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.


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.

A new age began for women’s lacrosse this past season with first-year head coach Nicole Poli at the helm of the program. The Mustangs, who became a varsity program four years ago, have qualified for the GNAC post-season every year since their inception and will look to do so again in 2013-2014 under the direction of Poli on the new Alumni Field turf stadium.

“Through my experiences as a college player and assistant coach, I have learned what it takes to maintain a successful program,” said Poli. “I plan to distribute what I have learned and achieved in the past in hopes to build a powerful and perennial winning tradition for Women’s Lacrosse at Mount Ida.”

Prior to her arrival at Mount Ida, Poli served as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Western New England University (WNEU) during the spring 2012 season. As a 2011 graduate of Western New England University and a four-year player for both the women’s lacrosse and soccer programs, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minor in coaching. In addition, Poli was a Wilbraham/East Long Meadow Youth Program volunteer where she taught young lacrosse players proper positioning on the field.

Presently, in addition to her role at Mount Ida, Poli is a coach for Mass Elite Lacrosse, instructing at clinics, practices and coaching tournaments. Shea also coaches for Croart Lacrosse, which involves 1 on 1 training teaching fundamentals and communicating the importance of teamwork as well as preparing student-athletes for college level of play.

Our Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hire of Benjamin Davis as the new head men’s basketball coach, as well as athletic administrator. Davis comes to Mount Ida College after a two year stint as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Division I Siena College. Under his leadership, he helped the Siena Saints reach the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) semifinal game in 2012 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2013.

Prior to his arrival at Siena, he served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Stonehill College of the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10), where he was the national recruiting coordinator. While at Stonehill, Ben helped lead the Skyhawks to an overall record of 67-22, as well as NCAA Division II tournament appearances in 2009, 2010, and 2011 while capturing the regular season conference championship and a #16 National Ranking in 2010. Ben’s first coaching experience was at Nichols College as the assistant men’s basketball coach.

Davis said, “I am thrilled to be named the head men’s basketball coach at Mount Ida, and I would like to thank Athletic Director Matthew Burke, the search committee members, and the college’s administration for providing me with this incredible opportunity. This is an exciting time to be associated with the Mount Ida athletics program, and I hope to be able to build a program that the college, alumni, and community can be proud of.”