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Fall Fest 2017 Welcomes Alumni, Students, and Families to Campus

This year’s Fall Fest – an annual weekend for the Mount Ida community to come together to celebrate being part of the College – was full of connecting, honoring extraordinary members of the community, cheering on Mustang and alumni teams, and exploring the College’s academic innovations. More than 700 alumni, students, and families attended Fall Fest activities and events this year.

On Friday night, Fall Fest began with the Alumni Awards Reception & Dinner, held at Shaw Hall. Edith Green ’52 and Phillip J. Matthews ’08 were honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards, Nicole Dunn ’91 received the Alumni Achievement Award, and Jeileen Alvarez ’12 and Timothy Hughes ’08 were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Nicole Dunn, ’91, who received the Alumni Achievement Award, said “Mount Ida changed my life.”

Also present at the dinner were past alumni award recipients. The alumnus who was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award 10 years ago, Carol Babineau, came to the dinner to present the award to each of the 3 award winners.  Former basketball coach Jack Casey and former volleyball coach Skip Tately, came to the dinner to induct the alumni into the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame.

Later that evening, Fall Fest attendees could cheer on the Lady Mustangs Volleyball team as they took on the New England College Pilgrims. The Lady Mustangs won the game 25 to 22.

At the Campus Center Theatre, Craig Karges, a “mentalist,” dazzled the audient with his talents and, afterwards, comedian Chris Distefano of MTV kept everyone laughing. College alumni were also invited to a late-evening party at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza off campus, to continue reconnecting with old friends and celebrating Mount Ida’s outstanding alumni.

On Saturday morning, students’ families and alumni joined President Barry Brown for breakfast at the Wingate Event Center, where Pres. Brown gave a “State of the College” address and talked about Mount Ida’s future.

At the Fall Fest Tent throughout the day, there were games for all ages, including giant versions of checkers, Connect 4, and Jenga. Younger fans of Mount Ida could decorate pumpkins for local children’s hospitals, as well as other crafts, while their parents and siblings could enjoy the food and music under the tent.

Fall Fest participants also got a taste of some of Mount Ida’s innovative academic experiences. In Longfellow Hall, visitors could participate in CSI: Mount Ida, a glimpse of Mount Ida’s forensic science program and a crime scene analysis with Professor James Jabbour. In Wadsworth Library, the College’s archivist, Rachel Cohen, invited visitors to tour Mount Ida’s past with a variety of items from the College’s archives. Later in the day, the School of Design hosted a virtual reality demonstration using the HTC Vive, a state-of-the-art VR system.

Fall Fest attendees could also cheer on their favorite Mount Ida teams, present and past. The women’s soccer team played the Suffolk rams, and for the first time in ten years, won 1 to 0. The women’s field hockey team played St. Joseph’s College later in the afternoon where the Mustangs were defeated 2-0.

The Mustangs men’s soccer team played the Lasell Lasers on Alumni field, winning 2 to 0. During the game’s halftime, the Michael P. Mazza Family Plaza was officially unveiled. The plaza honors Michael P. Mazza ’17, a criminal justice major and football player who passed away in February 2016.