A Vast Store of Knowledge, and a Willingness to Share

By Erin Hallissy
Photography by Toby Burditt

Darrell Corti '64.

Darrell Corti '64 arrived at Saint Mary's College in 1960 with something unusual for that era: a 3-foot-square refrigerator for his dorm room.

College Honors 2008 Alumni Award Winners

This year's award winners were honored at a reception and introduced to the McKeon Pavilion crowd during Gaelfest on Jan. 17.

Alumna Sustains Good Works in Guatemala through Enterpreneurship

Growing up in Guatemala during the country's civil war in the 1970s, Ibis Schlesinger '84 belonged to a family that stressed generosity. Her parents and grandparents always gave away food, clothes and money, even though charity sometimes aroused suspicion during the government's war against communists.

Denis Kelly '60: The Real Deal

Denis Kelly ’60 loves telling stories, cooking food, drinking wine and writing, so it’s not surprising that he authors cookbooks, judges wine competitions, teaches grilling techniques and ran restaurants and wine shops in Berkeley and Oakland during the 1970s, when a food revolution started in California.

Denis Kelly '60.

It Started at Saint Mary's

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we asked alumni who met their spouses at the College to send us their stories, and we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love — and nostalgia.

Answered Prayers

Sam Hutkins '68

While attending the all-male Saint Mary's, I met my wife, Laura, at summer classes at Vallejo Junior College. She attended Cal Davis, and later Stanford.

Is the Honeymoon Over?

By Jennie Durant ’99 MFA ’06
Photography by David Tejada

Durant holds a hive smoker, used by beekeepers to calm bees down to harvest honey or examine hives.

Paying It Forward

Photography by Todd Hido

Joe Crane '53.

Blasts From the Past

Do you still have a freshman beanie from the old days, or an old Saint Mary’s tie? The Alumni Office is seeking memorabilia to put on per- manent display in two cases in the new Welcome Center in Brother Jerome West Hall.

Golden Gaels Say It's Time to Give Back

Celebrating its golden reunion this year, the Class of 1958 decided to share its riches by establishing an endowed scholarship to help future generations study at Saint Mary’s.

Left to right: Herman Lujan, Michael Moran and Don Cariani.

Alumni Sought to Recruit New Gaels

The Alumni-Admissions Program is seeking more members, especially alumni from underrepresented minority groups, to recruit students of color to Saint Mary’s so that the College reflects the diversity of its West Coast community and enhances the educational experience of the student body.

Volunteers will work with Omar Zazueta ’03, the coordinator of minority student recruitment, by assisting in targeted college fairs in the fall, calling admitted minority students in the spring and working with community-based organizations throughout the year.

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