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  • Iona College Faculty Attend International Conference on Thomas Paine

    10/23/2014

    Conference held in Paris and sponsored by the Iona College Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

    New Rochelle, NY (October 23, 2014) The Iona College Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS), sponsored the Second International Conference on Thomas Paine Studies at the Université de Paris X (Nanterre Ouest) in late September. The Institute’s mission is to promote Paine scholarship across the globe.
     
    Representing the Institute were Gary Berton, coordinator, who gave the conference's opening remarks, and Scott Cleary, Ph.D., faculty director, who gave the conference's closing remarks.
     
    “The Institute for Thomas Paine Studies has positioned itself as the North American center for scholarly activity on our neglected founding father,” said Dr. Cleary.                
     
    Focusing on Paine's role in the French Revolution, the conference featured presentations on Paine's economic theories, his views on military interventionism, and his role in the era of trans-Atlantic revolutions in the early nineteenth century.
     
    “To truly internationalize the event, the Institute sponsored four North American scholars (three American, one Canadian),” said Berton. “Through their research they have brought Paine to the forefront of debates on the nature of democracy, the definition of "freedom" in late eighteenth-century political thought, and enlightenment epistolary self-fashioning.”
     
    The Third International Conference on Thomas Paine Studies expected to take place in London in 2016. “Research for the Collected Works of Thomas Paine is underway due in large part to the work of this Conference,” said Dr. Cleary.

    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, NY.

  • Iona Alumna Featured in Ebony Magazine

    10/16/2014

    Gabrielle N. Simpson, '08, '10MA brings diversity to NBCUniversal.

    Iona alumna Gabrielle N. Simpson, '08, '10MA is featured in the October issue of Ebony Magazine. She is currently the director of Communications for NBCUniversal in New York City.

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  • Westchester County Business Journal: Iona Opens Campus to Start-Up NY Companies

    10/9/2014

    Start-Up NY program to attract new businesses and help existing ones expand or relocate

  • Iona College Honored as a College of Distinction

    10/9/2014

    Recognized for excellence in four distinctions.

    New Rochelle, NY (October 10, 2014) Iona College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. Iona College is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes
     
    High school college counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.
     
    Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.
     
    “We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students' learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students."
     
    To view Iona College’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.
     
    About Colleges of Distinction
    Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. CollegeofDistinction.com offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

    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, NY.

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  • Iona College Students, Faculty and Staff Participate in the People's Climate March in NYC

    9/24/2014

    Iona community "moves the world" towards healthier and greener world.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 24, 2014) Over 50 Iona College students, faculty, and staff attended the historic People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21. 

    The Iona contingent was led in song by Sr. Kathleen Deignan, Ph.D., professor of Religious Studies and director of the Iona Spirituality Institute. “Carrying the Iona College banner and wearing our colors, we demonstrated our community's commitment to work for serious climate action,” said Sr. Deignan.

    Led by moderator Thomas Van Cleave, Ed.D., director of Service and Experiential Learning, participants included the student group Iona College Greens and The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue. Activists joined the nearly 400,000 citizens as they paraded through the canyons of Manhattan.

    "Joining the People's Climate March was an incredibly important experience for our students and our society as a whole,” said Dr. Van Cleave. “It was a model example of what our options are when we as citizens see that our political officials might be more influenced by corporate dollars as opposed to ensuring that we have policies and laws in place that protect our earth and its resources.”

    Their purpose was to urge world leaders, who have come to the UN this week for a climate summit, to make substantial progress on policies to curb humanity's effects on climate change.  “The Iona community is truly ‘moving the world’ towards a healthier and greener world,” said Yourha Kang, Ph.D., associate professor of Biology.

    “This demonstration will hopefully serve as a catalyst for change, similar to the few but significant other public rallies when the people stand up and say, 'enough is enough,'" added Dr. Van Cleave.

    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, NY.
  • Town Hall Meeting

    10/10/2014

    Iona Leaders Recognize Campus-Wide Participation in Achieveing Success

    New Rochelle, NY (October 10, 2014) Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., and other senior leaders hosted a town hall meeting to facilitate an open dialogue and share critical information with faculty and staff.  Topics addressed included the health of the College and achievements from the past year, along with a preview of the year to come.

    In a continued effort to enhance communication across the campus, the first of two of the town hall meetings was held Tuesday for faculty, staff and administrators. A meeting for students is scheduled for Thursday, November 6, at 3:45 p.m. in Romita Auditorium. While the material presented will be the same, the sessions are held separately to encourage greater opportunity for attendance and conversation.

    Tuesday’s town hall was moderated by Hugh Short, Ph.D., associate professor of English, chair of the Faculty Senate and chair of College Council and began with an invocation by Brother Dennis Gunn, Ph.D.

    President Nyre delivered a report on the past academic year and highlighted collective campus-wide achievements that included increased student scholarships, recruitment of new faculty and staff, building and classroom renovations, a strong incoming freshman class of 800 students, increased donor support and a stable financial outlook.

    After welcoming new faculty and staff, Dr. Nyre noted he considers communication a top priority. By hosting campus convocation, town hall meetings, distributing bi-weekly President’s Updates, hosting open-door office hours on Mondays, faculty lunches, and being increasingly visible throughout the campus, Dr. Nyre is creating opportunities for campus community feedback. “These meetings are vitally important to everyone on campus,” said Nyre. “Sharing information with your colleagues is an equally important form of communication.”

    Dr. Nyre unveiled a current rendering of the planned residence hall on North Avenue, which will be a seven story, 300-bed structure with the first floor dedicated to retail and dining space open to the community. The target for completion of the new building is fall 2016.

    Several senior administrators followed President Nyre’s presentation with reports from their administrative areas:

    Mark Kiselica, Ph.D. provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, gave an overview of his duties as provost, an update on the seven accreditation surveys underway, as well as the Middle States report due in April 2015. Current initiatives of the provost’s office include diversity, global engagement and support for the teacher-scholar model, and a multicultural lecture series.

    Mary Beth Carey, vice president for Enrollment Management, reported successful outcomes for this year’s student enrollment. Highlights are over 9,000 freshmen applications received increased selectivity and improved academic preparedness in the freshman class of 800. The overall enrollment was at 101 percent of budget.

    Ann Marie Schettini-Lynch, senior vice president for Finance and Administration, gave an overview of the current budget climate. The fiscal outlook for 2014-15 is healthy and includes a 1 percent salary increase for employees built into the base budget. Due to the diligence of the budget committee, there is a continued commitment to affordability and reinvesting in the future of Iona.

    Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement and External Affairs, discussed the success of this past year’s annual fundraising totaling over 12 percent from last year’s record number, introduced a new video for the Iona Forever Comprehensive Campaign (the College’s largest fundraising initiative), and introduced the members of the planning committee for Iona’s 75th anniversary celebration which will launch in April 2015.

    A question and answer session followed the presentations. 
  • Iona Selected for Start-Up NY

    10/2/2014

    This program will help start, expand or relocate qualified business to tax-free zones in NYS.

    New Rochelle, NY (October 2, 2014) Iona College has received approval to participate in Start-Up NY.  The program is intended to help start, expand or relocate qualified business to tax-free zones in New York State. Colleges throughout the state host these zones, and Iona is one of only two private institutions in Westchester County to be part of the program.

    “We’re committed to being a partner with the New Rochelle and Westchester communities,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “The interaction with business enterprises will have a positive impact on our students and faculty, creating resources of business expertise and internship possibilities for our students, a natural synergy with our new Institute for Business Analytics and its Center for Health Care Analytics within the Hagan School of Business.”

    Iona College, the second largest private employer in New Rochelle, will endeavor to expand business partnerships with high-tech, innovative and high-growth potential companies, with the prospect of breaking new ground in the area of data-driven analytics. The focus for the initial application will be in the area of healthcare analytics, with future applications for business, the sciences and cyber security.

    “We believe the businesses who will be on campus will help provide real-world experience and application of knowledge, and students will have exposure to the diverse skills necessary for an analytics-based organization in which clinical and business intelligence are essential for achieving quality, performance and economic success,” said Paul Savage, program director of Health Care Management at Iona and director of the new Center for Health Care Analytics, created at the College earlier this year.

    New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson noted that Start-Up NY, Iona College and New Rochelle are a strong combination. "I am gratified that New Rochelle has been recognized yet again as an engine of economic and intellectual growth in the region,” he said. “I congratulate Iona on the leadership and vision that made this approval possible."

    "This is great news for economic development in New Rochelle, which will result in the creation of new business opportunities and jobs," said Luiz C. Aragon, commissioner of development for the city.
    For more information about the Iona program with Start-Up NY, email Dan Konopka, Iona’s director of corporate and foundation relations, at dkonopka@iona.edu.

    For more about Start-Up NY, visit www.startup-ny.com.

    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, NY.

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  • Faculty Profile: The Right Chemistry

    9/19/2014

    Dr. Sunghee Lee featured in a National Science Foundation profile piece.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 19, 2014) Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry was featured in story on the National Science Foundation's (NSF) website. Dr. Lee is a NSF-funded researcher who has mentored Iona College undergraduate students in chemistry research for the past 10 years.


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  • Iona College Faculty to Present 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture Series at Iona Preparatory School

    9/12/2014

    Open to all, the series kicks off on Wednesday, September 24.

    New Rochelle, NY (Sept. 12, 2014) Nine Iona College faculty members will be guest speakers in a Distinguished Lecture Series hosted at Iona Preparatory School K-12 throughout the 2014-2015 academic year on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

    Iona College faculty will present on various topics of interest to parents, students and the general public.  The series showcases the work of Iona College faculty members and highlights the long-time relationship of the College and Iona Prep.

    “The series taps the expertise of the faculty of the College, and it addresses a number of topics that would be of interest to communities from our respective schools and the surrounding area,” said Mark Kiselica, Iona College provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “I am grateful to our colleagues at Iona Prep of helping us to launch this series and to my faculty colleagues from Iona College who have volunteered to serve as the speakers.”

    Iona Prep Principal Edward O'Neill said, "We share so much with Iona College, from our Christian Brothers heritage and the history of our campuses, to the excellence of our respective faculty and missions to develop the entire student. It is only fitting that what began as a friendly conversation among educators has grown into yearlong series that will not only benefit our students, but our New Rochelle neighbors as well."               
     
    The inaugural lecture on Wednesday, September 24, will feature Teresa D’Aversa, Ph.D., professor of Biology, speaking on “Investigating the Effects of Brain Cell Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis.”
     
    The lectures are open to the public and will take place in Room 401 of the D’Urso Conference Center at Iona Preparatory School, 255 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, N.Y. For a listing of all nine lectures through May 2015, visit www.iona.edu/ionalectureseries


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  • President Nyre and Provost Kiselica Host Fall Convocation, Faculty Honored for Outstanding Achievements

    9/11/2014

    Students, faculty and staff gather to hear and support collective campus-wide successes.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 11, 2014)—Iona College welcomed students, faculty and staff to the 2014-2015 academic year at the annual fall Convocation on Tuesday, September 9, in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium.

    This year's keynote speaker was Mark S. Kiselica, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, who addressed “Helping Iona Students to Succeed: Challenges and Strategies for a Catholic College in an Era of Diverse Millennials.”

    The event began with the traditional procession led by the Iona Pipe Band followed by a welcome from Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts & Science and an invocation from Brother Kevin Devlin, senior director of the Center for Student Success.

    Awards were presented to four outstanding professors. Senior Faculty Awards included William Egelman, Ph.D., professor of Sociology, and Fredrica Rudell, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Marketing and International Business Department. The Junior Faculty Award went to Carol Shansky, DMA, assistant professor of Fine and Performing Arts and director of the Iona College Instrumental Ensemble. The Adjunct Faculty Award went to John LaMassa, professor of Scientific and Technological Literacy.

    A new tradition was established with the presentation of chairs to Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor in Science and Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies.

    President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., delivered an update on the state of the College, which included recent success such as welcoming the best qualified freshmen class in over five years and achieving the milestone financial goal of growing Iona’s endowment to $100 million, nearly doubling the total over three years with the goal of doubling again over the next five years.

    Additional accomplishments during the first phase of his presidency have included endowing a faculty development fund, creating Iona’s first fully endowed faculty chair, launching new academic programs, moving forward on campus improvements, and continuing to make Iona financially sustainable in the highly competitive higher education landscape.

    “I want to spend more of the next phase of the Presidency focused on the soul of the institution,” said Dr. Nyre. “Focusing on our mission, on our people, on diversity and positioning the College for the next 75 years.”  See President Nyre's Full Remarks.

    Provost Kiselica’s remarks included sharing his personal connection to the mission of Iona College and the opportunity to continue in the tradition of the Catholic educational system. He expressed his joy in being selected to be Iona’s provost last spring and warmly thanked the Christian Brothers, adding, “You have devoted yourselves to a lifetime of service, and to the noble mission of this school.”

    The presentation continued with an overview of the development and characteristics of millennial students, major national issues in higher education, implications for providing a holistic education to undergraduate students, highlights of how Iona is addressing these issues and views on some additional work to be done. (Link to Provost Kiselica’s Full Remarks to be Included)

    Convocation concluded with the Iona Singers leading the Iona Community in the singing of the College’s alma mater, followed by a reception in Ryan Library.



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  • Iona College Professor to Give Talk on White Collar Crime, Politics and Emergency Preparedness

    9/5/2014

    Dr. Joshua Klein, assistant professor of Criminal Justice will be the keynote speaker.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 5, 2014) Joshua Klein, Ph.D., assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Iona College will be the keynote speaker at the Westchester Emergency Communications Association (WECA) on Monday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

    Dr. Klein's presentation is titled "White Collar Crime, Politics and Emergency Preparedness. The lecture will take place at the Westchester County Center at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY. This lecture is free and open to the public.

    About WECA:
    WECA, founded in 1972, was organized to assist the Westchester County (New York) Civil Defense Office, now the Office of Disaster and Emergency Services (ODES) with communications support. WECA's membership consists of over 300 amateur radio operators (Hams) who live in the greater Westchester County area. Active members serve the community at public service events, natural disasters and civil defense situations as the premier auxiliary communications arm for Westchester County.

    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, NY.



     
  • Iona College Chemistry Department awarded $184,000 Grant

    9/3/2014

    The highly competitive Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation will be used for enhancement of research and education.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 3, 2014) Iona College was recently awarded an $184,000 highly competitive Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Led by Principal Investigator (PI), Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair and co-PI, Terrence Gavin Ph.D. professor Chemistry, Kathleen Kristian Ph.D., assistant professor, Chemistry and Joseph Ryan, Ph.D., assistant professor, Chemistry, the MRI grant represents a joint effort among chemistry faculty for the enhancement of research and education at Iona College.
     
    This award will allow the chemistry department to acquire a confocal Raman microscope, which combines a Raman spectrometer with a confocal optical microscope. This instrument provides qualitative and quantitative vibrational information for structural and molecular determination at both the microscopic and bulk level, with high spatial resolution in three dimensions on a wide range of samples, including biological matrices.
     
    The acquisition of this instrument will dramatically enhance all the discipline-specific research avenues being pursued in the department: toxicology, nanotechnology, inorganic synthesis, and membrane interface phenomena. In addition, this instrument will expand the quality of research training of students and classroom experience at Iona College.
     
    Dr. Lee, Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry and the PI of this grant, said “This is highly competitive grants and reflect the quality of research being conducted at Iona College by chemistry faculty and student,” said Dr. Lee. “This instrument will catalyze research and educational activities and enhance tremendous cross-disciplinary research opportunities for our faculty and students. This award not only supports the research activities for chemistry faculty and students but also add to the College's infrastructure.”
     
    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, NY.


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  • Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D., to give Rudin-Driscoll Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture

    9/2/2014

    Dr. Cole is director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman College.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 2, 2014) Iona College will host the Rudin-Driscoll Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture on Thursday, September 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium.
     
    The keynote speaker will be Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D., director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and a former president of Spelman College.
     
    Dr. Cole will deliver a presentation titled “The Pedagogical Case for Diversity and Inclusion in American Higher Education.” More on Rudin-Driscoll
     
    The Jack Rudin & John G. Driscoll Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Iona College was established with a grant from Jack and Susan Rudin. Invitations are extended each year to one or more outstanding scholars to serve as visiting professors at Iona College. The honorees present lectures to the College community, participate in faculty seminars, and share their knowledge and wisdom with Iona faculty and students in a variety of ways.
     
    This event is free and open to the public.


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  • Iona College to Host Telescope Night Moon Observation

    9/3/2014

    Astronomy enthusiasts will gather at Cornelia Hall on Thursday evening.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 3, 2014) Iona College will host telescope night on Thursday, September 4 from 8:30 pm until 9:45 pm on the front steps of Iona's Cornelia Hall. Astronomy enthusiasts will gather to observe the moon which will be between a half moon and a full moon. The event will be hosted by Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D., professor of Physics. All are welcome to attend. In case of questionable weather, please call 914-633-2239.
  • Iona Chemistry Students and Faculty Present at American Chemical Society National Meeting

    8/27/2014

    Over 15,000 chemists from throughout the world in attendance.



    New Rochelle, NY (August 27, 2014) Five Iona College chemistry/biochemistry majors, along with their mentors, Drs. Sunghee Lee, Joseph Ryan, and Kathleen Kristian from the Chemistry department, proudly joined the chemistry community and presented their research at the 248th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting on August 10-14, held in San Francisco.
     
    “Over 15,000 chemists from throughout the world attended this national meeting to share great chemistry,” said Dr. Lee.
     
    Dr. Lee presented the talk at the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, titled "Engineering of Monolayers and Bilayers at an Aqueous Microdroplet" and Dr. Kristian presented the talk at the Division of Chemical Education, titled "Teaching collaboration skills through a wiki-based inorganic chemistry group project”. 
     
    The students also presented two posters summarizing their research results on;
    (1) "Water permeability studies using a droplet interface bilayer: Effect of monoglyceride structure and cholesterol content" (2) "Adaptability of monoglyceride-templated crystallization at the liquid-liquid interface"
     
    The student presenters and attendees were Michelle Muzzio ('15, Chemistry), Omoakhe Tisor ('15, Biochemistry), Peter Milianta ('16, Biochemistry), Melissa Morales ('16, Chemistry), and Geoffrey Cawley ('16, Chemistry). Their trip was supported by the National Science Foundation research grant awarded to Dr. Lee and Iona College.
     
    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, NY.

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  • Iona College Students Form Think Tank to Study the Challenges of Property Taxes on Senior Adults Living in Westchester County

    7/31/2014

    Student's findings presented at a conference "Successful Aging-It's Everybody's Business"

    Think Tank
    New Rochelle, NY (July 31, 2014) Iona College students recently delivered a presentation at a special conference “Successful Aging – It’s Everybody’s Business" at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY.

    The presentation is the culmination of a semester-long project “Livable Communities Collaborative of the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services".  The research team, eight Iona students and one student from the College of New Rochelle, conducted a study as part of a newly formed Think Tank in partnership with the Westchester Alliance of the Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS).

    Their findings were presented at the conference in a paper titled “Are You Being Taxed Out of Westchester? - Students Offer Insights”. “We have been researching the challenge of property taxes on senior adults living in Westchester County, demographic trends and their public policy implications,” said Mary Hagerty, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science and International Studies and faculty research coordinator. “Our study identifies existing and potential state and local government policies regarding property taxes and senior adult homeowners.”

    A traditional institutional approach was used for studying public policy in New York state and local government context, utilizing case study methods of interviewing active participants and community leaders. A questionnaire survey was developed and administered to older adults who are members of Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) meeting. Community forums were organized in several locations to give the senior adults the opportunity to express their public policy needs and preferences.

    Research findings, based  on a survey of 70 seniors attending a LIRIC meeting, suggest little support  for the assumption that high property taxes are inducing seniors to leave the County. H however,  two out of five seniors surveyed are burdened by housing costs (paying more than 30 percent of annual income on housing or rent, taxes and utilities), and nearly one in two surveyed claim that property taxes impact their daily lives.  

    Major public policy issues identified by senior adults in the survey and in community forums include: health care affordability and/or access, transportation access to doctors and supermarkets, rising cost of living, and lack of affordable housing.  Dr. Hagerty added, “All local governments, and especially cities, are struggling from the effects of the Great Recession—declines in state aid and more limited tax collections. Although senior adults were the focus of the study, these issues extend beyond them to include middle and lower income adults and especially young adults who have the highest unemployment rates.”
     
    The research team from Iona College included; John Bertino '15, Joelle Cheatem '15,  Katrina Frederick '14, Andrew Jordan '14, Savannah Lang '15,  James Murphy '14, Timothy O’Dwyer '15, and Thomas Severin '16.  Graduate gerontology student Jonelle Ward represented the College of New Rochelle.

    John Bertino, Joelle Cheatem, Savannah Lang, James Murphy, and Thomas Severin of Iona College, and Jonelle Ward of the College of New Rochelle, presented their research findings at the Successful Aging Conference on June 27, 2014.
    Upon conclusion of the presentation a recommendation was made by Commissioner Mae Carpenter of the DSPS that students present their research before the Westchester County Legislature. Future plans also include presenting this research in the spring of 2015 at the Faculty-Student Research Conference in the Washington State.

    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, NY.



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  • Iona College Hosts Twenty Argentine High School Students for Two-Week Mass Communication Camp

    7/16/2014

    Educational-cultural camp will focus on broadcasting, journalism, advertising and public relations.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 16, 2014) Iona College will host twenty high school students from Colegio Lincoln, a private high school in La Plata, Argentina, for an educational-cultural camp focusing on four disciplines of the mass communication field – broadcasting, journalism, advertising and public relations – from Tuesday, July 15 to Wednesday, July 30.

    Coordinating this first-time intensive experience for international high school students will be the Office of Conference Services, the Department of Mass Communication, and the Office of English as a Second Language.

    While experiencing these selected mass media professions, the Colegio Lincoln students will engage in classes taught by Iona faculty, such as shooting, editing and producing video projects; creating advertising and public relations campaigns; and reporting on local sports and news events.

    Besides their classroom projects and field work, the students will be visiting various cultural, historical and entertainment sites in the metropolitan area, including a Broadway musical, the New York Times printing plant, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Circle Line tour, and a Rockland Boulders baseball game.

    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, NY.

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  • Iona Nets 168 On 2013-14 MAAC Academic Honor Roll

    7/15/2014

    Second highest total in school history.

    The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its 2013-14 Academic Honor Roll with Iona College placing 168 student-athletes on the list.
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  • Freshmen Get an Education in Serving Their Community

    7/15/2014

    Iona in Mission: Go New Ro provides service immersion experiences for students.

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    New Rochelle, NY (July 15, 2014) For the fifth consecutive year, Iona College welcomed first-year students to campus for Iona in Mission: Go New Ro, part of the Iona in Mission service program.  Iona in Mission offers short-term domestic and international service immersion experiences for students through the office of Mission and Ministry.

    This year twenty-one incoming students, two returning student leaders, and three professional staff members from the offices of Mission and Ministry, Student Development, and Off-Campus Housing participated in the Go New Ro service and leadership experience.

    The theme of Go New Ro is “GPS: Growth, Purpose, and Service.”  Students learn about the two feet of social justice (direct service and advocacy) while becoming acclimated with their new city, New Rochelle, and Iona’s campus community.

    During Go New Ro 2014 students learned about hunger and homelessness in New Rochelle and Westchester, and partnered in service with two local food programs: Trinity St. Paul’s Brown Bag Lunch Program (New Rochelle) and Project Family Soup Kitchen (Mt. Vernon).  Students also conducted a shoreline clean up of Huguenot and Beechmont Lakes in partnership with the New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department.  Finally, students learned about working with elder adults and visited aging Christian Brothers at St. Joseph’s Care Facility.

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    “An essential characteristic of the Edmund Rice story is the desire and ability to live in relationship with people made poor and marginalized,” said Stephen Hill, the Coordinator of Iona in Mission. “To begin this process, we engage our Go New Ro students in service projects within the local community to nudge them out of their comfort zones both physically and intellectually. Our hope is to help produce students who respond boldly to the world’s suffering and needs with presence and compassion, so that we all may liberated from exclusion and injustice. This is what Edmund Rice did in Ireland, what the Christian Brothers continue to do around the world, and what our students are called to do.”

    Direct service, however, is just one piece of this program.  Students also developed their leadership skills and discussed leadership styles with returning students leaders, Iona’s president, Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, and with City Councilman Jared Rice.

    Reflection is an essential element of Go New Ro.  Students were able to synthesize what they experienced at their service sites with what they learned about leadership and advocacy.  The students were able to incorporate the strong mission and tradition of New Rochelle and Iona to better understand their role as citizens of a greater world.  

    At the conclusion of the two-day event students provided anonymous feedback about their experience: “I learned how devoted Iona is to helping others and making a change in the world.” “You can move the world one small step at a time. Each step shows you care and could influence others to care as well.”

    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, NY.


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  • An Evening with Peter Shankman at Iona College's NYC Rockefeller Center Location

    7/8/2014

    The New PR is Personal Recommendation

    New Rochelle, NY (July 8, 2014) The Iona College graduate public relations program will host an evening with Peter Shankman, founder of Help A Reporter Out (HARO), and a principal at Shankman|Honig, a consultancy designed to help corporations, businesses and retail operations create stellar customer service that resonates in our new “conversation economy,” driving revenue, repeat business and new customers.

    Shankman will present a talk “The New PR is Personal Recommendation” on Wednesday, July 16, 7 pm at Iona’s New York City location, 45 Rockefeller Center, 20th floor. A reception will immediately follow. To register your attendance, RSVP to Veronica Jarek-Prinz at vjarekprinz@iona.edu.

    About Peter Shankman:
    An author, entrepreneur, speaker and worldwide connector, Shankman is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about customer service, social media, PR, marketing and advertising.
    Peter is also the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc., a boutique social media, marketing and PR strategy firm located in New York City, with clients worldwide. His blog, which he launched in 1995 at http://shankman.com, both comments on and generates news and conversation.
    A marketing pundit for several national and international news channels, including Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, Peter is frequently quoted in major media and trade publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, The Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today.

    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, NY.

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  • Iona College to Establish Film Archive

    7/1/2014

    The Thanhouser digital files will be directly accessible to the public.

    Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc
    New Rochelle, NY (July 1, 2014)  Iona College will be home to the Thanhouser Film Archive which will include digital archives of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.’s (TCFP) cinematic and documentary holdings. The original Thanhouser Company, founded by Edwin Thanhouser in New Rochelle in 1909, produced over 1,000 films, making the city an early center of American filmmaking.

    “Just as the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College honors one of New Rochelle’s historical figures, the Thanhouser Film Archive will greatly benefit our community by honoring Thanhouser’s pioneering contribution to our nation’s cultural heritage,” said Michael Marsden, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.

    “Thanhouser digital files will be directly accessible to the public,” said Dean Defino, Ph.D., director of Film Studies at Iona College. “The archive will provide opportunities for Iona’s faculty and outside scholars to conduct primary source research and adopt materials into course curricula, and for students to gain archival experience in this foundational area of mass media.”

    "Documents and artifacts of the Thanhouser collection will be digitized by librarians and student interns in Ryan Library," said Rick Palladino, director of Libraries.

    Ned Thanhouser, Edwin’s grandson and president of TCFP said, “Thanhouser Company’s silent films, which ranged from Shakespeare’s plays to popular subjects, have found a most fitting home at Iona College.” Ned has been actively involved in researching and preserving early motion pictures since 1986. “I am delighted that my grandfather’s contributions will be made available for the enjoyment of future generations, and his memory perpetuated,” he stated.

    The TCFP’s archives currently include numerous surviving Thanhouser films, photographs, postcards, glass slides, posters and other items of ephemera. In 1988, Ned Thanhouser and his family established the Thanhouser Film Preservation Trust at the Library of Congress to fund the acquisition and preservation of nitrate-based Thanhouser films. Original Thanhouser Company films in the TCFP collection will be preserved by the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.

    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, NY.

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  • Iona Alumnus Wins Grand Prize in the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

    6/13/2014

    Majestyk Apps founder Sean O'Shea, '13,'14MS and his team to launch a suite of apps and toy products by early 2015.

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    New Rochelle, NY (June 13, 2014) A company founded by Iona College alumnus Sean O’Shea ’13, ’14MS, was awarded one of three grand prizes of the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. Out of several hundred submissions across a wide range of industries, Majestyk Apps was awarded access to the developer cloud and support from IBM Interactive design services to commercialize their prototypes for the marketplace.

    The first iteration of the Friendly Anthropomorphic Networked Genome (Fang) is a cognitive, cuddly plush companion, beneath which IBM Watson powers a customized experience assisting each child in development through a series of contextual interactions.

    O’Shea majored in computer science while a student at Iona and he is the founder and the chief development officer of Majestyk Apps -- a premiere New York City-based soft/hardware development agency specializing in massively scalable mobile apps. Majestyk subscribes to a lean startup model of business and employs a hybrid development/incubator model, often securing an equity stake in the companies it engages.

    “Winning the IBM Watson Developer Challenge is a great honor and it’s just the first step,” said O’Shea. “With Watson we will be able to create an entire system that adapts to the user who is interacting with it. The opportunity and potential of partnering with IBM to develop this amazing technology is very exciting.”  The Majestyk Apps team is currently building their first version product to display and will launch a suite of apps and toy products at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV in early 2015.

    The announcement was made on June 3 at IBM Innovate. Three grand prize winners—GenieMD, Inc., Majestyk Apps and Red Ant—were awarded access to the developer cloud and support from IBM Interactive design services, to commercialize their prototypes for the marketplace.

    For more information on how these grand prize–winning teams are using Watson to build the next generation of mobile technology please visit: http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/challenge.html


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  • Iona College Alumni to be Recognized as Rising Stars of Westchester

    6/12/2014

    The Business Council of Westchester to honor '40 Under 40' professionals of Westchester County.

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    New Rochelle, NY (June 12, 2014) – The Business Council of Westchester (TBCW) will honor ‘40 under 40’ professionals of Westchester with the 2014 Rising Star Award. Three of the recipients are Iona College alumni who are being recognized for exemplifying leadership, foresight and a vision for the future of Westchester County.
     
    The Iona College alumni honorees are: Professor Dorothy Leone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ’04, program director for the Iona College Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program, (pictured right), Nikola Ilic ’11, senior project manager, RPW Group and Jenna Russo ’07, senior producer for News12 Westchester are among the 40 prestigious recipients.
     
    Honoree Dr. Leone is also an assistant professor in Iona’s Speech Communication Studies Department. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech language pathology from Iona in 2004 and returned to Iona in the fall of 2010 as an assistant professor for the Speech Communication Studies department. She is a New York State and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified speech language pathologist, with a clinical focus on supporting social differences for children with autism spectrum disorders.  "It is an honor to be a part of this incredible group of talented young professionals in Westchester County," said Dr. Leone.
     
    According to TBCW, this year’s winners represent a wide-range of professionals from various backgrounds including law, government, media, politics, education and the arts. The honorees are among the finest young talents in Westchester County and work with some of the region’s best companies and institutions. With more than 100 nominations this year, the selections were competitive.
     
    The winners will receive their Rising Star award during a ceremony on June 12 at 800 Westchester Avenue, White Plains. The program is modeled after the national business recognition program “Forty under Forty” and Rising Stars is specifically designed to recognize individuals under the age of 40 who exemplify leadership, foresight and a vision for the future of Westchester County. Winners were selected based on professional and/or entrepreneurial accomplishments, demonstrated leadership qualities and professional and/or business affiliations.
     
    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, NY.

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  • Iona College Celebrates Reunion Weekend

    6/9/2014

    Over $1,100,000 was raised.

    Remember. Relive. Reignite. This was the charge for alumni attendees at the 2014 Iona College Reunion Weekend held May 16-17. Over $1,100,000 was raised for the weekend that celebrated graduating years ending in 4’s and 9’s.

    Over 500 alumni and friends attended the two-day event which included a Golden Gaels luncheon for those alumni who graduated 50+ years ago heritage-trail tours of campus, a presentation of the Iona Forever campaign, a Reunion Barbecue and Reunion Mass.  Our Jubilarians, alumni celebrating their 50th reunion, participated in the procession in the Baccalaureate Mass and enjoyed the Jubilarian Dinner catching up with classmates. The weekend concluded with the Reunion Gala at Beckwith Point on New Rochelle’s Sound Shore.

     “We are so proud of our alumni award recipients for your professional accomplishments, commitment to service and humanitarianism,” said Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs and emcee for the Gala.
     
    The Reunion Gala honored eight alumni for service and achievement: James P. Agnello ’84, The Brother John G. Driscoll Award for Humanitarian Service; Brian J. Nickerson, Ph.D., JD, ’89, The Brother William B. Cornelia Award for Outstanding Service to Iona College; and, for the Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement, Michael A. Conley, Esq. ’84, Dennis J. Cronin, FSC, ’74, Glenn J. Horine ’84, ’91MBA, Al J. Maiolo ’64, Margaret C. Timoney ’89, ’92MBA, and Juan B. Zamora ’54.

    The Class of 1964 had the highest class participation and the Class of 1979 raised the most money towards the Reunion gift.  The Class of 1989, celebrating their 25th anniversary also had a large turnout. Both the classes of 1964 and 1989 were presented with medals in recognition of their 50th (golden) and 25th (silver) anniversaries. The Class of 1994--the first class to live in Loftus Hall, a transformational time in Iona’s history-- celebrated their 20th reunion with one of the largest groups in attendance. A special addition to the guest list were members of the Class of 1957, celebrating "'57 Goes '57” commemorating their 57th anniversary since graduating in 1957.

     “In an ever-competitive landscape your participation is critical to Iona’s success and I thank you all for attending this evening and for your continued support of Iona College,” Claire Luppi Mungiguerra ’75, ’78MBA, president of the Iona College Alumni Association board of directors, told alumni and guests who gathered for Reunion.
      
    Some notable Reunion accomplishments from younger alumni classes included the Class of 2004, which doubled its donors from last year. Additionally, the class of 2009 had a fun and engaged group at the Gala to celebrate their fifth reunion—and the group is just dollars away from reaching its reunion class goal by June 30.

    C.J. Funaro ’15, president of the Student Government Association, gave remarks on behalf of the student body. “Let me take this opportunity to say thank you, on behalf of the student body and from the bottom of our hearts, for your continued generosity, support and vision for the College, but also for the legacies you created as well,” he said. “It is because of those legacies that we can all be proud to call ourselves Gaels.”

    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, NY.

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  • College to Purchase Additional North Avenue Property

    6/23/2014

    Purchase will include Gemelli Pizzeria, Beechmont Tavern and two vacant retail spaces.

    New Rochelle, NY (June 23, 2014)  Iona College has signed a contract to purchase 748 and 754 North Avenue, which includes four storefronts: Gemelli Pizzeria, Beechmont Tavern and two vacant retail spaces.  The property owner approached the College several months ago and the parties have reached an agreement that includes the assumption of all existing leases, which run for 8-11 years. 

    The purchase is part of the commitment of the College to invest and improve the financial viability of North Avenue and generate auxiliary revenue. The College intends to maintain this property for commercial tenancies and seek to rent the vacant spaces in order to provide additional amenities for Iona students and the public at large. 
     
    “The Beechmont Tavern is a landmark business that is fondly remembered by many of our alumni and, as such, we look forward to a long-term relationship with its owners,” said Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch, Iona College senior vice president for Finance and Administration. “Although Gemelli Pizzeria is a newer establishment, it has been well received by the Iona community and we look forward to continuing that relationship as well.”

    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, NY.

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  • Iona Inducts Five Into Goal Club Hall of Fame

    6/4/2014

    33rd Annual Goal Club Hall of Fame Golf Outing honors five stellar former student athletes and coaches.

    NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College Athletic Department held its 33rd Annual Goal Club Hall of Fame Golf Outing on Monday, June 2, 2014 at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle.

    Five stellar former student athletes and coaches were inducted into the Goal Club Hall of Fame. Former football coach and current College of New Rochelle Athletics Director Harold G. Crocker, cross country and track All-American Richard Kiplagat '06, water polo and swimming standout Kristie Przekota ’01, men's basketball's Kevin F. Vesey '82 and baseball mentor Alan F. Zoccolillo.

    The Hall of Fame Dinner also included the presentation of the fifth Donald E. Walsh '66 award, presented annually by the Iona College Goal Club to individuals who have demonstrated loyal support and service to Iona College Athletics through exceptional volunteerism. This year's award was presented with great honor and respect to  Br. J. Kevin Devlin ‘61.


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  • New Roc City Could Use a Starbucks, Students Say

    6/4/2014

    College students surveyed by Iona College say New Roc City should have a Starbucks, an Apple or Microsoft technology outlet and a bookstore.

  • Iona College Students Receive Pat Martin Scholarship Awards

    6/9/2014

    Three Iona College seniors were awarded $10,000 each for academic achievement in science.


    New Rochelle, NY (June 9, 2014) Three Iona College seniors were the recent recipients of a generous scholarship award of $10,000 each from The Patrick J. Martin Scholars Program. Michael Guzzardi, Jaclyn Robustelli and Greg Badura were each selected as this year’s recipients for their outstanding academic achievements in science.

    The Patrick J. Martin Foundation, founded in 2005, is a charitable foundation primarily focused on attracting more students to major in math, computer science, the natural sciences, or engineering, with a special focus on those students with financial need.

    Founder Patrick J. Martin, Ph.D., attended a luncheon with the student scholars to hear about their current research projects and future plans.

    Robustelli, a resident of Yonkers, has been accepted to the Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania. “I plan to study in the field of biochemistry,” said Robustelli.

    North Massapequa, Long Island native Guzzardi who majored in chemistry/biology (pre-physical therapy) will attend New York Institute of Technology in the physician assistant studies program.

    “Being a Martin scholar, I had the opportunity interact with other science students that are serious in their studies and their future” said Pat Martin Scholar and 2014 valedictorian Greg Badura. “It is a pleasure to be able to have lunch with Dr. Martin as he is a role model for the entire Iona College community.” A physics major and math minor, Badura of Monroe, NY will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology and has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in imaging science in the fall.

    In addition to financial support, all Patrick J. Martin Scholars are guided to maximize their intellectual growth through exposure to stimulating academic and research opportunities, and educational cultural and social events. To sustain their journey at Iona College, all Patrick J. Martin Scholars at Iona are maintained by a network of support from many dedicated Iona faculty members.

    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, NY.

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  • New International Center Opens

    5/12/2014

    The International Center, the new home of the Office of Study Abroad, Office of International Student Engagement, and the ESL Program.

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    Ionian Student Newspaper, Staff Writer
     
    President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. cut the ribbon to the brand new International Center in Driscoll Hall and said, “Today is the day we step forward and it is a great day to be a Gael.” The International Center is the new home of the Office of Study Abroard, Office of International Student Engagement and the ESL program.

    The ceremony held on April 7 started in the Murphy Auditorium and began with a performance from the Music and Ministry Fellowship. The group sang a song that fit the concept of the International Center, “Go Make a Difference.”

    Jerry Martin, the ESL Program Director, introduced all of the speakers including Brother Sean Moffett and Iona’s Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Marsden. Both Moffett and Marsden spoke very fondly of the late Brother John G. Driscoll.

    “Brother Driscoll was dedicated to internationalism so it is fitting that the new International Center is named after him,” Marsden said.

    Dr. Carl Procario-Foley, the director of the Office of Mission and Ministy, spoke about the introduction to Heritage Week and this year’s theme of “Gaels Go Global.”

    Two students gave reflections on their experience with international affairs here at Iona College. Senior Ryan Bacci represented the study abroad program, having studied in multiple countries and participated in international mission trips as well.

    “At Iona, I had many opportunities to study internationalism which has contributed to my personal growth,” Bacci said. “No one person can move the world alone, and I am excited to see what the new International Center has in store for the future.”
    Freshman Simon Wang from Beijing, China, is grateful to call Iona his current home.

    “Although I have only been here for one year, Iona College is one of my favorite places in the States and thank you for making me feel at home,” Wang said.

    After the ceremony was over, the faculty and students present proceeded across the street to Driscoll Hall for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Nyre spoke about how fantastic the center will be as a part of the Iona campus, calling it a part of Iona’s plan to take action and bring together the targeted global skill sets.

    After the ribbon was cut, students and faculty grabbed flags from countries all over the world and started the march down Mayflower Avenue.

    “These are the flags of the nations that our students will go to as they move the world,” said Moffett about the procession.
    It was quite a sight to see North Avenue temporarily shut down as police let the members of the Iona community cross with over one hundred flags and people took out their phones to take pictures.

    The flag march ended at Mazzella Field where the flags were placed along the outside of the field. The ceremony and the procession marked the official kick-off of Heritage Week and opening of the International Center.
  • Provost Announced, To Start Over Summer

    5/9/2014

    Dr. Mark Kiselica to begin as new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in July.

    By Alexandra Vinci ‘15
    Ionian Student Reporter and Managing Editor
     
    Iona named Dr. Mark Kiselica as the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

    Kiselica has spent 20 years moving up the ladder at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), holding the title of vice provost since 2009.

    “There was really only one other thing on the academic cycle I hadn’t done and that was Provost,” said Kiselica. “Iona was the perfect place for me.”

    After completing a bachelor’s in psychology at St. Vincent College, a master’s in psychology at Bucknell University and a doctorate in counseling psychology at Pennsylvania State University, he continued to develop an impressive resume of accomplishments.

    To name a few accolades, Kiselica has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Researcher of the Year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity and the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and has received the American Counseling Association’s Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person.

    “Dr. Kiselica is an impressive professor, scholar and administrator,” said President Joseph E. Nyre in the press release. “He is joining the college at a pivotal time in our history. As we focus our strategic efforts, he is the right academic leader to guide our community toward advancing student distinction, academic distinction and affordability, as well as elevating the academic reputation of the institution.”

    His life’s work as a psychologist has been dedicated to the addressing the gaps in the field of boys, men and masculinity.

    “I felt if I became an academician I could influence the entire mental professions on how they approach working with boys and men,” said Kiselica.

    After authoring 150 publications related to these issues and influencing public policies and mental health practices, Kiselica said he felt as though he had accomplished his goals.

    “I felt I needed a new challenge,” he said. “As I felt I had achieved those goals I had also concurrently gotten more and more into administration.”

    “I have known Dr. Mark Kiselica for over 15 years,” said TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein in the press release. “During that time I have been able to observe the growth and enhancement of his administrative and leadership abilities. Mark is a skilled and caring academic leader, an individual who can encourage the best in others while expecting only the highest performance from himself. We will miss him at the College of New Jersey, but I know that he will make a tremendous positive difference at Iona College.”

    While Kiselica said he sees many similarities between TCNJ and Iona, the main difference he sees between the two is that TCNJ is a public school while Iona was founded in the Catholic tradition.

    “I understand the essence of a Catholic education,” he said. “Here, it’s part of the mission.”

    Kiselica will be starting July 1 and will be joining Iona in the midst of its strategic plan. Even though things are already underway, he said that regardless of the change in the provost office, the community investment and campus-wide input into the plan is what pushes it forward.

    “One of my duties is to understand all of the wonderful ideas and work that has gone into that plan and support its implementation,” said Kiselica. “[The plan] is going to help Iona thrive in what is a very competitive higher education environment.”

    Kiselica has known about Iona since high school and says he has always admired its legacy. Raised with a strong Irish heritage, he will fit in well with the Celtic traditions of the college as he joins the community.

    “It is a privileged life to be a leader at an institution like this,” he said.
  • Iona College names General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

    5/16/2014

    Kathleen Gill to serve as chief legal officer.

    New Rochelle, NY (May 15, 2014) Kathleen Gill has been appointed to the position of general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees at Iona College. As ratified at the board’s meeting on May 7, 2014, Ms. Gill assumes the role of chief legal officer, managing all legal operations and providing legal services to the College on a broad range of business, academic and statutory issues.
     
    Gill joined Iona in fall 2013 as secretary to the board and senior policy advisor after spending many years working for the City of New Rochelle. On graduating from law school, she worked for a private litigation firm and in 1995 was appointed assistant corporation counsel for the City of New Rochelle. She was promoted to deputy corporation counsel in 1997, handling various legal proceedings from inception through trial, including appeals.  She also served as legal advisor to the Planning and Zoning Boards and City staff on zoning and development issues.  Gill was appointed to corporation counsel in November 2009, advising the city manager and city council on all legal matters.
     
    Gill earned an undergraduate degree in government from Skidmore College, an MS in urban planning and environmental studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a JD degree and environmental certificate from Pace University School of Law, where she was an editor on the Environmental Law Review.  She is currently a member of the New York State and New Rochelle Bar Associations.

    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, NY.
  • Student Newspaper Wins Award

    5/12/2014

    American Scholastic Press Association awards The Ionian first place.

    Congratulations to The Ionian Staff
    The Ionian was the recent recipent of the 2014 Scholastic Newspaper Award from the American Scholastic Press Association.
    The student newspaper was awarded first place with special merit in the categorie of colleges with enrollment above 2501.
  • Iona Celebrates Employee Service at Annual Loftus Dinner

    5/12/2014

    Iona College honors employees for a collective 589 years of dedicated service



    New Rochelle, NY (May 9, 2014) Over 200 employees gathered to celebrate their colleagues 589 combined years of service at the annual Loftus Dinner held in April at the Davenport in New Rochelle. Twenty-six employees were honored and presented with awards, dinner and an evening camaraderie as they were recognized for their dedication and commitment of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years of service. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Br. Arthur A. Loftus Award to Br. Joseph A. Cussen, ’57, C.F.C., assistant professor of Spanish. The award is named after the second president of Iona College.
     
    About Br. Joseph A. Cussen '57, C.F.C., assistant professor of Spanish
    After graduating from the Cardinal Farley Military Academy, a Christian Brother’s H.S., Br. Cussen entered the Congregation of Brothers in 1954. Upon graduating from Iona College (class of 1957), he earned an MA degree from St. John’s University and later attended Columbia University and Teachers College. Br. Cussen’s first mission was at St. Cecilia’s Grammar School in Spanish Harlem and he taught at Bergen Catholic H.S. and Rice H.S. before coming to Iona College in 1965.
     
    This year (2014) marks Brother’s 49th year at Iona College teaching Spanish in the Foreign Language Department. During this time he directed the very successful Iona Language Contest, and the Global Family Program, which sent Iona graduates to live and work with the poor of Peru. Br.Cussen has led countless study trips for college credit to Spain, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico.

    Brother Cussen’s passion for language has led him to participate in many organizations where he has served as the President of Teachers of Modern Language Council of the Archdiocese of New York and as Director of In-Service Program for Teachers of French and Spanish. He has received numerous awards for his dedication to learning and teaching, not least of which were the Spring Semester Faculty Fellowship at Iona College and the “Italo Ponterotto Memorial Award” for promoting foreign language
    Study in the New York Metropolitan Area. He has written and published four books and several articles. He continues his teaching and enjoyment of Languages as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Iona College.
     
    Iona congratulations the following employees for their years of service:

    Facere Et Docere Award – 50 Years of Service
    Dr. James Giles.......................................................................................Philosophy
    Dr. Theodore Schwartz...........................................................................Mgmt/Bus Admin/Healthcare

    Pro Multis Annis Award – 40 Years of Service
    Dr. LeRoy Mitchell ’71, ’72MBA................................................................Accounting
    Dr. Ronald Yager......................................................................................Information Systems

    Bene Merenti – 30 Years of Service
    Mr. Samuel DeRosa ’87...........................................................................Sports Medicine
    Dr. Joseph Ford........................................................................................Finance, BE & LS
    Ms. Adrienne Franco ’91MS.....................................................................Ryan Library
    Dr. George Priovolos................................................................................Marketing/Int’l Business
    Dr. Robert Richardson.............................................................................Information Systems

    Pro Operis – 20 Years of Service
    Dr. Nicholas Beutell................................................................................Mgmt/Bus Admin/Healthcare
    Ms. Elizabeth English ’10.......................................................................Enrollment Management
    Mr. Mark Murphy......................................................................................Administration - Plant
    Dr. Paul O’Connell..................................................................................Criminal Justice
    Dr. George Selitto ’80.............................................................................Mathematics

    Pro Fidelitate – 10 Years of Service
    Mr. Timothy Albrecht...............................................................................Grounds
    Ms. Callie Bergeris.................................................................................Ryan Library
    Mr. Paul Coschignano............................................................................Trades
    Ms. Marie Jean Philippe..........................................................................Custodial
    Dr. NyoNyo Kyaw....................................................................................Finance, BE & LS
    Dr. Sunghee Lee.....................................................................................Chemistry
    Ms. Elizabeth Mastromarino ’09..............................................................Mass Communications
    Dr. John Meyer ’98MBA ..........................................................................Mgmt/Bus Admin/Healthcare
    Ms. Elizabeth Olivieri-Lenahan ’00..........................................................Student Development
    Ms. Natalka Sawchuk ’98MS ..................................................................Ryan Library
    Dr. Amy Stackhouse...............................................................................English


    About Br. Arthur A. Loftus
    Arthur Austin Loftus, CFC (1904-1979) was a first generation New Yorker,
    the son of Irish immigrants. He attended All Saints School in Harlem
    before entering the Brothers. Br. Loftus’s teaching career took him to All
    Saints; Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hell’s Kitchen; St. Mary’s College in Halifax,
    Nova Scotia; Leo High School in Chicago; Power Memorial in Manhattan;
    and then in 1940 to Iona College. At Power Memorial he coached the
    basketball team to championships in 1937 and 1939, and at the College he
    served as the first head coach in both basketball and baseball, in addition
    to his primary role as a professor of philosophy and religion. Br. Loftus
    succeeded Br. William Barnabas Cornelia as the second President of Iona
    College in 1946. Skillfully guiding the young College through explosive
    post-war growth, he built up the faculty ranks to secure accreditation.
    After a six-year term as President, he was elected Provincial of the North
    American Province and ultimately Superior-General of the Christian
    Brothers. A visionary, energetic leader, he attracted many new vocations
    and established new missions in the West Indies and Latin America. His first
    love remained classroom teaching, however, and he gladly returned, first
    to Essex High School in Newark (where he taught a young Bob Novak)
    and finally to Bishop Hendricken in Providence, where he remained an
    active teacher up to the day before he died. Most of all, he is remembered
    as a model Christian Brother: a singularly charismatic, dynamic, prayerful,
    humble, and effective teacher.
  • Sacred Heart University to Honor Alumna Kathleen Deignan, CND, Ph.D. at 48th Commencement Ceremony

    5/6/2014

    Sister Deignan to receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

    New Rochelle, NY (May 6, 2014) Sacred Heart University will present Kathleen Deignan, CND, Ph.D. with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the graduate commencement on May 17. Sr. Deignan will also deliver the keynote address to the SHU graduates and their family and friends.
     
    Sr. Kathleen Deignan, a member of the Congregation of Notre Dame, founded by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, is currently a professor of religious studies and director of the Iona Spirituality Institute. She teaches several courses in classical and contemporary spirituality, and serves on the faculty of Iona's interdisciplinary environmental studies programs. covering such topics as the study of religion and Catholicism in the contemporary world. She has devoted her work to transmitting the spiritual and intellectual legacies of Thomas Merton in a variety of academic, artistic and pastoral formats. She was the co-founder of the Iona Peace and Justice Studies program and the Iona Peace Institute in Ireland. She also founded the Iona Spirituality Institute, which sponsors a variety of programs for spiritual enrichment and collaborated in the founding of The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona. She has composed more than 200 songs for liturgy and prayer that have been published by Schola Ministries. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Sacred Heart University, a master’s in the history of Christian spirituality and a doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University which also conferred on her their Sapientia et Doctrina award.  In 2008 she completed her studies in religious environmental leadership and was named a GreenFaith Fellow.

    In the letter of commendation, SHU President Petillo noted Dr. Deignan's work to realize the vision of The Second Vatican Council within the Catholic intellectual tradition and the field of higher education.  In response Sister Kathleen gave credit to the transformative experience of being a student during the first years of Sacred Heart's founding, and the remarkable teachers and ministers she encountered there.
     
    The SHU class of 2014 includes 837 undergraduates who will be receiving associate and bachelor’s degrees, and 774 graduate students who have earned master’s degrees, professional certificates and doctorates. This year, the ceremonies for both graduate and undergraduate students will take place at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
     
    The graduation ceremonies will conclude a year-long celebration of Sacred Heart’s 50th anniversary. To commemorate Sacred Heart’s history and growth, select alumni from each graduating class have been invited to participate in the procession.

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  • Yankees Legend Among Three Honored at Scholarship Fundraiser

    5/2/2014

    VIDEO ADDED: Iona's 52nd Annual Scholarship Gala honored leaders who exemplify the College's mission -- and raised $800,000+ for student scholarships.

    NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 11, 2014; updated May 2, 2014)  - The Board of Trustees of Iona College held its 52nd Annual Scholarship Gala tonight at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to honor leaders who exemplify the College’s mission of service, scholarship and value-based learning. More than 500 were on hand for the event -- which raised more than $800,000 for student scholarships. See video selections from the event.  

    Prominent business executive and 1967 Iona graduate Robert LaPenta received the 2014 Legacy Award, and Yankees legend Mariano Rivera and his wife, Clara, received the Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award. 
     
    Alfred F. Kelly, who served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Company for Super Bowl XLVII, was Master of Ceremonies. He is a 1980 Iona graduate and received his MBA from the school in 1981.
     
    Highlights of the dinner included video messages from George Tenet, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business Network Anchor; and Mariano Rivera Jr., a pitcher with the Iona College baseball team. Bernie Williams also performed a short acoustic set.
     
    “Iona College and its Board of Trustees were honored to present the 2014 Legacy Award to Robert LaPenta, who has achieved so much success in his business career and who has been a long time and very generous supporter of the college,” said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “We are equally pleased to present the Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award to Mariano and Clara Rivera, who work tirelessly to give back and support the community. Our honorees exemplify Iona’s mission of service, scholarship and values-based learning.”

    Mariano Rivera, a 13-time All Star and five-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees, and his wife started Refuge of Hope in their home in 2009. The organization quickly grew and the Riveras were determined that they would organize a local church to provide programs to meet the needs of the less fortunate in the community. They are currently expanding the church, where Clara is pastor, in the former North Avenue Presbyterian Church near the Iona campus in New Rochelle. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Riveras are creating a learning center for area children as well as facilities for academic assistance, sports programs and other after-school activities for children and teenagers. The Riveras are residents of Rye, N.Y.
     
    The Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award, named to honor the founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, recognizes those who by their activities and service to others have reinforced Iona’s identity as a College founded in the tradition of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education.
     
    Robert LaPenta, who received an honorary doctorate from Iona in 2000, received the Legacy Award for his lifetime achievements. He has held a variety of executive and senior level positions in private equity, technology and military communications companies. Until 2011, LaPenta was chairman, CEO and president of L-1 Identity Solutions, which he co-founded in June 2005. During his tenure, he built the firm into the largest biometric identity solution company in the world; Safran Morpho acquired the company for $1.6 billion. Earlier in his career, LaPenta co-founded L-3 Communications and was a top executive at Loral Corporation for 24 years.
     
    In addition to his business career, LaPenta owns and breeds thoroughbred horses at Whitehorse Stables, which he founded in 2001. His horses have won the Belmont Stakes, the Florida Derby twice and several other major graded stakes races. War Pass, one of LaPenta’s most successful horses, was the winner of the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and was voted the Eclipse Award as the champion two-year-old.  To date, his horses have earned in excess of $30 million in purses and sales.
     
    LaPenta is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and has made significant contributions toward the construction of the LaPenta Student Union, the Ryan library, and the LaPenta-Lynch trading room floor in the School of Business.  He and his wife, Laurie, live in Westport, Conn.
     
    Past Gala honorees represent a who’s who of prominent and successful leaders including Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S.Senator Edward Kennedy, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the New York Police Department who received the College’s inaugural Blessed Edmund Rice Award last year, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
     
    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.

    Video from Iona's 52nd Annual Scholarship Gala















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  • Iona Trustees Endowed Professorship Created, First Professor Named

    4/24/2014

    First holder of the professorship will be Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., professor of Analytical Chemistry and department chair.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 24, 2014) The Iona College Board of Trustees has created the first fully endowed professorship, part of the College’s strategic plan, Advancing Our Legacy and Defining Our Future, and its comprehensive fundraising campaign, Iona Forever.
     
    The first holder of the professorship will be Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., professor of Analytical Chemistry and department chair.  The honor also will carry a stipend, additional funds for research and scholarly activity, along with the title of Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor in Science.
     
    Dr. Lee joins Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., as a holder of a named professorship at Iona. Dr. Procario-Foley, associate professor of Religious Studies and Religious Studies department chair, was named the Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies in 1998.
     
    “I congratulate Dr. Lee on this most deserving honor, which underlines the importance of supporting and recognizing outstanding faculty members who dedicate their life’s work to our students elevating the   College and contributing significantly to their disciplines,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.  “She serves as a tremendous model for academic excellence at Iona.”
     
    Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. from Brown University in inorganic/analytical chemistry and also completed postdoctoral studies at Texas A&M and Duke universities. She teaches General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis. Her research involves the chemistry of soft materials with an emphasis on their interfaces and surfaces, directed toward crystal engineering and materials design needed for the development of advanced functional materials.
     
    Since coming to Iona in 2004, Dr. Lee has established a balanced combination of her own professional development and student education by engaging undergraduates as an integral part of scholarship. By the end of the spring 2014 semester, 24 undergraduate research participants have graduated, with 18 students in postgraduate programs (MD, Ph.D. and others). Dr. Lee's research and educational activities, which have been funded at over a million dollars by the National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society (ACS) among others, have achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to the field of chemistry as well as to the development of Iona students. She has 26 peer-reviewed publications and more than 100 conference papers and presentations, most of which include undergraduate co-authors. Among her honors, Dr. Lee received a 2013 Rising Star Award by the ACS Women Chemists Committee. She also received the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award from the ACS NY section's Westchester Chemical Society.
     
    Dr. Lee has been director and co-founder of the CSI (Career in Science) at Iona and coordinator of Undergraduate Research Day/Iona Scholars Day, Teaching Circles Program for faculty, the Patrick Martin Scholars Program, and CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program).
     
    “Dr. Lee serves as a model faculty member who blends excellent teaching with original research and provides her students with the opportunity to collaborate with her on significant projects in her lab,” said Michael Marsden, Ph.D., Iona’s acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
     
    Iona College is beginning a fundraising effort to, among other things, increase the number of fully endowed professorships to at least 10 during the Iona Forever comprehensive campaign. 
     
    "Supporting our professors and their work is vital for the sustained excellence of Iona College — and a strong, engaged faculty is a key contributing factor in recruiting promising students and producing superior graduates,” said James P. Hynes ’69, ’01H, chairman of Iona’s Board of Trustees. “Great facilities and traditions are important, but at the end of the day, an outstanding faculty is Iona’s future.”

    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, NY.


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  • Iona College Announces 2014 Keynote Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

    4/23/2014

    Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies to take place on May 17.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 23, 2014) – Iona College has announced the keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients for the 2014 undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies to be held at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 17.

    This year’s undergraduate commencement keynote speaker will be the Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, who will receive an honorary doctorate for public service.  Cardinal Dolan was named and installed as Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and appointed to the College of Cardinals in 2012.

    The ceremony will also recognize Westchester Community College (WCC) President Joseph Hankin, Ph.D., who will receive an honorary doctorate in education. As the nation’s longest serving community college president, Dr. Hankin has lead WCC since 1971 and will retire after 42 years of leadership and service.  The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

    Beginning at 2 p.m., the graduate commencement will feature as speaker world-renowned poet and Iona alumnus Terence Winch ′67. Mr. Winch will be presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his numerous works that are included in more than 30 anthologies -- among them The Oxford Book of American Poetry and four Best American Poetry collections.

    Students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the nomination process for commencement speakers and honorary degree candidates. Nominees must reflect the values and mission of Blessed Edmund Rice, the Irish Christian Brothers and Iona College. The committee, comprised of eight faculty members and two students, review the nominees to determine eligibility. Final recipients are selected by Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., and the Board of Trustees.

    For more details on the nomination process, please visit: Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients nomination process.

    For more about Iona’s commencement honorees biographies, please visit: Honorees Bios.


    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, NY.
  • President to Receive Distinguished Alumnus Award

    4/30/2014

    The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse will honor Iona's President Joseph E. Nyre.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 30, 2014) Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., will receive the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award, established to recognize living alumni who have achieved honor and distinction with recognition and reputations that extend well beyond the immediate environments in which they live and work. The university will bestow the award during a special reception at the UW-L Cleary Alumni and Friends Center on May 9. Prior to the reception, Dr. Nyre will meet with La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and tour the UW-L Campus with Chancellor Joe Gow.
     
    "I am humbled to receive this recognition from UW-L," Nyre said. "I am grateful for the education I received from the dedicated faculty and staff of the University. UW-L is a great university that transforms young men and women. It changed my life."
     
    A Wisconsin native, Dr. Nyre earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, an MA from the University of Missouri, and both an Ed.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas before completing pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and the University of Kansas.
     
    Nyre has served on numerous boards of directors, governor’s commissions, and national task forces. He has a nationally recognized program of research, numerous publications in the fields of psychology and education, and has authored and advanced vital state and national legislation. 
     
    Prior to assuming the Presidency of Iona College in 2011, Nyre served in a faculty capacity at numerous universities and as President/CEO of The Hope Institute. See more about President Nyre.

    More about the UW-L awards ceremony:
    http://news.uwlax.edu/distinguished-alumni-reception-set-for-may/
     
    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 Grad Moving the World as a Fulbright Scholar

    4/23/2014

    James P. Hurley '12 to begin his studies in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in fall 2014.

    James HurleyNew Rochelle, NY (April 23, 2014) It’s easy to see how Iona College graduates perpetuate the college maxim “Move the World.” James P. Hurley ’12 has been named a Fulbright Scholar for the academic year 2014-2015.

    The Fulbright-Northern Ireland Assembly Award is granted for postgraduate work in Legislative Studies at Queens University, Belfast. Hurley is the first recipient to hold this new award and was chosen from among the best and the brightest American students. The US-UK program is the most competitive of the 150 Fulbright bi-national programs in the world. 

    "In my years teaching, I have encountered very few students with James’s intelligence, empathy and passion for international affairs," said Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D., chair of the political science department. "James has genuine concern for international politics and is earnest in his belief that individuals can in fact make a difference." 

    A native of Chester, N.Y., James was valedictorian of the 2012 class and received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. At Iona, he was the editor of the student newspaper, The Ionian, and worked as a research analyst at the Education Advisory Board (EAB), a division of the Washington, D.C.-based Advisory Board Company. While at EAB, he worked on best-practice research in the university career services space, advising senior executives on academic and student affairs.

    Prior to joining EAB, James interned for the U.S. Senate and Department of State. He worked on a number of pro-bono projects in the greater Washington area and served as an editor for the Capital Pride Alliance in 2013 and 2014.

    His Fulbright research will take place at Queens University in Belfast in partnership with the Northern Irish Assembly. An avid marathon runner and recreational rower, James looks forward to running and rowing in Belfast.

    About the US-UK Fulbright Commission:

    The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on September 22, 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. During the last six decades, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 13,000 US nationals in the UK as part of the Fulbright Program. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Program include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author Toby Young and the economist and noble prize winner Milton Friedman.

    More on the Fulbright Commission

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  • Basketball Coach, Players Honored

    4/22/2014

    Iona women's basketball coach Billi Godsey is featured in a national publication, while several women's and men's players earned All-Met honors.

    Iona women's basketball coach Billi Godsey, recently named Division I Rookie Coach of the Year, is featured in the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education -- see the story.

    One of Godsey's players, junior guard Damika Martinez, was named the 2014 All Met Division I Player of the Year by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.  Her teammate Joy Adams was named to the All-Met Second Team.  See more.  

    Three men's basketball players also earned All-Met honors -- Senior Sean Armand was named to the First Team while sophomore A.J. English was Second Team and junior David Laury was Third Team. See more at ICGaels.com.

  • Iona Climbs to #87 in National ROI Ranking

    3/28/2014

    Payscale 2014 national rankings released

    New Rochelle, NY (March 28, 2014) Iona College moved up to #87 in the recently released Payscale 2014 national rankings of colleges and universities based on return on investment.  In the report released March 26, more than 1,300 colleges and universities were reviewed.  

    Iona was ranked 10th among colleges and universities in New York state, and ninth among insitutitions with a religious affiliation.  The ranking is one affirmation of the College's value to students and alumni. Affordability, quality of education and success of graduates are reflected in the comparison.

    See the rankings at www.payscale.com/college-roi/full-list.

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  • Joint Iona-CEU Program Making News in Europe

    4/8/2014

    President Joseph E. Nyre traveled to Spain recently to discuss a new collaborative program with Spanish universities.

    Translation of news article appearing in “Europa Press” on April 4, 2014, which was picked up by several Spanish newspapers
     
     
    NEW POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM
     
    Students from the three CEU universities can continue their studies in Iona College of New York
     
    The U.S. university based in New York, Iona College, and the three CEU universities Cardenal Herrera in Valencia, CEU San Pablo in Madrid and Abat Oliba CEU in Barcelona, have designed the postgraduate program “IONA-CEU Fast Track MBA,” as presented by the academic institutions.
     
    Students from the three CEU universities who have finished their undergraduate or graduate degree in the last five years and wish to continue their studies with an accredited master’s degree in the United States can complete this master’s program in one year at the New York university, Iona College, with which the CEU schools have a collaboration agreement since November of 2012.
     
    The President of Iona College, Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, and Iona’s Director of International Affairs, visited this week the CEU universities in Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona in order to present this program.
     
    The event held on the campus of CEU-UCH in Valencia was attended by the Valencian Government’s head of Universities, Higher Education and Science, José Miguel Saval, and by the President of UCH, Rosa Visiedo.
     
    CEU students who have completed their degrees in Business Administration, Marketing, Economics or graduate degrees in IBP (International Business Programme) or MBA, within the last five years and have a strong transcript, will have the opportunity to obtain an MBA from Iona College, which is accredited by AACSB International. The duration of the program is one year on the campus of Iona College, located only 20 minutes from the financial center of Manhattan.
     
    According to the President of Iona College, Joseph E. Nyre, "obtaining a master’s degree in the United States allows students to differentiate their CV, demonstrating their capacity to learn and work in a different culture."
     
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
      
    Furthermore, Dr. Nyre emphasized that "U.S. master’s programs are characterized by the importance placed on internships and the contacts that are maintained with alumni, which facilitates obtaining professional experience in leading companies in the United States."
     
    As he stated, "the academic excellence of CEU and its place as the largest Catholic educational consortium in Spain are the reasons why Iona College, also a Catholic educational institution, has designed this program specifically for CEU students.”
     
    Also see video of President Nyre from his visit to Spain.  
     
  • New Provost Appointed

    4/2/2014

    Mark Kiselica, Ph.D., to join Iona on July 1, 2014.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 2, 2014) Mark Kiselica, Ph.D., vice provost of the College of New Jersey, will become Iona College’s next provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2014. 
     
    After a national search, spanning several months and review of more than 70 applicants, Dr. Kiselica emerged as the clear choice for Iona. As provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Kiselica will provide leadership in planning, developing, implementing, budgeting, and assessing all academic support and student life programs. He will also provide leadership in implementing many initiatives in the College’s five-year strategic plan, Advancing our Legacy and Defining our Future.
     
    “Dr. Kiselica is an impressive professor, scholar and administrator,” said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “He is joining the College at a pivotal time in our history. As we focus our strategic efforts, he is the right academic leader to guide our community toward advancing student distinction, academic distinction and affordability, as well as elevating the academic reputation of the institution.”
     
    Dr. Kiselica is a psychologist, professor of counselor education, former dean of the School of Education, and, since 2009, vice provost at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Prior to joining TCNJ in 1994, he was an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Ball State University.
     
    "I have known Dr. Mark Kiselica for over 15 years,” said TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein, Ph.D. “During that time I have been able to observe the growth and enhancement of his administrative and leadership abilities. Mark is a skilled and caring academic leader, an individual who can encourage the best in others while expecting only the highest performance from himself. We will miss him at the College of New Jersey, but I know that he will make a tremendous positive difference at Iona College."
     
    Currently, Dr. Kiselica is completing a term as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. 
     
    “Dr. Kiselica brings impressive academic and administrative credentials to the position of provost at Iona, as well as a deep moral commitment and a dedication to the mission of the college,” said Carl J. Strikwerda, Ph.D., president of Elizabethtown College. “As an ACE Fellow this year at Elizabethtown College, he has shown a clear grasp of the wide range of challenges facing private higher education and the creativity and vision to meet those challenges. He will be an excellent leader at Iona College and an able partner in working with President Nyre.”
     
    Dr. Kiselica completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Vincent College, his master’s in psychology from Bucknell University, and his doctorate in counseling psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. He also completed a predoctoral internship in clinical child and adolescent psychology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
     
    Dr. Kiselica is a national authority on the psychology of boys, men and masculinity, and he has dedicated his professional life to researching and addressing serious issues such as racism and adolescent pregnancy and parenthood.  He is the author of 150 publications and the editor of the Routledge Book Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men, which features 15 books addressing the mental health needs of various populations of boys and men. A former president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, he has served as a consulting scholar for the Federal Fatherhood Initiatives of the Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama administrations, and he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Newtown Pennsylvania No Place for Hate Campaign, named the outstanding anti-hate campaign for Pennsylvania by the Anti-Defamation League. 
     
    In recognition of his national impact on the science and practice of the profession of psychology and many social issues, Dr. Kiselica was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person. He was also named the Researcher of the Year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. In addition, he has received several honors for his work in the classroom, including the Most Accessible Teacher Award from Ball State University in 1993 and the Counselor Educator of the Year Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 1997. 
     
    Dr. Kiselica and his wife, Sandi, are the parents of three children: Andrew, Christian and Sasha.

    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, NY.
  • Iona Administrator Honored at Woman of Achievement Award Celebration

    4/4/2014

    Joanne Steele, Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO,honored at awards ceremony

    By Kristen Dooley '15
    Ionian Contributing writer
     

    New Rochelle, NY (April 4, 2014) Iona College honored Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Joanne Steele by presenting her with the 2014 Woman of Achievement Award on March 25.

    The Women’s Studies program sponsors the Woman of Achievement Award Celebration, which recognizes one woman’s accomplishments during Women’s History Month every year.

    Administrators, faculty members and students, as well as Steele’s friends and family gathered in Burke Lounge to celebrate her accomplishments as a role model for women.

    The award ceremony started off with a slideshow of photos.

    In her acceptance speech, Steele thanked her family and colleagues and Iona College for helping her get to the point she has gotten to today.

    Steele especially thanked her family for being the ones who put the biggest smile on her face from day to day.
    Steele recalled when she first entered Iona College as a freshman.

    “Ever since I stepped onto Iona’s campus as an undergraduate student there was something about it that captured me,” she said. “The buildings, the people and the environment made me even more certain that it was the school for me, and I fell in love with it. Iona College has empowered me in the path toward my career.”

    Joanne Steele attended Iona as an undergraduate, earning degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. She proceeded to obtain her MBA from the Hagan School of Business.

    Steele is one of many members credited with the renovation of Ryan Library, providing students and staff with cutting edge technology resources.

    Resources of the library that were affected included one of the first wireless networks in the country, the Peoplesoft system, new and improved work stations for students and updated Mac computers.

    In Dr. Joseph Nyre’s opening speech honoring Steele, he said, “Joanne Steele dedicates herself to providing technology for students and staff while maintaining privacy for all. We are grateful and glad to have her as an alum of Iona College.”

    Dr. Robert Schiaffino, chair of the Computer Science Department, and one of the speakers for the evening, complimented Steele.“[She is] a great mentor, role model and teacher within the Iona community, not only dealing with students, but also with fellow faculty and staff members,” Schiaffino said.

    Through her hard work and dedication, Joanne Steele has shown that she wants to make Iona College the best it can be technologically. She continues to move Iona College forward technologically to aide in the success of its students in their paths toward the future.
  • Students Enjoy Spring Break Through Service Learning

    4/1/2014

    43 students find out how a small group can make a big difference

    New Rochelle, NY (April 1, 2014) Iona College students and staff gave new meaning to the words “spring break” as 43 students and five moderators participated in service and social justice mission trips during a recent week-long hiatus from campus life. The students experienced hands-on service learning while moving the world through their commitment to serving others regionally, nationally and internationally. Through the Iona in Mission program coordinated by the office of Mission and Ministry, the forty eight participants traveled to the Dominican Republic, Detroit, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.

    The Dominican Republic mission immersion trip was unique in that it was a component in the service-learning course entitled, Haiti: Political and Economic Challenges in a Post-Natural Disaster Context, taught by Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D., chair of the Political Science department.

    "Last week was one of the most wonderful and challenging weeks of my life.  We experienced directly the devastating impact of abject poverty, neglect, and the amazing capacity of the human spirit. In providing food to children and prison inmates, working on homes, and other services for families with no access to food, water or sanitation, we had the opportunity to gain perspective and to share in the generosity, kindness, and dignity of those most disaffected in the global community. Although we were there to provide service, we received, and will continue to receive, far more. It was humbling and difficult. However, I am convinced a small group, our group, can do great things to begin to make a difference. We have to. This trip was only the first step." - Dr. Tricia Mulligan 

    Students worked with Crossroads, an organization that serves the Haitian refugee population and poorest of the poor in the community of Puerto Plata. Students were exposed to the social and political realities of poverty and the injustice inflicted upon Haitian refugees and Dominicans of Haitian decent who are discriminated against. The first- hand experience of their service and outreach in feeding ministries, prisoner visits, in the dump where children scrounge for food, construction projects, and activities for children reinforced the classroom material.

    The Iona in Mission of Detroit partnered with Motown Mission housed in the Metropolitan United Methodist Church for the second year. Students served in various community development projects including urban farming, abandoned lot cleanups, and greening projects with Blight Busters, Central Detroit Christian Development Corporation, and the Urban Farming Initiative.

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Iona in Mission group that went to New Orleans partnered with Camp Restore, which is a Lutheran organization with the mission to restore faith, home and community. The Iona team worked at several service sites including two days with ARC, an organization empowering and employing adults with disabilities, at their Mardi Gras beads recycling program and community farm. Ionians also helped a social worker renovate a future community center for youth and seniors, volunteered as an animal shelter, and planted trees with the St. Bernard Wetlands Foundation for the rejuvenation of the wetlands after Katrina’s decimation of this natural storm protection barrier. While experiencing the rich culture of New Orleans, the Iona in Mission team also visited with the Edmund Rice Brothers and Christian Brothers Volunteers’ recent Iona College alumni, Travis Wain ’12, Lauren Zanfardino ’13, and Erika Enlund ’13 to reflect on their experience in New Orleans.

    The Iona in Mission team of Philadelphia worked and lived in community with the Franciscans at St. Francis Inn, which has served a hot meal for hundreds of people suffering poverty, homelessness, or addiction every day since 1979. The group worked in the restaurant-style soup kitchen each day as well at the various other agencies, such as a women’s center, the St. Francis Inn runs to address the needs of the local community.

    Reflections of the Dominican Republic:

    "We saw so much injustice and poverty, but also equal amounts of beauty and strength. Though the living conditions might not have been the nicest, and their daily routines might be tough, the people we met were always friendly and happy; the most hospitable and welcoming people I have ever had the pleasure to speak with. In the villages, at the dump, in the jail, or the drug rehab: humanity always shined bright. After befriending the people in these small rural towns, hearing their stories, and having to say our much-too-soon, heartbreaking goodbyes, it’s safe to say that this experience changed my perspective and you could even say it changed my life. Todos compartimos una humanidad (We all share one humanity)." - Chelsea Champion '14

    "The past week has been the most beautiful and most devastating experience of my life. Our mission trip team saw breathtaking sights and met some of the most genuine people. Conversely, we witnessed some of the most destitute and heart wrenching conditions of life as a stateless, persecuted person. While it's hard to believe that a small group of people can impact the world, it is a fact that we had the pleasure of experiencing and hope to experience for the rest of our lives." - John Paul Catalanotto '15
     
    Participants: Ryan Bacci '14 (student leader), Angelique Blake '14, Natalie Bowman '17, John Paul Catalanotto '15, Taylor Cembalisty '15, Chelsea Champion '14, Valery Gabriel '17, Emerald Greene '14, Michael Hodgen '14, Sophia Hyokyvaara '14, Andrew Jordan '14, Kiara Mendez '14, Alexandra Vinci '15, Dr. Tricia Mulligan (moderator), Dr. Thomas Van Cleave (moderator)

    Reflections of Detroit:

    "Given the opportunity to be the Detroit team leader was truly a memorable and impactful experience. It was an honor to be immersed in the beautiful city of Detroit with such an amazing group that truly understood what it meant to be called into service. I wish I turn back the clock and do it all over again because it was truly a experience I will never forget!" - Benny Rivera '15
    “To put what this experience meant to me into just a few short sentences is without question difficult. I went out on a limb signing up for this mission trip as a confused freshman wanting nothing more than to help and inspire others. What I didn't realize was that a week later I would be leaving a place that in contrary inspired me.”- Taylor White '17

    “As a senior, Iona in Mission was a turning point for my college career. Not only was I able to establish lifelong friendships, I was given the opportunity to help a city in need. A mission trip proves that Iona can in fact 'move the world” - Richard Fehn '14  
    Participants: Steven Burth '15, Kyle Byrne '15, Meaghan Cramsie '16, Rich Fehn '14, Elisa Iovieno '16, Sheila Kearney '14, Patrick Lynch '17, Brigid McGlynn '15, Benny Rivera '15 (student leader), Shelbey Roy '16, Taylor White '17, and Dr. Tony Kelso (Mass Communications)

    Reflections of New Orleans:

    "Iona in Mission has given me the opportunity to be a part of something so much bigger than myself. As a senior I can say there is no other place I would have rather been during my final spring break than serving in New Orleans with a team that became my family. It was so easy to immerse ourselves in the culture and learn about the history of the city because the people of New Orleans were so inviting and proud to call it their home. We had the pleasure to meet people from all over and hear their story. The people of New Orleans continue to stay positive and look towards the future even through all the adversities they have gone through. My week in New Orleans taught me a lot; I was reminded that time is precious, don’t take things for granted and keep a positive attitude. Iona in Mission continues to remind me that service is what drives me, it is part of who I am. I know this will not be the last time I visit New Orleans nor will it be the final chapter of my mission work."- Noelle Shaljian '14

    "The Wetlands Foundation was my favorite site. New Orleans is situated 8 ft below sea level, therefore the effects of hurricanes and floods can devastate the land worse than other cities. Another way to protect New Orleans besides levees is the implantation of Cypress trees in the wetlands. Cypress trees absorb the excess water during storm surges through their roots. My team planted 300, or 10%, of the Cypress trees planted by the St. Bernard Wetlands Foundation annually. Our day was long and the work was strenuous, but what we did is going to save lives one day." - Kori Bennett '17

    Participants: Rachel Baio '17, Kori Bennett '17, Sean Lynch '15, Megan Nicolaro '16, Frank Nikolaidis '17, Sean O'Brien '16, Jesus Rodriguez '14, Janell Romay '15, Noelle Shaljian '14 (student leader), Matt Taguer '16, and Steve Hill (moderator - Mission & Ministry)

    Reflections of Philadelphia:

    "Spending the week at St. Francis Inn gave us the opportunity to put a name and a face to poverty and addiction.  Kensington is an area that is known for addiction, but while serving at the Inn I got to know the people behind the stereotype. The strong sense of love and community allowed us to see beyond our preconceptions.  We got to know and formed friendships with the guests we served at the Inn. By the end of the week it was like we were a part of the community and sad to say goodbye to our new friends, but still excited to come back to Iona and share their stories."  - Colleen Ciriello '14

    "Not only did I learn so much about poverty and addiction by completely immersing myself in the vibrant culture of Philadelphia but I also learned so much about myself and the people around me not only the ones I've served but those on my team as well thereby fortifying life long memories and friendships" -Stephanie Stein '16

    Participants: Diana Brescia '15, Colleen Ciriello '14 (student leader), Caroline Farella '17, Lauren Keller '16, Kasey Malanga '17, Ariel May '15, Natasha Osamwonyi '16, Meghan Roosa '17, Stephanie Stein '16, and Timothy Uhrich (moderator - Residential Life)
  • Mock Trial Team Finishes 8th in Opening Round Championship Series

    4/1/2014

    Team looks forward to increasing in national rankings

    New Rochelle, NY (April 1, 2014) The Iona College mock trial team concluded the season with a record of four wins, three losss and a tie, finishing in eighth place in what was "the toughest tournament field that Iona has ever faced," said Coach Isaac Gilwit, Esq.

    The team attended this season's Opening Round Championship Series ("ORCS"), a 24-team field at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and hosted by the University of Virginia.  The top six teams at this competition moved on to the National Championship Tournament ("NCT") in Orlando. 

    “While nothing is certain until after the NCT, this result will most likely increase Iona's national ranking (currently 70th in the country) for next season,” said Coach Gilwit. “Although Iona barely missed qualifying for the NCT, we are very happy with the team's performance.” According to Gilwit, the ORCS field was so deep and difficult, Iona's ability to advance was largely dependent on the luck of the draw. 

    Unfortunately, Iona randomly drew American University as its round 1 opponent on the prosecution side of the case.  American is currently ranked 38th in the country, but even that high ranking does not fully reflect American's status as a national powerhouse. 

    American competes at the toughest and most prestigious invitational tournaments and has taken ballots from the top teams in the country.  Iona's scores during this round were very strong, but American's scores were almost perfect and unbeatable.  American took both ballots from Iona by 11 and 14 points, respectively. 

    Iona's round two opponent on defense, was Boston College, ranked 117th in the country.  Gilwit stated “We believe that our students had a stellar round, but the judges split their ballots:  one judge had Iona winning by 28 points, and the other judge had Iona losing by 18 points.  Unfortunately, such wide splits are a common occurrence in mock trial.”

    Notably, the scoring judge who had Iona winning wrote extensive comments explaining and justifying his scores (as the judges are instructed to do), while the judge who had Iona losing turned in comment sheets that were almost fully blank.  This left Iona with a record of 1-3 after two rounds. “Iona would have to be perfect in rounds 3 and 4 to have any chance of advancing,” said Gilwit, “The students nearly pulled it off.” 

    Iona's round three opponents on prosecution was Seton Hall, ranked 152nd in the country.  The rounds were hard-fought and close, as both teams knew that they had to take both ballots to have any chance of moving on.  One judge gave Iona the round by four points, and the other judge had the teams tied.  This left Iona with a record of 2.5 wins after three rounds, making it almost mathematically impossible for Iona to move on. 

    Because the round 4 pairings at ORCS are "high-low," Iona drew the University of Maryland as its round 4 opponent.  Maryland is a perennial national powerhouse - it was the 2008 National Champion and is currently ranked 27th in the country.  The Maryland team we faced was 4-2 (its only two losses were close losses to Penn State, which would finish the tournament at 8-0).  All that stood between Maryland and the NCT was Iona.  I am very proud to say that our students made their last round of the season their best.  They beat Maryland on both judge's ballots (by seven points and one point, respectively) and prevented Maryland from reaching the NCT.

    More importantly from Iona's perspective, the two ballots gave Iona 4.5 wins for the tournament, which almost ensures that Iona's national ranking, will increase for next season.  The rankings will be announced later this semester.
    Gilwit noted, qualifying for and being competitive at ORCS this year was tougher than in all previous years.  This year's team faced hurdles that few, if any, other teams could overcome. 

    Isaac Gilwit and Michael Gelfand have been the head coaches of Iona's mock trial since October.  Isaac is an attorney and a former member of the team.  Isaac's family has long-standing roots in the New Rochelle community, and he graduated from Brooklyn Law School ('13) and Iona College ('09). 

    Michael was the assistant coach of the team for over five years, and is currently an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department of Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein, LLP, where he has worked for almost ten years.  Michael is a graduate of the New York University School of Law ('04).

    This year’s mock trial team included: Anastasia Nitis (Sr co-captain), Mary Ann Gallucci (Sr co-captain), Amy Wert (Jr.), Joshua Myree (Jr.), Ariel May (Jr.), Stephanie Stein (So.), Kayla Kosack (Fr.) and Valery Gabriel (Fr.)

    Two senior captains, Anastasia Nitis and Mary Ann Gallucci, have served on the mock trial team for four years and will graduate in May. “They have led this team to unprecedented heights,” said Coach Michael Gelfand, Esq. “We cannot say enough about the work they have put in and the leadership and character they have demonstrated.  They are two of the best and brightest the team has ever had.”

    Gelfand added, “The two senior captains next year will be Amy Wert and Joshua Myree, and we expect them to lead the team to even greater success.” 

    The mock trial team has earned a national reputation for excellence in pre-law litigation and is supported through the generosity of the Iona College School of Arts and Science. 

    Gilwit and Gelfand are scheduled to continue as head coaches for the 2014-2015 seasons. All students are welcome to apply for the team and underclassmen are especially encouraged.

    Students can sign up for tryouts by contacting any of the following Mock Trial members: Isaac Gilwit: ibgilwit@gmail.com , Michael Gelfand: mjgelfand2004@gmail.com, or Amy Wert: awert1@gaels.iona.edu , or Joshua Myree: jmyree1@gaels.iona.edu; or by signing up at the activity fair in September.
  • The DeFeo Family Endowed Scholarship Helps Students to Achieve Success and Move the World

    3/24/2014

    31 Iona students have been awarded the scholarship since 2006

    New Rochelle, NY (March 21, 2014) Benefactor and alumnus Ronald M. DeFeo ‘74, '13H was the guest of honor at an Iona College reception celebrating the continued generosity of the DeFeo Family Endowed Scholarship to 31 Iona student recipients over the past eight years.

    Created in 2006, the scholarship has given financial support to 31 students 19 who are now alumni and 12 current students. The financial awards are bestowed to full-time, undergraduate students who apply and are selected based on demonstrated financial need, academic quality, demonstrated leadership ability and a commitment to excellence.

    Iona College President, Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. welcomed Mr. DeFeo saying “Ron DeFeo is the very example of Iona alumni who have gone on to move the world with distinguished careers and active community leadership.”

    The DeFeo Family Endowed Scholarship reception was held on Tuesday, March 11, in the Hegarty Room located in the Hynes Athletics Center. The reunion of current and former DeFeo Scholarship recipients was an opportunity for benefactor Ron DeFeo to meet the recipients of his family's scholarship, and provided the scholars a chance to personally thank Mr. DeFeo for his family’s generosity.

    A video testimonial featuring several DeFeo scholars was presented as a tribute to the DeFeo family. Kyle Byrne '14, represented the students with welcoming remarks, “When I was notified that I would be receiving this prestigious award, it had a profound impact on me. Someone clearly believed in me and my potential, and from that moment on, I did not ever want to let the DeFeo family down.”

    Mr. DeFeo thanked the scholars for their kind words and recognition saying “You make me feel special because you are special.”

    “DeFeo Scholars distinguish themselves at Iona College and beyond with their commitment to academic excellence, and their ability to achieve success in their chosen career paths,” said Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president of Advancement & External Affairs.
       
    The following DeFeo scholars in attendance were Kelly Ahearn ’14,  Steven Alrich ’10,  Emma Ames ’12, Miranda Benthin ’12,  ’13MBA, Steven Burth '15, Kyle Byrne ’15,  Kristen DeFilippe Myers ’09, Merridith Delinois ’16, Marci Dillion '14, Michele Dorrian ’14, Dana Glick ’12, Matt Harrigan ’14, Donika Kabashi ’14, Stellina Napolitano ’13, Alexandria Lanese Keating ’09, Kathryn Staudt ’13, Stephanie Valette ’14, and Arslly Vasquez, ’15.

    The DeFeo family includes three brothers. Ronald DeFeo '84 was appointed president and COO of Terex Corporation in 1993, CEO in 1995 and chairman of the board in 1998. DeFeo joined Terex in 1992 as president of the company's then Heavy Equipment Group. A year later, he also became president of the company's former Clark Material Handling Company subsidiary.

    Neil P. DeFeo is an experienced CEO and corporate board member and an active community leader.   DeFeo was CEO of Playtex Products, Inc. from October 2004, first as president and chief executive officer and then named chairman in March 2006.  DeFeo left Playtex when it was sold in October 2007 to Energizer Holdings Inc., having tripled shareholder equity in three years.

    A third brother, Philip D. DeFeo '68, passed away in 2007 and had served as managing partner and founder of Lithos Capital Partners LLC.
  • Annual Scholarship Gala Committee Announced

    3/21/2014

    The Gala will honor Mr. and Mrs. Mariano Rivera and Robert LaPenta.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 20, 2014)  -- When Iona College honors Mr. and Mrs. Mariano Rivera and Robert LaPenta next month, it’s sure to be one of the school’s most exciting events of the year -- and it wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of a distinguished and dedicated group of business leaders and alumni.
     
    The Iona College Board of Trustees recently announced the members of the 52nd Annual Scholarship Awards Gala Committee. The Gala will be held on Friday, April 11, at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.
     
    “This signature event of the College is the result of the hard work and dedication of our Gala Committee. We are grateful for their continued dedication to Iona and its students,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
     
    Also noteworthy is that Alfred F. Kelly Jr., fresh off an impressive victory with Super Bowl XLVIII, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the Gala. Kelly, who graduated from Iona in 1980 and received an MBA in 1981, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee  where he oversaw all host activities leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, history’s first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, held on February 2, 2014. 
     
    As part of the Gala, the Riveras will receive The Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award for their extensive commitment to community service, while LaPenta will be presented with Iona’s Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual’s lifetime accomplishments.
     
    This year’s honorees join a who’s who of prominent and successful leaders including Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the New York Police Department, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. 
     
    Members of the Gala Committee represent an impressive array of business executives and alumni. They include:
     
    Co-Chairs
     
    Bartley F. Livolsi ’70, ’75MBA           
    Citigroup Global Markets, Managing Director        
    Scarsdale, NY
     
    Charles W. Schoenherr ’82   
    Broadway Partners, Chief Investment Officer         
    Stamford, CT
     
    Members
     
    Edward Arrigoni ’56, ’91H                            
    Greenwich, CT
     
    Ronald M. DeFeo ’74
    Terex Corporation, Chairman, CEO & President     
    Westport, CT
     
    Andrew J. Dolce ’57   
    Dolce Hotels and Resorts, Chairman and Managing Director        
    Valley Cottage, NY
     
    Patrick C. Dunican Jr. ’88      
    Gibbons PC, Chairman & Managing Director          
    Ridgewood, NJ
     
    Julia Considine Greifeld ’79  
    White House Station, NJ
     
    Thomas E. Hales ’58, ‘04H    
    Briarcliff Manor, NY
     
    Michael P. Hegarty ’66          
    Octagon Credit Investors, LLC.                     
    Briarcliff Manor, NY
     
    Kathleen A. Hurlie ’77,’80 MBA                                
    Mashpee, MA
     
    James P. Hynes ’69, ‘01H      
    Hynes Capital Resources                  
    Riverside, CT
     
    Phillip N. Maisano ’76 MBA                          
    Montvale, NJ
     
    David J. McCabe, Esq. ’80     
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Senior Partner
    New York, NY
     
    J. Riley McDonough ’72
    New York, NY
     
    JoAnn Mazzella Murphy ’98H          
    Country Bank, Vice Chair      
    Scarsdale, NY
     
    Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D 
    Iona College, President         
    New Rochelle, NY
     
    Steven V. Reitano ’72, ’75 MBA                                
    White Plains, NY
     
    Armando C. Rodriguez Jr. ’86           
    A&A Maintenance Enterprise, Inc., President, Chief Executive Officer     
    Miami, FL
     
    Lawrence I. Wills ’82 
    Granite Broadcasting Corporation, Chief Financial Officer
    White Plains, NY
     
    Proceeds from the Scholarship Gala will support student scholarships. For more information, visit the dinner website online at IonaScholarshipGala.org
     
    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.

  • Iona Students Travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau

    3/18/2014

    A unique learning opportunity at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oswiecim, Poland.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 18, 2014) A unique learning opportunity has begun for six Iona College students and two faculty members who have traveled to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oswiecim, Poland from March 14- 22. The trip is sponsored by Iona's endowed professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies. Iona in Poland is an intensive program offering a week of study at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Some class meetings also take place in New Rochelle both prior to and after studies at Auschwitz. While abroad the students will blog about their journey. Please click on the link provided to share in their experience.
    Link to Poland Blog:
    http://ionareligiousstudies.blogspot.com/
  • Iona College Announces New Center for Health Care Analytics

    3/11/2014

    The Center is established through the Hagan School of Business.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 11, 2014) Iona College has established the Center for Health Care Analytics in the Hagan School of Business. The focus of this Center will be the development of Health Care management capabilities in drawing clinical and business intelligence from massive repositories that are available across the continuum of the health care industry. 

    The center will be a multi-disciplinary program necessary to complement the health care focus drawing professional expertise from the Iona faculty, including from information systems, health care management, finance/accounting, operations research and other programs. 
      
    “Iona’s Hagan School of Business graduate students will have exposure to the diverse skills necessary for an analytics-based organization in which clinical and business intelligence are essential for achieving quality, performance and economic success,” said Paul Savage, program director of Health Care Management and director of the new Center for Health Care Analytics.
     
    While health care has traditionally focused on brief patient treatment episodes, disease conditions and restoration, the new paradigm will be population health, prevention and wellness initiatives in which the best practices of clinicians are recognizable in a decision-support environment.  The information and machine-learning technology now exist to transform massive amounts of data and clinical experiences into organizational-level performance improvement as well as the more traditional operations management capabilities and business intelligence.

    “According to the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2018, the United States will face a shortage of more than 1.5 million managers, analysts and other workers who are well-versed in the principles and use of analytics,” added Savage. “It is from this perspective that the Center for Health Care Analytics in the Hagan School of Business at Iona College has been created.”

    The Center will provide a specific focus on the needs of executives, governance, regulatory and clinical leaders in the health care field. “Iona will be positioned to quickly demonstrate the value of analytics within an industry unfamiliar with such tools while providing our graduates meaningful capabilities for their careers and entry to all aspects of public health, provider organizations and ancillary health care businesses, from pharmaceutical to insurance and medical device industries.”

    In addition to developing a graduate-level curriculum for Health Care Analytics (NYS Dept. of Education certification), the Center will be active in the research arena, seeking grants and making applications to entities throughout the country while participating in other professional activities with industry associations, regulatory agencies and public entities that are recognized as industry stakeholders.  Examples of these efforts are the relationship with the Academic Consortium of the Westchester County Association, the development of a Population Health program (approved Physician Practice Management certificate program) with the Westchester County Medical Society, and research grant applications to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid.
     
    Organizations interested in utilizing the Center are invited to contact Vincent Calluzzo, Ph.D., dean of the Hagan School of Business at vcalluzzo@iona.edu or Paul Savage, director of the Center for Health Care Analytics at psavage@iona.edu or (914) 633-2256.

    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.
  • Iona to Launch BS, BA, MS Programs in Computer Science with Concentration in Cyber Security

    3/5/2014

    Starting in fall 2014, the College will offer a cyber security concentration in its Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science programs.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 5, 2014) Iona College announced the launch in fall 2014 of undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science with a concentration in cyber security. The concentration will be offered for the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Science degrees. The programs will provide students with fundamental cyber security skills, theoretical as well as hands-on experience. Students are exposed to new research ideas across many cyber security areas including software security, web application security, mobile security, networking security, database security and cryptography.

    “This curriculum was developed to meet the emerging needs of business, government and healthcare industries in a field that is positioned for continued growth,” said Robert Schiaffino, Ph.D., chair and professor of computer science at Iona.

    According to the Bureau of Labor of Statistics, 45 percent of computer security jobs include the federal government and healthcare industry. The remaining 55 percent are divided among telecommunications, finance, insurance, management of companies and enterprises, computer systems design and related services, and self-employment. The Abell Foundation & CyberPoint International LLC states that most highly demanded job positions in cyber security are application security engineer, network engineer, Web analytics developer, vulnerability engineer and Internet security analyst.  

    “Today, cyber security is one of the most sought-after skills in technology, and the trend is going to continue for the anticipated future,” Schiaffino said.  In a recent Best Jobs article on the CNN Money Web site, cyber security is among the top 10 fastest expanding career fields in America, with a 27 percent growth rate.  “Any industry—from retail sales to hospitals to power plants—is dependent on information technology (IT), and cyber security is essential to ensuring that IT assets are protected,” added Schiaffino.

    “We are so excited about our new addition to computer science, the cybersecurity program at both undergraduate and graduate levels, which will generate new opportunities and contribute to the needs of the workforce nationally and internationally," said Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., professor and dean of the Iona School of Arts and Science. "This will be an opportunity for our students to explore their technological curiosity.  It is a true interdisciplinary program that will train students to secure jobs in the areas of banking, healthcare and national security.”

    Prospective students seeking more information about the cyber security programs should contact Dr. Robert Schiaffino at rschiaffino@iona.edu or 914-633-2338.


    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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  • Gael Players, Coaches Earn Top MAAC Awards

    3/8/2014

    The Iona men's and women's basketball coaches were each named Coach of the Year in the MAAC conference -- and Gael players were recognized for excellence as well.

    Women's basketball coach Billi Godsey join men's coach Tim Cluess as MAAC Coach of the Year, it was announced at the conference postseason tournament in Springfield on Friday.  Among the players honored was junior guard Damika Martinez, named women's player of the year.  See a story in the Journal News -- and stories on ICGaels.com (Cluess and Godsey).  
  • Iona College Announces First Responders Scholarship

    3/3/2014

    Scholarship to benefit first responders pursuing a master's degree or certificate program in criminal justice.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 3, 2014) Iona College announced a new scholarship opportunity benefiting military and first responders interested in pursuing a master of science degree or certificate program in criminal justice.

    The First Responders Scholarship reflects a 30% tuition discount and is available for all active first responder personnel who enroll either full time in a master’s degree or certificate program in criminal justice or a certificate program in forensic criminology at Iona College.  The scholarship is available for all active first responders in the fields of law enforcement, fire safety, military and positions of emergency services personnel, civil air patrol senior members, corrections, probation, parole officers and mid-administrators.

    In order to qualify for the First Responders Scholarship, all admission requirements must be completed, and applicants must provide proof of current employment from their agency. The discounts are effective summer 2014.

    “It is our hope that this scholarship will make it possible for first responders to enhance their career path by pursuing high quality educational opportunities in the field of criminal justice,” said Cathryn Lavery, Ph.D., chair and professor of criminal justice at Iona College.

    For more information, please contact: Veronica Jarek-Prinz, director of graduate admissions, at vjarekprinz@iona.edu, or call 914-633-2420.

    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, NY.
  • Iona Student Jessica Velasco, '14 Commitment to Service

    2/24/2014

    Student's internship experience featured on the Red Cross national website.

    Read about Iona senior Jessica Velasco's internship experience at the Red Cross.

    Jessica Velaso, Youth and Young Adult Intern Volunteer Resources

  • Iona College to Offer Free Tax Preparation

    2/24/2014

    Service to be offered four Saturdays in March.

    New Rochelle, NY (February 24, 2014) The Iona College Hagan School of Business accounting department will offer free tax preparation for simple tax returns with income of $50,000 or less. The service will be offered on March 1, 8, 22, and 29, from 9:00 a.m. until noon in the Hagan lab on the ground floor.
  • Women, Men Basketball Gaels Clinch Top Seeds in MAAC Tournament

    2/28/2014

    With a win by the Iona women's team on Thursday night, both men's and women's basketball Gaels have clinched top seeds in the upcoming MAAC tournament.

    With a win over Quinnipiac, Iona's  women's basketball Gaels clinched the top seed in the upcoming MAAC tournament -- and set a new program record for wins in a season.  

    They join as top seeds the Iona men -- the College's first double-top-seed season -- who finish their regular season with games Friday night at Manhattan and at home Sunday versus Ryder.  Iona's women also wrap up the regular season at home, battling perennial power Marist for either a tie or outright regular season conference champtionship.

    See more about the Gaels as they enter March madness.

  • College Establishes Analytics Institute

    2/18/2014

    The Institute will provide area businesses and organizations with reliable, independent data verification and decision modeling.

    New Rochelle, NY (February 18, 2014) Iona College has established an analytics institute within the Hagan School of Business and under the direction of Dean Vincent Calluzzo. “The Iona College Analytics Institute will provide area businesses and organizations with reliable, independent data verification and decision modeling,” Calluzzo said. “Opportunities for students to be trained in the important field of data analytics will be an integral part of the institute’s mission.” 

    The first major program initiative of the new institute is the Center for Health Care Analytics.  Directed by Paul Savage, senior clinical lecturer in the business school, the Center for Health Care Analytics will have close linkages to the Health Care Management MBA concentration program that Savage also leads. Iona’s Center For Financial Market Studies will also be part of the analytics institute.

    In the future, the Iona College Analytics Institute will branch out in such areas as data security analytics, risk management analytics, financial analytics, and e-business analytics. As the institute grows, associated faculty will be drawn from across the Iona campus and beyond in such fields as information systems, marketing, finance, economics, mathematics and computer science.

    "It cannot be timelier to have the analytics institute at Iona,” said Sibdas Ghosh, dean of the College’s School of Arts and Science. “We are inundated with data and the implications are huge in every sector. This institute, given the rise of electronic media and enterprises, will help us to train and prepare our students, faculty and collaborators alike across the disciplines to tackle  ‘big data’ and become competitive, innovative and entrepreneurial to move the world.”

    Data analytics encompasses a variety of underlying elements, including big-data gathering and cleaning, well-designed data storage and access processes, data exploration and visualization, and formal modeling. In addition to providing service to businesses, the institute’s goal is to help Iona College students excel through a combination of critical academic education and hands-on internship and experiential learning opportunities.

    Interested parties from the business community are welcomed and should contact Dean Calluzzo at vcalluzzo@iona.edu or 914-633-2256.

    “The establishment of the analytics institute grows out of Iona College’s five-year strategic plan, Advancing Our Legacy And Defining Our Future,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “It supports our goals for elevating academic distinction, interdisciplinary pursuits, the student experience and entrepreneurial endeavors.”
     
    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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  • Graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Added

    2/20/2014

    Iona continues to expand its catalog of graduate program options.

    by William Nolan, '15, Staff Writer for The Ionian, Student Newspaper


    Iona continues to expand its catalog of graduate options with a new Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) graduate program.

    Although the program has yet to be accredited, its “pre-accreditation” status will allow CSD graduate classes to begin in the fall of 2014.

    “The CSD program is a 58-credit graduate program that leads to a Master of Arts degree,” said Dr. Dorothy Leone, who is an assistant professor and the CSD program director. “The program prepares future speech language pathologists and provides the entry-level degree for the field.”

    According to Leone, the faculty members of the speech department have been working towards state and national accreditation for the CSD graduate program for several years.

    Current undergraduate speech majors have also been very involved in the accreditation process.

    “From my knowledge, all of the faculty involved in the speech department has worked very hard to achieve accreditation,” said Alexa Magalhaes, a senior speech major. “I personally was involved in the student interview process with members of the national board during accreditation.”

    “The faculty encouraged students to be honest in explaining what expectations we had for a graduate program here at Iona as well as improvements or changes that they felt could be made in the undergraduate program,” Magalhaes said.

    With graduate CSD courses beginning in the fall of 2014, the only question remaining is in regards to the size of enrollment in the new program.

    “Undergraduate speech path majors have shown a ton of interest in continuing their academic careers at Iona - the response from our current student body has been wonderful,” said Leone. “Students are excited to apply to our program.”

    Current undergraduate speech students echoed this sentiment, as some of them have already applied to the program.

    “I am hoping that this great experience at Iona can extend into the graduate level as well,” said Magalhaes. “I am currently in the process of applying to the graduate program and if I am offered admission, Iona is my first choice of enrollment.”

    The CSD graduate program is aimed at preparing future speech language pathologists for an entry-level position in the field.
    As such, the program includes required clinical work in addition to a national standardized test at the conclusion of graduate study.

    “Students will take a national examination (called the PRAXIS) at the end of their master’s career, have to fulfill clinical requirements (they need 400 clinical clock hours), and submit applications to our national certification office (the American Speech Language Hearing Association) and, in some cases, state licensing offices in order to gain full certification,” wrote Leone in an email. “As an Iona graduate myself, I couldn’t be prouder, as a department, we look forward to the next steps and are excited to welcome our first class in Fall 2014.”
  • Iona Basketball Announces Awareness Week Feb. 12-16

    2/14/2014

    The Iona College men and women's basketball teams will host an "Awareness Week" with its four games at the Hynes Center between February 12 and 16.

  • Iona Students Participate in the New York Regional CFA Institute Research Challenge

    2/12/2014

    Team competes for sixth straight year in this annual competition hosted by the New York Society of Security Analysts in New York City.

    New Rochelle, NY (February 12, 2014) For the sixth straight year, an Iona College team participated in the New York Regional Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge®, hosted by the New York Society of Security Analysts in New York City on February 7, 2014.

    The Challenge is a global competition which tests the analytic, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills of university students. Paul Afanasewicz (MSIF ’14), Vivian Hu (MBA ’14), Chris Lipuma (BBA’14) and Martha Wislocki (BBA’14) represented Iona in the 20-school competition which kicked-off in October 2013.
    Iona's CFA Research Challenge team puts the finishing touches on its presentation at NYSSA headquarters. Left to right: Martha Wislocki '14, Vivian Hu (MBA'14), Paul Afanasewicz (MSIF'14), Chris Lipuma '14.

    Each team presented its research and buy/sell/hold recommendation on Colgate-Palmolive, the New York based global consumer products company known for brands like Irish Spring soap, Palmolive dish liquid, and of course, Colgate toothpaste. 

    Matthew Carey, the team’s faculty advisor said, “I am very proud to have worked with such a hardworking and committed group of Iona students. The selection process they went through began in mid-August and they spent countless hours distilling the business of one of the largest companies in the world into a 10-page research report. The CFA Challenge provides a tremendous opportunity for students to take the skills they learn in the classroom and apply them in a setting where industry experts can evaluate and critique their performance.”

    The local winner will advance to the Americas Regional competition in Denver, Colorado from March 18–19, 2014. Three regional winners (Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific) will then meet at the Global Final in Bangkok Thailand on April 25, 2014.

    For more information on the New York Regional Competition, please visit http://www.nyssa.org/research-challenge.

    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, NY.


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  • Iona Students Moving the World in Ireland and Peru

    2/12/2014

    26 students travel abroad to serve in a variety of social service ministries.

    New Rochelle, NY (February 12, 2014) Winter recess at Iona College is a time for students to take a break between the fall and spring semesters to return home for a visit with family and friends, take a winter session class, or engage in other service learning opportunities such as traveling abroad as a participant of the Iona in Mission program of the college’s Office of Mission and Ministry. This winter 13 students traveled to Ireland and 13 students visited Peru to learn first hand about social justice issues through this cultural immersion process.

    Office of Mission and Ministry department director, Dr. Carl Procario-Foley, led the student experience on its first “In the footsteps of Edmund Rice” mission trip to Ireland from Jan. 5-16. 
     
    Living at the Marino Institute in Dublin, students served in a variety of social service ministries including the Wheatfield Prison, the Fr. Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless, the Merchant’s Quay meal program, the St. Vincent DePaul Center, the Christian Brother Life Centres, and the Travact Centre for Irish Travelers.  The students learned about social justice issues facing the homeless, addicts, and the poor as the country strives to rebound after the fall of the Celtic Tiger. Working with the teens of a Life Centre, an alternative education program,  Alyssa Toth, senior and Marketing major said, “Giving all of our care and attention to these boys for the short 8 hour day and them receiving it so well - was the greatest gift Ireland gave me during my 10 day stay.” 
     
    The mission trip included a pilgrimage to Waterford and Callan, to see the birthplace, tomb, and first school of Edmund Rice.  Students also learned about Celtic Spirituality and history through visits to the monastic ruin at Glenda Lock, the An Croi Wisdom Learning Community, and the New Grange.  Caitlyn O’Toole, senior, English and Political Science double major, was particularly moved by the pilgrimage aspect of the mission experience as she says, “The team was offered the unique opportunity to experience the places where Edmund Rice worked, lived, and slept. We were constantly reminded that each of us is the result of one man's actions. Fortunately, his actions have spread and had a lasting impact through the Christian Brothers.”  Procario-Foley added, “And our 13 students returned to campus with a renewed desire to share Edmund Rice’s passion for the poor and the outcast.”
     
    The Iona in Mission program coordinator, Steve Hill, traveled with 13 students to Lima, Peru from January 8-19.
    The Christian Brothers facilitated the immersion into the Canto Grande barrio, where they run a school and do pastoral outreach to the residents of “the hill.” The Iona in Mission team engaged the community through construction of two homes for families and running an afternoon camp for the children in Canto Grande.

    The purpose of the immersion was less about the “doing,” than building relationships and accompanying our new friends who are forced to live in crushing poverty. Mike Stabile ’14, team co-leader, said “getting to live in a community such as Canto Grande has really taught me the value of faith and family…my team and I are extremely appreciative and cherish this experience.”

    Hermano Juan Casey, who was the brother facilitating the immersion, kept reminding us in reflection that most of the people in the world live at this level of poverty, or worse, and challenged us to reflect on how we are called to live and move in our world.  Being unplugged from our phones and technologies; social media; and comforts such as beds allowed our group to be deeply immersed in the present moment and focus solely on the mission of building relationships and examining what is essential in our lives.  And of course the immersion was an experience of mutuality where the local community showed us hospitality, generosity and love. 

    Sarah Lonergan-Rothschild ’14, team co-leader, said “[being immersed] in Peru was one of the most incredible experiences…the love that the community shared with us is truly indescribable…it is something I will carry with me forever.”  The Peru mission trip team was deeply present while on immersion; leading to service from a heart-filled with compassion; which leads to liberation where the reality and cries of the poor galvanize us to promote social justice. Albert Tunas, ’14, said, “I felt selfish coming back because I had so much more to give.”

    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, NY.

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  • How Big Tax Changes Will Affect You

    2/12/2014

    Professor Matt Carey, director of the Center for Financial Market Studies discusses tax changes in an interview with Bankrate.com

    Tax changes' affect on you
    An expert offers a road map to changes affecting this year's tax return -- and beyond.
    Matt Carey, director of the Center for Financial Market Studies at the Hagan School of Business at Iona College discusses tax changes in an interview with Bankrate.com.
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  • Iona College Mock Trial Team Advances to Opening Round Championship Series

    2/11/2014

    Mock Trial team continues to uphold their national reputation for excellence in pre-law litigation.

    New Rochelle, NY (February 11, 2014) The Iona College Mock Trial team qualified to advance to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) in Washington, DC after finishing in seventh place from a 20-team field at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, Rhode Island this past weekend.


     
    The team finished with a record of five wins, two losses and one tie (Iona had the fifth-best record at the tournament, but lost a three-way tiebreaker), which qualified Iona to advance to ORCS.

    “The road to this victory was by no means easy,” said Coach Isaac Gilwit.  In Round 1, the defense team faced the University of Connecticut.  Iona took both ballots by 14 and 18 points, respectively. 

    In Round 2, the prosecution team faced the U.S. Coast Guard.  Again, Iona took both ballots by double digits -- this time by 19 and 13 points.  This improved Iona's record to 4-0 and placed Iona at the top of the tournament bracket.
     
    Iona's Round 3 opponent was Lafayette College, who was also 4-0.  Lafayette is a perennial contender on the national scene, and this tournament was no exception.  The round was close and hard-fought.  Gilwit stated “While we thought that Iona performed well enough to win, the judges disagreed.”  One judge's ballot had a tie, and the other gave Lafayette the win by 8 points.  This left Iona with a record of 4.5 wins going into Round 4.
     
    Iona would need at least 5.5 wins to secure a bid.  The Round 4 opponent was Harvard University.  According to Gilwit, “Our students dug deep and put on a great performance.  In a thrilling round, the judges ended up splitting, with Harvard taking one ballot by 5 points, and Iona taking the other ballot by 8 points.” 
     
    This left Iona with 5.5 wins, good for seventh place and an automatic bid to the Opening Round Championship Series ("ORCS") in Washington, DC on March 22nd and 23rd.  This is the sixth year in a row (and the sixth time in school history) that Iona has qualified for ORCS. Additionally, Iona students Anastasia Nitis, Mary Ann Gallucci, and Amy Wert won individual awards for outstanding performances during the weekend.
     
    This year's team faced hurdles that few, if any, other teams could overcome. “Qualifying for ORCS this year was tougher than in all previous years,” said Coach Gilwit. "Obviously, the loss of a long-time head coach (especially the founder of the program) would be a crushing blow for any team. In addition, two team members were suffering from the flu and another member had a stomach virus throughout the weekend.  But as they have done all season, students rose to the occasion and met the challenge head on."
     
    As head co-coaches of the Iona College Mock Trial since October both Isaac Gilwit ‘09 and Michael Gelfand are no strangers to Iona. Isaac is an attorney and a former member of the team.  Isaac's family has long-standing roots in the New Rochelle community, and he graduated from Brooklyn Law School ('13) and Iona College ('09).  Michael was the assistant coach of the team for over five years, and is currently an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department of Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein, LLP, where he has worked for almost ten years.  Michael is a graduate of the New York University School of Law ('04).
     
    The team this year has two goals: qualify for the National Championship tournament, and prepare for next year's rebuilding as our highest scorers graduate.   This year’s team are: Anastasia Nitis, ‘14 (co-captain), Mary Ann Gallucci, ‘14 (co-captain), Amy Wert, ‘15, Joshua Myree, ‘15, Ariel May, ‘15, Stephanie Stein, ‘16, Kayla Kosack, 17 and Valery Gabriel, ’17.
     
    Gilwit stated, “We are very grateful for the continued support from the College of Arts and Science. The College has funded and supported us for 11 years and it has truly been instrumental in allowing this activity to thrive at Iona and earn a national reputation for excellence in pre-law litigation.”
     
    The next tournament (ORCS) is scheduled to take place at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, DC on March 22 and 23.

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  • Iona Student Attends NYC Mayor de Blasio's Inauguration

    2/11/2014

    Luis Ramos, '15 has high hopes for the new Mayor, quoted in the New York Daily News.

    Luis Ramos, '15, Iona College religious studies major, shares his reflection of his experience attending the inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on January 1. "As a lifelong New Yorker, being able to attend a Mayoral Inauguration was a great honor. New York is poised to be the model for national change on many fronts, and I believe that events like the Inauguration celebrate that idea. Being an Iona student has really made me aware of how important it is to engage in local activities and being an active part of one's community. As a resident of New York City, it was a great experience to meet and interact with our new mayor."




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  • Iona Students Give Back to Local Communities at the 5th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Build-A-Thon

    2/7/2014

    A collaborative community event sponsored by Iona's Office of Mission and Ministry, Interreligious Council of New Rochelle and Habitat for Humanity,

    New Rochelle, NY (February 6, 2014) Local communities received the gift of giving as over 30 Iona College students participated in the 5th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. build-a-thon on Sunday, January 26. The collaborative community event is sponsored by Iona’s Office of Mission and Ministry, Interreligious Council of New Rochelle and Habitat for Humanity.

    The total number of volunteers included 80 high school college student and alumni volunteers throughout New Rochelle, Mt. Vernon and Yonkers. Their participation helped to refurbish homes and promote affordable housing for the Habitat for Humanity Westchester organization.

    The New Rochelle rebuilds included the community room of Faith Tabernacle Church on Dewitt Place and converted space into apartments at 524 Main Street. In Mt. Vernon, carpet was laid in the Chamber of Commerce building, and merchandise organization was completed in the Habitat Re-Store. Rebuilt gutted housing took place on High Street and Hawthorne Avenue in Yonkers.

    All volunteers donated their personal time to utilize their building skills while making a huge impact in their surrounding communities. Iona College student government leader, CJ Funaro described his experience stating “This is one of the most rewarding service projects I’ve ever engaged in. Having the opportunity to correct social inequality and serve those who need it the most, reminded me to take nothing in life for granted.”



    Jim Killoran, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Westchester, added, “We are blessed to celebrate the dream of ownership…and making it happen.”

    The thirty-four Iona participants were Seniors: Maria Pelosi, Cassie Moniodes, Sheila Kearney, Jaclyn Shearer, Jessalyn Marconi, Alexa Serrecchia, Elisa Levy. Juniors: Fred Carter, Monica Jesby, Raymond Garo, Shristi Gajurel, CJ Funaro, Louis Dallojacono, Steve Burth. Sophomores: Dana Andrea, Jacqueline Martinez, Dana Delucchi, Sean Campbell, Jasmin Bayla, Julia Pietrangelo, Anthony Aurrichio, Jordana Pazmejia. Freshmen: Joseph Celifarco, Samantha Cimillo, Valerie Tommasone, Caroline Farella, Thomas Mercer, Frank Nikolaidis, Brandy Gonzalez, Jose Romero, Alysha Gagnon, Kori Bennett, Mollie Traub and alumnus Will May.


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  • Best Basketball Rivalry in New York

    1/31/2014

    The New York Times calls the Iona/Manhattan men's basketball rivalry "perhaps best basketball rivalry running in New York." Friday's game also featured Iona's first athlete's jersey being retired.

    The New York Times in a recent story calls the Iona/Manhattan men's basketball rivalry "perhaps best basketball rivalry running in New York." See the story online.  

    The game on Friday also featured the retiring of NBA hall of famer Richie Guerin's jersey -- he was #14 during his playing days at Iona. See more on the Iona athletics site.  

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  • College Announces Major Campus Plan Projects

    1/30/2014

    Plans are underway for a seven-story residence hall with street-level commercial space, a new School of Business building, an expanded and renovated science building, a new performing arts venue and a reconfigured athletics arena complex.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 30, 2014) At Iona College’s annual state of the college meetings this week, the College announced that the Board of Trustees approved a new campus master plan focused on academic facilities, student housing, athletics, and other high priorities based on input of various groups during a year-long process. The master plan translates key elements of the College’s strategic plan into the campus by providing an outline of the College’s development in coming years.
     
    The board also authorized a funding allocation for completion of detailed architectural plans, feasibility review and permitting processes for several projects — including a new seven-story residence hall at the recently purchased Mirage Diner site with commercial space on the ground floor, a new School of Business building, expansion and renovation of the science building, creation of a performing arts venue, and a reconfigured arena complex in the existing Hynes Athletics Center. 
     
    “This plan supports our strategic efforts to build on student and academic distinction, support our faculty’s teaching and scholarly work, improve the campus experience and infrastructure, and elevate Iona’s stature and prominence nationally and internationally,” said President Joseph E. Nyre. 
     
    The College will move forward with developing architectural plans and feasibility reviews for each of the five projects over the next six to 12 months.  The residence hall/commercial-use structure will be funded through financing, while the other projects will be donor supported with their start dependent on philanthropic investments from alumni, corporate partners and friends. 
     
    “We’re moving from the silent phase to the advanced gift phase of the Iona Forever Campaign,” said Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs.  “While much of the effort will be to add philanthropically to our endowment supporting student scholarship and endowed professorships, programs, centers and institutes, these brick and mortar capital projects will share center stage in our work.  We anticipate the generosity and vision of donors who understand the importance of Iona in the region and in American higher education.”
     
    In addition to these five major projects, other campus and collaborative improvements will be made, such as classroom modernization, new social spaces for students, more green space, signage/wayfinding changes, traffic calming and other enhancements to the Iona campus experience.
     
    “We look forward to working with Iona College in the implementation of their master plan,” said New Rochelle City Manager Charles B. Strome III.  “The proposed development of College facilities on North Avenue will enhance existing commercial uses, attract new businesses and encourage revitalization along the entire North Avenue corridor.”
     
    New Residence Hall/Mixed-Use Commercial Facility
    The need and options for a new Iona residence hall have been discussed publicly for several years.  When the owners of the Mirage Diner approached the College about purchasing the property, it created a perfect prospective location as it sits directly across from the main campus entrance on North Avenue. 
     
    “We are very excited to expand the College’s footprint on North Avenue,” said Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch, senior vice president for Finance and Administration. "The purchase of the diner property will provide more space for our students and allow Iona to become even more integrated into the New Rochelle community by establishing new businesses such as a bookstore and a restaurant for campus and public use.”
     
    The new residence hall will create an estimated 250-350 beds. The street-level commercial space will continue to provide property-tax income to the city while adding to Iona amenities and North Avenue revitalization.  See more about Iona’s North Avenue development plans at http://www.iona.edu/About/News-Events/News/Iona-College-Announces-North-Avenue-Development-In.aspx
     
    New Business Building
    This new approximately 54,000-square-foot home for the School of Business will provide state-of-the-art facilities for undergraduate and graduate programs.  Anticipated in the new structure are
    •      Enhanced classroom space
    •      Case study/breakout rooms
    •      Video conferencing classrooms/media labs
    •      Expanded LaPenta/Lynch Trading Floor
    •      A new business incubator center
    •      A student library/quiet study area/student lounge areas
    •      A large tiered lecture hall
    •      Faculty, administrative and staff offices
     
    “This new facility will meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s undergraduate and graduate students,” said Vincent J. Calluzzo, dean of the business school. “It will allow us not only to keep pace with the educational landscape in business but also take Iona to the next level.”
     
    Science Center
    The expansion and renovation of Cornelia Hall, currently used for some but not all of Iona’s science and technology programs, will bring together faculty, students and resources from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics in one of the College’s most historic structures.  The newly expanded and renovated facility will provide open spaces for multipurpose collaborative laboratories and technologically advanced classrooms.
     
    The enhanced facilities will allow professors to expand the scope and types of faculty-mentored research, which can translate into increased eligibility on a broader range of externally funded grant opportunities – and ultimately improve regional, national and international visibility for Iona and its students. Additionally, the new teaching and research laboratories will promote interdisciplinary education as well as problem-solving and critical-thinking activities.
     
    “Iona has a strong program in the sciences and technology, but we clearly need to keep moving forward not only to keep up with the field, but to become innovators in the STEM field,” said Sibdas Ghosh, dean of the School of Arts and Science.  “Bringing together our STEM disciplines is important when offering our students the best education possible.”
     
     
    New Performing Arts Center
    The addition of a new arts venue on campus will enhance the liberal-arts base of Iona and add to the overall campus experience for all students.  The facility is envisioned to augment the College’s music/theater-based activities as well as increase student productions and community interactions.  The facility will include
    ·         A grand entrance lobby appropriate for gatherings
    ·         Performance halls
    ·         Workspace for an artist-in-residence
    ·         Multipurpose rehearsal space
    ·         Various technical and support spaces
     
    The addition of this performing arts space will enhance the overall Iona experience, complement existing facilities in the College’s Arts Center, and also create new synergies with New York City’s world-class arts scene.
     
    “The performing arts center will provide a premier arts destination for area residents and the College community,” said Thomas Donnarumma, associate professor and chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “It will further support the mission of the College and the foundation for life-long learning through the performing arts -- and will also fully encourage and inspire aesthetic literacy in our students, enabling them to grow spiritually and creatively.”
     
     
    New Athletics Arena Complex
    Expansion and reconfiguration of current Iona facilities for men’s and women’s basketball, as well as women’s volleyball, are needed to stay competitive with peer NCAA Division 1 institutions, to improve the student-athlete experience, and to elevate the experience for all fans attending events.  A larger, more fan-inspired venue will also provide better multi-use facilities for non-athletic campus events such as major lectures, performances and campus gatherings. The new facility will include  
    •      An arena configuration, enhanced entrance, entertainment suites, and more convenient public restroom facilities, ticket office, concessions, apparel store, basketball offices, a strength and conditioning facility, and an academic center for athletes
    •      Hall of Fame/donor lounge/entertainment area
    •      Sports medicine facility, broadcast facilities, equipment room, locker rooms and storage
     
    “This project will bring Iona into the top tier of our peer institutions in support of our students,” said Rick Cole Jr., Iona’s director of Athletics. “It transforms our entire athletics program and gives the College a first-class facility for other campus and community events.” 
     
    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, NY.
     
    For more information, please contact Dawn Insanalli, director of Media Relations, at dinsanalli@iona.edu or 914-637-2726.
     
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  • Alfred F. Kelly Jr. '80, '81MBA Featured in The Journal News

    1/29/2014

    Iona alumnus Alfred F. Kelly Jr. '80, '81MBA, president and CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee.

    Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’80, ’81MBA, president and CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee was featured in Sunday's edition of The Journal News. Click here for story: Al Kelly featured in The Journal News
  • Rivera, LaPenta to be Honored at Annual Scholarship Gala

    1/29/2014

    A Yankees legend and future Hall-of-Famer and a highly successful business executive whose contributions have helped transform Iona College will headline the College's annual awards dinner.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 28, 2014)  -- A Yankees legend and future Hall-of-Famer and a highly successful business executive whose contributions have helped transform Iona College will headline the College’s annual awards dinner.
     
    Mariano Rivera and his wife, Clara, and Robert LaPenta will each be honored at the 52nd Annual Scholarship Awards Gala on Friday, April 11, at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.
     
    The Riveras, whose son Mariano Rivera Jr. is a pitcher for the Iona College baseball team, will receive The Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award for their extensive commitment to community service, while LaPenta will be presented with Iona’s Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual’s lifetime accomplishments.
     
    “We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding individuals each of whom embodies Iona College’s mission of community service, scholarship and life-long learning,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “They are living proof that the mission of Iona’s founders remains a core value of our College and its community.”
     
    Past honorees represent a who’s who of prominent and successful leaders including Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the New York Police Department, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
     
    Rivera, a 13-time All Star and five-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees, and his wife started Refuge of Hope in their home in 2009. The organization quickly grew and the Riveras determined that they would organize a local church to provide programs to meet the needs of the less fortunate in the community.  Currently they are expanding the church, where Clara is pastor, in the former North Avenue Presbyterian Church near the Iona campus in New Rochelle – the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Riveras are creating a learning center for area children as well as facilities for academic assistance, sports programs and other after-school activities for children and teenagers. The Riveras are residents of Rye, N.Y.
     
    The Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian award named to honor the founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers recognizes those who by their activities and service to others have reinforced Iona’s identity as a College founded in the tradition of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education.
     
    LaPenta, a 1967 graduate of the College who received an honorary doctorate in 2000, will receive the Iona College Legacy Award for his lifetime achievements. He has held a variety of executive and senior level positions in private equity, technology and military communications companies. Until 2011, LaPenta was chairman, CEO and president of L-1 Identity Solutions, which he co-founded in June 2005. During his tenure, he built the firm into the largest biometric identity solution company in the world; Safran Morpho acquired the company for $1.6 billion. Earlier in his career, LaPenta had co-founded L-3 Communications and was a top executive at Loral Corporation for 24 years.
     
    In addition to his business career, LaPenta owns and breeds thoroughbred horses at Whitehorse Stables, which he founded in 2001. His horses have won the Belmont Stakes, the Florida Derby twice and several other major graded stakes races. War Pass, one of LaPenta’s most successful horses, was the winner of the 2007 Breeders Cup Juvenile and was voted the Eclipse Award as the champion two-year-old.  To date, his horses have earned in excess of $30 million in purses and sales.
     
    In addition to graduating from Iona, LaPenta is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and has made significant contributions toward the construction of the LaPenta Student Union, the Ryan library, and the LaPenta-Lynch trading room floor in the School of Business.  He and his wife, Laurie, live in Westport, Conn.
     
    Proceeds from the Scholarship Gala will support student scholarships. For more information, visit the dinner website online at IonaScholarshipGala.org
     
    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.
  • Iona College Announces New Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduate Program Launching Fall 2014

    1/16/2014

    This "pre-accreditation" status will allow Iona to admit its first cohort of CSD graduate students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 16, 2014) Beginning in fall 2014, Iona College will offer a new master’s of art degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). The program is currently a candidate for accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.  This “pre-accreditation” status will allow Iona to admit its first cohort of CSD graduate students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    "Iona has been offering an extremely strong, clinically focused speech communication studies program to undergraduate students for decades,” said Dorothy Leone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; assistant professor and program director.  “We are truly excited about being able to bring this experience to our new graduate program, providing that same kind of education and skills to our first cohort of graduate students this fall."

    This CSD program is a 58-credit, student-centered experience offering significant clinical opportunities, as well as competitive externships.  Students will have opportunities to provide speech and language therapy to both adults and children with a full array of speech and language disorders in a variety of settings.

    The two-year, full time program includes coursework in the foundational sciences of speech-language pathology that is assimilated into clinical coursework, all of which will prepare students to evaluate and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders, as well as cognitive and social aspects of communication.
     
    The program will be taught in a state-of-the-art campus clinic offering a myriad of clinical opportunities all in a small-class-size setting. Students will benefit from one-on-one supervision by licensed therapists as they gain professional practicum experience. Graduate research opportunities with faculty members will also be offered to compliment the advanced degree experience.

    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.
  • President Nyre Interviewed on Public TV News Program

    1/16/2014

    Watch President Nyre's interview on "One-on-One with Steve Adubato"

    Iona Colllege President Joseph E. Nyre appeared on the public television show “One-on-One with Steve Adubato,” discussing Iona College and various topics in higher education.  The interview aired at 7 p.m. Wednesday on NJTV and at 12:30 a.m. Thursday on Thirteen/WNET.
     
    A video of the interview with President Nyre can be viewed by clicking on this link.
  • Iona WBB Upends Marist for First Time in 13 Years

    1/14/2014

    Iona unseats Marist from first place for the first time since the 2004-005 season.

    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - The Iona College women's basketball team earned its 12th victory in a row, upending eight-time defending MAAC Champion Marist in a 73-71 thriller Monday evening at the McCann Center.  Junior guard Damika Martinez's (Meriden, CT) foul line jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining helped the Gaels (13-2, 6-0 MAAC) snap a 29-game losing streak to the Red Foxes as well as claim first place all alone in the MAAC standings.
     
    The game marked the Red Foxes' first home loss in MAAC play since 2009, and snapped a streak of 36 consecutive conference victories overall. Iona also unseats Marist from first place for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
     
    Martinez and sophomore forward Joy Adams (Orlando, FL) each scored a game high 18 points for Iona. Martinez connected on 14 of her points in the second half. Adams pulled down 14 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season while also dishing out four assists. Sophomore guard Aaliyah Robinson (Brandford, CT) sparked the bench, matching a career high with 17 points, connecting on four second half three pointers. Junior guard Aleesha Powell (Philadelphia, PA) was the fourth Gaels in double figuresn with 16 points in the win.
     
    The contest included 13 ties and 12 lead changes. In the first half, the team exchanged shots, as Robinson knotted the game at 14 on a layup with 10:06 remaining in the frame. Marist pulled ahead with five straight points but the Gaels battled back as a pair of free throws by Martinez gave the visitors a 20-19 edge.
     
    With the game knotted at 26, Marist took a 30-26 lead on a pair of Casey Dulin free throws with 1:40 left in the period before the Maroon & Gold ended the half on a 6-2 run. Martinez connected on a layup, her only field goal of the half, to even the game at 32 with 39 seconds left, a score the teams would take to the locker rooms.
     
    After the teams traded early second half buckets, the Red Foxes went on a 10-0 run, taking a 46-36 lead on a free throw by Madeline Blais with 14:50 remaining. The Gaels fought back, trimming the lead to five, 49-44, on a layup by senior center Sabrina Jeridore (Queens, NY). After Marist responded with a three pointer by Sydney Coffey, Iona got back-to-back threes by Robinson to trim the deficit to two, 54-52, with 9:13 remaining.
     
    With Marist ahead 56-52, a pair of free throws by Powell and another trifecta by Robinson with 7:32 left gave the Gaels their first lead since the 4:46 mark of the first half. Emma O'Connor then helped the Red Foxes regain the lead, 58-57, with 7:03 remaining.
     
    Powell gave Iona the lead back on the next trip down the court before back-to-back layups by Marist gave the home team a 62-59 advantage with 5:52 on the clock. Adams connected on a free throw to trim the margin to two before another Robinson three pointer gave Iona a 63-62 cushion with 5:06 left.
     
    Iona extended the lead to five, 69-64, on a pair of Powell free throws. Marist got a three-point play from Blais with 1:50 remaining to cut the lead to two.  A Martinez layup put Iona ahead four, 71-67, with 1:36 remaining before a pair of O'Connor layups evened the score at 71 with 24 seconds on the clock.
     
    Following an Iona timeout, Martinez got the ball around half court, evaded defensive pressure, and put a runner in from the foul line for the game winner with 2.9 seconds remaining.
     
    Marist was led by Coffey's 17 points while Dulin scored 16 points and had three assists.  O'Connor finished with a double-double on 14 points and 12 rebounds.
     
    The Gaels are back in action Saturday for an 11:00 am tip off at Fairfield.
  • Reflections of The Isle of Iona

    1/10/2014

    Students study abroad to experience the spiritual legacy of St. Columba.

    In the summer of 2013 Christina Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of English traveled to the Isle of Iona with three students enrolled in the unique study abroad program at Iona College. This three-credit interdisciplinary course covers history, literature, religion and fine arts, and can be used to meet distribution requirements in these areas. The experience included a week-long stay on the Isle of Iona, off the coast of Scotland, in the medieval monastery originally founded by St. Columba. The participants live in community, share meals, worship together and study natural, historical, spiritual and social topics. The students also create manuscript illuminations to reflect their time on the Island. For more information on how to register for the next Isle of Iona experience please contact Dr. Carlson at cmcarlson@iona.edu.
     
    Reflections of the Isle of Iona a Study Abroad Experience
    By Christina Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of English
     
    “Iona of my heart, Iona of my love, where monks’ voices were shall be lowing of cattle; but e’er the world shall come to an end Iona will be as it was.”  This short poem, really a prophecy attributed to St. Columba, could be considered the theme of our recent study abroad experience on the Island of Iona. We, a small group of students and faculty from Iona College, traveled across the sea and back in time (by two planes, two ferries, a bus and a train) to St. Columba’s tiny island off the northwest coast of Scotland in search of his spiritual legacy and what it might mean for us. We saw the ancient stone crosses erected by the monks of his community; we prayed and ate and gathered in the buildings where once monks’ voices were heard, and we traipsed across fields where there were indeed cattle (and sheep, and chickens!) to see the beach where he landed and the highest point of the island where he prayed in solitude.

    But we also met other pilgrims, from Sweden, and Australia, and other places in the US, who were seeking Columba’s legacy themselves, and we came together, like a modern monastic community, to share meals and chores, worship and study. In the course of our week there, we talked about the medieval life of St. Columba, but we also discussed current issues of peace and justice that affect the world as well as our own local communities. And what we discovered is that, while the Isle of Iona is indeed a “thin place” where heaven seems a little bit closer to earth, Columba never intended to keep that deep spirituality hidden away from the world. Rather, despite its seeming remoteness, Columba used Iona as a base from which to evangelize Scotland, England, and eventually continental Europe. In short, from his home on Iona, Columba intended to “move the world” and that is exactly what he did. Now that we are back, hopefully we will take what we learned and draw on the deep peace we experienced so that we, too, can “move the world” and in doing so, perhaps “Iona will be as it was” once again.
     


    Reflections of the Isle of Iona
    By Michelle Muzzio, ‘14
     
    Words can still not describe the experience of visiting the Isle of Iona accurately. The best way I can describe it would have to be calling it absolutely transcendent. They call the Isle of Iona the "closest place between heaven and Earth" and that is so unbelievably true. The Isle itself is mysterious in that it can make you feel the presence of God as well as St. Columba in such a real and powerful way. Waves of inspiration came over me and I hope they stay with me as I come back to Iona College in a few days. Momentum from the memory of St. Columba is contagious. Everyone on the isle felt it and I hope I can spread the passion that he had for living the mission that Iona College fosters today to everyone I come across from now on since my own experience on the Isle. 
     
    Thoughts from the Isle of Iona
    By Charlotte Ference, ‘14
     
    There are few places in the world where one can be completely surrounded by breathtaking stillness, silence, and serenity, while still being aware of the vast array of nature's noises and demands.  Climbing mountains in rainstorms and wind is not what I expected signing up for a study abroad course, but the lessons I learned from the island, and from Dr. Carlson will never be forgotten.  The Isle of Iona has a magic, and a fierceness that lends itself to inner reflection and discovery.  Until this visit, I had never experienced such a place filled with both ancient history, and an incredible respect and hope for future developments. 
     
    The Isle of Iona Experience
    By Kaylynn Murchison ‘14
     
    When thinking about my experience with the Isle of Iona it is truly hard to put into words. Iona is not simply a place, it’s an experience. There's something deeply mystical and almost magnetic about the island which, not only drew me to it with the Study Abroad program, but also draws many people from around the world to it. As an international experience, there's none to be had like traveling to the island. Meeting people from as close as the Isle of Mann to as far away as Australia truly shows the reach of the island. Living in community and following routines as monks provides an experience that I never would have had or will probably ever have in the future. There are very few words that can describe what it is like to travel to and live on Iona for a short period of time. The only way to truly understand it and its significance is to be there.
  • Iona College Announces North Avenue Development Initiatives

    1/2/2014

    Iona College acquires North Avenue properties.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 2, 2014) Demonstrating support for North Avenue development, Iona College announced several North Avenue initiatives including land acquisitions, roadway improvements and a storefront enhancement program.
     
    Iona College acquires North Avenue properties.
     
    Iona College announced it has agreed to acquire properties located on North Avenue, which include the Mirage Diner (formerly the College Diner) and an adjacent parking lot. As part of the agreement, it is anticipated that the Mirage Diner will remain in operation in accordance with the existing lease. The College plans to develop a mixed use commercial and residential building. Working plans include community restaurant(s), bookstore, and other commercial uses on at least the first floor with residential units on additional floors.
                                   
    "We approached the College in the late summer about buying the diner and related property. They have been a good partner and will develop the land in a way that supports the surrounding area" said Nick Triantafillou, owner of the Mirage Diner. "As part of the transaction, the Mirage Diner requested a nondisclosure agreement which precluded the College from disclosing the purchase until this time" said Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch, Iona College Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration.
     
    In November of 2013, the College also acquired the former Cannone's Pizza and Campus Wings.  The College pays real estate taxes at that location. The College will also pay real estate taxes on the Mirage Diner and expects to add additional taxable square footage once the property is developed.
     
    "Iona is committed to increasing the number and quality of student living options at the College" said Charles Carlson, Vice Provost for Student Life. Iona recently completed and opened a new residence hall in the center of its campus and also renovated Rice Hall to add living spaces for students. As a greater percentage of students are opting to live on or near the campus, the college has added residence hall staff, increased security, and a Director of Off-Campus Housing to support students and the surrounding neighborhoods. "Consistent with the recommendations of the Community and College Planning Committee, Iona has demonstrated its intent to pursue development on North Avenue. This is one of several recent positive advances on that front" said District 3 Council Member, Jared R. Rice.
     
    Roadway and storefront enhancements also planned.
     
    Additional investments in North Avenue were also announced by the College, whereby Iona is investing funds to assist the City in making roadway improvements on City property in the vicinity of the College.  Further, Iona initiated a partnership with the City to launch a Storefront Enhancement Program, which will provide financial assistance to property owners in an effort to improve the appearance of commercial storefronts located along North Avenue.
     
    "Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in the City of New Rochelle, serving as a significant economic and service engine for the City. I'm pleased the College is working with the community to develop property outside its traditional walls and to revitalize North Avenue" said Luiz Aragon, Commissioner of Development for the City of New Rochelle who indicated that “adding residential facilities and commercial uses on North Avenue and supporting physical improvements to existing properties, will be important initial steps in the revitalization of the North Avenue corridor.”
     
    What is prompting the development?
     
    Since President Nyre's arrival, the College has engaged in a series of community meetings with neighbors and elected officials resulting in renewed support from the College and City of New Rochelle to develop North Avenue.   “The collaborative process involving the City, Iona College and neighborhood representatives began over two years ago and resulted in a zoning change for North Avenue, which allows additional student housing while promoting the revitalization of the North Avenue corridor” said New Rochelle City Manager Charles B. Strome, III. The zoning change enacted on June 18, 2013, allows for the development of college-related uses in the North Avenue Zoning District. "Based upon the level of interest we have received from property owners and developers, the impact of the zoning changes is apparent" said Schettini-Lynch. "This is a positive development and concrete example of how a college, community and city can work together to develop a particular area" said Iona College President Dr. Joseph E. Nyre.
     
     
    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, NY.
     
    For more information, please contact Dawn Insanalli, director of Media Relations, at dinsanalli@iona.edu or 914-637-2726.

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  • Iona College Celebrates the Christmas Season with Students, Faculty and Staff

    12/19/2013

    Home For the Holidays and the Annual Employee Christmas Celebration

    The campus community joyfully celebrated the Christmas Season with the annual Home for the Holidays and Employee Christmas celebrations. A blessing and lighting of the creche, singing Christmas carols, lighting the tree in front of the LaPenta Student Union and the arrival of santa in a custom made "santa mobile" officially kicked-off the holiday season on Iona's campus. As students prepared for the end of the fall semester, the beginning of final exams and their return home for the winter recess, the joy of the season could be felt all across campus. In addition, Iona employees were treated to the annual Christmas celebration in McSpedon's Burke Lounge to enjoy good food, fun and friendship. President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., welcomed the staff to the annual event wishing them a great holiday and heartfelt thanks for their continued good work and support of Iona College.


  • Iona Students, Faculty and Staff Generously Donate 135 Thanksgiving Food Baskets to Families in Need

    12/4/2013

    An Iona tradition brings joy to many families.

    New Rochelle, NY (December 4, 2013) Iona College students, faculty and staff collected and donated 135 Thanksgiving food baskets and over $150 in gift cards to local families in need at the annual Blessing of the Thanksgiving Baskets. Recipients of the food baskets was distributed through three organizations; HOPE Community Services, Greyston Foundation Child & Youth Services, and Abraham House. Coordinated by the College’s Office of Mission & Ministry, this annual event was attended by the campus community. A reflection was given by the director of HOPE Community Services, Carole Troum who thanked the Iona family for their generosity. The traditional blessing of the baskets was given by Father Frank Dixon. The Blessing of the Thanksgiving Baskets is a time for the Iona community to join together and be thankful and fortunate enough to help those in need this holiday season.


  • Concert Brings Out Talent and Humor

    12/13/2013

    "No Shave November' performers team up with Residential Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

    By Anthony Carlo ‘16, The Ionian, Student Staff Reporter
     
    With Thanksgiving a week away, the students of Iona College got into the giving spirit by hosting “No Shave November: Concert for a Cause,” an event that gave back to cancer patients and their families.

    The atmosphere was cheery as students filed into the End Zone of the LaPenta Student Union to support the cause on Nov. 21. Each audience member donated $2 at the entrance for the American Cancer Society.

    The concert consisted of many Iona students getting on stage to perform renditions of their favorite songs.

    Between performances, students had the opportunity to participate in a raffle where they could win a date with a Resident Assistant.

    The RAs were walked up to the stage where their likes, dislikes, and dating traits were described for everyone to hear.
    The students had fun with this, as they cheered for each RA dating contestant.

    “Something like this is so big,” said Najee Kent-Barnes, an RA at Iona College. “I mean, talk about giving back, it’s really an awesome opportunity to be a part of, and I am glad I’m a part of it.”

    Many of the males that participated in the event were seen sporting a rugged beard, looking like they hadn’t shaved in a while.

    This was no mistake, as one of the methods used to support cancer patients was not shaving. Many cancer patients wind up losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatments.

    The goal in not shaving is to donate whatever money is usually spent on razors and shaving cream to the American Cancer Society.

    “I think it’s something courageous and great,” said junior Santiago Minaya. “It’s a great idea to try and give back to society with something as simple as not shaving.”

    Santiago believed not shaving was something every guy could easily do.

    “If you weren’t aware of no-shave November then I guess you have an excuse [for shaving], but if you were and did shave, I feel like that person is being selfish,” he said.

    Fortunately for Iona, many students participated in the no  shave look. Everyone who participated in No Shave November: Concert for a Cause was pleased with the results, raising over $300. The Iona College community felt proud giving back to those less fortunate.
  • Gaels Parade Down North Avenue

    12/6/2013

    Thanksgiving parade kicks off Iona's holiday season.

    By Megan Broderick ‘14, Student Reporter for The Ionian
     
    Iona College had the opportunity to ring in the holiday season with the annual New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade. The parade was held on Nov. 23, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Iona had its own float consisting of a giant blow-up Killian the Gael riding on a flatbed trailer along with some Iona students.  Others walked alongside the float, sporting sashes and waving flags in Iona’s seasonally appropriate colors of maroon and gold. Along the parade route, New Rochelle residents cheered and waved. 

    “There was a lot of support from the locals in New Rochelle,” said junior Samantha Fiorenzo. “We would walk past families and they would start Iona chants and tell us we were lame if we didn’t chime in.”

    Junior Kenny Reischmann enjoyed the festivities.

    “I thought it was really great the way the Iona community and the New Rochelle community came together, it was a great way to usher in the holiday season as a community, and it was really special to be a part of it,” he said.

    He wasn’t the only one to enjoy the sense of community of the morning.

    “I think the New Rochelle Thanksgiving parade is a great opportunity for Iona and the community to interact. It’s fun to show school spirit with other members of the town,” said junior Savannah Lang.
     
  • Sr. Pat McGinley Honored at MBB Game

    12/6/2013

    Hundreds attend to cheer on the Gaels and pay tribute.

    Sr. Pat McGinley, was recently honored for her service and dedication to the Iona College community, at a men's basketball game. At halftime hundreds of attendees cheered as Sr. Pat was presented with a framed jersey by Iona alumnus and MBB player Scott Machado, '12. Sister Pat played a vital role in the president’s office  and in athletics over her six years in New Rochelle. She served as President Joseph E. Nyre’s Senior Policy Advisor and secretary of the Board of Trustees and was also faculty moderator for the women’s basketball program. Sister Pat left the College this summer to take the  position of Pastoral Associate at Christ the King Parish  in Haddonfield, NJ.
  • Iona Team Places Second in the District at the 2013 College Fed Challenge

    11/26/2013

    Team competes among 32 colleges and universities.

    New Rochelle, NY (November 26, 2013) On Monday, November 18, the Iona College Fed Challenge team advanced to the semi-finals and placed second in the district at the 2013 Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s College Fed Challenge (CFC) competition, for undergraduate college students.

    The first round of competition began on November 5, with the Iona team competing against 32 other colleges and universities in the CFC competition.  The CFC is an intercollegiate competition in which students present an overview of the macro economy and prescribe a course for monetary policy. 

    Iona was one of six teams to advance to the semifinal round on November 18th where they placed second to Pace University.   Other university and college participants included Cornell, Columbia, Fordham, NYU, and Rutgers. 
    “This is the strongest showing yet of an Iona team in the competition and our students should be commended for their efforts,” said Caitlin Greatrex, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics and Fed Challenge Moderator. 

    According to the CFC, each fall, undergraduate students throughout the Second District begin preparing for the College Fed Challenge. The competition, requires students to work as a team to research and analyze current economic data, develop a forecast and review potential future economic risk, develop a presentation and answer questions on a recommendation for monetary policy.

    Representing Iona at the competition were Ronald Distante, Mary Ann Gallucci, Ethan Heywood, Tommy Martin, and Sean Poyntz.  Brendan Farrell, Denis O’Connor, Paul Traut, Krizia Toro, and Matthew Weeks provided research support.

    About the College Fed Challenge: The College Fed Challenge is a team competition for undergraduate college students inspired by the working of the Federal Open Market Committee. It is intended to encourage students to learn more about the U.S. macro economy, the Federal Reserve System and the implementation of monetary policy and financial stability policy. It is also aimed at spurring interest in economics and finance as subjects for advanced study and as the basis for a career.

     

  • Iona College Mock Trial Team Brings Home Second Place Trophy from Invitational Tournament

    11/22/2013

    Seniors Kimerleigh Costanzo and Anastasia Nitis garner individual awards for top attorneys.

    New Rochelle, NY (November 22, 2013) The Iona College Mock Trial Team attended their second Invitational Tournament of the season, a 22-team field at American University. This was the team's first competition since Adam Detsky stepped down as head coach and was replaced by Isaac Gilwit and Michael Gelfand.  The team finished in second place with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses with a combined strength of 23.  Combined strength is a simple metric that measures the strength of a team schedule by adding up the number of wins garnered by a team's four opponents.  Iona's four opponents averaged 5.75 wins among them, and Iona had the highest combined strength of any team at the competition.  Iona finished in second place and has brought home a trophy.

    The tremendous result in the first two rounds placed Iona at the top of the bracket with only two other 4-0 teams:  Hillsdale College and George Washington University.  Iona drew Hillsdale (ranked #197) in Round 3 on Defense.  The round was extremely competitive and came down to the wire.  Unfortunately, Iona came up just short, losing both ballots by 3 and 5 points (out of a total of 140 points).  Hillsdale would go on to win the tournament with a record of 7-1.  This left Iona with a record of 4-2 going into the final round.

    When the pairings were announced for round 4, it appeared that Iona had suffered a bout of bad luck.  Since round 4 pairings are "high/high", a 4-2 team usually draws another team with four wins or with three wins and a tie.  However, due to side constraints (each side must be prosecution twice and defense twice) and other impermissible matchups, Iona drew 6-0 George Washington University (GW) as its round 4 opponent.  GW is ranked #30 in the country and, like Maryland, is a perennial contender for the National Championship.  GW was the National Runner-Up in both 2008 and 2009.  In this tournament, despite GW's impressive performance at the tournament thus far, Iona beat them on both judge's ballots, which gave Iona a 6-2 record and 2nd place in the tournament.

    In addition to the team award, Iona won two individual awards.   Kimberleigh Costanzo, senior Captain, won an individual award for one of the top attorneys in the competition, finishing with 19 individual points out of a possible 20.  Anastasia Nitis also won an attorney award with 18 individual points.  

    "These achievements are especially amazing given the fact that the coaching change occurred barely two weeks before the tournament," said coach Gelfand. "The students' work and dedication over the last several weeks should serve as a shining example to all at Iona."

    The team and the co-head coaches are:  Co-Head Coaches - Isaac Gilwit and Michael Gelfand; Team - Kimberleigh Costanzo (Senior)(Captain), Anastasia Nitis (Senior), Mary Ann Gallucci (Senior), Joseph Paciullo (Senior), Amy Wert (Junior), Joshua Myree (Junior), Ariel May (Junior), Stephanie Stein (Sophomore), Kayla Kosack (Freshman), Valery Gabriel (Freshman).

  • New Float For Iona Will Be Unveiled At This Year's New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade

    11/22/2013

    Thanks to the generosity of the Nigro family and the Persico Construction Company in Mount Vernon.

  • Veteran's Day

    11/26/2013

    Iona College honors alumni veteran's at annual memorial service.

    Iona College students, faculty and staff gathered together for a Veteran's Day memorial service on Friday, November 8 at the campus quadrangle in front of McSpedon and the gingko tree. A reception followed in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.  This annual event honors those who have served our nation, including Iona alumni who have given their lives. This event is sponsored by the Offices of Alumni Relations and Mission and Ministry, as well as by Zeta Kappa Chi (ZKX) Fraternity and Students Uniting for Veterans (SUV).


  • Iona Professor Discusses Kennedy's Enduring Legacy

    11/22/2013

    Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D. featured on CBS News, "The Couch" to discuss the legacy of JFK on the 50th Anniversary of his death.

  • Curley Notre Dame and Iona Alumni 'Move the World'

    11/22/2013

    Br. Jason Ford honored at recent campus ministries alumni reception at Iona College.

  • President Nyre Returns to Alma Mater with Iona MBB

    11/18/2013

    Gaels' men's basketball program takes on the Jayhawks on Tuesday, November 19 in Lawrence Kansas.

  • International Students Gain Centralized Services

    11/18/2013

    By Samanatha Gervasio '15 Student Reporter - The Ionian

    Programs to help international students at Iona College have been centralized. Jerry Martin, ESL program director, explained that services have always been there. They were just segmented.

    Now international students can resort to one contact point, and from there be directed to the correct department for whatever they need help with.

    International Students Programs & Services (ISPS) is a team that consists of people from different departments collaborating to enhance the international student experience at Iona. They answer any questions and concerns of the students and their families back home.

    ISPS provides services such as academic tutoring, counseling, academic and career advisement and cultural events. This team brings together the Office of Student Success, Samuel Rudin Academic Resource Center, College Assistance Program, Science and Technology Entry Program, and the ESL Program to provide these services.

    The goal of these changes is to maximize the students’ learning experience, giving them the assistance they need while still treating them like a regular student. Martin says this is the balance they aim for.

    A new policy that Martin stressed was having someone at the airport waiting for the students’ arrival. From the minute that they get off the plane someone would be there to welcome them and help them begin their experience at Iona and make sure they never feel alone, Martin said.

    Junior Brian Moyo, an international student from Zimbabwe, told his story of arriving in New York. He left Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to come to Iona for the 2011 school year. He recalls flying into Atlanta where all flights were cancelled due to a hurricane. He had to stay in a hotel nearby for two nights. Throughout the time, he was in constant contact with his International Students Admission officer.

    He explained how helpful she was in the process of finding him somewhere to stay and the frequent phone calls he received from her making sure everything was okay.

    When discussing some common things done for the students Martin said, “When they arrive we help them with things like landlords, leases, furniture; basics that we take for granted. Some students even arrive without [drivers] licenses.”
    Moyo agreed with Martin that the things considered ‘the basics’ for American students were something he struggled with when he first arrived. He explained that he didn’t understand the meal card at first.

    “I didn’t get why people were swiping their faces to get food,” Moyo said.

    This past October, a pumpkin carving night was organized for the students. Events like this are offered on various holidays. Moyo told of his experience at a Thanksgiving dinner that was offered for the international students. He said it made him feel at home.

    Many different people and departments collaborate to make these events and other resources possible for the students. Martin explained it as everyone collaborating, starting with the president of the college and working its way down.

    Everyone working together is one of the improvements that have been made.

    Resident assistants must now attend short seminars that are given by the director of housing on how to better accommodate international students that are living in the residence halls.

    Sessions for the students are also offered that focus on English conversation. The purpose is for the students to get better at the language and to provide an opportunity to meet people in a similar situation.

    In addition to these programs, just two weeks ago the Iona International Club was confirmed. The number of international students on campus is just under 100, Martin says. The number is increasing along with the resources and programs offered to accommodate them.

    Although there are many different people working with the programs offered, they are now centralized to make sure students’ Iona experience is the best it can be. Martin said the purpose of these improvements is to make international students feel like part of the family.
     
  • Iona in Mission and Study Abroad Work Together to Allow Students to Explore Iona's Rich Heritage

    11/18/2013

    Isle of Iona study abroad and Ireland mission trip will teach students to tie together heritage, service and tradition.

    By Brianna D'Alessio ‘14
    Student Reporter - The Ionian
     
    As part of the college’s continuing efforts to reconnect students with its vast Celtic roots, Iona has launched new programs in the Iona in Mission and Study Abroad departments.

    Both the mission trip to Ireland and the study abroad trip to the Isle of Iona were designed with the intention of creating a comprehensive understanding of Iona’s rich history and culture.

    These trips have a special focus on Edmund Rice, the founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, and St. Columba, who was responsible for the foundation of the Christian abbey on the Isle of Iona.

    Students are often curious as to whether or not Columba was a Christian Brother, and what prompted Iona’s founders to name the college in honor of his prominent Christian community in Scotland.

    St. Columba pre-dated Edmund Rice by approximately 1200 years.

    However, that isn’t to say that Columba’s life’s work didn’t have a resounding influence over the Christian Brothers and their institution.

    “There is a clear connection to the tradition of Celtic Christianity that Columba represents; along with Patrick and Brigid, he makes up the trinity of Ireland’s most important saints,” said Dr. Christina Carlson, associate professor of English and developer and coordinator of the Study Abroad trip to the Isle of Iona in Scotland.

    “Beyond that, I think the brothers had in mind Columba’s model of community, which was based on the twin foundations of faith and learning, and I suspect they wanted Iona College, likewise, to be a community of faith and learning.”

    The concept “Move the World” is highly representative of these ideas, and the trip to the Isle of Iona allows for students to access Columba’s legacy and share what they have learned with others in the future.

    During the week-long study abroad session, Dr. Carlson said students live in community. Not unlike the medieval monks, they will share meals, perform light chores, worship together and study natural, historical, spiritual and social topics ranging from manuscript illumination to eco-justice.

    The Office of Mission and Ministry began developing a mission trip to Ireland with a similar focus as the Iona study abroad trip.

    Along with working in Dublin, the students will also go to Waterford, where Edmund Rice founded the Christian brothers.
    “It’s somewhat surprising that Iona has never sent a mission trip to Ireland in the past, considering our strong ties to Edmund Rice, who was born and began his mission work right outside of Dublin,” said senior Alexa Serrecchia, who is also a campus minister. “I’m personally really excited to be co-leading the first Ireland mission trip, it will be an unforgettable experience.”

    Other students share similar sentiments in regards to attending Iona’s new mission initiative.

    “I really wanted to see a side of Ireland that is not in the tourists’ eye, and give back to a community where my heritage is from,” said senior Ryan Harding, who will be traveling to Dublin with the mission team this spring.
     
  • An Interview with Mark Barden, Whose Son Daniel Was A Victim of the Sandy Hook Shooting

    11/13/2013

    Hundreds of students gather to hear a father's poignant story about the loss of his son.

    Ali Mudano '14, reporter for Iona College North Avenue Nation TV interviews Mark Barden, the father of Daniel Barden, a victim of the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Mr. Barden gave an inspiring lecture in Iona's Romita Auditorium of Ryan Library as part of Week of the Peacemaker. The non-profit organization he promotes, Sandy Hook Promise, aims to open lines of communication and encourages thoughtful dialogue to resolve the gun control debate in this country.

  • Iona Professor and Political Analyst, Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D. Talks Elections

    11/5/2013

    In international, national and local media outlets

    Iona College Political Science and International Studies Professor Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., has been in international, national and local media discussing elections.
     
    NY Newsday 11/1/13
    Zaino: Ballot initiatives unfair to voters
    http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/zaino-ballot-initiatives-unfair-to-voters-1.6363540

    Huffington Post 11/5/13
    What do we do now? Why our leaders are better at campaigning
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanne-zaino/what-do-we-do-now_b_4210224.html

    WPIX11 11/5/13
    Voters to decide NYC mayor, New Jersey governor at polls today
    http://pix11.com/2013/11/05/voters-to-decide-nyc-mayor-new-jersey-governor-at-polls-today/#axzz2jnvNpXJ7

    El Colombiano 11/5/13
    En Nueva York votan hoy por el cambio tras 12 años de Bloomberg
    http://www.elcolombiano.com/BancoConocimiento/E/en_nueva_york_votan_hoy_por_el_cambio_tras_12_anos_de_bloomberg/en_nueva_york_votan_hoy_por_el_cambio_tras_12_anos_de_bloomberg.asp
  • Iona's Mock Trial Team Competes in Elite Field of Competitors

    11/5/2013

    Only College to compete in a field of Universities

    New Rochelle, NY (November 5, 2013)   On October 26-27 the Iona College Mock Trial team attended their first Invitational Tournament of the season, a 22-team field at Columbia University Law School. Iona, the only "college" in the field of universities, joined opponents that included the elite of the mock trial competition world.

    The team finished with a record of 2 wins - 4 losses - 2 ties. But do not let the record fool you, “This was actually an amazing weekend for the team and we are very excited by the results,” said Coach Adam Detsky, Esq.

    In Round 1, the Prosecution team faced Northwood University. Northwood is ranked #46 in the country (out of 651 teams in 2012-13). They are a perennial contender for the National Championship and were the 2009-10 National Champions.

    In Round 2, the Defense team faced Tufts A, the #24 ranked team in the country (top 4%), and an honorable mention team at the 2012-13 National Championship. In the round against Tufts, Iona lost one ballot by 3 points and tied on the other ballot. “A tie and a 3 point loss is no small feat: on each ballot a team can earn up to 140 points scored over 14 different categories, meaning this round was exceptionally close,” said Detsky.

    In Round 3, the Prosecution team faced Georgetown, the #36 ranked team in the country and a team that finished in the top 10 of their division at the National Championship in April. Iona won one ballot by one point and lost the other by one point.   It was an exceptionally close and even round.

    In Round 4, the Defense team faced the top team from Duke University, the 2011-12 National Champions, the #8 ranked team in the country and also finished in the top 10 of their division at the National Championship. Iona lost one ballot by two points and tied the other.

    “While we would have loved more wins to boast about,” added Detsky, “this is as solid a foundation a program could ask for to start the year, especially in the face of what is probably the toughest draw we've ever faced.”

    Iona did not go home empty handed. Kimberleigh Costanzo, senior Captain, won an individual award for being one of the top attorneys in the competition, finishing with 19 individual points out of a possible 20. Making the achievement all the more remarkable, she earned this achievement by outranking the top attorneys from the #8 Duke and #24 Tufts teams. It was her third consecutive year winning this award at this tournament - yet another truly amazing feat.

    This year’s team has been coached by Adam Detsky, Esq., Michael J. Gelfand, Esq., Isaac Gilwit ’09, and Nadia Niazi ’10.   Both Nadia and Isaac are Iona alumni and law school graduates. Isaac and his family have long-standing roots in the New Rochelle community and Isaac is a former member of the team. Michael J. Gelfand has been Detsky’s right-hand man for the past six years and is an attorney with Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein, LLP where he practices commercial litigation.
     
    The team this year has two goals: qualify for the National Championship tournament and prepare for next year's rebuilding as Iona’s four highest scorers graduate. This year’s team include: Kimberleigh Costanzo ’14, (Captain), Anastasia Nitis ’14, Mary Ann Gallucci ’14, Joseph Paciullo ’14, Amy Wert ’15, Joshua Myree ’15, Ariel May ’15, Stephanie Stein ’16, Kayla Kosack ’17, and Valery Gabriel ’17.

    The Mock Trial team receives support from the School of Arts and Science. “The College has funded and supported us for 11 years and it has truly been instrumental in allowing this activity to thrive at Iona and earn a national reputation for excellence in pre-law litigation,” stated Detsky. 

    The next and last tournament of the fall semester will be held the weekend of November 16th at American University.
     
     
  • Staff Honored at Lovinsky Scholarship Dinner

    11/4/2013

    Former Iona staff member Jean-Claude Lovinksy was honored at a fundraising dinner for the scholarship in his name.

    By William Nolan '16, Student Reporter - The Ionian


    Iona College hosted the Lovinsky Scholarship Fundraising Dinner on Oct. 26, honoring the late Jean-Claude Lovinsky and Eydie Jordan, the associate director of alumni relations. The Lovinsky scholarship was also awarded that night.

    The dinner took place in Spellman Hall’s Thomas J. Burke Lounge where friends, family and colleagues gathered to celebrate the two long-time  staff members.

    Lovinsky worked at Iona for over 30 years until he passed away in April of 2007. His wife, Lelienne Lovinsky, and three daughters, Stephanie Lovinsky-Doris, Dorcie Lovinsky and Nathalie Lovinsky, celebrated his legacy of love and care throughout the event.

    “My father always wanted to put his best foot forward and he wanted others to do so too,” said Dorcie Lovinsky. “I know he would be proud to see all of you here to honor him.”

    Just before dinner was served, the Iona College Praise Dancers performed and, following dinner, the Iona College Gospel Choir harmonized for the audience while guests ate dessert.

    The performances really outlined the celebratory tone of the event.

    The event is held in  mid-October to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Claude, said Lovinsky-Doris.

    The event also happened to be on honoree Eydie Jordan’s birthday and the audience sang happy birthday not once, but twice, for her.

    Jordan has been working at Iona since 1986 in the Alumni Relations office.

    She has gained a reputation of being one of the nicest people you will ever meet, according to guest speakers and family members.

    “You may have noticed the sunflowers on all of the tables here tonight, but the most beautiful sunflower in the room is sitting right there,” said master of ceremonies and Senior Director for Student Success Brother Kevin Devlin, pointing to Jordan.

    Wendy Jordan-Catapano, the daughter of Eydie Jordan, led the room in prayer before dinner.

    Afterward, Devlin insisted that Jordan be the first to get on the buffet-style dinner line.

    “Eydie would normally wait for everyone to eat and then get on the dinner line, so tonight if she doesn’t lead we don’t eat,” said Devlin.

    It is that quality of compassion that makes Jordan a perfect candidate to be honored in the spirit of Lovinsky.

    “Jean-Claude’s life was full of spirituality, song and praise and it is truly an honor to receive this award,” said Jordan.

    “These two people have something very special in common,” said Theresa Gottlieb, a member of Iona’s Board of Trustees and the event’s award presenter. “They both show us that to be a true Ionian you don’t have to graduate. They represent the best Iona can offer, they bleed maroon and gold.”

    “I am so honored and proud. I can’t think of a nicer place to work than Iona,” said Jordan. “Thank you for being here for me and for Jean-Claude, he was a wonderful man.”

    The final event of the evening was the introduction of the 2013 Lovinsky Scholarship recipient junior Narissa Black.

    In addition senior Sarah Guy earned the scholarship for the second year in a row after being the first to receive it in 2012.

    Black simply thanked all parties involved for the honor and wished a good night to all.

    The Lovinsky Scholarship is awarded to students of Haitian or Caribbean descent who are extremely involved in charitable events.

    It is hoped that in the future, an even greater impact can be made by the scholarship.

    “With successful fundraising events and other donations we hope to continue to expand the number of Jean-Claude Lovinsky scholars and the amount of awards in the future,”said Kathryn Wiegand, Mission and Ministry’s director of music.
  • Model UN Promotes Girls' Rights

    11/4/2013

    Model UN brought attention to issues encountered by millions of girls in the third world.

    By Trista Rivera ‘14, Student Reporter, The Ionian

     
    Model UN celebrated United Nations Day on Oct. 24 by spotlighting issues faced by millions of girls in developing countries around the world.

    During the event, Model UN spread awareness about a worldwide foundation called Girl Up.

    The foundation, run by girls, advocates for the rights of girls in third world and developing countries throughout the world.

    Girl Up seeks to end child marriage and human trafficking amongst girls in Liberia, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Malawi.

    Senior Laura Lubrano, president of Model UN, outlined the goals of the foundation, while junior CJ Funaro and senior Eva Renski shared information on how people can support the foundation’s efforts.

    The audience was shown various videos that explain what Girl Up is and the goals of the organization.

    While some of the videos spread awareness about the growing concern of child marriages and human trafficking, the others contained inspirational goals of the women in developing countries.

    Junior Shristi Gajurel spoke about what this event meant to her.

    “I spoke to this director from ‘Our Sister’s Place’ and she said the biggest problem with the United States is that most people don’t know that human trafficking happens and abuse happens,” said Gajurel. “We don’t have to do big things, but if we make five or ten people aware of issues like this and have them do small things, then we can make a difference.”

    Funaro brought up small ideas such as donating five dollars to the cause, hosting a 5K walk to fundraise, or taking five minutes to learn about the issue.

    Additional ways that students can support the foundation are by signing up to receive Girl Up newsletters and simply labeling a relevant tweet with #Uniteforgirls.
     
    The presenters at the event stressed that students must make it a goal to advocate for the equality and safety of women all around the world.

    “Model UN thought it would be fun to bring light to a UN founded organization to celebrate UN day this year,” Lubrano said. “We had the opportunity to educate our peers about an amazing organization that helps so many women and it was great to see so many people there.”
  • Meet Michael Marsden, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    11/1/2013

    Over 200 Iona faculty and staff attend community address

    On October 15, over 200 Iona faculty and staff attended a community address by the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Michael Marsden, Ph.D. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. introduced Dr. Marsden who delivered brief remarks detailing key goals in the Provost’s area for this academic year.

    Dr. Marsden discussed his professional career experience in higher education which spans more than four decades and now including Iona College, six institutions, four of which were public and two of which have been private. His current focus is to support Iona’s mission, goals and continued success for academic excellence.

    “I will do my best to keep my communications open and consistent with all groups and individuals,” said Dr. Marsden. “I pledge to work with each of you to seek solutions to issues now rather than later. I will also pledge to do so with as much humor as possible.”

    He described his support for the mission centered goals of the Strategic Plan including but not limited to: increasing student retention and graduation rates, reviewing current undergraduate graduate programs, enhancing faculty and staff broad-based professional development programs and providing students with a variety of opportunities for study abroad.

    Dr. Marsden will provide a mid-year progress report in January and an end of spring semester progress report. He stated he is looking forward to working collaboratively with all staff to keep the robust agenda moving forward by providing support and sharing whatever experience he has gleaned over the years.

    The presentation was followed by a question and answer session and an informal reception in the President’s Dining Room in Driscoll Hall.

    Dr. Marsden resides in New Rochelle with his wife Mary.
  • Mazzella Lit for Cancer Research

    10/31/2013

    Iona students raise over funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

    By Rachel Baio, '17


    Mazzella Field was lit up  as Iona students walked around the turf with illuminated balloons. Edmund Rice Society (ERS) had their annual Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an event the ERS holds each year to raise awareness and money for research.

    This year included a raffle, appearances and support from several co-sponsors, and an alumni guest speaker.

    The night began in the End Zone, where participants registered and made a donation to the cause. After registration, students were given a balloon with a light inside, so when the switch was turned on the balloon lit up like a floating candle.

    After receiving their balloon, the participants gathered around the bleachers while a DJ played music from Mazzella’s huge speakers. Not long after, the Dance Team performed a positive and lively routine centered in the field. The Pipe band also made an appearance.

    “The crowd was large,” Edmund Rice President Alyssa Toth said. “There was about 250 people walking with us.” Mazzella  was lit by flickering artificial candles as students turned on their lights and began to walk for cancer. Lapping the turf four times while listening to music and holding up the glowing balloons, Iona lit up the night in remembrance and support for lymphoma and leukemia patients.

    Sororities  Phi Sigma Sigma, Psi Kappa Theta, Gamma Lamda Rho and Delta Theta Beta walked along side participants. SADD Club, Hellenic Society and fraternity Pi Kappa Phi also showed their support.

    “We had about ten co-sponsors this year,” said Toth. “The amount of support was just amazing.”

    After walking around the field with the glowing balloons, a raffle took place. The raffle offered prizes of four $25 Visa gift cards and movie tickets to the lucky winners.

    When all the prizes were awarded, a guest speaker took over the microphone to say a few words.

    Alumna Meaghan McGoldrick (‘13) spoke to all the participants in appreciation  as she announced that this year’s Light the Night Walk was being held in her mother’s memory. McGoldrick’s mother passed away just a week before the event.

    “This is a great cause, and all the money raised is going to help a lot of people,” McGoldrick said.

    This year, the Light the Night event raised $620 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as additional funds to support McGoldrick.

    “This event was doubled in size this year compared to last year and the funds we raised this year nearly doubled last year’s totals,” said Toth. “I hope that this event will be able to continue to bring together the Iona community and raise funds and awareness for those who need it the most.”
  • Chemistry Students Display Latest Research at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

    10/30/2013

    Research to be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals

    New Rochelle, NY (October 30, 2013) Sixteen Iona chemistry undergraduate research students attended, and seven poster presentations were made, at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This event was held in New Haven, CT on Saturday, October 26. Each year ACS hosts an annual regional symposium of the latest chemical research that reflects the diverse professional interests in their geographic regions.
     
    The student attendees were, seniors Peter Vitale, Rosario Giacomini, Jaclyn Robustelli, Donika Kabashi, Kristin Ferencz, Jennifer Barajas, Gregory Badura; juniors  Michelle Muzzio, Omoakhe Tisor, Scott Friedbauer; sophomores, Peter Milianta, Sean Campbell, Geoffrey Cawley, Melissa Morales, Jacqueline Martinez, and New Rochelle High School student David Lopez.
     
    They were accompanied by their chemistry faculty mentors, Dr. Thomas Castonguay, Dr. Kathleen Kristian, Dr. Sunghee Lee and Dr. Joseph Ryan.
     
    It is expected that much of the research presented at the meeting will be published in peer-reviewed professional scientific journals.
  • Over $269,000 Raised at Iona College Trustee Invitational

    10/25/2013

    Second highest grossing Trustee Invitational in a decade

    New Rochelle, NY (October 25, 2013) Iona College raised $269,350 at the 40th Annual Board of Trustees Invitational at the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. on Monday, October 21.  This is the second highest grossing Trustee Invitational in the past 10 years with the highest in 2007 at $279,000.
     
    More than 200 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on both the East and West courses, including a “Beat the Pro” contest which was coordinated by Mike Gilmore P’16,’17, Winged Foot’s head golf professional.  Guests also enjoyed a lavish breakfast, lunch and dinner and participated in live and silent auctions.
     
    This year’s scholarship recipient, Nicole Motolinia ’14, shared her Iona story and addressed more than 150 Trustees, alumni, parents and friends of Iona College. "I would like to express my gratitude towards all of the donors who have made my education possible at Iona College," said Ms. Motolinia. "Because of your generous contributions I am a step closer to pursuing my dreams and life-time goals"
     
    The proceeds of this annual Invitational directly support the Winged Foot Scholarship at Iona College.  This event is also an opportunity for Winged Foot employees and their families to apply for scholarship credits at the College.
     
    Other highlights of the evening included a special acknowledgement to Winged Foot Golf Club host, Charles H. McCabe ’68MBA, ’88H, event chairman, J. Riley McDonough ’72, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, James P. Hynes ’69, ’01H, for their generosity and leadership in spearheading the event’s success.
  • Iona Celebrates Homecoming and Family Weekend

    10/24/2013

    Over 1,000 Gaels demonstrate school spirit.

    New Rochelle, NY (October 24, 2013) The College was bustling with energy and enthusiasm as over 1,000 alumni, students, parents, and friends gathered on campus to celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend on October 18-20.  This celebratory weekend was a wonderful opportunity for the Iona community to enjoy campus, reconnect with old friends and make new memories together.  Hundreds attended the Gael Parents Association breakfast, the Fall Family Carnival, Oktoberfest Garden, the Thomas Paine discussion and the various sporting competitions.  The festivities concluded with our Homecoming and Memorial Mass, a tradition that recognizes and pays respect to those alumni who are deceased.
  • Iona Welcomes Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

    10/18/2013

    ITPS Brings Prestige and Recognition to Forgotten Founding Father by Giuliana Trivella '14

    By Giuliana Trivella '14 

    Iona College established the first and only Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) program at an academic institution this past July.

    The announcement followed the recent approval by the New York State Supreme Court of a petition by the Thomas Paine National Historical Association to transfer permanent custodianship of its Thomas Paine Collection to Iona.

    The collection consists of 300 varied items created from the late 18th to early 19th century. It was established to be the premier academic center for the preservation, study and dissemination of Thomas Paine’s through stewardship of related archival materials and development of educational programming, according to the press release from Iona College.

    Senior Tony Pullano is one Iona student to feel privileged to have these artifacts available to him.
    “Thomas Paine has contributed so much to the country we live
    in today,” said Pullano. “This collection deserves special recognition and it is an inspiration to have a collection of his in our very own school.”

    Faculty Director of the ITPS, Dr. Scott Cleary, feels there is something for everyone in the collection at the Ryan Library, but he does have a personal favorite.

    “Personally, the most impressive item for me is a likely autograph manuscript copy of a poem written by Paine when he was in France during the French Revolution,” said Cleary.

    “We don’t consider Paine a poet, and yet he was one of modest capacity, and that is what’s most impressive about the archive. Any and all of its items may give us additional insight into the man, the period, and the century,” he said.

    Paine was an English-American political activist, theorist and author, most known for being a “Founding Father” of the United States.

    The collection, and Thomas Paine himself, did not receive the recognition they deserve, according to the former provost, Dr. Brian Nickerson.

    “The establishment of this Institute creates a first-of-its-kind academic affiliation for a long-neglected yet influential founding intellect of our country,” said Nickerson. “Paine’s writings have and continue to influence the political, social, and economic debates of our era. One cannot understand the fundamental principles of democracy or the American experience without understanding Paine.”

    Cleary wanted the students of Iona to know about the new curriculum created in honor of the institute.

    “We have already established an interdisciplinary minor in Thomas Paine Studies. I think that is what I want students to know most,” said Cleary. “The Institute is a resource for them, and this minor not only allows them an interdisciplinary study of a man and period that was foundational for global history, but there is a strong internship component to the minor as well. We have internships for credit in English, History, and Political Science, and opportunities for anybody interested in library science or museum studies.”

    The program also brings a favorable boost to Iona’s reputation.

    “The archive raises Iona to the level of institutions such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania as the home of the papers and works of an American founding father,” said Cleary.

    “The archive also strengthens our community ties to New Rochelle, since the archive is open to the public, and was created as joint venture between the TPNHA and the college. It makes Iona ground zero for interdisciplinary research, and it situates the college as a leader in shaping and shifting the legacy of a neglected founding father. That can’t be underestimated.”

    Iona’s commitment to the holding of these resources will help maintain and educate the New Rochelle and Iona community on the legacy of Thomas Paine
  • Computer Science Club Heads to Regionals

    10/18/2013

    by Rachel Baio '16 The Ionian - Student Reporter

    By Rachel Baio '16
    The Ionian - Student Reporter

    Each year the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) holds a competition to see which college can solve the most computer technology problems. This year, a team from Iona will proudly be attending.

    The competition will be held at Yale University on Oct. 27. It’s been five years since Iona has been a part of ACM’s Regional Competition, which is especially exciting for the six students who are going to be competing this October.

    Senior Stephen Rodriguez will be leading the team as president of the Computer Science club, which is open to all and is a resource group that helps students to learn about software, such as making websites and applications.

    Representing Iona this year will be Rodriguez, along with juniors Michael Brown, Orlando Barreiros, Costas Vraheimis, Jeoffrey Cawley, and graduate student Jay Velasco. They will be split into two teams and will compete against representatives from neighboring schools, including many Ivy League universities.

    “Princeton will be there, as well as NYU, Cornell, and of course Yale,” said Rodriguez.

    The ACM Regional Competition tests computer science students’ ability to solve incredibly difficult software problems, such as “millennia problems,” as Rodriguez explained.

    “The problems are basically impossible to solve, but we do our best to create programs that will help us find a solution,” he said.

    The problems will have strict time constraints, as each team races to create a computer programing solution for twelve problems in only eight hours. The teams will also be graded on their speed to find a solution and the efficiency of their solutions.

    Even more pressure is added as the competitors are forced to solve the issues without any help from technology.

    “We have to prep everything ourselves,” Rodriguez explains. “The only things we can bring are a few pages of cheat sheets.”


    On top of solely relying on their memories and a few pieces of paper, the team is also pressured to perform at their best efforts because IBM will be attending the competition looking for future employees.

    “It is very exciting because IBM will be recruiting students to work for them as programmers,” said Rodriguez.

    If successful with their programs at the regionals, one of the two Iona teams will be sent to the World Finals competition in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Here, the problems only get more difficult, but the time given to find a solution increases as well.

    Russia will be hosting the competition to teams from countries across the world, such as China and Italy. This is an incredible opportunity for Rodriguez and his team.

    Only the top three teams from the regional competition can attend the World Finals.

    Iona sends Rodriguez and the Computer Science club much luck at the ACM competition.
  • Making a Difference

    10/16/2013

    by Thomas McNulty '16 The Ionian, Student Reporter

    by Thomas McNulty, '16
    The Ionian, Student Reporter


    Make a Difference Week is in full swing. On Sept. 28, Dr. Nyre rolled out the first pitch at the Week’s opening event, the Success Center & Best Buddies Kickball game. Few events could better encapsulate the spirit of Make a Difference Week, with Iona students cheering on disabled adults and local students enrolled in tutoring at the Success Center.

    The week began with an Opening Mass in Spellman Hall, and included a Project Bro trip on Oct. 4, in which students visited elderly Christian Brothers at the St. Joseph’s Residence. A group of students already participated in the Walk 4 Hearing: The Hearing Loss Association of America Annual Walk on Sept. 29, and on Oct. 6, Iona students had the opportunity to participate in either a Walk for Autism or the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention.

    On Sept. 30 in the End Zone, Phi Sigma Sigma held their fifth annual Extend Yourself for Breast Cancer event, where volunteers receive pink hair extensions to raise awareness for breast cancer. According to one sister, junior Kristal Tziazas, the event seemed an appropriate beginning to October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    As an organization founded on sisterhood, sophomore Samantha Cosentino felt that this event resonated with Phi Sigma Sigma’s commitment to “mothers, sisters, daughters” and “all the friends and family members suffering from Breast Cancer.”
    One would be hard-pressed not to find some way to become meaningfully involved in Make A Difference Week.
  • Website Redesign Showcases Achievement

    10/15/2013

    by Alexandra Steinberg '16 The Ionian, Student Reporter

    Iona College has undertaken major renovations to the college’s website that aim to make the user experience easier and to show prospective students the opportunities they will have at Iona.
    The new website, which goes live Oct. 5, places an emphasis on photos and videos.
    These media spotlight current students, alumni and faculty, showcasing what they love about Iona and the opportunities they are given through their education.

    One of these features spotlights recent graduate Kirsten Knott, who received an internship at 1-800-FLOWERS.
    The video explains why she switched majors and how involvement in clubs on campus helped her receive her internship.
    The website redesign is tied into the college’s re-branding and the tag line “Move The World.”
    “The website is the virtual front gate of the college. It’s a student’s first impression of the college. The new platform gives the outside world a chance to share the excitement and energy of our campus community,” said Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer Joanne Steele.

    One of the key changes to the website is the “mega menu.” This menu features every possible link the user would need to navigate the site.
    Instead of selecting one menu that brings the user to another menu of choices, the “mega menu” combines all of the menus into just a few tabs and alleviates the long search for the link the user would need.
    The Room Reservation System also received an upgrade. Now when a member of Student Life goes to promote and reserve a room for an event, a list of available rooms on campus will show up. This helps avoid double-booking rooms.

    The new website will be smart phone and tablet ready, meaning that every feature available on a desktop or laptop will be compatible with a mobile device.
    This includes the new scrolling feature. Instead of clicking on different tabs to preview different menus, the user can just scroll up and down the page until the menu they need shows up.
    “Clicking on menus is a thing of the past,” Steele said.
    Each audience will now have its own home page to serve their needs.
    These audiences not only include students, alumni, and faculty, but also friends and families of students and faculty, as well as prospective students.
    Completing the website took one year. Many helped to create the site, including the Committee on Technology and Computing Services, eight members of the project team, and an external advertising agency called CollegeNET.
    Those involved in the creation conducted focus groups, student interviews, and external market research in order to make the website as easy to use as possible and promote the new logo and the “Move the World” tag line.
    “It began with significant quantitative and qualitative market research. During this part of the project, we explored who we are [as a college,]” Steele said.

    One of the focus groups were prospective students touring the campus. Two screenshots of different Iona websites would be shown, and the group would decide which website they liked best.
    Through this process, the committee was able to gather information on which website would be most eye-catching to prospective students and families.
    If you have any suggestions on how the website can be improved once it goes live or you would like your Iona story to be featured on the webpage, please email Joanne Steele at jsteele@iona.edu.
     
  • Wall Street Legend and Iona Alumnus Ralph Acampora Jr. ′63 Visits Campus

    10/11/2013

    Wall Street legend and Iona alumnus, Ralph Acampora Jr. ’63, presented to a large audience of students, faculty and staff for the Executive for the Day, sponsored by the Hagan School of Business.

    New Rochelle, NY (October 10, 2013) Wall Street legend and Iona alumnus, Ralph Acampora Jr. ’63, presented to a large audience of students, faculty and staff for the Executive for the Day, sponsored by the Hagan School of Business. The lecture, “Sentiment: The Key to Long Term Investing,” was held in the Romita auditorium of Ryan Library in late September.
     
    While on campus, Acampora met with two finance classes and shared real world experience and financial market trends with the students and faculty. “It’s wonderful to see an alumnus give back to the College,” said Vin Calluzzo, Ph.D., dean of the Hagan School of Business. “Mr. Acampora generously shared his years of expertise and insight with the campus community and his connection with the students was evident in all his interactions.”
     
    Acampora is a director of Alverita LLC and senior managing director of market analytics for Altaira, Ltd., the Swiss parent company.  Based in Geneva, Altaira Wealth Management initially used exchange-traded funds and other products from Russell Investments in accounts averaging more than $100 million.

    A teacher of technical analysis at the New York Institute of Finance since 1970, Acampora is a pioneer in the development of market analytics and has a global reputation as a market historian and a technical analyst, providing unique insights on market timing and related investment strategy issues. He is a chartered market technician, a designation he helped create and which is now recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Mr. Acampora also co-authored the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination.
  • Campus-Wide Town Hall Meetings Highlight Iona Success

    9/30/2103

    Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre and senior leaders hosted town hall meetings to discuss the health of the College, achievements and results from the past year, along with highlights of the year to come.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 30, 2103) Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre and senior leaders hosted town hall meetings to discuss the health of the College, achievements and results from the past year, along with highlights of the year to come.

    In a continued effort to improve communication across the campus, two of the three town hall meetings were held Thursday. The first was for staff and administrators and the second for faculty. The third town hall meeting will be for students on October 10. Each of the meetings offer the same presentations but are held separately to encourage greater opportunity for conversation.

    Thursday’s town halls were moderated by MaryEllen Callaghan, senior policy advisor and chief of staff, and Tricia Mulligan, chair and associate professor of the political science department and began with invocations by Brother Sean Moffet and Brother Kevin Devlin.

    President Nyre introduced the presentations by delivering an overview of the many challenges the College faced during the past academic year and outlined the successful outcomes of each.

     “While much is happening to elevate the College, I want to begin by highlighting the fact that, while the College may look different than it did in past decades, may include more residential students than ever before, and may have new academic programs – and new leaders, the commonalities of today’s Iona far outweigh the differences,” President Nyre said. “We are bound by the Iona mission, our Christian Brothers heritage, and a dedication to being a college that transforms lives.”

    Accomplishments in the last year included, ratification of new budgets with strong contingency plans, the receipt of full accreditation from Middle States, completion of the first year of the five year strategic plan which repositioned the College, the advancement of new academic programs, the establishment of an endowment fund for faculty innovation and excellence, more resources to support student success, new branding and elevated marketing of College’s academic programs, implementation of a new enrollment strategy, record year for fundraising, Iona’s endowment and a notable mention of significant campus renovations. Most importantly President Nyre stressed, the College has made great strides in addressing affordability by curbing tuition increases and increasing scholarship aid.

    Town hall meetings have become a regular occurrence at Iona and a consistent part of the strategic planning process. Town hall meetings allow for data and information to be shared in a timely manner while also providing an environment for informed discussion and opportunity for feedback from the campus community.

    On the horizon is the completing the campus master plan, maintaining fiscal health and credit ratings of the College, and to completing the silent phase of Iona’s fundraising campaign.

    “With your support, we are accomplishing more and more every day for Iona College.” President Nyre noted, “We have an aggressive agenda to elevate the College and move the world. I am proud of what is happening at Iona, and hope you are too.”

    Several senior administrators followed President Nyre’s presentation with reports from their administrative areas:

    • Brian Nickerson, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, discussed academic program reviews.
    • Joanne Steele, vice provost for Information Technology, revealed a sample of the newly re-designed website and noted the new site is scheduled to launch October 5.
    • Ann Marie Schettini-Lynch, senior vice president for Finance and Administration, gave an overview of the current budget climate.
    • Mary Beth Carey, vice president for Enrollment Management reported successful outcomes for this years increased numbers for student enrollment.
    • Paul Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement and External Affairs - discussed the “Iona Forever Campaign”, the College’s branding and marketing direction and the overall advancement goals and initiatives for fiscal year 2014.

    A healthy question and answer discussion with audience members and senior leadership followed the presentation and concluded with thanks from the presenters to all who attended.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2726
    Mobile: (914) 217-4061
    dinsanalli@iona.edu
     

  • Edmund Rice International Welcomes “Nine is Mine”

    10/7/2013

    Visit to the United Nations General Assembly By Kevin Cawley, CFC Executive Director of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College, Representative for Edmund Rice International at the United Nations

    Visit to the United Nations General Assembly
     
    By Kevin Cawley, CFC
    Executive Director of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College,
    Representative for Edmund Rice International at the United Nations
     
    Edmund Rice International Welcomes Nine is Mine
    Edmund Rice International (ERI) welcomed Nine is Mine to New York from September 18- September 27, 2013. Eleven students and nine chaperones composed the delegation under the direction of Br. Steve Rocha of the Indian Province of Edmund Rice Christian Brothers.
     
    Iona College Hosts the Young People
    Iona College proved a most generous host for the group. Carl Procario -Foley, Ph.D., director for Campus Ministries, graciously offered to assist Br. Kevin Cawley of ERI with the housing and transportation details during their stay. Students were matched with host families near the campus. Iona vans provided transport to the nearest train and subway stops. Br. Sean Whitty and Br. Dennis Gunn also provided assistance with driving and supervising and preparing dinner. The Iona College Brothers community provided some accommodation for several chaperones. Participation in the life of Iona included visits to classes and the children were able to headline the Thursday night “Coffee House” in the student union where they were treated royally. Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., Dean of Arts and Science at Iona and a native of Kolkatta, provided dinner for the group on campus for one of the evenings.
     
    New York City Assistance
    We were assisted in New York by Sr. Fatima Rodrigo of the Presentation Sisters who also provided a spectacular lunch for the group at an Indian Restaurant - a wonderful touch of home for all the students. Sr. Fatima also provided invaluable guidance on how to address the logistics of movement around the various venues. This help was critical while the General Assembly was blanketed by New York City police, United Nations security and the national security apparatus of the various heads of state in town for the General Assembly, including President Obama of the USA on Tuesday of the first week.
     
    Some Highlights
    The children visited and spoke at Light of the World events at the Austrian Mission; they visited the headquarters of World Vision; they called in at the India Mission to the United Nations and were graciously received by the First Secretary, Amit Narang. The children presented at the event sponsored by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan where they shared the platform with Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of GreenPeace. There were further contacts with the India Mission, a Stakeholder’s Briefing on the Commission on Sustainable Development, invitations to sessions on Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Agenda and events at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as Japan House and the Church Center for the United Nations.

    They made an especially memorable impression at the Wada Na Todo Abhiyan event when one girl presented in Hindi from a wheelchair, a young girl blind since birth provided the English translation while reading from a braille text and a young man born deaf and mute provide a simultaneous sign language translation for the assembled audience.
     
    Nine is Mine Advocacy
    A bit of background may be helpful for a context for this visit. The Nine is Mine campaign is a children’s advocacy campaign that seeks the fulfillment of education for all, an end to gender discrimination and a reduction in child mortality. These goals correspond to UN Millennium Development Goals 2, 3 and 4 . Adding the numbers totals 9, hence “9 is Mine”. It is an initiative of children by children and for children to claim their right to be heard and their right to participation even in governance. The campaign began in India in response to Nelson Mandela’s call to every ordinary citizen to hold the government accountable to their commitment “to end poverty and social exclusion.” (Wada Na Todo Abhiyan).
     
    The children of India took it upon themselves to demand that India allocate 6% of GDP on Education and 3% on health; hence “9 is Mine” once again.
     
    The Nine is Mine delegation to New York was determined to apply pressure on the Member States participating in the 68th Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations as they met at UN headquarters in the fall of 2013. To this end, they worked vigorously to be present at a number of events surrounding the General Assembly gathering of heads of state. The young people made an indelible impression by their focus, their good humor, and their untiring press for opportunities to speak. They continued to impress despite some setbacks and disappointments when security closed off venues or tickets were limited or prices were out of reach. The group stayed cohesive and mutually supportive despite the many surprising changes of schedule and long days of commuting on NY city subways.

    Student Reflections
     
    Jessalyn Marconi, ′14
    Student Campus Minister: Montgomery House Habitat for Humanity & Publicity Kairos (K7) Director
     
    After becoming involved with the Nine is Mine campaign, it was extremely exciting to meet twelve  students who traveled from India to rally at the UN this past month for their movement. Filled with passion to fight social justice issues that have been largely ignored in both developed and developing countries, those eleven students inspired me to advocate with them. As these students have explained to me, it is time for the 189 member states that signed the Millennium Development Goals to uphold their promise of making development goals a reality for all people, including children, everywhere. 
     
    Ashley Hubaykah, ′15
     
    The Nine is Mine team taught me the power of a child's voice. Of all the people we listen to on a daily basis, I found it incredibly empowering that at the end of the day, our campus population remembered the voice of the child. The children verified the truth of how much power students have and the significant impact the young can make on the world today.
  • Iona to Purchase Property on North Avenue

    9/23/2013

    Iona College has agreed to purchase the property at 654 North Avenue in New Rochelle, home to Cannone’s Pizza and Campus Wings, within the next 30 days.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 23, 2013)  Iona College has agreed to purchase the property at 654 North Avenue in New Rochelle, home to Cannone’s Pizza and Campus Wings, within the next 30 days. The property is adjacent to Iona College and has been a strategic priority for several years. The acquisition is consistent with the College's efforts to develop both its campus and North Avenue.

    “We support economically viable development and revitalization of North Avenue and see this as an opportunity to extend that interest and our partnerships with New Rochelle business owners and developers,” said Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch, senior vice president for finance and administration.  “We look forward to creating more partnerships as we explore options for building student housing and other college facilities on North Avenue.”

    The property’s long-term use will be determined by Iona’s campus master planning process.  Iona will host a public meeting in early October to share updates on its master planning process and discuss other development interests on North Avenue.  That event will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 7, in Romita Auditorium of Ryan Library. 

    In June, the City of New Rochelle approved zoning supporting College-use development on North Avenue. The change resulted from the constructive engagement of neighborhood association leaders, elected officials, city officials, and College representatives via a voluntary planning process.

    Iona College, founded in 1940, is located in New Rochelle, Pearl River and Manhattan. The main campus in New Rochelle is a significant private employer and economic engine for the region.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2726
    Mobile: (914) 217-4061
    dinsanalli@iona.edu

  • Gaels Show Their Pride on Good Morning America

    9/20/2013

    On Sept. 11 a crowd of eager Iona students stormed New York for the chance of a lifetime.

    By Chelsea Champion ‘14, The Ionian - Staff Reporter

    On Sept. 11 a crowd of eager Iona students stormed New York for the chance of a lifetime.

    In honor of “GMA U” week, Good Morning America’s week-long special reliving the college experience, the Gaels were invited to come down to Times Square and be part of the show’s live audience.

    Students sacrificed precious sleep and gathered bright and early to be part of the experience, boarding two buses at 5:30 a.m.

    They were rewarded for their dedicated school spirit with a free box lunch and commemorative t-shirt for the occasion, provided by the college.

    The trip was seen by many as a great opportunity to get involved with student life in a new and exciting way.

    Junior Bayonia Marshall said, “I think it was great, especially for the freshmen because it was a way to get more involved with the school off campus.”

    This opportunity arose unexpectedly and plans were made in short order.

    According to Dawn Insanalli, director of Media Relations, Iona was contacted the week prior to the Sept. 11 filming and was asked to participate in the college week festivities.

    “We jumped at the chance to participate and show Iona pride,” said Insanalli. “It was a great opportunity to appear in front of a national audience and get our name out there.”

    Students emerged from the buses decked out from top to bottom in Iona gear sporting creative and spirited signs.

    Killian even made an appearance, hanging in the crowd with the other excited students.

    “As an international student I didn’t really know what to expect coming here,” said Junior Beauvais, class of 2015. “It ended up being a very great experience to be part of the crew here and I really enjoyed it.” Other students agree.

    Junior James Walker said, “At the beginning I was indifferent about the trip, but it turned out to be a great time. We made a lot of memories and showed a lot of spirit for Iona and this event brought that out in us.”

    The broadcast ran for two hours, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., with the college portion airing during the second hour.

    Although students were spread throughout the crowd and mixed in with other visitors and college students, the Gaels still managed to get some face time with the camera.

    Some students even came back to campus with free mementos from Good Morning America such as hats, t-shirts and banners.

    Many students were lucky enough to be standing right behind the action of the interview with Jenny McCarthy and the musical entertainment by The Beelzebubs, an a capella group from Tufts University, showing off their Iona pride to a national audience.

    Anchor Sam Champion even mingled with the crowd, briefly interviewing a few students and even stopping to appear in a few pictures with enthusiastic fans.

    The excitement didn’t end there. Some Gaels were also granted special access to the studio after the show for the live filming of Good Morning America’s online segment, GMA Live.

    Only a handful of people had the chance to take part in this behind the scenes experience and get up close and personal with the GMA cast and crew.

    “I got really excited when they asked us to go see the studio,” said senior Caitlin Brown. “It was cool to be a part of it and see what it takes to make the show.”

    This trip was a unique opportunity for both the students and the college alike.

    The broadcast afforded Iona the chance to shine in front of the entire country, showing off school spirit and helping to bring more attention to the new student-focused branding campaign.

    “I am proud of our students for showing such support and I especially thank everyone for waking up so early to participate,” said Insanalli.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2726
    Mobile: (914) 217-4061
    dinsanalli@iona.edu

  • 2013 Fall Convocation

    9/19/2013

    The Iona College campus community gathered on Monday, September 9, for fall convocation in the Christopher J. Murphy auditorium.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 19, 2013) The Iona College campus community gathered on Monday, September 9, for fall convocation in the Christopher J. Murphy auditorium.

    This annual event heralds the beginning of the academic year and offers the campus community an opportunity to celebrate collective achievements. President Joseph E. Nyre addressed faculty, students and staff, sharing news about fall enrollment, which includes 922 freshmen -- one of the largest classes in the last decade -- and 2,180 returning undergraduates.  He also shared updates on endowment, annual fundraising, and a new resource for faculty.

     “We return for the fall semester with a newly endowed $400,000 fund for faculty development and innovation,” President Nyre said. “By placing 20 percent of the surplus in an endowed fund for faculty, the Board of Trustees has funded a priority of the strategic plan in support of faculty, a fund which we plan to grow via the comprehensive campaign. We also return for the fall semester after a record year in annual fundraising. Our endowment has grown to over $75 million. This is a fund that continues to grow via philanthropy, prudent cash management and modest annual surpluses. The Iona College endowment supports student scholarships, faculty development and partially funds the strategic plan.”

    President Nyre introduced the convocation keynote speaker John F. Ebersole, LPD, president of Excelsior College, who spoke on “The Intersection of innovation and Technology in Higher Education: Lessons Learned and Where We Can Go.”  President Ebersole presented his perspective on the appeal for higher levels of degree completion, greater access to higher education and how online learning fits into the picture. “When standing at the intersection of innovation and technology, expect change,” President Ebersole said. “Those who stand still are at risk of being run over.”

    Other highlights of Convocation included a processional led by the Iona Pipers, an invocation by Sr. Patricia McGinley, Provost Brian Nickerson’s introduction and presentation of faculty awards by Hugh Short, Ph.D. associate professor of English.

    Each year awards are presented to an adjunct, junior and senior faculty member selected by their peers in recognition of excellence in teaching and professional achievements. This year’s honorees were Sheila Kriemelman, adjunct professor, Visual Arts Program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts; the junior faculty award was presented to Deborah Volberg Pagnotta, professor, Speech Communication Studies Department; and the senior faculty award went to Catherine Mapp, associate professor, who directs the Dance Studies Program and curates and directs the Iona College Dance Ensemble.

    Convocation concluded with a performance of the Iona Alma Mater by the Iona Singers, followed by a reception in Memorial Park outside Ryan Library and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Iona Alumna Jesse Ladoue, ’10 Crowned Miss New York International 2013 Visits Her Alma Mater

    9/19/2013

    Iona College alumna Jesse Ladoue, ’10 recently crowned Miss New York International 2013, paid a visit to her alma mater to attend the 9/11 service at Iona’s Memorial Park and to visit with students on campus.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 19, 2013) Iona College alumna Jesse Ladoue, ’10 recently crowned  Miss New York International 2013, paid a visit to her alma mater to attend the 9/11 service at Iona’s Memorial Park and to visit with students on campus. “The 9/11 ceremony is and testament to the celebration of diversity in the Iona family - always being cognizant that while we may share different beliefs, we were all affected on that day,” said Ladoue.

    Ladoue is a 2010 graduate of Iona College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and currently operates her own company, JL Presentations Consulting Co., which specializes in helping individuals create their personal brand. A resident of the greater Buffalo area, she is an avid lover of all New York sports teams and enjoys graphic design, arts and crafts, emceeing events and spending time with her family.

    “Being back on campus at Iona College was a truly special experience,” said Ladoue.  “Being able to spend time visiting with the organizations and offices that I was a part of reminded me of the warmth, spirit, and community atmosphere that I fell in love with while visiting as a high school student.  I am a proud graduate!"

    A committed community volunteer, Ladoue, will spend her year as Miss International promoting her platform of the importance of volunteerism and volunteer recognition through VolunteerMatch.org and her own initiatives, “V for Volunteer” and “Volunteer of the Month” award.  VolunteerMatch.org is a global organization that matches individuals with volunteer opportunities through their partnerships with more than 90,000 non-profit organizations.   Ladoue began promoting VolunteerMatch.org in 2011 and in the past year alone has traveled 10,000 miles promoting volunteerism.

    Founded upon being crowned Miss New York International, the “V for Volunteer” campaign engages the next generation of volunteers through social media and other digital means to prove that modern day service is accessible to all ages, schedules, and skill-sets. Ladoue’s “Volunteer of the Month” award is sponsored by VolunteerMatch and recognizes every day heroes and existing volunteers to show that their contributions are not only important, but appreciated.

    In addition to her charitable platform, Ladoue also supports Special Olympics, International missionary work (Kenya), and International Pageants’ national partner, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

    “I am so honored to represent the International Pageants system in my exciting new role as Miss International 2013,” said Ladoue. “Through my work on behalf of my platform this year, I’ll also be able to showcase the amazing deeds of the countless strong women with wonderful hearts who participate in International Pageants each year.”      

    The Miss International Pageant is the only platform-based system and is owned and operated by Roanoke, Va.-based International Pageants, Inc., which also operates the Miss Teen and Mrs. International competitions.  Miss International showcases the professional and civic achievements of single women between the ages of 19 and 29.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Cardinal Dolan to Speak at Iona's 2014 Commencement

    9/16/2013

    President Joseph E. Nyre announced today that the 2014 Iona College undergraduate commencement keynote speaker will be His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 16, 2013) President Joseph E. Nyre announced today that the 2014 Iona College undergraduate commencement keynote speaker will be His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. The ceremony will take place on May 17, 2014. The location and other details about commencement will be shared in coming months. 

    In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York and, in 2013, appointed him to the College of Cardinals. In 2010, Cardinal Dolan was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  He was Archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, preceded by service as an Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis from 2001 to 2002. See more about Cardinal Dolan at http://www.archny.org/about-us/timothy-cardinal-dolan/.  

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Iona College Students Attend Broadcasting Field Trip to Citi Field

    9/16/2013

    Iona College students recently attended a broadcasting field trip led by Mass Comm's Mike Damergis to Citi Field.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 16, 2013) Iona College students recently attended a broadcasting field trip led by Mass Comm's Mike Damergis to Citi Field. The future sports broadcasters met with  several players and Mets third base coach Tim Teufel. The students worked  on their interviewing skills in a real-life setting. Senior Jon Stanko interviewed Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre, while Kevin Bartnett talked with New Rochelle native and Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Twelve Iona Students Trek To Nation's Chemistry Hub to Present Their Research at the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis

    9/16/2013

    Twelve Iona Chemistry/Biochemistry majors, along with their mentor, Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., chair of the Chemistry department, proudly presented their research at the 246th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting on Sept 8-10, held in Indianapolis, IN.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 16, 2013) Twelve Iona Chemistry/Biochemistry majors, along with their mentor, Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., chair of the Chemistry department,  proudly presented their research at the 246th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting on Sept 8-10, held in Indianapolis, IN. Over 10,000 chemists from throughout the world attended this national meeting to share their cutting-edge research results

    As a capstone to their summer of laboratory research, these twelve students attended scientific seminars presented by acclaimed chemical scientists and entertaining science-related events by celebrities including Alan Alda. The students also presented three posters summarizing their research results, on the following topics:

    "Development of Droplet Interface Bilayer for Water Permeability Studies";

    "Inorganic Crystallization at a Nanomembrane"; and

     "Anion Sensitivity of Monoglycerides at the Liquid-Liquid Interface".

    The student attendees were Jaclyn Robustelli ('14, Biochemistry), Peter Vitale ('14, Biochemistry), Michelle Muzzio ('15, Chemistry), Omoakhe Tisor ('15, Biochemistry), Rosario Giacomini ('15, Biochemistry), Safiat Ayinde ('15 Biochemistry), Peter Milianta ('16, Biochemistry), Ricardo Oliveira ('16, Chemistry), Jacqueline Martinez ('16, Chemistry), Melissa Morales ('16, Chemistry), Geoffrey Cawley ('16, Chemistry) and Sean Campbell ('16, Computer Science).

    Their trip was made possible through the generous support from the Patrick Martin Foundation, Iona College, and National Science Foundation research grant awarded to Dr. Lee.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Iona College Supporting North Avenue Development

    9/11/2013

    Iona College is making substantial progress with plans to help develop North Avenue.

    New Rochelle, NY (September 11, 2013) Iona College is making substantial progress with plans to help develop North Avenue. As such the College announces a community event and a call for proposals in response to new zoning legislation recently enacted by the New Rochelle City Council designed to encourage development of the North Avenue corridor.

    This legislation, enacted this past June, was an important milestone which resulted from the work of the Community-College Committee, members of City Staff and the City Council, and neighbors, all of who worked together through complicated challenges. The zoning change not only supports Iona’s increasing need for College-controlled housing, but is also a positive step in the revitalization of North Avenue.

    “Iona is pleased to engage the community in this exciting opportunity,” said President Joseph E. Nyre. “We believe the zoning change will have a significant positive social and economic impact on North Avenue, local business, and the greater City of New Rochelle.”

    Iona will accept proposals to consider developments in collaboration with the community. Details about this process can be obtained by emailing Iona College at amcdermott@iona.edu.

    In addition, the College will conduct an open forum in early October, to share draft renderings and concepts with the community and welcome input. Details regarding the open forum with be forthcoming.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Staff and Administrative Council Ready to Serve

    8/30/2013

    The Iona College Staff and Administrative Council (SAC) are ready to begin serving their term as representatives of the College for 2013-2014.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 30, 2013) The Iona College Staff and Administrative Council (SAC) are ready to begin serving their term as representatives of the College for 2013-2014.

    The new executive board and standing committee were voted in this past spring.  SAC members are elected to represent the staff and administrators of Iona College. The Council serves as a forum for the expression and exchange of the ideas and concerns of those represented and as a means of communicating advice and recommendations to the College Council and its standing committees. The powers of SAC are derived from and are subject to the authority of the Board of Trustees.

    Michele Sampson-Nelson, Director of Off-Campus Housing, reflects on her experience as former SAC Chair; “Being Chair of the Staff and Administrative Council has been one of my most rewarding professional experiences.  I got to learn about the many experiences of employees across campus.  I was privileged to work with wonderful officers and representatives all striving to continuously improve Iona. And I was able to partner with Iona's administration and offices across campus on SAC's behalf to make positive impacts on our employee experience while working to support Iona's Mission and the Strategic Plan.”  

    Incoming SAC Chair, Laurie Wenchell, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services said “I am gratified to have been elected to serve as chair in the coming year, and have been proud to serve as a member and officer of the Staff and Administrative Council for 10 of my 14 years at Iona College.  The engagement of colleagues, with whom I have had the pleasure of working, has grown exponentially over time. This is enriched by the value our administration places on our contributions to the shared governance.  I look forward to another exciting and productive year, in support of the goals of our President and his cabinet, the Strategic Plan initiatives, and in response to the interests and concerns of the staff and administration of the College.  I want to thank everyone who has put their faith in this Council and in me, as Chair, and the things we can accomplish together.”

    The following is a list of the current SAC Executive Board and Representatives and their respective committees.

    The 2013-2014 Executive Board:

    Laurie Wenchell ['14], Chair (x2447)

    Andrew Albrecht ['15], Vice Chair (x2107)

    Carol Ann Kenny ['15], Secretary (x2122)

    Anthony Mastantuoni ['14], Rep. to the College Council (x2028)

    SAC Representatives to the 2013-2014

     College Council Standing Committees:

    Student Affairs (1)

    Michael Labella ['16] (x2336)

    Athletics (2)

    Br Kevin Devlin ['15] (x2261)

    Patricia Idelowitz ['14] (x2207)

    Institutional Advancement (2)

    Mary Grant ['16] (x2676)

    Linda Bryant ['16] (x2569)

    Budget (2)

    Laurie Wenchell ['14] (x2447)

    Patricia Besen ['15] (x2210)

    HR & Comp. (6)

    Laurie Wenchell ['14] (x2447)

    Felicia Colangelo (x2639)

    Manuel Alvia ['14] (x4165)

    Lewis Derenzis ['15] (637-7708)

    Patricia Besen ['15] (x2210)

    Kelly-Ann Giannone ['15] (x2007)

    Info. Tech. & Computing (2)

    Antonio Scaccia ['15] (x2121)

    Brian Beyrer ['14] (x2334)

    Library (1)

    Barbara Carlucci ['14] (x2346)

    Diversity (3)

    Andrew Albrecht ['15] (x2107)

    Dawn Insanalli ['14] (637-2726)

    Marie Pace ['16] (x2112)

    Alternate Pool: 

    Tim Albrecht ['15]

    William Gibbons ['15] (x2635)

    Matthew Glovaski ['16] (x2627)

    Linda Downes ['16] (x2000)

    Jennifer Connelly ['16] (x2030)

    *The year refers to the end of the Representative's term

  • Fall Semester Begins After Successful Move-In Day Festivities

    8/27/2013

    Approximately 1,400 students have successfully moved into campus residence halls, as the fall semester has officially begun at Iona College.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 27) Approximately 1,400 students have successfully moved into campus residence halls, as the fall semester has officially begun at Iona College.Over 200 students volunteered their time to help freshmen move into the residence halls, followed by a welcome Mass and "Sweet Send-Off" Parents Reception.

    Local business owners also look forward to the return of Iona’s more than 3,800 total undergraduate and graduate students.

    Recently opened Gemelli’s will offer services to students for its first full year. Manager Nicholas Mancini says, “Iona students and faculty have been a main key to North Avenues success from the business side. Without Iona being in session, North Avenue isn’t the same.”

    Blackboard Pizza owner Vincent Gentile says he is excited and ready for a lot of work: “During the school year, things get wild. But it’s an organized chaos.”

    See how Iona students helped freshmen on move-in day:http://bit.ly/14TdlKp

    News12 coverage of Iona move-in day: http://bit.ly/18105pn

  • Iona College Addresses Affordability

    8/24/2013

    Last spring, Iona College announced the smallest combined total increase in student charges (tuition, fees, and room and board) in a decade.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 22, 2013) Last spring, Iona College announced the smallest combined total increase in student charges (tuition, fees, and room and board) in a decade.  In tandem with record levels of scholarship funding and an increase of more than $2.4 million in institutional financial aid, fall 2013 incoming freshmen will on average pay less net tuition than last year’s incoming class. And freshman enrollment is anticipated to be approximately 915, up from 722 in fall 2012.

    “Like most colleges and institutions, budgets are interconnected and complex,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “During a rigorous budgeting process at Iona College last spring, our remarkable faculty and staff voted to forgo raises if necessary to address college affordability for students.”

    President Nyre notes that holding down price increases and increasing scholarships this year is only part of a larger strategy to address college affordability. Iona also intends to:

    • continue to curb tuition increases and offer increased amounts of scholarship aid
    • increase speed of degree completion
    • improve transfer pathways from community colleges
    • advance college success programs
    • evaluate and integrate additional learning technologies to improve access, convenience, and program completion
    • consolidate resources into a student success center to support persistence to a timely graduation, and
    • utilize regional partnerships with other colleges and universities to reduce purchasing expenses and achieve other efficiencies.

    “We are able to hold down our costs and improve affordability for our students, while at the same time elevating the academic excellence and value of Iona.” President Nyre said. “The return on investment of an Iona education has been recognized nationally, and the obligation of providing value and accessibility is inherent in our mission.”

    See a story on financial aid by Nightly Business Report that featured the College.

  • Iona College Prepares for Move-In Day

    8/23/2013

    Preparations for the beginning of Iona's fall semester 2013 reach a high point on Sunday, August 25, with new student Move-In Day.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 23, 2013) Preparations for the beginning of Iona’s fall semester 2013 reach a high point on Sunday, August 25, with new student Move-In Day.   Approximately 600 freshmen will be moving into campus residence halls between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    About 600 returning students, including most of Iona’s student athletes, will be helping freshmen and their families as well.  Other continuing students will move in on Monday, with nearly 1,400 students in total living in Iona residences this year.

    Local business owners are also ready for the return of Iona’s more than 3,800 total undergraduate and graduate students as the fall semester official begins with the start of classes on Tuesday, August 27. 

    Recently opened Gemelli’s will offer services to students for its first full year. Manager Nicholas Mancini says, “Iona students and faculty have been a main key to North Avenues success from the business side. Without Iona being in session, North Avenue isn’t the same.”

    Blackboard Pizza owner Vincent Gentile says he is excited and ready for a lot of work: “During the school year, things get wild. But it’s an organized chaos.”

    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 Featured on Nightly Business Report

    8/22/2013

    The Nightly Business Report, which airs nationally (in New York City on PBS affiliate Ch. 13), featured Iona in a story on Tuesday, August 20, about increasing financial aid.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 22, 2013) The Nightly Business Report, which airs nationally (in New York City on PBS affiliate Ch. 13), featured Iona in a story on Tuesday, August 20, about increasing financial aid. The story is available online.

    The feature included an interview with an incoming Iona student and parent, and also noted that Iona is making special efforts to increase scholarship aid to its students. See more about that, along with holding down tuition increases -- and more on Iona being recognized nationally for return on investment.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Iona College Holds Five Student Receptions to Welcome the Class of 2017

    8/8/2013

    Iona staff, alumni and current students participated in the College’s second annual New Student Receptions this July which welcomed incoming freshman families to the Iona community.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 8, 2013) Iona staff, alumni and current students participated in the College’s second annual New Student Receptions this July which welcomed incoming freshman families to the Iona community.  Held in Trumbull, CT, New Rochelle, NY, Long Island, NY, Mendham, NJ and East Greenwich, RI, the receptions offered incoming students and their families an opportunity to familiarize themselves with Iona and meet some of their fellow Gaels from the class of 2017. 

    Vincent Calluzzo, Ph.D., dean of the Hagan School of Business; Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs; Kristen Mengold, vice president for Advancement & Alumni Relations; Rick Cole, Jr., director of Athletics; and Kathy Reilly, director of Admissions, were among the administrators in attendance who welcomed families and answered questions about Iona.

    Three of the events were graciously hosted at the homes of two current Iona families and one alumnus. In Trumbull, CT, Chris and Carol Collins, parents of Ryan Collins ’15, kicked off the first reception. The New Jersey event was hosted by Iona alumnus John P. Micera ’83 and his wife Monica, and the Rhode Island event was held at the home of Scott and Mary Tierney, parents of Ryan Tierney ’16. The New Rochelle, NY event was held in the garden of Iona’s eighth President, Dr. Joseph E. Nyre and the Long Island reception was held at the Plandome Country Club, where families heard remarks from alumni parent, Rosanna Baccari P’13.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2726
    Mobile: (914) 217-4061
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  • Iona Establishes the Sr. Patricia McGinley Endowed Scholarship for Students

    8/6/2013

    Iona College has announced the establishment of the Sr. Patricia McGinley Endowed Scholarship for Students, honoring her faithful service to the Iona College community.

    New Rochelle, N.Y. (August 6, 2013) Iona College has announced the establishment of the Sr. Patricia McGinley Endowed Scholarship for Students, honoring her faithful service to the Iona College community. Sr. Pat has accepted a new assignment as Pastoral Associate at Christ the King Parish in Haddonfield, N.J., effective September 23, 2013.

    Sr. Pat supported Iona College through her professional roles as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Policy Advisor, and Board Secretary – and numerous committees, clubs, events, and athletic teams.

    “Sr. Pat will leave an indelible impression on Iona College,” said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre. “She has worked tirelessly, served as a consummate and trusted advisor, and experienced confidant to me and many others. This is a fitting way to honor her service and love of students in perpetuity.”  

    To make a contribution to the Sr. Patricia McGinley Endowed Scholarship Fund, please go to http://www.iona.edu/giving/opportunities/annual/ (click on “Make a Gift” and pull down “Designated Fund.”) For questions, call Iona College’s Advancement & External Affairs at 914-633-2412.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2726
    Mobile: (914) 217-4061
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  • Iona College Education Programs Earn National Recognition from Council for Exceptional Children

    8/1/2013

    The Education Department at Iona College is pleased to announce the Masters of Science in Teaching: Childhood/Special Education (Grades 1-6) and the Masters of Science in Education: Literacy/Special Education (Grades 1-6) received national recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 1, 2013) The Education Department at Iona College is pleased to announce the Masters of Science in Teaching: Childhood/Special Education (Grades 1-6) and the Masters of Science in Education: Literacy/Special Education (Grades 1-6) received national recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children. This distinguished honor denotes excellent program curricula, fieldwork, as well as quality students and faculty. National recognition also enables our graduates to gain an edge in seeking employment as they exit these prestigious programs.

    “This is a very difficult specialty professional association to pass, and it was achieved through the tireless effort of Dr. Marlene Zakierski who led the team to develop, implement, and maintain a program of excellence. This honor is also due to the close partnership developed with New Rochelle School District through the efforts of Yvette Goorevitch, director of special education," said Catherine O’Callaghan, Ph.D., chair of the education department.

    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2726
    Mobile: (914) 217-4061
    dinsanalli@iona.edu
     

  • Iona’s Arts & Science Chairs and Directors Hold Retreat

    8/1/2013

    Dean Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., convened a three-day on-site retreat for chairs and directors from the School of Art & Sciences on July 17.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 1, 2013) Dean Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., convened a three-day on-site retreat for chairs and directors from the School of Art & Sciences on July 17.  Within weeks of his arrival at Iona in April, Dr. Ghosh indicated his desire to work closely with the faculty on undergraduate curricular issues, the college’s liberal arts and science core, and our graduate programs and announced this retreat.  Using a variety of Iona’s own faculty as presenters and facilitators, the more than 30 faculty in attendance engaged in activities which brought focus to the desired student learning outcomes of Iona’s core program.

    Iona chairs and directors cited an understanding of a global perspective, advanced oral and writing skills, critical thinking, a social justice perspective, and a commitment to diversity as highly prized attributes in Iona graduates.  Additionally, the group indicated that the instructional delivery model of the revised core should include interdisciplinary learning, increased student choice, fewer credits, and freshmen seminars with a renewed commitment to core classes taught by full-time faculty. 

    At the end of the retreat Dr. Ghosh announced the formation of an eight-member project team which will continue the work of core redesign in the coming year. The group also engaged in visioning activities related to Iona’s graduate programs within the School of Arts & Science. The work of that group and the formation of five-year plans will continue in the coming year.
     

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  • Statement from Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., Regarding Forbes College Rankings

    7/24/2013

    Approximately two years ago, Iona College discovered student and operating performance-related data had been misreported to certain external government and regulatory agencies.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 24, 2013) Approximately two years ago, Iona College discovered student and operating performance-related data had been misreported to certain external government and regulatory agencies. The College immediately adopted a policy of total transparency and responded to this discovery by informing legal counsel, retaining a forensic accounting firm to thoroughly investigate the issue, and notifying each external agency of the misreporting. 

    Despite those efforts and the positive results they have produced over the last two years, I regret to share that Forbes magazine has decided to exclude the College from its 2013 rankings of America’s Colleges and Universities.  It is unfortunate that Forbes has chosen to exclude the College this year based on an issue that occurred two years ago.   

    Iona’s handling of the situation two years ago received praise from the external agencies to which it self-reported the inaccurate data.  In further response to this discovery, Iona created an Institutional Effectiveness and Planning Office, which has been instrumental in instituting new policies and procedures to safeguard the integrity of student data at the College. The plan of correction followed by the College was disclosed on Iona’s website. 

    Iona has taken responsibility for its actions and extensive corrective measures, all of which the Iona Community should be proud. 

    The significant steps taken by the College include but are not limited to the following actions: 

    1)    Made changes in administrative staff; 

    2)    Initiated and completed an investigation by external legal and accounting firms; 

    3)    Commenced and completed an audit of all data for the past decade; 

    4)    Self-reported all findings to all external agencies; 

    5)    Established the Integrity in Reporting Committee; 

    6)    Established and staffed the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning; and 

    7)    Voluntarily submitted the College's data to an external audit.

    The Department of Education and Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the accrediting body for Iona College, have endorsed these efforts. On our web are excerpts of reports from these organizations, which praise the College and its board of trustees for their rigorous and open approach to resolving this issue. http://www.iona.edu/about/reportcommittee/index.cfm.

    In the event that other media sources come forward to review this issue, despite it being in Iona’s past, you can be assured that Iona will respond with the same level of integrity and transparency. 

    As I have mentioned in the past, the measure of the College, or one’s life for that matter, is not the tally of problems or their severity; rather, it is the method in which we move to correct and resolve such problems and prevent them from recurring in the future.  The College has made great advances over the last two years for which the Iona Community should be extremely proud.

    For questions or more information please contact:
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  • Iona College Establishes First-Ever Academic Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

    7/23/2013

    Iona College announced today that it has established the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS), the first Paine Studies program at an academic institution.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 23, 2013) Iona College announced today that it has established the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS), the first Paine Studies program at an academic institution. The announcement follows the recent approval by the New York State Supreme Court of a petition by the Thomas Paine National Historical Association to transfer permanent custodianship of its Thomas Paine Collection to Iona. 

    Comprising some 300 varied items created from the late 18th to early 19th centuries, the Thomas Paine Collection is, like the man himself, of both national and international significance.  Inspired by the bestowal of this collection, the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies was established to be the premier academic center for the preservation, study, and dissemination of Thomas Paine’s life-story, work, and global legacy through stewardship of related archival material and development of educational programming. The establishment of this Institute creates an unprecedented academic affiliation for a long-neglected national treasure of American history and thought. This founding father, whose ideas have also incited debate and revolution around the world, was buried on his property in New Rochelle, about a quarter of a mile from the Iona campus, until his remains were exhumed, taken to England in 1819, and then lost. 

    The ITPS will house one of the world’s most unique Paine collections, including multiple first editions and early copies of his famous writings--Common Sense, Age of Reason, and Rights of Man. It also contains more than 100 texts, pamphlets, and letters written or published by Paine himself, as well as personal ephemera. This combination of Paine’s writings and personal artifacts is one of the only places in the world one can see both at the same time. 

     “The establishment of this Institute creates a first-of-its-kind academic affiliation for a long-neglected yet influential founding intellect of our country,” said Brian Nickerson, Ph.D., provost and principal founder of the Institute. “Paine’s writings have and continue to influence the political, social, and economic debates of our era. One cannot understand the fundamental principles of democracy or the American experience without understanding Paine.” 

    The genesis of the Institute traces back to 2009 when the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA), founded in 1884, consulted with and chose Iona to partner with to preserve and develop its rich collection of writings and artifacts by and about Paine.  TPNHA was represented by Daniel R. Alcott, Partner and Chair of the Not-for-Profit Department of Dorf & Nelson LLP with headquarters in Rye, NY.  “Our firm was honored to represent this important organization for so many years and to finally see come to fruition the efforts of so many people, including those in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York,” said Alcott.  “Of course, the TPNHA Board of Directors deserves much of the credit as they worked tirelessly, as volunteers over a period of several years, with a singular focus of helping this organization rise from ashes to fulfill its mission and ensuring that this collection can be properly maintained and made available to the public while remaining in New Rochelle.  They have built an outstanding relationship with Provost Brian J. Nickerson, PhD., and Iona College, an important institution of higher learning that will be able to expand the mission of bringing the writings and teachings of Thomas Paine to students and scholars in the United States and throughout the world.”  

    Dr. Nickerson noted, “Even when the collection was available, TPNHA was frustrated by a lack of programming opportunities with colleges or universities. Through the development of lectures, seminars, conferences, specific courses, and new curricula using Paine primary materials, the Institute is breathing new life into the Paine archives.”Ionaplans to renew the TPNHA’s tradition of public programs and greatly enhance academic awareness and use of the collection. 

    Commenting on the importance of the Collection and Paine himself, Brad Mulkern from TPNHA stated: “Paine is a pre-eminent founder of this country and the key political philosopher of the age of democratic revolutions. This Collection has the only personal effects of Paine that have survived the ages, a vast array of historical documents surrounding Paine, and a broad representation of his writings.” 

    Brad continued: “Our Association's mission is to educate the world about Thomas Paine. Helping to develop curricula and scholarship around our collection goes a long way in fulfilling our mission.” 

    The material in this collection was accrued by the TPNHA over the century of its existence and housed in a safe within the Association’s headquarters at the Thomas Paine Museum in New Rochelle, NY.  The collection was transferred from the Paine Museum and from the New York Historical Society, where some material was on loan, to the archive of Ryan Library.

    Since it began stewarding the archives, Iona College has been active in creating academic programming including a recently announced interdisciplinary minor in Thomas Paine Studies, opportunities for student internships in the archive, and the publication of proceedings from the International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies held at the college in October 2012. In addition, two special projects are currently underway: a Thomas Paine Encyclopedia app, to be available for free download on iTunes, and a text analysis project, recently the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust, that is confronting the difficult issue of ascertaining Paine’s authorship of various anonymous or unattributed works.  “The Institute offers faculty an unprecedented opportunity to do multidisciplinary research and develop whole courses or individual classes around the archive.  For students, we hope to offer insight into Paine’s ideological impact on American history as well as materials for papers, projects, and honors senior theses,” said Dr. Scott Cleary, faculty director of the Institute.   

    More information about the Thomas Paine Collection at the Ryan Library including requests to view the current exhibition on the second floor as well as a guide to the key items on display can be obtained by visiting www.iona.edu/library.

    For more information on the ITPS and its programs for students, scholars and the general public, please visit: www.thomaspainestudies.org

     

    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.

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  • Iona College Students Moving the World, Through the Spirit of Domestic and International Service Immersion

    7/10/2013

    Iona College students have been moving the world through their participation and commitment to service and cultural immersion on mission trips across the globe.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 10, 2013) Iona College students have been moving the world through their participation and commitment to service and cultural immersion on mission trips across the globe. Students and moderators recently participated in mission trips in the Agape Community, in Ware, Massachusetts, The Pilgrimage in Washington, DC, the Re-Member Project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and mission immersion in Zambia, Africa. “These service-learning opportunities are part of the fabric of the mission of Iona College to foster intellectual inquiry, community engagement, and an appreciation for diversity,” said Steve Hill, coordinator of Iona in Mission.  There were approximately a dozen participants for each of the four mission trips coordinated by the office of Mission and Ministry at Iona College.

    The Agape Community hosts groups to engage them in environmentally sustainable living; to learn how working for social justice, living sustainably, practicing non-violence, and our faith are inter-connected; and to live in community with one another.  Simplicity became a reality through the students’ work in organic gardens and learning about vegetable oil fueled cars, straw bale houses, compost toilets, solar energy and wood stoves for cooking and heating.  The Agape experience challenges our students to begin to live sustainably and work for justice in order to build a new society in the shell of the old.

    The week-long Washington, DC pilgrimage, a program of the Presbyterian Church of the Pilgrims, helped young adults connect their faith with social awareness and action. In doing this, the Pilgrimage builds communities where people are committed to eradicating hunger, homelessness, and poverty. The Iona in Mission team served in soup kitchens; at Charlie’s Place: a clothing and furniture distribution center for people who recently found housing; delivered food to inner-city schools and homeless men on the streets of DC; and visited Christ House which is a resident health care facility for homeless women and men to rest, eat nutritious meals, receive medical care and social services. The students also reflected with the National Coalition for the Homeless on poverty and homelessness by hearing the varied stories of men who have been homeless.
     

    The South Dakota Re-Member project educates participants about the history, spirituality and culture of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Native Americans.  Serving in one of the poorest counties in the country with one of the highest teen suicide rates, volunteers engage directly with the Lakota through hands-on construction and home repair projects which include: affixing skirting to trailers; repairing roofs; applying siding to houses; and building bunk beds. Through presentations from Lakota leaders, volunteers develop a deeper understanding of the many abuses the Lakota have suffered for generations, but they also leave aware of some signs of hope and change on the Reservation.

    The Zambia, Africa trip was the third consecutive mission immersion in Zambia hosted by the Christian Brothers. The immersion is built around working in various educational initiatives and learning the Zambian culture. The group served at various sites in Mazabuka, including: the Brothers’ Changa Changa community school and teaching computers at St. Edmund’s Secondary School; the Ndeke community school run by the Mercy Sisters; and the City of Joy which is a home for at-risk girls, run by the Salesian Sisters, that is opened to all children in the community during the afternoon for recreation, tutoring, and prayer.  Just as importantly, the group was deeply immersed in the Zambian culture through interacting in the market, celebrating with the Catholic community at Mass in the local dialect of Chitonga, learning traditional dances, learning Zambian history from the Brothers, and visiting Victoria Falls a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Reflections from Mission Trip Student Leaders

    Trista Rivera, ′14              

    “What’s in South Dakota?” was the question I heard countless times in the weeks and months leading up to May 25th, 2013.  From May 25th to the 31st I traveled with a group of ten students and a moderator to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  This was my second time working with Iona in Mission, but it was my first experience leading a trip.  The group I travelled with worked alongside Re-member, a non-profit organization that looks to improve the quality of life of the Oglala Lakota people.  The Iona team lived with other student groups and fellow volunteers in a dormitory-style building called Shelem.

    Upon our arrival in the mid-western state, my team and I quickly realized the beauty that South Dakota encompassed.  We saw rolling grass hills and enormous mountains in the distance.  During our van ride from the Rapid City airport to the Re-member site we drove past weather-beaten trailers and stray clumps of garbage.  It was during that car ride that my team and I realized why we were called to serve in a place that is too often forgotten.

    We spent our first afternoon on “the Rez”, exploring the Blackhills and visiting the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee.  A native man took his time to tell us the story of the massacre and the great pain that Americans inflicted upon the native people.   It was sad to think that we had only learned about one fourth of the total truth regarding several horrific events during which Americans degraded the Native American culture.  The group of volunteers also learned a great deal about their culture during “Wisdom of the Elders” (listening to the thoughts of great Native American leaders and chiefs), and from the daily native speakers who were willingly to share their stories.
     

    In addition to learning a great deal about the culture and the history of the Oglala Lakota people, we spent three days building, assembling, and repairing.  The various “work day” jobs included skirting a trailer, repairing a roof, fixing the siding on a home, and constructing and delivering bunk beds to families in need.  It was during these work days that we saw the devastating poverty that these people lived in.  The lack of material goods and unstable financial states led the Lakota people to appreciate everything they had.  They were proud of their homes and proud of the culture that they were a part of.  Their unselfish nature exemplifies that true meaning of the word give.  It is through these people that I learned a great deal about being content when I wake up to see yet another beautiful morning.

    The unbelievable group!!—Kellianne O’Connor, Shanice Gilchrist, Mike Hodgen, Kristie Statuto, Cassondra Richards, Kate Ann Gonta, Megan Broderick, Diana Parlato, Ethan O’Sullivan, Lauren Keller, Carl Procario-Foley

    Jessalyn Marconi, ′14

    As the student leader of the Washington DC IIM trip, I had the privilege to lead nine other Iona students on an incredible journey with my moderator, Resident Hall Director, Jasmine Smalls. While on our five hour van ride to the heart of the nation’s capital, my team members and I prepared to work with an impoverished community.

    On the first night in DC James, a member of the National Coalition for the Homeless (a national advocacy organization working to end homelessness), asked our group why we thought people lived on the street. Answers ranged from because people are lazy or fell into the wrong crowd, but few responses were because life happens and sometimes all it takes is one catastrophic event to turn your life from prosperity into poverty. James taught us that those who are impoverished are dealing with daily struggles just like us and that sometimes a natural disaster, a loss of your job outside of your control, or medical bills can consume your life instantaneously.

    Our team learned more about helping the homeless than just working in a soup kitchen or a medical center. Serving others is a wonderful way to help those in need, but we must remember that poverty cannot be beat by treating those impoverished with unfair dignity. Serving others is a lot more than handing out a free meal, it is sharing a personal touch and connection that lasts longer than a day of service work.

    I'm going to be a senior and graduate in May 2014. This is my fourth mission trip with IIM. Through this program you cannot be a leader without having previously gone on a mission trip with Iona.

    Kimberleigh R. Costanzo, ′14

    I am going into my senior year at Iona and this is my second mission trip experience, but my first as a leader. In 2011, I traveled to Zambia as a team member and was honored to return as the leader this spring.

    My experience in Zambia was absolutely life changing. Our group of ten students and two moderators [Steve Hill, coordinator of IIM, and Christina DeCrescenzo, resident minister] worked with the Christian Brothers, and through them, got to experience the spirit of Edmund Rice at work. In their [the Christian Brothers'] schools and programs we taught students, we played with and cared for neighborhood children and we saw first-hand what poverty looks like in the developing world. As a team, we made connections to each other, to the country, to the culture, and to the people. We will never forget our experiences in Zambia or what it was like to put our faith in action and see the results of our work in the smiles on every child's face.

    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.

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  • Iona College Will Play Employee Softball Game Against Concordia College For Community Charity

    7/9/2013

    Iona College will participate in the third annual intercollegiate softball game to benefit the Eastchester Community Action Program (ECAP) Food Pantry on Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 pm.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 9, 2013) Iona College will participate in the third annual intercollegiate softball game to benefit the Eastchester Community Action Program (ECAP) Food Pantry on Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 pm. Hosted by Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, the game will be held on the Clippers Softball Field on Concordia's campus at 171 White Plains Road. The faculty and staff at Concordia will take on the faculty and staff of Iona College for a game of fun, charity and sportsmanship.

    Employees of Iona and Concordia are eligible to play. A $20 per player donation is required for registration. All donations will be given to the ECAP Food Pantry to support families in need. For those who would like to cheer on their friends and colleagues, a $5.00 cash contribution or canned food is welcome. This event is open to the community.

    For more information on the Eastchester CAP Food Pantry, please contact Lori Gerald, area director at 914-337-7768.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
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  • Iona College Names Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch, CPA, CTP New Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

    7/8/2013

    Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, effective August 12, 2013.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 8, 2013) Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, effective August 12, 2013.

    Named to the post after a national search, Schettini-Lynch has had an outstanding career in the finance field, both in higher education and public accounting. She has served as the Assistant Vice President and Associate Treasurer at St. John’s University since 1996.  Overseeing the University’s treasury functions, Schettini-Lynch managed an investment portfolio of over $400 million and annual operating cash flows of $500 million. During her time with St. John’s, she played a significant role in many strategic initiatives, including establishment of the University’s Manhattan and Oakdale Campuses, expansion of its global footprint in Rome and Paris, and restructuring its debt portfolio. She established the Office of Auxiliary Enterprises, significantly increasing auxiliary revenue, and worked directly with students on the student managed investment funds and the microloan program, GLOBE.

    Prior to St. John’s, Schettini-Lynch spent six years in public accounting, where she served higher education and other not-for-profit clients.  She finished her tenure in accounting as a manager for Deloitte & Touche, LLP.  She has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Queens College and an MBA in finance from St. John’s. She is both a licensed CPA and CTP and a member of the AICPA and the AFP.

    Schettini-Lynch currently serves on the EACUBO Professional Development Program Committee for Metro New York and previously served on the Treasury Institute for Higher Education Program Committee.

    She and her husband, Danny, live in New Hyde Park, N.Y., with their two daughters.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
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    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Iona Breaks Top 100 in National ROI Ranking

    5/17/2013

    Iona College moved from #166 to #90 in the recently released Payscale 2013 national rankings of colleges and universities based on return on investment.

    New Rochelle, NY (May, 17, 2013) Iona College moved from #166 to #90 in the recently released Payscale 2013 national rankings of colleges and universities based on return on investment.  The ranking is one affirmation of the College's value proposition. Affordability, quality of education and success of graduates are reflected in this comparison. See the rankings here.http://www.payscale.com/college-education-value-2013.

     

    For questions or more information please contact:
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  • Iona College Approves Increased Student Aid and Lowest Combined Tuition/Room and Board Increase in 10 Years Resulting in a Net Reduction in Cost of Attendance for 2013 Entering Freshman

    1/28/2013

    The Iona College Budget Committee, comprised of representatives from the students, faculty, and staff, has been working toward a balanced budget that focuses on improving affordability and retention.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 28, 2013) The Iona College Budget Committee, comprised of representatives from the students, faculty, and staff, has been working toward a balanced budget that focuses on improving affordability and retention. Putting the needs of Iona students first, the committee has recommended the lowest combined tuition/room and board increase in 10 years coupled with a significantly increased allocation for student financial aid/scholarships. The first of three budgets being prepared makes proposals for allocating resources in the event that we are able to meet budget projections.  The second of these budgets reflects spending suggestions in the event that we exceed enrollment projections by 5 percent. The College Council ratified the budget recommendations on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

    As reflected in the December and January minutes of the Budget Committee, recommendations for the unanimously approved 2013-2014 budgets include an additional $2.4 million to increase the student aid budget to a total of more than $41 million, along with a combined 3.7 percent increase in tuition and room and board. The increase in aid is the first step in a planned strategy to address the affordability needs of our current and prospective students. Based on the efforts of the Budget Committee, the incoming class this fall will be paying lower net tuition than this year’s level. 

    The next action for the Budget Committee will be to develop and recommend a minus 5 percent budget option.  This low-projection budget will ensure the College comports with best practices by having contingency plans developed with the benefit and transparency of the shared governance system.

    At the last meeting of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Budget Committee’s financial aid and tuition change recommendations were accepted and approved. The Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees also applauded the strategic decision to set a tuition level that would work to improve affordability for current and future Iona students.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn M. Insanalli
    Media Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
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  • Iona College Finalizes Report on Irregularities in Student Performance Data

    11/8/2011

    Iona College recently completed an internal investigation by outside legal counsel, with assistance from an independent auditing firm, into irregularities in student performance data reported to external agencies.

    New Rochelle, NY – November 8, 2011 —Iona College recently completed an internal investigation by outside legal counsel, with assistance from an independent auditing firm, into irregularities in student performance data reported to external agencies. The audit confirmed that inaccurate data—related to incoming freshman acceptance rates, SAT scores, graduation rates, and alumni who give annually—was reported to external agencies. Reported SAT scores for incoming freshmen were overstated on average 6.5% over actual scores. The irregularities were first revealed in an announcement by the College on August 30, 2011, and a full report of audit findings is available on the Iona website: http://www.iona.edu/about/reportcommittee/.

    The College administration and board of trustees have adopted a position of full transparency regarding this matter. The College has self-reported to all external agencies that received the data, established the Integrity in Reporting Committee to provide status reports and updates on the investigation, and developed institutional policies and guidelines on appropriate collection, reporting, and use of data to ensure that discrepancies cannot occur again. In the August 30 statement, the College announced it had suspended the Provost, who was responsible for ensuring that the data and reports to external agencies were accurate. The Provost has since resigned from his position, and the College has concluded all related human resource actions.

    In addition, the administration also has committed to establishing a formal Office of Institutional Research, renewing the College Code of Conduct with the involvement and commitment of faculty, staff and students, augmenting whistle blower policies, and conducting annual audits of student performance data.

    Student life and the quality of education at the College have not and will not be affected in any way. Iona College remains committed to integrity and academic excellence as a Catholic institute of higher education, and to the growth, development and success of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

    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.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn Insanalli
    Public Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2726
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  • Iona College Reports Inaccuracies in Performance Data

    8/30/2011

    Iona College recently became aware of inaccuracies in student performance data reported to external agencies.

    New Rochelle, NY – August 30, 2011 — Iona College recently became aware of inaccuracies in student performance data reported to external agencies.  Upon learning of these inaccuracies, the college launched a comprehensive internal investigation by outside legal counsel and commissioned an audit by an independent, third-party accounting firm to determine the nature and scope of the reporting irregularities. The college also has suspended the Provost, who is responsible for ensuring that the investigated data and reports to external agencies are true and accurate.

    Once the audit is complete, all results will be shared with the faculty, staff, and students. The Board of Legal Trustees and the administration have stated their commitment to take all steps necessary to uphold the mission and integrity of Iona College, and to serve the interests of students and the Iona community of faculty, staff, alumni and supporters.

     

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Pat McGinley, SSJ
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2201
    PMcginley@iona.edu