Saint Mary’s Raises Over $10 Million
The Advancement Team, led by Lisa Moore, has worked hard this year, raising more than $10 million—an increase of more than 36 percent—to support scholarships, capital projects and the endowment. They have also stepped up their national presence, hosting 8,000 guests at 90 events.
SMC Gold Medal Choir Concert
The Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers and Glee Club, fresh from winning two gold medals in Latvia at the World Choir Games this summer, perform selections from their competition songs Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 p.m. on the Chapel steps.
WASC Visit Concludes
At the conclusion of their visit on Friday, the WASC Team offered their preliminary observations. The team commended the College on its “innovative, holistic” educational experience, its commitment to engagement, focus on Inclusive Excellence, improvements in student success and approach to strategic planning. The team encouraged the College to continue its focus on student success and keep our "feet on the pedal" regarding program review and assessment.
Jan Term Travel Deadline Sept. 25-26
From Guatemala, Vietnam and Rome to India, Bali and the Sundance Film Festival, Saint Mary's students can travel the world through January Term Travel courses. Students must attend an information session—the last one is Sunday, Sept. 21––to register by Sept. 25-26.
Student Success Portal Launches
Notice students skipping class, bursting into tears, looking not quite right? Let the SMC experts know right away by submitting confidential information through the new Student Success Portal, a college-wide program through Student Engagement and Academic Success.
Title IX and Sexual Assault Prevention
Saint Mary’s has a strong Title IX Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy, that helps the community—faculty, staff and students—find the right resources in case of a sexual assault on campus.
Pigskins and Problem-Solving
Peter Morelli ’73 is the new president of Saint Mary’s High School in Stockton and has just started his 18th season as an NFL referee. The first game he ever reffed? Saint Mary’s vs. Santa Clara in 1991.
Provost’s Welcome and Update
Provost Bethami Dobkin updates the community on the health of Saint Mary’s as we have our first “wellness exam” in 10 years with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visit this week. With 771 new students—183 transfers, 20 percent from out of state and about a quarter entering as Honors students—the College is off to a robust beginning of the year.
Barbara McGraw Wins Mahatma Gandhi Award
Barbara McGraw, director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism, has just won the Hindu American Foundation’s Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism, for her work to increase interreligious understanding.
Saint Mary's College Guild Celebrates Its 75th
The Saint Mary's College Guild, whose group of volunteers has raised more than $1 million for scholarships, celebrates its 75th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 13 with Mass, a social and dinner on campus. Tickets are still available; RSVPs due today.
The 2014 Rumor Mill Report
During the popular Rumor Mill portion of All Staff Day, Aug. 15, Saint Mary’s staff members posed questions to Pete Michell, vice president of Finance, and Eduardo Salaz, associate vice president, chief Human Resources officer—some of which they answered that day, and others they did not get to. Topics ranged from fees for parking and the new recreation center to merit pay, salaries and health insurance costs.
Investing with a Conscience
Students can learn the ins and outs of socially conscious investing this fall with the launch of the Saint Mary’s College Investment Group. Thanks to a private donation, investors have $125,000 to handpick businesses that are socially responsible.
New Staff Recognition Task Force
This summer, Saint Mary’s formed a new Staff Recognition Task Force, whose purpose is to develop a College-wide approach to staff recognition, to align with the College’s goal of attracting, retaining, and rewarding outstanding staff members.
Madeline Bell '15 just drew the Chapel on the board at the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum, where student Writing Advisers help their peers write more clearly—in person or via Skype. Each semester someone starts drawing on the board and Writing Center visitors add to it during the semester. Stop by and add to it!