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SMCM Senior Wins Governor's Cup

Gov Cup sailor

Under a brilliant Milky Way, participants of the 35th St. Mary's College of Maryland Governor's Cup Yacht Race made their way down the Chesapeake Bay, ending at the shores of St. Mary's City with a College winner.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, skipper and College senior Jeremy Hutchinson was awarded first place for his win aboard Meridian, a Taylor 40, in the PHRF A-O class, with a corrected elapsed time of 0/12:42:30.0. This is the first time in over a decade that a student boat has entered the Governor's Cup, as well as the first time a student boat has won the A-O class, which is made up of the largest and fastest boats.

Also on board: Teddy Turner Jr., a former member of the St. Mary's College Board of Trustees, and alumni Justin Bates ('06), Colin Woods ('05), Mark Allegrini ('05), Walter Prause ('99) and Tyler Keyworth ('08).

Two Who Treasure History Retire

Charles Spurr

Charles Spurr joined the Psychology Department in 1981, but it wasn't long before John Underwood, now retired as vice-president emeritus for administration, plucked him from the classroom and asked him to head the new Office of Institutional Research. Charles wrote the grant that resulted in the College becoming the test site for Epson microcomputers, and he set up the first labs on campus. The computers, of course, became critical for institutional research.

"Many will not know just how important institutional research is to the life of a college," Underwood recently wrote Mulberry Tree, "or how fortunate St. Mary's has been to have had the service of Charles Spurr. As director of Institutional Research, he ran an office of unassailable integrity. The data that he and his staff provided served as the foundation for many institutional decisions, from determining budgets to securing accreditation."

The result of the data-gathering was the annual, indispensable Factbook, first published in 1987. In his retirement, Charles plans to devote his time to musical composition.

Janet Haugaard

Janet Haugaard came to the College in 1987 as writer and assistant to President Ted Lewis. In the late 1960s and early '70s, the two had shared a faculty office in the English Department at the University of Puerto Rico. In the 1990s, tasked by Lewis to improve the writing coming out of administrative offices, she embarked on a series of workshops, and much of the material from these ended up in a style guide she dubbed The Quick Fix: Helps for Office Writing. After Lewis left, she became executive editor and writer in the new Publications Office, and around this time she noticed that too much of the College's remarkable history had been degraded into outright - even comical - misinformation and myth. In 2007, she and Sue Wilkinson at Historic St. Mary's City put out a desk reference that briefly traces the history of both the College and the City (St. Mary's: A "When-Did?" Timeline).

In her retirement, Janet, who was named "editor emerita," will continue research on the 25 years M. Adele France developed the old seminary high school into a junior college. Says President O'Brien, "We owe Janet Haugaard our deepest thanks. If asked, she would tell us that she is owed nothing: her reward has been in the story gathering."

New Facilities on Campus

Glendening Hall

The campus has expanded with the opening of the River Center, which will be home to all waterfront activities and the St. Mary's River Project, and in January, Glendening Hall, which will house the student services areas. Glendening, located adjacent to the Athletics and Recreation Center, is named after the former Maryland governor, Parris N. Glendening, in recognition of his dedication to improving higher education. The 25,940-square-foot brick building will house the registrar's office, residence life offices, human resources, the business office, financial aid, career services, academic services, international education, and associate provost offices. The building "will be a model for how educational services are provided," says President O'Brien. "We want to minimize students' time and maximize their opportunities."

Many of you may remember a corrugated fiberglass A-frame near the Health Center that sat for decades housing one of Maryland's most important historic sites, the St. John's Freehold. The fiberglass is finally gone and in September Historic St. Mary's City opened the St. John's Site Museum near the Health Center. This stunning building was home to Maryland's first legislative assembly and other events that shaped the state's legacy of liberty.

EPA Ranks College #2

Efforts by the College to reduce energy consumption are paying off, literally.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named St. Mary's the number-two ranked college for total amount of green power purchased during the EPA's yearlong College and University Green Power Challenge. Colby College was rated number one. Universities were ranked separately.

More than 80 schools were evaluated to see if their purchases of green kilowatt hours qualified them for the competition.

A student-led referendum led to an agreement to fund the purchase of renewable energy credits for 100 percent of the school's annual electricity consumption. Students voted to tax themselves $45,000 a year and put the funds toward lowering the college's carbon footprint. The College was the first public institution in the State of Maryland and one of only a handful of colleges nationwide to adopt such clean-energy standards.

Solomon the Seahawk

Solomon Seahawk

The College has a new mascot to help cheer our teams to victory - Solomon the Seahawk. The feisty black and white bird of prey will be at the home athletic events to lead us in the Hawk wave.

Twain painters

We can thank the Class of 2008's senior class gift for Solomon. The common name of the seahawk, or osprey, is derived from the Latin ossifragus, or "bone-breaker."

So, look out, opposing teams!

With brushes and laughter, high school students from Alba, Italy, painted the campus swing set during their visit this summer to mark the completion of their course on author Mark Twain, taught by Professor of English Ben Click, seen here lounging in a manner Tom Sawyer would be so proud of.