Torero Tidbits: TECh Entrepreneurship Challenge; Athletics Social Roundup; Upcoming Virtual Events

Orientation Today for New $45,000 Torero Entrepreneurship Tech-Focused Challenge

The University of San Diego’s entrepreneurship community is gaining new ground all the time. It’s a field with many possibilities for students to engage and create ideas that can make a difference.

Today, Thursday, Nov. 5 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Zoom, the new Torero Entrepreneurship Challenge (TECh) invites USD students from all disciplines to attend an orientation event to get started.

The end result for the 2020-21 academic year is to have student finalists present their life-changing technology-based innovations on April 8, 2021.ToreroTidbits-Nov5 The mission is to cultivate the problem solvers, the builders, the visionaries who will solve our planet's most critical issues. Finalists in April will compete for $45,000 in awards.

With generous gifts from entrepreneurial and technology leaders in place, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering has two new Technology Track awards — the Starpoint Award and the Larry Kull Endowed Student Award in Engineering — to reward game-changing projects that embody technological innovation.

At today’s orientation, Mike Lawless, PhD, and Jeff Teza will share their real-world experiences from leading and advising startups and how USD students can become successful entrepreneurs. Lawless is a clinical professor of management and academic director of entrepreneurship at the USD School of Business. Teza is an entrepreneur in residence for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

Register now to get access to the TECh orientation Zoom link.

Stay Socially Updated with Torero Athletics

The COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented most USD sports teams from playing actual games — tennis players and golfers being the few exceptions with tournaments — but there’s still plenty going on the east side of campus for USD Athletics.

A regular feature on the is a weekly recap of social media highlights that are spread amongst the main athletics accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as individual Torero team accounts, too. The latest recap, posted Nov. 2, included these comments, video clips and images:

• This semester has looked a bit different for the Toreros. This week, Director of Sports Medicine, Eli Bisnett-Cobb, shared how Toreros have been able to return to campus while prioritizing health and safety.

• San Diego football is dedicated to its craft and will do whatever it takes to practice as a team. Take a look at their work on the field this week.

• Exciting news as women’s tennis player, Solymar Colling, advanced to the semifinals in the Open Sectionals at the USTA SoCal Signature Series this past week!

• As Torero scholar-athletes formed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee this semester, committee chair and women’s basketball standout Myah Pace shares how she will lead the committee towards active change in our society.

• Men’s tennis sophomore, Sacchitt Sharrma, took part in the NCAA Inclusion Campaign this week and speaks out on his personal experience.

Select Upcoming USD Virtual Events 

Nov. 6 and 13 — 12th Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (both days), Zoom: The USD School of Law hosts its 12th annual symposium virtually, split over two Fridays on topics related to the overall theme, “Climate Risk and Resilience: Lessons from COVID-19.” View Eventbrite registration page. General admission tickets per day are free, but tickets with MCLE are $25 + $3.16 fee per day. More information.

Nov. 9-13 — Social Media Celebration of National First-Generation Celebration Day, Instagram Stories (all day, each day): The USD First-Generation Action Team will celebrate the National First-Gen Celebration Day (Nov. 8) with a social media spotlight on its Instagram account, @usdfirstgen, all next week. Today, Nov. 5, is the last day to fill out the Google Doc to sign-up. All current campus community members who identify as first-gen college students (undergrad, grad, law, faculty, staff, administrators) are eligible.

Nov. 9 — The Last Lecture Series, 5:30 p.m., Zoom: Presented by the Judy Lewis Logue USD Mortar Board chapter and USD Humanities Center, the latest “Last Lecture” series event features Rev. Christopher Carter, PhD, USD Theology and Religious Studies Professor, Assistant Chair and Department Diversity Officer. Listen to Dr. Carter give a lecture as if it were his last. His talk is titled, “Searching for the Sound of the Genuine.” This is a free event and is open to the public.

Nov. 12 — Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s BMC Dialogue Series, 2-4 p.m., The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s BMC Dialogue Series highlights perspectives of female leaders in the real estate industry around topical items in real estate. In this virtual conference, four diverse, successful and highly respected business executives throughout the nation will discuss their company’s reaction to the pandemic and developing a post-pandemic company strategy. More information and register for this free event.

Nov. 12 — Black is Beautiful Night, 4 p.m. Pacific, YouTube: USD’s Black Student Resource Commons presents this annual event. This year’s theme, “Black to the Future,” will showcase elements of Afrofuturism and reclaiming Black culture through music, art, spoken word and more. Tune in as there will be opportunities to engage with the program.

For more USD events, please view the events page.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone


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