The University of San Diego is a special place. From its Catholic foundation and vision of co-founders Bishop Francis Charles Buddy and Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill to the academic leadership of presidents Author “Art” Hughes, Alice B. Hayes and, currently, Mary E. Lyons, USD has built a reputation for excellence.
That excellence is diversely showcased across the campus through USD’s talented students, devoted faculty, staff and administrators, and alumni who take their educational knowledge into the world and apply it.
That’s a message that’s not lost on USD’s top leaders who want to connect with some of the west coast displays of excellence. Beginning June 18, key university leaders will participate in the Torero Tour, a six-city jaunt that gives alumni, parents, Torero sports fans and friends of USD the chance to gain additional perspective and infuse spirit. The tour schedule will make stops in Southern and Northern California, including San Diego, and in Phoenix.
Participants the Torero Tour are Executive Director of Athletics Ky Snyder; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Noelle Norton; Dean of the School of Business Administration, David Pyke; and Dean of the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Chell Roberts. Each will deliver an update on their area to attendees and they’ll be available to answer questions and meet individually, too. This event is a great chance to network with fellow Toreros, too.
“I look forward to reconnecting with alumni, parents and friends, meeting new people of those same groups that I’ve not connected with previously and watching them all connect with each other,” Snyder said. “I look forward to sharing the great things that are happening on campus and answering questions to better connect with those who care about the university.”
To add to the fun, the tour stops will be held in a unique location with food, refreshments and USD Torero gear on hand. Cost to attend each tour event is $10 and registration is online and onsite.
• Los Angeles (June 18): Paul and Adrienne Jennings, who are parents of two current USD students, will host the tour’s kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. in their Brentwood home.
• Silicon Valley (June 19): Record-setting USD quarterback and current San Francisco 49ers player Josh Johnson will attend the event being held at the 49ers’ training facility in Santa Clara at 5:30 p.m.
• San Francisco (June 20): AT&T Park, home to baseball’s San Francisco Giants, is the site for the 5:30 p.m. event.
• Phoenix (June 21): Scottsdale’s private DC Ranch/Silverleaf Country Club will host Arizona-based Toreros starting at 4:30 p.m.
• San Diego (June 23): The tour returns home for a 5:30 p.m. event on the Western Metal Supply Co. rooftop at Petco Park, home of baseball’s San Diego Padres.
• Orange County (June 24): The final stop is the lone morning event of the tour, a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at Newport Beach’s Big Canyon Country Club.
Charles Bass, USD’s director of alumni relations, said the Torero Tour serves as a visible opportunity for attendees in each city to learn more about and connect with USD’s regional alumni chapters.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the launch of our Torero Club program,” Bass said. “We are expanding our regional activities to improve engagement opportunities for alumni, students, parents and Toreros everywhere. The USD network is strong and we believe this will help make it even stronger.”
Creating and capitalizing on opportunities is essential in business and SBA’s Pyke believes the Torero Tour falls right in line with that thinking.
“Being a Torero, to me, means being part of a vibrant community of scholars and learners who are continually learning, improving and serving our community,” he said. “I love meeting with alumni, parents and friends of the school. They uniformly have interesting stories of their time at USD and in what they’ve done with their education since graduating. I always leave inspired and energized.”
The Torero Tour seeks to capture some of that inspiration and energy in a spirit-building, information-driven opportunity for all who attend.
“It’s fun to watch alumni meet for the first time and exchange business cards and ideas,” Pyke said. “I see new friendships formed and old ones reconnected. The USD community is always willing to help each other and these events are tangible ways to facilitate that.”
— Ryan T. Blystone
Photo courtesy of Nick Abadilla