Mount Ida College has named Ifeyinwa Okeke ’17 as the 2014 Dr. Carol J. Matteson Scholar. The scholarship was established to honor Dr. Matteson’s 10-year service to the College as President from 2000 to 2010. Matteson Scholars represent the standards of leadership, care and commitment to education and to Mount Ida that Dr. Matteson exemplified throughout her presidency.

Matteson Scholarship recipients are full-time undergraduates who have demonstrated leadership skills in the classroom and the campus community. Each Scholar is expected to achieve levels of academic excellence, leadership and community care for themselves and Mount Ida.

Ifeyinwa, a freshman dental hygiene major, was recognized for leadership on campus, at work and at home. She is currently training to become a peer mentor/educator and this summer, she will train to be a resident assistant.


In addition to her commitment to the Mount Ida community, Ifeyinwa spends time in her hometown community of Stoughton, Massachusetts developing programs for teenagers at the local public library.

“I have always gravitated towards leadership roles and found ways to take initiative and be a support system for people,” says Ifeyinwa.

Though a freshman, Ifeyinwa is thriving in her academic studies at Mount Ida due in large part to her love of science, the small residential college experience and the career-focused attributes of the dental hygiene program.

Ifeyinwa notes that receiving the Carol J. Matteson Scholarship will allow her to continue working towards her goal of a prospering career in the oral healthcare field.

After graduation from Mount Ida, Ifeyinwa plans on pursing a graduate degree in orthodontistry while continuing to serve others as a dedicated leader.

After a long, harsh winter in New England, the summer is almost here. Before you start making plans just yet, you may want to consider taking a class or two this summer at Mount Ida College. Our Office of Continuing Education is offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Check them out and see if one is right for you. With our convenient campus location and online course offerings, you can count on a summer class experience that meets your needs.

There are so many other benefits to taking summer classes at Mount Ida. If you are a student who wants to accelerate in your coursework and graduate sooner, summer courses are a way to do that. Need to catch up or get back on track? Summer classes are a great way to fulfill course requirements quickly and efficiently. Also, summer classes at Mount Ida College are a great value at just $450 per credit—that’s a substantial savings compared to fall and spring course offerings.


To learn more about our course offerings and how to register, visit For further information, please contact our Director of Continuing Education Robin Melavalin at (617) 928- 4624 or at Summer Session I begins Wednesday, May 13 and Summer Session II begins Wednesday, June 24 so be sure to register soon!

April 2014-

Reconnect and reunite with the classmates, faculty and the community that made your Mount Ida College experience so powerful. This year, we’re celebrating Reunion Weekend May 2 – May 3, 2014. The weekend will be packed with events you won’t want to miss. Whether you attend every year or this is your first time back on campus since graduation, the weekend offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Reunion Weekend at Mount Ida begins on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. at the 2nd Annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony.   Awards will be presented to those distinguished alumni nominated by their community, who have excelled in their field and given back to their community.



To celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni, who have demonstrated extraordinary service to Mount Ida and civic organizations, in addition to career accomplishment, the Mount Ida Alumni Association sponsors four award categories for distinguished alumni, recent alumni, recent alumni service and the athletic hall of fame inductees.

2014 Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguish Alumni Award is presented annually to a Mount Ida alumna or alumnus in recognition of outstanding achievement and significant contributions to the recipient’s profession, to the community, and to Mount Ida.

Helen O’Donnell – Class of 1982

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Associate Degree; Paralegal Studies

CEO, Helen O’Donnell Media; President of the Kenneth P. O’Donnell Political Leadership Foundation 

Recent Alumni Award

The Recent Alumni Award is presented annually to the Mount Ida alumna or alumnus who has graduated within the past 15 years in recognition of outstanding achievement and significant contribution to the recipient’s profession, to the community, and to Mount Ida.

Brigitte BeltranClass of 2004

Hometown: Medford, MA

Bachelor Degree; Interior Design

Director of Business Development, Sasaki Associates Inc.

Recent Alumni Service Award

The Recent Alumni Service Award acknowledges and promotes service to the College within 15 years of graduation. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting the College through volunteer support of campus organizations and activities such as the Mount Ida Alumni Association, alumni clubs, and career networking programs, class reunions, fundraising, and student recruitment.

Karla Ventura – Class of 2007

Hometown: Lynn, MA

Bachelor Degree; Communications

Grant Administrator, Partners Healthcare Research Management

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes significant accomplishments of individual alumni athletes, athletic teams, coaches and staff. Members of the Athletic Hall of Fame are accomplished on and off the playing field or court.  Alumni athlete nominees demonstrate outstanding athletic achievement while a member of a Mount Ida varsity athletic team, good citizenship, leadership and must have been in good academic standing as a student.

Adrienne Xenos – Class of 2009

Hometown: Brockton, MA

Bachelor Degree; Veterinary Technology

2007 Men’s Championship Lacrosse Team

Jonathan Perez ’10
Tommy Watts ’08
Trevor Bergeron ’09
Kyle Bowler ’08
Alex Champagne ’09
Brett Conley ’09
Corey Costello ’13
William Cullen ’08
Brett Dahlgard ’11
Steve DeLeon ’07
Scott Eiseman ’07
James Grande ’07
Jonathan Hauge ’07
Craig Heintzelman ’09
James Kehoe ’10
Daniel Kelley ’11
Thomas Kennedy ’07
Andrew Morton ’09/’12
Kevin Mulvey ’12
Vincent Pizzimenti ’07
Leo Shidler ’09
Michael Simone ’10
Matthew Vernik ’10
Jeffrey Webber ’09
Luke Wilson ’08
Anthony DiMarsico ’14
Andrew Cloonan ’09

Reunion Weekend Events

In addition to the 2nd Annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Reunion Weekend also includes a packed schedule of exciting events including the Alumni Clambake, Athletic Games, Wine Tasting, Richie Dykas ’08 Memorial Flag Football Game and the Alumni Pub Night at Cityside Bar & Grill.

Reunion Weekend at Mount Ida is your opportunity to relive your favorite memories while learning about today’s Mount Ida and its new direction for tomorrow.

To Register for Reunion Weekend and to view our full event schedule, please visit our RSVP webpage.

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