Iona College Honors Students in 17th Annual GAEL Awards

Student Achievements

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.— Iona College’s Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs hosted its 17th annual Gala for Achievement in Excellence and Leadership Awards Ceremony (GAEL Awards) to celebrate and acknowledge the College’s most exceptional student leaders.
Students were welcomed with remarks by Iona College President Seamus Carey, Ph.D. and Kevin O’Sullivan, senior vice president for Enrollment and Student Affairs. There were also student performances by the Iona College Pipe Band, Iona Players, Iona Singers, Black Student Union Dance Team, Irish Step Dance, and Iona College Dance Team.
The 2022 ceremony was held on April 25 in the Hynes Athletic Center Arena. Top awards were presented to the following Gaels:  
Commencement Awards:

  • Joseph E. Powell Award – Chyanne Blakey '22
  • Sullivan Award – Courthney Liza Normil '22
  • Julia Friedman Award – Katie Feeney '22
  • Mildred Squires Award – Maeve Ellen Wydan '22

Gael of the Year 

  • Chyanne Blakey '22

RA of the Year

  • Claudia Marcelin ’22

Organization of the Year

  • Model United Nations
Gael Awards: Chyanne Blakey '22, Courthney Liza Normil '22, Katie Feeney '22, Maeve Ellen Wydan '22.

Left to right: Chyanne Blakey '22, Courthney Liza Normil '22, Katie Feeney '22, Maeve Ellen Wydan '22.

Gael Awards: Chyanne Blakey '22.

Gael of the Year: Chyanne Blakey '22.

Gael Awards: Claudia Marcelin ’22

RA of the Year: Claudia Marcelin ’22.

Gael Awards: Jack Mollahan ’22

Jack Mollahan ’22 from the Model United Nations, Organization of the Year.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2021.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona College and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the College’s new campus at 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is expected to offer a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care.