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Family Weekend 2008 Highlights Student Life

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.”

                                                                                                    ~Joyce Brothers

Beginning Friday, Oct. 31 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2, the USD community welcomes family and friends to celebrate in the festivities of Family Weekend. This celebration provides parents with the opportunity to see their child’s new “home,” meet administration and faculty, explore the campus, and take part in fun and exciting activities.

Gatherings from specific organizations such as International Center, Career Services, Wellness Center, NROTC, Student Affairs and Residential Life will be held on campus all weekend for parents and students to ask questions and get information.

Parents are encouraged to attend class this weekend. Academic mini-classes are being offered for parents to get a taste of students academic experience at USD. One class offers a hands-on experience in the new Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Electronic Classroom, where you can see a training program that teaches midshipmen to steer a Navy ship.

Another class features professors from four difference academic units – sociology, biology, marine science, and English – who have been examining the impacts of expanded tourism on a small town in Jamaica. Many USD students have been involved in the research as well.

“I think this is a great look at the types of projects that make USD such a collaborative campus,” says Sarah Rodrigues, associate director of Parent Relations, which organizes the Family Weekend.

Parents also have the opportunity to meet two new university deans, Mary Boyd of the College of Arts and Sciences, and David Pyke of the School of Business Administration.

Since the weekend coincides with Halloween, families will be able to participate in the annual Community Trick or Treat event for children in the Linda Vista neighborhood surrounding USD. The Center for Community Service-Learning and Center for Awareness, Service and Action are hosting the event that takes place at 4 p.m. in the Hahn University Center.

Saturday continues with popular information sessions and the weekend highlight- a tailgate party and Torero football game. Pre-game festivities will include more than 13 booths hosted by student clubs and organizations sponsored by Associated Students and a barbecue buffet dinner.

The game is at 6 p.m. in Torero Stadium and fans are encouraged to cheer the team on as they take on the University of Dayton. The Toreros look to extend their nation’s best home-field winning streak to 29 games.

Also on Saturday, the Alpha Phi sorority will host their fourth annual Red Dress Gala. It starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Paradise Point Hotel on Mission Bay. This event will be an elegant evening of dinner, entertainment provided by Dj Boa, and a silent auction. All proceeds go to Alpha Phi Foundation, benefiting the American Heart Association. Families are invited to help Alpha Phi “go RED” for women.

On Sunday, families of all faiths are invited to the Family Weekend Mass in the Founders Chapel. Following the Mass, the USD Parent of the Year Award will be presented. Last year’s honorees were Gary and Mimi Francisco and this year’s honorees will be announced at the presentation.

At the same ceremony, the Award of Excellence will be presented to a USD employee who goes ‘above and beyond’ the call of his or her position to positively impact the lives of students, as nominated by a student, parent or family member. This year the award will be presented to Liberty Hebron, a staff member in Student Leadership and Involvement. Hebron was nominated by Andrew Woodbury, who cited her positive attitude and support for students while handling a busy set of job responsibilities.

Both awards offer wonderful chances for students and families to share their stories of the people in their lives who have helped and supported them to have a successful USD experience.

Family Weekend highlights:

Friday, Oct. 31

  • All day:  academic mini-classes offered on career planning, graduate school options and other subjects.
  • 9 a.m. -4 p.m., International Center Open House in Serra Hall, Room 315. Gather information about international programs and services at USD.
  • 11:30 a.m., Intramural golf tournament with contests, food, drinks and prizes.
  • Noon- 1 p.m., Picnic lunch in the Camino/Founders patio.
  • 4-7 p.m., Annual community Trick or Treat event for USD’s neighbors in the Hahn University Center.

Saturday, Nov. 1:

  • 8:45-10:45 a.m., Continental breakfast in the Hahn University Center.
  • 4:30 to 6 p.m., Torero tailgate party in the Alcala Vista parking lot. Two students will win the grand prize of a free residential room makeover worth $600. The game kicks off at
  • 6 p.m.,  USD football team vs. Dayton in Torero Stadium. Fans are encouraged to wear Torero Blue.

Sunday, Nov. 2:

  • 10:45 a.m., Sunday Mass in the Founders Chapel. All faiths are welcome. The Parents of the Year Award and the Award of Excellence will be presented. Following mass, all families are invited to a closing reception where light refreshments will be served.

For more information about Family Weekend, go to

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