SMC Update, October 2008

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Father Miguel D'Escoto '54
U.N. General Assembly President
Darrell Corti '64
Gourmet Grocer
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Christina Marshall '93
High School Hall of Fame Inductee
Scott Belding '72
Performing Arts Director
Rita Spillane '76
Community Prosecutor
Peter Detwiler '71
Distinguished Service Award
Brad Andrews '71
International Zoos Group Chairman
Christina Abreu '89
Construction Project Recycling
Mark Dentinger '81
Graduate Program Open Houses
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Alumni Benefit
The College Career Development Center offers a range of services to alumni.
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Grad. Education
Distinguished Speaker Series
This month will feature Dr. Danny Brassell on Oct. 25.
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and Leave to Serve
Christian Brothers 
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College News
 Green Initiatives at SMC
 Campus Garden
Campus Garden
As part of a larger effort to create a sustainable campus, more than 150 students pitched in to create the College's new garden last month. Vegetables grown here will be served in the cafeteria. Visit the updated Sustain SMC website for more information on the College's green initiatives.
Move-in Day
The College welcomed its largest freshman class ever during the Weekend of Welcome with more than 670 students moving into the residence halls on Aug. 28 and starting classes on Sept. 2.
Catalina Torres '03Alumna Killed in Martinez Shooting
Catalina Torres '03, known for her work on domestic violence issues, was shot by her cousin's estranged husband who later shot and killed Martinez police officer, Sgt. Paul Starzyk. She was 44.

Alumni Endorsement
The search is underway for great applicants to enroll as freshman at Saint Mary's next fall. Alumni have the ability to aid in this effort by endorsing a student who applies to the College. Your endorsement will waive their $55 application fee.
9/11 Survivor Earl Johnson9/11 Survivor Visits Campus
Last month the SMC Republican Club invited 9/11 survivor Earl Johnson to speak to students about his experience in the World Trade Center.
SMC Fund
Why should you support Saint Mary's? Because your generosity provides Saint Mary's students the opportunity to discover and develop the very best in themselves. Find out more about the SMC Fund and how YOU can make a difference.
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B.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies Program Launched 
The College's newest bachelor's degree program designed for working professionals draws heavily from the social sciences and has a wide application in workplace, community and global contexts.

President's Club Dinner Dance
President's Club Dinner DanceIn honor of the 80th anniversary of the Moraga campus, this year's dinner dance for President's Club members will return to the College on Oct. 18.
Great Books Seminar for Alumni and Friends
This year's series, titled "The Great Conversation," will be held once per month during the school year. Go online to see the list of texts and dates planned. Space is very limited, so sign up today.
Richard ReevesEsteemed Author Visits Campus
Come to campus on Oct. 8 for an evening of lively commentary on politics and the historic 2008 presidential election as CLAM and the Disney Forum welcome celebrated author, longtime political correspondent and syndicated columnist Richard Reeves. Best known for his acclaimed trilogy on the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, this prolific writer is currently a senior lecturer at USC. In addition to print journalism, Reeves has received every major television award for his documentaries for ABC and the Public Broadcasting Service. 
Van de Velde painting19th-Century Dutch Art Featured in Newest Exhibit
The Hearst Art Gallery is pleased to debut on Oct.12 an exhibition of more than 60 19th-century Dutch masterpieces from the collection of Dr. Jan and Mrs. Mary Ann Beekhuis. The works selected for the exhibition have rarely been displayed, and have never been shown before on the West Coast.
Read about the opening weekend events.

Mary Springer Memorial Service
Alumni are invited to attend the SMC memorial for longtime faculty member and alumni award winner, Mary Doyle Springer, on Oct. 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Lafayette Room of the Soda Center. For more information, contact Carole Swain at
SMC Lovebirds 
Saint Mary's magazine is continuing the search for married alumni who met while attending the College for a future article. Send your love stories to
Athletic News
Alex PoortaWomen's Tennis Player Defeats Top Ranked Opponents
Alex Poorta '11 defeated players ranked No. 7, No. 16 and No. 62 on her way to the finals of the 2008 Nike Women's Invitational in the Gold Division. Nienke Strijbis '10 won the White Division in singles while Molly Aloia '12 and Marah Calvo '09 won the doubles title.
Women's Volleyball Heads into Conference Play
After starting the season with a strong 10-3 record against several ranked opponents, the women's volleyball team begins WCC play against No. 21 Pepperdine at home on Oct. 2. The team defeated Penn last weekend.
Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner 
Join other alumni and friends in support of the men's basketball team on Oct. 26 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum. The night's keynote speaker will be Steve Lavin, former UCLA head coach and current TV analyst. All proceeds will go to men's basketball.
Events This Month
  • Oct. 3: 8th Annual Frank Tucci Golf Party
  • Oct. 8: East Bay Graduate Business Alumni Mixer
  • Oct. 11: Baseball Alumni Game
  • Oct. 15: Dine with Alums
  • Oct. 24: Bring a Potential MBA Candidate to Breakfast

  • Save the Date
  • Nov. 8: Alumni Diversity Celebration
  • Nov. 8: Episcopal Lecture Series Featuring Bishop John Cummins
  • Nov. 22: Rugby Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance
  • Dec. 4: East Bay Chapter Christmas Party
  • Jan 17: Gaelfest
  • July 17-19: Reunion Weekend 2009