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Panther Pantry

BMCC Celebrates Opening of Panther Pantry  
BMCC students, faculty and staff gathered in the BMCC Single Stop office April 23 to celebrate the opening of the college’s new Panther Pantry with a ribbon cutting ceremony. BMCC students facing a food emergency who visit the Single Stop Office for a needs assessment will now be able to take home a three-day supply of nutritionally balanced, nonperishable food. Single Stop staff will also connect those students to sustainable food sources.


Video Highlights BMCC Faculty Sabbatical Research
Sabbatical research engages BMCC faculty more deeply in their content area. BMCC Professors Yana Durmysheva, Rafael T. Corbalan and Sharon Avni discuss how the experience allows them to bring fresh insight and discoveries back to the classroom.


BMCC Hosts National Robotics Competition for High Schools April 29  
Local high school students will be presenting their robotic creations at the RobotDemo Day on April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Richard Harris Terrace, the RHT Promenade and the Hudson Room. RobotDemo Day is part of the HIS Digital Pathway High School Outreach Initiatives. The RoboCupJunior USA competition is also scheduled on April 29 at BMCC. The all-day event challenges students up to 19 years old to work as a team to design, create and code robots to solve problems.


Civic Leadership Group Tours United Nations
Students in the BMCC Civic Leadership Program visit the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan and learn about its mission as well as careers related to its efforts.


BMCC Partnership Creates Emergency Medical Technician Training
Thanks to a partnership between the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Comprehensive Development, Inc. and Northwell Health, alternative high school graduates who are 18 to 24 years old can enter a training program, earn credit toward an Associate degree in Paramedic and start working toward a career as an Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).

BMCC Students Showcase Art

VIDEO: BMCC Students Showcase Art in “Year in Review” Exhibit
BMCC students are exhibiting their work in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street as part of the “Year in Review” exhibit, which features paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, graphic design and other types of work. The exhibit will be on display through May 8. Watch the video to learn more about our students and their work.

Alister North American Academy of Spanish Language Inducts Professor Alister Ramírez-Marquez 
On April 13 at the King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University, the North American Academy of Spanish Language (Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, ANLE) incorporated as a full member, Colombian-American writer and BMCC Professor Alister Ramírez-Márquez. In his induction speech, "The Romantic Legacy of Andrés Belllo on the Poetry of Rubén Darío," Ramírez-Márquez—who is a Professor of Spanish language and literature in BMCC’s Modern Languages Department—emphasized that both literary figures, who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are fundamental to the evolution and history of Hispanic letters. 
De-Stress Spring 2018 De-Stress Fest
The BMCC Spring 2018 De-Stress Fest, now through May 3, offers activities such as Laughing Yoga and Chair Massages to help students de-stress as finals approach.
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.


12th Annual Entrepreneurial Summit, May 3  
The BMCC entrepreneurial summit, Entrepreneurship for All is scheduled for May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fiterman Hall 13th-floor conference center. Sponsored by the Department of Business Management, panels will features business and entrepreneurial leaders. For more information, contact Professor Shane Snipes.

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., 199 Chambers Street, 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. For more information, contact Rukiya Goddard, rgoddard@bmcc.cuny.edua> or (212) 220-8320.

Reception Set for May 10 to Honor Faculty and Staff who Have Served up to 50 Years at BMCC 
On May 10, BMCC will celebrate faculty and staff who have accrued up to 50 years of service to the college, with a luncheon reception in the Fiterman Hall Conference Center. Please RSVP to Maria Castillo,  

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


BMCC Club Raises Awareness About Composting 
The BMCC Economics, Equality and Environment (EEE) Club, which won the CUNY Student Sustainability Grant Competition in Spring 2017 and is led by Club Advisor Economics Professor Christine Farrias, has been working to raise awareness at BMCC about sustainability and environmental issues. Club members produced a video focused on food waste and the importance of composting.

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.

Pop Up Advisement & Registration for Continuing Students April 30
Advising staff members will be on hand in 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 and schedule they want for the upcoming semesters.

Advisement and Registration for New Students: Every Tuesday and Wednesday
Advising staff and faculty are excited to welcome new BMCC students and help ensure their successful enrollment for Fall 2018, every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street: Advisement in Room S-108 and Registration in Room S-114. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media @BMCC_CUNY; #BMCCFinishFaster

Making Headlines

BMCC solar panels featured
April 17—Study Breaks

BMCC featured in story about campus food insecurity 
April 22—The Santa Fe New Mexican

Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC
April 25—In Style Magazine

BMCC featured in story about new New York City law requiring buildings to cut carbon footprint
April 25—New York Daily News

Human Resources

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, ​


Nominate Staff for Employee Appreciation Awards by May 4
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 4!

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.
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 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.


Veterans: Serving Beyond the Uniform, Exploring Careers in Government
April 26

Learning Academy Info. Session (0- 15 Credits by Fall 2018) 
April 27

Women’s Activist Bootcamp
April 28

Spring Choral Concert 
May 1

Social Justice Thought Artistic Expression Performance and Discussion 
May 2


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 27: BMCC vs. Monroe College (Queens, Padavan-Preller Complex)
April 28: BMCC vs. Monroe College (Queens, Padavan-Preller Complex)
May 1: BMCC vs. Bronx Community College (Bronx, Ohio-Field)

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