No matter what the age, people can be hit with the realization of their dream job at any time. For Shawn Tule ’14, he was literally hit with a line drive at the age of 13. This life-altering moment has shaped Tule’s career goals, leading him to become one of three males among 43 dental hygiene students at Mount Ida.

The game changer

On a beautiful spring day, Tule was playing baseball with his teammates when he got slammed with a line drive in his mouth. Writhing in pain, Tule learned that his four front teeth were knocked out and his jaw had broken in half. And – just when Tule thought that his situation could not get any worse – he found out that his jaw had to be wired shut for a whole summer.

Developing a passion

During the years following Tule’s accident, he became a frequent visitor at his dentists’ offices for his braces and veneers. Both Tule’s oral surgeon and orthodontist quickly became his mentors and inspired him to choose dental hygiene as a major. Tule now interns for his former orthodontist, Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics during his college breaks.

Transferring to Mount Ida

“When I visited Mount Ida College on an admissions tour, I immediately fell in love with the beautiful campus and state-of-the-art dental clinic,” he said. “Ever since then, I have been guided by my amazing dental hygiene professors who are very open and willing to answer questions.”

Smiling to success

In regards to his academics, Tule is gearing up to enter into the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion program at Mount Ida. Our individualized Degree Completion Program allows our students to create their own path in dental hygiene, such as advancing their education with a Master Degree. In Tule’s case, he is ready to help patients begin smiling with confidence just as he did.

The School of Humanities & Social Science is pleased to announce the publication of Professor James Martin’s new book The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders. This volume provides insight on the best practices for establishing sustainable policies and programs in colleges and universities. Professor Martin not only offers environmentally friendly solutions to almost every major operational area of college campuses, but identifies specific action plans and emerging trends in sustainability efforts. The book, available for purchase at John Hopkins University Press, is a key reference for practical guidance on instituting sustainability.

“The arena of sustainability is continually evolving and differs from one college to the next,” said Martin. “It’s important for colleges and universities to make strides towards improving their green practices. My hope is that faculty, staff and students, interested in climate change, will read this book and learn how they can further promote sustainability on our campus.”

About Professor James Martin

James Martin, a professor of English, has been a member of the Mount Ida community for 32 years. In May 2012, he was awarded the Ronald Lettieri Award for Excellence in Teaching. He currently teaches first-year English courses, including British Literature, American Popular Culture, and a Junior Seminar in Catastrophes and Disasters. Professor Martin also serves on the College’s Diversity and Tenure Appeals Committees.

In addition, he has published, with colleagues in higher education, four other texts for John Hopkins University, including Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence;Presidential Transition in Higher Education: Managing Leadership Change; Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth: A New Strategy for Academic Managers; and First Among Equals: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Professor Martin holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Colby College, Masters Degree in Biblical Literature and Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University.

Scott Burke is Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, Executive Chairman for the FC Bolts Celtic, Member of the Board of Directors for the Wellesley United Soccer Club, and President of the Affinity Marketing Group. All of his roles may sound ambitious, but Burke is dedicated. With his well-rounded background, it is no wonder that he has been a great addition to our undergraduate and graduate business programs.

Success in the business world

Since joining the School of Business in 2007, Burke continues to share his curricula experience in the subject areas of Business Policy, Principles of Marketing, Sports Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, Management Theory and Organizations, Strategic Planning and Policy Development, and Project Management. Furthermore, outside of the classroom, Burke advises the Distributed Educational Clubs of America (DECA) Student Chapter.

Dynamic industry expertise

With his 25 years of experience, Burke understands the importance of preparing students for the job market. Previously, before joining Affinity Marketing Group in 2001, Burke devoted 18 years to publicly traded corporations and entrepreneurial start-up ventures. From his former roles as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Saucony, Inc., Vice President, Business Development for S&H Greenpoints, and Vice President, Marketing and Product Development for Craft House International, Burke is an expert in areas ranging from strategy, marketing, sales, business loyalty, and organization change.

In addition to his professional background, Burke holds his Doctorate in Organization Change from Pepperdine University. His dissertation research is grounded in the subject of Business Loyalty (employee, member, customer and investor). Burke also holds his Masters of Business Administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University.