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Letter from the Director

Dear Gaels and Friends,

This office exists to serve you! Iona recognizes the unique needs of its off-campus and commuter students. Iona also recognizes the important job it has as an institution of higher learning to prepare its students as citizens of a global world! This starts by building relationships with the community in our own backyard!

The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services has a number of goals and objectives. As director I hope you will partner with me in meeting these goals. The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services will work to:

  • Advocate for off-campus and commuter students in the community and on campus
  • Educate off-campus students about Ionas expectations of them as representatives of Iona College in the New Rochelle community
  • Educate residential and non-residential students about transitional issues faced by off-campus students
  • Keep off-campus and commuter students connected to the Iona community
  • Build relationships with neighborhood associations and local governing agencies
  • Help build positive relationships between Iona students and the citizens of New Rochelle
  • Provide resources and services to off-campus and commuter students

Off-Campus and Commuter Services will work WITH students and advocate FOR students. This office will educate Ionas students how to be part of a greater community AND educate the New Rochelle community how to embrace Iona students. Iona is truly a wonderful place! It is critically important that we share Ionas definition of community and what it means to truly care for others with members of the greater New Rochelle community.

I encourage you to take advantage of the many services and resources the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services has to offer!


Michele L. Nelson, Ph.D.

P.S. Go Gaels!