On May 4, Plaza College’s School of Dental Sciences held its inaugural White Coat Ceremony honoring the Dental Hygiene Class of 2019. The ceremony celebrates Plaza’s Dental Hygiene student’s completion of preclinical training and their transition into clinical patient care.
A gathering of about 150 guests, including students, family members, friends, faculty, and administrators from the Office of the President were invited to participate in the ceremony. Loved ones assisted the students in donning their dental hygiene student practitioner’s white coat for the first time. It was an emotional event with tears of joy, hugs, and laughter.
Director of the Dental Hygiene program Dr. Laura Sleeper says, “the white coat is symbolic not of status but of privilege and responsibility.” In her address to the attendees, Sleeper reminded students that putting on the coat represents a serious obligation to their future patients, uncompromising standards and ethics in their practice, and a dedicated commitment to the dental hygiene profession.
Students in the program are now offering dental services in the Plaza College Community Dental Clinic, which is open to the public. Appointments can be made by calling (718) 779-1742, and Plaza students and staff can sign up in the Commons using the appointments sign-up sheet located outside of the Student Life office.
Monday, May 21: English Workshop 5:00-5:55 in Room 204
Tuesday, May 22: Ice Cream and Popcorn Social on the Commons at Noon
Tuesday, May 22: English Workshop 11:40-12:35 in Room 204
Tuesday, May 22: Math Workshop 11:40-12:35 and 5:00-5:55 in Room 203
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Congratulations to Student of the Month Sahida Nasim! This dental hygiene major was selected by faculty and administration for her academic success and inspirational outlook. Dr. Margaret Garland endorsed her for the honor saying, “She is the perfect Plaza College student: cheerful, eager to learn/participate in class, and respectful of her fellow students.”
Nasim’s journey to Plaza was not easy: “I have had many challenging obstacles that I had to overcome to be where I am at today. There was a point in my college life where I had almost given up due to the amount of rejections that I received from programs. I felt the heavy clouds of rain on my shoulders. I felt like I couldn’t move forward in my life. My pillow would be drenched in tears every single night. I wanted to belong somewhere, but no one would accept me.”
She continues, “Through this difficult time, my grandmother was one of my inspirations who taught me to have patience and faith. She taught me that I can conquer anything if I believe in myself. Her words motivated me to move forward. After almost two years of searching, I finally found my home at Plaza College. The world of dental hygiene has overcome my life, and I’m utmost thankful. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away before she could see any of my accomplishments, but I know it was her blessing that got me where I am at today. If I didn’t have her wisdom, I don’t think I would be here. I’m very thankful I was rejected from those programs, for I would not have found this amazing platform. Rejection can be very tough to overcome, but it is a way one learns to challenge one’s ability through the wisdom of others. I learned that wisdom from my grandmother, and I will keep it forever.”
At Plaza, she has demonstrated her commitment to success in all her classes the past two semesters. Dean Jonathan Howle explains, “Teaching Sahida is a tremendous privilege and joy. She reminds professors why they love teaching. In every way she is the ‘dream student,’ and her academic success is matched only by her generosity and kindness.”
Nasim also inspires her fellow students to succeed. “Sahida is generous and kind, helpful to her fellow students and professor alike,” says Dr. Laura Sleeper. “We love her enthusiasm and positivity. It is contagious!”
What is the key to her success? According to Nasim, “In order to succeed at Plaza College, motivation, integrity, and professionalism are very important. Having these three essential qualities will heighten one’s success in school and in future career paths.”
The New York City AIDS Walk is this Sunday, May 20, in Central Park. Join the Plaza College team at 8:30 a.m. sharp if you want to walk or volunteer! We will meet in front of Starbucks at 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, follow this link to 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! Every donation helps.
If you have any questions, please contact Dean Howle or visit the Student Life office.
The Plaza College Campus Store opens today for continuing students to get their books. In order to purchase books, stop by the bookstore when you do not have class with your student ID.
First-semester students’ books will be available beginning on Monday, May 21.
Book Distribution Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Monday, May 14: ARC and Open Labs begin
Tuesday, May 15: Dress Code Fashion Show at noon on the Commons
Tuesday, May 15: Graduation Ring Day – Order your ring from Jostens between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the Commons ($60 deposit required)
Wednesday, May 16: Bookstore Opens
Thursday, May 17: Portfolio Power Hour at 11:45 and 5:15 in the BBA Center
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
On Thursday, May 17, the Student Life Office will offer Portfolio Power Hour, a chance for current LL254 students to learn how to succeed from students who have completed the process. A panel of professors and students will be available in the BBA Lounge to answer all of your questions about portfolio class and how best to prepare!
Session 1: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session 2: 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the chance to get insider tips about how to earn an “A” on portfolios and enter to win a raffle for a Portfolio Survival Kit!
Each year, scholarships are offered across the country for students from all colleges. Below are a few opportunities being offered in 2018. These scholarships are not from Plaza College, so check the individual websites for details and requirements.
The Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award is available to currently enrolled college students. This $1000 scholarship is based on a short essay, and the submission deadline is June 30. To find out more, visit their website!
The Groza Learning Center Education Scholarship is available to currently enrolled college students. The $1000 scholarship is based on a short essay, and submissions are due by December 31. To find out more, visit their website!
The Intermountain Vein Center offers a Health and Wellness Scholarship available to students with a GPA of at least 3.4. The $2500 scholarship is based on a short essay, and two are awarded yearly. The submission deadline for the fall semester is August 31, and the deadline for the winter semester is December 31. To find out more, visit their website!
The Kalu Yala Scholarship if available to currently enrolled college students not in their last semester. Applicants are required to write a 500-word essay to be considered for the $1000 scholarship, and the deadline is December 31, 2018. To find out more, visit their website!
Tuesday, May 8: Sign ups begin for Student Life events and organizations
Thursday, May 10: Sign ups continue for Student Life events and organizations
Friday, May 11: Last day for schedule changes (See Student Services)
Monday, May 14: ARC and Open Labs begin
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” – Brian Tracy