The Mount Ida College Alumni Association kicked off this year’s Fall Fest with the annual Alumni Awards celebration. This year we recognized outstanding alumni for their volunteerism, leadership and achievements. This year’s recipients included:


Ann Poley Hewitt ‘58, Distinguished Alumni Award -picture with family and President Brown

Stacey Dorsey

Stacey Dorsey, ’99 was presented the Alumni Service Award by Maureeen Malavase ’99/’01


The celebration also included the induction into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame for:

 Brett Conley ’09, pictured with family and President Brown
Brett Conley ’09, pictured with family and President Brown

Kristin Santos ’08, pictured with family and President Brown

Kristin Santos ’08, pictured with family and President Brown


Laura McCarthy, faculty member in Fashion Design at Mount Ida College got the call of a lifetime this summer, when she was invited by fellow New Hampshire designer Harry Umen to accompany him to Rio to participate in the Moda-Couture fashion show at the Summer Olympics.


Photos by Charlie Lemay

Umen, who is known for combining couture with technology found himself in a bind, when his collaborators were unable to participate in the upcoming show.  With only two-and-a-half weeks to put together 12 looks, he reached out to McCarthy, who he had never met.

Umen, an abstract photographer and digital artist, turned his photos into prints, then McCarthy, who specializes in the shape and the drape of the fabric, took the geometric designs and worked non-stop to turn the prints into garments.

“Going to Brazil was an amazing experience,” says McCarthy.  “Participating in this project has been and continues to be a fantastic opportunity for me as a designer to explore working collaboratively with other artists to express a point of view which is more than just mine alone. As I like to tell my students, there is no better way to learn and grow than to immerse yourself in something new and unfamiliar – it forces you to really open your eyes and see things from a different perspective.”

NPR followed their adventure in this piece produced by the New England News Collaborative.

And their collection received rave reviews – and is now showing on runways in New York, San Francisco and Boston – and in this piece produced by New Hampshire’s WMUR TV. 



Mary Tabor

October 17, 2016-

Mount Ida College has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Mary Tabor, an internationally renowned journalist and writer for an intensive week-long visit October 17 – 20. Tabor will conduct classes, seminars, workshops, and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share her practical knowledge in the areas of journalism and the craft and invention of fiction writing.

“Tabor will be a perfect fit for Mount Ida. Our students will have a chance to meet a world-class journalist and author with a deep knowledge of how to bridge the gap from business and politics to the creative world and how to establish a foundation for attaining life-long career goals based on a liberal arts education. Tabor helps to create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds,” said Ronald Akie, Provost and Chief Academic Officer.  “We’re delighted that Mary Tabor will also have time to get to know our campus and to explore in depth how the classroom and campus relate to the broader society.”

Join us Tuesday, October 18th  7:00-7:45pm
“Mary Tabor on Business and Art”
Campus Center Theatre
Open to the Public

About Mary Tabor:

Mary Tabor published her first book of fiction at age 60 after a 16-year career in corporate America, a senior executive, director of public affairs writing for the oil industry’s trade association, landing her in both Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. She was a high school English teacher who bridged the gap to the business world, rising on the corporate ladder while also raising two children. She then made a transition from the business world to the creative world, leaving her corporate job when she was 50 to earn an MFA degree in Creative Writing. Her book The Woman Who Never Cooked won Mid-List Press’s First Series Award. Tabor’s experience spans the worlds of journalism, business, education and fiction writing. She was a visiting writer at University of Missouri in Columbia, teaches fiction writing at George Washington University, the Smithsonian’s Campus-on-the-Mall, and works with the DC library to reach less-privileged populations on how to begin writing about  family, personal history and writing a story—the stuff of life. She’s been interviewed on XM Satellite Radio and Pacifica Radio to discuss Joyce, Shakespeare and others and her lifelong career-journey.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities.