May 7: This Week at Plaza

May 7, 2018

Tuesday, May 8: Sign ups begin for Student Life events and organizations

Thursday, May 10: Sign ups continue for Student Life events and organizations

Friday, May 11: Last day for schedule changes (See Student Services)

Monday, May 14: ARC and Open Labs begin

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” – Brian Tracy


Student Writing: Scholarship Essay by Diane Ferrer

May 4, 2018

In March, four Plaza College students attended the National Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. National scholarship winner Diane Ferrer was honored for her essay at a celebratory luncheon. Read her award-winning essay below!

When I volunteer, I feel a sense of purpose. Serving my community, college, and the Chi Delta chapter has enabled me to deepen my compassion and commitment to helping others.

Over the past five years, I have had the privilege of serving my community. In 2012, I became involved with the Parent Teacher Association in Richmond Hills, Queens. My involvement led me to lead the Yearbook Committee for the graduating 5th Grade Class. In my coordinating efforts, I led a team of five parents. Together, we spent 25 hours a week for six months out of the year editing, formatting, and photographing to meet our deadlines. Then, in 2013, I led the Yearbook Committee for another year. This time I was also Co-president of the PTA and spent 30 hours as a volunteer in school activities. This was the experience of a lifetime, and I loved being a part of it. The end result was an outstanding yearbook, and our team was honored by the school for our hard work.

Furthermore, I have served my college. During the last two semesters, I formed two organizations to help lead our students to success. In order to prepare for the National Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, Medical Assisting students are required to take a post-test to see where we stand. Many of my peers failed, and I was the only one who passed. As a result, I decided to help my peers pass. I formed a group that meets two times each week. I serve as the instructor for the group. For two hours, I review the questions and test my classmates. I have been surprised by the positive response. My goal is that all members will pass the RMA Exam.

In addition, this year I created a second organization called Resilience. The purpose of this group is to inspire struggling students not to give up. Many students balance school, a full-time job, and being parents. The stress of college can be overwhelming; thus, many drop out before the end of the semester. In Resilience, I create a safe space where members can come discuss the obstacles they are facing with others in similar situations. I moderate the group and try to help them manage their stress effectively and prioritize their studies. We have a total of 15 members. So far, I have already begun to witness improvement in both their morale and their faith in themselves.

Finally, I have served the Chi Delta chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta both as a member and in my new role as Chi Delta President. As a member, I served as the 2017 student ambassador between our chapter and the American Cancer Society. This year, I led our team of volunteers at the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk. We were there at the crack of dawn to help with many aspects of the registration process. In total, I recruited nearly 25 Chi Delta members for this year’s walk. Then, I was recently elected President of the Chi Delta Chapter. I am committed to making this year Chi Delta’s best ever. My goals including starting a motivational book club, planning monthly poetry readings, and forming our college’s first literary magazine.

These have been some of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I feel I am meant to be of service to others. With joy and commitment, I plan to continue my service to my community, college, and Chi Delta. I appreciate your consideration for this incredible honor.


Student Review: Kinky Boots

May 2, 2018

On March 28th, Professor Butchy and Dean Loffert’s modern drama classes attended the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Student Purnima Tribhowan (far left) reviews the production below!

Kinky Boots was a magnificent play. It’s filled with laughter, romance, and the play sent a strong message. This play would make anyone want to see it twice. When the lights shut off, the backdrop opened up, the Price and Son sign went up, and the singing began, it was nothing like I’ve ever seen before. Young Charlie (played by Conner Mills) and his father (played by Stephan Berger) sang a great song for the opening. The song ended with a scene of young Lola (played by Cooper Lantz) wearing a pair of red heels and his father (played by Eugene Barry-Hill) yelling “Get those things off your feet and get inside here, you stupid boy”. This was great exposition and helped the audience get a glimpse of Lola’s childhood.

After the death of Charlie’s father, Charlie (played by Jake Shears) inherits and was left in charge of the factory. Although the Price and Son shoe factory was losing business, Charlie was courageous enough to take on the responsibilities to try to save the factory even though his fiancé was against it. Charlie was clueless how to save the factory until he met Lola, or “Simon from Clapton” (played by Wayne Brady). Lola is a fantastic drag queen that has a hard time being accepted. Charlie became inspired by Lola’s drawings of shoe designs. He eventually became more accepting of Lola, and they worked together to try and save the Price and Son shoe factory.

Wayne Brady did a fantastic job! He sang so beautifully; my favorite part was when he sang “Not My Father’s Son” because I could feel the emotions he was feeling, which helped us understand the passion he felt. Kristin Maldonado also did an amazing job as Lauren. She was funny, adorable, and has the voice of an angel.

Gregg Barnes did an outstanding job with the costume design! I loved how every costume stood out to match the mood and attitude of a character. In the scene when Lola was performing “Land of Lola” at the night club, he was wearing a red dress with red heels. I thought the costume design matched Lola’s feisty attitude very well! David Rockwell’s scenic designs were also one of my overall favorites. My favorite part of the scenic design was when the factory turned around and it became the bathroom, which was pretty cool. Another thing I loved was the music by Cyndi Lauper (composer/lyricist). The way the songs fit in at the right moment to help us feel the emotions the characters were feeling was amazing. My favorite song was “Everybody Say Yeah” because it had an exciting vibe.

Overall, Kinky Boots was amazing! The message of this play is to be more accepting. An example from the play would be when Don (played by Eric Leviton) and Lola fought, yet Lola let Don win. Afterwards, Don confronted Lola, and Lola explained why he let Don win. Then toward the end, Don became more accepting of Lola’s persona. I would recommend this play to everyone. I think a lot of minds would be more open if they were to see this play.

 


April 30: This Week at Plaza

April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30: Last Day for Late Finals

Tuesday, May 1: Last Day for Intersession Work

Tuesday, May 1: First-Semester Student Orientation Sessions – Contact Admissions for full schedule

Wednesday, May 2: Spring/Summer Classes Begin!

Friday, May 4: White Coat Ceremony for Dental Hygiene students 1 p.m.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tsu


Community Dental Clinic Opens May 15

April 27, 2018

 

Plaza College is excited to announce that its Community Dental Clinic will open May 15! The new clinic on the third floor of campus will offer low cost services to the community as well as students, faculty, and staff.

Services offered include:

  • Adult and child dental cleanings (prophylaxis)
  • Routine dental x-rays
  • Blood pressure and vitals check
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Desensitizing treatments
  • Sealants
  • Whitening (should the patient qualify for this service)

All patient care is provided by students and is evaluated by a licensed dentist and dental hygienists. Patients should set aside three hours for a first appointment and may have to come back depending on the level of care required.

Dental cleanings are only $20 to the public, and members of the Plaza community get a discount. Call 718-779-1432 to make an appointment; the first 40 students to sign up receive a special offer.


Student Writing: Convention Paper by Kammy Kamanpreet

April 25, 2018

In March, four Plaza College students attended the National Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kammy Kamanpreet presented her original paper about the book I Too Had a Love Story by Ravinder SinghRead an excerpt from her presentation below.

Something is definitely special about reading books. I don’t remember when I become a bibliophile, even though I read many books, but in 2012 I discovered an author who would ultimately change my life forever: Ravinder Singh…

His writing was especially meaningful to me because I was struggling with many constraints in my life. I am from an Indian background where women are mostly viewed only as accomplished mothers, courteous wives, and obedient daughters. Not independent women. According to some orthodox people in my home country, a perfect woman is the one who remains within the boundaries of the four walls of her home.

Then, I moved to the United States as an immigrant in 2015.

Adjusting to life in the United States was not easy at all. I started attending college, but the fast-paced life in New York was overwhelming. In addition, I left my parents in India and had almost no support. Even when I was somewhere physically, I was somewhere else mentally. I began to struggle with depression. One day, my anxiety led me to have a terrifying panic attack.

At the time I should be enjoying my life in a new country, I felt trapped, until one day in August 2016, almost magically, Ravinder Singh reappeared in my life. I discovered his latest book This Love That Feels Right on his Facebook page… While reading the book, I found many similarities between the protagonist, Naina, and me. Centrally, we both try to change our personalities for others. Like her, I wanted to be independent and have a career, but society was holding us back…

The transformation of her character from beginning to end affected me deeply. First, it reminded me that every day women adapt to and accept male dominance in their lives. Although women are going out and working in top positions, some people still don’t want to change their attitudes towards women…

Most importantly, Naina’s story gave me my confidence back. I learned to fight for myself. I realized if that Naina dared to overcome her fears, then why shouldn’t I? This book also explores the nature of freedom. It raises the question: Is there such a thing as a degree of freedom? In the book, Singh wrote: “The moment we attach a degree to freedom, we compromise the true meaning of freedom.” (Singh).

Singh’s views about freedom changed my perspective. Because of this book, I stopped listening to all the negativity around me. This was undoubtedly the biggest hurdle in my life. Reading this book helped me become happier and break through all the constraints that held me back earlier in my life… Above all, this book has helped me to set an example for other girls in my community who want to have both a marriage and a career.

Now I am crystal clear about my career and my life plans. Life is a struggle; either live the life or escape from it as it solely depends upon your choice.


April 23: This Week at Plaza

April 23, 2018

Monday, April 23: Intersession Begins; ARC open for make-up work by appointment

Tuesday, April 24: Intersession Hours in ARC and Student Services

Wednesday, April 25: Intersession Hours in ARC and Student Services

Thursday, April 26: Intersession Hours in ARC and Student Services

Friday, April 27: Intersession Hours in ARC and Student Services

Wednesday, May 2: Spring/Summer Classes Begin!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Treasure your curiosity and nurture your imagination…Dare to be unimaginable.” – Shirley Ann Jackson


Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree at Plaza

April 20, 2018

If you are ready to advance your education to the next level, Plaza College has bachelor’s degrees in business and medical fields and all the support you need to succeed! Apply now to start on May 2 for the Spring/Summer 2018 semester.

At the School of Business and Technology, expert professors with experience in their fields prepare students to compete in the dynamic business community of New York City with a BBA in Business Administration Management.

At the School of Allied Health, doctors and medical experts offer students up-to-date knowledge of the allied health field in the BBA Patient Information Management program, including technology, anatomy, and legal considerations.

Whether you are starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or thinking about changing careers, Plaza can help you excel with a variety of student services and a convenient location in Forest Hills.

The next semester begins May 2, so apply today! Contact Dean of Admissions Vanessa Lopez at 718-505-7171.


Spring Break Intersession Schedule

April 18, 2018

Spring break begins on Friday, but Plaza College offices will be open during vacation on a regular schedule, 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.

  • Monday, April 23: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30: 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 for them to complete during intersession.

  • Monday, April 23: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 16: This Week at Plaza

April 16, 2018

Tuesday, April 17: Final Exams, Tuesday Extended Day Classes

Wednesday, April 18: Final Exams, Monday/Wednesday Day and Extended Day Classes

Thursday, April 19: Final Exams, Tuesday/Thursday Day and Thursday Extended Day Classes

Monday, April 23: Intersession Begins; ARC open for make-up work by appointment

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –  Barack Obama


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