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4/8: GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCE: REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION EVENTS

The Office of Graduate Admissions for the School of Arts & Science is excited to announce the following upcoming events.

Graduate Orientations

Registration Weeks, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Speak with a counselor, pick your classes and stay on track with your academic goals during our upcoming registration weeks!

There's still time to apply!

If you have been considering graduate school as the next step in your journey, there is still time to apply! Or, if you'd like more info, get in touch with us at gradadmissions@iona.edu.

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4/23: GAELS TAKE CARE OF GAELS - MASK REMINDER

We are so happy to see students back on campus! This is a friendly reminder that everyone at Iona is required to wear a face covering at all times when on campus. The only exceptions are when seated at a table to eat or drink, employees when inside private offices and residential students when inside their own room or suite.

This mask mandate includes the LaPenta School of Business study rooms, empty classrooms and all other areas where students and employees congregate.

For more details on PPE and other safety guidelines, please visit the Campus Operations page.

We appreciate your efforts in keeping everyone safe and in living the message that Gaels Take Care of Gaels!

5/7: Register for Fall Classes and Housing

As you know, the college is planning for a full, in-person academic experience for the fall semester. To that end, if you have not registered, please do so as soon as possible. If you need assistance in any way, including clearing any registration holds or getting in touch with academic advising, please email Dean of Students Joel Quintong at jquintong@iona.edu and his office will be happy to help.

Likewise, if you are still interested in living in college housing, space is available. Residential Life (residentiallife@iona.edu) will be able to assist you if you would like to select housing.

5/7: Update on Surveillance Testing and Vaccination Sites

Monday, 5/10/21, begins is the last week of mandatory COVID surveillance testing for the spring semester. Just as throughout the semester, you’ll be contacted to test if it is your turn in the testing cycle. If you are looking to get a test prior to departing for home, open COVID testing will be available at the Arrigoni Center the week of May 17-21, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily.

If you are still interested in getting vaccinated, Health Services can help connect you to various providers that are administering the vaccine to Iona students. Simply email Dean of Students Joel Quintong at jquintong@iona.edu and he’ll put you in touch with Health Services to make that happen.

5/7: LaPenta School of Business Weekend Hours

The Student Government Association (SGA) was successful in advocating for the LaPenta School of Business building to be available for students studying over the weekend. Students will need to tap into the building and will have access to the atrium and many private study rooms located in the newly renovated extension. These spaces are available Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Please remember to wear your masks at all times indoors.

Past Announcements: Spring 2021

4/23: DONATION DRIVE FOR THE ISLAND OF ST. VINCENT

Donations for victims of the recent La Soufriere volcano eruption in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent are being collected through the Office of Mission and Ministry. With over 20,000 people evacuated from their homes, the country is in tremendous need of assistance as it battles excessive amounts of ashfall, water shortages, and electricity outages. Items of particular need are:

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Soap
  • Dry goods – rice, sugar and flour

Michael Hilton, Mail Services employee and pilot, will personally arrange for the transport of these supplies directly to St. Vincent. Donated items can be brought to the Office of Mission and Ministry located in LaPenta Student Union (217) and will be accepted through Friday, April 30.

4/15: VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING - UPDATE ON ACCREDITATION PROCESS

Please mark your calendars: Wednesday, April 21, 12:30 p.m.

Co-Chairs of the Self-Study Steering Committee Michael Jordan, Ph.D. (professor emeritus of Philosophy), T.J. Moretti, Ph.D. (associate professor of English) and Joanne Steele (vice provost of Information Technology/CIO) will be holding a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. to update the Iona College Community on the accreditation process.

Every decade or so, the College must consider how well it has fulfilled its mission and how well it has met the high standards of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Maintaining our accreditation is crucial to the long-term success of the College; it also provides us an opportunity to consider what we have done well and what opportunities we have to further strengthen our commitment to our mission. Please join us to find out where we are in that process.

We will also preview the preliminary, informational visit from the MSCHE Evaluation Team chair, Dr. Eugene Cornacchia (President, St. Peter’s University), scheduled for April 28.

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4/9: IONA COLLEGE VACCINATION CLINIC AT WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER

Additional COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now being scheduled with Westchester Medical Center on April 12, 13 and 14 for Iona College students, faculty and staff. The Moderna vaccine will be available. You must be able to return for a second dose of the vaccine four weeks later.

Sign up is required to take advantage of this opportunity via the following links:

It is required that you bring all of the following:

  • An Iona College ID; and
  • A government-issued ID such as a driver’s license or passport (please note, international students must bring a passport); and
  • A health insurance card.

Westchester Medical Center is located at 100 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY 10595. Park in Visitor Lot 1 and follow the signs to the Taylor Care Conference Center.

Please download and complete these two forms prior to arrival in order to expedite the check-in process. It is imperative that you provide accurate information. For instance, submit your complete name (not a nickname) and your home address (not the College address).

Anyone with the ability to arrive independently is encouraged to do so. For vaccinations scheduled through this opportunity, transportation will be available by appointment only for Tuesday and Wednesday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please select a vaccination appointment accordingly. To arrange for transportation, please contact Campus Safety at security@iona.edu. Please include your appointment date and time, and a Campus Safety staff person will assist to coordinate your transportation to and from Westchester Medical Center.

Details of additional vaccination clinics throughout the semester will be announced as soon as available. Iona encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated, in addition to continuing our ongoing health and safety protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing and regular testing to keep the community safe.

4/7: Iona College Vaccination Clinic at Westchester Medical Center

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic specifically for Iona College students, faculty and staff has been established at Westchester Medical Center. The Moderna vaccine will be available on April 8, 9 and 12 by appointment only. You must be able to return for a second dose of the vaccine four weeks later.

Sign up is required to take advantage of this opportunity.

Westchester Medical Center is located at 100 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY 10595. Please follow the directional signage to the Taylor Pavilion.

It is required that you bring all of the following:

  • An Iona College ID; and
  • A government-issued ID such as a driver’s license or passport (please note, international students must bring a passport); and
  • A health insurance card.

Please download and complete these two forms prior to arrival in order to expedite the check-in process.

Anyone with the ability to arrive independently is encouraged to do so. For anyone needing transportation on Thursday, a dedicated bus service will run from Iona to Westchester Medical Center between noon and 5 p.m. (See schedules below.) There will be two buses on the route. A bus will leave from Spellman Hall every hour at the top of the hour (:00). Another bus will leave from Westchester Medical Center also at the top of the hour (:00). The approximate travel time between Iona and Westchester Medical Center is 40 minutes, so please plan accordingly. Please download and complete this waiver before boarding the bus. A member from Campus Safety will be collecting waivers as people board.

Please be sure to sign up as soon as possible. A limited number of vaccines is currently available.

Details of additional vaccination clinics will be announced as soon as available. Iona encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated, in addition to continuing our ongoing health and safety protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing and regular testing to keep the community safe.

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Bus 1 Shuttle Schedule
Depart Iona Arrive WMC Depart WMC Arrive @ Iona
7 a.m. 7:40 a.m. 8 a.m. 8:40 a.m.
9 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 10 a.m. 10:40 a.m.
11 a.m. 11:40 a.m. Noon 12:40 p.m.
1 p.m. 1:40 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:40 p.m.
3 p.m. 3:40 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:40 p.m.
 
Bus 2 Shuttle Schedule
Depart Iona Arrive WMC Depart WMC Arrive @ Iona
8 a.m. 8:40 a.m. 9 a.m. 9:40 a.m.
10 a.m. 10:40 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
Noon 12:40 p.m. 1 p.m. 1:40 p.m.
2 p.m. 2:40 p.m. 3 p.m. 3:40 p.m.

3/30: HERITAGE WEEK, APRIL 11-16

The College will celebrate Heritage Week from April 11-16 with a broad array of co-curricular and academic offerings that highlight the uniqueness of the Iona story as well as the people who make the College such a special community. Some of the highlights of this year’s Heritage Week include:

  • Kick-Off Mass, 4/11, 6-7 p.m.
    • The Christian Brothers will renew their vows, and Br. Kevin Cawley, director of the Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue, will offer a reflection.
  • Hands Around Iona, 4/13, Noon-12:30 p.m.
    • Help raise funds for ALS research and awareness about this debilitating diseases while honoring the exemplary efforts of Patrick Quinn, class of 2006.
  • The Loftus Awards Celebration, 4/14, 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Join us in acknowledging, celebrating and affirming the dedication of employees of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 60 years. At this event, Br. Dennis Gunn of the Education Department will receive the Br. Arthur Loftus award.
  • Throughout the week, the Faculty steering committee for the Catholic Intellectual Traditions will sponsor presentations on various topics, including:
    • the artistic genius of Br. Chapman;
    • an interdisciplinary discussion of the Book of Kells;
    • teaching and learning in the Edmund Rice tradition;
    • and Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.

For more details on these and additional events happening throughout the week, please visit the Heritage Week Events page.

3/23: Guidance and Submission Form for In-Person Events, Spring 2021

We appreciate the efforts that faculty, staff and students have made to stay engaged and connected through virtual events. With the ability to begin using outdoor spaces in the warmer weather, we are all eager to resume more in-person activities. To take advantage of the on-campus opportunities and continue to keep our community safe, the COVID-19 Task Force has developed guidelines and a submission form to streamline the program planning and ensure we are consistent with New York State regulations for higher education.

When planning in-person events, please use this form to submit requests and note the deadlines below.

Deadlines for submissions are:

  • 3/24 noon for events through 4/4
  • 3/29 noon for events through 4/18
  • 4/12 noon for events through 5/2
  • 4/19 noon for events through 5/23

Please note that all standard event and meeting planning procedures and timelines still apply:

  • Make space reservations via 25Live
  • Alert Campus Safety by emailing security@iona.edu
  • Submit Facilities and IT requests via 25Live
  • Create Chartwells catering requests via Catertrax.

3/15: LETTER GRADING FOR SPRING 2021 SEMESTER

As we optimistically embrace a new sense of normal on campus and in the classrooms, Iona will return to standard letter grading for all courses in the current Spring 2021 semester. The College had offered students the Pass/Unsatisfactory option for any class as a result of the exceptional circumstances presented by COVID-19. However, at this time, a return to letter grading will have the most benefit for students as they work to complete their degrees, especially those with strict accreditation and professional requirements. Thank you to all students, faculty and staff for the hard work you have put into the academic success achieved over this unprecedented year.


3/3: IONA SCHOLARS DAY SIGN UP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 3/15

Due to popular demand, the deadline to sign up for Iona Scholars Day has been extended to Monday, March 15! Iona Scholars Day is a time for students to share their scholarly and creative works and we encourage all to participate.

Learn more at www.iona.edu/ISD


3/3: GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCE VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE, 4/12

Iona’s Graduate School of Arts & Science will be holding a Virtual Open House on Monday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about the variety of graduate degrees and advanced certificates we offer!

  • Learn how to finance a graduate education: gain information about financial aid and scholarships ranging up to $12,000.
  • Find the best graduate degree: learn about our 14 distinct graduate programs and 6 distinct advanced certificates.
  • Hear from experts in the field: meet and learn from our renowned faculty, current graduate students and accomplished alumni working in the industry.

The graduate application fee will be waived for the first 100 students to reserve a spot, and those students will also receive a rapid decision on their applications within two weeks.* We encourage you to reserve your spot today!

Register Now: Graduate School of Arts & Science Virtual Open House

*Excludes OT. GRE scores will be waived for our Communication Sciences & Disorders applicants.


2/26: MARK YOUR CALENDAR - UPCOMING COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETINGS

The College Council will meet on the following Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. during the Spring 2021 semester:

  • March 3
  • April 7 (General Assembly)
  • May 5

All members of the Iona community are invited to attend these meetings.

Additionally, students, faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to participate in the General Assembly meeting on April 7.

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2/26: IONA COLLEGE MULTICULTURAL RECOGNITION CEREMONY, CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Student Life Diversity Committee welcomes members of the Iona College community to nominate students to be recognized at the annual Multicultural Recognition Ceremony. This ceremony offers the opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the cultural diversity of our graduating students' heritage, culture, persistence, and academic achievement.
  • Recognize students of all class years who are receiving awards for their commitment to diversity.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 14, 2021. For more information or to nominate a student, please go to www.iona.edu/MRC or email Sara Osorio at sosorio@iona.edu. Nominations close on March 29, 2021.


2/24: PRESIDENT CAREY SGA STUDENT TOWN HALL, 2/25

All students are invited to join Iona College President Seamus Carey, Ph.D., as he provides student updates during the SGA meeting this Thursday, February 25.

SGA Student Town Hall
Thursday, February 25, 3:30 p.m.

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2/16: BLACK HISTORY MONTH KEYNOTE SPEAKER KEVIN POWELL, 2/23

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Iona College is honored to welcome Black History Month keynote speaker Kevin Powell on Tuesday, February 23, as he presents When We Free the World: Making the Case for Love, Real Diversity & Inclusion, and A New Kind of Leadership. Inspired by his newest book of the same title, this will be an interactive town hall meeting where we confront the challenges in front of us and move forward together in action. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Keynote Speaker Kevin Powell
Tuesday, February 23, Noon – 1 p.m.
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Powell is an American writer, civil and human rights activist, poet, journalist, public speaker, filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is a native of Jersey City, raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, but managed to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Kevin has gone on to be the author of more than a dozen books, including The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, a critically acclaimed and brutally honest memoir about his life, including his youth.

Prior speaking engagements include stops at Microsoft headquarters, Stanford University, the U.S. Department of Justice and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the "March on Washington," among many others. On behalf of the U.S. State Department, he toured Japan lecturing on the relevance of Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech in the 21st century.

We are honored and excited to have him join us at Iona, and encourage all to attend what is sure to be an informative, inspiring and important discussion.

2/15: SSS TRIO SCHOLARS VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

The Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO program is actively recruiting currently enrolled Iona College undergraduate students across all years. TRIO services are free of charge and begin upon acceptance to the program. Learn more by attending the virtual open house!

Tuesday, February 16, Noon
Join via Zoom
Meeting ID: 625 171 5864
Contact: Ingrid Renderos, irenderos@iona.edu

Services include:

  • Individualized academic counseling and guidance
  • Academic enrichment workshops
  • Assistance with course selection
  • Career counseling and events
  • Cultural educational trips and on-campus events
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Graduate school application guidance and support
  • Mentoring services
  • Tutorial services

Applications are welcome from students who are:

  • enrolled and/or accepted full-time at Iona College;
  • low-income students whose families meet federal income eligibility guidelines; and/or
  • first-generation college students whose parent/guardian has not graduated from a four-year institution; and/or
  • students with a documented disability.

Learn more and apply for the SSS TRIO program today!

Questions? Please contact program director Ingrid Renderos, MPA, at irenderos@iona.edu or 914-633-2581.

 

2/14: HYNES WEST CARDIO AND WEIGHT ROOM REGISTRATION SYSTEM

From Iona College Athletics

In conjunction with the reopening of the Hynes Athletics Center, we are excited to announce the launch of a new registration system for users of the cardio and weight rooms in Hynes West. Follow the links and instructions below to gain access and book workout times within our renovated facilities. All you need to sign up is your name, phone number, and Iona email address. Everyone who enters the Hynes Center will need to show a reservation through this system and their completed Gael Care App. This system will also ensure the facility adheres to current CDC health, safety and capacity guidelines.

Further details on this system can be found in the Hynes Center or by reaching out to Taylor Wilson, director of Campus Recreation, at twilson@iona.edu.

Sign up for the reservation system or to reserve your reservation. You may also visit ICGaels.com/HynesRegistration

Instructions to download and activate the “DSE Reservations” mobile app:

  1. Log in to the reservations system on any device (computer, phone, or tablet)
  2. Click the "Mobile App" link on the top of the screen
  3. After downloading the app, remain on the "Mobile App" page on your computer phone or tablet
  4. Click "Activate New Device" to generate the information needed to activate the app
  5. Open the mobile app and enter the values generated from step 4.

Note that the app can be installed on multiple devices using the same flow as described above. Successfully activated devices should appear under "Activated Devices" on the "Mobile App" web page.


2/8: Ash Wednesday at Iona

Services for Ash Wednesday, on February 17, will take place in the Burke Lounge of Spellman Hall at the following times: 

  • 12:30 p.m. (Mass)
  • 2 p.m. 
  • 3 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.
  • 6 p.m.
  • 8 p.m.

In accordance with the guidelines of the Archdiocese of New York, social distancing and safety protocols will be in place for the distribution of ashes at each service.


Fr. James Martin, SJ, author of the new book Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone, will be a special guest speaker this Wednesday as part of the “Vow of Conversation” series. 

Presented by The Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND Institute for Earth and Spirit at Iona College and the Thomas Merton Contemplative Initiative, all students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. 

“A Vow of Conversation,” featuring Fr. James Martin, SJ 
Join via Zoom
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
7:30 – 9 p.m. 

RSVP to Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND

The Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Services include: 

  • Individualized academic counseling and guidance
  • Academic enrichment workshops
  • Assistance with course selection
  • Career counseling and events
  • Cultural educational trips and on-campus events
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Graduate school application guidance and support
  • Mentoring services
  • Tutorial services

Applications are welcome from students who are:

  • enrolled and/or accepted full-time at Iona College; 
  • low-income students whose families meet federal income eligibility guidelines; and/or
  • first-generation college students whose parent/guardian has not graduated from a four-year institution; and/or
  • students with a documented disability. 

Learn more and apply for the SSS TRIO program today! 

Questions? Please contact program director Ingrid Renderos, MPA, at irenderos@iona.edu or (914) 633-2429.

 

2/3: SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR IONA SCHOLARS DAY, 4/22

Whether you are conducting groundbreaking research, delving into comparative literature or performing on a stage, Iona Scholars Day is the perfect opportunity to pursue your passions and share them with others who are eager to celebrate your interests. 

Now in its 12th year, Iona Scholars Day brings together a showcase of student and faculty work, inviting presentations from all majors and class years. This year’s virtual event will take place on April 22, 2021. 

The submission form to present your work is now open through March 15, 2021!

Students and faculty are doing incredible work in and out of the classroom. We encourage you to share it with your friends, peers, professors and colleagues. More information will be shared with participants. 

For details, please visit Iona Scholars Day. In the meantime, you may also enjoy watching last year’s impressive presentations.


Iona College is proud to announce that the Hynes Athletics Center is now open. The cardio and student weight rooms have undergone a transformative renovation, expanding the footprint of usable space with brand new equipment.

Please note the following guidelines put in place this semester:

  • Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to operate with extra precautions and restrictions.
  • The building and workout spaces will be limited to Iona College students and staff. 
  • Capacity restrictions in each room will be enforced. The limits include a maximum of 17 users at a time in the cardio room and 10 users in the student weight room.
  • Mulcahy Gymnasium will remain closed for general use until further notice. 
  • Hours of operation will be:
    • Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-10 p.m.
    • Saturday-Sunday: Noon-8 p.m.
    • Please note during the week, the building will be closed from 2-3 p.m. for cleaning and sanitization.
  • Users of the Hynes West facilities are required to check in at the front desk and show a completed Gael Care app registration in the lobby before entering any space.
  • A college-issued ID card is also mandatory to enter the building.  Failure to produce an Iona ID will result in the inability to use the facilities.
  • All users are required to wear a mask at all times and maintain proper social distance. 
  • All equipment must be wiped down before and after each use. 
  • Time restrictions will be in place to ensure equitable availability for all members of the Iona community.

Details on the signup system for time slots will be shared as soon as available. In the meantime, please email hynescenter@iona.edu with any questions.

Test Results
Students must submit COVID-19 test results through the Medicat portal prior to returning to campus.

Test Waiver
Students who plan to take all classes virtually and will not be on campus for any reason during the spring semester may waive out of the testing requirements and must submit a COVID-19 test waiver through the Medicat portal (student sign-on required).

Surveillance Testing
This semester, students who are on campus as residents or taking classes in-person will be required to participate in the college’s surveillance testing program. Roughly every other week, students will be scheduled to test at the Arrigoni Center. Student athletes will follow a separate testing protocol as prescribed by their team. Testing is mandatory. Students and student-athletes who do not comply with their testing requirements could lose their privilege to be on-campus

NAVICA App

The NAVICA app will contain a record of your test results that may be referenced at various points during the semester.

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