Torero Tidbits: Homecoming Announcement; USD Just Read!; USD Magazine; Basketball Starts Nov. 25

Torero Tidbits: Homecoming Announcement; USD Just Read!; USD Magazine; Basketball Starts Nov. 25

Virtual Homecoming and Family Week, Oct. 13-18

The University of San Diego has announced its virtual line-up for Homecoming and Family Week, Oct. 13-18, with a lineup including a salute to the USD Graduating Class of 2020, some new programming and some familiar favorites.


While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the university to adjust and make all events virtual, there’s still plenty of ways for Torero alumni and families to celebrate and show their USD pride around the theme, “Toreros Together at Home.”

There are seven signature events:

Torero Tuesday (Oct. 13): A one-day opportunity for USD alumni, parents and friends from across the globe to raise funds to enhance student scholarships, academic programs and athletics. Torero Tuesday website.

State of the University (Oct. 14): USD President James T. Harris will share how USD is experiencing a defining moment and detail how the university plans to deepen its commitment to its institutional mission. Event starts at 4 p.m. Event is free, but registration is required.

Torero Talks (Oct. 15): Meet a panel of USD-affiliated speakers as they share their inspirational stories of how they have gone “Beyond the Limits” to reach success and opportunity. Four short, carefully prepared talks meant to provoke conversation and showcase what it means to be limitless in all aspects of your life. Event begins at 12:30 p.m. Event is complimentary, but registration is required.

Fabulous Torero Casino Night (Oct. 16): USD’s Parent Association and Office of Parent and Family Relations host a virtual fundraising event benefiting the Parent Partnership Fund in support of at-risk students. Experience a one-of-a-kind Party with a Purpose to include interactive games, music, an unforgettable magic show, and a fun-filled silent and live auction. Event begins at 6 p.m. Purchase Single Party Boxes for Two ($50), Family Party Boxes for Four ($75) and learn how registering for the event or purchasing a party box can earn you more entries into a drawing for exciting prize, including one Grand Prize. Event is free, but registration is required. Learn more about this big event on its website.

Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony (Oct. 17): Congratulations to the University of San Diego Class of 2020! We recognize and honor your dedication, focus and resilience in the face of unprecedented adversity, and look forward with great anticipation to that special day this October when we can celebrate your tremendous accomplishments virtually on Oct. 17, 2020. The event starts at 1 p.m. View a special website celebrating USD’s Class of 2020.

Torero Big Blue Bash (Oct. 17): The entire USD community is invited to show your Torero pride with fellow alumni, families, students, and friends! This spirited event will include games, contests, and entertainment with special appearances. The Bash starts at 4 p.m. During the live broadcast, USD will be giving away exciting prizes and one Grand Prize at the end of the broadcast. Torero Big Blue Bash registration and/or Spirit Box purchases automatically enters you into the Torero Big Blue Bash Participation Drawing. Event is free, but registration is required. Learn more at the Big Blue Bash website.

Alumni and Family Mass (Oct. 18): Come together virtually with your Torero family to close Homecoming and Family Week with the annual Alumni and Family Mass. Mass is shown virtually beginning at 10:30 a.m. Event is free, but registration is required.

There are many additional aspects of the Homecoming and Family Week to view on the website, including an online Marketplace with USD-affiliated wineries, restaurants and retail stores, businesses offering discounts and special pricing to guests and also donating a portion of their sales back to USD. There’s a Kids Zone, a virtual photo booth, a community service project to get involved with, Homecoming and Family Week merchandise and more to be announced.

USD Just Read! 2020-21 Events Begin Next Week

Each year, the USD community selects a USD Just Read! book inspired by a social justice theme. The 2020-21 book is Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America, by Conor Dougherty, to support the social justice theme of the year, Addressing Homelessness.

The Center for Educational Excellence at USD organizes Just Read! programming, which is sponsored and created in concert with many collaborators across campus. Watch this video for how we are teaming up with other partners this year.

Faculty are encouraged to use the book in their classes and promote Just Read! events to their students. Programming often includes book discussions, interdisciplinary panels, related films, and keynote speakers. Overall, the program promotes active learning and reading not only within the USD community but within the San Diego community at large.

Two of five Fall 2020 scheduled virtual events for USD Just Read! will take place this next week in conjunction with The Urgent Challenges Collective’s Homelessness and Food Insecurity Action Week, Sept. 22-25.

Fighting for Housing: In Conversation with Golden Gates author Conor Dougherty, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 1-2 p.m. Learn more about the book and the author here.

Then on Thursday, Sept. 24, “The Catholic Worker Movement, Then and Now: A Call to Action” takes place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is a conversation with local members of the San Diego Catholic Worker to discuss the life and legacy of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day, the work of the Catholic Worker movement historically and today, and Catholic responses to homelessness in San Diego. Those participating in Thursday’s event are encouraged to watch Dorothy Day: Don't Call Me a Saint (2007), prior to this event. View the film for free (only those with USD email addresses) at this link:

Here’s a link to the complete list of USD Just Read! Fall 2020 events.

View USD Magazine’s Fall 2020 Issue

Toreros continue to show resiliency and an innovative mindset to overcoming humanity’s most urgent challenges. Our cover story features professor and interdisciplinary Black women’s historian Channon Miller, PhD, who spoke with USD Magazine about systemic racism and the movement for Black lives.

Also find stories about USD’s pivot to remote instruction as we navigate implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, an introduction to Richard Miller, DPE, the university’s interim vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion and much more.

Visit the magazine’s website or read/download a PDF. Alumni, we’d love to hear from you! Submit a story idea or a class note for a future issue.

Basketball Seasons Slated for Nov. 25 Start

San Diego men's and women's basketball have new start dates for their 2020-21 seasons as the NCAA Division I Council approved moving the start date for all Division I teams to Wednesday, Nov. 25. The new start date was approved following recommendations from the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Oversight Committees.

Both USD teams were originally slated to start on Nov. 10.

According to the committees, from the NCAA website, this move was designed to begin competition "when at least three-quarters of Division I institutions will have either concluded their fall terms or moved remaining instruction and exams online creating a more controlled and less populated campus environment that may reduce the risk of COVID-19 ..."

In addition to the new start date, other changes were made to the 2020-21 season schedule. To learn more, please view the full article on the USD Athletics website. Full schedules for USD men's and women's hoops will be announced at a later date.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

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