Torero Tidbits: Summer Bridge Begins Saturday; USD Orientation Information

Torero Tidbits: Summer Bridge Begins Saturday; USD Orientation Information

Establishing a Virtual Connection Via Summer Bridge

The Aug. 17 start of the fall 2020 semester for undergraduates is one of the University of San Diego’s earliest in history, but it also signals the even-sooner start of a traditional orientation program run by the TRIO Student Support Services program — Summer Bridge.

At 11 a.m. locally on Saturday, Aug. 8, and depending where students are logging onto Zoom from around the country, 80 incoming first-year students will participate in Summer Bridge through Aug. 14. Although it will be delivered in a virtual format for the first time, it is definitely a great chance for selected students to introduce themselves to college and to bond with some incoming Toreros.

Each day has a theme attached, ranging from representing your city or state, a favorite Disney character, favorite sports team, favorite superhero, to wearing a back-to-school outfit, having a throwback day and finishing with Torero Friday.

But Summer Bridge, which began at USD in 2006 and is supported by the Institute for College Initatives and USD, is so much more. It showcases important campus resources — a virtual resource and engagement fair takes place on Aug. 11 — learning about Living-Learning Communities from faculty advisors, mentor/mentee meetings, information sessions such as navigating online learning and Zoom, personal financial literacy, Copley Library activities and individual and group-building events including appreciation and intentional activities, being fearless (University Ministry, Women’s Commons) sharing hopes and breaking boundaries.

Summer Bridge gives students the chance to experience USD’s academic rigor. Faculty members Odesma Dalrymple, PhD. (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Drew Talley, PhD, (Environmental and Ocean Sciences), Amanda Ruiz, PhD, (Mathematics), Alan Gin, PhD (Economics) and Evelyn Cruz, MFA (Department of Theatre), will provide a daily lecture and students will also take part in a remote breakout class session.

Orientation for First-Year and Transfer Undergraduate Students

Informational orientation sessions have been taking place for a few weeks now and events will continue to happen via remote learning. To check out the latest information about first-year and/or new transfer student orientation events, please visit the orientation website for all new Toreros.

Fall 2020 Semester Orientation for Law Students

The USD School of Law traditionally has started fall semester classes a few weeks ahead of undergraduate and graduate schools, but the 2020-21 academic year is different.

The law school’s first day of classes — done remotely only — will begin on Monday, Aug. 17, the same day as all USD undergraduate programs and most graduate degree programs.

Typically, the law school has a week-long orientation schedule on campus. Due to the move to remote-only instruction and programming, USD Law has scheduled its First-Year JD Orientation for Aug. 12-13 via Zoom. To see the schedule of events, click on the USD School of Law website orientation website. Also, orientation materials are available via the USD Blackboard website. For all law school orientation-related communications, click here.

Video Orientation for New Torero Parents and Families

Orientation isn’t just for new students to acclimate to college. The USD Office of Parent and Family Relations offers an orientation for new USD parents and families, too.

Please visit the Office of Parent and Family Relations’ orientation website and find an assortment of videos to inform and answer questions you might have as your son or daughter begins instruction. Videos will continue to be added to the page this month so be sure to visit it from time to time in August.

Graduate School Orientation/Information

With a growing number of graduate school degree programs offered, start dates vary and thus, any orientation program happening prior to the start of the semester is done on a program-by-program and school-by-school basis.

Most graduate degree programs starting Fall 2020 are scheduled to begin classes — remote only — on September 2, but that may vary. It’s important to contact your respective graduate school to make sure. A few exceptions to this are master’s degree programs offered within the College of Arts and Sciences. Both the MA in international relations and in environmental and ocean sciences will begin their semester on Aug. 17. Check with directors of these programs to find out about orientation.

For additional information about resources and services available to graduate students, be sure to visit the Graduate Student Onboarding website.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

For any additional updated information about USD’s Fall 2020 semester plans, please visit the Torero Blueprint website.

Unlike in past years when it was held in person, the 2020 Student Support Services' Summer Bridge program will take place as a virtual event, Aug. 8-14.Unlike in past years when it was held in person, the 2020 Student Support Services' Summer Bridge program will take place as a virtual event, Aug. 8-14.

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