Alcalá Vista Apartments

Vistas Residence Hall

The Alcalá Vista Apartments include 192 apartments, and are located adjacent to the Sports Center Complex (gym, locker rooms, weight room, pool, and tennis courts). The majority of these units have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. Each of these two-bedroom units accommodates four residents. The three-story units are clustered around three courtyards and feature the Spanish Renaissance architecture that is used throughout the main campus. A reception desk, laundry facilities, study rooms, wide-screen TV, lounge, and staff offices are located on the first floor of Palomar Hall.

Palomar is home to the new gathering space located near the Palomar courtyard. This space is perfect for grabbing a snack or filling up your coffee mug for free. Please check the door for posted hours and make sure to stop by for Cookies and Convo, where you can catch up with friends and enjoy a freshly baked cookie.

Additionally, there is a new patio space that is perfect for lounging or studying with friends. The outdoor space has tables and chairs to spread out books and computers if needed and features outlets for powering up your devices. There are great shaded areas on sunny days and also a BBQ if you want to do a cookout with friends. See the front desk for the key and utensils.

Finally, the Vistas Multi Purpose Room was recently renovated and has moveable furniture perfect for individual and group study. For great programming options there are flat screen televisions with HD Directv and DVR. If you have a class during your favorite program – stop by and set up the DVR to capture your show and you can watch it later with friends.

The Alcalá Vista Apartments is home of the Second-Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP). This is designed to offer programs and services that are geared to the unique needs of sophomore students, both returning and transfer. Programs include the STEP Welcome Back BBQ, Drop-In Academic Advising, attending athletic events, community service projects, and housing participants of the SYE Abroad program.

The Living in Faith Together (LIFT) UM Neighborhood is a Sophomore area that is located in Cuyamaca Hall in the Vistas. The theme of LIFT is taking leadership in your residential and faith community. Members of LIFT will be provided multiple opportunities to take leadership especially in the faith community on campus.

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Vistas Desk 

The Vistas Desk is located in Palomar and is the center of activity for the Alcalá Vista Apartments. The front desk staff encodes room key cards, gives information, provides vacuums and other sundries for residents. You can access the computer lab and print assignments from the Palomar Lounge. You can reach the Vistas Front Desk at (619) 767-3700.

STEP

During the academic year, ResLife is continuing to build on the successes of STEP for second-year Toreros to provide the tools and information necessary to be successful both inside and out of the classroom at USD. We will be offering a mix of both social and academic/vocational programs throughout the school year that will give students unique access to resources, information.

Hours of Operation

Day Opening Closing
Monday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.

Please note that RAs will be on duty every night at the desk until 12:00 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:00 a.m. on weekends.

Vistas Multi Purpose Room 

The Multi Purpose Room is located next to the Vistas Desk. It is a great room for studying or hanging out. Plenty of seats and couches are available, including outlet chairs, as well as work tables for projects, studying, or just hanging out with your friends. The lounge is also a popular location for RA programs that are open to all of our resident students. Two large screen televisions are available with DirecTV offering HD quality programming and DVR capabilities. Students are encouraged to record their favorite programs.

RA Office

The Resident Assistant Office is where Resident Assistants can work on programs and decorations or have private conversations with residents. The RA Office is located next to the Vistas Desk.

Laundry Facilities

The Laundry Facilities are in Palomar and Borrego.

Please see our Residential Life Services website for more information on laundry services.

Community Director: Scott Thomas

 S ThomasScott Thomas is the Community Director in the Alcalá Vista Apartments. Prior to this appointment, Scott worked as the Community Director of Maher Hall for two years.

Scott began his career in higher education as a Resident Assistant at Boston College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After graduation, he enrolled in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences here at USD, earning his Masters in Higher Education Leadership.

Although he will always be a Boston man at heart, Scott loves San Diego and all the great people on USD’s campus.

Scott’s office is located in Palomar 101. Like many other staff across campus, Scott has other commitments during the day and may not be in his office, so please email him at sjthomas@sandiego.edu to set up an appointment.

When Scott is not in his office or spending time with students, you can find him trying new forms of exercise, working with the USD Rugby Team, or watching Jeopardy.

Assistant Community Director: Mariana Ortega

 M OrtegaMariana Ortega is the Assistant Community Director in the Alcala Vista Apartments. She is beyond excited to move down to San Diego and begin her experience at USD.

Mariana was born and raised in Los Angeles, particularly in the city of Bell Gardens. She completed her undergraduate career at the University of California, Irvine, with a BA in Literary Journalism. Her undergraduate involvements include serving as a Resident Advisor for two years and as a Campus Representative for three years. As a Resident Advisor, Mariana worked under Student Life and Leadership hall themes, which allowed her to have an overview of student success and leadership on campus. As a Campus Representative, she worked as a tour guide and only continued to grow her passion in wanting to pursue a career in higher education.

Mariana is completing her graduate work at the University of San Diego in the Master’s in Higher Education Leadership program. Working under both housing and admission at UCI gave her the opportunity to help and share her own experiences with a wide range of prospective students. Mariana thrives to help students achieve academic success and is happy to be working in Residential Life.

Mariana’s office is located in Palomar 102, right across from Alcala Vista Desk. She can be contacted at mortega@sandiego.edu .During Mariana’s spare time, she loves exploring coffee shops because they're brewtiful. She always encourages a good pun. Mariana’s favorite hobbies are re-watching old tv shows, cruising on a penny board, and going on a great hike with friends.

STEP Graduate Assistant: Carlos Cortés

Carlos Cortés is the Graduate Assistant for the Second Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP). Carlos is new to San Diego and is looking forward to making his new home here. He is thrilled to be a part of the USD community and is looking forward to getting to know and serve the students.

Carlos is a California native and was born and raised in Lancaster, California. He moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2012 to attend Chaminade University of Honolulu where he majored in Historical and Political studies and minored in Psychology. As an undergraduate he was heavily involved in student activities, working for two years as an Assistant Student Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, a Peer Mentor and a New Student Orientation Leader. He also served as the Speaker of the House and Representatives and the Vice President of Programming for the Chaminade Student Government Association both his Sophomore and Junior years. Carlos has always found great joy in ensuring that each student feels at home while at the university.

Carlos is a graduate student at the University of San Diego in the Master’s in Higher Education Leadership program. He is excited to learn new skills that will aid him in better serving the student body and making sure they have the resources they need to succeed. In his free time Carlos enjoys hiking, socializing, eating new foods, and watching his favorite shows on Netflix. You can find Carlos working at the front desk of Palomar Hall, but if he is not there you can reach him at ccortes@sandiego.edu .

Resident Minister: Charlotte Coe

Charlotte is a Resident Minister in the Vista Apartments (Laguna 331). She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2015 with a bachelors in English and Psychology and then spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Diego as a middle school teacher at Nativity Prep Academy. Most recently, she was working for a social services nonprofit in Northern California with youth in the foster care system and on probation.

Charlotte is happy to be back in San Diego and is looking forward to the opportunity to connect with and support students in small groups, retreats and spending time together in the dorms. You can stop by and say hello to Charlotte at Laguna 331 or via email at:coechar@gmail.com

Resident Minister: Father Robert Capone

Fr. Robert Capone is a graduate of USD who strives to be a dynamic minister of transformation in the lives of our students and a builder of community on our campus, starting at home in the Vistas. Fr. Robert was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in the jubilee year 2000.  He was a surfer for many years but now enjoys ocean swimming, fly fishing mountain streams or casting to pacific palagics.  He considers himself a fisher of men and women (Matthew 4:19) who accompanies those who wish to know more about the person of Jesus and the Catholic faith as a University Chaplain.  

Fr. Robert Capone is a Resident Minister in the Vistas (Cuyamaca 231). You can contact Fr. Robert by email at rcapone@sandiego.edu, if you are interested in scheduling a time to get together.

Resident Minister: Marc Adams

Marc Adams is a returning Resident Minister excited to join the community of the Vista Apartments (Palomar 321).  After graduating in 2005 and traversing a long and winding life path, he returned to USD, his alma mater, in August 2016, taking up a position as both Resident Minister and Search Retreat Coordinator.  Prior to these positions he served as a youth minister in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp, pursued his passion for journalism at CBS, BBC, and NPR (all on the East Coast) and spent three years living and working for a variety of faith based nonprofits with his wife and life partner, Lexie, in Cochabamba Bolivia.  This year, in addition to the support he hopes to offer residents of the Vistas, he will be serving the larger campus community as an Associate University Minister, coordinating the Search retreat again as well as leading various immersion programs.

Struggling to live life with more faith, compassion, and love, he has become a deep believer in nonviolence, in the inherent God given goodness of every human being, and the interconnectedness and interdependence of all of creation.  In his free time he loves to relax at the beach with Lexie, get to know new people and bike through San Diego.  And just as a head's up, if you happen to hear loud laughter from down the hall or through the courtyard, he is probably somewhere nearby.

Marc can be reached at his apartment, Palomar 321, his office, Maher 260, his office line, (619)260-4897, or his email, marcadams@sandiego.edu.