Dear Members of the Iona Community,
Our hearts are heavy as this week comes to a close. Events both domestic and abroad cause great concern for the health and well being of all members of our College, the nation and the global community. Acts of hatred and violence toward individuals or groups are so difficult to reconcile, as they run counter to the College’s heritage, the mission and values of our College, and the tenets of our respective faiths. I am thankful that all Iona College students studying abroad are accounted for and safe.
Our thoughts, prayers and support services are with our 30 students from France who watched the Paris terrorist attacks unfold from Iona’s campus, separated from their families and loved ones.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France and their leaders as they face the days ahead.
Our thoughts, prayers and support services are with all members of the Iona Community who encounter various forms of intolerance and hatred.
If you, or your colleagues, are in distress, please know the full resources of the College are available to you.
Weekend counseling services remain available by emailing Charlie Carlson
Mission and Ministry: The 6 p.m. Sunday Iona College Student Mass at Holy Family will bring forth our collective Prayers for Paris. And a Prayer Vigil is also being scheduled for Monday; details will be forthcoming.
A moment of silence will be observed during the Iona College Rugby game today.
Iona International will be coordinating efforts with the Office of Student Development throughout the weekend.
Campus Safety and Security are available 24 hours each day by calling (914) 633-2560.
I thank our campus student, faculty and administrative leaders for their ongoing commitment and efforts to uphold the mission, vision and values in supporting the Iona community. From the numerous student organizations, to the newly formed Student Leader Alliance for Multiculturalism (SLAM), the Bias Incident Response Team, the Diversity Committees, the Residential Life team, campus Mission and Ministry, the Counseling Center, and Campus Safety and Security, we are here to support each other and I thank each and every one of you.
Let us be defined by what we are for rather than by what we are against. Let us be defined by our support for one another.
Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.