Plaza Donates 24 Boxes of Food to St. Francis Food Pantries

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On Friday, August 7, the St. Francis Food Pantries picked up 24 full boxes of food donated by members of the Plaza College community. Later that day, Bob Wechtenhiser, the college’s contact with the St. Francis Food Pantries, wrote this message to the Plaza community:

“We sent Plaza College’s donations to one of the locations we help support in the Bronx – “God’s Love in Action Ministries.” They were so delighted and thankful to receive your donation. It came at just the right time, as one of their other donors couldn’t help them that weekend. Your efforts really made a huge difference in the lives of their clients. Thank you for all you have done.”

Plaza first joined forces with St. Francis in 2012 due to the incredible leadership of our alumna Latonia White-Jessie. She led Plaza’s first drive brilliantly, and due to her efforts, she went on to win an Honor Society National Service Scholarship for her efforts.

Plaza will collect for St. Francis Food Pantries again in the near future, and anyone who would like to help with the next drive is encouraged to stop by the Student Life office. Read more about the St. Francis Food Pantries here:

We are endlessly thankful to all 38 members of the Plaza community who donated to this incredible cause and are listed below. (If you donated food and did not sign the donation sheet, please let Dean Howle know, and we’ll make sure you are recognized!)

  • Selena Barriga
  • Laura Butchy
  • Candice Callahan
  • Barbara Caridad
  • Sylvia Dearce
  • Nadina Dindyal
  • Sheena Donatien
  • Anne Eckhardt
  • Zekham Elmaliki
  • George Fielack
  • Susana Gould
  • Diego Hernandez
  • Jonathan Howle
  • Annette Iqbal
  • Rosalina Julien
  • Robin Kartiganer
  • Thelma Landivar
  • Lin Loffert
  • Andrea Lopez
  • Adelin Lopez Baez
  • Rajendra Mangal
  • Lynn McCann
  • Ratna Nohar
  • Maureen O’Connor
  • Alice Onofrietti
  • Regina Pokidaylo
  • Sophia Polito
  • Parvathy Ramachandran
  • Tyria Richardson
  • Jacqueline Sanchez
  • Aline Santos
  • Cassandra Spencer
  • Jody Stokes
  • Sharlene Valvano
  • Marilyze Vasquez
  • Jeff Walsh
  • Nesly Weche
  • Maxine Zwiebel

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Student Reviews: An American in Paris


During the Spring 2015 semester, students in Dean Loffert’s course “Introduction to the Arts” and Dean Howle’s course “Film Study” had the opportunity to see the new Broadway musical An American in Paris. The musical was inspired by the 1951 film starring the legendary Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.

However, the highly acclaimed Broadway director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon re-imagined it for Broadway, adding more songs and more backstory to the characters from the film. Wheeldon is a true “dance genius,” so the show was full of incredible dancing, ranging from classical ballet to tap and modern.

Ultimately, the show won four Tony Awards (Best Choreography; Best Orchestrations; Best Scenic Design; and Best Lighting), and most importantly, won rave reviews from the Plaza College students. Here are a few of their reactions!

Anna Adams: I simply loved the Broadway production of An American in Paris. The whole mise-en-scene was amazing, as was the way they easily maneuvered the set, stage, props, and designs into place without interrupting your thoughts on the characters and the idea of being in Paris. On Broadway, you connect differently. First, you tend to pay attention more to details, words, and actions because they are live. The performers’ skills pull you into their world on stage. You actually feel for them, and at the end, you want to be there, literally. It was amazing!

Joanna Odain: Going to the Broadway show was a great experience for me. This was my first time attending. The most exciting part of the show was the dancing and the costumes. I think it is important to attend live theater to gain the experience and to see the difference between the play and the movie.

Clarita Pereira: The show was very vibrant. The most exciting part for me was the mise-en-scene: the costumes, the staging, the props. It was an amazing experience for me. Attending live theater really helps you gain a different perspective. It also teaches the importance of being well-mannered.

Kerese Whyte: After the performance, we got to meet the lead actors and actresses and take pictures – their work was amazing. The greatest lesson I have learned was that no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, whether you are in your home town or in a strange place, be very courteous to others. I also learned that people will appreciate you more when you demonstrate good quality. This was truly amazing.


Don’t Miss the Second Annual Back to School BBQ on Friday!

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On Friday, August 28, Plaza College will host its second annual Back to School BBQ on the Terrace. Join us as we celebrate the upcoming fall semester with catered BBQ, great music, and live performances by Plaza’s talented students and alumni. There will also be a dessert contest open to students, staff, faculty, and administration.

The BBQ starts at 5:30 and ends at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free for Plaza students and staff, and those attending may bring one guest for $5.

To RSVP, e-mail Dean Howle at to confirm your attendance and if you are bringing a guest. Include your phone number, and be sure to let him know if you are entering the dessert contest. The winner receives a gift certificate!


Find Your Path to Success with Plaza College’s Career Pathways

Have you always wanted to further your education but didn’t know how to start? Have you been unable to complete your high school diploma or GED certification due to other commitments? Are you looking for a way to advance your career that will balance with your schedule?

Plaza College’s Career Pathways may be the answer! Designed to help students complete their GED certification in two semesters while also earning college credits, Career Pathways offers day and evening courses that fit your schedule. Learn from expert professors while earning your high school equivalency and jump start your associates degree at the same time.

Career Pathways students complete their GED requirements in their first two semesters, working their way toward majors in the School of Business and Technology or the School of Allied Health.

With extensive student support services and a prime location in Forest Hills, Plaza has everything you need to succeed! The fall semester begins September 10, so contact us now to start the application process. Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.

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August 24: This Week at Plaza

Friday, August 28: Welcome Back BBQ

August 24 through September 18: Where in the World is Plaza? Photo Contest

August 24 through September 4: Intersession in the ARC (by appointment)

Monday, September 7: Labor Day

Thursday, September 10: Fall classes begin

Friday Photo Flashback: 2015 Graduate Awards Ceremony

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On Thursday, July 16, 2015 graduates celebrated their achievements at the annual Graduate Awards Ceremony.

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Guests enjoyed dinner at Terrace in the Park as well as breathtaking views of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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Graduating students were presented with a wide range of honors and heard remarks from student speaker Ana Mira. Celebrate their achievements again with these new photos!

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Apply Now for Fall 2015 – School of Business and Technology

At Plaza’s School of Business and Technology, expert professors prepare students at the associate and baccalaureate level to compete in the dynamic business community of New York City. 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! Students have several areas they can major in:

-Business Administration Management, BBA

-Business Administration, AAS

-Accounting and Information Systems, AOS

-Information Sciences, AAS

-Office Technologies, AOS

With extensive student support services and a prime location in Forest Hills, Plaza has everything you need to succeed! The fall semester begins September 10, so contact us now to start the application process. Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.

August 17: This Month at Plaza

August 17 through September 18: Where in the World is Plaza? Photo Contest

August 17 through September 4: Intersession in the ARC (by appointment)

Friday, August 28: Welcome Back BBQ

Monday, September 7: Labor Day

Thursday, September 10: Fall classes begin

Alumnus Mykle Desir Performs at B.B. King Times Square

On Sunday, August 2, Plaza College alumnus Mykle Desir performed at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square. “Myke Brillz” brought down the house at his B.B. King debut during the opening act for rap star Lloyd Banks.

An enthusiastic standing room crowd cheered on Brillz as he performed his original rhymes with a professional D.J. backing him up. Among his many supporters in the crowd were alumna Ashley Santos, Dean of Student Life Jonathan Howle, and Professor Laura Butchy.

Desir graduated in 2014 from the BBA Management program. He has performed at several Plaza College events, including the 2014 BBQ and two Artists Cafés.

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Friday Photo Flashback: Graduation 2015

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Plaza Celebrated its 98th Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 27.

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Associates and Bachelor’s Degree students joined the Callahan family for the celebration, including a Commencement Address by Maria Torres. Relive the excitement with these new photos!

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