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Winners of Employee Appreciation Award Recognized at Ceremony
On June 7, BMCC hosted the 2019 Employee Appreciation Awards Ceremony and Brunch in Theater One at 199 Chambers Street. Each year, the awards are presented to full- and part-time administrative, support and service staff members who were nominated in appreciation of their overall quality of work and dedication to the college. This year’s winners include Thierry Thesatus (Leadership Award), Buildings and Grounds (Team Achievement Award), Rahana Belle-Jerome (Inspiration Award), Miguel Castro, Robert Gizis and Brian Henley (Innovation/Technology Award) and Kayla Maryles (Rookie of the Year Award).


Nursing Professor and Students Volunteer to Provide Heart Screenings
On June 9, BMCC Nursing Department Chairperson Judy Eng and nursing students Cynthia Cruz and Nallely Segura volunteered at The Chad Foundation Heart Healthy Preventive Screenings for Young Athletes, held at Curtis High School in Staten Island. The screenings, which help detect heart anomalies and prevent sudden cardiac death, include an echocardiogram (EKG), blood pressure test, and cholesterol and glucose testing.


BMCC Honors Employees for Decades of Service
Civil and classified staff at BMCC were recognized for their 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service at the college with a luncheon on June 12. "This is a time for us to get together and recognize the contributions and dedication of our civil service employees," said Interim President Karrin Wilks at the event.


Robotics Unplugged Workshop, June 25
In this workshop presented by Computer Information Sciences (CIS) Professor Mohammad Azhar, students will consider how robots can change society, and ethical issues that surround them. Working in groups, they will create a "sticky bot" or prototype robot made from sticky notes, and design the ideal robot to assist with elder care, the environment, medical care or even search and rescue missions. Participants will also receive BMCC swag and giveaways. To RSVP, contact Josh Perez, josperez@bmcc.cuny.edu.

computer Workshops for Full-time and Adjunct Faculty: Create a Faculty Page
The Office of Public Affairs is helping BMCC faculty access and edit their faculty page on BMCC's WordPress platform. A photographer will be on hand to take headshots of faculty members. BMCC Librarian Jean Amaral will also provide information on how to enter faculty publications. Contact cetls@bmcc.cuny.edu to RSVP for a workshop on June 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room S-510D (CETLS), 199 Chambers Street. BMCC faculty can also use the Faculty Page Guide on the BMCC Faculty and Staff Resource webpage. If you have questions regarding the guide, please contact Cynthia Blayer, web content manager, (212) 346-8531.

Plaza Reconstruction Project Update
As part of the upcoming Plaza Reconstruction project at BMCC, abatement of hazardous materials identified in the underlayment of the existing pavers will be performed at various phases of the construction project. This activity, which began January 21, is regulated by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, which ensures the safe and proper removal and disposal of these materials. Abatement notifications posted on all building entrances are part of these requirements and are there to inform the occupants of these activities. The required notices are not meant to alarm our building occupants, but to keep everyone informed that the work will be performed in a safe and regulated manner. We apologize for any inconvenience this upcoming construction may cause as we work to improve our facilities. For more information, contact Eric Lugo at elugo@bmcc.cuny.edu.

Bathroom Renovation Update: Phase 5
BMCC has undertaken a comprehensive 26-bathroom renovation project at the Chambers Street building. The project’s focus is to provide greater accessibility, ventilation and temperature control systems. Upgrades include new stalls, floors, fixtures, ceilings and lighting. Renovations have been completed in the north side bathrooms, and those in the south side will be finished in Fall 2019. BMCC has begun Phase 5 (final phase) of renovations, affecting the restrooms located on the far south end of 199 Chambers Street Building, on all seven floors. For more information, contact Eric Lugo at elugo@bmcc.cuny.edu.

Data and Analytics
Upshot Read the New Upshot for Analyses of Factors Impacting Student Enrollment and Success
Are there differences in outcomes for students who start attending BMCC in different semesters? How does summer enrollment relate to momentum and graduation? How often do part-time students switch to full-time after their first term? To answer these and other questions, data must be collected and analyzed. For example, 44 percent of BMCC students who started as new freshmen between Fall 2014 and Fall 2017 were continually enrolled over four consecutive terms. Students who started BMCC in the summer during that time had the lowest percentage of stopping out (skipping one or more semesters, or dropping out and not returning),compared to new freshmen who started attending in fall or spring. Learn more about BMCC student enrollment patterns in the new issue of Upshot from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics.

Destination: BMCC Summer 2019 Open House on June 22
Do you have a family member or friend who is interested in going to college? Invite them to the BMCC Admissions Open House on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check-in will be at 199 Chambers Street. This is an opportunity to tour the main campus and lower Manhattan, try out a mini-lesson with a professor, learn about academic programs, financial aid options, student services, success programs and how/when to apply. RSVP online. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265.

Summer and Fall 2019 Registration Is Open
Please encourage students to continue on their path to success and register for the summer and fall 2019 semesters. All students must meet with their advisor before registering. Students can register on CUNYfirst or visit Lab Services in Room S-114 at 199 Chambers Street.

A few important dates:
Continuing Students Advisement Deadline — June 17
In-Person Registration — Week of August 12
First Day of Fall 2019 Classes — August 27
For more information, visit the Registration page, or visit Academic Advisement in Room S-108, 199 Chambers Street, or call (212) 220-8315.

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, check the Admissions website, or contact the Admissions Office, (212) 220-1265.

Say Hello to the Admissions Office on Social Media
The BMCC Admissions Office has launched social media accounts. We appreciate your likes, follows and thumbs up. Facebook: @bmccadmissions Twitter: @bmccadmissions Instagram: @bmccadmissions Snapchat:@explorebmcc

Making Headlines

Rosenfield Fund donation boosts BMCC Out in Two program
May 30—Community College Daily

BMCC student’s brother prevented from receiving kidney transplant due to immigration status
June 6—Spectrum NY1

BMCC student featured in TV news report about diversity in CUNY’s physics program
June 7—WPIX 11

BMCC almuna named woman of the year by N.W. Connecticut Women’s Leadership Initiative
June 11—Identidad-Latina

Rosenfield Fund donates $1 million to BMCC
June 12—The Chronicle of Philanthropy 

Shirley Fiterman Art Center current exhibit reviewed
June 9—Hyperallergic

BMCC professors call on CUNY to support adjunct pay increase
June 11—The Chief

Human Resources

Travel and Entertainment Discounts Available Through Plum Benefits
BMCC has partnered with PlumBenefits to provide employees a travel and entertainment discount benefit. It’s cost-free and simple to enroll, and will provide access to savings on movies, hotels, shows, concerts, theme parks, sporting events and more. Visit PlumBenefits and use BMCC company code "PLUM25770" or your work email to create an account. Use Promocode: "10Welcome" to get an extra $10 discount on very purchase of $100. Valid through June 30, 2019.

Enrollment Meet With a TIAA Representative on Campus
Faculty and staff can schedule an appointment at BMCC with a representative from TIAA, now through June. For more information, call (800) 732-8353 or visit a session schedule.

Deer Oaks EAP Now Offers Phone and Video Counseling
As part of BMCC's Employee Assistance Program, Deer Oaks offers organizational training and skills development, crisis management, wellness services and other services including video, structured telephonic and in-person counseling services. Employees can schedule calls with a counselor in advance by calling (855) 492-3633 or emailing eap@deeroaks.com.

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 the BMCC Foundation without having to pay federal income taxes. Please contact Phillip Keefe, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, (212) 346-8650 or pkeefe@bmcc.cuny.edu for additional information.

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 ygonzalez@bmcc.cuny.edu

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).

BMCC Learning Academy Information Session
June 14

CUNY Assessment Test Orientation Workshop
June 15

Coffee and Conversation: Learning About Entrepreneurship
June 18

Careers in Law Panel
June 18

Free Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training
June 18 - 27


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Panther Pride
Pool Make a Splash! Welcome to the Community Swim Program
The BMCC swimming pool has been renovated and is ready to welcome community swimmers, ages 18 and up. Lockers are available. Bring your own lock and towel. Entrances are at 199 Chambers Street and 77 Harrison Street. For fees and registration, contact the BMCC Athletic Department, (212) 220-8260 or the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, (212) 346-8410.

Certified Lifeguards Needed
If you are interesting in becoming a lifeguard at the BMCC swimming pool this summer, email a resume to Senior Lifeguard Judith Gamboa, judjud125@gmail.com. Lifeguards are required to have American Red Cross certification and be First Aid/AED/CPR certified. Experience is preferred.

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