Tiffany Hamann – Criminal Justice 2013

What makes people do what they do?  That question has always intrigued Tiffany Hamann, especially when it comes to criminal behavior.  Although she originally came to Mount Ida to study dental hygiene she soon knew that she’d be happier pursuing a degree in the criminal justice program instead.


“I grew up in Newton and always had a passion for helping people.  Coupling that with my wanting to know what made people tick, pursuit of a career in law enforcement made perfect sense.”

Tiffany interned with the Newton Police department in the detective bureau, working alongside a sergeant who brought her along to help process crime scenes and to interview victims and witnesses. “I liked the behind-the-scenes work detectives do and how they get to investigate and follow the leads.”

Tiffany found a job at a local bank and once she graduated, she was promoted to the security office dealing with money laundering and fraud.  “I discovered I liked the investigative aspect and made it my long term goal to become an investigator or detective.”

Today she’s a certified sexual assault investigator and works with detectives on cases and is enjoying a satisfying career.

When she looks back at her Mount Ida experience, there was plenty to keep her busy and intrigued.  She played on the softball team all four years, was part of the criminal justice club and studied abroad in Australia for a semester. “I learned a lot when I studied in Australia.  Leaving the country on my own was a big help in learning more about myself.  It was a great experience that made me reach out and try new things.”

Her best advice for anyone wanting to follow in her footsteps is to do anything that makes you appealing to a hiring board.  “The field is super competitive, so having an experience or training will definitely help.”

“Permission to Fail: Sketchbooks of Graphic Designers, Illustrators and Photographers” co-curated by Mount Ida faculty Alison Poor-Donahue and Jim Fitts, has received a lot of press since it’s opening in October, and has now been extended until March 1.

The show features the sketchbooks, thumbnails, and production notes of well-known designers, photographers, and illustrators, along with the final pieces – teaching young artists that trial and error is necessary to the creative process.


The exhibition, housed in the School of Design, has been featured in the BBC’s Online New Magazine, Digital Arts Online, and the Boston Globe.

At the opening reception, John McHugh, Design Director of Arnold Worldwide and Bob Domenz, founder and CEO of Avenue in Chicago appeared to speak about their personal experiences. More than 200 prints of rough sketches, thumbnail drawings, and production notes as well as the resulting finished pieces are on display.


Participating artists include: Gary Baseman, Donovan Beery, Louisa Bertman, Pep Carrió, John Cuneo, Chaz Maviyane Davies, Marc English, Ed Fella, Jim Fitts, Nathan Fox, Milton Glaser, Rodney Greenblat, Brad Holland, Eric Hunn, Mirko Ilić, Jeff Johnson, Lou Jones, John Langdon, Ross MacDonald, Jeffrey Marshall, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Bill Mayer, John McHugh, Debbie Millman, Shogo Ota, Alison Poor-Donahue, Jeff Scher, Ross Storey, Scott Thomas, Rick Valicenti, and Cary Wolinski.

Learn more about the show on Facebook and remember to come view the exhibition in the School of Design before March 1!

Coming from a military family, there was no one ‘home’ for Miles in high school.  He bounced between Virginia, Germany and Washington State and had pretty much decided that he’d stay in the Pacific Northwest to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism.

That plan changed drastically after conversations with Mount Ida’s sport management professor Jackie Palmer and Coach Michael Landers.  Soon his recipe for success came into focus – study sport management on both the undergraduate and graduate level at Mount Ida, then pursue a second master’s degree in communications and mix this with playing on Mount Ida’s NCAA Division III football team.


“I enjoyed my time on the football team for the first two years, then was sidelined with an injury.  But that lead to my being the Wide Receivers coach and that responsibility has been a big part of my education and my personal growth at Mount Ida.”

Miles’ goal is to work in communications for a professional sports team or to continue coaching football. “The skills I’ve learned at Mount Ida in communicating and networking are going to help me achieve both my short and long term goals.”

When asked what person he’d most like to spend an hour with, his answer was quick and to the point – Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.  “To have a chance to pick apart his mind would be the opportunity of a lifetime.”  Pete Carroll might just find himself being interviewed by journalist Miles Smiley!