Torero Tidbits: Welcome Week Events; Homecoming Registration Live; Ministry Center Open House

Torero Tidbits: Welcome Week Events; Homecoming Registration Live; Ministry Center Open House

A busy weekend awaits on the University of San Diego campus, but first-year and new transfer orientation Aug. 31-Sept. 3 is just the beginning of what will be a full slate of activities in early September.

Associated Students, USD Student Activities and Involvement and the Torero Program Board have collaborated on a USD Welcome Week of activities Sept. 3-10 to help both new students and returning Toreros connect.

A campus-wide barbecue takes place Sept. 3 from 4:15-6:30 p.m. at the Paseo de Colachis area. The first day of classes is Sept. 4 and there will be a Back to School Bonanza, including a reusable straw giveaway, from noon to 2:30 p.m. in Colachis Plaza. Thursday night, Sept. 5, is a chance to be seen and heard at an Open Mic Night from 6-8:30 p.m. in Mother Teresa Plaza. Friday, Sept. 6 is a chance to enjoy Boba and Bounce from 6-8 p.m. in Eagan Plaza (between the Jenny Craig Pavilion and Torero Stadium). Enjoy Boba and then cheer on men’s soccer and the women’s volleyball team, both of whom have 7 p.m. home games.

The weekend, Sept. 7 and 8, feature more ways to be involved. A food truck block party happens Sept. 7 from 12-2 p.m. in the Hahn University Center parking lot. Then enjoy a sports doubleheader with USD football’s home opening game at 2 p.m. and an exciting women’s volleyball match at 7 p.m. Sunday’s menu starts with Walking on Sunshine with a Tecolote Canyon hike from 9-10 a.m. Interested participants should meet at the Bosley Fitness Center. Both USD soccer teams will be in action with the men’s team playing at noon and the women’s team at 2:30 p.m. Close out the day by attending a Sunday night Mass at Founders Chapel at either 6 or 8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 9 offers plants and painting from 12-2:30 p.m. at Colachis Plaza. Tuesday, Sept. 10 has one of the best events for getting involved on campus as the Alcala Bazaar runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Paseo de Colachis. Later that night, join other Toreros for some baseball at Petco Park downtown on USD Night. The San Diego Padres host USD alumnus Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs in a 7 p.m. game. Limited free tickets will be available on Sept. 9 for students with a valid USD ID at the ticket kiosk.

The Mass of the Holy Spirit, taking place at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in The Immaculata, includes a blessing of all 2019-20 undergraduate and graduate student leaders.

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2019 Registration Website is Live!

Attention all USD alumni, parents and families, the annual Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration, taking place Oct. 3-6, is bigger and better than ever. Register now!

The newest addition to an already unforgettable weekend is Alumni Honors being the kickoff event on Thursday, Oct. 3. Eleven USD Superheroes — six Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award school honorees, the Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award, Bishop Charles Frances Buddy Award, Alumni Emerging Leader Award, the newly created Therese Truitt Whitcomb Faculty Award and the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame honoree — will be feted.

Friday, Oct. 4 festivities include the kickoff for the Golden Toreros (50-year alumni, Class of 1969) weekend, the Big Blue Bash and the Fabulous Torero Casino Night.

Saturday opens with a variety of Torero Talks from 9:30-11 a.m., the Torero Tailgate is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at new sites, Vistas Parking Lot and Eagan Plaza, and with a few new activities including a special basketball exhibition. The Torero football team opens Pioneer Football League play against Marist at 2 p.m. for the Homecoming game. From 6-9 p.m. the Golden Toreros will have dinner with USD President James T. Harris in La Gran Terraza.

Sunday’s main attraction is Alumni and Family Mass in Founders Chapel at 10:30 a.m. A light reception follows in the new Ministry Center and Courtyard. The Golden Toreros will have a champagne brunch and an exclusive gallery viewing of Christ: Life, Death and Resurrection in the French Parlor and Hoehn Family Galleries starting at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to these primary events, there will also be reunion events for various milestone classes ending in 4 and 9 as well as affinity groups (sports, academics, Greek Life, veterans, etc.)

Register today to be part of all the fun and to create new memories with past classmates during your time at USD.

Ministry Center Open House Sept. 5

The new Ministry Center, located next to Founders Chapel and Founders Hall, will be formally introduced to the USD campus community on Thursday, Sept. 5.

There will be the daily 12:15 p.m. Mass in Founders Chapel and then a campus community open house at 1 p.m. to view the project. The new center includes a multi-purpose building in the east patio and offices for University Ministry staff. The reception runs from 1-2 p.m. with a short program at 1:15 p.m.

One signature aspect of the multipurpose room are stunning tapestries depicting figures including Pope Francis, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. The 32 images also include Catholic saints, USD’s founders Bishop Charles Francis Buddy and Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill.

“The tapestries express the university’s Catholic identity and, as an important aspect of that identity, our deep appreciation for holiness found in other places, people, and traditions,” says USD Assistant Vice President and Director of University Ministry Michael Lovette-Colyer.

Made possible by generous contributions by a number of donors, the center will create space for program development, complementary co-curricular activities and related University Ministry initiatives all in one central place.

“The center will be a fantastic place for groups of students to meet, reflect and pray, and to hold university gatherings and celebrations,” Lovette-Colyer added.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Find ways to get involved on campus at the Sept. 10 Alcala Bazaar. Clubs, organizations, Greek Life, centers, institutes and more will be on hand to help you find your passion.Find ways to get involved on campus at the Sept. 10 Alcala Bazaar. Clubs, organizations, Greek Life, centers, institutes and more will be on hand to help you find your passion.

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