Congratulations Microsoft Office Specialists!

May 31, 2017

Plaza College is pleased to announce that 17 students earned Microsoft Office Specialist Certification last semester. This important credential for future careers is the result of many hours of practice and class preparation. Special recognition goes to Elizabeth Allen and Latonia White-Jessie, who tied with a high score of 953 out of 1000 points on the PowerPoint exam!

MOS Certification in Word:

  • Danee Dupre
  • Nefertina Lambus
  • Nasrin Bhuiyan
  • Jennifer Rescalvo

MOS Certification in PowerPoint

  • Alejandro Leston
  • Eliana Londono
  • Elizabeth Allen
  • Jenny Creed
  • Latonia White-Jessie
  • Maria Patricia Once
  • Mayra Del Pilar Puma
  • Melissa Galarza
  • Sandra Pura Gonzalez
  • Sergio L. Avila
  • Violeta Belendes
  • George Fielack

MOS Certification in Excel

  • Zugeylly Dejesus

Thank you to the dedicated faculty and staff who helped students prepare for the exam! Students interested in MOS certification should take the following courses: MGT1001 Management Tools and Resources for PowerPoint; IT151 Word Processing Operations for Word; IT116 Advanced Spreadsheet Applications for Excel.

If you see any of these students, be sure to congratulate them!

May 29: This Week at Plaza

May 29, 2017

Monday, May 29: No Classes – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30: Court Reporting Career Services Event – Lex Reporting owner Claire Block speaks about career and internship opportunities on the Commons from 3-3:30 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 30: Writing Workshop sponsored by the ARC, 5:00-5:55 p.m. in Room 204

Wednesday, May 31: Plaza Pride meeting in the BBA Center by the Commons, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 1: Writing Workshop sponsored by the ARC, 11:40-12:35 p.m. in Room 204

Thursday, June 1: Health & Wellness Society meeting in the BBA Center by the Commons, 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Monday-Friday: Academic Honors for Winter 2017 available for pick up in the Student Life Office

Monday-Friday: Tickets on sale for Spring Formal – Stop by the Student Life office

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

Student Writing: Scholarship Essay by Simone Modlin

May 26, 2017


In March, three Plaza College students attended the 2017 Sigma Tau Delta / Sigma Kappa Delta International Convention in Louisville, KY, to receive national scholarships. One of the winners, Simone Modlin, wrote about what inspires her to give back to her college and community. Read her essay below, and stay tuned for more student writing!

Losing both of my parents at a young age was very hard for me. Despite all the hurt and pain I felt, I learned to appreciate what I have and to give back to the less fortunate to show my appreciation for those blessings in my life that were not taken away from me. Ultimately, one person really can make a difference, and this philosophy has inspired me to give back to my school, the Chi Delta Chapter, and most of all, my community.

In May 2015, I started school at Plaza College where my life changed completely. Throughout the process, I’ve learned so much. Not only did my academics improve, but I have learned the importance of service. As a mother of four, I have had the opportunity to set an important example for my children by serving my school while I earn my degree. I have helped lead fundraisers for AIDS awareness, food drives for food pantries across NYC, toy drives for Jamaica Hospital, and Breast Cancer Research fundraisers for Making Strides. In 2015, I created a new tradition at my college: The Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration. This is a time when the entire college community comes together to celebrate their cultures and show off dishes and traditions of their ancestors… It felt amazing to know that the students and faculty members loved it. When I graduate, I hope this event will continue.

I was elected president of the Chi Delta Chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta for 2016-2017 school year. As president, I have many plans for my chapter. I plan to have a coat drive to give to the families who are living in shelters. I also plan to lead a symposium to help students develop writing, leadership and life skills that can help them become more effective in their academics as well as in the real world. The Chi Delta chapter will continue to stress the importance of writing, reading, and literacy for all our students no matter what their major is.

In the society that I live in, every day that I walk outside, there are several individuals that are in need of food or shelter. For the past five years on Thanksgiving, I have rented out a community room and served Thanksgiving dinner for those in need. All are welcome. On average, I feed more than 100 people. This inspired me to start the aforementioned Plaza College Thanksgiving Feast.

Service means a great deal to me. It’s about helping and inspiring others in my SKD Chapter, my college, and my community. My passion is to help people unite as one, serve together, and turn every service project into a huge success.

ARC Unveils New Website

May 24, 2017

The ARC has a new website full of updated features! You can access it through eCampus by clicking on “Academic Resources.” There you will find the ARC hours and contact information:

  • Monday/Wednesday 9:00am-6:30pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Email:
  • Phone: (718) 505-3354

We asked student worker Cinnamon Batista to share the best parts of the new website, and here is what she said!

Five Reasons Why You Should Check out the New ARC Website:

  1. Need one-on-one assistance outside of the classroom? We can now schedule appointments for tutoring through the ARC website! Just point to “Tutoring” and click on Schedule an Appointment.
  2. Under Workshop Schedules you can view the dates and times of workshops on a variety of math and English topics being offered for the Spring 2017 semester. Take advantage!
  3. Did you miss an English workshop? Having difficulties with grammar? No worries – there are grammar quizzes you can use to review and practice under Useful Links.
  4. Need to brush up on your typing skills? Useful Links also features typing games.
  5. We all have to take portfolio classes, so take a look at the MLA handouts on the ARC website as well. We can never say we don’t know how to use MLA!

May 22: This Week at Plaza

May 22, 2017

Monday-Thursday: Academic Honors for Winter 2017 available for pick up in the Student Life Office

Monday, May 22: Tickets go on sale for Spring Formal – See May 17 email from Dean Howle for details!

Tuesday, May 23: Ambassadors Club Meeting in the BBA Center by the Commons, 12-12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 27: No Classes

Monday, May 29: No Classes – Memorial Day

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa

Open Labs Schedule

May 19, 2017

Open labs for the Spring 2017 semester have begun! Computer labs will be open and staffed according to the schedule below, which is also available in the library and the ARC. Remember that only water is allowed in computer labs! Food and other beverages must be kept on the Commons.


  • 10-11:35 a.m., Library/ARC
  • 11:40-1:10 p.m., Library/ARC
  • 1:15-2:45 p.m., Library/ARC
  • 2:50-4:20 p.m., Room 207
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 201


  • 10:05-11:35 a.m., Library/ARC
  • 11:40-12:40 p.m. (College Hour), Room 201
  • 12:40-2:10 p.m., Library/ARC
  • 2:15-3:45 p.m., Room 201
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 201


  • 12:30-3:30 p.m., ARC

Graduation 2017 Update

May 17, 2017

Would you like to audition to be graduation speaker? Do you want to know if you are graduating? Check out the FAQ below, and contact Student Services with additional questions!

When is graduation?

Sunday, June 25, 8:30 a.m., rain or shine – students walking in the ceremony must arrive at 8:00 a.m.

Where is graduation?

Queens College’s Kupferburg Center for the Arts

 How do I know if I am graduating?

If you submitted a petition to graduate, you will hear back from Student Services on Friday, May 26.

 How do I audition to be graduation speaker?

Every year, graduation includes a student address. Auditions to be the 2017 student graduation speaker will be filmed on Wednesday, May 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you wish to audition, you must respond to Dean Howle’s May 17 email to schedule a time!

How do I get my cap and gown?

If you have not been measured for a cap and gown, contact Mrs. Callahan in the bookstore or via email at immediately!

Do I need a ticket?

Students walking in the ceremony do not need a ticket as their seats are reserved. Invitations will be mailed in May, and students must RSVP and pay the fee that covers caps, gowns, degree covers, and other items. Students should bring their money order or cash to Financial Services.

 How do I get tickets for my guests?

All guests require tickets, and each student participating is guaranteed five (5) tickets. Extra tickets may be requested when students RSVP; however, extra tickets are not guaranteed and are based on available space. Students will be contacted when the tickets are ready for pick up the week before graduation. Students who do not need all of their tickets may return them to Student Services; tickets may not be sold.

 Where do my guests sit?

Seating selection for friends and family is on a first come, first served basis. Guests should arrive before 8:30 a.m. to be seated in the auditorium since Queens College security will hold late-comers back when the procession has started.

Join Plaza’s AIDS Walk Team!

May 16, 2017

The New York City AIDS Walk is this Sunday, May 21, in Central Park. The Plaza College team will meet at 8:30 a.m. sharp in front of the Starbucks: 1380 Ave. of the Americas (At 6th Ave and 56th St.) just off the F train in Manhattan. The walk will be over by 12:45 p.m.

If you plan to walk, follow this link to register online!

If you are not able to join us on Sunday but want to support the Plaza team and this great cause, you can also donate here! Every donation helps.

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Howle or visit the Student Life office.

May 15: This Week at Plaza

May 15, 2017

Sigma Tau Delta Secretary Jenna Batten (left) met with representatives from Safe Horizon last week to donate toiletries and school supplies Plaza gathered to benefit familes living in domestic violence shelters. Thank you to Sigma Tau Delta and everyone who contributed!

Thursday, May 18: Academic Honors for Winter 2017 available for pick up in the Student Life Office

Saturday, May 27: No Classes

Monday, May 29: No Classes – Memorial Day

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” – Jim Rohn

Student Review: Amelie

May 10, 2017

Last semester Dean Howle’s film classes attended the new Broadway musical Amelie, based on the 2001 film and starring Phillipa Soo. Student Corrine Pieper reviews the production below.

Ask anyone, “What is your favorite love story?” and most will reply with titles like The NotebookTitanic, or the story of Anakin Skywalker and Queen Amidala in Star Wars. Popular titles are pretty normal responses and almost expected. I, however, love stories that are all about the unexpected. Amelie, the 2001 highest grossing French film released in the United States, is my absolute favorite love story. So much so, I faithfully watch it at least twice a month while I study or paint. As one can imagine, when the opportunity to see Amelie on Broadway found me, I was thrilled!

During my train ride to Walter Kerr Theatre, my own imagination was buzzing; my mind was filled with daydreams of how the show might be. As soon as I sat down, I noticed the backdrop to the stage. It was an animated wallpaper with little bunnies and butterflies moving across the background and photo booth photos of cast members playing through in a slide show.

The show, keeping as close to the film as possible for Broadway, was a ride through the imagination of the main character, Amelie Poulain. Amelie is a story of a woman who conquers her fear of vulnerability and finds friends and love in the process. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Amelie as a musical; the singing, dancing, and beautifully made props really brought the story to life in a different way but still paid homage to the original. What I loved most was the heavy theme of imagination, creation, and the power of art while still remaining a romantic comedy full of silly banter and hilariously raunchy jokes.

From young Amelie (played by Savvy Crawford) to adult Amelie (Phillipa Soo) and the rest of the amazing cast, there was not a moment where I didn’t feel the same magic as I do when I watch the original film.

I may be able to relate to strange silly Amelie, and that may be why I love the story, but I think that there is a certain “je ne sais quoi” that makes this story extraordinary. For me, it is mostly a love story, but really it is a story about enriching the lives of others even with the smallest gesture. I think that is something everyone can relate to and learn from. Besides, in the words of Amelie Poulain, “It’s better to help people than garden gnomes.”

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