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BMCC Receives Grant to Create Cybersecurity Concentration
BMCC has received a $770,000 grant from the Advanced Technical Education (ATE) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a three-year project, "Fostering Student Success in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.” The funds will enable BMCC faculty to create a cybersecurity concentration within the college’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Network Technology (CNT) associate degree programs. BMCC is one of approximately 80 recipients — and one of four community colleges nationwide — to receive the cybersecurity education grant. CIS Professor Ahmet Kok is Principal Investigator on the project and will lead a team of Co-Principal Investigators including CIS Professors Anna Salvati, Mohammad Azhar and Ching-Song Wei.

Freshman 15

Finding a Healthy Balance Between Nutrition and College Life
Is the so-called “Freshman 15” an urban myth? Is it true that college students typically gain weight, their first year? “For some it doesn’t occur and for others it does,” says Gloria McNamara, a professor in the BMCC Health Education Department. “If you’re aware it’s a possibility, you can develop habits to avoid it.” Those habits include avoiding high-sugar snacks and watching portion size. Eating healthier helps students maintain their energy and focus in class. Students who want to talk about their nutritional choices are welcome to contact Professor McNamara at (212) 220-8000, Ext. 7213, or to visit the BMCC Health and Wellness Club that meets in room N786 every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

BMCC Foundation Scholars Announced for Fall 2016
The BMCC Foundation funds scholarships and supports key programs at BMCC that bolster student achievement. Sussie Gyamfi, Scholarship and Special Services Coordinator at BMCC, connects students to BMCC Foundation Scholarships by first identifying those who demonstrate both financial need and academic merit. “We send out an email to all students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and have accrued at least 12 credits toward their associate degree” says Gyamfi. “Then we invite them to workshops where we go over the requirements for the scholarship and what it means to be a BMCC Foundation Scholar. They receive $3,200 a year, and are expected not only to excel as students but to participate in volunteer activities through the BMCC Office of Student Activities, such as Meals on Wheels or peer tutoring.” Click HERE for list of 2016 Foundation Scholars.


College Celebrates Renovated SGA Offices
BMCC’s Student Government Association (SGA) celebrated the opening of their new renovated space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 31. President Antonio Pérez, Vice President of Student Affairs Marva Craig, and other members of the college community attended the ceremony that was followed by an SGA meeting. The SGA offices are located in room S242 of the 199 Chambers Street Building.


Time Warner Fellows Selected
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from Time Warner Foundation, 10 BMCC students and recent graduates will meet for 14 Saturdays, starting September 10, to draft a feature screenplay or television pilot. In January 2017, those scripts will be read by professional actors at a gala presentation.

From Left to Right, the Time Warner Fellows are: Christopher Vanbrussel , Marcellino Sorza, Eriq Ortiz, Rondel King, Brian Releford, Maty Drame, Ashley Stewart, Dympna Roman , Lillybeth Gonzalez and AJ Henrique.

College Closed Monday, September 5
The College will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day. The day is a scheduled holiday, excused without charge, for Instructional Staff in Non-teaching functions, Civil Service: Clerical, Administrative, Professional, Custodial, Stores-Stock, (Campus Security excused without charge subject to essential scheduling), Skilled Trades (except Laborers), and Career and Salary Plan Titles. Hourly employees will be paid based on time worked only. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources.


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.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers Meetings Start at BMCC
Weight Watchers meetings will be starting at BMCC on Monday September 12 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in S341. If you join between September 4 and 19, you will be eligible to receive a free Starter Kit. If would like to attend the meetings here at BMCC, please contact Lori Mazzola,

  1. Or go to
  2. Select SIGN UP NOW
  3. Input NYC’s Employer ID: 11612222
  4. Input NYC’s Employer Passcode: WW11612222
  5. Follow instructions to enroll
  6. Once enrolled, redeem your Starter Kit
  7. Enter your mailing address to receive your free kit

Free USA Today/The New York Times for Students
Through the use of student activity fees, the USA TODAY/New York Times Readership Program will continue in Fall 2016 for students only. Students are encouraged to pick up a FREE New York Times or USA TODAY at the BMCC Information Desk on the 2nd floor of 199 Chambers Street on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students, faculty and staff can access a free, online version of The New York Times HERE and by following these instructions:

  1. Click “Register” to create a account using your BMCC email address
  2. At the bottom of the Welcome page, click “Continue”
  3. Check your email for the message with the subject line, "Confirm Your Email Address”
  4. Click on the link in the confirmation email
  5. This will grant your Academic Pass providing access to the for 365 days
  6. If you don’t get the confirmation email, check your spam folder
  7. If you still don’t receive it, send an email from your BMCC email account to
Making Headlines

Digital training course, through BMCC partnership with IAB Education Foundation, featured
August 29, 2016 — Ad Tech Daily

New BMCC student talks about his experience with Global Tech
August 29, 2016 — Gotham Gazette

BMCC mentioned as choice of college for students who have lived in Women in Need (WIN) shelter
August 28, 2016 — Daily News

Alumni and Donors

BMCC Alumni Council Encourages Participation in Events and Networking
BMCC’s Alumni Council welcomes BMCC alumni interested in strengthening relationships between alumni and the college. For information contact Kami Crary, Manager of Alumni Affairs and Events, 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. For further information, please contact Doris Holz, Vice President of Development,


MoneyWorks Seminars
Sept. 7, 14; Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 9, 30 and Dec. 7

How to Get Back on Track When You’re on Academic Probation
Sept. 8, 16, 21, 27; Oct. 13, 19, 27; Nov. 3


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings

Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Listings

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