Donald L. Powell

Master of Arts in Kinesiology


Concord, CA

My Greatest Supporters

The love and support of my wife, Marcie, who spent hundreds of hours with me in the library researching and tutoring. Claire Williams for her encouragement to complete my long process of finishing my comp tests. Steve Miller for being fair and keeping me motivated during challenging times. Kelly Luquet for checking on me over the years. Russel Tiberian who helped me navigate through my courses.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Late night study groups in the Saint Albert Hall Library with Tobias, Phil, DJ, and Gita. Class times with Shari Otto’s research class, Bill Manning’s field trips, Mark Nagel’s class role playing, Piper Brewster’s sports law class, Craig Johnson’s philosophy and golf classes, Leilani Wagner’s social media classes. Dining in Oliver Hall was like being in Harry Potter’s Great Hall.

My Next Chapter

I have already accomplished many of my goals in life from retiring after 21 years in the US Marines, working in the recreational field for 20 years, and completing my undergraduate and my graduate Kinesiology degrees at SMC. Now it’s time to enjoy life with my wife and family.

Clubs and Activities

Veteran students of Saint Mary's and working as a teachers and recreation aid in the local elementary school.

Favorite Quote

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
— Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart