Living our Tradition Athletics a Focus in College's New Strategic Plan
Men's lacrosse goalie Tom Morr spoke at Thusday night's event, helping kick-off the College's new Strategic Plan
Oct. 7, 2011
Last evening Siena faculty, trustees, benefactors, students, administrators and staff gathered in the Marcelle Athletic Complex to celebrate the launch of the College's new strategic plan, Living Our Tradition.
"This strategic plan is a milestone in the history of the College," said Fr. Kevin Mullen '75, O.F.M., Ph.D., president of Siena College. "It will help propel Siena into this century and establish us as a principal player for our students."
The strategic plan will build on the Academic Excellence Plan, including the recruitment and retention of quality faculty and students. Living Our Tradition will place a greater emphasis on student engagement and research opportunities. It will strengthen the financial and human resources and the physical space of the College -- Siena's upcoming comprehensive campaign has the goal of raising $50 million. Living Our Tradition seeks to increase the diversity on Siena's Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, while graduating a more diverse student body. It also seeks to expand and leverage investment in Division I athletics to promote the reputation of the college and enhance student engagement.
About 350 people attended the celebration, which included four, live performances conceived by Siena community members and multimedia presentations to illustrate the plan's four planks: engagement, resources, diversity and athletics. The signature piece for the evening was the world premiere of a 10-minute movie, The Education of a Lifetime, a story about the journey of a young woman named Clare before, during and after her Siena College experience. The event ended with the signing of a 37-foot, green and gold banner with the College's new tagline. It was a symbolic way to show solidarity and support for the future of Siena College by all in attendance.