Saint Mary's Magazine Fall 2019

Cover Story: CILSA Celebrates 20 Years of Student Transformation

If not for the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA), Yusuf Nessary ’13 likely wouldn’t be running a nonprofit out of Houston that builds water well systems, schools, and sustainable farming initiatives in Africa and the Middle East. Ryan Villegas ’18 doubts he would be teaching middle school students Latin in Arizona. And Tiffany Hickey ’10 might have found herself in a career far different from fighting for affordable housing rights as a Bay Area public interest attorney.

They are just three among the thousands of Saint Mary’s College students whose lives have been transformed over the past 20 years by CILSA’s far-reaching efforts in the areas of social justice and civic engagement—efforts that have brought to life the words of Saint John Baptist de La Salle: “To touch the hearts of your students is the greatest miracle you can perform.”

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Professor Kenneth Brown

A Dedicated Professor Impacts Both Students and Science

Kenneth Brown ’77 crowns his SMC career as Professor of the Year.
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Provost Kasimatis Rounds Out Leadership Team

New leaders bring more than 130 years of combined experience to Saint Mary's.
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Summer Research Program Expands

Now in its third year, Saint Mary's popular 10-week Summer Research Program awarded 21 students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working on scientific research with a faculty advisor.
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We're Ranked Every Year! Gaels Begin Season at No. 20

For the third time in the past four years, Saint Mary's men's basketball team opened its season within the Associated Press' and Coaches Poll's Top 25.
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Professor Alice Baldridge Earns a NASA Grant

SMC Professor of Geological Sciences Alice Baldridge has been chosen to participate in a NASA project, conducting research about the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, Mars, and their near-space environments.
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Dave Perry Achieves a First at Saint Mary's College

Dave Perry '97 holds the record for being awarded the most degrees from Saint Mary's College, adding an EdD in 2019.
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A College President Breaks Barriers

In 2018, John Mosby '94 became the first person of color named president of Highline College in Seattle.
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SMC Parents Launch Neurodiverse Student Success Fund

A campaign gift from Steve and Maria James helps ensure that neurodiverse students have every opportunity to succeed at Saint Mary's and beyond.
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The Roundtable Question: Who or What Inspired You to Do the Work That You Do?

As we reach the end of the yearlong #300LaSalle celebration, we asked community members who or what inspired them to pursue their career and the work they do today.

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