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Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Music Program Starts Fall 2017 
Aspiring musicians and other BMCC students interested in careers in music can now earn an Associate in Science degree in Music at BMCC, with specializations in Music Studies, Music Performance and Music Education. The program starts Fall 2017. Students will have access to facilities including the Art and Rita Siegel Piano Lab, and can audition to join the BMCC Downtown Symphony, Select Chorus, String Ensemble and more. “We are very excited about this opportunity for students to earn a degree as they gain competence in the areas of music performance, pedagogy and theory. Graduates will be prepared to enter a variety of majors at the baccalaureate level, as well as a range of careers in music,” says BMCC Music and Art Chairperson Eugenia Oi Yan Yau.

Miosotis BMCC Remembers Miosotis Familia's Determination to Succeed in College and a Career
BMCC is mourning the loss of one of its own. Miosotis Familia graduated with an Associate in Liberal Arts degree from BMCC in Summer 2009. She went on to work as a medical assistant before serving as a law enforcement officer in the New York Police Department for 12 years, a career which came to a tragic end on the night of July 4.
Open House

BMCC Open House Hosts More Than 330 Students and Guests
More than 330 prospective BMCC students and guests attended the Summer 2017 Open House on June 29 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. Close to 70 faculty and staff volunteers as well as more than a dozen student volunteers were on hand to talk with guests and share their experience at the College. Students, faculty or staff who want to take part in the Fall 2017 Open House can contact Christina Lofaso: (212) 776-6308, or Kevin Dougherty: (212) 776-7008,

IAB BMCC and IAB Education Foundation Launch Digital Advertising Program
On June 26, the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, in partnership with the International Advertising Bureau (IAB) Education Foundation, launched the iDIVERSE pilot program to train and prepare diverse communities for entry level jobs in the digital advertising and media workforce. A class of 26 participants are taking part in the rigorous four-month program. The students, recruited through partnerships with non-profit organizations including Year Up and Per Scholas, will attend free of charge, and those who successfully complete the program will qualify to take the IAB Entry-Level Digital Advertising Certification Exam, a critical industry credential.  


HETS Board of Directors Convenes at BMCC
The Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) Board of Directors Meeting was held in BMCC's Fiterman Hall Conference Center on June 28. Speakers included Carlos Vargas-Aburto, HETS Board Chair and President of Southeast Missouri State University; Gloria Baquero-Lieras, HETS Vice Chair and President of National University College, and Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director. More than 40 colleges, universities, corporate and individual members from the United States, Puerto Rico and Latin America constitute HETS, a bilingual consortium dedicated to expanding post-secondary educational opportunities for the Hispanic community.  

Health Care

People’s Hearing on Health Care Held at BMCC 
Public Advocate Letitia James presented the “People’s Hearing on Health Care: Making Your Voices Heard,” on June 27 at BMCC in the 13th Floor Conference Center at Fiterman Hall. This event provided patients, consumers, medical providers and experts the opportunity to testify about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which if passed, will impact millions of Americans. The hearing testimony will be sent to the NYC congressional delegation.  

Bathroom Chambers Street Bathroom Upgrade Complete
BMCC has completed renovations of the north side bathrooms at 199 Chambers Street. “The renovated bathrooms provide greater accessibility, ventilation and temperature control systems,” says Thomas Ching, Chief Administrative Superintendent, Buildings and Grounds. "Upgrades include new stalls, floors, fixtures, ceilings and lighting." Renovations on the south side bathrooms will be competed in Spring 2018. Learn about other renovations and construction projects at BMCC.

Deadline for Students to Apply for Excelsior Scholarship is July 21
The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student-financial aid programs, allows students to attend a CUNY college tuition-free — and the deadline to apply is July 21. Other scholarship opportunities are available for BMCC students year round, including Transfer Scholarships to CUNY four-year colleges. Students can also conduct their own search for a scholarship and apply for financial aid. For more information, contact the BMCC Financial Aid Office, (212) 220-1430 or the BMCC Scholarship Office, (212) 220-8133.


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, Broadway shows, 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. Remaining trips will take place July 18, 25 and 31; August 2, 6 and 11.

Student Affairs Offices Move to Temporary Locations
During renovations, the BMCC Student Affairs offices at 199 Chambers Street have been 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.

Submit Proposal by September 15 to Present at CUNY IT Conference
The BMCC community is invited to submit proposals for 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. Proposals must be submitted via the CUNY Academic Commons by 5 p.m., September 15.

Making Headlines

BMCC Media Arts and Technology Professor Tassos Rigopoulos serves as juror at  Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
July 12, 2017 — Queens Gazette

BMCC students join NYC Council members to speak out against job bias
July 12, 2017 — Black Radio Network

Green roof at BMCC’s Fiterman Hall included in photo story about Tribeca rooftops
July 10, 2017 — Tribeca Citizen

Alumna Miosotis Familia (Liberal Arts ’09) killed in line of duty
July 5, 2017 — The New York TimesThe AtlanticDaily News New YorkThe Washington Post, NewsdayWall Street Journal,  ABC Eyewitness News
July 11, 2017 — CBS New York, New York Daily News, Pix11 News, The New York Times

BMCC responds to news of ambushed NYPD officer and BMCC alumna
July 5, 2017 — BuzzFeed

Original play by BMCC Theatre alumna Yating Sun included in CUNY Theatre Festival
June 26, 2017 — Times Square Chronicles

Anita Samuels interviewed regarding her book, Rants and Retorts
June 4, 2017 — ABC 7-NY Eyewitness News
May 25, 2017 — Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, NewsOne Facebook Live Interview
March 2017 —

Human Resources

Summer Fridays In Effect Through August 11
BMCC’s four-day summer work week is now in effect. The College will be closed these remaining Fridays: July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4 and August 11. 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 Aug. 10, Sept. 18, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 30 and Nov. 14. Please RSVP online or call (800) 732-8353, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m
Alumni and Donors

Thank-a-Thon Shows Appreciation for Donors 
The BMCC Student Scholar Thank-a-Thon was held July 12 in the BMCC Office of College Development in Fiterman Hall. Six student volunteers – all BMCC Foundation Scholarship recipients – called 266 donors who had contributed to the BMCC Annual Fund Drive in response to the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Tefefund Program. “The people I spoke with were surprised by my call,” said one of the volunteers, Karol Malachowicz. “One person had a conversation with me about BMCC, my major and future plans. Many said they plan to give again and, if possible, they will give more next time. It could be felt from their voice, that they were smiling.” The Thank-a-Thon was coordinated by Brian Haller, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations and Ana Fernandez, Development Specialist, with Sussie Gyamfi, Scholarship and Special Services Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs.

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.)

CUNY Assessment Test Orientation Workshop
July 17

Free Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training: July classes
July 17

SNAP Information Session: Learn About the Benefits
July 19


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