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Le Moyne College

Le Moyne College
Latin: Collegium Le Moyne
Motto Totus in Domino Jesu (Latin)
Motto in English
Everything in the Lord Jesus
Established 1946 (1946)
Type Private Nonprofit
Coeducational Liberal Arts
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment US $147 million[1]
President Linda M. LeMura
Academic staff
Students 3,533
Undergraduates 2,871
Postgraduates 662
Location Syracuse, New York,
Campus Urban and Suburban
160 acres (64.7 ha)
Colors Green      and      Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IINE-10
Sports 21 varsity sports teams[2]
(10 men and 11 women)
Nickname Dolphins
Mascot Dolphin

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.


  • Campus facilities and resources 1
  • Campus library 2
  • Student life 3
  • Campus traditions 4
    • Welcoming traditions 4.1
    • Dolphy Day 4.2
    • Alumni celebrations 4.3
    • Lecture series 4.4
  • Green initiatives 5
  • Athletics 6
    • Varsity sports 6.1
    • National championships 6.2
    • Athletic facilities 6.3
    • Club sports, intramural sports and facilities 6.4
  • Notable alumni 7
  • Faculty and administrators 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Campus facilities and resources

The Le Moyne College campus consists of 35 major and minor buildings comprising close to one million gross square feet across roughly 160 acres (0.65 km2). Six major residence halls and 12 smaller residential buildings range from traditional "corridor" style through suite, townhouse, and apartment styles.

Other major campus buildings are the campus center, the Noreen Reale Falcone Library, and three main academic buildings, including Coyne Science Center. The campus also includes the Panasci Family Chapel, the W. Carroll Coyne Performing Arts Center, and the Thomas Niland Athletic Complex. The college lands encompass a 5.4-acre (22,000 m2) parcel with a reservoir, for student and faculty research on biodiversity and insect life. A retail plaza added in Summer 2010 includes a bookstore, coffee shop, and pizzeria. Construction on the $20 million, 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) LEED-Gold certified science complex was completed in 2012. Angled toward the south in order to capture sunlight, this complex accommodates the college's engineering and health sciences programs, providing classrooms, laboratories, and a lecture hall.

Le Moyne College students access the campus network, the Library's system, and the Internet from computer labs located throughout the campus, or from dorm rooms with personal computers. Teaching facilities include "smart" classrooms, with multimedia capabilities.

The Recreation Center accommodates intramural, personal fitness and recreational activities, housing a fitness room with Nautilus and Universal equipment, an Olympic-size indoor pool built for competition, a whirlpool, an elevated jogging track, racket ball courts, and a large multipurpose gymnasium that can be divided into three courts for tennis, volleyball, basketball and other activities. An athletic turf field located next to the Rec Center is used for multiple sports.

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.[3]

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.

Campus traditions

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[4] 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).[5] 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.[6][7]

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;[8] 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[9]

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.


Le Moyne College Athletic Department Logo

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.[10] Le Moyne competes in Northeast-10 Conference in all sports.[11]

More than 75 percent of students are estimated to participate in some form of athletics at Le Moyne. In 2008-9, there were about 300 undergraduate student-athletes, who maintained an overall GPA of 3.09. All of Le Moyne's athletes participate in service activities, and are particularly active in raising funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. The Le Moyne Men's basketball team gained national attention when it defeated Division I powerhouse Syracuse 82-79 in a November 2009 exhibition game.[12]

Matt Bassett has been serving as the Athletic Director since 2007. He is only the third Director of Athletics in the College's history. [13]

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
  • Volleyball

National championships

  • 2004 – Men's Lacrosse [Division II]
  • 2006 – Men's Lacrosse [Division II]
  • 2007 – Men's Lacrosse [Division II]
  • 2008 – Women's Swimming 200 yard Butterfly- Alison Lesher [Division II]
  • 2013 – Men's Lacrosse [Division II]

Athletic facilities

The Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex houses Le Moyne College's athletic teams, visiting competitors, and coaches. Student-athletes use outdoor facilities including the Dick Rockwell Field for baseball, tennis courts, a softball complex and other fields including Ted Grant Field, completed in 2010, an athletic turf complex for lacrosse and soccer. The Niland Complex includes the Henninger Athletic Center, where basketball games and other events take place on Ted Grant Court. Niland served as the College's basketball coach from its inception in 1947 until 1973, winning 327 games and going to seven NCAA tournaments. Niland continued at Le Moyne as athletic director until his retirement in 1990.

The Complex also includes the Dick Rockwell Baseball Field. Rockwell, a graduate of Ithaca College, won 757 games on the Heights between 1968 and 1996 at the Division I and II levels, going to the Division II national tournament 12 of their last 13 seasons in the division, and becoming a power in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in Division I. Rockwell also served as Le Moyne athletic director from 1990 to 2009.

The Campus also has trails behind the school that are used by the Cross Country for their home meets and other teams to train on.

Club sports, intramural sports and facilities

The Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex incorporates a 47,000-square-foot (4,400 m2) facility with a 25-yard (23 m) competition-size swimming pool, fitness center and weight room, a three-court size multi-purpose gym area, an elevated jogging track, and four racquetball courts. It is designed primarily for intramural, recreational use, and personal fitness activities. Students can also use fitness centers which are located in several of the residence halls.

The College participates in thirteen sports on the club level: men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, women's field hockey, women's basketball, men's rugby, women's rugby, equestrian, fencing, rowing, ultimate frisbee, sailing, and Tae Kwon Do, in addition to cheerleading, with both men and women on the squad. All club teams are given qualified coaches, practice facilities and uniforms.[14]

The College conducts an extensive intramural program with sports and competitors that vary each year. The program usually includes: basketball (men's and women's leagues); flag football (men); indoor soccer (men's, women's and coed leagues); walleyball (coed); racquetball tournaments (coed, men's and women's divisions); volleyball (coed); softball (men's and women's leagues); and inner tube water polo (coed).[15]

Notable alumni

Faculty and administrators

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


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External links

  • Le Moyne College website
  • Le Moyne Athletics website
  • McDevitt Endowment
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