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POISE and GUIDE Students

POISE and GUIDE Students Share Experiences
The BMCC Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs sponsored a September 21 gathering of student cohorts from two programs: the Pipeline Opportunity for Inter-Collegiate STEM Education (POISE) and Gallatin Undergraduate Initiative for Discovery in Education (GUIDE). Both pipeline initiatives are products of an ongoing partnership between BMCC and New York University (NYU) that seeks to link high achieving BMCC students to bachelor's degree programs at NYU.

4.0 Achievers

BMCC Honors 4.0 Achievers
BMCC’s Office of Student Affairs recognized 289 current students who completed 12 or more credits while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA at the end of the 2017 spring semester, during an evening ceremony, September 26 in Richard Harris Terrace.


BMCC Hosts COMBASE and Welcomes Community College Leaders
The national community college consortium, COMBASE, held its annual conference at BMCC, September 23-25 in the Fiterman Hall Conference Center. Community College presidents and chancellors from around the country attended. Conference forums addressed timely issues commanding College CEO’s time, such as funding, accreditation and student services. Current uncertainty in Washington, DC is also impacting funding for competitive grants, accreditation, and support for workforce development, according to Richard C. Hinckley, Executive Director, COMBASE.


Career Fair Presents Employment Opportunities for Students
More than 90 employers filled the BMCC gymnasium from 1-4 p.m. on September 27. Just hours before the event kicked off, more than 650 students had registered to attend. As many as 50 percent of students either land interviews on the spot at the fair, or are offered an interview at a future date, according to Driada Rivas, Interim Director of the BMCC Center for Career Development.

The Roaming Eye

“The Roaming Eye" Exhibition Opens at Shirley Fiterman Art Center
An art exhibition, “The Roaming Eye,” opened with a reception on September 26 at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street. The show, curated by Kathleen Kucka and Jennifer Riley, will be up through November 11. Featured artists include Allison Blickle, Davide Cantoni, Christopher Deeton, Shirley Kaneda, Kathleen Kucka, Margrit Lewczuk, Judith Linhares, David Rhodes, Jennifer Riley, Russell Roberts and Marc Andre Robinson. “We are fortunate to have this amazing gallery to show this diverse collection, that includes some very large works,” said curator Jennifer Riley.

Global Competencies

Symposium: Cultivating Global Competencies in a Diverse World 
BMCC is hosting a two-day symposium titled, "Cultivating Global Competencies in a Diverse World,” September 28 and 29. The symposium is a culmination of a two-year project that was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project focused on the enhancement of curriculum development by infusing global competencies into BMCC’s humanities course offerings. The first day was hosted at the NYU Center for Humanities. Speakers included NEH Co-Project Investigator Alex d’Erizans, Associate Professor of History, BMCC, and Vincent Cheng, Associate Professor of Speech, Communication, and Theatre Arts, BMCC. The second day is scheduled in Fiterman Hall, Rooms 1306-1307, 245 Greenwich Street, NYC. Speakers include: L.H.M. Lin, Professor of International Affairs at The New School, as well as Jim Berg, Associate Dean of Faculty at BMCC and BMCC Professors Eva I. Kolbusz, Speech, Communication, and Theatre Arts; Cynthia Wiseman, Academic Literacy and Linguistics, and Phyllis B. Niles, Library and NEH Steering Committee.

BMCC Community Invited to Newly Tenured and Promoted Faculty Reception,
September 28

President Antonio Pérez and Provost Karrin E. Wilks invite the BMCC community to a reception honoring newly tenured and promoted faculty on September 28 at 5 p.m. in the Faculty and Staff Café, third floor at 199 Chambers Street. This event follows the college’s on-going commitment to promote and recognize excellence in teaching and learning. Congratulations to our faculty! To learn more about programs to support faculty, visit the Faculty Affairs website.


BMCC Disaster Relief: Donate $10 the week of 10/10
BMCC will be collecting monetary donations the week of October 10 to aid those in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Donations will be accepted in all three buildings, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at (212) 220-8160 or

Free Legal Resources for DACA Students 
CUNY’s Citizenship Now! and the Mayor’s Office on Immigrant Affairs provide DACA Immigration Legal Clinics in English and Spanish, as well as other resources for immigrant students, including those whose DACA status expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.

Faculty and Staff Training for CUNYFirst Travel and Expense System
BMCC faculty and staff planning work-related travel are invited to attend a training session for the CUNYFirst Travel and Expense system at 199 Chambers Street, room S-635, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15. Please RSVP to Rita Sun:


The Petrie Ready, Test Go! CUNY Assessment Test Workshops 
The Petrie Ready, Test, Go! CUNY Assessment Test Workshops are designed to better prepare incoming students for success on the CUNY Assessment Tests in reading, writing and mathermatics. This workshop is free and students can register and attend as many times as they desire. For more information, contact the BMCC Testing Office at (212) 220-8180 or

Making Headlines

BMCC Academic & Literacy Lab Tech. Joshua Belknap featured in commentary about new higher education tools
September 27, 2017—The Chronicle of Higher Education

Feature article and profile of Billboard #1 music artist and former BMCC student
Cardi B

September 27, 2017—The New Yorker

Music star and former BMCC student Cardi B profiled
September 25, 2017—FLEEKIST POP SUGAR

Human Resources

CUNY Professional Development Program Offerings
The Professional Development and Learning Management (PDLM) Office manages training and professional development opportunities designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and competencies of CUNY employees. College and Central Office employees in various positions can benefit from professional development and training sessions that present progressive and innovative workplace effectiveness tools created by some of the most celebrated thinkers in the workplace learning field. The OHRM Professional Development and Learning Management Office (PDLM) is pleased to present to you the October and November courses for the 2017-18 CUNY Professional Development Program. View schedule.

Alumni and Donors
Naomi Levine Fundraising Legend Naomi Levine Leads Intensive Workshop, October 18
The BMCC Center for Continuing Education and the BMCC Office of College Development are offering a one-day intensive workshop, “How to Be an Effective Fundraiser,” on Wednesday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Fiterman Hall 13th-floor Conference Center. The workshop — which is valuable for both new and seasoned professionals in the field of development — will be led by nationally renowned fundraising professional Naomi Levine, who served for 25 years as Senior VP for External Affairs at New York University (NYU). In 1978, when she joined NYU, the university was close to bankruptcy. Under Levine’s direction, and with the help of an extraordinary board chairman, trustees and several very involved college presidents, NYU began to raise $400 million a year and has become a great global center of learning. Workshop participants will examine principles of fundraising; technology and fundraising, and ethics and the law. The workshop also includes a networking luncheon. The workshop cost is $195. To register, call the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, (212) 346-8410.
David Steingard and Rochelle Stewart Leadership Breakfasts Present Dynamic Business Leaders: David Steingard, October 11 and Rochelle Stewart, November 15
The BMCC community is invited to attend the BMCC Leadership Breakfasts Series, presented in collaboration with the BMCC Office of Student Activities and the BMCC Urban Male Leadership Academy. The Leadership Breakfast Series was established in 2007 to provide opportunities for students to engage and be inspired by prominent business leaders. This year’s Leadership Breakfast Series will feature David Steingard, CEO of Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, Director of the Laughing Man Foundation and BMCC Foundation Board Member, who will speak on Wednesday, October 11; and Rochelle Stewart, Director of Digital and Social Strategy at Condé Nast, who will speak on Wednesday, November 15. Both events are FREE, RSVP to Brian Haller,
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.  

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.)
Excel Workshops

Registration Open for Free Excel Workshops
Workshops Scheduled: Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Nice to Meet You! Networking Basics
Oct. 3

Admissions Information Sessions and Tour
Oct. 4


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings


Center for Career Development Events


Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Events


Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Events


Panther Pride

Office of Athletics Unveils Updated Website
BMCC’s Athletics Department has created an updated website to highlight news and information regarding men’s and women’s athletic teams at the college, and Recreation Schedule. Included in the site is a social media feed that enables people to view postings on the office’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. The website, which includes more photos and videos, was created in collaboration with SideArm Sports and it is managed by BMCC's Office of Athletics. For further information, call (212) 220-8260.

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