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College Comes Together for Post-Election Dialogue
BMCC has responded to the presidential election by creating a Post-Election Support Services and Tips, on the BMCC website, and presenting events such as a Post-Election College-Wide Forum held November 15. Students, faculty and staff came together in the forum to express their concerns, ask questions and make statements regarding the election and its impact on their lives.

Antonio Pérez

Message from the BMCC President

"After a long and divisive presidential campaign, many of us are still processing the outcome. We cannot be certain of what changes may come, but we can be certain that BMCC’s commitment to the intellectual and personal growth of all students, and our commitment to ensuring a safe, respectful and inclusive learning community for all members remain steadfast.”


Chancellor Milliken's Statement to the CUNY Community

"I have spoken to many of our students about their reactions to the results, and those range from confusion to concern to a sense of vulnerability for themselves or their friends and classmates ... I know that all of my colleagues at CUNY join me in proudly embracing CUNY's history and share my commitment to sustaining its vital mission in the years ahead."

Capital One Foundation Awards a Multi-Year Grant to BMCC
The BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development has been awarded $110,000 for the first year of a multi-year grant by the Capital One Foundation to support workforce development. The purpose of the grant is to develop credit-articulation policies that maintain the CUNY Pathway model as students move from certificate programs offered through continuing education, to accredited programs that build toward an associate degree. BMCC will be working on this project with Hostos Community College, the CUNY Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Programs, and the CUNY Labor Market Information Service at the Center for Urban Research. "We are pleased to be a part of such a distinguished group of workforce leaders from around the country," said Sunil Gupta, BMCC Dean of Adult Continuing Education. "We are honored to have been selected by Capital One Foundation."


BMCC Float Joins Veterans Day Parade and Painting Donated in Honor of BMCC Veterans
BMCC and the BMCC Veterans Resource Center sponsored a float in the New York City Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on November 11. Before the parade began its route up Fifth Avenue, the BMCC community attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Eternal Flame in Madison Square Park and BMCC Professor of Math Bruce Sanford donated to the college, an original, framed artwork by Enrique Mate, to honor BMCC veterans. Watch the video.

BMCC Public Safety Department to Launch College Safety Educational Program
In an effort to reach out to the college community, BMCC Office of Public Safety plans to launch its first College Safety Educational Program in the Winter 2017 semester.

BMCC Joins Goldman Sachs College Collaborative Program
Ten students from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY), along with students attending Hudson County Community College, New Jersey City University and St. Peter’s University, will take part in the Goldman Sachs College Collaborative Program from November 2016 through May 2017. The program consists of 11 sessions. The BMCC students; Diagna Camilo, Natalia Corletto, Tesfamichael Demeke, Olesia Hyka, Hyun-Shin Lee, Karol Malachowicz, Ching Hei Mok, Henry Noble, Babatunde Ogunniyi and Una Radakovic, will meet with Goldman Sachs representatives as they complete a business-related case study project.

International Conference

BMCC Students Provide Community College Perspective at International Conference
On November 4, 2016, BMCC students Alejandro Pena, Nicole O’Donnell, Mia Johnson, Raul Chavez and John Cocco presented on the panel Community College Students Speak Up: Theories, Notions, and Perceptions at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Annual Conference 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Professors of Teacher Education Yolanda Medina and Cara Kronen mentored the students in their investigation and attended the conference with them. “The presentation looked at student interpretations of the mission of community colleges in the United States and whether that mission is met at BMCC and within CUNY,” said Kronen.


Leading Abstract Painter Sean Scully Speaks to BMCC Community
The BMCC Department of Music and Art, in conjunction with the BMCC Painting Club, presented an Artist Talk with the internationally renowned contemporary painter Sean Scully on November 16 in the Fiterman Hall Conference Center. Introduced by Professor of Art Charles McGill, Scully engaged in a conversation with Professor Peter Greenwald, followed by a Q&A. "The easiest things are the best. That's when you're not fighting with yourself," he advised new artists who asked about creative blocks and inspiration. "Sometimes what you should do is right under your nose."

BMCC Receives $300,000 to Help Students Facing Financial Emergencies
The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation has renewed support to BMCC in the amount of $300,000 over the next three years in support of The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation Student Emergency Grant Fund at BMCC. This support will assist students facing an unexpected financial emergency, enabling them to stay in school and finish their degrees. The foundation’s ongoing support has helped hundreds of BMCC students overcome such emergencies. "We are so grateful to the Petrie Foundation and our friend Beth Leif for their continuing support of BMCC and our students," said Doris Holz, Vice President for Development and COO of the BMCC Foundation.


Reception Celebrates Staff Achievement
A reception in the conference room of the Office of the President celebrated the release of Rants & Retorts: How bigots got a monopoly on commenting about news online by Anita M. Samuels, BMCC alumna and Facilities Coordinator, Office of Administration and Planning.


Free IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment Center Available
The BMCC community is welcome to visit the college’s IDNYC pop-up enrollment center in Room S642 at 199 Chambers Street, and explore the benefits of attaining an IDNYC. The center will be open on various dates through December 2.


BMCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
November is Hispanic Heritage Month at BMCC, and as part of the scheduled festivities, Modern Language professors Paquita Suárez and Ainoa Iñigo, and BMCC students Ivonne Fernández and Joely Ferreras created a traditional Altar de los Muertos (pictured left), on display through November in Room S610.

Winter Finish Line Tuition Waivers Available
Students can register by December 1 to benefit from the Winter 2017 semester tuition waiver program, and get help accumulating credits toward degree completion. For more information, visit the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center in Room S108 or contact them 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 Continues

A two-phase capital project to renovate the bathrooms at 199 Chambers Street is creating greater accessibility as well as upgrades. During this first phase, the North Side bathrooms will be renovated and the BMCC community is encouraged to use bathrooms on the South Side of the building.

Making Headlines

BMCC Year Up program referred to in news of Year Up Tenth Anniversary
Nov. 17, 2016 —, What Is Said

Hispanic-Serving Institution STEM grant to BMCC from U.S. Department of Education highlighted
Nov. 17, 2016 — Marketing & Advertising Industry Today

BMCC President Antonio Pérez cited in discussion of community college missions in wake of presidential election
Nov. 14, 2016 — The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alumni and Donors

CUNYTuesday: A Day of Giving Back

On November 29, members of the CUNY community will join together 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. Gifts from faculty and staff who make a donation on the CUNYTUESDAY website will also count toward The CUNY Campaign for Voluntary Charitable Giving. Make your gift on November 29, 2016 at Start Here. Go Anywhere. For more information, contact Joy Cooper, (212) 220-1251.

Help Make a Difference
The BMCC Faculty/Staff Campaign provides 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:

  • 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.)

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


Study Abroad While DACAmented
Nov. 18

Online Internship Orientation
Nov. 21

Faculty Development Day: New Pedagogical Approaches
Nov. 30


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 Basketball: Panthers make it 3 in a Row with Comeback at Sullivan

Women’s Basketball: Panthers Fall to Reigning Champs

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