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.


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.

Mount Ida College has named Ifeyinwa Okeke ’17 as the 2014 Dr. Carol J. Matteson Scholar. The scholarship was established to honor Dr. Matteson’s 10-year service to the College as President from 2000 to 2010. Matteson Scholars represent the standards of leadership, care and commitment to education and to Mount Ida that Dr. Matteson exemplified throughout her presidency.

Matteson Scholarship recipients are full-time undergraduates who have demonstrated leadership skills in the classroom and the campus community. Each Scholar is expected to achieve levels of academic excellence, leadership and community care for themselves and Mount Ida.

Ifeyinwa, a freshman dental hygiene major, was recognized for leadership on campus, at work and at home. She is currently training to become a peer mentor/educator and this summer, she will train to be a resident assistant.


In addition to her commitment to the Mount Ida community, Ifeyinwa spends time in her hometown community of Stoughton, Massachusetts developing programs for teenagers at the local public library.

“I have always gravitated towards leadership roles and found ways to take initiative and be a support system for people,” says Ifeyinwa.

Though a freshman, Ifeyinwa is thriving in her academic studies at Mount Ida due in large part to her love of science, the small residential college experience and the career-focused attributes of the dental hygiene program.

Ifeyinwa notes that receiving the Carol J. Matteson Scholarship will allow her to continue working towards her goal of a prospering career in the oral healthcare field.

After graduation from Mount Ida, Ifeyinwa plans on pursing a graduate degree in orthodontistry while continuing to serve others as a dedicated leader.