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Teaching Awards

Distinguished Teaching Awardees Inspire Students and Colleagues  
The Distinguished Teaching Award winners for 2018 are Sharon Avni, Academic Literacy and Linguistics; Paula Field, Nursing; Janice Mahinka, Music and Art; and Lara Stapleton, English. The BMCC community is invited to a reception in Richard Harris Terrace, 199 Chambers Street, on April 17 at 5 p.m., celebrating the awardees and finalists.

Development Day

Professional Development Fair Highlights Opportunity  
BMCC’s first Professional Development Fair, held April 4 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street, presented information on professional development opportunities within City of New York agencies, CUNY, and other colleges and universities. Participants attended talks and explored training opportunities in technology, professional practices, management and personal development. “We are so pleased that more than 175 people attended the fair, and there were more than 50 volunteers; including presenters, BMCC staff and Out in Two scholars who made it a huge success,” says Janice Zummo, Assistant Dean for Academic Support Services.


BMCC Partners With NYC High Schools to Create Associate Degree Pathway  
A joint effort between the BMCC Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development has resulted in a partnership between BMCC and the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) that will serve the students of 30 Career and Technical Education (CTE) high schools throughout all five boroughs. In short, the students will gain stackable credits to apply toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Network Technology at BMCC.


Serving Beyond the Uniform: A Career Event for Student Veterans  
BMCC and the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services will co-host a career event on April 26 for student veterans attending college in all five boroughs of New York City. The event will be held at 199 Chambers Street and will present a panel of local government officials who are also military veterans at 5:30 p.m. in Theatre 2, and a networking reception at 6:30 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace.


Women’s Resource Center Celebrates 25 Years of Serving the BMCC Community  
The BMCC Women's Resource Center, which raises awareness of issues such as domestic violence and supports women in their goals, celebrated its 25th Anniversary on March 29 with a day of workshops and events.


BMCC First College in CUNY System to Offer Apple’s Everyone Can Code Curriculum  
Starting in May, BMCC students enrolled in the college’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development will have the opportunity to learn Swift, Apple’s programming language that gives students with little or no coding experience, the ability to create world-class apps.


VITA Students Provide Free Tax Assistance  
The deadline to file taxes is April 17 and more than 50 BMCC students are helping New Yorkers make the deadline by providing free assistance in preparing their 2017 tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.


BMCC TPAC Events: Are You My Mother? and Betty Carter Celebration  
On April 8, BMCC TPAC presents the musical Are You My Mother? for ages 4 to 7; tickets are $30 or $12 for 10Club Members. On May 4, BMCC TPAC presents a celebration of Fat Tuesday’s and the jazz legend Betty Carter; tickets are $30, or $20 for students and seniors. Tickets for either event can be purchased at (212) 220-1460 or online.

Asian Heritage Month

BMCC Presents 30th Annual Asian Heritage Month
Events continue through April 30 and include film screenings, music performances, book discussions, meditation sessions and more.

Doing Business with New York City Public Education: An Event for Women and Minority-Owned Businesses, April 17
Minority and women-owned business operators are invited to connect with procurement decision-makers,network with business department resources and gain information on contract opportunities at this free event on April 17 from 8 a.m to 1 p.m in various locations at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact Anita Samuels,

Joe Doctor

2018 Joe Doctor Colloquium Set for April 18  
Creative problem solving in the classroom is one of the topics slated for this year’s Joe Doctor Colloquium facilitated by Professors Jean Amaral, Andrea Garraway and Jason Schneiderman, and Dean Christopher Shults. The event will be held in Richard Harris Terrace from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Grace,

Transitions and Transactions IV

Register Now for Transitions and Transactions IV Set for April 20 - 21 
Faculty across CUNY and beyond are invited to register now for the 2018 Transitions and Transactions IV conference to be held at BMCC April 20-21. Guided by the theme, "Literature Pedagogies and Social Justice in Community Colleges," the conference will examine how to welcome community college students to the study of literature and social justice, and encourage inclusive dialogue and debate in the classroom. The conference coordinators are BMCC Professors Margaret Barrow and Andrew Levy.


BMCC Holds 53rd Commencement Ceremony June 1 
BMCC will celebrate its 53rd commencement on June 1 with two ceremonies—one in the morning and one in the afternoon—at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Spring 2018 Faculty and Staff Degreeworks Training
Degreeworks, the College’s online academic advisement and degree auditing system, enables advisors and students to view student academic progress. Sessions are April 10, 1-3 p.m., S-603; April 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., S-603; April 14, 3-5 p.m., S-108A; April 16, 1-3 p.m. S603; April 18, 12 to 2 p.m., S-603, and May 8, 2-4 p.m., S-603. Please RSVP now to

Single Stop Single Stop Offers Services to Students to Combat Food Insecurity and More  
Working with other BMCC programs as well as with external partners, the BMCC Single Stop Office provides services to help students address barriers that prevent them from attending and completing school. All services are free and include SNAP Food Stamps, Health Insurance, Legal Services, Financial Counseling and Tax Preparation. For more information please call (212) 220-8195.
Public Safety Office of Public Safety Offers Resources and Services
The Office of Public Safety provides services and resources to ensure a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment at BMCC. Public Safety provides free C.P.R., A.E.D. and First Aid and Campus-Community Emergency Response Training for faculty, staff and students. Staff are also trained as fire wardens for various campus locations. Watch the video, Run. Hide. Fight.® to learn about surviving an active shooter event. To report a crime or emergency, call Public Safety at (212) 220-8080 or 911. Blue call boxes are located throughout the campus.

New Student Advisement and Registration: April 10 and April 11
Advising staff and faculty are excited to welcome new BMCC students and help ensure their successful enrollment on April 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advisement will take place in Room S-108 and Registration in Room S-114 at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315.

Making Headlines

BMCC first CUNY college to offer new Apple curriculum
April 3—Globe Newswire

BMCC alumna and top recording artist Cardi B says she wants to help college students
March 29—Yahoo Entertainment

Upcoming BMCC TPAC play Are You My Mother? highlighted
March 29—Broadway World

BMCC student Stephanie McGraw profiled for founding nonprofit to help victims of domestic violence
March 28—Huffpost

BMCC President Antonio Pérez offers insight on how to handle campus emergencies
March 26—Education Dive

Retired Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Gillespie pens Op-Ed about School Shootings
March 24—Education Update

Human Resources

Faculty, Staff and Students: Show Your Appreciation!
Nominate full- and part-time administrative and/or support and service staff members or team for the BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards! Award categories include: Leadership, Inspiration, Innovation/Technology, Rookie of the Year and Team Achievement.

WW Attend WeightWatchers Inspire Event April 9 or April 16
The BMCC community is invited to attend a WeightWatchers Inspire event on April 9 or April 16; both at 1:45 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-341. To enroll in WeightWatchers online, enter Employer ID 11612222 and Passcode WW11612222. Once enrolled, members can redeem a free Starter Kit online by May 11. For additional information, contact Lori Mazzola:
TIAA Meet on Campus With a TIAA Financial Consultant
Are you saving enough for retirement? To discuss this and other questions, meet with a TIAA financial consultant April 19, May 1, May 17, May 30 or June 6. Space is limited, so RSVP online or call (800) 732-8353 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

College Assistants Invited to Q&A with Human Resources
BMCC College Assistants are invited to attend a question-and-answer session with Human Resources on one of these dates: April 25, May 30, June 27 or July 25. The sessions are 2 to 4 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-738. Please send questions in advance to Lori Ann Mazzola by 12 p.m., the Monday before the session.  To register, visit here.

TRS Members: Benefits and Services Workshop
Participants in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) of the City of New York are invited to attend sessions on TRS benefits at 55 Water Street in lower Manhattan. For more information, visit or call (888) 869-2877.

Health Benefits Seminars: Transitioning to Retirement
Employees transitioning to retirement, as well as those remaining active are encouraged to sign up for seminars with the City of New York Office of Labor Relations (OLR) Health Benefits Program at 40 Rector Street, 3rd Floor, in lower Manhattan. You can also watch a brief, Part One and Part Two video series on how health insurance changes for retirees.

Staff Development Courses Still Available: Register Now for April 12 and 13
The CUNY Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Professional Development and Learning Management (PDLM), offers professional development courses for CUNY employees. There is still space in Resolving Conflict: A Leadership Approach—an elective in the Managerial Competencies Certificate program and offered only on April 12 and 13. Browse here for other courses still open or contact

Welcome to BMCC! New Full-time Hires, March 2018
Sean Persaud, Academic Affairs
Shernelle Alcid, Advisement and Transfer Center
Chelsea Cesaro, Advisement and Transfer Center
Sherika Dublin, Advisement and Transfer Center
Win Ko, Advisement and Transfer Center
Sienna Lawrence, Advisement and Transfer Center
Giselle Toby, Advisement and Transfer Center
Adam Cruz, Educational Opportunity and Diversity Program
Laura Zan, CUNYStart Program

Alumni and Donors
2018 Gala

2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Success, Set for May 15
Reserve your seat or table now in the 2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Success, presented by BMCC and the BMCC Foundation on May 15 at Cipriani, 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Gala Honorees are long-time friend of the college Loretta Lee, Chairwoman of Merchant House International Ltd., and Chieh Huang, Chief Executive Officer of Boxed Wholesale/ This year’s Special Guest Star Honoree is Liev Schreiber, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer and director. Proceeds benefit the BMCC Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact Camille Goodridge in the BMCC Office of College Development at (212) 220-8020.

Jim St. Germain

BMCC Social Work Month Celebration with Special Guest Jim St. Germain, April 17
BMCC alumni, students and friends are invited to attend a book reading and discussion with BMCC alumnus Jim St. Germain, author of A Stone of Hope: A Memoir on March 21. This event is sponsored by the BMCC Alumni Association and the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice.


BMCC Alumni Event: An Evening with House of Parliament Artist, Mary Branson, April 24
The BMCC Foundation in partnership with British Heritage Magazine invite the BMCC community to a special event on April 24 from 5 to 7 p.m., at BMCC’s Fiterman Hall, 245 Greenwich Avenue, 13th floor, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement. Mary Branson, whose light sculpture, New Dawn, is shown above, will speak about the Women’s Suffrage movement, which has inspired her work. This eventalso celebrates the inaugural year of the Gender and Women’s major at BMCC and the 25th anniversary of the BMCC Women’s Resource Center. Register here for the event.


Free Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training
April 6

Career Development: Perfecting the Interview
April 10

Intern Advisement, Business Management/Small Business Entrepreneurship
April 11

International Coffee Hour: A+ ing Exams
April 12

GDD Good Deeds Day
April 12

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

Spring 2018 Recreation Schedule

Men’s Baseball
April 8, BMCC vs. Kingsborough Community College (Queens, NY, Padavan-Prelier Complex)
April 10, BMCC vs. Queensborough Community College (Queens, NY, Padavan-Prelier Complex)

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