SMC Update, February 2009

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Jim Linhart '60
Late Bridge Champion
New York Times

Ron Ace '80 EE
Hayward Chief of Police
Tri-City Voice

Richard Ladner '65
National Award Winner

Graduate Program Open Houses

Professional MBA
March 18 (Moraga)

Executive MBA
Feb. 10 (San Ramon)

Executive Hybrid MBA
March 5 (Moraga)

M.S. in Financial Analysis and Investment Management
Feb. 25 (San Francisco)
March 25 (San Francisco)

Trans-Global Executive MBA 
Feb. 14 (San Ramon)
Feb. 23 (San Ramon)

Graduate Education
Feb. 25 (Moraga)

MA in Leadership
March 3 (Moraga)
March 14 (Moraga)

Alumni Benefit
Game Day Souvenirs will give a 10% discount on all Gael merchandise purchased online for the month of February using the code alum10.
Go to the site.

Alumni Endorsement
Endorse a prospective Saint Mary's student and waive the application fee.
Grad. Education Speaker Series
This month will feature Dr. Michael Pritchard - comedian, author, TV star.
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and Leave to Serve
Christian Brothers 
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College News
Alumni Award Winners
Alumni Award Winners
Six Honored During Annual Ceremony
Laughter and tears were the hallmarks of this year's Alumni Awards Ceremony. The winners, including Alumnus of the Year George Schmitt '65, were given fitting tributes by their family and friends gathered at the luncheon, and later received loud cheers as they were introduced at the men's basketball game.
Read more.

Jan Term Speaker Ayers Draws Large Crowd
University of Illinois-Chicago education professor Bill Ayers spoke to more than 500 people at the Soda Center on Jan. 28 while 150 more protested outside. Bay Area news organizations covered the event, including the Contra Costa Times, which ran a Jan. 31 editorial about the value of controversial speakers on college campuses.
Read the message from the Brother President Ronald Gallagher.
Read the message from Provost Beth Dobkin.

Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game
Men's Lacrosse Celebrates 20 Years
Alumni from the program gathered on Jan. 31 for a special alumni game and dinner. A silent auction at the dinner helped to raise money for the current team.
Read more.
See the pictures.

Southern California President's Dinner

Southern California Gaels are invited to attend the Southern California President's Dinner on Feb. 27 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
Read more.

Summer School at Saint Mary's
Provost Beth Dobkin recently announced that starting this year there will be a summer term for undergraduate students for the first time in the College's history.
See the course schedule.

Lasallian Scholarship
Children and grandchildren of SMC alumni who are admitted to the College can apply for a Lasallian Legacy Scholarship that is overseen by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The application for the scholarship, which covers one-fourth of tuition, is available online now.
View the application.

Stan WhiteTwo Longtime Professors Die
School of Education professor Rosemary Peterson, who had taught at the College since 1974, and Stan White, an accounting professor from 1963 to 1994, both died in January.
Read more about Rosemary.
Read more about Stan.

Jan Term Class in South Africa Examines Post-Apartheid Society
Twenty-one students spent three weeks in South Africa to meet with citizens from all walks of life and learn more about the country's transition from the apartheid era to the present.
Read more.

Piano Sale
The College is hosting a piano sale in the Soda Center Feb. 5-8. Alumni who visit on Feb. 5 will receive special discounts on the instruments. The sale is in support of the Performing Arts Department. Call (925) 631-8500 to make an appointment.

The House on Mango StreetCLAM Event: The House on Mango Street
This professionally staged production in Lefevre Theatre, from New York's American Place Theatre, features a verbatim theatrical adaptation of Sandra Cisneros' critically acclaimed book, The House on Mango Street.
Read more.

Athletic News
Patty Mills is expteced to miss four weeks.Mills Out Four Weeks
Sophomore Patty Mills suffered two fractured metacarpal bones in the last minutes of the first half against Gonzaga on Jan. 29 and is expected to miss at least four weeks. The Gaels, who were ranked No. 18 on Jan. 26, lost to Gonzaga and Portland and have dropped to No. 30 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
Read more.

Six Gaels Earn All-Academic Honors

Six Saint Mary's fall athletes earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honors. Making the list were men's soccer players Jordan Grider and Corey Heldreth, women's volleyball players Megan Burton and Shannon Lowell, women's cross country runner Karrie Hagedorn, and men's cross country runner Mario Mendoza.
Read more.

Tom Meschery Passes the Torch
Diamon Simpson received an award for breaking the College's all-time rebounding. Former record-holder Tom Meschery '61 presented the award to Simpson in a ceremony covered by the Contra Costa Times. Meschery was also named to the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor in its inaugural year.
Read more.
Read about the WCC Hall of Honor.
Events This Month

  • Feb. 5: SMC vs. USF Pre-Game Party
  • Feb. 7: Silicon Valley Chapter SMC vs. SCU Pre-Game Party
  • Feb 11: San Francisco Graduate Business Alumni Meeting
  • 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. 24: Graduate Business Seminar: The U.S. and Global Financial Crisis
  • Feb. 26: Los Angeles Chapter SMC vs. Pepperdine Pre-Game Party
  • Feb. 27: Southern California President's Banquet
  • Feb. 28: Los Angeles Chapter SMC vs. LMU Pre-Game Party

  • Save the Date
  • March 4: Sacramento Graduate Business Alumni Mixer
  • March 6: WCC Tournament Kick-Off Party
  • March 11: Graduate Business Seminar: Branding Yourself
  • March 29: 32nd Annual Luxury Car Drawing
  • April 5: Kings vs. Warriors Sacrament Grad Business Alumni Event
  • April 20: 13th Annual Southern California Gael Classic Golf Invitational
  • April 23-26: Alumni Spring Break Cruise
  • July 17-19: Reunion Weekend 2009
  • Aug 16: Summer Wine Festival
  • Aug. 17: 7th Annual Graduate Business Alumni Golf Tournament