Our Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hire of Benjamin Davis as the new head men’s basketball coach, as well as athletic administrator. Davis comes to Mount Ida College after a two year stint as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Division I Siena College. Under his leadership, he helped the Siena Saints reach the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) semifinal game in 2012 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2013.

Prior to his arrival at Siena, he served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Stonehill College of the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10), where he was the national recruiting coordinator. While at Stonehill, Ben helped lead the Skyhawks to an overall record of 67-22, as well as NCAA Division II tournament appearances in 2009, 2010, and 2011 while capturing the regular season conference championship and a #16 National Ranking in 2010. Ben’s first coaching experience was at Nichols College as the assistant men’s basketball coach.

Davis said, “I am thrilled to be named the head men’s basketball coach at Mount Ida, and I would like to thank Athletic Director Matthew Burke, the search committee members, and the college’s administration for providing me with this incredible opportunity. This is an exciting time to be associated with the Mount Ida athletics program, and I hope to be able to build a program that the college, alumni, and community can be proud of.”

Our Mount Ida faculty, staff, and students participated at NewtonSERVES, a day of community service in Newton, Massachusetts on April 28, 2013. More than 40+ volunteers from the Mount Ida Football team, Diversity and Inclusion Office, the Health Center and Student Affairs served our college well at Newton South High School by completing service projects, including picking up trash, planting flowers, and spreading mulch across the entire campus.

Keeping Community Volunteers Entertained

During the service event, the Mount Ida Football team proved to be not only dedicated volunteers, but entertainers. Our team of students broke into an impromptu rap song about bananas that made everyone eager to get to work in the sunny 68 degree weather. Newton residents, local Church groups, and students and parents from Newton South High School were thankful for the singing and dancing that brought a fun, lighthearted vibe to community’s day of hard work.

Key Highlights from the Day of Service:

  • Filling 25 clear plastic bags of trash from Newton South High School
  • Collecting debris of yard waste and weeds to clear the campus
  • Picking up more perennials to plant at the building’s front entrance
  • Joining over 80 volunteers to make a difference at the site

Watch Mount Ida in Newton’s College Documentary

Take a look at the following video on the City of Newton’s website that features four of our recent graduates talking about NewtonSERVES and the value of a college education. Alumni are as follows: Monica Johnson, Interior Design major; Jake Davis, Biology major; Tre Wilkerson-Glover; Hospitality Management major; and Alex Milot, Business Administration major. Mount Ida College, along with Lasell College, Boston College, Newton North High School and Newton South High School, were invited to showcase the benefits of a college education to local high school students.

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.