NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Iona College hosted Homecoming and Family Weekend from October 14-16 on its New Rochelle campus. Among the many highlights were a lecture on ethical and moral leadership by Steve Forbes and a ribbon cutting commemorating the opening of the North Avenue Residence Hall.
As part of the School of Business' Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership lecture series, Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, fielded questions following a talk on his experiences in the business world. One of his points was keeping focus on an organization’s mission. Paraphrasing Peter Drucker, a renowned management consultant, Forbes stated:
"Organizations should always ask and remind themselves, what is your purpose? What is your mission? What is it you are trying to do? If you do that, you don't get caught up and are less likely to get side tracked on peripheral things that have nothing to do with the business. (Your mission provides you with) the tools to achieve and make change."
Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., hosted New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, members of Iona's Board of Trustees and several other community dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new North Avenue Residence Hall. The building was constructed with a focus on increasing the quality and quantity of residential housing options for students on campus and to help participate in the revitalization of North Avenue, an important New Rochelle thoroughfare.
Other highlights included:
The men's rugby club program took on Penn State on Mazzella Field. Prior to the contest, the team inducted John Pender '84 into its hall of fame. Iona men's soccer defeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Canisius, 3-0, to cap the festivities in the center of campus.
Iona's athletic programs hosted several alumni gatherings. The baseball, women's lacrosse, softball and men's and women's swimming and diving teams hosted alumni contests during the day. The defending MAAC champion men's basketball program hosted a Maroon & Gold scrimmage allowing supporters a sneak peek on the upcoming 2016-17 campaign. The scrimmage was held in conjunction with head coach Tim Cluess' efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer as a part of the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink Initiative. More than $1,300 was raised for the cause at the event.