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President's Message
President Perez

We are pleased to welcome our Middle States Visiting Team to BMCC March 11-14, 2018. The Team is chaired by Dr. Donald Generals, President of the Community College of Philadelphia, and includes six other members from community colleges in our region. The Team will meet with faculty, students and staff to talk about the College and our Self-Study, which can be found on the BMCC homepage.

The Team Visit will conclude with an Exit Session on Wednesday, March 14, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in Theatre 2. All members of the college community are invited to this session and encouraged to attend.

We want to thank all those who have agreed to meet with the Team— over 130 faculty, staff and students in total. We can be very proud of our collective efforts to improve student success and institutional effectiveness, as documented in our Self-Study. We look forward to a productive Middle States Team Visit.

As always, thank you for the good work you do to make BMCC a leading community college and a great place to teach, learn and work.


President Perez

Antonio Pérez

Out in Two

BMCC Welcomes Spring 2018 Out in Two Cohort  
The BMCC Out in Two scholarship program provides a supportive community to help students graduate within two years and transfer to a senior college. On March 8, a ceremony in Theatre 2 recognized the Spring 2018 cohort of almost 80 scholars. Speakers included BMCC alumnus, former Out in Two scholar and co-founder of the NuAfrikan Theatre, Theatre Professor Marcus Dargan.


(L-R): Professors Matthew Ally, Margaret Carson, Paquita Suarez-Coalla, Shamira Malekar, Marcos Zyman, Geoffrey Klock, Vincent Cheng and Holly Messitt (holding the book of the late James Tolan).

Annual Reception Celebrates Faculty Authors
Faculty whose work in mathematics, poetry, computing, philosophy and other fields were honored at an Authors’ Reception in the President’s Conference Room at 199 Chambers Street on March 1. Authors and their books included Professors Matthew Ally, Ecology and Existence: Bringing Sartre to the water’s edge; Jodie Culkin, Learn electronics with arduino: An illustrated beginner's guide to physical computing; Margaret Carson, translator of the novel Baroni: A Journey, by Sergio Chejfec; Vincent Cheng, Time is out of joint; Keridiana Chez, Victorian dogs, Victorian men: Affect and animals in nineteenth-century literature and culture; Erik Freas,The Exclusivity of holiness: The Role of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in the formation of national identities; Geoffrey Klock, Aestheticism, evil, homosexuality, and Hannibal: If Oscar Wilde ate people; Amy Lawless, Broadax; Andrew Levy, Artifice in the calm damages; Shamira Soren Malekar (co-author R.P. Mohanty), Success with emotional intelligence; Sophie Maríñez, Mademoiselle de Montpensier: Writings, châteaux, and female self-construction in early modern France; Paquita Suárez Coalla, Hestories pa contales (Más nomes de muyer); James Tolan, Filched; Marcos Zyman (co-authors A.E. Clement and S. Majewicz), The theory of nilpotent groups.


BMCC Students Make Their Voices Heard in Albany
On February 27, four students in the BMCC Civic Leadership Program travelled to the State Capitol in Albany to discuss with legislators, the impact of proposed CUNY and BMCC budget cuts on their educations and lives. The students—Fadel Yerima, Radha Longo, Eleni Spiru and Allen Kruzhkov (L-R, above)—met with Charles LeDuc, Legislative Director for New York State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, as well as staff in the office of Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou.

Free Film Retrospective Series: Leading Ladies Who Sing
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (BMCC TPAC) proudly presents Leading Ladies Who Sing, a free event in the Scenes Through the Cinema Lens series scheduled for March 20 at 7:30 p.m. This fiilm event will showcase distinguished jazz singers like Abbey Lincoln, Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday, as well as timeless performances by singer/actresses including Judy Garland, Diana Ross and Marilyn Monroe.

Service Corps CUNY Service Corps: Student Applications Due March 11
Student applications for the 2018-2019 BMCC CUNY Service Corps cohort are due March 11. Through the CUNY Service Corps, students help 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. For more information, contact Lisa O’Connor:

CUNYFirst Travel and Expense Systems Trainings: March 12 and May 2 
If you are a BMCC faculty or staff member planning work-related travel, the CUNYFirst Travel and Expense system training will help clarify the documentation process required before and after your trip. Sessions are March 12 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., both at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-603. Please RSVP to Rita Sun, BMCC Financial Analyst,

St Patricks Day Support BMCC Emergency Fund at St. Patrick’s Day Lunch: March 14  
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to attend the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch on March 14 at 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace. Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch, Irish dance and door prizes. Proceeds go to the BMCC Emergency Fund, which helps students with food insecurity and temporary needs such as MTA MetroCards. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Camille Goodridge at (212) 220-8020.

Spring 2018 Faculty and Staff Degreeworks Training Starts March 15
Degreeworks, the College’s online academic advisement and degree auditing system, enables advisors and students to view student academic progress. Sessions are March 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., S-603; March 16, 2-4 p.m., N-553; March 17, 12 to 2 p.m., S-108A; March 19, 1-3 p.m., S-603; March 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., S-603; March 23, 5-7 p.m., N-789; March 28, 2-4 p.m. N-789; April 10, 1-3 p.m., S-603; April 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., S-603; April 14, 3-5 p.m., S-108A; April 16, 1-3 p.m. S603; April 18, 12 to 2 p.m., S-603, and May 8, 2-4 p.m., S-603. Please RSVP now to

AHM Asian Heritage Month: Submit Art and Poetry by March 28
In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, BMCC students, faculty and staff are invited to submit original visual art and poetry—you may submit in one or both categories—reflecting this year’s theme, Harmony. An Asian Heritage Month event celebrating the selected art and poetry is set for April 19 at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-341, from 12 to 2:30 p.m. ART: Please submit a jpeg or PDF of one or two original artworks, including a description of the work's physical dimensions and its medium or media. POETRY: Please submit three to five pages of original poetry. BOTH: Please include a 75- to 100-word description about how your work relates to the concept of “harmony.” If you have questions, please contact Professor Tim Keane at Send submissions to by 5 p.m. on March 28.
Herstory Month Events

BMCC Women’s Herstory Month Events Throughout March 
BMCC is celebrating Women’s Herstory Month throughout March with the theme, Nevertheless, She Persisted. Current activism in the United States and on many college campuses is reflected in the month's events.


Professional Development Fair: Develop Your Super Powers: April 4  
All BMCC staff members are invited to learn how to better develop their own talent and opportunities at the college's first Professional Development Fair. Participants can attend workshops, visit table presentations and talk with representatives from colleges and universities, CUNY professional development resources, City of New York representatives and others.

Healthcare Option for BMCC Students
BMCC has formed a partnership with Gouverneur Health System, a member of the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). This will allow BMCC students—including those who are uninsured, international and undocumented—to receive direct referrals for medical and mental health services. To learn more, please contact the following BMCC offices: Health Services Center (Physicals, Immunizations, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dental); Counseling Center (Mental Health Referrals) or Single Stop (Insurance Issues).


Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder Presentation  
The BMCC Public Safety Department invites faculty, staff and students to attend a 60- to 90-minute presentation on surviving an event involving an active shooter or hostile intruder. The session will be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and held March 15 at 10 a.m., at 199 Chambers Street, Room N-451. For more information, please contact Public Safety at (212) 220-8000, Ext. 6331.


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 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

English Professor Syreeta McFadden publishes opinion piece on diversity at Oscars
March 5, 2018—Huffpost

BMCC Criminal Justice major featured in Netflix documentary “One of Us”
March 6, 2018—Haaretz, New York Jewish Week, Forward

BMCC alumnus featured in story about undocumented life in New York City
March 6, 2018—Odyssey

Human Resources

Faculty, Staff and Students: Show Your Appreciation!
Nominate full- and part-time administrative and/or support and service staff members or team for the BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards! Award categories include: Leadership, Inspiration, Innovation/Technology, Rookie of the Year and Team Achievement.

CUNY Administrative Assistant Exam Now Open: Don't Miss Out
The CUNY Administrative Assistant Exam is open now through March 30. For eligibility and other information, click here.

TIAA Meet on Campus With a TIAA Financial Consultant
Are you saving enough for retirement? To discuss this and other questions, meet with a TIAA financial consultant March 22, April 3, April 19, May 1, May 17, May 30 or June 6. Space is limited, so RSVP online or call (800) 732-8353 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

TRS Members: Benefits and Services Workshop
Participants in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) of the City of New York are invited to attend sessions on TRS benefits at 55 Water Street in lower Manhattan. For more information, visit or call (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 changes for retirees.

HEO Staff Invited to Q&A with Human Resources
BMCC HEO staff members are invited to attend a question-and-answer session with Human Resources on March 21, May 16 or July 18. The sessions are 2 to 4 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-719. Please send questions in advance to Lori Ann Mazzola by 12 p.m., the Monday before the session. To register, visit here.

College Assistants Invited to Q&A with Human Resources
BMCC College Assistants are invited to attend a question-and-answer session with Human Resources on one of these dates: March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27 or July 25. The sessions are 2 to 4 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-738. Please send questions in advance to Lori Ann Mazzola by 12 p.m., the Monday before the session. To register, visit here.

Staff Development Courses Still Available: Register Now for March and April
The CUNY Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Professional Development and Learning Management (PDLM), offers professional development courses for CUNY employees. There is still space in Developing Yourself and Others Through Delegation on March 22. There is also space in Resolving Conflict: A Leadership Approach—an elective in the Managerial Competencies Certificate program and offered only on April 12 and 13. Browse here for other courses still open or contact

Alumni and Donors
2018 Gala

2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Success, Set for May 15
Reserve your seat or table now in the 2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Success, presented by BMCC and the BMCC Foundation on May 15 at Cipriani, 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The 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. Proceeds benefit the BMCC Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact Camille Goodridge in the BMCC Office of College Development at (212) 220-8020.


Chat and Book Reading with BMCC Alumnus Jim St. Germain March 21 
BMCC alumni, students and friends are invited to attend a book reading and discussion with BMCC alumnus Jim St. Germain, author of A Stone of Hope: A Memoir. This event is sponsored by the BMCC Alumni Association and the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice.

Meet Your Minimum Required IRA Distribution and Help BMCC Students at the Same Time
If you are at least 70 and a half years old, you can meet your minimum required IRA distribution, and benefit BMCC students at the same time. You can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to the BMCC Foundation, without having to pay federal income taxes on your gift. For information on how to make a qualified distribution from your IRA to the BMCC Foundation, please contact Phillip Keefe in the College Development Office at (212) 346-8650 or


Microsoft Excel Workshops: Sign up Now
March 9, March 16 and March 23

CUNY Assessment Test Workshop
March 10

How to Get Back on Track When You’re on Academic Promotion
March 12, March 21, April 12, April 19

Year Up Info Session
March 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

Watch Live: #2 Lady Panthers Take on #3 Sullivan Generals at the Region XV Tournament

Men’s Baseball
March 9, BMCC vs. Monroe College (Padavan-Preller Complex, Queens, NY)
March 15, BMCC vs. Atlantic Cape Community College (Mays Landing, NJ)

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