CSA School Supply Drive

Make a Difference Week

Shakespeare Garden

Iona in Mission: Go New Ro 2013

Annual Charity Softball Game

Iona and Concordia Host an Annual Charity Softball Game to Raise Money for Local Food Pantries.

Kids Day Out at Iona College

On Friday, January 10th, the Iona College women's basketball team took on Quinnipiac University at the Hynes Center.  Cheering on the Gaels were hundreds of school children from PS 9 in Yonkers, St. Anthony School in Yonkers, and PS 83 in the Bronx who were treated to a day of basketball by Iona College and the MAAC.  Kids Day Out is an initiative that is part of the MAAC women's basketball grant program to expose children to sports and support attendance at women's games.
Children from PS 9 in Yonkers, St. Anthony School in Yonkers, and PS 83 in the Bronx cheer on the Gaels during Kids Day Out.
It was a great day for the Gaels who ended up beating the Bobcats by a score of 71-56. The Iona women’s team had nothing but support throughout the game from the screaming and cheering young Gael fans who wanted to see them get the victory.
It was both an educational and enjoyable day for all the children who attended the game as representatives from the game's sponsor, Country Bank, educated the students on the importance of saving and learning how to manage money at a young age.

The Iona College Analytics Institute

Iona College has established an analytics institute within the Hagan School of Business and under the direction of Dean Vincent Calluzzo. 

“The Iona College Analytics Institute will provide area businesses and organizations with reliable, independent data verification and decision modeling,” Calluzzo said. “Opportunities for students to be trained in the important field of data analytics will be an integral part of the institute’s mission.” 

The first major program initiative of the new institute is the Center for Health Care Analytics.  Directed by Paul Savage, senior clinical lecturer in the business school, the Center for Health Care Analytics will have close linkages to the Health Care Management MBA concentration program that Savage also leads. Iona’s Center For Financial Market Studies will also be part of the analytics institute.

In the future, the Iona College Analytics Institute will branch out in such areas as data security analytics, risk management analytics, financial analytics, and e-business analytics. As the institute grows, associated faculty will be drawn from across the Iona campus and beyond in such fields as information systems, marketing, finance, economics, mathematics and computer science.

"It cannot be timelier to have the analytics institute at Iona,” said Sibdas Ghosh, dean of the College’s School of Arts and Science. “We are inundated with data and the implications are huge in every sector. This institute, given the rise of electronic media and enterprises, will help us to train and prepare our students, faculty and collaborators alike across the disciplines to tackle  ‘big data’ and become competitive, innovative and entrepreneurial to move the world.”

Data analytics encompasses a variety of underlying elements, including big-data gathering and cleaning, well-designed data storage and access processes, data exploration and visualization, and formal modeling. In addition to providing service to businesses, the institute’s goal is to help Iona College students excel through a combination of critical academic education and hands-on internship and experiential learning opportunities.

Interested parties from the business community are welcomed and should contact Dean Calluzzo at vcalluzzo@iona.edu or 914-633-2256.

“The establishment of the analytics institute grows out of Iona College’s five-year strategic plan, Advancing Our Legacy And Defining Our Future,” said President Joseph E. Nyre. “It supports our goals for elevating academic distinction, interdisciplinary pursuits, the student experience and entrepreneurial endeavors.”

It's Clean Up Time

Members of the Men’s Water Polo team took time to clean up our local community before heading home for December break!  Many thanks for their hard work!


Taking a "Break"

Spring Break at Iona College might look a little different than at other colleges.  This March four Iona in Mission teams will travel domestically and internationally to Detroit, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and the Dominican Republic to serve those in need and live the legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Irish Christian Brothers.

Eleven students and Stephen Hill, coordinator of Iona in Mission, will travel on the annual New Orleans, LA immersion trip.  They will once again work with Camp Restore. This organization utilizes local and national volunteers to rebuild the homes of the elderly, disabled, or uninsured victims of Hurricane Katrina. The students will also visit Christian Brothers in New Orleans.
Members of the 2013 Iona in Mission New Orleans Team at Camp Restore
Iona students will also return to Detroit, MA this spring where eleven students and an Iona professors, Dr. Tony Kelso, will work with the Motown Mission in urban ministries including urban gardens, soup kitchens, home repair, etc.  They will also learn about Detroit and the organizations committed to rebuilding the city.

Members of the 2013 Iona in Mission Detroit Team at Gleaners Food Bank
In addition to the tried and true service immersion trips to New Orleans and Detroit, nine students and Residence Hall Director Tim Uhrich will travel to Philadelphia, PA and serve at St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen that serves three meals a day to the homeless, poor, suffering, and drug addicted.  They also provide services to women and families at risk.

Finally, Dr. Tricia Mulligan, chair of the Political Science department, and Dr. Tommy Van Cleave, director of service and experiential learning, will travel with thirteen students to the Dominican Republic as part of a service learning course that students are taking this semester.  The students have been studying the historical, political, economic, environmental, and cultural challenges facing Haiti in the post-earthquake era.  During this immersion students will be exposed to these realities first hand and work with Crossroads, a Haitian refugee organization in the Dominican Republic.

Over the past few months each team has met regularly to prepare for the service immersion experience.  The teams have spent time planning, fundraising, and learning about the communities they will visit.  The immersion experiences help students apply what they are learning and experiencing locally to a more global perspective and realize the interconnectedness of life.  Our students are ready for the experience of a lifetime as they set out to immerse themselves in the service of others.  For more information about Iona in Mission, contact shill@iona.edu.

Spring 2014 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 housing, with questions at (914) 633-2243.

· Art – “A Baker’s Dozen: The Versatile World of Clay.” January 21 through February 20 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Free Admission.
· Performance – “Sugardumplings: The Water Story.” February 9 at 2:00 pm in the End Zone, Robert V. LaPenta Student Union. Admission $10.
· Music – The Symphony of Westchester. February 9 at 3:00 pm in The Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission $50 general and $35 senior citizens.
· Lecture – “4 Popes, 1 Common Message,” by Dr. Maureen Sullivan. February 20 at 7 pm in Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library. Free Admission.
· Presentation – “The Art of Storytelling.” February 21 at 6 pm in the Speech and Language Hearing Clinic. Free Admission.
· Theatre Into the Woods. Presented by the Iona Players. February 27 and 28, and March 1 and 8 at 8:00 pm, March 9 at 3 pm in the Doorley Auditorium. Admission $10 general and $5 senior citizens.
· Art – “The Heart - Center of Life.” Presented by the New York State Society of Women Artists. March 2 through April 10 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Free Admission.
· Music and Poetry – “Compose Yourself IV.” Presented by members of the Iona community. March 27 at 12:00 pm in Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Free Admission.
· Lecture – “Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love,” by Dr. Elizabeth Johnson. April 2 at 7 pm in Burke Lounge, Spellman Hall. Free Admission.
· Dance – “The Choreography Project..” Presented by the Iona College Dance Ensemble. April 10 and 11 at 7:00 pm in The Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission $10.
· Theatre The Mandrake. Presented by the Iona College Theatre Ensemble. April 24 at 7:00 pm, April 25 and 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and April 26 and 27 at 1:00 pm in the Doorley Auditorium. Admission $10 general and $5 senior citizens.
· Music – “Heritage Fest.” April 26 at 7:00 pm in the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union, Parking Lot. Free Admission.
· Music – Sound Shore Chorale. April 26 at 7:30 pm in the Arrigoni Center. Admission $20 general.
· Art – “Accumulation 2014: The Student Exhibition.” April 22 through May 8 in the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Free Admission.
· Music – The Symphony of Westchester: an all Gershwin program. May 3 at 8:00 pm in The Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission $50 general and $35 senior citizens.

Every effort has been made to provide up-to-date and accurate information. Please note that programs are subject to change.  Review the Iona College website for additional opportunities at www.iona.edu.

Iona Marches in the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade

Iona College was proud to participate in the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday, November 23, 2013.  Many thanks to Persico Contracting and Trucking for your help with our wonderful floats!

An Interview with Dr. Jerry Martin

In August 2013 Iona welcomed Dr. Jerry Martin, Iona’s English as a Second Language Program Director.  Meet Dr. Jerry Martin:

Where are you from?  Where have you travelled to?
I was born in Orlando, Florida; however, my father was a 30-year Marine, so I grew up all over the States including South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, and Hawaii. I was also in the U.S. Coast Guard and lived in Cape May, New Jersey, Charlevoix, Michigan, Yorktown, Virginia, and St. Petersburg, Florida.  My career in ESL has allowed me to travel all over the world. To the top of Mt. Fuji to the Grand Canyon to the Niagara Falls to the Sydney Opera House, ESL has been a part of taking me to these wonderful places. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to work with some very famous actors, athletes, business executives, politicians, and government officials as an ESL instructor.

What does your new office do?  What is ESL? 
My new office has two primary responsibilities: development of Iona College’s first English as a Second Language (ESL) program and centralizing and strengthening the services and programs for international students.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to develop the ESL Program here at Iona College. New Rochelle is a great location for students looking to learn the global language. Additionally, Iona College has a beautiful campus with great facilities. English as a Second Language has many fields, but the program being developed at Iona College will primarily focus on intensive academic English for students wishing to enter higher education in the U.S.
I grew up in a very multicultural environment, so I am most comfortable when surrounded by people from around the world and from different backgrounds. Working with international students has always been a passion of mine. Being an international student when I was a university student, I can easily understand both the excitement and challenges our international students face on a daily basis. Making sure the Iona College international students feel welcomed and supported at all times is not just a personal goal but one that is shared by everyone at Iona College.

What are you main goals for this year?
My primary goal is for the ESL Program to become authorized to issue I-20s to international students so that students from around the world can come to Iona College and learn the English language skill sets necessary to be successful in the classroom at Iona College.
A second goal is to continue building and expanding existing services and programs for international students. Developing a comprehensive welcome package for each international student is certainly part of this goal. Providing international students the information they want and need is important.

What is your vision for ESL and International Student Services at Iona?
My vision for the ESL Program is simple—to develop the most effective and efficient ESL program in the world! I am also very interested in developing an outreach service-learning based ESL program for immigrant populations in and around the New Rochelle area.
My vision for the International Student Programs and Services is to continue assisting in the development and offering of the highest quality programs and services possible. Programs and services for our international students have been steadily improving over the years; I want to continue this trend by working closely with other supporting members and departments of the Iona College community and listening to our international students. I have received great support for our internationals from many faculty, staff, and students since arriving on campus.

What is your favorite thing about New Rochelle (so far)?
The diversity! After living in Japan for 20 years, a pretty much homogenous society, my wife and I are just really enjoying the diversity in and around New Rochelle. One of my favorite activities is to engage people on the street, in elevators, or in stores in conversations about where they are from and how long they have been in America. I am beginning to understand that New Rochelle is pretty much its own little United Nations. New Rochelle is really rich in diversity.

Dr. Jerry Martin and his wife, Judie Martin
ESL Program Director