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President Perez Message from BMCC President: Terror Attack in Lower Manhattan
"We are a strong community that knows the importance of looking out for ourselves and each other. Our resiliency underlies our response to yesterday’s senseless terror attack that killed eight innocent people who were out enjoying our city’s beautiful recreational sights along West Street."
CUNY Tuesday BMCC Joins CUNY Tuesday Campaign in Support of Student Scholarships
November 28 is CUNY Tuesday! Join the members of the CUNY community for an extraordinary day of giving back. #CUNYTUESDAY, a 24-hour giving campaign, is a chance for the CUNY Community everywhere to come together to show Panther Pride in BMCC, and provide essential funding to support student scholarships.

November is Hispanic Heritage Month
Award-winning writer Cristina Rivera Garza appeared at BMCC November 1 to discuss her novel The Iliac Crest—one of many special events scheduled throughout November for Hispanic Heritage Month. “We wanted to provide our students with tools to raise critical awareness about current social issues,” said BMCC Academic Literacy and Linguistics Professor Rosario Torres, who co-chaired the month with Professor David Caicedo. 

BMCC Counseling BMCC Counseling Offering Post-Incident Walk In Appointments
The BMCC Counseling Center, Room S-343 at 199 Chambers Street, is available to support students, faculty and staff who were impacted by the nearby terrorist attack on the West Side Highway bike path. Students can contact the Counseling Center at (212) 220-8140 for a priority appointment. They can also take walk-in appointments Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can contact the free CUNY Employee Assistance Program Deer Oaks program 24/7 at or (855) 492-3633.
Middle States

Middle States Forum, November 6  
BMCC students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Middles States Open Forum from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., November 6 in Room N-452 at 199 Chambers Street. Dr. Donald Generals, Middle States team chair for BMCC and President of the Community College of Philadelphia will provide information about Middle States reaffirmation. The forum and Q&A to follow will also provide updates on the college’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Institutional Self-Study, now available online. For more information, contact Christopher Shults, BMCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning,

Women’s Activism Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Activism, November 6 
A free performance event honoring women who fought for and won the right to vote in New York State will be held November 6 at 6 p.m. in Theatre 2. The event is sponsored by the BMCC Women’s Resource Center, at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services, and the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
Research and Education Forum CUNY’s First International Research and Education Forum, 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 p.m. at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC. The forum will convene CUNY scientists and highlight collaborations across disciplines and nationalities. Admission is free. Register Here.
Active Shooter/Hostile Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder Presentation, November 14
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to attend a 60- to 90-minute session conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder, November 14 at 199 Chambers Street, Room N-451, 11 a.m. For more information, contact the BMCC Office of Public Safety, (212) 220-8000, Ext. 6331.

CUNY Cloud Virtual Desktop Lets Faculty Access Course Software From Home
Now faculty can remotely access their course software 24/7 from home or off campus, by using the CUNY Cloud Virtual Desktop on their computers, tablets or smartphones. To learn more, visit installation instructions, usage instructions and FAQs on the CUNY website, or contact

Funds Available for Students Facing Emergencies
The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation provides funds for emergency grants to students facing situations that can jeopardize their enrollment at BMCC. Faculty and staff who identify students facing a documented, unexpected emergency can apply for the Petrie grant. The Petrie grants do not cover tuition, college debts or legal representation. To discuss those costs, students can visit the BMCC Single Stop office. For more information contact Maxine Hunter at (212) 220-8000, Ext. 7149, or


Attention Faculty: Showcase Accomplishments on your Faculty Page

1) Log in with your BMCC username and password which are the same as your BMCC email log in. (If you have trouble logging in, contact the Service Desk.)
Once you have logged in to your Faculty Page, press Edit Profile and enter your information. Press Save Changes.
3) After you have updated your profile and saved the changes, use the links in the top bar to update your Contact Info, Educational Background, and other information.

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

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 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

Dispaced BMCC Offers Opportunity for Students Displaced by Natural Disasters
The CUNY Board of Trustees unanimously voted to allow full-time students affected by recent natural disasters to pay tuition at the in-state rate. BMCC is providing 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:
Open House

BMCC Fall 2017 Open House Was Largest Ever
More than 700 prospective BMCC students and guests attended the Fall 2017 Open House on October 28. The event showcased the college’s academic programs and services, and gave guests a taste of the exciting opportunities that await them at BMCC. A special thank you to student, faculty and staff volunteers for making the event a rousing success. To take part in the Spring 2018 Open House, contact Christina Lofaso at (212) 776-6308 or, or Kevin Dougherty at (212) 776-7008 or

Nominate a Student for a BMCC Foundation Scholarship by November 3 
The BMCC Foundation, Inc. is looking for students to receive 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 they 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. Please nominate eligible students for this scholarship by sending their names and CUNY ID numbers to Sussie Gyamfi by November 3.

Spring 2018 Spring 2018: Pop Up Advising and Registration
On Monday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room S-114, staff will be on hand to advise and register students for the spring semester. #BMCCSpringForward

Federal Student Aid 2018-19 (FAFSA) Is Open
Delaying registration because of tuition payment concerns can be avoided with a number of options. 1) Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students should apply now to get the most amount of money available. Need help? Contact the BMCC Financial Aid Office in Room N-365; (212) 220-1430 or at 2) Apply for a scholarship. 3) Contact the Center for Career Development for job placement assistance; Room S-342; 4) Enroll in the interest-free Nelnet payment plan before November 21 for six low payments. Call (888) 470-6014 or contact the Bursar Office in Room S-330;

Making Headlines

Current BMCC Psychology major profiled
Oct. 29, 2017—The New York Times

Media swarm BMCC student who was eyewitness to attack
Oct. 31, 2017—The New Yorker

"Around the Nation" hosts note BMCC’s proximity to attack site
Oct. 31, 2017—NPR

More BMCC students share their stories surrounding October 31 terrorist attack
CBS News, New York Post, ABC News, PIX 11, AM New York

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jim Dwyer cites the diversity and ambition of BMCC’s students in column about immigration
Nov. 1, 2017—The New York Times

Buhman on Art: Paintings Manifest as Portals in “The Roaming Eye” at Shirley Fiterman Art Center
Nov. 1, 2017—Downtown Express

Human Resources

Workplace Violence Prevention Training, November 8
A classroom training session for staff and faculty who were not able to complete their workplace violence training online will be offered November 8 in Room S-341 at 199 Chambers. RSVP to by 5 p.m. on November 6.

Weight Watchers for Diabetes Wellness Webinar, November 8
WorkWell, in conjunction with Weight Watchers, is offering a complimentary wellness webinar regarding Diabetes on November 8 at 1 p.m. Click here to register.

Alumni and Donors

BMCC Alumni Encouraged to Participate
Yaritza Gonzalez, Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund joins the Office of College Development at BMCC. She will be managing membership and activities that include the Alumni Council, which was formed to invite BMCC alumni who are interested in strengthening relationships between alumni and the college. For information contact her at (212) 346-8455.

Rochelle Stewart BMCC Community Invited: 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,

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. 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, F-1330. (Please note, you can designate your donation to your department.)

America Needs You (ANY) Fellowship Program Workshop
Nov. 2

National Distance Learning Week: 10 Disruptive Technologies and Innovative Applications in Online Learning  
Nov. 6

Free Workshop: Introduction to Adobe Workshop (Students Only)
Nov. 7


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

Penalty Shootout Ends Panther’s Remarkable Run

Fall 2017 Recreation Schedule

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