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Siena College

Motto: Education...One Student at a Time; A Liberal-Arts College with a Franciscan and Catholic Tradition
Established: 1937
Type: Private
President: Rev. Kevin J. Mullen, OFM
Staff: 150
Undergraduates: 2900
Postgraduates: 153
Location: Loudonville, NY, USA
Campus: Suburban, 164 acres (0.66 km²)
Mascot: Saints (Saint Bernard Dog)
Affiliations: Roman Catholic Church
Website: http://www.siena.edu

Siena College is a nationally recognized independent Catholic Liberal Arts College situated on US 9 in the suburban community of Loudonville, New York, two miles (3.2 km) north of the state's capital (Albany). Founded in 1937 by seven Franciscan friars, the college enrolls 3000 students. The 164-acre (0.66 km²) campus is known throughout the community for its dented gold-domed building, Siena Hall, which has become both symbol and signature. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... This article is about work. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Loudonville is a hamlet located in the town of Colonie, Albany County, New York, in the USA. Siena College, a liberal arts college, is located in the hamlet. ... This article is about the state. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... “km” redirects here. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... For other uses, see College (disambiguation). ... At 325 miles (523 km), U.S. Route 9s New York segment accounts for more than half the highways total length. ... Loudonville is a hamlet located in the town of Colonie, Albany County, New York, in the USA. Siena College, a liberal arts college, is located in the hamlet. ... For other uses, see Albany. ... The Order of Friars Minor and other Franciscan movements are disciples of Saint Francis of Assisi. ...



The groundwork for the first building, Siena Hall, was begun in March 1938 on the former site of an asparagus farm. By June, Siena received its provisional charter. Siena grew in student body quite quickly. By 1939, Siena added a co-educational evening division, and one year later enrollment was just under 1,000 students. In 1941, Gibbons Hall (the gymnasium) was built as the second building on campus.

In 1942, St. Bernadine of Siena College received its permanent charter. Also in 1942, Siena changed its program to meet defense needs for World War II, creating a program to train Navy personnel, as well as regular students.

After the war, 75% of the student body were ex-servicemen. The college had to rely on the existing structures and rented facilities to handle the large enrollment which hit a peak of 2,752 in 1948. At this time, the school was primarily a commuter school. Two of the buildings created, called "A" and "B", were later destroyed to make way for the current Roger Bacon Science Center. For the Nova Scotia premier see Roger Bacon (politician). ...

In July 1950, the Friary was completed, and that same year, Siena was granted a US Army ROTC detachment. In 1955, the Dawson Memorial Library was erected, containing stack rooms for 150,000 volumes and reading room accommodations for over 400 students. In 1959, Siena built its first residence hall, Plassman Hall, followed closely by another - Ryan Hall (which are both currently still in use). To provide for resident students, Serra Hall (nicknamed "Saga") was also created, which also is still the school's dining facility. In 1967, the Roger Bacon Science Center opened its doors, on top of where building's "A" and "B" once stood. One year later, Hennepin Hall was added, a 300-person dormitory. Also in 1968, the "quad" was beautified and Siena Hall refurbished. It was in 1968 that women were allowed full-time student status.

In the early 1970's the curriculum was extensively revised and a student voice in policymaking was assured by seating a student on each standing committee.

The Alumni Recreation Center, a 55,000 square foot recreational and athletic facility was opened in December 1974. Gibbons Hall, the former gymnasium, was converted into use as Foy campus center (now re-converted into a theatre and creative arts center).

In 1981, a new friary was opened to accommodate the Franciscans. The former friary was converted into a residence hall for 200 students - Hines Hall. In 1986, townhouses were erected for 300 upperclass residence living. Later that year, floors were added to Hennepin and Plassman Halls, increasing their capacity to 470 and 380 students respectively. To provide for the need of additional classrooms and office space for faculty, Kiernan Hall was constructed between Siena and Hines Halls, and opened at the start of the 1987-88 school year.

The Marcelle Athletic Complex was completed in February of 1992 and houses an indoor pool, aerobics/dance/martial arts studio, exercise equipment, racquetball and squash courts, an elevated running track, and full sized basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. Started in 1993, and completed in 1995, a 300-bed townhouse complex was opened for more upperclass students.

Serra Hall

The Standish Library was built on the academic quad and opened for use in the fall of 1999. The old Dawson library was constructed into a new student center: the Sarazen Student Union (named after the inventor of the Sand Wedge and honorary alumni Gene Sarazen), which opened in April 2001. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 699 KB) Serra Hall was completed just in time for the fall academic semester. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 699 KB) Serra Hall was completed just in time for the fall academic semester. ... Gene Sarazen (born Eugenio Saraceni) (February 27, 1902 – May 13, 1999) is one of the few golfers to win all the Major Championships in his career, including 1922 US Open 1922 PGA Championship 1923 PGA Championship 1932 US Open 1932 British Open 1933 PGA Championship 1935 The Masters Winner of...

After the school's expanding number of residence, another residence hall was constructed. In 2001, Padua Hall was dedicated. Named after a Franciscan friar, the four story building houses three students per room. Each room is equipped with its own restroom facilities, including a shower, sink and toilet.

In 2004, the college renovated its main building, Siena Hall. The main academic structure was redone to include state of the art technology and classrooms. It is also home to the Hickey Financial Center, which receives a live feed from the U.S. Stock Market. In 2006, the student dining hall, Serra Hall (right) was completely renovated. The project cost over $5 million.

Most recently, the school began work on constructing a state of the art artificial turf field, which was completed in the Spring of 2007. Also in 2007, the Siena College School of Business received AACSB accreditation, a high honor that continues to prove the strength of the college as a top business school.

Schools and research

The college is composed of three schools of learning: School of Liberal Arts, School of Science and School of Business. Siena students often benefit from the College’s proximity to the City of Albany (Capital of New York State) by acquiring practical internships (and later, careers) in government, the arts, science and business.

The Siena Research Institute [1] , founded in 1980, conducts opinion polls that are quoted by the national media including the New York Times and USAToday, and well-known authors such as Betty Boyd Caroli (First Ladies). In 1982, SRI conducted the world's first Ranking of First Ladies. More recently, SRI has conducted studies on a First Woman President and hosted the First Woman President Symposium in March 2005. SRI regularly conducts polls concerning New York's consumer index and polls prior to elections. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... USA TODAY is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. ...

Other forms of research are conducted by faculty members of the School of Science.


Siena students participate in the college's regionally popular radio station WVCR-FM.Other activities include: Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) The Student Events Board (SEB), political activism (Campus Action Club, Democratic Club, and College Republicans), Student Senate.,student newspaper (The Promethean), student film society, Habitat for Humanity, Political Science Society, symphony orchestra, choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, "The Pendragon" literary magazine, Outing Club, music ensembles, Chemistry and Biology Clubs, Stage III Musical Theatre, The Scotish Council of the Students and many other clubs and organizations. Image File history File links WVCR.jpg‎ Logo for WVCR, the Siena College student radio. ... WVCR-FM is an Adult hits radio station owned by, and primarily staffed by students from, Siena College. ... The College Republicans is an organization for college and university students who support the Republican Party of the United States. ...


Siena sponsors 18 sports teams that compete at the NCAA Division I level. Seventeen Saints' sports teams compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), with field hockey playing in the Northeast Conference. Siena's Baseball team defeated nationally ranked (#5) Tennessee in 2006. Siena's football team was discontinued after the 2003 season due to multiple losing seasons. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC, pronounced mack) is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. ... The Northeast Conference (NEC) is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ...

In 1989, the Siena men's basketball had a first round NCAA Tournament victory (80-78) over third seed Stanford. On November 17, 2007, Siena again defeated Stanford, this time with a 79-67 victory over the then-20th-ranked Cardinal. The Siena men's basketball team also gained prominence in 2002 with an ESPN-televised opening round NCAA Tournament victory over Alcorn State. The Saints later fell to national champion Maryland before 20,000 fans at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ... Stanford may refer: Stanford University Places: Stanford, Kentucky Stanford, California, home of Stanford University Stanford Shopping Center Stanford, New York, town in Dutchess County. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... The Play-In Game (officially known as the Opening Round) of the NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is the first game of the tournament, played between the two last-seeded (i. ... Alcorn State University, located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, was founded in 1871 as the nations first state-supported higher education institution for blacks. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... The MCI Center, view to the southeast across 7th St. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...

In 2008, the Saints won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship again, and the associated automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Seeded 13th this time, they pulled another upset, this time over Vanderbilt from the SEC, 83-62. The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ...

2008 was the team's fourth trip to the "Big Dance". Siena has appeared in five NITs (1988, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2003) and four NCAA tournaments (1989, 1999, 2002, 2008) They reached the 1994 NIT final four, losing to Villanova University in the semifinals before beating Kansas St. in the consolation game. The National Invitation Tournament is an annual US basketball competition. ... Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... Kansas State University, officially called Kansas State University of Fashion and Design [2] but commonly shortened to K-State, is an institution of higher learning located in Manhattan, Kansas, in the United States. ...

Siena plays all of their home games at the 17,500 seat Times Union Center in downtown Albany. The Times Union Center is an indoor arena located in Albany, New York, with a maximum seating capacity of 17,500 for sporting events. ...

Siena is coached by Fran McCaffery, entering his third season in Loudonville. In McCaffery's inaugural season Siena finished the 2005-2006 season at 15-13 in fourth place after being picked to finish unanimously last in the MAAC. Senior captain Antoine "Scoop" Jordan was voted first team all-MAAC. | Name = Fran McCaffery | [[Image:Sport = Basketball | Image = | ImageWidth = | Caption = | DateOfBirth = 1959 | Birthplace = Philadelphia | DateOfDeath = | Deathplace = | College = Siena | Title = Head coach | Awards = | Championships = Patriot League Tournament Championship (1988) SoCon Tournament Championship (2001) MAAC Tournament Championship (2008) | CurrentRecord = 57-35 @ Siena | OverallRecord = 196-162 | Player = * | Years = 1977-1978 1979-1982 | Team = Wake...

In 2006-2007 Siena finished 20-12 (tied for third place) reaching the MAAC title game after defeating top seeded Marist 86-78 before losing 83-79 to Niagara. The season was highlighted by the admirable play of underclassmen Kenny Hasbrouck, Edwin Ubiles, Ronald Moore, and Alex Franklin. Hasbrouck won the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2005-2006, while Ubiles shared it in 2006-2007. Senior captain Michael Haddix was voted first team all-MAAC. Hasbrouck also made the second team as a sophomore. This article is about Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. ... Niagara University is a Roman Catholic university in the Vincentian tradition, located in the Town of Lewiston in Niagara County, New York. ...

In 2007-2008 Siena won their third MAAC Championship, defeating Rider 74-53 in the championship game. The Saints finished the MAAC tournament with a 22-10 record, and went on to defeat fourth-seeded Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

See also: Siena Saints men's basketball

Presidents of Siena College

  • 1932 - 1937 Rev. Justin Chamberland
  • 1937 - 1943 Rev. Cyprian Mensing
  • 1943 - 1952 Rev. Mark Kennedy
  • 1952 - 1955 Rev. Bertrand J. Campbell
  • 1955 - 1964 Rev. Edmund F. Christy
  • 1964 - 1970 Rev. Brian Duffy
  • 1970 - 1976 Rev. Matthew T. Conlin
  • 1976 - 1989 Rev. Hugh F. Hines
  • 1989 - 1996 Rev. William E. McConville
  • 1996 - 2007 Rev. Kevin E. Mackin
  • 2007 - Present Rev. Kevin J. Mullen

Mychal Judge was once an assistant to the president of the college. Father Mychal was the first official victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. ...

Notable graduates

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The Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities or AFCU is an association of 20 Franciscan colleges and universities located in Milwaukee, WI. Alvernia College Cardinal Stritch University Felician College Franciscan University Franciscan School of Theology Hilbert College Lourdes College Madonna University Marian College Neumann College Quincy University Siena College Silver... Alvernia College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania. ... Cardinal Stritch University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Felician College is a private Roman Catholic college with two campuses, located in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Franciscan University of Steubenville is a Franciscan-founded university located in Steubenville, Ohio. ... The Franciscan School of Theology is a Franciscan Seminary in Berkeley, California. ... Hilbert College is located in the Town of Hamburg, south of Buffalo, New York. ... Lourdes College, located in Sylvania, Ohio, United States, was founded by the Sisters of St. ... Madonna University is a private, non-profit, Catholic university located in suburban Livonia, Michigan, on the western perimeter of metropolitan Detroit. ... For other places with the same name, see Marian College (disambiguation). ... Neumann College is a private Catholic college located in Aston, PA. It was founded as Our Lady of Angels College with 115 students in 1965 by the Sisters of St. ... Quincy University is a private liberal arts Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition. ... Silver Lake College is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college, located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States. ... St. ... St. ... North Campus Saint Francis University is a four-year, coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Loretto, Pennsylvania. ... The University of St. ... Not to be confused with the separate University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. ... Viterbo University is a liberal arts college located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. ...

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