In 2014, students in Mount Ida’s Survey of Graphic Design course traveled to London, a trendsetting city in the world of design, to study firsthand the design landmarks, museums and historic sites they studied in class before experiencing the real thing. The fourteen design students stayed in the heart of London, steps away from the British Museum, spending their days touring the city’s treasured historic landmarks while taking in the abundance of cutting-edge design unique to London today.

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Students toured London’s world class museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum of Art and Design, the ICA, and the Tate Modern where they viewedMatisse’s Cut-Outs exhibit. They climbed to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and visited the nearby Saint Bride Library to explore their collection of three centuries of books and exhibits devoted to typography, graphic design and printing techniques. The students got a taste of English culture when they attended a traditional afternoon tea at the British Museum in Bloomsbury.

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For fun, they took a double decker bus tour, rode the London Eye ferris wheel, and enjoyed a West End Production of “Wicked.” On a walking tour, they explored ParliamentBuckingham Palace, and the shops of Oxford Street. On their final day in London, they visited You Can Now (YCN), an innovative design firm in London’s new design district, and dined on Brick Lane, the epicenter of London’s vibrant Indian and Pakistani food scene.

“My favorite part of the trip was visiting London’s design district and touring YCN. The staff at YCN showed us the ins and outs of what they do and their products. As a graphic design student, it was both inspiring and informative,” said junior Alex Battaglia.

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As part of the class, each student created a design journal detailing their experience abroad. Senior Halle Rasco’s journal can be viewed here. Summarizing her time in London Rasco notes “I loved how gorgeous all the design was. It really served as inspiration for me going into my senior year. I think the most valuable part of the trip was how close we all became in the process of preparing and actually going there together. We call ourselves the graphic design family now because we are all such good friends and this trip really is an integral part of our relationship!”

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Many students in the course received travel scholarships from Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities division. Mount Ida’s Study abroad options for 2015 include spring faculty-led travel programs, internships abroad, semester abroad at a host university, and summer experiential learning. For more information about international travel programs at Mount Ida, please visit our Center for Global Connection’s webpage.

August 28, 2014 – Mount Ida College welcomed the class of 2018 to campus. With more than 500 students, the class of 2018 is the largest and most competitive class in Mount Ida history.  Our newest Mustangs represent a diverse group of high-achieving students, and their move-in day and subsequent day of service were highlighted in the Newton Tab.

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Upperclassmen volunteers known as “Mighty Movers” assisted incoming freshmen as they moved into their residence halls. Parents, siblings and friends also aided the new Mustangs with their moves. Speaking to Jenna Fisher of the Newton Tab, Vice President of Student Affairs Laura De Veau noted that in the 22 years she’s been watching freshmen being dropped off at college she’s observed certain predictable family interactions: “The father having to carry the micro fridge up four flights of stairs; that you can predict,” De Veau said. “You can predict the father won’t leave until every piece of electronics is working in the room. And mom won’t leave until everything is unpacked.”

The students themselves also offered reflections on their move-in day, “It felt hectic, at first. I was a little anxious, a little overwhelmed,” said Brittany King of Sutton, Massachusetts. “I finally got my room settled in and that took a lot of the stress right out.”

Once the students settled into their residence halls, they attended Academic Convocation which signals the official start of the academic school year, and relaxed and mingled with their new classmates at an outdoor barbecue. The following morning the new students immersed themselves in the Newton/Boston community during Mount Ida’s first-ever Community Plunge Day of Service. Over 300 incoming freshmen were split into 18 groups and sent to volunteer sites around Newton and Boston, from the West Suburban YMCA to the Centre Street Food pantry in Newton Centre.

“The idea is to engage in the Newton community,” said De Veau. “We want to be good neighbors.” Community Plunge is part of Mount Ida’s ongoing commitment to civic engagement and service learning. To learn more about Mount Ida, please visit mountida.edu. Read the full Newton Tab article here.

October 2014 – Mount Ida College has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Callie Crossley, an internationally renowned media commentator, documentary and TV news producer and public speaker for an intensive week-long visit on campus from October 6th – October 9th. Ms. Crossley will visit classes, meet with student groups and be the featured speaker for the College’s Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series. Ms. Crossley will also meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share her practical knowledge in the areas of media, journalism and politics.

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As the featured speaker at the Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Center Theatre on the ground floor, Ms. Crossley will present an insider’s guide to the upcoming mid-term elections.

About the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For over 35 years, Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC’s website at www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.

About Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley is a TV and Radio Host, Commentator, and Public Speaker. Currently, she is the Host of “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley” on WGBH Radio. She also authors a weekly on-air commentary, which airs Mondays during “Morning Edition.” As a frequent guest on national and local programs, Crossley offers expert commentary on politics, society, race, and pop culture.

Prior to her latest roles on WGBH Radio, Crossley was both Host/Moderator of the two-hour show “Boston Public Radio” and the Host/Executive Producer of the “Callie Crossley Show.” In addition, she was a producer for the critically acclaimed documentary series “Eyes On the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years,” which earned her an Oscar© nomination and major film and journalism awards, including a National Emmy, a Peabody, and an Edward R. Murrow award. A former producer for ABC News 20/20, Ms. Crossley also served as Program Manager for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

A sought after public speaker, Crossley keynotes local and national conference meetings and community forums, recently delivering several citywide MLK Day lectures, and a talk at the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a frequent moderator for Forum events at Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library. As a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, she guest lectures at colleges and universities about media literacy, media and politics, and the intersection of race, gender and media.

Ms. Crossley has been awarded two Harvard Fellowships–a Nieman Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, and holds an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Pine Manor College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cambridge College.

In February 2013 she received the Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award, the college’s highest honor. In 2012, she was named by the Tennessee Historic Commission as one of twelve ‘distinguished’ Tennesseans to be featured in the AT&T African- American History Calendar. In 2011, she received the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Leading Woman Award and was featured in the book Boston Inspirational Women, photographs by Bill and Kerry Brett, text by Carol Beggy.

About the Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series

The Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1990 to engage in prominent individuals to provide lectures on selected topics to the Mount Ida community and the community-at-large. The series is named after dear friends of the College, the late William Steele Wadsworth, a member of the Board of Overseers of the College and his wife, the late Arlene Graham Wadsworth, an alumna of the Class of 1920. Previous Wadsworth Lecture speakers include Arthur R. Miller, Andrew Card and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. to name a few.

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities and the arts – all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best versions of themselves.