An archive of the "Did You Know?" section of the weekly SMC Bulletin.

February 2016

• The 2015-2016 Fact Book highlights some impressive accomplishments for the College. For example, the 2015 entering freshmen class is the largest since 2010 and has the highest average high school GPA (3.64) on record. The proportion of traditional undergraduates that is minority (non-white) is a record-high 48.7 percent, with the graduate student figure of 38.2 percent also a record high. And the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2014-15 (759) continued to set new highs. (Feb 1)

January 2016

• Free Wi-Fi is now available on all County Connection buses with fixed routes, including the regular Saint Mary’s routes to Orinda and Lafayette BART. Part of an improvement project that began two years ago, the free Wi-Fi service is secured through the Sprint network. (Jan 25)

• Thanks to Armando Martinez-Lopez ’12, low-income families received free tax preparation help (and saved more than $200,000) last spring through a volunteer program at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord. Martinez-Lopez, now working on his master’s in accounting at SMC, had done volunteer tax assistance through an SMC accounting class. He plans to offer the program again this year. (Jan 19)

• Green Monday is happening every Monday this month in Oliver Hall. Students can pledge to observe Green Monday, which advocates for everyone to eat at least one plant-friendly meal that day. Plants require far less water, land, and other resources to grow meat. Also happening this month are Waste-Less Wednesdays, a program to educate the SMC community on the amount of edible food wasted in Oliver Hall and around campus. On Wednesdays in January, dining hall visitors can pledge to take only the food they plan to eat. Come to the kickoff Monday (there will be snacks and swag!) in Dryden from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Jan 11)

• The winter 2015 issue of MARY: A Journal of New Writing, the online magazine run by M.F.A. in Creative Writing students, is out. This issue includes work by Cristina García, Sarah Manguso, and Meg Elison, whose novel won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. Since 2002, MARY has published contemporary poetry and prose from a diverse group of talented emerging and established writers. Congratulations to Managing Editor Tiffany Jimenez, M.F.A. Fiction ’16 and the rest of the graduate student staff. (Jan 4)

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