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Photos by Sue Wilkinson '76, courtesy Historic St. Mary's City

On Sunday, September 20, militia, clergy, historians, and 21st-century Marylanders met with the St. Mary's County sheriff atop the graves of their forebearers to take back history. In 1704, after the capital moved to protestant Annapolis, Maryland's royal governor ordered the sheriff to permanently lock the Catholic chapel. In a moment rife with symbolism, Sheriff Timothy Cameron unlocked Historic St. Mary's City's reconstructed chapel, and Opening the chapel doorsArchbishop Donald Wuerl and Reverend Ed Doughty heaved open the massive wooden doors. Dignitaries recalled the religious toleration and freedom of conscience written into Maryland law more than three centuries ago, and revived in our Constitution. Now, as a nation we strive to continue the dream that began here so long ago.

Randy Deltuva '06, Jeff Luoma '06, Matt Rowland '06, and Richard Barr '07.

Alumni Golf Tournament St. Mary's first Hawktober Festival golf tournament was held on October 2. Fiftyone golfers teed off at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station's Cedar Point golf course. "By hosting this event during the school year, we were able to include alumni as well as students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff. The early fall weather was perfect and the course was beautiful. Everyone had a lot of fun," said alumni director, Dave Sushinsky '02. Thank you to our sponsors who helped to make this event possible. All proceeds from the golf tournament support alumni activities and scholarships.

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Silver Sponsors
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Event Sponsors
Chesapeake Trophy & Awards
Cook's Liquors & Deli
Dan Burris Olde Towne Insurance
Jerry's Seafood
Scheible's Restaurant and Motel
Smokey Joe's Restaurant
Spinnaker's Waterfront Restaurant
St. James Deli & Spirits

New Appointment to Core Curriculum Ruth Feingold has been appointed assistant dean of the Core Curriculum where she will bring her energy and enthusiasm to the advising, academic policy, and other components of the Core Curriculum. Feingold has been a dynamic member of the College community since 1999 as a member of the Asian Studies faculty, coordinator of the women, gender, and sexuality studies program, member of the Nitze Scholars Program, and chair of the English department. Feingold has also led study tours and pursued research in England, Scotland, India, Japan, and New Zealand, and mentored a variety of student internships and independent studies.


Volume 6 of the College's SlackWater: A Journal on Environmental and Cultural Change in Southern Maryland's Tidewater, edited by Zachary Pajak '09, was published this past spring. "The Instant City," explores the social, political, and economic impact of the 1960s and '70s on the southern Maryland region through stories, interviews, photographs and artwork contributed by community members and students. The civil rights movement, women's rights, Vietnam, the space race, environmental activism, counterculture, and rock and roll music are among the narratives SlackWater explores. The issue is available at the Campus Bookstore and online at

New book by Bjorn Krondorfer

Björn Krondorfer, professor of religious studies and chair of the philosophy and religious studies department, has collected some of the best contemporary writings about the impact of men on religion into an anthology, Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism, A Critical Reader.

By studying medieval French love stories, Laine Doggett, associate professor of French, wrote Love Cures: Healing and Love Magic in Old French Romance, a book that analyzes the healing magical powers of love.

Ryan Grim '00, senior congressional correspondent for the Huffington Post and a former staff reporter for and the Washington City Paper, has written This Is Your Country on Drugs:the Secret History of Getting High in America. He and his wife, Elizan, live in Washington, D.C.

Iron HeartBrian Boyle, a senior at St. Mary's, wrote Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead, about his recovery from a devastating car accident.

Sterling Lambert, assistant professor of music, studied Franz Schubert's fascination with putting Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's poems to music in Re-Reading Poetry: Schubert's Multiple Settings of Goethe (Boydell & Brewer).

Donna Gitt ’05, archaeological field assistant at Historic St. Mary’s City, is shown here troweling in front of Anne Arundel Hall. She spent the summer working with Ruth Mitchell ’90 collecting data from excavations adjacent to Anne Arundel Hall.

Anne Arundel Hall Replacement Update

Luckily for all of us, Maryland's colonists left their mark in more than just documents over the centuries. As the College and the City move forward in the two-year design phase for the new Anne Arundel Hall replacement buildings, archaeology is the tie that binds. It's reflected in the smaller footprints of the proposed buildings as well as the dialogue between the two institutions and the local community.

Archaeologists from Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC) completed exploratory work around Anne Arundel Hall to guide the planning of the site's development for the HSMC interpretive center and the College's academic buildings. Preparation is underway to conduct a large-scale archaeological project in this area as there are known Native American period sites here in addition to 17th- and 8th-century sites. The Hicks-Mackall plantation stood in this area throughout the 18th century.

All-Region selection, Camontae Griffin, went to the hoop in St. Mary's 114-80 win over Stevenson University in January 2009.

Seahawk Men's Basketball

The 2009-10 Seahawk men's basketball team defended its 2008 Provident Bank Pride of Maryland Division III Men's Basketball Scholarship Tournament title when the tournament kicked off on November 20. The Seahawks began their defense against McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, served as the host site for the consolation and champonship bracket games on November 21 and 22. With returning first team All-CAC players Camontae Griffin '10 and Alex Franz '11, the Seahawks seek to nab the program's second berth in the NCAA tournament.

Women's Basketball

Women's basketball kicked off the 2009-10 campaign under third-year head coach Barb Bausch on November 17 with a non-conference contest at Catholic University. The Seahawks followed that up with their own Cherry Cove/Seahawk Tip-Off Tournament on November 20 and 21.

Seahawk Sailing team Left to right: Adam Werblow, Jennifer Chamberlin, Jesse Kirkland, Megan Magill, Michael Menninger, Michael Kuschner, and Bill Ward; front row (left to right): Madeline Jackson, Kelly Wilbur

Seahawk Sailing Team

The Seahawk sailing teams competed at the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championships at Harvard University and the Atlantic Coast Women's Championships at Brown University November 14-15. The sailing team won the 2009 ICSA/GILL Co-ed National Dinghy Sailing Championship at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on June 3, beating runner-up Yale by 20 points.

(Seahawk Sailing team Left to right: Adam Werblow, Jennifer Chamberlin, Jesse Kirkland, Megan Magill, Michael Menninger, Michael Kuschner, and Bill Ward; front row (left to right): Madeline Jackson, Kelly Wilbur.)

Cross Country Teams

Men's and women's cross country teams began their first season as varsity programs this fall. ARC director Tom Fisher, who has a background as a runner and triathelete, takes on the task of building up these new programs from scratch. These additions bring St. Mary's athletic offerings to 17 sports.

New Athletic Trainer

The athletic training staff named Jessica Pope new assistant athletic trainer on August 15, bolstering the training staff to three certified members. A 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech, Pope's background in nutrition will further enrich the expertise of the St. Mary's athletic staff.

Brie McDowell '09

Seahawk Women's Swim Team

Briana ‘Brie' McDowell '09, a three-year letter winner for the Seahawk women's swim team, was one of 132 NCAA female student athletes who received Woman of the Year recognition. A five-time NCAA All American with 12 school records, McDowell was selected by the athletic directors of the Capital Athletic Conference member institutions to represent the league on the national ballot.