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BMCC Math Professor Receives $1.5 Million NSF Grant to Create Developmental Math Test
BMCC Mathematics Professor Claire Wladis has received a $1.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant—the largest ever received by a BMCC faculty researcher— to develop a test that measures how well college students understand fundamental algebra concepts.

Finish Fridays

Finish Fridays: An Innovative Plan Makes Enrollment Easier 
“We are constantly strategizing to streamline the registration and enrollment process," says Kristin Albright Waters, Director of Enrollment Management Services at BMCC. "Our goal is to make a student's first experience with our college a positive one.” In Summer 2018, the Division of Enrollment Management moved closer to that goal by piloting five “Finish Fridays,” an opportunity for students to work one-on-one with counselors and staff to complete their enrollment ‘To Do’ list.     ​​

BMCC Library Debuts Labyrinth
The A. Philip Randolph Library hosted Labyrinth in the Library: Creating Contemplative Space for Learning on September 5. The event featured Matt Cook, a faculty member and librarian from the University of Oklahoma, who introduced the library’s new Sparq Meditative Labyrinth. Research demonstrates the benefits of walking labyrinths, including stress reduction, increased focus, and calm. Cook designed the projectable labyrinth, which was installed at BMCC in the center of the Library, using six traditions—Native American (Pima), Celtic, Serbian, medieval, Vedic, and literary (Tolkien). Labyrinth walkers choose one of these designs which is then projected on the carpet; walkers follow the path to the center of the labyrinth and reverse their journey walking back to the start. Available to all BMCC community members, the projectable labyrinth compliments and builds on BMCC’s Mindfulness across the Curriculum: Exploring the Role of Contemplative Practices in Teaching and Learning project which is being led by Health Education Professors Lesley Rennis and Precious Sellars-Mulhern. BMCC Librarian and Professor Jean Amaral says “As a contemplative activity, walking the labyrinth can reduce stress and improve focus, which will be helpful for students in both their academic studies and on the job, as well as for staff and faculty." For more information, stop by the library or email Jean Amaral (

Public Safety

National Preparedness Month: Public Safety Presentation on September 12
As part of National Preparedness Month, BMCC will host a presentation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This one-hour presentation for BMCC students, faculty and staff will provide information on preparing for various types of emergency situations and will include a tabletop exercise on Shelter in Place. The presentation is scheduled at 12 p.m. on September 12 at 199 Chambers Street in Room N-451. Please RSVP by calling the Office of Public Safety at (212) 776-6421 or (212) 776-7082. or email

Poster Guidelines for Posters and Flyers on Campus
The Office of Public Affairs consults with BMCC departments, offices, faculty and staff to promote events and activities in an effective manner, reaching audiences on multiple platforms. Learn how to support your program or event by using college resources including the @BMCC e-newsletter, TV monitors, BMCC calendar and social media.
Writers and Performers

Calling All Writers and Performers
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts (BMCC TPAC) is seeking a diverse community of writers and actors for the 2018 Writers in Performance—a 12-week writing and performance workshop culminating in a presentation on December 8. This free opportunity is open to BMCC students, faculty and staff, and welcomes all levels of experience. Please contact Mario Giacalone,, now through September 10, to schedule an audition on September 12 or 13.

proposals Call for Proposals: CUNY IT Conference
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals by September 17 at 5 p.m. to present at CUNY's 17th Annual IT Conference, Technology and Education: Challenges and Opportunities at John Jay College, CUNY, November 29 and 30.

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

Accounting Professor Joel Barker featured in story about commuting
August 31—The Morning Call

Human Resources

STEPtember Challenge Registration Ends on Friday 
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to take part in Workwell's month-long, September challenge. Compete with teams across the city in the September Walking Challenge. Register now through September 7.      ​​


Sign Up for a Free Flu Shot​  
Workwell NYC is offering a free flu shot to BMCC faculty and staff at 19​9 Chambers Street, Room S-350 on September 13 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Schedule an appointment online, or call (866) 481-4391. For more information, contact Lori Ann Mazzola, BMCC Human Resources, (212) 776-7063.   ​​

WW 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.

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 ​wellness support, workforce guidance and others 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 Alumni Affairs provides alumni benefits and services, as well as involving alumni in the advancement and support of BMCC. Recent and earlier 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


Art Exhibit Opening: Modes of Mapping
September 6

Free Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training: September classes ​
September 10, 11, 18 and 19

Writing space for Faculty and Staff
September 11

Guttman Transfer Scholarship Information Session
September 12

Center for Career Development Meet and Greet
September 12

Fit Mind Ice Cream Kickoff Workshop in Counseling Center 
September 13


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

Men’s Soccer
September 7: BMCC vs. Monroe College (Pier 40)
September 10: BMCC vs. Bronx Community Colleege (Pier 40)

Women’s Volleyball
September 8: BMCC vs. Bronx Community College (BMCC Gym)
September 8: BMCC vs. Fashion Institute of Technology (BMCC Gym)

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