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BMCC Now Offers Textbook-Free Criminal Justice Degree
Funded by a 2016, two-year Open Educational Resources (OER) grant from Achieving the Dream, BMCC faculty have redesigned 20 courses to create a criminal justice associate degree program which students can complete without having to buy a textbook, saving altogether an estimated $2,500.

Cap and Gown Social Studies for Secondary Education Major Meets Growing Demand
Starting Fall 2019, students at BMCC will have the option of earning an Associate in Arts degree in Social Studies for Secondary Education, through the Teacher Education department.

Results of Staff and Graduate Surveys Available to BMCC Community
The BMCC Office of Institutional Effectiveness has just posted on the BMCC website, the 2017 Staff Survey reports (Quantitative and Qualitative) and a report on the Survey of BMCC Graduates from 2017-18 Academic Year. The Staff Satisfaction Survey reflects a 20 percent response rate, a slight increase over the previous year, and involved 326 staff members. The perception of job satisfaction reflected in the survey is based on factors such as salary, benefits, working environment, colleagues and location.​ The 2017-18 Graduates Survey included responses from 995 individuals, about 24 percent of the total population. One finding indicates that 96 percent of those surveyed would recommend BMCC to friends and relatives, up two percent from last year. For more information, visit Institutional Reports on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics page of the BMCC website.​


Ways to Give: Coats, Toys and a Resource That Fights Hunger on Campus
Now through December 18, the BMCC Veterans Resource Center and the Organization for Student Veterans will conduct its 4th Annual Toy Drive. Members of the BMCC community are invited to donate new toys for families in need by contacting the Veterans Resource Center at (212) 220-8000 ext. 5363. BMCC students, faculty and staff are also invited to donate gently used coats and other clothes as part of the 30th Annual New York Cares coat drive. Donations can be made at the Women's Resource Center in Room S-340 or in the main lobby at 199 Chambers Street. For more information contact the Women's Resource Center, (212) 220-8165.

BMCC Panther Pantry: A Helpful Resource for Students
If anyone in the BMCC community is aware of a student experiencing food insecurity, support is available through the BMCC Panther Pantry, located in Single Stop at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-230. "The holidays are a time for families to come together but also a difficult time for many people," says Deborah Harte, director of Single Stop at BMCC. "The Panther Pantry provides nutritionally balanced, nonperishable food for students in need. We also help students connect with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. We are in the process of developing our donation policy—making sure that it is in compliance with Food Bank guidelines—so we are not asking for food donations at this time. Please check back to our website for how to donate food items in the future. We are very appreciative of the BMCC community's support for this vital resource for our students."


Extended Hours and Services Support Students as the Semester Ends
From Quiet Study areas to computer labs, tutoring and more, BMCC is expanding services now through December 20 to help students successfully complete their finals and end-of-semester activities. The BMCC community is asked to remind the students they work with or teach, of these additional supports.

Thrive Gain Certification in Mental Health First Aid, January 4
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to attend a free training on January 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace, 199 Chambers Street, to gain a three-year certification in identifying signs of anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses in students, friends and others. Provided through ThriveNYC, the training is organized by Professor Shirley Leyro and Counseling Director Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Professor Shirley Leyro,

BMCC Upgrading Website, Limited Access Through January 15
In early 2019, the Office of Public Affairs will launch an updated version of the BMCC website featuring a new Content Management System (CMS) to improve user experience for students, faculty, staff and the public. During this final phase of content migration, changes to the current website will be limited to those that are critical, time-sensitive and received by December 15. Then, through January 15, 2019, editorial access to department, office and faculty pages will be “frozen.” For urgent changes, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (212) 346-8501 or Once the new BMCC website is launched, department web liaisons, faculty and staff will be trained to update their department pages, faculty pages or to enter BMCC calendar events. The BMCC community's continued support and collaboration is greatly appreciated during this transition.


Submit Proposals for 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Conference by January 7
BMCC faculty are invited to submit proposals by January 7, 2019, to present at the CUNY Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Minding the Gap: Retaining and Sustaining the Academic Community set for March 29, 2019 at the CUNY Graduate Center. For more details, visit the event's website here.

Comprehensive Academic Resources for Supporting Students: Two Updated Brochures
The Office of Public Affairs has released the new Comprehensive Academic Programs brochure, which provides degree program information, and Student Success Programs brochure, which highlights offices and services from financial aid to mentoring programs. Printed copies are available on campus and downloadable versions are on the BMCC website.
Uniqlo BMCC Concert Choir Performs at UNIQLO, December 22 and 23
The BMCC Concert Choir, comprised of BMCC music majors, has been selected by the retail chain Uniqlo as this year's seasonal performance group, December 22 and 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Uniqlo, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10103. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Eugenia Oi Yan Yau, (212) 776-7240.

Discounts at Modells and Other Vendors Available to BMCC Community​
BMCC faculty, staff and students receive discounts on goods and services from food to car rentals, at businesses including Best Buy, Apple, Enterprise Car Rental, Barnes and Noble and more.​

appreciation BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards: Nominations Open
Show your appreciation for colleagues or staff members who demonstrate outstanding achievement, performance and creative contributions through their role at BMCC—beyond what is normally expected of employees. Submit no more than one nomination for each of the following categories: Leadership, Inspiration, Innovation/Technology, Rookie of the Year and Team Achievement.


Visit the BMCC Office of Admissions #FuturePanther Blog
The Office of Admissions has launched the #FuturePanther blog, a new website filled with information to help prospective students explore all that BMCC has to offer and guide them through the application and enrollment process. The blog also features posts from BMCC students, faculty and staff.

Registration Spring 2019 Registration Now Open
Please encourage students to continue on their path to success and register for Spring 2019. Things to know: All students must meet with their advisors before registering. Students can register on CUNYfirst or visit the Registrar’s Office, Room S-315 at 199 Chambers Street. For more information, visit the Registration page, contact Academic Advisement in Room S-108 at 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, contact the Admissions Office, (212) 220-1265.

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

Making Headlines

Profile of Criminal Justice Professor Ingrid Joseph elected to NYS Supreme Court
December 12—Caribbean Life

Criminal Justice Professor Shirley Leyro participates on panel at American Society of Criminology conference
December 12 —John Jay College

Retired BMCC instructor Kate Walter featured in story about housing for writers
December 10—The New York Times

Human Resources
DC DC 37 on Campus to Discuss Labor Contract, December 14
Members of the District Council 37 Research and Negotiations Department will present sessions on the tentatively agreed-to labor contract on December 14 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in N-452, 199 Chambers Street. No RSVP needed.

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 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.

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 BMCC Foundation without having to pay federal income taxes. Please contact Phillip Keefe in the College Development Office at (212) 346-8650 or for additional information and assistance.

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).


BMCC Jazz, Guitar and Woodwind Ensemble Performance
December 14


BMCC Theatre Program: Love Is a Blue Tick Hound
December 14, 15, 16

BMCC Wind Ensemble Auditions
December 17

Coffee and Conversation
December 18

Learning Academy Information Session
December 18, 19


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

Daouda Coulibaly Named to NJCAA All-American


Women's Basketball
Dec. 15: BMCC vs. Schenectady County Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 5: BMCC vs. Nassau Commuity College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 10: BMCC vs. Orange County Community College (BMCC gymnasium)

Men's Basketball
Dec. 15: BMCC vs. Schenectady County Community College (BMCC gemnasium)
Jan. 5: BMCC vs. Nassau Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 10: BMCC vs. Orange County Community College (BMCC gymnasium)

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