Newton, MA – Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, HFA’s educational events have been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. This program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.  This program is practical for all levels of professions – entry level, intermediate or advanced.  The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to nurses, social workers, counselors, nursing home administrators, case managers, funeral directors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, caregivers, and those working in palliative and hospice care, long-term care, or home care.

This year’s Living With Grief® Program focuses on Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss. This new program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss.  Adolescence, broadly defined, from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence, and intimacy.  Illness and loss profoundly influences these processes.  Moreover, adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic – deaths by accident, suicide, and homicide.  This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospices, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss. For full program details, see HFA’s website at www.hospicefoundation.org.

Moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the program will be shown at the Campus Center Theatre at Mount Ida College on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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“This year’s program offered by the HFA covers the extremely important topic of loss and its effect on adolescent development.  The program will explore the unique issues surrounding grief and loss from the perspective of an adolescent,” said Diane Moran, Director of the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida. “We are proud to offer this important program to our community. Any adult who knows or works with a grieving child should avail themselves to this teleconference.”

Mr. Sesno will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Tashel Bordere, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Child and Family Development, University of Central Missouri; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of  Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America; Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT, Director, The Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children and Camp Director, Camp Erin Children’s Bereavement Camp; Stacy F Orloff EdD, LCSW, ACHP SW, Vice President, Palliative Care and Community Programs, Suncoast Hospice; Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT, Chief Executive Officer, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families; and Carol Wogrin, PsyD, RN, Independent Consultant.

About the Hospice Foundation of America

Each year this award-winning program is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization, which acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss, grief and bereavement.

About The National Center for Death Education

The National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida College is dedicated to offering care giving professionals in thanatology—the field of death, dying and grief—the latest industry knowledge and trends through a number of professional development programs. We design our programs with our philosophy that death and loss are a part of the natural continuum of life, including the many forms and expressions death, dying, grief and loss have within the contexts of families, communities, and with those who have had similar experiences. The National Center for Death Education offers programs that benefit professionals in grief and loss, trauma, chaplaincy, social work, nursing, employee assistance personnel, teachers, mental health and counseling: For details about our online courses, the Summer Institute on Grief and Loss and the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Thanatology, please visit www.mountida.edu/ncde.

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at www.mountida.edu.

International travel is growing at Mount Ida College. This year, an unprecedented number of students traveled on four unique faculty-led programs abroad over spring break. Our commitment to international study, an important part of the educational experience here at Mount Ida, is championed through our Center for Global Connections.

Through the Center for Global Connections (CGC), spearheaded by Robin Melavalin, Director of Global Connections and Continuing Education, CGC continues to expand travel opportunities for students to include educational, career-focused and service-learning programs.

“We are in a transformative process here at Mount Ida, where faculty and students are beginning to experience international travel like never before,” says Melavalin.

Our recent growth in the area of international education prompted our announcement for further commitment to study abroad programs by joining 160 other U.S institutions in supporting the Generation Study Abroad Initiative through the Institute for International Education. By joining the Generation Study Abroad Initiative, Mount Ida is committing to significantly increasing study abroad participation numbers by the end of this decade.

Over the past several years, 29 students have completed semester long study in Italy, Chile, Australia, England, Spain and other countries. Currently, a student is in Florence, Italy studying interior design at Lorenzo De Medici.

This spring break, March 7- 16, 36 Mount Ida students and five faculty travelled abroad to experience new cultures, complete coursework and engage in degree focused real-world opportunities in  Ecuador, Belize, China and Costa Rica. In addition, in May, 14 of our students and two faculty members will travel to London, England to complete our spring 2014 study abroad travel programs.  Ninety percent of the students travelling abroad this spring received scholarships from Santander Brank and from Mount Ida through the CGC.  In 2013, we announced  our first collaborative agreement with Santander Bank’s Global Division, Santander Universities,  to allow the CGC to enhance its international travel study abroad programs, including offering financial aid to students who would not otherwise be able to participate in its international travel abroad programs.

Some of the highlighted destination activities for spring break study abroad travel are included below.

Vet Tech Lessons and Clinics in Belize  

This spring break, Mount Ida vet tech professors Dan Young and Kim Karolides, led a group of 14 vet tech students to Belize. Through the Institute for Sustainable International Studies, our group was provided with an in-depth overview of the current animal issues facing Belize, which left a long-lasting impression on all of our students.

“The view of animals in the Belize culture is very different than in the U.S.  Animals are not pets but guards. Most animals are under nourished and the resources to help are limited,” says sophomore Emily Baum. “There were many experiences that emotionally affected each of us and it made us grateful for the resources we are provided with at home.  We wanted to stay back and help those who cared about their animals but were turned away due to a lack of resources.”

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Baum went onto to note that her experience in Belize was truly eye-opening and that many valuable lessons and skills for her field were gained.

“We covered many animals and spread education about neuter and spays – information many Belize citizens did not know,” recites Braun. “I personally assisted in multiple surgeries. We all got to use our clinical skills in a stressful environment quickly and accurately, giving me a whole new level of confidence in my veterinary technician skills.”

Other activities in Belize included a trip to the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic, exploration of the Xunantunich Maya ruin and snorkeling by a small island to learn about marine animals.

International Business Learnings in China

Liang Tang, associate professor of business administration, led 12 students to China for a study abroad experience that explored current international business trends and issues in the areas of economics and finance.

Highlights of the trip included a visit to Efutures corporation-a Nasdaq listed company, Jangho Curtain Wall Company, Yangjing Beer Company and Renmin University of China. In addition, our group participated in social gatherings with students from Beijing Humanities College, UIBE and Central University of Finance and Economics.

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Immersing into the Chinese culture, our students spent time each day exploring sites such as the Forbidden City,  the Great Wall of China and also joined in on a traditional martial art class.

For more information on our Center for Global Education’s abroad programs, visit the center’s homepage.

For more information on Generation Study Abroad, visit their webpage here.

March 24, 2014, Newton, MA – Mount Ida College and East Boston Savings Bank are pleased to announce that 10 students have been selected to receive scholarships from the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation for the 2013-14 academic year. These scholarships will provide each student with $500 to offset the cost of tuition and assist them in accomplishing academic goals.

Chairman, CEO and President of East Boston Savings Bank, Richard J. Gavegnano, said, “East Boston Savings Bank is proud to support Mount Ida College in awarding scholarships that help our future community leaders. Through our East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, we work to reward outstanding college students who demonstrate a combination of academic excellence and financial need.”

Deborah Hirsch, Ed.D., Vice President for Development and Director of External Relations at Mount Ida, commented that she “would like to extend a special thank you to East Boston Savings Bank for its support and recognize the impact the Foundation is making on the lives of our undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college.”

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“The scholarships awarded to our students through the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation will help them to accomplish their goal of obtaining a college degree and will have a lasting impact on their future,” Hirsch said.

Recipients of the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation scholarships are a group of 10 undergraduates chosen by the Mount Ida Scholarship Committee. Each student’s hometown is located within the communities served by East Boston Savings Bank. In addition to meeting the criteria of achieving high grade point averages, students who are awarded this honor have also demonstrated a financial need.

About the East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation was established in 1998 by East Boston Savings Bank to provide funding to support charitable causes and community development activities. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1.4 million in funding to support many deserving charitable causes and community development activities. To learn more, visit the East Boston Savings Bank’s website at www.ebsb.com.

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at www.mountida.edu.