SMC Update, August 2010

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Graduate Program Open Houses
Did you know that Saint Mary's offers a variety of graduate level Business, Education and Leadership programs? Join us at one of our upcoming online or on-campus open houses in August:

Professional MBA
Aug. 4 (Online)

Executive MBA
Aug. 4 (Online)
Aug.10 (Moraga)
Aug.12 (Santa Clara)
Aug.14 (Moraga)
Aug.14 (San Ramon)
Aug.31 (Santa Clara)

Hybrid Executive MBA
Aug. 4 (Online)
Aug.10 (Moraga)
Aug.12 (Santa Clara)
Aug.14 (Moraga)

Trans-Global Executive MBA
Aug. 4 (Online)
Aug.14 (San Ramon)

MS in Financial Analysis & Investment Management
Aug.18 (Online)

Graduate Education
Sept.18 (Moraga)
Oct. 23 (Moraga)
Nov.16 (Moraga)

MA and BA in Leadership
Aug.19 (Online)

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6th Annual Summer Wine Festival
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Summer Wine FestivalCome celebrate the 6th Annual Summer Wine Festival to benefit student scholarships at Saint Mary's College. Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, delicious appetizers and socializing!

When: Sunday, August 15, 2-5 p.m.
Where: Soda Activity Center

Tickets: $45 per person;
Price includes an SMC logo wine glass.

RSVP Online

Visit our website for a complete list of featured wines, silent auction preview and information about the Gaels in Wine Alumni Chapter.
Learn more.

College News
David JohnsonNew Members of the Alumni Board of Directors Appointed
Alumni Board President David Johnson '84 welcomes seven new directors for 2010-2011. They are Ginny Hair '84, Frank Howard '79, JP McDermott MBA '90, Hayden McKee-Perry '96, Martha Niland '79, William Orr MBA '04 and Warren Parker '87. The Alumni Board of Directors helps the alumni association and the College by exploring and supporting avenues of mutual engagement and service.
Read more about the board.

Br. Martin FallinBrother Martin Fallin Passes Away
Brother Martin died on July 8. He had been a resident of Holy Family Community in Napa for a little over a year, was a Saint Mary's alumnus from the class of 1954 and worked in a number of positions at Saint Mary's over the years. He was cherished by many and will be missed by all who knew him.
Read more.

Reunion Weekend 2010Reunion Weekend 2010 a Success
Hundreds of alumni, family and friends returned to campus in July to celebrate their Reunion Weekend. Festivities began in Walnut Creek with a warm-up party at Pyramid Alehouse and continued through the weekend with events like a historical campus tour, family BBQ, classes without quizzes, live music in the Redwood Grove, a dinner dance and, of course, after-parties in the townhouses.
Save the date for our next Reunion Weekend: July 15-17, 2011, for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006.

Television Coverage of Record Enrollment Figures
ABC-7/KGO-TV reports on the record enrollment numbers for entering freshmen at Saint Mary's. An East Bay reporter spoke with Vice Provost of Enrollment Michael Beseda and School of Liberal Arts Dean Steve Woolpert about preparations made by the College to accommodate 680 new freshman students.
Read more and watch coverage.

Teachers for Tomorrow ResearchTeachers for Tomorrow Graduates Present Action Research
At a mini-conference in July, 15 recent Master's graduates presented their research findings from their spring semester of teaching in various East Bay elementary schools.
Read more.

Students Leave for Haiti Relief
Eleven students and professors Shawny Anderson and Claude Malary left for Haiti last week for a summer travel class to help with earthquake-relief efforts. They will be working in Les Cayes and Port-au-Prince until August 5.
Follow their blog.

Superbly Independent: New Hearst Art Gallery Exhibit"Superbly Independent": Early California Paintings at Hearst Art Gallery
From July 25-September 19, nearly 100 plein air paintings by three pioneer women artists represent the breadth of early California landscape. This exceptional exhibit includes paintings of the densely wooded forests of the north, the Bay Area and the spectacularly scenic central coast, and the bright, strong colors and tones of the desert and the Southland.
Learn more.
Visit the Hearst Art Gallery on Facebook.

The Hearst Art Gallery is among 700 Blue Star Museums across the country offering free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2010 (read more).

NEW Lifelong Learning Courses Offered for Alumni
Alumni are invited back to campus this fall for any of our Lifelong Learning courses. Topics include: acting for non-actors, famous films, planning for retirement, memoir writing, opera appreciation, a "Meet the Author" book club, books into film, a Great Books seminar and more.
Learn more.

Alumni Mixer in the PhilippinesSaint Mary's Alumni Mixer in the Philippines
Do you live in or plan to be visiting the Philippines for business? Meet up with the Philippines Alumni Chapter and the SMC Trans-Global Executive MBA cohort on Thursday, August 12 in Manila. The event includes an afternoon of featured speakers at Enderun College, followed by cocktails and dinner.
Learn more.

Women's Soccer Kick-OffWomen's Soccer Exhibition Game & Kick-Off Event 
Join the women's soccer team players and coaches on August 14 as they take on UC Davis, followed by a season kick-off celebration in the Bertain Redwood Grove. The afternoon includes a preview of the upcoming season, wine tasting, a meal from Sunrise Bistro and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 per person; proceeds will benefit the team.
Learn more.
RSVP Online.

8th Annual Golf Tournament8th Annual Graduate Business Student & Alumni Golf Tournament
Join Saint Mary's alumni, students, family and friends at the beautiful and private Diablo Country Club on Monday, August 16, for a full day of fun and networking. It will be a scramble format, so don't worry about your golf level! Come on your own or create your own foursome - we will accommodate.
Learn more.
RSVP Online.

Lino RiveraInspiring Wonder Series Coming to Portland and Seattle
Join us as Inspiring Wonder comes to Portland on Tuesday, August 24, and Seattle on Wednesday, August 25. Professor Lino Rivera will visit the Pacific Northwest for a unique lecture and piano performance you will not want to miss.
Learn more about the Portland event.
Learn more about the Seattle event.

Save the Date: Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner
Get ready for another exciting season with Randy Bennett and the Gaels. Join fellow Gael fans, coaches and the team on Friday, October 22, at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville.
Learn more.
Athletic News
SMC Garners 18 Academic All-WCC Selections
SMC Garners 18 Academic All-WCC Selections
After the conclusion of the 2010 spring season, 18 Saint Mary's student-athletes won West Coast Conference All-Academic recognition. Selections include four baseball players, three golfers, one rower, four men's tennis players and one women's tennis player.
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Three SMC Golfers Garner HonorsThree SMC Golfers Honored
Saint Mary's had three golfers selected to the 2010 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. Senior Robert McRae garnered national scholar honors for the third time in his career, while juniors Henrik Holm and Eric Grimberg were named for the first time in their careers.
Read more.

SMC Finishes Learfield Sports Director's Cup in Top 100
For the first time in school history, the Saint Mary's Athletic Department finished in the Top 100 of the Learfield Sports Director's Cup. With a school record of five teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament, the College earned 189 points to finish 93rd in the country for Division 1 standings.
Read more.

Athletic Schedules for 2010-11
Ready for another exciting year for Gael Athletics? Visit SMCGaels.comthe College's official athletic site, for a complete list of program schedules.

Men's Basketball to Play in Wooden ClassicMen's Basketball to Play in Wooden Classic
The 17th Annual John R. Wooden Classic will proceed as scheduled this year despite the passing of legendary coach John Wooden. The Gaels will battle Long Beach State on Saturday, December 18, at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Read more.

Omar Samhan to Play in LithuaniaOmar Samhan Signed to Play in Lithuania
Former Saint Mary's center Omar Samhan '10 signed to play with Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania for next season.
Read more.

Events This Month

  • Aug. 5: "First Thursdays" Graduate Business Mixer in San Francisco
  • Aug. 12: Alumni Mixer in the Philippines
  • Aug. 13: Sacramento Alumni Social Mixer at the River Cats Solon Club
  • Aug. 14: Women's Soccer Kick-Off
  • Aug. 15: Summer Wine Festival
  • Aug. 16: 8th Annual Graduate Business Alumni Golf Tournament and Networking Dinner
  • Aug. 18: South Bay Graduate Business Alumni Council Meeting
  • Aug. 20: "Third Friday" Graduate Business Mixer in the East Bay
  • Aug. 24: Inspiring Wonder in Portland
  • Aug. 25: Inspiring Wonder in Seattle
  • Aug. 26: "Last Thursday" Graduate Business Mixer in the South Bay

  • Save the Date

  • Sept. 8: Meet & Greet for SMC African American Students, Alumni and Community
  • Sept. 9: SMC Winemaker Dinner at Grissini Trattoria
  • Sept. 15: Sacramento Graduate Business Alumni Council Meeting
  • Sept. 24: 10th Annual Frank Tucci Golf Party
  • Oct. 22:  Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner
  • Nov. 6: 40 Years, One Night
  • Nov. 20: Rugby Dinner Dance