Summer 2012

Peacemakers and peacekeepers are heroes; they should be celebrated for the many ways they throw themselves into the difficult job of making this planet a tolerable, maybe even wonderful, place to live. We celebrate some of them in our magazine.

A Vision of Peace Through the Camera Lens
Peace can be made in many ways. Michael Collopy ’82 has made his contribution to peace with his camera, and his heart.

New Ways to Keep the Peace
The nearly 100 officers who are Master of Arts in Leadership graduates have learned a style of leadership that emphasizes collaboration.

Guardian Angel in Gangland
Verber-Salazar pledged to bring peace to the streets by rehabilitating young gang members before she had to prosecute them.

A Helping Hand for Peacekeepers Under Pressure
Bob Delaney, a 2010 graduate of the M.A. in Leadership program, is one former police officer who knows a bit about stress.

A Love Affair With the Past: Carl Guarneri
Some people believe that your destiny is determined before you are born. Others believe that you make your own fate.  For Carl Guarneri, his fate was sealed when he was a newborn in the cradle of his New York walkup.

New Seminar Approach Aims to Help Students Succeed
Freshmen entering Saint Mary’s in the next academic year will encounter a first-year Seminar class in the spring that has been redesigned to give them a jump start on mastering the core reading, writing, critical thinking and speaking skills at the heart of the Seminar program.

Barry Eckhouse—An Unlikely Techno Prophet
Somewhere in cyberspace, an alternate Saint Mary’s College exists.  In this world, the college is an island, with a perfectly scaled 3-D version of McKeon Pavilion, and people can fly.

Rugby Pro Kevin Swiryn '08 Retires With No Regrets
Kevin Swiryn ’08 retired from playing competitive rugby earlier this year after an outstanding career that saw him play in one of the world’s premier professional rugby leagues in France and represent the U.S. as a member of the national team in World Cup competition.  It’s a career that never would have happened if Saint Mary’s hadn’t discontinued its football program.

Scholarship Fund Honors SMC Rugby Alumnus Dan Otter ‘82
Rugby players are known for their camaraderie — on and off the field. But what alumni players at Saint Mary’s College are doing in the wake of teammate Dan Otter’s death goes far beyond friendship. They’re raising funds at a furious pace for an endowment in Otter’s honor.