SMC Update, May 2010

SMC logo

Quick Links

Alumni in the News

David Waitrovich '81
Private Wealth Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Barron's Magazine

LaDonna Harris MA '05
Women's Hall of Fame, Justice
Alameda County

Dick Ladner '65
Boeing Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington

Amanda Cosio-Bognuda '08
Volunteer, Tides Family Services
The Providence Journal

Graduate Program Open Houses
Word of mouth is our strongest form of recruitment and we thank you for all you've done thus far. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to visit one of our upcoming online or on-campus open houses in May - we have 5 graduate business degrees to choose from. Learn more.

Professional MBA
May 12 (Online)
June 9 (Moraga)

Executive MBA
May 12 (Online)
May 25 (Santa Clara)

Hybrid Executive MBA
May 12 (Online)
May 13 (Moraga)

Trans-Global Executive MBA
May 6 (Online)
May 12 (Online)
May 15 (San Ramon)

MS in Financial Analysis & Investment Management
May 19 (San Francisco)

Graduate Education
May 18 (Moraga)
Sept 18 (Moraga)

Please join us for one of our upcoming Open Houses to learn about our BA in Leadership & Organizational Studies and MA in Leadership:

MA and BA in Leadership
May 20 (Online)
June 17 (Online)
June 29 (Moraga)
July 10 (Moraga)
Saint Mary's Online

SMC inCircle

 SMC Facebook Page

SMC Youtube channel

SMC alumni Linkedin group

Saint Mary's Twitter Page
Enter to Learn,
Leave to Serve
Christian Brothers 
For information about the Brothers' vocation and Lasallian education, please visit:

Saint Mary's College

PO Box 3400
Moraga, California 94575


Use your SMC ID,  , to create your free SMC inCircle account so you can reconnect with old friends and network with other Gaels in the new Saint Mary's alumni online community.
College News
Commencement 2010
Commencement 2010

The 147th undergraduate commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 22, featuring alumna Maria Elena Durazo '75 as the speaker. Make sure to stop by the Alumni Association Hospitality Tent on the Chapel Plaza.
The graduate programs ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 23, with Jack O'Connell, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, as the speaker.
Learn more about the Undergraduate Ceremony.
Learn more about the Graduate Ceremony.
Learn more about Cultural Graduate Celebrations.

Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Women
Next fall marks the 40th anniversary of women being admitted to Saint Mary's. The SMC Women in Philanthropy Committee will recognize 40 influential female graduates at a special event in November. Nominate women you know who serve as role models through their leadership, achievement, and service.
Read more.
Submit a Nomination.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone Speaks at Saint Mary's
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Diocese of Oakland gave a talk to about 200 faculty, students, staff and visitors in the Saint Mary's College Chapel on Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical, "Caritas in Veritate," in the Saint Mary's College Chapel on April 14.
Read more.

Zhan LiNew Dean for School of Economics and Business Administration
Zhan Li has been appointed Dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary's College. His appointment will begin on July 1, 2010.
Read more.

Professor of the Year Recognized
Sandra GraysonSandra Grayson, who was earlier named the 2009-2010 Professor of the Year after being nominated by every member of the English department, was recognized in a ceremony on April 21. Grayson has compiled a notable list of achievements during her 25-year tenure at the College.
Read more.

Laurel DeMariaNew Assistant Director of Alumni and Volunteer Engagement
The Saint Mary's College Office of Alumni and Volunteer Engagement welcomes Laurel DeMaria as the new assistant director. DeMaria, who most recently was an event manager at San Jose State University, has also worked in the alumni office at De La Salle High School.

SMC on Princeton Review's Greenest Colleges List
Saint Mary's College is among 26 colleges and universities in California listed in the "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges." The guide, the first of its kind by the Review, is published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and highlights institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability initiatives.
Read more.

Make a GiftMake a Gift, Make a Difference
Thank you to our generous community of alumni, family and friends who have already made a gift this year. Every gift is important and helps us give the truly unique Saint Mary's experience to our current Gaels.
Make Your Gift Online.
More about Giving.

Define Gravity
The Performing Arts Department presents Define Gravity, a Saint Mary's College Dance Company Spring Concert. Performances are May 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in LeFevre Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for seniors; $5 for SMC faculty, staff and students. Please call (925) 631-4670 for tickets and more information.
Learn more.

Green to GoldGreen to Gold
Join us on May 12 for an exciting panel discussion on about how you can capture opportunities in the dynamic clean technology and green business world. Start your own business or retool your career. This forum will showcase inspiring examples from a panel of professionals working in the field of environmentally sustainable businesses.
Learn more.

Panel on Islamic Finance
You are invited to a panel discussion on the principles, practice and performance of Islamic finance around the world. Join us on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Soda Activity Center on campus. Admission is free, but RSVP is required.
Learn more.

Ed TywoniakInspiring Wonder in Newport Beach
Join fellow Orange County alumni, parents and friends on May 19 for an evening of camaraderie, learning and discussion about "Digitizing the American Mind: Reflections on technology, education and democracy in the 21st century." Saint Mary's professor Ed Tywoniak will lead a presentation and discussion.
Learn more.

Leadership and Values Workshop
Sign up today for this exciting new workshop with Mary McCall and Doug Paxton on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the Leadership Center at (925) 631-8692.
Learn more.

Andy Warhol ExhibitAndy Warhol Exhibit Makes an Impression
The Contra Costa Times profiles "Andy Warhol's Quick Pix and Pop Icons," the latest exhibition at Saint Mary's Hearst Art Gallery. The exhibition features curated pieces from the College's Warhol collection of 152 Polaroid photographs and 8x10 black and white gelatin silver prints and some of the artist's well-known paintings. Exhibit runs through June 20.
Read more.
Athletic News
Women's Tennis Wins WCC Championship
Women's Tennis Wins WCC Championship
Congratulations to the women's tennis team, which won the College's first-ever West Coast Conference Championship with a win over Pepperdine in the title game. The team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in Georgia in May.
Read more.
Watch the YouTube video.

NEW SMCGaels Athletics Website
Catch up on all the latest athletics news by visiting the newly redesigned SMCGaels website!
Visit SMCGaels.

Hall of Fame 2010New Members Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame
In a ceremony on April 25, Saint Mary's inducted six new members into the Athletics Hall of Fame. The six inductees included: Bob Hagler '50, Eric Schraeder '99, Sean Laird '99, Jermisha Dosty '02, Jerkisha Dosty '02 and Ruth Montgomery '03.
Read more.

Moraga Celebrates Men's BasketballMoraga Celebrates Men's Basketball Team
On Sunday, May 2, hundreds from the Lamorinda community turned out to celebrate the success of the men's basketball team in the NCAA Tournament.
Read more.
Events This Month
  • May 6: 10th Annual Latino Cultural Night
  • May 7: "First Fridays" Graduate Business Mixer in San Francisco
  • May 10: LEAP 10th Anniversary Gala
  • May 12: Green to Gold
  • May 15: Asian Pacific American Graduate Celebration
  • May 15: Panel on Islamic Finance
  • May 15: Deepening Leadership with the Enneagram Workshop
  • May 19: Inspiring Wonder in Newport Beach
  • May 20: 15th Annual Black Graduate Celebration
  • May 21: Latino Graduate Celebration
  • May 21: "Third Fridays" Graduate Business Mixer in the East Bay
  • May 22: Undergraduate Commencement
  • May 23: Graduate Programs Commencement

  • Save the Date
  • June 2: Exploring Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion
  • June 10: Northern Nevada Chapter Alumni Mixer
  • June 18: Henning Institute Awards Dinner
  • July 16-18: Reunion Weekend
  • July 18: 3rd Annual Graduate Business Students & Alumni Family Picnic
  • Aug.15: Summer Wine Festival
  • Aug.16: 8th Annual Graduate Business Alumni Golf Tournament