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Public Health Major

BMCC Launches Public Health Major
Starting Fall 2017, students will be able to earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Public Health degree at BMCC. “Public health professionals can address national issues such as diminished access to health care,” said Lesley Rennis, Chair of the BMCC Health Education Department. "In a survey of BMCC students, we learned that many of our students are interested in careers in public health and want to improve the health of the communities they are part of.”


BMCC Hosts Asian American Studies Symposium
An all-day panel symposium, "Building Asian American Studies in Polycultural New York City," was held Friday, March 10 at BMCC Express. The event was part of the year-long, NEH-funded project, “Building Asian American Studies across the Community College Classroom,” which is led by BMCC Sociology Professor Soniya Munshi and hosted by the BMCC Center for Ethnic Studies.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Raises More Than $2,700 for Student Emergency Fund
On Monday, March 13, the Ninth Annual St. Patricks’ Day Luncheon held in Richard Harris Terrace raised more than $2,700 for the BMCC Student Emergency Fund. Guests enjoyed traditional Irish fare, corned beef and cabbage, as well as Irish music and dancing. The St. Patrick's Day Committee included Robert Cox, Terrence Dunne, John Gallagher, Kim O'Donnell and Kristina Varade. If you were unable to attend but would like to make a contribution, click HERE.


Three of BMCC’s Most Successful Alumni Speak to Students
On Wednesday, March 15, the Business Leaders on Campus Speaker Series featured three prominent BMCC alumni: Theresa Clark Messer, former Director of the National Basketball Association; Jay Yu, President and CEO of Financial Ventures Group, and Edmir Perdja, Margin Senior Associate, Credit Agricole CIB. More than 100 BMCC students attended the event in the 13th-floor Conference Room at Fiterman Hall. “For almost an hour, the students asked questions, followed by one-on-one networking time,” said Professor of Business Management Christian de Rojas Prats, who coordinates the series. "We want our students to be business-ready, and they benefited from the advice and insight from some of BMCC’s most successful alumni.”

Suicide Intervention

Suicide Intervention Training for Faculty and Staff
On Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the BMCC Counseling Center will host a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop provided by the New York State Office of Mental Health and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan supporting their immediate safety. All materials plus a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To attend, please complete a registration form no later than Wednesday, March 22, and send to

BMCC Human Services Student Named Volunteer of the Month at St. Luke’s
BMCC Human Services major Josepha (Josie) Helstone was named February Volunteer of the Month at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan. Helstone, who was highlighted on the hospital’s Facebook page, is in the second semester of her required BMCC internship at St. Luke’s Geriatric Psychiatry unit. According to Amy Bush, Director of Volunteer Services at St. Luke's Hospital, the things someone needs to be successful in the unit are compassion, care and concern along with overall kindness, and “Josie has that in spades.” Helstone says the internship helped her make a decision to advance her degree and pursue a career in clinical social work.

Making Headlines

BMCC Accounting Professor Barry Cooper Featured Tax Expert
March 14, 2017 — Wallet Hub

Human Resources

BMCC Staff Encouraged to Sign Up for Title IX Training Sessions
The Office of Compliance and Diversity will be conducting legally mandated EEO/Sexual Harassment/Title IX training for all full-time BMCC employees and supervisors. If you completed a training session in the Fall 2016 semester, you will not need to sign up for this training. It is mandatory for BMCC employees who: (1) did not complete an in-person training in Fall 2016 and (2) are “Responsible Employees,” to sign up for one of the sessions listed below. If you are unclear whether you are a Responsible Employee, please contact your supervisor. Refreshments will be served. All training sessions take place in Fiterman Hall, Room 1307, on these dates and times: March 29 at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (for all FT Employees); April 28 at 10:30 a.m. (for all FT Employees) and 1:30 p.m. (for Supervisors). For more information contact Odelia Levy, Office of Compliance and Diversity at (212) 220-1236.

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.

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

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.)

Faculty Publications Reception
March 16

TPAC Presents, "The Lightning Thief”
March 19

Continuing Education Open House
March 21

Admissions Open House
March 25


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 17: BMCC vs Monroe College
March 19: BMCC vs Tompkins Cortland Community College
March 21: BMCC vs Union County College

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