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BMCC Rooftop Now Home to Manhattan's Largest Solar Panel Project
Workers from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) have installed 947 solar energy panels on the main roof of BMCC's four-block-long 199 Chambers Street building. The BMCC solar array is the largest photovoltaic facility in Manhattan Island and the first vertical solar facility in New York City, according to NYPA. Capable of producing over one MWh (Megawatt hour) of electricity each day, the BMCC solar array is expected to save the college more than $42,000 a year on its power bill.


Financial Management and Digital Marking Programs Address Talent Gap
Starting Spring 2018, BMCC will offer an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program in Financial Management and Digital Marketing.“Both programs respond to our students’ goal to enter the fields of business and finance with highly competitive skills,” says Mahatapa Palit, Chair of the Business Management Department.


Students Debate Opioid Crisis in Speech Class
Opioid abuse in the United States has killed more than 30,000 between 2002 and 2015, and young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 are at highest risk. Against this backdrop, 12 BMCC students in Professor Heather Miller’s Fundamentals of Speech class met to debate the causes of the nation’s soaring opioid crisis and how it impacts the New York City community.


BMCC Students Get a Behind-the-Scenes View of the Judicial System
Eighteen BMCC students toured the New York State Supreme Court in lower Manhattan on November 27. The group learned about state, criminal and civil court jurisdiction as they were walked through the criminal court process from arrest to arraignment and trial. Next they attended an actual criminal trial in action. Organized by the BMCC Office of Internships and Experiential Learning, and the Office of Government and Community Relations, the visit provided a behind-the-scenes view of the state judicial system and of government and democracy in general. It also introduced careers in criminal justice, civic service and government. Students from BMCC’s Criminal Justice program will be taking a similar tour on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Faculty Grant Recipients Recognized for Achievements
One hundred BMCC faculty secured numerous impressive grants during the 2016-2017 academic year. In honor of their achievement, faculty, staff and students gathered for a reception November 29 in Shirley Fiterman Art Gallery.


Enhancing the Skill Set of Tomorrow's Accountants
While every BMCC Accounting major takes a Speech class, “additional communication focus in every accounting class will help students develop their speaking and reporting skills alongside their understanding of the fundamentals of accounting,” says Josh Wolfson, Chair of the Accounting Department. Likewise, he says, “while the students take a stand-alone Excel class, we also want them to apply this software program in the context of accounting concepts they are studying.”


Public Advocate holds Public Hearing on NYC Climate Change at BMCC
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James held a public hearing on climate change in BMCC’s Richard Harris Terrace on November 28. “There is no greater threat to our planet than the consequences of climate change,” said James. “As we witness record temperatures, storms, destruction and displacement, it is clear that we can no longer continue to consume and emit at this rate and without care for our footprint.” James also thanked BMCC for hosting the event, which was filled to capacity.


Cast of BMCC TPAC Writers in Performance Includes Two BMCC Students
Writers in Performance, a 12-week writing and performance workshop hosted by BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, culminates in a performance on December 1 and  December 2, both at 7:30 p.m. The cast includes two BMCC students: Ramone Boland and Ayana McAllister.


Donate Items for Those Affected by Hurricane Maria by December 1 
The Office of Student Activities and Caribbean Students Association are collecting diapers, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products for areas affected by Hurricane Maria. Please drop off items—unopened and in their original packaging—in Room S-230 at 199 Chambers Street, now through December 1, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you have any questions please email:

Herstory Applications Accepted Through December 4 to Present at Women’s HerStory Month
Students (working with a faculty or staff advisor), faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for presentations that could include film screenings, talks, performances, panel discussions, guest speakers and workshops and which speak to the theme, Nevertheless, She Persisted, an expression that reflects women’s continued resistance to inequality.
Social Media Social Media Directory Available, Join our Online Communities
BMCC shares exciting news, events and announcements through its social media accounts.​ The Office of Public Affairs works with and encourages offices and departments to manage their own social media platforms in order to effectively communicate with their audiences. The Social Media Directory provides an overview of the college's social media outreach. Offices and departments that would like to be included, can contact the Office of Public Affairs at
Eval Students Can Submit Faculty Evaluations Through December 12
Faculty and staff, please inform students you teach or work with, that they can submit faculty evaluations online.

Office of Public Affairs OIffers College Communications Guidelines and Procedures
BMCC's Office of Public Affairs increases awareness, understanding and support of the college's mission and promotes academic programs, faculty research, student achievement and community engagement. The office serves as the liaison between members of the College community and the media, and can help you effectively promote an upcoming event, through various platforms that include social media, publications, the College website and public relations. The BMCC website includes College Communications Guidelines and Procedures to provide information on how you can effectively work with the Office of Public Affairs to promote your events, programs and success stories to audiences in an effective manner. Included are Guidelines to Campus Promotion that include the use of posters and flyers on campus. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at:

Blackboard Workshops for Faculty and Staff
The E-Learning Center will present basic and advanced workshops and one-on-one Blackboard/E-Learning consultations, throughout December. To register or for more information visit the Faculty/Staff Tech Workshop Calendar and website.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: December 18 and 19
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) presented by the New York State Office of Mental Health and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York. The training, hosted by the BMCC Counseling Center, is December 18 and 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, call (212) 220-8171.

Coat Drive

Coat Drive Accepting Donations Through December 20
The BMCC Sisterhood Society invites donations of gently used coats in the Women’s Resource Center, S-340 at 199 Chambers Street, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or in the 199 Chambers Street main lobby, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call (212) 220-8165.

Spring 2018 Register Now: Federal Student Aid and Other Assistance Available 
If you know a current student who is delaying registration because of tuition concerns, please share these options: 1) Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Apply now to maximize the amount of money you receive. Contact the BMCC Financial Aid Office: Room N-365; (212) 220-1430 or 2) Apply for a scholarship. 3) Contact the Center for Career Development for job placement assistance: Room S-342,

New Student Advisement and Registration: December 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, and 21 
Advising staff and faculty are excited to welcome BMCC students and help ensure their successful enrollment. Advisement is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Registration is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Room S-108 (advising) and S-114 (registration) at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact the Advisement Center, (212) 220-8315.

Making Headlines

BMCC speech class debate on opioid crisis featured
Nov. 30, 2017—Community College Daily 21st Century Center

Experts urge fossil fuel divestment at Public Advocate’s hearing held at BMCC
Nov. 29, 2017—Common Dreams

BMCC Professor Syreeta McFadden writes opinion piece on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Nov. 28, 2017—NBC News (THINK)

BMCC instructor’s assistant, lab technician and part-time student profiled
Nov. 23, 2017—The New York Times

Writers in Performance 2018, In the Center, set for BMCC Tribeca PAC
Nov. 17, 2017—Broadway World

Human Resources
TIAA TIAA Financial Consultant on Campus December 6 and 20
Employees who would like to meet with a TIAA counselor on campus, please RSVP at or call (800) 732-8353 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What’s Your Financial IQ?
The CUNY Benefits Office and TIAA have teamed up to help CUNY employees test their financial know-how. Use your TIAA user ID to log in, or log in as a guest.

Alumni and Donors
CUNY Tuesday CUNY Tuesday Donors Raise Close to $5,000 for BMCC Student Scholarships
As this newsletter goes to press, BMCC raised $4,972 for the BMCC Foundation Scholarship fund. CUNY Tuesday donations will be accepted through November 30 at midnight.

Make a Difference in Students’ Lives: 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).
De-Stress De-Stress Fest
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7

Free Workshop: Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint (Students Only)  
Dec. 2

MoneyWorks Workshop: Making Sense of U.S. Income Taxes
Dec. 6


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

Women’s Basketball wins 5 in a row after defeating Queensborough 66-43

Viktor Kovacevic’s Game-Winning layup lifts the Panthers over the Tigers

Weekend Recap: Lady Panthers stretch win streak to four games

BMCC basketball upsets nationally ranked Passaic County

CUNYAC Community College Women's Basketball Report - Week 3

CUNYAC Community College Men's Basketball Report - Week 3

Women’s Basketball
Nov. 30, BMCC vs. Monroe College (home)
Dec. 2, BMCC vs. Dutchess Community College (home)

Men’s Basketball
Nov. 30, BMCC vs. Monroe College (home)
Dec. 2, BMCC vs. Dutchess Community College (home)

Fall Recreation Schedule Through December 20

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