My Irish ancestors loved to tell stories, and I’m certainly no exception to the family rule. One of the great joys of my job is that I get to tell the story of Siena College, and what a tale it is! It has everything you would want in a good story: a strong plot and an inspiring message, a sense of adventure and the element of surprise, a colorful cast of characters and more than its share of heroes.
The best part of this story, however, is that every bit of it is true.
Siena’s story is the narrative of incredible yet very real growth and transformation: from a handful of classrooms in an old farmhouse to a 175-acre campus; from the 90 men who enrolled in 1937 to more than 3,000 women and men who pursue their degrees and their dreams here today; from a Capital Region commuter school to a largely residential undergraduate institution that boasts a student body from 22 states across the country and from 20 nations around the world. By any measure, Siena’s 75-year history is a success story, but we are especially proud of the 34,000 alumni who made the story their own and have embodied the Franciscan spirit in their personal and professional lives.
Siena’s story is the narrative of incredible yet very real growth and transformation.
Now, we come to a pivotal point in the story. Education costs are rising, the pool of high school graduates is shrinking and the resulting challenges for small, private colleges like Siena are multiplying. How will the next chapter be written? How will the story move forward in an exciting, engaging and positive direction? How will Siena continue to grow and develop while remaining faithful to its mission, to its core values and to its Franciscan, Catholic and liberal arts identity?
Having just celebrated Siena’s first 75 years, I am confident that Living Our Tradition: The Campaign for Siena College will shape the story in such a way that all of us will be proud to tell it. As you read about the campaign in the pages that follow, I invite you to become an author of, and a hero in, the ongoing success story of Siena College. Please join us TODAY to transform Tomorrow.
Fr. Kevin J. Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D.