Speaking at his last annual Staff Day program before he passes on the reins of the presidency next year, Brother Ronald told hundreds of staff members that the upcoming sesquicentennial year will be an occasion to explore and celebrate the “we” that is Saint Mary’s College.

“We’re going to provide many opportunities for our community to reflect on and to celebrate all that we have inherited and all that we have become,” he added.

View some scheduled sesquicentennial events, including Gaelebration and the Sesquicentennial Gala, on the Year of the Gael web page.

“I’m proud and we should be proud of the kind of momentum we at Saint Mary’s have gained in so many areas, from our mission awareness and commitment to mission to our visibility as an institution - locally, statewide and nationally,” he said.

He also shared some key goals for the 2012-13 academic year that emerged from a recent Cabinet retreat. They include:

  • Renew and redo the campus master plan for facilities
  • Prepare for a WASC visit in 2013
  • Continue to keep a close eye on the College’s affordability 
  • Communicate well with ourselves and with others, especially regarding the sesquicentennial
  • Continue to live according to our mission and to really integrate that mission in all that we do.
  • Upgrade our technology
  • Further our capital campaign, especially to raise funds for a new library.

Other Staff Day presenters included:

  • Alle Porter, chair of the Staff Council, who reported on the council’s accomplishments and goals
  • Gemma Pavon, who led a reflection on the Spanish Speakers Retreat last April
  • Eduardo Salaz, assistant vice president of Human Resources, who briefed staff members on planned changes in the works, including a new online benefits interface, proposed employee recognition programs and a new performance review process, which is to be tested this year and debut in 2013-14
  • Chris Carter, director of Alumni & Volunteer Engagement, who presented an entertaining brief history of Saint Mary’s and invited staff members to participate in SMC’s sesquicentennial events, particularly Gaelebration on October 6.

The day concluded with a Mass in the Chapel and the traditional barbecue on the Chapel Lawn.

Teresa Castle
Office of College Communications

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