Students to Combat Food Insecurity and More  
The BMCC Single Stop Office provides services and resources to help students address barriers that prevent them from attending and completing school. Single Stop provides this service in collaboration with both internal and external partners. All services are free and include: SNAP Food Stamps, Health Insurance, Legal Services, Financial Counseling and Tax Preparation. For more information contact the Single Stop Office at (212) 220-8195.
Service Corps Apply Now for CUNY Service Corps
Student applications for the 2018-2019 BMCC CUNY Service Corps cohort are now open. Through the CUNY Service Corps, BMCC students join projects to improve the civic, economic and environmental sustainability of communities in New York City. Service placements last 24 weeks over two semesters. Participants work 12-hours per week for $15 an hour, and in some cases, earn college credit. The application priority deadline is February 16 and final deadline is March 11. For more information contact BMCC Campus Manager, Lisa O’Connor:

College Communications Guidelines and Procedures Available
The BMCC Office of Public Affairs increases awareness of BMCC’s mission and promotes the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff through platforms such as social media, publications, theCollege website and public relations. The office also serves as a liaison between members of the College community and the media. The College Communications Guidelines and Procedures outlines how to work with the Office of Public Affairs to promote your events, programs and success stories in an effective manner. Learn more online or call (212) 346-8501.

TPAC BMCC TPAC Unveils New Website
The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (BMCC TPAC) is the longest-operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, presenting music, theater, dance, film and visual art. The new BMCC TPAC website is easy to use on mobile devices and highlights upcoming events such as the Jazz in Progress series and Family Series events. Follow BMCC TPAC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Early Advisement and Registration for Summer/Fall 2018: Starts March 20
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of early advisement to ensure they get the classes they need and the schedule they want for the upcoming semesters. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media #BMCCFastForward.

Admissions Spring 2018 Open House: March 24
Do you have family or a friend who is interested in going to college? Invite them to the BMCC Admissions Open House on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Theatre 2, to learn about academic programs, financial aid options, student services, special programs and how/when to apply. RSVP at For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265.

Star Fish College Starfish Retention Solutions Available
BMCC has launched Starfish Retention Solutions to support graduation and retention efforts at the college. The Starfish platform centralizes communication between students and the areas that support them. Through Starfish, faculty and staff can submit student referrals, early alerts, progress surveys, and recognize student accomplishments, among other features. Through Starfish, students can make advisor appointments and receive feedback from faculty.
Making Headlines

BMCC Alumna and West Indian American Day Carnival Association executive retires
Feb. 7, 2018—Caribbean Life

BMCC Professor La Dana Jenkins talks about career development in video
Feb. 2018—

Highlights in Jazz series announces line-up
Feb. 2, 2018—Broadway World

BMCC student profiled in article about difficulties faced by trans people in NYC
Jan. 31, 2018—The Cut

Former BMCC Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Gillespie publishes article about bullying
Jan/Feb 2018—Education Update

BMCC partners with Blue Collar Post Collective and BRIC Media Arts to create Post Production Film Tax Credit
Jan. 30—PostPerspective

BMCC Psychology major Errol Wray Jr. featured in story about immigrant families struggling to be reunited
Jan. 27—NBC NEWS

Human Resources

BMCC Closed February 12 and 19
In observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents’ Day, BMCC will be closed February 12 and February 19. The two days are scheduled holidays, excused without charge for Instructional Staff in Non-teaching functions; for Civil Service: Clerical, Administrative, Professional, Custodial, Stores-Stock, (Campus Security excused without charge subject to essential scheduling), Skilled Trades, and Career and Salary Plan Titles. Hourly employees will be paid based on time worked only. Section 220 employees will be excused without charge on February 19, consistent with the negotiated Holiday Schedule.

WW Free WeightWatchers Meeting: February 26
Come to a free Weight Watchers meeting on February 26, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-341. To join WeightWatchers online, input the City of New York employer ID number 11612222 and passcode WW11612222. Once registered, sign up for a free gift. For more information, contact Loriann Mazzola, (212) 220-8300, ext. 7063 or

TRS Members: Benefits and Services Workshop
If you are participating in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) of the City of New York, you can attend educational programs on TRS benefits at 55 Water Street in lower Manhattan. These programs include "Getting Reading for Retirement" and others. For more information, visit or call 1 (888) 869-2877.

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 will change for you as a retiree.

February 21 Webinar: Learn How the Tax Overhaul Affects You
For the first time in over 30 years, there has been a major tax overhaul and it could impact your financial planning. A TIAA Financial Essentials Webinar will break down the changes and how they might affect you. Register today for this live webinar on February 21 at 12 noon to 1 p.m.

TIAA Meet on Campus With a TIAA Financial Consultant
Are your TIAA investments the right mix, to meet your goals? Are you saving enough for retirement? To discuss these and other questions, meet with TIAA financial consultant February 22, March 7, March 22, April 3, April 19, May 1, May 17, May 30 and June 6. Space is limited, so RSVP online or call 800-732-8353 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Alumni and Donors
2018 Gala

BMCC Foundation 2018 Gala: Save the Date!
The College’s largest fundraising event, Invest in a Future: Empower Success Gala, hosted by the BMCC Foundation, is scheduled for May 15 at Cipriani, 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., and the dinner and program begin at 7 p.m. Funds raised from this event support the BMCC Foundation Scholarship Fund. This year’s Special Guest Star Honoree is Liev Schreiber, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Producer and Director. Gala Honorees are Loretta Lee, Chairwoman, Merchant House International, Inc. and Chieh Huang, Founder and CEO, Boxed Wholesale/ For more information contact Doris Holz, Vice President for Development, (212) 220-8020.

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).
Application Assistance

Free U.S. Citizenship Application Assistance
Feb. 9

Mindfulness Workshop
Feb. 13

VD Women’s Resource Center hosts: BMCC #LoveBetter Campaign and Healthy Relationship Workshop
Feb. 14

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

Men’s Basketball Cap Off Undefeated Conference Schedule With 93-85 Win
against QCC

Lady Panthers Shine on BMCC Senior Night

Panthers Clinch #1 Seed in CUNYAC Tournament With 95-89 Win Over Hostos

CUNYAC/Army ROTC Community College Women’s Basketball Report, Week 9

Women’s Basketball
Feb. 18, BMCC vs. Nassau Community College (Garden City, NJ)

Men’s Basketball
Feb. 18, BMCC vs Nassau Community College (Garden City, NJ)

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Twitter Discussion
Facebook Discussion

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