Centenary College BRAG presented CFO of Michael Kors by Waldron, Dominique


Special guest speaker, Mr. Joseph B. Parsons, the current chief financial officer for Michael Kors came to Centenary College on the behalf of BRAG.
BRAG is a black retail action group, that was founded in 1970 to help minorities get experience to find jobs in retail and retail related industries.
Michael Kors Inc. is much respected in the fashion industry and grossed well over 1 billion dollars in revenue in 2012 alone. The students were allowed to hear from Parsons what it is like to work for a billion dollar company.
Parsons discussed fashion companies having a short lifespan, and some of his career changes. He mentioned that smaller companies have more opportunities for growth. He touched bases on all aspect of the financial side of working for small companies to billion dollar companies. To people who wanted to start their own business Parsons gave them competitive advice.
“Keep your vision of your own DNA,” Parson said.
He also told them how to stand out to employers, saying to have experience, have expanding potential, and to be themselves. Parsons seem to have enjoyed the question session of the event because he was eager to answer all questions in such a short amount of time.
“I thought we had a great turn out,” Michael Hobbs, Community Service and Secretary of BRAG said, “ he answered a lot of questions, and hope he continues the relationship with BRAG.”
The event turnout was excellent and some students mentioned how they could benefit from hearing from Joseph B. Parsons.

A Fashion Entrepreneur by D. Stephaine Waldron


Women and men, both as designers and consumers who like to shop, have an interest in fashion. Some designers’ dreams are to work for major fashion companies; students like Gabrielle Pandolfi want to be their own boss. The summer of May 2012, Pandolfi gave birth to her jewelry business Fashions By Gabrielle. According to Pandolfi, her business represents who she is.

Gabrielle Pandolfi is a recent graduate of Centenary College. She is a determined entrepreneur who loves fashion. Pandolfi said she wanted to become an entrepreneur because she likes innovating new ideas and wants to be credited for her own work. Like most people with a passion for something, fashion is the only thing that keeps Pandolfi’s interest.  She started taking a course spring of 2012 called “chain mail” which focused on chain weaving.

“I wanted to start in college in hopes to have something to rely on when I graduate.” Pandolfi said.

Fashions By Gabrielle is a handmade jewelry business that sells glamorous necklaces, bracelets, and earrings all at affordable prices. Having prior knowledge of fashion design, Pandolfi previously took a business and economic class to help her with the financial aspect of having your own business. She is currently taking a business management course. When determining prices for her products, Pandolfi said, “I go based on the cost of the material and time it took to make each product.” Her products are handmade using chains, wires, and any precious jewels that can be made into something lovely. You can find merchandise like golden diamond bracelets and pearls made by this designer.

“Originally I called it Gabrielle, but it was taken. I bought the URL FashionsByGabrielle.com…” said Pandolfi explaining how she came up with her business name “…When I bought the domain name, it came with advertising credits.” Pandolfi also gave a bit of information about her website, telling how she recently bought a background for it to look more professional. Her site includes contact information, sales links, and even a blog where you can watch the designer talk about her products.

In the past, Pandolfi promoted her business by participating in two craft fairs in Hackettstown, NJ and Flanders, NJ. She also tries to promote by having sales, where customers can find high quality jewelry for a low price! Pandolfi said this is her first business where she is working alone and doing everything herself. But what does this young entrepreneur have in store for the future?

Pandolfi said her goals for Fashions By Gabrielle are to expand its fan base and gain customer loyalty.

Fashions By Gabrielle’s goal as a fashion forward business is to make everyone who buys our merchandise a little more glamorous, chic, and enticing by using alluring products.

“…I want to have actual retail locations, adding clothing and shoes as well,” Pandolfi said.

Some dream to be successful, and others like Gabrielle Pandolfi work to be successful.

To view her products and are interested in being a potential buyer please visit http://www.fashionsbygabrielle.com/products

Healthy Throat Quenchers!


Making mixtures of belly burners, energy boosters, party favors, always sounds delicious and innovative. Knowing what ingredients to add in your drink is the tricky part. Instead of throwing a bunch of fruits or vegetables in the blender try a few DIY beverages that specifically targets what you are aiming for.
For the early birds with A.M shifts with little to no time for breakfast should indulge in a Banana & Strawberry Breakfast on the Go Drink. With servings of two this drink is low in fat and sodium and does not contain diary. All you will need is:
1 Large Banana
1 cup (approx 10) frozen or fresh strawberries (if using fresh berries ADD ICE)
½ pear, skin on
1 tablespoons Psyllium Husks (if you do not have this or cannot find you can always replace it with unprocessed bran or oat bran)
1 ½ cups orange or apple juice
For the weight-watchers and exercise lovers try drinking an energy boosting smoothie that contains coconut water, the most hydrating liquid known, and load it with veggies and fruits to promote blood flow. You can try Dr.Oz’s super energy smoothie. All you need is:
2 pints of cut up pineapple
2 pints of cut up watermelon
2 quarts of coconut water
1 bag of baby spinach
1 bag of frozen blueberries
2 green apples or 2 bananas
If you are throwing a party, there are some mix drinks that are healthier than others, and with the right ingredient in the blender you won’t hurt or damage your diet. As an alternative to drinking an original martini, try a healthier version by adding 2½ oz. of sour mix and ¾ oz. of sour apple liqueur and vodka each. This drink is called the sour-apple martini that is approximately 160 calories. For more fun add a slice of apple and you can enjoy a healthy cocktail.
Most if not all students cash tend to go to books or other expenses and simply do not have extra money for groceries. So, if you are not able to buy all these ingredients don’t sweat it. Coffee and tea, especially green tea, are just as healthy without adding any sweeteners. And you can never go wrong with drinking a glass of water. Water that is safe is the best choice when it comes to healthy beverages. It is pure H2O that restores fluids and the removal of waste.
If you’re into the party scene and after a week of partying or “pigging” out try Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse. This detox is said to help replenish your body and eliminate harmful toxins for only $16 a day!
For your breakfast drink (Day 1) you will need:
1 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
1 Cup Raspberries
1 Banana
¼ Cup Spinach
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
2 teaspoons of Lemon Juice
1 Cups Ice (less if using frozen fruit)
For your lunch drink (Day 2) you will need:
½ Cup Almond Milk
4 Celery Stalks
1 Cucumber
1 Cup Kale
½ Green Apple
½ Lime
1 Cup Pineapple
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
2 Cups Ice
And for your dinner (Day 3) you will need:
1 ½ Cups Coconut Water
½ Cup Mango
1 Cup Blueberries
1 Cup Kale (2 stalks minus stems)
¼ Avocado
¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (1/2 large lemon)
1 Tablespoon Flaxseed (ground preferred)
2 Cups Ice (less if using frozen fruit)
Keep in mind that each drink is a different day, and for more information on the benefits of Dr.Oz 3 day detox cleanse you can click on the link below:

Making healthy a DIY beverage is a blend of fun, healthy and nutritious benefits!

When the gym isn’t an option, where do you go?

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When you don’t feel comfortable enough to work out around others, where do you work-out? Your room. You don’t need a big space to make big moves and to get big results. You just need to know what exercises to do.

“I do P90X ab ripper DVD. I just watch the videos online and do them next to my bed,” one college senior said.
Other exercises you can do in a smaller atmosphere are push-ups and squats. Strength exercises with resistant bands are great workouts as well.
College student, Brandon Haygood explained one of his exercises he does with resistant bands, “I ordered a pair of resistant bands and do overhead presses where I stand over the center of the band with feet shoulder-width apart. I grip each handle, then press straight up, rotating my palms while extending my arms. Then I lower back down slowly and do it again.”
Doing leg extensions, front squats and pull aparts with the resistant band can also be done in your room.
Small equipment like resistant bands, dumbbells, and ab wheels are perfect for dorms. They’re portable and easy to store. And they help with some of the exercises that target specific parts of your body.
You can also find a full detailed list of exercises you can do online.
To tone your legs and butts, squats are the go to exercise for most if not all. Some even take on the 100 squats for 30 days challenge and are amazed with their results. If you like a bit of a challenge, adding dumbbells to your routine increases results and resistance.
If you don’t have any workout equipment, try not to sweat it, because you don’t necessarily need any. Your body is a work out equipment itself. You can always find space to do jumping jacks, to help you improve the time it takes to recover intense workouts and elevate your metabolism for about an hour which some people are not aware of. Push-ups and crunches are another workout you can do in a small place. To take your push-ups to the next level try doing the Spiderman pushups where you bend your elbows out to the side and lift one foot off the floor, bending the knee to the side up to hip level.
“Most of the time when I’m in the gym, I’m doing drills with just my body anyway. So I find working out in my room a lot easier,” another student said.
Push-ups, squats, and crunches are only a few to thousands of workouts that you don’t need a machine or gym to do. You can do them in the comfort of your own dorm room.

A Fashion Director, CEO and All Around Entrepreneur: Iconic Guru by D. Stepahine Waldron


A fashion director, CEO and all around entrepreneur, Redeemer Resk’Que.

“What’s your concept?”  A question, Redeemer Resk’Que concludes after everything he says. Who is he you may ask? Someone who shows never to be one-dimensional and always reach higher.

Redeemer Resk’Que became very popular in college because he always made himself involved with his peers and the campus. He became the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper and the student body president. And that was just the beginning for the infamous guru.

Sitting on the board of directors for a number of non-profit organizations like “Fashion With Heart” that helps support children all around the world suffering from starvation, birth defects and disabilities, Resk’Que exemplifies what it mean to be selfless.

And he doesn’t just use social media as a communication platform. No, he uses it to share his wisdom engraved in his philosophies. A marketing genius for the fastest uprising branding moguls in the PR industry, he is the CEO of iConcept Media Group, a company that embodies who he is.

Sharing his creative visions in the industries of business, music, and fashion with his unique style and personality, Resk’Que left his trademark brand to be one to remember.

So the next time you hear the name Redeemer Resk’Que think of music producer, philosopher, fashion director/producer/publisher and editor. But most importantly think of what your concept is by evaluating what sets you apart from anyone else; what makes you, you. And when you do you will find your individual answer, and you may just be a better person for it.

Choosing the right bikini for your body

University 101

All women are familiar with the phrase “Bikini Season”.

It’s the season when the Zumba classes get overpacked, when the treadmills are always unavailable, and when almost every woman, who is not a Victoria Secret model, is exercising and dieting to fit in that little bikini and to wear it well.

But instead of altering your body to fit that bikini, choose the right bikini that’ll compliment your figure in every way possible.

Body shape and stature

Big Breast, small waist

If your top half is bigger than your bottom, keep the attention away from your chest.

You can pull this off with a subtle print and shirred waist, or with a full underwire bikini top that fits like a bra so you won’t have to worry about clothing malfunctions.

You can even buy a swim-dress with a straight-cut skirt that balances out the bust and thighs.

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Basics of hygiene in the residence

University 101

The thing about college is people don’t know who they are going to come in contact with. The athletes, reeking of sweat after a hard day of practice sits next to them in class.

Their sick roommate is sneezing into the air that they’re inhaling. The weekend is here with clogged toilets and empty alcohol bottles, food cartons, and dirty tissues gushing from the trash rooms.

The possibility of getting sick has tripled for anyone who has stepped onto the college campus.

Beside the basic hygiene knowledge of washing your hands after using the restroom, there are other hygiene tips that you should be aware of.

It can decrease your chances of getting sick and help to maintain a better health.

The more there is, the harder it is to keep clean.

Less clutter is easier to maintain. Having fewer items in a dorm room can help you keep your…

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Portion control

University 101

Maintaining a healthy weight and keeping your toned physique might be challenging if you are not aware of your portion size when eating. Knowing and understanding portion control can be the key to sustaining your dieting and exercise success.

What is portion control?

Portion control is knowing how many calories and fats are in a serving size of food, and how to ingest a healthy balance of foods.

Why is it important?

It is important when you’re trying to lose and maintain weight because it helps you from overeating. Overeating can cause a lot of digestion problems or absorption problems and ultimately, obesity.

How does it work?

Your weight is a direct function of the number of calories you eat. When you decrease the amount of food you eat, it makes it easier to burn off calories though less activity.

By adjusting your ingest and digest levels, you will be…

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