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Fall Convocation 2015

9/8/2015
From Left: Hugh Short, Ph.D., associate professor of English, chair of the Faculty Senate; Senior Faculty Award recipient Joseph Stabile, Ph.D., professor of biology; Junior Faculty Award recipient Dorothy Leone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ’04, CSD graduate program coordinator and assistant professor; Adjunct Faculty Award recipient Robert Wainwright, professor of mathematics; and President Joseph E. Nyre.

Guest speaker J. Lenore Wright, Ph.D.
New Rochelle, NY (September 8, 2015)  Iona College welcomed faculty, students and staff to the 2015-2016 academic year at the annual fall Convocation on Tuesday, September 8, in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium.
 
Awards were presented to three outstanding professors: the Senior Faculty Award to Joseph Stabile, Ph.D., professor of biology; the Junior Faculty Award to Dorothy Leone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ’04, CSD graduate program coordinator and assistant professor; and the Adjunct Faculty Award to Robert Wainwright, professor of mathematics.
 
This year's invited speaker was J. Lenore Wright, Ph.D., associate professor in Baylor University’s Honors College who teaches in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Philosophy Department. She is also director of the university’s Academy for Teaching and Learning. A transcript of her speech can be found here.
 
“We celebrate our renewed capacities to teach, learn and lead,” Dr. Wright said, applauding Iona’s commitment to the humanities and liberal arts as well as higher education’s commitment to examining practices that have important impact on the world.  “Grand challenges demand new strategies for problem solving. Liberal arts colleges like Iona revive the world by taking a stand, but also by adjusting to new knowledge.”
 
The event began with the traditional procession led by the Iona Pipe Band followed by a welcome from Interim Provost Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., and an invocation from Brother Jason Ford ’01, assistant director of undergraduate admissions.
 
President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., shared an update on the state of the College -- and previewed a major upcoming announcement: Iona will publicly launch a major fundraising campaign, Iona Forever, in coming weeks.
 
“Grounded by our mission and guided by our singular vision, this dedicated College community has fought the good fight, whatever the circumstances, for 75 years to position the College for greater heights of success in inspiring and educating future alumni,” President Nyre said. “Turning to our future, one of the many essential ingredients in Iona achieving the vision is building fiscal sustainability, well captured in the phrase ‘Iona Forever,’ to ensure our ability to make important investments in students, faculty, academic programs and the campus.”
 
The President noted that the majority of funds pledged to date by alumni and friends in the silent phase of Iona Forever will benefit student scholarships as well as support faculty excellence.  “It’s a remarkable outcome and testament to how our alumni were inspired by great faculty and are committed to investing for the future.”
 
Provost Calluzzo applauded the Iona Forever campaign, saying, “This is an exciting time to be at Iona College.  It will truly transform the experience of today’s students and future generations.”

President Nyre also shared plans for continuing celebration of Iona’s 75th anniversary with an international Day of Service on Saturday, September 19, commemorating the date in 1940 when Iona’s first president addressed the first class of students (see more about the Day of Service).

Convocation concluded with the Iona Singers leading the Iona Community in the College’s alma mater, followed by a reception in the Arrigoni Center. 

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