March’s Alum of the Month: Mark Cruz
“Monroe taught me a lot of the inner parts of owning a business, from how to manage and maintain employees to accounting.”
Mark Cruz has always had an entrepreneurial spirit; by the time he was ten years old, he already aspired to start his own business. At 28, the Bronx native owns and runs Fling Design, a company he started with his former bandmates, including Monroe graduate Michael Ung (‘06). According to Mark, running a band and running a design business involve similar skills; the group of self-taught musicians designed their own CDs and promotional materials until they realized they could apply these abilities to help other businesses.
What resulted was a jack-of-all trades design firm. While much of the focus is still helping small and growing businesses, Fling, which will be two years old this March, has already attracted some impressive corporate clients including Nielsen, Fedex and Kraft.
Mark has a long history with Monroe College. In 2003, while he was enrolled in Grace Dodge High School, he began taking classes at Monroe as part of a high school enrichment program. He then enrolled at Monroe to earn a degree in business management, while working a full-time job and playing in his band. “Monroe taught me what I needed to know about the internal affairs of running a business and catered to my busy schedule with night and online classes,” he said.
Mark has even continued a relationship with Monroe on a professional level. Fling Design was recently hired to do photography for the Monroe Ecosystem, the college’s LinkedIn group. Mark looks forward to utilizing the alumni network to connect with and offer internship opportunities to students and alumni.
As he contemplates the future, Mark has plans beyond his current activities. “I can’t sit still,” he says, “I need to keep doing new things.” In the next few years, Mark hopes to create more businesses. He wants to create a firm that focuses entirely on developing apps, a restaurant, and a bakery that he wants to start with his mom. There is little doubt, that if Mark brings the same determination, expertise, and commitment that he has shown in the past to his next venture, he will succeed no matter what he chooses to do.
February 27, 2014 at 2:23pm
Monroe College’s Office of Career Advancement (OCA) hosted its annual Winter Part-Time Job Fair on February 26, 2014 at the New Rochelle Radisson Hotel.
In order to help equip students for the fair, the department held a Job Fair Prep Workshop and promoted an ongoing business attire clothing drive for the “OCA Closet.” The OCA Closet offers students business attire in order to have a professional appearance as they meet with employers.
The fair was attended by over 100 current students and alumni from our Bronx and New Rochelle campuses. The impressive list of 32 employers included Abigail Kirsch, Citibank, Entertainment Cruises, Univision Radio, NYPD and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Kayson Jones, President of the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education, Visits Monroe College in New York
On Monday, January 27th, Monroe College hosted President of the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education, Kayson Jones. Mr. Jones enjoyed a full day of meet and greets, tours and a firsthand look at how Jamaican students are thriving at Monroe’s New York campus.
“Mr. Jones’ visit provided him with information about the College and more importantly allowed him to see how Jamaican students are flourishing at Monroe College in the United States,” explained Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, former Counsel General of Jamaica and the Director of Government Relations and Outreach for the Caribbean Region at Monroe College. “He was able to hear firsthand from Jamaican students about their experiences at Monroe and acclimating to New York.”
Mr. Jones’ day consisted of a welcome breakfast at the Dining Lab, Monroe’s student-run restaurant, followed by an Admissions and Academic Meeting, a tour of the New Rochelle campus, lunch at the Academic Center, and a class visit. His visit was capped off with a dinner at a local New Rochelle restaurant and then a trip into New York City to see the sights.
“The sense of community among our fellow Jamaicans at Monroe is wonderful to see and experience,” commented Mr. Jones. “Monroe has done a wonderful job of giving these students an environment in which to live, work and study. The College’s commitment to these students is easy to see.”
In the past 20 years, Monroe has graduated over 700 international students from Jamaica. Many have gone on to successful careers. This includes Omar Newell, a Jamaican student who graduated from Monroe in 2007 with a degree in business administration. After graduation from Monroe, Newell went on to Northwestern University Law School to receive a Juris Doctorate degree. Newell has used his education to have an impact in Jamaica as the current Director of Community Services at the National Youth Service.
“Mr. Newell’s success is a clear indication of the direction and resources that Monroe provides,” says Dr. Brown Metzger. “We look forward to continuing the mutually beneficial and positive relationship between Jamaica and Monroe.”
December 10, 2013 at 12:16pm
Santa came to Monroe College to spread Christmas cheer and deliver gifts and happiness to children. The Monroe College staff was in the holiday spirit as well.
October 24, 2013 at 12:46pm
Monroe College Job Fair 2013 was a success this year as students showed up to impress their potential employers! Special thanks to Mr. Barry Greene, Director of the OCA and Staff for putting together this event for the students.
Monroe College Students at the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk!!!!!!!
Monroe College Athletes getting out in the communities proving that MONROE CARES!!!!!
October 7, 2013 at 3:12pm
September 24, 2013 at 10:13am