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parent relations newsletter - december 2011
Dear USD Parents Families,

Happy new year to you all! The campus is alive with the return of students reconnecting with friends and meeting at the Student Life Pavilion for lunch or grabbing a cup of java at Aromas. Classes are back in session and the San Diego weather is just lovely. USD also welcomes over 170 new spring transfer students and their families.

For parents of first year students, you may be amazed that your student has already completed half of their first year at USD. Meanwhile, parents of graduating seniors are marveling at how fast the last two or four years have gone. For these two reasons, we encourage you to review the wall calendar to re-familiarize yourself with key suggestions that will assist your first-year student to successfully complete their freshmen year. Parents whose students are graduating in May must acquaint themselves with the Commencement Guide to prepare for your student’s graduation. Either way, the Office of Parent Relations joins you in celebrating your student’s accomplishments.

We’re excited about the upcoming Grandparents’ Weekend, February 24-25. Visit www.sandiego.edu/parents to read a full description of the weekend activities and to register. Finally, we conclude with the following: Did you know…

  • You can view past Parent Newsletters
  • The Parent Ambassador Program has 39 active members in its first semester of operation. Learn about the Parent Ambassador Program and sign up.
  • There are 361 Parent Facebook fans. Help us reach 500 fans by May. “Like Us” today at www.facebook.com/USDParents
  • The band, Van-Halen has a new song called “Tattoo”.
  • Parent Career Network is designed to help USD students secure an internship or a summer job to gain practical skills.
We are here to assist you by phone at (619) 260-4808, email at parents@sandiego.edu, or visit us at www.sandiego.edu/parents. We are hopeful that the Parent Newsletter becomes, and for the rest of you continues to be, a USD resource.


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 Picture Dear Torero Families,

The month of December can be a stressful, yet exciting time for students. As your student prepares for final exams and eagerly anticipates the winter break, your support will help your son or daughter successfully navigate through these last few weeks of the semester and transition into the holiday season.

During finals, many students experience high levels of anxiety, struggle with time-management, and often compromise their physical health in an effort to ensure academic success. Please talk with your student about the importance of implementing healthy coping strategies during this time. Good nutrition and proper sleep, combined with exercise and physical activity, will serve to help your student stay focused and manage the various tasks ahead. If your student needs additional support during this time, please encourage him or her to visit the Counseling Center (Counseling Center web site; phone: 619-260-4655).

Parents and students have acknowledged the importance of revisiting family expectations to ensure a positive winter break. In addition to anticipating a well deserved break, college students typically have a strong desire to reconnect with family members and old friends, along with maintaining their college relationships. Your son or daughter may be home for over a month, and during this extended time period, challenges related to college independence and parental/family expectations can arise. This can also be a challenging time for sibling relationships, as roles and expectations have shifted while your college student has been away. Communicate and agree on clear expectations, create regular opportunities to check in throughout the month, and discuss compromises as challenges are presented. Facilitating communication between all members of the household goes a long way to foster a positive experience for everyone.

The winter break is an important time to reflect on your student’s USD experience. Celebrate your student’s successes and develop strategies to address challenges or concerns. If your student is struggling academically, the Center for Student Success can help your son or daughter with referrals to various USD resources designed to support his or her academic success (Center for Student Success web site; phone: 619-260-5995).

Thank you for being a caring member of our USD community. Please continue to show your Torero pride by supporting the many athletic events occurring throughout the winter break (Athletics website). I look forward to our continued partnership in 2012.

Happy Holidays,
Carmen M. Vazquez
Vice President for Student Affairs

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The 2011 President’s Report

The University of San Diego continues to fortify its reputation as a global leader in educational excellence, intellectual discovery and student development. We take great pride in our accomplishments over the 2010-2011 academic years, and look forward to the myriad opportunities that lie ahead. Inside this year's 2011 President's Report, you will find examples of some of our most notable recent achievements, and you will have the opportunity to learn about our journey toward developing new perspectives, new understandings, new skills and ultimately, new directions.

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USD Ranked #1 in Students Participation in Study Abroad Programs

USD now ranks first in the nation in terms of the percentage of undergraduate students who participate in study abroad programs! The new rankings from the Institute for International Education were released this month in the annual Open Doors Report. Based on data from the 2009-2010 academic years, 71.4% of our undergraduate students participated in study abroad programs. Our number one national ranking puts us ahead of other "top ten" campuses such as Pepperdine University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, University of Notre Dame, and American University. The full ranking is available here.

Since the opening of the USD International Center in 2007, USD has risen from not being ranked among the top 40 doctorate institutions in the Open Doors publication, to sixth in 2008, and second each of the last two years. This rise in the number of USD students studying abroad is a testament to the USD faculty and staff who committed several years ago to internationalization as a strategic priority for the campus. This achievement also reflects the expanding number of USD faculty who teach our students around the world and our students' and their families' appreciation of the importance of international educational experiences.

The USD Office of International Studies Abroad has worked extremely hard to create quality academic study abroad programs for all majors in over 35 different countries. Dr. Denise Dimon, Associate Provost for International Affairs, anticipates that future efforts will focus on designing more creative and innovative international programs. "We will design and develop new partnerships and ways to partner, perhaps develop USD Centers or other organizational "presence" in a few strategic non-U.S. locations, create more international dual degree programs, and enhance opportunities in countries and regions currently not well served. These ideas are coming from the USD community. My hope is that the International Center can provide a platform to help transform these ideas into a reality. We are just beginning."

This is a magnificent USD accomplishment in which we can all take pride and celebrate!

Julie H. Sullivan, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost

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Faculty Spotlight: Marko Svetina, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance

By Mary Levine, Parents Association Board Member

Marko Svetina, PhD The University of San Diego can boast about its amazing faculty. USD Business School faculty member Dr. Marko Svetina, who just received his third award since joining the faculty in 2008, is certainly one of them. The newest award, the "SBA Dual Excellence Award", is in recognition for exemplary accomplishments in teaching and research. Dr. Svetina has previously been awarded the Professor of the Year in 2010 and the IMBA Cohort Outstanding Professor award in 2009. Read more…

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Library Hours During Finals Week

The Copley Library will be open 24 hours from December 5–December 20. It will begin its 24-hour rotation Monday, December 5 at 7 a.m. until Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. As students prepare for finals week, the Copley Library will serve as an ideal place to study.

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Finals Feast Pack

Finals are coming! Order your student a Finals Feast Pack for only $19.99. With a healthy mix of snacks, sweets, and refreshments, this care package will provide a much needed and appreciated boost. Customize your gift by adding on additional USD items for your Torero.

Package Includes:
Smart Water
Powerade — Orange
Peace Tea — Sweet Lemon
Chex Mix — Traditional
Jack Links Beef Jerky
Pepperidge Farms Milk Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
Energy Club Fancy Mojo Trail Mix
King Size Snickers

To order, visit www.usdtorerostores.com and click the Gift Packages tab at the top. You can find this delicious deal located under the Study Packs link.

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Airport Transportation for Students

Your student’s flight is booked and bags will be packed at the last minute (probably filled with an early gift of laundry!), but how is your student going to get to the airport on time? Super Shuttle and Orange Cab offer service to and from the San Diego airport and the USD campus. To make a reservation, call Super Shuttle at (800) 974-8885 or make an on-line reservation at www.cloud9shuttle.com. For Orange Cab rates and reservations, call (619) 223-5555.

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The Autism Tree Story

By Mary Levine, Parents Association Board Member

Autism Speaks The feeling on the football field was one of pure joy as the Torero football players led their little buddies and their families onto the field. Not only had the Toreros beaten Drake in a thrilling 31-24 game but it was the Autism Tree Foundation Family Day. For the past four years, Torero football players have been paired with children from the foundation to become mentors. The children and their families regularly attend the home football games where they cheer on their mentors with great love. It is not uncommon to see a big lineman walk down the sidelines to where their buddy is sitting in the stands and wave at them. You can see in the eyes of both individuals that it means so much. Read more…

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Join us at Grandparents Weekend, Feb. 24–25

Grandparents Weekend Grandparents Weekend at USD is a weekend especially planned for grandparents and families and a time to connect with your students. Immerse yourself in a tour of Alcala Park and special presentations by keynote speakers and much more. To learn more about what we do, click here. Help us capture your grandparents’ addresses by submitting their information.

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A Parade for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade The University of San Diego celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the man who fought for civil rights and freedom through education. Join us at the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Day Parade in San Diego on Harbor Drive, Sunday January 15 at 2 p.m. If you’re interested in participating, please contact us at parents@sandiego.edu. We look forward to seeing you.

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Greek Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life at USD provide a sense of community and belonging, an extended family to lean on, or home away from home experience. Greek Life at USD prides itself on five core values of social justice and selfless service, high social standards, leadership, academic excellence, and sisterhood/brotherhood. More information can be found on our website: www.sandiego.edu/greeklife/

Please click here for women’s and men’s recruitment information.

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Commencement 2012

It's never too early to start planning for Commencement! Visit the Commencement website, where you will find important information on tickets and lodging as well as details on Commencement activities and events. Download or print the Commencement Guide for Graduates and Guests, a handy graduation resource to help graduate students and undergraduate seniors and their guests prepare for an exciting Commencement weekend. Also be sure to “like” University of San Diego Commencement on Facebook to view reminders and the most up-to-date Commencement information. We look forward to celebrating with you in May!

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Residential Life Newsletter

The new Living On newsletter is available on the Residential Life website. This edition features important information, including closing of the residence halls for December and Intersession information. The intersession application and spring housing applications are online. We have spaces for students currently studying abroad who want to live on campus next year. Please visit our website www.sandiego.edu/residentiallife for more information. Please feel free to contact our office at (619) 260-4777 with any questions.

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Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures (OA) is a service program within Student Life at the University of San Diego. OA provides USD community members and their guests with opportunities to experience new adventures that aim to promote learning and awareness of the outdoors, while connecting with new friends, students, faculty, staff and alumni. Click here for a complete schedule of trips and local outings. Read more to learn about Discover San Diego and Spring Break in Costa Rica, March 3–10, 2012 Outdoor Adventures

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University Ministry

Take a moment to read in detail programs sponsored by the University Ministry. Click here for a description of each program listed below.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass
Sunday, December 11, 7:00 p.m., The Immaculata

Candlelight Mass
Sunday, December 18, 9:00 p.m., Founders Chapel

All Faith Service
Thursday, February 2, 12:15 p.m., Shiley Theatre

Senior Seminar: 24 Hours for the Rest of Your Life
Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11

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Upcoming Alumni, Parent and Family Events

Denver Chapter Christmas Party
Denver, CO
Dec. 7

Alumni and Parent Christmas in the Desert
Palm Desert, CA
Dec. 10

USD vs. Stanford Game and Pre-Game Party
Palo Alto, CA
Dec. 17

New York Chapter Christmas Party
New York, NY
Dec. 18

To view all events sponsored by Alumni Relations, visit us by clicking here.

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Torero Athletics

Don’t miss USD Toreros basketball vs. St. Mary’s on January 5, 2012 at 6 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion, USD. Purchase your tickets today.

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

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Other USD Newsletters

The Campus Recreation Newsletter informs students about ways to stay active and healthy at USD.

The Funder’s Council Newsletter informs the community about external funding that has come to the university which provides support to several USD programs and students.

The Financial Aid Office Newsletter informs you about various forms of student aid, scholarships and grants. The national deadline to apply for financial aid for the academic years 2012-2013 is March 2, 2012.

The USD Commencement website is a helpful source of information for graduates, parents, and guests. Please visit www.sandiego.edu/commencement/ and check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.

The Faculty Newsnotes communicates academic related endeavors happening at the university. Learn about Institutional Research and Planning and the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, and more.

The USD Docket is the School of Law newsletter communicating the latest news, featured stories, and alumni spotlights.

The Living On newsletter is published by Residence Life. This edition features important information, including closing of the residence halls for December and Intersession information.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

December 1: World Aids Day
December 11: Deadline to petition for August 2012 graduation
December 12: Last day of classes fall semester
December 13: Study day
December 14–20: Final exams week
December 20: Hanukkah begins
December 21: Residents must move out of the residence hall or 24 hours after the last final
December 23–30: USD offices are closed
December 26: Kwanzaa begins
January 2: Offices are open
January 3: First day of intersession classes 2012
January 24: Students may return to their on-campus residence hall
January 26: First day of spring semester classes begin

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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