Campus Resources

USD Torero Store

Jim Thrailkill, Director
University Center
(619) 260-4551

Employees receive a 10% discount on Torero Store purchases, except on textbooks and most computer products, and a 15% discount on AT&T wireless service.

Ordering Textbooks: The Torero Store sends emails with the textbook requisition forms to professors and/or the department prior to the ordering deadline. Deadlines for book orders are:

  • April 15 for Fall Semester
  • October 15 for Spring Semester
  • March 15 for Summer Sessions

Course Packs: In accordance with federal law, copyright permission must be obtained for copyrighted citation(s) included in course packs. The process involves a lot of legwork. Permissions are held either by publishers or individual authors, and royalties generally must be paid to the rights holder. It is essential that course packs are requested at the same time that textbook orders are requested. This leaves enough time to handle any copyright-related obstacles that arise and helps to have course packs ready for students.

Book Buyback: The Torero Store tries to reduce the cost of textbooks for students. Used books are acquired through a buyback program, with the main buy at the end of each semester. At these times, students can sell back textbooks for up to 50% of their original price, if they are to be used the following semester.

Manchester Family Child Development Center

Jacqueline Corey Kennedy, Director
USD Campus next to Manchester Village Residence Halls
(619) 260-4620

The Manchester Family Child Development Center offers children a safe environment in which to grow, learn and collaborate in small classes of 12-15 multi-aged children. The center is a year-round school located on the USD campus that accepts children between the ages of two and a half and five. Both full- and half-time enrollment options are available. The center is affiliated with USD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences and serves as a practicum and research site for members of the USD community.

Appointments for center tours are offered on Tuesday mornings. Please contact the center office to schedule a tour . A Center tour is required in order to join the waiting list.

Faculty Newsnotes

Faculty Newsnotes, published three times a semester by the Provost’s Office, provides academic and event information. The Varia section lists faculty scholarly achievements as submitted by faculty.

USD Directory

The USD Directory can help you find contact information for student, faculty, and staff members at USD, and to find employees by department.

Center for Inclusion and Diversity

Esteban del Río, Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity
Maher Hall, Room 253
(619) 260-7455

USD believes academic excellence requires a learning community that is characterized by inclusive engagement with diverse peoples and perspectives. The benefits of a rich, diverse learning community are most likely realized when institutions demonstrate high levels of commitment to inclusion and diversity. The Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) is a forum for students, faculty, and administrators to encourage dialogue on diversity and inclusion. CID awards inclusion and diversity grant funds. Please contact the CID for more information or see

Mail Center

Cheance Adair, Mail Center Systems Manager
Maher Annex
(619) 260-2204

The Mail Center provides USPS stamps, postcards, certified/return receipt, domestic packages and Priority Mail, international postage for letters, aerograms and postcards only, no international package services is available. Only cash is accepted for all USPS services. Delivery and pick-up of on-campus mail is twice daily at department locations.

Office of the Vice President and Provost

Gail F. Baker, Vice President and Provost
Hughes Center, Room 212
(619) 260-4553

The Vice President and Provost, as the chief academic officer of the university, is responsible for leadership and strategic direction to its college and schools and promoting excellence in all of the university’s academic programs and initiatives. In addition to oversight of all academic units, the Vice President and Provost also has oversight for the International Center, Professional and Continuing Education, Copley Library, Information Technology, Admissions, Financial Aid, and Career Services. Please visit the Office of the Vice President and Provost’s website to learn more and to view the organization chart which outlines the academic units and departments that report to the Provost.

One Stop Student Center

Sybilla Robison, Director
University Center, Room 126
(619) 260-2700

The One Stop Student Center consolidates business transactions of the offices of Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Accounts into one physical location for students. The physical One Stop Student Center is located in the University Center, Room 126, and the virtual One Stop is accessed on the MySanDiego portal.


Christine O’Donnell, Payroll Manager
Maher Hall, Room 112
(619) 260-4818

Faculty are paid monthly on the 26th day of the month, or the last working day before if the 26th falls on a weekend or holiday. Paychecks are available at the Cashier’s window in Hughes Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; a current Torero ID Card is required to pick up your check. You are encouraged to take advantage of Direct Deposit to have your pay automatically deposited in your checking or savings account, and to receive electronic payslips using Oracle Employee Self Service.

Sustainability at USD

Michael Catanzaro, Director
Facilities Management Annex, Room 201
(619) 260-7957

Michel Boudrias, Academic Director of Sustainability
Chair, Marine Science and Environmental Studies
Shiley Center for Science and Technology, Room 267
(619) 260-4794

The Sustainability and Climate Change Task Force grew out of repeated grass roots efforts from students, staff, faculty and administrators to develop a university-wide strategic initiative dedicated to sustainability. The Task Force has addressed issues as straightforward as increased recycling efforts and participation in Earth Week events to developing curricula, a major and plans for multidisciplinary research efforts centered on the three pillars of sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic. Through these focused efforts, USD has advanced quickly and is positioning itself to be a local, national and even international leader in sustainability in higher education. Here are 10 things you need to know about our efforts:

  1. USD already offers a wide variety of courses related to sustainability and climate change in several academic units on campus at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  2. A newly designed interdisciplinary Environmental Studies major is now offered, centered in the sciences but with strong connections in the social sciences and humanities.
  3. Faculty from several departments and academic units are engaged in active scholarship related to sustainability, climate change and energy.
  4. More interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary courses and research programs are being developed to provide opportunities to connect the different aspects of sustainability.
  5. Faculty members work closely with students to advance sustainability efforts on campus; activities include research projects, student organizations and community service learning.
  6. Facilities has nine energy saving projects planned for the 2009-2010 school year.
  7. The new Student Life Pavilion is USD’s first LEED certified green building.
  8. Dining services is 100% styrofoam-free campus-wide. The vast majority of disposable packaging is sustainable (made of recycled content and/or biodegradable).
  9. China cups are available for in-house use in retail coffee locations (Aromas, Bert’s Bistro, La Paloma, L’atelier and Missions Café.) Bring your own ‘Be Blue, Go Green’ travel mug and receive a $ .25 discount on your beverage. We proudly offer Fair Trade and organic coffees and teas campus-wide from alumni-owned/local Ryan Bros. Coffee. China is also used for the unlimited dinner and brunch meals in Pavilion Dining.
  10. Procurement is actively developing and implementing green purchasing policies including the purchase of green cleaning products and 100% FSC recycled paper.

For questions or more information on sustainability on campus contact Michael Catanzaro, Director for Sustainability, or Michel Boudrias, Academic Director for Sustainability, at the contact information above.

University Ministry

Msgr. Daniel Dillabough, Vice President for Mission and Ministry
Founders Hall, Room 191
(619) 260- 2263

Each member of the USD community is invited to participate in the liturgies, immersion trips, service opportunities, retreats, and small faith communities facilitated by University Ministry which include: monthly trips to Tijuana; immersion trips during January’s intersession and March’s spring break to Nicaragua, El Salvado and Tijuana; volunteer opportunities at local homeless organizations; Faculty/Staff Prayer Breakfast each semester, and other retreat and prayer opportunities for faculty and staff. Founders Chapel Mass services are Monday-Friday at 12:15 p.m.

At the beginning of each Fall Semester, the Mass of the Holy Spirit is celebrated, in keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages. The university community gathers to ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our campus activities.

At the beginning of each Spring Semester, the All Faith Service celebrates the many diverse gifts of the world religions as well as all of the ways that our university community is blessed by the presence of these traditions, and gathers the community together for an interfaith prayer service.

University Senate

The University Senate is a forum for faculty input on matters of significance to the university. The Senate consists of senators elected by the faculty, the academic deans, provost, president and student representatives, and meets six to seven times a semester. The Senate website contains Senate meeting minutes, membership and committee information.

USD Policy Manual

The USD Policy Manual contains all university policies including faculty policies: Academic Freedom; Academic Integrity; Law School Honor Code; Rank and Tenure; Sabbatical; and more.

USD Dining Locations

Aroma’s Coffeehouse – Maher Hall, lower level
Bert’s Bistro – Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
La Gran Terraza – University Center, main level
La Paloma – Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Missions Café – Missions Fitness Center
Pavilion Dining – Student Life Pavilion, level 1
Tu Mercado – Student Life Pavilion, level 2

USD Fitness Centers and Recreation

Recreational Facilities

McNamara Fitness Center is a 4,000 square foot facility located inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Mission Fitness Center, located by Missions Housing, is a 3,700 square foot facility that includes exercise equipment and a wide variety of classes.
Sports Center Pool