Iona College Trustees Scholarship Award Gala Raises $1 Million
50 Years of Women Celebration Concludes with Generous Contributions to Help Empower the Next Generation
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Iona College hosted its annual Trustees Scholarship Award Gala on June 4, 2021, raising $1 million to support student scholarships and help establish the new Women’s Legacy Fund, providing financial assistance to deserving female students who exhibit the spirit of Iona through their academic excellence, commitment to the community and demonstrated leadership. Gathered both in person and virtually, the gala served as the culminating event of the “50 Years of Women at Iona” celebration, which had been interrupted due to COVID-19.
This year’s gala honored the outstanding accomplishments of distinguished Iona alumnae through the Women of Achievement Awards. Recipients were recognized for their exceptional endeavors in their chosen careers as well as their significant contributions to their communities.
“These alumnae and their extraordinary legacies serve as inspirational examples to the many students, both male and female, who have come to follow in their footsteps,” said Seamus Carey, Ph.D., president of Iona. “Their dedication to the mission and vision of Iona will continue to empower the next generation of students. This night has raised $1 million for Iona College. Those gifts don’t just change students’ lives; they change families’ lives for generations.”
The Legacy Award, bestowed upon unique individuals in recognition of their lifetime accomplishments, was posthumously presented to JoAnn M. Murphy ’98H for her unwavering dedication to the arts, her community and the students of Iona. Her husband, Joseph M. Murphy, ’59, ’83H, accepted the award on her behalf in front of family and friends.
“She really worked on Iona. JoAnn was here, at the College, as a trustee and a member of many committees, on many occasions and days,” Mr. Murphy said. “JoAnn could almost direct traffic in any environment that she was in.”
In being a Legacy Award recipient, Mrs. Murphy joins a notable group of past honorees, including Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, The Congregation of Christian Brothers and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
Distinguished alumnae who received the Women of Achievement Award include:
- Linda M. Bruno ’76, ’79MSEd, president, Bruno Sports Enterprises at Eclaro
- Cathy L. Cogan-Kelly ’81, senior director for Global HR Operations (retired January 2021), PepsiCo
- Theresa A. Gottlieb, Esq., ’78, executive trial division chief, Bronx District Attorney’s Office
- Flory Netsch Hiatrides ’83, ’86MBA, president, TreeHouse Consulting, Inc.
- Anna Filipkowski Houlihan, MD,’77, pediatrician, Morris Heights Health Center
- Eileen Ivers ’87, ’19H, Grammy Award-winning fiddler
- Rita C. Mabli ’74, ’76MBA, president and CEO, United Hebrew of New Rochelle
- Catherine A. Vitali Mayus, Esq., P.C.,’72, comprehensive coaching specialist for ADNY, Catapult Learning, LLC
- Catherine R. McCabe ’85, senior managing director (retired January 2020), TIAA
- Caress A. Penelton ’87, executive director for Global Technology Infrastructure, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Ingrid N. Thompson-Sellers, Ph.D.,’95MS, president, South Georgia State College
- Margaret C. Timoney ’89, ’92MBA, CEO, Heineken USA
- Amy Torigian Parise ’03MST, director of Alumni & Special Events, Iona Preparatory School
- On behalf of Butterflies From Jodie, Jeanne Morris (posthumously) and Jeanne Torigian ’74 (posthumously)
Founded in 1940, Iona University 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 University also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona University and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the University’s new campus in Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care. On July 1, 2022, Iona officially changed its status from College to University, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.