SMC Alumni Newsletter: October 2011
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Alumni in the News

Mark Teahen '03

"Moneyball" Q&A  


Joe Orrach '09

"In My Corner"

Contra Costa Times 



Tomlinson '11

Signs with Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) 


Brian Detrick '11

U.S. University Water Ski Team 


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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 or 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 October!

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Kevin StarrKevin Starr Speaks at Museum Grand Opening

California's State Librarian Emeritus Kevin Starr delivered the keynote address at the unveiling of the new Saint Mary's College Museum of Art and the opening of "The Comprehensive Keith: A Centennial Tribute."



150th Anniversary Cruise

Join President Ronald Gallagher from June 24 to July 5, 2012, on a cruise to Italy and Croatia in honor of the College's upcoming sesquicentennial celebration. Reserve your spot by October 14 for the best stateroom selection. 


1863 Society Debuts with a Celebration 

Nearly 150 alumni, parents and friends attended this inaugural event honoring the College's most loyal annual benefactors. The evening program showcased student performances in music, theatre and dance, followed by a reception on the Chapel Plaza.  


New Center for Environmental Literacy

The Kalmanovitz School of Education will be the new home of River of Words, an acclaimed K-12 environmental poetry and visual arts program. At the opening reception, Robert Hass '63, former poet-laureate of the United States, described how his poetic journey began at Saint Mary's.


Pat KreitzNew Dean Talks About a 21st Century Learning Center

Pat Kreitz, the new dean of library and academic resources, wants to create a 21st-century learning and discovery space at Saint Mary's and is committed to "democratizing access to information worldwide." 


Reflecting on Catholic Intellectual

and Spiritual Traditions

In celebrating the start of the academic year, Brother President Ronald Gallagher and Father Salvatore Ragusa invoked the words of Cardinal Newman at the Mass of the Holy Spirit.


Betty Reed Soskin

America's Oldest National Park Ranger Visits with Students 

90-year old Betty Reed Soskin recently gave students a real-life history lesson on World War II, women and segregation.


Campus Unites in Rally Against Sexual Violence

More than 100 members of the SMC community joined together in a rally last week to make it clear that sexual violence will not be tolerated at Saint Mary's.

Blue Mass 2011     

Blue Mass Honors First Responders 

Hundreds turned out on Friday for a Blue Mass in the Chapel to honor police and fire personnel of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Read Father Sal's homily and view a video on the event.


Trans-Global Executive MBA Program in India

India-West covered Saint Mary's T-GEMBA students' recent trip to India and their work to empower nonprofit agencies. 


Golf Earns National RankingGolf Earns

National Ranking

Following consecutive top-3 finishes, the Gaels debut at #23 in the season's first rankings and 29 in the Golfweek/Sagarin national rankings, an all-time high during Scott Hardy's decade as head coach.


Two Goals Lift Gaels Over Roadrunners

Women's soccer player Jordan Marada broke through in the 33rd minute of a scoreless game to shut out CSU-Bakersfield. The Gaels will begin West Coast Conference play with an overall 9-2-1 record. 


Gaels Make Statement at Stanford Invitational

The men's and women's cross country teams beat two WCC rivals and improved over last year's performance by a margin of 8:05.


Strong Finish at the Cal Nike Invitational 

Two Gael doubles pairs captured their respective division finals on Sunday, leading the women's tennis team to a 4-1 record on the final day of the tournament. 


Oct. 5: Creative Writing Reading Series with Yiyun Li

Oct. 7: Graduate Leadership Alumni Mixer (San Francisco)

Oct. 8: Baseball Alumni Game

Oct. 13: New York Alumni Mixer (McFadden's)

Oct. 21: Business Social Mixer at Stanford's (Walnut Creek)

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

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

Oct. 26: SERVE at the San Francisco Food Bank

Nov. 5: Latino Alumni Chapter Inaugural Mixer

Nov. 9: 2nd Annual Global Economic Forum (San Francisco)

Nov. 9: Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Mixer and Networking Social

Nov. 10: San Diego Alumni Chapter Mixer and Networking Social

Nov. 12: Chicago Alumni Reception

Nov. 19: 4th Annual Pat Vincent Dinner Dance and Fundraiser


Save the Date

June 24 - July 5: 150th Anniversary Cruise to Italy and Croatia

July 20-22: Alumni Reunion 2012

Saint Mary's College of California 
Alumni Association  .  P.O. 3400  .  Moraga, CA 94575