Spring 2014

Below are the stories from the Spring 2014 issue.

In Our High-Tech World, Are the Liberal Arts Dead?

Circuit illustration.

Our love affair with all things digital—and the vicissitudes of the Great Recession—has also led a growing legion of commentators to question the value of a traditional liberal arts education.



Technology and the Human App

Student using laptop.

We’re cool with technology and everything it does to improve our lives. But we’re not alone in thinking it’s time to get a grip on how digital technology is affecting the human app.



De-Evolution of Wellness


The benefits of returning to a natural state of health—without the consumerism, trendiness and technology that pervade the so-called wellness industry.



Jane Purinton: Always Learning, Always Teaching

Jane Purinton

The wife of Saint Mary’s new president describes the enlightening and unpredictable journey her life, career and passions have taken.



Mulvaneys Challenge Gaels


Engage "Head, Heart and Hands" in support of service-learning.




Happiness and Poetry

Matthew ZapruderFor Matthew Zapruder, Saint Mary’s new assistant professor of English, leaving the world of dreams and waking up early in the morning to drink a warm cup of coffee while he writes poems for a few hours is his taste of pure happiness.


Let There Be Light

Let There Be LightTheater program shines in West Coast premiere.




The Best Ever Season

Saint Mary's RugbyThe Saint Mary's men's rugby 7s team concluded its best-ever season by taking second place in the USA Rugby College 7s National Championships.



Service with DIRT

ServiceDismantle, immerse, reflect and transform.




New Leadership for the Alumni Board

Alumni BoardGetting graduate alumni more involved in Saint Mary’s will be a key focus of the Alumni Board for the next two years, under the leadership of J.P. Musgrove ’07, the board’s new president.



Adventure in Her Blood

Breeanne JacksonBreeanne "Breezy" Jackson '04 can take the heat — and the mind-numbing cold. As an environmental scientist, Jackson has done everything from gather data in the blistering heat of a wildfire to her current job—teaching survival skills to research scientists in Antarctica.


Power to the Pink

Power to the PinkWomen’s & Gender Studies program celebrates its 20th anniversary.