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President Nyre and Provost Kiselica Host Fall Convocation, Faculty Honored for Outstanding Achievements

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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