The National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida College is pleased to invite you to register for our 30th annual  Summer Institute on Grief and Loss from July 21 to July 25, 2014. The five-day Institute features leading experts in thanatology, professional networking and more. To register, visit


The Summer Institute on Grief and Loss is designed for professionals in a variety of settings who work with people who have experienced loss and grief. Participants gain an understanding of current issues in the field of loss and grief counseling and become better able to make assessments and informed referrals. The program includes a series of five workshops on a variety of timely topics including:

  • Living with HIV/AIDS: challenges & strategies; responding to persistent PTSD, grief and loss in minority, aging and GLBT communities presented by Donna Gallagher (APRN-C, MS, ANP, FAAN, MA); Jim Campbell, Chair National Association on HIV Over Fifty; Lenny Alberts, MD; and Shirley Royster, Peer Advocate and Educator.
  • The Impact of Traumatic Loss: A workshop for loss & bereavement caregivers presented by Jack Jordan.
  • Beyond Gender: Understanding the ways men and women grieve presented by Ken Doka.
  • Exploring the Healing Power of Hope and Miracles: For ourselves and others presented by Lucille R Marchand (BSN, MD).
  • Pediatric Palliative Care along the Life Cycle with presenters Joanne Wolfe (MD, MPH); Emma Jones, MD; Rachael Menius (MSN, CPNP-AC, CPON); Janet Duncan (MSN, CPNP); and Marsha Joselow, LISCW.

Each daylong workshop provides six continuing education credits for social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, nurses and psychologists.

Institute participants have the option of registering for individual workshops or for the entire week.

For complete workshop descriptions, and to learn more about registration, please visit our Institute webpage.

Mount Ida College fashion design alumna Kelly Gustafson ’14 is one of several Boston area designers featured in the Boston Herald as an up-and-coming designer to watch.

Gustafson was spotlighted for her menswear collection by fashion writer Erica Corsano, who also served as a judge at the 2014 Mount Ida Fashion Show Exposed in Boston. Corsano noted that Gustafson’s take on menswear, inspired by the likes of “Rick Owens and Japanese brands,” made a memorable impression at its premiere during the fashion show.


“It’s rare to find young menswear designers who turn heads with their work,” writes Corsano.

Read more on Gustafson’s collection featured in the Boston Herald’s article entitled “Keep an eye on these young designers” here.

To learn more about the fashion design program at Mount Ida, visit our fashion degree homepage.

Mount Ida College has been ranked by Animation Career Review as one of the top schools for game design and development for its game art, animation and digital visualization degree programs.

Animation Career Review ranked Mount Ida #68 in the Top 75 Schools for Game Design/Development in the U.S.

In 2014, the School of Design at Mount Ida announced two new majors in the fields of design and development including a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Digital Visualization and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animation.

“Our new majors in the School of Design in the areas of game design and development—animation and digital visualization—really reflect what is happening in the marketplace right now and for the future,” noted Jason Donati, Dean of the School of Design.


A degree in digital visualization enables students to focus on the power of communication through animation and visual media and has three concentrations: architectural, medical and legal. The program is designed to prepare students for job placement in the growing visualization industry.

The career-focused animation program will give students the opportunity to develop storytelling and character design while offering hands-on training on cutting-edge software, coupled with classroom instruction from industry leading professionals.

For more information on Mount Ida’s School of Design academic programs, please visit our degree homepage.