President James Donahue welcomes back the SMC community. "The students, faculty, and staff of the College are its heart and soul. I have said many times that what we do here is nothing short of remarkable," he says. He also discusses the new Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which he called "a good plan, a strong plan that is grounded in our mission and sets a course for our future. This year will be filled with our first steps toward making that vision a reality."
And They're Off!
Saint Mary's came alive again with students pouring onto campus for Move-In Day and Weekend of Welcome 2015. Classes began Monday, Aug. 31. See the excitement on social media.
SMC Librarian Margaret Brown-Salazar, one of three staff members who participated in the first Jan Term internships open to employees this year, helped build a library at a youth detention center in the Philippines. She and SMC students added hundreds of books and set up an online cataloging system.
Love to Snap? Saint Mary's is now on Snapchat with pics and video clips of all the many happenings across campus. You can also follow Saint Mary’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #omgsmc or tag us @stmarysca.
Brother Clarence Schenk 1932-2015
Brother Clarence Schenk, FSC, retired faculty member of the Communication Department and a beloved member of the Saint Mary’s community, died of natural causes on Friday, Aug. 21. He was 83 years old. Brother Clarence is fondly remembered as the College’s unofficial film historian. He owned 300-400 films, which he shared with students and community members in the small movie theater he built in the Brothers’ residence.
The Gaeltastic Class of 2019
Of the 663 freshmen arriving on campus this week––a highly diverse, smart, and engaged group—47 percent are from the Bay Area, 11 percent from Southern California, 18 percent are from out of state, and 3 percent hail from 12 different countries.
New Students Arrive This Week
When new students and families arrive (see this issue’s Did You Know item), there will be lots of folks asking for directions and other information. Get ready by glancing at a campus map and this handy list of commonly asked questions.
New Plans to Reduce Waste on Campus
In response to Pope Francis' challenge in his recent Encyclical to tackle "the throwaway culture which affects the entire planet," SMC's Sustainability Committee is launching new plans this fall to reduce the use of paper and plastic products in Oliver Hall. The committee is also working to reduce overall waste, and give clearer direction about what we can compost, recycle, or put in the trash.