Torero Tidbits: FBCC Deadline; California Native American Day; Care for Our Common Home Series

Torero Tidbits: FBCC Deadline; California Native American Day; Care for Our Common Home Series

Attention all University of San Diego student entrepreneurs! Do you have an idea that’s worthy of further pursuit? One that can address a common or complex problem? One that you’d like to share with industry leaders of San Diego? Have an idea you think could earn you a slice of $45,000 in scholarship money?

If so, the deadline to submit your idea for the second annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge is Friday, Sept. 25.

Hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer at the University of San Diego School of Business and supported generously by Ron and Alexis Fowler, the FBCC is a prime opportunity for all students — graduate, law and undergraduate — to jump into this kind of experience of taking a business idea and growing it.

“The Fowler Business Concept Challenge is an early stage, entry-level seed competition to ignite the passion within you to be an entrepreneur. As an early-stage competition, we focus on sowing the seeds of entrepreneurship and energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of USD students from across the campus. We encourage students to identify and explore their entrepreneurship potential and build their aptitude, attitude, skills, and knowledge to make a positive difference in the world,” states the FBCC information guide and tips booklet put together by The Catalyzer.

Last week, The Catalyzer hosted an FBCC Submission Training for entrepreneurship hopefuls. To view it, click here and then enter the passcode: 56n&1qOz.

The top winners in the inaugural FBCC last November were two international students in their first year of USD’s full-time MBA program, Bria d’Amours from Canada and Carl Dumesle of Haiti, for their idea called HUGS (Housing for Undergraduate and Graduate Students). Their idea, which earned them $15,000 in scholarships ($7,500 each), was to develop a better way for international and out-of-state students to secure housing while attending school.

The two continue to work on HUGS and were featured entrepreneurs who shared advice and answered questions at the 2020 USD Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference.

View this video for highlights of the 2019 Fowler Business Concept Challenge. If you have any questions prior to submitting your FBCC idea, email

USD Recognizes California Native American Day with Alumnus Talk Event

The USD Native Alumni Network is co-sponsoring a virtual talk today from double alumnus Ethan Banegas ’09 (BA), ’17 (MA) from 12:30 to 2 p.m., one day before the California Native American Day holiday is recognized.

California Native American Day, celebrated the fourth Friday in September (Sept. 25 in 2020), was established as an official state holiday in 1998. The day celebrates the cultures, histories, and contributions of California tribal nations to the state and the country. In San Diego County, the Indigenous people include the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño, and Cahuilla tribal nations.

Banegas is a member of the Luiseño and Kumeyaay bands of Native Americans and grew up on the Barona Reservation in San Diego County. He received BAs in History, Theology and Religious Studies, and Political Science and an MA in History at USD.

Currently, he is the owner and operator of, teaches history courses at Grossmont/Cuyamaca College and Kumeyaay College, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Barona Museum and Cultural Center. As an independent contractor for the San Diego History Center and Barona Museum, he is also working on the Kumeyaay Oral History Project. The oral history project is a community-based research project working to collect 31 personal interviews, video oral histories, and photographs from San Diego’s First People.

To register for this free talk, click here. An email with a Zoom link for the event will follow.

Weekly Care for Our Common Home Virtual Series Begins Sept. 29

Focusing each week on a particular theme — Water, Energy, Food, Extinction — USD faculty speakers from the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences will reflect on environmental issues of immediate and long-term concern, model diverse approaches to the climate crisis and the urgent challenges it poses to our civilizations, and share ideas on how we can adapt to the changes in an increasingly turbulent world.

This four-part series, which is presented by USD Humanities Center, is called Care for Our Common Home: Environmental Justice and Sustainability Across Disciplines. It will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. virtually on Zoom on Sept. 29 (Water), Oct. 6 (Energy), Oct. 13 (Food) and Oct. 20 (Extinction).

The Sept. 29 talk will feature Kate Boersma, PhD (Biology) and Andy Tirrell, PhD, JD (Political Science); Oct. 6 discussion offers Meaghan Weatherdon, PhD (Theology and Religious Studies) and Hannah Holtzman, PhD (Humanities Center); Oct. 13 features Aaron Gross, PhD (Theology and Religious Studies) and Michel Boudrias, PhD (Environmental and Ocean Sciences); and the Oct. 20 finale has Ursula Heise, PhD, the Marcia H. Howard Chair of Literary Studies in the Department of English and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, and Jeffrey Stuker, MFA, an artist and filmmaker.

Register for these free events via

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Calling all student entrepreneurs! Have an idea to change the world? The deadline to submit your idea for the Fowler Business Concept Challenge is Sept. 25. There's $45K in scholarships available.Calling all student entrepreneurs! Have an idea to change the world? The deadline to submit your idea for the Fowler Business Concept Challenge is Sept. 25. There's $45K in scholarships available.

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