SMC Update, April 2009

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College News
50 Years of Cramming at Saint Mary's
phone booth reenactment on March 25
Phone Booth Reenactment Makes Headlines Worldwide
Hundreds crowded the Chapel Lawn on March 25 to witness current students attempt to recreate the famous 1959 phone booth stuffing event immortalized by a photo that made the cover of Life magazine and was named one of the top 100 pictures of the 20th century. The reenactment story has been featured in news shows, on the web and in newspapers around the globe.
Read more.
See the media coverage.
See the pictures.

John Hege '90Alumnus Killed in Oakland Police Shootings
John Hege, a 1990 Saint Mary's alumnus, was one of four veteran police officers killed by the same suspect in two related events Saturday afternoon. Hege was an organ donor, saving four lives.
Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Brother Michael QuinnAlumni Remember Brother Michael Quinn
Members of the Saint Mary's community, including many alumni, were on hand in the Chapel to remember former College president Brother Michael Quinn on March 19. President Emeritus, Brother Mel Anderson gave the eulogy while Brother President Ronald Gallagher gave the welcome.
Read Brother Michael's obituary.

Episcopal Lecture Series Focuses on Role of Science in Catholic Education
Come to campus on April 18 for the second annual Episcopal Lecture. Hosted by the John F. Henning Institute, the series of lectures are designed to bring high-level members of the Church to SMC to discuss issues central to Catholic teachings and education in the 21st century. This month's lecture by Bishop John Cummis will highlight Vatican perspectives on science and technology.
Read more about the event and RSVP.

De la SalleCampus to Celebrate Mission During De La Salle Week
April marks the annual campus celebration of De La Salle Week, a weeklong event for Saint Mary's students, Christian Brothers, faculty and staff to increase awareness, deepen understanding and celebrate the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651 - 1719), Founder of the Christian Brothers and our Lasallian heritage and mission.
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Integral Program Hosts Denis Kelly Dinner, Waltz and Brother Robert Lecture
Alumni and friends are invited to a dinner in honor of longtime professor and alumnus Denis Kelly '60, who is retiring this year, on April 24. Stay after dinner for the annual Integral Waltz. The Brother Robert Lecture and seminar featuring Integral alumnus Dr. Philip Kain '67, philosophy chair at Santa Clara University, will be on the following day. There will be special pricing for alumni that attend all the events.
Read more about the Kelly Dinner.
Read more about the Brother Robert Lecture.

Car Drawing Winner
More than 140 people came out to support Athletics at the 32nd Annual Car Drawing Gala on Sunday, March 30. The Gael supporters mingled and listened to student-athletes speak about their College experiences. The big winner of the day was Ernest Panasci, current SMC parent, whose number was drawn by Brother President Ronald Gallagher.
See who else won.

April Graduate Business Alumni Events
San Francisco Business & MS FAIM Alumni "First Fridays" - April 3, 4-6pm. Meet fellow alums (and students) at the Royal Exchange on the first Friday of every month. RSVP to Jackie Williams.

Sacramento Business Students & Alumni: Kings/Warriors Game and Pre-Game Networking Social - April 5. Join your fellow alumni for an exclusive pre-game social in the King's Cantina inside the Arco Arena, and watch the players practice courtside. Sit with SMC graduate business alumni and receive a discounted rate. E-mail Keitha Enea or call (916) 928-8137 to purchase tickets.

East Bay Business Alumni Social Mixer - April 8. Come out to McCovey's in Walnut Creek from 6-8pm for an East Bay mixer of business alumni. RSVP to Jackie Williams.

Galapagos Trip in the Works for Alumni
Biology professor Margaret Field will take alumni on an
eight-day journey aboard the M/V Santa Cruz, a 90-passenger ship designed for the Galapagos Islands, June 14 to June 26. The cruise is followed by a four-day extension to the Ecuadorian highlands and the Cloud Forest. The trip is a great value at $4,800; similar trips are going for $6,500. The fee does not include international airfare, tips aboard ship or departure tax from Ecuador. Contact Margaret Field for more information.
Athletic News
Men's rugby vs. Cal
Men's Rugby Profiled in the Contra Costa Times
The Contra Costa Times profiled the longstanding rivalry between perennial national rugby champions, the Cal Bears, a Division I varsity team, and the spartan but disciplined and mentally tough rugby club of Saint Mary's College.
Read the article.
SMC vs. Cal pictures.

Diamon SimpsonMen's Basketball Season Ends in NIT Quarterfinals
After setting a record number of wins, the season came to a disappointing end for the Saint Mary's men's basketball team. The San Diego State Aztecs defeated the Gaels 70-66 in the NIT quarterfinals. Senior Diamon Simpson was named to play at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2009 Hershey's College All-Star game.
Read more about the final game.
Read more about Diamon.

Miles McAfeeBaseball Mourns the Loss of Miles McAfee
Former head coach Miles McAfee, the all-time leader in wins for the Saint Mary's baseball program, died in March. He coached the Gaels from 1973 to 1980 and won over 200 games.
Read more.

Registration Begins for Athletic Summer Camps
The year 2009 will mark the 40th year that the College will offer outstanding athletic summer camps to children between the ages of 6-18. Over the years, camper enrollment has increased dramatically from its 1970 enrollment of 200 campers to this year's expected registration of over 2,500 campers.
Learn more.

Season Ticket Renewals
The season ticket holder deadline for renewing men's and women's basketball season tickets is Friday, April 10. They can be renewed in person at the Athletic Ticket Office behind McKeon Pavilion, by phone at (925) 631-GoTx or online at
Events This Month
  • April 1: South Bay Graduate Business Alumni Council Meeting
  • April 5: Kings vs. Warriors Sacramento Grad Business Alumni Event
  • April 8: East Bay Graduate Business Alumni Social Mixer
  • April 16-18, 23-25: Spring Term Theatre Production of Sweeney Todd
  • April 18: Episcopal Lecture Featuring Bishop John Cummins
  • April 20: 13th Annual Southern California Gael Classic Golf Invitational
  • April 23-26: Alumni Spring Break Cruise
  • April 24: Denis Kelly Dinner and Integral Waltz
  • April 25: Brother Robert Lecture
  • April 25: Spring Leadership Workshop - Leading Into The Unknown: Evolutionary Leadership For Sustainability
  • April 26: Women's Soccer Alumni Day

  • Save the Date
  • July 17-19: Reunion Weekend 2009
  • Aug 16: Summer Wine Festival
  • Aug. 17: 7th Annual Graduate Business Alumni Golf Tournament