Students, Betty Grullon and Sahida Nasim, represented Plaza at the Sigma Tau Delta 2019 International Convention! Below you can read Betty’s takeaways and recaps of the event.
Written by Betty Grullon
Dental Hygiene- Graduation December ’19
The SKD 2019 conference was the first honor society conference I have ever attended. It was such a great experience! I enjoyed all of the panels I attended. Some were informative, others were very funny. My favorite panel was the fictional short story. The stories shared were actually very relatable. One of the stories spoke about the struggles of being a young adult, while another discussed the hardships of being a transgender individual in this society.
I also participated in the SKD Member Roundtable entitled, “Grit Happens: Strategies for Developing Your Potential.” I was extremely nervous to present. The most difficult part of presenting for me was sharing my personal story with so many strangers. My essay highlighted most of my struggles as I continually tried to reach my most important goals. It detailed most of my high school years, how difficult it was for me to support myself financially at the age of fifteen and the struggles of actually trying to get into dental hygiene school. Through all of my struggles however, I’ve also been triumphant. Although I was very nervous about the content in my essay, it was well received. I also had an amazing team by my side that helped ease my nerves and were very supportive the entire time.
I loved meeting new people from all over the US, and teaming up to participate in the many activities that had been prepared by the SKD national office. I got the opportunity to hear other individual’s heartfelt stories. For example, one of the students in my panel shared her adoption story that was both heart wrenching but also very inspiring. By the end of the conference, I knew I wanted to participate in next year’s conference. I also knew I wanted to make sure I was as active as possible in my school’s chapter, so I went through a nomination and election process to become the chapter’s secretary! Overall I hope to introduce the students at Plaza College to this amazing honors society and encourage them to partake in the conference each year.
Mr. Daniel Laboy is currently studying to receive his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. When he first entered Plaza College, he started out in the Associate’s program but felt the courses were authentic to the field which motivated him to pursue his bachelor’s degree.
After graduation, Mr. Laboy envisions himself in a role that manages people to become the best employees. Ideally, he would like to work at a financial institution organizing data.
His advice to students who are struggling is take a deep breath and take things step by step. Don’t overwhelm yourself if you feel you don’t understand the information and instead seek your professor’s support. Dean Zipf says, “Daniel is very committed to getting the most out of his education. As Daniel’s academic advisor, I know that Daniel has definitely stepped out of his “comfort zone” to consistently demonstrate outstanding performance even in very challenging courses.”
His time spent at Plaza College have been fantastic, citing that both the professors and his courses are very enjoyable. He prides himself making his assignments first priority because he enjoys the work. “Daniel is an excellent team leader, stays on top of his assignments and always meets deadlines. He is Always willing to help fellow students,” says Professor. Eckhardt. Mr. Laboy balances his home and academic life by planning ahead and making sure to put his school work first. His favorite junk food consists of chocolate chip cookies, chocolate, and Starbucks frappuccinos.
General Information and Instructions
Graduation is Right Around the Corner! Below You can find General details on the ceremony!
Time & Place:
Caps & Gowns:
ALL GUESTS, INCLUDING BABIES AND CHILDREN, NEED A TICKET TO ENTER. THIS RULE IS FOR YOUR SAFETY IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. PLEASE GIVE ALL GUESTS THEIR TICKETS BEFORE THE EVENT SO THEY CAN ENTER THE AUDITORIUM.
Conduct and Other Relevant Information
-Alcohol, noise makers, and inflatables are not permitted. Graduates must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.
-No smoking is permitted. Violation of this policy may disqualify a graduate from participation in the commencement exercises.
-The use of cell phones during the ceremony is prohibited.The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours, so please plan accordingly for guests and children who may be attending the ceremony.
-Restrooms are available for graduates and guests and are located outside of the auditorium in the waiting area/lobby of the Colden Auditorium.Queens College staff and security reserve the right to remove any person or persons who they deem are disturbing the ceremony or other guests.
Colden Auditorium has no facilities to check personal items.
Directions to Queens College
Queens College is located at the corner of the Long Island Expressway and Kissena Boulevard (Exit 24) in Flushing.
From Long Island and Points East: Take the LIE westbound; watch for QC signs. If you need to get to the main gate on Kissena, get off at Exit 24 (Kissena Boulevard). Make a left at the light and take overpass onto Kissena Boulevard. If you want on-campus parking, get off at Exit 23, turn left onto Main Street overpass. Watch for QC signs to Kupferberg parking.
From Manhattan and Points West: Take the LIE eastbound; watch for QC signs. Get off at Exit 24 (Kissena Boulevard). If you need the main gate, continue down the service road until the first traffic light (Kissena Boulevard). Make a right onto Kissena. If you want on-campus parking, watch for signs for Kupferberg parking as soon as you exit the LIE. Do not go to traffic light.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Via Flushing: Take the Long Island Railroad or the #7 subway to Main Street, Flushing. From Main Street, take the Q25, Q25-34, Q34 or Q17 bus.
Via Forest Hills: Take the E, F, G, or R subway to the 71st and Continental Avenue in Forest Hills. Take the exit marked “North side 70 Ave and 108 St.” At the corner, take the Q64 bus to Kissena Boulevard and Jewel Avenue. Stops one block south of campus.
Via Jamaica: Take the F subway to Parsons Boulevard or the LIRR to the Jamaica Station. From Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street or Hillside Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, take the Q25, Q25-34, or Q34 bus. From Hillside Avenue and either 169th or 179th Street, take the Q17 bus to the LIE and Kissena Boulevard.
Via Kew Gardens: Take the E or F subway to Union Turnpike. Take Q74 Vleigh Place shuttle to main gate.
Q25-34 Runs from Main Street, Flushing (#7 subway and LIRR stations), along Kissena (stops at the main gate) and Parsons Boulevards to Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street (BMT and IND).
Q44 Runs from West Farms Square, Bronx (IRT) to Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica (LIRR station). Stops at Main Street and Melbourne Avenue, two blocks west of campus.
Q74 Runs from Union Turnpike, Kew Gardens (IND), along Vleigh Place, Main Street and the LIE service road, and then turns onto Kissena Boulevard. Stops at the main gate.
Q64 Runs from Continental Avenue, Forest Hills (IND), along Jewel Avenue to 164th Street. Stops one block from campus.
Q17 Runs from Main Street, Flushing (#7 subway and LIRR stations), to 165th Street terminal in Jamaica (passing the IND 179th Street station). Travels along Kissena Boulevard, LIE service road, 188th Street, and Hillside Avenue. Stops at Kissena and the LIE, two blocks from the main gate.
Q88 Runs from Springfield Boulevard and Union Turnpike along Springfield to 73rd Avenue; along (or west on) 73rd Avenue to 188th Street; along 188th Street to the LIE; along LIE service road to Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard. Stops at Kissena Boulevard and the LIE, two blocks from the main gate.
Plaza College is pleased to announce that Northwell Health is our newest partner for clinical student externships!
As New York State’s largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health displays characteristics that prove it to be a strong partner for Plaza’s School of Allied Health. With over 69,000 employees across 23 hospitals and 750 outpatient facilities, Northwell has an abundance of resources to help provide students with the experience of a lifetime during their externship. This experience will help them grow in the medical field as well as present opportunities post graduation!
We greatly look forward to continuing this strong partnership for years to come!
For more information on Northwell Health, use this link!
The English Department is offering Grammar Workshops where students can also earn extra credit in their English classes! Please see the topics being offered and register in the link here, when you have a moment! All workshops take place in the BBA Lounge (Plaza Commons).
Workshop 1: APA Workshop
Workshop 2: Subject/Verb Agreement/Finding Subjects and Verbs
Workshop 3: Pronoun Agreement
Workshop 4: Coordination
Workshop 5: Subordination
The Math Department is offering Math Workshops where students can also earn extra credit in their Math classes! Please see the topics being offered and register in the link here, when you have a moment! All workshops take place in Room 303.
Workshop 1: Review for Progress Quiz #1
Workshop 2: Polynomials
Workshop 3: Graphing Simultaneous Equations/Review for Final
When is the show?
Thursday, July 18
7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Where is the show?
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th St.
Subway: A, C, E, N, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, or 7 to 42nd St.
For more information on this event, please contact Student Life!
-The Department of Student Life
Major: Health Information Technology
Graduation: Class of 2015
What led you to choose Plaza College as the college to attend?
I chose to attend Plaza College because they offered the Career Pathways program, where you can earn your HSE, as well as your associates degree. At first, my intentions were to obtain my HSE from Plaza then transfer to a CUNY college. But after my first semester, my decision changed. Plaza College changed my life forever. I didn’t just get an education at Plaza, I met some of the most inspiring people I know there. I received a tremendous amount of support and help from my instructors when I needed it. Plaza helped to build the woman I am today.
You were one of Plaza’s first graduates to take and pass the RHIT exam. Congratulations! How did Plaza help you prepare for the exam? Were there review sessions and resources available to you through the courses and through the practicum course? Please explain the process as you remember it.
Many Thanks to my Plaza family for my success! Yes, there were resources available to help me prepare for the RHIT exam. I remembered there was an online course which I took, as well as a review session. I really liked both resources because they were very informative, however, I was more grateful for the review session. There were several instructors who went over different course content with us.We got the opportunity to ask questions. I must say, those resources really helped refresh my memory and helped me to pass my exam.
Did you work with Director Erman to help you find a practicum and did you feel prepared for the practicum? Did the practicum experience help with your first job?
Director Erman is one of the most inspiring women I have ever met. In fact, she is my role model. Yes, she placed me at North Shore LIJ –Forest Hills hospital. I was a little nervous but I felt very prepared; I had the knowledge and skills required for the job. During my practicum, I took every opportunity that I was given to learn as much as I could. I gained experience in many areas such release of information and analyzing and filing charts. I even had an opportunity to sit with a coder. The experience I gained at my practicum gave me a better understanding of what the Health Information Management field is all about, so when I got my first job, I already knew what to expect.
Did Career Services help you find your first job? Please discuss your preparation and job search.
No, career services didn’t help me find a job. I found a job on my own with the help of one of my instructors, right after graduation. I am sure career services would’ve found me something great if they had had the opportunity.
What is your role at your current job? How did the courses in your associate’s degree assist you make the transition from student to employee at your facility? Do you feel that your major-HIT directly impacted your job duties?
I am a Clinical Data Technician in my current position. I am part of the release of information team. My job is to process all Subpoenas and compiled records for litigation against our facility. The courses I took have had a direct impact on my job duties. Before releasing information, I need to know the rules and laws surrounding it. The Microsoft courses helped me to be able to prepare spreadsheets for different projects that I do. My English courses have enhanced my writing skills when sending or responding to correspondence. It also helped to be able to communicate in a more professional manner. My strategic planning skills came in handy when my boss asked me how I think our work process can be more effective. Every course that I took at Plaza has come in handy
at some point in time.
Are you still at your original employer since graduation? If not, where are you employed now?
No, I am not at my original employer since graduation. I left after a year and went to New York Presbyterian Queens, where I am still employed.
How did having the RHIT credential improve your employment opportunities?
After receiving my RHIT credential, I was nominated by my director and became one of the Respect Ambassadors for the facility.
What stood out to you the most at Plaza? Where can Plaza improve to provide the best experience/education for current and future students?
What stood out to me the most at Plaza was the support and numerous resources to help students apart from the classroom. There is always someone in the learning center (ARC) ready to assist students with their work and provide guidance when needed. Based on my experience, Plaza is doing a great job in preparing students for their professional life. I can’t think of a single thing that they need to improve. Classes are small; instructors are great. I spent two years at Plaza and never had any issue with any of the instructors I had. If you are willing to learn, they
work with you.
Did/do you plan on continuing your education? If you already have, where, what major, and were you able to transfer credits from your associate’s degree? Is the Patient Information Management program at Plaza of interest to you to attain your bachelor’s degree?
Yes, I am continuing. I did return to Plaza for my bachelor’s degree; but with a family and full-time job, it became difficult. I am currently enrolled at CUNY School for Professional Studies. I am enrolled in the Health Information Management program, and I am anticipating graduating in December of 2019. I graduated from Plaza with a total of 65 credits and CUNY SPS took 63 of them.
Do you plan on remaining in the field of health information management? Do you need the services of the Career Services Department to help you find your next job opportunity?
As of now, I plan on staying in the Health Information Management field; but in the future, I plan on going to law school. After working in the Health Information Management and being exposed to patients’ medical records, I have decided that I want to become a malpractice attorney. No, as of now I do not need Career Services to help me find my next job opportunity.
(All hours are subject to change)
Student Ambassador: Alexander Callis
Introduction by Ms.Cohn, Associate Director of Student Activities:
Mr. Alexander Callis entered Plaza College in the Winter Semester of 2019 and is currently pursuing his Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Management. He desires to eventually go on for his Bachelor’s in Healthcare Information Technology. During this short time, Alex has become a well known friendly face circulating in the Commons, introducing himself to students and faculty alike. As the semester moved forward, Alex and other students formed a peer group whose main focus is academics (homework, studying for exams, etc), peer to peer support, and volunteerism (Student Life events). Learn more about what motivates Alex to be a Plaza College Ambassador!
Q: What inspired you to “come back to school?”
A: To better my life by achieving a better career and comfortable retirement.
Q: What was your motivation to choose the course of study for your Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Management?
A: I like working with people. I also like being a position to help medical and insurance companies coordinate their back end infrastructure more effectively for the patient’s care.
Q: Talk to me about your current career. What are your main responsibilities?
A: I work with parole officers to provide resources to their given parolees dealing with HIV, drugs, alcohol and hepatitis C. The focus is also on harm reduction. The ultimate goal is the help them lead healthy lifestyles and be productive citizens in society and the workforce.
Q: What have you learned about people from working with this population?
A: You can’t be judgmental, everyone has their own story. We are here to be an ear and be a source of support for the decisions they make. We all make wrong decisions but it’s about how you correct them to go on with your life.
Q: What draws you into being an ambassador and volunteering for so many events and initiatives at Plaza College?
A: Fun! I like seeing my peers happy with a smile on their face. I want them to know that somebody cares.
Q: What do you hope to contribute to the student body this semester?
A: I hope I can encourage students to enjoy the education they are getting, their peers and instructors. I hope they can approach the semester with an open mind. The goal is to gain more knowledge of their studies to apply towards to a successful career.
Q: How can students connect with you?
A:Just come by and say hi! Be yourself and get involved with Student Life activities!
Each year, scholarships are offered across the country for students from all colleges. Below are a few opportunities being offered in 2019. These scholarships are not from Plaza College, so check the individual websites for details and requirements.
Collegiate Inventors Competition
Calling all inventors! The Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) is a unique invention competition that drives innovation and entrepreneurship at a collegiate level. This is your opportunity to showcase your inventions to their National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees and compete for cash prizes. The next entry period will begin in the spring of 2019. Visit their website for further details. https://www.invent.org/collegiate-inventors
Shout It Out Scholarship
Have something to say? Whether it’s a “shout out” to mom or a message to the world, the Shout It Out Scholarship committee wants to hear from you! The Shout It Out Scholarship gives you a platform to speak up – and cash in. The “loudest” applicant will receive the $1,500 Shout It Out Scholarship reward. The deadline for this unique scholarship is September 30, 2019. Visit their website for more information. https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/shout-it-out-scholarship
Flavor of the Month Scholarship
Do you scream for ice cream!? If so, the Flavor of the Month Scholarship is for you. Whether you are simple and sweet like vanilla or nutty like pistachio, the Flavor of the Month Scholarship wants to know what ice cream flavor best reflects your personality and why. Tell them about your ice cream flavor, and you could scoop up a sweet $1,500 scholarship. The deadline for this tasty scholarship is July 31, 2019. Visit their website for more details. https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/flavor-of-the-month-scholarship
AAMI Foundation Scholarship
Attention students who are studying to become biomedical equipment technicians, or health technology specific engineering, including clinical engineering, a $3,000 AAMI Foundation Scholarship will be award to seven students studying within these fields. The deadline for this scholarship in January 7, 2020. Applicants must be entering or current full-time college students seeking a career in the healthcare technology profession at an accredited college or university. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarship-directory/school-year/college-junior-college-class-of-2020/aami-foundation-scholarship.
Miller Law Annual Scholarship
A $1,500 scholarship is available to college students of all majors who are a hero in their community. To be eligible applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrable history of community service and volunteerism, and submit an essay on the topic. The deadline is June 30, 2019. Visit their website for more details. https://dmillerlaw.com/community-superhero-scholarship/
Veterans & Military Family$1,000 Scholarship
Twice per year the George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers gives a $1,000 scholarship to a hard-working U.S. college student who is an active duty service member, a veteran, or a spouse or child of an active duty or retired service member. High school seniors and graduates as well as undergraduate and graduate students may apply. The deadline for the application is June 15, 2019. Visit their website for further detail. https://www.sinklaw.com/veterans-military-family-scholarship/
The Adrian Rubin Foundation Scholarship
Adrian Rubin is offering a $1200 scholarship. He wants to hear your answer to the following question in the form of a 500-word essay: “When was the exact moment that you knew what you wanted to major in?”? The deadline for submission is July 1, 2019. Visit the website for more details. http://adrianrubinfoundation.com/
Dr. Summit Shah Scholarship
Dr. Summit Shah Scholarship to ensure that deserving students from all parts of the economic spectrum can reach their academic goals. Dr. Summit Shah would like to offer a $1000 scholarship offer to students at Plaza College to be applied to their higher learning education. To be considered for this scholarship, please submit a short essay (500 words or less) that shares what some of the things are that keep you motivated to keep reaching for your goals. Dr. Summit Shah would love to hear about some of your specific goals as well. The application deadline is June 1, 2019. Visit their website for more information. http://www.summitshahscholarship.com/
Chase Rubin Scholarship
Chase Rubin is offering a $1200 Grant opportunity to eligible students towards their higher learning education each year. Students can enter by submitting a 500-word essay on the following topic, “What is something that hasn’t been invented yet that you think the world can benefit from”? The submission deadline is November 1, 2019. Visit the website for more details. http://www.chaserubingrant.com/
Plaza College dental professor Dr. Garland, on the New York Daily News opinion page, addresses studies illustrating how enhanced oral care can help reduce overall medical health risks. You can read the full article here.
Why not dental care for all, New York?
Mayor de Blasio recently unveiled a proposal to significantly expand access to health care for city residents without insurance. Left out of this plan, and often overlooked in the larger discussion about increasing healthcare coverage, is our teeth. And our gums, for that matter.
Oral healthcare is not a luxury or a vanity but an integral part of overall preventative medical care. Just as one keeps a car running properly through routine maintenance, like an occasional oil change and checkup, the human body — much more complex — also needs specific and repeated tune-ups to keep it from breaking down.
Regular cleanings and oral health screenings, part of the recommended bi-annual check-up at the dentist’s office, can be a key part of efforts to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and pregnancy complications, according to the Mayo Clinic.
A recent study established a link between a certain type of gum infection and Alzheimer’s disease, which has become increasingly common in our aging population, now afflicting one of nine Americans over the age of 65.
Oral hygiene examinations are the key to identifying gum disease, tooth decay and other infections that, if caught early, can prevent critically dangerous health outcomes.
Yet many New Yorkers cannot afford basic dental care. Nationwide, 74 million American familieshave no dental insurance, saddling patients with the full cost of examinations, cleanings, x-rays, tooth repair and health screenings, leading many people to skip these visits — a grave mistake.
New York is ranked 30 out of the 50 sates and the District of Columbia in terms of dental wellness. One of three third-grade children are untreated for tooth decay and other oral problems.
One poll by AARP found that one-third of Americans aged 50-64 lack dental coverage and forgo dental care as a result. Some studies even suggest that up to 80% of residents in major metropolitan areas, where the costs of living are high, have limited to no access to affordable dental care.
The cost of a regular dental cleaning in New York City is between $75 and $200, with the recommended frequency of twice annually. For a family of four, this could mean several weeks’ pay.
The Community Dental Clinic at Plaza College in Forest Hills believes its role, as part of New York’s medical community, is to help lead the dental health education process. To illustrate that, the College’s School of Dental Sciences is offering free and low cost dental exams and cleanings.
Of course, this is not necessarily a scalable model. Oral hygienists are specialized professionals with degrees. The care they provide, not to mention the dentists who perform the medical work, cannot fulfill the significant void only through charitable work.
The city has made clear its position that general healthcare is a right for all New Yorkers. The NYC Care plan announced in early January strengthens the city’s public insurance option, MetroPlus, and increases access to NYC Health + Hospitals, including doctors’ visits, pharmacies and mental health services.
Why not oral healthcare? It can be scaled up in exactly the same way. NYC Health + Hospitals offers some dental care, meaning the same approach — improving direct outreach and expanding access to routine doctors’ visits — can be applied to oral healthcare.
It may require increasing the number of dentists and hygienists under the NYC Health + Hospitals umbrella, but the city is spending $100 million on its health plan partially under the assumption that it will produce savings, as more people use less expensive primary care rather than the costly route of going to the emergency room for routine care.
The same logic applies for dental care. Get your teeth cleaned today so you don’t end up in the emergency room tomorrow.