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Celebrating 50 Years of Women at Iona:
Past Events

Kick-Off Celebration Honors Women at Iona

President Carey and an alumna. Iona trailblazer alumna Anne Benefico-Phillippo `73 and President Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

Iona hosted a kick-off celebration of “50 Years of Women at Iona” on September 21. The day featured campus tours highlighting changes that have occurred over the years, and A Walk Down Memory Lane reception took place where alumni met Iona’s new president, Seamus Carey, Ph.D., and his wife, Noreen, along with current female students from diverse clubs and organizations. And special recognition was given to Iona’s trailblazer alumnae from the classes of 1973-1978.

Four women of Iona from different class years.


"Women in the Abstract" by Steve Lyons

Tuesday, September 3 - Thursday, OCTOBER 3
Iona College Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery

9/11 - Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

Steve Lyons’ paintings of women are some of the most collected of his figurative work, highly prized for the expressionists rendering of the “energy” his female figures exudes. In 2016, Lyons was named number two in the world by the American Art Awards for abstract work for his painting “Women in the Universe.” Part of the Rollins’ private collection, it was on display at his Iona College show. The show also featured his unique sculptural painting technique with paintings such as “A View from the Stage,” “Family from the ‘Burbs” and others. Lyons’ work has fast become some of the most recognizable on the contemporary art scene, and has toured extensively in Europe and the U.S. In 2018, he was named one of the top 15 artists in the world by Art Tour International Magazine.

“Women in the Abstract” is his first U.S. university show.

Read more about "Women in the Abstract" and Steve Lyons.




On Thursday, October 3, alumnae gathered at Katch Astoria Gastropub & Brewery, in Astoria, N.Y. Hosted by owner and alumna, Roseanne McSorley ‘88, ‘92MS, it was a wonderful evening spent catching up with old friends, making new ones, and enjoying delicious food and drink. A great time was had by all!




A featured event at Homecoming 2019, this special reception focused on honoring 50 Years of Women at Iona. Alumnae had the opportunity to peruse past yearbooks, share their favorite stories, and celebrate the accomplishments of women at Iona, all while sipping on delectable mimosas.


Award-winning CBS Executive, Jo Ann Ross, Shares Career Advice With Iona Students

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 5

Students, faculty and staff packed the room in the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union at Iona College to hear Jo Ann Ross, president and chief advertising revenue officer for ViacomCBS Domestic Advertising Sales, talk about her career and how she rose to become one of the advertising industry’s best-known executives.
Hosted by Martin Daly ’74, former senior vice president and director of News and Late-Night Sales for the CBS Television Network and now serving as executive-in-residence at Iona College, this event also featured two other CBS executives, Colleen Gennett ’11, an alumna who played volleyball at Iona and now is a CBS Network sales account executive; and Kelli Raftery, executive vice president, Communications, CBS Corporation.

Read more about Ross' visit to Iona.




Christoph Winkler and Tania Vargas on stage and in dialgue. From left: Christoph Winkler and Tania Vargas

On November 14, 2019 alumna Tania Vargas ’90 spoke to Iona students and faculty as part of the Hynes Distinguished Speaker Series in her presentation, “How to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset Through Experience.” Vargas is the founder of GOAT-MILK Kidware, an organic line of children’s clothing.

Based on a personal need, Tania Vargas and co-founder, Roland, began creating children’s clothing based on the same quality, simplicity and European aesthetic that they enjoyed. The result is a simple, yet functional and robust collection of children’s kidware with basic essentials. Tania Vargas spoke about how her marketing and business gravitas, coupled with her mom experience, helped create a robust collection of children’s basics made with love, honesty and passion for both the product and our planet.

The Hynes Distinguished Speaker Series offers the Iona community the opportunity to hear from entrepreneurs, intrepreneurs, and industry leaders on a variety of topics where they can draw tangible and applicable knowledge.

Lendynette Pacheco-Jorge, Tania Vargas, Christoph Winkler, and Jarlyne Batista. From left: Lendynette Pacheco-Jorge, Tania Vargas, Christoph Winkler, and Jarlyne Batista.


Activist Jaclyn Corin at this year's Week of the Peacemaker

THURSDAY, December 5

Determined to ensure that the tragic experience she and her classmates endured will not be forgotten, Jaclyn Corin, activist and survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, visited campus to discuss the important ways young people can fight gun violence.

Read more about Corin’s visit and this year’s Week of the Peacemaker.


50 Years of Women: A Salute to Women’s Athletics

Saturday, February 1

Athletic alumnae were invited to attend a special pre-game brunch reception to pay tribute to former athletes and coaches. Attendees also received complimentary tickets to watch the Iona women’s basketball team play Quinnipiac at the Hynes Athletic Center.

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