UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Summer 2009

Features

Actor Jim Parsons is living the rarified life of a successful, working actor. The breakout star of the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory is loving life in Los Angeles (not to mention the wonders of his GPS). And while he wasn’t exactly sure what he would say as speaker of this year’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, it was sure to be memorable.

It takes a certain kind of pragmatic optimist to be on the front lines in the aftermath of devastating catastrophe. When lightning strikes and the world splinters, two USD graduates have made it their job to pick up the pieces. Tracy Reines ’94 oversees a team that’s responsible for handling the logistics of every international disaster response undertaken by the American Red Cross. The end result is that she tells time less by strict chronology than by geographical calamity. Meanwhile, Jennifer Gerbasi ’95 (J.D.) works in southern Louisiana, in hopes of insulating communities from future disasters. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

Departments

Editorial

Looking Forward Looking Forward

In times like these, how is it possible to not get worried?


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Summer 2009

Readers weigh in about rock and roll, Bishop Buddy and future alumni.


From The President

Looking Forward Looking Forward

President Mary E. Lyons provides an update on the university’s financial condition.


Around the Park

Uncertain Times Uncertain Times

The university is not immune to the effects of an unsettling economy. Top priorities are retaining students, employees and hope.


Syllabus Syllabus

A glimpse inside the environs of Jericho Brown’s creative writing/poetry class.


Plain Talk Plain Talk

Associate professor Alan Gin — who releases the monthly Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County — gives his take on the state of the economy, the stimulus package and more.


Back in the Day Back in the Day

Thomas C. Ragan ‘68 shares memories of the days when Alcala Park was a wide-open roadway.


Finding Comfort Finding Comfort

Faith can be a consolation during troubled times. For some, the economic crisis prompts a spiritual awakening.


Legal Eagles Legal Eagles

The School of Law’s Legal Clinics step in to assist those most in need, providing a safety net to the public.


At Your Service At Your Service

During these tough times, USD is stepping in to help those who need assistance with business advice, networking opportunities and training programs.


Gifts at Work Gifts at Work

Hilton Foundation, Trans-Border Institute, School of Law professorship.


etc. etc.

Shirk on Capitol Hill; 50,000th graduate; School of Business rankings, more.


Point of View

Solving the Puzzle Solving the Puzzle

When Christopher Yanov ’03 won big on Wheel of Fortune, his winnings helped him to stop the downward spiral in San Diego’s toughest neighborhoods.


Torero Athletics

Ready To Play Ready To Play

Toreros pitcher A.J. Griffin has high hopes of making it to the big leagues. His spot on the USA Baseball National Team gave him a glimpse of an international stage.


Basketball Hero Basketball Hero

Chicago Bulls assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff ‘68 — a Toreros point guard from 1964 to 1966 and head coach from 1969 to 1973 — receives WCC honor.


Rest In Peace Rest In Peace

After fighting a valiant 18-month battle with leukemia, men’s tennis coach Tom Hagedorn has passed away.


Alumni Update

Beautiful by Design Beautiful by Design

USD’s harmonious campus style didn’t happen by accident. Much of the credit for the university’s consistent beauty goes to Terry Whitcomb ’53.


Saving Grace Saving Grace

Dan McNamee ’89 (J.D. ’94) believes that humans have the ability to innovate and overcome.


Class Notes Articles

A Taste of Chocolate A Taste of Chocolate

Food artist Diolinda Monteiro ’93 pairs her science background with a love for chocolate when it comes to crafting her inspired concoctions.


The Super Bowl of Homebuilding The Super Bowl of Homebuilding

Brothers Ryan ’03 and Brandon De Young ’07 helped transform the housing situation of a family by pitching in to make a dream come true on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.


In Memoriam In Memoriam

Judith Rauner dedicated her life to family and community service and touched a great many lives with her work.



Cover Photo by Stuart Pettican


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