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

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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