Important Dates for 2016-2017

Sunday, August 21               First-Year Student Move-In Day
Monday, August 22              Campus Welcome Day
                                              No Undergraduate Classes
                                              Returning Students Move-In
Tuesday, August 23             Undergraduate Classes Begin
Monday, September 5         Labor Day – No Classes
Monday, October 10           Columbus Day – No Classes
Friday, November 11          Veterans Day – No Classes
Monday, November 21       Thanksgiving Basket Blessing
Wednesday, November 23 Thanksgiving Break Begins
Monday, November 28       Classes Resume
Tuesday, December 6         Last Day of Classes
Wednesday, December 7   Reading Day
Thursday, December 8       Undergraduate Finals Begin
Wednesday, December 14 Undergraduate Finals End
Thursday, December 15     Alternative Exam Day
Wednesday, December 23 College Offices Close
Tuesday, January 3              College Offices Open
Monday, January 16             Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No Day Classes
                                              Resident Students Move-In
Tuesday, January 17            Undergraduate Classes Resume
Monday, February 20          Presidents Day – No Day Classes
Monday, March 13               Spring Break Begins
Friday, March 17                 St. Patrick’s Day – Closed
Monday, March 20              Classes Resume
Thursday, April 13              Holy Thursday – Closed
Friday, April 14                   Good Friday – Closed
Sunday, April 16                 Easter
Monday, April 17                Easter Monday – No Day Classes
Tuesday, April 18               Classes Resume
Friday, May 5                      Last Day of Classes
Monday, May 8                   Undergraduate Finals Begin
Friday, May 12                    Undergraduate Classes End
Saturday, May 13                Alternative Exam Day
Monday, May 29                  Memorial Day – No Classes

LaPenta Goes Green

By Peter M. Letourneau, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor, Biology-Environmental Science

Nearly two years of planning and research have resulted in Iona’s first test "green roof" on the west side of the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union. The idea of a green roof a specially designed installation of vegetation and soils was initiated by an Environmental Studies major, Kevin King ’16. Interested in environmental planning and natural resource management, Kevin was inspired by a campus survey conducted for the environmental science class taught by his mentor, Dr. Peter M. LeTourneau.

The class looked at all aspects of the built and natural environment on the Iona campus, and discussed ways to improve the urban hydrology, reduce the carbon footprint, and add low-maintenance natural plantings to increase habitat potential and reduce maintenance costs.
Already well read in environmental planning, Kevin recalled articles about green roof installations in New York City, on many college campuses, and even major corporations, like the Ford Motor Company.
Kevin spent his junior year researching the potential for natural landscaping at Iona College, including drawing up preliminary plans for a green roof on LaPenta Student Union.

As part of his duties as president of the I.C. Green Environmental Action Club, and as student representative on Iona environmental committees, Kevin made a key contact with Andrew Albrecht, a supervisor of facilities.

Keen to promote environmental initiatives on campus, Albrecht held numerous planning meetings with Kevin, other environmental studies students, and Dr. LeTourneau to scope out the costs and feasibility of a small green roof installation.

As Kevin expanded his research in his senior year, Albrecht consulted with architects who advised him about weight requirements and other technical aspects of the LaPenta roof. Getting the "green light" from professionals and College administrators, put the project in high gear in the spring of 2016. With the arrival of specialized water-efficient planters and hardy varieties of sedum plants, the project was ready for installation in May.

Beginning with a blessing by College pastor Father Francis Dixon and with the help of the fantastic facilities crew, Kevin, Andrew, and Peter placed plants in the containers, the first step in what will become a program of "Growing Green at Iona College."

The green roof project is another great example of "learning by doing" at Iona College, where students "Move the World" by taking the initiative on innovative projects and engaging in creative collaborative research.

A New Leader in Student Life

Ms. Denise Hopkins, Vice Provost for Student Life
Iona College is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Denise Hopkins to the position of vice provost for Student Life at Iona College. Named to the post after a national search, Ms. Hopkins has had an outstanding career in the field of student life at a number of nationally recognized higher education institutions and joins the College at a pivotal time in the its history.

Ms. Hopkins will report to the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs and serve as a member of the President's Cabinet, providing strategic leadership and support for the ongoing development and effective management of Residential Life, Off-Campus Housing, the Counseling Center, Health Services, Career Development, Campus Safety & Security, Student Development and Mission & Ministry. Ms. Hopkins joins Iona at a time when the College is completing construction of its seventh and one of its largest residence halls, fulfilling a strategic goal to offer four years of higher-quality housing to its students.

“Ms. Hopkins is a tremendous talent and we are fortunate to have her join the Iona family,” said President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “We hosted many impressive candidates on campus and Denise stood out as a student life leader who prioritizes the student experience, with a supportive, yet results-oriented leadership style. I look forward to our students and campus benefiting from her notable experience.”

Ms. Hopkins most recently served as executive director of University Career Services and Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs at St. John’s University. In that capacity, she provided leadership, strategic direction and evaluation of a comprehensive career services program serving 20,000 undergraduates, graduate students and alumni on all campuses in the New York region. In addition, as a student affairs management team member, Ms. Hopkins worked directly with the university’s vice president for Student Affairs on setting strategy, goals, and on-going management of division programs and services, including, but not limited to, Residence Life, Multicultural Affairs, Counseling and Disability Services, Student Life, Fitness and Recreation, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Service, Student Activities, Student Government, Student Conduct, Student Communications and Orientation.

Ms. Hopkins joined St. John’s in 2003 as associate director of Student Development, and was promoted shortly thereafter to the position of dean of Student Life for the University’s Staten Island Campus. Previously, she was director of Student Affairs at Vaughn College and administrative director of Student Government at California State University, Stanislaus. Ms. Hopkins holds a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Postsecondary Education and Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from CSU, Stanislaus. Ms. Hopkins resides in Ardsley, N.Y., with her husband, Robert, and their two sons.

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 Dr. Diane Ferrero-Paluzzi at 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

Fall 2016 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.

· Gallery Exhibition – “psalmsIMAGEand...” August 29 through September 29 in the Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Opening Reception on September 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artist Gallery Talk on September 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free admission.
· Symposium and Music – “Sufi Love Songs,” by Amir Vahab and Ensemble and Daf Caravan. September 17 in the Ferdinand E. Arrigoni Center. Concert with dinner (5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.): $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Concert alone (7 p.m.): $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
· Opera – “New Rochelle Opera Operattitudes.” September 18  at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $25, $20 senior citizens. For tickets, (914) 576-1617.
· Gallery Exhibition – “Small is Beautiful: The Microsculpture of Dalton Ghetti.” October 2 through December 1 in the Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Opening Reception on October 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Artist Gallery Talk on November 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free admission.
· Music – “Haven’t I Heard That Before?” Presented by the Iona College Music Faculty. October 5 at 7 p.m. in the Romita Auditorium. Admission: $10.
· Classical Music – “All Mozart Program.” Presented by the Symphony of Westchester. October 22 at 8 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $50 general, $35 senior citizens and $15 non-Iona students. For tickets, call (914) 654-4926.
· Dance – “Dance and Healing,” presented by Dr. Martha Eddy and dancers in the community. October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $10.
· Performance Yasmina’s Necklace by Rohina Malik. November 2 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Romita Auditorium. Free admission.
· Dance – “Celebration of Body, Mind and Spirit,” presented by the Iona College Dance Ensemble. November 4 at 7 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $10.
· Choral Music – “The Emperor and the Nightingale.” Presented by the Sound Shore Chorale. November 5 & 6 at 3 p.m. in the Ferdinand E. Arrigoni Center. Admission: $8 general, $5 senior citizens.

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

Iona in Mission: Get Moving!

Iona in Mission:
Get Moving!
Iona welcomed incoming first-year students to campus for the inaugural Iona in Mission: Get Moving! program, which engages the participants in service, social justice education, and learning about the core values of Iona College. Get Moving! is a re-envisioning of the Go New Ro program which ran for the past six consecutive years.

This year 18 incoming students, three returning student leaders, and three professional staff members from the Offices of Mission and Ministry and Off-Campus and Commuter Services participated in the Get Moving! experience.

During the program students learned about important social justice issues including hunger and homelessness in New York City and Westchester Country, inequality and exclusion, and issues facing elder adults. We participated in services projects around these topics by partnering with the following agencies: The Midnight Run and Project Bro at the St. Joseph’s Care Facility for retired Christian Brothers.

An essential characteristic of the Edmund Rice story is the desire and ability to live in relationship with people made poor and marginalized.

To begin this process, we engage our Get Moving! 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, staff, and faculty are called to do.

Direct service, however, is just one piece of this program. Students were invited to walk the two feet of social justice (service and advocacy) through a panel conversation with community leaders at the New Rochelle Public Library titled “Service and Advocacy: Standing with our Neighbors in Need.”
The panelists included: Nate Adams, director of operations for the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle
, Carole Troum, executive director of HOPE Community Services, Barbara Davis, community relations manager for the New Rochelle Public Library, and Michael Hull, a city resident, activist, and member of the New Rochelle Anti-Racism Task Force.

The purpose of the panel was to help the incoming students learn about the needs of their neighbors in the community and what they can do to help meet these needs through both direct service and advocacy. The panelists spoke powerfully of the diversity, and embrace of differences by residents, in New Rochelle, but also candidly of the poverty and stresses of so many of our neighbors. They also challenged our new Gaels to be engaged in the local community and good citizens of the Queen City.

Finally, our Get Moving! students were welcomed into the Iona College community through interactions with President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., many administrators, and student leaders who went out of their way to contribute to the program and help our new Gaels reflect on Iona’s values.

This reflection on lived values helped the participants integrate what they learned about New Rochelle and Iona’s mission and tradition to better understand their role as citizens of a greater world…who are called to move the world toward justice.

Iona in Mission: Get Moving! participants met with President Nyre.

Iona's Executive in Residence

Ross Greenburg is joining Iona College this spring as its newest Executive-in-Residence. The long-time HBO Sports president and award-winning filmmaker will lecture, organize campus presentations, work with classes, and, starting this fall, teach a graduate and undergraduate course, The Business and Management of Content Creation.

“I have always wanted to teach after spending over 37 years in the television industry,” said Greenburg.  “I think I can bring the graduate and undergraduate students at Iona a deeper understanding of the history of the television industry and guide them as to where programming and the distribution of creative content is headed in the future. It is very exciting to be a part of Iona's initiative in building their sports, entertainment and media program. This is exactly what the industry needs.”

Charles Cante, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Business, added: "Iona College is most fortunate to have a man of Ross Greenburg's caliber to share his knowledge and career advice with our students, faculty and staff. He will be an integral part of the Sports, Entertainment and Media program."