SMC Update May, 2008

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College News

Rugby Makes the Final Four

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Men's Rugby to Play Cal in the National Semifinals
After defeating Air Force in the round of sixteen and Kutztown in the round of eight, Saint Mary's will face No. 1 Cal Berkeley in the national semifinals at 3 p.m. on May 2 at Stanford. Alumni are invited to join parents and friends at noon for a tailgate party.
New Vice President for Development
Brother President Ronald Gallagher announced today the new Vice President for Development will be Keith Brant. He comes to Saint Mary's with 23 years of work in higher education, most recently as the Vice Chancellor for External Relations at the University of California at San Diego.
Alumnus Takes Over for Brother Ronald
Jim Wood and Brother RonaldJim Wood '70 earned the distinct honor of being the first and only president of the College who is not a Christian Brother on April 23. He successfully bid on the "President for a Day" prize at last year's President's Club Dinner.
WASC Response
You received a special e-mail on April 21 regarding the concerns about the College that have been raised by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Additional information has been posted on the College's WASC Challenges web page regarding the steps that are being taken to address them.
butch whacks jacketButch Whacks Reunion
Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs, big hambones on campus during the early 70s at Saint Mary's, will resume their same-time next-year musical career when they reunite for their 25th annual farewell performance on June 26, 27 and 28 at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco.
Hearst Art Gallery Given Warhol Photos
The Gallery received 152 photos taken by Andy Warhol as part of a program by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts to provide greater access to his artwork.
Senior, Alumni Faculty SocialMeet our Newest Alumni 
Come out to the Soda Center on May 2 to welcome the Class of 2008 into the alumni association during the annual Senior, Alumni and Faculty Social.
Alumnus Wins the Pulitzer
Robert Hass '63 won the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collection Time and Materials. Hass, 67, is a former U.S. poet laureate who grew up in San Francisco and was an Integral program graduate.
Undergraduate Commencement
The 145th undergraduate commencement, featuring news anchor and alumna Laura Garcia-Canon '91 as the speaker, will be Saturday, May 24.
Ron OlowinProfessor of the Year
Longtime astrophysics instructor Ron Olowin was chosen as the 2007-2008 Professor of the Year. He was honored by the College on April 16.
Attention English Majors
The English Department has developed its own e-newsletter featuring news about students, faculty and alumni within the major. Alumni are invited to sign up for the English newsletter.
Gael Gourmets
Who needs Zagat when you can review restaurants or read reviews by fellow alumni? Check out the newest feature on Jerome -- a restaurant area where you can submit reviews of your favorite restaurants online.
Women in Philanthropy
Women in PhilanthropyThe first Saint Mary's Women in Philanthropy event, a wine tasting with sommelier Ellen Landis, took place in Monterey on April 22. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please contact Lisa Moore at
SMC Professor Interviewed About Pope's Visit
During the Papal visit to the United States in April, Father Mike Russo, a communication professor, was interviewed by several news stations.
State of the Economy Conference
On Sunday, May 7, SMC's Center for the Regional Economy will host the State of the Economy Conference. The theme is "Educating Our Workforce for Personal and Regional Success." Registration will be free to the first 50 graduate business alumni and to their colleagues. Individual registration, including continental breakfast and lunch, is $35.
Alumni Admissions Training
Join the admissions office on Saturday, May 10, at the Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant in Costa Mesa for Alumni Admissions Program training. Alumni Admissions volunteers assist in the recruitment of undergraduate students. Contact Linde Waite at  for more information on the program.
Golden Reunion
Golden ReunionMore than 80 golden alumni (one from as far away as Montana) and friends gathered on campus on April 13 to relive their days at SMC. The most golden Gael, Stephen Sestonavich, graduated in 1935.
Class Giving Comparison
See how your class fares in giving this year, and help improve the numbers by making a gift to the College.
Four Christian Brothers Honored for Years of Service
Brother William Beattie '52, Brother Camillus Chavez '53, Brother Brendan Madden '63 and Brother Raphael Patton '63 were honored on March 1 for decades of service.
Graduate Kinesiology Colloquium
Featuring experts on "improving human sport performance," the Summer Colloquium hosted by graduate kinesiology will be June 9 through the 12.
Dan Cawthon Retirement Party
Alumni are invited to join the SMC community for a retirement party for Professor Dan Cawthon of the Performing Arts Department after twenty-eight years of service-teaching and directing multiple student productions on Thursday, May 15 at 4 p.m. on the LeFevre Theatre stage. Call Sharon Cahill at (925) 631-4670 if you have any questions.
Athletic News
softballSoftball in First Place
The softball team, which defeated No. 9 Fresno State yesterday, currently sits at the top spot in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference, and will finish there if they win this weekend's upcoming series with Loyola Marymount. Come out to campus on Saturday, May 4, to cheer them on.
women's tennisMen's and Women's Tennis Finish Second
The men's and women's coaches Michael Wayman Lisa Alipaz both received WCC Coach of the Year honors. Five men and four women on the teams also received conference recognition.
men's golfMen's Golf Has Another Great Year
Led by WCC Coach of the Year Scott Hardy, the golf team ended the sesaon ranked No. 50 in the country and will likely be invited to the NCAA championship tournament this year.
Events This Month
  • May 2: Senior, Alumni and Faculty Social
  • May 3: Meditation Workshop with Brother Camillus Chavez
  • May 5: Southern California Invitational Golf Tournament
  • May 6: Latino Cultural Night
  • May 7: State of the Economy Conference
  • May 10: Alumni Admissions Program Training
  • May 15: HP Class of 2008 End of Year Celebration 

  • Save the Date:
  • June 7: Washington DC Chapter Nationals Baseball Game
  • June 16-27: Ireland Tour with Brother Ronald Gallagher 
  • June 26-July 5: Grad Business International Seminar in Barcelona
  • July 18-20: Reunion Weekend
  • Aug. 10: Summer Wine Festival
  • Sept. 7: Men's Soccer Alumni vs. Alumni Game