SMC to Host Rugby National Championships


The 2016 D1A Rugby National Championship will be held May 7 on the Saint Mary’s campus, including matches in the Men’s D1AA, Women’s D1 Elite, DI, and DII divisions. The D1A final—which the SMC men’s team has won for two years running—headlines the event. “We have a long and proud rugby tradition that dates back to 1888,” said Associate Athletic Director Marty Storti.

Celebrate Black History Month

One cannot tell the story of the United States without preserving and reflecting on the ways in which African Americans have made history. Visit the Black History Month page to learn about the events and activities occurring throughout this month, or add your own events by creating a calendar listing and sending it to [email protected].

SEBA Student Wins $10,000 Scholarship

EnglesIn honor of Evan Marwell, winner of the 2015 Visionary of the Year Award, SMC has awarded Executive M.B.A. student Anita Engles a $10,000 scholarship. Engles, who has worked in the tech industry for more than 30 years, wants to explore entrepreneurship and startup ideas. In five years, she hopes to run her own company.

#GaelTales: Joe Legaz ’04

LegazJoe Legaz ’04, no stranger to large events, has worked Taylor Swift concerts, Wrestlemania, two World Series, and was drenched (right) during Game 7 of the 2012 National League Championship Series at AT&T Park. Now, he is organizing a big moment in the year's biggest game: the trophy presentation at Super Bowl 50 Feb. 7.

View from Jan Term


Roland Merullo, author of Breakfast with Buddha, this year's common reading for first-year students, visited Kirsten Schwartz's Jan Term class on meditation and Merullo's books during an all-day visit to campus last week.

Visionary of the Year Committee Announced

The nominating committee for the second annual Visionary of the Year Award has been announced and includes SEBA Dean Zhan Li and last year's winner, Evan Marwell. “In creating the award with the San Francisco Chronicle, we saw an opportunity to recognize individuals who personified our SEBA mission to “Think Globally, Lead Responsibly,” Li said. “The committee has once again selected a top-notch field of nominees who are using their business and leadership skills to drive positive social change.” This year’s winner will be announced March 29.

#GaelTales: Leslie Ajari ’08

Leslie AjariA new story series, #GaelTales, highlights Saint Mary’s alumni working in fields ranging from law and film to teaching and tech. First up: Fly-fishing guide and blogger Leslie Ajari ’08, who took third place last year at the World Championships of Spey Casting—a fly-casting technique that originated in Scotland.

Jan Term: A Student Perspective

Students Alex Gambero and Erica Escalante

Alexa Gambero '17 and Erica Escalante '16 discuss their Jan Term classes—The Art of the Screenplay and Sport in Higher Education—and why Jan Term is so special at Saint Mary's. 


Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and Jay-Marie Hill

An audience of about 350 gathered to listen to activist Rev. Osagyefo Sekou on Jan. 19 as part of the 2016 Jan Term Speaker Series. In “After Ferguson: The Dream for Justice,” he encouraged African-American students and white allies to continue pursuing equality. After Sekou’s address and Q&A, Oakland activist and musician Jay-Marie Hill led the audience in song. Sekou met Hill after helping wash pepper spray from her eyes after a police confrontation with Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Cleveland.

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