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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