Twelve Social Media Words to Live By, Especially in the Work-Place

May 21, 2012
Don’t lie; don’t pry; don’t cheat; can’t delete; don’t steal; and don’t reveal- these seem to be the twelve social media words to live by. Many people believe that they’re blogging and tweeting anonymously, and they’re wrong. 
It isn’t uncommon anymore for employees to be fired because of Facebook posts, tweets or blogs that they think will never be linked back to them.

When tweeting, posting on Facebook or blogging, you need to remember that everything you post is possible to end up on your boss’s desk. Therefore, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your boss to see. Many individuals argue “freedom of speech.” Yes, freedom of speech is applied to the government, but not to private businesses. If you bash your employees, company, boss or competitors on any social media site, it won’t take long until someone comes across it and you’ll more than likely find yourself unemployed.

Many people think the solution to not getting caught on social media sites is to post under a different name. However, posting under your real name keeps you from so called “going off the deep end”. If you’re brave enough to post under your real name and own up to what you post, then you shouldn’t run into any problems when your employer comes across your blog, Facebook or Twitter page.
Social media can definitely be helpful and used to your advantage with career opportunities when used appropriately and wisely. Do you have any tips for your fellow  classmates regarding social media and the workplace? Let us know on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.


New York Mets to Host 2nd All Star Game & Citi Field’s First Mid-Summer Classic!

May 18, 2012
The New York Mets will be hosting their second All-Star Game and Citi Field will be hosting its first Mid-Summer Classic in the 2013 season. Citi Field opened in 2009 in place of Shea Stadium, after almost a decade of planning and construction.

David Wright, a player on the New York Mets and five-time All-Star, believes that hosting the All-Star game in New York will be great for the city. David Wright had the privilege of playing in the 2008 All-Star game that closed out Yankee Stadium as well. He adds that it is a “tremendous stage.”

This will be the ninth time that New York hosts the All-Star Game. Yankee Stadium has been a host of the exhibition four times: 1939, 1960, 1977 and 2008. The Brooklyn Dodgers former home, Ebbets Field, held the game in 1949, while the New York Giants’ old park, the Polo Grounds, saw the stars come in 1934 and 1942. The New York Mets were the host of the All-Star Game at Shea Stadium in 1964, the third season for the franchise and the inaugural year of the new park. The National League won 7-4, thanks to a two-out, three-run walk-off homer by the Phillies’ Johnny Callison.


Will you be purchasing tickets to either event at Citi Field? Let us know on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

14-Year-Old Keeling Pilaro Granted a Waiver to Play on the Girl’s Field Hockey Team

May 17, 2012


With a little persistence and determination, anything is possible!  This story should inspire all students out there to not give up on your goals and dreams; it is important to fight for what you enjoy!

Fourteen year old Keeling Pilaro has put forth quite the effort to live out one of his goals. The Long Island’s Southampton High School student has been granted a waiver to join the girl’s field hockey team. The decision was recently reversed after the athletic commission met and changed a decision they had previously made.

At first, the school’s athletic committee did not allow for Keeling Pilaro to play on the team because they thought he had become too skillful at the sport and felt the girls on the team would be at a disadvantage.

Pilaro was born in New York City but grew up in Ireland, where field hockey is extremely popular amongst male and female students. When Pilaro and his family moved back to New York, Keeling discovered not a single public high school in the state provided a field hockey team for males to compete on. Therefore, Pilaro’s only option was to join a girls’ team.

Many coaches and players at the school and from opposing teams were in full support of Pilaro participating on the girl’s field hockey team. If the school hadn’t reversed their decision, Pilaro’s family would’ve taken the case to court and filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal court against the school.

Have you ever fought for something you were passionate about?  Tell us about it on the Facebook page!

Plaza College Recoginzes the Hard Work & Dedication of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group

May 16, 2012
Plaza College is in full support of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group and recognizes all of their hard work and dedication into making Jackson Heights a better community for all. The College identifies the JHBG as a group that cares enough about the community to ensure it remains one of the most beautiful and historic neighborhoods in New York City. The College has also recently renewed their membership with the JHBG and couldn’t be any more honored to do so. We believe that the efforts of the JHBG have made Jackson Heights one of the most diverse, vibrant and safe environments in New York City.
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG) is a 501(C) -3 nonprofit organization, established in 1988.  It’s a grassroots community organization of people who live and work in Jackson Heights and care enough to help make Jackson Heights one of the best neighborhoods in Queens and New York City.
Most of the original neighborhood of Jackson Heights is a National Register Historic District and a New York State Historic Register District. About half of the neighborhood has been designated as a New York City Historic District by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Jackson Heights Historic District includes 2,203 contributing buildings, 19 contributing sites and 3 contributing objects.
The JHBG is in support of high standards which include local pride, diversity, inclusion, cleanliness, greenery, civility, local schools, institutions and merchants and anything else that enhances or betters the Jackson Heights community.  JHBG is opposed to littering, crime, pollution, disorder, intolerance, landmark violations, noise and apathy.
Plaza College remains a proud Jackson Heights resident!

Taking a Deeper Look Into the Mind | Understanding Dreams

May 10, 2012
Scientists are trying to probe deeper into our minds to find some answers about dreams. Dreams have always been a mysterious phenomenon, questioning why some people experience nightmares while others spend their nights in complete bliss.  
Here is a little bit of what researchers know about what happens in dreamland!
1. Violent dreams can be a warning sign
As if nightmares weren’t bad enough, a rare sleep disorder called REM sleep behavior disorder causes people to act out their dreams, sometimes with violent thrashes, kicks and screams. Such violent dreams may be an early sign of brain disorders down the line, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia, according to research published online July 28, 2010, in the journal Neurology.
2. Night owls have more nightmares
Staying up late has its perks, but whimsical dreaming is not one of them. Research published in 2011 in the journal of Sleep and Biological Rhythms, revealed that night owls are more likely than their early-bird counterparts to experience bad dreams or nightmares.
3. You can control your dreams
If you’re interested in lucid dreaming, you may want to take up video gaming. The link? Both represent alternate realities, said Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada.
4. Why we dream
Scientists have long wondered why we actually dream, with answers ranging from Sigmund Freud’s idea that dreams fulfill our wishes to the speculation that these wistful journeys are just a side effect of rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. Turns out, at least part of the reason may be critical thinking, suggests Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett who presented her theory in 2010 at the Association for Psychological Science meeting in Boston.
Her research revealed that our slumbering hours may help us solve puzzles that have plagued us during daylight hours. The visual and often illogical aspects of dreams make them perfect
What are your thoughts? Let us know on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

Plaza College Talent Show

May 7, 2012
This Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, Plaza College will host our annual Talent Show from 8-10pm.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from Melissa Tortora or Randi Montgomery.

Plaza students and faculty/staff members will be singing, rapping, performing play acts, reading poems and stories and dancing! Don’t miss this great event showcasing our schools’ talents!

The Freedom Tower, Once Again the Tallest Building in NYC

May 3, 2012

The World Trade Center is once again the tallest building in NY.  More than ten years after the terrorist attack on the original buildings, the new Freedom Tower is well under way in its construction.  

The steel structure, known as The Freedom Tower, is still 500 feet shorter than it will be when complete, but it’s already a tribute to American resilience and strength.


The unfinished building stands at 1,271 feet, making it 21 feet higher than the Big Apple’s current record-holder, the Empire State Building, according to the New York Times.

The Freedom Tower will also be on its way to becoming the tallest building in the US. The Associated Press explains that title will come with an asterisk.

“Once completed, it will stand at 1,776 feet, 408 feet taller than the north tower it replaced. However, those final 408 feet come in the form of a giant needle that will sit atop the building’s roof.” If the needle isn’t counted toward the tower’s total height, the building would be only the second-tallest in the country, behind Chicago’s 1,451-foot Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).

Do you think the giant needle should count towards the building’s height? Let us know on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

The BBA Lounge is Now OPEN!

April 30, 2012
The BBA Lounge is now OPEN!

The BBA Lounge is open to all BBA students and provides a place for you to go and study, work on group projects, relax and have a snack before class.

The lounge is equipped with private offices for advisor meetings and a conference room with hook ups for presentations. Additionally, laptop stations provide an easy and comfortable space to connect to the wireless network on campus.

The grand opening of the lounge was on Thursday, April 26th, when Mr. Howle, Provost Callahan, Ms. Lopez and Ms. Rodriguez gave presentations welcoming the new addition to the Plaza College campus.

The BBA Lounge will be open and ready for students to utilize during the new semester, which begins Wednesday, May 2nd.

Celebrate National Pretzel Day in NYC!

April 26, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu (718) 779-1430

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Today is NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY! On this honorary day, we get to celebrate all the delicious shapes and sizes, flavors and toppings of the popular twisted snack.

New York is known for its iconic pretzel cart on each and every street corner. Soft pretzels have been sold on our streets since at least 1820 (gothamist.com).
Apparently, “the ultimate place to celebrate today is SIGMUND’S on Avenue B. They have salted, seeded, and flavored pretzels, as well as dips you can add on” (gothamist.com).
Don’t forget about the pretzel sandwich! SIGMUND’S slices one of their home baked pretzels in half, stuffing it with things like tomato, mozzarella, and pesto, or smoked salmon and dill cream cheese!
Gothamist.com has put together a list suggesting the best places in New York to celebrate our beloved pretzel.
  • THE RED HEAD on 13th and 1st serves up two soft pretzels with beer cheese for dipping, at $9 a plate. 
  • Earlier this month we checked out the carboloaders at LANDBROT, a new German bakery and beer bar that has opened in the West Village and the Lower East Side. Check out their hot brezeln right here. 
  • You can go to any bakery and get a chocolate-dipped pretzel—those are pretty tough to mess up—but the chocolate and caramel-covered pretzel rods at VARSANO’S on West 4th really seems to be blowing people away. 
  • We remember mall pretzels being big a long time ago (you know, the kind dusted in sour cream and onion flavoring?), and the mall pretzel lives on… at AUNTIE ANNE’S. They have cinnamon sugar, jalapeno, and even pepperoni pretzels! You can find one in Fort Greene, but there are plenty around. 
  • For a fancier celebration of the pretzel, head to DAVID BURKE TOWNHOUSE (on the Upper East Side or down on Grand Street) where they serve a (rather healthy) $18 pretzel-crusted crab cake (served with tomato-orange chutney and poppy seed honey). 
  • And finally, TALDE in Park Slope has Pretzel Pork & Chive Dumplings served with spicy mustard—which you can see for yourself here.
Naturally, the pretzel has also made a cameo appearance in Seinfeld. Take a look!


How Social Media Profiles Could Make-or-Break Your Chances of Being Hired!

April 24, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu (718) 779-1430

*** Press Release ***
 

Nowadays, regulating your social media profiles has become important, even more so if you’re searching for a job. A 2012 survey demonstrated that your social media profiles could make or break your chances of being hired!

The survey conducted by Eurocom Worldwide stated that almost one in five technology industry executives say that a candidate’s social media profile has caused them not to hire that person for the job. They also reported that 40% of these technology companies review job candidate’s social media sites.
Here are some tips to building a positive social media profile and avoid being rejected by your future employers!
  • On Facebook, never put anything up that would embarrass you if it were to be published on the front page of a newspaper. Facebook shouldn’t be used to vent about your relationship problems, everything you hate about life, problems with friends or your job. If you’re really worried about employers seeing you page, consider creating a separate profile for work and your personal life.
  • If you want to keep it professional, think about creating a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn can be used as your electronic resume. Your profile may include you writing a succinct profile summary, adding your current job information, past job experiences, education skills, awards, and even obtaining testimonials from previous job managers or co-workers. If your job requires you to write blogs that relate to your business or work, be sure to include the URL.
Next time you go to post something on your social media profile, think twice! Does your profile reflect the type of person employers would want to hire?

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