New North Avenue Residence Hall

Latest photo rendition of the North Avenue Residence Hall
Shortly after President Nyre's arrival in 2011, Iona College engaged in a series of community meetings with neighbors and elected officials resulting in renewed support from the College and City of New Rochelle to revitalize North Avenue. Iona is ready to implement this vision with a proposal to build a new multi-use facility that expands on-campus student housing options and provides additional services to the surrounding community.

Early in 2014 the owners of the Mirage Diner approached Iona, offering an opportunity to redevelop an ideal location across from the main entrance to campus.  The ground floor will encompass tax-paying retail and restaurant space with parking. The upper six floors will include attractive apartment-style student housing geared toward upper classmen. As a college-managed facility, security, onsite management and a new system for parking on campus for students will be implemented. The building is being designed to complement the neighborhood in the style of the library at Iona across the street with enhanced lighting and traffic management.

“Iona College is the second-largest private-sector employer in the City of New Rochelle, serving as a significant economic and service engine for the City. I’m pleased the College is working with the community to develop property outside its traditional walls and to revitalize North Avenue,” said Luiz Aragon, commissioner of development for the City of New Rochelle.

Continuing the tradition of community involvement, Iona has hosted five meetings to gather public opinion during the initial planning phase. Now, the College has named Lisa Davis as the public and press relations leader for the project. Lisa is a New Rochelle community service leader having served as the president of the Residence Park Neighborhood and Civic Association, on the City of New Rochelle’s Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Advisory Committees, and as a student mentor through MentorNet. An experienced marketing and sales operations professional, Lisa has a reputation for turning insight into action. In her new role as the community liaison for this project, she is establishing multiple ways for the nearby neighbors and the press to learn the latest news and to ask questions.
Public input will continue to be solicited through a series of community meetings as the planning phase ends and construction begins. A new website will provide the status of the project and links to more information. You can reach Lisa by email at   or by using the new community hotline at (914) 633-2318 where you can leave a message that will be answered within 24 hours. “I look forward to being the voice of Iona in the language of the community for this exciting new development,” Lisa said at the beginning of the project. Please contact Lisa with your questions and comments throughout the planning and construction of the new Residence Hall on North Avenue.
Lisa Davis
Community & Press Relations
Iona North Ave. Residence Hall
(914) 633-2318

Community Welcome Events: Spring 2015

Iona hosts events that are free or discounted and open to the greater community. Iona invites you to partake in all that being part of a college community has to offer! Contact Michele Nelson, director of off-campus housing, with questions at (914) 633-2243.

· Gallery Exhibition – “Impressions: Works by Alvin Clayton.” January 26 through February 26 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Free admission.

· Classical Music for the FamilyThe Selfish Giant, presented by The Symphony of Westchester with students from Songcatchers. February 8 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $15 adults and $5 children.

· African Music – with Yacouba Sissoko. Part of Iona’s Black History Month celebration. February 12 at 5 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Free admission.

· Lecture – Professor Alan Rosen: Annual Rabbi Michael A. Signer Memorial Lecture. February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall. Free admission.

· Gallery Exhibition   “Urban Naturalists.” March 2 through April 9 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Free admission.

· Interfaith Seder – with the Coalition for Mutual Respect. March 26 at 6 p.m. in Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall. Call for tickets: (914) 235-1800.

· Dance – “Collected Works: Twenty Fifteen.” Iona College Dance Ensemble. April 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $10.

· Gospel Music with the Iona College Gospel Choir. April 17 at 5 p.m. in Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall. Light refreshments. Free admission.

· Theatre The Glass Menagerie, presented by the Iona College Theatre Ensemble. April 23 at 7 p.m., April 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and April 25 and 26 at 1 p.m. in the Doorley Auditorium. Admission: $10.

· Gallery Exhibition – “Accumulation 2015: The Student Exhibit.” April 20 through May 7 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Free admission.

· Gospel Music “Heritage Fest,” part of Spring Weekend/Gael Jam. April 25 at 3 p.m. in the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union parking lot. Rain site: Hynes Athletics Center. Free Admission.

· Choral Music – with the Sound Shore Chorale. April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $20.

· Japanese Festival – “Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival.” May 1 at noon in the Campus Quad. Rain site: Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall. Free admission.

· Classical Music The Symphony of Westchester. May 2 at 8 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $50 general, $35 seniors and $25 non-Iona students.

Every effort has been made to provide accurate information. Programs are subject to change.  Review for additional opportunities.



Important Spring 2015 Dates

Monday, January 19                    Martin Luther King Jr. Day –

                                                     No Classes

                                                     Resident Students Move-In

Tuesday, January 20                   Undergraduate Classes Resume

Monday, February 16                 Presidents Day – No Classes

Monday, March 16                      Spring Break Begins

Tuesday, March 17                     St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 23                      Classes in Session

Thursday, April 2                       Holy Thursday – No Classes

 Friday, April 3                           Good Friday – No Classes

 Sunday, April 5                          Easter

 Monday, April 6                         Easter Monday – No Classes

 Friday, May 8                             Last Day of Classes

 Monday, May 11                         Undergraduate Finals Begin

 Friday, May 15                           Undergraduate Classes End

 Saturday, May 16                      Alternate Exam Day

 Saturday, May 16                      Undergraduate Commencement

 Monday, May 25                        Memorial Day – No Classes


Iona in Mission: January 2015


Iona in Mission is sponsoring four winter break mission trips this January. 
· Nine students and a moderator will travel to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia and learn about the economic challenges of Appalachia while they engage in service opportunities such as constructing homes, farming, and visiting members of the community.
· Eleven students and a moderator will travel to New Orleans, La., to work at the Duchesne House with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and visit with the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers community.
· Sixteen students and three moderators will travel to Calcutta and Delhi in India where they will work with the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers at their local street schools.
· Twelve students and a moderator will travel to Ireland and work with incarcerated men at Wheatfield Prison and then visit Edmund Rice heritage sites. They will also meet Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire during a stop in Belfast.

Residential Themed Communities

Students from the Women’s Empowerment Residential Themed Community participated in a Habitat for Humanity build.
As part of the Iona College Strategic Plan we continue to find new ways to develop the “Iona Experience” and ease our students’ transition to college. In fall 2014 the Office of Residential Life launched Residential Themed Communities (RTC) to do just that.

What is an RTC? Iona’s first-year themed communities provide an opportunity for students to explore and connect with others based upon shared interests and hobbies. Themed communities provide a great chance for students to participate in programs and activities geared towards their passions. First-year students chose from seven different themed communities on their housing application form. Those in themed communities further their experience through an urban immersion and service component connected to the theme. This year, Residential Life had the following RTCs: two in East Hall – women’s empowerment and social justice, and five in Loftus Hall – global issues, creative arts, wellness, sustainability and science.

Resident Assistants demonstrated interest in their themes during their RA interview process. All resident assistants host at least six programs each semester based on Iona’s programming model. They must host at least one program in each of the following categories: community engagement, spiritual, wellness/alcohol and other drug, diversity, community service, and intellectual development. RTC resident assistants must explore these categories with programs based on their theme. 

Fred Carter, a third year RA and RA of the Sustainability floor said, “RTCs help create a more comfortable environment for students to help them start the semester and are more conducive to building community and friendships.”

A few examples of themed programming in fall 2014 included 1) a coffee house/open mic night on the Science floor with Iona professor Dr. Sunghee Lee; 2) the Science and Sustainability floors worked together on a “Green Beauty” program and researched sustainable, organic cosmetic products and considered how cosmetics are produced from environmental and science perspectives; 3) the Wellness floor hosted a Spanish dance class; 4) the Creative Arts floor improvised scripture readings, and 5) the Creative Arts floor also hosted a yoga class to focus on stress reduction strategies.

Residential Life will assess student feedback on RTCs in the spring semester. They hope to expand RTCs to the sophomore year experience as well. For more information about Residential Themed Communities at Iona College, contact Michael Labella, the director of residential life at


Hounds on the Sound

Iona College's Women Softball Team volunteered on October 19th for Hounds on the Sound at Glen Island Park.

Make a Difference Week 2014

Iona’s annual Make a Difference Week, hosted by the Office of Mission and Ministry, took place October 4th through October 11th.  The annual week of service included direct service and advocacy projects on campus and in the community that were co-sponsored by many campus offices, clubs, and community partners. 
Iona in Mission: Go New Ro students, members of the Marketing Club, and members of the Golf team hosted a clean-up of Summit Avenue, White Oak Street, and Mt. Joy Place.
During the week all of the on-going Mission and Ministry projects took place including a Midnight Run to feed the hungry and homeless in New York City, serving food at Project Family Soup Kitchen in Mt. Vernon, Success Center tutoring, a Project Bro visit with Christian Brothers at St. Joseph’s Care Facility, a visit to The Wartburg, and a Habitat for Humanity build, etc.
Iona tutors and Success Center students host a clean-up of Twin Lakes Park.
A number of annual Make a Difference Week projects also took place including the Commuter Student Association’s Cards of Hope event with the Justin Samela-Miceli Wings of Hope Foundation.  The event recognized members of the Iona and greater New Rochelle communities that make a difference in students’ lives.  For the second year in a row the Commuter Student Association also collected schools supplies for New Rochelle’s Columbus School.  The school supply drive was a great way for faculty and staff to support the week.

CSA delivered school supplies to New Rochelle's Columbus School.
Another annual program was the Light the Night Walk.  This year’s walk raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Over 100 students participated.  Students also raised money for and walked at the annual Autism Speaks and Out of the Darkness Walks. 

Make a Difference Week also included some new programs including “No Hair for A Day,” to stand in solidarity with and raise awareness about cancer patient struggles with inner beauty.  Members of the Iona RESPECT committee collected food for HOPE Community Services outside of local grocery stores.  And the L’Arche community visited Iona for the first time.  L’Arche is an organization that enables people with and without disabilities to share their lives in communities of faith and friendship.  L’Arche members participated in Make a Difference Week events including the annual kickball game with Best Buddies and Success Center students.  L’Arche members also spoke to various classes and served on the “Volunteer for a Year” panel co-sponsored by Career Development.

Though not officially part of Make a Difference Week, students will be raking leaves for senior citizens on November 2nd when their help is most needed in the community.

For more information about this year’s Make a Difference Week or information about how to participate next year, please contact Steve Hill in the Office of Mission and Ministry at