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Jonathan Nowling '05

Jonathan Nowling graduated from University of San Diego’s School of Business in January 2005. The School of Business Administration gave Jonathan his entrepreneur spirit. He now lives in Roseville, California where he has founded and owns Rock Hill Lavender (


1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduation I stayed in the area to work on my Masters in Business Administration. After working for an insurance company for four years, I founded Rock Hill Lavender. Rock Hill Lavender was founded to promote beauty, health and well being by creating the purest and most natural essentials, for you and your home, using the finest and most versatile herb, Lavender. Rock Hill Lavender was featured on Martha Stewart Radio in March 2010. As owner of Rock Hill Lavender I was nominated to the “Top 40 Under 40” for entrepreneurs in the Sacramento region.


2: What is your fondest memory of USD?

My fondest memory at USD is the late night dinners with all my friends in the dorms. I was able to meet a lot of interesting people and share good memories. I made life long friends over simple dorm food.


3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?

During my first semester at USD I had a class in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (also known as the IPJ). Our first week of class was in Olin Hall as the IPJ was just finishing construction. When my class finally moved into the IPJ I was in a room with a view of the garden, the ocean and Sea World. My favorite place on campus is the garden behind the IPJ.  I would spend my lunch time there studying and hanging out with friends in the warm San Diego sun. I would also go there at night to watch the Sea World fire works.


4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?

My favorite USD professor and class was Latin with Dr. Fendrick. Dr. Fendrick is an amazing person and always has great stories about his life experiences. You can always find him in the mornings at Aromas doing his crossword puzzle in corner.


5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?

I miss my years at USD. I try to stay involved as much as possible. I have attended a few alumni events in the San Francisco Bay Area and the most recent one in Sacramento, California. I have been back to the campus for home coming and plan on returning to campus again in the near future.


6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?

I would strongly recommend networking as much as possible when on campus. When I needed the financing to start Rock Hill Lavender, it was my “O” Team leader and fellow USD alumni Timothy Payne who was able to get me the financing I needed. I reconnected with Tim when I attended the Bay Area Alumni wine tasting event in Napa.

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