September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Torero Families,

The academic year has officially begun! Returning students are reconnecting with friends, preparing to rejoin professors in the classroom, and settling into student organizations they have grown to love. Read more.

University Ministry:  A place to belong, believe, and become

What do I believe?  Where and when do I experience God most powerfully?  When do I feel most like my true self?  Where does my deep gladness meet the world’s great hungers?  What is the purpose of my life?

These are the big questions that University Ministry can help your student answer.  University Ministry offers a wide variety of retreats, service projects, immersion trips, faith sharing communities and, of course, student Masses.  All Toreros, regardless of their religious background, are most welcome to attend each of these programs.

Highlights of the fall semester include the first Sunday night student Masses, service projects on campus and in Tijuana, an immersion trip to East LA during Fall Holiday, monthly Community Dinners, weekly meetings of Students for Life, and faith sharing groups that meet weekly in each residence hall.  

Getting involved with University Ministry is easy.  All you have to do is show up!  For more information, visit

Dr. Moisés Barón, named CEO of San Diego Center for Children

After 17 years of service at USD, Dr. Moisés Barón leaves USD to fulfill his new role as CEO for the San Diego Center for Children. Read more about Dr. Barón's work at USD.

Student wellness and adjusting to college takes time

It takes time to get used to and become acquainted with a new environment like USD. It is common for students to struggle navigating their first year of college and other campus transitions. The Wellness Team is here to help! If you have any concerns about your student’s transition to college, please call and encourage your student to visit one of the many Wellness offices.
•    Health and Wellness Promotion
•    Counseling Center
•    Disability and Learning Differences Resource Center
•    Student Health Center

New to USD? Tell us about your orientation experience

Parents and families of new first-year and transfer students, take this online survey to share your experience during OLÉ! Weekend and Transfer Fall Orientation. Your candid responses are critical to future orientation events sponsored by the Office of Parent Relations.

What can your student do to get involved?

The beginning of the year presents many opportunities to get involved at USD. Below are just a few ways your student can learn about what is happening on campus and a list of a few upcoming activities and events.
•    Explore Campus Recreation
•    Visit the Torero Life website
•    Welcome Week is September 3-14
•    Changemaker Fest is September 30-October 4

Renter's Insurance for On-Campus Residents

The Office of Residential Life and the Office of Parent Relations would like to share some information about acquiring renter's insurance for your student's residence room to protect personal belongings.

Financial Aid Information

The Fall 2014 Financial Aid Newsletter provides an overview and important information for students and their parents. USD students are receiving over $179.6 million in financial aid from all sources. USD and USD Donors provide the most: $84.32 million.  For 2013/14, USD students brought with them over $5.49 million in outside private or government sponsored scholarships. They were used to reduce student loans.

Upcoming Career Services Events

Prepare for the Torero Talent Job & Internship Fair
Sept. 12 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm | Serra Hall 215

Sept. 15| Drop in 11 am to 2 pm | Hughes Administration, 110 or Olin Hall Foyer 

Adobe Careers Student Mixer
Sept. 15 | 5 – 6 pm | KIPJ Conference Room, F

Torero Talent Job & Internship Fair
Sept. 16 | 11:30 am - 2 pm | UC Forums

For a description of events, click here.

important dates and events
Welcome Week
Sept. 3-14
  Last day to enroll in class and to drop a class without a "W"
Sept. 12
  Back to College Night 2014
Washington D.C.
Sept. 17 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
  Life Long Learning in NYC 2014
New York, NY
Sept. 18 | 6:30 - 9 p.m.   
  Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 24-25
  Greater Than Yourself Retreat
Sept. 26-28
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