Catholic Relief Services CEO to Speak
Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, will explore how business can transform the lives of poor people everywhere in “Business and the Common Good” this Wednesday in Hagerty Lounge, 6–8 p.m. A guest of SEBA and the Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business, Woo was named "the best kept secret of the Catholic church" by Forbes.
M.F.A. Authors at LitQuake
Faculty and alumni writers from the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program will be out in force this week at San Francisco’s 16th annual literary festival, LitQuake, which runs Oct. 9-17. The mostly free events feature appearances by numerous M.F.A. alumni and faculty, including Brenda Hillman (right), Robert Hass, Matthew Zapruder, Sara Mumolo, Erin Lindsay McCabe, Kelly Gemmill, Paul Ebenkamp, and Yuska Lutfi.
Student Instagram Exhibit
Starting this Sunday, Oct. 18 through Dec. 18, students (undergrad and graduate) can submit their best Instagram photos to be considered for the first-ever Saint Mary’s Museum of Art Instagram Show Feb. 12–April 24. Current students should enter their most creative and most artistic photos for consideration.
The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Barber, S.J, Bishop of the Oakland Diocese, spoke in the Chapel last week about Laudato si', the second encyclical of Pope Francis, and care for our common home, followed by Mass.
Organized by Seminar, Roman Night included a special visit of Romans from the days of Augustus. The evening featured gladiator games, wild boar, and tales from the Roman frontier.
Explore the Pope's Encyclical
The campus welcomes several experts Wednesday who will discuss the pope’s encyclical at two free events. The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Barber of the Oakland Diocese will speak in the Chapel, 3:30-5:30 p.m., followed by a Mass. Later, panelists George Griener, S.J, Sr. Damien Savino, F.S.E., Ph.D., and Anthony Strawa, Ph.D. will participate in “The Katie Springer Forum: Science and Religion as Partners in Pope Francis' Call to Action,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Soda Center.
SMC Presents Lindsay Wildlife App in D.C.
Chemistry Professor Steve Bachofer and Melissa Strongman of the Lindsay Wildlife Experience participated in the SENCER 2015 Symposium Poster Session in Washington, D.C. last week. The duo reported on two collaborations, including LWE Encounters, an app that educates the public on interacting with Bay Area wildlife.
SMC’s Year in the News
National and regional news mentions about Saint Mary’s—7,012 media hits—were at their second highest since the Gaels made it to the Sweet 16 in 2009-10 (Matthew Dellavedova in the NBA finals didn't hurt). More than a dozen national news outlets quoted or reported on the work of SMC faculty members over the past year.
SEBA Partners with Armanino at Conference
SEBA recently partnered with accounting and business consulting firm Armanino to offer professional development workshops at its annual client conference. Faculty members Jose Plehn-Dujowich, Wenting Pan, and Kirk Knapp spoke, and SMC Regent Rand Morimoto gave a keynote presentation on cyber security.
African Cultural Night First of Many
Visiting Professor Jennifer Lofkrantz launched a series of African cultural events last week with African Cultural Night, featuring African drumming, music, and West African food. The evening was sponsored by the History Department and the Global and Regional Studies program.