Borough of Manhattan Community College

Prof. Shari Mekonen gets BMCC into the Congressional Record after her interview with Hon. Charles Rangel

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Award-winning filmmaker Professor Shari Mekonen is working on a new documentary titled The Sea Is My Brother about Gabriel Frank, an 85-year-old veteran who served in the Merchant Marine for 23 years. After a meeting with Mekonen, New York Congressman Charles Rangel, who is advocating for World War II Merchant Mariners, put the filmmaker’s documentary into the […]

Math Winners

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Gregory Rodriguez, Konstantin Itskov and Joseph Bak, NYSMATYC scholarship winners This year at the 2014 NYSMATYC (New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges) conference in Owego, New York, one BMCC student and two recent alumni received scholarship awards, competing with students from 15 colleges across New York State. Joseph Bak received the Dan Dowdway Memorial Scholar […]

First Place Robotics

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Back: STEP for Leaders Project Director Everton Barrett. Front, left to right: Students Alison Grossman, Tatiyana Hendrickson, Henry Chen and Kaitlin Davis Four New York City high school students—Alison Grossman, Kaitlin Davis, Henry Chen and Tatiyana Hendrickson—know a lot more about robotics than they used to, thanks to the BMCC STEP for Leaders program. They also know […]

A Doll’s House Times Two

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Diane Dowling had a dilemma. As a professor in BMCC’s theatre program, she had long wanted to direct a production of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking drama, A Doll’s House. But its relatively small cast of characters meant that only a handful of students would have an opportunity to appear on a stage. Then Dowling devised an […]

The Publisher’s Point of View

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Elizabeth Butson is a recipient of the BMCC Presidential Medal and has underwritten many scholarships for BMCC students, including one in the name of her mother, Katy Halepli. She has served as President of the BMCC Foundation Board and chaired the BMCC Annual Gala, which will recognize her this year a special honoree. But it is […]

Stars in His Eyes

September 29, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

When Arial Diaz was stationed in North Carolina with the Marines a few years ago, he’d sometimes spend his free time lying on the beach at night, gazing up at the stars. “I really missed my family and friends back in New York,” he recalls.  “I’d look up at the night sky and everything was […]

Making Tax Day Less Taxing

April 14, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Each year, the days leading up to April 15 are a whirl of intense activity for BMCC’s Single Stop program. As the tax filing deadline draws near, the number of students stopping by the program’s office (199 Chambers Street, S235) to have their tax returns prepared swells dramatically.

Tax preparation is part of a varied suite of services available free of charge to students through Single Stop, according to Deborah Harte, student life manager for the program at BMCC. Operating at all six CUNY community colleges, and working with both external and internal partners, Single Stop also provides financial and legal counseling as well as assistance in applying for government-sponsored nutritional, healthcare and childcare programs.

Honorable Mention

April 11, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Recently, BMCC student Rada Mayya Kostadinova was one of four CUNY students to receive honorable mention for the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, the premier federally funded scholarship for undergraduates in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.
Thousands of students are nominated for this award, and their undergraduate research experience weighs heavily in the selection process.

Onward, Upward!

April 8, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC students face many challenges, but few can say they faced the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.

In fact so far, there’s just one: Human Services major Carmen Miranda, who hiked Africa’s tallest mountain with the same perseverance she applies to her studies.

It was no walk in the park.

Poster Pride

April 8, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Richard Harris Terrace buzzed with conversation as student researchers stood by large, three-panel posters and explained their research projects to guests filing up and down the long rows of exhibit tables.
Three faculty judges examined each poster, using a rubric to organize their assessment.

A Revolutionary Find

April 7, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Michael C.Hattem, a teaching fellow and research assistant at Yale, was tapped to do a textual analysis of an unprecedented American document written in 1775.

Going, Going…Gone!

April 3, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“It’s remarkable that the trailers helped our community get back on its feet after not one, but two major disasters,” says Thomas Ching, BMCC’s Director of Buildings and Grounds. And while the trailers themselves are being disposed of, the furniture they held has been donated to other CUNY institutions. “Even as the trailers go, their legacy lives on in terms of sustainability.”

It Happens Every Spring

April 2, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Remy Morel wasn’t sure what to expect when she attended BMCC’s Spring Career Fair a year ago. But showing up proved a smart move—it’s how she landed her first job.
Since then, says the BMCC Business Administration major, “I’ve found the Fair to be a great way to build connections, see what kinds of jobs are out there, and learn new things.”

Why Care About Obamacare?

March 20, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC Business major Subas Dhunten remembers what it was like not to have healthcare insurance.
“I’d had no coverage since 2010, and when I got sick and wound up in the hospital, it cost me a lot of money,” he says. “It was very bad.”

Strategies of a Premier Community College

March 20, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“Our continuing goal is to be the premier Community College in the nation,” said BMCC President Antonio Pérez as he opened this year’s State of the College address in Theatre II on the BMCC main campus.
“In 2013, Community College Week ranked BMCC as Number 2 among all the two-year colleges in the nation for awarding degrees to African Americans and Number 4 nationally, in awarding degrees to underrepresented students in general.”
The President went on to highlight strategies leading to those outcomes.

Pass Go—Collect Your Federal Financial Aid

March 19, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Doing paperwork may be no one’s idea of a good time. But students who thronged to this year’s Financial Aid Awareness day genuinely appeared to be having fun completing and filing financial assistance application forms. Turnout at the annual event was at record levels.

“Of the 24,000 students enrolled at BMCC each semester, at least 75% receive financial aid in one form or another,” notes Ralph Buxton, the college’s director of financial aid. “The purpose of Financial Awareness Day is to help students learn about all the options available to them, get their questions answered and file their 2014-2015 FAFSA on the spot.”

Going Green

March 14, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Every year at BMCC, a traditional Irish feast celebrating St. Patrick’s Day raises money so that no student goes hungry, or has to drop out because he or she can’t afford a Metrocard.
This year’s celebration, held in Richard Harris Terrace, was more successful than ever. With proceeds slated for the BMCC Emergency Fund, the sixth annual Saint Patrick’s Day Lunch provided live dance performances and a delectable corned-beef and cabbage lunch prepared by MBJ Food Services.

One High School. Twelve Months. Five Remarkable Kids

March 6, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

t’s difficult to watch the documentary film, “I Learn America,” without feeling profound admiration for the five resilient high school students whose stories it tells—and without gaining a new appreciation for what it means to be an immigrant teenager in 21st century America.
“Being different is like a part-time job,” says Sandra Staniszewski, currently a BMCC multimedia arts major and one of the five students profiled in the film. “You are half yourself and half the time you try to be someone better for the people to show how you want to be. What I want to be is myself.”

The Height of Fashion

February 28, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Ron Wallace will be the first to tell you that he wasn’t born with a pencil in his hand.
“Growing up, I couldn’t draw much, but I was good with computer graphics programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop,” he says. But by the time he was in eighth grade, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. When he enrolled in BMCC, he found teachers who were ready and willing to help him achieve his dream—to become a fashion designer.

Auditors Without Borders

February 24, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

When Chika Arita arrived in New York from Tokyo recently, among the top items on her agenda was a meeting with Professor Achraf Seyman of BMCC’s Accounting Department.
Arita is a section chief in the Administrative Evaluation Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, with responsibility for auditing the performance of government entities in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and transparency. “Our role is similar to that of the General Accounting Office in the U.S,” she explains.