Students Prepare for Portfolios at Power Hour

January 31, 2018


Enthusiastic students participated in Portfolio Power Hour on Thursday at 11:45 and 5:30 to learn more about how to succeed in LL254 and LL290. Students who had successfully completed portfolios described their process, and English professors gave tips for earning an “A” on the project. One lucky student at each session also won a raffle for a portfolio survival kit filled with all the school supplies needed for class.

Special thanks to all those who spoke on the panels: Prof. McCann, Prof. Krampf, Dean Howle, Joanna Morris, Mirtie Badal, Diane Ferrer, Jefferson Bermeo, Shantee Hicks, and Juliette Aminova.


January 29: This Week at Plaza

January 29, 2018

Monday-Friday: Bookstore Open

Tuesday, January 30: Safe Horizon Workshop on Sexual and Dating Violence 11:45 in the BBA Lounge

Thursday, February 1: African American History Month Kickoff Event 11:45 and 5:30 on the Commons

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly

Student Reviews: Come From Away

January 26, 2018

Last semester, Professor Butchy’s drama class attended the new hit Broadway musical Come From Away. Read student reviews below! 

Quianeisha Fraser: Irene Sankoff and David Hein impressed me because they wrote the play. They actually went to Gander and interviewed the people, got to hear the stories, and brought that day to life. The music and the comedy behind it showed how the week in Gander really was filled with panics, new friendships, and how others who lost someone dealt with it all.

Rocco Catalanotti: An actor that impressed me in the play Come from Away is Chad Kimball, who played a few roles. I was impressed by his work as he transitioned into all his different characters in one live performance. It amazed me how he was able to play all the different characters, and he nailed all the different scenes. It was also very impressive how quickly he changed between outfits. Chad Kimball did such an incredible job in his performance that you never would have thought that it was him playing all those different characters because he made everyone believe that they were different people.

Latisha Williams: Joel Hatch’s performance as the mayor was outstanding. His voice was amazing, and his singing and dancing were remarkable to watch. He was one of the main characters in the play and had to multitask through different scenes changing his clothes for different characters.

Cristina Cuadra: An actor that most impressed me was Astrid Van Wieren. I felt as if her work was impressive because her character part was amazing. It seemed like her natural personality. I was impressed with how fast she was able to switch over to another role. Her enthusiasm was memorable. My favorite part was when she was playing both the karaoke singer and the ensemble at the bar. Her switch over was flawless.

Guisell Alonso: Christopher Ashley, the director of Come from Away, is the one who most impressed me. The musical was well done and the way that everything went together was impressive. The way that Come from Away was put together surprised me. I also enjoyed that the musical had comedy in it too and wasn’t just serious.

Mercedes Boyd: The lighting designer impressed me the most. You can see if the mood would change by the lighting. For example, when the woman got the news about her son passing away, the lights dimmed. You felt like you were sympathizing with her. Another example was when everyone was at the bar partying, drinking, and dancing the lights became bright. I felt like getting on stage partying with them.

Bookstore Opens Today

January 24, 2018

The Plaza College Campus Store opens on Wednesday for continuing students. In order to purchase books, stop by the bookstore when you do not have class, and remember to bring your student ID!

Book Distribution Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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.
  • Continuing 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.
  • First-semester students will be called to the bookstore in groups from their classes.
  • Bookstore staff will let you know if you need to resolve a Financial Aid or Academic hold before receiving books.

January 22: This Week at Plaza

January 22, 2018

Monday, January 22: Complete Open Labs and ARC schedule begins

Tuesday, January 23: Student Life Winter 2018 Kickoff Party 11:45-12:30 and 5:30-6:00 on the Commons

Wednesday, January 24: Bookstore Opens

Thursday, January 25: Portfolio Power Hour 11:45 and 5:30 in the BBA Lounge – Join student and faculty experts for tips on how to succeed in LL254 and LL290!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

New Honor Society Induction Photos

January 19, 2018

On October 25, more than 100 Plaza College students were inducted into three prestigious honor societies in the 9th Annual Honor Society Inductions. Here are new photos from the event!





ARC and Open Labs Begin for Winter 2018

January 17, 2018

Open labs begin today for the winter 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 211 Monday / 306 Wednesday
  • 1:15-2:45 Room 202
  • 2:50-4:20 Room 209
  • 5:00-6:00 Room 207


  • 10:05-11:35 Room 202 Tuesday / 207 Thursday
  • 11:40-12:40 Room 201
  • 12:40-2:10 Room 202
  • 2:15-3:45 Room 202
  • 5:00-6:00 Room 307


  • 12:30-3:30 Room 201

In addition, the ARC opens for tutoring on Monday. If you need assistance with any classwork, a computer, or a place to study, please visit the ARC next to the library. The ARC has tutors available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a variety of subjects. (Friday the ARC is closed from 4-4:30 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. The ARC also offers weekly writing and math workshops.

January 15: This Week at Plaza

January 15, 2018

Monday, January 15: No Classes

Tuesday, January 16: ARC opens as a computer lab

Friday, January 19: Last day to add/exchange classes

Monday, January 22: ARC opens for tutoring

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” – J.P. Morgan

Congratulations Microsoft Office Specialists!

January 12, 2018


Plaza College is pleased to announce that 21 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. If you see these students, be sure to congratulate them!

MOS Certification in Word

  • Elizabeth Allen
  • Luis Garcia
  • Patricia Lindor
  • Eliana Londono
  • Ana Lopez
  • Rajendra Mangal
  • Zrinil Sanz

MOS Certification in PowerPoint

  • Luigi Beatong
  • Nasrin Bhuiyan
  • Marissa Brathwaite
  • Yangchen Dolkar
  • David Giraldo
  • Pamela Granados
  • Tiffany Harris
  • Takeasha Newton
  • Deshannique Plummer
  • Alicia Rivera
  • Cassandra Spencer

MOS Certification in Excel

  • Angel Lopez
  • Karisma Lowery
  • Kammy Kamanpreet

Thank you to the dedicated faculty and staff who helped students prepare for the exams! Students interested in preparing for 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.


Winter 2018 Classes Start Today!

January 10, 2018

Welcome to the winter 2018 semester!  Whether your first class is today or later in the week, remember to come prepared in dress code, including your student ID, with all the school supplies you will need to take notes and stay organized for your classes.

Check MyPortal to find out your grades for last semester and to see your current schedule! Continuing students with questions about their schedule for the upcoming semester should contact Student Services by calling 718-779-1430. New students should contact their admissions representative.

Also, remember that you must be in dress code to attend classes and earn credit toward your professionalism grade. Copies of the dress code are available at the front desk.

Required attire for Business and Legal Studies students:

  • Gentlemen: Slacks or khakis, tucked-in button-down shirt, and a properly fastened tie
  • Ladies: Professional dress, slacks or a business skirt with a tailored top, blouse, and/or cardigan

Required attire for Medical and Dental students:

  • Plaza College-issued scrubs (matching scrub top and bottom required), clean sneakers.
  • A solid white long-sleeve undershirt with no hood is acceptable in cooler temperatures.
  • All uniforms must be OSHA compliant. Please see your program handbook or a faculty member with questions.

Dress code violations:

  • Hats
  • Blue jeans
  • Leggings of any kind
  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Ripped clothing of any kind
  • T-shirts and tank tops
  • Visible undergarments
  • Short hemlines/low-cut necklines
  • Shorts

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