Jeffrey Morris, '95

Father Placid MorrisFather Placid Morris, '95 (center)

Ordained priest as a Cistercian Monk

On October 18, 2013, on the Feast of Saint Luke, Brother Placid Morris (Jeffrey Morris, '95) was ordained a priest at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in the Sacramento Valley town of Vina. Father Morris was born in 1973 in Pasadena, CA, entered Vina in 2000 and made his solemn profession as Brother Placid Morris in 2006. committing himself to a lifetime of prayer and contemplation.

"I never doubted my calling all these years, because it became less about myself and more about the path to be more like Christ," he said in an e-mail interview before his solemn profession. "My hope for myself is to keep on growing in my vocation and ever deepening my bonds with my community and of growing more in union with God."

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Noah Friedman-Biglin, '05

Alum earns philosophy Ph.D.

noahbiglinNoah Friedman-Biglin (Integral class of '05) recently completed a PhD in philosophy at the Arché Philosophical Research Center at the University of St Andrews, in St Andrews, Scotland, where he has been living since 2009.  His dissertation was entitled “Carnap's Conventionalism: Logic, Science, and Tolerance”, and in it he gave a defense of the conventionalist theory of logic and mathematics, based in the philosopher Rudolf Carnap's principle of tolerance.  While the work he has done so far is primarily historical, Noah intends to use the foundation laid there to continue work on a 'tolerant' foundation for mathematics.  The dissertation was supervised by professors Peter Milne (University of Stirling) and Peter Clark (St Andrews), and it was examined by professors Phillip Ebert (Stirling) and Richard Creath (Arizona State University).  Noah is looking forward to presenting some of the results of his work at the LOGICA conference this summer in Czech Republic.

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Julianne Slate, '13

Jazz Band Members Honored at CSU Festival

julianneAt the CSU East Bay Annual Jazz Festival, members of the SMC Jazz Band, directed by John Maltester, won Outstanding Musicianship in Performance awards. They include: trumpeter Ross Venneberg, pianist Brenden Buller and drummer Vinnie Rodriguez, plus the entire saxophone section - Ryan Lonergan, Francesca Enea, Jessica Porter, Ron Zelaya, Joe Gutierrez, Julianne Slate, Ryan Samaan and Matt Ferriera.

Sarah Marlett, '13

Senior Ballet Dancer Honored

MARLETT3Valley Dance Theatre will present its 2013 spring repertory production, Ballet Masterworks, on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater. The theater is located at 2400 First Street in Livermore.

Dancers will perform masterworks such as Vitali’s Chaconne and Katchurian’s Masquerade, as well as new pieces by American composer Leroy Anderson. The program concludes with Arthur Sullivan’s humorous and rarely performed, Pineapple Poll.

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