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NYC High School Administrators

NYC High School Administrators Visit BMCC to Learn About College Now
A large group of New York City high school counselors, principals and administrators attended a informational breakfast meeting in Fiterman Hall on March 23, to learn about BMCC’s College Now Program. College Now is a collaborative program of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). Its goal is to provide students a head start in college while also helping them improve their level of academic achievement in high school. The College Now program offers challenging academic courses, tutoring, arts, campus tours and more. “Thirty-three representatives from 13 different schools heard not only about options for students who are still in high school, but also about the array of BMCC programs and support services including Admissions, STEP, CIS, CI, STEM Programs, Testing, Experiential Learning, ASAP, and Strive for Success,” said Janice Zummo, Assistant Dean for Academic Support Programs at BMCC. BMCC College Now Director Peter Williams explained to the group how courses are sequenced to build on the development of critical thinking skills and developmental skills leading to students being able to take college credit bearing courses. Williams said the program is looking to expand from its current 350 students to 500 students in Fall 2016.


BMCC’s Out in Two Welcomes 43 New Students to Spring 2016 Cohort
On March 22, BMCC welcomed 43 new students to the Out in Two scholarship program during the Spring 2016 induction ceremony at Richard Harris Terrace. This scholarship program’s growth has been made possible by generous donations from the Meringoff Family Foundation, the Derfner Foundation and the BMCC Foundation.BMCC President Antonio Pérez, Provost and Senior Vice President Karrin Wilks, Academic Dean Erwin Wong and Vice President of College Development Doris Holz officially welcomed students during the event that also featured Out in Two alumnus Tohib Adjumo who encouraged the new students to stay dedicated to their academic work. Congratulations to the Spring 2016 Out in Two Scholarship recipients: Lino Ashton, Resfred Arthur, Sydney Capers, Ricardo Castellanos, Xueying Chen, PoYing Chung, Linese Contreras, Justin Demateo, Quincy Doccy, Simone Edwards, Imahnni Jeffries, Sangwoo Jeon, Anisur Khan, Urjana Kica, Yan Ming Lee, Shane Leguillow, Tarenya Leon, Kayla Limage, Emmanuel Lokoyi, Eduardo Lugo Rodriguez, Ishrak Nasir, Matthew Nazario, Julie Neira, Saulin Ng Wu, Queena Cassandra Patricio, Lamont Paulin, Samantha Purrone, Brandon Rafael, Omicamy Ramos, Marisol Reyes, Kristian Rodriguez, Ledwin Rodriguez, Gentanjoly Roy, Christian Sanchez, Vera Schenk, Lourdes Segarra, Akaneh Semione, Joshua Steele, Rachel Vinluan, QianJin Weng, Xhon Xheveli, Dylan Yepes and Christian Zelarayan.


ASAP Recruitment Team Hosts Meet & Greet at BMCC Express
BMCC’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) team hosted its first Spirit Day event at the BMCC Express on March 22. The meet & greet, part of a larger CUNY wide event, offered students a chance to learn about ASAP’s benefits and application process. ASAP assists students in earning associate degrees within three years by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal support. Support services include comprehensive and personalized advisement, career counseling, tutoring, tuition and fee waivers, MTA MetroCards, and additional financial assistance to defray the cost of textbooks. BMCC has a Fall 2016 recruitment goal of 2,325 new students, according to Nadine Brown, BMCC ASAP Director.


BMCC Mobile App Coming April 4
Getting information about BMCC is getting easier. Now, anyone can Start Here. Access Anywhere. with a smart phone device. BMCC has a new free mobile app for Android and Apple devices. With the new app, users can access course information, news and events, classmate networking, BMCC email and more.


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.

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.

CUNYfirst Outages Scheduled in April
CUNY has informed the colleges that there are several CUNYfirst outages planned for the month of April. Click HERE to learn the days and hours CUNYfirst will be unavailable to staff, faculty and students in order to backup, convert and upload data and upload new configurations into the system.

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.

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.

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.

Making Headlines

Provost Karrin Wilks Shares Expertise Regarding Remediation
March 18, 2016, University Business

BMCC Leaders Christopher Shults, Jim Berg and Janice Zummo Recognized in Community College Daily
March 18, 2016, Community College Daily

BMCC Professors Brian Kauth and Howard Meltzer featured in Times Union article
March 23, 2016, Times Union

Marjorie Dorime Williams Recognized in Diverse Issues in Higher Education
March 23, 2016, Diverse Issues in Higher Education

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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March 1 through April 12

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

Gender, Time and Motion: Three Presentations of Faculty Research
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Colloquium of Modern Languages Department: Music of the World, A World of Music
April 4

Register for the Joe Doctor Colloquium
April 20

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