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parent relations newsletter - april 2012
Dear USD Families,

It’s hard to believe that April is here; spring break has come and gone and final exams are right around the corner. Spring is a wonderful time in San Diego and we hope your student will take time to enjoy the outdoors, with USD Outdoor Adventures. Visit www.sandiego.edu/outdoor for more information.

It’s an exciting time on campus! Seniors are preparing for Commencement on May 26 and 27 while rising sophomore, junior, and senior students are deciding which residence hall to live in next year. USD spring sports are in action and end-of-the-year events are on the horizon. Encourage your student to continue to manage academics, social events, exercise, and other healthy habits.

As USD approaches the end of the academic year, the Office of Parent Relations would like to provide a few tips to stay connected with the community during the summer months.

  • Add www.sandiego.edu/parents as a favorite to stay in tune with our resources.
  • Have you missed our previous newsletters? They are archived and always accessible.
  • Are you a facebook fan of USDParents? Be informed! Become a fan at www.facebook.com/USDParents!
  • View the Wall Calendar online to stay aware of dates, deadlines, and events.
  • Parent Ambassador Program is always recruiting parents to become ambassadors. Find out more here.
  • Mark your calendar for Homecoming and Family Weekend: October 12–14.
As always, enjoy the newsletter and contact us anytime with any questions you have.


Renda Quinn Karina Viaud Louis Vargas
Renda Quinn '86
Karina Viaud '02
Assistant Director
Louis Vargas '09
Executive Assistant

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Message from VP of Student Affairs

Carmen Vasquez PictureDear Torero Families,

As we quickly approach the end of the spring semester, our students are balancing a great deal of tasks. Students are beginning to prepare for finals, make decisions about fall classes, express excitement about commencement, and explore housing options for the summer and the coming academic year.

April 2, 2012 marks the beginning of 2012 fall class registration and can serve as a great conversation starter for you and your student about academic planning. Showing interest in your student’s fall classes will remind your student to prioritize registration and may initiate discussion about how academic course work will enhance marketability to future employers. Registration information can be found at www.sandiego.edu/registrar.

Now is a great time for important and powerful discussions with students about early finals preparation and personal self-care. Without proper planning students may miss out on needed sleep, make unhealthy choices about eating, and use energy drinks or other artificial energy boosts, all in an effort to “make it through finals”. Talk to your student about appropriate self-care. It may be helpful to encourage your student to divide large semester projects into small chunks and designate specific study times for finals. If, during your discussion, you find your student needs help with finals preparation, reports feeling stressed, or could benefit from some added support, please refer your student to our wellness support resources. We want to do everything possible to help students achieve their fullest academic potential.

If your student will be living on campus next year our on-campus sign-up process continues through April 20, 2012. For students graduating, or for those considering off campus living, I encourage you to have your student review our guide to off-campus living. This guide discusses the increased level of personal responsibility that comes with managing monthly rent, paying multiple bills, commuting, and making wise decisions about wellness and safety.

Thank you for supporting your student’s USD experience.

In Torero Spirit,

Carmen M. Vazquez
Vice President for Student Affairs

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USD Honor Roll of Donors

Dear Friends,

In our ongoing effort to “Be Blue, Go Green” at USD, our 2011 Honor Roll of Donors is now available exclusively online at www.sandiego.edu/giving/honorroll. I want to thank each of you who gave so generously to support our university’s mission in 2011. On behalf of our students, faculty, alumni, staff, and the entire Torero family, thank you! Please know that we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of our donor recognition within the Honor Roll. If you have any comments or questions, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at annualgiving@sandiego.edu or at (619) 316-8259.

Mary E. Lyons, PhD

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University Ministry

university ministry Baccalaureate Mass at 5 p.m., May 26 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion: All members of the class of 2012, and their families, are welcomed and encouraged to attend the traditional Baccalaureate Mass. Tickets are not required. While the liturgy is a Eucharistic celebration in the Catholic tradition, students and families of all faith traditions are warmly welcomed to attend. The mass is an opportunity to thank God for the many gifts received during their time at USD as well as ask God’s blessing on our graduates as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.

LIFE Week is April 23–27: A USD tradition, LIFE Week celebrates the dignity of the human person by drawing attention to a variety of life challenges. This year’s topics include poverty, human trafficking, the death penalty, domestic violence, and abortion/adoption. For more information about all the week’s events, please click here.

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Leadership Workshop with Ken and Margie Blanchard

Want to Know More about Leadership? Learn from the Best!

USD’s School of Business presents an opportunity to learn what it takes to become an effective leader from America’s premier husband and wife authorities on leadership: Drs. Ken Blanchard and Margie Blanchard. Ken Blanchard is one of America’s most prolific authors of books on leadership; and he is a popular keynote speaker sought after by organizations wanting to develop leadership effectiveness in their people. Margie Blanchard is an influential keynote speaker and leadership researcher, with a special passion for inspiring women to lead at a higher level. Read more here.

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USD Knowledge Transfer Discusses
International Business

The USD Knowledge Transfer discusses the economic and financial aspects of a career in the international business sector. Moderated by Denise Dimon, PhD and Professor of Economics and Director of USD's Ahlers Center for International Business, students will gain knowledge and make connections that will assist them as they explore careers in International Business, and network with professionals consisting of USD parents and alumni that can lead to valuable opportunities. USD welcomes guest panelists:

  • Hector Cuellar P’12, President of McGladrey Capital Markets, LLC
  • Everett Hernandez ’87, President of Advanze, Inc. and President/CEO Chairman of the Board, Latin American Multimedia Corp.
  • Diego Piacentini P’15, Senior Vice President of International Retail for Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Cindy Basso-Eaton ’89, P’14, President of Global Healing
  • Jorge Guerra ’84, Senior Vice President International Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Encourage your student to save the date for the upcoming Knowledge Transfer on International Business scheduled for April 26, 2012 at 12–2 p.m. at Institute for Peace & Justice Theater.

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Commencement 2012

commencement 2012 Congratulations to the families whose students will participate in Commencement Weekend on May 26 and 27. Families should have received an information packet from the Office of Parent Relations. The commencement packet was mailed to families using the student’s permanent address on record in the Office of the Registrar. Many of the questions you and your student have can be answered by exploring the Commencement Web site. If you need a disability permit for the Commencement Ceremony, please call the Office of Parent Relations at (619) 260-4808 or email us at parents@sandiego.edu. Also, as you make arrangements to partake in the 2012 Commencement Ceremony, consider lodging at Bartell Hotels or call to make a reservation at (800) 345-9995.

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School Pride Has a New Ring to It!

New USD Class ring! USD introduces the new class ring. What a great gift for your student’s accomplishment of graduating from USD! Visit the website at www.usdtorerostores.com/site-ring.asp for more information.

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Senior Class Legacy

Encourage your student to make their Senior Class Legacy Gift! The Senior Class Legacy Scholarship project has been supporting students for more than 20 years. Every gift, no matter the amount, supports USD students’ education. Your student can make their gift at www.sandiego.edu/seniorclasslegacy.

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Faculty Spotlight: Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD
by Mary Levine, Parent Board Member, P’12, P’14

When His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, addresses the USD community on April 18, he will be visiting an old friend. Professor Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at USD, lived in the same village as the Dalai Lama for 15 years during her journey to become a Buddhist monk. Dr. Karma Lekshe Tsomo has been a part of the USD community since 2000. Her Religion courses are highly sought after by students on all levels. Her classes range from Buddhist Thought and Culture, World Religions, Nature of Religion and Religious and Political Identities in the Global Community. Read more.

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Career Services
by Patti Behr P ’13, Parent Board Member

Now that the first semester is behind us and we are well into the spring semester, I’m sure discussions have come up with your student about their plans for the upcoming summer. There are many choices. I feel the most important question one should ask is what does your student foresees in the immediate future like summer school, internships, and part time jobs but also what does your student see for their future after USD and beyond. Read more here.

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Office of Corporate and Professional Education

USD Parents, you too, can come to USD as a student! Many professional development and personal enrichment classes are offered through USD’s Office of Corporate and Professional Education that might interest you and your future plans.


Summer Programs For more information and a thorough list of other classes, please visit us at www.sandiego.edu/ce or at www.sandiego.edu/success

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Outdoor Adventure and CASA Offer Trips

Spring Trips: April 21–22, Outdoor Adventures has a comprehensive selection of spring semester outings appropriate for every interest and experience level.

Weekly Outdoor Adventure Trips: Outdoor Adventures provides students off-campus programming specifically developed to promote learning and awareness of the great outdoors. Read more here.

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Center for Awareness Service and Action (CASA)

There are many local volunteer opportunities available through Volunteer San Diego. Staff from CASA can help connect students with these opportunities. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/csl/casa or call (619) 260-4206).

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Save the Date for Homecoming and
Family Weekend

Homecoming and Family Weekend is October 12–14, 2012! Mark your calendars! Parents, families, friends, and alumni are all invited to partake in a weekend celebrating your membership to the USD community. This is also an opportunity to nominate a member of the USD community for the Parents Association Award of Excellence. All students are encouraged to nominate their parents or family member for the Torero Parents of the Year Award. Both award recipients will be acknowledged during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

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USD Dining Services: Purchase your Meal Plan

New meal plans for 2012–13 are available for purchase starting April 1, 2012 via the MySanDiego portal. Having an on-campus meal plan saves your student money, time, and supports the university. Please review the new terms and conditions on the dining web site before selecting your meal plan at www.sandiego.edu/dining/mealplans. Meal plans are available for ALL students (residents, commuters, undergraduate, graduate and law students).

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Care Packages

Send one of our unique custom USD Care Packages to your student. Choose from Graduation Package, Study Packs, Congratulations, Snack Pack, and more. For more choices and how to order, visit www.usdtorerostores.com.

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USD Alumni Honors

Alumni Honors, the University of San Diego’s premier alumni recognition event, is April 28 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. You are invited to be a part of this special evening which pays tribute to the exceptional achievements of outstanding alumni. For more information, please visit www.sandiego.edu/alumni/honors.

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Upcoming Parent, Family and Alumni Events

The USD Alumni Association invites parents and family members to attend these upcoming events. Please click here for more information including registration details. Connect with the USD community in your hometown area!

Congratulatory Phoning Night
for Central Coast
April 4 at 6 p.m., Central Coast

Phoenix Admission
Congratulatory Calling
April 5 at 6 p.m., Phoenix, AZ

Spring Skiing at Keystone
& Alumni Lunch
April 11 at 12 p.m., Denver, CO

SOLES 40th Anniversary Happy Hour
April 1 at 5:30 p.m., SOLES USD

4th Annual School of Business
Golf Tournament
April 1 at 11:30 a.m., School of Business USD

Alcala 100 Reception
April 16 at 5 p.m., USD

USD Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion & Networking
April 18 at 5:30 p.m., North County San Diego, CA

Take a Torero to Lunch
April 19 at 12:15 p.m., USD

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USD Wine Classic Tickets Available!

Tickets to the USD Wine Classic are now available. The event is scheduled for Sunday, July 22 and will be held on campus. To see more information for this event and to reserve your tickets visit www.sandiego.edu/wineclassic.

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Torero Athletics

Check out the latest news on our Torero athletes. For more information about all Torero teams, season tickets, Torero gear, and more go to www.usdtoreros.com.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

April 5–9: Good Friday, Easter Break (no classes), and Offices are closed April 6
April 30: Earth Day
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
May 14: Last day of classes
May 15–16: Study days
May 17–23: Final exams
May 26–27: Commencement Weekend
May 27: Memorial Weekend
June 4: First day of summer session
September 5: Classes begin fall 2012

Take a look at the following calendars for other important dates and deadlines:

Parent Relations Calendar 2011–2012

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Academic Calendar 2011–2012

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Torero Life

Torero Life

USD News Center: Learn more about what's going on Inside USD

USD News Center

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Office of Parent Relations
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