Fall 2006

Where Are They Now: Joe Appel '76

Story by John Leykam

Daughter, Jayne, with basketball. Left to right in back: Joe '76, Pam '82, and Nate.

Carol Lashof

Story by Erin Hallissy

Photo by Allyson Wiley

Top Donors Experience Taste of Duckhorn

Brother Ronald Gallagher with Kathi and Jim Capponi '70

Guests at the President's Club Wine Country reception at the Duckhorn Winery in St. Helena on May 6 got a special treat — the opportunity to learn about wine and then dine in the winery's fermentation building.

Center for Regional Economy Established

Saint Mary's has established an interdisciplinary research center to study the economy of the East Bay, the only region in the Bay Area to boast more than a million jobs.

The new Center for the Regional Economy will act as a clearinghouse and resource for information about the East Bay economy, with special emphasis on Contra Costa County. Saint Mary's faculty and student interns will research and consult on economic, political, environmental and social issues in conjunction with regional business, governmental and nonprofit groups.

A Closer Look at Catholicism

Story by Erin Hallissy

A new Catholic Tradition minor will be offered beginning this fall for students who want to delve more deeply into a critical understanding of Catholicism.

Tee it Up for Gael Athletic Scholarships

Story by Mark Chiarucci

The 27th annual Northern California Gael Classic Invitational Golf Tournament presented by SYUFY Enterprises, will be held on Sept. 18, 2006 at the Discovery Bay Country Club in Byron. This four-person scramble tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. (shotgun start), with a dinner and auction to follow. Alums and friends of the College, coaches, staff and student-athletes all take part in making the event one of the most memorable of the year.

Coaching Changes in Women's Sports

At press time, the women's basketball program was in transition. Athletic Director Mark Orr announced in June that sixth-year head coach Michelle Jacoby would not return in 2006-07. Orr said he would initiate a national search for a new head coach.

That news came shortly after two new assistant coaches, including former Gael standout Tracy (Morris) Johnston '00, joined the program. Johnston and Tony Giannotti filled vacancies created when Jacoby's three former assistant coaches resigned in March.

Athletic Facilities Upgraded

Story by Rich Davi

Students and fans of Gael athletics will see significant upgrades to athletic and recreational facilities when they return to campus this fall.

Building Will Honor Legacies

Story by Barry Shiller

School of Education Dean Nancy Sorenson; Bernard Orsi, Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation; College Trustee Ray Larkin; Brother Mel Anderson, and Brother President Ronald Gallagher.

When the doors to Filippi Academic Hall swing open in fall 2007, there will be many reasons to celebrate.

From the Editor

Dear Readers,

With this issue, we enter Year II of the reconceived and redesigned Saint Mary's magazine. This issue's feature content explores three themes: the Saint Mary's commencement experience and what makes it distinctive; the life experiences of four women alumnae during the four decades since the College became co-ed in 1970, and the recently published papal encyclical on love.