Open Labs Begin Monday

September 25, 2016

On Monday, September 26, open labs will begin for the Fall 2016 semester. Computer labs will be staffed in specific rooms according to the schedule below. Please remember that only water is allowed in computer labs. Food and other beverages may be consumed on the Commons.

Monday/Wednesday

  • 11:40-1:10 p.m., Room 209
  • 1:15-2:45 p.m., Room 207
  • 2:50-4:20 p.m., Room 212
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 202

Tuesday/Thursday

  • 10:05-11:35 a.m., Room 212
  • 11:40-12:40 p.m. (College Hour), Room 202
  • 12:40-2:10 p.m., Room 212
  • 2:15-4:20 p.m., Room 202
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 209

Saturday

  • 12:30-3:30 p.m., Room 202
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Students Show off Dress Code in Fashion Shows

September 23, 2016

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Last Thursday, Plaza College held its start of the semester Dress Code Fashion Shows on the Commons at noon and 5:30 p.m. Students were able to see firsthand how to dress for success as students and in their future careers.

As student models sashayed down the red carpet, hosts Dean Howle and Professor Butchy complimented their attire and gave dress code reminders. The shows included both “Fashion Yeses” and “Fashion Hot Messes,” who demonstrated dress code violations and workplace fashion don’ts!

Why is the way you dress on and off campus so important?

  • Preps you for the career you want and gives you self confidence
  • Makes a great first impression on college staff and potential employers
  • Appearance is part of the college-wide professional development rubric

Campus Dress Code Reminders

  • Medical Students must wear OSHA compliant uniforms and sneakers for clinical courses
  • Dress code for men: slacks or neat black jeans, tucked-in collared shirts with buttons, tie
  • Dress code for women: slacks or neat black jeans; tailored tops, blouses, cardigans; appropriate skirts or dresses

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Campus Dress Code Violations

  • Hats
  • Ripped clothing of any kind
  • Blue jeans
  • T-Shirts and tank tops
  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Revealing garments with short hemlines, low cut necklines, or visible undergarments
  • Leggings of any kind
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The Campus Store Opens Monday!

September 21, 2016

The Plaza College Campus Store opens for the Fall 2016 Semester on Monday, September 26, for continuing students. To pick up textbooks, students should bring their student ID to the bookstore during the following 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.

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 starting on Wednesday, September 28. Staff will visit classes individually to help first-semester students pick up books.

Everyone must visit the bookstore! Even students who plan to get their books from a source other than the Plaza Campus Store need to stop by the bookstore and let the staff know books do not need to be held for them.

Students are expected to have books in hand by Week 4.

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September 19: This Week at Plaza

September 19, 2016

Monday, September 19: ARC Opens for Fall 2016 – Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20: Last day to add/exchange classes – Visit Student Services for assistance.

Tuesday, September 20: Register for Student Life Clubs – 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Commons

Thursday, September 22: Register for Student Life Clubs – 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Commons

Tuesday, September 27: LL254 Portfolio Power Hour

Thursday, September 29: MG230 and LL353 Portfolio Power Hours

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” – J. B. Priestley


Get Ready for Portfolio Power Hour

September 16, 2016

Portfolio Power Hour is back! Starting on Tuesday, September 27, the Office of Student Life will host portfolio class workshops in the BBA Lounge, offering students insights on how to succeed in the portfolio process. Last semester dozens of students attended the sessions, which feature panels of professors as well as students who have completed portfolio classes.

This semester sessions will be offered on three days. 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! All meetings take place in the BBA Lounge.

Tuesday, September 27

English: LL254, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 29

MG230, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

English: LL353, 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4

English: LL254 and LL290, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m.

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Congratulations Spring 2016 Microsoft Specialists!

September 14, 2016

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Plaza is pleased to announce that 15 students earned Microsoft Office Specialist Certification last semester. This respected credential for future jobs is the result of many hours of practice and class preparation. Special congratulations go to Sharlene Valvano, who is the first Plaza student to achieve a perfect score of 1000/1000 points on the MOS Certification for PowerPoint!

MOS Certification in Word:

  • Zugelly De Jesus
  • Breana Edwards
  • Padmani Lakharam
  • Alejandro Leston
  • Jessica Roman
  • Nigeria Sumpter-Lee

MOS Certification in PowerPoint:

  • Jose Acevedo, Jr.    
  • Zugeylly DeJesus      
  • Angel Diaz
  • Melizza Gomez  
  • Angie Lorena Lopez    
  • Angelica Reddick
  • Jessica Roman          
  • Sharlene Valvano
  • Germain S. Vilson      

MOS Certification in Excel:

  • Nigeria Sumpter-Lee

Thank you to Professor Nancy DeLaTorre, Professor Susan Mookram, and other faculty and staff for their devotion and support to help our students reach this level of expertise. Students interested in preparing for MOS certification should take the following courses: MGT1001 Management Tools and Resources for PowerPoint; IT151 Word Processing Operations for Word; IT116 Advanced Spreadsheet Applications for Excel.

If you see any of these students, be sure to congratulate them!

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September 12: This Week at Plaza

September 12, 2016

Monday, September 12: Fall Semester Classes Begin

Thursday, September 15: Dress Code Fashion Show – Contact Dean Howle or visit the Student Life office if you want to participate!

Tuesday, September 20: Last day to add/exchange classes – Visit Student Services for assistance.

September 12-23: Book Buyback – See August 3 email from Dean Howle for details.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – George Herbert


Fall 2016 Classes Start Monday!

September 9, 2016

Day and extended day classes resume on Monday, September 12. Remember to check your most recent class schedule and your Spring 2016 grades on Plaza College’s MyPortal. Whether your first class is Monday or Tuesday, remember to come prepared with your student ID, class schedule, and all the school supplies you will need to take notes and stay organized for your classes. Also, don’t forget to be in dress code!

As you get ready to begin a new semester, or even a new school as a first-semester student, read these inspiring words from one of our newest alumni, Nigeria Sumpter-Lee!

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I would like to extend a warm welcome the newest additions to Plaza College and welcome back returning students! Deciding to go or return to college is never easy; we all face hardships and difficulties that inhibit us. All of you have taken the steps to start or finish your journey, and I’m so happy for you all!

Plaza College is not just any college; it’s a home away from home. Plaza is a family, and they have been my family since the day I walked through the doors. I don’t know any other college that puts so much hard work and dedication into their students. The staff and faculty at Plaza College have been amazing to me. It is through their support and guidance that I am now an alum. Without them, I don’t know where I would be.

The staff at Plaza is dedicated to you and really cares, so never be afraid to reach out to someone and let them know what is going on in your life. When times gets rough, I urge you to take advantage of all the resources that Plaza has to offer. There is always someone there to help you and give you advice and guidance.

The opportunities are endless at Plaza, so be a part of it all! For example, every semester you can earn an award based upon your academic achievement: Trustees', President's, Deans, or Faculty awards. Your picture will be displayed in the Commons along with your award. You can also earn a place in one or all three honor societies based upon your academic achievement. In addition, there are certification classes that can be taken to become certified in a particular area of Microsoft. Not only do you become certified, but you earn a certificate from Microsoft mailed to your door.

Lastly, do your best because one or all of you can be chosen to be Student of the Week, just like I was. It was one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. Take advantage these amazing opportunities. You are history in the making and future alumni of Plaza College. Remember, I am routing for you all!


Student Reviews: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”

September 7, 2016

In July, students taking Professor Butchy’s Modern Drama class enjoyed a field trip to the award-winning Broadway play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Read some of the student reviews below!

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Felix Gonzalez: “After watching it I could really understand why it has gathered so much praise and won multiple awards, including the Tony Award for Best Play in 2015. Tyler Lea demonstrates why he is the perfect person for the role of Christopher Boone, as he really embodies the character and his disability and perfectly delivers both the emotion at play and the lines of his character. All in all, it was a fantastic experience which has opened my eyes to the wonders of theatre.”

Amanda Fernandez: “The design of the show I thought was epic and quite different than what I have seen in past shows. While props were used on stage, the whole stage was a prop. I enjoyed how it moved and how it opened. The way the stairs came out of the back wall was awesome. I liked all the little hidden compartments in the walls and floors. I think that Bunny Christie, Paule Constable, and Finn Ross did a wonderful design on the visual aspects of this show.”

Anita Singh: “Tyler Lea’s acting made the audience feel closer to the character of Christopher and understand his struggle with everyday life. Tyler Lea put so much emotion into the character of Christopher, from his fight with his father to his breakdown at the train station. Bunny Christie’s scenic design also gave the audience a visual idea of what was going on in young Christopher’s mind. From the gruesome discovery at the beginning of the play to the geometric grid, reflecting Christopher’s love of math, the scenic design helped us get a better understanding of what was going on in Christopher mind’s and how it worked. You could really get an idea of the struggles Christopher went through. Overall, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is amazing and will surely warm the hearts of everyone who goes to see it.”

Bryan Annamanthadoo: “With clever writing and slightly dysfunctional characters, The Curious Incident is honestly one of the best plays I’ve ever seen. My favorite character has to be Siobhan; out of all the characters she seem to have more of a connection to Christopher than anyone else, even his own father. The chemistry the two share is incredible. As for my favorite actor, that award goes to Andrew Long, the actor who played the role of Ed (Christopher’s father). He showed a great amount of emotion, which works with his character being a single parent. He did a spectacular job at showing the anger, remorse, and guilt that Ed held inside since his wife left.”

Sarah Edgecombe:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was honestly amazing. The director Marianne Elliott had a great view for this play; it’s obvious she has a very creative mind, but with such a creative mind like hers, she needed designers that could fulfill every vision she had for this play. Bunny Christie (Scenic & Costume Designer), Paule Constable (Lighting Designer), Finn Ross (Video Designer), Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly (Choreography), Adrian Sutton (Music), and Ian Dickinson for Autograph (Sound) have all constructed the stage with small boxes all over like a grid. Since Christopher loves math so much, the whole stage looks like graph paper. The stage would show numbers, letters, and Christopher drew on it with chalk as well.”

Rayderd Then: “Andrew Long successfully performed his role. He made us feel that Christopher truly was his son. No doubt he and Tyler Lea were my favorite actors. Tyler Lea personalized his role in every scene of the play. He was accurate and his speech was characteristic of his role as Christopher. Lea and Long knew what to do to keep us within the play and on the edge of our seats.”

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September 5: This Week at Plaza

September 5, 2016

Monday, September 5: Labor Day – School Closed

Wednesday, September 7: New Student Orientation – Students should contact Admissions for their scheduled orientation time.

Monday, September 12: Fall Semester Classes Begin

September 5-23: Book Buyback – See August 3 email from Dean Howle for details.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard


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