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.

Alumni Board 2008–09 Roster

Executive Team

  • Janine Ogando ’89 President
  • Patrick Young ’05 President-elect
  • Cindy Cooper ’96 Vice President
  • Denise Decota ’02 Vice President
  • David Johnson ’84 Vice President

New Directors

  • David Johnson ’84 former board Vice President
  • Kate Koens ’01 President, Contra Costa Alumni Chapter
  • Rushell Gordon ’96 active in alumni diversity events
  • Erin Burke ’92 President, Silicon Valley Alumni Chapter

Gaels in Wine Chapter Created

Gaels who are part of the wine industry have formed a new alumni chapter — Gaels in Wine — with plans to gather on a regular basis to share the fruit of the vine and swap insights on everything from making to marketing wine.

Kozlowski talks to alums.

Alumni Reunion Brings Back Memories

By John Grennan

More than 700 graduates and friends returned to campus for Reunion Weekend in July to catch up with classmates and share stories from their glory years.

Reunion Weekend

Nine classes will gather at Saint Mary’s for Reunion Weekend on July 18 to 20, 2008, to reconnect with old classmates, tour the campus, enjoy a barbecue, the reopening of the campus pub and a dinner dance.

Some 600 people from the classes of ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98 and ’03 will also have the opportunity to stay overnight in a dorm room for $25 per person.

A record turnout was on campus last year, and this year’s reunion weekend is shaping up to be a great success. Already, many people have submitted surveys sharing their memories of their College years.

Alum Searches for Solutions for the Displaced

By Debra Holtz

Since delivering the 2005 undergraduate commencement address, Gilburt Loescher ’67 has toured refugee camps along the 1,500-mile Thai–Burmese border, written two books about the plight of the dispossessed and continued teaching and research at the University of Oxford.

Top 5 Reasons to Stay Connected to SMC

By Chris Carter, Associate Director of Alumni Relations

One of the greatest challenges for many colleges is alumni engagement.

Staying connected to Saint Mary’s can be rewarding for both an alum and the institution in many ways. The vitality of the College relies on the goodwill of its current and past constituents, not just financially, but also in contributing to the mission by advising, teaching, working for and supporting an environment where students can grow academically, socially and spiritually.

Alum from Japan Found a Home at SMC

In 1953, Kiyoshi Ikemi ’57 traveled by boat for 15 days across the Pacific to attend Saint Mary’s, and the differences between his native Japan and America were as vast as the ocean.

Kiyoshi Ikemi '57. Click photo to enlarge.

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