September 30, 2016-

As another year drew to a close, it was time to celebrate the great work done by AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers from campuses across Massachusetts.

At a luncheon at Mount Ida, the College and Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) met to applaud the AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers and the programs they made possible, to acknowledge those who were leaving and to welcome the newest group of VISTAs. MACC is an umbrella organization that oversees a cohort of VISTA volunteers throughout the state who work in partnership with higher education institutions and local education organizations.

President Barry Brown, a MACC Board of Directors member, welcomed the attendees to Mount Ida and underscored the importance of these programs and partnerships. Then, the Keynote speech was delivered by Karley Ausiello, who was MACC’s first VISTA 20 years ago.  “Ausiello built the program from scratch and formed the model which has been adopted by almost every other state,” says Director for Community Engagement, Gregg Grenier.

In addition to honoring the VISTAs, special recognition was given to Karen Chisholm, the Co-Director of the Massachusetts Campus Compact VISTA program, who was leaving after 19 years of service.  “She has been the driving force behind its growth,” says Grenier.  “There are now 25 VISTAs in the Bay State who each year do amazing work.”

The event was a culmination of much hard work over this past year.  “We have been so fortunate to have two amazing VISTAs over the past few years who have developed and help build our program with the West Roxbury Urban Science Academy,” says Grenier.  “We have formulated a formidable mentoring program that has opened doors to post-secondary education to many students who may have never thought that was a possibility.”

As this new school year begins, Taisha White ‘15, now entering her second and final year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, will focus on introducing the program to 9th and 10th graders.  “They need to be introduced to the concepts of planning for a path after high school at an earlier stage in their life.  We hope to instill in them the passion that the seniors felt last year when they stood and proclaimed that they had made the decision to go on,” says White.  For some it was to a community college, to others it was military or trade school while some were headed to colleges and universities.

“This program has been instrumental in creating sustainable opportunities for Mount Ida students to become involved in the community,” says Grenier. “It is also a phenomenal way to meet the needs and goals of one of our longest-standing community partners – something that we strive to do with all of our partners.”

A first-of-its-kind women’s art exhibition with major Studio and Independent contributors

Grand opening October 27, 2016 at 6 PM – Read what the Boston Globe has to say

Featuring Keynote Speaker Amanda Clarke from Demiurge Studios

In the Gallery at the School of Design on the Mount Ida Campus



About the Show:

Game Change[Hers] is a collaboration of the School of Design at Mount Ida and Women in Games Boston, the exhibition will feature an international array of women artists’ work including 3D, Animations, Concept Art, UI and effects by women who are leading the way in these industries.

Amanda Clarke

Keynote speaker:

Amanda Clarke a UI Artist at Demiurge Studios.  Part of Boston’s creative community since graduating from RISD in 2004, Clarke is an  accomplished designer and illustrator with more than ten years of experience in mobile media, animation, web and print.  She counts among her projects; Marvel Puzzle Quest, Lucky Super Slots, Healthyville, World Zombination and BMO Snaps.



Among the other dozens of artists to be featured in Game Change[Hers] include:

  • Helen Duckworth– a senior cg modeler & digital sculptor, working predominantly in stop motion animation. Past projects include Kubo and the Two StringsPirates! Band of Misfits, Box Trolls, and Hotel Transylvania 2.
  • Reiko Murakami –  a U.S. based concept artist and illustrator specialized in surreal fantasy and horror characters. She currently resides as a concept artist at Demiurge Studios working on Puzzle and Glory. In the past she has also contributed to such titles as Guitar Hero 2, Rock Band, and Rock Band 2
  • Kindra Haugen –  a Concept Artist and Illustrator based in California. She currently resides at PennyPop working on the title Battle Camp as the Marketing Artist. Past roles include concept artist at Electronic Arts and Cinematic Illustrator at 38 Studios.
  • Svetlana Tigai is a Kyrgyzstan based Freelance artist. She is currently working on the game Legend of the Cryptids.
  • Sze Jones: – best known for creating heroine characters for video games and cinematics. She has created numerous notable video games heroines in the past 18 years including heroines from such games as Uncharted, Tomb Raider Underworld, Everquest II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Fable 2, Halo Wars and Warhammer.
  • Jean Go: Illustrator and concept artist currently working for Riot Games’ Splash Art team. Has worked on projects including League of Legends, Project Blunderbuss, and Project Copernicus.
  • Emilie Stabell: England-based character and environment artist at Media Molecule Ltd. She is currently working on Dreams (PS4), and has been featured in 3D Creative Magazine, InCG Magazine, and
  • Janet Ung: Concept artist based out of Seattle, WA. Having worked for companies such as Studio 343 and Bungie, Janet’s credits include Halo 5 and Destiny.
  • Lisa Fleck: Based in Seattle, WA, Lisa is an environment and prop artist in the games industry. She is currently a Senior Environment artist on Gigantic (Motiga), and has also worked as an environment artist for ArenaNet and 38 Studios.
  • Liz Kirby: A 3D artist residing in Seattle, WA. Currently a 3D Environment Artist at 343 Industries, her credits include Halo 4 and Halo 5.
  • Chauncy Felisz: Concept artist out of Pasadena, CA who has provided illustration from Hex: Shards of Fate.
  • Kim Hui: Concept designer at Jibo in Boston, MA. Past credits include CloudKid Studios, Clambake Studios, and mimoYmima.

More artists being added – Check back often







“We want to turn the pre-conceived notions that the artistic worlds of game art and animation are predominantly male – or that the games you enjoy are being developed and crafted solely by men – on their ear.” says Jason Donati, Dean of the Mount Ida School of Design. “Mount Ida College is the perfect place for this special show,” says Donati.   “Mount Ida has, for more than 100 years, been a place where women have been educated and prepared for success. The Game Art and Animation programs in the School of Design, boast a higher percentage of female students today and the numbers are growing.”

Join us in the Gallery at the School of Design at Mount Ida College, 777 Dedham Street in Newton

Contact:  Eric Hunn, Chair, Game Art & Animation;


The 2nd Annual Career Night will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd!

4:30 – 6:00 – Alumni Panels (Campus Center and Shaw Hall) – This portion of the event will feature alumni panels for each of the four schools. These panels will provide you with the opportunity to learn from successful alumni and ask them questions about their career endeavors.
6:00 – 7:00 – Dinner (Wingate Conference Center) – Free dinner and the opportunity to spend more time networking with notable alumni.

7:00 – 8:00 Keynote Address (Wingate Conference Center)Karson Tager of the Karson & Kennedy Mix 104.1 morning show will address attendees. Dessert and raffle drawings will follow.

RSVP on MICAMPUS by October 26th and be entered to win gift cards.