SMC Update, September 2008

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Jim Leal EE '03 & '06
New Police Chief
Robert Smith '92
Prosthetics Expert Helps Gaza Boy
Oakland Tribune
Tracey Berkner '89
Award Winning Restaurant
Amador Ledger Dispatch 
Ric Rosario '80
Insurance Company CEO
Gregory Aloia '68
Concord University President
Graduate Program Open Houses
Sept. 20 (Moraga)
Oct. 25 (Moraga)
Nov. 19 (Moraga)
Alumni Benefit
Graduates from the classes of 2007 and 2008 can purchase men's basketball season tickets for half-price.
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College News
Gael Olympians
 Patrick Mills playing against Team USA
Browning and Mills Return from Beijing
Incoming sophomore Patrick Mills left the Olympics as the leading scorer for the Australian men's basketball team, and Rob Browning, the U.S. men's volleyball team leader, was at the team's gold medal-winning match against Brazil.
Saint Mary's magazineSaint Mary's Magazine Now Online 
The current issue celebrates the 80th birthdays of the Moraga campus and Brother Mel Anderson. In addition to a new batch of Gael Glimpses, you will find stories about the history of hijinks at SMC, alumni judges and a report on the magazine survey.
Wine Festival Raises Money for Scholarships
The Alumni Board of Directors thanks all the wine lovers and wineries that made this year's festival a great success. One of the featured wineries, Concannon Vineyards, operated by Jim Concannon '53, will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sept. 20. SMC alumni are invited to join in the festivities.
Brother Ronald at the capitolCapitol Gaels
Brother President Ronald Gallagher hosted a reception at the state Capitol for Sacramento alumni. Assemblyman Guy Houston '82, R-San Ramon, was among those in attendance.
Support the Gael Athletic Fund

As another exciting year begins, find out how you can support our dedicated student-athletes through the Gael Athletic Fund. Contributions from our Saint Mary's family of alumni, parents and fans have played a key role in the success of our athletic programs. 

Learn more about the fund
Hagerty Lecture
Alumni are invited to campus on Sept. 13 for the annual Hagerty Lecture. This year's lecture, "Hagerty's Forgotten Auctor, the Baron Von Hugel," will be given by Brother William Beatie, FSC '52.
wedding ringsSMC Lovebirds
Saint Mary's magazine is looking for stories of married alumni who met during their time at school for an article in a future issue. Share your story of Moraga romance with the world by sending it to
Graduate Business Held Two Major Events in August
The graduate business alumni chapter has worked hard to provide MBA alumni with opportunities for networking and professional development. This past month the chapter hosted lectures on entrepreneurship and venture capital. 
Blue Mass
To support local first responders, the College will host a "Blue Mass" in conjunction with the Feast of the Guardian Angels on Oct. 2, 2008. Police, fire and ambulance personnel from Alameda and Contra Costa counties will be honored, and all alumni first responders are invited.
Diablo Country ClubSixth Annual Graduate Business Alumni Golf Tournament
Come to the Diablo Country Club for a special day of golf, food and prizes. All alumni are welcome to join in the scramble format tournament.
Robert Moses' Kin Dance CompanyNew  CLAM Season Begins
The Committee for Lectures, Arts and Music presents Robert Moses' Kin Dance Company, which brings its powerful athleticism, socially relevant themes and provocative, stylistically varied choreography to the LeFevre Theatre Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.     
Institutional Marketing Report
A report written for the College's Institutional Marketing Committee on developing a stronger Saint Mary's brand is available online. Several alumni were interviewed in the process of creating this report.  
Campus Garden Project
Students began work last week on a campus garden. The home-grown, organic vegetables will be served in Oliver Hall by Sodexo. As the work begins, funds will be needed to help sustain the garden. Those interested in donating can make a gift online at the giving site. Make sure you indicate that you would like your gift to go to the SMC garden.
Graduate Education Distinguished Speaker Series
A series of Saturday seminars from the Kalmanovitz School of Education will provide a broad range of professional development offerings for educators. Each seminar will feature a keynote speaker who is highly regarded in the field of education.
Athletic News
  Fall Sports Begin

women's volleyball

Soccer, Volleyball and Cross Country Schedules Announced
Expectations are high this year for several fall sports. Men's and women's soccer will continue to compete in one of the country's toughest conferences; volleyball looks to regain its top 25 status as nearly all of the starters return; and cross country welcomes back a strong team. Follow their progress by visiting
Mark OrrEast Bay Athletic Directors to Speak at Breakfast
Saint Mary's Athletic Director Mark Orr will be joined by Sandy Barbour, UC Berkeley's Athletic Director, at a breakfast on campus hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley on Sept. 18. Come out and ask Sandy why Cal doesn't want to play basketball against SMC anymore.
Men's Basketball is Nearly Sold Out
The ticket office has announced that full season ticket packages are now sold out, and there are very few other tickets plans remaining. Individual tickets will be very hard to come by this year, and they will not be available for the Gonzaga game so reserve your space now by purchasing one of the few ticket plans still available. Contact the ticket office today at (925) 631-GoTx.
Events This Month
  • Sept. 7: Men's Soccer Alumni vs. Alumni Game
  • Sept. 8: Northern California Gael Classic Invitational Golf Tournament
  • Sept. 13: Hagerty Lecture
  • Sept. 17: San Francisco Alumni Chapter Happy Hour
  • Sept. 18: Northern Nevada Chapter Luncheon
  • Sept. 23: Graduate Business Alumni Annual Golf Tournament

    Save the Date:

  • Oct. 3: 8th Annual Frank Tucci Golf Party
  • Oct. 11: Baseball Alumni Game
  • Oct. 15: Dine with Alums
  • Nov. 22: Rugby Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance
  • Jan 17: Gaelfest