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BMCC Ranks Among Nation’s Top Community Colleges
BMCC continues to rank as one of the nation’s top colleges for awarding associate degrees, according to the 2016 Community College Week Top 100 Associate Degree Producers report released September 30, 2016. The rankings are based on data from the U.S. Department of Education.


BMCC Aims to Close ‘STEM Gap’ with $6 Million Grant
BMCC is launching a five-year project to recruit Hispanic students into the college's Computer Information Systems and Media Arts and Technology associate degree programs, then facilitate their transfer to related bachelor’s degree programs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City Technical College and others. The project is funded by a $6 million HSI-STEM and Articulation Program Title III grant from the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) program of the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.


BMCC Liberal Arts Major Jacqueline Aguilar Wins BMCC’s First Instagram Contest
To celebrate school spirit, we invited BMCC students to submit their original photography tagged as #MyBMCC to the BMCC Instagram account. The winner is Liberal Arts major Jacqueline Aguilar (@byjacquee). "My caption for the photo is 'Eat, Sleep, Study… Repeat!’,” says Aguilar. "When I took this photo, I thought to myself, 'Wow I can definitely relate'. One of things that we all have in common as students is experiencing the academic life struggle. And because of that I don’t feel alone at BMCC. This photo captures our everyday coexistence with each other.” Follow @BMCC_CUNY and tag #MyBMCC with your Instagram photos for a chance to win a $20 gift card from the BMCC Bookstore.


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.


Social Sciences Research Laboratory Opens
The Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Research and Scholarly Inquiry are proud to announce the opening of a new Social Sciences Research Laboratory (SSRL), in Room S633 at BMCC’s 199 Chambers Street campus. The laboratory is equipped with computers for data analysis, and space for focus groups, interviews and other types of human subjects research. For specifics on access to the lab, contact Helene Bach, Director of Research:


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.


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.


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.”

Pantherette Try-Outs October 6 and 12
Students at all skill levels are welcome to try out for the Patherettes Cheer Team on October 6 or 12 at 2:00 p.m., in the BMCC gymnasium at 199 Chambers Street. Athletic attire and sneakers are required. Follow the Pantherettes on Instagram, @bmcc_cheer

October 18 – 20 Is Co-Curricular Transcript Awareness Week
BMCC Community, stop by the lobby at 199 Chambers Street on October 18, 19 or 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to learn more about the Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT), which complements a student's academic transcript and documents his or her involvement in athletics, clubs, community service and more. If you are faculty or staff and want your event or activity to be considered for placement on the CCT, complete this form. For more information, contact Nereida Montijo, Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Civic Responsibility at (212) 346-8408 or

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

BMCC Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Applications Open
Last year, the BMCC Foundation, Inc. awarded up to $3,200 a year in scholarships to more than 300 BMCC students — and this year, we hope to increase that number. Eligible students are completing their first college degree, attending full-time and have completed at least 12 credits at BMCC. Or, they are attending part-time and have completed at least 24 credits at BMCC. They must be U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents or have a F-1 Visa and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you know students who fit this criteria, please nominate them for this scholarship by sending their names and CUNY ID numbers to Sussie Gyamfi,, by Friday, November 11.

Making Headlines

BMCC Professors of Astronomy Saavik Ford and Barry McKernan recognized for developing new mathematical model to help understand supernovae
October 5, 2016 — Nanowerk, SpaceRef, Health Medicine Network, AlphaGalileo and  Astronomy Now
October 4, 2016 — Science Magazine

A Conversation Between Poets features BMCC’s Elaine Sexton and Lynn McGee
October 4, 2016 — Lambda Literary Review

Composition by BMCC Professor of Music Joyce Solomon Moorman showcased by Richmond County Orchestra
September 29, 2016 —

BMCC Career Center Director Won Kang comments on career development workshops
September 30, 2016 — University Business

BMCC Professor of Art Charles McGill featured after his solo exhibit at Boca Raton Museum of Art
July 13, 2016 and September 6, 2016Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Human Resources

Friday, October 7: Last Day to Get Your Flu Vaccine
BMCC, in conjunction with WorkWell, will be providing the Trivalent Flu Vaccine by appointment on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., in the back of the Faculty and Staff Lounge (S344) at the 199 Chambers Street campus. To make an appointment, go to (username: nyc, password: flushot) or call (866) 481-4391.

College Closed Monday, October 10
The College will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016 in observance of Columbus Day. For more information, go to the CUNY Employee Holiday Schedule or contact the Office of Human Resources.

Teaching Adjuncts: By Oct. 17, Convert Your Current One-Year Appointment to a Two-Year Appointment
A provision in the PSC/CUNY Collective Bargaining Agreement 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, Office of Human Resources:

Alumni and Donors

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 by Oct. 7
Recent BMCC alumni may want to use services at the college, while earlier graduates may want to mentor students. We are surveying BMCC alumni to see learn more about what would bring them back to the college and keep them engaged — and your input in this process is invaluable. We hope you will take a few minutes to complete this online survey by October 7. We look forward to hearing from you.


Help Make a Difference
Nearly 90% of BMCC students need financial assistance to reach their educational goals. The BMCC Faculty/Staff Campaign enables 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.

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.


Open House: ASAP Moves to Murray Street Building
Oct. 6


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

CUNY Service Corps Information Sessions
Oct. 12


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

Men’s Soccer: Panthers Win 7-1 to Ground High-Flying Falcons


Women’s Soccer: Lady Panthers Fall to Tigers in Home Opener

Men’s Soccer: Ceesay, Panthers Ease Past Broncos in Saturday Showdown

Women’s Volleyball: Lady Panthers Move to 4-1 in CUNYAC with Win Over Broncos

Men’s Soccer: Nearly Pull off Upset in Nassau

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