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Liz Raines '06
Liz graduated from USD in 2006 with a Communications major and a Leadership minor. Currently, Liz works at her high school alma mater, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, as the Director of Alumni Relations. In addition to her career, Liz is an active Rotarian and serves as the Charter President of the Portland New Generations Rotary club.
1. What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduation, I went into the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Nashville, TN where I worked at a homeless center for at risk youth. This sparked my interest in the non-profit sector. After I moved back to San Diego, I worked at the Girl Scouts of the USA as a development professional. When I had the opportunity to move home and work at my alma mater, I could not resist. I have also continued my deep passion for Rotary International and started a new club for professionals that are “young in spirit” and interested in giving back to their community.
2. What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memory of USD was my week on Tijuana Spring Breakthrough. The year that I went, a big monsoon hit the night we arrived. Most of the roads were not paved, so 50 of us trudged up and down the mesas soaked in mud. To make matters worse, there was only one shower for all us to share. Although it was a very cold and wet week in Mexico, I learned a lot about border issues and made a number of close friends.
3. What is your favorite part on campus, and why?
My favorite part on campus is right outside of Aromas, next to the crooked tree. My cohorts and I used to gather there and hang out during our breaks. We could never quite figure out how the tree ended up that way, but we loved it nonetheless.
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
I had so many professors that were fantastic. One professor who impacted me greatly was Captain Walt Heinecke. He taught me that everything I do in life is ‘money in the bank’. I often think of this when working in my professional life, and it reminds me that it’s often the small things that really matter and that every favor counts.
5. How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Whenever I am back in San Diego, I visit USD and eat delicious food in the new SLP! I can’t believe how much the food has changed since I was there. I also go to the biggest sporting event in Portland every year, USD vs. U of Portland Men’s basketball. I wear my USD sweatshirt and cheer loudly. I’m always rooting for the Toreros, and explaining to everyone what our mascot is. I keep up to date with my local alumni chapter and am currently helping to make Admissions Congratulatory phone calls.
6. If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
I would advise every student to start networking now. Schedule as many informational interviews as possible and as Dr. Pace taught us, never forget to send a thank you note.
Miranda Stratton '13
Miranda graduated from USD in 2013 with a degree in Biology. Since her days on campus, she is now pursuing her PhD on cellular and molecular biology at Stanford University.