|St. Bernadine of Siena College|
|Motto||The Education of a Lifetime|
Motto in English
|Developing Leaders Capable of Extraordinary Achievement|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Roman Catholic Church (Franciscan)|
|Endowment||$139 million (2010).|
|Location||Loudonville, New York, U.S.
|Campus||Suburban, 174 acres |
|Fight song||When the Saints Go Marching In|
|Colors||Green and Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – MAAC|
|Mascot||Bernie "Saint" Bernard (St. Bernard Dog)|
Siena College is an independent Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Loudonville, Albany County, New York, United States. 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.
The current president of the college is Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M, Ph.D.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Student life
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Siena Research Institute
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 In the media
- 9 Related portals
- 10 Future development plans
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Development of Campus
- New rugby pitch: Opens Fall 2016
- New bookstore and food location called Casey's: Opens Fall 2014 (Formerly the Pepsi Cafe, O'Leary's Pub, Pandini's, the Sub Connection, and the old bookstore)
- Siena College Grotto: Opens October 2014 
Schools of College
Siena College students attend three schools within the college:
- School of Business
- School of Liberal Arts
- School of Science
School of Business
AASCB International Accredited 
- Accounting and Business Law
- M.S. in Accounting
- Quantitative Business Analysis
School of Liberal Arts
- American Studies
- Creative Arts
- Modern Languages and Classics
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Social Work
The college is a 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 Computer Science, Psychology, Mathematics, and Physics Departments.
- 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, and campus hangout Casey's
- 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. 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.
Students are involved in a number of wide, specific, academic related, recreational, leadership building, and diverse organizations and clubs or campus. There are currently 85 organizations on campus, each with their own campus, local, or national impact. Each organization has Executive Board positions which allows students to lead, develop, and set a plan of direction for their impact.
The Student Senate
The Siena College Student Senate serves as a liaison between faculty, administration, and students. It works to present and to interpret students’ attitudes, opinions, and rights to the teaching faculty and administration. The Senate is charged with the oversight of clubs and the distribution of the student activities fees. While Senate does not directly control college academic or social policies, it continues to work with a group of cooperative administrators to shape them in ways that will benefit the community.
Both the Senate and the administration keep what is best for the students as their top priority. The Student Senate has an Executive Board including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The rest of the Senate is Representatives, Hall and Town House Representatives, and Commuter Representatives. Student Senate is the governing body for all clubs and organizations on campus.
Student Events Board (SEB)
SEB sponsors traditional types of entertainment in the form of bands, comedians, and speakers, but also presents other non-traditional events designed for Siena such as coffeehouse acts, open mic nights, Winter Weekend, Siblings Weekend, Charity Week, big concerts, as well as SienaFest. SEB also oversees and regulates the sale and distribution of goods and services of campus clubs and organizations. The Board encourages the development of new areas of entertainment based upon student interest.
Residence Hall Association (RHA)
The mission of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) is to act as a governing student body; to serve as the official liaison between the residential students at Siena College with Siena College staff and administration; to strive to make Siena’s residence halls and townhouses a desirable community; to be the official voice of Siena’s residential students; and to serve as a programming organization within residential communities.
|A Cappella Club||Financial Management Association||Men's Rugby Club||Running Club|
|American Sign Language Club||Fitness Club||Mentoring Program||S.O.L.I.D. Step Team|
|Asian Student Assoc. (ASA)||French Club||Mock Trial||SCEO (Siena College Entrepreneurship Organization)|
|Best Buddies||Gaming Club||Model UN||SCMA (Siena College Marketing Association)|
|Biology Club||Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA)||Muslim Students Assoc.||Service Sisterhood|
|B.L.S.U.||Girl Scouts Club||Operation Smile||Siena For Life|
|Brazilian Club||Habitat for Humanity||Orthodox Christian Students Association||Siena Students for Fair Trade|
|Bus Stop Club||HeForShe||Outing Club||Social Work Club|
|Chaotick||History Club||Pendragon||Spanish Club|
|Chemistry Bio-Chemistry Club||Ice Hockey||Philosophy Club||Squash Club|
|Chess Club||Inspire Club||Physics & Astronomy||Stage III|
|Chinese Students Association||International Students Association||Political Science Society||Table Tennis (Ping Pong)|
|Colleges Against Cancer||Irish Dance Team||Pre-Dental Club||Tennis Club|
|Computer Science Club||Italian Club||Pre-Law Society||The Promethean|
|Cru||Karate Club||Project Haiti||Thirst Project|
|Democrats Club||L.U.N.A.||Psychology Club||Trailblazers|
|Economics Students Assoc.||Mathematics Club||Quidditch Club||Ultimate Frisbee|
|English Society||Medicus Christi||READ for the Stars||Women in Computing|
|Environmental Club||Men's Club Baseball||Red Cross Club||Women's Club Rugby|
|Equestrian Club||Men's Club Soccer||Republican Club||Women's Club Soccer|
|FeelGood||Men's Club Volleyball||Revival||Writing Partnership|
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. In 2014, Siena competed in their first College Basketball Invitational tournament and won the championship defeating Stony Brook, Penn State, Illinois State and Fresno State two games to one in the best-of-three championship series. 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. They finished second in the 2015 WBI.
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. Lannan has since become a regular starter in Washington's rotation. They also participated in the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.
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.
Siena Research Institute
- 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.
Siena College has approximately 28,000 living alumni worldwide, including former 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: Francis Bergan, former presiding justice of the New York Court of Appeals; Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; 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. Mae D'Agostino is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Wayne LaPierre, Jr majored in Political Science and graduated from Siena College in 1972.
Notable honorary degree recipients
- 2015: Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO and Chairman of Board of General Electric
- 2011: Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Head of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- 2010: Ambassador Andrew Young, Former United Nations Ambassador, Atlanta mayor, and Member of the United States House of Representatives
In the media
Future development plans
Over $50 million campaign to raise funds for the development of the college
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