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December 2014

• The Staff Council website helps any SMC community member reach the Council anonymously. Use this online form to voice any questions, concerns or feedback about the Saint Mary’s community that you would like to bring to the Council’s attention. (Dec 15)

• The library is open 24 hours during finals, Dec. 8-10. Also, classrooms on the first floor of Dante Hall are open 9 p.m.-7 a.m. through Dec. 11. Study hard, remember to sleep, and good luck! (Dec 8)

• The and email lists are opt-in lists. Call the Service Desk at extension 4266 to opt in or opt out of either list. The all.faculty and all.staff lists are not optional and special permission is required to post to these lists. (Dec 1)

November 2014

• Oliver Hall and Café Louis will be open for limited hours the week of Thanksgiving. Oliver will be closed after lunch Tuesday, Nov. 25 through lunch Sunday, Nov. 30. Faculty/Staff Dining closes after lunch Tuesday, Nov. 25 and reopens Monday, Dec. 1. Café Louis is open Wednesday, Nov. 26, 5–9 p.m., closed Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Day), open Friday, Nov. 28, 5–9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 29, 7:30 a.m.– 2 p.m. (Nov 24)

• Now students, faculty, staff and alumni can find premium career information through Vault Career Intelligence. Accessible through the Library's website, Vault unlocks exclusive company reviews and rankings, e-books on breaking into dozens of industries and professions, tips on interviewing and writing resumes and cover letters, job and internship postings and more. Questions? Contact Information Literacy Librarian Gina Kessler Lee. (Nov 17)

• Inkjet and laser cartridges are recyclable. Read the box instructions to find out how to recycle an old one. Many companies provide instructions, packaging materials and free postage. Vendors can also offer guidance. Recycle old cartridges on campus in the special red bin located in the e-waste collection area in the Facilities yard. For more information, email or contact Environmental Health & Safety at x8287. (Nov 10)

• Tomorrow, Nov. 4 is Election Day. Our polling place is just down the street from Saint Mary’s at the Moraga Library, 1500 St. Mary’s Road. To make it as easy as possible to vote, we have a dedicated van to take SMC voters from campus to the polling place and back. Buses will stop at the bus stop in front of campus every 30 minutes from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters who requested an absentee ballot and have not yet mailed it can drop it off at the polling place. Don't mail it Tuesday. Every vote counts! (Nov 3)

October 2014

• A record number of students, staff and faculty––185 total, including 110 in Moraga–– registered to vote in the Nov. 4 election over the past two weeks. For the first time, Saint Mary’s partnered with TurboVote, which offers online registration and then keeps voters informed about upcoming elections through texts and emails. (Oct 27)

• Wednesday, Oct. 22 is Campus Sustainability Day. Help make SMC all green all the time! The Sustainability Committee is asking people to post photos of their recyclables to Instagram with #iamrecyclable or #omgsmc. Also check out the ecological restoration movie Green Gold in Galileo 201, Oct. 22 at 12:40 p.m. (Oct 20)

• The IT Service Desk, including faculty and staff laptop lending, has moved from the Library to a larger space on the garden level of Filippi Hall (below the Business and Registrar’s offices). The Service Desk’s regular hours remain the same, offering walk-up support at our Tech Bars–– open weekdays in Galileo 111 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) and now in Garaventa Lobby (9 a.m.–1 p.m.). A student lab proctor staffs the Library Computer Lab (ACF) during all Library hours to help with printing, scanning, login issues and more. (Oct 13)

September 2014

• The Ergonomics Program will now be managed by the Environmental Health & Safety Office, instead of Human Resources. If you need an ergonomic assessment, contact Safa Toma, director of EH&S at ext. 8287. The program covers only ergonomically specialized equipment, not standard chairs, desks, etc. (Sep 29)

books You can check out textbooks and Collegiate Seminar books for two hours from the Library. Don’t let a delayed bookstore or Amazon shipment leave you struggling to catch up––check the catalog to see if it has your required text. Available for two-hour checkout, the Library’s textbook and Collegiate Seminar collections are available at the front circulation desk, allowing students to read that night's assigned chapter or bring the text to class. Don’t get left behind! (Sep 2)

August 2014

  New students move in this Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to turn right when they arrive on campus to avoid move-in traffic; first-year students will be turning left. Parking lots by Brother Urban Gregory Hall and first-year residence halls will be closed Aug. 26-28. Thanks for your patience with our newest arrivals and their many questions. (August 25)

mag The summer edition of Saint Mary’s Magazine is out. Pick up the new issue anywhere on campus or view it online. (August 4)

July 2014

 Students, staff and faculty can check out books from more than 60 other libraries through Link+ and they will be shipped to the Library within two to three days––like Amazon Prime, only free. (July 28)

  For those dreaming of travel, the Saint Mary's Library has a Films on Demand streaming video collection that includes Rick Steves's travel series, plus lots more. (July 14)

June 2014

  The faculty and staff of Saint Mary's have produced a large body of published works over the years. See some highlights. (June 30)

  The library's Bestsellers Collection on the first floor contains hundreds of the hottest fiction and nonfiction titles. Give it a browse to find a relaxing read. (June 23)

lib  Even though the Library building has not magically grown larger, the number of people using it has jumped to 360,000, an increase of 150,000 in the past six years. (June 9)

  The Staff Council annually advises the administration on the SMC holiday schedule. Do you have input? Attend a meeting. (June 2)

May 2014


  Creative Writing Professor Lysley Tenorio’s short story collection, Monstress (Ecco Press, 2012), is the 2014 featured title for the community reading program, One Book, One San Diego. (May 27)

 This year’s graduating class––758 students and counting––is the largest ever in the history of Saint Mary’s. Students hail from 15 countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Nepal, Sweden and Eritrea, and more than 17 states including Nebraska, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Georgia and Massachusetts. (May 19)

• Last week Saint Mary’s staff, faculty and students left their cars at home and pedaled or walked to campus on Bike to Work Day, May 8. The Gael Blazers team, whose 16 members have ridden 390 miles since May 1 in the Team Bike Challenge, are currently in fourth place in Contra Costa County. (May 12)

• Staff Council collaborated with Human Resources to raise the age of tuition remission for dependents to 25. Read more. (May 5)

April 2014

 The average hourly wage for interns with bachelor’s degrees has risen slightly to $16.35 from $16.26 last year, according to the NACE’s 2014 Internship and Co-op Survey. There's also good news for interns with master’s degrees, whose hourly pay also climbed slightly to $22.58, up from $21.90 last year. For more info on internships and job opportunities, visit the Career Center. (April 28)

 Each month the Staff Council highlights one staff member on campus as a part of the Spotlight on Staff Series. (April 22)

 Fine-tuning a sample resume or cover letter? Curious about careers linked to your major? Practicing for an interview? The library has an extensive collection of career books online and in print. (April 7)

March 2014

 Recruiters spend only six seconds looking at a resumé. How is this possible? Many large organizations rely on applicant tracking systems (ATS) to help screen applicants. The system scans for keywords, mathematically scoring them for relevance before sending through for human review. Let the Career Center help you by identifying those vital keywords that will make your resumé stand out! (March 31)

 Norm Partridge, evening supervisor at the Library, is an established fiction writer with such award winning titles as The Man with the Barbed Wire Fists, and Dark Harvest. He's won a total of three Bram Stoker awards and two IHG awards, and is still going strong. His writing incorporates fantasy, horror and the supernatural. (March 24)

 Left class without your cell phone? Dropped your keys somewhere? Many found items are turned into Public Safety, which maintains a Lost and Found. They have collected everything from college IDs to laptops to, in one case, a “water bra.” Items not claimed within 90 days are donated to charity. If you’ve lost something, call 631-4282 to see if it has been turned in or visit the Public Safety office in Assumption Hall. (March 17)

 You can never be too prepared. In the event of a campus-wide disaster or emergency, the school’s GaelAlert system may be the best source for campus information through your email and cell phone. Sign up today on GaelXpress from My Saint Mary’s. (March 10)


 All of the fruit and vegetable trimmings and waste from Sodexo are used as compost for the Legacy Garden. Not only that, all food waste, including student food waste, is transported to a biodigester. (March 3)

February 2014

 Over 1,500 award-winning and classic films, both original and modern, are available for check-out from the Library. Some highlights you can see here. (Feb 24)

 Oliver Hall was named after Bartley P. Oliver from the class of 1873. He was president of the Alumni Association in 1891 and became locally famous for serving as foreman of the grand jury that indicted San Francisco Mayor Eugene Schmitz for corruption. (Feb 10)

 Librarians are on the reference desk to help you with your research 7 days a week. Need help choosing a research topic, can't find the full text of an article, or having trouble with your citations? Come by in person, chat with us online, call us, or even text us -- we're waiting to hear from you! (Feb 3)

January 2014

 The Career Center provides career services to students in all the SMC graduate programs. And every undergraduate and graduate student has access to the job board and can log in using their MySMC login and password. Alumni have access to GaeLink, as well. (Jan 27)

 Brother Alfred Brousseau, the renowned Saint Mary's College physics and mathematics instructor for whom the Brousseau Hall Science Building is named, was an avid photographer who produced more than 20,000 color slides of 2,000 species of California wildflowers, plants and trees. (Jan 21)


 When the Gaels are in between games, they’re hitting the books. In 2013, more than 100 SMC student-athletes were named to the WCC Commissioner’s Cup for having at least a 3.0 GPA. In fact, SMC’s student-athletes graduate with the scone highest success rates among all Division I schools in California, according to the NCAA’s most recent figures. (Jan 13)

 Each year, 60 SMC students make a 300-hour commitment to community service and leadership development through CILSA's Jumpstart, Bonner Leaders and Engaged Learning Facilitators (ELF) Programs. They contribute a combined 18,000 hours of community service to make a positive impact in the Bay Area community. (Jan 6)

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