Giant Among Giants
In a special ceremony hosted by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on Feb. 13 in Minneapolis, Brother Mel Anderson was recognized along with four other Christian Brothers who have served as presidents at Lasallian universities.
Brother Mel; Brother James Gaffney (Lewis University); Brother Michael McGinniss (La Salle University, Christian Brothers University); Brother Thomas Scanlan (Manhattan College, Bethlehem University); and Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, who served as president of Saint Mary’s University from 1984 to 2005, received honorary doctorates at the ceremony.
“They are the giants of American Lasallian higher education, without a doubt,” Brother Louis said of his fellow Christian Brothers receiving honors at the event. “Each of these men gave 100 percent of their commitment to build American Lasallian higher education during very difficult and challenging times. I am so proud that I am being honored alongside these men and that I am able to call each of them my brothers.”
It was an evening of laughter and tears as more than 160 alumni, family and friends celebrated our outstanding alumni at the 2014 Alumni Awards Dinner hosted by the Alumni Association in April.
Pigskins and Problem-Solving
Peter Morelli pursues integrity as an NFL referee and a high school president. Peter Morelli ’73 can tell you exactly where he was when the chance of a lifetime came calling: “Believe it or not, I happened to be refereeing a game between Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara.”
The President in SoCal
Southern California is home to more than 7,800 Gaels—alumni, parents, friends and current students. President James Donahue did a tour of four SoCal cities to meet people and talk about the current process of developing Saint Mary’s strategic priorities for the next five years. Enthusiastic Gaels in Santa Monica, Pasadena, San Diego and Newport Beach attended. “Southern California is an integral part of our community,” said Donahue, “one with which we plan to engage and one where we look forward to spending more and more time.”
The Cross Renewed
In early January Saint Mary’s cross on the hill was felled by wind. In March a new redwood cross was raised, nearly 74 years after the original, “La Cruz de la Victoria,” was installed in April 1940.
Mentor a Gael
College is a life-changing experience. No doubt, you remember the advice and moral support you got from mentors who made all the difference. Now, you can do the same for today’s young Gaels. Join Gael Mentors, an online network that connects you with students who need your know-how, experience and advice. You could make a huge difference in a student’s life.
Into the Future with Gaels Baseball
Tom Wilson, famous for his role in Back to the Future, did stand-up comedy and was master of ceremonies at a February Gaels baseball fundraiser held at the Black Stallion Winery in Napa. Wilson’s son is on the team. In attendance were 200 alumni, parents and friends, including Mark Teahen ’03, first-round draft pick for the Oakland A’s in 2002, who played for seven years in the major leagues. The live auction, ticket sales and sponsorships brought in $43,000 for the team.
High Potential at 40
The High Potential Program (HP) turned 40 this year. Founded in 1973 to offer students from underrepresented groups the support and skills they needed to succeed, HP has been remarkably successful in retaining students, with a 95 percent freshman retention rate, compared to 78 percent nationwide.
Showtime with Brother Clarence
Brother Clarence Schenk’s little movie theater is open for business. In a small room down the hall from his apartment in the Joseph Alemany Community residence, the nine-seat digital theater has a killer 7.2 surround-sound speaker system and a popcorn machine.