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November 1, 2016

Could you go through a Digital Cleanse?   Mount Ida media professor, Joni Siani headed to Twitter Headquarters to address the unintended consequences of our digitally demanding-world at the Digital Citizenship Summit.

Siani featured her award-winning documentary, Celling Your Soul, that addresses the ethical use of digital devices and covers the personal development, addiction issues and declining soft-skills on an entire generation.

As a college professor, Siani has been on the front line observing the changes in her students’ behavior and the progressive obsession.  Siani decided to change her classroom conversation asking her students, not what do you think, but how do you Feel?  The compassionate film focuses on the student perspective and offers solutions for schools, teens, young adults and everyone who owns a smart phone.

Siani, Assistant Professor of Media Communication at Mount Ida has been researching the shaping effects on our human development and our personal interactions offering her expertise on digital socialization for educators and participants for the global audience.

 RJ Mitte

Actor RJ Mitte, who played Walt Jr., the son of the cancer-stricken science teacher-turned-drug manufacturer Walter White on the Emmy-winning AMC drama “Breaking Bad” was on the Mount Ida College campus to speak on issues related to disabilities, saying he has never let his disability keep him from doing what he loves.

He, like his character on the show, has cerebral palsy, although a milder form of the disability. He is Youth Spokesperson for the National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour, which works to improve the financial situation of low-income persons with disabilities and a spokesperson for “I AM PWD,” the tri-union campaign (SAG, AFTRA & Actors’ Equity) that advocates for actors with disabilities.

This was a launch event for the new speakers series put together by the Associated Student Government at Mount Ida. (Mitte is pictured in the checkered shirt)

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November 1, 2016

As if on cue, the trees began to change and the air was crisp as Fall Fest 2016 got underway.  There were tried and true activities as well as new and different ways for the Mount Ida Community to come together.

First was the Fall Fest Chili Cook off with Hannah Sachs, Assistant Director of Career Services taking home the honors and the spirit was very willing at the Thursday Night Pep Rally which was jam-packed. On Friday night, students, parents and alumni were off to a hilarious night of comedy with Jeffrey Jay followed by mentalist Craig Karges.

That same evening, more than 100 alumni, family and friends gathered in the Wingate Event Center to honor two inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame; Brett Conley ‘09 and Kristin Santos ’07 along with this year’s recipient of the Alumni Service Award, Stacey Dorsey ‘00/’02.  Then, it was time for Jill Abrahams, the Vice President for Advancement to introduce and welcome Ann Poley Hewitt ’58 up to the podium to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Hewitt’s four daughters and a close family friend proudly listened as she recounted tales of her time at Mount Ida.  A bleacher seat at Fenway was a mere 75 cents and the stage on which she stood was once part of her dining hall.  The socializing that began in the Shaw Living Room continued into the evening hours and despite a torrential downpour, the evening ended on a high note with many alumni gathering at Mick Morgan’s.

The next morning, extra tables were rolled in to accommodate the overflow crowd that came to enjoy breakfast, more time to catch up, and to hear President Brown deliver a ‘state of the College’ message that painted a picture of the vitality of Mount Ida.

The next gathering was on Trustee Field for the Brian Eyles Memorial Lacrosse game, where the launch of the fundraising campaign for the Brian Eyles Memorial Scholarship was announced. Meanwhile a room across campus quickly filled to showcase Mount Ida’s “CSI.” Students in the program shared what’s new in the field and just how much they love doing what they do. Other brave souls took to the campus to participate in a geography challenge/scavenger hunt organized by Jamie Picardy, Assistant Professor of Geography & Regional Planning.

Then it was time for activities in the Fall Fest Tent where lawn games (under cover), photo programs, mug-making, pumpkin decorating and lunch took place with the crowd being entertained by alumnus, Cliff Desrosena, who provided the music.

The Homecoming Game – with Mount Ida beating football rival Becker 23 to 19 in a nail-biting comeback, brought great cheers and excitement from the crowd of students, alumni, parents and friends.

Despite the damp, everyone braved the mist to watch during halftime as Associated Student Government president Ryan Burch was named the Mayor of Mustang City and presented with the “Key to the City” by President Brown and flowers by Mighty the Mustang.

After the game, the Fall Fest Tent was transformed into a chili and s’mores bar so people could re-fuel before heading back to the fields to watch the men and women’s soccer games or head over to Union Street for another alumni gathering.

Later that evening the entertainment continued with an epic Lip Sync battle hosted by Mackenzie Bumpus and Seyward Guthrie that included performances by students, President Brown as well as Laura DeVeau and Jill Abrahams.  The winner of the coveted belt was Dave Hunter ’17 in honor of his expressive rendition of “Sandy” from the movie Grease.  The evening ended with a make-your-own sundae bar.

On Sunday morning it was time to say goodbye and many parents joined their students for brunch in the dining commons before heading home.