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Male Educators

BMCC Receives $285,000 to Research Recruitment of Male Educators in Pre-K Classrooms
The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) has awarded $285,000 to BMCC/CUNY to support a study led by Principal Investigator and Professor of Teacher Education Jean Plaisir to explore and examine the recruitment, retention, professional development and mentoring of male early childhood educators in the New York City Universal PreK system workforce. The grant period is April 1, 2016 through July 31, 2018. BMCC Teacher Education Professors Meghan Fitzgerald Raimundo, Kirsten Cole and Mindi Reich-Shapiro join Professor Plaisir on the project team.

Leadership Fellows

American Express Awards $100,000 Grant to BMCC Leadership Fellows Program
American Express has awarded $100,000 in grant funding to continue training emerging leaders through the BMCC Leadership Fellows Program. Through trainings and hands-on exercises, the Leadership Program encourages emerging BMCC leaders from a broad cross-section of the college community, to recognize and grow their own leadership potential within the institution.

Sophie Marinez

BMCC Professor Sophie Marinez Earns CUNY Faculty Fellowship to Research Haiti and Dominican Republic Dynamics
Sophie Maríñez, an Assistant Professor of French and Spanish in the Modern Language Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY), is one of six faculty scholars across CUNY to have been accepted as a 2016-2017 Faculty Fellow by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics (CPCP) at the CUNY Graduate Center. The fellowship provides release time for two three-credit courses over the 2016-2017 academic year, enabling Professor Maríñez to dedicate time to her research project, “The Dynamics Between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.” The project focuses on solidarity between the two countries, Maríñez says. It also examines “negative perceptions of Haitians in the Dominican Republic, whose leaders adopted an ideology that sees Haitians through a racist lens, in order to serve a political agenda.”

BMCC Among Beneficiaries of the Goldman Sachs Gives Community College Fund
Goldman Sachs, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges, has announced the nine community colleges, including BMCC, selected to receive grants from the Goldman Sachs Gives Community College Fund totally $4 million. The grants were created to strengthen community college endowments in support of need-based financial aid and build on the firm’s broader commitment to advancing community colleges across the United States.

Asian American Studies

BMCC Receives NEH Award of Almost $100,000 for Asian American Studies Project
BMCC recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award of $99,998 to fund a year-long project, “Building Asian American Studies across the Community College Classroom.” The Project Director is Soniya Munshi, BMCC Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences and Human Services, and the project is hosted by the BMCC Center for Ethnic Studies. Through this project, 15 selected faculty participants from CUNY community colleges will receive a stipend to attend a Faculty Development Summer Institute on August 15-20 as well as two days of workshops at the end of both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. They will also have the option of attending a monthly colloquium on Asian American studies, at BMCC.


BMCC Student and Two Professors Featured on CUNY Television
Renata Hill, Human Services major; Lisa Rose, Professor and Coordinator of Human Services at BMCC, and Charles McGill, Professor of Art, are featured in the CUNY Television series, "Study with the Best/Stories from the Community Colleges.” The episode is available here. Renata Hill and Professor Rose talk about issues related to formerly incarcerated college students. For more information on them, click here. Professor McGill examines issues race and representation in his work made from repurposed golf bags. McGill received a $25,000 Painters and Sculptors grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2015 and his work is featured in a current major exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information on Professor McGill, click here.


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.

Civil Service Employee Recognition Day
The BMCC community is invited to attend a special luncheon in Richard Harris Terrace honoring Civil Service Classified Staff who have served the college for 20 or more years. Seating is limited. RSVP by May 20 to Maria Deckinger:, Ext. 1496.

BMCC Express

BMCC Express Now Open
This one-stop center is now open in the Murray Building located at 255 Greenwich Street. BMCC Express is a centralized information stop to get quick assistance with a variety of services including Academic Programs, Admissions, Advisement, Bursar, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Services and more. Students and visitors now have access to six self-help computer stations and one-on-one consultation for questions that need more attention.

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

Susan Saiter Sullivan, BMCC Adjunct Professor, publishes a short story
April 28, 2016 — The East Hampton Star

BMCC included in Capital One Foundation’s Community College Workforce Development cohort
April 25, 2016 — Mid-City Messenger

Won Kang, BMCC Director of Career Services contributes as a source to an article in WalletHub about entry-level jobs
April 25, 2016 — WalletHub

BMCC among beneficiaries of the Goldman Sachs Gives Community College Fund
April 25, 2016 — Community College Daily

BMCC student and Rainbow Scholar Michael Clark talks about his upcoming trip to Uganda
April 22, 2016 — Fund for Education Abroad

Kate Walter, a professor in the Academic Literacy and Linguistics department publishes an opinion piece about her students
April 21, 2016 — AM New York

BMCC Professor of Sociology Deborah Gambs quoted in article about CUNY faculty and staff strike authorization vote
April 21, 2016 — Amsterdam News

Alumni and Donors

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 Art

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

De-Stress Fest

Spring 2016 De-Stress Fest
Through May 13

Student Faculty Evaluations Available Online
Through May 17

Student Veterans: Transitioning from Military Life to Student Life
May 6

The Stickup Kids: A Colloquium on Race, Justice, and Urban Communities
May 10

Learn About Upcoming Events at the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Panther Pride
Men's Baseball

Men’s Baseball: Panthers Season Ends with Loss to Suffolk

Men’s Baseball: Kingsborough Wave Rolls Over Panthers in Doubleheader

Men’s Basketball: Panthers Add Three Recruits on National Signing Day

Men’s Baseball: BMCC Baseball Swept By Nassau

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