SMC Update, June 2012

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



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Alumni in the News

Joe Crane '53
In Memorium
Alumnus of the Year

Wendy Gudalewicz EDD'06
Cupertino Union School District

The Verrips Family
Disaster Response Runs in the Family
Contra Costa Times

Diamon Simpson '09
Houston Rockets

Clint Steindl '12
Skytrans Taipans
Austrialia's NBL

Faculty in the News

Lysley Tenorio

Author, "Monstress" 

Huffington Post 


SMC in the News

The Richard McLean Exhibit at the SMC Museum of Art

San Francisco Chronicle & Contra Costa Times 


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 June!

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CommencementLargest Undergraduate Class in History Receives Degrees
Congratulations to the Class of 2012 which had a record 674 graduates on May 19! Our newest alumni heard an inspiring speech by former NBA star and author Tom Meschery '61. View a slideshow, read a Contra Costa Times article and see the post-commencement party photos.

Benetech founder Jim Fruchterman delivered an entertaining and thought-provoking address to 456 graduates about the power of failure, people and karma. Read about the ceremony and view photos from the festivities.
 Are you celebrating a reunion this summer? Register by June 29 to take advantage of early-bird pricing! Check out the schedule of activities, see who's coming, make your class gift and RSVP today! Don't miss the biggest and best alumni event of the year!

Professors Lidia Luquet, Brother Raphael Patton, Philip Leitner and Lawrence Cory, who have collectively devoted 180 years of service to the College, were honored at th
e School of Science Retirement Party last month.

The Trans-Global Executive MBA program and its work with Holy Innocents Children's Hospital in Uganda was profiled by NBC's "Bay Area Proud."

Saint Mary's was included in the Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition, which profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Students and alumni pitched their business ideas to a panel of five seasoned investors from the Keiretsu Forum during the MBA program's own version of the television show "Shark Tank." Check out KGO Radio's interview of the winner, Molly O'Kane.


Remember the Moraga Barn? 
One of the oldest institutions in Moraga, which became the local watering hole for many SMC students over the years, is gathering stories and photos from its long history. Share yours with Bill Durkin at


De Los Reyes De Los Reyes Plays in NCAA Championship
Freshman Jonathan De Los Reyes was the first Gael to participate as an individual in the NCAA golf championships, held this week at Riviera CC in Pacific Palisades. He finished tied for 89th out of a field of 155 golfers.

Juniors Martin Agosta and Brenden Kalfus were named to the First Team, while freshman Collin Ferguson was named to the All-Freshman Team for baseball.

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation named Anna Maria Carabini, Jillian Chong, Holly Hayes, Juliet Munore, Rachel Sunday, Anna Turpit, Mariah Walk and Kathleen Worsdale to the All-Academic Team. Congrats, Gaels!


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

June 15: "Third Friday" Alumni Mixer (Walnut Creek)   

June 18-19: 6th Annual Social Justice Institute 

June 21: KSOE Summer Leadership Institute 

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


Save the Date

July 20-22: Alumni Reunion 2012
July 20: "Third Friday" Alumni Mixer (Walnut Creek)

July 28: 5th Quarter Family Picnic  

Aug. 11: 11th Annual 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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