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Upward Bound

$1.4 Million Grant Helps Upward Bound Soar Higher 
The BMCC Upward Bound program has received a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to build on its work making college a reality for low-income high school students and those from families in which neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree. The grant will enable the program to add two high schools for a total of four, and to include more technology in the classroom. On June 17, Upward Bound hosted an End of Year celebration that also honored Antonette McKain, who served as Director of the program for 17 years and is now Director of Evening, Weekend and Off-Site Programs at BMCC.

IT Career

Continuing Education Students Take First Steps Toward an IT Career and Associate Degree    
Fifteen students took their first steps toward an IT career by completing an ESL Technology program in the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development. A Completion Ceremony on June 22 in the Fiterman Conference Center honored Jorge Arroyave, Tarun Kanti Bhuiya, Chang-Jung (Eva) Tsai, Sze Man (Jane) Cheng, Dafina Davidhi, Celso Diaz, Diana Dinoshi-Kabaj, Wilson Liang, Moumouni Lougue, Kory (Stephany) Saldana, Saul Santana, Anna Uspenskaya, Ewa Wiechnik, Chong Xu and Ying Xu. “The students gained nationally recognized technical skills through CompTiA A+ and CISCO Networking certified training,” says Steven Nuñez, the Center’s Sr. Program Coordinator for IT Programs. “We provided what is known as ‘Integrated Basic Education Skills Training’, the I-BEST model, blending English Language skills with IT training.” The students also earn four “stackable” credits toward an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Computer Science at BMCC, as well as job coaching. “They’ve just started interviewing,” Nunez says, “and already, one has landed a job and three have found internships — all in the IT sector.” This Technology Workforce Pathways program has been made possible by a generous donation of The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation.

Civil Service

BMCC Honors Civil Service and Classified Staff
A special luncheon in Richard Harris Terrace on June 20 honored Civil Service Classified Staff Members David Killen, Donald Peterson, Celeste Holman, Jerome Hartzog and James Jones for 20 years of service to the College; Sonia Barco, Robert Philip, Carlos Rodas, Lilian Cardenas and Werner Quijano for 25 years of service; Marveli Hilton for 30 years of service and Hector Pacheco, Wendell Readous and Rosa Hughley for 35 years of service. BMCC President Antonio Pérez and Robert E. Diaz, Vice President of Human Resources presented opening remarks, and the ceremony included retrospective video clips documenting historical events that occurred during the honorees’ tenure at the College.

Goldman Sachs

BMCC Team Shows Business Acumen at Goldman Sachs Final Challenge
BMCC students participated in a number of external volunteer opportunities, internships and real-world training exercises over this past year academic year. One group of students participated in the Goldman Sachs Local College Collaborative Program, a six-month exercise where teams from select colleges are assigned a Business Case Challenge and the team’s decisions impact a hypothetical corporation. BMCC, along with student teams from Hudson County Community College, New Jersey City University and St. Peter’s University, participated in the program, which took place from November 2016 through May 2017.  

Exploring NYC

Students Can Enter Lottery for Trips Exploring NYC
BMCC students enrolled in Summer 2017 classes are eligible to enter lotteries to join group trips organized by the BMCC Office of Student Activities. These outings include visits to the Long Island Aquarium, "Miss Saigon" on Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, a Mets game and more. Students will receive news of the lottery in their BMCC email. Each event will have a separate lottery. The trips take place June 27 and 29; July 7, 13, 18, 25 and 31; August 2, 6 and 11.

Student Affairs

Student Affairs Renovation Relocations
The BMCC Student Affairs offices at 199 Chambers Street will be renovated this summer and relocated as follows: BMCC Association, S-720; Counseling Center, S-642; College Discovery, N-782; Student Activities, S-719; Single Stop, S-724; Student Conduct, S-136; Women’s Resource Center, N-782 and Marva Craig, Vice President for Student Affairs, S-350.

BMCC Community Invited to Provide Feedback on Middle States Self-Study Draft
by July 5

The BMCC community is invited to submit questions or comments regarding the Middle States Self-Study Draft by July 5 to Christopher Shults, Dean of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness,, by July 5. The Middle States Steering Committee will report back on this input at a town hall meeting in Fall 2017. The self-study process is part of BMCC's accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Let Your Voice be Heard: Take the BMCC Staff Satisfaction Survey by July 7
Whether you prefer to respond in English or Spanish, online or in hard copy, this anonymous staff survey from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics will ensure that your perspective is included in the College’s self-assessment process. Paper versions of the survey are available at 199 Chambers in Room N-194 (Building and Grounds); Room S-232 (Public Safety) and Room N-735 (Office of Institutional Effectiveness). Please submit your completed survey online, or submit your hard-copy version at 199 Chambers Street in Room N-735, or in break rooms at Fiterman Hall or 199 Chambers, by Friday, July 7.

Want to Present at CUNY’s 16th Annual IT Conference? Submit Proposal by September 15
The BMCC community is invited to submit proposals to present at the 16th Annual CUNY Conference, "Instructional/Information Technology in CUNY: Opening Access,” set for November 30 and December 1 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The conference will focus on using technology to foster access and success for students. Proposals must be submitted via the CUNY Academic Commons by 5 p.m., September 15.

Making Headlines

BMCC English Professor weighs in on controversial production of Julius Caesar
June 13, 2017 — The New York Times

CUNY video "Best of Instagram" features BMCC
June 13, 2017 — CUNYMedia

BMCC course and professor turns one student’s academic career around
June 15, 2017 — Jackson Hole News and Guide

Human Resources

Summer Fridays Start June 30
BMCC’s four-day summer work week will be in effect Monday, June 26 through Friday, August 11. The College will be closed these Fridays: June 30, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4 and August 11. The Independence Day holiday will be observed Tuesday, 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.

TIAA Meet With TIAA Counselor on Campus
BMCC employees can meet on campus with a TIAA counselor 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
Nursing Alumni

Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program Slated to Start in Fall 2017
Plans are underway to create the BMCC Nursing Alumni Mentoring Project, sponsored by the Nursing Department, Office of Student Affairs and Office of College Development. Nursing Professor Janice Summers and Nursing alumnus Sheldon Hoyte are spearheading the effort. So far, the volunteer mentors, in addition to Hoyte, include Rose Christine Campomanes, Yajahira Inoa, Elizabeth Lutale, Anel Mason, Donovan Matalie, Jennifer Rajewski and Sonia Somwar. “The mentors will work with four Nursing students each,” says Summers. "We have a lot of non-traditional students in the program, and they have demands on their time in terms of employers and family. The mentors will connect our Nursing students with counselors at BMCC, financial aid and other services to address issues that could impact the completion of their degrees. Of course the mentors will also just be somebody to talk to, who has successfully completed the Nursing program and is working in the field.” For more information, contact Janice Summers at

Out in Two

Out in Two Scholars Excel Beyond BMCC
The BMCC Out in Two Scholarship program provides tuition and academic support to students who earn their Associate Degree within two years. The Scholars meet with designated advisors, engage in special projects and provide community service. After graduating from BMCC, many continue their academic careers and are successful in their fields. Here are a few examples: Opeyemi Akanji (Computer Science, ’09), MBA from Cornell University, now a Senior Technical Product Manager at Amazon; Howard Dunkley (Business Administration, ’02), M.A. in English Teacher (7-12), Brooklyn College/CUNY, now an Adjunct Lecturer at MEOC; Arelis Fienco (Liberal Arts, ’15), now pursuing a Civil Engineering and Mathematics degree at City College of New York/CUNY and is a Civil Construction Intern at NASA; Mark Janis (Writing and Literature, ’08), M.A. in Education, St. John’s University, now a Lecturer at BMCC; Twumasi Kojo (Accounting, ’02), M.S. in Taxation, Baruch College/CUNY, now a Revenue Agent at the Department of the Treasury; Flazuddin Shuayb (Liberal Arts, ’02), M.A. in Arabic Studies, University of California Los Angeles, now a Professor of Arabic at Queensborough Community College/CUNY; Jon Soto (Liberal Arts, ’10), M.S. in Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, Hunter College/CUNY, now an Athletic Director at Manhattan Youth. 

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.)

Free CPR Training 
June 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Intro to Python Programming Course
June 27

People’s Hearing on Health Care
June 27

Year Up Information Session
June 28


“text/ure” Exhibition Now on View in Shirley Fiterman Art Center
Now through September 9


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings


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Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Events


Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Events


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