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Elizabeth Jordan '05

Introduction:

Elizabeth Jordan graduated from the University of San Diego in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In addition to the friendships developed with USD students, Elizabeth credits her positive experience at USD to the mentoring relationships she developed with USD faculty and staff. The support Elizabeth received while a student inspired her to enter the profession of college student affairs.

 

 

 

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating from USD, I attended the University of Southern California (USC) and obtained a Master of Education degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs. During this time I worked at USC in Residence Life and Career Services and am now working on a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership while working full-time managing the USC career recruiting program.

I am also an active volunteer with the City of Hope’s National Marrow Donor Program. In May 2008 I donated bone marrow to a woman with leukemia. The recipient, Dr. Rhonda Christensen, and I met this summer and we have forged a lasting bond. Now, Rhonda and I will meet in Los Angeles to host a bone marrow registration drive at USC. To view a video about Elizabeth and Rhonda's story visit http://cbs11tv.com/health/blood.marrow.donation.2.1089521.html. 

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
My favorite memory from days as a student at USD was my involvement in Alpha Delta Pi sorority; I'm still very close to my sorority sisters of Alpha Delta Pi. My other favorite memory was the semester I spent studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.

 

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
Camino and Founders Hall, specifically Barat Hall, where I lived freshman year (for all the many laughs and practical jokes that happened there!)

 

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
I had a hard time picking a favorite professor because I developed close bonds with several faculty members at USD. My favorites were advisor Dr. Ken Keith in Psychology, Dr. Linda Barkacs in Business, and Dr. Walt Heinecke in Leadership. However, my favorite course was with other favorite professor, Dr. Dennis Clausen in “American Literature: Voice and Place.”

 

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I have served as a committee member on USD’s Los Angeles Alumni Chapter, helping planning and promoting events for the alumni living in the area.

 

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
I recommend that students cultivate relationships with professors and the staff at USD. I recommend students utilize as many student affairs offices as possible; from the student resource center to career services, the student affairs offices at USD are filled with caring, dedicated professionals who support student development and success.

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