Did You Know?

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

February 2016

• Camp La Salle, a private Christian Brothers facility, invites all employees of Lasallian organizations to bring family and friends to the Sierra National Forest at Huntington Lake at 7,000 feet elevation. Join fellow Lasallians this summer to explore mountains and lakes, boat, fish and swim, or simply read and rest in the High Sierra from mid-June through the end of July. (Feb 29)

• The new Saint Mary’s website is launching April 3. In preparation, Salli editor training has been scheduled for departments starting March 1. You can view more information about the new site and schedule, and learn what you can do to prepare now in Salli in the Salli Tutorials. Have questions? Submit them via the Web Request form. (Feb 22)

• The new EdTech Center, which offers technology support for faculty (accessible via the Library Tech Bar), opens Wednesday, Feb. 17, thanks to the collaboration of IT Services, the Educational Technology Group, and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship. Faculty can learn about multimedia equipment like classroom projectors, Apple TV, Moodle, Google Mail, shared interactive documents such as Google Drive, flipping the classroom, open educational resources such as free online textbooks, and more. There will be a question-and-answer session with campus technology leaders from 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., including a light lunch. Faculty can also drop by for one-on-one consultations between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Feb 15)

The Career Development Center is offering new support for seniors this year by offering one-on-one 30- minute career chats with a counselor. Students can brainstorm job plans after graduation, including the kinds of positions, companies, and work environments they find most interesting and appealing. The Career Center is here to help. For an appointment, contact a counselor at ext. 4600 or at [email protected]. (Feb 8)

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)