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Multimedia Digital Lab Opens For Mass Comm Department

Iona College Mass Communication multimedia digital lab ribbon cuttingRaymond Smith, CFC, former chair, Mass Communication; Bob Petrausch, Ed.D., associate professor, Mass Communication; Mike Damergis, clinical professor/graduate coordinator in Sports Communication & Media; Sibdas Ghosh, Ph.D., dean, School of Arts and Science, and Michael Benedetto '69, New York State assemblyman
Iona College Mass Communication multimedia digital lab

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - In a continued effort to deliver top-notch academic facilities to its students, Iona College opened a new multimedia digital lab and radio booth for use by its Mass Communication Department. The College celebrated the opening of the facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 12.

"The Mass Communication Department wanted a ‘wow' factor with our new lab, and I think we got it," said Michael Damergis '89, '06MS, clinical professor/graduate coordinator in Sports Communication & Media. "The new multimedia digital lab creates a professional experience for students in an academic setting. The pièce de résistance is the radio studio, a working lab with a glass wall to separate it. Professors can monitor students and give feedback all through the push of a button."

"We're all excited about our new multiplatform media lab. It's going to enable our Mass Communication majors to work with cutting-edge technology and learn the software tools they will need to apply in their professional careers once they leave Iona," added Tony Kelso, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Mass Communication. "For the first time, we will have the capability to perform a news stand up in New Rochelle and transmit it directly to a studio in Manhattan or anywhere in the world."

The newly built multimedia center offers students a professional space with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Audition, Premiere, After Effects, InDesign and more. In addition, the lab has distance-learning capabilities, so students abroad can take and participate in classes.

The radio booth is equipped with the latest technology available. It includes a fully functioning audio desk equipped with software and a phone line for interviews.

Students are excited to begin work in the lab as well.

"As a senior and a Mass Communication student, it is incredible to see the growth the program has had over the past four years, both physically through its newest additions, and also through the rigor of the curriculum," said Erin Kutch '18. "I am excited to see how these new facilities provide students with even more opportunities."

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan in New Rochelle. With a global network of more than 45,000 alumni, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, pre-professional and professional programs, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Business Administration degrees, and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second-largest private sector employer in New Rochelle and provides more than 66,000 service hours in the community each year. Studies indicate the College also has an annual economic impact of $258 million as measured by the NY Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). See more at