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Public Speaking Students Visit Kosovo Consul General  
Students in Professor Lee Ritchey’s SPE102 (Public Speaking to Non-Native Speakers of English) class visited the Consul General of the Republic of Kosovo in New York City on March 7. The group was hosted by Teuta Shahatqija, and invited by BMCC student Dafina Skreli, a native of Kosovo and intern at the Consulate. "The students in our class have come to New York from 17 different countries. Our purpose in visiting the Consulate was to learn more about other countries and to share experiences of being international students,” Professor Ritchey says. During the visit, Consul Shahatqija spoke about the Consulate’s relation to the United Nations, the Kosovo War, and Kosovo’s tolerance of different religions and cultures, Ritchey said. "We even had a sample of mantia, a meat-filled filo pastry that is a staple of Albanian cooking in the region. We all braved the snowstorm and had a great time! We plan more visits to other embassies and consulates in the future.”

Sula BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Presents Jazz Band Sula 
BMCC TPAC presents the final concert in its Jazz in Progress: The Next Faces of Jazz series, featuring finalists from the DC Jazz Festival’s DCJazzPrix emerging band competition. SULA, a NYC-based crossover jazz group led by drummer Diego Joaquin Ramirez, will perform on March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at BMCC TPAC, 199 Chambers Street.
Women’s Herstory Month 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.
Colloquium 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.
Faculty Art Show

Video from Faculty Art Show Opening  
The BMCC faculty art show, In the Studio, will be open through March 24 in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. The opening event, held February 14, included a memorial tribute to BMCC Professor of Art Charles McGill. For interviews with the artists, watch this video.


Spring 2018 Faculty and Staff Degreeworks Training
Degreeworks, the College’s online academic advisement and degree auditing system, enables advisors and students to view student academic progress. Sessions are 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

UN Sustainable UN Sustainable Development Goals and Youth Engagement Presentation March 21
The BMCC community is invited to a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Youth Presentation on March 21 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Fiterman Hall, F 206. Neil Pierre, Chief of Policy Coordination,Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations headquarters, will speak. The event is free. For more information, contact Christine Farias, or Warren Benfield,
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 art and poetry—you may submit in one or both categories—reflecting this year's theme, Harmony. 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 summary of how your work relates to the concept of “harmony.” An 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. If you have questions, contact Professor Tim Keane at Send submissions to by 5 p.m. on March 28.

Women’s Resource Center 25th Anniversary Celebration March 29
BMCC students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the BMCC Women’s Resource Center on March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room S-341 at 199 Chambers. The day-long event includes laughing yoga, henna painting, crafting, dancing and more.

CUNY-Wide Conference on Diversity and Inclusion March 29
BMCC administration, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the 2018 Research Conference on Diversity and Inclusion at the CUNY Graduate Center March 29. The conference is free but registration is required. For more information, visit the conference website.


Professional Development Fair: Develop Your Super Powers: April 4  
All BMCC staff members are invited to learn how to 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.

Childcare, Counseling and More, for Pregnant or Parenting Students
The Pathways for Expecting and Parenting Students (PEPS) program out of the Office of Student Affairs supports students and provides referrals to services such as childcare, counseling, healthcare and nutritional counseling. For more information, contact Shirlgandy Saint-Jean ( or Michelle Payne ( at (212) 776-6403 or stop by the Single Stop office in Room S-230 at 199 Chambers Street.

Public Safety Office of Public Safety Offers Resources and Services
The Office of Public Safety provides services and resources to ensure a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment at BMCC. Public Safety provides free training to faculty, staff and students in C.P.R./A.E.D./First Aid and Campus-Community Emergency Response Training. Staff are also trained as fire wardens for various campus locations. Watch the video, “Run. Hide. Fight.” to learn about surviving an active shooter event. To report a crime or emergency, call Public Safety at (212) 220-8080 or 911. Blue call boxes are located throughout the campus.

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.


March 27: Pop Up Advising & Registration for Continuing Students
Early advisement and registration for Summer and Fall 2018 starts on 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. On March 27, advising staff members will be on hand to advise (room S-108) and register (room S-114) students from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media @BMCC_CUNY; #BMCCFinishFaster

Making Headlines

Berkeley College basketball team plays its games at BMCC
March 9—College and University

BMCC ASAP program included in peer-reviewed article about postsecondary pathways out of poverty
March 10—RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

BMCC/TPAC show, Highlights in Jazz featured
March 13—Broadway World

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.

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.

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.

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 on March 21. This event is sponsored by the BMCC Alumni Association and the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice.

Faculty Recital Spring 2018 Faculty Recital
March 16
Febos Working Writers Series: Melissa Febos
March 20

Parenting Education and Resources Workshop
March 21


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

Men’s Baseball
March 15, (DH) BMCC vs. Atlantic Cape Community College (May’s Landing, NJ)
March 17, (DH) BMCC vs. Mercer County Community College (Trenton, NJ)
March 18, (DH) 4BMCC vs. Union County College (Padavan-Preller Complex)
March 20, BMCC vs. Kingsborough Community College (Kingsborough Athletics Field)

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