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President's Report

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The Power of

2010 President’s Report

On the Cover. The bronze sculpture overlooking the main entrance of St. Bernardine of Siena Friary is Otello Guarducci’s three-dimensional rendering of the College’s official seal. Based on St. Bernardine’s original design, both seal and sculpture feature the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek (IHS). The letters are enclosed in a sunburst. St. Bernardine reduced tensions and hostilities in 15th century Italy by convincing rival factions to replace their coats of arms with this homage to the holy name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. To Bernardine’s emblem, Guarducci added two other Christian symbols: a round disk representing the Eucharist and a triangle, a traditional icon of the Trinity.

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Table of Contents
President’s Message Transformation Student Life Athletics Enrollment Academics School of Liberal Arts School of Science School of Business Undergraduate Research Community Faculty and Staff Facilities and Infrastructure Visibility Development Finance Our Future Leadership 2 4 6 9 12 14 18 21 24 27 30 34 36 39 42 45 48 49


Dear Friends of Siena College: It is my pleasure to report to you on another notable year in our journey of transformation at Siena College. The powerful experiences of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare serve as the foundational examples for our community. At Siena, education is a transforming experience, personally, socially and spiritually. 800 years later, the legacy of Francis and Clare for sharing, community and using knowledge for the good of all are embodied in how we mark success. When I first arrived at Siena College as a student, 35 years ago, I wasn’t expecting a transforming experience. The school was only a little more than 30 years old—that’s less time than I’ve now been graduated. (In fact, at the time, the 1937 founding year seemed like the Middle Ages.) In those days, most students commuted and you could count the number of buildings on your fingers. My, how things have changed! Throughout all of the transformations of the College, it is reassuring that our values and character have not been altered. We know who we are. We remain affordable, welcoming and true to our mission. To talk about Siena is to talk about people. The commitment to our mission by our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends is reflected in each of their stories. This report showcases and celebrates their progress and achievements. Members of our community do more than maintain the status quo. They add value and create new value. Despite challenging economic times and loss of endowment dollars, Siena College began the academic year with vitality. We enrolled a full class of new students representing an increase in diversity and academic achievement. Through campus-wide efforts, we maintained employment levels, invested in new faculty and continued important projects. We postponed the launch of the Capital Campaign because of market conditions and have now planned a public launch by the fall of 2012. An important step toward managing transformation at Siena is the development of our strategic plan. We have been busy creating the vision, goals and initiatives that will steer the next plan moving into a new decade. This has been a collaborative and energizing process and, as you will read later in the report, it is near completion for roll-out to the Board of Trustees and the Siena community in the fall. It’s an exciting time at Siena. Academics continue to expand and flourish. Across the three schools, new and higher levels of faculty and student accomplishment are earning


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recognition. In the classroom, in the laboratory and around the world, the Siena community is living the promise. The newly constructed residence hall is a particularly impressive example of the additions and renovations that continue to enhance the facilities and resources on the Siena campus. The residence hall is a template for living and learning with a design that integrates a variety of amenities to encourage student engagement. Athletics is a significant component in the Siena experience and has served us well in gaining national recognition. From the remarkable winning seasons of our men’s basketball, lacrosse and women’s golf programs to club and intramural teams, our student athletes have raised the bar in the classroom and on the field. We are proud that Siena ranks in the top five in the nation for athlete graduation success rate. Likewise, the Franciscan values that are integral to Siena guided thousands of our people into community service. Siena people bring respect, compassion and support to those in need. The stories of these accomplishments are living examples of what a Siena education is all about. One of the areas that surprises some people is the depth of our research activity. Faculty scholarly inquiry and faculty-student discovery projects abound. Our undergraduates participate in research projects in close partnerships with the faculty. Our research portfolio continues to grow and, in the past year, Siena was the beneficiary of the largest grant in the school’s history—a $2.1 million award from the National Science Foundation. Just as in its past, people will have a profound impact on the future of Siena College. I invite people at every level of the community to participate in the life of Siena by contributing their time, talent or treasure. Our full community has to be ever-expanding and inclusive. In Franciscan tradition, we will strive together for the common good—where personal reward is found and made real. Thank you for your interest and support, I hope that in reading our report you will share my pride and love for Siena College. Fraternally,

Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D.

In light, color, and symbol, the stained glass windows of the Siena College Friary chapel capture the poetic beauty of Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Brother Sun. Composed shortly before the saint’s death, the Canticle sings of God’s goodness, power and love made manifest in the sun, the moon and the stars; in water, earth, wind and fire; even in sickness and death. The Canticle describes the elements of God’s creation not as static features of the cosmic landscape, but as wonderfully dynamic and powerfully transformative. Through their agency, God transforms darkness into light, barren ground into fruitful harvests, discord into harmony and death itself into new and more abundant life. Created by artist David Guarducci, the windows were hand cut from glass imported from France and Germany. They reflect the exuberance of St. Francis and the message of his Canticle. Throughout this report, segments of the windows are shown to remind us of the transformative power of a Siena education, inspired as it is by the Canticle’s renowned author.


The Siena College mission statement

tells everyone who we are. It defines our promise and how we keep it.

Siena College is a learning community advancing the ideals of a liberal arts education,rooted in its identity as a Franciscan and Catholic institution.
Franciscan, Catholic, liberal arts: these are the traditions that inform our mission and guide the way we think and act—as individuals and as a community. They are not relics of a dead past, but living, life-giving habits of the heart and mind that are imbued with transformative power. By definition, true transformation is not subtle; it is dramatic. At Siena, the transformative power of our mission and its attendant traditions is palpable. Through the education they receive here, both inside and outside the classroom, our students are transformed in intellectual, social and spiritual ways. The Franciscan tradition began with one man’s remarkable transformation. Francis of Assisi was a rich merchant, a congenial playboy, and a son of privilege when one day he stumbled upon a group of lepers. Much to his surprise and theirs, he quickly overcame his fear of these social

outcasts. He ministered to their physical and spiritual needs. He affirmed their human dignity. He discerned in their misshapen features the face and figure of the poor and humble Christ. There, among the lepers, Francis found God where he least expected to find God and, in the process, discovered his own best self. Transformation is central to the Catholic tradition, which teaches that individuals, communities, social structures, and entire cultures can, with God’s grace, change over time and become more credible witnesses to God’s love, justice, and peace. Francis and Clare of Assisi are but two examples of Catholic men and women whose lives were radically altered by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and who went on to effect positive change in human history. Siena’s liberal arts tradition is likewise committed to transformation. Through its interdisciplinary approach to learning, its encouragement of critical and creative thinking, its refusal to canonize the narrow perspective of any particular place, time, culture, or ideology, the broad-based education Siena affords its students can enlarge

Transformative Insight. During the past year, former Siena Chaplain, Fr. Bill Beaudin ’76, O.F.M. spent his sabbatical at Boston College where he researched and considered the “lived experience of St. Francis.” The result is his monograph, Calm Crossing on Rough Seas: From the Education of St. Francis to Franciscan Education. In this exploration, Fr. Bill examines Francis’ own education, his attitude and function as an educator, his subject matter, teaching methods and messages. The essay provides insights on how the experiences of St. Francis might inform the work of Franciscan colleges or universities.

their world and give them ample room to grow, to explore, to re-think and re-assess … in a word, to change. In this report and across the Siena community, you will find countless living examples of how Siena’s mission, functions and ethos enable transformation that makes a difference for how we live our lives, and dare us not only to do well, but to do good.


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Campus life is a vital component in

the Siena student experience. Most Siena students reside on campus— more than 2,600 of our 3,000 students. Providing balance in the activities, environment and services that meet student needs— housing, nutrition, spiritual, recreational, safety, wellness and more—is the work of the departments within the Division of Student Affairs. In 2010, the broad range of student life programs and events was closely guided by the four values of the Student Affairs mission: a student centered philosophy; appreciation for differences; a belief in teamwork; and reverence and respect for religious and spiritual beliefs and practices. The division continually aligns and validates its values-based approach through student surveys, student participation and direct feedback and demand for services. A valuable role of Student Affairs is serving as the advocate for ever-changing student needs and issues with the administration and the Board of Trustees. The division maintains an open dialogue with students to obtain feedback to respond to the needs of students and more than 60 campus organizations and numerous programs and activities.

Each year, numerous co-curricular and classroomenhancing programs and events highlight the student on-campus experience. The Siena Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Office of Campus Programs, culminates a one-year seminar and activities series for 15 selected sophomores. They learn valuable skills in crisis management, public speaking, conflict resolution and leadership styles through workshops, community service and mentoring relationships with other administrators on campus. Student organizations sponsor several events, such as the Political Science Society’s debate on the hot topic of health care reform. Distinguished guest speakers visited campus regularly and shared their wisdom and thought-provoking ideas on topics such as the Constitution, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., genocide, journalism and much more. An ecofashion show was just one of many events and demonstrations during the Campus Sustainability Day organized by the Environmental Club and several offices and departments. A cast and crew of more than 40 dedicated students, faculty and staff brought Steven Sondheim’s twisted fairy tale Into the Woods to life. Siena’s first musical in several years was led by the Creative Arts Department and Stage III, the College’s student theatre group.


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siena 2010 president’s report

The Siena campus community organizes events that help students share their home-away-fromhome with their families. Parents and new students are welcomed to our community during the annual Move-In Day and Orientation (assisted by 350+ volunteers). Family Weekend and Siblings Weekend offer family members the opportunity to feel a part of campus life with an array of fun activities, festivities and mini-lectures to help everyone enjoy Siena and create lasting memories. In 2010, the Office of Multicultural Affairs was officially named the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center. Damietta is significant to the Franciscans because it is where in Egypt St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan, Malik al-Kamil met in 1219. For several days, in the midst of a savage war between competing cultures and religions, they sat down together and searched for common ground. The meeting changed their attitudes, altered their perspectives and left them mutually enriched. To us, it left a legacy of respectful inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. The Damietta Cross-Cultural Center is committed to fostering cross-cultural dialogue and common understanding between diverse members of the Siena College community. The camaraderie and environmental respect of the Siena community was clearly seen in the fourth annual Campus Clean-Up Day. Participants came from all areas of the College to mark Earth Week by sprucing up Siena’s park-like grounds. The new Social Justice LivingLearning-Serving Community course was developed to bring together 20 students in an integrated classroom experience and a 40-hour service project. The students will live on the same floor in the new

residence hall and work with a faculty team in a comprehensive Franciscan Mission program. Even in difficult times, the eager, hardworking, accomplished Siena graduate appeala to prospective employers—especially those who already have employed Siena alumni. At the Spring Career and Internship Fair, more than 500 students attended (an 18 percent increase over the previous year) and 80 employers joined to compare resumes and opportunities. The Fair was the most successful to-date and the result of a widely collaborative effort by campus organizations. During the entire year, 376 employers recruited at Siena. In the fall semester, Siena students participated in a new “speed networking” format with professionals about their career paths and opportunities. The event provided low-pressure, fast-paced contact to open doors and talk with representatives of twenty firms. When Nestle Brands sets out to recruit extraordinary students for its elite sales development program, it visits only 11 campuses. Siena College is one of them. To date, 38 Siena alumni have become Nestle leaders through the program. The on-campus population of Siena College is as large and dynamic as that of a village or town. Among the key priorities in providing an ideal environment for student life within our community are public safety and emergency management. In addition to the high quality of services and security that the Office of Public Safety provides, the College devotes significant time and effort to emergency management. This was particularly evident as we put our plans to the test during the H1N1 flu pandemic of the past year. The College was prepared, providing real-time experience for our emergency teams, as well as evaluating alerts and communication with the campus and families. During this year, Siena applied for a $420,000 Department of Education grant to further enhance emergency planning and capabilities specific to college populations and campuses.


Athletics at Siena College measures success well beyond the court or field of play. The achievements of Siena’s student athletes transcend the physical demands of their respective sports. Their talents and commitment to excellence also embody the spirit of Siena in the classroom and the community. 2010 saw incremental improvement in all of Siena’s teams, facilities, technology and support services to student athletes and coaches, along with enhanced revenue to make it all possible. The Saints Alive! program continued to grow with a record $469,000 in donations to help meet the growing challenges of competing in 18 Division I intercollegiate sports. The women’s golf team won its 10th straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship in 2010. Golfers Catherine Shomo ’11, Katelynn Mannix ’11 (pictured left) and Megan Cahill ’13 were named National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars. Head coach Dave Wronowski was named MAAC Coach of the Year, as was his father Tom Wronowski, who coached the men’s golf team to a runner-up finish. The men’s lacrosse team won its second consecutive regular season MAAC championship. The women’s swimming and diving program enjoyed its second best MAAC finish ever. They placed third in the MAAC Championships and smashed several school records. Greg Brown was named MAAC Coach of the Year.

Siena Student Athletes of the Year, Burgundy McCurty ’10 and Brent Herbst ’10.

MAAC Coach of the Year Andrea Duffy guided the women’s lacrosse team to its second MAAC Tournament appearance in 14 years. Coach Ellen Howe led the Siena water polo team to the MAAC Championships. Traci Robertson ’12, Rebecca Robinson ’13, Devan Ragg ’11, Molly Chamberlain ’11, Camille Norman ’11 and Veronica Bone ’13 were named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic Team. Siena’s Student Athletes of the Year exemplify the highest standards. Volleyball star Burgundy McCurty ’10 won her second consecutive Siena College Female Student Athlete of the Year Award and claimed her third straight MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Award. She also graduated with a 3.36 GPA in accounting. Goalkeeper Brent Herbst ’10 became the most decorated men’s lacrosse player in school history in 2010. In addition to earning


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The senior class members of the men’s basketball team, Edwin Ubiles, Ronald Moore and Alex Franklin, collected 97 victories during their Siena College careers—the most in any four-year stretch in the program’s history. They capped it all off with a record 27 wins in the 2009-2010 season, 17 league wins, the MAAC Championship and they advanced to their third straight NCAA Tournament berth.

Siena Male Student Athlete of the Year honors, he was named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American, All-American Honorable Mention for the second straight year, MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and MAAC First Team. He graduated with a 3.0 GPA in American studies. Following graduation he played in two allstar games and became the first Siena lacrosse player drafted to the professional level. A total of 94 Siena student athletes were named to their respective conference honor rolls for earning a 3.2 GPA or higher and participating in at least their second year of varsity athletics. For the second consecutive year, 13 of Siena’s 18 athletic programs have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

1. Colgate and Notre Dame 2. Navy 3. Duke and seven others 4. Boston College and three others 5. Siena College 99% 98% 97% 96% 95%

Woman of Excellence. Gina Castelli, head coach of the Siena women’s basketball team was recognized as a “woman of excellence” at the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council Awards. In completing her 20th season as head coach, she became the third MAAC women’s coach to win 300 career games with an overall record of 310-263. Her teams have won seven regular season MAAC championships and went to the NCAA Tournament in 2001. Castelli’s athletes also succeed off the court with a 93 percent cohort graduation rate compared to the NCAA national average of 83 percent. For the past seven years, she has collaborated with the Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) and raised a record $15,000 from this year’s Pink Zone Game. She is also a past recipient of the BMW Hero Award for her efforts to increase public awareness of breast cancer.

Reflecting the skill of Siena coaches in recruiting student athletes who can help their teams and excel academically, Siena College had the fifth highest Graduation Success Rate in Division I (95 percent) and ranked in the nation’s top 10 percent.


One of the most visible ways Siena transforms is the annual transition of one class graduating as another begins. Each class makes a new home here and brings something fresh to the campus and the culture. The enrollment process at Siena is encompassing and forward looking. It receives the gifts of time, talent or energy from nearly everyone on campus. That’s important, as everyone—students, administration, faculty and staff—has a role in meeting the expectations of the next generation. Broad commitment to students and the flexibility of the faculty enable Enrollment Management to help each new student design a pathway that best suits their passions and potential. Leading up to the successful enrollment of new students, inquiries and campus visits surged to our highest levels. Siena received more than 8,800 applications—up 20 percent; 48 percent were admitted and 779 enrolled. Faithful to Siena’s mission and tradition, a significant number of the new class (as well as the overall student population at Siena) come from families that are Pell grant eligible with household incomes of less than $55,000 annually. Overall, more than 90 percent of incoming Siena students receive financial aid.

The investments in people and resources to reach and enroll new students are paying dividends in the quality and quantity of the class. The work we have done in organization, processes, visibility, geographic outreach, programs and use of the Internet and social media position Siena to better navigate tumultuous times. While the strategies, resources and processes we have developed are cementing the foundation needed to support our efforts moving into the future, there are definite challenges ahead. Colleges are facing a reduction in the overall recruiting pool and a change in the ethnic and economic profile of the population. Siena’s consistency in affordability, quality of education, student experience and high levels of student retention (87 percent five-year average rate) and five-year average graduation rates (72 percent in four years) provide a strong base for confidence. However, even with the excellent job done by the admissions staff and faculty, the challenges of meeting the continuing cycle of annual enrollment goals will need the generosity of new scholarships and donors to maintain the vibrancy of Siena College.


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One of the most visible ways Siena transforms is the annual transition of one class graduating as another begins.


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The cycle of attracting and recruiting the Class of 2014 succeeded on several levels. The incoming class reflects the results of continuous improvement in Siena’s outreach to prospective students, the College’s reputation and affordability, along with a strong program of post-admission communication.


Increase in Presidential Scholar quality students (most highly qualified academically) in the past five years.

24% Freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. More than three-quarters of the incoming students rank in the top one-third of their class.
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Point increase in overall student SAT scores for the incoming class.

96 Number of legacy students (64 daughters and sons, 32 siblings). 15%
Increase in student ethnic diversity.

21% Students from outside New York state—a 19% increase
in the past two years.



At Siena, learning begins in the classroom, but it extends much

further. Participating in research, applying technology and serving others educate the whole student. Our outcomes are a potent combination of knowledge, skills, perspective and social sensitivity. With 30 undergraduate degree programs and 46 minors and certificate programs, Siena’s highly-credentialed faculty engage students on numerous levels. In 2010, 18 new full-time faculty joined Siena. The year 2010 began a period of important transition for academics at Siena. Building on the faculty enrichment achieved in our previous strategic plan, we are poised to enhance the student-centered direction of our curriculum. As we challenge students to grow intellectually, our next strategic plan includes an expanded emphasis on how

students can learn and develop through exposure to multiple high-impact experiences. Extending and enhancing the classroom provides students with new and different connections, social awareness and the capability to go into the world and make a real difference. In the core curriculum, students pursue liberal arts and science courses that confront fundamental questions about the universe and the place of human beings in it. In 2010, following a two-year effort, revision of the core curriculum was completed. Within the new core, which becomes effective in

the fall of 2011, four courses have been added in topics of Franciscan concern: heritage, diversity, social justice and nature. Students can now match up core courses around their interests and their relevance in Franciscan thinking. Technology touches virtually every area of life. To increase the application of technology as a pedagogical tool, Academic Affairs has launched a timely and vital academic technology initiative. It creates partnerships with faculty and awards grants for applying technology to teaching. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Library was feted this year. The library plays a central role in the development of academic excellence at Siena. It continues to evolve to meet the needs of a modern college as a research database, home office for students, community meeting place and campus living room.


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The pedagogical and scholarly excellence of several Siena College faculty were recognized and honored during the 2010 academic year: Ralph J. Blasting, Ph.D. Professor of Creative Arts, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts Named to the Board of Directors of the New York Council for the Humanities Cheryl L. Buff ’82, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Marketing/Management The Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching Leonard M. Cutler, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science The Raymond C. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Scholarship Nathalie M. Degroult, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Classics Named a Review Editor for Creative Works for the French Review National Journal Rose A. Finn, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Physics National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award Joseph G. Fitzgerald Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs The James Knust Award for Excellence in Administration Deborah L. Kelly, J.D. Associate Professor of Marketing/Management Beta Gamma Sigma AACSB National Honor Society Professor of the Year Edward J. LaRow ’59, Ph.D. Professor of Biology The Fr. Matthew T. Conlin, O.F.M., Distinguished Service Award Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History Named to the Phi Alpha Theta National Council Andrea Smith-Hunter, Ph.D. Professor of Marketing/Management and Sociology Fulbright Specialist Award for Global Study


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Rose Finn, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics.

Fr. Linh Hoang, O.F.M., assistant professor of religious studies, developed a new Friar Scholars program which allows interested students to participate in a for-credit service learning course. The course will be framed around an issue within a specific country. The first group of students will combine classroom work with a study/service tour in Vietnam to implement their ideas. They will then mentor the next group of students in the program. The summer of 2010 saw Siena’s most vibrant Summer Scholars session bring more than 40 students to campus (including four students from Haiti.) In work typically reserved for graduate students, Siena undergraduates explore original scholarly research with faculty and foster creative discovery

opportunities. Additionally, students continue to co-author in peer-reviewed journals, present at national conferences and study abroad to expand their learning horizons. Similar to our program with Albany Medical College, a new articulation agreement was reached with Albany Law School for a “4 + 3” Early Admission Program. Up to 10 designated students are identified in high school and, while maintaining the required GPA, they receive mentoring and preferred admission consideration upon graduation from Siena. An exciting milestone in the culmination of an academic year is the Academic Celebration. It is a day-long series of events that includes student poster and project presentations, along with special awards and honor society inductions. Nearly 100 students were cited for demonstrating exceptional work in their major, independent study, leadership,

ROTC, athletics and service. Siena College is the host institution for Army ROTC in the Capital District. The Mohawk Battalion is comprised of students from Siena, the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In October, the Battalion’s “Ranger Challenge” team saw months of hard work pay off as they won the 2009 2nd ROTC Brigade Ranger Challenge competition. The team defeated 40 other northeastern college units in events testing their technical and tactical skills in replicated combat situations. The Battalion currently has 88 Cadets, of which 33 are Siena students.
Haitians Esperandieu Cenat and Pierre-Louis Joizil in the William R. Raub ’85 Market Trading Room in the School of Business where they are learning how money works around the world.


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Recognition continues to grow for


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the liberal arts as the essential foundation in a society that increasingly requires people to be better communicators and circumspect decision makers. This is not news to Siena College where liberal arts are viewed as a primary complement to Franciscan values. The synergy of that combination is one of the key points of distinction of a Siena education and its applicability to the world. Faculty and student achievements during the 2010 academic year reinforce how those characteristics define the quality and value of liberal arts at Siena. The Siena Symposium on Living Philosophers is a unique seminar taught by Siena faculty and an external scholar. Students focus on the work of a major contemporary philosopher, research, analyze and draw their own conclusions. In an interactive session in April, the team

Paul Ricciardi, M.F.A. leads a voice class.

presented their papers to the subject philosopher, John Caputo, Ph.D., professor at Syracuse University who specializes in postmodern theory of religion. Paul Ricciardi, M.F.A., assistant professor of creative arts, has been awarded one of six Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist grants. The award supports his research in voice training for theatre which connects vocal skills with the actor’s emotions. Nine senior social work students worked on a number of

legislative issues as part of their future responsibilities to build a more just society. They served as team leaders for more than 150 social work students from across the state participating in the annual New York State Social Work Education Association’s legislative action day. Associate Professor of History Bruce Eelman, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of English Daniel Turner, Ph.D. received a grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation to cover student travel costs for their “Blue Ridge to Blue Sea: Literature and History of the American South” travel course. Study tours in the school saw students visiting Egypt, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Belarus, Jamaica, Colombia, Spain, Morocco and Costa Rica. Professor of modern languages Lydia Tarnavsky, Ph.D. continues to direct the Teacher Training Program in Ukraine connecting

Accomplishments were not limited to the campus or the classroom. Jona Behrer ’10, a psychology major and Laura Saffares, a creative arts major had their work accepted from more than 500 entries into the prestigious 32nd Annual Regional Juried Photo Competition.

Body Form/Jona Behrer

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Crystal Path/Laura Saffares


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For the third time, pre-law students participating in Siena’s Moot Court/Mock Trial team advanced to the opening round of the American Mock Trial Association national championship tournament. The students train weekly to present a case, understand legal arguments and processes, cross examine and work with evidentiary procedures. In the regional competition, Michael Ellement ’10 earned All-Region Attorney honors and Christine Armstrong ’13 was recognized for an All-Region Witness award.


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teachers to develop an international curriculum for Ukrainian and American schools. The School of Liberal Arts teamed with the Computer Science Department to secure funding and support for their joint Second Life research project. The Second Life software will create a highly realistic virtual classroom to train upper level education majors in dealing with secondary school issues and situations before they set foot into a real classroom. Carla Sofka, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, joined other experts in conducting a national Webinar discussion on the role of the Internet in the lives of grieving young people and the implications for clinicians. Sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of America, Dr. Sofka’s definition of “thanatechnology”—the use of technology in death and griefrelated issues—was a focal point of the live online event. Sociology major Cynthia Love ’11 and Sudarat Musikawong Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, co-authored a paper presented to the American Sociological Association national conference. The paper studied how Barack Obama achieved an online presidency through social networking during the 2008 campaign.

With topics ranging from Renaissance biography to legal issues in child custody, School of Liberal Arts faculty members published five new books during the year, along with numerous articles, performances and conference presentations. Siena’s theatre program was honored with technical awards for acting, design and props. A School of Liberal Arts team, led by Dean Ralph Blasting, visited Belarus to undertake its third Jewish cemetery restoration. In addition to repairing fences, uprighting stones and cleaning up undergrowth, the group works with local students to uncover the history and restore dignity to these historical places of rest, often associated with forgotten Holocaust victims. As the core curriculum was redesigned, 2010 was a pivotal year in preparing Liberal Arts to fit more closely with the mission of Siena. The majority of core courses are in liberal arts areas. Activity-based learning will become more pervasive with a new emphasis on writing, collaborating, service learning, research, internships and capstone projects.



At the entrance to Roger Bacon Hall,

gateway to the School of Science at Siena, is a plaque summarizing the legendary friar’s legacy. Bacon was one of the earliest advocates of the modern scientific method. He is also a prominent example of a strong commitment to Franciscan values and a champion of experimental science and new ideas. Roger Bacon’s example and curiosity live on in science at Siena. Incoming freshmen in science will increase nearly 20 percent in the fall of 2010. Siena’s physics department is the 15th largest among U.S. liberal arts schools. Students are discovering a robust, lab-intensive, faculty-engaged experience. Their expectations are exceeded with the opportunity to do graduate-level work as undergraduates. Led by a high-performing faculty, undergraduate research continues to be an important part of interactive, faculty-mentored scholarship in the School of Science. A total of 111 students undertook an independent study experience. In addition, federal

Chemistry majors Patrick Gotimer ’11 and Allycia Barbera ’11.

and Siena grant funding for participation in undergraduate research projects has grown from 23 students in 2008 to 50 students in 2010. Of this year’s students doing research projects, 23 were Siena Summer Scholars.

The School of Science currently has $7.4 million in external funding with $2.9 million in external funds pending. In 20092010, Siena received the largest grant in its history, $2.1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grants


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were obtained by Siena through a very competitive process from various agencies including NSF, Clare Boothe Luce Foundation and Merck/AAAS Foundation. All of these organizations recognize the excellence of our science programs and by providing these funds the College is able to attract and retain highly-qualified students who otherwise might not be able to attend Siena. Numerous School of Science students participate in College Honors Theses, create presentations for the Academic Celebration, work on independent study projects and perform hands-on experiments on campus and in study tours in places like South Africa, Borneo, China, Antarctica and Arizona, to name a few. In the adventurous Tropical Biology class, 17 students and three faculty members studied the ecology and biodiversity of several Costa Rican forests at four research stations. They experienced the local culture and environment exploring the natural beauty in one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries. During the past year, Rose Finn, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, was the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Award, NSF’s most prestigious new faculty honor. She joins Kevin Kittredge, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, in the eminent society of teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st

century. For an institution the size of Siena to have even one career awardee is unusual, to have two is exceptional. From computers in Roger Bacon Hall, a group of students mentored by Dr. Finn remotely controlled the Arecibo Radio Telescope, the world’s largest single dish radio telescope located at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in Puerto Rico.

Rose Finn, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and Erin O’Malley ’12 remotely control the Arecibo Radio Telescope. O'Malley has been to Puerto Rico and Kitt Peak National Observatory (Tucson, Ariz.) with Finn and is helping to commission three telescopes on campus.

Student-faculty collaboration in scholarly pursuits resulted in several papers, publications and presentations. Rachel SterneMarr, Ph.D., and eight students co-authored a paper for the Journal of Biochemistry. Biochemistry students Sarah Amie ’10 and Top Lopez ’10

presented a poster at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference—both students are going on to pursue doctoral degrees with full funding at the University of Rochester and Stanford University. Allycia Barbera ’11 was selected for an iREU (international Research Experience for Undergraduates) in a nationally competitive process to spend the summer performing chemical research at the Graz University of Technology in Austria. A capstone event will conclude the experience in October 2010 at Syracuse University. Douglas Fraser, Ph.D., professor of biology, was among a group of collaborators whose NSF supported research findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their results have the potential to change scientists’ thinking about the relationship between evolution and ecology. For several science-focused organizations, Siena College is also a venue of choice to conduct important conferences. The campus hosted the Science Teachers of New York State Conference, two workshops featuring the modeling approach to teaching high school physics, the ENY-ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium, the Capital Region Physics Teachers Group, the second Biannual Robotics Contest and the IMPACT Program for talented high school students exploring careers in computer science.

With a fellowship grant from the Friends of Clifton Park Open Space, Sean Hickey ’12, a student of Katherine Meierdiercks, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental studies, is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to map and rate town land areas to optimize their agricultural, recreational, watershed, habitat and other usage.


Siena Rings the Bell. Opening one of the world’s largest financial markets is something few people experience—unless you’re a Siena business student. In February, a group of Siena students, faculty and administrators rang the opening bell at NASDAQ in Times Square. The invitation was made possible by a long-standing relationship between Trustco Bank Corp and Siena. Trustco CEO Robert McCormick ’87 and CFO Robert Cushing ’77, both Siena Trustees, led the group on a complete tour of the headquarters and trading floor.



Perhaps the one most important feature of the School of Business is that there are several important facets that combine to make it an exceptional experience for Siena students. The faculty continue to transform the school with leadingedge curriculum and professional development complemented by real-world connections and tools. The quality of student experiences in the classroom, with technology and through supportive alumni and businesses, are key elements in the school’s continuous improvement model. Student activities and accomplishments provide a range of tangible examples of how well Siena students are prepared. Megan Lodes ’10 helped Tiffany & Co. plan and coordinate events in London during her internship. And, nearly 250 other students took part in other internships. Deb Kelly, J.D., associate professor of marketing/management led 14 students on a study tour to Morocco as part of the Global

Connections course. David Lewis ’10, Max Smith ’10 and Matt Stark ’10 participated with students from 20 colleges and universities at the National Sales Competition. The Siena Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) won 2nd runner-up honors at the regional SIFE competition and taught Junior Achievement classes in seven urban middle school classrooms during the spring semester. Three business students—Peter Arndt ’11, Jenna Eckerle ’11 and Lindsey Paulsen ’11—attended the United States Navy’s Annual Leadership Conference—“Leadership Under Stress: Transforming Crises into Opportunities” at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. For 340 senior students in the school, one of their toughest challenges is the capstone course. Since most business problems are multi-functional, the capstone project requires them to integrate the learning from all of the previous coursework. Individually

Honors Capstone presentations at St. Ambrose Elementary School.

and in teams, they consider a business case, develop solutions and make presentations to panels of business leaders. The process provides an exceptional opportunity to assess learning within the school for both the faculty and the students. The honors teams’ case involved a real client, where students developed a strategic plan proposal for St. Ambrose Elementary School in Latham, N.Y. Michael Hickey ’83, former CEO of Pitney-Bowes MapInfo, has joined the School of Business as an executive-in-residence. He will bring extensive expertise and connections to teach some sections of the capstone course


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and to reach out to the business community for further development of professional education programs. The fifth annual Siena College Student Conference in Business featured 20 student papers and presentations in Economics, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Management, Finance and Quantitative Business Analysis and Service Learning. School of Business faculty contributed numerous scholarly articles, papers and presentations to journals and conferences in the fields of economics, human resources, marketing, accounting, management and law. The first graduates of the new Master of Science in Accounting program have successfully completed their degree requirements and all 19 graduates secured jobs. Forty students have been accepted for the next class. Two students

Andrea Smith-Hunter, Ph.D. with students in the Marketing Research Laboratory.

entering the program, Nick Franck ’10 and Sandra Vinelli ’10, have been awarded scholarships from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Two Siena accounting alumni received high recognition for their career achievements by the

Capital District Business Review. Chair of the Siena College Board of Trustees and TrustCo Bank Chief Financial Officer Robert Cushing ’77 was selected as Public Company CFO of the Year. Susan Premo ’87 was also honored as Small Private Company CFO of the Year for her work at Specialty Silicone Products, Inc. The school’s newly constructed Marketing Research Laboratory opened to serve as an extension of the students’ classroom work. The lab was equipped with data boards and digital screens through a gift from Christopher J. Falvey and Jacqueline Rosetti Falvey ’84. A 30-station computer classroom was also created to support courses in quantitative analysis and accounting information systems. Both environments enhance faculty abilities to train students using the same technologies used by leading organizations.

New Business School Dean. Following a national search, Siena has named Jeffrey A. Mello, Ph.D. as the next leader of the College’s AACSB-accredited School of Business. Previous to his new position, Mello was professor of management at Barry University’s Andreas School of Business in Miami Shores, Fla. He had also served as department of management chair at Towson University where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service and the Outstanding Scholar Award. James Nolan ’75, Dean of the Siena School of Business for the past 10 years, bid au revoir to that position at the end of the academic year. Under Nolan’s leadership the school’s world-class faculty was greatly expanded, technology and laboratory infrastructure were introduced as state-of-theart teaching resources, exciting new curriculum was added and the school received its coveted AACSB accreditation.


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Innovation, problem solving and

disruptive technologies are the outcomes of transformative intellectual inquiry. At Siena, faculty and students continue to bring the classroom to life in their partnerships of discovery. Their new ideas and creativity are also generating new recognition for the College as they solve real-world problems of the 21st Century. The National Science Foundation, NASA, the Merck Institute, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Luce Foundation and the Kennedy Center are among the many organizations investing in Siena research. Across all schools, Siena faculty lead sponsored research as change agents who bridge textbooks and practical experiences with serious work. Students benefit by acquiring new knowledge, the opportunity to pursue a passion, making an early contribution to their field, showcasing their skills and a deeper understanding in their chosen discipline. In many cases, the cutting-edge research situations provide students with a life changing

experience. Two students will accompany Allan Weatherwax, Ph.D., professor of physics and associate dean of the School of Science to Antarctica for two months. They will conduct research on the earth’s upper atmosphere that could improve

green power as well as astronaut and aircraft safety. The program, called PENGUIn, Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigations, is the largest federal grant ($2.1 million) in Siena’s 73-year history.

Allan Weatherwax, Ph.D. announces the PENGUIn program and largest federal grant ($2.1 million) in Siena’s history.


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undergraduate research

Siena students, under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Physics John Cummings, Ph.D., will travel to China and the Brookhaven National Laboratory to study fundamental questions related to neutrinos, elusive elementary particles that often move close to the speed of light and are difficult to detect.


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Environmental Studies major Anna Papperman ’10 (pictured above) worked alongside Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology Larry Woolbright, Ph.D., studying wood frog habitat preferences in the Saratoga National Historic Park through grant support from the U.S. Department of Interior. Using Siena’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS), they created a map to analyze frog populations. Their work will help preserve a vital part of the park’s ecological balance. In the School of Business, faculty collaborated with a total of 50 different students on 31

separate projects in economics, marketing, management, finance, quantitative business, service learning and information systems over the past academic year. A new market Research Lab offers students access and skill development using the same data boards and digital technology they will encounter as common business tools. Students in quantitative analysis and accounting systems classes have similar hands-on availability to computer classrooms designed to process their research data. Students in Accounting Professor Chester Brearey’s classes will find themselves participating in research on how colleges and universities can incorporate International Financial Reporting Standards into upper level courses. Sponsored by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Charitable Foundation, the research will help students because public accounting firms will soon expect them to have a working knowledge of global standards. Siena’s Natalie Cook ’10 was honored as the outstanding undergraduate at the 57th annual meeting of the New York State Sociological Association for her research paper, “Parents

Perceptions of their Children’s Sex Education, Access to Contraceptives and Reproductive Health.” History and American studies major Kelli Huggins ’10 spent the winter break presenting her research paper “Zadock Pratt’s Model Dairy Farm: A Case Study of Translating Scientific Agriculture to Practical Farmers in Antebellum New York” to the Phi Alpha Theta national honor society convention.
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The continued expansion in the funding, numbers of grants and students participating in projects are vivid indicators of Siena’s emergence as an important place for facultystudent research collaboration.

Seven history students in the Investigating Ten Broeck course pursued research projects with findings that will become part of the historic mansion’s tour dialogue. The students presented their papers to the Albany County Historical Association leadership and staff on topics ranging from Abraham Ten Broeck’s role in the New York Militia to the mansion’s 18th Century art to the everyday life of a Dutch woman during the American Revolution.

The breadth and depth of research activity among students at Siena was highlighted at the Celebration of Academic Excellence. More than 200 students were recognized for their research and writing in a wide variety of areas including languages, history, sociology, the sciences, consumer behavior, software and more. Several faculty also integrated a research project and a study tour with service learning. Faculty creatively incorporate information literacy into the curriculum to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. In 2010, several faculty received literacy development grants for creative arts, computer science, history and social work courses.


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Yalitza Negron ’08 was one of the first Siena AmeriCorp VISTA Fellows and went on to serve as a VISTA Leader before becoming full-time Assistant Director. Yalitza is a nationallyrecognized VISTA trainer, as well as an on and off campus ambassador for the Academic Community Engagement (ACE) programs. She also established and manages relationships with 23 new community partners.



St. Francis knew that he had to be among the people

to be transformed. Faithful to his example, a distinguishing element in a Siena education is learning to see others as God sees them—especially those who are poor or marginalized. The broad spectrum of Siena’s community service ranges from student, faculty and staff-led charitable and service activities to the internationally-recognized DEEP (Developing Engaging Educational Partnerships) Service Model. DEEP makes it possible to make a lasting contribution and difference by moving to a more engaged degree of social justice. This higherlevel approach to community commitment has brought people from several leading universities and the U.S. State Department to Siena to learn about the model. During its 10th anniversary year, the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy (FCSA) renewed its role as the central point of contact for Siena’s heart-and-mind approach to community service. More than 165 community-based organizations and people in need around the world have been beneficiaries of FCSA’s integrated resources. Within the FCSA, the Office of Academic Community Engagement (ACE) encompasses Academic Service Learning (ASL), the AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program and the Bonner Service Leaders Program. ACE programs are at the heart of integrating student academic and service experiences. The FCSA also serves as the clearinghouse to match students, faculty and campus organizations’ support with community needs. In the past academic year alone, the combined efforts within FCSA totaled more than 50,000 hours in service to the poor,

homeless, crime victims, disabled, family, youth and the elderly. Across Siena, students and faculty can enter and experience service learning at several levels: ASL utilizes a pedagogical approach to combine academic study and hands-on service where students learn the course material by applying it in service to a community-based organization. More than 30 faculty members have been trained to teach problembased service learning courses. For instance, social work students and faculty had an eye-opening “Operation Dignity” project. They spent several hours digging up and cleaning gravestones at an abandoned psychiatric hospital cemetery. Environmental studies students, assisted by VISTA Fellows, designed and constructed active nature exhibits for the Albany Boys & Girls Club’s young naturalists. VISTA Fellows dedicate a full-time year of service to fighting poverty and serving people in need in the Capital Region. In 2009-2010, 16 Fellows and one VISTA leader helped build the capacity of communitybased organizations. VISTA volunteers provide sustainable support that leaves a long-term footprint in the community. They bring education and motivation to help build the infrastructure at partner non-profit organizations. The Bonner Service Leaders Program is a scholarship-based approach where Siena Bonner Service Leaders participate in professional and leadership development. They make a four-year commitment to integrating academics, community engagement and leadership to serve partners in need. Bonner Leaders strengthen the campus culture of


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service. Twenty-eight Bonner Leaders spent eight to 12 hours of service per week at a site which they will serve throughout their college career. A partial list of partners includes: Albany Boys & Girls Club, Unity House, Fr. Peter Young Housing and Treatment Center, Catholic Charities and the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society. To help cover the costs of travel for numerous Siena students who provide the hands-on labor at Habitat for Humanity sites, this year’s fifth annual Mr. Siena contest raised $2,700. Alex Mazza ’12 sang and danced his way past seven other contestants in entertainment, formal wear and talent competitions to win the title. Siena student athletes and coaches have actively volunteered their time for decades. From soup kitchens to elementary schools, they give their time and talent each year to enrich life through the Saints in the Community program—including more than 2,000 hours in 2009-2010 academic year. The men’s and women’s soccer teams helped coach more than 400 kids at the MVP Health Care Youth Soccer Clinic. Men’s lacrosse and the field hockey team visited Ronald McDonald House and cooked dinners for the residents. Men’s and women’s basketball visited three local schools to speak with students,

play games and sign autographs. Women’s basketball raised a record $15,000 through its 10th annual Pink Zone breast cancer awareness game for the Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) cause. They also visited the people at the Eddy Heritage House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Men’s and women’s cross country teams played basketball with special needs kids. Women’s lacrosse built a deck and tore down a dilapidated shed as part of a Habitat for Humanity project. Men’s basketball collected 755 pounds of food at a drive during a game at the Times Union Center and raised $750 in a raffle for the Regional Food Bank. Led by the Sr. Thea Bowman Women’s Center, 100 Siena students volunteered with the Cinderella Project, a non-profit organization that provides financially disadvantaged girls with prom dresses and accessories. The event featured 1,500 donated dresses for high school girls who were assisted by the volunteers as “personal shoppers.” In preparation for Thanksgiving, Siena took part in a nationwide event called Cans Across America. Organized by Sodexo, the College’s food service provider, participants collected more than 600 pounds of nonperishable food for the Regional Food

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The energy, enthusiasm and impact of Siena’s spring break student volunteers were captured on video by Media Relations Specialist Ken Jubie ’04. He traveled to Boston, Philadelphia, North and South Carolina with FCSA Assistant Director Judy Dougherty ’06 and Siena College Television Studio Manager David Etzler. Their 2,100 mile road trip recorded students working at St. Francis House, the St. Francis Inn and four Habitat for Humanity sites.


Bank. Eighty Siena people also pitched in to prepare meals for 8,000 people during the 40th Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. In the Siena College/Albany Medical College summer-of-service program, nine future medical students traveled to Costa Rica, the Philippines, Honduras, El Salvador and Kenya. They worked with disadvantaged people in clinics, orphanages and missions. The 21st Century Leaders Honor Society from the School of Business raised funds through their donate-a-meal program, and then presented a check for $2,660 for new books, materials and technology to the John Howe Library in Albany. The Christmas holiday season was made brighter for hundreds of people by Siena students, faculty and staff. Through the Franciscan Giving Tree, 20 social service agencies were able to provide families with gifts. Charity Week at Siena supported Hannah’s Hope Fund with a total of $21,000 in donations generated by 10 Student Events Board campus fundraisers— an auction that included townhouse cleaning by the women’s rugby team and 1,000 donated meals. The money will go to funding gene therapy research for a rare neurological disease. The Student Senate served up three lemonade stands to raise money for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation that supports research for childhood cancer. The event has collected $6,000 since its beginning on the campus. For the second year in a row, local hair salon Rumors Salon brought their “Pink Hair Tour” to Siena. Nearly 400 members of the Siena community went “streaking”—adding colorful pink hair streaks— to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. The effort raised more than $4,000 as a donation to the Neil and Jane Golub Breast Care Center at Bellevue Hospital. Speaking of hair, members of the Siena community collected more than $2,600 to see School of Liberal Arts Dean Ralph Blasting have his brown locks shaved bald to support the children’s cancer research work of St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Eighty Siena students, faculty and staff laced up their sneakers, donned their Siena gold and green t-shirts and ran or walked three-and-a-half miles through Albany to participate in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge. A part of the event’s registration fee goes to benefit the Albany Boys & Girls Club. Siena’s top four women runners finished in second place among female teams. Siena also earned 3rd place for participation in the education category. Several Siena faculty are living Siena’s mission of educating and helping the marginalized at the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Linda Richardson, Ph.D., led a group of faculty volunteers in teaching for-credit courses to inmates at the prison. Courses offered included: Microeconomics by Manimoy Paul, Ph.D., Poetry by Cara Benson, Introduction to American Politics by Leon Halpert, Ph.D. and Introduction to Religious Thought by Fr. Dennis Tamburello ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. Derek Peterson and Kristopher Benson also taught a seminar course called “Success in Life through Sales.” The Siena College Department of Information Technology Services donated 30 personal computers to the Watervliet Housing Authority for use in their programs with tenants’ education and job skills training and their PCs for Kids program. FCSA, social justice and service learning programs will continue to provide high impact student experiences for student enrichment as part of the next Siena College strategic plan.


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A special bond exists among Siena students, friars, faculty and staff. The small town feel of our campus would make many colleges envious. It enriches interactions and the opportunities to share interests and ideas. To form relationships through learning and serving others. To embrace together the Franciscan values that are at the heart of all we do. The close-knit nature of our community also has something else in common. At all levels, Siena people share an ownership in the College’s mission and in one another’s success. Applying mission to faculty members’ work was the topic of a retreat led by Fr. Ken Paulli ’82, O.F.M., Ed.D., chief of staff, Tom Dickens, Ph.D., Mathew Johnson ’93, Ph.D. and Meg Woolbright, Ph.D. Along with 12 faculty members from various disciplines, they discussed how the lives and legacies of Francis and Clare of Assisi influence Siena’s instruction, research and advising. Andrea Smith-Hunter, Ph.D., professor of marketing/management and sociology has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program grant from the U.S. Department of State. This award

will allow her to share her expertise with educational institutions around the globe for a five-year period. The Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association honored Siena College’s distinguished jurist in residence Hon. James P. King with the Hon. James R. Dunne Award. The award recognizes Judge King’s 40 years of national and state public service, including becoming a Brigadier General and the Marine Corps’ highest ranking JAG officer. A role model to students, he also co-coached the nationally competitive Siena Moot Court/Mock Trial teams. Judge King’s leadership will be missed, as he passed away in June. Kevin O’Connor has been a visiting social work professor at Siena for just a few months, but he has been living the Franciscan mission of helping the poor and marginalized for many years. He ran a homeless shelter for 12 years and worked closely with parole officers and state agencies to coordinate peoples’ needs prior to release from prison. His success in reducing recidivism in Rensselaer County from 40 percent to 18 percent was recognized by

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Commitment. For more than 40 years, Br. Romuald Chinetsky, O.F.M. has quietly served the Siena community. To celebrate his dedication to cultivating Siena’s hospitable atmosphere, his commitment to serving others and his fellow friars (as a master chef and baker), as well as his mentorship of the Siena facilities staff, he was presented with the College’s highest award, the St. Bernardine of Siena Medal.


Cheryl L. Buff ’82, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing/management received The Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

the New York State Division of Parole with the Linda Mills Award for Re-Entry Services. He is currently teaching a class at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility as part of Siena’s initiative there. Ken Williams, professional specialist in business strategy, was named the Siena College 2010 Instructor of the Year by the Office of Student Affairs and the Student Senate. Journalism adjunct instructor, Mark Grimm ’78, was selected as Trainer of the Year for the Hudson-Mohawk Region of the American Society of Training and Development. Associate Professor of Management Deborah Kelly, J.D., was named Professor of the Year by the local chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honor Society for Students of AACSB-accredited business schools. Residence life at Siena continued to evolve and exceed expectations in the past year. Four staff members were honored by the College Student Personnel Association. Assistant Director of Residential Life and Padua Hall Residence Director

Adam Casler and Plassmann Hall Residence Director Thomas Hardiman won the Meritorious Contribution as a New Professional. Residence Directors Christa Grant and Danielle St. Martin were the winners of the Esther Lloyd-Jones Case Study Competition. Alfredo Medina Jr., assistant vice president for academic affairs, government and foundation relations, was chosen to The Business Review list of rising stars in its 40-Under-Forty awards. The list highlights 40 of the region’s most successful and talented leaders under the age of 40. His efforts have helped to significantly increase Siena’s grant activity and sponsored research. An experienced pilot himself, Doug Lonnstrom ’66, Ph.D., professor of statistics and finance, and founding director of the Siena Research Institute, has authored a new book, J.F.K. Jr.—10 Years After the Crash: A Pilot’s Perspective. Combining his own flight experience with a decade of research, he explains what really happened and corrects errors published after the crash.


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Nearly everything that takes place on the Siena College campus is enhanced by good and sound facilities and infrastructure—classrooms, residential spaces, research, recreation, technology and social life. It sometimes is easy to assume that everything just works, but a significant effort goes into making the physical facilities at Siena welcoming, safe and enjoyable.

Siena’s comprehensive Facilities Management infrastructure includes structural, mechanical, technological and energy-related operating systems as well as the people and financial resources needed to run buildings and all of the associated tasks from maintenance, repairs and renovations to new construction. In 2010, facilities and logistics support

A well-managed system of spaces and facilities gives the park-like 176-acre Siena campus the closeness of a village and the comfort and amenities for students to make themselves at home.


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were provided for more than 1,000 campus events; more than 12,000 campus customer service requests were completed. Several dozen major and deferred maintenance projects, such as roof and boiler repairs and door replacements, were also accomplished. Numerous projects also included the creation of new faculty offices in the Morrell Science Center, Phase II renovation of the MacCloskey Square townhouses, a renovation of the Fr. Ben Kuhn, O.F.M. House, a partial renovation in Roger Bacon Hall, campus-wide landscaping including new trees and plantings and rehabilitation of many paved surfaces. Personal safety system enhancements included installation of new exterior lighting and additional CCTV cameras. The Facilities Department and our campus Safety Officer also completed a highly successful New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control compliance inspection. The College’s recycling system continues to save tons of paper, hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, thousands of gallons of gas and pallet loads of end-of-life electronic equipment. The ongoing efforts to continue to build a facilities program-wide sustainability system do not stop there. The current focus continues conversion of all of the cleaning products used in all facilities to conform to standards that are supportive of a greener campus. The process of switching to new products includes changing vendors, testing new products and enhancing storage systems and inventory controls. New floor

Energizing Savings. Over the past four years, Siena has initiated a number of efforts that have resulted in a 16 percent decline in electricity consumption and a 35% reduction in heating fuel use. Over the same period, energy costs have demonstrated significant volatility. The savings, in part, are re-invested in significant energy-saving projects such as are underway in the Alumni Recreation Center and Padua Hall. Approximately $600,000 in savings is now returned to the College’s operating budget annually.

scrubbers that use water ionizing technology instead of harsh chemicals are being tested. These new machines will significantly reduce the usage of chemicals in the daily cleaning of the campus. Technology provides for a considerable part of today’s students’ daily needs. Key performance indicators for student and Siena community technology determined that more than 2,500 students registered a computer/technology device through Campus Manager, Siena’s network software system. Similarly, some 4,500 computers, MP3 players and video game devices were supported. And, thousands of Helpdesk requests were handled by the Office of Information Technology Services.


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A campus within a campus.
If Siena’s newly-completed residence hall were a car, it would be very easy to just describe it as “fully loaded.” In fact, it is a residence and much more. It was conceived with a focus on the Franciscan values of fraternity, community and hospitality. Special attention was paid to how the overall environment would foster interaction. It seems that everyone at Siena feels some kind of connection to the new facility because it was designed with input and ideas from across the campus. The hall was constructed to better accommodate the housing needs of the current student population. The new hall is meant to transform the residential experience at Siena by providing enriching curricular and co-curricular programs for students. The on-site facilities and resources establish a living and learning environment where students with common interests or majors can be grouped together as cohorts. The Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women has been relocated to the new hall. The 264-bed, 95,000 square foot complex is located adjacent to Colbeth Hall in the northeast corner of the campus. The exterior envelope of the building maintains a Dutch classic look with gambrel roofs, clapboard siding, stone masonry and open arches. The site also adds approximately 200 parking spaces along with outdoor table, bench and patio leisure areas. The hall encompasses double occupancy rooms in its main 4-story structure, plus the 260-seat Massry Commons dining hall, laundry, meeting rooms, a lecture theatre, a media center/video/gaming lounge (with equipment donated by the Class of 2010), a mailroom and a fitness center. An elevator reaches each residential floor, all of which have three lounge areas. Every room is wifi-enabled and wired for the latest electronics. A Residence Director suite and a Friar’s residence are incorporated into the hall’s residential area. The dining hall is capable of serving 780 students per meal session and it can also be divided into smaller rooms with built-in partitions. The style for the interior design of the servery and residence hall was influenced by the Dutch barn architecture of the building. In keeping with the Dutch tradition, the servery reflects the bountiful harvest of the farm in its signage, country furniture and traditional Delft tile accents. The multi-coloration of the finishes pay homage to country quilt patterns on the floor, polychrome Delftware in the dining hall and the natural setting of the landscape surrounds. In the large main lobby, exposed Adirondack hemlock timber beams and massive windows create an open and welcoming first impression. All of the public areas feature prominent windows that flood the rooms with bright natural lighting. The new hall, its equipment and systems, meet or exceed numerous green and sustainable requirements. Many construction materials are made from postconsumer recycled material. Shower heads, sinks and toilets are designed to reduce water usage considerably. The building houses a recycling center. Heating, cooling, lighting, motor and electrical systems are all high-efficiency for reduced energy consumption and improved indoor air quality. The hall has earned $180,000 in NYSERDA incentive rebates for its energy efficient design and sustainable systems.


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A recent survey by the University of San Diego determined that Americans see, hear or read 34 gigabytes of information every day—that is about 100,000 words. Breaking through that noise to tell the Siena story and build share-of-mind with key audiences has become a multi-faceted effort at Siena College. Today, it is very easy for alumni and friends to stay close to Siena College from any distance. To expand the College’s outreach to all of its constituencies, marketing communications and media relations staffs were centralized in the Office of Strategic Communications and Integrated Marketing (SCIM). SCIM partners to provide counsel, content, design and production support for College communications and branding efforts. During 2010, media monitoring firm eNR Services, Inc. estimated that Siena received more than $6.1 million in publicity value from the media exposure during March Madness. Albany, N.Y. PR firm Zone 5 calculated $74,000 in publicity value for “Media Masters,” a golf event that celebrated the Sarazen Student Union’s honored namesake, Gene Sarazen and his “shot heard ’round the world.” During the past year, Siena College has been steadily growing its media presence. The addition of a full-time media relations specialist has allowed the college to build relationships with news organizations and regularly place stories in print, online and on television. Along with the media coverage surrounding March Madness, Siena College was in the news more than 400 times from August 2009-July 2010. That coverage included the announcement of the largest federal grant in college

history, $2 million from the National Science Foundation, the annual Students Together Opposing Prejudice (STOP) Workshop and the Joyce and David Giles Lecture of the Niebuhr Institute. Siena College professors have also provided their expert knowledge on a variety of issues including state politics, the popularity of vampire literature and the economic impact of the Gulf Coast oil leak.

Among Siena’s major initiatives during the past year was the redesign of the siena.edu Website. Along with a fresh look, the site is now more user-friendly, inviting and informative. As the online extension of the Siena community, it is easier to navigate for all users—prospective students, parents, alumni, students, faculty and the media. From the multifunctional home page, visitors can quickly link to their specific interests, as well as to feature stories on current events at Siena.


siena 2010 president’s report


siena 2010 president’s report


Another expansion to siena.edu is the ability to view video on many of the campus press releases. In fact, a great number of the stories in this report are “brought to life” on video clips and more detail that can be found at the Siena News link. As an extension of the Website, Siena’s social networking presence and usage has grown significantly. Through Siena’s Facebook fan page, (www.facebook.com/sienacollege), the Siena online community can connect with classmates and friends, view thousands of photos, learn about upcoming events and share information. During the academic year, Siena increased its followers on Facebook by about 300% and was cited by social media strategist Blue Fuego as one of the fastest growing and most followed Facebook pages among small schools nationally. Photos of campus, academics, student life, service, athletics and more can be checked out on www.flickr.com/sienacollege. Video of Commencement, Reunion and mascot “Bernie in the Big Apple” are on Siena’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/sienacollegecomm. Everyone can follow the latest information and activities at several @sienacollege lists on Twitter where more than 1,130 followers track Siena. Beyond the day-to-day media coverage of Siena, while the men’s basketball team was creating excitement on the court, their success was creating it across a range of media outlets. From ESPN to the New York

Times and Sports Illustrated, the Siena name was in the spotlight. On NBC, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon adopted Siena as his “bracketological” favorite in the NCAA Tournament. (His sister Gloria is a ’95 Siena alumna.) The show provided several Siena appearances. CBS News reported that members of the Student Senate also sent a letter to encourage President Barack Obama to choose the Siena Saints in his bracket picks. Siena News and Siena Business Report continue to provide national reach in delivering highlights of Siena activities and achievements to alumni and friends across the map. Siena’s radio station, WVCR-FM 88.3 “The Saint” became the Capital Region’s home to the hour-long, acclaimed political news magazine show “The Capitol Pressroom” with award-winning correspondent Susan Arbetter. The 2009 Siena President’s Report was honored with the NORI Award of the Albany Ad Club of Professional Communicators in the Annual Report category. Siena’s new TV spot “I am Siena” won the bronze award in Higher Education Marketing Report’s 25th annual Educational Advertising Awards, the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country.

Best Four-Year College. Siena was named Best Four-Year College in the Times Union Best of the Capital Region 2010 poll. Siena topped the University at Albany, RPI, Sage and others in the 13th annual reader survey. Edwin Ubiles, Alex Franklin and Ryan Rossiter also swept the Best College Athlete category.

The Siena Research Institute (SRI) has been a growing and valuable source of visibility for Siena College. SRI conducts numerous political, consumer confidence, economic, social, cultural and sports polls that garner frequent media attention. SRI also performs public opinion research for a wide variety of government, association and business organizations. SRI’s polls are widely quoted in news reports in local, regional and national media. During 2010, SRI completed its fifth comprehensive study of the Presidents of the United States. The survey probes expert opinion on the presidency during the second year of the first term of a new president.


siena 2010 president’s report



siena 2010 president’s report

of these are from poverty level homes (less than The development process at Siena College is the fuel $22,000 annual income). Almost 85 percent of for our transformation engine. Fortunately, change students overall receive financial aid. Siena provides at Siena continues to be positive. Not long ago, 60 almost $7 million per year to open its doors to percent of students were daily commuters. Now, 90 students who otherwise would not be able to attend. percent live on campus. The on-campus population Our campus, resources, facilities, and our today exceeds the entire student body of just a few curriculum have changed and grown. What doesn’t years ago. change are the support from the Friars of the Holy With student tuition still the primary source of Name Province and the special people who remember operating funds, the additional revenue generated from giving by alumni, parents and friends is critical. how Siena changed their lives. Siena people succeed and they generously share some measure of their When people give a gift every year, they make a good fortune to help others succeed. They re-invest difference every day. Philanthropic support helps and make a difference. Their reasons vary. Some create the opportunities that the College needs to remember how difficult it was for them to fund a continue enhancing the value of a Siena degree. college education while others On April 21st, a Tuition honor the memory of someone Transition Day was held to remind special who made their education students of the day when tuition Each year, more than 600 possible. Some say giving back is stops paying their costs and the scholarships, endowed by one of the great lessons they balance is picked up by gifts to individuals, families and learned at Siena. And, for many, the College by individuals, corporations, are awarded to 680 students. The letthey appreciate that the help they corporations and foundations. ters donors receive from Even while Siena’s new student received let them focus on their student beneficiaries tell education without excess stress profile continues to improve, a heart-warming story of and anxiety. we can still point with pride to the profound impact this The 2009-2010 fiscal year the fact that almost 600 of our method of giving has on represented Siena’s biggest students are Pell-eligible (coming them and their families. non-campaign revenue year ever. from households of less than The Annual Fund exceeded its $55,000 annual income) and 200

More than 800 people attended this year’s Hollywood-style Reunion, a weekend full of fun and laughter, reconnecting with friends, professors and friars, sharing stories and seeing the growth of Siena.

goal with contributions increased by 7 percent. Overall Development revenue increased by 38 percent to a total of $6,445,000. Given the challenges of a tough economy and endowment decline, the College is appreciative that donors are showing their confidence in Siena. With a new strategic plan as the centerpiece, there will be many important opportunities for the friends of Siena to turn their wishes, visions and goals into realities. Development and External Affairs is the primary contact point for Siena’s 30,000 alumni. To strengthen that connection, Mary Beth Finnerty ’85 became the Siena College Director of Alumni Relations this year. In addition to welcoming more than 800 people to the year’s Hollywood-style Reunion, she is building a team to increase the activities, events, social networks and affinity groups dedicated to alumni. A highlight of this year’s Reunion was the presentation of the President’s Circle Distinguished Alumni Awards: Ron ’85 and Cathy Casey Bjorklund ’85 and George Durney ’85 received the Fr. Ben Kuhn, O.F.M. Award for Service to the Siena Community; Chris Baldwin ’85 was honored with the Professor Joseph Buff Award for Career Achievement; Joseph Miller ’60 was selected for the Professor Egan Plager Award for Humanitarian Effort.


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0 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010*

Annual Fund

Other Current Operations

Restricted Purposes
*2009-2010 Preliminary Figures

While total alumni giving dollars increased, actual alumni giving as a percentage of the alumni population has been steadily decreasing since 2001-2002. The alumni population has grown 29 percent since ’02 to nearly 30,000 in ’10 and participation has shrunk to 17.5 percent. Today’s economic challenges make every gift important. In addition, the major college ranking criteria includes alumni participation as one of its measurements.

In addition to the exciting social experiences of getting back together, annual class reunions are a wonderful opportunity for individuals and classes to say ‘thank you’ to Siena for providing them with a foundation for lifelong learning. Several classes commemorated milestone reunions by establishing scholarships and— supporting the annual fund. The Class of 1985, celebrating their 25th reunion, achieved the following: • Raised $53,567 for Siena’s unrestricted Annual Fund, a 50 percent increase over last year • Added $33,293 to existing scholarships • Established a new $25,000 scholarship


siena 2010 president’s report


Siena’s ability to maintain its affordability for students, provide a wide range of services, resources and facilities and deliver a high-quality education results from balance. A blended plan of conservative budgeting, successful enrollment and financial stewardship helped the College end the year not only in the black, but with a modest surplus. Twice in the 2009-2010 year, Moody’s Investor’s Service reaffirmed Siena’s A3 debt rating and rendered the opinion that the outlook is stable and improving. While still suffering from the effects of the global economic meltdown, the endowment performed better compared to benchmark institutions and is rebounding reasonably from unprecedented loss. We again finished the year stronger than we started. The solid financial foundation serves as a springboard for Siena to manage the many demands of its emerging strategic plan as well as operating budget and capital budget needs. Most important, it ensures the finest education for those who choose Siena, especially the neediest students and their families. Stewardship efforts are numerous across the Siena campus: Cost-cutting and cost-avoidance measures;

an energy management program that contributes more than $500,000 back to the operating budget; risk management to address challenges and minimize negative impacts; Board of Trustees investment committee guidance, along with countless other faculty, student and staff efforts. Identifying and prioritizing the backlog of essential maintenance and repair (BEMAR) is a valuable step in developing a rolling capital funding plan to accommodate the needs of a five-year facilities plan that is aligned with the five-year financial plan. All campus buildings have been cataloged by building system/type, graded for needs, cost estimated and scheduled for systematic maintenance and repair. The recruiting success of Enrollment Management helped Siena meet its enrollment goals for 2010-2011 without losing ground on financial aid. More than 85 percent of Siena students receive financial aid and 19 percent are Pell-eligible. Balancing ongoing resource needs with access and affordability goals central to our values, Siena’s cost of attendance fares well when compared to our top 10 private competitors.


siena 2010 president’s report

Statements of Financial Position
MAY 31, 2010 AND 2009

2010 ASSETS Cash and cash equivelents Short-term investments Accounts receivable, net Accrued investment income Contributions receivable, net Deposits with bond trustees Prepaid expenses and other assets Student loans receivable net Investments Land, buildings and equipment, net Total Assets LIABILITIES and net assets Liabilites Accounts payable and accrued expenses Deposits and deferred revenues Annuities payable Postretirement benefits Federal student loan funds Asset retirement obligation Long-term debt Total liabilities Net Assets Unrestricted: Invested in land, buildings and equipment from: College funds Government appropriations Gifts and others Undesignated Designated by external contracts: Debt service and related escrows Planned giving annuity reserves Designated by Board of Trustees: Capital projects and equipment Long-term investments and growth Program support Total unrestricted Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted: Financial aid Academic and student services programs Faculty chairs Facilities Total permanently restricted total Net assets Total liabilities and net assets $ 4,492,218 2,999,912 2,494,217 62,507 3,496,294 22,784,183 2,629,033 3,462,215 119,468,426 105,891,109

2009 3,871,931 8,207,765 1,633,009 263,278 3,320,620 7,102,616 1,868,307 3,428,940 110,133,451 92,463,900 232,293,817

$ 267,780,114


14,187,997 2,037,616 1,065,459 9,427,391 3,071,426 3,332,071 63,414,420 96,536,380

9,352,279 2,216,878 1,128,659 6,312,854 3,058,398 3,291,405 45,902,023 71,262,496

70,290,407 51,231 490,590 70,832,228 3,224,977 8,325,276 763,802 9,089,078 25,767,522 8,119,938 656,483 34,543,943 117,690,226 4,180,929 40,894,296 5,848,309 1,441,730 1,188,244 49,372,579 171,243,734 $ 267,780,114

53,661,808 57,495 463,750 54,183,053 18,184,267 6,174,839 696,826 6,871,665 25,060,074 7,869,261 593,021 33,522,356 112,761,341 3,703,935 36,277,475 5,184,952 1,334,928 1,768,690 44,566,045 161,031,321 232,293,817


siena 2010 president’s report

Statement of activities
YEAR ENDED MAY 31, 2010 (With summarized information for the year ended May 31, 2009)

Unrestricted OPERATING REVENUES: Tuition, fees, room and board Less financial aid Net tuition, fees, room and board Government grants and contributions Private gifts and grants Investment returns designated for current operations Other sources Net assets released from restrictions Total operating revenues OPERATING EXPENSES: Instruction General administration Student services Institutional support Auxiliaries Other Total operating expenses Increase in net assets from operating activities NONOPERATING ACTIVITIES: Investment return, net of amounts designated for operations Contributions Actuarial gain (loss) on annuity obligations Actuarial gain (loss) on postretirement benefits Other-fundraising expense Net assets released from restrictions and changes in donor intent

Temporarily restricted

Permanently restricted

2010 Total

2009 Total

$ 103,648,033 30,228,400 73,419,633 1,474,622 3,017,073 6,545,629 3,485,907 177,947 88,120,811


103,648,033 30,228,400 73,419,633 1,474,622 3,214,255 6,545,629 3,527,873 88,182,012

97,555,076 27,945,199 69,609,877 1,630,416 2,873,180 6,061,909 3,895,462 84,070,844

41,966 (177,947) 61,201

36,989,956 6,633,709 16,399,567 9,666,381 17,579,361 81,985 87,350,959 769,852 61,201

36,989,956 6,633,709 16,399,567 9,666,381 17,579,361 81,985 87,350,959 831,053

35,838,801 6,253,613 15,473,264 8,618,132 17,705,169 101,973 83,990,952 79,892

4,372,642 2,498,338 (2,683,238) (319,392) 290,683

113,007 264,028 2,155

4,006,660 1,245,418 (118,258)

8,492,309 4,007,784 (116,103) (2,683,238) (319,392)

(36,351,814) 932,590 (2,114) (267,299)



Increase (Decrease) in net assets from nonoperating activities 4,159,033 Net increase (decrease) in net assets 4,928,885 Net assets at beginning of year 112,761,341 Net assets at end of year $ 117,690,226

415,793 476,994 3,703,935 4,180,929

4,806,534 4,806,534 44,566,045 49,372,579

9,381,360 10,212,413 161,031,321 171,243,734

(35,688,637) (35,608,745) 196,640,066 161,031,321


“Let us begin again, for up until now we have done nothing.”
St. Francis of Assisi

Each year brings new challenges and

opportunities. As we transform our students to prepare them to be global citizens, so we must transform ourselves. The encouragement and support of the Siena College community provide affirmation and optimism as we look to navigate the uncharted waters ahead. Our 800-year-old Franciscan tradition has served as our compass for nearly 75 years. Moving into the next phase of Siena’s ongoing transformation, it remains constant as the focal point of our commitment to excellence.
A Living Vision. In 1937, Siena College had a humble beginning. The seven founding fathers—the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus—saw great potential. Their original optimism and vision have been validated many times over.

siena 2010 president’s report

During 2010, with input from the Siena stakeholder community, a cross-functional group of administrators, staff, faculty and students embarked on the development of the 2011-2015 Siena College Strategic Plan. The process and steering committee worked under the leadership of Jim Nolan ’75, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business. Under the banner, “Living Our Tradition,” the plan is designed to build upon the gains achieved under the previous Academic Excellence Plan. Siena’s new strategic plan is centered within the wider framework of the College’s mission statement. Its performance platform is built on four key initiatives: 1. Implement a comprehensive and innovative learning program in which members of the Siena community participate in highimpact educational practices embedded in a liberal arts curriculum.

2. Steward and strengthen the financial resources, human resources and physical space of the College. 3. Create a culture of diversity. 4. Expand and leverage investment in Division I athletics to promote the reputation of Siena College. The full plan details goals, actions and expected outcomes for each initiative. Full review of the plan by the Board of Trustees and the campus community was undertaken in October 2010. Siena College continues to be well-positioned to raise the value of a Siena degree. The challenges of the 21st Century world show a clear need for the Siena tradition of living and succeeding in our mission as a learning community advancing the ideals of a liberal arts education, rooted in our identity as a Franciscan and Catholic institution.




Fr. Ken Paulli ’82, O.F.M, Ed.D. Chief of Staff

Linda Richardson, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs

Maryellen Gilroy, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs

Ned Jones Vice President for Enrollment Management

David Smith ’79 Vice President for Development and External Affairs

Ronald E. Bjorklund ’85 J. David Brown Michael Bucci ’73 Robert F. Campbell ’66 Robert M. Curley Robert T. Cushing ’77 Susan Law Dake Virginia L. Darrow ’83 Scott C. Donnelly Howard S. Foote ’74 Shari Golub-Schillinger ’86 Robert L. Guido ’68 Douglas T. Hickey ’77 Rev. Kenneth R. Himes ’71, O.F.M., Ph.D. Walter T. Kicinski ’62 Rev. Jerome J. Massimino, O.F.M. Pamela McCarthy Robert J. McCormick ’87 Rev. Dominic V. Monti, O.F.M., Ph.D. James J. Morrell ’66 Very Rev. Kevin J. Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. John F. Murray ’79 John J. Nigro Very Rev. John F. O’Connor, O.F.M. Walter A. Osterman ’87 Joseph M. Pastore, Jr., Ph.D. Kenneth M. Raymond, Jr. Mark S. Rose ’65 Rev. Peter A. Schneible, O.F.M., Ph.D. David M. Stack ’73 Christine L. Standish Br. Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., M.D., Ph.D. Nimmi M. Trapasso ’98, M.D. Dennis L. Winger ’69

siena 2010 president’s report

Paul Stec ’79, M.B.A., C.P.A. Vice President for Finance and Administration


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