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A BMCC Student's Message of Hope on 9/11
BMCC student Luis Guerra Bernal was playing soccer with friends in Bogotá, Colombia on the early morning of September 11, 2001. Later, he and his friends went into a coffee shop to get something to drink. Inside, television news was being broadcast about planes crashing into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center, but they could not fully comprehend the horror of the day’s events. “I’d heard about the Twin Towers, but I had never seen them until that day on TV,” says Bernal, who is now 26 years old, a Multimedia Arts major at BMCC and completing an internship at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (9/11 Memorial). His first project was to design a T-shirt with the theme of “hope.”


Chromatic Space Opens in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, September 22
BMCC presents a new exhibition, Chromatic Space, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. The exhibition is curated by Jonathan D. Lippincott and features artists from American Abstract Artists (AAA), a non-profit organization that has contributed to the development and acceptance of abstract art since its founding in 1936.



BMCC Begins Two-Phase Renovation of Bathrooms in 199 Chambers Street Building
Beginning Monday, September 12, the College will embark on a comprehensive bathroom renovation project at the Chambers Street Building. This capital project focuses on providing greater accessibility and includes upgrades to the ventilation and temperature control systems, fixtures, stalls, floors, ceiling and lighting. “These new facilities were designed with the latest cutting edge technology available in terms of comfort, accessibility and sustainability,” said Thomas Ching, Chief Administrative Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. "They are much welcome additions to the three-plus decades old BMCC infrastructure and represent our deep commitment to the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.”


BMCC Fitness Center Now Open to BMCC Community
The BMCC Fitness Center (Room N275) enhances the learning environment by providing programs, services and facilities that promote healthy lifestyles, build community and foster student success. The Center is open to all members of the BMCC community (students, faculty and staff). We also offer recreation activities (Room N299) such as half-court basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, ping pong, soccer, yoga and Zumba. Yoga is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 noon – 2:00 p.m. and Zumba class is offered Tuesdays, 1:00 pm - 2:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 12 noon –1:00 p.m., and Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. All facilities are free with your BMCC I.D.


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,

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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:

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  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
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Making Headlines

BMCC student Libelle Polaki featured in article about fleeing her Orthodox community
September 2, 2016 — The New York Times

News of BMCC cybersecurity ATE grant featured
September 8, 2016 — University Business

Alumni and Donors

Alumni Mixer in Shirley Fiterman Art Center
BMCC alumni are welcome back for a mixer and to view the new exhibit, Chromatic Space, in BMCC's Shirley Fiterman Art Center on Monday, September 26 at 5:30 PM. Karrin E. Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, will share highlights from the new BMCC Strategic Plan, and refreshments will be served. Come network with fellow alumni, and learn how you can be a part of BMCC’s growing community.

The Art Center is on the first floor of Fiterman Hall, 81 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007.

Please RSVP by September 20, by clicking here:

Alumni Event RSVP

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

How to Get Back on Track When You’re on Academic Probation
Sept. 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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