English Professor Brenda Hillman won the 2006 William Carlos Williams Award for her book of poetry Pieces of Air in the Epic. ("Your Fate" from that book appeared in the winter 2005 Saint Mary's magazine.) The Poetry Society of America presented the award in May for the best book of poetry published by a nonprofit university press in 2005.
Brother Charles Hilken was the co-content developer for a "Saint Peter and the Vatican" exhibit that ended its 30-month tour of seven cities, including Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Montreal, at the Milwaukee Public Museum in the spring. The exhibit brought together more than 300 objects, including never-before-seen artworks and historic pieces, from the Vatican.
After a national search, Brian Jersky was selected as the new dean of the School of Science. Jersky had worked at Sonoma State University since 1992 in the Department of Mathematics, specializing in statistics. In 2000, he received the Excellence in Teaching award there, and he most recently was the director of academic planning and resources for its School of Science and Technology. Jersky began working at SMC this summer.
History Channel actor receives make-up.
A film crew shot scenes for a History Channel documentary titled "Galileo, the Telescope and the Inquisition" in the Chapel, Oliver Hall and other campus locations in June. The footage will be part of an episode of the cable channel's "Man, Moment, Machine" series, airing in late fall.
Students in the MFA in Creative Writing Program published the 2006 Mary, an online journal of literature and art. It can be found at www.maryjournal.org.
Approximately 770 new undergraduate students are expected to enroll at the College in fall 2006, based on deposits received. The total includes a projected 600 freshmen and 170 transfer students. Consistent with recent years, the Class of 2010 will likely comprise 63 percent women and 37 percent men. Fifty-six percent of deposited freshmen attended public high schools, 34 percent are from Catholic high schools — including 9 percent from Lasallian schools — and 10 percent attended independent high schools. There are 23 Presidential Scholars among the deposited freshmen, and 65 designated as Honors-at-Entrance candidates.