The Pillowman

Date & Time 
Fri, 05/11/2012 - 20:00

A play by Martin McDonagh, Directed by Maria Calderazzo

$10.00 General Admission, $5.00 for SMC Community

Half of all proceeds benefit Community Violence Solutions

Sponsored by the Now What? Grant made possible by the Saint Mary's College Honors Program


Twelfth Annual Scholarship Fund Benefit Sponsors

This event is underwritten by the generous support of John Briscoe and Carol Sayers.


Union Bank of California Hill Family Estate
Thank you Maria Roden for her donation of a CAL Shakes tickets and a Picnic Basket chocolate garage
Ocean Reef Resort in Key Largo, FL
Lagunitas Brewing Company Wagner 
Lauren Ashton napa valley wine
Palo Alto Ninjitsu Donkey and Goat Wine

(Dis)Covering the Veil: History, Lore, and Politics

Date & Time 
Sun, 02/12/2012 - 14:00 to 15:00

 Opening day slide presentation and lecture by Jennifer Heath

Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair

Date & Time 
Sat, 01/21/2012 - 10:00 to 16:30

IT’S THE 35th ANNUAL BAEER FAIR, with over 70 resources and numerous workshops for educators and parents with a special interest in wildlife, ecology, adventure and much more.

Join us at the BAEER Fair
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Marin Civic Center located in San Rafael
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Tickets: $50 each, 5 tickets for $230, or 10 tickets for $460

Browse the Raffle Prizes

Ocean Reef Club Vacation

A one-week stay in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath private home
at Ocean Reef Club, an exclusive resort in Key Largo, FL
Spa and golf packages included.

Prize is valued at 4,900.00

Visit the image gallery!

Ocean Reef in Key Largo

Booking is subject to availability and valid for one year after the drawing. The prize is subject to taxes.

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Reef Club is a private, member-owned community. Offering 1,700 waterfront estates, private homes, condominiums and boat slips, Ocean Reef Club features an oceanfront inn, full-service spa and salon, and an array of dining and shopping options.  Leisure amenities include a 175-slip marina for boating, fishing and diving; two 18-hole championship golf courses; world-class tennis and lawn sports; jogging and cycling paths; cooking school; nature center; art league; cultural center; range of children’s activities; and more.

Presidio Golf Course & Club House

Four rounds of golf, Monday-Thursday at Presidio Golf Course, a national historic landmark

Presidio Golf Course & Club

Prize valued at $500.00

Private Chocolate Tasting for Ten

A private chocolate tasting for ten at The Chocolate Garage in Palo Alto, CA
The Chocolate Garage

Prize is valued at $300 and is open to a group of ten people

Cal Shakes Picnic & Play Package

4 Cal Shakes Flex Tickets in Tier 1 seats for the date and performance of your choice with and a gourmet picnic basket!

Thank you Maria Roden for the CAL Shakes tickets and a Picnic Basket

Prize is valued at $320.00


$50.00 each
No more than 350 tickets will be sold.
You do not need to be present to win.
5 tickets for $230, or 10 tickets for $460

How to Purchase Tickets

Purchase your raffle tickets online.


@ The Twelfth Annual MFA Scholarship Fund Benefit

Saturday, March 15, 2013
5-8 p.m.
Dolby Chadwick Gallery 
210 Post Street, Suite 205 
San Francisco, CA 94108

(You do not need to be present to win.)


Glee Club and Chamber Singers' Holiday Concerts

Date & Time 
Sun, 11/27/2011 - 16:00 to Mon, 11/28/2011 - 20:00

The Saint Mary's College Glee Club and Chamber Singers'  Directed by Dr. Julie Ford and assisted by Sharon Lee, the SMC choirs return from the Interkultur American International Festival with a Gold Rating to sing a program of sacred music and holiday favorites.

Sunday, November 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Monday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Admission: Suggested donation of $5 SMC Community, $10 General Admission, $8 Seniors and Non-SMC Students

Afternoon Craft Conversations

diane forlov and andrew schneider

Wednesday, September 17th, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

"TV WRITING: THE INNER WORKINGS" by Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Diane and Andrew will discuss the unique, collective writing process of television: how a staff is assembled (what we look for in a writer); how the writers’ room functions; how a story develops from idea to outline to script (including the difference between adaptation and original material); and finally, how a script is impacted by the constraints of production.

Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider started writing and producing television together on the Fox series “AlienNation.”  They won Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody awards for their work on CBS’ “Northern Exposure”; they won Emmy and Writers Guild awards for producing HBO’s “The Sopranos.”  Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider co-created and produced Showtime’s “The Chris Isaak Show” and WB’s “Easy Money.”  They recently served as co-executive producers of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”.

hoa nguyen  rachel zucker

Wednesday, October 1st, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

"EDITORS AND AUTHORS" by Hoa Nguyen and Rachel Zucker with Matthew Zapruder

What is it like to be an author whose manuscript has been accepted, and is now being edited? What are best (and worst) practices in that situation? What is the relationship between the creative process, and editing and publication? What should an author consider when looking for an editor, and a publishing house? Wave Books Editor at Large and St. Mary's English Professor Matthew Zapruder will discuss these and other questions related to editing and publication with two Wave Books authors, poets Hoa Nguyen and Rachel Zucker.

Hoa Nguyen is the author of eight books and chapbooks including As Long As Trees Last (Wave, 2012). Wave Books will release Red Juice, a gathering of her early, uncollected poems, in September 2014. 

Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, a memoir, MOTHERs, and a double collection of prose and poetry, The Pedestrians. Her book Museum of Accidents was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Zucker teaches poetry at New York University and lives in New York City.

Matthew Zapruder teaches in the MFA Program at Saint Mary’s College of CA and is an Editor for Wave Books. 

aviya kushner

Wednesday, November 19th, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge

"IN THE BEGINNING: Openings and Why They Matter" by Aviya Kushner

Figuring out where to begin is often the most difficult task of all. But an opening that is exactly right can transform a piece and make it unforgettable. In this talk, we’ll look at several remarkable beginnings, ranging from The Book of Genesis to James Baldwin’s essay “Notes of a Native Son” to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.  We’ll consider quiet openers, informative and straightforward openers, and bang-bang-bang beginnings. We’ll talk about opening sequences in music and in film. Together, we’ll think about why beginnings matter, how to try and uncover the true beginning in a work-in-progress, and how to be open to an untraditional start. 

Aviya Kushner’s first book, The Grammar of God, about the experience of reading the Bible in English after a lifetime of reading it in Hebrew, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau / Random House in 2015. She teaches in the MFA program in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago and is a contributing editor at A Public Space.


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