U.S. Poet Laureate Speaks on Immigration
Students, faculty, and staff flocked to the Soda Center early Saturday morning to hear Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino United States Poet Laureate. Herrera was the featured speaker of CILSA's Leadership for Social Justice Conference, “Living Truths: Migrating Voices.” “It’s beautiful to be migrants,” he said, “because migrants are trailblazers and pioneers.”
Students Compete in Hult Prize Competition
Last week, students participated in the 2016 Hult Prize Competition, hosted by SMC's Net Impact chapter, proposing projects focused on ways to solve problems due to overpopulation, poverty, and pollution in urban environments. Each team had seven minutes to present its plan to the panel of judges, which included Tesla Motor’s CIO Jay Vijayan.
Professor Greg Smith’s Advanced Human Anatomy class offers students both the time-tested study of the human body through cadaver dissection and cutting-edge 3-D imaging of anatomical structures. It’s a winning combination for SMC students headed to graduate or medical school.
Staff Spotlight: Kim Sullivan
Kim Sullivan, who has been at Saint Mary’s for 10 years, manages communication strategies and provides support for Information Technology Services. A fan of the art and design around campus, Sullivan likes to spend time with her family and hopes to hike the Camino de Santiago one day.
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.