Congratulations to the Spring 2018 Trustees’ List!

October 31, 2018


For the Spring 2018 semester, students were awarded academic honors in four categories. This week we recognize 124 students who earned a place on the Trustees’ List.

To be honored in this category, students must earn a semester GPA between 3.8 and 4.0, carry at least 12 credit hours, and earn no grade below a B.

Congratulations to all!

  • Abreu, Yudelca
  • Akter, Lubna
  • Almanzar, Marcos A
  • Aminova, Juliette
  • Andrushchanka, Darya
  • Arriaga, Marissa
  • Atenco-Mendoza, Leticia
  • Babayev, Jennifer
  • Batista, Cinnamon S
  • Beatong, Luigi A
  • Belaustegui, Jane
  • Bello Fernandez, Gisel G
  • Binyamin, Alexandra
  • Bourekas, Alexandra
  • Buan, Joseph
  • Chavez, Cindy E
  • Chen, Meng Xian
  • Clarke, Marlene T
  • Cole, Alphonso
  • Coleman, Bibi
  • Contreras, Noelia
  • Cruz, Dionisia
  • Cruz, Margaret
  • David Rosado, Darline
  • Davydov, David
  • Deleo, Samantha
  • Denora, Cristina
  • Desuze, Elexis N
  • Dhanoa, Olga
  • Diaz, Jessica
  • Dockery, Karen
  • Doodnauth, Nikita
  • Dorsett, Roxanne
  • Drummond- Austin, Coleen
  • Dukach, Julia
  • Eager, Alisa
  • Espinosa, Brittany A
  • Felipe, Kelvin A
  • Fernandez, Erika
  • Ferrer, Diane
  • Gagliardi-Nocera, Sabina
  • Garcia, Sarah E
  • Giral, Karen
  • Golde, Lauren
  • Gomez, Steve
  • Graham, Novena
  • Grullon, Betty
  • Gurung, Karma
  • Hansen, Tiffany
  • Harris, Makela A
  • Houston, Samantha
  • Ibarrola, Nancy
  • Ifill, Melva T
  • Imani, Michal
  • Johnson-Turner, Selena
  • Khan, Sisha
  • Laboy, Daniel
  • Labriola, Marisa
  • LaMonica, Carolann
  • Lawson, Sabrina
  • Li, Cindy
  • Lilley, Tameeka
  • Lin, Danny
  • Lopez, Amanda
  • Lopez, Haley
  • Luna, Desiree
  • Magee, Belinda
  • Malahi, Yasmin
  • Manay, Veronica
  • Martin, Kamesha C
  • Martinez, Angela
  • Matthews, Kerryann
  • Mcfarlane, Antonette
  • Mellon, Kathleen
  • Meltzer, Scarlet
  • Morales-Burstein, Jessica
  • Morris, Joanna
  • Mungalsingh, Kerry
  • Murillo, Solvy
  • Naranjo, Jhina V
  • Nasim, Hamzah
  • Nicholson, Emily
  • Njoroge, Christina
  • OHara, Katherine
  • Ortiz Andujar, Sixmelly
  • Ortiz, Susana
  • Patterson, Mercedes
  • Peck, Tishma
  • Pena, Argenis
  • Penaranda, Lady
  • Penna, Christina
  • Peralta Sormanti, Romina
  • Percer, Crystal
  • Pinargote, Karla
  • Qureshi, Marryam
  • Rahman, Kamilah
  • Rajnarain, Naseimun
  • Ramirez, Gisselle
  • Ramirez, Jessica
  • Ramos, Jennifer
  • Remache, Edwin
  • Reznik, Yelena
  • Rios, Lillian
  • Robinson, Nicole
  • Rodriguez, Grace
  • Rodriguez, Jennifer
  • Rodriguez, Melissa
  • Rodriguez, Ruth E
  • Salatino, Rachel
  • Sheridan, Valerie
  • Solomon, Gavin R
  • Stanford, Tracie
  • Toribio, Emily
  • Torres, Brianna
  • Valentin, Melissa
  • Vassallo, Taylor
  • Velazquez, Ivelisse
  • Ventura, Anasia
  • Wallerson, Sonia
  • Washington, Shaneequa
  • Wilkins, Naeshaun
  • Williams, Michelle
  • Wilson, Sharon
  • Zaykova, Elvira


October 29: This Week at Plaza

October 29, 2018

Monday, October 29: ARC Grammar Workshop, 5-6 p.m., Room 204

Tuesday, October 30: ARC Grammar Workshop, 11:40-12:35 p.m., Room 204

Tuesday, October 30: PPH 11:40-12:30 in the BBA Lounge – Contact Professor Butchy for details! 

Thursday, November 1: Plaza College Society of Business Professionals Induction Ceremony, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Commons – Business Attire Required; contact Mandeep Kaur at for more information.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Never give up! For that is the time and place where the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Career Services Presents Professionalism Workshop

October 26, 2018

On Tuesday, Plaza College students across all majors joined Career Services and Student Life for a Professional Branding workshop. Students were given advice on how to build and maintain a professional reputation.  Some tips for success included the following:

  • Always dress professionally for an interview in a suit or, when applicable, OSHA-compliant scrubs.
  • Keep your personal social media accounts private and never post negative or confidential information regarding your employer.
  • Remain active on LinkedIn to connect to potential employers and follow your dream companies.
  • Practice professional skills via the Professionalism Scoring Rubric while acquiring the tangible skills needed for your resume.

Career Services and Student Life would like to thank our professional dress models, student workers, and the Plaza College chapter of SHRM. Follow Career Services@plazacollegecareers.

Northwell Health Recruits at Plaza

October 24, 2018


On October 16, human resources executives from Northwell Health visited Plaza College for a closed recruitment event. Select Plaza College alumni and upcoming graduates from the medical assisting, health information technology, and patient information management programs were given a breakfast presentation about Northwell Health.

The presentation highlighted the Long Island Jewish – Forest Hills Northwell location and described available clinical and administrative positions. Plaza College alumni and students also had the opportunity to interview individually for positions that interested them.

Thank you to the human resources department of Northwell Health and to Plaza College COO Charles Callahan for connecting the college with LIJ – Forest Hills Northwell Health. Thank you also to Dean Marie Dolla, Dean Correne Cavalieri, Director Brittany Travis, and the Career Services staff for their preparation of students, graduates, and the campus for this event.

October 22: This Week at Plaza

October 22, 2018

Monday, October 22: ARC Grammar Workshop, 5-6 p.m., Room 204

Tuesday, October 23: Career Services Professionalism Workshop, 11:40-12:30 p.m. in the BBA Center

Tuesday, October 23: ARC Grammar Workshop, 11:40-12:35 p.m., Room 204

Wednesday, October 24: Honor Society Inductions (See Student Life for details); Only extended day court reporting classes meet 

Friday, October 26: Honor Society Inductions (See Student Life for details) 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Elbert Hubbard

Plaza Celebrates Medical Assisting Week

October 20, 2018

Plaza College proudly celebrated National Medical Assistants Recognition Week October 15-19. A medical assistant is a multi-skilled professional who combines clinical and administrative responsibilities to assist in all aspects of medical practice in a physician office, hospital, clinic, government agency, or laboratory.


Students enjoyed terminology bingo and the chance to interact with other Medical Assisting majors.  Prizes were awarded to Medical Assisting students by Dr. Muhammad Husain and Career Services Assistant and RMA Diane Ferrer. Best of luck to all our medical assisting students as they embark on an exciting career!

Students Get LinkedIn Headshots

October 17, 2018


On October 11, Plaza College’s LinkedIn Photo Session was back by popular demand! Dozens of sharply dressed students from all majors lined up to have their professional photos taken. Participants were also given a step-by-step guide to starting or improving their LinkedIn profiles and had the chance to speak with members of Career Services for advice.

Career Services and Student Life would like to extend a special thank you to Joe Giansante and the entire IT staff; student workers Shaunece Solomon and Roberto Rivera; and Delilah Nieves and Thariq Thasthahir from the Plaza College chapter of SHRM.

October 15: This Week at Plaza

October 15, 2018

Monday, October 15: ARC Grammar Workshop, 5-6 p.m., Room 204 

Tuesday, October 16: ARC Grammar Workshop, 11:40-12:35 p.m., Room 204 

Wednesday, October 17: Medical Assisting Awareness Week Celebration, extended day 

Thursday, October 18: Medical Assisting Awareness Week Celebration, day 

Friday, October 19: Artists Café 5-7 p.m. on the Commons – Join us for performances and readings by Plaza students and alumni! Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 19 – Saturday, October 20: New York College English Association State Conference – Contact 2018 Conference Chair Laura Butchy for more information. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Go out into the world with your passion and love for what you do, and just never give up.” – Dianne Reeves

Student Writing: Mirtie Badal’s Awards Ceremony Speech

October 12, 2018

Over the summer, Plaza College students in the schools of Business Administration, Allied Health, and Legal Studies celebrated the annual Plaza College Graduate Awards Ceremony. Student speaker Mirtie Badal congratulated graduates and looked back at their time at Plaza. Read excerpts from her speech below!

Good evening board of trustees, President Callahan, Chief Callahan, the Callahan Family, administration and faculty, graduates, and families. It is an honor to stand before you today addressing Plaza College’s 101st graduating class. Tonight, as we celebrate the achievements and talents of the outstanding performances showcased by the class of 2018, we also reminisce on our time spent at Plaza.

Looking back at the past two years, I can honestly say that there is no better school that is filled with so many wonderful staff and faculty members, who dedicate their time to the fulfillment of each student’s individual objective.  For me, I was very shy and afraid of letting others hear me. I felt intimated to even read in front of a classroom filled with students. Plaza’s English department not only helped me develop better writing skills but has molded me to step outside of my comfort zone… Since then, the shy girl I once was, is the confident, brave woman who stands before you today.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Our dream began when we first walked through the doors of Plaza College. We envisioned ourselves becoming professionals in each chosen field. This small college has held many big dreams. It has been our foundation for developing our knowledge, professionalism, and focus for making our dreams a reality. All those long nights of essay writings, midterms, final exams, and stressful portfolios have finally paid off.

Now we take the knowledge we have gained and apply what we have learned to the pursuit of our future undertakings. For some that may be a start of a profession, to others it may be continuing education; nonetheless, to all I wish success and many wonderful opportunities…

Graduates, as we collect our awards and celebrate our accomplishments, let’s not forget our journey. Every time we look at these awards, we will remember how far we’ve come. Let us shape ourselves to be the best that we can possibly be and to become role models for future generations. May we never stop dreaming and may we continue to pursue that dream, because the beautiful thing about our education is that no one can take it away from us.

Congratulations to all award recipients tonight. Class of 2018 – this is our time to celebrate!!

National Scholarship Opportunities for 2019

October 10, 2018

Each year, scholarships are offered across the country for students from all colleges. Below are a few opportunities being offered in 2018. These scholarships are not from Plaza College, so check the individual websites for details and requirements.

The Groza Learning Center Education Scholarship is available to currently enrolled college students. The $1000 scholarship is based on a short essay, and submissions are due by December 31. To find out more, visit their website!

The Intermountain Vein Center offers a Health and Wellness Scholarship available to students with a GPA of at least 3.4. The $2500 scholarship is based on a short essay, and two are awarded yearly. The submission deadline for the winter semester is December 31. To find out more, visit their website!

The Kalu Yala Scholarship is available to currently enrolled college students not in their last semester. Applicants are required to write a 500-word essay to be considered for the $1000 scholarship, and the deadline is December 31, 2018. To find out more, visit their website!

The Lawyers of Distinction Scholarship is awarded to a current college student not in their final year of studies. To apply for this $1000 award, students must write a 500-word essay answering the question: “What is one law that you think should be put in place that doesn’t currently exist?” The deadline for submission is February 28, 2019. Visit their website for more details.

The Nationwide Debt Reduction Services Scholarship is a $1000 prize available to current college students based on a 500-word essay: “What is one money tip that you learned that you feel will help you become financially stable after graduation?” The submission deadline is January 31, 2019. Visit their website for more details.

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