Mount Ida College’s Office of is introducing a new living and learning community called CONNECT  for first-year students in selected majors.

CONNECT combines all the necessary ingredients to enable our first year students to transition smoothly into college life in an engaging and supportive living environment. Students majoring in American Studies; Criminal Justice; English; Liberal Studies; Media Communication; Political Science and History; Psychology and Sport Management are automatically enrolled in CONNECT.

Comprising of approximately 70 students, CONNECT will provide a built-in support system that includes peer tutors, success coaches and specially selected resident assistants that will ensure you have the resources and guidance  you need.

“CONNECT living learning communities allow students with similar academic interests to take classes together, including First Year Seminar and Introduction to Psychology, and live on the same floor in our residence hall,” says Jen Golojuch, Mount Ida’s Assistant Dean for Campus Living.

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“They also help to provide students with skills relevant to their fields, in addition to special program and activity offerings,” Golojuch said.

With a brand new, renovated location in Wingate Hall, complete with a lounge area and study spaces, our students living in CONNECT will have convenient access to academic and peer support when they need it.

“CONNECT is a very exciting opportunity for our students in these majors and we are thrilled to be able to offer this pilot program this fall with the hopes of expanding it in the future,” noted Golojuch.

For more information on CONNECT and additional living and learning communities provided on campus including Women in Science Experience, Design and LAMBDA, please visit our Residence Life webpage.

Mount Ida College welcomed 30 rising high school juniors and seniors to campus July 13-July 18 for a weeklong immersion into college-level design studies. Students lived on campus to get a taste of college life while they explored personalized design interests and developed skills under the tutelage of expert Mount Ida School of Design faculty.

“We were thrilled to welcome and host his group of talented and energetic students during  Mount Ida’s first ever Design Week” says Jason Donati, Dean of Mount Ida’s School of Design. “It is a profound experience to engage at the High School level with expert designers and other students who introduce diverse perspectives and new ways of thinking and practicing.”

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Throughout the week, students took full advantage of both our campus studio facilities and nearby Boston, well-known for its world-class art. Each day, design faculty would host engaging and informative lectures, in addition to a series of hands-on, career-focused design workshops. Students selected workshops from the following design fields: game art and digital visualization, fashion design, fashion merchandising and marketing, graphic design, interior design, or commercial photography. In the evenings, they enjoyed a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, dinner at famed Italian restaurant Maggiano’s and a performance of the Broadway production “Shear Madness.”

With full access to Mount Ida’s design studios and state of-the-art technologies, students created their own design portfolios from concept to completion.  Frances Metzger, a rising senior at Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ noted that the week was the “perfect balance of having fun and developing valuable design skills.” It was also an opportunity to connect with likeminded peers who share an interest in design and to create portfolio for a future career or college applications.

“I got started on a strong portfolio for applying to college while at Design Week,” said Emma Pereira, a rising senior at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, RI. “I created a full fashion merchandising business plan and had access to expert instructors to guide me along the way. This experience will give me a leg up when I apply to college this year.”

Mount Ida College offers leading undergraduate design programs in animation, game art, digital visualization, fashion design, fashion merchandising and marketing, graphic design, interior design, and commercial photography. To learn more, please visit our undergraduate majors page.

Mount Ida College will host a debate between the Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic Candidates  on Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in Dodge Auditorium at NEI Hall, 777 Dedham Street, Newton.

Candidate for Attorney General Maura Healey and her Democratic primary opponent Warren Tolman will square off in the debate, one of several in a series of debates leading up to the September primary.

Hosted by Mount Ida’s Conferences and Events Services and sponsored by the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce’s Lawyers Committee in partnership with The Newton TAB, Needham Times and wickedlocal.com/politics, the one-hour debate is open to the public.

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This event is free, but attendance is limited and preregistration is required.

To register for the event online, please visit www.nnchamber.com or call (617) 244-5300.

To learn more about planning your next event at Mount Ida College, visit Conferences and Events Services on mountida.edu or contact Steve D’Arcy, Director of Conferences & Events Services at scdarcy@mountida.edu or (617)928-4576.