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Brickpile Briefs

Associate Professor Myrna Santiago’s book, The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, 1900–1938 won the Latin American Studies Association’s 2007 Bryce Wood Award for the best book on Spanish and Latin American history


On the Sept. 21 U.N. International Day of Peace, an 8-foot aluminum peace pole was dedicated outside Ferroggiaro Hall. The pole features the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Thai. It is one of 250,000 peace poles in 190 countries.


New Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Programs


Christopher Sindt, Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Programs.

Christopher Sindt, director of the College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program for seven years, became the new associate dean of liberal arts for graduate and professional programs in the fall.

Jan Term Reflections

Each Jan Term, hundreds of Saint Mary's students opt for service-learning opportunities, from the favellas of Brazil and guarderias of Mexico City to the backstreets of Harlem. This year, New Orleans' Ninth Ward was added in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Joe Lanza

Joseph Lanza '05, a first-year professional golfer, recently finished sixth in the Trump Million Dollar Invitational, earning $40,000. In March, Lanza notched his first professional win when he won a three-man playoff in a Grey Goose/Gateway Tour event. Lanza also earned a full exemption on the Canadian Golf Tour, posting an 11th place finish at the Canadian Tour Q-School in February.

Where Are They Now: Joe Appel '76

Story by John Leykam

Daughter, Jayne, with basketball. Left to right in back: Joe '76, Pam '82, and Nate.

Carol Lashof

Story by Erin Hallissy

Photo by Allyson Wiley

Top Donors Experience Taste of Duckhorn

Brother Ronald Gallagher with Kathi and Jim Capponi '70

Guests at the President's Club Wine Country reception at the Duckhorn Winery in St. Helena on May 6 got a special treat — the opportunity to learn about wine and then dine in the winery's fermentation building.

Center for Regional Economy Established

Saint Mary's has established an interdisciplinary research center to study the economy of the East Bay, the only region in the Bay Area to boast more than a million jobs.

The new Center for the Regional Economy will act as a clearinghouse and resource for information about the East Bay economy, with special emphasis on Contra Costa County. Saint Mary's faculty and student interns will research and consult on economic, political, environmental and social issues in conjunction with regional business, governmental and nonprofit groups.

A Closer Look at Catholicism

Story by Erin Hallissy

A new Catholic Tradition minor will be offered beginning this fall for students who want to delve more deeply into a critical understanding of Catholicism.

Coaching Changes in Women's Sports

At press time, the women's basketball program was in transition. Athletic Director Mark Orr announced in June that sixth-year head coach Michelle Jacoby would not return in 2006-07. Orr said he would initiate a national search for a new head coach.

That news came shortly after two new assistant coaches, including former Gael standout Tracy (Morris) Johnston '00, joined the program. Johnston and Tony Giannotti filled vacancies created when Jacoby's three former assistant coaches resigned in March.