Borough of Manhattan Community College

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 […]

Praq’s Dream

October 24, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

  Veteran director Lee Percy was attending a film industry dinner in 2009 when he struck up a conversation with a waiter. By the end of the evening, he recalls, the waiter said, “You’re going to make a movie about my life.” He was right. The waiter was Praq Rado, who is currently a Communications […]

A Luncheon for Life-Savers

October 24, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

  BMCC Students with their certificates. Thanksgiving came early for volunteers treated to a traditional turkey luncheon at BMCC’s Seventh Annual Campus Emergency Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in Richard Harris Terrace. “Get your food first,” announced VP of Administration & Planning Scott Anderson. Then, as guests enjoyed their buffet meal, Public Safety Director Ed Moss, Sergeant […]

The Legacy of a Scholar

October 24, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

  A special session honoring BMCC mathematics professor Yibao Xu, who passed away unexpectedly in November 2013, was held as part of the 6th Annual International Symposium on Ancient Chinese Books & Records of Science & Technology on Saturday, October 4 in Richard Harris Terrace at BMCC’s main campus. A number of speakers, colleagues and […]

The Material Way

October 10, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC just launched a new series of curated exhibits in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center with the opening of Material Way, featuring the work of 14 contemporary artists: Kellyann Burns, Don Christensen, Lauren Clay, Diana Cooper, Peter Fox, Lisa Hoke, Jae Ko, Holly Miller, Nicholas Moenich, Paul Pagk, Anne Senstad, Sandi Slone, Wendy Small and […]

76 Recruiters—No Waiting

October 6, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Searching for a job can be a tough job in itself—especially for students with heavy course loads, outside responsibilities and not a lot of free time. For them, BMCC’s twice-yearly Career Fair is a godsend: It makes looking for a job easy. Resumes in hand, more than 600 students in business casual attire descended on […]

Making Waves

October 6, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

An illustration of the gravitational waves generated by two black holes in orbit around one other. Credit: NASA. BMCC science professors Saavik Ford and Barry McKernan—along with their colleagues from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Columbia University—are creating a storm of media attention with their assertion that […]

Taking on the Feds

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The College Fed Challenge is a prestigious annual competition sponsored by the New York Federal Reserve Bank. This year, a group of BMCC students will join that competition along with teams from 35 other schools including SUNY Geneseo, Rutgers University, William Patterson University, Medgar Evers College, Fairfield University and Columbia University. “I have confidence in […]

Diversity Day

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC’s first Diversity Day was hosted in Richard Harris Terrace and featured a student panel, guest speakers and a complimentary buffet luncheon with entrees from around the world. Sponsored by the Office of Compliance & Diversity, the event opened with a slide presentation [in its entirety, below], The Bias Blind-Spot: Stereotypes and Their Impact on Verbal […]

The Six-Year Solution

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

While on a tour of the BMCC campus on the second day of classes, 14-year-old high school freshman Cindy Coles was impressed by the classrooms (“really nice and extremely well-organized”) and the study labs (“a great place to study, since I’m a person of quietness”). But it was the library that got her pulse racing. […]

A New IT Leader for BMCC

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Veteran information technology professional Joseph Spadaro has joined BMCC as Vice President for Technology. “Over the past several years, BMCC has taken the lead in implementing new models of teaching and research that incorporate the best innovations in instructional technology,” says president Antonio Pérez. “As we move forward, Joe Spadaro’s expertise and creativity, as well […]

A Passion to Serve

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The next time you dine in a restaurant, there’s a chance you’ll be served by an alum of Authentic Server—a first-of-its-kind training program for New York City waitpersons founded by BMCC graduate Marina Kazakova. Launched this summer, Authentic Server was one of 10 finalists in SmartPitch, a competition designed to foster and promote student entrepreneurship. […]

Countdown to the Rocket Pitch

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC business major Ben Kim Recently, BMCC business administration major Joosik (Ben) Kim joined 30 other young people in a two-week entrepreneurship training program at Babson College, in Babson Park, Massachusetts. “Santander Universities, part of Santander Bank, funded the program to help youth be open-minded, to broaden our understanding of the globalization of business and […]

Making an Impact

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC’s new Kaplan scholar, Chadrick Frederick “There are only two colleges on St. Lucia, and one is a medical college,” says accounting major Chadrick Frederick, explaining why he left his Caribbean home and enrolled at BMCC. “I used to go to New York City for vacations and to visit family,” he says. “The first time […]

A Man of Style and Substance

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

When BMCC business major Matthew Toland first entertained the possibility of transferring to a senior college, he wondered if his resume would be more of a hindrance than a help. After graduating from high school, he’d worked as a hair stylist for several years before getting around to taking his first college course—not the kind […]

Poetry in the Air

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC English Professor James Tolan Recently, BMCC professor of English and poet James Tolan was interviewed, along with poet Olivia Stiffler, on the nationally distributed public radio program, New Letters on the Air. Hosted and produced by Angela Elam, the show is an independent production of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University […]

Beacons of Excellence

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Every June since 1993, the Beacon Conference has showcased the research efforts of outstanding students at two-year colleges throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Simply to be selected to present their work in the one-day competition reflects an exceptional level of scholarship and originality. This year, two BMCC students—Humoyun Musaev and Anastasia Sidorenkova—were not only selected, but […]

Science for Forensics Makes Top Degrees List

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Schools.com recently posted an article, “6 extraordinary community college degrees in New York,” featuring the Science for Forensics program at BMCC. “These outside-the-box, two-year degrees are largely driven by and designed according to local demands, and they are few and far between in many other locales. Here are six two-year degrees, in no particular order, […]

Making Math More Meaningful

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Mathematics, says BMCC math professor Nkechi Madonna Agwu, is all around us—in our homes, classrooms and communities, and even in our apparel. A case in point: the colorfully patterned African head tie she is wearing. Last semester, a student in Agwu’s Discrete Mathematics class created a highly complex cryptographic, much like military codes used in […]