The Odds-Beater

Student-athlete Gyno Pomare helped bring USD to the Big Dance. What happened before that — a win at Kentucky, a delirious run through the West Coast Conference Tournament and a dramatic upset of Connecticut — represented a seismic shift in the fortunes of USD basketball. And it’s hard to imagine any of it happening without Pomare.

A glimpse into the lives of wildly disparate undergraduates proves that variety is the spice of life. Meet Summer Buckley, who takes an active STAND on campus against genocide; Joshua Hamilton, the comeback kid who’s overcome illness and turned his attention to helping others; and Hiermona Tesfamicael, a go-getter who thrives on multi-tasking.

Ruminations on this grand and glorious season, when the men’s and women’s basketball teams kept Torero spirit alive across the nation and we were all so proud we thought we just might burst. And don’t miss our twin cut-out WCC trophies on the inside front and back covers.



Dream Weavers Dream Weavers

The first step to figuring out the correct answer is to ask the right question.

Letters to the Editor

Summer 2008

Encouraging words,english lesson, Daniel revisited.

Around the Park

A Place to Call Their Own A Place to Call Their Own

Kickoff celebrates the new Student Life Pavilion, which promises to “change the life of every student at the University of San Diego.”

Best Intentions Best Intentions

All across campus, the push to adopt green practices that support sustainability are changing the way things have always been done into the way things should be done.

Everybody’s House Everybody’s House

The United Front Multicultural Center provides a space where all students are free to explore their identity.

Wanted: Justice in Mexico Wanted: Justice in Mexico

David Shirk, director of USD’s Trans-Border Institute, puts a high priority on advocating reform for justice in Mexico, the institute’s signature project.

The Next Step The Next Step

IPJ founding director Joyce Neu joins U.N. mediation team.

Save the Date Save the Date

Commencement; Sports Camps; summer conference on creating safe schools.

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Lyons elected chair of ACCU; Pyke named new dean of School of Business; more.


The Drive to Succeed The Drive to Succeed

Golf coach Tim Mickelson is determined to bring a national championship to USD. In the meantime, he’s living the life.

On the Same Side On the Same Side

Mentoring program teams up Josh Romanski with Judy Eppler.

Alumni Update

That Attitude of Gratitude That Attitude of Gratitude

Forging a connection between alumni and students benefits both, leading to a synergistic give and take.

Alumni in Training Alumni in Training

Student Alumni Association connects USD’s past with its future.

Letter From Home Letter From Home

Director of alumni relations shares his thoughts.

Gifts at Work Gifts at Work

Notable donations to the university over the last few months.

Class Notes Articles

On Top of the World On Top of the World

Hanging out with celebrities and going to glitzy parties is all in a day’s work for MTV event planner Matthew Van Houten ’04.

Competition is Her Middle Name Competition is Her Middle Name

What makes Tara Ardalan ’02 leap out of bed with a smile on her face and a spring in her step? Horses, of course.

Budgets Without Borders Budgets Without Borders

Is there such a thing as a glamorous career in number-crunching? You bet. Just ask Jason Orlando ’94, international budget nerd.

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