Quake Effects Minor at SMC, Mont La Salle
The 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the Bay Area early Sunday caused no damage on the Saint Mary’s campus. The Christian Brothers’ center at Mont La Salle in Napa experienced only superficial damage when items inside were rattled to the floor. In both locations all major systems are functioning properly and no injuries were reported. The quake occurred near the West Napa and Carneros-Franklin faults.
New Students Arrive This Week
When new students and families arrive (see this issue’s Did You Know item), there will be lots of folks asking for directions and other information. Get ready by glancing at a campus map and this handy list of commonly asked questions.
Holt Sports Legacy Continues at SMC
Ilyssa Holt, younger sister of basketball standout Stephen Holt ’14––who just finished playing for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League––will play on the Gaels women’s soccer team as a freshman.
Alums Open New School in Concord
A group of Saint Mary’s alums, including Marilyn Paquette ’97, Mark DeMarco ’83, Ken Hofmann ’45 and Lisa Hofmann Morgan ’81, has opened De La Salle Academy, a new middle school for boys from low-income families in grades five through eight.
SEBA Grad Goes Solar
Gerald Cabrera, Executive MBA ’14, quit his job at PG&E to launch his company, SolarFi, which uses solar power to make streetlights more efficient. Cabrera won $3,000, advice and free legal counsel at the Business Idea Competition in 2014.
WASC Team Visits in September
The team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visits the campus Sept. 9-12 to continue the third year of the standard accreditation process. Dean and Vice Provost Christopher Sindt outlined the team’s visit at the annual Staff Day (pdf), including ways for the community to interact with the Team. Learn more about the WASC accreditation process.
Summer Wine Festival
More than 450 fans of the grape tasted samples from 35 California wineries and two breweries Sunday afternoon, Aug. 17 for the Tenth Annual Summer Wine Festival, sponsored by Saint Mary’s and the Alumni Association. Proceeds support SMC student scholarships.
SMC Alum Featured on Katie Couric Show
JG Larochette '02, who launched the Mindful Life Project in Richmond schools in 2012, appeared on Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, Katie, last month. The program, which uses mindfulness to help at-risk kids, yielded a 40 to 65 percent drop in suspensions its first year.
De La Salle H.S. Football Movie Opens Aug. 21
When the Game Stands Tall, a movie about the 151-game winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team, opens Thursday, Aug. 21. Coached at the time by Bob Ladouceur, MA ’89, the Spartans set a national record.