December 2014  Newsletter

Happy Holidays, USD Families!

Warm holiday greetings from the Office of Parent Relations!  December truly marks the time of the year for reflection and celebration. This month your student will be engaged with finals from December 15-19. To help support your student, we encourage you to pay special attention to the Vice President for Student Affairs’ message and Final Exams Resource article. There are many services planned in December to prepare your student for their studies, take a moment to enjoy delicious treats, and allow time to reflect on their journey during the fall semester.

This month we also want to celebrate and extend our congratulations to those of you whose students are completing their graduation requirements this fall semester.  Visit the USD Commencement Website for information about the Celebration Mass on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 4 p.m. in Founders Chapel.

We wish all of your students the best of luck with finals and end-of-semester projects.

The Office of Parent Relations wishes you and your family safe travels and look forward to welcoming your students back to campus in 2015. Blessings and peace during this Christmas and holiday season!

Warmest Wishes,
 The Office of Parent Relations

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Final Exams: Success! Not Stress.
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Be True To Your School Party and Silent Auction
On Saturday, February 21st we will kick off our first annual 50’s-themed “Be True to Your School” Party and Silent Auction at USD. With fifties music, tasty food and unique silent auction items, this party is sure to be full of fun and excitement. Learn more....

“Just One” Campaign for Student Internships
Help support and empower Toreros by partnering with us to launch University of San Diego students into fulfilling lives and successful careers after graduation. Continue reading...

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mitchell Malachowski
Dr. Malachowski's unique and forward approach to teaching led to his recognition as the 2014 California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE). See article.

Financial Aid Reminder
All students must reapply each year for Financial Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available January 1, 2015 on the web at  It’s easy, convenient and fast!  The USD Office of Financial Aid provides a Guide to Re-Applying for Financial Aid on the Financial Aid website. Continue reading….           

Message From Auxiliary Services
The last day to use your fall semester Meal Plan is Thursday, December 18! Learn more about special events and meals available through USD Dining. Don’t forget that USD Torero Store offers special discounts in December and an opportunity to buy back books. See entire list of events….

Greek Life Spring Recruitment
Joining a sorority or fraternity is a lifelong commitment to living one’s values and an opportunity to enhance the student experience at USD. Spring Recruitment will begin in January. Learn more about how your student can get involved.

Attention Sophomore Parents!
Career Services, Student Affairs and University Ministry are teaming up to offer a brand new program especially for your student, called Half Time. This new offering is designed specifically to meet the needs of Sophomore students. More details...        

Monthly LLC Spotlight: Faith & Reason
The holidays are such a prominent time in which religion plays a big role in family celebrations and traditions. This is why we chose to highlight Faith & Reason LLC for the December newsletter. For more information click here.

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2014-2015 Torero Family Calendar

important USD dates and events
•  Last Day of Classes
Dec. 12
Alumni Christmas Mass
Dec. 13 5-6 pm ǀ Founders Chapel
 • Candlelight Mass
Dec. 14 9pm ǀ Founders Chapel
Final Examination Week
Dec. 15-18
Dec. 16-24
 • Last Day to Use Meal Plan
Dec. 18 
 • Mid-Year Graduates Celebration Mass
Dec. 19 4-5pm ǀ Founders Chapel 
 • Residents Must Move Out of Residence Halls
Dec. 20 or 24 hours after the last final
 • Offices Closed
Dec. 24-Jan. 1
 • Chirstmas Day
Dec. 25
 • Kwanzaa
Dec. 26-Jan. 1
 • New Year's Day
Jan. 1
 • Intersession 2015
Jan. 5-23
 • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Jan. 19 ǀ No Class & Offices Closed
 • New Transfer Student Orientation
Jan. 22-24
 • Residents Move-in For Spring Semester
Jan. 23
 • Spring Semester Classes Begin
Jan. 26

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