Student Review: Jitney

April 7, 2017

In March, Professor Butchy’s Modern Drama classes attended the Broadway play Jitney by award-winning playwright August Wilson. Students Dajah McDonald and Sharon Wilson share their reviews of the play below.

Sharon Wilson: Music, lights, and action! As the music stopped and the lights dimmed, the stage unfolded with the life of a cab service company and its workers.

Dajah McDonald: Jitney was an amazing play from beginning to end. I liked the parts when Booster (played by Brandon J. Dirden) and Becker (played by John Douglas Thompson) talked about their relationship as father and son, and the whole situation with Booster and why his father Becker has a lot of resentment towards him. My favorite character in the play was Turnbo, played by Michael Potts. He was the comic relief in such a serious play. He is an excellent actor. His facial expressions just make what he says even funnier.

Sharon Wilson: Potts is a graduate from Yale School of Drama. He's an acclaimed actor with roles in The Wire, True Detective, Gotham, and Nurse Jackie. He gave a riveting performance in Jitney. He's colorful, funny, witty, nosey, and gave excitement to the play. The way he spoke and his comedic gestures were amazing. He had a few serious lines in the play, also. When he spoke about the younger generation having no respect for their parents, the elderly, and even themselves, he wasn't lying about that.

Dajah McDonald: Another character in the play that I loved is Doub, played by Keith Randolph Smith. He was also funny. I feel he was the middle man in situations. He tried to make things better, giving advice on how to save the cab service.

Sharon Wilson: The architecture of the cab service and the structure of the inside were also well done. Scenic designer David Gallo did an awesome job with the stage design. The building was so tall and leaned a little with broken windows; some windows had no curtains and some were boarded up, showing real life of the 1970s. I especially liked the arch over the windows and door. It looked old but strong.

Dajah McDonald: Another thing I loved about the play was the lighting by Jane Cox. There was a part in the play when it looked like morning, and Youngblood (played by Andre Holland) was looking out the window, and this yellow-orange tint of light hit him through the window. That ray of light shining was so pretty. Also, the little breaks in between scenes had dramatic purple and bluish lighting. The jazz music by Bill Sims Jr. was also amazing and really went hand in hand with the play.

Sharon Wilson: This play is touching, it’s funny, and its true to life stories will make you think twice about decisions you make. And it ends with a bang.

Dajah McDonald: “Car service” were the last words said in the play. Without giving away the ending, those words made me feel emotional, but in a happy way because of the way the actor performed it. He said those words with so much pride and hope. Jitney was amazing. You’ll laugh, cry, and get angry. I would give this play a ten.


Don’t Miss Saturday’s Artists’ Café!

April 5, 2017

This coming Saturday, April 8, Plaza College will host its Artists’ Café on the Commons. Starting at 7:00 p.m., Plaza students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and friends will present a variety of wonderful performances.

In addition to singing and dancing, there will be original rap, monologues, and poetry. You won’t want to miss it!

Doors open for seating at 6:30 p.m., and the show will run from 7-9 p.m. Tickets for Plaza students and staff are free, and guests are only $5. Advance tickets are available for pick up in the Student Life office.


April 3: This Week at Plaza

April 3, 2017

 

Monday, April 3: Extended Day Registration, 4:30-7:30 on the Commons; Day Classes meet as regularly scheduled; No Extended Day Classes

Tuesday, April 4: Day Registration 10:30-3:30 on the Commons; No Day Classes; Extended Day Classes meet as regularly scheduled

Thursday, April 6: Money Matters! Financial Readiness Symposium presented by TD Bank in the BBA Center at 11:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 8: Artist’s Café, 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the Commons

Tuesday, April 11: Study Day – No Day Classes; extended day classes meet as regularly scheduled

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “If you do what you’ve always done, your life will not get better.” – Steve Harvey


Plaza Goes National at SKD Convention

April 1, 2017

Did you know that some of Plaza’s most accomplished students are representing the college at the 2017 Sigma Tau Delta / Sigma Kappa Delta International Convention in Louisville, KY this weekend?

On Thursday, Anthony Ramos and Charlie Valvano read their original essays about books that influenced their lives along with two students from other schools. The panel was moderated by Plaza’s own Corrine Pieper, who introduced the speakers and led the question and answer period.

In addition, George Fielack, Simone Modlin, and Charlie Valvano all received national service scholarships from Sigma Kappa Delta, which were presented in a ceremony yesterday. Congratulations to all of these outstanding students! Stay tuned for more details and to read these students' work.


Register for Spring 2017 Next Week!

March 29, 2017

Get ready to register for next semester! Registration for Spring 2017 begins next week, and students should plan to attend based on their program.

Extended-day Associate Degree Students

Registration for extended day associate degree students will take place on Monday, April 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on 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 Tuesday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Commons. Day classes will NOT be in session that day, but evening 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!

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.


March 27: This Week at Plaza

March 27, 2017

 

Tuesday, March 28: Plaza College Jeopardy, College Hour, the Commons

Thursday, March 30: Stay Safe! A Self-Defense Workshop, College Hour, the BBA Center by the Commons

Friday, March 31: Last day to request a course withdrawal (“W”) for the Winter 2017 semester – See Student Services.

Monday, April 3: Extended Day Registration, 4:30-7:30 on the Commons; Day Classes meet as regularly scheduled; No Extended Day Classes

Tuesday, April 4: Day Registration 10:30-3:30 on the Commons; No Day Classes; Extended Day Classes meet as regularly scheduled

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Let's be very clear: Strong men – men who are truly role models – don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.” – Michelle Obama


Celebrate Health Information Professionals Week

March 24, 2017

Next week, Plaza College will join schools and organizations around the country in celebrating the work of health information professionals during HIP week. Plaza’s celebration will take place on Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons.

All HIT/PIM students are invited to the celebration, which will feature speakers including Director Erman, Dean Dolla, guest speaker Lisa Marie Todd, and alumna Jackie Sanchez. There will also be games, prizes, and pizza.

According to the American Health Information Management Association website, AHIMA will honor health information professionals March 26 through April 1, 2017, with the theme “Leading the way to quality data.” AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon said, “Our goal is to raise awareness that health information management professionals are the best equipped to understand health data and turn information into knowledge that powers better decision making.”


Get Ready for Graduation!

March 22, 2017

With Graduation 2017 approaching in June, it is time for pending graduates to prepare. If you plan to walk in the graduation ceremony, get ready by completing the following steps!

  1. Complete the petition to graduate, which may be found in eCampus under “Campus Tools” and “Student Services.”
  1. Get measured for a cap and gown! Representatives from Josten’s will be at the Campus Store to measure on the following dates:
  • Thursday, March 23, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • *If you have any questions or schedule conflicts, contact Mrs. Callahan in the bookstore or via email at cmc2@plazacollege.edu.
  1. You may also order class rings and accessories through Josten’s on those days. The representatives will measure for rings and have information about other graduation items, such as name tags, bracelets, etc. A deposit of $60.00 is required to order these items (cash, credit/debit card, or check).


March 20: This Week at Plaza

March 20, 2017

 

Tuesday, March 21: Plaza College Jeopardy, College Hour, the Commons

Thursday, March 23: Cardio Dance class with 24-Hour Fitness, College Hour, the Commons

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –  Maya Angelou


Student Tips for Portfolio Success

March 17, 2017

 

We have completed Week 10, and it is almost time for students to submit the portfolio projects they have been working on all semester. To help students prepare, we have collected student tips for completing portfolios successfully!

  1. Read the instructions. Even if your professor went over the instructions, re-read them because you need to follow all the rules in them, including the minimum number of pages and paragraphs as well as required numbers of sources, quotations, and paraphrases.
  2. Print your sources when you find them. If you plan to use it, print it immediately!
  3. Stay up to date! Procrastination is not your friend because the portfolio has a lot of pieces.
  4. Cite your sources as you write. Don’t wait until later. When in doubt, it is always better to cite a source than to not have enough citation.
  5. Write an extra draft and visit the ARC! Someone other than your professor grades this project, so it never hurts to get a second opinion. Make an appointment to see an English professor to review any portfolio you are completing.
  6. Double check your Works Cited page for MLA 8th edition style. MLA changed last year, so be certain you are using the most up-to-date guidelines.
  7. 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.
  8. If you are taking LL254, prepare for the portfolio timed writing, which is worth 18 points of your portfolio. Timed writings make a lot of people nervous, so read the article more than once to prepare. Arrive early to class that day, and bring extra pens or pencils.


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