Greetings to All in the Saint Mary's Family,
Following the Weekend of Welcome for the new undergraduate students, I extend warm greetings to all returning students, faculty and staff for the official beginning of the 145th academic year of Saint Mary's College. The opening of the year will be celebrated at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, September 5, to which all are invited.
Thanks to the planning and preparation by a variety of campus groups and individuals, this promises to be an exciting year for the College. Thanks are due to Pete Michell for providing updates on the many physical plant and facilities projects for the Staff and Faculty In-Service days. We have now provided a website for you to follow the progress of projects which will continue throughout this academic year.
Among personnel transitions, I would like to mention two. First, I wish to thank Mary McCall for her fine work in leading the Celebrating Diversity Committee during the past year. As she steps aside from this position, I am confident that the committee will continue to assist the campus community in understanding and celebrating our diverse constituencies and gifts. Second, I welcome Brother Dominic Berardelli to the President's Office, where he will assist me in a number of important projects. You will find the ebullient Brother "Dom" in his office on the ground floor of Brother Jerome West Hall.
My own summer was divided between trips afar and events on campus. I was able to attend and participate in the Lasallian Higher Education conference in Rome, along with several of our faculty members. This was followed by a Greek island trip with more than forty alums and friends of Saint Mary's. I also spent two days in Miami at a meeting with the regional directors of the International Association of Lasallian Universities. Our plans will include seeking further means of collaboration among the more than 70 institutions in the association. I was also pleased to attend the annual Alumni Reunion held on campus in July. This year's event included more than 800 participants and more than doubled last year's attendance.
On a personal note, I wish to thank all of you who sent condolences on the passing of my mother in late May. My family was very moved by your prayers and expressions of concern.
My best wishes to each of you for a fruitful and grace-filled year.
In Saint La Salle,
Brother Ronald Gallagher