Borough of Manhattan Community College

Finding the Right Path

July 23, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“The assistant director position was open and I hadn’t seen anything from Alexa. I asked her to make an appointment with me, and told her, ‘You have everything it takes to have a very successful career in this field’. She’s extremely committed, bright, innovative … and has lots of ideas.”
Those encouraging words are from Karen J. Booth, Director of the Child and Family Center at Rockefeller University, and refer to BMCC alumna Alexa Pomales, whose progress building a career in early childhood education has been right on track—once she discovered it.

“Just the Facts”

July 17, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Liberal Arts major Diva Green wanted to enroll in a specific course at BMCC so badly, she recalls, “I stalked the class online for days until there was an opening, and I immediately registered.”
What was this course Green wanted so urgently to take? Professor Andrew Levy’s Journalism 303 English course Journalism: News Writing, a thorough, in-depth look at reporting in today’s fast-paced, media-savvy world.
Since journalism is not a direct major at BMCC, the course attracts those who have a nose for news.

Nanotechnology: BMCC Enters a New Frontier

July 15, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Today, over 1.3 million New Yorkers (almost one in eight) have diabetes. Many of them painfully stick their fingers twice a day for glucose testing, but thanks to developments in nanotechnology, they might one day trade that procedure for waiving a light over a tattoo.
Mentored by science professor Brahmadeo Dewprashad, Andrew Boodhan has completed an Honor’s project in which he immersed himself in the subject.
His paper, “The Use of Nanotechnology to Develop a Tattoo to Test Blood Sugar” placed in the top three out of 127 papers submitted in the category of physical sciences at the 2013 Beacon Conference held this past June at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Workin’ On It

July 3, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Think personal training involves just showing people how to lift barbells and use equipment? Think again.
As BMCC’s newest instructors—professional personal trainers Billy Davis and Brian Semonian explain, personal training involves more—much more—than utilizing equipment. And if you’re interested in taking the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) exam, you better brush on your science knowledge…

The Complex Path to Justice

June 27, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

After completing a year of law school in her home country of Montenegro (the former Yugoslavia), Sanja Chastain moved to New York and in 2011 earned an associate degree in criminal justice from BMCC.
Next, she transferred to John Jay College and completed a dual baccalaureate/master’s program in forensic psychology in 2013.
“Only 29 of us were accepted,” she says of her accelerated studies at John Jay. “It’s a really tough program. You must maintain a 3.5 GPA. We all made it, though. If you struggle with certain classes, the professors are available, and you can participate in study groups.”

Getting Back to Their Colombian Roots

June 26, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Thanks to the efforts of Professor Carmen Martínez-López, Deputy Chair of the BMCC business department, BMCC students are becoming regular visitors to the Colombian Consulate in midtown Manhattan.
“The General Consul, Dr. Elsa Cifuentes, invited me to work with her to start a pilot program, which in the future will be extended to other campuses at CUNY and to other universities in New York City,” said Martínez-López. “I saw this as an opportunity to serve my college and university community and to give back to society.”
That pilot program began with a meeting between Dr. Cifuentes and a group of BMCC students of Colombian descent, in Spring 2013.
“The Consul General explained the different cultural, educational, and artistic activities the Consulate could offer them,” says Martínez-López.

$860,000 awarded for Dual IT Training

June 20, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Recently, BMCC’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development got some very good news—the department’s Sectorial Workforce Proposal requesting $860,000 in funding to provide computer repair and networking training was granted by the NYC Small Business Services.

Adding Coal to the Fire

June 20, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Chaweon (CHA-wun) Koo, one of the five student winners of this year’s English Department Faculty Writing Awards, admits that when she was growing up, her genre of choice, science fiction, “wasn’t cool like it is now.”
She was reading “both Sweet Valley High, and science fiction for kids,” she says, and was interested in “technology and more comic book-related stuff—and that was kind of unusual for a girl, someone who doesn’t fit the sci-fi geek mold.”

The Voice of Change

June 14, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

f you think speech class is just a place to hone public speaking skills, think again.
It’s important to note “both the history of the study of public speaking and the importance of showing students they have a voice,” says Professor Brianne Waychoff of the Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts department.
“Public speaking within communication studies dates back to Ancient Greece and the study of rhetoric that became necessary with the establishment of democracy and more people having a ‘voice’,” she explains.

Krystal on the Catwalk

June 12, 2013 | 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 career.

The Education of a Nurse

June 7, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

he nursing program at BMCC is respected across the City for its rigorous standards.
Admittance is contingent on passing the HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam—a predictor of student success in nursing school—and once enrolled, students must maintain a minimum grade point average in courses including anatomy and physiology. They also complete units on obstetrics, psychiatric nursing and pediatrics.

Past Into Present

June 6, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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

June 4, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.”

Defying Gravity

May 30, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.

BMCC Instructor Wins Literacy Recognition Award

May 23, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.

Meet the Author of The Stickup Kids—on Skype

May 21, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.

Dressing Up and Giving Back

May 20, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.

The Movement of a Scholar

May 15, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.

The Amazing Life of Worms

May 14, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.

A Mystery Unscrambled

May 7, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.