Student of the Week: Diane Brigante

March 16, 2018

Our first Student of the Week for 2018 is from our School of Legal Studies: Ms. Diane Brigante! “Diane  is a very bright and talented student in the paralegal program,” says Professor Jackie Lazarus. “Diane is always prepared for class, participates, and adds meaningfully to class discussions. She is a model student.”

When asked about the source of her inspiration, Diane explains, “The person that inspires me the most is my husband. He works so hard and has supported me 100% on my decision to continue my education. My work at Plaza College has been very important to me.”

“The decision for me to go back to school was not an easy one,” she adds. “It had been almost 15 years since I had to write papers or study for tests. Studying to be a paralegal has been such a thrilling experience for me.  It is so nice to be able to take classes in subjects that I am truly interested in. I was not happy with my career path before Plaza College and now look forward to the future!”

What are the keys to Diane’s success? According to Diane…

  1. Plaza College has done a fantastic job with giving the students the tools that we need to succeed. For me the three keys to success begin with attending all of my classes. We are lucky to have such extraordinary professors in class and in the ARC who go above and beyond to make sure we understand the content.  By attending all of my classes, I am sure to be up to date on our lessons.
  2. The second key to success is to turn in my assignments on time. The work that we do outside of class is just as important as the work we do in class. Our homework helps reinforce the ideas we learn in class and prepares us for our exams.
  3. The third key to success is following our professional development rubric. It is important to maintain a professional appearance, keep a positive attitude, and treat others with respect. Not only is this a part of our grade, but it is good practice for the careers we are working so hard for.

“Although she is only in her second semester, Diane Brigante is well on her way to becoming a Plaza super star!” adds Professor Laura Butchy. “Her outstanding dedication is clear in her attendance, attention to detail, and exceptional work. She is always thinking beyond the obvious choices to develop creative assignments, and she revises her work carefully to achieve the best possible grades. Her diligent work, positive attitude, and professional poise will make her any asset to any legal team!”

Congratulations, Diane!

Students of the Week are nominated by the Plaza College faculty and administrators based on their professionalism, grades, academic honesty, and service to the college and community. Stay tuned for stories about Sahida Nasim (Dental Hygiene), Kelvin Felipe (Medical Assisting), Karla Pinargote (Medical Assisting), and Rebertha Noel (BBA Patient Information Management).

Women’s History Month Celebration Begins

March 14, 2018


Plaza College’s Women’s History Month Celebration is off to a dynamic start with a combination of fundraising and fun! On March 1, the college’s annual bake sale for domestic violence victims raised $1,000 thanks to the donations and support of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the Callahan family.

Dozens of volunteers contributed hot foods, desserts, drinks, and other delicious treats for purchase on the Commons while others donated their time to serve food and collect donations. Much thanks to everyone who donated time, food, or money! All proceeds go directly to support the efforts of Safe Horizon.

Last week the excitement continued with a Women’s History Month trivia contest. Sponsored by English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, the game tested competitors’ knowledge of successful women throughout history as well as important moments for women’s rights.

Questions were designed by Sigma Tau Delta secretary Joanna Morris, who hosted the game with assistance from president Alejandro Leston and vice president George Fielack. After an exciting game, the prize went to student Genevieve Cannon, who received a $20 gift certificate to the campus café. Thank you to all who attended!


March 12: This Week at Plaza

March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12: Writing and Grammar Workshop 5:00-5:55 p.m. Room 204

Tuesday, March 13: Writing and Grammar Workshop 11:40-12:35 p.m. Room 204

Thursday, March 15: Linked In Photo Session 11:45-12:30 on the Commons; Dress your best to get a professional headshot!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams

Congratulations Fall 2017 Faculty List Honorees!

March 9, 2018


For the Fall 2017 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize 33 students who earned the Faculty Award. Honoree Guisell Alonso responded, “Thank you! I found it somewhat difficult, but I realized that you can do whatever you set your mind to.”

To be honored in this category, students must earn a semester GPA between 3.4 and 4.0, carry at least 12 credit hours, earn no grade below a B, and have not yet taken LL61. “I was lost for many years before I walked through Plaza College’s doors,” said awardee Fatema Abedrabbo, “and now I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to.”

Congratulations to all!

  • Abedrabbo, Fatema
  • Alonso, Guisell
  • Anokhina, Alisa
  • Arellano, Isabella
  • Balbi, Leslie
  • Catalanotti, Rocco
  • Clarke, Marlene
  • Collazo, Melody
  • Cuadra, Cristina
  • David Rosado, Darline
  • Diallo, Amadu
  • Diaz Romero, Amanda
  • DiSalvo, Tina
  • Dockery, Karen
  • Graham, Novena
  • Harris, Makela
  • Henry, Brianna
  • Islam, Amirul
  • Laurent, Esther
  • Martinez, Angela
  • Pinto-Cossio, Adelayda
  • Ramones, Evelyn
  • Ramos, Jessica
  • Randall, Lataya
  • Rios, Lillian
  • Rosario, Sherrie
  • Santos, Miosotis
  • Singh, Tianna
  • Taveras Adames, Danelis
  • Valentin, Melissa
  • Velasquez, Jorge
  • Washington, Shaneequa
  • Zhindon, Elizabeth


Students Focus on Soft Skills

March 7, 2018

On February 22, students packed the BBA center to attend the Career Services workshop “Soft Skills to Help Pay the Bills.” Participants learned about important skills needed to land a job and advance in any career field, including skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, positive attitude, and professionalism.


Students listened to advice on how to improve these skills and utilize them during interviews and in the workplace:

  • Always arrive on time
  • Keep a positive attitude on the job
  • Think before you speak and check your grammar and spelling before you hit send
  • Showcase your desire to learn with enthusiasm
  • Make sure you are a reliable team member
  • Be aware of your non-verbal communication or body language

Thank you to everyone who attended!  Please follow @plazacollegecareers for upcoming workshops and events.



March 5: This Week at Plaza

March 5, 2018

Tuesday, March 6: Women’s History Month Game Show 11:45 a.m. in the BBA Lounge – Join us to compete for prizes based on trivia about famous women! 

Thursday, March 8: International Women’s Day 

 QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” – Hillary Clinton

Congratulations Fall 2017 Dean’s List Honorees!

March 2, 2018


For the Fall 2017 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize 39 students who earned a place on the Dean’s List. “There was a lot of stress in some classes,” admits honoree Denise Herrera. “I got from there to now by working hard and looking for all the help that I needed with my colleagues and professors.”

To be honored in this category, students must earn a semester GPA between 3.3 and 3.64, carry at least 12 credit hours, and earn no grade below a B. Secrets to success were shared by awardee Nicole Johnson: “I handed in my work on time, I asked questions, I was always in class, and when I couldn’t be in school, I emailed my professor to make sure I was up to date.”

Congratulations to all!

  • Akter, Mahmuda
  • Allen, Cameron
  • Arce, Ashley
  • Bailey, Keijhana
  • Baptiste, Gabrielle
  • Beatong, Luigi
  • Bhuiyan, Nasrin
  • Blanco, Evelyn
  • Carchi, Isabel
  • Chincha, Albert
  • Dolkar, Yangchen
  • Evans, Krystal
  • Forte, Andrea
  • Galarza, Melissa
  • Granados, Pamela
  • Henson, Gabriela
  • Hernandez, Dianah
  • Herrera, Denise
  • Johnson, Nicole
  • Johnson-Turner, Selena
  • Joslyn, Priscilla
  • Lopez Burgos, Ana
  • Lopez, Andrea
  • Lopez, Angel
  • McDonald, Dajah
  • Melendez, Xiomara
  • Myers, Christine
  • Nunez, Jennifer
  • Peterson, Shaniquah
  • Ramirez, Gisselle
  • Ramirez, Jessica
  • Reyes, Glendalis
  • Rodriguez, Maritza
  • Salcedo Espinosa, Marilin
  • Solomon, Gavin
  • Then Santana, Aliskal
  • Tonge, Shakeena
  • Wheeler, Latoya
  • Wilson, Sharon


Plaza Celebrates Court Reporting Week

February 28, 2018


Plaza College celebrated Court Reporting & Captioning Week for the first time from February 10-17. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed games, guest speakers, and other events focused on the importance of court reporting and captioning throughout the week.

Festivities began on Monday with a presentation on realtime streaming by Geoff Sandvik from Stenograph. He explained this new feature offered by Case Catalyst software. Tuesday during College Hour, students participated in court reporting games, from Jeopardy to assembling puzzles of steno machines, as well as a raffle. At 6 p.m., Criminal Court Reporter Amelia Moller spoke to students about her journey as a court reporter. She answered many questions from students concerning freelancing, CART reporting, and working in criminal court.

On Wednesday, a student mock trial was held on the Commons at noon and 6 p.m. Both court reporting and paralegal students participated as lawyers, witnesses, court officers, and jury members, and court reporting instructor Reid Goldsmith acted as judge.

Guest speaker Eric Allen, Supreme Court Reporters Union President, spoke to court reporting students on Thursday. He emphasized the importance of not only practice but also resilience and never hesitating in work or life. Allen also gave tips for improving speeds and reviewed the variety of career opportunities available in the field, which was a perfect introduction to Thursday evening’s open house on the Commons with representatives from various court reporting agencies.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped plan the events!


February 26: This Week at Plaza

February 26, 2018

Monday, Feb. 26: Writing and Grammar Workshop 5:00-5:55 p.m. Room 204

Tuesday, Feb. 27: Writing and Grammar Workshop 11:40-12:35 p.m. Room 204

Thursday, March 1: VDAY Bake Sale to support Safe Horizon all day on the Commons – Visit the Student Life Office to sign up to volunteer or donate food!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

SKD Inspires Students with Resilience Workshop

February 25, 2018

On February 20, Sigma Kappa Delta unveiled its first Resilience workshop. SKD President Diane Ferrer was joined by Dean Loffert, Dean Howle, Dr. Gunther, and Juliette Aminova for a discussion on how to rise above obstacles to succeed.

The results of a student survey revealed top stressors at Plaza College include fear of failure, time management, childcare, and financial issues. Suggestions for stress relief included:

  • Exercise and sleep regularly
  • Eat healthfully
  • Laugh
  • Practice positive self-talk
  • Make time for yourself
  • Be optimistic
  • Ask for help
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Manage your time effectively

Resources including emergency help line numbers, the ARC tutoring schedule, and neighborhood businesses were distributed. Please visit Dean Loffert if you would like a copy.

The next Resilience workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 20. We hope to see you there!

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