So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star

From NFL quarterbacks to peacemakers-in-training, from gifted scholars and researchers to altruistic physicians, the University of San Diego has produced rock stars in all sorts of wildly disparate fields. Our alumni, faculty and parents are sure to inspire; come take a backstage tour behind the scenes. Oh, and get ready to rock.

Into the Swim

In 2008, Rendy Lynn Opdycke ’06 made the history books by shattering the record for completing the “Triple Crown” of marathon swimming. The call of open water still beckons. In spite of complex logistics, frigid temp-eratures and daunting swells, she’s still fired up about life underwater.

Family Affair

Beloved physician Michael Bajo sent 6 of his 15 children to USD. His legacy includes playing for the Chicago White Sox, caring for wounded soldiers in World War II and delivering more than 11,000 babies.

Law and Order

As a lawyer for the International Criminal Court, Kristen Bowman ’96 faces tough challenges: Helping to bring those responsible for some of the world’s most egregious crimes against humanity to justice.



Light My Fire Light My Fire

Don’t ever doubt the transformative power of rock and roll.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Spring 2009

Readers share opinions on the most recent issue of the magazine.

Around the Park

Faces in the Mirror Faces in the Mirror

Task force aims to take action to bring change to the campus culture.

Never Say Never Never Say Never

Sister Maria Pascuzzi shares her thoughts on women and the church.

Becoming the Solution Becoming the Solution

The IPJ’s Dustin Sharp stands up for international victims of atrocities.

Secret Gardens Secret Gardens

Student artists develop their own aesthetic vision through collaboration.

Quiet on the Set! Quiet on the Set!

From prisons to presidents, Ed Ybarra has seen it all first-hand.

Better Late Than Never Better Late Than Never

USD friend keeps a promise he made more than 60 years ago.

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The Immaculata’s 50th; Alumni Honors; Kyoto Laureate Symposium and more.

Torero Athletics

Belles of the Ball Belles of the Ball

Women’s basketball team looks to return to the Big Dance this season.

Standing Strong Standing Strong

Injury won’t deter Brandon Johnson from his goals on and off the court.

Point of View

Running Wild Running Wild

When she got her law degree, Joyce Tischler knew exactly what she loved.

Alumni Update

Three’s Company Three’s Company

Tough economy translates to multi-faceted business opportunity.

Back in the Fold Back in the Fold

Chicago alumni gather for a good cause: a legacy scholarship.

Gifts at Work Gifts at Work

Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund, SBA grant, USD Wine Classic.

Class Notes Articles

Breaking the Cycle Breaking the Cycle

Don Morgan helps inner-city youth find new directions through nonprofit.

Chic Dreams Chic Dreams

Meet the online world’s Hostess with the Mostess, Jennifer Sbranti.

The Glamour of it All The Glamour of it All

From politics to pop culture, Allison Marsh keeps the news fresh.

Sixty Years and Counting Sixty Years and Counting

2009 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of USD.

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"So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star "
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