SMC Alumni Newsletter - March 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 March:


Professional MBA

Mar. 8 (Moraga)

Mar. 9 (Santa Clara) 

Mar. 15 (Moraga) 

Mar. 15 (Online)


Executive MBA

Mar. 8 (Moraga) 

Mar. 9 (Santa Clara) 

Mar. 12 (Moraga) 

Mar. 15 (Online) 


Hybrid Executive MBA

Mar. 8 (Moraga) 

Mar. 9 (Santa Clara) 

Mar. 15 (Online)


Trans-Global Executive MBA

Mar. 8 (Moraga)

Mar. 9 (Santa Clara) 

Mar. 12 (San Ramon)

Mar. 15 (Online) 


MS in Financial Ananlysis & Investment Management

Mar. 8 (Moraga)  

Mar. 9 (Santa Clara) 

Mar. 15 (Online) 


Graduate Education

Mar. 19 (Moraga)

Apr. 19 (Moraga)

May 17 (Moraga) 


MA and BA in Leadership

Mar. 12 (Moraga)

Mar. 22 (Santa Clara)

Mar. 24 (Online)

Apr. 21 (Online)

May 14 (Moraga) 

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Alumni Award Winners

Rena Fischer

Rena Fischer '99

Alumna of the Year 


Congratulations to the 2011 Alumni Award Winners, who have demonstrated a  

commitment to Saint Mary's College and their communities.


Alumni, family and friends are invited to the Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, April 2, at the Lafayette Park Hotel as we honor this year's recipients.  


Click here to read more about our recipients.


Alumna of the Year - Rena Fischer '99

De La Salle Award - Bill McLeod '64

Meritorious Service Award - Tori Verber-Salazar '87

G.O.L.D. Award - Gregory Teshara '02

G.O.L.D. Award - Joe Buenavista MBA '04


College News & Events


New Kalmanovitz School of Education Dean Named

Following a highly competitive national search, Professor Phyllis Metcalf-Turner has been appointed dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education, effective June 15.


Cruise Scandinavia and Russia with Fellow Alumni

Join Brother President Ronald Gallagher on a unique 12-day Saint Mary's cruise of Scandinavia and Russia, sailing from June 27 - July 9, 2011 on the "Celebrity Constellation." Deposit due by March 25. Contact Brother Martin Ash for more information at (925) 631-8166.


Winter Magazine OnlineWinter Magazine Is Now Online

The most recent edition of Saint Mary's magazine, themed "Creative Spirit," is now available online. Read captivating stories of creativity from faculty and students, a touching review on mentorship and the latest Gael Glimpses.


Peace Corps Leader Addresses College

Kevin Quigley, head of the Peace Corps Association, spent a week on campus leading up to the Peace Corp's 50th anniversary. 


Editorials Back Plans for Presidential Debate in 2012

Recent editorials in the San Francisco ChronicleOakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times support Saint Mary's bid to host a 2012 Presidential Debate. KTVU-TV also covered the story.


Faculty AwardsProfessors Receive Faculty Awards

Three professors were recently honored at the annual Scholars Reception: Catherine Marachi, Teaching Excellence; Carl Guarneri, Research Scholar Award; and Jyoti Bachani, Early Career Award.


CILSA Honors Four Special People

Last month's annual CILSA Awards went to Women's Resource Center Director Sharon Sabotta, Professor Shawny Anderson, student Andres Aguilar and Solomon Belette of Catholic Charities of the East Bay.  


Jan TermStudent Happenings During Jan Term

Ever wonder what today's SMC students are up to? Read about Jan Term classes, follow the students' travels in their blogs and keep up with Jan Term speakers.


Gaelic Green Thumbs to Grow Gourds and Pumpkins

Alumni living in Contra Costa County are being asked to assist the Legacy Garden with the planting of seeds to grow gourds and pumpkins in their individual gardens. Come October, alumni can deliver their harvest to campus for sale; net proceeds will benefit the Saint Mary's College Legacy Garden. Please contact Julie Welch at (925) 705-6276 for more information.


On-Campus Interviews Begin Today

On-campus interviews are being held March 1-25. If your company is looking to hire graduating seniors, it's not too late to register online. Contact Vicki Davis at (925) 631-8281 with questions.


2nd Annual Wo/men's Conference

Join the College community for The Crossroads of Social Change, March 4-5. Participants will examine the intersection of race, class, gender and sexual orientation as they pertain to social justice, social change and leadership.


Think Globally: Eradicating Poverty Around the World

Join us on March 14 for a panel of representatives from international non profits that address issues of poverty around the globe. Organizations include Kiva, Bead for Life and Just Hearts.


St. Patrick's Day LuncheonAnnual Saint Patrick's Day Luncheon

The tradition - and rivalry - continues! On March 17, join fellow Sacramento-area Gaels at this annual luncheon with SCU Broncos and USF Dons at the Dante Club. $25 per person includes a served lunch.


Re-enactment and Living History Activities

On March 19, 12-4 p.m., join us for an incredible Civil War re-enactment as part of the final day of the Lee and Grant exhibit in the Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's.


From Moraga's Hills to the Biggest Little City ~ Reno

On March 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 exerpts from her debut novel Crown of Dust. $20 per person includes hors d'oeurves and hosted bar.


De La Salle WeekDe La Salle Week is April 3-10

Alumni are invited back to campus to participate in all De La Salle Week activities. Join us for the annual Run 4 Hunger, barbecue on the chapel lawn and many more opportunities to learn about our Lasallian heritage.


Alumni Referral Program for Graduate Business

Student and alumni referrals are our best source of qualified applicants and the best marketing tool we have. If you know someone interested in our Graduate Business program, refer them here. You'll even receive a gift as a token of our appreciation. 


Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Alumni

Want to learn about wine, classical music or religious traditions? Interested in writing your memoir? See what's available through Lifelong Learning at Saint Mary's.


Athletic News & Events

Saint Mary's Earns WCC Coach and Player of the Year 

WCC Coach and Player of the Year

For the first time in 52 years, the West Coast Conference Coach and Player of the Year hail from Saint Mary's. Coach Randy Bennett was named WCC Coach of the Year, while senior guard Mickey McConnell was honored as Player of the Year. In 1958-59, Coach Jim Weaver and LaRoy Doss earned the top individual honors.  


WCC TitleA Great Season for Men's and Women's Basketball

With an 83-69 victory over Portland on Saturday, the men's basketball team secured a share (with Gonzaga) of the regular season WCC championship title. This was the Gaels' first regular season title in 14 years and sets the stage for their return to action on Sunday when they travel to Las Vegas for the annual WCC Tournament as the top seed. Scheduled for a 5 p.m. tipoff at Orleans Arena, the game will be televised live by ESPN2.


The Saint Mary's women's basketball team placed three student-athletes on the West Coast Conference All-Conference Teams. Louella Tomlinson and Jasmine Smith earned WCC First Team honors, while Danielle Mauldin made the All-Freshmen team. Saint Mary's is back in action at the Women's WCC Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Gaels will play Sunday at approximately 1:30 p.m. in a semifinal match-up at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.


WCC TournamentWCC Tournament Kick-Off Party in Las Vegas

Going to the tournament this weekend? Join us at the Kick-Off Party on Sunday, March 6, at The Orleans. Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. Click here to learn more about the tournament.


Baseball Gears Up For Dodgertown Classic

From March 11-13, the Gaels will participate in the 2011 Dodgertown Classic in Los Angeles. The Gaels will take on USC (March 11), UCLA (March 12) and Georgia (March 13) at Dodger Stadium.  


Annual Car Drawing a Big Success

The 34th Annual Car Drawing presented by raised more than $50,000 for the Gael Athletic Fund and student-athlete scholarships. Robert Enright, whose family has participated in the drawing for many years, won the grand prize.


SMC Night with the Golden State Warriors

On April 13, join us at Oracle Arena as the Golden State Warriors host the Portland Trailblazers. Watch Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee take on Saint Mary's own Patty Mills and the Trailblazers. Discounted tickets are available for alumni.


Gael Golf Classic32nd Gael Golf Classic

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


Southern California Gael Golf Classic15th Southern California Gael Golf Classic

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


Events This Month


Mar. 4-5:  2nd Annual Wo/men's Conference 

Mar. 6:  WCC Tournament Kick-Off Party - Las Vegas

Mar. 14:  Think Globally: Eradicating Poverty Around the World

Mar. 17:  Annual Saint Patrick's Day Luncheon - Sacramento

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

Mar. 19:  Civil War Re-enactment and Living History Activities

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

Mar. 25:  Graduate Business Mixer - San Francisco


Save the Date


Apr. 2:   Alumni Awards Dinner

Apr. 3-10:   De La Salle Week 2011

Apr. 13:   SMC Night with the Golden State Warriors

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

July 30:   Alumni Football Picnic

Aug. 13:   Women's Soccer Kick-Off