March 2010

Events Around the World
Volunteer Opportunities
Torero Athletics

College of Arts and Sciences
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
School of Business Administration

School of Law
School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Other News and Events

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Alumni Association

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Alumni Association Launches New Benefits

Dear USD alumni,


When you graduated from the University of San Diego you became a life-long member of the USD Alumni Association. USD alumni are entitled to an ever-expanding range of benefits and services, from discounts at the USD Bookstore to auto insurance, credit cards, and travel discounts.

We encourage you to take advantage of our alumni discounts, resources and benefits. Unlike other universities that charge annual membership fees, USD includes all graduates in its Alumni Association free of charge. Below are a few of our favorite benefits and resources to share with you:

For a complete list of your alumni benefits click here.

Go Toreros!
Your USD Alumni Association


2010 USD Wine Classic
$60 Early Bird Special for Alumni: Register by 3/31

You are invited to attend the second annual University of San Diego Wine Classic on Sunday, July 25 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Garden of the Sea. The USD Wine Classic features USD family wineries with wines poured by the owners and vintners. More than 50 wines will be available from boutique wineries in California and Mexico. Join the campus community, friends and fellow wine enthusiasts. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund providing much needed scholarships for USD students.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


Events Around the World

March is alumni networking month!

March 18 Chicago Chapter
March Madness Event in Lincoln Park

March 24 San Diego Alumni Event
Career Transition Workshop: Discovering Your Dream Career

March 24 Los Angeles Chapter

Alumni Networking in Pasadena

April 8 Seattle Chapter
Alumni Night in Downtown Seattle

Join fellow USD alumni in Portland for a
wine tasting event on April 10th 

April 10 Portland Chapter
3rd Annual Portland Alumni Wine Tasting

April 17 Washington D.C. Chapter
Alumni Hike & Picnic at Great Falls National Park

April 20 San Diego Chapter
Alumni Happy Hour and Networking in Old Town

April 24 Palm Desert Alumni Event
Save the Date for USD Alumni, Parents and Friends BBQ

May 1 Alumni Honors
Paying Tribute to Outstanding Alumni

June 25-27 European Alumni Reunion
Save the Date for this Reunion in Segovia, Spain




Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in or have questions about any of the opportunities listed below, please contact Christine McAuliffe '06, Volunteer Coordinator, at (619) 260-4819 or

Community Service
The Alumni Association has partnered with the Founders Club to join them on a trip to La Gloria Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Students and staff will carpool together on Saturday, April 17 to spend the day at the orphanage playing with the children and preparing a meal for everyone. All alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Homecoming and Reunions 2010: Class Ambassadors
Reunions are taking place for the classes of ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, and ’05. If you are having a reunion, we need you to help us contact your classmates and encourage them to return to campus for the weekend. Contact information will be provided for your use and can be done at any time.

Take a Torero to Lunch March 18 from 12-2 p.m.
Join our student-alumni networking luncheon in the Degheri Alumni Center where alumni share tips and advice on choosing a major, getting an internship, planning for after graduation, and choosing a career path with students in all years.

Majors Fair April 13 from 12:30-2 p.m.
Join faculty and students from your major to speak to undecided students who are thinking about what major to choose. Talk about your experiences in that major and what types of careers it might lead to.

Finals Feeding Frenzy May 13 from 5-7p.m.
The night before finals begin the Student Alumni Association will host free food for 500 hungry USD students in the Degheri Alumni Center to recharge before finals. Come to support the students and help to pass out all the food.

Torero Athletics

San Diego Crew Classic 37th Regatta
When: Saturday, March 27 through Sunday, March 28
Where: Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay, San Diego
Details: Join your fellow USD alumni to cheer on Torero rowing! We'll be getting together at 7 a.m. on Saturday for a breakfast meet and greet followed by heats throughout the morning. On Sunday we'll be hosting a traditional barbeque from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. with finals throughout the morning. Join us for a crew team ALUMNI party at the Garty Pavilion Boathouse after Sunday's races.
For more information: click here. If you plan to attend Crew Classic or the alumni party, please call the Office of Athletic Development to RSVP at (619) 260-5917.

Summer Sports Camps
When: throughout the summer of 2010
Where: Campus athletics facilities, University of San Diego
Details: Summer Sports Camps for all ages and skill levels led by Division I coaches on the USD campus. USD alumni receive a 10% discount!
For more information: click here.


College of Arts and Sciences

Prints in the Artist’s Studio: Rubens’ Print Collection Reconstructed
: Thursday, February 4 through Sunday, May 9
Where: Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall, University of San Diego
Details: Prints in the Artist’s Studio: Rubens’ Print Collection Reconstructed aims to represent the different uses of old master prints in a seventeenth-century European artist’s studio. Peter Paul Rubens’ print collection is a particularly interesting example, in part because of Rubens’ well-known activities as a collector of paintings, sculptures, and antiquities, not to mention the international success that Rubens achieved during his lifetime.
For more information: click here.

Faculty Recitals
Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: French Parlor, Founders Hall, University of San Diego
Details: Tatiana Roitman-Mann, piano, performs piano four-hand music with guest artist Natalya Shkoda. Music of Mozart, Brahms, Dvorák, Bizet and Rachmaninov. Ticket prices are $10 general admission; $8 seniors, USD faculty, staff and alumni; and $5 for USD students with valid ID. Tickets are on sale at the door only. Music programs may be subject to change.
For more information: click here.

Ellen Browning Scripps 

Ellen Browning Scripps: Journalist, Suffragette, Investor, and Philanthropist
Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Details: Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932) appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1926 as one of the leading philanthropists of her day, having given away the equivalent of $100 million dollars. This lecture will be given by Molly McClain, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of History and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities program. Admission is free.
For more information: click here.

Joanne T. Dempsey Memorial Lecture Series: Jane Austen and the Zombies
Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Manchester Conference Center, University of San Diego
Details: What does Jane Austen have to do with vampires, sea monsters, and zombies? Are these reworkings of her books compliments? Disrespectful perversions? Cheap gimmicks? Linda Troost, Professor and Chair of English at Washington and Jefferson College, explores these questions in her lecture for the English Department’s Dempsey Lecture series.
For more information: click here.

Art Open House
Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m.
Where: Camino Hall, Room 43, University of San Diego
Details: This annual event, open to the community, showcases the incredible talent and works of current art students and offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of studios and spaces. Art students and faculty will be on hand to discuss their art and answer questions. A reception follows at the lower level Sculpture Court of Camino Hall. Admission is free.
For more information: click here.


Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


Through Her Eyes: Perspectives from the Girl Child Today
When: Tuesday, March 16 at 7 a.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of san Diego
Details: In recognition of International Women’s Day and Beijing +15, the IPJ invites you to hear from girls around the globe and learn about the world they find themselves in today.
For more information: click here.

IPJ Film Series Presents: “Where the Water Meets the Sky”
When: Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego
Details: In celebration of International Women’s Day, IPJ invites you to see this film about women in rural Zambia and their route to empowerment via training in filmmaking. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. A discussion will follow the screening.
For more information: click here.

From Congo and Iraq to San Diego: Strategies to Involve Women and Men in Stopping Violence against Women
When: Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego
Details: A panel of practitioners in the field of sexual and gender-based violence will speak. Co-sponsored by Voices of Women.
For more information: click here.

Border Film Week
When: Monday, March 29 through Thursday, April 1
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego
Details: A series of documentary and feature films featuring the U.S.-Mexico border will be screened and followed by presentations from the directors and producers of the films.
For more information: click here.

Changing Boundaries: A History of the U.S.-Mexico Frontier
When: Wednesday, April 21 at 6 p.m.
Where: Hahn University Center Forum B, University of San Diego
Details: The launch event for the exhibit of historical maps of North America and the U.S.-Mexico border. The map exhibit will run from April 21, 2010 to June 16, 2010, and will demonstrate the evolution of the U.S.-Mexico border over the course of 350 years.
For more information: click here.


School of Business Administration

Second Student/Alumni Networking Event
When: Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m.
Where: West Plaza, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, University of San Diego
Details: Please help welcome Cohort 17, the newest group of students in the MS-SCM program! Join us for a reception with cocktails, appetizers and speed networking.
For more information: Please contact Annie Grand at or (619) 260-8869.

Cross-Cultural Negotiations Seminar
When: Tuesday, March 30, April 6 and 13 at 6 p.m.
Where: Shiley Center for Science and Technology, Room 261, University of San Diego
Details: The objective of this three-evening seminar is to present a comprehensive and effective framework for successful value-creating negotiations in an international setting. Preparation for and simulating cross-cultural negotiations provides practical hands-on training. These seminars are part of the Professional Certificate in Global Business Strategy. USD Alumni receive 15% off.
For more information: click here.

Rancho Bernardo Inn Course

USD's School of Business Alumni Golf Tournament
When: Friday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Rancho Bernardo Inn Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA
Details: We invite you to play on this lush 18-hole championship golf course, while networking with other USD business professionals. Join us for what will be more than just your typical golf experience! Net proceeds will go to support SBA student scholarships.
For more information: click here.

USD's Undergraduate Business Program is Top 3 on the West Coast
For the second year in a row, the University of San Diego’s undergraduate business school has been ranked as one of the top 30 programs in the nation, according to BusinessWeek magazine’s latest rankings. USD’s program in the School of Business Administration was ranked 28th, moving up one spot from a year ago. USD’s undergraduate business school is now one of the top three on the West Coast, along with the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California. BusinessWeek released the rankings on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Click here for more.

MSGL student with Irwin Jacobs

MSGL Students Meet with Irwin Jacobs
On February 5th, MSGL students had the chance to meet and have lunch with Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm Inc's co-founder and long-time CEO. Dr. Jacobs explained how Qualcomm went from a small startup company to a global leader in technology. He addressed the challenges they faced with a growing business, working internationally, and the battle for a global standard for wireless technology. Dr. Jacobs even quipped about his ideas for the future of technology, where your wireless phone will be able to identify anyone you meet - so you never forget a name or a face!


School of Law

San Francisco Alumni Reception
When: Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Details: Join fellow USD Law alumni in San Francisco for this free networking event.
For more information: click here.

San Diego Alumni Reception
When: Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m.
Where: La Gran Terraza, University of San Diego
Details: Join fellow USD Law alumni in San Diego for this free networking event
For more information: click here.

Las Vegas MCLE Program/Reception: Special Tax Considerations in Gaming
When: Wednesday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Spanish Trail Country Club, Las Vegas, NV
Details: USD School of Law, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, and Fennmore Craig P.C., are presenting an MCLE program on Special Tax Considerations in the Gaming Industry, followed by a reception. The panel will explore tax issues in litigation settlements and judgments, including in the gaming industry, withholding taxes, tax treaties, and professional versus amateur gambling considerations.
For more information: click here.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) Open House
When: Wednesday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, University of San Diego
Details: Come and learn more about the Aspiring Leaders Tier I Program, one of the eight exemplary leadership programs in the nation and the only one in California. Enjoy light refreshments and learn more about ELDA’s unique leadership preparation. ELDA graduates, faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Find out how ELDA can shape your professional career.
For more information: and to RSVP contact Carmen McBride at

Spotlight on Education: Alan November
When: Thursday, March 18 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego
Details: Alan November’s thought-provoking creative presentation will address students’ use of collaborative online tools, research and global communications skills to add value to the learning community. November will challenge you to think beyond the classroom and work towards preparing students for today’s global economy.
For more information: click here.

Careers with a Conscience Panel Discussion
When: Tuesday, March 23 at 1:15 p.m.
Where: UC Forum A, University of San Diego
Details: Thinking about joining the many USD alumni and faculty who committed to long-term service following their graduation from college? Come discuss with panelists the decision-making process, service experience, and post-service career transition.
For more information: click here.

Arne Duncan 

U.S. Education Secretary Praises USD’s School Leadership Program
The University of San Diego’s program to develop outstanding school principals already has been recognized in several important studies on promoting student success. Now the nation’s top educational leader has taken notice. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recognized USD’s Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) in a speech to some 1,200 deans and faculty of schools of education late last month. Click here for more.

Other News and Events


Outdoor Adventure Spring Trips
The Experiential Learning and Adventure Center (formerly Outdoor Programs) has a list of exciting trips for spring! Trips include skiing in Big Bear, moonlight canoeing, canyoneering, backpacking, rock climbing and more! Network with students and community members while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
Click here for more.

USD Bookstore
New items have been added for spring! Check our website for the latest USD Alumni gear by clicking here. Don’t forget all alumni receive an additional 10% off on all purchases made through the USD website or at the bookstore.
Click here for more.

Andrew "Drew" Shelley '03

Featured Torero: Andrew "Drew" Shelley '03
Andrew "Drew" Shelley graduated from USD in 2003 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Friends and professors and staff have made a big impact on his life. Despite being born with the debilitating muscle disease "Muscular Dystrophy", Drew was always actively involved on campus and still lives his life to the fullest. Fellow USD alum, Andrea Altmann, best describes the impact Drew makes on people, "No matter where you go, everyone knows Drew." You can expect to see Drew soon in theatres in the feature documentary, "Beyond The Chair." A trailer can be viewed on the official documentary website,

When asked what his fondest memory of USD is, he replied, "My fondest memories have to be the late nights in the engineering labs cranking out homework problems and debugging code for design projects. We used to call it "Club Loma" because the engineering labs were in Loma Hall and we should have been out partying. What a dork I was seriously though, one of the greatest things about USD was the students. It wasn't any one person or event, but just the entire experience. As you may guess, sometimes it's hard for people to openly accept a person living with a disability, so I was very touched to find so many warm and welcoming students and friends at USD."

Click here to read more about Drew.


Supplement your Retirement
Supplement your retirement with a deferred gift annuity! If you are younger than 65, a deferred gift annuity can be used as a retirement planning vehicle to supplement existing retirement assets.

For more information on rates and tax deductions, please call John Phillips at (619) 260-4523 or click here.

This is not legal advice. Any prospective donor should seek the advice of a qualified estate and/or tax professional to determine the consequences of his or her gift. The California Life Insurance Guaranty Association does not back up payments of annuities.

La Gran Terraza BEER U Event
When: Tuesday, March 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: O’Tooles Pub, Hahn University Center, University of San Diego
Details: Discover Belgian-style beers in this fun and informative session with Lost Abbey’s brewmaster Tomme Arthur. $15.95 includes beer tastings and appetizers.
For more information: and to RSVP call (619) 849-8205 or click here for more about upcoming events and restaurant hours.

Show Your Torero Pride!
Show your Torero pride by leaving a permanent mark on USD! With a gift of $2,500, your name will be engraved on a paver in the Plaza Mayor of the new Student Life Pavilion and you will leave a legacy at your alma mater. To make your mark on USD and pave the way for Torero students who follow in your footsteps, purchase your Student Life Pavilion engraved paver today! Click here to reserve your SLP Paver!

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