Grad Business Alumni Chapter Comes Alive

More than 3,500 Saint Mary’s Col-lege MBA alumni are in leadership positions in today’s marketplace, and many of its students and graduates consider the Executive MBA program one of the best in Northern California.

Mills Draws Attention—and Team USA's Sharp Elbows—at Beijing Olympics

By Scott Ostler

Gaels’ Point Guard Returns with Exuberance, Confidence and Manners Intact

Mills poses with an Olympic torch replica in Beijing.

Diana Wu: A Keen Observer

Growing up in China and Hong Kong during World War II and the Communist Revolution, Saint Mary’s business professor Diana Wu experienced a chaotic childhood.

“I still remember when I was four seeing a half-naked woman dying on the street in Hong Kong during a food shortage,” Wu says. “The only thing that saved me was a small pocket dictionary. I would always bring it with me and read it.”

Brickpile Briefs

Presidential historian Richard Reeves, author of influential biographies of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, discussed the 2008 presidential campaign at the Soda Center on Oct. 8. A former New York Times chief political correspondent, Reeves is senior lecturer at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication.

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Renovation Campaign Restores Student Space in De La Salle

For generations, De La Salle Hall’s first floor was the College’s unofficial living room. Students dropped in for organized lectures or disorganized debating sessions, feasted on fare from Louis Guisto’s store and cajoled fellow insomniacs into 3 a.m. games of billiards.

Record Enrollment for Fall 2008 Class

Saint Mary’s 2008–2009 incoming class is the largest in the College’s history, with 799 new students — 675 freshmen and 124 transfer students.

The College exceeded its goal of 750 students.

New SMC students on Move-In Day 2008

Solid Foundation for a Future in Medicine

Nationwide, close to 60 percent of medical school aspirants are turned away, even after applying to 10 or more schools. Recent Saint Mary’s graduates have had much greater success. All seven students who completed the College’s pre-med advising program and applied to medical school in 2007 were accepted.

Jessica Curti ’06, who majored in biology and is at the UC Davis Medical School, credits Saint Mary’s with laying the groundwork for her studies.

Survey Results Announced

Saint Mary's thanks those who participated in an online survey in March about the magazine. According to the results, readers showed a great deal of satisfaction with the magazine, giving it high marks for design, photography, art and quality of writing. The most-read section is the Gael Glimpses, and alumni say they most enjoy reading about other alumni and about College history and events.

Men's Golf Earns Bid to NCAA Championships

The Gaels finished second in WCC play and won a bid to the NCAA Championships to cap one of the best seasons in SMC golf history. At the championships in May in Indiana, the Gaels finished 30th in the nation.

Fall Sports Teams Aim for Success

By Rich Davi

Coming off one of the best spring seasons in College history, the 2008 fall season looks promising for the Gaels. SMC's six fall sports are working to return to national prominence. Women's volleyball will attempt to get to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, while the men's and women's soccer teams want to build on last year's successes. Cross country is on pace to have one of its best seasons in recent history, and the men's golf team wants to pick up where it left off the 2007–08 year with an NCAA Championship appearance.

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