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Ted Hadges

BMCC Helps Musician Find New Path to the World of Research
Ted Hadges is a former Carnival Cruise Line saxophone player and a BMCC Engineering Science major who will take part in Commencement on June 3. In Fall 2016, he will enter Columbia University, tuition paid in full by his employer, Aspex Inc., where he completed an internship through BMCC, referred by Engineering Professor Kibrewossen Tesfagiorgis.


Honors Convocation Held May 31
The BMCC 2016 Honors Convocation was held Tuesday, May 31 in Theatre II, celebrating academic excellence in every department. The Presentation of Awards also included the new Loretta Lee Fine Arts Scholarship and Gillespie Family Scholarship for Kindness, as well as the Katy Halepli Graduating Scholarship for Women and Leila & Simon Peskoff Memorial Scholarship Awards.


BMCC Foundation 2016 Gala Moves to Cipriani, 25 Broadway
"Due to the very positive response to our 2016 BMCC Foundation Invest in a Future Scholarship Gala, we have moved the event to a venue that allows for greater attendance,” said Doris Holtz, BMCC Vice President of Development. The BMCC Foundation 2016 Gala, “Invest in a Future.” will now be held at Cipriani, 25 Broadway. This annual event is scheduled for Monday, June 6. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. The event will conclude by 9:00 p.m. This year’s Honorees are Don Callahan, Head of Operations & Technology, Citi, and Garrett Moran, President, Year Up. Proceeds from the event benefit the BMCC Scholarship Fund. Special Guest Star Honoree is Edie Falco; Four-Time Emmy Award Winner, Golden Globe Award Winner and Tony Award-Nominated Actress and Philanthropist. Cindy Hsu, Emmy award-winning CBS 2 News anchor and reporter will be MC for the evening.


BMCC Hosts 51st Commencement with Largest Graduating Class in College's History, Madison Square Garden, June 3
On Friday, June 3, BMCC will celebrate its 51st commencement with more than 4,200 graduates, the largest number and the College's history. The College will host two ceremonies – one in the morning, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and the other in the afternoon, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. The valedictorians are Business Administration major Alex Guarino in the morning, and Liberal Arts major Teri Talbot in the afternoon. BMCC President Antonio Pérez will present the 2016 BMCC President’s Medal to Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. during the morning ceremony. He will present the President’s Medal to American Express and Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Express Company, in the afternoon.


Professor Brianne Waychoff Invited to Participate in White House Summit on the United States of Women
Brianne Waychoff, Deputy Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts has been officially invited to participate in the White House Summit on the United State of Women, June 14-15. "Convened by the White House, this Summit will celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward. There are several areas we will be focusing on in break out sessions including, economic empowerment, violence against women, health and wellness, educational opportunity, entrepreneurship and innovation, and leadership and civil engagement,” says Professor Waychoff.

BMCC Joins CUNY to Bring Awareness to Community Needs
At BMCC, our understanding of diversity is continuing to expand. In response to the awareness and needs of our transgender community members, BMCC is posting signs in all single-sex facilities, including restroom and locker rooms stating: “Under the law, all individuals have the right to use the single-sex facility consistent with the gender identity or expression.”

In addition, BMCC is posting signs outside single-occupancy restrooms that state: “This restroom may be used by persons of all genders.” The CUNY Office of the General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs will issue further guidance addressing these issues in more detail, including related issues such as preferred names and pronouns, residence hall policies, and education and training. For more information, visit


Summer Tuition Waivers: Priority Given to Students who Register by July 8 for Summer Session II
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 Hosts 51st Commencement at Madison Square Garden, June 3, with Largest Graduating Class in the College’s History
June 2, 2016 — Yahoo News, EconoTimes, Nasdaq

English Professor Joseph Bisz quoted about digitizing board games
June 1, 2016 — Campus Technology

BMCC Alumna Pam Jackman-Brown elected to New York State Supreme Court’s 11th District, Queens
May 26, 2016 — Queens Tribune

BMCC Speech Professor Daphnie Sicre quoted in article about theatre and activism
May 26, 2016 — CityLimits

Alumni and Donors

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.


Lost Jazz Shrines 2016: Sweet Basil - Remembering Lester Bowie
June 4


Free one-day CPR training
Through June 30

The Conference of Birds Exhibit Runs Through July 9

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings

Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Listings

Panther Pride

BMCC Fitness Center Open to Students, Faculty and Staff

Spring 2016 Recreation Schedule

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