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.