Lauren Metzler ’14 began junior year eager to experience her biology major. She never thought, however, that her internship would end up being located just miles from campus in Mount Ida’s hometown in the City of Newton. During the fall 2012, Metzler spent her semester interning at the Newton Public Health and Human Services Department.

Career services opens possibilities

“From Career Services weekly job listings, I first learned of this internship opportunity,” recalls Metzler. “I chose the position because it related to biology in a not-so-average way. For instance, I worked in both health and environmental science, learning about everything from assisting nurses in clinics to inspecting potential hydrogen (pH) levels of water for the effects on the human body.”

Getting to know Newton

Metzler’s favorite part of the internship was traveling to local flu clinics and meeting the people of Newton, such as students at Newton South High School. In gaining biology skills, Metzler believes this experience has opened her eyes to a variety of career paths. As a result of her career-focused education, Metzler knows what direction she wants to go in post-graduation.

“I am interested in either biology research or medical studies,” she said. “At this point in time, I know that I am absolutely going to pursue graduate school to further my biology education. I am very excited to see what the future holds and the doors that will open because of this internship.”

Learn about biology at Mount Ida

Mount Ida’s biology major allows students to obtain a science degree supported by professional courses in a range of interdisciplinary fields, including veterinary technology and forensic science. If you are interested in learning more, please contact [name], Program Director, at [email].

No matter what the age, people can be hit with the realization of their dream job at any time. For Shawn Tule ’14, he was literally hit with a line drive at the age of 13. This life-altering moment has shaped Tule’s career goals, leading him to become one of three males among 43 dental hygiene students at Mount Ida.

The game changer

On a beautiful spring day, Tule was playing baseball with his teammates when he got slammed with a line drive in his mouth. Writhing in pain, Tule learned that his four front teeth were knocked out and his jaw had broken in half. And – just when Tule thought that his situation could not get any worse – he found out that his jaw had to be wired shut for a whole summer.

Developing a passion

During the years following Tule’s accident, he became a frequent visitor at his dentists’ offices for his braces and veneers. Both Tule’s oral surgeon and orthodontist quickly became his mentors and inspired him to choose dental hygiene as a major. Tule now interns for his former orthodontist, Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics during his college breaks.

Transferring to Mount Ida

“When I visited Mount Ida College on an admissions tour, I immediately fell in love with the beautiful campus and state-of-the-art dental clinic,” he said. “Ever since then, I have been guided by my amazing dental hygiene professors who are very open and willing to answer questions.”

Smiling to success

In regards to his academics, Tule is gearing up to enter into the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion program at Mount Ida. Our individualized Degree Completion Program allows our students to create their own path in dental hygiene, such as advancing their education with a Master Degree. In Tule’s case, he is ready to help patients begin smiling with confidence just as he did.

The School of Humanities & Social Science is pleased to announce the publication of Professor James Martin’s new book The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders. This volume provides insight on the best practices for establishing sustainable policies and programs in colleges and universities. Professor Martin not only offers environmentally friendly solutions to almost every major operational area of college campuses, but identifies specific action plans and emerging trends in sustainability efforts. The book, available for purchase at John Hopkins University Press, is a key reference for practical guidance on instituting sustainability.

“The arena of sustainability is continually evolving and differs from one college to the next,” said Martin. “It’s important for colleges and universities to make strides towards improving their green practices. My hope is that faculty, staff and students, interested in climate change, will read this book and learn how they can further promote sustainability on our campus.”

About Professor James Martin

James Martin, a professor of English, has been a member of the Mount Ida community for 32 years. In May 2012, he was awarded the Ronald Lettieri Award for Excellence in Teaching. He currently teaches first-year English courses, including British Literature, American Popular Culture, and a Junior Seminar in Catastrophes and Disasters. Professor Martin also serves on the College’s Diversity and Tenure Appeals Committees.

In addition, he has published, with colleagues in higher education, four other texts for John Hopkins University, including Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence;Presidential Transition in Higher Education: Managing Leadership Change; Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth: A New Strategy for Academic Managers; and First Among Equals: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Professor Martin holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Colby College, Masters Degree in Biblical Literature and Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University.