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Professor John Politi and Interim Provost Vincent J. Calluzzo, with Kaitlyn Ragolia; Ryan Collins took part in Iona College’s Action Learning Program. Photo Credit: Iona.edu
Team Steiner Sports: Kelvin Joseph, chief operating officer, Steiner Sports; Kate Brodnax; Greg Bolte; Cassandra Gill took part in Iona College’s Action Learning Program. Photo Credit: Iona.edu

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Learning through action, discovery and exploration are what two student teams experienced as a result of participating in Iona College’s Action Learning Program (ALP).

This unique semi-independent semester-long external consulting program gave the juniors and seniors the opportunity to collaborate on projects for Steiner Sports and Palatin Technologies.

The culmination of their journey produced impressive results for both companies and were delivered through outstanding presentations at the conclusion of the program.

“Students selected to enroll in this course must possess the necessary academic credentials, and just as important, the motivational spirit to succeed and represent Iona’s legacy of future leaders in our community,” said John Politi, adjunct professor and director of the Action Learning Program.

The team for Steiner Sports included students Kate Brodnax, Cassandra Gill, and Gregory Bolte, who were charged with determining recommendations to aid in increasing revenue for the firm.

“The purpose of our external consulting project is to provide a summary analysis of research for Steiner Sports to establish their internet presence both nationally and internationally, advance brand awareness and increase sales to the female demographic,” said Brodnax.

Team Palatin, led by Kaitlyn Ragolia and Ryan Collins, were tasked with recommending specific assessments and analysis to construct a commercial plan to support the product launch and necessary marketing efforts regarding Palatin’s newest drug, Bremelanotide.

Both teams were congratulated by Vincent J. Calluzzo, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, for their in-depth research and dedication to the concept of experiential learning.

“Both ALP teams were highly successful, congratulated and appreciated by their host firm liaisons for their fine work ethic and highly detailed constructive feedback,” said Politi.

The Action Learning Program is Iona’s first successful experimental learning course offered within its Business School curriculum.

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