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L-R: Jihad Gadsden, Chandi Samiall, Tesfamichael Demeke

2017 Gala Features Outstanding BMCC Foundation Scholars
Tonight’s BMCC Gala, “Invest in a Future,” presents BMCC Foundation Scholars whose success has been impacted by funds raised by the annual event. Chandi Samiall is taking her Associate in Liberal Arts degree from BMCC to Hunter College, where she will major in Economics. Jihad Gadsden, who will earn an Associate degree in Science from BMCC, hopes to continue his education and develop treatments for pediatric cancer. Tesfamichael Demeke is excited to apply what he learned through his Associate in Science degree at BMCC as he enters the Neural Science Department at NYU. To support these students and others like them, purchase a Gala ticket HERE.


BARS Symposium Showcases Student-Mentored Research 
The BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS) on May 10 showcased 78 multi-disciplinary, student-mentored research projects in poster sessions judged by faculty and staff who applied a standard set of criteria. Eight winning cohorts will receive funding from The Office of Academic Affairs to travel and present their project at a national conference: Caroline Eco, Rukayat Akinola, Saif Khan, Kronchai Praponpo and Edward Valdez; Eudeirys Espinal; Dominique Cortes and Francis Essel; Sheila Sarkar; Jihad Gadsden; Gabriela Kimanyen, Adam Rahmanand Brenda Lagares; Tiffany Garcia and Reese Long; Lionel Colon, Nicole Yoo and Walker Fanham.


BMCC Faculty Concert Brings Liederabend to Fiterman Art Center
On May 13 in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, four BMCC Music and Art faculty members: Rosemary George (mezzo-soprano); Howard Meltzer (piano, and Department Chair); Bethany Reeves (soprano) and John Uehlein (baritone) presented "A Liederabend in the Afternoon,” 19th-century works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and others.


BMCC Celebrates Student Leadership and Service
The "Academy Awards” held May 5 in Richard Harris Terrace celebrated more than 200 students who took part in leadership and service activities through the Academy of Leadership and Service in the Office of Student Activities.  


More Than 450 Students Attend Arts in Education Job Fair 
The BMCC Center for Career Development, in partnership with CUNY Arts, the Community-Word Project and The Arts in Education Roundtable, hosted an Arts in Education Job Fair on May 16 in Richard Harris Terrace. More than 450 total attendees met with representatives from 50 cultural organizations and arts education providers who were looking to recruit teaching artists, administrators and interns.


BMCC Select Chorus Celebrates Dvořák in Free Public Concert, June 1
The BMCC Select Chorus will be performing on June 1 at 7 p.m., at the Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center, 321 E. 73rd Street, NYC. This FREE event, presented through the Dvořák American Heritage Association, is part of the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative, a citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and its theme of “home.”

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 and completed clinical rotations at public and private hospitals throughout New York City. Graduates earn an A.A.S. in Nursing, and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RNs).

Text/ure Exhibition Opens at Shirley Fiterman Art Center
The art exhibition “Text/ure” will open in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC) 81 Barclay Street, with a reception on Tuesday, May 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Curated by Kristen Frederickson with assistant curator Avery Curran, the exhibit will feature the work of 13 artists and celebrate texture and material, Frederickson says. The public is welcome to visit the SFAC from 12 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (212) 776-6237.

Making Headlines

BMCC Financial Aid Director Ralph Buxton discusses summer Pell grants
May 17 — The Hechinger Report

BMCC Academic Program Coordinator John Burdick publishes opinion piece on free tuition
May 4, 2017 — Inside Higher Ed

BMCC Criminal Justice Professor Shirley Leyro moderates panel on President Trump’s Urban Agenda
May 15 — Black Star News

BMCC OER program cited in opinion piece by CUNY Librarian Ann Fiddler
May 14 — The 74

BMCC Gala set for May 18
May 14 — Globe NewswireEcono TimesSpokeBroadcast NewsroomBenziga

Former BMCC professor featured on panel about Gerald Horne
May 14 — Black Perspectives

Human Resources
TIAA TIAA on Campus
BMCC employees can meet on campus with a TIAA counselor 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.
Alumni and Donors

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.)
Test Workshop

CUNY Assessment Test Orientation Workshop
May 20

Admissions Information Sessions
May 23

Lunch and Learn: How to Create a 1-Minute Video on Your Smartphone
May 24

Survey Workshop

Survey Development Workshop
May 24


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