Thursday Torero Hours: Avocados, Cyber Security, Pumpkins and Impact Career Fair

What do eating avocado-topped cupcakes, cybersecurity awareness, pumpkin carving, young men trekking on campus in high heels and learning about impactful post-graduation career options possibly have in common?

Thursday Torero Hours

On the University of San Diego campus Thursday, during the typical Torero Hours (also known as “dead hours”) of noon to 2 p.m., each one of the above activities was available to students.

USD Auxiliary Services hosted its first-ever Avocado Festival in front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, complete with food options inspired by the festival namesake, staff members were dressed as avocados, some posed at an avocado-photo booth, there was a guacamole-making competition with teams of campus community members and there were carrots to dip into an avocado ranch concoction.

If you moved past the avocado festival crowd to enter the IPJ, you would have been able to listen to Mark Heckman, PhD, a professor of practice for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering where he teaches in its Cyber Security Engineering and Technology program, speak in the IPJ Theatre. He shared with the audience his “7 Habits of Highly Effective Secure Home Computing.” October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and Heckman’s seven habits — Install patches; run security software; don’t run as administrator; pay attention to security warnings; learn to spot scams: choose good passwords/use two-factor authentication; and backup your data — is sound advice.

From the IPJ Theatre, walking back across campus meant catching up with members of Alpha Chi Omega, a USD Greek Life sorority conducting its annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and for this event, male students at USD wear women’s high heel shoes from one end of the campus — the headquarters was Paseo de Colachis — to Maher Hall and back to the home base. Monies raised go to local charitable organizations. Also, there were multiple local and on-campus organizations on hand to provide more educational information about domestic violence resources.

Everything was quite festive in the Student Life Pavilion’s International Student Lounge area as students gathered during the usual International Student Organization Coffee Hour to participate in a pumpkin carving event.

From there, the final stop on the Torero Hours Thursday tour involved checking out the Impact Career Fair, an event co-sponsored by the USD Changemaker Hub and Career Development Center. Nonprofits, government agencies, for-profit companies and BCorp organizations that are making an impact, whether it is local, regional, national or international in scope, were in the Hahn University Center Forums. Representatives, including some USD alumni, were there to speak with current USD students and provide them with information and potential career opportunities. Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, County of San Diego Department of Human Resources, San Diego Humane Society, Ocean Discovery Institute, San Ysidro Health and more were among those in attendance.

For the thousands of USD students on campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon and 2 p.m. are typically one of the busiest times on campus. Special events, club meetings, discussions, guest speakers, music acts and recreational activities generally take place if one is not studying or just having lunch at one of USD’s campus dining locations.

— Compiled by USD News Center

Pumpkin carving photos courtesy of Office of International Students and Scholars Facebook page.


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