Mount Ida College released its 2012-2013 Annual Donor Report. Over the past year, Mount Ida has made significant progress through the generous financial support of our donors. The class of 2013 broke donor records by raising over $7,000 with 197 donors. In addition, the College saw a 50% increase in alumni donors.

The Annual Donor Reportcontains the names of those who make a difference at Mount Ida College. Gifts entrusted to the College help shape the lives of all our students. Every gift makes a difference and together those gifts help provide students with scholarships, enhance classroom resources and support many other causes that remain critical to our mission of providing our students with the knowledge and tools they require to reach career success.

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In addition to the donors listed in our 2012-2013 Annual Donor Report, we would also like to recognize the following donors for their support: Andrea Sarzana, Anonymous, Mai Nguyen, Anonymous, YHG, William Davis, Jane Hughes, Susan Denham, Nancy Hackett, Tom Schaller and Anthony Gisonda.

We anticipate building on our success and financial strength in the coming year, enabling us to continue our mission of educating and supporting students to make a positive impact—in their careers and in their lives.

Explore how you can help enhance the college’s mission of providing private higher education that is accessible and of the highest quality by visiting our online donation webpage.

Mount Ida graphic design students Julie Smith ‘14 and Alicia Heaney ‘15 were named college finalists for their photography work in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 34th Annual College & High School Photography Contest. Smith and Heaney were selected by Photographer’s Forum Magazine, an award-winning publication for emerging professionals, from a pool of over 16,000 submissions from the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Smith, a Richmond, RI resident, who has been previously honored for her artwork on both local and national levels, has always had a passion for photography and its ability to creatively express ideas and feelings. She was recognized by Photographer’s Forum this year for her work entitled “Aviphile” and “Determination.”

“My photograph entitled Determination was inspired by Pixar’s short La Luna,” noted Smith whose photograph depicts a character holding an old wooden ladder to the moon.

Fellow Mount Ida finalist, graphic design junior Alicia Heaney, travelled back to her roots to capture her nominated photograph.

Heaney’s photo depicts the abandoned remains of the Rocky Point Amusement Park in her hometown of Warwick, RI.

“I used to go to the park when it was open as a child and I remember it being so bright and vibrant,” said Heaney. “Now all that remains are the shells of some of the buildings and a few rides.”


Alicia Heaney ’15 – Rocky Point Amusement Park

Heaney noted that her inspiration was born out of her desire “to capture the remaining structure of the dock in a moody way, juxtaposing something that it was once in all its glory, now shadowed by the fact that it has been abandoned for almost twenty years.”

For both Heaney and Smith, photography is an opportunity to view the world in different ways and to share that unique vision with others.

For more information on Mount Ida’s Graphic Design program, please visit our website or contact  Mount Ida’s Department Chair of Graphic Design Alison Poor-Donahue at

Information on Photography Forum Magazine is available at

When Mount Ida College senior Brittany Sprague packed her bags to begin her study abroad program in Queensland, Australia, she never imagined that she would find herself caring for koalas.

Choosing to study abroad in Australia during her freshman year at Mount Ida, Sprague had always planned on making time to volunteer in the local Australian veterinary clinics while there, never envisioning she would also experience the opportunity of a lifetime: caring for rescued koalas.

Once in Australia, Sprague networked with classmates and landed a volunteer position at Mogill Koala Hospital, which provided her with the ultimate professional experience in wildlife management and exotics.

“Working at the koala hospital was an amazing experience,” says Sprague, “before coming to Australia, I had never even seen a koala and now I was helping to save them. I even got to care for the occasional wallaby or kangaroo.”


One of the leading veterinary technology programs in New England, Mount Ida’s Veterinary Technology program provided the perfect foundation for Sprague’s work at Mogill Koala Hospital: “Because of the veterinary training I received at Mount Ida, the staff trusted me to administer medication to the koalas and made sure I had the opportunity to observe life-saving veterinary procedures.”

But Australia wasn’t all work and no play for Sprague. While studying at the University of Queensland, she forged lasting friendships and enjoyed a few uniquely Australian adventures, such as attending rugby games, bungee jumping and skydiving.

Mount Ida’s career-focused curriculum and  Office of Career Services not only encouraged Sprague to look for professional development experiences abroad, but also helped her to begin thinking about building a career early on in her college experience. In addition to her volunteer work in Australia, she has held several internships closer to home, most recently, completing a neurology rotation at the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital.

Looking ahead, Sprague is on track to complete her M.S. in Management from Mount Ida’s Accelerated Five-Year BS to MSM degree next year. She plans to leverage her valuable exposure to real world animal healthcare and her master’s degree to start a rewarding career in veterinary technology.

To learn more about the studying abroad at Mount Ida, please visit the Center for Global Connections. For more information about Mount Ida’s Veterinary Technology Program, visit our undergraduate majors.