Congratulations Winter 2016 Trustees’ List Honorees!

May 27, 2016

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For the Winter 2016 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize the 97 students who earned a place on the Trustees’ List based on their academic achievements. To be honored in this category, students must earn a semester GPA between 3.8 and 4.0, carry at least 12 credit hours, and earn no grade below a B. Congratulations to all!

  • Acevedo Jr, Jose A
  • Agosto, Aida
  • Alberto, Kevin
  • Allen, Elizabeth
  • Allgood, Dylan B
  • Almanzar, Marcos A
  • Alsaidi, Hashid
  • Aman, Lucrecia
  • Aminova, Juliette
  • Andral, Marie J
  • Aronov, Svetlana
  • Bailey, Traci R
  • Baksh, Ameena
  • Bashar, Shahinur
  • Batista, Cristine M
  • Batten, Jennifer L
  • Beatong, Luigi A
  • Bien-Aime, Naomi
  • Bien-Aime, Nehemie
  • Bravo, Ricky
  • Burayev, Tomi
  • Cabrera, Jaime
  • Carter, Nicole
  • Cerisier, Yvrose
  • Choudhury, Habiba
  • Clarke Walker, Tiffanny M
  • Clarke, Sashanna A
  • Collado, Jessica A
  • Crutchfield-Blum, Robin
  • Cruz, Jennifer
  • Datadeen, Kousilla
  • Delgado, Katherinne P
  • DePeza, Sherdena N
  • Diaz, Helen
  • Doble, Gabriella
  • Dolma, Yeshi
  • Ellis, Donna
  • Fielack, George J
  • Franklyn, Stefanie
  • Gates, Meagan A
  • Gomez, Glery M
  • Gonzalez, Denise
  • Granados, Pamela
  • Griffin, Shaquana
  • Guanabara, Nathalia
  • Harris Dinham, Natalah S
  • Heyward, Shanasia
  • Hoosein, Chandroutie D
  • Jannan, Farah
  • Jeffers, Stacyann E
  • Jeudy, Shirley
  • Karonboch, Nesrine
  • Lakharam, Padmani
  • Leston, Alejandro
  • Livingston, Brenda
  • Londono, Eliana
  • Lopez, Andrea
  • Lopez, Karina
  • Mangal, Rajendra
  • McGovern, Tiffany
  • Mira, Ana I
  • Modlin, Simone
  • Mohammed, Sacha
  • Morgan, Thomas
  • Nerys, Angela D
  • Odain, Joanna
  • Paredes, Lorena
  • Pena, Yenny L
  • Pereira, Clarita
  • Perez, Eugenia M
  • Perez-Lopez, Ivett J
  • Phillips, Camille D
  • Pieper, Corrine
  • Ponce, David
  • Quizhpi, Janet M
  • Ramirez, Ruth
  • Richards, Michael
  • Rodriguez, Genesis
  • Rodriguez, Jessica
  • Rodriguez, Minalyn
  • Rowe, Patricia
  • Saha, Smriti
  • Santana, Christine
  • Sherpa, Pema C
  • Solomon, Gavin R
  • Sumpter-Lee, Nigeria N
  • Tavarez, Erica
  • Thervil, Natalie
  • Thomas, Thurayya
  • Tramboo, Shifa
  • Trumpet, Tandrea
  • Valdez, Denisse
  • Velecela, Nube
  • Vicens, Samantha
  • Washington, Shanta
  • White Jessie, Latonia L
  • Whyte, Kerese
  • Williams, Lisa
  • Williams, Perla
  • Yang, Yi-Chia

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Student of the Week: Eliana Londoño

May 25, 2016

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The Department of Student Life is proud to announce this week’s Student of the Week: Eliana Londoño! As Professor Lynn McCann says, “She brings delight into the classroom and to the academic work which she takes so seriously. She has the winning recipe for professional success.” Read more about Eliana below, and then see what the Plaza community has to say!

How did it feel to learn you’d been voted Student of the Week?

When Dean Howle told me I was selected as Student of the Week, I seriously thought he was kidding. I quickly realized he was not joking. I am honored and very happy to be selected as the Student of the Week.

Tell us about your journey to Plaza College.

I think it was around November 2014 when I was in the area and noticed the school had moved to the new building. That was my “Aha!” moment … I decided it was time for me to make my education a priority. Prior to attending Plaza College, I was (and continue) working at an international investment bank in New York City as a senior executive assistant. It has always bothered me that at my age, with all work experience I have, I did not have my college degree. I always had this big empty feeling in my professional life. The fact that my work schedule allowed me to take evening classes, and my son was old enough to stay home alone with little supervision, was a big factor. I felt like the pieces had finally fallen into place. Life got in the way before, but now … life is allowing me to pursue my life-long dream to get my degree.

What has been your greatest accomplishment at Plaza so far?

Maintaining a high GPA has been my greatest accomplishment.  It feels so amazingly good to know that all my hard work, dedication and energy are reflected in my grades.

What is your dream job at this moment?

I like managing the professional lives of executives. Becoming the Chief of Staff for a C-Level executive will be a dream, my dream job.

What or who inspires you every day? Tell us about your greatest inspiration.

My son is my inspiration. The moment I met my son at birth, I fell immensely in love with him. I did not realize how powerful and strong the love between mother and child could be until I gave birth. At times I think he is the adult in the room; he keeps me grounded, and inspires me to follow my dreams. He is extremely supportive about my return to school. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing young man as my son.

What is the most significant obstacle you have overcome in your life so far?

Not having a college degree has been my biggest obstacle. However, I did not allow it to stop me from working hard, performing well at work, taking new responsibilities and working on projects outside my job description. Just because I did not have a college degree did not set limits on my capabilities and attitude. We are the true owners of our destiny.

Who has been your greatest role model in your life?

My biggest role models have been my maternal grandmother, my aunt, and my mom. Three strong, honest, kind, generous, and outspoken women are my role models. I was raised by my maternal grandmother and my aunt in Medellín, Colombia, while my mother was in New York working in real estate. These three incredible ladies influenced the person I am today. I was raised to respect and treat others as equals regardless of who they are or where they come from. I have much to thank them for: for allowing me to see the world in ways others do not see, to see the positive side of things at the darkest time, to never lose faith, nor hope. To have a kind heart and help those in need, most importantly to do it from the bottom of my heart, without expecting any recognition or reward. Thanks to them, I have been able to keep my head level and stay focused.

For those who wish to follow in your footsteps, what would you say are the three most important tips to succeeding at Plaza?

Do not miss class, use the school resources, and do not procrastinate. My social life has suffered quite a bit, especially last semester when I had a Friday night class and happy hour was no longer part of my lifestyle. It was worth it though. We need to recognize our priorities and ensure we keep them in check. My priorities are my son, my family, work and school. My family and friends know I will be there when they need me. They understand I have a goal in mind and are respectful of my time. Don’t feel that by being in school and staying at home or spending time working on a project you are missing out on life … you are not! You are working on your future.

For any student going through hardships and facing many obstacles – for anyone thinking about giving up – what advice would you give them?

Reach out and talk to a professor you feel comfortable with, your academic advisor, or one of your friends in school. We all have been there at one point and time. Don’t quit school. Once you stop, life will get on the way, and it will be more difficult to get back on the school routine.

How have you changed as a result of coming to Plaza College?

I am more focused on my career. I know what I want, and I walk more confidently than I did before.

What has been your funniest or most hilarious moment at Plaza so far?

Last semester during PowerPoint class, we were working on our presentation. I told my classmate Mike to just “work, work, work” and we all started singing Rihanna’s song. That has been the joke among us ever since.

Why is Plaza College the right place for you to go to college?

I love the fact that Plaza College has a small professor to student ratio. It allows the professors to get to know each individual student better. I feel we get the extra help and guidance when we need it. I love the fact that the faculty and staff are eager to help you understand the subject and help you get a good grade. I don’t feel like I am a number at Plaza; I am treated as an individual, which gives me a sense that the faculty and the staff care about you and your education. The location of the school is very convenient as well. The Student Life Department hosts diverse events through the year. Sammy’s coffee at the school’s deli is delish! Not to mention, all the other goodies he has at the store.

Tell us about some of your “favorite things” below.

  • Favorite pastime/hobby: I love to travel and go to the movies with my son.
  • Favorite musician: Madonna
  • Favorite movie: Pixar’s Up
  • Favorite book: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marques
  • Favorite television series: “Big Bang Theory”
  • Favorite color: Red
  • Most played song in your music library: Human by Christina Perri
  • Favorite food: Sushi
  • Favorite place you have ever visited: Florence, Italy
  • In the movie about your life, who would you want to play you? Julia Louis-Dreyfus

 According to Plaza faculty and administrators… 

Professor Nicholas Tavantzis: “Eliana was a very punctual student, who never missed a class! Her performance in classroom participation as well as in all her assignments, projects and activities was stellar. It was a pleasure to have her in my class and am confident that her career will take off even further, once she is graduated from Plaza College!”

Dean Lin Loffert: “Eliana is an excellent student! She is a very self-motivated, professional young woman who is very caring and hardworking. Her family, and other people in general, are very important to her. She is very empathetic and a sheer pleasure to network with. Eliana can multitask easily; she sets her goals and does everything she can to achieve them!”

Professor Allison Krampf: “Eliana was a pure joy to have in class. She was always ready to work, and always had a smile on her face. I know Eliana has ambitious goals, and I have no doubt she will achieve them.”

Professor Bruce Acton: “Eliana was a very strong student in my MG230 class last semester. She has a great attitude and a strong desire to succeed.”

Professor Dennis Byrns: “Eliana Londoño is an outstanding student and a great person. She was focused and above all very serious about her studies. Her great sense of humor and pleasant personality will always be remembered and greatly appreciated. I only see success in her future.”

Danielle Calabrese, Director of the Office of Returning Students: “Eliana is a very determined woman. She sets the standards very high for herself and does not give up! I know that she will achieve great success in the BBA program and in life.”

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May 23: This Week at Plaza

May 23, 2016

Monday-Friday: Campus Store Open for Book Distribution

Tuesday, May 24: Portfolio Power Hour – English 11:45 and 5:30 in the BBA Lounge – Join student and faculty experts to learn more about LL254 and LL290, and enter to win a portfolio survival kit!

Tuesday, May 24: Extended Day LinkedIn Event – All extended day students will have the opportunity to have a professional headshot taken and learn how to create a successful LinkedIn profile during evening classes. Be sure to dress professionally and look your best!

Thursday, May 26: Portfolio Power Hour – Allied Health 11:45 and 5:30 in the BBA Lounge – Join student and faculty experts to learn more about HT103, AH1000, and AH1013, and enter to win a portfolio survival kit!

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

Monday-Friday: Graduation Payments Due in Student Services

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge

Get Ready for Graduation 2016!

May 20, 2016

Plaza College’s 99th graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 11, beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m.! Students walking in the ceremony should arrive at 8:15 a.m. at Queens College’s Kupferburg Center wearing a pressed graduation robe. Faculty and staff will line up students to enter the assigned student seating area in Colden Auditorium.

Invitations and Payment

Students who are eligible to walk at graduation have begun receiving invitations in the mail, but petitions are still being considered for approval by the Academic Department. Once students receive their invitations, it is essential to RSVP! There is a $50 fee for graduation that covers caps, gowns, degree covers, and other items. Students should bring the payment (money order or cash only) to Financial Services as soon as possible.


Students walking in the ceremony do not need a ticket as their seats are reserved. All guests require tickets, and each student participating is guaranteed five (5) tickets. Students who do not need all of their tickets may return them to Student Services; tickets may not be sold. Extra tickets may be requested when students RSVP; however, extra tickets are not guaranteed and are based on available space. Students will be contacted when the tickets are ready for pick up the week before graduation.

Guest Seating

Seating selection for friends and family is on a first come, first served basis. Guests should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to be seated in the auditorium since Queens College security will hold late-comers back when the procession has started. Everyone needs a ticket who attends the ceremony, apart from the graduates who are dressed and will sit in a reserved area.

Caps and Gowns

Students who were measured for caps and gowns last month will receive an e-mail when they are ready for pick up in the Campus Store after June 1. Students must make their graduation payment by cash or money order in Financial Services prior to picking up their cap and gown and bring their clearance slip from Financial Services to the bookstore.


Photos are taken by Island Photographers while graduates are processing and receiving their degree covers as they cross the stage. Students will be contacted by the company via email after graduation for photo orders.

Saturday Classes

Saturday classes will be in session on June 11. Students who will miss a Saturday class should speak to their professors in advance about missing the class meeting in order to stay up to date.

All questions about graduation should be directed to Student Services.

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Portfolio Power Hour Returns Today!

May 19, 2016

Have you heard rumors about portfolios? Now ask the experts! Over the next two weeks, the Office of Student Life will host Portfolio Power Hour sessions for students taking Business, English, and Allied Health portfolio classes this semester.

Students who have successfully completed portfolios will join professors who teach the classes – and grade the essays – to offer tips that will help you earn the best grade possible. Join us in the BBA Lounge and enter to win a portfolio survival kit!

Business: MG230, MG73, and MGT1006

Thursday, May 19

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m.

English: LL254 and LL290

Tuesday, May 24

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Allied Health: AH1000, AH1013, and HT103

Thursday, May 26

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m.

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Textbooks Available in the Campus Store!

May 17, 2016

The Plaza College Campus Store is open for the Spring 2016 Semester! Continuing students and bachelor’s students may pick up their textbooks now, and book distribution for students in their first semester will begin on Thursday, May 19. To pick up textbooks, students should bring their student ID to the bookstore during the following hours.

Book Distribution Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday* and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*Please note that the bookstore will have extended hours this Friday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Continuing students may visit the store on the Commons any time before or after their classes. No continuing students will be seen during their class times. First-semester students will receive books on a class-by-class basis on Thursday and Friday.

For students who plan to get their books from a source other than the Plaza Campus Store, please visit the bookstore and let the staff know! Students are expected to have books in hand by Week 4 for continuing students and Week 5 for new students.

Book Buy Back Program:  Stay tuned for an update later this semester about when the bookstore is beginning the Buy Back program again!

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May 16: This Week at Plaza

May 16, 2016

Monday, May 16: ARC Opens for Spring 2016; 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday/Wednesday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

Tuesday, May 17: Campus Store opens for book distribution at 11 a.m.

Thursday, May 19: Semester Awards for Winter 2016 available for pick-up in the Student Life Office

Thursday, May 19: Portfolio Power Hour – Business 11:45 and 5:30 in the BBA Lounge – Join student and faculty experts to learn more about MG230, MG73, and MGT1006, and enter to win a portfolio survival kit!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

Student of the Week: Glery Gomez

May 15, 2016

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The Department of Student Life is proud to announce this week’s Student of the Week: Glery Gomez! This HIT star is one of those students who can do it all, and her story will inspire you. Read more about her story in the interview below, and then see what her professors have to say.

How did it feel to learn you’d been voted Student of the Week?

I didn’t believe that I was voted to be Student of the Week. I was excited and started screaming from the excitement!

Who was the first person you chose to tell you won Student of the Week?

I first told my boyfriend and mother. I told my boyfriend because he’s the one that pushed me to go back to school and has supported me from day one. The second one was my mother because she has been another supporter, and I wanted her to feel proud of me.

Tell us about your journey to Plaza College.

I went to the Jackson Heights location in 2013, but then I became pregnant with my youngest. I discovered Plaza while searching online. I was a stay-at-home mom, taking care of my children. I felt it was the right time to go back to college because I was job searching and figured that by having a degree, it will be easier for me to accomplish my goals.

What has been your greatest accomplishment at Plaza so far?

My greatest accomplishment at Plaza so far has been my growth as a person. I was shy and barely spoke my mind to anyone. But now I speak to anyone and feel confident.  All the information I am taught at Plaza makes me feel that way. I really feel like an accomplished person now that I’m closer to graduation. I’m the only one in my immediate family to have a college degree.

What is your dream job at this moment?

My dream job is to work at a hospital. I want to get into the field and work my way up with everything I have learned.

What or who inspires you every day?

My children are my inspiration. I want them to be proud of their mom and look at all the sacrifice and effort I put in day by day to give them a better future. Showing them that when you want to accomplish something we have to face obstacles and still keep going.

Who has been your greatest role model in your life?

My greatest role model is my father. He worked so hard to give us an education. He gave up his own education just to care of his family. Even though he didn’t have a career, he has worked very hard, and we never wanted for anything. My other role model is my mother. She plays a big part in my life. She has never given up on me; she is a mother and friend. When I wanted to go to school, I told her that it was impossible for me to accomplish this with three children. She told me, “Nothing is impossible if you put in all the effort to accomplish it.” She’s been a support taking care of my kids, so I can go to school and accomplish this. I know she is going to feel the proudest of all when I walk down to get my diploma on graduation day.

For those who wish to follow in your footsteps, what would you say are the three most important tips to succeeding at Plaza?

The steps to follow are dedication, confidence, and will. My secret is to put your mind to accomplishing what you want. Look at the positive side of everything instead of the negative and go for it.

For any student going through hardships and facing many obstacles – for anyone thinking about giving up – what advice would you give them?

Think about why you started! Will giving up make it better or worse? I said in the previous question that we have to look for the positive on anything in life. For example, my son was hospitalized, and I felt like my world was coming down. Instead of giving up I emailed my professors to give me the work I was missing during the time and completed it while he was sleeping or playing on his phone.

Which class at Plaza has been your favorite so far?

Well, I have two of them. First, math class was one of my favorites because I love math, and Prof. March was an awesome professor who explained everything in great detail. My second favorite class was Law and Ethics, even though it was a portfolio class. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know, and I love learning new things. Plus, Prof. O’Connor is the best professor ever!

Tell us about your “favorite things” below.

  • Favorite way to relax after a long day of classes: Working out and listening to music
  • Favorite musician: Enrique Iglesias
  • Favorite movie: Goodfellas 
  • Favorite book: You’re a Badass
  • Favorite television series: “Sons of Anarchy” and “Friends”
  • Favorite food: Lasagna made by me!
  • Favorite place you have ever visited: Sosua Beach in Dominican Republic
  • Favorite place to hang out in any of the five boroughs: Central Park
  • In the movie about your life, who would you want to play you? Julia Roberts

According to Professor Maureen O’Connor: “I have had the pleasure of having Glery in a number of the HIT classes. She is conscientious, intelligent, with a very sweet and amenable demeanor. Glery is always on top of her assignments, submits work well in advance of deadlines, and earns top grades for her effort. It has been my pleasure to work with her and know she will be an asset to the HIT profession and a graduate Plaza can be very proud of!”

Featured Alum: Deshauna Fraser

May 13, 2016

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Described by faculty as a “dream student”, this month’s featured alumna is Deshauna Fraser! She earned her AAS in Information Sciences and Bachelor’s of Business Administration at Plaza. Since graduating in 2012, she has completed a master’s degree and is now pursuing her PhD. She also works as a procurement analyst at the Department of Environmental Protection. So what inspired her to further her education?

“I chose to pursue my master’s degree at John Jay because I was interested in the Master of Public Administration program, and it was ranked #3 among MPA Public Policy Programs and #4 among Public Administration. I felt it would open up more professional opportunities,” she explains. “My dual specialization was in Human Resources Management and Management and Operations. The HRM specialization prepares you to take on supervisory and administrative responsibilities involving personnel management. M&O prepares you to assume supervisory and managerial duties in operational services.”

At Plaza, Fraser was an outstanding student and earned membership in all three honor societies. She was also one of the first recipients of the Collegiate Spirit Award at the graduate awards ceremony. Now she is studying for her PhD in organizational psychology at Touro College.

“Deshauna is a highly motivated individual who shows a determination to succeed at whatever she attempts,” adds Professor Dorothea Sibblis. “She does not let anything or anyone define the limits to which she can succeed. She has always been and will continue to be a credit to the Plaza family.”

Many of her Plaza professors have noticed her boundless enthusiasm for learning. As Professor Evelyn Huxtable says, “Deshauna was a determined student who was willing to complete the task, not just to do it, but to understand how and why she was doing it and for how it may benefit her in her career later.”

Fraser says her Plaza computer courses helped her a lot in her graduate work. With five semesters complete, she is getting ready to start the dissertation process. She plans to finish in fall 2017, when she is considering obtaining her license to become a clinical psychologist.

“It takes hard work and dedication” she says about graduate school, adding that students who are interested should “Go for it! Graduate school can be challenging, but time management is the key. My children are my everyday inspiration. I strive to be a role model for them and I always tell them if mommy can do it, so can you.”

Fraser is an inspiration to others as well. “She is living proof of the power of education” testifies Dean of Student Life Jonathan Howle. “Her hunger for knowledge, for education is a constant inspiration to me. In fact, she started pursuing her doctorate BEFORE I did. When she told me about her aspirations, she inspired me to take the leap as well. I was on the proverbial fence about returning to school – but after speaking with Deshauna, I said to myself, ‘You know? I want to be more like HER!’ Sometimes, a professor’s best teacher is his or her student – and Deshauna was for me. I am beyond honored to know her and to have been her professor. Her continued success is not a surprise. We should all celebrate her every day in the Plaza community and pray for more students just like her!”

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Meeting Tomorrow for AIDS Walk Team

May 11, 2016

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Are you planning to join the Plaza College team for Sunday’s New York City AIDS Walk? Join Dean Howle for a meeting tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, at either noon or 5:30 p.m. in the BBA Center on the Commons.

The NYC AIDS Walk is this coming Sunday, May 15, in Central Park. The Plaza College team will meet at 8:30 a.m. sharp in front of Starbucks: 1380 Ave. of the Americas (at 6th Ave and 56th St.) just off the F train in Manhattan. The walk will be over by 12:45 p.m.

If you plan to walk, register online!

If you are not able to join us on Sunday but want to support the Plaza team and this great cause, you can also donate here!

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Howle.

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