June 2015 – The need is great, and the subject difficult – helping urban youth and their families deal with and grieve the loss from sudden and unexpected death.

Joining the Summer Institute on Grief and Loss, presented by the National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida College, will be a day-long workshop with Annette March-Grier, an expert in bereavement and Founder and President of Roberta’s House (www.robertashouse.org)  in Baltimore, Maryland.


Selected as one of the CNN “Top 10 Heroes” in 2014, Annette March-Grier works tirelessly to facilitate the emotional, physical and spiritual healing for grieving children and their families.

A bereavement counselor for more than a quarter-century, she founded Roberta’s House in Baltimore, Maryland, as a safe and confidential setting where those struck by the trauma of the sudden death of a loved one, can freely and safely express their feelings and learn to cope.

Trained as a nurse with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, she worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital before joining her family funeral home business in Baltimore.  She went on to earn a degree in mortuary science and became certified as a funeral service practitioner.

“We are most fortunate to have Annette join us to present  African American Youth Bereavement: Beyond Survival After Traumatic Losses.” says Diane Moran, NCDE Director. “Addressing the subject matter is of upmost importance, given the climate in the country and the prominence trauma plays in the lives of grieving African American youth.  We welcome her expertise.”

Roberta’s House offers services without charge to the community.  Workers and volunteers at Roberta’s House believe every individual has the capability of healing and positive memories can become the motivation to live fully and purposefully.

Grier is a member of the Association of Death Educators and Counselors, Trustee of Sheppard Pratt Hospital, a member of the Harbor City Chapter of Links Inc., and many other professional associations.

For more information on the National Center for Death Education Summer Institute on Grief and Loss, July 20 – 24, 2015 visit www.mountida.edu/ncde or call 617-928-4727.

For Christina Gedick, a 2015 graduate of Mount Ida College, the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program in Interior Architecture was a perfect choice.   Christina did her undergraduate work at Mount Ida and was able to take advantage of the 4+1 master’s program, allowing her to complete both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in a total of five years.

Now Christina has put her education to work as a full-time Project Designer at Fusion Design Consultants, Inc. in Boston, designing mainly corporate offices. She has helped with projects including Boston Children’s Hospital, District Management Council, and Westwood Global Investments.


Christina credits her experience at Mount Ida with helping her land her position. “It was ideal in so many ways,” says Christina.  “Taking graduate classes while still an undergrad was a great solution and it meant I could get another degree under my belt while challenging myself, continuing my college experience at Mount Ida and saving a little time and money, too.” Because she was achieving her bachelors and masters at the same time, Christina was able to connect her graduate research to her undergraduate thesis which was an advantage that she had over some of her classmates.

Christina, who had no previous business experience, said the program pushed her to work harder, saying the courses tested her creativity and her mind.  “The classes forced me to think deeper about concepts and certain aspects of design and what I, as a designer, could bring to the table that would be different from the rest of the designers in the industry.”

One of the many things she enjoyed at Mount Ida was taking part in the Enabled by Design-a-thon competition in Washington, D.C.  “It was fun, yet educational and opened my eyes to accessibility and changed my way of thinking about design and how it can be used to accommodate everyone, no matter their ability.” Christina also had the opportunity to take the travel course “Global Design: Analysis of Historic Built environments and Planning for Resilient Communities”, and studied the relation between interior design and resiliency first hand in Czech Republic and Germany. This was a meaningful trip for Christina as it was her first time traveling outside of the United States.

Christina recommends that other designers follow her lead into the MSM program.  “Design isn’t just design, it is a business as well.  Having the business foundation helps you better understand companies and their processes no matter what field of design you go into. I wanted to have an additional business degree to take with me into the design industry, and the 4+1 program was the perfect way to do it.” Christina feels that the business knowledge she gained in the graduate program combined with her interior design background has ultimately made her a well-rounded designer.

Mount Ida Design Week is a chance for you and fellow rising junior and senior high school students to get inspired and informed about different career paths in design. Regardless of your design experience, we want you to dive in, explore and enjoy the residential experience of our beautiful New England campus.



Get inspired and informed about career paths in design

Design Week is a fun and focused way to discover if a career in design might be in your future. You will participate in studio classes that will take your design know-how to new levels and meet like-minded peers who enjoy and appreciate design. As importantly, you will design your very own portfolio that you can take home with you. In addition, Design Week offers you opportunities to:

  • Use state-of-the-art technology
  • Get hands-on studio experience
  • Work with leading design instructors
  • Experience campus life with new friends

Choose one workshop you like best

Our School of Design is pulling out all the stops to present you with awesome design workshops, led by our industry-experienced professors. Choose from one of these six workshops and pursue your passion for design:

  • Animation, Game Art & Digital Visualization: Our robust program is a real tour de force in 3D computer graphics. In just one week, you’ll gain foundational understanding in game design, 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and rendering. Every step of the way will be guided by industry-experienced instructors, who will also show you how to compose your seven-day experience into a killer portfolio.
  • Commercial Photography: A chance to discover the exciting world of commercial photography through the lens of Mount Ida’s industry seasoned faculty. Learn the ins and outs of the digital camera and how to get amazing results from your work.
  • Fashion Design: The Fashion Design Program at Mount Ida’s School of Design gives aspiring designers a chance to hone their talents with gifted professors who work in the field.  Learn fashion design from the ground up, by using art, fashion design basics, pattern techniques, and presentation skills to cultivate your passion.
  • Fashion Merchandising and Marketing: Are you always ahead of the latest fashion trends?  Take a peek into the exciting world of fashion merchandising. Students will explore the planning, buying, and marketing elements of the fashion industry. Workshop topics will include retailing, buying, fashion history, visual merchandising and consumer behavior.
  • Graphic Design: Interested in developing your skills and creativity through our hands-on experiences? This is a chance for young artists and designers to come together and explore the world of design. Students will engage in a variety of creative problem-solving assignments and through critiques and practice will develop design fluency in several areas of graphic design.
  • Interior Design: When you are in a room, do you notice what works and what you might want to change? Do you like to design or redesign your room? Are you a creative and artistic person?If you answered yes to some of these questions than our interior design program is the right fit for you

#MountIda #DesignYourSummer

Out of the design studio, you and your fellow high school designers will enjoy all that a private New England college campus has to offer: a picturesque 72-acre suburban college campus in the beautiful and safe community of Newton, Massachusetts.  With many of our college students home for the summer, as a Summer Design Week participant, you will get a taste of college in a relaxed and fun environment, living in the residence halls with professional staff, enjoying meals in the dining commons, and exploring our new campus center.

Before you arrive, be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. We will be posting news and information about the program before, during and after Design Week using the hashtags: #MountIda #DesignYourSummer.

Be sure to join in on the conversation!

Affordable and convenient location

Mount Ida Design Week, from July 25- August 1, 2015, is a great opportunity and value.

Regular Registration (full payment received by June 15): $800

Late Registration: $950

This all inclusive fee covers everything—workshops, studio time, meals and housing. This one week only program has limited capacity.

Getting to our Newton Centre campus is easy. Check out the driving directions, including easy public transportation options, in addition to our campus map.

Contact us and registration

Register online here.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact Marie Bury of Admissions at (617) 928-4506 or mbury@mountida.edu. Hope to see you this summer!