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BMCC Athletic Program Named Best Among CUNY Community Colleges  
The athletic program at BMCC received the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup at the CUNY Athletic Conference’s Michael Steurman Awards on May 17, making it this year's top-ranked community college athletic program within the CUNY system. Also, BMCC student, Liberal Arts major Stela Vaso from the women’s volleyball team, was named as Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


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. The valedictorians are Accounting major Goumattie Sukraj, who will speak during the morning ceremony and Economics major Aleksandra Artyfikiewicz, who will speak during the afternoon ceremony.​


BMCC Symposium Highlights and Awards Faculty-Mentored Student Researchers 
On May 9, the 2018 BMCC Annual Research Symposium (BARS) presented talks and a poster session that highlighted the research projects of 92 students working with 39 faculty mentors in a wide variety of fields.​ On May 23, seven of those students were recognized for having the most outstanding research posters.


Four Students Graduate from Melissa Riggio Program at BMCC 
The BMCC Office of Student Affairs, Office of Accessibility and Office of Academic Affairs, in collaboration with AHRC New York City, hosted the Third Annual Melissa Riggio Year-End Celebration on May 23 at the BMCC campus. The Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program engages young adults with disabilities in academic and social experiences. Chrystal Couchman (Liberal Arts, '16), a mentor with the program said, "Today's event inspired the four students who graduated from the Melissa Riggio Program and it inspired me, as well. I felt touched and proud as the students thanked BMCC, their professors and mentors." The audience was in tears, she said, as parents shared that they had always been told their child would never attend college, because of his or her disability—but the program had proved that not to be true. In fact, one Melissa Riggio student became a matriculating student at BMCC, and is on track to graduate at the end of Summer 2018.​


Grand Opening: Enrollment Services Contact Center
On May 22, a ribbon cutting ceremony inaugurated the BMCC Contact Center at 70 Murray Street, Room M-205. "We've expanded our services to take calls for all the offices in Enrollment Management," said Kristin Waters, Director of Enrollment Management. "We started with Admissions and now include Financial Aid, the Registrar, Testing, and partnerships with the Bursar. We also do outbound campaigns; we're now calling students who have been admitted for Fall 2018 but haven't confirmed their registration." Katty Cherubin, Manager, Enrollment Services, also spoke at the ribbon cutting. "Support is powerful," she said. "The front line guides those from the pipeline to the finish line—and that ultimately affects the bottom line."


Tonight, May 24: Art Opening, Natural Proclivities 
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.  

Journalism Deanna Garcia Wins Journalism Scholarship 
Writing and Literature major Deanna Garcia, who is graduating from BMCC this June and will attend Lehman College, CUNY in Fall 2018, is one of five student journalists to receive the $2,500 Deadline Club Scholarship from the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The award recognizes students with "extraordinary dedication to wanting to tell the stories of underrepresented communities, and uphold the standards of truth and fairness," according to the organization's website.
awards BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards: June 8
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 staff members nominated in appreciation of their dedication to the College as well as their outstanding achievement, performance and creative contributions. To RSVP, click here​.
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 199 Chambers Street, Room, S-510A, or email

Summer Immersion Programs Registration Ends May 25  
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

WSJ Students, Staff and Faculty Have Free Access to The Wall Street Journal
CUNY Libraries have joined The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in a collaboration that provides students, faculty and staff with access to career advice and news relevant to the classroom. Subscribers can also follow companies and industries, politics, arts and culture. Complimentary WSJ​ memberships can be activated 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 campus fire wardens. 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.

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.  

Financial Aid

Admissions and Financial Aid Info Sessions 
To better support prospective students, BMCC is offering combined Admissions and Financial Aid information sessions that will cover general information about BMCC and program offerings, as well as the admissions and financial aid process. Prospective students will also have the opportunity to complete their admissions application and Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application at the same time. For more info, please contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265 or online

Admissions Summer 2018 Open House: June 23
Do you have family or friend 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. in Theatre 2 at 199 Chambers Street to learn about academic programs, financial aid options, student services, success programs and how/when to apply. Please RSVP and 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 is in Room S-108 and Registration in Room S-114, both at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media @BMCC_CUNY; #BMCCFinishFaster

Making Headlines

BMCC included in overview of how SUNY and CUNY are applying NYS funding for OER
May 23—Inside Higher Ed

Stela Vaso named BMCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
May 17—​

BMCC Faculty Symposium, Techno Cultures in the 21st Century, showcased on No Such Thing podcast series
May 9—No Such Thing

Human Resources

CUNY Holiday: Memorial Day
Monday, May 28 is a CUNY Holiday for most BMCC employees. For more information, visit the CUNY Employee Holiday and Annual Leave handout or the BMCC Academic Calendar.

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. HEOs: CLICK HERE to select a 2-4 p.m. session on June 18. College Assistants: CLICK HERE to select a 2-4 p.m. session on May 30, June 27 or July 25.
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. 

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.

Alumni and Donors

1960s Graduates Invited to 50th Milestone Alumni Reception Luncheon
BMCC alumni from the 1960s are invited to attend a 50th Milestone Alumni Reception Luncheon at The Stewart Hotel, 371 Seventh Avenue, New York City, on June 1 at 11:30 a.m. After the luncheon, the alumni are invited to march in the BMCC afternoon commencement ceremony at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. "We encourage all alumni 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 To register for the 50th Milestone Alumni Reception, click here.

Learning Academy

Learning Academy Info. Session
May 25May 28

Nurse Pinning Ceremony 
May 30

Admissions Information Session and Tour
May 29May 30

Year Up Info Session
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


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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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