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SIENA NEWS • A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS • FALL 2010

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contents

More Photos of
New Hall

Blessing of New Hall


Left to right: Fr. Ambrose Donehue,
O.F.M., Fr. Dennis Tamburello ’75,
O.F.M., Ph.D., College Chaplain Fr.
Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M., J.D. and Br.
Walter Liss, O.F.M. blessed the opening
of the new residence hall this fall. The
residence hall received rave reviews
from the students who moved into the
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state-of-the-art facility.
from the president
2010 - 2011 Board of Trustees

Ronald E. Bjorklund ’85


J. David Brown
Michael Bucci ’73
Robert F. Campbell ’66
Years ago in Boston, I lived with Judy Capano/Michaelson ’87
a friar who collected nativity sets. His Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D.
crèches hailed from around the world Robert M. Curley
Robert T. Cushing ’77
and were fashioned from all sorts of
Susan Law Dake
material—everything from stone to Virginia L. Darrow ’83
wood, to coat hangers and straw. Scott C. Donnelly
Each December, the friar proudly Howard S. Foote ’74
Shari Golub Schillinger ’86
displayed this vast array of religious
Sr. Violet T. Grennan, M.F.I.C., D.Min.
tableaux. Indeed, there was scarcely Robert L. Guido ’68
a tabletop, countertop or windowsill Rev. Kenneth R. Himes ’71, O.F.M., Ph.D.
in the friary that went unadorned by Walter T. Kicinski ’62
Pamela McCarthy
some replica of the first Christmas. Robert J. McCormick ’87
No doubt, the friar’s pious excess James J. Morrell ’66
would have pleased St. Francis. Very Rev. Kevin J. Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D.
John F. Murray ’79
Francis loved Christmas more than
John J. Nigro
any other feast because it spoke to Very Rev. John F. O’Connor, O.F.M.
him so profoundly of God’s humility and love. Reflecting on the poverty Walter A. Osterman ’87
of a stable and the vulnerability of a child, Francis encountered a God Kenneth M. Raymond, Jr.
William E. Redmond, Jr. ’81
who humbly and compassionately shared in our broken humanity so
Mark S. Rose ’65
that we might share in the fullness of divine life. To honor this humility Rev. James P. Scullion ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D.
of God in a fresh new way, Francis created the first Christmas crèche, David M. Stack ’73
whose myriad descendents so fascinated my Franciscan brother. Christine L. Standish
Nimmi M. Trapasso ’98, M.D.
What Francis celebrated at Christmastime, he imitated throughout Dennis L. Winger ’69
the year. He understood that humility is the key that opens hearts. It
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President
On the cover: Lauren Lavare ’11, Students for Fair Trade
co-chair, with fair trade products that are being
offered at Siena College.
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Check out Move
School of Business Gives Birth that Block’s website

to Incubator Program
Matthew Narolewski ’11 sat in his
marketing class last December listening to
Todd Drowlette ’03 speak about a real estate
company that the alumnus was trying to
launch. Narolewski approached Drowlette
after class and offered some ideas he thought
could help the company. They stayed in touch,
and Drowlette eventually offered Narolewski
an internship.
“He was so excited and so involved with
throwing out ideas that I didn’t even care what
his resume said,” Drowlette recalled.
The company they discussed became
the online startup MoveThatBlock.com. The
company, founded by Drowlette and Pat Gray
’03 in January, is the Siena College Business
Incubator’s first tenant.
School of Business Dean Jeffrey Mello,
Ph.D., announced the incubator initiative this
fall. The program gives students from all fields
of study the opportunity to gain real-world
business experience by working alongside
executives and making decisions that will
impact the productivity and overall success of
up-and-coming companies.
Michael Hickey ’83, the College’s new
executive-in-residence and former Pitney Bowes
Business Insight president, will oversee day-to-
day operations of
the incubator.
“Siena’s values and commitment to
student success and growth, coupled with its ABOVE: Todd Drowlette ‘03 and
loyal, engaged and dedicated faculty and
(left) Michael Hickey ‘83 are the
alumni, have positioned the College to make
contributions to idea generation,” Hickey said. key players in starting the School of
“Who knows? Perhaps, the seeds of the next Business Incubator. It is designed to
billion dollar company will be planted right
give students from all fields of study
here.”
the opportunity to gain real-world
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COVER STORY

Fair Tr a d e F i r s t
By Hildy Marinello ’11
Students, faculty and staff gathered in Serra Hall on Nov. 9 to celebrate Siena’s
distinction as the first college in New York to be granted fair trade status. Siena is just
the third college in the country and the first Roman Catholic college to earn
this distinction.
“This is a very proud moment for Siena College,” said President Fr. Kevin Mullen
’75, O.F.M, Ph.D. “We are called to be responsible citizens of the world and this
shows that we are doing more than taking a part — we are taking a lead.”
As a fair trade college, Siena is committed to offering products that support
fair pay and working conditions for vulnerable farmers and producers whenever
possible. The College currently serves fair trade coffee, tea, sugar and chocolate. By
offering such goods, Siena is upholding children’s rights to security and education,

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encouraging environmental sustainability and supporting the efforts of farmers to invest in


their communities.
“This is about more than just coffee and tea,” said Students for Fair Trade Co-Chair
Lauren Lavare ’11. “It is about justice and introducing options so we can make the choice
Fair Trade chocolate products have
for ourselves.”
“Siena has taken a bold step in advancing the Franciscan mission of the College,” been a hit on campus. Students
said Shannon O’Neill, Ph.D., director of the Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women and enjoyed a chocolate fountain at
leader in the effort to obtain Siena’s fair trade status. “Fair trade inherently works toward
the Fair Trade press conference.
building a world that is more just, peaceable and humane.”
Government leaders, including Congressman Paul Tonko, Assemblyman Jack Other fair trade products that
McEneny ’65, Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and Town of Colonie Supervisor Siena offers include sugar, coffee
Paula Mahan addressed the Siena community and offered their congratulations and and tea. Left: Matt Sayles ’07
support.
learned about the importance of
The process of becoming a fair trade college began two years ago through a
student-led initiative by Mike Ellement ’10 and Ben Thomas ’12. Both were integral to the offering Fair Trade products while
formation of the Fair Trade Steering Committee. Political science professor Vera Eccarius- abroad in Thailand.
Kelly, Ph.D., and O’Neill guided the students in their efforts to establish Siena as a fair
trade college.
“It is communities like Siena that make real change possible,” Breslin said.
Still, members of the Siena community recognize that there is plenty of room for growth.
Sodexo General Manager Norm Kvam will be looking to increase the variety of fair
trade products available in campus dining facilities, and College leaders will continue to
educate the community about the importance of using fair-trade products.

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A Revolutionary Grant
NEH By Hildy Marinello ’11

T
he Center for Revolutionary Era Studies (CRES) has
been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It is the
largest grant in the 7history of the School of Liberal Arts.
The grant will help CRES become a prestigious
academic program that will link Siena with the Capital
Region’s revolutionary-era historical sites, scholars and
organizations. CRES will partner with these local resources to
heighten awareness of upstate New York’s significant contributions
to the history of colonial America, the American Revolution and
the founding of the American Republic.
Specifically, the money will be used to expand the CRES
curriculum and outreach to the community, and to train a new
generation of American Revolution scholars. CRES will establish
a digitization center to scan fragile historical documents and
preserve them for future use. Students will learn the process of
scanning, annotating and archiving these documents.
“The digitization center will allow undergraduate students to
do work primarily done at the graduate level, which makes this
an extraordinary opportunity for our students,” said CRES Director
Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D. Above: Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D. dis-
This year, the NEH awarded $31.5 million in grants to 201 humanities cussed the impact the NEH grant will
projects across the nation. CRES was one of eight recipients of the NEH
have on the Center for Revolutionary
challenge grants. Other recipients include Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and
the National Civil Rights Museum. Era Studies (CRES) program at
Challenge grants help institutions and organizations secure long-term an on campus celebration.
support for, and improvements in, their humanities programs and resources.
Recipients are required to match NEH funds on a three-to-one or four-to-one
basis. To meet its grant obligations, Siena will raise $1.5 million over a five-

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year period.
In addition to its community programming, CRES offers a certificate program for Siena students in
any major. Students take courses on the revolutionary era and they must complete internships at local
historical sites, such as Saratoga National Historic Park and Ten Broeck Mansion.
“Supporting CRES is an opportunity for donors to promote the development of public-history skills at
Siena. These are skills needed in the heritage tourism industry,” said Associate Director of Development
Brad Bodmer ’82. “It is a niche that our donors will recognize as a way of helping students leave Siena
with skills that give them a competitive advantage in a challenging job market.”
For more information on the CRES or the NEH, contact Jennifer Dorsey at revstudies@siena.edu.
To support the NEH Challenge, contact Brad Bodmer at development@siena.edu.

Above: Students will have the ability to


preserve historical documents in the proposed
digitization center. Currently Siena has one
station that is located in the J. Spencer and
Patricia Standish Library.

Left to right: Director of Government and


Foundation Relations Alfredo Medina and
History Department Chair James Harrison,
Ph.D. at the announcement of a partnership
between Siena and the Saratoga National
Historic Park.

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Edited by: Hildy Marinello ’11

Decked Out Hall


After months of planning and construction, Siena College cut the
ribbon on New Hall this fall. Located on the northern side of campus
near Cushing Village, it is the first on-campus residential facility to be
completed since Padua Hall opened in 2001.

The new residence hall features:


• 130 double-occupancy rooms with private baths
• Massry Commons Dining and Conference Center
• Stewart’s Shops fitness center with state-of-the-art treadmills
and elliptical machines that include televisions
• Guido ’68 Lecture Theatre
• BBL Construction Services, LLC Media Lounge
• business center
• washers and dryers in the laundry room that can
e- mail or text students when their laundry is finished

The $20 million Dutch-themed building contains several common


spaces that foster Siena’s Franciscan values of openness, hospitality
and community. In addition, New Hall is one of the greenest
buildings on campus. Many of the products used during construction
were recycled or made of energy-efficient material. It also contains
“green” features. Each room, for example, is equipped with recycling
bins, and all of the water fountains have a special element for filling
up reusable water bottles. As bottles are filled,
a gauge keeps track of how many disposable, plastic water bottles
have been saved.

For more information on features and naming opportunities visit


www.siean.edu/preserveyourlegacy

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A Busy Beginning
Throughout the first week of the 2010-11 academic year,
Siena held numerous events to welcome new and returning
students to campus. The Franciscan Center for Service and
Advocacy (FCSA), for instance, hosted the Volunteer Service
Fair. More than 40 local charities and organizations, including
the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and Unity House
participated. Siena students spoke with representatives from the
organizations to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
Rising in the Rankings
“It’s beneficial to see how many different types of off-campus U.S. News & World Report released
organizations exist, and this is a great opportunity for Siena its annual college rankings, “Best Colleges
students to get involved with community service,” said Alex 2011,” and Siena College improved to
114 in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges”
Georgieva ’12, FCSA event coordinator.
category, up from 121 last year.
The Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Public This ranking places Siena College in
Safety held Siena Health and Safety Day, which featured tips on “Tier 1” among the country’s liberal arts
safe grilling and fire prevention. A highlight of the event was a colleges, which includes 250 schools
fire demonstration in which a model dorm room was ignited. The that focus on undergraduate education in
demonstration was conducted by the Colonie EMS and Shaker traditional disciplines.
Forbes magazine ranked Siena College
Road Fire Department.
231 on its list of “America’s Best Colleges
“It’s scary to see how quickly a fire can get out of hand in our 2010.” Forbes ranked undergraduate
dorms, but now we know how to prevent such an occurrence,” institutions based on the quality of education,
said Blair Atkins ’11. student experience and the achievements of
Opening Week at Siena concluded with the Damietta Cross- graduates. Forbes reviewed only 9 percent
Cultural Center Welcome Barbecue and Club Fair. The academic of the 6,600 accredited post-secondary
institutions in the United States.
quad was full of representatives from each club on campus.
Siena College was also ranked among
Matthew Narolewski ’11 was recruiting students to get involved the nation’s top “Small Private Schools” in a
in launching MoveThatBlock.Com, a startup company under the recent issue of Parade Magazine. This ranking
auspices of the new Siena College Business was based on a survey of 43 high school
Incubator program. guidance counselors in the U.S.
“We want to help students connect to businesses and learn
real-life skills that they will be able to apply in their future careers,”
said Narolewski.

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NSF Grant to Send Siena to China
By Jim Eaton

Most vacationers steer clear of the beach when a lightning strike looms, but
Kyle Turck ’12 spent his summer mixing electricity and water. He was assisting John
Cummings, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, who received a National Science
Foundation research grant to work on the Daya Bay project in China. Cummings
and Turck are examining neutrinos, particles that usually travel
close to the speed of light and are able to pass through ordinary matter
almost undisturbed. Siena Featured
The Siena scientists are building monitoring devices on campus for a detector on NASA Website
that costs close to $20 million. These devices will be placed below a mountain
under water at Daya Bay, just outside of Hong Kong and home to one of the top Professor of Physics Allan
five reactor complexes in the world. Daya Bay is an ideal location for the study of Weatherwax Ph.D., Jennifer
neutrinos. Williams ’10 and Robert Carroll ’10
The Siena research team will create between 25-30 monitoring devices to were featured on NASA’s Website for
gauge the water flow. “The devices we are building will measure the transparency their work on Firefly, a small satellite
of the water, which will be used during the analysis to correct for detection with a big mission. Firefly will be
inefficiencies,” Cummings said. In January, the team will travel to China to test their used to help scientists understand
new devices. terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, bursts of
“This is what science research is all about,” Cummings said. Developing an electromagnetic radiation in the earth’s
educational and research collaboration with Chinese scientists will be their next atmosphere first discovered by NASA’s
step, once Cummings and Turck are satisfied with their own work. Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory in
the early 1990s.
ABOVE: John Cummings, Ph.D., assistant professor “We are doing cutting-edge
science,” said Weatherwax, who
of physics and Kyle Turck ’12 are creating neutrino
partnered with another institution to win
detectors in their Roger Bacon Hall lab. Right: The the NSF grant to develop Firefly.
detectors will be placed below a mountain in water The satellite is scheduled to launch in
early summer.
at Daya Bay, just outside of Hong Kong, China.
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Bio Major Makes Medical News
Siena College sophomore Rhoda Asimeng is an exceptional young woman who is receiving national
attention. Asimeng was recently featured on the American Medical News Website for her participation in a
summer program at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y.
The Montefiore program was designed to give students from racially diverse backgrounds the opportunity to
explore careers in medicine. During the intense six-week program, Asimeng attended lectures, learned medical
techniques and shadowed physicians in a variety of specialties. Asimeng also conducted research and wrote a
final paper on infant mortality rates.
“The whole experience gave me a sense of confidence,” said Asimeng.
Asimeng has dreamed of becoming a physician since she was 13 years old. It is a dream that stemmed
from her experience with her parents, who both battled cancer. The compassionate medical care her parents
received sparked her interest in a career based on helping others. Asimeng hopes to become a general
practitioner in a high-needs area.
“Many minorities don’t have access to good medical care,” said Asimeng. “It’s easier to relate to a doctor if
you share similarities with them.”
Asimeng is a member of Siena’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
When Asimeng applied to the program, she was one of 17 students chosen from an applicant pool of
more than 470.
“Rhoda impressed me immediately with her motivation and commitment to pursuing her education,” said
HEOP Associate Director Cynda Brousseau. “It was evident that she was a student who would engage
thoroughly in the Siena experience and give back to the Siena community wholeheartedly.”
Asimeng is involved in the HEOP peer-mentoring program. She is also a member of the American Red
Cross Club, Ambassador Club, Biology Club and was an orientation leader for first-year students. She said her
experiences and interactions at Siena are preparing her for a career in the medical field.
“People here care about each other. I’ve learned how to be compassionate and personable,” Asimeng
said. “These are qualities that will make me a good physician.”
While Asimeng still has a long road ahead, she remains focused on achieving her dream. “With Rhoda’s
drive, determination, and perseverance,” said Brousseau, “I have no doubt that we will be calling her Dr.
Asimeng someday.”
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Rabbi Honored for Siena Service
On October 24 Siena College bestowed its
highest nonacademic award, the St. Bernardine
of Siena Medal, on Bernard Bloom, Rabbi
Emeritus of Congregation Gates of Heaven
in Schenectady, N.Y. Bloom received the
accolade at the 26th annual colloquium of the
Hayyim H. Kieval Institute for Jewish-Christian
Studies.
“I was left speechless,” said Rabbi Bloom.
“I appreciate being appreciated.”
Siena’s Board of Trustees awards the St.
Bernardine of Siena Medal to men and women
whose accomplishments reflect the highest
traditions of Siena and contribute significantly to
the fulfillment of the College’s mission.
“Rabbi Bloom was given the award in
honor of his years of service to Siena College,”
said Siena’s president, Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75,
O.F.M., Ph.D. “That service included his stellar
leadership of the Kieval Institute and more than
20 years of teaching as an adjunct professor.”
Rabbi Bloom began working at Siena after
the Second Vatican Council set the Roman
Catholic Church on a path of ecumenical
dialogue with other religious traditions.
“It was interesting being involved in a major
change of the religious scene,” said Bloom. “It
is nice to know that I was a small part of that
change.”

Above: Before receiving the St. Bernardine Medal, Bloom joined


longtime friends and colleagues, the Rev. Robert Lamar, Pastor
Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, and the Most Reverend
Howard Hubbard, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese
of Albany, in a public conversation about Jewish-Christian
relations in the Capital Region.

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“It’s not just about gay youth — it’s about bullying
and the fact that little is being done to stop it,” said
Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) President Joe Shea ’11.
The event called attention to the spate of suicides
related to anti-gay sentiment, that have taken place in
recent months, most notably the death of Tyler Clementi,
the Rutgers University student who took his life in
September.
Jillian Duarte ’11, who attended the vigil, went to
Together for Tolerance high school with Clementi. “The sudden tragedy of Tyler
Clementi hit close to home for me,” said Duarte. “With
More than 200 members of the College community all of the heartbreak, it is very comforting that Siena is
gathered around the Peace Pole in front of the Standish holding an acceptance vigil. I know anyone can walk
Library for a vigil on October 20 to grieve over the lives on this campus and feel safe from bullying, no matter
lost to anti-gay bullying and to take a stand what their differences may be.”
against all forms of violence, hatred and bigotry. “We The Franciscan tradition of love for all members of
are mourning all those lost to hatred and injustice,” society, outreach to the marginalized and reverence for
said Damietta Cross-Cultural Center Director the dignity of every human person play a large role in
Oscar Mayorga. the spirit of tolerance present at Siena.

College Dedicates
Cross-Cultural Center
Siena celebrated the opening of the Damietta
Cross-Cultural Center in October with prayers from
several faith traditions and a talk by Pulitzer Prize-
winning journalist, Paul Moses. Formerly known as
the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the center promotes
mutual respect and understanding among peoples of
all cultures and religions.
“The center will provide opportunities for students
to engage in inter-religious and cross-cultural
dialogue through service and immersion trips as well
as academic events,” said center director, Oscar Mayorga.
At the dedication ceremony, Moses discussed his recent book, The Saint and the
Sultan, which chronicles St. Francis of Assisi’s delegation of peace to Muslim sultan,
Malik al-Kamil. The historic meeting, initiated by St. Francis in an effort to end the
bloodshed of the Fifth Crusade, took place near Damietta, Egypt.
“By crossing enemy lines, St. Francis made a shocking display of nonviolence in
the midst of war,” said Moses as he reflected on the relevance of the 800 year-old
story to the mission of Siena’s newly minted cross-cultural center.
Moses asked his listeners to share their thoughts on how Francis’s audience with
the sultan might serve as a guide for the center’s activities. Katie Perry ’13 was quick
to respond to the speaker’s invitation. “St. Francis loved and embraced everyone,”
Perry said. “Siena teaches this to all students. The Damietta Cross-cultural Center will
help to continue promoting this message.”
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Siena Research Institute Spot-On
Whose Land is it Anyway?
During Election Season
The Siena College Research Institute (SRI)
conducted polls across New York state in seven
congressional districts, eight state senate districts, For six years,
and the gubernatorial race. Siena College
The polls, which included surveys in partnership has celebrated
with Long Island’s Newsday and Syracuse’s Post- Constitution Day
Standard, correctly named the winner in the eight by highlighting
contested state senate districts. They also called the controversial and
20th and 23rd congressional races within a few timely themes. This
percentage points. year’s topic was
SRI forecasted the governor’s race more ac- property rights,
curately than other academic and publicly dis- specifically eminent
seminated polls. SRI’s poll found voters preferred domain.
Andrew Cuomo over Carl Paladino by 25 points. Albany Law
Final election results confirmed SRI’s findings, with School Associate
Cuomo defeating Paladino by 27 points. Dean Patricia E.
The surveys received national coverage in the Salkin, Esq. examined the 5th Amendment clause, “nor
media, including CNN, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, shall private property be taken for public use without just
as well as regional newspapers, radio and the compensation.”
Internet. “It puts in perspective the Constitution as a relevant
“We are proud of our work and excited about document that can relate to students’ everyday lives,”
the extensive positive publicity the Institute continues Salkin said. “It doesn’t sit well with them that the
to bring the College,” said Don Levy, Ph.D., the government can take your house.”
institute’s director. Salkin is a nationally recognized expert on land
use law and zoning. She was invited to speak at Siena
by longtime colleague Leonard Cutler, Ph.D., director of
Siena’s Center for the Study of Government and Politics
and pre-law advisor.

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WVCR’s signal grew stronger through the years and so did the
station’s profile. Now WVCR is located in the Sarazen Student Union
and has 35,000 watts of power. It can be heard from the heart of the
Capital Region up to Lake George, west to Cobleskill and east toward
the Berkshires. WVCR also has a presence on the Web. Along with its
primary format, it airs an Internet-only talk station called Saint Talk.
“Just as Siena has changed, so has WVCR. It serves as a wonderful
chronicle of our history. It’s been a passion for so many students, a
unique adventure for many others, and an enormous community and
public relations asset. All of this tied together makes it one of the top
college stations in the country,” said Mark Grimm ’78, who remains
connected to the station, serving as executive producer and host of the
Siena Alumni Connection program.
There have been many music formats and programs over the years.
Now, WVCR under the direction of John Kelly, is the station that “plays
anything.” It’s not surprising
to hear the Beatles and the
Beastie Boys back-to-back.

88.3
Sundays are reserved mainly
for shows that celebrate the
heritage and diversity of the
Capital Region, including the

TURNS
Polka Spotlight, Proud to be
Irish, de Selecciones and the
Caribbean Circuit.
“We’re like the United

50.0
Nations of the radio dial,”
said WVCR General Manager
Darrin Scott Kibbey.
The students and alumni
volunteers remain the focus of
the station. Students are taught
By Ken Jubie ’04 to use equipment and develop
on-air performance skills. By
participating in the business
of the radio station, they also learn about sales, marketing
Siena’s radio station WVCR-FM and management.
“The practical knowledge that I gained at WVCR helped me
88.3, The Saint, has reached the develop an entrepreneurial mindset,” said the former station general
manager, Neerav Patel ’00, better known to listeners as the
half-century mark, and by all “Bombay Bandit.”
accounts, it’s aging gracefully. As a noncommercial radio station, WVCR cannot sell air time, but
it generates funds through underwriting announcements and donations
When WVCR hit the airwaves from the community. As Kibbey points out, The Saint happily uses its
reach to return the favor. “We have raised hundreds of thousands of
in 1960, it was housed in the dollars for charities throughout the Capital Region,” Kibbey said.
basement of Plassmann Hall, For more information on WVCR and to listen live, log on
to www.wvcr.com.
and its 10-watt signal could
barely be heard across campus.
SIENA 17
FACULTY NEWS

Ted von Hippel, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, was awarded a $391,000 NASA Astrophysics
Data Analysis grant for research in stellar evolution. He will lead a team of eight investigators along with
their students in a study of the roles of convection and mass loss in stellar evolution using data from the
Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based observatories. Team members
are from a range of colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Space Telescope Science
Institute, the University of California, Irvine, the University of Florida, the University of Texas at Austin and the
University of Vermont.

Peter Fiore ’49, O.F.M., Ph.D., professor emeritus of English and scholar-in-residence, published a
book titled The Gospels Are Now: Timeless Gospel Themes and Life, Literature, and the Arts. The book,
which is the sixth Fiore has written, examines events of Christ’s life as they are reflected in recent novels,
plays, operas, paintings and films.

Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, S.E.D., professor of creative arts, was featured on the Theatre
Communications Group Website for his participation in the recent Theatre Without Borders
conference. Theatre Without Borders is a volunteer-based organization that aims to build theatre
bridges between the United States and the rest of the world.

Cynthia Love, sociology major and development coordinator of administration, and


Sudarat Musikawong, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and project advisor,
presented their co-authored paper, “The Digital Campaign: How Barack Obama
Achieved the Dream,” at the American Sociology Association’s National Conference
in Atlanta, Ga., in August. The paper argues that Obama’s administration achieved its
“online presidency” through his campaign, which was built on racializing and de-
racializing Obama’s identity at the same time. The paper evaluated how the use of
online social networking during the 2008 presidential campaign made Obama appear
as “the typical American Democrat” and then separately as an African-American.
Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M.,
recently published two articles.
The first, “Love Lived in
Community: Lumen Gentium 13
and the Meaning of Grace in
Bonaventure’s De Septem Donis
Spiritus Sancti,” was published in
the British theological journal The
Downside Review 128 (October
2010). The second article, “St.
Francis and the Millennials: Kindred Spirits,” was published in St.
Anthony Messenger Magazine (October 2010) and is available
online: www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Oct2010/
Feature1.asp. Horan also delivered a lecture titled “Thomas Merton
the ‘Dunce’: Identity, Incarnation and the Not So Subtle Influence
of John Duns Scotus” to the Chicago Thomas Merton Society at the
Passionist Monastery in Chicago, Ill.,
in October.

Former President and CEO Heads Patricia Trutty-Coohill, Ph.D., professor of art history and
chair of the creative arts department, edited the 106th volume of
Siena’s New Business Incubator the Analecta Husserliana, published by
By Jodi Ackerman Frank Springer (Dordrecht, the Netherlands).
The volume contains three of her essays
For the last 25 years Mike Hickey ’83 on the subjects of originality, intention
has led Fortune 300 and multimillion-dollar and communication in art. She examines
companies. Now, the well-seasoned business contemporary and traditional art from the
leader has become Siena’s first executive- standpoint of phenomenological theories
in-residence and head of the College’s new and shows how abstract thought can be
Business Incubator program, launched this fall. understood concretely through the work
Hickey, 49, is well known as a leader of art. These essays and several in other
in technology-based businesses, starting with volumes are available online at www.
MapInfo, where he rose from head of sales SpringerLink.com. Trutty-Coohill won Siena’s Raymond Kennedy
and marketing to vice president. He became Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2004.
COO in 2002, a position he held through
the company’s acquisition by Pitney Bowes in Joe Zoske, M.S., M.S.W., administrative coordinator of the
2007. In his next role as president of Pitney Social Work Program, was invited to speak about men’s health, his
Bowes Business Insight, Hickey guided the area of expertise, at a Centers for Disease Control conference in
1,900 employees of the global software Atlanta last May. He also spoke on the same topic for a statewide
company to record revenues of $400 million. health department program in Arizona in August and for the
“Mike Hickey’s keen insight and leadership Texas Department of Health Services in Austin in October. Zoske’s
ability will serve the School of Business, and the presentations focus on how men in today’s society are raised with
entire College, well,” said School of Business “rules of manhood” that can keep them out of the health care
Dean Jeff Mello. system. In essence, seeking medical help goes against a man’s
As executive-in-residence, Hickey also sense of self-reliance, he said. Zoske explained that, because men
teaches two capstone strategy classes. are often trained to ignore pain and eschew vulnerability, they tend
“I’ve seen the world. I know how hard it is to tune out symptoms of illness. Zoske included several statistics and
to do business in this country and abroad, and offered recommendations that can be adopted by physicians trying
those are the types of lessons I try to bring to my to get patient compliance or by a loved one trying to convince a
students in the classroom,” said Hickey. man to live a healthier lifestyle.

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SAINTS CORNER

The Siena women’s soccer team had a magical season this fall, posting a
program-record 17 wins and capturing its first-ever MAAC championship and
NCAA Tournament bid. Head Coach Steve Karbowski ’93, who returned
all 11 of his starters from the 2009 squad, led the team into unchartered territory.

By Mike Demos

Above: The women’s soccer team captured their first MAAC Championship this fall. Opposite page left to right: Ashleigh Barone ’12, Elizabeth Barna ’11
and Tabitha Tice ’11 were vital to Siena’s championship run. Barone and Tice tied for the team lead with 27 points and four game-winning goals, while
Barna posted a 10-3 record in goal and earned a shutout in the MAAC Finals.

SIENA 20
Welshman Earns
MAAC’s Highest
Honor in Soccer
By Mike Demos

One season after being


named MAAC Rookie of the
Year, men’s soccer striker
Emery Welshman ’13 was
named MAAC Offensive Player
of the Year. The Mississauga,
Ontario, native led the MAAC
in goals (13) and points (29),
“This was a special season,” Karbowski said. “I am happy for the 25 players despite missing three games due
who worked so hard to reach our goal of a NCAA Tournament berth.” to injury.
The Saints made plenty of local and national headlines. They started their season “He was injured a lot at
12-0, which left them as the only undefeated, untied program in all of Division I. They the start of the year and, even
secured a national top 25 ranking in the Soccer America Poll from Oct. 4 - 11 and though he was less than 100
were among teams that garnered votes for eight consecutive weeks in the NSCAA/ percent, he showed you what
HendrickCars.com National Rankings Poll. he can do,” Head Coach
“The recognition that the team received was exciting,” Karbowski added. “It Gareth Elliott said. “He was
created a lot of buzz on campus and in our local community.” tremendous, and I think only
The Saints exhibited a flair for the dramatic throughout the season. In their bigger things are ahead of him
first match, they set the tone by going on the road and defeating the University of in the future.”
Connecticut, 3-2 in overtime. The game also signaled the arrival of freshman Brittany Welshman, who ranked
Pfaff ’14, who would go on to score 10 goals (four of which were game winners) eighth nationally in goals and
and post 25 points on her way to being named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. 14th in points despite playing
“The UConn game gave us confidence that we could compete with anyone,” just 16 games, served as the
said Pfaff. “We knew if we stuck together as a true team, this could be a magical catalyst to a Saints offense that
season.” placed third in the nation in scor-
After a fast start, the Siena team also showed its ability to overcome adversity ing. Under Welshman’s leader-
late in the season. Entering their final weekend, the Saints had lost three straight ship, the Saints posted their best
MAAC matches and were in danger of not qualifying for the four-team MAAC record since 1998, finishing
Championships. Senior captain Tabitha Tice ’11 made sure the Saints would reach the season with 10 wins and
their ultimate goal of winning a MAAC trophy. She scored the game-winning goals in an appearance in the MAAC
each of the Saints’ crucial victories that weekend, which secured the green and gold semifinals.
a spot in the MAAC championships.
“We knew the importance of the final regular season weekend and were
determined not to let an amazing season go to waste,” Tice reflected. As the number
three seed in the MAAC Championships, the Saints found themselves trailing 1-0 in
the second half to Marist. However, their resilience and self-proclaimed “refuse-to-
lose” attitude helped them erupt for four second-half goals, sending the team to the
championship match against Canisius.
It was Tice again who would come up with the most important play in Siena
women’s soccer history in the championship game. She fired home the winning
goal in the 92nd minute, which sent Siena to its first MAAC title and the NCAA
Tournament. The season ended in a tough loss to Georgetown.
“We look forward to building upon our success next year,” Karbowski said.

SIENA 21
High Hopes for
Saints’ Hoops
By Jason Rich ’98

The last three years have been nothing short of amazing. Many small college programs have their time in the
sun, but the Saints have had enough March moments to turn Albany into an island getaway: three Metro Atlantic
Athletic Conference (MAAC) championships celebrated on their home court, a pair of NCAA Tournament upsets
and 77 victories in three unforgettable seasons.
Most of the faces that have become synonymous with Siena basketball over the past five years — the most
successful era in the College’s 70-year history of men’s basketball — have moved on. However, not everything
has changed.
Armed with one of the top centers in the country, an explosive and imposing roster and a legion of diehard
fans, the Siena program is gearing up for another MAAC tournament run. The man charged with overseeing the
Saints is intimately familiar with the high expectations his program has to live up to. After all, he played a major
role in the recent success Siena has enjoyed.
Mitch Buonaguro, lead assistant coach at Siena for the last five years, returns to the head coaching ranks
after a 19-year hiatus. In the 1980s, he became one of the most respected and well-known head coaches in the
country. This spring, Siena appointed him head coach of the Saints.
“We’ve certainly raised the bar here,” Buonaguro said. “But the thing I remember is ultimately it comes down
to coaching college kids. You can put everything else aside. That’s what my job is. I don’t have to change a lot
here. These kids expect to win.”
This year’s schedule is the most anticipated in program history. Led by preseason MAAC Player of the
Year Ryan Rossiter ’11 and preseason First Team All-MAAC pick Clarence Jackson ’11, the Saints
are determined to compete for yet another league title, and to be recognized as one
of the top Mid-Major programs in the country.

Dan Paolin
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i ’12
ALUMNI CONNECTION

Gathering for Good Times

Northern California alumni gathered at the St. Francis Winery


in Santa Rosa on Oct. 30. Bob Aldridge ’89, CFO of the
winery, hosted Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, OFM, Ph.D., alumni and
alumni relations staff for a food-and-wine tasting.

Festa Vino, the annual food


Siena Day at the Races and wine festival, was held
was held on Aug. 13 at in the Marcelle Athletic
the Saratoga Racetrack in Complex on Oct. 14. The
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The event raises funds for the
event celebrated the giving of Saints Alive! Athletic Fund
alumni and friends, including and special programs at
members of the President’s The Sarazen Invitational Golf Tournament celebrated the Sarazen’s Siena College.
Circle, who donated $1,000 family commitment to Siena College on Aug. 1. The event
or more to the Annual Fund. included a welcome dinner and day on the links at Schuyler
Siena hosted 420 alumni, Meadows Country Club in Loudonville, N.Y. All proceeds were If you are interested in
friends employees and of the contributed to the Gene and Mary Sarazen becoming involved with
college At the Rail Pavilion this Scholarship Fund at Siena College. alumni events and
year. activities, e-mail us at alumni@
siena.edu.

SIENA 23
By Mark Adam
By Mark Adam

Searching for something more in life and seeing this as a way he


could help the people in Ghana, Joe Marotta ’80 founded Medicus
in Christi (translated to Doctor in Christ).

SIENA 24
Joe Marotta ’80, M.D., knew almost techniques. Medicus in Christi would eventually sponsor a
nothing about Ghana, the small West African full-time Ghanaian orthopedic surgeon to run the center.
nation, until two years ago when a visiting Fr. Kofi, Cardinal Turkson and Arch Bishop Nketsia
Italian missionary spoke to parishioners at St. have all supported Marotta’s mission, gaining him access
Joan of Arc Church in Menands, N.Y. about to African hospitals and doctors who work there as well as
the desperate needs government leaders.
of the African people. “Siena is where my view of the world was formed by
“We need your money,” the missionary Franciscan and Catholic teaching,” Marotta said. “It’s a
said. “But if you think putting a twenty dollar little shining beacon and I think a lot of our alumni feel the
bill in the collection plate today absolves you way I do.”
of your responsibility to these people who are “The more money we can raise, the more we can do,”
suffering, you’re wrong.” Marotta said. “And there’s no limit to what we can do.”
“It was like this arrow that just pierced For more information on Medicus in Christi, visit www.
right through me,” said Marotta, an MedicusInChristi.org.
orthopedic surgeon and, for the past 20
years, Siena Athletics’ team doctor. He and
his wife Kate, a former nurse, asked their
pastor Fr. Kofi Ntsifal-Amissah, a native of
Ghana, how they could help.
“I told Joe, ‘If you feel comfortable going
there and using your expertise, I will help
open doors for you,’” Fr. Kofi said.
Ghana has a population of more than
24 million people with only 12 orthopedic
surgeons to serve them. Searching for
something more in life and seeing this as a
way he could help the people in Ghana,
Marotta founded Medicus in Christi (“Doctor
in Christ”). Medicus in Christi is a non-
profit organization charged with providing
modern and compassionate medical care
to impoverished peoples of the Third World.
Marotta’s goal is to establish an orthopedic
treatment, rehabilitation and training center at
a hospital in Ghana’s Cape Coast Diocese.
Medicus in Christi’s first patient will be
a Catholic nun who suffers from crippling
arthritis and needs two knee replacements.
Marotta plans to fly her to the United States
next year for the procedure. Meanwhile, he
is working to get the hospital in Cape Coast
Left to right: Joe Marotta with a boy at the Apam Catholic Mission Hospital in Cape Coast,
funded and outfitted with the necessary
equipment and resources. Years down the the prospective site of Marotta’s orthopedic center. Arch Bishop Matthias Nketsia,
road Marotta envisions a rotating army of Joe Marotta and Cardinal Peter Turkson at Nketsia’s office in The Secretariat building
orthopedic surgeons and volunteers from
of the Cape Coast Arch Diocese.
the U.S. and Europe who will visit Ghana
and teach local doctors the latest surgical

SIENA 25
Still Opening Doors to Low-Income Families
By Jim Eaton

When Siena welcomed its first students in 1937, the men who attended came from the local Showstopper
community with few means to pursue higher education. Today at Siena, nearly By Mark Adam
20 percent of the 3,000 undergraduate students come from families earning less
Michelle Campbell ’13
than $55,000 annually. The federal government considers these students to be captured the audience at the
eligible for Pell grants. Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli ’82, O.F.M.,
“Many of these students are the first in their families to pursue higher Ed.D. scholarship dinner, when
education,” said Bob Klein ’68, director of development. Since Siena has nearly she discussed how a scholarship
double the percentage of Pell-eligible students compared to its private college offer from Siena College had
competitors, the College relies heavily upon the Annual Fund to help these given hope for her future.
students afford their education. “Exactly two years ago, I
“The College continues to make a concerted effort to break the cycle stood in my dining room and
Ben Velazquez ’93
of poverty one student at a time, and it starts by welcoming Pell-eligible students held in my hands three letters –
into our classrooms,” Klein said. two acceptances to the colleges
that I wished to attend the
Marissa Moncrieffe ’11 from Albany, N.Y., is a shining example of how Siena has aided students
upcoming fall and in the other,
of limited means in their quest for a college degree.
a foreclosure letter on our family
“I never thought I’d be able to afford college, until I went through the financial aid process here at
home,” said Campbell.
Siena,” said Moncrieffe, who comes from a single-parent household. “I can’t thank Siena enough for With finances weighing
the opportunities that I have been given here. I was able to experience things that I would not have heavily on Campbell’s future,
had the chance to otherwise.” she interviewed for and was
Ben Velazquez ’93, director and head of Latin America Global Infrastructure Investments, also accepted into the Bonner
came to Siena from a low-income household. Service Leaders Program. The
“Once I was on campus, the HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) office helped to academic based scholarship
make the transition as smooth as possible. When you combine this with the confidence Siena instilled program paired with a service
in me, I couldn’t imagine a better place for me to go to college,” said Velazquez, who also is vice term provided the financial help
chair of the Siena College Board of Associate Trustees. necessary to attend Siena. Since
This year, HEOP welcomed 18 Pell-eligible students to the college. The most recent graduation arriving at Siena she’s earned
a 3.4 GPA and is a resident
rate of 86 percent for such students, well above the national average, shows Siena is doing its part.
assistant in Hennepin Hall.
Velazquez and Moncrieffe are just two of the thousands of students for whom Siena has made a
“Several people that night
college education accessible and affordable. However, this opportunity might not be available down
said to me, ‘Oh my God, who is
the road. this student? She was amazing,’”
“We need our alumni and friends of the college to help us grow the Annual Fund, which will keep Fr. Ken recalled. “I share that
our doors open to a wide range of students in the future,” said fund director feeling. She was so articulate
Sue Ferris. about all of the things that make
If you are interested in learning more about Siena College’s Annual Fund, please visit Siena a special place.”
www.siena.edu/annual fund or call 1-888-SIENA4U. To read the complete
story visit www.siena.edu/
news keyword search Michelle
Did You Know? Even a gift of $25 to Siena College’s Annual Fund can make a huge Campbell.
difference. Many external ranking systems, such as U.S. News & World Report and For more information
Middle States Accreditation, calculate alumni participation/giving into their equation on the Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli ’82,
for ranking colleges. O.F.M., Ed.D. Scholarship,
visit www.siena.edu/
SIENA 26 FrPaulliScholarship.
An Open Letter
In May 2011,
Siena College
of its first grad will recognize
uating class. S the 70th anniv
e ve n Fr ersary
the mission of ia rs came to Lou
providing a pri donville with
in the Francisc vate liberal art
an and Catho s education gro
lic tr unded
connected all a d it io n. This mission
Siena graduate is what has
all is to assure s over the yea
the College’s m rs. The challen
is ge for us
1937. si o n re m ains as strong
as it was in

To meet this ch
allenge requir
Siena’s alumn es the continue
i and friends. d generosity o
A cc o rd f
over 250 peop in g ly, I ask you to jo
le who have ch in me and
plans for the C osen to make
ollege. If you h a gift in their e
a ve state
compelled to a a lr e a d y created such
nswer the call, a gift or feel
or jsise@siena please contact
.edu so that Sie me at 518-78
na may honor 3-2315
your wishes.
I am humbled
by all you do
respectfully yo for the College
urs for a bette and remain
r Siena.

Jack Sise, Esq.


’75
Director of Gift
Planning

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class notes ALUMNI

Editors: Mary Beth Finnerty ’85 Director of Alumni Relations and Janice Goca, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Please submit all of your Class Notes information to your Class Coordinator, or if there is no Coordinator listed for
your class, please send all information to classnotes@siena.edu for posting in the magazine. All of our coordinators
would like to hear from their classmates. Please send us your news.

1951 June and will be displayed on the


“Wall”. He graduated from Willsboro
at Norwalk Hospital.
NEWSMAKER
John Hourigan
joninca@comcast.net
in 1955 and returned to teach there 1961
for 33 years. Congratulations, Tom! Patrick Flynn is retired from the
Charles Jeseo
Ed Smith hosts the radio show Department of Research
charltax@aol.com
“Smitty and Friends” each Sunday of New York State United
Larry Mahar has a poem
afternoon 3-6 p.m. on the Siena Teachers. He taught
published in the November/Decem-
station WVCR 88.3FM. Ed has been school for 16 years prior
ber issue of the magazine Good Old
hosting this program for the past to being employed by NYSUT.
Days titled “To A Special Parent.”
seven years. If you have not tuned In the years following his retirement, Bob O’Connell ’63
Congratulations, Larry! George
in recently, give it a try. He features he has co-authored two books on has been selected by AARP
Racette and his wife Dodie have
Frank Sinatra tunes as well as other Constructivist Education: New York to receive the
been married for 53 years and have
artists from that era. The show can Applying Standards-Based Con- Andrus Award, its most
four children and seven grandchil-
also be heard “on line” at WVCR. structivism: A Two-Step Guide for prestigious volunteer award for
dren, three currently in college. He
com click on “listen live”. Motivating Elementary Students and community service
and his wife live in Lafayette, Pa.
George records textbooks for Record- Captivating Classes with Constructiv-
ing for the Blind and Dyslexic and 1960 ism, published in collaboration with
volunteers for the local Watershed Joseph Miller is the 2010 The Institute for Learning Centered ton.  In his spare time, he keeps up
Association. John Hourigan recipient of the Darwin Davis Award Education. He is also a co-founder of with his four children. Two are teach-
shares: “We gathered all available for Community Service at AXA the Institute and the Institute’s annual ers, one is a guidance counselor, and
courage and ventured beyond the Equitable. The award recognizes an Constructivist Design Conference. his son, Mike, is working with Beauty
borders of California in September AXA Equitable employee or financial and the Beast on Broadway. Kevin
to visit family and friends in New professional who has made extraor- 1963 also enjoys watching Washington
York City, Albany, New Jersey, dinary contributions in public service, Kevin Raymond Nationals baseball, and is especially
New Hampshire and Maine. It was community development, community Kraymond27@comcast.net proud of its great pitcher and Siena
great to see everyone again. No service and volunteerism. It’s amazing to me that 47 years grad John Lannan ­’06!
more traveling until February when Joe has been with AXA Equi- have passed since Siena gave us our Dick Holmes has had his
it’ll be time to head for Mexico to table and AXA Advisors for 50 diplomas.  Back in the sixties, tuition second book published.  Just Lucky,
warmer and drier weather.” Bernie years as a Financial Professional, was $16 a credit hour. Father Rayner I Guess: Lessons I Learned through
Wildove shares that he sold his district manager, branch manager, taught us Economics, Father Charles Forty-three Years in High School was
accounting practice in Keene, N.H. regional president in Texas and as and Father Vianney taught us how to released in October 2010.  Dick
in 1986 and is l­iving in Florida. an executive in headquarters. Joe is write, Father Stephen, History, Doc recounts his own struggles from first
presently a Financial Professional in Buff, business (for me, he taught life grade to the middle of his sophomore
1956 New Canaan, Conn., a member of
the Paramount Planning Group (PPG)
and values), and Father Matthew, year at Siena. With these experi-
ences in back of him, he vowed that
Tony Forte ’60 is look- Shakespeare. They all gave us the
and a member of the Hall of Fame. Franciscan Tradition, the most impor- he would enter the field of secondary
ing to purchase a 1956
Joe’s volunteer and community ef- tant lesson of all. Today, it is exciting education with one overriding goal
class ring. He is also interested in
forts reflect an ongoing and substan- to see the incredible work that has ... to help all of his students, but
any other year as long as the ring
tial commitment to those who need been done — new buildings, new especially those who were struggling
has a cross and the hands of St.
a helping hand. Joe is a founding programs, and the campus, more and and finding little success or enjoy-
Francis. Size 11 preferred, but not
member of The Inner City Foundation more beautiful with each passing day. ment in high school. To do that, he
necessary. Please contact Tony at
for Charity and Education, which sup- Who would have believed that Siena knew he had to start with himself by
barforte4@aol.com or 386-446-
ports agencies and institutions whose would be a regular NCAA contender, becoming the best that he could be
2009/802-345-5319.
programs serve needy children and while remaining a small school, that in the p­ rofession. He believed then,
adults in Connecticut. as he does now, that the single most
1959 He currently serves as President
went on to beat the likes of Ohio
State! From what I hear and read in powerful influence on student success
Frank Martin of the Order of Malta American As- is the teacher standing in front of the
the alumni news, I think it is safe to
ftmartin@nycap.rr.com sociation, where he is responsible for classroom.
say the end product of the labors of
Tom Spierto was elected to the more than 1,800 people who devote the Franciscan Priests and lay faculty
“Wall of Distinction” at Willsboro time to helping the sick and those in is excellence.
Central School, for his service to the unfortunate circumstances. Through Kevin Raymond is a quality
school and community for the past this work, Joe also tutors at All Saints assurance specialist working in the
55 years. The plaque was presented Catholic School in Norwalk, Con- examination function at the Federal
at the graduation ceremony this past necticut and is a Eucharistic Minister Housing Finance Agency in Washing-

SIENA 28
Dick, author of For Parents and has coached at St. Rose and reach is conducted year round but
Only: Straight Talk from Inside the Sage Junior College of Albany. He is these remote areas are sometimes
NEWSMAKER
American High School (2008), also a member of the Bishop Maginn able to be serviced only when the
is a freelance writer who lives in High School and the College of St. medical team from America comes
upstate New York and southwest Rose Halls of Fame. each year. Besides seeing to the
Florida.  His many articles have ap- Bob Klein organized a mid-term spiritual needs of the team members,
peared in numerous periodicals and Class Mini-Reunion on November I brought much needed Liturgical
­newspapers. 13 in Albany. Attending were: supplies for our priests as well
Robert (Bob) O’Connell of Chuck Chera, Allyn and Kathy as funds to enable them to assist Charles Connolly ’66
Clifton Park N.Y. has been selected Dodd, Jim and Susan Dons- their various parishioners directly two time New York State
by AARP New York, to receive the bach, Woody and Cathy Forns, or through the establishing of long Golf Association’s Senior Golf
AARP Andrus Award for Community Joe Grant, Tom Hunt, Kathy delayed programs.” Champion
Service, the Association’s most presti- Keogh, Bob and Maureen Klein, Joe also said, “The highlight of
gious and visible volunteer award for Sue ­LaVigne, Brian and Gail the trip was a Sunday Divine Liturgy
community service.  McCabe, Don and Cindy McCor- celebrated in a church with mud NEWSMAKER
The Andrus Award recog- mack, Bill and Betsi McGoldrick, walls and a thatched roof. The
nizes members and volunteers Gary Mills, Liz Pollock, Dan singing of the people in their own
who, through volunteer service, are and Marianne Sleasman, Dick language was very moving.” Photos
significantly enhancing the lives of Snyder, Jim and Teresa Snyder ’72 and more of the story are available
individuals age 50+. The award and Dick and Noreen Tarantino. on the parish’s website at
was presented to O’Connell during Organizing the event, Bob heard http://www.tampaorthodox.org/.
a ceremony at the New York Mets from lots of classmates who couldn’t Gene Jannotti has been back
game at Citi Field on August 1.   be there including: Terry Arndt, and forth to Hong Kong, spending
Bob joined AARP as a volunteer Rich Blasi, Tami Church, Bruce several months there this year on
in 2005 following a full profes- Cook, Rich Dolinar, Brian Far- assignment. Gene has been respon-
sional career as a social worker and rell, Don Grady, Bob Guido, sible for separating the computer sys- James S. Fry ’69
renowned advocate in the field of Gary Hache, Dave Healy, tem of AIG from its Asian subsidiary won the Lyman Professorship
aging. He was regional administra- Gene Jannotti, Rev. Jim AIA as part of the sale and ultimate Award at Champlain College
tor at the U.S. Administration on Joyce, Paul Laramie, Peter public offering of AIA as a separate
Aging from 1998 to 2004 and for Lattimore, Mike Long, Tom company.
20 years held leadership positions Mammen, Mark McCandlish, Mike Coffee who lives in the
with the New York State Office for Larry Mule, Chris Newtown, San Francisco Bay area recently John Kelley was appointed in
the Aging. He was also director of Cliff Piper, John Rowe, Dennis attended a dinner in San Francisco 2008 to be a judge of the Superior
services for the aged for the New Sullivan, Jim Thompson and with Siena President, Fr. Kevin Mul- Court for the state of New Jersey. 
York State Department of Social John Williamson. len ’75 hosted by Siena Trustee John’s daughter is currently a Siena
Services and commissioner of the When Bob spoke with Denny Dennis Winger ’69. student.
Rensselaer County Department for the Sullivan who’s a physician in the Mike Novack has retired after 40 YEAR REUNION REPORT:
Aging. Bob began his career in the Atlanta area, Denny said  “Mid 38 years with the New York State Although we had just 11 classmates
U.S. Army as a captain and social November in Albany!  Who could court system. attend, they came from
work officer with the Office of the resist? Seriously, it’s a good idea; Florida to California to
U.S. Surgeon General. but I’m going to wait until our 45th 1969 Illinois and had a great
time.
reunion to head back to Siena.  Fun- Champlain College has
1966 ny Siena story: I’m sewing up a awarded the 2010-11 Edward
1971
Charles Connolly 7-year-old’s forehead last month at Phelps Lyman Professorship to
the hospital. His mother and I are Nicholas Positano
of Hiland Golf Course in Professor James S. Fry, Esq. of
chatting about hometowns.  I mention njpositano@gmail.com
Queensbury, N.Y. became the first Essex Junction, Vt., the coordinator
Siena and the son starts singing the Greetings class of 1971! Nick
golfer in NYSGA history to win two of Champlain College’s Para-Legal
Siena fight song, “drink six friars to Positano has volunteered to repre-
championships concurrently. He be- Studies Program.
the grave, etc.”  Turns out his dad sent your class. Please send Nick any
came the winner of both the NYSGA The Edward Phelps Lyman
Kristan Weinberg ’87 is still a big updates.
Senior and Super S
­ enior Amateur ­Professorship was established in
titles. Siena basketball fan and has been 1984 and is presented by the
singing the fight song to his son Reed ­Champlain College Board of 1972
1967 since infancy.”
Joe (Fr. Joseph) Ciarcia-
­Trustees to a senior faculty member Jack Callahan
Jackcallahan33@gmail.com
Rick Spataro who has shown dedication to
glino was the spiritual leader of an students and Champlain College Dear Class of 72 and others of
rspataro001@twcny.rr.com
Orthodox Church Medical Mission to through a record of service and that era.
Edward W. McCarty has been
Northern Uganda in June. The team excellence in teaching and advising Saints Alive! along with Don
elected Nassau County Surrogate
of two doctors, one nurse practi- and through work on faculty and Rafferty ’74, Christian King ’91 and
Court Judge ousting an incumbent. 
tioner, three RNs and two medical College committees. James is also Jack Callahan (me) are excited
Congratulations Edward!
technicians treated more than 3,500 a member of the United States to announce the inaugural Orlando
people in a part of Uganda that was Road Tour to be held at Reunion
1968 decimated by insurrection and terror-
Supreme Court Bar.
­Resort and Club in Orlando on Janu-
Bill McGoldrick
bmcgoldrick@wash-mcg.com
ism for almost 20 years. Malaria is a
particular scourge of this area.
1970 ary 21, 2011. Golfers of all levels,
as well as non-golfers are welcome. 
It’s a very proud moment for our Bob Hermann
Joe said that they brought all We have arranged dinners,
class that Mike Long has been Rher311@aol.com
necessary medications with them. lunches, golf and good weather for
inducted into the Capital District Greetings class of 1970! Now
“On one particularly heavy day 700 alumni, friends and spouses to get
Basketball Hall of Fame. Mike joined that we have a class representative
people were seen and treated. There away and have a good time. Kick
13 other former Siena players who and an e-mail address to send infor-
is a large Orthodox presence in back and relax from a hectic winter
have been honored. Mike scored mation, please let me know what is
Uganda and we have a hospital in and see old friends and make new
more than 900 points as a player going on. No news is too small.
Kampala, the capital. Medical out- ones. You can utilize the Orlando or

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executive director of Shelters of of 1978 was a great class and I second career in aviation. He was a
NEWSMAKER Saratoga, an organization offering am honored to serve as class coor- flight instructor at Farmingdale State
a broad spectrum of services for the dinator. College before becoming a regional
homeless and at-risk homeless.  Here is a small sample of airline pilot in 2007. This year he left
some of my best Siena memories. the skies as a captain, flying 34-seat
1975 Christmas branches decorating the Saab turbo-props and headed back
Janet Gutowski Hall dorm halls, “Christmas Lists” on to the classroom as a flight instructor.
janet.hall@wku.edu the dorm walls in Plassman, Ryan He has three daughters, ages 24, 21
Green Earth Technologies and Hennepin Hall, Sunday night and 16, and writes that he couldn’t talk
John Penzer ’74 (OTCQB: GETG), announced that movies and ice cream after in the any of them into going into Siena. (But
has been named executive David Buicko, chief operating of- caf, the mixers and dances in the wait, it’s not too late for the 16-year-old
director of Shelters of ficer of the Galesi Group and director Rat, Wreck Weekend, Fr. Tom and to change her mind, Kenny!) He heads
Saratoga of Green Planet Products LLC, has Fr. Bob, Harry Chapin, the coffee back to Siena once in awhile to catch
been appointed as a director of the house, Little Theatre, The Rafters on a lacrosse game.
company. Wednesday nights, going crazy in Another Long Islander, John
Since 1986, David has been the the quad during exam week and Stubenrauch, reminisced that he
1973 chief operating officer of the Galesi Senior Week in Lake George ... the got his first post-Siena job at Allstate
Brian Valentine Group, a leading industrial real estate best times of my life!! with a boost from classmate Kevin
bgvalentine@verizon.net developer in the Northeast and own- Anne L. Chotkowski/Dear- ­McAleese, who made a call to his
Greetings to all of Siena’s commu- er of one of the largest, most versatile ing of Glenville, N.Y. was honored uncle, the hiring manager. After a few
nity, and Merry Christmas and New third-party logistics companies in the at Hudson Valley Community Col- years, John switched gears to join a
Year greetings to all.  region.  He is responsible for the day lege’s 26th annual Faculty Honors German surgical instrument company
I visited the Siena College campus – to– day operations of the Galesi Convocation in May with the New and has represented them for the last
one day last summer, for the first time Group’s operating divisions including York State ­Chancellor’s Award for 26 years. John and his wife are of-
in about 30 years. I have been a commercial real estate, industrial Excellence in Teaching. The Chan- ficially empty-nesters after sending their
resident of Arlington, Va. for that long. parks, distribution and logistics and cellor’s Award acknowledges and youngest daughter off to college in
I hardly recognized Siena College, the exploration and production of provides “recognition for consistently September. She joins her 20-year-old
with all the development that had natural resources.   superior professional achievement.” sister at Hope College in Holland,
gone on since my last visit. Siena’s David is a certified public accoun- Assistant Professor Dearing has been Mich. John also has a stepson, age
development continues, thanks to the tant. He is a member of a variety of a member of the Hudson Valley 28, who lives in Chicago and works in
generosity of supporters and alumni.    local professional, economic develop- Community College English faculty the financial world. Recalling his Siena
Last year we reported that our ment and charitable organizations since 1990 and a full-time faculty connections, John writes: “I still see
classmate Ed Duess was studying and is the chairman of the Center for member since 2001. She has been Brian Zwilling and Frank Sands
for the Permanent Diaconate.  We are Economic Growth, a regional eco- actively involved in several commit- fairly regularly as they are here on L.I.
pleased to say that Ed was ordained nomic development organization. He tees on campus, including editor and Dave Woods when he’s traveling
a Permanent Deacon by Cardinal also serves on the board of numerous of Academic Notes, the college’s on L.I.5 (he lives outside of Hartford,
­Justin Rigali of Philadelphia on June 5, privately held companies in the real faculty journal, and the committee Conn.) and occasionally gets together
2010.  Ed was assigned to his Parish estate, oil and gas industries.   for the Voices: Library Lecture Se- with roommates J.D. Strong, Chip
at St. Andrew Catholic Church, in ries. Anne received her master’s in Davy and Tom Metzold ’80 for a
Newtown, Pa. and Father Richard
Trezza, O.F.M., concelebrated at Ed’s
1977 English education at The University
at Albany.
party, golf outing or some other event.”
This week I enjoyed a wonderful
Linda Fitzsimmons
first Mass. Congratulations to Ed and        “catch-up” dinner with Patty Kelly,
lindafitzsimmons@gmail.com
St. Andrew’s!   
Stephen L. Badger, chief 1979 who was in Rochester for a conference.
Ron DeFilippis was nomi- Sue Reilly/ Hayes We commented on how quickly the
executive officer of GWU Medical
nated by New Jersey Governor Chris CLIFTON522@aol.com years fall away when you start talking
Faculty Associates hosted First Lady
Christie of New Jersey in May to be a Prayers, hugs and heartfelt to Siena friends … very easy to pick up
Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and
commissioner on the New Jersey Elec- condolences go out to Charlene right where you left off. E-mail me about
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in
tion Law Enforcement Commission; Minogue/Carli on the death of YOUR latest meetings with classmates,
July when an announcement regard-
Ron’s appointment was approved her husband, James P. Carli. Jim what’s g ­ oing on with your career and
ing new preventative healthcare
by the New Jersey State Senate in died on August 27 from non-Hodg- ­family, etc …
coverage was made.
June.  Ron started his term in July. The kins lymphoma. He and Charlene
Election Law Enforcement Commission
1978 had been married for 29 years and 1980
oversees the campaign finances of all have three children—Matthew, Ryan Diane DeSilva
of the New Jersey’s elected officials Rick Gabriel
and Monette. Prior to his death, Jim desidian@shenet.org
from the Governor to the local school rgabrielsyr@gmail.com
taught English at Saratoga High Susan Weiderhold skipped the
board officials and the Commission Greetings, Class of 1978!  For
School for 27 years. Charlene, your reunion for the first time this year (she
comprises four commissioners.  The many years since our graduation day,
classmates grieve with you. had attended every five year reunion
Commission appointment is a part I have read great stories from various
Congratulations to Robert prior to this) for a very good reason: 
time position and Ron will continue to classes that were present during my
Pape on his promotion to senior She and her husband Mike, back-
practice as the senior partner of his years at Siena. During that time, I
vice president, sales and marketing, packed in the Grand Canyon during
CPA firm.  Ron and his family have an had the privilege of making lifelong
for J&J Snack Foods Corporation, that time.  Nineteen years ago they
extensive association with Siena Col- friends.  I still keep in touch with many
headquartered in Pennsauken, visited the Grand Canyon with their six-
lege.  Ron’s wife Patti graduated from of them either by reunions, dinners,
N.J. Bob is now responsible for all year-old son and three-year-old daugh-
Siena in 1975 and their two sons vacations, and even Facebook...(just
sales and marketing, including new ter and spent four hours on the south rim
are also Siena College graduates:  so you know Facebook is not just for
product development for JJSF. Keep watching them every moment to make
Christopher ’02 and Kevin ’04. In ad- your kids.)  Still, I have lost touch with
up the great work, Bob! sure they didn’t disappear over the
dition, their daughter-in-law Rosemary many of my fellow classmates and I
Kenny Carter sends best edge into the canyon.  They promised
­DeLaurentis/­DeFilippis ’04 is ­married am always curious about what they
wishes to all, especially his lacrosse themselves they would go back some
to Kevin.    have been up to. Siena News has
buddies, from his home on Long day and hike to the bottom, so this year
1974 been a good way to see the various
paths our lives have taken. The class
Island. He retired from futures they did but without their children.  They
John Penzer has been named trading in 2002 and began a did a rim-to-rim hike, four days, three

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nights.  Of all her backpacking trips, Frank’s email distribution list, visit
Susan said, “This was the most re- www.frankbice.com or find him on
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have hiked Yosemite three times, the Cindy Pettit was recently promot-
Appalachian Trial in Virginia and next ed to senior vice president at Citizens
year are planning a 50 miler to Rae Bank. Her banking career began as
Lakes Loop in the Sierra Nevadas. a part time teller while a student at
Susan and Mike have been living Siena and she never left.
in Springfield, Va., for 11 years. Eight Carla Romano/Dennerlein, Robert Folkl ’81 Dr.Stephan Kudyba ’85
years ago Mike and two business Fran Pellerito/Bessette & Mar- has completed a solo associate professor, in the NJIT
partners started a defense contract- got Hennigan/Anderson (who ­cross-country bicycle tour School of Management has
ing firm and Susan works for them as is “only” 49) went to Block Island of America published five books
an accounting manager and human to celebrate their 50th birthdays.
resource director. Their two children Maryellen McAndrews/ Lively ’81
are now 25 and 22. Susan said, joined in the fun. Peggy (Mar- Donna Kissel, your many fans School of Management.  Stephan
“I may not be curing cancer, but I’m garet) Verno still travels the world request an update, hope to hear from is the author of five books including
living a good life, using my degree every chance she gets, most recently you. the latest book addressing health
and promoting Siena to all my friends’ the U.K. Damian LaPlaca recently informatics as posted in USA Today. 
children who are starting the college facilitated a Siena dinner in Boston; a 1985 Search “Stephen Kudyba” and
search.” great time was had by all. Catherine & Ron Bjorklund “health informatics” for more informa-
Steve Gerbes was married Several ’82 alumni were on bjork90@comcast.net tion.
on December 19, 2010 to Tatiana campus to celebrate the establishment Paul Sausville was promoted The White House announced that
Shuman from St. Petersburg Russia at of the Fr. Ken Paulli ’82 O.F.M. in April to the rank of Colonel and New Jersey Institute of Technology
the Mohonk Mountain House in the Scholarship: Becky Simbari/Alm- assigned as the State Judge Advocate (NJIT) will receive more than $23 mil-
Hudson Valley. Congratulations Steve stead, Kim Kamilow Luker, for the New York Army National lion of the $2 billion allocated by the
and Tatiana! Beth Smith-Boivin, Mary Liz Guard. He is the primary legal advi- American Recovery and Reinvestment
Blowe/Finn, Cheryl Glover/ sor to the Adjutant General for the Act of 2009 to achieve widespread
1981 Buff, John Neeley, Brad Bod- State of New York and oversees legal meaningful use of health IT and
Robert Folkl has completed mer, Margot Anderson and support to approximately 16,000 facilitate use of an electronic health
a solo cross-country bicycle tour of Mike Papadopoulos.   Army and Air National Guard mem- record (EHR) by every person by the
the continental U.S.  It took 38 days bers in New York. year 2014.  The New Jersey Health
to ride over 3,400 miles from San 1983 Joe Bidwell will be leaving his Information Technology Extension
Diego, Calif. back to his Elvira Altimari-Jaeger position as an associate profes- Center (NJ-HITEC) initiative will assist
home near Newburgh. eaj6@optonline.net sor in zoology at Oklahoma State New Jersey’s health care providers in
N.Y.  Trip highlights Hi all, I have a few updates … University to take a position as their significant use of health informa-
include exploring the thanks to all who answered my e-mail professor of environmental science tion technology through outreach,
Grand C ­ anyon, riding through the request for updates for our class col- and management at the University of consultation and user support for
Gateway Arch, tracing the historic umn. I couldn’t do it without your help. Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia the state’s primary care providers
Erie Canal and meeting many won- Gina Oliveri-Cristsel accepted a in January 2011. Joe was recently serving at-risk population centers. 
derful supportive people along the new position as director of guidance on a Discovery Channel episode of  The NJIT Division of Continuing and
journey. (K-12) for Garden City School District “When Fish Attack.” Joe’s episode Professional Education along with
*Please note a clarification from on Long Island in September. Gina involved an Oklahoma traditional established New Jersey educational
the previous issue: Tom Baldwin has been married to Steve for 25 form of catfishing called “noodling” facilities throughout the state will help
was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse years and has four children. Gina involving catching large catfish (up provide the delivery of outreach and
Adirondack Chapter 2010 Hall of thanks John Walker’s wife, Lynn, to 70 pounds) by sticking your hand awareness training throughout New
Fame. for bringing Rebecca chicken soup in their nest and letting them bite you Jersey. 
when she had the flu. Tom Lind- and then wrestling them into the boat. Stephan provides a supportive role
1982 gren coordinated a Mid Hudson Joe and his grad students have run a in enabling the NJ-HITEC to achieve
its goals of promoting the facilitation
Bob Young Alumni Club mixer at Keegan Ales in tournament each year which brings in
RYoung60@aol.com Kingston in September. It was the first a real eclectic bunch! of information technologies assimila-
Dave Kaiser enjoyed a surprise networking event for that club. Another Kenneth “Kenn” Todorov tion throughout the healthcare industry
50th birthday party hosted by his wife is tentatively planned for February in was recently promoted to the rank in New Jersey.
Pam Clesceri/Kaiser ’84 at David- Newburgh. Maria Jones, daughter of of Brigadier General, USAF, at a
son’s Brothers Brewing Company in Tom Jones has accepted an offer to ceremony at United States Northern 1986
Glens Falls, NY.  The theme:  Does play soccer at Siena beginning in the Command (NORTHCOM) in Colo- Edward Giordano
Dave Still Rock?  Decorations featured fall of 2011. Tom is happy to have rado. Todorov commands NORTH- Edward86@thegiordanos.us
a life size cutout of Dave dressed up Maria carry on the tradition. Terry COM’s Joint Task Force that responds Susan Slattery
as Gene Simmons from KISS. Survey Flynn and sister Mary Flynn ’85 to terrorist threats and natural disasters susanslattery@gmail.com
of the party goers confirmed that just celebrated the 20th anniversary in our h­ omeland. Michelle Roche
Dave Still Rocks. Alumni in atten- of the law firm they started together, Lori Matt-Murphy has ac- mrroche@comcast.net
dance:  Pat Culligan and Maureen Flynn & Flynn PLLC, which specializes cepted the position as the first chief From Ed: Hello Class of ’86!
Connors/Culligan ’85, John Ca- in commercial law, licensing and ad- regional development and external Happy to say we have three alumni
pazzola and Meg Toomey/Ca- ministrative law serving the food and relations officer for the American Red who will be making sure your
pazzola, Brad Bodmer and Lisa beverage industry. If you want to be Cross.  In this position, she will be
Matheu/Bodmer’85, Rich Cough- added to the class e-mail list, please responsible for the development and
lin and Noreen Mahoney/­ let me know. Reminder to “save the communications efforts in their entire
Coughlin, Tom Murphy ’80 and date” for our 50th Birthday Party in 17 county Northeastern New York
Linda G­ ordon/Murphy ’79. NYC next October 29th. Shout outs Region.
Frank Bice has a blog. In “Daily requests to Kevin Kerr, Michelle Congratulations to Stephan
Hope,” Frank offers daily narrative Mitchell, Tom “Suds” Leskow, Kudyba, associate professor in the
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stories and great career advice. your families.
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Congratulations, Rose! 1996
The reunion dates are locked in – Brian Murray
June 3 and 4, 2011. The planning is murray21@hotmail.com
underway and the letters are out. The Jennifer Thomp-
goal is 10/15/20 – let’s see what son-Gilchrist published her first
we can do to set a record! If you children’s chapter book Into the Land
Chris Gibson ‘86 Jennifer Gilchrist ’96 have any questions, please let me of Nede. She found it to be a tremen-
was recently elected has just published her first know or contact Michael Utzig ’07 at dous experience and accomplishment
­congressman of New York’s children’s chapter book; Into mutzig@siena.edu. to birth the book amid the respon-
20th Congressional district the Land of Nede For next issue, let’s hear from Jen sibility of raising four children. The
Petrilli, JP McGuirk and let’s try book is currently available at www.
to get 120 members on Facebook. jgilchristbooks.com or can be ordered
news and notes are accounted for Athens, N.Y. If you are in the area, Finally, I wish you all a very hap- through Barnes and Noble.
– Edward Giordano, Susan Slattery stop by and have a great meal. I am py, healthy and safe holiday season. Christopher Lillis, M.D. and
and Michelle Roche. Hope to hear sure Mary would love to see you. his wife Amy Garrett Lillis celebrated
from all of you – especially as we ap- Congratulations to Forrest 1993 the birth of the first child, Thomas
proach the unbelievably approaching MacDonald on his recent appoint- Susan Hannon  Jesse (TJ) Lillis on O
­ ctober 20. Chris
25th year. Send your contributions to ment as vice president of accounting shannon@ryeneck.k12.ny.us and Amy live in Fredericksburg, Va,
the above e-mail addresses. and financial reporting for Cengage Hello, class of ’93! Hope where Amy teaches and Chris is a
From Susan: Come on, 86ers, Learning. Cengage is a world leader everyone is well! Congratulations private practice Internal Medicine
pony up! I’d love to hear about your in providing learning solutions for to Sharon Britt who has been physician.  Chris writes a monthly
recent promotion to executive director academic, professional and library named to the permanent appointment health column for the Free Lance Star
or whatever, your new baby or new markets fostering academic excel- as a professor of English at Horry newspaper, and was recently named
grandchild (Class of ‘86, can you lence and professional develop- Georgetown Technical College. Ann the director of Progress Notes — a
believe how the time has flown?) ment.  During his 21-year tenure with Dejnozka gave me the update on blog focused on health policy
Did you recently get an a­ dvanced Cengage, Forrest was the controller former housemate Patti Hundiak. www.drsforamerica.org/blog.  
degree? Change careers? Do some for the Academic and Professional She and her husband Alan Scott had
exotic volunteer work? We’ve been
absent from this space for far too long
Group. Forrest lives in Malta, N.Y.
with his wife Liz and two children,
their first baby, Colin, in late July. Ann 1997
herself is on “the crazy train” after Selena Dutcher
and now it’s time to show off. Colin and Christopher. having a second baby, Julia, in May. selenadutcher@yahoo.com
Capital Bauer Insurance Agency, I would love to highlight the Julia is only 14 months younger than George Benzie lives outside of
Inc. hired Sandy Woods as a accomplishments of our classmates. her brother. Ann secretly hopes that Boston. He and his wife, Susan Kelly
sales executive specializing in com- Please send me your updates: promo- “Julia and Colin will meet up at Siena are enjoying life. George is the princi-
mercial property-casualty, health, and tions, weddings, birth announce- in 18 years!” pal of Mystic Valley Regional Charter
workers’ compensation insurance.  ments, accomplishments, awards Tracy Martin has been busy School. He tries to make it back for at
Sandy has previous sales experience or anything else that is new. I look since graduation. She was a stay at least one basketball game so be on
with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals forward to hearing from you! home mom for her first two children, the lookout.
and previous development/publish- Justine and Brendan, for eight years Eileen Morrissey/Mulroy is
ing/marketing experience with 1991 and has worked in pharmaceuticals proud to announce the addition of
Delmar Publishers.  Sandy and her Kevin Clarke for 7+ years with various companies Caitlin born on February 23. She joins
husband, Neville also own their own Siena91@optonline.net — most recently with a California big sisters Megan, 4 and Tara, 2.
business, Woods Seal Coating. San- Hey, Class of 1991! based company, Santarus. Tracy was Matt Millea has accepted a
dy is an ­active member of Women in We are ­officially on named to the 2009 Presidents Club position as deputy county executive
Development of Northeastern New Facebook – Siena Class of 1991. (the top 20% of their sales force) and of physical services for Onondaga
York, an association of women in the We are 60+ members strong and has reached the top 10 overall. Her County. In addition, they have two
fields of development, advancement growing each week. Spread the most recent addition is Liam, 1, who boys to keep them busy—Ethan, 5
and related professions.    word and if you haven’t taken the was born just two days after good and Aaron, 2.
Chris Gibson was recently leap – learn along with the rest of us. friend Lori Bubb’s little girl. The Kate Howard/Bender ’96, hus-
elected congressman of New York’s Deb Killeen/Macarchuk and two e-mail baby questions and issues band Adam and daughter Indigo, 3,
20th Congressional district. Chris her family are living in Croton-on- back and forth thanks to Facebook. welcomed Genevieve to their family
was commissioned an officer from the Hudson, N.Y. She spends all her time Tracy lives in Clifton Park N.Y. with on June 23, 2010.  Also, a former
Siena Army ROTC program. Over taking care of the kids, Sean, 8, and her life partner Simon. Tracy shares student of Kate’s from Classical Mag-
the course of his decorated 24-year Hannah, 6, as well as keeping up that Rene Murdico/Stryjski net School in Hartford, Conn., Daniel
Army career, Chris rose to the rank of with fellow Siena alumni/neighbors. lives right around the corner with Hollens, has matriculated to Siena as
colonel and deployed seven times. Deb promises that TH 31 will be Greg Stryjski ‘92 with their two sons a member of the class of 2014. 
Congratulations, Chris! well represented next spring at the Thomas and Jason. Gerri Hutch-

1987
reunion. Tim Holloway, Corrine
and their kids are living in Houston,
ings/Bock continues to share more
about our former classmates. Chris
1998
Janine Trapp/Scotti
Geraldine ‘Gerry’McAndrew Texas and enjoying life. DeOrio/Truax lives in Maryland sienasaints98@yahoo.com
geraldine.mcandrew@comcast.net  Dina Vacca/Allen and her hus- with her husband, Todd and two Jackie Zore/Smrek and her
Mary DiStefano and her band Richard are happy to announce children, Jordyn, 11, and Blake, 8. husband Rob Smrek welcomed their
partner, Dana Wegener, are keeping the arrival of child number three, She has taught French and Span- handsome son, Owen Andrew, on
busy with their two children Stefan, Natalie Margaret, born May 21. ish, lived/studied in Spain, been a May 13, 2010.  
15, and Zoe, 10, but still have Dina has also volunteered to help stay-at-home mom while obtaining a Lisa Marie Ruscitelli was
time to cook up great food. Mary is with the reunion. master’s degree and soon will be liv- married to Jeff Stoltzfus earlier in
the co-owner of the popular MOD Dr. Rose Frasco in her podcast ing in China. Keep it coming with the 2010 and together they welcomed a
Gourmet Café located on Main Street discusses her path to becoming an updates people! I hope you all have beautiful daughter, Josephina Marie,
in Catskill N.Y. She is also the chef at optometrist. She shares a “typical” a very happy and healthy holiday on August 27.
Stewart House, Athens Hotel & Bistro, day for her in the office, a few war season. My best to all of you and

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Stacy Lee announced her en-
gagement to David McNamara! They
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2000
Shaymus R. Schweitzer
SienaSaints2000@hotmail.com
Hello all! Hope you are doing Donald Zumpano ’01 (middle)
well. It was great catching up with and Timothy Delaney ’88
a lot of you over Reunion Weekend head of the new agent’s train- Robert Stout ’02 Ryan Keleher ’04
in June. Hopefully we’ll see more of ing program (right), both FBI has joined the law firm of joined Hiscock & Barclay Law
each other before the next five years Special Agents at Donald’s FBI Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna Firm in Albany, N.Y. as an
are up. Academy graduation LLP in Albany, N.Y. Associate Attorney
Bronwyn Tobin/­
Wucherpfennig and her husband
Craig ’99 welcomed their second Mary Helldorfer-Cooney and After 13 ½ years together Jolene ­ hristopher Edward on August 17;
C
son, Owen William on January 5. her husband Ryan welcomed their Johnson married Michael Thompson and Jaime McIntyre/ Richard-
Owen joins older brother Declan. first baby in September, Annaliese on July 31 at his family property son and C ­ hristopher Richardson
Lindsay Gennari/Thomas Roeckell Cooney. in Worcester, N.Y. They had Siena al- finalized the adoption of their two
completed four years at Albany Medi- Chris Hough recently moved ums celebrate in many ways. Lindsay sons out of foster care: Alexzander
cal School, a three year residency in from Maine to North Carolina. He Flax was a bridesmaid, Casey Di- Shem, 2, and Daryus Christopher, 5.
internal medicine and her second resi- married Kelly Barber in August 2008. minico/Ragan captured the memories
dency in anesthesiology. Dr. Gennari Jordan Birdsall happily married while playing photographer, Michael 2005
currently practices on staff at Albany Amanda Bennett on July 17. Congrats Petersen ’06 kept the drinks flowing Breanne Suhrland
Medical Center. to Kendra Johanson and Jason while tending bar and Dana Cairns bsuhrlan@att.net
Michelle Stefka, M.D., has Grassick ‘02 who are engaged, get- gave a stellar stand-up comedy rou- Greetings, class of 2005! This
joined the Department of Gastroenter- ting married in October 2011. tine at the bachelorette party. Michael summer I became engaged to a
ology at Lahey Clinic North. Michelle Jessica Zaborowski-Hartz and Jolene have been living on Long ­fellow Siena grad and the love of my
received her Doctor of Medicine at is proud of her camp, “Camp Stanley Island for three years now, and during life, Chris Elsesser ’06! We are busy
SUNY Upstate Medical Center in for the Performing Arts,” celebrat- this time Jolene has been working as planning and are looking forward to
New York. She completed both her ing the Franciscan spirit. Last year an environmental educator with the our July 30, 2011 wedding.
residency in internal medicine and fel- Jessica gave discounts to her campers NYS Department of Environmental Colleen McCue, married
lowship in gastroenterology at Lahey for community service hours. Over Conservation. She is also attend- Brendan McLaughlin ’04 on August
Clinic.  50 percent of her campers took ing graduate school at Stony Brook 21, 2009 in Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
My wife, Kristina Turley/­ advantage of this incentive program. University and intends to receive her Brendan is a marketing manager for
Schweitzer and I were happy to Projects have included everything teaching certification in the spring of Silhouette in Green Island, N.Y. and
welcome our second daughter, Emma from starting a coat drive to recycling 2011. Colleen is a tradeshow coordina-
Riely on August 23. Emma joins big batteries. On June 14 Christina Sudano/ tor in Albany. The couple resides in
sister Natalie who is a great helper. Remember to mark your calendars Klejsmyt, David Klejsmyt ’04 and their Wynantskill, N.Y. Be sure to check
for our 10 year reunion, June 3 & 4, daughter, Emma welcomed another out their wedding photo at the end of
2001 2011! beautiful baby girl, Molly Rose. Con-
gratulations to the K
­ lejsmyt family!
this issue.
Maura Mack Kevin Kaleita married Jocelyn
sienanotes01@gmail.com 2002 Maningo on September 24, 2010
Meg Allessio/ Christine Cinnamond 2004 on Long Island, N.Y. Jocelyn is a
Duquette and ­Brian christine.cinnamond@gmail.com Jolleen Wagner 2005 graduate of Elon University in
Duquette ’97 welcomed Rob Stout has joined the law jolleen_wagner@yahoo.com North Carolina. Check out their wed-
a baby girl, Isabella Grace, on firm of Whiteman, Osterman & Season’s Greetings, Class of ding photo in this issue too.
May 22. Meg is an attorney with Hanna LLP in Albany, N.Y. as a mem- 2004!
Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP ber of the firm’s environmental, clean Ryan P. Keleher has joined 2006
focusing on business and banking. teach, real estate development, zon- the Albany, N.Y. offices of Hiscock Chris Elsesser
Christina Torelli/George and ing and land use practice groups.  At & Barclay Law Firm as an associ- christopher.elsesser@gmail.
J.R. George ’99 welcomed a Whiteman, Rob will continue his prac- ate attorney. Congratulations to com
baby girl, Abigail C ­ ecilia on July 21. tice of advising clients on complex John Paul Ciejka and Lyndsay Ashley Boland
Christina Ganieri/Brandi and environmental regulatory matters as Reed,who were married at Emma Ashleym.boland@gmail.com
her husband, are happy to welcome well as sophisticated commercial real Willard this past October. John Paul Hello Class of 2006! On Sep-
their first son, Christian Julius (CJ) Bran- estate transactions including leasing, has been promoted at the Albany tember 1, 2010, I (Chris) became
di, born June 9. Will Laffey and his lending, land use and the purchase County Hall of Records where he engaged to my longtime “Siena
wife Dana welcomed a son, Connor and sale of commercial property. manages the archives, preserving Sweetheart” and fellow Siena class
William, on November 1. Mike and making historic record more notes editor, Breanne Suhrland,
Monaco, his wife Klara ’02and 2003 accessible. Belated congratulations to ’05. Dan Schuldt and Bethany
big brother Will welcomed Keira, on Gina Gizzi Colleen Dacey who was married Madej were married on July 17
September 4. Scott Knapp and his sienasaints_2003@hotmail.com on April 28 and to Kelly Collins at Siena College. Their ceremony
wife Jennifer welcomed their second On July 25, 2009 I attended who married Daniel Webster on was performed by Fr. Bill Beaudin
child, ­Samantha Mary Knapp, the “destination” wedding of Gina August 8, 2009. ’76. Their special day featured
September 9. Cheryl Cassino/ Yates to James Peattie. Gina John Witkiewicz and Kelsey many of their Siena friends being in
Rasmussen and her husband, and James were living in California Hanno/Witkiewicz welcomed attendance, including wedding party
Anders, welcomed their second child, at the time but returned to our alma Henry Finn on May 15; J­ ennifer members ­Christina Pepe, Derek
daughter, Abigail Lee, on January 13. mater for their ceremony, followed by Peloquin/Banker and Brian Jones, and Sean McInerney. (Be
John Lizzi and Kelly Mackin/ a very lively reception at the Century Banker welcomed Andrew Judd on sure to check out their Siena wedding
Lizzi and big sister Claire welcomed House. They now live in the Albany, July 30; Melissa Termine/Goetz photo.) Since graduation, Dan has
John Michael Lizzi III on April 8. N.Y. area. and Steve Goetz welcomed been working in litigation services for

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Class of 2007 NEWSMAKER NEWSMAKER NEWSMAKER

Yuliana Cummings ’07


Marc D. Roberts ’07 joined the Certified Public Kevin Gioia ’10
was promoted to Research Accounting firm of CMJ, LLP as has joined Fenimore Asset
Analyst at Fenimore Asset a Senior Associate in 2007 Management, the investment
Summer gathering in Management, the investment and recently received her CPA advisor to FAM Funds, as a
­Brighton, Mass advisor to FAM Funds designation Junior Research Analyst

moved to Williamsburg, Va. to attend Award, admission to the National Chapel. Their reception was held Heather Stec played for the
graduate school at William and Order of Barristers, admission to at Riverstone Manor in Scotia. They Horsholm 79ers in Denmark where
Mary. After graduate school, Beth the Justinian Honorary Law Society, honeymooned in St. Lucia. Ryan they finished as national champions.
moved back to New York for a teach- and the C.A.L.I. Excellence Award. moved into a new position as as- She was named player of the year, for-
ing job at Fayetteville Manluis; where Josh focuses his practice in the areas sistant director of technology for ward of the year and import player of
she teaches fifth grade. Recently, Dan of business transactions, employee enrollment management at Siena. the year. This year Heather is playing
and Beth purchased a home in Ca- benefits, tax planning and advocacy, James Tumulty is beginning for the STOL Grasshoppers in Katwijk,
millus, N.Y. and luckily Xerox has al- real estate, economic development the second semester of his master’s in Netherlands.
lowed Dan to keep his job in Albany initiatives, bankruptcy and litigation. biology at East Carolina University. Christian Wolf started a master’s
while living near Syracuse with Beth. Yuliana Cummings received He just completed a four month field program in economics in Lisbon at the
Tiffany Montgomery completed her CPA designation. Yuliana works season in the Peruvian Amazon Faculdade de Economia da Univer-
her master’s degree in childhood at CMJ, LLP as a senior associate in doing research for his thesis on the sidade Nova de Lisboa. He attends
education/literacy this past August at accounting, assurance and advisory evolution of monogamy in the mim- Sunday mass at the Church of St.
the Sage Graduate School. Tiffany Services located in Queensbury, icking poison dart frog (Ranitomeya Anthony, which has been built at the
is now enjoying her first year as a N.Y. imitator). With basketball season site of the original house of the saint. “I
second grade teacher. Stephanie Richter of the upon us, go check out also walk by this church every morning
Natalia Kutzer, shared Northeast Parent & Child Society has www.sienasaintsblog.com for all on the way to the university. Neverthe-
updates on our classmates. Kristen been elected to the Board of Direc- your up-to-date Siena bball needs. less, I really miss my Franciscan friends
Kubera recently became engaged tors of the Capital Alliance of Young Matt Restivo who finished the at Siena College,” said Christian.
to Carmen Cavatassi. They are Professionals. NYC Marathon recently is in charge Gary Domermuth and A ­ shley
planning to marry on October 1, Jen Rota is graduating from of the site and does a fantastic job Davison were published in the
2011 in Rochester, N.Y. Ashley New York Law School this semester with it. November/December issue of FRAUD
Boland recently became engaged to and will be taking the NJ/NY Bar in Dave MacDonald married Magazine. “We wrote an article as
Jim Tyner. A July 2011 wedding is February. Kristin Wernig on September 18 part of the master’s program at Siena
planned in Lake Placid, N.Y. Mag- Amanda Kuryluk, who re- at Siena. The reception was held at that we graduated from this past year.
gie McKeon recently accepted a cently graduated from Ohio Northern the Edison Club in Rexford N.Y. The article is about our internships,
new position as director of communi- University Claude W. Pettit College Stephanie Korona married our findings and how internships
cations for the New York City Opera. of Law joined the law firm, Thorn, Erik Ebbesen on July 31 in Loveland, can be helpful to students in apply-
Gershon, Tymann, and Bonanni, Colo. at St. John the Evangelist Cath- ing classroom education to the real
2007 LLP, in Albany, N.Y. as an associate olic Church. Long-time Siena friends world,” stated Ashley. The magazine
Sean Robbins attorney. Caitlin Goodman, Jamie is the publication of the Association of
PO Box 11222 David Jalette passed the CPA Knightes and Maura Titter- Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s
Loudonville, NY 12211 exam last month and was promoted ington were there. The reception largest anti-fraud o­ rganization.
SeanRobbins@att.net to senior associate at KMPG. He was held outside at Ellis Ranch in Tara Nolan recently started with
Michael Utzig recently went to Buenos Aires, Loveland. They honeymooned in a CPA firm in Saratoga and she loves
mutzig@siena.edu ­Argentina to visit Catlin Phillips Kauai, Hawaii for a week after the it. Vic Cristiano wishes to share this
Greetings class of 2007! Erin who has been working as a study wedding. for the Annual Fund:
Hennigan married her boyfriend abroad coordinator and English By now, you have received a letter
of seven years in October. Erin’s hus- teacher. Meredith Toussaint has 2008 and an e-mail regarding Siena’s Young
band works as a police officer. Erin a new job working as an employ- Danielle Grasso Alumni Challenge. As Siena gears up
graduated from SUNY Albany with ment operations specialist in human Patrick Preston for the fourth month of this challenge,
a master’s in literacy in December resources at Rensselaer Polytechnic SienaCollege2008@gmail.com I wanted to take a moment to update
2009. Institute in Troy, N.Y.. you on where we are and remind you
Joshua Werbeck has joined Amanda Brown and Andrew
Knipfing ’06 got married this summer
2009 of the importance of Young Alumni
Giving. To date the participation rate
the firm Green & Seifter, Attorneys, Tiffany Salonich
PLLC as an associate. Josh was in Syracuse, N.Y. Their reception for Young Alumni is close to 2 percent.
LovesRain87@aim.com
a summer associate with Green & was at The Lodge in Skaneateles. That is only 8 percent away from our
Hello, Class of 2009! I thank
Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC during the Lauren Winn was a bridesmaid. goal of 10 percent. For those of you
those who sent me well wishes upon
summer of 2009 and graduated Father Bill Beaudin ’76 married the who have made a gift to Siena, I
hearing of my car accident. I am
cum laude from Syracuse Univer- couple and they honeymooned in thank you for your continued support
healing slowly. It is wonderful to
sity College of Law with a J.D., in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. of the college. Remember, if Siena is
have Siena community support.
2010. While completing law school Ryan Watroba got married able to reach or exceed the goal of
Jenny McNulty got engaged
he earned the New York State on July 24 to Heather Frame in 10 percent, each donor will receive
to Daniel Mulhall. They are get-
Academy of Trial Lawyers Leadership Siena’s Saint Mary of the Angels a Siena College mug from the annual
ting married in August of 2011.

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fund office.

2010
Kelly Peckholdt
Kellypeckholdt@gmail.com
Hello, Class of 2010! Amber
weddings
Ethier recently started a job as an
underwriting services specialist at
Farm Family Insurance in Glenmont,
NY. Michelle Sullivan started off
this school year “on the other side of
the desk”…as a 9th grade French
arried
teacher at Monroe Woodbury High uer ’92 m Stephanie
Marty Da minski on K
Erik Ebbes orona ’07 marrie
School. Alison Tu en on July d
, 2009. 31, 2010
Jillian Pabis started teaching August 8 .
Dr. Ad
at Bishop Maginn High School this am
Schisle Coleman ’0
r ’05 o 5
year as a high school chemistry n Septe married He
mber ath
teacher. At the beginning of the 5, 200 er
9.
year, Jill said, “In just two and a half
weeks of school, I’ve already taken
away five cell phones and kicked
two students out of class! But I love
my job!”

Dan Schul
dt ’06 ma
rried Beth
on July 1 any Mad
7, 2010 ew Knipfing ’06.
at Siena. ej ’06 Amanda Brown ’07 married Andr
In Memory of:
John E. Maloy, Sr. ’43
Joseph E. Riley ’47
Ernest Kershaw ’48
James McGeever ’48
John J. Sebunia ’48
John S. Sweet ’48
Stanley B. Eisenberg ’49
William F. Gaffney ’49
John B. Garrett, Jr. ’49 Kristin Wer nig ’07
ld ’07 married
Walter R. Henningson ’49 Dave MacDona mb er 18 th at Siena.
on Se pte
Frederick J. Murphy ’49
Vincent James Selkis ’49
Robert Buckley ’50 rried
Gina Yates ’03 ma
E. Edwin Du Pont ’50 es Pea ttie ’03 on July
Jam
.
George J. Gearhardt ’50 25, 2009 at Siena
Thomas J. Hennessey ’50
Timothy Holland ’50
Richard W. Keeler ’50
Robert J. Mahar ’50
William McCann ’50
William K. Murphy ’50 Jolene Johnso
n ’03 married
James R. Raciti ’51 Michael Thom ster
pson on Daniel Web
July 31, 2010 ’04 married
Bernard W. Cobb, Jr. ’56 . Kelly Collins us t 8, 20 09.
on Aug
Teresa (Morone) Copeland
’56
James J. Hynes ’56
Jeremy Berli
William Forget ’57 MacDonald
n ’10 marrie
d Heather
Robert T. Sullivan ’59 ’09 on June
5, 2010.
Francis V. Keegan ’60
Alan Lee Roth ’60
Aurelia M. Aiossa ’63
Thomas A Giroux ’65
Robert J. Hilt ’66 When submitting wedding
John T. Bryant ’67 photos to the magazine
Joseph “Jay” F. Stewart. Jr. ’05 Colleen McCue ’05 please make sure they are
Kevin Kaleita married Brendan
McLaughlin ’04 300 dpi. If you have any
’72 rri ed Jo ce lyn Man- on August 21, 20
ma 09.
Carl M. Montanino ’73 ingo on questions please contact
, 2010. communications@siena.
Kathleen C. Gadomski ’80 September 24
Br. John-Joseph Dolan, edu.
O.F.M. ’82
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