Mount Ida College junior Davendra Singh did not originally call Mount Ida home, but today, this Florida native could not be more proud to be a part of the Mount Ida community – a close-knit community campus that Singh calls “My Mount Ida.”

Journey to Mount Ida

Born in Queens, NY, Singh moved south to Kissimmee, FL, where he lived for 10 years and attended high school. Contemplating the next steps in his career path, Singh moved north to Massachusetts where he spent time touring college campuses and looking for programs combining his passions for sports and business.

After touring Mount Ida’s campus and speaking to faculty and students, Singh knew that he had found the perfect college fit for him.

“I liked that Mount Ida was a small campus and had a personal feel with professors, small classes and interactive learning.”


Real-World Experience

Enrolling in Mount Ida’s Sport Management Program, Singh was anxious to gain real-world experience and quickly signed-up for the program’s practicum course offering. This course allowed him to receive education credit for outside the classroom real-world business and sports operations internship experience in addition to learning interview preparation skills, and social media and job search strategies.

“I worked and assisted in sports operations on campus, while enrolled in the practicum course, and enjoyed how the class allowed me to really learn outside of the classroom.”

Singh plans to apply his education and real-world experience, both on campus and at Nike in Boston, where he currently works part-time in shipping operations, to secure an internship at Nike’s corporate operations in Oregon this summer. In addition to gaining real-world experience, Singh has already made plans to continue his education at Mount Ida by enrolling in Mount Ida’s accelerated 4+1 graduate program in Sports Leadership allowing him to begin pursuing his master’s degree during his senior year.

Close Community

The opportunity to combine his passions for sports and business is just one reason why Singh calls Mount Ida home. When asked to summarize what makes Mount Ida special to him, Singh replied, “My Mount Ida is a very close community.”

“Working hard at classes, participating and getting everything out of your college experience – is what it’s all about,” Singh concluded.

To learn more about the Mount Ida Sports Management major, please visit our program degree homepage.

Mount Ida College senior Molly Sheppard, recently won first prize at this year’s Grand Circle Gallery’s Annual Student Travel Poster Design Contest and was honored at a December reception held at the Grand Circle Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. The contest, which attracts top design students from the Boston area, challenged designers to create a vintage-inspired travel poster based on a destination and tagline chosen from a preset list.

Sheppard, a graphic design major, sought to challenge herself by choosing a travel destination that she was unfamiliar with. Selecting Burma (now the Republic of the Union of Myanmar), she drew inspiration from the tagline “Land of floating gardens and golden temples,” and from her own research on the area.

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Hailing from Brookhaven, NY, Sheppard has always had an interest in design.  She began her college search by bringing her portfolio of work to a number of portfolio days at schools in New York where visiting professors could asses her work. It was at one of these portfolio days that Sheppard met Mount Ida Professor Alison Poor-Donahue.  Sheppard recalls that “Poor-Donahue stood out from the other professors.”

“Professor Poor-Donahue provided personalized attention and helpful feedback on my portfolio.  After she told me about the graphic design opportunities at Mount Ida, I ultimately made the decision to attend,” noted Sheppard.

In fact, it was Professor Poor-Donahue who encouraged Sheppard to enter her winning design in Grand Circle Gallery’s annual contest.

“It is very exciting to win this contest as a senior.  It is validating to see that I have potential as a designer,” says Sheppard of her win.

Sheppard is looking forward to a bright future and credits Mount Ida’s challenging coursework, career services and attentive professors for helping prepare her for the workplace.

Sheppard has already secured several internships related to her field; last fall, she interned at Affinity Marketing Group in Natick, MA and currently interns at both Mount Ida, assisting with promotional materials, and at Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer.

To learn more about the Mount Ida graphic design program, contact department chair Allison Poor-Donahue at or (978) 407-3121.

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