May 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to our E-Newsletter

As another academic year comes to a close, we thank you for your involvement in your student’s USD experience.  We hope you found the monthly e-newsletters helpful to support your student’s educational and personal goals. Throughout the summer, stay connected with the Office of Parent Relations and USD with these upcoming and ongoing opportunities. Click here to read more.

University Ministry

Students can join and participate in University Ministry's final events of the academic year which celebrate students' accomplishments, give thanks for the blessings received, and congratulate graduating seniors and their families as they embark in a life outside of USD. Click here for a list of upcoming events. 

New Updates to the Parent Portal

USD announces new updates to the Parent Portal, soon to be MyUSDStudent Portal, which will replace current access to your student’s USD online information in late-May 2014. Read and learn about system generated emails to parents, single-sign on for the parent portal and CASHNet, billing and payment, and instructions to follow once the conversion happens. Click here for more information.

Sips for Scholarships: Another Success!

The 3rd Annual Sips for Scholarships provided a venue for community, networking, Torero spirit building and, most importantly, fundraising for the Parent Partnership Fund.
This philanthropic weekend event brought together USD parents, alumni, friends and administrators for a Soirée in Sonoma, while USD moms enjoyed a weekend of Sonoma’s best.  USD President, Dr. Mary Lyons welcomed guests at the Sips Soirée at Gloria Ferrer winery for an evening of wine tasting, fabulous food and silent auction.  The event raised $15,000 for rising senior students experiencing unexpected financial hardship.  Over the last three years, the Parent Partnership Fund has supported 46 students to complete their degree and graduate from USD.  
“We’re proud of our efforts and know that these funds are truly making a difference in these students’ lives”, shares Renda Quinn, Director of Parent Relations.  “We thank all of our sponsors and supporters of this event. 

A special thanks to our event sponsor, Bartell Hotels.”
Watch for the next year’s Sips for Scholarships event and plan on joining in the Torero spirit.

Ready for Commencement?!

Commencement Weekend, May 24-25, is a joyous family occasion celebrating your student's accomplishment at USD. Get ready for the weekend by becoming informed about details such as parking, flowers, disability accommodation placards, tickets, live streaming, post commencement reception, and other unique celebrations. Visit the Commencement Website, and "Like" us on Facebook. Staying in close communication with your student also helps in getting ready for the weekend celebration.

Join the Torero Tour: June 18th - 24th!

49’ers Training Facility, San Jose; AT&T Park, San Francisco; Petco Park, San Diego; Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach; Silverleaf Country Club, Phoenix and a Brentwood home in Los Angeles…what do they all have in common?  All are stops on the Torero Tour!

If you live near any of these areas you won’t want to miss the Torero Tour.  It’s a Torero spirit-building, information-gathering, networking and fun-for-all program.  Connect with USD parents and alumni in your area while having a unique opportunity to meet and hear from USD’s undergraduate deans (Arts & Sciences, Business, and Engineering) as well as the Director of Athletics.  Join in the excitement as USD goes on tour!  For more information and to register go to .

It's Almost Finals Week for Students

Finals Week is May 16 and May 19-22. Support your student and wish them good luck. Here are a few suggestions.

•    Read the message by Vice President for Student Affairs, Carmen Vazquez regarding stress-free information as students prepare for final exams.
•    There are designated spaces for students to study 24/7.
Trams are available for students studying late and in need of an escort to return to their residence hall. Click here for details.
•    Send a Care Package to your student. A variety of “Good Luck” care packages are available and can be just the thing your student needs. Click here for details.

Reminders for Financial Aid Applicants and their Parents for 2014-2015

• Log on to MySanDiego Portal and review the Financial Aid Award. Check it regularly!
• Accept the award online on the MySanDiego Portal.
• Check for any outstanding requirements (red flags) under Financial Aid Requirements on the MySanDiego Portal.
• Complete the Financial Aid process to finalize your Financial Aid Award, otherwise the award is estimated until it is finalized.
• Wait to apply for Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans until June 1 or after, as the credit approval is only valid for 90 days.
• Red flags for the Federal Direct Loan will not update on the MySanDiego until mid-July.

For more information and to speak with an administrator in the Financial Aid Office call (619) 260-2700 or visit

Study Abroad Just Like Your Student!

For the first time, USD is embarking upon an Alumni/Parent Trip to Shakespeare’s London! Professor in the Department of English, Dr. David Hay, will lead the trip. He has been teaching and directing Shakespeare for over 40 years. The trip is Oct. 1-9, 2014 and includes (but is not limited to) five nights in London plus two nights in Stratford-upon-Avon, daily breakfast, transportation in London, a tour of The Globe Theatre as well as Q & A and three plays by the Bard (currently: Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, and A Comedy of Errors). Only 16 spaces are available! Cost is $1,900 per person. Designate your return flight to San Diego, CA to join us for USD's Homecoming & Family Weekend October 10 - 12, 2014!

Contact Valerie Attisha ’94, Director of Development in the College of Arts and Sciences, via email or phone (619) 260-6890 for more details about the trip to London.

important dates & events
Cinco de Mayo
May 5
Mother's Day
May 11
Last Day of Classes
May 13
  Study Days
May 14-15
  Finals Feeding Frenzy
May 15 | 5:30 p.m. | Degheri Alumni Center
  Finals Week
May 16 & May 19-22
  Candlelight Mass
May 18 | 9 p.m. | Founders Chapel
  Last Day to Use Meal Plan
May 22
  Residents must move out by noon or 24 hours after last exam
May 23
  Commencement Ceremonies
May 24-25
  Baccalaureate Mass
May 24 | 5 p.m. | Jenny Craig Pavilion
  Memorial Day
May 26
  First Day of Summer Session
June 2
  Flag Day
June 14
  Father's Day
June 15
  Wine Classic
July 13 | Buy your tickets today
  Torero Tour: Los Angeles, CA
June 18 | Register Here
  Torero Tour: Silicon Valley, CA
June 19 | Register Here
  Torero Tour: San Francisco, CA
June 20 | Register Here
parents and families giving to usd
University of San Diego
Parent Relations

5998 Alcalá Park, DAC 217
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

(619) 260-4808

University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-4600
If you wish to be removed from this group's mailing list, click here