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DECEMBER 10, 2015 FacebookTwitterInstagram
President Perez

CUNY Board of Trustees Approves $3.4 Billion Budget Request
Providing quality higher education at an affordable price is a top priority at Borough Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and The City University of New York (CUNY). In his President’s Message on Dec. 8, BMCC President Antonio Pérez shared with the college community that CUNY’s Board of Trustees is taking steps to carry out its mission of providing access and opportunity for New Yorkers, with their approval of a $3.4 billion budget request that includes a plan for no increase in community college tuition rates for next year.

Professor McGill

Professor McGill Earns Grant from Joan Mitchell Foundation
BMCC Assistant Professor of Art Charles McGill has been awarded a $25,000 Painters & Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. McGill, who teaches Drawing Studio 1 and 2 in BMCC’s new Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program in Art Foundations/Studio Art, will open his first major museum exhibit, Charles McGill: Front Line, Back Nine on April 21, 2016 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida.

Professor Rose Professor Rose Aims to Change Lives of Formerly Incarcerated Students
Human Service Professor Lisa Rose says academia has yet to figure out a way to support formerly incarcerated students. And in the case of human services and social work, part of that mission is helping those students find meaningful internships. Rose says, many students who were formerly incarcerated seek careers in social work and human services, but "unfortunately, there are limitations."
Teagle Foundation Grant

BMCC Receives Teagle Foundation Grant for Mathematics Project
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) has received a $53,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation to support the college’s three-year Project for Relevant and Improved Mathematics Education (PRIME). The grant-funded program begins in July 2016.


MECA Students Earn Prize from Six Flags Great Adventure
On December 9, four student teams from the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA) created and presented advertising campaigns for Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. Paul Gould, Director of Sales and Marketing at Six Flags, was one of four industry professionals who gave feedback and selected the winning team, "Best Time Ever,” which included MECA students Anthony Crespo, Jefry Ricon Lopez, Efrain Mendez and Leon Ramotar. The winners earned free tickets to the theme park. MECA is a partnership between BMCC, the NYC Department of Education, CUNY and industry partners from the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s). MECA students begin taking college courses with BMCC professors in the 10th grade, and over a six-year period, earn a high school Regents Diploma and free associate degree from BMCC. Al Benoit, MECA's liaison with 4A’s, organized the Six Flags event along with MECA teachers Carol Sun and Lora Morgenstern. MECA principal Matt Tossman welcomed the audience and commented that getting feedback from industry professionals “benefits students because it lends authenticity to what they do. The judges as well as many of our teachers who have worked in the advertising and media fields, help keep students aware of current marketing, creative and business trends, and are able to give them actionable next steps for their projects."

Phi Theta Kappa

Strive For Success Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa
BMCC's Strive For Success students Christiana Adjei-Berko and Nickita Bennett have been inducted into BMCC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Both Christiana and Nickita are second-year Success Student Leaders at BMCC and have recently begun considering where they will attend college next year. Christiana is interested in pursuing a career in the health and medical field. Nickita is interested in either pursuing a career in nursing or public health. Phi Theta Kappa encourages scholarship among two-year college students and provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service. Congratulations!

BMCC Offers Extended Hours and Services for Finals
Faculty and staff are encouraged to remind BMCC students of the extended hours and services being offered as they prepare and complete their finals for the fall semester. A variety of services are being offered including: Quiet study rooms, small group study, extended computer lab hours, tutoring sessions, writing assistance and more. Learn more here.

BMCC Student Selected to Participate in Innovate NYC
In November, BMCC students were invited to apply for Innovate NYC, a seven-month experiential and entrepreneurial social change project created by the DO School and sponsored by the Newman’s Own Foundation and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Applications from BMCC, Brooklyn Law School, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Fordham University, Guttman Community College, Macaulay Honors College, The New School, and New York University were reviewed. On Dec. 7 student winners were announced at a launch event where notable keynote speakers included, Martha Kanter, former Under Secretary of Education for the United States; Florian Hoffmann, Founder & President of the DO School; and Kate Daly, Senior Vice President, Center for Economic Transformation at NYCEDC. BMCC Liberal Arts student Mackendy Blanc was chosen as one of only 20 students to participate in monthly workshops and a capstone project with esteemed thought leaders spring and summer. NYCEDC put forth a challenge to this group, called the Shared Space Challenge. Innovate NYC will work this this group of students to co-create a deliverable to answer the challenge: "How can New York amplify the impact of non-profit organizations and social enterprises by alleviating the challenge of access to affordable space?"

Making Headlines
Sarah Haviland

Art Professor Sarah Haviland interviewed by cultural arts writer Georgette Gouveia for a photo feature in WAG magazine (covering Westchester and CT) following Haviland’s Aviary installation this fall.
WAG Magazine – December 2015

BMCC Among Colleges That Receive Teagle Foundation Grant for Liberal Arts Education
Philanthropy News Digest – December 6, 2015

Tribeca PAC presents “Spero Plays Nyro”
Jazz News/Nestor Publishers – December 4, 2015

Alumni and Donors

BMCC Alumni Council Encourages Participation in Events and Networking
BMCC’s Development Office hosted its first Alumni Council meeting on Dec. 7. The meeting included an exchange of ideas for networking and events. The Alumni Council was formed to invite BMCC alumni who are interested in strengthening relationships between alumni and the college. For information contact Joy Cooper, Director of Development,

BMCC Alumnus Samuel Bonhomme Joins International Association of HealthCare Professionals
Samuel Bonhomme has been in practice as a respiratory therapist for seven years. His career in respiratory care began after graduating from Borough of Manhattan Community College in 2005. He is now certified in both CPR and basic life support, so his vital work can make all the difference for his patients.

Ways to Give
The BMCC Foundation is grateful for contributions of all types and at all levels. Learn about the ways you can help ensure student success and make a difference at BMCC. Donate to BMCC

City Lives

City Lives Exhibit at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center
Through January 16, 2016

Flute Choir Performance

Flute Choir Performance
Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Year Up Information Sessions for Students
Dec. 11, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Doktor Kaboom! Science of Santa
Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Events hosted by The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CETLS)

Cross-Cultural Approaches to Latina/ Studies Faculty Interest Group
Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m., Room S-510D

Writing Space for Faculty and Staff
Dec. 14, 10:00 a.m., Room S-510D

Panther Pride
Men’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball: Too Little, Too Late: Panthers Comeback Falls Short

Women’s Basketball: Lady Panthers Lose Heartbreaker to Red Hawks

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