Summer Intersession Schedule

August 8, 2018

Summer break begins on Friday, but Plaza College offices will be open during vacation on a regular schedule, and the ARC will be open for intersession by appointment! Check the times below for more details, and if you have questions, call 718-779-1430.

Student Services Open

Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Services Late Finals Hours

Students will be contacted by Student Services if a late final is left for them by a professor. All exams must be completed by 4:15 on Fridays and 7:30 on other days. Any late work other than a final needs to be completed in the ARC.

  • August 13-16: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • August 20-23: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm and 4:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Friday, August 25: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • August 27-30: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm and 4:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Friday, August 3112:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ARC Open for Intersession Work

Students will be contacted by the ARC if a professor has left work for them to complete during intersession.

  • Tuesday, August 14: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 20: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 21: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 22: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 23: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 24: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 27: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 28: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 31: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, September 3: Closed for Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 4: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 5: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 6: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

August 6: This Week at Plaza

August 6, 2018

Monday, August 6: Monday/Wednesday day classes Final Exams; Book buy back begins 

Tuesday, August 7: Tuesday night Final Exams 

Wednesday, August 8: Monday/Wednesday night classes Final Exams 

Thursday, August 9: Tuesday/Thursday day classes Final Exams and Thursday night classes Final Exams 

Friday, August 10: Summer Vacation begins 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Book Buyback Begins Monday

August 3, 2018

If you are interesting in selling back some of your textbooks, book buyback at the Campus Store begins on Monday. Bring your gently used books (on the list below) to the bookstore or Student Services.

Which books can be sold back? 

  • LM63, Mathematics Power and Utility, 10th Ed. $50
  • LP184, Human Development, 7th Ed. $50
  • MG70, Business Law, 14th Ed. $50
  • MG74, Managing Human Resources, 17th Ed. $50
  • MGT1006, Crafting and Executing Strategy, 20th Ed. $50
  • PL100, Introduction to Law for Paralegals, 6th Ed. $50
  • PL104, Practical Real Estate Law, 7th Ed. $50

When is book buyback happening?

  • August 6 until September 17
  • Monday & Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • If you come to the bookstore during these times and it is closed, please see Ms. Oliveras in Student Services.

What are the rules for buy back? 

  • Books must have been originally purchased at Plaza College.
  • Books must be in pristine, like-new condition.
  • Any books purchased with the word USED already on them will NOT be accepted.
  • Books with writing, highlighting, and/or damaged pages or covers, will NOT be accepted.
  • The amount owed for the returned books will be credited to students’ financial account. The Campus Store does not give cash.

If you have any more questions, please email or

Awards Ceremony Honors Graduates

August 1, 2018


On July 18, Plaza College recognized outstanding members of the 101st graduating class at the annual Graduate Awards Ceremony. Students, family members, and friends were joined by faculty, administration, staff, and trustees to enjoy speeches, awards presentations, incredible views, and dinner at Terrace in the Park.

Graduating students were presented with a wide range of honors, including awards for academic, humanitarian, and artistic work as well as honors in their majors. Attendees also heard inspirational words from student speaker Mirtie Badal, Academic Dean Marie Dolla, and Mr. Charles Callahan IV. Check out these photos of the event, and stay tuned to read Mirtie’s speech!


July 30: This Week at Plaza

July 30, 2018

Tuesday, July 31: Math Final Review Workshop, 11:40-12:35 and 5:00-5:55 in Room 203

Friday, August 3: Friday Final Exams

Monday, August 6: Monday/Wednesday day classes Final Exams

Tuesday, August 7: Tuesday night classes Final Exams

Wednesday, August 8: Monday/Wednesday night classes Final Exams

Thursday, August 9: Tuesday/Thursday day classes Final Exams and Thursday night classes Final Exams

Friday, August 10: Summer Vacation begins

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future.” – Bradley Whitford

Workshop Addresses Stress

July 28, 2018


On Thursday, Sigma Kappa Delta hosted its third resilience workshop. Psychology professor Dr. Susan Gunther spoke about stress factors student face as they progress in their studies and how to handle them.

Suggestions for stress relief included:

  • Manage your time effectively
  • Surround yourself with supportive people
  • Be optimistic
  • Ask for help
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthfully

The next Resilience workshop will in September. We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!

Student Writing: Olexa Capili’s Graduation Speech

July 25, 2018

On June 24, Plaza College students in the schools of Business Administration, Allied Health, and Legal Studies celebrated Plaza College’s 101st Graduation ceremony. Student speaker Olexa Capili congratulated graduates and offered inspirational words for the future. Read her speech below!

Good morning, Chairwoman Faughnan, President Callahan, Mr. Callahan IV, the Callahan family, faculty and administration, families and friends, guests and most importantly, the graduating class of 2018. It is my honor to share in this momentous occasion with you today.

Today is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Today we celebrate one of the most powerful things the human mind can do: having a goal and carrying it all the way through to accomplishment! There’s nothing quite like the feeling that you worked hard at something and finally had the fruits of your hard labor pay off. We should all be very, very proud of ourselves. We earned our degree!

I’d like to share with you a quote from the philosopher William Durant, which summarizes the teachings of the great Greek philosopher Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” For all of us, it was the repetition of daily habits that got us here today. Whether it was waking up early and taking public transportation to get to Plaza College, staying up a few hours later at night to study for tests, or giving up fun-filled weekends with family and friends to do schoolwork, it was these daily habits of dedication that have formed our character of excellence.

For everyone here, starting at Plaza College involved taking a chance. For me, that meant being a single mom making a career change in my 30s. As a court reporting student, passing all the weekly speed tests is by far the hardest thing I ever had to do, and that includes giving birth! But my story is just one of many of the people here who each had their own obstacles to overcome, whether it was balancing school and family, school and a job, or even all three. Yet, in the midst of all those tests we passed and failed, our faith in ourselves kept us going through those ups and downs, and here we are today!

And so, my fellow graduates, the good habits we formed in Plaza College will carry on with us for the rest of our lives. As a working court reporter who has been in the field for six months, I would like to offer you three pieces of advice as you embark on your new career.

First, have a strong work ethic. As a newbie in your field, you won’t have all the answers.  But if you show up every day with a smile on your face and a willingness to learn, that’s already half the battle. You’ll have really amazing, fulfilling days in your career, and then there will be days when you don’t want to get out of bed and your job and life will be so stressful that you’ll question why you even chose the career you did! Yet, no matter how you feel, remember what you are committed to, and THAT is what will get you through the next day and the next.

Second, always strive for excellence in everything you do. Your biggest competitor is yourself. If you always have that mentality in life, you’ll only be worried about running your own race and doing your very best. As the saying goes, keep your head down, and keep your hands busy. Let your work speak for itself. It’s only a matter of time before you are recognized for your excellent work.

Third, network, network, and network some more! Hang around positive, like-minded people. Surround yourself with greatness and with people who are more experienced than you in your field. Find a mentor to guide you. If you’re a hard-working and honest person, I promise you’ll find other good people in life to help you along the way.  Join associations, go to conventions, and read articles to keep abreast in your field. I’ve met so many good people who mentored and helped me along the way who I am very grateful to have in my life, including the amazing professors at Plaza College. Remember to keep in touch with your professors and classmates here at Plaza. You never know when and how you’ll cross paths again.

Friends, I invite you today, on your graduation day, to look back and remember what it took to get here and the people who supported you along your journey. And I invite you to do the same thing years from now when you’re at the top of your career. That will keep you humble and grateful for the rest of your life. Remember that life is a never-ending class and we have many teachers along the way.

My fellow graduates, we are living proof here today that with hard work and sacrifice, we can turn dreams into goals and turn goals into reality. We know the formula for success and will continue to duplicate it time and time again. Our graduates fill this auditorium with fervent energy of possibility and a passion for their careers that will leave a lasting impact in their respective fields. In conclusion, I’d like to leave you with this quote from soccer legend Pelé: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Congratulations and good luck to the Class of 2018!

July 23: This Week at Plaza

July 23, 2018

Tuesday, July 24: Study Day – See calendar for class schedule; Math and English tutoring in the ARC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Thursday, July 26: Test Anxiety Workshop – 11:45 a.m. in the BBA Lounge 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey… But it isn’t the start that matters. It’s the finish line.” – Julien Smith

Student of the Month: Kelvin Felipe

July 20, 2018

Congratulations to Student of the Month Kelvin Felipe! This medical assisting student earned recommendations from several professors for his hard work and professionalism.

“I am so happy for Kelvin,” says Dr. Susan Gunther. “He was a pleasure to have in my class and really worked hard at completing the course requirements. Whenever I see him in the hallways, he always makes sure to say hello to me. He is a great student, and I am looking forward to seeing him reach for the stars as he has the capability to do just that!”

Kelvin describes returning to school as a turning point for him: “Before Plaza College, I was going down a dark path, but then I started to realize it wasn’t getting me anywhere. I needed to make a change; everything in life happens for a reason. Today, I turn negative thoughts into positive motivation for me to succeed.”

His motivation is clear to his instructors, including Professor Robin Kartiganer. “His attendance is excellent, and he is always professionally dressed,” she says. “He is always willing to help others.”

Dean Jonathan Howle describes Kelvin as “the consummate professional. He adds an abundance of positive energy and collegiate spirit to Plaza. You don’t have to be around him long to realize that this is one young man who is bound for incredible success!”

Kelvin tells fellow students that they can succeed as well: “Don’t let your situation or problems get the best of you and block you from accomplishing the goals you want to accomplish. Your past does not define who you are; it’s how you rise from it. All honor and glory goes to God.”

Career Services Workshop Focuses on Soft Skills

July 18, 2018

On July 12, Career Services offered a workshop called “Soft Skills to Help Pay the Bills.” Participants learned about important skills needed to land a job and advance one’s career beyond the technical skills required for one’s major. Topics included how to improve in communication skills, enthusiasm and attitude, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Students listened to advice on how to improve and utilize these skills during interviews and in the workplace, with an emphasis on professional communication. Participants asked excellent questions and joined in the discussion with examples from their personal experiences.

Watch your email for more Career Services workshops in the fall!


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