New Provost Envisions SMC as College for “Students with a Conscience”

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Bethami (Beth) Dobkin, Ph.D., became the College provost and vice president for academic affairs on Feb. 1, replacing Sally Stampp, who will return to teaching in fall 2008.

From the Editor

By Erin Hallissy


I walked around the campus on a January day after a fierce storm blew through, and I
heard water everywhere. Along the arcade, loud drips echoed from downspouts, people
splashed through small puddles on walkways and car tires whooshed as drivers pulled
into parking spaces. Wind gusts released momentary showers from the pines, and swirling waters raged beneath sewer grates.


By Analucia DaSilva

Whatever It Is You Try to Know

Stand free of the nostalgic
pull, a dark saw-tooth shadow.

Approach from nowhere,
find out the rules tightly held
in angles and thin curved shells.

Inside each wing’s scene
of flight – the skeletal, vertical,
boneless aspects – are rigged
pinions of a voiced


The trill of sounding forms,
bridged by the eye, perched
at the edge of your body,
commands that you see.

A Sanctuary of Learning

By Heidi Donner

Hearst Art Gallery celebrates 30 years of expanding minds

Intellectual Odyssey

By Debra Holtz
Illustration by Carl Detorres

Inviting a new generation to join the conversation

All the World's a Lab

By John Grennan

Science students and faculty mentors spend summers in unconventional classrooms

Why Teach?

By Erin Hallissy
Illustrations by Jennifer Burkhardt

More than 18,000 California teachers leave the profession each year, but others find joy in the classroom

Brickpile Briefs

More than 770 new undergraduate students are expected to enroll at the College in fall 2007, based on deposits received. The total includes a projected 620 freshmen and 150 transfer students. Nearly 25 percent of the Class of 2011 will be eligible for Pell Grants. Of the deposited freshmen, 59 percent attended public high schools, 33 percent are from Catholic high schools — including 9 percent from Lasallian schools — and 8 percent attended independent secondary schools.

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.