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President's Message
President Perez

I want to welcome you back to BMCC for another semester. The beginning of the academic year is an exciting and busy time filled with promise and possibilities. It also provides us with an opportunity to examine our institutional priorities and to effectively plan for the year ahead. This is an especially important year for the College as we engage in our Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) institutional self-study. This process affords the College with an opportunity to thoroughly review how effectively we are delivering upon our mission and institutional goals.

We are committed to ensuring that the entire College community remains informed about our process through the College Middle States webpage, which can be found by clicking the links on the right side of BMCC’s homepage. Additionally, we will be convening our first Middle States town hall meeting on Friday, October 28, 2016 in Theatre II from 10:00-11:30 am. During this initial town hall, you will receive additional information about the institutional self-study process, will hear from the standards working groups, and may ask any questions you have.

We encourage all students, faculty, and staff, schedule permitting, to attend the session. The institutional self-study is a college-wide effort that impacts each and every one of us. It is our hope that you will take the opportunity to come out and learn more about the process, the people involved, and the positive impact that this effort will have on BMCC. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


President Perez

Antonio Pérez

Douglas Israel

BMCC welcomes Douglas Israel as Director of Government and Community Relations
Israel has more than 15 years experience in developing and implementing government relations, advocacy, and community engagement strategies. Mr. Israel says he looks forward to putting his skills and experience to work for BMCC and its students. “My understanding of the legislative and budgetary process, and relationships I have built in government and the educational realm, will play a key role in helping BMCC achieve its goals and priorities,” he said. “I look forward to working with students, staff, elected officials, and the broader community to make this happen. I hope you all will join me in these efforts.”

Interdisciplinary Conference

BMCC to Host Groundbreaking Interdisciplinary Conference on Social Justice
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) will host Transcending Punishment: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Inequality & Social Justice on October 7-8 at the BMCC campus. Conference speakers and panel sessions will focus on scholarly and practical approaches to social justice, according to Michelle Ronda, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, BMCC, who is co-organizing the event with Benjamin Haas. Assistant Professor, Communications, BMCC. Interested participants can register for the event online.


BMCC Hosts Leadership Breakfast, October 18
On Tuesday, October 18, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY will host its Leadership Breakfast, featuring Debra Baker, Managing Director, Head of Global Risk Solutions of BNY Mellon Asset Servicing. The breakfast, sponsored by the BMCC Foundation, is scheduled to take place on the 13th floor of the BMCC Fiterman Hall Conference Center, 245 Greenwich Street (at Park Place). The Leadership Breakfast Series invites high-profile business leaders to speak with students about their lives and careers. Attendance is free; reserved seating only. To RSVP, send an email to:


BMCC Offers Caruso Master Dance Class
BMCC presented a master class, “Caruso,” by Italo-African artist Mvula Sungani, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Sept. 22, on the 2nd Floor of the 199 Chambers Street Building. The campus community was invited to participate. Caruso is a piece of sublime inspiration and has had resounding international success. Written and set by Lucio Dalla, it is dedicated to the renowned tenor, Enrico Caruso. Italo-African choreographer MvulaSungani in collaboration with the Municipality of Sorrento, conceived and created this new work.


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 Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Applications Open
The BMCC Foundation, Inc. Scholarship application is now open, and BMCC needs input from faculty and staff. We are looking for BMCC students to award up to $3,200 a year. Eligible students are working toward completing their first college degree; are attending full-time and have completed at least 12 credits at BMCC, or attending part-time and have completed at least 24 credits at BMCC; are U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents or on an F-1 Visa; have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Last year BMCC awarded more than 300 students with scholarships to help pay for school. This year we are looking to increase that number, and we can - with your help. If there are students in your class or with whom you work who fit the above criteria, please nominate them for this scholarship by sending their names and CUNY ID numbers to Sussie Gyamfi by November 11.

BMCC Community Invited to Q&A Hosted by Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Analytics
What is institutional effectiveness? What is “analytics”? How does this impact me or my department? The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics (IEA) cordially invites faculty and staff to participate in a town hall session to address the College’s planning, assessment and accreditation efforts. IEA ensures the implementation of the College’s Strategic Plan, continued Middle States Accreditation, and institutional research and analysis. With support from college-wide assessment committees, IEA also ensures the development, implementation and evaluation of an Institutional Effectiveness plan. The event is scheduled Tuesday, September 27, 3:00 p.m., 199 Chambers Street, Room S719. Contact L. Wassila Soulemana (, to RSVP for this inaugural event.

Notice to Teaching Adjuncts: Convert current one-year appointment to a two-year appointment
Under the recently negotiated PSC/CUNY Collective Bargaining Agreement there is a provision that allows some adjuncts to convert their current one-year appointment to a two-year appointment. Eligible adjuncts must file a Notice of Interest form by Monday, October 17, 2016, in order to be considered for this opportunity. It should be transmitted electronically to Diana Lopez of the Office of Human Resources,

Fire Wardens

Luncheon Recognizes new C-CERT Members and Fire Wardens
A special recognition luncheon was held Thursday, September 22 in Richard Harris Terrace to honor BMCC’s new Community Emergency Rescue Team (C-CERT) Members and Fire Wardens. G. Scott Anderson, Vice President of Administration and Planning, presented Certificates of Appreciation to the honorees and acknowledged all of BMCC’s emergency volunteers. The BMCC Office of Public Safety provides emergency response trainings on a regular basis, and urges all members of the BMCC community to sign up for CUNY Alert.

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ASAP Moves To Murray, Open House Oct. 6
The BMCC ASAP office is moving to the 14th floor of the Murray Building (70 Murray Street), effective Wednesday, October 5. The ASAP office hours are Monday through Friday ,9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The BMCC community is invited to an Open House in the new ASAP office on Thursday, October 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “ASAP has expanded,” says ASAP Director Nadine Browne. “Our new cohort of almost 2,400 students has more than doubled our numbers from 1,694 in Fall 2015, to more than 3,500 ASAP students in Fall 2016.” This expansion, Browne says, “prompted our move to the Murray building, where we can have all our services on one floor and provide services in a more streamlined and efficient way. We’re also excited to join special programs in Murray such as BMCC Learning Academy, CUNY Start, Year UP, Cope and others, so that will create greater leveraging of support for students.”


BMCC Twitter Page Receives Badge of Authenticity
The BMCC Twitter account was just granted Twitter's blue verified badge of authenticity, which indicates that the account is authentic and of public interest. The badge appears next to the account name in search results. “This badge legitimizes the page. When people seek BMCC social media accounts and get multiple accounts, the blue badge tells them that this is the ‘real’ account, coming from organization itself," says Louis Chan, BMCC Photographer and Social Media Coordinator. The Office of Public Affairs is in the process of verifying the College's other official social media accounts including Instagram and Facebook.

Help Make a Difference!
Nearly 90% of BMCC students need financial assistance in order to meet their educational goals. The BMCC Faculty/Staff Campaign is an opportunity for the BMCC community to provide much needed scholarship and emergency support for BMCC students. If each staff and faculty member donates $25 to $100, the College could raise over $80,000 for students. There are three ways to give:

  • 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.)
  • Make a donation online
  • Text your donation to BMCC at (646) 876-2622
Fitness Center

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.

Making Headlines

Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer-Prize winner, remembers being an adjunct at BMCC
September 16, 2016 — Chicago Tribune

BMCC student participates in NYPD presentation at Liberation Diploma High School in Coney Island
September 16, 2016 — The News Review
September 9, 2016 — The New York Times

$770,000 ATE grant awarded to BMCC included in funding roundup
September 16, 2016 — Community College Daily

BMCC IT major comments on working for Taskrabbit in so-called “gig economy"
September 19, 2016 — The Indypendent (sic)

Alumni and Donors
Theresa Clark Messer

Alumni Now: Theresa Clark Messer

Theresa Clark Messer (Accounting, ’82) served as Director of Finance for the National Basketball Players Association for 18 years. She began her career at Peat Marwick & Mitchell, now KPMG, where she obtained her Certified Public Accountant license. After earning her Associate in Accounting degree at BMCC, Messer earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Pace University, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Long Island University. A member of the BMCC Foundation Board, Messer is Chair of the BMCC Alumni Committee.


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, Lower Manhattan.

Click here to submit 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

Alumni Survey - Input needed!
We're learning that BMCC alumni have different needs and interests depending on when they graduated. More recent graduates may want to come back to BMCC to use our services, while less recent graduates may want to "give back" by mentoring students. Given this, we felt that it would be useful to survey BMCC alumni from different class years to see what would bring them back to the college and keep them engaged. Your input in this process is invaluable. We hope that you will take a few minutes to complete the online survey at and respond by October 7.

Ways to Give
The BMCC Foundation is grateful for contributions of al types and at all levels. Learn about the ways you can help ensure student success and make a difference at BMCC.

Chromatic Space

Art Exhibit Opening: Chromatic Space
September 22

National Voter Registration Day
September 27

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

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


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings


Center for Career Development Events

Survival Tips from Recent Hires
October 5
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Panther Pride
Men's Soccer

Men’s and Women’s Soccer Win Big Over Kingsborough

BMCC Splits Saturday Doubleheader


Women’s Volleyball Rallies Late Against Hostos

Panthers Basketball Tryouts Announced

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