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 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

· 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 or call (914) 633-2393.

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

· 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 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 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 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


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


Thanhouser Company Film Preservation

Iona College will be home to the Thanhouser Film Archive which will include digital archives of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.’s (TCFP) cinematic and documentary holdings. The original Thanhouser Company, founded by Edwin Thanhouser in New Rochelle in 1909, produced over 1,000 films, making the city an early center of American filmmaking.

“Thanhouser digital files will be directly accessible to the public,” said Dean Defino, Ph.D., director of Film Studies at Iona College. “The archive will provide opportunities for Iona’s faculty and outside scholars to conduct primary source research and adopt materials into course curricula, and for students to gain archival experience in this foundational area of mass media.”

"Documents and artifacts of the Thanhouser collection will be digitized by librarians and student interns in Ryan Library," said Rick Palladino, director of Libraries. The project started in May 2015 and will likely take 12 to 18 months.

Ned Thanhouser, Edwin’s grandson and president of TCFP said, “Thanhouser Company’s silent films, which ranged from Shakespeare’s plays to popular subjects, have found a most fitting home at Iona College.” Ned has been actively involved in researching and preserving early motion pictures since 1986. “I am delighted that my grandfather’s contributions will be made available for the enjoyment of future generations, and his memory perpetuated,” he stated.

The TCFP’s archives currently include numerous surviving Thanhouser films, photographs, postcards, glass slides, posters and other items of ephemera. In 1988, Ned Thanhouser and his family established the Thanhouser Film Preservation Trust at the Library of Congress to fund the acquisition and preservation of nitrate-based Thanhouser films. Original Thanhouser Company films in the TCFP collection will be preserved by the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.


By Jordan Courage 16, Gael Community Ambassador

Iona shares Blessed Edmund Rice’s legacy with great pride. While I have always appreciated his dedication to service, I did not entirely understand the underlying purpose of Edmund Rice’s mission to serve the poor and marginalized until winter break 2015. I simply thought Rice was a good man giving to the poor and sick in Ireland and caring for their children. However, my mission trip to India (along with the other five mission trips that departed in early January), found Edmund to be much more than that.

After returning from India I have had a hard time processing my experience. No words can describe my short time in India, nor can a single article articulate the chaos, diversity, and awe of India. But I still want to share how Edmund Rice has changed my life. 
Jordan Courage '16 during her January 2015 mission trip to India

Upon arriving in Kolkata, I was immediately faced with sensory overload. From potent smells to bright lights and honking horns, the streets of Kolkata are unlike anything else on earth. Our drive to St. Mary’s School was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. If I learned one thing while in India it was that history books and statistics can only teach you so much about the world. There are more people living in poverty in India than the entire population of the United States. That’s a hard concept to fathom, especially within the limitations of our American perspective. But playing with schoolchildren that lived in homes smaller than my apartment’s closet and witnessing the dire need for volunteers at the Mother Teresa home solidified these “statistics.” Human suffering is very real, and despite the strides that have been made to help the poor and the marginalized, we have a long way to go. If there is one thing I learned in India, it was the awe-inspiring endurance of the human spirit. We are capable of surviving with much less than we would think, and we have a natural instinct in us to find hope in the darkest of places. 

In addition to our service experiences, we certainly enjoyed our cultural immersion. We visited the flower market, sipped chai tea from street vendors, shopped, and wrung out laundry at the Mother Teresa’s house until our forearms cramped. By day eight we were exhausted with an overpowering craving for a hamburger and fries. While India challenged me in new ways, thanks to an amazing team, I made it through 12 days with an entirely Indian-based diet, no hot water or running showers, and no technological connection to the outside world.

I am not going to encourage you to go to India or serve the less fortunate of the world like Edmund Rice did. Edmund made a difference because he accepted all walks of life and never turned someone away based on religion, race, economic status or age. In a place like India, Christian Brothers have a strong, purposeful mission. The mission of Edmund Rice is alive, giving hope to all humanity. If a place consumed with religious strife and the caste system can find compassion, then why can’t all of us apply these ethics to our daily life? Edmund Rice simply changed the towns he lived in through acceptance and love for all humanity. Can we do the same?