SMC Alumni Newsletter: August 2012
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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

Brother James
Ash '58 
In Memorium
Saint Mary's College

Tony Martin '34
In Memorium
Debonair Pop Troubadour
The New York Times

Ed McKiernan '67
Service Corps of Retired Executives
The Daily Record

Clare Purpura '79
"America's Top
100 Women
Financial Advisors"

Kent Williams MBA'77
Via Motors VTrux


Faculty in the News

Steve Woolpert Comments on High Court's Health Act Decision
KCBS Radio

Andrew Wilson's Study on Consumerism
Chicago Tribune

SMC in the News

SMC's Mission Driven MBA Program
Catholic Voice

iD Tech Camp at Saint Mary's
Wall Street Journal
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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 August!

Quick Links



Gaels at Reunion Reunion Weekend was Saint Mary's biggest ever, with nearly 1,000 alumni, family and friends coming back home to celebrate and commemorate their college years. Read more and check out the photos!



Wine FestivalEarly Bird Tickets for Summer Wine Festival 
Join us at the 8th Annual Summer Wine Festival on Sunday, August 12, 2-5 p.m., benefiting student scholarships. With more than 35 wineries, breweries, restaurants and vendors, it's an afternoon you don't want to miss. Early-bird pricing ends August 3, so purchase your tickets today. Don't pay more at the door!

Check schedules and follow the Olympic exploits of Saint Mary's own on our SMC at the Olympics page. Basketball players Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova and volleyball coach Rob Browning may be the latest Gaels to compete or participate in the Olympics, but take a look back at more SMC Olympians

Alumni Board President David Johnson '84 welcomes five new directors for 2012-13: Brent Austin M'09, Liane Cismowski '06, Jahmese Myres '06, Jodie (Prola) Russi '83 and Harry York '89. 

SEBA and HSBC, a banking and financial services organization, are partnering to develop responsible business leaders through HSBC's Sustainability Leadership Program. Check out SEBA's summer newsletter for all the other exciting happenings.

The Kalmanovitz School of Education expanded its collaboration with the Joey Travolta Autism Spectrum Film Camp through new internship opportunities for its special education graduate students.

Are you interested in recruiting, interviewing and contacting prospective students? Join the Alumni Admissions Program to help us share Saint Mary's legacy with the next generation of Gaels. Contact Erik Coloma at (925) 631-4526 to get involved.


Photo by S.F. Chronicle S.F. Chronicle Looks at SMC's Effect on World Basketball  

The basketball program's recruitment of Australian players is shaking things up in the athletic world, with two of its players, senior Matthew Dellavedova and alumnus Patty Mills, competing on the Australian Olympic team.


Gaels Well Represented 

on WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll 

Nearly 40 percent of Saint Mary's student-athletes were named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes who have balanced athletic success with academic excellence. Way to go, Gaels!  


Martin AgostaAgosta Signs with Giants 

Second round draft pick Martin Agosta has signed a contract with the San Francisco Giants after being selected with the 84th overall pick in the MLB First Year Player Draft.  


Geyer Wins Tourney at Poppy Hills

Senior golfer Ben Geyer shot rounds of 70-71-71 to clinch a victory at the Northern California Golf Association Amateur Stroke Play Championship on July 15 at Poppy Hills Golf Club. Saint Mary's head coach Scott Hardy tied for fourth place after rounds of 72-74-72.  



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

Aug. 12: 8th Annual Summer Wine Festival

Aug. 15: East Bay Alumni Chapter Mixer (Walnut Creek)    

Aug. 17: "Third Friday" Graduate Business Alumni Mixer (Walnut Creek)  

Aug. 19: Integral Alumni Event (Orinda)

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

Sept. 12: Creative Writing Reading Series Sesquicentennial Event with Robert Hass '62 and Tom Meschery '61 

Sept. 12: SERVE at the Contra Costa Food Bank 

Sept. 13: 2nd Annual Washington, DC Alumni Networking Reception with Gaels, Dons and Broncos    

Sept. 15: The Sesquicentennial Mass   

Sept. 21: "Third Friday" Graduate Business Alumni Mixer (Walnut Creek) 

Sept. 26: SERVE at the San Francisco Food Bank 

Sept. 27: Colorado Alumni & Parent Reception (Cherry Hills Village) 

Sept. 28: 12th Annual Frank Tucci Golf Party (Boundary Oak GC)  


Save the Date 


Oct. 10: SERVE at the Contra Costa Food Bank 

Oct. 13: Chicago Alumni Event  

Oct. 20: Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner 

Nov. 3: The Sesquicentennial Gala (Treasure Island) 


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