February 19, 2014, Newton, MA—Mount Ida College is pleased to announce that Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will be the featured speaker at its Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. on campus at the Campus Center Theater. Her lecture entitled, “Women Taking Power Seriously” is free and open to the members of the Mount Ida Community and general public.

“We are honored to offer our students the opportunity to engage with Ms. Kennedy Townsend, a national leader. Her career illustrates there are many pathways to success. From serving as the first woman Lieutenant Governor of Maryland to her work exploring the connections between faith and the fight for a fairer society, Kennedy Townsend’s journey is as insightful as her accomplishments,” noted Barry Brown, President for Mount Ida College.


About Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Before being elected Lt. Governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. She helped design and launch the nationally acclaimed Police Corps, a program that gives college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduating.

Kennedy Townsend serves on a number of non-profit boards.  She is the chairman of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland and serves on the board of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, National Catholic Reporter, and the Character Education Partnership, among others.  While serving as the chairman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, she created the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.  Mrs. Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kathleen has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government where she focused her efforts on faith and public life.  Mrs. Townsend is an honors graduate of Harvard University, and holds a law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review. She has received ten honorary degrees and has published several articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Washington Monthly, among others.

About the Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series

The Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1990 to engage in prominent individuals to provide lectures on selected topics to the Mount Ida community and the community-at-large.  The series is named after dear friends of the College, the late William Steele Wadsworth, a member of the Board of Overseers of the College, and his wife the late Arlene Graham Wadsworth, an alumna of the Class of 1920.  Previous Wadsworth Lecture speakers include Arthur R. Miller, Andrew Card and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., to name a few.

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at www.mountida.edu.

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 apoordonahue@mountida.edu.

Information on Photography Forum Magazine is available at Pfmagazine.com.