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."        


Spring (and Summer) Into Service

Each spring break and summer, a group of Iona students choose to spend their time in service to others. In fact, they meet for months planning their immersion, learn about the local community they will visit and the community partner(s) they will work with. This year Iona has four service immersions planned for spring break and five service immersions planned for the summer.

One group will be headed to the south side of Chicago and work with Port Ministries, a Franciscan inspired non-profit organization. Port Ministries will engage our group in their comprehensive services addressing the basic needs of food, healthcare, and education, while also teaching the Iona participants about the root causes of poverty, hunger, and despair in their community.

Another group will partner with the Habitat for Humanity Chapter of Greater Harrisburg, Pa., for a week of service on their home construction and repair builds for families and veterans in need. The group will also volunteer in the Habitat ReStore and a local food bank. During the week, the group will have the chance to explore the city of Harrisburg and have a community night with home owners and Habitat for Humanity staff.

A third group will go to Washington, D.C., and partner with The Pilgrimage, which seeks to help young adults connect their faith with social awareness and action. In doing this, the Pilgrimage hopes to build communities where people are invested in eradicating hunger, homelessness and poverty. The Iona in Mission team going to Washington, D.C., will embark on a transformative week of action and reflection with our neighbors who are poor in the nation’s capital.

And lastly during spring break, in a new opportunity, alumni and current students who have already attended a previous immersion to Nazareth Farm, W.V. will return for the Nazareth Farm Holy Week where they will both serve the community and engage more deeply in their own spirituality. Students who have served at Nazareth Farm know that this project focuses on the cornerstones of simplicity, community, prayer, and service as they live and work with others.

This summer, Iona will also be sending students, faculty, and staff to serve. 

In Rochester, participants will be hosted by the Sister of St. Joseph (SSJ) and serve in their ministries while living in community together. Iona volunteers will serve the poor and marginalized at sites such as: schools for low-income children; a soup kitchen; Bethany House which is a safe house for women and children in need; a daycare center for medically fragile children; and a community medical center serving families who are uninsured. The program also includes reflection on Catholic Social Teaching and how we are each uniquely called to serve and work for social justice.

In Syracuse, N.Y., Iona will partner with L’Arche, a world-wide network of communities of people with and without developmental disabilities. The Iona in Mission group will be sharing time and living together with the L’Arche Syracuse members to witness their community and the dignity of every person regardless of ability. This immersion will be a journey of spirituality, community, and awareness of developmental disability. 

In Philadelphia, Pa., students will partner with The Saint Francis Inn, a place of ministry with people who are homeless, addicted, mentally ill, and very poor. The main service site is the restaurant-style soup kitchen feeding up to 400 people a day while also providing other services. In addition to the Inn, the St. Francis community runs a thrift shop, women’s center, and the Urban Center which provides much needed services to people and families living in poverty.

Students will also head abroad to Zambia and act as servant-learners, immersing themselves in the Zambian culture and customs in Mazabuka, “the sweetest town in all of Zambia.” The group serves at the Christian Brothers’ Changa Changa community school, the City of Joy home for at-risk girls, and accompanies home caregiver teams on visits to the elderly sick and people living with HIV/AIDS. The team also visits the Magoye Village to experience rural Zambian life and travels to Livingstone, Zambia, to visit the natural wonder of Victoria Falls.

Finally, as part of a service-learning course in the Social Work Department, participants will spend a week as camp counselors in beautiful Rhinebeck, N.Y., at Camp Viva, which provides much needed respite and community for children and families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

What is Immersion?
Our primary task on the journey is to open our hearts, listen and try to be compassionate, that is to deeply allow ourselves to “see” as the local people see. Immersion is a window through which we see the world in new ways. It forces us beyond our comfort zones, invites us to grow and opens up new possibilities for LIFE. We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. The rules and norms of your culture may not all be valid and may block the experience. People world-wide live and think differently from you and that is a good thing. The border is a place of encounter; it becomes a place where we can share life with people of different economic levels, who speak a different language, who have distinct ways of thinking and living. 
Encounter is a place for breaking down the walls that divide. 
-Reflection from Juan Casey, a Christian Brother in Peru


Community Welcome Events Spring 2016

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.

· Lecture – “Jews, Christians, and Israel,” the 2016 Rabbi Michael A. Signer Memorial Lecture with Rabbi David Fox Sandmel. March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge. Free admission.

· Dance – “Now!” presented by the Iona College Dance Ensemble. April 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $10.

· Lecture – “Jewish and Muslim Responses: Religious Cooperation and Crisis from the Time of the Holocaust to the Present,” the William H. Donat Shoah Commemoration with Mehnaz Afridi. April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas J. Burke Lounge. Free admission.

· Gallery Exhibition – “Accumulation 2016: The Student Exhibition.” April 18 through May 5 in the Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery. Opening Reception on April 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Free admission.

· Theatre The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, presented by the Iona College Theatre Ensemble. April 21 at 7 p.m., April 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., April 23 and 24 at 1 p.m. in the Doorley Auditorium. Admission: $10.

· Gospel Rock “Heritage Fest,” presented as part of Iona’s annual Spring Weekend. April 23 at 3 p.m. in the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union Parking Lot. Free admission.

· Music “Spring is in the Air,” presented by the Iona College Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles. April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Free admission.

· Classical Music Presented by the Symphony of Westchester. April 30 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.

· Choral Music “All-Schubert Program,” presented by the Sound Shore Chorale. May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium. Admission: $20 general, $15 senior citizens and non-Iona students.

· Festival “Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival.” May 3 at noon in the Campus Quad. Free admission.

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



Relay for Life

By, Kathleen Feenan

The gym was filled with murmurs and voices, which blended together creating a dull roar. For a moment, I was in awe of the peace and power of the noise, which symbolized the impact of individuals coming together for a common cause. As I stood in Hynes Athletics Center at Iona’s 2015 Relay for Life, I felt a powerful sense of community. I looked around and saw sororities and fraternities, sports teams, faculty, students, clubs and neighbors. Iona College prides itself on teaching its students to appreciate diversity and to care for others. This event is powerful because it encourages us to do just that. Cancer knows no skin color, no social class, no gender, and no age. It affects anyone at any time, touching the lives of almost every student. Relay for Life is incredibly moving, and is an example of everything Blessed Edmund Rice and Iona College stand for.

Relay for Life’s motto is: “each lap gets us closer to a world with more birthdays.” For those who lose their battle to cancer, their loved ones lose not only birthdays, but all of the memories and moments that happen all year long. The idea for walking for a world with more birthdays began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000 for those with cancer. The next year 340 supporters showed up to walk with him. Now, Relay for Life has raised over $5 billion.

In addition to raising money, Relay for Life raises awareness and support for those whose lives who have been changed forever by cancer. Relay for Life is an all-night event and involves organizing “teams” of people who “camp” around a track. At least one member of each team walks on the track at all times to remind us that cancer never sleeps.

Why does Iona College walk? Nicole Molfetas, president of Iona’s Colleges Against Cancer (CAC), responds, “We raise money for the American Cancer Society. Through this organization we recognize those who have battled cancer, are battling it, or those who were lost from it.” Last year, CAC raised $63,000. This year, Molfetas hopes to raise $80,000.

During Relay for Life there are three powerful events. First is the “Survivors Lap.” People who have won their battle with cancer walk a lap with their loved ones and supporters by their side. As they walk, the rest of the community cheers them on. “Relay means family to me,” says Iona student and cancer survivor Aleksandra Popkowska. “The constant support and love you receive at the event and from those who participate in it, is an example of what togetherness brings forth.” Aleksandra was diagnosed with Stage 2B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015. After bravely facing 12 rounds of chemo, Aleksandra conquered her cancer with support from the Iona community, her family and friends. Aleksandra is currently in remission. “This is going to be my third Relay at Iona, and every year the strength found within everyone, the support showcased and the love, which shines through each and every one attending increases.”  

The second event is the luminaria ceremony, which takes place after dark. Molfetas describes this as the most powerful and emotional part of Relay for Life. “There are luminaria bags around the track with candles in them representing those who have passed from cancer, are battling cancer or who have been affected by it.” Each of the luminaria bags are dedicated by members of the community.

The third event is the “Fight Back” ceremony which inspires the Relay for Life-goers to stand up and commit themselves to the fight against cancer. It is a way to remind the attendees that cancer is a battle that should be fought all year long.

Relay for Life is an experience that changes your outlook on cancer, on community, and on the power of individuals coming together. When asked to describe Relay for Life in three words, Aleksandra Popkowska replied: “strength, unity and family.” This event is one that is dear to many of us at Iona, and is an impeccable example of Iona living its mission. We invite you to walk with us on April 9 starting at 6 p.m. during Iona’s third Relay for Life!


Retirement of Vice Provost for Student Life

Mr. Charles Carlson, Vice Provost for Student Life
At the end of this academic year Charlie Carlson, Vice Provost for Student Life, will retire after almost 20 years serving Iona. Charlie and his wife Nancy will be heading to Florida to begin their next chapter in the Sunshine State. Charlie joined Iona in 1996, after 22 years with the New Rochelle Police Department. He has served Iona faithfully as the director of Student Development, director of Campus Safety and Security, and now as the vice provost for Student Life.  He has been a longtime advocate for improving neighborhood relations and working to hold students accountable for their off-campus behavior. Charlie will be greatly missed by his colleagues as well as the student body. Charlie has been a staunch student advocate during his time at Iona. 

Iona is grateful that Charlie will be assisting the College launch the search for its next vice provost for Student Life, as his insights and experiences are invaluable. 

Please join the College in congratulating Charlie and thanking him for all he has done to provide vision and leadership for the division of Student Life.


Welcoming a New Gael Community Ambassador

Kathleen Feenan ‘18
Gael Community Ambassador
Off-Campus and Commuter Services is pleased to announce that Kathleen Feenan will serve as a Gael community ambassador in Spring 2016. As a Gael community ambassador she will provide peer education about the moving off-campus transition as well as serve as a student liaison to local neighborhood associations. 

Kathleen is currently a junior majoring in Business Marketing. She is originally from Woodland Park, N.J. Kathleen babysits locally and is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority where she also serves as the newly-elected Risk Management chair. She is also a member of the Marketing Club and Colleges Against Cancer. 

Kathleen actively participates in community service and philanthropic activities. She has volunteered with the New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club and St. Joseph’s Care Center through Iona’s Office of Mission and Ministry. 

Kathleen enjoys living as an off-campus students in her New Rochelle neighborhood. Her favorite place in New Rochelle is Glen Island. Kathleen also enjoys eating at all of the restaurants New Rochelle has to offer, especially Posto 22. She is excited to get even more involved in the community.


Kathleen McElroy, Esq.
General Counsel 
Iona College is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen M. McElroy, Esq., to the position of general counsel at Iona College, effective February 1, 2016. Named to the post after a national search, McElroy has had an outstanding career in the field of law, both in higher education and nationally recognized law firms.

McElroy will serve as the chief legal officer to the institution and will advise on a wide range of matters of institutional importance while supporting the College in its mission, strategic goals and initiatives.

President Nyre noted, “We were fortunate to attract an exceptionally talented pool of candidates during this search. Kathleen brings to Iona a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the increasingly complex regulatory and higher education legal environment. We are pleased to welcome Kathleen to the Iona community.”     

McElroy most recently served as senior counsel with St. John’s University. In that capacity, she provided advice and guidance to the senior leadership of St. John’s and oversaw legal matters involving the University including labor and employment, litigations, contracts, governance, academics, higher education issues, athletics compliance, student affairs, Title IX and risk management.

McElroy joined St. John’s Office of General Counsel as associate general counsel in January 2005. Prior to St. John’s, McElroy was employed as an associate attorney with the law firms of Hoey, King, Toker & Epstein; Jackson Lewis LLP; Holm & O’Hara LLP; and the Law Office of James J. Thornton.