Hello Fellow Toreros,

In April, our mission and core values were visibly in action. We honored Forest Whitaker with the USD Medal of Peace for his humanitarian efforts; celebrated 10 Toreros who embody our mission at Alumni Honors; had inspired entrepreneurial student teams share innovative ideas; highlighted research conducted by students, faculty and staff during Research Week; the men's tennis team had WCC title successes; and graduating senior Christina Saad was a terrific choice as USD's President for a Day — I know it, too, because I took on her class schedule and learned a lot! Enjoy learning about it all in the President's Postcard.

James T. Harris

James T. Harris III, President

For April 2018

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The fireside chat was one of the many activities on Christina Saad's and James Harris' schedules during USD's President for a Day on April 26.

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A rise in the homeless population is an issue that USD Trustee Peter Seidler, majority owner/managing partner of the San Diego Padres and CEO of Seidler Equity Partners, and businessman Dan Shea, owner of Donovan’s restaurants, are working on with community leaders to find solutions.

San Diego Union-Tribune 

USD alumnus Edred Utomi has served as the standby for “Hamilton” principal Austin Scott on the touring production of the hit play since mid-March. Utomi generally steps into the top role on the first Thursday of the show’s run in a new city. He then plays the part on Tuesdays.

Bloomberg Law

Skechers U.S.A. Inc., TiVo Corp., and other California-based companies that have only men on their boards would need to add at least one woman under a bill being considered in the state’s legislature. University of San Diego Finance Professor Annalisa Barrett did research analysis on California's situation.


Men's Tennis hits five title winning streak

Head Coach Ryan Keckley had a bevy of new players to count on this season and the international player-heavy team needed some time to gel, but the end result was the same: the Toreros won their fourth regular-season WCC title in five years on April 22 and, on April 28, won its fifth straight WCC Tournament title. The team will now face Texas Tech in an NCAA Tournament first-round match at 9 a.m. on May 12 at a UCLA-hosted regional at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. 

Ten extraordinary Toreros were celebrated at Alumni Honors

A very impressive group of Toreros — nine alumni and one outstanding women's volleyball coach — were feted at the 2018 Alumni Honors ceremony April 28 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. See Honoree videos.

Global entrepreneurship at its finest 

The entrepreneurship culture at USD continues to thrive and two reasons for it — the Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC) and the V2 Pitch Competition — hosted events during USD's Innovation Week. Nineteen USD teams vied April 25 for two finalists spots in the June 23 GSIC event. The V2 competition April 26 had three USD finalists, two from Mexico and one from Uruguay pitch their ideas.

USD celebrated the expansion of knowledge

Research is a fruit of abundant intellectual curiosity. It enables us to explore answers to questions and expand knowledge that can benefit all humankind. From April 16-20, USD's annual Research Week — which was laden with speakers, faculty proposal and mentorship recognition, lab tours, SOLES and Creative Collaborations displays — also had its share of fun, especially with scientist-artist duo, Erik and Martin Demaine.

Kroc School's 2018 Medal of Peace Award recipient is...

Academy and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker, who received the USD Medal of Peace from the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies in a ceremony April 5. The honor recognized Whitaker’s humanitarian and peace-building work via the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI)


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