USD Business Students Renovate Home of Disabled Linda Vista Man

University of San Diego business students will renovate the home of a disabled Linda Vista man in just two weekends (Oct. 31 – Nov.1 and Nov. 7 – 8)  as part of the 13th annual project that teaches students project management skills.

Students will work each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The owner of the home is 64-year-old Skip Gleavey.  Even has he battled a rare, Stage 4 lymphoma, Gleavey completed marathons and 100-mile bike rides. But in 2008, he suffered a cycling accident that  left him paralyzed from the waist down.

USD’s School of Business Administration sponsors the SEED (Sustainable Environment Enterprise Development) project) that was formerly known as the Thanksgiving House. Students are tasked with the job of managing a building project incorporating sustainable materials and design principles.

This year’s ambitious project includes a variety of improvements to make Gleavey’s home more wheel-chair friendly and allow him to take a more active role in his daily life. Students will remodel an upstairs bathroom by creating a tiled, roll-in shower stall. They will be replacing all the cabinetry in the kitchen and installing a front-loading washer and dryer. They also will remove an aging deck in the backyard and replace it with artificial turf.

Donations (both monetary and in-kind) are actively being sought to help pay for some of the expenditures. Volunteers are encouraged to attend on both weekends to assist with the project. For more information go to

“We begin each year with very limited resources to perform the work for this extensive project, so we are always in need of a wide range of materials and volunteers,” said USD Professor of Management Barbara Withers.

Donors to this year’s project to date include Burger Construction and its chief operating officer Herb Krul who are providing consulting and supervisory services; Door to Door Storage which is providing packing materials and storage units; Lowe’s which provided the cabinetry and new appliances, and Omega Turf.

Janette Navarro, a former USD business student, and her firm N8 Studios, served as the lead architect for the project and created its new name.

The HeadNorth Foundation, which provides support and guidance to individuals and families affected by spinal cord injuries, also contributed $3,000 and hopes to partner with SEED on future projects.

Programs like SEED have helped the USD School of Business Administration become recognized for its emphasis on corporate social responsibility. This fall, USD’s graduate business administration program was ranked 21st in the world for universities integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its curriculum, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2009-2010 edition of “Beyond Grey Pinstripes.”

The University of  San Diego School of Business Administration is committed to developing socially responsible leaders and improving global business practice through innovative, personalized education and applied research. Go to

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service.  The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six.  Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences and Peace.


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