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  • Sports Communication & Media Graduate Program to Launch This Fall

    7/8/2016

    Graduates will be positioned for careers in athletic communications and sports broadcasting.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 8, 2016) A new Master of Arts degree program in Sports Communication & Media (SCM) will launch this fall at Iona College.

    The program is designed to prepare students for the world of sports media. Students will be trained to function at the highest level of professional competence and integrity in all aspects of sports media, including live game reporting and producing, TV/radio production and writing, producing a sports documentary and all digital facets of this multimedia industry.

    "The SCM program is geared to train students in a personal manner under professional setting,” said Mike Damergis, program coordinator. “Our graduate students will create content that will be broadcast on the Fantasy Sports Network and they will have an incredible opportunity to produce live events under the direction of Iona Athletics and ESPN3.”

    The program blends traditional coursework with engagement in real-world broadcasting of professional and collegiate sports.

    “Advanced students will have the chance to cover professional teams throughout Westchester County, Connecticut and New York City. Learn by doing is the motto here," added Damergis.

    Iona’s proximity to New York City provides the ideal location for students to gain practical experience in the ever-changing sports industry. Graduates will be well-positioned for careers in all areas of athletic communications and sports broadcasting.

    Offered in the evenings to accommodate the working student, courses are tailored specifically to prepare students for the sports broadcasting industry.

    Small class sizes provide the opportunity to be mentored by the faculty. SCM will be taught by industry professionals that will bring their expertise to the classroom and create opportunities through internships and networking on all levels.

    On completing the program, students will have a solid portfolio of professional work they can showcase to potential employers.

    See more about Iona's Master of Arts degree program in Sports Communication & Media.
     

    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle. 

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  • Gael Makes USA Olympic Team

    7/2/2016

    Recent Iona graduate Leonard Korir has qualified for the USA Olympic team that will compete in track and field at the Rio Olympics this summer.

    Iona College men's cross country / track & field alumnus Leonard Korir '12 finished third in the 10,000-meter run at the United States Track & Field Olympic Team Trials at Heyward Field at the University of Oregon. With the finish, Korir is poised to become Iona's first USATF Olympian when he competes at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    See more at ICGaels.com.
  • Iona in the News

    7/8/2016

    Students, faculty and alumni making news.

    7/18 Yahoo News:  A guide to the US political party conventions
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, adds her perspective to this overview.  
     
    7/13 ABC News (and multiple other news outlets via Associated Press): Once 'America's Mayor,' Giuliani Emerges as Divisive Figure
    Dr. Zaino quoted in this story related to the U.S. presidential election.

    7/11 Yahoo Finance (and other news outlets via PR NewsWire) Sun Orchard Appoints Experienced Executive Carl Colletti as its New Chief Financial Officer
    Alumnus Carl Colletti '94 receives appointment to Chief Financial Officer of Sun Orchard.

    7/8 SiriusXM Radio Insight Channel 121
    Dr. Mitchell Bard, assistant professor, Mass Communications, appeared on “Tell Me Everything with John Fuglesang” discussing his Huffington Post piece on the recent wave of police shootings.
     
    7/7 Huffington Post: It’s Time To Get Beyond The Politics And Take Action To End The Police Killings Of African-Americans
    Dr. Mitchell Bard, writer, is an assistant professor of Mass Communications. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism & Mass Communication in Madison. Mitchell studies how the atomization of the 20th century mass media system has affected news in the 21st century, especially on television and online.
     
    7/7 Times Live:  Clinton dodges bullet on e-mail prosecution
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, quoted in an article on Hillary Clinton.

    6/25 New York Daily News: Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio are now farther apart than before
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, quoted in an article on NY politics.

    6/24 The Ledger: Alpiar's rags-to-riches story also could be a play
    Alumnus Hal Alpiar '64 and his wife Valerie produce a musical "Fearless!"

    6/21 Edmund Rice International (ERI) Newsletter: 
    http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e4d66fd6201da4a3aeb2f5b00&id=b96679563e&e=69356a3c17
    Iona seniors DeVants Spaulding and Rebecca Leaman featured in ERI intern news.

    6/14 WalletHub.com: 
    https://wallethub.com/edu/state-taxpayer-roi-report/3283/#andrew-griffith 
    Andrew Griffith, DBA, EA, CIA, CFE, associate professor of Accounting, was featured in an article about Taxpayer ROI. 

    6/12 WVOX Radio: Fredrica Rudell, Ph.D., (Marketing & International Business) was a guest on the WVOX radio show, "Weighing in on Water" hosted by Deb Rizzi from Suez Water - New York Division.

    6/10 Fox News.com: Five numbers that explain the state of the Democratic race right now
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, authors an opinion piece on the Democratic race.

    6/8 Runner's World: Father Grieves Stillborn Daughter With 22 Marathons
    Alumnus Christopher Longo '99  raising awareness and money to help prevent stillbirths.

    6/7 Globe and Mail (Canada)
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, quoted. With five months to go, Clinton and Trump look to shed negative image

    6/1 DailyMail.com: Trump showboats attacks on 'dishonest' US media
    Dr. Zaino discusses Donald Trump's view on the media.

    5/26 Talk of the Sound: Coffee and Conversation
    Dr. Zaino was a commentator on political and electoral issues at the New Rochelle League of Women Voters.

    5/24 HamletHub: United Way Welcomes New Members to Stamford Community Council
    Alumna Delphine Fairley ’07MBA, community relations manager, Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA)

    5/26 Westchester County Business Journal: Age is no limit for surgeon pursuing MBA and new career
    Dr. Peter Liebert '16MBA, recent graduate and life-long learner, featured in a profile piece.

    5/21 Christian Science Monitor: Behind Sanders unrest: Is the US democratic enough?
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, discusses the presidential primary system.  

    5/19 Fox News: Nevada unrest sparks Democratic concerns about convention, party chaos 
    Dr. Zaino's commentary on upcoming Democratic convention.

    5/18 USA Today, Daily Record: Denville Public Library has new director
    Iona alumna Siobhan Koch appointed director of the Denville Public Library

    5/12 MedicalResearch.com (blog): New Drug Candidate Aims To Treat Both Pain and Opioid Addiction
    Iona alumnus Richard M. Mangano, Ph.D.'72, chief scientific officer at Relmada Therapeutics

    5/10 Darien Times: Panel on colleges with support services to be held at library
    Guest panelist Daneshea Palmer, Iona College director of the College Assistance Program (CAP)

    5/10 New York’s PIX11/WPIX-TV: People may be avoiding de Blasio's birthday party; is it a sign of desertion?
    Dr. Zaino quoted.

    5/9 The Indian Panorama (registration) 'We don't need no stinkin' unity '
    Dr. Zaino quoted.

    5/9 The Dispatch Weekly: Jeb Bush says he won't vote for Trump in November
    Dr. Zaino quoted.

    5/8 The Australian Financial Review: Republicans hunt third presidential candidate
    Dr. Zaino quoted.

    5/5/16 What is the future of the Republican party?
    New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science delivers political analysis on NY WPIX11-TV.

    5/4/16 Waterstechnology.com: Nasdaq CEO Bob Greifeld: Slow and Steady
    Alumnus Robert Greifeld '79 featured in Waterstechnology.com 

    5/3/16 New Rochelle Daily Voice: Energia Fitness Studio Relocates From Division To Main St. In New Rochelle

    4/30 CBS Local:  De Blasio Says Probe Won't Affect Re-Election Bid, But Experts Say It May Hurt His Party Standing 
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science and political analyst, quoted on New York's CBS2 TV.

    4/29 NY WPIX11/WPIX-TV: Fiorina joins Cruz's ticket, but will female voters follow suit too?
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science and political analyst quoted.

    4/28 Your Niskayuna (blog):  April 28, 2016 | Paul O'brien shares some of his most striking moments in his teaching career and ...
    Alumnus Paul O'Brien '65 authors a book, Voices from Room 6.

    4/21/16 Fairfield County Business Journal, Westchester County Business Journal
    Ralph K. Kessler, adjunct professor of business, quoted in Tax policy in flux affects Main Street

    4/21/16 Yahoo News, Christian Science Monitor, others
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, quoted in Closed primaries, 'warped' democracy?

    4/19/16 Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo News, others

    Professor Zaino quoted in Why Hillary holds so little allure for many Millennials

    4/18/16 PIX11 News (NYC TV):

    A panel of Iona students discussed the presidential elections with Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, during a live remote spot on the morning news. Iona College students speak out about the 2016 presidential race 

    4/10/16 Newsweek:
    Professor Zaino quoted in New York Primary 'Must-Win' for Both Sanders, Clinton

    4/10/16 The New Indian Express:
    Professor Zaino quoted in How Senate's 'Most Hated Man' Could Become President

    4/9/16 Pakistan Today:
    Professor Zaino quoted in Clinton's challenge: how to solve a problem like men

    4/8/16 The Journal News:
    Professor Zaino quoted in New York primary: Heating up down the stretch 

    4/6/16 Faculty Publish "New Directions n Thomas Pain Studies"
    Scott Cleary, Ph.D.,
    associate professor of English and director of the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, is the co-editor with Ivy Linton Stabell, Ph.D., assistant professor of English. The book is titled, "New Directions in Thomas Paine Studies" published by Palgrave Macmillan. This book propels the study of American revolutionary and radical Thomas Paine into the twenty-first century by engaging an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars in an exploration of Paine's role in politics, literature, and the invention of the global. This essay collection was derived from various disciplines, including English,History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies and others. The book is a culmination from the First International Conference on Thomas Paine Studies, which was sponsored by and hosted at Iona College in October of 2012. Other contributors to the essay collection include Iona faculty, Gary Berton, Dr. Bob Schiaffino, Dr. Lubomir Ivanov, Dr. Smiljana Petrovic, Dr. Peter Chapin, Dr. Ivy Stabell and Kara Nowakowski (Iona alumna).  


    4/1/16 Yahoo News (and other outlets)
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, quoted in  Battle heats up for crunch New York primary

    3/30/16 PR Newswire

    Iona alumnus honored: Bob Sweeney Wins CFO of the Year Award/
    National Funding's Chief Financial Officer Honored by San Diego Business Journal


    3/21/16 New York's PIX11/WPIX-TV
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino: Obama lands in Cuba for historic visit; another round of big primaries.

    3/14/16 The New York Times
    Feature on women's and men's basketball teams going into NCAA tournament: With Two Bids, Iona Savors ‘Incredible Accomplishment.’
      

    3/13/16 CBS New York
    As a prelude to participation in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade this Thursday, members of Iona's Pipe Band appeared and performed on the Sunday Morning show.  

    3/10/16 QualityHealth.com
    Dr. Lisa Rene Reynolds, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy, quoted in, The Dangers of Holding in Your Emotions

    3/3/16 South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC News)
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, Clinton, Trump win seven states each

    3/1/16 Fox News
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science, What Bernie Sanders' 'Democratic socialism' means to Millennials

    2/29/16 Worldwide Branding.com 
    Iona Alumnus Paul J. Noto '11MA, Named among the Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area

     
    2/20/16 CBS News
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino online story, Hillary Clinton's Nevada victory -- what's different from 2008? 

    2/15/16 WPIX11
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science and political analyst, guest on WPIX, discuss the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

    In wake of Scalia's death, who should name his replacement?

    2/11/16 WPIX 11
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science and political analyst, guest on WPIX, election coverage “Will race play a role in the 2016 presidential election?”
    http://pix11.com/2016/02/11/will-race-play-a-role-in-the-2016-presidential-election/


    2/3/16 CBS New York (CBS2 TV)
    Elena Procario-Foley. Ph.D.,  Br. John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, director, Core Curriculum, was quoted in a news story "High School Discontinues Video Presentation After Critics Call It Anti-Semitic."
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/02/03/high-school-anti-semitic-video/

    2/1/16 CBS New York (CBS2 TV)
    Iona's Matt Carey, director of Center for Financial Markets Studies and the LaPenta-Lynch Trading Floor, talks with Lou Young about the record low prices for natural gas -- and their impact on consumers and the economy. Warm Weather, Cheap Gas Prices Keep Utility Bills Lows, But Experts Say Enjoy It While It Lasts


    2/1/16 Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors - International (ACCED-I)
    Cindy Zapata, manager of the Office of Conference Services at Iona College published an article "Filming on Campus? Bring the Scouts Back to School" in the ACCED-I newsletter.

    1/30/16 New York Daily News
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science and political analyst quoted.
    Mayor de Blasio's campaign grunt work for Hillary Clinton in Iowa may not be best use of his time

    1/29/15 The Recorder
    Alumnus Tyler Conroy'14 named honorary author of fan-driven Taylor Swift book
    http://bit.ly/1Qxltd9 

    1/25/16 Hudson Valley News
    Alumnus Ty Johnson '08 opens new art gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY
    http://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2016/01/25/poughkeepsie-art-community-welcomes-358-gallery/

    1/14/16 The Advertiser News
    Iona Alumna Eileen Ivers '87 to take audience on musical journey
    http://www.advertisernewssouth.com/article/20160114/ENTERTAINMENT/160119962

    1/7/16 Westchester County Business Journal / Fairfield County Business Journal
    Software Company Leaving NJ for Start-Up NY at Iona College's Rockland Campus
    http://westfaironline.com/76760/software-company-leaving-nj-for-start-up-ny/

    12/27/15 The Wall Street Transcript
    Interview with Iona Alumnus Thomas M. O’Brien '81MBA, President and CEO: Sun Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNBC)
    https://www.twst.com/interview/interview-with-the-president-and-ceo-sun-bancorp-inc-nasdaqsnbc
     
    12/24/15 WPIX11 TV
    Hillary Clinton’s ‘abuela’ campaign sparks Twitter backlash
    Featuring Political Analyst Dr. Jeanne Zaino
    http://pix11.com/2015/12/23/hillary-clintons-abuela-campaign-sparks-twitter-backlash/

    12/13/15 WABC7 TV
    Up Close

    Trump's Call For Banning Muslims From Entering U.S.
    Featuring Political Analyst Dr. Jeanne Zaino
    http://abc7ny.com/politics/up-close-trumps-call-for-banning-muslims-from-entering-us/1120916/

    12/6/15 WABC7 TV
    Up Close
    Political Analyst Dr. Jeanne Zaino discusses GOP candidates
    http://abc7ny.com/news/up-close-san-bernardino-shootings/1111778/

    12/7/15 CBS Sports
    Iona Senior Named College Hoops Player of the Week

    Senior A.J. English set personal, school and MAAC records with his performance leading the Gaels to a 101-77 win over Fairfield on December 1. His 46 points and 13 three-pointers also grabbed the attention of national media, including CBS News, which named him Player of the Week.  See more on ICgaels.com.

    11/30/15 Yahoo Finance
    Iona Alumnus Joseph J. DePaolo '81 Named Recipient of Visionary Award
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/signature-bank-president-ceo-joseph-100000454.html


    11/28/15  ESPNw

    Future Gael who started a not-for-profit to benefit poor in Ghana profiled.  See the story.  

    11/19/15 CBS2

    Nadine Cosby, clinical lecturer, mass communications, discusses social media impact on terrorism threats.
    newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/11/19/terrorism-threat-hoaxes/

    11/5/15  Westfair Communications

    Young achievers get their due: Milli Awards to benefit Community Plates
    Caitlin Krueger, senior director, advancement and constituency relations, Iona College, honored at first annual Milli Awards to benefit Community Plates
    westfaironline.com/75463/young-achievers-get-their-due-milli-awards-to-benefit-community-plates/

    11/16 14   News12 Westchester
    The Iona College community gathered on Monday evening, November 16, 2015, for a inter-faith prayer vigil for the victims of the Paris attacks on Friday, November 13. News12 covered student's reactions over the weekend, on Monday during the day, and this report from the vigil.






    WABC7
    Up Close with Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science (click on link, see third story)
    abc7ny.com/news/up-close-pedestrian-safety-and-local-and-national-politics/1085638/


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  • Iona in Mission: Get Moving! 2016

    6/29/2016

    Class of 2020 incoming freshmen begin their Iona experience learning about social justice and community partnerships.

    Reflections by Stephen Hill, coordinator of Iona in Mission


    Iona welcomed incoming first-year students to campus for the inaugural Iona in Mission: Get Moving! program, which engages the participants in service, social justice education, and learning about the core values of Iona College. Get Moving! is a re-envisioning of the Go New Ro program which ran for the past six consecutive years.

    This year 18 incoming students, three returning student leaders, and three professional staff members from the Offices of Mission and Ministry and Off-Campus and Commuter Services participated in the Get Moving! experience.

    During the program students learned about important social justice issues including hunger and homelessness in New York City and Westchester Country, inequality and exclusion, and issues facing elder adults. We participated in services projects around these topics by partnering with the following agencies: The Midnight Run and Project Bro at the St. Joseph’s Care Facility for retired Christian Brothers.

    An essential characteristic of the Edmund Rice story is the desire and ability to live in relationship with people made poor and marginalized.

    To begin this process, we engage our Get Movers in service projects within the local community to nudge them out of their comfort zones both physically and intellectually. Our hope is to help produce students who respond boldly to the world’s suffering and needs with presence and compassion, so that we all may liberated from exclusion and injustice. This is what Edmund Rice did in Ireland, what the Christian Brothers continue to do around the world, and what our students, staff, and faculty are called to do.

    Direct service, however, is just one piece of this program. Students were invited to walk the Two Feet of Social Justice (Service and Advocacy) through a panel conversation with community leaders at the New Rochelle Public Library titled “Service and Advocacy: Standing with our Neighbors in Need.”

    The panelists included: Nate Adams, director of operations for the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, Carole Troum, executive director of HOPE Community Services, Barbara Davis, community relations manager for the New Rochelle Public Library, and Michael Hull, a city resident, activist, and member of the New Rochelle Anti-Racism Task Force.

    The purpose of the panel was to help the incoming students learn about the needs of their neighbors in the community and what they can do to help meet these needs through both direct service and advocacy. The panelists spoke powerfully of the diversity, and embrace of differences by residents, in New Rochelle, but also candidly of the poverty and stresses of so many of our neighbors. They also challenged our new Gaels to be engaged in the local community and good citizens of the Queen City.

    Finally, our Get Moving! students were welcomed into the Iona College community through interactions with President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., many administrators and student leaders who went out of their way to contribute to the program and help our new Gaels reflect on Iona’s values. 

    This reflection on lived values helped the participants integrate what they learned about New Rochelle and Iona’s mission and tradition to better understand their role as citizens of a greater world…who are called to move the world toward justice.

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  • Three Iona Alumni Ordained as Deacons

    6/27/2016

    Ordination held at St. Patrick's Cathedral

    New Rochelle, NY (June 27, 2016) Three Iona Alumni were ordained as Deacons at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on June 25.
     
    Deacon Douglas Adams '84, 57, is a member of Sacred Heart parish, Suffern. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 34 years. They have one daughter, Abigail. He is a public school superintendent at Ramapo Central School District in Suffern. A superintendent for 20 years, he had served as a principal, teacher and coach. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas, a law degree from the University of Arkansas, master’s degrees from Iona College and the University of Florida, and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
     
    Deacon Paul Brisson '86, 53, attended Power Memorial Academy in Manhattan and received a bachelor’s degree from Iona College. He obtained his master’s in technology management from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies during his career in technology management. In 1999, he and his wife, Joan, became parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pelham Manor, now Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Catharine, Pelham Manor. Married for 27 years, the couple has two children, Timothy and Abigail.
     
    Deacon Michael Hall '77, 64, is the director of religious education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Catharine, Pelham Manor. He served as a chaplain assistant in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of Iona College. He has worked in the archdiocese as a teacher at Sacred Heart High School, Yonkers, and was director of religious education at Blessed Sacrament parish, New Rochelle. He distributes Communion to patients at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital on Sundays. 

    Read full story in Catholic NY


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  • Students Awarded Scholarships

    6/22/2016

    27th Annual Kenneth Dolan Memorial Run supports education.


    From left: This year’s scholarship recipients, Katie McManamon ’17, John Murphy ’18,
    Meghan Murphy '13, former scholarship recipient and Mrs. Ann Dolan.

    Two Iona College students were this year’s scholarship recipients through the generosity of Mrs. Ann Dolan and the proceeds from the 27th Annual Kenneth Dolan Memorial Run held on Sunday, June 5, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. 

    John Murphy ’18 and Katie McManamon ’17 were this year’s recipients and participated in the 5K race of over 550 registered runners. The event has been held each year since 1990 in memory of former Iona student Kenny Dolan who passed away tragically, on March 14, 1990, in an automobile accident. The Kenny Dolan Memorial Fund at Iona College has been established from this race to assist students in need of financial support for his or her education. 

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  • Faculty Recognized for Research, Service and Excellence

    6/9/2016

    Awards were presented at Iona's annual Honors Convocation.

    New Rochelle, N.Y. (June, 2016) Six faculty were presented with the 2015-2016 Faculty Awards, granted in recognition of a variety of areas including student and faculty research, integrated-service learning, service to Iona College, and innovation and excellence in teaching.

    The awards are sponsored by the chairman of the Board of Trustees and the president of Iona. The recipients were recognized at the Honors Convocation, held in May, at the Hynes Athletic Center East.
     
    FACULTY AWARD RECIPIENTS 2015-2016
     

    THE IRENE HAMMERBACHER OUTSTANDING FACULTY RESEARCH AWARD
    This award is presented to the faculty member whose achievements in research, scholarship or creative expression have had significant critical reception and are recognized nationally or internationally.
    Awardee: Kim Paffenroth, Ph.D., professor of Religious Studies, chair of Religous Studies Department 
     

    THE BR. ARTHUR LOFTUS OUTSTANDING STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD
    This award is presented to the faculty member who has actively engaged in research and/or scholarly activity with undergraduate or graduate students.
    Awardee: Paolina Centonze, Ph.D., professor of Computer Science
     

    THE BR. RICHARD B. POWER AWARD FOR INTEGRATING SERVICE LEARNING INTO THE CLASSROOM
    This award is presented to the faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching that includes the integration of innovative approaches to service learning.
    Awardee: Jennifer Gerometta, Ph.D., assistant professor of Speech Communications Studies
     

    THE BR. WILLIAM H. BARNES MEMORIAL AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE COLLEGE
    This award is presented to the faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional contributions to the College community as shown through leadership.
    Awardee: Miles Beckwith, Ph.D., associate professor of English
     

    THE CATHERINE MCCABE AWARD FOR INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
    This award is presented to the faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional teaching skills, recognized concern for students and colleagues and sensitivity to the mission of the College, and a commitment to high standards of professional and personal life.
    Awardee: Nicholas Beutell, Ph.D., professor of Management
     

    THE BR. WILLIAM CORNELIA DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD
    This award is presented to the faculty member who is distinguished as a teacher-scholar as documented through student-and-peer-teaching evaluations and scholarly output.
    Awardee: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Endowed Professor of Analytical Chemistry, chair of the Chemistry Department

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  • Student Initiates Innovative Green Roof Project on Campus

    6/6/2016

    A specially designed installation of vegetation and soils will live on the roof of the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union.

    By Peter M. Letourneau, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor, Biology-Environmental Science

    On May 11, 2016, nearly two years of planning and research came to fruition when the first test plot of a "green roof" was installed on the west side of the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union.
     
    The idea of a green roof -- a specially designed installation of vegetation and soils -- was initiated by an Environmental Studies major, Kevin King ’16. Interested in environmental planning and natural resource management, Kevin was inspired by a campus survey conducted for the environmental science class taught by his mentor, Dr. Peter M. LeTourneau.
     
    The class looked at all aspects of the built and natural environment on the Iona campus, and discussed ways to improve the urban hydrology, reduce the carbon footprint, and add low-maintenance natural plantings to increase habitat potential and reduce maintenance costs.
     
    Already well read in environmental planning, Kevin recalled articles about green roof installations in New York City, on many college campuses, and even major corporations, like the Ford Motor Company.
     
    Kevin spent his junior year researching the potential for natural landscaping at Iona College, including drawing up preliminary plans for a green roof on LaPenta Student Union.
     
    As part of his duties as president of the I.C. Green Environmental Action Club, and as student representative on Iona environmental committees, Kevin made a key contact with Andrew Albrecht, a supervisor of facilities.
     
    Keen to promote environmental initiatives on campus, Albrecht held numerous planning meetings with Kevin, other environmental studies students, and Dr. LeTourneau to scope out the costs and feasibility of a small green roof installation.
     
    As Kevin expanded his research in his senior year, Albrecht consulted with architects who advised him about weight requirements and other technical aspects of the LaPenta roof. Getting the "green light" from professionals and College administrators, put the project in high gear in the spring of 2016. With the arrival of specialized water-efficient planters and hardy varieties of sedum plants, the project was ready for installation in May.
     
    Beginning with a blessing by College pastor Father Francis Dixon and with the help of the fantastic facilities crew, Kevin, Andrew, and Peter placed plants in the containers, the first step in what will become a program of "Growing Green at Iona College."
     
    Visible from the hill at East Hall, the green roof installation is likely to become a popular stop for College tour groups. Informative signage will be installed soon.
     
    The green roof project is another great example of "learning by doing" at Iona College, where students "Move the World" by taking the initiative on innovative projects and engaging in creative collaborative research.

    More about Iona's green roof 

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  • NSF Grant Awarded to Chemistry Department

    5/31/2016

    The nearly $325,000 grant will support research activities in soft-materials chemistry.

    New Rochelle, N.Y. (May 31, 2016) Iona College was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $324,999 for continued support of research activities in soft materials chemistry.

    The funded project, "RUI: Structural Determinants of Permeation and Nucleation at a Self-Assembled Interface," will support the investigations of Dr. Sunghee Lee, Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry, and her active undergraduate research program for the period of September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2020.

    Through this research program, Dr. Lee will work to secure greater fundamental understanding of how living cells maintain their water balance essential to sustenance of life, and will use the nature-inspired techniques discovered through this work to create tailor-made particles for a wide variety of uses in technology and industry.

    "This NSF award will enable significant advances in the fundamental understanding of the cellular mechanisms of water transport, while training the next generation of scientists in state-of-the-art scientific techniques,” said Dr. Lee. “I am very grateful for the recognition and continuous support from the NSF.”

    The NSF support has led to a productive output in undergraduate research training and education, including international research collaboration with the University of Tokyo. “The depth and breadth of quality research training for our students will continue to expand, thanks to the nationally recognized support for our exertions here at Iona,” Dr. Lee said.
     
    About National Science Foundation: The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950. It funds a significant proportion of federally supported basic research. For official source information about NSF, visit www.nsf.gov

    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • Over $1.8M Raised at Annual Reunion Weekend Celebration

    5/31/2016

    The Reunion Gala paid tribute to seven alumni for service and achievement.

    New Rochelle, N.Y. (May 31, 2015) Iona College alumni and friends raised over $1.8M at the annual reunion weekend celebration May 13-14.
     
    Graduating years ending in 6’s and 1’s were honored by over 500 alumni and friends who attended the two-day event. Weekend highlights included an Iona Forever presentation, Golden Gaels dinner celebrating the class of 1966, a barbecue and Reunion Mass. The weekend concluded with the annual Reunion Gala at Beckwith Pointe on New Rochelle’s Sound Shore.
               
    The Reunion Gala paid tribute to seven alumni for service and achievement:  The Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement to  Vincent Beni, Ph.D., ’71, ’74MS and Matthew P. Byrne ’81, The Brother William B. Cornelia Award for Outstanding Service to Iona College,  Linda M. Bruno ’76, ’79MSEd and Michael P. Hegarty ’66  The Brother Patrick B. Doyle Award for Distinguished Service to the Alumni Association, Claire Mungiguerra ’75, ’78MBA, The Brother John G. Driscoll Award for Humanitarian Service to Nesta Felix ’01; and, for the Brother Robert A. Durning Rising Star Award to Evita T. Robinson '06.

    “We in the Iona community are so proud of the examples our alumni award recipients represent in their personal and professional lives. They are truly moving the world and reflect well on the mission of our beloved Iona College,” said Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs.

    This year 58 Jubilarians from the class of 1966 attended, the largest group for a reunion weekend. Overall class participation increased 39 percent from last year.

    “We are extremely proud of our Class of 1966 Golden Jubilarians and the award recipients who are joining us this evening,” said Monica Judge ’70, president of the Iona College Alumni Association board of directors. “I would like to thank the Internal Affairs Committee of the Alumni Board for their diligent hard work in choosing the candidates that we are honoring tonight.”

    Jean-Carlos Polonia ’17 gave remarks on behalf of the student body. “My Iona experiences have shaped the person I am today and the person I will be in the future,” said Polonia. “Everyone always says there is never a last day at Iona and all of you perfectly exemplify that. I hope to walk in your footsteps one day and sit in your very place as a Golden Gael.”

    Reunion Central Photo Gallery

    About Iona College:
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • 100% Pass Rate for Second Consecutive Semester for Student Teachers

    5/27/2016

    The NYS Education Teacher Performance Assessment exam is one of several exams required for student teaching.

    New Rochelle, N.Y. (May 27, 2016) For the second consecutive semester, the Iona College Education Department announced 100 percent of its spring student teachers have passed the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) exam.

    The edTPA exam is a multi-media performance portfolio of teacher candidates’ teaching knowledge, skills and dispositions, including written and video components. In New York State this exam is one of several exams required for student teaching. 

    “We are exceptionally proud of our candidates and the professional commitment they have demonstrated throughout the program and, specifically, in the exam,” said Margaret Smith, Ph.D, chair, education department, associate professor, mathematics education. “The exam reflects the cumulative process of teacher preparation, I thank all the faculty who helped prepare the candidates with the knowledge and dispositions to be ready for the demands of the edTPA.

    These results reflect the spring 2016 student submissions to edTPA. Official data on the program can be found on the Iona College Education Department website.
     
    About edTPA
    edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. For each handbook field, the placement is a Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade classroom. edTPA is a subject-specific assessment that includes versions for 27 teaching fields. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment. 

    About Iona College
    Founded in 1940 Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s Hagan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. In late 2014, PayScale ranked the MBA program in the Hagan School as a national top 50 program for return on investment.

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  • Iona Commencement 2016

    5/23/2016

    Undergraduate and graduate ceremonies took place on Saturday, May 21, in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

    New Rochelle, NY -  Iona College marked its 72nd Commencement on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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    In addition to bachelor's and master's degrees, the College conferred honorary degrees  Robert Greifeld ’79, Nasdaq Stock Market CEO, and Peter Riguardi ’83, president and chair of New York Tri-State Region at JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle), a professional services and investment management firm. Mr. Greifeld gave the undergraduate Commencement address and Peter Riguardi ’83, delivered the graduate address.



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    For video and more information about Iona’s commencement ceremony, visit Iona Commencement 2016

    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • Experiential Education Benefits Students, Community

    5/18/2016

    The Action Learning Program at Iona College provides students with a unique opportunity to learn through action, discovery and exploration.

    New Rochelle, NY (May 18, 2016) Ten Iona College students experienced learning through action, discovery and exploration and were designated student consultants as they presented their recommendations after a semester of in-depth research working closely with various organizations.

    This distinctive semester-long external consulting program gave the juniors and seniors a chance to collaborate on projects for the Department of Education’s Information Technology Service Management Transformation, New Rochelle Downtown and Transit Oriented Development, and It Takes a Village to Educate a Child (TAVTEC).

    “This experience offered students the opportunity to tackle real-time business challenges that, in some cases, the host firms would have otherwise contracted with professional consultants,” said John A. Politi, Jr., adjunct professor and director of Iona’s Action Learning Program.

    The results, a culmination of the team’s semester-long projects, were delivered in a final presentation, in Iona’s Romita Auditorium.

    “In specific circumstances, our host firms were also required to engage with professional consulting firms due to the complexity of their projects,” said Politi. “Our student consultants offered alternative recommendations, which in some cases became ‘bolt-ons’ to the master project.”   
     
    ALP Team AProfessor John Politi, Kevin Smith, Gina Carbone, Matthew McClean, Dr. Michael Jordan
    Team A: NYC Dept. of Education – IT Service Management Transformation
    Student Consultants: Gina Carbone '17, Kevin Smith '17, Matthew McClean '17 

    Consulting Project: The team worked with host firm liaison James Lombardi, founder/CEO of Level Next, Inc., and the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT), which supports world-class teaching and learning in the NYC schools by providing information and technology solutions. The DIIT Project Management Office (PMO) standardizes project execution and project oversight through the adoption of methodologies, resources, tools and techniques – the DIIT PMO focus includes portfolios, programs and projects. 

    The PMO has identified the strategic goal of transforming the DIIT organization utilizing a best-practices-driven discipline. 

    Project Objectives:
    1. Develop a business case for transforming the current DIIT organization towards adopting a IT Service Model discipline
    2. Current state analysis
    3. Future state analysis
    4. Develop a transformation plan recommendation
     
    ALP Team BThomas Walsh, Franchesca Alba, Joshua Demetrius
    Team B: New Rochelle Downtown and Transit Oriented Development
    Student Consultants: Franchesca Alba '17, Joshua Demetrius '17, Thomas Walsh '17

    Consulting Project: The team worked with host firm liaison Suzanne Reider, senior project manager, City of New Rochelle and Department of Economic Development. The overarching concept is the creation of an active, mixed-use district with safe and pleasant access to the New Rochelle Transportation Center, incorporating the development of economically diverse high-quality housing, modern retail, commercial, office and hotel space integrated with a well-designed pedestrian-friendly streetscape and by an abundance of greenspace.

    Project Objectives:
    1. Select a City-owned parcel(s) to redevelop using the newly created zoning districts that have previously gone through a rigorous environmental review process called NY State Environmental Quality Review process (SEQR). 
    2. Utilize a “triple bottom line approach,” which considers the social, economic and environmental effects the project will have on the community.
    3. Review selected projects through pre-development, state and local approval process and project construction.
    4. Gain hands-on experience in both urban and project development in a market-driven economy.
     
    ALP Team CRaita Omurha, Jacqueline Talbot, Nicholas D'Aleo, Kyle Urbanowski
    Team C: It Takes A Village To Educate A Child (TAVTEC)
    Student Consultants: Jacqueline Talbot '17, Nicholas D’Aleo '17, Raita Omura '17, Kyle Urbanowski '17

    Consulting Project: The team worked with host firm liaison Sonia Marshall-Brown, founder and CEO of this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose work has been recognized by several leading national organizations including the Clinton Foundation. TAVTEC focuses on improving the lives of children with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome and has been implemented in four New Rochelle schools – Ward, Trinity, Barnard and Columbus.  The program includes empowerment, esteem building, family training/support groups, leadership development and self-regulation strategies, all purposed in a professional environment with professional educators. As with most nonprofits during these challenging economic times, fundraising is its greatest hurdle.   

    Project Objectives:
    1. Create a marketing plan to raise $50,000.00.
    2. Raise awareness in the local community as well as on the county and state levels.
    3. Recommend a CRM and select fundraising platform
    4. Revamp the website
    5. Create a social media plan
    6. Plan new fundraising events and become involved in the organization of the October 2016 TAVTEC Gala to be held at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle.
     
    About the Action Learning Program (ALP)
    ALP is Iona’s first experimental learning course offered within its business school curriculum. As described by the Association for Experiential Learning, “Experiential learning is a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with students in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify vales.”  It is learning through action, discovery and exploration. Iona’s Action Learning Program was introduced in 2013 and developed by current Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., and John Politi, adjunct professor and program director.  At other institutions of higher education throughout the United States, ALP is offered only at the MBA-level -- Iona is the first to offer it at the undergraduate level.

    About Iona College:
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

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  • YWCA Honors Iona Provost

    5/11/2016

    Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., Iona’s interim provost, received the Community Champion award from the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester -- and an alumnus was honored as well.

    From left: Iona alumnus William H.P. Kaung ’78MBA, Sinforosa Tan Kaung, Ph.D. -- recipients of the Mission Maker award -- and Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Iona College, recipient of the Community Champion award.
    New Rochelle, NY (May 6, 2016) Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., Iona College’s interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, received the Community Champion award from the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester and the Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF), on Friday, May 6.
     
    The 8th annual benefit luncheon “In the Company of Women” at the Tarrytown Marriott recognized several “Champions” who, through their professional or volunteer commitments, embody the mission of the YWCA, empowering women and eliminating racism through their involvement and personal generosity. See more about the event.
     
    “We all should have the opportunity, actually the right, to dream and strive and achieve regardless of who you are without any conditions based upon your gender, race, gender identity, religion, or your economic condition,” Dr. Calluzzo said in accepting the honor. “I have been in education for 46 years and one of my primary goals has been to provide the tools for my students, and now my faculty and staff, to realize their dream.”
     
    Iona alumnus William H.P. Kaung ’78MBA, a Westchester professional in the life and health insurance industry, also was honored at the gala with a Mission Maker award.
     
    Paul J. Sutera, Iona’s senior vice president for Advancement and External Affairs, served as an honorary co-chair of the YMCA benefit. “I am pleased to volunteer with the YWCA, a most deserving organization, and am proud that two members of the Iona community were among those recognized,” he said. “The honors reflect Iona’s mission, vision and values and are indicative of how the College positively impacts Westchester County and well beyond.”
     
    Before being named interim provost in July 2015, Dr. Calluzzo served Iona College for more than 35 years as a professor and dean of the School of Business, having joined the faculty in September 1980.
     
    In his current role at Iona, Dr. Calluzzo has led strategic plan efforts to increase diversity, retention, faculty development opportunities and student success at Iona as well as implement a new academic core curriculum that goes into effect fall 2016. 
     
    Dr. Calluzzo has served as a member of the Information Systems Department faculty where his research interests include investment strategies and visual basic applications development. He has also served as department chair and representative on several governance committees and on the faculty senate. In October 2005, Dr. Calluzzo was appointed Dean of Iona’s School of Business, accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide. Under his leadership, the school introduced multiple degree and certificate programs and centers of excellence, including the Center for Financial Market Studies and the Business Analytics Institute. 
     
    Dr. Calluzzo earned his Ph.D. in operations research, MS in applied mathematics and BS in aerospace engineering at Polytechnic University. He also holds an MS in education from Queens College, New York.
     
    About Iona College:
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • Bigelow Tea CEO Discusses Ethical Leadership

    5/5/2016

    Cindi Bigelow spoke on the Iona campus as part of the College's Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership series.

    Cindi Bigelow speaking at Iona College

    New Rochelle, N.Y. – Understanding who you are, what you do, and why it matters is key to ethical leadership, said Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president and CEO of the family-owned Bigelow Tea, speaking at Iona College on Thursday evening, May 5. She visited campus as part of the Iona series Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership, sponsored by the College’s School of Business.

    “It’s important to have a statement that describes who you are that everyone can rally around,” she told a crowd of students, faculty, staff and visitors. “We truly care about our consumers, our workers, our community, our product and where that product comes from. Do the right thing and good things will follow.”
     
    Bigelow described taking teams from the company to tour tea plantations in Sri Lanka and India, where authentic Bergamot oil is produced in Italy, and lemon groves in California.  “Knowing how the source of our products is produced, that it’s grown and harvested sustainably and in way to ensure quality for the customer, is vital.  Do what you’re supposed to do and don’t cut corners.”
     
    Bigelow Tea has earned the designation of a “Zero Waste to Landfill” company.  Cindi Bigelow described the “green teams” that work at their Fairfield, Conn., headquarters and its two other manufacturing plants in the United States.  “I don’t tell them what to do. I just say, ‘I know we can do better, let’s work on it.’” 
     

    Iona MBA students talk with Cindi BigelowCindi Bigelow talks with Iona MBA students after her lecture. 

    Helping support the well-being of employees, listening to and meeting the needs of consumers, and supporting the communities are not just the right thing to do – they’re good business, Bigelow said, noting that the same lessons apply to not-for-profits as well as publicly held companies. 
     
    Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., who launched the series to give practical examples of ethical leadership for young people, said Bigelow and her family-owned business are known for being committed to good business practices and integrity.
     
    “Cindi and her family clearly exemplify the type of business ethics that we want to instill in students,” he said. “And Bigelow Tea, U.S. market leader of specialty teas that produces more than 1.7 billion tea bags annually, offers a perfect example of a company that is successful and ethical in its practices, proving that success and ethics are not mutually exclusive.”
     
    Charles Cante, Ph.D., interim dean of the business school, said, “Bigelow Tea is known globally for its corporate social responsibility, sustainability initiatives and work with veterans.”
     
    Before being named CEO in 2005, Cindi spent 25 years in all areas of the company her grandmother founded in 1945. Headquartered in Fairfield, Conn., and employing 350 people, Bigelow Tea is the national market leader of specialty teas and maker of “Constant Comment” tea.
     
    Cindi initiated the Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, which has donated $1.2 million to charities since 1987, and Bigelow’s Tea for the Troops Project has donated 4 million tea bags to U.S. service men and women.
     
    The Iona lecture series was inaugurated last fall with a talk by William McGurn, Wall Street Journal columnist and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.
     
    “We believe our students and our nation greatly benefit in learning though the experiences of others how to navigate our complex world where ethics and values often conflict with business situations and decisions,” President Nyre said.
     
     
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of more than 40,000 across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

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  • JLL President/Chair to Speak at Graduate Commencement

    4/26/2016

    Alumnus Peter Riguardi '83 to be keynote speaker at the College's graduate commencement ceremony May 21 in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 26, 2016) -- Peter Riguardi ’83, an Iona College alumnus who leads a major real estate organization in the Tri-State area, will be the keynote speaker for the College’s graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21.
     
    Riguardi is president and chair of New York Tri-State Region at JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle), a professional services and investment management company specializing in real estate. He leads all operations for the company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area, managing a team of approximately 2,000 professionals in seven offices throughout the area. Named chair in February 2016 in addition to retaining his role as president, Riguardi now oversees all business lines in the region including brokerage, capital markets, property/facilities management, consulting, and project and development services.
     
    “We’re honored to have a business leader of Mr. Riguardi’s caliber and achievement share his expertise with our graduating students,” said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “He is an outstanding example of what an Iona education can help achieve as he has literally moved the world of real estate and property management.”
     
    Prior to joining JLL in September 2002, Mr. Riguardi was vice chairman and principal of Colliers ABR Inc., a company that he helped form in 1994. He started his real estate career at GVA Williams in 1983, where he was the youngest senior vice president in the firm’s history. During his 28-year career in commercial real estate, he has been actively involved in several of the largest and most noteworthy transactions in metropolitan New York City -- including a 1.6 million-square-foot lease for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at 2 Broadway, a 1.2 million-square-foot headquarters ground lease and development at 745 Seventh Avenue, and nearly 2.1 million square feet of leasing for Bank of America at One Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center and the GM Building. He also served as advisor to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center. Mr. Riguardi is consistently ranked by the New York Observer as one of New York’s most influential real estate executives.
     
    Mr. Riguardi serves on the Board of Governors for the Real Estate Board of New York and is an active member of the organization’s senior leadership. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association and on the board of the Rabin Medical Center of Israel, as well as a member of the Partnership for the City of New York. He is a former member of the Iona College Board of Trustees and has been honored by the Rabin Medical Center of Israel, Met Council, Muscular Dystrophy, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Special Olympics, United Way and The Police Athletic League.
     
    A 1983 Iona College graduate with degrees in marketing and finance, Mr. Riguardi will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree at commencement ceremonies -- which take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Nasdaq CEO Robert Greifeld ’79 will speak at Iona’s undergraduate ceremony that morning.
     
    For more information about Iona’s commencement ceremony, visit Iona Commencement 2016. For more about Mr. Riguardi, see the JLL website.
     
     
    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • Scholarship Gala Raises Over $1.5 Million

    4/22/2016

    The event honored outstanding alumni who personify the College's mission of service, scholarship and life-long learning.

    Photo of honorees and President & Mrs. Nyre: Courtney McCabe ’12, Mark C. McCabe ’79, Catherine R. McCabe ’85, Thomas J. McCabe ’73, Lawrence D. McCabe ’84, Patrick Quinn ’06, Hugh J. McCabe III, ’71, ’76MBA, David J. McCabe ’80, Jennifer Quinn ’07, ’10MS, Joseph J. DePaolo ’81, Kelli Nyre and President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.From left: Courtney McCabe ’12, Mark C. McCabe ’79, Catherine R. McCabe ’85, Thomas J. McCabe ’73, Lawrence D. McCabe ’84, Patrick Quinn ’06, Hugh J. McCabe III, ’71, ’76MBA, David J. McCabe ’80, Jennifer Quinn ’07, ’10MS, Joseph J. DePaolo ’81, Kelli Nyre and President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.  See more photos and video on the Gala site.  

    New Rochelle, NY (April 22, 2016)  -- Over $1.5 million was raised to benefit student scholarships at the Iona College 2016 Trustee Scholarship Award Gala celebration on April 15 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The event honored several outstanding alumni who personify the College’s mission of service, scholarship and life-long learning.

    Over 700 guests attended, including scores of students and scholarship recipients, to celebrate the lifetime accomplishments of the Catherine H. McCabe ’71MA and Hugh J. McCabe ’49 Family and Joseph J. DePaolo ’81, recipients of the College’s Legacy Award, and Patrick Quinn ’06, who received the Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award for his lifetime achievements and commitment to raising funds and awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research.

    “This evening we celebrate Iona’s long tradition and dedication to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service,” said James P. Hynes '69, '01H, chairman of the Iona College Board of Trustees. “Trustees have strategically selected the individuals that we are honoring tonight as they portray and live the mission of Iona College.”

    “Tonight’s honorees are a testimony to Iona’s mission and the liberating power of an Iona education, said President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “While we cannot claim their successes, we continue to recognize them and share our pride and how they have chosen to live their lives.”

    A surprise announcement was made by Master of Ceremonies, Charles W. Schoenherr '82, managing director of Waypoint Residential.  “It is my pleasure to announce that Mr. Scott Shay, chairman of the board of Signature Bank, has established the Joseph J. DePaolo Endowed Scholarship at Iona College. This scholarship is to be directed to student athletes who embody high achieving academics while leading with ethical values and a moral compass. Thank you, Mr. Shay, for your generosity and thank you, Joe, for inspiring a gift with immediate and long term impact.”

    Iona flag at the Waldorf Astoria New York the day of 2016 Scholarship GalaThe Iona flag flew over the Waldorf Astoria New York the day and night of the gala. See more photos and video on the Gala site.  

     “My passion for education stems from my receiving a scholarship from Iona,” DePaolo said. “The years I spent there and friendships I forged impacted my experiences and shaped my life.”

     “Tonight is about giving back. I learned about giving back from some amazing mentors who have graciously and unselfishly given of themselves and they serve as an inspiration to me.”

    “My family thanks you for this honor,” said David J. McCabe ’80, accepting the award on behalf of his family. “Both of my parents were scholarship students, so we thank you for your support of the dinner, whose sole purpose is to provide scholarships for deserving students, 150 of whom are here tonight.”

    “In our family, two first generation college scholarships led to seven children all with college degrees and those seven have led to 15 college graduates. The impact is exponential. You are not only changing lives of our Iona students as is evidenced by our family, but you are changing the lives of generations to come. 

    Quinn noted that he valued and benefited from the relationships he developed as an Iona student and alumnus. “Iona was probably the first school in the world to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. The school was ready to fight, just as they say they do ‘fight the good fight’ and ‘move the world.’ They are not just slogans -- they are a way you have to live if you really want to make a difference. You can’t just say them, you have to do them, and I think we are doing that in our fight against ALS.”
     
    “The way Iona has rallied around my cause is really something special. I truly believe I am able to do that because of the Iona family support.”

    In accepting the awards, the McCabe Family, Mr. DePaolo and Mr. Quinn join an impressive group of past honorees, including His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan ’14H, Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the New York Police Department, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

    About the Honorees:
     
    The McCabe Family of alumni include parents Catherine (Cay) and Hugh McCabe, all seven of their children, their granddaughter and son-in-law. Catherine Henry McCabe was a wife, mother, professor, counselor, a longtime resident of New Rochelle and a 1947 graduate of the College of New Rochelle. Cay married Hugh McCabe in 1949 and later earned two master’s degrees, one in theology at Manhattan College and one in pastoral counseling at Iona College. Her career as a professor of Religious Studies at Iona would span more than 30 years and touch the lives of generations of Iona students.
     
    The McCabes’ commitment and love of Iona did not stop with them. In addition to all of their children graduating from the College, their son David became an Iona Board Trustee. David J. McCabe ’80 is the senior partner in the Private Clients Group of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Another son, Hugh J. McCabe ’71, ’75MBA, retired from Iona in 2015 after serving 15 years as a professor of Business Management. 

    Joseph J. DePaolo has been president and chief executive officer and a director of Signature Bank since its inception. He has also served as a director of Signature Securities Group and board chairman until December 2006. Prior to joining Signature Bank, DePaolo was a managing director and member of the Senior Management Committee of the Consumer Financial Services Division at Republic National Bank. DePaolo has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association of Westchester and a trustee of Manhattanville College. A 2002 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, DePaolo has received numerous awards on the local, state and national levels from the American Heart Association.

    Patrick Quinn is an ALS advocate and co-founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge. In March 2013, a month after his 30th birthday, Quinn was diagnosed with ALS. Soon after, he became an advocate with a mission of spreading awareness and raising funds for ALS research through his “Quinn for the Win” foundation. In July 2014, one of the biggest movements in fundraising history began: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Quinn was instrumental in facilitating Ice Bucket Challenges throughout the United States and around the world. The 2014 Challenge raised over $220,000,000 globally.
     
    Quinn continues to advocate for ALS through a variety of speaking engagements. He has received many accolades for his work including the ALS Association Living Hero Award, ALS Therapy Development Institute Stephen Hayward Patients Today Award, Distinguished Service Award from the City of Yonkers and the Dylan Smith Award from the American Ireland Fund for community service.
     
    Quinn has been inducted as a member of the Iona College Rugby Hall of Fame, the Iona Preparatory Hall of Fame, and the Irish America Magazine Hall of Fame in Ireland. He also was nominated for TIME Magazine 2014 Person of the Year.

     
    About Iona College:
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.


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  • Iona Students Dedicate Spring Break to Habitat Work

    4/19/2016

    From New York to Pennsylvania, students partner with Habitat for Humanity for their spring break

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    By Kelly Dombrowski ’16
     
    New Rochelle, N.Y. (April 19, 2016) -- A group of 11 students, along with their moderator Brother Jason Ford, spent their spring break serving the people of Harrisburg, Pa. This was the first Habitat for Humanity Harrisburg-based mission trip that the Office of Ministry has undertaken.
     
    Habitat hosts a Collegiate Challenge throughout every college break, encouraging groups of students to volunteer to help out throughout the United States. A group of Iona students began their week volunteering at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank - Harrisburg Branch, where they sorted through donations and organized food to be sent out to various ministries and homes.
     
    The Iona group also served at the local Harrisburg ReStore, a non-profit store that sells donated items, and helped clean up and rearrange the store in preparation for its grand re-opening. The students spent the remainder of their week at work sites, roofing a shed, cleaning up rubble, and demolishing the interior of a house that was being rebuilt.  
     
    “I’m so thankful the Iona in Mission committee added the Habitat Harrisburg trip this year,” said Julia Pietrangelo ‘16, a mission committee member and Harrisburg team member. “While in Harrisburg I saw service in a way I had not considered before. It was clear to us that our hard work and dedication to our daily tasks were greatly appreciated. Not only did we impact the local community and those in need, we also made the day-to-day lives of others serving the community a little easier. We were able to accomplish tasks that would take them a few days in just a few hours. It is true that ‘many hands make light work.’”
     
    See more about Iona in Mission.

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  • Over $57,000 Raised in 3rd Annual Relay for Life at Iona College

    4/13/2016

    Iona community comes together to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

    By Kelly Dombrowski,'16 and Meral Kathwari, '16 
    Photos by Gabriella Archbold
     
    New Rochelle, New York- On April 9, 2016, over 450 participants on 23 teams joined together in the Hynes athletic center to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. The students walked from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. showing their support for cancer survivors because cancer never sleeps.

    On a mission to raise over $57,000, Iona students and organizations planned this fun-filled night to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The theme of this year's event was Western, and the slogan was “Giving Cancer the Boot”. The night was complete with games such as scavenger hunts, Miss Relay Pageant, Zumba and even a mechanical bull. Many students spoke about their experiences with cancer, whether they were affected personally or a family member. Students also had the opportunity to either shave their heads in support or donate 8 inches of hair for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.

    The night honored both cancer survivors and caregivers, coming together as a community to show our support to anyone who has been affected by cancer. The Luminaria ceremony honored those who beat cancer and was in memory of those who lost their battles. It was the most emotional time during the event as students, family members and staff reflected upon how cancer affects their lives.

    The event is run by the Iona organization Colleges Against Cancer and is comprised of a committee of all Iona Students. Nikki Molfetas, President of CAC and Cancer Survivor stated, “making relay happen is a lot of work, but it’s an awesome event. Everyone gets to come to honor survivors and caregivers and come together as a community, which is truly the best part.”

    Donations are still being accepted for the Iona Relay for Life until August 31, 2016. The students hope to exceed their $60,000 goal by this time.

    Brother Devlin, Cancer Survivor and Director of Student Success talked about the importance of Relay for Life. “Because of tonight, people are looking at new ways to diagnosed cancer. I was diagnosed with cancer because of a colonoscopy there weren’t colonoscopy’s years ago.”
     

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  • Bigelow Tea CEO to Address Moral, Ethical Leadership

    4/19/2016

    Iona College's Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership Series will feature CEO Cindi Bigelow of Bigelow Tea in a May 5 lecture.

    Cindi Bigelow
    New Rochelle, N.Y. -- Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea, will speak on ethical and moral leadership in the business world on May 5 as part of Iona College’s series, Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership, sponsored by the College’s School of Business.

    Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., who launched the series to give practical examples of ethical leadership for young people, said Bigelow and her family-owned business are known for being committed to good business practices and integrity.

    “Cindi and her family clearly exemplify the type of business ethics that we want to instill in students,” he said. “And Bigelow Tea, U.S. market leader of specialty teas that produces more than 1.7 billion tea bags annually, offers a perfect example of a company that is successful and ethical in its practices, proving that success and ethics are not mutually exclusive.”

    Cindi holds a BS degree from Boston College, an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and an honorary doctorate from University of New Haven.

    Charles Cante, Ph.D., interim dean of the business school, said, “Bigelow Tea is known globally for its corporate social responsibility, sustainability initiatives and work with veterans.”

    Before being named CEO in 2005, Cindi spent 25 years in all areas of the company her grandmother founded in 1945. Headquartered in Fairfield, Conn., Bigelow Tea is the national market leader of specialty teas and maker of “Constant Comment” tea. The company employs 350 people across three manufacturing facilities.

    Cindi has led the company’s greening efforts. Initiatives to conserve water and natural gas have earned Bigelow Tea the designation of being a “Zero Waste to Landfill” company.

    Cindi initiated the Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, which has donated $1.2 million to charities since 1987, and Bigelow’s Tea for the Troops Project has donated 4 million tea bags to U.S. service men and women.

    The Iona lecture series kicked off last fall with a talk by William McGurnWall Street Journal columnist and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

    “We believe our students and our nation greatly benefit in learning though the experiences of others how to navigate our complex world where ethics and values often conflict with business situations and decisions,” President Nyre said.

    The lecture will take place on at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Romita Auditorium of Ryan Library. 

    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of more than 40,000 across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

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  • Presidential Candidate Holds Town Hall at Iona

    4/9/2016

    John Kasich, presidential candidate and Ohio governor, held a town hall at Iona -- and Iona students discussed it afterwards for a NYC news outlet.

    New Rochelle, N.Y (April 9, 2016) -- Iona College welcomed Presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich to campus today for a town hall. Approximately 1,000 attended the event in Mulcahy Gymnasium, including students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
     
    Following the town hall, political science Professor Jeanne Zaino led a discussion with 15 students about their reactions to Kasich’s events as well as the presidential primary in general.  PIX11 News covered the event -- see it online.  
    Some of the other coverage includes stories in The Journal News,  Newsday and Fios1 TV News.
     
     
     
  • AACSB Reaffirms Iona's Prestigious Business School Accreditation

    4/4/2016

    AACSB International is the longest-serving accrediting body for business schools.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 4, 2016) — Iona College’s School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
     
    AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are 755 business schools in 51 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation.
     
    “It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”
     
    Iona’s Hagan School of Business commits itself to excellence through dedicated teaching, renowned scholarship and committed service, said interim Dean Charles Cante. “In both undergraduate and graduate business education, we provide a blend of business theory and practice, the success of which is evident in the record of achievement of our graduates. The AACSB accreditation is another significant indicator of our success.”
     
    In November of 2015, Iona announced a gift of more than $15 million from alumnus Robert V. LaPenta ’67, ’00H to the Iona Forever Campaign – which has increased since with an an additional $2.5 million challenge from Mr. LaPenta. It is the largest gift in the College’s 75-year history, and will support the redesign and transformation of Iona’s School of Business. See more about the original gift and the LaPenta Challenge.
     
    “We are enormously grateful for this transformative gift,” said President Nyre. “It will enable us to construct a facility that advances our vision, sharpens our distinctiveness, increases affordability and strengthens infrastructure.”
     
    The LaPenta gift will transform Hagan Hall, the home of Iona’s business school, with a new structure connecting to the existing building — nearly tripling the space available for students and faculty. It will house state-of-the-art classrooms, case study and meeting spaces, faculty offices, a lecture hall, a business career center and an expanded trading floor classroom. The construction and renovation project will create a facility that fosters the interactive learning environment critical to training 21st-century leaders.
     
    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private Catholic coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus around the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. 
     

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  • Alumna Receives NSF Research Fellowship

    4/1/2016

    Michelle Muzzio, a 2015 graduate, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue doctoral work in chemistry at Brown University.

    New Rochelle, N.Y (April 1, 2016) -- Iona alumna Michelle Muzzio has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue doctoral work in chemistry at Brown University. Muzzio graduated in 2015, majoring in chemistry and English, and was the class’s valedictorian.
     
    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) is awarded to just 2,000 students each year from a pool of nearly 17,000 applicants. It will provide three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period for her graduate study at Brown, during which Ms. Muzzio proposes to develop a nanoparticle based catalytic system to electrochemically reduce carbon dioxide into useful chemical products.
     
    NSF proposal reviewers in particular praised her exceptional academic and research preparation at Iona College, with three peer-reviewed publications as an undergraduate during her research experience with Iona chemistry professor and department chair, Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., in addition to multiple academic presentations. Muzzio also was the recipient of a Patrick J. Martin Scholarship, which help support students in the sciences.  
     
    "I'm proud of the accomplished Iona students who are Pat Martin Scholars," said Patrick J. Martin, Ph.D. '62. "It speaks well of Iona and Michelle Muzzio that she has been recognized by such a prestigious graduate program in the sciences. I have a feeling that we have not heard the last of this extraordinary young women."
     
    Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., dean of Iona’s School of Arts and Science, added: "Our students continue to move the world, at Iona and beyond. We thank Dr. Martin for making the Patrick J. Martin Scholarship program another tool to prepare students such as Michelle for the next steps in their lives and careers."
     
    See more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program.
     
    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.
  • Student Scholars Prepare to Move the World through Faculty-Mentored Research

    3/11/2016

    Save the date: Tuesday, April 12

    New Rochelle, NY (March 11, 2016) Over 100 students will present their research at the Seventh Annual Iona Scholars Day (ISD) on Tuesday, April 12, in the Mulcahy Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event celebrates the scholarship and creative activities performed by Iona students. The day showcases faculty-mentored student work and allows students in all disciplines to recognize and appreciate each other's work through oral presentations, panel sessions, performances, and poster presentations. All are encouraged to attend the event and see how students are preparing to move the world through research. Here is a preview of four student scholars and their projects. 
     
    Peter John Milianta ’16
    Double Major: Biochemistry & Psychology
    Title of Research Project:
    “Investigation of synthetic membrane water permeability through the utilization of asymmetric droplet interface bilayers.”
     
    Description: By establishing a synthetic bilayer through the contact of two aqueous droplets in immiscible oil solvent, water permeability may be measured as a property of the membranes we create. Moreover, by independently dispersing lipid vesicles in each droplet, we allow for the creation of a bilayer that is asymmetric in composition, which more efficiently models physiological conditions in homo-sapiens and beyond.
     
    Value of Research:
    "Undergraduate research in the sciences at Iona has helped me to build the focus required to think critically and diligently. It allowed me to engage my academic interests in a completely different setting than the classroom, giving me a realistic set of expectations and experiences to assist me in my future work in the medical field."
     
    Future Plans:
    “I have applied to several medical schools and am looking forward to enrolling for the fall 2016.”
     
    Sean Campbell ’16
    Major: Computer Science
     
    Title of Research Project:
    “Author Attribution Methodology as Applied to Thomas Paine Writings.”
     
    Description: In this project, we use a combination of machine learning algorithms to improve upon past methods in determining the author of an unknown work. As the name suggests, the specific focus is on supporting or refuting works that have been attributed to Thomas Paine.”
     
    Value of Research:
    "Undergraduate research at Iona has exposed me to challenges that I would not have had to grapple with in the usual classroom setting. Having had the privilege to work on cross-disciplinary research between computer science and both chemistry and the humanities, I have been able to see (and actually perform) the application of computer science to real-world problems. Research has forced me to use and further develop skills I have learned in the classroom."
     
    Future Plans: “I'll be starting in the Engineering Residency program at Google next September.”
     
    Ashley Hubaykah ’16
    Major: International Studies and Religious Studies,
    Double Minor: French and Spanish
     
    Title of Research Project:
    “Thematic Relationship between the Literature of the Old Testament and the Qur’an’s, Fear of the Lord Jesus' Franchise Legacy: Dialoguing with John the Baptist.”
     
    Value of Research:
    “Research give students the opportunity to explore, in depth, about something they are passionate about. If you spend a significant amount of time with the work, you give yourself the opportunity to look at work in numerous ways. Also, it gives you the chance to work closely and learn from another scholar. It is great to see how other people discover and gain insight from research.
     
    Future Plans:
    “I plan to do service work in the United States and then abroad through teaching and ministry. I will also continue to pursue a master’s degree in education and theology and ultimately a doctorate in theology.”
     
    Cassandra Gill ’16
    Major: Marketing
    Title of Research Project:
    “Attitudes, Behavioral Intentions, and Actual Purchasing Patterns of GMOs among Consumers”
     
    Value of Research:
    “Research allows you to dive deeper into your studies and give you invaluable insights. It challenges you to produce your best work, forces you to learn more about yourself, and gives you an edge against the competition in future endeavors.”
     
    Future Plans:
    Working a part time professional digital marketing job for a startup. I will also pursue a MBA at Iona next year.

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  • Trustee Scholarship Award Gala Honorees Announced

    3/10/2016

    A multi-generation alumni family, a banking executive and a co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will be recognized on April 15 at the Waldorf Astoria.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 10, 2016)  -- A multi-generation alumni family, a banking executive, and a co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will be honored by Iona College at the 2016 Trustee Scholarship Award Gala on Friday, April 15, at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, the Board of Trustees recently announced.
     
    “These outstanding alumni honorees personify Iona’s mission of community service, scholarship and life-long learning,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “They are a testament to Iona’s mission and the liberating power of education.”  

    The Catherine H. McCabe ’71MA and Hugh J. McCabe ’49 Family and Joseph J. DePaolo ’81 will each be presented with Iona’s Legacy Award. The award recognizes an individual’s lifetime accomplishments.
     
    The McCabe family of alumni include parents Catherine (Cay) and Hugh McCabe, all seven of their children, their granddaughter and son-in-law. Catherine Henry McCabe was a wife, mother, professor, counselor, a longtime resident of New Rochelle and a 1947 graduate of the College of New Rochelle. Cay married Hugh McCabe in 1949 and later earned two master’s degrees, one in theology at Manhattan College and one in pastoral counseling at Iona College. Her career as a professor of Religious Studies at Iona would span more than 30 years and touch the lives of generations of Iona students.
     
    The McCabe’s commitment and love of Iona did not stop with them. In addition to all of their children graduating from the College, their son David became an Iona Board Trustee. David J. McCabe ’80 is the senior partner in the Private Clients Group of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Another son, Hugh J. McCabe ’71, ’75MBA, retired from Iona in 2015 after serving 15 years as a professor of Business Management. 
     
    Joseph J. DePaolo has been president and chief executive officer and a director of Signature Bank since its inception. He has also served as a director of Signature Securities Group and board chairman until December 2006. Prior to joining Signature Bank, DePaolo was a managing director and member of the Senior Management Committee of the Consumer Financial Services Division at Republic National Bank. DePaolo has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association of Westchester and a trustee of Manhattanville College. A 2002 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, DePaolo has received numerous awards on the local, state and national levels from the American Heart Association.
     
    Iona will bestow The Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award to Patrick Quinn ’06, ALS advocate and co-founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge. The award recognizes those who by their activities and service to others have reinforced Iona’s identity as a College founded in the tradition of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Quinn will receive this award for his lifetime achievements and commitment to raising funds and awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research.
     
    In March 2013, a month after his 30th birthday, Quinn was diagnosed with ALS. Soon after, he became an advocate with a mission of spreading awareness and raising funds for ALS research through his “Quinn for the Win” foundation. In July 2014, one of the biggest movements in fundraising history began: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Quinn was instrumental in facilitating Ice Bucket Challenges throughout the United States and around the world. The 2014 Challenge raised over $220,000,000 globally.
     
    Quinn continues to advocate for ALS through a variety of speaking engagements. He has received many accolades for his work including the ALS Association Living Hero Award, ALS Therapy Development Institute Stephen Hayward Patients Today Award, Distinguished Service Award from the City of Yonkers and the Dylan Smith Award from the American Ireland Fund for community service.
     
    Quinn has been inducted as a member of the Iona College Rugby Hall of Fame, the Iona Preparatory Hall of Fame, and the Irish America Magazine Hall of Fame in Ireland. He also was nominated for TIME Magazine 2014 Person of the Year.
     
    Past honorees represent a “who’s who” of prominent and successful leaders, including His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan ’14H, Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the New York Police Department, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. 

    Proceeds from the Scholarship Award Gala will support student scholarships. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit the scholarship gala site.
     
    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • Filmmaker, Former HBO Sports President to Speak at Iona

    4/14/2016

    Executive-In-Residence Ross Greenburg will discuss topics in sports and entertainment media.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 14, 2016) Iona College and its School of Business will host a special event featuring Executive-In-Residence Ross Greenburg, a filmmaker and former president of HBO Sports, on Thursday, April 21. Greenburg will lead a discussion on content creation and monetization in sports and entertainment media. He will do so in the context of discussing three of his best known works:
     
    “Miracle” — starring Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks, head coach for the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal winning men’s hockey team. Released theatrically in February 2004, the film was labeled by critics as the first great movie of the year. Greenburg served as executive producer of the film. See a scene from the “Miracle.”
     
     “61*” — Greenburg teamed up with Bill Crystal to produce the film in spring 2001. It featured the story of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle and their race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. See a scene from “61*”.
     
    “Hard Knocks” — the first-ever sports reality series developed at HBO where Greenburg and his team joined forces with NFL Films to produce “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Baltimore Ravens” in 2001. The high-profile New York Jets and Rex Ryan were featured in the 2010 edition. See a scene from the “Hard Knocks.”
     
    Greenburg also will be honored as a Hagan Fellow during the April 21 presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge of Spellman Hall. There will be limited seating. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Jasmin Bayla at jbayla@iona.edu by April 15.
     
    In the fall, Greenburg will be teaching MNG 646/446 – The Business and Management of Content Creation. See more about Iona's Executive-In-Residence.

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  • Over $1 Million Raised for DeFeo Family Endowed Scholarship

    3/4/2016

    Proceeds from the event benefit Iona student scholarship fund.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 4, 2016) Over $1 million was raised Tuesday night at a celebratory dinner in honor of Iona alumnus and Trustee Ronald M. DeFeo ’74, ’13H, on his retirement from Terex Corporation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the DeFeo Family Endowed Scholarship at Iona College.

    The fund was originally created in 1970 by Steven R. Jacobson ’68 in memory of Noah DeFeo ’67. In 2004, benefactor Ron DeFeo and his wife, Andrea, revitalized the scholarship renaming it in honor of the DeFeo Family. The DeFeo Family Endowed Scholarship supports and advances the academic careers of students. The scholarship is bestowed to full-time, undergraduate students selected based on financial need, academic quality, demonstrated leadership ability and a commitment to excellence.
    Left to right: Honoree, Ronald M. DeFeo ’74, ’13H, Madison Kirch ’18, Kalen Sullivan '17, Merridith Delinois ’16, Marci Dillion ’15, Patrick Lynch ’17, President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
    Close to 150 guests -- including family, friends and colleagues of Mr. DeFeo as well as five current students who are DeFeo Scholars -- were in attendance at the benefit held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Conn.

     “Your gifts ensure our students have the opportunity to achieve their academic aspirations and have the best college experience possible,” Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., told those at the event. “Because of you, DeFeo Scholars will be able to create life-long relationships, broaden their interests and prepare for a successful future.”

     "We have a responsibility to help each student reach their potential -- education is the accelerator required,” said Mr. DeFeo. “The DeFeo Family Endowed Scholarship at Iona has already made a difference and with our success tonight we can now do so much more. If you can help someone, do it!"

     “I cannot express my gratitude for you and your family,” said Iona sophomore Madison Kirch. “Not only am I thankful for the scholarship, but also the inspiration. Your charisma as well as your management style has truly moved me.”

    “Without your contribution of this scholarship, it wouldn’t be financially possible for me to attend Iona,” said senior Merridith Delinois. “I will now be graduating with honors, summa cum laude -- I thank you a thousand times over.”
     
    About Ronald M. DeFeo: Mr. DeFeo is now president and CEO, Kennametal Inc., where he was a 14-year member of the board. Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Mr. DeFeo was the chairman of the board of Terex Corporation, based in Westport, Conn., one of the world's leading manufacturers of construction equipment, through December 31, 2015. Mr. DeFeo was with Terex for 23 years and served as chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer. He joined the organization in 1992 as president of the Heavy Equipment Group. During his tenure with Terex, the company grew from a less than $400 million operation to a global player that recorded net sales of $7.3 billion in 2014. Before joining Terex, Mr. DeFeo was a senior vice president of J.I. Case Company, the former Tenneco farm and construction equipment division, and was a managing director of Case Construction Equipment throughout Europe. While at J.I. Case, Mr. DeFeo was also a vice president of North American Construction Equipment Sales and general manager of Retail Operations. Mr. DeFeo is a member of the board of trustees of Iona College and Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. A 1974 graduate of Iona College, Mr. DeFeo holds a B.A. in economics and philosophy and received an honorary degree from Iona in 2013.

    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • Nasdaq CEO Robert Greifeld '79 to Speak at Iona Commencement

    2/19/2016

    This year's annual undergraduate ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

    Iona College alumnus and Nasdaq Stock Market CEO Robert Greifeld ’79 will be this year’s keynote speaker at the 72nd annual undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

    “As our graduates transition from students to alumni, it is motivating to have successful leaders of business share their wisdom and experiences,” said Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., president of Iona College. “We are inspired by Mr. Greifeld’s many accomplishments and grateful for his willingness to share his story with his fellow Iona alumni.”

    Mr. Greifeld assumed leadership of Nasdaq in 2003, when the company’s primary business was operating one equity market in the US. Today, Nasdaq is a leading participant in the exchange and technology sector, delivering trading, listing, intelligence and public company services across six continents.

    During his tenure, Mr. Greifeld has led Nasdaq through a series of complex, innovative acquisitions that have extended the company’s footprint across the world, spanning all asset classes. Nasdaq owns and operates 26 markets, one clearing house and five central securities depositories across the US and Europe. In January 2009, Nasdaq was named “Company of the Year” by Forbes Magazine, one of many such recognitions.

    Mr. Greifeld has been a strong advocate for modernizing exchanges and financial regulation to keep America’s capital markets competitive. He has also called for CEOs to embrace sound, modern regulation, as consistent with strong business practices.

    Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Greifeld was an executive vice president at SunGard Data Systems, where he was responsible for all of SunGard’s sell-side businesses and its buy-side transaction routing businesses. Mr. Greifeld joined SunGard in 1999 through SunGard’s acquisition of Automated Securities Clearance, Inc. (“ASC”). From 1991-1999, Mr. Greifeld was the president and chief operating officer at ASC.

    Chairman of the USA Track and Field Foundation, which supports emerging athletes and inner-city youth athletics, he also is a member of the Business Roundtable and the Partnership for New York City, an organization devoted to enhancing the local economy.

    Mr. Greifeld and his wife, Julia, who both graduated from Iona, were honored at the College’s 49th Annual Trustee Award Dinner in May 2010.  Mr. and Mrs. Greifeld remain active supporters of the College with Mrs. Greifeld currently serving as a member of Iona’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Greifeld also will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree during commencement ceremonies.  

    The announcement of Mr. Greifeld’s address at commencement follows Iona’s recent receipt of the largest gift in College history and a matching challenge from Mr. Robert LaPenta. The gift to the Iona Forever comprehensive fundraising campaign, will be used to nearly triple the size of its business school.

    For more information about Iona’s commencement ceremony, visit Iona Commencement 2016.  For more about Mr. Greifeld, see the Nasdaq site.

    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • Student Media Leaders Get Ready to Move the World

    2/17/2016

    Three seniors prepare to turn their passion into successful careers.

    New Rochelle, NY (February 17, 2016) What do Iona College seniors Joe Archino, Kristin Bucchi and Ian Sacks have in common? A talent and passion for working in media. As president of WICR (Iona College Radio), president of ICTV and editor-in-chief of The Ionian, respectively, these aspiring media professionals are not just the leaders of student campus communications but are planning to turn their passion into successful careers.
     
    Ian Sacks ’16
    Hometown: Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
    The Ionian, Editor-in-Chief
    WICR, Sports Director
    ICTV, Executive Producer for Sports
    Iona Athletics Communications, Student Assistant

     
    Ian Sacks ’16 grew up in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and is an Iona legacy having both his mother Toby Bryan ’75 and brother Michael Sacks ’08, ’11MA as Iona alumni in his family tree.

    Besides being editor of The Ionian, Sacks is also the sports director for WICR, executive producer for ICTV Sports, student reporter for ESPN for the NFL’s NY Jets – reporting for eight season home games – and a student assistant for Iona Athletics Communications.

    “The opportunities at Iona have been limitless; this experience has changed my life,” said Sacks. “My time at Iona has been transformational and shaped my future goals to work in media.”

    Sacks has had a unique opportunity to work in all three of Iona’s primary student communications portals – student newspaper, radio and television. As a sophomore, Sacks joined both WICR and ICTV under the tutelage of faculty member and advisor Mike Damergis.

    “Ian, Joe and Krissy work tirelessly at their craft and have set the standard for which underclassmen should follow,” said Damergis. “They have represented the College in a professional manner at live events around campus and the New York metropolitan area. I'm confident they will succeed at whatever path they choose.”

    Internships were another rung on the ladder of experience as Sacks garnered three, working at CelebrityCafé.com as a sports writer, an intern at News12 Westchester Sports Department and a public relations intern for the Rockland Boulders. Sacks advice to incoming freshmen: “Get involved, do as much as you possibly can during your time at Iona. The only way to say I’m good at anything is to do it and practice, the more you put in the more you get back.”

     
    Joe Archino ’16
    Hometown: Rye, N.Y.
    Iona College Radio, President
    Sports Vault Radio Show, Host and Producer
    NYC Football Club, North Avenue Nation Reporter

     
    Joe Archino, also known as “Jersey Joe,” has been the president of WICR and host and producer of the Sports Vault Radio Show since spring semester 2013. A student reporter for ESPN for the NFL’s NY Giants and North Avenue Nation for the NYC Football Club – New York's new Major League Soccer club – Joe’s dream is to be a TV on-air sports reporter and have a sports talk radio show of his own. “This really has been the best time of my life thus far,” said Archino. “I have made lifelong friends and have had great opportunities to shape my career path.”

    The name “Jersey Joe” comes from Archino’s passion for collecting sports jerseys. “When I was younger, I was a huge sports card collector,” said Archino. “The rare sports cards had actual pieces of a player’s jersey or equipment in it. I thought why only have a piece when I can have the whole thing. Collecting sports cards and memorabilia definitely kicked off my passion for collecting jerseys.” Archino estimates his collection to be in the ballpark of 400-450 jerseys and growing. “I collect all jerseys from football, soccer, basketball, baseball and hockey.  My favorites to collect are any LeBron James jerseys, Manchester City, San Diego Chargers and Oregon Ducks football. The collecting will never stop.”

    While looking forward to graduating this May, Archino says “I’m not in any rush to leave.” Archino notes that it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to a place that feels like home and also exciting to see what lies ahead as he embarks on his career path. “This really has been the best time of my life thus far,” said Archino. “Iona is a magical place.”

    His advice to future Iona students: “You have got to be willing to make sacrifices as well as be committed to achieving your goal – only you can make it happen.”    
                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Kristin “Krissy” Bucchi ’16
    Hometown: Toms River, N.J.
    Resident Assistant
    ICTV, President
    "Inside Iona", Co-host
    Nazareth Farm, Mission Trip Leader
    Kairos Retreat, Committee Member
    The Ionian, Staff Writer (Women's Soccer)
    Edmund Rice Society, Orientation Leader
    Office of Mission and Ministry, Project Sunshine
    Gael Pride, Active Member

     
    A passion for working in broadcasting since high school, Mass Communication major Kristin Bucchi ’16 is the president of ICTV and co-host of “Inside Iona,” currently in its third season. She has served nearly four years with ICTV and says, “I like the experience of having the power to create something no one has ever seen before.”

    Bucchi remembers applying to about 30 schools and visiting 16. What gave Iona the edge for her was meeting Mike Damergis and being given the opportunity to demonstrate her editing skills during the visit. “I was able to tour the studio and do an on-hands demonstration of my skills,” Bucchi stated. “The fact that Iona took the time to show a personal interest in me as a potential student made the difference.”

    Bucchi has remained steadfast in her desire to pursue communications and declared her major freshman year. “I enjoy all aspects of television production – operating the camera, control room, directing, interviewing and field reporting but my favorite is editing.”

    A Renaissance woman, Bucchi credits Iona with discovering her passion for service. She has been an active participant in Edmund Rice Society, mission trips to Nazareth Farm, Kairos Retreat, Boys and Girls Club and will be studying abroad in Poland this spring after reading Eli Wiesel’s Night.

    Besides being a member of her high school National Honor Society, Bucchi is an avid athlete and enjoys running sprints in winter/spring track seasons, soccer and volleyball in addition to taking dance for 12 years.

    Bucchi credits some of her success to meeting great supporters along the way. "My time at Iona has been a life-changing experience and I will never forget [Mass Communication faculty] Nadine Cosby and Michael Witsch, who have been wonderful mentors to me."

    With a goal of hosting her own TV show one day, Bucchi is currently embracing yet another opportunity, interning with NBC Universal's Oxygen Very Real network at 30 Rock in New York City. “I hope to one day produce a live audience show like Ellen DeGeneres or Jimmy Fallon,” says Bucchi.

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  • Award-Winning Filmmaker Joins Iona as Executive-in-Residence

    2/10/2016

    Ross Greenburg, former president of HBO Sports and Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker, joins the College's Center for Sports, Entertainment, and Media Business.

    March 14 update

    Listen to a recent podcast of Ross Greenburg talking with Iona Mass Comm faculty member Mike Damergis -- and a video interview student Joe Archino did as well.

    Greenburg spoke on campus on April 21 -- see more about that event.
     

    New Rochelle, NY (February 10, 2016) – Ross Greenburg is joining Iona College this spring as its newest Executive-in-Residence. The long-time HBO Sports president and award-winning filmmaker will lecture, organize campus presentations, work with classes, and, starting this fall, teach a graduate and undergraduate course, The Business and Management of Content Creation.
     
    “We’re proud to have an accomplished professional of Mr. Greenburg’s stature as part of the Iona academic program,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “His knowledge and insight will enhance the academic experience of our Iona students as they learn through the lens of this inspirational expert.”

    Ross Greenburg
    Greenburg, president of HBO Sports from 2000-2011—and at HBO for 33 years in various roles -- has won more than 100 major television sports awards including 53 Sports Emmy Awards, eight Peabody Awards, 21 Cable ACE awards, 12 Cine Golden Eagles Awards and five Monitor Awards from the Video Tape Production Association. In 2011, he created Ross Greenburg Productions, expanding his storytelling to a wider variety of programming opportunities. 
     
    “I have always wanted to teach after spending over 37 years in the television industry,” said Greenburg.  “I think I can bring the graduate and undergraduate students at Iona a deeper understanding of the history of the television industry and guide them as to where programming and the distribution of creative content is headed in the future. It is very exciting to be a part of Iona's initiative in building their sports, entertainment and media program. This is exactly what the industry needs.”

    Since 2011, Ross Greenburg Productions has produced documentaries and reality series for Showtime, CBS, NBC, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, Epix and Fox.  Among the many shows he has created are HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” “Hard Knocks” and “24/7.”  In addition, he has produced films including “Miracle,” the story of the USA hockey team that upset the Soviets in the “miracle on ice” at the 1980 Winter Olympics, as well as the Billy Crystal-directed baseball movie "61*" about Roger Maris’ historic and controversial single season-home-run-record year. 
     
    This spring, Greenburg will visit the campus and serve as an Executive-for-a-Day, culminating with a campus-wide lecture/presentation on the current state of the media.  Greenburg will join an expert faculty in the Center for Sports, Entertainment, and Media Business. Aside from teaching in the fall, he will continue guest lecturing and leading other campus events, including a special 15th anniversary presentation of "Nine Innings From Ground Zero," which focused on the impact the New York Yankees had on helping the region recover from the 9/11 attacks. 
     
    Greenburg has a family connection to Iona College, as his late father, Robert, graduated with a BA in economics, finishing his senior year at Iona in 1977 after three years as an undergraduate at the University of Texas from 1937-1939.  “My dad would be proud of this association with Iona,” Greenburg said.  
     
    "Ross Greenburg's résumé of industry honors resonates throughout the broad spectrum of sports, entertainment, and media,” said Glenn Horine, director of Iona’s Center for Sports, Entertainment, and Media Business. “Our students will have front row seats to the business of content creation, packaging, and distribution in a media age that thirsts for sports and entertainment programming. Ross will be an integral part of our program experience."
     
    Charles Cante, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Business, added: "Iona College is most fortunate to have a man of Ross Greenburg's caliber to share his knowledge and career advice with our students, faculty and staff. He will be an integral part of the Sports, Entertainment and Media program."           

    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private Catholic coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus around the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide.
     
    See more about Iona’s Center for Sports, Entertainment, and Media Business -- and more about Greenburg at rossgreenburgproductions.com

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  • Iona Receives $2.5-Million Grant for Residence Hall

    2/5/2016

    The major grant from New York State adds to major improvements on Iona's campus.

    State Grant Adds to Major Campus Enhancements
     
    New Rochelle, N.Y. (February 5, 2016) – Iona College has received $2.5 million in a capital grant to support construction of its new North Avenue Residence Hall, announced the New York State’s Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grant Program Board in a public meeting on Thursday, February 4.
     
    “We thank the State of New York, our elected officials who supported the grant proposal, and the Iona team of trustees, faculty and administrators who organized the grant submission,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “It is certainly great news for the College but even better news for the students we serve, now and in coming years.”
     
    “This grant helps us complete an important addition to campus, our second new residence hall in four years,” President Nyre added.
     
    Dan Konopka, director of sponsored grants and programs and coordinator of the Iona proposal, said, “This grant from the state underscores how our students, faculty and programs continue to move the world. These investments are the fuel for realizing our future.”
     
    Sixty-two applications were received from private, not-for-profit colleges and universities across the state, requesting a total of $64.5 million. For a project to be considered for funding, an application needed to score a minimum of 70 out of 100. Of the 62 applications received, 29 achieved the minimum score of 70 to receive grant funding, which totaled $35.5 million.

    Architectural rendering of North Avenue Residence Hall (download high-res image)

    Iona broke ground on its second new residence hall last spring and plans to open its doors for students in the 2016 fall semester. Part of the College’s efforts to help revitalize North Avenue and to meet a growing demand for campus apartment style living, the North Avenue Residence Hall will add approximately 310 spaces to on-campus housing – as well as provide additional North Avenue commercial space on the ground level.  See more about the residence hall online
     
    This grant follows the College’s recent announcement of its largest gift in institutional history and a matching challenge from Mr. Robert LaPenta to nearly triple the size of its business school. It is part of the Iona Forever comprehensive fundraising campaign, which since its public launch in September 2016 has been raising funds to ensure affordability by elevating student scholarship support, to invest in faculty and new academic programs, and to ensure model learning and living environments on its campus.

    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.  

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  • Student Selected to Present Research on Capitol Hill

    2/1/2016

    PJ Milianta '16 among selected elite group of undergraduate student researchers.

    New Rochelle, NY (February 1, 2016) Peter John (PJ) Milianta '16, biochemistry major, has been accepted for participation in the 20th Annual Posters on the Hill in Washington D.C. on April 19-20, 2016.

    This prestigious event is sponsored by the national Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

    Under the mentorship of Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and chair of Chemistry, Milianta's research was chosen as one of 60 posters from 300 highly competitive applications. The poster is titled "To Understand The Involvement Of Cholesterol Asymmetry In The Regulation Of Biophysical Properties Related To Alzheimer's Disease, Aging And Alcoholism".

    "PJ will join a selected elite group of undergraduate student researchers to present and testify the significance of research initiatives to members of Congress and the Senate on Capitol Hill," said Dr. Lee.

    About the Council on Undergraduate Research:
    The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. 



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  • Moving the World in a Purposeful Way

    1/27/2016

    Students, faculty and administrators impacting lives across the globe.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 27, 2016) “Moving the World” at Iona College is more than a tagline, it’s a way of life. Whether through academics, internships, volunteering or mentoring others, Iona Gaels are always on the move in a purposeful way.

    This past winter break, January 4-16, 54 students, three administrators, and two faculty members participated in Iona in Mission immersion trips through the Office of Mission and Ministry. Impacting lives in West Virginia, New Orleans, India, Ireland, and Peru, these adventurous Gaels shared their most valuable resources – their time and talent – to help build homes, work with underprivileged children and explore environmental justice issues on a national and international scope.

    The following are reflections from students and faculty about their shared experiences.

    New Orleans - Immersion, January, 2016

    The New Orleans team partnered with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart at the Duchesne House for an immersion that focused on racism, poverty, and environmental justice.  The team met with many community leaders, activists, and cultural figures to learn about these issues while also directly serving with a variety of community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, ARC of Greater New Orleans, and Grow Dat Farms.

    Reflections from Professor Nadine Barnett Cosby, clinical faculty, mass communications, faculty advisor, ICTV

    “The New Orleans Immersion trip was an experience that will continue to impact me both personally and professionally, in and out of the classroom.  It was a pleasure to learn about and interact with the culture and people of New Orleans, and to help students engage with the core themes of racism, poverty and social justice.  It was particularly insightful to help facilitate the students’ awareness of the pervasiveness of these issues in the United States.  Many of the experiences on the trip were eye-opening and left me both committed to continuing this work at home, as well as very optimistic about when/how our young people will contribute to improving our society and our world.  The experience has also added another element to my understanding of undergraduate students and their concerns, and has positively impacted how I engage with students.”

    Reflections from Kori Bennett ’17, student campus minister of East Hall – Boys and Girls Club and Advocacy

    “Going back to New Orleans a second time, this time as a student leader, allowed me to better understand what New Orleans means to my life. The New Orleans Mission Trip was a magnifying glass in learning more about the foundation of racism, poverty and environmental degradation. We spent the week exploring and working in different sites such as the Hope House, Boys and Girls Club of New Orleans, The Whitney Plantation, and ARC of Greater New Orleans. Our days were split between workshops, service, and cultural immersion in order to get a full scope of what New Orleans is as a cultural landmark of this country. The team was eager to learn how the themes affect the daily lives of New Orleanians and shape the family-like communities throughout the city. On January 6, the first day of Mardi Gras season, we went to a parade that was a reenactment of the story of Joan of Arc, where we all experienced our first barricade free parade! We left New Orleans with a better sense of hospitality, graciousness and a deeper passion for social justice.

    Not only has the culture enabled me to integrate kindness and genuine love for everyone into my daily life, but it also showed me that fighting for social justice first begins with education and awareness for those who do not experience inequality. New Orleans really holds a special place in my life for how it takes in every visitor with generosity, compassion, and a big heart."

    Lima, Peru - Immersion, January, 2016

    The Peru immersion partnered with the Christian Brothers in the Canto Grande barrio of Lima in ministries of presence through home visits, home construction, and running a day camp for children.  They encountered, and were, Edmundo Rice on the margins of society.

    Reflections from Carl B. Procario-Foley, Ph.D., director of the Office of Mission and Ministry

     “I feel so privileged to accompany 13 energetic and committed Iona students to Canto Grande in Lima, Peru where the Edmund Rice Christian brothers live the life of Edmund, committed to walking with the poor, learning from them and exposing them to the liberating power of education through their school, Fe Y Allegria, which enrolls 1500 children.  In our time of building a house, running a summer camp, or shelling abbas beans we developed friendships and partnerships that have expanded our visions and shaped us in new and exciting ways.”

    India - Service-Learning Immersion, January, 2016

    The India service-learning immersion group partnered with the Christian Brothers in Kolkata for a week of service in a variety of Brothers’ ministries with school children, children with disabilities, children of sex workers, and with the Missionaries of Charity.  The group will continue their learning through an International Studies service-learning course taught by Dr. Tommy Van Cleave.

    Reflections from Tommy Van Cleave, Ph.D., director, Service and Experiential Learning and interim co-director, Study Abroad

    “At our institution, we’ve adopted the tagline, 'Move the World.' After our service-learning course in India, one of the students suggested we change it to “Move the World, and Let the World Move You!” Being in a place like India, and walking in the footsteps of the Christian Brothers and Mother Teresa, it is hard to come back unchanged. The lenses that we all used to see and understand the world became irreparably altered, making it impossible to see the world the same way ever again.

    Our days usually began by waking as 4 a.m. and riding the bus to celebrate Mass with the Missionaries of Charity, a group of sisters founded by Mother Teresa. After mass we would pause at her tomb before being sent to one of the “Mother's houses,” facilities providing care for physically and/or cognitively disabled people along with other volunteers from across the world.

    While the sisters provided advanced medical care, as a team we were given tasks such as laundry, preparing food, or putting lotion on dry skin. More than that though, the sisters encouraged us to be emotionally and spiritually present as a way of validating and honoring the dignity of all the residents. In many ways, our service project sought to implement what our Christian Brothers taught us about the meaning of “namaste” on our first day in India.

    The Brothers explained that namaste means, 'the divine in me honors the divine in you.' I think for all of us, it was a learning experience to pause, and actually implement this through practical acts of kindness, love, and service. For many reasons, living and doing a service project in a place as different as India is challenging, especially if most of what we know comes from a Western perspective. This difference however, opens our eyes and hearts to beauty and joy in ways that we could never imagine. This is not to say that everything was pretty, in fact, much of it was challenging to see.

    Upon returning, many students reflected that they are having a hard time putting into words just what they learned, but they know that something big happened. I think this why all of us are unable to answer the question, 'so how was India?'

    On our last night in the country we talked about how to respond to this question, and the group decided that their collective answer would be, 'it was important.' Our group was moved by the world in ways that were humbling, funny, jarring, wonderful, painful, and significant. Together, because we were first 'moved by the world', we can now go and “move the world” as more informed, caring, and humble people. Our work is not over, it has only begun.”

    Ireland - Service-Learning Immersion, January, 2016

    The Ireland service-learning immersion group partnered with the Marino Institute and the Edmund Rice Network in Dublin and Belfast to explore the criminal justice system and other social justice issues of poverty, drug use, and homelessness.  The group also walked the footsteps of Blessed Edmund Rice by visiting the Heritage sites in Waterford and Callan.  In Belfast the group worked with the Westcourt Centre in their homeless outreach projects and visited with students in the Life Centre Schools.  They will continue their learning with a Criminal Justice course taught by Dr. Josh Klein.

    Reflections from Kayla Kosack '17, criminal justice major, political science minor, security threat assessment minor, executive vice president, Student Government Association, captain, Iona College Mock Trial, resident assistance, Eastchester Apartments.

    “When we went to Glendalough we were sounded by serenity and peace.  A major thing we took away from there was, "To know who you are, you need to know where you are." At that moment many of us learned that we need to live in the moment and soak in your surroundings.  There was nowhere better to gain that understanding. 

    Throughout Ireland we surrounded ourselves in the lifestyle of Edmund Rice.  We understood where we were by being in his home, his schools and with people who understand what it's like to live Edmund's values.  Through understanding that we were there, we were able to understand who we are when we returned to Iona. We are a family, we are leaders and we are all people seeking to serve. Not a single one of us would have been in Ireland at that exact moment with those exact people if it were not for Edmund Rice to bring us together and that is how we were able to learn who we are, because we understood where we are because it's about those that surround you that create the ‘where you are.’”


    Nazareth Farm, West Virginia - Service Retreat, January, 2016

    Nazareth Farm, West Virginia is a service-retreat week with other college groups who serve alongside neighbors in home repair projects and community living through the Cornerstones of: Community, Service, Simplicity, and Prayer.  Nazareth Farm is our longest immersion partner and many Gaels have gone on to serve on their staff.  It is truly a special place.

    Reflections from Kristin Bucchi ’16, resident assistant, Eastchester Apartments, president, ICTV, co-host for ICTV's "Inside Iona", mission trip leader, Nazareth Farm, committee member, Kairos Retreat, staff writer, The Ionian, orientation leader, Edmund Rice Society, student campus minister of East Hall – Boys and Girls Club and Advocacy

    “At Nazareth Farm the Iona students learned about the four cornerstones that the farm lives by (community, simplicity, prayer, service). Through these corner stones, the students were able to explore their own spiritual life and relationship with God by engaging in communication with the homeowners. During the week, Iona worked with students from four other colleges at different worksites to do home repairs for the people of Doddridge County in Salem, West Virginia. This year's Nazareth Farm team grew together as a family with one another and in community with the members of the farm. This mission trip opened our eyes by immersing ourselves in service to find who we each are as individuals.”

    About the Immersion Trips:
    Each group was led by a student leader and a faculty or staff moderator. The immersion trips began by the Christian Brothers in the 1970’s with initial trips in Kentucky, Florida and Peru. To date there are 15 immersion offerings through Iona in Mission for 2015-16. Future trips include Chicago, Habitat for Humanity in Harrisburg, Pa., Washington, D.C., and Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. The summer offerings include Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse and Zambia.

    For further information on these and other Iona in Mission initiatives, please contact the Office of Mission and Ministry located in Robert V. LaPenta Student Union, Room 217, (914) 637-2772 or email Carl Procario-Foley at cprocario-foley@iona.edu or visit Iona in Mission.

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  • "LaPenta Means Business" Challenge

    1/26/2016

    Alumnus invites alumni to support new School of Business

    New Rochelle, NY (January 26, 2016) Robert V. LaPenta ’67, ’00H recently made the largest gift in Iona College history, $15 million, to support the redesign and expansion of Iona’s School of Business. Plans are under way to triple the current space for students and faculty, and create a world-class learning environment for innovative and ethical business leaders.

    Now, LaPenta is challenging other alumni to join him in supporting this endeavor. In addition to his historic lead gift, he is pledging an additional $2.5 million to match gifts for this project from members of Iona’s classes of 1975 to 1995.

    In announcing the “LaPenta Means Business” Challenge, LaPenta stated, “I’d like to invite Iona alumni to invest in the business school’s new home, and join me in supporting Iona’s mission to create graduates who are innovative, ethical, creative problem solvers.”

    For every dollar that alumni from these classes commit to the business school expansion through the Iona Forever campaign, the “LaPenta Means Business” Challenge will match those funds, on a one-to-one basis, thus doubling the impact of each donor’s gift. For example a $10,000 gift becomes a $20,000 gift with the LaPenta match.

    “The ‘LaPenta Means Business’ Challenge will accelerate funding for a new Iona School of Business facility that matches the caliber of our curriculum and the potential of our students,” said Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., Iona College President. “I am incredibly grateful to Bob LaPenta for his leadership, and I urge our alumni to join him in making this project a reality.”

    To join the Challenge and for more information, please contact Iona Forever Director Pam Bottge at (914) 633-2413 or pbottge@iona.edu.

    The Iona College School of Business has been recognized as one of the top 50 “Graduate Schools by Salary Potential” by PayScale.com and holds the prestigious AACSB International accreditation. Graduates are sought after for positions in diverse industries worldwide.

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  • Students Receive Hands-On Experiential Education

    1/22/2016

    The Action Learning Program fosters collaboration between students and the local business community.

    Team Palatin Technologies: Professor John Politi; Interim Provost Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D.; Kaitlyn Ragolia; Ryan Collins

    Team Steiner Sports: Kelvin Joseph, COO, Steiner Sports; Kate Brodnax; Greg Bolte; Cassandra Gill
    New Rochelle, NY (January 22, 2016) Learning through action, discovery and exploration are what two student teams experienced as a result of participating in Iona College’s Action Learning Program (ALP). This unique semi-independent semester-long external consulting program gave the juniors and seniors the opportunity to collaborate on projects for Steiner Sports and Palatin Technologies – both publicly traded companies.*

    The culmination of their journey produced impressive results for both companies and were delivered through outstanding presentations at the conclusion of the program.

    “Students selected to enroll in this course (BUS 425) must possess the necessary academic credentials, and just as important, the motivational spirit to succeed and represent Iona’s legacy of future leaders in our community,” said John Politi, adjunct professor and director of the Action Learning Program.

    Team Steiner Sports, Kate Brodnax ’16, Cassandra Gill ’16 and Gregory Bolte ’17 was charged with determining recommendations to aid in increasing revenue for their host firm.

     “The purpose of our external consulting project is to provide a summary analysis of research for Steiner Sports to establish their internet presence both nationally and internationally, advance brand awareness and increase sales to the female demographic,” said Kate Brodnax ’16.

    Team Palatin, led by Kaitlyn Ragolia ’16 and Ryan Collins ’16, was charged with recommending specific assessments and analysis to construct a commercial plan to support the product launch and necessary marketing efforts regarding Palatin’s newest drug, Bremelanotide. 
    Both teams were congratulated by Vincent J. Calluzzo, PhD, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, for their in-depth research and dedication to the concept of experiential learning – each ALP team invested over 125+ hours in course research and the preparation of their final recommendations in their roles as consultants.

    “Both ALP teams were highly successful, congratulated and appreciated by their host firm liaisons for their fine work ethic and highly detailed constructive feedback,” said Politi.

    About the Action Learning Program (ALP)
    ALP is Iona’s first successful experimental learning course offered within its Business School curriculum.  As cited by the Association for Experiential Learning, “Experiential Learning is a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with students in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify vales.”  It is learning through action, discovery and exploration.  The Action Learning Program was introduced in 2013 and developed by Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vincent J. Calluzzo, PhD, and John Politi, Adjunct Professor and Director of the Action Learning Program.  At other fine institutions of higher education throughout the U.S., the ALP is only offered at the MBA-level.  Iona is the first to offer the ALP at the Undergraduate-level. 

    *Steiner Sports Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omnicom Group, Inc., (NYSE: OMC) an American marketing and corporate communications holding company, headquartered in New York City. Omnicom's branded networks and specialty firms provide various services in advertising and public relations, including strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, and customer relationship management (CRM).

    Palatin Technologies, Inc., (NYSE MKT: PTN) is a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted, receptor-specific peptide therapeutics for the treatment of diseases with significant unmet medical need and commercial potential. Palatin’s programs are based on molecules that modulate the activity of the melanocortin and natriuretic peptide receptor systems. Palatin’s primary product in development is bremelanotide for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction (FSD).

    About Iona College:
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. In late 2014, PayScale ranked the MBA program in the School of Business as a national top 50 program for return on investment.

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  • New Programs in Game Development, Project Management Approved

    1/13/2016

    The state Department of Education has approved programs in computer science/game development and project management slated to begin this summer and fall.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 13, 2016) – The New York State Department of Education has approved six new Iona College undergraduate and graduate programs slated to begin in the summer and fall of 2016. The School of Arts and Science will offer undergraduate BA and BS and graduate BA/MS, BS/MS, and MS programs in computer science with a concentration in game development. The School of Business will offer a master of science in project management.

    The game development concentration at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will provide students with opportunities to acquire strong skills in general software development and also prepare them for careers in the game development industry. 

    “The Computer Science Department anticipates a high level of enthusiasm for its upcoming game development concentration,” said Frances Bailie, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the computer science department. “It is an interdisciplinary field that includes script writing, graphic design, music, psychology, artificial intelligence, and other related areas and should appeal to a wide variety of student interests.”

    "Game development does not only promote a sense of nostalgia and fun for the programmer but challenges every skill they have in their repertoire," said Joshua Espinosa, graduate student. "Programmers must put their creative side to the test all while figuring out the most efficient algorithms for the game's processes. It is this creativity and challenge that draws students to this program." 


    The Master of Science in project management will prepare professionals of any function or discipline with the skills to plan, execute and manage projects of any type or size in any industry.

    “These concentrations are designed to appeal to students interested in the modern age of technology including mobile as well as console applications,” said Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Courses provided will ensure Iona students are well prepared for this job market.”

    The MS will also prepare students for the certification examination as a project management professional of the Project Management Institute (PMP Certificate). The MS in project management has been designed to provide today’s project managers with the tools to balance the complexities of modern project management which include identifying business value, risk, quality, safety, cost, finance  and technology.

    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s Hagan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. PayScale has ranked the Hagan School in the top 50 of "Graduate Schools by Salary Potential."

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  • 100% Pass Rate for Student Teachers

    1/7/2016

    The edTPA exam includes versions of 27 teaching fields.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 7, 2016) The Iona College Education Department announced 100 percent of its fall student teachers have passed the Education Teacher Performance Assessment  (edTPA) exam.

    The exam is a multi-media portfolio of teacher candidates’ teaching knowledge and skills. In New York State this exam is one of several exams required for student teaching. 

    “We are proud of the candidates for successfully applying the knowledge and skills developed during their education programs and for the commitment of faculty and staff for assuring the students are fully prepared to succeed,” said Margaret Smith, Ph.D, chair, education department, associate professor, mathematics education.

    These results reflect the Fall 2015 student submissions to edTPA. Official data on the program can be found on the Iona College Education Department website.
     
    About edTPA
    edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. For each handbook field, the placement is a Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade classroom. edTPA is a subject-specific assessment that includes versions for 27 teaching fields. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment. 

    About Iona College
    Founded in 1940 Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s Hagan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. In late 2014, PayScale ranked the MBA program in the Hagan School as a national top 50 program for return on investment.

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  • ESPN/Iona Partnership

    1/20/2016

    Men's and women's Gael basketball to be broadcast live beginning in February.



    NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Iona College has announced a partnership with ESPN to produce and broadcast its athletics events live on the ESPN3 and WatchESPN platform. Iona will begin producing its men’s and women’s basketball games in February and women’s lacrosse contests in the spring. It plans to expand to additional sports next fall.

    “This is great news for our students, our student-athletes, our athletics program and for the entire Iona College community,” said President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “Our teams merit the additional exposure, but just as valuable is the opportunity for students to get hand-on professional broadcast experience at the highest levels. It will complement our academic programs in Mass Communications and our Center for Sports, Entertainment and Media Business.”

    “The project provides Iona College with cutting-edge technology to broadcast our athletic events on the ESPN platform,” said Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. “We look forward to expanding our direct relationship with the ESPN brand through the longstanding partnership between the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the ‘The Worldwide Leader in Sports’.”

    “The continued growth of the MAAC ESPN3 School Production facilities is indicative of the strong commitment member schools like Iona College has to their athletic programs and brand identity,” notes MAAC Commissioner Richard Ensor. “I congratulate Iona College and its leadership team for their vision and awareness of how their publics access content on a 24/7 basis through mobile devices, tablets and smart TVs.”

    Iona is assembling a portable production and editing studio to support a multi-camera telecast in high definition with state-of-the art equipment from Ross Video, NewTek, Hitachi, Clear-Com among other leading broadcast vendors. The events will be available in more than 100-million homes throughout the United States through the WatchESPN platform.

    The broadcasts, which will feature ESPN-branded graphics and full-replay capability, will be hosted by a combination of professionals and College students. Under the direction of Iona College Athletic Communications staff, Iona students will be a key part of the 10-to-15-person crew needed to produce the events. In addition to live coverage, Iona College students will be responsible for pregame, halftime, and postgame content production including feature pieces, commercials, highlight packages and interviews.

    The project will be an expansion of the live coverage of Gael sporting events already provided on the online platform, Iona Insider, which is currently in its seventh year of providing Iona athletics webcasts.

    The development of these advanced telecast capabilities not only provides a partnership between Iona and ESPN and increased visibility for the College, it also will allow for production of additional campus events outside of athletics. The real-world, experiential-learning opportunities for Iona students will help build credentials for internships and post- and pre-graduate employment.

    Iona joins fellow MAAC members Canisius College, Fairfield University, Monmouth University and Siena College in undertaking the ESPN School Productions capability.

    ABOUT ESPN3:

    ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The network is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

    ABOUT IONA COLLEGE:

    Located 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, Iona College is a four-year private master’s granting coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as master of arts, master of science and master of business administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, N.Y. with a statewide economic impact of approximately $250 million annually.

    ABOUT IONA COLLEGE ATHLETICS:

    Iona College fields 21 varsity programs at the NCAA Division I level that have seen regular success, particularly in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s cross country and track.  Iona is a founding member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in its 35th year of existence and is also a member of the Collegiate Water Polo association for the sport of Men’s Water Polo.  Iona Athletics is committed to excellence, collective responsibility and integrity in every action it takes. Iona strives to “Build Champions” in four core areas: academics, athletics, in the community and for life after its student-athletes’ collegiate experience.

    ABOUT THE MAAC:

    The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University, and Siena College. For more on the conference please visit, www.maacsports.com.

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  • Students Move the World through Global Service

    1/4/2016

    55 students embark on service learning trips during their winter recess.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 4, 2016) College winter recess is typically a time for students to take a break between fall and spring semesters, visit family, take a vacation or regroup before returning to their studies. But 55 Iona students have chosen to spend their time making a difference delivering hands-on service across the globe through mission service immersion and academic service-learning initiatives between January 4 and 16.
     
    The winter service immersion trips include New Orleans, Peru and West Virginia and the academic service-learning experiences are in India and Ireland. The sophomores, juniors and seniors will experience service learning through building community, exploring the social, cultural and political climate of their host environment. “These experiences provide powerful opportunities for students to engage in service, grow spiritually and intellectually while understanding more fully what it means to work for social justice in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice,” said Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., director of the Office of Mission and Ministry.
     
    Each group will be led by a student leader and a faculty or staff moderator. The immersion trips began by the Christian Brothers in the 1970’s with initial trips in Kentucky, Florida and Peru. To date there are 15 immersion offerings through Iona in Mission for 2015-16. Future trips include Chicago, Habitat for Humanity in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. The summer offerings include Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse and Zambia.
     
    For further information on these and other Iona in Mission initiatives, please contact the Office of Mission and Ministry located in Robert V. LaPenta Student Union, Room 217, (914) 637-2772 or email Carl Procario-Foley at cprocario-foley@iona.edu or visit Iona In Mission.
     
    About Iona in Mission:
    Iona in Mission offers short-term domestic and international immersion experiences to the students, alumni, staff, and faculty of Iona College. Through the mission trips, participants move away from a global culture of indifference by engaging in service with the poor and marginalized while being immersed in different cultures.  Upon returning to Iona, participants share their experience and the social reality of the host communities to foster action and deepen relationships of solidarity.


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  • Iona Partners with Syncsort in Largest START-UP NY Initiative

    12/16/2015

    Increasing academic and professional opportunities for students

    New Rochelle, NY (December 16, 2015) Iona College will partner with the software firm Syncsort Incorporated in collaboration with START-UP NY at its Rockland campus location. In terms of jobs, it will be the largest single project at a private college within the network of the START-UP NY consortium, enabling the creation of 144 new jobs along with an investment of $2,895,000 from Syncsort and increased professional and academic opportunities for Iona students and the local community. 

    Iona College is a highly accredited, private, Catholic college, offering more than 60 degree programs of study. While its main campus is in New Rochelle, N.Y., Iona has also been providing graduate education in Rockland County for more than 35 years.  Offerings at the Graduate Center in Pearl River, N.Y., include the first MBA program in Rockland with the prestigious AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International accreditation. Six MBA concentration areas are offered, in addition to MS programs and several professional certificates. The College recently announced the largest gift in its history from alumnus Mr. Robert LaPenta to build a new business school at the New Rochelle campus.

    The College’s new START-UP NY partner, Syncsort, will be located in 50,000 square feet of space adjacent to Iona’s graduate center at 2 Blue Hill Plaza in Pearl River. Currently headquartered in New Jersey, Syncsort is expected to be operational in Rockland by spring 2016.  

     “We are pleased to build on the long history of achievement and partnership of the Hagan School of Business by expanding our positive community impact by facilitating the creation of jobs and educational opportunities in the region,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “The partnership with Syncsort will have a positive impact on our students and faculty, creating resources of business expertise and internship possibilities for our students, both at Rockland and at our main campus in New Rochelle.  This is a partnership that we believe will be a model for others in New York and the nation.”

    Syncsort is a global software company that provides powerful, secure, enterprise-grade software that spans “Big Iron to Big Data,” including fast-growing analytical platforms such as Apache Hadoop, Splunk, Apache Spark, and the cloud, as well as mature, business critical platforms such as the IBM z Systems mainframe. Syncsort's products are deployed in top Fortune 500 companies across industries such as financial services, healthcare, telecommunications and other data intensive domains. 
     
    “It is a tremendous privilege for Syncsort to have been selected for the START-UP NY program, and we are looking forward to the exciting partnership with Iona College that we expect to both inspire the next generation of computer scientists and provide our team with the world-class talent it needs to continue our ambitious growth strategy,” said Lonne Jaffe, CEO of Syncsort. “As a long-time New Yorker, I couldn’t be more proud to have Syncsort become part of New York’s Big Data technology ecosystem, which, thanks in part to extraordinary economic development programs such as START-UP NY, has become one of the most important in the world.”

    Iona College’s participation in START-UP NY was approved in March 2015, after reviewing over a dozen potential applicants to ensure a proper fit between the type of business and Iona’s academic mission, as required by New York State.  

     “In addition to selecting a business that had the size and scale to accomplish and grow our partnership, a key element includes the opportunity for the business to offer a positive impact on the number of students it can help through internship, research and future employment prospects,” said Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.  “The partnership with Syncsort will enhance the Iona student experience and give students the opportunity to move the world by integrating an outstanding education with first-hand business knowledge and acumen.” 

    Described by Governor Andrew Cuomo as "the most ambitious economic development program in New York's recent history," START-UP NY provides major incentives for businesses to relocate, start up, or significantly expand in New York State through affiliations with public and private universities, colleges and community colleges. Eligible businesses have the opportunity to operate tax-free and their employees pay no state or local personal income taxes for up to 10 years, while partnering with higher education institutions.

    See more about Syncsort, Iona’s Rockland Graduate Center, START-UP NY and Iona’s being named a START-UP NY site

    About Iona College:
    Located 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, Iona College is a four-year private Master’s granting coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, N.Y. with a statewide economic impact of approximately $250 million annually.

    About START-UP NY:
    START-UP NY provides businesses that create net new jobs in New York State with the opportunity to operate 100 percent tax-free for 10 years, paying no state income tax, business or corporate state or local taxes, sales tax, property tax or franchise fees. The companies also partner with the higher education institutions they are sponsored by, and have the ability to access industry experts and advanced research laboratories associated with the schools.

    See additional coverage in the Westchester County Business Journal & Fairfield County Business Journal Software company leaving NJ for Start-Up NY

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  • Inaugural Lecture Features WSJ Columnist

    10/19/2015

    William McGurn tells Iona students personal character is key to ethical business practices. See video and a transcript.


    View a video of the full remarks by Mr. McGurn.
    See a transcript of Mr. McGurn's remarks published in the December issue of the journal Vital Issues of the Day.



    New Rochelle, N.Y. -- William McGurn, Wall Street Journal columnist and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, told an audience of Iona business students that despite the proliferation of business ethics courses, “strong business ethics cannot be had without strong personal character.”

    McGurn delivered the first talk in a new lecture series, Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership, sponsored by the College’s Hagan School of Business. The goal of the series is to offer practical examples of ethical leadership for young people and those in the working world.

    McGurn, who writes the Main Street column and editorials at The Wall Street Journal, said an increase in courses “doesn’t seem to be producing more ethical business leaders.”  

    One of the main reasons for the problem is “relativism” and an inability to distinguish right from wrong, McGurn said. “All too often, students come out believing that it’s all subjective.”

    He added that he is suspicious of “profession-based ethics,” whether in business, law, journalism or medicine because too often they are implemented as sort of a “regulatory code separate from character,” and professionals are led to believe that if they check off appropriate boxes, they have fulfilled ethical requirements.

    “You cannot have business ethics without ethical businessmen,” McGurn said. “The more we try to substitute regulation for character, the further we get from the goal.”

    McGurn said that issues of right and wrong are not difficult to discern and cited the cases of Bernie Madoff deceiving his investors and the dean of the Stanford Business School having an affair with a married subordinate.

    Business students, he added, would do well to reflect on the West Point honor code, which says, “A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do.”

    He told the students, “What you do in your business life will affect many around you. And when the hard decisions come -- for example, firing a person who just isn’t up to the job -- those whose lives are most affected by your decisions are not going to ask how many business ethics courses you took. They will want to know whether you are an honest person who treats others fairly and does not hide behind evasions.”

    “For 75 years, Iona College has committed its energies and resources to the development of graduates recognized for their ethics,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “Every person, every family, and the people in every business, institution, municipality or government agency will eventually have their moral and ethical compass shaken and tested. The measure of leadership, or one’s life for that matter, is not the tally of problems or their severity but rather how we respond.”

    McGurn spent more than a decade overseas -- in Brussels for The Wall Street Journal/Europe and in Hong Kong with both the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. In the mid-1990s, McGurn was Washington Bureau Chief for National Review.

    He is the author of a book on Hong Kong titled Perfidious Albion and a monograph on terrorism, “Terrorist or Freedom Fighter.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Notre Dame and a master’s in communications from Boston University.  

    Founded in 1940 and celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2015, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s Hagan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. In late 2014, PayScale ranked the MBA program in the Hagan School as a national top 50 program for return on investment.

    For more information on the lecture series, see Iona Launches Series on Ethical and Moral Leadership.

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  • Iona Receives Its Largest Gift

    11/21/2015

    Robert V. LaPenta donates $15 million+

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    New Rochelle, N.Y., (November 21, 2015) – Last evening, Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., announced a gift of more than $15 million from Robert V. LaPenta to the Iona Forever Campaign. It is the largest gift in the College’s 75-year history, and will support the redesign and transformation of Iona’s School of Business.
     
    “We are enormously grateful for this transformative gift,” said President Nyre. “It will enable us to construct a facility that advances our vision, sharpens our distinctiveness, increases affordability and strengthens infrastructure.”

    The LaPenta gift will transform Hagan Hall, the home of Iona’s business school, with a new structure connecting to the existing building -- nearly tripling the space available for students and faculty. It will house state-of-the-art classrooms, case study and meeting spaces, faculty offices, a lecture hall, a business career center and an expanded trading floor classroom. School officials point out that this construction and renovation project will create a facility that fosters the interactive learning environment critical to training 21st-century leaders.

    “I am proud to support Iona’s mission of creating graduates that are smart, ethical, creative problem solvers,” said Mr. LaPenta. “My time at Iona prepared me well to be successful in business, and positively impact businesses and the livelihoods of others. I believe this gift will enhance Iona’s strong business school performance and reputation well into the 21st century.”

    Iona College’s business school is accredited by AACSB International, a distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide. In late 2014, PayScale ranked Iona’s MBA program as a top-50 program nationally for return on investment.

    Mr. LaPenta, an Iona alumnus (’67, 00’H) and Board of Trustee member, is one of the College’s most generous benefactors, previously investing in the construction of the LaPenta Student Union Building, the Ryan library, and the trading floor for the School of Business.
     
    “As a student it’s incredible to see an Iona graduate making this sort of investment,” said Tommy Severin, a senior and member of the honors program who is also president of the Student Government Association. “It really shows how much a very successfully individual got from his education and believes in Iona College. On behalf of students today and in the future, thank you, Mr. LaPenta.” 
     
    Mr. LaPenta is chairman, CEO and founding partner of Aston Capital, a private investment company specializing in secure military communication companies and companies with green technology. He also serves as chairman and CEO of Revolution Lighting Technologies and The Radiant Group. Prior to these endeavors, Mr. LaPenta founded L-1 Identity Solutions and co-founded L-3 Communications.
     
    The Iona Forever Campaign, with a goal of $150 million, serves as a key component to the College’s comprehensive five-year strategic plan. The transformational campaign will enhance learning and living environments, advance world-class faculty and dynamic academic programs, and support a record level of student scholarships.
     
    To date, Iona’s Board of Trustees, Campaign Cabinet, alumni and friends have raised more than $63.7 million in philanthropic support. This extraordinary commitment underscores the belief in the critical importance of the campaign to the future of Iona College.
     
     Learn more about the Iona Forever campaign at iona.edu/IonaForever -- and see a story about Mr. LaPenta's gift in The Wall Street Journal and other news coverage of Iona Forever.  


    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.  

     
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  • National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

    12/9/2015

    Top students honored at 2015 Delta Epsilon Sigma celebration.

    The 2015 Delta Epsilon Sigma induction ceremony enshrined 49 students into the Iona College chapter of the national honor society in Arrigoni Center Nov. 19.

    Students are eligible for induction to Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) by ranking in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. Typically, the top five percent of students from a given discipline are admitted.

     

    “I cannot even begin to express how honored and overjoyed I am to have been chosen to join some of Iona’s brightest and most service-oriented students as a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma,” senior Peter Milianta said. “Being a part of DES is so much more than sharing a certificate with other inductees and alumni; it is an invitation to help join forces with other Gaels to move the world across a multitude of careers and fields.”

    The honorees included students from a wide range of majors in both the School of Arts and Science and the Hagan School of Business.

    “We are so fortunate to have a great representation across the board in terms of students,” said Dr. Carl Procario-Foley, the moderator of DES and the director of the Office of Mission and Ministry.

    The keynote speaker at the induction ceremony was Erin Whalen McGee ’99. She is the only Rhodes Scholar in Iona history as she studied at Oxford University in England.

    “The experience of applying for [a Rhodes Scholarship] was harrowing,” she said in an interview. “The experience of getting to study at Oxford was wonderful. It was a blessing.”

    She stressed the importance of paying attention to details in her speech titled “The Angel in the Details.”

    “Stay awake for all the details in life,” she said. “You can accomplish anything.”

    She demonstrated how her keen eye for detail helped lead to success in her profession as a lawyer in New York fighting for unions in arbitration cases.

    Whalen McGee spoke during the first half of the ceremony. The honorees then received their certificates and DES pins. After this part of the ceremony, Interim Dean of the Hagan School of Business Dr. Charles Cante stepped to the podium and surprised the students with acceptance to the MBA program.

    Dr. Joseph Stabile, professor of biology, was also recognized at the ceremony for being the Faculty Speaker of the Year. He has served on the Iona faculty for 19 years.

    Interim Provost Dr. Vincent Calluzzo provided the closing remarks. He told the honorees that they are the bright spots in a dark world and advised them to be brave in their future endeavors.

    “You have a very long journey ahead of you,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

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  • Iona Plans Six New Degree Programs for Fall 2016

    11/20/2015

    Programs include computer science/gaming and project management.

    Update 12/2015: The programs have been approved by the State of New York. 

    New Rochelle, NY (November 20, 2015) – Iona College’s Board of Trustees has approved six new undergraduate and graduate programs slated to begin in the fall of 2016. The School of Arts and Science will offer undergraduate BA and BS and graduate BA/MS, BS/MS, MS programs in computer science with a concentration in game development. The School of Business will offer a master of science in project management.

    The game development concentration at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will provide students with the opportunity to acquire strong skills in general software development and also prepare them for careers in the game development industry. 

    “These concentrations are designed to appeal to students interested in the modern age of technology including mobile as well as console applications,” said Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Courses provided will ensure Iona students are well prepared for this job market.”

    The Master of Science in project management will prepare professionals of any function or discipline with the wherewithal to plan, execute and manage projects of any type or size in any industry.

    The MS will also prepare students for the certification examination as a project management professional of the Project Management Institute (PMP Certificate). The MS in project management has been designed to provide today’s project managers with the tools to balance the complexities of modern project management which include identifying business value, risk, quality, safety, cost, finance  and technology.

    Founded in 1940 and celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2015, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s Hagan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. In late 2014, PayScale ranked the MBA program in the Hagan School as a national top 50 program for return on investment.


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  • Sophomore Awarded Ovis Memorial Scholarship

    12/2/2015

    Iona student Joseph Astarita has been chosen as recipient of prestigious award by National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children's Foundation.

    New Rochelle, NY  The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation (NLEAFCF) announced Joseph Astarita of Staten Island as the 2015 recipient of the Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship. Astarita, a sophomore at Iona College, received the scholarship in recognition of his exceptional leadership, community service and scholastic achievement.
     
    Victoria Ovis, who passed away suddenly on May 25, 2005, had over 30 years of law enforcement experience with the United States Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security. The scholarship honors one outstanding student each year in her memory with an award for a single academic year.
     
    “First responders have given so much to defend and protect us. How better to honor their commitment to all of us than to ensure that their children achieve their full potential. Helping to better pay for their college and complete their higher education is the least we can do to honor these law enforcement and firefighters’ families,” said NLEAFCF President and Founder Al Kahn. “Joseph has demonstrated leadership among his peers and exceptional scholastic achievements as well as community service. We are proud to be a part of helping Joseph achieve his academic goals.”
     
    Astarita is majoring in Business while at Iona. All throughout high school, he made the Principal’s list for honors. Now in college, Astarita volunteers with Meals on Wheels and with the School for Disabled Children as well as volunteering at the YMCA and serving as a member of the GRACE Foundation for students with Autism.
     
    Astarita is grateful that the NLEAFCF scholarship has allowed him to focus on his studies and not have to take an outside job. His father, Joseph Astarita, is a retired FDNY firefighter who was injured in the line of duty.
     
    The Victoria Ovis Memorial scholarship is awarded annually to a child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Awards are based on financial need as well as scholarship and other achievements, such as a demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and volunteer activities benefiting the community. The recipient of this award must be a student from or reside and attend school in New York State or the New York metro area.
     
    The National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children’s Foundation (NLEAFCF) is dedicated to helping the children of law enforcement officers and firefighters lost or permanently disabled in the line of duty.  When the ultimate sacrifice has been made by a first responder, the Foundation believes it is our responsibility as a society to ensure that their children achieve their full potential as active citizens and thriving members of the community.  Through grants, college scholarships and family-friendly events, the NLEAFCF serves the needs of these children across the country regardless of how long ago or how recent their loss.  The Foundation’s long-term commitment is a promise to the people who defend and protect us, a major investment in our nation’s future and in tomorrow’s heroes.

  • 'Advancing the Legacy' Tells Story of Iona

    12/9/2015

    The College celebrates its 75th anniversary with a book launch and signing ceremony.

    By Clare DeGennaro, Staff Writer, The Ionian

    Iona College celebrated the release of Iona’s new history book, “Advancing the Legacy: The Story of Iona College 1940-2015” with a ceremony and book signing in the LaPenta Marketplace Lounge Nov. 23.
     
    “Advancing the Legacy” is a detailed look into Iona’s 75-year history.
     
    The book covers a range of Iona’s legacy, beginning with the Christian Brothers on the Isle of Iona, located in Scotland. It traverses the changes to the College, from the outbreak of World War II just after the school’s inception, to various student protests during the sixties, to the introduction of women on campus and aspects of student life today.
     
    The book was primarily written and researched by Br. Harry Dunkak. Dunkak’s specialty is local history. He was a member of the Class of 1951.
     
    The pictures were organized by Richard Palladino, the director of the libraries. Palladino is an avid photographer and took many of the pictures himself. He also attended Iona and graduated in 1976.
     
    “Advancing the Legacy” was curated by several researchers and archivists, and is a follow-up to Br. Charles B. Quinn’s book, which chronicled the first 50 years of Iona.
     
    President Dr. Joseph E. Nyre introduced Dunkak and Palladino and described their work on the book as “a labor of love” as he praised their dedication and joked about their lack of a stipend.
     
    “Advancing the Legacy” reveals that Iona’s history is populated with appearances by iconic historical figures. Robert Kennedy addressed the student body from Spellman in 1964. Muhammad Ali appeared on campus in 1968. Mother Teresa spoke on campus in 1976.
     
    Student body president and senior Tommy Severin served as the Master of Ceremonies and hosted a question and answer segment. He began the discussion by asking the writers about their favorite experiences with guest speakers at Iona.
     
    Palladino reflected on Mother Teresa’s commencement address for his own graduation from Iona in 1976. She implored the students to “love until it hurts,” a message that he has not forgotten.
     
    Dunkak describes the spirit of Iona in the words of Blessed Edmund Rice, who said, “Go out into the world, and use your talents to help other people.”
     
    Another person asked Dunkak and Palladino if they had made any surprising discoveries about Iona’s history in researching the book.
     
    Palladino’s research in identifying photographs from old yearbooks and Ionian newspapers gave him an unexpected look into student life over the years.
     
    Dunkak said one of the most surprising discoveries from his research was the chapter detailing the lives of each of Iona’s eight presidents. Though he knew most of them personally, the scope of their accomplishments took him by surprise when the book was published.
     
    He also drew laughs from the audience when he recalled that Iona used to be nicknamed “Irish on North Ave.” He connected the College’s growing diversity to its progress and success over the last 75 years.
     
    The topic of diversity on campus was breached again with the mention of Iona’s first class of women in 1969. The book states that about a quarter of this class was made up of women, compared to today’s freshman class, which is about fifty percent female.
     
    Palladino summarized both the growing diversity on campus and the progress the College has made because of it.
     
    “It took the students to move Iona forward,” he said.
     
    “Advancing the Legacy” is available for purchase in the Iona bookstore or online.


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  • Milkweed for Monarchs

    12/2/2015

    Students, faculty and staff help Monarch Butterfly migration.

    New Rochelle, NY – Iona College students, faculty and staff recently embarked on a unique environmental sustainability project to help stem the rapidly declining populations of Monarch butterflies. Several “test plots” of milkweed were planted to assist the Monarchs to successfully reproduce and complete their fall migration.
     
    Under the direction of Peter Letourneau, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology/environmental science, planning and planting of this ambitious campus initiative, was created by the Iona College Green Club, Ad-Hoc Committee on Environmental Sustainability (AHCES), the Environmental Science program, and campus facilities.
     
    A distinctive insect, Monarchs undertake one of the longest migrations of any animal, and the longest known insect migration, from their summer grounds in northern North America to a single, high-altitude conifer forest in the Trans-Mexican mountain range in central Mexico. Depending almost entirely on milkweeds to lay eggs, feed the larvae, and sustain the adults, availability of this native meadow plant is critical for the survival of the Monarchs.
     
    The victims of habitat loss, pesticides, and possibly climate change, planting of native milkweeds and other "butterfly weeds" will help the Monarchs to successfully reproduce and complete their fall migration.
     
    “We obtained some northern milkweed "pods", each containing hundreds of seeds with "fluff" (like dandelions),” said Dr. LeTourneau. “A native meadow plant, milkweed is pretty hardy and prefers full sun and long summer days.”
     
    With this project Iona College has joined hundreds of schools, colleges, environmental organizations, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their effort to increase the population of one of nature's most fascinating creatures -- the beautiful and mysterious Monarch butterfly.
     
    View a short video about Iona’s day planting milkweed seeds.
     
     
    For additional information please visit Save the Monarch.

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  • Over $200,000 Raised In Support of Student Scholarships

    11/5/2015

    Iona hosts 42nd Annual Golf Outing at Winged Foot Golf Club

    New Rochelle, NY (November 5, 2015) Over $200,000 was raised in support of student scholarships, at this year's 42nd Annual Golf Outing at the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club.

    Iona College hosted 175 golfers and supporters on a beautiful, crisp fall day as they enjoyed the fast Winged Foot greens and friendly competition.

    Guests enjoyed a lavish lunch, a full round of golf, followed by cocktails, dinner, prizes, a live and silent auction and presentations. Iona junior Giovani Holguin, recipient of a Winged Foot Scholarship, expressed his gratitude in a moving speech to the generous supporters.

    "This scholarship has given me the opportunity of a life time to attend the college of my dreams," said Holguin. "At Iona I have been able to become the true man I 've always envisioned myself to be."

  • Students Present Cyber Security Awareness Talk

    10/29/2015

    This project supports the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

    New Rochelle, NY (October 29, 2015)  Iona College students majoring in computer science with a concentration in cyber security recently delivered a presentation on cyber security awareness to high school seniors studying criminalistics, at Iona Preparatory High School in New Rochelle, N.Y.
     
    This initiative is part of an effort to apply for the National Security Alliance (NSA) Centers of Academic Excellence - Cyber Operations* accreditation for Iona College's Computer Science programs. 

    "Part of this effort is to outreach to the community to encourage the spread of education related to cyber operations and to participate in activities that contribute to growing and strengthening the cyber operations community," said Paolina Centonze, Ph.D., professor of computer science at Iona College.
     
    This project, led by Dr. Centonze, is part of the program in support of the U.S. President's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE): Building a Digital Nation and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation.  https://www.nsa.gov/academia/nat_cae_cyber_ops/

    Founded in 1940 and celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2015, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s Hagan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. In late 2014, PayScale ranked the MBA program in the Hagan School as a national top 50 program for return on investment.


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  • Iona Rugby Upsets No. 1 Army

    10/22/2015

    The Gaels beat Army West Point in a match Saturday, October 17, at Iona’s New Rochelle campus.

    Iona College’s rugby team, ranked No. 48 by the Goff Rugby Report, beat top-ranked Army West Point (The U.S. Military Academy) on Saturday, October 17, by a score of 43-26. The game was played on Iona’s campus in New Rochelle in front of a large Homecoming & Family Weekend crowd.  

     

    See more about the upset in the Goff Rugby Report.  

     
  • Message Regarding Paris Attacks

    11/14/2015

    President Joseph E. Nyre shares information with the Iona community in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday evening.

    Dear Members of the Iona Community,
     
    Our hearts are heavy as this week comes to a close. Events both domestic and abroad cause great concern for the health and well being of all members of our College, the nation and the global community. Acts of hatred and violence toward individuals or groups are so difficult to reconcile, as they run counter to the College’s heritage, the mission and values of our College, and the tenets of our respective faiths. I am thankful that all Iona College students studying abroad are accounted for and safe.
     
    Our thoughts, prayers and support services are with our 30 students from France who watched the Paris terrorist attacks unfold from Iona’s campus, separated from their families and loved ones.
     
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France and their leaders as they face the days ahead.
     
    Our thoughts, prayers and support services are with all members of the Iona Community who encounter various forms of intolerance and hatred.
     
    If you, or your colleagues, are in distress, please know the full resources of the College are available to you.
    1. Weekend counseling services remain available by emailing Charlie Carlson
    2. Mission and Ministry: The 6 p.m. Sunday Iona College Student Mass at Holy Family will bring forth our collective Prayers for Paris. And a Prayer Vigil is also being scheduled for Monday; details will be forthcoming.
    3. A moment of silence will be observed during the Iona College Rugby game today.
    4. Iona International will be coordinating efforts with the Office of Student Development throughout the weekend.
    5. Campus Safety and Security are available 24 hours each day by calling (914) 633-2560.
    I thank our campus student, faculty and administrative leaders for their ongoing commitment and efforts to uphold the mission, vision and values in supporting the Iona community. From the numerous student organizations, to the newly formed Student Leader Alliance for Multiculturalism (SLAM), the Bias Incident Response Team, the Diversity Committees, the Residential Life team, campus Mission and Ministry, the Counseling Center, and Campus Safety and Security, we are here to support each other and I thank each and every one of you.
     
    Let us be defined by what we are for rather than by what we are against. Let us be defined by our support for one another.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
    President
    Iona College
  • Students Earn Placement in Top 100 Global Rankings

    10/19/2015

    World-wide competition includes 2441 teams from 135 colleges.

    Top 100New Rochelle, NY (October 19, 2015) This fall semester eleven Iona student teams in BUS470 – Business Policy and Strategy have earned placement in the Top 100 global rankings in the GLO-BUS competitive business simulation.

    “This is especially notable because there are 2,441 teams from 135 colleges/universities participating in the simulation game world-wide during the week of October 12 to 18,” said  Jeffrey Alstete, Ed.D., professor of Management and Business Administration.

    Outstanding student team of business seniors Justin Bartolomeo and Matthew McCrudden earned 43rd best Earning Per Share (EPS), 6th best Return on Equity and 48th best Stock Price.

    Ten other Iona teams also performed exceptionally well in this active learning experience.

    The GLO-BUS is a completely online global simulation by McGraw-Hill/Irwin (www.glo-bus.com/stats/top20.html) where the focus is on competitive strategy, and teams of students run a digital camera company in head-to-head competition against companies run by other class members.  Company operations parallel those of actual digital camera companies. Just as in the real world, companies compete in a global market arena, selling digital cameras in four geographic regions—Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.  Each week, the best-performing GLO-BUS companies measured on four performance variables (Overall Score, EPS, ROE, and Stock Price) are honored on the website. The simulation will continue through the fall semester.


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  • Faculty Awarded the 2015 Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award

    10/16/2015

    Drs. Carl and Elena Procario-Foley receive honor from the Coalition for Mutual Respect.

    Faculty Awarded the 2015 Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker AwardNew Rochelle, NY (October 16, 2015) Iona College professors were recently honored by the Coalition for Mutual Respect, for their leadership in the religious and interfaith community. Elena-Procario Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, chair, Department of Religious Studies and Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, and Carl Procario Foley, Ph.D., director of the Office of Mission and Ministry, were the recipients of the Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award.  The presentation ceremony was held in New Rochelle’s City Hall Chambers before a large crowd of attendees from both Iona College and the New Rochelle community. 
     
    “It is humbling to receive an award in honor of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yitzhak Rabin.  Rabin's story demonstrates that courageous conversion from suspicion and mistrust to bold action for peace is possible,” said Drs. Procario-Foley. “Iona has a firm commitment to educating for peace and justice and I am grateful to the college for affording me the chance to contribute in some small way toward reconciliation and understanding in the world.” 
     
    About Coalition for Mutual Respect:
    The mission of the Coalition for Mutual Respect is to improve human relations and understanding, while instilling respect for the different ethnicities and faiths of the richly cultured populations of New Rochelle and Westchester County. The diversity of the populace in New Rochelle has always been a source of pride and strength to our community. The Coalition encourages people of different backgrounds to maintain their individuality, to learn from one another, and to create a community stronger than any of its components. Annual events are the Interfaith Seder, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dinner and service, and the Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award presentation.
     
    About Iona College:
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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  • Iona Ranked Highly

    10/15/2015

    Several organizations that evaluate and rank colleges have recognized Iona College in recent months.

    Iona College has recently been ranked as a top 100 regional university in the north by U.S. News and World Report, top 50 in the state of New York by USA Today and is one of fewer than 30 colleges in New York state to be named in the Colleges of Distinction. Iona College is a highly accredited private college with a dedicated and talented staff committed to transforming the lives of students and preparing them to move the world.
  • Over $1.6 Million in Grants Awarded

    10/14/2015

    Grants will be used in support of student success.

    New Rochelle, NY (October 14, 2015) Iona College recently received over $1.6M in grants to support student success. The 2015 grants were from the State Education Department, National Science Foundation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Collegiate Honors Council. Among them were the following:

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Dr. Chia-Ling Tsai, associate professor of computer science, a multi-year grant in the amount of $165,787 to support an interdisciplinary project entitled, “EAGER: Collaborative Research: Computer-Aided Response-to-Intervention for Reading Comprehension Disabilities,”

    “The grant supports our interdisciplinary project focusing on discovering error patterns in ELA outcomes at the lexical level to facilitate mapping to effective instructions for reading comprehension,” said Dr. Tsai. “This is a collaboration between computer science and literacy education. Success in this project can ultimately lead to understanding of how the lexical raw data from a pool of underperformed text-based analytical reading assessments can be transformed into an informative and understandable structure for delivery of effective reading comprehension intervention.”

    The NSF also awarded a supplemental award of $20,000 to the chemistry department. This award is to support a research project entitled, "RUI: Microdroplet Interface Chemistry-Fundamental Studies of Self-Assembled Structures at the Liquid/Liquid Interface." The project is under the direction of Dr. Sunghee Lee, professor of Analytical Chemistry and department chair. 
     
    The US Environmental Protection Agency awarded a grant to Dr. Terrence Gavin, chemistry professor, in the amount of $70,000. The project seeks to demonstrate that the human toxicity of chemicals can be predicted theoretically using chemical theory, combined with computational methods.  The grant was awarded to Dr. Gavin based on his successful bid to rank 100 chemicals for reactivity.

    The National Collegiate Honors Council awarded Dr. Kim Paffenroth, director of the Honors Program, a $1,000 grant to fund future guest speakers.

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  • Iona Launches Series on Ethical and Moral Leadership

    10/7/2015

    Wall Street Journal Columnist to Speak

    New Rochelle, N.Y. -- Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., has announced a new lecture series titled, “Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership,” sponsored by the College’s Hagan School of Business. The series will offer practical examples of ethical leadership for young people and those in the working world.

    The lecture series will kick off on Saturday, October 17, with a talk by William McGurn, Wall Street Journal columnist and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

    McGurn writes the Main Street column at The Wall Street Journal, where he has written editorials for years. In addition, he spent more than a decade overseas -- in Brussels for The Wall Street Journal/Europe and in Hong Kong with both the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. In the mid-1990s, McGurn was Washington Bureau Chief for National Review.

    He is the author of a book on Hong Kong titled Perfidious Albion and a monograph on terrorism, “Terrorist or Freedom Fighter.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Notre Dame and a master’s in communications from Boston University.

    “Distant and recent history is comprised of human struggles to advance ethical leadership,” President Nyre said. “The Iona College mission calls upon us to develop graduates recognized for their ethics -- and we believe our students and our nation greatly benefit in learning through the experiences of others how to navigate our complex world where ethics and values often conflict with business situations and decisions.

    “Every one of us will eventually face a situation where we are called upon to do the right thing in the face of criticism and adversity,” he added. “At Iona, we strive to provide our students with the tools to exercise moral and ethical leadership.”
    Dr. Nyre said that the lecture series was in keeping with the mission, vision and values of Iona College, which commits itself to “the development of graduates recognized for their ethics, creativity and problem-solving abilities along with independent and adaptable thinking.”

    Dr. Charles J. Cante, interim dean of the Hagan School of Business, said that “regardless of one’s current or future role in business, society or family, we all benefit by learning of examples of challenges to leadership and how each was resolved as a way to help us shape our actions. The lecture series is one vehicle in this process.”

    McGurn’s October 17 talk is open to the public and will occur as part of Iona’s Homecoming & Family Weekend festivities. It begins at noon on Iona College’s main campus in New Rochelle, N.Y., in the Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library. For more information or to register to attend, contact Ms. Rhonda Morris, executive assistant to the dean of the Hagan School of Business, at (914) 633-2062 or rmorris@iona.edu.

    Founded in 1940 and celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2015, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than 3,900 students and an alumni base of 40,000+ across the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s Hagan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just 30 percent of business schools worldwide. In late 2014, PayScale ranked the MBA program in the Hagan School as a national top 50 program for return on investment.

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  • Students and Faculty Reflect on Pope Francis' Visit to New York

    10/1/2015

    Celebrating Eucharist with Pope Francis and 20,000 more at Madison Square Garden.

    On Friday, September 25, a number of Iona College students, faculty and staff attended the Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Multireligious Gathering at the September 11 National Memorial and Museum. Here are some reflections of their experience.
     
    Megan Nicolaro ’16
     
    Attending the Papal Mass on Friday, September 25, was one of the most memorable experiences of my life thus far, and I am beyond thankful to Iona for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a historic, wonderful event. Pope Francis, as well as the many attending priests, brothers, nuns, and other religious figures left me in awe of their faith and over all beauty. Listening to Pope Francis speak left my emotions torn: I was so soothed, yet ecstatic. My favorite part of the MSG mass, was being a participant in the two minute standing ovation for the Pope; it was a uniting moment for everybody in the 20,000 person stadium, and on a larger scale, a uniting moment for every Christian. Pope Francis asked us to pray for him, and I will keep him in my prayers every day. Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity, which I will cherish for a lifetime. 
     
    Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., director of Office of Mission and Ministry
    “I had the privilege of accompanying 10 Iona students to the Mass at MSG. It was truly thrilling to be up close to the Pope and to pray together with the Iona community for the needs of the college, the church and the world. The Pope challenged us to see God in the forgotten of the city, a theme of his papal ministry and certainly an important one for us to hear as strive as a college in our commitments to faith and justice. We were all touch by his humanity as he simply asked us to pray for him. It was a wonderful experience!”

    Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of Religious Studies, chair, department of Religious Studies, Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies

    It was quite a surprise to receive an invitation from Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York to attend the Multireligious Gathering with Pope Francis on September 25th.   To come together as practioners of interreligious dialogue across the faith spectrum in the sacred space of the September 11 National Memorial and Museum was a profound experience of prayer and unity.  By praying with us in a setting that asserts, as he said, that good will overcome evil, Pope Francis confirmed the faith of many and affirmed the work of those who labor for interreligious understanding.  It was a true blessing to participate in the multireligious service and to be in the presence of the Pope. Pope Francis is an awe-inspiring example of the Gospel message.

    The events of the papal visit also provided opportunities to teach in different ways.  Providing live commentary on the Pope's speech to Congress for FiosNews1 was simply another form of teaching. The Pope's speech was a master class in Catholic Social Teaching. Through Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton, Pope Francis repeatedly sounded the themes that we must live in solidarity working for the common good and to do so in dialogue.  Pope Francis taught us in word and deed throughout his American sojourn that our mission earth is to lift up the poor.
     
    Celebrating Eucharist with Pope Francis—and 20,000 more-- at Madison Square Garden
    Deacon John W. Mahon, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English
     
    Fifty years ago, I was a junior at Fordham College when Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit the United States. I will never forget celebrating Mass with the pope, my Mom, and thousands of others at Yankee Stadium (the original “House that Ruth Built”) that chill night (October 4, 1965--http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pope-paul-vi-spent-historic-14-hours-nyc-1965-article-1.2366685). Pope Paul spent one day in the U.S., entirely in New York City—and his last stop of the day was the Vatican Pavilion at the World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows to see Michelangelo’s Pieta, which he had sent to New York from its usual home in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Paul visited the U.S. on October 4, feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

    Although Pope Francis slept for two nights in New York and managed to touch base in many places (concluding with a fly-round of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in his Marine helicopter on route to JFK for the flight to Philadelphia), Pope Paul managed an incredible itinerary in one day that included prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a visit with President Johnson at the Waldorf-Austria, an address at the United Nations (“War never again!”), and a visit to Rice High School in Harlem [or was it Cardinal Hayes HS?—Br. Eugenio DeLorenzo or Br. Dunkak can clarify—I couldn’t get certainty through Googling!], as well as Mass at Yankee Stadium. The itinerary looks familiar!

    I forget how my mother and I got tickets for Yankee Stadium, but this year I have Iona College to thank for my ticket to Madison Square Garden—at the UN earlier that day, the Pope spoke to UN employees, sending his greetings to those who weren’t there because they lost the lottery! I was at MSG because I won. My colleague Christina Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, and I met outside Macy’s in Herald Square (Christina is young enough to be my daughter, but we both remember when there was a Nedick’s on the corner), and together we headed for the Garden.

    We had to walk down Seventh Ave from the start of the waiting line at 31st street to its end just north of 24th street (we arrived on the line at 12:30—it eventually stretched much farther back, one block across 23rd street, and up Eighth Ave). Walking past hundreds of people waiting to celebrate Mass with the pope, I greeted friends from different parts of my life: the wife of a fellow-deacon in the Bridgeport Diocese, a deacon couple from my old parish in Greenwich (Andrea graduated from the College of New Rochelle and wound up sitting with Deacon Renato two rows behind me—many of Iona’s tickets were in a section that included folks from Fordham, CNR, and probably other colleges in the Archdiocese). I also greeted Brothers Sean Moffett and Raymond Vercruysse and several others.

    As we waited on line for over an hour before moving, a priest who was stationed at the parish on Staten Island where Christina grew up walked by on his way to the end of the line, and after we started moving toward MSG, Christina met two nuns who had taught at her parish school, we saw Carl Procario-Foley trying to find the end of the line and I greeted a priest I know from Bridgeport, and finally we discovered Dr. Joe Nyre a few yards ahead of us as we inched our way uptown—such was the crush that, although I tried to catch his eye, we never did get to greet him. Sitting next to us inside were Linda Downes from telephone services, a member of the Foreign Language Department, and a number of alums.

    So—the whole world converged on MSG for Mass that evening, and Cardinal Dolan explained why when he quoted words he himself prayed during the Eucharistic Prayer: “Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Francis our Pope, and me, your unworthy servant . . .” Today, Cardinal Dolan said to Pope Francis, we get to have you physically “together with” us in celebrating the Mass—and 10,000 worshippers roared their welcome.

    As we waited for Mass to begin (it took us over four hours to get into the Garden, so we missed some of the “warm-up” entertainment) we enjoyed a spectacular performance of the Lord’s Prayer by Kelli O’Hara (currently starring in The King and I on Broadway) and a sing-along with the chorus and Harry Connick, Jr. at the keyboard for “How Great Thou Art.” My colleague in Foreign Languages called out to someone, “Can I take your picture?” And he said he’d be back—I realized it was Sting! He did come back for a photo-op. It was that kind of crowd. There were people that I never did get to greet: a high-school classmate and his family (we texted several times but couldn’t figure out how to meet), or the headmaster of my old high school (Xavier), or the deacon from the Bronx who helped distribute Holy Communion. I saw my bishop, Frank Caggiano, only on the jumbotron—when the camera was on Francis delivering his homily, Bishop Caggiano was visible behind the Pope, listening thoughtfully to Francis’ wonderful message: “Go out to the whole world; don’t be overwhelmed by the confusion of the city but make a difference in Christ’s name among your many urban neighbors.” I’m sure there were other worshippers whom I know.

    The theme of the New York portion of Francis’ American journey was “A Journey of Faith through the Heart of New York.” For me it was a journey of faith through the hearts of New Yorkers. Not only did I have so many opportunities to share joy in Christ’s love with familiar faces; I also made at least one new friend in Christ, an Iona alum seated near me whose last name is McMahon! Professor Richard McMahon of the Education Department graduated from Iona in 1973, so he was a junior when I began teaching English in 1971. I would not have taught him because I dealt with freshman and sophomore courses only. We met after Mass while everyone waited for Pope Francis to leave the building safely. Richard and I had a great time remembering the early 70s and other students of the period, including future championship player and Coach Jeff Ruland, whom I did teach.

    The New York logo for the Pope’s days with us was a dove holding an olive branch in its mouth—the dove of the Noah story, who comes back to the ark with the branch that confirms the end of the great flood. The olive branch of hope forms one side of a heart hovering over the dove, the heart of New York but also the heart of God’s love in the Holy Spirit, of Pope Francis’ love for all of us, and of our love for each other.

    Christina Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was wearing two articles that identified her: one was the badge of Iona’s 75th Anniversary, the other was a wrist band made available to members of the Fordham community (including Fordham Ph.D. Christina): engraved on the wrist band were the words FAITH, POPE, LOVE. The Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden reinforced the power of that phrase: receiving Eucharist at a Mass presided over by Pope Francis helped me to see that, indeed, this very special Holy Father embodies the faith, hope, and love at the center of Catholic faith, but especially the virtue of hope as he challenges us to put internal Church quarrels to one side in order to bring the Church to the whole world.

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  • Mural Project Celebrates Iona's Heritage - Past, Present and Future

    9/25/2015

    Over 120 students, faculty and staff take part to paint.

    By Danielle Orofino '16, student intern in MarCom
     
    New Rochelle, NY (September 25, 2015)  Iona College unveiled the “Mural Project” today Friday September 25, at 2 p.m. in the Brother Chapman Art Gallery. The weeklong project brought together the Iona College community in celebration of the College’s 75th anniversary and the opening of the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union 10 years ago.
     
    Over 120 students faculty and staff participated in this collaborative piece. Artist Amy Bartell has been doing the Mural Project from coast to coast and credits Iona for having the most student, staff and faculty participation in her 20 years. Assistant Vice Provost for Student Development Elizabeth Oliveri said it best, “What better way to document our heritage, reflect on our past, celebrate our present and look forward to our future as we come together to create a lasting piece of art that we hope will live on here long after we are all gone.”
     
    Amy Bartell sketched the design in collaboration with the Office of Student Development, the Arts Center and Brother Chapman. The Mural Project represents mind, body and spirit and will be permanently hung in the dining area of the Student Union. The mural will be hung in the LaPenta Student Union on Monday, September 28.


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  • Iona Announces $150 Million Campaign

    9/19/2015

    Iona College has announced the public launch of its Iona Forever campaign, the largest fundraising endeavor in the College’s 75-year history.

    Iona Forever is College’s largest fundraising endeavor to date


    New Rochelle, NY, 9/19/15 – This evening, Iona College announced the public launch of its Iona Forever campaign, the largest fundraising endeavor in the College’s 75-year history.  The announcement comes on a day of international service celebrating Iona’s founding.
     
    “Today we pay tribute to our mission, reflect on our beginnings, and look toward our vision for the future,” said College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., addressing a crowd of supporters at an on-campus event commemorating the day 75 years ago that Iona College was founded.
     
    Iona’s Board of Trustees, Campaign Cabinet, alumni and friends have raised more than $61.4 million in philanthropic support during the quiet phase of Iona Forever. This extraordinary commitment underscores the belief in the critical importance of the campaign to the future of Iona College.
     
    The campaign is a transformational endeavor that will:
    • create additional student scholarships
    • advance world-class faculty and academic programs
    • enhance learning and living environments
     
    The Iona Forever campaign is a key component of the College’s comprehensive five-year strategic plan developed in 2012. "The Iona Forever campaign is transformational for the College. The campaign will tear down barriers to affordability with student scholarships, endow great faculty and programs, and enhance key learning environments," said President Nyre.
     
     “Iona Forever is an exciting opportunity for our young college – young in the world of higher education -- to focus on the key tenants of what makes us great: our students and our faculty,” said Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs. “It will provide the necessary resources for students, faculty and programs to continue to move the world in life and the career aspirations of our Iona community. We look forward to engaging our more than 40,000 alumni in sharing their Iona story. Iona Forever is the fuel for realizing our ambitious strategic plan.”
     
    See more about the campaign at iona.edu/IonaForever
     
    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.  

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  • Iona Community Participates in Pope Francis' Visit to New York

    9/24/2015

    Moving the world through community volunteer projects, TV news guest panelists and attendees at Papal events.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 24, 2015) Iona College students, faculty and staff are participating in a variety of activities in celebration of Pope Francis’ historic visit to New York this week.  Approximately 40 members of the campus community will be attending the Papal Mass on Friday, September 25, at Madison Square Garden. Over 400 campus community members were engaged in multiple community service activities on Saturday, September 19 in celebration of Iona’s 75th Anniversary and International Day of Service.

    Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’80, ’81MBA, Scarsdale resident and Iona College alumnus is overseeing logistics of Pope Francis’ visit. He is referred to as the "Chief Layman" for the event.

    Read more about Kelly New York Times: Seven Lives Intersecting with Pope Francis'  

    Other Iona participation includes:

    Thursday, September 24

    Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., participated in a panel discussion during live coverage of the Pope’s address to Congress at the Fios1/RNN studio in Westchester, NY.

    Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, Ph.D., will attend a vigil in front of the United Nations on Thursday evening.  

    The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona has been engaged in designing and planning the multi-faith celebration and prayer ceremony to be held on Thursday, September 24th at 4:30 PM at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in support of Pope Francis' mission to the UN on behalf of "Our Common Home."  Sponsored by the religious environmental leadership organization GreenFaith, Sister Kathleen Deignan and Brother Kevin Cawley - both GreenFaith Fellows - have been working for several months with people of faith across the religious spectrum and students from Iona College to prepare for this event.

    Iona Pipers will inaugurate the ceremony whose centerpiece is a symbolic flame created by student artist and Biology Major, Sandybelle Anorga.  The flame will "Light the Way" for Francis' visit to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday morning, and will accompany all those who will vigil overnight in the Church of The Savior to pray for the success of the Pope's mission to the world.

    Friday, September 25

    Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., will participate in a panel discussion at News12 Westchester during live coverage of the Papal visit from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

    Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., will participate in a multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center at 11:30 a.m.

    Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, Ph.D., of Iona's religious studies department, will be a guest panelist on NBC's evening news programs with Chuck Scarborough.

    Approximately 40 selected students, staff and faculty will attend the Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden.

    About Iona College:
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, N.Y.

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  • Student Selected to Intern at the United Nations

    9/24/2015

    Senior Ashley Hubaykah is an Edmund Rice Scholarship recipient.

    Ashley Hubaykah ’16 ,shown here at the UN Security Council.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 24, 2015) Iona College senior Ashley Hubaykah, has been selected as an intern at the United Nations in New York City.

    The department of International Studies has partnered with Edmund Rice International (ERI) to place, for the first time, an intern officially affiliated with ERI.

    A graduate of Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa Florida, a school in the ERCBNA consortium, Hubaykah is currently majoring in international studies and religious studies.  Her matriculation at Iona College has been made possible by the award of an Edmund Rice Scholarship. This past summer Hubaykah was a paid intern at Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Hubaykah will be designing her curriculum for the UN portion of her program. She will be working with Br. Kevin Cawley, CFC, PhD, and Executive Director of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue, and Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D., associate provost for Strategic Academic Initiatives and associate professor, Political Science & International Studies.

    About Iona College:
    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, N.Y.


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  • College Marks 75th with Day of Service

    9/19/2015

    International Day of Service celebration focuses on longstanding Iona mission -- and honors Pope's emphasis on the environment.

    On Saturday, September 19, over 400 students, faculty and staff celebrated the 75th anniversary of Iona College by donating their time to volunteer at one of 16 community organizations for various clean-up projects. The festivities began on the campus quad in front of Cornelia Hall, where registrants participated in a brief ceremony and gathered for a commemorative group photo with a message welcoming Pope Francis to New York. 

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    New Rochelle, NY, 9/16/15
    – Saturday, September 19, 2015, marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Iona College. To commemorate this historic day, students, faculty, and alumni are organizing, recruiting for and participating in multiple service projects on and around the 19th.
     
     “This day is a time to both remember and renew the inspirational legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice and his dedication to service,” said Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, Iona College’s president. “Living a life in service to others is indeed a life well lived. As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our opening, we join together in an international day of service to highlight and live our mission."
     
    Hundreds of students, alumni and faculty have committed to a range of projects in the New York and Washington, D.C., areas – and the College’s 40,000 alumni, including those living abroad, have been invited to “live the mission” by participating in service in various ways. 

    Many of the area projects focus on the environment in support of the Catholic Church’s first-ever encyclical devoted to the environment -- Pope Francis’ “Praised Be” published June 2015.  An encyclical is one of the highest forms of teaching from a pope as he interprets Catholic doctrine.

    The Day of Service kicks off at 9 a.m. on September 19 with remarks by Dr. Nyre at Iona’s Columba Quad Lawn in New Rochelle – where Iona’s first president addressed its first students 75 years ago to the day.

    Kimberleigh Costanzo, a 2014 Iona graduate, will be leading one of the projects at Wellspring Water, Inc. on Long Island – the non-profit she founded in 2011 after an Iona mission immersion trip to Zambia, Africa. “I was overwhelmed by the impact that a lack of clean water has on all aspects of life, particularly affecting women,” said Costanzo. “I started Wellspring to shorten the distance between clean water and those who need it most. I credit Iona for giving me the inspiration, education and support to serve others in this way.”
     
    In addition to the Wellspring project, other service day projects will focus on park, shoreline, and community clean-up efforts, playground safety, graffiti removal, and work on a Habitat for Humanity house.
     
    “Service goes hand-in-hand with an Iona education,” said Dr. Carl Procario-Foley, Iona’s director of the Office of Mission and Ministry. “The Day of Service grounds the College’s 75th anniversary in the values that motivated the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers who founded Iona: service, faith and social justice. I’m glad so many students, past and present, will be celebrating our anniversary on the 19th to help make the Earth greener and share our goodwill in the community.”
     
    About Iona College: Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.  

    To learn more, visit www.iona.edu, www.facebook.com/IonaCollegeNY, or @IonaCollegeNY on Twitter. Day of Service Hashtag #IAMIona.

    Media Contacts:
    Dawn Insanalli, media relations director, Iona College, 914-217-4061 dinsanalli@iona.edu
    Ellen Thornhill, Albright Group, 804-690-6175, echthornhill@thinkalbright.com
    JR Hipple, Albright Group, 404-966-2992, jrhipple@thinkalbright.com

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  • Ice Bucket Challenge Kicks off Weekend

    9/19/2015

    Students, faculty and staff join fellow Gael and Ice Bucket Challenge co-creator Pat Quinn in kicking off the 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge -- and an Iona weekend of service in honor of the College's 75th.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 19, 2015) Iona College kicked off a weekend of service on Friday, September, 18 with a campus-wide Ice Bucket Challenge. Over 250 students gathered at the LaPenta Student Union and on the hill by East Hall to support and raise awareness for ALS research.

    Iona students came together as a community to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which was co-created by Iona alum Pat Quinn. Quinn made a special appearance to give a few inspiring words and his challenges and goals that he has faced while battling ALS. 

    Donations were also collected for Quinn For The Win, Pat's foundation which raises awareness of ALS and support many fundraising and philanthropic events pertaining to ALS.

    This event was sponsored by the Tara Knights Society, Office of Student Development, Office of Mission and Ministry in collaboration with Advancement and Athletics.

    See the News12 story below.


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  • Students from Spain Experience American Campus Life at Iona

    9/18/2015

    Students enjoyed ESL and Media classes and visits to iconic NYC sites.

    Students visit the Apollo Theater.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 18, 2015) This past summer 16 college-aged students from Spain visited Iona College, for three weeks, to experience American campus life under the guidance of the Office of International Student Engagement.

    Students took classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Media as well as shared in a variety of cultural trips in and around New York City.

    Students visit the UN.

    In addition, participants enjoyed a taste of American campus life as they stayed in the residence halls, meals in the cafeteria, and used many of the recreation facilities on campus in their free time such as the pool, gym, and soccer field.

    Highlights of their New York experience included; the Empire State Building, the Apollo Theater, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and Yankee Stadium where they took in a Yankees-Orioles Game.

    “We couldn’t have been happier with the success of the program,” said Joe Polchinski, program director. “It was an all-around team effort on the part of the program participants and the Iona College staff who served them. It is my sincere belief that this experience was both educational and enjoyable for all the participants and I know they made many lasting memories of Iona College and New York that they now have taken back to Spain with them.”

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  • Fall Convocation 2015

    9/8/2015

    An annual Iona tradition, Convocation featured faculty awards as well as remarks by a professor from Baylor University and Iona’s President Joseph E. Nyre.

    From Left: Hugh Short, Ph.D., associate professor of English, chair of the Faculty Senate; Senior Faculty Award recipient Joseph Stabile, Ph.D., professor of biology; Junior Faculty Award recipient Dorothy Leone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ’04, CSD graduate program coordinator and assistant professor; Adjunct Faculty Award recipient Robert Wainwright, professor of mathematics; and President Joseph E. Nyre.

    Guest speaker J. Lenore Wright, Ph.D.
    New Rochelle, NY (September 8, 2015)  Iona College welcomed faculty, students and staff to the 2015-2016 academic year at the annual fall Convocation on Tuesday, September 8, in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium.
     
    Awards were presented to three outstanding professors: the Senior Faculty Award to Joseph Stabile, Ph.D., professor of biology; the Junior Faculty Award to Dorothy Leone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ’04, CSD graduate program coordinator and assistant professor; and the Adjunct Faculty Award to Robert Wainwright, professor of mathematics.
     
    This year's invited speaker was J. Lenore Wright, Ph.D., associate professor in Baylor University’s Honors College who teaches in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Philosophy Department. She is also director of the university’s Academy for Teaching and Learning. A transcript of her speech can be found here.
     
    “We celebrate our renewed capacities to teach, learn and lead,” Dr. Wright said, applauding Iona’s commitment to the humanities and liberal arts as well as higher education’s commitment to examining practices that have important impact on the world.  “Grand challenges demand new strategies for problem solving. Liberal arts colleges like Iona revive the world by taking a stand, but also by adjusting to new knowledge.”
     
    The event began with the traditional procession led by the Iona Pipe Band followed by a welcome from Interim Provost Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., and an invocation from Brother Jason Ford ’01, assistant director of undergraduate admissions.
     
    President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., shared an update on the state of the College -- and previewed a major upcoming announcement: Iona will publicly launch a major fundraising campaign, Iona Forever, in coming weeks.
     
    “Grounded by our mission and guided by our singular vision, this dedicated College community has fought the good fight, whatever the circumstances, for 75 years to position the College for greater heights of success in inspiring and educating future alumni,” President Nyre said. “Turning to our future, one of the many essential ingredients in Iona achieving the vision is building fiscal sustainability, well captured in the phrase ‘Iona Forever,’ to ensure our ability to make important investments in students, faculty, academic programs and the campus.”
     
    The President noted that the majority of funds pledged to date by alumni and friends in the silent phase of Iona Forever will benefit student scholarships as well as support faculty excellence.  “It’s a remarkable outcome and testament to how our alumni were inspired by great faculty and are committed to investing for the future.”
     
    Provost Calluzzo applauded the Iona Forever campaign, saying, “This is an exciting time to be at Iona College.  It will truly transform the experience of today’s students and future generations.”

    President Nyre also shared plans for continuing celebration of Iona’s 75th anniversary with an international Day of Service on Saturday, September 19, commemorating the date in 1940 when Iona’s first president addressed the first class of students (see more about the Day of Service).

    Convocation concluded with the Iona Singers leading the Iona Community in the College’s alma mater, followed by a reception in the Arrigoni Center. 

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  • Iona Professor Interviewed on News12 Westchester

    8/28/2015

    Nadine Cosby, professor of broadcast media discusses the impact of social media.

    New Rochelle, (August 28, 2015) Professor Nadine Cosby, clinical faculty, professor of Broadcast Media at Iona College was interviewed on News12 Westchester on the topic of social media and its role in the recent shootings of the Virginia journalists.


    See full interview here