In May 2015, nine students enrolled in Mount Ida’s Survey of Graphic Design travel course traveled to London to experience the city’s vibrant design scene and rich art history. Survey of Graphic  Design is  multi-disciplinary semester-long course that encompasses interior design, graphic arts, video communications,  architecture, graffiti, street art and photography, and culminates in a seven-day tour of London.

The students, along with their faculty leaders, Jim Fitts and Alison Poor-Donahue, saw works of art by world-famous London artists, including Banksy and Warhol, and learned about how cultural differences between East and West London inform the art and design of the city. Below are photos of the trip taken by Graphic Design Senior and Santander Scholar Anthony Ricketts.

The façade of a building the students passed on their way to Westminster Abbey offers a perfect example of London’s classical architecture.

A snapshot of the  face of a building hundreds of years old on our way to Westminster abbey_2


After a healthy Italian lunch, the students took their first trip to the iconic London Bridge.

After a healthy Italian lunch we embark on our first trip to the world renowned London Bridge_3


Tyler Wood, Olivia Varesi Johnson, and Jim Fitts enjoying their visit to the Royal Naval College.

Tyler Wood, Oliva Varesi Johnson and Jim Fitts enjoying their visit within the Royal Naval College


Look up and you will see this on the ceiling of the Royal Naval College.

Look up and you will see this on the ceiling of the Royal Naval College


Looking at the Big Ben from atop Saint Paul’s Cathedral after climbing over 500 steps.

Looking at the Big Ben from atop St Paul’s Cathedral after climbing over 500 steps.


London seen from the Greenwich Observatory.

London city seen from the Greenwich Observatory


The students felt their hearts race as they gazed over the city from the highest point of the London Eye.

One of the most heart racing moments of the trip was looking over the city on the highest peak of the London eye


The doors to St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Anthony says this is the most beautiful building the group toured.

The Door to St Paul's Cathedral. This was the most beautiful buidling we visited.

This trip was made possible, in part, by Santander Universities. To learn more about the Mount Ida College School of Design, click here.

May 2015-

In 2014,  Mount Ida introduced our newest tradition: The Faculty and Staff Service Awards Program. This annual event recognizes the value of employee contributions to our goals and mission and celebrates service to the institution.


Hosted by the Office of Human Resources, the service awards event recognizes employees who have achieved length of service milestones in the previous calendar year and honors those employees celebrating significant milestones in their service to the college. This year, we combined our Service Awards Program with our End-of-Year BBQ, allowing members of our community to gather to celebrate the successes of the academic year and to acknowledge and honor the following faculty and staff for their dedication, achievements and distinguished years of service to Mount Ida College:

Five Years of Service

Jen Golojuch, Student Affairs
Leah Lipschitz, Athletics
Mark Piscitelli, Instructional Technology & Learning Resources
Julie Skolds, Registrar’s Office

Ten Years of Service

Roberta Teneyck, Veterinary Science & Technology

Fifteen Years of Service

Clemencia Aramburo, Instructional Technology & Learning Resources
Steve Bedard, Technology Services
Carol Goslant, Student Transition & Retention Services
Professor Kim Karolides, Veterinary Science & Technology
Professor Robin Matloff, Dental Hygiene
Lisa Murphy, Dental Hygiene

Twenty Years of Service

Professor Ellen Goldberger, History & Interdisciplinary Studies

Twenty Five Years of Service

Steve D’Arcy, Conference & Event Services

Thirty Years of Service

Professor Madeleine Cousineau, Social Sciences

Thirty Five Years of Service

Professor Jim Martin, Humanities & English

May 11, 2015-

Watch a video of President Brown delivering his speech here or read the full text below.

My thanks to each of you for gathering here today.

It is a truly joyous moment for all of us – filled, also, with gravity and ceremony as each of our students make their way into the world.

Our thanks to Reverend Crowley for his words to each of us. He is the pastor for many of our students and it is so meaningful that he has joined us today

My thanks to our distinguished Board of Trustees, our esteemed and dedicated faculty.

Our great thanks to alumni, to parents, children, relatives and friends who join us

– and to those who share the platform today:   Our honored degree recipients, Carolyn Rafaelian, Dr. Stephen Boswell and Brian McGrory – –  we are honored that each of you has joined us today.


Finally, and most importantly, to our graduates who are about to endure a few more moments of advice before we set you free.

For your part, there have been plenty of things that have challenged each of you while you were at Mount Ida:

  • Roommates you would like to forget
  • The RA that made you crazy
  • Exams that seemed impossible
  • Professors that just did not understand that you really, really should have a B on that paper
  • And, yes, No noise – including heavy breathing – in Malloy after 10:00 p.m.

As maddening as these all were, you survived and more importantly, you learned how to deal with and manage each challenge.  You learned understanding, patience, and tolerance not only about history, biology, design and math.  You gained wisdom to lead a successful life and you did that here.

So, today, when we take away the RA’s, the exams, the salad bar, the locker rooms –  – when all of that disappears in a few hours what’s left when you drive away down Carlson Avenue.

What remains are the important things – your achievements – as scholars and athletes – volunteers and – most wonderfully – the friendships you have made – the people you have met here, who have helped build your life experience – many who will be with you for life and who helped you build another thing that you will take with you down Carlson Avenue –

Your dreams – which we nurtured and cultivated so that you can begin you next life story as the next great artist, sports manager, criminologist, bio researcher, hygienist, director of a dental clinic, fashion, interior, graphic or visual designer or anything and everything in your heart and mind.

As I have been privileged to come to know many of you – you helped me through my first years here  – it is pretty clear to me that there will be no corridor too narrow nor door too small to stop you from moving toward those great spaces that will let you fulfill each and every dream.

In fact, as I have come to know you over these years, I see that each of you embodies the spirit of our new college shield, which we adopted while you were here and which symbolizes your amazing potential. It is very different from other colleges as we are very different –

  • Its lines are not intended to be perfectly printed, but, rather, it is hand drawn to evoke your hands- your energy in the classroom, on the playing fields and in the community
  • There are no limits to the Mount Ida shield. Its edges are open – as we are open to every person, to diversity and culture from every source. Our strength is in our differences – and in our differences we come together as one great college.
  • At its base are mountains – our mountain – symbolizing your strength of character and spirit. The mountains are close together and well defined, representing our years together – but the shield then moves outward and upward as you do today. With the college as your foundation, toward your future and limitless potential.

And like our shield I too see the future as I look out now at your faces – the diverse and wonderful faces of a new America – each of you is looking beyond me, beyond this tent and beyond this day – as you should – impatient and full of energy – and looking at each you as I am now – as we all are on this stage I know that future – our future and yours – way beyond this mountain – is in very, very good hands.

And so, with that wish for each and every one of you:

By the authority vested in me by our Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as President of Mount Ida College, I declare these proceedings open for the purpose of awarding degrees to our graduates and thereby welcoming each of you into the distinguished fellowship of educated women and men.

And, oh yes, before we start and one more time —Go Mustangs!