Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC Freshman Learning Academy Wins New Grant

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Freshman Learning Academy, or FLA, has won a $115,000 grant from The New York Community Trust, or NYCT. It’s the third grant the New York City non-profit foundation has awarded BMCC’s three-year-old Learning Academy. The latest gift will allow the intensive “hands-on approach” program to retain students for three […]

The Future Members of Criminal Justice

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Borough of Manhattan Community College Criminal Justice Program can help change the way communities are policed, according to participants and organizers at BMCC’s Situating Ferguson Event held December 3. Around 60 students attended the two-part presentation; “What to do When Stopped by the Police: Know Your Rights, led by recently elected Civil Court Judge […]

Celebrating the Big 5-0

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The College Discovery program, active in all six CUNY community colleges, just celebrated its 50-year anniversary in a gala celebration at the CUNY Graduate Center. Pedro Pérez, Director of BMCC’s College Discovery Program, opened the event. “Turning 50 is scary,” he said, “but tonight it is cause for celebration. Why? Because for 50 years, College […]

A Special Thanks to the Derfner Foundation

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College, Uncategorized

Jay Lieberman and the Derfner Foundation give BMCC the gift of a state-of-the-art communication skills lab. A dedication ceremony and reception celebrating the new Derfner Foundation Communication Center was held recently on BMCC’s main campus. BMCC President Antonio Pérez, Provost Karrin Wilks and others extended a special thanks to the Derfner Foundation and Jay Lieberman, […]

Lifetime Achiever

January 9, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College, Uncategorized

BMCC was still in its first decade when Gay Brookes joined the faculty as a young ESL instructor. Richard Nixon was in the White House. Barack Obama was 11. And the subway fare was 35 cents. Brookes’ retirement at the end of this semester will mark the first time in over 40 years that she […]

BMCC Exploring Affordable Textbook Alternatives

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

A recent highly interactive forum at Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Hudson Room highlighted an ongoing campus-wideconversation about the impact high-priced textbookshave on student learning. It also helped participants understand more affordable alternatives such as Open Educational Resources, or OER. OER are learning materials that are available at no cost to faculty and students and […]

A Day in the Life of MECA

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

It’s been only three months since Manhattan Early College School for Advertising opened its doors to its first freshman class. But in that short time, MECA has evolved into a hive of academic rigor and creative engagement, pulsing with activity. It’s a busy place—and unlike any other high school in New York City. MECA’s unique […]

Making Change, One Poster at a Time

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC students and (center) John Jay College President Jeremy Travis and BMCC Criminal Justice Professor Yolanda Martin   For the first time in its 7-year history, the First Year Student Showcase at John Jay College featured research posters by community college students. “I want to offer a special welcome to our friends from BMCC,” said […]

Encore!

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Colombian dance performance by theatre major Ruth Maoly Colmenares and her partner Daniel Fetecua Soto Hispanic Heritage Month came to a festive close in Richard Harris Terrace with a Colombian dance performance by theatre major Ruth Maoly Colmenares and her partner Daniel Fetecua Soto, an award-winning salsa dancer and member of the renowned Limón Dance […]

BMCC Panthers Ranked Seventh in Nation

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC Student Elijah Bryant The 2014-15 Borough of Manhattan Community College men’s basketball season kicked off just over a month ago and already, the BMCC Panthers are tied with Community College of Philadelphia for the number seven spot on the NJCAA Division III Top Ten National Poll. The Panthers have posted a 10-1 record so far […]

Seeing the Light

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC Alumni Pierre Bouz The youngest of ten children, Pierre Bouzi grew up in Jacmel, Haiti. After graduating from high school, he moved to the Bronx, New York, to live with his sister. “Creole is my first language, French is my second language and English my third,” he says. “I came to BMCC first to […]

Off to Vietnam

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Associate Professor of Developmental Skills Cynthia Wiseman Associate Professor of Developmental Skills Cynthia Wiseman has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lead teacher trainings in rural areas of Vietnam during the 2014-2015 academic year, the U.S. Department of State and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced. “My proposal is to lecture and […]

A Life in Two-Part Harmony

December 16, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

For as long as she can remember, music has always been a central part of Doris Holz’s life. “I started taking piano lessons when I was a little girl, and when I wasn’t playing the piano, I was always singing,” says Holz, who is Vice President-Development at BMCC and Chief Operating Officer of the BMCC […]

Changing Women’s Lives

November 12, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“We can, and do change lives,” said Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher of Random House Children’s Books, as she welcomed guests to the Fall Fanfare ceremony held in a conference room of the Random House offices in midtown Manhattan. The ceremony recognized 30 Education Fund Fellows receiving $10,000 each, thanks to the Women’s Forum of New […]

A Forum on Ferguson

November 12, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

On October 22, two speaker sessions to commemorate National Day Against Police Brutality were presented by Professor Yolanda Martín and co-sponsored by BMCC’s Criminal Justice Program and the BMCC/John Jay College Justice Academy. Students from BMCC and John Jay College, as well as professors, staff and members of the community filled the steep rows of tiered seats […]

Getting the Inside Story on MECA

November 12, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

More than 50 pre-high from around the city attended a special Open House at BMCC on October 14 to get the inside story on Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA) from its principal, Dr. Matthew Tossman. “At MECA, we’re all about opening up opportunities for students,” Tossman said in a 45-minute Q&A session with […]

Real Men Don’t Hit

November 12, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Raising domestic violence awareness at BMCC. More photos. This year’s Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Activities featured workshops, a poster-making session, speaker event and Walk With Me Silent Procession, as well as three panel discussions and a symposium. Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, the events featured speakers from BMCC and other colleges. They also provided […]

The New Out In Two

November 12, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC’s Fall 2014 Out-in-Two cohort. More photos. BMCC has several programs aimed at supporting students in their goal to earn an associate degree in a timely manner. One of these programs, Out in Two, was founded by BMCC President Antonio Pérez during the administration of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. “Giuliani was critical of community college’s […]

Build Your Own Brand

October 24, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

  Bill Fisse, BMCC Foundation Board member and Citi HR Executive, presents a Leadership Breakfast talk. “There’s nothing to talk about today that you don’t already know intuitively,” said Guest Speaker Bill Fisse before his presentation, Building Your Leadership Brand in Times of Change. Wielding a wireless microphone, he walked through the audience in one […]

A Veteran-Friendly College

October 24, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

  BMCC Veterans Service Specialist, Wilfred Cotto with his staff. There are some 4,500 senior and community colleges in the U.S., and while many offer a high-quality education, only a fraction are geared to the specific needs of student veterans. Within that small elite, BMCC is ranked among the best of the best. That’s the […]