As an alumnus, a Christian Brother, faculty moderator of the rowing teams and professor/chair of the Physics Department, Brother Novak’s experience and influence at Iona spans many areas. He has seen countless Iona students go on to move the world after they have absorbed the College’s dedication to a spirit of community, pride, faith and teamwork.
A faculty member since 1976, Brother Novak advocates for Iona’s core curriculum because he believes that students need to take courses in a variety of disciplines to develop skills that they will use in the future. While the values-based education at Iona is present in the curriculum, students also find other avenues where true life lessons are gained. These include opportunities offered through campus ministries and participation in national and international service.
“One of our current students was so inspired by a service trip to Zambia that she decided to start a foundation to support projects in Africa," Brother Novak said. "She and her mother chose to fund the development of three different water wells in Sierra Leone.”