Beginning this fall, all athletes on Saint Mary’s 17 Division 1 teams and the men’s rugby team have undergone an injury screening as part of their physicals.
StepUp!, a transition program run by Student Disability Services, gives about 20 students a more relaxed start to college life.
Stopping human trafficking has been a passion for Deborah Richardson MA ’13 the last 17 years.
Changes across campus over the past year have created a new central hub for student services, readied space for the business school to move to campus, and improved residence halls and classrooms.
John Macken ’62, a physicist and entrepreneur who holds U.S. patents for 36 scientific inventions, has been “semi-retired” since 2001. But this latest phase of a highly productive life scarcely consists of resting on his laurels.
Saint Mary’s students launched Surplus|Lack, a one-night art installation in San Francisco’s Mission District. The show’s 21 films explored themes of loss, absence, and excess.
It’s often standing room only for the annual Cultural Nights, a series of springtime events that celebrate the issues and cultures of six groups on campus. This year, Expressions of Blackness, The Bash (LGBTQIA), Latino, Lu’au, Asian, and Arabian Cultural Nights touched on topics ranging from the Syrian crisis to the importance of family in Polynesian culture. Established by the Intercultural Center, these joyous events support diversity, enlighten, and delight with performance, food, and costumes.
Beginning this fall, Saint Mary’s students can now major in ethnic studies—previously only available as a minor—a multidisciplinary program encompassing anthropology, the arts, economics, history, politics, psychology, communications, and sociology. As college students at SMC and across the country push for social change around race, ethnicity, and social justice, creating an ethnic studies major can help improve the campus climate and expand community resources, said School of Liberal Arts Dean Sheila Hassell Hughes. “Like our women’s and gender studies program, which also has a major, ethnic studies’ role extends well beyond its curriculum,” Hughes said. “It also plays a role in campus programming, student engagement, interacting with student life, and bringing in speakers.”
After sustaining a season-ending injury, Shannon Mauldin '16 learned she could contribute to the program’s success in other ways without "suiting up."
SMC faculty and staff members participated in the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, an intensive Lasallian education and formation program. Even more SMC community members participated in the condensed version of the program this past summer.
The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S., a wide-ranging, perspective-broadening history edited by SMC’s Barbara McGraw, should perhaps be required reading for the nation’s voters.
For Muslim students like Roshun Rahimi ’17, finding a place at Saint Mary’s to perform daily prayers was often a challenge. But after the Cummins Institute hosted a reception forMuslim students, their families, faculty, and staff, Rahimi found some campus allies and within a short time, the College had a new sacred space.
The Student Success Office is a new holistic approach to supporting students, launched this fall at Saint Mary’s, that combines a collaborative network of people, individual coaching, and high-tech tools to help students thrive and succeed.
More than 500 teachers registered for the California Teachers Summit July 29 on the Saint Mary’s campus—the second year for the statewide program designed to bring together teachers at nearly 40 California locations to share ideas, join a teacher network, and access the latest resources for implementing California standards. KSOE professors Raina León and Rebecca Anguiano both gave TED-style EdTalks.
Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC, a widely respected educator and administrator and the director of the Novitiate for the Region of North America, spoke at Convocation and received an honorary doctoral degree during De La Salle Week, the campus celebration of Saint John Baptist De La Salle. He touched on issues in our pluralistic world. “We seem to be less the ‘home of the brave,’ and more the ‘home of the afraid,’” he said.
On July 1, Bethami Dobkin, Saint Mary’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, began a prestigious three-year term on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.