Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

As we have now begun a new academic year, there are many I wish to thank and congratulate.

Saint Mary's College has been busy in response to the hurricane disaster in the Gulf. Yesterday we accepted nine students who have been prevented from attending their colleges and universities; please welcome them and thanks in advance for your accommodation. Also, thank you to Pamela Thomas from Campus Ministry and Mary Barnes, ASSMC Vice President, among many others, for their work in organizing "Bridge to the Bayou," a crisis response effort which will operate in conjunction with the San Francisco District and its 11 schools.

In addition to our largest ever freshman class, we also are welcoming four new regents: John Arnaudon '81, Marty Haley '56, Joe Siler '62, and Ken Vincent '52. A new Trustee orientation is being held today for four new trustees: Rev. Patrick LaBelle, O.P.'61, Russ Harrison '79 MBA, and Tom O'Donnell '60. We appreciate their willingness to offer their support and expertise to Saint Mary's in the interest of sustaining and fulfilling our mission.

Many faculty colleagues will be honored this Friday at the Faculty Service Awards Dinner. Thanks to all of them for their years of dedicated service, ranging from 15 to 35 years.

Congratulations to our sports teams, which have begun the season in a winning fashion (Volleyball: 5-1, Women's Soccer, 3-1, Men's Soccer 2-0).

Thanks to those who have participated in the planning of activities to celebrate our Liberal Arts, Catholic and Lasallian traditions during the upcoming Inaugural week. I encourage all to join me in meeting guests and friends of Saint Mary's College during the week. Please consult the Saint Mary's College website, Collegian, email messages, and posters for announcements about these activities.

In its bi-weekly meetings this month, the President's Cabinet will be discussing a variety of important issues, including a plan to review Student Life as a parallel project to the Core Curriculum Review now being undertaken. The Cabinet also plans to address Diversity issues identified by our own WASC self study and the report by the WASC visiting committee.

Congratulations to the Hearst Art Gallery staff for another excellent show, "Pressing Matters: 500 Years of Wine in Art," which opens this week. I encourage all to visit this exhibit.

Sincerely in Saint La Salle,

Br. Ronald Gallagher, F.S.C.

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