SMC Alumni Newsletter: February 2012

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



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Alumni in the News

Brian Detrick '11

U.S. World University Water Ski Team

USA Water Ski 


Melissa Spahr '08  

Across the U.S. with Lasallian Volunteers

Saint Mary's College


Leo Guardado '04 

Former Migrant's Incredible Journey

Arizona Daily Star 


In Memory of 

Thomas Remus MBA'77

Inaugural Class of the SMC Executive MBA Program



In Memory of

Andy Carey '53

Former Yankee

New York Times


Faculty News

Dean, Professors Tapped as Experts on National Issues

Diablo Magazine


Monica Fitzgerald

"Teacher of the Month" Award

99.7 FM


Support the

Jan Term Travel Scholarship Fund

Give Now 

Thanks to generous alumni and friends, more than 20 students are awarded a Jan Term Travel Scholarship each year and given the opportunity to experience the world. Help make this dream a reality for more Saint Mary's students.


Brother Timothy:

A Wine That Educates 

Brother Timothy

A limited supply of 2007 Brother Timothy Mont La Salle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is available for SMC alumni and friends to purchase. Order some today to cellar or enjoy in 2012! Proceeds benefit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund.

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 February!

Quick Links



It's February -- and that means it's your chance to win a Jeep Patriot or $20,000 cash at the 35th Annual Saint Mary's College Car Drawing!

Car Drawing


Tickets are $150 each, limited to the first 500 sold.

The deadline has just been extended, so

get yours today!  

Purchase Your Tickets Now!Need not be present to win the grand prize. Proceeds benefit Saint Mary's Athletics.



Cal Grant, Low-Income Students in Jeopardy 

If passed, the governor's proposed budget will reduce Cal Grant funding for nearly 700 low-income students at Saint Mary's by 44 percent, or $2.3 million. Please help save this funding that is so critical to the College's mission. Write your elected officials today. 


RwandaJan Term in Rwanda, 

at Sundance and More!

SMC students in the Jan Term "People of Rwanda" class met the country director of CARE, helped with development projects and even taught the locals "The Macarena." Here in the U.S., students mingled with the glitterati at the Sundance Film Festival.  


Ariel Luckey"Crossing Borders" Brings

Woodford, Solnit and Luckey

Saint Mary's invited the former warden of San Quentin Jeanne Woodford, prolific writer and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit, and artist and activist Ariel Luckey as part of the Jan Term Speaker Series.


Annual Report Is Now Online

Check out the record-breaking highlights from the 2010-11 academic year. Read about the new Academic Blueprint and Core Curriculum and more. A print version is also available.


SMC Receives Digital Learning Grant

Saint Mary's received a $250,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund the Digital Studies Across the Curriculum project. 


MBA Alumni Focused on SERVING in 2011

Graduate Business alumni, students, faculty and friends contributed more than 500 hours of service to local comunities in need. 


Years of YearningDon't Miss Out!

Order Brother Mel's Memoirs Today

Brother Mel Anderson's presidency spanned a time of great change at Saint Mary's. Years of Yearning highlights the societal, academic and financial complexities that surrounded the campus during 1969 to 1997. 


Former Trustee and Regent Passes Away

Saint Mary's lost one of its most steadfast donors and volunteers on January 11. The McKeon Pavilion, home of the Gaels, was funded through the generosity of Mrs. McKeon and her late husband, George R. McKeon.



Jordan PageGaels Move Up

in National Rankings 

After an 11-game winning streak, the men's basketball program received its highest national ranking in 50 years at #16 (ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll) and #18 (Associated Press).  


Gaels Draw Murray State in Sears BracketBusters

On February 18 at 3 p.m. (Pacific), men's basketball will face undefeated Murray State at CSFB Center. Watch the game on either ESPN or ESPN2 with a live audio stream also available on


Women Take on No. 22 BYU this Saturday

The Gaels (16-7, 7-3 West Coast Conference) will head to Provo to take on BYU (20-3, 8-1 WCC) at the Marriott Center. Last week, they defeated Santa Clara 72-52 and led Gonzaga before the Zags came away with a 75-70 victory in the final minute.


Opening Day for Baseball

On February 17 at 2 p.m., the Gaels will open 2012 play against Southern Utah on the new Louis Guisto Field. After the game, players, coaches, alumni and fans will gather for the 2012 Meet the Players Night in the Soda Center. 


Feb. 4: Ars Celebrandi, Moved by the Spirit

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

Feb. 12: "The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces" opening at the Museum of Art

Feb. 14: Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Shannon Brownlee

Feb. 17: Baseball Meet the Players Night

Feb. 17: A Tribute to African American Women

Feb. 21: Oakland Impact Panel on Building Community Capacity

Feb. 22: Economics Mixer for Alumni and Students

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

Feb. 25: SMC Hong Kong Reception with Brother Ronald Gallagher

Feb. 29-Mar. 5: WCC Basketball Tournament (Las Vegas)


Save the Date 

Mar. 1: SMC Philippines Reception with Brother Ronald Gallagher and Dean Zhan Li

Mar. 3: Wo/men's Leadership Conference

Mar. 15: Saint Patrick's Day Luncheon (Sacramento)

Apr. 27: Softball Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Alumni Awards Celebration

Apr. 28: Innovation and Right Livelihood: Creativity for Leadership Effectiveness

May 7: 33rd Annual Gael Golf Classic (Blackhawk Country Club)

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

July 20-22: Alumni Reunion 2012

Aug. 11: Women's Soccer Kick-Off

Aug. 12: 8th Annual Summer Wine Festival

Aug. 20: 10th Annual Graduate Business Bocce/Golf Tournament

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