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This past August, Jane "BJ" Howard-Jasper spent some time in Maryland visiting family and friends including Jo Boner Holland '46HS/'48 and her husband, Dick. The threesome had lunch at the Crab Shanty Restaurant in Ellicott City, where, in Jo's words, a "goodly number of delicious Maryland crab cakes were consumed." BJ lives in Bradenton, Florida.


Members of the Class of 1948 were on the road visiting classmates this past June. First, Marcie Prince Campbell and her husband, Ken, made the trek north from their home in Lake Placid, Florida, to visit family and friends in Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. They stopped to see Jo Boner Holland and her husband, Dick, at their home in Ellicott City, and the next day visited Vivian Gabler Aldridge and her husband, David, in Solomons. Marcie and Ken returned to Florida via Amtrak's Auto Train. Babs Ross Ryan, from Grainger,Indiana, was the next to visit Jo and Dick. This was followed by a lunch get-together with Pat Anthony Blake and Peg Fowler Carter. Babs made it a point to dine on Maryland crabs whenever possible before returning to Indiana. 

Class of 1974


The Class of 1974 celebrated its 35th anniversary at this year's reunion weekend. When this class entered September 14, 1970, it doubled the size of the student body. Class agents Susan Kary Ford, Theresa LaValley Levy, Terry Shawn, Meg Nalls Davidson and Bonnie Green succeeded in getting many of their classmates to attend, as can be seen in this photo taken after the reunion crab feast.


The knees of Wayne Cook and his father, Dick, were featured in an article about knee replacement surgery in the Winter 2009 issue of Waterfront, a publication of Harbor Hospital in Baltimore. Prior to surgery, Dick Cook, who refereed college basketball for nearly 30 years, could hardly walk, and now he's back on the golf course. Wayne says the surgeries were "really life changing." His new knees are designed to handle a very active lifestyle which is exactly what he wanted. The Cooks live in Hollywood, Maryland.


Peter Rivers, historical buildings curator for Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC), was profiled in a May 1, 2009, Enterprise newspaper article, "Artifacts, old buildings handled with care...Scraping, scrubbing and scratching aim to conserve, preserve and restore." As he described it in the article, his "job is to recreate history and restore buildings to their original form, often working from nothing more than a foundation." Peter also teaches a course in conjunction with the College on building reconstruction. His students learn how to build and evaluate ghost frames, those "4-by-4 foot structures that look unfinished... and mark archaeological sites" throughout HSMC. Peter and his wife, Sylvia Vieth Rivers '78, live in Lexington Park.

Members of the Classes of 1983 and 1984 pose for a group photo during this year's reunion weekend. They are, from left to right; Connie Corcoran Lichtfuss '84, Caroline Loker Braun '83, Katherine Rose Hoyle '83, Monique LaFlamme Fitzhugh '83, Catherine Gravlin Kelly '83, and Mary Grace Brown '84.


Angela Goldring Dion recently published her third book, Let's Talk about Race: A workbook for safe, honest and productive group discussions. In 2007, she left her job as an addictions counselor to launch her business, Dion Communications, LLC, where she is a motivational speaker, professional writing coach, author, and editor. In August 2009, the Chance Meeting Geoff Batchelder '86 and Anne Ballenger '87 ran into one another while lining up to receive their Ph.D. diplomas (his in philosophy, hers in anthropology) at Catholic University of America's Spring 2009 commencement in Washington, D.C. As Geoff writes, "We had not seen each other since our student days at St. Mary's, and were amazed to discover that we had both been at Catholic working on our degrees for over a decade. We chatted nearly non-stop during the ceremony, and reminisced about our dear friends and the fun we had in the good old days." Adds Anne: "We just liked the wonderful way life threw us together that day despite all those chance opportunities to see each other on campus." She received both her master's and doctorate from Catholic. Her dissertation focused on how a group of women 55 and older practice the prevention of illness in their everyday lives. Anne may be contacted at Geoff is at Charles County Commission appointed her to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inter-Group Relations. As a black woman, part of a 20+ year interracial marriage, and mother of a biracial son, Angela knows firsthand how delicate the issue of race can be. Her passion, to make race a comfortable topic for everyone to discuss, led her to start a blog called Let's Talk about Race ( "I want to get you talking about race openly, honestly and safely with your family, friends and coworkers," she says. Angela and her family live in Waldorf.

Barry Friedman is one of 26 community leaders from Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert counties to graduate from the first session of Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM), a nine-month program focused on fostering better collaboration among public and private sector leaders in Southern Maryland. Issues worked on included land use, transportation, healthcare, economic development, education and the defense industry. Barry is senior vice-president and regional manager for PNC Mortgage and lives with his wife in St. Mary's City.


Tammy Gage Butler is the inaugural head coach of the new women's lacrosse program at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Division II team will begin varsity play in 2010. Prior to this, she was assistant coach for the Hood College women's lacrosse and field hockey teams, and Hood's director of major gifts and gift planning. A three-sport athlete at St. Mary's, Tammy was inducted into St. Mary's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. She began her coaching career at St. Mary's from 1991-96, earning the Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1994. Before coaching at Hood, she was the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Division I Columbia University. Tammy and her family live in Frederick.

Chance Meeting

Geoff Batchelder '86 and Anne Ballenger '87 ran into one another while lining up to receive their Ph.D. diplomas (his in philosophy, hers in anthropology) at Catholic University of America's Spring 2009 commencement in Washington, D.C. As Geoff writes, "We had not seen each other since our student days at St. Mary's, and were amazed to discover that we had both been at Catholic working on our degrees for over a decade. We chatted nearly non-stop during the ceremony, and reminisced about our dear friends and the fun we had in the good old days." Adds Anne: "We just liked the wonderful way life threw us together that day despite all those chance opportunities to see each other on campus." She received both her master's and doctorate from Catholic. Her dissertation focused on how a group of women 55 and older practice the prevention of illness in their everyday lives. Anne may be contacted at Geoff is at


It has been 20 years since Julie Croteau broke the gender line in 1989 by becoming the first woman to play in an NCAA baseball game, starting at first base for the Seahawks. In 1988, she and her family sued her high school for the right to play baseball citing gender discrimination but lost the case in U.S. District Court. However, at St. Mary's she played for three years, posting a .222 batting average her freshman year and a career average of .171. After college, she played professional women's baseball for the Colorado Silver Bullets; and the next season she and a teammate became the first and apparently only women to play in a Major League Baseball-sanctioned league, the Hawaiian Winter Baseball League. She was the first woman to coach a Division I men's baseball team at the University of Massachusetts and later worked for Major League Baseball. In 2004, she was the third base coach for the U.S Women's National Team, which won the gold medal at the World Cup of Baseball. Today, her college glove and photo are in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Julie married Chris Pepe in 2001 and they have two children, Sofia, 6, and Lorenzo, 4. She works in marketing and communications at Stanford University. The family lives outside San Francisco.


Lauren Matukaitis Broyles, shown here with her husband, John, and children, Zoe and Elliott, received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh April 26, 2009. She is continuing herpostdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Her research is on improving the identification and management of alcohol use disorders. 

Jennifer ThomasJennifer Thompson Thomas is the first archivist for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new library and archives being built on the Cuyahoga Community College Campus a mile from the museum in Cleveland. The archives include audio and video recordings, personal papers, business records and much more from influential musicians. An example of “the much more” is a dreadlock from Bob Marley, says Jennie. This is her “dream job,” she says, combining her interests in music and archiving. For nine years, she was archivist and special collections librarian for Albion College in Michigan. This past summer, she received a master of arts in the humanities from Central Michigan University. Jennie and her husband of 10 years, Kevin, live in Cleveland.


Steve Swisdak, senior historian and litigation research division deputy director for History Associates, Inc., in Rockville, recently authored two articles in legal publications on the value of historical research to environmental attorneys. For more than 25 years, his company has provided historical research, book-length histories, exhibit content, interpretative planning, and archives and records management to corporate, government, and non-profit clients. Steve says it's "one of the few places outside of academia where one can make a decent living doing history. I'm pleased that I've been able to convince the company to hire a relatively large number of St. Mary's grads, as it's always nice to compare notes about the school across generations." Currently, Carly Swaim '07 and Halley Fehner '08 work with Steve.

Tim and Katie ZappTim Zapp and Katie Beck Zapp are living in Fort Collins, Colorado, after spending six years in Florida. Tim was promoted to claims center manager for EAN Services, Inc., a division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He's worked for the company since graduation. Katie is a stay-at-home mom to their two children, Allison, 8, and Justin, 5. As you can see from the photo, the Zapp family is enjoying the change, but they miss the beach. They look forward to catching up with fellow alums in the Fort Collins area.


Erin Sines has joined the Chicago staff of the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation as program officer in the population and reproductive health area, which works to reduce maternal mortality and advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. Erin has worked on these issues since graduating from St. Mary's, first in Latin America and then at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C. Erin has a master's degree in public health from Columbia University.


Michael Becraft is now assistant professor of professional studies at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.


Eric Herrmann graduated from Harvard Law School in June 2009. He works for Klein Hornig LLP, an affordable housing and community development firm. His wife, Kate Greene '00, works at the global health non-profit, Partners in Health, as its Haiti finance manager. The couple lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Bridgette Hagerty received her doctorate in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), in December 2008. Her dissertation focused on the population genetics of the Mojave Desert tortoise. She is continuing her research on desert reptiles and amphibians at UNR where she also was named a post-doctoral scholar. She is developing an ecology and evolution course, and an introduction to biology class for non-majors, which she'll be teaching at UNR in Spring 2010.

ShannonTom Shannon is investigating the effects of global warming, storm surges, and flooding on salt marshes and bottomland forests for his postdoctoral work at Tulane University. After he graduated from St. Mary’s, Tom was a carpenter at Historic St. Mary’s City before going to graduate school at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in ecology in 2007 where, as he says, “I delved deeper into the mysteries of the flatworm/algal symbiosis that I began work on at St. Mary’s.” Tom lives in New Orleans.


Catrina Trainor Adams successfully defended her doctorate dissertation in April 2009 and the following month began working as an instructor for the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. Currently, she is working on a National Science Foundationfunded field science training program for high school students. She's also teaching classes on a wide range of subjects from primitive technology to outdoor skills to botanical illustration to ethnobotany, as well as setting up archaeological surveys and digs at sites at the reserve. Cat writes, "So far, the job seems like a great fit!"

Davida Ofori Bortmes has been in private practice for two years. Her firm, Bortmes Legal Services, LLC, ( located in Bowie, provides representation in the areas of domestic relations/family law, contracts and civil litigation, criminal defense, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, wills and trusts, and personal injury. Davida and her husband, Matthew Bortmes '98, live in Anne Arundel County.

Through Georgetown University's Department of Medicine, Jessica Schickling Pamer is doing her residency in internal medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. A March 2008 graduate of the Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies, she is applying for a fellowship in pulmonary & critical care medicine. Jessica and her husband, Daniel, live in Crofton.

Megan SinesMegan Sines is the Western Region conservation easement planner for the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET). A native of Garrett County, she first joined the MET in 2005, helping to revive the Volunteer Monitoring Program. She also serves on the Board of the Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association. Megan is finishing her master's degree in geography and environmental planning from Towson University and lives in Baltimore County where she finally has room to grow a garden.


Daniel Fisher is the director of government affairs and associate counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), an international trade association representing companies such as Caterpillar and John Deere. He joined the association in March 2009 after serving four years on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA). In his new job, Daniel is one of AED's primary Capitol Hill lobbyists focused on infrastructure, tax, and labor issues. A 2005 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and a member of the District of Columbia Bar, he lives in Arlington.


Lauren Franke commutes to work by boat. An environmental specialist for the Maryland Environmental Service, she works on Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Lauren is responsible for a variety of environmental monitoring activities as part of the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project to restore the island's land mass to its approximate 1847 footprint by using dredged material from Baltimore Harbor. Lauren says she's definitely using the water quality monitoring skills learned in biology classes, and enjoys being part of efforts to protect bay resources. Lauren
lives in Easton.

Wendy Povitsky Stickle received her Ph.D. in May 2009 from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Maryland College Park. She works for a private research firm, Westat, in Rockville. Wendy and her husband of four years, Bill, live in Gaithersburg.


Bonnie Beavan was named 2009 Teacher of the Year by the Thomas W. Anthony Chapter of the Maryland State Air Force Association. This annual award recognizes "classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics." She teaches math at Spring Ridge Middle School in Lexington Park, and was recognized last year as the St. Mary's County Public School Teacher of the Year.

Todd BrooksTodd Brooks, a bankruptcy associate at the Baltimore law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP, is pleased to announce his engagement to Jocelyn Lynch, a graduate of Towson University and a marketing associate at Charm City Concierge. A May 2010 wedding is planned in Baltimore where they live.

Emily Lawrence works for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as a recreation therapist for soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She received her master's of science degree in recreation administration in 2006 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Emily lives in Washington, D.C. 


Daniel "Gordo" Gordon was a member of the U.S. Rugby Team that participated in the 18th World Maccabiah Games July 12-23, 2009, in Israel. These games, with more than 9,000 athletes from over 50 countries, are second in size only to the Olympics. The U.S. rugby team beat Canada 34-14, and beat Chile 90-5, before losing to Great Britain 3-16. It then beat Israel 43-3 to take the bronze medal. Gordo says this was a "pretty special achievement" because Israel fields a national team in almost every event. Gordo has been training for the upcoming U.S. rugby season and trying to get his team to the national championships in Colorado. He says he's also trying to volunteer more. "The trip to Israel, if nothing else, does a good job of encouraging a sense of community and a desire to contribute something beyond your personal achievements in the games."

Patrick Allen


Patrick Allen held his first solo photography exhibition this fall at the Russell Cather Levi Gallery in Annapolis, where he is director. The exhibition showcased three of his collections: "Floating Heavy" aerial photographs from North America; "Tearing the Pages Up," digital collages with poetry by Darrion Siler; and photographs of local, regional, and national subjects. After earning an art history and philosophy degree at St. Mary's, Patrick was aerial photographer for Air Photos Plus, traveling around North America. He also interned at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's photography department. To see examples of his work, visit

Meredith Stallman Johnson and her husband, Brent, won a "trunk of treasures" worth over $1,500 as part of Maryland's 375th birthday celebration. For Meredith, it was the handmade leather 17th-century style traveling trunk crafted by local Old Order Mennonite craftsmen that drew her to the Meredith Stallman Johnsoncontest. "I was a history major at St. Mary's, and I love the history behind the style of the trunk." The couple's good luck continues. Shortly after they won, they found out they are expecting their first child in February 2010. They both work at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and live in California, Maryland.

Rachel Laribee moved to Kurdistan in September 2009 and teaches at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. She's most excited about teaching English and economics to Kurdish and Arab women at the university level for the next two years. She went to Kurdistan because she believes, "The best way to spread democracy and development throughout the world is through education, thus the education of women in Iraq is essential for their future and for ours." She graduated from American University in December 2008 with a master's degree in international development. Rachel can be contacted at ralaribee@gmailcom.

Jonathan Neely relocated to Los Angeles in 2007 to go to Abraham Lincoln University's School of Law. He also runs his own mortgage company, Global Management & Consulting. He would enjoy hearing from old friends at

Stephanie ThompsonStephanie Thompson was surprised by boyfriend Charlie Hall with a romantic dinner and an engagement ring April 10, 2009. The couple met in June 2006 while playing volleyball. Kate Fritz '05, future maid of honor, reports the wedding is scheduled for May 2011, somewhere in Maryland overlooking the water. The couple lives in Annapolis. 


Turns out Alex Pyzik was not only a standout on the St. Mary's soccer field, but can watch sports for a very long time. This past January, Alex set an unofficial world record for most continuous hours of televised sports watching and almost won the 2009 ESPN Zone's "Ultimate Couch Potato" contest. Competitors in three cities sat in recliners and watched continuous hours of televised sports. In New York, the contest ended after a mere 19 hours, 48 minutes and 18 seconds, but in Baltimore, Alex and a 26-year-old woman watched for 70 hours and 40 seconds. He received a recliner, $200 in gift certificates, a jersey, and the trophy-a real potato. Alex will be back at Baltimore's ESPN Zone January 1, 2010, to defend his record.


Jay Fleming of Annapolis won the Annual Student Art Exhibit's Joseph Marion Gough, Jr. Excellence in Art Award in May for his photograph, "Osprey." The award is given annually by a committee from the Leonardtown PNC Bank who, along with other local business leaders in the county, made up the jury for the student art show. At 21, Fleming already has nine magazine covers and many other photographs in a variety of publications, including several issues of the Mulberry Tree, the College's SlackWater Journal, and two outdoor HeritageScape signs at the College.

When Debra Knott graduated in May, it was the culmination of a 15-year journey to earn an undergraduate degree in chemistry. The College's Debra KnottDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry selected her to receive the 2009 American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Award from the Maryland Section of the ACS. A single mother of three, she worked full-time, cared for her family, and commuted over an hour each way to take classes part-time at St. Mary’s. Debra works for the Department of the Navy in Indian Head, as a physical science technician where she conducts thermal analyses used to evaluate energetic and inert materials, and soon will be promoted to a chemist position. Debra and her family live in LaPlata.

Bonnie McCubbin wrote her award-winning St. Mary’s Project on the history of the first Methodist college in the world, Cokesbury College in Abingdon, Maryland, and in the process may have solved the mystery of who burned the college down in 1795. What Bonnie McCubbinstarted out as an assignment for an historic preservation course ended up being over one hundred pages of thorough research. She also uncovered a letter from Bishop Frances Asbury suggesting his most vocal critic, James O’Kelly, an itinerant preacher, may have been the culprit. “There’s definitely more work that can be done on all this,” she says, but she’ll leave that to others. Bonnie began studying for the ministry this fall at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

April PavisApril Pavis is working on her master’s degree in library science at the University of Maryland, College Park. The university awarded her a graduate assistantship that will cover her 2009-2010 tuition and will pay her an additional stipend for working 20 hours a week at the College’s library. April aspires to become a young-adult librarian.

Emma Prasher is teaching high school science and math en français in the village of Tougouri in Burkina Faso, West Africa, for the Peace Corps. Emma is helping revitalize Burkina Faso’s educational system by introducing a new learning and teaching perspective, improving the quality of teaching, developing and revising teaching materials, Emma Prasherworking to reduce regional and gender discrepancies, and promoting girls’ education. Emma writes, “It sounds like a big job, but I am ready!” She expects to be there until August 2011 and would really enjoy hearing from folks as “contact from the United States is like Christmas over here!” Emma’s progress can be tracked on her blog, Her address is

Emily Smithson was one of three collegiate athletes to win a 2009 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship. A four-year starter for the College’s field hockey team, Emily ranks eighth Emily Smithsonall-time with 42 career points, and tenth with 15 career goals. Emily, a psychology major with a minor in educational studies, graduated magna cum laude. She is doing her post-graduate work at James Madison University in the School of Psychology, where she is a graduate assistant in the educational technology and media center with the intent to work as a public school psychologist.

From left: Julie Hocker, Judy Gallagher, Paul Shinkman, Giselle Rahn, and Brittany Toscano

K Street Gang

Student trustees from the classes of 2004-2008 met for a caffeine fix at a spot on K Street NW in downtown Washington, D.C., near where they worked. All five credit their unique trustee positions at St. Mary's to much of their early professional success.

Judy Gallagher '04, who majored in political science and public policy, received her degree from Ava Maria School of Law and is now an associate at Sidley Austin LLP.

Julie Hocker '05, who majored in economics and political science, now works for the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has been admitted to the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Paul Shinkman '06, who majored in political science and minored in French, is a freelance writer and editorial aide at the Washington Examiner. "While I was delighted to learn so many fellow ‘studs trust' work within a few blocks of my office, I was hardly surprised. I frequently bump into fellow graduates, even in seemingly obscure parts of the globe. And it's particularly helpful in a job that continuously requires sources to have steady access to intelligent people."

Giselle Rahn '07 majored in archaeology and sociology and is now a program assistant at the Public Policy Department, National Trust for Historic Preservation. "About once a week I'm reminded of what a small world it is by running into an alum. The sense of community I valued so deeply as a student lingers long after graduation when you live In a town with so many St. Mary's graduates-partly why I moved back after a brief stint in the Midwest!"

Brittany Toscano '08 majored in English and political science and is communications coordinator for Alenia North America, the American subsidiary of an Italian aviation and aerospace company.

Four Maryland state judges

Four alums have been laying down the law this past decade as Maryland state judges.

John F. Slade III '64 earned his associate degree here before St. Mary's was a four-year college; he earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, and his law degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Slade's long career of service to Southern Maryland ranges from being a public defender in St. Mary's County to representing the county in the House of Delegates for 16 years during which he was a member of the task force that developed the affiliation between Historic St. Mary's City and the College. Slade was appointed associate judge for the District Court of Maryland in 1999, retiring in 2009.

Michael J. Stamm '78 was a history major who earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He taught in the St. Mary's County public schools for 12 years, became an assistant state's attorney in 1992 and then deputy state's attorney in 1999. Stamm has served as associate judge for St. Mary's County since 2006. He is currently a member of our Alumni Council.

Althea M. Handy '79 was an economics major here, went on to get her Juris Doctorate at the University of Baltimore, and served 15 years as a city prosecutor until her appointment as associate judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court in 2002. She's been a member of our Board of Trustees since 2003.

Sherrie R. Bailey '81 majored in human development at St. Mary's, went to Notre Dame for her law degree, served as a state's attorney in Baltimore City for 22 years, and then assistant public defender for Baltimore County for three years before she was appointed associate judge of the Baltimore County Circuit Court in 2009.

Left to right: Former President Jane Margaret O'Brien, Jim Grube, Peg Duchesne '77, Steve Petrucelli, David Sushinsky '02, and Paul Schultheis '98

Honorary Alumni

The following individuals earned the distinguished title of Honorary Alumnus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland by the Alumni Council Scholarship and
Recognition Committee:

Steve Petruccelli
In 1981, on a mild winter afternoon, Steve’s brother, John, died after his bicycle was hit by a drunk driver during his senior year at St. Mary’s. The Petruccelli family founded a scholarship to honor John’s memory. Funding of it began as an annual bike race, and then evolved into the popular run/walk event it is today. This year’s race was run October 3rd through scenic Historic St. Mary’s City. Steve and his parents rarely miss the event. When the Petruccelli scholarship recipient is recognized during the annual awards convocation ceremony, it is often Steve who bestows the scholarship upon the student who emulates the characteristics of the late John Petruccelli.

Jim Grube
Since Jim’s arrival at St. Mary’s in 1996, he has immersed himself in a myriad of College activities and has become an active member of the local community. Jim, husband of former College President Maggie O’Brien, is a master at making an impact behind-the-scenes. His unassuming personality is one of his endearing characteristics and all who know him appreciate his contributions, seen and unseen, to the College and the community.

Lunch with alums from ’58-’61

Last spring, Dave Sushinsky ’02, director of alumni relations and planned giving, enjoyed lunch at the Imperial Hotel and Restaurant in Chestertown, Maryland, with, from left to right, Dallas Plugge Dean ’60, Anita “Sissy” Sutton Williams ’58, Betty Lou Short McLennan ’59 (HS) ’61 (JC), and Dot Payne Ream ’59.

Explore with us!

The Office of Lifelong Learning offers three intriguing international explorations in 2010. For more information, contact the Office of Lifelong Learning at (240) 895-2200 or Arrangements by Cole Travel.

February 14 – March 10, 2010 

This tour will be lead by Frank van Aalst, retired professor of world history. He has lived and traveled extensively in India and is familiar with all of Indiathe places to be visited.

The trip will begin in Delhi, take the Palace on Wheels through Rajasthan, move to Banaras for the second week, visit Udaipur in the third week, and end in Mumbai (Bombay). The cost of the trip will be $6,350 for all travel and accommodation.

May 21 – June 1, 2010

Paul Matthai ’74 will lead a cultural photographic vacation to Alba and Venice. This tour is intended for people of all levels of interest and accomplishment in both film and digital photography. Participants will learn about photographic composition and portfolio development Italywhile enjoying a journey that captures the essence of Italy. Matthai teaches photography at the Smithsonian Institution and lectures on photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

May 2010

albaStay in Alba enjoying daily concerts featuring SMCM’s faculty and Chamber Singers, wine tasting, a castle luncheon,
and a visit to Turin.