Torero Tidbits: Student Qualifies for 2020 Summer Olympics; Ice Cream Social; Orientations Near

Torero Tidbits: Student Qualifies for 2020 Summer Olympics; Ice Cream Social; Orientations Near

Brooke Raboutou, who will be a sophomore student at the University of San Diego this fall, will have quite the news to share with friends about what she did this summer — and that she’s already got firm plans for Summer 2020, too.

Raboutou, competing in the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s Indoor Climbing World Championships in Hachioji, Japan last week, became the first-ever American athlete in climbing to qualify for the Summer Olympics, slated for July 24-Aug. 9, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Boulder, Colo., native finished ninth in the IFSC combined qualification round. She was sixth-fastest in the speed round, seventh-best in lead and 10th in bouldering. At the Olympics, Combined (speed, lead and bouldering) is the sole medal event available for athletes to compete for with placement based on results from all three disciplines. The sport of climbing was approved in August 2016 to be added to the 2020 Games.

There are more spots available to set the entire 2020 Olympic field in Combined climbing — the field in Tokyo will have 20 athletes per gender and a maximum of two per country — but the IFSC World Championship event was the first chance for all climbing athletes to earn an Olympics berth.

Qualifying for the Olympics is the newest level of success for the dedicated climbing athlete. Coming from a family in which her parents, Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou, are both former climbing world champions, Brooke has been competing at a high level since age 7. She’s the 2018 lead youth world champion (17-18 age division), the 2016 combined youth world champion (15-16) and in 2017 was the combined youth Pan-American champion (17-18). She earned a spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic National Climbing team.

Raboutou, who was a member of USD's Advocate Living Learning Community and is undeclared for her major, is currently preparing to compete in the IFSC Youth World Championships, taking place Aug. 21-31 in Arco, Italy.

Orientations Arrives as Fall Semester Nears

The welcome mat is going out all across the University of San Diego campus for incoming undergraduate and graduate students this fall.

Numerous orientations have already occurred for graduate program cohorts in the School of Business, new student orientation in the Kroc School’s multiple graduate programs is near while School of Leadership and Education Sciences students will have their orientation day on Sept. 3. There’s also a SOLES Welcome Week of events slated for Sept. 9-13.

The USD School of Law, which held its first-year JD orientation Aug. 12-15, has already started its fall semester as classes began on Monday, Aug. 19.

Three pre-orientation student programs will take place on and off-campus, beginning with the first one this weekend.

The annual Student Support Services’ Summer Bridge program runs Saturday, August 24 to Friday, Aug. 30 on campus. … The USD University Ministry program hosts a Pre-Orientation Retreat, Aug. 28-30, at the Wildwood Camp and Conference Center in Ramona, Calif. … USD’s Outdoor Adventures will host three Pre-O events Aug. 28-30. One is to the Laguna Mountains, which has been a Torero tradition for 28 years. The other two are first-time events and both will be held at historic Balboa Park. There will be a basecamp experience for two groups of incoming students, one of which is for Honors Program newcomers. Please note that all of these pre-orientation programs are already filled to capacity and that registration is closed.

Orientation for all international students begins Aug. 27 with move-in day, then mandatory International Student Immigration and Wellness Orientation on Aug. 28 and English Writing Assessments on Aug. 29. A host of fun activities for international students are also available with the help of the International Team Ambassadors. View all international student orientation events.

As for the main orientation program for undergraduates, the annual welcoming event, OLÉ! Weekend, begins Aug. 31 with move-in day for all first-year students and incoming transfer students, beginning to make connections with their respective Living Learning Community cohort and a full schedule of events Sept. 1-3 to complete the initial transition to college life. Also, parents and families of new Toreros will be on campus for part of orientation weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 1). For complete information, check out the Undergraduate Orientation Programs website.

Fall semester classes for both undergraduate and most graduate programs begin on Wednesday, September 4.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Ice Cream Social Enjoyed by Campus Community

On the first day he took office as USD's president in August 2015 James T. Harrris knew how to make a first impression with campus employees. He hosted an ice cream social outside of the Hughes Administration building, inviting all to take a break and have a few scoops on a hot summer day, served by USD's top administrators. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the now fifth annual USD Ice Cream Social took place with again, Dr. Harris scooping ice cream alongside such administrators as Vice President and Provost Gail F. Baker, Vice President of Mission and Ministry Monsignor Daniel Dillabough, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis and Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Vazquez. 

Employees had smiles on their faces as they enjoyed the afternoon treat and enjoyed the summer day under a shady tree or near the fountain in front of The Immaculata.

— Video by Allyson Meyer '16 and Barbara Ferguson

Members of the University of San Diego OLÉ! Weekend orientation team are getting ready to welcome new Toreros to campus this fall.Members of the University of San Diego OLÉ! Weekend orientation team are getting ready to welcome new Toreros to campus this fall.

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