August 23, 2012

Newton, MA – Mount Ida College is celebrating the grand opening of its new athletic turf field on the evening of August 31, 2012. The new athletic field is a state-of-the-art facility featuring all season turf, energy efficient lighting, new stands, press box and scoreboard. The grand opening will be Mount Ida’s first night football game against UMASS Dartmouth on August 31 at 5:30 p.m. “Light the Night” will include a student pep rally and donor reception, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and Mustang football versus UMASS Dartmouth. Barry Brown, Mount Ida’s new president, and special guest, the Honorable Setti Warren, Newton’s Mayor, will do the coin toss prior to kick off.

“Over the years, all of our varsity teams have worked really hard and achieved a lot. Playing under the lights on the new turf field for the first time is an exciting moment for all of us. The Board, alumni and administration made this happen and our athletes, coaches and teams are thankful. We want to celebrate loud and proud by bringing home a victory for everyone on Friday night,” stated Matthew Bonomolo ’13, Sports Management Major and Captain of Mount Ida’s football team.

The grand opening evening also acknowledges the tremendous support received in the most successful capital campaign in Mount Ida College’s history. The campaign, Our Campus, Our Vision, Our Mustangs, kicked off in early 2012 to raise funds to construct the new turf field and a practice field upgrade. The unprecedented financial support from alumni, parents and the Board of Trustees marks another new beginning for Mount Ida off the field in terms of increased alumni support for all phases of college development. In honor of our alumni and parent support, the Board of Trustees has named the new turf field, Alumni Field.

Barry Brown, President, Mount Ida College stated, “Our new, all season, lighted athletic field facility is a fitting symbol of the dynamism and growth of the College. I am grateful to our alumni, the Board of Trustees and the College community for making it happen. We intend to continue this path of facilities development to provide our students, faculty and staff a fitting environment for study and growth on our magnificent campus.”

The College expects the new, state-of-the-art field, located in the center of its spacious, 72-acre campus, to attract even more talented student athletes around the country, who are drawn to Mount Ida for its professionally-focused academic programs and growing predominance in NCAA Division III athletics. To learn more about Mount Ida College Athletics, visit www.mountidamustangs.com.

Our veterinary technology program is pleased to invite the Newton and Mount Ida communities to attend the vesting ceremony of “Dakota”, the Newton Police Department’s K-9 Unit dog, and special guest police officer Dan Valente on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM at the Veterinary Technology building on campus at 777 Dedham Street in Newton Center.

Mount Ida’s veterinary technology students, who also are members of the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA), raised money for the bullet proof K-9 vest through their annual community rabies clinic last spring. Partnering with Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, a non-profit organization supporting Massachusetts police dogs, including providing life-saving protective K-9 vests as well as other essential equipment, training, and dogs, the students were able to identify local K-9 “Dakota” as a recipient for the vest.

Professor Kim Karolides of the School of Animal Science and Advisor for Mount Ida’s SCNAVTA Chapter stated, “Every year our students raise money to charities dedicated to the health and welfare of animals. When Massachuetts Vest-a-Dog contacted Officer Dan Valente about our gift to the Department’s K-9 dog “Dakota”, he was very grateful and appreciative. Our students are excited to welcome them both to campus this Saturday and be a part of the vesting ceremony.

The School of Applied Science at Mount Ida College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in the area of veterinary technology. The programs in the School focus almost exclusively on working with animals in medical and laboratory settings. Students participate in hands-on learning at our onsite state-of-the-art veterinary technology building, which includes a kennel, surgical suite, clinical lab and prep area.

Our alumni come from all over the world, but they have one thing in common – their ability to standout for their achievements. On Friday, May 3, alumni came together during Reunion Weekend to pay tribute to five outstanding alumni, a former coach, and the 2002 Women’s Volleyball Team at the Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony. As a new tradition, this event presented the following honors all in one night: Distinguished Alumni Awards, Athletic Hall of Fame, Recent Alumni Service Award and Recent Alumni Award.

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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award salutes alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service reinforce our college’s mission in providing a best-in-class career focused education. Both award recipients Jonathan Tynes ’94 and Nurys Camargo ‘97 have achieved highly successful careers, as well as becoming active community leaders.

Jonathan Tynes ’94 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and went on to graduate from Northeastern University’s School of Law. He began his career in the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office in 1999 as a prosecutor in the Boston Municipal Court. Since 2006, he served as the Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court, until recently when The Governor’s Council unanimously voted to confirm him for a judgeship in the Boston Municipal Court Roxbury Division.

Nurys Camargo ’97 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, and a certificate in Health and Human Service Management from the Latino Health Institute at Suffolk University. She is currently the Senior Policy Advisor, in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for the State of Massachusetts. In 2011, Nurys founded CHICA Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization for Latinas ages 14-18 from low-income and underserved communities in the state.
Athletic Hall of Fame and New Awards

In addition to honoring Distinguished Alumni, the Alumni Association announced the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. These individuals are outstanding athletes who have studied and played at Mount Ida, coaches, and athletic department staff. Inductees are as follows: the 2002 Women’s Volleyball Team (Amy Abo ‘03, Dorothy Adams ‘04, Jeanette Arnold ‘06, Lauren Benson ‘06, Lisa Ginetty ‘07, Christina Nikolaidis ‘06, and Kerrie Costello ‘05), Skip Tately, and Tom Adams ‘04. Also, two new awards were unveiled at the event, including the Recent Alumni Service Award to Maureen Malavase ’01, Alumni Council President, and Recent Alumni Award to Daniel Biggins ’02. Congratulations to all of the awardees and a big thanks to our Mustang alumni for their continued support and pride in our college.