As we approach the joy of the holidays, it is hard to be confronted with the tragedy and violence of recent global events. In solidarity with all the people and countries (France, Lebanon, Iraq, and Russia) who have been faced with sudden and senseless loss of life, Mission and Ministry organized a gathering at the doors of the Chapel Monday afternoon. The brief gathering remembered and honored the innocent people who have lost their lives as a sign of peace for our human family.
Nominations Open for Staff Distinction Awards
The Staff Council and the Human Resources Department have officially launched the Staff Distinction Awards, a new annual recognition program that will award five staff members $3,000 each for performance and contributions that support the College. The five award categories are: Customer Service, Inclusive Excellence and Building SMC Community, Innovative Solutions Award, Leadership, and Pillar of Strength. Nominations close Jan. 22.
New Chief Diversity Officer Announced
Saint Mary’s has named Tomas Gomez-Arias as the institution’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Gomez-Arias, a marketing and global business professor who teaches in the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA), will serve as the College’s executive diversity and inclusion strategist.
Emergency Building Coordinators Needed
The Incident Management Team will hold a campus-wide emergency drill on Thursday, Dec. 17. In preparation for the drill and ongoing emergency preparedness, the College is seeking Building Coordinators for a number of key buildings, including Brother Jerome West, Garaventa, the Rheem campus, and more. See the Building Coordinator List to learn if your building needs a coordinator. Volunteer by contacting Director of Health and Safety Safa Toma.
Faculty and Staff Giving Drive Kicks Off
Great things are happening at Saint Mary’s, and the philanthropic support from our faculty and staff makes it all possible! During the Fall Faculty and Staff Giving Drive, Nov. 17–Dec. 1, employees are encouraged to continue being part of what’s possible at SMC by making a gift of any size to any area of the College they choose.
U.S. Poet Laureate to Speak at CILSA Conference
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant farm workers, is the featured guest speaker at the Leadership for Social Justice Conference “Living Truths: Migrating Voices” on Saturday, Nov. 21. The conference focuses on issues such as the politics of immigration in the United States, the refugee crisis in Europe, and preparing college students to address these critical issues.
The Associated Students hosted Gael Spirit Day on Veterans Day last week, celebrating everyone wearing SMC clothing with free food.
Don’t bother asking Erica Musgrave ’16 how she spent her summer. One of the top college math students in the United States, Musgrave will say only that she interned for 12 weeks at the National Security Agency in Maryland. “It’s classified,” she said.
Teachers for Tomorrow Anniversary Party
The Saint Mary's community, including alumni, gathered last week to toast the Teachers for Tomorrow program and to honor co-founders Carole Swain (above, far right) and Jerry Brunetti, and former co-director Susan Marston. Since 1999, the program has sent 125 teachers into positions in elementary schools throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
“It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future,” said Yogi Berra or Mark Twain. In 1943, IBM’s founder said that a few room-sized computers were all the world needed and a 1955 soothsayer predicted nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners. In the fall magazine's Roundtable, we asked the SMC community: What innovation did you expect in the future, and did it happen?