BMCC’s Theatre Department attracts many creative types; many of whom wish to pursue acting and stage work professionally.
Last semester, talented students from Theatre department came together to perform and stage an updated version of the famous Molière play The Misanthrope which opened in Theatre II just a few weeks before the 2013 commencement.
This version of The Misanthrope was adapted by playwright Liza Kash-Stroppel and directed by BMCC Theatre Professor Alkis Papoutsis.
BMCC’s 48th commencement exercises were held Friday, May 31, 2013 in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, recognizing over 3,100 graduates from the classes of August 2012, January 2013 and June 2013.
The ceremony also marked BMCC’s 50th anniversary, and some of the college’s first graduates were in attendance, including Lobi RedHawk (’66). “There were 200 of us back then,” she said, and BMCC President Antonio Pérez noted that the early alumni “cleared the path for today’s graduates.”
Behind every department award presented at the BMCC Honors Convocation is a student with a story.
Mykola Kyrychuk, from the Ukraine, spent a year in developmental skills classes, before earning a 3.98 GPA and winning the Academic Excellence in Engineering Science award.
Lester Lambert, one of seven citywide awardees of the Literacy Recognition Award, has taught at BMCC’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development since 2003, and worked in adult literacy for over 20 years.
Having grown up in Brooklyn, he started his college career at BMCC, then transferred to Brooklyn College, earning a bachelor’s degree in public communication, with a double minor in secondary education and English.
Throughout his undergraduate years at both colleges, he worked helping other students in the tutoring center at BMCC.
Randol Contreras, author of The Stickup Kids, Race, Drugs, Violence and the American Dream, recently visited a BMCC urban sociology class—via Skype, a software program that enables people to talk with each other through a live image on their computer screens.
What started as a classroom project spread throughout the college.
As part of their Serving Learning assignment, students in La-Dana Jenkins’ Career Planning course collected work attire from the BMCC community, which was donated to students and charities.
Drop boxes for the clothes were set up around campus, in places such as Jenkins’ office and the Office of Student Affairs. Students made announcements in class, and came back the next day armed with donated clothes from peers.
It’s hard to believe that Tabitha Rinko-Gay, a friendly student who tends to smile when she speaks, was ever bashful.
However, the 2013 class Valedictorian insists just two years ago, she was incredibly shy.
Rinko-Gay grew up in Texas and Pennsylvania before moving to New York in her teens to dance professionally with the New York City Ballet.
If you think you have nothing in common with worms, think again. One worm in particular, known by its scientific name “Caenorhabditis elegans” or “C. elegans,” has many biological properties in common with humans—it has DNA, develops from an embryo, and possesses a digestive and nervous system.
Small, spherical and covered with spines, sea urchins bear no resemblance to people. But the eggs they lay are comparable in size to human eggs, making them extremely useful in the study of how cells divide and reproduce. That similarity is at the heart of an ambitious research project by three BMCC students.
Thanks to one woman and a community trust, many students at BMCC receive the academic and financial support they need to succeed.
Here’s the backstory: In 2008, Pat White, the Program Director for Children, Youth and Families at The New York Community Trust, arranged for a grant to be donated to BMCC on behalf of The Trust, which was used to fund The Odyssesy Pro
Every year, BMCC celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day in which the spirit and beauty of the poetic word is appreciated throughout campus.
“April is Poetry Month and we never let it go by without recognizing it,” said Michael Gillespie, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, at the 2013 Poetry Awards Ceremony held recently in Richard Harris Terrace.
Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability for The City University of New York, was the plenary speaker in BMCC’s recent conference, Sustainability and Technology: New Directions in Teaching and Learning.
BMCC Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Gillespie welcomed participants to the conference, quoting Albert Einstein’s still-timely observation, “If we do not harness technology, technology will harness us.”
For CUNY and BMCC students, harnessing the technology for sustainability, or building a career in the field, starts with choosing a related major.
Jobs for certified medical assistants are expected to grow by 31% in the decade from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s good news, and here’s more: The BMCC Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development is piloting a Medical Assistant training program that will enable people to take advantage of that trend.
“Certified medical assistants are more employable and earn more than their counterparts in the workplace who are not certified,” says BMCC Dean of Continuing Education, Sunil Gupta.
Dr. Goldstein stated: “Serving this exceptional university alongside so many extraordinary colleagues has been the greatest privilege of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the trustees, members of the chancellery, presidents, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, who, every day, work so diligently to support and fulfill CUNY’s historic mission. As the first CUNY graduate to lead the University (City College, Class of 1963), I take enormous pride in what we have accomplished, together, to ensure an unparalleled educational experience for every CUNY student.”
BMCC’s President Dr. Antonio Pérez recently met with a very captive audience—who happened to be sitting on the floor.
BMCC’s youngest students, the pre-schoolers of the Early Childhood Center, were treated to a special visit from President Pérez, who stopped by the read the 3 to 5-year-olds a book he pre-selected: Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn.
“Do you know this book?” Pérez asked the kids as he held it up while sitting on a classroom chair. The group of about 20 children slowly shook their heads. “No? Good, so if I make a mistake no one will know!”
One way to attract a college student is with freebies, food, and fun.
Or, you can attract college students when you’re seeking employees for your business—and that’s exactly what makes the BMCC’s annual career fairs so popular.
As any biologist will tell you, “Birds float.”
“They’re designed to be light, so they can fly,” says science professor and paleontologist David Krauss.
The downside of buoyancy, though, from a paleontologist’s point of view, is that birds are less likely to sink to the bottom of a body of water, where they become covered with sediment, and fossilize—meaning less evidence exists, regarding the world in which they lived.
For many Americans, April 15th is the most stressful day of the year—federal taxes are due.
Tax prep can be daunting and overwhelming, but not an impossible task with the right guidance.
This semester, 12 accounting students at BMCC wanted to give back to their communities by helping others file their taxes.
A “queer lit” class starts out like any other. Instructor Jaime Weida writes homework on the board—finish reading The Color Purple, by Alice Walker—along with a reminder of when the students’ midterm essay is due, and dates for spring break.
Where the class begins to feel less typical, maybe is here: in the “queering” of a work of literature, which includes, Weida explains, “the comparison of censored and unaltered works by authors whose homosexuality was deemed unsuitable content, in their day.”
“I wrote like fire. This was all done in a year. I took all of these documents everywhere I went. I was obsessed.”
That’s how Cheryl Wills describes her experience writing Die Free, A Heroic Family Tale, which tells the story of her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills—a teenager who ran away from the plantation where he had been enslaved, to join the Union Army and fight with the United States Colored Troops in the American Civil War.