Saint Mary's Celebrates Pope Francis's Visit

Pope bellFrom 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

PeteRecently 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

DOESaint 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

baseball IanThanks 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.

President to Attend Pope’s Congress Address

Capitol Hill.President Jim Donahue will attend the historic address by His Holiness Pope Francis to a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24. Donahue, a noted theologian and ethicist, is the invited guest of Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA 11th). Listen for the ringing of the historic SMC bell Tuesday at 1 p.m. to celebrate the pope's arrival in the United States.

Saint Mary’s Raises Nearly $10 Million

Lisa Moore.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

2015-2016 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.

Update on Contingent Faculty Union

Provost Beth Dobkin updates the community on the continuing negotiations between the new contingent faculty union and the College.

Help Make Walking and Biking in Moraga Safer

Gael walking her bike on campus.Wish Moraga had better bike paths or safer pedestrian walkways? The town of Moraga wants to know what the SMC community thinks about local biking and walking conditions. Everyone who responds to the transportation survey (open through September) can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Moraga officials will use the survey results for new walk/bike projects.

View from Campus

Maxine Hong Kingston signing her book.

National Book Award–winner Maxine Hong Kingston spoke at LeFevre Theatre last week, kicking off the 20th anniversary of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program with the free Creative Writing Reading Series. Hong Kingston (pictured above signing books) noted the program's place in a Catholic institution showed "there is something spiritual in writing."  Later she said of her work, "Breathe in spirit and we will be able to breathe out writing, words."

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