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!
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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!

A lot of you out there have stories of Ed, especially those of you have gone through the Albany Med program. Feel free to share them with us!

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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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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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