Bidding farewell to the university this past August was Department of Art Chair David B. Smith, who also served as special assistant to the provost. Smith, who’s been a USD faculty member since 1997, will become the new president of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. The school is described as “Canada’s premier university dedicated to advancing the visual arts.”

The IPJ’s Joyce Neu will be taking a leave of absence from her post of executive director to be a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., an “independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress.” Among its goals are the prevention and resolution of violent international conflicts and increasing worldwide peacebuilding tools. In Neu’s absence — which will occur from Oct. 1, 2006 through July 31, 2007 — the IPJ’s Deputy Director, Dee Aker, will serve as interim director.

Early riser turned CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric was on campus in mid-July as part of a cross-country “listening tour” that found the incoming CBS nightly news anchor conducting meetings in various towns, with an aim toward finding out what regular folks want from their network news programs. Around 125 San Diegans attended the event, which was held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

Esteemed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent the last weekend of August at the USD School of Law as a Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence. Scalia took his seat on the Supreme Court in 1986, after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.