February 2014 Newsletter

Dear Families,

Happy new year and welcome back to USD! The campus is alive with the return of students reconnecting with friends, meeting at the Student Life Pavilion for lunch, or grabbing a cup of java at Aromas. The Office of Parent Relations hosted the Parent/Family Spring Transfer Orientation and Reception for families of 200 newly enrolled transfer students many of which are also freshmen and international students. We sincerely welcome you to USD, and hope you enjoy the Parent Newsletter–a monthly issue geared to keep you informed of USD news and events. Click here to read more and learn about upcoming events.

University Ministry

There are number of events and service trips planned for the spring semester. Help your student kick start the semester with University Ministry. Click here for more details about each event.

Senior Seminar
Feb. 7-8
Men's Leadership Retreat
Feb 21-23
Lenten Retreat Begins Mar. 5
Tijuana Spring
Breakthrough
Mar 7-13
LIFE Week
Mar. 31-Apr. 4
Search Retreat
Apr. 11-13

On-Campus Housing Sign-Ups

Returning student housing sign-up begins Feb. 3, 2014 through Mar. 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 Mar. 3, 2014 by 4p.m., and complete an online application.  Click here to read more about the process of selecting housing for the following academic year.

USD Parent Corps Service Project: February 21

Join the USD Parent Corps as they foster the USD spirit of philanthropy throughout the local community in their annual service project! In partnership with the organization Rebuilding Together, the USD Parent Corps will be fixing up two homes. Volunteers are needed to help paint, garden, and do general clean up. If you would like to participate, contact the Office of Parent Relations at parents@sandiego.edu by Feb. 15. There is a $25 donation per person to contribute towards the cost of supplies and materials.

Phoenix Torero Club

Announcing the Phoenix Torero Club! We’re excited to announce the founding of the Phoenix Torero Club, an effort to bring together all USD alumni, parents and friends in the Phoenix area. USD is looking for 1 Phoenix – area parent to be the official parent liaison in the area. Click here for information and to apply for this volunteer position. Also, join us for the Phoenix Torero Club Kick-Off event on Mar. 12. 


Opportunities to Study Abroad

Students interested in studying abroad this summer and in the coming fall should visit the International Studies Abroad Office located in Serra Hall, Room 315. There, students can learn about the application process, deadlines, and other important information. Click here for a brief introduction of summer and fall opportunities to study abroad.

Commencement is fast approaching!

Commencement is May 24-25, and it's just around the corner! Get ready and make the best of this family event. Parents of students who petitioned to graduate this May will receive a mailed packet in late February. For more information on Commencement, including ticket, webcast, and guest accommodation information, please review the Commencement website and “like” University of San Diego Commencement on Facebook to view current updates and reminders.

Join the UFMC!

The UFMC (United Front Multicultural Center) connects students to USD staff and faculty through community luncheons. Upcoming luncheons include the February Community Lunch Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. and the Black Student Luncheon Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m. UFMC also seeks students to become Rainbow Educators for the Rainbow Educator Program. Click here to read more about the Rainbow Educator Program and details about the luncheons. 

Alumni Scholarships

Alumni & Class Legacy Scholarships are now accepting applications! These scholarships are made up of thousands of small gifts from alumni and student donors, supporting approximately 30 students annually with awards $500–$4000 each. Open to all current and returning undergraduate students with a 3.0 or better GPA.  Applications are due by Feb. 28, 2014. Recipients will be notified by May 15 and awarded for 2014-2015 academic year. Apply now!

Sending Flowers for Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is Friday Feb. 14. If you're sending your student a special delivery on this lovely day, the Mail Center has a few important points to share to make this day an even more special day. Click here for more read more.

We C.A.R.E. at USD

Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) is University of San Diego’s primary effort to provide support, resources and education to the student community pertaining to sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
Your student can contact a C.A.R.E. advocate (24 hours, 7 days a week) by calling (619) 260-2222 to receive immediate assistance. When your student calls, s/he should ask to speak to a Campus Assault Resources Education (C.A.R.E.) Advocate or Public Safety representative. Advocates can also be reached at their on-campus office or via email.  For further information visit www.sandiego.edu/care.

Staying fit and healthy at USD

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle in college can be challenging and Campus Recreation is here to help. Our programs provide fun opportunities for students to engage in fitness and recreation while on campus. Click here to learn many ways your student can stay fit, active and healthy at USD. It's not just all about studying!

The Great E-Waste Collection Day 

Saturday Mar. 1 in San Diego, CA is E-Waste Collection Day. Clear out your closets and donate old, used or broken electronics to the USD E-Waste Collection Center. You and your student are increasing the Om in your home. Students participating on this day get a great start to clearing out their residential room prior to summer break.

important dates & Events
  Housing Sign-Up Begins
February 3-March 3
  UFMC Community Luncheon
February 6 | 12:30 p.m.
Senior Seminar
February 7-8
Valentine's Day
February 14
  Black Student Luncheon
UC Room 113
February 14 | 12:30 p.m.
  Grandparents' Weekend Registration
Due February 16
  Presidents Day (Classes in session)
February 17
  10th Annual Grandparents' Weekend
February 21-22
  Men's Leadership Retreat
February 21-23
  Alumni Class & Legacy Scholarships
Due February 28
  Relay for Life
March 21-22 
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Parent Relations

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San Diego, CA 92110-2492

(619) 260-4808
http://www.sandiego.edu/parents
parents@sandiego.edu

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San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-4600
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