Borough of Manhattan Community College

“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 […]

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.