Mount Ida College welcomed 30 rising high school juniors and seniors to campus July 13-July 18 for a weeklong immersion into college-level design studies. Students lived on campus to get a taste of college life while they explored personalized design interests and developed skills under the tutelage of expert Mount Ida School of Design faculty.

“We were thrilled to welcome and host his group of talented and energetic students during  Mount Ida’s first ever Design Week” says Jason Donati, Dean of Mount Ida’s School of Design. “It is a profound experience to engage at the High School level with expert designers and other students who introduce diverse perspectives and new ways of thinking and practicing.”

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Throughout the week, students took full advantage of both our campus studio facilities and nearby Boston, well-known for its world-class art. Each day, design faculty would host engaging and informative lectures, in addition to a series of hands-on, career-focused design workshops. Students selected workshops from the following design fields: game art and digital visualization, fashion design, fashion merchandising and marketing, graphic design, interior design, or commercial photography. In the evenings, they enjoyed a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, dinner at famed Italian restaurant Maggiano’s and a performance of the Broadway production “Shear Madness.”

With full access to Mount Ida’s design studios and state of-the-art technologies, students created their own design portfolios from concept to completion.  Frances Metzger, a rising senior at Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ noted that the week was the “perfect balance of having fun and developing valuable design skills.” It was also an opportunity to connect with likeminded peers who share an interest in design and to create portfolio for a future career or college applications.

“I got started on a strong portfolio for applying to college while at Design Week,” said Emma Pereira, a rising senior at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, RI. “I created a full fashion merchandising business plan and had access to expert instructors to guide me along the way. This experience will give me a leg up when I apply to college this year.”

Mount Ida College offers leading undergraduate design programs in animation, game art, digital visualization, fashion design, fashion merchandising and marketing, graphic design, interior design, and commercial photography. To learn more, please visit our undergraduate majors page.

Mount Ida College will host a debate between the Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic Candidates  on Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in Dodge Auditorium at NEI Hall, 777 Dedham Street, Newton.

Candidate for Attorney General Maura Healey and her Democratic primary opponent Warren Tolman will square off in the debate, one of several in a series of debates leading up to the September primary.

Hosted by Mount Ida’s Conferences and Events Services and sponsored by the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce’s Lawyers Committee in partnership with The Newton TAB, Needham Times and wickedlocal.com/politics, the one-hour debate is open to the public.

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This event is free, but attendance is limited and preregistration is required.

To register for the event online, please visit www.nnchamber.com or call (617) 244-5300.

To learn more about planning your next event at Mount Ida College, visit Conferences and Events Services on mountida.edu or contact Steve D’Arcy, Director of Conferences & Events Services at scdarcy@mountida.edu or (617)928-4576.

In 2014, five dental hygiene students enrolled in Mount Ida College’s dental hygiene degree program, became the first dental hygienists to travel abroad to Quito, Ecuador, located on the slopes of the Andes Mountains, to provide preventive dental expertise. Mount Ida partnered with Child Family Health International to offer a study abroad program providing rich and diverse experience for these dental hygiene students, allowing them to improve their cultural competency, broaden their dental public health knowledge, and allow them to interact with dental health professionals in a variety of health care settings. The study abroad program is supported by Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities division. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 49 students received funding from Santander Universities for travel scholarships as a result of this collaboration.Their journey is featured in an International Educator magazine article on the benefits of  U.S. dental programs embracing international education experiences.

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Jacyn Stultz, Department Chair of dental hygiene at Mount Ida, accompanied students Nicole Cantello, Jennifer Arias, Jessica Fogg, Yesenia Santos and Julie Carlson on the week-long trip to Ecuador.  A valuable learning experience, the trip presented students with a language barrier and a completely different environment than they are used to in the United States. With the help of dental professionals, they provided cleanings, restorations and examinations for more than 450 patients in one week ranging from infants, preschool, children, teenage mothers, adults and elders. Students also introduced “Preventive Dental Hygiene” to patients with little or no knowledge of oral health.

While in Ecuador, students immersed themselves in Ecuadorian culture through cuisine, Spanish language classes and learning local customs through living with an Ecuadorian family for the duration of their stay. They also visited low income community health centers and local hospitals. On their last day in Ecuador, our students had the opportunity to educate and examine 300 public school children from ages three to six.  Dressed as the tooth fairy, one Mount Ida dental hygiene student delivered toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children and all of the children received a hands-on tooth brushing lesson in Spanish.  Many of these children have never owned their own toothbrush and if they did, they had to share it with family.

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“It was an experience of a life time,” “humbling,” “transformational,” “the best experience I ever had,” and “grateful,” were just a few of the student’s comments after returning home to Mount Ida.

“This opportunity positively impacted our lives and the lives of others. We hope to reach out and touch many other people as they have so profoundly touched ours,” the group concluded.

For more information about international travel programs at Mount Ida, please visit our Center for Global Connection’s webpage.