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BMCC Foundation 2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Success Set for May 15
BMCC and the BMCC Foundation will host the 2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Success, on May 15 at Cipriani, 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program starting at 7 p.m. The 2018 Gala Honorees are long-time friend of the College, Loretta Lee, Chairwoman of Merchant House International Ltd., and Chieh Huang, Chief Executive Officer of Boxed Wholesale/ This year’s Special Guest Star Honoree is Liev Schreiber, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer and director.

Middle States

Town Hall Helps Community Prepare for March 2018 Middle States Visit
On February 13, a Middle States Town Hall for the BMCC community was held in Theatre 2 at the College’s main campus, 199 Chambers Street in lower Manhattan.The meeting updated students, faculty and staff on a visit to BMCC by an evaluation team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) scheduled for March 11 through March 14.


Articulation Agreement Presents Opportunity With Southeast Missouri State University
BMCC Theatre graduates—aspiring actors, directors, set designers and others interested in a wide range of theatre professions—now have the option of transferring to Southeast Missouri State University to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.

Faculty Art

BMCC Faculty Art Exhibit In the Studio Opening Held on Feb. 14
The BMCC community celebrated faculty artists at the opening of In the Studio in BMCC’s Shirley Fiterman Arts Center on February 14. The opening event also included a memorial for BMCC Professor Charles McGill who passed away in Summer 2017. "Though he taught at BMCC only three years, Charles McGill made an enormous impact on both his students and his colleagues,” says Professor of Art Peter (Xico) Greenwald, who serves on the faculty Gallery Committee that coordinated In the Studio.

Food Insecurity

BMCC Addresses Food Insecurity and Its Impact on Students
Reaching out to the “whole student” is part of the mission of the BMCC Office of Student Affairs. "In addition to services we provide through the Counseling Center, the Women's Resource Center, the Veteran's Resource Center and the Office of Accessibility, for many years the Office of Student Affairs has been expanding the College's 'culture of care’ to address the issue of food insecurity,” says Marva Craig, Vice President for Student Affairs. Students in need have access to meal vouchers and gift cards to local food stores made possible through the generosity of the BMCC Foundation and BMCC Hardship fund.

Modern Languages

BMCC 21st Modern Languages Colloquium Set for March 20 and March 22
The BMCC Modern Languages Department will hold its 21st annual Colloquium, March 20 and March 22. This year’s Colloquium—Narratives From the World; Books and Movies for the New Millennium—includes a series of speakers, performance and films in Theatre 2 and Room N-451 at 199 Chambers Street. The event is free and open to the public. BMCC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.


Center for Career Development Prepares Students for Interviews and More  
The BMCC Center for Career Development will host a career Mardi Gras on February 20 from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Room S-342. The event will help students prepare for the upcoming career fair scheduled for March 7. The office has collected more than 190 new and gently used suits, blazers, ties, pants and other items for men and women. BMCC also has partnerships with Dress for Success, Bottomless Closet and That Suits You, for students who need professional attire. For more information call (212) 220-8170.

Learning Resource Center

Grand Opening: Learning Resource Center Offers Tutoring in Fiterman Hall
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides Tutoring Services in Accounting, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, English and Art in 3 in room F-511, Fiterman Hall. The services are offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Also, academic coaches are 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 at 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.

Service Corps Apply for CUNY Service Corps: Priority Deadline February 16
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.


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.

Making Headlines

Professor Sharon Avni’s research in upcoming book highlighted
Feb. 15—The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Children and Youth Studies program at BMCC highlighted
Feb. 14 —Inside Higher Ed

BMCC featured in story about FemSTEM Hack Day
Feb. 13—Campus Reform (the Leadership Institute)

Quentin Angus Professor Quentin Angus releases CD “In Stride”
Jan. 16—All About Jazz
Human Resources

BMCC Closed February 19
In observance of Presidents’ Day, BMCC will be closed February 19. This is a scheduled holiday, 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, consistent with the negotiated Holiday Schedule.

Q&A for College Assistants
All BMCC College Assistants are recommended to attend a Question-and-Answer session with Human Resources representatives on Februrary 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. In Room S-378. Please reserve a spot and send questions ahead of time to Loriann Mazzola,

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.

TRS Members: Benefits and Services Workshop
Participants in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) of the City of New York, are invited to attend educational programs on TRS benefits at 55 Water Street in lower Manhattan. 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
Miosotis Familia Miosotis Familia Memorial Scholarship Fund
Miosotis Familia (Liberal Arts, ’09) served as a law enforcement officer in the New York Police Department for 12 years—a career that came to a tragic end when she was shot in the line of duty on the night of July 4, 2017. To carry on her legacy, The Miosotis Familia Public Service Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to students in the BMCC Human Services and Criminal Justice programs. Please click here to join BMCC's efforts to honor Miosotis Familia; a mother, law enforcement professional and alumna of BMCC.  

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).
Study Abroad Programs

Learn about Study Abroad Programs and Funding
Feb. 16

Free U.S. Citizenship Application Assistance
Feb. 19

Admissions Information Session and Tour
Feb. 20


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 Claws Past Kingsborough to Reach CUNYAC Championship, 66-35

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)
Feb. 20, BMCC vs. Suffolk County Community College (Home)

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