Summer 2011

Faculty Profile: Hisham Ahmed

By Richard C. Paddock

Saint Mary's Breaks Ground for Recreation Center and Ballpark

By Teresa Castle

You could almost hear the cries of "Play ball" as Saint Mary's College broke ground this spring for a new 1,500-seat baseball stadium and announced plans for a $30 million athletics and recreation corridor. The centerpiece of the project is the 52,000-square-foot Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center, named for the 1937 alumnus who served as mayor of San Francisco from 1968 to 1976.

Our Nature

By Rebecca Farivar

Listen, the geese
leave, no thought

for the lake, glass jar
stuck in mud.

Cotton bales
stacked in fields--

you white-flower
turncoats, listen--

Rebecca Fariver's first poetry collection, Correct Animal, will be published by Octopus Books in July 2011. She has published poems in Denver Quarterly, 6x6, cold-drill and elsewhere. Farivar MFA '96 currently lives in Bonn, Germany.

In Memoriam

Saint Mary's Benefactor Howard J. Korth Dies

Talk, Talk, Talk

By Kelly Fisher '11

A Vicious Tremor Beneath Our Feet

The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March had an overwhelming effect on the lives of our alumni there, who represent the largest contingent of our graduates overseas. Here are excerpts from their emails to us. Read the full messages of these and several other Saint Mary's alumni in Japan.

New Dean for Kalmanovitz School of Education

Dean of Education Phyllis Metcalf-TurnerPhyllis Metcalf-Turner, an educator with extensive expertise in teacher preparation and literacy issues, has been appointed Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education (KSOE) at Saint Mary's. Her appointment began June 15, 2011.

Honors Program Celebrates a Milestone

Fifteen members of the Saint Mary's 2011 graduating class celebrated another milestone at commencement ceremonies in May. They were the first graduating class in the Honors Program, founded in 2007 when they were freshmen. the group leaves behind a significant legacy — helping to shape a thriving program that today includes 250 students.

A Great Year for Gaels

It has been another great year for the intercollegiate athletics program at Saint Mary's. From the men's basketball team's first West coast Conference regular-season title since 1997 to the women's tennis team's second straight invitation to the NCAA tournament, the Gaels continue to turn in stirring performances.

The Power of the Fan: A Gael Force

By Caitlin Graveson '11

Gael Force studentsSaint Mary's men's basketball has enjoyed two stellar seasons, and a key factor in their strong home record — 15–3 at home this season and 14–2 last season— has been the support of the fans, said Head coach Randy Bennett.