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BMCC Receives High Ranking for Social Mobility  
BMCC ranks No. 3 among two-year public institutions in the “Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education​. BMCC, which scored a mobility rate of 6.1 percent, was one of several CUNY’s campuses that made a strong showing on the rankings.


Karrin E. Wilks Named BMCC Interim President 
BMCC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Karrin E. Wilks has been appointed Interim President of BMCC by Interim CUNY Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz. Wilks has served in public higher education administration for more than 30 years. Her leadership includes a focus on developing policy and programs aimed at improving student success, particularly for underserved populations. She will assume her new role on September 1. President Antonio Pérez steps down on August 31.      ​​

Faculty New Professors Help Create Unique Undergraduate Experience at BMCC
The Fall 2018 semester brings a new wave of freshman at BMCC—and 36 new faculty members. "Our new colleagues bring an impressive range of teaching and field experience, community service and advocacy, and scholarly achievement," says Karrin E. Wilks, Provost. 

Fall Exhibition Season Opens with Modes of Mapping 
Modes of Mapping, an exhibition that presents a cross-section of contemporary artists engaged in aspects of mapping, will open at BMCC with a reception in The Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC), 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan, on September 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through October 25.   ​​

Data Show Positive Impact of BLA on Retention and Graduation
Findings from the BMCC Office of Institutional Effectiveness show three-year graduation rates for BMCC Learning Academy (BLA) students have been consistently higher than graduation rates of comparable BMCC students.   ​​

Pérez Embraces Technology to Develop Learning APP
BMCC President Antonio Pérez, who steps down August 31, recently developed the learning app HiddenChalk, which is available to both iPhone and Android users. Pérez discussed his new app in an August 2018 Diverse Issues in Higher Education.


USCIS Tightens Policy Regarding Unlawful Presence for F and J Status Non-Immigrants 
BMCC students, faculty and staff should be aware that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a memo, "USCIS Tightens the Unlawful Presence Policy for Non Immigrants in F and J Status." In a nutshell, the law stipulates that anyone who accumulates more than 180 days of unlawful presence in the country and then decides to leave the country voluntarily, is barred from coming back to the U.S. for three years.​ If you encounter an F-1 international student who may be negatively affected by this new policy, please ask them to contact the International Student Services office at Room S-115N; (212) 776-7179; or, immediately for assistance.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Announces 2018-2019 Spotlight Season
BMCC TPAC presents musical events for the 2018-2019 Season, including performers Mario Giacalone, Bev Grant, Sonia De Los Santos, Alastair Moock, Gabriel Royal and the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus. Tickets are $21 for general admission and $11 for students and seniors. Call (212) 220-1460 or visit the  BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center website.     

MOE Marks of Excellence Highlights Wide Range of Learning Experiences 
The BMCC Office of Public produces an annual print publication, Marks of Excellence (MOE), that features student and faculty innovation and success. The 2017-2018 MOE has just been released, and is available online. This issue looks at learning that happens in and outside the classroom, in a wide range of disciplines.  
Pool BMCC Pool Opens August 27 
BMCC students, faculty and staff with a current BMCC ID are welcome to use the fitness center, pool and other Athletic facilities at 199 Chambers Street. See the pool schedule.
Public Safety Office of Public Safety Offers Resources and Services
The Office of Public Safety provides services and resources to ensure a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment at BMCC. Public Safety provides free C.P.R., A.E.D. and First Aid and Campus-Community Emergency Response Training for faculty, staff and students, and trains staff as campus fire wardens. Watch the video, Run. Hide. Fight.® to learn about surviving an active shooter event. To report a crime or emergency, call Public Safety at (212) 220-8080 or 911. Blue call boxes are located throughout the campus.

There’s Still Time for Students to Register for Fall 2018 
Faculty and staff, please remind students to register for Fall 2018. Things to know: 1) September 2 is the last day to add/change a class.  2) All students must meet with an advisor before registering.  3) Students can register on CUNYfirst or visit the Registrar’s Office in Room S-315 at 199 Chambers Street. 4) Students interested in Saturday classes should consider the new Saturday Success Track.  For more info, visit the Registration page, contact Academic Advisement in Room S-108 at 199 Chambers Street or call (212) 220-8315.

Strategies to Help Pay for College
If you know a current student who is delaying registration because of tuition cost concerns, please share these options: 1) Free application for Federal Student Aid. Students should apply now to get the highest amount of money available. Need help? Contact the BMCC Financial Aid Office at 199 Chambers Street, Room N-365; call (212) 220-1430 or email 2) Set up a Nelnet payment plan. Call (888) 470-6014 or contact the Bursar's Office in Room S-330; 3) Contact the Center for Career Development for job placement assistance; Room S-342; 4) Apply for a scholarship.

Admissions and Financial Aid Info Sessions
Prospective students are invited to attend information sessions that provide an overview of BMCC, explain the admissions and financial aid process, and have a Q&A with admissions and financial aid specialists. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265, or click here.​  

Making Headlines

Magazine profiles BMCC President Antonio Pérez
August 21—Community College Daily

BMCC Professor Ilir Disha shares insight on nation’s rise in religious hate crimes
August 20—The Center for Public Integrity

BMCC President Antonio Pérez discusses how tragedy can become an opportunity to reimagine institutional mission
August 20—Education Dive

BMCC CSTEP Program receives Inspiring Program in STEM award
August 14—Insight Into Diversity

Joyce Brown, former BMCC Counselor and now FIT president, writes of transformative power of education at BMCC
August 14—TIME

Professor Claire Wladis authors in-depth opinion piece on student-parent struggles
August 14—The Hechinger Report, Community College Daily

BMCC Professor Dale Dawes co-publishes op-ed about digital tools such as Cengage Unlimited
August 13—Diverse Issues in Higher Education

BMCC Professor Erica Nicole Cardwell’s wedding featured
August 12—The New York Times

Karrin Wilks appointed Interim President at BMCC
August 13—Community College DailyDiverse Issues in Higher Education

New S+R study examines role of libraries for community college students
August 13—Inside Higher Ed

BMCC’s Manny the Panther featured in story about the importance of mascots
August-September—Community College Journal Magazine

MRDC study finds that CUNY Start program finds students outperform their peers in developmental courses
August 10—Inside Higher Ed

BMCC former student government President Krystal Garner featured in Rapper TI TV show
August 7, 2018—Good Morning Washington (ABC)

Former BMCC staff member Audrey Hutchinson pens op-ed on life-changing experience at BMCC
July 27, 2018—CitiesSpeak

BMCC addresses food insecurity issues
July 18—Education Dive

Human Resources

Flu Shots Available for BMCC Faculty and Staff 
Flu season is almost here and Workwell NYC is offering a free flu shot to BMCC faculty and staff in the Faculty/Staff Lounge, S-350 at 199 Chambers Street, on September 13 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Schedule an appointment online, or call (866) 481-4391. Other options are to get your free flu vaccine at a participating pharmacy, with an in-network physician or to visit an AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) medical office. For more information, visit or contact Lori Ann Mazzola, BMCC Human Resources, (212) 776-7063.  ​​

Register by September 7 for the StepTember Walking Challenge
Workwell is sponsoring a month-long challenge in September for teams across the city to compete in the September Walking Challenge. Registration is open now through September 7. More information.

Join Weight Watchers at BMCC
Enroll online to join Weight Watchers at BMCC. Input the City of New York Employer ID: 11612222 and Employer Passcode: WW11612222. Once enrolled, redeem your Starter Kit online by October 5. Be sure to enter your member registration number and shipping address.

PSC Members: Dental Benefits Open Enrollment
Guardian Dental has upgraded its in-network benefits regarding dental implants, oral surgery, crowns and orthodontics. Professional Staff Congress (PSC) members can switch from DeltaCare USA HMO (Delta) to Guardian Dental now through August 31 by sending this change-of-enrollment form to Diana Lopez, Benefits Officer, Room S-717 at 199 Chambers Street, or faxing it to (212) 220-2364. For more information, click HERE.

Deer Oaks EAP Provides Free Health and Financial Resources
The Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BMCC employees, their dependents and household members are eligible to access services such as family counseling, wellness support, workforce guidance and other resources at no cost​. Contact Deer Oaks EAP Services at (855) 492-3633, or

Health Benefits Seminars: Transitioning to Retirement
Employees transitioning to retirement, as well as those remaining active are encouraged to sign up for seminars with the City of New York Office of Labor Relations (OLR) Health Benefits Program at 40 Rector Street, 3rd Floor, in lower Manhattan. You can also watch a brief, Part One and Part Two video series on how health insurance changes for retirees.

Alumni and Donors

Alumni Invited to Connect and Network
BMCC’s Alumni Affairs provides a channel for communication between the alumni and the College. Its goal is to establish and maintain an effective relationship between BMCC and its alumni body; to provide alumni benefits and services, and to involve alumni in the promotion, advancement and support of BMCC. For more information, contact Yaritza Gonzalez, Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, (212) 346-8455 or


BMCC Guitar Ensemble Auditions
August 27

BMCC Jazz Ensemble Auditions
August 27


BMCC Downtown Chorus Auditions
August 28


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

Eric Almonte Named Head Coach of Women’s Basketball Team  
Eric Almonte has been named head coach for the Lady Panthers. Coach Almonte has served as an assistant coach at BMCC since 2015.

Lady Panther VolleyBall Tryouts August 17-30
Tryouts for the 2018 Lady Panthers Volleyball team will be held in the BMCC Gymnasium from August 27-30 at 4 p.m. Coach Aponte invites student-athletes with experience playing organized volleyball to particpate in this tryout session.

Start Here. Go Anywhere. Two Panthers Basketball Players Sign to Four-Year Colleges
Second-year player Anthony McClean will continue his education and sports career at Brooklyn College, while his teammate Devin Berrios will play his junior year with the Purchase Panthers.

Certified Lifeguards Needed
Interested in becoming a life guard at the BMCC swimming pool? Requirements include American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and First Aid/AED/CPR Certification. Experience preferred. Email resumes to Athletic Director Steve Kelly at

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