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High Satisfaction: Results of the 2011 Cooperative Institutional Research Program Senior Survey show satisfaction levels at five-year highs in many areas, including overall college experience.

High in Academic Engagement: SMC students rate their college experience high for academic engagement on the National Survey of Student Engagement. Saint Mary’s scored above other colleges in the poll on most measures, especially “level of academic challenge.”

1863 Society: Nearly 150 donors attended the inaugural event of the 1863 Society. The 1863 Society, named for the year when Saint Mary’s was founded, recognizes Saint Mary’s generous donors.

$250,000 for Digital Studies: The College received a $250,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation
to fund the Digital Studies Across the Curriculum project. The goal is to develop technological capacity, improve media lab infrastructure and foster digital interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

Tops for MBA: Hanover Research listed SMC’s Trans-Global Executive MBA program as one of the top 13 International Executive MBA Programs in the U.S. in 2011. The Hybrid Executive MBA program is ranked among the Top 25 Online MBA Programs of 2012 by Online MBA.

Big Debut: English Professor Lysley Tenorio’s debut collection of short stories, Monstress, garnered national praise from a multitude of news outlets, including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and NPR. 

Olympians Among Us: Gaels were out full force for London Summer Olympics. Matthew Dellavedova ’13 and alumnus Patty Mills played for Australia’s basketball team, while Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Rob Browning managed USA men’s volleyball.

World Class: The SMC Chamber Singers and Glee Club, competing against 362 choirs from 64 countries, both won silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati.

Baseball Opener: Major League star Tom Candiotti ’78 threw out the first pitch as Saint Mary’s inaugurated its new baseball field.

More Diversity Scholarships: The School of Economics and Business Administration expanded its commitment to diversity with an additional $100,000 in endowed diversity scholarships from the new Ramsell Endowed Scholarship and the Lighthouse Endowed Scholarship for Diversity.

New Leadership Concentration: The new M.A. in Leadership for Social Justice launched on June 2 with its first cohort that included 11 students ranging in age from 22 to 56. The new concentration is designed to enhance the leadership skills of nonprofit managers, community organizers, direct service providers and others committed to social change.

Alumnus Nominated to Federal Bench: SMC alumnus and Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Troy L. Nunley ’86 has been nominated by the White House as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of California. 

Snapshot 2011-2012

Included in Book of 40 Transformative Institutions

Saint Mary’s was chosen as one of only 40 U.S. institutions in the 2013 edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Saint Mary’s is the only Catholic college — and the only California college— in the history of the 40-school compilation. 

President’s Community Service Honor Roll

Saint Mary’s was listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. Saint Mary’s students provided 40,000 hours of service to communities in the U.S. and abroad. 

Listed Among “Green Colleges”

Saint Mary’s was included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition, which profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. 

In the Media Spotlight

News coverage of Saint Mary’s increased substantially during the 2011–12 academic year, with media mentions of SMC faculty up by 104 percent. Academic and mission efforts such as TGEMBA, Jan Term and Mission & Ministry, garnered the attention of broadcast and print reporters, as did SMC athletics.

Best Men’s Sports Program in WCC

The SMC athletics program was awarded the West Coast Conference’s Men’s All-Sports Trophy for the first time in 2012, recognizing it as the best men’s sports program in the league. The award came after Saint Mary’s teams won three WCC championships — men’s soccer, men’s basketball, and men’s golf.

Museum of Art Opens

The Saint Mary’s College Museum of art opened Oct. 2, boasting two new galleries and 50 percent more exhibition space. At the grand opening, Kevin Starr, noted historian and State Librarian Emeritus, delivered the keynote on the painter William Keith, whose centennial exhibition opened on the same day.

New Seminar Model

The Academic Senate approved a new Seminar model. The model includes a “strategies and questions” freshman course and a “global conversation” senior course as well as two Western tradition courses that follow the familiar chronological pattern. 

New Environmental Literacy Center

Saint Mary’s launched a new Center for Environmental Literacy in the Kalmanovitz School of Education. The center focuses on helping educators integrate nature and the arts into curricula and will be the new home of River of Words, an acclaimed K-12 environmental poetry and visual arts program.

Fulbright Fellowships Abound

Napala Pratini ’12 was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Madrid with the Melanoma Group at the Spanish National Cancer Center, trying to identify genes that may suppress melanoma. Education Professor Kathleen Taylor, an internationally quoted expert and researcher on adult learners, won a 2013 Fulbright award to study adult education in Greece.