SMC Update, March 2009

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Michael Billeci '74
Wells Fargo Bay Area President
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Co-Founder of Envision Schools
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Graduate Program Open Houses

Professional MBA
March 18 (Moraga)

Executive MBA
March 3 (San Ramon)
March 10 (Santa Clara)

Executive Hybrid MBA
March 5 (Moraga)

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

Trans-Global Executive MBA
March 14 (San Ramon)

Graduate Education
March 21 (Moraga)
April 21 (Moraga)

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

Alumni Endorsement
Endorse a prospective Saint Mary's student and waive the application fee.
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Grad. Education Speaker Series
This month will feature Dr.Jo Gusman - national
author & consultant- New Horizons in Education.
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College News

The phone booth stuffing was pictured in Time Life Magazine and heralded as one of the 100 greatest American photgraphs of the century.50 Years

Students to Recreate Iconic Image on its Golden Anniversary
Fifty years ago, a group of students crammed a phone booth inside a residence hall, and then in March recreated the stunt for Life magazine. The photo was on the cover of Life, and was named in the top 100 American photos of the century. Come out to campus on Wednesday, March 25, at 1 p.m. to watch as current students attempt to recreate the feat.
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SMC inCircle
Join SMC inCircle Today
The Alumni Association is pleased to introduce you to Saint Mary's inCircle, a new networking tool designed exclusively for Saint Mary's alumni. SMC inCircle, created to help you connect with the College, employers and other alums, gives you access to Fortune 500 companies that want to hire you; SMC alumni and students in your area, job function and industry; exclusive events just for SMC alums; and the ability to connect with classmates, friends and business contacts.
Go to SMC inCircle now.

Moraga Celebrates 80 Years of Saint Mary's
On Feb. 12 Mayor Dave Trotter presented Brother President Ronald Gallagher with a proclamation recognizing Saint Mary's, its students, faculty and staff for the contributions they have have made during the 80 years that the College has been located in Moraga.
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School of Business Professors Speak Out on Economy
Faculty from the School of Economics and Business Administration covered various aspects of the global financial crisis in a debate sponsored by SMC's Center for the Regional Economy. The panel discussion, which was open to the public and drew more than 150 attendees, was covered by the Bay Area News Group.
Read the Contra Costa Times article.

2009 Car Drawing Gala
Car Drawing GalaHelp support Gael Athletics with this year's Car Drawing Gala. By purchasing a ticket for $150 you have the chance to win a 2009 Jeep Liberty or $20,000. Also attend the gala on March 29 for your chance to win $5,000 or $1,000, as well as bid on many of our great silent auction items.
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Saint Mary's Web 2.0 Presence on YouTube, Facebook
The College has launched official sites on the YouTube video broadcasting and Facebook social networking websites. In addition, the College's news and events web page has a new look, designed to highlight key events and stories, provide more information and display photos.
Go to the Facebook page.
Go to the YouTube page.

Support Scholarships at SMC
Make your gift to scholarships this spring and we'll post your name and class year on a donor wall to let students know that generous SMC alumni support their education. Our students are counting on you now more than ever to make their education possible.
Make your gift.

Learn Survival Skills in this Economy
The East Bay Graduate Business Alumni Council is hosting the first in a series of workshops with the theme "Survival Skills in this Economy." On Wednesday, March 11, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the SMC Soda Center, there will be a speed networking event followed by a seminar titled: "Branding Yourself: Online, In Person, and On Paper." Reserve your seat ASAP.
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How Does Your Class Match Up?
See the updated class giving chart on the website to see how your class compares with others for the 2008-2009 year.
See the chart.

Professor Rebecca EngleProfessor Receives Kennedy Center Grant
Saint Mary's College professor Rebecca Engle has been awarded a Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Grant for 2009. Professor Engle is one of seven recipients nationwide to receive the grant from the Kennedy Center for this year.
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Develop Your  Leadership Skills at Spring Workshops
The Saint Mary's Leadership Center will conduct workshops throughout the spring on developing valuable leadership skills and capacities in individuals and organizations facing complex public and private sector challenges.
Read more about the workshops.

Tell Someone About the B.A. in Leadership
Do you know a working adult who would benefit from completing a bachelor's degree? Encourage him or her to learn more about Saint Mary's B.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies by attending an Open House on campus March 3 or 14. This program offers peer learning groups and a flexible blend of online and in-person classes. Financial aid is available to most everyone regardless of financial status. For more information call (925) 631-4541 or click here.

Summer Writing Course Open to Alumni
Join other members of the community and begin the process of writing your own life story. Working with an alum of the Saint Mary's College MFA Program, Erich Miller, you will have the opportunity to get your writing muscles in shape. The Memoir Writing course will take place on Tuesday evenings at SMC. To sign up, please contact Grete Stenersen, weekend college director, at (925) 631-4162 or

CLAM Event: Tilden Trio
The Tilden TrioThe Committee for Lectures, Art and Music wraps up its 2008-09 season with virtuoso musicians, The Tilden Trio, on Sunday, March 15, in the Chapel. The 2 p.m. concert features a program which includes works by Beethoven, Robert Pollock, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Ravel's ravishing Trio in A Minor. For tickets call: (925) 631-4381.
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Athletic News
Gael RugbyMen's Rugby Continues Dominance
After big wins versus UC Davis and Nevada-Reno and Stanford, the squad currently sits at No. 3 in the national rankings.
Go to the team page.
See the rankings.

WCC Tournament News
At the end of regular season play the men are named as the No. 2 seed and the women are No. 5 for the West Coast Conference tournament, March 6-9, in Las Vegas. There are still special rates available at the Venetian for SMC fans. The men's first game will be Sunday, March 8, and the women will begin play on Friday, March 6. All Alumni are invited to a Gaels Tournament Kick-Off Tailgate Party in the parking lot of the Orleans Arena on Sunday, March 8th from 3-6 p.m. before the men take the floor in the semi-finals. Please RSVP online.
Read more about the men.
Read more about the women.

Scott SchneiderBaseball Starts Out Strong at Home
Jedd Soto's club started the season on a high note in taking two out of three games against Oregon in the Ducks first Division 1 series since 1982. A large crowd was on hand to witness the rebirth of Oregon baseball.
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Hilary GardnerWomen's Lacrosse Opens Conference Play
After rallying to take the game into overtime, the Gaels lost to UC Davis in the conference opener. Come out and support the team as they take on Stanford at home on March 6.
Read more.
Events This Month

  • March 4: Sacramento Graduate Business Alumni Mixer
  • March 8: WCC Tournament Kick-Off Party
  • March 11: Survival Skills In This Economy Series - Branding Yourself: Online, On Paper, and In Person
  • March 14: It's Your Money: Create Your Fun, Successful Financial Future
  • March 17: Sacramento Alumni Chapter St. Patrick's Day Luncheon with Gaels, Dons and Broncos
  • March 18: Graduate Business Alumni Social Mixer in the South Bay
  • March 28: Spring Leadership Workshop - Core Values at Work: Developing Team Leadership in The 21st Century
  • March 29: 2009 Car Drawing Gala
  • March 31: Uncovering Lost Money in a Tough Economy: Seminar and Networking Mixer

    Save the Date:
  • April 1: South Bay Graduate Business Alumni Council Meeting
  • April 5: Warriors vs. Kings Sacramento Grad. Business Alumni Event
  • April 8: East Bay Graduate Business Alumni Social Mixer
  • April 9: "How to Network Effectively" + Speed Networking Event - San Francisco
  • April 18: Epsicopal Lecture featuring Bishop John Cummins
  • April 20: 13th Annual Southern California Gael Classic Golf Invitational
  • April 23-26: 2nd Annual Alumni Spring Break Cruise
  • April 25: Spring Leadership Workshop - Leading Into The Unknown: Evolutionary Leadership For Sustainability
  • April 26: Women's Soccer Alumni Day
  • May 17: Spring Leadership Workshop - Mastering Direct Conversations: Keys To Effective Leadership
  • July 17-19: Reunion Weekend
  • Aug. 16: Summer Wine Festival
  • Aug. 17: 7th Annual Graduate Business Alumni Golf Tournament