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parent relations newsletter - november 2011
Dear USD Families,

November is here and the Thanksgiving holiday is soon upon us. Some of you, especially parents of freshmen students, may be anxiously anticipating your student’s homecoming. We’ve asked our veteran parents to share their experiences on what to expect when your student visits during the holiday. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Your students will probably come home exhausted from the last few weeks of classes and final exams.
  • Expect your students to bring lots of laundry and for them to expect you to do it!
  • Your students may spend time catching up on sleep — and eating comfort food.
  • Your students will be anxious to catch up with high school friends, breezing in and out the door as soon as they feel they can.
  • Your students have gained a sense of independence over the last few months. You and your students may have to negotiate a compromise and set clear limits.
  • Your students are looking forward to an oasis and a much needed break from school. They’ve been working hard all semester and a little recognition of their hard work goes a long way.
  • You may experience signs of a new found appreciation for you.
The Office of Parent Relations wishes you a warm and wonderful holiday break. Safe travels to all the students traveling home.

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 Parents,

During the month of November, students often begin to feel additional stress as they become entrenched with their academic demands and the responsibilities of a college lifestyle. As students seek ways to find a sense of balance, this is a great time for you to have a conversation with your student regarding his or her academic experience. Engaging in a conversation about your student’s academics reinforces your support and can provide a boost of encouragement during this intense academic period. It is also a time for your student to plan his or her spring 2012 class schedule; November 1, 2011 marks the beginning of the 2012 spring class registration process. Additional information and details about this process can be found on the Registrar’s website at www.sandiego.edu/registrar.

As you discuss academics with your student, you may find that academic demands are heavily weighing on your son or daughter and negatively impacting other aspects of your student’s daily life. This is not uncommon for this time of year. If your student is feeling significantly overwhelmed, I encourage you to recommend your student consult a Counseling Center staff member (http://www.sandiego.edu/usdcc/ or (619) 260-4655). Free and confidential initial consultations are available at the Counseling Center from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and students are beginning to plan for a much needed break with family and friends. While many students are looking forward to the comforts of home, it is helpful to remember your student has experienced a significant sense of autonomy over the past few months. You may find that you and your student now have different expectations regarding his or her time at home. Setting aside time together to clarify these expectations can set a positive tone for a great Thanksgiving experience. If your student is staying at USD for the holiday, staff will be available in all of the residential halls. I encourage you to have your student connect with a Residential Life staff member to ensure your son or daughter spends the holiday with other USD community members.

May the Thanksgiving holiday provide you with special time to reconnect with your son or daughter. Throughout this holiday season, I am grateful for every opportunity to partner with you in supporting your student’s academic goals and future dreams. Happy Thanksgiving!

In Torero Spirit,
Carmen M. Vazquez
Vice President for Student Affairs

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University Ministry: A place to believe, belong, and become!

University Ministry offers a number of creative and compelling programs during the month of November. Below is a list of events. For detail information, please click here.

Search Retreat: November 11–12
Tijuana Service Trip: November 19
St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen: Every Thursday at 10:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Thriving in Business: Secretly Incredible Leadership:
Thursday, December 1 at 2:30–1:30 p.m.
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Rooms A & B
Community Gatherings: Every Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.
Spirituality is Served: Community Dinner and Dialogue:
Tuesday, November 8, at 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Hahn University Center, Room 107
Masses in Founders Chapel:
Sunday evenings at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday at 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday night Mass for Peace at 9:00 p.m.

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Carlton Floyd, Associate Professor and Associate Provost and Co-Director for the Center for Inclusion and Diversity
by Mary Levine, Parents Association Board Member

Dr. Carlton Floyd Homecoming and Family weekend was in full swing as Renda Quinn and Karina Viaud from the Office of Parent Relations prepared to walk to the middle of Torero Stadium during halftime of the football game to honor Dr. Carlton Floyd with the Parents Association Award of Excellence. Joining in the half-time ceremony was Amy Murphy, the student who nominated Dr. Floyd for this honor. Dr. Floyd is an Associate Professor of English who specializes in African-American Literature. He is also Associate Provost and Co-Director for the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, a program that aspires to provide the resources and research necessary to recruit, retain and sustain a diverse and inclusive university. Read more…

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USD Knowledge Transfer: Careers in Entertainment

Is your student interested in a career in the entertainment industry? Moderated by Dr. Roger Pace, USD Professor for Communication Studies, the upcoming Knowledge Transfer will attract a panel of alumni and parents who will provide practical information and share their experience getting into the industry and tips for success. All students and alumni are welcome to attend and will have an opportunity for informal networking with the panelists. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Date: Thursday, November 17
Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Location: Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Suite A & B.

Panelists include:
Chris Lowery ’98, Brainwash Entertainment
Allison Marsh ‘98, Supervising Producer for CNN, Larry King
Mark Sarkissian ’96, Producer Music and Entertainment (The White Stripes and Nickelback)
Deborah Robins, P ’14, Managing Director and Executive Producer, Plumbago Productions

Co-sponsored by: Office of Parent Relations, Career Services, School of Business Career Services, College of Arts and Sciences, and Student Alumni Association

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The Parent Partnership Fund Helps 18 USD Students Continue their Education

The Parents Association Board created the Parent Partnership Fund whose vision is helping students bridge the financial gap on their way to graduation. In this economic climate, the USD Parents Association Board felt extremely passionate about creating this initiative and raising over $60,000 last year. This year, we hope to surpass this amount.

We are very happy to announce that the Parent Partnership Fund has already helped 18 students continue their education at the university. Awards ranging between $2,000 and $5,000 were granted to 16 senior and 2 junior students who had unmet needs or unexpected financial hardship and at risk of withdrawing and not completing their degree at USD. Parents can make a difference! Join us in assisting our students bridge the financial gap to degree completion. To learn more, visit the Parent Partnership Fund and make a contribution.

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USD Connect via MySDmobile

In collaboration with Student Wellness, an iphone application has been created to connect you and your student to needed USD resources. With this handy, intuitive, spin-wheel driven application you are able to spin and select the area of interest, pin-point the resource and touch to instantly call the department or display the information you need. One spin can connect you with resources you need. To get spinning and learn more about downloading mySDmobile visit: http://my.sandiego.edu/mobile/version2.html

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News from the Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success offers programs, services and experiences designed to promote student success in and out of the classroom. Our staff has identified a few key resources and strategies listed below that could be helpful to your student at this point in the semester. Click here to learn detail information for each strategy.

  1. Make an appointment with a peer advisor for Student Success Coaching
  2. Attend a FRESH@USD session
  3. Visit professor’s office hours
  4. Student Success Coaching

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A Student’s Perspective by Kimberly Norcia ’12

Dear USD Parents,

Do you ever wonder what your student is doing on campus? What classes they are taking or what classes they are NOT taking? These are a few questions I heard from parents when I sat on a Parent Board meeting. As a senior here at beautiful USD, it was a perspective on college life I never considered. Can you blame me? I am not going to be a parent anytime soon. However, the discussion started me thinking about why I am always so open with my parents and why some of my friends are not. Read more…

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A Message from Residential Life

The new Living On newsletter will be available on the Residential Life website on November 1. This edition features important information, including closing of the residence halls for December and Intersession. 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 for more information. Note that as Thanksgiving approaches, students staying in the residence halls during break must sign up with their Resident Assistants. Watch for details about a Thanksgiving dinner and event that will be happening in Crossroads. Feel free to contact our office at (619) 260-4777 with any questions.

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Send Your Torero A Care Package

A care package is the perfect treat for every USD student. The Torero Store offers a variety of baskets suitable for every occasion: birthdays, holidays, finals or just because! Baskets may include food, balloons, cake, Torero gear and more. Order a care package for your student.

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Grandparents Weekend is Feb. 24-25: Save the Date!!!

Grandparents Weekend Picture February 24–25 is Grandparents Weekend at USD, a weekend especially planned for grand-parents and a time to connect with your students while enjoying the beautiful landscape of USD. All family members are welcomed. To learn more about what we do, click here to view last year’s weekend. Help us capture as many addresses as possible by submitting your grandparents’ information.

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The Mulvaney Challenge: Double the Dollars, Double the Difference

Mulvaney Challenge LogoThe Mulvaney family is challenging the University of San Diego community to raise $400,000 for USD's Center for Community Service-Learning. In turn, the Mulvaneys will MATCH every dollar raised. Are you up for the challenge? Read more about USD’s Center for Community Service-Learning and the Mulvaney Challenge to help with this extraordinary cause.

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Upcoming Alumni, Parent and Family Events

USD Partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository
Chicago, IL, Nov. 2

USD Alumni Party @ The Starz Denver Film Festival
Denver, CO, Nov. 5

Reception with USD President Lyons
Washington, DC Nov. 15

Party & Networking in Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ, Nov. 17

San Francisco Career Panel and Impact Networking
San Francisco, CA, Dec. 1

Denver Chapter Christmas Party
Denver, CO, Dec. 7

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Is your student interested in joining a sorority or fraternity at USD?

Greek life at USDFraternity 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 http://www.sandiego.edu/greeklife/

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

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Emerging Leaders Program

The Student Leadership and Involvement Center, in collaboration with the Department of Leadership Studies, is offering a 2-credit academic course on the concept and practice of leadership to all first-year students. LEAD 161 is based on discussion and the application of leadership. Students will participate in a series of exercises to connect the concept of leadership with involvement on campus. The course sections are limited to 15 first-year students and have two co-instructors. Please email us at slic@sandiego.edu or call (619) 260-4802 for additional information including how students may register for the spring 2012 semester.

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Lessons and Carols: A Festival of Word and Song to Prepare for Christmas

Each December, USD invites the campus community and the public at large to gather in Founders Chapel to enjoy "Lessons and Carols," a Christmas celebration that dates back well over one hundred years and is followed around the world in a multitude of different places. The most famous celebration comes from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge University in England celebrated since 1918, although the first festival of its kind can be traced to Truro, Cornwall, England, in 1880. Click here to read more.

Join us Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Founders Chapel.

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The Vista: The Student Newspaper

The Vista invites you to subscribe to the university’s newspaper. Just log on to theusdvista.com, click on the Contact Us tab, then click on the Subscriptions link. There, you can download the PDF on the right side of the page and mail it along with a payment of $50 to:

University of San Diego
The Vista
Attn: Chris Hanneke
5998 Alcalá Park
SLP Room 403 B
San Diego, CA 92110

We also encourage you to sign up for the online edition of The Vista for free. On the Subscriptions page, simply click the link Sign up for the email edition on the top right corner.

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Torero Athletics

Follow USD’s Athletics kick-off season today! For more information about all Torero teams, go to www.usdtoreros.com.

Toreros Bounce Broncos

Seven in a Row for Toreros as USD Downs LMU 3-1

Torero Volleyball picture

Toreros hold off Drake 31-24 to stay unbeaten in PFL

Women's Cross Country
Toreros Represent at Bronco Invite

Toreros play St. Mary’s

January 5, 2012 6 p.m. at USD Purchase your tickets by clicking here.
Tickets go on sale November 1, 2011

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Other USD E-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 aid that assist student’s graduation.

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 the Institutional Research and Planning and Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, and more.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

November 1: Class reservation begins for spring 2012
November 8: Last day to withdraw with a “W”. Deadline for removal of incompletes from prior semester/summer sessions
November 18: Final fee payment deadline for intersession 2012
November 23–25: Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes and offices are closed November 24–25

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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