Explore the Pope's Encyclical
The campus welcomes several experts Wednesday who will discuss the pope’s encyclical at two free events. The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Barber of the Oakland Diocese will speak in the Chapel, 3:30-5:30 p.m., followed by a Mass. Later, panelists George Griener, S.J, Sr. Damien Savino, F.S.E., Ph.D., and Anthony Strawa, Ph.D. will participate in “The Katie Springer Forum: Science and Religion as Partners in Pope Francis' Call to Action,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Soda Center.
SMC Presents Lindsay Wildlife App in D.C.
Chemistry Professor Steve Bachofer and Melissa Strongman of the Lindsay Wildlife Experience participated in the SENCER 2015 Symposium Poster Session in Washington, D.C. last week. The duo reported on two collaborations, including LWE Encounters, an app that educates the public on interacting with Bay Area wildlife.
SMC’s Year in the News
National and regional news mentions about Saint Mary’s—7,012 media hits—were at their second highest since the Gaels made it to the Sweet 16 in 2009-10 (Matthew Dellavedova in the NBA finals didn't hurt). More than a dozen national news outlets quoted or reported on the work of SMC faculty members over the past year.
SEBA Partners with Armanino at Conference
SEBA recently partnered with accounting and business consulting firm Armanino to offer professional development workshops at its annual client conference. Faculty members Jose Plehn-Dujowich, Wenting Pan, and Kirk Knapp spoke, and SMC Regent Rand Morimoto gave a keynote presentation on cyber security.
African Cultural Night First of Many
Visiting Professor Jennifer Lofkrantz launched a series of African cultural events last week with African Cultural Night, featuring African drumming, music, and West African food. The evening was sponsored by the History Department and the Global and Regional Studies program.
View From Parent and Family Weekend
About 200 parents and family members visited campus last weekend, where they attended information sessions about Jan Term, study abroad, campus resources, performing arts, and School of Science summer research.
Saint Mary's Celebrates Pope Francis's Visit
From ringing the historic SMC bell heralding the pope's U.S. arrival to a group viewing of his address to Congress, the Saint Mary’s community was abuzz last week about His Holiness Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States. President Jim Donahue attended the pope’s address and along with other SMC experts, shared his insights on Catholicism today with numerous media outlets.
College’s Net Assets at Record Level
Recently released financial statements show that Saint Mary’s continues to improve its financial position, said Vice President for Finance Pete Michell. Total net assets increased by $3.5 million to $239.6 million this year, setting a record for total net assets, the highest since the pre-recession high of $223.9 million on June 30, 2007. Michell has also released a summary of the recent fiscal year's financial highlights.
SMC Awarded $1.1 Million Five-Year Grant
Saint Mary’s has received a $1.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Education to support the High Potential Sphere of Success, a new initiative to academically support low-income and first-generation students. The five-year grant is funded through the department’s TRIO Student Support Services Program, which supports underrepresented students in higher education.
Title IX Sexual Assault Prevention Policy Update
During the staff and faculty days in August, Title IX Coordinator Eduardo Salaz, associate vice president of Human Resources, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Evette Castillo Clark, dean of students, as well as faculty members Ed Tywoniak and Cynthia Van Gilder, discussed Title IX Sexual Assault Prevention and Bystander Intervention. Learn more about the College’s Title IX Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy.
Anchoring Home Plate
Thanks to the strong support of the Saint Mary’s community, baseball catcher Ian McLoughlin '16 continues to shine on the field after fighting back his demons.
Saint Mary’s Raises Nearly $10 Million
The Advancement Team, led by Lisa Moore, had a record-breaking year, increasing the total number of donors by more than 7,000. The team also raised nearly $10 million, with more than $3.4 million going toward endowed scholarships.
Welcome to New Faculty Members
Saint Mary’s welcomes 30 new full-time faculty members this fall. "This vibrant group is incredibly accomplished, and they have much to offer the SMC community through their deep expertise and cutting-edge approaches to both teaching and scholarship," said Cynthia Ganote, director of faculty development.