Summer 2013 Quad

Bob Ladouceur MA '89 and Troy Nunley '86

Saint Mary's Alumni Have Wise Words for Grads

At commencement ceremonies in this sesquicentennial year, Saint Mary’s heard from two inspirational alumni—Troy Nunley '86, who grew from grim beginnings to a U.S. district judgeship, and Bob Ladouceur MA '89, who set a new standard for leadership in high school football coaching.

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goat on campus

Goats R Us

In May, students were surprised to observe a herd of goats munching on weeds and brush on the Saint Mary's campus. These industrious ruminants belong to alumna Terri Holleman Oyarzun '79 and her husband, Egon.

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Clay McElroy

Gift Honors 1934 Grad

Birthdays are cause for celebration, usually involving cake, candles, gifts and friends. That's what it was like for Clay McElroy '34, too, when he celebrated his birthday on April 10. The only difference was that he was turning 100.

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student in the A Mindful Life project

A Mindful Life

Former Gael baseball player and classroom teacher JG Larochette '02 started a nonprofit during one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history. In fact, he refused to write a business plan, knowing that the hard facts in black and white would only convince him to wait for better times. And there was no time to waste.

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Among Brothers

Long associated with the Brothers of the San Francisco District, Father Patrick Leo LaBelle, O.P., was presented with a Letter of Affiliation on November 17 at a ceremony in the Saint Mary’s Chapel.

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Spring Awakening

Sesquicentennial Gala

Saint Mary’s College celebrated its sesquicentennial on November 3 with about 600 of its closest friends and supporters at a glittering gala on Treasure Island unlike anything in the college’s history.

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A Love Story

Gus, a video production teacher at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., wrote, directed and produced a feature-length film—Love, Concord—that debuted in Concord, California, in December and had its world debut at the Latino Film Festival in New York City.

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Performing Justice

"I was Saint Mary's even before I went to Saint Mary's," said AnnaMaria Cardinalli '97, the daughter of two alums. The singer and guitarist came to SMC to study performing arts but also took away "a very strong sense of Catholic social justice," she said.

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A Gael of a Brew

Brendan Moylan '83 wears his colors close to his heart. In honor of Saint Mary’s 150th anniversary, he has created Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant’s Gaelebration Ale. Moylan’s, located in Novato, Calif., was founded in 1995. The Gaelebration brew, an American pale ale, can be found in 35 states, 2 U.S. territories and 7 foreign countries.


On a cold November evening, more than 60 members of the Saint Mary’s family gathered to add two new names of fallen Gaels to the 39 listed on the Saint Mary’s veterans memorial plaque.

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Personal Branding for Dummies

How important is creating a personal brand in today’s competitive job market? Just ask Susan Chritton M.Ed. ’92, an executive coach and certified master personal brand strategist.

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