Adventure in Her Blood

adventureBreeanne "Breezy" Jackson '04 can take the heat — and the mind-numbing cold.

New Leadership for the Alumni Board

aGetting graduate alumni more involved in Saint Mary’s will be a key focus of the Alumni Board for the next two years, under the leadership of J.P. Musgrove ’07, the board’s new president.

Service with DIRT

Dismantle, immerse, reflect and transform

dirtShawny Anderson’s Jan Term students aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. In fact, the acronym they use for their service-oriented trips is DIRT—Dismantle, Immerse, Reflect, Transform.

Making Saint Mary’s History in Tennis

With just one year of college left, women’s tennis player Jenny Jullien returned to campus this fall with one thing on her mind.

Make it count.

Last season, Jullien joined Alex Poorta as the only Gaels ever to be named West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year. Jullien climbed as high as No. 17 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings, making her the program’s highest-ranked player ever. And she joined Poorta as the only Gaels ever to compete in the NCAA Singles Tournament.

Mulvaneys Challenge Gaels

Meg Mulvaney, shown with a Rwandan boy named Cedric, is now a graduate student in the Teachers for Tomorrow program. After graduating in May, she plans to pursue service-related opportunities before she begins teaching.

Jane Purinton: Always Learning, Always Teaching

Jane Purinton

The wife of Saint Mary’s new president describes the enlightening and unpredictable journey her life, career and passions have taken

Technology and the Human App

headerLet’s get this out of the way first. What you’re reading is not a rallying screed for Luddites.* We’re cool with technology and everything it does to improve our lives.

In Our High-Tech World, Are the Liberal Arts Dead?

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Jason Shellen vividly remembers the moment when his life changed.

He had transferred to Saint Mary’s to pursue a degree in art and on a whim, he signed up for a Jan Term class in web publishing.

Understanding Empathy: Workshop Teaches Value of Understanding Emotions in Business

Maybe business can be personal after all.

Jessica Weatherford of Marble Arch hosted the workshop “Emotional Intelligence: Your Personal Competitive Advantage” at a School of Economics and Business Administration’s professional development workshop this month. During the morning-long seminar students and alumni learned how to better manage their emotions in the workplace and how to capitalize on increasing their professional self-awareness and empathy. 

Roundtable

Everybody talks about leadership, but what does it really mean? Is it one of those “I’ll know it when I see it” things that we struggle endlessly to define? Just try Googling the word and witness the mountains of books, irrefutable laws, numbered lists of attributes, style and advice available on the topic. There may not be one simple definition, but a meaningful and subtle variety in this most fundamental element of character. So, we asked the question—What is leadership?

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Makiko Imamura

Professor of Communication

One of the most important things about being a leader of any context is the ability to listen to other people and what they want to say. Understanding is really the base of any kind of leadership. If you don’t understand another person, how you can make things work? You have to be attentive and aware of the nonverbal cues that surround the verbal message, while also being careful not to make any drastic conclusions based on that.

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Brother Michael Meister

Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Leadership is a way of helping people do the best they can. I think of leadership as a way of opening doors and getting out of the way. In a sense it’s like a big circle—the person who’s the leader can be in the front, can be on either of the sides, can be in the back, but doesn’t necessarily have to be the one who’s always “I’m the boss.” To me leadership is empowering and affirming people. It’s showing them how to do things by your own example and by finding out what people can do, and then enabling them to do it.

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Audrey Chase ’15

For me, leadership is best represented by someone who is not afraid to take a risk, make a change or voice an opinion. They are willing to take their ideas and dreams and make them into reality. A strong leader is someone who isn’t afraid to fall, dust themselves off and get right back up, and they take failure as an opportunity to learn and make a different choice next time. In the words of Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t—you’re right.”

 

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Jessica Chew ’15

I think of someone who definitely knows how to work with different types of people, someone who is fair and thinks strategically, so they know that there are different situations and different answers. Open-mindedness goes with working with others. If you’re not open-minded, then you’ll exclude some people and include others. You have to take into account that everyone’s not the same.

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Jules Perez ’14

Leadership means not being the one in front but being the one in the back. Usually people look at a leader that’s a model or an image, but to me it’s more than that. It’s being someone who can boost up the room’s energy, someone who can let their actions speak louder than their words. There are a lot of people that can motivate using their words or their talents, but it’s more than that. Leadership is a lifestyle; it’s more than a speech.

 

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Patrick Lorenzo M.A. ’12

Admissions

When I think about leadership, I think about values, and values expressed. Leadership is ultimately about action; it’s about how you go about living your life both professionally and personally. That comes to life through the values that you carry. After going through the Leadership M.A. Program here, I realized that leadership is personal; it has a relationship. Everyone is going to have a different way of valuing and expressing that leadership, so it’s about each individual.

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Ryan Lamberton ’05, M.A. ’12

Educational Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator, CILSA

Leadership can be learned; it’s a creative process, an art that can be practiced for a lifetime. I have witnessed this firsthand through working with many SMC students over the last six years. I like to share the story of High Potential student Iris Rodriguez ’12 who as a sophomore very anxiously delivered an orientation to approximately 15 SMC students for a CILSA Saturday of Service. Two years later, as a senior, Iris confidently delivered several presentations to hundreds of prospective SMC students. “Experience builds confidence” was her mantra. Faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s invite and welcome students to live to their fullest potential, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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President of Black Student Union, Chief Justice of the Judicial Tribunal

Leadership is having the ability to step up and be able to help people find their own leadership skills. You have to make the tough calls. A leader considers everyone’s opinions but can’t expect to always be liked. Step back and let others have time to speak. Leadership has different forms: an outgoing person can be a leader and a quiet person can be a leader. It is about the ability to get people moving, inspire them to take action. Leaders help create other leaders.

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Ete Martinez Anderson

Assistant Dean of Student Life

I have bought into the leadership definition used on campus. It is about people coming together around a goal. It is creating a positive social change. I see that very clearly when I look around campus. For example, the purpose of the Campus Activities Board is to create positive change through creating positive programming. The President’s Cabinet creates change here first, but this produces alumni who will create positive social change out in the world. Leadership is not “What position do I have?” It is “What’s my place in the world and how will it affect the world?”

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Marshall Welch

Director of CILSA

Leadership is shepherding, which means you are not out in front leading, but behind and gently guiding people toward something. The life of a shepherd is lonely; it’s dirty and smelly, and you step in a lot of stuff along the way. It doesn’t mean standing out in front and waiting for people to fall in behind you. Leadership is empowering others to achieve their goals and vision that are related to the overall mission of an office or institution. It means stepping back and letting them run with it while taking the role of “guide on the side.”

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