Saint Mary's College Honors 40th Anniversary of Women at SMC with "Gaela" Celebration

MORAGA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2010) - Forty years ago, the first female students were admitted into Saint Mary's College of California. It was the fall of 1970 and in honor of this significant anniversary the College is recognizing 40 influential female graduates, or Gaels, at the "Gaela" celebration "40 Years / One Night" on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

The featured speaker for the celebration is Kristine Carlson, co-author of the "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" series. Carlson has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts, including, The Today Show, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Carlson is also a Saint Mary's College parent.

Sponsored by the College's Women in Philanthropy Committee, the event honors the women of Saint Mary's by celebrating influential alumnae who have achieved success and served as role models by overcoming adversity, displaying leadership throughout their careers, advocating community building and volunteerism, raising families under challenging circumstances and demonstrating excellence in athletic pursuits.

Among the 40 remarkable alumnae selected by the Women in Philanthropy Committee, the "Gaela" will recognize California labor leader Maria Elena Durazo '75, NBC Bay Area television news anchor Laura Garcia-Cannon '91, San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer '97, social entrepreneur and filmmaker Dr. Lauren Speeth '89 and Saint Mary's Vice Provost Frances Sweeney '86.

What: 40 Years / One Night
When: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, 5:30 p.m. Registration, 6 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, CA, 94556.

For a complete list of the 40 influential women honored during the "Gaela" celebration, visit the "40 Years / One Night" web page. For more information about the anniversary of women at Saint Mary's College, or the Women in Philanthropy Committee, please contact Lisa Moore at (925) 631-4328 or


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