Community College News

Taking on the Feds

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The College Fed Challenge is a prestigious annual competition sponsored by the New York Federal Reserve Bank. This year, a group of BMCC students will join that competition along with teams from 35 other schools including SUNY Geneseo, Rutgers University, William Patterson University, Medgar Evers College, Fairfield University and Columbia University. “I have confidence in […]

Diversity Day

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC’s first Diversity Day was hosted in Richard Harris Terrace and featured a student panel, guest speakers and a complimentary buffet luncheon with entrees from around the world. Sponsored by the Office of Compliance & Diversity, the event opened with a slide presentation [in its entirety, below], The Bias Blind-Spot: Stereotypes and Their Impact on Verbal […]

The Six-Year Solution

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

While on a tour of the BMCC campus on the second day of classes, 14-year-old high school freshman Cindy Coles was impressed by the classrooms (“really nice and extremely well-organized”) and the study labs (“a great place to study, since I’m a person of quietness”). But it was the library that got her pulse racing. […]

A New IT Leader for BMCC

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Veteran information technology professional Joseph Spadaro has joined BMCC as Vice President for Technology. “Over the past several years, BMCC has taken the lead in implementing new models of teaching and research that incorporate the best innovations in instructional technology,” says president Antonio Pérez. “As we move forward, Joe Spadaro’s expertise and creativity, as well […]

A Passion to Serve

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

The next time you dine in a restaurant, there’s a chance you’ll be served by an alum of Authentic Server—a first-of-its-kind training program for New York City waitpersons founded by BMCC graduate Marina Kazakova. Launched this summer, Authentic Server was one of 10 finalists in SmartPitch, a competition designed to foster and promote student entrepreneurship. […]

Countdown to the Rocket Pitch

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC business major Ben Kim Recently, BMCC business administration major Joosik (Ben) Kim joined 30 other young people in a two-week entrepreneurship training program at Babson College, in Babson Park, Massachusetts. “Santander Universities, part of Santander Bank, funded the program to help youth be open-minded, to broaden our understanding of the globalization of business and […]

Making an Impact

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC’s new Kaplan scholar, Chadrick Frederick “There are only two colleges on St. Lucia, and one is a medical college,” says accounting major Chadrick Frederick, explaining why he left his Caribbean home and enrolled at BMCC. “I used to go to New York City for vacations and to visit family,” he says. “The first time […]

A Man of Style and Substance

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

When BMCC business major Matthew Toland first entertained the possibility of transferring to a senior college, he wondered if his resume would be more of a hindrance than a help. After graduating from high school, he’d worked as a hair stylist for several years before getting around to taking his first college course—not the kind […]

Poetry in the Air

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC English Professor James Tolan Recently, BMCC professor of English and poet James Tolan was interviewed, along with poet Olivia Stiffler, on the nationally distributed public radio program, New Letters on the Air. Hosted and produced by Angela Elam, the show is an independent production of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University […]

Beacons of Excellence

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Every June since 1993, the Beacon Conference has showcased the research efforts of outstanding students at two-year colleges throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Simply to be selected to present their work in the one-day competition reflects an exceptional level of scholarship and originality. This year, two BMCC students—Humoyun Musaev and Anastasia Sidorenkova—were not only selected, but […]

Science for Forensics Makes Top Degrees List

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Schools.com recently posted an article, “6 extraordinary community college degrees in New York,” featuring the Science for Forensics program at BMCC. “These outside-the-box, two-year degrees are largely driven by and designed according to local demands, and they are few and far between in many other locales. Here are six two-year degrees, in no particular order, […]

Making Math More Meaningful

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Mathematics, says BMCC math professor Nkechi Madonna Agwu, is all around us—in our homes, classrooms and communities, and even in our apparel. A case in point: the colorfully patterned African head tie she is wearing. Last semester, a student in Agwu’s Discrete Mathematics class created a highly complex cryptographic, much like military codes used in […]

Meeting the Fundraising Challenge Head On

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

President Antonio Pérez, Robert De Niro, Special Guest Star Honoree, and Jane Rosenthal, Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival at the 2014 BMCC Gala. In recent years, as the economy has regained its footing, fundraising efforts by the nation’s college have paid off in a significant increase in philanthropic giving. Among the institutions responding to […]

The Value of Child’s Play

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Liberal Arts major Sarah Tiapula Stein grew up in Singapore and is fluent in Mandarin, French and ASL—American Sign Language. She’s an Out-in-Two scholar, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and on the Dean’s List. “I’m also participating in a research fellowship at Teachers College, at Columbia University; a Saturday enrichment program for children with […]

Getting Down to Business

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“I learned about BMCC when I was growing up in Sri Lanka,” says 2014 business administration graduate, Thathsara Palliyaguru. “A family friend had come to BMCC and won the statewide robotics competition, and he was saying how wonderful the professors and staff are, and how BMCC helps you with all aspects, not just academia.” Palliyaguru, […]

#GoodIdea

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Juan Batista, Office of Academic Affairs   If you don’t know what a hashtag is, don’t feel bad—the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary only just this year. Hashtags, unspaced phrases prefixed with a number sign (#), are added to messages and widely used on social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook and […]

The Long Road to a Satisfying Life

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

“When I was at CUNY Start, I did a research project about becoming a teacher,” says Daniel Quiroz. “I told the other students, we’re not going to get rich overnight, but we will have a life that will be satisfying to us.” The long road to the life Quiroz envisioned started when he left his […]

First Place Honors, in Saving Lives

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

 Left to Right: Kevin Ramdayal, Miguel Flores and Dave Cadogan Two paramedic instructors at BMCC, Kevin Ramdayal and Dave Cadogan, and an alumni of the program, Miguel Flores, recently won first place honors in the Fire Department of New York’s EMS Week Competition held in Metrotech Commons. All three members of the winning team are […]

Finding Beauty in Mathematics

September 30, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

(Left to right) BMCC Student Howie Terrence Shi and Professor Lina Wu   While visiting museums in Manhattan a few years ago, BMCC mathematics professor Lina Wu couldn’t help noticing that much of the artwork incorporated geometric shapes and patterns. The experience confirmed what she had long suspected—that equations, formulas and mathematical calculations often figure […]

Krystal on the Catwalk

September 30, 2014 | 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 […]