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placeholder  September 7, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
College Information Guide

More than 660 first-year students moved into their residence halls on the Moraga campus
on Aug. 27.

All: COURTESY photos SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA

Wowing freshmen at Saint Mary's

Student volunteers – 160 sophomores, juniors and seniors – swooped in to help unload the cars of first-year students and carry boxes, books and college gear to the new student's residence hall.

WoW!

That's what they call the Weekend of Welcome at Saint Mary's College of California. More than 660 first-year students moved into their residence halls on the Moraga campus on Aug. 27 with the assistance of another Saint Mary's tradition – the Wowies.

Student volunteers – 160 sophomores, juniors and seniors – swooped in to help unload the cars of first-year students and carry boxes, books and college gear to the new student's residence hall.

The incoming "Gaeltastic" class of 2019 reflects a highly diverse, smart and engaged group — 47 percent are from the Bay Area, 11 percent from Southern California, 18 percent from out of state, and 3 percent hail from 12 different countries. Twenty-four percent of the class were admitted with Honors or Presidential Scholarships, more than 40 percent arrive with AP credits and the middle 50 percent of GPAs ranged from 3.4 to 3.9.

WoW activities include a Welcome Mass, resource fair, carnival, convocation, campus recreation pool party and a farewell barbecue for families.

With their families back at home, or on their way, the first-year students engage in a Saturday of Service. They get firsthand experience with Saint Mary's mission of service by volunteering to provide community service in neighborhoods across the Bay Area. Students boarded buses to do volunteer work at the Alameda Point Collaborative in Alameda, Contra Costa Food Bank in Concord, EcoVillage Farm in Richmond and Urban Farmers in Lafayette.

Back on campus, new students were invited to take part in the distinctively sloppy but fun tradition of painting the large SMC letters on the hill overlooking the campus. No brushes are allowed; students use only their hands.

More information about Saint Mary's College, see www.stmarys-ca.edu.

 
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