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parent relations newsletter - march 2012
Grandparents Weekend 2012

Thank you to all the families who participated in the Eighth Annual Grandparents’ Weekend, February 24–25. Nearly 200 families experienced a fun filled family weekend at the University of San Diego. Some families kicked-off the weekend by joining Virginia Rodee, R.S.C.J. and ’57, ’74 on a historical tour of Founders Chapel. A culinary demonstration was provided by La Gran Terraza master chefs where families learned about the many ways Dining Services incorporates fresh and local ingredients into their offerings. This year, a dynamic duo presentation with key speakers Provost Julie Sullivan, Ph.D and Former Provost Sister Sally Furay, R.S.C.J., also alumnae ’72, discussed the History of USD and the future that lay ahead. The day concluded with a Welcome Reception featuring Mary E. Lyons, PhD, President of USD.

Saturday, grandparents and students enjoyed an energetic presentation, Making Your Memory Work for You by Veronica Galvan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Later that evening, the spirit was high at the Torero Tip-Off Pre-Game Reception to cheer on USD Torero Men’s Basketball. Great memories were made as we continued this USD tradition. You can view pictures of the weekend by clicking here.

If you would like to add your family’s grandparents to our mailing list for subsequent events, please e-mail parents@sandiego.edu and include your name, address, and the name of your USD student. A special thank you to the Parent Ambassadors, Steve Ward; Lynne Carleton; Delores Dains-Lingle; Lori Creasey; Yvonne Alarcon; RoyLynne Casserly, Grace and Robert Lisle; Linda Rowe; and Robin Fontaine, who helped with various tasks during the weekend celebration.

Thank you to those who participated in this fabulous family event!


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,

Spring semester is in full swing at USD! This means, in addition to managing academics, students are looking forward to spring break, engaging in the USD community and beginning to talk about housing options for 2012–2013.

Spring break is just around the corner and students are talking about their plans. Many students have said they will take advantage of relaxing at home, while others plan to work or participate in a service work. Also, many have told us they will travel with friends; if your student is traveling, please consider the following:

  • Make sure you know where your student is staying and how to contact them. Depending on the travel destination, cell phone coverage and e-mail access may be limited.
  • Talk to your student about personal safety. Address the risks of alcohol and drug use and one’s vulnerability while under the influence. Encourage your student to use a buddy system when exploring.
  • Encourage your student to obtain emergency contact information including police stations and hospitals in the areas they are visiting.
  • Encourage your student to anticipate expenses. Carrying an ATM card and travelers’ checks are always good options.
The annual fall housing sign-up period is currently underway and will end April 2, 2012. There are many benefits to on-campus living. Students who live on campus have the opportunity to stay connected through programs such as, the Second Year Experience (SYE), Resident Faculty Programs, Resident Ministry Programs, and much more. I would like to encourage you to take the time to engage your student in a conversation about housing choices for the 2012-2013 school year. I strongly recommend all sophomore students live on campus. Additional information about housing options and the benefits of on-campus living can be found at www.sandiego.edu/residentiallife;
phone (619) 260-4777)

Decisions about housing are often catalysts to questions about friendships. Making a decision about who to live with can be difficult. Questions related to values, cleanliness, sleeping patterns, and expectations about spending time together are all topics students may be considering. The Counseling Center has a full webpage (http://www.sandiego.edu/wellness/healthy/index.php) dedicated to developing skills for healthy relationships. The website focuses on many types of relationships including those with: family members, roommates, and significant others. Now may be a good time for you to encourage your student to visit this website.

The conversations you have with your student are vital to ensuring your student is aware of resources available to support his or her well-being. Thank you for being such an important part of our USD community.

In Torero Spirit,

Carmen M. Vazquez
Vice President for Student Affairs

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Sips for Scholarships-Saturday, March 24

Sips for Scholarships Join us in Napa, CA for the Sips for Scholarships Soiree on Saturday, March 24! You will enjoy a festive fundraising evening of wine tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres, exciting silent auction items and Torero spirit! Meet USD parents, alumni and administrators while enjoying the offerings of Chimney Rock Winery and raising scholarship funds for deserving USD students.

In its first year, the Parent Partnership Fund, created by the USD Parent Board, helped 18 juniors and seniors continue and complete their education at USD. With the average financial assistance need of $2,500, we strive to continue helping USD students. Join us for this special effort and help us support additional students.

For more event details and to register online go to sipssoiree.kintera.org

Make it a special evening out or a weekend get-away. We hope to see you there! Any questions, please contact the Office of Parent Relations at (619) 260-4808. Cheers!

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University Ministry

University Ministry is offering several programs designed to help the campus community commemorate and celebrate Lent:

  • Four Ash Wednesday liturgies will be offered at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., March 9 at The Immaculata and at 12:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Founders Chapel. Ashes will be distributed at each of those masses.
  • Spirituality is Served Community Dinner will be held at 5:30–7 p.m., March 13.
  • Stations of the Cross will be held Wednesday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. in Founders Chapel. All students are welcome to this communal prayer in preparation for Holy Week.
  • USD will be working in partnership with Catholic Relief Services on Operation Rice Bowl. Operation Rice Bowl invites us to pray with our families and faith communities. Read more about these events here.

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USD Honor Roll of Donors

The University of San Diego is pleased to share the Honor Roll of Donors (click here) recognizing those who have contributed to USD between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011.

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Faculty Spotlight: Avi Spiegel, PhD, JD and Adina Batnitzky, PhD
by Mary Levine, Parent Board Member, P’12, P’14

Every generation of college students hold the hope that they will have the answers to our world's problems. Students of married USD assistant professors Avi Spiegel, PhD, JD and Adina Batnitzky, PhD certainly come away from their classes well equipped to do just that. Awareness of the world around them and insight into cultures and religious clashes in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world are the goals for the students of this well-travelled couple. Read more here.

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Knowledge Transfer: International Business

The USD Knowledge Transfer program is a series of industry-specific forums on campus where current USD students hear from a panel of experts of a specific industry on a career of interest. Students gain knowledge and make connections that will assist them as they move on from USD into their future careers. Networking with these professionals can lead to valuable opportunities.

Encourage your student to save the date for the upcoming Knowledge Transfer on Internatinal Business:
April 26, 2012 at 12–2 p.m.
Institute for Peace & Justice Theater

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Leadership Opportunity

Encourage your student to consider involvement in Torero Squad. Torero Squad is the group of students that serve as Orientation Leaders to all incoming students during Torero Days. Being a member of T-Squad is an excellent opportunity to meet current and new students, get involved on campus, move-in early, participate in a long standing USD tradition, and HAVE FUN! Informational sessions run through March 14. More information is available at http://www.sandiego.edu/orientation/tsquad.php.

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Parent Career Network (PCN)

The Parent Career Network was designed by USD Parent Board members and is supported by USD parents to offer students an opportunity and advantage in securing internships, summer jobs and, best of all, practical experience they can take with them when they embark on their career search. This allows students to gain first-hand experience which can ultimately set the stage for their future careers. We ask parents to offer opportunities to students at their companies around the nation.

Learn about providing an internship within your organization at www.sandiego.edu/careers/parents. Learn more about the events offered by Career Services at http://www.sandiego.edu/careers/events/spring_2012.php.

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2012–2013 On-Campus Housing Sign Ups

Believe it or not, on-campus housing sign-ups for the 2012–2013 academic year is currently underway. Please read this special memo from Carmen Vazquez, Vice President for Student Affairs and the benefits of living on-campus.

All students MUST pay careful attention to the following deadlines:
March 16: Deadline for Squatters and Residential Life Communities
April 2: $250 repayment to the Cashier’s Office and deadline to sign up online

Students are encouraged to visit www.sandiego.edu/residentiallife to stay abreast of housing sign up procedure, application, terms and condition, and more.

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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office Newsletter informs you about various forms of student aid, scholarships and grants.

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Help Save Your Student’s Cal Grant

The Cal Grant Program has changed its terms and conditions. If your student is a California resident, please read the updated changes. The Cal Grant program was created in 1955 and is administered by the California Student Aid Commission. It initially provided state grants to only qualified California students enrolled at independent nonprofit colleges. Two decades later, as University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) started charging fees; the Cal Grant program was expanded to include students in the public sector. Today, there are 26,000 students who receive Cal Grants to attend nonprofit colleges in California. Click here to read more.

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USD Dining Services:
Purchase your Meal Plan

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

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Relay For Life, March 30–31 (24 hours)
beginning at 6 p.m.

One day. One night. One community. One fight. Relay for Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, lost loved ones to the disease, and simply want to be part of a heart-warming and supportive day. Join us! Sign and team up with your student. Volunteer at the event. Participate as a cancer survivor. Learn more about Relay For Life here.

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Commencement 2012

Grad Fest marks the start of Commencement season! Your student should plan to attend Grad Fest, March 14–15 at 10 a.m.–7 p.m., at the USD Torero Store. At Grad Fest, students may speak with representatives from many areas on campus and place their orders for caps and gowns, announcements, and other Commencement-related items. Students who are unable to attend Grad Fest can place their orders online at the USD Torero Store’s website beginning March 16. If you have family members who are unable to attend Commencement in person, worry not! Commencement ceremonies will be webcast live May 26 & 27.

For more information on Commencement, including ticket, webcast, and guest accommodation information, please review the Commencement website and “like” University of San Diego Commencement on Facebook to view current updates and reminders.

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Grad Fest

Grad Fest at USD makes graduation a truly momentous occasion. Graduating seniors will be informed about the following opportunities:

  • Regalia (cap and gown)
  • Portraits by Classic Photography
  • Class Rings by Balfour
  • Custom USD Watches by The Class Watch
  • University Diploma Frames, 20% off in-store only
  • Leis by Graduation Leis
  • Apple: as a student, academic discount on computers are granted
  • AT&T: sign up for the USD discount before graduation
Grad Fest 2012 is at 10 a.m.–7 p.m., March 14–15, at the USD Torero Store, Loma Hall. Visit www.usdtorerostores.com or call (619) 260-4551 or call USD Grad Hotline at
(619) 260-4248.

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Senior Class Legacy

I Pay it Forward 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. Your student can make their gift at www.sandiego.edu/seniorclasslegacy

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Outdoor Adventure and CASA Offer
Trips Off-Campus

Outdoor Adventure
Spring Trips: On March 17 and April 21–22, Outdoor Adventures has a comprehensive selection of spring semester outings appropriate for every interest and experience level.

Easter Break Trip: On April 4–7, Ourdoor Adventures is offering an exciting Easter break trip to Utah. Travel to southern Utah for an Easter break adventure.

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.

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. (http://www.sandiego.edu/csl/casa/; phone (619) 260-4206).

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USD to host Kyoto Prize Laureate

Each year the Inamori Foundation presents the Kyoto Prize, an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. Each spring the laureates participate in the Kyoto Prize Symposium, a series of lectures highlighting these lifetime achievements in the fields of advanced technology, basic sciences and arts and philosophy. Thanks to a grant from the Inamori Foundation and many generous supporters, the symposium lectures are open to the public at no charge.

Tamasaburo Bando V has devoted his life to perfecting the art of onnagata (Kabuki female roles) and has become one of the world’s most acclaimed Kabuki artists. In June 2011, Bando was chosen by the Inamori Foundation to receive the 27th Annual Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Philosophy. Over the course of his career, Bando has created his own unique world in traditional Kabuki theater, and has contributed to many other genres of performing arts. Bando’s acclaimed performances have included the role of Princess Shiranui in the Kabuki drama, Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki (“The Moon Like a Drawn Bow”) and Sagi Musume (“The Heron Maiden”). His unprecedented ability to transform himself into character leaves audiences mesmerized.

Join us Thursday March 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Shiley Theater, Camino Hall as we welcome Tamasaburo Bando V to San Diego, and witness the master of Kabuki theater as he illustrates his unique art form. Admission is free and registration is required.

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Save the Date for Homecoming and Family Weekend

Celebrate USD at Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012! Parents, families, friends, and alumni are all invited to partake in a weekend celebrating your membership to the USD community. Mark your calendar for October 12-14. Invitation, registration and more will be available in the summer.

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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 the name of the event for more information including registration details. Connect with the USD community in your hometown area!

March 7, 5:30 p.m.
USD Alumni Networking Happy Hour Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter Event
Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter Event

March 8, 6 p.m.
Beer Pairing Dinner with
Fine Mexican Cuisine

Comite Mexico and La Gran Terraza

March 10, 11:30 a.m.
5th Annual Portland Alumni Wine Tasting
Portland Alumni Chapter Event

March 15, 6 p.m.
Chicago Happy Hour & March Madness Watch Party
Chicago Alumni Chapter

March 22, 6 p.m.
"How Might the Economy Impact Upcoming Elections?"
Orange County Alumni Chapter & SBA Lifelong Learning Event

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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

Toreros Prep for WCC Tournament

Toreros Win Fifth Straight, Rally Past UCR, 8–5

For Torero All Access including a preview on the WCC, click here

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Other USD Newsletters:

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

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.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

March 5–9: Spring Break (no classes)
March 11:Residents may return to their residence hall starting at noon; day light savings begins
March 12–23: Online class reservation for Summer Intersession 2012
March 26: National Eating Disorders Awareness
March 30: Cesar Chavez Day
April 5–9: Easter Break (no classes; offices closed April 6)

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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