More than 770 new undergraduate students are expected to enroll at the College in fall 2007, based on deposits received. The total includes a projected 620 freshmen and 150 transfer students. Nearly 25 percent of the Class of 2011 will be eligible for Pell Grants. Of the deposited freshmen, 59 percent attended public high schools, 33 percent are from Catholic high schools — including 9 percent from Lasallian schools — and 8 percent attended independent secondary schools. In increases over last year, there are 27 Presidential Scholars and 70 designated Honors-at-Entrance candidates among the deposited freshmen.

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Saint Mary’s junior Skylar Covich was one of 30 students chosen from hundreds of applicants to receive a national scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind in July. Covich is a politics major and president of the College Democrats’ Club.

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The Cummins Institute for Catholic Social Thought hosted theologian Rosemary Luling Haughton in June. Haughton, author of 35 books and a founder of Wellspring House in Massachusetts, gave a public lecture and participated in a three-day seminar.

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More than 200 Saint Mary’s student volunteers welcomed 310 kids from low-income Bay Area schools and community organizations at the 5th Annual Carnival 4 Kids on April 27. The Carnival 4 Kids was organized by Saint Mary’s Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA).

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Professors Carl Guarneri (history), Rebecca Engle (performing arts), and Mary True and Hiroko Nakano (psychology) received Saint Mary’s Alumni-Faculty Fellowship Grants in summer 2007 for projects to prepare a teacher’s resource book for globalizing American history, collaborating with the University of Michigan Drama Department and a Czech theater company on performances of Lorca in a Green Dress and examining the effects of parental expressions of delight on infants’ brains.

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Two Saint Mary’s creative writing professors recently published work in major magazines. Brenda Hillman’s poem “Phone Booth” appeared in the March 5 edition of The New Yorker and Thomas Cooney MFA ’97 published his essay “Liberation” in the April 22 San Francisco Chronicle Magazine.

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About 100 people attended the MFA Scholarship Fundraiser in March at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, where readings were given by Tobias Wolff, Michael Pollan, Kim Frohsin and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass ’63.

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