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BMCC Hosts 52nd Commencement with Largest Graduating Class in the College's History
BMCC will confer more than 4,300 associate degrees during morning and afternoon Commencement ceremonies at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in Manhattan, on June 2. 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.

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 BNY 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 BMCC faculty, staff and recent alumni (2007–2016). 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.
Spring Break

Students Gain Inspiration and Skills on Alternative Spring Break 
The BMCC Office of Student Activities facilitated two student trips in April for Alternative Spring Break. One group traveled to Chicago to attend the National Student Leadership Diversity Convention (NSLDC), explore the city and visit the DuSable Museum of African American History. Another group traveled to Dade City, Florida from April 9 to 15, where they volunteered for Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco Country, visited Busch Gardens and toured the University of Tampa.

Pinning BMCC Nursing Graduates Recognized in Pinning Ceremony 
The BMCC community is invited to cheer on graduates of the BMCC Nursing Department as they cross the stage in Theatre 1 at 199 Chambers Street on Wednesday, May 31 at 11 a.m. The Pinning Ceremony honors those who have successfully completed the rigorous Nursing program at BMCC, which provides courses in medical-surgical care, psychiatric nursing care, anatomy and other areas. The students also complete clinical rotations, working side-by-side with nurses, doctors, and medical students at public and private hospitals throughout New York City. Graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing, and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RNs).
Joe Doctor

BMCC Faculty Share Research Models in Joe Doctor Colloquium 
On April 26, BMCC hosted the Joe Doctor Colloquium, “Investigations and Collaborations: New Models for Research on the Community College” in the 13th floor conference room at Fiterman Hall. BMCC faculty presented student-collaborative research models and considered the role played by experiential learning at BMCC. Panelists included 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.


BMCC Selects 17 Professors to Receive More Than $78K in Research Grants
Seventeen faculty members at BMCC have been awarded a total of $78,338 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.” 

Distinguished Teaching

Distinguished Teaching Award Winners to Be Recognized May 4
Winners of the 2017 BMCC Distinguished Teaching award will be honored at a ceremony and reception, Thursday May 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. This year’s winners are Rosalie Gleicher, Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice; Geoffrey Klock, English; Matthew Marcus, Academic Literacy and Linguistics and Brett Sims, Mathematics. “These distinguished teachers inspire their students and their colleagues every day,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Karrin E. Wilks. All members of the BMCC community are invited to attend the ceremony.

#CUNYCodes: Students Showcase and Demonstrate Software Apps
This evening (April 27) at 6:30 p.m., on the 13th floor of Fiterman Hall, BMCC students will be demonstrating software applications and systems they designed over the course of the last 10 weeks in partnership with four year students and tech experts in a co-curricular experiential learning opportunity. BMCC is geared up to make this the largest demo night yet! The campus community is invited connect with our #CUNYCoders and others from industry making waves in the NYC tech sector. For more information:

BMCC Entrepreneurial Summit May 2
BMCC will host the college’s eleventh annual Entrepreneurial Summit on Tuesday, May 2, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. The event features a series of lively panels and discussions and offers students the chance to meet some of New York City’s most successful entrepreneurs and business people. Students who dream of starting their own business can ask questions about where to pitch innovative ideas and how to secure funding or land a job at a startup according to BMCC Business Management Professor Shane Snipes.


BMCC Theatre Student Hired as Swing for National Tour of Hit Musical Hamilton
BMCC Theatre major Nyla Sostre has been hired as an ensemble swing (understudy) for the national touring group for the hit musical “Hamilton.” Sostre, who graduates BMCC in June, will be an understudy to more than 80 ensemble cast members as they tour the United States from June through August. Although the East New York native had experience as a singer and toured with a band in Europe, she mastered her acting skills at BMCC, where she appeared in three productions. Sostre plans to enroll at Lehman College when she returns from the tour.

Single Stop Hosts Immigration Clinic
BMCC’s Single Stop office hosted its third Immigration Clinic on Monday April 24 in the BMCC Express location on Greenwich Street. Eight attorneys from The City Bar Justice Center were available to discuss immigration and citizenship concerns with students and their families. An attorney at the clinic said his and other attorney’s engagement with BMCC students had increased three-fold since the 2016 presidential election. If you have immigration-related concerns, contact BMCC’s Single Stop office at (212) 220-8195.


Students Spar with Faculty and Staff in Volleyball Playoff
As part of BMCC’s Annual Asian Heritage Month, themed “Family and Community," the college hosted a volleyball game in which faculty and staff played against students in the BMCC gymnasium on April 26. Asian Heritage ends with a dinner on April 28. For more information, contact Erwin J. Wong, Dean of Academic Programs and Instruction,


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


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,

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.
Making Headlines

BMCC President Antonio Pérez leading nationwide effort to underwrite National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCH)
April 26 — Diverse Issues in Higher Education

BMCC English Professor Syreeta McFadden to read essay at The Freya Project
April 26 — New York Minute Magazine

BMCC Photographer Louis Chan featured in CNN Styles
April 25 — CNN

Sampling of BMCC Tribeca Film Festival coverage
April 17, 2017 — Vanity FairAM New YorkMSNNew York PostNewsday

Human Resources
TIAA TIAA on Campus
BMCC employees can meet on campus with a TIAA counselor May 18, May 31, June 14, June 29, July 12, Aug. 10, Sept. 18, Sept. 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

BMCC Foundation Gala Honoree Carol Britton Meets with BMCC Students
Carol Britton, Chief Operating Officer for Corporate Services at BNY Mellon and 2017 BMCC Foundation Gala Honoree, visited BMCC on April 26. Britton took part in mock interview sessions with students as part of BOLT, Building Outstanding Leaders of Tomorrow, out of the BMCC Academy of Leadership and Service and toured the BMCC campus. The event gave BMCC students an opportunity to learn about interview etiquette and skills.

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.)
Women’s Activist Bookcamp 

Women’s Activist Bookcamp 
April 28

How to Find Scholarships 
April 29

Spring Choral Concert
May 2


The Writer in the World: Jessica Hagedorn and Viet Thanh Nguyen Discuss Their Work
May 4


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

Rodriguez Does It All in Win Over Broncos 

Panthers Grand Slam Twice in Victory Over Tigers

Men’s Baseball
April 28 and 29: BMCC vs. Kingsborough Community College
May 2: CUNYAC Championship

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