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.

Students Collect Money and Toiletries for Safe Horizon

March 15, 2017

The Office of Student Life hosted its winter bake sale on Thursday, raising $500 to support victims of domestic violence. Members of the Plaza community contributed baked goods as well as main dishes for purchase on the Commons. In addition, attendees were given purple wristbands, ducks, and ribbon stickers to promote domestic violence awareness. All of the proceeds go directly to support the efforts of Safe Horizon, which aims to stop domestic violence.

This month there is also a toiletries drive for families being supported by Safe Horizon and living in shelters. Donations of new toiletries and school supplies are being collected by Sigma Tau Delta all month, and donations may be dropped off in the Student Life office.

Thank you to everyone who donated and staffed the tables for the bake sale, especially the dedicated members of the Ambassadors club and V-Day club!

March 13: This Week at Plaza

March 13, 2017


Tuesday, March 14: Money Matters! Financial Readiness Symposium presented by TD Bank in the BBA Center at 11:45 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madame C. J. Walker


Benefits of Becoming a Paralegal at Plaza

March 10, 2017


Plaza College’s new School of Legal Studies will begin offering its paralegal program in May. Do you know what it means to be a paralegal?

While many people think of lawyers and judges when imagining a courtroom, paralegals are a large part of the legal profession. These important members of the staff support lawyers in preparing for court, and this career offers many benefits.

  • Great salaries and overtime
  • Industry growth and increasing demand
  • Flexible areas of specialty
  • Opportunities to help others

Read more about the benefits of a paralegal career, and contact Admissions to apply for the spring semester starting in May!

Career Empowerment Speaker Inspires Students

March 8, 2017

Yesterday, guest speaker James Mackey II inspired students with a presentation about career empowerment. Mackey spoke about his philosophy of empowerment as the combination of information, education, resources, and opportunity.

He explained to students that in order to land the jobs that they are passionate about, they must stay focused on their careers, educate themselves about companies they want to work for, and remain “humble, but hungry.” He broke down the steps to success as S.M.A.R.T. goals:

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Action Plan
  4. Realistic
  5. Time Stamp

Sponsored by the departments of Career Services and Student Life, the presentation took place during College Hour on the Commons. The interactive presentation captured the attention of students right through to the end, when Mackey encouraged everyone to follow his success formula of “Information +Application = Transformation.”

Mackey is an OfficeTeam Staffing Manager for Robert Half International, a specialized staffing firm. He works closely with hiring managers, organizations, and educational institutions from a large number of reputable companies.  He is also a fourth generation community activist who previously served as the Program Outreach Director for The H.E.V.N. Coalition.


March 6: This Week at Plaza

March 6, 2017

This Week at Plaza

  • Tuesday, March 7: Public Speaking Workshop 11:44-12:40 on the Commons – Guest speaker and community activist James Mackey III offers advice at this Career Empowerment Workshop based on his work as a staffing manager. See your email from Dean Howle for more details!
  • Thursday, March 9: V-Day Bake Sale all day on the Commons – Join us to purchase delicious hot food, salad, baked goods, and beverages to help raise funds for Safe Horizon. If you would like to donate food or volunteer to help, visit the Student Life office!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Mistakes are a fact of life: It is the response to the error that counts.” – Nikki Giovanni

Congratulations Fall 2016 Faculty Award Honorees!

March 3, 2017

For the Fall 2016 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize 44 students who earned the Faculty Award. 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. Congratulations to all!

  • Acevedo, Angela
  • Alexander, Tkeisha
  • Badal, Mirtie
  • Baker, Shoshanna
  • Bennerson, Aisha
  • Castano, Kimberly
  • Davis, Eboni
  • Donatien, Wayne Anthony
  • Elreda, Fatima
  • Elsawy, Dianne
  • Fleurisma, Nathan
  • Flores, Christian
  • Gallishaw, Charmaine
  • Gomez, Yesenia
  • Gonzalez Montenegro, Felix
  • Hernandez, Dianah
  • Hubbard-Davis, Tierra
  • Hussain, Shameeza
  • Hydarali, Saara
  • Jordan, Shanese
  • Joseph, Nashla
  • Lopez Burgos, Ana
  • Mendez, Yessenia
  • Mitchell, Otelia
  • Moody, Loretta
  • Nieves, Delilah
  • Pinargote, Karla
  • Portes, Esteban
  • Raby, Shelly-Dee
  • Redhead, Zakia
  • Rowe, Jacqualine
  • Simmonds, Kimberly
  • Singh, Gursewak
  • Singh, Nilofa
  • Smith, Lenisha
  • Taylor, Dominique
  • Then Santana, Aliskal
  • Torres, Giovanna
  • Velez, Kiara
  • Ventura, Perla
  • Warren, LaQuela
  • Wheeler, Latoya
  • Wilson, Sharon
  • Wright, Denise

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