SMC Alumni Newsletter: November 2011
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Alumni in the News
Faculty in the News
College News
Athletic News
Upcoming Events



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Alumni in the News

Rear Adm. Kathleen Dussault MS '88

United States Navy


Bob Ladouceur MA'89

De La Salle H.S.


Doug Rosales '01

In Memory

Contra Costa Times 


Faculty in the News

Brenda Hillman

Poetry Feature

The New Yorker 


Tomas Gomez-Arias

Interview on the Legacy of Steve Jobs 



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Give Thanks. . .

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Brother Timothy:

A Wine that Educates 

Brother Timothy

A limited supply of Brother Timothy Mont Le Salle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is available for SMC alumni and friends to purchase. Order some today to enjoy with your Thanksgiving feast! Proceeds benefit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund.

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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.

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 November!

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Athletic LogoWe are proud to annouce a new alumni benefit for Gaels across the U.S.!

Your alumni benefits now include a special discounted rate on auto and home insurance from Liberty Mutual. We're proud to provide Gaels everywhere with a great benefit from a Fortune 100 company that protects millions of people across America. Find out more.



Brother Donald MansirIn Memory of Brother Donald Mansir, FSC '71

Brother Donald, a longtime professor at Saint Mary's who was internationally recognized for his work in renovating the dome of the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, passed away on October 9.


Website Gets a New Look

Saint Mary's has launched an innovative and striking new website, created in conjunction with Oakland-based design firm White Whale. Take a look around, share content across social media outlets and enjoy!


Anniversary CruiseLast Chance to Sign Up for Anniversary Cruise 

Don't miss your chance to join Brother President Ronald Gallagher and fellow Gaels for an 11-night cruise to Italy and Croatia sailing June 24 - July 5, 2012. Rooms are filling up fast, so reserve yours today!  


Cardinal Newman Symposium Held

at Saint Mary's

Last week, the College hosted the Newman Symposium II, an academic and religious colloquium celebrating the patron of Catholic higher education Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. 


Professor Horwitz Receives

Seminar Teaching Award

Saint Mary's honored Professor Barry Horwitz, co-founder of the Collegiate Seminar Events Program, with the 2011 O. DeSales Perez Award for Excellence in Collegiate Seminar.


Magazine coverSaint Mary's Magazine Online

The fall issue celebrates game changers -- people who overcome barriers, change lives and the way we see ourselves and others, or bring fresh eyes to the landscape that sustains us. Prefer the print version? It'll arrive in your mailbox soon!


June in a Box Opens at LeFevre Theatre

The new drama by nationally acclaimed playwright Octavio Solis with music by Beth Custer will open on November 10 at 8 p.m. Performances will run through November 20. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors. 


Many Stars. . .

One La Salle 

The SMC community gathered to form a giant star on the Chapel lawn for the "Many Stars...One La Salle" event, part of the International Lasallian Days of Peace observance. Watch the video of stars submitted by Lasallian schools around the world. 


Annual Dine with Alums Event a Hit

More than 100 students turned out for the opportunity to network with 50 alumni from various fields. Keynote speaker Carlo Beckman '05, MA '10, director of customer support at Linden Lab (creators of "Second Life"), gave students advice on life after college. 



Matt Dellavedova and Matt Maiocco

Gaels Enjoy Annual

Tip-Off Dinner

Comcast SportsNet reporter Matt Maiocco introduced the 2011-12 Saint Mary's men's basketball team to

Tip-Off Club donors, season ticket holders and fans.


Rugby Claims California 7's Title

The Gaels beat out seven of California's top teams last weekend to grab the automatic bid for the USA Rugby Collegiate 7's National Championships, December 16-17.


Volleyball Upsets No. 17 Torreros on ESPNU

For the first time since 2008, the Gaels defeated San Diego in Jenny Craig Pavilion, winning 3-2. The Gaels return to action on Thursday, November 3, when they take on the Portland Pilots.


Kai EdwardsKai Edwards Receives Contract Extension 

In his third season with the Gaels, women's soccer head coach Kai Edwards has signed a contract extension through the 2015 season. 


Nov. 1: Faith and Forgiveness: Surviving the Rwandan Genocide

Nov. 5: Latino Alumni Chapter Inaugural Mixer

Nov. 8: San Diego Alumni Chapter Mixer and Networking Social

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

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

Nov. 12: Chicago Alumni Reception

Nov. 12: Women's Volleyball Alumni Event

Nov. 18: "Third Friday" Business Mixer at Stanford's (Walnut Creek)

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

Nov. 19: Intergenerational Saturday of Service

Dec. 3: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo)

Dec. 7: Annual Sacramento Christmas Party

Dec. 7: SERVE at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano (Concord)

Dec. 14: SERVE at the San Francisco Food Bank
Dec. 29: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. BYU (Moraga)


Save the Date

Jan. 5: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. USD (San Diego)

Jan. 12: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. Gonzaga (Moraga)

Jan. 14: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. Portland (Moraga)

Jan. 21: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. SCU (Santa Clara)

Jan. 26: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. LMU (Los Angeles)

Jan. 28: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. BYU (Provo, UT)

Feb. 23: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. Portland (Portland, OR)

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

July 20-22: Alumni Reunion 2012


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