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Dear USD Families,

As another academic year comes to a close, we thank you for your involvement in your student's USD experience. We hope you found the monthly newsletters helpful as you support your student's educational and personal goals. Beginning in May, and throughout the summer, stay connected with the Office of Parent Relations and join us on Facebook. Regular announcements will keep you abreast of summer events. In the mean time, we wish safe travels to all students and families going home or abroad during the summer break and look forward to your students' return in the fall. Heartfelt congratulations to graduates and their families. We hope you will maintain your connection to USD as alumni.

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 Parents,

The completion of coursework, finals, and graduation are just around the corner.  During the next few weeks, our students will need additional support and mentoring as they prepare for finals and manage summer transitions. At the same time, it is important to recognize the accomplishments of our community. As I collectively congratulate the USD community on a remarkable 2010 - 2011 academic year, I encourage you to take the time to congratulate your student on personal milestones and academic achievements.

As the countdown to finals begins, students often experience increased stress.  If you feel your student is experiencing heightened levels of stress, there are several things you can do which may help ease the tension in his or her life.  An encouraging phone call, a comforting e-mail, or a positive text message can provide that extra boost of confidence and motivation. As a parent, you may be the best person to support and encourage your student.  According to the National College Health Assessment, 82 % of our USD students report that they receive their health related information from their parents.  This means your student will very likely pay attention as you provide guidance for successfully managing stress.  In some cases, simply encouraging your student to seek additional on-campus support from Student Wellness services (http://www.sandiego.edu/wellness/; phone (619) 260- 4618) can be of tremendous help.  Our Student Wellness staff has also developed a stress management website that can provide your student with many tips for staying healthy (http://www.sandiego.edu/chwp/FinalExamStress.php).

As the academic year ends and many students prepare to return home for the summer, I encourage you to consider how you can set this transition up for success.  Consider having a conversation with your student about expectations in relation to your student’s independence and lifestyle choices while at home.  Also, explore how you can ensure your house feels like “home” for your student.  When I ask students about returning home for the summer, students report they are most excited about experiencing the basic comforts of home.

While reflecting on this past year, I am struck by the many accomplishments we have to celebrate–nearly 1100 first-year students will soon complete their first full academic year, our class of 2011 graduates will participate in the conferring of degrees at commencement ceremonies, and many student leaders have contributed to fostering an inclusive community with tremendous Torero pride.

Thank you again for your support during the 2010-2011 academic year.  Parents and family members are an extremely vital part of our Torero community and we are fortunate to have you as an extension of our USD family.

In Torero Spirit,

Carmen M. Vazquez
Vice President for Student Affairs

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Faculty Spotlight - Walt Heinecke, EdD

walt_heineckeLeadership is a trait Walt Heinecke displays as an educator at USD and as a retired Naval Officer. Heinecke received his undergraduate degree from the University of Redlands and his Masters degree in International Studies from George Washington University.  During the Vietnam War, Heineken enlisted in the Navy and served 31 years in the military. His career in the Navy has led him to serve as a captain on two ships, Commanding Officer of the Naval Station Long Beach, and teacher at the Naval Academy and sites around the world.

After his retirement from the Navy in 2001, Heinecke continued his passion for teaching and began his doctoral program in Education at USD’s School of Leadership and Education Studies (SOLES).  He received his doctoral degree in Education and currently teaches Organizational Behavior in the Business School.

“I taught sailors for 30 years, training them with a myriad of drills to keep them prepared.  I had to keep it interesting.  I do the same with my [USD] students.  I get involved with them. The small class sizes make it easy for me to get to know students and I really want them to do well.”  Heinecke believes the faculty at USD is exemplary. “Every educator I have interacted with really cares for their students”.

Heinecke also works with Camp Adventure, a program on campus.  This program, in association with the Department of Defense, trains college students in early childhood development to run summer youth programs on military bases.

“Cap”, as USD students often refer to Heinecke, believes the student population at USD is an amazing group.  “These students see the needs of others.  They volunteer and they get involved.  The students are all wonderful young people.  As for USD, the growth and expansion I have seen in my ten years here has been amazing.  The beauty of the campus is astounding.”

“Cap is by far the most influential teacher I have had at USD”, says junior Michael Levine.  “He is a qualified leader.  Not only has he prepared me to be a manager in the business world, but he has also given me the tools for life in general.  He goes beyond his teaching duties.  He has taken me to one of his Coronado Rotary Club meetings and introduced me to other community leaders.”

Outgoing Associated Students President, Kelsey Chase adds, “Cap is truly a professor of the students. He has the ability to relate his teachings in class with real world experiences and make them interesting for college-age adults.  As a senior, you know a professor is a must-take when each of his former students strongly recommend and refer to him as “the best professor you'll ever have!”

Interview was conducted by Mary Levine, P’13

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Commencement 2011

usd_graduationMore than 1,200 undergraduate degrees will be awarded on Sunday, May 22.  Please note the schedule of events for undergraduate families below.  For complete commencement information, please go to www.sandiego.edu/commencement

Saturday, May 21, 5 p.m., at the Jenny Craig Pavilion is the Baccalaureate Mass. Caps and gowns will not be worn at Mass. Open admission–tickets are not required.

Sunday, May 22, 9 a.m., at the Jenny Craig Pavilion: Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences. Immediately after commencement ceremonies, there will be a Commencement Reception in front of the Hahn University Center.

Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m., at the Jenny Craig Pavilion: Commencement for the School of Business and Engineering Program. Immediately after commencement ceremonies, there will be a Commencement Reception in front of the Hahn University Center.

Guest Tickets
Graduating students may pick up guest tickets for the May 22 commencement ceremonies at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office beginning Monday, May 2.  Tickets must be picked up by Friday, May 20 at 4 p.m.  Children under the age of three who will be seated on the lap of an adult do not need a ticket. All other guests must present a ticket for admittance to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Sunday, May 22. Guest tickets are only available to seniors for the ceremony they plan to attend. Be careful with your tickets. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.

Please click on the following links to learn more information about other aspects of the Commencement Ceremonies.

Caps,Gowns, Announcements and More are available through USD Torero Store

For more information, contact info@graduationleis.com

For more information, call (833) 822-2897 or email info@gradphotos.com

Video Services
USD will produce a commemorative DVD for the 2011 ceremonies

To view the commencement ceremonies live via the USD News Center, please click here (Note: Law School is not available on webcast)

Name pronunciation
The program records each student’s voice pronouncing the name and uploads the audio file so commencement readers may practice reading the names. Follow link instructions-deadline is May 18

bartell_hotelsLodging in San Diego
As you make arrangements to partake in the 2011 Commencement Ceremonies, consider lodging at Bartell Hotels or call for reservations at (800) 345-9995.

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A Parent's Perspective: Four-Year Journey at USD by Adrienne Jones, P'11

adrienne_jonesMany parents of graduating USD students are, understandably, reminiscing how quickly the last four years have passed.  USD Torero parent and Parent Board member, Adrienne Jones shares her story as her son, Amaris also known as JW, prepares to receive his undergraduate degree on May 22...

“As graduation quickly approaches I’m faced with emotions of conflicting and dizzying proportions.  The strongest of them is pride. By God's grace and JW's determination, tenacity, and commitment, he has experienced and accomplished more than I ever hoped for or expected. He has been on the Dean's List all four years, occupied several leadership positions; and was named the first African American President of the USD Inter-Fraternity Council.  The USD experience was, in JW's words, ‘Amazing!!’

It was truly love at first site for JW when he and his aunt first visited USD the summer before senior year of high school.  USD was described as the "beautiful college on the hill." He came home to Chicago raving about it. It was also the only school on his list that had a School of Leadership.  I remember the tension the day he interviewed with the USD Team.  I watched him exhibit amazing confidence as he put his best foot forward.  We were hopeful. JW was accepted to ten other quality universities, but the real excitement came when he received his acceptance letter from USD-his number one choice. I had never been to the school, so the jury was still out for me until my visit in the spring of 2007.  My immediate thoughts were ‘Wow, only in California! Wow, how rich my son's experience will be here!? You can actually see the ocean from here!’

We are at the end of this experience and I get teary-eyed thinking of all that is special about USD. What was most special to me was being a member of the Parent Board.  I am a single parent of an only child so this was a one-shot deal for me (for us).  I wanted to make sure that we made the most of this experience.  From the first day, the faculty and staff embraced us and took sincere interest in my comfort level and the well being of JW and I as part of the USD community.  Chicago is a long way from San Diego and my connection through the Parent Board allowed me to feel closer and be confident that my most treasured family asset was in safe and good hands.

JW's graduation also stirs up thoughts of the challenges that lay ahead.  I fear not knowing what's next for JW as I wait to hear the results of each job interview.  I’m challenged by helping my son stay focused and positive while knowing the current reality of this economy.  I hold a strong desire to remain an ‘involved’ parent of a very responsible young adult without overstepping unfamiliar boundaries.  And I still want to keep him close but I know the right thing to do is to encourage him to grow.

I look back on one of my most memorable experiences of the last four years. JW and I spent the week before Freshman Orientation just hanging out and exploring San Diego-just me and my favorite guy.  It was a blast, and quite emotional.  JW got settled into his residence hall and Orientation was off to a good start.  I remember stopping by the university on the way to the airport. I kissed him goodbye and then watched him walk away.  With tears in my eyes, I sat there for a minute.  I watched a pretty girl approach him and the two of them stood there talking.  He had the happiest look on his face.  At that moment, I knew USD was the place for him.  I drove away feeling at peace and so his journey at USD began… now, he is graduating!”

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Knowledge Transfer:
Sports Management and Marketing

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. We are very proud to reveal our panel of experts for the upcoming Knowledge Transfer on Sports Management and Marketing: Joseph Garagiola Jr., P’12, Senior Vice President of Standards and On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball; Tim Sutton, P'14, Coordinating Producer for the Big Ten; Jeanne Bonk, ’83, Executive Vice President CFO of San Diego Chargers; Chris Stuart, ’96, CEO and President of Encore Sports and Entertainment; and Ken Kawachi, ’95, Director of Event Operations for the San Diego Padres. The students will engage in a conversation about sports management and marketing and learn from professionals in the field by networking and asking questions. Tell your student about this program, a program that can’t be missed!

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

While the liturgy is a Eucharistic celebration in the Catholic tradition, students and families of all faith traditions are warmly welcomed to attend the Baccalaureate Mass-an opportunity to thank God for the many gifts received during the students’ time at USD as well as ask God’s blessing on our graduates as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives. All members of the class of 2011 and their families are welcomed and encouraged to attend the traditional Mass on May 21 at 5 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.  Tickets are not required.

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Become Parent Relations' Biggest
parent_relations_facebookFan on Facebook

That’s right; find us on Facebook beginning in May! You can find out what we’re doing, when we’re doing it, and with whom. This is another avenue to get connected with the Office of Parent Relations, USD, and other parents. All you have to do is “Like” us, and you will instantly become a fan. Be a fan and be informed!

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The Power of the USD Parent Career
Network is on!

Did You Know?  Through the work of USD Parent Relations and the Parents Association, the Parent Career Network has generated over 45 new internships for USD students!

The Parent Career Network Committee, part of USD’s Parents Association Board has reached out to interested USD Parents and created in excess of 45 new and highly relevant internship opportunities for USD students.  This significant achievement has been the result of networking with USD parents and developing strong partnerships across the USD community.  For more information on these internships please contact USD Career Services at careers@sandiego.edu  or call (619)260-4654.

We are only beginning to “tap the potential” of how USD Parents can serve as a “force multiplier” for sponsoring new worldwide student internships going forward.

Can we reach 100 new USD internships during the 2011-2012 academic year? We believe we can, but only with USD parents’ assistance! If you are interested in sponsoring a USD student internship, please contact the USD Office of Parent Relations at (619) 260-4808 or email parents@sandiego.edu.

Jim O’Book, P’ 13, USD Parents Association, Committee Chair, Parent Career Network.

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Dining Services Care Packages

Finals week is fast approaching! Order and send one of our unique custom USD care packages to your student by May 5. Choose from “Brain Food for Finals” to many other care packages to show your support toward your student during finals week. Visit www.usdtorerostores.com.

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Summer Storage Options

Does your student need a place to store their belongings for the summer? USD Torero Store can help. Choose from a list of vendors at www.usdtorerostores.com and click on “Services”.

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Associated Students Election

Please join us in congratulating our 2011-2012 Associated Students of USD. The Associated Students' Leadership Team serves University of San Diego Undergraduates as official student representatives who promote opportunities for growth and expression, address student issues, and enrich a diverse, inclusive, and engaged community.

President: Anthony Pavlovic
Vice President: Jeremy Whelan
Speaker of the Senate: Chuck Cook
Business Senators: Coral Anderson, Cody Cross, and Ryan Zarley
College of Arts & Sciences Senators: Meghan Czarnecki, Malia Eugenio, Kevin Forey, Hayden Fox, Shea Gallagher, Alex Hermann, Sunny Hernandez, Jessica Kulwin, Katrina Manalo, Beau Osland, and Ernesto Reyes-Hernandez
Engineering Senator: Jayme Ross-Eva

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Fall 2011 Parent and Family Orientation: Volunteers Wanted!

USD will welcome over 1100 new students and their families this fall. You may remember this exciting time when you were a new USD Torero Parent dropping off your student at school to move-in and participate in Parent and Family Orientation and Torero Days. The Parent and Family Orientation program is successful with your help and is currently seeking volunteers to help staff the program. If you’re interested in serving as a volunteer, please email us at parents@sandiego.edu.

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Events and Lectures from the
College of Arts and Sciences

The information listed below can be found at the College of Arts and Sciences website, click on “News and Events”.

Neil Ormerod, PhD
Virtues for Global Flourishing
Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

Undergraduate Theatre:
The Mail Order Bride
By Charles Mee and Directed by Monica Stufft
Studio Theatre, Sacred Heart Hall

Tuesday, May 3-Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m.

Choral Concert
Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m.
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

The USD Concert Choir and the Choral Scholars, under the direction of Edwin L. Basilio, perform in their annual spring concert which will include a performance of the Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes by the Choral Scholars. Find out more here at www.sandiego.edu/cas/music/events.

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints from the San Diego Museum of Art
February 26-June 5, 2011
Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries
Founders Hall, University of San Diego

Senior Thesis Exhibitions
February-May 2011
Visual Arts Center, Sacred Heart Hall, Room 102

These exhibitions showcase the works of graduating visual arts students.  Please contact the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History at (619) 260-2280 for specific dates and times.

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Torero Update

diego_toreroUSD Torero athletics is completing another year of winning seasons, strong competition and successful student-athlete rankings. It took 21 years but the University of San Diego men's tennis team claimed its first West Coast Conference title since 1990 with a 4-1 victory over second-seeded Santa Clara. Not only did the no. 1 seed Toreros (18-6, 3-1 WCC) avenge last year's second-round loss to the Broncos (14-8, 3-3 WCC) in the WCC Championships, but USD became the first team other than Pepperdine to win a conference title since the Toreros won back-to-back crowns in 1989 and 1990.

Behind a big five-run sixth inning and a perfect 3-for-3 day from Corey LeVier, the University of San Diego baseball team upset no. 10 Cal State Fullerton, 12-8, in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium Tuesday afternoon. Catch all the action and highlights at www.usdtoreros.com.

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2011 Homecoming and Family Weekend

homecoming_family_weekendHomecoming 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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USD Wine Classic

wine_classic_logoYou are invited to attend the Alumni Association’s third annual USD Wine Classic on Sunday, July 24. This wine tasting event is an on-campus fundraiser for student scholarships at the University of San Diego. The Wine Classic will feature 30 USD family wineries (owned or managed by alumni, parents and friends) and poured by the owners and winemakers. The event will include wine tasting, gourmet paired food, music and a silent auction.

Confirmed wineries include Adobe Guadalupe, Belle Glos, Cade, Caymus, Charles Krug, Clos LaChance, Conundrum, Curtis, Ferrari-Carano, Fontanella, Forlorn Hope, Frazier, Husch, Joseph Phelps, Karl Lawrence Cellars, Kimmel, L.A. Cetto, Mer Soleil, Monte Xanic, Peachy Canyon, Peltier Station, PlumpJack, Scribe, Sequoia Grove, St. Francis, St. Supéry, Whitehall Lane, Villa Creek Cellars and Zenith Vineyard.

Register early! Tickets for the main event cost $75.  All proceeds will benefit the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund. To register online go to www.usdwineclassic.com.

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Upcoming Alumni, Parent and Family Events

Orange County Business Leadership Forum
Thursday, May 19 in Irvine, CA

USD Wine Classic
Sunday, July 24 in San Diego, CA

Finals Feeding Frenzy
A tradition that takes place every semester! Remind your student to go to the Degheri Alumni Center the night before finals begin–Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. for free food and to meet alumni. SAA members receive front of the line privileges!

Student Alumni Association Membership
Is your student a member of the Student Alumni Association (SAA)? SAA is a student organization focused on connecting students with alumni to promote personal and career development, foster University tradition, and develop a culture of philanthropy. Student memberships are available for only $20.

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Important Dates to Remember

May 10 — Last day of classes
May 11-12 — Study days
May 13-19 — Final exams
May 21-22 — Commencement Weekend www.sandiego.edu/Commencement
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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