Iona Students Sing and Sign National Anthem at Community Event

Student Achievements

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - As a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service, Iona students contribute more than 70,000 service hours annually to various communities. On Saturday, May 11, several students donated their time, service and voices to support the Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing, living Iona's mission of fostering engagement and service to the community.

The annual walk, sponsored by the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HHLA), raises money for greater accessibility for people with hearing loss. Iona students volunteered to kick off the event with the singing the Star Spangled Banner. They also sign-interpreted the national anthem and photographed the event. The Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing took place at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Last fall, Iona College’s American Sign Language (ASL) Club and Speech Club students volunteered and participated in the NYC walk and raised over $5,000 for the cause. As a result of the strong showing, the HLAA called on Iona students to assist at the Westchester/Rockland walk this year.

This relationship grew directly out of a community partnership with HLAA through an Audiology service-learning class taught by Michelle Veyvoda, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor of Speech Communication Studies.

The students involved were ASL Club members Julie Stohr, Caroline Doherty, Olivia Santos, and Nicole Genser and The Ionian photographer Daniel Macri. All five students are in the class of 2021.

"I am so proud of our Gaels for their contributions, especially volunteering during finals week. They are excellent examples of how our Iona student body uses their passion and their education to move the world," noted , associate professor and chair of the Speech Communication Studies Department.

Iona College ASL club standing in front of the HLAA Walk for Hearing sign.

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 campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 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 2020.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility.