Adventure in Her Blood

adventureBreeanne "Breezy" Jackson '04 can take the heat — and the mind-numbing cold.

New Leadership for the Alumni Board

aGetting graduate alumni more involved in Saint Mary’s will be a key focus of the Alumni Board for the next two years, under the leadership of J.P. Musgrove ’07, the board’s new president.

Fall 2013 Quad

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Inspired

In January 2007, Saint Mary’s alumnus Bryan Navarro ’10 lived on a bus in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans while helping with relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. In the process, he learned not only about how to help people in need but also about how to tell a compelling story.

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Sweet Music

Two alumni—Dr. William Feaster MBA ’93 and Sandra Feaster MBA ’89 of Half Moon Bay—donated a Steinway grand piano to Saint Mary’s in June. It was the star attraction in a concert in the Chapel in September featuring faculty and student performances. The concert was a fundraiser for SMC choirs traveling to Latvia for the summer 2014 World Choir Games.

Learn and Serve in Rwanda

Are you a lifelong learner? Do you love to travel? You are invited to join CILSA for an amazing international learning and service trip to Rwanda, Africa, in March 2014. Register by January 31, 2014.

The Proposal

Reunion weekend provided a perfect opportunity for Zach Farmer ’08 to propose to his girlfriend, Linda Hua ’08, in the classroom in Dante Hall where they first met. “I figured it was a way to make it even more special,” Farmer said.

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Baby on Campus

Not many people can say that they started out in college before they graduated from high school—or even grade school—but oneyear- old Owen Jones can, because he has lived at Saint Mary’s since birth.

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Gael Family Reunion

Saint Mary’s alumni celebrated family in its many forms at the annual alumni reunion. More than 700 alumni returned to campus from July 19 to 21 to reminisce and reconnect.

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Pen Award for Bob Hass

Robert Hass ’63, former U.S. Poet Laureate, received the 2013 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award from the Pen American Center for his collection of essays What Light Can Do. The prestigious award, which includes a $10,000 prize, recognizes the collection as a work that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.

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Fruitvale Station

When Ryan Coogler’s film, Fruitvale Station, debuted this year to critical acclaim, he didn’t forget the Saint Mary’s professor who set him on the path to a career in film.

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Pushing it to the Limit

Alessandra Pichelli has always been a good competitor. Her former Saint Mary’s rowing coaches and teammates already knew that about the 2009 SMC grad. Pichelli helped the Gaels to strong finishes throughout her SMC rowing career, and her Varsity 8 boat finished third at the West Coast Conference championships.

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Summer 2013 Quad

Bob Ladouceur MA '89 and Troy Nunley '86

Saint Mary's Alumni Have Wise Words for Grads

At commencement ceremonies in this sesquicentennial year, Saint Mary’s heard from two inspirational alumni—Troy Nunley '86, who grew from grim beginnings to a U.S. district judgeship, and Bob Ladouceur MA '89, who set a new standard for leadership in high school football coaching.

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goat on campus

Goats R Us

In May, students were surprised to observe a herd of goats munching on weeds and brush on the Saint Mary's campus. These industrious ruminants belong to alumna Terri Holleman Oyarzun '79 and her husband, Egon.

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Clay McElroy

Gift Honors 1934 Grad

Birthdays are cause for celebration, usually involving cake, candles, gifts and friends. That's what it was like for Clay McElroy '34, too, when he celebrated his birthday on April 10. The only difference was that he was turning 100.

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student in the A Mindful Life project

A Mindful Life

Former Gael baseball player and classroom teacher JG Larochette '02 started a nonprofit during one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history. In fact, he refused to write a business plan, knowing that the hard facts in black and white would only convince him to wait for better times. And there was no time to waste.

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Among Brothers

Long associated with the Brothers of the San Francisco District, Father Patrick Leo LaBelle, O.P., was presented with a Letter of Affiliation on November 17 at a ceremony in the Saint Mary’s Chapel.

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Spring Awakening

Sesquicentennial Gala

Saint Mary’s College celebrated its sesquicentennial on November 3 with about 600 of its closest friends and supporters at a glittering gala on Treasure Island unlike anything in the college’s history.

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A Love Story

Gus, a video production teacher at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., wrote, directed and produced a feature-length film—Love, Concord—that debuted in Concord, California, in December and had its world debut at the Latino Film Festival in New York City.

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Performing Justice

"I was Saint Mary's even before I went to Saint Mary's," said AnnaMaria Cardinalli '97, the daughter of two alums. The singer and guitarist came to SMC to study performing arts but also took away "a very strong sense of Catholic social justice," she said.

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A Gael of a Brew

Brendan Moylan '83 wears his colors close to his heart. In honor of Saint Mary’s 150th anniversary, he has created Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant’s Gaelebration Ale. Moylan’s, located in Novato, Calif., was founded in 1995. The Gaelebration brew, an American pale ale, can be found in 35 states, 2 U.S. territories and 7 foreign countries.

Remembering

On a cold November evening, more than 60 members of the Saint Mary’s family gathered to add two new names of fallen Gaels to the 39 listed on the Saint Mary’s veterans memorial plaque.

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Personal Branding for Dummies

How important is creating a personal brand in today’s competitive job market? Just ask Susan Chritton M.Ed. ’92, an executive coach and certified master personal brand strategist.

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Pushing it to the Limit

Alessandra Pichelli lifting weights.Alessandra Pichelli has always been a good competitor.

Fruitvale Station

Ryan Coogler was an SMC football player on scholarship when he met Rosemary Graham. When the football program ended, Coogler transferred out but never forgot his mentor.Director’s Career Got Its Start at SMC

Gael Family Reunion

The class dinners were held outside on the Chapel lawn for the first time. “The view of the Chapel is something that so many alumni connect with,” said Courtney Lohmann, associate director of alumni and volunteer engagement.</body></html>

Baby on Campus

Young Owen, strapped onto his daddy’s or mommy’s chest, has been a happy, frequent sight on campus.Not many people can say that they started out in college before they graduated from high school—or even grade school—but one-year-old Owen Jones can, because he h

Inspired

Navarro has returned to Saint Mary’s as Director of Creative Video for SMC Athletics and a consultant for College Communications.

A Vicious Tremor Beneath Our Feet

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.

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