Saint Mary's College was named a Presidential Award finalist for the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In 2011 Graduate Business alumni, students, faculty and friends contributed over 500 hours of service to support local communities in need. Participants volunteered at Contra Costa and Solano County Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose, San Francisco Food Bank, Sacramento County Food Bank & Family Service, and Habitat for Humanity in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. All of these activities were organized by the Graduate Business Alumni Chapter which connects with alumni through a three-prong mission: Network, Learn, and Serve. 

The Graduate Business Alumni Chapter hosted their last service event of the year on December 14th at the San Francisco Food Bank. The SMC Graduate Business alumni network of family and friends that brought 43 of the 82 volunteers to the food bank. The team sorted 12,000 pounds of food from holiday food drop-off barrels as well as weighed, bagged and sealed 2500 pounds of spaghetti and shell pasta into one pound packages. Mike Leary, Faculty Alumni Liaison, understands the significance, "that’s 2500 bags of pasta that will be distributed to families through the Food Bank’s network of agencies, churches and pantries around the city." 

"It felt good to know that our contribution would be felt by families in need before the holidays! I was also impressed to see how organized the event was and then at the end to realize just how many families we could be helping with our 2 hours of volunteering. It makes you realize how as a team we can accomplish so much more in the community and if everyone gave 2 hours, how much more we could do for the underprivileged in the Bay Area." 
- Jim Black, MBA '05

"I always enjoy this event because it's a chance to reconnect with fellow Gaels and make new friends in the Gaels community.  Not everyone who participates in the volunteer event is a former Gael student, they could be a spouse, roommate, or friend of a Gael - and that's okay! - it makes for a richer and broader communication while you are bagging pasta or beans together. Go Gaels!"
- Susun Hardel, MBA '07

"I have been to the SF Food Bank a number of times and each time I've done something completely different, which is neat.  I think the SF Food Bank is an awesome way for Alums to give back to the local community in a direct and meaningful way.  At the risk of sounding too cheesy, it's embodies De LaSalle and the Christian Bros philosophy of 'enter to learn and leave to serve'."
 - Shane Keane, MBA '07

About Saint Mary's College Graduate Business Alumni:
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's College of California is a cornerstone institution of the San Francisco bay area. After nearly 150 years, with a network of more than 40,000 alumni worldwide, Saint Mary's tradition of educational excellence is stronger than ever. Saint Mary's College of California Graduate Business Alumni Chapter's mission is three-fold: network, learn and serve. Our goal is to connect graduates with new people and opportunities, provide continued professional development, and use our knowledge, experience, and skills to help those in our community. For information about how to get involved visit, www.smcbusinessalumni.com

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