Student Ideas Matter
Students at Saint Mary’s contribute to their fields even before graduation. Last spring, Kimberly Burks, Michelle Hider, and Vanessa Touset of the Kalmanovitz School of Education designed a program to treat older adults struggling with alcohol abuse for the Community Mental Health and Trauma Interventions course’s final project.
Candace Eros Diaz, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction ’11 and Fiction ’12, has won San Jose University's Steinbeck Fellowship, which offers emerging writers of any age and background a $10,000 stipend to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at the university. Diaz, admissions coordinator for the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, is currently at work on a historical novel about her women ancestors.
A Cool Million
Live in Peace, a nonprofit organization founded and directed by Kalmanovitz School of Education doctoral student Heather Starnes, received $1 million from Facebook executive Chris Cox and his wife, filmmaker Visra Vichit-Vadakan, to help connect East Palo Alto youth and young adults to the tech community.
Dobkin Honored Again
For the second year in a row, Provost Bethami Dobkin was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Busi- ness” by the San Francisco Business Times. The annual list includes some of the most accomplished leaders in the fields of law, technology, health care, finance, insurance, and higher education. Under Dobkin’s academic leader- ship, Saint Mary’s has increased enrollment, raised the academic profile and retention and graduation rates, attained accreditation with AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), gained national prominence in the performing arts, and become eligible as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Saint Mary’s Library was selected as one of 75 libraries to participate in a nationwide assessment project sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The SMC team of librarians and faculty weighed the effectiveness of two approaches to teaching information evaluation, research practices, and critical thinking to students in English composition classes. The results will guide library classroom instruction and enhance students' information literacy, a key factor in academic success. This research also contributes to campus-wide assessment initiatives measuring learning outcomes for undergraduate programs.
Twelve Saint Mary’s science students participated in a massive research project, coordinated by the Genomics Education Partnership.
Free Tax Help
Thanks to Armando Martinez-Lopez, ’12, low-income families received free tax preparation help—and saved more than $200,000—with 150 tax returns last spring through a volunteer program at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord. Martinez-Lopez, who returned to Saint Mary’s for his master’s in accounting in July, had done volunteer tax assistance through an SMC accounting class.
Brianna Bibel ’16 spent 10 weeks this summer investigating changes in the neurons of Huntington’s disease patients. The prestigious 10-week fellowship at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Design at the University of California, San Francisco was funded by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.
Winning New Coach
When Saint Mary’s Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced in March that Travis Clarke would take the reins of the Gaels’ women’s soccer program, he knew he’d found his man.
Under Armour Seals Deal
With the announcement of its partner- ship with global performance brand Under Armour, the Saint Mary’s athletic depart- ment occupies rare company in collegiate athletics. Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel, and equipment for each of the Gaels’ 17 men’s and women’s varsity teams, making Saint Mary’s the first Division I all-sports partner for Under Armour on the West Coast. By partnering with Under Armour, SMC joins a roster that includes NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry; Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth; former Gaels star Patrick Mills; and programs such as Notre Dame, Maryland, Auburn, Cincinnati, South Carolina, and the Naval Academy.
In a thrilling championship game against Life University that wasn't decided until the final whistle, the underdog Gaels prevailed, 30-24, with junior Dylan Audsley earning most valuable player honors.
The current 25-player club team, which has progressed to practicing on the turf and rugby fields instead of the Chapel Lawn, has come a long way in 14 years. With the toughest, but smallest, pack of forwards in the league, this year’s team is a testament to determination.
Set back from the busy Via Aurelia, Rome's 2,000-year-old super highway, is the Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. This complex is the world headquarters where Superior General Robert Schieler, who spoke at this year's De La Salle Week convocation, and his council oversee 900 schools serving 1 million students in 80 countries.
On Death and Dying
While some of their classmates traveled to Rome, Utah, and Brazil for Jan Term, one group of students stayed on cam- pus to confront what so many Americans are afraid to speak of—death. Taught by Professors Emily Hause and Grete Stenersen for the sixth year, the Death and Dying class asks students to explore the physical aspects of death, the stages of grief and loss, and religious and cultural perspectives on dying.
From Classroom to Career
Students often leave college with some great book-learning, but little idea how to put that to practical use. Two Saint Mary’s professors plan to change that with a field study course that gets students out into their community—before graduation.
Catholic Spirituality and Scholarship
Theology and Religious Studies Professor David "Zach" Flanagin has recorded 75 lectures for Now You Know Media, a Maryland company whose mission is to publish audio and video programs on Catholic spirituality and scholarship from leading professors, authors, and retreat leaders. Flanagin's lectures are on three DVDs titled The Bible through the Ages, The Origins of Christianity, and The Quest for the Historical Jesus.
Former Gael guard Matthew Dellavedova ’13 may have surprised fans and followers of the NBA finals when he stepped up and played his heart out for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Gaels are quick to agree that his all-in performance was classic Delly. We gathered news stories, social media and comments from Gaels about Delly.
The Next Chapter
Professor Jacob Lester, 72, retired this spring, capping a career teaching in the biology department and the Integral Program that’s spanned almost four decades.