September 25: This Week at Plaza

September 25, 2017

Monday, September 25: Open Labs Begin – Stop by the Library to pick up a Fall 2017 schedule

Tuesday, September 26: Portfolio Power Hour – Learn how to earn an “A” in LL254 and LL290 at 11:45 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27: Self-Image and Career Success Workshop 1:15 p.m. in the BBA Lounge

Thursday, September 28: Self-Image and Career Success Workshop 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the BBA Lounge

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “The heart and soul of good writing is research; you should write not what you know but what you can find out about.” – Robert J. Sawyer

Earn an “A” on Your Portfolio!

September 24, 2017


On Tuesday, September 26, the Student Life Office will offer Portfolio Power Hour, a chance for current English portfolio students to learn how to succeed from students who have completed the process. A panel of professors and students will be available in the BBA Lounge to answer all of your questions about LL254 and LL290.

Session 1: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 2: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to get insider tips about how to earn an “A” on portfolios and enter to win a raffle for a Portfolio Survival Kit!

The Bookstore Is Open!

September 22, 2017

The Plaza College Campus Store is now open for all continuing students. First semester students may pick up their books starting on Tuesday, September 26.

Book Distribution Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bookstore Reminders:

  • You must show your Plaza College student ID to pick up books.
  • You must have attended all of your classes in order to pick up books.
  • Continuing students will not be able to pick up books during their class times. If there is a line at the bookstore, staff may send students to class and ask them to return afterward.
  • First-semester students will be called to the bookstore in groups from their classes.
  • Bookstore staff will let you know if you need to resolve a Financial Aid or Academic hold before receiving books.
  • Textbooks are required and students are expected to have books in hand by Week 4.
  • Everyone must visit the bookstore! If you plan to get books from a source other than Plaza, please stop by the bookstore and let the staff know.

Plaza College Recognizes Constitution Day

September 20, 2017

On Monday, Plaza College celebrated Constitution Day on the Commons with a live reading of the entire constitution by students, faculty, and administrators. Thank you to all those who participated!

Every September, Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, and celebrates those who are born or naturalized U.S. citizens.

The event also included a reminder about voter registration for the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 7. Voter registration forms are available in the Commons, and the deadlines to register for this election (including New York City mayor) may be found here.

September 18: This Week at Plaza

September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18: Constitution Day Celebration – Join Student Life on the Commons starting at 1:15 p.m. Voter registration forms will be available.

Monday, September 18: ARC Opens – Stop by the ARC to pick up a Fall 2017 schedule

Tuesday, September 19: Last Day to Make Changes to Class Schedules – Visit Student Services with any questions

Thursday, September 21: Dress Code Fashion Shows – Visit the Student Life office to sign up to walk the red carpet at 11:45 a.m., 5:30 p.m., or both!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

Student Writing: Diane Ferrer’s Awards Ceremony Speech

September 15, 2017

On July 26, Plaza College celebrated its amazing 100th graduating class at the Graduate Awards Ceremony at Terrace in the Park. Read student speaker Diane Ferrer’s inspirational words to the crowd below.

Tonight’s a night of celebration!I am truly honored and humbled to stand before you this evening for the Awards Celebration for Plaza College’s 100th graduating class. This ritual is held in recognition of our commitment to achieving excellence. It is you who have made this evening possible through your motivation, and I applaud you for it.

Before I discovered Plaza College, I was out of school for 38 years, and the thought of returning was intimidating. As I looked at my talented grandchildren, who are now teenagers, the youngest in Junior High and the two elders in High School, I would often ask myself, “How can I convey the importance of a meaningful education if I did not attempt to get a higher degree myself?” I discussed it with my daughter, my sister, and my grandchildren. They were all very supportive of my decision to enroll in College, so I immediately began researching schools. That was when I came upon Plaza College, and I first met Ms. Caroline Callahan. We met in person and spoke over the phone several times but due to my work schedule, I was unable to enroll at the time. As time passed, Ms. Caroline continued to stay in touch; she always had great stories to share and was always concerned about my future and about me. When the opportunity to work the night shift became available, I quickly enrolled with Ms. Caroline and started school the very next day. If she had not been there checking up on me, I hate to think where I would still be today. She truly is my educational guiding angel. Thank you, Ms. Caroline Callahan!

This step was frightening at first, but I was determined to get through it and be an example and a role model for my grandkids.  With the help of the professors and the endless tutoring available, I was able to easily transition back into school mode. Now, no longer intimidated, I felt like a child learning, and with each class, my voracity for knowledge grew. Despite the years that passed and the challenges I faced without a degree, I was eager to embrace this new adventure.

Now, after 38 years, I am a college graduate. Who knew? I am living proof that there is nothing you cannot do once you are determined and focused.

At this time, I would like to honor the astounding group of professors here at Plaza who have overseen our development during our time here. Your patience, teaching, humor, and endless tutoring have enabled us to reach our full potential.  On behalf of my fellow graduates and myself, I would like to say thank you. To Dean Dolla, Dr. Dee, Dean Vetrano, Director Fordunski, Ms. Nixon, Ms. Garcia, Dr. Anderson, Ms. Patel, the Admissions Department, Student Services, Financial Aid, the Librarian, the Assistant Librarians, the heart of our Campus (the ARC) with Prof. Rullo, Prof. March, the IT dept., and the staff here at Plaza: We say thank you for making our journey here a pleasurable one.

To our family and friends: You have been our support system through all the adversity we faced in the past and present, and for that we are grateful. You were the shoulders we leaned on when we felt it was overwhelming. Your encouragement gave us strength to continue. Thank you for your love and support.

To the students continuing their education in the fall, stay strong, determined, and focused, for you will do amazing things. We are all behind you. Best wishes to you.

To my professors who have empowered me: Prof. Ambrosio, Dr. Gunther, Prof. O’Connor, Dean Loffert, Prof. Welsh, Prof. Huxtable, Prof. Rullo, Prof. Anwar, Prof. Burns, Prof. Kartiganer, Prof. Clark, Prof. Butchy, Dr. Hussain, Dr. Zhou, Dr. Bains, and most of all Dean Howle an inspiring soul. You make the impossible seem possible. Your encouraging words make me feel I can tackle the world. To all of these exceptional professors, I would like to say that you’ve all made a lasting impression in my life, and I am immensely thankful for your passion, knowledge, and dedication to teaching.

And, of course, there is Dean Loffert! Dean Loffert is unable to be here this evening, but my speech would not be complete without letting her know the impact she has made in the lives of many. To Dean Loffert: You encourage us to work hard, and to think in innovative ways. You are always available to share your wisdom, and your zeal and passion for teaching are inspiring. You make the world look interesting and inviting with much to offer and much to experience. Through these encounters we’ve formed a bond; the teacher became a mentor and friend. You are loved. Thank you.

To the Callahan family: President Callahan, Mrs. Candice Callahan, Mr. Callahan IV, Ms. Caroline Callahan, Mr. Alfred Callahan, Dean Zipf, and Mr. Christopher Zipf. I wish Senior and Mrs. Callahan were still with us today for the celebration of the 100th graduating class. I had the privilege of meeting Senior President Callahan on several occasions. He was such a passionate leader who impacted the lives of countless students with his brilliance, charisma, and wit. I can only imagine how much you miss them, but they are here tonight, and you make them proud. We truly have been blessed.

To my beloved daughter, the love of my life, and my motivation, Madiliz, my amazing grandchildren Joliz, Joseph, and Jacob, and my loving sister Maria, thank you for believing in me even when at times I did not believe in myself.

And now, my fellow graduates and award winners! I encourage you to believe in yourself and stay focused on the prize. Give nothing less than your best because you deserve the best. Many of you are beginning your adult life once you finish school; others are entering a new career. But no matter where your path leads, I want you to know that you are a role model to your children, your family, and your friends. Strangers sitting among you tonight can be touched by your story. Be the best versions of yourselves, and stay true to your convictions and morals. We can all make a difference in the lives of others. We are examples to our children and for some, like myself, our children’s children. Our examples might inspire others to become the next president, scientist, doctor, engineer, medical examiner, or, we might just do it ourselves!

After all, your remarkable talents, discipline, and achievements brought you here tonight. It is why you are award winners. Cherish tonight. Cherish your awards. Cherish one another. Godspeed.

Join Plaza’s Team to Help End Alzheimer’s

September 13, 2017

On Sunday, September 17, Plaza College’s team will participate in the 2017 CaringKind Alzheimer’s Walk of Queens. Students and families are welcome to join faculty and staff for the event by registering to walk here.

The Plaza team will meet at Flushing Meadows Park at 8:30 a.m., and the walk will be over by noon. If you would like to join us, please register online or stop by the Student Life office on the Commons this week to sign up.

If you are not able to attend, feel free to make a donation. Our goal is to raise $500. If you would like to contribute, simply click here – no donation is too small!

According to the CaringKind website, “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the impact on caregivers continues to increase exponentially year and after year… By joining the fight, you are helping CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, to provide free information, assistance, and support for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as for their family members, caregivers and professionals.”

September 11: This Week at Plaza

September 11, 2017

Monday, September 11: Orientation for Court Reporting Students – Contact your admissions representative for details!

Tuesday, September 12: Fall 2017 Classes Begin

Sunday, September 17: Alzheimer’s Association Walk – Sign up to join Plaza’s Team here!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again.” – Sonya Parker

Classes and Dress Code Resume Tuesday

September 8, 2017

Welcome to the fall 2017 semester! Classes begin on Tuesday, September 12. Whether your first class is on Tuesday or later in the week, remember to come prepared with your student ID and all the school supplies you will need to take notes and stay organized for your classes.

Check MyPortal to find out your grades for last semester and to see your current fall schedule! Continuing students with questions about their schedule for the upcoming semester should contact Student Services by calling 718-779-1430. New students should contact their admissions representative.

Do you want to be a model? Contact Dean Howle or stop by the Student Life office to participate in Thursday’s Dress Code Fashion Show!

Also, remember that Plaza College will be enforcing dress code starting on Tuesday. Check your email for a dress code refresher from President Callahan that was sent on August 7. In it, you will find important reminders about dressing professionally to prepare for careers in business, healthcare, and legal studies.

Required attire for Business and Legal Studies students:

  • Gentlemen: Slacks or khakis, tucked-in button-down shirt, and a properly fastened tie
  • Ladies: Professional dress, slacks or a business skirt with a tailored top, blouse, and/or cardigan

Required attire for Medical and Dental students:

  • Plaza College-issued scrubs (matching scrub top and bottom required), clean sneakers
  • A solid white long-sleeve undershirt with no hood is acceptable in cooler temperatures
  • All uniforms must be OSHA compliant; please see your program handbook or a faculty member with questions

Dress code violations:

  • Hats
  • Shorts
  • Blue jeans
  • Leggings of any kind
  • T-shirts and tank tops
  • Visible undergarments
  • Ripped clothing of any kind
  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Short hemlines/low-cut necklines

Earn College Credits and Your High School Equivalency

September 6, 2017

Have you always wanted to further your education but didn’t know how to start? Are you looking for a way to advance your career that will balance with your schedule? The Plaza College Career Pathways program may be the answer!

Designed to help students earn their high school equivalency while earning college credits, Career Pathways offers day and evening courses. Learn from expert professors and jump start your associate’s degree at the same time. Career Pathways students complete their high school equivalency requirements and work their way toward an associate’s degree in the School of Business and Technology or the School of Allied Health.

With extensive student support services and a prime location in Forest Hills, Plaza has everything you need to succeed! The fall semester begins in September, so start the application process now. Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.

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