Provost Addresses Assembly on Cal Grants

Provost Beth Dobkin provided testimony before the California State Assembly Higher Education Committee in favor of AB 831 Bonilla (D-Concord) on Tuesday, April 7. AB 831 would change the maximum Cal Grant awards for students attending private nonprofit postsecondary educational institutions, beginning with the 2015-16 year.

Keith Garrison Wins Fulbright Award

GarrisonBiology Professor Keith Garrison has won a Fulbright Award, which will help fund his sabbatical in France this fall to study the evolution of disease-resistant genes in ancient wine grape varieties from the Alsace region at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. Also, Garrison’s research on viruses is spotlighted in the spring issue of the Saint Mary’s magazine.

Reducing Water Usage

Governor Jerry Brown recently issued an executive order asking for a 25 percent reduction in water usage in California through February 2016. SMC Facilities Services, which responded to the Governor’s January 2014 request for a 20 percent reduction in water consumption, will now conduct a campus-wide assessment of water usage and implement additional strategies in the coming weeks.

SMC Choir Sings at Carnegie Hall Saturday

choirWhen the Saint Mary’s choirs competed in Latvia last July, where they won two gold medals at the World Choir Games, a New York concert producer invited them to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of an American choir showcase called Gotham Sings! The Chamber Singers and Glee Club, under the direction of Professor Julie Ford, perform Saturday, April 18.

Staff Council Voting Opened April 13

Voting for the 2015-16 Staff Council election began Monday, April 13, and will remain open until the end of business on May 1. Voters and candidates alike are encouraged to attend the next Staff Council meeting on April 14 and ask questions about the election process, councilmember responsibilities, and more. Vote for the candidate of your choice today.

Gaels Get Fit

fitHappening now—GaelFit 3.0, a program that tests overall fitness, is open to everyone in the SMC community and beyond. Watch a short film about the Human Performance Lab and how it tests some of the fittest athletes on Earth.

Invitation to the Academic Convocation

President James Donahue invites the Saint Mary’s community to the Academic Convocation honoring Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, the Superior General of the Christian Brothers, on Wednesday, April 22 during De La Salle Week. Brother Robert’s career is an outstanding example of life-long leadership and service in Lasallian education.

Evan Marwell Named Visionary of the Year

Education Superhighway CEO and founder Evan Marwell has been named the first ever Visionary of the Year. The award, presented by the Saint Mary's M.B.A. and the San Francisco Chronicle, is given to Bay Area leaders whose foresight helps improve the world.

Tier III Scheduling Open

Highlights of the 2015-16 academic calendar are now available and scheduling for Tier III events is underway, which includes smaller campus events, institutional and departmental meetings, plus meetings of the Associated Students Senate and assorted clubs.

IT Connects More Classrooms to Central Server

IT Services has now connected Windows computers in all classrooms, except in Brousseau Hall, to a central server, which makes the machines run faster and lowers equipment costs. This technology, called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, has been successfully piloted in Garaventa Hall and the library’s computer lab. Questions? Call (925) 631-4266 or visit any Tech Bar location.

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