Student Reviews: Marvin’s Room

August 16, 2017

In June, students in Modern Drama classes enjoyed a field trip to the classic play Marvin’s Room on Broadway. Read some of the student reviews below!

Angela Acevedo: Marvin’s Room was a spectacular play. First and foremost, my favorite actress is Lili Taylor; she did an awesome job playing the role of Bessie as if it was natural. It felt realistic. She showed awesome emotion and physical gestures throughout the play. The sound designer did an outstanding job with the music transitioning from one scene to another; it definitely created a mood as to what was expected in the scene to come. The music keeps you on your toes for what’s to come in the next scene, especially the soothing and soft sound after the most dramatic events in the play.

Yugesh Budram: The actor that I loved the most was Jack DiFalco as Hank. It touched my heart when he was there for his aunt Bessie, and they became best friends. Also, I liked their costumes, and the wig that Aunt Bessie was wearing was amazing because it didn’t look like a wig. This show teaches us about life how hard it can be and also teaches us that family is family at the end of the day.

Heerawatie Dowlat: In Marvin’s Room, Aunt Ruth, who was played by Celia Weston, was one of the most interesting characters. She’s compassionate and caring. She’s filled with motherly love… The scene that caught my attention most was when Bessie, who was played by Lili Taylor, fell sick. When she was hospitalized and Aunt Ruth visited her, they had an interesting conversation. Aunt Ruth told Bessie that god has set aside what is our destiny, and he will only let you face what you can handle. Bessie has tremendous support from her family when they discovered she is ill.

Harpreet Rathour: While in the theater, what I liked the most were the scenes that took place in Disneyland – my favorite place on earth. I loved how it was so bright and the lights came out. I also loved that every time Marvin has an issue, the whole family got together in Marvin’s room, and they all bonded with each other. It brought the family together.

Juan Cabrera: Marvin’s Room is an emotional and comic play written by Scott McPherson. Bessie, who is sick and is taking care of her father and aunt Ruth, needs a bone marrow transplant. Bessie contacts her sister who she hasn’t seen in years, and Lee, as any sister would, packs her bags and takes her two sons with her to go visit Bessie… Arguments build with Hank and his mom Lee; Hank builds a strong relationship with Bessie because she always knew what to say. Dr. Charlotte lets Bessie know that no one in her family has the marrow needed to save her life, but that never stops them from enjoying time and building a stronger family.

August 14: This Week at Plaza

August 14, 2017

Tuesday, August 15: Intersession begins – Late finals and ARC hours by appointment

August 15-18: Intersession

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben

Summer Break Schedule

August 11, 2017

Summer break begins on Friday, August 11. However, Plaza College offices will be open during the break, and the ARC will be open for intersession by appointment. Check the times below for more details, and if you have questions, call 718-779-1430.

Student Services Open

Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Services Late Finals Hours

Students will be contacted by Student Services if a late final is left for them by a professor. Any late work other than a final needs to be completed in the ARC.

  • August 15-17: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 18: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • August 21-24: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 25: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • August 28-31: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 1: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • September 5-6: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

ARC Open for Intersession Work

Students will be contacted by the ARC if a professor has left work to be completed. Check your Plaza email!

  • August 15: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • August 16 and 17: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August 18: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • August 21: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August 22: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • August 23 and 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August 25: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • August 28, 29, 30, and 31: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 1: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • September 5: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 6: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 7: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo Flashback: Graduation 2017!

August 9, 2017

Check out the latest photos from Plaza College’s 100th Graduation Ceremony on June 25!

August 7: This Week at Plaza

August 7, 2017

Monday, August 7: Final Exams for Monday/Wednesday day classes

Tuesday, August 8: Final Exams for Tuesday extended day classes

Wednesday, August 9: Final Exams for Monday/Wednesday extended day classes

Thursday, August 10: Final Exams for Tuesday/Thursday day classes and Thursday extended day classes

Friday, August 11: Summer break begins

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda

Photos from the 2017 Graduate Awards Ceremony

August 4, 2017

Don’t miss these new photos from Plaza College’s 2017 Awards Ceremony on July 26!

Student Writing: Juliette Aminova’s Graduation Speech

August 2, 2017

On June 25, Plaza College students gathered to celebrate Plaza College’s 100th Graduation Ceremony. Student speaker Juliette Aminova greeted the crowd with congratulations and inspirational words. Read her speech below.

Good morning Board of Trustees, President Callahan, Chief Callahan, The Callahan Family, Administration and Faculty, Students and Families. It is an honor standing before you today and addressing Plaza College’s 100th graduating class. Congratulations class of 2017!

Today we create an unforgettable memory, and the beginning of a new journey. It’s almost unbelievable how the days went by faster than we ever imagined. We have come a long way to make it this far, and now we are here – graduation day. And why are we really here? Graduation day is the day we all enter a new world of independence. And of course, it is also a day that we celebrate our achievements, our hard work, and dedication that led us here.

In honor of this exciting time, I want to share with you one of the most inspiring quotes that has motivated me, Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” I believe that this quote is true, because there have been many times where we all have felt so overwhelmed and struggled in most of our assignments, that we thought it was impossible to complete it all in such a limited amount of time. But, one thing that my family has always told me was, your eyes may be scared but your hands are doing the work, and after you start it all does become possible.

Before I enrolled at Plaza College, I had just finished high school and was clueless as to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. My mother’s good friend, who introduced me to the medical program here, guided me and I’ve grown to have a passion for it ever since.

Throughout our journey here at Plaza, we all had to overcome many challenges just to be one step closer to this day. Late nights studying, submitting work on time, and trying our best in all our classes may not have been so easy. There were moments when we felt like giving up, but had to stop and remind ourselves as to why we need to continue.

Because of Plaza College, we have become someone completely different then who we were as freshmen. We have gained so much knowledge about our fields, our interests, and ourselves and have grown to a great extent. For medical students, it may have been reimbursement class that was the most challenging. And the portfolios! For business students, it might have been marketing class. And the portfolios as well!

We have developed not only as students, but also as individuals. Plaza College has accepted each and every one of us, encouraged us to do our best, and shown us the way to becoming well-rounded people. Of course, we wouldn’t have come this far without the love and support from our families, the motivation from our professors, and help from the amazing friends we’ve made along the way. Most importantly, we proved to ourselves that we CAN do the impossible if we really wanted to.

Although we will be moving on and going on our own paths, we should never forget that our experiences here at Plaza have only made us stronger and ready for the real world, because that is what we achieved together. We should also remember that, just because this part of our journey ends here, we still remain friends and always keep that close connection with each other.

I want to end with these inspiring words from Michelle Obama who said, “Push for the never-failing miracle of progress.” Congratulations Plaza College, Class of 2017! WE DID IT!

July 31: This Week at Plaza

July 31, 2017

Friday, August 4: Final Exams for Friday classes

Saturday, August 5: Final Exams for Saturday classes

Monday, August 7: Final Exams for Monday/Wednesday day classes

Tuesday, August 8: Final Exams for Tuesday extended day classes

Wednesday, August 9: Final Exams for Monday/Wednesday extended day classes

Thursday, August 10: Final Exams for Tuesday/Thursday day classes and Thursday extended day classes

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Awards Ceremony Honors 100th Graduating Class

July 28, 2017


On Wednesday, July 26, Plaza College’s 100th graduating class celebrated their achievements at the annual Graduate Awards Ceremony. More than 200 students, family members, and friends were joined by faculty, administration, staff, and trustees to enjoy dinner and incredible views at Terrace in the Park.

Graduating students were presented with a wide range of honors, including awards for academic, humanitarian, and artistic work as well as honors in their majors, and heard remarks from student speaker Diane Ferrer. Check out these early photos of the event, and stay tuned for more!


Student Writing: Scholarship Essay by George Fielack

July 26, 2017

In March, three Plaza College students attended the 2017 Sigma Tau Delta / Sigma Kappa Delta International Convention in Louisville, KY, to receive national scholarships. One of the winners, George Fielack, wrote about why volunteering at the College and in his community is important to him. Read his essay below, and stay tuned for more student writing! 

When we are young, service is something that we tend to take for granted. As an older, returning college student, I see it now as an essential part of life. Service should be something we do unselfishly, without expectations, which brings inspiration to those who face adversity. It gives meaning and principle to be part of service to the Chi Delta chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, Plaza College, and my community.

As a Chi Delta member, I have contributed to two of our chapter’s service initiatives. First, I took an active leadership role in our chapter’s project for Alzheimer’s Awareness. I helped organize our 2015-2016 team to partake in the annual NYC Alzheimer’s Walk for a Cure that affects millions of people, including my father. We ended up raising $1,500.

Through Chi Delta, I have also become a writing tutor in the college’s Academic Resource Center. I help students with proper sentence structure, punctuation, and MLA format for their English classes. In addition, I tutor in the areas of math, accounting, and Microsoft Excel. It’s rewarding to help the 10-15 students I see each week.

As a Plaza College student, I’m pleased to serve my college every day. On campus, I’ve helped lead events for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis who provide counseling, medication, and nourishment for people in NYC living with HIV and AIDS. Our organization, Plaza Pride, raises money for GMHC every spring and walks in their annual NYC walk. Additionally, I’ve also taken part in Breast Cancer Awareness events. This is a subject close to heart after losing my aunt to the disease. Recently, our college raised over $1,200 for the American Cancer Society.

In addition to fundraising, I’m involved in welcoming new students to our campus. The Department of Admissions invites me to participate in Open Houses and Freshman Orientation to speak with prospective and newly enrolled students. During this time, I’m present to advise, encourage, and help the new students successfully start their college journeys.

If I’m not doing service for Chi Delta or the campus at large, I’m doing service within my community. I’m part of an Alcoholics Anonymous group where I bring my personal experience, strength, and hope to AA meetings, centers, and detoxes around New York City.  I give encouragement to those who seek guidance and want to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. Three years ago, as the person in need of service, I was grateful that somebody was there to help. I don’t know where I’d be without that help today. Presently, I sponsor an individual who struggles like I did. I guide him through the steps and traditions of AA, accompany him to meetings, and guide him through the Big Book (our Bible). In addition, I am there to listen if he needs to talk and to offer moral support if he has urges to drink that he can’t face alone.

Serving the Chi Delta chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, the Plaza College campus, and Alcoholics Anonymous is my way of helping others achieve a better way of life. Service has helped me become a more caring and thoughtful person. It has taught me that life is not perfect, but with help and guidance, there are countless possibilities.

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