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STEM Education

BMCC One of 15 Colleges Nationwide to Win $1 Million NSF Grant for STEM Education
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) has received a $1 million S-STEM grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), to promote STEM education among minority students. The grant project will be led by Computer Information Systems Professor Anna Salvati, Science Professors Lalitha Jayant and Adolfina Koroch, and Mathematics Professor Abdramane Serme.


BMCC Announces Kaplan Scholars
Three BMCC students, Science majors Norbesida Bagablia and Melanie Poggi, and Animation and Motion Graphics major Jasmaine Brathwaite, have been named this year’s Kaplan Scholars. This is the tenth year that BMCC has worked with the Kaplan Educational Foundation to help low-income Black, Latino and Native American students transfer from associate degree programs to exceptional four-year colleges.

BMCC Announces Largest Cohort of Guttman Scholars for Fall 2016
BMCC is proud to announce the Fall 2016 Guttman Transfer Scholarship winners: Emily Ally, Abd-Manaaf Bakare, Hrvoje Budimir Bekkan, Arlette Butcher, Znobia Dixon, Christina Escobar, Renata Gumkowska, JianMing Kang, Crystal Leonard, Mansha Liu, Benjamin Margulies, Ariel Mazor, Desiree Mendez, Sultan Mirzhalilov, Gina Mitchell, Joel Picon, Sara Sing, Chris Tejada and Lin Yank. “Our Fall 2016 group is the largest number of Guttman Scholars within CUNY,” says Allana Hankey-Thomas, Associate Director of the BMCC Academic Advisement and Transfer Center, and co-coordinator of the BMCC Guttman Scholarship Program. Sussie Gyamfi, Scholarship and Special Services Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs, who also provides assistance to students seeking scholarships, says Guttman Scholars receive up to $4,000 over two years to attend Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman or Queens College. They must be recent graduates of a CUNY community college, and have at least a 3.5 GPA. Priority is given to applicants who are eligible for financial aid, as evidenced in their FAFSA filing.

Two New Degree Programs

BMCC Adds Two New Degree Programs: Psychology and Science for Health Professionals
Starting in Fall 2016, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) will offer two new majors; Psychology, and Science for Health Professionals, raising its number of associate degree programs to 43. The development of the Psychology program, says Erwin Wong, BMCC’s Dean of Academic Programs and Instruction, reflects a strategy for retention that has thrived at the college, while the Science for Health Professionals program affirms BMCC’s commitment to prepare students for 21st-century careers.


Time Warner Foundation Funds New Screenwriting Fellowship at BMCC
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) and the BMCC Foundation has received a $20,000 grant from Time Warner Foundation to provide a new screenwriting fellowship in Fall 2016. Between five and 10 burgeoning screenwriters — BMCC students or 2016 graduates who have taken a BMCC screenwriting course — will be selected for the program. Applications must be submitted by July 31.


GSI Graduates Honored
The Graduation Success Initiative (GSI) within the College of Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Department (COPE) at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) held its 2016 graduation on June 28 in Richard Harris Terrace.

Rosemarie Reed

Documentary Film Makes an Impact in the Classroom
Rosemarie Reed is an adjunct professor at BMCC and filmmaker whose biographical documentaries focus on individuals “who have made great contributions but aren’t household names,” she says. “One friend told me, ‘you make films about the most famous people that no one ever heard of’.”


BMCC Publishes 2015-2016 Marks of Excellence with Featured Videos
BMCC's Office of Public Affairs has published the BMCC 2015-2016 Marks of Excellence, an annual publication that showcases the outstanding achievements and projects led by BMCC faculty and students. For the first time, each story is also being told through video offering testimonials by faculty and students who are taking initiative, applying theory to practice and demonstrating how BMCC is raising the bar in research and higher education.

CPR Classes Offered in July
The Public Safety Department will be conducting a one-day training course on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation/ Automated External Defibrillation and First Aid in July. Only one class is required for certification from the National Safety Council (NSC). The class is about 6 to 8 hours long, depending on the class size. On the day of the class please dress as comfortable as possible, the majority of the training exercises will take place on the floor. Please make note that the classes will be taking place at Fiterman Hall, F-504. Please email Sergeant J. Ayala at or with your choice of which day you would like to attend.


Training Session Offered August 11
BMCC’s Public Safety Department invite members of the BMCC faculty and staff community to attend a 60-90 minute training on active shooters being presented by the Public Safety Department. The session is being presented along side the video “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event.” The training will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 11, in Room N451 of the 199 Chambers Building. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to, or . If there any questions please contact Public Safety at Ext. 8075.

Making Headlines

BMCC included in Community College Daily’s Funding Roundup, Regarding the $1 Million NSF Grant that will be used to promote STEM education among minority students
July 18, 2016 – Community College Daily

BMCC student featured in Bay Area Reporter story about Lambda Legal Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project
July 7, 2016 Bay Area Reporter

BMCC alumnus Jamell M.A. Henderson posts blog entry, "Take a Walk in my Shoes”
July 11, 2016 — The Huffington Post

MEOC touted as viable alternative to unscrupulous training programs
Jul 11, 2016 — Long Island Exchange

Former BMCC student featured in article for his photography
July 9, 2016 — Hypebeast

BMCC Professor Elizabeth Wissinger quoted in article about plus-size models
July 5, 2016 — The New York Times

BMCC Professor Marjan Persuh and his research on extreme forms of blindness is featured in article
June 30, 2016 — The Guardian

Octogenarian Olive Grey looks back on a full life, including a stint at BMCC
June 30, 2016 — News Leader

BMCC Nursing Alumna Jane Gabbidon writes a guide to qualitative healthcare
June 29, 2016 — PRWeb

BMCC student Natahnya Alexander entering Fall 2016 with Actors’ Equity Foundation scholarship
June 28, 2016 — Backstage

BMCC student Isaiah Aristy quoted in article about Quantway quantitative literacy curriculum
June 28, 2016 — The Durango Herald

Alumni and Donors

Herbert Rosenfield: Founding member of the BMCC Foundation Board of Directors Passes Away
Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and the BMCC Foundation mourn the passing of our friend and long-time supporter Herbert Rosenfield, a founding member of the BMCC Foundation Board of Directors, on which he served for more than 30 years. Mr. Rosenfield, who passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the age of 97, was a strong ally to the College.

BMCC Alumni Council Encourages Participation in Events and Networking
BMCC’s Alumni Council was formed to strengthen 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 all types and levels. Learn about the ways you can help ensure student success and make a difference at BMCC.


Ice Cream Social at BMCC Express
1:00 – 4:00 p.m., July 28


Portrait of a Landscape Art Exhibit
Aug. 3 – Sept. 10

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings

Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Listings

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