Click here if you are having trouble viewing this email
May 17, 2018 FacebookTwitterInstagram

Annual BMCC Gala Raises More Than $1 Million for Scholarship Fund  
BMCC and the BMCC Foundation raised $1,014,935 for student scholarships on May 15 at the 2018 Gala, Invest in a Future: Empower Successheld at Cipriani in lower Manhattan. The Gala was emceed by Fox 5 News entertainment reporter Baruch Shemtov. The Honorees— founder Chieh Huang and Merchant House International Chairwomen Loretta Lee—were presented with the BMCC Award of Excellence by BMCC President Antonio Pérez. Special Guest Star Honoree Liev Schreiber, known for his starring role in Ray Donovan, was introduced by David Steingard, who co-chaired the Gala with Miles Fiterman II and Gala Chair Anthony Portannese.

Valedictorians Two First-Generation Immigrants Named Valedictorians at BMCC
BMCC selected valedictorians for the college’s 2018 commencement ceremonies set for June 1 at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. Accounting major Goumattie Sukraj will speak during the morning ceremony and Economics major Aleksandra Artyfikiewicz is scheduled to speak during the afternoon ceremony.


BMCC Faculty Present Posters at CUNY CUE Conference
Four BMCC faculty members presented research posters at the 2018 CUNY CUE Conference, May 11 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Science Professor Daniel Torres’ poster “Promoting Visual Literacy Among College Chemistry,” focused on visual literacy. Computer Information Systems (CIS) Professor Mohammad Azhar and Media Arts and Technology Professor Janet Esquirol presented findings from the BMCC Summer STEM Success Lab, which provided Summer Immersion students exposure to STEM topics. Finally, CIS Professors Louise Yan and Mohammad Azhar shared details of college-readiness Summer Bridge initiatives.

Gov. Cuomo Announces $8 Million for OER
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced May 16 that $8 million has been allocated for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative at SUNY and CUNY, cutting the high cost of textbooks. For the second year in a row, the Governor is providing the OER funding to SUNY and CUNY, where book costs totaling as much as $1,200 a year can be prohibitive for students. OER offers freely available, high-quality books and other materials that can be downloaded, edited and shared.​


Natural Proclivities: Creating Empathy Toward the Environment 
BMCC will present Natural Proclivities, an art exhibition curated by Kim Power and Melanie Vote, with an opening reception on May 24 at 6 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. An artist panel discussion, Insights and Innovation, will be held June 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.  


The Gruffalo: Live on Stage at BMCC Tribeca PAC 
BMCC TPAC, a performance venue located on the BMCC campus at 199 Chambers Street, proudly presents the final event in the 2017-2018 Family Series Season: The Gruffalo: Live On Stag​e on Sunday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m.   


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.

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

City as a Classroom

Professor Uses the City as a Classroom 
On May 10, Professor Remi Alapo’s American Government 100 class​ toured the World Trade Center as part of their focus on national security, civil liberties and the WTC since 9/11. On May 15, the class observed a political demonstration at City Hall and gained insight into the impact of citizen action on government policy.

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

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.

Students, Staff and Faculty Have Free Access to The Wall Street Journal
CUNY Libraries have joined The Wall Street Journal in a collaboration that will provide students and faculty with complementary access to career advice and news relevant to classroom topics and careers. Subscribers can also follow companies and industries, and enjoy engaging coverage of politics, arts and culture. Complimentary Wall Street Journal memberships can be activated online.  

BMCC Student One of 13 Winners of CUNY Contest
BMCC Business Administration major Shuki Hasson was one of 13 winners of the 2017-2018 CUNY Making Work Visible contest. Now in its eighth year, the contest is open to all CUNY undergraduates who submit essays, poetry and visual art. Hasson won third place in the Visual Arts category for his graphic design for print, “Falafel.” For more information and to see the student’s work, visit the CUNY Labor/Arts website.   


Admissions Summer 2018 Open House: June 23
Do you have family/friend who is interested in going to college? Invite them to the BMCC Admissions Open House on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Theater 2 to learn about academic programs, financial aid options, student services, success programs and how/when to apply. RSVP at For more info, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265.

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 in Room S-108 and Registration in room S-114 at 199 Chambers Street.  For more information about advisement and registration, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315.

Making Headlines

BMCC solar array and partnership with NYPA spotlighted
May (monthly issue)—Business Officer Magazine

BMCC faculty member co-writes open letter against media treatment of Junot Díaz
May 14—The Chronicle of Higher Education

BMCC cements anchor tenant status at 255 Greenwich
May 14—CoStar

BMCC student profiled in article that explores some yeshiva’s negative impact on student success
May 12—New York Post

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 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. 
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 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

BMCC's first graduates to be recognized at 53rd Commencement
BMCC alumni from the 1960s will attend a 50th Milestone Alumni Reception Luncheon and take their place on the stage during the college's afternoon commencement ceremony in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. "We also want to encourage more recent BMCC alumni, and those who graduated 20, 30 and 40 years ago, to keep in touch with us and participate in our special alumni events," said Yaritza Gonzalez, BMCC Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund. Benefits for alumni include access to the BMCC library, gym and career center. To learn more visit the alumni relations office or email


Learning Academy Info Session (16 credits by Fall 2018)
May 17

BMCC Theatre Department Presents Our Lady of 121st Street 
May 21

Enrollment Services Contact Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
May 22

Nurse Pinning Ceremony
May 30


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.

Connect with BMCC

Twitter Discussion
Facebook Discussion

@BMCC is produced and published by the Office of Public Affairs.

Faculty and staff: Submit items for consideration in an upcoming @BMCC to by 12 noon, Wednesday.

Borough of Manhattan Community College
Office of Public Affairs
245 Greenwich Street
The City University of New York