Student of the Month: Kelvin Felipe

July 20, 2018

Congratulations to Student of the Month Kelvin Felipe! This medical assisting student earned recommendations from several professors for his hard work and professionalism.

“I am so happy for Kelvin,” says Dr. Susan Gunther. “He was a pleasure to have in my class and really worked hard at completing the course requirements. Whenever I see him in the hallways, he always makes sure to say hello to me. He is a great student, and I am looking forward to seeing him reach for the stars as he has the capability to do just that!”

Kelvin describes returning to school as a turning point for him: “Before Plaza College, I was going down a dark path, but then I started to realize it wasn’t getting me anywhere. I needed to make a change; everything in life happens for a reason. Today, I turn negative thoughts into positive motivation for me to succeed.”

His motivation is clear to his instructors, including Professor Robin Kartiganer. “His attendance is excellent, and he is always professionally dressed,” she says. “He is always willing to help others.”

Dean Jonathan Howle describes Kelvin as “the consummate professional. He adds an abundance of positive energy and collegiate spirit to Plaza. You don’t have to be around him long to realize that this is one young man who is bound for incredible success!”

Kelvin tells fellow students that they can succeed as well: “Don’t let your situation or problems get the best of you and block you from accomplishing the goals you want to accomplish. Your past does not define who you are; it’s how you rise from it. All honor and glory goes to God.”

Career Services Workshop Focuses on Soft Skills

July 18, 2018

On July 12, Career Services offered a workshop called “Soft Skills to Help Pay the Bills.” Participants learned about important skills needed to land a job and advance one’s career beyond the technical skills required for one’s major. Topics included how to improve in communication skills, enthusiasm and attitude, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Students listened to advice on how to improve and utilize these skills during interviews and in the workplace, with an emphasis on professional communication. Participants asked excellent questions and joined in the discussion with examples from their personal experiences.

Watch your email for more Career Services workshops in the fall!


July 16: This Week at Plaza

July 16, 2018

Monday, July 16: Extended-day Registration

  • English tutoring 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the ARC
  • Keyboarding tutoring 4:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 201
  • Business Law tutoring 4:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 305
  • Open Lab 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 202

Wednesday, July 18: Registration

  • Open Lab 10:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 201
  • Keyboarding tutoring 10:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 202
  • English tutoring 10:00-2:00 p.m. in the ARC
  • Accounting tutoring 10:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 211
  • Math tutoring 10:00-2:00 p.m. in the ARC
  • IT40 tutoring 10:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 207
  • AH1002 and MG230 tutoring 10:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 201

Wednesday, July 18: Annual Graduate Awards Ceremony

Thursday, July 19: Blood Drive – See Dean Loffert for details

Thursday, July 19: The Future of Healthcare in a Modern Society – Presentation by Dr. Carlisle St. Martin on the Commons 11:30-12:30

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” – St. Jerome

Congratulations Winter 2018 Faculty List Honorees!

July 14, 2018


For the Winter 2018 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize 21 students who earned the Faculty Award.

“Thank you very much for this honor,” said Sabina Gagliardi-Nocera. “I would not be here today if it were not for the kindness of Plaza College and seeing my potential, even before it was visible to me.”

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.

“My first semester at Plaza College was a bit challenging. I went through a rough time where I had to maintain two jobs,” adds Wennifer Ramos Mercedes . “My focus got derailed. I thought I was not going to make it, but with the help of my professors I was able to pull through. Now, I have more confidence and strive to do even better.”

Congratulations to all!

  • Baez, Frankcheska
  • Bello Fernandez, Gisel
  • Bergin, Sean
  • Borukhov, Elanit
  • Calle, Hillary
  • Drummond- Austin, Coleen
  • Evans, Shalimar
  • Gagliardi-Nocera, Sabina
  • Guzman, Liliana
  • Lance, Daisha
  • Luna, Desiree
  • Malahi, Yasmin
  • McDermon, Porcha
  • Melendez, Stephanie
  • Murillo, Solvy
  • Ramos Mercedes, Wennifer
  • Rivera, Yaribeliza
  • Small-Wagner, Samantha
  • Smith, Hasani
  • Sopelola, Deborah
  • Webb, Eunique


Register for Fall 2018 Next Week

July 11, 2018

Registration for Fall 2018 is next week, so be sure you are ready! Before going to register, it is essential to take care of any Financial Services or Students Services holds. Make plans to attend as scheduled below, and remember that children are not permitted at registration. Students with questions about registration should contact Student Services.

July 18 – Day Associate Degree Students

Registration for day associate degree students will take place on Wednesday, July 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Commons and in assigned rooms. Classes will be in session that day ONLY for court reporting, dental hygiene, and accelerated term students. There will be no extended classes on July 18.

July 16 – Extended Day Associate Degree Students

Registration for extended-day associate degree students will take place on Monday, July 16, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the Commons and in assigned rooms. Day classes are in session on Monday, and evening classes will be in session ONLY for court reporting and dental hygiene students.

Bachelor Degree Students

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

Leave of Absence, and Accelerated Term Students

Leave of absence students register in Student Services by appointment only. Accelerated term students will be registered through Admissions.

July 9: This Week at Plaza

July 9, 2018

Tuesday, July 10: Alumni Inspiration – Join Student Life in the BBA Lounge from 11:45-12:30 to hear from Cynthia Davis, an alum who recently earned her master’s degree. 

Thursday, July 12: Career Services “Soft Skills” Workshop 11:45 a.m. in the BBA Lounge 

Friday, July 13: Last day to request to withdraw from a class 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

Congratulations Winter 2018 Dean’s List Honorees!

July 6, 2018


For the Winter 2018 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize 76 students who earned a place on the Dean’s List.

“I couldn’t wait to tell my little brother,” said Warren Rose. “He looks up to me, so I want to motivate and encourage him that anything is possible if you work hard.”

To be honored in this category, students must earn a semester GPA between 3.3 and 3.64, carry at least 12 credit hours, and earn no grade below a B.

Congratulations to all!

  • Allen, Elizabeth
  • Babakhanova, Esther
  • Baptiste, Gabrielle
  • Barcia, Stephanie
  • Borochoff, Ariella
  • Brighthart, Jasmine
  • Butler, Raven
  • Catalanotti, Rocco
  • Chatman, Shatika
  • Chen, Diane
  • Chicaiza, Ximena
  • Chin, Tamickyo
  • Clarke, Marlene
  • Dorsett, Roxanne
  • Eastman, Kahlea
  • Echevestre, Daniella
  • Giraldo, David
  • Glasgow, Vonetta
  • Graham, Novena
  • Greene, Shante
  • Hernandez, Juliana
  • Hernandez-Arevalo, Mirna
  • Hooper, Neoka
  • Jacobs, Zoe
  • Johnson, Kimberly
  • Johnson, Nicole
  • Joseph, Daniel
  • Kelly, Ashalay
  • Krifca, Floriana
  • Laurent, Esther
  • Lauser, Danielle
  • Lopez, Priscilla
  • Lugo, Jessica
  • Marrero, Janet
  • Mayers, Curtoria
  • McDonald, Dajah
  • Mckenzie, Erica
  • Mendoza, Kuiana
  • Mitchell, Otelia
  • Munoz, Karen
  • Myers, Christine
  • Noel, Rebertha
  • Nunez, Jennifer
  • O’Brien, Brittany
  • Olivas, Alondra
  • Patterson, Mercedes
  • Pena, Argenis
  • Philip, Dorrett
  • Quach, Cindy
  • Ragin, Gail
  • Rahman, Kamilah
  • Ramones, Evelyn
  • Ramos, Jessica
  • Randall, Lataya
  • Reyes, Glendalis
  • Rodriguez, Jennifer
  • Roque, Elsa
  • Rose, Warren
  • Rowe, Jacqualine
  • Rubiano, Clara
  • Rufle, Jessica
  • Santana, Desiree
  • Sanz Cordero, Zrinil
  • Segarra, Katherine
  • Singh, Gursewak
  • Singh, Gurwinder
  • Smallwood, Kimberly
  • Thorsen, Christina
  • Tonge, Shakeena
  • Torres, Romina
  • Valentin, Carmen
  • Velasquez, Jorge
  • Velazquez, Ivelisse
  • Walker, Jasmin
  • Wilkes, Olivia
  • Williams, Aiysha


Plaza Celebrates 101st Commencement

July 4, 2018


On June 24, Plaza celebrated its 101st graduation commencement at Queens College in Flushing. Students graduated from several programs in the schools of Business Administration, Allied Health, and Legal Studies.

After students, faculty, and administrators processed in accompanied by musical ensemble Wholly Brass, everyone was welcomed by Dr. Edward Dee, Dean of Institutional Research. Attendees were led in singing the National Anthem by student Sharlene “Charlie” Valvano, and Charles Callahan IV, Chief Operating Officer, greeted those in attendance.




Dean of Academic Affairs Marie Dolla was joined by Dean Lin Loffert in welcoming the student speaker, Olexa Capili. (Stay tuned to read her full speech in a future post!) After her inspiring words, graduates processed across the stage to receive their degree covers and then joined Dean of Student Life Jonathan Howle and Director of Student Advisement Candace Nixon in reciting the alumni pledge.

Congratulations to all graduates! A complete slide show of graduation photos will be unveiled on the Commons in the coming weeks. Stay tuned here to see more official photos and graduation coverage.



July 2: This Week at Plaza

July 2, 2018

Wednesday, July 4: No Classes – Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 5: Sigma Kappa Delta Poetry Slam, 11:40-12:40 on the Commons 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Congratulations Winter 2018 President’s List Honorees!

June 29, 2018


For the Winter 2018 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize 52 students who earned a place on the President’s List. “I want to tell everyone because I’m very proud of my accomplishment,” says Kimberly Alsuran.

“I feel great,” adds Kiamani Fulton. “I can’t wait to tell my family about the great news. Thank you so much!”

To be honored in this category, students must earn a semester GPA between 3.65 and 3.79, carry at least 12 credit hours, and earn no grade below a B.

Lauren Ramirez thanked her professors: “I’ve had amazing instructors like Professor March, Ms. Rullo and Professor Krampf who encouraged me to set my goals high and accomplish them. With their encouragement and positive feedback, I managed to remain persistent with my education.”

Congratulations to all!

  • Akhter, Mahmuda
  • Albino, Beatriz
  • Alsuran, Kimberly
  • Artis, Krystal
  • Badson, Winsome
  • Bernadotte, Rommelyne
  • Blanco, Evelyn
  • Burgos, Cynthia
  • Carchi, Isabel
  • Chen, Meng Xian
  • Coleman, Bibi
  • Corona, Wendy
  • Correa, Carwin
  • Diaz, Jessica
  • Dolkar, Yangchen
  • Fulton, Kiamani
  • Gerardo, Mercedes
  • Giardina, Nicole
  • Giral, Karen
  • Guanuchi, Inari
  • Heath, Cheryl
  • Hernandez, Dianah
  • Huestipac, Veronica
  • Hunt, Natalya
  • Jimenez Velez, Iselsa
  • Jonke, Gabrielle
  • Karonboch, Nesrine
  • Khan, Mustab
  • Lobo, Jeniffer
  • Lubiano-Medina, Karla
  • Nissanian, Elisheva
  • O’Donnell, Christina
  • Ortiz Andujar, Sixmelly
  • Pan, Qian
  • Peterson, Shaniquah
  • Phillips, Kasey
  • Polizzi, Katherine
  • Ramirez, Gisselle
  • Ramirez, Jessica
  • Ramirez, Lauren
  • Rampersaud, Radhika
  • Rashid, Farin
  • Roman, Catherine
  • Schirmer, Alexandra
  • Smith, Dominique
  • Srilapa, Jennisa
  • Trumpet, Tandrea
  • Urgo, Brett
  • Valentin, Christina
  • Vitagliano, Maria
  • Wheeler, Latoya
  • Williams, Latisha


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