When Saint Mary's College student leaders of 2004-05 gathered with faculty and staff in early May to recognize student achievements, their celebration looked to the future as much as it paid tribute to the past year.

Students from across the campus were honored for their work on May 10 with a recognition reception titled "The Courage to Lead." More than 175 members of the college community attended, including about 130 students who worked in campus-wide student leadership programs and organizations, including Club Leadership, CILSA, Athletics, Admissions Ambassadors, Resident Advisors, Campus Ministry Pastoral Team, ASSMC Executive Team and Senate, Program Board and Media, and others.

"It was a spectacular event, and to my knowledge, the first of its kind," said Brother Michael Sanderl, FSC, assistant dean of student life for mission. "It celebrated the 'we' of Saint Mary's College, and the 'we' of student leadership."

The evening included comments by Saint Mary's College President Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC, an audio-visual presentation portraying the faces and voices of outstanding student leaders, and a keynote address by Marguerite Hinrichs, program coordinator for the Office of Student Life Programs at California State University, Hayward.

Brother Michael hopes "The Courage to Lead" program will foster the notion that despite many outward forms, student leadership has a unifying theme.

"Our student leaders are encouraged to see leadership through a wider lens, to regard their leadership as service in the Lasallian tradition, expressing the courage and leadership of our founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle," he said.

-- Joseph Wakelee-Lynch
Office of College Communications

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