Retirement of Vice Provost for Student Life

Mr. Charles Carlson, Vice Provost for Student Life
At the end of this academic year Charlie Carlson, Vice Provost for Student Life, will retire after almost 20 years serving Iona. Charlie and his wife Nancy will be heading to Florida to begin their next chapter in the Sunshine State. Charlie joined Iona in 1996, after 22 years with the New Rochelle Police Department. He has served Iona faithfully as the director of Student Development, director of Campus Safety and Security, and now as the vice provost for Student Life.  He has been a longtime advocate for improving neighborhood relations and working to hold students accountable for their off-campus behavior. Charlie will be greatly missed by his colleagues as well as the student body. Charlie has been a staunch student advocate during his time at Iona. 

Iona is grateful that Charlie will be assisting the College launch the search for its next vice provost for Student Life, as his insights and experiences are invaluable. 

Please join the College in congratulating Charlie and thanking him for all he has done to provide vision and leadership for the division of Student Life.


Welcoming a New Gael Community Ambassador

Kathleen Feenan ‘18
Gael Community Ambassador
Off-Campus and Commuter Services is pleased to announce that Kathleen Feenan will serve as a Gael community ambassador in Spring 2016. As a Gael community ambassador she will provide peer education about the moving off-campus transition as well as serve as a student liaison to local neighborhood associations. 

Kathleen is currently a junior majoring in Business Marketing. She is originally from Woodland Park, N.J. Kathleen babysits locally and is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority where she also serves as the newly-elected Risk Management chair. She is also a member of the Marketing Club and Colleges Against Cancer. 

Kathleen actively participates in community service and philanthropic activities. She has volunteered with the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club and St. Joseph’s Care Center through Iona’s Office of Mission and Ministry. 

Kathleen enjoys living as an off-campus students in her New Rochelle neighborhood. Her favorite place in New Rochelle is Glen Island. Kathleen also enjoys eating at all of the restaurants New Rochelle has to offer, especially Posto 22. She is excited to get even more involved in the community.


Kathleen McElroy, Esq.
General Counsel 
Iona College is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen M. McElroy, Esq., to the position of general counsel at Iona College, effective February 1, 2016. Named to the post after a national search, McElroy has had an outstanding career in the field of law, both in higher education and nationally recognized law firms.

McElroy will serve as the chief legal officer to the institution and will advise on a wide range of matters of institutional importance while supporting the College in its mission, strategic goals and initiatives.

President Nyre noted, “We were fortunate to attract an exceptionally talented pool of candidates during this search. Kathleen brings to Iona a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the increasingly complex regulatory and higher education legal environment. We are pleased to welcome Kathleen to the Iona community.”     

McElroy most recently served as senior counsel with St. John’s University. In that capacity, she provided advice and guidance to the senior leadership of St. John’s and oversaw legal matters involving the University including labor and employment, litigations, contracts, governance, academics, higher education issues, athletics compliance, student affairs, Title IX and risk management.

McElroy joined St. John’s Office of General Counsel as associate general counsel in January 2005. Prior to St. John’s, McElroy was employed as an associate attorney with the law firms of Hoey, King, Toker & Epstein; Jackson Lewis LLP; Holm & O’Hara LLP; and the Law Office of James J. Thornton. 





IonaTHON 2015 Raises Over $20,000

On December 4, 2015, Iona hosted the second annual IonaTHON in Mulcahy Gym. IonaTHON is a six-hour dance marathon and fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network and the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla. Both organizations support children with cancer, prolonged illness, and injury. Iona was honored to have families and children from the hospital attend IonaTHON and share their stories. Throughout the night Iona students danced and showed their love and support for these families .
Participants in IonaTHON 2015 
The event offered something for everyone including games, raffles, auctions, and face painting. Students had the opportunity to visit the “Inspiration Tent,” which displayed posters of kids’ stories from the hospital and allowed participants to reflect on why they attend and support this annual event.

IonaTHON 2015 raised $20,008, which surpassed last year’s success by $5,000. The money raised will help build a new imaging center at the hospital. The imaging center will be able to diagnose children earlier in the medical screening process and ultimately save lives.  

To watch highlights from the event, please visit:



Spring 2016 Community Welcome Events

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 and commuter services, with questions at (914) 633-2243.

· Gallery Exhibition – “The Visual Arts Faculty Show.” February 7 through March 31 in the Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Opening Reception on February 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission.

· Classical Music “A Family Concert,” presented by the Symphony of Westchester. February 7 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Snow date: February 6. Admission: $15 adults, $5 children and non-Iona students. For tickets, call (914) 654-4926.

· Dance – “Now!” presented by the Iona College Dance Ensemble. April 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $10.

· Gallery Exhibition – “Accumulation 2016: The Student Exhibition.” April 18 through May 5 in the Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Opening Reception on April 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Free admission.

· Theatre The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, presented by the Iona College Theatre Ensemble. April 21 at 7 p.m., April 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., April 23 and 24 at 1 p.m. in the Doorley Auditorium. Admission: $10.

· Gospel Rock “Heritage Fest,” presented as part of Iona’s annual Spring Weekend. April 23 at 3 p.m. in the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union Parking Lot. Free admission.

· Music “Spring is in the Air,” presented by the Iona College Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles. April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Free admission.

· Classical Music Presented by the Symphony of Westchester. April 30 at 8 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $50 general, $35 senior citizens and $15 non-Iona students. For tickets, (914) 654-4926.

· Choral Music “All-Schubert Program,” presented by the Sound Shore Chorale. May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $20 general, $15 senior citizens and non-Iona students.

· Festival “Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival.” May 3 at noon in the Campus Quad. Free admission.

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



Students Move the World Through Global Service

College winter recess is typically a time for students to take a break between fall and spring semesters, visit family, take a vacation or regroup before returning to their studies. But 55 Iona students have chosen to spend their time making a difference delivering hands-on service across the globe through mission service immersion and academic service-learning initiatives between January 4 and 16.

The 2015 Iona in Mission Nazareth Farm team in West Virginia
The winter service immersion trips include New Orleans, Peru and West Virginia, and the academic service-learning experiences are in India and Ireland. The freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors will experience service learning through building community, exploring the social, cultural and political climate of their host environment. “These experiences provide powerful opportunities for students to engage in service, grow spiritually and intellectually while understanding more fully what it means to work for social justice in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice,” said Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D., director of the Office of Mission and Ministry.

A student prays at the tomb of Blessed Edmund Rice during the 2015 Iona in Mission Ireland immersion.
Each group will be led by a student leader and a faculty or staff moderator. The immersion trips began by the Christian Brothers in the 1970s with initial trips in Kentucky, Florida and Peru. To date there are 15 immersion offerings through Iona in Mission for 2015-16. Future trips include Chicago, Habitat for Humanity in Harrisburg, Pa., Washington D.C., and Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. The summer offerings include Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse and Zambia.

For further information on these and other Iona in Mission initiatives, please contact the Office of Mission and Ministry located in Robert V. LaPenta Student Union, Room 217, (914) 637-2772 or email Stephen Hill at

Members of the 2015 Iona in Mission team in New Orleans

About Iona in Mission:
Iona in Mission offers short-term domestic and international immersion experiences to the students, alumni, staff, and faculty of Iona College. Through the mission trips, participants move away from a global culture of indifference by engaging in service with the poor and marginalized while being immersed in different cultures.  Upon returning to Iona, participants share their experience and the social reality of the host communities to foster action and deepen relationships of solidarity.


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Members of Iona Women’s Volleyball team helped raise awareness about suicide prevention at the annual Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, October 4.
Iona’s annual Make a Difference Week Kick-Off Kickball Game with our Success Center     students and Best Buddies cheered on by Iona Gaels!
From October 4 - 11 Iona students, faculty, and staff participated in our annual Make a Difference Week. Students hosted service projects on campus such as the annual Make a Difference Week Kick-Off Kickball Game and Cards of Hope, raised money and awareness for Breast Cancer research, collected school supplies, hurricane relief items and feminine hygiene products, and ventured into the greater Westchester and New York City communities to make a difference with many community partners like the Boys and Girls Club, Midnight Run, St. Vincent’s Care Center, and Project Family Soup Kitchen!
Gael Community Ambassador Anastasia Giannakakos '16 hosts a community clean-up in Greater Mt. Joy!