The University of San Diego is back to being a very busy campus as undergraduate students begin fall classes, joining the law school and other graduate students. To celebrate everyone’s return, the Torero Program Board and the Student Leadership Involvement Center have planned a long list of events during Welcome Week, which runs through Sunday, Sept. 11.
“I’m really looking forward to giving the students all the events they could possibly want and to make it a memorable year for all,” said Kendall Lay, Torero Program Board Chair and USD senior.
While there are many on-campus events during Welcome Week, Assistant Director of Leadership and Development, Onar Primitivo, said student feedback was taken into consideration for what’s going on beyond the campus.
“Students asked for more off-campus opportunities,” he said. “This year we have partnered with the House of Blues, the Padres and Chargers to give students more off-campus experiences. We want them to use the city of San Diego as their laboratory.”
Below are a few of the highlights for Welcome Week events for USD students, both on and off campus. Furthermore, check out the September USD sports calendar for information about the Toreros’ football, women’s volleyball, men and women’s soccer and cross-country teams.
Thursday, Sept. 1: Target Giveaway, 11: 30-2 p.m. UC/SLP; Beau Osland concert, 12-1 p.m., SLP Plaza Mayor; Federal Work Study Job Fair, 12:15-2 p.m., UC Forums.
Sept. 1: San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 7 p.m., Qualcomm Stadium. Tickets are $12.50 for this NFL preseason game and they can be purchased at the Hahn University Center Box Office until 5 p.m. Thursday. The purchase of a game ticket includes a trolley ticket voucher. The 49ers, by the way, are coached by former USD head football coach Jim Harbaugh.
Friday, Sept. 2: Target Shopping Trip, 10:30 p.m. to (Sept. 3) 12:30 a.m. Target Mission Valley is hosting an after-hours shopping event exclusively for USD students. There will be entertainment, giveaways and refreshments. Free transportation will also be provided every 20 minutes from the Vistas, Mission Crossroads and Colachis Plaza.
Saturday, Sept. 3: Sun, Surf and Volley, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Mission Beach. USD’s Outdoor Adventures hosts this fun recreation opportunity for students to enjoy Mission Beach together. Says USD senior Keala Schultz, “Sun, Surf, and Volley is a great way for students to have some fun in the sun, get outside and enjoy our beautiful year-round climate.”
Sept. 3: GlowFest, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., UC Forums. GlowFest is a dance open to all students. Admission is $5. Torero Program Board Chair Kendall Lay said the event will feature a DJ “and tons of free glow sticks for everyone.” Starting at 11 p.m., a Food Farm food truck will be present for the remainder of the event.
Sunday, Sept. 4: Mass, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Founders Chapel.
Monday, Sept. 5: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 1:05 p.m. at PETCO Park, downtown San Diego. Purchase baseball game tickets for $8.50 and includes a trolley ticket voucher. Students can take a USD tram from campus to the Old Town trolley station at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 6: Alcala Bazaar, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., on Torero Way and in front of the UC and Student Life Pavilion. All student clubs, organizations, centers, institutes, academic programs and more will have a table during this annual fall event. Students can learn about all the different ways to get involved on campus.
Saturday, Sept. 10: Actor-comedian Craig Robinson, 9 p.m. Shiley Theatre. The stand-up comedian who plays “Darryl Philben” on the NBC-TV show “The Office” will perform. Tickets are not yet on sale, but will be available through the UC Box Office soon.
Sunday, Sept. 11: Mass, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Founders Chapel.
— Ellie Faulkner ’11
For a complete list of all USD Welcome Week events, click here.