Students Get LinkedIn Headshots

October 17, 2018


On October 11, Plaza College’s LinkedIn Photo Session was back by popular demand! Dozens of sharply dressed students from all majors lined up to have their professional photos taken. Participants were also given a step-by-step guide to starting or improving their LinkedIn profiles and had the chance to speak with members of Career Services for advice.

Career Services and Student Life would like to extend a special thank you to Joe Giansante and the entire IT staff; student workers Shaunece Solomon and Roberto Rivera; and Delilah Nieves and Thariq Thasthahir from the Plaza College chapter of SHRM.

October 15: This Week at Plaza

October 15, 2018

Monday, October 15: ARC Grammar Workshop, 5-6 p.m., Room 204 

Tuesday, October 16: ARC Grammar Workshop, 11:40-12:35 p.m., Room 204 

Wednesday, October 17: Medical Assisting Awareness Week Celebration, extended day 

Thursday, October 18: Medical Assisting Awareness Week Celebration, day 

Friday, October 19: Artists Café 5-7 p.m. on the Commons – Join us for performances and readings by Plaza students and alumni! Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 19 – Saturday, October 20: New York College English Association State Conference – Contact 2018 Conference Chair Laura Butchy for more information. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Go out into the world with your passion and love for what you do, and just never give up.” – Dianne Reeves

Student Writing: Mirtie Badal’s Awards Ceremony Speech

October 12, 2018

Over the summer, Plaza College students in the schools of Business Administration, Allied Health, and Legal Studies celebrated the annual Plaza College Graduate Awards Ceremony. Student speaker Mirtie Badal congratulated graduates and looked back at their time at Plaza. Read excerpts from her speech below!

Good evening board of trustees, President Callahan, Chief Callahan, the Callahan Family, administration and faculty, graduates, and families. It is an honor to stand before you today addressing Plaza College’s 101st graduating class. Tonight, as we celebrate the achievements and talents of the outstanding performances showcased by the class of 2018, we also reminisce on our time spent at Plaza.

Looking back at the past two years, I can honestly say that there is no better school that is filled with so many wonderful staff and faculty members, who dedicate their time to the fulfillment of each student’s individual objective.  For me, I was very shy and afraid of letting others hear me. I felt intimated to even read in front of a classroom filled with students. Plaza’s English department not only helped me develop better writing skills but has molded me to step outside of my comfort zone… Since then, the shy girl I once was, is the confident, brave woman who stands before you today.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Our dream began when we first walked through the doors of Plaza College. We envisioned ourselves becoming professionals in each chosen field. This small college has held many big dreams. It has been our foundation for developing our knowledge, professionalism, and focus for making our dreams a reality. All those long nights of essay writings, midterms, final exams, and stressful portfolios have finally paid off.

Now we take the knowledge we have gained and apply what we have learned to the pursuit of our future undertakings. For some that may be a start of a profession, to others it may be continuing education; nonetheless, to all I wish success and many wonderful opportunities…

Graduates, as we collect our awards and celebrate our accomplishments, let’s not forget our journey. Every time we look at these awards, we will remember how far we’ve come. Let us shape ourselves to be the best that we can possibly be and to become role models for future generations. May we never stop dreaming and may we continue to pursue that dream, because the beautiful thing about our education is that no one can take it away from us.

Congratulations to all award recipients tonight. Class of 2018 – this is our time to celebrate!!

National Scholarship Opportunities for 2019

October 10, 2018

Each year, scholarships are offered across the country for students from all colleges. Below are a few opportunities being offered in 2018. These scholarships are not from Plaza College, so check the individual websites for details and requirements.

The Groza Learning Center Education Scholarship is available to currently enrolled college students. The $1000 scholarship is based on a short essay, and submissions are due by December 31. To find out more, visit their website!

The Intermountain Vein Center offers a Health and Wellness Scholarship available to students with a GPA of at least 3.4. The $2500 scholarship is based on a short essay, and two are awarded yearly. The submission deadline for the winter semester is December 31. To find out more, visit their website!

The Kalu Yala Scholarship is available to currently enrolled college students not in their last semester. Applicants are required to write a 500-word essay to be considered for the $1000 scholarship, and the deadline is December 31, 2018. To find out more, visit their website!

The Lawyers of Distinction Scholarship is awarded to a current college student not in their final year of studies. To apply for this $1000 award, students must write a 500-word essay answering the question: “What is one law that you think should be put in place that doesn’t currently exist?” The deadline for submission is February 28, 2019. Visit their website for more details.

The Nationwide Debt Reduction Services Scholarship is a $1000 prize available to current college students based on a 500-word essay: “What is one money tip that you learned that you feel will help you become financially stable after graduation?” The submission deadline is January 31, 2019. Visit their website for more details.

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, 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.

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