An Opera Great
Saint Mary's Chapel was graced in early November with a performance by opera great Frederica von Stade, a mezzo-soprano whose signature role is Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. She performed in a benefit concert for St. Martin de Porres Elementary School in Oakland, a longtime partner of Saint Mary's, where scores of students and faculty have collaborated on mission-driven civic engagement initiatives. The performance was sponsored by the Office of Mission and included the Saint Mary's Chamber Singers, violinists from St. Martins, soprano Christie Lee Peterson, and tenor Sydney Wagland.
Mulvaneys Challenge Gaels
Tom and Karen Mulvaney have seen first-hand the impact a Saint Mary’s service-learning experience can have on students, starting with their own daughter’s trip to Rwanda during the 2013 Jan Term. “Rwanda changed me in ways I could have never imagined,” said Marguerite “Meg” Mulvaney ’13. “There is so much hope and love in Rwanda, that it is impossible to not be inspired by the people and everything around you.”
Happiness and Poetry
Everyone has that specific “thing” that offers a taste of pure happiness, that waking up every morning worthwhile. For Matthew Zapruder, Saint Mary’s new assistant professor of English, leaving the world of dreams and waking up early in the morning to drink a warm cup of coffee while he writes poems for a few hours is his taste of pure happiness.
New Student Rec Center Takes Shape
On a gloriously sunny day in January, the Saint Mary's Board of Trustees hosted a Gael Beam Ceremony to acknowledge and thank the generous benefactors who are making the new Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center possible. The new state-of-the-art student fitness facility is cheduled to open in the spring of 2015.
President James A. Donahue with best friend and grad school roommate, Peter Schmidt, at the dinner following inauguration on October 11. The evening included toasts from Jim Wood, president of the Board of Regents, J. P. Musgrove, chair of the Alumni Board, Brother Dominic Berardelli, among others.
West Coast Premiere Shines
The paradox of intelligence is that as we mature mentally we ask more questions only to find fewer answers. Just how can a young person deal with such ambiguity? Playwright Laura Jacqmin, who came to Saint Mary’s for the West Coast premiere on our campus of And when we awoke there was light and light, populates her play with such tough questions and with complicated characters.
The Best-Ever Season
The Saint Mary's men's rugby 7s team concluded its best-ever season by taking second place in the USA Rugby College 7s National Championships.
Maybe It Is Personal
Maybe business can be personal after all. Jessica Weatherford of Marble Arch hosted the workshop “Emotional Intelligence: Your Personal Competitive Advantage” at a School of Economics and Business Administration’s professional development workshop. During the morning-long seminar students and alumni learned how to better manage their emotions in the workplace and how to capitalize on increasing their professional self-awareness and empathy.
75 Years of Giving
The Saint Mary’s Guild—founded in 1939 to assist students and support the Chapel and the library, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The organization’s primary focus in recent years has been fundraising to support two scholarship funds for undergraduates: the Annual Guild Scholarship Fund and the Brother Albert Plotz Endowed Memorial Scholarship. The Guild’s aim during its “Diamond” anniversary year is to bring the endowment back to its prerecession $1 million plus. Watch the Saint Mary’s events calendar for Guild activities.
Making Saint Mary's History in Tennis
With just one year of college left, women’s tennis player Jenny Jullien returned to campus this fall with one thing on her mind. Make it count.
Who Is Jerry Brown?
A symposium at Saint Mary's on Governor Jerry Brown: Leadership & Legacy examined the impact of one of the Golden State's most iconic political leaders.
Distinguished Professor Award
Professor Myrna Santiago received the 2013–14 Distinguished Professor Award from the Mexican Academy of Science and the Mexico–U.S. Foundation for Science. Under the auspices of the highly competitive award, Santiago gave a series of lectures on the oil industry at several Mexican universities in January, and conducted a seminar with and advised graduate students studying the topic. The sponsoring institution for Santiago’s activities in Mexico was the Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology. Santiago’s book, The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor and the Mexican Revolution, 1900–1938, was published in 2009.
Honoring Those Who Served
On Veterans Day, a memorial Mass in the Saint Mary's Chapel honored the College's and the community's veterans. Joe Buenavista M.B.A. '04, a U.S. Navy veteran, read the names of the fallen veterans, and, following Mass, Russ Harrison, a Marine Corps veteran and former chair of the SMC Board of Trustees, hosted a luncheon. The gues speaker was Rear Admiral Benjamin F. Montoya, U.S. Navy (ret.).
Service With DIRT
Shawny Anderson’s Jan Term students aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. In fact, the acronym they use for their service-oriented trips is DIRT—Dismantle, Immerse, Reflect, Transform. Anderson, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, has been leading labor-intensive trips to impoverished areas since 2002.
New MFA in Dance
Saint Mary’s has created a new MFA in Dance Program that will begin in the 2014–15 academic year. The program, with concentrations in either Creative Practice, or Design and Production, will approach dance through the lens of the liberal arts curriculum.
Power to the Pink
What do you think of when you see pink? A light sunburn, a bright highlighter, Molly Ringwald, perhaps? If you’re at Saint Mary’s, you might think of a room full of faculty, administrators and alumnae celebrating 20 years of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program.