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Second Steinway Soiree Benefit Celebrates BMCC's New Music Major
The BMCC Foundation Board and President Antonio Pérez hosted the college’s Second Annual Steinway Soiree Benefit on Wednesday October 25 in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center. The event raised funds for the college’s new music major and the BMCC Foundation Scholarship fund. Longtime friend of the college and BMCC Foundation Board Member Elizabeth Butson welcomed the group. “We’re here to showcase BMCC’s new music major,” she said. “I’m proud of the BMCC and the opportunities the College provides for its over 27,000 students.” Guest artists included Paul Shaffer, musical director and former band leader on "The Late Show with David Letterman;" award-winning saxophonist Grace Kelly and singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson of the Songwriter Hall of Fame duo, Ashford and Simpson.  

BMCC Offers Opportunity for Students Displaced by Natural Disasters
The CUNY Board of Trustees recently made a decision to allow full-time students affected by recent natural disasters to pay tuition at the in-state rate. BMCC is providing more opportunities for the same students to earn an education through select programs. Eligible students seeking fee waivers to enter the BMCC Math Start program may call LaShallah Burgess, (212) 346-8897. If they want more information on paying tuition at the in-state level, applying for grants or other assistance, they may contact the BMCC Office of Admissions:


CISCO Learning Academy Hosts BMCC Alumni Tech Anniversary Event 
The IT Programs of the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development attended the Cisco Networking Academy 20-year anniversary on October 20 at the New York City Cisco office. The event featured a Cisco Academy alumni panel with members of BMCC’s Higher Education for Real Opportunity (IT HERO) Alumni Tech Committee. Alumni included Christine Moore, Senior Infrastructure Technician; Maksym Berezhnyi, Network Security Engineer and Peter Allen, Network Security. The BMCC IT program offers a non-credit-to-credit articulation model, to funnel students into the BMCC Computer Information Systems (CIS) Associate Degree program. "BMCC IT alumni play an instrumental role in providing leadership, guidance and opportunities to current students,” said Steven Nuñez, Senior Program Coordinator, Department of IT Programs, BMCC. 

Big Apple College Fair

Admissions Office Takes Part in Big Apple College Fair
BMCC’s Office of Admissions participated in the Big Apple College Fair on Oct. 22. The one-day event invited more than 200 colleges to meet with students. The event was sponsored by the College Access Consortium of New York.


Let’s Talk Race, Racism and other Challenging Topics November 1 
Lecia Brooks, who leads the College Campus Initiative at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will speak about the surge of hate-crimes and discriminatory policies negatively impacting members of disenfranchised immigrant, religious and LGBT communities across the nation on November 1. Brooks, who is also Director of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, will also discuss the SPLC’s 2016 “Hate Map” and Teaching Tolerance projects. A Q&A will follow. The event is free and will be at 199 Chambers St. Room N-451 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Student Symposium of Modern Languages: The Impact of Readings and other Narratives on our Lives on November 2  
Writer Yarisa Colón Torres is the keynote speaker at BMCC's Modern Language Symposium on November 2 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m., in Room S-341 at 199 Chambers Street. Admission is free.

Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Activism on November 6 at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services, BMCC Tribeca PAC, and the Women’s Resource Center at BMCC present a night of theater and performance to honor those women who the right to vote a century ago New York State. The event also celebrates the people who are fighting for justice today on November 6 beginning at 6:00 p.m in the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC). Admission is free.

CUNY’s First International Research and Education Forum on November 8
BMCC faculty are invited to attend CUNY’s first International research and education forum on November 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center located at The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue.  The Forum brings together CUNY scientists interested in international research, calling for collaborations beyond the lines of disciplines and nationalities. The will feature several breakout sessions and presentations.  Admission is free. Register Here

National Domestic Violence Month 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.
Pride BMCC Invites Community to Participate in Pride Month
A month of workshops, film, panels and more are being offered in celebration of Pride Month at BMCC.
Italian Heritage Celebrate Italian Heritage Month on October 31
Stop by Richard Harris Terrace from from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. and celebrate Italy with panel discussions, poetry and performance.  An Italian lunch will be served at noon.  For more information contact Professor John (Tom) Means at

Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder- Presentation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security November 14
BMCC students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a 60- to 90-minute session, "Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder,” November 14 at 199 Chambers Street, Room N-451, 11:00 a.m. This presentation will be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, contact the HL Office of Public Safety, (212) 220-8000, Ext. 6331.

Certified Paramedics Automatically Receive 30 Credits toward their A.A.S. degree
The BMCC Allied Health and Sciences Department is offering 30 credits toward an A.A.S. degree in Paramedic to students who are certified paramedics. Once enrolled at BMCC, certified paramedics would only need to fulfill their general education requirements, which they could do online, allowing them to continue working in the field. For more information, contact Gene Iannuzzi, director of the BMCC Paramedic Program at (212) 220-8342 or

S-STEM Scholarship Application Open for Students until November 1
BMCC students are invited to apply for the S-STEM Scholarship, a NSF funded scholarship designed to help U.S. citizens or permanent resident students receiving financial aid graduate faster in STEM disciplines. ASAP students are welcome to apply.
Selected participants will receive: a stipend of $2,909 per semester for 2 years as long as they maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher; stipend monies for books and transportation; one-on-one private tutoring (if needed); internship and field trips opportunities; and the opportunity to have a mentor and conduct research with STEM faculty. For information, contact Professor Abdaramane Serme at


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For additional assistance, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (212) 346-8501.


Spring 2018 Registration is Open 
As faculty and staff engage with students please remind them to register now for Spring 2018. 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.

Federal Student Aid 2018-19 (FAFSA) is Open
BMCC has many options to help students settle their tuition. 1) Free applications for Federal Student Aid. Students should apply now to get the highest amount of money available. Need help? Contact the BMCC Financial Aid Office in Room N-365; (212) 220-1430 or email  2) Set up a Nelnet payment plan. Call (888) 470-6014 or contact the Bursar Office in Room S-330; 3) Contact the Center for Career Development for job placement assistance; Room S-342; career@bmcc.cuny.edu4) Apply for a scholarship.

Nominate a Student for a BMCC Foundation Scholarship by November 3
The BMCC Foundation, Inc. is looking for students to award up to $3,200 a year in scholarships. Eligible students are completing their first college degree; attending full-time and have completed at least 12 credits at BMCC or are attending part-time and have completed at least 20 credits at BMCC. They must be U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents or on an F-1 Visa and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. 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 3.

Making Headlines

Organizations Celebrate Women’s Suffrage at BMCC
Oct. 20, 2017—Broadway World

BMCC student turbo-charges his life after losing Mother
Oct. 22, 2017—The New York Times

Horror movie buff (and BMCC Professor) launches Halloween film festival
Oct. 23, 2017—Crain’s New York Business

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,

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Open Enrollment for 2018 ends October 31
Full-time staff and faculty can see the New York City Flexible Spending Accounts program details here. Enrollment forms are available here. Full-time staff and faculty interested in the Medical Spending Conversion (MSC) Buy-Out Waiver for 2018 can enroll with this form.

Workplace Violence Prevention Training November 8
Human Resources will conduct a classroom training session for staff and faculty on Wednesday, November 8 in Room S-341 at 199 Chambers. The session is for those who were not able to complete the training online. RSVP via email to by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 6.

Test Your Financial IQ at TIAA
CUNY's Benefits Office and TIAA have teamed up to help you, test your financial IQ. Take the challenge and see how your financial know-how measures up. Click this link, and start your challenge, using your TIAA user ID to log in. If you do not have one you can log in as a guest.

Alumni and Donors

Nursing Alumni Serve as Mentors to Current Students
The BMCC Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program met October 18 at 199 Chambers Street. Current Nursing students met their mentors, who are graduates of the BMCC Nursing program.  Nursing Professor Janice Summers coordinated the event along with Professors Melissa Butler Haughton and Edward Williams. “Networking for both employment and educational opportunities is part of our initiative,” she says. In attendance were BMCC alumni Sheldon Hoyte, Yajahira Inoa, Anel Mason, Roseangela Pereira, Wendy Reyes and Walter Kim. “Meeting my mentor was great,” says Theodocia King, a first-semester Nursing student. "We exchanged phone numbers and we have kept in touch by text messaging. It has really helped me."

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.  

Free Theatre Performance: Beowulf Monsters and Men
Oct. 26

Panel Discussion: Supplementary Instruction 
Oct. 27

BMCC Volunteer Fair
Oct. 30

Strive for Success Fall Carnival
Nov. 1


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

Lady Panthers split final regular season doubleheader

BMCC Men’s Soccer Knock Out #8 Dutchess Falcon in NJCAA Tournament

Fall 2017 Recreation Schedule

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