Director of Media Relations
Saint Maryâ€™s College Observes Historic Inauguration of Barack Obama
What: Presidential Inaugural Watch Party at Saint Maryâ€™s College. Join the Saint Maryâ€™s College community as students, faculty and staff gather to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2009.
Where: The Soda Center, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga. Free and open to the community
When: 7:30 a.m. Soda Center opens for breakfast (There will be free buttons to the first 250 people that attend)
8 a.m. Opening Prayer by Brother President Ronald Gallagher
9 a.m. Live television swearing-in of President Barack Obama
9:30 a.m. Tim Farley, SMCâ€™s Director of Community & Government Relations is attending the Inauguration and will speak to Soda Center attendees on his cell phone from Washington, D.C. Farley is available to speak the press. Additionally, Charles Smith, an SMC senior also attending the inauguration, is available to speak to the press by cell phone.
9:40-10a.m. Students/staff/faculty may continue to watch the live television feed of the Inaugural parade or stay to chat in the Soda Center
Background: The Jan. 20, 2009, Inauguration Watch Party is the completion an extraordinary year of political activism and interest by students at Saint Maryâ€™s College. This election season elicited unprecedented interest by Saint Maryâ€™s students in the national and local elections. Both campus Republicans and Democrats coordinated voter registration efforts and worked to raise the awareness of the candidates and issues.
Saint Maryâ€™s College, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate, graduate and extended education programs. The Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.