Preparing for Portfolio Deadlines

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As portfolio deadlines approach, students should plan ahead to avoid last-minute challenges. Always print out materials before the day they are due, so there will be time to get more paper or find another printer if necessary. Plan to arrive early on the day portfolios are due, and be sure not to miss any classes in order to have all the latest reminders about the portfolios.

Also, students are encouraged to make an appointment with an English professor in the Academic Resources Center to review portfolio essays. Since the ARC will be extra busy the next few weeks, be sure to book ahead to make sure a professor will be available. The ARC is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, call 718-779-1430, extension 3354, or just stop by on the first floor next to the library.

See the ARC website for additional information, including the complete ARC tutoring schedule, MLA handouts, and grammar review sheets.

Student of the Week: Aline Santos

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The Department of Student Life is proud to announce this week’s Student of the Week: Aline Santos! Already looking forward to graduation next year, Aline will be the first of her six siblings to graduate from college. Read more about her journey below, and then see what her professors have to say.

How does it feel to be our Student of the Week?

I feel like I conquered Mount Everest!  All my hard work is paying off.

What is your inspiration every day?

My two sons are my inspiration. I want them to be proud of me.

What is your guiding philosophy every day? 

Coming back to school after so many years proved to be both an obstacle and a challenge; however, I know if I sacrifice my time, and put forth all my effort, the opportunities upon graduating are endless. My drive pushes me every day to learn more, and I am wholeheartedly waiting for the day to walk down that aisle, as the first college graduate out of my six siblings.

What is your dream job?

I would love to work for an insurance company as an insurance broker. Eventually, I would like to own my own firm.

What are the best ways to succeed at Plaza College?

To succeed in Plaza, one MUST get to school every day, on time, and finish your all assignments.

What “Plaza secret” should every incoming student know?

Plaza offers a lot of help in areas where a student may be weak.

Who were you most excited to tell you won Student of the Week? Why?

My 10-year-old son, because he’s so easily influenced, and there’s no better influence for a child than to see their parent succeed.

What song do you listen to the most?

“Fall for you” by Leela James

If you could go anywhere over the semester break, where would you go?

I would go to Orlando, Florida! My son passed all his classes too, so I would love to take him to Universal Studios.

For me, Plaza College means ….. (Finish this sentence)

Success!

According to her professors… 

Professor Lynn McCann: “The qualities I treasure in Aline Santos are her sunny disposition, quiet dignity, and intellectual curiosity. She is a joy to have in the classroom and will contribute successfully to her profession. What a role model!”

Dr. Susan Gunther: “Aline is a wonderful student, who is full of life and determination to succeed at Plaza College. She is hard working and always looking to further the discussions in class. Describing Aline, I will include words like professional, outgoing, charismatic, smart and funny. Wishing her all the best for a very bright future ahead of her here at Plaza!”

Professor Parvathy Ramachandran: “Aline stood out in the General Biology class during Winter 2015 by being very enthusiastic and interested in the subject. She was always quick with questions about various topics and also volunteered. She participated in all class activities and also had perfect attendance. I miss having her in my classes this semester. Not only was she a great student in the class, she also works very well with her classmates while doing group activities. I wish her the best in everything.”

Professor Madeline Lebron: “She is very professional, respectful, and responsible. She is very sweet and gets along very well with her classmates.”

Dean Jonathan Howle: “Aline Santos has a very unique “spark.” She lights up any class with her great intelligence and spirit – and is professional, kind, and courteous to the core. Just being in her presence, you know that this young woman is bound for greatness!”

Congratulations to the Winter 2015 Dean’s List Honorees

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Plaza has brought back the Trustees’ List, President’s List, Dean’s List, and Faculty Awards to recognize outstanding students each semester. These awards are based on students’ academic achievements from the most recently completed semester.

This week we recognize students who earned a place on the Dean’s List. To be honored in this category, students must earn a semester GPA between 3.30 and 3.64, carry at least 12 credit hours, and earn no grade below a B.

Congratulations to all!

  1. Mona Abouelelaa
  2. Ruhi Afzal
  3. Stephanie Alexandre
  4. Hazra Amin
  5. Elizabeth Arroyo
  6. Maria Baires
  7. Debra Begner
  8. Yesenia Bloise
  9. Madelyn Bonilla
  10. Jhina Carrico
  11. Jania Centti
  12. Tiffanny Clarke Walker
  13. Paola Contreras
  14. Nadina Dindyal
  15. Quaneisha Dixson
  16. Danee Dupre
  17. Denise Fernandez
  18. Robin Forde
  19. Gabriela Ghirawoo
  20. Tashonda Gilmore
  21. Esmeralda Gomez
  22. Katherine Gomez
  23. Adelaida Gonzalez
  24. Angela Gordon
  25. Kimberly Grant
  26. Jehirin Grullon
  27. Paula Gutierrez
  28. Dularie Han
  29. Amanda Harris
  30. Tiffany Imes
  31. Annette Iqbal
  32. Courtney Johnson
  33. Gail Kirkland
  34. Tiffany Lacen
  35. Marsha Laing
  36. Padmani Lakharam
  37. Shamara Larue
  38. Patricia Lindor
  39. Andrea Lopez
  40. Judith Martinez
  41. Precious Montgomery
  42. Azime Nekere
  43. Jasmine Ochoa
  44. Giovanna Palomino
  45. Tymeasha Peoples
  46. Ivett Perez-Lopez
  47. Jenny Plaza Rojas
  48. Shimei Rainey
  49. Jorge Rivera
  50. Amanda Roman
  51. Erica Rosas
  52. Myleen Seri
  53. Jazmine Torres
  54. Germain Vilson
  55. Maxine Williamson

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Plaza Students Participate in 98th Graduation Ceremony

 

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On Saturday, June 27, students were joined by their families, faculty, administration, and staff to celebrate Plaza College’s 98th graduation ceremony. Held at Queens College, the ceremony recognized the hard work of more than 160 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, Associate Dean Edward Dee, and student speaker Maria Torres. 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. Congratulations to all graduates!

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June 29: This Week at Plaza

Friday, July 3: Holiday – No Classes

Saturday, July 4: Holiday – No Classes

Daily: St. Francis Food Pantry Canned Food Drive

Daily: Auditions for Plaza College BBQ Jazz Festival – If you sing or play an instrument, e-mail Professor Butchy for more information!

Daily: Fundraiser for Nepal

Daily: Students who earned Trustees’ List, President’s List, Dean’s List, or the Faculty Award may pick up their certificates in the Student Life Office.

 

Congratulations to the Winter 2015 President’s List Honorees

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Plaza has brought back the Trustees’ List, President’s List, Dean’s List, and Faculty Awards to recognize outstanding students each semester. These awards are based on students’ academic achievements from the most recently completed semester.

This week we recognize those students who earned a place on the President’s List. 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.

Congratulations to all!

  1. Jessica Alvarez
  2. Sharmina Begum
  3. Nehemie Bien-Aime
  4. Lyssa Bitar
  5. Marissa Bodolato
  6. Yvette Casanova
  7. Martine Chevalier
  8. Jennifer Colon
  9. Robin Crutchfield-Blum
  10. Mariela Cruz Batista
  11. Timothy Dubose
  12. Jezabelle Durecout
  13. Kimberly Feliciano
  14. Melizza Gomez
  15. Shanessa Grant
  16. Rene Gual
  17. Karen Jackson
  18. Brenda Livingston
  19. Berline Luc
  20. Nickatsha Marshall
  21. Sandra Meade
  22. Stephanie Mendoza
  23. Sherese Mills
  24. Lissette Morales
  25. Maria Olaya
  26. Andrea Pacheco
  27. Krishna Patel
  28. Nestor Pina
  29. Gail Ragin
  30. Takiya Roebuck
  31. Indira Singh
  32. Yuk Hung Siu
  33. Ifeoma Sonwu
  34. Evelyn Stephen
  35. Eileen Tabares
  36. Umbareen Tariq
  37. Tandrea Trumpet
  38. Courtnay Wilks

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Student of the Week: Darnell Oliver

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The Department of Student Life is proud to announce this week’s Student of the Week: Darnell Oliver! This accomplished young man graduated today with his bachelor’s degree in Patient Information Management. Read more about his journey below.

How does it feel to be Student of the Week?

It’s an honor and it feels amazing to be chosen as student of the week. It’s a great accomplishment and very motivating as well.

What is your inspiration every day?

I would have to say my inspiration every day is “Me” and my parents. I challenge and inspire myself every day to be better than the day before. My number one goal in life is to be successful in anything I put my mind to and to be as independent as I can be. My parents are my best support team and inspiration.

What obstacles, challenges, and opportunities have helped shape who you are today?

My journey to Plaza College was a very challenging. After graduating from high school back in 2005, I told myself that this was it! I would never go to college. So I got job and was comfortable with just working, until I was laid off. After that, things got really stressful for me. I couldn’t find work, and the jobs that I did want required a college degree. This caused me to be on unemployment for two years, not working or doing anything productive. The only thing I had to look forward to was my dancing. This kept me busy and physically fit.

Back in January 2012, I had a very long conversation with my aunt about getting a College degree. At first I didn’t want to hear it, but then I started reflecting on the past few years of not working, being laid off, and my future. So, my aunt gave me the information about Plaza College and told me “Use this information when you’re ready, not because someone tells you it’s a good idea to go to College. Do it when you really feel you’re ready.”

In May 2012, I started my first semester at Plaza College. It was not easy at first, and it was scary going back to school. Then, I made friends and became very close to my professors. After my first semester, my fears went away. I began to enjoy attending school and learning new things. I joined groups and other school activities such as bake sales and teaching choreography for the V-day play. which was really fun. I made lots of new friends, received lots of awards, and even became a member of two Honor Societies: Alpha Sigma Lambda and Sigma Kappa Delta. This experience was truly life-changing, and personally it made me a better person.

What is your dream job?

My ultimate dream job is to own my own dance school and dance company. But for now my dream job is to be a Clinical Psychologist. I would like to also start my own counseling and therapy group for the LGBT community as a side job.

What are the three best ways to succeed at Plaza College?

The three best ways to succeed at Plaza College are dedication, motivation and building a bond with your professors. Plaza professors are AWESOME, and they will be there for you every step of the way.

What “Plaza secret” should every incoming student know?

My secret for every incoming student is Dean Howle and Dean Loffert are two of the most talented professors here at Plaza College. They are great to work with and their both amazing and wonderful people.

Who were you most excited to tell you won Student of the Week? Why?

I was most excited to tell my mother I won student of the Week because she’s my biggest fan as well as supporter. Without her, none of this would be possible. Love you, Mom.

What song do you listen to the most?

I would have to say I listen to Damita’s “No Looking Back” the most. That song really inspires me to never give up on my dreams.

For me, Plaza College means …..

Family!

According to members of the Plaza Community…

Prof. Daniel McNally: “Darnell Oliver is a young man with an incredible amount of potential. He illustrates professionalism and courtesy to all members within the classroom. In addition, he places a tremendous amount of effort into all of his work by constantly meeting with various different professors to improve his skills. It was an honor to teach Darnell Oliver in my LL 290 class and I see him as ‘a rising star’ in the near future.”

Dean Jonathan Howle: “Darnell’s endless talents and great spirit have enhanced so many parts of our college, and touched so many people, and we are a better place because of him. This amazing young man is a legend in the making!”

Prof. Maureen O’Connor: “I have had the pleasure of working with Darnell during his pursuit of his Associate’s degree and now for completion of his Bachelor’s degree.  He is very conscientious, courteous and will always take the time to meet with individual professors to make sure he understands the work. It has been a pleasure getting to know him and I am sure he will do well in the professional world.  He has the necessary skills and the requisite professional demeanor to make it work.”

Ms. Candace Nixon: “Darnell is simply a pleasure! From his start at Plaza till now, he had remained a distinguished gentlemen, leader and professional. No matter what career path he chooses, I am certain he will leave a last impact on others.”

Midterm Grades Available in MyPortal

Midterm grades have been posted and are available for students to view in MyPortal. Students who have not yet visited MyPortal can set up their account from eCampus with the following steps.

1. Point to “MyPortal” at the top of the eCampus page and in the dropdown click “Create MyPortal Account.”

2. Follow the instructions for creating an account. When creating the account, use your full SSN, your Plaza-UserID from eCampus, and the same password you use on eCampus.

For further assistance with MyPortal, please visit the IT office next to the Commons.

June 22: This Week at Plaza

Tuesday, June 23: Grammar Workshop, 11:40 in Room 204

Wednesday, June 24: Grammar Workshop, 5:00 in Room 204

Saturday, June 27: Graduation

Saturday, June 27: Open Lab in Room 202 from 12-2 p.m.

Daily: St. Francis Food Pantry Canned Food Drive

Daily: Auditions for Plaza College BBQ Jazz Festival – If you sing or play an instrument, e-mail Professor Butchy for more information!

Daily: Fundraiser for Nepal

Daily: Bookstore Open for Book Buy Back

Daily: Students who earned Trustees’ List, President’s List, Dean’s List, or the Faculty Award may pick up their certificates in the Student Life Office.

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Career Services for Students and Alumni

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As graduation approaches, remember that Plaza offers support not only to current students but also to alumni. Visit the Career Services Department (next to Student Life on the Commons) Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and schedule an appointment for a variety of services.

Students and Graduates can…

-Update their career portfolio: resume, cover letter and thank you letter preparation assistance

-Participate in one-on-one career coaching, including interview preparation

-Receive assistance finding possible externship/internship opportunities

-Create a career plan and attend Professional Development Workshops

-Graduates may participate in scheduled interviews with a network of employers

Medical students should introduce themselves to Anita Luckett, the Director of Career Services & Alumni Development. Luckett advises alumni and students in Associate and Bachelor Degree programs in Medical Assisting, Health Information Technology, and Patient Information Management. Her hours include evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Business and management students should introduce themselves to Vanessa Corchado, Associate Director of Career Services. Corchado advises alumni and students in all Business Administration and Management Programs, including office assistant and medical office technology; accounting and information systems; information sciences; and computer business support specialist. Her hours include evenings on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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