Questions About Campus Involvement? Alcalá Bazaar Has the Answer

What’s your passion? What interests you? How can you get involved? How do you want to spend some of my time at college outside of the classroom? How do you make new friends? How do you make connections on campus? How do you serve others?

Fall AlcalaBazaar 2018

If these questions were on your mind Tuesday afternoon, then there was only one place to find the answer: the Alcalá Bazaar, located now permanently along the University of San Diego’s Paseo de Colachis at the start of both the fall and spring semesters, seemingly had it all.

Interested in joining a student organization or club? There were some 180 to choose from, everything from a Torero Gaming Club to the USD Entrepreneurship Club. Medical Brigades, Pre-Nursing Club and the Pre-Physical and Occupational Therapy Club. Students for Life to Greek Life. FUSO, Womxn of Color, Black Student Union, People of the Islands and FAMA, to name just a few of the multicultural offerings. The Polyglot Club. The Smile Club. Intervarsity Club and the USD chapter of Hillel in San Diego. Club sports teams galore from surfing and water ski to baseball and lacrosse. Want to join a USD student media outlet? Television (USDtv), radio (USD Radio) and the newspaper (The USD Vista) were each onsite. Perhaps you learned that a few of USD’s centers have undergone a name change this summer and are now referred to as Commons — the United Front Multicultural Commons, the Black Student Resource Commons, Women’s Commons, and the new LGBTQ+ and Allies Commons — and, collectively, or better yet, in solidarity, each of these valuable resources reside on the fourth floor of the Student Life Pavilion. The list truly went on and on.

Another great example of solidarity at the Alcalá Bazaar was a shirt worn by multiple students at several tables with the red words, “Girls Support Girls,” and the “o” in Support replaced by a heart that had the Greek Letters of each USD sorority organization.

There were an additional 50 or so Alcalá Bazaar tables dedicated to all kinds of involvement possibilities. There were outside vendors touting ridesharing, kombucha, pizza, clothing and poster prints. Individual USD schools touted their degree offerings — did you know that the Kroc School now offers a Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution? — and school departments, such as the music department were drumming up interest in their concerts and events. The Office of Sustainability highlighted its USD Electronic Recycling Center and provided true and false information about the straw ban. The Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community Awareness and Social Action spoke to students about community service opportunities and the International Center talked about study abroad choices. Outdoor Adventures shared information about its fun and educational trips to satisfy one’s love for the outdoors and to see more of San Diego and beyond. The Center for Student Wellness and the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion educated students about their services and programs. There were academic-specific orgs like the co-ed Theta Tau professional engineering fraternity, the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical fraternity, Supply Chain Management Association and more.

The Alcalá Bazaar is a USD tradition. This year, the classic event was especially important. It served as a great opportunity for first-year students — the Fall 2018 freshman class consists of more than 1,300 students and is USD’s largest new class in its history — to become a more connected, more involved Torero.

— Ryan T. Blystone

Photos by Ryan T. Blystone and Barbara Ferguson


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