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    Siena College
    Loudonville, NY 12211
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Standish Library Archives Photographs

Our second group of holdings consists of photographs of buildings, faculty, students, and special events. Some of the images date from the 1940's. In the near future we hope that these will be scanned and archived on the library's computer system for easy viewing. 

Aerial View

Aerial view of the campus. To the right of  Gibbons/Foy Hall are the “A building” (Annex) and the “E building” (Extension). The first was  financed by the State and the second (a much better building, fairly soundproof) was a Federal building.  Both were clsssroom buildings which took care of the influx of Vets right after the war when, I think, we had about 4000 students here.  The next two buildings are the Quonset Huts  The first was a library extension; the second was, I think, at first used by the faculty in the Business Division and then several others. We used to hang out there. Finally the ROTC took them over.
                       --Fr. Matthew Conlin, President, 1970-1976


Current Chapel

Remodeled Our lady of the Angels Chapel after the fire of December 11, 1980


Old Friary Under Construction

Old Friary, now Hines Hall, under construction, 1949.  In June 1981 the new Friary was ready and the members of Siena's Franciscan community moved out to their new domicile and students moved in.

Dr. Tom Whalen

    --Dr. Tom Whalen, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
Tom was a great colleague and friend. I loved his self-effacing sense of humor and his always insightful conversations. I missed him when he finally stopped working in my lab and saddened in recent years when I noticed his frailty. But, I was always pleased when he would stop by to visit, as his fine mind was always working and challenging me to think harder about things biological and about things teaching. Our conversations were almost always memorable ones, and usually caused me to consult the books, more recently the web, right after he left. In many ways Tom was a distinguished teacher and scientist. At one point some years ago, each of us wrote a little blurb about our research, and these got posted in the lobby of Roger Bacon. One day something caught my eye, and I found myself reading Tom's posting. It was touching in its modesty and honesty, but striking in how well it conveyed Tom's deep fascination and commitment to understanding Amoeba.. Reading on, Tom's greatness as an innovative educator and scientist became apparent. Nothing grandiose or embellished, just a very sincere statement of his attempts to measure the exact volume of these animals, which tend to make such a task difficult, virtually impossible, by constantly extending and retracting their pseudopods (false feet).  None-the-less, Tom invented microscope tools that allowed him to make precise measurements, which he subsequently published. Tom was in some ways ahead of his time. Ever since I first met him in 1974, he held the iconoclastic view that in some cases organisms could acquire certain learned behaviors, that they could be incorporated into the organism's genome. I didn't believe it, and we argued a lot about it, but he doggedly pursued this hypothesis, even bringing it up just a few months ago when I last saw him. As with Mendel for which the tools for understanding the underlying mechanism of inheritance had not yet been discovered when he made his famous genetics discoveries in 1859, Tom was unaware of the mechanism for the inheritance of learned behaviors, but he thought they should be molecular. Astonishingly, just a few weeks ago, molecular research published in one of our distinguished science journals provides an empirical basis for this notion. The Greek poet Archilocos said "The fox knows many things, the hedgehog one BIG thing" In the sense of Archilochos, Tom was no fox. He was probably a hedgehog and in time we will know. There is a good chance he will be. Tom's love of science and nature and his deep interest in the thinking of its great practitioners was and continues to be an inspiration to  his students and colleagues. We will miss him, and I'm glad that a portion of his legacy is perpetuated in the Thomas Whalen Award that we give to an outstanding student researcher at graduation. The other part of his legacy is that which lives in all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him.
      --Remarks by Doug Fraser read at Tom Whalen's memorial service