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Distinguished Teaching Awards

BMCC Announces Nominees for Distinguished Teaching Awards
The first BMCC Distinguished Teaching Awards will be presented at a reception on Thursday, May 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. “Promoting, recognizing and celebrating outstanding teaching is one of our highest priorities and central to our commitment to student success,” said Karrin E. Wilks, BMCC Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “It was very inspiring and moving to read the applications, both the teaching statements by nominees and testimonials from students. We are proud to be honoring all the nominees and awardees.” The nominees include: Thierry Agbotouedo, Lecturer, Mathematics; John Beaumont, Associate Professor, Academic Literacy and Linguistics; Catherine Cammilleri, Lecturer, English; Robin Enrico, Adjunct Professor, Music and Art; Joel Evans, Lecturer, Business Administration; Helen Huff, Professor, Speech, Communications and Theatre Art; Lalitha Jayant, Associate Professor, Science; Jacob Kramer, Associate Professor, Social Sciences; Ting Lei, Professor, Social Sciences; Ellen Lewis, Adjunct Lecturer, English; Shanti Lowe, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Social Sciences; Nicholas R. Marino, Adjunct Lecturer, English; Roselie McNair, Adjunct Professor, Academic Literacy and Linguistics; Yolanda Medina, Associate Professor, Teacher Education; Chamutal Noimann, Assistant Professor, English; Margaret Pamplin, Associate Professor, English; Sandra Sollod Poster, Professor, Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts; Aimee Record, Lecturer, English; Lesley Rennis, Associate Professor, Health Education; Gary Richards, Adjunct, English; Marguerite Rivas, Associate Professor, English; Anna Salvati, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems; Abdramane Serme, Professor, Mathematics; Manya Steinkoler, Assistant Professor, English; Valerie Thiers-Thiam, Associate Professor, Modern Languages; Julie M. Vega, F/T Substitute, English; Zhanna Yablokova, Associate Professor, English; Eugenia Oi Yan Yau, Professor, Music and Art. Please RSVP for the Distinguished Teaching Award Reception by May 13 to Lisa St. Hill,

Loretta Lee

BMCC Receives Generous Gift From Supporter Loretta Lee
The BMCC Foundation has received a $75,000 gift from Merchant House International Group founder Loretta Lee. The money will be used to fund a scholarship, an international internship and an upcoming art exhibit. The BMCC Foundation, Inc. Loretta Lee Scholarship is for students graduating in Spring/Summer 2016. The selected student will be awarded up to $25,000 a year, for two years, to complete a bachelor’s degree in art. The deadline to apply is May 13. Also in Spring 2016, BMCC Music & Art faculty will select a design-focused art student to complete a Summer 2016 internship at Lee’s factories in Mainland China and Hong Kong. The trip will be organized through the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning in partnership with the Department of Art and Music as well as the BMCC Foundation. “We are excited about this unique opportunity for a BMCC student to learn first-hand, the practical aspects of textile design, printing, manufacturing and merchandising,” said BMCC President Antonio Pérez. “We are grateful to Loretta Lee for her generous gift making this internship and scholarship possible, and for enabling our students to apply their art and design skills in a global setting.”

Spring Break

BMCC Students Build Houses, Tour Colleges and Gain Skills
For most college students, Spring Break signals a time for relaxing and going to the beach. At BMCC, Spring Break signals something else: building community and giving back. This past Spring Break, April 22 to April 30, more than 70 BMCC students traveled to Durham, North Carolina; Upstate New York; Washington DC and Atlanta, Georgia. They helped construct new homes, attended a leadership conference, took part in team-building activities, visited museums, sat around campfires, gazed at the night sky and strengthened their bonds.


BMCC Hosted 10th Annual Student Entrepreneurial Summit
On May 5, BMCC hosted the 10th Annual Student Entrepreneurial Summit, sponsored by BMCC's Business Enterprise Club. Speakers included: Abhi Ramesh, Co-Founder of Horizons School of Technology; Sebastian Langlois, CEO of Rive; Emmanuel Fuzaylov Podiatrist; Jessica Nunez, Director of Special Events at PWJ Events; Daniel Huss, Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, Founder of Hot Sauce Adventure Club & Songsforgifts; Precious L. Williams, Esq., CEO of Perfect Pitches by Precious, LLC; Helena Escalante, Business Outreach Specialist of Science, Industry & Business Library; James R. Ray III, Esq., Managing Attorney of Law Firm of Ray & Associates; and Raymond Milian, CEO of Tech Start-up.

BMCC Strive for Success Coordinator Ramik Williams Participates in Outward Bound Film Project
BMCC Strive for Success Campus Coordinator Ramik Williams appears in a film project produced by Graduate NYC! and College Completion Innovation Fund along with EdLab at Teachers College Columbia University and NYC Outward Bound’s “College Crew.” The film focuses on student experiences at CUNY community colleges. "The films will be used as 'mindset intervention' to help future students persist and complete their degrees,” said Sarah Solomon, Alumni Manager, NYC Outward Bound Schools.

Conference of Birds

“The Conference of Birds,” Opens May 18 in Shirley Fiterman Art Center
A new art exhibit, "The Conference of Birds," showcases work by 35 artists from New York City and beyond and opens with a reception on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan. The exhibit, curated by Brenda Zlamany, will run through Saturday, July 9 and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Art will be available for sale in the exhibit, with proceeds benefiting the BMCC Foundation Scholarship Fund.The exhibit's theme centers on a 12th-century poem, "The Conference of Birds," by the Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar.


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. to 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 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

BMCC’s NSF-funded game-based remedial math curriculum for STEM majors featured
May 11, 2016 — Edscoop

Antonio Perez

President Antonio Perez posts a new blog entry, "Behind the Mask”
May 9, 2016 — Huffington Post

Associate Professor of Sociology Elizabeth Wissinger discusses her book This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media and the Making of Glamour
May, 2016 — CUNY Matters

BMCC/CUNY Start Mathematics Professors Gregory Fein and Kevin Winkler talk about teaching strategies
May 5, 2016 — NewsWorks, Deleware Public Radio

Alumni and Donors
Joel Barker

Alumni Now: Joel Barker (’06)
BMCC Professor Joel Barker earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Accounting degree at BMCC before transferring to Queens College, CUNY, where he earned a B.A. In Accounting and Economics, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting. Professor Barker is also a New York State-licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and before joining the faculty at BMCC, he gained professional experience in public accounting with a focus on audits and taxes. His research efforts, which he shares with students, focus on Individual Taxation and Tax Policies. Learn More.

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.


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