During this semester, the Office of Off-Campus Housing partnered with other clubs and offices to host two events called, “Killian with Kindness.” These events encouraged students to be good neighbors in the community, while also learning about the rich history of the City of New Rochelle. “Killian with Kindness” was part of a semester long “Good Neighbor U” campaign, educating students about ways to be good neighbors.
Starting at 10 pm on Thursday, March 21st, 2013 the Office of Off-Campus Housing and the Office of Mission and Ministry partnered with the Iona College Annual to host a table in the lobby of Loftus Hall, a first year student residence. Many students stopped by to participate in the trivia game and to enjoy some hot cocoa and munchkins. Just a few short weeks later, the Office of Off-Campus Housing and the Office of Mission and Ministry teamed up with the Council for Greek Governance to host a second “Killian with Kindness” table. This table took place during Iona’s activity hour on Tuesday, April 23rd on the Spellman Hall Portico. Along with the “Killian with Kindness” table, the Council for Greek Governance hosted a wing eating contest as a part of their annual Greek Week. And IC Green and The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue were also celebrating Earth Week with events including a “Tap Water vs. Bottled Water” taste test.
Both “Killian with Kindness” events had a great turn out and many students were eager to learn more about the community by participating in the trivia game. A student would approach the table that was decorated with a “Killian with Kindness” poster, informative flyers, and assorted candies that were labeled with our “Good Neighbor U” slogan. Students would selected a question pertaining to New Rochelle trivia or about being a great Gael neighbor in the community. Winners were entered to win a Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. But all participants were winners learning more about our great city and ways to be a good part of it!
“Killian with Kindness” was able to reach out to many students in a fun and festive way. The participants and passers-by were encouraged to represent Iona well in the community, while also being reminded of New Rochelle’s rich history!