Medical Students Celebrate Candle Lighting

December 12, 2018

Congratulations to Plaza’s medical assisting students who attended the annual Candle Lighting Ceremony last week to recognize their hard work and dedication. Students were inducted into the American Association of Medical Assistants and received pins to commemorate the event.
In addition to event planners Dr. Husain and Diane Ferrer, speakers that evening included Dr. Belli, ProHealth manager Alpa Patel, and Dean Dolla.

December 10: This Week at Plaza

December 10, 2018

Thursday, December 13: Winter Wishes Gift Wrapping Party, 11:35-12:40 on the Commons

Thursday, December 13: Extended Day Final Exams 

Friday, December 14: Final Exams 

Saturday, December 15: Final Exams

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

Winter Break Schedule

December 7, 2018

Winter break begins on Wednesday, but Plaza College offices will be open during vacation except for December 24, December 25, and January 1. The ARC will be open for intersession by appointment only. Check the times below for more details, and if you have questions, call 718-779-1430.

Student Services Open

Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Late Finals

Only eligible students may take late finals, and they will be contacted directly by Student Services. Late finals will be offered by appointment on December 27, 28, 31, and January 2, 3, 4, and 7. All other late work must be completed in the ARC.

ARC Open for Intersession Work

Students will be contacted by the ARC if they are eligible to complete work during intersession to attempt a passing grade. The ARC will be open as follows by appointment only.

  • Thursday, Dec. 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 21: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 27: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 28: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 31: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 3: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 4: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 7: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Final Exam Study Day Tomorrow

December 5, 2018

Tomorrow is study day for final exams, so take advantage of the extra time to prepare.

  • Open Lab: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 201
  • ARC and Library open on a regular schedule
  • English study group: 10 a.m. in the ARC
  • Math study group: 11 a.m. in the ARC

Final Exams

  • Thursday, December 13
  • Friday, December 14
  • Saturday, December 15
  • Monday, December 17
  • Tuesday, December 18

December 3: This Week at Plaza

December 3, 2018

Tuesday, December 4: Student Life Raffle – Join Student Life on the Commons from 11:30-12:30 to meet Associate Director Risa Cohn, enter the final exams survival kit raffle, and learn more about Winter Wishes. Tickets for the raffle may also be purchased on Monday!

Tuesday, December 4: Candlelighting Ceremony – Contact Diane Ferrer in Career Services for details. 

Thursday, December 6: Study Day – ARC study group for English 10 a.m.; ARC study group for math 11 a.m.; Open Lab 10-2 in Room 201

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

Grant a Winter Wish!

December 1, 2018


For the second year, Plaza is teaming up with New York Cares to provide gifts to children through the Winter Wishes program!

What is New York Cares: Winter Wishes?
New York Cares provides holiday toys and gifts for tens of thousands of children, teens, and seniors at participating partner agencies across the five boroughs during a challenging time of the year. This year Plaza College and the department of Student Life are going to grant more than 40 wishes!

How do you grant a Winter Wish?

Step 1. Visit the Commons to pick up ONE “Winter Wish” from the holiday giving tree display outside the Student Life office, and take it to Professor Butchy or Director Cohn in the Student Life office in order to sign up.

Step 2. Buy the child’s selected gift! All of the gifts are available on Amazon. You may get gifts elsewhere, but please be sure to purchase the child’s selected gift. If you are having a problem finding the specific gift, see Professor Butchy or Director Cohn no later than Friday, December 7, and they will help you!

Step 3. Bring the unwrapped gift to the Student Life office by Wednesday, December 12, at 6 p.m. 

Step 4. Join us in the Commons during College Hour on Thursday, December 13, for a gift-wrapping party!

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to your help fulfilling Winter Wishes this holiday season!

Plaza Career Fair Draws a Crowd

November 28, 2018


On November 8, Plaza College and the Queens Chamber of Commerce partnered for a Career Fair. More than 80 students, alumni, and community members browsed job opportunities for positions ranged from clinical (medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, direct support, patient care associate) to administrative (medical billing & coding, front desk assistant, receptionist, medical records).

Many organizations were represented, including NYU Langone, City MD, ProHealth, Affinity Health Plan, E-Central Medical Management, EMU Health, Family Residencies and Essential Enterprises, Mt. Sinai – Queens, TSINY, Northwell Flex Staff, NYC Department for Social Services, Child Center of NY, S. John’s Episcopal Hospital, and Stratigic Level Consulting Group.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success!


November 26: This Week at Plaza

November 26, 2018

Monday, November 26: ARC Math Workshop, 11:40-12:35, Room 203 

Tuesday, November 27: ARC Math Workshop, 5:00-5:55, Room 203

Tuesday, December 4: Candlelighting Ceremony 

Tuesday, December 6: Portfolio Day 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.” – Joyce Giraud

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2018


On Tuesday, Plaza celebrated its annual Multicultural Thanksgiving Feast on the Commons. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators brought in an incredible variety of food, including everything from honey-glazed ham to chicken biriyani to curry to turkey and stuffing to lasagna. Attendees also enjoyed an amazing selection of desserts.

Dishes were sold for donations, and the event raised more than $800 to support Student Life projects. Stay tuned for details on our next initiative, Winter Wishes, a holiday program to help give children a wonderful holiday season by granting their fondest wishes!

Thank you to our many amazing volunteer servers, cooks, bakers, and donors! We could not have done it without you.

If you missed the event and want to donate, please see Professor Butchy in the Student Life office.


Congratulations Faculty Award Winners!

November 21, 2018


For the Spring 2018 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize 22 students who earned the Faculty Award.

To be honored in this category, students must earn a semester GPA between 3.4 and 4.0, carry at least 12 credit hours, earn no grade below a B, and have not yet taken LL61.

Congratulations to all!


  • Alvarez, Juan
  • Batista, Isabel
  • Bouck, Jacolyn
  • Burgos, Yulisa
  • Cobb, Brionia
  • Cochrane, Safara
  • Correa, William A
  • Creighton, Shakira
  • Cruz, Joshua D
  • Dadra, Sandeep K
  • DeCruz, Tisha
  • Dowling, Matthew J
  • Gosine, Nalini S
  • Iru, Keisha
  • Luemba, Penafiel
  • Madramootoo, Julia A
  • Omeally, Odeth R
  • Rayside, Nicole
  • Singh, Roshanie
  • Tribhowan, Purnima
  • Wint, Mario
  • Yang, Qiuyan


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