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Plaza College’s Annual Blood Drive Was A Huge Success

July 26, 2011
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Thanks to the students, faculty, staff and administration that contributed to the blood drive at Plaza College, many lives will be saved, as there were 118 donors!

Registered: 118 Donors

First Time: 53 Donors

Automated Red Cell: 2 Donors

Whole Blood: 81 Donors

Total Units: 85 Units (pints)

While there were plenty of goodies to go around to keep everyone’s energy levels up, there were also some fun activities! Each donor was given a raffle ticket to be entered in the raffle for a pair of Mets tickets; the drawing was yesterday and the winners are listed below! Congratulations to all! The game is Tuesday, August 9th, the New York Mets vs. the San Diego Padres.

Winners of the five pairs of New York Mets tickets for a game at Citifield Staidum on August 9th, 2011:
1. Edward Gomez
2. Mandeep Kaur (SS)
3. Cynthia C. Montenegro (Adm.)
4. Xiomara Rucal
5. Anthony Vass   
All donors were also given a certificate of participation to acknowledge their giving of blood to the drive.

Thanks again to all participants! See you next year!

Plaza College Offers Active Listening Tips

July 22, 2011
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Listening is one of the most important skills you can have. How well  you listen has a major impact on your job effectiveness, and on the quality of your relationships with others.
  • We listen to obtain information.
  • We listen to understand.
  • We listen for enjoyment.
  • We listen to learn. 

Given all this listening we do, you would think we’d be good at it! 

In fact most of us are not. Depending on the study being quoted, we remember between 25% and 50% of what we hear. That means that when you talk to your boss, colleagues, customers, or spouse for 10 minutes, they pay attention to less than half of the conversation. This is dismal!

Turn it around and it reveals that when you are receiving directions or being presented with information, you aren’t hearing the whole message either. You hope the important parts are captured in your 25-50%, but what if they’re not?

Clearly, listening is a skill that we can all benefit from improving. By becoming a better listener, you will improve your productivity, as well as your ability to influence, persuade and negotiate. What’s more, you’ll avoid conflict and misunderstandings. All of these are necessary for workplace success!

The way to become a better listener is to practice “active listening”. This is where you make a conscious effort to hear not only the words that another person is saying but, more importantly, try to understand the complete message being sent.

Becoming an Active Listener
There are five key elements of active listening. They all help you ensure that you hear the other person, and that the other person knows you are hearing what they say.
1. Pay attention. 
Give the speaker your undivided attention, and acknowledge the message, Recognize that non-verbal communication also “speaks” loudly. 
  • Look at the speaker directly.
  • Put aside distracting thoughts. Don’t mentally prepare a rebuttal!
  • Avoid being distracted by environmental factors.
  • “Listen” to the speaker’s body language
  • Refrain from side conversations when listening in a group setting

2. Show that you are listening. 

Use your own body language and gestures to convey your attention.
  • Nod occasionally.
  • Smile and use other facial expressions.
  • Note your posture and make sure it is open and inviting.
  • Encourage the speaker to continue with small verbal comments like yes, and uh huh.

3. Provide feedback.

Our personal filters, assumptions, judgments, and beliefs can distort what we hear. As a listener, your role is to understand what is being said. This may require you to reflect what is being said and ask questions.
  • Reflect what has been said by paraphrasing. “what I’m hearing is.” and “Sounds like you are saying.” are great ways to reflect back.
  • Ask questions to clarify certain points. “What do you mean when you say.” “Is this what you mean?”
  • Summarize the speaker’s comments periodically.

4.  Defer judgment.

Interrupting is a waste of time. It frustrates the speaker and limits full understanding of the message.
  • Allow the speaker to finish.
  • Don’t interrupt with counter arguments.

5. Respond Appropriately.

Active listening is a model for respect and understanding. You are gaining information and perspective. you add nothing by attacking the speaker or otherwise putting him or her down.
  • Be candid, open, and honest in your response.
  • Assert your opinions respectfully
  • Treat the other person as he or she would wanted to be treated.

Plaza College Is Hosting A Blood Drive!

July 20, 2011
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Plaza College, “The College for Business and Medical Careers” located at 74-09 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, New York, is hosting it’s third annual “Get Involved! Make a Difference!” blood drive sponsored by the Long Island Branch of the New York Blood Center. The blood drive is taking place on Thursday, July 21st from 11:30 a..m. to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the college, Bruson Hall Promenade.

Did you know that 1 blood donation can save up to 3 patients’ lives.  That’s why a blood donor is a very special kind of volunteer! 
Did you know that there is a severe blood shortage this summer?  Sophisticated medical facilities, transplant programs, area hospitals, and cancer treatment centers are being greatly affected. 
Did you know that when there is not enough blood, patients wait for hours or even days for the blood they need—delaying their recovery from such things as surgery, chemotherapy, burn treatments, and even patients who have been on an organ transplant list for months or years who finally get an opportunity for an organ, will lose that opportunity if there is no blood.
The student body, faculty, staff, and administration at Plaza College want to contribute and help those in need! Plaza is aiming for a total donation of at least 100 pints, from students, staff, neighbors, and friends, to meet this challenge!
Anyone who donates on July 21st will be given a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Mets tickets to attend a scheduled game at Citifield Stadium—there are six pairs of tickets being offered.  Now that’s a way to start the summer!!!!!
They also have several other surprises for blood donors on that day and are asking for everyone to get involved.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lin Loffert, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, or the event committee members, at (718) 779-1430, Extension 7137 or via email at lloffert@mail.plazacollege.edu.
Plaza College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.  The college is easily accessible via the E, F, R, M or #7 trains.
Remember, it only takes approximately 15 minutes to donate your blood, and to save three lives! Sign-up today to help those in need!

25 Ways to Break Your Online Procrastination Habit

July 18, 2011
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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The Internet is full of all kinds of valuable tools and websites that can make researching, writing, and studying easier than ever. But at the same time, the Internet can also be a huge source of distraction. While a little diversion is fine, excessive slacking can have a huge impact on your studies and performance if you’re not careful. These are 25 methods for shortening your Internet usage and staying at the head of the class.
    1.     Install an online time tracker. It’s easy to while away hours of your day on addictive sites only to wonder later what happened to all the time you had to finish a project. Try installing a program like MeeTimer to keep track of where you’re spending your online time. It will allow you to see what sites make up the bulk of your browsing time, and for the weak-willed, there is even an option to help deter you from using those sites.
2.      Turn off IM programs. Even if you have an account set up just for work, instant messaging programs can be a big drain on time when you’re supposed to be productive. A polite question about what a coworker or client did over the weekend can easily spiral into a lengthy conversation that has little to do with work. Encourage those who want to contact you to use email or phone calls instead of IMs and you’ll save yourself the temptation.
3.      Remind yourself of the consequences. It may seem harmless to browse the Internet when you’re supposed to be working, but in reality there can be many costly consequences. Wasting valuable work time can cut into your personal life, leaving you stressed out from trying to complete work at the last minute. Post a small note on your computer to remind you when you’re tempting to idly browse.
4.      Disable email notifications. Email can be incredibly disruptive to your work flow if you stop to read a new email every time one arrives. Turn off email notifications and only check emails at set times, perhaps after you’ve finished a certain amount of work, so that you won’t be constantly disrupted.
    5.      Change your attitude. The biggest obstacle to breaking your online procrastination habit is the way you think about your workday. If you’re bored, unhappy, or just unmotivated, it can drive you to spend more time seeking out Internet stimulation than doing your work. Try approaching your job with more enthusiasm and reward yourself for a job well done.
     6.      Turn on music. While music can be a distraction for some people, it can also be a great motivator for others. Instead of deriving stimulation from the ‘net, use music to entertain you while you work. That way, you won’t feel completely deprived of fun and you’ll be getting work done at the same time.
     7.      Create a separate user on your computer just for work. It can be helpful to create a separate user on your computer that has only programs used for work: no internet browsers, chat programs, or email allowed. If they aren’t there, you will be less tempted to use them.
8.      Set up a news aggregator. To help you tame your idle browsing of news sites, blogs, and everything else, you can set up an aggregator. This will let you know when new content is posted so you won’t have any excuse to log on just to check.
9.      Set your clock ahead. Part of the problem with idle browsing is the idea that you always have more time, so it won’t hurt if you just look a little longer. You can help quell this urge by using a program like theProcrastinator’s Clock. This clock is set 15 minutes fast, but randomly speeds up or slows down to keep you from knowing how much time you really have.
10.  Create quotas. You don’t have to give up the Internet altogether in order to get some work done. Set up quotas for yourself so that if you complete a certain amount of work that you are rewarded with a certain amount of Internet usage. This way, both the need to get things done and the need for idle entertainment get met.
11.  Block your most-used sites. Everyone has a few sites that they just can’t seem to stay away from no matter how strong their will is. Luckily, there are many programs you can use to block these sites during times you’re supposed to be working. Try out LeechBlock to help you curb your addiction to your biggest time-wasting sites.
12.  Know your personal high and low productivity hours. Do you have a post-lunch slump? Hate mornings? Try to schedule your work around these low points in your day so that you’ll be less tempted to go on the web as a pick-me-up when you’re supposed to be working.
13.  Stick to a routine. One way to help you control your online procrastination is to create a daily routine. Get your body and mind used to working and resting during certain hours and you’ll have a much easier time fighting the urge to surf the net.
14.  Use a timer. Whether you use a classic egg-timer or a more tech-savvy online version, timing your Internet usage can be helpful to keeping it in check. Simply set the timer for a specific amount of time and make sure when your time is up that you really do sign off.
15.  Let your computer nag you. For most people, the willpower to stay off the Internet just isn’t there. So let your computer help you. Try installing a program like Webolodeon that will pester you if you try to use certain sites during working hours or aimlessly browse for too long.
16.  Create deadlines. Sometimes it can be hard to stay on task when it seems like you have a huge amount of time to finish a project. Create smaller deadlines within this timeframe to help motivate you and keep you from looking to the web to fill your day.

17.  Set up acceptable Internet hours. It’s unreasonable to expect yourself to give up the Internet altogether, so set up times when you’re allowed to use the ‘net guilt free. A few Internet breaks throughout your day will allow you to keep up to date on the news or sports scores and still get your work done.

18.  Use other forms of communication. Spend less time on the Internet by spending more time making contact face-to-face or on the phone. Not only is this more personal, but you won’t be tempted to do any shopping or read the latest gossip instead of attending to business.
19.  Let others help you. While it might be embarrassing to admit you need help, sometimes having other people look over your shoulder can be helpful. Ask a coworker or friend to give you a little nudge to get back to work, especially at times of the day when you know you’re less productive.
20.  Eliminate uncertainty. A lot of random web browsing is due to not knowing what to do with your day or how to begin a project. Use a program like What to Do Next instead. This web-based program will store all the things you should be doing, choose something, and give you 10 minutes to get on task. That way, you’ll never have to wonder what you should be working on.
21.  Stay organized. One of the biggest obstacles to productivity is disorganization. If you don’t have to sort through stacks of papers, files, or your email inbox to get started on what you need to do for the day you’ll be much more likely to get to the task. Making work painless makes using a diversion like the Internet less necessary, so give yourself a leg up by keeping your work orderly and easy to use.
22.  Make a schedule. While it might seem too restrictive for some creative types, creating a schedule can actually be quite helpful in curbing an Internet procrastination problem. Creating set times for breaks, food, work and even browsing the net can help give your day structure and discourage aimless activity.
23.  Don’t become an addict. There are many sites on the Internet that are extremely addictive, whether they are games, social networking, or even the news. If you feel yourself becoming a little too attached to a certain site or to several sites, force yourself to take a break from using them for a few days or weeks. It’s better to nip the problem in the bud rather than let it start taking over your life.
24.  Take structured breaks. There are many programs out there that can allow you to use the Internet as a form of entertainment for breaks in between work. Alternately, they can force you to take a break from the internet to get work done. Try installing a program like TimeOut to give you the break you need without letting it interfere with the rest of your workday.
25.  Unplug. If you’ve tried everything else and you just can’t seem to stay away from the Internet, just unplug your computer. You don’t have to go all day without it, but give yourself a few hours where you won’t have the temptation.
The Internet can be a valuable tool for productivity–or a bane to getting any work done at all. It’s all up to you in how you decide to use it. While some of these tips may not work for you, you can use them to get on the right track to responsible Internet usage.

Plaza College Offering the Latest Social Media Stats: Are You Social?

July 15, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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We all know that social media impacts the way we do business. It affects the way that consumers shop, the way that brands market, and the way customer service responds. Social media allows customers to give instant feedback on their favorite (or not so favorite brands). It allows regular people to become a part of the branding process.
If you didn’t think the power of social media was mind blowing before… check out the latest social media statistics:

  • Facebook has more than 500 million “active” users worldwide.
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.
  • The average Facebook user is connected to 80 community pages, groups, and events.
  • More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news, stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month on Facebook. Your content should be among these!
  • Every month, more than 250 million people engage with Facebook on external websites.
  • There are more than 200 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
  • Being mobile-compatible is important because people that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook that non-mobile users!
  • About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States. 

  • 20.6 million US adults will access a Twitter account at least monthly this year.
  • There are 200 million Twitter users around the world.
  • Twitter now comes in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
  • 95 million tweets are written per day.

  • 35 hours of video are uploaded every minute.
  • 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the U.S.
  • YouTube is localized in 25 countries across 43 languages.
  • YouTube’s demographic is broad: 18-54 years old.
  • YouTube reached over 700 billion playbacks in 2010.
  • Over 4 million people are connected and auto-sharing to at least one social network.

  • Foursquare has more than half a million users.
  • Foursquare has 1.4 million venues
  • Foursquare has 15.5 million check-ins
  • Foursquare has almost 725,000 users.
  • Every two weeks Foursquare has 100,000 new users.

Are you social?

Think a Bachelor’s Degree Isn’t Worth It? Think Again….

July 14, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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A bachelor’s degree could be worth quite a bit when you add it all up – especially in an uncertain economy…
·         Higher Lifetime Earning Potential. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that workers with a bachelor’s degree average $2.1 million in lifetime earnings. People with just a high school diploma average much less – $1.2 million.
·         Lower Risk of Unemployment. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that the unemployment rate among bachelor’s degree holders (4.4 percent in June 2010) is lower than that of the general population (9.5 percent).
·         Competitiveness. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded was up more than 30 percent between 1998 and 2008.
·         More Career Options. The bachelor’s degree is one of the most flexible degrees and often a requirement for many entry-level and advanced positions. Want to pursue teaching or accounting? You’ll need a bachelor’s degree as well as any relevant certifications.

Graduation brings with it a few unsettling novelties, including a sudden expectation that we have the money to pay full price. According to CareerBliss and Payscale.com, there is a way to live comfortably right out of college. Here are 10 of the highest-paying entry-level jobs for college graduates. 
10. Information Sciences & Systems ($54,038 annually)
Is the Job for Me? Ever wondered how to become an expert on the world’s cutting-edge technology? With jobs in the information sciences and systems fields, you can apply your passion for technology to an eclectic variety of positions, including network engineer, systems analyst, database administrator, interface specialist and computer programmer. Be prepared to put your coursework in computer programming, statistics, mathematics, economics, management and accounting to good use.
Companies to look at: Amazon, OkCupid, Merck, Vivisimo
How Can I Get There? BS in Information Sciences or Information Systems or a BA in Business Technology Administration. Related internships may involve working as a help desk technician, web and application developer or database analyzer.
9. Industrial Engineer ($57,734 annually)
Is the Job for Me? If you find yourself to be a great observer and you have a knack for streamlining workflows, you may have the skillset required for industrial engineering. Industrial engineers help organizations increase efficiency by observing how a company functions between its people, information, money, equipment and more, and using the data to design operations within the organization. They work with manufacturing firms, service industries and even government organizations. What makes this job so great? Many industrial engineers are self-employed.
How Can I Get There? BS in industrial engineering. Related internships may involve data collection and processing.
8. Financial Analyst ($60,000 annually)
Is the Job for Me: Financial analysts help corporations make huge investment decisions—a job that brings you huge returns. If crunching numbers is your thing, you might want to consider working toward this profession. The pay isn’t so bad, after all.

How Can I Get There? BS in business administration, finance, statistics or accounting. Financial analysts will be expected to have knowledge of Excel, Access, SQL, Powerpoint and Oracle Financials.
7. Registered Nurse ($61,000 annually)
Is the Job for Me? If you’ve got a knack for medicine and a strong stomach, and would love working with patients one-on-one, becoming a registered nurse could be a great fit for you. This profession provides not only a steady paycheck but also the opportunity to get to know your patients on a personal level.
Companies to look at: Hospitals and clinics across the country
How Can I Get There? BS in nursing. Depending on the program, a certain number of hours of clinical work, which involves working with patients as well as learning how to use equipment, will be required.
6. Quality Engineer $65,000 annually

Is the Job for Me? Quality engineers work to ensure those same products you buy in the department store will work once you set them up at home. They collect and analyze data to ensure that quality control standards are being maintained. And look out, girls—many companies manufacture goods in multiple locations, which could mean some national, or even international, traveling for you as you inspect various factories to ensure regulations are being followed.

How Can I Get There? BS in engineering or other science discipline. Interns may take part in product failure analysis, product audits and product inspection.

5. Network Engineer $68,500 annually

Is the Job for Me? Do you have well-rounded knowledge of computer systems as a whole? Network engineers manage both the hardware and software found in computer systems, ensuring network computers meet users’ needs. Unlike some other engineering jobs, this position gets you out of the office and interacting with computer networks in different settings. After spending your college years pulling all-nighters in front of the computer screen, this constant change in scenery will be very appreciated.

Companies to look at: Bloomberg, Hulu, Vivisimo

How Can I Get There? BS in information technology or other computer-related degree. Internships involve data summary and analysis, maintaining application, server and network infrastructure, and documenting procedures and workflow.
4. Business Analyst $69,500 annually

Is the Job for Me? Business analysts help companies fully harness their resources while maximizing profits and increasing productivity by creating new company business plans. They identify issues that need to be addressed within a company in order to create improvement.

How Can I Get There? BS in Computer Science or a related field. Experience in IT is vital, and internships may involve financial analysis.
3. Software Engineer $72,000 annually

Is the Job for Me? Google Search, Mac OS and Angry Birds—all developed by creative, intelligent software engineers. If you are looking for a challenging job that gives you the freedom to create your dreams, studying to become a software engineer could lead you to one very comfortable lifestyle.

Companies to look at: Sage Software, Yelp, IBM Corporation, Google

How Can I Get There? BS in computer science software engineering and a background in mathematics. Those in the field will be expected to have a knowledge of programming languages such as Java and C++ and knowledge of operating systems such as Linux and Solaris.
2. Investment Banking Analyst $73,000 annually

Is the Job for Me? Investment banking analysts advise financial corporations on making insightful investment decisions. When this kind of starting salary is in on the table, writing in spreadsheets all day just may be worth it.

Companies to look at: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays

How Can I Get There? BS in business, accounting, or finance. Experience, such as an internship in investment banking, management consulting or mergers and acquisitions accounting will be necessary, as is advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office.
1. Systems Engineer $77,500 annually

Is the Job for Me? DiplomaGuide.com says that systems engineers are “trained problem solvers with skills in a variety of disciplines,” and girl, this couldn’t be any truer. This degree can take you almost anywhere, from improving the efficiency of an assembly line in Japan to configuring a network system at your alma mater.

Companies to look at: Barclays Capital, Facebook, Salesforce

How Can I Get There? BS in hardware engineering, electrical engineering or computer engineering. Internships may involve assembling, testing and troubleshooting computer and technical systems.
Simply put, more education means greater participation in the workforce and higher lifetime earnings. A recent examination of New York’s adult learners found that close to 83 percent of adults with an associate’s degree and 78 percent of adults with some college (but not a degree) participated in the workforce, compared to only about 74 percent of adults with a high school education and 57 percent of adults with less than a high school education. In addition to higher work participation rates, adults with some college averaged about $188.000 more in lifetime earnings that those with only a high school education, and adults with an associate’s degree averaged about $404,000 more in lifetime earnings.

Get Ahead of Your Class This Summer

July 12, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Although it is extremely easy to have time slip away during the summer break, don’t let it! Of course you are not required to study or give your brain a workout but, it is in your best interest to do so. Why? This will guarantee that you will be at the top of your game when classes resume this fall. We have put together different exercises and courses you can use online to kick start your brain this summer.

When at the iTunes U website, you will be able to sample class courses and lectures from over 800 universities from around the world in the langua
ge of your choice. You can also access programs from The Library of Congress, museums, and the New York Public Library. Lectures and courses are offered through audio, video, and print formats.

Do you want to improve your writing skills this summer? Check out “Roy’s Writing Tools” and learn the secrets to better writing form Roy Clark, the author of “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.”

If you prefer math and science, you can choose from among the 15 Physical Sciences and Mathematics podcasts from Cornell University. Cornell’s mathematics program is ranked first in the nation, and its noteworthy physical sciences faculty members included Hans Bethe (Noble Prize, Physics) and Carl Sagan (Pulitzer Prize). Roald Hoffman (Noble Prize, Chemistry), a Professor Emeritus, has been at Cornell since 1965.
This is a great opportunity to sample a variety of courses and apply it in the academic school year. Because no credits or degrees are granted, there are no registration requirements to view the course materials. The material is open to everyone.

With so many online courses and lectures you can keep yourself very busy this summer. Even if you just take 1 Hour per-day to study/review this free online material it will help benefit you academically. 

Plaza College Rated One of the Lowest Tuition Schools by USDOE

July 8, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Plaza College is being recognized by the USDOE for having one of the lowest tuition for a Four Year school. The national average tuition is $23,057 per year. Plaza College is Sixth in the Nation with an annual tuition of $11,264. 

The USDOE has released data and created a website on college affordability. The website can be found HERE. The website contains lists of colleges and ranks that compares the Highest Tuition and Net Price to the Lowest Tuition and Net Price. You can search by 4 year, 2 year, less than 2 year, and by sector.

Other NY Institutions that made the list are:

Highest Tuition for a 4 year Institution- School of Visual Arts
Lowest Net Price for a 4 year Institution- Jamestown Business College and Plaza College
Highest Tuition for a 2 year Institution- Art Institute NYC
Highest Net Price for a 2 year Institution- Art Institute NYC
Lowest Tuition- Mildred Elley Business School
Lowest Net Price- Olean Business Institute, Mildred Elley Business School, Syracuse University, University at Albany, Henrietta College, and Simmons Funeral Institute.  

Fore more information please visit this article that appeared in the on-line version of the Chronicle.  

Lupus Fundraiser/Awareness Event Today at Plaza College

July 7, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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Plaza College is pleased to announce that Student Affairs is hosting a Lupus fundraiser/awareness event that is happening all day (July 7th, 2011) starting at 11:40am. The Fundraiser will consist of a food and baked good sale at Plaza College. We will also have Lupus Bracelets and Pens for sale. In addition, a speaker will be coming to speak to student’s during the Plaza College hour.
Many individuals are unaware of what Lupus actually is and the effects it can have. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder and it effects organ systems, skin, joints, and internal organs. Lupus can effect both men and women, but it is eight times as likely in women. It can also occur at any age, but the typical age range for someone to get Lupus is ten to fifty. It is normally more common in African American people as well as Asian people. This is a disease that is usually hereditary, but in some cases there is no family history of Lupus.
Lupus is a disease that turns the body’s defenses against the body itself. Lupus occurs when antibodies attack the healthy cells in the body. Certain drugs can cause Lupus as well. Most cases have some family background to them, but in a few cases there is no apparent cause for the disease. The disease has been heavily researched and has been linked to other disorders, but only in theory, nothing is definitely stated for fact.

Symptoms of this can vary in a wide variety of areas in the body. In the muscloskeletal area it affects the joints and causes mild to severe joint pain. Lupus is known to cause athritis in the hands. The skin is affected by rashes, skin lesions, and painful nodules that appear to be raised bruises. Kidneys produce protein deposits and can have renal failure, leading to dialysis. The Nervous System can cause mental dysfunction, seizures, psychosis, and severe headaches. Blood clots can occur as well as pulmonary embolism. The heart could produce chest pain, endocraditis, and myocarditis. Which the symptoms in the heart could also have something to do with the effects Lupus has in the blood, with the clotting that can occur. Shortness of breath and even pleurisy can occur within the lungs due to Lupus.


Special Note Taking & Study Techniques

July 6, 2011
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu    (718) 779-1430
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The most comprehensive note taking systems require attention on your part. You must be alert enough in class to take legible, meaningful notes. You can’t rely on “writing everything down” because a lot of information in a given lecture won’t help you actually learn the material. If you have problems determining the specific relevant points in a particular class, you can always ask the professor to clarify them for you.
The 2-6 Method: The 2-6 refers to the way you divide the space on your notepaper. Make two columns, using the red line on the left of the page as your border. Then, when you take notes in class, use the 6 column for the notes and the smaller 2 column on the left as a highlighting system. Write main headings and important points on the left, including material you think you will be tested on. When you’re finished, you should have a comprehensive page of information that you can quickly scan for important points. Studying is 99% perspiration; if you give it a real, concentrated effort over the course of a semester you will see an improvement.

Split Page Method

Class lectures and your textbook are the primary sources of course content and you must learn both. So combine them with the split page method of taking notes. Just divide your notebook page in half lengthwise. Draw a line down the middle of the page. Take class notes on one side of the page and outline the text on the other side. When you study you’ll have both. Class notes and text together, combined. Some students find it helpful to add a third column for questions they need to ask the professor.

Noteworthy Notes

Are your grades as good as you want them to be? Are your notes worth reviewing? Notes are phrases and abbreviations that we rush to jot down while trying to follow a lecture. Later, when we go back to review our notes, there are times when we can’t seem to understand or remember what those key words and phrases meant. Sometimes we can’t even read our own handwriting. Here is a note-taking study tip that has proven to be effective. After you have finished class, immediately rush to the nearest computer lab and retype your notes. You need to rewrite those phrases as complete thoughts and sentences. Use proper punctuation and dot your I’s, cross your T’s and use “cut and paste” to put your notes into some type of a logical sequence. While retyping your notes you are using several modalities: you review as you read your notes aloud, you use your hand to type, and you reread again as you proof read what you have typed. Research indicates that 80% of new material can be recalled if you review notes within the first 24 hours of presentation. Also, clean typed notes are easier to read and highlight as you study. If you retype your notes daily, you will keep the task from becoming overwhelming, you will learn good study habits that aid in memory retention and, at the same time, improve your grades.

There are many effective ways to learn information; it is a question of figuring out what works for you. What type of studying best suits you? What time of day are you most efficient? What is the proper environment for you to study in? Before you can answer these questions, you have to do a little research. It takes an effort but the rewards are more than worth it.


When we first learn something, information is processed into the brain to form a neural trace. This trace first enters your sensory memory, and then, if you’re paying attention, to your Short Term Memory, or STM. If you keep working to process the information and adjust it correctly it then moves to your Long Term Memory, or LTM. The information processed into your LTM is more or less permanent; with occasional reviewing you will not forget it. The trick is to adapt the information you really need into your LTM as quickly as possible. Your STM has a small capacity and a short duration; you may learn something very quickly, but in 24 hours you will lose 80% of that information. The STM is fast and easily accessed, the LTM is slower but larger. 


The key to learning something well is repetition; the more times you go over the material the better chance you have of storing it permanently. Before you begin this process, however, it makes sense that you determine the type of learner you are. There are three basic types of learning: Visual, Auditory and Haptic. Most of us are, in fact, some combination of the three, but chances are one style will suit us more than the other two. Take some time to look over the types and figure out which category best describes your method of learning. Learning Types Visual Learners: 

Visual learners study best when the material is graphic, ie. charts, tables, maps, etc. When in class, visual people should look at the professors when they are speaking, participate in class discussions and take detailed notes during lectures. When studying, study alone in a quiet place and try to transcribe your material on paper. When possible make drawings, graphs or tables of complex abstract ideas and work alone. Visual learners often have trouble working while having a dialogue, even if the dialogue directly pertains to the subject matter. 

Auditory Learners

Auditory people work best when they can hear the material. Read aloud, go over your notes and talk to yourself about the important points. Before reading, set a purpose and verbalize it, after you’ve finished be sure to summarize out loud what you just read. Speak your ideas into a recording device as if you were having a conversation with someone, if you can, talk to your friends about the material. Because auditory learners sometimes have trouble keeping columns aligned, try doing math computations by hand, on graph paper.

Haptic Learners

Haptic learners are the people that can’t sit still. Haptics have to pace around the room and must have music or a television playing in the background. They are almost constantly finding themselves distracted. Haptic learning is just as effective as the other two types. Instead of fighting against your nature, adapt to it and find a method that really works. Make studying more physical and work at a standing desk, pace around the room, do reading while on an exercise bike, chew gum. Try to use color when you can. Highlight your readings, read with a filtered light, put posters and bright colors around your desk. Haptic people should vary their activities, if you feel frustrated or ‘clogged up’ do something different for a few minutes. Try and keep a list of distractions as they come to you abd once you write them down, they won’t bother your concentration as much. If you want to, play music in the background at whatever volume you choose to. When reading, try skimming over the chapter to get a solid basic meaning before you really dig in. Try to visualize complex projects from start to finish before you begin them. Visualization is a useful tool for Haptic people, it helps you keep a positive, productive outlook on the task at hand.

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