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BMCC Tranforms for Tribeca Film Festival
The John Zuccotti Theatre at BMCC (Theater One) was recently transformed for the 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival running from April 13-24. Find out how BMCC TPAC technical staff and outside production companies transform Theater One into a home for one of the world’s most famous film festivals.

Michael Clark

BMCC Student Wins Scholarship to Study HIV and Conflict in Uganda
BMCC student Michael Clark will head to Uganda for the Fall 2016 semester to study the role of conflict and stigma in public health, primarily as it relates to HIV. The trip will be funded by two awards Clark received in March 2016; the Access Africa scholarship from the School of International Training (SIT), and a Fund For Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship. “Michael was one of 25 scholars nationwide; the only applicant in New York State and the first-ever BMCC student to win the FEA scholarship,” said Deborah Stengle, Director of the BMCC Study Abroad program.

Obeng Kwaku Buo

Unlocking Secrets of the World's Water Resources
Obeng Kwaku Buo, an engineering science major at BMCC is a member of LSAMP and part of a research project led by Engineering Professor Kibrewossen Tesfagiorgis, "The Dynamics of Water Storage Over Lake Eyre, Australia, Observed by Satellite Data,” which examines the world's water resources with the goal of minimizing loss of life caused by devastating floods. Buo won First Place in the Civil, Mechanical, Environmental or Aerospace Engineering category for his research poster on the project at the October 2015 LSAMP Symposium & Research Conference at the University of Georgia. He was also a winner of BMCC’s Spring 2016 Poster Session, and attended the Emerging Researchers National Researchers Conference in Washington, DC in February 2016.

Year Up

BMCC and Year Up Celebrate Their New Partnership
On April 21, a reception was held in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center to celebrate the new partnership between BMCC/CUNY and Year Up, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the opportunity divide for young adults ages 18 to 24. The BMCC Year Up program is an intensive, one-year experience for students earning an associate degree while completing internships at some of the largest U.S. corporations. BMCC Year Up students who had applied to attend the reception were on hand at the reception in business attire, to greet guests and talk about their experience. Alisa Seewald, Year Up Site Director at BMCC, welcomed the audience and introduced BMCC President Antonio Perez, who spoke of the importance of internships in opening doors to community college students. Guest speakers included Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO; Brandon Richardson, BMCC Year Up student and Colleen Taylor, Executive Vice President with Capital One.

Middle States Liaison

BMCC Receives Visit from Middle States Liaison
Dr. Ellie Fogarty, Vice President of Institutional Field Relations, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education — and BMCC’s Middle States Liaison — visited the college on April 18 and delivered a presentation, followed by a Q & A session, on the Middle States Self-Study process. BMCC faculty, students and staff filled the tiered rows of lecture room N452 for the event, hosted by BMCC President Antonio Perez. Dr. Fogarty spoke about the Middle States standards, the peer review team that will visit BMCC, and other aspects of the Self Study process that is part of BMCC’s ongoing accreditation.

Professor Charles McGill Featured in CUNY TV
Charles McGill, a BMCC Professor of Art and artist known for his assemblage pieces made with repurposed golf bags, will be featured on CUNY Television’s “Study with the Best” series, in a segment airing at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. CUNY TV is broadcast over-the-air in the New York metropolitan area on digital Ch. 25.3 and cablecast on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN Cable) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS). A couple days after airing, the segment will be available online at or Youtube. McGill’s first major museum exhibit, Charles McGill: Front Line, Back Nine opened April 21, 2016 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida. He is also a 2015 recipient of the $25,000 Painters & Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. “For me as a black man, taking this historically ‘white’ object [golf bag], repurposing it and putting another identity to it resonated on a lot of levels," says McGill in a 2015 BMCC web article.

Faculty and staff recognition

Special Luncheon Honors BMCC Faculty and Staff with 20 to 50 Years of Service
The annual Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony and luncheon, sponsored by President Antonio Pérez and the Office of Academic Affairs, was held April 21 in the 13th floor Fiterman Hall Conference Center to honor those who have provided service to BMCC for 20 to 50 years. The honorees, who received a gift for their service included:

20 Years at BMCC: Nkechi Agwu, Mathematics; Lisa Rose, Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice; Christopher Salami, Science; Faisel Adem, Science; Tanoai Williams, Registrar; Sidney Askew, Accounting; Katherine Conway, Business Management; Peter Hollerbach, Art & Music; Caroline Pari-Pfisterer, English, and Linda Herring, Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

25 Years at BMCC: Kenneth Levinson, Academic Literacy and Linguistics.

30 Years at BMCC: Juana Rodriguez, Allied Health Sciences; Ralph Buxton, Financial Aid; Juliet Emanuel, Academic Literacy and Linguistics; Harry Kleinman, Accounting; Carlos Linares, Computer Information Sciences; Guadalupe Campos, Business Management, and Jocelyn Samuel, Business Management.

35 Years at BMCC: Marva Craig, Vice President of Student Affairs; Robin Durant, Accounts Payable; Manuel Hernandez, Accounting; Michael Nazzaro, Allied Health Sciences; Fred Lane, Financial Aid and Amparo Lopez-Moreno, Human Resources.

50 Years at BMCC: Frank Navas, Accounting.


BMCC Gears Up for 51st Commencement, June 3
On Friday, June 3, BMCC will celebrate its 51st commencement and the College will be having two ceremonies – one will be in the morning, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and the other in the afternoon, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza.

BMCC Express

BMCC Express Celebrates Grand Opening
BMCC Express officially opened its doors on April 20 with a celebration that included giveaways, refreshments and an opportunity to meet staff members who are ready to assist visitors. BMCC Express, located at 255 Greenwich Street, is a one-stop, centralized information center that provides quick access to a variety of services that include Admissions, Bursar, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Student Services and more.

Sustainability Fair

College Hosts Sustainability Fair
BMCC hosted a Sustainability Fair the featured hands-on sustainable research demonstrations. The fair also included EcoCinema, a collection of six films being screened in the student cafeteria located on the main campus. Participating community and student organizations included: BMCC Research & Nature Club, BMCC Rowing Club, BMCC Wellness & Nutrition Club, Citibike, Food and Water Watch, GrowNYC, Hokule'a - Mälama Honua World Wide Voyage, NYPIRG, Sierra Club, Sustainable CUNY and United for Action. Learn more about the BMCC’s sustainability efforts here.

Asian Heritage Month

BMCC 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.

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

BMCC Liberal Arts major Mohammed Altareb, 22, receives Explore the World Scholarship from Hostelling International New York City (HI NYC)
April 12, 2016 — Strauss Media

Actress/comedian Tina Fey featured in Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Tina Fey with Damian Holbrook, during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC
April 20, 2016 — Times Square Gossip

Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro catch up at Tribeca premiere of A Hologram for the King
April 21, 2016 – Daily Mail

BMCC Public Affairs writer Lynn McGee is interviewed about her new collection of poetry, Sober Cooking, in the literary journal, The New Guard
April 20, 2016 — The New Guard

Alumni and Donors
BMCC Alumni Council

BMCC Hosts Theatre Alumni Event
A catered reception honoring alumni from the BMCC Theatre program of the Department of Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts was held Thursday, April 14 in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. Karrin Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Doris Holz, Vice President of Development, welcomed the evening’s guests. BMCC Theatre Professors Diane Dowling and Katherine Kavanaugh spoke about the BMCC theatre community, in which students and alumni continue to network and share experiences with theatre productions throughout New York City. Special guest speakers included BMCC Theatre Alumni Tiho Andonov of the non-profit arts organization and avant-garde theatre, Whitelisted, and David Givens of the I Act, You Act! Harlem Theater. The event also celebrated the BMCC theatre production Measure for Measure, which was directed and adapted by Professor Dowling and ran April 13 through April 17 in BMCC’s Theatre Two.

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 al types and at all levels. Learn about the ways you can help ensure student success and make a difference at BMCC.


Student Faculty Evaluations Available Online
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Student Veterans: Transitioning from Military Life to Student Life
April 22

Year Up Information Session
April 27

BMCC Student Artists Present “Year in Review”
Through May 7

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