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BMCC Volunteers Help Hundreds Meet Tax Deadline 
Tax season ends April 18. More than 20 BMCC students — IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers — are doing their part to help hundreds of citizens to meet this deadline. To earn the IRS certification that enabled them to provide this service, they completed a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) training at BMCC over January’s Winter Break.

Real Estate

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 the BMCC Foundation, (212) 220-8020.

Spririt BMCC Students Selected for Service Corps Spirit Award
BMCC Human Services majors Keith Murray and Justine Salas were selected to receive the CUNY Service Corps Spirit Award. CUNY Service Corps is a program that incorporates service-learning, community service and internships. Service Corps members are part of BMCC's cohort of students practicing service that is aligned with their civic and professional goals. “The CUNY Service Corps Spirit Award is bestowed upon two students from each participating college who, during the course of the year, have embodied our program values, emerged as one of our strongest program ambassadors, and made a significant contribution to New York City,” said Lisa O’Connor, CUNY Service Corps Manager, Division of Student Affairs, BMCC. 


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

AHM Asian Heritage Month features film, an exciting table tennis demo, panels and more
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,

Fair 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.
Walk/Run BMCC Spring Run/Walk Scheduled for May 3
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Spring Run/Walk on Wednesday, May 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All participants will run/walk in Hudson Park from North Moore Street to Leroy Street and back. Participants will receive T-shirts to wear during the activity. To register, click HERE. Please note, this event may reach capacity, at which point you would have an opportunity to sign up for the waitlist.

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 Middle States Town Hall Meeting Is May 9
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,


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 p.m. to 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).

Finish Line 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.
Making Headlines

BMCC Nursing Professor Edna Asknes publishes research on quantitative literacy and nursing students
April 2017 — Journal of Nursing Education

Academic Literacy and Linguistics Professor Juliet Emanuel presents at book release for Elizabeth Nunez
April 9, 2017 — Repeating Islands

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

CUNY Updates Notice of Non-Discrimination
The CUNY Notice of Non-Discrimination has been updated and posted on several pages in the BMCC website including the Office of Compliance and Diversity webpage. For more information, contact Odelia Levy at or (212) 220-1236.

Alumni and Donors

Elizabeth M. Butson Scholarship Reception Celebrates Foundation Scholars
The Elizabeth M. Butson Scholarship Reception in Richard Harris Terrace celebrated this year’s 33 BMCC Foundation Scholars and their benefactor, BMCC Foundation Board Member Elizabeth M. Butson. Diane K. Walleser, Vice President, Enrollment Management, and Doris R. Holz, Vice President, College Development, welcomed the guests. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Elizabeth Margaritis Butson, whose dedication to providing opportunity for our students truly comes from her heart. We are fortunate to have Elizabeth as a friend and Board Member of the BMCC Foundation,” said Holz. Judith Volkmann, BMCC Foundation Board Member, and Eugene Skorodinsky, BMCC Financial Advisor to Students (they are also both MoneyWorks Liaisons) gave a Dining Etiquette Presentation for the scholars. "The dinner event was designed so students would have the chance to meet and thank their donor, Elizabeth Butson,” said Walleser. "It was also a learning opportunity where students learned how to conduct business professionally while enjoying a meal. So whether a job interview over lunch, a corporate conference or gala, our scholars will be prepared to gracefully navigate through a three-course meal.” Sussie Gyamfi, Scholarship Coordinator, closed the event with remarks on volunteering and other opportunities at BMCC.

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.)

Admission Information Session 
April 14

MoneyWorks Workshop: Opening a Small Business
April 19

Counseling Center Fit Mind Workshop: Truth About Alcohol and Other Drugs
April 20


Photography, Politics and Representation: Reframing the Documentary in the Americas
April 20 and 21


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 Open CUNYAC Season With Win Against Broncos

Men’s Baseball
April 14: BMCC versus Queensborough Community College
April 15: BMCC versus Queensborough Community College
April 18: BMCC versus Nassau Community College

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