March 2015 Newsletter

Dear USD Families,

Thank you to all the families who participated in the 11th Annual Grandparents’ Weekend, February 20-21. Over 400 Torero family members experienced a fun-filled family weekend at the University of San Diego. Families were able to meet USD Changemaker students, tour historic parts of campus, take in a Torero baseball game and enjoy a scrumptious brunch. Most of all, families were able to create priceless memories with their student. Make sure to check out the photos and we'd love to hear your feedback!

We want to thank all of our Parent Ambassadors that came out to the event to help make it as successful as it was: Melinda Atnip, Dave and Vanessa Chavez, Alexia Lucero, Diana Miller, Robin Smith, Bobby Tomlin (with Elaine Lugo), Steve Ward and Theresa Rote. 

Parent Ambassadors are such an important part of Parent Relations and the resources we provide current USD parents and families. If you would like to become a Parent Ambassador and volunteer for upcoming events, please email us at You can see all the upcoming events in the new sections of our newsletter: "Parents Save The Date" and "Parent Volunteer Opportunities".


The Office of Parent Relations 

A Message from Carmen Vazquez,
Vice President for Student Affairs


Dear Torero Families,

Spring Semester is in full swing here at USD! This means, in addition to managing academics, students are solidifying housing for 2015-2016, looking forward to spring break, and exploring new ways to engage in the USD community. Continue Reading....

Be True To Your School Party and Auction Highlights

February’s inaugural “Be True to Your School” Party and Auction was a hit!  We had 160 in attendance and many were decked out in their 50’s gear and school spirit wear.  This fun-filled evening generated over $32,000 for student scholarships awarded through the Parent Partnership Fund.  Many thanks to those who attended and made this a successful event!  View photos here! Continue Reading...

Discovering a Hidden Treasure:  USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Dean, Sally Brosz Hardin, PhD, RN, FAAN, knew her career path early in her youth.  With a love of science, especially anatomy and physiology and chemistry, and inspired by dramatic television programs that featured teachers and nurses, Hardin decided to do both and her direction was set. Continue Reading...

Is Your Student Graduating in May?

Grad Fest marks the start of Commencement season! Your student should plan to attend Grad Fest, March 11 and 12, 2015, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at The USD Torero Store. At Grad Fest students may speak with campus representatives and have their questions answered, place their orders for caps and gowns, announcements, and other Commencement-related items, and have a free photo sitting in cap and gown (provided). Continue Reading...

Living on Campus During Spring Break

Spring Break for all residents is from 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2015. If your student lives in non-continuous housing (all freshmen areas, Alcala Vistas, and San Buenaventura) they must complete the Spring Break Housing Request E Form if they'd like to stay on campus over the break. Continue Reading...


Career Expo and How Your Student Can Prepare For It

Join us at the Career Expo on Thursday, March 19th from 11:30-2:00pm in UC Forums A-C for the opportunity to connect with over 120 companies. Continue Reading... 

The University of San Diego Launches WISE: The World's First Location-Based Platform For Social Learning

On February 10, 2015, the University of San Diego (USD) launched the World Interactive Study Environment (WISE), the first-ever interactive learning platform that allows students and professors to connect classroom concepts with real world discoveries through photographs, videos, interactive conversations and comments all occurring in real time. Continue Reading...

USD Transitioning to be a Smoking and Tobacco-free Campus

The University of San Diego is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive environment for its employees, students and guests. Therefore, USD will be transitioning to a smoking and tobacco-free campus effective August 18, 2015. For more information, visit

Monthly LLC Spotlight: Space, Place and Sound

What turns a space into a place of belonging, a home? USD provides many resources and programs to support your student's engagement and well-being on campus. As your student joins different clubs and organizations, attends events and familiarizes themself with the different departments on campus, we hope they find a home away from home here at USD. This is why we highlight the Living Learning Community of Space, Place and Sound. Continue Reading...



Parents Save the date

Torero Club Events
  March - April ǀ Various Locations

Crew Classic
  March 28-29 ǀ Mission Bay

Alumni Honors
  April 25 ǀ Shiley Theatre

Wine Classic
  July 19 ǀ Joan B. Kroc Institute
  for Peace and Justice

Homecoming and Family
October 16-18 ǀ USD

Founder's Gala
  November 14 ǀ Jenny Craig

parent Volunteer Opportunities

There are several Parent Volunteer Opportunities throughout the school year. Please email us at if you're interested in getting involved with any of the upcoming projects and events.

Parent Corps Care Project:
  Rebuilding Together

  April 25 ǀ San Diego 
  Select the link to read about last 
  year's project.

OLÉ Weekend-Parent

  August 29-30, 2015 

Homecoming and Family

  October 16-18, 2015

Torero Club Liaison
  Coordinate Gatherings for USD 
  parents in your local area.

Important dates and events
 • Summer Session Registration
March 2-30 ǀ Online
March 11 and 12 10am - 6pm ǀ Torero Store
 • Selma 1965 Art Exhibit Reception
March 12 5-8pm ǀ Fine Art Galleries
United Front Multicultural Center Formal Dance
March 13 8pm ǀ San Diego Westin Gaslamp 
St. Patrick's Day
March 17
Priority Deadline for Summer Sessions 2015 Financial Aid Applications
March 17
Annual Kyoto Prize Symposium
March 19 10:30am-12pm ǀ Shiley Theatre
 • Career Services: Career Expo
March 19 11:30am-2pm ǀ UC Forums 
 • USD Chopped: A Campus Cook Off
March 19 12:30-2pm ǀ SLP Plaza Mayor 
 • Changemaker Summer Fellows Application Deadline
March 20
 • Deadline to Select Grade or Pass/Fail Option
March 25
 • Student Alumni Association Etiquette Luncheon
March 26
 • MBA Vets Charity Golf Tournament
March 27  ǀ Riverwalk Golf Club
 • Residents Move Out Before Spring Break
March 28 
 • Spring Break
March 30-April 6 ǀ No Classes
 • Cesar Chavez Day
March 31
 • Easter
April 5
 • Students May Return To Their Rooms
April 5 10:30am
 • Changemaker Challenge Video Deadline
April 8  

Parents and families giving to USD
Learn more about the
Parent Funds.


 Additional Ways To Stay Connected
 SLIC's Events Calendar
 Inside USD
 USD Athletics
 Torero Life
 Commencement Checklist
 2014-2015 Torero Family  Calendar
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