Alumni Relations

Alumni Relations

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Reunion 2015 Recap

Siena College was in full celebration mode earlier this month as it welcomed its alumni back for Reunion Weekend 2015! Traveling as far away as California, Montana, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, and Florida, people made it a point to come back home and relive all the memories that made Siena The Education of a Lifetime.

First on the tee was our annual golf tournament, Friday morning, at Briar Creek Golf Course with 80 golfers. Chuck Harris ’65 won the long drive contest, while the winning foursome consisted of Tom Huerter ’91, Mike Frantangelo ’91, John Bocketti ’91, and Mike Zurlo ’92.  Friday night held the Welcome Back Party in our newest space on campus, Casey’s in the Sarazen Student Union, with over 450 attendees.

Saturday kicked off with the Presidents Champagne Brunch and Distinguished Alumni Awards. Fr. Dennis Tamburello ’75, Joe Marotta ‘80, Rich Becker ‘85, Kate Strang Gutmann ‘90, and Andrew Krakat ‘05 were this year's recipients. Check out their videos!

The brunch was followed by a blessing of the Grotto, dedication of Dominica’s, campus tours, and the family picnic. Class parties concluded the night along with the Last Call party under the tent with drinks and dancing!

The first ever Mass at the Grotto wrapped the weekend perfectly. With standing room only, the Bishop of Albany, Ed Scharfenberger, said the Mass along with Fr. Dennis Tamburello ’75 and college chaplain, Fr. Larry Anderson.

Missed the weekend or want to experience the party again? Reunion photos are right here!

Thank you to everyone who came back to Siena, especially classes that ended in a ‘0 or ‘5!  Mark your calendars for June 3-5, 2016, as we will honor classes that end with a ‘1 or ‘6.
Get ready to put on your old green bonnet!

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In Other News...

Another Record Year for Fundraising

When the 2014 -15 fiscal year ended on May 31, new fundraising records were recorded.  Siena thanks all our generous alumni, parents, friends, employees, faculty & staff and corporate partners for their on-going philanthropic support.

Over $11.4 million dollars was "committed" this year (many were multi-year campaign commitments) and $9.3 million was "collected" in cash, which was a record breaking year in the history of the college.  $1,812,410 was given to Siena's unrestricted Annual Fund and $7,528,244 was donated to restricted causes, also a record.

"We are extremely grateful for the leadership financial support we received this year from our many constituents," said David Smith '79, Siena's Vice President for Development and External Affairs. "We are finding that the goals and objectives of Living Our Tradition: The Campaign for Siena College, are resonating with so many of our donors,” said Smith.  “They are telling us that they (continue to) see the value added by these campaign initiatives, and that their support truly is making a difference in the lives of our outstanding students and faculty."

For more information about the campaign, visit today!

New Office Location and Staff Transitions

As we begin to transition into the spring season, the Office of Development is making transitions of its own. First off, Alumni Relations has recently moved offices from 33 Fiddlers Lane. Our offices are now located across the way on the first floor of the St. Francis House.

There have been recent staff transitions in our office as well. More specifically, Eileen Verno and Dvora Koelling are beginning new roles that will help strengthen the Development Office.

Eileen has recently moved from the Office of Alumni Relations to Stewardship. As the Development Coordinator, her office remains at 33 Fiddlers Lane and she will continue to work closely with special events as well as stewardship. If you wish to contact Eileen, the best way to reach her is by phone at (518) 782-6779.

Oppositely, Dvora has moved into the Office of Alumni Relations as the Alumni Relations, Development Assistant. Dvora came to us from the Major Gifts Office at Siena. In her position as Development Assistant Major Gifts, Dvora supported three Major Gift Officers including Robin Sanders, Stephen Archer and Sarah Taylor. In her new position, she will support the Alumni Relations Office in planning events, communicating with alumni and fostering relationships with the Siena community.

If you wish to contact Dvora, the best way to reach her is at the Alumni Relations main phone line, (518) 783-2430 or via email,

Alumni Relations Staff
Mary Beth Finnerty '85
Director of Alumni Relations
Jake Hill '09
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Mike Utzig '07
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Dvora Koelling
Alumni Relations, Development Assistant

Office Phone: (518) 783-2430
Office E-mail:

Alumni & Friends News

  • Albany Named a Best City for Young Professionals

    Citizen Bank has named Albany, N.Y. one of Five Best Cities for Young Professionals in the Northeast. The Albany area was featured for its affordability, parks and recreation, as well as local festivals and entertainment venues. Read More

  • Student Returns to Give Back to School

    When presented with the opportunity to leave his mark on Siena’s campus, recent graduate Luke Lavera ’15 didn’t hesitate. Lavera was approached this past fall about coming back after graduation to paint a mural in the Sarazen Student Union, and he thought it was the perfect way to combine his love of Siena with his passion for creative arts. Read More

  • Education Alum Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame

    The National Teachers Hall of Fame annually honors five teachers who have shown outstanding commitment and dedication to teaching. This induction will make Richard Ognibene '85 an ambassador, and he plans to utilize this responsibility to spread the good work of his fellow teachers. Read More