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BMCC Offsite Programs Highlighted in Video
Off-site classes are taught by BMCC professors in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Students benefit from classes that meet their scheduels and are closer to work and home. Plus, they get to know CUNY campuses where they might earn a future degree.


BMCC Pool Opens
The 220,000-gallon swimming pool at BMCC has undergone an extensive renovation and is now open to the BMCC community as well as residents of the area. The pool features six competition lanes—each of which is six feet wide and 25 yards long, with a depth of four feet. Admission to the pool is free for BMCC students, faculty and staff and a full schedule for recreational and lap swimming is available at the Athletics Department website. Members of the public 18 years and older can purchase memberships at the BMCC Center for Continuing Education website. Lifeguards will be on duty during all hours of operation.

Jazz Thumb BMCC TPAC Presents Lost Jazz Shrines 2019: Celebrating Cobi Narita & The Jazz Center of New York
As part of its Lost Jazz Shrines series, the BMCC Tribeca Performing Art Center (BMCC/TPAC) presents on February 16 at 8:30 p.m., a celebration of the Jazz Center of New York, featuring performers Sumi Tonooka, Victor Lewis, Erica Lindsay and Rufus Reid. Tickets are $30 or $20 for seniors and students, and the performance will be preceded by a free conversation with the artists.

Free Tax Preparation Available to BMCC Students, Faculty and Staff
BMCC students, faculty and staff who have a total pre-tax household income at or below $54,000 can take advantage of FREE tax preparation services offered through walk-in services at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-230, January 22 through April 25; from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. This service is provided with support from Citigroup in collaboration with the BMCC Single Stop. Returns are prepared in a timely and convenient process conducted securely through electronic filing. Spouses filing jointly must both be present during the filing. The following documents should be presented when meeting with a tax preparer: Government-issued photo I.D. for taxpayer and spouse (if applicable); social security cards or everyone listed on the tax return; W-2 Wages and tax statement for all jobs worked in 2018; 1099-MISC for any other income received; 1099G-Unemployment income received; 1099-INT Interest Income received; 1098T Qualified educational expenses; 1098E Student loan interest statement; and 1095-A Health insurance marketplace statement. If you are claiming the child care credit, you need a letter from the provider with the tax I.D. number or babysitter’s information including social security number. Bank account information (routing and account number) can be provided if you would like to have your refund deposited directly into your account. For more information call (212) 220-8195.


Interested in Mentoring First-Generation Students? Learn More, January 11
The Panther Partners program pairs BMCC students who are first in their families to attend college, with first-generation or other supportive professional staff and faculty. New faculty are especially welcome to attend an information session, January 11 from 12 to 1 p.m., 199 Chambers Street, Room. S-719. RSVP online or contact Rahana Belle-Jerson, or Bhawna Seth in Student Affairs, (212) 220-8130.


Symposium on Justice-Involved Students: Proposals Deadline January 21
BMCC will host the Re-Entry/Entry Symposium: Pedagogy, Programs and Policies that Support and Sustain Justice-Involved [formerly incarcarerated] CUNY Students on May 3 in the Fiterman Conference Center, 14th floor, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Proposals to present on themes of pedagogy, barriers, distinct populations, support and equity, inclusion and justice may be submitted by January 21.


Join Designing for Success Community Forum, February 4
On February 4 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fiterman Conference Center (13th and 14th floors), BMCC faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a Designing for Success Forum that will feature breakout sessions and presentations on the college's ongoing and cross-departmental efforts to build student success. A previous forum on this topic was held October 16, 2018. Five working groups presented information about their work. Learn more about Designing for Success and stop by the upcoming forum.

ACEN Meet the ACEN Site Team, February 6
BMCC will host a site review for continued accreditation of its Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The BMCC community and the public are invited to meet the site team and share comments about the program from 1 to 2 p.m. on February 6 at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-748.
Pantry Thumb BMCC Panther Pantry: An Important Resource for Students
Students experiencing food insecurity can find support at the BMCC Panther Pantry, located in Single Stop at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-230. "The Panther Pantry provides nutritionally balanced, nonperishable food for students in need," says Single Stop Director Deborah Harte. "We also help students connect with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. We are currently developing our donation policy, in compliance with Food Bank guidelines, so we are not accepting food donations at this time. Please check our website for how to donate food items in future. We are very appreciative of the BMCC community's support of this vital resource for our students."

BMCC Website Content Management System Update
The Office of Public Affairs has been installing WordPress, a content management system which will make website use much easier for faculty and staff. This system will be in place at the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester. Public Affairs will begin scheduling training sessions with liaisons from BMCC offices and departments on the use of this system after the semester begins. Please hold off submitting web edits to Public Affairs until after 2/25/19. Questions, please call Manny Romero, Executive Director of Public Affairs, at (212) 220-1238.

Comprehensive Academic Resources for Supporting Students: Two Updated Brochures
The Office of Public Affairs has released a new Comprehensive Academic Programs brochure, which provides degree program information, and Student Success Programs brochure, which highlights services from financial aid to mentoring programs. Printed copies are available on campus. Downloadable versions are on the BMCC website.

Discounts at Modells and Other Vendors Available to BMCC Community​
BMCC faculty, staff and students receive discounts on goods and services from food to car rentals, at businesses including Best Buy, Apple, Enterprise Car Rental, Barnes and Noble and more.​

appreciation BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards: Nominations Open
Show your appreciation for colleagues or staff members who demonstrate outstanding achievement, performance and creative contributions through their role at BMCC—beyond what is normally expected of employees. Submit no more than one nomination for each of the following categories: Leadership, Inspiration, Innovation/Technology, Rookie of the Year and Team Achievement.

New Student In-Person Advisement and Registration: January 14-19
Enrollment Services staff are excited to welcome new BMCC students and help ensure their successful enrollment for Spring 2019. Advisement and Registration will take place Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will check in at Theatre 1, 199 Chambers Street. For more information, contact Academic Advisement in Room S-108 at 199 Chambers Street, call (212) 220-8315 or check social media @BMCC_CUNY; #BMCCSpringForward

There’s Still Time For Continuing Students to Register for Spring 2019
Please encourage students to continue on their path to success and register for Spring 2019. Things to know: All students must meet with their advisors before registering. Students can register on CUNYfirst or visit the Registrar’s Office, Room S-315 at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, visit the Registration page, contact Academic Advisement in Room S-108 at 199 Chambers Street or call (212) 220-8315.

Share Your Tips for Student Success
You – the instructors and student support staff of BMCC – know from experience what actions lead a student to succeed in the classroom. Help our Panthers start off on the right foot! This month the Admissions Office will publish a list of ‘Top Tips for Success' on the #FuturePanthers blog, and we’re asking you to share your insights. From your experience as an instructor or student supporter, what is the best thing a student can do now and throughout the semester to set themselves up for success? What student behaviors help you to help them? Submit your piece of advice in three minutes online.

Admissions and Financial Aid Info Sessions
Prospective students are invited to attend information sessions for an overview of BMCC and the admissions and financial aid process. They can also take part in a Q & A with admissions and financial aid specialists. For more information, contact the Admissions Office, (212) 220-1265.

Say Hello to the Admissions Office on Social Media
The BMCC Admissions Office launched three new social media accounts. Stop by online and say hi! We appreciate your likes, follows and thumbs up. Facebook: @bmccadmissions Twitter: @bmccadmissionsInstagram: @bmccadmissions

Making Headlines

Contractor details renovation of BMCC swimming pool in trade publication
January 8—Contractor Magazine

Local publication features on front page, BMCC professor's findings on Battery Park City
January 6—Tribeca Tribune

Student Affairs VP Marva Craig featured in article about identifying depression among college students
January 4—Politico New York

Human Resources

Pre-Tax Limit for Wageworks Commuter Benefits Increased
On January 1, 2019, the pre-tax limit for monthly Commuter Benefits deductions (WageWorks) increased from $260 to $265. No paperwork is required to activate the increase, but those who wish to change their deduction or enroll in the program may visit the Benefits page of the BMCC Human Resources website, complete the WageWorks Transit Benefit form and submit it to the Human Resources front desk, 199 Chambers Street, Room S-717.

WW Join Weight Watchers and Get a Free Jumpstarter Kit
BMCC employees and their families are eligible for discounted memberships in Weight Watchers (WW). Enroll in WW online. Input City of New York, Employee ID: 11612222. Once enrolled, redeem your starter kit online by Februrary 8. You can also join fellow WW members every Monday at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-341. For more information, contact LoriAnn Mazzola, or call WW customer service, (866) 797-2836.

CUNY Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21
Monday, January 21 is a CUNY holiday for most BMCC employees. For more information, click here.

Enhance Your Skills Through CUNY Professional Development
The CUNY Professional Development and Learning Management (PDLM) Office presents the CUNY Professional Development Program now through June 19. BMCC faculty and staff can choose sessions ranging from data analytics to business writing and many others. Certificate programs are available. View catalogue and sign up now.

Alumni and Donors

Charitable Giving Through an IRA
Donors at least 70½ years old can take advantage of a simple way to satisfy minimum required distribution and benefit BMCC students at the same time. Donate up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to BMCC Foundation without having to pay federal income taxes. Please contact Phillip Keefe, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, (212) 346-8650 or for additional information and assistance.

Alumni Alumni Invited to Connect and Network
BMCC Alumni Affairs provides alumni benefits and services, as well as involving alumni in the advancement and support of BMCC. Alumni are invited to special events, profiled in BMCC publications and welcomed into the vibrant community that is BMCC. For more information, contact Yaritza Gonzalez, Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, (212) 346-8455 or

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).


Learning Academy Information Session
January 11


Free CPR Training for Students, Faculty and Staff
January 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18

CUNY Start

Math Start/CUNY Start Spring 2019 Information Session
January 17


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

Weekend Recap: BMCC Basketball Suffers Setback with Doubleheader Loss to Nassau

Women's Basketball
Jan. 10: BMCC vs. Orange County Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 12: BMCC vs. Mohawk Valley Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 15: BMCC vs. Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, NY)
Jan. 17: BMCC vs. Dutchess Community College (BMCC gymnasium)

Men's Basketball
Jan. 10: BMCC vs. Orange County Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 12: BMCC vs. Mohawk Valley Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 15: BMCC vs. Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, NY)
Jan. 17: BMCC vs. Dutchess Community College (BMCC gymnasium)

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