SMC Alumni Newsletter, December 2012

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Year of the Gael!
College News
Athletic News
Upcoming Events



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GAELEBRATE Saint Mary's today with a $150 gift honoring the Year of the Gael! 

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Or honor SMC's founding year with an 1863 Society-Level donation of $1,863 or more! 


Alumni in the News

In Memory of a
Former Regent
Saint Mary's College

Father Patrick LaBelle '61
Honored as Christian Brothers Affiliate

Gus Guardado '01
"Love, Concord"

Faculty in the News

Father Michael Russo Addresses Election on Vatican Radio
Vatican Radio
KGO Radio
KGO Radio

SMC in the News

Saint Mary's Receives High Marks in National Survey of College Freshmen and Seniors
National Survey on Student Engagement
Inside Bay Area
Catholic Voice
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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 in December!

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Christmas While a white Christmas is unlikely -- though not unheard of -- in Moraga,

all of us at Saint Mary's College wish you and yours a blessed Christmas season! Celebrate Christmas with fellow Gaels at the East Bay Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Walnut Creek or the Sacramento Christmas Party on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Learn more and RSVP online



GalaSesquicentennial Gala Glittered on Treasure Island

Saint Mary's College celebrated its 150th anniversary on Nov. 3 with 600 of its closest friends and supporters. The evening generated more than $641,000, with the proceeds benefiting student scholarships, and highlighted the College's role in the Bay Area and its historical roots in San Francisco, Oakland and Moraga.


Feature Story: Navy Pre-Flight School

Did you know that Saint Mary's was once a Navy flight school, training pilots to help the U.S. win World War II? Or that is was once home to the world's largest indoor swimming pool?



Associate Dean Named Distinguished Lasallian Educator 

Shyam Kamath of Graduate Business and Global Programs has been honored as the 2012 Distinguished Lasallian Educator for the San Francisco District of the Brothers.


Veterans DayHonoring Our 

Alumni Veterans 

Saint Mary's military veterans were honored at a moving Veterans Day ceremony attended by more than 60 people. The names of two Gaels who perished in Vietnam and Iraq, Stephen Hanson '61 and Timothy Martin '04, respectively, were added to the College's memorial plaque.


The Sabatte Family: A Lasting Legacy 

The John A. and Mary M. Sabatte Family Endowed Scholarship was created in 1985 in memory of the Berkeley Farms Dairy founders. Currently the largest scholarship at Saint Mary's, the fund generates enough income annually to support more than 50 undergraduate Gaels.


Dine with AlumsA Night of Networking at Dine With Alums 

Students and alumni gathered for this annual networking event featuring a keynote address by Susan Chritton MA '92, author of "Branding Yourself for Dummies."


Alumni SERVE Local Families 

31 Gaels + 2 Hours = 2,500 pounds of food sorted and boxed for distribution to local families in need at the Contra Costa Food Bank. Interested in participating? Check out upcoming opportunities!


More Than 100 Attend Global Economic Forum 

Held in association with the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, this third annual forum tackled issues around corporate social responsibility, the Euro crisis, the role of multi-national corporations and the mindset shift needed to create sustainable companies.



VolleyballVolleyball Season Ends After Tournament Play 

After earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Gaels rallied from two sets down to defeat San Diego State last Thursday, but lost to No. 4-ranked USC in the next round last Friday. 


Four Gaels Earn 2012 WCC Honors 

Kristina Graven and Gabby Jolly from the women's volleyball team earned All-WCC First Team honors, while Lauren Corp was selected to the honorable mention squad and Dalas Dodd was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team. Way to go, Gaels!


Women's Hoops Undefeated in Concord Classic 

The Gaels finished the SMC Hilton Concord Classic as the only undefeated team with a 70-67 win over Chattanooga.


Dellavedova Dellavedova an Early Candidate for Wooden Award 

Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year Matthew Dellavedova has been chosen as an early front-runner for college basketball's most prestigious honor, the John R. Wooden Award, by national college basketball media members.



Dec. 4: Creative Writing Reading Series with Linda Spalding
Dec. 5: Creative Writing Reading Series with Michael Palmer

Dec. 5: SERVE at the Contra Costa Food Bank

Dec. 7: Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration 

Dec. 9: Liturgy of Lights  

Dec. 11: Annual East Bay Christmas Party (Walnut Creek)

Dec. 12: SERVE at San Francisco Food Bank

Dec. 13: Annual Sacramento Christmas Party 

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



Jan. 15: Soulful and Sacred: Celebrating the Black Catholic Experience 

Jan. 23: Colorado Alumni Chapter Reception (Denver) 

Jan. 25: Rodney Strong Winemaker's Dinner benefiting the Gael Athletic Fund (Concord Hilton) 

Jan. 26: Men's Lacrosse Alumni Game & Celebration   

Feb. 2: 36th Annual Car Drawing 

Feb. 4: Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter Reception with the President

Feb. 22: Baseball Meet the Players Night

July 19-21: Alumni Reunion 2013 


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