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President's Message
President Perez

I hope your semester is going well. As you know, 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 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During this initial town hall, you will receive additional information about the institutional self-study process, 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

Transcending Punishment

BMCC Hosts Groundbreaking Transcending Punishment Conference
More than 120 people attended Transcending Punishment, an Interdisciplinary Conference on Inequality & Social Justice held at BMCC, October 7 and 8. The event was sponsored by the BMCC Criminal Justice/Social Justice Faculty Interest Group (FIG) through the BMCC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship (CETLS), and co-organized by professors Michelle Ronda and Benjamin Haas. Attendees included students and faculty from BMCC as well as from other CUNY campuses and private colleges including Marymount Manhattan College. In addition to several breakout panels, highlights included compelling keynote speeches from Baz Dreisinger, who talked about her book Incarceration Nation; a presentation by activist Daniel McGowan’s on his first-hand experience in a Federal Communications Management prison, and a presentation of their activist work in BlackLivesMatter, with a focus on LGBTQ liberation, by Joshua Allen. Speakers also included John Jay College Professor David Brotherton (pictured left).


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. Students can register online through CUNY’s Vote for Your Future campaign, or in person at the BMCC Office of Student Affairs, which has also hosted two voter registration drives.

Transcending Punishment

Register to Join the BMCC Breast Cancer Walk
On Sunday October 16 at 8:00 a.m., a BMCC team will meet at W. 67th Street and Central Park West to walk in the annual event, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” in Central Park. The event's theme, "With Your Passion No One Walks Alone,” celebrates survivorship and helps raise funds for breast cancer research, public education and patient service programs. Register online to walk with the BMCC Team. Pick up a contribution form in Room S340 at 199 Chambers Street or contact Deborah Parker at (212) 220-8165.

BMCC Hosts NYPD for Presentation
As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, BMCC’s Public Safety Office has invited New York Police Department’s 1st Precinct to speak with the BMCC community about domestic violence and law enforcement. The event is scheduled at 10 a.m., October 17, in the Richard Harris Terrace. This event is free and open to the BMCC community. For more information, call Michael Korn at (212) 220-8135.


Two-Phase Renovation of Bathrooms in 199 Chambers Street Building
The college has embarked on a comprehensive bathroom renovation at 199 Chambers Street to provide greater accessibility and upgrade ventilation and temperature control systems, fixtures, stalls, floors, ceilings and lighting. “These new facilities reflect the latest cutting-edge technology 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 students, faculty and staff.”

October 18 - 20 Is Co-Curricular Transcript Awareness Week
The BMCC Community is invited to stop by the lobby at 199 Chambers Street on October 18, 19 and 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 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.

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

Nominate Students for BMCC Foundation Scholarships
Last year, more than 300 BMCC Foundation Scholars each received up to $3,200 a year from the BMCC Foundation, Inc. — and this year, the college hopes to increase that number. Eligible students are pursuing their first college degree, attend 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. Please send your nominees’ names and CUNY ID numbers to Sussie Gyamfi,, by Friday, November 11.

Making Headlines

Best Two-year Online Colleges includes BMCC
October 12, 2016 —

New mathematical model by BMCC professors and astrophysicists Saavik Ford and Barry McKernan helps understand supernovae
October 12, 2016 — Space Daily

Fairy Tales, Science Fiction and Freud: Telling Stories, co-created by BMCC Professor Josephine Culkin, reviewed
October 10, 2016 — Make:

The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria, by BMCC Professor Carlos Hernandez, reviewed
October 8, 2016 — Los Angeles Review of Books

NSF-funded cybersecurity program at BMCC highlighted
Oct. 7, 2016 — Tech Republic

Plaque for Oscar J. Hijuelos erected in NYC, and BMCC mentioned as alma mater
Oct. 7, 2016 — The Historical Marker Database

BMCC listed as funding recipient for SNAP program
Oct. 7, 2016 — Newsletter of the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Human Resources

Ratification Bonus Information Available
The Office of Human Resources has provided some helpful FAQs to help clarify the CUNY ratification bonus process for senior college employees and community college employees. For more information, contact Gloria Chao at (212) 220-8304 or

Weight Watchers Hosts Inspire Events
Weight Watchers will host an Inspire open house event October 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room S341 at 199 Chambers Street. This event, open to all employees, will highlight personal success stories and practical tools for the holiday season. For more information, contact the BMCC Office of Human Resources, (212) 220-2364.

Health Benefits Open Enrollment Period: Now through November 11
During the Annual Transfer Period, eligible employees may transfer into a health plan; add or drop Optional Rider coverage, or add or drop dependents in their present plan. PSC members ONLY that wish to change Dental Plan can do so at this time. For more information, here is a summary of benefits for all plans or visit the PSC-CUNY website. Or contact the BMCC Office of Human Resources, (212) 220-2364.

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. To be considered for this opportunity, file a Notice of Interest form by October 17. It should be transmitted electronically to Diana Lopez, Office of Human Resources:

Alumni and Donors

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.

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


History educator Joyce Gold leads new BMCC faculty on walking tour of Tribeca and the Financial district
Oct. 14

LinkedIn and Networking Workshop
Oct. 18

Writers Series features Janice Lowe, Poet and Composter
Oct. 20

Asian American Studies Colloquia presents socio-cultural anthropologist Stanley Thangaraj
Oct. 21


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 make it Three Straight with Win Over Westchester

Women's Soccer Avenges Loss with 1-0 Win over FIT

Weekend Recap: Panthers Volleyball Sweeps Weekend Doubleheader

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