Spring 2010


By Claire Becker

To conserve ice,
I rub it on burned fingers

before putting it in my drink.
The egg burning still.

Lightning and sun on the leaves,
blue-gray behind the brownstones.

Too powerful, the bird call
outside, above the chainsaw.

Engine; bark; brakes:
constant sounds of the city,

not often helpful.
I've brought no clothes

for a funeral. I'm rationalizing
a death. This place

becomes my home. Brooklyn,
the brownstone.


Saint Mary's Swaggers Onto the National Stage in the NCAA Tournament

After knocking off Gonzaga in the WCC Championship on March 8, the men's basketball team swaggered into March Madness with enough charm and attitude to make even casual basketball fans, both nationally and internationally, want to know more about the College. Who is Saint Mary's, and how did it catapult so quickly to the national stage? And what secret ingredients did the College have to become one of the feel-good stories of the NCAA Tournament?

A Passion for Performing

By Jesse Hamlin
Photography by Toby Burditt

Living in a Danger Zone

By Patricia Yollin

The 1991 East Bay hills fire killed 25 people and destroyed 3,000 homes.

The green hills around Saint Mary's will soon turn brown. Wildfire season is coming. It is a constant for anyone living in California, as certain and inevitable as summer giving way to fall.

Most Influential Women Nominations Requested

With the 40th anniversary of women being admitted to Saint Mary's occuring this year, the SMC Women in Philanthropy Committee is recognizing the 40 most-influential female graduates. The committee is seeking nominations for these women, who will be honored at an event in early November.
Alumni, students, faculty and staff are asked to nominate candidates in one of the following categories:

New Alumni Director Appointed

On March 1, Chris Carter '97, MA '02 was appointed director of the newly renamed Office of Alumni and Volunteer Engagement (forerly Alumni Relations). Carter will lead the College's efforts in alumni and development event programming and coordinate major volunteer initiatives.

Giving for Service and Experience

By Caitlin Graveson '11

Celebrating Football's Legacy

By Caitlin Graveson '11

The 1991 football program.

A reception and dinner on February 27 honored the legacy of football at Saint Mary's, the first event of its kind since the College dropped the football program in 2004.

Faculty Bookshelf

A Mouth in California

Graham Foust
Flood Editions, 2009

Assistant professor of English Graham Foust's fourth book of poetry uses the "ironies and anxieties of contemporary life as a foil for mordant and sometimes violent humor," according

Faculty Profile: Brenda Hillman

By Erin Hallissy
Photography by Toby Burditt

Finding the Words