April 2010

Events Around the World
Torero Athletics

College of Arts and Sciences
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
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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2010 Alumni Honors: Inspiring Stories. Exceptional Achievements. One Alma Mater.

Dear USD alumni,


We invite you to join us for an unforgettable evening, as we call all alumni back to their alma mater to pay tribute to nine extraordinary graduates who, like all Toreros, make the University of San Diego one of a kind, and second to none.

Hosted by CBS News 8 Co-Anchor Barbara-Lee Edwards, the 15th annual Alumni Honors event will highlight the amazing accomplishments of the evening’s honorees. Following the awards celebration, guests will dine under the stars. Don’t miss USD’s premier alumni celebration – where all USD alumni are guests of honor!

2010 USD Alumni Honors
Saturday, May 1 at 5 p.m.
Shiley Theatre & Camino/Founders Patio

For more information on this year's honorees click here.

Click here to RSVP.

Click here to see a video about Alumni Honors.

This year's honorees include:

David A. Rivera ’96 (BA), Founder, Nativity Prep Academy for the Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award for contributions to humanitarian causes.

John C. Manson ’79 (BA), CEO, G.M. Mortgage Co., Inc. for the Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill award for exemplary service to USD.

Stan Washington ’74 (BA), Three-Time All-American, Men’s Basketball for the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame.

This year's Hughes Career Acheivement Award recipients include:

College of Arts and Sciences
Patrick Morrin ’83 (BA, BBA),
President, Danvera Foundation
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
John Whitcomb ’05 (PhD),
Professor of Nursing, Clemson University
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Christopher Yanov ’03 (MA), ’04 (MA),
Executive Director and Founder, Reality Changers
School of Business Administration
Robert Mac Kay ’88 (BBA),
Vice President and General Auditor, PepsiCo Inc.
School of Law
Gerald McMahon ’64 (JD),
Chairman, Seltzer Caplan McMahon and Vitek
School of Leadership & Education Sciences
Rich Newman ’05 (EdD),
Principal, Monterey Ridge Elementary

Thank You to our 2010 Alumni Honors Sponsors





Events Around the World

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

April 8 Seattle Chapter
Alumni Night in Downtown Seattle

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

May 1 Alumni Honors
Paying Tribute to Outstanding Alumni

Join fellow USD alumni in Seattle for a Mariners Game on May 23rd

May 6 New York Chapter
Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 6 Las Vegas Chapter
Alumni Happy Hour and Networking in Summerlin

May 23 Seattle Chapter
Padres vs. Mariners Game and Pre-Game BBQ

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


Torero Athletics

Women's Crew Update from Crew Classic
In the Collegiate Varsity Cal Cup Grand Final, the Toreros brought home the trophy placing first in the Varsity Grand final with a time of 7:05.10. "This success is one our entire squad can be proud of," said Head Coach Kim Cupini. "All of our crews train to win day in and day out and continue to push one another to reach that next level. It was a great race to watch and a great win for San Diego." Click here for more.

Sophomore Marite Raygada

Sophomore Marite Raygada Named WCC Singles Player of the Month
Congratulations to Marite Raygada who was named the West Coast Conference Womens Singles Player of the Month for March. Raygada went a perfect 8-0 in March, her last win coming against Nevada's Sophie Stevens in straight sets. She is the winningest Torero thus far in the 2010 dual match campaign, toting an overall mark of 13-4 exclusively at the No. 6 position. Click here for more.

A Pair of Lady Torero Soccer Players Named to the Mexican National Team
Senior defender Natalie Vinti and sophomore defender Natalie Garcia were named to the Mexican National Team and although they are on the team's roster, they are working to fulfill their USD academic obligations before playing. Click here for more.

Freshman Erin Williams

Lone USD Freshman Attempts Heptathlon

USD Freshman Erin Williams competed in the Pt. Loma Heptathlon last month. The Heptathlon is a demanding Olympic event that incorporates jumps, runs, and throws, and is held in a two day competition. The name of the event derives from the Greek hepta (7) and athlon (contest). The Torero Freshman scored 2,928 points, and finished in 9th place overall in the grueling competition.

"I am proud of Erin for her effort these past two days," said head coach Will Guarino '88 just after the heptathlon."She embodies much of the fighting culture that we have in our young program." This was the first time a USD athlete has entered a heptathlon. Click here for more.

Senior Pitcher Jennifer Ellenbeck Earns Coastal Division PCSC Pitcher of the Week

Senior pitcher Jennifer Ellenbeck became the first pitcher in San Diego history and sixth in PCSC history to surpass the 400-plateau in career strikeouts against San Diego State on Saturday. Ellenbeck now has 402 career strikeouts after fanning five at the SDSU Softball Complex. Click here for more.

Women’s Soccer Alumni Game
When: Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m.
Where: Torero Stadium, University of San Diego
Details: Join your fellow USD soccer alumnae for this annual tradition! Also, please consider joining us later that evening for the annual Casino Night fundraiser, which will take place at the Jenny Craig Pavilion and is $75 per person.
For more information: and to RSVP please contact the Office of Athletic Development at
(619) 260-5917.

Men's Soccer Alumni Game
When: Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Torero Stadium, University of San Diego
Details: Join your USD Men's Soccer alumni for this evening designed to relive your college playing days! We'll be getting together after the alumni game for a free reception!
For more information: and to RSVP call Coach Seamus McFadden at (619) 260-2305.

Sixth Annual Torero Golf Classic to benefit the USD Torero Football Program
When: Monday, April 19 at 11 a.m.
Where: Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Solana Beach, CA
Details: The University of San Diego football team is hosting its 6th Annual Torero Football Golf Classic on Monday, April 19th, at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach, California. The program's main fundraiser will begin with a shotgun scramble format beginning at 12:30 p.m., followed by a reception, dinner and auction. $250 per person.
For more information: and to RSVP please contact the Office of Athletic Development at
(619) 260-5917.


College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Larry Hinman

USD Students Discuss Roboethics
Starting in the Fall semester 2010, the College of Arts and Sciences will offer a course on Roboethics, taught by Lawrence Hinman, PhD, professor of philosophy. This pioneering course, which is the first of its kind in San Diego, will focus on questions central to how the use of robotics at times challenges current human ethics that are central to our society. Hinman’s course will question and analyze the autonomy of robots, considering the consequences of giving a robot too much freedom when they lack the ability to make decisions based on human emotions and ethics. Click here for more.

Michelle Jacob, PhD

Native American Connection Unites USD and Community
Michelle Jacob, Ph., an assistant professor in Ethnic Studies, considers her involvement in her community, both in San Diego and on her home reservation in Washington, an important part of her academic career. Jacob, a member of the Yakama Nation, studies wellness and health issues of indigenous populations. Native education is also one of Jacob’s interests. San Diego, with several native tribes, has a rich indigenous history. Jacob and her students work to support the local Native American population while sharing and celebrating the culture with the rest of the USD campus. Click here for more.

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.

USD Symphony 50th Anniversary Spring Concerts
April 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

Where: Shiley Theatre in Camino Hall, University of San Diego
Details:  The USD Symphony will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a special honoring of its founder, Dr. Henry Kolar, Professor Emeritus of Music.
For more information: click here.

THE SAINT PLAYS by Erik Ehn, a Theatre Production
April 22 through 24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m.
Where: Studio Theatre, University of San Diego
Details: The Undergraduate Theatre Arts Department at the University of San Diego performs Eric Ehn’s THE SAINT PLAYS. A collection of short plays, contemporary fairy tales for the stage, loosely based on the lives of saints and biblical characters. They include one especially written by Ehn in honor of USD’s esteemed Sister Sally Furay R.S.C.J., former Vice President and Provost of the University of San Diego. An avid theatre goer, Sister Sally was the force behind the Alcala Park Players, the club that initiated a theatre presence at USD. Directed by Robert Barry Fleming, MFA, Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts.
For more information: click here.


Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

USS Bataan

Alumna Aboard the USS Bataan in Haiti
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, we received word from one of our alumni, Lt. Stacy Nilsen ‘09, on board the USS Bataan in Haiti. Nilsen writes, “An update from your navy nurses in action. I’m on the USS Bataan for the humanitarian mission to Haiti. There isn’t really much use for a (clinical nurse specialist) out here, but I’m doing trauma ICU....This is definitely austere nursing with very limited resources and a great need... We should be here at least 90 days. I think Brian Beale '09 (MSN) just headed to Afghanistan for 6-9 months. Again thank you for everything. We are well prepared.”

Alumni Recognized in National Association of Hispanic Nurses Newsletter
Recently, several Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science alums were recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Newsletter. In particular the publication recognized:

  • Dr. Pablo Velez (PhD ’06), who has been named CEO and Senior VP of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center; also Ms. Fabiola Carapia (BSN ’08), current student in the MSN program, and also a former secretary of the San Diego Nation Association Hispanic Nurses (SDNAHN).
  • Ms. Claudia Guzman, a scholarship recipient, who is a current student in our Master’s Entry Program in Nursing.
  • Ms. Luz Gracia (MSN ’09), President Elect of SDNAHN, who is a graduate of our MSN-PNP program.
  • Ms. Sara Babini (MSN ’08), Secretary of SDNAHN, who is a graduate of our MSN-CN Program.
  • Mr. Felipe Gutierrez (MSN ’03), Past President of SDNAHN, who is a graduate of our BSN and MSN programs and Newsletter Editor.

Alumni Recognized by Association of California Leaders
Congratulations to alumni, Dr. Jan Stichler (DNSc ’90) and Dr. Pablo Velez (PhD ’06), who received the following awards from the Association of California Leaders: Dr. Jan Stichler, ACNL Excellence in Nursing Research; Dr. Pablo Velez, ACNL Excellence in Leadership, San Diego.

We are proud of all of our alumni!

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

North American Competitiveness, Innovation & Clean Energy Conference
When: Wednesday, April 14 at 8 a.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Details: The conference will reinforce major themes of the North American Competitiveness Forum and highlight trilateral North American cooperation as a driver for 21st century jobs growth.
For more information: click here.

Can Obama Bring Peace to the Middle East?
When: Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Details: This talk by Middle East policy expert Steven Spiegel will examine the current perspectives of the critical diplomatic triangle: the Palestinians, Israelis and Americans.
For more information: click here.

IPJ Film Series: Killer’s Paradise
When: Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Details: Since the year 2000 nearly five thousand women have been murdered in Guatemala, a country with just 14 million people. This film uncovers one of the most emotionally-wrenching hidden human rights abuses taking place, while exposing the impunity allowed by an inept judicial system.
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: Maps tell stories. See the story of how the US-Mexico border evolved over the last four centuries in this exhibit of historic maps. Original maps dated as early as 1600 show the claims, counter claims, conquests, and discoveries that resulted in the current line. See proof that California is an island and learn why San Diego is in the United States.
For more information: click here.

Beyond NAFTA: U.S. and Mexico Moving Forward
When: Thursday, April 23 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Details: As the U.S. and Mexico move beyond the first 15 years of NAFTA, new paradigms for business and political reforms for trade and commerce need to take place.
For more information: click here.

Poems from Guantanamo
When: Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Details: A dramatic reading of selections from Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak, a collection of poetry edited by Marc Falkoff; will be followed by a panel presentation and Q & A.
For more information: click here.


School of Business Administration

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.

Emma Leggat '08 IMBA

IMBA Alumna Receives Prestigous Fellowship

Congratulations to IMBA alumna, Emma Leggat '08 for being chosen as the 2010 Mita Business in Society Fellow by the Hitachi Foundation. "The Mita Fellowship is awarded annually to a young business leader identified through a rigorous nationwide search conducted in partnership with Net Impact. This year's Mita Fellow, Swedish-American Emma Leggat, was selected for her professional experience within the private, public and nonprofit sectors and demonstrated commitment to using the tools of business to better society." Click here for more.


School of Law

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 Fennemore 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.

USD Law Alumni Share Service to Diversity Award
On April 30, the San Diego County Bar Association honors Law Alumni Board Member Marty B. Lorenzo '93, '96, and Career Services Advisor/Diversity Coordinator Lizzette K. Herrera ’03, at the 2010 Service Awards. Marty and Lizzette are dual recipients of the Service to Diversity Award which recognizes outstanding service by a member of the legal profession, in promoting and encouraging diversity within the legal profession.
Click here for more.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Milton Chen

Spotlight on Education: Milton Chen
When: Thursday, May 6 at 4 p.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of
San Diego
Details: Milton Chen is the Executive Director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and the Edutopia Program as well as a Fulbright New Century Scholar working on innovation, access and diversity issues in education. The Edutopia media produced by The George Lucas Educational Foundation showcase many schools around the country who are moving from textbook-based instruction to rigorous, authentic project-based learning.
For more information: click here.

Annual Action Research Conference
When: May 14 through May 15
Where: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, University of San Diego
Details: Interest in action research is growing around the world, and the USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences Action Research Conference (ARC) has been created to serve this growing interest and to link faculty, students, and practitioners in an action research professional learning community. The ARC strives to be the premier action research event in North America and the Pacific Rim for business, health care and education (including counseling, classroom instruction, and school leadership).
For more information: click here.

Other News and Events

Snorkel in La Jolla with USD! 

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, snorkeling in La Jolla and more! Network with students and community members while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
Click here for more.

Creative Collaborations
When: Thursday, April 15 at 12:15 p.m.
Where: University Center, University of San Diego
Details: Creative Collaborations is a conference celebrating student-faculty collaborations. Join us for presentations of research and creative works by USD undergraduate students and their faculty mentors.
For more information: click here.

Knowledge Transfer Panel for Current Students and Young Alumni: Careers in Sustainability
When: Friday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego
Details: The USD Knowledge Transfer Panel Discussions are programs held on USD’s campus and allow students to attend industry specific panels, ask questions, and network with parents within their industry of interest.
Panelists include Michael Catanzaro ’01, Director of Sustainability at USD, Todd Johnson, Partner and Global Head for Renewable Energy at Jones Day, Sharon Mackerras ’07, Enviromental Analyst at PBJ&S, and Courtland Weisleder '09 MA, President at Greener Dawn Inc. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast prior to the panel!
For more information: click here.

Leslie (Araiza) Lorenzo '88

Featured Torero: Leslie (Araiza) Lorenzo '88
Leslie (Araiza) Lorenzo graduated from USD in 1988 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in English. After spending 16 years in public relations for the hospitality industry, she branched out and started her own business in 2004 doing public relations and marketing for hotels, restaurants and chefs. She is a native San Diegan and still resides in San Diego with her husband Conan and two boys (Blake, 3 and Brock, 1).

When asked who her favorite USD professor is, Leslie replied, "I can’t name just one… I have to say I had three favorites, all from the Communications Department: Dr. Larry Williamson, Dr. Roger Pace and Dr. Linda Perry. When I arrived at USD, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I “grew up”. But it is because of the education, guidance and advice I received from these three professors that I found my way to public relations and have never once looked back! In terms of my favorite class, it would have been Small Group Communication. It was great practice for working with different types of people and understanding team dynamics."

Click here to read more about Leslie.


A Place to Call Home
When you make a bequest to the University of San Diego, you are not only supporting your alma mater, you are helping to create a lasting legacy for generations to come.

A bequest is a simple gift arrangement that allows you to leave all or a portion of your estate to USD. Best of all, a bequest costs you nothing now and yet offers a way for you to support scholarships or a particular area of interest. Help make a lasting impact while having the confidence that your gift will benefit USD tomorrow through your good intentions today! If you have already provided for USD in your estate plan, please let us know!

For more information, 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 and O'Tooles: Your New Happy Hour and Dinner Destination
USD invites you to host your next happy hour or dinner meeting at O'Tooles and La Gran Terraza! Happy hour deals occur daily during the week and range from $3 draft micro-brews to specials on amazing tapas! The next special event happening at La Gran Terraza is a Wine Portfolio Dinner with Ferrari-Carano Vineyards on Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m.

For more information click here.

Continuing Education for Alumni

  • Corporate and Professional Education: Etiquette & Protocol Across Cultures, Cracking the Internet Code for Greater Sales Success, Prospecting and Cold Calling, and The Event of Business Development: a Sales and Business Strategy Seminar for the Event Industry

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