1Day1SMC is Wednesday, March 25
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Faculty Award Winners
The four winners of the Committee on Teaching and Scholarship annual faculty awards, which give a $5,000 stipend, are: Jan Doane, English department—Research Scholar; Ellen Rigsby, Communication department—Service Award; Berna Aksu, Management department—Teaching Excellence; and Makiko Imamura, Communication department—Early Career. The first three awards recognize tenured faculty; the Early Career award recognizes a new outstanding pre-tenured track faculty member.
Lysley Tenorio Wins Rome Fellowship
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded SMC English Professor Lysley Tenorio its Rome Fellowship in Literature Prize. The prestigious prize, which provides for a one-year residency in Rome, is awarded to about 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent excellence.
Business and the Challenges of Inequality
Chris Lu, deputy secretary of the United States Labor Department, will give the keynote speech at a half-day conference exploring how the business world can tackle inequality of all kinds, hosted by the Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business on Friday, March 27. SEBA faculty and industry experts will run five workshops and a panel discussion.
Lu’au Cultural Night Celebrates Polynesian Roots
The Cultural Nights continue this Thursday, March 26, 6–9 p.m. with “Recalling our Past, Embracing our Future,” the ninth annual Lu’au celebrating Polynesian culture with dances, spoken word, and a Kalua pig dinner. Tickets will be sold at the Soda Center door starting at 5 p.m. (Photo credit: Marian Pantaleon/IC)
WASC Reaffirms SMC's Accreditation
The College received the WASC Commission Action Letter on March 6 reaffirming its accreditation for a period of nine years, a significant accomplishment for any college and especially positive for Saint Mary’s. The College was commended for our cohesive mission, our focus on the meaning, quality and integrity of the degrees we offer, our strides in inclusive excellence, and the improved student success outcomes. The commission requested an interim report in fall 2018 on three areas for continuing attention and development. Read the full letter.
Report Ranks SMC High on Return on Investment
A new report from the research firm PayScale ranks Saint Mary’s in the top 5 percent of the 1,223 colleges and universities surveyed for return on investment. SMC was also ranked 36th in Best Value Private Colleges and 64th as Best Value College in the Nation.
Mark Anthony Neal on Black Male Identity
Last week, author Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African American Studies at Duke University, discussed representations of black masculinity. “Because we’ve accepted narratives that have placed [black men] in small boxes,” Neal said about television, film, and music, “we never get any broader example in the culture of how human some of these folks are.”
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First Grad Fair for Grad Students
Attend the first ever Graduate and Professional Studies Grad Fair in the bookstore this Thursday, 3:30–7:30 p.m. to check out vendors of graduation announcements, class rings, custom frames, and more, plus treats and door prizes.
SEBA Students Win $3,000 for Business Plan
Swimming in “a gracious shark tank,” six SEBA teams pitched business ideas to angel investing group Keiretsu Forum on March 5 for a shot at over $5,000 at the Fourth Annual Business Idea Competition. One pair won $3,000 for their plan to manage short-term rentals.