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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — A scholarship has been established for students studying radio broadcasting at Siena College here thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Capital District Radio Association.

The CDRA presented Siena College president Kevin Mullen, OFM, with the check earlier this month, marking the creation of an annual scholarship earmarked for students pursuing careers in radio broadcasting.

Scholarship’s Purpose
The CDRA Scholarship gives $1,000 per year to a student from the Capital Region who is taking courses toward a minor degree in broadcast.

As part of the scholarship, the recipient will also be able to pursue an internship at a CDRA-affiliated radio station. 

“This is a great expression of support from the CDRA to encourage our local students to pursue careers in electronic media here in the capital district. It gives them the sense that the professional world is supporting what we do here at Siena,” said School of Liberal Arts dean Ralph Blasting.

The Capital District Radio Association promotes and encourages the use of radio as an advertising medium. 

Other Siena News
In a time-honored tradition, every year on the night before final exams begin, hundreds of students cram into St. Mary of the Angels Chapel for the “11th Hour Prayer Service,” aptly dubbed, “The Blessing of the Brains.” 

Franciscan friars individually bless each student. In addition, at 11 p.m., college chaplain Gregory Jakubowicz, OFM, led students in prayers to replace their stress with a positive mindset. Many students said that remembering their faith and coming together with the rest of the community gives them the blessed boost they need to be at their best during final exams.

Last week, Kevin also issued his first 2009 Presidential Report, “Values. Excellence. Momentum.

In an email accompanying a PDF of the report, Kevin said, “I am pleased to share my inaugural president’s report for Siena College. I am even more pleased to share its content — the significant accomplishments of the students, faculty, administrators and staff at Siena. I continue to be humbled by the new and extraordinary ways members of this community live and advance the mission of the College.”

On Dec. 20, Kevin co-hosted a special Christmas program on the college radio station’s weekly show, which can be heard online.

Pictured above at the Dec. 8 check presentation, from left to right: Darrin Kibbey, Kristen Delaney, Ralph Blasting, Kevin Mullen, Siena ‘75, John Kelly, Robert Ausfeld, Charles Benfer, and James Morrell,’66.

Editor’s note: News about the other Province-sponsored school, St. Bonaventure, will be featured in a January issue of this newsletter.