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

*** Press Release ***

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

*** Press Release ***

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!

New York Kicks Off Baseball Season

April 13, 2012
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu (718) 779-1430

*** Press Release ***
Baseball season is back in the Big Apple! The New York Yankees threw out their first pitch on their home turf at 1pm this afternoon! It’s their 110th home opener in franchise history and the 4th in their new stadium. The Yankees started the season with a sweep in Tampa followed by a 3 game winning streak in Baltimore. The Bronx Bombers are heading home in hopes of winning another series against the Angels. 
The stadium hosted many pregame festivities including a ceremonial first pitch thrown by former catcher Jorge Posada. Yankees manager Joe Girardi reported that the team wass excited for the home opener and feels that the season really starts when you go home.
This is the third time the Angels face the New York Yankees in their home opener. The Angels also helped the Bomber’s stadium open in 1968.
Last week, the New York Mets kicked off their season opener and won 1-0 against the Atlanta Braves. The amazin’ Mets honored late catcher Gary Carter and announced a crowd of 42,080- the largest ever at Citi Field!
The Mets are celebrating their 50th anniversary season this year.
Let’s Go New York!

Top NYC Restaurants Choosing Young Chefs to Run Their Kitchen!

April 10, 2012
Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
www.plazacollege.edu (718) 779-1430

*** Press Release ***
New York City has recently been taken over by a few new young chefs, including Justin Bogle, the 31-year old Executive Chef at Gilt, and 26 year old Katzie Guy-Hamilton, who just landed a job at New York Central.
Bogle, one of the youngest chefs to receive two Michelin stars, says that he sees the next generation of chefs paving their own paths and expressing their individuality. He believes that many of these fresh new chefs will be taking what they’ve learned from earlier generations and incorporating that into their cooking style while adding their own uniqueness to set themselves apart.
Joseph Buenconsejo is executive chef at The Americano where he serves French food with a Latin flair.Patrick Cappiello, director of Gilt’s wine and beverage program, says that the goal of the restaurant is to keep loyal clientele but to begin attracting a younger crowd as well. The restaurant is trying to maintain relatively well-priced items for a restaurant in a high-end hotel. Bogle believes that fine dining is not something that’s in the past, but it is something that is just evolving.
Bogle also offers some advice to other young chefs who are up and coming and trying to land a job. His advice simply is “just keep cooking.” 
While many students are anxious about their futures, stories like this should inspire them to keep their heads held high and their eye on the prize! Many employers in the culinary, marketing, medical and business fields are all putting faith in younger employees, rewarding them with more responsibilities and greater opportunities. The next story could be featuring YOU!
What are you career goals? What advice do you have for students trying to achieve their dreams? Let us know on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

Plaza College Featured in the Queens Courier!

April 6, 2012

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

*** Press Release ***

Plaza College was recently featured in the Queens Courier. Neresa Joseph and Alexandra Palma, both undergraduate students at Plaza College recently represented their schools chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD). SKD is an English honor society for those who are pursuing their associate’s degree.  This year, the National Chapter of the Year competition was held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Writing is more than a hobby for these two students. They use writing to express themselves from the depths of their being and to relay feelings that may never reach the surface.

Joseph and Palma both returned to Plaza College with the top prize. They were recognized as the best SKD chapter in the country over the past year from a pool of 120 colleges! Joseph, the secretary of SKD also won a $750 national service scholarship while in New Orleans.

To be eligible to win Chapter of the Year award, members of SKD had to select a single service project that they had to coordinate. The project had to best represent the chapter’s work in promoting the English language.

Palma has recently received her associate’s degree in business administration and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the same field. She is also the president of Plaza’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society.

Joseph helped in coordinating SKD’s multicultural poetry slam where over $700 was raised. After completing her studies, Joseph plans to pursue a career in child psychology or journalism.

Titanic in 3D to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic!

April 5, 2012

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

To correspond with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, director James Cameron has decided to re-release the game-changing 1997 film by adding another dimension. The story and film will remain the same, but 3-D visuals will be more remarkable and the tension ratchets will be up several notches than the last time you saw it!

The movie is based on a true story of the grand ship’s destruction when it hits an iceberg, with fictional tales and characters also intertwined. Different than other 3D films, Titanic’s images are sharper and more gut-wrenching, adding to the already dramatic story line.

The 1997 film showcased both Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s promising talents as well as other strong supporting actors and actresses.

Will you head to the theatre to catch Titanic 3D?

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