Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Siena on List of Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

U.S. News & World Report inlcudes Siena in their list of schools with the highest graduate rates.
According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 56 % of U.S. college students graduate from college within 6 years. 73% of Siena students graduate in 4 years.

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2008 Was a Fabulous Year in Foy Hall

Br. Brian Belanger, director of international programs; Judy Dougherty, assistant director of the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy; Suzanne O'Connor, associate director of the Career Center and Deb Del Belso, director of the Career Center all turned fifty this year, and all work in Foy Hall.

They put peace signs on their tee-shirts because the peace sign was started in 1958.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Chris Connolly Video from New York Post

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Siena Grad Makes New York Post Headlines

Chris Connolly, a 2006 graduate of Siena College, double checked 92-year-old Mary Alice Fallon's lottery ticket, which she had given to him to throw away, and realized she had won $1 million.

This all occured at his parent's grocery store in Breezy Point, N.Y.

The article says that Connolly has been working here since graduating from Siena College.

The article can be read in its entirety at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=frh4mvcab.0.0.i4yeivcab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nypost.com%2Fseven%2F12192008%2Fnews%2Fregionalnews%2Fgrannys_1m_scratch_win_144978.htm&id=preview

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Siena Grad Writes about Surviving Mumbai Massacre


Peter O'Malley '88 writes the account of his experience.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Franciscan Christmas Radio Show

Tune in to “A Franciscan Christmas” with Fr. Kevin to hear the great Christmas stories of St. Francis and St. Clare accompanied by the beautiful songs of the season.
Sat., Dec. 20 9 a.m.
Tues., Dec 24 at noon
Wed., Dec 25 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On 88.3 WVCR The Saint! You can also listen live online at www.wvcr.com

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Franciscan Giving

This year, Siena collected well over 1,000 gifts for 651 capital region residents as part of the annual Franciscan Giving Tree event. Employees also adopted 58 families.

Thanks to all who got involved in this year's programs! You truly made a difference in a time when it is needed most.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New York State Student Aid

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New York State faces extremely difficult economic challenges. Funding for college student financial aid could be cut as our elected representatives figure out how to close a $15 billion hole in the state’s Budget. Governor Paterson will announce his financial plan for New York State on December 16, including what he wants to spend on higher education programs like TAP, HEOP, STEP/C-STEP, and Liberty Partnerships.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Siena Employees Receive Trustco Bank Award at Siena/SUNY Game

Nikki Carpenter, Katie Cooney-Lesko, Jim Eaton, Sarah Devoe, Noel Hogan, MaryKate Kraus, Allison Maloney, Norah Maloney and Robin Wojcik received the Trustco Bank Award at the game's halftime.

The team signed up to run a half marathon as part of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, the world’s largest charity sports training program in May 2008.
The Siena team was inspired to run by Alivia Lovell, the daughter of a colleague, who was diagnosed with ASL Leukemia when she was just two years old. After twelve weeks of training and fundraising, all 9 team members finished the Mohawk/Hudson Half marathon on October 12, thanks to their running coaches Meg, Dan and Danny, as well as their campaign director Robyn.
The team raised a total of $10,000 for blood cancer research, education and patient care. They are even happier to report that 4-year-old Alivia was recently released from Duke’s Children’s Hospital and came to cheer them on at the race!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Len Cutler on CBS and FOX local news stations tonight

Cutler, professor of political science, was interview by the local Fox and CBS affiliates today concerning Hilary Clinton being appointed Secretary of State. You can catch him on Channel 6 at 6 p.m. and on Channel 8 at 5 and 10 p.m.

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Best Residence Hall Poll

What's the best residence hall at Siena?

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Dan DiNicola, adjunct professor

The Times Union has posted an article on their website stating that Dan DiNicola, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will undergo surgery: http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=742296

DiNicola is currently an adjunct professor at Siena, teaching Film Theory and Criticism.

On behalf of everyone at Siena: Get Well Soon, Dan! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

You can leave a message for Dan on WRGB CBS 6's website here.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Professor Publishes Book on National Security Policy

Len Cutler, Ph.D., professor of political recently published a new book about the developments in the national security policy of the United States Since 9/11.

Adam Liptak, New York Times’ Supreme Court Reporter calls Cutler’s latest book, “Thorough, sensible and cogent. Cutler has clearly mastered the subject.”

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Siena Students Have Low Average Debt Among Regional Schools

According to a Times Union Report, Siena is lowest, aside from Albany College of Pharmacy

Average debt burden at local colleges in 2007 (the state average is $20,098):
RPI $27,125
Saint Rose $24,920
Union $21,400
Sage $19,100
Skidmore $16,078
UAlbany $13,842
Siena $12,700
Albany College of Pharmacy $9,397

Source: The Project on Student Debt

For the full article visit: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=741733&TextPage=1

Siena was also named to Business Week's Colleges with Biggest Returns list this summer.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Siena Chosen as a Leader for NSF Firefly CubeSat Mission

Mission will Study Lightning's Link to Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes

Loudonville, N.Y. – Siena College and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center were jointly awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to lead a new satellite mission, called “Firefly” that will explore the elusive link between lightning and sudden bursts of high-energy radiation in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Firefly, led by Doug Rowland, Ph.D., at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Allan Weatherwax, Ph.D., at Siena College, was chosen by the NSF as its second CubeSat mission. A CubeSat satellite, about the size of a loaf of bread, consists of three cubes attached end to end in a rectangular shape. The Firefly CubeSat is designed to investigate these sudden bursts, called Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes (TGFs).

TGFs were first discovered by NASA's Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. These very energetic bursts of gamma radiation, generated in Earth's upper atmosphere, are thought to be associated with lightning. TGFs are likely produced by beams of electrons, which are accelerated in the intense electric fields generated by large thunderstorm systems. "These particle beams are very energetic and understanding the physical mechanism producing them could shed light on processes that occur on the sun, other planets, or in more exotic astrophysical environments such as black holes,” said Weatherwax, co-principal investigator for the Firefly mission and a professor of physics at Siena College.

Firefly will explore the link between TGFs and lightning, and is designed to determine which types of lightning produce these electron beams and associated TGFs. In addition, Firefly will explore the occurrence rate of weaker TGFs, thereby providing information about the effect that the millions of lightning flashes that occur worldwide each day have on the Earth's upper atmosphere and near-Earth space environment.

As a CubeSat, Firefly will accomplish this focused science mission in a much smaller package than typical. Because it is so small, it is much cheaper and easier to launch than other satellites. At Siena, undergraduate students will work on all aspects of the project together with Weatherwax and lead payload engineer, Mr. Joe Kujawski.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our students. They will learn what it takes to design, build, and launch a satellite.” Weatherwax said.

Firefly's launch date is likely to be in 2010 or 2011, and it will ride as a secondary payload attached to a larger primary vehicle that has excess lift capacity. The NSF CubeSat program represents a new low cost access to space system for performing high-quality, targeted science on a low budget. Larger satellite projects typically involve much larger groups working for five to 20 years.

Firefly is funded and managed by the National Science Foundation, and will be developed as a collaborative effort by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Siena College in Loudonville, NY; Universities Space Research Association, Columbia, Md.; and the Hawk Institute for Space Sciences, Pocomoke City, Md. For more information, go to the Firefly website at http://firefly.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Links to the NSF and NASA releases:

Images: Top Right- The Firefly logo (patch) was designed by Katherine Levinson, an undergraduate creative arts major at Siena College.
Middle Left: An artist’s conception of the Firefly satellite, positioned above a thunderstorm, observing a gamma-ray burst. The image is courtesy of the Universities Space Research Association.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Siena Chamber Orchestra to Mark 10th Anniversary

Thursday Dec. 4th
Foy Hall, Beaudoin Theatre
7 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public.

The concert will feature: Sleeping Beauty, Charlie Brown Christmas, selections from Wicked, and Siena student compositions.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Student Receives Volunteer of the Year Award

Elizabeth Woodward ’12, has been named the Region 2 Volunteer of the Year for the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). NARHA is an accredited organization that provides therapy to individuals with mental disabilities through equine activities.
“I love working with horses and this is the only time people with a disability can do things individually, which is therapeutic for them,” she said.
Woodward, a native of Rochester, N.Y. and a business major at Siena College, has been helping people with disabilities ride since she was a ninth grader at the Heritage Christian Stables. She has completed 600 hours in volunteer service, teaching horseback riding lessons, which include leading the horses and helping the mentally disabled learn how to ride. The region 2 award considers candidates who live in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It Ain't Easy Being Green

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Ben Schwab Art Exhibit Begins Next Week

Ben Schwab will exhibit recent paintings in a show titled "ALB to NRT", which highlights work from Albany to Tokyo and places in between.

Siena College- Yates Gallery

Nov.5 - Dec.11, 2008

Opening reception/Lecture, Nov.5 4-6 p.m.

Image is Nihonbashi (Detail), 2008, Oil on canvas.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Students Debate on Presidential Race

Last Wednesday, The Democrat and Republican student clubs faced off in a debate moderated by Mark Grimm.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Sociology Students Present Original Research

Sociology students Diane Carvagno and Blake Kush presented papers at the New York State Sociological Association October 17th and 18th. The 56th annual meeting was focused on Community, Conflict and Control. This conference provides a forum for sociologists and students to present their research and exchange ideas with scholars from all over the state.

Diane’s research paper is the culmination of her Research Methods project from last semester. She studied the attitudes of Siena Colege students towards censorship of the radio. Some of the main points of her paper include: men will be less likely to support censorship than women, older students will be more likely to support censorship than younger ones, middle-class students are more likely to support censorship than any other class. She found that, in general, Siena Students do support censoring the radio.

Blake’s research came out of his work in a Sociology Seminar class from last year in which the students worked with kids from the city of Albany. "Troubled Youth" A Look Into the Perceived and Bona Fide Life of Albany’s Youth, looked at how the media represents Albany’s youth and at the youth’s actual experiences. Some of Blake’s conclusions are that the youth in Albany are negatively portrayed in the media the majority of the time, that they must battle against policies and a society that sets them up for failure, and that both media and society fail to take into account their day-by-day struggles to survive.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Charity Week Events Announced

This year's charity week will benefit the Catie Hoch foundation. The Catie Hoch Foundation is dedicated to helping children while they are in treatment for cancer. A child’s cancer diagnosis is devastating and the strains on the family are enormous – emotional, physical and financial. The foundation strives to help alleviate some of those burdens. They make a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

This year's events include a trip to NYC to see hairspray, Bingo, the ever-popular charity auction, pie your student leaders and a wine tasting dinner which includes a multi-course dinner with complimentary wines for those 21 and older.

If you have any questions or concerns about the 2008 Charity Week events please feel free to contact us at anytime at the Student Events Board office, ext. 2524.

Detailed information on the events and schedule is after the jump!

Saturday, November 8th
Broadway / NYC Trip – This year we are sponsoring a trip to see Hairspray on Broadway. Participants will leave Siena at 8 a.m. from in front of the chapel and travel to New York City. The show is a 2 p.m. matinee and participants will be picked up for the trip back to campus immediately following. Tickets will go on sale for faculty, staff and administration on Tuesday, October 28th, $30.00 per person (two tickets per ID).

Monday, November 10th
Catie Bingo! – Join us for this jam-packed event in the Sarazen Student Union, Rooms 240-243. Prizes include iTunes gift cards, DVDs, a digital camera and an iPod Touch. Bingo boards will be available for purchase in the Atrium starting at 8:30 p.m. and bingo will begin at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11th
Give Up a Meal - Be generous and donate your evening meal from your meal plan. The money that would have been your dinner will be donated to the charity! Then join us in the Sarazen Student Union, Maloney Great Room, for soup and bread from 7 -9 p.m. Catie Hoch’s Mother, Gina, will be speaking about the foundation at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12th
16th Annual Charity Auction – The biggest fundraiser of the week! Grab your friends and head to the Sarazen Student Union, Rooms 240-243, for the 16th annual charity auction. Bid on items ranging from tickets to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular to the #1 Housing Lottery Number. We also have gift certificates to the best restaurants in the Albany area! Fellow students will be performing and auctioning off items. Come see our entertaining hosts—Fr. Bill Beaudin and Conor Geary. Bidding starts at 9 p.m. Remember, all proceeds benefit the Catie Hoch Foundation!

Thursday, November 13th
Pie Your Student Leader – Student Leaders across campus have graciously agreed to participate in this messy event! For a small fee, you can pie the student leader of your choice. Join us in the Sarazen Student Union, Maloney Great Room, at 9 p.m. Extra toppings will be available for an additional fee!

Friday, November 14th
Wine Tasting Dinner –This year’s wine tasting dinner will be held in the Serra Hall West Room starting at 6 p.m. For those who are 21 and over, please join us for this exceptional dinner! Tickets include a multi-course dinner with complimentary wines and sparkling conversation. Tickets go on sale for faculty, staff and administration on Tuesday, October 28th, $25.00 per person (two tickets per ID).

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Siena College ROTC Program Places Second at Ranger Competition

At Fort Devens, Massachusetts, the Siena College Army ROTC program placed second out of twenty schools in the annual ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition. The team from the Rochester Institute of Technology was crowned as this year’s champion. Siena College ROTC Rangers actually led the competition going into Sunday’s last event, the Army Physical Fitness Test, but was edged out by RIT in the closing moments.

Ranger Challenge is a nine event competition conducted over 26 continuous hours. These events are Day Land Navigation Course, Night Land Navigation Course, Written Land Navigation Exam, Weapons Assembly Proficiency, Rifle Marksmanship, Assault Course, Leadership Reaction Course, Obstacle Course and the Army Physical Fitness Test. This is Army ROTC’s “varsity sport”. In addition to the Second Place finish, Siena College won first place in four of these individual events. These were Day Land Navigation Course, Night Land Navigation Course, Written Land Navigation Exam and Weapons Assembly Proficiency.

The team consisted of ten members. Two are full time Siena students and the remainder are cross enrolled students from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (2), Union College (2) and the University at Albany (4). They are coached by two full time Siena faculty members.

Though finishing behind RIT, Siena placed ahead of Boston University, Canisius College, Clarkson University, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Niagara University, Northeastern University, Norwich University, Providence College, SUNY-Brockport, Syracuse University, University of Connecticut, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The team’s accomplishments on the field of competition are truly commendable, but as someone who witnessed the event, the truly notable accomplishment was in the manner the team conducted itself. Throughout the two month train-up and actual execution, each member of the team exhibited tremendous commitment, character, confidence and leadership abilities – all with a deep sense of humility. Their conduct throughout the competition reflected great credit on this program and College. Upon being notified that they had finished second place, members of the team, without prompting or encouragement, went over to the RIT squad and embraced each member of the team in genuine congratulations.

Information from LTC Andy Morgado
Siena College, Professor of Military Science

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Friday, October 10, 2008

You're Invited to Saints and Ghouls

Saints and Ghouls: Halloween Extravaganza
1- 5 p.m. Saturday, October 25
Sarazen Student Union
Admissions is $5 per child. Adults are free.
All proceeds will benefit the Albany Boys and Girls Club, Inc.

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Election 2008: The Candidates and Our Economic Future

An Economics Department Forum
John McCain and Barack Obama promise a better future for Americans. Two Siena professors explain, dissect, and discuss the policy directions championed by the candidates. Where's the beef, where's the hype, and what does it mean for the nation, for New Yorkers, and for you.

Wedneday,October 22
4 p.m., Sarazen Student Union 243

Professor W. Scott Trees (Economics) Dr. Donald P. Levy (Director, Siena Research Institute)
Moderated by Professor James Booker (Economics)

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Jim Matthews, Chair of the Faculty Committee Inducted into New york State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame

By: Alexandra Tooulias '11

Professor Jim Matthews was recently inducted into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame by the New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors. During his career, Matthews has demonstrated excellence in the mathematics community and a dedication to his profession that has been on display at Siena for the past 26 years.

Matthews, a 1978 graduate from Montclair State College, holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and two master's degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University at Albany. At Siena, he has taught courses ranging from the Analysis of Alogrithms to Discrete Mathematics and is currently the chair of the faculty committee. During his tenure, he has served as head of the Computer Science Department, supervised countless independent studies and field experiences, served as liason to students pursuing their teaching certification in math, presented numerous papers at professional conferences and in 1996 he was awarded the Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

His approach to educating and motivating students has also been on display within the Chatham School District where he has served as an advisor for the Chatham Middle School Mathematics Club as well as a Chatham Elementary School Mathematics Volunteer. His commitment to mathematical education at all levels indicates his true character; that of a dedicated mentor.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Siena Gets Greener

By Peter Dillon '12

Starting this fall, Siena College is making it even easier to "go green." Consistent with the college’s mission to respect the environment, Siena has adopted a new recycling system thanks in part to the input Facilities received from community members last spring.

At the close of the Spring 2008 semester, students, staff and faculty were asked what type of receptacle would make it easiest to recycle. For the residence hall rooms, the students decided that a small basket easily hung on a doorknob or wall would be best. When the basket fills up, students empty them into larger recycling containers in their common areas. As a result, any papers or plastic that would normally end up in the garbage are now being recycled.

Siena faculty and staff have green baskets that they are now being used to recycle all of their paper products. The recyclying system used by Facilities is called single stream recycling. This means that all types of recyclables can be put in the same container making it easier than ever to participate in Siena’s efforts of going green. On each receptacle on campus there is a sign indicating what can and cannot be recycled.

Recycling is important to preserving our environment and making the earth

more sustainable, yet the majority of things that can be recycled are still thrown out. Americans throw away 25 million plastic bottles every hour. The average household throws away 13,000 separate peices of paper every year. Most of that is junk mail and packaging. Every minute that goes by, 100 acres of rainforect are being cut down.

Siena Community Members Can Now Recycle:
Newspapers and Magazines
Junk mail
Glass bottles
Soda bottles
Plastics #1 through #7
Metal cans, tin, steel and aluminum

Do not recycle:
Pizza Boxes
Light bulbs
Plastic bags
Motor oil or antifreeze containers
Broken Glass

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Friday, October 3, 2008

ROTC Awards

On October 3, Colonel Hardy, United States Army 2nd ROTC Brigade, promoted US Army Major Andrew Morgado to Lieutenant Colonel and awarded Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Michael Papadopoulos '82, now director of public safety at Siena College, a Meritorious Service Medal for 26 years of loyal service in the U.S. Army. Approximately 30 ROTC cadets, friends, and family were in attendance.

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Women's Center Announces Fall Programming

Upcoming Sr. Bowman Center for Women Events

Saturday, Oct. 4th - Fair Trade Sale as part of Family Weekend Events- We’ll have all our fair trade jewelry and other items, hopefully our new shipment of coffee will arrive by then as well! 10:30-3:30 p.m. on the Lonnstrom Landing between Serra Hall and SSU.

Sunday, Oct. 5th -Jazzercise is now at 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the MAC court 4 every Sunday!Jazzercise instructor Kristen is back with great music and a great workout every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the MAC

Tuesday,Oct. 7th - Bowman Breaks at Eight- Join us for the Bowman Club Bowman Break, have some food, talk with Bowman staff and sign up for upcoming activities. 8pm in the Hennepin lower lounge.

Oct. 7-15th Prom Dress Drive- Going home for the 3 day break? Have a few prom dress, evening bags or wraps in your closet? Bring them back to campus and donate them to the Cinderella Project. This spring over 150 high school girls will come to campus for our Boutique Day to received a free prom outfit. Please help out if you can!

Wednesday, Oct. 15th - Healthy Cooking with Crystal- Not sure how to cook health in your townhouse? Nutritional Counseling and cooking goddess Crystal Corbet will be on campus to show you have to cook fast, healthy, easy and tasty meals! 5:30 p.m. TBA.

Sunday, Oct. 19th - Charity Baby Shower- A baby shower to collect items for Circle of Mercy, a community-based organization which provides services to those in need. 11:30 p.m. in Serra West.

Tuesday, Oct. 21st - Now Why Don’t Women Vote?? Showing of the HBO film Iron Jawed AngelsStory of how women fought for the right to vote. Staring Hillary Swank in this period film with modern music. A Center favorite. 7pm RB 202

Sunday, Oct. 26th - Local Amnesty International Chapter hosts ‘Viva Guatemala’ dinner and Human Rights talkAlong with Mayan Hands and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement host talk a on human rights in Guatemala followed by Guatemalan dinner, handcrafts sale and cultural program. Suggested $25 donation. Reservations by 10/20 Carrie at 453-0545 3-8 p.m. Unitarian-Universalist Society, 405 Washington Avenue in Albany www.ai361.org.

Oct. 27th- 31st All Week
A Week Without Violence- Each day will focus on a different type of violence: sexual assault, domestic violence, eating disorders/cutting, international areas of conflict, and war). We’ll also be selling our fair trade chocolate to raise funds for Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Look for us in SSU all week with speakers and films TBA.

Wednesday, Oct. 29th - Healthy Snacking ideas from nutritional counselor Crystal Corbet. 7 p.m. SSU 241.

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Philosophy Colloquium

Dr. Raymond Boisvert

“The Will to Power vs. The Will to Prayer:
William Barrett’s The Illusion of Technique 30 Years Later”

Wednesday October 22
3:35pm, Bernadine Room, Library

Abstract: In 1979, Richard Rorty celebrated Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Dewey as the greatest 20th century philosophers. One year earlier, William Barrett, had celebrated his own triad. Wittgenstein and Heidegger were common choices. For Barrett, though, William James deserved the third place of prominence. Barrett believed the best in 20th century thought emerged from an amalgam of Heidegger and James. Both looked askance at “the “illusion of technique,” the Modern dream of a single method that would apply in all areas of human concern. Such hegemony encourages thinking in terms of a “Will to Power,” seeing things as manipulanda, that which awaits reshaping by humans. Barrett contrasts this with the “will to prayer,” an attitude which, inspired by Platonic eros, seeks, not control, but active engagement leading to personal transformation. In the end, where Rorty could summarize his position with the three terms “contingency, irony, solidarity,” Barrett’s alternative could be phrased as “eros, irony, prayer.”

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Vote for the Best Dressed Dorm Contest

Lauren Johnson '09 is a finalist for the Times Union's Best Dressed Dorm Contest!
Let's make sure she wins!

Visit http://blogs.timesunion.com/kristi/?p=3032 to vote now!

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Friday, September 26, 2008

The Latest News on Benedictus

Benedictus, a new play developed and premiered at Siena College in 2007, was given a professional reading in New York City at the Lark Play Development Center on Tuesday, September 23rd. Professor Mahmood Karimi-Hakak and Dean of Liberal Arts Ralph Blasting attended the reading along with the rest of the artistic team, including playwright Motti Lerner from Tel Aviv. All were invited members of a panel discussion on intercultural collaboration following the reading. The reading was a part of the fifteenth annual Playwrights’ Week at the Lark; the script one of eleven selected from among 400 entries. Three members of the team (Karimi-Hakak, Torange Yeghiazarian, and Danny Michaelson) represented the project at a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinajad the following day, during Amadinajad’s visit to the U.N.

The play grew out of an intercultural theatre collaboration which began on Siena’s campus in August 2005, bringing together theatre artists from Iran, Israel, and the U.S. The team included Motti Lerner (Tel Aviv), Roberta Levitow (Los Angeles), Torange Yeghiazarian (San Francisco), Danny Michaelson (Bennington), Karimi-Hakak and Blasting. The student premiere was performed in the Beaudoin Theatre in April 2007, and was followed by professional productions at Golden Thread Theater in San Francisco and the Los Angeles Theatre Center in October-November, 2007. Lerner has continued to develop the script, which has had readings in Melbourne and Rome, and is next scheduled to be heard at Theatre J in Washington, DC. The group continues to work towards another professional production.

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Visiting Scholar of Leadership

Dr. Christopher Howard, vice president for strategic and leadership initiatives, University of Oklahoma, and the director and professor of its honors college leadership center, will visit Siena as a“Visiting Scholar of Leadership” November 5-7, 2008.

He will participate in various events, including meetings with our students and class discussions; as well as present a keynote address on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. for this year’s Siena Leadership Institute’s Student Conference. The address is open to the entire Siena community and public, as well as Siena student conference attendees.

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Gang Leader for a Day

Talk and book signing with Sudhir Venkatesh
November 12
7:30 p.m.
Roger Bacon Key Auditorium

For seven years, sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh led a double life. For his dissertation, he went inside one of Chicago's worst housing projects. He lived among the poor and hung out with gang members. He befriended the leader of the Black Kings, one of the country's largest and most violent crack-dealing gangs, and led the group for a day. In his book Gang Leader for a Day he reveals his experiences.

Sudhir Venkatesh is now a professor of sociology at Columbia University. He has written extensively about American poverty and is currently working on a project comparing the urban poor in France and the United States. His writings, stories, and documentaries have appeared in The American Prospect, This American Life, and The Source and on PBS and National Public Radio.

He is now a professor of sociology at Columbia University and will be on the Siena campus for a talk and book signing on November 12, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Upcoming Economics Forum

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Fall Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sarazen Student Union, Rooms 241-243

First,check out the top ten reasons to give.
Then, call the Franciscan Center at x2333 to schedule an appointment!

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Feast of Saint Francis Activities October 3-4

Friday, October 3
A candlelight service commemorating the passing of St. Francis into eternal life
7:30 p.m., St. Mary of the Angels Chapel
(followed by a reception in the Chaplain’s Office lobby)

Saturday, October 4
Blessing of the Animals
2 pm, Standish Library lawn

Feast Day Mass
with the Franciscan community
4 p.m., Alumni Recreation Center

Fireworks, cookies, and hot cocoa
8:30 p.m., Academic Quad

All are invited! Please join in on the celebrations!

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Ed LaRow, Ph.D. Received Honorary Degree from Albany Medical College

At Albany Medical College's 170th Commencement Exercises held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, this citation was read on behalf of Dr. Edward LaRow-

"In 1986, Siena College and Albany Medical College created a combined degree program specifically designed to attract students who have a heart for service to others. The most striking feature of this eight-year program is the requirement of two summers of service in underserved areas either domestically or abroad.

For most students, these summers of service are life-altering experiences that forever change the way they see and interact with the world. Students report that exposure to the grinding poverty of underserved areas impresses them with the critical need for medical services throughout the world and a personal desire to make a difference. They emerge as more sensitive physicians, better able to appreciate a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and deal more effectively with the special needs of those who are less fortunate.

Dr. LaRow was instrumental in the development of the Siena/Albany Medical College, Science, Humanities and Medicine Program, for which he still serves as director. To date, nearly 200 students have earned their degrees from the program.

In addition, Dr. LaRow oversees Siena's eight other cooperative programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry and podiatry, and has been Siena's Health Professions Advisor for more than 26 years, assisting students to achieve their health career goals.

Dr. LaRow holds a PhD in zoology from Rutgers University, and in an instructor in general ecology and comparative anatomy. He continues to conduct research in the field of aquatic ecology/invertebrate zoology."

Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement, Ed!

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The Honorable Joseph L. Bruno to be Awarded 2008 St. Bernardine of Siena Medal

On Thursday, October 2, Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Ph.D. ’75 will present the Honorable Joseph L. Bruno, former New York State Senate majority leader, with the “St. Bernadine of Siena” medal. This award is the highest given by the college and is bestowed upon individuals who have distinguished themselves through their involvement and support of Siena College and the local community.

“During his 33 year career in public service, Joe Bruno was the epitome of a servant-leader, always putting the communities of New York State first. His sense of purpose was to do good works. This is the mark of true Franciscan spirit,” said Fr. Kevin.

The award of the St. Bernardine medal is made according to three primary criteria: Individuals whose personal or professional accomplishments or careers reflect commitment to the spirit and the tradition of St. Francis; individuals who have distinguished themselves by their involvement with or support for Siena College; and/or individuals who have served Siena College over an extended period and whose work has made a significant contribution to sustaining the traditions or raising the profile of Siena College.

St. Bernardine of Siena is the patron saint of the college. The original name of the college was St. Bernardine of Siena College and the friary, located on the campus, is St. Bernardine of Siena Friary. St. Bernardine of Siena was a Franciscan friar who lived at the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th centuries. He was a famous preacher who also risked his life to assist victims of the plague. He popularized devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, thus the emblem of the Holy Name on the seal of the college. He was an advocate for education, believing that the wisdom of a compassionate, intelligent, aware person can not be separate from the wisdom of God.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

School of Business Lecture Series

The first lecture is coming up this Monday! Don't miss it!

“From the Ground Up: Turning an Idea into a Business”
Presented by Sidney Stein '78, president, Stein Fibers, Ltd.

Monday, September 22,
12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Roger Bacon Hall, Key Auditorium

Chip Stein ’78, along with his father and his business partner, founded Stein Fibers LTD in Colonie, NY more than 30 years ago. As a broker of fiberfill (synthetic fiber manufactured from recycled plastic bottles and other polyester waste) Stein Fibers buys on the world market and then ships, from eight distribution centers in North America, to customers in the United States and Canada. Those businesses use the material as filler for pillows, mattresses, sleeping bags, comforters, automotive filters and insulation, among other applications. Recently, Stein Fibers decided to become a manufacturer of fiberfill, as well as continuing to be brokers. The Capital District Business Review published an article about Mr. Stein and Stein Fibers LTD in November, 2007 .

Mr. Stein was born in Albany and graduated from Shaker High School. He then continued his studies at Bentley College and graduated from Siena College in 1978. He and his wife, Ilene, reside in Loudonville and have two daughters. His daughters, Jodi Stein and Heather Stein are both in their senior year at Union College, and are enrolled in the 5-year B.S./MBA program there. Jodi and Heather will be co-presenting with their father at this lecture series program.

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The Grippe of October: A play about the 1918 influenza epidemic

The Grippe of October: A play about the 1918 influenza epidemic
October 3 and 4 - 8:00 p.m.
October 5 - 2:00 p.m.
Foy Hall, Beaudoin Theatre

Albany, NY 1918 – World War I. Thousands of young American men are enlisting to fight in The War to End All Wars. Americans at home sacrifice their domestic comforts in order to support their husbands and sons over seas. Those soldiers that survive the War return home, expecting to nurse the physical and psychological wounds suffered from the conflict. However, the America they return to is fighting its own war. It is not a battle that can be won with a rifle.

The Influenza epidemic of 1918 killed more people world wide than the medieval Black Plague. The Influenza epidemic indiscriminately effected hundreds of Albanians, rich and poor, black and white, sons and mothers alike. The Grippe of October, by John P. McEneny, follows Alice, a young girl from Pine Hills in Albany, who finds her whole world is shattered when the plague infects her home and neighborhood. Alice is forced to reevaluate her identity, now that she is caught in a world of war and disease.

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Siena students are blogging!

Check out our student blogs at http://www.sienastudentblogs.blogspot.com/!

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Open House this Sunday

Open Houses allow families to meet many different members of the Siena community. From academics to athletics, student life to the career center, come learn about how Siena prepares students for a lifetime of extraordinary achievements.
Sunday September 21, 2008 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Alumni Recreation Center

It is not too late to attend! We will have a same-day registration available!

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Rob O'Neil Art Exhibit Opens

O'Neil's exhibit, "Uncoupling photos", runs from September 18- October 23 in the Yates Gallery of the Standish Library.

According to curator Liz Blum, yhe uncoupling series is about displacement and loss, "At the risk of spoiling the magic, the images are made from rephotographing old images that have been cut out and dissected."

Rob O’Neil has exhibited both nationally and locally. He is currently assistant professor in photography at The College of Saint Rose.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Siena College Appoints Director of the Center for Revolutionary Era Studies

Jennifer Dorsey has been appointed Director of the Center for Revolutionary Era Studies at Siena College. She will be responsible for cultivating the existing partnership with Saratoga National Park and developing new partnerships with Revolutionary Era sites of the Capital Region.

Dorsey is eager to work in collaboration with the Siena community, local interest groups and the international community of Revolutionary Era scholars to raise awareness of the Capital Region’s significance in the history of America’s independence. She will also oversee a certificate program for students and the history department’s annual teachers’ workshop on the American Revolution. “In my short time here, faculty and staff, students and even alumnae, have approached me to express their pride in this Center, and I know that in the next few weeks, I will meet many museums professionals and federal, state and local officials who are equally invested in the Center’s success. I can honestly say that with so much enthusiasm and energy, the work of directing the Center will be a very rewarding experience for me.”

About Jennifer Dorsey
Before assuming her current position, Dorsey held teaching positions at Arizona State University and DeSales University. She is an expert in Early American history and her scholarship focuses on the African American experience in post-Revolutionary America. In the summer of 2005, she participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ sponsored seminar “Roots: African Dimensions of the History and Culture of the Americas” at the University of Virginia. In 2003, she was awarded the National Historic and Public Records Commission's post-doctoral Fellowship in Documentary Editing. Her post-doctoral fellowship brought her to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she worked with Professor Loren Schweninger, 1999 Pulitzer Prize award nominee and director of The Race and Slavery Petitions Project. Presently, Dorsey is finishing a book-length study of former slaves in post-Revolutionary Maryland that will be published by Cornell University Press.

About Siena College/Saratoga National Historic Park Partnership
Siena wants to do its part in elevating interest in the Saratoga National Historic Park, site of the decisive 1777 Battles of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War. The vision for this partnership includes increased cooperation between the battlefield and the college that would result in new courses, regional conferences, historical workshops and more. The educational programs at Gettysburg battlefield will serve as a model for the program.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

The New York Times Supreme Court Reporter to Speak at Siena

Adam Liptak, The New York Times’ Supreme Court reporter, will headline Siena College’s annual Constitution Day events on Friday, September 19th. His talk is titled “Liberty Versus Security: The Supreme Court in the Age of Terror” and will take place on the Siena campus at 12:30 p.m. in the Sarazen Student Union.

Liptak was appointed Supreme Court reporter earlier in 2008. Previously, he served as a national legal reporter for six years. Before that, he was a senior counsel in The New York Times Company’s legal department since 1992. He is a 1984 graduate of Yale College, where he was editor of the Yale Daily News’s monthly magazine. He also graduated from Yale Law School in 1988, where he was an editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review.

Liptak’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session and he will be available to the media immediately after the event.

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U.S. News & World Report Moves Siena College Up in College Rankings

In rankings released Aug. 22, the U.S. News & World Report 2009 Edition of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” includes Siena College at #118, which moves the college up from last year’s #122. This year marks the second year that Siena has been classified in the “top schools” category, which includes the top 50 percent of liberal arts schools.

The rankings are based on various indicators of an institution's quality, including academic reputation, student selectivity, freshman retention, graduation rate, faculty and financial resources and alumni giving.

Siena improved in overall score by four points, from 44 to 48. The college’s peer assessment score also rose, from 2.6 to 2.7, and the admissions acceptance rate decreased from 55 percent to 54 percent.

“This is a continued indication of Siena’s strong academic reputation and distinctive mission and shows positive progress toward attainment of goals set forth in our strategic plan” said Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D., president of the college.

U.S. News college rankings are the best-known in the country and frequently referenced by prospective students in their college search. This year’s rankings, which were posted to U.S. News & World Report's Website today (Aug. 22) and will be available at newsstands on Aug. 29.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Siena Listed on Business Week's "Colleges with the Biggest Returns"

Business Week published the results of a Payscale study, which researched the colleges that open doors to the highest salaries, ranging from starting salary to top incomes.

Siena made it into the top fifty. You can find the article here.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Delcy Fox Appointed Director of Strategic Communications and Integrated Marketing

Delcy Fox has been appointed Director of Strategic Communications and Integrated Marketing at Siena College. She will be responsible for leading the long-term strategic communications planning to support the College’s mission. “We conducted a nationwide search and clearly Delcy was the most qualified candidate. We are very pleased that she will be joining the Siena community in this newly created position,” said Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM., Ph.D. ’75, president.

Fox has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications in the higher education, healthcare, non-profit and corporate fields. Prior to joining Siena, she was the Director of Marketing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “This is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to leading Siena’s effort to realize even greater national distinction,” said Fox.

Fox holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Arts degree in Biological Anthropology from the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Biology from Wesleyan University. She is a Board member of the American Marketing Association, the New York Folklore Society and the Wesleyan Fund National Committee. She is also a former Board member of the Gift Planning Group of Northeastern New York.

Fox resides in Niskayuna with her husband, Bill, and their two children. Fox is the Secretary of the Parent-Teacher Organization at Niskayuna High School and the former Secretary of the PTO Council for the Niskayuna Central School District.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Siena College Named a Best College Once Again

Siena is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company known for its test-prep courses features the college in the just-published 2009 edition of its annual book, "The Best 368 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review, July 29, 2008, $21.95). Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are in the book. It has two-page profiles of the schools and student survey-based ranking lists of top 20 colleges in more than 60 categories. The Princeton Review also posts the book's ranking lists on its website.

In its profile on Siena, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from our students The Princeton Review surveyed for the book. Among their candid comments on the college: “Every student really has a lot of opportunities to get any amount of personal academic attention or other scholastic opportunities that they want."

The ranking lists in "The Best 368 Colleges" are based on The Princeton Review's survey of 120,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the 368 colleges in the book. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Ranking lists report the top 20 schools in categories that range from best professors, administration, and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, race/class relations, sports interests, and other aspects of campus life. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book 1 to 368 in any category, nor do the rankings reflect The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Siena Bids Farewell, Good Luck to Fr. Jim

Wednesday, July 16, Loudonville, N.Y. – Yesterday afternoon, the community gathered to congratulate and thank their good friend Fr. Jim Toal, O.F.M. Fr. Jim has served as vice president of the college for over a decade. He has overseen the acquisition of the president’s house and the state police barracks, the renovation of Siena Hall, the installation of the turf field, the implementation of the strategic plan and many, many athletic achievements, among others.

President Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M. presented Fr. Jim with a Siena chair and some more fun gifts—a Yankees all-star tee shirt and cap, although it pained the Mets fan to do so. “To know Jim Toal is to know him from your heart,” said Fr. Kevin. He then credited Fr. Jim as being one of the reasons he is still a friar.

Fr. Kevin also read a resolution expressing gratitude to Fr. Jim passed by the Board of Trustees at their last meeting.

John D’Argenio, director of athletics also spoke and bestowed Fr. Jim with another round of gifts. “They cannot equal what he has given to us,” he said.

Fr. Jim, who is moving on to become guardian of a friary in St. Petersburg, F.L., responded, “I thank you all for being here. My years at Siena were enjoyable. The entire thing has been a treat for me. Thank you to everyone.”
“It was nice to see the different groupings of the college come together to celebrate one of our own,” said Fr. Kevin.

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$10 Student Tickets at SPAC this Summer

The Communications Office received the following information from Saratoga Performing Arts Center this morning:

All Students (with student ID) may purchase $10 LAWN tickets to all classical programming (New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra) excluding the Ballet gala. Students may also purchase inside amphitheatre seats at a 25% discount.

This includes Middle School to Graduate School and it is available for the New York City Ballet from July 8th to 26th and The Philadelphia Orchestra from August 6th to the 23rd. This is great, inexpensive exposure to world-class performing arts. We encourage students with summer sessions in the capital region to visit SPAC, and for others to carpool to our beautiful outdoor venue.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

'07 Alumna to Save A Life on July 15

Melissa Stevens '07 will donate one of her kidneys on Tuesday, July 15.

In March 2008, Melissa's grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although she found there was not much she could do to slow her grandmother's failing health, Melissa decided to find something she could do to help someone else. She began researching kidney donation: the process, procedure, recovery time, hospitals, places that offer donation, etc.

She signed up on http://www.matchingdonors.com/ and within minutes found three potential blood type matches in her area. She emailed them; one returned the call the next day. After rounds of tests, doctors have confirmed that, excluding genetics, they are a perfect match. And it turns out- the recipient is a famous musician (although she leaves out names to protect the privacy of this situation).

Read all about Melissa's experience at http://melissaskidneydonation.blogspot.com/. You can also leave her some encouraging words from her Siena family and learn more about kidney donation and polycystic kidney disease. You can also join her Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24774538708

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Get Reading for this Year's Popular Books Series

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 7:00PM, Key Auditorium, Roger Bacon Hall.

Fareed Zakaria is an author and international affairs editor at Newsweek whose previous bestseller was entitled The Future of Freedom. In his newest book, Zakaria explains a future world shaped by many emerging power centers. The book is not about the decline of America but rather about the rise of everyone else. The Post-American World is a call for using our nation's strengths to achieve prosperity as have other parts of the world in recent times.

Panelists who will discuss this book are Dr. Vera Eccarius-Kelly from the Political Science Department, Dr. Karl Barbir from History, and Dr. John Hampton, KPMG Professor of Business from St. Peter's College.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America, by Thomas Friedman.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 7:00PM, Key Auditorium, Roger Bacon Hall.

Thomas Friedman's forthcoming book (September 8, 2008) is likely to be an instant bestseller like his recent work, The World is Flat. In Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Friedman examines the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy and their consequences if we do not act quickly and collectively to alter these developments. He proposes an ambitious national strategy called "Geo-Greenism" which he claims will make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure.

Panelists who will discuss this book are Dr. Lawrence Woolbright from the Environmental Studies and Biology Departments, Dr. Matthew Johnson from Sociology. and Dr. Jean Mangun, newly appointed head of the Environmental Studies Department.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Director of WVCR Inducted into Hall of Fame

Legendary Capital Region radio executive and Siena Director John Kelly was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on June 24th during a ceremony at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George, the site of the association’s annual conference.
Kelly guided three different radio stations to number one positions in three different decades, with three different owners. The 1997 NYSBA “Broadcaster of the Year,” Kelly modestly explains his success this way: “I never knew much about anything. I just hired good people and got out of their way.”
Kelly called the induction a great honor and thanked his “two families” for sharing the award with him. Kelly’s children and grandchildren attended. Also attending was Kelly’s “Siena family.” Since retiring in 2002, Kelly has served as Director of Siena’s radio station, WVCR.

When Albany auto dealership giant Jim Morrell decided to get into radio, he chose Kelly to lead the way. Two stations were purchased in 1986. When Kelly retired in 2002, the group had 28 stations.

The Chairman of the Hall of Fame selection committee, Galaxy group owner Ed Levine worked for Kelly at Albany radio station, WPYX. “Anybody can get lucky once. John Kelly had numerous successes over a number of years all in one market. That separates him from the rest.” Levine says Kelly was a tough task masker with remarkable intuition. “He always knew the right questions to ask and had a tremendous BS detector.”

NYSBA President Joe Reilly is a dear friend who has known Kelly for 40 years. “John let his people take chances that most managers wouldn’t,” Reilly said. In addition, “John had a great eye for talent.” Kelly takes great pleasure in seeing talent go on to achieve enormous success.
Popular NY City morning show co-host (WPLJ) Todd Pettengill has been Billboard Magazine's "Air Personality of the Year" five times. He worked for Kelly in Albany. Pettengill calls him “the best GM I ever worked for, bar none.” He said Kelly’s “even temperament” was a great help when he was trying to manage multiple stations in a turbulent industry.

Born in Poughkeepsie into very modest means, Kelly spent many summers as a youth on a farm doing chores from dawn to dusk. He earned a business degree at SUNY- Farmingdale on Long Island.

As for advice for those with great aspirations, Kelly says simply, “Dare to be different. Why does every resume look alike? Be willing to think outside the box and take risks.”

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Remembering Tim Russert

Siena College is saddened to have learned of the death of Tim Russert. Russert delivered the baccalaureate address to Siena's Class of 2005 and despite only being on campus for a few hours, he left a lasting impression with our community.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Junior Earns MAAC Sportsmanship Award, Advances to NCAA Ballot

Courtesy of Jason Rich, Athletics Office

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena College junior outfielder Nick Messinger (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) has been nominated for the 2008 NCAA Sportsmanship Awards, according to a release furnished by the MAAC office. Messinger was chosen by the league after each member institution submitted a nomination. The award honors student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
Messinger advances to the national Division I ballot which includes one male and one female representative from each of the NCAA’s 31 conferences. The NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct will make the final selection, first limiting the pool to one male and one female student-athlete from each of the three NCAA divisions (six total) and then selecting one male and one female from those six finalists as the NCAA Sportsmanship Award winners.
Messinger has demonstrated superlative sportsmanship and ethical behavior throughout his playing career at Siena, following closely the ideals of Siena’s founding Franciscan Tradition. Messinger was a Second Team All-MAAC selection this past season as a junior outfielder for the Saints, batting .319 with four home runs, 34 RBI and 38 runs scored. He was one of only two players to appear in all 56 games for a Siena team that reached the MAAC Championship Game. Academically, he posted a 3.2 GPA during the 2007-2008 academic year as a sociology major.
Messinger’s sportsmanship is on display on a daily basis. He exhibits great respect for his teammates, coaching staff and competition. He has taken the lead role in assuring that the game is played with integrity and compassion.
Additionally, Messinger has fostered a relationship with recent Siena alumnus Michael Potter who is wheelchair bound with Cerebral Palsy. He makes sure that Potter has a way to attend each game, and that a place is set aside for him next to the Siena dugout. Prior to many at bats, Messinger talks with Potter and lets him know how much it means to him that he is at the game. The relationship extends off the field, as Messinger regularly visits Potter in his Ballston Spa home.
Messinger’s genuine care and civility toward Potter is reflected in his actions on the playing field. He always encourages his teammates to understand how fortunate they are to be playing a game they love and to keep their priorities in order. Many of his teammates have embraced this philosophy and followed his quiet, but powerful example. They recently named him captain for the 2009 season.
The expectations Messinger sets for himself far extend success on the diamond, as he realizes the true meaning of the term student-athlete and is committed to playing out his collegiate career as the best possible person he can be.
In addition to his relationship with Potter, which has helped add an outlet and a sense of belonging to his wheelchair bound friend, Messinger is one of Siena’s most active student-athletes in terms of community service. Messinger’s volunteerism began when he earned the distinction of Eagle Scout for the Boy Scouts of America in 2003 – an organization he remains actively involved with to this day.
In his Norton, Mass. community, Messinger served three years as a Big Brother at his high school Bishop Feehan, while also working for Bishop Feehan Peer Ministry and as a sport camp counselor (basketball, baseball and football). Messinger has volunteered many hours through his local church, serving on the Christian Life Community Youth Group and as a Eucharistic Minister assistant. For the past five years he has been a volunteer and organizer for the Sarah Pellon/Paula Q. Smith Memorial Scholarship Road Race.
At Siena, Messinger’s community outreach projects have expanded to include the athletic department’s Saints in the Community program, where he has played a lead role. Through Saints in the Community, Messinger is a regular volunteer for the St. Casmir Wednesday program, serving as a physical education instructor with other student-athletes for the students of the Arbor Hill Elementary school who come on campus because their school does not have a gymnasium. Messinger has also worked with his teammates for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, preparing a meal for the families of hospital-bound children and visiting the Family Room at Albany Medical Center.
It is the second straight year Siena has received the MAAC’s male sportsmanship nomination. Last year, soccer midfielder Liam Welsh ’08 was the nominee.

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2008 Luce Scholars

Sarah Amie:
· Major: Biochemistry
· GPA: 3.93 overall
· Reason for Attending Siena College: She chose to attend Siena because of its small size and well known science program.
· Extra Curricular: Siena Dance Team, Habitat for Humanity
· Research: Worked on the Green Chemistry Biodiesel Project with Dr. Todaro during her sophomore year. This summer, she will be participating in research on cell signaling with Dr. Sterne-Marr.
· Future plans: She plans on going to graduate school to get her PhD and hopes to have a career in research.

Janelle Rizzo:
· Major: Computer Science
· GPA: 3.79 overall
· Reason for Attending Siena College: She heard that Siena was a good school and close to home. Since Janelle was unsure of a major, she determined that a liberal arts school would be a good place to explore her options. It was during her freshman year that she took a computer science course and discovered her calling.
· Extra Curricular: Siena Pep Band, Relay for Life, ACM Women in Computing Club
· Research: Still exploring the different areas of Computer Science.
· Future plans: She plans on going to graduate school to get more experience in computer science. Currently interested in studying computer security and/or forensics.Type your summary here

About the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship Program: This scholarship generously funds two junior and two senior women pursuing degrees in bio-chemistry, chemistry, computer science, math or physics. It provides funding for tuition, research projects and faculty mentoring for their junior and senior years. The scholarship provides nearly a full scholarship for these students.

Our 2 returning scholarship winners:

Patricia Carroll:
· Major: Physics with minors in chemistry and math
· GPA: 4.0
· Reason for Attending Siena College: The main reason I chose Siena was because it was a great school where I could also play D1 soccer. I like that it's a small campus, very friendly, and not too far from home. It’s competitive both academically and athletically.
· Extra Curricular: Siena Women's Soccer, Physics Club and Sigma Pi Sigma member.
· Summer 2007: Project in astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. The following information is copied from their website:
Studying Galaxies with COSMOS Advisors: Dr. Charles Liu COSMOS is a major Hubble Space Telescope survey with a massive international multiwavelength followup effort that, when completed, will be applied to a wide variety of astronomical questions. One preliminary study to be conducted, using the first portions of the COSMOS data, will be to identify the strongly star-forming galaxies in the survey and measure their luminosities, positions, and spatial distributions. The eventual goal of such a study would be to measure and understand the changes that have occurred in the field galaxy population as a function of cosmic time.

· Summer 2008: Accepted to NASA USRP program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. During recent years, both Jupiter and Saturn have been exhibiting interesting atmospheric changes and the ring system of Saturn is closing, thereby providing unique geometry for observations. My project will involve studying these changes using ground-based observations and other pertinent data resident in the Planetary Data System (PDS).
· Future plans: I plan to go to graduate school to pursue my PhD in Astrophysics.

Christina Sillery:
· Major: Computer Science and Biology
· GPA: 3.54 overall
· Reason for Attending Siena College: Siena is a small school with a great sense of community and service along with a strong science program. They encourage Franciscan values along with success through a well rounded, liberal arts education.
· Extra Curricular: Habitat for Humanity, Campus Ministry, Siena College Ambassador, Pep-band, Outing Club
· REU: MedIX: Medical Informatics Research Experience for Undergraduates Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation at Depaul University and Northwestern University. The following information is copied from their website:
"The REU site is in the area of Medical Informatics and will address issues related to the workflow driven acquisition of image data in an electronic medical record environment, and the subsequent post-processing of the image information to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the consumers of this information, notably radiologists. In particular, segmentation, texture analysis, classification and annotation of computed tomography (CT) images using computer vision and data mining techniques will be emphasized. "
· Future plans: As for my future, I aspire to extend my knowledge as far as possible, throughout graduate school and work towards a career involved with bioinformatics. In order to promote the advantages of modern medicine, I am aiming for a career that involves both the technological and medical fields. I hope to further my education both at Siena College and in the future in graduate school.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Alumni Receive Awards During Alumni Weekend 2008

William P. McGoldrick ’68
The Reverend Benjamin Kuhn, O.F.M. Award for specific contributions to improve the Siena Community
James A. Donsbach ’68
The Reverend Benjamin Kuhn, O.F.M., Award for specific contributions to improve the Siena Community
Robert L. Guido ’68
The Professor Joseph A. Buff Award for outstanding career accomplishments or achievements
John J. Breyo ’68
The Professor Joseph A. Buff Award for outstanding career accomplishments or achievements
Robert J. Edwards ’73 & Ralph C. Giuliano ’73

The Professor Egon Plager Award for accomplishments in advancing the welfare of other human beings

Please click below for detailed biographies for our 2008 distinguished alumni:

Bill McGoldrick- During his 37 year career in educational advancement, Bill has built a reputation as a successful professional and an outstanding teacher, speaker and consultant. His skills, experience and passion for education led him to join Sue Washburn to establish Washburn & McGoldrick, Inc. in 1995, an international consulting firm dedicated to educational institutions.

Bill served Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as director of development for five years and as vice president for eleven years leading the alumni relations, communications and development programs, and two campaigns that secured more than $260 million. He also served as a major gift director in a $20 million campaign at The College of William and Mary.

He has been active with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and served on the CASE Board of Trustees. Bill has been a faculty member at many CASE sponsored programs and was a featured speaker at the AGB National Conference on Trusteeship. He has spoken at international conferences on fund raising and campaign management in the United Kingdom and Australia and has authored chapters in three books related to development and campaigning. In 1990, CASE Middle Atlantic District presented him with its Professional of the Year Award. In 1993, the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives named him its Fund Raising Executive of Distinction.

Bill earned a bachelor's degree in English from Siena College and holds a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University. He served two years as Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy.

He is active as a board member for various community organizations including serving two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Siena College Alumni Association and is currently a member of Siena College’s Board of Associate Trustees.

Bill is not only a great volunteer but a generous donor as well. In addition to being Annual Fund President’s Circle Member and Saints Alive! Boosters, Bill and his wife Betsi have made substantial gifts to several restricted projects at Siena. They established the M. Margaret McGoldrick Scholarship for students who are active community members and have financial need in honor of Bill’s mother. They supported the building of the Sarazen Student Union, Standish Library and renovations of Siena Hall. Bill has been a leader among the Class of 1968 for their class endowment fund.

Jim Donsbach- The Donsbach name is synonymous with Siena College. Jim has been part of the Siena Community for the better part of his lifetime. His dad was the legendary accounting professor, Carl Donsbach, who taught at Siena for over 30 years before passing away in 2000.

Beyond the family ties, Jim has been a dedicated Siena volunteer. He has served as an officer in the Capital District Alumni Chapter, a volunteer for the Annual Fund, which he chaired for two years, a panelist at student orientation events, a sponsor of Festa Vino and a member of his class reunion gift committee. Jim also established an endowment fund for a series of annual accounting lectures in memory of his father.

After earning his undergraduate degree in business from Siena in 1968, Jim completed a graduate degree in higher education from SUNY Albany. His career spans of over thirty-five years in higher education and he currently manages a program office for the office of higher education at the New York State Education Department.

Jim celebrated his 40th class reunion this summer and looks forward to continuing the family legacy at Siena College.

Bob Guido, retired Vice-Chair of Ernst & Young LLP, was responsible for the firm’s Assurance and Advisory Practices. Bob was a member of the firm’s Americas Executive Board, which is composed of partners responsible for the leadership and direction of the firm. Bob has been a speaker at many Directors Institutes and forums on Corporate Governance (including the FORTUNE Boardroom Forums).
Bob served as the coordinating partner on some of E&Y’s largest global clients in many industries (and countries), including manufacturing, consumer products and energy. Bob also co-chaired E&Y’s Global Client Steering Committee, which is represented by some of the firm’s most senior. Bob has been involved in the development and improvement of accounting and audit methodologies since he joined E&Y in 1968.
Bob graduated with a B.B.A. from Siena College and a M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University. In addition to holding a Certified Public Accountant certificate (CPA), he also holds a Certified Management Accountant certificate (CMA).
While based in Cleveland, Ohio, Bob was active in many organizations – including serving as President of The Zoological Society, Treasurer of Cleveland Scholarship Inc., Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Leadership Cleveland, and chair of the Accounting Advisory Board at Case Western University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Since his 1997 transfer to Georgia, Bob joined Emory University’s Goizueta Business School Advisory Board, assisted the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta with their Capital Campaign, served on the Governor’s Business Advisory Board, and served as a volunteer at the East Lake Golf Club in connection with the PGA’s Tour Championship Event.
Presently, Bob remains active on the Business Advisory Board at Emory University, on the Board of Cleveland Scholarship, Inc., and involved at East Lake with the Tour Championship.
In May 2007, Bob was appointed to the Siena College Board of Trustees – serving on the Executive and Audit Committees (Chairing Audit), as well as the College Athletics Committee.

John Breyo- John is a native of Schenectady, N.Y., and an honors graduate of Linton High School, Siena College and Albany Law School, where he graduated 12th in his class. John was admitted to the New York State Bar in June of 1972. In 1971, he joined The Ayco Corporation. Founded on the belief that the tax code was becoming too complex for even the most knowledgeable of corporate executives, Ayco quickly gained a reputation for professionalism and competence. Ayco now provides financial planning services to executives of Fortune 500 companies, among many other services.

As the founder of Ayco’s tax practice, its Encompass consulting practice, Ayco Asset Management, Ayco University and many other innovations, John has played a pivotal role in the growth of Ayco’s success. In 1986, he was named to the office of the president. In 1994, under John’s leadership, the company underwent a management buyout, at which time he became President of The Ayco Company, L.P., and a major shareholder. In June 1997, John became chairman and chief executive officer and president of the parent company and all its subsidiaries and general partner of all its partnerships. He was instrumental in the July 1, 2003, sale of The Ayco Company, L.P., to Goldman, Sachs & Co.

When Goldman, Sachs & Co. acquired The Ayco Company, L.P., John was named a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., as well as chief executive officer of The Ayco Company, L.P.

He has sat on the board of trustees of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Albany Law School, Greenwich Street Capital Partners I and Greenwich Street Capital Partners II. He was named the 1999 recipient of the William Golub Tikkun Olam Award for his humanitarian endeavors by the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York. In 2002 he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Siena College.

John retired in November 2006 from The Ayco Company, L.P., but remains under contract to Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Robert J. Edwards & Ralph C. Giuliano - During the 1991 Alumni Reunion Weekend, where Dr. Jerry Hough was honored with the Dr. Egon Plager Award for Humanitarian Effort and ran into his classmate Dr. Robert Edwards ’73, a dentist from Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “Jerry told me about his experience helping children in La Victoria (Dominican Republic) and it interested me. I have always wanted to get involved in this type of work,” Edwards said.

Dr. Edwards joined Dr. Hough and a few years later he recruited his classmate, Dr. Ralph Giuliano ’73, a dentist in Southbury, CT to join the team’s efforts. Upon Dr. Edwards’ arrival he discovered sparse and outdated dental equipment and they were desperately low on supplies . They were hindered with a lack of refrigeration, and dental instruments were being washed by hand in basins filled with local contaminated water. Electricity wasn’t guaranteed everyday either.

Edwards and Giuliano spent most of their days treating children at a clinic pre-school and educating Dominican dentists on new procedures. “We noticed a lot of dental decay in the children down there due to their habits of chewing and brushing their teeth with sugar cane,” Edwards said. They also conducted inventories that would allocate future funds and supplies. “You realize how much easier it is to practice in the United States,” Dr. Edwards said. “Working under these conditions you get a real feeling of accomplishment, and it makes you want to contribute a little more.”

Over the last two decades, these Siena alumni have volunteered one week per year as they installed back up power generators, helped build an outpatient hospital, donated dental chairs and medical supplies, and used the week to catch up with each other.

“There are a lot of people working to make the town of La Victoria a better place. It isn’t a big deal in our minds,” Edwards said. “This isn’t something that becomes difficult over time. You develop relationships with the people and look forward to returning every year.”

In 2001, the Siena graduates, along with numerous other volunteers from the United States, helped put the finishing touches on a new outpatient hospital. Included in the hospital was a dental clinic. “Our goal was to be able to get this place to be self-sustaining,” Giuliano said. “We wanted to do what we thought was best for these people.” Today the hospital has two full-time dentists who serve the 500 children of La Victoria. The dental clinic cleans the children’s teeth for free, courtesy of Dr. Hough’s parish. Now that the clinic at La Victoria is self-sustaining, the Siena trio is considering a new location to help the less fortunate. “The world is our community,” Giuliano said. “As human beings, we have a responsibility to this community.


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