Borough of Manhattan Community College

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 […]

Meeting the Fundraising Challenge Head On

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

President Antonio Pérez, Robert De Niro, Special Guest Star Honoree, and Jane Rosenthal, Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival at the 2014 BMCC Gala. In recent years, as the economy has regained its footing, fundraising efforts by the nation’s college have paid off in a significant increase in philanthropic giving. Among the institutions responding to […]

The Value of Child’s Play

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Liberal Arts major Sarah Tiapula Stein grew up in Singapore and is fluent in Mandarin, French and ASL—American Sign Language. She’s an Out-in-Two scholar, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and on the Dean’s List. “I’m also participating in a research fellowship at Teachers College, at Columbia University; a Saturday enrichment program for children with […]

Getting Down to Business

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“I learned about BMCC when I was growing up in Sri Lanka,” says 2014 business administration graduate, Thathsara Palliyaguru. “A family friend had come to BMCC and won the statewide robotics competition, and he was saying how wonderful the professors and staff are, and how BMCC helps you with all aspects, not just academia.” Palliyaguru, […]

#GoodIdea

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Juan Batista, Office of Academic Affairs   If you don’t know what a hashtag is, don’t feel bad—the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary only just this year. Hashtags, unspaced phrases prefixed with a number sign (#), are added to messages and widely used on social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook and […]

The Long Road to a Satisfying Life

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“When I was at CUNY Start, I did a research project about becoming a teacher,” says Daniel Quiroz. “I told the other students, we’re not going to get rich overnight, but we will have a life that will be satisfying to us.” The long road to the life Quiroz envisioned started when he left his […]

First Place Honors, in Saving Lives

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

 Left to Right: Kevin Ramdayal, Miguel Flores and Dave Cadogan Two paramedic instructors at BMCC, Kevin Ramdayal and Dave Cadogan, and an alumni of the program, Miguel Flores, recently won first place honors in the Fire Department of New York’s EMS Week Competition held in Metrotech Commons. All three members of the winning team are […]

Finding Beauty in Mathematics

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

(Left to right) BMCC Student Howie Terrence Shi and Professor Lina Wu   While visiting museums in Manhattan a few years ago, BMCC mathematics professor Lina Wu couldn’t help noticing that much of the artwork incorporated geometric shapes and patterns. The experience confirmed what she had long suspected—that equations, formulas and mathematical calculations often figure […]

Krystal on the Catwalk

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

When walking through Times Squares, tourists and locals alike are exposed to a plethora of colorful billboards. Some ads rotate, some blink, some are attached to a landmark… And some feature BMCC students. Krystal Garner graduated from BMCC in 2007 and then studied international business at SUNY Old Westbury, before pursuing her modeling and acting […]

The Laboratory as Classroom

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Science professor Abel Navarro has a novel perspective on mistakes. As a teacher, mentor and research scientist, he thinks they can be a good thing. “I don’t believe in constantly looking over a student’s shoulder, making sure they’re doing everything right,” he says. “I trust my students and I think that makes a difference in […]

Are We Safe? Depends on Who You Ask.

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Left to right: Michele Andre, Atheena Fraser and Gabrielle Giordano Recently, a group of BMCC students conducted on-the-street interviews as part of their research project, “Fear of Crime and Drugs in my Neighborhood” led by Professor Yolanda Martin, Coordinator of the BMCC Criminal Justice program. Administering a survey to people in their neighborhoods, students in […]

Start Here, Go to Princeton

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

(Left to right) BMCC students Thierno Bah and Pedro Raposo Two BMCC students, Pedro Raposo and Thierno Bah, are taking part in research projects at Princeton University this summer, thanks to a collaboration between Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and the CUNY-wide LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) program. “We wanted to […]

Today’s Readers, Tomorrow’s Graduates

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC Ethnic Studies Professor Zetta Elliott has just released four books for young readers, all from Rosetta Press. Tackling subjects such as a child’s difficulty accepting a divorced parent’s new partner and a boy’s problematic love of doll making, The Boy in the Bubble, Max Loves Muñecas!, Room in My Heart and The Phoenix on Barclay […]

Hot Off the Press

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

(Left to right) Crystal Williams, Lara Stapleton, Rey Harris Hot off the press, The Guild magazine features poetry, fiction, essays and artwork by BMCC student writers. The magazine was produced by the Guild, a BMCC club open to all students and led by faculty advisor and fiction writer Lara Stapleton. Its current president is Crystal Williams, […]

BMCC Signs Gift Agreement with Santander

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Santander Universities Director Eduardo Garrido and BMCC President Antonio Pérez “It is my great pleasure to announce that Borough of Manhattan Community College has a new friend,” said BMCC President Antonio Pérez at a June 4, 2014 signing ceremony between BMCC and Santander Universities, a division of Santander Bank, N.A. “As a former U.S. university […]

“Today Is About You”

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC’s 49th Commencement Ceremony honoring over 3,200 graduates was held Friday, May 30, 2014 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, identified by their yellow sashes, led the processional and were followed by students representing over 30 majors; a steady stream of blue gowns, orange sashes and […]