SMC Update, January 2009

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Mahershalalhashbaz Ali '96
Actor Starring Opposite Brad Pitt
Contra Costa Times

Derald Granberg '50
Op-Ed Article on Prop. 8
San Francisco Chronicle

Sarah Cahn Bennett '02
Winemaker to Watch
San Francisco Chronicle

Graduate Program Open Houses
Executive MBA
Jan. 13 (San Ramon)

Alumni Benefit
Game Day Souvenirs will give a 10% discount on all Gael merchandise purchased online for the month of January using the code alum10.
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Alumni Endorsement
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College News
Come Home for Gaelfest
Game Expected to be a Sell Out
Come home to Saint Mary's on Jan. 17 as we celebrate everything that is great about being a Gael. The day will begin with the Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon, followed by Mass and a pre-game rally in the Soda Center before the men's basketball team takes on the Pepperdine Waves.
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Alumni AwardsCelebrate Great Alumni
This year we will kick off our Gaelfest with the Alumni Awards Luncheon. Enjoy some great food and drink as we honor George Schmitt '65 (Alumnus of the Year), Clare Schmitt (Honorary Alumna), Bob Kozlowski '50 (Signum Fidei), Michael Johnson '87 (Certificate of Merit), Dr. John Dennis (John Baptist De la Salle Award, posthumously) and Erin Gilbert '02 (GOLD Award).
Learn more.

SMC In Circle is Coming
Before the end of the month, the College will introduce you to the Saint Mary's In Circle, a new networking tool designed exclusively for Saint Mary's alumni. SMC In Circle was created to help you connect with Saint Mary's College, employers and other Saint Mary's alums.

Alumni Cruise 2008
Go Cruising with Alumni
Alumni and friends are invited to get on board the 2nd Annual Gaels Gone Wild Alumni Spring Break Cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. The 3-day Baja cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines will depart from San Diego on April 23, 2009.
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We Need Your Glimpses!
Did you do anything special for the holidays? Send in a Gael Glimpse. Saint Mary's magazine is currently seeking Glimpses for the spring issue. Anyone who submits a Glimpse before the Jan. 20 deadline will be entered in a drawing for 10 tickets to the men's basketball game vs. USF on Feb. 5.
Submit your Glimpse.

Jerry Fitzpatrick '42Longtime Regent Jerry Fitzpatrick '42 Dies
F. Gerard "Jerry" Fitzpatrick '42, a legendary figure at Saint Mary's College and in Contra Costa County for more than six decades, passed away on Dec. 30. He was 89.
Read more.

New Commercial Campaign
The College invested in three new commercials that will be seen during televised basketball games this season. Two of the commercials feature SMC athletes.
Watch the 60 second commercial.
Watch the Patrick Mills commercial.
Watch the Alex Carbonel commercial.

Bill AyersBill Ayers Part of Jan Term Speaker Series
In 2009, the Jan Term Speaker Series at Saint Mary's College features Bill Ayers and four other provocative speakers throughout the month.
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Macken Debate Team Achieves National Ranking
At midseason, the National Parliamentary Debate Association ranks SMC's Macken Debate Team 19th out of 195 participating colleges and universities. This is the highest ranking in the young team's history and places it ahead of other California colleges, including UC Berkeley, UCLA and Pepperdine.
Read more about the team.

Student working on a farm in Salinas, CAStudents Examine Migrant Labor Issues
As part of the office of Mission and Ministry's immersion programs, 19 students traveled to Salinas to get a sampling of life for migrant farm workers.
Read more.

Philippine Alumni Start First International Chapter
Brother President Ronald Gallagher and special assistant Brother Dominic Berardelli traveled to the Philippines and were greeted by the first international SMC alumni chapter.
Read more about chapter programs.

CLAM Event for January
The Committee for Lectures, Art and Music brings one of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist Steve Turre, and his quartet to Saint Mary's College for an evening of unparalleled entertainment. A member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, Turre teaches at Juilliard and maintains an active international touring schedule.
Read more.
Athletic News
Diamon Simpson broke the all-time rebounding record and was named Player of the Week twice in Dec.
Men's Basketball is Making Some Noise
The team enters conference play with a record of 13-1 and a national ranking of 29 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Forward Diamon Simpson '09 broke the all-time SMC rebounding record on Friday and was named WCC Player of the Week twice in the month of December. Patty Mills '11 and Omar Samhan '10 rounded out the month for the Gaels by also receiving that same honor. On the women's side, Louella Tomlinson '11 was named WCC Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 29. The women's team will enter conference play with a 4-8 record.
Read more about the men.
Read more about the women.

Women's Volleyball lost to New Mexico State in the first round of the NCAA tournamentVolleyball Loses in First Round of NCAAs
The women's team finished a strong season with a record of 20-8, losing to New Mexico State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Look for them to be competitive again next year as incoming freshman Lauren Corp was named Gatorade California Volleyball Player of the Year.
Read more.

Junior Named to Baseball Player of The Year Watch List
Kyle Jensen '10 has been named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year pre-season watch list. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Jensen is one of 64 players to be named to the pre-season watch list.
Read more.

Events This Month

  • Jan. 9: SMC vs. SCU Pre-Game Party
  • Jan. 11: San Francisco Chapter SMC vs. USF Pre-Game Party
  • Jan. 15: SMC vs. LMU Pre-Game Party
  • Jan. 17: Gaelfest
  • Jan. 17: Alumni Awards Luncheon
  • Jan. 22: San Diego Chapter SMC vs. USD Pre-Game Party
  • Jan. 31: Oregon Chapter SMC vs. Portland Pre-Game Party

  • Save the Date

  • Feb. 5: SMC vs. USF Pre-Game Party
  • Feb. 7: Silicon Valley Chapter SMC vs. SCU Pre-Game Party
  • Feb. 12: SMC vs. Gonzaga Bulldog Roast
  • Feb. 14: SMC vs. Portland Pre-Game Party
  • Feb. 19: SMC vs. USD Pre-Game Party
  • Feb. 21: ESPN Bracketbuster Pre-Game Party
  • Feb. 26: Los Angeles Chapter SMC vs. Pepperdine Pre-Game Party
  • Feb. 28: Los Angeles Chapter SMC vs. LMU Pre-Game Party
  • March 6: WCC Tournament Kick-Off Party
  • July 17-19: Reunion Weekend 2009
  • Aug. 17: 7th Annual Graduate Business Alumni Golf Tournament