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Research & Publications

 STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
Graduate school acceptances as of April 19, 2013:
 
  • Alyssa Cusick, ’13, NYU Silver School of Social Work & Fordham University –
Advanced Standing Program
  • Samantha Moreno, ’13, Columbia University School of Social Work & Fordham–
Advanced Standing Program
 
Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, Kappa Tau Chapter Iona College Induction Ceremony March 19, 2013
 
  • Wilson Aguirre '13
  • Colleen Ciriello '14
  • Alyssa Cusick  '13
  • Rosie Garlan '14
  • Kiara Mendez '14
  • Melissa Tully '14
  • Hattie Lucas, MSW (Field Instructor, Honorary Membership)
 
Current Students News
 
  • Colleen Ciriello '14, a junior, serves as a Campus Minister, with responsibility for Project Sunshine and Bible Study.
 
  • The Camp Viva service-immersion course (Iona in Mission), which took place in August attracted four social work majors:  Pierre Eliezer’13, Wilson Aguirre’13, Mallory Baker ‘14, and Alyssa Cusick ‘13.  All reported having an “amazing” experience, and some plan to join several Iona alumni who have volunteered at the camp year after year.
  • Alyssa Cusick '13 was also a member of the Nazareth Farm team, and Skylar Burns '14 ventured to Peru on mission trips during Winter Break.
  • As part of the Week of the Peacemaker program, this year’s Social Work Macro Practice class practiced the social work imperative to engage in social justice work by creating two multi-media presentations:  “Music as a Message” and “Fame for Change.”  The first traced the role music has played in the fight for social justice and social change.  Highlighted were clips of music ranging from the Depression era to the present day.  “Fame for Change” focused on the involvement of celebrities in raising awareness and increasing activism across a variety of social issues including bullying, poverty, and human slavery.  Although Week of the Peacemaker programs were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy the students’ presentations were successfully rescheduled.
  • The Social Work Club, along with other Iona students, participated in the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday, September 30, 2012 at Croton Point Park.  The walk benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
  • The Social Work Club also created a banner for Iona’s Homecoming Weekend (this year was a Wizard of Oz theme), collected items for Campus Ministries’ Thanksgiving Basket Drive, and collected clothing and toys for the Camp Viva Holiday Reunion free store.
 
 FACULTY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
Jeanne Matich-Maroney
 
  • 2012-2013 Iona College Presidential Teaching Scholar November 2012
  • CSWE Presentation, Washington, DC March 2013 - BPD Presentation, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Matich-Maroney, J. (2013). E-Field Program: A competency-based system for the social work practicum.  Web-based program available from Pearson at www.efieldprogram.com, national launch August 2012.
  • Matich-Maroney, J. (November 2012). Pairing Task-Centered Supervision with Online Technology to Support Competency-based Social Work Field Education, Presentation at the 58th Annual Program Meeting of CSWE, Washington, D.C.
  • Matich-Maroney, J. (March 2013).  Field Testing the E-Field Program as a Vehicle for Task-Centered Educational Supervision, presentation at the annual BPD Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Interviewed for People & Families Magazine (a quarterly print publication for the New Jersey Council for Developmental Disabilities) on the subject of people with developmental disabilities, dating and relationships.  (Next issue due out end of April/beginning of May.
  • Reappointed Director of the Center for Social Research and re-configured its structure such that students and faculty are carrying out projects as inter-disciplinary “research teams.”
 
Meryl Nadel
 
  • Co-presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors on March 9th, 2013 in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The presentation was a Board Sponsored Session and was entitled "Learning in and Beyond the Classroom:  Social, Environmental, and Economic Sustainability."
  • Session convener of presentation related to professional ethics at the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors on March 9th, 2013 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Faculty mentor of seven seniors in preparation for Ronald Federico Senior Capstone Conference scheduled on May 9, 2013.
 
Ilene Haspel
 
  • Co-organized the Spring 2013 Field Education Workshop for the social work students, field instructors and faculty of The College of New Rochelle, Concordia College, and Iona College Social Work Departments, held on March 22, 2013, at Concordia College. The topic this semester was: Student Perspectives on the Field Experience.  Over 55 field instructors, students and faculty members of all three colleges attended this workshop.
  • Co-presented with Dr. Jeanne Matich-Maroney at the Social Work Department’s Field Instructors’ Orientation: Competency-based Field Education, on January 16, 2013.
  • Involved in ongoing outreach to health and human service agencies and schools in Westchester and the greater metropolitan area to create internship opportunities for students.
 
Penelope J. Moore
 
  • "Outcomes from Stanford Geriatric Education Center Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics’ First Cohort: Infusing Ethnogeriatric Content into Health Professions Curricula," Eight National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Diversity RX.  March 11-15, 2013. Oakland, CA.
 
                  Authors:
                  "Sally Ellis Fletcher" <Sally.EllisFletcher@nkch.org>
                  "Chanel Agness" <cagness@rx.umaryland.edu>
                  "Penelope Moore" <PJMoore@iona.edu>
                  "Kisha O'Neal Gant" <kgant@xula.edu>
                  "Thuan Ong" <thuano@uw.edu>
                  "Karen Anne Wolf" <kwolf@samuelmerritt.edu>
                  "Dolores Gallagher-Thompson" <dolorest@stanford.edu>
                  "Nancy Hikoyeda" hikoyeda@stanford.edu
 
  • "Outcomes from Stanford Geriatric Education Center Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics’ First Cohort: Infusing Ethnogeriatric Content into Health Professions Curricula," National Academies of Practice (NAP), Poster Presentation at the 2013 NAP Forum in Alexandria, Virginia, April 5, 2013.
 
                  Authors:
                  "Sally Ellis Fletcher" <Sally.EllisFletcher@nkch.org>
                  "Chanel Agness" <cagness@rx.umaryland.edu>
                  "Penelope Moore" <PJMoore@iona.edu>
                  "Kisha O'Neal Gant" <kgant@xula.edu>
                  "Thuan Ong" <thuano@uw.edu>
                  "Karen Anne Wolf" <kwolf@samuelmerritt.edu>
                  "Dolores Gallagher-Thompson" <dolorest@stanford.edu>
                  "Nancy Hikoyeda" hikoyeda@stanford.edu
 
  • Invited to submitted MS #1011, "Outcomes from Stanford Geriatric Education Center Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics’ First Cohort: Infusing Ethnogeriatric Content into Health Professions Curricula," to the Editorial Board of the new EJournal the Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare (JIH)  as a published abstract .  (Journal is a publication of the National Academies of Practice (NAP). 
 
Authors:
                  "Sally Ellis Fletcher" <Sally.EllisFletcher@nkch.org>
                  "Chanel Agness" <cagness@rx.umaryland.edu>
                  "Penelope Moore" <PJMoore@iona.edu>
                  "Kisha O'Neal Gant" <kgant@xula.edu>
                  "Thuan Ong" <thuano@uw.edu>
                  "Karen Anne Wolf" <kwolf@samuelmerritt.edu>
                  "Dolores Gallagher-Thompson" <dolorest@stanford.edu>
                  "Nancy Hikoyeda" <hikoyeda@stanford.edu>
 
  • Moore, P.J. (April 2013).  Invited Speaker:  Active Aging. Beth El Temple, New Rochelle, NY.
  • As member of Westchester County Alliance of Aging Related Studies and Work Force Development, Speaker’s Bureau has also been invited to speak on topic: “Active Aging” at the Fleetwood Senior Group in Mount Vernon, NY on May 30th  and to a senior group in Briarcliff, NY on May 22nd .
  • Serve as external expert on Dissertation Committee for Adjunct Professor Robyn Brown-Manning, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, Hunter College School of Social Work.  Defense date April 22, 2013.
  • Serve as a national faculty mentor for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Gero-Ed Center’s Gerontology Infusion Initiative.  The goal of the initiative is to assist undergraduate and graduate programs towards infusing aging content in the social work curricula.  Appointed fall 2012.
  • Moore, P.J. (July 2012) “Social Work:  A Challenging Profession”. Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Center (B-W AHEC) Summer Health Internship Program. CUNY-Lehman College, Bronx, NY.
 
Robyn Brown-Manning dissertation defense April 22, 2013. 
 
  •  Dissertation Topic:  “We don’t give birth to thugs; we give birth to children”:
The Emotional Journeys of African-American Mothers Raising Sons under American Racism
 
 A dissertation submitted to the Graduate Faculty in Social Welfare in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, The City University of New York 2013
 
 ALUMNI NEWS
 
  • Alison Minyard, '11, has relocated to Boston where she continues to work for Best Buddies as an Employment Consultant.
  • Tina Closius, '11, has earned her MSW and secured a position as an IICAPS Clinician for Family and Children’s Aid in Connecticut.
  • Tamaris Princi, ‘05, has launched LaFuenteNY.org, a website to help Spanish-speaking residents of Westchester access “information about benefits, employment, social services, health, wellness, and education.”
  • Karin Brown, '00, continues to reside in New Zealand.  She is heading up a brand new BSW program at the Open Polytechnic University.  Learn more about the program and see Karin on YouTube at http://www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/subjects-and-courses/op7400-bachelor-of-social-work-level-7/
 
 DEPARTMENTAL NEWS
 
  • The Alumni Reunion/Fields of Practice Program took place in October.  Juniors were joined by seven alumni (and one alumna spouse) who discussed their careers and generously responded to many questions.  Donations were also solicited for the Ronald Federico Memorial Fund to support students in their undergraduate education.
  • The Graduate School Panel and Fair were held in November.  Seven graduate schools of social work (Columbia, Hunter, Lehman, Wurzweiler, Fordham, NYU and Adelphi) were represented.  Representatives described their programs to seniors as well as 10 students from the College of New Rochelle.  Students left with information, freebies, and excitement about the variety of MSW programs in our area.
  • A minor in Diversity and Social Welfare was proposed by the department and approved by the Committee on Academic Affairs.  The new minor has already begun to attract interest among students who are beginning to enroll for fall 2013.