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President Perez Reads to Students

BMCC President Reads to Students
BMCC President Antonio Pérez read the children’s books “Frog on a Log” and “Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa” to a captive audience of two-to-five year olds during a visit to BMCC’s Early Childhood Center April 6. Pérez schedules a visit to read to the children at the Center each spring semester. In past years, the President has read other books such as “Lola Reads to Lola” and “Olga the Brolga."

Provost Karrin Wilks

Provost Karrin Wilks Selected for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship
BMCC Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Karrin Wilks has been selected by The Aspen Institute for its inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship. Wilks is one of 40 extraordinary leaders who are being recognized for having the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success. The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence is a highly selective yearlong program to prepare leaders aspiring or recently appointed to the community college presidency. Fellows will participate in a series of innovative, action-oriented seminars and ongoing mentorship focused on a new vision for leadership, delivered in collaboration with Stanford University faculty and top community college leaders. Fellows hail from 17 states and 30 community colleges of varying sizes. They were selected through a rigorous process that considered their abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements for greater student success and access.

BMCC Foundation

BMCC Foundation Hosts “Invest in a Future" Gala, June 6
The BMCC Foundation 2016 Gala, “Invest in a Future,” is scheduled on Monday, June 6, 2016 at Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street. Cocktail reception at 5:45 p.m.; followed by a dinner and program at 6:45 p.m. This year’s honorees are Don Callahan, Head of Operations and Technology at Citi, and Garrett Moran, President of Year Up. This year’s special Guest Honoree is Edie Falco, four-Time Emmy Award Winner, Golden Globe Award Winner and Tony Award-Nominated Actress and Philanthropist. Proceeds benefit the BMCC Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Hyacinth Camillieri, (212) 220-8020 or

Cynthia Wiseman

Fulbright Faculty Raise BMCC’s Global Profile
At BMCC, faculty are breaking ground in research from the social to molecular sciences, earning significant grant awards and garnering prestigious honors. Among these are BMCC’s faculty Fulbright Scholars, Cynthia Wiseman, Elizabeth Whitney and Cheryl J. Fish. “We are proud of our Fulbright Scholars and their contributions to research and the exchange of ideas about issues of global concern,” says BMCC Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Karrin E. Wilks. “Faculty putting their work on an international stage enhances their scholarship, the profile of BMCC, and opportunities to bring globalization and inter-disciplinarity into the classroom to benefit our students.”

United Nations

BMCC Students Speak at the United Nations
On March 20, Computer Science major Hector Liang and seven other members of the Tribeca Campus Lions Club at BMCC spoke during the International Day of Happiness at United Nations headquarters in New York City. The BMCC club is a chapter of the International Lions Club Association, which calls itself the world’s largest service club organization.


Curtain Call for a Career in Theatre
Three BMCC theatre majors; Sean-Davide Richardson, Jacquellyn Collier and Christian Cordova recently participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at Western Connecticut State University, where they took part in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions along with 225 other college students from the region. Professor Lori Kee said, “The students met theatre professors from four-year schools and BFA programs, and it opened up opportunities for them outside of their own school.”

Year in Review

BMCC Student Artists Present “Year in Review”
An exhibit showcasing the work of more than 200 BMCC students, Year in Review: Student Art Show, opens with a reception on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center on the first floor of BMCC’s Fiterman Hall, 81 Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan. “It’s important to see reflected in a professional setting, the skills, ideas and creativity of our first wave of art majors as well as the artwork of talented students in other disciplines at BMCC,” says Chair of the Shirley Fiterman Art Center Faculty Committee and coordinator of the show, Professor of Art Sarah Haviland.

Asian Heritage Month

BMCC’s Presents Asian Heritage Month
BMCC takes great pride in its diverse population enriched with many cultures. Throughout the month of April, the College is presenting lectures, performances and activities to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Music(As)ians,” in recognition of music in the Asian culture.


BMCC Mobile App is Here!
Getting information about Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) just got a little easier. Now, anyone can Start Here. Access Anywhere with a mobile device. BMCC has a new free mobile app for Android and Apple devices, available through the Apple App Store and through the Google Play Store.

College Discovery

College Discovery Program Unveils New Website
College Discovery (CD) is a program that supports BMCC students so that they can achieve their goals in college and beyond. The College Discovery staff works with BMCC students so they have the skills to do well in their classes, the financial help they may need, and personal and/or academic counseling. The new website includes a refreshed logo and a video that features some of the CD’ers who have benefited from the program at BMCC.

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.

BMCC Express

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.

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.

Making Headlines

Jumping for Joy: Happiness Day 2016 at the United Nations
March 29, 2016 – The Huffington Post

Tribeca Film Festival Announces Honorees for 7th Annual Disruptive Innovation Awards
April 4, 2016 – Broadway

Alumni and Donors
David Steingard

Alumni Now: David Steingard (attended '93-'95)
David Steingard is the co-founder and CEO of Laughing Man Coffee & Tea and Director of the Laughing Man Foundation. He left his work as a criminal prosecutor in Brooklyn to start Laughing Man Coffee & Tea with actor Hugh Jackman. They share the vision that business can be a vehicle for positive change and Laughing Man Coffee & Tea is a model. David was CEO of Creative Exposure, a small business marketing firm, and CEO of CompuTech Edge, a technology company for public schools. Learn more

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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