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

September 2015

• The Tech Bar in the Library is open during all Library hours, just inside the main entrance and to the right. You can also visit the Tech Bar in Galileo Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or the Garaventa Hall location from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Sept. 14)

• The Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (CWAC) has moved from Dante to De La Salle Hall, next to Hagerty Lounge, where there’s now room to do one-on-one sessions and writing circles in the same space. The center offers writing circles and one-on-one sessions for undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines and levels. Students can make appointments or drop in Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For information visit CWAC or call (925) 631-4684. (Sept. 8)

August 2015

• New students move in this Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Faculty and staff will be directed 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. (Aug. 24)

• In July 2014, a small group of graduates of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program launched The East Bay Review, an independent online literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, comics, essays, new journalism, and book reviews. “We saw there was a vacuum in the East Bay for independent journals,” said Editor-in-Chief Jeff Chon M.F.A. ’13, who teaches composition at SMC. Chon said the all-volunteer group thought, “Why can’t we champion literature from this region and beyond?” The magazine, whose tag line is “This is the epicenter. Be about it,” publishes quarterly. (Aug. 17)

• During the 2014-15 school year, Legacy Garden volunteers put in 1,236 hours of work, equal to $32,556 of labor. The fall 2014 harvest produced 3,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables. In the spring, volunteers made salads for more than 200 people in the spring and harvested about 500 pounds of produce. (Aug. 10)

• Did you know that Saint Mary’s wireless configuration is going to change this Wednesday, Aug. 5? A new approach to WiFi will replace the current process, making it even easier to get online. (Aug. 3)

July 2015

• The Legacy Garden now has two beehives, thanks to Professor Jose Feito, who donated the equipment, and Joseph Krieg ’18, beekeeping mentor. A package of bees and a captured swarm make up the two hives. As of June 30, there are healthy broods, and honey supers (the part of the beehive that collects honey) will be added as the colonies grow and make enough honey to share. (July 27)

• The summer 2015 issue of Saint Mary’s magazine is out. Pick up a copy around campus or read it online. This issue includes feature stories on how SMC grads with English majors are working in high tech and how a Gael baseball player has battled personal challenges to succeed on the field. (July 13)

June 2015

• Saint Mary’s students can now ride County Connection buses for free year-round, instead of just during the academic year. As long as undergraduate and graduate students can present a current SMC student I.D., they may board a County Connection bus for free during traditional daily service hours. The afterhours supplemental shuttle service, the Gael Rail, only operates during the academic year and resumes Thursday, Aug. 27. (June 29)

plane crash• Did you know that a Navy fighter plane crashed on campus during WWII? An alumnus of the Navy Preflight Training School established at Saint Mary’s, now a 90-year-old Orinda resident, saw the Navy Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter go down. (June 22)


• The Moraga Town Council gave the green light to Saint Mary's to extend the hours of operation for the intramural field to 10 p.m. from 9 p.m. on selected nights. SMC will begin installing a new lighting system with less glare at the end of the summer. (June 8)

• The Saint Mary's Gael Blazers cyclists are close to clinching second place in Contra Costa County for large companies in the Team Bike Challenge, which runs during the month of May. Fourth in the county overall, the group of 23 SMC riders covered 1,088 miles in 182 trips. Final results will be confirmed later this week. (June 1)

May 2015

• For the first time, all Saint Mary’s grads will be wearing GreenWeaver gowns made from recycled plastic water bottles. It takes 22 bottles to make one gown. (May 18)

• The Media Department provides Tech Checks as part of its training and consultation service. Tech Checks usually take only a few minutes and have proved invaluable for faculty, staff, students, and guests. The checks provide an opportunity to make sure your laptop, flash drive, or other media work well with the A/V where you will be presenting. Contact the IT Service Desk at (925) 631-4266 to schedule your Tech Check. (May 11)

Gael Pets• May is National Pet Month! To celebrate, email us a pic of your beloved pet and we'll include it in our Facebook album. Or simply post to social media using the hashtag #gaelpets. (May 4)

April 2015

• The spring 2015 issue of MARY: A Journal of New Writing, the MFA Program’s student-run online arts journal featuring creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, reviews, and interviews has just been released. This issue includes poetry and prose, essays, a novella-in-progress, and work by Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being, and for the first time, the Editors’ Prize in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. (Apr 27)

• The Library keeps track of all the new titles staff has purchased lately. Check out this list organized by general subject—it's updated monthly. (Apr 20)

• De La Salle Week kicks off Sunday, April 19 with the eighth annual Run 4 Hunger, followed by Monday’s campus-wide barbecue on the Chapel Lawn at 11:30 a.m. Make sure to attend the Convocation Wednesday at 1 p.m. honoring Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Check out the full schedule. (Apr 13)

Saint Mary's Magazine

• Just what is the American Dream? Read about it in the spring issue of the Saint Mary's magazine, which is online now—and the print version arrives on campus this week. And, besides making us sick, what role do viruses play in the evolution of life on Earth? SMC Professor Keith Garrison talks about this and his research on HIV/AIDS. (Apr 7)

March 2015

• Even though it is spring break for students, there are still places to buy food this week. Café Louis is open Monday– Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, 5–9 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m., and Monday, April 6, 5–9 p.m. Faculty/Staff dining and Oliver Hall will be closed for the break. Faculty/Staff dining reopens Tuesday, April 7. Oliver Hall reopens Monday April 6 for dinner at 5 p.m. Jamba Juice is open during Recreation Center hours. (March 30)

• 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. For more info, visit their site, email [email protected] or call (559) 893-3241. (March 9)

February 2015

Study Abroad• Study abroad can be part of your undergraduate education. The Center for International Programs hosts the Fall Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:30– 2:30 p.m. in Dryden Hall. Meet representatives from international programs and Study Abroad Peer Mentors. Register to study abroad in fall or spring 2015 by March 1. (Feb 23)

The 2015 Fact Book is online, featuring up-to-date information on enrollment, graduation rates, academic programs, faculty, students, applicants, finances and alumni. (Feb 16)

• The Media Services Department provides Tech Checks as part of its training and consultation service. Tech Checks usually take only a few minutes and have proved invaluable for faculty, staff, students and guests. The checks provide an opportunity to make sure your laptop, flash drive or other media work well with the A/V where you will be presenting. Contact the IT Service Desk at (925) 631-4266 to schedule your Tech Check. (Feb 9)

Saint Mary's Legacy Garden• There is a brand-new path called the Gael Trail at the Legacy Garden, just built by students in the Ecology and Art in Action Jan Term class. The trail winds by a hexagonal labyrinth, a bat box and an owl box (which offer safe habitats for both creatures), a windmill and a wood rat den. The 20 ceramic trail markers also identify plants like mugwort, wild artichoke, soap root, poison oak and hemlock. (Feb 2)

January 2015

de la salle The library is home to the Library for Lasallian Studies, a collection available to researchers to use inside the library. It includes printed works by and about De la Salle, and also a collection of works about French religious and spiritual thought. If you wish to use this collection, contact a librarian for an appointment. (Jan 26)

• You can store and share files using SMC’s Google Drive. Google Drive can also sync files across devices. Visit the Tech Bar—open weekdays in St. Albert Hall and in Galileo 111—to learn more about this and other useful Google applications. (Jan 20)

• The Library now has two new bookable group study rooms on the third floor and lots of new study space. Contact the circulation desk at x4229 for more information. (Jan 12)


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