alumni success stories

Von Hayes '79

Von Hayes, former National League All-Star and member of the 2008 Saint Mary's Hall of Fame class, is rapidly earning an impressive reputation as an effective developer of young talent.

Karen Pank ’92

Deputy Legislative Secretary to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Valerie Fleming '03

Marching in the Parade of Nations in February at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, will be the culmination of a lifelong dream for Valerie Fleming '03.

Andrea Pernell '83

For Dr. Andrea Pernell, life has been a series of unlikely twists and turns, like the courses on which she made her mark as a Saint Mary's cross-country runner.

Dr. Carl Wu '74

Sylvia (Marquis) Harper '75

Sylvia Harper grew up in Silver Terrace in San Francisco, and went to Saint Mary's Cathedral High School, which was affiliated with the Christian Brothers' Sacred Heart High School. For a city girl, the remote campus in Moraga was enchanting.

Robert Hass '63


In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of Saint Mary's Integral Program, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass '63 argued that themes from Homer's Trojan War epics are as relevant as ever given the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Mary Volmer '01, MFA '05

I came to Saint Mary’s College to study biology and the life sciences, but after two years changed majors to English.

To study the heart in biology we’d cut it up, learn names for the parts, their functions, and maladies. The heart was reduced to a mechanism, which impressed but did not inspire me.

Bob McAndrews '32

Bob McAndrews '32.

Robert McAndrews ’32 passed away on Aug. 24.2009 at the age of 98.

Stacey O'Connor '05

Stacey O'Connor '05.

When millions of sports-crazed Britons pack arenas and tune in tellies for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, former Gael Stacey O’Connor ’05 (circled above) hopes to give them reason to cheer.