This year, for the first time, two SMC debate teams were invited to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.
A Prophetic Speech
Noted author and activist Dr. Cornel West delivered the keynote address at Saint Mary's Leadership & Social Justice Conference to an overwhelmingly appreciative audience of nearly 600 students, professors and community members.
A Political Education
Philip Goodwin, a double major in English and politics, spent the fall semester in Washington, D.C. as the first Panetta Institute Congressional Intern from Saint Mary's.
Evette Castillo Clark has always loved working with people. Raised in Pittsburg, Calif., Clark grew up in a town where everyone knew each other. “When you say you’re from Pittsburg, you know each other’s family,” said Clark, who just finished her first year as Saint Mary's dean of students. “The first question is, ‘Who’s your family?’ and then ‘What street did you grow up on?’”
Science Grant for Women
Saint Mary’s College has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation through its Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program to support and encourage the success of women students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). "Read more »
Online MBA Program Ranked Second in
The School of Economics and Business Administration’s Hybrid Executive MBA Program has been named one of the 2015 Best Online MBA Programs and ranked second in California and 82 nationwide.
Visionary of the Year
In partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle, the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) at Saint Mary's College announces the nominees for the first ever Visionary of the Year Award. The award honors an individual leader from the business community who epitomizes innovative thinking, creativity, social entrepreneurship and whose achievements have been recognized as a catalyst for great change in the Bay Area and beyond.
Last fall, the Health and Wellness Center partnered with Associated Student senators to survey more than 800 students on a proposal to curb tobacco use on campus. The survey coincided with the Great American Smokeout, a national effort to encourage people to drop the deadly habit.
A Bright Future
Saint Mary's College of California announces the appointment of Lisa M. Moore ’96 as Vice President for Advancement. Moore assumes the role after serving as interim vice president for the past six months. She steps into the role after recently announcing a strong year of fundraising success, with more than $10 million in new gifts and pledges to the College—a 36 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.
How would you describe the heartbeat of the ocean? For Chris Ray, the answer lies on the surface of the waves. Ray, a physics professor who also directs the engineering program, is part of a team of researchers who depend on satellite data to measure the “pulse” of the sea. The data that pours in looks like data on a heart monitor. Ray develops mathematical formulas that decipher these incoming pulses to more accurately measure the ocean’s waves, currents and level—potentially opening a new way of studying tsunamis and climate change.
Beyond Hot Dogs and Nachos
On a typical game night, the concession stands inside McKeon Pavilion offer typical sporting event fare like hot dogs, nachos and sodas. But during the week, one of those spaces now serves a much different—and healthier—purpose. Beginning last fall, student-athletes can now choose from bagels, energy bars, fruits and vegetables, thanks to a forward-thinking student-athlete welfare initiative known as the Gaels Grab and Go (or 3G).
A Witness for Right
Brother Michael Quinn, then Saint Mary’s president, was among the American clergy who joined the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and activists of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the second of three marches during that fateful month in 1965.
Pope of Surprise
The January Term Speakers Series featured Harvard Professor Father J. Bryan Hehir’s address, “Pope Francis, the Church and the World.” Hehir, whose focus is ethics, foreign policy and the role of religion in politics and society, described Pope Francis as “someone who encourages contrary voices in open debate and the respectful crossing of borders...a pope of surprise.”
Center's a Go
The $23.5 million Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center opened this spring with much fanfare on March 12. The elegant red-roofed building, which fits seamlessly into the Saint Mary’s campus, houses an outdoor pool with a patio, lawn and whirlpool spa; a climbing wall; three indoor courts for basketball, soccer and volleyball; a fitness center; a cafe; and rooms for yoga, dance and spinning classes. Membership is free for all students. Designed as a dynamic gathering place, the spacious 60,000-square-foot center offers a way for the SMC community—especially stu- dents—to come together as never before. For more information, contact Mark Chiarucci in Development at (925) 631-4168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democracy in Action
A record number of students, staff and faculty—185 total, including 110 in Moraga—registered to vote in the Nov. 4 election last fall. For the first time, Saint Mary’s partnered with TurboVote, which offers online registration and then keeps voters informed about up- coming elections through texts and emails.