Iona University Students Join Walk4Hearing, Raising Funds and Awareness

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Students in Iona University’s American Sign Language Club and Speech and Hearing Club recently joined the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) for its annual Walk4Hearing in New York City. The money raised gets donated to organizations helping to raise awareness and resources for those living with hearing loss.

Iona students have been participating in the walk for many years and look forward to it every fall semester. The clubs also held a fundraiser on campus in anticipation of the walk, selling stickers, pins and phone wallets to raise money for their team.

Samantha Guardino ’23, president of the ASL club, expressed her excitement for the walk, saying, “It is truly inspiring to see how many people come together to raise money for organizations advocating for hearing loss. I’ve attended the Walk4Hearing all four years I have been at Iona and every year I am more and more impressed with how big the event has gotten.”

Iona students managed to raise over $1,000 and the New York walk raised a grand total of $102,000. HLAA holds Walk4Hearing all over the country, continuously raising awareness for hearing loss and fundraising for those who struggle with hearing health but don’t have the resources to get help. The organization aims to inform the public on the topic and bring more attention to the severity of the health issue.
Learn more about Iona’s American Sign Language Club and the Speech and Hearing Club.  Explore all the academic programs Iona University has to offer through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department as well as the new Interdisciplinary Advanced Certificate in Working with Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and their Families (IACD).

The students from the 2022 Walk4Hearing.

Students gathered at the opening ceremony for Walk4Hearing.

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 more than 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 students enjoy small class sizes, engaged professors and a wide array of academic programs across the School of Arts & Science; LaPenta School of Business; NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences; and Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Iona is widely recognized in prestigious rankings, including The Princeton Review’s 2024 national list of “The Best 389 Colleges” and The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s “2024 Best Colleges in America,” which ranked Iona at #66 in the nation overall and #8 in the nation among Catholic schools. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is also accredited by AACSB International, a recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona also offers a fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, which is now principally located on Iona’s Bronxville campus in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian. Connecting to its Irish heritage, the University also recently announced it is expanding abroad with a new campus in County Mayo, Ireland. A school on the rise, Iona officially changed its status from College to University on July 1, 2022, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.