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Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!

Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!

Corinne Crawford Professor Corinne Crawford Leads VITA Program to Offer Tax Assistance
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
Prof. Yanagisawa Recognized at BMCC Reception

Professor Yanagisawa Recognized at BMCC Reception
BMCC President Antonio Pérez, Provost and Senior Vice President Karrin Wilks and Director of Research Helene Bach welcomed the BMCC community to a December 16 reception in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center honoring Professor of Science Chiaki Yanagisawa for having been part of an international research team investigating neutrinos. The team’s research over more than 20 years has proved that neutrinos — subatomic particles that originate in nuclear explosions on the surface of the sun and pass through every square centimeter of the earth — oscillate and have mass, changing the Standard Model of particle physics used worldwide since the mid-twentieth century. The team Professor Yanagisawa is on is led by Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo, Japan, who received the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics along with Professor Arthur McDonald of Queen's University, Canada.

State of Mind

BMCC’s State of Mind: “Character Conversation with Glen Grunwald”
BMCC’s State of Mind is a web-based discussion program that explores the relevant social, economic and political issues that are prominent at the post-secondary level of education. Hosted by Krishna C. Nadella, the latest episode features an interview with Glen Grunwald, Director of Athletics and Recreation at McMaster. WATCH EPISODE


WAC Publishes Fall 2015 newsletter
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) at BMCC has produced its Fall 2015 newsletter. WAC is a resource for faculty members in all departments who are interested in promoting student learning through writing. The BMCC WAC program includes over 100 faculty members in all disciplines and departments who have been trained in WAC pedagogy and who teach Writing Intensive (WI) courses. The program is supported by a team of faculty coordinators and six Writing Fellows who are also Ph.D. candidates at the CUNY Graduate Center.

BMCC-CUNY Value Plus

BMCC Publishes BMCC-CUNY Value Plus Package
BMCC created its CUNY Value Plus Package as part of a University-wide effort to build awareness of the quality and value of education offered by colleges in the City University of New York system. BMCC’s CUNY Value Plus package is available for view on the “About BMCC” web page, under the “Reports” section. The package highlights how BMCC encourages Student Success and Student Engagement, recognition of Faculty Research, and programs that offer Student Support.

@BMCC E-newsletter Holiday Schedule
The College’s e-newsletter, @BMCC will not be published the weeks of Dec. 21–25 and Dec. 28–Jan. 1, due to the holiday schedule. You are invited to read through the archive issues on the BMCC News page. @BMCC is published each Thursday by the Office of Public Affairs. For information email

CUNY Start Program Information Sessions Scheduled
CUNY Start is a low-cost 16 week program for CUNY community college students who are required to enroll in a remedial course(s). In the CUNY Start Program, students enroll in Pre-College Math and/or Academic Reading/Writing as needed. Each track includes College Advisement. At the end of the course, students have two opportunities to re-take the placement exams. The ultimate goal of the program is to help students entering CUNY, reduce or eliminate their development skills requirements. Information Sessions are available on Dec. 21, 4:00 p.m.; Dec. 22, 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; and Dec. 29, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Accounting Professor Ranks Third Among New York Faculty
Professor Corinne Crawford ranks #3 among the Top 10 Accounting Faculty in New York according to The Accounting Path. Crawford brought the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to BMCC, through which accounting majors complete IRS training to become certified to provide free tax preparation in their communities.

Making Headlines
BMCC Experts

BMCC Provost Karrin Wilks was included in the article, “Making the Most of Winter Sessions" in last week’s Education Section of AM New York (Page B4)
AM New York – December 8, 2015

Won Kang, director of the Center for Career Development, was included in the article, “Prepare to Find Internships as a Community College Student,” published by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report – December 15, 2015

Sociology Professor Yolanda Martin included in article, "Essay: Creating Opportunity Beyond Community College" – December 14, 2015

Alumni and Donors

BMCC Alumni Council Encourages Participation in Events and Networking
BMCC’s 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, at

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


Spero Plays Nyro by the Christine Spero Group
Dec. 18, 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

City Lives

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

CPR/AED and First Aid Training by BMCC Public Safety
Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sessions continue through January 2016.

Center for Career Development Hosts Internship Fair
Jan. 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Panther Pride
Men’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball: BMCC Beats Bronx in Overtime Nailbiter

Women’s Basketball: Broncos Run Past Panthers

Connect with BMCC

Twitter Discussion
Facebook Discussion

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