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Brooklyn Nets’ Executive Assistant to GM Talks Career Path

Amanda Bucci, Executive Assistant to the General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets, joined the Sports Industry Club for their virtual speaker series on Wednesday. Apr. 7.

Bucci detailed her job’s expectations while sharing her journey towards the position. She grew up outside Boston, attending Union College with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy. “Out of college, I had a consulting job in the environmental field,” Bucci said. “My title was literally ‘environmental scientist’. I was taking oil samples and water samples and writing up reports.”

After a few years, Bucci was looking for a change and began teaching spin classes, a type of bike-exercise meant for a more intense and short workout. Around 2011, a friend at the time told her of a position at Soul Cycle in New York City.

“I took a leap and I worked on the Upper East Side,” Bucci explained. “[SoulCycle] is a very hospitable place. As someone who worked there, you’re required to know everyone coming in.”

In February of 2016, a frequent SoulCycle customer alerted Bucci that Sean Marks, former NBA player, coach, and now newly appointed General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets was looking for an assistant.

Bucci interviewed with Marks and was hired. She credits her time at SoulCycle as the main experience that drove her skills once hired by the Nets.

“[SoulCycle] is a public facing business,” Bucci said. “You’re having people come in all the time throughout the day, people calling you and you have no idea what they’re going to ask you. You just kind of wear a lot of different hats and that translated easily over into the Nets.”

NetsThis year marks Bucci’s 5 year anniversary with the organization. She explained the state of the Nets during her arrival and the organization’s eventual evolution to a playoff fighting team.

“[When I began], we won 21 games,” Bucci said. “We’d go weeks losing game after game. There was no pressure because everyone knew that we weren’t supposed to be good and it was this rebuilding process. We wouldn’t just be good overnight, and it’s been really cool to watch this whole process [of becoming a playoff team].”

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Senior DEA Special Agent Visits Guardians Club

Senior DEAThe Guardians Club hosted a virtual webinar with Jonathan Sullivan, a Senior Special Agent of the Drug Enforcement Association (DEA), about his career path on Wednesday, Apr. 7.

Sullivan worked with the Border Patrol for the first years of his career before transitioning to the DEA.

Border Patrol was difficult to get into in the 1990s, Sullivan explained. The process was very selective, with only 1 in 800 applicants becoming hired. Once an applicant reaches the academy, there is a 50 percent attrition rate.

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Panel Discusses COVID-19’s Racial Impact on U.S. Education System

Panel 5The University held a panel discussion of COVID-19’s impacts on the education system, and how the virus is furthering the gap in racial equity among students, on Wednesday, Apr. 7.

Panelists included Zaneta Rago-Craft, Director of the Intercultural Center; Walter Greason, Chair of the Educational Leadership program; Markus Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Long Branch Public School District; and Angello Villarreal, ESL teacher in Long Branch Public Schools and NAPDS Antiracism Committee member.

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Global Fisheries Governence and Social Justice Panel

Global FisheriesThe Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) hosted  a panel discussion that addressed the intersection of fisheries  governance and social justice around the world on Thursday, Apr. 8.

The panel was moderated by Randall Abate, Director of the IGU, and featured presentations from  Yoshitaka Ota, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor for the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington; Xiao Recio-Blanco, Program Director of the Environmental Law Institute; and Erika Techera, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Western Australia.

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Hettie Williams, Ph.D., Ties Jersey Shore to Black History

Hettie WilliamsHettie Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in African American History, discussed the Jersey Shore’s ties to black history on the Eyes On The Jersey Shore radio show on Friday, Feb. 12.

“I think one story that everyone should know about, but they likely do not, is the story of Dr. Walter McAfee,” Williams said.

McAfee was a scientist and mathematician who worked out of Camp Evans. He was one of the hidden figures of science. The scientist worked on Project Diana, a precursor to the space age, Williams explained.

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Sohyun An, Ph.D., Visits School of Education to Discuss Anti-Asian Violence Amid Pandemic

Sohyun AnThe School of Education invited Sohyun An, Ph.D., Professor of Social Studies Education at Kennesaw State University to virtually discuss Anti-Asian violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on education, general citizens, and critical media literacy on Wednesday, Mar. 31.

Jiwon Kim, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Social Studies and Foundations of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, introduced An and the context behind the speaker’s research.

An studies, teaches, and parents with a hope for anti-racist, anti-oppressive school and society for all children, Kim explained.  Her research centers on social studies and teacher education from Critical Race Theory, AsianCrit, social justice, and critical civic literacy perspectives.

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New York Islanders’ Manager of Premium Sales Talks Career

NY IslandersSteven Romano, Manager of Premium Sales for the New York Islanders, joined the Sports Industry Club for their virtual speaker series on Wednesday. Mar. 31.

Romano graduated from Monmouth in 2015 as a marketing and management major. Between sophomore and junior year, he completed a marketing internship with the Camden Riversharks. “They’re now defunct and no longer a team, but it gave me a really good understanding of what the sports industry was like,” Romano said. “When you intern in minor league baseball, they have such small staffs that they don’t have one person handle a specific position.”

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Director Murray Interviews Reporter Olivia Nuzzi

Director Murray 1Patrick Murray, Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, held a virtual discussion with political reporter Olivia Nuzzi on Monday, Mar. 29.

Rekha Datta, Ph.D., Interim Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, introduced Nuzzi and shared the context behind the discussion.

“This event is part of a Monmouth University Polling Institute Initiative to foster thought provoking conversation on a wide range of topics beyond typical election polling or horse-race politics,” Datta said. “From our own backyard, but of national fame, we are very privileged, honored and delighted to have Olivia Nuzzi [join us].”

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New York State Trooper Shares Organization’s History

New YorkThe Guardians Club hosted a virtual webinar with Kemar Francis, a New York State Trooper, about the history of the organization and the requirements to become a trooper on Wednesday, Mar. 24.

Francis began the informational session with a brief history of the New York State Police. The organization began in 1917, Francis explained, but its roots date back to an incident a few years prior.

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“Blitz Writing” Combines Tales of World War II-Era London

Blitz WritingKristin Bluemel, professor of English and Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, was interviewed by Handheld Press about her literary contributions to forgotten work by World War II-era writer, Inez Holden, on Monday, Mar. 8.

Bluemel worked as an editor for Holden’s novel “Night Shift” and her memoir “It Was Different at the Time,” both about ordinary people living through the Blitz, a German bombing campaign against the United Kingdom in 1940 and 1941.

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Symposium Examines Human Rights and Environment

SymposiumThe Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) held its first biennial symposium on human rights and the environment from Mar. 25-27.

Featuring experts from the government, nonprofit, academic, community, and private sectors, the symposium examined topics that intersected human rights and the environment. Panelists addressed regulatory responses, litigation, academic and scientific discourse.

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