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Year Up

Year Up New York Celebrates Ten Years and Twentieth Graduating Class With Ceremony at BMCC
Celebrating ten years of providing access to livable-wage careers for low-income youth and its twentieth graduating class, Year Up New York held a graduation ceremony at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on February 7. One hundred and twenty-six young adults, including 34 BMCC students, received certificates from Year Up recognizing their completion of the year-long program. Deborah C. Harte, Student Life Manager at BMCC Single Stop, received the Community Ambassador Award and BMCC President Antonio Pérez was presented with the Urban Empowerment Award.

Tech Jobs

BMCC Leading Students to 21st Century Tech Jobs
From finance to healthcare, the city’s high-tech job sector grew 33% from 2010 to 2014 — yet businesses struggle to fill those jobs with qualified candidates. BMCC is working to bridge this gap by connecting students to programs including Code to Work (C2W), and #CUNYCodes, and one BMCC student, Computer Science alumni, Sanou Wourohire Laurent, completed an internship through C2W and landed a technology analyst job at Chase.


Immersion Program Sees Spike in ESL Pass Rate
The 2017 Winter Immersion Program at BMCC saw the pass rate for ESL students spike to 71 percent, a significant increase from the 2016 Winter Immersion English as a Second Language (ESL) pass rate of 49 percent.


Renowned Abstract Painter Siri Berg Donates Original Artwork to BMCC
A gathering in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center on February 2 recognized the donation of an original artwork, an oil-on-board piece titled “The Black Sheep," by internationally renowned abstract painter Siri Berg.

PAC BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Presents A Night of Female Comics Featuring Leighann Lord and More
The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center will host its annual evening of laughter on Friday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m. with acclaimed headline comedian Leighann Lord and a lineup of comedians Kerry Coddett, Carole Montgomery and Lori Sommer.
CUNY CUE Conference 2017

CUNY CUE Conference 2017: Registration Open, Proposals Due Feb. 15
Registration is open for the CUNY CUE (Coordinated Undergraduate Education) Conference 2017, set for May 5, 2017 at BMCC’s main campus, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. The 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, Accelerating Progress, Accelerating Equity: Improving Student Success in Developmental and Gateway Courses, will focus on advancing equity and improving student outcomes in developmental and gateway courses, with special attention to acceleration models and other strategies. See the day's agenda. Learn more about the call for proposals due February 15. Contact Dean Janice Zummo at, for more information.

AHM BMCC Celebrates African Heritage Month in February
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. To see more African Heritage Month events, click HERE.

Funding for Students Facing Short-Term Emergencies
BMCC has received funds from the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation to offer emergency grants to eligible students facing short-term emergencies. The purpose of the grants is to help students resolve these emergencies and continue their college studies without interruption. Please encourage students who can demonstrate need and are facing an unexpected emergency to apply for the Petrie grant. All grant requests require documentation. While Petrie grants are not given for tuition cost, college debts or legal representation, students are encouraged to visit the Single Stop office to discuss their concerns. To find out more, please visit the BMCC Single Stop Office at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-235 or visit our website. If you have questions, please contact Maxine Hunter at (212) 220-8000, Ext. 7149 or

BMCC English Professor Joyce Zonana Awarded PEN Translation Grant
PEN America announced its 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant recipients, including BMCC English Professor Joyce Zonana, for her translation of "This Land That Is Like You" by Tobie Nathan, a novel set in the Jewish quarter of Cairo in the early twentieth century.

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

Volunteer  Fair

BMCC Volunteer Fair is February 15
Please encourage your students to attend the annual Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Richard Harris Terrace, off the main lobby at 199 Chambers Street. The Volunteer Fair provides students with opportunities to meet with Volunteer Coordinators representing a variety of nonprofit organizations. For more information, please contact Nereida Montijo, Room S234 or email her at

Making Headlines

BMCC political science professor Heather James co-authors opinion piece on the Democratic Party
Feb. 9, 2017 — The Hill

Year up New York celebrates ten years of closing the opportunity divide
Feb. 7, 2017 —,

BMCC English Professor James Hoff and students attend Immigrants rights demonstration
Feb. 7, 2017 — NY City LENS

BMCC TPAC performance Tiempo Libre highlighted
Feb. 7, 2017 — New York 1

Human Resources
Flag College Closed Monday, February 13 and Monday, February 20
In observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents’ Day (Washington's Birthday), BMCC will be closed on Monday, February 13 and Monday, February 20. The two days are scheduled holidays, excused without charge, for Instructional Staff in Non-teaching functions, Civil Service: Clerical, Administrative, Professional, Custodial, Stores-Stock, [Campus Security excused without charge subject to essential scheduling], Skilled Trades (except Laborers), and Career and Salary Plan Titles. Hourly employees will be paid based on time worked only.


2016-2017 Annual Notification Regarding CUNY Policy on Drugs and Alcohol
BMCC is committed to a drug-free environment and complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) and CUNY’s Policy on Drugs and Alcohol. See Information for the CUNY Community on the Risks and Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Use and the CUNY Drug/Alcohol Use Amnesty Policy. CUNY, through the Office of Student Affairs and/or Counseling Center, is ready to assist in a confidential manner, any student seeking information or experiencing a problem with alcohol and/or other drugs. Employees with questions or concerns related to substance dependency or abuse are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resources and/or CUNY Employee Assistance Program, Deer Oaks at or (855) 492-3633. Services are free of charge and available 24/7. All inquiries are kept confidential. BMCC reserves the right, among other disciplinary measures, to require anyone who is known to have a problem with the use of controlled substances or the abuse of alcohol to participate in an approved educational or rehabilitation program.

Alumni and Donors

Tickets on Sale Now for BMCC Foundation 2017 Gala
Tickets are on sale now for the College’s largest fundraising event, the “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

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 three 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.)
Study Abroad

Study Abroad in the Dominican Republic this Summer
Feb. 10

We’ve Been Trumped! Analyzing Trump’s Election and Strategies for Resistance
Feb. 17

Tax 2017 Tax Law Workshop for Faculty and Staff
Feb. 21, Mar. 7, Mar. 20, Mar. 22

BMCC Majors Fair
Feb. 29


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

BMCC Basketball:
BMCC Basketball Wraps Up Conference Schedule with Doubleheader Win at Queensborough
Sullivan Sweeps Manhattan in 2/4 Doubleheader

Men’s Basketball:
Feb. 15: BMCC vs. Semifinal Round (winner)

Women’s Basketball:
Feb. 10: BMCC vs. Bergen Community College
Feb. 14: BMCC vs. Semifinal Round (winner)

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