Fall 2007

Building on Strengths...Toward 150 Years

President Brother Ronald Gallagher FSC.

From the Editor


Most people remember their favorite teachers, the ones who sparked their interest in physics or got them excited about Renaissance painters or writing short stories. I can still picture mine, particularly Jaye van Yzerlooy at Carondelet High School. “Mrs. Van” was a demanding, enthusiastic, sometimes frantic humanities teacher whose wardrobe, with those sometimes wild scarves, was as memorable as her ability to interest us in the classics.

Check Out New Saint Mary’s Website

On July 9, Saint Mary’s launched its new website developed with the College’s consultant, BigBad Inc. of Boston. The site features an improved user interface, streamlined navigation, updated and reorganized content, a new system for accessing faculty profiles and more. You can keep up with College news and alumni events by going to www.stmarys-ca.edu.

Quite a Class

By Bob Kozlowski ’50


Go Gaels

The Saint Mary's rugby team.

The men’s rugby team finished 17–3 this spring, advancing to the Collegiate Men’s Division I National Quarterfinals in Pennsylvania. Americanrugbynews.com ranked the Gaels fifth in its final 2007 national poll and named head coach Tim O’Brien Coach of the Year.

Faculty Profile: Ron Olowin

By John Grennan
Photography by Toby Burdett

Star Professor

Astrophysics professor Ron Olowin.

Winemaker Alums Revive an Old Tradition

The weather was hot, the Chardonnays and Zinfandel Roses were chilled and the camaraderie was warm when a group of winemaking alums, along with spouses and friends, gathered at California Cellars north of Isleton in early June to revitalize a tradition of regular SMC wine gatherings.

Alumni Board 2007-08

The Alumni Board of Directors seeks to enhance and support the mission of the College through alumni activities and programming, and to represent all alumni for the College. The new president for 2007-08 is Greg Teshara ’02. He will preside over all board meetings and act as official representative of the Alumni Association to the College community. To contact any board member, e-mail [email protected].


Executive committee:


Greg Teshara ’02

792 Rekindle Old College Ties


Photography by Allyson Wiley

New Athletic Logo Unveiled

By Erin Hallissy