Just in time for the new semester, Mount Ida’s Wadsworth Library is launching Discovery, a new search tool that will make research quicker and easier for students – and everyone – at Mount Ida. Discovery is conveniently located at the top of the library homepage. By just entering a keyword, users will gain access to an exhaustive list of relevant periodicals, books, e-books and videos from Mount Ida’s collection and beyond.


“Research databases can have a steep learning curve for incoming college students, but Discovery is designed to utilize keyword searching like Google, a platform most young adults already know and use regularly,” says Mount Ida Information Literacy and Academic Program Liaison Librarian Allison Martel.

”Discovery is a powerful search tool that simplifies the process of library databases for quality information. It covers a majority of Mount Ida’s electronic publication subscriptions and allows for expanded access to holdings outside of the library.”

Head to www.mountida.edu/library to start researching. As always, if you have questions the library staff can offer guidance and assistance. Happy researching!

Though it still feels like summer, the new school year is just around the corner and we can’t wait to welcome our newest Mustangs to campus! To help you prepare, we’ve created a downloadable packing list and rundown of important dates.



For news, updates, and good old Mount Ida spirit, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@mountidanews), Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (username: mountidacollege)! Here’s an overview of important Mount Ida back to school events. Football players will return to campus Friday, August 14 and all fall athletes will check in on Tuesday, August 18.  Tuesday, August 25 marks Transfer Student Orientation Session 2 and on Monday, August 31 student leaders and international studentswill head to campus for check-in.


If you are an incoming student who has not attended orientation, our Make-Up Orientation Session is on Tuesday, September 2.  New students move into residence halls on Thursday September 3 and we will kick off the new academic year with convocation later that afternoon.  Members of the class of 2019 will enjoy a series of special events called Mustang Round Up lasting from Thursday, September 3 until Sunday, September 9. Please check back in for updates as we reveal the exciting details.

Returning students will move into their residence halls on Monday, September 7. All students will be welcomed to campus with a weeklong series of events called Week of Welcome or WOW starting Monday September 7. Please check back in for updates and event specifics. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 8 with add/drop period ending on Wednesday, September 16. Last but not least, students can learn about Mount Ida’s vibrant clubs and organizations at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday, September 16.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

When Helen O’Donnell came to Mount Ida College in the early 80s, she was adrift, having just lost both parents. Her father, Kenneth O’Donnell, had served his professional life alongside John F. Kennedy, seeing him through political failures and successes that propelled him to the White House.

“I knew I wanted to go to college, but I was afraid of being lost in the mix at a big school,” Helen says. Then, her sister-in-law, Chris O’Donnell, a history teacher, along with then Congressman Joseph Kennedy II, who had been like a big brother to her, recommended this small college in Newton that could afford her the ability to learn, grow and feel safe. “That College was Mount Ida and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity it gave me to do just that.”

After graduating with an associate degree in paralegal studies in 1982, Helen went to Washington, D.C. to study history and politics and ended up working in the office of Senator Ted Kennedy. It seemed such a natural progression with her father’s close relationship to the President. “I would get to bounce ideas off the Kennedys and they even helped me start up a small non-profit called the Democracy Foundation. Then, I was able to obtain a job at the “Congressional Quarterly” and soon learned I had a talent and a passion for writing.”

Jump forward a number of years and that passion was fulfilled with the publication of Helen’s first book, A Common Good: The Friendship of Robert F. Kennedy and Kenneth P. O’Donnell, and her work collaborating with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on his 2012 book Jack Kennedy Elusive Hero.

With her first book under her belt, Helen discovered that her father had done a series of interviews with NBC White House correspondent Sander Vanocur that were housed in boxes at the JFK Library in Boston. “They were in no order, hadn’t been catalogued, but were a treasure-trove of conversations in which my father revealed a true behind-the-scenes look at life inside the Kennedy inner circle.”

She began transcribing the tapes and a few years later, The Irish Brotherhood; John F. Kennedy His Inner Circle, and the Improbable Rise to the Presidency, hit the shelves.
“It was an amazing journey, through the tapes, for me to spend time with my late father and create this chronicle.“ But, she adds, it would not have happened without her Mount Ida experience. “Going through the loss of my parents at such a young age, I didn’t’ have direction. Mount Ida gave me that direction – the ability to blossom without getting lost. My experience was about learning who I am and Mount Ida gave me the stability I needed to get on the road for the next steps.”

And a few of the next steps for Helen include a second volume on the story of the Irish brotherhood and a work-in-progress on Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack and JFK.