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In the spring of 2022, a vibrant new green space will make its way to the heart of campus, transforming a parking circle into a lively outdoor landscape where students can enjoy a variety of social, recreational, academic and artistic activities. The campus beautification project is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Joseph M. Murphy ’59, ’83H and his late wife, JoAnn M. Murphy ’98H, the first female trustee emeritus.

Complete with benches, trees, stone walkways and a terrace area, the focus of the Murphy Green will be a gorgeous lawn. The space will also include seating built into East Hill, which will provide a dramatic setting for outdoor performances, poetry readings and outdoor classes. Statistically, campus green spaces correlate with a higher quality of life and higher cognitive and academic performance, making this vision even more relevant. Construction will begin in summer 2021 and be completed in spring 2022.

The Murphy Green announcement.
Joseph M. Murphy ’59, ’83H and Iona College President Seamus Carey, Ph.D., with members of the Student Government Association, unveiling the vibrant new green space plans.

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