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Real Estate and Banking Leaders to be Honored at "Invest in a Future" Gala, May 18
BMCC and the BMCC Foundation will host the 2017 Gala, “Invest in a Future,” with proceeds benefiting the BMCC Scholarship Fund. The evening's Honorees are Carol Britton, Chief Operating Officer for Corporate Services at Bank of New York Mellon, and Jeffrey Gural, Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. This annual event, scheduled for Thursday, May 18, will be held at Cipriani at 25 Broadway. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. For more information, to purchase a ticket or reserve a table, please contact Hyacinth Camillieri, (212) 220-8020 or


BMCC Hosts Sanctuary Cities Conference
Politicians, immigrant rights groups and other civic leaders from around the country converged at BMCC for “Seeking Sanctuary: Municipal Policy to Confront Mass Deportation and Criminalization,” a two-day conference that opened March 27. The event was organized and led by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, municipal policy organization Local Progress and The Center for Popular Democracy. BMCC President Antonio Pérez opened day two with welcoming remarks during breakfast. The event was sponsored in part by BMCC, the Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation and Latino Victory Foundation.


Asian Heritage Month Opens April 3
BMCC’s Annual Asian Heritage Month opens April 3 with events running through April 28. The theme, “Family and Community,” is illustrated in upcoming events including a film series, workshops and panel discussions. For more information, contact Erwin J. Wong, Dean of Academic Programs and Instruction,


MEOC Celebrates 50 Years of Free Educational and Workforce Development Services for Underserved New Yorkers, May 3
The Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) will celebrate 50 years providing critical academic and vocational services to residents of Harlem and throughout New York City with an elegant evening of community building and entertainment. The fundraising gala, “Celebrating 50 Years,” will be held Wednesday, May 3 at Harlem’s legendary Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, New York City. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. The Gala Honorees are Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC, and Charles Rangel, Retired U.S. Representative. The gala’s Distinguished Guest is H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees. Click HERE to order tickets. For more information, contact Carmel Paleski, MEOC Director of Operations, at (212) 961-8949 or


BMCC Announces 52nd Commencement, June 2
This year's Commencement on June 2 will comprise of two ceremonies, morning and afternoon, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Morning Ceremony: Arrive between 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. to join graduates in Accounting, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Teacher Education, English, Health Education, Mathematics, Media Arts & Technology, Science, Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts, Music & Art, and Modern Languages. Afternoon Ceremony: Arrive between 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 join graduates in Liberal Arts, Allied Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice, and Nursing. More to be announced! President’s Medal honorees are Congressman Adriano Espaillat (morning ceremony) and Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Productions (afternoon ceremony).


The Arsonists: A Morality Play Without a Moral
The BMCC Speech, Communication and Theatre Arts Department, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center and Office of Academic Affairs will present a new version of Max Frisch’s classic absurdist play, “The Arsonists,” directed by Professor Alkis Papoutsis and running Thursday, April 6 through Sunday, April 9 in Theatre II at 199 Chambers Street. Admission is free.


CUNY CUE Conference Set for May 5 at BMCC
BMCC will host the CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) Conference 2017 on May 5. The conference, “Accelerating Progress, Accelerating Equity: Improving Student Success in Developmental and Gateway Courses,” will feature speakers, panels and breakout sessions. Keynote speaker Katie Hern, Director of The California Acceleration Project, will present a talk, “Improving Completion and Equity in Developmental and Gateway English and Math.” Steven Hinds, director of the Chicago-based group, Active Learning in Adult Numeracy and Mathematics, will lead a plenary, “Active Learning Pedagogy for Developmental and Gateway Algebra.” For more details visit the conference website or contact Assistant Dean for Academic Support Services Janice Zummo at


BMCC Celebrates Good Deeds Day
Good Deeds Day was held Thursday, March 30 in Richard Harris Terrace. Faculty, staff and students took part in activities to highlight mutual courtesy and tolerance of difference. These included an Open Mic and flash mob event, as well as a workshop, “Intersections of Relationships” facilitated by Jeenie Yoon of the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault.


Kiarra Rosa (center front), Christopher Mercado (behind her, to the right)

MECA Students Recognized
Two Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA) students were recognized in the annual Cover Design Competition of the NYC Department of Education. Kiarra Rosa’s design will be on the cover of the DOE’s 2018 High School Directory. Her MECA classmate Christopher Mercado is a runner-up in the competition.

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 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 sustainable research demonstrations and exhibits on topics such as locally sourced food. An Eco-Cinema event will present four films, and the fair will recognize the BMCC Research and Nature Club, the BMCC Rowing Club, the BMCC Wellness and Nutrition Club, the Food and Water Watch, GrowNYC, NYPIRG, Transportation Alternatives, United for Action and others.

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., each day. 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

Fifteen Fifteen to Finish: Help Build Student Awareness
Faculty and staff are encouraged to remind students that the typical full-time load of 12 credits does not get them to the “Finish Line” for on-time graduation. Another benefit is financial — tuition stays at a flat rate for NYC legal residents enrolled for more than 12 credits. As an incentive, students who remain enrolled in 15 or more credits after the withdrawal date can enter to win a monthly MetroCard. For more information, students are welcome to stop in at the BMCC Office of Student Affairs or call (212) 220-8130.
Making Headlines

Andrew Nemr named BMCC resident for CUNY Dance Initiative
March 28, 2017 — Broadway World

In interview at BMCC, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito discusses ICE presence in state courts
March 28, 2017 — Observer

BMCC hosts nation’s first sanctuary city conference 
March 27 and 28, 2017 — PoliticoUnivisionRemezclaNBCNewsTuscon News Now, WTNH.comFoxNews, Queens LatinoCBS2

Allied Health Services Professor Gene Iannuzzi discusses careers of paramedics and nurses
March 27, 2017 —

BMCC Co-curricular transcript cited in opinion piece by Bradley Fuster
March 24, 2017 — US News and World Report

BMCC Public Affairs Executive Director Manuel Romero discusses communications field
March 23, 2017 — Center for Online Education, Mesa Community College

Ken Burns Vietnam documentary among lineup of TV premieres at Tribeca Film Festival
March 23, 2017 — The Hollywood Reporter

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

CUNY Updates Notice of Non-Discrimination
The CUNY Notice of Non-Discrimination has recently been updated and posted on several pages in the BMCC Website including the Office of Compliance and Diversity webpage. The main changes are the addition of updated protected groups and inclusion of information about external agencies where complaints will be filed. For more information, contact Odelia Levy at or (212) 220-1236.

Alumni and Donors

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.)

Figure-atively Speaking
March 31

Student Government Association (SGA) Elections
April 1, 3, 4 and 5


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 31: BMCC vs. Suffolk County
April 1: BMCC vs. Suffolk County Community College
April 2: BMCC vs. Ulster Country Community College
April 4: BMCC vs. Bronx Community College

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