SMC Alumni Newsletter - September 2011
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Alumni in the News

Tom Meschery '61

Former NBA Warrior 

San Francisco Chronicle


Sister Mary Liam Brock '84

Principal, St. Elizabeth High School

San Francisco Chronicle 


Peter Detwiler '71

Retires from U.S. Senate

The Sacramento Bee  


Kyle Jensen '09

Player of the Year



Zahorian '10

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Chronicle 


Joe Casalnuovo '50

Real Estate Lawyer in San Anselmo

Marin Independent Journal 


It's back to school time for our students, and they are counting on YOU! Make your gift today to support the

2011-12 academic year.


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Show your SMC Pride with the all-new VISA card!

SMC Visa Card

When you use your card, Saint Mary's receives:
$50 after your first purchase, a 2% donation on gas and groceries, a 1% donation on all other purchases and up to 10% at select merchants.

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 September!

Quick Links


Weekend of Welcome photoA new incoming class of more than 800 students got its first taste of Saint Mary's during an event-filled Weekend of Welcome.


Check out the pictures and read the Why I Chose Saint Mary's stories from our incoming freshmen.
Why did YOU choose Saint Mary's? Share with us!


20 New Faculty Members

Saint Mary's welcomed 20 new faculty members for the 2011-12 academic year. Read more about this talented group. 


Jyoti Bachani

SEBA Professor Wins

Fulbright Award

Jyoti Bachani, assistant professor for the Graduate Business program, and her interest in India's practice of "Jugaad" is the foundation for a prestigious Fulbright award from the U.S. State Department.


Saint Mary's Sets New Fundraising Record

Vice President for Development Keith Brant reported a record $34 million raised for annual and capital projects. 


William Keith

Grand Opening of the Newly Expanded Art Gallery

Saint Mary's will celebrate the newly expanded Hearst Art Gallery at a grand opening on Sunday, October 2, that will feature a special 100th anniversary exhibition of William Keith paintings and a book signing of the

just-released The Comprehensive Keith. Tickets are available.


Contra Costa Times Covers Social Service Immersion in Alaska

Saint Mary's senior and soccer player Justin Grider spent six weeks in Palmer, Alaska, working to provide access to basic needs to homeless and marginally housed individuals. This fellowship was made possible by Alumni Board President David Johnson '84.


Catholic News Interviews Professors on Mary Conference

Theology and religious studies professor Brother Mark McVan and history professor Brother Charles Hilken were interviewed by the Catholic News Service on Saint Mary's "Mary in Our Day" conference held this summer.


Wine Festival

Over 500 Attend

7th Summer Wine Festival

Saint Mary's alumni and friends enjoyed tastings from 32 wineries and breweries, helping to raise $17,000 to support the Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Check out the pictures, and plan to join us next August 12. 



After leading the Gaels through the

most successful decade in program history, men's basketball coach Randy Bennett has signed on for another 10 years. Bennett has a 208-112 winning record and has led the program to postseason play five times. Follow the Gaels this season as they make several ESPN appearances.


Ben Geyer

Gael Golfer Vies for

U.S. Amateur Championship 

Saint Mary's junior golfer Ben Geyer made a strong run at the U.S. Amateur Championship before falling to reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jordan Spieth in the round of 16.


Gaels Place High in Preseason Poll

The women's volleyball program is favored to finish second this season by West Coast Conference coaches. 


Celebrating a Legacy of Football

More than 150 alumni and their families gathered in Bertain Redwood Grove for the 5th Quarter Family Picnic to honor the long-time coach Jim McDonald.



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

Sept. 14: New York Alumni Mixer

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

Sept. 14: SERVE at Sacramento Food Bank

Sept. 16: Business Social Mixer at Stanford's (Walnut Creek)

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

Sept. 23: Quarterly Business Mixer in San Francisco

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

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

Oct. 2: Opening of the Centennial Keith Exhibit

Oct. 8: "Strikes for Susan," a benefit to support Susan

Nachand '00, at Clayton Valley Bowl (Concord)

Oct. 8: Baseball Alumni Game

Oct. 15: Workshop: Innovation and Right Livelihood: Creativity for Leadership Effectiveness

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

Oct. 24: Executive Speaker Series featuring the CEO of BroadVision (Santa Clara)


Save the Date

Nov. 19: 4th Annual Pat Vincent Dinner Dance and Fundraiser, benefiting Saint Mary's Rugby

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