May 9, 2014-


Consider milk.

Known to increase strength and build strong bones. An essential component of the morning meal for hundreds of years, and perhaps, best known for its advertising tagline…”Got Milk”.

For one undergraduate researcher at Mount Ida College, there is much more to this most famous of liquids than meets the eye.

Lauren Metzler, a senior biology major with minors in psychology, recently completed a group biochemistry research project focusing on the extraction of protein in milk. Metzler, along with her research group comprised of five other biology majors, are using their results to determine if this type of research could relate to product cost.

“We completed an experiment based upon the gels of milk and different percentages of methanol and Bromophenol blue to determine which percentage worked the best,” notes Metzler, who was recently accepted into the Clinical Laboratory Sciences graduate program at UMass Lowell. “We worked together as a team; six brains are always better than one.”


Since her high school days in Dracut, Massachusetts, Metzler wanted to participate in biological research. She realized early on that hands-on lab experience would bolster her graduate school applications.

“The biology program at Mount Ida is quite diverse. It ranges from environmental biology to in depth learning about cellular functions and specialty research,” says Metzler. “My professors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, most having worked in the field and teach based upon their own lengthy career experience.”

Obtaining real-world experience in the research and medical fields, were opportunities Metzler took advantage of during her four years at Mount Ida. Completing multiple internships gave her hands-on real world experience and confidence needed to move forward in her career.

“My sophomore year, I had the opportunity to intern with the Newton Public Health Department,” notes Metzler, who helped the department design a new alcohol licensing program and also assisted in flu clinics and field health inspections.

Currently, she is employed at Benchmark Senior Living where she works closely with people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“My experiences at Mount Ida, interacting with my professors and classmates, the campus pre-medical society and career services, have all contributed to my pursuing a rewarding career in public health research,” Metzler concludes.

Although science is always a top priority for Metzler, for now, she is concentrating on her upcoming big conquest: graduation.

As Vice President of Mount Ida’s Class of 2014, she echoed the importance of remembrance for her fellow classmates:

“Remember these four years as something that was amazing, an experience that we should never forget.”

For more information on the Biology Program at Mount Ida, please visit our degree program homepage.

May 8, 2014-


Mosaic, an annual student-run and faculty guided literary magazine published by the English Department of Mount Ida College every May, cultivates the talents of our students and allows them to share their work with the community.

The mission of Mosaic is to provide a platform that nurtures the creative potential of our students and creates an engaging exchange of stories, ideas and experiences that strengthens the community as a whole.


Comprised entirely of student work, Mosaic features poetry, short stories and essays. Mosaic editors and contributors are a dedicated and eclectic mix of students of all majors who are devoted to putting together a publication of the highest quality.

Download and read the Mosaic Literacy Magazine 2014 edition.

Student Editors

Marleen Gainey ‘14, B.A. English

Anna Hogle ’15, B.A. English

Jacqueline Tynes ’14, B.A. English

Cover Design

Tyler Wood ’15, B.S Graphic Design

Faculty Advisor

Michael Baron, Faculty, Humanities & English

For more information on the English Program at Mount Ida, please visit our degree program homepage.

May 5, 2014-


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.