Borough of Manhattan Community College

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.

From BMCC to the Rubin

February 21, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Two years ago, Business Management Professor Michelle Wang came up with an innovative approach to career planning—one that would link the seemingly disparate worlds of business and Himalayan arts.
“My hope was to help business students develop a strong sense of humanity through museum visits and teaching,” she says. “In that way, they could become leaders who care about people, community, society and the world.”

BMCC at the MLA

February 18, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Every year, the Modern Language Association (MLA), hosts a convention attended by its 30,000 members from over 100 countries.
This year, among the hundreds of presenters at the convention were BMCC English Professors David Bahr, Chamutal Noimann and Joyce Zonana.

Seeing Stars

February 10, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Both Science Professor Quinn Minor and his student Macarthur Young are fascinated by the stars.
“Originally, I was into physics more than astronomy,” says Professor Minor, “and examining questions like, ‘How did the universe start?’”

Celebrating African Heritage Month

February 7, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Thanks to the efforts of a long list of BMCC students, staff and faculty, the Opening Ceremony to this year’s African Heritage Month took place in the first-floor lounge of BMCC’s main campus building with spectacular live music, dance and spoken word performances.

Therapy, a Caribbean band from Kaptain Productions, filled the open area with the uplifting, new world energy of reggae, soca, salsa and hip hop music.

Professor Zetta Elliott Featured in Harvard Seminar

February 4, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

On February 24, Ethnic Studies Professor Zetta Elliott will present a talk in the Canada Seminar at the Weatherhead Center for International Studies at Harvard University.

Opening Doors by Speaking Clearly

February 3, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Harold and Helen Derfner Foundation and of its trustee, Jay Lieberman, BMCC will soon house a state-of-the-art Communication Center where students from every department can refine their basic speaking skills.

The Center’s development will be spearheaded by BMCC communication studies professors Lee Ritchey—who brings to the classroom, many indispensible lessons learned from voicing hundreds of commercials and appearing in over 30 feature films and television shows—and Hollis Glaser, chairperson of the Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts department.

Former BMCC Professor Elizabeth Strout Long-Listed for Award

February 3, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Former BMCC adjunct professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Elizabeth Strout is among 16 contenders for the world’s most valuable prize for a single short story—£30,000, or about $40,500.

Mr. G meets Dr. Pérez

January 27, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

On his video segment “It’s a G Thing,” WPIX channel 11’s chief meteorologist Irv Gikofsky — or as he is popularly known, “Mr. G” — interviews BMCC President Antonio Pérez.

Paramedic of the Year

January 20, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

No one wants to experience a medical emergency. But if you do, this is the person you want on your side: BMCC alumnus Michael Blecker, who recently received New York State’s highest honor for paramedic, the 2013 ALS (Advanced Life Support) Provider of the Year award.
Blecker’s nomination for the prestigious award was triggered by his saving the life of a fellow paramedic, who was having a severe allergic reaction to strawberries.

Helping Healthcare Workers Build New Career Skills

December 18, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC will partner with the Wadhwani Foundation and 1199SEIU/United Healthcare Workers East in the launch of Race to a Job, an innovative job training initiative for healthcare workers in New York City.
Enrolled in the Medical Assistant Specialist program at BMCC’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, these workers will upgrade their skills and gain “stackable” credentials—competencies, skills and certifications they can accumulate over time to advance their careers.