Farewell to Brother Ron
The Saint Mary's College community turned out in force on Wednesday, May 8, for a festive farewell party for Brother Ronald Gallagher. The midday ceremony included official proclamations honoring Brother Ron for his eight years of service. Brother Ron also received a certificate bearing a blessing from Pope Francis, which was met with clear delight.
SMC Experts Weigh in on Pope Francis
The bell in the arcade rang with joy when Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on march 13. meanwhile, more than 330 news stories, including wire reports from the associated press, carried commentary by SMC faculty experts.
Ideas Into Action
Saint Mary's Provost Beth Dobkin was featured in Diablo magazine's May issue. Dobkin is among seven women the East Bay magazine spotlighted in its "Women to Watch" feature story as innovative individuals with creativity and courage. The article highlights Dobkin's perspective on what it takes to be a successful leader in higher education and underscores her commitment to Saint Mary's mission of inclusive excellence.
Language of Landscape
River of Words, part of Saint Mary's Center for Environmental Literacy at the Kalmanovitz School of Education, celebrated the creativity of children around the world at the 18th Annual Youth Creativity Awards in San Francisco on April 21. River of Words encourages young people to explore and savor the watersheds where they live and trains educators to guide them with inspiration and passion.
Gaels Lobby for Grants
On Cal Grant Lobby Day, Saint Mary's sophomore Jessi Bailey (at the podium) and other students took their campaign to save Cal Grant funding to the legislature in Sacramento.
Pi in the Face
Charles Hamaker, Michael Allocca and Ellen Veomett, all professors in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, got their just desserts on Pi Day. Pi Day is celebrated every year around the world on March 14 to commemorate the mathematical constant Π (pi): 3.14159, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It's quite useful in geometry, physics and probability and statistics. Or in determining the area of the circular pastries that Saint Mary's students throw at their math and science professors on 3.14.
What Employers Want from College Grads
A new report shows that the Saint Mary’s take on higher education is right on target,
- 80% agreed that students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
- 9/10 stressed the importance of hiring employees with ethical judgment and intercultural skills.
- 75% want more emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.
- 93% cited the ability to think critically as more important than a person’s major.
- 2 in 3 think most graduates have the ability to succeed in entry-level positions.
Fashion for a Cause
The Saint Mary’s Guild held its annual fashion show on a sunny Saturday in April. The guild was established in 1939 to raise scholarship funds for Saint Mary’s students. Through a series of activities and public events, the membership supports two scholarship foundations: the Saint Mary’s Guild Annual Scholarship Fund and the Brother Albert Plotz Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Pitching to Angels
SEBA students compete for a spot at the Keiretsu forum at the 2nd annual Business Idea Competition.
A Fight for Rights
Maria Elena Durazo '75 visits SMC amid national labor campaign for immigration reform.
SMC Athletes Shine in Tournament Play
What a year it has been for Saint Mary’s Athletics! Men’s basketball, women's basketball, men's golf, rugby, volleyball and tennis all saw tournament action this year.
Volleyball Takes to the Sand
Sand volleyball debuted as a Gael sport last year, and the team ended the season ranked No. 9 in the nation. On top of that, Dalas Dodd and Jordan Shaw made it to the round of 16 in the AVCA Sand Volleyball Collegiate National Championships, defeating UCLA and Loyola Marymount before falling to Florida International University. "The sand program has been a great addition to our indoor program," said head volleyball coach Brent Crouch. "The players love it." —Courtesy SMC Athletics
From Walk-on to the NCAA
"You look at me and you are going to think I am a vulnerable defender. So, I have to bring it every day."
NCAA Sanctions Men's Basketball Program, Imposes Penalties
Just days before the men's basketball team played its first game in this year’s NCAA tournament, the association sanctioned the program for "failing to monitor" the men's basketball program, citing recruiting violations by a former assistant coach, impermissible training and skill sessions, and "oversight failures" by Head Coach Randy Bennett.
The Way of the Cross
Fourteen original engravings depicting the Stations of the Cross by famed French Expressionist Jean Charlot were on display during "The Way of the Cross," a conference sponsored by the Catholic Liturgical Arts Committee. Brother Charles Hilken spoke about the cross as a symbol and object of art.
In its sesquicentennial year, Saint Mary’s confers more than 1,100 degrees
Students Learn from SMC's Miss Manners
"Get your elbows off the table! Your fork is on the left! Put that napkin on your lap!" Sound familiar? As kids we’ve all heard such mealtime instructions, quick reminders to mind our manners. Dinner with the family might have always come with rules, but how crucial are manners in the working world?
Down to a Science
A group of Saint Mary’s alumni had raised $85,000 to establish an endowment for biology students in honor of Larry Cory, who was named Professor of the Year in 2007.
Pygmies and Gorillas
It isn't often that a graduate business class needs to weigh the needs of pygmies and gorillas, but that's what a Saint Mary's class called "Doing Business in Africa" led by Professor Linda Herkenhoff did recently as part of a study of sustainable economics.
Eye on the Carnaval
The exuberant sights and sounds of "Carnaval" in New Orleans, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Trinidad-Tobago, Italy, Spain and Switzerland are on display at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art in a lively multimedia exhibition running from Feb. 2 to April 14. The show, which includes costumes, musical instruments and videos of the celebrations, is brought to SMC by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The electrifying rock musical Spring Awakening, based on a trail-blazing play by German expressionist Frank Wedekind, certainly woke up audiences at Saint Mary's last fall. Director Reid Davis, choreographer Jia Wu and a talented cast of SMC students offered a frank but hauntingly sweet portrayal of the issues facing teenagers as they discover their true selves. Recently the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival recognized the performance as a top theatre production and the College was invited to enter Spring Awakening in the District IV competition for national awards in February.
Yusuf Nessary helps kids get a "Jumpstart" in life.
Energy Drinks a Buzz Kill?
Have you ever tossed back an energy drink before your first meeting of the day or in the midst of that late-afternoon slump? If you have, you might want to talk to SMC Biology Professor Vidya Chandrasekaran.
We couldn't help but sing, clap, stand and move along when Oakland's St. Columba Gospel Choir performed in the Saint Mary's Chapel in January. They were part of a stirring event — Soulful & Sacred, Celebrating the Black Catholic Experience—that also honored the 150th anniversary of the Emanci- pation Proclamation, Saint Mary's sesquicentennial and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.
By Leaps and Bounds
The physically demanding career of a professional dancer often gets in the way of earning a college degree and preparing for a life after dance. LEAP (Liberal Arts Education for Arts Professionals) has changed all that. The internationally recognized SMC bachelor's degree program, designed specifically for current and former professional dancers, helps these artists achieve their academic dreams. With branches in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, LEAP has now taken the program to Las Vegas.
Hybrids for a New World
The School of Economics and Business Administration is launching a Master of Science in Accounting program in July 2013. The first students in another hybrid program—the new M.A. in Leadership with a concentration in social justice—started classes last June.
New Digital Digs
The new Keck Media Lab opened in Sichel Hall in November. Funded by a $250,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the lab is the first phase of a larger remodel planned for Sichel that will eventually offer a fully integrated Digital Learning Center.
Young Haitians check out their image on an iPhone belonging to a Saint Mary's student who was in Haiti for a Jan Term class devoted to helping earthquake victims.
The Real McCoy
Paul McCoy had his sights set on a possible NBA career until one fateful day during his sophomore year at Southern Methodist University when he went up hard for a layup, and excruciating pain shot through his right knee. He'd torn his ACL.
All in the Family
Basketball comes naturally for Jackie Nared, a junior on the Gaels women's basketball team who's burning up the boards this year.