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Laura (Johncox) Sauer '04

Laura graduated from USD in January 2004 with a degree in Art, emphasis in Visual
Communications. She lives in San Diego with her husband and has recently started her own business.

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduation, I landed my first real-world job at Yellow Book as a graphic designer. During my
time there, I was asked to make centerpieces for USD’s catered events, and that’s when I realized
two things: I loved working with flowers, and some day it was going to be my full-time job. A year and a half after working at Yellow Book, my department was laid off. I didn’t know what to do, but since I maintained a good relationship with USD Catering, they hired me as a full-time manager. I spent five years at USD, and have recently moved on in order to start my own flower and event
coordination business, Flaura & Fauna (

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memory of USD is meeting my husband there! While I was working at USD, a co-worker asked me to participate in the University Relations softball game vs. SDSU. We had one practice before the actual game, and I began talking to this guy, and we couldn't stop laughing. He still makes me laugh … although I’m pretty sure I’ve got all 7 of his go-to jokes memorized.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, and why?
I love the Garden of the Sea — the backyard at the IPJ. It’s a hidden gem and a place that I find very peaceful. It’s also a great place to watch sunsets, SeaWorld fireworks and a perfect spot to eat lunch from La Paloma.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
David Smith taught my favorite class: Metalworking. It was a studio class, so every Friday for the entire day, we had class right behind the library in a shed and learned how to weld, cut metal and gained knowledge from a very inspirational teacher.

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I make flower arrangements for a few departments at USD including Mission and Ministry, Athletics, Alumni Relations and University Events. My arrangements include podium sprays, buffet arrangements, table centerpieces and gift baskets.

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
While you’re in school, make sure you take time to intern or work at different types of companies to help you figure out what you really love doing. I believe the best training in life is making relationships and on-the-job training.

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