A Mount Ida College alumna was inspired so much by her classes at Mount Ida and life-long interest in fashion, that she opened her own business with the hope of inspiring other young women to follow their own entrepreneurial dreams.

Tia DeAngelis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fashion marketing and merchandising in 2010. An early life interest in fashion first brought DeAngelis to Mount Ida in the fall of 2006. After selecting courses in the areas of fashion marketing and merchandising, she quickly determined that the fashion retail industry was where she belonged.

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“I fell in love with the fashion marketing and merchandising program at Mount Ida,” said DeAngelis. “I was drawn to retail and the prospect of opening my own store one day.”

In the midst of her studies at Mount Ida, she took on an internship at Second Time Around in Needham while working on developing business plans in conjunction with her classes:

“My professors were a big part of my success, especially in the areas of developing and designing retail business plans in my program coursework.”

DeAngelis credits her classroom experiences in visual merchandising, fashion show production and product placement with helping her to further develop her fashion knowledge, especially in the consignment industry.

“I fell in love with the idea of consignment and quickly learned how it all worked,” she noted. “I learned much of what I know today about retail, designer brands and marketing strategies from Mount Ida.”

Inspired and motivated to develop her own business from within her Mount Ida classrooms, she continued to work at Second Time Around, managing two store locations before accepting the role as a buyer for Revolve Consignment Boutique.

After a few years of working in the industry and dreaming of a future that included owning her own store, she decided to take an entrepreneurial leap and open the consignment boutique that she had always dreamed of.

“When it came time to make the transition from employee to store owner, I pulled out many of the business plans that I had worked on while at Mount Ida,” she said. “I envisioned what I wanted to do. It was a long process that involved looking at multiple locations and developing my ideal business plan.”

After two years of designing, planning and developing her dream business, DeAngelis opened Fate Consignment Boutique in Danvers, Massachusetts in the spring of 2014:

“It is a dream come true. My favorite part of owning my own business is interacting with my customers every day and living out my passion for the fashion industry.”

At 26-years-old, DeAngelis hopes that her story will encourage other young women to become entrepreneurs so “that they can see their true potential and live out their dreams.”

“Always take a chance,” DeAngelis echoed. “Don’t ever think ‘what if’.”

Mount Ida College is widely recognized for its career-focused degree programs, but it’s more than a great academic resource. Mount Ida is a wonderful setting for academic, athletic and professional events and retreats.

Several prominent  organizations, including Massachusetts Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLE), the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce’s Lawyers Committee, and FC Bolts Soccer Club, have selected  Mount Ida’s newly renovated conference and athletic facilities to host key events over the past year. Located in Newton, Massachusetts, just minutes from Boston, Mount Ida’s picturesque, private campus is the ideal place to host a meeting, athletic outing, conference, or event. With on-site catering, free parking, and professional support through every stage of event planning, hosting an event at Mount Ida is convenient and easy.

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“Mount Ida’s Office of Conference and Events Services and on-site caterer, Aramark Dining Services, are thrilled to be able to host high-profile events such as the Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic debate,” notes Steve D’Arcy, Director of Conference and Events Services. “We are particularly excited to welcome members of the community to Wingate Conference Center and our new student center, both of which have undergone recent renovation.”

Mount Ida’s campus offers a wide range of event facilities, from athletic fields and tennis courts to dining rooms and auditoriums. Personalized menus, audio-visual support, a large selection of tables and podiums, table linens, silverware, plateware are all available to allow organizations to focus on their programs.

To learn more about planning your next event at Mount Ida College, visit Conference and Events Services on mountida.edu or contact Steve D’Arcy, Director of Conference & Events Services at scdarcy@mountida.edu or (617)928-4576.

Three Mount Ida College Veterinary Science Technology students spent one month in South Africa to learn about wildlife conservation and the crucial role veterinary medical staff plays in the country’s growing wildlife industry. The trip marked an experience of a lifetime for veterinary technology students Lindsay Dustin ‘14, Therese Pymento ‘15 and Sasha Morency ’14, who were able to take their longstanding passion for wildlife conservation abroad this June to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center in Hoedspruit, South Africa, where they each had the opportunity to care for exotic wildlife including leopards, giraffes, honey badgers, and antelopes while exploring South Africa’s vibrant culture.

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“I have had an extreme passion for these animals my entire life and by having this experience, I have already been given the chance to understand what it takes to work with them,” noted Pymento.

The trip to South Africa provided an opportunity for the students to gain the hands-on, career-focused clinical training required by the Mount Ida Veterinary Technology program in a unique setting. Dustin and Pymento elected to complete one of their required clinical rotation internships at the rehabilitation center, combining studying abroad through Mount Ida’s Center for Global Connections with gaining valuable professional experience through caring for exotic wildlife. Morency, a graduate student, spent her time in South Africa conducting research on local animal species while volunteering at Moholoholo.

At the rehab center, students became a pivotal part of the day-to-day activities and the care and treatment of wildlife. Their duties were wide-ranging, consisting of feeding and cleaning; playing with animals to provide stimulation and exercise; helping to transport sick or injured animals; releasing healthy animals back to the wild; and even hand-raising baby animals.

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Though Moholoholo’s ultimate goal is releasing animals back into the wild once their health is restored, staff at the rehab center sometimes encounter wildlife that are too sick to survive on their own. As a result, the rehab center houses a number of ‘permanent residents’ that become ambassadors for their species to visitors. Members of the public enjoy up close and personal experiences with resident animals while the Moholoholo staff provides information about each species and the threats facing wildlife.

One of the leading veterinary technology programs in New England, Mount Ida’s Veterinary Technology program provided the perfect foundation for the student’s work at Moholoholo:

“This trip increased my interest in environmental conservation and reinforced my passion to educate the public about wild animals and their habitats,” said Morency. “I learned that rehabilitation of wild animals is important, but the education that the clinic provides the public is vital to the conservation of the South African habitat as a whole.”

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During their spare time, the intrepid students made the most of the natural splendor around them taking a safari tour of Kruger National Park and camping outside underneath the vast, stunning African night sky.

“One of my favorite things that we did was a sleep out, camped in the middle of the African bush,” said Dustin while noting the high possibility of wildlife encounters near their camp during the night.

The experience left a memorable impression on each student, encouraging them to continue to seek out new global experiences.

“This experience has motivated me to continue my travels around the world to further enhance my knowledge about environmental conversation,” concluded Morency.

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