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Children Enjoy Story Time with President Pérez
BMCC President Antonio Pérez read “Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes,” by Kimberly and James Dean, to children in BMCC’s Early Childhood Center, April 5. Every spring, President Pérez schedules Story Time at the Center, which serves the children of BMCC students, around 120 families. The Center’s objective is to nurture critical thinking in young children. This is done by helping them form healthy attachments to adults and develop a positive self-image through continuous growth and an enriched curriculum. Visit to learn more.


BMCC Student Veteran to be Recognized at New York Mets Game
BMCC student James Barbosa, a Communications major, will be recognized by the New York Mets on May 19 as part of the team's “Welcome Back Veterans” Program. Barbosa, who will graduate BMCC in Spring 2017, is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran. He was stationed as an infantryman in Fort Carson, Colorado in 2009 and served one year in Afghanistan, from May 2011 to May 2012. A former president of the of the Organization of Student Veterans, he currently serves as a student mentor in the BMCC Veterans Resource Center. He is also a Senator in the BMCC Student Government Association (SGA) and serves on the SGA Committee for International Students, the Accessibility Committee for Students with Disabilities, and the House of Clubs Committee for the clubs and events of the school. He volunteers at BMCC events through the PLUS (Partners Lending Universal Support) Program, and conducts a Fit Camp at BMCC with roots embedded in the physical training one experiences in the military.

Open House

BMCC Open House Hosts More Than 425 Students and Guests
More than 425 prospective students and guests attended BMCC’S Spring 2017 Open House on Saturday, March 25 at 199 Chambers Street. Faculty and staff, as well as volunteers from the Student Government Association and Student Partners Lending Universal Support (PLUS) program were on hand to talk with guests and keep the event moving smoothly. "The ability for prospective students to meet with staff and faculty is an invaluable feature of an Open House,” says Christina Lofaso, who along with Kevin Dougherty — both are Recruitment Coordinators and Admissions Specialists — coordinated the event. To volunteer for the next Open House, set for Thursday, June 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., contact Christina Lofaso or Kevin Dougherty: (212) 776-6308 and (212) 776-7008; and

Invest in a Future

Real Estate and Banking Leaders to be Honored at "Invest in a Future" Gala, May 18
On 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 The Bank of New York Mellon, and Jeffrey Gural, Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. This annual event 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


Symposium Focuses on 'Reframing the Documentary in the Americas'
BMCC is co-hosting the 4th Annual Symposium on Photography and Disciplinary Discourses Photography, Politics and Representation: Reframing the Documentary in the Americas.” The two-day event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., April 20 in the Martin E. Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue; and 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., in the Richard Harris Terrace at BMCC, 199 Chambers Street. Eduardo Cadava, Professor in the Department of English at Princeton University is the keynote speaker and is scheduled to make remarks at 6:30 p.m. on April 20. Angeles Donoso Macaya, Associate Professor of Modern Languages at BMCC said, “There are scholars from 10 different countries coming to talk. Both the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chilean Council for the Arts and Culture gave major contributions to cover some of the expenses, including honoraria, airfares for scholars coming from Chile, etc. It is the first time this symposium is being held outside of Chile, the first collaboration of this kind between BMCC, the CUNY Graduate Center and Pontifica Universe dad Católica, which is one of the two most important universities in Chile.”


Margaret Chin, NYC Councilmember, Speaks to Student Groups 
NYC Council Member Margaret S. Chin was a featured speaker in the “REAL Talks” series focused on political leadership and organized by the Refining Each Ascending Leader (REAL) program of the BMCC Academy of Leadership and Service. Chin met with Leadership students and those in Student Government Association. “Councilmember Chin talked about her leadership on community issues, as well her career trajectory,” says Douglas Israel, BMCC Director of Government and Community Relations, who helped organize the event. “The students related to her talk and were interested to hear that she lost three elections before finally getting elected on her fourth try. There was a large percentage of young women in attendance and she urged them to be active in their communities and consider running for office.” Students interested in joining the BMCC Academy of Leadership and Service may contact Melissa Aponte, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership, at

Women's Chorus

The Brooklyn Women's Chorus Returns to BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center presents a 20th Anniversary Concert of The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus on Friday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus presents a repertoire ranging from South African freedom songs to socially relevant songs by contemporary American songwriters like Garth Brooks, Jackson Browne, Pat Humphries and Bev Grant. Their albums include "I Will Sing," recorded live at BMCC TPAC in 2014.


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.


Asian Heritage Month Offers a Variety of Events
BMCC’s Annual Asian Heritage Month opened 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


Sustainability Fair Set for April 20
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 other groups focused on sustainability.


CUNY CUE Conference Scheduled 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.” Steve 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 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. President’s Medal honorees are Congressman Adriano Espaillat (morning ceremony) and Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Productions (afternoon ceremony).

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.

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

BMCC Middle States Town Hall Meeting   
On May 9 in Theatre 2, BMCC will host its second Middle States Town Hall to update students, faculty and staff on the status of the college’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) institutional self-study. Seven Standards Working Groups will present updates. There will be Q&A sessions and more. For more information, contact Christopher Shults, BMCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning,

Making Headlines

BMCC Health Education Chair Lesley L. Rennis shares stress management tips
April 3, 2017 — Wallet Hub

BMCC Professor Maureen Matarese discussion on neoliberalism impacted by manhole explosions in East Village
March 31, 2017 — CBS 2

BMCC student Sapphire Garris speaks at NYPIRG event 
March 30, 2017 — New Paltz Oracle

Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People (CEMOTAP) pays tribute to BMCC Professor James Blake
March 30, 2017 — New York Amsterdam News

City leaders from across nation strategize about sanctuary status during event held at BMCC
March 29, 2017 — Next City

Human Resources
TIAA TIAA on Campus
All BMCC employees who would like to meet with a TIAA counselor on campus April 26, May 18, May 31, June 14, June 29, July 12, August 10, Sep. 18, Sep. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 30 or Nov. 14, please RSVP at or by calling 800-732-8353, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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.)

BMCC Health Fair 
April 7

CUNY Assessment Test Orientation Workshop
April 8

Free CPR/AED and First Aid Classes for BMCC Faculty, Staff and Students
April 10

Year Up Information Session
April 12


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Panther Pride

Panthers Open Region 15 Season with Loss to Reigning Champs

Men’s Baseball
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