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BMCC Veterans Resource Center Grows to Serve CUNY’s Largest Student Veteran Population
The BMCC Veterans Resource Center (VRC) supports the largest student veteran population in CUNY. VRC staff and counselors assist veterans, their dependents and survivors as they access Veterans Administration education benefits and find a sense of community at the VRC.

BMCC Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Project Ranked Number One in New York
The BMCC Phi Theta Kappa Club’s College Project was ranked number one among all 59 New York chapter submissions at the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Conference, held at The Desmond Hotel in Albany on March 4. BMCC Social Sciences Professor Alex d'Erizans and Phi Theta Kappa student members Quinci Croal, a Psychology major, and Kirin Madison, a Biotechnology major, attended the event. BMCC’s College Project centered on developing tools and skills necessary for college graduates to transition from college to job placement. “Winning at the regional level is going to place us in an ideal position to win on the international level,” said d’Erizans. BMCC will participate in the International Conference April 5-9 in Nashville. BMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa was also ranked second in the distinguished chapter category among all 59 chapters in the New York region.


(L-R): J. Kershaw, P. Partridge, N. Hossain, D. Martinez, M. Luke, N. Rivera, N. Pinto, P. Senk

CUNY and BMCC Honor Women Trailblazers
The CUNY Women’s Center Council and CUNY Office of Student Affairs celebrated its third annual Students in Service to Women Recognition Award Ceremony honoring Trailblazing Women on March 21 in Richard Harris Terrace. The ceremony was hosted by BMCC and the BMCC Women’s Resource Center. The awardees, students whose leadership and social activism positively impacts women on campus or in their communities, included Lee Ann Graham (Kingsborough Community College); Dulce Martinez Hernandez (BMCC); Nazeefa Hossain (John Jay College of Criminal Justice); Joyann Kershaw (Medgar Evers College); Margi Morales (LaGuardia Community College); Pleisha Partridge (Guttman Community College); Nadine Pinto (York College) and Paige Senk (Brooklyn College). Opening remarks were delivered by Marva Craig, BMCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Deborah Parker, Director of the BMCC Women’s Resource Center. A panel presentation moderated by Joana De Leon, Director of the Women’s Center at LaGuardia Community College featured Mary Luke, Board President of the U.N. Women, Metro NY chapter; and Nilda Rivera, an attorney with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Student presentations were moderated by Ebonie Jackson, Manager of the York College Women’s Center.


Reception Celebrates BMCC Authors
BMCC's Academic Affairs and Randolph Library hosted a Faculty Publications Reception in the President’s Conference Room on Thursday, March 16. Writers from across the disciplines gathered with guests to discuss their books published in 2016. They included Douglas Anderson, Chamber Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4. [CD]; Eleanor Blair and Yolanda Medina, The Social Foundations Reader: Critical Essays on Teaching, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century; Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms; Patrizia Comello Perry and Elda Buonanno Foley, Fostering Culture Through Film: A Resource for Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies; Charles DePaolo, William Watson Cheyne and the Advancement of Bacteriology; Maria Devasconcelos and Phil Eggers, Ten Impressions of Rose and Sea; Roger Foster, Adorno and Philosophical Modernism: The Inside of Things; Erik Freas, Muslim-Christian Relations in Late Ottoman Palestine: Where Nationalism and Religion Intersect; Ainoa Íñigo, El Universo Literario de Roberto Bolaño; Lynn McGee, Sober Cooking: Poems; Paquita Suarez-Coalla, Las Circunstancias de la Creación Artística: Memorias del VI Coloquio de LART; Diana Rickard, Sex Offenders, Stigma and Social Control; Jill Richardson, The Afro-Latin@ Experience in Contemporary American Literature and Culture: Engaging Blackness; Silvia Roig, Aurora Bertrana: IInovación Literaria y Subversión de Género; Juan Santarcángelo, Orlando Justo, Paul Cooney, Latin America After the Financial Crisis: Economic Ramifications from Heterodox Perspectives; Diane Simmons, The Courtship of Eva Eldridge: A Story of Bigamy in the Marriage-Mad Fifties and Marie Umeh, Kema Chikwe Across Borders: Selected Speeches and Essays.


Tickets on Sale Now: MEOC "Celebrating 50 Years" Gala, May 3
The Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Gala on Wednesday, May 3 at the Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., New York, NY. The program will open with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. The Gala Guest Honoree is BMCC President Antonio Pérez, and Distinguished Guest is H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Funds raised will benefit the MEOC Student Emergency and Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets, click HERE. For more information, contact Carmel Paleski, MEOC Director of Operations: (212) 961-8949 or


Tuition Waiver Program Set for Summer 2017
BMCC is continuing its successful Tuition Waiver Program for Summer 2017. Eligible students must be matriculated at BMCC, New York State residents, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time the waiver is applied. For more details, click HERE.


Sustainability Fair 2017
The BMCC Sustainability Fair 2017 will be held Thursday, April 20 from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace and the South Lobby at 199 Chambers Street. Activities will include hands-on sustainable research demonstrations and exhibits on topics such as organic and locally sourced food. An Eco-Cinema event will present six films in the student cafeteria, and there will be student prizes. The fair will also recognize community and student organizations working towards sustainability, including the BMCC Research and Nature Club, the BMCC Rowing Club, the BMCC Wellness and Nutrition Club, the Food and Water Watch, GrowNYC, NYPIRG, the Sierra Club, United for Action and more.

Suicide Intervention Training for Faculty and Staff
The BMCC Counseling Center will host a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Tuesday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The training will be provided by the New York State Office of Mental Health and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To attend, please send a registration form to

Making Headlines

BMCC alumni Jim St. Germain featured in story about “Raise the Age” Criminal Justice reform bill in New York State
March 22, 2017 — Manhattan Times

BMCC student featured in story about NYC prep school students stepping outside their comfort zones
March 21, 2017 — ESPN

Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Kobe Byrant, Lena Dunham and others set for Tribeca Film Festival Talks
March 20, 2017 — Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood

Human Resources
Spring Spring Is in the Air! It’s Time to Bloom!
Spring is a time of new growth and renewal. So why not take some time for some personal ‘renewal’? If you have health issues or eating habits that you would like to 'Spring Clean', consider joining the BMCC Weight Watchers group. To register with the WorkWell/WeightWatchers program, contact Lori Mazzola at

BMCC Full-Time Staff: Sign Up for Title IX Training Sessions
The Office of Compliance and Diversity will provide a legally mandated EEO/Sexual Harassment/Title IX training for all full-time (FT) BMCC employees and supervisors who: (1) did NOT complete an in-person training in Fall 2016 and (2) are Responsible Employees (if you are unclear about whether you are a Responsible Employee, please contact your supervisor). Refreshments will be served. The training will take place in Fiterman Hall, Room 1307, March 29 at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (for all FT Employees) and April 28 at 10:30 a.m. (for all FT Employees) and 1:30 p.m. (for Supervisors). For more information, contact Odelia Levy, (212) 220-1236.

Health Insurance for CUNY Students
Ninety percent of uninsured young adults are 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, please contact Hyacinth Camillieri, (212) 220-8020 or

Holland Alumni Now: Brittany N. Holland ’12
Substance abuse counselor Brittany N. Holland (Human Services, ’12), earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with Honors at Lehman College, CUNY in 2014, and then a Master of Social Work (MSW) at Adelphi University in 2015. In June 2016, she became a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T) and joined the staff at Success Counseling Services, an outpatient treatment center in the Bronx.

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.)
Open house

Admissions Open House
March 25

Town Hall for BMCC Students
March 28

March Madness: Breaking Into Media
March 29

BMCC General Scholarship Workshop
March 29


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 24: BMCC vs. Mercer County Community College
March 25: BMCC vs. Ocean County College
March 26: BMCC vs. Middlesex County College

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