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Alfonso Hernandez '00

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduation, I started working in our family business which is Five Star Tours and Charter Company.  We do group transportation and sightseeing tours throughout Southern California, Mexico and Las Vegas. After that my father and sister passed away and I became in charge of the whole operation.  I have been very busy in I have been very active within the tourism industry helping to bring groups to visit San Diego.  I am also very active in the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Otay Chamber of Commerce in revitalizing business opportunities for small to medium size business owners like myself in San Diego County.  I also started a nonprofit group called “toys for TJ tots” in which we collected money and toys for 5 orphanages in Baja and a children’s cancer foundation in Baja Mexico.  This year, I am establishing business relationships to offer tours for a cause such as conversation efforts, exposing participants to local art and volunteer opportunities with the local Alzheimer’s Association.

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
I remember the first day I walked into the campus and I saw how white the buildings were.  I had to wear sunglasses because it was so bright up on the hill.  I also remember the piano rehearsals taking place when I used to be in class at Founders. 

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why? 
My favorite place had to be the United Front.  The UF was created to serve as a coalition of diverse ethnic groups to meet and talk about similar issues within USD.  This place was special because it was a place where we could congregate and talk about current family or educational issues, eat lunch and enjoy the company of colleagues.  This place has a special purpose and it was a place where students of different ethnicities could feel home!  

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
It had to be Latino Studies because it was something that I already knew! It was awesome to study Latin American history and culture within USA.

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation? 
I have participated in the Alumni Association by going to mixers and attending Homecoming Games and the Mexico Alumni Event.  My company was recently a sponsor for the 2010 USD Wine Classic. I also look for new ways to become more active within USD.

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
It would be to desire big things, become disciplined in what you believe and do, and dedicate yourself to your mission in life which will bring many blessing. Also believe in God, he is great!

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