In January 2007, Saint Mary’s alumnus Bryan Navarro ’10 lived on a bus in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans while helping with relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. In the process, he learned not only about how to help people in need but also about how to tell a compelling story.
Two alumni—Dr. William Feaster MBA ’93 and Sandra Feaster MBA ’89 of Half Moon Bay—donated a Steinway grand piano to Saint Mary’s in June. It was the star attraction in a concert in the Chapel in September featuring faculty and student performances. The concert was a fundraiser for SMC choirs traveling to Latvia for the summer 2014 World Choir Games.
Learn and Serve in Rwanda
Are you a lifelong learner? Do you love to travel? You are invited to join CILSA for an amazing international learning and service trip to Rwanda, Africa, in March 2014. Register by January 31, 2014.
Reunion weekend provided a perfect opportunity for Zach Farmer ’08 to propose to his girlfriend, Linda Hua ’08, in the classroom in Dante Hall where they first met. “I figured it was a way to make it even more special,” Farmer said.
Baby on Campus
Not many people can say that they started out in college before they graduated from high school—or even grade school—but oneyear- old Owen Jones can, because he has lived at Saint Mary’s since birth.
Gael Family Reunion
Saint Mary’s alumni celebrated family in its many forms at the annual alumni reunion. More than 700 alumni returned to campus from July 19 to 21 to reminisce and reconnect.
Pen Award for Bob Hass
Robert Hass ’63, former U.S. Poet Laureate, received the 2013 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award from the Pen American Center for his collection of essays What Light Can Do. The prestigious award, which includes a $10,000 prize, recognizes the collection as a work that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.
When Ryan Coogler’s film, Fruitvale Station, debuted this year to critical acclaim, he didn’t forget the Saint Mary’s professor who set him on the path to a career in film.
Pushing it to the Limit
Alessandra Pichelli has always been a good competitor. Her former Saint Mary’s rowing coaches and teammates already knew that about the 2009 SMC grad. Pichelli helped the Gaels to strong finishes throughout her SMC rowing career, and her Varsity 8 boat finished third at the West Coast Conference championships.