Filmmaker Ryan Coogler, a former student at Saint Mary's, won the top prizes at the Sundance Film festival, the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film, for "Fruitvale," a film he wrote and directed about the tragic killing of unarmed Oscar Grant by a BART police officer on New Years Day in 2009.
The Contra Costa Times profiled some of the unique courses offered during Saint Mary's 2013 January Term. Correspondent Lou Fancher, who frequently covers SMC events, spoke to several Saint Mary's professors about classes during the current Jan Term, including History Professor Myrna Santiago, whose students are traveling to Cuba, Communication Professor Shawny Anderson, whose students are traveling to Haiti and January Term director Sue Fallis.
Jackie Burrell, the Bay Area News Group's food editor stopped by the chemistry lab of SMC professor Michelle Shulman recently. Burrell wanted to learn more about Shulman's annual Jan Term course "How Baking Works: A Tasty Way to Explore Science."
The visit resulted in the news story "St. Mary's puts the chemistry in baking," which appeared in the Time Out section of several Bay Area News Group outlets, including the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.
The Chronicle of Higher Education features an interview with Saint Mary's Modern Languages Professor Claude Malary about returning to his home country of Haiti during a summer "January Term" communication and service-learning class trip to the earthquake ra