May 03, 2012
(Left) Luis brothers in front of Complex City in Newburgh, NY.
From left: Marco, Kenneth and Juan. (Right) Kenneth Luis fixing a
computer at Complex City.
While a senior at Mount Saint Mary College, Juan Luis ’11, was
busy making plans to launch his own business. Together with his
brothers Kenneth ’12 and Marco, he opened Complex City on William
Street in Newburgh, NY, last fall.
And the business is thriving.
From netbooks to desktop computers, Complex City writes and
installs the latest software, cleans up virus infections and
repairs computers, for both individuals and businesses.
“Setting up a network at the Bulls Head Inn,” said Juan, “was
something I never pictured us doing.”
But they succeeded, and the system they installed controls iPads
and printers to print receipts, manage expenses, and output food
orders for the restaurant and catering facility located in Campbell
Kenneth, who is majoring in information technology like his
brother Juan did, will join Complex City fulltime following
graduation. He said the strong faculty and small classes at the
Mount, along with state of the art equipment in computer labs,
helped prepare him for the business world.
During his senior year, Kenneth completed an internship at
Sono-Tek Corporation, a world leader for thin coating in
electronics manufacturing, in Milton. He now uses what he’s learned
during his internship when he works part-time at Complex City.
Kenneth credits retiring Mount professor Vincent Kayes,
information technology, with being a valuable mentor.
“He’s a great teacher and adviser, but most of all a great
friend. It’s sad to see him go, but he deserves it.”
Kenneth also named Bulls Head Inn owner, Kris Edwards, as having
influence with his career.
“I washed dishes for him at Randone’s (a pizzeria and restaurant
in Newburgh which Edwards also owns) and he would always call me
with any IT related problems, and then he asked us to install his
new system,” said Kenneth.
Juan noted that the business is growing because it’s diversified
and customer oriented. “We like to take on the tasks people bring
us,” he noted.
Mount Saint Mary College helped the Luis brothers succeed by
offering classes that taught them to understand concepts about
computers and networking to the fullest.
“Professors at the Mount really know their students,” said Juan,
adding that “They made it seem like what I was doing was important,
and they were always available to help.”
Proud professors Vincent Kayes and Neil Christensen shared the
news. “They were certainly above average students,” wrote
Christensen, who added about their hard working family, “very
For future mathematics teachers, a TI-SMART view with SMART
board projects a large graphing calculator in class that interacts
just like a handheld version, providing students with the skills
required on New York State assessments.
Students majoring in mathematics or information technologies at
Mount Saint Mary College often go on to careers in educational
technologies, networking, web technologies, or education.
New York State Teacher of the Year Debra Calvino, who graduated
from the Mount with a mathematics degree, works at Valley Central
High School in Montgomery.
Mount mathematics and information technology grads also work as
financial analysts, actuaries, bank managers, statisticians,
researchers, programmers, as well as teachers.
Leandro Bautista ’11, who majored in information technology at
the Mount, now works at Google in New York City as a technical
support technician servicing and maintaining hardware inventory.
The Bronx resident said that his internship at Sono-Tek “gave me a
taste of what the real world was like and showed me different areas
of IT, helping me get a feel for what I wanted to do with my degree
and preparing me for the real world after graduation.”
And Mount senior Brittany Botta, an honors mathematics/education
major from Warwick, NY, was recently selected by the American
Educational Research Association to participate in the
association’s prestigious undergraduate research workshop. Botta’s
primary research interest is “motivation among adolescent girls to
pursue careers in mathematics and engineering.”