March 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to our E-Newsletter!

Thank you to all the families who participated in the 10th Annual Grandparents’ Weekend, February 21-22. Over 200 USD family members experienced a fun filled family weekend at the University of San Diego. Some families kicked-off the weekend by joining a panel of students discussing their lived experiences as agents of making a change at USD. Other families joined Virginia Rodee, R.S.C.J. and ’57, ’74 on a historical tour of Founders Chapel. 

The always popular culinary demonstration was provided by La Gran Terazza master chefs where families learned about the many ways Dining Services incorporates fresh and local ingredients into their offerings. Director of University Galleries and Professor of Practice Theory, Dr. Derrick Cartwright facilitated an introduction of the Hoehn Family Galleries which exhibited “Passion and Virtuosity: Hendrick Goltzius and the Art of Engraving.”

Click here to read about Torero Baseball and Basketball wins, the McDonnell and Oliver family - three generations of USD Toreros - and more.

University Ministry


University Ministry offers students a place to belong, believe, and become. There are several upcoming services and events for students to grow spiritually while being supported by the USD community. Click here to learn about each program. For more information about University Ministry, visit the website at

Sips for Scholarships Soirée in Sonoma, CA

For the third year in a row USD parents, alumni and friends will head up to northern California for a taste of wine country to support USD student scholarships. We invite you to join us and here are the top 10 reasons why:

#10: Help a USD student who is experiencing unexpected hardship in their junior or senior year complete their USD degree through the Parent Partnership Fund.

#9:  Meet USD President, Dr. Mary E. Lyons and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Noelle Norton and get the latest updates on USD.

#8:  Experience a special evening in the Gloria Ferrer Wine Cave.

#7:  Enjoy gourmet food, fabulous wine and Gloria Ferrer champagne.

Top 10 continued, click here. Register now! Space is limited. Registration is open until March 14, 2014.

On-Campus Housing Sign-Up for 2014-2015 is Due March 3, 2014

The returning student housing sign-ups are February 3, 2014 through March 3, 2014. Resident students should submit a $250 nonrefundable prepayment to the cashier in Hughes Administration Center in the form of cash or check by March 3, 2014 by 4p.m. and complete an online application.  Click here for more information.

Is your student graduating in May?

Graduation for USD seniors is May 24-25. Are you ready?! Becoming familiar with the Commencement Website will help answer several questions you may have such as, does my student know when to pick up tickets? Has s/he attended GradFest to get their regalia? Is there a post reception for graduates and families? What if I can't make it to graduation, is there a way to view the ceremony? These are great questions. Stay informed by frequently visiting the Commencement website.

Spring Break Plans for Your Student?

There are many local volunteer opportunities available through Volunteer San Diego.  Additionally, the staff from the Center for Awareness, Service, and Action (CASA) can help connect students with these opportunities. For more information to engage your student during spring break, visit or call phone (619) 260-4206.

New USD Online Shopping Site

USD Torero Store offers online shopping for textbooks, Torero gear, emblematic merchandise, tech devices and more. We are proud to introduce a new opportunity to shop and save on everything else you buy online. Set up a free shopping account to take advantage of the best web deals, discounts and cash back offers.

GradFest, March 19-20

Attention parents and families of graduating seniors, GradFest is the one stop shop for everything related to graduation. Held at the Degheri Alumni Center on March 19-20 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., students will find everything they need to make graduation a truly momentous occasion. Parents may shop the Graduation webpage for exclusive USD graduate and alumni merchandise, including custom USD watches and gifts.

Summer Business Institute

Set Yourself Apart with Core Business Skills and Career Knowledge for Professional Success. This three-week intensive program is designed for USD students seeking business, career planning and leadership skills needed to succeed in the competitive job market. Students will be exposed to the business culture through several business subjects in an encouraging and engaging process. Click here to learn more.

Accelerated Summer Academic Program

The Accelerated Summer Academic Program (ASAP) at USD offers high school students a select number of honors and advanced placement (AP) courses to adequately prepare them for college. Let us help prepare your high school student for college success with this high quality, intensive academic program of Honors and AP courses. Click here to learn more.

important dates & events
University Diversity Week
March 3-7
Career Services Majors Fair 
March 4 | UC Forums
Ash Wednesday
March 5
  Residents must move out by noon unless approved or paying for spring break housing
March 8
  Spring Break (No Classes)
March 10-14
  Priority deadline for summer sessions 2014 financial aid applications
March 14
March 15-16
  St. Patrick's Day
March 17
March 19-20 | Degheri Alumni Center
  Career Services: Career Expo
March 20 | UC Forums
  Online class reservation for summer sessions 2014 ends
March 28
  Cesar Chavez Day
March 31
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