Monroe Culinary Grad Wins Big!

James Daversa, a Monroe College graduate from the School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts, is the winner of the 2014 prestigious Institut Paul Bocuse full-tuition scholarship for the exclusive culinary program in honor of Daniel Boulud.  Chef Daversa, a former C-cap (Careers through Culinary Arts Programs) scholar from Virginia, was chosen to compete in a cook-off against another C-cap alumnus at Restaurant Daniel on April 1 and 2.

“Out of C-CAP’s 3,500 eligible alums, we are thrilled to honor James as one of our two candidates for this opportunity! With his strong education from Monroe College, extensive experience in ACF competitions and his work history, I know he’s going to be a strong contender,” said Ms. Meghan Seradsky, National College Advisor and Alumni Coordinator for the C-cap. 

The scholarship is valued at $15,000 and includes a five week enrollment in the Bocuse program. Chef Daversa was notified two weeks ago and called his former coaches at Monroe to assist him in preparing for the competition, which was developed by Chef Boulud himself, who asked to see “real cooking, no nouvelle cuisine and no sous vide, but rather something that meant something great to the competitor and also tasted fantastic.” 

Chef Daversa was coached by his school dean, Dr. Frank C. Costantino CEC CCE AAC, and Chef Eric Pellizzari CEC CCE, both of whom helped him to reflect back on his training at Monroe, his competition experience as a former Monroe Culinary team member, and his travels to Italy as part of the school’s Study Abroad program. He worked with his coaches to cook through some concepts and came up with the final dish, aptly called “Chicken and Vegetables,” which featured a braised chicken thigh with a rich reduction sauce with ham, cognac and wild mushrooms, paired in a duo with an herb-roasted Chicken Breast cooked Poêlè, garnished with roasted Brussels sprouts, glazed carrots and a potato purée flavored with caramelized onions and crème fraiche.

Chef Daversa, a sous chef at Lure Fish Bar in Miami competed against Gabrielle Calle, a CIA graduate and junior sous chef at BLT fish in New York City.


DHS Leadership Speaks to Monroe College Students about Cybersecurity Opportunities

Information Technology students at Monroe College were delighted to virtually host Department of Homeland Security CyberSkills Management Support Initiative (CMSI) Executive Director Renee Forney earlier this week to discuss hot topics in cybersecurity. Renee spoke about current initiatives and discussed the future of jobs in cybersecurity, career opportunities in the public and private sector, and more. 

Ms. Forney gave an insightful outlook of opportunities for students seeking careers in cybersecurity as well as current issues being addressed at DHS. Ms. Forney’s Office oversees programs such as the Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative, which provides students with the skills they need to enter the workforce. The College is grateful to her for joining us and for providing insight on cybersecurity workforce development.



Incorporating Culture Care Concepts into Nursing Curriculum with guest speaker Jacqueline Fawcett, RN; PhD; ScD (Hon); FAAN


Monroe Student Wins NYSOBBA Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that Monroe student Veronique Green was the only recipient in the NYC region to be awarded The New York State Organization of Bursar’s and Business Administrators scholarship. 

The New York State Organization of Bursar’s and Business Administrators (NYSOBBA) is a non-profit organization that works to promote excellence and professionalism among its members in carrying out student related business functions at institutions of higher education. Its members are comprised of city, state, private, and public institutions.

The student scholarship program was instituted to recognize students enrolled in member institutions who embody the ideals of the organizations.

To learn more about NYSOBBA, and apply for scholarships,  please visit their website at www.nysobba.org .  


Monroe College Presents at the Major Cities Conference

Monroe College’s Corporate Partnership team recently presented at the Major Cities Conference in Las Vegas. The conference hosted nineteen police union leaders from around the country, including three NYPD union participants – the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the Lieutenant Benevolent Association, and the Captain’s Endowment Association. Pamela DellaPorta, Diane Lambert, and Michelle Rodney represented Monroe College as the only educational institution in attendance.

Law enforcement professionals tend to retire at a much younger age than those in other sectors and because of this, there are questions surrounding the next steps a young professional may want to take in his or her career. Monroe’s presentation, entitled The Importance of Lifelong Learning – What’s Next?, aimed to address the choices law enforcement members face while they are in they are in uniform and after they retire.

Monroe presented three major ideas for the direction of life after retirement, which included “Onward and Upward” – a promotion within their current field, “The Private Sector” – personal or corporate employment, and “The Educator” – a career within higher education as an instructor or administrator.

The presentation highlighted that while all three paths are attainable, a majority of the options available upon retirement require a degree in higher education. And, because Monroe offers both campus-based and online programs, members of the unions participating in the conference were offered a tuition reduction to assist them in achieving their goals. The affordability – in addition to Monroe’s current adult population, its three-semester calendar, and the talented, experienced faculty – illustrated to the union members that a degree from Monroe could help them on whichever path they choose.

Monroe’s participation in the Major Cities Conference is just one example of the benefits attained through the Corporate Partnership program. Monroe is currently partnering with the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association and the NYPD Lieutenants Benevolent Association to develop a Women’s Leadership Training Program. The College works closely with Louis Turco, President of the LBA, as well as Ed Mullins, President of the SBA, and Coleen Ashton, Director of Project Management for the SBA to assist law enforcement professionals in their educational and personal needs.


Monroe hosts its semi-annual Job & Internship Fair


Monroe College held its semi-annual Career Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 19th from 4:00-6:00pm at its Bronx campus in King Hall.

Prior to the fair, the Office of Career Advancement hosted a special Employer Reception along with a “VIP” Reception for King Graduate students.

The fair was one of the largest for the College to date, with close to 100 employers representing all majors. Representatives had tables set up in the new Mintz Auditorium, along with the “JAG” and the King Hall lobby. 

Employers  eagerly met with potential candidates to fill their jobs and internships and overwhelmingly stated that our students and graduates were professionally attired with their resumes in hand. Many students were pleased with the employers that came and felt that it was a worthwhile experience.

Overall, the fair was a great success. Many students have reported that they have scheduled interviews and have been invited to Open Houses within just a few days of the fair. 


Monroe Student George Sainteus Awarded The National Black MBA Association Scholarship a Second Time


George Sainteus is a busy man. He is a full-time student, a full-time employee, and president of Strong Movement, Inc., a charitable organization that he helped to establish in 2012 to promote health awareness in the five boroughs. One day, George hopes to be a healthcare executive — and it seems that he is on the path to doing just that.

Strong Movement, Inc., began as a resource for members of the five boroughs to become educated on healthy eating and exercise habits. While working within the community, George soon realized the strong prevalence of diabetes in the Bronx, and Strong Movement, Inc. has since evolved. The organization continues to address the lack of health awareness by educating the public on the importance of eating healthy and staying active, but George has also gathered a group of doctors and nutritionists who volunteer their time to promote diabetes awareness. The organization also advocates for physical fitness by offering yoga and line-dancing classes, and hosting group cycling events.

George began his education at Monroe as a general business student, but as he became more involved with his organization, he thought a concentration in healthcare would be more useful down the road. He also sits on the Corporate Relations Committee for National Association of Black MBA, New York Chapter, and the African American Initiative Committee for the American Diabetes Association.

Due to his involvement with his community and his dedication to his studies, George has been awarded – not once, but twice – with the National Black MBA Association Scholarship to continue pursuing his degree at Monroe. He first received the scholarship from the New York Chapter, and has most recently been awarded by the Westchester Chapter. George will graduate with his MBA in July of this year.


Monroe Students Place First in GLO-BUS Competition

From Monday, March 10th through Sunday, March 16th, four Monroe students competed in GLO-BUS, which is a web-based simulation program in which students create and execute strategy for their own virtual company. The student teams go head-to-head in a competition with companies run by other class members.

Out of 2,707 teams from 143 college and universities worldwide, the BCorporate Image Team, comprised of King Graduate students Michelle Lewis, Wendy Mendez, Dionne Powell and Zainab Taylor, placed first in two categories, and second in another.

Some of the colleges that participated include Baruch, St. Francis, Iona, Albany State, Oklahoma State, NYIT, University of Cincinnati,  University of Maryland, Pace, and University of Colorado. 

Congratulations to our students!