Today, we held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the inception of our Nursing Program and Center for Healthcare Simulation wing! Thank you to everyone in the Plaza and Queens Community who came out to help us celebrate, including Borough President, Donovan Richards, as well as our keynote speaker, Helen Arteaga Landaverde, CEO of Elmhurst Hospital.
Our very first Cohort of nursing students just completed their first semester, and we are excited to see all the amazing things our graduates will do in the healthcare field.
Christine Agius, a dental hygiene student, shares a recap of her experience, as the moderator of the SKD National Honor Society Conference.
“Attending the SKD National Honor Society Conference in Atlanta, Georgia was an amazing experience for the Winter 2022 semester! I was honored to be chosen to represent Plaza College. Attending this conference gave me a great opportunity to network with my peers, share our educational experiences and career goals with one another. I really enjoyed listening to the keynote speaker, Nic Stone. She spoke about her book, Dear Martin and what inspired her to write a story about teens of color facing racism in modern day America, as well as her technique for writing books.
I had the incredible opportunity to be selected as a moderator for the panel entitled, “When Two Worlds Collide.” Four students from colleges across the country spoke about their identities from personal, academic and professional perspectives and how this impacted the way they navigated and adapted relationships, responsibilities, and society roles. Their stories were deeply personal, meaningful, and relatable.
Moderating this panel enhanced my leadership and communication skills. I developed an awareness to foster audience dialogue while also holding space for the speakers to respond. The panel Q&A turned into an academic roundtable as audience members shared their thoughts, questions and stories empathizing with the speaker’s experiences. This trip also gave me a chance to explore the area and submerge myself in popular attractions in Atlanta, Georgia with Director Cohn. We visited the Martin Luther King Historic Memorial Site, the World of Coca Cola and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. This experience was so educational and also so much fun. I am thankful for Director Cohn and Plaza College for this wonderful opportunity. This adventure will never be forgotten.”
Congratulations to Cohort 7 on earning their white coats! The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage, signifying a student’s completion of preclinical training and entering into clinical patient care.
The Plaza College School of Nursing is proud of the efforts of Eric Stern, Simulation Coordinator, for coordinating the donation of our infant warmer to the AFYA foundation . Our students and team are humbled to participate in this crucial humanitarian effort!
My name is Candace S. Nixon and I am a Plaza College graduate of the BBA – Management program (2011) and employee of 13 years, now serving as the Director of Student Advisement. Since my start with the college, I have been fortunate enough to witness a number of family members also become Plaza graduates; my younger brother, Eric Ifill; younger sister, Tereesa Ifill; and daughter, Melva-Tyarrah Ifill. My daughter was the fourth person in my family to attend Plaza and mark the start of a second generation of college graduates in our family!
Prior to my start at Plaza, I attended other colleges while working dead-end “jobs” in hopes of obtaining a degree that would land me the “perfect” one. However, through trial and error, school became less of a focus. As a single mother, it was always more important to focus on a suitable income rather than completing school. Once I passed my GED exam in 2007, I finally recognized the true importance of a college degree and a suitable career that would provide longevity and stability. So, in January 2009, I enrolled at Plaza and began my journey to where I am today.
Just when I thought being a mother was the greatest blessing of them all, I was provided the unique opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge with the students I advise. At times, students are constant reminders of where my life started; the fears I felt, the hurdles I overcame, and the rewards that always await me when I believe in myself. It is for that reason that I reference Nelson Mandela’s quote, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, for I know my educational triumphs have not only been a benefit to my family, but continue to have a positive impact on the students I connect with daily.