ASL Starts Toy and Food Drives

December 7, 2016


On Monday, the Plaza College chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society kicked off two holiday drives to benefit local organizations. Toys are being collected to benefit Elmhurst Hospital, and non-perishable food is being collected for St. Francis Food Pantries.

Toys will be accepted until Friday, December 16. Please note that the hospital cannot accept any used toys or toys promoting violence. The hospital will accept toy donations for children of all ages, including stuffed animals, puzzles, board games, books, coloring and craft supplies, blocks, DVDs, sports equipment, activity books, and infant blankets, mobiles, play mats, and rattles.

Goods for the food drive will be accepted until Thursday, December 22. St. Francis Food Pantry accepts all non-perishable items that are unopened and have not expired, including canned goods, boxed goods, diapers, cereal, and school supplies.

All donations should be brought to the Student Life office on the Commons.

This year’s drives have been coordinated by Alpha Sigma Lambda officers President Cindy Pereira, Vice-President Ernest Butt, and Secretary Angie Lopez. Special thanks to Cindy, Ernest, and ASL member Germain Vilson for designing the flyers!


December 5: This Week at Plaza

December 5, 2016

Thursday, Dec. 8: Study Day – No classes

Monday-Friday: Holiday Toy Drive and Holiday Food Drive – Drop off donations in the Student Life Office

Monday-Friday: Spring 2016 Academic Honors and Honor Society Certificates available for pick up in the Student Life office

Thursday, Dec. 15: Final Exams for Thursday Extended Day Classes

Friday, Dec. 16: Final Exams

Saturday, Dec. 17: Final Exams

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Writing is a craft and, like all craft, proceeds by stages: conception, material selection, rough shaping, detailed shaping, sanding and finishing.” – Richard Rhodes

Plaza Mourns President Charles E. Callahan

December 2, 2016


It is with tremendous sadness that Plaza College mourns the passing of its President of 63 years, Charles E. Callahan. His vision and passion guided Plaza's evolution from a secretarial school, to a business institute, to the highly esteemed, regionally accredited college it is today.

In addition to his amazing dedication to Plaza, President Callahan was a decorated Korean war veteran, a loving father, a beloved grandfather, a proud great-grandfather, a world-class sailor, and a humble philanthropist.

While the Plaza family grieves his loss, we take comfort in his incredible longevity and legacy. Recently, he attended and spoke at the 7th Annual Honor Society Inductions on November 2 and moved everyone in attendance with his grace, humor, and deep pride in Plaza College students.

Yesterday, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Charles E. Callahan III as the third president in the College’s 100-year history. He previously served as Provost and in a variety of other roles during his 40-year tenure. Under his leadership, Plaza will do his father proud, staying committed to high standards of education and striving every day to make our world a better place, just as he did.

Elevator Speech Competition Promotes Career Readiness

November 30, 2016

On November 17, extended day students presented their elevator speeches to administrators as part of Plaza’s first Elevator Speech Competition. Congratulations to our winners: Yasmine Mitchell, Alejandro Leston, and Sharlene “Charlie” Valvano!

Sponsored by Career Services, Student Life, and the Plaza College Chapter of SHRM, the event helped prepare students for future interviews and networking. Participants in the competition chose companies such as JP Morgan, Gucci, and Mt. Sinai while they spoke of their education, skills, and experience.

Some of the speeches were written beforehand and some were spontaneous, but all students did a wonderful job expressing their goals and dreams while selling themselves to the "Director of Human Resources" during their elevator ride. All participants and winners should pick up their certificates and prizes in Career Services. Special thanks to student worker Juliette Aminova, who created the certificates!


November 28: This Week at Plaza

November 28, 2016

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Portfolios due for LL254, LL290

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Portfolios due for LL254, MG230, AH1000, HT103, AH1013, IT115, IT227

Thursday, Dec. 1: Portfolios due for LL290, LL353, MGT1006, MGT1007, AH1000, HT103, AH1013, IT115

Friday, Dec. 2: Portfolios due for LL353, MG230, MG73, IT115

Saturday, Dec. 3: Portfolios due for LL254

Monday-Friday: Spring 2016 Academic Honors and Honor Society Certificates available for pick up in the Student Life office

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “I'm just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way. I think that's the best way to start your day and finish your day. It keeps everything in perspective.” – Tim Tebow

Portfolio Success Tips

November 25, 2016


Portfolios are almost due, so it is time organize your information and finalize your essays! While preparing your portfolios to submit next week, keep the following tips in mind.

  1. Read the instructions, and follow the instructions. Even if your professor went over the instructions in class, it is a good idea to re-read them before you complete your project. You may have forgotten something that was mentioned weeks ago.
  1. Visit the ARC! It never hurts to get a second opinion, and the ARC is here to help. Make an appointment to see an English professor to review any type of portfolio you are completing.
  1. Cite your sources and double check your MLA 8th edition style. MLA has changed, so be certain you are using the most up-to-date guidelines. When in doubt, it is always better to cite a source than to not have enough citation!
  1. Revise and edit carefully for your final draft. Go over any drafts your professor reviewed and be sure you have incorporated all of his or her comments.
  1. Compare your portfolio submission to the portfolio rubric. Your professor can give you a copy of the rubric if you do not have it. That is the grading sheet the portfolio committee will use, so be sure you have included everything it mentions!
  1. Confirm the exact instructions for submission. Be sure you know what time you need to submit the portfolio to your instructor and where he or she will be. Portfolios cannot be submitted late.


Thanksgiving Feast Celebrates Diverse Cultures

November 23, 2016

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Crowds of students, faculty, staff, and administrators gathered on the Commons on November 17 to celebrate Plaza’s second Multicultural Thanksgiving Feast sponsored by Sigma Kappa Delta. Attendees enjoyed an amazing array of cuisines from Jamaica to England to Egypt to Haiti to Bangladesh!

Enthusiastic participants donated more than $200, which will go toward the December toy drive to benefit Elmhurst Hospital. The event was planned by new Sigma Kappa Delta president Simone Modlin, vice president Donna Ellis, and secretary Geraldine Vasquez. Thank you to everyone who donated time, food, and money to support this great cause!

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November 21: This Week at Plaza

November 21, 2016

Monday, November 21: Extended Day Registration 4:30-7:30 p.m. on the Commons; No Extended Day Classes

Wednesday, November 23: Day Registration 10:30-3:30 p.m. on the Commons; No Day or Extended Day Classes

Thursday, November 24: No classes – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25: No classes

Saturday, November 26: No classes

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey


Winter 2017 Registration Next Week!

November 16, 2016

Get ready to register for next semester! Registration for Winter 2017 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, November 21, 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 Wednesday, November 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Commons. No classes will be in session that day. 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 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.

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


November 14: This Week at Plaza

November 14, 2016

Thursday, November 17: Multicultural Thanksgiving Feast – Contact Dean Howle for details

Thursday, November 17: Elevator Speech Competition, 6:30 p.m., Commons

Friday, November 18: Last Day to Withdraw from a Fall 2016 Class – Visit Student Services for details

Monday-Friday: Spring 2016 Academic Honors and Honor Society Certificates available for pick up in the Student Life office

Monday, November 21: Extended Day Registration 4:30-7:30 p.m. – See your advisor for details.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

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