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First Year Housing: Camino Hall and Founders Hall

Camino and Founders Halls

Camino Hall and Founders Hall are two separate buildings, connected by a bridge, that include residence rooms in addition to classrooms and administrative offices. The majority of the residents are freshmen. Camino Hall is for male residents, and Founders Hall is for female residents. Residents are assigned to double, triple and quadruple rooms. The residence rooms are located on the second floors of both buildings. A Community Director, ten Resident Assistants, and a Resident Minister reside in the halls.

These residences were originally built as the San Diego College of Women. Their unique design offers most of the residence rooms views of beautifully landscaped courtyards. . Each resident is provided with an extra-long (80") twin bed, chest of drawers, desk and desk chair, and most of the rooms have parquet flooring. Rooms have wireless internet access and cable television access. Showers, restrooms and "Johnny Squares" (assigned sinks) are located on each hall. Laundry rooms and vending machines are also provided.

Camino-Founders is conveniently located near classrooms, the library, chapel and theater. A lounge with cable TV and computers is located in each hall. The University Alcohol Policy designates Camino-Founders as a no alcohol living area regardless of age or class status.

Take a virtual tour of these buildings.

Camino-Founders Resident Assistant Office
The Resident Assistant Office, located in Founders 275, is where you can find Resident Assistants working on programming efforts and performing their on-duty hours. Feel free to stop by and talk with any RA to discuss any concerns and ideas you may have for Camino and Founders Hall. The Camino/Founders RA duty hours are daily from 7:00PM - 12:00AM Sunday-Thursday, and 8:00PM – 2:00AM on Friday and Saturday.  You can reach the Camino-Founders RA Office Desk at 619-574-5715.

Please visit the Mission Crossroads desk during the day for any services including sundries such as toilet paper, vacuums, or trash bags. Mission Crossroads desk hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00AM to 7:00PM and Friday through Sunday 10:00AM to 8:00PM.

Camino-Founders Laundry Facilities
The Laundry Facilities include 15 washing machines and 16 dryers. The cost for a load of laundry in the washer is $1.25 and dryers are $.50. You need to purchase a laundry card for $2.00 and you can replenish your money on the card in $5, $10, and $20 increments. The laundry card machine does not take $1.00 bills. . You can purchase a laundry card using cash in Founders, and debit card or credit card in Camino. You can purchase a laundry card and/or reload money on your laundry card at the Add Value station, located outside both laundry room locations.

Community Director: Terrence Shaw

Terrence Shaw is the Community Director of Camino Hall and Founders Hall. He is from MilwaukeTerrence Shaw Community Directore, WI and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He received a B.A. in Communication and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside and a M.S.Ed. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He have lived in St. Louis, MO for the previous two years where he worked at Saint Louis University as a Residence Hall Coordinator. He’s worked in Student Affairs throughout his undergraduate, graduate, and professional experience, primarily in Residence Life and Career Services. He really enjoy movies, music, and reading. Those are things you can frequently find him doing in his down time.

Terrence's Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, or by appointment. You can reach him at or you can call him at 619.574.5709 to set up an appointment.

Resident Minister: Christopher Alt
Christopher Alt is a Resident Minister in Camino Hall (Camino 251). He has enjoyed an eclectic woChris Alt Resident MInisterrk history since graduating from USD in 2008, including narrator, camp counselor, and Shamu Show Host at SeaWorld, cemetery custodian, and airplane fueler. His ministry experience includes nursing home chaplain, guest preacher, musician, prayer service coordinator, and Housefather for a men's shelter at Father Carr's Place 2B in his hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Christopher is also very active in music ministry. After earning a Master of Divinity from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry ('13), Christopher is excited to return to his alma mater. He sees college as a place where students come to deepen and broaden their sense of self and explore how they relate to God, others, and the world. This can be "messy and confusing work" and Christopher hopes to support students as they engage that important process.

As well as resident ministry, Christopher will be furthering his vocational goals by earning additional credits as a hospital chaplain in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus.

Please feel free to "pop-in" or say hello on his campus walk-abouts. You can also email him at to set up an appointment.

Resident Minister: Brianne McGannBrianne McGann Res Minister
Brianne McGann is a Resident Minister in Founders Hall. She graduated from the University of San Diego in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education Leadership.

Brianne is excited to help create a strong USD community for all students and be a resource and support network for the residents of Founders Hall. She is also looking forward to working with the Camino/Founders Resident Assistants and weekly Emmaus group.

You can contact Brianne via email atbmcgann-11@sandiego.eduor feel free to stop by her room!