Athletics and recreation at Siena College are an integral part of the educational experience. Siena’s varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division I level as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The department has a rich history of producing championship teams and student athletes who excel both in and out of the classroom.
Siena sponsors 21 NCAA Division I sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track, men’s and women’s outdoor track, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and women’s water polo.
The athletic department has been recognized annually for the academic accomplishments of its student athletes. Siena College has ranked among the country’s elite colleges, boasting a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 90% or higher in all 15 NCAA reports.
Athletically, the men’s basketball team has been a source of great pride to the College and Capital Region community. The Saints have competed in six NCAA Tournaments (1989, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010) and have won six MAAC Tournament Championships. Most recently, the Saints captured the 2019-20 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship, and were later awarded the MAAC Tournament Championship and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Siena’s three-peat from 2008-10 made the Saints the only Division I team in the country to win both their conference regular season and tournament championships in each of those three seasons. Not only have the Saints advanced to the NCAA Tournament on multiple occasions, but the program has also achieved a strong level of success in winning four contests including three in the First Round. In 2009, the Saints topped Big Ten power Ohio State 74-72 in a double overtime thriller in the First Round of the NCAA Championships in Dayton, Ohio before losing at the wire to top overall seed Louisville. In 2008, the Saints also advanced to the Second Round, defeating SEC member and #4 seed Vanderbilt 83-62 in Tampa, Fla. In 1989, Siena defeated #3 seed Stanford in Greensboro, N.C. Recently, the Saints have continued to build upon their postseason success in the College Basketball Invitational. Siena has competed in the CBI twice recently, and defeated Fresno State in the Championship Series in 2014 to capture the school’s first Division I national postseason tournament title. The Siena men have also enjoyed great success in the postseason NIT, appearing in five Tournaments highlighted by a magical run to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in 1994.
The men’s lacrosse team has also emerged as a national player. Over an eight-season span from 2007-14, the Saints won 87 games which was tied with perennial national power North Carolina for the eighth most victories in the Division I ranks. Siena captured its first three MAAC Championships during this time, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history in 2009 before returning again in both 2011 and 2014. The Saints won the MAAC Regular Season Title six times from 2007-14, and advanced to six consecutive MAAC Championship Games from 2009-14.
The women’s basketball team has had success as well. Siena has won or shared the MAAC regular-season title seven times since joining the conference in 1990. In 2015, the Saints advanced all the way to the finals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational and posted the second greatest turnaround in all of Division I. The Saints won the 2001 MAAC Championship to earn their first NCAA appearance and have appeared in the WNIT three times (1999, 2002 and 2003). The Saints beat Big East members Georgetown and Seton Hall in the first rounds of the WNIT in 1999 and 2003 respectively.
Additionally, the volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s golf, women’s golf, and baseball teams have all won multiple MAAC Championships. Volleyball captured its ninth and most recent MAAC Championship in 2014, earning the program’s fifth NCAA Tournament appearance where they lost to eventual National Champion Penn State. Women’s soccer has secured each of the program’s first two MAAC Championships over the past decade (2010, 2015), and made history by becoming the first women’s soccer team in conference history to win the title as the No. 6 seed in 2015. Men’s golf has hoisted the MAAC Championship trophy four times (1991, 2006, 2007, 2016), while winning their most recent crown in a playoff after rallying from six strokes back entering the final round. The women’s golf program has won a Siena-record 13 MAAC Championships dating back to 2001, and made a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament (2012, 2014). The baseball team won its fifth MAAC Championship in 2014 and also captured the program’s first victory in the NCAA Tournament, defeating nationally-ranked Dallas Baptist. The Saints also won the title in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999 under legendary head coach Tony Rossi who has led the program since 1970 and holds the distinction of being the longest tenured active head coach in all of Division I athletics.
The men’s basketball team has ranked in the top 100 nationally in Division I attendance for 22 consecutive seasons, while playing its home games at the Times Union Center located just minutes away from campus in downtown Albany. The Saints have recorded an average attendance of nearly 6,500 the past two decades, and in 2018-19 ranked second amongst all Northeast mid-major teams.
Along with the Times Union Center, other athletic facilities include: an artificial turf field on-campus, Hickey Field, which serves as home for the men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, along with various intramural activities. The newly refurbished 2,148-seat Alumni Recreation Center is the home facility for the women’s basketball and volleyball teams.
Siena’s intramural program offers full experiences in a variety of athletic areas. Typical offerings include: basketball, flag football, volleyball, softball, futsal, team handball, dodge ball, zumba and others. Competition is between students and nearly 40 percent of the student body participates.
The Marcelle Athletic Complex is home to all recreational activities that take place on campus. A $13.5 million multi-phase enhancement for both the MAC and the ARC was completed in 2019, featuring a refurbishment of the ARC, a new men’s and women’s basketball practice facility, new indoor baseball and softball hitting cages, new sports medicine and strength and conditioning suites, and a new two-story student, faculty, and staff fitness center. The MAC features a field house with four full-size basketball courts, an elevated running track, three racquet sports courts, aerobic room, fitness area featuring Atlantis weight lifting equipment, Cybex aerobic equipment and a swimming pool for both competitive and recreational swim.
Office of the College Chaplain
The Office of the College Chaplain ministers to the spiritual needs of Siena’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It plays a crucial role in nurturing and communicating the Catholic and Franciscan identity of the College. As a Catholic educational institution, Siena strives to make conscious connections between faith and reason, between the quest for knowledge and the thirst for God, and between the examination of new ideas and an ever-deepening appreciation for the ancient wisdom of our Judeo-Christian tradition. As a Franciscan college, Siena grounds its approach to education in the conviction that the pursuit of truth in every academic discipline leads the seeker to the God of truth. St. Francis of Assisi believed, and his followers concur, that the exploration of the world in all its wondrous beauty and infinite variety is a prelude to divine praise, and everything that is genuinely human is a possible encounter with the God-made-human, Jesus Christ. The Chaplain’s Office seeks to promote these Catholic and Franciscan values in higher education.
The Office of the College Chaplain is located behind St. Mary of the Angels Chapel and adjacent to Hines Hall. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. St. Mary of the Angels Chapel is open 24 hours a day for personal prayer and meditation. In addition, the Chapel of the Holy Name of Jesus, located in the Sarazen Student Union, provides a more intimate setting for quiet reflection, and is open during the regular operating hours of the Student Union.
The celebration of the Eucharist is the heart of the spiritual and religious life of Siena College. The Eucharistic Liturgy is regularly celebrated on the Sundays of the academic year at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, and at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. in various residence halls. Weekday Masses are celebrated at 12:30 p.m. in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel. All are welcome to these celebrations.
Catholic students are encouraged to take an active role in the liturgical ministries of the Chaplain’s Office, and to serve the worshipping community as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters, and Acolytes. Students with musical ability are welcome to join the music ministry of St. Mary of the Angels Chapel. Students of other religious traditions who wish to worship with their own faith communities or to seek the spiritual counsel of their respective spiritual leaders should contact the Chaplain’s Office for appropriate referral and, if needed, assistance with transportation.
Building a Christ-centered community of faith is central to the mission and ministry of the Chaplain’s Office. Working closely with the community of friars at Siena College as well as the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, the Chaplain’s Office offers a wide variety of programs and events that serve to make the vital connection between Christian faith and everyday life on a college campus. Through liturgical celebrations, prayer services, small faith-sharing groups, bible study, retreat experiences, community service opportunities, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (where students sponsor other students who wish to enter more deeply into the life of the Catholic Church), the Chaplain’s Office hopes to create an environment where one can grow in deep personal relationship with God, in intelligent reflection on one’s faith, in active witness to the good news of Jesus Christ, and in selfless service to one’s sisters and brothers in the world.
Center for Counseling and Student Development
Overview of the Center
The Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD), strives to help students cope more effectively with personal, emotional and situational barriers to learning; improve students’ adjustment to unavoidable stress; and contribute to their personal growth and development by providing psychological support and guidance. This is accomplished through the provision of counseling services for enrolled students and secondarily by offering psycho-educational programming and consultations to the campus community.
Why might a Student meet with a Counselor?
College life brings many opportunities as well as challenges that are often stressful. Students experience those challenges in a number of different areas-some students have difficulties adjusting to the changes in academic demands from high school to college, others experience confusion in deciding on a major or career path, and still others struggle with issues in their families and relationships. Most students feel anxious, depressed, or confused at some point during their college experience. Support often comes from friends, family members or significant others, but in many cases a trained professional can be the most effective source of support.
In fact most of us, at some time in our lives, feel overwhelmed and could benefit from talking with someone objective who won’t judge us, and who will help us to see new alternatives. Thus, the primary goal of the Center for Counseling and Student Development is to provide students with psychological support and guidance toward finding more effective coping strategies. Counseling can be a key experience in the attainment of the skills essential to academic and personal success.
The Center is available to all registered students. There are no fees for our services as the cost is already built into your yearly fees. Faculty and staff may request a consultation.
How To Make An Appointment
Appointments may be made in person or by calling 518-783-2342. We do not make appointments through email. We are located in Foy Hall, Room 110.
Office hours are:
8:30-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. (closed 12-1)
8:30-4:00 p.m., in the Summer (closed 12-12:30)
Appointments are scheduled as soon as possible. Be sure to let our receptionist know if your situation is urgent, and you need to speak with a counselor immediately.
In certain situations, the needs of a student are beyond what the Center staff can provide. In those instances, our role is to facilitate access to the appropriate services. Please note that services are limited during the summer months.
Statement of Confidentiality
Information shared in a counseling relationship is confidential with the following exceptions: when your counselor believes you are in imminent risk of harming yourself or another person, or when your counselor believes that a child is being abused. We must also comply with court orders to release information. In all instances every effort is made to do so in ways that will be least disruptive to our clients. Additionally CCSD may at times disclose information that could impact the safety of the larger college community.
For more information please visit our website at: https://www.siena.edu/offices/counseling-center/.
Damietta Cross-Cultural Center
Damietta Cross-Cultural Center’s mission is to foster campus-wide, cross-cultural competency in the service of a just world. At the heart of the Center’s mission is the acknowledgement that we are all members of the human family regardless of our race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, ability and socio-economic status. The Damietta Cross-Cultural Center commits to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the Siena community. Our professional and student staff offer cultural, educational and social programs to the campus community which aims to enhance students’ cross-cultural competency, address inequality in our world, and lead students to become agents of social justice. The Damietta Cross-Cultural Center also works closely with the cultural clubs on campus including Asian Students Association, Black & Latino Student Union, Muslim Students Association, Latinos Unificando Nuestra América, Pride - Gay Straight Alliance and S.O.L.I.D. Step Team.
About Damietta: Damietta was a city in Egypt where St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil met in September of 1219. For several days in the midst of war between competing cultures and religions, these two men sat down together and searched for common ground. Their meeting changed their attitudes, altered their perspectives and influenced their subsequent behavior. It left them mutually enriched. It also left us with a legacy of respectful and meaningful dialogue. It is this 800 year-old tradition, bestowed on us by a Catholic Christian saint and a Sunni Muslim sultan, which the programs and services of the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center seek to honor and advance at Siena College.
Within the Christian tradition, there are duties and responsibilities associated with being a member of the human family. The Gospel challenges its adherents not only to love their neighbors but to love their enemies as well. St. Francis called all whom he met his brother and sister, thereby expressing two convictions. First, we are all related; we are part of one human family. Second, because we are brothers and sisters, we are called to love one another. It is this profoundly relational dynamic that animates the work of the Damietta Cross- Cultural Part of the Division of Student Life, the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center is located in Sarazen Student Union, Room 207.
The Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy
The Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy promotes and upholds the Franciscan mission of the college by engaging students and the Siena community in various service and advocacy programs, particularly among the poor and marginalized.
FCSA offers extensive volunteer and advocacy opportunities with various agencies and organizations in the Capital Region which allow the Siena community to discover, experience, and respond to the needs in our local community and to be agents of change and advocates of justice.
Our SIENAserves Immersion Program offers students, faculty, and staff transformative experiences in communities, both close to home and abroad, struggling with poverty, injustice, and inequality. Philadelphia, West Virginia, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Jamaica, are just some of the places in which SIENAserves.
Providing one-on-one mentoring between inner-city youth of the Capital Region and Siena students, the Mentoring Program is an integral component of the Franciscan Center. It provides Siena students and their “littles” with enriching experiences that impact a lifetime.
A minor in Franciscan Service and Advocacy, which includes a seminar and internship, is offered as part of the College’s academic programming. This minor is suited for any course of study and will integrate Franciscan values with hands-on direct service with intellectual and spiritual reflection.
For more information about the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy (FCSA), please contact the Director at (518) 783-2333 or visit https://www.siena.edu/fcsa.
International Student Services
International students receive individualized support through the Center for International Programs. The Center issues immigration documentation necessary for a student to obtain an F-1 status and comply with all applicable regulations. In addition, the Center helps students build networks throughout the campus to access services from Community Living, Career Education and Professional Development, Health and Counseling and Student Academic Success and Engagement. The Center provides English language support, coordinates a mentor program through the Writing Center and monitors the academic progress of each international student. Workshops are offered on obtaining work authorization for internships and post-graduate employment, and assistance is provided in securing on-campus jobs and obtaining a social security number to receive payment. . An Orientation is held for new international students at the beginning of each semester. An International Student Association provides numerous social events and opportunities. International students are expected to inform the Center for International Programs of all changes in residency, academic status or employment.
The Office of Accessibility
Siena College values the uniqueness of all students and is committed to supporting students with documented disabilities in order to provide them with reasonable accommodation that meets their individual needs. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Office of Accessibility in Foy Hall upon acceptance to the college. Although students may choose to register at any time, accommodations are not retroactive. It is recommended that students register prior to July 15th for fall enrollment or December 15th for spring enrollment. To register with this office, a student must complete a student data sheet, release form, and provide current, comprehensive documentation of his/her disability. The office will determine the appropriateness of all documentation. Documentation must adequately represent the student’s current level of functioning as well as demonstrate the existence of a disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
All information disclosed during the registration process is considered private and will not be released without the student’s written permission. The college provides reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to meet with the Director of the Office of Accessibility to develop an individualized accommodation plan.
Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women
The Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women, located in new Hall, Room G33, is a welcoming place complete with comfortable chairs, couches and refreshments. The Center provides leadership and education to members of the Siena College community by promoting awareness about gender issues affecting women and men. Grounded in the Franciscan and Catholic traditions, the Center provides information, education and referral to students with the goal of enhancing the educational, personal, professional, and spiritual growth of women at Siena.
Annual and on-going events: Breast Cancer Awareness and Fund Drive, Movie Series, Graduate School and Family Choices Forum, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course, Kickboxing and Yoga classes, Supporting Fair Trade Sale, Make a Card for Someone in Need, Cinderella Project, Women and Alcohol, Women and Eating Disorders and programming in the residence halls.
For more information, please call (782-6109) or visit the web site at www.siena.edu/womenscenter.