Summer 2007


Save Our State

Think locust, eagle & snake.
No one says hate.
The mission is clear:
grow-up invasion.
I tuck the parachute
under my sweatshirt.
If I slip in dirt,
the hardware jingles.

dos, tres
Libraries make good hiding places.
A boy makes raspberry keepsakes
& annotates the belly.
I am 861.608Mr.
The word is jawbreaker;
Shouldn’t the layers

America in the World

By Carl Guarneri
Illustrations by Mark Stamaty

Dreams Come True

By Erin Hallissy
Photography by Mimi Chakarova

A Leap Forward

Story by Debra Holtz
Photography by Anne Dowie

While dancing for the Ballet Nacional de Caracas in Venezuela, David Fonnegra dreamed of someday performing with a big company in the United States.

Legendary Winemaking Brother Among Elite Group of Vintners

Robert Mondavi with Brother Timothy in 2001.

An Act of Kindness Brings Second Chances to Others

by John Grennan

Physician Keeps Pushing to Succeed

Dr. Ari Umutyan '95 and his fellow bicycle fundraisers.

Building Relationships

Aumni Relations has been developing events designed to foster relationships between alumni and the College, and working to bring SMC to alumni through an aggressive chapter development program.

Those efforts were boosted by the more than 2,200 alums who completed the alumni survey that was e-mailed in January. Check out the story in this issue, and learn more online at The survey will help shape SMC’s strategic plan.

Alumni Share Kudos, Concerns & Counsel

By Erin Hallissy


Nearly 97 percent of more than 2,200 alumni surveyed last year reported that their experience as a Saint Mary’s student was “very important to me,” and nearly 83 percent said the College “prepared me well for life.”

Decades Later, Gaels Honored for Supporting Beloved Dean

by Erin Hallissy

Odell Johnson enjoyed his time at Saint Mary's.

State of the College

By Tom Carroll

During his second State of the College address on March 7, Brother President Ronald Gallagher updated the campus on planning and announced Provost Sally Stampp’s intention to leave her post at year’s end and ultimately return to teaching.