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.

The two-story, 37,000-square-foot building across from Louis Guisto field will be the first major capital project completed under Brother President Ronald Gallagher's leadership, delivering sorely needed classroom and office space. It will be a gleaming home for the Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz School of Education, which supports the College's Lasallian mission by preparing more than 400 men and women annually for careers in primary, secondary and post-secondary education. It will represent a major step forward for Saint Mary's as it revitalizes its strategic fundraising efforts.

The May 20 groundbreaking for the $23.4 million building occured as preparations were in full swing for commencement ceremonies (a photo essay on commencement weekend is on pages 22-29).

To Katey (Dallosto) Shinn and her family, Filippi Academic Hall will be a legacy to Ann Carr Dallosto ME '87, a Gael graduate alumna and beloved faculty member who taught and mentored many aspiring teachers and school administrators. The Dallosto family made a gift to Filippi Hall, enabling a classroom to be named in Ann's memory.

Katey and her husband, Richard, joined her father, Gene Dallosto, in making the gift. The Shinns' first substantial donation to a college was a bit unusual because neither attended Saint Mary's. Katey graduated from Santa Clara (as did Ann), and Richard from Villanova. But it made sense.

"My husband said, 'we have to do this for your mom,' " Katey recalls.

Ann Dallosto was a bit of a trailblazer. She was in Santa Clara's 1965 graduating class, its first to include women, then earned a credential at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and a master's in education at Saint Mary's. She taught for 10 years before returning to SMC to teach.

Ann wasn't bothered by attending rival Bay Area Catholic colleges. "My mom said it was like loving two children equally," Katey says. "She was passionate about teaching, and shared her passion with teachers all over the Bay Area. And she had a strong faith — she comforted and nurtured many students after they became teachers. She was like their second mom."

Katey's daughter, Kelsey Ann, a third-grader at Fairlands School in Pleasanton, benefits from the influence her late grandmother had on a student. "My daughter's new principal was taught by my mom," Katey notes with pride. "She told me that my mom was the reason she became a teacher. One of her fourth-grade teachers took three classes from mom.

"My mom continues to bless Fairlands School and many others around the Bay Area."