Communion by Shari Golub-Schillinger

Communion a painting donated by the artist, Shari Golub-Schillinger (Siena College, Class of 1986) to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the DORS Initiative.



Enter the DORS Hall of Fame Contest!
Express yourself! Showcase your talents!

What: In 2003, The Division of Student Affairs and partners at Siena College rolled out the DORS Initiative to celebrate and promote four of our community values: Diversity, Optimism, Respect, Service. Today, ten years later, we are inviting all members of our Siena Community to share creative expressions of the DORs values in action in our community. You can use any artistic medium which can be easily mounted on a wall: essay, poetry, photography, painting, watercolor, sketch, textile art. Get creative! Contest entries will be on display in Sarazen Student Union March 17-21. Winners will be announced and honored on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, during free period in the Maloney Great Room (Sarazen Student Union.) Additionally, winners will be publicly honored and a donation to Catholic Relief Services - compliments of Siena College President Fr. Kevin Mullen - will be presented in thier names to Dr. Carolyn Woo (CEO of Catholic Relief Services) at the annual "Ours to Do" lecture on Thursday, March 20, 2014 (7pm, Sarazen Student Union.) Winners will also be featured by the Office of Marketing and Communications at Siena College.

Who can enter: Any member of the Siena Community - students, employees, alumni - all are welcome! Entries can be submited by individuals or groups.

Deadline: Contest entries are due by Monday, March 10, 2014. You may drop off your submission to Stacey Trask in Student Affairs (Sarazen Student Union, Suite 310) March 3-10, Monday-Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Submission form: Please download and complete the DORS Hall of Fame Contest Submission Form and attach it to your submission. Submissions will not be accepted without this completed form.

Questions? Contact Dr. Joy Galarneau at

DORS 10th Anniversary Celebration Schedule of Events
Join us!

  • DORS on Doors Contest in Residence Halls

February 24-28, 2014. Judging will take place on February 28.

Residential Students: share your creativity, show your school spirit, support Siena's values in action! Decorate your room doors around the themes of Diversity, Optimism, Respect, and/or Service. First, second and third prizes will be awarded for individual doors. There will also be a prize for the section with the most creative door decorations! Stay tuned for more details from your Residential Life Staff. All residential students are welcome to enter this contest. 

  • DORS Hall of Fame Contest

Entries due March 10, 2014.

Open to all Siena community members: students, employees, alumni! See details above!

  • DORS 10th Anniversary Celebration

March 19, 12:30pm (free period), Maloney Great Room, Sarazen Student Union

Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the DORS Initiative! Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, Siena President will announce the winners of the DORS Hall of Fame and DORS on Doors contests. Artwork from both contests will be on display. Also on display will be "Communion," a painting donated by the artist, Shari Golub-Shillinger (Siena College, Class of 1986.)  Exhibits will also include: "DORS through the Decade," feauring alumni who won Student Affairs awards during the past ten years and how they are living the DORS values today. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

  • Women of Siena Faculty-Staff-Alumni Reception

March 20, 5pm, Maloney Great Room, Sarazen Student Union

Women of Siena: join us for our annual networking event! Join us as we honor Shari Golub Schillinger, artist and Siena alum (class of 1986) and her painting, "Communion," generously donated in celebration fot he 10th anniversary of the DORS Initiative. Purchase a limited edition "Communion" print and support Catholic Relief Services. Meet Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services. Stay for the annual the Ours to Do lecture, which will be delivered by Dr. Woo: "The Busines of Servant Leadership: Personal Stories and Global Perspectives." Refreshments will be served. All Siena women employees and alumni are welcome. Cost is $10.00.

  • 2014 Ours to Do Lecture

"The Business of Servant Leadership: Personal Stories and Global Perspectives"

A Converation with Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

March 20, 7pm, Sarazen Student Union

Join us as we welcome Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, to Siena to present the annual Ours to Do lecture. The evening's program will also include: honoring of the 2014 Ours to Do Women's Center Service Trip Scholarship Winners: Pamela Townsend and Joanna Bebber; Honoring of DORS Hall of Fame Contest Winners; Unveling of "Communion," a painting donated by the artist Shari Golub-Schillinger (Siena College, Class of 1986) to commemorate the 10th Anniverary of the DORS Initiative; a special presentation to Dr. Woo of donations raised by Siena community members to support Catholic Relief Services. A light reception will follow the evening's program. All are welcome. RSVP online today.


Learn About the DORS Initiative

Franciscan Values and Life at Siena: The DORS Initiative


Our Vision

Our Franciscan values of Diversity, Optimism, Respect and Service (DORS) can be articulated, and are embodied, by every member of the Siena community.  DORS guides our decisions and behaviors as we put faith into action for the betterment of the world around us.

Our Mission

DORS, a Franciscan values initiative of the Division of Student Affairs, integrates the values and teachings of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi into the everyday lives of Siena College students.  Franciscan values serve as a lens through which to view our world and our way of being in relationship with each other.  Through discussion, modeling, and application of DORS, our community is enriched and made vibrant.  DORS ensures that our students identify with and take on a sense of responsibility for the College and each other.

Our Values

The essence of Franciscan living is a way of relating to people that is grounded in faith and values.  Diversity, Optimism, Respect and Service provide a framework for the Siena College community to discuss and learn about the Franciscan tradition and its approach to fostering positive interpersonal relationships.




In our Franciscan community, diversity is an invitation to celebrate the God-given uniqueness of each individual, as well as the cultural differences that enrich us all.  So,

Be unique

Be welcoming

Be open to the world



In our Franciscan community, optimism is a faith-filled affirmation of the basic goodness of life and of all men and women because, in the words of St. Francis, God our Creator is "good, all good, supremely good." So,

Be positive

Be hopeful

Be open to the future



In our Franciscan community, respect is a profound reverence for God's real presence in ourselves, in others, and in our world. So,

Be respectful of yourself

Be affirming of the dignity of others

Be caring of the environment around you



In our Franciscan community, service is paying the debt we owe to God for the gifts we have been given, by working and advocating for the well-being of all, especially the poor and marginalized.  So,

Be grateful

Be generous with your time and talents

Be compassionate