BHCC News for 2016
BHCC Business Students Inducted into International Business Honor Society
On December 15, 2015, in the BHCC Auditorium, 93 BHCC business students were inducted into Eta Mu, the first BHCC chapter of the Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society (ABG). Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs James Canniff, Interim Dean of Professional Studies and Workforce Development Wayne Wormley and Associate Professor and Department Chair of Business Administration Tony Fontes spoke at the event. Eta Mu’s newly elected officers then presented certificates to the new members.
Bunker Hill Community College Welcomes New Associate Provost at Chelsea Campus
Alice Murillo has been appointed Associate Provost of Bunker Hill Community College’s Chelsea Campus.
BHCC Students Get Dressed for Success—with a Little Help from Their Friends
Competing for jobs is tough. But thanks to the College’s Learn and Earn program, BHCC students are prepared to succeed. On October 29, just in time for the College’s Job Fair and the December Learn and Earn internship interviews, 130 students attended a fashion event called Professional Threads from 12 to 2 p.m. in D-Lounge. The majority of the students were business, general concentration and science/engineering majors; most were in the equivalent of their first year at BHCC.
State and Local Leaders to Collaborate on Higher Ed Plans for Chelsea
Political, business, community and education leaders met at the Chelsea Campus of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on January 12, 2016, to discuss plans for greater collaboration in meeting the educational needs of Chelsea’s large Latino community. Attending the gathering were owners of the local businesses, local and state education leaders, members of Chelsea’s city council and School Committee and representatives of nonprofit organizations, as well as faculty members, the president, two vice presidents, and other top administrators from BHCC.
Bunker Hill Community College Men’s Basketball Team Ranked in Top Ten Nationally
For the first time in Bunker Hill Community College history, the Bulldogs, the College’s men’s basketball team, have made the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Top Ten. The Bulldogs are ranked 8th in Division III. “We have a deep bench of skilled, athletic and happy players who work hard every game. That combination makes us difficult to beat,” said men’s basketball Head Coach Nkrumah Jones, ’01.
Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA Brings Rhyming Science to Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College celebrated Black History Month with Dark Matter: An Afternoon of Science and Stories with GZA a.k.a. "The Genius," founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, hip hop artist and science educator. GZA is co-founder of the Science Genius program, which engages high school students in science through hip hop.
Bunker Hill Community College Gets Up Close with Nightline’s Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts addressed an audience of students, faculty, staff and guests at Bunker Hill Community College on February 18, 2016, as part of the College’s long-running Compelling Conversations speaker series. In an upbeat and hopeful talk, the co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline shared his story of growing up in East Baltimore in a single-parent household and struggling to learn how to read and write.
Bunker Hill Community College Men’s Basketball Team Wins State Championship
For the first time in 11 years, the Bunker Hill Community College Men’s Basketball team has won the Massachusetts Community College Athletic Association statewide championship. During the season the Bulldogs sustained a ten-game winning streak, secured wins against the New England powerhouse Community College of Rhode Island for the first time in the College’s history, and rose to 8th position in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings.
Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by the ACEN
The Nurse Education Department at Bunker Hill Community College wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate in Science Degree registered nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
BHCC Student Vets Attend Elite Colleges through Posse Foundation
The Posse Foundation has selected Gregory Hardy and John Brindisi as Posse Veterans Scholars for their leadership in their places of work, communities and families. Each Posse Veterans Scholar attends Vassar College, Wesleyan University or Dartmouth College with a “posse” of 10 fellow veterans on a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. Brindisi will attend Vassar College in fall 2016; Hardy will attend Wesleyan University.
Bunker Hill Community College Announces ABA Approval of Paralegal Program
The Paralegal Studies Program at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has been granted approval from the American Bar Association (ABA). The official recognition, on February 9, 2016, makes BHCC’s program one of just four community college-based programs in Massachusetts approved by the national association.
Bunker Hill Community College Looks at Racial Inequality with Maria Hinojosa
Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of NPR’s Peabody Award-winning weekly program, Latino USA, spoke about racial inequality in the United States on March 3, 2016, as part of BHCC’s Women’s History Month celebration.
BHCC Basketball’s All Stars Go for It—Tonight!
They sustained a ten-game winning streak, beat the New England powerhouse Community College of Rhode Island for the first time in the College’s history, and rose to 8th position in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings, ending the season with a record of 25-10. It has been a very good season for BHCC Men’s Basketball team - The Bulldogs.
Bunker Hill Community College Students Win Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Awards
Bunker Hill Community College students Tung Doan and Sondos Alnamos have been honored by the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). Doan was honored by PTK as a 2016 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for having earned the top All-USA Community College Academic Team score in Massachusetts. Alnamos was named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar for having scored in the top 150 in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition.
Bunker Hill Community College Welcomes Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin
During a daylong visit to Bunker Hill Community College that included a classroom visit, a luncheon with students and faculty members and an address in the College gymnasium, Sybrina Fulton told students, “Protect your life. It is a valuable gem.” Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old high school student killed in a violent confrontation in 2012 in Sanford, Florida.
No Actual Cupcakes but Lots of Entrepreneurial Advice
Students streamed into the BHCC Auditorium on March 22, 2016, to see 33-year-old entrepreneur Johnny Earle, a.k.a. Johnny Cupcakes, taking selfies with fans in the audience. Meanwhile, Cupcake team members were handing out promotional items at the door. The self-taught businessman, it turns out, had some sound advice for Bunker Hill students, as he presented his success story, and got laughs from the audience. The BHCC Student Government Association had made a wise choice in bringing him to campus.
Bunker Hill Community College Publication Wins National Communications Award
An admissions welcome kit created by Bunker Hill Community College earned a silver award in the national communications contest sponsored annually by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). The awards, which honor outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges, were announced on March 13 at the NCMPR National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
“Jerry” from Ben & Jerry’s visits Bunker Hill Community College
Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., addressed a packed audience of students, faculty, staff and guests in the gymnasium at Bunker Hill Community College on April 14, 2016. His talk, accompanied with some tasty ice cream treats, was part of the College’s highly regarded Compelling Conversations speaker series.
Mayor Marty Walsh to Give Commencement Address at Bunker Hill Community College
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 42nd Commencement exercises, BHCC President Pam Eddinger announced today. The Commencement exercises will take place on May 21, 2016, on the Charlestown Campus.
Bunker Hill and MassBay Students Place 1st at Annual Mass Society of Radiologic Technologists Buzz Bowl
Bunker Hill Community College and MassBay Community College are pleased to announce a student radiology team has placed first at this year’s Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT) Buzz Bowl competition. The Buzz Bowl was part of the MSRT 85th Annual Conference. This year’s theme was “Pathways to Excellence in Diagnostic Imaging.”
Bunker Hill Community College Intern at Raytheon Wins National Internship Award
John Michael Kawooya, a BHCC student working as an intern at Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts, has won the national Two-Year Program Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA). This is the second consecutive year that a BHCC student has won the award. Jared Standish, who interned at EMC in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, took home the prize last year. Both students were part of the College’s Learn and Earn program, which offers students paid internships at top companies in Greater Boston.
Bunker Hill Community College Hosts Acclaimed Author of The Unknown Americans
Cristina Henríquez captivated the Bunker Hill Community College audience of students, faculty, staff and visitors on April 28, 2016, with the story of her development as a writer and the discovery of her Panamanian roots. She spoke as part of BHCC’s One Book program, which brings the entire College community together to read a single book over the course of an academic year. This year, members of the College community read Henriquez’ award-winning novel of immigrant life, The Book of Unknown Americans.
State House Ceremony Honors Bunker Hill Community College Graduate
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Sondos Alnamos was one of the 29 graduates of Massachusetts public colleges and universities honored at the State House May 9. Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Secretary of Education James Peyser and UMass President Marty Meehan attended the “29 Who Shine” ceremony.
Celebrating Forty Years of Helping
For four decades Bunker Hill Community College students have volunteered their time to help members of the College community and surrounding neighborhoods with their state and federal tax returns free of charge through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).
Gearing Up for Summer Jobs and Internships with Help from Professional Threads
Securing that first job is one of the biggest challenges faced by soon-to-be graduates. Professional Threads, a campus event produced by the career services team each semester, helps take the guesswork and stress out of assembling a professional look. Held on March 28 in D-Lounge, just in time for the Spring Job and Internship Fair, the event supplied students with coaching on personal presentation, networking and all the other elements that contribute to professional success.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh Addresses Bunker Hill Community College Graduates
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered the keynote address today at the 42nd Commencement exercises of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to a full house of graduates, family and friends. A record-breaking 1696 graduates received degrees and certificates, the highest number in the College’s history.
Bunker Hill Community College Honor Society Wins Multiple Awards
Alpha Kappa Mu, Bunker Hill Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), won multiple awards at two recent PTK events. Alpha Kappa Mu was honored as one of three five-star Chapters in Massachusetts, one of only 10 five-star Chapters in the New England Region and one of the Top 100 Chapters nationwide. It received the Distinguished Chapter Award, winning second place overall in the region. In addition, AKM won its first-ever International Hallmark Award, and first place overall for its Honors in Action Project “Power of the Heart.” AKM also won first place in the “Ideas and Ideologies” category and received a Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award.
Bunker Hill Community College Offers Free Career Training
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) announced today the TRAIN program, sponsored by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, which will provide free career training to 36 long-term unemployed Massachusetts residents.
Bunker Hill Community College Professor Wins Cisco Awards
Donna Akerley-Procopio, a professor in Bunker Hill Community College’s Computer Information Technology Department, has been recognized by Cisco Systems for her excellence in teaching and for her 15 years of dedicated service.
Bunker Hill Community College Awarded $1.2M Grant for Nursing Scholarships
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $1.2 million grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funds, to be awarded over four years, will provide scholarships for full-time Registered Nursing students from economically or academically disadvantaged backgrounds. Of the 78 grants awarded, BHCC is the only community college and the only institution in Massachusetts to receive a grant.
Bunker Hill Community College Announces New College Access Initiative
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has announced participation in the Open Education Resource Degree Initiative (OER), sponsored by national community college reform network Achieving the Dream (ATD). The College has been awarded a $100,000 grant to support the OER initiative, which aims to remove financial roadblocks that can derail student progress toward degree completion.
Bunker Hill Community College Awarded $1.2M Trio Talent Search Grant by U.S. Department of Education
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $1.2 million federal TRiO Talent Search Grant from the United States Department of Education. The funds, to be awarded over five years, will support the College’s TRiO Program, which provides college access services to prospective low-income, first-generation college students from Chelsea Public Schools as well as to local youths who have left high school and wish to return to school. Since 2011, the TRiO Chelsea Program has provided academic advising, career exploration, financial literacy, college visits and college and financial aid application support to more than 1,000 Chelsea youths from grades 7-12.
Governor Baker and State Officials Visit STEM Starter Academy
Top state officials got a chance to visit the first day of the STEM Starter Academy at Bunker Hill Community College on Monday, August 22, 2016. Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, House Speaker DeLeo, Education Secretary Peyser and Higher Education Commissioner Santiago observed and engaged with two classrooms during their visit.
Bunker Hill Community College Awarded $30K Grant for Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $30,960 continuation grant from the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI). BHCC was one of only 12 Massachusetts institutions of public higher education to receive an award.
Message from the President
We at Bunker Hill Community College want to extend our support to ITT Tech students during their challenging transition.
New Trustees Join Bunker Hill Community College Board
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomes two new members of the Board of Trustees, David Chang Tai-Wai and Stephen Chan, as well as a new student trustee, Loretta Esibi.
Bunker Hill Community College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomed new faculty and staff members at the College’s annual Convocation event, held on Thursday, September 2. During the event, BHCC faculty and staff members gathered together to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year, welcome new faculty and staff and engage in the early stages of planning for “the year of the engaged campus.”
Recognizing College Opportunity “Champions of Change”
The following press release was published on the White House website as a blog post on September 27, 2016.
Exchange Participants Build Workforce and Leadership Skills at Bunker Hill Community College
Exchange students arrived at Bunker Hill Community College, one of 14 colleges across 11 states, to participate in the 2016-2017 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. A program of the U.S. State Department, the CCI Program provides participants with quality education at U.S. community colleges and is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities and strengthen their English language proficiency.
U.S. Department of Education Awards $1.7M AANAPISI Grant to Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $1.7 million grant from the United States Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program, created to expand the capacity of educational institutions to serve these populations as well as low-income individuals. The funds, to be awarded over five years, will impact the College’s large and growing population of Asian American and low-income English language learners.
BHCC and President Eddinger Honored as a Champion of Change
President Eddinger and Bunker Hill Community College were honored at the White House on September 30, when President Obama named Eddinger one of the nation’s eleven “Champions of Change for College Opportunity.”
President Pam Eddinger and President Javier Miyares Bring Presidential Experience to ATD’s Board
The following press release was published on the Achieving the Dream website on September 22, 2016.
Bunker Hill Community College Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Wraps Up
Bunker Hill Community College celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 October 15, 2016. A series of events that honored the history, art and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans was held at the College’s Charlestown Campus and at its campus in Chelsea, one of three cities in Massachusetts with a majority Hispanic or Latino population. Faculty integrated the month’s themes into their art and science curricula.
President Eddinger Talks Student Hunger with WBUR
On October 28, 2016, BHCC President Pam Eddinger visited WBUR to talk with RadioBoston host Meghna Chakrabarti about the challenge of fighting hunger on college campuses. A long-time champion of eliminating hunger on college campuses, President Eddinger joined two other community college presidents in urging Senator Elizabeth Warren to push the federal government to study the issue.
A Post-Election Note from the College President
Dear BHCC Community, I am moved to write to you today after a troubled year of racial strife, followed by an unprecedented election season. It has been four decades since I came to the United States with my family, drawn by educational opportunities and the idea of freedom. That dream has proven to be as idyllic as it was arduous. But it is not until this past year that I have witnessed, in full relief, the shining promise and the abysmal darkness in the making of the American Dream. Many at the College have wondered about our way forward. What path do we follow as individuals, and as a community of scholars?
Students Attend Museum of Science’s first Women & Girls in STEM Networking Evening
On Friday, November 4, 11 students from BHCC attended the Museum of Science’s first Women and Girls in STEM Networking Evening, sponsored by Akamai.
Helping Students Speak Up - Stephen Snyder-Hill visits Bunker Hill Community College
Twenty-year Army veteran Stephen Snyder-Hill visited Bunker Hill Community College on November 10, 2016, as part of the College’s Veterans Day celebration. In 2011, several days after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the official U.S. policy on gays serving in the military, Stephen Snyder-Hill, then Captain Hill, was serving in Iraq.
Hack.Diversity Initiative Seeks to Bring Diversity to Boston Technology Industry
The New England Venture Capital Association announced today a new venture that seeks to improve diversity in the area’s top STEM companies. The initiative’s pilot will place twenty black and Latino students from Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Boston and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in internships at Carbonite, DataXu, Hubstop and Vertex this spring. Interns will be paired with a senior-level black or Latino mentor at their corporation to provide coaching and support.
Student Drawing Exhibit at Chelsea City Hall
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, students, faculty and staff gathered at Chelsea’s City Hall to premiere a drawing exhibit featuring works by students of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC).
Bunker Hill Community College Defines Community
“We are Community. We are BHCC.” This phrase serves as a reminder to the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) community that we stand as one, and affirms our commitment to a safe and inclusive campus for all students. Three of BHCC’s Institutional Values—Inclusiveness and Equity; Civic Engagement and Service; and Kindness and Respect all—go hand in hand with the significance of “We are Community. We are BHCC.”
Bunker Hill Community College and Phoenix Charter Academy Receive Gateway Cities Innovation Award
The “Phoenix-Bunker Hill Partnership”—Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and partner Phoenix Charter Academy—was recognized with a 2016 Gateway Cities Innovation Award at the fourth annual MassINC Gateway Cities Innovation Awards. The awards ceremony was held on November 15, 2016, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Chelsea High School Students Learn about Bunker Hill Community College at the Go Higher! College Fair
By 2020, according to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, 72% of all jobs in Massachusetts will require some amount of college education.
Single Stop Announces Social Innovation Fund Study Results and Latest Performance Numbers
At a press conference on November 30, Single Stop USA, the national nonprofit focused on eradicating poverty through connecting those in need to the more than $1 trillion in available governmental programs and resources, announced the results of a recent study into the organization’s effect on student achievement and success. The Social Innovation Fund-sponsored study was funded through New Profit and spearheaded by independent evaluators at RAND. The study observed low income, first-time college students and tracked Single Stop programs at 11 community college campuses. Overall, the evaluators found that students who use Single Stop are more successful than their counterparts who do not. Additionally, year-to-year persistence rates increased by as much as 11% over those students who did not take advantage of Single Stop’s services.
BCNC and BHCC Receive funding from ArtPlace America’s 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund
ArtPlace America announced that the One Chinatown project, a collaboration between Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), will receive funding through its National Creative Placemaking Fund in 2016. Twenty-nine projects were chosen, from almost 1400 applications, to receive $11 million in funding.
BHCC Student Recognized at White House MBK National Summit
On December 14, 2016, President Obama welcomed members of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) to the Whitehouse for its final MBK National Summit. Bunker Hill Community College student Devin Edwards participated on the panel MBK: Youth Voices.
BHCC President and Integrated Marketing and Communications Division Win Regional Marketing and Public Relations Awards
BHCC President Pam Eddinger was honored at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1 Conference as this year’s recipient of the Pacesetter of the Year award. The award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated special leadership and support in marketing and public relations. As recipient of the District 1 award, President Eddinger is automatically submitted as a nominee for the national award, to be presented at the national conference in March 2017.
A Brother’s Legacy: The Andrew Graham Narcus Semper Fi Scholarship at BHCC
A crowd of 1,000 participants jostled one another good naturedly at the starting line on a bright November day in Artesani Park in Brighton, Massachusetts. They had assembled to complete the Boston River Run, a 5K celebrating the life of Andrew Graham Narcus.
Bunker Hill Community College Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.