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Standish Library Archives Timeline

Siena College Historical Highlights 

Garret Mansion 
Garrett Mansion, the original college building.



Seven Franciscan friars establish St. Bernardine of Siena College in Loudonville, New York, outside Albany, under the direction of President Rev. Cyprian Mensing, O.F.M.


 Siena Hall is dedicated.


Siena's first major baccalaureate degree programs are Biology, Chemistry, Classics (Latin), Economics, English, French, History, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology (Social Science), Spanish. The college also offers a certificate in Accounting.


 The cornerstone for the new gym, Gibbons Hall (now known as the Foy Hall), is laid.

Bowling in Gibbons
Bowling lanes in Gibbons Hall basement.


First commencement. Seventy-six degrees are awarded. 


Absolute charter for Siena granted by the New York State Board of Regents


Rev. Mark Kennedy, O.F.M., becomes the second president of the College.


The Indians, Siena's nationally ranked basketball team (#11 in the U.S. in 1952), garnered 20 wins in three of four seasons, and won the National Catholic Invitational Tournament in 1952. (Team name was changed to Saints in 1989.)


Cornerstone is laid for St. Bernardine of Siena Friary. Finance major established.


Siena is authorized to grant Master's degrees in Arts, Science, Business Administration, and Education.


Rev. Bertrand J. Campbell, O.F.M., becomes the third president of the College.


Cornerstone is laid for the Jerome Dawson Memorial Library. (Later to become the Gene and Mary Sarazen Student Union.)

Dawson Library Reading Room
Dawson Library Reading Room


Rev. Edmund F. Christy, O.F.M., becomes the fourth president of the College.


Publication of the first Greyfriar Lectures.


Plassmann Hall and Serra Dining Hall become part of campus facilities.


Campus radio station WVCR begins broadcasting.


A new dormitory, Ryan Hall, is dedicated.  Accounting major is established.


Rev. Brian Duffy, O.F.M., becomes the fifth president of the College.


Marketing and Management major is established.


Another dormitory, Hennepin Hall, is dedicated. St. Bernardine of Siena College officially changes its name to Siena College. Philosophy major is established.


Siena welcomes the first of many women resident students. Political Science major is established.


Rev. Matthew T. Conlin, O.F.M., becomes the sixth president of the College.


 Old Chapel before fire

Old Chapel

Religious Studies major established.


Psychology major established.


Revisions in the academic program result in the "core" curriculum. American Studies major established.


Alumni Recreation Center (ARC) opens and the 1974-75 basketball games are played there.


Rev. Hugh F. Hines, O.F.M., becomes the seventh president of the College.


Computer Science major established.


Social Work major established.


The Siena College/Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine is established.


New townhouses are opened, housing seven students in each unit.


50th Jubilee celebration, October 16-19.


 Rev. Roberto Gonzalez, O.F.M., Siena '72, is ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Boston.


Measles epidemic breaks out in February and March. No classes are lost, but everyone under 30 is vaccinated. Men's basketball team goes to NCAA tournament and upsets Stanford. A new academic building, Kiernan Hall, is opened. Rev. William E. McConville, O.F.M., becomes the eighth president of the College.


Three houses were acquired and renovated: the Kiernan house, named St. Francis House (The Yates Gallery there provides an excellent space for art exhibits). The Reynolds House (now Colbeth Hall), the McGuirk house (now the Clare Center). A second and third group of townhouses, Cushing Village, opened soon thereafter.


 New Rev. Benjamin J. Kuhn Alumni House is dedicated.


 Marcelle Athletic Complex opens on February 10.


Siena men's basketball wins third place in NIT at Madison Square Garden. Women's team wins the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.


 Siena M.B.A. program in accounting is inaugurated.


The Siena Family Business Institute is created to help small businesses in the area. Siena men's baseball team wins Metro Atlantic League championship.  Rev. Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M., is installed as the ninth president as the college. Fr. Kevin announces a major leadership gift from J. Spencer and Patricia Standish towards a new campus library.


 College observes its 60th anniversary on October 7. A major in Environmental Studies is established.


Siena men's basketball team wins the MAAC, gains automatic bid to NCAA tournament. Men's baseball team also goes to NCAA tournament.   J. Spencer and Patricia Standish library dedicated October 2.  


Moving In Day August 1999

In July, a Ceremonial Moving In event was lead by Patricia Standish and Fr. Kevin Mackin, ofm.  Mrs. Standish, a former English teacher at Siena, and her husband, J. Spencer Standish, substantially contributed to the building of the library named in their honor.

MacClosky Square is dedicated on October 9.  Siena College established the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy with a  $500,000 grant from Holy Name Province of Franciscans.


 Siena discontinued Master's program to focus on quality undergraduate experience.



Morrell Padua Residence Hall

     Morrell Science Center

  Padua Residence Hall  

The Sarazen Student Center opened in April.  Majors are established in Biochemistry and Creative Arts.  The Morrell Science is dedicated October 5th. Padua Hall, a new residence facility, is dedicated October 6th.

The Siena women’s basketball team wins the MAAC and received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. 


Siena Men’s Basketball team won the MAAC tournament and went to the NCAA tournament.  Roger Bacon Hall renovated.


First phase of major renovations of Siena Hall  was completed.


Siena Hall rededicated; Hickey Financial Technology Center dedicated.  Center for the Study of Government and Politics is inaugurated.


Education program accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in March


Serra Dining Facility extensively renovated.

Siena School of Business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  


Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., '75, inaugurated as tenth President of Siena College on October 1.


Siena's men's basketball team won the MAAC tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

An ice storm in December shut down the campus resulting in examinations being postponed until January. 


The men's basketball team repeated their feat of 2008, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament

The men's lacrosse team won the MAAC championship and advanced to the forst round of the NCAA tournament.

The School of Business began a one year Master's program in acccounting.

Graduation excercises were held off campus at The Times Union Center in Albany for the first time.

An Academic Convocation celebrating the 900th anniversary of the Francis Movement was observed on campus on October 1st.


 Men's basketball again made NCAA appearances

Siena women's soccer won its first MAAC Championship.

A new state of the art residence hall was erected in the northeast part of the campus - New Hall.

Siena became the first Catholic college to be designated as a fair trade college.


 Siena men's lacrosse again made a NCAA appearance

Thompson Trail, a new walkway connecting the New Hall with the south campus was erected and dedicated.


Observance of the 75th Anniversary of the college began at alumni reunion in June.

Ground was broken for the new Richard and Rosette Hall, a social sciences building, in July.

2014   New Hall renamed Snyder Hall