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, perhaps with an outdoor trip or outing.  (

It’s an exciting time on campus!  Seniors are attending the annual Career Expo, scheduled for April 10, to plan for life after USD. Rising sophomore, junior, and senior students are deciding which residence hall they will live in next year. USD spring sports are in action and end-of-the-year events are on the horizon. Enjoy these spring weeks and encourage your student to continue to manage academics, social events, exercising, and other healthy habits.


The Office of Parent Relations

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

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Message from Student Affairs

Carment Vasquez picture Dear 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 4, 2011 marks the beginning of 2011 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  Please refer your student to this website if specific details about the registration process are needed. Additionally, a One Stop Counselor is available at (619) 260-2700, if your student prefers to speak with someone directly.  The One Stop Student Center (Hahn University Center, Room 126) is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and remains open until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Now is a great time for important and powerful discussions with students about early finals preparation and personal self-care.  Without proper planning and time management, students may miss out on needed sleep, make unhealthy choices about eating, use energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages for artificial energy boosts, all in an effort to “make it through finals” and maintain a high GPA.  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 (, phone (619) 260- 4618). We want to do everything possible to help students achieve their fullest academic potential.

If your student continues to explore living options for next year, remember our on-campus sign-up period is underway until April 15, 2011.  For students graduating, or for those considering off-campus living, I encourage you to have your student review our guide to off-campus living at: 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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University Ministry

ministry pictureAll members of the class of 2011, and their families, are welcomed and encouraged to attend the traditional Baccalaureate Mass. Tickets are not required.

Baccalaureate Mass is at 5 p.m., May 21 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

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.

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Commencement 2011

usd_graduationCongratulations to the families whose students will participate in Commencement Weekend, May 22 and 23. 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 at the Office of the Registrar. Many of the questions you and your student will have can be answered by exploring the Commencement Web site.

bartell_hotelsVisit the USD Torero Store at for information on regalia (cap and gown), class rings, diploma frames, and more. Also, as you make arrangements to partake in the 2011 Commencement Ceremonies, consider lodging at Bartell Hotels or call for reservation at
(800) 345-9995.

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Senior Photos

Classic Photography will photograph graduating seniors in their complete regalia. There is no fee nor any obligations to purchase. Seniors should visit , call (833) 822-2897, or email for more information.

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Class Registration for Fall Semester

As an important first step in the Fall, 2011 registration process, students should arrange a meeting with their academic advisor in order to discuss what classes they should be enrolling in as well as discussing their overall academic progress. For freshmen students, their assigned preceptor is their academic advisor. If additional advising is necessary, students should contact the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at

At this meeting, the advisor and student will together examine the student’s DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System), which is an online resource that tracks the student’s progress towards completion of their degree. Based on what courses are outstanding for the core curriculum (, as well as for their major, a schedule of classes is formulated, as well as a backup list in case these classes are unavailable. Students who are undeclared, and who are still trying to explore major options, are advised to take core curriculum classes in areas they might consider for a major. They are also directed to Career Services, where they can utilize the vast resources available to help them make this decision (

Since students register according to how many units they have completed (, freshman are typically the last to be eligible to register, and hence may not be able to find open slots in classes they want to take in the fall semester. The advisor will explain to the student a number of strategies to use in this case. One is to enroll in one of the back-up classes identified at their advising meeting. Another is to contact the department offering the closed class section to see if any waitlists exist for the class. A third alternative is to wait to see if a slot opens up in a closed class section. This frequently happens, during the summer and especially during the first few days of classes, when large numbers of students change their schedules. Yet another strategy students can use for Arts and Sciences classes is to ‘crash’ a class. This means the students go to the first class meeting and appeal to the instructor to let them into their class. Using these different strategies, we find that students will eventually secure a class schedule that is satisfactory and keeps them on track. (It will often be necessary to enroll in available courses in order to meet a minimum number of units to maintain full-time student status or for specific scholarship or financial aid situations).

Another purpose of the advising meeting prior to class registration is to discuss the student’s academic progress. The advisor can direct students to resources available on campus to help them deal with any type of difficulty they are experiencing, including tutoring programs, workshops on time management or how to deal with the stress of exam time. Students are also encouraged to utilize the services of the Center for Student Success, which runs many of these workshops and can work with them on an Academic Assistant Plan to help them achieve their academic goals. For more information on the Center for Student Success, go to

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Meal Plan Sign Ups

Starting the week of April 4, students may sign up for their 2011-12 meal plan via the MySanDiego portal. For details about the plans, please go to and click on “Meal Plans”.

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Care Packages

Order by May 5 and send one of our unique custom USD care packages to your student. Choose from “Brain Food for Finals”, the “Graduation Package”, and many more online

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The Parent Partnership Fund

Helping students bridge the financial gap on their way to graduation.
Imagine being within one semester of earning your degree at USD and due to a lack of finances, dropping out or transferring to another institution are your only choices.  Last year, that was the scenario for approximately 135 students.  These students exhausted every financial avenue and had nowhere else to turn.  This year, the USD Parents Association established the Parent Partnership Fund to help students who are within a few semesters of completing their USD education bridge the financial gap between the awarded financial aid and their unmet need.

According to the USD Financial Aid office this is one of the most devastating recessions they have seen where students from all income levels are affected.  The approximately $350,000 in emergency funds set aside by the University for financial aid was enough prior to these hard economic times.  With so many students still in need, however, this sum has become insufficient. The Parents Association Board, therefore, created this fund for the sole purpose of providing additional aid to students, preferably seniors, who are at risk of withdrawing and not receiving the USD degree they have worked so hard to procure.

The USD Parents Association Development Committee chairs, Bonnie and Jim Trumbull, along with Parents Association President, Susan Hassett, were instrumental in creating this fund.  “We were stunned when we heard the statistics– that proven students, close to completing their education had nowhere else to turn and were forced to withdraw from USD”, the Trumbulls stated.  “The Parent Partnership Fund will allow students to reach their goals and achieve their dream of graduation.  It’s truly heartwarming to know that we can make a difference for so many members of our USD family”.

Contributions to this fund will be available to qualified students who meet the appropriate protocols as set forth by the University. Every dollar of this fund, administered by the Office of Financial Aid, will be awarded annually to students in need.

Parent Board President, Susan Hassett added, “As parents, we are driven by what is best for our children.  The USD Parent Board is no different.  At the heart of every project we ask ourselves, ‘How does this best serve our students’?  I am thrilled to say that the Parent Partnership Fund does just that.  Participating in this initiative allows students to financially persist and obtain a postsecondary degree.  This financial resource will fulfill the dream of a college education, a dream every parent can share”.

To contribute to the Parent Partnership Fund, visit or for information call the Office of Parent Relations at (619)260-4808.

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USD Knowledge Transfer Discusses
Sports Marketing and Management

This exciting networking program was created by the USD Parents Association and aims to put your student in direct contact with USD alumni and parents. A panel of parent and alumni experts answers students’ questions by providing insight on a particular field, varying perspectives on the job market within the field, and it’s an opportunity for students to share their interest. We invite all students to attend this spring’s Knowledge Transfer on the topic of Sports Marketing and Management.

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: noon–2:00 p.m.
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Rotunda and Theatre
Cost: Free, Free, Free

For more details and information on how to get involved and be part of this career network for USD students, visit our website (

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USD to host Kyoto Prize Laureate

The 2010 Kyoto Prize Laureate for Arts and Philosophy is William Kentridge a renowned visual artist, writer, dramatist and filmmaker. USD will host Kentridge at 10:00 a.m., April 6, at the Shiley Theatre. Thanks to a grant from the Inamori Foundation and many generous supporters, the symposium lecture is open to the public at no charge. However, registration is required. Register at

For additional information, contact Michelle Dominguez, Office of the Vice President at (619) 260-4222 or visit
Learn more about the Kyoto Symposium

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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. Here are just a few programs. For more information and a thorough list of other classes, please visit us at or at

Certificate in Business for the Arts
Effective Grant Writing/Proposal Writing
Dates: April 13, 20, and 27
The goal of this course is to educate students about the grant process, teach how to find funders, and most importantly, how to develop strong proposals. Learn more…

Certificate in Event Management
Event Marketing
Dates: April 6, 13, and 20
This course examines how to use events to promote products and services in Event Management. Learn more…

Certificate in Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development
Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis 102
Dates: Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 27 and Tuesday, May 3
Students of this course should have a prior understanding of the financial basics taught in Real Estate Investment and Income Analysis 101. The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to apply their analytical skills to ‘real’ projects and investments. Learn more…

Business Development
Dates: April 12, 19, and 26
With the buzzwords for 2011 being “business” and “recession” it is crucial to give your business an edge and ensure that none of your businesses end up in recession.
Learn more…

For more information on program details, please contact Adriana Serrano at or call (619) 260-5976.

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Experiential Learning and Adventure Center: Spring 2011

adventure_centerApril 2011 offers a diverse selection of fun outdoor activities. Find out more here!

There are many outdoor and adventure opportunities for your student this spring! Give the gift of exploring San Diego by getting them a gift certificate or encouraging them to sign up for a trip. The staff and guides at the Adventure Center have answers to all your questions! Visit our website at

Registration is now available online, Gift Certificates can also be purchased online here. Our rental center has great deals during the month of April! From kayaks to sleeping bags, we have all the gear your student will need to have a great time outdoors for very low student rates!

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USD Alumni Honors

basketball courtAlumni Honors, the University of San Diego’s premier alumni recognition event, will be held on Saturday, June 4 in the Shiley Theatre and Camino/Founders Patio. You are invited to be a part of this special evening which pays tribute to the exceptional achievements of nine outstanding alumni. For more information, please call (619) 260-4819 or visit

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Homecoming and Family Weekend 2011

What better excuse could there possibly be than to join us for a huge celebration?! Homecoming and Family Weekend is a combined weekend filled with exciting activities to reconnect with your student, revisit your alma mater, and enjoy sunny San Diego. Mark your calendar for September 30-October 2. Keep an eye out for invitations and more information.

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Upcoming Alumni, Parent and Family Events

Upcoming Events Around the World
New York Lifelong Learning Event
Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
New York, NY

European Reunion
June 24-26
Heusenstamm, Germany

Pageant of the Masters and Pre-Performance Gathering
Saturday, July 9 at 6 p.m.
Laguna Beach, CA

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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 24 and will be held on campus. To see more information for this event and to reserve your tickets visit

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Torero Update

usd_rowingSpring sports have kicked off the season with Baseball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s Golf and Crew, and Women’s Track and Rowing. Check out the Torero Athletics at Special events are also happening at USD such as the Crew Classic 38th Regatta and the USD Torero Football Classic. Learn more…

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Important Dates to Remember

April 21-25 — Easter Break (no classes)
May 10 — Last day of classes
May 11-12 — Study days
May 13-19 — Final exams
May 21-22 — Commencement Weekend
May 31 — First day of first summer session
For more dates during the 2010-2011 year, click here.
For more dates during the 2011-2012 year, click here.

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seal Renda Quinn
Director, Parent Relations

Karina Viaud
Assistant Director, Parent Relations

Louis Vargas
Executive Assistant, Parent Relations

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