On Friday evening, November 4, a group of School of Design, Art Foundation students from varying design majors attended a First Fridays event in Boston in which galleries and artist studios in the South End open to the public SoWa Art & Design District. 

Art Foundation Associate Professor Jeffrey Marshall helped students explore contemporary art in galleries showing everything from sculpture to installation, painting to drawing and design. At a number of the galleries students were able to talk to the artists and discuss their work. This was the first time any of the students had been to SoWa, and it made a strong impression.

Students spoke with artist Robert Lewis about his sculpture exhibition: “Peripheral Visions” at the Rafius Fane Gallery. Lewis’ work was a group favorite.

Said Animation student Rebecca Fortier, “SoWa was a fun trip, with many interesting artists, who were all very enthusiastic about their work.”

Evonne Chaput,a Game Art Major, echoed Fortier’s experience.“I enjoyed meeting some of the artists and learning about the processes they used to make their work.”

Professor Kathleen Driscoll, Art Foundation Coordinator and Gallery Coordinator in the School of Design, believes exposing students to Boston art venues is an important part of their first year studies.”These experiential trips into Boston to see actual art and speak to living artists and designers supports the learning within the Art Foundation and Design courses by enhancing the students’ understanding of what real world art and design are, and the place these take in the world outside the classroom.”

Jason Donati, Dean of the School of Design, sees tremendous value is these kinds of extracurricular activities. “This is a fantastic example of the engaged teaching and learning that happens regularly in the School of Design. Professor Marshall understands that a well-rounded art and design education should not be confined to a studio or take place only during scheduled class meeting times. In fact, trips like this prove that some of the most important educational opportunities will happen beyond the campus limits.”

“There was a great team effort to make this trip happen,” says Professor Marshall, “from Romeo Lopez at Aramark and Paula Frederick at the School of Design helping organize the shuttle, to Tony our driver creating a smooth trip, to all the support from the Design School, it takes a lot of people to create these unique experiences for students.”
Art Foundation plans on having regular trips to popular and lesser-known arts destinations in the Boston area.


Boston Police Commissioner William Evans visited the Mount Ida College campus on Monday, November 14 and spoke to a room of students, faculty, and staff about community policing in the City of Boston. Commissioner Evans shared his background and proudly told how he was born and raised in South Boston and has spent his entire career with the Boston Police Department. Students were especially impressed with Commissioner Evans’ relaxed, open, and genuine commitment to building and maintaining mutual respect and trust between the Boston Police Department and the community members.

Commissioner Evans spoke easily and convincingly of the critical need for community programs and support for at-risk youth. His belief in the importance of even one caring and committed adult, was delivered with characteristic candor and personal reflection.

Commissioner Evans also spoke with authority regarding the recent high-profile news stories about the police and how those stories impact the relationship between the community and the police.

“Commissioner Evans is mindful of the impact crime has on victims, victims’ families and offenders so much so that he is committed to including community members in police academy training,” said Kimberly Stewart, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, who helped arrange  the Commissioner’s visit.  “The Commissioner values the voices of crime victims and witnesses and wants those voices to be heard by the new recruits. He does not just want the officers to participate in community policing, rather he sees it as a focus for the entire department, himself included.”


On October 31 the Funeral Service Department hosted a trip to Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge to learn more about the historic cemetery.  Students went on a guided tour and got to enjoy some time together outside of the classroom.

Then, approximately 30 students traveled to Boston University Medical School in November to tour the Anatomical Gift Program and Anatomical Labs while in session. “ It was super exciting to have our students get an opportunity to see the other side of anatomical donation, which for funeral service professionals usually ends at the morgue doors,” says Sarah Stopyra, Instructor in the Department of Funeral Service Education.

And, once again, it was Halloween weekend and time for students to put on their annual Haunted House.  “This year’s theme was Haunted Circus.  The students, once again outdid themselves,” says Stopyra who adds a special thank you to Instructor Dan Shea for his guidance in helping students to put on this monumental event.