The Office of Media Relations helps to advance the reputation of Saint Mary's by actively promoting the College, its academic programming, faculty expertise and student achievements to news organizations and external audiences.
Director of Media Relations Mike McAlpin oversees the College's overall media relations program and serves as the College's official media spokesperson. His responsibilities include advancing the college's faculty and their academic achievements in local and national media outlets and providing media training for SMC faculty and senior staff. The office can assist with the following:
- News releases - six weeks notice in advance of major announcements.
- Event Promotion to external audiences - six weeks in advance of event
- Crisis Communication
- Faculty Media Training
Mike McAlpin joined Saint Mary’s College in November 2008 and oversees the College’s overall media relations program. A former TV journalist, one of his missions is to shine a brighter media spotlight on the College. And it's working, faculty media appearances have increased by 87% since the 2008-09 academic year, so faculty media training does work!
Mike's responsibilities include overseeing the College’s overall media relations program, serving as media spokesperson and crisis management team member. His recent accomplishments include dramatically increasing Saint Mary’s faculty media appearances, serving on the team responsible for bringing a U.S. Senate Debate to the campus and for Saint Mary’s consideration by the Commission on Presidential Debates for a 2012 General Election Debate at the College.
Prior to joining SMC, he had a distinguished career as a public television producer; won some awards, picked up an Emmy, a bunch of nominations and did a stint at Havard for a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism. For nearly a decade in Boston, he served as a writer and producer for the flagship PBS content provider, WGBH, creating programming for the series “Basic Black” — the longest running African-American public affairs show in the nation and as a producer for the Emmy-winning news program “Greater Boston.
A native of Chicago's South Side and a music history fan, he's produced arts programming on rock and blues music, documentary films on Chicago’s rhythm & blues traditions, Boston's jazz scene and serves as an advisor for Indiana University's Archive of African American Music and Culture. Contact Mike at [email protected] or (925)-631-4222.