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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.

    Ross Greenburg
    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.”
     
    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 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 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
  • 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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  • Iona In The News

    2/3/2016

    Students, faculty and alumni making news

    2/3/16 DNA Info
    Dr. Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science and political analyst quoted in article “De Blasio Vows to Clean Up New York's Filthy Streets”
    https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160203/tribeca/de-blasio-vows-clean-up-new-yorks-filthy-streets-with-new-plan

    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


    11/30/15 North Avenue Nation
    'Meet a Career Mentor' night at Iona College


    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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  • 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 30 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 from 12/2015: The programs have been approved by the State of New York.  More information about the programs will be shared on Iona's website in coming weeks.  

    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 seventy-five 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.


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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.
     
     
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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.


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