Welcome Back! Spring Semester Begins

May 1, 2019

Dear Plaza College Students,

On behalf of the staff and faculty we are excited to welcome you back on Wednesday, May 1st for the Spring Semester!

Please see below for a few important reminders:

STUDENT ID CARDS

-Students are required to scan your ID in the Welcome Center each time you enter the college. If your ID has been lost or stolen, you may purchase a replacement Student ID Card  in Student Services.

OPEN LABS

Starting Monday, May 13th open labs will be offered every period throughout the day and from 5pm-6pm for our evening students.

Schedules will be posted and share with the student body soon!

Good luck this semester and please keep a look out for more announcements regarding Student Life Events!


Meet Plaza’s Student of the Month!

April 25, 2019

Ms. Elvira Zaykova was inspired by her mother who is a dental assistant to pursue her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She will be graduating in December of this year. Starting back in high school, she was required to volunteer at Coney Island Hospital and by her mother’s recommendation, she urged her to request the dental department. It was through this experience that she realized her love of dentistry. She enjoyed working with the children and seniors who came into the department, recognizing the importance of educating both populations on the correct methods of caring for their oral health. At the same time it made her sad to see those who were struggling with their dental care as this further inspired her to study dental hygiene in order to make a difference in the lives of patients. Her dream job is to travel abroad with organizations like Operation Smile, to countries where children and adults are in need of extreme dental care. In August 2019 she plans to go to either Africa, Mexico or Peru, with a program for dental hygienists to work alongside dentists for ten days in high need areas.

Ms. Zaykova expresses high appreciation for the Dental Faculty, saying “they are phenomenal, everybody gets stressed but the faculty knows how to guide you when you need their support, especially in clinic, the professors are there for you-they want to make sure you get that A!” she says.

In turn, Director Fordunski of the Faculty Resource Center says Ms. Zaykova, “has all the elements of professionalism; a positive attitude, respect, accountability, and positive communication just to name a few. She never missed one class and worked very hard to earn an A in LM63. She would help her fellow classmates as well. She is so excited to be part of our Dental Hygiene program. She always comes to campus with a smile on her face and ready to learn.”

Professor Garland of the Dental Hygiene faculty says, “since her first day as a student, Elvira Zaykova has been a cheerful presence at Plaza College. She is studious, kind and cordial. She enjoys being a member of the dental hygiene program, and her classmates along with her professors enjoy working with her. I heartily congratulate Elvira on being selected as student of the month.”

For students who are having a difficult time in their coursework she recommends to make a habit of reviewing what was discussed in class before going to bed and if possible, read for the class you have that next morning so that the information will stick! Ms. Zaykova’s daily healthy habit consists of drinking a lot of black tea and water.To decompress from long days in the class and the clinic, she enjoys watching something funny on YouTube or TV. Her favorite show is Party of Five.


Student Review “The Four Faces of Fear”

April 22, 2019

Ms. Sherria Williams, a current student at Plaza College recently attended an offsite seminar at The Assemblage John Street, entitled “The Fours Faces of Fear,” led by Karin Bellantoni, entrepreneur and business coach. Ms. Bellantoni previously facilitated a communication workshop at Plaza College at the end of Winter Semester and will be back again in the Spring. In the post below, Ms. Williams details the lessons learned from participating in “The Four Faces of Fear” and reflects on applying this content to her own behaviors.

 

The Four Faces of Fear

What I learned and what I loved most by attending Ms. Karin Bellantoni’s, “The Four Faces of Fear,” seminar was that our brain is powerful. Once we learned and have mastered how to stay in control of our minds with emotion involved, it will help us handle and stay in control of events that occur in our everyday lives.

The most important thing that I learned from Ms. Bellantoni was how to not fear being alone. Things that I love to do, I want to share with another person. I had personally asked Ms. Bellantoni, “how can I learn to not fear being alone?” Her amazing advice was to learn to love yourself. Learn to enjoy things and activities that make you happy by yourself. You can find a way to recharge alone. I agree. It is something that I work on every day.

Although I love myself, I could learn to adore myself more and enjoy more quality time with me. I also learned how I respond to fear. I didn’t realize that I am fighter and a fawn.  I do tend to overact in certain situations and then find myself very apologetic. It is my way of being defensive and it’s an element that I have been working on. I’m not perfect, I make mistakes. Thinking like the job I did was perfect, but finding an imperfection, I see I would have a tendency to overreact instead of staying calm and talking it over with closer friends or family.  

Ms. Bellantoni is amazing and her energy will calm a crowd. She is sweet, kind and very wise. I look forward to her next session, as well as hearing and absorbing more ways to become one with the mind and body.

Sherria Williams 


Becoming a Captioner

April 17, 2019

Plaza’s Court Reporting program allows students to study at the Associate degree level, with the goal of becoming skillful stenographers ready for the legal world. Students of this program will hone their typing skills to 225 words per minute in our stenotype courses, and study legal terminology and court procedures to prepare them for a versatile career.

Ms. Nicole Kochy, who has over two decades of experience in the Court Reporting Field, visited Plaza College to help prospective students explore the various careers one can pursue with this degree. Ms. Kochy presented a closed captioning demonstration, spoke about the daily activities of a captioner, as well as a Q&A session.

About Ms. Kochy: “Nicole was a freelance court reporter for more than 10 years when she started CART captioning in 2005. She became a broadcast captioner in 2012, first as an employee of a large captioning company and then soon after transitioned to be an independent contractor. Nicole does both broadcast captioning and CART captioning. Her experience includes providing captions, both remotely and on-site, for live newscasts, live events, webinars, meetings and classes. Nicole lives in New Jersey with her husband, Craig and 12-year-old son, Tyler.”

 


Celebrating Alumni Success!

April 12, 2019

Plaza College held an event to honor and celebrate outstanding alumni.

During this event, alumni spoke to prospective students, current students, faculty, and staff to share stories about their time at Plaza, as well as life after graduation. They shared inspiring stories about their journey that lead them to where they are currently at in their careers. There was also a Q & A session with the audience. Thank you to everyone who joined the event!

Thank you to the outstanding Alumni who made this event what it was!

 

Michelle Johnson –  Northwell Health, Patient Care Technician

Jenna Batten – Northwell Health – Forest Hills, Access Service Rep

Selena Johnson-Turner – Northwell Health – Patient Care Associate

Priscilla Lopez –  NY Stem Cell Foundation, Operations Coordinator

Umbareen Tariq – RCGA Architects, now Administrative Assistant at DRA Advisors (finance)

Andrea Oquendo –  Coney Island Hospital, Medical Records Specialist

Eliana Londono – Barclays, Executive Assistant, Head of Risk Management


Students Take 1st Place at Dental Exhibition in Long Island!

April 4, 2019

Dental hygiene students presented at the Greater Long Island Dental Meeting in Melville. Lady Peneranda, Natalie Israilova, and Isabel Carchi, won first prize presenting their poster: “How Cardiovascular Disease is Related to Periodontal Disease”. Great Job!!


This Week at Plaza

April 1, 2019

Congratulations to Betty Grullon and Sahida Nasim, the students representing Plaza at the National Sigma Kappa Delta conference this weekend in St. Louis!

April 2, 11:35 am (BBA Lounge-Plaza Commons):

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please join us to learn about Resources, Support and Healing!

We are excited to host guest speaker Julia Hochstadt, LCSW, Psychotherapist has been working with survivors of trauma and crime for nearly 20 years in hospital-based and private practice settings.
Julia maintains a psychotherapy practice with offices in Midland Park, NJ (Bergen County) and in midtown Manhattan. In addition to her clinical work,Julia facilitates educational courses for medical, legal and other professional and community audiences related to interpersonal violence. She regularly testifies as an expert witness with the Manhattan and Bronx District Attorneys offices. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, advanced Clinical Certificates from NYU, and certification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Julia can best be reached at julia.hochstadt@gmail.com or via her websitewww.TherapyWithJulia.com.If you or someone you know could benefit from learning about the rights, options and resources for those impacted by sexual violence, please join us on Tuesday, April 2nd at 11:35am

April 4, 11:35am (Plaza Commons): Honoring Excellence at Plaza College

Hear the stories from graduates who were helped by Plaza College’s Career Services Department and are currently employed by some of the most sought after organizations in NYC!
Light refreshments will be served! Plus attendees will have the chance to sign the Plaza College Reflection Board!


Meet Plaza’s Student of the Month!

March 26, 2019


Entrepreneur & Executive Business Coach Visits Student Life

March 19, 2019

Confident Communication

Thank you to Karin Bellantoni, entrepreneur and executive business coach, for holding a student life workshop “Confident Communication.”
Karin urged the importance and power of confidently communicating with your peers, including co workers, friends, loved ones, etc.  Group exercises were used to explore topics such as:

  • Easily speak up!
  • Set Boundaries to protect yourself.
  • Defend yourself verbally without anger.
  • Improve relationships.
  • Increase confidence!

Thank you to everyone who participated!


Meet Your Program Specialist!

March 14, 2019

THE STUDENT ADVISEMENT DEPARTMENT INVITES YOU TO MEET YOUR PROGRAM SPECIALIST!

Tuesday, March 19 – 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 21 – 11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

In the Plaza Commons

Students will meet with their program specialist to:

-Discuss their current program

-Retrieve their course for the Spring 2019 semester

 


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