This past month she was the first place runner up for the Design New England Showdown event that was sponsored by The Boston Design Center, ASID NE and Design New England Magazine. Design Showdown is a competition in which design students are challenged to imagine a live/work space that combines innovative design, functionality, and elements of social responsibility. This competition was free and open to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in interior design or interior architecture at an educational institution in New England. Nicolette’s design was a beautifully designed teaching kitchen that was completely universally designed. Her attention and detail to social awareness and accessibility was commendable and certainly won over the panel of judges.


Molly Campbell, Publisher, Design New England, Gail Raviala Editor, Design New England  MSM Interior Architecture Graduate student Nicolette Gordon and Steve Favreau the “Master of Ceremonies”

Graduate student Nicolette Gordon with her Professor Stephanie McGoldrick


When Rose Botti-Saltisky, professor of Interior Architecture and Design was named “Educator of the Year” in 2016, no one on the Mount Ida campus was surprised in the least. She accepted the Honor by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), New England, at an event held at the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
“While everyone on this campus, especially those in the School of Design and in the Interior Design Program, is aware and appreciative of Rose’s dedication and commitment to student success, it was wonderful to see her be recognized by the professional interior design community,” says School of Design Dean Jason Donati.
Professor Rose Botti-Salitsky is passionate about the profession of interior design and has been sculpting spaces in which people work, shop, live, play, learn, heal, pray, sleep, and grow, for over 20 years.

What she has discovered is both the power and the responsibility that comes with her field.

“Interior design contains human occupants and their health, safety, and welfare should always be on the forefront of an interior designer’s thinking.” She brings the delicate balance of technical skills combined with the ability to design aesthetically beautiful spaces to her classroom.

She shares her wealth of professional experiences freely with her students. “I like to share real world experiences as it gives my students a better understanding of the scope and relevance of specific design projects. Nothing pleases me more than seeing my students accomplish their goals and have a successful career.” Botti-Salitsky continues her relationships with students long after the degrees are bestowed. “One of the greatest rewards as an educator is when the mentoring does not end with graduation; numerous students contact me for career advice long after they have left the school. They also return to Mount Ida as visiting faculty and critics, giving back to college community.”

Professor Botti-Salitsky’s research activities include work with Fairchild Books, a Bloomsbury Publishing Imprint as the author of the textbook “Programming & Research: Skills and Techniques for Interior Design.
Botti-Salitsky is at the forefront of driving the charge to have interior design recognized as a profession within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, advocating that interior designers should be recognized and registered alongside their architectural and engineering brethren. She has served as the president of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition and was instrumental in changing state laws to allow interior designers to independently bid on projects. She also serves on the American Society of Interior Designers National Codes Advisory Council

Botti-Salitsky is the recipient of many honors for her work including the 2008 “Business Leader Honoree,” and 2007 “Star Award” from the International Interior Design Association New England Chapter and the 2006 “ Presidential Citation” from the American Society of Interior Designers New England Chapter. She also was the recipient of the Lettieri Teaching Award in 2000, presented by Mount Ida College as the highest recognition of teaching excellence.


Summers Don’t Slow Down at Mount Ida

The orientation team kicked into high gear

As soon as Commencement 2016 ended, the Orientation Team from Student Affairs and a new crew of student Orientation Ambassadors shifted into high gear to welcome the class of 2020.

In three sessions held in June and July, students were introduced to everything Mount Ida has to offer.  After hearing from President Brown and Provost Akie, the Orientation Ambassadors took to the stage with rallying cries and a dance number.

Vice President of Student Affairs Laura DeVeau took it from there.  First she gave the students time for a hug from their parents and those there in support, and then sent the adults on their way to workshops to help them transition to their new-found roles.

Then the students broke up into small groups and headed off to a chance to get to know their ambassadors and each other. At the end of the one and a half day sessions, they were all Mustangs and eager to come back and get started in September.

Class of 2020, be sure to join Mount Ida’s Facebook group to connect with students, staff and faculty and stay up-to-date on everything on campus.