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BMCC Symposium Highlights Faculty-Mentored Student Research  
On May 9, the 2018 BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS) highlighted the research projects of 68 students working with 39 faculty mentors in a wide variety of fields.


Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Wins International and Regional Awards
Student officers in the BMCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Chapter and their faculty mentors presented at the Catalyst 2018 PTK International Conference in Kansas City and the New York Regional Convention on Long Island—and brought home a total of five awards.


BMCC Hosts National Robotics Competition for High Schools 
As part of the BMCC's efforts to level the playing field for underrepresented students in STEM, the college hosted all-day RoboCupJunior USA competitions April 29 and May 6 at 199 Chambers Street. "Five high school robotics clubs, mentored by BMCC instructors and Computer Information Systems (CIS) students, presented robots they had designed and coded as a team," said CIS Professor Mohammad Azhar. The project is funded through HSI:Digital Pathway and MSEIP-RISE DOE to build the college-readiness of students entering STEM programs at BMCC.


12th BMCC Entrepreneurial Summit
On May 3 in the Fiterman Conference Center, the BMCC Business Enterprise Student Club​Small Business Entrepreneurship degree program and Department of Business Management sponsored the 12th Annual Entrepreneurial Summit, Entrepreneurship for All. "This year’s event was bigger and better than ever," said Roderick S. Snipes, Professor of Business Management at BMCC. "Students moderated eight sessions and hosted 21 panelists, including Egypt "Ify" Ufele, the fashion designer and founder of ChubiiLine, and LaJoyce Brookshire, bestselling author of Soul Food. After the event, students connected with our guest speakers and continued conversations about starting their own businesses.”​


BMCC Spring Choral Group Sings for Peace 
A choral group of 72 BMCC students, mostly Music majors, along with members of the BMCC Downtown Chorus, presented the concert, Sing for Peace on May 1 in Theatre 2 at 199 Chambers Street. "There was a full audience of more than 200 family members, friends and alumni," said Professor of Music Eugenia Oi Yan Yau, who directed the performance with Jeremy Run Ho. Performers also included Professors Jee Eun Ahn and Eleonora Rotshteyn on piano, and Professor Quentin Angus and Crystal Medina on clarinet. 


Student Affairs Holds Annual Retreat 
On May 7, more than 60 staff members from the BMCC Office of Student Affairs gathered in the Fiterman Conference Center for an annual retreat. The gathering included project updates, team-building activities, brainstorming sessions and discussions related to the Student Affairs strategic plan.  


The Brooklyn Women's Chorus Presents Somewhere to Begin 
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (BMCC TPAC) presents The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus in a concert performance, Somewhere To Begin, on May 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 or $15 each if purchased five or more at a time by calling (212) 220-1460, going online or visiting the BMCC TPAC Box Office at 199 Chambers Street, Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.   

Employee Appreciation Awards

BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards 
The BMCC Community is invited to the BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards reception.The nominations are in and the winners will be announced on June 8 at 12 p.m. in Fiterman Hall, Room 1306/7. The Employee Appreciation Awards are presented to full- and part-time administrative and/or support and service staff members who were nominated in appreciation of their overall quality of work and dedication to the College. The BMCC Employee Appreciation Program recognizes outstanding achievement, performance, creative contributions, and/or improvement beyond what is normally expected of employees. Learn More and RSVP


BMCC Hosts 53rd Commencement 
BMCC will confer Associate degrees to about 4,000 graduates during morning and afternoon Commencement ceremonies at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in Manhattan, on June 1.

Student Film Festival

BMCC Student Film Festival May 11 
The BMCC Video Production Club is hosting its bi-annual Film Festival May 11 in Theater 1 at 199 Chambers Street. The competitive event, which happens both in the spring and fall semesters, showcases student film projects raging from documentary to animation. This semester’s event begins at 5 p.m. with a red carpet with screenings starting at 6 p.m. For further information, contact Media Arts and Technology Professor Anastassios Rigopoulos,

Elearning E-Learning Workshops for May
The BMCC E-Learning Center offers workshops and one-on-one consultations on Blackboard basics and other areas, for all BMCC instructors and staff. To register, visit the online schedule and click on the workshop name. For more information, contact Donna Dickinson, (212) 220-8000, x7312; visit the E-Learning Center at 99 Chambers Street, Room, S-510A, or email

Guidelines for Posters and Flyers on Campus 
The Office of Public Affairs consults with BMCC departments, offices, faculty and staff to promote events and activities in an effective manner, reaching audiences on multiple platforms. Learn how to use college resources including the @BMCC e-newsletter, TV monitors, BMCC calendar and social media.  


Summer Immersion Programs Prepare Students for Fall Enrollment  
BMCC will offer free Summer 2018 immersion works​hop and tutorial programs in mathematic, reading, writing and English as a Second Language. The immersion progr​ams will help eligible students complete their remedial requirements so they can enroll for the Fall 2018 semester. Registration ends May 25 for programs starting as early as June 4. For more information contact

Snow Day Make-Up Scheduled for May 17
On May 17, a designated snow make-up day, classes will follow a Wednesday schedule. Final exams will begin May 18. For more information, visit the BMCC Academic Calendar or contact the BMCC registrar,  

BMCC Co-Hosts Hispanic Achievement Conference
On May 23, 24 and 25, BMCC in partnership with the City College of New York, the University of Texas-El Paso, Laguardia Community College and Caribbean University Puerto Rico will present HSI: Urbano, a conference to address the challenges facing HSI/STEM education in two- and four-year institutions. The event will take place at the Advanced Science Research Center of the The City College of New York, 85 St. Nicholas Terrace, New York, NY, 10031. ​To register, submit a proposal or learn more click here.      

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.

Complimentary WSJ Memberships Available
CUNY Libraries have joined The Wall Street Journal in a collaboration that will provide students and faculty complementary access to the Journal. The Journal provides career advice and ties real-world examples into what you learn, giving you the opportunity to enhance your educational experience and stay ahead. Research topics relevant to your courses and careers, follow companies and industries that interest you, and enjoy the most engaging coverage of politics, arts, culture and life - just activate your complimentary Wall Street Journal membership at


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. Advisement is in Room S-108 and Registration is in Room S-114, at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media @BMCC_CUNY; #BMCCFinishFaster

Making Headlines

Former BMCC professor and author Elizabeth Strout profiled
May 4—New York Post

Mother inspires son to apply to college, now he’s at BMCC
May 5—New York Daily News

BMCC Professor Syreeta McFadden’s new Op-Ed about Netflix documentary on Rachel Dolezal 
May 6—Think (NBC NEWS)

BMCC expands its presence by 78K square feet
May 7—Commercial Observer, Bisnow , The Real DealConnect New York,

Cardi B talks about making money while studying at BMCC 
May 7—

Barclays Rebound program features future BMCC student 
May 8—Conscious Living TV

Human Resources
TIAA RSVP Now to Meet with TIAA Consultant
Are you saving enough for retirement? To discuss this and other questions, meet with a TIAA financial consultant May 17, May 30, June 6, June 21, July 10, July 26, August 8, August 21 or September 12. Space is limited, so RSVP online or call (800) 732-8353 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Meet With a Deferred Compensation Rep​, May 18
Will your pension and Social Security be enough? Learn more about planning for retirement. Bring your pay stub and sign up online to meet with a New York State Deferred Compensation Plan representative on May 18 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room 599P.  ​

Blood Blood Pressure/Pre-Diabetes Screenings Available
On May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room N-451 at 199 Chambers Street, WorkWellNYC will offer free blood pressure and pre-diabetes screenings for BMCC staff and faculty. Make your appointment online with username "workwell" and password "nyc." For more information, contact Lori Mazzola, Ext. 7063,

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.

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.
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.


BMCC Theatre Program: Everything Will Be Alright
May 11

BMCC Learning Academy: Finals Mixer 
May 14

Admissions Information Session and Tour
May 15

Year Up Info Session
May 16


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
Fitness Center

Stay in Shape! Visit the Free BMCC Fitness Center 
Current BMCC students, faculty and staff with ID are welcome to use the free BMCC Fitness Center, which offers free weights, strength and resistance equipment, and cardiovascular equipment. Call for summer hours: (212) 220-8260.

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