Fall 2008

Men's Golf Earns Bid to NCAA Championships

The Gaels finished second in WCC play and won a bid to the NCAA Championships to cap one of the best seasons in SMC golf history. At the championships in May in Indiana, the Gaels finished 30th in the nation.

Fall Sports Teams Aim for Success

By Rich Davi

Coming off one of the best spring seasons in College history, the 2008 fall season looks promising for the Gaels. SMC's six fall sports are working to return to national prominence. Women's volleyball will attempt to get to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, while the men's and women's soccer teams want to build on last year's successes. Cross country is on pace to have one of its best seasons in recent history, and the men's golf team wants to pick up where it left off the 2007–08 year with an NCAA Championship appearance.

Go Gaels

The U.S. Rowing Association invited two women's crew members to compete at the national level this summer. Johanna Timmer '09 was a finalist for a slot on the U.S. under-23 four-person boat at the World Championships in Germany in July, while Jacqui Lindo '11 participated at the Women's National Team Freshman Camp in June at Cornell University.


Mills Competes in Olympics for Australia

Patrick Mills, who had a sensational freshman season as the Gaels' point guard in 2007–08, became the fourth Gael ever to compete in the Olympics when he was selected to play for the Australian men's basketball team in the 2008 Beijing games.

Faculty Profile: Ted Tsukahara

Narratives in the Numbers

Ted Tsukahara.

When Integral tutor and economist Ted Tsukahara reads The Wall Street Journal’s daily stock tables, he sees a veritable soap opera in the downturns or upticks of companies like Intel or Exxon Mobil.

SMC Bookshelf

Memory and Community in Medieval Southern Italy

By Brother Charles Hilken
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies 2008

Alumni Reunion Brings Back Memories

By John Grennan

More than 700 graduates and friends returned to campus for Reunion Weekend in July to catch up with classmates and share stories from their glory years.

Taking on a New Role

Photography by Kat Wade

In joyful ceremonies on May 24 and 25, Saint Mary's College saluted more than 600 undergraduate and 200 graduate students.

College Addressing WASC Concerns

By Erin Hallissy

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which accredits learning institutions as an arm of the federal Department of Education, issued a “notice of concern” to Saint Mary's in spring 2008 over issues of diversity, civility, adult and graduate education, the education doctoral program and library resources.

After receiving the letter, Brother President Ronald Gallagher reiterated to the comunity the College's “Lasallian commitment to an inclusive, civil and diverse campus.”

Conference Points to Education as Economic Engine for California

With California's economy in tough financial straits, panelists at the College's May 7 State of the Economy Conference said the educational sector can help lead the way to recovery.

“Economic studies consistently show that higher education has a positive impact on living standards,” said Kris Chase, director of SMC's Center for the Regional Economy.

Diablo Valley College's dean Cheryl LeMay said a 2 percent increase in associate's degrees and a 1 percent increase in bachelor's degrees among Californians would create 174,000 new jobs.