What's New and Noteworthy@BCC

Fall/ Winter 2012

Dear Friends, Alumni, and Colleagues:

The approximately 11,500 students in our fall 2012 enrollment join us at a time when our historic campus is receiving an extraordinary level of positive local and national attention. They are the first group of students to have the privilege of studying and attending classes in our new North Hall and Library, a nearly 100,000 square-foot, classically designed building, well equipped with twenty-first century instructional technology. We celebrated the completion of the first major new construction on our University Heights campus, since it became BCC's home, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 21, attracting some 250 people.

The library opening event received major media coverage, including two feature articles in The New York Times, one focusing on the building itself and another profiling artist Daniel Hauben, who was commissioned to create the Bronx-themed art now permanently installed in the library.

Less than a month later, our campus further distinguished itself when it became one of twenty sites in 2012 to receive National Historic Landmark status. Announced by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, our University Heights campus was cited as a "nationally significant example of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States." I am proud that BCC is the first community college campus to be so honored.

Our primary focus remains on student success, committing ourselves to expanding those practices and promoting a culture that helps more students achieve their academic and career goals. Among the important initiatives in this area:

  • On October 12, BCC's Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology hosted "Threshold to Threshold: ePortfolio and Active Learning from the First Year to Transfer," a conference drawing nearly 100 participants from several CUNY colleges. The gathering drew inspiration from our own hugely promising First Year Seminars, which have grown from last spring's pilot version to an impressive complement of 20 classes now serving 500 students.  By providing a road map for student success in the very first months of their BCC experience, the First Year Seminars are aimed at increasing our retention and graduation rates.
  • BCC is now part of the Bronx STEM Scholars Program. Over the summer, four   science, technology, engineering, and math students from BCC completed a laboratory research training program at Lehman College, which culminated in the presentation of a paper based on their studies. When these young scholars receive their associate degree, they will transfer to Lehman to complete their bachelor's degree. The ultimate goal of the program is to add to the minority presence in an increasingly science-oriented workplace.

Talented and committed faculty and staff are critical to student completion and graduation. I welcome opportunities to highlight the work of those dedicated to student development.

At this year's Convocation on September 14, I had the pleasure of presenting our first two Employee Achievement Awards, which will now be a regular feature of every BCC Fall Convocation. The Extra Mile Award, which "recognizes an employee who has implemented an initiative that has resulted in, or will result in, increased service to students or increased productivity and effectiveness of business operations," went to Ediltrudys Ruiz, director of Information Services in the Department of Information Technology. The Making a Difference Award, given to "an adjunct faculty member who, during the past academic year, has made a contribution to the college community beyond the classroom," was given to Donovan Corke, an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Physics and Technology. Nominations for next year's awards can be submitted to my office by any member of the BCC faculty and staff.

Strong leadership is also critical to the success of our student body. Dr. Athos K. Brewer has been appointed Vice President of Student Affairs. Most recently, Dr. Brewer was dean of students at Northern Virginia Community College.  I am also pleased to have named Dr. Eddy Bayardelle as vice president for Institutional Advancement. Dr. Bayardelle comes to BCC after serving as president of the Merrill Lynch Foundation, where he oversaw the financial services firm's education-focused global philanthropic efforts. I also named Dr. David L. Hadaller our new interim vice president of Academic Affairs. Dr. Hadaller has been a valued member of the BCC community since joining us last year as acting dean of Academic Affairs. John S. Berman has also joined us as acting assistant dean for Evening and Weekend Programs. Prior to joining BCC, he was an educational policy analyst for the Office of the New York City Comptroller. And finally, Jesenia Minier-Delgado is our new director of affirmative action, having served as equal employment opportunity manager for the State of Connecticut's Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

I welcome opportunities to reassign talent from within in ways that both enhance professional development and further our mission. An example is the transfer of Dr. Neal Phillip, most recently chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, to acting associate dean for student success in the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Luis Montenegro, coordinator of our Mathematics, Science and Technology Division and chairperson of the Physics and Technology Department, was also made an acting associate dean of Academic Affairs for Curriculum and Faculty Development. I know Dr. Phillip and Dr. Montenegro will have support and input from the entire college community as they dedicate themselves to these critical efforts.

My best wishes to all of you as the fall and winter seasons get underway.

Warmest regards,

President's signature
Carole M. Berotte Joseph, President

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