Start Your Legal Career Today!

April 13, 2018

Apply now for the School of Legal Studies Spring/Summer 2018 semester! Plaza’s School of Legal Studies offers classes taught by experienced professors from the court reporting and paralegal fields, providing graduates with credentials, knowledge, and experience in four degrees:

  • Court Reporting, AOS
  • Court Reporting, Certificate
  • Paralegal, AAS
  • Paralegal, Certificate

“When I tell people I can type at about 180 words per minute, they are impressed,” says court reporting student Darien Manel. “This career offers you so many different opportunities. You can work for yourself, you can work in the courts, you can work in closed captioning, and you can work in schools. The possibilities are almost endless. It is a great career with great benefits.”

Whether you are starting college for the first time, transferring from another institution, or thinking about changing careers, Plaza can help find a program that is right for you with outstanding student support and a convenient location in Forest Hills.

The next semester begins May 2, so contact us today! Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.


Test Anxiety Workshop Prepares Students for Finals

April 11, 2018

On April 3, Sigma Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa Delta joined forces to present a workshop about overcoming test anxiety. Held just in time for final exams, the workshop included advice from professors and administrators about how to improve study time and exam performance. Day and evening workshops featured useful tips.

Suggestions for studying included…

  • Dedicate a quiet place for studying without distractions
  • Determine your best study times and use them
  • Form a study group to keep everyone focused and on point
  • Ask for help from the instructor, the ARC, or your peers
  • Learn breathing exercises or calming meditation techniques
  • Figure out what type of learning style works best for you

Suggestions for test day included…

  • Eat healthy, nutritious meals, get enough sleep, and incorporate exercise into your routine
  • During computerized examinations, look up from the screen for a few minutes at a time to rest your eyes
  • If you are struggling with a question, skip it and go back to it later
  • Do not leave any questions blank on exams
  • Make that nervous energy work for you in a positive way

Thanks to all of the engaging and informative guest speakers for sharing their strategies: Professor Zerella, Professor Krampf, Dr. Sibblis, Professor Perlish, Professor Butchy, and Dean Howle.

All guest speakers also emphasized the power of positivity and having confidence in your abilities. Good luck to everyone on their final exams!


April 9: This Week at Plaza

April 9, 2018

Monday, April 9: Law Week events 

Wednesday, April 11: Law Week events

Thursday, April 12: Law Week events

Friday, April 13: Law Week events

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –  John Quincy Adams


Join the School of Legal Studies for Law Week

April 5, 2018

Next week, Admissions and Professor Lazarus are hosting Law Week to celebrate our Paralegal students. Join us to learn more about this field at events April 9 through 13!

Monday, April 9

11:00 a.m. Attorney Ann Stafilias, Esq., presents “Lexis + Online Research” introducing the Lexis Advance platform through a focus on searching for primary and secondary law, tools in cases, and statutes to expand, research, and discuss Shepard’s.

1:30 p.m. Court Clerk Training Specialist Veronica Schmactenberg presents “Electronic Filing” introducing the NYSCEF site with demonstrations on how sign up for and navigate the site, file a new case, file to an existing case, file a 3rd part action, case search, and more.

6:00 p.m. VP of Paralegal Association Mariana Fradman presents “Paralegals in today’s legal community” outlining what makes a paralegal marketable in today’s growing legal community.

Wednesday, April 11

1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. JD & Founding Director of the George Washington University Paralegal Studies Program Toni Marsh presents “The Who, What, Why, How, and Where of Paralegals”

Thursday, April 12

11:40 a.m. the Legal Hand Society presents “The Need for Paralegals” introducing the Legal Hand Society and the importance of Paralegals in the organization.

Friday, April 13

10:00 a.m. Paralegal Christina Bennett presents “Paralegals in Multi-National Law Firms” describing what it’s like to work as a paralegal at an multi-national law firm.


April 2: This Week at Plaza

April 2, 2018

Tuesday, April 3: Math Final Review Workshop 11:40-12:35 p.m. Room 203

Tuesday, April 3: Test Taking and Test Anxiety Workshop sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta & “Resilience” 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the BBA Lounge – Learn techniques to become better at studying for and taking tests, including final exams!

Thursday, April 5: Make-up Date for Day Monday/Wednesday classes – No Thursday Day Classes – Monday/Wednesday day classes will meet on this day to make up time lost due to winter weather. Classes will follow the regular Monday/Wednesday schedule. For details, contact your professor.

Thursday, April 5: Math Final Review Workshop 5:00-5:55 p.m. Room 203

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson


Plaza Celebrates Health Information Professionals

March 29, 2018

 

On March 28, Director Clara Erman and Medical Career Relationship Manager Alpa Patel hosted Plaza College’s annual Health Information Professional (HIP) event. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Our Future Is Bright,” the evening celebrated HIP students and raised awareness of the importance of their work.

Guest speaker Thomas LaBarca, vice president of Clinical Programs at Cornerstone Medical Arts, offered tips for success in the HIP field.

  • Consistently learn new skills to increase the probability of landing a great job.
  • Integrity, punctuality, and a strong work ethic are of the utmost importance.
  • Keep a positive attitude and rise above obstacles and distractions on the job.

Students also had the opportunity to play healthcare Jeopardy to earn prizes. Thank you to Mr. LaBraca and our dedicated HIP students, staff, and faculty for another successful event!

 


Plaza Students Impress at National Conference

March 28, 2018

 

This past weekend, four Plaza students represented the college wonderfully at the national Sigma Tau Delta / Sigma Kappa Delta competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kammy Kamanpreet and Mirtie Badal (secretary of our chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta) presented their original essays on the national Sigma Kappa Delta Panel. In addition, Giovanna Torres (co-vice president of our chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta) was selected to be the moderator of the national Sigma Kappa Delta panel.

Diane Ferrer (president of our chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta) won one of five national service scholarships from the society Sigma Kappa Delta. All weekend long, Plaza was the envy of colleges from all over the country. All four dynamic women were consistently praised for their writing skills, professionalism, and kindness.

Sigma Kappa Delta also holds a national photography competition each year, and this year Wendy Almonte won second place. She earned a cash prize and a beautiful certificate.

Please join us in congratulating Diane, Mirtie, Kammy, Giovanna, and Wendy!


March 26: This Week at Plaza

March 26, 2018

Tuesday, March 27: TD Bank Workshop “Money Matters” in the BBA Lounge at 11:45 – Join us for a pizza lunch and learn how to improve your finances.

Tuesday, March 27: Extended Day Registration

Tuesday, March 27: Make-up Date for All Extended Day Monday/Wednesday classes – All Monday/Wednesday night classes will meet on this day following registration to make up time lost due to winter weather. For exact class meeting times, check your email from Dean Vetrano and contact your professor.

Thursday, March 29: Day Registration; Open Lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 201

Friday, March 30: No classes

Saturday, March 31: No classes

Thursday, April 5: Make-up Date for Day Monday/Wednesday classes –Monday/Wednesday day classes will meet on this day to make up time lost due to winter weather. Classes will follow the regular Monday/Wednesday schedule. For details, contact your professor.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” – Julie Andrews Edwards


Students Pose for LinkedIn Headshots

March 23, 2018

 
On March 15, Plaza College offered students the opportunity to get a free headshot taken for LinkedIn. Sharply dressed students from all majors had their photos taken by the IT department’s Joe Giansante, and participants were also given a step-by-step guide for how to start or improve their LinkedIn profiles.

Photos were sent to students via their Plaza College email the same day. If you did not receive your picture, please contact Career Services on the third floor. Follow Career Services on Instagram @plazacollegecareers to be the first to know about future events!


Register for Spring 2018 Next Week!

March 21, 2018

Registration for Spring 2018 begins next week, so be sure you are ready! Before going to register, it is essential to take care of any Financial Services or Students Services holds. The Spring 2018 master course schedule will be available at registration. Make plans to attend as scheduled below, and remember that children are not permitted at registration. Students with questions about registration should contact Student Services.

Day Associate Students: OA, MA, HIT, IS, BA, AIS, ADM-MO, ADM-BUS, CR, PL

Registration for day associate degree students will take place on Thursday, March 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Commons and in assigned rooms. Classes will be in session that day ONLY for court reporting, dental hygiene, day LL254, and accelerated term students.

Extended-day Associate Students: OA, MA, HIT, IS, BA, AIS, ADM-MO, ADM-BUS, CR, PL

Registration for extended-day associate degree students will take place on Tuesday, March 27, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the Commons and in assigned rooms. Day classes are in session on Tuesday, and evening classes will be in session for court reporting students.

Tuesday, March 27: Make-up Date for All Extended Day Monday/Wednesday classes – All Monday/Wednesday night classes will meet on this day following registration to make up time lost due to winter weather. For exact class meeting times, check your email from Dean Vetrano and contact your professor.

Bachelor Students

Bachelor degree students do not need to attend the sessions listed above. PIM students should watch for an e-mail from Dean Dolla with registration information, and they must reply to her message to make an appointment. BBA-Management students will receive an e-mail from Dr. Sibblis with available times to meet with her for registration.

Pending Graduates, Leave of Absence, and Accelerated Term Students

  • Pending graduates do not need to attend registration.
  • Leave of absence students register in Student Services by appointment.
  • Accelerated term students will register through Admissions.

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