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More Than $2 Million Awarded to Workforce and Literacy Projects​ 
The BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development has received more than $2 million in funding from the New York State Education Department. This includes $1,200,000 for the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program, described by the Center's Dean Sunil Gupta as "an innovative, technology-centered program that will build on the solid foundation of BMCC’s 25-year history of ESOL program excellence cemented to high-quality technology training for wage-sustaining employment." The Center also received $375,000 for the Literacy Zone Lower East Side program; $375,000 for the Literacy Zone Bridges program and $375,000 for the the Literacy Zone Chinatown program. These programs, Gupta says, "combine the deeply rooted community resources and comprehensive services of our partners with BMCC's success providing quality adult education, college access and workforce development." ​​


Peter Jennings Laurel Award Winner Found Bridge to College at BMCC  
Sarahpraise Oki (pictured above right, with her instructor Arleyah Morris), who earned her High School Equivalency (HSE) degree through the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, is one of 12 winners CUNYwide of the Peter Jennings Laurel Award, which provides a scholarship to a CUNY college. Oki will attend BMCC in Fall 2018. Two other Laurel Award winners, Brittany Brown and Satya Garcia—who earned their HSE through programs at City College and Brooklyn College, respectively—are also attending BMCC.  ​​


BMCC Hosts Third Annual Advisement Conference  
BMCC hosted its third annual Advisor Conference—Guiding Light: Pathways to Success—on June 21 and 22 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. The conference, which includes presentations as well as a series of breakout sessions, is focused on best practices for advising community college students. The event’s guest speaker was Dr. Charles L. Nutt, Executive Director, National Academic Advising Council (NACADA) BMCC Academic advisors from several programs including the BMCC Learning Academy, Academic Advisement, CUNY EDGE, the Transfer Center and ASAP attended the event. Guests from Kingsborough Community College as well as Medgar Evers College also attended.    ​​


Annual Retreat Supports Women's Leadership  
On June 15 through 17, a group of 48 BMCC students, alumni, faculty and staff attended the annual Student Women's Leadership Conference and Retreat, a collaboration between the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) and Sisterhood Society Club. Participants stayed in cabins at ​the Fairview Lake YMCA Camp in Newton, New Jersey and took part in art making, poetry and other workshops. Speakers and activity leaders included Vice President Marva Craig, WRC Director Deborah Parker, Early Childhood Center Director Cecilia Scott-Croff and Professors Brianne Waychoff, Precious Sellars-Mulhern, Aimee Record and Lesley Rennis, as well as artists and staff members Michelle Payne, Ricci Niles and Victoria Apostol-Marius. “The purpose of the retreat is to empower and help BMCC female students to discover their leadership skills they use in daily life, but are not aware of—as women are still not encouraged to pursue their goals, dreams and needs, but rather, to serve others. For 17 years this weekend event has been a transformative experience for our students,” said Victoria Apostol-Marius, Program Coordinator, Women's Resource Center.​​


BMCC Community Celebrates Civil Service Employees 
A Civil Service Employee Luncheon on June 11 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street recognized Civil Service Classified staff including 35-Year Honoree Russell Halloran; 30-Year Honorees Edward Alvarez, Paul Giaccone, Ingrid Hamer, Leonard Lee, and Reina Planas; 25-Year Honorees Ivonne Devers, Elmasrie Elshiekh, Colin Nixon, Mark Rodney, Andres Vargas and 20-Year Honorees Jesus Ayala, Mohammad Chowdhury, Brian Halsey, Brenda Jones, Olivia Lingister, Evelyn Lopardo, Angel Lopez, Patsy Massey, Robert Morel, and Kin Ying Kong.


Panther Partners Kicks Off With a Day of Activities 
Panther Partners, a collaboration between New Student Programs and Student Affairs, matches BMCC students who are first in their families to attend college, with faculty and staff who were also their families' first college attendees. On June 15, a new Panther Partners cohort of about 20 BMCC students and student ambassadors participated in a day of workshops and activities to kick off the program. The students also enjoyed an impromptu walking tour of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, led by by Vice President of Student Affairs Marva Craig. They stopped off at Brookfield Place, a shopping center near the World Trade Center, and enjoyed a complimentary lunch. For more information on Panther Partners, please contact or call (212) 776-6215.

BMCC TPAC Gears up for 2018-2019 School and Family Theater Season  
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center will present a new slate of family and school programming during the 2018-2019 season. Shows include Charlotte’s Web, Pete The Cat, Dragons Love Tacos and The Magic School Bus. For tickets and information visit online or call (212) 220-1460.​    


Faculty Share Strategies for Writing Across the Curriculum 
On June 5, BMCC Professors Rifat Salam, Christa Baiada and Holly Messitt—who coordinate the BMCC Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program along with Professor Mary Sepp—presented a panel, "The Continuing Relevance of WAC Pedagogy: Lessons and Strategies for Sustaining a Vibrant WAC Program," (Session G) at the International Writing Across the Curriculum 2018 conference hosted by Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. "WAC pedagogy isn’t new, but it is still important because of the diversity of our student body," says Professor Salam. "Its core principles are aligned with student-centered teaching and active learning, which have become accepted as good teaching practices. As we recognize the continued contributions WAC can make to college teaching, we are also working to keep our program relevant and adapting to the needs of our new generation of faculty though professional development, assessing faculty needs, and resource dissemination."

Call for Proposals: CUNY IT Conference 
The 17th Annual CUNY IT Conference will be held November 29 and 30 at John Jay College. BMCC faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals online by September 17 at 5 p.m. for panels, presentations, workshops and other interactions that explore the challenges and opportunities of using technology in higher education​.

Power Shut Off in Recognition of Daylight Hour: June 22
On June 22, BMCC will participate in a worldwide, annual campaign to raise awareness about the use of natural daylight in lieu of daytime electric lighting in offices. On that day from 12 noon to 1 p.m., BMCC will shut off all lights in common areas at the main campus, 199 Chambers Street.  

Electrical Work at Main Campus: June 29 - July 1
From June 29 through July 1, critical work to address damage from Hurricane Sandy will be performed on the electrical system at BMCC's main campus building, 199 Chambers Street. For safety reasons, access to the building will not be permitted at that time. Other campus buildings will not be affected.​  

BMCC E-Learning Workshops for June 
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to attend workshops and one-on-one E-learning and Blackboard consultations through the BMCC E-Learning Center. For more information and to register online, 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 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.  


Admissions Summer 2018 Open House: June 23 
Do you have family or a 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 here. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265.

Admissions and Financial Aid Info Sessions
To better support prospective students, the college is offering combined Admissions and Financial Aid information sessions that provide an overview of BMCC, explain the admissions and financial aid process, and include a Q&A with admissions and financial aid specialists. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.  

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. at 199 Chambers Street; Advisement in Room S-108 and Registration in Room S-114. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media @BMCC_CUNY; #BMCCFinishFaster

Making Headlines

BMCC student featured speaker at Kings County Family Court Pride event
June 20—Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Author and BMCC alumni Jim St. Germain interviewed
June 16—NYCespeak

BMCC Health Education Professor Michael McGee offers insight on why humans are attracted to certain partners
June 16—Elite Daily

BMCC Criminal Justice Professor Shirley Leyro helps initiate response to Junot Diaz support
June 18—

Human Resources

Summer Fridays Start June 30
BMCC’s four-day summer work week will be in effect Monday, June 25 through Friday, August 10. The College will be closed these Fridays: June 29, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. The Independence Day holiday will be observed Wednesday, July 4 and during that week, all employees will work seven-hour days on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For more information, contact the BMCC Office of Human Resources, (212) 220-8300. ​

WW Weight Watchers Open House, June 25
June is Men’s Health Awareness month and BMCC, the City of New York’s Work Well Program and Weight Watchers (WW) are committed to inspiring members of the BMCC community to eat well, stay active and access the support available to themWith that in mind, BMCC and Weight Watchers will host an Open House on June 25 at 199 Chambers Street, Room S341, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. All BMCC faculty and staff are invited to stop by, meet BMCC's WW representative and enter for a chance to win one of two prizes. 
TIAA RSVP Now to Meet with TIAA Consultant
Are you saving enough for retirement? Meet with a TIAA financial consultant  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. 

Coffee Hour Q&A Sessions for College Assistant Staff
Bring your coffee and College Assistant-related questions to meet with a Human Resources​ representative in Room S-719 at 199 Chambers Street. Submit questions to Lori Mazzola,, by 12 p.m., the Monday before the session, or bring them that day. CLICK HERE to select a 2-4 p.m. session on June 27 or July 25.

Deer Oaks EAP Provides Health, Family and Financial Resources
The free Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BMCC employees, their dependents and household members are eligible to access services such as family counseling, wellness support, workforce guidance and many other resources. Contact Deer Oaks EAP Services at (855) 492-3633, or

Payroll Distribution Moves to Room N-466 
Renovation of the BMCC Office of the Bursar could last through early August. The Faculty/Staff payroll will be distributed at 199 Chambers Street in Room N-466 until the renovation is completed. 

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

Alumni Invited to Connect and Network
BMCC’s Alumni Affairs provides a channel for communication between the alumni and the College. Its goal is to establish and maintain an effective relationship between Borough of Manhattan Community College and its alumni body; to serve the interests of alumni by providing benefits and services, and to involve them in the promotion, advancement, and support of BMCC. For more information, contact Yaritza Gonzalez, Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, (212) 346-8455 or


CUNY Assessment Test Workshop
June 23

Learning Academy Information Session 
June 25


Math Start Information Session​  
June 27


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.

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