Grandparents Weekend 2011

grandparents picture Thank you to all the families who participated in seventh annual Grandparents Weekend, February 25-26. More than 200 families experienced a fun-filled family weekend at the University of San Diego. Some families kicked-off the weekend by joining Sister Virginia Rodee, RSCJ '57, '74 on a historical tour of Founders Chapel. A culinary demonstration was held at La Gran Terraza, where families learned about the many ways Dining Services incorporates fresh and local ingredients into its offerings. Following the culinary demonstration, guests were off to campus tours in the comfort of USD's shuttles. The Welcome Reception featured Mary E. Lyons, PhD, President of USD followed by a performance by USD Founders Chapel Choir.

Saturday, grandparents and their students enjoyed an energetic presentation, International Studies Abroad at USD: A Gateway to the World, by Director of International Studies Kira Espiritu, PhD. Later that evening, the spirit was high at the pre-game reception where participants gathered to cheer on the USD Toreros men's basketball team. Great memories were made as we continued this USD tradition. You can access photos by logging onto Parent Relations and click on 'grandparents' to view and order photographs from the weekend. If you would like to add your family's grandparents to our mailing list, please e-mail and include your name, address, and the name of your USD student.

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


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

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Message from Student Affairs

Carment Vasquez picture Dear 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 2011-12.

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; others plan to work or participate in a volunteer effort; while 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.

If your student has not yet made plans for spring break, there are many local volunteer opportunities available through Volunteer San Diego. Staff from the Center for Awareness, Service, and Action (CASA) can help connect students with these opportunities.; phone (619) 260-4206.

The annual fall housing sign-up period is currently underway and will end March 28. 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 2011-12 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; 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 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 the 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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University Ministry

ministry picture University Ministry will be offering several programs designed to help the campus community commemorate and celebrate Lent:

A Spirituality is Served Community Dinner (to which all students are welcome) will be held at 5:30-7 p.m., March 8. The event is an opportunity to celebrate Fat Tuesday and learn about the history and practices of Lent. For more information, contact the University Ministry office at (619) 260-4735.

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.

Those who desire a deeper engagement with spirituality or with the spirit of Lent are encouraged to register for the Lenten Retreat. Held from March 9 to April 20, the Lenten Retreat invites participants to take a moment and deepen their relationship with God. Participants are asked to commit to 15 minutes of personal prayer each day as well as meet with a spiritual guide once a week on campus. This retreat is designed to help students better understand Lent, to center themselves, and to explore peacefulness and mindfulness in the midst of daily life. For more information, contact Case McKinley at (619) 260-6818.

Throughout Lent, 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, fast in solidarity with those who hunger, learn more about our global community and the challenges of poverty in overseas, and give sacrificial contributions to those in need. The university will incorporate various Operation Rice Bowl programs and events across campus. For more information, see
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USD Parents Provide Internships
and Summer Jobs!

An internship or summer job experience for your student provides valuable insight in a potential career, builds practical experience for their resume, and most important, assists them to become well-rounded citizens. The University of San Diego Parents Association recognizes these benefits and as a result has developed the Parent Career Network (PCN). The PCN is a means by which current parents and associates can offer networking assistance to students and provide internships and job opportunities within their respective organizations.

Last year, Knight Capital Group (KCG), a global equity and high yield bond institutional broker in Jersey City, N.J., posted an internship opportunity on the USD Career Services website and eight USD students applied. In 2010, KCG traded approximately 2.3 trillion shares and executed more than 938 million trades, an average of 574,000 trades per hour.

The successful intern, Katherine Kim, spent the summer at KCG.

Kim says that her summer at KCG was a remarkably great experience! "I am a Business Administration major and was not sure if I wanted to step into the world of finance," she explained. "but after going through the internship program with KCG, I am more confident than ever that I want to pursue a career in finance."

KCG executive, James Murphy, P '11 contends, "Of the 30 plus interns we had that summer, Kim was clearly among the top five." This summer opportunity is truly a mutually beneficial experience.

We encourage you to post your organization's internships or job opportunities on the USD Career Services Website at and follow instructions to post the opportunity, designating your affiliation as a parent.

If you have any questions, contact Career Services at (619) 260-4654.
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Leadership Opportunity

Encourage your student to consider involvement in Torero Squad. The 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 9. More information is available at
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On-Campus Housing Sign-Ups

Believe it or not, on-campus housing sign-ups for the 2011-12 academic year is currently underway. All students should pay careful attention to the following deadlines:

March 11: Deadline for Squatters and Residential Life Communities
March 28: $250 repayment to the Cashier's Office and deadline to sign up online

Students are encouraged to visit to stay abreast of housing sign up procedure.
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Relay For Life is coming to USD!

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 up and team up with your student. Volunteer at the event. Participate as a cancer survivor.

Relay For Life is held for 24 hours, from 6 p.m-6 p.m., April 1-2 at the University of San Diego Valley Field. Benefits support the American Cancer Society. There will be a candlelight vigil ceremony, a message from cancer survivors, food, entertainment and lots of fun.

For more information on how to sign up and donate, please go to The 2011 Relay for Life at USD is coordinated by USD's Residence Hall Association.
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Commencement 2011

commencement picture Congratulations to families whose students will participate in Commencement Weekend, May 21 and 22. Families will receive information in the coming week and can access commencement information at Information will be mailed to families using the permanent address provided on the student's record registered at the Office of the Registrar. Students must make sure this information is correct. Many of the questions you or your student will have can be answered on the commencement website, specifically in the Undergraduate Student Guide section. We invite graduates and their families to a hosted reception following each ceremony in front of the Hahn University Center.

Please contact Parent Relations with questions as the exciting event approaches.
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Experiential Learning and Adventure Center

Did you know that there is an adventure awaiting your USD student nearly every week? The Experiential Learning and Adventure Center provides off-campus programming for students — with activities ranging from water activities such as surfing, kayaking and snorkeling to mountain adventures such as rock climbing, backpacking and snowboarding or skiing. An outdoor adventure is a great way to get out into the San Diego community and meet other students. A couple of highlights for the month of March include the annual Big Bear Ski trip and a canyoneering trip to the San Bernadino Mountains. Learn more about these opportunities at

To view a schedule of outings and to see how students can create their own outing adventure, log on to You can also call (619) 260-4709 or go to
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Center for Student Success

students The Center for Student Success (CSS) offers programs, services and experiences designed to promote student success in and out of the classroom. These include a Peer Advising Program designed to improve students' academic performance, an Out-of-State Student Network to connect out-of-state students with others from their region, and a variety of commuter student services specifically designed for first-year students in the Commuter Commons. For more information, please visit
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USD to host Kyoto Prize Laureate

kentridge 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.

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 a.m., April 6, at the Shiley Theatre. Kentridge will speak about his unique artistic genre that blends drawing, film, philosophy and political commentary. A lifelong human rights advocate in South Africa during the wrenching transition from apartheid, Kentridge grew up witnessing the extremes of injustice, reconciliation and change. Symposium guests will hear him dissect what he refers to as "stone-age filmmaking," which The New York Times has referred to as "dazzling," "enthralling," and "devastating." The symposium is free, but you must register. Register at For additional information, contact Michelle Dominguez, Office of the Vice President for University Relations, at (619) 260-4222 or visit
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Save the Date for Homecoming and Family Weekend

family weekend picture New and exciting this coming year is the combined celebration of Homecoming and Family Weekend. This opportunity brings two distinct populations back to USD: families of the USD student and our alumni. Mark your calendar for September 30 to October 2. Invitations will be mailed in early August.
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Upcoming Alumni, Parent and Family Events

The USD Alumni Association is dedicated to connecting current students with alumni to build the tradition of networking amongst Toreros. The Alumni Association hosts events around the country, many of which are available for parents to attend. To see a list of upcoming events, visit and click on "Find an Event."

Also, the Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a resource that your student should know about! It's a student organization focused on connecting students with alumni to promote personal and career development, foster University tradition, and develop a culture of philanthropy. To learn more about SAA, click here.

Below are upcoming events for your student.

Senior Banquet
Friday, April 29, at the Omni Hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter
This graduating senior tradition is our final chance to celebrate together as a class before graduation. Ticket sales open soon.
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Torero Athletics

basketball court Catch up on all your favorite Torero teams at Follow the action as USD competes for the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Tournaments, March 4-7, in Las Vegas, Nev. Torero baseball and softball seasons are underway, along with other spring sports including golf, tennis, and swimming and diving. Check the calendar to watch the Toreros in action in San Diego or in your hometown.
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Important Dates to Remember

March 14-18 — Spring Break (no classes)
April 21-25 — Easter Break (no classes)
May 13-19 — Final exams
May 21-22 — Commencement Weekend
May 31 — First day of first summer session
August 24 — Registration and fee payment deadline for Fall 2011
August 19 — Last day of last summer session
September 5 — Labor day (offices closed, no classes)
September 6 — First day of fall semester
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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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