On Monday, Feb. 22, the Presidential Search committee announced that it had selected Dr. Joseph Urgo as the next College president.The announcement marked the culmination of a search which began last April and restarted last October after all of the previous candidates withdrew. Urgo will join the College on July 1, 2010.
On Saturday, Feb. 13 former Maryland poet laureate and St. Mary’s Professor Lucille Clifton passed away unexpectedly from a bacterial infection at age 73.
After one of the largest snowstorms to ever hit Southern Maryland left the entire campus buried under more than a foot of snow, staff and administrators were left with the monumental task of getting the campus back to normal.
About 40 students and staff and two College administrators jumped into the St. Mary’s River on Thursday, Feb. 18 by the River Center as part of the annual Polar Bear Splash. Proceeds gathered from the event supported relief for victims of Haiti’s earthquake.
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John Prendergast, Former Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and co-founder of the Enough Project, gave his second of three public lectures as the Senior Nitze Fellow on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
During the Board of Trustees meeting on Saturday, Feb. 20, sophomore Maurielle Stewart was announced as the Student Trustee-in-training for the 2010-2011 school year. She will take over the position of Student Trustee for the 2011-2012 school year.
In front of a large audience of St. Mary’s students, professors, and community members, College professors Jeffrey Byrd and Andy Koch presented the complicated science and subtle art behind beer brewing, as part of the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series, Jan. 17.
Anthropologist and ethnographer Dr. H. Russell Bernard visited St. Mary’s College on Monday, February 15, 2010 to lecture on “The Secret Life of Social Science.” He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Anthropologist journal anda recipient of the Franz Boas Award from the American Anthropological Association.