Choosing Gaels: A Conversation with Mike McKeon

Michael McKeon.The Admissions staff, who have been looking a little distracted lately, are just finishing up the arduous task of reviewing applications and deciding which young people are going to get the opportunity to be Gaels. The Dean of Admissions, Mike McKeon, says the process is far more than just a numbers game.

Myrna Santiago awarded Saint Mary’s 2014 Professor of the Year

Myrna Santiago.Professor Myrna Santiago was honored last Wednesday as the 2014 Professor of the Year. The event celebrated her commitment to Saint Mary’s and her students, and her numerous scholarly accomplishments.

 

Sign Up for Summer at Camp La Salle

Camp La Salle.Head for the hills this summer at the Christian Brothers’ Camp La Salle in the Sierra National Forest at Huntington Lake. Here’s more information and details on how to register.

Business School Degree Ranked Seventh

Business Insider logo.What's the value of a Saint Mary's degree? According to a report by Business Insider, quite a bit. Saint Mary's undergraduate business degree ranked seventh in return on investment in a nationwide survey. Check out the specifics of the study and the rest of the schools that made the list.

Pope Francis Selfies

Selfies with cardboard cutout of Pope.The Mission and Ministry Center held a "Take a Selfie with Pope Francis" campaign to highlight "The Francis Revolution: The Papacy at the One Year Mark” on April 8.

Write On

Students attend writing conference.Undergraduate writing advisers from the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum presented four panels at the Northern California Writing Centers Association’s 2014 Conference on Saturday, April 5. Fourteen students and Director Tereza Kramer presented at the conference. For the presentation topics and other center achievements of the center visit here.

Nominations Due for the 2014-15 Professor of the Year

It is time to solicit letters of nomination for our next Professor-of-the-Year for 2014-15. Nominations must be received by Gloria Janas in the Office of Academic Affairs by Friday, April 11. The Saint Mary's College Professor-of-the-Year Award honors an outstanding, full-time member of the Saint Mary's College faculty. Tenured faculty currently on reduced services are also eligible. Click here.

Reveling in Dance

Diane Lawton.Dana Lawton has been teaching dance at Saint Mary’s for 17 years. And it all began when she caught a ride to rehearsal with Catherine Davalos. Read more about that and about her new show, Beyond this Moment.

 

A Multi-Purpose Eden

Brousseau garden.Next to Brousseau Hall, the California Native Plant Garden is thriving while conserving water and avoiding chemical herbicides and pesticides. Read more about this community project that serves as an outdoor classroom in sustainability.

From Jeans to Gowns at the Renaissance Ball

Attendee of Renaissance Ball in costume.Gambling, utensil-less dining, tunics, and flowing dresses took over Hagerty Lounge March 29 for the Renaissance Ball, where students and faculty immersed themselves in the full flavor of the times. Read about the festivities, and view the image gallery.

 

Responsible Business—Not an Oxymoron

Can businesses change the world for the better, improve the environment, reduce poverty or improve K-12 education? Yes, if the brand-new Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business—which launched last week—has its way. The center aims to address sustainability and promote best practices in corporate governance and social responsibility.

An Arabian Night to Remember

Arabian Nights dancers.The first-ever Arabian Night on March 31 dispelled myths, celebrated traditions, and kickstarted what will hopefully become an annual event at Saint Mary’s.

Commencement Fast Approaching

Faculty members planning to attend commencement, please RSVP today. If you are a faculty or staff member wishing to present the certificate of participation to your son, daughter or other immediate family member, please email Bill Sullivan.

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