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May 2012 Parents Newsletter

In this issue:

Dear USD Families

Message from Student Affairs

University Ministry

Knowledge Transfer Goes International!

Faculty Spotlight

Dalai Lama: Optimism, Inspiration for Peace, Justice

Commencement 2012

Parent’s Perspective

USD Garage Sale

Join us at Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012

Things to Remember as Your Student Leaves for the Summer

Parent Torero Days is looking for you to help!

Events and Lectures from the College of Arts and Sciences

Upcoming Alumni, Parent and Family Events

Torero Athletics

Important Dates to Remember

Take a look at the following calendars for important dates and deadlines:

Parent Relations Calendar 2011–2012

Academic Calendar
2011–2012


Torero Life

USD News Center


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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. Throughout the summer, stay connected with the Office of Parent Relations and USD with these upcoming and ongoing opportunities:

Feel free to contact us about any of the involvement opportunities. 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 and Torero Parents.

Sincerely,

Renda Quinn Karina Viaud Louis Vargas

Renda Quinn '86
Director

Karina Viaud '02
Assistant Director

Louis Vargas '09
Executive Assistant


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Message from Student Affairs

carmen vasquez 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 2011–2012 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 son or daughter 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 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.

While reflecting on this past year, I am struck by the many accomplishments we have to celebrate — over 1,100 first-year students will soon complete their first full academic year, our class of 2012 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 2011–2012 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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University Ministry

Below are three great opportunities for students to partake in events sponsored by University Ministry. Click here to learn more.

  • Tijuana Day Trip: Saturday, May 12 at La Morita, Mexico
  • Candlelight Mass: Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 p.m., Founders Chapel
  • Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 26 at 5:00 p.m., Jenny Craig Pavilion


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Knowledge Transfer Goes International!

Last Thursday students had the opportunity to hear from USD parents and alumni who are leaders in a variety of International Business careers at a Knowledge Transfer Panel sponsored by Parent Relations, Career Services, Student Alumni Association and Student International Business Council. This program was created by past Parent Board Presidents, Bob and Roberta Barry with their inspiration to engage parents and alumni on behalf of students to offer first-hand career information as well as internships in various professions. Click here to read more.


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Faculty Spotlight: Michelle Jacob, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
by Mary Levine, Parent Board Member, P ’12 and P ’14

michele jacob Associate Professor Michelle Jacob is passionate in instilling understanding and compassion for others in her students. USD presents the perfect atmosphere for her topics of social justice and her continuing research. Jacob, a Yakama Indian from Washington State, grew up on a reservation where her family still resides. She has seen first-hand the effects of the decolonization of her culture and on the Native Americans as a whole. With the strong support of her family and the lasting impression and inspiration of teachers, Jacob knew early on that her passion was teaching and research to address the issues currently affecting American Indians. Click here to read more.


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Dalai Lama: Optimism, Inspiration for
Peace, Justice

dalai lama A question directed to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Wednesday sought his advice on how to stay optimistic amid the destruction, pain and suffering that exists in the world. His response capped a recurring theme during his 75-minute appearance at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion. “Simple answer,” replied the 76-year-old cultural icon while he sported a blue USD visor. “It is far better to remain optimistic.” Read more…


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Commencement 2012

commencement 2012 What an exciting time for all graduating students and their families. Congratulations! In order to have the best experience, we strongly suggest that you thoroughly read the Commencement Guide at www.sandiego.edu/commencement to note the schedule of events for undergraduate families. A few key points you should keep in mind are:

  • Baccalaureate Mass: Saturday, May 26, at 5 p.m., at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Caps and gowns will not be worn at Mass. Open admission–tickets are not required. People of all faiths will be warmly welcomed at this Catholic Eucharistic liturgy.
  • USD Torero Store is proud to debut the new USD Ring. Only available to USD students and alums, the striking, unique ring embodies the spirit of a Torero. Order one for your student as a reminder of their very special time at USD.
  • La Gran Terraza, USD’s own fine dining restaurant will be open Commencement weekend. Seats are filling up, so please make your reservations today.
  • Consider lodging at Bartell Hotels or call for reservations at (800) 345-9995.


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Parent’s Perspective: On My Son’s Experience
at USD

By Cappy Powell, Parent Board Member, P ’12

powell family It was the fall of 2007 and his senior year in high school when my son Henry came home after school and said “I think I want to go the University of San Diego!” Now, I knew that in his college search he was looking for a small school, warm climate, and preferably coastal. We live in Kansas City, Missouri and have a condo on the west coast of Florida. I grew up in Virginia. Henry went to camp for nine years in the mountains of Virginia. Henry’s year older brother was in college in Virginia. That is to say, we live in the Midwest, but we are very East Coast oriented. He had already done the East Coast college search trip. He only had been to California once, and that was to San Francisco years ago. Where did he get this idea of the University of San Diego? It turns out that a USD admissions representative had visited his high school that day. To be honest, it was the pictures of the campus in the brochure that caught Henry’s attention, but then, how could they not! Click here to read more.


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USD Garage Sale

Encourage your students to clean out their room and sell unwanted items so you don’t have to move it or store it!!

Who: USD Students and Employees
When: Saturday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Where: West Storage Facility
Why: Sell unwanted items to the San Diego Community
How: Sign up for a table with Adriana Garcia at (619) 260-2718 or agarcia@sandiego.edu

The E-Waste Collection Center will be open Saturday as well. It offers a safe, secure and socially responsible way to dispose of the e-waste that has been collecting in your residence halls. All items that are left behind at the Garage Sale will be reused and/or donated.


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Join us at Homecoming and Family
Weekend 2012

homecoming and family weekend 2012 There’s only three things to do to prepare for this amazing USD weekend celebration.

  1. Mark your calendar for Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 12–14, 2012.
  2. Sign up to volunteer. Click here to learn more.
  3. If you know a member of the USD community deserving of the USD Parents Association Award of Excellence, waste no time and nominate. The award recipient will be acknowledged during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

You don’t want to miss out on this awesome weekend, celebrating USD with your student, close friends, and alumni family.


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Things to Remember as Your Student Leaves for the Summer
  • Send your student a customized care package. Here is a list to choose from.
  • Make sure your student talks with his Resident Assistant about the correct procedure to check-out of his/her room.
  • Your student can select a Meal Plan for 2012–2013
  • Storage is available for students who want to store belongings for the summer.

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Parent Torero Days is looking for you to help!

Do you remember when you dropped-off your student for the first time at USD? Do you remember the friendly faces that greeted you during this exciting time? Pay it forward, and become a Parent Ambassador to help volunteer your time during Parent and Family Torero Days (September 1–2, 2012). As an ambassador, you’ll get to meet and greet parents and families, provide and share resources, and your student gets to move-in to his/her residence hall a couple of days early. Join the Parent Ambassador Program to serve as a volunteer. Questions can be directed to parents@sandiego.edu.


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Events and Lectures from the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences host many wonderful events and lectures. To find out more about these opportunities, please visit http://www.sandiego.edu/cas/news_events/events.php. Below are some upcoming events:

  • Chamber Music Concert, May 8
  • Memorial Reading of Adrienne Rich's Story, May 10
  • Student Recital, May 10
  • Opera Workshop, May 11

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Upcoming Alumni, Parent and Family Events

The USD Alumni Association invites parents and family members to attend these upcoming events. Please click here for more information including registration details. Connect with the USD community in your hometown area!

  • New York Cinco de Mayo, New York, NY, May 5
  • Young Alumni Happy Hour, USD, May 9
  • Alumni Happy Hour and Networking in Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV, May 10

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Torero Athletics

torero baseball 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. Below are top stories:


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Important Dates to Remember

May 5: Cinco de Mayo
May 14: Last day of classes
May 15–16: Study days
May 17–23: Final exams
May 26–27: Commencement Weekend
May 27: Memorial Weekend
June 4: First day of summer session
September 5: Classes begin fall 2012

Take a look at the following calendars for other important dates
and deadlines.

Parent Relations Calendar 2011–2012

Parents Calendar Image

Academic Calendar 2011–2012

USD Logo

Torero Life

Torero Life

USD News Center: Learn more about what's going on Inside USD

USD News Center


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