Hello Fellow Toreros,

I hope you had a blessed holiday season with family and friends and that Intersession was a productive time for you. It was certainly a productive time for USD.


Renovation of the Loma Hall Annex was launched in December to create new offices, labs and classrooms for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Our student-athletes were fully engaged, not only in their respective athletic competitions, but also in our local community. The men's basketball team renewed their annual tradition with the Poway Youth Basketball League's Challenged Division. I invite you to read more about the wonderful work of our Mulvaney Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and our University of the Third Age, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary of engaging life-long learners.


We are well positioned for an exciting 2018 spring semester. Go Toreros!

James T. Harris

James T. Harris III, President

We had a great turnout from the USD community who marched in the MLK parade on Jan. 14. Special shout out to Torero Athletics & Associated Students!

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Washington Post

A study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at USD School of Law "documents differences among states in how well their laws protect students from bad actors in the for-profit college industry."

Texas Tribune 

Political Science and International Relations Professor David Shirk spoke on the impact a U.S.-Mexico border wall by the Trump Administration would have on stopping immigration and illegal drug activity. 

San Diego Union-Tribune

Economics Professor Ryan Ratcliff spoke at the USD-hosted 34th San Diego County Economic Roundtable on if the still expanding local economy is headed for a possible slowdown in the near future.


USD's inaugural Setting the Standard Symposium will take place Feb. 1-2 on campus. 

Three events, including the traditional All Faith Service, comprise the first-ever Setting the Standard Symposium at USD. “It is designed to catalyze meaningful dialogue around what it means to set the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university," said President Harris. "The symposium will help us explore a campus wide conversation on how best to proceed on our path to the forefront of Catholic higher education."

Life-Long Learning at its Finest: USD's University of the Third Age Celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2018.

The longest running community outreach program offered by the University of San Diego — 40 years in 2018 — is the life-long learning program University of the Third Age for men and women age 55 and older. President Harris spoke during the January session and there is another three-week session slated for June.

Intersession Activity: Study Abroad, Honoring Dr. King, Conferences, Sundance Films and Father Greg Boyle

January Intersession was a time for study abroad trips, the campus community to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, USD schools to host conferences on education, nonprofit governance and peace and social justice, Homeboy Industries' Fr. Boyle discussed kinship, and alumnus Jared Ruga debuted his documentary, Quiet Heroes, at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Women's Center Celebrates USD's Women of Impact Campus and Community Wide at 20th Awards Luncheon

The Women's Center celebrated its 20th Women of Impact Awards luncheon, recognizing standout nominees among undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators as well as a special community leader award recipient. 


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