USD approved changes to the general education curriculum, known now as the core curriculum, in Spring 2005. The changes, which will be reflected in the Undergraduate Bulletin course catalog this semester, will take effect in the 2006-07 academic year. The General Education Review Committee report outlined four changes.

The first was changing the name “general education” to “core curriculum,” as well as changing the name of categories within curriculum. Other changes are as follows: to limit the number of courses applicable to the core curriculum; move the second language requirement from its current general education category to the indispensable competencies category; and to create a new diversity requirement.

Planning for the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies kicks into high gear this fall with the launch of a nationwide search for the founding dean. The school, funded by a $50 million gift from the late philanthropist Joan B. Kroc, will open in January 2007. In the meantime, the new dean will be responsible for hiring faculty and shaping the curriculum.

Alan Lewis ’92 (B.B.A.) is excited to be the incoming president of the National Alumni Board. He’s been involved with Alumni Relations for years, serving as chair of both his 10-year reunion in 2002 and as chair of Homecoming last year. “There’s something about giving back to the university that’s appealing,” he says. “That’s why so many people volunteer their time.”

Lewis says that the main focus of his term will be increasing the board’s visibility. “We want to improve alumni participation throughout the country. Whether it’s alums attending events, making donations, or serving on the board, the more people, the better.”

Senior Jordan Freitas is the incoming Associated Students 2005-06 president. Freitas, last year’s vice president of programming, has also been active in the orientation team, University Ministry and the overnight program, in which the admissions office brings incoming freshmen to campus for a weekend.

USD’s “University Of” commercial, the 30-second spot that aired during the 2004 Summer Olympics, won a gold medal in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s 2005 Circle of Excellence Awards. The spot brought national attention to the school, and focused on a traditional university icon, the sweatshirt, and a group of words derived from USD’s core values.

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