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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!

Past Announcements: Spring 2021


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.


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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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 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.


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
  • Submit Facilities and IT requests via 25Live
  • Create Chartwells catering requests via Catertrax.


The provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs and the senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs are pleased to announce the continuation of six faculty awards for 2020-21.

The awards will be granted in recognition of a variety of areas including student and faculty research, integrated-service learning, service to the College, and innovation and excellence in teaching. These awards are consistent with Iona College’s strategic plan to support the great work of its faculty. The awards are sponsored by the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Esq., '88, and the leadership of Iona College.

All faculty, administrators, and staff are welcome to participate in the nomination process. The deadline for nominations is April 9, 2021; the award recipients will be announced by late April and recognized at the May Honors Convocation.

Learn more about Iona’s faculty awards and the nomination process

3/16: Support for Teaching & Learning Initiatives

A Message from Darrell P. Wheeler, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

To the Iona College Community:

As President Carey mentioned in the letter he sent last Tuesday marking the one-year anniversary of the campus closure due to COVID-19, we are determined to leverage what we learned during the pandemic to increase our investments in support of teaching and learning for the long-term advantage of the College and its students. Building upon the efforts of the Strategic Innovation Committee (SIC), the Friday Faculty Gatherings and our Teaching and Learning Circles (TLC), as well as the efforts of individuals, departments and other bodies engaged in this work, we hope to shape a roadmap to expand faculty support through a smarter application of existing resources and faculty services in the near term, in order to assist interested faculty in designing innovative and diverse instructional strategies. At the same time, we will be fostering an expanded conversation among stakeholders about long-term development and support efforts.

Our goal is to align the various efforts that have been underway under the rubric of teaching and learning into a consolidated initiative and to put some institutional muscle behind it. The goal of this consolidation is twofold:

  1. A project-driven roadmap focused on the establishment of an Instructional Design Studio Pilot to expand faculty support utilizing existing resources in Faculty Library, Media and IT Services.
  2. An expanded conversation among stakeholders about long-term development and support efforts, with an eye toward the creation of a faculty-led center for teaching and learning.

While these two strands are complementary, we believe it will be productive to keep these two strands distinct in the near- to mid-term, so that we can support ongoing faculty work at the same time as we nourish a larger exploration of evolving issues and practices and find a more permanent approach to managing them for the benefit of both faculty and students.

Regarding the first item, the Instructional Design Studio Pilot will concentrate and promote the ongoing work of Faculty Services as a consultative resource to help faculty best employ technology and other solutions in their course design and in their deployment of various instructional modes as they see fit. The Studio will provide a space for the discussion and exploration of new software, platforms and methods to achieve specific goals, with input from experienced tech, research and media specialists on the Faculty Services team. One output of this work as we envision it will be collaborative energy; a more enduring one will be the capturing of a common body of knowledge — a toolbox — that can benefit teaching and learning broadly going forward. Certainly, this kind of work is already happening on several fronts, but we hope to amplify its reach and more smartly apply resources and investments of time and money.

Regarding the second item, the idea is to create an advisory council made up of representatives from relevant bodies to explore the idea of an institutional center for this work. These bodies will include SIC and TLC participants, but also representation from other groups. We will be reaching out to stakeholders in short order to begin formation of this council.

Finally, as an outgrowth of the Presidential Round Table in December, a number of presentations have been planned for faculty to share what they learned about how to teach through the pandemic. The first, featuring Amanda Howerton-Fox, will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, from noon to 1 p.m. The second, led by Aaron Rosenfeld, will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, March 30, from noon to 1 p.m. Details of these events, as well as links to sign up to participate, can be found beneath our signatures below.

We're hoping these presentations will inspire interested colleagues to enlist the support of the Instructional Design Studio Pilot within Faculty Services in preparing courses for the Fall semester. More presentations will follow; if you'd like to volunteer to lead one, please use the link provided below.

Darrell P. Wheeler, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
James Mustich, Executive-in-Residence and Chair, Strategic Innovation Committee


Faculty Presentations

We'll be kicking off our Instructional Design Studio Pilot with two faculty presentations on pandemic-inspired pedagogical innovations, the first by Amanda Howerton-Fox and the second by Aaron Rosenfeld.

These presentations will focus on how the demands of mixed mode inspired Amanda and Aaron to match technology tools to specific instructional needs and learning objectives.

In addition to hearing directly from your colleagues about the tools and techniques they used, you'll learn how the Faculty Library, Media and IT Services team can support your course delivery and objectives through these and other tools.

Each presentation will be limited to 20 participants, so please use the links below to sign up.

If you'd like to discuss making a presentation yourself, we'd love to hear from you. Use this form to let us know of your interest.

Instructional Design Studio Pilot Presentation 1
Amanda Howerton-Fox

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Noon to 1 p.m.

Amanda will be sharing the tools she used to make her courses, as well as her support, more accessible to her students, including Blackboard reorganization, using Calendly for scheduling 1:1 meetings, and using Microsoft Forms for giving quizzes. She will also discuss tools and techniques she found effective in making her teaching more engaging in the mixed mode: using shared docs in breakout rooms, incorporating Flipgrid assignments, setting up a course Facebook page, using Adobe Spark for journaling, and managing student-choice group projects.

Instructional Design Studio Pilot Presentation 2
Aaron Rosenfeld

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Noon to 1 p.m.

Aaron will discuss how he reconfigured the use of instructional time in mixed mode to deliver a connected experience for students. Using recorded lectures, in-person sections, project-based small group meetings for students, and full zoom sessions, the new configuration sought to take advantage of the strengths and capacities of different modes of delivery. Aaron will address both the advantages and challenges of this approach, along with possible post-pandemic applications of these principles.


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.


Please review important updates to the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility.

In-Person Staff Eligible for Vaccination: The state’s vaccination guidance has been updated to include “In-Person College Faculty and Essential In-Person Staff”. This change means that staff who are working in person are now eligible for vaccination. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling the state’s hotline, (833) 697-4829. Employees will be required to show proof of eligible employment which can take the form of an employee ID, pay stub, or letter from their employer. Please reach out to Human Resources via email ( for an employment verification letter prior to your vaccine.

Schedule a vaccine appointment here.

Age Lowered for Vaccine Eligibility: The governor also announced yesterday that adults 60 and over will be eligible for vaccination beginning on March 10, lowering the age limit from 65. Additionally, he announced that beginning March 17, all sites can vaccinate all eligible people, except pharmacies which can only vaccinate those 60 and older and teachers.

Iona College will provide employees up to four hours of paid time off to go and get their vaccination. Proof of vaccination should be submitted to HR when using this time. 


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


Beginning on March 5, COVID-19 testing will be available for faculty and staff on Fridays from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the Arrigoni Center. Employees may simply walk in. No appointment is needed at this time.

Please install the NAVICA app before arriving to the testing site. You will be required to display the NAVICA app before being tested.

Download the NAVICA app from the App Store.

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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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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 or email Sara Osorio at Nominations close on March 29, 2021.


Watch Kevin Powell's talk on YouTube

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.


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

Sign up for the reservation system or to reserve your reservation. You may also visit

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.

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 
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
7:30 – 9 p.m. 

RSVP to Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND

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.


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 with any questions.