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Designing Community

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Recently graduated with B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic and Interactive Design, Amanda M. Ly was an enthusiastic contributor to the arts community throughout her time at Monmouth University. Her energetic and humorous personality was matched only by her design portfolio of colorful, insightful, and adoring creatures. During her last year, she worked with Marilyn Schlossbach, an entrepreneur in the area, to develop community-based outreach programs at Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park. Perhaps most impressive are the two children’s board books and plush characters that Ly created with her original Bungaloo Monsters© theme. These age-based books, intended to help children identify their emotions, are beautifully illustrated with her original illustrations. Upon graduating with a 3.78 GPA, Ly won the coveted “Outstanding B.F.A. in Graphic Design” award at her commencement ceremony. Upon graduation, Ly headed to a post-graduate internship at Alex Brands (the maker of Slinky®) located in Fairfield, NJ. There, she hopes to find out even more about applying her art background to the toy and game industry. 





Radio Waves

During his time at Monmouth University, Hunter Farman, ’17, was very active with The X. He was a national finalist for a Best On-Air Personality Award, and got to interview some of the biggest names in the business. 

Since graduating, Farman went on to work with 107.1 The Boss in Neptune, NJ. He was able to seamlessly continue his college radio career directly into the professional arena upon graduation. 

“I would not be there today had it not been for everything that I did during my time here at The X. People thought I was crazy for waking up two or three times a week at 5:30 a.m. to go live for X and breakfast at 6 a.m. People thought I was crazy for being on-air three, four, five, six times a week. But I did it because I love it, and I did it because I’m serious about pursuing it. I don’t know what the future holds, but for now, my experiences with The X have paid off,” he added. 

Farman’s advice to current Monmouth students is to make the most of their time in the program. 

“If you really want to do this, you need to put in the time, and you need to put in the effort,” Farman added. 


Degree: B.A. Communication/Radio/TV

Rising Star

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Mark is currently the Program Director and Morning Drive Host at WRXQ Q Rock 100.7 in Chicago. He got his start in radio at Monmouth University’s student-run radio station, WMCX 88.9 FM and upon graduating worked for local radio, WCHR The Hawk 105.7. Mark was next hired as an on-air talent at WKZQ New Rock in Myrtle Beach and then moved to Chicago where he worked at iHeart Radio and Good Day Chicago TV before taking over first as the host of the Morning Drive at WRXQ. In 2014, he was promoted to the role of Program Director. He was named the ‘RadioContraband’ Under the Radar PD/MD of the Year in 2017.

When asked about his time at Monmouth University and WMCX, Mark said, “Monmouth University gave me the tools for success in radio: from an amazing program concentrating on all aspects of the business, to learning on top of the line equipment, in addition to unlimited time on-air to hone my on-air skills.” 


Degree: B.A. Communication/Radio/TV

Employer: WRXQ-FM—Q Rock 100.7 Chicago