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May 2012 Parents Newsletter

In this issue:

Dear USD Families

Welcome Message from President Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D.

A Special Welcome from Parents Association Board Co-Presidents, Jim and Bonnie Trumbull

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

USD Awarded WCC Commissions Cup for Fifth Straight Year

Summer Send Off Survey

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012

Announcing the USD Parent Portal

Student Wellness and Adjusting to College

Financial Aid

Thank you Torero Parent Ambassadors and Torero Squad

Making Achievement Possible Works (MAP Works)

Out-of-State Student Program

Student Alumni Association

NCAA College Cup: Be among the first to get your tickets

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 2012–13

Academic Calendar
2012–13


Torero Life

USD News Center


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Dear USD Families,

Welcome to the 2012 fall semester! Campus is once again filled with energetic students we missed over the summer. By now, your student has attended their first class, settled into their room or apartment or has adjusted to the commute to and from home. We would like to extend a special welcome to our new families of freshman and transfer students who are beginning their journey with the USD community. We are so glad you have joined us and are hopeful you will make great connections at USD.

The Parent E-Newsletter is the first of many communications for the 2012–13 academic year and is sent at the beginning of each month. You can look forward to special announcements and updates to keep you connected to life at USD. We are pleased to tell you about a few ways to stay connected with USD:

The Office of Parent Relations is your campus resource. We welcome your calls and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Renda Quinn Karina Viaud Regina Griffing

Renda Quinn '86
Director

Karina Viaud '02
Assistant Director

Regina Griffing ’12
Executive Assistant


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Welcome Message from President Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D.

Mary E. Lyons picture Dear USD Parents and Families,

This is by far my favorite time of year at the University of San Diego. The opportunity to welcome our new and returning students to Alcalá Park each fall is truly a highlight for all of us on campus. It is a time of anticipation and excitement, of hope and promise of the year ahead. And it is a vivid, perennial reminder of our goal to deliver the best possible USD experience for every student.

By now I hope that your freshman and transfer sons and daughters have caught the “Torero Spirit” and are beginning to feel at home at USD. And for those of you proud parents of returning students, we anticipate another productive and enjoyable year for you as part of our growing family of students, faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers, and other friends.

USD continues to distinguish itself nationally and internationally for its commitment to global social change, improving the human condition, and affording our students ample opportunity to become lifelong social entrepreneurs on campus, in San Diego, and beyond. Just as these continue to be challenging economic times for all of us, we continue to focus our energies on a variety of collaborations and partnerships that will yield greater financial support for the university, optimal efficiencies and service, and ultimately, greater direct benefit to our students and their families.

USD parents and families play a very important role in the success of USD as a vibrant, contemporary, connected Catholic university. We know our parents are committed to supporting a variety of initiatives through their volunteer efforts, by advocating for the university among their peers, and by providing financial assistance for scholarships or other projects. We appreciate your commitment to being a part of our campus community and all you do to support our work and promote our success.

I look forward to working with you this year and to the impact that you and your student will have over time at USD. Thank you in advance for your support and encouragement. And thank you again for entrusting us with the education of your sons and daughters. It is a responsibility we welcome and a privilege we cherish.

Sincerely,

Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D.
President


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A Special Welcome from Parents Association Board Co-Presidents, Jim and Bonnie Trumbull

Jim and Bonnie Trumbull Dear USD Parents and Families,

Congratulations! You’ve survived the move-in experience and your freshman or transfer student is settling in, preparing for their first semester at USD. It’s an exciting time, filled with hope, joy, and perhaps a bit of apprehension as you say goodbye and journey home. Whether this is your first, last, or only college-bound student, the significance of this moment will be remembered forever. Our son will be a senior this year, but we recall move-in day, and the emotions associated with it, as if it were yesterday. We look back over the events of the past three years with great comfort and assure you that your student is not only in a beautiful location, but at a university which honors the individual and encourages their intellectual and personal growth.

If you’re like us, you may be wondering how you might narrow the distance between you and your student. You’re now members of the Torero family, and a family it most certainly is. We encourage you to get involved to whatever degree suits you best, either by attending or by volunteering at campus or regional events. Consider becoming a parent ambassador. The Parent Relations page of the USD website contains great information about the many ways in which parents can participate, and the USD Parents Fan Page on Facebook provides yet another way to meet and engage with the USD parent community.

If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email the Office of Parent Relations. They’re a dedicated and knowledgeable group, ready to support you as needed. The Parents Association Board is also here for you. If as parents, we can share our experience or answer any questions, you can reach us through the Office of Parent Relations.

We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012, October 12-14. It’s an ideal time to visit your student, and to connect with your USD community. We wish you and your student every success.

Sincerely,

Jim and Bonnie Trumbull P’13
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Co-Presidents, Parents Association Board


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

What do I believe? Where and when do I experience God most powerfully? Where does my deep gladness meet the world’s great hungers? What is the meaning of my life and what should I do with it? What is my life’s purpose?

These are the deep questions that University Ministry can help your student answer. University Ministry offers a rich variety of retreats, local service projects, immersion trips, faith-sharing communities and, of course, student masses. All Toreros, regardless of their religious background, are welcome to attend each of the programs.

Highlights of the fall semester include the first Sunday night student masses, weekly service projects with St. Vincent de Paul,the first Community Dinners, and the start of faith sharing groups in the residence halls. Getting involved with University Ministry is easy. All students have to do is show up. Visit the University Ministry web site at www.sandiego.edu/um for more information.


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USD Awarded WCC Commissions for Fifth
Straight Year

by Mary Levine, Parents Association Board Member,
P ’12 and P ’14

The West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup is once again in the hands of the University of San Diego. The trophy was presented to USD President Dr. Mary Lyons for the recording breaking fifth straight year. No other school in the nine-school conference has ever won this award more, and the fact that USD was able to pull off this feat with the addition of powerhouse BYU to the conference is astounding. Our "little school on the hill" as Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune called USD, had pulled off the impossible. Read more.


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Summer Send Off Survey: Tell us about your experience

Parents of new first-year and transfer students, if you attended a Summer Send Off this summer and have not responded to the online survey, please take a moment to complete it by clicking here. Your input and responses will help us understand your experience and plan for future Summer Send Offs. The survey will remain open through the end of September.


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Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012:
Register and volunteer

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012 Celebrate the Spirit of Olé at USD’s Homecoming and Family Weekend October 12–14, 2012. Register today, volunteer your time, and nominate candidates for the Parents Association Board Award of Excellence and Torero Parents of the Year Award. You don’t want to miss this BIG, brilliant, bull-riding, Torero BLUE weekend!

Register
Online registration is now open until Sunday, October 7.

Volunteer
Opportunities to volunteer are available.


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Announcing the USD Parent Portal

Announcing the USD Parent Portal The Office of Parent Relations introduces the USD Parent Portal, which allows parents to conduct business on behalf of, or with their student, see his/her student record and receive updates. If you’re interested in accessing your student’s information, talk with your student about giving you authorization. Learn more about the USD Parent Portal by clicking here.


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Student Wellness and Adjusting to College

Students often struggle navigating their first year of college and other transitions. Student Wellness is here to help! If you have any concerns about your student’s transition to college, please call or encourage your student to visit one of the many Student Wellness offices.

Center for Health
and Wellness Promotion

University Center, Room 161
(619) 260-4618

Counseling Center
Serra Hall, Room 300
(619) 260-4655

Disability Services
Serra Hall, Room 300
(619) 260-4655

Student Health Center
Maher Hall, Room 140
(619) 260-4595


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Financial Aid

The USD Office of Financial Aid looks forward to assisting parents and students during the 2012–13 academic year. Do you have Financial Aid questions? Check out the Financial Aid web site www.sandiego.edu/financialaid/ or call (619) 260-2700. Learn more by clicking here.


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Thank you Torero Parent Ambassadors and
Torero Squad

Thank you Torero Parent Ambassadors and Torero Squad Thank you to all the generous families, students, alumni and friends of USD who assisted with hosting and attending all the Summer Send Off receptions during this summer. The Office of Parent Relations, along with other key administrators, traveled to 24 U.S. cities to welcome new students and their families to the USD community.

Move-In Day and Parent Torero Days were wonderful experiences thanks to our parent ambassadors and student volunteers. Parent Ambassadors were on hand at each residential area to answer questions and direct new students and families as their USD adventure began. The USD Torero Squad members were very energetic and strong as they helped carry every TV, bookcase, and pillow into the residence hall rooms of new students. Thank you again for your Torero Spirit!


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Making Achievement Possible Works
(MAP Works): Sponsored by the Center for
Student Success

MAP Works USD is committed to the individual success of each first-year student and offers a variety of ongoing programs and events throughout the first year to support your son or daughter’s transition to college life. One of the unique ways USD demonstrates this commitment is by inviting each first-year student to participate in Making Achievement Possible Works (MAP Works). Learn more about MAP Works by clicking here.


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Out-of-State Student Program: Sponsored by the Center for Student Success

This fall, nearly half of the new freshmen arriving on campus will be coming from somewhere outside of California. USD recognizes that these students may experience more challenges as they transition to life at the University. In order to better support our out-of-state students during this pivotal time, we created the Out-of-State Student Program. The hallmark of the program is the Out-of-State Student Council, which is a group of successful, continuing students hailing from across and outside the United States who work to enhance the experience of incoming out-of-state freshmen as they transition to USD. Read more about the Out-of-State Student Program by clicking here.


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Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a student organization focused on connecting students with USD alumni, providing opportunities to network with successful alumni, building USD tradition and Torero pride, and providing training in networking and professionalism. Students can join online at www.sandiego.edu/futurealumni.


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NCAA College Cup: Be among the first to get
your tickets

For the first time ever, the University of San Diego will be hosting the NCAA College Cup to crown the national champion in DI Women’s soccer on November 30 and December 2, 2012 at Torero Stadium. As a USD parent, we would like to give you the first opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. This event will sell out. Please click here to purchase tickets. Use the access code "NCAAUSD" when purchasing tickets. For any questions, call (619) 260-7550.

Thank you for all you do to support Torero athletics!


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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 the name of the event for more information including registration details. Connect with the USD community in your hometown area. For more events, visit the Alumni Association website.

Oregon Food Bank “Dig In”
Saturday, September 15
9 a.m.– 12 p.m.
Portland Alumni Chapter Event

USD vs. Harvard Football Game & Tailgate
Saturday, September 15
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
USD Alumni Association & Athletic Development

Willamette Valley Vineyards Grape Stomp
Championship and Harvest Celebration

Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m.
$10 for admission including free Riedel wine glass and tasting.
Additional $10 per team per heat to stomp. For more information
and to RSVP, call (619) 260-4808 or email at parents@sandiego.edu


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Torero Athletics

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

The new Fowler Park at Cunningham Field
USD season tickets now available for purchase
Volleyball to be featured on two ESPNU matches this Season
USD Continues Three-Match Home Stand


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Important Dates to Remember

September 5–15: Welcome Week
September 13: Mass of the Holy Spirit
September 14: Last day to enroll in classes and to drop a class without a 'W'
September 16: Rosh Hashanah begins
September 18: Rosh Hashanah ends
September 25: MAP Works is emailed to all new students

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

Parent Relations Calendar 2012–13

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Academic Calendar 2012–13

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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