Siena College

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Siena College
Seina Front.jpg
Former names
St. Bernadine of Siena College
Motto in English
Developing Leaders Capable of Extraordinary Achievement
Established 1937
Type Private liberal arts college
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church (Franciscan)
Endowment $139 million (2010).[1]
President Br. F Edward Coughlin, OFM, Ph.D
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 3,214[2]
Postgraduates 33
Location Loudonville, New York, USA
Campus Suburban, 174 acres [3]
Fight Song When the Saints Go Marching In
Colors Green and Gold         
Athletics NCAA Division IMAAC
Sports 18 varsity teams
Nickname Saints
Mascot Bernie "Saint" Bernard (St. Bernard Dog)
Affiliations AFCU

Siena College is an independent Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Loudonville, Albany County, New York, United States.[4][5] Siena is a four-year, coeducational, independent college in the Franciscan tradition, founded by the Order of Friars Minor, in 1937. It has 3,000 full-time students and offers undergraduate degrees in business, liberal arts, and sciences.[3]

The college was named after Saint Bernardino of Siena, a 15th-century Italian Franciscan friar and preacher.[6] St. Bernardine of Siena Friary is located on campus.

The current president of the college is Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M, Ph.D.[7]


The college is an suburban campus taking up 174 acres (70 ha) at the northern edge of Loudonville. The campus includes:

  • Siena Hall
The main college building, housing classrooms and administrator and faculty offices. The cupola at the top is used as the symbol of the college, appearing on the college logo and most printed and web material.
  • J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Library
Built in 1999, it has space for 400,000 volumes, seating for 700 readers, networking for 500 computer connections, 100 computer work stations, an audio-visual center, an archive and special collections suite, 11 group study rooms, 16 faculty carrels, and training laboratory and demonstration classrooms.
  • Roger Bacon Hall
Houses the School of Science offices and classrooms as well as the Psychology Department.
  • Morrell Science Center
Attached to Roger Bacon Hall and built in 2001, it houses the chemistry, biochemistry and biology departments.
  • Kiernan Hall
Classrooms and faculty offices. Notable for the design: the first floor consist of two sections separated by an outdoor walkway, with the second floor bridging the two sections.
  • Foy Hall (former athletic center)
Home to the creative arts department, campus theatre and studio of Siena College Television.
  • Marcelle Athletic Complex
Athletic offices and facilities.
  • Sarazen Student Union
Houses the post office, campus radio station, Student Affairs office, student government offices, the Pepsi Cafe, O'Leary's Pub, Pandini's, and the Sub Connection.
  • There are eight residential living areas on campus: Cushing Village (4 or 6 person townhouses), Hennepin Hall (6 story traditional dorm building), Hines Hall (5 story traditional dorm building), MacClosky Square (6 or 8 person townhouses), Padua Hall (traditional dorm building, second newest hall on campus), Plassmann Hall, Ryan Hall (exclusively for Freshmen), and Snyder Hall (recently renamed), which was just built in 2010. The residence halls tend to be concentrated in the middle of campus and at the southern end while the townhouse residences are concentrated along the northern edge of campus off Fiddlers Lane and were at first controversial with the Newtonville community. When the first townhouses were proposed the Newtonville Homeowners Association unsuccessfully sued to block construction.[8] Subsequent construction has not been controversial thanks to the town board including the Newtonville Homeowners Association in the decision making process.
  • A Friary provides housing for the Franciscan friars that are involved with the campus.


Main article: Siena Saints
Siena guard Ronald Moore dribbles toward the basket in a game against Loyola in January 2010.[9][10]

Siena offers 18 NCAA Division I sports, 17 of which participate in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), with field hockey participating in the Northeast Conference (NEC).[11][12]

The college generally only competed against local schools in athletics until being elevated to the Division I level in 1976. At this time, Siena became a member of the ECAC, and later the North Atlantic Conference, a forerunner to the present day America East Conference. In 1990, the college moved to the MAAC where it has remained since. Siena has not always been known by its present moniker. Athletic teams were first known as the Golden Hurricanes and later as the Indians. In March 1989, the school adopted its current nickname, the Saints.

Many of Siena's athletic teams have experienced success at the Division I level. The college's most well known squad is the men's basketball team. The Saints have appeared in six NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the Round of 32 in 1989, 2008 and 2009. Siena has also played in the postseason NIT five times, capturing third place in 1994. The women's basketball teams has also had a recent run of success, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2001, and appearances in the 1999, 2002 and 2003 WNIT.

Another team with recent high achievement is men's baseball. The Saints advanced to the 1999 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and in 2005 saw pitcher John Lannan drafted by the Washington Nationals.[13] Lannan has since become a regular starter in Washington's rotation.[14]

Finally, the men's lacrosse team has also improved significantly in recent years. The Saints qualified for their first MAAC tournament in 2007 and their first NCAA tournament in 2009. That season, the Saints secured an automatic berth in the tournament after winning their first MAAC championship during a ten-game winning streak.[15][16]

Notable alumni[edit]

Siena College has approximately 28,000 living alumni worldwide, including the incumbent college president Fr. Kevin J. Mullen.

  • In the fields of journalism and literature, notable Siena graduates include: William J. Kennedy, 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner; Erich Hartmann, international award-winning photojournalist and former president of Magnum Photos; David Hepp, award-winning journalist and creator of Inside Albany and Ed Henry, senior White House correspondent for FoxNews.
  • In the fields of law and government, notable Siena graduates include: Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association; Francis Bergan, former presiding justice of the New York Court of Appeals; Constantine George Cholakis, former judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York; George Deukmejian, 35th governor of California; United States Representative Christopher P. "Chris" Gibson ; former United States Representatives from New York Jack Quinn and Gerald B. H. Solomon; and Henry F. Zwack, justice of the New York Supreme Court, Third Judicial District. Teaching government and international studies, is Chris J. Dolan, professor of political science. Mae D'Agostino is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.
  • In the field of business, notable Siena graduates include: Davis Etkin, founder and former president of Capital District Regional Off Track Betting.

See also[edit]

  • Siena Research Institute, an affiliate of Siena College, conducts expert and public opinion polls, focusing on New York State and the United States, on issues of public policy interest.


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  2. ^ "Siena College". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b "FAQs: The Facts About Siena : Siena College". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  4. ^ 'About Siena', Siena College website; "Siena is...located in Loudonville, New York, a suburban community just outside the state's capital."
  5. ^ "Colonie town, New York." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Siena College Mission and History - Siena College website. "Since the beginning, the College was placed under the patronage of St. Bernardine of Siena, the illustrious 15th century Franciscan scholar. St. Bernardine is a fitting patron for he embodies the rich and deep intellectual tradition that the followers of St. Francis bring to education."
  7. ^ "Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. Elected to Lead Holy Name Province and Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D. to Serve as Interim President". Siena College. Siena College. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Marc Carey (1992-04-02). "Additional Dormitories for Siena". Times Union. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  9. ^ "2009–2010 Siena Saints Yearbook". Siena College. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  10. ^ McGuire, Mark (2010-01-22). "Streaking Siena". Times Union (Albany) (Hearst Newspapers). p. B1. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  11. ^ "FAQs for Athletics". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  12. ^ "Siena Field Hockey Selected Ninth in NEC Preseason Poll". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  13. ^ "Mission Statement". Siena College. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  14. ^ "John Lannan". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  15. ^ Saints Face-Off with Syracuse in NCAA Tournament, Siena College, May 8, 2009.
  16. ^ Siena College Men's Lacrosse 2009 Quick Facts (PDF), Siena College, 2009.

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