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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 presented by BMCC President Antonio Pérez, on April 23 at 11 a.m. in Theater 2, 199 Chambers Street.

Signing BMCC and Mercy College Sign Articulation Agreement 
On April 18, BMCC and Mercy College, an institution in Westchester County, New York, signed an articulation agreement that will enable BMCC graduates to transfer seamlessly into bachelor's degree programs at Mercy College.
Smith Former BMCC President Joshua L. Smith Creates Faculty Development Fund
Dr. Joshua L. Smith, fourth president of BMCC, led the College through its construction when it moved to Chambers Street in lower Manhattan. Recently, Dr. Smith made a generous gift of $25,000 to create the Dr. Joshua L. Smith Faculty Development Fund, which will support the ongoing professional education of professors at BMCC.
Panther BMCC Panther Symbolizes a History of Pride and School Spirit
The BMCC panther has a new name: "Manny," short for "Manhattan." The Office of Student Affairs sponsored a contest and more than 3,000 students voted for the winning name. First appearing in the mid-1960s, the panther has galvanized school spirit for more than 50 years.​
Faculty Awarded

Faculty Awarded for Innovative Projects 
The Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) has awarded research grants to 41 BMCC faculty members.

Commencement 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. The ceremonies will also honor Presidential Medalists Steven Fiterman (pictured left) , a BMCC Foundation Board member who is Manager and Chief Principal of real estate management and development companies that invest in local communities nationwide, and Tim Tinan (pictured right) , a BMCC Foundation Board member who is Managing Director and Global Head of Citigroup Business Services.  
Hybrid Another Hybrid Class Success: Blending Developmental Writing with College-Level Composition  
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics has released a new issue of Upshot, an internal newsletter that summarizes data on student success at BMCC. This issue examines the promising results of BMCC's credit-bearing hybrid class that blends developmental work with ENG 105, a freshman composition course. 

Sustainability Fair Provides Demos, Info, Film and More  
The BMCC Sustainability Fair on April 19 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street presented hands-on sustainable research demonstrations, information on locally sourced food and alternative transportation, and door prizes for students. The Fair also screened the critically acclaimed documentary, This Changes Everything.


Distinguished Teaching Award Reception  
On April 17, the BMCC community celebrated four Distinguished Teaching Awardees: Sharon Avni, tenured Associate professor in the Academic Literacy and Linguistics Department; Paula Field, tenured Assistant Professor of Nursing; Janice Mahinka, an Adjunct Lecturer of Music in the Department of Music and Art; and Lara Stapleton (pictured above, center), a Lecturer in the Department of English.

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.

Ribbon BMCC Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Panther Pantry: April 24
BMCC is celebrating the opening of the Panther Pantry, April 24 at 1 p.m., in Room S-230, 199 Chambers Street. The Panther Pantry seeks to alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger so that students can remain in school, and ultimately, earn their degrees. For more information please call (212) 220-8195.  

ASAP Students on the Dean's List 
ASAP at BMCC celebrated the achievement of its Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 Dean’s List recipients on April 16 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. A total of 1,050 ASAP students were invited to celebrate their hard work and dedication. With approximately 4,200 total students in the program, ASAP is always looking for ways to motivate and engage their students at all levels.

Women's Activist Bootcamp: Register by April 26
Hone your activist skills at a two-day interactive training sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. To register, stop by Room S-340, 199 Chambers Street to complete an application. Or send an email stating your interest to:  

Curatorial Curatorial Assistant Joins Shirley Fiterman Art Center Team​
Elsy Benitez has joined the SFAC as a Curatorial Assistant. Benitez holds an M.A. in Cultural Studies with a focus on contemporary art from University of Leeds, England, and a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Art History from UCLA. She served as an artist assistant for Documenta 13, an international art festival in Germany, and assisted with the Laszlo Moholy-Nagy exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.  
AHM BMCC 30th Annual Asian Heritage Month
Events continue through April 30 and include film screenings, music performances, book discussions, meditation sessions and more.

Join BMCC Run/Walk/Bike Event, May 2 
The BMCC community is invited to join a Spring Run/Walk/Bike event on May 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., sponsored by the BMCC Office of Student Affairs and Health Education Department. Participants will follow a route in Hudson Park from North Moore Street to Leroy Street and back, and receive a T-shirt. Register now, as spots are limited.

Spring 2018 Faculty and Staff Degreeworks Training: May 8 
A training for Degreeworks—the College’s online academic advisement and degree auditing system, enables advisors and students to view student academic progress—will be held May 8, 2-4 p.m., Room S-603. Please RSVP now to

BARS Staff and Faculty Volunteers Needed for BARS Symposium, May 9
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to volunteer as judges for the poster session component of the BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS), set for May 9 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. Poster Session 1 is 1:30 to 3 p.m., and Session 2 is 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. The judges will use a standardized rubric to assess the students’ posters and ability to present. Each poster will have three judges and there will be about 75 posters representing more than 100 student researchers. For more information, contact Rukiya Goddard, or (212) 220-8320.

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

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.
Raffle Spring 2018 Early Registration Raffle Winners
Congratulations to Health major Shokhista Chorieva (pictured left) 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 (pictured right), 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.”  

April 26: Pop Up Advising and Registration for Continuing Students
Advising staff members will be on hand at 199 Chambers Street to advise (Room S-108) and register (Room S-114) students from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Summer and Fall 2018. Please encourage students to take advantage of early registration to ensure they get the classes they need and the schedule they want. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media @BMCC_CUNY; #BMCCFinishFaster

Making Headlines

Vice President Marva Craig and BMCC student interviewed on food insecurity
April 18—Associated PressNew York TimesFox 5 New YorkThe Christian Science Monitor

BMCC commencement speakers highlighted 
April 16—Inside Higher Ed

BMCC sustainability efforts profiled in feature article​
April 15—New York Daily News

BMCC and CUNY Research Foundation research highlighted
April 13—Education Dive

BMCC Theatre department production “Swipe A New Musical” featured
April 12—Broadway World

BMCC Nursing alumna wins SUNY Chancellor’s Award
April 12—Read Media

Human Resources

Nominate Staff for Employee Appreciation Awards by May 8
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!

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 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.

CUNYFirst Travel and Expense Systems Trainings: May 2
If you are a BMCC faculty or staff member planning work-related travel, the CUNYFirst Travel and Expense system training will help clarify the documentation process required before and after your trip. The session is May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-603. Please RSVP to Rita Sun, BMCC Financial Analyst, ​

coffee Coffee Hour Q&A Sessions for HEO and College Assistant Staff
Bring your coffee and HEO- or College Assistant-related questions to meet with a representative of the Human Resources Department in Room S-719 at 199 Chambers Street. Questions can be submitted by 12 p.m. on the Monday before the meeting to Lori Mazzola (, or brought the day of the session. HEO Staff: CLICK HERE to select a 2-4 p.m. session on May 16 or June 18. College Assistant Staff: CLICK HERE to select a 2-4 p.m. session on April 25, May 30, June 27 or July 25.

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 dinner and the 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. The emcee is Baruch Shemtov, Fox 5 News entertainment reporter. 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 Alumnus Visits Campus, Presents Book
On April 17, BMCC Alumnus Jim St. Germain,  Social Justice Advocate, Speaker and Author of A Stone of Hope: A Memoir, presented a chat and book reading at BMCC, which included a Q and A session with BMCC Professor Lisa Rose.

BMCC Theatre Program: Swipe, a New Musical
April 20

Learn About Social Service and Non-Profit Job Opportunities 
April 23

Panther Pantry Ribbon Cutting
April 24

Music Faculty Recital 
April 25


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 20: BMCC vs. Nassau Community College (Garden City, NY/Mitchel Athletic Complex)
April 21: BMCC vs. Nassau Community College​ (Queens, NY, Padavan-Preller Complex)
April 24: BMCC vs. Monroe College (Queens, NY,Padavan-Preller Complex)
April 25: BMCC vs. Rockland Community College (Suffern, NY)

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