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September 20, 2018 FacebookTwitterInstagram

BMCC Community Pays It Forward by Donating Blood  
In Summer 2018, the New York Blood Center announced that the city had reached only half its target supply of blood. To help offset that shortage, BMCC students, faculty and staff took part in a campus blood drive. ​     ​​


New York State Assemblymember Meets with Adult Students at Hamilton-Madison House 
New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (District 65) met with adult learners from the Bridges Literacy Zone program, a partnership between the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development and the Hamilton-Madison House on September 18. The program, which provides English language classes, health, family and financial literacy workshops, and more, receives government support from the New York State Education Department and through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program. For more information contact call (212) 346-8443 or visit  ​   

Upshot September UPSHOT: Habits of Successful Students include Visits to the LRC
In courses with high fail rates, students who used the BMCC Learning Resource Center’s (LRC) tutoring services had significantly higher pass rates than those who did not according to the September 2018 UPSHOT report from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics. In fall 2017, 13,693 individual students engaged with the Learning Resource Center or a tutoring lab, most visiting just once. Taking advantage of the tutoring services and instructional labs is part of being successful at BMCC. Forty six percent of students with GPAs above 3.0 used the LRC, while among students with GPAs of 1.0 or below, only 22 percent used these tutoring resources. "The LRC provides academic support services to meet student learning needs and strengthen their academic skills,” said Gregory Farrell, director, LRC.  The full report with detailed charts can be found at the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics.   

BMCC Alumnus Leads Talk on Race and Gender in Military
Victor Ray, a BMCC alumnus and professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee led a talk, “Collateral Damage: Race, Gender and the Post-Combat Tradition” on September 17 in Richard Harris Terrace. Ray discussed his two main claims—military context influences the expression of race and gender discrimination, and policies aimed at eliminating discrimination can hurt those who come forward with complaints. The event was sponsored by the CUNY Justice Academy and organized by BMCC Criminal Justice Professor Shirley Leyro. Ray, who attended BMCC from 2002 until 2004, was a liberal arts major and a BMCC/ Vassar College Exploring Transfer scholar. After graduating from Vassar, he earned a Ph.D. from Duke University. “BMCC helped to set me up for the work I’m doing now. Both the classes I took and the activism I was a part of while I was a member of the BMCC student government all helped put me on a path to getting my Ph.D. and becoming a professor,” said Ray.


Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) National Test, Oct. 3
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system on October 3, 2018. The test will assess the readiness to distribute an emergency message nationwide and determine whether improvements are needed. The test messages will be sent using FEMA's IPAWS, which enables authorities to send emergency messages to multiple communications networks, including the EAS and WEA as part of the nation's modern alert and warning infrastructure. The WEA test message will begin at 2:18 p.m. (EDT). The EAS message will be sent at 2:20 p.m. (EDP). This is the first nationwide Presidential-level WEA test and cannot be opted out. Learn more.

Starfish Early Alert System Expands
The Office of Academic Affairs has announced the expansion of Starfish, an Early Alert system that will connect faculty, academic advisors, and staff with students in ASAP, the BMCC Learning Academy, MECA and online courses. To learn more, faculty and staff are invited to attend Starfish training sessions in the E-Learning Center or contact Janice Zummo, Assistant Dean for Academic Support Services, or John Huie, Early Alert Coordinator,


Join the BMCC Team: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Members of the BMCC community, family and friends are invited to register online to join BMCC's team for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Central Park, October 14. The team will meet at at 8 a.m. at West 67th Street and Central Park West. This year’s theme, "What Unites Us, Ignites Us," celebrates survivorship and helps raise funds for breast cancer research, public education and patient service programs. For more information, contact Diana C. Lopez, (212) 220-8318 or Victoria Apostol-Marius, (212) 220-8165.

Hurricane It's Hurricane Season. Stay Alert!
The 2018 hurricane season lasts through November 30 and BMCC faculty, students and staff are encouraged to update their CUNY Alert contact preferences. For more information visit CUNY Alert.

PS Office of Public Safety Offers Resources and Services
The Office of Public Safety ensures a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment at BMCC through resources including free C.P.R., A.E.D. and First Aid, and Campus-Community Emergency Response Training for faculty, staff and students. Public Safety also 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.  
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 initiatives in an effective manner, reaching audiences on multiple platforms. Learn how to maximize college resources including the @BMCC e-newsletter, TV monitors, BMCC calendar and social media.
Bathroom Bathroom Renovations in 199 Chambers Street Building
BMCC has begun its next phase of its restroom renovation capital project in the 199 Chambers Street building. This project focuses on providing greater accessibility and includes upgrades to the restroom fixtures, stalls, floors, energy-saving LED ceiling lights, ventilation system and temperature controls. Restrooms under renovation will reopen in early winter of 2019. For more information please contact Facilities Management at (212) 220-8025.
Open House

Admissions Fall 2018 Open House: October 27
Do you have a family member or friend interested in enrolling for college? Invite them to the BMCC Admissions Open House, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Theater 2. They'll learn about academic programs, financial aid options, student services, success programs and how and when to apply. RSVP online. For more info, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265.​  

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.  

Making Headlines

Entertainer and BMCC alumnus Queen Latifah talks about attending BMCC with Jimmy Fallon
September 18—The Tonight Show NBC

BMCC board member Glen Macdonald joins Bronfman Rothschild as managing director of NYC office
September 17—Digital Journal

New York Governor to host listening session on regulated marijuana at BMCC
September 13—The Villager

Human Resources
TIAA Take the TIAA Digital Challenge
Eight powerful digital tools are available to help TIAA members manage their accounts and plan for the future. Contest ends September 28.
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.

Enhance Your Skills Through CUNY Professional Development
The CUNY Professional Development and Learning Management (PDLM) Office presents the October 2018 through June 2019 CUNY Professional Development Program. BMCC faculty and staff can take part in innovative professional and training sessions in areas ranging from MS Excel to data analytics, conflict resolution, business writing and many others. Certificate programs are also available. View catalogue and sign up now.

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. 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).

Reception for Newly Tenured & Promoted Faculty
September 20

Fit Mind Series: Adjusting to College
September 24

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Workshop
September 25

Workshop: What are articulation agreements? How to use them for senior college transfer
September 25

BMCC Student Club Fair
September 26

International Students Welcome Back Party
September 27 

Empty Promises: A Forum on For-Profit Colleges
October 4


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

Weekend Recap: Panthers’ Fall Season Starts Out Strong

BMCC Announces 2018-2019 Basketball Tryouts

Men’s Soccer
September 22: BMCC vs. Orange County Community College (Middletown, N.Y.)
September 25: BMCC vs. Rockland Community College (Suffern, N.Y.)

Women’s Volleyball
September 22: BMCC vs. Rockland Community College (Suffern, N.Y.)
September 27: BMCC vs. Westchester Community College (Valhalla, N.Y.)

Women’s Soccer
September 25: BMCC vs. Nassau Community College (Garden City, N.Y.)
September 27: BMCC vs. Dutchess Community College (New York, N.Y.)

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