Mount Ida students may now study history and interdisciplinary studies, while exploring the rich diversity of American life from a variety of perspectives. From colonial America to Modern America, students receive a broad grounding in the study of the United States. Thanks to Steven Eames, Chair of the Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, Ph.D., students can learn about a variety of disciplines without the hassle of studying in two different departments.

Interdisciplinary training

“As much as I love history as a way of knowing about who we are today, I always believed that American studies was a better fit for our college because it provides more flexibility for students in a professional path than a traditional history major,” said Eames. “American Studies includes history, and many students are drawn to it because of an interest in that field, but it is much more.”

Endless career options

Professor Eames believes that American Studies provides a basis for many professional paths, such as secondary education and government, and is the perfect springboard for graduate work in law, history and political science. For instance, many of his graduates pursue teaching at the secondary level, and because of the major, there is flexibility to teach in more than one area.

Pursuit of history

“Since a very early age I have been a complete nut about history,” stated Eames. “I think the students appreciate the passion I bring to the subject. They all learn that history is not a bunch of dates, names, and events to memorize. History is a story about human beings.”

In addition to teaching history courses and interdisciplinary seminars, Eames pursues research and writing in history. His publications include a book on the community of Nahant, Massachusetts during the Civil War, and another book entitled Rustic Warriors: Warfare and the Provincial Soldier on the New England Frontier, 1689-1748.

Mount Ida College’s Fashion Design Program challenges the next generation of professionals to bring new technical skills to the industry as imaginative solutions are crucial now more than ever. With the latest state-of-the-art technologies in our studios, students have an advantage in the fast-paced world of fashion. Our professors teach you to question traditional industry practices with your own distinctive aesthetic sensibility. Your viewpoint matters and we are here to get you ready for successful careers.

Technical edge for graduation

“Besides creating sought after designs, students must be technically ready to enter the fashion industry,” said Phyllis Misite, Program Director and Professor, Ph.D. “Students learn industrial skills in pattern drafting and draping, as well as computer-aided design (CAD). Upon graduation, our students have the demonstrated knowledge necessary for employment since our program has more computer and technical production classes than any other in the region.”

Professor Misite’s passion lies in apparel computer applications and teaching online. In the past, she designed an online course for analog and digital portfolio development. In addition, her CAD courses allow fashion design majors to see how clothing will fit and move. Through utilizing Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop and Gerber Garment Technology, pattern making is translated into computer manipulation to produce a tangible product.

Production experience on the catwalk

Outside of classes, students prepare for the Annual Fashion Show from the beginning of the fall semester to the end of the spring semester. All of their garments are juried by the Boston fashion community. To achieve acceptance into the show, juniors and seniors must demonstrate high quality designs and creativity. This process allows them to learn first-hand about what it takes to produce a large scale fashion show. At the end of the production, they also receive awards, including Most Creative, Best of Show, Best Ready-to-Wear and Best Use of Materials.

Sarah Lefebvre, Assistant Professor, D.V.M., has been teaching Veterinary Technology at Mount Ida College since 2010, and has quickly become an inspiration to her students. Not your typical veterinary technology professor, Lefebvre’s journey to the world of higher education came from a non-traditional route. After majoring in political science in college, Lefebvre took a few turns in the road while discovering her career path. Now, a professor in our highly respected veterinary technology program, Lefebvre inspires students to follow their dreams and never give up on their career outcomes.

Finding career pathways

After working for some time in political science, Lefebvre decided to obtain her prerequisites to apply to veterinary school. She involved herself in a variety of activities in order to meet the experience requirements of her program at Mississippi State University. Through volunteering at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in the Otto Orkin Insect Zoo in Washington, D.C., she found employment at a small animal private practice. In addition, she also found a job at a family run zoo as a zookeeper in northern Maryland. From those experiences, she had the opportunity to work with big cats, primates, reptiles, and other species of animals.

Welcoming diverse learners

As a result of Lefebvre’s motivation, she was accepted into veterinary school in 2002. The oldest female in her class at 32 years old, Lefebvre was excited to begin her new career. Because she followed her goals, her dream job became a reality when she graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and became a Mount Ida faculty member. She now teaches a variety of courses, including research, lab diagnostics, surgical nursing, anesthesiology, animal behavior, and wild-animal practice.

“I truly love teaching and am thankful to be working at Mount Ida,” added Lefebvre. “I feel that anyone can go back to school regardless of age or field of study.”