Le Moyne College

Coordinates: 43°02′53″N 76°05′11″W / 43.048098°N 76.086441°W / 43.048098; -76.086441

Le Moyne College is a private Jesuit college in Syracuse, New York. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1946 and named after Jesuit missionary Simon Le Moyne, Le Moyne was the first Jesuit college to be founded as a co-educational institution. The college is the newest Jesuit college or and university in the United States.

Le Moyne College
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Latin: Collegium Le Moyne
MottoTotus in Domino Jesu (Latin)
Motto in English
Everything in the Lord Jesus
TypePrivate Liberal Arts
Established1946 (1946)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic affiliations
EndowmentUS $180.4 million[1]
PresidentLinda M. LeMura, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban and Suburban
160 acres (64.7 ha)
ColorsGreen      and      Gold
AthleticsNCAA Division IINE-10
Sports21 varsity sports teams[2]
(10 men and 11 women)
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Le Moyne College's 160-acre (0.65 km2) campus is mostly located in the Town of DeWitt, although a small portion of the campus is within the City of Syracuse, the campus is located in a suburban residential neighborhood. It is partially in the Salt Springs neighborhood of Syracuse, facilitating partnerships with the city of Syracuse and regional businesses and organizations. The college enrolls over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2014, the college's 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.


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.


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 lifeEdit

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. 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 hosts a centrally-located cafe-style space ('The Dolphin Den') and a student lounge known as The Corcorran Lounge, which offers a variety of entertainment on weekends including concerts and movie screenings, and is a popular spot for first-year students. The Campus Center also houses Simon's Pub (named for Simon Le Moyne).

Campus traditionsEdit

Welcoming traditionsEdit

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[3] especially for Le Moyne College, was performed.

Dolphy DayEdit

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 has been said to have begun when several students decided to skip classes and relax outside on a 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).[4] 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.

Alumni celebrationsEdit

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 seriesEdit

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

Green initiativesEdit

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;[5] 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[6]

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. Since 2003 Le Moyne Men's Lacrosse has won Five NCAA National Championships[7] Le Moyne competes in Northeast-10 Conference in all sports.[8]

Varsity sportsEdit

Le Moyne fields varsity teams in the following sports:

Notable alumniEdit

Faculty and administratorsEdit

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


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