Letter from the President of the Alumni Association

By SMU Alumni | spring 2016

During the last six months Saint Mary’s has celebrated many academic and athletic achievements. Our Burke-Gaffney Observatory has received accolades for taking space image requests from Twitter users and tweeting back pictures. Dr. Luigi Gallo, an Astronomy and Physics professor, has had a part in the Japanese launch of ASTRO-H, checking out black holes. And our Enactus Team continues to represent us well with five wins at the Regionals. Next stop is Toronto in May.

In sports, we have achieved three CIS Bronze medals in Women’s Hockey, Men’s Hockey, and Women’s Basketball. All are great accomplishments but seeing the success of the Women’s Team is especially heartwarming, considering that program was cancelled briefly five years ago. Congrats to Chris Larade, their coach, for being named CIS Coach of the year. 

At the Men’s first hockey game in the CIS championship, SMUSA invited 80 Syrian newcomers to attend the game. For all of these new Canadians, it was their first hockey game and an amazing experience! Huskie football players and interpreters helped give the guests the basics. In other football news, James Colzie III was recently welcomed as the new Huskies Coach.

I have only highlighted a few of the many accomplishments happening at your alma mater. It is a dynamic campus and an exciting time to be president. I especially enjoy my time with the students, our future alumni. To keep and to enhance all the wonderful programs and activities going on at Saint Mary’s, please consider giving back–no gift is ever too small.

Save these 2016 dates! August 18 – 40th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament; October 13 to 15 – Homecoming. 


Mary-Evelyn Ternan 
BA’69, BEd’70, MEd’88
President, Saint Mary’s University Alumni Association

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