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Iona in the News: 2014-2015

  • Chemistry Student Research Team Attends National Meeting in Boston

    8/24/2015

    Iona students present at the 250th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

    Photo front row from left: Jacqueline Denver, Alessandra Armetta, Jacqueline Martinez, Michelle Muzzio Middle row from left: Maria Lopez, Gabriella Di Domizio, Professor Sunghee Lee, Melissa Morales, Sue Ellen Evangelista, Peter Milianta Back row from left: Michael McGlone, Jake Villanova, Kalen Sullivan, Samuel Braziel
    New Rochelle, NY (August 24, 2015) As a capstone experience for student researchers in the summer 2015, 14 Iona undergraduate research students and their faculty mentor, Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., proudly joined the international chemistry community and presented their research at the 250th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
     
    Dr. Lee presented the talk at the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, titled "Droplet Interface Bilayer: A Model for Biomembrane Water Permeability Studies".
    The students also presented four posters summarizing their research results;
    (1) "Influence of Tail-Group Lipid Chain Structure on Water Permeability in Artificial Biological Membrane" (2) "Tuning of Membrane Permeability via Various Ion Interactions" (3) "The Formation of Symmetric and Asymmetric Droplet Interface Bilayers: Water Permeability Studies" and (4) "Effects of Solvent and Method of Preparation on Artificial Biological Membrane".
     
    The student presenters and attendees were Michelle Muzzio ('15, Chemistry),  Peter Milianta ('16, Biochemistry), Melissa Morales ('16, Chemistry), Geoffrey Cawley ('16, Chemistry), Jake Villanova ('16, Chemistry), Jacqueline Martinez ('16, Chemistry), Jacqueline Denver ('17, Biochemistry), Sue Ellen Evangelista ('1,7 Biochemistry), Maria Lopez ('17, Chemistry), Kalen Sullivan ('17, Biochemistry), Michael McGlone ('17, Physics), Alessandra Armetta ('18, Chemistry), Samuel Braziel ('18, Chemistry), and Gabriella Di Domizio ('18, Chemistry).
     
    ACS national meetings provide chemists with an opportunity to meet and share research experiences, learn what’s cutting‐edge in their areas of interest, as well as network with colleagues from across the world.
     
    The ACS National Meeting is an international conference attended by nearly 15,000 chemists world‐wide. This year's meeting was held in Boston, MA on August 15-20. The conference hosted seminars, workshops, and poster presentations, scheduled over a five‐day period, discussing frontier research and teaching in chemical science.
     
    The theme of this year's meeting was "Innovation from Discovery to Application" which featured thousands of presentations on new discoveries in science. The topics included food and nutrition, medicine, health, energy, the environment and other fields where chemistry plays a central role. Many connect with the meeting’s theme, “Innovation from Discovery to Application,” which illustrates how chemistry research leads to a wide variety of products for everyday living. 
     
    The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society with more than 158,000 members.
  • Quadruplets Join Iona's Class of 2019

    8/20/2015

    The freshmen, who will be members of the men's and women's water polo teams, featured in TV news coverage.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 19-20, 2015) A set of quadruplets from Miami, Fla., are incoming freshmen and members of the water polo teams at Iona College. Alexander, Alexandra, Andrea and Andres Guerra were recently featured on News 12 Westchester -- as well as on WABC, New York City's ABC affiiate.

    View News12 story here.

    View WABC story here.


     

  • Dr. Heather Miller Rubens to be Guest Lecturer at Iona

    8/12/2015

    Lecture: The Jewish Jesus & Pope Benedict: Borders and Boundaries in Jewish-Catholic Dialogue

    New Rochelle, NY (August 12, 2015) The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, Roman Catholic Scholar and Associate Director, Dr. Heather Miller Rubens has been invited to give the Brother John G. Driscoll Lecture in Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College, faculty reception room on September 8, 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

    The Br. Driscoll Lecture in Jewish-Catholic Studies is a part of an annual lecture series, which highlights the work of Jewish and Catholic scholars in an effort to illuminate either the broader history of Jewish-Catholic relations or specific topics that bear on the understanding between the two faiths.

    Read more about the lecture and guest speaker from the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies
  • Student Selected to Attend International Thomas Merton Conference

    8/6/2015

    Coverage from the National Catholic Reporter: Scholar program aims to cultivate Merton readers.

    New Rochelle, NY (August 6, 2015) The International Thomas Merton Society wants to make sure there will be readers of Merton’s work and exponents of his thought among future generations. Among the 500 attendees at the 14th biennial Merton conference, in Louisville, Kentucky, was Iona College senior, Jordan Darling. Darling was one of 53 Daggy Scholars from 23 colleges, universities and seminaries in the United States, Canada and China who were selected after writing an essay about what Merton meant to them. Read full story from National Catholic Reporter 

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  • Iona Hosts Argentine Students for Mass Communication Educational-Cultural Camp

    7/22/2015

    The group included seven high school students and two teachers from Colegio Lincoln, a private high school in La Plata, Argentina.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 22, 2015) Iona College hosted seven high school students and two teachers 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 – July 6 to July 20.

    Following on last year’s camp for 17 students, this intensive experience for international high school students was coordinated by the Office of Conference Services and the Department of Mass Communication.

    While experiencing these selected mass media professions, the Colegio Lincoln students were engaged in classes taught by Iona faculty, such as shooting, editing and producing video projects; creating advertising and public relations campaigns; and reporting and creating a newspaper about their experiences.

    Besides their classroom projects and field work, the students visited various cultural, historical and entertainment sites in the metropolitan area, including a Broadway musical, the WFAS AM-FM radio station, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, THE RIDE: New York City, and a New York City Football Club match at Yankee Stadium.

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  • Student and Alumna Receive Honors for Work with Community TV

    7/20/2015

    ICTV produce award winning programming for local television station.

    Ashley

    New Rochelle, NY (July 20, 2015) Iona College student Anthony Carlo ’15 and alumna Ashley Billone ’14 were recently honored at the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Television (LMCTV) at the Annual Award Night at the VFW Post 1156.

    Billone won for Best Editor for a Local Live News Package for the segment “Spooktacular” and Carlo won for Best Overall Local Live News Package for the segment “Mamaroneck Shares Block Party.”

    Ashley

    Both students are members of the Iona College Television (ICTV) club. Under the direction of faculty advisors, Nadine Cosby and Michael Witch, ICTV produces Inside Iona, a student-run show providing campus news, sports and entertainment.

    About LMCTV:
    Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Television (LMCTV), founded in 1983 as a non-profit corporation organized under section 501 (C) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Act. The purpose of the organization is to make communication training facilities, equipment and channel space available on an open, non-discriminatory basis to Larchmont and Mamaroneck community members.

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  • Professor Receives Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Computational Intelligence

    7/13/2015

    Dr. Ronald R. Yager awarded the 2016 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 13, 2015) Iona College professor, Dr. Ronald R. Yager has been awarded the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Frank Rosenblatt Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the design, practice, techniques, or theory in biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms, including but not limited to neural networks, connectionist systems, evolutionary computation, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems in which these paradigms are contained, with the following citation: “For contributions to the theory of fuzzy sets and systems.”

    Fuzzy sets is a technology that helps in the development of the kinds of intelligent/smart digital applications and products that are becoming so pervasive in our society by allowing the inclusion of human-like reasoning in computer software.  “Fuzzy sets enables the construction of smarter decision-making applications in which we can take advantage of large data by combining the computer's processing speed with human understanding and comprehension,” said Dr. Yager.

    For nearly a century, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession. Each year the IEEE Awards Board recommends a select group of recipients to receive IEEE's most prestigious honors.
    In a congratulatory announcement letter, Howard E. Michel, IEEE President remarked, “Thank you for your commitment to IEEE and its mission of advancing technology for humanity.”

     “I am pleased and honored to receive this highly prestigious award and I am particularly appreciative of Iona's long term continued supportive environment for my research, without which I would not have been able to achieve this honor,” said Dr. Yager.

    About Dr. Ronald R. Yager:
    Dr. Ronald R. Yager is Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Machine Intelligence Institute at Iona College. He is among the world’s most highly cited researchers with over 42,000 citations to his work in Google Scholar. He is editor and chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Systems and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. He has published over 500 papers and edited over 30 books in areas related to fuzzy sets, human behavioral modeling, decision-making under uncertainty and the fusion of information. He was the recipient of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Pioneer award in Fuzzy Systems. He received the special honorary medal of the 50th Anniversary of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He received the Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award from International the Fuzzy Systems Association. He received honorary doctorate degrees, honoris causa, from the Azerbaijan Technical University and the State University of Information Technologies, Sofia Bulgaria. Dr. Yager is a fellow of the IEEE, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Fuzzy Systems Association. He has served at the National Science Foundation as program director in the Information Sciences program. He was a NASA/Stanford visiting fellow and a research associate at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a lecturer at NATO Advanced Study Institutes. He received his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and his Ph. D. from the Polytechnic Institute New York University.
     
    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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  • Go New Ro Experience Nurtures Student's Connection to Their Community

    7/9/2015

    Freshmen learn through growth, purpose and service.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 9, 2015) Iona College welcomed incoming first-year students to campus for the sixth annual Iona in Mission: Go New Ro, which is a 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.

    This year twenty incoming students, three returning student leaders, and three professional staff from the Offices of Mission and Ministry, Student Development, and Off-Campus and Commuter Services participated in the Go New Ro experience.

    During Go New Ro 2015 students learned about important social justice issues including hunger and homelessness in New Rochelle and Westchester Country, environmental justice and care for the Earth, and issues facing elder adults.  The team participated in service projects around these topics by partnering with the following agencies: Trinity St. Paul’s Brown Bag Lunch Program (New Rochelle), the Sheldrake Environmental Center (Larchmont) and St. Joseph’s Care Facility for retired Christian Brothers.

    “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, the North American Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Province Leader and Iona College Board of Trustee member, Br. Kevin Griffith, and with Jared Rice, New Rochelle City Councilman.

    Finally, reflection is an essential element of Iona in Mission: Go New Ro. Students were able to synthesize what they experienced and learned at their service sites with what they learned about leadership and advocacy. They also integrated what they learned about New Rochelle and Iona’s strong mission and tradition to better understand their role as citizens of a greater world…who are called to move the world toward justice.


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  • Faculty Awarded Tenure and Emeritus Status

    7/9/2015

    Committee on Rank, Tenure and Awards announce new faculty appointments.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 9, 2015) The Iona College Committee on Rank, Tenure and Awards recently announced the following newly tenured faculty appointments and emeritus status.
     
    The following faculty were awarded tenure status:
    • Dr. Marcus Aldredge, Sociology
    • Dr. Jaeyoung Kang, Management
    • Dr. Joshua Klein, Criminal Justice
    • Dr. Manuel Gomez, Foreign Languages
    • Dr. Andrew Griffith, Accounting
    • Dr. John Theodore, Psychology
     
    The following faculty were awarded the honor of emeritus status:
    • Dr. William Egelman, Sociology
    • Dr. Lisa Evered, Mathematics
      
    See announcement on Inside Higher Ed
     
  • Alumnus Promoted to Brigadier General

    7/9/2015

    John F. Hussey '85 will lead the Army Reserve's Great Lakes Training Division.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 9, 2015) Colonel John F. Hussey '85 was promoted to Brigadier General of the Army Reserve's Great Lakes Training Division, 75th Training Command at a ceremony in early June. The Great Lakes Training Division is responsible for battalion and higher mission command staff training.

    Read full story here
  • Iona Student Speaks at United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

    7/7/2015

    Thomas Severin '16 presented an oral statement on behalf of Edmund Rice International.

    New Rochelle, NY (July 7, 2015) Iona College student Thomas Severin ’16 recently gave a speech at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to underscore the need for changes in the way child refugees in Australia are treated. He presented his two-minute oral statement on behalf of Edmund Rice International, where he completed an internship, and Franciscans International.
     
    Speaking at the Human Rights Council’s June 16 special session on human rights of migrants, Severin cited abuses in Australian detention camps – lack of access to appropriate health care, barriers to hygiene and poor quality of housing – as well as concerns that refugees are no longer asked if they were victims of torture. His statement also called for change to a recent Australian law, the Border Force Act, which results in an “oath of secrecy” for people working at detention centers, prohibiting them from reporting abuses.
     
    Severin shared that his time with ERI in Geneva was an incredible experience: “I was able to attend meetings with the foremost experts from around the world on a number of human rights related topics, work closely with the Christian Brothers, and even craft and deliver a statement before the United Nations Human Rights Council. Working within the UN system gave me a deeper appreciation for the power of international coöperation as the solution to many of the world’s problems.”
     
    Detainees in Australia are from many countries where they experience persecution for their religious or political beliefs, such as Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria, says Brother Moy Hitchen of ERI in Geneva. Nearly 1,000 children were in detention centers at the time Severin spoke, and the average stay in the centers was more than a year. ERI is calling for the Australian Government to change its policies and respect the rights of asylum-seekers.
     
     “We were very impressed with Tommy's professional approach, his research and articulation of the issues, his balanced and clear delivery, and his commitment to the process,” said Br. Hitchen. “It reflects well on his own expertise and on Iona College.”
     
    Severin, a political science and history major, is enrolled in Iona’s Honors Program and has been elected president of the Student Government Association for 2015-16. He graduated from   Connetquot High School in Bohemia, N.Y.

    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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  • Alumnus and Faculty Attend International Conference in Rome

    6/29/2015

    Emerging Leaders Multi-faith Climate Convergence June 27 - July 1

    New Rochelle, NY (June 29, 2015) Br. Patrick Nuanah ’15, a recent graduate of Iona College’s environmental studies program, and Sr. Kathleen Deignan, Ph.D., director of the Iona Spirituality Institute are representing Iona, by participating in the “Emerging Leaders Multi-faith Climate Convergence” in Rome. A series of events connected with Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment and Climate Change is convening June 27 through July 1.
     
    Br. Nuanah  is one of 100 young religious leaders (between 21 and 40 years old) from throughout the world who have been invited to participate. Sr. Kathleen, a GreenFaith Fellow and Co Convener of Iona’s Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue, is accompanying the many students from around the globe who are part of the emerging environmental leaders training.
     
    The schedule includes marching to St. Peter’s Square to thank Pope Francis, followed by the Convergence at the Community of Saint Egidio at Piazza S. Egidio where participants will share their backgrounds, motivations and beliefs.
     
    Participants will share their experiences of leadership, learning from each other about how religious and spiritual communities and initiatives can create positive environmental change. They will receive media training and coaching to develop yearlong action plans for projects in their home countries. Following the Convergence, a full-time organizer will staff the network of young religious leaders. sharing success stories, providing encouragement and support, and identifying future priorities.
     
    Travel and accommodation expenses are looked after by the Green Faith organization. The Convergence will set the stage for effective, multi-faith leadership by these young emerging leaders on climate change. It will help spur faith-based environmental projects on the ground in countries around the world.
     
     
    About Sr. Kathleen Deignan:
    Sr. Deignan joined the faculty of the Religious Studies Department at Iona in 1981 as an assistant professor after having served as an adjunct instructor and a part-time campus minister. Sr. Deignan's current interests are in the areas of classical and contemporary spirituality with a focus on creation theology and spirituality. Her work is devoted to transmitting the spiritual and intellectual legacies of Thomas Merton in a variety of academic, artistic and pastoral formats. A GreenFaith Fellow, Sr. Deignan completed a two-year post-doctoral training for religious environmental leadership (www.GreenFaith.org). Dr. Deignan was the founder of the Iona Peace and Justice Studies Program and the Iona Peace Institute in Ireland (1988-1995). She is the founder and director of the Iona Spirituality Institute which sponsors a variety of programs for spiritual enrichment. A sacred song writer and psalmist, Sr. Deignan has composed over 200 songs for liturgy and prayer published in a dozen CDs by Schola Ministries, a project in service to the liturgical and contemplative arts. Sr. Deignan is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the International Thomas Merton Society and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.
     
     
    About Brother Patrick Nuanah ’15 :
    Brother Patrick is a member of the West African District of Christian Brothers. He was a certified teacher as well as director of his parish youth choir in Tamale, Ghana, before entering the Christian Brothers’ novitiate at Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2006. Following novitiate, Brother Patrick was assigned to the Christian Brothers’ mission community in Gbarnga, Liberia, where he taught at St. Martin's Secondary School for several years before being awarded the Brother Arthur Austin Loftus Scholarship to commence studies at Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y. Brother Patrick, who has demonstrated a passion for climate change and environmental concerns, graduated with a BS from Iona College on May 16, 2015, specializing in Environmental Studies. Br. Nuanah will be returning to Ghana on July 10 where he has been appointed assistant headmaster of the Christian Brothers school in Tamale.

    Iona Alumnus and Faculty Attend International Conference in Rome
  • Student Cycles Across Country for Charity

    6/24/2015

    Pat Lynch '17 volunteers to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.

    Iona College student Pat Lynch ’17 is a member of the Southern Team of the 2015 Journey of Hope, a project of The Ability Experience, the charity of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

    Lynch is currently cycling across the country from California to Washington, D.C. to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities. Read full story from Parker Pioneer.net


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  • Iona Launches New Transfer Student Scholarships

    6/16/2015

    The College announces merit scholarship programs for high-achieving transfer students -- part of larger initiatives to address higher-education affordability.

    New Rochelle, NY (June 16, 2015) As part of larger institutional initiatives to address college affordability and with the support of generous alumni, Iona College has announced the launch of two new merit scholarship programs for high-achieving transfer students.
     
    The Iona Transfer Achievement Scholarship and the Iona Transfer Excellence Scholarship are competitive award programs offering scholarship support for up to 75 percent of tuition. These scholarships will help the College achieve the strategic goal of supporting college access and affordability for transfer students demonstrating meritorious achievement who might not otherwise have the opportunity to complete their education at Iona.

    For further information, please contact Brother Jason Ford at (914) 633-2679 or jmford@iona.edu.
     

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  • Univision Head, Iona Alumnus Gets Special Emmy Award

    6/12/2015

    Randy Falco awarded National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' highest honor

    left to right: Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., Dean, School of Arts & Science, honoree Randy Falco 75, ’79MBA, ’01H, and Paul J. Sutera, Senior Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs
    Iona College alumnus Randy Falco ’75, ’79MBA, ’01H, president and chief executive of Univision Communications Inc. was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) as this year’s recipient of the Trustees Award.

    This Emmy Award from the Board of Trustees is NATAS’ highest honor bestowed on an individual and is presented to a person making a significant contribution to the world of television. The award was presented at a prestigious black-tie event in New York City at the Park Hyatt Hotel on Thursday June 4, 2015.

    In addition to bestowing this prestigious award, the Academy announced the launch of a drive to establish a scholarship program in Randy Falco’s name. The scholarship will provide a gifted Hispanic student the opportunity to further their studies in the television industry.

    About Randy Falco:
    Randy Falco is president and chief executive officer of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI). Under his leadership, UCI has accelerated its transformation to the multimedia powerhouse of today. UCI has quickly expanded into a top tier multimedia company with 16 broadcast, cable and digital networks, 61 television stations, 67 radio stations, and an array of online and mobile apps and products and content creation facilities in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
     
    See more about the award and about Falco.  

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  • Iona Alumnus Mariano Rivera III '15 Drafted by Washington Nationals

    6/8/2015

    MAAC Pitcher of the Year was selected as the 134th pick in the fourth round of 2015 MLB Draft.



    Iona College baseball graduate RHP Mariano Rivera was selected by the Washington Nationals as the 134th pick overall in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Tuesday afternoon. Rivera is the 25th different Iona player to be selected in the draft since its inception in 1965. He is the fourth highest draft pick in school history.


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  • Best Buddies New York Selects Iona for Outstanding College Chapter of the Year

    6/10/2015

    Iona's Best Buddies Chapter is best of nine NYS Chapters.

    New Rochelle, NY (June 10, 2015) Iona College has been selected as New York State’s Outstanding College Chapter of the Year by Best Buddies New York an international non-profit organization that seeks to help persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those without, build meaningful friendships. The Iona chapter of Best Buddies carries out that mission, as well as the values of service, diversity, and community engagement. The Iona chapter was chosen as the best among the nine college chapters in New York State, from Buffalo to New York City.

    "Besides striving to help members build friendships with their buddies, my biggest goal is to convey to those around us that this isn’t service work or a mentorship program,” said Tiffany Henderson ’16, Best Buddies Iona Chapter President. “Being a friend to someone makes him or her your equal, and that’s the point behind inclusion, and integration.”

    “I could not be more proud of Iona College Best Buddies and their hard work in establishing meaningful friendships between individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Leah Burgess, Lead Program Manager of Best Buddies New York. “The Iona College Best Buddies chapter has gone above and beyond this year to spread our mission of promoting social inclusion for all.”

    About Best Buddies:
    Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
     
    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 Awarded Kenneth Dolan Scholarships

    6/8/2015

    The 26th Annual Kenny Dolan Memorial 5K Run was held to benefit Iona students.

    Photo left to right: Mrs. Ann Dolan, John Murphy '18, recipient of the Kenneth Dolan Endowed Scholarship, Mrs. Kelli Nyre, Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., president of Iona College, and Meghan Murphy '13, former scholarship recipient.

    New Rochelle, NY (June 8, 2015) Two Iona College students were this year’s scholarship recipients through the generosity of Mrs. Ann Dolan and the proceeds from the 26th Annual Kenneth Dolan Memorial Run held on Sunday, June 7, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

    This is the first year the run benefitted two students with scholarship awards. John Murphy ’18 and Katie McManamon ’17 were this year’s recipients and participated in the 5K race.

    The event has taken place each year since 1990 in memory of former Iona student Kenny Dolan, who passed away tragically on March 14, 1990, in an automobile accident. The Kenny Dolan Memorial Fund at Iona College has been established from this race to assist students at Iona.

    Photo left to right: Katie McManamon ’17, recipient of the Kenneth Dolan Endowed Scholarship, and Mrs. Ann Dolan.

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  • Campus Improvements Summer 2015

    6/9/2015

    This summer, improvements are in progress across Iona College’s main 45-acre campus. From a new residence hall to other student-centered campus updates, the beauty and functionality of Iona will continue to grow.

    Moving the World…
    One Brick at a Time

     
    This summer, improvements are in progress across Iona College’s main 45-acre campus. From a new residence hall to other student-centered campus updates, the beauty and functionality of Iona will continue to grow.  
     
    Click to see more about the new North Avenue Residence Hall project.The centerpiece of these campus improvements is a prominent project at the main entrance to campus, the North Avenue Residence Hall.  The facility, which will provide apartment-style living for 310 students, is scheduled for completion in fall 2016. See more about the project or view live video feed of construction.
     
    LaPenta Student Union will see several projects improving student options, including a new, full Starbucks store, opening in fall 2015 -- see design elevations and views. Also in the works are updates to the Game Room, the Student Government Association office and Club Hub. LaPenta’s Marketplace food court will be painted and additional renovations will be done in Vitanza Commons food court in the lower level of Spellman Hall.
     
    Hynes Athletics Center will see a relocation and renewal of campus weightroom facilities, new paint and scoreboard in the pool area, renovation of the men’s varsity locker room, as well as other maintenance and facilities improvements. 
     
    The Murphy Center, home to many of the departments in the School of Arts and Science, will have outside renovation work completed, including roof and gable repairs. 
     
    Iona’s parking garage will be refurbished, with improvements made to the structure in stages, ensuring access to adequate parking over the summer.  As with most other campus projects, the facility will remain open during the work.   

    Other summer 2015 projects include updates to the campus energy management system, a new generator in Loftus Hall, painting in all the other residence halls, new carpet and painting in the Apartments at Eastchester, and exterior work on entrances of the Celtic offices and McSpedon Hall.
     
    For social media coverage of Iona’s summer & fall 2015 improvements, tag or search #BrickAtATime 
  • Iona Celebrates Commencement 2015

    5/22/2015

    Nearly 1,000 students join the ranks of new alumni.

    New Rochelle, NY (May 21, 2015) Iona Gaels were in full force at the College’s 71st commencement exercises at the Theater at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City on May 16. As friends and family cheered, nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Arts & Sciences and the Hagan School of Business processed across the stage to receive their diplomas and transition to their places among Iona’s more than 40,000 proud Gael alumni.

    During the ceremonies, special honors were conferred on Dorothy H. Wickenden, executive editor of The New Yorker, and keynote speaker for the undergraduate ceremony. Wickenden received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. Also celebrated at the undergraduate exercise was Patrick J. Martin, Ph.D., ’62, co-founder of the Patrick J. Martin Foundation who received the honorary degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

    “Those of us who aren’t graduating today are experiencing a vicarious thrill as you receive your diplomas--thinking about all of the lives you are yet to touch and change,” said Wickenden. “We have more confidence in you than you have in yourselves. Your minds aren’t narrow and foolish. They are expansive and generous. Take a leap of faith. The future is yours to shape--and so are the transcendent ideals of the past.”


    Undergraduate student speaker Kerri-Leigh Heeseman delivered a response on behalf of the graduates. “Make the rest of your life amazing,” said Heeseman. “Move the world with the knowledge that you acquired here, smile at the memories that you have made, and always remember to fight the good fight.” 

    The graduate ceremony honored Iona College alumnus Edward V. Filardi, ’65, partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom one of the largest law firms in the world. Filardi was the keynote speaker for the graduates and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa.

    Filardi serves as co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and has extensive experience in patent, trade secret, unfair competition and antitrust-related matters, specifically regarding litigation and dispute resolution.  He is a registered U.S. patent attorney with extensive jury trial and appellate experience and has litigated patent and other technology-related cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.

    For further information on Commencement 2015 please click here.

    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.
  • Iona's Chemistry Department Awarded $20,000

    5/21/2015

    The National Science Foundation award to benefit chemistry research.

    Student Peter J. Milianta ’16, Biochemistry major, demonstrates the use of a major scientific instrument called an "Inverted Digital Video Microscope (Nikon) with Micropipet Manipulation System" which is supported on a vibration isolated workstation to minimize vibration from external sources. With this set-up, researchers are able to create, observe, and manipulate a single isolated micron-size droplet in a well-defined and -controlled liquid environment, while real-time visualizations of the unfolding chemical/physical phenomena is visualized and recorded.
    New Rochelle, NY (May 21, 2015) The Iona College chemistry department has been awarded $20,000 from the National Science Foundation. The award is for supplemental support for a research project entitled "RUI: Microdroplet Interface Chemistry-Fundamental Studies of Self-Assembled Structures at the Liquid/Liquid Interface." The project is under the direction of Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., professor of Analytical Chemistry and department chair.      
     
    This NSF grant supports an international collaboration in conjunction with the University of Tokyo, in the field of Biomimetic Soft Materials Chemistry. The collaboration supports the travel and research of Iona Undergraduate Students from Dr. Lee's research laboratory, to participate in research at Tokyo with Prof. Shoji Takeuchi. Iona's Peter J. Milianta ’16, Biochemistry major, has been chosen to be the first visiting student researcher during the summer 2015.   The goal of the work includes exploration of models for cellular membrane function from a chemical perspective.

    Dr. Lee noted, "I am proud that Peter will be the first of my students to be spending a month in the labs of this globally prestigious scientific team in Tokyo, and know that it will be just the beginning of a long and fruitful research collaboration that will benefit not only Peter but the greater Iona community and the world's scientific enterprise".

    About the project:
    The Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry (MSN) Program of the Division of Chemistry (CHE) at the National Science Foundation supports the work of Professor Sunghee Lee at Iona College, concerning how supramolecular aggregates direct the crystallization of substances at a liquid-liquid interface. The research includes: (1) investigating the effect of surfactant monolayer structure upon crystallization by employing polymorphic organic crystal systems as reporters for subtle changes in monolayer structure; (2) studying the mechanism by which lipid bilayers in mesophases promote the crystallization of important protein targets through establishment of the droplet interface bilayer as a model; and (3) determining the nature and extent of interaction of ions with bilayers using the droplet interface bilayer model.

    The research will enhance the body of empirical and systematic knowledge regarding arrangement of molecules which preferentially reside at the liquid-liquid interface. The understanding of molecular assemblies at the liquid-liquid interface will be an important contribution to fields which rely on these structures, such as biomimetic materials synthesis, electronics, diagnostics, drug delivery, and the plastic and pharmaceutical industries. Undergraduate students will perform research, co-author the relevant publications, and present their findings at national meetings. Thus, the research will impact the future career pathways in science available to numerous undergraduates, through enhanced availability and depth of research training at Iona College, a predominantly undergraduate institution.

    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 Chemistry Department Awarded $20,000
  • Alumni Raise over $1.2M at Reunion Weekend

    5/20/2015

    Funds raised in celebration of Iona's 75th Anniversary and Reunion Weekend

    New Rochelle, NY (May 20, 2015) Iona College alumni and friends raised over $1.2M in celebration of Iona’s 75th anniversary at the annual reunion weekend May 15-16.
     
    Graduating years ending in 5’s and 0’s were honored by over 500 alumni and friends who attended the two-day event. Weekend highlights included a Golden Gaels luncheon for alumni who graduated 50+ years ago, a presentation of the Iona Forever campaign, heritage-trail tours of campus, a barbecue and Reunion Mass.  Our Jubilarians, alumni celebrating their 50th reunion, participated in the procession of the Friday evening Baccalaureate Mass followed by the Jubilarian Dinner. The weekend concluded with the annual Reunion Gala at Beckwith Pointe on New Rochelle’s Sound Shore.
               
    The Reunion Gala paid tribute to seven alumni for service and achievement: Bartley F. Livolsi ’70, ’74MBA and Stephen V. Reitano ’72, ’75MBA, The Brother William B. Cornelia Award for Outstanding Service to Iona College, Monica L. Judge ’70, The Brother Patrick B. Doyle Award for Distinguished Service to the Alumni Association, Patrick Quinn, The Brother John G. Driscoll Award for Humanitarian Service; and, for the Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement, Domenick Ciaccia ’80, Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’80, ’81MBA and Angela A. Pearson ’90, ’96MBA.
     
    “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 Class of 1965 had the highest class participation and most money raised towards their reunion gift.  The Class of 1990, celebrating their 25th anniversary, were recognized with 25 year medals.  The Class of 1975 celebrated their 40th reunion with one of the largest groups in attendance. All gifts received through June 30, 2015 will count in the final Reunion totals for alumni in the 5’s and 0’s reunion classes.
     
    “It is because of your generosity and participation that Iona is able to continue to grow and stay competitive in this ever changing landscape,” 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 included the Class of 2005, which doubled its donors from last year and achieved their Reunion fundraising goal.
     
    Kayla Kosack ’17, vice president of the Student Government Association, gave remarks on behalf of the student body. “I look at all of you tonight and I see memories, traditions, love and success, you have paved the road for students like myself to have these opportunities.  And for that, I thank you, she said.”  “I promise you that I will attempt to continue that road to success and carry on the Iona tradition of fighting the good fight.”

    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 College Breaks Ground for New North Avenue Student Residence Hall

    5/8/2015

    The residence hall will open in the fall of 2016.

    New Rochelle, NY (May 8, 2015)  -- Iona College and New Rochelle communities gathered to break ground on Wednesday, May 6, at the site of the future North Avenue Student Residence Hall located on the corner of North and Summit Avenues. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, board of trustees and community partners assembled to celebrate the construction of the cutting-edge living space which will be unveiled in the fall of 2016.

    “Iona College is working hard to be a good neighbor to our good neighbors,” President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. stated.  “This new residence hall is a groundbreaking development on North Avenue for both Iona College and the City of New Rochelle.  As Iona celebrates its 75th year, we celebrate our partnership with New Rochelle, in the spirit of positive town-gown relationships – working together to move our corner of the world.”

    Located across from the campus’ main entrance, the building is styled to reflect a “modern Iona” with a vibrant streetscape and design complementary to nearby College and community structures.  The first floor will contain taxable retail and restaurant space open to the public with adjacent on-site parking.

    “This is a positive step for both the College and the City that will improve North Avenue, enhance an emerging academic district and strengthen our partnership,” said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.

    Other program participants included James P. Hynes ’69, ’01H, chairman of the Board of Trustees and Andrew J. Dolce ’57, trustee.

    CJ Funaro, an Iona College senior who will graduate at Iona’s 71st Commencement Exercises on May 16, provided his final remarks as the President of the Iona College Student Government Association “In this very spot, students will gain that unique edge of living on Iona's campus while residing in an environmentally friendly, beautiful, sustainable building, participating in hall events and activities, finding random friendships from the laundry room to the common kitchen, and most importantly feel the inspiring sense of community that's built inside these future four walls.” 

    Brother Kevin Devlin, CFC, Ed.D., senior director of the Center for Student Success, delivered a blessing preceding the ceremonial shoveling by program participants.

    Prior to the ground breaking ceremony, the College celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony for three new science laboratories located in Cornelia Hall.  “Iona’s first building becomes one of its most technologically advanced, as we dedicate three new laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology,” said Dr. Nyre.  “This project has transformed two classrooms and an underutilized student lounge into three state-of-the-art scientific laboratories for Iona’s hallmark student-faculty research collaborations.”

    The new science labs are: the Neuroimmunology and Tissue Culture Facility, the Planetary Science and Optics Research Laboratory and the Laboratory for Biomimetic Soft Materials Chemistry.

    See more about Iona's North Avenue Residence Hall -- including a story on News12.  


    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 Raise Over $62,000 for American Cancer Society

    4/22/2015

    Nearly 500 participants registered for Relay for Life.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 23, 2015) Iona students raised over $62,000 for the American Cancer Society at the Annual Relay for Life event at Iona College on Saturday, April 18. The student group “Colleges Against Cancer of Iona College” is a college chapter of the American Cancer Society.
     
    Relay for Life is a program sponsored by the Office of Student Development with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.
     
    The event, coordinated by a committee of students and led by Caitlin King ’15, Gina Tomaj ’16 and Shelbey Roy ’16, ended a successful three month fundraising effort.  The twelve-hour walkathon, filled with celebration and remembrance, raised a total of $62,149, almost double last year’s fund raising efforts.
     
    Nearly 500 participants registered for the event. Fundraising was conducted by teams through a variety of student clubs, organizations and teams. There were 37 teams total that worked to raise the $62k. 
     
    “Being a part of Relay for Life reminds me of why I am always so proud to be a member of the Iona College Community,” said King.  “It is a privilege to come together to celebrate the cancer survivors in our lives, and remember with respect loved ones lost to cancer.”
     
    The money raised will allow The American Cancer Society to fund lifesaving research, and provide services to help cancer patients get healthy and stay healthy.
     
    “I hope Relay for Life will continue to inspire Iona students to support one another and fight the good fight against cancer,” said King.
     
    One team leader, sophomore, Cassandra Alfveby raised $1,156 with her sorority sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma. Read about her personal story here.
     
    The objective of Relay for Life is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, as well as spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer.
     
    About the American Cancer Society
    The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
     
    About Relay for Life
    At Relay for Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year! Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer. The relay web page is: www.relayforlife.org/ionacollegeny
     
    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 Scholarship Gala Raises Over $1.2 Million

    4/16/2015

    His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan '14H and James P. Hynes '69, '01H Honored at Gala

    New Rochelle, NY (April 16, 2015)  -- The Board of Trustees of Iona College held its 2015 Iona College Scholarship Award Gala & Diamond Jubilee Celebration on April 10 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to honor leaders who exemplify the College’s mission of service, scholarship and value-based learning.
     
    Over $1.2 million dollars were raised that evening to benefit student scholarships at Iona College. Nearly 700 people were on hand for the event, including scores of students and scholarship recipients, to see His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan ’14H and James P. Hynes ’69, ’01H recognized for their service to the Catholic faith and Iona College. As part of the gala, Mr. Hynes was presented with Iona College’s Legacy Award and Cardinal Dolan was presented with the Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award. Iona College also paid special tribute to its 75th anniversary while celebrating these two deserving individuals.
     
    “This year’s Gala was incredibly special as we recognized Iona College’s long and distinguished legacy and celebrated the life’s work and important service of Cardinal Dolan and Chairman Jim Hynes. We were also pleased to announce the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund in Cardinal Dolan’s name,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “Each, in their own unique way, exemplify Iona College’s mission of service, scholarship and achievement and we’re proud that they are members of the Iona community.”
     
    In accepting the awards, Cardinal Dolan and Mr. Hynes join an impressive group of individuals who have preceded them, including Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, football great and businessman Roger Staubach, Yankee legend Mariano Rivera, business executive Robert LaPenta, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

    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. In addition to receiving the Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award, a scholarship was established by Iona College in Cardinal Dolan’s name.
     
    “To receive this distinguished award and to hear the good news of the fund established in my honor, the scholarships to Iona, means an awful lot to me and it adds to the joy of this Easter season,” Cardinal Dolan said. “And, that we would gather on this 75th anniversary of Iona College, adds to the festiveness of this season.”
     
    Cardinal Dolan, who was awarded an honorary degree from Iona last year, was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and soon after received the pallium -- a symbol of his office as an archbishop -- from the Pope at Saint Peter’s Basilica. Before coming to New York, Dolan served as Archbishop of Milwaukee, a position to which he was named by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
     
    Ordained to the priesthood in 1976, Dolan served as a pastor, seminary rector and professor of church history. For seven years, he was rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he served until June 2001. While in Rome, he was a visiting professor of Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a faculty member in the Department of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America and a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
     
    In 2010, Cardinal Dolan was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, succeeding Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. Two years later, Cardinal Dolan was appointed to the College of Cardinals.
     
    Hynes, who has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industries and has served in many executive and director roles throughout the world, received the Iona College Legacy Award for his lifetime achievements.
     
    “Keeping the vision of the founders and the mission of the founders going, we’ve done it for 75 years,” Hynes said. “I’d like to say this to the students: When you get out, if you are successful, don’t think you did it on your own, you didn’t do it all on your own. Every experience you’ve had growing up led to whatever successes you may have. Be appreciative of that. Remember your alma mater and come back, visit it and be generous to it and help other kids.”
     
    In addition to holding chief executive roles at companies including COLT Telecommunications, MetroRED Telecom and KVH Telecom, Hynes’ career included senior positions with Chase Manhattan, Continental Corporation, Bache & Co. and New York Telephone. He is currently chairman and co-founder of Inteliquent Inc., and Hynes Capital Resources.
     
    Hynes has made significant contributions to the College and student body as an alumnus, mentor and advocate for Iona. A 1969 graduate of Iona, Hynes was awarded an honorary degree in 2001. He currently serves as chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. In 2006, the Hynes Athletics Center became a reality because of his record-breaking gift. He was also a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for 15 years, serving as president from 1989-1991.
     
    In 1994, Hynes was the recipient of the Alumni Association's Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement. He was also honored with the Brother Patrick B. Doyle Award for Distinguished Service to the Alumni Association in 1996. As an undergraduate student, he competed on the rowing team at Iona.
     
    Proceeds from the Scholarship Gala support student scholarships.
     
    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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  • The Ionian Awarded First Place from the American Scholastic Press Association

    4/21/2015

    The Iona College student newspaper, one of 16 schools to receive top honor.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 21, 2015) The Iona College student newspaper, The Ionian, has been awarded the 2015 Scholastic Newspaper Award for first place from the American Scholastic Press Association.

    The Ionian was one of 16 first place winners in the category of colleges/universities with enrollment of over 2,501.

    "The Ionian editors, led by Editor-in-Chief Mackenzie Mennucci ’15, take a professional approach to publishing each and every issue of The Ionian, to an extent that is truly impressive for a student publication,” said Ionian advisor, Mitchell Bard, assistant professor of Journalism. “They deserve every accolade that comes their way. It is always gratifying when others recognize the high quality of the students' work."

    "After almost a year of hard work, I couldn't be happier to receive word that The Ionian received a first place award along with several schools with similar sizes,” said Mennucci. “It is a clear result of the unmatched dedication from my editorial board and is so very richly deserved. I am extremely grateful and proud to lead such a talented team."

    About The Ionian:
    The Ionian is Iona College's award-winning student newspaper. The paper, which is issued bi-weekly, covers all aspects of the College from Iona's sports teams to on-campus news and events. The Ionian has garnered national recognition for its overall design, reporting and individual aspects, such as column writing. The hardworking staff and editorial board is always seeking to improve the paper's aesthetics and quality of reporting so as to ensure a continued standard of excellence for its student, faculty and alumni readership. Please visit The Ionian’s website Ionian News.
     
    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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  • Ten Iona Student Teams Earn Placement in Top 100 Global Rankings

    4/17/2015

    Iona teams placed 29, 52, and 56 out of 3,241 teams.

    New Rochelle, NY (April 17, 2015) Ten Iona student teams have earned placement in the Top 100 global rankings in the GLO-BUS competitive business simulation. This is especially notable because there are 3,241 teams from 161 colleges/universities participating in the simulation game world-wide during the week of March 30 to April 5. 

    The students are enrolled in the Business Policy and Strategy course taught by Jeffrey W. Alstete, ‘87MBA, ‘90MS, Ed.D., associate professor of Management and Business Administration.

    Outstanding student team of business seniors Ryan Harding, Patrick Stewart and Nick Adams (Team I: International Image) earned 56th best Overall Game-To-Date Score, 29th Best Earning Per Share (EPS), and 52nd best Stock Price. Nine other Iona teams also performed exceptionally well.

    "It is truly rewarding to see Iona students earn top rankings in this challenging online international business simulation,” said Dr. Alstete. “Students have told me that playing the game is a valuable learning experience that they include on their resumes and talk about on job interviews.”

    The GLO-BUS is a completely online global simulation by McGraw-Hill/Irwin where the focus is on competitive strategy, and teams of students run a digital camera company in head-to-head competition against companies run by other class members. 

    Company operations parallel those of actual digital camera companies. Just as in the real world, companies compete in a global market arena, selling digital cameras in four geographic regions—Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. 

    Each week, the best-performing GLO-BUS companies measured on four performance variables (Overall Score, EPS, ROE, and Stock Price) are honored on the website. The simulation will continue through the Spring Semester.
    For more information on GLO-BUS please visit: www.glo-bus.com/stats/top20.html

    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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  • Iona Celebrates Scholars Day

    4/13/2015

    Tuesday, April 14

    New Rochelle, NY (April 13, 2015) Iona College will host the Annual Iona Scholars Day on Tuesday, April 14. The event will showcase nearly 200 student’s independent research projects.

    Poster presentations will be held in the Mulcahy Gym from noon – 2 p.m. and a panel discussion will be presented in the Hegarty room from 1 – 2 p.m.

    All are welcome to attend.
     
    For more details please visit: http://www.iona.edu/Academics/Academic-Events/Iona-Scholars-Day.aspx
  • Two Iona College Alumni to Receive Honorary Degrees

    3/31/2015

    2015 Commencement Ceremonies to be held Saturday, May 16

    New Rochelle, NY (March 31, 2015)  Iona College alumni Edward V. Filardi ’65 and Patrick J. Martin, Ph.D., ’62 will receive honorary degrees during Iona’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16, in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


    Edward V. Filardi '65 and Patrick J. Martin, Ph.D. '62
     
    Filardi also will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 graduate commencement ceremony, which begins at 3:30 p.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

    Filardi is a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, one of the largest law firms in the world, which provides a broad range of legal services to the corporate, industrial and financial communities.  He serves as co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and has extensive experience in patent, trade secret, unfair competition and antitrust-related matters, specifically regarding litigation and dispute resolution.  Filardi is a registered U.S. patent attorney with extensive jury trial and appellate experience and has litigated patent and other technology-related cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.

    Martin, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree, is a retired business executive, co-founder of the Patrick J. Martin Foundation and generous benefactor to Iona students studying math or science who have been selected as Pat Martin Scholars. The Patrick J. Martin Foundation, created in 2005 by Patrick and Donna Martin, is a charitable foundation primarily focused on encouraging the study of math, science, and engineering at the college undergraduate level. In addition to providing scholarships, the foundation supports efforts in the arts, the environment and humanitarian needs.   

    Martin worked as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Storage Technology Corporation prior to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems Inc. in 2005. Prior to joining StorageTek, Martin spent 23 years with Xerox Corp., where he honed his leadership skills as a corporate senior vice president, and president of the North American Solutions Group, Xerox's largest marketing operation with $8 billion in annual revenue. 

    As announced previously, Dorothy H. Wickenden, executive editor of The New Yorker, will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 undergraduate commencement ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. She also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

    See more about Iona’s commencement ceremonies at www.iona.edu/commencement.

    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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  • Trustee Scholarship Gala Part of Iona's 75th Anniversary

    2/17/2015

    His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan '14H and James P. Hynes '69, '01H to be Honored

    New Rochelle, NY (February 2015)  -- One of the nation’s most charismatic and influential religious leaders and a businessman who has been a stalwart supporter of Iona College will be honored by the College at its annual scholarship gala this year, the Board of Trustees recently announced.
     
    His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan ’14H and James P. Hynes ’69,’01H will each be honored at the 2015 Iona College Scholarship Award Gala & Diamond Jubilee Celebration on Friday, April 10, at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. This year’s gala is unique as Iona College will be recognizing its 75th anniversary while honoring these two deserving individuals. 
     
    As part of the gala, Mr. Hynes will be presented with Iona College’s Legacy Award and Cardinal Dolan will be presented with the Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award.
     
    “These honorees exemplify Iona College’s mission of community service, scholarship and achievement,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “They live their lives leading by example and are proof that the mission of Iona’s founders remains a core value of our College and its community.”
     
    Cardinal Dolan and Hynes join an impressive group of individuals who have been honored by Iona College, including Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, football great and businessman Roger Staubach, Yankee legend Mariano Rivera, business executive Robert LaPenta, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
     
    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.
     
    Cardinal Dolan, who was given an honorary degree from Iona last year, was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and soon after he received the pallium -- a symbol of his office as an archbishop -- from the Pope at Saint Peter’s Basilica. Before coming to New York, Dolan served as Archbishop of Milwaukee, a position to which he was named by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
     
    Ordained to the priesthood in 1976, Dolan served as a pastor, seminary rector and professor of church history. For seven years, he was rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he served until June 2001. While in Rome, he was a visiting professor of Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a faculty member in the Department of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America and a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
     
    In 2010, Cardinal Dolan was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, succeeding Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.  Two years later, Cardinal Dolan was appointed to the College of Cardinals.
     
    Hynes, who has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industries and has served in many executive and director roles throughout the world, will receive the Iona College Legacy Award for his lifetime achievements. In addition to holding chief executive roles at companies including COLT Telecommunications, MetroRED Telecom and KVH Telecom, Hynes’ career included senior positions with Chase Manhattan, Continental Corporation, Bache & Co. and New York Telephone. He is currently chairman and co-founder of Inteliquent Inc. and Hynes Capital Resources and serves as president of Advanced Mobile Communications International.
     
    Hynes has made significant contributions to the College and student body as an alumnus, mentor and advocate for Iona. A 1969 graduate of Iona, Hynes also received an honorary degree in 2001. He currently serves as chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. In 2006, the Hynes Athletics Center became a reality because of his record-breaking gift. He was also a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for 15 years, serving as president from 1989-1991.
     
    In 1994, Hynes was the recipient of the Alumni Association's Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement. He was also honored with the Brother Patrick B. Doyle Award for Distinguished Service to the Alumni Association in 1996. As an undergraduate student, he competed on the rowing team at Iona.
     
    Hynes and his wife, Anne Marie, have twin daughters and live in Riverside, Conn.
     
    Proceeds from the Scholarship Gala will support student scholarships. For more information, visit Iona College online at www.IonaScholarshipGala.org.

    See more about Iona's celebration of its 75th anniversary.  
     
    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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  • College Mourns the Loss of Eugene Conese Sr.

    3/21/2015

    Iona benefactor and former trustee Eugene P. Conese Sr. ’51, ’01H, passed away on March 19.

    College Mourns the Loss of Eugene P. Conese Sr. 

    New Rochelle, NY (March 21, 2015) Iona College benefactor and former trustee Eugene P. Conese Sr. ’51, ’01H, passed away on Thursday, March 19. 

    “Mr. Conese was a sterling example of what it means to be an Ionian,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “He fought the good fight and will be forever remembered in the hallowed halls of Iona College.“ 


    Conese was a loyal and generous alumnus of Iona and steadfastly supported the College’s growth and mission. He served with distinction as a member of the Board of Trustees and most recently as a member of the Iona Forever Campaign Cabinet, providing leadership to Iona’s soon-to-be-announced largest comprehensive fundraising endeavor in the College’s 75-year history. In 2001, Iona College conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on Mr. Conese and in 2008 named the North Avenue student residence Conese Hall to honor him and his wife, Anna May.

    In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Frances and Frank Conese Endowed Scholarship Fund (go to www.iona.edu/support or contact Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs, at (914) 637-2710 or psutera@iona.edu).
     

    See an obituary in the New York Times.

    March 26 update: Sadly, we learned of the passing of Mr. Conese's wife, Anna May. A mass for the couple and their interment will take place this Saturday, March 28.  

    10 a.m., Funeral Mass
    Holy Family Church, 83 Clove Road, New Rochelle, N.Y.
     
    11:30 a.m., Burial
    Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 W. Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, N.Y.



    Mr. Conese talked with Iona Mass Communications faculty member Mike Damergis on July 18, 2014, during a visit to the Coneses’ Newport, R.I., home with Iona’s President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., and Senior Vice President Paul J. Sutera. The resulting video shares the lifestyle, work ethic and moral compass of a great alumnus with current and future students of Iona College. 



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  • New Yorker Executive Editor will Speak at Undergraduate Commencement

    3/23/2015

    Dorothy H. Wickenden will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 23, 2015) Dorothy H. Wickenden, executive editor of The New Yorker, will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 undergraduate commencement ceremony. She also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at commencement, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    Wickenden has been executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996. She joined the magazine as managing editor in 1995. She is also the moderator of The New Yorker's weekly podcast, “The Political Scene.”

    Wickenden was national affairs editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995. Before that, she spent 15 years at The New Republic, as managing editor and later as executive editor. She edited “The New Republic Reader: 80 Years of Opinion and Debate” (Basic Books, 1994) and has written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and The Wilson Quarterly. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1988-1989.

    The author of the best-selling book, “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West” (Scribner, 2011), Wickenden is currently working on a book about abolitionism.

    Wickenden is a graduate of William Smith College, where she was awarded an honorary degree in 2014.

    See more about Iona’s commencement ceremonies at www.iona.edu/commencement.

    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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  • Iona Dance Studio Named in Honor of Late Professor

    3/18/2015

    The Catherine Mapp Dance Studio will be dedicated on March 24.

    New Rochelle, NY (March 18, 2015)  Iona College will name its Arts Center dance studio in honor of the late Professor Catherine Mapp. The recognition is thanks in part to the philanthropic giving of Joseph M. Murphy '59, '83 and JoAnn Mazzella Murphy '98H.  Mrs. Murphy, a trustee of the College, also chairs the Iona College Council on the Arts.
     
    Professor Mapp, who passed away in late December, was the founder, curator and director of the Iona College Dance Ensemble. She served for almost 30 years on the College faculty. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the Arrigoni Center on campus. At the conclusion of the service, a reception and dedication will take place in the newly named Catherine Mapp Dance Studio.
     
    “Catherine changed the culture of Iona College and immeasurably added to the sense of culture and arts in New Rochelle and Westchester County, in addition to her contributions to the field of dance more broadly,” said Mrs. Murphy. “This is the least we can do to honor her memory and contributions to our students and the Iona community.”
     
    Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., said, “Professor Mapp’s contributions to Iona and our students were extraordinary. We're grateful for the continued support from Joe and JoAnn Murphy, which led to the naming of the Catherine Mapp Dance Studio.”
       
    Professor Mapp’s career in dance performance and choreography included featured solo performances throughout the USA as well as membership in many New York City dance companies. Her choreographic works have been presented in the Downtown/NYC Arts Festival at Gallery Henoch and Joyce Soho, 550 Broadway Festival, and Carnegie Recital Hall, among other venues.
     
    At Iona, Professor Mapp created over 37 choreographic works for performances of student artist dancers both at the College and at community venues. She created the innovative Art at Noon and Art after Noon Series of Performance Events and produced recitals by numerous guest artists at these and other concerts.
     
    “This is the most fitting tribute that can be bestowed upon our beloved colleague,” said Professor Thomas Donnarumma, who chairs Iona’s department of Fine and Performing Arts. “As Catherine Mapp created the dance program and built a foundation that educated generations of students in the value, the power and the beauty that dance could offer the world, having a lasting memorial that recognizes her invaluable contributions is truly a remarkable recognition that reflects her remarkable achievements.”
     
    As FPA Chairperson from 2006-2013, she designed the FPA Minor Programs with concentration in dance, music, theatre and visual arts and promoted the development of varied course offerings in these same areas -- each with a focus on expanding student awareness and knowledge of the intellectual, cultural and moral history of the human experience as realized in aesthetic, creative expression.
     
    Professor Mapp was the co-author of the initial document for the International Baccalaureate Curricula in dance and was honored with the Hugh J. McCabe Memorial Award for Social Justice for her outstanding Performers for Peace Series on Diversity -- “Unique Voices, Common Language.”


    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.


  • Iona Students Volunteer at a "Home for Heroes" Project

    3/13/2015

    Students help install 20 windows in homes for area military veterans.

    Iona College students recently volunteered to install 20 windows at a "Home for Heroes" project in Yonkers, NY.


    Click here for full story.




  • Iona College's Economic Impact Totals As Much As $250 Million Annually for New York State

    2/11/2015

    Results are from Iona's Economic and Service Impact Report and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

    New Rochelle, NY (February 11 , 2015) Two new studies find that Iona College’s total annual economic impact is up to $250 million – on the state of New York, and particularly on the Westchester & Bronx Region.

    The findings are from a study conducted by two Iona professors and another conducted on behalf of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR).

    “The studies indicate Iona has a significant positive impact on the economic, educational and service environment of New Rochelle and the surrounding region,” says Anand Shetty, Ph.D., professor of finance and co-author of the Economic and Service Impact Report (ESIR). “Collectively with the state’s other independent institutions of higher education, it is clear Iona plays a major role in the vitality of New York.”

    The CGR study looked at all independent institutions of higher education in the state and, for Iona College, estimates a grand total economic impact, direct and spillover, of more than $250 million – see www.cicu.org/economic-community-impact for more on the study.  [and see attached overview]

    Iona College’s more conservative Economic and Service Impact Report (ESIR) conducted by Iona business professors John Manley and Anand Shetty indicate the employment impact in the Region is 2,129, including 1,325 direct employees of the College. Further, the study estimates that the College’s total impact is $117.5 million.  The service impact component of the study reflects the 22,500 student- volunteer hours given to provide for a variety of community service needs.

    Iona’s role in the region’s economy was also recently recognized with approval to participate in Start-Up NY, a program intended to help start, expand or relocate qualified businesses to tax-free zones in New York State.  The College’s credit worthiness has also been upgraded in the past year by both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, one of only a few colleges in the nation with that distinction.

    “The results of this new economic and service impact study are an indicator of Iona’s commitment to reaching beyond the walls of its classrooms and the immediate boundaries of its physical campus,” said Westchester County Association President Marissa Brett. “As the College embarks on its next 75 years, we look forward to continuing to explore and develop partnerships that not only benefit the College, but the region at large.”
     
    According to Manley and Shetty, the study highlights the role Iona serves as an incubator of economic activity through its direct purchases of goods and services, as well as the spending by its employees, students and visitors. Besides its day-to-day economic interactions through spending, Iona contributes to an educated workforce in the region and the nation at large.  The study describes how workforce spending makes further contributions to the community in terms of income, employment and tax revenue to local and state governments, which is often referred to as the forward-linkage effect. 
    “We believe this study is a conservative estimate of Iona’s overall economic impact on the region,” says Manley.  “For instance, we excluded the impact of Iona College’s additional operations in Rockland County and New York City, and the impact of capital expenditures for improvements to campus facilities.”

    The Economic Impact Study addresses a common misconception about the tax-free status of a not-for-profit (NFP) institution such as Iona.  The authors point out that there is often a perception that NFPs do not contribute to local governments’ tax revenues, while receiving the benefits of municipal services. The study concludes that Iona’s impact on government tax revenues includes: 1. additional taxes paid on higher earnings of College graduates who remain in the area, 2. income taxes paid by College employees, 3. sales taxes generated by student, faculty, staff and visitors of the College when they make purchases in the local areas, and 4. taxes paid by vendors and/or suppliers to the College.   Other possible sources include tax revenues generated by mixed-use of College facilities and the real estate, property and school taxes paid by resident Iona employees and graduates.

    See the full Iona report online at bit.ly/IonaImpact

    About the ESIR authors:
    John Manley, Ph.D., is a professor of finance at Iona College’s Hagan School of Business and has served as the conference chair (2005-2013) for the International Business and Economy Conference (IBEC) and currently, as chair emeritus, as the treasurer for IBEC. He has recently taught undergraduate courses in International Business, Sports Finance, Principles of Cash Management, Portfolio Management, and Options with Computer Applications and graduate courses in Operation of the Financial System, Sports & Entertainment Finance, and Corporate Financial Strategy.
    Anand Shetty, Ph.D., is a professor of finance, business economics and legal studies at Iona College’s Hagan School of Business.  He researches and publishes in the fields of finance and economics. His other works involving impact analysis include “Analysis of currency impact on International Investment (Managerial Finance, 2006) and “Factors in Multinational Valuation: Transparency, Political Risk and Diversification”(Journal of Multinational Financial Management, 2011) and an economic impact study of a motorsports complex in upstate NY in 1996 using the RIMS II multipliers for Empire State Motorsports Inc. 

    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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  • Student Starts Blog to Fight the Stigma of Homelessness

    2/25/2015

    By Meral Kathwari '16, Ionian Staff Writer

    New Rochelle, NY (February 25, 2015) Sophomore Keegan Boisson-Yates is on a mission to help the homeless and share their stories.

    Boisson-Yates, a native Trinidadian, started “Bread and Cheese,” a movement where he has begun to offer meals to homeless people, only asking to hear their story in return.

    The name “Bread and Cheese” comes from his Trinidadian background.

    “When you have little money [In Trinidad] they say you are on a ‘bread and cheese’ budget because that’s what you can afford to eat,” Boisson-Yates said.

    He writes a blog where he publishes their stories online. He titles them with the person’s name and the street on which he meets them.

    He has always been empathetic towards the less fortunate, he said. He realizes that he’s been lucky enough to live a comfortable life with tons of support.

    Boisson-Yates noticed that, while walking on sidewalks a lot of people see homeless people and walk around them, only to buy food, eat half of it, and throw the rest away.

    People don’t usually bother to give money either because many believe it’ll be wasted on drugs or alcohol.

    Boisson-Yates knew that this wasn’t the case for many homeless people.
    “It felt like an unfair generalization,” he said. “I started ‘Bread and Cheese’ to see if I was right, and so far I have been.”

    Boisson-Yates started the project in January and intends to continue it for as long as he can.

    Boisson-Yates hopes to reach his goal of getting the project noticed by local news and encourage other people to get involved with the project.

    In one of his recent posts, he wrote about his conversation with an ex-marine who had come home from duty and walked into his house to find his wife cheating on him.

    “He was on the sidewalk practicing algebra,” Boisson-Yates said. “He gave me advice on love and life and told me that anytime I needed someone to talk to, I could visit him at his corner.”

    Boisson-Yates recalled it as one of the most eye-opening conversations he’s ever had.

    In other moments, he describes offering a meal to a man at Grand Central Station who accepted the meal, but said he couldn’t talk for another twenty minutes because “it was peak money-making hours.”

    “I was totally shocked, I had no idea that there was a strategy involved in this game of street survival,” Boisson-Yates said.

    After this encounter, he made his way to Dunkin’ Donuts to find John, a musician from Pennsylvania who was is married and has a dog. John described moving to New York City. Both John and his wife lost their jobs and have nowhere to go.

    “There are people out here trying to just get money so they could buy drugs and alcohol actually, I know a few,” John said. “But some of us, like myself and my wife, were just unlucky and got caught up in the wrong situations.”

    John saves the money he does get to feed his family and clean himself up so that he can go job hunting.

    On Boisson-Yates’ blog, there are more excerpts from conversations he’s had with homeless people along with original photos. He also posts his own poems and entries about music, family and entertainment.

    The blogger believes that the so-called homeless problem and the negative stigma it carries doesn’t have to exist.

    “I would like to go into the city with a bunch of people and run wild and make a bunch of hungry people’s days,” he said.

    He wants to see other people doing the same thing more often and realizes how much he used to take for granted for the past years.

    “Helping others like this helps me appreciate the things I have,” said Boisson-Yates. “Love and appreciation are two things that go a long way and I believe that I can help this generation change the world. The trick is convincing people!”


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  • College Mourns the Loss of Cardinal Egan

    3/5/2015

    The Iona College community mourns the loss of Edward Cardinal Egan, an Iona College honorary degree recipient in 2005.

    The Iona College community mourns the loss of Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus, 12th bishop and 9th archbishop and 7th Cardinal of the See of New York, who unexpectedly passed away today, March 5.  Cardinal Egan was an Iona College honorary degree recipient in 2005.

     

    “Cardinal Egan left his mark on the Church and on the Archdiosese of New York in particular,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “His service and dedication to education and outreach by the Church will long be remembered and cherished."

     

    See more about the passing of Cardinal Egan

     
  • Student Proposes Green Roof

    3/4/2015

    By Alexandra Vinci, Ionian News Editor

    New Rochelle, NY (February 27, 2015) At the beginning of the year, junior Kevin King had an idea to implement a green roof on Iona’s campus. As a student in the environmental studies department, King is passionate about environmental advocacy and solutions. He started moving forward with his research into green roofs and put together a potential plan for LaPenta Student Union.

    A green roof is essentially a vegetated living space on top of a roof, taking up what usually is wasted space. They are used for economic and environmental purposes and have large benefits. The roof will reduce water runoff, increase campus aesthetics and regulate building temperatures.

    “The idea is just trying to incorporate the campus into the local environment,” said King.

    King was exploring options for potential roof spaces to develop at Iona and the two buildings he identified were Spellman and LaPenta.

    The L-shape part of LaPenta that wraps around the roof is where the green roof would be installed. It can’t be put on a slant, the building has to be able to hold a certain weight requirement. LaPenta is a newer building than Spellman, which is one of the reasons the plan moved its towards LaPenta.

    Once King identified the buildings that could be used, he put together research and a PowerPoint presentation. He gathered support from IC Green and showed it to a number of faculty and staff members, including Assistant Vice Provost for Student Development Elizabeth Olivieri and Environmental Science Professor Peter Letourneau.

    “Kevin’s project is an excellent example of a student-driven environmental initiative,” Letourneau said. “He has been so enthusiastic about his project that he did a lot of independent research. It is an example of ‘learning by doing’ vs. ‘learning to do.’”

    From there, the project was directed towards the Iona College Sustainability Education Working Group committee. King joined the ad hoc, more concentrated group from ICSEWIG that directly advises President Joseph Nyre for environmental and sustainable solutions and ideas.

    “Around October/November, I started presenting the idea [to ICSEWG administrators and faculty],” said King. “Everybody loved it and wanted to see it get pushed forward.”

    Green roofs can be used to control water runoff, and they can help serious flooding problems. The vegetation holds that water for a long period time, which would keep heavy rain or melted snow from flooding the surrounded area of a building. One of the reasons to put it on top of LaPenta is because the parking lot has a serious problem with water runoff.

    There are two types of these roofs: intensive and extensive. Intensive roofs have more soil, thicker plants are all-around more durable. These have six to 12 inches of soil, versus the extensive roofs that only have up to six inches. The roof proposed for LaPenta is an extensive model, and although intensive is a higher quality, King says that extensive will still do a good job at creating benefits for LaPenta.

    “For the green roof, essentially we’re looking into low-maintenance plants,” King said.

    They would use plants that are durable and don’t need to be watered a lot, such as a type of flora called sedum. King says it’s the most popular plant to use on green roofs because it can withstand all types of weather and temperatures. It doesn’t need to be watered a lot and there are different types of sedum so they can choose one more native to the local environment.

    The goal is to enhance different sorts of local species that intertwine with the campus landscape as it already exists, and not introduce any new plants that would disrupt the environment.

    Green roofs help control building temperature and reduce energy consumption. It would keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter so it helps with energy consumption. It’s also visible from East Hall; so the community and those that visit campus can see the green roof. It will be a marketable feature as well as an environmentally friendly and practical one.

    “[Kevin’s] project is a model for student-driven research and campus initiatives,” said Letourneau. “He will also leave a proud legacy behind if the project goes forward.”

    King said that he presented the idea to probably 15-20 people before winter break, and once the spring session started, the ICSEWG committee had one more meeting to talk about the project. King said everyone really liked the idea and wanted to see it move forward, but now it has to wait for funding to come in, which will be decided when the budget is finalized.

    A civil engineer would have to be hired to consult on the details and costs of the project. It would then have to be approved as part of the budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

    After consulting with Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch, the budget would need to allocate an initial $25,000 to move forward. This would include the site surveillance, building analysis, civil engineer consultation, etc. needed to proceed with the project.

    The ICSEWG committee is exploring multiple options for funding for the project, including grants and fundraising opportunities, but the green roof proposal has to wait for the budget to be finalized before it can progress.

    “It’s not far-fetched,” said King.

    He spoke about New Rochelle’s building plans that were approved to revitalize the community. King says green roofs are incorporated into their potential designs for the new office buildings and such that will be added to the area.

    Brooklyn uses green roofs as a type of urban farming. Downtown Chicago areas are passing legislation for a large majority of their roofs to include vegetation.

    Schools like Harvard, Cornell and Pace have green roofs. The Jacob Javits Center has one of the largest in Manhattan. King sees it as the future model.

    “Why not try to indulge in it,” he said. “It’s really not that expensive in the grand scheme of things,” he said.

    Eventually through energy consumption regulation, the roof would pay for itself.

    “I really hope it passes because it has all of these benefits through branding, it’s economically viable, and also it can help develop the environmental department,” said King.

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  • Two Iona Graduates Tell 75-Year History of Gaels Sports

    2/9/2015

    Coverage in The Journal News

    The Journal News, February 8, 2015:
    2 Iona graduates tell 75-year history of Gaels sports
    http://www.lohud.com/story/sports/college/2015/02/08/iona-graduates-story-tell-history-iona-college-athletics/23090821/


    For more information on Iona College's upcoming 75th anniversary please visit: www.iona.edu/75
  • Iona Students Raise Over $15,000 to Support Children's Hospital

    2/4/2015

    First annual IonaTHON to donate proceeds to Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

    New Rochelle, NY (February 4, 2015) Over $15,000 was raised by Iona students at the first annual IonaTHON dance marathon at Iona College on Friday, January 30 from 6:00 pm - 12:00 am in Mulcahy Gym. Over 425 students and guests danced and auctioned off items to raise money to benefit Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

    During the six hour night, students danced, hula-hooped and laughed with the children were treated to a special night of fun. While the DJs and emcee kept the crowd dancing, each hour one of the children alongside their families told the story of their hardships and experience with Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.

    "It really gave Iona students a reason to keep going through the night. Standing for 6 hours is nothing compared to what those kids have gone through in their short lives" said Louis Dallojacono, '15  

    Items that the children decorated and autographed helped the event to land a total of $15,015.00 raised by 12:00am that night.

    "We knew that we had the odds against us with only three months to plan IonaTHON. That being said, this event is a testament to the extreme generosity of the students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Iona College" said Amanda Boyle '15  and Devin Green, '15, Co-Founders of the event.

    Special thanks to the Iona Alumni who helped the event to be a success: Robert Hines '12 who donated his time to DJ the event, Joe Chera '01 from Big Town Productions for donating the lighting for the event, and Meredith Buono '97 and Caitlin Kirschbaum, the hospital representatives from Maria Fareri who helped bring the event to fruition. 

    "It was an awesome experience to be a part of such a fantastic event for a cause bigger than any one of us as an individual. I really enjoyed watching and being a part of this event that united different groups of people around campus, and gave us a huge, inspiring reason to come together to help children in need." Natalie Ziskin '16 (honors student, volleyball team, member of committee planning IonaTHON). 

    The event benefited Hudson Valley children undergoing open-heart surgery, brain surgery, trauma and burn care, cancer treatments and other advanced services at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Students shared the dance floor with multiple families whose children have had lifesaving and life-changing care at the children’s hospital for the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County. 
     
    Dance marathons occur on college campuses nationwide and raise $6 million annually for local Children's Miracle Network hospitals. IonaTHON will join the northeast as one of the few dance marathons of its kind in the region.

    See local news coverage here:
    http://www.fios1news.com/lowerhudsonvalley/node/68281#.VNKR153F98F

    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.  www.iona.edu

    About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital At Westchester Medical Center:
    Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is the children’s hospital for New York's Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, Connecticut. As home to the region’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric transplant program, burn care and cardiac catheterization programs, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital cares for the area’s most seriously ill and injured children. For more information, please visit www.westchestermedicalcenter.com/mfch.

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  • Iona Ranked #2 Nationally as High-Value BSW Degrees in Metro Areas

    1/22/2015

    ROI includes top salaries for social workers 2014

    New Rochelle, NY (January 22, 2015) The Iona College social work program has been ranked number two as a high-value accredited BSW degree in U.S. metropolitan areas. The listing in the Social Work Degree Guide identified top salaries for social workers in 2014.

    “The competency-based social work education our students receive at Iona prepares them exceptionally well for social work practice and has been a strong contributing factor in their earning potential,” said Jeanne Matich-Maroney, PhD, LCSW-R, associate professor of social work and department chair. “We are proud of the program, but even more so, of the hundreds of alumni who are using the knowledge and skills gained from their social work education at Iona to make significant differences in the lives of those they serve.”

    Read full release from Social Work Degree Guide here:
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-article-recommends-20-best-cities-for-pursuing-a-degree-in-social-work-300022225.html

    For additional information visit Social Work Degree Guide: http://www.socialworkdegreeguide.com/high-value-bsw/

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  • Maganto Selected in First Round of 2015 MLS SuperDraft by LA Galaxy

    1/21/2015

    Iona College Senior Ignacio Maganto is the first draftee in program history.

    Iona College men's soccer senior midfielder Ignacio Maganto was selected with the final pick of the first round, 21st overall, by the LA Galaxy during the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Maganto is the first draftee in program history.

    Read full story here



  • Business School Makes Top 50

    12/18/2014

    Hagan School of Business recognized as one of the top 50 "Graduate Schools by Salary Potential."

    The Iona College Hagan School of Business has been recognized as one of the top 50 "Graduate Schools by Salary Potential" in a list published by PayScale.com. Iona was ranked 46th out of 605 graduate schools. The assessments are based on early-career and mid-career salaries. See http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/grad. 
     
    According to PayScale, "When it comes to ROI, Iona College, a Roman Catholic school located in New Rochelle, N.Y., with around 3,000 students, ranks in the top 7 percent of universities -- students enjoy incredible value for their tuition dollars. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey."
     
    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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  • Tim Tebow Surprises Iona Alumna on Good Morning America

    12/19/2014

    Nesta Felix '01 is recognized for giving back to her community.

    Iona Alumna Nesta Felix ’01, former basketball player was featured on Good Morning America on December 16. Nesta is the director of NewFlex Youth Programs based in Mount Vernon. This morning Tim Tebow surprised her with renovations of the center.

    Please follow this link to the full story:
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/college-basketball-coach-holiday-surprise-tim-tebow-27631604

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  • Iona College Faculty Distinguished Lecture Series at Iona Preparatory School

    1/16/2015

    The presentation has been postponed from January 21 and will be rescheduled.

    New Rochelle, NY (January 16, 2015) Paul Beaudin, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of Education at Iona College, will present “Looking at School Reform through a Different Lens” at the Distinguished Lecture Series hosted at Iona Preparatory School K-12. The lecture previously scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

    In this lecture, Dr. Beaudin will put the Common Core State Standards and recent educational reform in P – 12 education into context. The lecture will also discuss the current state of standardized achievement assessment and will make the case that the ultimate goal of current reform is to build student understanding and help learners to develop habits of mind which will serve them well.

    The Distinguished Lecture Series began in September 2014 and runs through May 2015. The series showcases the work of Iona College faculty members and highlights the long-time relationship of the College and Iona Prep. Iona College faculty present on various topics of interest to parents, students and the general public.   

    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.

    Upcoming Lectures:
    February 25, 2015 – 7 p.m.
    Dean DeFino, Ph.D., Professor of English
    “The HBO Effect”
    This lecture, led by Dr. DeFino, author of The HBO Effect (Bloomsbury, 2013), will discuss the impact of Home Box Office on television and popular culture.  

    March 25, 2015 – 7 p.m.
    Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
    “One Droplet at a Time: From Biological Membranes to Crystallization”
    This lecture will focus on the interfacial chemistry of the aqueous microdroplet – cell-sized watery compartments that offer a powerful and controllable model for bilayers, the essential feature of cell membranes. By studying such systems, researchers have obtained important insights into a wide variety of biologically relevant phenomena, such as biomineralization, membrane permeability, and inorganic crystal nucleation.

    April 15, 2015 – 7 p.m.
    Katherine Kinkela, JD, LLM, Professor of Accounting
    “The Social Responsibility of Business”

    May 20, 2015 – 7 p.m.
    Shoshana Altschuller, Ph.D., Professor of Information Systems
    “The Role of Information Systems in Decision Making: Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
    In the modern business environment powerful technological capabilities continue to enhance products, processes and even strategic endeavors. In this setting, data analytics and artificial intelligence play an increasingly prominent role in the formulation of decisions. This lecture will discuss the concept of technology dependence and explores an appropriate perspective on the role of technology in the decisions we make.

    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.




  • Catholic NY: Iona Faculty in the News

    12/15/2014

    Dr. Lisa Rene Reynolds discusses Coping with Christmas Blues

    New Rochelle, NY (December 15, 2014) Marriage and Family Therapist Lisa Rene Reynolds, Ph.D., assistant professor of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Iona College, was recently featured in an article in the November 27, 2014 edition of the Catholic New York newspaper. Please visit this link for full story: http://cny.org/detail.html?sub_id=11880
  • 10th Annual Winter Auction Honors Alumni

    12/19/2014

    Honorees: JoAnn Mazzella Murphy '98H and Robert E. Novak, CFC, Ph.D. '72


    Thank you to all who supported the 10th Annual Iona College Winter Auction & Christmas Celebration at the New York Athletic Club on Friday, December 5.

    What a wonderful evening and company we had, and how blessed we were to celebrate two remarkable Ionians - JoAnn Mazzella Murphy ’98H and Robert E. Novak, CFC, Ph.D. ’72.
     
    The highlight of the evening was the delivery of a moving speech by Iona senior, Ariana D’Avanzo, who expressed, “Your support gives students the gift of learning, the chance to have an unforgettable college experience and the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
     
    Ariana was joined at the event by other members of the student body who participated in a fund challenge which took place during the live auction. The students engaged in healthy competition against one another in hopes to raise the most funds for their respective teams. 
     
    With the participation of alumni, parents and friends, this event continues to be defined by loyal supporters who believe in the Iona mission, who invest in a college that transforms lives, and who generously offer their time and talents.

    On behalf of the entire Iona College community, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.


    For additional information, please contact Ms. Caitlin H. Krueger at (914) 637-7781 or events@iona.edu.

  • S&P Joins Moody's in Upgrading Iona's Rating

    11/17/2014

    Second major credit agency this year issues positive rating action for Iona College.

    New Rochelle, NY (November 17, 2014) For the second time in 2014, the Iona College credit rating has improved. Earlier this year, Iona College was one of nine colleges and universities in the United States to receive a credit upgrade by Moody’s.  This morning, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) announced that the rating agency has also improved Iona’s credit outlook to stable. While expressing caution regarding the sector and various risks, the rating agency indicated, “Standard & Poor’s believes the senior management team has stabilized and successfully addressed these operational issues through implemented policies to strengthen governance, increased transparency in reporting methodologies, and proactively managed transitional risks.”

    “The higher education sector is under immense pressure,” said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “Iona is blessed with a very dedicated faculty and staff who have worked tirelessly to execute strategy and lead the College. The positive results noted by both Moody’s and S&P are a reflection of the effort of the entire Iona College community.”

    The College thanks the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and alumni who have worked collectively to generate positive results including:

    • Development and execution of a shared strategic plan;
    • Curbing tuition increases, offering additional scholarship support to students, and controlling costs;
    • Generating continued operating surpluses;
    • Substantially growing the endowment;
    • Expanding national and international student recruitment efforts;
    • Increasing on-campus student housing;
    • Adding market driven graduate programs;
    • Surpassing its budgeted enrollment targets;
    • Achieving a low cohort default rate below national average;
    • Strategically controlling discounting and working to decrease net attendance costs;
    • Targeted land acquisitions in support of the campus master plan; and
    • Improved financial resource ratios.


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  • Board of Trustees Welcome New Members

    12/4/2014

    Eric L. Robinson, Ph.D. and Margaret C. Timoney '89, '92MBA begin in January 2015.

    New Rochelle, NY (December 4, 2014) Iona College announces two new members will join the Board of Trustees starting in January 2015.
     

    Eric L. Robinson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Educational Psychology Department, and Director of the Baylor University Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD). Prior to being named as the head of the BCDD, Dr. Robinson was the Director for the School Psychology program at Baylor for 13 years where he guided the program to national recognition from the National Association of School Psychologists. Previously he was the senior policy advisor and chief of staff to the President at Iona.





    Margaret (Maggie) C. Timoney ’89, ’92MBA is currently the managing director of Heineken Ireland and has been with the company since 1998. While a student at Iona she was a member of the women’s basketball team and still holds the all-time leading scorer record.




    See the list of the current members of the Iona Board at http://www.iona.edu/About/Office-of-the-President/Board-of-Trustees.aspx
     
    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.  

    Board of Trustees Welcome New Members
  • Iona College Appoints Alumna as Director of Alumni Relations

    11/21/2014

    Elizabeth Faia Orgera '10MBA to lead alumni base of more than 40,000.

    New Rochelle, NY (November 21, 2014) Iona has appointed Elizabeth Faia Orgera ’10MBA as the College’s director of Alumni Relations.

    Orgera’s relationship with Iona spans several years and began with an internship in the College’s Athletics department. She spent five years with Iona Athletics working on marketing, sponsorship and ticket operations. During that time, Orgera forged and cultivated relationships with many Iona alumni and became an Iona alumna herself, earning an MBA through the College.

    In 2012, Orgera transitioned her skills to the work of another area of the College – Advancement and Presidential Events. During the last two years she has gained an abundance of experience helping plan and execute several events for Iona alumni – from golf outings to galas. Now, she will take the helm in leading and engaging Iona’s alumni base of more than 40,000.

    “Lizzie has gained impressive experience at Iona working in Athletics and in Advancement & External Affairs,” said Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs. “She knows our alumni well and as an Iona graduate herself, she will help us take our alumni relations efforts to new levels. The Alumni Association Board and I are excited about her serving in this key role."

    Orgera looks forward to the new challenges and opportunities that await her as Iona’s director of Alumni Relations, and feels fortunate that she was the chosen candidate.

    “From day one, I have admired the passion that Iona College alumni have for their institution,” said Orgera. “I am truly honored and privileged to lead an alumni base of over 40,000 in continuing to carry out and live the mission of Blessed Edmund Rice.”

    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 Success Center Teaches Children about Energy Conservation and Safety

    11/24/2014

    Con Edison supports Student Success Center

    left to right: Hazel Lopez, Diana Galvez,
    Itzel Rendon, Fernando Lira, and Emma Garcia.
    Students proudly display and their posters in
    recognition of Con Edison’s support of the Iona
    College Student Success Center.
    New Rochelle, NY (November 24, 2014) The Iona College Student Success Center hosted an energy conservation poster contest for elementary school children who are enrolled in the tutoring program. The poster contest was held to educate students on energy conservation in recognition of the generosity of Con Edison’s continued support of the Student Success Center.

    Through the creative work of the students, the posters served to promote energy efficiency around campus. 25 students participated in the competition and the tutors voted on their favorite poster.

    Three winners were selected and received prizes of soccer balls and gift cards. The students were proud to show off their work to Con Edison representatives Jane Solnick and Patricia Mulqueen of the Westchester Public Affairs office. The posters will be displayed around campus in the coming weeks.
     
    The Student Success Center offers tutoring services for children in grades 1 through 8 from the four New Rochelle area elementary schools and middle schools. The students are from culturally diverse backgrounds whose parents do not have the time, resources, and/or language capacity to assist their children with their school work.

    Accordingly, parent workshops are held three times throughout the year to inform and educate parents on expectations for student success.

    Parents are given resources and training on topics such as: how to help their child get organized, how to read and analyze their child's report cards to target areas of weakness, and also stress management workshops.

    “Students learn critical lifestyle preparation such as electric and gas safety, energy conservation and environmental responsibility, with projects such as making posters for display around campus to increase the awareness for the 4500+ students, faculty and staff,” said Ashley Napoli, coordinator. “This contest is an example of their efforts and we are grateful to Con Edison for their continued support.”
     
    For additional information about the Student Success Center please visit:
    http://www.iona.edu/Student-Life/Student-Experience-Activities/Mission-Ministries/Volunteer-Service-Outreach/Success-After-School-Tutoring-and-Enrichment.aspx
     
     
  • Veterans Day Observance Held on Iona College Campus

    11/10/2014

    Iona veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam who made the supreme sacrifice for peace were remembered.



    New Rochelle, NY (November 10, 2014) Iona College commemorated Veterans Day at noon today on the Campus Quad. Students, faculty and staff gathered to honor Iona veterans who made the supreme sacrifice for peace in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The veterans were remembered in prayer with a wreath-laying ceremony and reading of their names.

                  In Remembrance of Iona Veterans - WWII and Korea
    1st Lt. William R. Navins           1944 Europe
    Pfc. Ralph Alfonso 1948 Europe
    Ensign Robert D. Hunt              1942 Pacific
    Sgt. Joseph F. Gilligan               1946 Europe
    2nd Lt. John Spingler                  1944 Europe
    Pfc. Arthur T. Maloney              1946 Europe
    Cadet John J. McGuire              1946 United States
    Cpl. Joseph E. O’Connell           1943 Pacific
    Pfc. Charles T. Walsh                1945 Europe
    2nd Lt. Francis Cosnahan         1949 Korea
    Pfc. Junius Agnelli                     1951 Korea
    Pfc. Thomas J. Dunne                1951 Korea
     
                      In Remembrance of Iona Veterans - Vietnam
    Pfc. Walter L. Hammerschlag    1966 Quang Nam Province
    Pfc. Wayne Johanson 1967 Binh Duong Province
    Sp. Thomas E. Grix                     1967 Hau Nghia Province
    Pfc. Charles J. Garrity, Jr 1967 Quang Nam Province
    Pfc. William Wagner                  1968 Kien Hoa Province
    Pfc. Dennis Russo                      1968 Phuoc Long Province
    Pfc. Joseph B. Smith, Jr.           1968 Quang Nam Province
    1st Lt. Francis L. Pearson           1969 Tay Ninh Province
    LCpl. Stephen V. Parker             1969 Quang Ngai Province
    Pfc. Anthony J. O’Neill              1969 Kontum Province
    Pfc. W. Tim Dorsey                    1970 Long An Province
    1st Lt. Daniel J. De Socio           1970 Binh Thuan Province
  • Iona College Board of Trustees Approves New Core Curriculum

    11/21/2014

    The core curriculum is designed to be distinctive, innovative, and integrated.

    New Rochelle, NY (November 21, 2014) On November 19, the Iona College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new core curriculum as proposed by the faculty, endorsed by the internal college governance system, and recommended by the president. The Board of Trustees, President Joseph E. Nyre and Provost Mark Kiselica congratulate and thank the faculty who developed the new core and engaged in a meaningful and transparent review process consistent with the values of and shared strategy of Iona College. 
     
    As called for in the strategic plan, the core curriculum is designed to be distinctive, innovative, and integrated and includes the development of mechanisms for the ongoing assessment of the core and student learning outcomes.
     
    The project team, represented a cross-section of college faculty, led by Dr. Tricia Mulligan and Dr. Michael Jordan.  Members including Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Dr. Joseph Stabile, Dr. Robert Schiaffino, Dr. Jeannie Matich-Maroney, and Dr. Anand Shetty, considered models of existing core education programs from peer institutions and worked with all levels of faculty to ensure consensus and endorsement at each level of their review.
     
    The new core curriculum provides a common learning experience that will prepare students for ethical, engaged citizenship and lifelong learning through the lenses of diversity, sustainability and a global perspective. Framed by the values of peace, justice, civic engagement and service, the content rich, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum is cohesively structured and characterized by an emphasis on the skills of critical thinking and literacy in its many forms. The dynamic core promotes the use of high-impact educational practices and is designed to foster deep learning experiences that support students in their pursuit of the knowledge and skills needed to thrive. 
     
    The proposed core reduces the overall total core credits by 11 to 46 credits for most students.  This provides students greater flexibility and opportunity to pursue second majors and minors as well as options to pursue courses to satisfy and enhance intellectual curiosity. College faculty will have the opportunity to teach classes in an interdisciplinary fashion and offer classes in line with research and scholarly interests.
     
    “The curriculum increases distinctiveness, further incorporates the mission and values of Iona College, deploys a common freshman experience, elevates learning communities and increases flexibility,” President Nyre said. “The College is grateful to Drs. Mulligan and Jordan, the project team and all those who shepherded this important initiative to this stage of its development.”


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  • Freshman Learning Community Have Hands-On Experience with Marine Life

    11/5/2014

    Students learn science by conducting research on the Long Island Sound.

    New Rochelle, NY (November 5, 2014) On a recent educational excursion, Drs. Frances Bailie and Joseph Stabile brought their freshman learning community and Dr. Peter Letourneau brought his ecology course on a research vessel cruising the Long Island Sound.  The research vessel left from the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.
     
    Students and faculty from the departments of Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science and Technological Literacy (STL) participated in the trip that took place in early October. The experience provided students a first hand opportunity to study the abiotic and biotic factors important to the health of Long Island Sound.   The trip helped the students better understand scientific content from their courses from a different perspective through hands-on experiments and data collection on a research vessel.
     
    The theme of the Computer Science-Mathematics- STL learning community is Estuarine Environmental Science.  Concepts and skills from the STEM courses are integrated so students can better understand the connections among computer science, mathematics and natural sciences.  Students from the learning community are learning science by conducting research on the Long Island Sound and other select estuaries around the United States.  Skills learned in the STEM courses will allow the students to analyze and present their research at a symposium to be held at Iona College in spring 2015.  On the excursion students’ collection of scientific data included plankton tows and bottom dredge sampling. The students and professors were also provided with a “behind–the-scene” tour of the Maritime Aquarium. 
     
    “Students began their exploration of estuarine and nearshore ecology by conducting plankton tows and bottom dredge sampling,” said Dr. Peter Letourneau. “Observations of exhibits on Long Island Sound and diverse marine ecology zones rounded out their experience at the Maritime Center.”
     
    Student Reflections
    Cynthia Mattick ’18
    The trip in general was a positive experience. There were many learning objectives that were valuable. I really enjoyed the showing of the plankton because it was something that was unique and cannot be seen by the human eye. 
    Joshua Miller ’18
    I enjoyed the firsthand experience of a field study, going inside the aquarium and spending time on the research vessel.
    Dominic Fernandez ’18
    The trip was an unforgettable. Learning about the sea, and how the ecosystem works was such a fascinating experience, learning how the littlest things can affect the ecosystem was eye-opening.
    Yaritza Ayala ’18
    Overall, I enjoyed the boat trip very much. The opportunity for our class to go out into the water and collect specimen was great. I liked being inside the aquarium and being able to go behind the scenes of the exhibits.
    Emily Kantner ’18
    I thought the trip was interesting. I liked being in the aquarium and being able to explore on our own. My favorite part of the aquarium was being able to touch the jelly fish.
    Noah Kyme  ’18
    It was great to see the plankton and other organisms in just one drop of water. Having the opportunity to see the aquarium with a “behind-the-scenes” look was especially fun.
    Rebecca Perri  ’18
     I found it useful to be able to interact and conduct experiments ourselves and seeing all the different types of shellfish and plankton we have learned about in class.
    Diamond Wollaston ’18
    I think the trip was very interesting and I enjoy when we bottom trawled. The aquarium was a new and amazing experience.
    Patrick Nuanah ’15
    We tested water samples from the surface to determine that phytoplankton and zooplanktons are the main dwellers on the surface.  We sampled shells of crabs, mussels and Slipper shell clams from the bottom to demonstrate the type of organisms that live in the deeper waters.
  • Student Teams Earn Placement in Top 100 Global Rankings

    11/5/2014

    Seniors Devon Lopez and Bryan Santos have achieved three performance measures top rankings.

    New Rochelle, NY (November 5, 2014) Outstanding business seniors Devon Lopez and Brian Santos (co-managers of Aperture Priority) have achieved three performance measures top rankings in the GLO-BUS online global simulation during the week of October 27 to November 2. 

    This semester five Iona student teams have earned placement in the Top 100 global rankings in the GLO-BUS competitive business simulation. The students are enrolled in BUS470 - Business Policy and Strategy course taught by Jeffrey Alstete, Ed.D., associate professor of Management and Business Administration.

    "This is especially notable because there are 2,613 teams from 149 colleges/universities participating in the simulation game world-wide at this time," said Dr. Alstete.

    The GLO-BUS is a completely online global simulation by McGraw-Hill/Irwin (www.glo-bus.com/stats/top20.html) where the focus is on competitive strategy, and teams of students run a digital camera company in head-to-head competition against companies run by other class members. 
     
    Company operations parallel those of actual digital camera companies. Just as in the real world, companies compete in a global market arena, selling digital cameras in four geographic regions—Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. 
     
    Each week, the best-performing GLO-BUS companies measured on four performance variables (Overall Score, EPS, ROE, and Stock Price) are honored on the website. The simulation will continue through the Fall semester.

    Update: As of November 10 team A, Devon Lopez and Bryan Santos, are tied for best overall game to date score compared to 3,155 teams at 170 colleges and universities participating worldwide. Six Iona teams in total are now in the Global Top 100.

     
  • Hagan Kicks Off Career Dinner Series

    11/5/2014

    Senior executives from Cartoon Network, MGK Media and AcccuWeather give career advice to students.

    By Ashley Pina ’15, The Ionian, Staff Writer 

    The sixth annual Careers in Sports, Entertainment and News Dinner Series, sponsored by the Hagan School of Business, began with its first event Oct. 16.

    The first dinner featured an impressive panel of senior executives from Cartoon Network, MGK Media and AccuWeather.

    Students and faculty gathered in the Hegarty room to listen to the lessons, experiences and invaluable career advice from Alice Cahn, Margaret Kim and Marie Svet.

    The panelists reflected on the many challenges and opportunities that led them to their current positions.

    Vice President of Social Responsibility at Cartoon Network Alice Cahn shared an interesting story of the time she bought the children’s show “Teletubbies” for Cartoon Network.

    She explained how her decision to purchase the show was mocked and scrutinized by many competitors and coworkers, but in the end she was proud of her decision because the show became a success.

    “Teletubbies was seen as the downfall of children’s television,” said Cahn. “What I’m most proud of is that I went against the grain.”

    All three panelists noted on the importance of individuality and authenticity in the sports, news and entertainment business.
    Chief Revenue Officer at AccuWeather Marie Svet gave some insight on her unique interview style and offered advice on how to impress during an interview.

    Svet does not ask personal questions during an interview, instead she chooses to create real life situations and asks the applicant to explain the manner in which they would resolve the problem.

    She also mentioned that if multiple applicants are equally qualified she looks for someone unique.

    “When all is equal, what I am looking for is someone who can bring something different,” said Svet. “I look for someone who is loyal and someone with integrity.”

    The panelists also shed light on the importance of having a mentor and their experiences as mentors and mentees. President of MGK Media Margaret Kim discussed the qualities that make a good mentor.

    “You always want a mentor who’s looking out for you,” said Kim. “You want someone who will give you honest advice and someone you can trust.”

    Kim described a situation where she felt undermined by her mentor and how she had to confront her mentor even though she was a superior. In the end, her superior admitted she was wrong and respected Kim for standing up for herself.
    Kim also touched on the importance of morals and ethics in the news, sports and entertainment businesses.

    “As human beings be the best person you can be,” said Kim. “You have to change the atmosphere you are in, don’t just plug into it.”

    Executive Director of the Center for Sports and Entertainment Studies Glenn Horine hopes that after attending the dinner series students will be inspired to take the initiative and be aggressive about asking for jobs and internships.

    Horine also urges students to get into the habit of following up with possible employers after interviews. He advises students to send a note or email thanking the employer for their time and consideration.

    Horine’s advice resonated with senior Samantha Gervasio.

    “From attending the dinner, I gained information directly from employers about what they specifically look for when hiring, as well as different tactics that can help me stand out during an interview,” said Gervasio. “I hope this advice will give me an advantage when I begin interviewing for jobs next spring.”

    The next two dinners in the event series will be held on Dec. 11 and Feb. 15, all students, faculty, alumni and administration are welcome to attend.
  • Iona College Professor to Serve as Political Contributor to Al Jazeera America

    11/4/2014

    Dr. Jeanne Zaino will cover the midterm election season.

    New Rochelle, NY (November 4, 2014) Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College, is serving as a political contributor for Al Jazeera America (AJAM) [http://america.aljazeera.com/]  for the midterm election season. Dr. Zaino began appearing on AJAM when the news channel premiered in August of 2013.

    Since then Dr. Zaino has appeared as a guest on several of the channels key programs including Real Money with Ali Velshi and been interviewed by several of the networks reporters, including David Schuster, Stephanie Sy, Del Walters, Libby Casey, and others. In her role as a political contributor Dr. Zaino has been appearing on both the networks morning and evening newscasts to discuss a wide variety of issues ranging from turnout and ballot initiatives to the state of the economy and the impact of negative advertising.

    On Election night, Dr. Zaino will be appearing as part of the networks “America Votes 2014” special alongside AJAM’s prime time news anchor and former NBC news anchor John Seigenthaler.

    “I am looking forward to covering the returns as they come in and helping to put the results into a broader perspective. AJAM has an amazing team and I’m honored to be a part of their inaugural election night coverage,” said Dr. Zaino.

    In January of 2013 Al Jazeera Media Network announced the purchase of Current TV and AJAM was created. Headquartered in New York City, AJAM has bureaus in cities across the nation and employs hundreds of journalists and staff.

    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 Recognized by U.S. Department of Education for Commitment to Volunteer Service

    11/3/2014

    Iona selected as one of 98 colleges and universities honored by the U.S. Department of Education

    New Rochelle, NY (November 3, 2014) Iona College has been selected as one of 98 colleges and universities honored by the U.S. Department of Education for leadership in developing programs in interfaith/community service. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes exemplary work by colleges and universities to place students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

    This year was the first in which a category was included to honor schools that incorporate interfaith engagement as a component of community service programs. In order to be selected in this category, colleges and universities had to demonstrate success in building relationships between community members of differing faiths and backgrounds while engaging in service projects.

    Inclusion of this category came out of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge – an initiative inviting colleges and universities to commit to a year of interfaith cooperation and community service. In 2011, President Obama invited all college and university presidents to join the challenge and develop, or expand, their interfaith/community service programs. Currently, more than 500 schools have responded.

    To learn more about the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge and to view the full Honor Roll, visit www.ed.gov/edblogs/fbnp/presidents-campus-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 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.

    To submit an application to participate in the Start-Up NY program, please complete an application here.

    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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