Faculty-Staff Giving Drive Kicks Off Tomorrow

Come togetherSaint Mary's success relies on many—including the philanthropy of faculty and staff. During SMC’s Fall Faculty and Staff Giving Drive, Nov. 18–Dec. 2, employees are encouraged to make a gift of any size to the College area that is most personally meaningful, from arts and athletics to academics and scholarships.

Contingent Faculty Union Update

Instead of the National Labor Relations Board hearing on Nov. 10, the College and the Service Employees International Union met to define which contingent faculty should be included in the upcoming vote. Once the NLRB approves the agreement between the College and the SEIU about which faculty can vote, ballots will be mailed Dec. 8, with a Dec. 22 deadline. Votes will be counted Dec. 29.

Campus Tobacco Policy Survey Begins

cigsLast fall, 11 student volunteers picked up more than 2,000 cigarette butts on campus in one hour. Today is the first day of the Smoke-Free Saint Mary’s Survey, which asks students about limiting and eventually banning on-campus smoking. The survey, which coincides with national Smokeout Day Wednesday, ends Nov. 21.

Students Compete for $1 Million in Seed Money

Thanks to the efforts of SEBA's chapter of Net Impact, Saint Mary’s has been chosen as one of the regional sites for the Hult Prize Competition—a start-up accelerator for budding social entrepreneurs—that will give $1 million dollars in seed money to the winning idea about early childhood education in urban areas. The next workshop is Thursday, Nov. 20 to prepare for the Dec. 4 competition.

For the Love of Whales

WhalesMark Ferrari ’72 leaped into the Pacific near the Channel Islands and discovered his life’s work when he borrowed an underwater camera. The experience led Ferrari to Hawaii, ocean wildlife photography, meeting his wife, and 40 years of studying the humpback whale.

Contingent Faculty Union Hearing Today

The hearing with the National Labor Relations Board regarding the petition submitted by the Service Employees International Union on behalf of SMC contingent faculty was rescheduled to today. President Jim Donahue and Provost Beth Dobkin have posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Uncommon Soldiers

civil warThe estimated number of women who fought as men on both sides of the Civil War ranges from 250 to more than 1,000. Many died and were buried as men, taking the stories of their service to the grave. Erin Lindsay McCabe M.F.A. ’10 has written I Shall Be Near to You, a novel inspired by letters by a woman soldier.

SEBA Marketing Class Helps Local Nonprofits

KolhedeSince 1997, students in Professor Eric Kolhede’s applied marketing research class combine business savvy, the liberal arts and service through consulting with nonprofits in Contra Costa and Solano counties.

Father David Gentry-Akin's Path to Priesthood

Father DavidSaint Mary’s “baby priest,” as Father David Gentry-Akin—professor of theology and religious studies at SMC for 21 years—affectionately calls himself, was ordained on June 14, 2014 for the Diocese of Stockton. Gentry-Akin, not raised Catholic, began his career teaching English to immigrant children from Central and South America.

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