Bobsledder Valerie Fleming '03

Story by Debra Holtz

Marching in the Parade of Nations in February at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, will be the culmination of a lifelong dream for Valerie Fleming '03.

Gael Rugby Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Story by Jerry Murphy, '72

Ike was in the White House and Elvis was King when a small band of Gaels joined to play the rough-and-tumble sport of rugby. Though still a club, rugby now plays (and often beats) nationally regarded varsity squads. More importantly, rugby is a thread that remains unbroken through the fabric of Gael culture for 50 years.

Joseph Lanigan

Story by Erin Hallissy


 Joseph Lanigan professor of philosophy, retired tutor, integral program

When Joseph Lanigan began teaching at Saint Mary's in 1959, the student body was all male, Dante and Galileo halls were the only class buildings and the faculty all sat down for lunch together.

Faculty Bookshelf


Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground
Edited by Barbara A. McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola
Baylor University Press

Honoring Mike Ferrigno '66

The newly named Ferrigno Lounge in Brother Jerome West Hall (formerly V.I.P. Lounge) will honor the memory of Michael A. Ferrigno (1944-2005), who was associated with Saint Mary's College for four decades. Ferrigno died in February 2005 at his home in Walnut Creek. Ferrigno is credited with enhancing the College's fund raising and alumni relations strategies and capabilities while broadening its ties to individual and institutional supporters.

New Regents Named

Robin John Driscoll '88 was named president of the board of regents at a meeting of the board in May 2005. In addition, six new regents were elected in 2005: John Araudon, Martin Haley, Fred Naranjo, Wendy Nieto, Joseph Siler, and Kenneth Vincent.

Driscoll is president of the Driscoll Family Foundation and a director of BroadWare Technologies, a Web-based compression video technology company. His brother Joseph graduated from Saint Mary's in 1992, and his niece Erin is a senior at the College.

New European Marsupial Identified by SMC Paleontologist

Story by Debra Holtz

Finding the Zero: Science Award Winners

Story by Erin Hallissy

Seven students from Saint Mary's College were honored for their poster presentations at the annual Sigma Xi student research conference in Seattle in early November.

In Brief


English Professor Brenda Hillman won the 2006 William Carlos Williams Award for her book of poetry Pieces of Air in the Epic. ("Your Fate" from that book appeared in the winter 2005 Saint Mary's magazine.) The Poetry Society of America presented the award in May for the best book of poetry published by a nonprofit university press in 2005.



Ten Reasons to Be Excited About Saint Mary's Hoops

10. McKeon Pavilion now sports chair-back seating behind team benches, leather seats in the VIP section (oooh), and a new sound system (better to hear the mellifluous tones of long-time announcer Dick Callahan).
9. Paul Thomas, whose teams have won two Division II national titles, was wooed from Cal Poly-Pomona to lead the Saint Mary's women's hoops program.


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