When the Saint Mary’s choirs were on tour last July in Riga, Latvia, where they won two gold medals at the World Choir Games, a New York concert producer invited them to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of Gotham Sings!, a showcase of American choirs.
Together We Did It!
Gaels from 28 states, Guam, and Australia made 1,314 donations totaling more than $230,000 on the first ever #1Day1SMC on March 25. Colette Whitney ’11, Regent Odell Johnson Jr. ’58 and Trustee Kevin Nagle provided $111,000 in challenge gifts.Visit the 1Day1SMC Page »
Horses are known to be healers—animals innately able to connect with humans on a deep, soulful level. SMC’s Kalmanovitz School of Education has been using this concept since January to teach fourth- to sixth-graders in Oakland.
What do such classic coming-of-age movies as The Breakfast Club, Dead Poet’s Society and Freedom Writers teach us about American culture? The updated and revised second edition of Professor Robert Bulman’s Hollywood Goes to High School, published in March, blends sociological theory and film analysis to challenge how we view social class, education, gender, and adolescence as portrayed in film.
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.
Dance M.F.A. Takes Off
Last year, Saint Mary's launched the M.F.A. in Dance, which offers degrees in two areas: Creative Practice and Design and Production—the only such degree in the country. The new two-year program has 15 students, 11 in Creative Practice and four in Design and Production. The second cohort of students begins this summer.
Stay true to yourself, love what you do, and push beyond your imagination. That was some of the advice offered to Saint Mary’s students in March when Provost Bethami Dobkin moderated a panel of four women working in federal public service in positions ranging from district court judge to Federal Reserve Bank director.
Margaret Brown-Salazar, a Saint Mary’s education librarian for 12 years, arrived at the San Francisco airport with more than just her ticket and luggage for her Jan Term trip to the Philippines. She and four student volunteers lugged 100 books, and had arranged to ship 800 more.
At halftime during a Feb. 21 game against archrival Gonzaga, Saint Mary's fans gave a roaring ovation when President James Donahue and Athletic Director Mark Orr announced that former guard Patty Mills’ familiar number 13 would hang in the rafters and never be worn by another Gael. Mills is now part of an elite trio whose numbers were retired by the basketball program—Tom Meschery, number 31, and Matthew Dellavedova, number 4.
This year’s commencement celebrated the achievements of 719 seniors and 599 graduate and professional students.
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.