Plaza College Recoginzes the Hard Work & Dedication of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group

May 16, 2012
Plaza College is in full support of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group and recognizes all of their hard work and dedication into making Jackson Heights a better community for all. The College identifies the JHBG as a group that cares enough about the community to ensure it remains one of the most beautiful and historic neighborhoods in New York City. The College has also recently renewed their membership with the JHBG and couldn’t be any more honored to do so. We believe that the efforts of the JHBG have made Jackson Heights one of the most diverse, vibrant and safe environments in New York City.
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG) is a 501(C) -3 nonprofit organization, established in 1988.  It’s a grassroots community organization of people who live and work in Jackson Heights and care enough to help make Jackson Heights one of the best neighborhoods in Queens and New York City.
Most of the original neighborhood of Jackson Heights is a National Register Historic District and a New York State Historic Register District. About half of the neighborhood has been designated as a New York City Historic District by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Jackson Heights Historic District includes 2,203 contributing buildings, 19 contributing sites and 3 contributing objects.
The JHBG is in support of high standards which include local pride, diversity, inclusion, cleanliness, greenery, civility, local schools, institutions and merchants and anything else that enhances or betters the Jackson Heights community.  JHBG is opposed to littering, crime, pollution, disorder, intolerance, landmark violations, noise and apathy.
Plaza College remains a proud Jackson Heights resident!

Taking a Deeper Look Into the Mind | Understanding Dreams

May 10, 2012
Scientists are trying to probe deeper into our minds to find some answers about dreams. Dreams have always been a mysterious phenomenon, questioning why some people experience nightmares while others spend their nights in complete bliss.  
Here is a little bit of what researchers know about what happens in dreamland!
1. Violent dreams can be a warning sign
As if nightmares weren’t bad enough, a rare sleep disorder called REM sleep behavior disorder causes people to act out their dreams, sometimes with violent thrashes, kicks and screams. Such violent dreams may be an early sign of brain disorders down the line, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia, according to research published online July 28, 2010, in the journal Neurology.
2. Night owls have more nightmares
Staying up late has its perks, but whimsical dreaming is not one of them. Research published in 2011 in the journal of Sleep and Biological Rhythms, revealed that night owls are more likely than their early-bird counterparts to experience bad dreams or nightmares.
3. You can control your dreams
If you’re interested in lucid dreaming, you may want to take up video gaming. The link? Both represent alternate realities, said Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada.
4. Why we dream
Scientists have long wondered why we actually dream, with answers ranging from Sigmund Freud’s idea that dreams fulfill our wishes to the speculation that these wistful journeys are just a side effect of rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. Turns out, at least part of the reason may be critical thinking, suggests Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett who presented her theory in 2010 at the Association for Psychological Science meeting in Boston.
Her research revealed that our slumbering hours may help us solve puzzles that have plagued us during daylight hours. The visual and often illogical aspects of dreams make them perfect
What are your thoughts? Let us know on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

Plaza College Talent Show

May 7, 2012
This Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, Plaza College will host our annual Talent Show from 8-10pm.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from Melissa Tortora or Randi Montgomery.

Plaza students and faculty/staff members will be singing, rapping, performing play acts, reading poems and stories and dancing! Don’t miss this great event showcasing our schools’ talents!

The Freedom Tower, Once Again the Tallest Building in NYC

May 3, 2012

The World Trade Center is once again the tallest building in NY.  More than ten years after the terrorist attack on the original buildings, the new Freedom Tower is well under way in its construction.  

The steel structure, known as The Freedom Tower, is still 500 feet shorter than it will be when complete, but it’s already a tribute to American resilience and strength.


The unfinished building stands at 1,271 feet, making it 21 feet higher than the Big Apple’s current record-holder, the Empire State Building, according to the New York Times.

The Freedom Tower will also be on its way to becoming the tallest building in the US. The Associated Press explains that title will come with an asterisk.

“Once completed, it will stand at 1,776 feet, 408 feet taller than the north tower it replaced. However, those final 408 feet come in the form of a giant needle that will sit atop the building’s roof.” If the needle isn’t counted toward the tower’s total height, the building would be only the second-tallest in the country, behind Chicago’s 1,451-foot Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).

Do you think the giant needle should count towards the building’s height? Let us know on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

The BBA Lounge is Now OPEN!

April 30, 2012
The BBA Lounge is now OPEN!

The BBA Lounge is open to all BBA students and provides a place for you to go and study, work on group projects, relax and have a snack before class.

The lounge is equipped with private offices for advisor meetings and a conference room with hook ups for presentations. Additionally, laptop stations provide an easy and comfortable space to connect to the wireless network on campus.

The grand opening of the lounge was on Thursday, April 26th, when Mr. Howle, Provost Callahan, Ms. Lopez and Ms. Rodriguez gave presentations welcoming the new addition to the Plaza College campus.

The BBA Lounge will be open and ready for students to utilize during the new semester, which begins Wednesday, May 2nd.

Celebrate National Pretzel Day in NYC!

April 26, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu (718) 779-1430

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Today is NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY! On this honorary day, we get to celebrate all the delicious shapes and sizes, flavors and toppings of the popular twisted snack.

New York is known for its iconic pretzel cart on each and every street corner. Soft pretzels have been sold on our streets since at least 1820 (gothamist.com).
Apparently, “the ultimate place to celebrate today is SIGMUND’S on Avenue B. They have salted, seeded, and flavored pretzels, as well as dips you can add on” (gothamist.com).
Don’t forget about the pretzel sandwich! SIGMUND’S slices one of their home baked pretzels in half, stuffing it with things like tomato, mozzarella, and pesto, or smoked salmon and dill cream cheese!
Gothamist.com has put together a list suggesting the best places in New York to celebrate our beloved pretzel.
  • THE RED HEAD on 13th and 1st serves up two soft pretzels with beer cheese for dipping, at $9 a plate. 
  • Earlier this month we checked out the carboloaders at LANDBROT, a new German bakery and beer bar that has opened in the West Village and the Lower East Side. Check out their hot brezeln right here. 
  • You can go to any bakery and get a chocolate-dipped pretzel—those are pretty tough to mess up—but the chocolate and caramel-covered pretzel rods at VARSANO’S on West 4th really seems to be blowing people away. 
  • We remember mall pretzels being big a long time ago (you know, the kind dusted in sour cream and onion flavoring?), and the mall pretzel lives on… at AUNTIE ANNE’S. They have cinnamon sugar, jalapeno, and even pepperoni pretzels! You can find one in Fort Greene, but there are plenty around. 
  • For a fancier celebration of the pretzel, head to DAVID BURKE TOWNHOUSE (on the Upper East Side or down on Grand Street) where they serve a (rather healthy) $18 pretzel-crusted crab cake (served with tomato-orange chutney and poppy seed honey). 
  • And finally, TALDE in Park Slope has Pretzel Pork & Chive Dumplings served with spicy mustard—which you can see for yourself here.
Naturally, the pretzel has also made a cameo appearance in Seinfeld. Take a look!


How Social Media Profiles Could Make-or-Break Your Chances of Being Hired!

April 24, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu (718) 779-1430

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Nowadays, regulating your social media profiles has become important, even more so if you’re searching for a job. A 2012 survey demonstrated that your social media profiles could make or break your chances of being hired!

The survey conducted by Eurocom Worldwide stated that almost one in five technology industry executives say that a candidate’s social media profile has caused them not to hire that person for the job. They also reported that 40% of these technology companies review job candidate’s social media sites.
Here are some tips to building a positive social media profile and avoid being rejected by your future employers!
  • On Facebook, never put anything up that would embarrass you if it were to be published on the front page of a newspaper. Facebook shouldn’t be used to vent about your relationship problems, everything you hate about life, problems with friends or your job. If you’re really worried about employers seeing you page, consider creating a separate profile for work and your personal life.
  • If you want to keep it professional, think about creating a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn can be used as your electronic resume. Your profile may include you writing a succinct profile summary, adding your current job information, past job experiences, education skills, awards, and even obtaining testimonials from previous job managers or co-workers. If your job requires you to write blogs that relate to your business or work, be sure to include the URL.
Next time you go to post something on your social media profile, think twice! Does your profile reflect the type of person employers would want to hire?

Spring To-Do’s

April 19, 2012

Spring has finally sprung! This is a great time of year to get outside and get active while enjoying the beautiful sunny, warm weather. Here is a “spring to-do-list” with some fun ideas and thinks to look forward to over the next couple of months!
1. Spend time in the garden. Gardening is a great way to connect to the earth and watch something new grow from a seed into something wonderful.

2. Spring clean. Rid your home of the clutter and enjoy some new light and airy space.

3. Go to a farmer’s market. If you’re unsure if there is a farmer’s market in your area, LocalHarvest has a great database of farmers markets across the US. Farmers markets are great gathering places and give you the perfect opportunity to support local farms and businesses.

4. Invite friends over for brunch. Spring is great season to host. A mild, spring morning is an ideal time to spend time with friends and enjoy a meal together.

5. Cruise around town with the windows open and music on. Simple but fun! There is nothing better than rocking out to your favorite new cd and feeling the cool breeze on your face.

6. Look up new recipes. Spring is a great time to incorporate fresh ingredients into your recipes. Try using some seasonal vegetables in your cooking to keep things new and exciting!

7. Take a day trip. Be spontaneous. Take advantage of the short span of mild weather of spring and go somewhere new and unique. Whether it’s a short car or train ride away, do some research and think outside the box. Also, consider incorporating a hike into your day or even a picnic.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Spring?  Tell us on the Plaza College Facebook wall!


Top Picks at the Tribeca Film Festival

April 18, 2012

It’s that time of year again. The Tribeca Film Festival is now invading downtown Manhattan with the usual straggling mixture of big-name Hollywood Blockbusters. Here are a few listings from the top 10 at the film festival that you should be sure to check out!
Headshot is about a disgraced cop disguised as a monk who assassinates a politician, thereby earning a bullet in his own skull. We then find out how our fallen hero ended up progressing toward this predicament along the path of karmic redemption. The fact that the killer literally sees everything upside down—dig those dizzying POV shots!—seems appropriate, given how Thai filmmaker Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Monrak Transistor) upends conventions of hit-man parables and Hitchcockian thrillers while plying his trademark chilly-sexy-cool style.
Let Fury Have the Hour is a thrillingly articulate wallop of ’80s-era rage. Antonino D’Ambrosio’s color-tinted political collage is about a crucial subject made visual: the ideological shift away from social responsibility and toward free-market individualism. It’s a moment identified with Reagan and Thatcher—here is all that striking-miner footage you wished had been in The Iron Lady—but the documentary also includes some choice new interviews: Chuck D, John Sayles, Eve Ensler, Billy Bragg and more. How refreshing it is to hear musicians and artists eschewing indie softheadedness and getting to the point.
Postcards from the Zoo has Indonesia’s reigning fantasist, Edwin (Tribeca is apparently the go-to fest for mono-monikered moviemakers), delivers a dreamy fairy tale about a young woman (Ladya Cheryl) who grows up in a zoo. Once a cowboy-magician takes our heroine out of her giraffe-filled Garden of Eden, however, things quickly go south. Like his previous feature, 2008’s Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly,Edwin’s latest is a magpie affair—absurdist tangents, oblique social commentary, music-video visuals—that transforms into something cracked and completely sui generis.
Sleepless Night has us questioning if the French are lapping us in terms of action-movie satisfaction? Frédéric Jardin’s curve-hugging cop thriller breathes new life into that old saw about a dirty police officer (Tomer Sisley), a kidnapped son, and a bag of missing narcotics, but it also carefully constructs the kind of white-knuckle ride that we used to look to American potboilers for. Trust us, the knock-down, drag-out fight in a nightclub kitchen alone makes this Gallic crime flick essential viewing for genre fiends.

Will you be seeing any of these films?  Tell us on the Plaza College Facebook wall!



Importance of Summer Internships

April 17, 2012
Summer Internships are a crucial and important part of any student’s academic career. Although your internship may end up being totally different than expected, there is tremendous value in what you can take away from the experience presented.  
Everyone has a preconceived notion of what their ideal job would be. This is often times based purely on hypotheticals. First, internships can teach you more about what you do and what you don’t want to do. It is pretty common for someone to begin working at what they thought was their “ideal job” and they realize it isnt so ideal after all. 
Internships are a great opportunity to test drive different positions and different fields out there and see what the best fit is for you.  It is sensible to figure these types of things out as an intern, rather than as a full-time hire after graduation. Summer is a great time to try to setup an internship and see what’s out there!
Internships are often directly related to your major and give insight as to what is to be expected in the career field.  If your internship is not in your direct field of study, embrace it. Use it as an opportunity to build and develop skills that may be valuable in the long run.  Many large employers and corporations list interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills above technical aptitude when looking for new hires.  What better way to acquire these skills then through an internship?


If you would like more information on how to obtain an internship, please visit the Career Services Department today!

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