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BMCC Honors 4.0 Achievers, Alumna Surprises Students
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Office of Student Affairs recognized 255 current students who completed 12 or more credits and have maintained a 4.0 GPA at the end of the 2016 spring semester during a ceremony on September 27 in Richard Harris Terrace. Students received certificates of recognition. Featured speakers included Provost, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Karrin Wilks and Vice President for Student Affairs Marva Craig, who opened the ceremony. Dean Michael Hutmaker provided closing remarks.


BMCC/CUNY Encourages Voter Participation
BMCC professors, activist organizations and politically engaged students have been working to register students to vote before the October 14 deadline. They say the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential race could have a tremendous impact on the day-to-day lives of young people in New York and across the country.

Career Fair

Fall Career Fair Offers Students Access to Employers
The Center for Career Development hosted the Fall 2016 Career Fair on September 28 in the BMCC Gymnasium. This event presented students with an opportunity to meet with prospective employers that included: UNIQLO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Department of Transportation and more.


Fifteen to Finish: Why Taking 15 Credits Is a Good Idea

While 12 credits qualifies as full-time, BMCC students are maximizing their financial aid and graduating sooner by taking 15 credits per semester. “Time management, making use of campus resources such as free tutoring, having an employer willing to adjust their work schedule — these all help students maintain a 15-credit semester,” says Marva Craig, BMCC Vice President for Student Affairs. “They can also take advantage of evening and online classes at BMCC and talk to counselors when they feel overwhelmed.” Students who successfully earn 15 credits in Fall 2016 will be eligible to win a monthly MetroCard. For more information, students are welcome to stop in at the BMCC Office of Student Affairs or call (212) 220-8130.


BMCC Hosts LGBTQ Pride Month
October is BMCC’s LGBTQ Pride Month. Activities will include workshops, panel discussions, resource fairs, movies, Safe Zone trainings for faculty and staff, poetry and more. Pride Month will begin with an opening ceremony on Oct. 5, from noon to 2:00 p.m., in Richard Harris Terrace.


Office of Student Activities Hosts Volunteer Fair
BMCC’s Office of Student Activities provided students will an opportunity to learn about NYC agencies that are looking for volunteers. The event, held on September 28 in Richard Harris Terrace was open to students in all majors. Participating organizations and companies included 9/11 Memorial & Museum, AmeriCorps VISTA, BMCC MECA, Food Bank for New York City and more.

Italian Heritage

BMCC Celebrates Italian Heritage Month
BMCC students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate Italian Heritage Month, beginning with a screening of the film, “Human Capital,” at 5:00 p.m., Oct. 19, in Theater 2. The film is directed by Paolo Virzi. The celebration will continue with other events that include live music, poetry and panel discussions.

BMCC Commons

Fall 2016 BMCC Commons Available

The Office of Public Affairs has published the Fall 2016 issue of the BMCC Commons. The publication highlights faculty research, alumni and donor engagement, grant awards, and student achievement. The publication is available in print and online.
Read online


Two-Phase Renovation of Bathrooms in 199 Chambers Street Building
Beginning Thursday, September 29 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.”

CUNY Competition Seeks Student Entrepreneurs
Faculty and Staff are asked to encourage their students to participate in the 3rd Annual CUNY & Capital One Community College Innovation Challenge, Oct. 26, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the CUNY Central Office. Current two-year college students with a business idea or desire to learn how to become an entrepreneur are encouraged to participate. Sponsored by Capital One Bank and hosted by The New York City Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN). Semi-finalists will win a tablet, a dedicated mentor and eligibility to apply or a $500 seed grant. Finalists win potential funding (up to $2,500), in-kind support with event partners and continued mentorship. For more information send an email to:


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 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.

Notice to Teaching Adjuncts: Convert current one-year appointment to a two-year appointment
Under the 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,

Making Headlines

Fiterman Café mentioned in the article, “The Resurrection of Greenwich Street."
September 26, 2016 – The New York Times

BMCC Student Jamaine Rosenborough featured in “The Activist Bringing Tech Training to the Bronx” article about Knowledge House, a nonprofit organization that provides tech-training for 16-24 year olds.
September 9, 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

BMCC/IAB Partnership Announced at IAB MIXX Conference.
September 27, 2016 – The Shoot

CETLS Director Gina Cherry listed in “On the Move” section.
September 22, 2016 - Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Alumni and Donors

BMCC Hosts Alumni Mixer in Shirley Fiterman Art Center
BMCC alumni attended a mixer on September 26 in BMCC's Shirley Fiterman Art Center. Karrin E. Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, shared highlights from the BMCC Strategic Plan, and refreshments were served.

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
BMCC alumni have different needs and interests, depending on when they graduated. More recent graduates may want to use services at BMCC, while less recent graduates may want to mentor students. Given this, we are surveying BMCC alumni 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 this online survey by October 7. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.


Register for Free Excel Workshops (4 Levels)
Sessions: Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 21 and 28

Free CPR/AED & First Aid classes for BMCC Faculty, Staff and Students
Oct. 2, 3, 4, 11, 12

Veterans Resource Center: FDNY Presentation/Services for the Underserved/Year-Up
Oct. 5


Transcending Punishment: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Inequality & Social Justice
Oct. 7, 8


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings



Center for Career Development Events



Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Events


Panther Pride

Weekend (Sept. 24-25) Recap: Panthers Volleyball Splits Long Island Series

Weekend Recap: Panthers Blank Hawks for 4th Straight Win

Women’s Soccer Loses in Overtime

Panthers Men's Soccer Crush Orange 9-0

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Twitter Discussion
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