Provost’s Welcome and Update

BethProvost 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

BarbaraBarbara 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

StaffThis 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.


BellMadeline 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!

Welcome Back

President James Donahue welcomes back the SMC community. He says his greatest discovery this past year is that “the quality of the educational learning and the talent of the people of SMC is extraordinary.”

And We're Off!

Move-inWith more out-of-state and international students than ever before, this year’s freshmen moved in last week with the help of more than 160 enthusiastic WoWies. Classes begin today for all students, including our 772 newest additions—588 freshmen and 184 transfers. Photos, videos, stories, social media and more.

Poet Robert Hass Wins Wallace Stevens Award

hassThe Academy of American Poets has awarded Robert Hass ’63 the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement. Hass, 73, is a former U.S. poet laureate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book award, and author of numerous collections of poetry.

Meet the R.A.'s and R.D.'s

SelfiesCheck out our selfie wall of SMC resident advisors and directors—and even one dog.


Saving Water on Campus

WaterWith no rain in sight, Saint Mary’s is working to adjust watering times, recommending shorter showers, and adding low-flush toilets and drought-tolerant plants.

Seminar in the Redwoods

WalkingProfessor Rebecca Carroll takes her Seminar class outside to discuss Henry David Thoreau’s “Walking.”

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