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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!


75th Anniversary Day of Service

Participants gathered in the Campus Quadrangle to start the day. 
On Saturday, September 19, over 400 students, faculty and staff celebrated the 75th anniversary of Iona College by donating their time to volunteer at one of 16 community organizations for various clean-up projects. The festivities began on the campus quad in front of Cornelia Hall, where registrants participated in a brief ceremony and gathered for a commemorative group photo with a message welcoming Pope Francis to New York.

 “This day is a time to both remember and renew the inspirational legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice and his dedication to service,” said
Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, Iona College’s president. “Living a life in service to others is indeed a life well lived. As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our opening, we join together in an international day of service to highlight and live our mission."
The Dunn family pitched in at a local park clean-up. 
Many of the area projects focused on the environment in support of the Catholic Church’s first-ever encyclical devoted to the environment -- Pope Francis’ “Praised Be” published June 2015.  An encyclical is one of the highest forms of teaching from a pope as he interprets Catholic doctrine.

Kimberleigh Costanzo, a 2014 Iona graduate, led one of the projects at Wellspring Water, Inc. Long Island – the non-profit she founded in 2011 after an Iona mission immersion trip to Zambia, Africa. “I was overwhelmed by the impact that a lack of clean water has on all aspects of life, particularly affecting women,” said Costanzo. “I started Wellspring to shorten the distance between clean water and those who need it most. I credit Iona for giving me the inspiration, education and support to serve others in this way.”
Senior Anastasia Giannakakos and her team hosted a clean-up of the Mt. Joy and Greater Mt. Joy Neighborhood      Associations. 
In addition to the Wellspring project, other service day projects will focused on park, shoreline, and community clean-up efforts, playground safety, graffiti removal, and work on a Habitat for Humanity house.

“Service goes hand-in-hand with an Iona education,” said
Dr. Carl Procario-Foley, Iona’s director of the Office of Mission and Ministry. “The Day of Service grounds the College’s 75th anniversary in the values that motivated the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers who founded Iona: service, faith and social justice.”
Sophomore Moses Mead paints park benches at Beechmont Lake.
For more information about this wonderful day of service, visit www.iona.edu/ionaconnection or search #IamIona!


Iona in Mission: Go New Ro 2015

Iona College welcomed incoming first-year students to campus for the sixth annual Iona in Mission: Go New Ro, which is a service and leadership experience. The theme of Go New Ro is “GPS: Growth, Purpose, and Service.” Students learn about the two feet of social justice (direct service and advocacy) while becoming acclimated with their new city, New Rochelle, and Iona’s campus community.

This year 20 incoming students, three returning student leaders, and three professional staff from the Offices of Mission and Ministry, Student Development, and Off-Campus and Commuter Services participated in the Go New Ro experience. During Go New Ro 2015 students learned about important social justice issues including hunger and homelessness in New Rochelle and Westchester County, environmental justice and care for the Earth, and issues facing elder adults. The team participated in service projects around these topics by partnering with the following agencies: Trinity St. Paul’s Brown Bag Lunch Program, the Sheldrake Environmental Center and St. Joseph’s Care Facility for retired Christian Brothers.

Jenny Greer of the Sheldrake Environmental Center teaches the Iona in Mission: Go New Ro 2015 participants about an invasive species before they helped to clear it from a meadow at the site. 
“An essential characteristic of the Edmund Rice story is the desire and ability to live in relationship with people made poor and marginalized,” said Stephen Hill, the coordinator of Iona in Mission. “To begin this process, we engage our Go New Ro students in service projects within the local community to nudge them out of their comfort zones both physically and intellectually. Our hope is to help produce students who respond boldly to the world’s suffering and needs with presence and compassion, so that we all may liberated from exclusion and injustice. This is what Edmund Rice did in Ireland, what the Christian Brothers continue to do around the world, and what our students are called to do.”

Direct service, however, is just one piece of this program. Students also developed their leadership skills and discussed leadership styles with returning students leaders, the North American Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Province Leader and Iona College Board of Trustees member, Br. Kevin Griffith, and with Jared Rice, New Rochelle City Councilman.

Iona in Mission: Go New Ro 2015 participants with Br. Kevin Griffith, the North American Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Province Leader and Iona College Board of Trustees member. 
Finally, reflection is an essential element of Iona in Mission: Go New Ro. Students were able to synthesize what they experienced and learned at their service sites with what they learned about leadership and advocacy. They also integrated what they learned about New Rochelle and Iona’s strong mission and tradition to better understand their role as citizens of a  greater world…who are called to move the world toward justice.

Fall 2015 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.
· Opera Opera’s Greatest Hits, presented by the New Rochelle Opera. September 20 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $25 general and $20 senior citizens.

· Gallery Exhibition – “The Mural Project with Amy Bartel,” in honor of the 75th anniversary of Iona College. September 17 through September 25 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Reception and mural discussion on September 25 at 2 p.m. Free admission.
· Dance – “Ballet Fairytales,” presented by Ajkun Ballet Theatre. September 27 at 2 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Free admission.

· Chamber Music “Core Ensemble: Celebrating Diversity through Chamber Music Theatre.” October 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Free admission.

· Musical Performance – “Flutes All Around!” presented by Dr. Carol Shansky. October 15 at 5 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $5.

· Gallery Exhibition – “The Brothers Ten: Artwork by 10 Christian Brothers.” October 4 through October 22 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Reception on October 18 at 11 a.m. Free admission.

· Gallery Exhibition – “The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity,” presented by the Br. John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies. November 1 through December 3 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Lecture on November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.

· Theatre Unveiled by Rohina Malik, presented as part of the annual Iona College Week of the Peacemaker. November 5 at 7 p.m. in the Romita Auditorium. Free admission.

· Classical Music “All Beethoven Program,” presented by the Symphony of Westchester. November 7 at 8 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $50 general, $35 senior citizens and $15 non-Iona students.

· Choral Music “Jubilee!” presented by the Sound Shore Chorale. November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $50 general, $35 senior citizens and $15 non-Iona students.

· Theatre Oedipus the King by Sophocles, presented by the Iona College Theatre Ensemble. November 19 at 7 p.m., November 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., November 21 and 22 at 1 p.m. in the Doorley Auditorium. Admission: $10.

· Music “Holiday Concert,” presented by the Iona College Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles. December 4 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Free admission.

· Classical Music “Baroque Concert,” presented by the Symphony of Westchester. December 13 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $50 general, $35 senior citizens and $15 non-Iona students.

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



Fall 2015 Ongoing Community Resources

· Sunday Liturgy – Every Sunday during the academic year, the Office of Mission and Ministry co-hosts a Catholic Mass in Holy Family Church at 6 p.m.

· Hynes Athletics Center – Membership to Hynes Athletics Center is available for a fee. Contact (914) 637-7733 for more information.

· Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic – This center offers audiology, speech, and language evaluations at a reduced rate and treatment at a flat fee per semester. Services are conducted by students under the close supervision of the Speech Communication Studies faculty in Iona’s state-of-the-art clinic. Contact Maria Armiento-DeMaria at marmientodemaria@iona.edu.

· The Speaker’s Center Community members have the opportunity to utilize this relaxed environment to work on regional dialect, fear of public speaking, speech assignments, accent reduction, etc. Email dferrero-paluzzi@iona.edu or call (914) 633-2393.

· Athletic Events – To review the schedule of your favorite NCAA team and attend a game, please visit www.icgaels.com.

· GAEL Aquatic Club – To learn more about a year-round competitive swim team for children ages six and up, contact Brian Hansbury, head coach of the Gael Aquatic Club at jhansbury@iona.edu or (914) 633-2323.

· Iona Marriage and Family Therapy Center – This center offers sliding scale therapy services to members of the community by students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Contact (914) 633-2074 or (914) 633-2418.

· Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) – This program offers courses and social activities for people of retirement age. Contact Suzanne Page at spage@iona.edu or call (914) 633-2675.

· Institute for Thomas Paine Studies – Iona houses the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Collection in Ryan Library.  To view or visit the collection contact Natalka Sawchuk at nsawchuk@iona.edu or (914) 633-2220.

· Take a Class – Contact the Office of Admissions at (914) 231-IONA.

· Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery – Visit Iona’s gallery. It is open on Monday – Thursday from noon – 5 p.m., Thursday from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (during exhibitions).

· Arts Council- For a full list of Arts Council events, please visit www.iona.edu/artscouncil.


Meet the 2015-2016 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 responsible.

Alex Juliano is a senior at Iona College from New Haven, Conn. He is majoring in Marketing. Alex is the incoming president of the Marketing Club. This is Alex’s second year as a Gael Community Ambassador and his third year living off-campus. This summer Alex interned at Indeed, a job search company.

Alex’s favorite place to visit in New Rochelle is Hudson Park. His favorite restaurant in New Rochelle is Dubrovnik, a Croatian restaurant located on Main Street. 


Anastasia Giannakakos is a senior at Iona College from Danbury, Conn. She will graduate in three years.  She is also a Political Science major with a Pre-Law minor. Anastasia is a member of the Iona College Chapter of the Red Cross, a student senator to the Student Government Association, and will be part of the executive board of student organization Democracy Matters. This summer Anastasia interned with New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

Anastasia’s favorite places to visit in New Rochelle are Beechmont Lake and Glen Island. Anastasia participated in Iona in Mission: Go New Ro 2013 prior to her freshman year.


Important Iona College Dates 2015-2016

Here are some important dates from Iona’s academic calendar:

Sunday, August 23                                   First-Year Student Move-In Day

Monday, August 24                                  Campus Welcome Day

                                                                  No Undergraduate Classes

                                                                  Returning Students Move-In

Tuesday, August 25                                 Undergraduate Classes Begin

Monday, September 7                             Labor Day – No Classes

Monday, October 12                                Columbus Day – No Classes

Wednesday, November 11                      Veterans Day – No Classes

Monday, November 23                            Thanksgiving Basket Blessing

Wednesday, November 25                      Thanksgiving Break Begins

Monday, November 30                            Classes Resume

Tuesday, December 8                              Last Day of Classes

Wednesday, December 9                        Reading Day

Thursday, December 10                          Undergraduate Finals Begin

Wednesday, December 16                      Undergraduate Finals End

Thursday, December 17                          Alternative Exam Day

Monday, December 21                            College Offices Close

Monday, January 4                                    College Offices Open

Monday, January 18                                  Martin Luther King Jr. Day –
                                                                   No Day Classes                                   
                                                                   Resident Students Move-In

Tuesday, January 19                                 Undergraduate Classes Resume

Monday, February 15                               Presidents Day – No Day Classes

Thursday, March 17                                 St. Patrick’s Day – Closed

Monday, March 21                                   Spring Break Begins

Thursday, March 24                                 Holy Thursday – Closed

Friday, March 25                                      Good Friday – Closed

Sunday, March 27                                    Easter

Monday, March 28                                   Easter Monday – No Day Classes

Tuesday, March 29                                  Classes Resume

Thursday, May 5                                      Last Day of Classes

Friday, May 6                                           Reading Day

Monday, May 9                                        Undergraduate Finals Begin

Friday, May 13                                         Undergraduate Classes End

Saturday, May 14                                    Undergraduate Commencement

Monday, May 30                                      Memorial Day – No Classes