Torero Tidbits: Nonprofit Institute's Governance Symposium; Spring Semester Highlights

The Nonprofit Institute's annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium is Jan. 23-24 and brings more than 400 nonprofit board professionals to campus to learn best practices.One of the many breakout sessions at last year's Nonprofit Governance Symposium offered board professionals the chance to learn ways to be more efficient and effective in governance matters.

Nonprofit Governance Symposium Jan. 23-24

The Nonprofit Institute in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences will host its 16th annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium on Thursday and Friday. This year’s focal point is “Governance 2020: To Infinity and Beyond: Launching the Next Decade of Governance.”  

The sold-out event, which is being held in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, will bring more than 400 nonprofit board professionals to the USD campus.

The 2020 symposium aims to look at current trends in governance and philanthropy, best practices from the field and how the next 10 years in nonprofit governance is shaping up. The institute’s position is that governing well is essential for strong nonprofits to work efficiently and effectively while addressing critical needs in the local community. The symposium focuses its attention on the fiduciary, strategic and generative modes of governance, and how these modes can catapult organizations into a new era of leadership.

In addition to providing informative sessions throughout the two days, one of the event’s annual highlights is announcing the USD Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance. This year’s recipients will be revealed during Thursday’s welcome and opening remarks, which begin at 8:30 a.m.

Here’s a complete look at the 2020 symposium schedule of events and a list of featured speakers.

Spring Semester Nears; Key Events

As January’s Intersession concludes on Jan. 24, the spring semester for both undergrad and graduate students get underway on Jan. 27. Meanwhile, students in the School of Law began their spring classes back on Jan. 6.

For first-year students, new transfer students and international students entering USD during the spring semester, a spring orientation program is taking place Jan. 22-26.

We welcome all Torero students to campus and wish them the best as the new semester unfolds. Here are a few notable events to remember, especially in the early-going:

• The 27th annual All Faith Service takes place Thursday, Jan. 30 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Shiley Theatre. This year’s theme is “Be the Light Amidst Darkness: A Call to Action.” All members of the USD community are invited to attend this inclusive event that celebrates people from a diverse array of faith traditions and beliefs.

• The Spring Alcala Bazaar will be held along Paseo de Colachis on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event offers a second opportunity during the academic year to seek opportunities to get more involved on campus. Clubs, organizations, programs and community engagement are some of the many offerings available.

• The Bishop of San Diego’s Catholic Diocese, Robert E. McElroy, will give an important lecture on Thursday, Feb. 6 starting at 4 p.m. in the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre. His talk topic is “Candidates, Consciences and Faithful Voting.” This event is sponsored by USD’s Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture. This talk is free and open to the public.

• The first of four monthly events of the More Human Series, which is a live storytelling event curated around different themes, takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Humanities Center, Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall 200. Each month, storytellers share meaningful experiences or challenges they have overcome, each providing insight into the human condition. The More Human series is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center and USD’s Changemaker Hub, and facilitated by the student-produced podcast, There's More. Additional dates are March 11, April 8 and May 13.

• The Career Development Center has a slew of events to look into in the month of February to help students. Resumania is February 12 and 20 in UC Forum B from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days; All graduating seniors can attend a special event, “100 Days Til Graduation” on Feb. 13 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Manchester Hall; The latest Career Café is happening Feb. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in UC Forums A-C; and the Spring Career and Internship Fair is Feb. 25 from 11:30 to 2 p.m. in UC Forums A-C. Also, if you’re wanting to go on a March 20 Torero Trek in San Diego — there are treks for healthcare, technology and marketing — be sure to apply by Feb. 16.

• There will be two spring breaks during the 2020 semester. March 2-6 is the traditional Spring Break and the Easter Break is April 9-13. Easter is April 12.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone


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