The Quad

Top 5 Reasons to Stay Connected to SMC

By Chris Carter, Associate Director of Alumni Relations

One of the greatest challenges for many colleges is alumni engagement.

Staying connected to Saint Mary’s can be rewarding for both an alum and the institution in many ways. The vitality of the College relies on the goodwill of its current and past constituents, not just financially, but also in contributing to the mission by advising, teaching, working for and supporting an environment where students can grow academically, socially and spiritually.

In Memoriam


  • Brother Richard Columban Derby, FSC ’40


  • Don Anderson ’57
  • Alva Blythe ’51
  • Lawrence L. Chin, Jr. ’67
  • Leslie A. Garaventa ’47
  • Charles Heinbockel ’34
  • Richard Kelly ’53
  • William J. Kenney, Jr. ’42
  • Donald Lee ’79
  • Teresa Schulte MacCartney ’82
  • Terrel C. Murphy ’60
  • Father Joseph O’Reilly ’34
  • John Patrick Riordan ’54
  • John P. Saitz ’56
  • Frank Salamid ’34
  • John Sertic ’50
  • Judge Edward Shanahan ’32

Impressive Group Joins Board of Regents

Saint Mary’s has five new members on its Board of Regents, bringing the total number of active regents to 44. Following are brief biographies of the new members:

Joseph A. Motta '84.

Alum from Japan Found a Home at SMC

In 1953, Kiyoshi Ikemi ’57 traveled by boat for 15 days across the Pacific to attend Saint Mary’s, and the differences between his native Japan and America were as vast as the ocean.

Kiyoshi Ikemi '57. Click photo to enlarge.

In Memoriam

John Leykam

John Leykam.

John Leykam, a longtime Saint Mary’s College employee and honorary alumnus, died of cancer on July 20, at his home in Concord. He was 63.

Quite a Class

By Bob Kozlowski ’50


Winemaker Alums Revive an Old Tradition

The weather was hot, the Chardonnays and Zinfandel Roses were chilled and the camaraderie was warm when a group of winemaking alums, along with spouses and friends, gathered at California Cellars north of Isleton in early June to revitalize a tradition of regular SMC wine gatherings.

Alumni Board 2007-08

The Alumni Board of Directors seeks to enhance and support the mission of the College through alumni activities and programming, and to represent all alumni for the College. The new president for 2007-08 is Greg Teshara ’02. He will preside over all board meetings and act as official representative of the Alumni Association to the College community. To contact any board member, e-mail [email protected].


Executive committee:


Greg Teshara ’02

Legendary Winemaking Brother Among Elite Group of Vintners

Robert Mondavi with Brother Timothy in 2001.

An Act of Kindness Brings Second Chances to Others

by John Grennan

Physician Keeps Pushing to Succeed

Dr. Ari Umutyan '95 and his fellow bicycle fundraisers.