Art for the Ruggers
Bob Alberto ’63 painted this picture of the 1963 centennial year rugby team to celebrate the College’s sesquicentennial year. Alberto, who calls himself the Imposter Impressionist, taught himself to paint after retiring from a business career with Morgan & Simpson Pacific. His painting will hang in the future Gael Rugby Fieldhouse.
Dine With Alums: Magic!
Dine With Alums is an annual event at which students are able to network with alumni, trying out their dreams on graduate/mentors who have already followed theirs into the "real world." The guest speaker for the most recent networking dinner was Peter Kelly '98, who followed his dreams to Industrial Light & Magic, the fabled home of such movie classics as E.T., Jurassic Park, Beauty and the Beast, Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean.
New Leadership for the Alumni Board
Getting graduate alumni more involved in Saint Mary’s will be a key focus of the Alumni Board for the next two years, under the leadership of J.P. Musgrove ’07, the board’s new president. For the first time, under his leadership, the Alumni Board has put together a two-year strategic plan, which will be concentrating on improving the work of its various committees and putting extra effort into its newly established graduate alumni committee.
Living the Mission
The Child Concern Foundation orphanage in Mto-wa-Mbu, Tanzania, was a tin-roofed, sun bleached building that sat on the side of a dirt road. The 36 children who lived there slept in two bedrooms — two kids per bunk — and went to school in the attached classroom. Nine thousand miles away, among vintage wines and expensive cars in Menlo Park, Katie Cooney M.A. '92, Trans-Global Executive M.B.A. '11, raised money for the Child Concern Foundation: $60,000 in a single night.
Everyman, Labor Leader
John Moylan, who has served the union cause for more than 60 years, was extolled as an “Everyman and model citizen.” He was recently honored by more than 100 people at a Henning Institute award dinner, where members of the Irish Piper Band of San Francisco played in his honor. During the ceremony, the vice consul of Ireland, Kevin Byrne, presented a letter of appreciation to the honoree, and SMC President James A. Donahue presented papal blessings.
Adventure in Her Blood
Breeanne "Breezy" Jackson '04 can take the heat — and the mind-numbing cold. As an environmental scientist, Jackson has done everything from gather data in the blistering heat of a wildfire to her current job—teaching survival skills to research scientists in Antarctica.