March 28, 2019 FacebookTwitterInstagram

BMCC Community Invited to Attend State of the College Address
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a college-wide forum on April 2 at 1 p.m. in Theater 2 at 199 Chambers Street. Interim Presdient Karrin E. Wilks will present updates on the college's Designing for Success: Strategic Planning Phase I. Efforts to collect community feedback include student forums (see below), as well as the second round of charrettes, focus groups led by the Equity and Inclusion Task Force and designed to solicit ideas from all members of the community in an effort to help ensure that BMCC is a welcoming, inclusive and equity-minded community. Those who are not yet a member of a Designing for Success working group and would like to participate, please contact the appropriate co-chairs. Every member of the BMCC community plays an important role in creating a culture of student success, one that dramatically improves rates of degree completion, builds successful transfer and baccalaureate attainment, helps launch students into meaningful careers with family-sustaining wages — and achieves equity in these outcomes.


OER/ZTC Courses Are Saving BMCC Students Thousands of Dollars and Energizing Pedagogy
BMCC Interim President Karrin Wilks hosted a celebratory reception for Team Open—faculty who have redesigned their courses after completing Open Educational Resources (OER), Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) training—on March 21 at the Shirley Fiterman Arts Center. More than 225 faculty members, representing almost every academic department have been trained and converted classroom materials to ZTC/OER. By the fall 2018 semester, BMCC offered around 500 OER/ZTC class sections out of nearly 4,400 total class sections offered. BMCC has been a leader both at CUNY and nationwide in its OER/ZTC efforts. Since the initiative began in 2015, approximately 50,000 students have saved an estimated $6 million in textbook costs.  


Celebration of 2018 Faculty Scholarship and Creative Work
On March 27 in the CETLS meeting space at 199 Chambers Street, a reception hosted by the BMCC Office of Academic Affairs and the A. Philip Randolph Library showcased faculty publications and creative work in 2018. Those honored included: Academic Literacy and Linguistics: John Beaumont, Patrick Flink, Mary Giancoli, Deniz Gokcara, Christine Jacknick, Tim Leonard, Nicholas Ryan Smith, Oksana Vorobel. Accounting: Suvro Banerjee, Achraf Seyam. Computer Information Systems: Mohammad Azhar. English: Nancy Derbyshire, John Hodgkins, Diane Simmons, Nettie (Chris) Vinsonhaler, Rebecca Weiner. Health Education: Philip Belcastro, Hardaye Hansen, Lisa Grace, Gloria McNamara, Yuliya Shneyderman. Mathematics: Margaret Dean, Elena Nogina. Media Arts and Technology: Alice Arnold, Shari Rothfarb Mekonen, George Stevenson. Modern Languages: Margaret Carson, Sylvia Roig, Lisa Sarti, Francisca Suárez-Coalla, Kristina Varade, Alejandro Varderi. Music and Art: Noé Dinnerstein, Sarah Haviland, Carla Macchiavello, Sarah Madole. Sciences: Susie Boydston-White, José Fernández-Romero, Yasemin Gürcan, Revathi Iyengar, Barys Korzun.

Talk Your Truth: Join a Focus Group on Inclusivity
As part of the BMCC Designing for Sucess initiative,The Listening Tours committee of the BMCC Equity and Inclusion Task Force has been charged to create a process by which students, faculty and staff all across the college can speak openly about their experience and impressions of inclusivity at BMCC. This input will help guide recommendations to make BMCC an environment in which every member of the community can thrive. Your participation is vital in this process. Please send an email to Professor Peter Hoontis, Chair, Listening Tours committee, at, and describe your role at BMCC as a faculty, student or staff member. You will then be placed in a focus group of your peers who have a similar role at the college.


Save the Date: 2019 BMCC Foundation Gala May 16
The BMCC Foundation 2019 Gala — Invest in a Future, Celebrate Success — is scheduled for May16 at Cipriani, 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. This year's honorees are Tim Gokey, CEO of Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., and the Herbert and Audrey Rosenfield Fund. Special guest artist honoree is Ashley Bouder, Foundation and Director, The Ashley Bouder Project and Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet. The Foundation is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of BMCC’s Out in Two Program with recognition of its visionary founder and former BMCC President, Dr. Antonio Pérez. The emcee is Baruch Shemtov of Fox 5 News. For more information, contact Tracie Basch at (646) 483-8018 or


BMCC 54th Commencement: May 31
On May 31, BMCC's 54th commencement will present two ceremonies at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden – one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. The 54th Commencement Presidential Medal honorees are Margaret Chin, Council member for the 1st District of the New York City Council (D) and Bill Fisse, Managing Director, Institutional Clients Group, Citi. Information for students and faculty can be found on the BMCC website. The Morning Ceremony will feature Accounting, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Teacher Education, English, Health Education, Mathematics, Media Arts and Technology, Science, Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts, Music and Art and Modern Languages majors. The Afternoon Ceremony will feature Liberal Arts, Allied Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice, and Nursing majors. For more information call the Office of Student Affairs at (212) 220-8130.

Khasidova Albina Khasidova Named Interim Financial Aid Director 
BMCC welcomes Albina Khasidova as Interim Director of Financial Aid. Khasidova will oversee the administration of financial aid programs and assist in the interpretation and implementation of federal, state and institutional policies governing financial aid programs. Prior to BMCC, Khasidova worked as director of financial aid at The International Culinary Center, Touro College, TCI College of Technology and Interboro Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in business economics from the National Economic University, Uzbekistan.

BMCC Pre-Law Fair: April 4
BMCC students interested in a career in law are invited to attend the college's first pre-law fair. Representatives from Fordham Law, Brooklyn Law, New York Law, St. John's Law, CUNY Law and Cardozo Law will be on hand to speak with students. To sign up for the BMCC Pre-Law Newsletter, click here. To learn more about the BMCC Pre-Law Advisement program or this event, contact Rick Naughton, pre-law advisor and senior academic advisor, (212) 776-6899.

Craig Designing for Success Student Forums, April 9, 10 and 11
BMCC's highest priority is to improve student success, not incrementally, but dramatically. To do this, we must consult the experts and hear directly from students, themselves. Please encourage your students to RSVP and attend a "chat and chew" hosted by Vice President for Student Affairs Marva Craig, in which they can provide feedback on their experience at BMCC. The sessions will be held in Fiterman 1306/07: April 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m; April 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and April 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Asian Asian Heritage Month Dinner
The 31st annual Asian Heritage Month Dinner will take place April 18 at 6 p.m., Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 East Broadway, 2nd floor. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at 199 Chambers Street through Gloria Chao, S-717D; Christina Lam, N-768B, Lina Wu, N-598H and Phyllis Niles, S-410P. Make checks payable to BMCC Auxillary Enterprise.
reentry Re-Entry/Entry Symposium, May 3
BMCC will host the Re-Entry/Entry Symposium: Pedagogy, Programs and Policies that Support and Sustain Justice-Involved CUNY Students on May 3 in the Fiterman Conference Center, 13th floor, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event is open to all CUNY schools. RSVP Here. For more information, contact Professor Lisa Rose at

Sustainability Fair April 17
BMCC will host its annual Sustainability Fair on April 17 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street from 12 to 4 p.m. The event will feature activities and exhibits including sustainable research demonstrations, organic and locally sourced food as well as door prizes for students.  Throughout the afternoon, the film This Changes Everything will be screened in the Commuter Lounge. For more information, click here.


Save the Date: Service Awards, May 16
Every year, BMCC honors civil service and classified staff employees in a luncheon recognizing years served. This year, the event will take place in the Fiterman Conference Center. Stay tuned for details.

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.

Summer 2019 STEM Tuition Waiver
BMCC is offering tuition waivers to eligible students who enroll in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses in Summer 2019. To be eligible, a student must be matriculated at BMCC, a New York City resident, and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the tie the waivers are applied. For more information visit the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center, Room S-108, 199 Chambers Street, or email

appreciation BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards Ballots Are Now Available
Students, faculty and staff—show your appreciation for staff (non-faculty) members who demonstrate outstanding achievement, performance and creative contributions through their role at BMCC—beyond what is normally expected of employees. Fill out your ballot and submit ONE nomination in each category: Leadership, Inspiration, Innovation/Technology, Rookie of the Year and Team Achievement. You get ONE chance to submit your ballot... make it count by filling in a thoughtful, detailed nomination by no later than April 30.

Faculty Invited to Participate in COACHE Job Satisfaction Survey
Full-time faculty are invited to participate in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) job satisfaction survey. Data collected by COACHE gives voice to faculty about the successes and struggles of working in academia. By participating in the study, faculty will have an opportunity to share their perspective about working at BMCC and CUNY in a secure and confidential manner. Faculty will receive an email with a personalized link to the survey. For more information, visit the COACHE survey page.

Mediums Mediums of Exchange Ends March 30
BMCC and Lehman College, CUNY are presenting Mediums of Exchange, a two-part art exhibition in BMCC's Shirley Fiterman Art Center through March 30.(At left: Mark Wagner, Tentacular, 2015, currency collage on panel, 46 x 36 inches, detail. Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, NY.)
SingleStop Free Tax Preparation Available to BMCC Community
BMCC students, faculty and staff who have a pre-tax household income at or below $54,000 can take advantage of FREE tax preparation at BMCC. Walk-in services are offered at 199 Chambers Street, Room S-230 now through April 15 from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays; from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. This service is provided with support from Citigroup in collaboration with BMCC Single Stop. For more information visit online or call (212) 220-8195.

Plaza Reconstruction Capital Project
As part of the upcoming Plaza Reconstruction project at BMCC, abatement of hazardous materials identified in the underlayment of the existing pavers will be performed at various phases of the construction project. This activity, which began January 21, is regulated by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, which ensures the safe and proper removal and disposal of these materials. Abatement notifications posted on all building entrances are part of these requirements and are there to inform the occupants of these activities. The required notices are not meant to alarm our building occupants, but to keep everyone informed that the work will be performed in a safe and regulated manner. We apologize for any inconvenience this upcoming construction may cause as we work to improve our facilities.

BMCC Website Content Management System Update
The Office of Public Affairs has installed WordPress—a content management system which will make BMCC website use easier for faculty and staff—and is scheduling training sessions with liaisons from BMCC offices and departments on the use of this system. If you have questions, please call Manny Romero, Executive Director of Public Affairs, at (212) 220-1238.

Open House

Spring 2019 Open House
On March 23, more than 1,200 prospective students and their family and friends visited our campus to discover what it means to be a BMCC Panther. Visitors toured the main campus building, learned ways to secure money for school, and collected information from dozens of campus programs and services. In a new afternoon feature, faculty from 26 different academic programs engaged students in interactive mini-lessons to give them a feel for what their future classes will be like. Popular sessions included demonstrations of video editing and sound editing, improvisational music techniques, and practicing a business pitch. The BMCC Admissions Office thanks everyone who helped welcome prospective students to campus. We couldn’t do it without your enthusiasm and expertise! Students, faculty or staff who want to take part in the Summer 2019 Open House on June 22 can contact Christina Lofaso: (212) 776-6308,

Summer and Fall 2019 Registration Is Open
Please encourage students to continue on their path to success and register for the summer and fall 2019 semesters. Things to know: All students must meet with their advisor before registering. Students can register on CUNYfirst or visit Lab Services in Room S-114.  For more info, visit the Registration page, contact Academic Advisement in Room S-108 or call (212) 220-8315.

Share Your Tips for Student Success
You – the instructors and student support staff of BMCC – know from experience what actions lead a student to succeed in the classroom. Help our Panthers start off on the right foot! This month the Admissions Office will publish a list of ‘Top Tips for Success' on the #FuturePanthers blog, and we’re asking you to share your insights. What is the best thing a student can do now and throughout the semester to set themselves up for success? Submit your piece of advice in three minutes online.

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, check the Admissions website​, or contact the Admissions Office, (212) 220-1265.

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

Making Headlines

Tribeca Talks will feature Martin Scorsese and Robert Deniro
March 19—Yahoo News

Performance of Magic School Bus featured
March 21—The New York Times

Human Resources

Health Benefits Program Transfer: April 1-30
From April 1 through April 30, you can enroll in or make changes to your BMCC employee health plan. These changes will be effect July 2019. To review plans and access the necessary forms, visit the New York City Office of Labor Relations, Health Benefits website. Please submit forms to the Office of Human Resources, 199 Chambers Street, Room S-717. For more information, contact Diana Lopez,

Commuter Benefits Provider Is Changing, Meanwhile Some Actions Are Affected
As of Spring 2019, the City of New York is changing its commuter benefits provider from WageWorks to Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions. New cards will be mailed to each employee and all are encouraged to verify their address within WageWorks by logging into their account or calling (877) 924-3967. Please remember the ID code is the last four digits of your reference number, located on employee paystubs. Also, please note: During this time, users' ability to make benefit plan changes is limited. From March 25-31, you will not be able to make any changes. From April 1-22, you will not be able to change your commuter plan or enroll in a commuter benefit. You WILL be able to change your mailing address and email, change the dollar amount of your benefit if your plan allows, suspect payroll deductions and cancel your benefits. On April 17-19, Edenred cards will be mailed out. On April 23, new enrollments will be made in Edenred. On May 3, benefit deductions can begin to be applied to Edenred. On June 30, WageWorks will close. Remaining WageWorks funds will be transferred to Edenred in August.

TIAA Meet With a TIAA Representative on Campus
Faculty and staff can schedule an appointment at BMCC with a representative from TIAA, now through June. For more information, call (800) 732-8353 or visit a session schedule.

Mandatory Workplace Violence Prevention Training: Online or Classroom Sessions
All BMCC faculty and staff must complete an annual Workplace Violence Prevention Training by registering through CUNY Blackboard. Part-time employees must complete the course by the end of the Spring 2019 semester; full-time employees by July 31, 2019. For more information, contact Maria Deckinger, or (212) 220-1496.

Deer Oaks EAP Now Offers Phone and Video Counseling
As part of the BMCC's Employee Assistance Program, Deer Oaks is now offering video and structured telephonic counseling in addition to its traditional in-person counseling service. Employees can schedule calls with a counselor in advance by calling (855) 492-3633 or email

Pre-Tax Limit for Wageworks Commuter Benefits Increased
The pre-tax limit for monthly Commuter Benefits deductions (WageWorks) increased from $260 to $265 on January 1. No paperwork is required to activate the increase, but those who wish to change their deduction or enroll in the program may visit the Benefits page of the BMCC Human Resources website, complete the WageWorks Transit Benefit form and submit it to Human Resources, 199 Chambers Street, Room S-717.

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 sessions ranging from data analytics to business writing and many others. Certificate programs are available. View catalogue and sign up now.

Alumni and Donors
Panther Head Are You a BMCC Alumni Champion?
BMCC Alumni Champions are BMCC Alumni who are currently a staff or faculty member at BMCC. The Office of Alumni Relations is gearing up to create special programing in appreciation for your continued dedication and service to your alma mater. We want to hear from you so we can extend special invitations to events and activities at BMCC. Please join our list of BMCC Alumni Champions by sending your information to us online. For more information, contact Yartiza Gonzales, (212) 346-8455 or

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 the BMCC Foundation without having to pay federal income taxes. Please contact Phillip Keefe, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, (212) 346-8650 or for additional information.

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).


Transfer Week: Myths About Attending a Private School
April 1

Transfer Week: General Application Workshop
April 1

Career Center: Resume 1010 Workshop
April 2

Free Workshop: Introduction to Microsoft Word (students only)
April 3

Group Tour

Admissions Group Tour
April 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

Make a Splash! Welcome to the Community Swim Program
The BMCC swimming pool has been renovated and is ready to welcome community swimmers, ages 18 and up. Lockers are available. Bring your own lock and towel. Entrances are at 199 Chambers Street and 77 Harrison Street. For fees and registration, contact the BMCC Athletic Department, (212) 220-8260 or the BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, (212) 346-8410.

Spring 2019 Recreation Schedule
BMCC students, faculty and staff with current college ID are eligible to use the BMCC Fitness Center and pool for free. BMCC alumni can enjoy the free facilities with a BMCC Alumni Card. In addition to fitness machines and a pool, the BMCC Fitness Center offers Zumba classes and activities including badminton, tennis, half-court basketball and more.

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