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Odelia Levy

BMCC Names Odelia Levy as Chief Diversity Officer
Borough Manhattan Community College/City University of New York welcomes Odelia Levy as its Chief Diversity Officer. Prior to BMCC, Ms. Levy served as the Executive Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity with the New York City Department of Education’s Office of General Counsel.

Research Symposium

BMCC Hosts Research Symposium
The 2016 BMCC Undergraduate Research Symposium was held February 17 in Theater 2. Students made oral presentations about their research projects led by BMCC professors. Projects included exploring the healing effect of Reiki on human cancer cells, searching for gaps in active nuclei disks, and determining the degree to which tea leaves can be used to absorb toxic metals from water sources. Following the oral presentations, a poster session was held in Richard Harris Terrace, where more than 100 student presenters stood beside posters outlining their research in the biological and social sciences, mathematics, computer information systems and other areas. Judges circulated throughout the session and will select a group of winning student researchers, to be announced at a later date.

COPE Graduates

BMCC Celebrates COPE Graduates
The Graduation Success Initiative (GSI) within the College of Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Department (COPE) recently had a ceremony for their fall and winter graduates. The ceremony was held on Friday, February 5 in the Lower Lobby of BMCC’s main campus building at 199 Chambers Street. This ceremony honored 16 students which represent 20% of their current cohort. GSI offers bi-weekly advisement sessions, weekly seminars targeting life development skills such as communication and time management and supportive services by dedicated staff members. The graduates are: Melissa Barreto, Marcus Brown, Giovanni Classen, Isis Demera, Michelle Diaz, Jaritza Espinal, Adama Faty, Dewayne Green, Daudi Justin, Alicia Lugo, Melanie Nieves, Jeff Norkunas, Gabriel San Emeterio, Eunice Small, Morzina Nishi, and Ana Ortiz.

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 Express Coming Soon!
BMCC is creating a more convenient way for students and the community to receive information and services about the College and its programs — BMCC Express! This one-stop center is set to open soon in the Murray Building located at 255 Greenwich Street. BMCC Express is a centralized information stop to get quick assistance with a variety of services that include (but not limited to): Academic Programs, Admissions, Advisement, Bursar, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Services and more. The center will offer students and visitors access to six self-help computer stations and one-on-one consultation for questions that need more attention. BMCC Express is designed to help students navigate through their daily college experience and to help community members learn about the activities and programs offered at BMCC. Learn more.

Counseling Center Available to Assist
BMCC’s Counseling Center provides personal and academic counseling to students, and consultative services to faculty and staff. Counselors assist students in addressing issues that may negatively impact their academic performance, retention and quality of life. The Counseling Center is located in room S-343. Appointments are available Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students may also receive counseling on a walk-in basis. To learn more about the Counseling Center, including information on the workshops offered to students, visit /students/counseling/ For additional information or to discuss how the services can assist our students, contact Dr. Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite, Director of Counseling, at or (212) 220-8140.

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

Making Headlines
Faculty Art

Faculty Art Exhibit Featured by
February 15, 2016 –

Associate Professor of History Jacob Kramer Writes Opinion Piece for History News Network
February 14, 2016 – History News Network

BMCC Assistant Professor Cara Kronen Included in “Experts Discuss the Success Academy Video”
February 12, 2016 – The New York Times

Alumni and Donors

2016 Invest in a Future Gala: Save the Date!
The BMCC Foundation 2016 Gala, Invest in a Future will be held Monday, June 6, 2016 at Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street, 6:00 p.m. cocktails; 7:00 p.m. dinner and program. This year’s Honoree is Don Callahan, Citigroup Head of Operations & Technology, and another honoree is to be announced. Proceeds benefit the BMCC Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Hyacinth Camillieri, 212-220-8020 or

Leslie Siegel

BMCC Supporter Pledges Contribution Toward Naming of Piano Lab
Leslie Siegel, long-time friend and benefactor of BMCC, has pledged $50,000 toward the naming of the Art and Rita Siegel Piano Lab on the third floor of Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall, in honor of her parents. In recognition of this generous gift, a naming ceremony and reception will be held in Spring 2016 and a plaque placed at the entrance to the lab. To learn why Ms. Siegel gives to BMCC, click here.

Aaron Thrope

BMCC Alumna Aaron Thrope Featured in Article, "Millennial Writers on Writing”
February 16, 2016 – The Huffington Post

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


Monk in Motion: Jazzmeia Horn
Feb. 20, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Composers Now Festival at BMCC
Feb. 20, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Microsoft Excel Workshops – Sign Up Now
Sessions Available: March 5, 12, 19 and April 2

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

Panther Pride
Men’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball: Panthers Win in Overtime to Advance to CUNY Finals

Women’s Basketball: BMCC Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short in CUNY Semifinals

Men’s Basketball: Panthers Offense Struggles in Loss to Hawks

Women’s Basketball: Lady Panthers Finish Regular Season With Win

BMCC Basketball Set to Host CUNYAC Playoffs

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