June 2014 – Mount Ida College has been ranked by Animation Career Review as one of the top schools for game design and development for its game art, animation and digital visualization degree programs.

Animation Career Review ranked Mount Ida #68 in the Top 75 Schools for Game Design/Development in the U.S.

In 2014, the School of Design at Mount Ida announced two new majors in the fields of design and development including a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Digital Visualization and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animation.

“Our new majors in the School of Design in the areas of game design and development—animation and digital visualization—really reflect what is happening in the marketplace right now and for the future,” noted Jason Donati, Dean of the School of Design.


A degree in digital visualization enables students to focus on the power of communication through animation and visual media and has three concentrations: architectural, medical and legal. The program is designed to prepare students for job placement in the growing visualization industry.

The career-focused animation program will give students the opportunity to develop storytelling and character design while offering hands-on training on cutting-edge software, coupled with classroom instruction from industry leading professionals.

For more information on Mount Ida’s School of Design academic programs, please visit our degree homepage.

May 2014 – The class of 2014 in the Mount Ida College dental hygiene program can lay claim to an impressive accomplishment — a 100 percent pass rate on the North East Regional Boards.

Dental Hygiene programs at Mount Ida are accredited, career-focused degrees providing students with a strong foundation in biomedical science combined with practical training in dental hygiene.With courses taught from experienced dentists and dental hygiene faculty, students are eligible for certification as a dental hygienist after their third year and may continue their education to complete a bachelor’s of science in dental hygiene.

Students provide clinical patient care through our state-of-the-art Dental Education Center & Community Dental Clinic as a component of their curriculum requirements. In addition to classroom instruction, students also gain career-ready clinical experience through externships with dental schools, hospitals and community health care centers. Jacyn Stultz, department chair of dental hygiene at Mount Ida, has enjoyed seeing this group of students develop into the future dental hygienists that she’ll watch graduate with pride.


“I am proud of the program’s record of success,” said Stultz, noting that most students continue their education through the dental hygiene bachelor degree program at Mount Ida post successful completion of examinations, as well as one student from this year’s class enrolling in Mount Ida’s accelerated Masters of Management program.

Mount Ida also offers a dental hygiene degree completion program designed for students who’ve already completed CODA-accredited dental hygiene training.

For more information on Mount Ida’s dental hygiene programs, please visit our undergraduate academic homepage.

June 2014-

Diane Moran, Director for the National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida College, recently attended ADEC 36th Conference, an annual conference presenting a unique opportunity for attendees to explore the “educational aspects of dying, death and bereavement.”

At the conference, Moran spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley, President of the Open to Hope Foundation, about the loss of her husband, finding hope and her life changing journey that brought her to Mount Ida.

“People need to learn how to speak to others grieving a loss,” noted Moran to Horsley while discussing her career path into the bereavement profession. Three years after being widowed in 1988 with three children under the age of three, Moran found the Bereavement Studies program at Mount Ida and began taking classes. Almost twenty five years later, she told Horsley, “I know I am where I belong.”


As Director of NCDE, Moran coordinates a series of professional development programs, including community programs, online courses as well as the Summer Institute for Grief and Loss, taking place July 21 – 25, 2014. NCDE offers a Certificate in Thanatology upon completion of 60 credit hours and a scholarly project.

“We provide our attendees not only topics that are up to date, but topics that we really need to discuss as we continue to work with the beavered,” said Moran.

For more information on the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida, educational offerings and the Summer Institute for Grief and Loss, including registration, please visit our webpage at www.mountida.edu/ncde.