SEBA Leadership Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications
SEBA is now accepting student applications to the Leadership Fellows program. This program is designed to develop the next generation of business leaders. As Leadership Fellows, students will be mentored by a faculty member and invited to actively participate in activities that advance their leadership skills and capabilities. Application due by December 21st. Don't wait to apply.
Saint Mary's Hosts Conference on Science and Civic Engagement
How do you increase interest in students in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and at the same time create a civic engagement course that benefits communities surrounding your college? That question was the focus of math and science professors from a dozen California colleges and universities who gathered at Saint Mary's for a regional conference sponsored by SENCER (Science Engagement for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities). Read more.
Panel on Moral and Ethical Leadership
SMC President Jim Donahue and Diocese of Stockton Bishop Stephen E. Blaire will share their insights on moral and ethical leadership Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Soda Center. Father Mike Russo will moderate the approximately one-hour discussion, the last in a semester-long course on Leadership. Read more about Tuesday's panel.
If there’s one class where it’s okay to daydream, it’s Father Justin Cannon’s new dream class at Saint Mary’s College. The young Priest-in-charge of St. Giles’ Episcopal Church (a community that worships at the Saint Mary’s Chapel) is starting a dream group in January, for anyone interested in exploring their innermost thoughts. Learn more.
Tech Help There For the Asking
When it comes to tech learning, drop-ins are encouraged at Tech Tip Thursday, where IT staff set up shop in the Faculty Dining Room, and at the Tech Bar in Galileo Hall, patterned after the Apple Store Genius Bar. As a result, it's easy to learn new technology. In fact, the Tech Bar has seen a three-fold increase in customers since its inception last year. Find out more.
A History of Saint Mary's
After 35 years of teaching at Saint Mary’s College, Ron Isetti, professor emeritus of history, has just published his latest book On these Promising Shores of the Pacific: A History of Saint Mary's College. It was a labor of love that took five years of digging through the archives on campus, at Mont La Salle and in Rome. Read about this and his next project.
AACSB Accreditation Team Visits
A team of representatives from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)—an organization that provides accreditation for business and accounting programs—visited Saint Mary’s last week for the final step in an evaluation process that could lead to SEBA’s accreditation by the prestigious organization. Read more about this important two and a half day visit.
An improved SMC Post Office on Feb. 1
The Saint Mary’s Post Office, currently run by the United States Postal Service (USPS), will be taken over by the College as of February 1, 2014. This is due to fiscal challenges faced by the USPS. Along with this change, the mailroom of the College will be incorporated into the Campus Post Office. Read more about the extended hours and better services coming in February.
Upcoming Tattoo Exhibit at the Saint Mary's Museum
If you’ve got MOM tattooed on your bicep or a butterfly inked on your ankle, the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art is looking for you. Last week was the first open call for members of the Saint Mary’s community to document their tattoos for a colorful new show that opens February 2, 2014, highlighting the art of tattooing through photos, video and interviews. Read the story.
A Brothers' Thanksgiving
The Brothers’ communities at Saint Mary’s celebrated a Thanksgiving progressive dinner on Sunday and several took a few minutes to tell us what they are grateful for this year. Read more.
Campus Thanksgiving Dinner and Sodexo Holiday Hours
Sodexo invites you to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner here at Saint Mary’s, tonight, 5-7 p.m., at the Soda Center. And if you need a quick coffee or a warm bowl of soup during Thanksgiving week, don’t get left out in the cold. Keep in mind the reduced days and times of service.
Play's West Coast Premiere Shines
The paradox of intelligence is that as we mature mentally we ask more questions only to find fewer answers. Playwright Laura Jacqmin—who came to Saint Mary’s last weekend for Performing Arts' West Coast premiere of And when we awoke there was light and light—populates her play with such tough questions and complicated characters. Read about the performance and hear from the playwright.
SMC Symposium Probes the Mystery of Gov. Jerry Brown
Who is Jerry Brown? Is California’s longest-serving governor an idealist or a scrappy, bare-knuckles politician? A visionary trailblazer or a calculating opportunist? A November 12 symposium at Saint Mary’s College on “Governor Jerry Brown: Leadership & Legacy” examined the impact of one of the Golden State's most iconic political leaders and found plenty of evidence for all those descriptions. Read more.
Power to the Pink: Women’s & Gender Studies
Celebrates 20th Anniversary
A welcoming pink backdrop set the scene for a celebration on November 13 of the growth of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program over the past two decades. The program blossomed out of protests and is now a respected, high-profile program on campus. Read more and view a photo gallery.
#OMGOCTOBER Vine Contest Winners
From "Batman De La Salle" to future Gaels, the votes are in for the winners of the #OMGOCTOBER Vine contest. Congratulations to Alex Kummert ‘15, Brad Waldow ‘14, Mimi Mead ‘17 and Kimi Cerami (future Gael). Watch the winning Vines.
Costa Helps Adult Students Find a New Path
Sue Norton Costa, the program manager for the B.A. Program in Leadership and Organizational Studies, has been working with adult learners at SMC since she came to the College 23 years ago. She enjoys witnessing the changes in students as they “find their voice, realize their talents and often come to see the world in a new way.” Read a Q&A with Costa.
SMC Alumnus Brings "Magic" to Dine With Alums
Peter Kelly '98, an animator for Industrial Light & Magic, entertained and enlightened the audience at the annual Dine with Alums event, which gives students a chance to network with alumni who have followed their dreams into “the real world.” Read more.
Saint Mary's to Present West Coast
Premiere of New Play
Saint Mary’s Performing Arts Department will present the West Coast premiere of Laura Jacqmin's And when we awoke there was light and light on Thursday at 8 p.m. in Lefevre Theatre with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and, as a special honor, playwright Laura Jacqmin and director Susannah Martin will speak with the audience before Friday’s show and Jacqmin will lead a discussion after Saturday’s show. Learn more about upcoming performances, and about the production, and buy your tickets online now.
Governor Jerry Brown—Leadership and Legacy
Explore the history, philosophy and impact of one of the most fascinating leaders in California history—Governor Jerry Brown, who recently became the state’s longest-serving governor. A panel of experts, including Chuck McFadden, author of Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown, and Rob Stutzman, former aide to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, will discuss and dissect Brown’s long road from young reformer to hard-hitting political powerhouse. Learn more.
Above and Beyond the Round Table:
Brunetti Receives Seminar Professor Award
For more than 30 years, Professor Jerry Brunetti and the Collegiate Seminar Program have been almost synonymous. Brunetti brings a love of learning, not only for the texts but also for his students, to each Seminar class and on Nov. 6, 2013, those qualities were recognized as he was awarded the DeSales Perez award for Excellence in Collegiate Seminar. Read more.
Speaker Series Features SMC Grads
Taking the Tech World by Storm
Is there a place for liberal arts majors in the world of high tech? A number of SMC-educated tech wunderkind returned to Saint Mary’s to take part in an ambitious Communication Leadership Speaker Series and shared some priceless insights about their route to success. Read more.
Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
Maybe business can be personal after all. When the School of Economics and Business Administration offered a presentation on “Emotional Intelligence: Your Competitive Advantage” at a recent professional development workshop, Jessica Weatherford of Marble Arch consultants provided strategies to help manage emotions in the workplace to build trust and communicate more effectively. Read more.
Gaels: Tales of a
Brother Dominic Ruegg is a classics scholar and archeologist who has traveled to the far corners of the world, sometimes by freighter. He has written a book, Tales of a Brother Errant, about his lifetime of travel, adventure and archeology. Read a Q&A with Brother Dominic.
Opera Star Headlines Concert at Saint Mary's
To Raise Money for Oakland School
Famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade performed in the SMC Chapel in a benefit concert for St. Martin de Porres Elementary School in Oakland. The evening of music also featured Saint Mary's Chamber Singers, violinists from St. Martin's, soprano Christie Lee Peterson and tenor Sydney Wagland. Read more and view a photo slideshow of the concert.
Congressman Miller Brings Passion for
Education, Health Care, Labor to SMC
For the past 40 years, Representative George Miller has forged his way through Congress as a political pioneer. In a discussion with Saint Mary’s students last week, Miller said his role in shaping Obamacare is one of his proudest achievements. He also touted the benefits of his legislative initiatives to raise the minimum wage and make higher education more affordable. Read more.
Saint Mary's College Hosts Prestigious Diversity Forum
More than 1,200 students flooded to SMC as the College hosted the California Forum on Diversity in Graduate Education for the first time. The students came from all across California to attend panels and meet more than 200 recruiters representing 134 institutions from across the country. Learn more, and find out what the attendees thought of the forum.
SMC Athletics Video Director Was Inspired by Jan Term Courses
For Bryan Navarro, who was recently named as director of creative video for Saint Mary’s Athletics, his career started with his January Term experiences, particularly Professor Shawny Anderson’s travel course to New Orleans. Learn more.
How Saint Mary's Shaped SF History
The Catholic Church—and Saint Mary’s College—had a major role in influencing social change in San Francisco, as Professor William Issel revealed in a talk sponsored by the Henning Institute. Learn more about this era when the church and SMC alumni vied with Marxist, fascist and communist labor activists for the hearts and minds of SF workers.
Trustees OK Modification to SMC Budget
Vice President for Finance Pete Michell reports that the Board of Trustees recently approved several modifications to the College’s FY 2013-2014 operating budget that increase operating revenues by 1.6% to $124.2 million and operating expenses by 1.0% to $123.8 million. Learn more.
Opera Singer Frederica von Stade
To Perform in Benefit Concert at SMC
Renowned opera star Frederica von Stade will celebrate the Saint Mary's partnership with St. Martin de Porres Elementary School in West Oakland with a concert on Friday in the Chapel. The concert will feature a performance by the great mezzo-soprano, accompanied by the Saint Mary's College Chamber Singers, young violinists from St. Martin de Porres and several guest artists. Learn more.
Parent and Family Weekend Draws Huge Response
Each year, Saint Mary’s invites parents and families to come to campus and reconnect with their long-lost progeny, and this year's Parent & Family Weekend drew a huge response. About 800 people attended, up from about 300 last year, and some participated in a special box lunch event at the cross. Read more.
Tending the Garden – A Reading and Reflection
CILSA Director Marshall Welch and Julie Welch, steward of the Legacy Garden, shared passages from their new book, Tending the Garden, during a reading last week. The book presents the garden as a metaphor for nurturing one's spirituality. Learn more about the book.
SEBA International Student Finds a Home at SMC
A year ago, Yijing Ding was in her hometown, Shanghai, studying linguistics and working as a research assistant. Today, she’s enrolled in SEBA’s Professional MBA program, and she has gone from being a student who was afraid to speak up to one who’s fully engaged in Saint Mary’s and community internships. Read more.
New SMC Enrollment and Communications Leader
Hernan Bucheli has been appointed as vice provost for enrollment and communications for Saint Mary’s College. Bucheli, who is currently vice president for external affairs at Notre Dame de Namur University, has been an enrollment management professional for more than 17 years and previously oversaw systemwide enrollment at Chapman University and Alliant International University. His appointment is effective on Jan. 1, 2014. Read more.
Clark Named as New Dean of Students
Dr. Evette Castillo Clark will join the Saint Mary's community as dean of students on Nov. 18. She has 19 years of student and academic affairs experience, most recently as adjunct professor in educational leadership, counseling and foundations at the University of New Orleans and assistant dean of students in student programs at Tulane University. Learn more.
Science & Business: A Catalyst for Success
How can scientific curiosity be used to turn a profit? What business skills do physicists need? Thomas Loker and alums John Macken ’62 and Gint Federas MBA ’03, all scientists-turned-businessmen, spoke on the competing and complimentary relationship between science and business at “The Scientist as Entrepreneur” panel discussion. Read more.
The Immortal Question of Ethics and Health Care
Inspired by The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Professor Tom Poundstone from the Theology & Religious Studies department and Dr. Ali Rezapour from SMC’s Health & Wellness Center led a discussion on health care, medical ethics and some controversial medical practices in U.S. history that proved the value of the college’s first-year reading. Read more.
Voices: Leading Change for the Future
A Q&A with Members of the College Community
In his inaugural address, President Donahue spoke about leading Saint Mary's toward a future filled with positive change and success. We asked some members of the College community what they hope to see in Saint Mary's future. See what they had to say.
Views: New Exhibits at the SMC Museum
Four new exhibits opened Sunday at the SMC Museum of Art. "The Artist Revealed: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits," with portraits of Ansel Adams, Paul Cezanne, Winslow Homer, Edouard Manet, Norman Rockwell, Edward Steichen and others. Also opening are Judy Dater: Edo Redux, Malcolm Lubliner: The Automotive Landscape and, in the Keith Gallery: Nature's Tranquil Splendor. Learn more.
James A. Donahue Inaugurated as President of Saint Mary's College
Saint Mary's welcomed a new president on Oct. 11 with a moving inaugural ceremony on the Chapel Lawn. In his inaugural address, the president told an audience of about 900 that his plans for the college are "nothing monumental. We're just looking to change the world. ... We'll do that one student at a time." Noting that Saint Mary's has been seen as a "hidden gem," he added, "Now we aim to become a highly visible 'polished gem.' One that illuminates the landscape of higher education." Read more and view more inauguration information, including a video of the event.
Photos from Inauguration Events
The day was filled with colorful sights, from the Inaugural Mass in the morning to a community lunch with student entertainment to the inauguration ceremony on the Chapel Lawn. View the photo gallery.
Catholic Liberal Arts Education - Inaugural Symposium Asks: What's It Good For?
What is it that makes a Catholic liberal arts education distinct, and even desirable? And is it answering the needs of today's SMC students? A symposium held as part of the inauguration of President James A. Donahue explored these questions. Read more and view a photo gallery of the event.
NCAA Denies College's Appeal
The NCAA announced today that it has denied the appeals of both the College and Coach Randy Bennett, and all penalties have been upheld. Read the NCAA release for more information.
White House Insider Pitches Public Service - Despite the Government Shutdown
Chris Lu, who spent most of his career in public service and served until recently as Cabinet Secretary to President Barack Obama, came to Saint Mary’s College to extol the value of public service.
It was a gutsy move, all thing considered. With nearly the entire U.S. government shut down, political gridlock in Washington, millions of federal workers on furlough, and Americans’ approval of Congress at an all-time low, it’s an especially tough time to make a case for the transformative power of public service. Read more.
Healthcare at Catholic Colleges in the Spotlight
Saint Mary's is reviewing the essential benefits requirement under California law in light of recent changes in coverage at Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University. Read more.
SEBA Professor Examines Business Ethics
In Myanmar's Emerging Market
SEBA Professor Judith White, who recently traveled to Myanmar to conduct research on the emerging market in the Southeast Asian nation, predicts that the opening up of the country after years of sanctions will spark a conflict between corporate social responsibility and the country’s endemic corruption. While in Myanmar, White met with Lasallian educators to plan a potential T-GEMBA immersion trip in the country.
Labor Leader Receives Henning Award - and His Own Ale
It isn’t every occasion that’s so special that a beer is created in its honor, but that was the case when the Henning Institute at Saint Mary’s College honored John Joseph Patrick Moylan for distinguished service "For the Dignity of Work and the Worker” during a dinner at the Soda Center. Learn more.
MFA in Dance
Will Strut Its Stuff
Saint Mary’s has created a new MFA in Dance Program that will be offered beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. The program, with concentrations in either Creative Practice or Design and Production, will approach dance through the lens of the liberal arts curriculum.
Gaels Seize Opportunity to Connect
With Employers and Grad Schools
Saint Mary's students turned out in their best duds to network with more than a hundred employers at the Career, Internship, Nonprofit and Graduate School Fair. It was a great opportunity to network and line up connections - or score that first post-college job. Here's what some students thought about the fair.
Eckhouse Named to EMBA Council Tech Panel
Professor Barry Eckhouse has been appointed to the Executive MBA Council’s newly-formed technology panel, an international group of leaders in new media and higher education. The Executive MBA Council strengthens the bonds among Executive MBA programs throughout the world and contributes to the advancement of executive education. Learn more.
Enter SMC Vine Contest for a Chance to Win Prizes
The #OMGSMC craze continues during the month of October with a Vine contest. Students, staff, faculty and alumni can participate by creating a Vine (six-second video) and submitting their video on Twitter. Follow all of the submissions by searching for #OMGOCTOBER. Visit stmarys-ca.edu/omgoctober for full contest description and rules.
Students Learn How To Be Global Leaders
Sophomores Suzanne Denson and Mitchell Woodrow learned how to address problems on global scale during the Lasallian Summer Program on Leadership and Global Understanding in Philadelphia. See what they have to say about the experience.
Forum on Catholic Liberal Arts Education
Will Kick Off Inauguration Activities
What do Catholic Liberal Arts colleges and universities have to offer that’s unique and relevant to our world today? That’s the focus of an interactive symposium set for Oct. 10. SMC President James A. Donahue, University of San Diego President Mary Lyons and others will share their thoughts on the subject. View the schedule.
Grand Piano Inspires SMC Musicians
Music was in the air as Saint Mary’s musicians presented a grand concert to welcome a Steinway grand piano donated by two MBA alumni. The event featured piano performances, chamber music ensembles, and the SMC Chamber Singers and Glee Club. Learn about the people behind the piano, their musical roots and their passion for Saint Mary’s.
Branding Project Teaches Real-World Lessons
When graduate business students in Professor Tomas Gomez-Arias’ marketing class set out to help shape the brand of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, they faced unexpected, real-world challenges. Learn more.
Study Abroad Fair Draws Throngs of Students
At last week’s Study Abroad Fair, hundreds of students started making their dreams a reality as they checked out more than 30 international programs, from colleges in New Zealand and Russia to Semester at Sea. After a day at SMC, one exhibitor said, “There is definitely an air on campus that exudes the importance of studying and interning abroad.” Want to study abroad? Learn more
New “Head, Heart and Hands” Endowment
Established at SMC
The Mulvaney Family “Head, Heart and Hands” Endowment Fund has been established at SMC to allow CILSA to broaden programming that supports student community engagement and service. Lafayette philanthropists Karen and Tom Mulvaney established the fund with a $500,000 commitment, pledging to match contributions of up to $50,000 per year for the next five years. Learn more.