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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony


The 2015 Delta Epsilon Sigma induction ceremony enshrined 49 students into the Iona College chapter of the national honor society in Arrigoni Center Nov. 19.

Students are eligible for induction to Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) by ranking in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. Typically, the top five percent of students from a given discipline are admitted.


“I cannot even begin to express how honored and overjoyed I am to have been chosen to join some of Iona’s brightest and most service-oriented students as a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma,” senior Peter Milianta said. “Being a part of DES is so much more than sharing a certificate with other inductees and alumni; it is an invitation to help join forces with other Gaels to move the world across a multitude of careers and fields.”

The honorees included students from a wide range of majors in both the School of Arts and Science and the Hagan School of Business.

“We are so fortunate to have a great representation across the board in terms of students,” said Dr. Carl Procario-Foley, the moderator of DES and the director of the Office of Mission and Ministry.

The keynote speaker at the induction ceremony was Erin Whalen McGee ’99. She is the only Rhodes Scholar in Iona history as she studied at Oxford University in England.

“The experience of applying for [a Rhodes Scholarship] was harrowing,” she said in an interview. “The experience of getting to study at Oxford was wonderful. It was a blessing.”

She stressed the importance of paying attention to details in her speech titled “The Angel in the Details.”

“Stay awake for all the details in life,” she said. “You can accomplish anything.”

She demonstrated how her keen eye for detail helped lead to success in her profession as a lawyer in New York fighting for unions in arbitration cases.

Whalen McGee spoke during the first half of the ceremony. The honorees then received their certificates and DES pins. After this part of the ceremony, Interim Dean of the Hagan School of Business Dr. Charles Cante stepped to the podium and surprised the students with acceptance to the MBA program.

Dr. Joseph Stabile, professor of biology, was also recognized at the ceremony for being the Faculty Speaker of the Year. He has served on the Iona faculty for 19 years.

Interim Provost Dr. Vincent Calluzzo provided the closing remarks. He told the honorees that they are the bright spots in a dark world and advised them to be brave in their future endeavors.

“You have a very long journey ahead of you,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

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