SMC Update, September 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 September:

Professional MBA
Sept. 1 (East Bay)
Sept. 8 (Online)

Executive MBA
Sept. 1 (East Bay)
Sept. 8 (Online)

Hybrid Executive MBA
Sept. 1 (East Bay)
Sept. 8 (Online)

Trans-Global Executive MBA
Sept. 1 (East Bay)
Sept. 8 (Online)

MS in Financial Analysis & Investment Management
Sept. 1 (East Bay)
Sept. 15 (San Francisco)
Sept. 22 (Online)

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

MA and BA in Leadership
Sept. 16 (Online)
Sept. 21 (Moraga)
Oct. 9 (Moraga)

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Saint Mary's College to Host
U.S. Senate Candidate Debate on September 1, 2010
Saint Mary's will host the first U.S. senatorial debate between imcumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina this evening, Wednesday, September 1, at 7 p.m.
The one-hour debate will be held before a live audience in the College's LeFevre Theatre and will be the first time both candidates will face off in an open forum.
Sponsored and broadcast live by KTVU Channel 2 News, the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED Public Radio, the debate will be moderated by KTVU political editor Randy Shandobil.
College News
Forbes RankingForbes Magazine Ranks Saint Mary's No. 85
Saint Mary's College is listed as one of the nation's top institutions of higher education in Forbes' third annual report on America's Best Colleges. The College was ranked No. 85 in the nation and No. 9 in California. According to Forbes, the 2010 college rankings are based on the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of the students and how much they achieve.
Read more.
Forbes also ranks Saint Mary's No. 5 by for "Colleges That Will Make You Rich." Read more.
Week of WelcomeClass of 2014 Arrives
The biggest and most accomplished class in Saint Mary's College history arrived on campus last week and plunged into campus life in an event-filled Weekend of Welcome. The new class of 695 incoming freshmen and 215 transfer students includes 137 honor students - a 44 percent increase over last year.
Read more.
View slideshow.
Rosemary Graham's Novel Profiled in Contra Costa Times
The Contra Costs Times profiled Rosemary Graham's new novel for young adults, Stalker Girl. Graham is a professor in Saint Mary's department of English and MFA Creative Writing Program.
Read more.

Wine Festival a SuccessSummer Wine Festival a Success
On August 15, more than 400 alumni and friends gathered in the Soda Center for the 6th Annual Summer Wine Festival. Attendees enjoyed samples from 33 wineries, one brewery and a handful of food vendors. More than $13,000 was raised to support the Alumni Lasallian Scholarship.
Read more.
View slideshow.

Graduate Business Golf Tournament Was "Best So Far"
On August 16, more than 120 golfers enjoyed a sunny afternoon of golf, followed by an awards banquet, dinner and raffle at the historic Diablo Country Club. This is just one of many events offered by the Graduate Business Alumni Council, whose mission is to "Network, Learn and Serve."
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View slideshow from tournament.
View slideshow from dinner.

Winemaker Dinner Featuring St. Supery Wines
On Thursday, September 9, join Saint Mary's Athletics at Grissini Trattoria in the Concord Hilton. A five-course gourmet meal will be paired with St. Supery wines chosen by Grissini's chef. Proceeds benefit the Gael Athletic Fund.
Learn more.
Hagerty LectureJames L. Hagerty Lecture
On Saturday, September 11, join alumni family and friends for an afternoon of discussion and learning. Professor James Murphy '47 will discuss St. Augustine's On the Teacher as it relates to the current circumstances of Catholic education.
Learn more.
RSVP online.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Join the Saint Mary's community on Wednesday, September 15, at 12:40 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year at the Mass of the Holy Spirit.
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Cyber-Security: How Safe Are You?
On Wednesday, September 22, at the Network Meeting Center at the Techmart in Santa Clara, Dr. Rand Morimoto, former internet security advisor to the U.S. president, will share best practices on minimizing internet risks. Other speakers include Paul Stich, CEO of Dasient, and Mark Kadrich, CEO of the Security Consortium.
Learn more.
RSVP online.
Frank Tucci Golf Party10th Annual Frank Tucci Golf Party: Celebrating the Spirit of Lefty
Join your fellow alumni and friends on Friday, September 24, at the Franklin Canyon Golf Course in Hercules, Calif. Proceeds support the Frank Tucci Endowment to benefit the Saint Mary's Rugby Team.
Learn more.
RSVP online.

DePaul University President Comes to Saint Mary's
On September 27 at 7 p.m., Father Dennis Holtscheider will be speaking on "Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Importance of Interfaith Engagement."
Read more about Father Holtscheider.

Conscious Grandmothering: A Paradigm of Leadership
You are invited to a workshop on Saturday, October 2, to explore your full potential as a grandmother who takes leadership in her family, her community and the world. Sponsored by The Leadership Center.
Learn more.

Mary in the Modern World
Join the Saint Mary's community from October 12 to 14 for a conference addressing the enduring significance of the Virgin Mother in today's world, including her place in the Church's life of prayer and her importance in literature, culture and art.
Learn more.

Men's Basketball Tip-Off DinnerSave the Date: Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner
Join the men's basketball team, coaching staff and fans on Friday, October 22, at the Blackhawk Museum as they kick off the 2010-11 season. Keynote speakers include Matt Maiocco, the "NFL Insider" at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, and Brian Murphy, co-host of KNBR's "Murph & Mac."
Learn more.
RSVP online.
40 Years/One Night Gaela40 Years / One Night: A Gaela Celebration
On Saturday, November 6, we will recognize the historic anniversary of women first attending Saint Mary's. Featuring a reception, dinner, program, raffle and silent auction, this fun, inspirational event will honor 40 influential women and mark the launch of Women in Philanthropy.
Learn more.
More about Women in Philanthropy.

Distinguished Speaker Series for 2010-11
The Saturday Seminars, presented by the Kalmanovitz School of Education, have a broad range of professional development offerings for educators that provide the opportunity to learn research-based teaching techniques from a variety of dedicated professionals.
Learn more.
Athletic News
BYU to Join the WCC in 2011-12
BYU to Join the WCC
The West Coast Conference has announced that Brigham Young University has formally accepted an invitation to join the WCC with competition to begin in the 2011-12 academic year. BYU will compete in the WCC in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball.
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Madden Scores in Overtime for Women's Soccer 4-3 WinMadden Scores in Overtime for Women's Soccer 4-3 Win
SMC freshman defender, Melinda Madden, scored her first collegiate goal 6:11 into overtime, lifting the Gaels to a 4-3 win over the University of North Florida Ospreys.
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Men's Soccer Opens Season at Home Against Fullerton
Men's soccer will play its first official game of the season on Friday, September 3, when they take on Cal State Fullerton at 4:00 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.
Read more.

No. 25 Women's Volleyball to Host Stanford and California

The Gaels will host Bay Area powerhouses No. 4 Stanford and No. 11 California on September 17-18 at McKeon Pavilion.
Rick CroyNew Assistant Coach Hired for Men's Basketball
Head coach Randy Bennett announced the hiring of Rick Croy as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program. Croy comes to Saint Mary's from Citrus College and replaces Mark Campbell, who took a position at Oregon State.
Events This Month
  • Sept. 2: "First Thursdays" Graduate Business Mixer in San Francisco
  • Sept. 8: Meet & Greet for SMC African American Students, Alumni and Community
  • Sept. 9: SMC Winemaker Dinner at Grissini Trattoria
  • Sept. 11: James L. Hagerty Lecture 2010
  • Sept. 15: Mass of the Holy Spirit
  • Sept. 15: Sacramento Graduate Business Alumni Council Meeting
  • Sept. 17: "Third Fridays" Graduate Business Mixer in the East Bay
  • Sept. 22: Cyber-Security: How Safe Are You?
  • Sept. 24: 10th Annual Frank Tucci Golf Party
  • Sept. 27: DePaul University President Speaking at Saint Mary's
    Save the Date
  • Oct. 2: Baseball Alumni Game
  • Oct. 2: 2nd Annual Tennis Hit & Giggle
  • Oct. 2: Conscious Grandmothering: A Paradigm of Leadership
  • Oct. 6: Inspiring Wonder in New York
  • Oct. 12: Mary in the Modern World
  • Oct. 22:  Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner
  • Nov. 6: 40 Years / One Night Gaela 
  • Nov. 20: Rugby Dinner Dance