SMC Alumni Newsletter - August 2011
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Mickey McConnell '10

Signs Contract with Italian Club  


Karrie Hagedorn '08 

Volunteer Assistant Coach for SMC XC 


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Princeton Review

SMC alumni are eligible for a 40% discount on LSAT, GMAT and GRE prep classes starting in September. Contact Brother Glenn Bolton at (925) 631-4600 if you are interested.


Announcing GaelConnect!


Check out this new tool that connects students and alumni with a variety of career-related opportunities. Post a job, internship, sign-up for a career fair and more!


Graduate Program Information Sessions


Saint Mary's offers a variety of graduate level Business, Education and Leadership programs. Join us at an upcoming online or regional information session in August!

Quick Links


Get your tickets today for Saint Mary's perennially popular Summer Wine Festival (before prices go up on August 7)!
Summer Wine Festival


Enjoy varietals from more than
30 wineries and breweries,
including Grgich, Peju Province, 
J. Lohr, Fleming Jenkins and Wente.  
$35 per person before
August 7 ($45 thereafter);
$15 designated driver rate. Proceeds benefit student scholarships.


Alumni Reunion

642 Came Back Home for Alumni Reunion

Last month the College hosted several hundred Gaels and their families for Alumni Reunion 2011. Check out the photos and plan to join us for next year's reunion festivities on July 13-15, 2012. 

2011 Graduation Plot Parties: An SMC Tradition


New Video Featuring 2011 Commencement Parties

Check out this new video celebrating the tradition of post-commencement plot parties on the Chapel lawn.


Alumni Board of Directors

Alumni Board President David Johnson '84 welcomes six new directors for 2011-12: Carlo Beckman '05, MA '10, Joe Buenavista EMBA '04, Al Frugaletti '63, Drue Hulmer '91, Karla Jenkins MA '09 and JP Musgrove '07.



Longtime Professor

Art Orton Dies 

Professor Arcenta "Art" Orton, a psychology professor in the School of Science for 40 years, passed away on July 17 of natural causes. Orton was known both for his academic service and commitment to the community.


Vice Provost Selected as American Council on Education Fellow

Christopher Sindt, vice provost for graduate and professional studies, has been named one of 50 American Council on Education Fellows.


Pam Glover exhibit

Saint Mary's to Expand the Hearst Art Gallery  

The expansion will increase exhibition space by nearly 50 percent, allowing more of the College's permanent collection to be displayed. The Gallery's current exhibition, Pam Glover: A Life in Art, will remain open during the construction (through September 11).


Announcing the 1863 Society 

In honor of the College's 150th anniversary, we are pleased to announce a new annual giving recognition program - the 1863 Society - which replaces the longtime "President's Club." 


SMC Hosts Travolta Film Camp

The Bay Area News Group covered the Joey Travolta Summer Inclusion Film Camp for autistic students, hosted for the past four years by SMC's Kalmanovitz School of Education.


LEAP Travels to South Africa

As part of a summer course, Saint Mary's Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP) co-founder Claire Sheridan, alumna Kristine Elliott and several students traveled to South Africa to teach and interact with young at-risk dancers from impoverished areas.  



For the first time in more than 30 years, the West Coast Conference welcomes a new member, Brigham Young University, along with the launch of a new brand identity. 


Mark Orr was recently appointed to a four-year term on the Division I Amateurism Cabinet for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.


Randy Bennett
Saint Mary's men's basketball coach Randy Bennett recently served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships. 


After breaking ground in May, construction is underway for the new Saint Mary's Ball Park. Check out the photos and follow the project on



Aug. 10: SERVE at Second Harvest Food Bank (San Jose)

Aug. 13: Women's Soccer Kick-Off

Aug. 14: 7th Annual Summer Wine Festival

Aug. 15: 9th Annual Graduate Business Alumni Golf & Bocce Tournament (Diablo CC)

Aug. 19: "Third Friday" Business Mixer (Walnut Creek)

Sept. 10-11: Clars Auction: A Benefit for Saint Mary's Hearst Art Gallery (Oakland)

Sept. 14: SERVE at Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano (Concord)

Sept. 18: Women in Philanthropy Brunch with Nanette Mickiewicz, MD '83 (Walnut Creek)

Sept. 23: Quarterly Business Mixer in San Francisco

Sept. 30: 11th Annual Frank Tucci Golf Party (Boundary Oak GC)


Save the Date 

Oct. 1: VIP Journey Concert with the Colorado Alumni Chapter

Oct. 22: Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner (Blackhawk Museum)

Nov. 19: Rugby Dinner Dance

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