Autumn 2008


By Kalicia Pivirotto

To make a song.

To stride over pastures and hills made green with rain,
to pass horses,
to have stopped for the sick,
lay a hand on the hot dry flank.

To turn and find only air by your side
where you had imagined breath.

Air too becomes a companion, a language,
words spoken and answered within the confine of these hills.

To approach the horse,
circle with a careful hand until you reach the long face,
look into horse eyes.

Human muscle and horse muscle.

Paying It Forward

Photography by Todd Hido

Joe Crane '53.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Illustrations by Jorge Mascarenhas

An Inclusive Approach at Catholic Colleges Helps Students Attain Success

Rogelio Zamora.

In Memoriam

Erik Nunn EE ’02

Erik Nunn EE ’02, who was a candidate for Contra Costa County supervisor, was killed in a plane crash in June along with his wife, Tanya, and another couple. He was 37.

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.

Grad Business Alumni Chapter Comes Alive

More than 3,500 Saint Mary’s Col-lege MBA alumni are in leadership positions in today’s marketplace, and many of its students and graduates consider the Executive MBA program one of the best in Northern California.

Gaelfest '09

All Things SMC

In what has become a winter ritual, hundreds of alumni will migrate back to Moraga for Gaelfest on Jan. 17, 2009 for the men’s basketball against Pepperdine. For the first time, the event will also showcase the Annual Alumni Awards winners.

Mills Draws Attention—and Team USA's Sharp Elbows—at Beijing Olympics

By Scott Ostler

Gaels’ Point Guard Returns with Exuberance, Confidence and Manners Intact

Mills poses with an Olympic torch replica in Beijing.