SMC Update - February 2011
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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 February:


Professional MBA 

Feb. 8 (San Jose) 

Feb. 9 (Pleasanton)

Feb. 16 (Online)


Executive MBA 

Feb. 8 (San Jose) 

Feb. 9 (Pleasanton)

Feb. 12 (San Ramon)

Feb. 16 (Online)


Hybrid Executive MBA 

Feb. 8 (San Jose) 

Feb. 9 (Pleasanton)

Feb. 16 (Online)


Trans-Global Executive MBA 

Feb. 8 (San Jose) 

Feb. 9 (Pleasanton)

Feb. 12 (San Ramon)

Feb. 16 (Online)


MS in Financial Analysis & Investment Management

Feb. 8 (San Jose)

Feb. 9 (Pleasanton)

Feb. 16 (Online)

Feb. 23 (San Francisco)


Graduate Education

Feb. 15 (Moraga)

Mar. 19 (Moraga) 


MA and BA in Leadership

Feb. 15 (Moraga)

Feb. 17 (Online)

Mar. 12 (Moraga)

Mar. 22 (Santa Clara)

Mar. 24 (Online)

Apr. 21 (Online)

May 14 (Moraga)

May 19 (Online)

June 21 (San Jose) 


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College News & Events


Robert ReichJan Term Speaker Robert Reich Calls for "Systemic Changes" to Bridge Income Gap

Last week, more than 600 people came to Saint Mary's to hear Robert Reich explain how he'd fix America's "jobs emergency."


Saint Mary's to Host a Presidential Debate in 2012?

After the success hosting of the U.S. Senate Debate between Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina on September 1, Saint Mary's is investigating the possibility of hosting a presidential debate in 2012.


Contra Costa Times Profiles Astronomy Professor Ron Olowin

Olowin, a Saint Mary's professor for more than 20 years, was interviewed about his love of astronomy, interest in faith and science dialogues, and dedication to creating a pipeline of young scientists at the College.


Jan TermJanuary Term 2011 Class Blogs

Remember Jan Term? Want to relive the fun? Some of this year's Jan Term students and teachers have created blogs about their experiences. Check out their blog posts, photos and videos.


New Hearst Art Gallery Exhibit: Lee and Grant

Visit the Hearst Art Gallery by March 20, for an exhibition in honor of the 150th Civil War anniversary. The NEH-sponsored exhibition assesses the conflict through the lives and careers of the two generals, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. Upon the close of the exhibit, don't miss the re-enactment, join us for the re-enactment on March 19. 


From Moraga's Hills to the Emerald City ~ Seattle

On February 22, gather with Gaels for a night of laughter, libations and literature with acclaimed Saint Mary's author, Mary Volmer '01, MFA '05, as she shares excerpts from her debut novel Crown of Dust. $20 includes hors d'oeurves and hosted bar. Volmer's next stop will be Reno on March 22.


Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Kevin Quigley

On February 22, hear from Quigley, a non-profit leadership veteran, on "Peace Corps at 50: Realizing the Promise of It's Next 50 Years."


Car Drawing34th Annual Car Drawing presents the annual Saint Mary's Car Drawing on February 26. Enter to win the Grand Prize - a 2011 Jeep Liberty or $20,000 cash! Tickets are $150; limited to the first 500 sold. 


56th Annual EastBay Scholarship Fund Dinner

Mark your calendar and join fellow alumni and supporters for this annual dinner on May 4, 2011, at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland, benefiting the EastBay Scholarship Fund.  


Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Did you know that children and grandchildren of alumni are eligible to submit an application for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship? This scholarship covers roughly 25% of tuition costs! Applications due by February 28 at 12:00 noon.  


On-Campus Interviews at SMC

On-campus interviews will be held from March 1-25. If your company if looking to hire graduating seniors, bring them to campus to interview SMC students. Register online and contact Vicki Davis at (925) 631-8281 with questions.


40% Discount on Princeton Review Classes

Looking to pursue a graduate degree and interested in taking a test preparation course? Alumni are eligible for a 40% discount on Princeton Review courses offered at Saint Mary's starting this month. LSAT courses begin February 19, GMAT on February 23 and GRE on February 27. To register or for more information, contact Br. Glenn Bolton at  


Mumbai, IndiaStudy Abroad Opportunity for Graduate Business Alumni

Saint Mary's has partnered with the Mahatma Gandhi Education Society and the Pillai Institute in Mumbai, India to provide an outstanding executive course for MBA students and alumni from June 29-July 6, 2011.


Global Leadership Studies Opportunity in China

The Leadership Center is offering a new program in China specifically designed for managers, leaders, coaches, trainers and consultants to enhance their leadership capacity on a global level. Earn a Master Certificate in Global Leadership with Saint Mary's faculty, enrolling March 2011-November 2011.


Explore Something New with Lifelong Learning

Learn about wine or how to celebrate retirement. Plan for your financial future or explore the cosmos. Write your memoir or study other religions. You can do all this through Lifelong Learning at Saint Mary's.


Athletic News & Events

McConnell Leads Saint Mary's to Dramatic Road Win

Mickey McConnell

Last week, Mickey McConnell lead the men's basketball team to a 73-71 victory over Gonzaga. McConnell scored 27 points, including the game-winning 10-footer and 10 of the final 11 points for the Gaels. Following his outstanding performances at Gonzaga and Portland, and receiving significant national attention, McConnell was named WCC Co-Player of the Week


"Gaels Gone Wild" Video Garners Media Coverage

A video tribute to the Saint Mary's men's basketball team is finding a growing audience on YouTube. Created by alumni Hart Perez '08 and Devon Perez '10, the popular video has prompted a news report by ABC7/KGO-TV.


SoftballSoftball Picked to Win Coastal Division 

Receiving six of 12 first place votes, Saint Mary's softball has been favored to win the Coastal Division, according to the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Gaels open their 2011 season at home on February 12.


WCC Promotes Conference-Wide Sportsmanship Initiative

"Represent" is a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative recently  launched by the eight WCC member institutions. The WCC has also created a 30-second television spot that features its very own student-athletes and distributed an official sportsmanship PA to be read at all conference competitions.


Southern California Gael Golf Classic15th Southern California Gael Golf Classic

Join us on Monday, April 18, at the South Hills Country Club in West Covina for this annual four person scramble tournament. The afternoon includes golfing and lunch followed by an awards dinner and auction. Proceeds benefit SMC Athletics.


Gael Golf Classic32nd Gael Golf Classic

Save the date for the 32nd Gael Golf Classic on Monday, May 2, at the Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, California. Join us for an afternoon of golfing and lunch, followed by an awards dinner and auction. Proceeds benefit SMC Athletics.


Saint Mary's Athletics Goes Social

The SMC Athletic Department is distributing information in a number of exciting ways. Your new options for following the Gaels include the

SMC Athletics Blog, SMC Athletics Twitter Feed, SMC Gaels YouTube Channel, SMC Athletics Facebook Page and Cover it Live, which allows you to chat live with other fans during games. Visit on game days to find this new feature! 



Events This Month

  Feb. 10: Gael Basketball Pre-Game Party in San Jose

  Feb. 12: Gael Basketball Pre-Game Party in San Francisco

  Feb. 18: "Third Fridays" Graduate Business Mixer - East Bay

  Feb. 22: From Moraga's Hills to the Emerald City - Seattle

  Feb. 22: Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Event

  Feb. 24: Gael Basketball Pre-Game Party in Moraga

  Feb. 26: 34th Annual Car Drawing


Save the Date

  Mar. 17: Annual Saint Patrick's Day Luncheon

  Mar. 22: From Moraga's Hills to the Biggest Little City - Reno

  Apr. 18: 15th Southern California Gael Golf Classic

  May 2: 32nd Gael Golf Classic

  May 4: 56th Annual EastBay Scholarship Fund Dinner 

  May 25: Graduate Business SERVE Event - East Bay 

  July 15-17: Reunion Weekend 2011

  Aug. 14: 7th Annual Summer Wine Festival