Our faculty members are not only dedicated to teaching, but also actively work in their respective fields as scholars, consultants and writers. In 2012, Robin Matloff, Associate Professor, R.D.H., J.D., was invited by well-known textbook author Jill Nield-Gehrig to contribute to her Seventh Edition of Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root Instrumentation. This highly regarded textbook is considered by instructors as a significant guide in the education of dental hygiene students.

Expertise shines in classroom

Robin Matloff stated, “I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to this Nield-Gehrig textbook as it is one we use in our own program. For our students, it’s important for them to see their professors involved in scholarly work like this because it communicates to them that the Dental Hygiene Program at Mount Ida College is a quality program and institution, led by experts active in shaping the profession of dental hygiene.”

The Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root Instrumentation provides faculty and students with a guide to learning periodontal instrumentation. The chapters take a highly visual, step-by-step approach to basic and advanced dental hygiene. In this edition, new technologies and regulations in the field are explored. Additionally, the textbook features detailed information on the application of concepts ranging from patient positioning to root concavities.

Leading the campus community

Professor Robin Matloff is a tenured Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene. She began her career here in 1999 and teaches a variety of dental hygiene courses, including Clinical Dental Hygiene, Medical Emergencies, Pain Management, Dental Ethics and Practice Management and Dental Hygiene Theory, along with Instrumentation and Instrument Sharpening courses. She served as the Program Director for the Dental Hygiene Program from 2003 to 2007. In addition, Professor Matloff is very active in our community, leading campus wide presentations for students, faculty and staff.

Eager to expand their horizons, Mount Ida students are studying abroad in international destinations across the globe. While most Mustangs are lucky to visit one country during their studies, Molly Christian ’16, a double major in applied forensic science and psychology, visited six countries in Central America during winter break on the Semester at Sea’s Enrichment Voyage.

The MV Explorer

In the fall 2012, Robin Melavalin, Director of the Center for Global Connections, approached Christian with the idea of spending winter break in Central America. Since Christian was recommended for her passion for intercultural learning, she was selected to accompany Professor Gail Gabriel aboard the MV Explorer, a modern passenger ship that circumnavigates the globe. On her voyage, she experienced the history, culture and arts of Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico, while enjoying field excursions and service opportunities.
“My favorite part of the trip was interacting with the people I met in every country,” said Christian. “I saw culture through their eyes, which made my excursion more real, more human. Seeing that these individuals were not any different from me was a beautiful thing.”

Global learning

Although Christian is only a sophomore, she has already developed a global perspective from her Enrichment Voyage. In regards to her academics, she wants to pursue disaster psychology where she can deal with post-traumatic stress disorder victims in case of mass causality events. After graduation, she hopes that her knowledge can extend beyond the United States to help citizens around the world.
“I want to be able to respond to a scene to help people who are affected by large scale disaster events,” stated Christian. “There is so much more than just the psychical injuries, the emotional effects need the guidance of psychologists. I plan to continue to travel to broaden my viewpoint through traveling.”

Devan Meeker, veterinary technology major and dual-sport athlete, just started her senior year, but she’s already been selected for the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scotty Whitelaw Sportsmanship Award. This is not just any athletic award; it honors student-athletes for their virtues of fairness, integrity, selflessness, respect, fellowship with opponents. Meeker displayed these qualities during a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) soccer game between Mount Ida College and Albertus Magnus College.

Acting with Strong Character

During the game, Meeker collided with an opponent. The play was clean, but Meeker went over to the injured player after the game. She apologized for the injury and wished her a speedy recovery. Instead of walking away or trying to earn praise, Meeker was truly concerned with the well-being of her opponent. For acting with strong morals, she was selected as this year’s award winner.

“This event has taught me to be true to myself and to always perform in a manner in which I can be proud of myself,” stated Meeker. “To receive this award during my senior year, tops off my college experience as a student-athlete and demonstrates that I am an individual with good morals and the strength to always do what is right.”

Senior Year and Post-College

As a dual-sport athlete in both softball and soccer, Meeker has achieved much success in athletics during her four years at Mount Ida College. She was the 2012 Most Valuable Player of the Mustang softball team, Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Sportswoman-of-the-Year, and is currently captain of softball and soccer.

“My plan for post-graduation is to go back to Connecticut and find a job working as a large animal veterinary technician,” said Meeker. “Also, I hope to find a league where I can play soccer and softball to stay active and continue doing what I love.”

Meeker will be honored at the 2012 ECAC Honors dinner on September 30. Visit our Athletics website to read more about this achievement.