Torero Tidbits: Christmas Season Traditions; Ken Blanchard; Real Estate Outlook; Special Session/Intersession

Torero Tidbits: Christmas Season Traditions; Ken Blanchard; Real Estate Outlook; Special Session/Intersession

Prepare for USD’s Christmas Season Traditions

The University of San Diego campus is relatively quiet as we all celebrate Thanksgiving today and start to look ahead to December and the season of Christmas, but we encourage you to join us for three very special USD traditions — each will take place online.


First, on Sunday, Nov. 29, the season of Advent arrives and led by University Ministry, USD’s website, social media platforms and your email inbox are all places to visit and embrace it. The USD Advent Calendar gives you daily access to scripture readings, personal reflections from USD community members, festive songs and more. It is a wonderful way to enter more deeply into the Christmas season.

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Another tradition at USD is the ceremonial lighting of a Christmas tree that stands at the front of Colachis Plaza on campus. This year, due to the COVID-19 protocols in place, there will not be an in-person public gathering event. Instead, there will be a virtual offering that can be witnessed in the late afternoon (approximately 4:45 p.m.) on Tuesday, December 1 on the University Ministry’s Instagram Live channel. Comments from USD President James T. Harris, Monsignor Daniel J. Dillabough and more will help the campus community usher in the month of December and bring light to all fellow Toreros locally and around the world.

And finally, Sunday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. is the traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at The Immaculata. Mass will be live-streamed at this link. It is not an in-person event this year due to COVID-19 protocols.

Prime Opportunity to Learn from Ken Blanchard on Dec. 1

Upon entering the month when gift-giving takes on a truly special meaning, the University School of Business and best-selling author and leadership guru Ken Blanchard are teaming up for an online event at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1.

The event, “Bringing Out the Magnificence in Your Team,” is an opportunity for individuals or company staffs to get a front-row seat, virtually, and listen to one of Blanchard’s renowned talks. He will share some of his most impactful lessons in leadership, provide leadership concepts that enable you to create an effective team dynamic and deliver real results for your organization. It’s a chance to learn what servant leadership is and how to apply it to maximize your team’s potential.

Blanchard, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world, is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The One-Minute Manager. This book, along with 65 others published, have sold more than 22 million copies worldwide. He has trained millions of the world’s Fortune 500 executive teams and managers. One of his other books to consider is Helping People Win at Work, written by Blanchard and WD-40 executive and USD Master of Science in Executive Leadership alumnus Garry Ridge.

Having the chance to learn ways to succeed in these unprecedented times is an opportunity not to be missed. Register now for this December 1 event.

USD Hosts Dec. 10 Virtual Conference for 2021 Residential Real Estate Outlook

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at USD hosts its 20th annual Residential Real Estate Conference on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on the virtual platform of Accelevents.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Frank E. Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic, America’s largest provider of advanced property and ownership information. Nothaft will provide national and local forecasts for residential markets.

At the conclusion of his talk, Nothaft will then join a panel discussion alongside Kimberly Byrum, principal at Meyers Research, and Peter F. Dennehy ’97 (JD), Vice President of customer and market research at Newland. They will discuss what we should expect in residential markets in 2021.  Norm Miller, the Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance at the University of San Diego School of Business will moderate the panel discussion.

Beyond the program, the virtual conference will also include an exhibitor expo with live representatives, a one-on-one speed networking session and more. Attendance at this year’s conference is free, but registration is required. Donations are encouraged. Be sure to sign up for a free account on

Special Session 2020 and Intersession 2021 Information

Quick reminder that Monday, Nov. 30 begins a Special Session for USD students to take an online-only class that runs through Dec. 18. The last day to register without late registration fee ($150) is Nov. 30. Also, the final fee payment deadline for courses reserved during online registration is Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The university will also have its usual Intersession in January 2021 — all classes are online — beginning January 4. Online registration for classes ended back on Oct. 29, but registration for classes continues until the first day of class (last day to register without a late registration fee is Jan. 4). The final fee payment deadline for courses reserved during online registration is due on December 1, 2020.

For more information, view the Summer and Intersession Office website or the USD One Stop Center website.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

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