Student Writing: Stefanie Franklyn’s Graduation Speech

July 22, 2016

On June 11, Plaza College students gathered to celebrate the school’s 99th Graduation Ceremony. After greeting all those in attendance, student speaker Stefanie Franklyn wowed the crowd with an inspirational speech. Read her words below!

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Our time has come! It has been a long road. Congratulations, everyone, on this huge milestone that we have worked so hard for. I would like to thank each and every one of you for an amazing two years. I feel very special and proud to be a part of this class of 2016.

We have created a special bond with each other. Regardless of where we started or what background we came from, we now look at each other as a family. We have held each other up in times of weakness; we have inspired and encouraged each other. There were even times where we even fought with each other, but at the end of the day, we all are the same: a bunch of ordinary people with extraordinary dreams.

Before coming into Plaza, I had very little education. I had no idea where my next dollar was going to come from. I was a young mother of three children, one of whom is chronically ill and required all of my attention. I felt inadequate; I felt intimidated, but I knew I had to make a change. My children deserved a better life. I had to make something of myself in order to make life better for them. That’s when I decided that I needed to go back to school and further my education. I am sure all of you parents in the room can relate.

Then, on my first day of class at Plaza, I received news that my father had passed away. That, I can tell you all, was the worst day of my life. But I just could not let myself go. I needed to work on bettering myself. That was the day it all began. On that day, I decided to turn my pain into something positive. The pain I felt inside fed my hunger to succeed, and it pushed me to make the best out of my life.

With hard work and dedication, I was elected president of the Plaza College chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society, a title I never thought I would have. As president, I have been so proud to witness our community come together for some amazing causes. This past December, together, we were able to make the children in Jamaica hospital’s pediatric ward feel just a little bit better. The entire Plaza College community, from alumni to administrators and faculty to the class of 2016 collected a large amount of toys and we surprised each and every one of them at their bedside. It may have seemed like a small gesture, but it meant the world to those children. Across the campus, this graduating class has come together to fight breast cancer, to fight domestic violence, to fight hunger across the five boroughs of NYC, and to send books to children and adults all over the world. I can honestly say I have never in my life witnessed a group of people come together in spite of their busy schedules and make such a change.

I want you all to know something: Education is something that no one can take from you. This degree is something that we worked hard for. It was not just given to us. This not only came with days of little sleep, days of discouragement, and even days of disappointment as well. But you know what: we overcame it! We’ve proven to ourselves and everyone who has ever doubted us that the sky is the limit. I know how hard this journey was for all of us. But years from now, we will be able to look back with pride and say to ourselves: we did it!

Even through the toughest of times, we did it. I know what I am capable of, and I will no longer doubt myself. I hope you all will do the same. Ultimately it was the education and support that I received from Plaza that has given me the confidence that I needed to believe in myself again. I want you all to know that if you ever feel discouraged, or if you feel like you are not good enough, think about what we have accomplished here today. We worked hard for this, so with that being said, we can do anything we put our minds to.

Your education is yours; it’s yours for the rest of your life, and no one, no matter how hard they try, can take your education from you. Remember as Steve Jobs said, “your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.” Don't let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Graduates, we are champions, and in the words of the late Muhammad Ali, “Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Once again congratulations class of 2016!


Class of 2016 Celebrates Awards Dinner

July 20, 2016

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On Wednesday, July 13, the Plaza College community gathered at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park for the annual graduate awards ceremony. More than 200 students, alumni, family members, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoyed spectacular views and a sit-down dinner while the Class of 2016 was presented with a range of honors.

High honors students received medals for summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude grades, and 4.0 winners were honored for their achievement with plaques. Student winners were also announced for top graduate in each major as well as recognition for outstanding citizenship and performance in specific courses and disciplines.

Congratulations to all!

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July 18: This Week at Plaza

July 18, 2016

Monday, July 18: Extended-day Associates Registration 4:30-7:30, Commons; No extended day classes; Day classes ARE in session

Thursday, July 21: Day Associates Registration 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Commons; No day classes; Extended day classes ARE in session

Thursday, July 21: ARC open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Academic Assistance Sessions

Thursday, July 21: Academic Assistance SessionsAH1001 and AH155 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Room 201; English Portfolios from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 212; Keyboarding from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 202

Monday-Friday: Book Drive – donations accepted at the Student Life Office

Tuesday, July 26: Portfolio Day – No day class; Extended day classes ARE in session

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” – David Allen


Fall 2016 Registration Next Week!

July 15, 2016

Get ready to register for the fall semester! Registration for Fall 2016 begins next week, and students should plan to attend based on their program. Read all the details below!

Extended-day Associate Degree Students

Registration for extended-day associate degree students will take place on Monday, July 18, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Commons. Evening classes will NOT be in session that day, but day classes will take place as scheduled. Remember to take care of any Financial Services or Students Services holds before going to register, and be sure to arrive on time – registration is first come, first served!

Day Associate Degree Students

Registration for day associate degree students will take place on Thursday, July 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Commons. Day classes will NOT be in session that day, but extended day classes will take place as scheduled. Remember to take care of any Financial Services or Students Services holds before going to register, and be sure to arrive on time – registration is first come, first served!

Bachelor Degree Students

Bachelor degree students do not need to attend the sessions listed above. PIM students have received an e-mail from Dean Dolla with registration information, and they must respond to her email to make an appointment. BBA-Management students will receive an e-mail from Dr. Sibblis with available times to meet with her for registration.

Career Pathways Students

Winter 2016 Career Pathways students will receive a call from Student Services to make an appointment with Ms. Oliveras to register.

Please remember that children are not permitted at registration. Students with questions about registration should contact Student Services.


Manage Your Stress

July 13, 2016

It is portfolio crunch time, and the computer labs are full of students putting the final touches on essays, resumés, and presentations. There is tension in the air as everyone types and revises and debates about how to complete the final product.

That means there is stress in the air! However, you don’t have to let stress overwhelm you. Learn more about what causes or worsens stress and how you can reduce or handle it here!


July 11: This Week at Plaza

July 11, 2016

Tuesday, July 12: Academic Assistance Sessions

Wednesday, July 13: Graduate Awards Ceremony

Thursday, July 14: Academic Assistance Sessions

Friday, July 15: Academic Assistance Sessions

Monday-Friday: Book Drive – donations accepted at the Student Life Office

Saturday, July 16: Academic Assistance Sessions

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William S. Burroughs


Students Celebrate Plaza’s 99th Graduation

July 8, 2016

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On June 11, students were joined by faculty, administration, staff, and family to celebrate Plaza College's 99th graduation ceremony. Held at Queens College, the ceremony honored more than 250 associate's and bachelor's students.

After being greeted by President Charles E. Callahan, students heard inspiring messages from Dean of Academic Affairs Marie Dolla, Dean of Institutional Research Edward Dee, and student speaker Stefanie Franklyn. Degrees were then conferred, and students were inducted into the alumni association. The morning ended with students celebrating outside with guests and members of the Plaza community.

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Academic Assistance Sessions Return

July 6, 2016

Is there a class you are having difficulty understanding? Do you need more time with a professor to catch up on some late work? Then it is time to attend an Academic Assistance Session!

Academic Assistance Sessions are blocks of time when a professor will be available to help you with specific classes. You can make an appointment to work on essays, prepare for tests, or get tutored in a subject that is challenging. While these sessions cannot replace your regular class time, they are a great way to supplement your efforts with one-on-one tutoring with a professor.

Below are the sessions for this week. Stay tuned on Monday for the schedule of next week’s sessions! If you want to reserve time with a tutor, e-mail or call Director Fordunski at mfordunski@plazacollege.edu or 718-505-7276 with your full name, telephone number, and the name, date, and time of the session you plan to attend.

Wednesday, July 6: Academic Assistance Sessions: English 6-7 p.m. in the Library; Math/Accounting 6-7 p.m. in the Library; HT classes 6-7 p.m. in the Library; Keyboarding 6-7 p.m. in Room 208

Saturday, July 9: Academic Assistance Sessions: Keyboarding 9-12 p.m. in Room 202; Technology 1-3 p.m. in Room 201

Tuesday, July 12: Academic Assistance Sessions: English 5-7 p.m. in the Library; Math/Accounting 5-6 p.m. in Room 205; Technology/Keyboarding 5-6 p.m. in Room 212

Thursday, July 14: Academic Assistance Sessions: Math/Accounting 5-7 p.m. BBA Lounge; English 5-7 p.m. Library; Technology/Keyboarding 5-6 p.m. Room 209

Thursday, July 14 Academic Assistance Sessions College Hour 11:45-12:45 p.m.

English Room 205

Anatomy and Physiology Room 208

Medical Terminology/Coding Room 209

Keyboarding Room 202

Math/Accounting Room 212

Saturday, July 16: Academic Assistance Sessions: Keyboarding 1-3 p.m. in Room 209; Technology 1-3 p.m. in Room 202

Thursday, July 21: Academic Assistance Sessions: AH1001 and AH155 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 201; English Portfolios from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 212; Keyboarding from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 202

Please note: Sessions will be closed if no students arrive by the midpoint of the session. (For example, if a session is 5-7 p.m. and no students arrive in the first hour, the session will be closed at 6 p.m.)

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July 4: This Week at Plaza

July 4, 2016

Monday, July 4: No classes

Tuesday, July 5: Academic Assistance Sessions: English 5-7 p.m. in the Library; Math/Accounting 5-6 p.m. in Room 207; Keyboarding 6-7 p.m. in Room 209

Wednesday, July 6: Academic Assistance Sessions: English 6-7 p.m. in the Library; Math/Accounting 6-7 p.m. in the Library; HT classes 6-7 p.m. in the Library; Keyboarding 6-7 p.m. in Room 212

Monday-Friday: Book Drive – donations accepted at the Student Life Office

Monday-Friday: Semester Honors for Winter 2016 available for pick-up in the Student Life Office

Saturday, July 9: Academic Assistance Sessions: Keyboarding 9-12 p.m. in Room 202; Technology 1-3 p.m. in Room 201

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Take action. Every story you've ever connected with, every leader you've ever admired, every puny little thing that you've ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.” – Bradley Whitford


Apply Now for Fall 2016!

June 29, 2016

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Whether you are entering college for the first time, thinking about changing careers, or transferring from another institution, Plaza College is ready to help find a program that is right for you.

At Plaza’s School of Business and Technology, expert professors prepare students at the associate and baccalaureate level compete in the dynamic business community of New York City. Students can major in Business Administration Management, BBA; Business Administration, AAS; Accounting and Information Systems, AOS; or Administrative Studies, AOS.

At Plaza’s School of Allied Health, doctors and medical experts prepare students at the associate and baccalaureate level to enter the allied health workforce with up-to-date knowledge of the important laws and technology in the field. Students can major in Patient Information Management, BBA; Medical Assisting, AAS; Health Information Technology, AAS; Medical Office Technologies, AOS; or Medical Billing and Coding.

With extensive student support services and a prime location in Forest Hills, Plaza has everything you need to succeed.

The fall semester beginning in September will fill up quickly, so contact us today! Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.


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