Le Moyne College

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Le Moyne College
Lemoyne Seal.png
Latin: Collegium Le Moyne
Motto Totus in Domino Jesu (Latin)
Motto in English
Everything in the Lord Jesus
Type Private Nonprofit
Coeducational Liberal Arts
Established 1946 (1946)
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment US $160.7 million[1]
President Linda M. LeMura
Academic staff
Students 3,533
Undergraduates 2,871
Postgraduates 662
Location Syracuse, New York,
Campus Urban and Suburban
160 acres (64.7 ha)
Colors Green      and      Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IINE-10
Nickname Dolphins
Sports 21 varsity sports teams[2]
(10 men and 11 women)
Mascot Dolphin
Website www.lemoyne.edu

Le Moyne College, named after Jesuit missionary Simon Le Moyne, is a private Jesuit college in Syracuse, New York, enrolling over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1946, Le Moyne is the first Jesuit college to be founded as a co-educational institution. The College is the second-youngest of the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, and is the only comprehensive Catholic college in Central New York.

Le Moyne College's 160-acre (0.65 km2) campus is located in the Town of DeWitt, in a suburban residential neighborhood. It borders the Salt Springs neighborhood of Syracuse, facilitating partnerships with the city of Syracuse and regional businesses and organizations.

In 2014, the Board of Trustees appointed Linda M. LeMura, Ph.D., formerly the college's provost and academic vice president, the 14th president, making her the first lay female president of a Jesuit college or university in the world.

Campus facilities and resources[edit]

The Le Moyne College campus consists of 35 major and minor buildings comprising close to one million gross square feet across roughly 160 acres (0.65 km2). Six major residence halls and 12 smaller residential buildings range from traditional "corridor" style through suite, townhouse, and apartment styles.

Other major campus buildings are the campus center, the Noreen Reale Falcone Library, and three main academic buildings, including Coyne Science Center. The campus also includes the Panasci Family Chapel, the W. Carroll Coyne Performing Arts Center, and the Thomas Niland Athletic Complex. The college lands encompass a 5.4-acre (22,000 m2) parcel with a reservoir, for student and faculty research on biodiversity and insect life. A retail plaza added in Summer 2010 includes a bookstore, coffee shop, and pizzeria. Construction on the $20 million, 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) LEED-Gold certified science complex was completed in 2012. Angled toward the south in order to capture sunlight, this complex accommodates the college's engineering and health sciences programs, providing classrooms, laboratories, and a lecture hall.

Le Moyne College students access the campus network, the Library's system, and the Internet from computer labs located throughout the campus, or from dorm rooms with personal computers. Teaching facilities include "smart" classrooms, with multimedia capabilities.

The Recreation Center accommodates intramural, personal fitness and recreational activities, housing a fitness room with Nautilus and Universal equipment, an Olympic-size indoor pool built for competition, a whirlpool, an elevated jogging track, racket ball courts, and a large multipurpose gymnasium that can be divided into three courts for tennis, volleyball, basketball and other activities. An athletic turf field located next to the Rec Center is used for multiple sports.

Campus library[edit]

The Noreen Reale Falcone Library was constructed in 1981. It houses about 900,000 materials and maintains its own online public access catalog, which is available from both on- and off-campus computers. The main library collection includes:

  • Over 259,000 books, serial backfiles, and government documents (titles)
  • Nearly 37,700 current serials (titles), including print and full-text electronic periodicals, newspapers, and government documents.
  • 577,468 microforms (titles)
  • 10,935 video and audio titles.
  • 125 research databases.

Student life[edit]

Student-directed activities, athletics, clubs, and service organizations are available to all Le Moyne students. Students are represented by a Student Senate and have formal representation through the senate on most College-wide committees involved in decision making and policy formation.

Approximately 80 percent of students live in residence halls and townhouses on campus. The Residence Hall Councils and the Le Moyne Student Programming Board organize concerts, dances, a weekly film series, student talent programs, and special lectures as well as off-campus trips and skiing excursions. Le Moyne's theater program hosts at least two productions each year, housed in the W. Carroll Coyne Performing Arts Center. The Office of Campus Ministry arranges alternative breaks and service and retreat opportunities, as part of the Jesuit mission of the school. Students participate in Syracuse arts through collaborations with the Syracuse International Film Festival, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Everson Museum of Art.

Le Moyne is home to The Dolphin, a student newspaper founded in 1947. In 2005, a dispute emerged between the administration and the newspaper's staff. The administration, headed by Linda LeMura, who went on to become Le Moyne's president, decided to replace the current advisor. They cited bad layouts, as well as grammatical, spelling and factual errors as reasons for replacing the current advisor. The editorial board protested, collecting over 2,000 student signatures in two days, and refused to publish complete issues. The administration nonetheless went forward with the advisor's replacement.[3]

Le Moyne's student radio station is WLMU. The campus TV studio in Reilly Hall was renovated during the summer of 2009. With six new P2 video cameras and other new equipment available for student use in video broadcasting, the studio helps to support the newly formed Department of Communication and Film Studies.

Le Moyne also hosts a centrally-located cafe-style space ('Kaffe Nuvo') and a student lounge known as The Cove. The Cove offers a variety of entertainment on weekends including concerts and movie screenings, and is a popular spot for first-year students.

Campus traditions[edit]

Welcoming traditions[edit]

Le Moyne College begins every academic year with two rituals: (1) 'Moving In Weekend,' when current students help to carry the boxes and suitcases of the new, first-year students into the dormitories; and (2) the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which continues a tradition dating back to the first Jesuit school, established in Messina, Sicily in 1548 (probably preceding this date). The meaning of this Mass is based in Catholic theology; the campus community commits to seeking knowledge as a community of scholars. The song "Stay with Us," composed by Le Moyne alumna M.D. Ridge[4] especially for Le Moyne College, was performed.

Dolphy Day[edit]

Another annual tradition at Le Moyne College is "Dolphy Day," dating back to its origins in 1970. Each year, the actual date of the event is kept a secret until the last possible moment, heightening the excitement. Dolphy Day began as a time to skip classes and relax outside on the first beautiful Spring day, listening to music, including Frank Zappa's song, "Eric Dolphy Barbecue." Although Le Moyne's mascot is a dolphin, campus officials say there is no direct relation between the name of this event and this college icon.

Dolphy Day quickly became a symbol of carefree, college fun, a time to be with friends outdoors after a long winter. A key part of the ritual is the fact that, each year, a "Wizard" is chosen (by the preceding Wizard).[5] This person must be a senior; his or her identity remains a secret until the actual event begins. The Wizard works both with Le Moyne's administration and fellow seniors to orchestrate an enjoyable, memorable event. While the administration seeks to diminish the association with alcohol, this association remains. The event begins at about 2am or 3am, often involving fireworks, as the campus quad fills with students. Festivities continue until late afternoon, and include entertainment: live music, a barbecue attended also by staff and administrators, dancing, and sports, including football and Frisbee. The 40th anniversary of Dolphy Day, celebrated April 7, 2010, honored Eric Dolphy with a life-size bronze sculpture and a seminar by musician and Dolphy colleague Gunther Schuller.[5][6]

Alumni celebrations[edit]

Le Moyne College honors its 50-year graduates each May at graduation, and also annually honors all graduates whose parents are alumni at the Baccalaureate Mass which takes place prior to graduation.

Lecture series[edit]

Le Moyne College hosts a series of themed, annual lectures: the Berrigan Lecture, Loyola Lecture, and Madden Lecture.

Green initiatives[edit]

Environmental sustainability is integrated into Le Moyne College facilities planning and operating processes through measures such as: use of native species in landscaping; storm water controls through swales and detention/retention basins; plans to capture and reuse storm water for irrigation; use of environmentally friendly pesticides and fertilizers; contracting with LEED-accredited professionals for the design and construction of all new structures and major renovations; a lighting pilot program to reduce consumption;[7] use of refrigerants to minimize ozone layer depletion; and other practices which assure energy efficiency in buildings and in boiler operations, pump motors, and washing machines, while curtailing emissions.

In June 2010, the college began construction on a new, 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) science facility. The science complex provides teaching and research space for use by faculty and students in the science and health professions. Its environmentally-sound design features include day lighting, solar preheating, and thermal storage, resulting in the award of LEED-Gold certification[8]

Public lectures with environmental themes are hosted by the Center for the Study of Environmental Change. Past lectures have included such noted scientists as climatologist Michael Mann, coastal geologist Orin Pilkey and journalist Carol Kaesek Yoon.


The Le Moyne Dolphins are the athletic teams for the college. Le Moyne competes in the NCAA at the Division II level for its 21 varsity teams and offers participation opportunities for over 340 students.[9] Le Moyne competes in Northeast-10 Conference in all sports.[10]

Varsity sports[edit]

Le Moyne fields varsity teams in the following sports:

Notable alumni[edit]

Faculty and administrators[edit]

Among those faculty and/or administrators who serve or have served on the Le Moyne campus are:

  • Carmen Basilio (1927–2012), former Physical Education teacher at Le Moyne and a former World Champion boxer
  • John Beilein, former Head Men's Basketball Coach at Le Moyne from 1983 to 1992 and current Head Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Michigan
  • Daniel Berrigan, S.J. (1921-2016), former Professor of New Testament Studies and founder of the International House at Le Moyne, social activist, author, poet
  • George Coyne, S.J., inaugural McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne
  • John M. Corridan (1911-1984), former Economics Professor at Le Moyne and the inspiration for the character of "Father Barry" in the classic film On the Waterfront*
  • Frank Haig, former President of Le Moyne from 1981 to 1987 and younger brother of former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig
  • Linda M. LeMura, Ph.D., 14th and current President
  • John J. McNeill, S.J. (1925-2015), former Professor at Le Moyne, noted Peace Activist during the Vietnam War and an advocate for LGBT rights
  • Joseph M. McShane, S.J., former Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Le Moyne and current President of Fordham University
  • J. Donald Monan, S.J. (1924-2017), administrator and faculty member at Le Moyne from 1961 through 1972, later served as President of Boston College from 1972 to 1996
  • Dave Paulsen, former Head Men's Basketball Coach at Le Moyne from 1997 to 2000 and current Head Men's Basketball Coach at George Mason University
  • Fred Pestello, Ph.D. 13th President at Le Moyne and current President of Saint Louis University
  • Harold Ridley (1939-2005), former Professor, English Department Chair, and Chief Academic Officer at Le Moyne and former President of Loyola College in Maryland
  • Andrew Russo, Grammy Award winning pianist and Artist-in-residence at Le Moyne
  • Margaret C. Snyder, first Dean of Women at Le Moyne and a noted social scientist with a special interest in women and economic development, particularly in Africa.
  • W. Michael Short, who founded the nation's first socially responsible online financing platform for underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs while serving as the College's inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence from 2014-2016.[13][14][15] The platform - known as SourceFunding.org - was announced at a press conference at Le Moyne College's Madden School of Business on November 11, 2015 and was later highlighted at the Obama White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, and featured in the Business & Management Review for socially responsible "FinTech Innovation."[16][17][18][19][20][21]


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  21. ^ "Madden School of Business Empowers High Impact Social Entrepreneurs, Veterans; Launches Global Funding Platform". Madden School of Business, Le Moyne College. November 10, 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 

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