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.

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.

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.

Athletic Facilities Upgraded

Story by Rich Davi

Students and fans of Gael athletics will see significant upgrades to athletic and recreational facilities when they return to campus this fall.

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

Building Will Honor Legacies

Story by Barry Shiller

School of Education Dean Nancy Sorenson; Bernard Orsi, Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation; College Trustee Ray Larkin; Brother Mel Anderson, and Brother President Ronald Gallagher.

When the doors to Filippi Academic Hall swing open in fall 2007, there will be many reasons to celebrate.

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.


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