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A Love Affair
Seizing Success: Building a
Career in a Bad Economy
Siena by theCenter
Franciscan Numbers
Celebrates 10th

Legal Fellows Spend

Summer in the City
Message from
the Editors
from the president Thanks for providing
As we embark upon a new decade, we feedback on the
are keenly aware that we are living in redesigned Siena
the midst of what many describe as News. Your
“challenging times.” For some, this comments have
description leads them to become helped us shape
extremely cautious so as to avoid threats this magazine for
that may or may not be on the horizon.
alumni and friends.
Others may want to seize the moment and
In this issue, feature
actively seek out the opportunities that may
stories cover topics that
emerge. I believe that St. Francis and his followers
tend to take the later approach. suck (vampires and
St. Francis focused upon the present, but the job market). Ever
always with an eye on how this moment might be wonder how much pizza
“transformed” in the future so as to bring one closer is consumed on campus
to God. So it was that in the midst of violence and war, he always saw that there or the number of Siena
was a path toward peace which was worthy of pursuing. This approach worked in alumni married couples
the 13th century and I believe that it still can serve us well in the 21th century. out there? Check out
In this issue, Deb Delbelso, the director of the Career Center encourages job- pages 10 and 11 for
seekers to look at this difficult time as an opportunity to reinvent themselves (see everything you ever
page 3). This is precisely the spirit with which the Siena community has embraced wanted to know about
the opportunity to secure Siena’s future success – with our ever-present optimism, Siena College.
we are taking the time to plan for Siena, developing a vision statement and re- Finally, we regret that
examining our mission statement. we incorrectly stated
In the past several months, the College has begun a new strategic planning Sr. Margaret Carney’s,
process. The participation from the community— faculty, staff, students and
O.F.M., S.T.D., title
alumni— has been humbling. It is clear that the commitment to ensuring an
in the last issue. She
extraordinary future for Siena is embraced by all of our stakeholders.
It is an exciting time to serve as the President of Siena College. I hope you will is the President of St.
take a few moments to explore Siena’s first-ever President’s Report, featuring Bonaventure University.
the significant accomplishments of the students, faculty, administrators and staff
during the 2008-2009 academic year. The President’s Report can be accessed online Enjoy!
The stories of new and extraordinary ways members of this community live and Jim Eaton and
advance the mission of the College are proof that change is already afoot for Siena. Allison Maloney ’06
These stories assure me, as I hope they do for you, that Siena has a bright future
ahead. And it will be possible because of our foundation: the unique strength P.S. If you haven’t done
of our Franciscan Catholic tradition and the fierce loyalty of our alumni and so already check out
supporters. Siena’s new Website,
In challenging times such as these, we look to the relationships that sustain
and strengthen us. We are grateful to all of you who continue to stay connected
to Siena, and I hope that your place in the Siena community provides such
nourishment for you.


Cert no. SW-COC-002556

Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D.

2009 - 2010 Board of Trustees
Ronald E. Bjorklund ’85
J. David Brown
Michael Bucci ’73
Robert F. Campbell ’66
contents Robert M. Curley
Robert T. Cushing ’77
Susan Law Dake
Virginia L. Darrow ’83
**John J. Dawson, Esq. ’68
Scott C. Donnelly
Howard S. Foote ’74
*Shari Golub-Schillinger ’86
Robert L. Guido ’68
Douglas T. Hickey ’77
Rev. Kenneth R. Himes ’71, O.F.M., Ph.D.
**Edward J. Johnson ’63
Walter T. Kicinski ’62
Rev. Jerome J. Massimino, O.F.M.
Pamela McCarthy
Robert J. McCormick ’87
Rev. Dominic V. Monti, O.F.M., Ph.D.
4 Vampires: A Love Affair James J. Morrell ’66
Very Rev. Kevin J. Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D.
John F. Murray ’79
John J. Nigro
Very Rev. John F. O’Connor, O.F.M.
8 Seizing Success: Walter A. Osterman ’87
Joseph M. Pastore Jr., Ph.D.
Building a Career Kenneth M. Raymond Jr.
Mark S. Rose ’65
in a Bad Economy Rev. Peter A. Schneible, O.F.M., Ph.D.
David M. Stack ’73
Christine L. Standish
Br. Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., M.D., Ph.D.
*Nimmi M. Trapasso ’98, M.D.
Dennis L. Winger ’69

** Deceased
* New trustee

Siena News - Winter 2010

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• Publisher: Delcy Fox

• Editors: Jim Eaton, Allison Maloney ’06
• Contributing Editors: Mark Adam,
Pete Dillon ’11, Jodi Ackerman Frank,
Ken Jubie ’04, Hildy Marinello ’11,
Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D.,
Jason Rich ’97, Lynn Ryan and
18 Siena by the Numbers Daniel Sleasman ’68
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• Alumni Class Notes Design: Jean Higgs
• Alumni Class Notes Editor: Janice Goca and
Victoria Abdulla ’07
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Lisa Heimerle ’11, Ed LaRow ’59, Tony Purificato,

departments Sergio Sericolo, Bonnie Turner

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On Campus News | 10 Alumni Connection | 25 Cover: Lisa Nevárez, Ph.D., associate

professor of English is Siena’s vampire expert.
Faculty News | 20 Alumni Class Notes | 27
She discusses the love affair people have had
Saints Corner | 22 The Ultimate Siena Office | 35 with vampires on the next page.


Vampires: A Love Affair
V ampires may
just be the hottest undead
creatures around today.
Between the Twilight series of

novels by Stephenie Meyer, along
with the film adaptations of them,
and the HBO series True Blood,
adapted from Charlaine
Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels,
vampires are popular, and we are
quickly becoming saturated, or
shall we say sated, with all
versions of them.
Lisa Nevárez, Ph.D.,
associate professor
of English
Edited by
Ken Jubie ’04

W hile “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob”
may have hit a vein, as the scores of rabidly
female reader, so preoccupied with the dungeons
of a remote castle. Even Jane Austen parodied
that female reader in her novel Northanger Abbey
enthusiastic fans attest to, the vampire craze is
not entirely unexpected. That is, this interest in (1818) in which Catherine Morland is a little too
vampires is the most recent incarnation of the enamored with the world of fiction.
popularity of the undead. By tracing the origin of the vampire novel
Vampires appear in many cultures, but the back that far, one can link 2010 with the 1790s.
first vampire in English-language literature was In the 1790s, the English reader of the Gothic
Lord Ruthven, who appeared in a short story novel reveled in the relatively new genre of the (at
by John Polidori titled “The Vampyre” (1819). times scandalous) novel and also was looking for a
In the summer of 1816, a group of self-exiled form of escapism. Today, many of us still may be
British authors decamped to the shores of Lake looking for our own escape in delving into a world
Geneva in Switzerland. A wildly popular poet of fantasy. With the continuing flow of sultry
named Lord George Gordon Byron rented a villa vampires into the fantasy mix, we can keep sinking
and, accompanied by his personal physician, the our teeth into these tales.
aforementioned Polidori, invited the poet Percy
Bysshe Shelley, Shelley’s future wife Mary Godwin
and Claire Clairmont for a visit.
It was a rainy summer and the group entertained Lisa Nevárez, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of
themselves with ghost stories. They staged a English who specializes in romanticism, Latino and
friendly competition to see who among them Latina literature and gothic literature. Nevárez has
could create a story of horror. Mary Goodwin taught at Siena since 2002.
Shelley conceived her novel Frankenstein (1818)
that summer, as did Polidori his story, which was
heavily inspired by ideas from Lord Byron. From
that first appearance in prose in 1819, vampire
tales continued to increase in popularity, spawning
countless novels and eventually movies.
Certain vampire traits are consistent among
literature and films. The creature usually is
strikingly attractive, seductive, worldly, and of
course, immortal, unless a stake finds its way into
the vampire’s heart. Many memorable vampires
have been male, but some female vampires have
seduced readers as well. They include Le Fanu’s
character Carmilla (1872) and the female vampires
created in Anne Rice’s novels beginning in
the 1970s.
Male and female readers alike have been
connoisseurs of vampire fiction and, earlier, the
Gothic novel. The predecessors of Polidori’s early
vampire were the characters in popular Gothic
novels, the first of which was Horace Walpole’s
The Castle of Otranto (1764). The Gothic novel’s
heyday was in the 1790s, with authors such as Ann
Radcliffe and Matthew “Monk” Lewis penning
the day’s bestsellers. Women especially loved
those mysterious, ghostly tales, and the popular
press of the day poked fun at that stereotypical

Pulse-Pounding Prose
Vampires came to literary life during the early 1800s.
Since then, they have evolved, treating readers to a
variety of seductive, sophisticated and spine-tingling tales.
Here is a look at vampire literature throughout the years:
• 1819: The First English-language Vampire, Lord
Ruthven, appears in John Polidori’s short
story, “The Vampyre”
• 1840s: “Varney the Vampire” by James Malcolm Rymer
(published in a series of booklets known as the
“penny dreadfuls”)
• 1872: Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
• 1897: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
• 1970s: Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles
(includes Interview with the Vampire, 1976)
• 1975: Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot
• 2005: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
• Today: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series
• Today: Marta Acosta’s Casa Dracula series

Fangs on Film
From silent films to spoofs, vampires have been
making their way onto the silver screen for more than
a century. Here are some memorable films that
audiences were dying to see:
• 1909: The silent film Vampire of the Coast debuts
• 1931: Bela Lugosi stars in Dracula
• 1945: John Carradine stars in House of Dracula
• 1967: Roman Polanski directs the spoof The
Fearless Vampire Killers starring Sharon Tate
• 1979: George Hamilton and Susan Saint James
star in the spoof Love at First Bite

• 1994: Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise bring Anne
Rice’s novel to life in Interview with the
Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
• Today: The Twilight saga hits theatres
(Source: Washington State University)

Lecturer in Creative Arts Steve Fletcher played Deputy

Quick Jonathan Harker in NBC’s 1991 vampire series,
“Dark Shadows,” which was a primetime revival of
Bite the popular gothic soap opera of the 1970s.

itting a high note
By Ken Jubie ’04

Song returned to the stage during the fall semester Rivera typically works with professional actors for
as the Creative Arts Department and the College’s eight hours a day to prepare for a show. While college
theatre group, Stage III, put on Siena’s first musical in students don’t have the time or training he’s used to,
several years. Rivera said he was still able to have fun and maximize
A cast and crew of more than 40 dedicated their potential.
students, faculty and staff members brought Stephen “It was a little bit more care and comfort,” Rivera
Sondheim’s twisted fairy tale Into the Woods to life said. “I pushed all their limits.”
on stage for two weekends in November. “I really “Tony has a remarkable ability to combine a very
wasn’t used to singing … The fact that it was supportive teaching style with a demand for the kind
Sondheim was extremely scary,” said sophomore of professionalism you see at Cohoes. Our students
Steve Maggio who played The Baker. had a great experience,” said Dean of Liberal Arts
Cohoes Music Hall Managing Director Tony Ralph Blasting, Ph.D.
Rivera eased fears and calmed nerves as he directed Students sang their hearts out while portraying
Siena’s production. The classic Broadway play depicts cockeyed characters, including a blood thirsty Little
some of the most famous fairy tale characters of all Red Riding Hood, a Prince Charming who loved
time coming together in a lively fantasy that turns into lots of ladies and a greedy version of Jack from Jack
a lesson about community responsibility. and the Beanstalk, who go into the woods to pursue
“It was really a rewarding experience because I their own self interest, only to find that their fates are
geared up strangely linked together.
everything I “When you’re singing, you have to put it all out
could muster there … You get to a much more honest place than
to come into you do with prose,” said Paul Mayer who played Jack.
a program Since Into the Woods was a hit with performers
that doesn’t and audiences, you can expect to see more musicals at
usually do Siena in future semesters.
Rivera said. Left: Cohoes Music Hall Managing Director Tony Rivera is
all smiles as he helps the cast of Into the Woods sharpen
its acting skills and warm up its vocal chords.

Seizing Success:
Building a Career
in a Bad Economy
By Allison Maloney ’06

With layoffs and the bad programs such as Toastmasters™

economy still making headlines (a nonprofit organization that
and many people suffering as focuses on communications skills), have,” said DelBelso, who added
a result, there is good news for you really see a difference,” said that the fields of accounting,
job seekers. DelBelso. “Like with many of technology and healthcare have
my suggestions, this is a financial continued to grow, despite the
“This is an opportunity to
investment, but it is worth it.” economy.
reinvent yourself,” said Deb
Delbelso, director of Siena’s
Career Center.
2. Be “old school.” 4. Soldier on.
The key to finding and The traditional rules of networking Should you take a job that you are
keeping work in tough times still apply. Online social overqualified for? “Absolutely,”
is the same as in good times: networking sites such as LinkedIn said DelBelso. “When the economy
action. The more positive can provide great opportunities starts to get better, you’ll be in a po-
action you take, the better your (see sidebar), but nothing beats sition to move up in the company.
chances of landing the job you connecting face-to-face. Attend Loyalty goes a long way.” Also, she
want. Here are some suggestions alumni events or those held by added, working is good for you.
local professional development “Not working or taking courses
for actions to take during tough
organizations as much as you can. can be a strain emotionally and you
economic times.
may not come across as positively
when you are networking or inter-
1. Take courses. viewing,” DelBelso said.
Make yourself more marketable
by brushing up on the
latest technology, becoming
conversational in a foreign
language, or improving your
writing ability. “Anytime you 3. Start a new journey.
can work on communications This may be the time to change
skills, it’s a good thing. With careers altogether. The first step
is to research the qualifications
required for the desired career and
then decide how to attain the skills
necessary to get hired. “Sometimes 5. Stand out.
a master’s degree is the answer, but The best way to stand out is to
start by finding out know your audience. When you
what are writing a cover later or heading
qualifications to an interview, make sure you’ve
the current researched the company to which
people in you are applying. Check not
that position only the company’s Website,
but articles that have been
written about it. When necessary, call
and ask about pertinent information.
Social Media and Your Career
“Knowledge is power,” said DelBelso.
“The first question an interviewer Social media tools provide free advertising and give you the
likely will ask will pertain to how ability to connect directly with managers, recruiters and
well you know the company.” potential colleagues. Your online presence in blogs, profiles,
podcasts and more is your online identity. Here are some
ways to leverage social media tools to get noticed and

• Brand yourself.
Start by assessing what your strengths are, what you’re
passionate about and then portray that. Fill out the typical
profile (work experience, interests, etc.), but go beyond a
job title. Tell people what you do well and why you enjoy
what you do.

6. Don’t forget the • Choose your networks.

basics. Social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube,
Have your cover letter critiqued, be Flickr, Delicious and Digg have millions of users and provide
cordial to everyone and, as much as different ways to share resumes, profiles, blog entries and more.
possible, write thank-you letters to LinkedIn is highly credible when it comes to career connections.
everyone you met during an interview. There also are networks for professionals in a specific line of
“You never know who it is you work, such as Medical Mingle (medical professionals)
meet in the parking lot,” explained and Active Rain (real estate agents).
DelBelso. Also, first impressions
are key: have a strong handshake, • Create content.
look people in the eye and dress A blog or a traditional Website can help establish you as a
professionally. credible source, especially if you provide information on
your area of expertise.
Siena Career • Measure your success.
Center Services Use tools such as or Google alerts to
examine the impact you make by being involved online.
• Career counseling
• Career/graduate school search • Don’t be just online.
• Resume/cover-letter assistance Read the full article
“Seizing Success” and
• Mock interviews
make sure you are
• Job listings combining those
• Connections with fellow alumni suggestions with
these tips to best
Visit promote yourself.
for more detailed information.

Charity Week Provides Hope for Child with Rare Disease
By Pete Dillon ’12

Charity Week 2009 started out with a simple goal for Jennifer Rasca ’10 and Jillian Duarte ’11.
“We really wanted to make a difference,” said Rasca. After the students learned about Hannah’s
Hope Fund, Charity Week became much more than just another fundraising project.
Last February, after Rasca and Duarte were appointed as co-chairs of the annual event, they set
out to find the perfect charity to be the beneficiary of the Student Events Board (SEB) fundraising
efforts. After a lunchtime meeting at Bruegger’s, they knew they had
found their answer. That’s where they met 5-year-old Hannah Sames and
her mother, Lori. Hanna immediately warmed the students’ hearts.
The little girl is battling a rare neurological disease called giant axonal
neuropathy. Hannah was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with the
disease, which involves the dysfunction of a specific type of protein in
nerve cells. Hannah’s Hope Fund was set up to help with the costs of
funding gene therapy studies that could lead to a cure. The treatment,
which reproduces healthy genes, still needs to be approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration. Financial support also is needed for
clinical trials to be performed once they are approved.
“Jennifer and Jillian and other SEB volunteers put their hearts and
souls into this charity for almost a whole year,” said SEB President
Nick Noblett ’10.
After the planning stage, the spreading of awareness began
in September, when students gave away cider, donuts and pink
“Hannah’s Hope” bracelets. Out of the 10 scheduled fundraisers,
the Donate a Meal project was one of the most successful. More
than 1,000 meals were donated, raising $5,270.
“It’s just phenomenal to see them put in the effort,” said
Jen Fraley, associate director of campus programs and student
activities. The charity auction also was a great success. With
more than 100 items and services donated, including the
always-popular townhouse cleaning by the women’s rugby team, the auction raised $7,450.
Charity Week raised a total of $21,000. An already impressive figure, this amount will be
matched by Doris Buffet, the sister of billionaire banker Warren Buffett. She matched all donations
to Hannah’s Hope Fund up to $500,000 through the middle of February. For more information, visit
Even though Charity Week is over, Rasca and Duarte continue to be involved with Hannah’s
Hope Fund. Both students are helping to plan the Love and Hope Gala at the Desmond Hotel,
Albany, N.Y. and they would like to become members of the charity’s board of directors.

Students Learn to Lead
Under Pressure
“Leaders aren’t born they are
made. And, they are made just
like anything else, through hard
work,” said Vince Lombardi,

ROTC Cadets Win 2009 Ranger Challenge

legendary Green Bay Packers head
football coach.
While Lombardi built leaders
With their muscles and minds exhausted, members of the Army ROTC who could succeed on the gridiron,
Mohawk Battalion saw months of hard work pay off as they won the 2009 2nd Siena is developing students for
Brigade Ranger Challenge. The ROTC unit, comprised of students from Siena leadership positions on campus
College, the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Instittute, defeated and in future careers. During
17 other northeastern college teams in events testing their knowledge and ability the Siena Leadership Institute’s
in combat situations. “You put all the effort in and when it culminates in (SLI) 2009 Student Conference,
professors and professionals
victory, it’s a great feeling,” said team captain and Siena College cadet
gave participants a glimpse of
Tom Seagroatt ’10. life in their arenas. “My primary
Seagroatt led 13 fellow ROTC cadets he called the “best of the best” hope is that participants realize
through months of intense physical and mental training in hopes of winning that leadership development is a
the two-day competition. They prepared for challenges ranging from weapons lifelong endeavor,” said Amnat
assembly and intelligence gathering to hand-grenade assault and speed Hong-Chittaphong, director
backpacking, known as the “ruck march.” Their efforts culminated at of multicultural affairs and SLI
Fort Devens, Mass., on Sunday, Oct. 25, with the first Ranger Challenge win conference coordinator.
in Siena’s ROTC program history. Students learned about the
“They absolutely destroyed the competition that day,” said Captain Danny pressure-packed situations leaders
face in board rooms and on
Frieden. He fondly remembered his participation in the Ranger Challenge as
battlefields, among colleagues and
a student. “You were set apart from every other cadet. It comes with the in cable newsrooms.
hard work.” “Working under pressure is
“You’re going for a higher goal. You’re part of an elite group,” where real leaders shine. Giving
Seagroatt said. young people the basic tools
After two consecutive second-place finishes by Siena’s ROTC program, early on in their careers can give
even newcomer cadet Shaun Looney realized how important winning was them a jump-start in developing
to the rest of his team. “You want to win it for the other people there. It leadership skills,” said Capital
brings out the best in everybody,” said the Siena sophomore, who was given News 9 Assignment Manager
the nickname “Moose” because of his strength and physical ability. Tim Ruffinen who co-presented a
workshop at the conference.
While Looney will be charged with keeping the Ranger Challenge trophy,
The SLI partnered with
known as the “Iron Mike,” here at Siena, Seagroatt will be putting the skills the Department of Academic
he developed to use when he is commissioned this summer. He said honing Affairs and the ROTC program
his ability to lead meant just as much as winning the competition. By in organizing the 4th annual
learning and assessing people’s strengths and weaknesses, Seagroatt said, conference.
“you can see where people fit together for the team dynamic.” “Judging from the energy,
“Just being part of the team itself, it makes them perform better,” said enthusiasm and interest in
Frieden, which is why he’s confident that his Ranger Challenge cadets will what we had to say, I think
have future success, whether it’s in competitions, the classroom or in combat. the students who attended got
our message about their own
personal leadership roles and how
dynamic they can be in the face of
adversity,” said SLI fellow
Ally Tooulias ’11.
Organizers said they hope
students were able to gain new
skills through the various seminars
and see that being able to lead is
important whether they
become lawyers, politicians,
news reporters, chief executives
or teachers.
Angels Among Us
It’s hard to imagine a world without speech, “From Angelology to Technology: A History
constant contact and instant access to of Hope,” focused on the impact religion continues to
information. Advances in technology, have on the postmodern world. “Religion is the place
ranging from the growth of the Internet where we do our hoping,” Caputo said.
to people’s dependence on cell phones, “His lecture marked out the surprising
have made it easy to deliver messages convergence between the aspirations of bio-
without meeting face-to-face. and information technologies and the religious
Most people would point to the imagination: both scramble our everyday
efforts of the scientific and engineering understanding of life and death,” said Professor
communities for these developments, not of Philosophy John Burkey, Ph.D.
divine intervention. But contemporary Caputo’s speech marked the first in a series of
philosophical pioneer John Caputo, public events in the College’s Symposium on Living
Ph.D., said during a speech last fall that Philosophers. The lecture component is an integral
today’s technological breakthroughs are part of the symposium which is a unique learning
symbols of angels at work. opportunity for undergraduates. During the year,
“Yesterday’s angelology is today’s students
technology,” Caputo said during Siena’s may read
third Symposium on Living Philosophers. and interact
The Syracuse University professor with a major
told the more than 100 people inside contemporary
the Key Auditorium that Blackberry philosopher
phones and iPhones are “little angels to give them
that put us in touch with the rest of the a firsthand
world.” look at how
“The word ‘angel,’ he pointed out, philosophical
means ‘messenger.’ A world bathed in thought can
electronic messages is our version of be applied
what traditionally was described today. The
as a world filled with angels. Each symposium is
is a parable for its own age,” said made up of a
Siena Professor of Philosophy team of faculty,
Ray Boisvert, Ph.D. external
Along with explaining that angels scholars and
are ever-present, Caputo’s October guest lecturers.

Unabomber’s Brother Talks Obama Advisor Discusses
Community Organizing
About Overcoming Grief
Carmen Sirianni, Ph.D., professor
It has been more than a decade since of sociology and public policy at
the FBI caught the Unabomber Ted Brandeis University, delivered a
Kaczynski. He killed three people and speech, “Democracy in the Age of
injured a dozen others during a series of Obama: Possibilities and Pitfalls,”
mail bombings that spanned almost 20 during the College’s second annual
years. His reign of terror ended on Engaged Sociologist Symposium on
April 3, 1996, after his brother Oct. 28. Sirianni, who also holds
David turned him in. a joint appointment at the Heller
“I can’t tell you how painful that felt,” Graduate School for Social Policy and
David Kaczynski said. But as he explained Management and the Center for Youth
to more than 200 members of the Siena and Communities at the university,
community during the annual Niebuhr Lecture in November, he chaired the Collaborative Governance
did it to make sure no one else was injured or killed. Ted Kaczynski Cluster within the Obama ’08 Urban
is now serving a life sentence in federal prison. Policy Committee.
While the Unabomber’s arrest and conviction ended a dark story During his speech, Sirianni talked
that gripped the nation, it also started a tale of overcoming grief and about many methods Obama supporters
finding the positives in tragedy. used to encourage civic engagement in
During the course of the trial and sentencing, David Kaczynski all corners of the country. These included
and one of his brother’s victims, Gary Wright, formed an unlikely community organizing based on shared
friendship; they now consider themselves like brothers. values, establishing field organizers
“This is a really good family,” Wright said. He also publicly and neighborhood teams to develop
forgave Ted Kaczynski at the sentencing in 1998. strategies for specific locations and
Since then, the pair have been speaking publicly at academic capitalizing on the surge in popularity of
conferences and survivor groups. Their goals are simple: share their Websites such as YouTube and Facebook.
story and explain that the violence, loss and pain that changed their Sirianni also spoke about
lives do not continue to define them. transparency in government. He
David Kaczynski told Siena students that his relationship with continues to work on ways to help
Wright helped him cope with the stress of his brother’s trial and the Obama administration’s open-
gave him the strength needed to return to everyday life.
government initiative by analyzing
“David Kaczynski and Gary Wright discussed the power of
ways to build collaborative policy
friendship and forgiveness in the face of unspeakable trauma. Their
methods of changing the culture within
federal agencies.
story is proof that the whole is much more than the sum of its parts.
“Dr. Sirianni’s visit to Siena echoes
I am convinced that the audience was moved by their story, by the
our Franciscan commitment to ‘building
tears and by the long arm of faith and compassion that surrounds
a world that is more just, peaceable
these two men,” said Peter Ellard, Ph.D., associate vice president
and humane.’ His career as both
for academic affairs.
an academic and civic contributor
Along with working with Wright to help people cope with
exemplifies the integration of service
grief, David Kaczynski
and academics, which is at the core
continues to advocate of a Siena education,” said Mathew
against the death penalty. Johnson ’93, Ph.D., Siena sociology
He has been the executive and environmental studies professor.
director of New Yorkers Johnson added that Sirianni’s
for Alternatives to the experience as an advisor to two
Death Penalty since 2001. presidential administrations (Obama
and Clinton) and his service to all
levels of government provide a unique
Left to right: David Kaczynski, brother of the Unabomber, and perspective on the importance of
Gary Wright, a victim of David’s brother, spoke to the Siena community engaging civically through
about the power of friendship and forgiveness. scholarship and other forms
of academic work.
Forget Dating — Siena Students Siena Research Institute
Try Speed Networking Surveys Social Needs
During the fall semester, Siena students participated in a new The Siena Research Institute is
career networking format — “speed networking.” Using the speed known for its consumer confidence
dating model, students spent just a few minutes speaking with and New York state political polls.
professionals about their career paths. Once the timer went off, they This holiday season though, SRI
moved on to a new table. crunched the numbers on people’s
“This event was designed to be a low-pressure, fast-paced perceptions of social needs.
event to provide students an opportunity to talk to professionals Working in conjunction with the
about their career paths and gain advice from them,” said Career United Way of the Greater Capital
Center associate director Suzanne O’Connor. She said the speed Region, SRI polled more than 1,000
networking event, called My Story, resulted from feedback from people living in the Capital Region,
students who indicated that the Career Center needed to replace soliciting their opinions on quality
the traditional Networking and Mentoring Night with something a of life, social programs and
little less intimidating. charitable giving.
“I hope our students enjoyed this new format. People seemed “We are always looking for ways to
relaxed and engaged, and we hope they learned that networking serve as a community resource and we
is all about building relationships. That starts by having a simple hope that this survey is a positive step
conversation,” O’Connor said. in making a difference,” said President
Students were pleased with the opportunity to speak with people Kevin Mullen ’75 O.F.M., Ph.D.
in various fields, including science, finance and marketing. According to the survey, 51% of
“I picked up a few more (business) cards and opened up a few people living in the Capital Region
more doors,” said history major Francis Stanton ’10. think the overall quality of life has
“You can learn all the theories in class, but unless you make the gotten worse during the last year.
contacts in the business world, what you learned in class isn’t going More than half of respondents called
to help you get a job,” said marketing major Laura Lachell ’10. for more programs for jobs, food,
O’Connor said the speed networking event was particularly shelter and temporary assistance.
helpful because, along with making contacts, it gave students the “Not only did a majority of area
opportunity speak to people who pursued careers that were not residents tell us that times have gotten
related to their college majors. This proved to the students that, in tougher for most people, but they
the working world, success can happen even if a career choice and overwhelmingly agreed that social
major don’t make a perfect match. needs are getting greater and greater
and that everyone must do as much
as they can or our community will
deteriorate,” said SRI Director Don
Levy, Ph.D.
The numbers indicate that people
are aware of various community
problems, but the figures also show
that people are willing to do more to
help. Only 17 percent of respondents
were happy with their own
contributions, which is why United
Way of the Greater Capital Region
CEO Katherine Pelham said the
survey is “filled with opportunity.”
“No one is pulling blinders over
their eyes when it comes to the
problems we face,” Pelham said. “Our
job at the United Way is to bring
people and resources together, so
individuals and families
increase their capacity to
Going Green Goes with Everything
overcome barriers. The As pop music blared from the speakers and their friends cheered,
survey shows that more Siena students strutted their stuff on a makeshift runway in the Sarazen
than half of us want to be Student Union. They weren’t trying to impress Tyra Banks or Michael
more for each other and Kors. Instead, the volunteer models headed for the catwalk wearing
our region. To me, this is various eco-friendly fashions, ranging from organic workout gear to
uplifting news.” eco-evening gowns from Runway 7 in hopes of impressing upon fellow
Pelham said compiling students that you can look good and help the
concrete information environment at the same time.
through the SRI survey “It’s not just hippies walking around in flip
will help United Way flops and yoga pants,” said marketing major
and other service and fashion show organizer Kaitlin Milliot ’10.
organizations identify and “College kids can afford and wear eco-friendly
address the most pressing fashions.”
problems that plague the The Eco-Fashion Show was just one of the
Capital Region. events during Siena’s Campus Sustainability
“We are proud to Day celebration. The Environmental Club
partner with the United joined several offices and departments on
Way to advance our campus in bringing awareness to simple things
Franciscan mission of students, faculty and staff can do to conserve
providing service that energy and help the environment.
benefits those most in “It’s in keeping with our Franciscan values.
need,” Mullen said. It doesn’t take a huge change. Little things can
The Survey of Social make a difference,” said director of residential
Needs also addressed life Mel Beach, as she encouraged students to
public sentiment on issues become more environmentally friendly.
that impact children, Housekeeping personnel showed students
eco-safe products for cleaning their rooms and
townhouses, Public Safety displayed its new hybrid vehicle and
the Career Center discussed “green” job opportunities. Outside
agencies, including the Capital District Transportation Authority,
Unity House and the New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority, talked to students about everything from
carpooling and using public transportation to the Capital Region’s
growing “green” job market.
Emily Merritt ’12, Environmental Club president and
Sustainability Day organizer, said she hopes the events make Siena
students think a little more about the environment during their
everyday lives.
“I want them to gain a better awareness of what they can do
seniors and personally to live a more
families, including sustainable lifestyle. It
poverty, literacy, doesn’t have to be a job. It
affordable housing, can be a fun experience,”
utility bills, health care, Merritt said. She added that
jobs, substance abuse she hopes the day’s events
and mental health. For made people realize that
more information on this conserving energy, preserving
and other SRI polls, visit natural resources and protecting the environment
always will be in style.

Siena Celebrates World AIDS Day Help for the Holidays
On Dec. 1, as the campus recognized Amidst all the hustle and bustle of
World AIDS Day. Large red ribbons the holiday season, the Siena College
adorned trees in the academic quad and community did its part to make sure the
people tied smaller ones to the branches of true spirit of the season shined brighter
an evergreen tree inside the Sarazen Student than the Griswold family Christmas tree.
Union to show their solidarity and support Over the last two years, people at
for people fighting HIV and AIDS. “People
need to unite their voices. Even though it’s
a small gesture, it can lead to bigger things,”
said associate campus minister Michelle
Stefanik, who served as the World AIDS
Day organizer.
World AIDS Day raises awareness and
encourages people to do what they can
to stop the spread of the deadly disease. According to the
Population Services International Website, 33.2 million people
around the world are living with HIV or AIDS.
“It’s not only an issue that’s in Africa or other parts of the
world. It’s happening here and it is impacting us,” said Siena
freshman Kelly Woodard.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention Website, 1.1 million Americans are living with Siena have donated $7,685 to help United
HIV and, as of 2007, approximately 36,000 people are living Way provide support for local service
with AIDS. According to the CDC, New York state’s 181,461 organizations. The Siena community
cumulative reported AIDS cases is the highest total in the also did its best to make sure families
country. and individuals were able to celebrate
“There’s a big fear of people (with AIDS), but these people Christmas comfortably. The Franciscan
really need love and affection. They’re human beings,” said Center for Service and Advocacy worked
freshman Claire Frank. That’s why she hopes the World AIDS with more than 20 social service agencies
Day efforts are not soon forgotten. to help more than 450 people, which
To keep the issue in focus, students continued to add included 66 families, this Christmas. Their
to Siena’s AIDS quilt. It was created a few years ago needs were noted on cards and placed
and continues to grow. Students, faculty and staff create on Franciscan giving trees throughout
personalized squares that are then sewn onto the quilt. campus. Students, faculty and staff
Students hope that people’s awareness and compassion will members picked cards and turned those
grow along with the piece of fabric. needs into nicely wrapped presents.
“I hope that they are more welcoming and understanding “The Franciscan Giving Tree program
of the HIV and AIDS community, and I hope that they’re provides the Siena community with
more willing to help,” said sophomore Alexandra Georgieva. the opportunity, in a very concrete and
Along with the combination of campus events and meaningful way, to actively live the
participation in the annual AIDS Walk, some Siena students mission of the Franciscan Center and
even rolled up their sleeves to help the local community our college. That mission calls us to look
address the issue. Marketing and management students beyond the boundaries of our campus to
worked to help raise money for the Albany-based Whitney M. our wider community and respond to the
Young Health Services HIV department, which specializes in needs of our brothers and sisters,” said
HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts. Judy Dougherty ’06, assistant director
“There are a lot of people who need help,” said sophomore of the Franciscan Center for Service and
Emily Costello. Supporters said every ribbon tied and penny Advocacy.
raised is another step taken in the fight against HIV and AIDS. In preparation for Thanksgiving, Siena
took part in a nationwide event called
Cans Across America. The
program was put together
An Old-World Tuscan Tradition Comes to Siena
by the College’s food service Siena College celebrated the Christmas season with a Tuscan
provider, Sodexo, and tradition – a ceppo. After recognizing Siena’s connection to the Tuscany
participants set out to collect region in Italy, alumnus Rocco DeFazio ’75 spearheaded the effort to
as many nonperishable food create the Italian Christmas symbol for his alma mater.
items as possible in one day. “It’s our way of showing how important St. Francis’ philosophies
“We tripled the amount are. People can come here and see visually how important these ideals
of donations from last year. are, especially during the Christmas season,” DeFazio said.
Our final number of pounds A ceppo, or wooden pyramid structure that resembles a tree,
donated was 601,” said traditionally contains three-to-five shelves. On the bottom, a family
Sodexo organizer Martha displays a Nativity scene, representing the gift of God.
Boehm. All of the food was The remaining shelves contain greenery, fruit and nuts that
donated to the Regional Food symbolize gifts of the Earth, as well as presents that represent gifts
Bank in Albany. of man. The top of the structure is adorned with an angel, a star or
In addition, Siena a pineapple, each representing hospitality. Some families also attach
students, faculty, staff candles on the outside of each shelf and light them. This is why the
and alumni pitched in to ceppo often is referred to as the “tree of light.”
Siena’s three-tiered ceppo, nearly eight feet tall, was
located on the patio outside the Chaplain’s Office. Siena
sophomore Becca Wager designed and painted the ceppo,
giving it a unique Siena feel, with the top shelf containing
pictures of students along with a small mirror reflecting the
faces of the College.
“This is a visible holiday image for all to see on the Siena
campus. As students and faculty deal with the stress of the
end-of-semester papers and exams, this ceppo is a reminder
of the Christmas season that is a vital part of Siena’s
Roman Catholic identity,” said College Chaplain Fr. Greg
Jakubowicz, O.F.M.
prepare meals for people
in the Capital Region
during the 40th Annual
Equinox Thanksgiving Day
Community Dinner. Eighty
Siena volunteers signed
up through the Franciscan
Center for Service and
Advocacy to help other
Equinox volunteers put
together more than 8,000
Thanksgiving dinners.
“This is my favorite
time of the year because
so many members of the
Siena family come together
and demonstrate our
extraordinary capacity of
generosity, even in this
economically challenging Above: Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M., carpenter Dick Greeley, building
trades supervisor Tom Buscher, Rocco DeFazio ’75, Becca Wager ’12,
time,” Dougherty said.
Br. Brian Belanger, O.F.M. and Rensselaer Education Center principal
Anthony DeFazio celebrate Christmas at Siena by gathering around the
College’s newly built ceppo.
Siena by the Numbers
By Jim Eaton
Founded in 1937, Siena is embarking on its 73rd year
and has grown from a small male-dominated commuter
school to a 3,000-student-plus coeducational residential
campus. Here are some Siena stats.
91% of students applying for 600-plus wins under Baseball
Coach Tony Rossi
financial aid receive it
55% acceptance rate last year 300-plus wins in Gina Castelli’s
basketball coaching career

31,877 Siena alumni
30,101 living Siena alumni
1,112 married
Academics couples who
460 students had an internship are both Siena
last year graduates
220 honor fellows since 2002 120 Siena
204 full-time faculty employees
144 students studied abroad 50 states where 42 MAAC Championships
last year Siena alumni reside (12 men’s, 30 women’s)
retention Athletics
rate 3,634,371 hits
76% received in 2008-09
students 300,000 gallons of water in the
receive their Siena pool
degree in
five years 33 former Siena baseball players
have signed professional contracts
41 sections during Coach Rossi’s tenure
of the foundations course offered
this fall semester 13.5 average shoe size of the
men’s basketball team
40 largest class size during fall
semester (Macro-Economic 3.0 average student-athlete G.P.A.
22 average class size 110,000 miles traveled by Siena Bookstore
20 Phi Beta Kappa members athletic teams for competition in
3,500 Siena
sweatshirts sold
6,365 miles the cross-country
Admissions teams ran last year
during 2009

1140 average SAT score 500

1,692 students participated in tournament
of freshman class intramurals t-shirts sold
783 students in freshman class 330 students participated in during Siena’s
NCAA sports in 2008-09 at Siena NCAA
basketball run
Campus 2,480 maximum
campus housing capacity
134,500 square footage of Marcelle
Athletic Complex (largest building) 468 largest residence hall
capacity (Hennepin)
1,152 square footage of Carriage House
(smallest building) 297 smallest residence
hall capacity (Hines)
137.6 acres of green space
28.57 acres of paved space 80.3% students live on campus

Enrollment Rankings
1,762 women 121 is Siena’s rank among national
1,523 men liberal arts colleges, according to
U.S. News & World Report
17 states and
5 countries 20 preseason ranking of men’s
basketball team, according to
represented in Siena’s
Sports Illustrated
2009 freshman class

Chapel (the following Faculty

occurred in 2009 calendar year) 216 sabbatical hours for arts and
72 weekday Masses science faculty last year
43 Sunday Masses 105 professors were
25 baptisms rated 4.5 or 5 out of 5
on ratemyprofessor.
23 weddings
92 faculty members
were given “hot
tamales” on WVCR - Radio Station
2 Fulbright scholars (Israel and $400,000 raised by WVCR for
Lithuania) local and regional charities over the
past few years
Friars 35,000 watts signal strength
22 friars living in the friary 88.3 FM, WVCR’s place on the
radio dial
Dining 7 founding friars
50th anniversary of WVCR in 2010
32,000 lbs. of french fries are 6 friars are full-time faculty
20 average number of students
consumed per year 6 friars are involved in involved in radio station
administrative roles
18,000 people eat in Serra Hall programming
each week 5 friars have worked or are
currently working in prison
$11,000 spent on produce
every week
5,200 people pass through Pepsi 1 friar is a scholar-in-residence at
Café and sub shops per week
3,360 burgers
eaten per week
960 slices of
pizza eaten on
average every
day in Serra Hall The information in this article was obtained
through various sources on campus, the
Siena College Fact Book and the Siena
College Website. SIENA 19
Siena Professor Honored by NYS Division of Parole

Kevin O’Connor has been Services. The award is given in honor of therapist and
a visiting assistant social work parole officer Linda Mills, who died suddenly in 1991
professor at Siena for just a few after almost 20 years of work with ex-offenders.
months, but he has been living the “It reminds me of the wonderful work I’ve been
College’s Franciscan mission of helping the poor and a part of for many, many years. I hope I can bring
marginalized for many years. Before working full time those experiences to the classroom for the students,”
at Siena, O’Connor ran Joseph’s House, a homeless O’Connor said.
shelter in Troy. During the 12 years of O’Connor’s
leadership, Joseph’s House took steps toward helping
people just out of prison readjust to everyday life. Legacies in Learning
“He took the mission of Joseph’s House to be more
expansive and inclusive,” said Ed Fraley, regional
re-entry coordinator at the New York State Division
of Parole.
O’Connor made a concerted effort to work with
parole officers and state agencies to coordinate
people’s financial, housing and treatment needs before
they were released. The goal was to provide a support
system that would decrease recidivism. It worked.
O’Connor said the efforts of Joseph’s House helped
to cut recidivism in Rensselaer County from 40
percent to 18 percent. “We helped the system make
changes to meet the needs of individual parolees,” Above: Siena has two father-daughter teaching tandems
O’Connor said. this year on campus. Left to right Elizabeth Brookins-Danz
As a result of his continued efforts to help ’04, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of biology; Gil Brookins,
ex-offenders, the Division of Parole gave O’Connor associate professor of marketing and management;
Ed LaRow ’59, Ph.D., professor of biology and MaryAnne
the Linda Mills Memorial Award for Re-Entry
Egan ’86, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science.

Dean Named to New York Council for the Humanities
Siena College Dean of Liberal Arts Ralph Blasting, Ph. D., has been appointed to
a three-year term on the New York Council for the Humanities.
“I’m honored to have been appointed to the Council and very excited about the
opportunity to help support the humanities in New York state. I will do all I can to
carry our Siena College sense of community to new audiences,” Blasting said.
He joins other academic leaders, businesspeople and philanthropists on the
Council. The group’s mission is to engage all New Yorkers in civic participation,
volunteerism, philanthropy and community involvement.
The New York Council for the Humanities sponsors several programs and
initiatives, including reading groups and speaking engagements throughout the state.
It also oversees the distribution of federal funds from the National Endowment for
the Humanities to notable projects at museums, historical societies and other cultural
and educational organizations.
“The Council distributes grant funding and advocates on the local, state and national levels for the
value of cultural literacy. It will be a challenge for me and I’m sure that I have a lot to learn, but the
Hudson-Mohawk region is full of opportunities to support,” Blasting said.
Blasting has been the dean of liberal arts since July 2004. He oversees 11 academic departments
enrolling 1,250 undergraduate majors.
Blasting completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in scene design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in
German at Wayne State University; a Master of Arts degree in theatre history from the University of
Michigan; and a doctorate in drama studies from the University of Toronto.
Blasting, whose area of specialization is medieval drama, is one of the few people in the world to
have participated in the production of all four of the existing English medieval mystery plays. For more
information on the New York Council for the Humanities, visit

When a Biothreat Is No Longer a Threat

Thomas Coohill, Ph.D., professor of physics, published
a paper on the effects of sunlight on biothreat bacteria. His
research was designed to answer the question: “When is it
safe to send troops back onto a battlefield after it has been
contaminated with a pathogen such as the bacterium that
causes anthrax?”
Solar ultraviolet radiation is the only naturally occurring
germicide in the ecosphere and is the first line of defense for
such disasters. Coohill’s research concentrated on pathogens
similar to anthrax-producing bacteria and several other
organisms that can kill animals.
He found the relative sensitivity of viruses and bacterial
spores could be reasonably estimated from laboratory data,
but the sensitivity of vegetative bacterial cells varied more
widely. His calculations show that it will take a day in the
summer to kill most of the bacteria in a contaminated area,
but up to a week in winter since there is less sunlight. His
work was supported by the U.S. Army’s Garrison
Aberdeen Proving Ground.

NCAA Gives High Marks to Student-Athletes
By Mark Adam

Siena’s graduation success rate (GSR) among “When student-athletes are focused on playing
student-athletes was the fifth highest (95 percent) their sport throughout the season, their life is much
among Division I schools, according to the NCAA’s more organized,” D’Argenio said. “They’re good with
most recent report. time management. They understand that if ‘I miss this
“I think the primary reason that we are near the window of opportunity, it’s closed and I’m going to be
top of the list is who we recruit,” Siena Director of digging out of a hole.’ Our student-athletes don’t want
Athletics John D’Argenio said. “Our coaches do a to be in a hole; they want to be on top.”
very good job of understanding what Siena’s mission More impressive, the academic success is not
is and understanding the academic rigor. Then they limited to a specific sport or gender. All 18 varsity
go out and recruit student-athletes who can help their sports met or exceeded the GSR’s national average and
teams and excel academically.” nine had perfect scores. Since the NCAA’s GSR report
The most recent GSR calculates scholarship was first released five years ago, Siena has earned a 93
student-athletes who entered college from 1999- percent rate or higher each year.
2002 and graduated within six years, including first- Siena has allocated the necessary resources to help
time freshmen, students who entered midyear and its student-athletes in their most important endeavor:
transfer students. The GSR is a more accurate figure earning a diploma. Whether it’s this care and attention,
than the graduation rate, which simply calculates coaching staff recruiting quality students, first-rate
the percentage of scholarship student-athletes who facilities or a community that truly places the interest
graduate within six years. of its students first, Siena’s athletes continue to
D’Argenio believes structure plays an important achieve national recognition for their success on
role in helping Siena’s student-atletes graduate. and off the court.

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

Volleyball Senior Completes

Remarkable Career
By Jason Rich ’97

Burgandy McCurty ‘10 recently completed what is

arguably the best student-athlete career in the College’s
history. The Port Washington, N.Y., native led the
nation with 5.47 kills per set as a senior, putting an
exclamation point on her standout career with
the Saints.
For a third straight season, McCurty was named
MAAC Offensive Player of the Year after having won
Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. McCurty led
the Saints to three MAAC championships and became
Siena’s all-time leader in kills on Sept. 13. She finished
her career with a MAAC record 1,945 career kills and
with the best attack percentage in the program’s history.
Perhaps most impressive, McCurty has achieved all
this despite her height of 5’9”. “I have to jump really
high because I’m short,” she jokes. “I try to use my
athleticism and strength to overpower my opponents.”
The Siena record books show she did this often.
Indoor Golf Facility Opens
to Rave Reviews
By Jason Rich ’97

The Raymond Center and Harry Mikhitarian Golf Training

Facility at Siena officially opened this fall. The facility houses
several state-of-the-art training aides for Siena’s golfers,
including a custom putting green, an indoor driving range
and a swing/video analysis center.
“I don’t know if there are any facilities like this right now
in the Northeast,” said head golf coach Tom Wronowski.
“Through the generosity of a lot of people, we were able to
get this project completed, and now the onus is on us to help
our student-athletes improve their games.”
This exciting new addition is made possible through the
generosity of Kenneth and Patricia Raymond, the family of
Harry Mikhitarian and First Columbia Property Services, LLC.
Siena’s golfers now have access to a personal club room and
a player’s lounge. The facility also includes offices for coaches
and a club storage area designed to bolster Siena’s already-
flourishing golf programs.
“The facility will help us immensely in preparing for the
spring season and conference championship, which takes
place in April,” Wronowski said. “The key to the facility is
being able to get feedback during the winter months that we can really use as opposed to just
hitting into a net.”
Siena’s golf teams have been at the forefront of college’s academic and athletic success.
By having five athletes named as Academic All-Americans over the past three years, the men
and women’s programs continue to demonstrate the true meaning of the student-athlete. The
women are nine-time defending MAAC champions, while the men have won two recent MAAC
championships, advancing to the NCAA tournament in 2006 and 2007.
Important naming opportunities remain available at all levels for the facility. Please
contact Siena Athletics at 518-783-2450.

Remembering John Dawson’68,
A Son of St. Francis
From the very beginning, John Dawson ‘68 was “Dawson approach,” as it was known by his
recognized by his classmates as special. He was colleagues in the courtroom, John presented an
elected class president during argument in a humble and clear
our freshman and sophomore manner, making effective use of
years. He was respected for incredibly quick and entertaining
his academic strengths and wit, often at his own expense. He
beloved for his wit and friendly earned the respect of adversaries and
demeanor. John was heavily won the support of the court for the
committed to social justice merit of his argument. John always
and devoted his time to the presented himself in an unusually
cause, especially the upstart Big clear and straightforward style of
Brothers program at Siena. He advocacy for those in need. His
was a lifelong supporter of the results were enabled by a legendary
program, which has evolved work ethic as he thought through
into the Siena Mentoring problems completely.
Program (of today). This As accomplished an attorney as
program matches Siena students he was, it was the manner in which
with at-risk children from he used his professional success
nearby urban communities. for the benefit of others that his
Many of his classmates friends admired most. He not only
would say that John represented Siena and its values
embodied the spirit of Siena. to the world, but he gave the law
His generosity was dominant, profession a good name. He used
but it was his indomitable sense of humor delivered his talents to the fullest.
with humility that was his defining characteristic. When wondering about the real life meaning
He cared about, appreciated and lived for the of the Franciscan tradition, which Siena family
values that he developed through his experiences members do from time to time, consider the life
at Siena. He cared little about material things or and the spirit of John Dawson, our classmate, our
luxuries and passed on conveniences of life that his friend and an incredible ambassador for St. Francis
professional success could easily have provided. and Siena College. John passed away peacefully on
John was nationally honored for his November 28, 2009 in his Phoenix, Arizona home.
achievement in the practice of law. Using the May he rest in peace.

The Gift of a Lifetime
By Hildy Marinello ’11 and Jim Eaton

Growing up during the Depression Era, Martin Kenosian ’50 and

his wife Joyce McCollum Kenosian learned not to take anything for
granted, especially their education. Before meeting each other when
they were members of the same bowling league in 1956, Martin attended
Siena College on the GI Bill, while Joyce took advantage of educational
opportunities at the New York State College for Teachers in Albany
now SUNY Albany. Their appreciation for the importance of their
college education in enabling them to have successful careers in state
government (Martin in the civil service department and Joyce in the
education department), has inspired them to make multiple planned
gifts to establish The Martin and Joyce McCollum Kenosian
Family Scholarship.

“To be able to help provide for students

makes us feel like we are doing something
very worthwhile.”
Donating to Siena is not new to the Kenosian family. They are
leadership donors to the Annual Fund and funded a townhouse in
MacClosky Square in memory of Martin’s sister, Dorothy ’53. Their
decision to establish a scholarship came after attending a planned giving
seminar during Martin’s 50th reunion celebration. “We determined a
charitable gift annuity to Siena College is ideal because our legacy will
be preserved through a scholarship fund for future Siena students,”
Martin said. “To be able to help provide assistance for students who
might not otherwise be able to attend college makes us feel like we are
doing something very worthwhile,” Joyce added.
“Marty and Joyce are wonderful, caring individuals. They value the
opportunity of opening the door for future students to receive a Siena
College education,” said Director of Gift Planning Jack Sise ’75.
This type of gift has numerous financial benefits, including tax
savings and a fixed income for the remainder of the donors’ lives. For
a confidential analysis of
how a charitable gift annuity
might benefit you and/or
your spouse, please contact
Director of Gift Planning
Jack Sise, Esq., ’75, at
518-783-2432 or by

Right: Jack Sise, Esq., ’75

helped Marty and Joyce
Kenosian establish a planned
gift to Siena College.

class notes ALUMNI

Editors: Victoria Abdulla ’07, Development Assistant, 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 for posting in the magazine!

1959 1962 NEWSMAKERS

Frank Martin Ken Deitcher

1960 1965
As our 50th reunion Jack Mulvey, Jr.
approaches, we wish to
update you on preparations
and to invite you to campus June
4th and June 5th of 2010. Please 1967
mark your calendars as we hope Rick Spataro
you can attend, celebrate and
reminisce like it’s 1960! 61 State Street
Reunion Weekend 2010 will Malone, NY 12953
518 -483-3566 Rick Gabriel ‘78 and Col. Kevin McAleese ’79
provide a variety of opportunities flank Miss America Katie Stam at Kevin’s retirement party
for us to get together.  Activities celebrating 30 years of service in the army reserves
may include golf, alumni awards,
a picnic, live bands, great food,
Bill McGoldrick
the alumni mass, an alumni dinner
and campus tours. Details will be with his wife, Judy. They have one North America financial and busi-
John Dawson passed away in daughter, Danielle, who is working ness manager.  Alan also has a mas-
forthcoming from the Alumni December 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Relations Office as we get closer to toward her MFA degree in acting. ter’s in financial management from
John lived a life committed to To learn more about Team Rafiki, the State University of New York at
the weekend. service, especially to Siena. He was
Your support, together with that the Albany-based volunteer group, Albany, which was in conjunction
instrumental in starting Siena’s please visit their Website, with the General Electric Company. 
of so many alumni who have made Mentoring Program (formerly
Siena College a giving priority, is   Class of 1973 — please send me
Big Brothers), and also served as a your news, and news of your fami-
very important.  Please join us in member of the Board of Trustees lies, too!  We’d love to hear from
marking this special occasion by
supporting the ’60 reunion class
for the College for many years. 1972 you.  Please share your memories of
John’s intelligence, wit, and positive Jack Callahan Siena College with us, too! 
gift.  Give online at www.siena. attitude will be missed by his class-
edu/annualfund, or by calling mates, friends, family, and the entire
We look forward to seeing you
Siena community.
1973 1975
Janet Gutowski Hall
on campus for Reunion Weekend Brian Valentine
2010!  1970
Michael Thorpe 202-586 -9741
decided, after 26 years Greetings to all of the Siena 1976
1961 with the Albany Fire Dept., to community! I hope everyone Mary Ann Bopp, along with
John Moore, Captain, USN begin active, hands-on humani- enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and co-authors Diana Bing and Sheila
(Ret.) and his wife, Peggy, spent 39 tarian work in Africa with Team New Year. Siena College freshmen Forte-Trammell, recently published
days during May through June 2009 Rafiki. In August, he completed who are not from the regional area a book titled “Agile Career Devel-
visiting their son, Joe, and his fam- his third trip — one to Zimbabwe will have experienced their first opment: Lessons and Approaches
ily in Barcelona, and then traveling and two to Tanzania — volunteer- winter in Loudonville, New York — from IBM.” The book covers how
to the west coast of Norway to ing in small villages to provide which is something that often leaves IBM has succeeded in making
see the fjords. They visited Bergen much-needed assistance, including other things desired.  career development work for both
and Oslo and later spent a week distribution of school and medical In news of our ’73 classmates, the employee and the business.
with Martin, their former Swedish supplies and holding daily medical Alan Shufelt (B.A., history and It illustrates various lessons and
exchange student, and his family in clinics. In Zimbabwe, the group’s economics) joined Spartanburg approaches that can be applied to
Gothenburg, Sweden. The Moores major project was to install a Community College (Spartanburg, other organizations. This book is
have resided in Port Orchard, solar powered pump at the main S.C.) as financial coordinator of for every HR professional, learning
Wash., for the past 17 years. well which freed the women from corporate and community educa- or training manager and any other
many hours of strenuous manual tion on April 6, 2009. He comes to business leader who wants to create
labor. Michael lives in Guilderland SCC from Invista, where he was the a high-performing organization.

Siena contingent also attended the health, I felt the photos were more
NEWSMAKER NEWSMAKER Army-Navy game that weekend, information than we needed.
where Pete and Andrea Hansen’s Congratulations to Gary Sheffer
son Stephen was among the 4,000 who has been named vice president
members of the cadet corps partici- of communications and public
pating in the pre-game “March On” affairs at GE Corporate. Gary
across the field. “Both Army and oversees external and internal com-
Navy do a march as part of the tra- munications across GE globally and
dition of the game,” Pete explained. provides strategic communications
“It was inspiring to see. Army and public affairs advice to GE
definitely out-marched Navy.” executives on a full range of
About 35 Siena alums gathered corporate reputation issues. He
Gary Sheffer ’82 at Posto 22 in New Rochelle before joined GE in 1999 after 17 years in
Captain Lawrence “Chip” was recently named heading to the Siena vs. Iona game journalism and government com-
Magner ‘82 vice president of on December 7. Among them munications. For 10 years, Sheffer
in the Black Sea, off the Coast communications and public were ’79ers John Breslin, Mickey served as a press aide to two New
of the Ukraine affairs at GE Corporate Mahoney, John Murray, Kevin York ­governors.
Tully, Dave Smith, and, of course, Thanks to a conversation with
Kevin Geiger, who is part owner of Brad Bodmer, I realize it is time we

1977 if folks

want to learn more (and see more
the family-style Italian restaurant
that opened in September 2008.
recognize the members of our class
who are currently members of the
Linda Fitzsimmons Kevin recalled, “I’d told the owner Siena campus. After his ROTC days
photos of Fr. Mike!). We live in some time ago that I’d be inter- at Siena and subsequent years as a
Old Town Alexandria, and I’d love
to hear from classmates who find ested in investing in the restaurant JAG attorney, Brad joined Ayco,
1979 themselves in the area. I serve as the business some day. He called me a Goldman Sachs Company. He
Sue Reilly/Hayes deputy director for human resourc- back when the economy was at its retired after 19 years to join Siena’s es for the City of Alexandria, Va.  worst possible point.” He chuckled, Office of Development and Exter-
522 Chili-Riga Town Line Road I am fortunate to keep my carbon “No Siena grad in their right mind nal Affairs as the associate director
Churchville, NY 14428 footprint to a minimum since I get should’ve made that deal, but I went of major gifts. If Brad calls you,
585-889-2072 to walk to work in our historic City ahead and so far things are going please give him any and all consid-
Many of you had a chance to Hall.  I hope that balances out our well.” The restaurant is located in eration — or hide. Mike Papado-
chat with Kathleen Canter and her drive to Maryland to be members of an area of town filled with high-rise poulos is currently head of public
fiancé Peter Ognibene at Alumni St. Camillus’ parish every Sunday!” apartments housing college students safety and security at Siena. He
Weekend in June. She related that Thanks for catching us up, Kathy, and post-grads. They do a booming joins the staff after 25+ years in the
they first met at a Starbucks in and much happiness to you and take-out business, with people even Army where his last assignment was
Old Town of Alexandria, Va. Peter Peter in the years ahead. placing their orders while commut- running the Siena ROTC program.
was a longstanding member of his Kevin McAleese officially ing so they’re ready for pick-up Margot Hennigan/Anderson is the
church’s choir and Kathy soon celebrated his retirement from the when they get off the train. Until associate director of the president’s
joined him at rehearsals. While Army at a luncheon on Decem- the restaurant turns a profit and circle and parent giving. She can
attending a church picnic, she was ber 13 in Philadelphia. And to think Kevin gets more of a benefit than an often be seen skiing the slopes of
floored and delighted to run into it all started back in those ROTC occasional free meal, he’s keeping Gore Mountain with her husband
classmate Mike Johnson, O.F.M., huts! Colonel Kevin’s career as his day job as the owner of SBS Carl and their kids.
who is one of the Franciscans on the a civil affairs officer in the Army Promo (Standard Buying Service), Fr. Ken Pauli, O.F.M. is chief of
parish staff. Kathy recently Reserves performing humanitarian marketing promotional products staff at Siena, and Cheryl Glover/
sent along a note to update us: relief missions took him to destina- such as shirts, golf balls and tote Buff is an associate professor
“As promised, I am sending along tions around the world, including bags to major corporations and in marketing and management.
a photo with two Class of ’79 Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, Albania and educational institutions. The Board of Associate Trustees
grads in it. Peter Ognibene and I Germany. He was awarded the Why not make 2010 the year includes Kim Kamilow/Luker,
got married on October 10 at Army Legion of Merit medal at the you are featured in our column of ­Rebecca Simbari/Almstead and
St. Camillus Church in nearby  ceremony, given for “exception- Class Notes, large and small? My Jennifer Abraham/Rust. If I
Silver Spring, Md.  Mike Johnson, ally meritorious conduct in the new year’s resolution is to feature missed any other Siena staff, I
O.F.M. officiated! My brother-in- performance of outstanding services some new names in this column, apologize. As we had a somewhat
law, Tom Bastian ’84 is also in the and achievements.” Kevin has been classmates we haven’t heard from military service theme with these
picture. Missing is his son, Josh director of the “Miss Philadelphia” in a while, but I need your help. It’s updates, I’d like to close with a
Bastian ’09, our family’s most recent pageant for years. Several past Miss painless—just call or e-mail me and shout out to Lawrence “Chip”
Siena grad. Peter and I went to Philly’s, along with the reigning I’ll do the rest. Magner. Chip is the executive
Dublin, Ireland and Italy for our Miss America, Katie Stam, were director of sales for Randall/Reilly
Publishing, but more impressively,
honeymoon. One terrific side trip
included visiting Assisi. It was
among the family and friends there
to help him celebrate (see photo on
1980 he is the Rate of 06, Navy Captain
Diane DeSilva in the Reserves. If I understand
very moving to walk the old streets p. 27). Other VIPs in attendance Navy ranking, this is the highest
and see the same view that must were alumni buddies Patty Lewis,
have inspired both Saint Francis and Peggy Maddi, his former roommate rate or rank bestowed on a reservist.
Saint Clare. We will return in June Rick Gabriel ’78, and Pete Hansen 1982 What’s more impressive is that he
2010 to sing at the cathedral mass and Andrea Pedro/Hansen ’80. A Bob Young still looks great in his uniform.
there. Our St. Camillus highlight of the luncheon was Rick’s As I prepare this, the holidays are
multicultural choir will also sing “roast” of Kevin, complete with Once again, new information just days away. As you read it, I of-
at the Vatican for mass the next slides and a few Siena tales! He end- from all was sparse, unfortunately. fer a belated Season’s Greetings, and
week.  Peter sings tenor and I ed on a more serious note, recogniz- The only new update I received please, send info — career updates
contribute as a soprano. The ing Kevin as an individual who has was from Tom Mannix, offering are great, but as we are getting older,
parish Website can be found at truly exemplified the Prayer of St. results of a recent medical proce- I prefer a good story. Nults, can I
Francis throughout his career. The dure. While I am glad he is in good expect an update that I can print?

1983 class of 1983 reunions
Elvira Altimari-Jaeger
60 Wyatt Rd
Garden City, NY 11530
Hey all! Hope you had a Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year.
I almost said Happy Holidays, but
I don’t need to be P.C. here in my
There were two mini reunions
this fall. In September, the girls
from Hennepin 4W had a reunion
on the Jersey shore. Bernadette
McInerney, Lori Remmell/
Miano, Marybeth Oster/ Hennepin Hall 4W Mini-Reunion Mini-Reunion in London
Erlichman, Laura O’Connor/
Wynn and Jackie Ellsworth/
Murray partied like it was 1983 all
over again. Not to be outdone by
Priscilla Duffy/Armsby, Elena
Abad/Smith, Denise Patriarco/
1987 I receive lots of
bounce-backs. Also, I have a new
the Hennepin girls, the girls from Geraldine “Gerry” McAndrew
Foster, Beth Gaer/McMillan ’86, e-mail address — pcacossa@gmail.
Building 46 had their own reunion Geraldine.m.candrew@comcast.
Cynthia Flynn/Sobiecki, Bibiana com. I have received many requests
in November. Karen DeBlieux/ net
King/Hueth, Sue Maserjian and for a Facebook page for our class. It is
Vachon, Virginia Smith/Regan, 117 Thayer St
Lisette Conza/May. Brian on my to-do list for 2010!
Theresa Rowan/Lindgren, Abington, MA  02351
Ranagan would love to be includ-
Jackie Klepper/Higgins and me, of 508-335-7744
ed — but he’s not a girl (although his
course, traveled “across the pond”
wife did come one year). They 1989
for a long weekend to visit Ginny
Darrow. It was great to get together
take turns organizing it. Each year, 1988 Mike Carbonaro
whoever is in charge picks the Paula Cacossa
with friends from Siena — which 3140 10th Street
place, does the research, makes
brings me to my announcement: Bethlehem, PA 18020
the reservations, etc. So far, the group Recently, I heard from Karen
Jackie Ellsworth/ Murray, Moose, 610 -737-1147
has gone to Boston, Lake George, Ligos ... now Karen ­Zatulskis. 
and the rest of the committee for
New York City, Long Island, Karen is living in Newtown,
the 50th birthday party, voted on
a place and a date. The party will
Newport, R.I., Lake Placid,
Foxwood Casino, Saratoga,
Conn. with her husband, Bob, 1990
be held in New York City. The and two kids; Grace, who will be Janet Shotter/Swierbut
Nantucket, Poconos, Washington, 5 in April, and AJ (Andersen Jo-
main event will be a cocktail party
D.C. and Charlotte, N.C. — this seph), who will be 3 in April. She As I write this, my children are
on Saturday evening, October 28,
year it was Nashville! loves staying home and taking outside playing in the snow with their
2011. More information will be
Tim North recently received a care of the kids, which keeps her friends and I couldn’t be ­happier sit-
available soon, but save the date
promotion. He is now the senior very busy. ting inside on a cold, frosty ­evening!
and spread the word. If you want
vice president of North American   Karen Weaver/Novelli is now Hard to believe that soon we may all
to keep in the loop about the 50th
operations for Papa John’s Pizza. living in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.  meet up again, a little grayer, a little
birthday party, and anything else
Tim and his wife, Kelly Sychtysz/ She has two sons; Jonny (who is wiser, and with lots of life stories to
going on, please e-mail me at the
North ’87 live in Warwick, Pa. with now 16 years old!) and Michael share. I hope you are planning to join
above address, and we will add
their two children, Emily and Josh. (who is now 15 years old).  Karen with fellow ­classmates and old friends
your name to the e-mail blast.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys trail is a teacher and teaches physics, at our 20-year reunion. It is scheduled
Winter shout-outs go to: Kevin
riding with his daughter, Emily, on chemistry, biology and ecology for June 4th and 5th and there are
A. Kearney, Judy Ricci, Paul 
their Rocky Mountain horses. He (wow!).  She has also done some sure to be lots of fun activities and
Sciocchetti and Terry Rendich,
also volunteers with their church tutoring with a learning special- events planned. If you would like to
where are you and what are you
youth group. ist and has tutored physics on be ­included in planning the reunion,
up to?
Mary Beth Sniffin/Finnerty her own. please contact Michael Utzig ’07 at
and Siena co-worker Karen Keis   Rachel Sahut/Parent works ­
1984 ran the Marine Corps Marathon in as a project manager for Trinity Please send me some updates!
Lisa San Fratello/McCutcheon Washington, D.C. in October. They Health’s Information Services I’m on Facebook! Look me up or covered the 26.2 miles for Fisher Division in Boise, Idaho. She is e-mail me at
305 The Parkway House Foundation, raising close to married to Beau, and has four We’d all love to hear what you’ve
Ithaca, NY 14853 $3,000 for the organization. children: Allison, 20, is a junior at been up to these last 20 years (can it
Reunion plans are underway! University of Portland; Aaron, 18, really be?), or in the last few months.
Why not make contact with a few
1985 of the friends you used to hang out
is discerning his employment and
education options; and Nicholas,
Catherine and Ron with but have lost touch and make a 13, and Sean, 8, are keeping Rachel 1991
Bjorklund weekend out of it? You KNOW you Kevin Clarke
and Beau entertained and busy. will have fun … we ARE the Class
The family enjoys many outdoor
14 Stevens Lane of 1985 and we have a reputation Happy 2010 everyone!
sports and activities all year and is
Tabernacle, NJ 08088-9744 to uphold! Additionally, we need Kevin Clancy took pity on me and
blessed with health and happiness!
Who can wait? Another group pictures! Please send any scanned my plea for updates, and sent a note
  It is great to hear from many
of Siena pals have created their pictures you have from our years in for this issue (thanks Kev!). Despite
of our fellow classmates.  If you
own annual reunion and have been at Siena to or the tough economic conditions, Kevin
have not already done so, please
doing so since 1995. The Siena contact Cathy and Ron. It will be is growing his business (Clancy Real
update your e-mails with the Siena
girls include — Sue Cronin, here quicker than you think! Estate) and moving to a larger office
Alumni Relations Office (e-mail

space at 1977 Western Avenue in that she is still living in Mumbai, Matthew, 6, and Emily, 4. family on October 1, 2008. He
Guilderland N.Y. In addition, Lisa India, and that she and her husband, Melissa Schiskie/Hietanen joined his big brother Tyler, who is
Simeone ’97 recently joined him as Pranil, just had their first child in checked in with updates. Even now five. Amy said that “children
a new realtor, and he revamped the September. They had a boy named though she and her husband bring new meaning to the holidays,”
company Website. Visit it at Nikhil Antonio. Dan McDermott live in Poughkeepsie, they still and I have to agree. Congratula- He is and his wife just gave birth to their cheer for Siena with their two tions, Pollinos! Michelle Schoulder
looking to add 10 full time sales first son Cooper Kai McDermott children: Larson, 5, and Annika, and her husband, Andrew, also
people in 2010. Kevin lives in who joins his big sister. 20 months. Melissa is working as welcomed the birth of their son in
Altamont, N.Y. with his wife and a family practice doctor in Hyde September. Congrats, you two!
two daughters. Best of luck, Kevin!  Park and a residency program in Gina Baccaro/Arcuri brings
As we move into our 19th year 1994 Kingston, N.Y. news of another potential graduate
since graduation, it’s time to build Glenn Hofsess I want to hear from you —babies, from Siena’s Class of 2031! She and
some momentum and excitement weddings, job promotions — her husband Andy welcomed their
towards 2011. So, I thought I would 83 Kellogg Street anything! To make a submission second child, Andrew Joseph, on
“borrow” the shout-out idea (thanks Brookfield, CT 06804 for a future issue, please contact October 2, 2009. Little Joseph joins
Sue). Let’s start with hearing from The only news I have to report me by e-mail at selena.dutcher@ his big sister Mia, who is now two.
our class officers — Robert Burke, this month is from Russ Grandjean or selenadutcher@ Great news, Arcuri family!
Craig Allen, Frank Parini, John and his wife Natisha, who proudly You can also look me I hope everyone had a wonderful
Riley and Nick Scibetta. announce the birth of their second up on Facebook! I look forward to holiday season, and best wishes to
All the best! daughter, Olivia Grace Grandjean, hearing from you! the entire Siena community for a
born October 23, 2009 at 10:31 a.m. healthy and prosperous new year!
Olivia entered the world weighing
1992 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 1998
Mary Pat McLoughlin/Holler 20 3/4 inches in length. She joins Janine Trapp/Scotti, MBA 2000 big sister, Ellyn, who is very excited Shaymus R. Schweitzer
for the new addition to the family. 201-294-0395
The Grandjeans live in South I received some exciting news 103 Sherman Ave.
1993 Carolina, where there is now one about two new bundles of joy.  Troy, NY 12180
Susan Hannon  more Jets fan who will inevitably get Michael Trimarco and Tara 518-727-3392 accustomed to having high hopes Costanzo/Trimarco are proud Hello all! Hope you
213 W 252nd Street early in the season, and end up being to announce the birth of their are enjoying the new year … our
Riverdale, NY 10471 disappointed come January. daughter, Elizabeth Caterina on big 10-year reunion will be upon us
917-796 -2085 Please continue sending me any June 4, 2009. The other bundle faster than we think, and I hope to
Greetings, Class of ’93! I hope updates you may wish to share of joy was welcomed by Rebecca see many of you there! Last summer
the winter months have been kind to with all of your fellow classmates. Sullivan/Baglio and her husband we caught up with a few Class of
you as we look forward to spring! I would like to wish everyone luck Scott. Their second daughter, Olivia 2000 graduates at a housewarming/
Remember the blizzard of ’93? It and prosperity in the New Year. Martine, was born on October 9, birthday party for Brian ­Wolters.
wiped out spring break for many of 2009. Mom, Dad, and big sister, One person we ran into was
us. Hopefully that won’t be the case Siena, are thrilled! Congrats to you ­Francesca Loscalzo/Tillou, who
for the current Saints. 1995 and both of your families! was pregnant at that time. Soon
Even though I have no personal Neil Wilcove Happy news was also received after the fall edition of the magazine
update, I wanted to share that my from Jason Rich who married came out, Frankie contacted me,
brother Jim Hannon ’80 and his Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP Victoria Kelts on July 18, 2009. and wanted to give us a piece of
daughter Darcy had a Lee Matthews 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1600 Best wishes to you both, Jason and news for the next edition. Francesca
sighting at the Siena vs. Georgia Atlanta, GA 30339 Victoria! and her husband, Gregg, welcomed
Tech game in Atlanta. Too bad the 770 -818 -1430 Please keep your updates coming, their first child, Maxwell John
boys lost. Class of ’98. Your class wants to Tillou on November 3, 2009. Max
So the hot topic this time around
is babies! Mark Abdella and his 1996 hear from you! weighed in at 6 pounds 9 ounces,
and was 19 inches long. The new
wife, Amanda, recently had their Brian Murray
family is doing well, and feels very
second child. Addison was born on
1999 blessed with the new addition! 
October 28, and she joins Ethan Brendan Fitzgerald Back in July, Lauren Goulet/
who is 19 months old. About com
614-270 -6003 Bianchi and her family moved
two weeks before her birth, Mark 518-258-9272 into a new home in Cumberland,
changed jobs, and is now with the I’m in the Christmas spirit as I R.I. They also welcomed their
Gilbane Building Company working 1997 am writing this, and even though I second daughter, Anna Jane, to the
in their Boston office. Gilbane is the Selena Dutcher know this issue will come out after family on August 4, 2009. Big sister
largest school builder in the country, Christmas I can’t help myself ... (to Ella is so happy to have a little sister
and he’s using his background in the tune of Jingle Bells): to play with, and from what I hear,
education to help the company’s 518 -265 -2127 Dashing through these notes, Ella is a huge help to her Mommy.
business development efforts in Have I told you that I LOVE the what are all your friends up to? Checking in with another excit-
Massachusetts. He filled me in on winter? NOT EVEN CLOSE! I they’ll look here as well, ing birth — Meghan Gorman/
a couple of other classmates. Todd cannot wait to walk in flip flops to for news that comes from you! Anderson, her husband, Kevin, and
Greene is an optometrist in the the pool for a cool drink. While you So ... daughter, Corey, are pleased to an-
Springfield, Mass. area, and John are dreaming of a warm place, here Send e-mails! Send e-mails! nounce an addition to their family.
Bowler is in Washington D.C. are the updates from some of our Update all your friends! Brady Russell was welcomed into
The three of them are in a heated classmates: Let them know how it all goes this world September 7, 2009. Big
competition to see who can put on Katie Heck/Osborn and her in an e-mail. Please press send! sister Corey adores her brother, and
the most weight and lose their hair husband Tom Osborn welcomed Good tidings from Amy began their relationship by holding
the fastest — Mark says to tune their third child, Zoe Kathryn, ­Butcher/Pollino and her husband, him and singing Twinkle Twinkle
in to Facebook for the winner! on February 17, 2009. She joins Joel! Braedon Matthew, arrived as Little Star. Brady is a very happy
Danielle Cerro/Vadgama shared the newest addition to the Pollino

baby who loves smiling and talking. was pleased to have a number of serving as the assistant coach for
The Anderson family is doing well. alums there from Christie’s class the Siena College Dance Team. Ray NEWSMAKER
Keep your stories coming, and I including: Diana Kaufman — teaches 9th and 10th grade global
hope to catch up with many of you traveled from Syracuse, Jolene studies for the Ballston Spa Central
over Reunion Weekend! Johnson — traveled from Long School District. Additionally
Island, Jamie Hall/Usas — from Ray is the assistant coach of the
2001 Saratoga with her 8-month-old
little boy and husband, and Lindsay
varsity football team. See photo in
this issue.
Maura Mack
Flax — traveled from Boston. For Congratulations to each
more information please visit of our fellow Saints and their
Congrats to classmate Will significant others! The family is
Laffey, who married Dana Spring
Roy Chiquigucto is now a expanding, and it is a beautiful
on October 3, 2009, in Douglaston,
Captain in the Army and got thing. Kathleen Harnett/Bridon Ken Jubie ’04
N.Y., surrounded by a robust Siena
married on August 9, 2008 to and Ben Bridon ’03 welcomed their has been hired by Siena
alumni guest list: Seth Heacock,
Anne Stephens in Fort Hamilton, daughter Leah Peggy Bridon on College to serve as the Media
Christina Lavin/Heacock, Chris
N.Y. Just recently they welcomed July 22, 2009. They were married Relations Specialist and also
Stevens, Laura Carroll/Smalley,
a beautiful baby boy into their at the Siena chapel on November teaches courses in electronic
Ryan Smalley ’03, Nick Restifo ’02,
family, Christian Scott, on 12, 2005. They are stationed at journalism
Erica Lanoue/Restifo ’02, Brendan
December 3, 2009. Kimberly Fort Drum, N.Y, and recently
Hayden ’03, Michael McNally ’05,
Barnes/Ruchel, and her husband, celebrated Leah’s christening with
Brian Murphy ’04, Thomas
Chris, welcomed their first child, her godparents Jim Harnett ’98 and Please keep sending in your
Umstatter ’04, Chris Matzinger,
Alyssa Karen, on September 11, Sarah Boone/Lamansky. exciting news! It is great to hear
Marisa Leary/Hungershafer ’02,
2009. Who else has news to share? from all of you. Keep in mind that
Ryan Hungershafer ’02, Chris
Jennelle Reilly got married Did you recently begin a new job, our five-year reunion is coming
­McMullan, Colleen Tobin/­
to Nicholas Wuertz on June 20, get a promotion, finish studies for up June 4-5th and we’d love to
Balsamo, Donna Matzinger/
2009. After graduating from Siena your master’s or Ph.D.? Do you see as many of you as possible. If
Dietz ’04, Lauren Middleton ’04,
in 2003, she received her master’s have a reason you’re celebrating you have any ideas or requests for
Vinny Mule. See photo in this issue.
of arts in English from Hofstra or smiling? Let us know! You can reunion weekend, or would like to
Classmates Angela Cifra/
University in May of 2005 and her share your news and photos by get involved, feel free to e-mail me
Salonia and Pat Salonia welcomed
master’s of science in education in e-mailing me at jolleen_wagner@ or Mike Utzig at
a son, Jacob, in August 2009 and
English education from Hofstra You can help make our reunion a
he’s one handsome fellow —
University in December of 2006. success by spreading the word! Be
I look forward to hearing from
Frank Perri and Sabrina
McElroy ’05 would like to 
2005 sure to check out and/or join our
Facebook group, “Class of 2005.”
more of you for the next issue. Breanne Suhrland
announce their engagement and are Drop a note on the message board
­Remember to keep the Alumni
in the process of planning a July or post a picture and let us know of
­Office updated with your contact Greetings, Class of 2005!
2010 wedding. any ideas you may have!
info, as news about our 10-year I hope you all had a very happy
Stay warm this winter, and keep
­reunion (yikes) will come out in and relaxing holiday season. There
2011. You can also keep up with
the news coming, everyone!
is a lot of exciting news to share in 2006
Siena on Facebook and twitter at this issue, so let’s get started! Let Chris Elsesser sienacollege or 2004 me first direct your attention to a Jolleen Wagner misprint in our last issue. Please Ashley Boland note the beautiful wedding photo
2002 Happy Holidays, Class of 2004!
We hope your new year is off to
from Courtney McHale’s wedding
in the photo section of this issue.
Season’s Greetings and Happy
New Year, fellow 06’ers. We hope
Christine Cinnamond
a phenomenal start, and that you Congratulations again to that the first edition of Siena News
have had opportunities aplenty to Dr. Courtney McHale and Captain in 2010 finds you in warm and
enjoy yourself, one another and David Humphrey II, MD on their fuzzy spirits! The class news front
Robert Hardy and Jennifer
your loved ones. We have been marriage on August 29, 2009. has been very quiet this quarter,
Dailey ’03 and were married on
receiving all sorts of wedding news Sabrina McElroy and Frank which has actually been a winter
September 20, 2008. See photo in
worth sharing, so here goes: Perri ’03 were recently engaged and norm for our class in our short his-
this issue.
Kimberly Sauter/Seigh married are planning a July 2010 wedding. tory as alums. We’ll blame it on too
Aaron Seigh, a Sergeant in the Jim Oliveto and Justine Aquino ’06 many holiday treats.
2003 U.S. Marine Corps, on July 18, were married on September 26, 2009 We do have two weddings to
Gina Gizzi 2008. See photo in this issue. Joe in Clifton Park, N.Y. Jimmy and share with you. Justine Aquino Vinciguerra wrote in to announce Justine have just purchased their married her Siena sweetheart Jim
In October 2009 a fundraiser was that he and Lauren DiScenza ’05 first home in Fredericksburg, Oliveto ’05 on September 26, 2009
held by the Tolosky family in honor were married on September 19, Va. this past June after moving in Clifton Park, N.Y. Be sure to
of their daughter Christie Tolosky, 2009 in New Rochelle, N.Y. See from San Diego, Calif. Jimmy is check out their wedding photo in
who passed in June 2005 from a photo in this issue. Our very own currently a 1st lieutenant with the this issue. Justine is working as an
sudden arrhythmia. The money is Elizabeth DeVanzo/Kennedy United States Marine Corps and auditor for a federal agency in
for the Sudden Arrhythmia Death was married on August 2, 2008 to is instructing at the Basic School Virginia. You can read more about
Syndrome Foundation. The annual Brendan Kennedy ’02. See photo in Quantico, Va. Justine is actively the happenings of the “new”
event is held at the state park in in this issue. On December 1, 2007, looking for work as an auditor Oliveto family in this edition’s Class
Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and is Jennifer Malinoski/Toohey and with a federal agency. The couple is of 2005 column. In other wed-
an Oktoberfest-style event with Raymond Toohey Jr. married, and excited to reside in Va. for at least ding news, Kristin Kirk married
food, drink, auctions, raffles, etc. now live and work in the Capital the next three years without any Karl Meehan on October 24, 2009.
This year over $12,000 was raised Region. Jen is teaching 7th and deployments! Be sure to check out Their Siena group wedding photo is
through the support of the Siena 8th grade math in the Niskayuna their wedding photo in this issue. enclosed in this edition as well. We
Bookstore and the Siena Alumni Central School District while Good luck and congratulations would like to send out a BIG con-
Relations Office. The family again to all! gratulations and best of luck wishes

longer begin with a “0...,” it serves years working full time and going to girls are enjoying Boston! Thanks
NEWSMAKER as a reminder that time is really school. Way to go, Danielle! for all the good news, ­Christina.
moving forward. For example, one Finally, both Mike and I are We hope everyone is enjoying
day 12/11/37 will no longer refer to happy to announce that Victoria life after Siena, and good things
1937 but 2037! Abdulla was recently accepted into are happening for all of you. You
While at first it may seem that the College of St. Rose’s adolescent can let us know when they do by
the passage of time is daunting and education master’s program. She will e-mailing us at
intimidating, through the years concentrate in English education,
that pass, many opportunities for and begins her studies this January. See you all again soon, and as
growth, development, and service In conclusion, I, along with my always, let’s go, Saints!
occur alongside. It has just barely co-coordinator, Mike, hope that you
Danielle Walsh ’07 been three years since graduation, are having a joyous and peaceful
recently finished her M.B.A and already the accomplishments new year! 2009
at Union College of the Class of 2007 have been far Tiffany Salonich
reaching and tremendous for some
time now. 2008 Hello, Class of 2009! I know we
Alicia-Kane Calvert recently Danielle Grasso all shared happy times and
to Justine, Jim, Kristin and Karl.
graduated with an M.S. in clinical Patrick Preston moments at Siena College. They
Please check back with us soon!
art therapy, counseling. Congratula- were wonderful memories. Please
In other news, Ellen Hanson
tions! Upon graduating, Alicia has Hello again, 08-ers. It was share any new events, pictures, or
is working as an employment
worked in the Graduate Admissions great seeing everyone at the Siena news about your life after Siena to
coordinator at the Harvard School
Office for Springfield College. Pre- v. UAlbany game! We’d like to share with our graduating class.
of Public Health in Boston, which
viously, Nicole Bourdeau shared congratulate Hayley Jurnak for a My e-mail is
is a position she has held since June.
the exciting news that her good job well done on the event. We’ve You can also snail mail me your
In this role, Ellen is responsible
friend, Megan Webster is engaged heard nothing but good things from updates at the following address:
for posting positions, screening
to be married to her high school people, and we had a great time as 305 Robinson Ave. Apt. 5, East
resumes and coordinating the hiring
sweetheart, Joshua Berezansky. It well. We look forward to seeing Patchogue, NY 11772. Hope to
process for new employees. She
has also been reported that they everyone again soon, and we hope hear from you soon.
would like to invite all Siena alums
plan to wed this June. and that the holidays were fun for
who are looking for networking or
This quarter, the sounds of everyone. Now, on to the updates.
employment assistance in Boston
wedding bells are certainly familiar Carly James married Sam
to contact her via e-mail at In Memory:
to many members of the Class of Ogden ’09 in May 2009. They are
2007! According to Mike, Gina currently living happily in Vermont, Siena College mourns the loss
The New Year is a terrific time
Connelly, who has been working in and miss their beloved Siena. We of the following members of
to reach out to us and let us know
Newton Plaza for her dad at received an update from Christina
what you have been up to. Your our community.
Connelly’s Diamond Gallery full Gaston about not only herself, but
updates are the only things that
time for nearly three years, is also other 2008 alums. Christina William F. Leikhim ‘41
keep this column fun and exciting!
engaged to Alfred University alum got married in June 2007 to Derrick
If you have already contributed to George L. Marthy, M.D. ’43
Matthew Gibbins. They are set to Bradley, and now goes by the name
our space a while ago, either send Kermis A. Martin ’50
tie the knot on August 28, 2010! Christina Bradley.  She tells us that
us a new update, or urge a friend to
Gina has one brother who gradu- she was accepted to the College of Raymond P. Van Sleet ’52
share their news for the first time!
ated from Siena last year, and has Saint Rose upon graduation from James L. Collins ’53
Ashley and I would like to wish
another brother who is a senior at Siena for a master’s in childhood
you the best for a terrific 2010, and Joseph T. Murphy ’54
Siena now. Congratulations to education. However, a week before
look forward to talking with you
graduation she found out she Donald F. Ardell ’55
soon! Go, Saints! Gina on all her hard work and
accomplishments! was expecting! She had a healthy Jack R. McGuiness ’59
Mike also has the following baby boy, Connor Kenneth, on
John Dawson ’68
2007 news to share with us: Jacqueline ­January 16, 2009. She is still living in
Thomas M. Roddy ’88
Sean Robbins Pascall was married on August the Capital District, and works for 22, 2009 to Dan Bosworth in Pioneer Bank in East Greenbush Stacy Elizabeth Milligi/
PO Box 11222 Short Hills, N.J. Both Jacqueline as a customer service representative.  O’Hara ’95
Loudonville, NY 12211 and her husband are from New She was accepted to Boston  Kellie Duggan ’10
Michael Utzig Jersey, but are currently living University’s master’s program in
banking and financial manage- Dell Thompson in Houston, Texas. Some of the
Happy New Year, Class of 2007! ment, and now must choose which Matilda Vawter “Mrs. V”
bridesmaids were ­Jacqueline’s best
At the start of every new year there friends from the Siena Class of path she wants to take. We wish
always seems to be a certain degree ’07, including Jamie Connolly, her much luck with school and her
of surprise and disbelief when we’re Caitlin ­Fairclough, ­Suzanne Shea, adorable future Saint, Connor. She
confronted with keeping track of ­Jacqueline ­Bosworth, Taylor also updated us about her bridal
appointments, meetings, etc. — party that was full of fellow Saints. Update us!
Burch, ­Alessandra Rizzo and
writing “2010” instead of “2009” “Mandy Malone was a bridesmaid Want to stay connected and
Alicia Romano.
for the first several times always in my wedding and is the godmother well-informed about the
Kristen Pisanelli is the assistant
seems shocking and almost out of of Connor.  She went to grad school goings-on at Siena? Make
editor for PlayBac Publishing
place at first! Speaking of this, 2010 (a children’s book publishing in New York City and received sure to update the Alumni
so far is very reminiscent to 2000. company in New York City). She her master’s in social work in Relations Office with your
How? In addition to adjusting to is also completing her master’s in May 2009. She now works and lives current contact informa-
the fact that a new year is upon us, publishing from Pace University in Boston, Mass. Mallory Root, also tion! If you haven’t already,
in the early 2000’s it seemed strange this spring. Congratulations! a bridesmaid, went to work straight send your current address,
when it was necessary to write out Danielle Walsh recently finished out of Siena. She and Mandy are phone number, and e-mail to
the year in a two digit format. Now her M.B.A. at Union College. She roommates in Boston.” We send best today!
that the two digit abbreviations no has worked very hard the past two wishes to both of you. Hope you

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Facebook Chatter
Selections from Siena’s Facebook page

Siena College: It’s with great regret that we let you all know that
“Mrs. V” passed away this weekend. She worked for dining services
for 31 years, and she will be greatly missed by our community.

Andre Scott ’98: Extremely sad. Many a time I snuck

by her to get into the old dining hall. R.I.P. Mrs. V.

Lisa Pryor Sunshine ’95: The thought of her brings back some
memories! Serra Hall would never have been the same without
her! Prayers for her family!

Kevin Kraus ’03: So very sad to hear this news, the Siena
community will never be the same without her. My thoughts
and prayers go out to her family.

Charlie Cocuzzo ’89: It’s rare that the mere mention of a per-
son’s name can bring such wide and bright smiles to the faces
of so many ... Mrs. V. certainly has always done that. The Siena
community has lost a beloved treasure, my prayers and
condolences to her family and friends.

Janet Maiuccoro Faraone ’86: She was such a sweetie!

Heaven has another angel!

Siena College: Check out the new Website!

Stacey McCuin ’91: Love it! It’s about time!

Jen Gianico ’01: Love it! Very user-friendly!

Stacey Mace ’10: It looks awesome! Congrats to everyone

who worked on it! :)

Siena College: First big snow at Siena! What is your House watching the ruggers use a sled to ride
favorite Siena snow storm story? down the front hall stairs straight out the front
door on to the snowy lawn!!!”
Deb Ramski Coman ’85: Tray sledding on the golf
Jen Gianico ’01: “I liked flopping into the
course way back when in ’81-’85!
snowbanks! Now, I’m too old for that, I might
not be able to get up! :-)”
Colleen O’Brien Cummings ’96: Getting pushed
out our first floor Ryan window into a 4 foot
Maeve McEneny ’06: “The ice storm, of course. my pjs....thanks Desalyn!
It was beautiful!”
Andy Irizarry ’96: getting snowed in at Dapps.
Join in the conversation. Visit Siena’s fan page at
Debbie Smith DeCelle ’97: “1996 party at the Boat!

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