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 shill@iona.edu.


Community Welcome Events Fall 2014

· Lecture - “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony : The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Campus”  a Kristallnacht Commemoration. November 3 at 7:30 pm in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.  Free Admission.

· Classical Music – “All Beethoven Program,” presented by The Symphony of Westchester. November 8 at 8:00 pm in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission $50 general and $35 senior citizens.

· Choral Music – “Noye’s Fludde,” presented by the Sound Shore Chorale. November 8 and 9 at 3:00 pm in the Ferdinand E. Arrigoni Center. Admission $8 general and $5 senior citizens.

· Irish Music – “An Evening of Celtic Music,” featuring the Iona College Pipe Band. November 15 at 7:00 pm in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission $15.

· Vocal Master Class – with Broadway Veteran Louise Edeiken. November 20 at 4:00 pm in the Romita Auditorium.  Free Admission. Register via email to kwiegand@iona.edu by November 6.

· Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by the Iona College Theatre Ensemble. November 20 at 7:00 pm, November 21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and November 22 and 23 at 1:00 pm in the Doorley Auditorium. Admission $10 general and $5 senior citizens.

· Thanksgiving Basket Drive and Blessing November 24 at 4:00 pm in the Mulcahy Gym.  To learn more about donating a Thanksgiving Basket (dinner supplies) for a local family, contact Stephen Hill, coordinator of Iona in Mission, at shill@iona.edu or (914) 637-2772.

· Lecture “Pope Francis and the Jews: A Friendship Revisited” by Dr. Michal Higgins. December 2 at 7:30 pm in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall.  Free Admission.

· Classical Music The Symphony of Westchester. December 14 at 3:00 pm in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission $15.

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

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

Did You Know?

Iona College hosts a chapter of the American Red Cross and will be offering American Red Cross training to members of the greater community.  FREE “Individual and Community Preparedness” presentations will take place on November 10th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and November 12th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in Romita Auditorium.  Please email mcramsie1@gaels.iona.edu to register.


Learning and Serving HOPE

Volunteers from Professor Gerometta’s Speech Communication Studies service learning course along with other volunteers serve food at Hope Community Services.
In summer 2013 Iona College created a Service and Experiential Learning office run by Dr. Thomas Cleave.  During his first year Van Cleave worked tirelessly to learn about our campus and the greater New Rochelle community.  A Strategic Planning committee helped Van Cleave define “Service Learning” for Iona College.  He then trained faculty about how to create and teach service learning courses. 

This fall some of our new Service Learning courses are up and running.  Professor Jennifer Gerometta from the Speech Communication Studies department is currently teaching two Service Learning classes with her Speech Communications Studies (SCS) 101 students. Her courses are focused on “Hunger and Homelessness” in New Rochelle.  You may ask, “How does hunger and homelessness relate to Speech Communications Studies?”

Each student in Gerometta’s Service Learning course will conduct 10 hours of community service at Hope Community Services.  As a result of taking this course and participating in service at HOPE, the SCS 101 students 1) are developing their communication skills to better communicate with the clients they serve and 2) will be able to better articulate their views on political, social, and economic issues and contribute to important discussions and debates about these issues.

Gerometta was first a social worker before becoming a speech pathologist and now a professor.  She has always been interested in political and social issues, which then inspired her to return to academia.  She hopes her classes will gain a deeper understanding of hunger and homelessness as a result of both their course and service work.  Gerometta said that her Service Learning classes have two important elements: reciprocity and reflection.  Students discuss hunger and homelessness in class, serve at HOPE, and reflect on their experiences in writing and in discussion to help synthesize their experiences.  She hopes that her students will see that they gain and learn as much from the clients they serve as the clients learn and gain from her students.

One student in Gerometta’s course is Jillian Mitchell, a first-year student from Brookfield, CT.  Mitchell said the experience has opened her eyes to the diversity in New Rochelle and gotten her off-campus and into the greater community.  She also said this course is a really unique learning opportunity that helps her learn about social issues in a very different way.  Mitchell said, “Talking about hunger and homelessness in class is very different than seeing and working with those who are hungry and homeless.  This integrated class is a much more meaningful learning experience.”  She feels that she has already learned so much more in Gerometta’s class than from her entire high school experience.

Gerometta is very pleased with the program so far.  In the future Gerometta hopes her students will build an even deeper relationship with HOPE and New Rochelle. For example, next year her students’ final project, a persuasive speech, will take place in the greater community and be about a social issue they learned about while serving at HOPE.  Iona will continue to increase its Service Learning offerings. Gerometta said students should take service learning courses to, “expand the reach of who they are,” and “see themselves in a greater context no matter where they come from.”  

For more information about Service Learning at Iona College, email tvancleave@iona.edu.


Important Contact Information

New Rochelle Police Department Non-Emergency Number: (914) 654-2300

Iona College Office of Campus Safety and Security (24 hours): (914) 633-2560 
Michele Nelson, director of off-campus housing: (914) 633-2243 or mlsampson@iona.edu or ionacares@iona.edu,  www.iona.edu/offcampushousing, www.ionainthecommunity.blogspot.com
Det. Jason Buono, NRPD PACT Officer: (914) 654-2269 or jbuono@newrochelleny.com
New Rochelle Bureau of Buildings: (914) 654-2035
Joseph Guglielmo, code enforcement officer jgugliel@newrochelleny.com
William Giraldi, housing inspector wgiraldi@newrochelleny.com
Kevin McKenna, property code inspector kcmckenn@newrochelleny.com


Meet the 2014-2015 Gael Community Ambassadors

The Gael Community Ambassadors (GCAs) serve as off-campus student leaders, community builders, and resources for resident and off-campus students.  They provide peer education to help off-campus students better understand what it means to be part of the greater New Rochelle community and role model what it means to be civically engaged and civically responsible.

Jordan Courage
Jordan Courage is a junior at Iona College from Newcastle, CA.  She is majoring in International Studies.  Jordan is also a member of the Women’s Softball Team and President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Jordan’s favorite place in New Rochelle is Glen Island, because it is a nice escape from the chaos of daily life. Whenever she feels overwhelmed by finals or life in general, Jordan packs a picnic and heads to Glen Island with friends.  She finds it peaceful by the water, and the openness of the park is refreshing.

Jordan chose to be a GCA because her experience with the ambassadors last year made the stressful and overwhelming task of searching for off-campus housing a lot simpler. She also wants students to be more involved in New Rochelle.  Jordan thinks it is incredibly important to form good relationships with neighbors and support our local community.

Megan Jakobson
Megan Jakobson is a senior at Iona College from Danbury, CT.  She is majoring in Mass Communications with a minor in Fine and Performing Arts.  Megan is also President of Delta Theta Beta Sorority.
Megan’s favorite place in New Rochelle is Rochelle Park, a historic residential district.  She loves walking through the neighborhood and admiring the beautiful old houses.  Megan’s favorite restaurant in New Rochelle is the Indian restaurant Coromandel .
Megan chose to be a GCA because she has lived off-campus already, and while living off-campus she has met many neighbors.  Some of these neighbors have expressed frustration with Iona students.  She would like to help improve communication between students and neighbors and build positive relationships .
Alex Juliano
Alex Juliano is a  junior at Iona College from New Haven, CT.  He is majoring in Marketing.  Alex is also a member of the Marketing Club and an executive board member of Iona’s new Colleges Against Cancer organization, which raised about $30,000 during its first Relay for Life in Spring 2014.
Alex’s favorite place to visit in New Rochelle is Hudson Park.  His favorite restaurant in New Rochelle Dubrovnik, a Croatian restaurant located on Main Street. 
Alex chose to be a GCA  to represent Iona in a positive way throughout New Rochelle and to create new relationships with people in the greater New Rochelle community.  He looks forward to being a link between New Rochelle and Iona.  This is Alex’s second year as an off-campus student.