Torero Tidbits: Athletes Win in the Classroom; Virtual 2020 Grad Events; Nayve Receives Award

Women's soccer player Sami Fairweather, far left, was one of 79 USD student-athletes named to the USD President's Honor Roll.Three of the 79 USD student-athletes named to the President's Honor Roll are (l to r): Remington Hirano, Jessica Ong and Brandon Micale.

USD Student-Athletes, Teams are Winning in the Classroom

Showcasing another level of Winning in the Classroom, 79 scholar-athletes earned the distinction of the President's Honor Roll from the University of San Diego for the 2019-20 academic year as they each earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. The honored Toreros represented all 17 USD Athletics teams.

The 79 honor roll recipients, who have completed at least two full-time semesters at USD, were honored May 14 with a virtual gathering with USD President James. T Harris III, Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis, USD Vice President of Mission and Ministry Monsignor Dan Dillabough, USD Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Mitch Malachowski and other members of the USD Athletics community. Each scholar-athlete was also encouraged to invite a professor of their choice to attend the event.

The teams with the highest number of honorees were women's cross country and track (17), football (11), swimming and diving (10), and women's rowing (nine). See the full chart of President’s Honor Roll student-athletes.

The academic accolades came on the same week as the NCAA recognized a school-record seven different USD teams for their APR achievements by earning this year's Public Recognition Award. Five women's teams (basketball, cross country, track, swimming and diving, and volleyball) and two men's teams (cross country and tennis) placed in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in the most recent APR results while all five women's teams earned a perfect score.

In Fall 2019, USD scholar-athletes combined for a 3.204 GPA, which was the highest cumulative GPA on record for USD scholar-athletes. The women's cross country and track program led with a 3.62 team GPA.

— USD Athletics

Virtual Events for Law Legal Clinics, International Students, Engineering, Black Students

While there won't be official commencement ceremonies for USD Class of 2020 graduates in May as scheduled, there are a few who are going to host a celebration virtually.

Starting today, Thursday, May 14, and continuing on the next two Thursdays, May 21 and May 28, the Office of International Students and Scholars will celebrate its 2020 graduates visually on its Instagram account, @usdoiss, as Instagram stories. Today's spotlight begins with congratulatory words from Associate Provost for International Affairs Denise Dimon and OISS leaders Alyssa Irizarry, Chia-Yen Lin and more.

On Friday, May 15, the USD School of Law's Legal Clinics will conduct a virtual graduation and awards event for its students on Zoom at 10 a.m. Had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred the School of Law commencement would have been the first graduation ceremony of the season for USD schools this Saturday.

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering announced this week that on May 22 from noon to 1 p.m. it will host an open house event specifically for its graduating seniors by way of multiple Zoom rooms.

"This is our way of saying goodbye to our graduating seniors, for them to talk with their professors, Career Development Center liaisons and staff and to share stories with their families," said Michelle Sztupkay, marketing and communications manager for the engineering school this week.

The Black Student Resource Commons announced on its social media platforms that the annual Black Grad Recognition ceremony will be a virtual event on Friday, May 29 at noon. For more details and a link to the Zoom event, be sure to like and follow the USD Black Student Resource Commons Facebook page.

Nayve Officially Receives Award, Mulvaney Center Participates in Panel Discussions

Chris Nayve, associate vice president for community engagement and leader of the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, formally received his 2020 Nadinne Cruz Community Engagement Professional Award this past Monday from the Campus Compact organization.

Nayve was supposed to receive it at the Campus Compact 20 National Community Engagement Conference in Seattle at the end of March, but it was initially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers, however, wound up presenting it this week virtually on YouTube. In addition to receiving the award, Nayve and Mulvaney Center's Director of Community Engaged Learning, John Loggins, participated in two Campus Compact 20 panel discussions about the center's epistemic justice work and place-based community justice efforts.

Furthermore, Nayve and another Mulvaney Center colleague, Maria Silva, who in January received the California Campus Compact's Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders, on Wednesday night completed their Spring 2020 semester class Sociology 412 with virtual presentations by three student teams. The teams were tasked with capstone projects seeking inquiry and solutions to the question, "What does a humane and just border alternative look like?" Joining Nayve and Silva to work with students for the start of a two-year commitment were USD's inaugural Donald Kelly and Judith Liu Sociology Professors of Practice, Luis Guerra and Ian Philabaum.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

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