SMC Alumni Newsletter: October 2012
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Year of the Gael!
College News
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GAELEBRATE Saint Mary's today with a $150 gift honoring the Year of the Gael! 

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Alumni in the News

Brendan Moylan '83
Gael-E-Bration Ale

Daniel O'Leary MBA'90
Vice President & General Manager Adler Fels Winery

Yolanda "Jolie" Vega M'79 
Lafayette City
Council Candidate


Faculty in the News

Brenda Hillman Named Academy of American Poets Fellowship Recipient

SMC in the News

Diablo Magazine Covers SMC's Sesquicentennial
Diablo Magazine

Catholic News Service Covers SMC's Inclusion in Colleges That Change Lives
Show your Gael pride with the Saint Mary's VISA card!

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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 in October!

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GAELEBRATION is near! Join us on Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our big 150th bash -- an unprecedented day of fun for the whole family, featuring interactive programs and attractions, including rides, performances, live bands, athletic demonstrations and giveaways. Gourmet food trucks and carnival fare will provide something tasty for everyone. And it's free


Year of the GaelVisit

for stories, videos and photos

of the Brothers, SMC traditions

and Gaelblazers, as well as to learn more about sesquicentennial events all year long.        



Do you know any Gaels who should be recognized during the Year of the Gael? Those who are active in their community, leaders in their field, fighting for justice or just awesome Gaels? Throughout the year, we will be highlighting Gaels the whole world should know about, so submit your candidate today.

The Sesquicentennial Gala  | Saturday, November 3 
With the spectacular backdrop of the San Francisco skyline, the "Jewel of the Bay" on Treasure Island is Saint Mary's black-tie event of the sesquicentennial year. Tickets are $500 per person, and proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins presided over this momentous Mass, while Father Xavier Lavagetto of St. Dominic's Catholic Church of San Francisco delivered the homily that evoked the sweeping history of SMC and Brother Ronald spoke of the College's commitment to serving the poor and immigrants.
View photos.                   


Virtual Tour Makes Its Debut
In addition to an interactive campus map, the tour features dozens of videos of alumni, students, faculty and staff sharing their experiences of being a Gael. Check it out!
 The world of poetry and basketball came together when two renowned alumni -- former Poet Laureate Robert Hass '63 and basketball star-turned-poet Tom Meschery '61 -- joined forces for a special sesquicentennial installment of the popular MFA Creative Writing Reading Series.
Among the new faculty joining SMC this year are a geology professor who has worked on Mars missions, an international management scholar and a professor who studies the development of wisdom across the lifespan. And that's just a few of the new faces.

Saint Mary's international student enrollment has doubled in the past year, with 23 students from 10 countries.

The firm assisting Saint Mary's in the search for Brother Ronald's successor is requesting input from campus officials, faculty, staff, Brothers, students and alumni. Be a part of the process and offer your suggestions on the qualities to look for in the College's next leader at

Interested in putting your experience and passion to work at Saint Mary's College? Check out the current job openings!


GolfGaels Victorious at Saint Mary's Invitational 

Senior Ben Geyer shot a final round 7-under-par 65 to earn medalist honors and lead the men's golf team to the team championship at Bayonet Golf Course.   


Volleyball Defeats No. 11 BYU   

The Gaels handed Brigham Young its first loss of the year in a 25-15, 25-11, 19-25, 26-24 win on Saturday. It was the Gaels' second consecutive win over a ranked opponent after defeating No. 18 Pepperdine on Thursday night.


JensenJensen Named 

Hoops Broadcaster 

Former baseball player Alex Jensen '08 will serve as the new play-by-play announcer for the Gaels men's basketball program. He is credited with making popular the familiar "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" chant that can be heard at every home game.


The Ticket Office has released discounted conference ticket packages for men's and women's soccer and volleyball. Purchase your tickets online at or call (925) 631-GoTx.




Oct. 4: The Great Interfaith Conversation: Shared Values for a Better World  


Oct. 10: SERVE at the Contra Costa Food Bank

Oct. 10: Creative Writing Reading Series with Lysley Tenorio 

Oct. 11: Women Executives in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Oct. 11: Seattle Alumni Mixer
Oct. 19: "Third Friday" Graduate Business Alumni Mixer (Walnut Creek)  

Oct. 20: Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner (Blackhawk Museum)

Oct. 23: Reno Alumni Reception with Gaels, Dons and Broncos 

Oct. 24: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Oct. 25: Chicago Alumni & Parent Reception 

Oct. 30: The Liberal Arts and the Common Good: Educating Citizens in the 21st Century 



Nov. 3: The Sesquicentennial Gala (Treasure Island)

Nov. 7: Phoenix Alumni Mixer   

Nov. 7: SERVE at the Contra Costa Food Bank

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Memorial Plaque Dedication 

Nov. 14: 3rd Annual Global Economic Forum: Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Context

Nov. 22-25: 6th Annual Anaheim Classic (Anaheim)



Dec. 5: Annual Sacramento Christmas Party 

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


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