October 8: This Week at Plaza

October 8, 2018

Monday, October 8: No classes 

Thursday, October 11: LinkedIn Professional Photo Shoot 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo


Entrepreneur Impresses at Business Symposium

October 5, 2018

On October 4, students enjoyed a visit from Burt Lurch, CEO & co-founder of E-Central Medical Management. Lurch enlightened Plaza students with insight into the healthcare industry and how to maximize opportunities in their chosen business fields. A successful entrepreneur, Lurch offered tips and strategies used in his journey to assist students interested in starting their own businesses.

Community Dental Clinic Opens for Fall 2018

October 3, 2018

Plaza students and community members can receive many services at an extremely low cost, including the following:

  • Assessment of patient’s dental health
  • Dental examinations and cleanings
  • Routine x-rays and digital panoramic radiographs
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Fluoride therapy
  • Pit and fissure sealants
  • Teeth bleaching with tray fabrication
  • Patient referrals

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where is the clinic located? The clinic is located on the third floor of Plaza College. To get there, students can walk around to the third floor back hallway entrance (past the Allied Health and Dental Administration areas) and ring the doorbell.

How do I make an appointment? Please call the clinic at 718-779-1432 or stop by the waiting area to make an appointment. The clinic will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this semester.

How long does it take? Patients should set aside three hours for their initial appointment. This time frame will allow the student hygienists to get you set up as a patient and begin your treatment plan, depending on the level of care you need. All patient care will be provided by the students and evaluated by licensed dentists and hygienists (our faculty members).

Can I bring family members? The clinic accepts patients of all ages. Feel free to make appointments for your kids, parents, grandparents, siblings, and neighbors!

How much does it cost? Dental cleanings for Plaza College community members are only $10! All other services are available at very low costs as well.

What if I have more questions? Feel free to reach out to our Dental Clinic Administrator, Ms. Tsering Dolkar, at tdolkar1@plazacollege.edu, 718-779-1432, or in the clinic waiting area.

What better way to begin the new school year than with a shiny, healthy smile?  Make your appointment today!

October 1: This Week at Plaza

October 1, 2018

Monday, October 1: ARC Math Workshop: Polynomials, 5:00-5:45 p.m., Room 203 

Tuesday, October 2: ARC Math Workshop: Polynomials, 11:40-12:35, Room 203 

Thursday, October 4: Health Insurance & Entrepreneurship Symposium, 11:45-12:30, BBA Center 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Student Review: Come From Away

September 28, 2018


In July, Professor Butchy’s and Dean Loffert’s Introduction to Theater classes attended the Broadway musical Come From Away. Student April Hernandez (far right) reviews the production below!

Come from Away was an interesting play that brings people together. It includes love, misunderstanding, and a lot of laughter. Jenn Colella (who played Beverley), Alex Finke (Janice), Geno Carr (Oz), De’lon Grant (Bob), Joel Hatch (Claude), Astrid Van Wieren (Beulah), and other characters came out and performed “Welcome to the Rock,” and the performance began.

The play describes what was happening after 9/11 in Gander, a small town in Canada. On September 11, 2001, some planes that were near Canada were forced to land in Gander. Everyone was banned from entering the United States.

There was a passenger character whose name was Ali (played by Caesar Samayoa) who was a Muslim being interrogated by everyone around him. He did not have luggage with him, he wore a turban, and he had an accent. Everyone started to think he was a terrorist. Chad Kimball (who played Kevin T.) and Caesar Samayoa (who played Kevin J.) were a gay couple. Their journey there was a little rocky due to having opposite reactions from one another. Kevin J. was a little more open to exploring Canada while Kevin T. wanted to just lay low and stay in. Beverley, the plane’s captain, had been told she couldn’t be a pilot because she was woman and had fought her way to the top, proving everyone wrong.

Caesar Samayoa did a great job in his performance. His singing was great, and I felt what the character was feeling. Another performer I liked was Joel Hatch, whose narrating skills were amazing. When he would perform, he worked the stage and used all the props, which made the performance entertaining. Astrid Van Wieren also had a great performance. She was loud and improved the performance using jokes and an outspoken personality trait. Her acting provided a different energy that made the play more interesting.

Having the play as a musical allowed the audience not to become so tense and kept a light mood even though the story was emotional. The acting, stage lighting, and use of chairs to change scenes were a good way to tell the different settings. Daniel Goldstein, the director of Come from Away, did an amazing job. The way that Goldstein cast the play and had the cast perform had the audience captivated.

In conclusion, the play was worth the watch. The message is no matter how rough times are, there is always a way to bring happiness, including not judging someone for their appearance. I recommend everyone to watch this play because it brings people together and teaches people about humanity. Go watch the show, and you would not be disappointed!

Find an Open Lab or Visit the ARC!

September 26, 2018

Open labs have begun for the semester, offering a place to work with a staff or student assistant throughout the day. Please check the schedule below for rooms and times! 


  • 10:05-11:35 Room 209
  • 11:40-1:10 Room 202
  • 2:50-4:20 Room 202


  • 11:40-12:40 Room 201
  • 1:00-2:10 Room 307
  • 2:15-3:45 Room 202
  • 5:00-6:00 Room 307


  • 12:00-1:00 Room 211 (Starting Nov. 1)

In addition, the ARC is now open for tutoring and individual work. If you need assistance with classwork, a computer, or a place to study, please visit the ARC next to the library. Tutors are available in a variety of subjects at the following times:

Monday / Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday / Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed from 4-5 p.m.)

To make an appointment with a tutor in advance, stop by the ARC, call 718-779-1430, ext. 3354, or visit the ARC website and click on Tutoring – Schedule an Appointment.

September 24: This Week at Plaza

September 24, 2018

Monday, September 24: ARC and Open Labs for fall begin 

Tuesday, September 25: Portfolio Power Hour, BBA Center, 11:45 and 5:15 – Learn about how to succeed in LL254 from students who have already completed the course! 

Thursday, September 27: Constitution Day Bingo and Trivia Competition, BBA Center, 11:45 and 5:15 – Win prizes for your knowledge of the Constitution. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William S. Burroughs

Use Your ID for Student Discounts

September 21, 2018

Welcome to the fall semester! Don’t forget to carry your student ID at all times since there are many places that offer student discounts. Here are a few examples.

Microsoft Office can be downloaded for free with your Plaza College e-mail address. Click here: https://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education.

Unidays offers discounts on a wide variety of discounts on food, clothing, electronics and more. Read more here: https://www.myunidays.com/.

Theater Development Fund (TDF) offers student memberships to purchase discount tickets to Broadway, off-Broadway, concerts, and other arts events. Learn more at https://www.tdf.org/nyc/10/TDF-Membership.

Looking for even more ideas? Read more here.

Bookstore Opens Today

September 19, 2018

The Plaza College Campus Store opens today for continuing and bachelor’s students to purchase their books. Stop by the bookstore when you do not have class with your student ID! First-semester students’ books will be available beginning on Friday, September 21.

Book Distribution Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bookstore Reminders:

  • Textbooks are required and students are expected to have books in hand by Week 4.
  • You must have attended all of your classes in order to pick up books.
  • Students will not be able to pick up books during their class times. If there is a line at the bookstore, staff may send students to class and ask them to return afterward.
  • Bookstore staff will let you know if you need to resolve a Financial Aid or Academic hold before receiving books.

September 17: This Week at Plaza

September 17, 2018

Monday, September 17: Constitution Day

Monday, September 17: Last day for late registration – see Student Services

Tuesday, September 18: Last day for schedule changes – see Student Services

Thursday, September 20: Constitution Day celebration 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the Commons

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

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