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Prepare for the Fall Semester: Assemble Your Time Management Toolkit 
For college students gearing up to take on the new year, a key factor in making the transition from high school is time management. Learn some tech tips and other ways to manage your schedule more efficiently.


BMCC Secures Tax-Levy Funding for Free Textbook Program
The BMCC Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative will receive $371,750 in tax levy funding from the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs. BMCC Associate Dean of Faculty Jim Berg called BMCC’s expanding OER effort an exciting opportunity for faculty to re-envision their curriculum and pedagogy to meet the learning needs of students.


BMCC Student Researchers Showcase MSEIP-Funded Projects
A joint BMCC/NYC City College of Technology Poster Session on August 14 in the Fiterman Conference Center showcased faculty-mentored student research made possible by a 3-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of underrepresented students, particularly minority women, into science and engineering careers.

Service Corps

BMCC Service Corps Members Prepare for New Year
On August 14, about 50 students who comprise the BMCC Service Corps cohort met in the BMCC gymnasium to plan their September 8 annual kick-off presentation in Theatre 1. At that event, all eight CUNY campus Service Corps cohorts will celebrate their new year volunteering at nonprofit, government and other organizations. For more information, contact Lisa-Ann O’Connor, CUNY Service Corps Manager at

Miosotis Familia BMCC Remembers Alumna; Establishes Miosotis Familia Public Service Memorial Scholarship Fund
Miosotis Familia (Liberal Arts, ’09) served as a law enforcement officer in the New York Police Department for 12 years — a career that came to a tragic end when she was shot in the line of duty on the night of July 4, 2017. To carry on her legacy, The Miosotis Familia Public Service Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to students in the BMCC Human Services and Criminal Justice programs. Please click here to join BMCC's efforts to honor Miosotis Familia; a mother, law enforcement professional and alumna of BMCC.
New Faculty

BMCC Welcomes New Faculty
A reception for new faculty at BMCC was held August 22 on the 13th-floor terrace of Fiterman Hall. The reception was part of the New Faculty Orientation that included touring the campus, meeting President Pérez and cabinet members, and learning about resources available to BMCC professors. The new faculty include: Kenneth Cotton and Candido Hernandez (Academic Literacy and Linguistics); Peter Mayer, Roderick S. Snipes and Peter Hoontis (Business Management); Tamir Avcilar (Computer Information Systems); Angela Florschuetz, Amanda Hollander, Frederick Solinger, John Hodgkins and Maria Alvarez (English); Sara Elmiligi (Health Education); Anthony Bishop and Sharell Walker (A. Philip Randolph Memorial Library); Hong Yuan, Serine Ndiaye, Aradhana Kumari and Elisabeth Jaffe (Mathematics); Owen Roberts and Melanie Oram (Media Arts and Technology); Giada Geraci and Laurie Lomask (Modern Languages); Joshua Henderson, Terttu Uibopuu and Yan Tang (Music and Art); Edward Williams, Careen Purcell and Judy Ashton (Nursing); Moussa Gazali and Jamal Ali (Science); Paoyi Huang, Shirley Leyro, Gerard Clock, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen and Liza Chowdhury (Social Sciences, Human Service, and Criminal Justice); Charles Burks and Vanessa Leuck (Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts) and Ruth Guirguis (Teacher Education).

Faculty Affairs

BMCC Launches Faculty Affairs Website
BMCC faculty teach and mentor students, conduct research and scholarly inquiry, help lead the college and serve the community. The Faculty Affairs page on the BMCC website centralizes information about opportunities and resources for faculty inside BMCC, within the University and through outside organizations. These resources include the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (CETLS), the BMCC Teaching Academy, Open Educational Resources (OER) and others.

Grants Office Renamed Office of Sponsored Programs
The Office of Grants and Research Administration has been renamed the Office of Sponsored Programs. Led by Dean John Montanez, the office provides assistance to faculty and staff as they search for external funding sources, submit proposals, negotiate awards and manage their award projects. For more information, call (212) 220-8010.

CUNY Invites Students Entrepreneurs to Apply for the Opportunity to Build Their Own Startup
The CUNY Startup Accelerator is looking for groups of two to four students who want to develop their startup ideas in Fall 2017. Students can apply now for the September 8 – December 22, 2017 cohort, and pitch their start-up ideas in-person or online. All CUNY Startup Accelerator participants receive mentorship and can receive up to $5,000 in investment. For more information, contact (646) 844-2869 or

Call for Proposals: CUNY IT Conference, Deadline September 15
The CUNY 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.

Call Call for Papers: Transitions and Transactions IV,
Deadline November 19

The April 20-21, 2018 conference, Transitions and Transactions IV: Literature Pedagogies and Social Justice in Community Colleges, presented by the BMCC English Department, will focus on teaching social justice through literature pedagogies. Community college teachers and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts by November 19 to Professors Margaret Barrow and Andrew Levy, and For more information call (212) 220-8270 or click HERE.
Making Headlines

BMCC student receives workforce development scholarship in Bermuda
August 22, 2017—Bernews

BMCC Music programs featured in roundup article
August 16, 2017 — Jewish Voice and August 11, 2017 — Campus News

BMCC Alumnus Ahmed Jallow among winners of ProPublica Emerging Reporters Award 
August 14, 2017 —

BMCC ranked in Top 20 Institutions, regarding average pay for full professors
August 12, 2017 — The Chronicle of Higher Education

BMCC Professor of Science Chiaki Yanagisawa on team that challenges existing theories of asymmetry in the universe
April 14, 2017 — Physical Review Letters 

Human Resources
TIAA Meet With TIAA Counselor on Campus
BMCC employees can meet on campus with a TIAA counselor 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.

Get a Flu Shot on Campus
BMCC will host a flu vaccine event on Tuesday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stay tuned for more details from the Office of Human Resources, (212) 220-8300.

Employee Benefits Fair
Representatives from Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Deer Oaks, Professional Staff Congress (PSC) and others will be on hand to answer questions at a Benefits Fair on Thursday, September 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street.

Alumni and Donors

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.)

First day of classes!
See the BMCC Academic Calendar for important dates throughout the Fall 2017 semester.
Aug. 25

Petrie Ready, Test, Go! CUNY Assessment Test Workshop
Aug. 25

Pre-Law Welcome Back Information Session
Aug. 28


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