Dinner Unplugged: #BlackLivesMatter

“Don’t stop talking when people disagree with you,” where the remarks left echoing in the minds of our students yesterday.

The office of Mission and Ministry hosted their weekly Dinner Unplugged series where la fotothey discuss topics affecting our students’ everyday lives. This week’s topic was #BlackLivesMatter in celebration of Black History Month. #BlackLivesMatter is a campaign that commenced after the murder of 17 year old, Trayvon Martin, by the hands of police officer, Gorge Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted for this crime, and a movement began. It is a movement to protect the lives of African Americans and create justice from the unjust actions. The campaign was given new life after the unfortunate deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

image1During the discussion lots of different opinions were stated and ideas were shared, and the campaign was compared to the rallies which took place during the civil rights movement. Dr. Tresmaine Grimes said the most powerful words of the night, “this is a movement of all the people who feel like there is a problem that needs to be faced.”

For more information on Office of Mission and Ministry’s Dinner Unplugged Series, please contact Jeanne McDermott at jmcdermott@iona.edu.

Article written by Marketing and Communications Intern Adriana Alonso ’15.

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Hoop-A-Thon Raises $500 for Huntington Disease

The Iona College community came together on February 5, to raise money and awareness for the Huntington Disease Society of America in the 7th annual “Hoop-A-Thon.” IMG_1790Huntington disease is a hereditary, degenerative brain disorder, which causes chorea and progressive dementia. There is currently no cure for the disease and only one FDA-approved treatment for a symptom of Huntington’s disease. It is estimated that 30,000 people are affected by this disease nation wide and about 200,000 Americans are at risk of inheriting this disease from a parent.

The marketing club hosted the event as dozens of students gathered at Mulcahy gym on  to IMG_1829shoot hoops for a cause. During the event, participants compete against one another to find Iona’s best free thrower. With only 60 seconds on the clock, students had to shoot as many free throws possible. Marketing club president, Valerie Tufaro, was proud to be hosting this event this year. “Every year we have a great turn out and this year is no different,” she said. This year the club was able to raised close to $500 in two hours.

Article written by Michelle Rojas ’15 Vice President, PRSSA Iona College/Westchester Chapter.

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The Department of Fine and Performing Arts & The Iona College Theatre Ensemble Spring Production of ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Auditions for the spring semester production of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams began Tuesday, February 3rd in Doorley Hall, Doorley Auditorium.

“The Glass Menagerie” tells the story of a young man reluctantly supporting the family his father has abandoned. It also features a painfully shy and slightly crippled sister character, whose preoccupation with a collection of glass animals draws her away from reality. Set against the backdrop of the Depression, the family struggles together with the past, the future, and one another.

Professor Donnarumma, Fine and Performing Arts Chairperson, choose “The Glass Menagerie” because is one of the classic plays of  American theatre as well as written by one of the grreatest authors of the American theatre, Tennessee Williams. “I always give my students and the assembly very challenge pieces of work to do because it gives them the opportunity to really immerse in to amazing works of literature,” said Donnarumma.

Donnarumma believes that’s part of the reason why people go to college: is to really explore and straight their minds and straight their education. Also, by selecting this theatre piece, it gives the Iona  community an opportunity to see a classic piece of theatre literature, added Donnarumma.

Auditions for “The Glass Menagerie” are being held in the Doorley Auditorium:

  • Thursday, February 5 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 6 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The spring semester production of “The Glass Menagerie” is sponored by Iona College’s Fine and Performing Arts department. More at http://bit.ly/1za9OoY.

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John Zerbo had always been the entertainer in his family so he figured, why not make a living out of it? In his freshman year as a Mass Communication major with a TV/Video concentration, he got his chance.

“I found an opening for a job as a stagehand at Saturday Night Live and I applied. When I handed them my resume, it basically said ‘Iona College’…and they hired me. After my first day working at a television show, I knew this was where I wanted to be the rest of my life.”

Over the next three years, while continuing his studies in TV and video broadcasting at Iona, John Zerbo made the switch from stagehand to intern in the Talent Department, where he’s thriving today, working alongside people like Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger, Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey and even Steven Spielberg.

John credits Iona for giving him a head start on his career. “Being an undergrad and having all these opportunities is something I’m super grateful for.” Through hands-on experience with the Iona College Television (ICTV) equipment, he learned to use the same sophisticated cameras and broadcast technology he would later need on the job at SNL. “The thing about Iona is that it helps you with your life in untraditional ways and it’s up to each student to find their niche.”

John has certainly found his. He chose Iona for its size and proximity to New York City. Today, he is part of the longest-running show on television and he hopes to be there a long time. “Maybe in 10 years, you’ll see my name on the credits: John Zerbo. Executive Producer.”

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Learn why they choose ‪#‎Iona!

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Rachel Chow ’14 on Preparing for a Career in Journalism

Iona helped Rachel Chow ’14 gain the skills and experience she needed to succeed in a career in journalism.  View more of Chow’s story as well as other Iona stories at Iona.edu/MovetheWorld #IonaStories

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Kirsten Knott ’13 Built A Resume For The Real World

Iona helped Kirsten Knott ’13 build a resume for the real world.  To view Knott’s story or other Iona stories, please visit Iona.edu/MovetheWorld .

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