Co-Founder and CEO of Stereotheque Visits Student Life!

February 28, 2019

“Embrace the process, not the event.”

Tomás Uribe, Co-Founder and CEO of Stereotheque, held a workshop for Student Life, where he was able to share details of his entrepreneurial journey, as well as answer and discuss questions students had about building businesses! 

Tomás, originally from Columbia, has lead a life of creating different businesses in areas he has a passion for. One major key that Tomás stressed was “…build something that is useful and listen to your customer.”

Thank you to everyone who participated!

International Women’s Day Photo Collage!

February 25, 2019

In honor of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th, the Department of Student Life will build a photo collage representing women who have made a positive impact on your life!

This can be a family member, friend, professor, celebrity, activist, etc…anyone whom you hold in admiration!

How can you get involved? See below:

Submit Photos!

Starting on Monday, February 25th, please bring a photo (a copy is fine) to the Student Life Office located in the Plaza Commons.  Please note: all photos have to be of clear resolution (not blurry), appropriate in nature, and sized between 2-5 inches.

Help Build The Collage!

We will start to make a collage on Monday, Feb.25th. We will have all the supplies for you to utilize! All are welcome to come and help build the collage whenever time permits over the next 2 weeks!

Take Photos!

The collage will be officially revealed on Friday, March 8th and stay up outside the Student Life Office the rest of the month! We encourage all to come and take photos in front of the collage, tagging Plaza College on social media when posted!

We look forward to honoring and celebrating #IWD2019 with you!

Also this week:


Feb.26: Health and Wellness From The Inside Out feat. Sharon Zarabi @ 5:30pm 

“Let food by thy medicine,” is a quote from Hippocrates that Sharon Zarabi, registered dietitian and fitness trainer started living by during her college years. In this workshop she will talk about how we can start now to get on the track to better energy, disease prevention and even the foods to eat that enhance physical appearance. Ms. Zarabi will talk about the best “on the go” breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas (great for parents), fad diets (what works, what doesn’t) and more! Snacks will be sponsored by Setton Farms!


Feb.28: Social Media & Your Career (led by Career Services) @ 11:35am
Learn how social media can support your job search and get that interview! We will review best practices regarding the use of social media platforms and how to leverage different job sites to enhance your chances of landing your ideal job!


Please contact Ms. Cohn, Associate Director of Student Activities at

TD Bank Visits Student Life

February 21, 2019

Thank you to the financial representatives from TD Bank that held a great Financial Readiness Seminar for Student Life! Topics the representatives covered included various financial areas related to managing personal finance, money and investing.

Thank you to everyone who participated!


Student Life Events This Week

February 19, 2019

Feb.19: RESILIENCE (Mental Health Support) @ 11:35am

Ms. Ferer and Ms. Cohn will be facilitating a workshop to get to know you! What are some mental health topics you’d like to see covered this semester? What are some coping strategies you’d like to learn more about? We are eager to design the best RESILIENCE group to serve your needs! Join us for pizza and conversation!

Feb.21: TD Bank-Financial Literacy Workshop @ 11:35am

Join representatives from TD Bank in this workshop to learn about  is the education and various financial areas including topics related to managing personal finance, money and investing.

Have a great week!

Plaza’s Valentine’s Day Bake Sale for Safe Horizon

February 15, 2019

Thank you to everybody who participated in this years Valentine’s Day Bake Sale and Raffle, donations were collected for Safe Horizon!


Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization. Their mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

Safe Horizon works to prevent domestic and community violence and provides support to victims. They have a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-621-4673. On campus, Dean Loffert is also able to assist and may be contacted for more information.



Court Reporting & Captioning Week @Plaza

February 11, 2019


Welcome to the 2019 Court Reporting & Captioning Week!



List of Events:

Monday – February 11th

  • Guest Speakers (in the Commons):
    • Joshua Edwards, CART Provider – 10 a.m.
    • Pamela Fuller, Queens Grand Jury Reporter – 1 p.m
    • Michelle Temkin, CART/Captioner – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday – February 12th

  • Game Day: Family Feud in the Commons – 12:30 p.m & 6 p.m.

Wednesday – February 13th

  • NCRA Student Speed Contest – (Open to all speedbuilding classes)
    • In celebration of Court Reporting & Captioning Week (Feb. 9-16), the NCRA Student/Teacher Committee is sponsoring a Mardi Gras-themed speed test open to all students at varying test speeds. The tests consist of five minutes of dictation at a speed level that each individual student is either currently working on or has just passed. In order to be eligible to win, students must pass the test with 96 percent accuracy. One Literary and one Q&A test will be offered, and the faculty at each school will be responsible for dictating and grading the material.


  • All students who pass a test are eligible for prizes; winners will be drawn at random for first (gold), second (purple), and third (green) prizes.- Gold beads prize: NCRA’s RPR Study Guide ($125 value)- Green beads prize: $25 Starbucks gift cardAll students who participate in the contest, even if they don’t pass a test, will have their names and schools published in the student newsletter and the JCR. NCRA wants to showcase the hard work that students and schools are doing to promote the court reporting and captioning professions.
  • – Purple beads prize: Choice of a one-year NCRA student membership ($46 value) or one leg of the RPR Skills Test ($72.50 value)
  • More information to come!

Thursday – February 14th

  • School trip to the Kew Gardens Courthouse
Also this Week:
Feb.12: Sigma Kappa Delta African American Poetry Slam, @ 11:35am
Bring your own or select from a variety of poems to be read in honor of celebrating notable authors for African American History Month! Pizza will be served!
Feb.14: Valentine’s Day Bake Sale & Sigma Kappa Delta Raffle Kickoff! @ 11:35am
Cupcakes, cookies, pies oh my! All sweets are for purchase so come out and support our goal to raise funds for Safe Horizon-a non profit organization helping domestic violence victims and their families. We will also be kicking off the Sigma Kappa Delta Raffle! Tickets can be bought and placed in the raffle for a chance to win a variety of prizes! $1 per ticket or 6 for $5.

Safe Horizon Workshop

February 6, 2019

Student Life hosted two representatives from Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization. Their mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

The presentation reviewed the definitions and dynamics of intimate partner violence, which included the effects of ongoing abuse. Most importantly, resources and options were shared as well!

Safe Horizon works to prevent domestic and community violence and provides support to victims. They have a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-621-4673. On campus, Dean Loffert is also able to assist and may be contacted for more information.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Watch Plaza on NY1 !

February 4, 2019

You can also view this story by Spectrum Noticias NY1 in Spanish, by going to the following link.

Events this week from Student Life

Feb.5: Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Workshop@ 11:35amJoin us in a presentation from Safe Horizon, as they review the definitions and dynamics of intimate partner violence. They will also touch upon trauma and the effects of ongoing abuse. Resources and options will be discussed as well. 

Feb.7: Valentine’s Day Bake Sale Fundraiser Sign up! @ 11:35amSupport our annual Valentine’s Day Bake Sale by volunteering to bake a cake, cookies or other goodies! If you aren’t available to sign up during college hour, please stop into the Student Life office or email studentlife@plazacollege.edufor more information on how to get involved! The official bake sale will take place on February 14th. All proceeds are donated to Safe Horizon!

NY1 Visits Plaza!

February 1, 2019

As we kick-start our celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we received a visit from Spectrum News NY1 to feature our Community Dental Clinic! NY1 will showcase our initiative to provide free visits to children under the age of 17 during the month of February!

Keep an eye out for the segment, which will air on NY1 in the next few days.

Thank you to everyone involved!

If you have not yet made an appointment to visit the clinic, call 718-779-1432 or stop by the third floor at your earliest convenience!

Student Life Events Unveiled at Kickoff

January 30, 2019

On January 22, the Department of Student Life held it’s official Winter Semester 2019 Kickoff at 11:35 am and 5:30 pm in the Commons!

A presentation led by Ms. Cohn and Professor Butchy showcased up and coming events planned, such as the Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Workshop, Social Media & Your Career by Career Services, Confident Communication featuring Karin Bellantoni, and more!

A Student Club Drive was held at the end of the kickoff, and students were able to sign up for any clubs that interest them:

  • Ambassadors Club: Volunteering to support event logistics for various fundraisers, charity walks and bake sales
  • Health and Wellness Society: Promoting good health, wellness, physical fitness, and nutrition on campus
  • RESILIENCE: Guidance, support and advice on mental health such as depression and anxiety
  • Performing Arts Society: If you like to sing, act, dance, write, and/or PERFORM – join us!
  • Plaza College Literary Journal: If you love to write poetry, fiction, memoir, drama, or are a great visual artist or photographer.

If you were unable to attend, please fill out the Student Club Drive Registration form here to get notifications on these initiatives (descriptions are included in the form).

The Department of Student Life also manages the three honor societies:

  • Alpha Sigma Lamba
  • Sigma Kappa Delta
  • Sigma Tau Delta

Students may also earn semester honors, including the Trustees’ List: Semester GPA between 3.8-4.0, President’s List: Semester GPA between 3.65-3.79, Dean’s List: Semester GPA between 3.3-3.64, and Faculty Award: Semester GPA of 3.4-4.0, (for students who have not completed LL61). Watch your email for an awards announcement next week!

In addition, anyone who would like a copy of the resources from the kickoff is welcome to visit the Student Life office (located in the Commons). The Student Life events are also on the Plaza College calendar online.

If you have any recommendations for student events or clubs, please feel free to stop in at the Student Life Department or email

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