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Silent Procession

Walk With Me: Silent Procession Raises Awareness of Domestic Violence
As part of BMCC's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on October 17, the BMCC community, joined by BMCC President Antonio Pérez, gathered in Richard Harris Terrace to form a silent procession through 199 Chambers Street. Domestic violence survivor Shivani Jaikissoon gave a keynote talk before the event. For support and resources related to domestic violence and other areas, visit the Women's Resource Center, Room S-340 at 199 Chambers Street, (212) 220-8165.

Economic Mobility

BMCC Ranks #3 in the United States for Economic Mobility
BMCC had the third highest mobility rate among two-year colleges in the United States, according to data from “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility,” a report analyzed by The Chronicle of Higher Education this month. To do well on this measure, colleges had to be both accessible to low-income students and to foster success among them. 

Roaming Eye

A Curator Shares her Perspective on The Roaming Eye
This video features Jennifer Riley, Co-Curator with Kathleen Kucka of The Roaming Eye exhibition in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. “The uniqueness of this show is that we were able to show single, over-scaled, very large works by each artist,” says Riley. The exhibition features 11 artists and will be open through December 9. “I love that students will be able to freely walk in again and again, talk with the curator and assistants and learn about what it is they’re seeing,” Riley says. The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is open from 12 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (212) 776-6237. 


BMCC Veteran Students Share Challenges with Service Organizations
The Veterans Resource Center at BMCC, welcomed representatives from the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services and the American Corporate Partners Mentoring Program to meet with student veterans on October 18. The session provided BMCC student veterans with an opportunity to share their stories and ask questions about acquiring assistance for services including housing and health benefits.


BMCC Joins Breast Cancer Walk with Largest Team Ever: Donations Still Being Accepted
On Sunday, October 15, BMCC joined the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk in Central Park with its biggest team ever—more than 125 participants who raised just under $3,000. The BMCC Student Government Association provided commemorative t-shirts and the BMCC team, which was coordinated by the Women’s Resource Center, promoted the theme Hope Hero, Celebrating Survivorship and Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Research, Public Education and Patient Service Programs. Donations will be accepted through October 31

Italian Heritage Month Italian Heritage Month Presents Lectures, Music and More
BMCC celebrated Italian Heritage Month with a Faculty Book Club Discussion facilitated by Professors Tom Means and Kristina Varade on October 17. Still to come is a full day of events—music, poetry, games and more—on Tuesday, October 31.
Self-Study Report

Middle States Open Forum November 6 and Self Study Final Draft Now Available 
The BMCC Middle States Self-Study Final Draft is available on the BMCC website, thanks to the contributions of over 120 faculty, staff and students who participated in Standards Working Groups and/or the Steering Committee. Next in the process, the BMCC community is invited to attend an Open Forum with Middle States team chair for BMCC, Dr. Donald Generals, on November 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room N-452 at 199 Chambers Street. The Middle States self-study process addresses student success and institutional effectiveness as BMCC strives to be a leading community college nationwide. For more information, contact Christopher Shults, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, at

Symphony Free BMCC Downtown Symphony Performance, November 1 
The BMCC Department of Music and Art presents a free performance by the BMCC Downtown Symphony, Spirits, Sprites and Soldiers, featuring pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurice Ravel, Felix Mendelssohn and Ludwig van Beethoven. Conducted by BMCC Professor of Music Doug Anderson, the concert takes place in Theatre I, the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 199 Chambers Street.
ML Symposium Modern Languages Student Symposium, November 2
“The Impact of Readings and other Narratives on our Lives,” a symposium sponsored by the BMCC Modern Languages Department, will take place Thursday, November 2 from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. in Room S-341 at 199 Chambers Street. The day will include talks, poetry, film and more. The keynote speaker will be Yarisa Colon Torres. For more information, contact Department Chairperson Maria L. Enrico at (212) 220-1277 or  

Strengthen Your PSC CUNY Grant Application: RSVP Now for November 3 Workshop 
BMCC faculty interested in strengthening their PSC CUNY Cycle 49 grant application due December 15 are invited to attend a free 45-minute technical assistance workshop with Aleksandra Cataruzolo, PSC CUNY Administrator for the CUNY Research Foundation. The workshop will take place November 3 at 12 noon in a location to be determined. To register, RSVP to Onika Duke, For more information, call the BMCC Office of Sponsored Programs, (212) 220-8010.

Winter 2018 Intersession Tuition Waivers Program Set for Winter 2018 Intersession
BMCC’s Tuition Waiver program for the Winter 2018 intersession serves matriculating BMCC students who are New York State residents and U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time the waiver is applied. Application details are on the BMCC website. A list of frequently asked questions is also provided.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Presents The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center proudly presents The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn, on Saturday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. This is the first event in the 2017-2018 Family Series Season, featuring plays, musicals, puppetry, concerts and dance for all ages. To purchase tickets — $30 or $12 for 10Club Members — call (212) 220-1460, buy online or visit the Box Office at 199 Chambers Street, Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 6 p.m. BMCC students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible for discounts on shows throughout the 2017-18 season.

Public Safety Department Relocates
The BMCC Public Safety Department has relocated to Room S-211 at 199 Chambers Street to better serve the BMCC community and visitors. Visit the Public Safety website to learn about other services, including Lost and Found, as well as information regarding crime prevention, emergency preparedness and emergency/first-aid related trainings. For more information, contact To report a crime or emergency, call Public Safety at (212) 220-8080. If you are on campus call 911 or use one of the blue boxes located throughout campus.


Spring 2018 Registration Starts October 20 
Students value the advice and support of BMCC faculty and staff. As trusted influencers, please encourage students to continue on their path to success and register for the Spring 2018 semester. Things to know: 1) All students must meet with their advisors before registering. 2) Refer students to their college email for information about advisement and registration. 3) Students can register on CUNYfirst or visit the Registrar’s Office in Room S-315. 4) For more info, visit the Registration page, contact Academic Advisement in Room S-108 or call (212) 220-8315.

Important Reasons for Students to Register Now
Tell students that if they register now, they will: 1) Save money. 2) Graduate faster. 3) Have more courses to choose from. 4) Get a class schedule that works best for them. 5) Secure classes now—It’s easy to make schedule adjustments later. 6) Get extra time and options to pay their tuition. Financial Aid, scholarships and tuition payment plans, on-campus jobs are available. 7) And last but not least, it’s one less thing they’ll have to think about!

Discover BMCC at Admissions Open House
Do you have family or a friend who is interested in going to college? Invite them to attend the Admissions Open House on Saturday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about BMCC’s academic programs, financial aid options, student services, special programs and how/when to apply for the Spring 2018 semester. This is a free event. RSVP here. For more info, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265 or

Making Headlines

BMCC President Antonio Pérez discusses how college leaders can handle campus emergencies
October 19, 2017—Education Dive

Profile of Pauline Hahn who attended BMCC in 1963
Oct. 18, 2017—New Jersey Jewish News

BMCC ranks among colleges with high economic mobility
Oct. 15, 2017—The Chronicle of Higher Education

BMCC Public Affairs Executive Director Manny Romero quoted in analysis of Excelsior Scholarship
Oct. 13, 2017—Inside Higher Ed

Human Resources

Health Benefits Open Enrollment and Opportunity to Change Dental Plan
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 Optional Rider coverage or dependents in their present plan. Review benefits and coverage of different plans. In addition, 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

Invitation to Contribute: Faculty and Staff Campaign
The faculty and staff of BMCC support our students in countless ways, every single day. That support includes contributing to the BMCC Foundation Scholarship Fund. A recent research study shows that scholarship recipients are nearly four times more likely to graduate from BMCC than similar students who lack scholarship support. Also, they are three times more likely to go on to earn a second and third degree.

Your gift of $25, $50, $75, $100 or more, will help our BMCC scholars continue building their success. Ninety percent of our students need financial assistance in order to meet their educational goals; 29 percent have a household income of less than $10,000 and 53 percent live in households earning less than $20,000. Your support of the Faculty and Staff Campaign makes a significant difference in our students’ lives.

There are three easy 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.)

Naomi Levine

Day-Long Fundraising Intensive Workshop Features Naomi Levine
On October 18 in the 13th-floor Fiterman Hall Conference Center, a day-long fundraising workshop, “How to Be an Effective Fundraiser,” featured fundraising legend Naomi Levine (pictured above left with Helen Horowitz) as well as development and communications professionals Ron Bruder, Joan Dim, Helen Horowitz, Barbara Jones, Donald Jones, Bill Josephson, Jane Karlin, Laurie Krotman, Elizabeth Ngonzi, Doug White, Susan Shattuck and Lisa Silverstein. Participants attended panels on the impact of technology, trends in philanthropy, ethics and more. The event, which included a networking luncheon, was sponsored by the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and the BMCC Office of College Development.

Rochelle Stewart Leadership Breakfast Series to Feature Condé Nast's Rochelle Stewart, November 15
This series, presented with the BMCC Office of Student Activities and the BMCC Urban Male Leadership Academy, was established in 2007 to provide opportunities for students to engage with and be inspired by prominent business leaders. The next Leadership Breakfast Series keynote speaker will be Rochelle Stewart, Director of Digital and Social Strategy at Condé Nast, on Wednesday, November 15. The series is free and open to the BMCC community. 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.  

CUNY Assessment Test Workshop
Oct. 21

Free Immigration Forum: Get Answers to Your Questions  
Oct. 24

Moneyworks Workshop: Ghost, Gremlins and Ghouls of Personal Finance
Oct. 25


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

BMCC Repeats as CUNYAC Champions With 5-2 Win Over Queensborough


2017 CUNYAC/USS Community College Men’s Soccer All-Stars Announced

Weekend Recap: Men’s Soccer Soars to New Heights in Weekly NJCAA Top 10 Poll

Fall 2017 Recreation Schedule

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