Welcome, Toreros!


Welcome, Toreros!

For some it’s still the first full week of adjustment to college, for others it’s a return to campus and the continuation of the pathway they’ve developed on the way toward graduation. Either way, the following sentiment is the same. To all University of San Diego students, as the fall semester opens, we say: “Welcome, Toreros!”

Campus BBQ 2018

New students and transfers received an Ole! Weekend’s worth of orientation festivities, but the unofficial/official start of the 2018-19 school year began on Tuesday — not on Wednesday’s first day of classes — when two events took place: the Campus BBQ at the Paseo de Colachis area and then the Senior Salute in the Degheri Alumni Center Courtyard.

Walking from the Jenny Craig Pavilion, site of the New Student Convocation where speeches from College of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Noelle Norton, faculty members Dr. Frank Jacobitz (Engineering), Dr. Nathalie Reyns (Environmental and Ocean Sciences) and Dr. Greg Prieto (Sociology) alongside their students, and Vice President and Provost Dr. Gail Baker, gave them a final pep talk about the college experience that awaits the Class of 2022, it was time for some fun.


The campus barbecue attracted in excess of 2,000 students, faculty members, student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff with multiple food stations, grills with burgers, vegan burgers, hot dogs, chicken and ribs, fun games on the Paseo’s large grass area, peach cobbler for dessert in the Camino-Founders front patio area, USD alumnus DJ Swish playing a great playlist, and plenty of space for new and returning students to gather, meet and make connections.

The arrival of USD student-athletes from each sport — after a Blessing of the Athletes event in Founders Chapel earlier Tuesday — added a fun vibe to a mix of people that already included the largest first-year student class in school history (more than 1,300).

New students wore their Living-Learning Community shirts to represent Collaborate. Advocate, Cultivate, Innovate and Illuminate or a shirt to state themselves as an LLC student leader/mentor. Meanwhile, the student-athletes were decked out in their unique t-shirts. On the front of the blue shirt was an SD athletics mark and the sport in which each person participated. On the back was the phrase, “I Bleed Torero Blue,” along with the scrawled words “Game Day.”

The Campus BBQ was a definite hit among attendees.

Senior Salute to C2019

And then just a few hundred steps away, inside the building next to the main campus entrance, the Degheri Alumni Center, hosted the sixth annual Senior Salute to the upcoming USD graduating class. USD’s Alumni Relations and Associated Students welcomed members of the Class of 2019 to a fun, night-before gathering in the first-floor courtyard. Food, drinks, a fun photo booth brought together those entering their final year as an undergraduate Torero. Senior Director of Alumni Relations, Charles Bass, and new Associated Students President Natasha Salgado welcomed the Class of 2019 back to campus.

The commonality of Tuesday’s two events was a chance for the campus community to make and build connections. These are the connections that can benefit us all. That’s why our words, “Welcome, Toreros,” is a unifying message. We’re all Toreros.

— Ryan T. Blystone

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