Summers Don’t Slow Down at Mount Ida

The orientation team kicked into high gear

As soon as Commencement 2016 ended, the Orientation Team from Student Affairs and a new crew of student Orientation Ambassadors shifted into high gear to welcome the class of 2020.

In three sessions held in June and July, students were introduced to everything Mount Ida has to offer.  After hearing from President Brown and Provost Akie, the Orientation Ambassadors took to the stage with rallying cries and a dance number.

Vice President of Student Affairs Laura DeVeau took it from there.  First she gave the students time for a hug from their parents and those there in support, and then sent the adults on their way to workshops to help them transition to their new-found roles.

Then the students broke up into small groups and headed off to a chance to get to know their ambassadors and each other. At the end of the one and a half day sessions, they were all Mustangs and eager to come back and get started in September.

Class of 2020, be sure to join Mount Ida’s Facebook group to connect with students, staff and faculty and stay up-to-date on everything on campus.


For six-foot-one-inch, high school basketball and volleyball star Molly Alkinburg, finding the right clothes to wear when she wanted out of her athletic gear was the ultimate challenge.

“The clothes I found in the Maryland stores where I grew up, just didn’t fit.  They were too short, too big, or not big enough.   I love fashion and wanted the ability to be able to have the same choices as other women to create my own style.”

With that in mind, and a healthy dose of the TV show “What Not to Wear,” Molly decided that she’d pursue a career in fashion.  And, if she could find the right college that would allow her to not only do that, but participate in high-level sports, that would be ideal.

“Mount Ida College offered the right combination – The Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Program would teach me what I needed to become a stylist – and the NCAA Division III Basketball and Volleyball teams would keep me competitive.”

Molly loves design, but admits it’s not her strong suit, so she’s concentrating on the merchandising side.  With visual merchandising, “It’s important how stores are laid out.  It’s important how windows are designed and lit. It’s important what is displayed at the point of sale, which often becomes an impulse purchase.  All of that is part of a store’s success.”

And once the customer has been intrigued to come into the store,that is where Molly is preparing to shine as a stylist.  “I want to help people figure out what they should be wearing and what will make them be their best.”  For Molly that requires not only an understanding of design and fabric, but also an ability to learn what makes a person comfortable and what works with their skin tone, hair color and personality.

“It’s not only women, it’s men too,” she adds.   “I am an advocate of “It doesn’t have to MATCH, it has to GO.”  She tries to steer people to be more creative with their style.  “I encourage people to try things on. Clothing often looks different once you have it on then when it’s on a hangar.  It’s all about being right for your body shape, curves or style.”

Fashion Futures, the annual Mount Ida student-produced runway show is another part of the Mount Ida program that is important to Molly.  “Last year I modeled and was the first person on the runway wearing a dress made entirely out of used Scratch tickets!  It was stapled on, but I kept my balance in four-inch heels and kicked off the show in high fashion.”  This year she worked behind the scenes, heading up the social media and creating the marketing materials and publicity for the downtown nightclub fashion night.

And, when the fashion show was over, Molly got down to finishing her exams, then headed off to Costa Rica to play in the 4th Annual Costa Rica invitational volleyball tournament put together by Beyondsportscr.com.  After that, if things go as planned, there’s a red-carpet moment or more in her future.


Fashion Futures 2016, the student produced annual fashion show that took place at Royale in Boston in May, lives on in this feature story on Mount Ida’s best designers in the Boston Globe.

In addition to this online story and photo gallery, the three regional sections of the Boston Sunday Globe on July 10, 2016, ran the story, each highlighting students from the area.

In Globe West, Sarah Anzalone and Hannah Smith, both from Upton, spoke about their plans.

For Sarah it’s having multiple boutiques starting in Boston. “I want to put fashion and technology together,” says Sarah.

Hannah has set her career goals on costume design, theater, movie sets, music videos and stylists. In Globe South, Hannah Labonte, a Fashion Industry Marketing and Management major of Norton says “I hope to be behind the scenes of fashion shows, planning, styling and doing public relations.

Globe North featured Lowell’s Adrianna Colon who looks for comfort in fashion and who spoke about her collection inspired by a Puerto Rican folk tale, while Fatima Brooks, also from Lowell told the Globe, “Clothing is a little bit superficial, but it can boost self-confidence make you feel better about yourself.”