Recently, the Boston Globe featured a story about the kick-off event of the N² Innovation Corridor Initiative. This innovation initiative is designed to bring together public and private stakeholders to attract and support the corridor adjacent to I-95 Newton-Needham as a major technology and innovation hub. This inaugural event brought together numerous stakeholders who call the Newton-Needham area home, including Mount Ida College.

Mount Ida was proud to sponsor and participate in the inaugural event, which led with discussion on how to attract more technology companies, start-ups and other innovators to our region. This technology driven initiative has grown into a coalition of large and small businesses, with over 250 business executives and local and state officials attending the first event, including President of Mount Ida College Barry Brown, staff, faculty and students.


Mount Ida looks forward to continuing our relationship with the N² Corridor Initiative in helping to bring new opportunities to our region and building future relationships with innovative companies in the new corridor.

Read more from the Boston Globe on the inaugural N² Innovation Corridor event here.

To learn more about this new initiative, visit N² Innovation Corridor Initiative’s website.

If you are a business located or thinking about locating to the N2 Innovation Corridor and are interested in seeking strategic partnerships with Mount Ida College, please contact Deborah Hirsch, Vice President for Development and Director for External Relations at

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Newton, MA—Mount Ida College has been selected as the venue of choice by the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLE) for its 10th Annual Conference to be held Friday, November 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. MAWLE is a non-profit professional association established to advance and support women in law enforcement careers; members include both men and women in law enforcement and related fields.

Attorney General Martha Coakley & Distinguished Law Enforcement Experts

Hosted by Newton Chief of Police Howard Mintz with welcome remarks from Newton Mayor Setti Warren and Mount Ida College President Barry Brown, the 10th Annual Conference also is pleased to present Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley as its keynote speaker.


After opening ceremonies, there will be a panel discussion, “Supervising Personnel in a Male Dominated Profession” with panel members: Chief Howard Mintz, Newton; Superintendent Deborah Friedl, Lowell; Chief Daniel O’Leary, Brookline; Chief Judy Jackson, Springfield College. Then attendees will break out into two different breakout sessions: in session 1, Boston Stress Unit and Assessment Center Training; and in session 2, Women as Effective Communicators and 10 Steps to Financial Mastery.

Experiential Learning Opportunity for Students

Students from Mount Ida College’s Criminal Justice Program will volunteer to help coordinate the conference, in addition to sitting in on panel discussions and sessions. Criminal Justice Department Chair Donna Ross says having the MAWLE 10th Annual Conference on campus is yet another way for her students pursuing a career in criminal justice to get hands-on learning and be exposed to well-regarded and respected experts in the field.

If you would like to learn more about MAWLE or the 10th Annual Conference, visit their website at To learn more about Mount Ida College’s Criminal Justice Program, visit our undergraduate majors, or contact Donna Ross directly at

Friday,  October 25, 2013, Newton, MA—Mount Ida College has signed its first collaborative agreement with Santander Bank’s Global Division, Santander Universities, which will allow the College’s Center for Global Connections  to enhance its international travel study abroad programs, including offering financial aid to students who would not otherwise be able to participate in its international travel abroad programs.

The new agreement was signed by Barry Brown, President of Mount Ida College and Roman Blanco, CEO of Santander Holdings USA and Santander Bank, formerly Sovereign Bank during yesterday’s on-campus ceremony with distinguished guests from both institutions.


In signing the agreement, President Brown stated, “Mount Ida College prepares students to launch successful careers. In today’s global economy, gaining international experience prior to graduation is essential. Santander Universities and Santander Bank recognize this and share our common purpose for which we are grateful. We are proud to have Santander and Santander Universities as a partner in supporting international study at Mount Ida.”

The Center for Global Connections at Mount Ida College was established to promote understanding of globalization on campus and in the classroom and to offer students and faculty a diverse range of study abroad opportunities. Since its founding, the Center has been responsible for connecting domestic and international students on campus for educational and social programming, facilitating the smooth transition of our international students into American college life and giving a growing number of students the opportunity to travel abroad, including Semester at Sea and study and internship experiences in Europe, China and Australia, to name just a few.

About Santander Universities

The Santander Universities program was launched in 1996. With this program, Banco Santander supports, through its local affiliates like Santander Bank, formerly Sovereign Bank, the higher education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility, and innovation.
The agreements Santander Universities sign represent long-term partnerships with participating universities. Santander’s support is customized to each university, which means that they can develop their educational and research priorities, and maximize the benefits of Santander Universities’ global scope. To learn more about Santander Universities, please visit

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 about our undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs, visit the College’s website at