SMC Alumni Newsletter: December 2011

In This Issue
Alumni in the News
Faculty in the News
December Spotlight
College News
Athletic News
Upcoming Events



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Alumni in the News


McDermott '32 

In Memory of the

Former Minor League Baseball Player

Contra Costa Times


Steve Sparks E'89


A Son's Story


Faculty in the News

SEBA Faculty

Voice of Russia

Seeks Saint Mary's 

Faculty Expertise

Saint Mary's College 


Jack Rasmus

Insight on Super Committee's Failure 

NBC Bay Area News 


'Tis the Season: Support the President's Emergency Fund


Please consider a Christmastime gift--or an additional donation--to those Gaels experiencing great financial need during this season of joy, family, warmth and giving.

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Since it was established in 2008, the President's Emergency Fund has helped more than 100 students continue their Saint Mary's education.


Brother Timothy:

A Wine that Educates 

Brother Timothy

A limited supply of 2007 Brother Timothy Mont Le Salle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is available for SMC alumni and friends to purchase. Order some today to enjoy over the holidays! Proceeds benefit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Show your Gael pride with the 

Saint Mary's 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.

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 December!

Quick Links



All of us at Saint Mary's wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season!

Celebrate with us at the East Bay Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 6, or the Sacramento Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 7. RSVP Today


Last Call for Gael Glimpses

We'd love to hear what you're up to! Submit your Gael Glimpse by Tuesday, December 20, for inclusion in the Winter issue of Saint Mary's magazine.



Athletic LogoGaels Dancing to the

Elite Eight! 

The men's soccer team is headed to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight after a thrilling 3-2 overtime win against Brown on Sunday night. The Gaels are heading to Chapel Hill to take on top seed North Carolina on Saturday, December 3.



Athletic LogoBrother Mel Anderson's

Book of Memoirs

Brother Mel has just completed Years of Yearning, a memoir that highlights the societal, academic and financial complexities of the Moraga campus from 1969 to 1997.


Plans for Saint Mary's

Sesquicentennial Celebration

Vice President for Development Keith Brant describes some of the exciting events planned for Saint Mary's 150th anniversary.


Athletic LogoDeadline Extended! 

Sign Up for Anniversary Cruise Today

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.


Mass and Media Recognize SMC Veterans

Following a special Veteran's Day mass organized by Shomari Carter '13 and other student military veterans, KGO News reported on the recent upsurge in veterans enrolled at Saint Mary's.


Holiday Season Showcases SMC Talent

Come back to campus for a wide variety of holiday performances by SMC voice and drama students, the dance company and chamber musicians.


Global Economic Forum Draws Large Crowd in San Francisco

More than 140 people attended this annual event presented by SMC's Center for the Regional Economy and the Graduate Business Alumni Council.


Athletic LogoOccupy Teach-In Comes to Saint Mary's

About 100 members of the Saint Mary's community took part in a teach-in to learn more about the Occupy movement.



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Gaels Hold Eighth Annual Erg-A-Thon

Women's rowing and men's crew teamed up to row a record 1,031,791 meters to help raise funds for a new racing shell. To support their efforts, click here: select "Athletics" then "Women's Rowing" or "Men's Crew."


Men's Basketball Wins Shamrock Classic

The Gaels defeated SF State 86-52 and Weber State 87-70 to clinch the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic. 

General admission tickets for this season's games are available to alumni now for $15. Reserve yours before they go on sale to the general public on December 5. Contact the Ticket Office at (925) 631-GOTX. 


Athletic LogoRugby Hosts Successful Dinner Dance

More than 250 alumni, parents, friends, coaches and players attended the 4th Annual Pat Vincent Dinner Dance to raise more than $70,000 for Saint Mary's rugby.


Women's Volleyball Continues Winning Streak 

With a win over Seattle University last weekend, the Gaels continued their 17-straight-set winning streak, going undefeated for November. 


Dec. 1-3: Saint Mary's Dance Company presents Origins of Self

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

Dec. 6: Annual East Bay Christmas Party (Walnut Creek)

Dec. 7: Annual Sacramento Christmas Party

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

Dec. 8: SERVE at the Sacramento Food Bank

Dec. 9: Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Dec. 11: Liturgy of Lights

Dec. 14: SERVE at the San Francisco Food Bank

Dec. 16: "Third Friday" Business Mixer at Stanford's (Walnut Creek)
Dec. 29: Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. BYU (Moraga)

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. 18: From Moraga's Hills to the Rocky Mountains (Denver)

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

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

Jan. 27: From Moraga's Hills to Washington DC

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


Save the Date

Feb. 11: Saint Mary's College 35th Annual Car Drawing presented by STEADAUTO.COM

Feb. 17: Baseball Meet the Players Night

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


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