Rush to Commencement
The Commencement Office is humming, packed with diplomas, awards, caps and gowns, and Gatorade for the 719 seniors and 599 graduate and professional students. Everything is rocketing into place in time for the pomp and circumstance weekend May 23-24.
- Meet Valedictorian Andrew Nguyen.
- Read Commencement Office tips on parking and seating.
- Congratulations to the recipients of the College, Service, Departmental, and Dean's Awards for the Undergraduate and Graduate schools.
Provost Addresses Faculty
Bethami Dobkin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, addressed faculty at the end-of-the-year dinner May 15 with an update on the College's academic progress.
Matthew Dellavedova '13 Shines in NBA Playoffs
Former Gaels guard Matthew Dellavedova '13 became widely known to NBA fans after helping the Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 94-73 win over the Chicago Bulls last week. The Cavaliers play Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
Faculty Award-Winner: Makiko Imamura
Communication Professor Makiko Imamura, who received the Early Career Award from the Saint Mary's Committee on Teaching and Scholarship, said her interest in communication began after a study abroad experience in Canada at age 14. “Living with a foreign family for four weeks and not being able to communicate well, that’s when I got really interested in language,” she said.
SMC Athletics Contracts with Under Armour
Last week, Saint Mary’s announced a multiyear alliance with athletic sportswear company Under Armour as the official outfitter for the Gaels’ Division 1 program. Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel, and equipment for training and game day uniforms for all 17 D1 teams.
The Saint Mary’s community gathered May 6 in Dryden Hall to honor Steve Woolpert’s service to the College as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. Woolpert is stepping down and will remain an SMC professor. Sheila Hassell Hughes begins as the new dean on July 6.
New Director of Meetings and Events
Jessica Park has been hired as the Director of Meetings, Events, and Conference Services, effective May 28. Park comes to Saint Mary's from NorthWest Arkansas Community College, where she worked as Special Events Manager.