February 6, 2014, Newton, MAMount Ida College will host Woodrow Wilson Fellow Kevin Powers, the Division Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chicago Field Division, for an intensive week-long visit on campus from February 24 – 28, 2014. Powers will conduct classes, seminars and workshops, and be the featured speaker for the College’s Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series. Powers also will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge in the areas of drug enforcement, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, Title II wiretaps, and more.

As the featured speaker at the Wadsworth Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Campus Center Theatre on the ground floor, Mr. Powers will discuss the notorious and high profile case of Whitey Bulger with special focus on the law enforcement issues that it raised. The lecture is free and open to the general public.

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“We are honored to welcome our second Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow to Mount Ida College.  Kevin Powers’ expertise and experience in law enforcement and criminal justice is excellent and of great interest to our students, particularly those in our expanding Criminal Justice and Forensic Studies  Programs,” noted Barry Brown, President, Mount Ida College.

Brown continued, “Offering opportunities to meet nationally renowned experts like Mr. Powers is one of many ways our students gain real-world insight, helping them to trail blaze their own successful career paths after they graduate.”

About Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers has served as Division Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chicago Field Division since February 2005. Legal advisor for a five state region, including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota, along with eight federal judicial districts, Mr. Powers also provides legal advice to the Special Agent in Charge and over 400 special agents, task force officers and support staff, on topics such as operational law, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, Title III wiretaps, personnel and employment issues, and all criminal and regulatory aspects of Controlled Substances Act.  He also acts as liaison between the DEA Chicago Division and federal and state prosecutors offices in his area of responsibility and he provides on-going training to DEA regarding legal issues.

Prior to working for the DEA, Mr. Powers held a number of significant prosecutorial, defense and criminal justice positions including the City of Chicago Law Department in the Individual Defense Division, Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois.

Powers has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Colby, and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.  Following his formal education, Mr. Powers was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps in October 1992.  In the Navy he served both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney in hundreds of cases and was honorably discharged in September 1996.

About The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC’s website at www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.

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.

On Monday, January 27, 2014, the Mount Ida Community celebrated the successful completion of our new state-of-the-art Fitness Center, a 5,000 square foot extension of the Athletics Center, as the College moves forward with its unprecedented building and restoration plan which began last summer. This fall, the College also held ribbon cutting ceremonies for the grand openings of Malloy Hall, the Campus Center and Dining Commons and the expanded Dental Education Center and Community Dental Clinic. Encased in glass, the Fitness Center is a quality space for our students to enjoy every day.

The ribbon cutting ceremony, led by Athletics Director Matt Burke, President Brown and members of the Board of Trustees, was an opportunity for the community to thank our valued partners, including our contractors, engineers, architect and financial supporters who have helped make this project possible.


The new, two-floor Fitness Center  includes men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, a fitness room for yoga and Zumba, an additional space for weight and strength training and new cardio equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, bikes and rowing machines. The Fitness Center will be managed by Nicole Poli, who also serves as our Women’s Lacrosse Coach; she can be reached at npoli@mountida.edu.

In the coming weeks, until the final touches of construction are complete, Fitness Center hours of operation are 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily. Upon completion of all construction, hours will be 7:00 a.m. to midnight daily.  For a schedule of intramural and fitness offerings, please visit our website’s calendar or contact Craig Martin, Intramural Programs Director at cmartin@mountida.edu.

The renovation of Shaw Hall, the historic manor house located in the heart of Mount Ida’s campus, is the final project of the College’s building and restoration program and is nearly completed. For construction updates, please visit the College’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Newton, MA – Mount Ida College is honoring the Reverend Martin Luther King’s legacy with our traditional, 16th annual MLK Breakfast and with two new Mustang traditions: Day of Service and Our Dream Dialogue Luncheon. These events are free and open to members of the Mount Ida Community.

On Monday, January 27, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the College will host our 16th annual MLK Breakfast at the Wingate Event Center on campus with keynote speaker the Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley, Senior Pastor of Newton’s own Myrtle Baptist Church.


On Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, 2014, students, faculty and staff may participate in a Day of Service to commemorate the spirit and work of the Reverend Martin Luther King. On Wednesday, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mount Ida visits the warehouse of Cradle for Crayons, a non-profit dedicated to providing the essential s for children, to help package and customize donations for the region’s youth in need. On Thursday, the Community will support Birthday Wishes, a non-profit dedicated to bringing birthday parties for homeless children, by preparing birthday party goodie bags for a variety of homeless shelters. For Mount Ida Community members unable to volunteer either of these days, you may select your own day of service and support either of these two worthy local non-profit organizations: Boomerangs Thrift Store or the Greater Boston Food Bank.

On Friday, January 31, 2014, the Mount Ida Community is invited to attend our inaugural Dream Dialogue Luncheon from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wingate Event Center. The dialogue will center on how our community can become even more socially just and civically engaged.

For questions and to RSVP to any of these events, please email Sarah Bouchard at sbouchard@mountida.edu. To RSVP to our 16th annual MLK Breakfast, please use our online form.

About The Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley

The Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley is the Senior Pastor of the historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton, Massachusetts, where he provides pastoral leadership and administration for a growing, suburban, historic, predominantly African American congregation of approximately 500 parishioners, including more than 25 ministries working on social issues from strengthening homeless single mothers in the Greater Boston area to supporting interfaith and peace organizations. He also is the founder of Brandon T. Crowley Ministries, a non-profit based in Rome, Georgia with the mission to bring youth together to focus on love, peace and God outside of a specific religious denomination. Crowley’s Ministries has hosted the Harvest Conference for Youth Development with nearly 1,000 teens in attendance annually.

Reverend Crowley received his B.A. from Morehouse College and M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and S.T. M. from Boston University School of Theology and anticipates receiving a Ph.D. from Boston University’s School of Theology in 2016. Reverend Crowley is involved with a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization – Newton Chapter and National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.