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Year Up

BMCC is First CUNY College to Partner with Year Up
BMCC has become the first CUNY college to partner with Year Up, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the opportunity divide for young adults ages 18 to 24. BMCC’s first Year Up cohort of 40 students, comprised of business management and accounting majors, has already finished a week of orientation, acquainting them with the program and preparing them for the intense year ahead. Founded in Boston in 2000 and now located in 14 cities across the U.S., Year Up provides young adults with in-demand technical and professional skills training followed by professional internships at Fortune 500 firms.

Middle States

BMCC Community Launches Self-Study
On February 5, BMCC launched its Middle States decennial self-study process, part of the college’s ongoing cycle of accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. “As we implement our college-wide strategic plan, which will be published shortly, we will integrate departmental planning with the Middle States Self-Study process to identify specific opportunities and challenges,” said BMCC President Pérez in a message to the college community. Over 100 faculty and staff have joined the BMCC Middle States Steering Committee and seven working groups. Their launch meeting on February 5 kicked off a two-year process that will culminate in the submission of the completed Self-Study report to the MSCHE in Fall 2017. The college will also host a visit from the Middle States Evaluation Team in Spring 2018.

Composers Now Festival Scheduled Feb. 20
BMCC composers and faculty members Joyce Solomon Moorman, Douglas Anderson and John D. Parran will present original and other musical works in the Composers Now Festival on Saturday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street between Greenwich Street and West Broadway in Lower Manhattan. J. D. Parran will perform a clarinet and piano composition of the late Yusef Lateef, a BMCC faculty composer who went on to have a major career as a jazz instrumentalist and composer. Moorman and Anderson will perform original compositions. The performance is free and will be followed by a panel discussion.


Art/Works Features Talented BMCC Faculty
Members of the BMCC community gathered on Feb. 10 to celebrate the opening of the exhibit, Art/Works, in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, located on the first floor of BMCC’s Fiterman Hall. Art/Works is a collection of artwork created by the dynamic, diverse faculty who teach in BMCC’s new Art Foundations program. The exhibit will run through March 19.

African Heritage Month Offers Cultural Experience
BMCC’s African Heritage Month continues through Feb. 29 with a celebration of African American culture and history. Event organizers say this year’s theme “Empowering the Next Generation,” focuses on the importance of learning the lessons of the past and present so we can build a better future. Scheduled events include lectures, film screenings and performances. Learn more.

"BMCC’s State of Mind” Episode Focuses on Anxiety and Depression
BMCC’s State of Mind (Season 2 Episode 9) focuses on Mental Wellness: Anxiety & Depression. The college experience is a unique time in the lives of students, as they are coming of age and establishing their identities and independence. Unfortunately, nearly one in six college students has been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety within the last 12 months. Featured guest Dr. Arya Soman (Northwell Health) offers information about Anxiety & Depression and Mental Wellness.

Center for Career Development

Center for Career Development Launches New Website
The Center for Career Development recently launched its updated website that highlights a variety of services provided to students and members of the community. The site features sections that include the 7 Steps to Success, Employer Resources, Alumni Career Services, and a listing of the Center's Workshops and Career Fairs. The Center helps BMCC students prepare for future jobs and internships by providing the tools and information students need to prepare and succeed in finding a career.

Students Encouraged to Fill Out Co-Curricular Transcript
Faculty and staff are asked to inform students of the opportunity to record their official campus involvement on their Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT). This is a student initiated comprehensive record of the student’s participation and achievements outside the classroom while enrolled at BMCC. These activities foster the total development of the student and encourage life-long learning, leadership, service and responsible citizenship. When coupled with the academic transcript, a holistic representation of the student's total education will be created. The Division of Student Affairs validates each Co-Curricular Transcript. The Co-Curricular Transcript is organized around six categories: athletics, clubs and organizations, community service, honors and awards, leadership training and workshops and seminars. In addition, many of you are involved in facilitating non-credit workshops for students outside the classroom that may be included on the student’s Co-Curricular Transcript. To increase the variety of opportunities for student involvement, the College encourages you to fill out the Faculty and Staff Submission form online to make your workshop a CCT eligible event. Students should stop by the Richard Harris promenade from Tuesday, February 16 to Thursday, February 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., during CCT Awareness Week. They will be able to activate their CCT with the help of staff and fellow students. All students who participate in CCT Awareness Week will be entered into a raffle for a MetroCard. For more information, contact Nereida Montijo, Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Civic Responsibility at 212-346-8408 or

The New York Times Available for FREE to BMCC Community
Through the use of student activity fees, the USA TODAY/New York Times Readership Program will continue for the spring 2016 semester for students only. Faculty and staff should encourage students to pick up a FREE New York Times or USA TODAY at the BMCC Information Desk on the 2nd floor of 199 Chambers Street on a first come, first served basis while issues last. Remember, this readership program is sponsored by students for students. For student, faculty and staff access to the free online version of the New York Times, visit and click on “Register” to create a NYTimes account suing your BMCC email address; at the bottom of the Welcome page, click “Continue."

BMCC Closed for Holiday
The College will be closed on Friday, February 12, 2016 and Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday). 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. For more information visit: /hr/

Making Headlines
BMCC Experts

Art/Works Exhibit at Shirley Fiterman Art Center listed in Tribeca Citizen
February 11, 2016 – Tribeca Citizen

BMCC student Luis Cruz was featured in a article about the Woodlawn Cemetery Preservation Program
February 9, 2016 – Norwood News

Alumni and Donors

BMCC Alumni Council Encourages Participation in Events and Networking
BMCC’s Alumni Council was formed to invite BMCC alumni who are interested in strengthening relationships between alumni and the college. For information contact Joy Cooper, Director of Development, at

Ways to Give
The BMCC Foundation is grateful for contributions of all types and at all levels. Learn about the ways you can help ensure student success and make a difference at BMCC. Donate to BMCC


Accounting Cycle Workshop
Feb. 13

Spirituality in Higher Learning
Feb. 16

BMCC Undergraduate Research Symposium
Feb. 17

Learn About Upcoming Events at the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Panther Pride
Men’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball: Coar Breaks Scoring Record in BMCC’s Win over Queensborough

Women’s Basketball: Lady Panthers Clinch Playoff Spot with Win Over Tigers

Women’s Basketball: Early Foul Trouble Leads to Loss at Sullivan

Men’s Basketball: Panthers Lose to Nationally Ranked Generals

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