May 15, 2013

Newton, MA—Mount Ida College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Presidential Honor Scholars Fund thanks to a generous gift from President Barry Brown and his wife, Ellen Shapiro Brown. The fund provides a $500 stipend each spring to eligible first-year, sophomore or junior students participating in the Sandra J. and Richard H. Glessner Honor Scholars Program in recognition for their achievements.

To be eligible for consideration of the scholarship, Honor Scholar students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and have completed at least one of three of the required honors contracts. The Honor Scholars Program, designed for highly motivated students, encourages the pursuit of academic, social and cultural experiences through independent and interdisciplinary study and research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students may renew their award each year upon completion of additional honors contracts to receive up to a total of three awards.
The first-time recipients of the Presidential Honor Scholars Fund are as follows:

  • Bridget Davidson ‘14, Criminal Justice
  • Lindsay Dustin ‘14, Veterinary Technology
  • Emily Pacino ‘15, Human Services/Psychology
  • Marissa Sarnie ‘15, Child Development
  • Alexandra Sivazlian ‘15, Game Art and Animation
  • Jacqueline Tynes ‘15, English
  • Lindsay Weeks ‘14, Veterinary Technology
  • Jewely Wong ‘15, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing

Stated Mount Ida College President Barry Brown about the Presidential Honor Scholars Fund, “Our students come to Mount Ida College very focused on building experience to advance their learning and careers. The Honors Scholar Program is innovative, providing opportunity for our students to pursue challenging work within the framework of independent study guided by members of our faculty. We are proud to be able to support their endeavors.”

About the Sandra J. and Richard H. Glessner Honor Scholars Program

In 2008, Trustee Emeritus David Z. Webster and his wife Janie Webster established the Sandra J. and Richard H. Glessner Honor Scholars Program Endowed Fund. The Honor Scholars Program is named after Sandra and Richard Glessner, Mount Ida professors who taught at the College for more than 40 years. This dynamic duo exemplifies the faculty mentor relationship at Mount Ida —challenging, kind, helpful and inspiring. If you would like to join the Websters and the Browns in their support of this forward-thinking academic program, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at (617) 928-4630.

May 29, 2013

Newton, MA – Mount Ida College is pleased to announce the award of a $25,000 grant from the Highland Street Foundation of Newton, Massachusetts. The grant will fund eight to 10 scholarships for Mount Ida College sophomores with demonstrated financial need in the Veterinary Technology program with the funds necessary to enable them to obtain an undergraduate degree in veterinary technology.

Barry Brown, President for Mount Ida College, commented, “The continued commitment of the Highland Street Foundation to our Veterinary Technology program enables our best and brightest students, who demonstrate financial need, to complete their programs, graduate and achieve their dreams. Thank you to the Foundation for its support.”

Mount Ida College’s state-of-the-art veterinary technology facilities and supportive teaching environment prepares graduates of the program to work in a wide range of animal care settings. Moreover, our industry partners continue to seek Mount Ida College students as interns and employees of choice upon graduation. For many years, Mount Ida College’s Veterinary Technology program has achieved 100 percent job placement rate for graduates.

Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides best-in-class signature professional programs—all to prepare career-focused students for achievement immediately after school, and beyond.

The Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $135 million to many worthy non-profit organizations, addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit

The Boston Center for the Arts was filled with hundreds of cheering audience members for fashion design students’ Annual Fashion Show, “Manipulation.” After preparing for months on end, the show debuted on May 4, 2013 with one-of-a-kind pieces radiating down the runway. From bright-eyed juniors to seasoned seniors, all students were eager to share their many talents with the Boston community.

“Breaking the Rules of Fashion”

“For our 25th Annual Fashion Show, we gave audiences a taste of the past with a flavor for the future,” said Phyllis Misite, PH.D. “As always, our fashion design students revealed their style visions, but there was a twist on production and fashion design. In 2013, we broke all of the rules, especially with clothing construction. Students changed fabrics to challenge the impact of visual norms. On top of that, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing and Graphic Design majors helped with the promotion of the event.”

A Glimpse into the Fashion Industry

For our fashion designers seniors, the student-run event provided a glimpse into the glamorous and ever-changing world of fashion. Approximately 40 student fashion designers showed off their work to a panel of apparel industry jurists who are well known from the Boston fashion community. The student awards winners are below:

  • Most Creative Single Concept
  • Best Use of Materials
  • Best Ready-to-Wear Collection
  • Best in Show

Preparation for Fashion Design Career

“I always knew that I wanted to go to a small school close to my hometown of Melrose, MA. When I visited Mount Ida on a tour, I was drawn to the supportive environment with professors who are eager to see you succeed. They truly care about helping students become the best fashion designers they can be, which pushes me to create finished products that they will remember for years to come,” said Lizz Stepchin ’13.