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Iona Celebrates Employee Service at Annual Loftus Dinner

5/12/2014


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.