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Le Moyne College

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Established  1946 (1946)
Acceptance rate  66% (2014)
Phone  +1 315-445-4100
Mascot  Dolphin
President  Linda M. LeMura
Undergraduate tuition and fees  31,340 USD (2015)
Endowment  160.7 million USD
Colors  Green, Gold
Motto  Totus in Domino Jesu (Latin)
Motto in English  Everything in the Lord Jesus
Type  Private Nonprofit Coeducational Liberal Arts
Affiliation  Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Address  1419 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214, USA
Notable alumni  Jeanette J Epps, John Zogby, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Tim DeKay, James Zogby
Similar  Onondaga Community College, The College of Saint Rose, Adelphi University, Franklin Pierce University, Merrimack College

Le moyne college move in day

Le Moyne College, named after Jesuit missionary Simon LeMoyne, is a private Jesuit college in Syracuse, New York, enrolling over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1946, Le Moyne is the first Jesuit college to be founded as a co-educational institution. The College is the second-youngest of the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, and is the only comprehensive Catholic college in Central New York.


Le Moyne College's 160-acre (0.65 km2) campus is located in the Town of DeWitt, in a suburban residential neighborhood. It borders the Salt Springs neighborhood of Syracuse, facilitating partnerships with the city of Syracuse and regional businesses and organizations.

In 2014, the Board of Trustees appointed Linda M. LeMura, Ph.D., formerly the college's provost and academic vice president, the 14th president, making her the first lay female president of a Jesuit college or university in the world.

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Campus library

The Noreen Reale Falcone Library was constructed in 1981. It houses about 900,000 materials and maintains its own online public access catalog, which is available from both on- and off-campus computers. The main library collection includes:

  • Over 259,000 books, serial backfiles, and government documents (titles)
  • Nearly 37,700 current serials (titles), including print and full-text electronic periodicals, newspapers, and government documents.
  • 577,468 microforms (titles)
  • 10,935 video and audio titles.
  • 125 research databases.
  • Student life

    Student-directed activities, athletics, clubs, and service organizations are available to all Le Moyne students. Students are represented by a Student Senate and have formal representation through the senate on most College-wide committees involved in decision making and policy formation.

    Approximately 80 percent of students live in residence halls and townhouses on campus. The Residence Hall Councils and the Le Moyne Student Programming Board organize concerts, dances, a weekly film series, student talent programs, and special lectures as well as off-campus trips and skiing excursions. Le Moyne's theater program hosts at least two productions each year, housed in the W. Carroll Coyne Performing Arts Center. The Office of Campus Ministry arranges alternative breaks and service and retreat opportunities, as part of the Jesuit mission of the school. Students participate in Syracuse arts through collaborations with the Syracuse International Film Festival, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Everson Museum of Art.

    Le Moyne is home to The Dolphin, a student newspaper founded in 1947. In 2005, a dispute emerged between the administration and the newspaper's staff. The administration, headed by Linda LeMura, who went on to become Le Moyne's president, decided to replace the current advisor. They cited bad layouts, as well as grammatical, spelling and factual errors as reasons for replacing the current advisor. The editorial board protested, collecting over 2,000 student signatures in two days, and refused to publish complete issues. The administration nonetheless went forward with the advisor's replacement.

    Le Moyne's student radio station is WLMU. The campus TV studio in Reilly Hall was renovated during the summer of 2009. With six new P2 video cameras and other new equipment available for student use in video broadcasting, the studio helps to support the newly formed Department of Communication and Film Studies.

    Le Moyne also hosts a centrally-located cafe-style space ('Kaffe Nuvo') and a student lounge known as The Cove. The Cove offers a variety of entertainment on weekends including concerts and movie screenings, and is a popular spot for first-year students.

    Welcoming traditions

    Le Moyne College begins every academic year with two rituals: (1)'Moving In Weekend,' when current students help to carry the boxes and suitcases of the new, first-year students into the dormitories; and (2)the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which continues a tradition dating back to the first Jesuit school, established in Messina, Sicily in 1548 (probably preceding this date). The meaning of this Mass is based in Catholic theology; the campus community commits to seeking knowledge as a community of scholars. The song "Stay with Us," composed by Le Moyne alumna M.D. Ridge especially for Le Moyne College, was performed.

    Dolphy Day

    Another annual tradition at Le Moyne College is "Dolphy Day," dating back to its origins in 1971. Each year, the actual date of the event is kept a secret until the last possible moment, heightening the excitement. Dolphy Day began as a time to skip classes and relax outside on the first beautiful Spring day, listening to music, including Frank Zappa's song, "Eric Dolphy Barbecue." Although Le Moyne's mascot is a dolphin, campus officials say there is no direct relation between the name of this event and this college icon.

    Dolphy Day quickly became a symbol of carefree, college fun, a time to be with friends outdoors after a long winter. A key part of the ritual is the fact that, each year, a "Wizard" is chosen (by the preceding Wizard). This person must be a senior; his or her identity remains a secret until the actual event begins. The Wizard works both with Le Moyne's administration and fellow seniors to orchestrate an enjoyable, memorable event. While the administration seeks to diminish the association with alcohol, this association remains. The event begins at about 2am or 3am, often involving fireworks, as the campus quad fills with students. Festivities continue until late afternoon, and include entertainment: live music, a barbecue attended also by staff and administrators, dancing, and sports, including football and Frisbee. The 40th anniversary of Dolphy Day, celebrated April 7, 2010, honored Eric Dolphy with a life-size bronze sculpture and a seminar by musician and Dolphy colleague Gunther Schuller.

    Alumni celebrations

    Le Moyne College honors its 50-year graduates each May at graduation, and also annually honors all graduates whose parents are alumni at the Baccalaureate Mass which takes place prior to graduation.

    Lecture series

    Le Moyne College hosts a series of themed, annual lectures: the Berrigan Lecture, Loyola Lecture, and Madden Lecture.

    Green initiatives

    Environmental sustainability is integrated into Le Moyne College facilities planning and operating processes through measures such as: use of native species in landscaping; storm water controls through swales and detention/retention basins; plans to capture and reuse storm water for irrigation; use of environmentally friendly pesticides and fertilizers; contracting with LEED-accredited professionals for the design and construction of all new structures and major renovations; a lighting pilot program to reduce consumption; use of refrigerants to minimize ozone layer depletion; and other practices which assure energy efficiency in buildings and in boiler operations, pump motors, and washing machines, while curtailing emissions.

    In June 2010, the college began construction on a new, 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) science facility. The science complex provides teaching and research space for use by faculty and students in the science and health professions. Its environmentally-sound design features include day lighting, solar preheating, and thermal storage, resulting in the award of LEED-Gold certification

    Public lectures with environmental themes are hosted by the Center for the Study of Environmental Change. Past lectures have included such noted scientists as climatologist Michael Mann, coastal geologist Orin Pilkey and journalist Carol Kaesek Yoon.


    The Le Moyne Dolphins are the athletic teams for the college. Le Moyne competes in the NCAA at the Division II level for its 21 varsity teams and offers participation opportunities for over 340 students. Le Moyne competes in Northeast-10 Conference in all sports.

    Varsity sports

    Le Moyne fields varsity teams in the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Men's & Women's Basketball
  • Men's & Women's Cross Country
  • Men's & Women's Golf
  • Men's & Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's & Women's Soccer
  • Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving
  • Men's & Women's Tennis
  • Men's and Women's Track and Field
  • Softball
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Notable alumni

  • Kris M. Balderston, Senior Partner & General Manager of the Washington, D.C., office of Fleishman-Hillard; former Managing Director of the Global Partnership Initiative and Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State; former Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton
  • Thomas J. Barrett, former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), and retired Vice Admiral, United States Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Aida M. Brewer, First female treasurer of New York State.
  • Tom Browning, Retired Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals<refref>
  • Henry Braden (1944–2013), Late African-American politician in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ann Marie Buerkle, former Republican United States Congresswoman, New York's 25th congressional district (2010–2012)
  • Kate Clinton, Feminist Humorist
  • Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014 completed nine pre-med courses at Le Moyne.
  • Tom DeFalco, former Editor-in-Chief, Marvel Comics
  • Tim DeKay, actor, Co-star of White Collar; also played Clayton "Jonesy" Jones in the HBO series Carnivàle and "Bizarro Jerry" in an episode of Seinfeld
  • Jim Deshaies, former Major League Baseball pitcher and currently a TV commentator with the Chicago Cubs
  • Jeanette J. Epps, NASA Astronaut Candidate
  • Laurence Ekperigin, professional basketball Player for Poitiers Basket 86 of the LNB Pro B in France
  • Siobhan Fallon Hogan, actress, Forrest Gump, Boiler Room, Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, Men in Black, Holes, The Negotiator, Baby Mama
  • Dennis Gorski, former Erie County, New York County Executive and current Cheektowaga, New York Town Justice
  • Michael Charles Green, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services; former Monroe County, NY District Attorney & Federal Judge Nominee
  • Mary Jacobus (1956–2009), former President & Chief Operating Officer of The New York Times Company
  • William D. Law, President of St. Petersburg College in Florida
  • Robert Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Attended Le Moyne from 1976 to 1978.
  • Jerome McGann, a leading U.S. scholar of literary editing
  • Peter Muserlian, CEO Pemco Group Inc.
  • Neil Olshey, General Manager, Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to that he was the General Manager of the Los Angeles Clippers
  • Nicholas J. Pirro, former Onondaga County Executive
  • Tenzin Priyadarshi, Director of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and founding President of the Prajnopaya Foundation
  • Jon Ratliff, former Major League Baseball pitcher, appeared in 1 game for the Oakland Athletics
  • Don Savage (basketball) (1928–2010), former professional basketball player for the Syracuse Nationals
  • Carl Schramm, former President and CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Andrew Shay, Head Division I Lacrosse Coach, Yale University
  • Charles J. Siragusa, Federal Court Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • John Douglas Thompson, award-winning Shakespearean actor
  • Jim Wessinger, former Major League Baseball second baseman for the Atlanta Braves; first Le Moyne player to be selected in the MLB Draft
  • James Zogby, founder and President of the Arab American Institute based in Washington, D.C.
  • John Zogby, President and CEO, Zogby International (creator of the Zogby Poll)
  • José Zúñiga, actor, Con Air, Twilight, 24, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and more
  • Faculty and administrators

    Among those faculty and/or administrators who serve or have served on the Le Moyne campus are:

  • Carmen Basilio (1927–2012), former Physical Education teacher at Le Moyne and a former World Champion boxer
  • John Beilein, former Head Men's Basketball Coach at Le Moyne from 1983 to 1992 and current Head Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Michigan
  • Daniel Berrigan, S.J., former Professor of New Testament Studies and founder of the International House at Le Moyne, social activist, author, poet
  • George Coyne, S.J., inaugural McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne
  • John M. Corridan, former Economics Professor at Le Moyne and the inspiration for the character of "Father Barry" in the classic film On the Waterfront*
  • Frank Haig, former President of Le Moyne from 1981 to 1987 and younger brother of former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig
  • Linda M. LeMura, Ph.D., 14th and current President
  • John J. McNeill, S.J., former Professor at Le Moyne, noted Peace Activist during the Vietnam War and an advocate for LGBT rights
  • Joseph M. McShane, S.J., former Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Le Moyne and current President of Fordham University
  • J. Donald Monan, S.J., administrator and faculty member at Le Moyne from 1961 through 1972, later served as President of Boston College from 1972 to 1996
  • Dave Paulsen, former Head Men's Basketball Coach at Le Moyne from 1997 to 2000 and current Head Men's Basketball Coach at George Mason University
  • Fred Pestello, Ph.D. 13th President at Le Moyne and current President of Saint Louis University
  • Harold Ridley, former Professor, English Department Chair, and Chief Academic Officer at Le Moyne and former President of Loyola College in Maryland
  • Andrew Russo, Grammy Award winning pianist and Artist-in-residence at Le Moyne
  • Margaret C. Snyder, first Dean of Women at Le Moyne and a noted social scientist with a special interest in women and economic development, particularly in Africa
  • References

    Le Moyne College Wikipedia

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