Consider milk.

Known to increase strength and build strong bones. An essential component of the morning meal for hundreds of years, and perhaps, best known for its advertising tagline…”Got Milk”.

For one undergraduate researcher at Mount Ida College, there is much more to this most famous of liquids than meets the eye.

Lauren Metzler, a senior biology major with minors in psychology, recently completed a group biochemistry research project focusing on the extraction of protein in milk. Metzler, along with her research group comprised of five other biology majors, are using their results to determine if this type of research could relate to product cost.

“We completed an experiment based upon the gels of milk and different percentages of methanol and Bromophenol blue to determine which percentage worked the best,” notes Metzler, who was recently accepted into the Clinical Laboratory Sciences graduate program at UMass Lowell. “We worked together as a team; six brains are always better than one.”

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Since her high school days in Dracut, Massachusetts, Metzler wanted to participate in biological research. She realized early on that hands-on lab experience would bolster her graduate school applications.

“The biology program at Mount Ida is quite diverse. It ranges from environmental biology to in depth learning about cellular functions and specialty research,” says Metzler. “My professors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, most having worked in the field and teach based upon their own lengthy career experience.”

Obtaining real-world experience in the research and medical fields, were opportunities Metzler took advantage of during her four years at Mount Ida. Completing multiple internships gave her hands-on real world experience and confidence needed to move forward in her career.

“My sophomore year, I had the opportunity to intern with the Newton Public Health Department,” notes Metzler, who helped the department design a new alcohol licensing program and also assisted in flu clinics and field health inspections.

Currently, she is employed at Benchmark Senior Living where she works closely with people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“My experiences at Mount Ida, interacting with my professors and classmates, the campus pre-medical society and career services, have all contributed to my pursuing a rewarding career in public health research,” Metzler concludes.

Although science is always a top priority for Metzler, for now, she is concentrating on her upcoming big conquest: graduation.

As Vice President of Mount Ida’s Class of 2014, she echoed the importance of remembrance for her fellow classmates:

“Remember these four years as something that was amazing, an experience that we should never forget.”

For more information on the Biology Program at Mount Ida, please visit our degree program homepage.

For over the past decade, Mount Ida College has worked through the Learning Circle Program (TLC) to develop a robust Peer Leader/Educator Program on campus. Each year, students serve as program leaders and mentors with the goal of encouraging their peers to make healthy and productive lifestyle choices that support their academic, personal and career goals.

In 2013, TLC expanded its Peer Leader/Educator Program and began training students to become Certified Peer Educators, through the Bacchus Network’s Student Leader Empowerment Training Program. The program prepares its students leaders to model healthy lifestyle choices and educate their peers on a variety of topics essential to student success. This past year, three TLC students trained and earned certification:

Cassie Durand ‘16, Veterinary Technology
Molly Christian ‘16, Psychology and Forensic Science
Dane Finis ‘14, Business Administration

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In addition to providing support and resources to students, TLC Peer Leaders plan and co-facilitate educational programs throughout the year. In 2014, the peer leaders facilitated two TLC community meetings: Utilizing Campus Resources and Sophomore Slump. The Peer Leaders/Educators also participated in a service learning project at West Roxbury Urban Science Academy in April to a group of High School juniors. Their presentation covered information about attending college, including choosing a college, financial aid/resources, campus-life, and finding your passion.

Stephanie Venizelos, who oversees the Peer Leader/Educator Program and facilities student training, recently presented “Training and Empowering Students for Peer Education” at the New England Educational Opportunity Association Conference. Venizelos is currently training a group of six Mount Ida students to become certified Peer Leaders for the fall.

To learn more about TLC at Mount Ida, please visit our online webpage.

Mosaic, an annual student-run and faculty guided literary magazine published by the English Department of Mount Ida College every May, cultivates the talents of our students and allows them to share their work with the community.

The mission of Mosaic is to provide a platform that nurtures the creative potential of our students and creates an engaging exchange of stories, ideas and experiences that strengthens the community as a whole.

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Comprised entirely of student work, Mosaic features poetry, short stories and essays. Mosaic editors and contributors are a dedicated and eclectic mix of students of all majors who are devoted to putting together a publication of the highest quality.

Download and read the Mosaic Literacy Magazine 2014 edition.

Student Editors

Marleen Gainey ‘14, B.A. English

Anna Hogle ’15, B.A. English

Jacqueline Tynes ’14, B.A. English

Cover Design

Tyler Wood ’15, B.S Graphic Design

Faculty Advisor

Michael Baron, Faculty, Humanities & English

For more information on the English Program at Mount Ida, please visit our degree program homepage.