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Dear USD Families,

Homecoming and Family Weekend, an inaugural joint celebration of alumni and parents, was a time to reminisce about the years as a Torero student and recapture the “those were the days” feelings. Parents and families reconnected with their student as they themselves created their own precious college moments. It was truly a USD family celebration! The weekend encompassed an art exhibit, educational sessions, Party on the Point, Tailgate and Picnic, awards recognition, class reunions, and Mass. Congratulations, once again to the recipients of the USD Parents Association Award of Excellence and Torero Parents of the Year Award:

USD Parents Association Award of Excellence
Dr. Carlton Floyd, Associate Professor of English and Associate Provost and Co-Director of Center for Inclusion and Diversity

Torero Parent of the Year
Denise Mancuso, P’ 13 from Sonoma, CA

Alumni, parents and families who registered for Homecoming and Family Weekend prior to the assigned deadline were eligible to enter a free raffle for a new iPad. The lucky recipient was Armando Maldonado, Graduate Alum ’11 from the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations!!

Homecoming and Family Weekend is now a tradition of the University of San Diego. We are hopeful that you will join us in subsequent celebrations. We would like to thank the parent and alumni volunteers, the students who participated in the award nomination, and of course, our USD colleagues who worked enthusiastically to create a memorable and fantastic weekend.

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,

With the 2011 fall semester in full swing, the campus has been energized by students pursuing their academic goals and engaging in the USD community. Students are expressing excitement about classes, new leadership roles, and being part of a vibrant Torero community. The month of October is filled with many important events, including National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW), USD’s Cold and Flu campaign, and the culminating events of Homecoming & Family Weekend.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) begins on October 17, 2011. Throughout this week, peer educators will provide important information around high-risk drinking behaviors, challenge the notion that binge drinking is “common practice” or an “expectation” among college students, and offer strategies to empower an informed USD student community by modeling smarter, safer alcohol-related choices. According to a recent campus-wide survey, nearly 55% of USD students reported they did not binge drink the last time they “partied”. NCAAW is an opportunity for all community members to consider their choices around alcohol and I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to check in with your student about his or her alcohol use. If you or your student has questions or concerns regarding alcohol or other drugs, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion at http://www.sandiego.edu/chwp/ or (619) 260-4618.

The best way to protect individuals and the larger community from the flu is to vaccinate as many members of the community as possible. During the month of October, the Student Health Center will begin to provide the flu vaccine, for a reduced fee of $15, to all students. According to last year’s National College Health Assessment, nearly 20% of USD students experienced a cold, flu or sore throat that impaired their academic performance. Please encourage your student to take steps to stay healthy and advise him or her that flu shots are available through the USD Student Health Center. Up-to-date information about influenza and prevention education is available by visiting the Student Health Center website http://www.sandiego.edu/healthcenter/prevention/ or by calling the Student Health Center at (619) 260-4595.

Thank you for supporting your student as he or she seeks to achieve academic success. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with so many of you throughout the Torero Days orientation events and during our Homecoming & Family Weekend.

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 works to foster an intellectual environment in which USD students’ academic and social development is amplified through complementary spiritual growth.

Students from all religious backgrounds, as well as those still searching for their religious identity, are invited to take part in our liturgies, programs, activities, and services. In addition to a vibrant Roman Catholic sacramental life, University Ministry offers immersion trips, local service opportunities, retreats, faith-sharing small groups, pastoral counseling and companionship, scripture study, and ecumenical prayer services.

Some of our upcoming programs include:

Senior Seminar: 24 Hours for the Rest of Your Life
October 21–22
Co-Sponsored by Career Services and Student Affairs, this on-campus seminar style retreat is exclusively for seniors. It’s designed to help seniors get the most out of their senior year while also preparing for a successful transition after graduation. Click here to learn about events offered…

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MyStudentBody Alcohol Education Part 2

Parents and Families,

Be sure to remind your student that Part 2 of the MyStudentBody.com online alcohol education course must be completed by October 24, 2011. Students will receive an email letting them know when Part 2 of the MyStudentBody course becomes accessible (which is 60 days after completion of Part 1).

A $250 non-compliance fee will be assessed to students who do not fully complete both portions of the course within the deadlines. For more information regarding Part 2, the 60-day follow-up portion of the MyStudentBody.com “Essentials Course”, please click here or visit www.sandiego.edu/chwp.

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. David Hay and Dr. Cynthia Caywood by Mary Levine, Parents Association Board Member

Faculty Spotlight PhotoA mutual love for the theater and William Shakespeare brought Dr. David Hay and Dr. Cynthia Caywood together when the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego's Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program was instituted in 1987. Both Hay and Caywood were on the USD development committee for this highly selective program that nationally recruits seven graduate students to take part in an intensive two-year field of study in classical theater. This creative meeting would not only foster a highly successful graduate program but would also forge a partnership that would lead to the upcoming celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary this year. Click here to read more.

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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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USD Parent Ambassadors — A Volunteer Program for Parents

Join the Parent Ambassador Program! Parents and families can serve as ambassadors for several programs and events sponsored by the Office of Parent Relations. Ambassadors outreach to families and students, form relationships, help each other create and sustain ties to the university, and become vested in their student’s college experience. Ambassadors are supporters of the University of San Diego!

To read about the program, click here. To sign up and become an ambassador, click here. Please direct any questions regarding the Parent Ambassador Program to parents@sandiego.edu.

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Torero Weekends!

Is your student looking for something to do at USD? Look no further, Torero Weekends are here and in abundance. Go to the Torero Weekends website for upcoming events throughout the semester. Associated Students, the student governing board of the university, also offers a variety of programs.

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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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Be Informed! Become a Fan!

“Like us” on facebook! Our goal is to reach 500 fans by the end of the semester. Help us meet our goal and logon to www.facebook.com/USDParents

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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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Torero Days Pictures

Torero Days Picture Torero Days may be over, but pictures say a 1,000 words. Enjoy some of the moments that were captured during Torero Days. Logon to www.facebook.com/USDParents and take a look at our album. Pictures are courtesy of Annabel Naish, Class of 2012.

A special recognition to Deb Varner, P’15 and Terry Brewster, P’15 who won the Torero Spirit raffle of a USD sweatshirt and gift card, respectively, by submitting their business card during Torero Days.

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Upcoming Alumni, Parent and Family Events

Encourage your student to network with USD alumni at the following local and regional events.

Student/Alumni Networking Mixer
Tuesday, November 9
6 p.m. PT
Degheri Alumni Center, USD

Washington DC Reception with USD President Mary Lyons, PhD
Tuesday, November 15
6 p.m. ET
To be held in Washington, DC

USD vs. Stanford Pre-Game Party
Saturday, December 17
3 p.m.
The Old Pro, Palo Alto, CA

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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. Top stories include:

Toreros place 4th at Mark Simpson Colorado Invite

Toreros tied for 8th after round one of Falcon Invitational

Volleyball Too Much for Indiana, Improves to 13-0

Torero Volleyball picture

Toreros Edged by UCLA in Overtime 1-0

Toreros Find Points Hard to Come By in Loss at UC Davis

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Other USD E-Newsletters

Become even more connected with USD and peruse through the following newsletters.

Faculty Notes Newsletter

Included in this newsletter is the arrival of:

Stephen Ferruolo, JD, PhD, Dean of School of Law, who comes to USD from Goodwin Proctor LLP, an international law firm, where he was the founding partner and chair of the San Diego office.

Jason Lemon, PhD, Dean of Professional and Continuing Education, who comes to USD from University of California, Berkeley where he was the Associate Dean of Extension.

Sarah Kriz, PhD, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, who comes to USD from the University of Washington where she was Assistant Professor, Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering.

Campus Recreation Newsletter

The Campus Recreation Newsletter informs students about ways to stay active and healthy at US.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

October 1: Deadline to apply for financial aid for Intersession 2012
October 10–21: Online class reservation for Intersession 2012
October 14: Fall holiday, no classes. And deadline to pay Competency Examination fee
October 25: Walk-in registration begins for Intersession 2012
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 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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parents on facebook!

Office of Parent Relations
(619) 260-4808

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