grades + apology + thank you + happy summer!

dear all,

First, I apologize to you for the short notice about today’s meetings- I had a medical emergency. I am extra sorry to those of you who made a special trip to campus.

I’ve posted your grades on CUNYFirst, so you should be able to see them now.  They are also on Blackboard in a column called “Final Grade Total.”

If you have any questions about your grade, first look at Blackboard to check the grades that were entered for your assignments & also look at the syllabus for the breakdown of the grade calculation.

If you had excessive absences or lateness, I may have deducted points from your final grade (as per my attendance policy in the syllabus).  Similarly, if you did not turn in assignments, your grade was affected.

If you think there is a mistake with your grade (such as a data entry error or a grade calculation error)  send me an email request to make an appointment to meet to discuss the problem. I will not be  on campus on a regular basis until late August, but I will let you know when I am available to meet.

I would love to  see you in my other class, Introduction to Sociology. Please also tell your friends who may be interested in this class. I teach several sections of  this course every semester.

I had a wonderful time teaching and learning with you this semester! Our conversations in class always gave me a lot to think about.

Please keep in touch.

all my best for a happy and healthy summer,
Professor Munshi

meeting today: optional

Given the bad weather and the massive train delays already today, our meeting today is now optional.

If you would like to come in and pick up your essay, you can come to my office during your appointment time– if not, we can make other arrangements if you would like your essay back.


info about a summer job

from Dr. Michelle Ronda, a Criminal Justice professor at BMCC:

BMCC Students and Alumni (or soon-to-be alumni!):

Would you like a summer job near campus?

Would you like to support public parks?

Would you like to learn about research and build your résumé?

Would you like a flexible work schedule, to work on a great team, and have a fun and rewarding summer job?

If so, we may have just the job for you!

Faculty in the Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice Department have teamed up with our local neighbor, the Battery Park City Authority, on a research study about the public parks of Battery Park City.

Professors Isserles (Sociology) and Ronda (Criminal Justice) will be supervising this project about the public parks of Battery Park City this spring, summer, and fall, and we are inviting students to apply for paid work as research assistants and research supervisors.

For more information about this great opportunity, please contact Professor Michelle Ronda at and include:

  • Your name, address, and phone
  • Your major
  • Any relevant research experience (in class or employment)

reminders for this week…


We are coming to the end of the semester. Please see the below reminders for the next two class sessions:

Thursday, 5/18:  Your final essays are due to me on Thursday, May 18. There are no exceptions- I will not accept any late essays.

On 5/18, you will each also conduct a 10 minute presentation about your research. Your responsibility on this day is also to be a respectful audience member for your classmates. This means you must be in class on time, at 2:00 PM.  If you are not in class on time, you will lose points on your presentation grade.

Friday, 5/19: BMCC is on a Thursday schedule, to make up for the snow day earlier in the semester. Since you had an out of class assignment– watching Race: the Power of an Illusion– we already made up the time for this class. We will not meet on 5/19.

Thursday, 5/25: We must meet on this day/during finals week. We will have mandatory individual meetings in my office, between 2:00-4:45. I will circulate a sign-up sheet in class on Thursday.

Be in touch with any questions.

Professor Munshi

update on evaluations

As you know, BMCC has sent out a link for course evaluations.

We will do our own in-class reflections about the semester on Thursday.

But, in the meantime, please fill these evaluations out.  To motivate your participation, I will give the whole class one extra credit point if you get to a 90% response rate, as a class.

Right now, you’re at 60%. You only have a few days left– the link is active until May 19.