November 2013 Newsletter

Dear Families,

Thank you for joining us for USD’s Big Blue Bash Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 11-13!  The entire campus community came together to celebrate. Alumni, parents, students, faculty and administrators reconnected with one another and enjoyed a weekend filled with exciting events. The weekend included open houses, outdoor adventure activities, the Big Blue Bash Kick-Off Party, Tailgate and Picnic, a nail-biting Torero football victory game, class reunions, Mass and much more. Click here to read about the recipients of the Parents Association Award of Excellence and the Torero Parents of the Year Award.

University Ministry

During this month of gratitude, University Ministry offers a number of creative programs designed to help our community live gratefully and mindfully – even in the midst of all the busyness of the academic year. As always, everyone is welcome to participate in all that we offer. For detailed information of University Ministry announcements, go to Click here to learn about upcoming events, retreats and services.
•    Tijuana Day Trip: Nov. 9
•    Search Retreat: Nov. 15 – 17

The Parent Partnership Fund: Bridging the Gap

Unexpected financial hardship can be very difficult for families when they have a student in college.  Three years ago the USD Parents Association Board created the Parent Partnership Fund after discovering many students who had fallen on unexpected financial hardship could not afford to return to USD and finish their degree.  With the average need being approximately $2,700, the Parent Board knew they could make a difference.  Click here to read more about the Parent Partnership Fund.

Freshmen Leadership Course

We want our students to get involved right away at USD! One of the best ways to do that is through the Emerging Leaders class, a 2-credit introductory leadership course for freshmen. It is a collaborative program with the Department of Leadership Studies and the Student Leadership and Involvement Center. This course provides an introduction to leadership concepts relevant for being a student leader at USD. It is designed to provide exposure to different involvement opportunities, engage in leadership, and provide a basic understanding of leadership concepts and models from an academic perspective. Encourage your student to register for the Spring 2014 Emerging Leaders course, LEAD 161, through the MySanDiego Portal.

Preparing for the Thanksgiving Holiday: A Message from Residential Life

With the Thanksgiving Holiday around the corner, Residential Life shares a few things to remember as your student makes their way home. Click here to learn how your student can prepare for the Thanksgiving break and to learn about information concerning intersession and summer housing.

Email Outreach Campaign

Parents and families whose student began at USD just this Fall 2013 can expect an email from a Parents Association Board member or a Parent Ambassador. The email is meant to connect you with another USD parent and offer support in your student's transition, offering peer-to-peer advice.  Also remember the Office of Parent Relations is available to answer your questions and discuss any concerns.

Send Your Torero A Care Package

A care package is the perfect treat for every USD student. The Torero Store offers a variety of baskets suitable for every occasion: birthdays, holidays, final exams or just because! Baskets may include food, balloons, cake, Torero gear and more. Click here to order a care package for your student.

USD Commencement

It's never too early to start planning for Commencement! Visit the Commencement website, where you will find important information on tickets and lodging as well as details on Commencement activities and events. Download or print the Commencement Guide for Graduates and Guests, a handy graduation resource to prepare for an exciting Commencement weekend. Be sure to “like” University of San Diego Commencement on Facebook to view reminders and the most up-to-date Commencement information. We look forward to celebrating with you in May 2014!

important dates and events
Class reservation begins for spring semester
November 1
Engineering Career Fair
November 7 | 1-4 p.m.
  Networking Happy Hour in Newport Beach, CA
November 7 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Veterans Day
November 11 | Classes in session
  Chicago Panel & Networking
November 13 | 6-8:30 p.m. 
  University Ministry Search Retreat
November 15-17
  Maui Pau Hana
November 18 | 5-7 p.m. 
November 27-December 5 
  Thanksgiving Holiday
November 27-29 | No classes 
  Thanksgiving Day
November 28
November 28-29 | Offices closed

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