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HOLIDAY VIDEO: May the peace and joy of this holiday season be yours throughout the New Year!  
The @BMCC newsletter will resume January 11, 2018.

Critical Reading

BMCC Professors Develop Novel Approach to Critical Reading
Students read aloud to children in Early Childhood Center, and enhance their own skills in the process.

Leadership Tomorrow’s Leaders Begin Fellows Program
On December 11 in the Fiterman Conference Center, 15 of BMCC’s best and brightest full-time staff members gathered for a reception honoring their selection into the BMCC Leadership Fellows Program, Leading from the Middle.

Panelists Share Career Advice with BUS 104 class
On November 13, Business Professor Peter Hoontis invited industry and business professionals to speak with students in his Introduction to Business (BUS 104) class, about how they can navigate through their academic experiences to achieve their career goals. Panel 1 (pictured from left to right) included Paula Gavin, Chief Service Officer, NYC Service; Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV; Deborah Collins, Esq. Deputy County Administrator, Director of Small Business Development/Affirmative Action Officer for the County of Essex, New Jersey; and Richard Thigpen, Vice President, State Governmental Affairs, PSEG Services Corporation. Panel 2 included Porez Luxama, Executive Director, Life of Hope Center; David Ferreira, Student MCNY/Staff Member Youth Advocate Programs; Clayton Young, Former Assistant Treasurer/Director of Investment for Exelis Inc.; Brian Byrd, Program Officer NY State Health Foundation and Marcus Rayner, Vice Chairman Colliers International. The panel discussions are part of the course assessment of student outcomes which will be presented to students in December.


Student Researchers Selected to Present at Harvard
BMCC STEM students Marawan Elzoeiry, Zead Elzoeiry and Younes Zerhouni have been selected to participate in a poster competition at the 2018 National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC), January 18-20 at Harvard University. Marawan will present his work with Professor Daniel Torres focusing on the behavior of “vacancies” or what happens when an atom of oxygen is removed from a mixed oxide catalylist. Zead and Younes will present their work with Professor Abel Navarro focusing on the bio-removal of toxic dyes, using natural materials such as tea leaves. “They’re all doing graduate-level work, in terms of its complexity and the rigorousness of the research,” says Helene Bach, Director of Research at BMCC. “It goes beyond what you’d expect in an undergraduate class.”


Art Student Exhibit and Opening Night Reception: Tonight, December 14
BMCC’s new art majors celebrate their work in an exhibit that opens in the lobby gallery outside Theatre 1 at 199 Chambers Street, December 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit extends through February 7.


Distinguished Teaching Awards Nominations Open Through February 15
Any member of the BMCC community, including students, may nominate eligible faculty for the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. Read details on how how to nominate a faculty member, eligibility, selection criteria and more. Deadline is February 15.

College Communications Guidelines and Procedures Available 
The BMCC Office of Public Affairs increases awareness of BMCC’s mission and promotes the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff through platforms such as social media, publications, the College website and public relations. The office also serves as a liaison between members of the College community and the media. The College Communications Guidelines and Procedures outlines how to work with the Office of Public Affairs to promote your events, programs and success stories in an effective manner. Learn more online or call (212) 346-8501.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: December 18 and 19 
Faculty and staff are invited to attend 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.

College Holidays and Observances
Dec. 24-25: College Closed
Dec. 31: College Closed
Jan. 1: College Closed
Jan. 2: Winter Classes Begin
To learn about other upcoming Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 holidays and observances, visit the BMCC Academic Calendar.


Admissions Information Session and Tour, December 18
Prospective students, as well as their parents and guests, are welcome to attend an Information Session to learn about BMCC. Sign up now. Call (212) 220-1265 for more information.

Free Winter Immersion Classes: Registration Deadline December 20
The free Winter 2018 Immersion workshops will be offered to current and incoming BMCC students who need to complete one of the following courses: ACR 95, ENG 95, ESL 95, MAT 8, MAT 41 or MAT 51, as well as MAT 56 with the professor’s recommendation. Registration will take place in Theatre 1 at 199 Chambers Street, December 20 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. For more information, students may consult with an advisor in the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center, Room S-108 at 199 Chambers St. or email

Spring 2018 Learn About Financial Options for School 
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 received. 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 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 Room S-114 (registration) at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact the Advisement Center, (212) 220-8315.

Making Headlines

Solar Array’s vertical design highlighted
Dec. 7, 2017—Environment Guru

NYC’s Watchdog sets sites on climate change
Dec. 7, 2017—Grist

BMCC Basketball Coach Tommy Guerin featured in sports story
Dec. 11, 2017—

Human Resources

Professional Development Opportunities for BMCC Employees
The CUNY Professional Development and Learning Management (PDLM) Office offers a wide range of workshops for managers, frontline staff and others, from February 2 through June 15, 2018. The cost is $70 per person, per day of training. Half-day desktop technology courses are $15, or $25 for two half-day sessions taken on the same day.

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Citywide Learning and Development Citywide Training Center (CTC) also offers professional development courses and learning services. The courses focus on software skills, management competencies and more, and range from $125 to $2,500 per person, per day of training.

No-shows from both PDLM and DCAS courses are charged unless an eligible alternate attends in their place. Training sessions fill up quickly, so please submit your training requests as soon as possible. For more information, contact Maria Deckinger, Associate Director of Human Resources, or (212) 220-1496.

TIAA TIAA Financial Consultant on Campus December 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.
Alumni and Donors
Annual Report BMCC Foundation Annual Report 2016-2017 Available 
The BMCC Foundation has published its 2016-2017 annual report, The Impact of Scholarships: The Case for Increased Philanthropy. The publication celebrates the college’s achievements and recognizes the generosity of donors and supporters.
Miosotis Familia BMCC Remembers Alumna; Establishes Miosotis Familia Public Service Memorial Scholarship Fund
Miosotis Familia (Liberal Arts, ’09) served as a law enforcement officer in the New York Police Department for 12 years — a career that came to a tragic end when she was shot in the line of duty on the night of July 4, 2017. To carry on her legacy, The Miosotis Familia Public Service Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to students in the BMCC Human Services and Criminal Justice programs. Please click here to join BMCC's efforts to honor Miosotis Familia; a mother, law enforcement professional and alumna of BMCC.  

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).

Holiday Harmonies Concert
Dec. 16

Free Math Review Workshops
Dec. 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20

Free Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated Defibrillation and First Aid Training
Dec. 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29


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 Take a Bite Out of Broncos

Panthers Remain Undefeated in CUNYAC, Beat Broncos 120-93

BMCC Basketball Shines on Homecoming Night

Women’s Basketball
Dec. 16, BMCC vs. Schenectady Community College (home)

Men’s Basketball
Dec. 16, BMCC vs. Schenectady Community College (home)

Fall Recreation Schedule Through December 20

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