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Jack Kent Cooke

Science Major Norbesida Bagabila Earns Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
BMCC Science major and Kaplan Scholar Norbesida Bagabila was one of nearly 3,000 community college students from across the country to apply for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 2017 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. He was then one of 597 semifinalists in competition for the award. And on Monday, April 17 — in what he thought was a celebration for just being a semifinalist — Bagabila learned he was one of 55 community college students nationwide who had in fact won the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, which provides up to $40,000 per year for two to three years, for tuition toward a bachelor’s degree.

Research Grant

BMCC Selects 16 Professors to Receive More Than $77K in Research Grants
Sixteen faculty members at BMCC have been awarded a total of $77,338 in Faculty Development Grants to support their research and creative activity. "We were impressed by the high quality of the proposals and look forward to the results," said Karrin E. Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. "As always, we greatly appreciate the scholarly achievements and contributions of our faculty.”


BMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Earns National Recognitions
Students from BMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter received national recognition during the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst Conference, held in Nashville, April 6-8. BMCC’s chapter was recognized as one of the Top 100 chapters nationally; and BMCC also received the Distinguished College Project Award. A Distinguished Service Award was given to Professor Alex d’Erizans (pictured here, far right), for his work as a Regional Coordinator. In January, Marija Binch, a BMCC Liberal Arts major, and Andrea Reed, a BMCC alumna (’16, Business Administration) were selected to be part of the Phi Theta Kappa All-State Community College Academic Team for New York. As team members, Binch and Reed are eligible for the $5,000 All-USA Academic Team scholarship, and received an invitation to attend the April 2017 American Association of Community Colleges conference.

Table Tennis

Chinese National Table Tennis Team Members Demonstrate Their Prowess at BMCC
Three former members of the Chinese National Table Tennis team demonstrated their competitive skills in the BMCC cafeteria at 199 Chambers Stret on Wednesday, April 19. Students were able to test their mastery of ping-pong during individual match-ups with the professional players—all before an audience of BMCC faculty, staff and students. The event was part of the 2017 BMCC Asian Heritage month.

Gala Real Estate and Banking Leaders, and Award-Winning Songwriters to be Honored at "Invest in a Future" Gala, 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 Bank of New York Mellon, and Jeffrey Gural, Chairman of Newmark Knight Frank. Special Guest Star Honorees are Oscar® and Grammy® winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Cindy Hsu, an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter at CBS 2 News, will be the emcee. Tickets are $300 for faculty and staff. For more information, to purchase a ticket or reserve a table, please contact the BMCC Office of Development at (212) 220-8020 or click HERE.

BMCC Hosts 52nd Commencement with Largest Graduating Class in the College's History
BMCC will confer more than 4,500 associate degrees during morning and afternoon Commencement ceremonies at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in Manhattan, on June 2, 2017. Surpassing last year's record number of graduates, this will be the largest graduating class in the college's history. BMCC President Antonio Pérez will present the 2017 BMCC President’s Medal to U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat in the morning, and to film producer and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, Jane Rosenthal, in the afternoon. The Valedictorians will be announced soon.


BMCC Embraces Sustainability at Annual Fair
On April 20, BMCC hosted Sustainability Fair 2017 from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace and the South Lobby at 199 Chambers Street. Activities included sustainable research demonstrations and exhibits on topics such as locally sourced food. An Eco-Cinema event presented four films. The fair also included exhibits by 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.


Students Make Their Voices Heard, Through Civic Leadership and Participation Group at BMCC
Seven BMCC students, members of the BMCC Civic Leadership and Participation group, walked from the college’s main campus on Chambers Street to offices of the New York City Council at 25 Broadway. Gathering in a conference room that showed views of City Hall — where the students went next for an inside tour — they met with Inez Barron (shown center, front) Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Higher Education, and Council staffers Kiiru Gichuru, Legislative Counsel, and Chloe Rivera, Policy Analyst.

Joe Doctor Colloquium 2017

Joe Doctor Colloquium 2017: The Intersections of Faculty Research and Greater Student Agency
On April 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., BMCC will host the Joe Doctor Colloquium, “Investigations and Collaborations: New Models for Research on the Community College.” The event, to be held in the 13th floor conference room at Fiterman Hall, will explore a model of community college research that aligns faculty researchers with student collaborators and participants. BMCC faculty members will share projects that bring faculty and student investigations into a broader conversation, one that challenges data-driven approaches to community college research. Building on a student collaborative model, participants will also consider the role played by experiential learning at BMCC. Panelists include David Caicedo, Instructor, Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice; Laura K. Burrell, Director, Office of Internships and Experiential Learning; Maureen Matarese, Assistant Professor, Academic Literacy and Linguistics; Michael Partis, Center for Ethnic Studies and Rosario Torres, Assistant Professor, Academic Literacy and Linguistics. To register, click HERE.

Reprographics Relocates to Remodeled Space
The BMCC Reprographics Office at 199 Chambers Street has moved to remodeled space in Room S-128 with the Faculty Copy Room next door in S-129. Copying and finishing options that had been unavailable during the remodeling process, have now resumed. According to Reprographics Coordinator Yvonne Rigby, "I am happy to say that faculty who teach in the early morning or even late at night can now access the self-service faculty copy room in S-129 during hours the college is open. This will give an additional tool to support our growing community.” HOURS: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Sunday, 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. For more information call (212) 220-8070 or email


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 B. 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, Volleyball and More
BMCC’s Annual Asian Heritage Month, themed “Family and Community," presents film, students vs. staff volleyball, a tea tasting and more through April 28. For more information, contact Erwin J. Wong, Dean of Academic Programs and Instruction,

Walk/Run BMCC Spring Run/Walk Scheduled for May 3
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Spring Run/Walk in the neighborhood on Wednesday, May 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each participant will receive a T-shirt to wear during the activity. To register, click HERE.
LGBTQ Join the BMCC LGBTQ Pride Month Planning Committee
The Office Student Affairs invites BMCC faculty and staff to join the planning committee for LGBTQ Pride Month in Room N-471 on Wednesday, May 3 at 2 p.m.and/or Monday, May 8 at 12 p.m. LGBTQ Pride Month will be October 2017, with planning scheduled for Summer 2017. LGBTQ Pride Month presents events and workshops that enrich the BMCC community.

BMCC Hosts CUNY CUE Conference May 5
The CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) Conference 2017, “Accelerating Progress, Accelerating Equity: Improving Student Success in Developmental and Gateway Courses,” will be held at BMCC on May 5 with 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 click HERE or contact Janice Zummo, Assistant Dean for Academic Support Services,

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 institutional self-study. Seven Standards Working Groups will present updates and there will be Q&A sessions. For more information, contact Christopher Shults, BMCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning,

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.

BMCC Student Artists Present “Year in Review”
BMCC’s Student Art Show opens with a reception from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., April 26, in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. The exhibit will be showcasing the work of more than 200 BMCC students, in a wide range of media and formats. The show will be on view until May 16. “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. As part of the Student Art Show, a musical recital featuring Advanced Music students will be presented at 7:30 p.m., May 12, featuring Voice students, String Ensemble, Flute Choir and the Guitar Ensemble. For more information, call (212) 776-6237.

Making Headlines

Former members of Chinese National Table Tennis Team visit BMCC
April 20, 2017 — China Daily

BMCC student included in front page feature story about neighborhood food cart vendor
April 18, 2017 — The New York Times

BMCC student pens opinion article about transportation equity
April 17, 2017— City & State

BMCC’s front entrance featured in national story about NY Governor’s proposed free tuition
April 16, 2017 — The Sacramento Bee, Times Union Albany, Citizen Tribune, Idaho Statesman, Tulsa World

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
Hattem Alumni Now: Michael D. Hattem ’09
Former BMCC Foundation Scholar Michael D. Hattem earned a B.A. in History through the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA) program, with BMCC and then City College of New York (CCNY/CUNY) as his home schools. Now completing a doctoral program in American history at Yale University, he has won almost a dozen historical research fellowships from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the New-York Historical Society and others. Hattem co-founded the popular history blog, The Junto, and is a producer and co-creator of the history podcast, The JuntoCast. “Without BMCC having been there to give me my first opportunity, none of those things would have been possible,” says Hattem. He thanks mentors such as BMCC Professor Jacob Kramer for helping him start his academic path.

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.)

CUNY Assessment Test Orientation Workshop
April 21

Immigration Clinic
April 24

Working Writers Reading Series: Rickey Laurentiis
April 25

How to Find Scholarships
April 26


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Panther Pride

Men’s Baseball
April 21: BMCC vs. Nassau Community College
April 25: BMCC vs. Kingsborough Community College

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