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BMCC Fitness Center

BMCC Celebrates Fitness with New Facility
A large crowd of BMCC faculty, staff and faculty gathered outside the college’s new BMCC Fitness Center to cut a ribbon and officially open the state-of-the-art facility on March 16. Vice President of Student Affairs Marva Craig told the audience, “This is about the body and mind, health and wellness. ”During his remarks, BMCC President Antonio Pérez said it is important for students to get used to exercising on a regular basis now, so they will continue to do so later in life. BMCC’s new facility includes cardiovascular, strength/resistance training equipment and free weights. The BMCC Fitness Center is located in Room N-275 at 199 Chambers St.

Published Works

BMCC Recognizes Faculty Published Works
BMCC Faculty Monographs 2015, a reception on Monday, March 14 in the A. Philip Randolph Memorial Library, celebrated books published by BMCC professors last year: Nkechi Madonna Adeleine Agwu, (Mathematics), God’s Own: The Genesis of Mathematics Story Telling; Sergio Andruccioli (Modern Languages), Hormiguero and Palabras que Gim; Marilyn Rivera Ayala (Modern Languages), Masculinidades y Transgresiones en la Obra Mayra Santos Febres; Celeste Conway (English), Unlovely; Sherry Engle (Speech) & Susan Croft, Thousands of Noras; Maria Do Carmo de Vasconcelos, translator (English), Kumar: Poetic Impressions of Angola. Carlos Hernandez (English), The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria; Norman Kagan (Speech), Romance Film: Passion Strategies in Film and Life; Kimora (Social Sciences, Criminal Justice) Ethnic Profiling: A Modern Framework; Geoff Klock (Social Sciences, Political Science), The Future of Comics, the Future of Men: Matt Fraction’s Casanova; Jacob Kramer (History), The New Freedom and the New Radicals; Leigh LaBerge (English), Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1908s; Yolanda Medina & Angeles Donoso Macaya (Teacher Education), Latinas/os on the East Coast: A Critical Reader; Elaine Sexton (English), Prospect/Refuge; Jan Stahl (English), How Eighteenth-century Women Fended-Off Sexual Violence by Writing and Talking; Alejandro Varderi (Modern Languages), De lo Sublime a lo Grotesco: Kitsch y Cultura Popular en el Mundo Hispanico; Marie Linton Umeh (English), Kema Chikwe Across Borders: Selected Speeches and Essays; Elizabeth Wissinger (Sociology), This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media and the Making of Glamour.

BMCC Express

BMCC Express Now Open
BMCC has created 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 now open 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 including Academic Programs, Admissions, Advisement, Bursar, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Services and more. Students and visitors now have access to six self-help computer stations and one-on-one consultation for questions that need more attention.

St. Patrick’s Day

8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Supports the BMCC Student Emergency Fund
On March 16 in Richard Harris Terrace, the 8th Annual BMCC St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon raised almost $3,000 to benefit the BMCC Student Emergency Fund. A traditional Irish buffet of corned beef and cabbage was provided by MBJ Foods, courtesy of an anonymous donor. Niall O’Leary of the Niall O’Leary school and traditional Irish percussionist Brian Flemming led a performance with dancers including BMCC professor of Italian in the Modern Languages program, Kristina Varade. Raffle gifts donated by BMCC neighbors included a $250 gift certificate from Century 21, a $50 gift certificate from Tribeca Tap House, four $10 gift certificates for Woodrow’s, a $25 gift certificate from Duane Park Patisserie, and other gifts provided by Barnes & Noble, Lily O’Brien’s Irish Bar & Restaurant and The Mysterious Bookshop. From Fall 2014 through Fall 2015, over 750 students received assistance in the form of a MetroCard or meal voucher from the BMCC Student Emergency Fund, says Sussie Gyamfi, Scholarship and Special Services Coordinator in the BMCC Office of Student Affairs.


Women’s Herstory Month Offers a Variety of Events
Women’s Herstory Month at BMCC is scheduled from March 1 through April 12. Featured events include panel discussions, films, live performances, workshops and readings. The month-long celebration was kicked-off with the day-long conference, Women and Power 2016 on March 2.

Faculty Encouraged to Participate in NEH-funded Faculty Development Program
BMCC faculty are encouraged to participate in “Cultivating Global Competencies in a Diverse World,” a faculty development program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Selected applicants will receive stipends of $1,000 for their work in professional development and curriculum enhancement in Summer/Fall 2016 (both Summer Intensive Cohort and Fall Regular Cohort are available), as well as $250 for their work in curriculum implementation and program dissemination in Spring 2017. Application deadline is May 2. Learn more.

Run, Hide, Fight

BMCC Public Safety Offers Informative Video in Light of Recent Crises on U.S. College Campuses
The BMCC Public Safety Service is here to foster the mission of the college by providing a safe, secure and comfortable environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Public Safety is offering the video “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event” on its updated website to inform the campus of safety procedures.

BMCC to Celebrate 51st Commencement, June 3
BMCC Faculty and Staff: On Friday, June 3, BMCC will celebrate its 51st commencement and the College will be having two ceremonies – one will be in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Both ceremonies will be held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Morning Ceremony
• Faculty and staff members who will be participating in the Morning Ceremony may start arriving at 9:00 a.m., but no later than 10:15 a.m. (information regarding caps and gowns will follow).
• Students may start arriving at 9:30 a.m., but no later than 9:45 a.m.
• Students in the following majors will attend the Morning Ceremony: Accounting, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Teacher Education, English, Education, Mathematics, Media Arts & Technology, Science and Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts, Music & Arts and Modern Language.
• The ceremony is expected to end no later than 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Ceremony
• Faculty and staff members who will be participating in the Afternoon Ceremony may start arriving at 1:30 p.m., but no later than 2:15 p.m. (information regarding caps and gowns will follow).
• Students may start arriving at 1:50 p.m., but no later than 2:05 p.m.
• Students in the following majors will attend the Afternoon Ceremony: Liberal Arts, Allied Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice and Nursing.
• The ceremony is expected to end no later than 5:45 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: It is preferred, but not mandatory, that faculty members who have students majoring in an area of study or department listed above, attend the ceremony to which their students are assigned. Faculty and staff members who do not have students majoring in an area of study in their department may attend either ceremony.

Additional details and the role of faculty and staff for both events will be provided shortly. For more information, call the Office of Student Affairs at (212) 220-8130.

Summer Tuition Waivers
BMCC will offer Summer 2016 tuition waivers for courses counting toward degree completion to eligible, matriculating BMCC students who are New York State residents (U.S. citizen or permanent resident). Each eligible student may use no more than one tuition waiver in the summer session starting May 31, and no more than one tuition waiver in the summer session starting July 19. Learn more.

Making Headlines

BMCC Alumna contributes, “A Short Read Regarding Long-Term Care” article
March 15, 2016 – SeattlePI

“The Good Wife" Cast and Creators to Say Goodbye With Tribeca Film Festival Panel
March 14, 2016 – Entertainment Weekly

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, Head of Operations & Technology at Citi, and Garrett Moran, President, Year Up. Proceeds benefit the BMCC Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Hyacinth Camillieri, 212-220-8020 or

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.


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2016 Tax Law Workshop for Faculty and Staff
March 24, 30, and 31

March 24

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Panther Pride

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Men’s Basketball: Williams Named Region 15 Athlete of the Month

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