Office of Community Living

Sophomore Year Experience

The Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) Program is a series of programs and workshops specifically targeted to our sophomore students. We created these programs to help students begin to focus their personal and professional goals for the remainder of their time at Siena and beyond. At the beginning of each month SYE sends out a newsletter to all sophomore students. The newsletters outline the SYE theme of the month as well as SYE sponsored programs for that particular month.


Exploring Campus Engagement and Leadership (EXCEL) is a new leadership program sponsored by SYE. EXCEL is a program for sophomores with an interest in identifying and developing their personal leadership style and skill set. Students will explore their personal-best leadership experience and the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership as outlined in The Student Leadership Challenge.

This program will meet bi-weekly from 12:35pm-1:25pm (Free Period) on the following Wednesdays: September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, and December 3.  Participants are required to attend ALL sessions.  Lunch will be provided. Students will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, September 8.

The application process for the fall '14 semester has closed.

Upcoming Programs


  • Friday, September 5 - Table at Club Fair. 3-7pm on the Academic Quad.
  • Tuesday, September 23 - Study Abroad Dinner. Must sign up in advance! 5:30pm in The Norm in Lonnstrom Dining Hall.


  • Wednesday, October 15 - Student Internship Panel. Free period in SSU 243.


  • Wednesday, November 12 - CURCA Panel. 9pm in Franciscan Values Lounge in Hennepin Hall.

Monthly Themes and Newsletters

September - Studying Abroad

October - Finding an Internship

November - Conducting Research

December - Studying for Finals

Your Sophomore Year Bucket List!