President's Christmas Party
Staff and faculty gathered at the Soda Center Friday night to celebrate Christmas with President Jim Donahue and his wife, Jane Purinton (far right). See photos of the festivities.
Visionary of the Year Award Nominees
SEBA Dean Zhan Li and the San Francisco Chronicle have announced the nominees for the first ever Visionary of the Year Award, which honors a business leader for innovative thinking, creativity and social entrepreneurship. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant and a $10,000 scholarship will go to an SMC graduate business student.
Galileo Hall will be the site of a full-scale emergency exercise on Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 2–10 p.m. Members of local police, fire and emergency medical service teams will conduct an "active shooter" scenario in the building. The exercise will affect parking and roadways in the areas right next to Galileo and role-players will be using realistic-looking weapons.
Twelve Days of Christmas Songs Kicks Off
Yesterday marked the first of 12 days of Christmas songs at Saint Mary’s. Listen to a Christmas song every day through Dec. 25, performed by members of the SMC community.
SEBA Launches New Master's Program
In response to the growing need for data analysts with business acumen, SEBA is offering a new M.S. in Analytics Program. The year-long program will be offered in a hybrid format—half online and half in the classroom—and begins July 2015.
Contingent Faculty Union Update
Ballots were mailed to eligible contingent faculty on Dec. 8 and are due back to the National Labor Relations Board no later than Dec. 22. For future updates, check the Contingent Faculty Union Effort website.
New Grant for Women in Science
Saint Mary’s has received a three-year $300,000 grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program for eight full scholarships for upper division women majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.
Brother Myron Collins, 1931-2014
Brother Thomas Myron Collins died Dec. 3 in Napa at 83. Born in Berkeley in 1931, Brother Myron retired to Mont La Salle in 2011 after 46 years as a professor of chemistry at Saint Mary’s, where he also served as a chemistry tutor and Resident Director. He loved puns and lent his tenor voice to many choirs. The funeral Mass and burial are Saturday, Dec. 13 at Mont La Salle, Napa.
#GivingTuesday Raises Over $30,000
Thanks to all who generously gave $30,534 to the College during last week's #GivingTuesday efforts, the one-day event was a huge success. Throughout the day, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends invested in SMC’s future, helping to change the world one student at a time.
Wine for Scholarships
There are two ways to buy wine and support Saint Mary’s this month. From Dec. 5-19, 100 percent of any purchase of Br. Timothy (pictured at left) Cabernet Sauvignon through the Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation goes to the Lasallian school of your choice. (Hint: choose Saint Mary’s.) Also Speratus Wines, run by Kelly Trevethan ’85, is offering 20 percent off purchases through Dec. 31, with a portion of each sale benefiting SMC scholarships.
Twelve Days of Christmas Songs at SMC
Not in the holiday mood yet? Never fear, we are here to help. Beginning this Sunday, Dec. 14, listen to a Christmas song every morning for 12 days, cheerfully performed by members of the SMC community by groups ranging from a ukulele duo to our award-winning choir.
Contingent Faculty Union Update
The National Labor Relations Board begins mailing ballots to contingent faculty today. Completed ballots must be received by the NLRB no later than Dec. 22. President Donahue also offered a reflection on the effort in a letter to faculty last week.