Alana Irwin ’07, ’09MBA On a Fast Track in The World of Business

ALANA_LargeAs a student majoring in marketing at Iona’s Hagan School of Business, Alana Irwin decided to fast track her career by entering the FastTrack MBA program. In just five years, she had the knowledge and skills in human resource management to hit the ground running. Alana is now a recruiter for financial giant JPMorgan in New York City.  Read more of Alana’s story at:  #IonaStories

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Moving the World of Marketing

Marc Horine, vice president for digital and print media revenue operations at ESPN, and Tony Goncalves, senior vice president, digital entertainment products group at DirectTV, are among the many Iona alumni in the field of sports, entertainment and news marketing and management. They returned to campus recently to speak as part of a regular series of events for students interested in the field, presented by the College’s Center for Sports and Entertainment Management.

Both alumni found internships, networking and Iona’s proximity to New York City to be great advantages in their careers.  They also credit the overall Iona College experience with giving them the skills and foundation needed to be successful.

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Helping Students Through Hands-on Research



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Mike Carpentieri ’10MST, ‘13MSEd Teaching Kids to Move the World


Michael Carpentieri, who holds an MS in teaching degree from Iona, recently graduated from Iona’s MSEd in special education and literacy program, ready to make a difference in the lives of young children. As an elementary school teacher, Mike draws on the skills and hands-on experience he gained through Iona’s education programs, which are NCATE accredited and recognized for excellence.


During his graduate studies, Mike worked closely with department faculty who have years of teaching and school administrative experience, and were able to provide valuable guidance as well as local knowledge and connections along the way.


With opportunities to mentor students in New Rochelle public schools and intensive classroom experience through field placements, Iona’s graduate programs in education are preparing the next generation of teachers to serve the needs of children and inspire them to move the world.

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Freshmen Get an Education in Serving Their Community

go new ro visits city councilman j. rice 2014 (16)For the fifth consecutive year, Iona College welcomed first-year students to campus for Iona’s Go New Ro, service program.  Iona in Mission offers short-term domestic and international service immersion experiences for students through the office of Mission and Ministry.

This year twenty-one incoming students, two returning student leaders, and three professional staff members from the offices of Mission and Ministry, Student Development, and Off-Campus Housing participated in the Go New Ro 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.

During Go New Ro 2014 students learned about hunger and homelessness in New Rochelle and Westchester, and partnered in service with two local food programs: Trinity St. Paul’s Brown Bag Lunch Program (New Rochelle) and Project Family Soup Kitchen (Mt. Vernon).  Students also conducted a shoreline clean up of Huguenot and Beechmont Lakes in partnership with the New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department.  Finally, students learned about working with elder adults and visited aging Christian Brothers at St. Joseph’s Care Facility.

go new ro park clean up 2014 (2)“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, Iona’s president, Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, and with City Councilman Jared Rice.

Reflection is an essential element of Go New Ro.  Students were able to synthesize what they experienced at their service sites with what they learned about leadership and advocacy.  The students were able to incorporate the strong mission and tradition of New Rochelle and Iona to better understand their role as citizens of a greater world.

At the conclusion of the two-day event students provided anonymous feedback about their experience: “I learned how devoted Iona is to helping others and making a change in the world.” “You can move the world one small step at a time. Each step shows you care and could influence others to care as well.”

For more pictures from Go New Ro 2014, please visit of Official Iona College Facebook at

For more information on Iona’s Go New Ro Program, please contact:
Stephen Hill, Coordinator of Iona in Mission or call (914) 637-2772
Michele Sampson, Director of Off-Campus Housing or call (914) 633-2243
Kelli Meyer, Assistant Director of Student Development or call (914) 633-2360

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Two time Iona grad Gabrielle Simpson ’08, ’10MA gained confidence, experience and connections at Iona

Gabrielle SimpsonFrom her vantage point 3,000 miles away in LA, Iona College was the only choice for Gabrielle Simpson. “I knew I wanted to stay in the entertainment sector so I looked at schools in New York. Iona stood out–I absolutely fell in love.”  Gabrielle was attracted to Iona’s small class sizes, accredited communication programs, and especially the proximity to the city. “I was in Manhattan within a half an hour, I had the world at my fingertips.”


As an undergraduate, Gabrielle was quickly engaged in campus activities and organizations, including leadership in the Student Government Association and executive positions with ICTV. “It’s extremely easy to get involved at Iona–that’s one of the perks of going to a smaller college or university.” Read more of Gabrielle’s story at #IonaStories
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Transferring to Iona to Find Her Place in the World

Jessica Scaparro '13

Jessica Scaparro ’13 transferred to Iona to find her place in the world and earn a five-year BA/MA degree. Read Jessica’s story at #IonaStories

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