November 25, 2013, Newton, MA—President Barry Brown, along with other leaders recently participated in the 12th year of Principal Partners, a Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE) and Boston Public Schools program designed to involve the leadership of Greater Boston in the education of Boston’s public school students. President Brown, a former secondary school teacher himself, met with Nicole Gittens, headmaster of the Urban Science Academy at West Roxbury High and spent the morning gaining valuable insight into the dynamics that constitute a day in the life of this high school that is just minutes away from Mount Ida College. princpartners_post2013 After his morning with Urban Science Academy students, President Brown joined other corporate, public and non-profit and private sector leaders at Bank of America in Boston along with hosts Bob Gallery, President, Bank of America, Massachusetts; Chad Gifford, Bank of America Chairman Emeritus and Chair of the BPE Board of Trustees and others to discuss ways in which  these school visits can stimulate  productive partnerships between the  Boston Public Schools and participating institutions like Mount Ida. President Barry Brown stated, “I am honored to have been invited to participate in Principal Partners as the goals of the program are very similar to our mission at Mount Ida—to put students on the path to success by giving them a solid educational foundation connected to real-world experience.  This visit is just the start of what we hope to be a mutually beneficial relationship with Urban Science Academy’s students, teachers and administrators.”

About the Boston Plan for Excellence

BPE is committed to nothing less than student success and believes that every child should have the right to a quality public education and that Boston can be the first city in the nation to fulfill this basic promise of our democracy. BPE’s mission is to drive exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and great schools. To learn more, visit BPE’s website at

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 version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at

The 2013 Mount Ida Men’s Soccer Team recorded its best record since their 2008 campaign. In addition to earning berths in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and ECAC tournaments, team members Carlos Martinez (Chelsea, Mass.) and Tyler Grothusen (Ramsey, N.J.) were both named to the GNAC All-Conference Team.

The successful 2013 season was due, in large part, to the efforts of Head Coach Joe Campbell, who was honored as this season’s GNAC Coach of the Year, and his focused dedication over the last four years tobuilding the program. Since 2008, the men’s soccer program has diligently worked towards continually improving its program and record season to season.  Coach Campbell has focused on building a strong team and individual work ethic both on the soccer field and off.

“The goal was to bring in players that wanted to work hard every single day, not just on the soccer field, but also in the classroom,” notes Coach Campbell.

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This year, the program is graduating six seniors, with an even larger number of juniors graduating next season. These graduation rates demonstrate the strength, direction, and overall success of the program, as well as establishing a strong culture of athletic and academic success in just four short years.

“We needed to build a culture that allowed student athletes to have pride in putting on the Mount Ida jersey,” said Coach Campbell.

Now, a mere four years into his tenure, Coach Campbell’s men’s soccer team is seeing a much matured team competing against some of the best teams in New England including Brandeis, Clark, Babson and Roger Williams.

Off the field, the team continues to excel academically. Coach Campbell cites senior defenseman Carlos Rojas as an example of Mount Ida’s scholar athletes. Rojas has been admitted into the Suffolk University Prelaw Program and this past summer, completed an internship with the Nantucket Police Department.

Coach Campbell continues to work hard to instill athletic and academic discipline in his player’s. He has said, “in order for them to succeed in life they will need to work hard in all they do, and I believe they have bought into that philosophy.”

Coach Campbell concluded by saying, “moving forward we will continue to look to bring in players who are hungry to be successful both on the soccer field and in the classroom. The culture is in place with our student athletes to bring the intensity they display on the field into their academic studies and all aspects of their lives to move forward in successful and productive careers.”

To learn more about Mount Ida College’s Athletic Programs, please visit

On Saturday, November 23, 2013, Mount Ida College will host International Survivors of Suicide Day, sponsored by the National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 15th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day is a day that unites survivors of suicide loss around the world for mutual support in remembering their loved ones and practical guidance on coping with grief.

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Thousands of survivors gather at events hosted across the globe on this day to participate in programs featuring personal stories of strength, advice, and guidance. Event programming is designed to help survivors find comfort and hope by being with others who share similar emotions and feelings on being a survivor of suicide loss. Attend in person on November 23 to experience the power of community healing and support.

If you are interested in attending this conference, please register online. Registration fees are $30 per person, $25 for students and $60 for a family of four. Scholarships are available to assist with registration fees.

Please contact Melanie Varady at for more information on International Survivors of Suicide Day at Mount Ida College.

For more information on The National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida College, click here.