Tony D’Onofrio, assistant professor of biology and faculty advisor to the pre-medical student organization, has reasons to celebrate.  Not only has he  been awarded a Faculty Development Grant for his project “Bioinformatic Analysis of Bacterial Communities,” he is also beginning his first year as a full-time faculty member at Mount Ida.

With his research grant, he will be collecting environmental samples for a variety of sources and locations and analyzing them using next generation DNA sequencing methods.  “The analysis will produce data that includes information on the presence and abundance of different bacterial species which can then be analyzed using a variety of bioinformatic programs,” he says.


D’Onofrio will bring both his  robust research and education background to his classes here. While working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University, he began lecturing part-time at colleges, including Mount Ida. He then spent two years as a Scientist at biotech startup Seres Health, before realizing that he wanted to return to an academic setting with a small, close-knit community.

Mount Ida’s biology major, which offers a classical foundation in biology as well as an overview of the latest developments in research technologies, was a perfect fit for him. “Graduates from our biology program will be prepared for careers in the life sciences, biotechnology and environmental conservation. Biology students can also choose to concentrate in pre-medicine or pre-pharmacy to prepare for medical or pharmacy school,” he notes.

Looking ahead at the future of the biology field, D’Onofrio believes the ability to effectively use computers to analyze, compare and draw conclusions from genomic data will be a skill that will continue to grow in importance. Knowledge and insight into these concepts is something that is incorporated into several biology courses at Mount Ida such as Genetics, Microbiology and Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

In addition to  sharp, new analytical skills, D’Onofrio  also hopes students leave his classes with a better understanding of how biology relates to their lives and what career paths exist related to the field.

June 2015 – The need is great, and the subject difficult – helping urban youth and their families deal with and grieve the loss from sudden and unexpected death.

Joining the Summer Institute on Grief and Loss, presented by the National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida College, will be a day-long workshop with Annette March-Grier, an expert in bereavement and Founder and President of Roberta’s House (  in Baltimore, Maryland.


Selected as one of the CNN “Top 10 Heroes” in 2014, Annette March-Grier works tirelessly to facilitate the emotional, physical and spiritual healing for grieving children and their families.

A bereavement counselor for more than a quarter-century, she founded Roberta’s House in Baltimore, Maryland, as a safe and confidential setting where those struck by the trauma of the sudden death of a loved one, can freely and safely express their feelings and learn to cope.

Trained as a nurse with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, she worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital before joining her family funeral home business in Baltimore.  She went on to earn a degree in mortuary science and became certified as a funeral service practitioner.

“We are most fortunate to have Annette join us to present  ‘African American Youth Bereavement: Beyond Survival After Traumatic Losses.” says Diane Moran, NCDE Director. “Addressing the subject matter is of upmost importance, given the climate in the country and the prominence trauma plays in the lives of grieving African American youth.  We welcome her expertise.”

Roberta’s House offers services without charge to the community.  Workers and volunteers at Roberta’s House believe every individual has the capability of healing and positive memories can become the motivation to live fully and purposefully.

Grier is a member of the Association of Death Educators and Counselors, Trustee of Sheppard Pratt Hospital, a member of the Harbor City Chapter of Links Inc., and many other professional associations.

For more information on the National Center for Death Education Summer Institute on Grief and Loss, July 20 – 24, 2015 visit or call 617-928-4727.

Mount Ida Design Week is a chance for you and fellow rising junior and senior high school students to get inspired and informed about different career paths in design. Regardless of your design experience, we want you to dive in, explore and enjoy the residential experience of our beautiful New England campus.



Get inspired and informed about career paths in design

Design Week is a fun and focused way to discover if a career in design might be in your future. You will participate in studio classes that will take your design know-how to new levels and meet like-minded peers who enjoy and appreciate design. As importantly, you will design your very own portfolio that you can take home with you. In addition, Design Week offers you opportunities to:

  • Use state-of-the-art technology
  • Get hands-on studio experience
  • Work with leading design instructors
  • Experience campus life with new friends

Choose one workshop you like best

Our School of Design is pulling out all the stops to present you with awesome design workshops, led by our industry-experienced professors. Choose from one of these six workshops and pursue your passion for design:

  • Animation, Game Art & Digital Visualization: Our robust program is a real tour de force in 3D computer graphics. In just one week, you’ll gain foundational understanding in game design, 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and rendering. Every step of the way will be guided by industry-experienced instructors, who will also show you how to compose your seven-day experience into a killer portfolio.
  • Commercial Photography: A chance to discover the exciting world of commercial photography through the lens of Mount Ida’s industry seasoned faculty. Learn the ins and outs of the digital camera and how to get amazing results from your work.
  • Fashion Design: The Fashion Design Program at Mount Ida’s School of Design gives aspiring designers a chance to hone their talents with gifted professors who work in the field.  Learn fashion design from the ground up, by using art, fashion design basics, pattern techniques, and presentation skills to cultivate your passion.
  • Fashion Merchandising and Marketing: Are you always ahead of the latest fashion trends?  Take a peek into the exciting world of fashion merchandising. Students will explore the planning, buying, and marketing elements of the fashion industry. Workshop topics will include retailing, buying, fashion history, visual merchandising and consumer behavior.
  • Graphic Design: Interested in developing your skills and creativity through our hands-on experiences? This is a chance for young artists and designers to come together and explore the world of design. Students will engage in a variety of creative problem-solving assignments and through critiques and practice will develop design fluency in several areas of graphic design.
  • Interior Design: When you are in a room, do you notice what works and what you might want to change? Do you like to design or redesign your room? Are you a creative and artistic person?If you answered yes to some of these questions than our interior design program is the right fit for you

#MountIda #DesignYourSummer

Out of the design studio, you and your fellow high school designers will enjoy all that a private New England college campus has to offer: a picturesque 72-acre suburban college campus in the beautiful and safe community of Newton, Massachusetts.  With many of our college students home for the summer, as a Summer Design Week participant, you will get a taste of college in a relaxed and fun environment, living in the residence halls with professional staff, enjoying meals in the dining commons, and exploring our new campus center.

Before you arrive, be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. We will be posting news and information about the program before, during and after Design Week using the hashtags: #MountIda #DesignYourSummer.

Be sure to join in on the conversation!

Affordable and convenient location

Mount Ida Design Week, from July 25- August 1, 2015, is a great opportunity and value.

Regular Registration (full payment received by June 15): $800

Late Registration: $950

This all inclusive fee covers everything—workshops, studio time, meals and housing. This one week only program has limited capacity.

Getting to our Newton Centre campus is easy. Check out the driving directions, including easy public transportation options, in addition to our campus map.

Contact us and registration

If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact Marie Bury of Admissions at (617) 928-4506 or Hope to see you this summer!