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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and Warm Wishes from BMCC

Philanthropy Forum

BMCC Hosts Arts and Humanities Grants Philanthropy Forum
BMCC hosted the CUNY-wide Arts and Humanities Grants Philanthropy Forum on December 8 at 199 Chambers Street with a networking breakfast in Richard Harris Terrace and presentations in Theatre II. The event was sponsored by the Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY). This event provided five major philanthropists with an opportunity to share their interests in funding opportunities to support higher education. This is the first time that BMCC hosted this event in collaboration with RFCUNY.

Toward a More Just New York

Roundtable: Toward a More Just New York
BMCC co-sponsored a panel discussion, Towards a More Just New York, on December 5. BMCC President Antonio Pérez and New York State Senator Daniel Squadron presented opening remarks before Christina Greer, professor at Fordham University, began moderating the discussion that was hosted by the Independent Commission on NYC Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. Participants included representatives from Harlem Community Justice Center, Greenhope Services for Women, Bowery Residents’ Committee and The West Side Commons.

Immigration Forum

BMCC Students, Anxious About Their Future, Attend Immigration Forum
An Immigration Town Hall Forum hosted by BMCC Single Stop, Year Up and CUNY Start was held December 6 in BMCC Express. Immigrant students at BMCC, many with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, shared their concerns. DACA student Jacqueline Aguilar spent 14 years “in the shadows,” she says, as an undocumented immigrant. “I think all DACA students are worried about what will happen after January 20.” The event included presentations on immigration law by representatives from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms.


BMCC Learning Academy Celebrates Holiday
The BMCC Learning Academy hosted a student holiday gathering on December 2. The event encouraged Learning Academy students to enjoy the holiday festivities and connect with peers, faculty and staff. It was also an opportunity for students to destress in preparation for finals. Special guests included BMCC Learning Academy Program Manager Alexandra Pyak, BMCC President Antonio Pérez and Provost and Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Karrin Wilks. Vocal performances by BMCC Learning Academy students Cynthia Parmanand and Fleta Selimag (Fall 2016 graduate).


Students Receive Training to Report Child Abuse
On December 8, the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children provided a special training for BMCC’s Human Services 101 (pre-social work) students. The two-hour training focused on how to report child abuse and maltreatment. At the end of the training, the students received official certificates certifying their attendance to this workshop and their knowledge about the signs of child abuse and neglect. The training was made possible by the BMCC ELIC (Enhanced Learning in the Classroom) grant. Maria Pagan-Rivera, Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice, said, "These students will become certified in identifying and reporting child abuse and maltreatment and be more marketable when looking for a career in Human Services.”

Asian Heritage Month Committee Welcomes New Members
Co-chairs Erwin Wong, Robert Cortes and Marjan Persuh welcome members of all backgrounds to join the next meeting of the 2016-2017 Asian Heritage Month Committee on December 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., 199 Chambers Street, Room S-632.

Applications available for 2017-2018 CUNY Cultural Corps
CUNY Cultural Corps provides hundreds of CUNY students with paid work experience in community-based organizations and government agencies, and is a pipeline for BMCC alumni into New York City’s arts and culture institutions. On December 16, 2016, applications are open for current students to participate in the 2017-2018 Academic Year program. For more details and to sign up for updates, go to For more information, email or You can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning.


Proposals for March 2017 Symposium Accepted Through December 19
Community college faculty, independent scholars, artists and community-based researchers are encouraged to submit a proposal for a 10-minute presentation for the March 10, 2017 BMCC symposium, Building Asian American Studies in Polycultural New York City. The event is part of the NEH-funded project, “Building Asian American Studies across the Community College Classroom,” led by BMCC Professor of Sociology Soniya Munshi. Submit your abstract (maximum 250 words) and bio or CV (maximum 500 words) or questions to by Friday, December 19.

HEO and PSC Members Invited to Luncheon/Meeting on December 15 and Party on December 21
BMCC Higher Education Officers (HEOs) and PSC-CUNY members are invited to a final meeting of the semester, December 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-341. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP Eric Paul: The PSC Faculty is also invited to a holiday party on December 21, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tribeca Tap House, lower level.

Nominations Open for BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award
The second round of the BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award is open through February 15. The awards recognize faculty whose sustained excellence in teaching "incites intellectual curiosity in students, and inspires colleagues both within and outside his or her department,” says Karrin E. Wilks, Senior Vice President and Provost. To nominate full-time tenured professors, full-time lecturers with CCE, and adjunct faculty with 10 or more semesters of teaching at BMCC, contact Lisa St. Hill,

Unlawful Discrimination

BMCC Promotes Environment Free of Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment

BMCC is committed to ensuring an environment where all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. Complaints of unlawful discrimination or harassment should be reported to Odelia Levy, Chief Diversity Officer and Special Advisor to the President, at or (212) 220-1236. If you witness or experience unlawful discrimination or harassment after hours and need immediate assistance, contact BMCC Public Safety at (212) 220-7080. Click here to review CUNY Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy.


Donate Food! Bring Canned Goods to Office of Academic Advisement
During this holiday season, the BMCC Out in Two program encourages the BMCC community to donate canned foods and other non-perishable items to the New York City Food Bank. Bring your donated items to the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center (AATC) at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-108. Look for the holiday-themed boxes to place your donations. The drive will be open through Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. The AATC is open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

BMCC Community Invited to Academic Assessment Day, December 13
The BMCC Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics will host the College's Annual Academic Assessment Day on December 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Fiterman Hall, Room 1304. This year, Assessment Day will showcase faculty work on topics related to assessment and student learning, and debut the College’s new assessment software, Tracdat. RSVP to Larba Soulemana,

Extended Hours and Services for Finals
BMCC will provide additional computer lab hours, extended hours in study spaces, and tutoring for enrolled students through Tuesday, December 20, 2016.


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. While North Side bathrooms are renovated in the first phase, the BMCC community is encouraged to use bathrooms on the South Side.

Making Headlines

Don Callahan, Head of Operations and Technology at Citigroup, talks about finding talent at BMCC
Dec. 7, 2016—McKinsey Quarterly

BMCC Professor Heather James co-authors Opinion Piece: Democrats local party problem
Dec. 3, 2016—The Hill

BMCC President Pérez joins other CUNY presidents in signing statement in support of DACA
Dec. 1, 2016 — News,

BMCC programs bring minorities and women into STEM fields
Dec. 1, 2016 — University Business

Frida Orozco, BMCC student, talks about non-smokers with lung cancer
Dec. 1, 2016 — Health Medicine Network, 790 Talk Now, WCSO News/Talk 1010

“Toward a More Just NYC” panel hosted at BMCC
Dec. 1, 2016 — Tribeca Tribune

American Dreamers: Former BMCC student featured in opinion piece about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
Dec. 1, 2016 — New York Times

BMCC recognized for efforts to grow STEM-ready workforce
Dec. 1, 2016 — University Business

Human Resources

New Contractual Salaries and Retroactive Pay FAQs Available
The following documents are now available: Classified Unions: New Contractual Salaries and Retroactive Pay FAQs and PSC-represented Employees: New Contractual Salaries and Retroactive Pay FAQs. For more information, contact Gloria Chao at

Alumni and Donors

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. Here 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 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


Student Evaluations of Faculty are Available Online
Through Dec. 13

Winter 2017 Immersion Program Registration
Dec. 20


CUNY Start Information Sessions for Spring 2017 Classes
Dec. 13, 15, 20, 22 and 27


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 and Women’s Basketball:
BMCC Comes Up Short against Caimans: Men's Win Streak Snapped at 7
WeekendRecap: BMCC Basketball Wins Long Island Showdown

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