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.
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.
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.
Phyllis 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.
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.
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.
Saint 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.