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State of the College

State of the College Address: April 23  
BMCC students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the State of the College address to be presented by BMCC President Antonio Pérez. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m., April 23 in Theater 2 at 199 Chambers St.

Video: Students Volunteer for Alternative Spring Break
Ten BMCC students and two staff chaperones volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Martin County in Florida during spring break. Watch video to get a detailed look as they travel, volunteer and make memories.


Distinguished Teacher Award Reception April 17  
BMCC faculty, students and staff are invited to celebrate the Distinguished Teaching Award winners for 2018 at a reception in Richard Harris Terrace, 199 Chambers Street, on April 17 at 5 p.m. This year’s winners include Professors Sharon Avni, Paula Field, Janice Mahinka and Lara Stapleton.

Jeno BMCC students present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Two BMCC students presented their research at the 32nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at the University of Central Oklahoma in the city of Edmond from April 4-7. This year’s theme, “Connection to Place” set the stage for the annual event that celebrates outstanding research, scholarship and creative inquiry conducted by undergraduate students and their faculty mentors from four-year undergraduate colleges and universities from around the country. Research presentations from BMCC economics majors Jeno Jaramillo, (pictured) a BMCC Foundation Fund Scholar, and Aleksandra Artyfikiewicz, a CUNY Research Scholar, were chosen from more than 4,000 submissions from four-year undergraduate colleges and universities around the nation for the conference. Both students are being mentored by Christine Farias, Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice. Jaramillo’s presentation, “Revisiting the Paris Agreement Post Conference of the Parties,” and Artyfikiewicz’s presentation, “Food Wast Awareness and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Composting: An Urban Community Experience,” were selected because they demonstrated a unique contribution to their field of study and they were offered the opportunity to present their work. Congratulations!
Student Art Show

Year in Review: Student Art Show Opens April 18 
BMCC will present an exhibition of student artwork with an opening reception on April 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. The show will feature paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, graphic design and other types of work, and will be on display through May 8.


BMCC Hosts 53rd Commencement  
BMCC will confer Associate degrees to more than 3,800 graduates during morning and afternoon Commencement ceremonies at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in Manhattan, on June 1.

Gilman Scholars BMCC Named Top Producer of Gilman Scholars  
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State listed BMCC as a top producer of Benjamin A. Gilman International scholars in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Jazz Free Film Retrospective: The Best Jazz in the Movies  
BMCC TPAC presents The Best Jazz in the Movies on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street. This free film retrospective will feature clips of Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends.
Techno Cultures

Faculty Symposium: Techno Cultures in the 21st Century
BMCC students, faculty and staff are invited to register now for the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice symposium, Techno Cultures in the 21st Century. The all-day symposium will feature a day of discussion and speakers including Becca Lewis, a researcher at the Media Manipulation Initiative, Data and Society Research Institute, and Marc Lesser, Producer of the Apple podcast, No Such Thing

Sustainability BMCC Sustainability Fair is April 19
Stop by the BMCC Sustainability Fair and see hands-on sustainable research demonstrations, learn about organic and locally sourced food, alternative transportation as well as door prizes for students. The fair also features screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary This Changes Everything throughout the afternoon, from 12 — 4 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace/South Lobby, 199 Chambers St.
AHM BMCC 30th Annual Asian Heritage Month
Events continue through April 30 and include film screenings, music performances, book discussions, meditation sessions and more.
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.

Snow Day Make-Up Scheduled for May 17
May 17 has been designated as a snow storm make-up day for BMCC. Classes will follow a Wednesday schedule on that day. Final exams will begin on May 18. For more information, visit the BMCC Academic Calendar. For further information, contact the BMCC registrar at

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 on May 8, 2-4 p.m., room 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.
BARS Staff and Faculty Volunteers Needed for BARS Symposium, May 9
BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS) will be held on Wednesday, May 9, in Richard Harris Terrace. Session 1 is scheduled from 1:30 – 3 p.m., and Session 2 is scheduled from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. The annual symposium highlights faculty-mentored student research at BMCC across all academic disciplines. The event consists of two components: oral and poster presentations. Awards will be offered to the students with the highest scoring posters. All faculty and staff are invited to volunteer as a judge for the research poster presentations. All poster presentations will be judged according to a rubric that will measure the quality of the student’s posters and the student’s ability to present. Each poster will have a total of (3) judges. We are expecting about 75 posters this year representing more than 100 student researchers. Learn about last year’s BARS by clicking HERE.
Good Deeds

BMCC Celebrates Good Deeds Day  
Good Deeds Day was held at BMCC on April 12. The day focused on “random acts of kindness,” promoting the importance of mutual courtesy, consideration of others, and tolerance of difference that stimulate thought. The day included workshops, games, a self-defense class, raffle, ice cream social and an inspirational flash mob and walk. The event was coordinated by the Women’s Resource Center, (212) 220-8165.


Spring 2018  Early Registration Raffle Winners
Congratulations to Health major Shokhista Chorieva who won first prize—$250 VISA gift card—in the BMCC Early Registration Raffle. Chorieva registered early because “a lot of classes fill up so fast, so it’s always good to do things early.” Second Prize Winner is Accounting major Eliverta Fifo, who won a $100 VISA gift card, and advises fellow students "to meet with an advisor because they will help you understand program requirements and develop a plan that fits your goals.”

Early Registration Open Now for Summer and Fall
Early registration is open for the Summer and Fall 2018 semesters. Please encourage students to register now on CUNYfirst to secure their classes. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315. #BMCCFinishFaster

Making Headlines

Tribeca Film Festival April 18—April 29
April 7—Time Out New York

BMCC TPAC Best in Jazz highlighted
April 7—nyc.espeak

Human Resources

Seeking Nominations for Employee Appreciation Awards
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. Deadline for nominations is May 8!

WW Attend Weight Watchers Inspire Event April 16
The BMCC community is invited to attend a Weight Watchers Inspire event on April 16 at 1:45 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-341. To enroll in Weight Watchers 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.
Coffee Hour

Human Resources Department Offers Coffee Hour Sessions for Staff

HEO Staff: Coffee Hour Sessions Scheduled
BMCC Staff (HEO-level) are invited to a “Coffee Hour” Q&A session with the Human Resources Department. Bring your coffee to room S-719 to meet with HR to answer your HEO-related questions. Questions can be submitted on the Monday, prior to the scheduled meeting date (by 12 p.m.), to Lori Mazzola ( Questions on the day of the session are also welcomed. Upcoming sessions are scheduled from 2-4 p.m., May 16 and June 18. CLICK HERE to sign up and select your availability for the Coffee Hour sessions. Please select ONE day only (per staff member).

College Assistant Staff: Coffee Hour Sessions Scheduled
BMCC Staff (College Assistant-level) are invited to a “Coffee Hour” Q&A session with the Human Resources Department. Bring your coffee to room S-738 to meet with HR to answer your College Assistant-related questions. Questions can be submitted on the Monday, prior to the scheduled meeting date (by 12 p.m.), to Lori Mazzola ( Questions on the day of the session are also welcomed. Upcoming sessions are scheduled from 2-4 p.m., April 25, May 30, June 27, and July 25. CLICK HERE to select your availability for the Coffee Hour sessions. Please select ONE day only (per staff member).

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.

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.

BMCC Foundation Announces New Nursing Scholarship
The BMCC Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of a new scholarship for promising Nursing majors who meet the BMCC scholarship requirements. The Dr. Mattie C. Collins Memorial Scholarship, established by Jane Luna-Rieger, is being funded by friends and family to honor the former BMCC faculty member. Dr. Collins, who passed away on November 3, 2017, began working at BMCC in 1971 as a member of the Nursing Department faculty. Dr. Collins received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from New York University in 1967, a master’s degree from NYU in 1971 and an EdD from Farleigh Dickenson University in 1987. During her tenure at BMCC, she was appointed as Assistant Professor in 1973, appointed Associate Professor in 1976, received tenure in 1978, and was then promoted as Professor in 1982. Dr. Collins retired in 1991. “Scholarships have a significant impact on the success of our students, as does the excellent pedagogy of our faculty,” said Doris Holz, Vice President for Development and Chief Operating Officer of the BMCC Foundation. "We are deeply grateful to Jane Luna-Rieger for honoring the memory of her dear friend and our former Nursing Professor Dr. Mattie C. Collins by providing a gift for scholarships that will continue to support nursing students as Dr. Collins did during her tenure at BMCC.”

BMCC Social Work Month Celebration with Special Guest Jim St. Germain, April 17
BMCC alumni, students, and friends are invited to join us for a chat and book reading with BMCC Alumnus: Jim St. Germain,  Social Justice Advocate, Speaker, and Author Jim St. Germain will be reading from his book entitled A Stone of Hope: A memoir, Fiterman Hall, 245 Greenwich St., 14th floor beginning at 5 p.mFor questions contact BMCC Alumni Relations Manager: Yaritza Gonzalez at, (212) 346-8455.


Redefining Radical Love: Being an Educator Activist of Color in the Age of Colorblind Post Racialism
April 14

Rising Above Racism and Discrimination
April 16

Book Talk: Immigration Policy in the Age of Punishment
April 17

BMCC Theatre Program: Swipe, A New Musical
April 18


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

Panthers Snap Skid with Doubleheader Win over Wave

Spring 2018 Recreation Schedule

Men’s Baseball
April 13, BMCC vs. Queensborough Community College (Padavan-Preller Complex, Queens)
April 14, BMCC vs. Queensborough Community College (Padavan-Preller Complex, Queens)
April 17, BMCC vs. Queensborough Community College (Padavan-Preller Complex, Queens)

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