Saint Mary's College Alumni Association

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02/24/2024

Get up for Gameday!🔴🔵

Gaels vs Torreros
7p, ESPNU

Sold out as SMC seek 15th consecutive win.

Gaels can clinch a share of WCC regular season championship. 😤

A familiar face matched up against Gael Rugby earlier this month.  Holden Yungert ’17, a second-year coach, brought Bost...
02/23/2024

A familiar face matched up against Gael Rugby earlier this month. Holden Yungert ’17, a second-year coach, brought Boston College out west for the contest against his alma mater.

Yungert played on each of the championship teams while at Saint Mary’s: in 2014, 2015, the 2016 7’s, and in 2017. He was recognized as the MVP in the 2017 win over Life University.

Yungert was one of the first Gael Rugby athletes to enter Major League Rugby and is going on his eighth season, currently playing with the New England Free Jacks.

The Gaels won a resounding victory, 74–7. The February 11 Men’s Rugby match-up between Saint Mary’s College and Boston College helped spread awareness for mental health issues while bringing two institutions together that have current and past ties.

María Luisa Ruiz ’96 is more than a compassionate professor and student organization advisor; she is an inspiration, a m...
02/21/2024

María Luisa Ruiz ’96 is more than a compassionate professor and student organization advisor; she is an inspiration, a mentor, a big sister who helps students navigate complex student and campus politics.

María Luisa received the Saint John Baptist De La Salle Award, recognizing a staff or faculty member at SMC, at last month’s Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.

A professor of World Languages and Cultures, she is also director of the Institute for Latino and Latin American Studies, and has served as Interim Senior Diversity Officer.

Ruiz has a reputation for collaboration, cooperation, and forging intentional partnerships for the benefit not only of the whole student body, but also of faculty and staff.

“An institution of higher learning should be challenging, but it shouldn’t gatekeep.” she reflected. “When students leave here, they’ve gotten not just an education but they’ve built and established deep relationships not just with their classmates but with people that could be their mentors as they go forward.”

First-generation college students in general and Latinx students can depend on her to translate what it means to go to college and what they need to do to succeed; Ruiz also includes their parents in the process of learning in a wholly new and often intimidating environment.

We glad to call María Luisa Ruiz a Forever Gael and that she continues to make Saint Mary's a transformational place for today’s students!

Since we've been talking about men's basketball jersey retirements this month, it seems right to share these memories fr...
02/21/2024

Since we've been talking about men's basketball jersey retirements this month, it seems right to share these memories from Patrick Mills' number retirement on this day in 2015.

In addition to his monumental impact on-the-court for the Gaels, he has remained an ambassador for Saint Mary's College and represented our ideals of service, community, and leadership.

Whether playing in the NBA, for Australia in the Olympics, or championing Aboriginal and indigenous cultural and people - we're proud that Patty is a Gael!

“It’s a beautiful campus, but it is a small campus. “It’s part of what makes the story of Saint Mary’s’ success over the...
02/21/2024

“It’s a beautiful campus, but it is a small campus.

“It’s part of what makes the story of Saint Mary’s’ success over the past 23 years under Randy Bennett so remarkable.”

-Dave Fleming on ESPN2

02/21/2024

Gaels > Dons!
Longest win streak in the nation, 14 wins!
2-game lead in WCC with 3 to play!
👏👏👏👏

"Playing against Saint Mary's is like cleaning a bathroom floor with a toothbrush."
02/20/2024

"Playing against Saint Mary's is like cleaning a bathroom floor with a toothbrush."

Chip Patterson joins Zach Aldridge to discuss is St. Mary's is computer good or really good.

Did you know that President Gerald Ford is an Honorary Alumnus of Saint Mary's? Brother Mel presented the award to the f...
02/19/2024

Did you know that President Gerald Ford is an Honorary Alumnus of Saint Mary's? Brother Mel presented the award to the former president for his service as an officer in Saint Mary's Naval Pre-Flight School 1944-1945. "I have wonderful memories of my limited service at Saint Mary's," President Ford said at the time.

Gotta love a big league reunion 😃 Anthony Villa ‘16 is the Director of Player Development for the Baltimore Orioles and ...
02/19/2024

Gotta love a big league reunion 😃 Anthony Villa ‘16 is the Director of Player Development for the Baltimore Orioles and linked up with his former Gael teammate, Corbin Burnes, at Spring Training! Saint Mary's College Baseball

Alex Ducas with an all-timer of a quote about his half-court buzzer be**er yesterday. 🤣
02/17/2024

Alex Ducas with an all-timer of a quote about his half-court buzzer be**er yesterday. 🤣

Jock Landale! 👏His number 34 will forever hang in the rafters at UCU Pavilion.
02/16/2024

Jock Landale! 👏
His number 34 will forever hang in the rafters at UCU Pavilion.

Gaels🤝Giants ⚾️ Tue 4/23Saint Mary’s Night at the San Francisco Giants game is back! This year’s swag item is a co-brand...
02/15/2024

Gaels🤝Giants ⚾️ Tue 4/23

Saint Mary’s Night at the San Francisco Giants game is back! This year’s swag item is a co-branded beanie—perfect for foggy evenings in SF or the Moraga valley.

This annual event always sells out… so hurry to get your beanie and join the Saint Mary’s section in the bleachers!

🏟: https://fevo-enterprise.com/SMCGiants

10 years ago today, Delly had his  #4 retired and lofted to the rafters of UCU Pavilion! That night, Matthew Dellavedova...
02/15/2024

10 years ago today, Delly had his #4 retired and lofted to the rafters of UCU Pavilion! That night, Matthew Dellavedova returned to his home court and, with tears in his eyes, thanked the Gael faithful and praised Coach Randy Bennett and the Saint Mary's College Men's Basketball program.

That was Feb. 15, 2014. Exactly ten years later... we do it again with Jock Landale!

02/14/2024

Happy Valentine’s Day! How many Gaels were at your wedding? Bonus points for pictures!

02/14/2024

Marriage is not always 50-50 🫶 Sonya '78 & Jimmy Sanchez were married a week after Graduation and give a little more than they get.

Portland Gaels 🌲We had a blast with alumni, friends, and family in the Rose City this weekend! There’s no better way to ...
02/12/2024

Portland Gaels 🌲We had a blast with alumni, friends, and family in the Rose City this weekend! There’s no better way to get together with Gaels! ❤️💙

02/12/2024

Marriage is a team sport. 💞 Bill '68 and Lois Sonneman met while dancing at a Saint Mary's/Holy Names mixer back when both colleges were single-gender.

Ties between Saint Mary's and the San Francisco 49ers ties go way back. The Niners held training camp at Saint Mary's Co...
02/11/2024

Ties between Saint Mary's and the San Francisco 49ers ties go way back. The Niners held training camp at Saint Mary's College from 1955-1967.

"It was out in the boondocks in those days," said the equipment manager.

Pro football attracted a hearty crowd to Moraga. On game day in that first year, 1955, the tiny town of less than 9,000 was inundated with cumbersome traffic and a crush of sports fans all eager to get a glimpse of the 49ers.

The football facility at the time lacked bleacher seating, but an estimated 8,000 fans stood seven deep around the field in an effort to see the action. Many of them parked up to two miles away and walked to the scrimmage. Thousands more who were stuck in traffic gave up and headed home.

In today’s Super Bowl, we’re proud to say there are plenty of Gaels on the sidelines and behind the scenes for the San F...
02/11/2024

In today’s Super Bowl, we’re proud to say there are plenty of Gaels on the sidelines and behind the scenes for the San Francisco 49ers! They range from Max Molz ’18 assisting with coaching operations to Chris Steele ’09 serving as senior director in accounting, plus Andres Ott ’01 as director of engineering and Kendall Keyser ’22 on ticketing, among others. And as a 160-year-old institution with origins in San Francisco, we’re proud to be !

The Gaels:🔥12 straight wins🔥Won 17 of last 18🔥Undefeated 11-0 in league, one of two teams nationally🔥Undefeated 8-0 in t...
02/11/2024

The Gaels:
🔥12 straight wins
🔥Won 17 of last 18
🔥Undefeated 11-0 in league, one of two teams nationally
🔥Undefeated 8-0 in true road games
🔥Two-game lead at top of WCC

02/10/2024

From the slopes of Aspen to the Saint Mary's Chapel... Marty '68 and Sandy Noonan share their advice for newly-married couples from nearly a half century of marraige. 💖

Gael Love is in the air!💕As we approach Valentine's Day, we're looking forward to sharing heartwarming stories, videos, ...
02/10/2024

Gael Love is in the air!💕
As we approach Valentine's Day, we're looking forward to sharing heartwarming stories, videos, and conversation about Saint Mary's couples and romance. And we want to hear yours! So be on the look out for charming tales and get your own photos ready!

02/08/2024

"You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than becoming a federal judge." Get to know the Alumnus of the Year, Judge Troy Nunley '86. 🏛

"Saint Mary's provided me that deliberative process—you hear what other people have to say, they hear what you have to say, and you have to make sure you’re on point with your argument. I found my voice at Saint Mary’s."

Hunter Pence shouts out Orsi Vineyards and Bernie Orsi '65! 🍇
02/08/2024

Hunter Pence shouts out Orsi Vineyards and Bernie Orsi '65! 🍇

Snaps and smiles from last year in Portland 🤩 We're coming back again for a Pregame Party this Saturday before the Gaels...
02/08/2024

Snaps and smiles from last year in Portland 🤩 We're coming back again for a Pregame Party this Saturday before the Gaels and their 11-game win streak face the Pilots. Hope to see you in the PNW! http://e.givesmart.com/events/A5F

Alumnus of the Year: Hon. Troy Nunley ’86 ⚖️🏛The Honorable Troy Nunley has dedicated his professional career to public s...
02/07/2024

Alumnus of the Year: Hon. Troy Nunley ’86 ⚖️🏛

The Honorable Troy Nunley has dedicated his professional career to public service, working in the justice system. Judge Nunley currently sits on United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, after being appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013.

Nunley, a former prosecutor for the Alameda County and Sacramento County district attorney’s offices and a former deputy attorney general, also served as a Sacramento Superior Court judge from 2002 until his appointment to the federal bench. Judge Nunley was honored in May 2023 as Judge of the Year by the Sacramento County Bar Association.

Moreover, Judge Nunley has been mentoring, supporting, guiding, and developing attorneys and law students for years. In addition to being a law school professor at UC Davis, he serves as a mentor for law students at several universities, including Saint Mary’s.

Originally from San Francisco, Nunley attended Sacred Heart HS before graduating from Saint Mary's as an English major in 1986. Look for the video feature about Judge Nunley tomorrow!

We're proud of these Gaels! We celebrated outstanding graduates who the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony. The live i...
02/06/2024

We're proud of these Gaels! We celebrated outstanding graduates who the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.

The live interviews and video profiles provided a grand opportunity for the Saint Mary’s community to celebrate their accomplishments and to recognize the continued influence of Saint Mary's on the global stage.

Look for features about each of the awardees to be posted here over the next few weeks!

🔴Hon. Troy Nunley '86 - Federal Judge - Alumnus of the Year
🔵Annalouisa Gonzalez-Ortega '96 - HS teacher
🔴María Luisa Ruiz '96 - Saint Mary's professor
🔵Nishant Joshi MA '16 - Alameda Police Chief
🔴Holly Joshi MA '16, EdD '22 - Chief of Violence Prevention, Oakland
🔵Matt Maiocco - Athletics volunteer and ambassador, Honorary Alumnus

First day of spring semester! 🌦️ Students were excited to see friends and energy was high despite the on and off showers...
02/06/2024

First day of spring semester! 🌦️ Students were excited to see friends and energy was high despite the on and off showers. Here’s to a great spring term!

Odell Johnson '58 an all-time great Gael! Johnson is in the Saint Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame for his basketball caree...
02/05/2024

Odell Johnson '58 an all-time great Gael!

Johnson is in the Saint Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame for his basketball career. A decade after graduating, he returned to Saint Mary's as the Dean of Men and later the Dean of Student Affairs.

He later served other higher education institutions, including Vice President for Instruction at College of Alameda and an 18-year tenure as President of Laney College.

Happy Gael Birthday to our Alumni office’s own Bryan Navarro ‘10! You’ve probably seen Bryan at one of our events or aro...
02/04/2024

Happy Gael Birthday to our Alumni office’s own Bryan Navarro ‘10! You’ve probably seen Bryan at one of our events or around Saint Mary’s with a camera in his hand. Bryan oversees our digital media and communications, including all those helpful emails, noteworthy stories about alumni, and these social media accounts. Say hi and be sure he gets a pic of you when you’re at a SMC event or let him know of a cool story we can feature!

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