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More Than 200 Students Inducted into BMCC Chapter of National Society of Leadership and Success
Having completed a semester-long induction process, 226 students are inducted into BMCC's newly inaugurated chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) on December 10 in Theatre 1 at 199 Chambers Street. In taking the oath, NSLS members make a commitment to strive for academic excellence, participate in community service and grow personally and professionally.


2018 BMCC Toys for Tots Toy Drive Largest Ever
Representatives from the United States Marine Corp Reserves visited BMCC to collect toys collected by the BMCC Veterans Resource Center (VRC) staff through its annual Toys for Tots toy donation drive. BMCC is one of the largest drop off locations in Manhattan for the program, which collects new, unwrapped toys for economically disadvantaged children. Veterans Resource Center, Manager Wilfred Cotto said the 2018 drive was the most successful since BMCC first began participating four years ago. Elizabeth Vasquez, VRC College Assistant, was responsible for coordinating all aspects of this year’s donation drive. Among this year’s donors to the BMCC effort were; Rapid Ratings, the US Attorney General Office NY Southern District, STRIVE, NYC Office of Actuary,Citi,Aaptiv and AKAM(r) Associates, Inc.

posse BMCC Programs Help High School Graduate Earn Posse Scholarship
Congratulations to Salimata Dansoko, a senior at High School for Health Professions and Human Services in Manhattan, for being selected as a Posse Scholar for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Out of approximately 3,400 high school nominees, Salimata participated in three interviews and was selected as a member of University of Wisconsin-Madison Posse 9 and earned a full-tuition, four-year scholarship worth around $200,000. Salimata was selected for demonstrating positive team skills, academic persistence, and a commitment to making a difference both in her own life and in your community. “When I first found out, I was very overwhelmed,” said Salimata, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Fall 2019. “I started screaming.” Salimata participated in BMCC’s Upward Bound Project and College Now Program. She said both programs offered her the opportunity to grow and prepare for the next stage of her life. “These programs helped me build my self-confidence and reminded me not to be fearful,” she said. “Going through College Now was a great experience and it was a good way to help me transition into college.

Winners Announced at BMCC Film Festival
The winners of the BMCC semi-annual student film festival held December 13 include: Isaiah Black, Best Screenplay; Gabriel Chiriboga, Best Narrative Film; Andrew Davenport, Best Documentary; Seiya Kudo, Best Editing; Janae Laster, The Michael Vincent Rosen-Pipitone Rising Star Award; Jefrey Lewis Jr., Best Director; Thomas James Ludena, Best Sound; Victoria Martinez, Best PEM (PSA/Experimental/Music Video); Nanako Senda, Best Animation; Dajoir Thomas, Best Acting, and Shiu Tszyue, Best Cinematography. The festival was founded in 2013 by students in the Video Production Club who wanted to have a more official and prominent event to showcase their work.


College Discovery Hosts FYE Convocation
On December 17, more than 80 first-year freshman in the BMCC College Discovery (CD) program took part in a convocation in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street to celebrate their completion of the First-Year Experience (FYE)—a series of 10 workshops tailored to build their academic skills and familiarize them with resources at BMCC. "The convocation underscored the camaraderie and engagement that was always present in FYE," says CD Director Pedro Perez. "Activities centered on team-building and reinforcing topics covered in the 10 workshops, such as course planning and advisement and how to achieve academic success. Based on our de-briefing and what we saw at the convocation, we think it was a great success."

coats Donate Gently Used Coats and Clothes Through December 21
Now through December 21, 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.

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.

ACEN Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing to Visit BMCC
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The BMCC community and the public are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on February 6, 2019. The meeting is scheduled in Room S-748, at 199 Chambers Street Building.
Justice-Involved Students Symposium Examines Justice-Involved Students, Proposals Being Accepted
BMCC will be hosting the Re-Entry/Entry Symposium: Pedagogy, Programs, and Policies that Support and Sustain Justice-Involved CUNY Students on May 3, 2019 on the 14th Floor of Fiterman Hall. The symposium is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will focus on educating justice-involved —formerly incarcerated— students and the unique needs and challenges of students with justice involvement. There is a call for proposals on the themes of: pedagogy, barriers, distinct populations, support and equity, inclusion and justice. Deadline to submit proposals is January 21, 2019.
Comprehensive Academic BMCC Panther Pantry: An Important Resource for Students
Students experiencing food insecurity can find support at 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 Single Stop Director Deborah Harte. "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 currently developing our donation policy, 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 future. We are very appreciative of the BMCC community's support of this vital resource for our students."

Earn Free 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 earn 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 Website Upgrade in Process Now Through Early 2019
The Office of Public Affairs will soon 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. 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 department pages, faculty pages or to enter BMCC calendar events. The BMCC community's continued support and collaboration is greatly appreciated during this transition.

Comprehensive Academic Resources for Supporting Students: Two Updated Brochures
The Office of Public Affairs has released a new Comprehensive Academic Programs brochure, which provides degree program information, and Student Success Programs brochure, which highlights services from financial aid to mentoring programs. Printed copies are available on campus. Downloadable versions are on the BMCC website.

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

BMCC offers OER criminal justice degree
December 17—E Campus News

BMCC basketball team’s Alex Humphreys spotlighted in Tennessee hometown paper
December 19—The (Maryville) Daily Times

BMCC alumna joins health-care company
December 2018—Business Journal News Network

Human Resources

CUNY Holidays: December 24, 25 and 31; January 1
Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, as well as Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1 are CUNY holidays for most BMCC employees. For more information, click here.

EAP Services Offers Reimbursement for Rides
Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program encourages the BMCC Community to be safe this holiday season and choose a designated driver. If you find yourself in need of a ride, call a cab, Uber, or Lyft and send the bill to us for reimbursement up to $45.00 (excludes tip) once per year. The process is simple and confidential. Call the Deer Oaks Helpline (855) 492-3633 for instructions on how to submit your receipt. It may take up to 45 days for reimbursement. Visit for more information.

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 Concert Choir Performs at UNIQLO
December 20, 21, 22 and 23

Learning Academy Information Session
December 21

Admissions: Campus Tour for Future Students
December 26

BMCC Winter Convocation
January 23


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: Mixed Results in Final BMCC Doubleheader of 2018

Viktor Kovacevic's Double-Double Fuels BMCC Past Bergen

BMCC Comes Up Short Against Bergen in 67-63 Overtime Loss

Women's Basketball
Jan. 5: BMCC vs. Nassau Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 10: BMCC vs. Orange County Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 12: BMCC vs. Mohawk Valley Community College (BMCC gymnasium)

Men's Basketball
Jan. 5: BMCC vs. Nassau Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 10: BMCC vs. Orange County Community College (BMCC gymnasium)
Jan. 12: BMCC vs. Mohawk Valley Community College (BMCC gymnasium)

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