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.
Jason Connell is a 26-year old world traveler who has volunteered in some of the world’s poorest regions. Changing the World 101 paints an authentic, compelling and stirringly personal portrait of human life around the world beyond the “typical” American experience. Through Jason’s brilliant, engaging and personable style, audiences clearly envision this reality outside their borders; and more vitally, they feel the truth of it in their heart.
Celebrate the joyful sounds of African American Catholic gospel music and worship traditions in the Saint Mary’s College January Term cultural celebration Soulful and Sacred: Celebrating the Black Catholic Experience.
This special January Term program, which is free and open to the public, features a concert by Oakland’s St. Columba Catholic Church Gospel Choir, which is directed by one of the nation’s preeminent African American Catholic composers Rawn Harbor.
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.