Stress Free Zone
Stress Free Zone is a bi-annual program offered at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. Office of Student Development works, in conjunction with several other offices, to create a schedule of stress relief activities that help students relax, focus, and prepare for their semester finals begin. Our partners in the past have been the Counseling Center, Health Services, Chartwells, Residential Life, and the Office of Mission and Ministries.
Spring Weekend 2013 Recap:
On Friday, April 26th, we had a throwback party from 9:00 pm - 1:00 am in our gym. It was everything you could ask for in a throwback party—we had people dressed up as if they had walked through a time machine from the 1980s and 1990s, good music, good activities, a graffiti artist and candy that reminded us of our childhood! Students were able to take a break from the chaos that comes with the end of the semester by dressing up and dancing the night away.
The next day, Saturday April 27th, was our second annual Gael Jam. This day time music festival featured our very own student performers, as well as, two professional bands; Christian rock band Unspoken and up and coming country group Fillmore. During the music we had a mini-carnival that included different activities such as a photo booth, caricature artists, stuff-a-bear, a mechanical bull and a Euro-jump! Students were overjoyed with all the activity, free BBQ and the beautiful weather. We even were able to provide a beer garden for our Gaels that are 21 and up. Overall, our second annual Gael Jam featuring Heritage Fest was a huge success and we look forward to what next year has to offer.
Saturday night the fun didn't stop. Our student-run improve comedy group, The Skits O'Frenicks performed an amazingly hilarious two our show. The End-Zone was packed—not a single seat left in the house. The show was wildly successful, and to close out a day and night of amazing programs we relaxed with the movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off in the End Zone.
Sunday was our 9th annual Gael Guts competition. Gael Guts is our annual field competition between all of our different residence halls. In a competitive battle, this year's Gael Guts champions went to first year residence hall, Loftus Hall!
Thank you for an amazing weekend to close out an amazing year. Go Gaels!
Make a Difference Week
Every year during the fall semester hundreds of Iona students, staff, and faculty engage in a variety of service, advocacy, and philanthropic events on campus and in New Rochelle during Make a Difference Week. Although slightly earlier in the fall, this Iona tradition has its roots in the national Make a Difference Week that highlights and encourages volunteerism. MADW is coordinated by the Office of Mission & Ministry but is truly a collaborative effort with help from all corners of Iona.
Make a Difference Week at Iona is always kicked-off with the Best Buddies – Success Center Kickball Game. The students who participate in the Success Center afterschool program and the Best Buddy adults with developmental disabilities and their Iona buddies make up the teams of all-stars who play in the game. The teams are cheered on and celebrated by the Iona community who comes out to support our friends.
The ensuing week is full of many volunteer opportunities such as: a Midnight Run, visiting with retired Christian Brothers, park clean-ups, fundraisers for breast cancer research and other causes, the Autism Walk, soup kitchen, pillow building for the children at Montefiore Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and many others.
It is hard to think of another event which brings our campus community closer to the heritage of Edmund Rice’s deep concern and compassion for our neighbors who are poor and marginalized than the annual Thanksgiving Basket Collection. Literally every student organization and club, Athletics team, administrative office, and academic department contributes a basket of food with a personalized card for the family recipient. The Office of Mission & Ministry collaborates with local community organizations in New Rochelle, Yonkers, and the Bronx to deliver food for Thanksgiving to over one hundred families. The Iona community gathers together for the collection and blessing of the baskets before packing vans for the delivery that night.
“Were we to know the merit and value of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbor for the love of God, we should prize is more than silver and gold.” – Bl. Edmund Rice
Heritage Week is coordinated by the Heritage Committee and sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry.
Each spring, Heritage Week celebrates the multi-layered history of the College and invites the Iona community to explore new ways of fulfilling the Founding Brothers' vision. The week starts with the Opening Mass - the Sunday evening liturgy in the Arrigoni Center; at this Mass, members of the Iona community of Christian Brothers renew their vows. In the Keynote Lecture, a guest professor examines a particular dimension of the Christian Brothers' history - or the history of St. Columba and the "original Iona." The rest of the week offers presentations, films, liturgies, and round-tables, all focusing on a common theme.