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President Reports on Equity and Student Success Initiatives
On Tuesday, March 7, BMCC President Antonio Pérez delivered the State of the College Address in Theatre 2 at 199 Chambers Street. Initiatives such as those to build retention and reduce the time students spend in developmental classes were discussed, as well as statistics that relate to student economic mobility and other issues. “We view poverty as a social justice issue. It is our duty to assist students in gaining the education and experience that prepare them to move up the economic ladder,” said President Pérez.


BMCC Students Participate in CUNY-wide Theatre Festival
A group of burgeoning BMCC playwrights, actors and directors participated in the second annual CUNY-wide Theater Festival held at City College of New York, CUNY, on March 4. BMCC has participated in the festival with more original plays than any other CUNY school, according to BMCC Theatre Professor Keith Winsted. Student playwrights included Dennis O’Brien, Juan Carlos Saldago, Augustin Scuoteguazza and Yating Sun. Student directors included Jovaun Black, Keenan N. Charles, Nicole O’Donnell and Roy Scandela. Student actors included Katrina Brown, Alvaro Castellar, Britney Cuevas, John D’agosto, Alexandra Eller, Chyna Farmer, Edward Kish, Joseph Melton and Vanessa Juhyean Son. BMCC Professors Katherine Kavanagh and Chuck Burks also presented at the event.

BMCC Hosts Career Fair Prep Workshop for International Students
BMCC’s International Student Services Office and Center for Career Development hosted a workshop on March 6 at BMCC Express to help BMCC’s international students prepare for the March 8 career fair. The workshop provided tips on navigating the career fair, including a list of companies open to hiring students with F-1 Visas. “We also tell students they can approach all employers, focusing on their skills and qualifications,” said Kim Vo, International Student Specialist at BMCC. “In these political times, we want our BMCC students to feel welcome, no matter what their status is.”


Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Speaks to Academy of Leadership and Service
On the morning of Monday, March 6 in S341 at BMCC’s main campus building, 199 Chambers Street, United States Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (above, right) for the Eighth District of New York spoke to students in the BMCC Academy of Leadership and Service: Refining Each Ascending Leader (REAL).

BMCC Students Meet With More Than 90 Employers in Spring Career Fair
Close to 350 students attended the 2017 BMCC Spring Career Fair on March 8, hosted by the BMCC Center for Career Development. More than 90 employers filled the gymnasium as students in business attire, resumes in hand, met with representatives from the public and private sector. “The unemployment rate in New York remains low,” said Won Kang, Director of the BMCC Center for Career Development. “We are constantly developing new partnerships with New York City businesses in high-demand areas sectors of employment.” Students seeking employment opportunities or a resume review should contact the BMCC Center for Career Development office at (212) 220-8170 or visit Rm. S342 at 199 Chambers Street.


BMCC Time Warner Screenwriting Fellows Present Original Work
Professional actors read 10-minute scenes from film and television scripts written by 10 BMCC students and recent alumni at a Script Reading Gala, part of the BMCC Time Warner Screenwriting Fellowship program. The event was held March 2 in BMCC’s Theater 2. The fellowship was made possible by a grant from Time Warner Foundation.

St. Pats Annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch, March 13, Benefits BMCC Emergency Fund
Tickets are available for the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch on Monday, March 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. Admission is $25 if purchased by March 9, or $30 at the door, and includes a traditional Irish buffet — corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, Irish soda bread, cider and coffee — as well as Irish dance performances and door prizes. Tickets can be purchased with a check payable to the BMCC Foundation sent via interoffice mail to Hyacinth Camillieri, Fiterman 1330, or online HERE. For additional information, please call (212) 220-8020.
Publicsafety Public Safety Hosts Presentation: Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder
All BMCC faculty and staff are invited to attend a 60- to 90-minute session, "Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder," Tuesday, March 14 at 199 Chambers Street, Room N451, 10:00 a.m. This presentation will be conducted by the NYPD Counter Terrorism Bureau. For more information, contact the Office of Public Safety, (212) 220-8000, x7080.
WHM Women’s Herstory Month
March is Women's Herstory Month at BMCC. On the schedule are panels, films, live performance, workshops and many other events for students, faculty and staff.

BMCC Introduces Annual Series: Business Leaders on Campus
On Wednesday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Fiterman Hall Conference Center (13th floor), BMCC’s first annual Business Leaders of Campus program will present business leaders (L–R, above) Edmir Perdja, Margin Senior Associate, Credit Agricole CIB; Theresa Clark Messer, former Director of Finance, National Basketball Players Association; and Jay Yu, President and CEO of Financial Ventures Group. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the event, hosted by BMCC’s Business Management Department.

CCT Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) Opportunity for Students
The CCT is a record of students’ participation and achievements outside class. Together with their academic transcript, the CCT gives a holistic representation of the student. If you facilitate non-credit workshops or activities for students outside class, please submit the Faculty and Staff Submission form to make it a CCT-eligible event. Students can stop by Richard Harris Terrace from Tuesday, March 14 through Thursday, March 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to learn more about the CCT, or contact Nereida Montijo, 199 Chambers Street, Rm. S234,
CUE CUNY CUE Conference 2017: Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2017 CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) Conference set for May 5 at 199 Chambers Street, NYC 10007. This year’s theme, "Accelerating Progress, Accelerating Equity: Improving Student Success in Developmental and Gateway Courses," highlights evidence-based practice across CUNY aimed at improving student success, retention and graduation, and successful transfer. For more information, see the day's agenda or contact Dean Janice Zummo,
Immigration Immigration Support for Students
BMCC is available to assist students who need support and resources to address matters related to immigration. The college provides information about relevant institutional policies, legislation and executive orders, including those affecting international students, permanent residents and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

BMCC Will Make Up Snow Day on May 19
Due to the Thursday, February 9 snow storm, BMCC was closed and all in-person classes were suspended. The college will make up for lost instruction time on Friday, May 19 for all in-person classes and follow a Thursday class schedule. For more information, see the BMCC Academic Calendar.

Making Headlines

Professor Lesley Rennis Featured on BronxNet Cable Show to Discuss BMCC Women’s Wellness Event
On Saturday, March 4, Lesley Rennis, Chair of the BMCC Health Education Department, was featured on the BronxNet cable show “Open" to discuss health issues and promote the March 18 BMCC Women's Herstory Month event, The Wellness Movement Among Women of Color.

Judith Anderson, BMCC professor, leads discussion of film Moonlight
March 8, 2017—The Monitor

BMCC basketball included in championship game wrapup
March 7, 2017— Campus News

BMCC board member Christine Larsen profiled
March 7, 2017— Payments Source

Lexie Lombard, BMCC student and YouTube personality, advocates for sex education
March 6, 2017 — I-D Vice

BMCC Lecturer Kate Walter pens opinion piece
March 5, 2017 — AM New York

BMCC’s CUNY Start program highlighted in story about student
March 5, 2017 — New York Post

Human Resources

TIAA Counselors on Campus
All employees: If you would like to meet with a TIAA counselor on campus March 14, 15 or 21, please RSVP or call 800-732-8353 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fare Increase Reminder to Wage Works Participants
On March 19, MTA fare increases will take effect. To change your Wage Works deductions, complete the attached form and return it to Human Resources, 199 Chambers Street, Rm. S717. For more information, contact the BMCC Office of Human Resources, (212) 220-8300.

Join the Weight Watchers Enrollment Challenge
Join Weight Watchers and WorkWell NYC through April 7 and help BMCC win the Weight Watchers enrollment challenge! The City agency with the highest percent increase in Weight Watchers enrollments wins a special celebration with their colleagues.

Health Insurance for CUNY Students
Ninety percent of uninsured young adults are actually eligible for free or reduced-cost health insurance coverage. To learn more, click HERE.

Alumni and Donors

Tickets on Sale Now for BMCC Foundation 2017 Gala on May 18
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.)

Symposium: Building Asian American Studies in Polycultural New York City
March 10

CPT/Internships for F-1 International Students Workshop
March 14


BMCC Downtown Symphony: Free Performance
March 15

Free Tax Preparation by Single Stop
Through April 13


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

Women’s Basketball:
BMCC Finishes Second in Region 15 Tournament
Lady Panthers Advance to Regional Championship Final

Men’s Basketball:
Panthers Fall to Caimans in Opening Round

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