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Alumni and Donors
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).

YOU'RE INVITED: Designing for Success Open Forum, October 16   
BMCC students, faculty and staff are invited to learn about Designing for Success at a Community Forum on October 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Theatre 2. BMCC’s Designing for Success initiative focuses on key aspects of improving student success: teaching and learning, degree completion, equity, labor market outcomes and institutional excellence. This open forum, led by Interim President Karrin E. Wilks, will welcome dialogue on how faculty, staff and students together create conditions inside and outside the classroom enabling all students to learn and succeed. ​​ ​​    ​​


BMCC Partnership with NYU Opens Doors for Ambitious Students
Through a partnership between two New York University (NYU) programs—the Pipeline Opportunity for Inter-Collegiate STEM Education (POISE) and the Gallatin Undergraduate Initiative for Discovery in Education (GUIDE)—two select groups of BMCC students will gain access to academic resources, mentors and scholarships at NYU. They will also have the opportunity to either attend or observe a class at NYU, while they complete their associate degree at BMCC.


Out in Two Cohort Has High GPAs and Higher Aspirations
On October 11, a ceremony and reception at BMCC's Richard Harris Terrace celebrated the Fall 2018 Out in Two inductees, a cohort of 24 students selected from a pool of 113 applicants. Among other strengths—including their community service and resilience—the scholars hold exceptional GPAs. Nine of the 24 students have a 4.0 GPA, and all but one of the new scholars has a GPA higher than 3.5; the lowest GPA is 3.48.


BMCC Report Reveals High Traffic and Wide Use of Battery Park City Parks  
Approximately 690,000 people visit the 36 acres of parks and public spaces in Battery Park City each year, according to findings from an extensive research project led by a team of BMCC faculty and students. BMCC Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Professors Michelle Ronda and Robin Isserles, as well as a team of current and former BMCC students were contracted by Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) in 2017 to conduct the first BPCA Parks User Count & Study 2017-2018. The 130-page report is designed to help BPCA meet the challenges of maintaining the high level of satisfaction that park visitors currently enjoy.


Join the BMCC Team: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, October 14 
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 or pick up registration form in room S-340.

Significant Findings Faculty Speaker Series “Significant Findings” opens October 25
The BMCC Office of Academic Affairs will present “Significant Findings,” a series of talks by BMCC faculty that covers publicly relevant research and scholarship. The first presentation features Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Professor Shirley Leyro discussing her research project, “CUNY American Dream Machine? Exploring Feelings of Belonging and Membership by CUNY Noncitizen Students.” The event is scheduled for October 25 at 7 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace. For more information, contact Helene Bach, director of research, BMCC at

Italian Heritage Month Features Art, Pesto, City Planning and More
On October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace, 199 Chambers Street, the BMCC community will celebrate Italian Heritage Month with events including a talk, “Mothers and Daughters in Roman Funerary Art," by Professor Sarah Elizabeth Madole; a presentation, "Rethinking Cities for Gender Equality," by Paula Asturias of AKT Architects; a culinary demonstration by Chef Michele Iammetteo; music by Professor Eugenia Oi Yan Yau and the BMCC Music Majors, and more. For more information, contact Dean Janice Zummo at

Changes to 2019 Winter Tuition Waiver Program  
Due to funding constraints, BMCC will only offer tuition waivers for Winter 2019 in STEM courses. Eligible students who enroll in credit bearing mathematics, computer programming, science, Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100) or Introduction to Multimedia (MMP 100) courses that count towards completion of their listed BMCC degree will be eligible for a tuition waver. For more information and deadlines, check the Academic Calendar.

fun Fun Walk Event October 31
On Wednesday, October 31 from 2 to 4 p.m., the BMCC community will participate in a Fall Run/Walk event. Participants will run/walk in Hudson Park from North Moore Street to Leroy Street and back. All participants will receive T-shirts to wear during the activity. To participate, please click onto the registration link below. Please note that the event may reach capacity, at which point there is a waitlist. To register, click here.  

Discounts Available to BMCC Community
BMCC faculty, staff and students receive discounts on a variety of goods and services. From food to car rentals, members of the BMCC community receive discounts from businesses including Best Buy, Apple, Enterprise Car Rental, Barnes and Noble and 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,

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.
Bathrooom Bathroom Renovations in 199 Chambers Street Building
BMCC has begun the next phase of its restroom renovation capital project at 199 Chambers Street. This project will provide greater accessibility and upgrades to restroom fixtures, stalls, floors, energy-saving LED ceiling lights, ventilation systems and temperature controls. Restrooms under renovation will reopen in early 2019. For more information, contact Facilities Management, (212) 220-8025.

Open House

Spring 2019 Registration Starts October 20
Students value the advice and support of BMCC faculty and staff. As trusted influencers, please encourage students to continue on their path to success and register for the Spring 2019 semester. Things to know: All students must meet with their advisors before registering. Students can register on CUNYfirst or visit the Registrar’s Office in Room S-315. For more information, visit the Registration page, contact Academic Advisement in Room S-108 or call (212) 220-8315.   

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

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

Story about students who are parents features BMCC Professor Claire Wladis
October 2—El Paso Herald-Post

Entertainer Cardi B recalls taking classes in political science and history at BMCC
October 9—W magazine

BMCC English professor Boyda Johnstone reviews Austin Pendleton’s The Saintliness of Margery Kempe
October 6—Los Angeles Review of Books

Human Resources

Health Benefits Transfer Period in October
The Fall 2018 Health Benefits Program Transfer Period begins October 1 and ends October 31. Health plan changes requested during the Transfer Period will be effective the first day of your first full payroll period in January 2019. During the Annual Transfer Period, employees may transfer into any health plan for which they are eligible, add or drop the Optional Rider and add or drop dependents. To make changes, please contact Human Resources for the correct forms. For a summary of each of the offered plans, please visit the New York City Office of Labor Relations - Health Benefits Website.  For more information contact Diana Lopez, BMCC Human Resources, benefits manager.

Civil Service 101 Information Session
Are you interested in preparing your students for a successful career in city government? Join the Department of Citywide Administrative Services at our Civil Service 101 Information Session, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, in Room S-341 of the 199 Chambers Street Building. This session will provide information about the benefits of working for the City of New York, types of careers, how to apply for civil service exams and more. For more information contact Kristen Kainer-Turner at (718-254-7760 or RSVP by Wednesday, November 7.

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. 

TPAC Free Admission to TPAC’s Person Place Thing With Randy Cohen with Guest Todd Haimes
October 15  

Pride Month: Intersectional Queer Black Activism in Argentina’s Changing Landscape
October 16 

BMCC Alumni Panel
October 17

Pride Month: Sparkle Like a Queen
October 24


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: Men’s Soccer Holds off Westchester, Volleyball Beats Suffolk in 5 Set Thriller

CUNYAC/USS Community College Men's Soccer Report - Week 5

Men’s Soccer
October 15: BMCC vs. Queensborough (Metropolitan Oval)

Women’s Soccer
October 13: BMCC vs. Suffolk County Community College (Selden N.Y.)

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