Cal Grant Will Not Be Cut
Governor Jerry Brown signed a $115.4 billion budget for 2015-16 which fully funds the Cal Grant for the private nonprofit sector. This avoids a potential 11.3 percent cut as proposed in January. The state legislature postponed the 11.3 percent cut for the next two years allowing the maximum award for Cal Grant A to remain at $9,044 and for Cal Grant B at $1,656 for new students.
Lysley Tenorio on Heading to Rome
Professor Lysley Tenorio, recent winner of the Rome Fellowship in Literature Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, spoke with Jeff Marcus Wheeler, M.F.A. Fiction ’15, about his upcoming year in Rome. Tenorio discusses his ideal writing day, what he’s packing, and the importance of place in his work.
Facilities Projects Updates
The Chapel Tower project is complete, new parking spaces have been created and six new classrooms are slated for upgrade. Learn more about progress toward completion of summer facilities projects and what's coming next in the latest update from Director of Project Management Diane Hardy.
BlackRock Analyst Visits SEBA Class
SEBA welcomed Phillip Todd, a strategy analyst for BlackRock’s securities lending team, who spoke to students in the Financial Analysis and Investment Management Program this June. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Todd addressed many subjects, including securities financing and prime brokerage fundamentals.
View from Orientation
Jessica Elfin '19 of Livermore, whose father is an SMC alum, and Mary Fernandez '19 of Oakley take a break from new student orientation last week. Incoming students and their families will be on campus again this Thursday.
Break out your best Saint Mary’s welcome for the fresh faces on campus this week when incoming freshman and their families arrive Wednesday, June 24 for the first of this summer’s student orientations. Prepare for questions from visitors on where things are by glancing at a campus map (pdf).
Heard that sitting is the new smoking? From walking to the Cross or the Redwood Grove, to the campus perimeter or the Lafayette Trail, there are many lovely, restorative walks on campus. We want to hear your walk suggestions. Please send ideas to [email protected] and we will collect them, with directions, number of steps, and photos.
Update Regarding Unemployment Benefits
Human Resources has updated and expanded information regarding unemployment benefits for employees, including lecturers and adjunct faculty. Visit the Human Resources section of the Saint Mary's website for more information.
Simon Tryzna '15 Leaves Investment Legacy
Simon Tryzna ’15 chose Saint Mary’s despite the fact there was no school-supported investment group on campus. After four years, serving on SEBA’s Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board, and a lot of work, he has left SMC with the Responsible Investment Group and a plan for its continued success.
Linking Horses to Learning
The EQUUS program in the Kalmanovitz School of Education has found some special partners at Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center in the Oakland hills where Oakland fourth- to sixth-graders pursue their lessons with help from horses.