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Middle States Self-Study Process

BMCC Hosts Town Hall on Middle States Self-Study Process
On October 28 in Theatre 2, BMCC hosted its first Town Hall to update students, faculty and staff on the status of the college’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) institutional self-study. “This is what we hold ourselves accountable to," said Christopher Shults, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning. "We’re in very good shape. Accreditation offers the college community an opportunity to self-reflect on how well we are serving our students.”

Honors Program

Honors Program to Launch Fall 2017
BMCC students seeking the heightened challenge of an Honors Program will have that option in Fall 2017. Development of the program began in 2014 with a team of faculty and staff co-chaired by Jason Schneiderman, Professor of English, and Erwin Wong, Dean for Academic Programs and Instruction. “It lets students who want the challenge push themselves in ways that will be easily recognized when they are transferring to four-year schools or applying for highly competitive scholarships,” said Schneiderman.

Faculty Leadership

BMCC Announces Inaugural Faculty Leadership Fellow Cohort
Fourteen BMCC faculty members will participate in the inaugural Faculty Leadership Fellows Program at BMCC. The program has been made possible through a grant from the American Express Foundation and will begin with an intensive seminar, January 9-13, 2017. Leslie Rennis (pictured above, left) is one of the professors selected for the program.


BMCC Shows Appreciation to its Donors With Music and Art
BMCC donors were treated to live entertainment, a world-class art exhibit and warm welcome on November 1 at the 2016 Donor Appreciation Cocktail Reception held in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center.


STEMfest Showcases Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Several hundred BMCC students took part in the second annual BMCC STEMfest over the course of four hours on Thursday, November 2 in Richard Harris Terrace. The event showcased research and internship opportunities, career options, pathways to senior colleges and other benefits to being a STEM major at BMCC.


Free IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment Center Opens at BMCC
The BMCC community took advantage of the first day of operation of the college’s IDNYC pop-up enrollment center in Room S642 at 199 Chambers Street on November 2. The center will be open on various dates through November 18.


BMCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
November is Hispanic Heritage Month at BMCC and organizers say this year’s theme — Engaging the World and Building Community — is especially relevant against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential election and the national dialogue about immigration in the United States.

Winter Finish Line Tuition Waiver Program
During Winter 2017, BMCC will continue its successful tuition waiver program to assist students in accumulating credits toward degree completion. For more information, visit the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center (Room S108), or contact them by email at

CUNY Month

November Is CUNY Month

Join the BMCC community this November as we celebrate CUNY Month and being part of a world-renowned public education system. The college will host exciting events including open houses, art exhibitions and BMCC TPAC performances open to the BMCC community and general public. Visit the BMCC Calendar and look for the CUNY Month logo on special events throughout the month.


Two-Phase Renovation of Bathrooms in 199 Chambers Street Building

A two-phase capital project to renovate the bathrooms at 199 Chambers Street is creating greater accessibility as well as upgrades to the ventilation and temperature control systems, fixtures, stalls, floors, ceilings and lighting. During this first phase, renovating the North Side bathrooms, the BMCC community is encouraged to use bathrooms on the South Side of the building.

Nominate Students for BMCC Foundation Scholarships by November 11
Last year, more than 300 BMCC Foundation Scholars received up to $3,200 a year each from the BMCC Foundation, Inc. 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 as well as 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

BMCC Professor Gary Welz co-develops video search engine at CUNY Graduate Center’s New Media Lab
Nov. 2, 2016 — InfoTech News,,, Le Lezard

BMCC’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Digital Pathways Program cited in Senator Charles Schumer press release
Oct. 28, 2016 —

BMCC Professor Rose J. Russo-Gleicher talks about mental health, suicide and outsourcing
Sept. 19, 2016 — The Synapse

Human Resources

Health Benefits Open Enrollment Period Through November 11
During the Annual Transfer Period through November 11, eligible employees may transfer into a health plan; add or drop Optional Rider coverage, or add or drop dependents in their present plan. Also, PSC members can change their Dental Plan at this time. For more information, here is a summary of benefits for all plans. Visit the PSC-CUNY website or contact the BMCC Office of Human Resources, (212) 220-8300.

Alumni and Donors
A Gift to Honor

A Gift to Honor the Memory of BMCC Foundation Founding Board Member Herbert Rosenfield
On Tuesday, November 1, Ray O’Keefe, BMCC Foundation Board Member Emeritus, presented a gift of $20,000 from the James T. Lee Foundation in memory of BMCC Foundation Founding Board Member and a dear friend of the College Herbert Rosenfield. Accepting the gift, which is being designated to the Abner B. Rosenfield Endowed Fund for Outstanding Scholarship and Citizenship, were Patricia Rosenfield, daughter of Herbert Rosenfield; Doris Holz, Vice President of Development and Chief Operating Officer of the BMCC Foundation, and BMCC President Antonio Pérez.

Help Make a Difference
The BMCC Faculty/Staff Campaign enables faculty and staff to provide much needed scholarship and emergency support to BMCC students, 90% of whom need financial assistance to reach their educational goals. By donating just $25 to $100, you can help the college 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


Free Student Workshop: Thesis/5 Paragraph Essay
Nov. 7


NYC Men Teach Information Table
Nov. 7

Internship Orientation
Nov. 7

Moneyworks Seminar: Dressing and Dining
Nov. 9


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

Women’s Volleyball: Region XV Tournament: Lady Panthers Knocked Out by Tigers in Opening Round

Men’s Basketball
BMCC vs Union County College: Nov. 5
BMCC vs County College of Morris: Nov. 6
BMCC vs Kingsborough Community College: Nov. 8

Women’s Basketball
BMCC vs Kingsborough Community College: Nov. 8

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