Borough of Manhattan Community College

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 […]

Top Grants

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

CCTOP winners (left to right): Daniel Murphy, Juliette Perez, Anne Gorin and Ryan Bias “They move mountains for us.” This is how communication studies major Anne Gorin describes her professors at BMCC, and classmates Ryan Bias, Daniel Murphy and Juliette Perez are quick to agree. All four students attended a workshop last fall that addressed […]

Time to Shine

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“Your name will be called tonight, but this is not the last time your name will be called,” were the auspicious words of VP for Student Affairs Marva Craig to BMCC’s most high-achieving students, as they gathered for the 2014 Honors Convocation in Theatre 2. Sixty-five students received Department and Special Awards in over 30 […]

Success Is in Her DNA

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC Valedictorian Cindy Salazar To hear Cindy Salazar tell it, she had no idea what she wanted to study when she enrolled in BMCC three years ago. “I knew I would eventually pursue a career in business,” she says. “But as for what I’d major in, I was clueless.” Salazar decided to major in Liberal […]

Getting with the Program

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Left: Maryna Asipchuk, Prof. Mohammad Q. Azhar, Rodny Perez, and Chris Chapman (on screen) Talk about starting off with a bang: Barely two months after it came into existence, BMCC’s Computer Programming Club went up against more established teams from three other colleges in the Community College Programming Contest and walked off with first and […]

Stars Align for BMCC

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Panoramic views from the 54th floor of World Trade Center 4 created a stunning backdrop for the BMCC Foundation 2014 Gala, Reaching for the Stars: The Next 50 Years at BMCC. The Gala raised well over $1 million in donations, including $75,000 contributed the night of the event through a silent auction and pledges. Film legend […]

The Art of Opening Doors

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Panelists (left to right): Nneka Onuorah, Kawin Long, Michelle Smoller, Olga Czarkowski, Anastasia Wright. The BMCC communication studies and theatre clubs, led by faculty advisor Professor Vincent Cheng, recently hosted the panel Careers in Television & Public Relations. Speaking to a full audience in the Media Center’s TV Studio 2, five dynamic entrepreneurs shared their […]

Finding the Path to Literary Citizenship

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC English professor Margaret Barrow had reluctantly boarded a packed subway car last year and wasn’t happy about being pushed and jostled, when she noticed a “Poetry in Motion” sign. “I had to strain to read the poem over the heads of the people pressed up against me—and when I did, I could feel my […]

Securing a Cleaner and Greener Future

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The dictionary defines “sustainability” as “the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources.” But there’s more to it than that, says Scott Anderson, VP-Planning and Administration at BMCC and co-chair of the college’s Sustainability Committee. “Sustainability isn’t only about composting and turning off the lights. It’s an attitude and a […]

Up Above and All Around

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Before creating spectacular stone-and-glass mosaics that wind up the interior of Fiterman Hall, multi-media artist Andrea Dezsö reflected on the building’s history—re-opening ten years after being destroyed on 9/11. “I was downtown during the attacks,” Dezsö says. “I had that experience of shock and destruction, and after that I was very nervous about what’s coming toward us […]

Arranged Marriage, Rearranged

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Professor Deborah Gambs (left, with book) and featured author, Professor Rifat Anjum Salam (right) Is there a place for arranged marriage in contemporary culture? Are expectations of arranged marriage changing as it travels to the United States? As part of Asian Heritage Month, Professors Deborah Gambs and Soniya Munshi organized a book talk with BMCC […]