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Summertime’s a Great Time for Torero Alumni

Friday, June 15, 2012

Once a Torero, always a Torero. That’s what more than 55,000 people can proudly call themselves as graduates from the University of San Diego.

For four years of undergraduate life and/or for some, an advanced degree of knowledge, USD has been your home. It’s been a place to find out what you want to do and provides you a toolbox from which to build your vision and help make it a reality.

But while a USD education gives your dreams flight, it’s important to remember that your alma mater is also a source for opportunities to maintain a connection to fellow classmates, rekindle great memories and participate in many other examples of Torero pride.

This summer offers a bevy of fun ways for Torero alumni living in San Diego, European alumni in Caserta, Italy June 29-July 1 or those who reside in the many U.S. cities in between to renew their bond.

Three upcoming local events are a June 21 alumni networking happy hour, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Hillcrest’s Tractor Room, the fourth annual USD Wine Classic and pre-Wine Classic event on July 22, and a Sunday at the Del Mar Race Track alumni event Aug. 19. Each one of these events provides an opportunity for San Diego alumni to meet and enjoy the company of Toreros.

One specific USD alum to meet is Andres Melgar ‘02, the new San Diego USD alumni regional chapter president.

“When I think of San Diego summers, I think of the beach and the Del Mar Race Track,” said Melgar, who earned degrees in business administration and finance. “The Wine Classic is an exciting event with amazing food and wine. The event is wonderful opportunity to network with influential and successful alumni. I go every year.”

The Wine Classic, which raises money for USD’s Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund to help current Toreros, features 30 USD family wineries (owned or managed by alumni, parents and friends), gourmet food stations, live music and a silent auction featuring wine-related items. The Wine Classic has raised more than $120,000 in scholarship support.

While tickets for the Wine Classic are sold out for this year, there are still tickets available for “The Road to Robles” pre-event, a chance to learn about the art of blind wine tasting from Doug Beckett ’75 (MEd), owner of Peachy Canyon Winery.

Another festive event is the chance to view San Diego’s July 4 firework shows while attending an alumni event co-hosted by the USD Alumni Association and the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Beyond San Diego, other summer alumni events include barbecues in Seattle (July 7 prior to Seattle Sounders game) and Portland, Ore. (July 21), attendance at the Pageant of the Masters in Orange County (July 14), a happy hour gathering in Washington D.C. (July 19) and a Hawai’i Alumni Pau Hana (Aug. 16). There’s also a July 26 webinar hosted by the Young Alumni Network on tips on getting a job.

The events outside of San Diego, such as the ones organized by Portland Regional Alumni Chapter President Cheryl Bolotin Hanna ’97, cater to some 200 USD alumni who live about a 100-mile radius from the Oregon city’s metro area.

“I love meeting with our alumni and the chance to make new friends,” said Hanna, who will attend the barbecue event in July that will celebrate and welcome new USD graduates.

For more information about these and other events, be sure to check out Torero alumni event opportunities through regional chapters, an individual USD school or an affinity group.

— Ryan T. Blystone

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