SMC Update, April 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

Kevin Swiryn '07

A Rugby Legacy  


Alex Kirschner '06

Theater Review  

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Douglass '05 C'11

Santa Cruz County Regional 911 Center

Pasadena Star-News 


Faculty in the News

Tribute to Professor Bill Perkins 

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Horror of War Op-Ed by Steve Sloane

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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 April!

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Happy Spring! You still have a chance to win a six-glass set of etched Saint Mary's wine glasses! Submit a Gael Glimpse by Friday, April 20, and you'll be entered into the drawing. And best of all, we'll get to hear what you are up to!




2012 Honorees  Join us as we celebrate this year's honorees
Saturday, April 28, at Moraga Country Club. 
Alumnus of the Year C. Joseph Crane '53
Signum Fidei Awardee Rev. Caesar Caviglia '50   

Meritorious Service Awardee Cindy Cooper '96

De La Salle Awardee Chris Jones

G.O.L.D. Awardee Derek Smead '02   

Miles McAfee, Baseball Coach 1973-80 (posthumous)

John Arnaudon '81, Football



Together and by AssociationDe La Salle Week
April 22 - 29, 2012
This year's De La Salle Week, Together and by Association, will bring the Saint Mary's community together to celebrate our Lasallian heritage. Festivities include the Annual Run 4 Hunger, community barbecue, Lasallian Leadership 5-Core Dinner, a mass with Friar Louie Vitale, Saint Mary's Annual Convocation, Carnival 4 Kids and a meditation workshop. Join us!

As students from Saint Mary's and other colleges throughout the state lobbied their legislators to preserve Cal Grant funds, a state assembly budget panel voted 4-0 to oppose the governor's proposal to slash the grants by about 44 percent. But this is not the end of the battle to save Cal Grants. Learn how you can take action.

For a sixth straight year, Saint Mary's has been listed on the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. SMC students provided nearly 40,000 hours of service last year in the U.S. and abroad. 
More than 2,240 alumni have made a donation to Saint Mary's so far this year. See how your class's participation compares to the rest, and make a difference with a gift!

Saint Mary's joins more than 270 graduate and undergraduate business programs in joining Net Impact, a volunteer-led network of university chapters focusing on corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship and sustainability programs for the corporate world.

What's New in the Schools? 
Check out the latest newsletters from the School of Liberal Arts, School of Science and School of Economics and Business Administration

WomenWords of Wisdom from
Women of African Descent
In honor of Black History Month, six panelists and alumnae shared their experiences about transitioning to life after college.


UOP Tigers Pacific Joins the West Coast Conference
University of the Pacific has accepted an invitation to rejoin the WCC in 2013. Pacific was one of the five founding members of the WCC in 1952-53 and remained in the Conference until 1971.

Women's tennis (11-5, 4-0 WCC) cruised through conference play with a win over San Francisco, Gonzaga, Portland and BYU. 


In a preseason poll of WCC head coaches, the Gaels were favored to win the conference championship, with juniors Ben Geyer and Mac McClung being named to the preseason all-conference team.

SMC welcomed the men's basketball team home from Omaha after a narrow 72-69 loss to Purdue in the NCAA Tournament and a memorable 2011-12 season. View a video and photo galleries of the NCAA experience and watch parties, read the Mercury News recap of the season and read stories about the team on Gael Hoops 2012.

Women's basketball defeated UNLV 71-63 in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament but later fell to Oregon State 56-41. They finished the year with a 22-11 record, tying the second highest win tally in SMC history.


Apr. 5: Demystifying Career, Executive, Life & Leadership Coaching

Apr. 12: Men's Basketball End-of-Season Banquet  

Apr. 12: Catholic and Sexual: Not an Oxymoron!

Apr. 18-22: SMC Performing Arts presents The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere 

Apr. 19: Latino Cultural Night 

Apr. 20: Third Friday Alumni Mixer (Walnut Creek)

Apr. 22-29: De La Salle Week

Apr. 22: 5K Run/Walk 4 Hunger

Apr. 23: 17th Annual River of Words Youth Creativity Awards in Washington, D.C.

Apr. 25: Saint Mary's Annual Convocation 

Apr. 27: Softball Crab Feed

Apr. 28: Alumni Awards Celebration

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

Apr. 28: 16th Annual River of Words West Coast Youth Creativity Awards 


Save the Date

May 2: 57th Annual EastBay Scholarship Dinner (Claremont CC) 

May 2: Executive Speaker Series: Are you prepared for tomorrow's leadership roles? 

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

May 10: 6th Annual Lavendar Graduate Celebration

May 12: 11th Annual Asian Pacific American Graduate Celebration

May 17: 17th Annual Black Graduate Celebration

May 18: 15th Annual Latino Graduate Celebration 

May 19: Undergraduate Commencement

May 20: Graduate Commencement

May 30: SERVE at the Contra Costa/Solano County Food Bank

June 13: SERVE at the Contra Costa/Solano County Food Bank

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

July 20-22: Alumni Reunion 2012

July 28: 5th Quarter Football Alumni Picnic  

Aug. 11: Women's Soccer Inter-squad Game & Kick-Off 

Aug. 12: 8th Annual Summer Wine Festival

Aug. 20: 10th Annual Graduate Business Golf & Bocce Tournament (Diablo CC)

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