Fall 2013 Arcade

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Train Your Brain

In today’s world, with its constant social and cultural shifts, if you sometimes feel like you’re in over your head, it may be because you are—literally. “The brains we have were developed in the primeval forest, and they’re very good at figuring out things like who’s my enemy, what’s food and where can I mate,” said Professor Kathleen Taylor, an internationally recognized authority on adult learning who teaches in the Educational Leadership Program.

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The Art of Chemistry

Senior Alexis Gonzales and 2013 graduate Jimmy Karnezis spent their summer working at the intersection of chemistry and art. Their summer research project, under the tutelage of Professor Michelle Shulman, was to analyze the chemical properties of a Russian icon fragment and develop a research protocol that could help future SMC students and, perhaps, students at other universities, as well. The three hope to publish a paper in the Journal of Chemical Education.

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The Hero Returns

No, the world isn’t spinning backward. Superman is indeed back. Again. But, if you checked out this past summer’s installment in the comic-turned-movie series, you might notice that the Man of Steel is a little different this time around.

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Play Ball!

Not many Saint Mary’s students get their first jobs out of college in Grand Junction, Colorado, or Greeneville, Tennessee, or Wappinger Falls, New York. Then again, not many Saint Mary’s students get their first jobs out of college playing baseball.

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A Home Run for the Gaels

Saint Mary’s has a new head baseball coach—Eric Valenzuela, the former pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for San Diego State—to go with its new baseball field, which was unveiled a little over a year ago. “I’m excited to get it going,” said Valenzuela. “I’m excited to start the journey of putting Saint Mary’s on the map, not only on the West Coast but nationally.”

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Delly Named to Cavaliers

Matthew Dellavedova ’13, SMC’s all-time top men’s basketball scorer, has officially been named to the Cleveland Cavaliers training camp roster, and has also become a columnist for his hometown newspaper.

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Diving Into Discovery

About 670 miles off the east coast of the U.S. lies the island of Bermuda, ringed by a treacherous coral reef that has sent at least 150 ships to a watery grave. Every year, a dozen daring students travel to this speck in the Atlantic to take part in a course at the Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology, run by Saint Mary’s Professor James Allan ’70 and Rod Mather of the University of Rhode Island.

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Celebrating Scholarship

This summer recipients of the Joe Crane Endowed Scholarship gathered in Lodi for a reception celebrating this fund that has supported 18 Saint Mary’s students over the past 10 years. The event was hosted by Crane’s widow, Helen, at the Ruiten Winery. Joe Crane ’53 established the scholarship for students from Saint Mary’s High School in Stockton, creating a permanent link between his alma mater and the Central Valley. Stockton residents have raised more than $530,000 for the endowment. This summer’s event raised $17,000, including a check for $1,000 sent from Japan by the first scholarship recipient, Tito Hen ’98.

Freedom Rings

New Gael Rachel Hartley ’17—with her parents Russell and Linda and Brother Dominic Berardelli—rang the Korth Tower bell to commemorate Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. They joined hundreds of others across the nation on the anniversary of King’s landmark 1963 address in Washington, D.C.

Building Responsible Leaders

Jim Guyette ’67, the president and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, and his wife, Kay, have provided a generous donation to the School of Economics and Business Administration to establish the school’s first endowed professorship in responsible leadership. “The world requires wise, experienced and responsible leaders in every facet of society,” Guyette said. “What better place than Saint Mary’s to identify and develop them.” The endowment supports a professor to lead a fellows program for promising students who will develop their leadership skills through service-learning and other experiences.

Lasallian Lessons

Saint Mary’s sophomores Suzanne Denson and Mitchell Woodrow think big. And this year, they learned how to think even bigger when they represented Saint Mary’s at the Lasallian Summer Program on Leadership and Global Understanding in Philadelphia. Their experience was one of several opportunities this summer for Saint Mary’s people to immerse themselves in the thinking of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and take those teachings home to enrich their work.

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Saint Mary’s Writes!

On a campus where student-centered education is paramount, the focus is on teaching. Nevertheless, Saint Mary’s faculty are quite active in research and publishing, as these highlights of the publications list illustrate.

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An App for the Wild Side

Think you have wild neighbors? Actually, we all have a lot more wild neighbors than we realize—creatures like owls and coyotes and bald eagles—and soon we may be able to use our smartphones to find out just who and where they are, thanks to Saint Mary’s faculty and students.

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Women in Tech Get the Thumbs Up

Saint Mary’s has something to offer Silicon Valley. Technology companies are excited about a proposed curriculum model that weds technology and liberal arts, according to Mark Chiarucci, a major gifts officer at the College.

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Down to Earth in the Mile-High City

While some students use summer to take extra classes or relax, Magaly Garcia ’15 took a plunge that sent her over a thousand miles east and a mile above sea level.

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Summer 2013 Arcade

Brother Ronald Gallagher

Farewell to Brother Ron

The Saint Mary's College community turned out in force on Wednesday, May 8, for a festive farewell party for Brother Ronald Gallagher. The midday ceremony included official proclamations honoring Brother Ron for his eight years of service. Brother Ron also received a certificate bearing a blessing from Pope Francis, which was met with clear delight.

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SMC Experts Weigh in on Pope Francis

The bell in the arcade rang with joy when Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on march 13. meanwhile, more than 330 news stories, including wire reports from the associated press, carried commentary by SMC faculty experts.

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Bethami Dobkin

Ideas Into Action

Saint Mary's Provost Beth Dobkin was featured in Diablo magazine's May issue. Dobkin is among seven women the East Bay magazine spotlighted in its "Women to Watch" feature story as innovative individuals with creativity and courage. The article highlights Dobkin's perspective on what it takes to be a successful leader in higher education and underscores her commitment to Saint Mary's mission of inclusive excellence.

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Language of Landscape

River of Words, part of Saint Mary's Center for Environmental Literacy at the Kalmanovitz School of Education, celebrated the creativity of children around the world at the 18th Annual Youth Creativity Awards in San Francisco on April 21. River of Words encourages young people to explore and savor the watersheds where they live and trains educators to guide them with inspiration and passion.

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Students at the state capital lobby for Cal Grants

Gaels Lobby for Grants

On Cal Grant Lobby Day, Saint Mary's sophomore Jessi Bailey (at the podium) and other students took their campaign to save Cal Grant funding to the legislature in Sacramento.

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Pi in the Face

Charles Hamaker, Michael Allocca and Ellen Veomett, all professors in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, got their just desserts on Pi Day. Pi Day is celebrated every year around the world on March 14 to commemorate the mathematical constant Π (pi): 3.14159, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It's quite useful in geometry, physics and probability and statistics. Or in determining the area of the circular pastries that Saint Mary's students throw at their math and science professors on 3.14.

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What Employers Want from College Grads

A new report shows that the Saint Mary’s take on higher education is right on target,

  • 80% agreed that students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • 9/10 stressed the importance of hiring employees with ethical judgment and intercultural skills.
  • 75% want more emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.
  • 93% cited the ability to think critically as more important than a person’s major.
  • 2 in 3 think most graduates have the ability to succeed in entry-level positions.

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Fashion for a Cause

The Saint Mary’s Guild held its annual fashion show on a sunny Saturday in April. The guild was established in 1939 to raise scholarship funds for Saint Mary’s students. Through a series of activities and public events, the membership supports two scholarship foundations: the Saint Mary’s Guild Annual Scholarship Fund and the Brother Albert Plotz Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Pitching to Angels

SEBA students compete for a spot at the Keiretsu forum at the 2nd annual Business Idea Competition.

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A Fight for Rights

Maria Elena Durazo '75 visits SMC amid national labor campaign for immigration reform.

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SMC Athletes Shine in Tournament Play

What a year it has been for Saint Mary’s Athletics! Men’s basketball, women's basketball, men's golf, rugby, volleyball and tennis all saw tournament action this year.

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Volleyball Takes to the Sand

Sand volleyball debuted as a Gael sport last year, and the team ended the season ranked No. 9 in the nation. On top of that, Dalas Dodd and Jordan Shaw made it to the round of 16 in the AVCA Sand Volleyball Collegiate National Championships, defeating UCLA and Loyola Marymount before falling to Florida International University. "The sand program has been a great addition to our indoor program," said head volleyball coach Brent Crouch. "The players love it." —Courtesy SMC Athletics

Jordan Giusti

From Walk-on to the NCAA

"You look at me and you are going to think I am a vulnerable defender. So, I have to bring it every day."

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NCAA Sanctions Men's Basketball Program, Imposes Penalties

Just days before the men's basketball team played its first game in this year’s NCAA tournament, the association sanctioned the program for "failing to monitor" the men's basketball program, citing recruiting violations by a former assistant coach, impermissible training and skill sessions, and "oversight failures" by Head Coach Randy Bennett.

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The Way of the Cross

Fourteen original engravings depicting the Stations of the Cross by famed French Expressionist Jean Charlot were on display during "The Way of the Cross," a conference sponsored by the Catholic Liturgical Arts Committee. Brother Charles Hilken spoke about the cross as a symbol and object of art.

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Commencement

In its sesquicentennial year, Saint Mary’s confers more than 1,100 degrees

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Gina Snyder

Students Learn from SMC's Miss Manners

"Get your elbows off the table! Your fork is on the left! Put that napkin on your lap!" Sound familiar? As kids we’ve all heard such mealtime instructions, quick reminders to mind our manners. Dinner with the family might have always come with rules, but how crucial are manners in the working world?

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Larry Cory and students

Down to a Science

A group of Saint Mary’s alumni had raised $85,000 to establish an endowment for biology students in honor of Larry Cory, who was named Professor of the Year in 2007.

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Pygmies and Gorillas

It isn't often that a graduate business class needs to weigh the needs of pygmies and gorillas, but that's what a Saint Mary's class called "Doing Business in Africa" led by Professor Linda Herkenhoff did recently as part of a study of sustainable economics.

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Eye on the Carnaval

The exuberant sights and sounds of "Carnaval" in New Orleans, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Trinidad-Tobago, Italy, Spain and Switzerland are on display at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art in a lively multimedia exhibition running from Feb. 2 to April 14. The show, which includes costumes, musical instruments and videos of the celebrations, is brought to SMC by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Spring Awakening

Wake Up!

The electrifying rock musical Spring Awakening, based on a trail-blazing play by German expressionist Frank Wedekind, certainly woke up audiences at Saint Mary's last fall. Director Reid Davis, choreographer Jia Wu and a talented cast of SMC students offered a frank but hauntingly sweet portrayal of the issues facing teenagers as they discover their true selves. Recently the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival recognized the performance as a top theatre production and the College was invited to enter Spring Awakening in the District IV competition for national awards in February.

Future Tense

Yusuf Nessary helps kids get a "Jumpstart" in life.

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Energy Drinks a Buzz Kill?

Have you ever tossed back an energy drink before your first meeting of the day or in the midst of that late-afternoon slump? If you have, you might want to talk to SMC Biology Professor Vidya Chandrasekaran.

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Gospel

We couldn't help but sing, clap, stand and move along when Oakland's St. Columba Gospel Choir performed in the Saint Mary's Chapel in January. They were part of a stirring event — Soulful & Sacred, Celebrating the Black Catholic Experience—that also honored the 150th anniversary of the Emanci- pation Proclamation, Saint Mary's sesquicentennial and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

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By Leaps and Bounds

The physically demanding career of a professional dancer often gets in the way of earning a college degree and preparing for a life after dance. LEAP (Liberal Arts Education for Arts Professionals) has changed all that. The internationally recognized SMC bachelor's degree program, designed specifically for current and former professional dancers, helps these artists achieve their academic dreams. With branches in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, LEAP has now taken the program to Las Vegas.

Hybrids for a New World

The School of Economics and Business Administration is launching a Master of Science in Accounting program in July 2013. The first students in another hybrid program—the new M.A. in Leadership with a concentration in social justice—started classes last June.

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New Digital Digs

The new Keck Media Lab opened in Sichel Hall in November. Funded by a $250,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the lab is the first phase of a larger remodel planned for Sichel that will eventually offer a fully integrated Digital Learning Center.

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Girls in Haiti

All Together

Young Haitians check out their image on an iPhone belonging to a Saint Mary's student who was in Haiti for a Jan Term class devoted to helping earthquake victims.

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The Real McCoy

Paul McCoy had his sights set on a possible NBA career until one fateful day during his sophomore year at Southern Methodist University when he went up hard for a layup, and excruciating pain shot through his right knee. He'd torn his ACL.

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All in the Family

Basketball comes naturally for Jackie Nared, a junior on the Gaels women's basketball team who's burning up the boards this year.

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Women in Tech Get the Thumbs Up

The Facebook like icon.Saint Mary’s has something to offer Silicon Valley. Technology companies are excited about a proposed curriculum model that weds technology and liberal arts, according to Mark Chiarucci, a major gifts officer at the College.

Down to Earth in the Mile-High City

While some students use summer to take extra classes or relax, Magaly Garcia ’15 took a plunge that sent her over a thousand miles east and a mile above sea level.

As part of CILSA’s Alumni Summer Fellowship, Garcia spent her summer in Denver, Colo., working with the sisters at the Loretto Community and helping at the Catholic Worker home, a community founded by the famed activist Dorothy Day.

An App for the Wild Side

The Bay Area, including its most urban core, is rich with wildlife, from hawks to great horned owls to Alameda whipsnakes.Think you have wild neighbors?

Saint Mary’s Writes!

Professors Emeriti Ronald Isetti and Chester Aaron will both publish books this fall. Isetti’s On These Promising Shores of the Pacific: A History of Saint Mary’s College is an illustrated history of the College from its founding by Archbishop Alemany to the appointment of the first lay president in 2013.</body></html>

Play Ball!

Number of Saint Mary’s players who have been drafted by major league teams since 1965 (when the draft system began): 60; Most recent Gael to play in the major leagues: Mark Teahen, from 2005–11.Not many Saint Mary’s students get their first jobs out of college in

The Hero Returns

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The Art of Chemistry

Graduate student analyzes the chemical properties of a Russian icon fragment.Senior Alexis Gonzales and 2013 graduate Jimmy Karnezis spent their summer working at the intersection of chemistry and art.

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