November 2010

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Mary Volmer '01, MA '05

Author, "Crown of Dust"


Steve '87 & Mike Marolt '87

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Graduate Program

Information Sessions

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 information sessions in November:

Professional MBA

Nov. 3 (Santa Clara)
Nov. 4 (Pleasanton)

Executive MBA

Nov. 3 (Santa Clara)

Nov. 4 (Pleasanton)
Nov. 6 (San Ramon)

Hybrid Executive MBA

Nov. 3 (Santa Clara)
Nov. 4 (Pleasanton)

Trans-Global Executive MBA
Nov. 3 (Santa Clara)
Nov. 4 (Pleasanton)
Nov. 6 (San Ramon)

MS in Financial Analysis & Investment Management
Nov. 3 (Santa Clara)
Nov. 4 (Pleasanton)


Graduate Education
Nov.16 (Moraga)

MA and BA in Leadership
Nov. 13 (Moraga)
Nov. 18 (Online)
Dec. 16 (Online)
Jan. 25 (Moraga)


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
Professor Porcella was recently awarded the 2010 O. Desales Perez Award for Excellence in Collegiate Seminar, named for an early chair of the program.

Ashley JacksonLEAP Student Wins Prestigious National Dance Award
The November issue of Dance Teacher magazine highlights Saint Mary's College student Ashley Jackson as one of six dancers to win a Princess Grace Award for her artistry.

The short film "GAP" has been chosen as a finalist for BET's "Lens on Talent" show and competition. The film is a collaboration between former student Ryan Coogler and Professor Emerita Carol Lashof.  

We are pleased to announce that tickets are SOLD OUT for this spectacular event on Saturday, November 6. Check our website soon for event photos, read more about the 40 Influential alumnae being honored and the launch of Women in Philanthropy at Saint Mary's.
Phylis MartinelliInspiring Wonder Series Coming to Phoenix
Join us on Wednesday, November 10, as Inspiring Wonder comes to Arizona. Meet fellow Gaels from the Phoenix area as sociology professor Phylis Martinelli discusses immigration and labor in the Arizona copper industry.
Join us on Wednesday, November 10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco as a panel of prominent business leaders share their opinions and analyses about their industries and the global economy in the year ahead.
Saint Mary's presents a production of Angels in America, Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-Prize winning tale, which is set during the social and political upheavals of the late 1980s. In conjunction with the School of Liberal Arts, the production will be connected to additional programming activities that promote discourse on perennial questions about community, sexuality, spirituality and identity. 

Once again, it's time to bring together the Gael Rugby Nation! Join us on Saturday, November 20, to meet the 2011 Gael Rugby Team and special honoree Brother Martin Ash, FSC '62. Live music and entertainment will feature the Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs. Proceeds benefit Saint Mary's College Rugby.


CILSA's Inter-Generational Saturday of Service

Alumni, family and friends are invited to participate in this 2nd annual event on Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at various Bay Area community gardens, schools and parks. Join SMC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for an afternoon of service, lunch and reflection. Register online by November 15. 


Asia Pacific Alumni Reunion in Japan

The Asia Pacific Alumni Chapter is pleased to announce the first official reunion in Toyko on Satuday, December 4. All SMC alumni and international students are invited.


Alumni, family and friends are invited to celebrate the holidays with us! Join us in Southern California (Pasadena) on December 5, Sacramento on December 8 and at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco on December 16.

Join fellow Gael fans to show your support and gear up for our men's basketball games. Don't miss the excitement this season at McKeon Pavilion and on the road!

Gaels from the Classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 are invited back to campus to celebrate their reunion. Interested in joining the reunion committee for your class? Call (925) 631-4200 for more information.

Ever wonder what the Director of Alumni & Volunteer Engagement tweets about? Here's your chance to find out. Follow Chris Carter '97, MA '02 to hear all kinds of Saint Mary's tidbits. Follow us on Twitter

Athletic News

 Shannon Lowell Named WCC Player of the Week 

 Shannon Lowell

Saint Mary's women's volleyball player, senior middle blocker Shannon Lowell, was named WCC Player of the Week for the first time this season and fourth time in her career. Lowell led the Gaels to a perfect 2-0 weekend, with wins over Portland and Gonzaga.


Jordan MaradaJordan Marada Named WCC Co-Player of the Week

Women's Soccer player, freshman midfielder Jordan Marada, was named WCC Co-Player of the Week after tallying six points in a 4-3 double overtime win against Gonzaga on Saturday. 

Baseball Alumni Game


Four Decades of Players at Baseball Alumni Game

Last month, the Saint Mary's baseball team saw their first action of the year at Louis Guisto Field against a talented and experienced group of alumni.

Save the Date: Baseball Meet the Players Night on January 22, 2011.


Young Alumni Season Ticket Packages Available!

Alumni graduating in 2005 or later are eligible for a discounted general admission ticket package - just $100 for the entire season. A maximum for two packages may be purchased before November 9. Call the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-4392. 


Women's Basketball Ranked 2nd in Pre-Season Poll

According to the 2010-11 WCC Pre-Season Coaches Poll, the Gaels are expected to contend for the West Coast Conference title.

Click here to view season schedule. 


Men's BB Adds Mississippi State to ScheduleMen's Basketball Adds Mississippi State to 2010-11 Schedule

Recent addition to the 2010-11 schedule will have the Gaels playing Mississippi State on December 29 in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. Game will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 8 p.m. PST. Click here to view season schedule.  

Events This Month

  • Nov. 6: 40 Years/One Night: A Gaela Celebration
  • Nov. 10: Inspiring Wonder in Phoenix
  • Nov. 10: 1st Annual Saint Mary's College Global Economic Forum
  • Nov. 15: Men's Basketball Pre-Game Party 
  • Nov. 19: "Third Fridays" Graduate Business Mixer in the East Bay
  • Nov. 20: 3rd Annual Pat Vincent Dinner Dance and Fundraiser


    Save the Date 

  • Dec. 4: Asia Pacific Alumni Reunion in Japan
  • Dec. 5: Southern California Alumni Christmas Party
  • Dec. 8: Sacramento Alumni Christmas Party
  • Dec. 16: Christmas at the Ritz - Bay Area Alumni Christmas Party
  • Jan. 22: Baseball Meet the Players Night
  • July 15-17: Reunion Weekend 2011
  • Aug. 14: 7th Annual Summer Wine Festival