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Brian Rosario '99
What have you been up to since graduation?
Since graduating in December of 1999, I spent 12 years coaching college basketball. While at USD, I was a practice player for the women’s team and also worked both the Kathy Marpe and Brad Holland Summer Basketball Camps, thus was the start of my coaching career. After brief stints at Mission Bay High School (SD) and McNeese State University (LA), I spent 4 years at the University of the Cumberlands (KY) and earned my Master’s degree in Middle School Special Education. From there, I coached at Cornell University (NY) for 2 years before coming back home to California to coach at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Coaching was an amazing experience. It took me all across the county and even to Europe when I was with Cornell. Now, I have switched careers and work for the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce as their Governmental Affairs Coordinator, where I am responsible for its legislative agenda, collaborating with city, state, and federal representatives on business issues, and working with business leaders on events such as Workforce Readiness and government affairs policy measures.
What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memory is being part of the 1996 Presidential Debate Week held on campus. As students, we were able to really learn about the different aspects of government/politics as then President Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, and businessman Ross Perot debated to become President of the United States. USD played host to media and political consultants as they were able to hold functions and seminars for students. It opened my eyes to an area that I’m diving into now. Because of that event held on campus, I have been interested in politics, and now getting into professionally and wanting to run for office at some level of government.
What is your favorite place on campus, why?
Besides the cafeteria and The Grill (what it was named in the late 90’s), my favorite place was West Point Field (now the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies). From that spot on campus, we were able to see the beach, downtown, and Mission Valley. It put in perspective opportunity we all had in attending USD. Perched up on the hill, facing the ocean and sunsets, the students were reminded about how much of the world was at our fingertips. The tree still stands behind the Peace Center that has been there for generations of graduates, and is still the area I go back to every chance I get to be back on campus. It’s a constant reminder of the memories and personal development we all had there on campus.
Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
My favorite professor and class was Dr. Plovanich’s Catholic Theology class. Not because it had to deal with religion, but because of the way she challenged her students to think. To be able to ask questions about ideas we’ve always known as “right,” allowed me to think it was okay to challenge many of the policies and “ways of life” we knew of as the way it is suppose to be. How are we ever suppose to evolve if we aren’t able to ask questions and challenge ideas. I remember her talking about New York and all her travels, and as I matured and was able to live in areas of this country I never thought I would live, let alone drive through, her class and her teachings allowed me to view those regions different to help shed perspective on the people I was able to meet.
How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Because of where I lived and my career responsibilities, my involvement was always through philanthropic donations. However, now that I’m out of coaching, with more time to get involved, I’m looking to work more closely with the USD Alumni Association and perhaps represent USD in some capacity to the community.
If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Simple. Pay if forward by giving back. My experiences and memories at USD were solely be created by the people I met and those who mentored me. I would not be where I’m at today, and everywhere in between, if it weren’t for the connections I made when I was in school. Just within the last few months, I met a fellow grad, who I vaguely remembered from school. The kicker, he got into his profession due to the same experience and “fondest” memory as mine: the Presidential Debate. And just recently, I was able to help a friend’s son become a practice player for the women’s team at the college he is now attending. His father said, “I owe ya!”, but my response was simply, “Have him do the same at some point!” Someone told me, “Always give back to your schools!” Whether it’s your elementary, high school, or college(s), give back. It doesn’t have to have a dollar sign in front of it for it to count as giving back. It is the reason USD is what it is today. It’s the culture. It’s what it means to be a Torero.
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Trenton Mendenhall '14
Trenton received his bachelors degree in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2014. Soon after graduating, he began his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji promoting health and wellness to local communities.