Winter 2007

Measures of Success

Photographic portfolio by Toby Burditt

Something in the Air

Photo Essay by Dan Rosenstrauch

The Gonzaga–Saint Mary’s basketball showdown is always exciting, and the Jan. 15, 2007 contest proved to be a particularly memorable game.

In Memoriam


Brother John Johnson, FSC HON
Brother Christian Conners, FSC ’58


Bernita A. Allender ’81
Richard G. Barbosa P ’81
Edward S. Calvo ’78
William A. Colwell ’63
Bill Denahy ’50
Keith L. Kutner ’88
John J. Mamola ’40
Judge Lawrence S. Mana ’38
Michael J. McGuire ’80
John C. O’Neill ’81
Joseph F. Pruss, Jr. ’50
Gordon Rye ECR ’79
Donna M. Topping ECR ’91
Joey R. Wettach EE ’04
Patrick J. White EE ’99
Stephanie Wilson EE ’94

Alumni Volunteers Greet the Gaels of Tomorrow

For many prospective students, Saint Mary’s takes the form of a smile and a handshake before it materializes as a vibrant campus. That’s because — before ever setting foot in Moraga — they’ve met one of the more than 230 people who volunteer in the Alumni-Admissions Program (AAP).

“This has been a very successful effort,” says Associate Director of Admissions Gina Meneni ’99, who helped revive the program in 2003. “Students who have been contacted personally by a Saint Mary’s alumni representative are more likely to apply, be accepted and attend.”

Early Moraga Alum and Wife Honored with Endowed Scholarship

Bob McAndrews ’32 was in the first College class to go through all four years in Moraga, and recalls his “absolute thrill coming out of crowded downtown San Francisco to the beautiful, open Moraga campus, dominated then, as now, by the Chapel tower.”

Faculty Profile: Ron Isetti

By John Grennan

Living History

Former Saint Mary's U.S. and Asian history professor Ron Isetti.

Gael Bolsters British Bid for Olympic Home Court

By John Grennan

Stacey O'Connor '05, top row, number 15.

CILSA Gets a New Director

Marshall Welch, Ph.D., a national leader in service learning, will take over as director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) at Saint Mary’s on Dec. 3.

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.