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Public Spaces

BMCC Team Conducts User Count and Survey of Public Spaces for Battery Park City
This fall, BMCC professors Michelle Ronda and Robin Isserles are leading 24 BMCC students in an extensive user count and visitor survey of public spaces within Battery Park City. Contracted by the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), the BMCC team will interview approximately 1,200 users, collecting input that can assist BPCA as it plans for future projects.


Reception Honors Tenured and Promoted Faculty
The BMCC community celebrated 48 recently tenured or promoted faculty members in 13 departments, at a reception on September 28 in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. This event follows the College’s commitment to recognize excellence in teaching and learning. To learn more about programs to support faculty, visit the Faculty Affairs website.

Italian Heritage Month LGBTQ Pride Month Opens with Kickoff Luncheon, October 10
Pride Month events — including an LGBTQ Resource Fair, Safe is Sexy Workshop, Queer Intersectionality, SafeZone Training and more — will open with a Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace.
Italian Heritage Month BMCC Celebrates Italian Heritage Month
On Tuesday, October 17 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the CETLS conference room, S-510D at 199 Chambers Street, Italian Heritage Month will kick off with a discussion of the bilingual memoir “In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri. On Tuesday, October 31, a day of events will present art lectures, poetry performances, music and more.
DV BMCC Observes National Domestic Violence Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Women’s Resource Center at BMCC has planned a number of activities and workshops to bring attention to this national and citywide problem. These include a silent procession, Walk With Me, October 17.
Oluwatosin Fajobi Engineering Major Oluwatosin Fajobi Named Coca Cola Scholar
BMCC Engineering Science major Oluwatosin Fajobi is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members nationwide to have been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. “Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”
Task Force

Apply to Join the Equity and Inclusion Task Force by Friday, October 6 
BMCC faculty, staff and students are invited to apply to join the Equity and Inclusion Task Force, a group of 15 to 20 volunteers led by Provost Karrin E. Wilks and a faculty member. The Task Force is part of BMCC's Equity and Inclusion Initiative, launched Fall 2017 in support of the college’s 2015-2020 strategic plan, Reaching Greater Levels. Over a six-month period, the Task Force will examine models, identify barriers and make recommendations to measure and advance equity and inclusion at BMCC. To apply to join the Task Force, send a brief email by October 6 to, responding to these questions: Why do you want to be a member of the Equity and Inclusion Task Force? What can you contribute to the work of the Task Force to ensure its positive impact? For more information, please contact Provost Wilks at

Faculty Invited to Submit Proposals for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum: Deadline October 6
BMCC faculty members are invited to submit proposals to lead presentations or roundtable discussions at “Teaching as Research,” the College's first annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Forum, November 10 and 17 in Fiterman Hall. For more information, contact Judith Yancey, Teaching Academy Director, or Gina Cherry, CETLS Director,

torch "I Stand with DREAMers," Resource Fair
BMCC is co-hosting, “I Stand with DREAMers,” in Fiterman Hall, room 1306-1307 at 4:00 p.m., Oct. 5.
Acting Commissioner Bitta Mostofi joins CUNY DREAMers from CUNY campuses for a discussion forum regarding the issues surrounding DACA. Resources and experts will be available to provide information.

Kisses to the Children: Free Film Screening and Q and A with the Director, October 10
CUNY faculty, staff and students are invited to a free screening of the award-winning documentary, "Kisses to the Children,” the story of five Jewish children saved by Christians in German-occupied Greece. The screening is Tuesday, October 10 at 6 p.m., room N-452 at 199 Chambers Street. The film is presented by the BMCC Media Arts and Technology Department and Video Production Club, in association with the NYC Greek Film Festival and the Hellenic American Project at Queens College/Sociology Department. The event, co-moderated by BMCC Professor and filmmaker Tassos Rigopoulos, will be followed by a discussion with Vassilis Loulis, the film’s director. RSVP to Professor Rigopoulos,


Help Disaster Relief Efforts: Donate $10 the Week of 10/10
Recent natural disasters have caused unforeseen hardship. To join the College’s disaster relief efforts, donate $10 — or whatever you can give — the week of October 10. Monetary donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as follows: Tuesday, October 10 and Friday October 13 at 199 Chambers Street; Wednesday, October 11 in Fiterman Hall, and Thursday,October 12 in the Murray Building. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at (212) 220-8160 or

St. John’s University Offers 50% Tuition Discount to BMCC Employees and Others Seeking Ed.D. in Higher Education
On Tuesday, October 17 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., representatives from St. John’s University will be on hand in Room N-471 at 199 Chambers Street to discuss programs including the 50% tuition discount for BMCC employees, employee dependents and alumni seeking a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration, Supervision and Leadership in Spring 2018. Application fees are waived for those applying by November 15. The application deadline is December 1 and courses begin the third week in January. St John’s is also seeking candidates for their MBA, MSED, MA, and other graduate programs.

Making Headlines

Study of Battery Park City Parks by BMCC Team could reap long-term benefits
Oct. 5, 2017—Downtown Express

Former BMCC student competing for role in ABC show
Oct. 4, 2017 — AM New York

BMCC English Professor Tim Keane reviews three John Cage books
Fall 2017 — Utne Reader

BMCC students part of Brookhaven Lab’s Computational Science Initiative
Sept. 28, 2017 — Brookhaven National Lab Features; Sept. 30, 2017 — Inside HPC

Human Resources

BMCC Closed Monday, October 9
BMCC will be closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of Columbus Day. This is a scheduled holiday, excused without charge for Instructional Staff in Non-teaching functions and for Civil Service employees (Clerical, Administrative, Professional, Custodial,Stores-Stock, Skilled Trades, and Career and Salary Plan Titles). Campus Security employees will be excused without charge, subject to essential scheduling. Hourly employees will be paid based on time worked only. For more BMCC/CUNY holidays, visit the Academic Calendar.

CUNY Professional Development Program Starts October 19
The CUNY Professional Development and Learning Management (PDLM) Office provides training and professional development for CUNY employees. The 2017-18 CUNY Professional Development Program is available October 19, 2017 through January 24, 2018. To register, employees must submit an E-Application to their college Human Resources Office and PDLM at least 10 days before the start of a course.

Health Benefits Open Enrollment and Dental Plan Changes
During the Annual Transfer Period, October 2 through 31, active and adjunct employees who are currently enrolled may transfer into any health plan for which they are eligible. They can also add or drop OptionalRider coverage or dependents in their present plan. Review benefits and coverage of different plans. Also, for PSC members ONLY wishing to change their Dental Plan, the effective date of change for active employees is January 7, 2018, and the effective date of change for adjuncts currently enrolled is January 1, 2018. For related forms and more information, please contact Amparo Lopez-Moreno,

Alumni and Donors
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 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 with 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, on Wednesday, October 11. Rochelle Stewart, Director of Digital and Social Strategy at Condé Nast, will speak on Wednesday, November 15. Both events are FREE. RSVP to Brian Haller,  
Naomi Levine Fundraising Legend Naomi Levine Leads Intensive Workshop, October 18
The BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Office of College Development are offering a one-day, intensive workshop, “How to Be an Effective Fundraiser,” Wednesday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Fiterman Hall 13th-floor Conference Center. The workshop will be led by Naomi Levine, renowned fundraising professional who served for 25 years as Senior VP for External Affairs at New York University and helped guide the university to raise $400 million a year and become a great global center of learning. The workshop covers principles of fundraising; technology and fundraising, and ethics and the law. It also includes a networking luncheon. The cost is $195. To register, call (212) 346-8410.
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.)

BMCC Foundation Inc. Scholarship Workshop
Oct. 5

Petrie Ready, Test, Go! CUNY Assessment Test Workshop
Oct. 7

Need a Job? Use Career Express
Oct. 11


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

Weekend Recap: BMCC Keeps Climbing

Lady Panthers Soccer, Volleyball Knock Off Region XV Opponents

Panthers Knock Off Reigning Champion Lions to Remain Undefeated

Fall 2017 Recreation Schedule

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