Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC Arts Center Event Solidifies Gallery’s Role

February 27, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

A January 22 performance art piece at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Shirley Fiterman Art Center further solidified the art center gallery’s role as a cultural destination in Lower Manhattan, as well as a place that students can learn the nuts and bolts of New York City’s thriving art industry. The one-time live event, […]

BMCC Men’s Basketball Team Wins CUNYAC/Army ROTC Community College Men’s Basketball Finals

February 27, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Photo: Denis Gostev The BMCC Panthers men’s basketball team successfully defended their home court this past Friday February 20, knocking off the number three seed Bronx Broncos at the CUNYAC/Army ROTC Community College Men’s Basketball Finals. The Panthers, who have posted a 10-0 regular-season conference record, improve to 25-3 on the season and head into […]

Why and How Students Should Keep an Eye on Albany

February 13, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

News that longtime New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had been indicted by the U.S Attorney’s office for allegedly taking $4 million in kickbacks shook the ground in New York State’s political world on January 22. Silver, who’d held the speaker position for 21 years has been considered one of the most powerful men […]

Putting the ‘Human’ Back in ‘Human Sexuality’

February 13, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Professor Michael McGee explains why sex education impacts on student academic success and healthier relationships. “I love doing what I do,” says health education professor Michael McGee, “and I’m passionate that everybody should get sexuality education—good sexuality education.” Students, he says, often carry a number of misconceptions about sexual relationships—misconceptions that can be traced to […]

Making Struggle Productive

February 13, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“No pain, no gain.” Students who have struggled in a math class can relate to that expression. Some also know that even with “pain,” there might be no gain. Just ask non-STEM majors—those who are not majoring in math, technology, engineering or science—who are having a hard time in their general education math course. Now, […]

BMCC Encourages Cycling to School

February 6, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

One of two bicycle rooms at Fiterman Hall. Each workday morning, Borough of Manhattan Community College Public Affairs web designer Rob Gizis rides a single-speed hybrid bicycle the three-to-four-mile trek from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan. Doesn’t matter if it’s bitter cold or sizzling hot out, he still pedals across Pacific St. to Vanderbilt […]

Changing Careers Mid-Life

February 6, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Nancy Waltzer and Clinton Gadson training for Medical Assistant Specialist certification. Nancy Waltzer earned a bachelor’s degree in education at SUNY Stonybrook, then a paralegal degree at Adelphi University. Well educated and good at what she does, she nonetheless found herself unemployed at midlife, and looking for a new career. “I started as a paralegal, […]

Paper Reveries

February 6, 2015 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Elena Berriolo creates paper books with a sewing machine, watercolor and pen. Six of these are exhibited open-faced on music stands in a half-circle around the grand piano at a new exhibit in BMCC’s Shirley Fiterman Art Center. “The beat of the sewing machine is the link between visual art and music,” says Berriolo. “When […]

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 […]