Hello Fellow Toreros,

In May, the University of San Diego hosted five commencement ceremonies, awarding some 2,400 degrees to an exceptional group of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and law students who have now joined our impressive Torero alumni family. From everyone at USD who strives to provide the best possible educational experience for our students, we congratulate the class of 2018! In this month's President's Postcard we share highlights of the 2017-18 academic year. Enjoy your summer pursuits!

James T. Harris

James T. Harris III, President

President James T. Harris congratulates graduating senior Tiasha Rogers following USD's Black Graduate Recognition Ceremony on May 25.

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San Diego Union-Tribune

Amit Kakkad, PhD, Clinical Professor of Operations Management in USD's School of Business and Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce, does a Q&A about USD's Global Social Innovation Challenge and work with students who are using business principles to solve social problems.

Mountain Democrat 

Fresh off graduating with a dual degree in industrial and systems engineering on May 27, Torero football standout Ross Dwelley is now focused on his post-grad opportunity: The 6-foot-5 tight end signed with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and is training in an attempt to make the 53-man roster.

Washington Post

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and the global organization Mercy Corps designed a study to better understand how secondary education in Africa affects young people's support for political violence. It is hoped that educational programs can help counter violent extremism.


Congratulations to USD's class of 2018 graduates

May is for celebrating multiple years of hard work, dedication and supreme effort as well as fun, friendships and great memories. Class of 2018 graduations were held for Law, SOLES/PCE, graduate schools, College of Arts and Sciences, Business and Engineering. Many pre-graduation recognition events took place for veterans, student-athletes and more. Also, learn about USD's valedictorians, Chris Harrop and Anthony Shao.

Two Outstanding Toreros Receive the Alcalá Award

There were nearly 700 degrees awarded at the May 27 College of Arts and Sciences graduation. But there were only two students, Theodore "Teddy" Castro and Tiasha Rogers, who were given this year's Alcalá Award. Castro and Rogers, nominated by others on campus, were honored as students who best reflect the holistic education at USD academically, socially and through their service.

Year in Review: Looking Back on USD Athletics 2017-18

There were conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances for football, women's volleyball and men's tennis, standout performances in all sports, praise for Seamus McFadden, USD's first and only men's soccer coach, who is retiring after 39 years, recognition for student-athlete success in the classroom, and in the community. In all, it's been a pretty successful year for USD Athletics.

Office Hours: Getting to Know Your USD Professors 

Meet Leonard Perry, PhD, Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Perry is one of several professors who have been featured in USD's video series, Office Hours, this year.

Toreros: Participate in Fun, Informative June Events

Here are some USD events in June we don't want you to miss. Get a campus update by attending the President's Forum on June 8, 11:30 a.m. in UC Forum C and then walk over to Valley Field for the annual employee picnic starting at 1 p.m. On June 9, all Toreros are invited to go to one or more of 22 different Torero Takeover events in San Diego County. The $50,000 Global Social Innovation Challenge is free to see on June 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Kroc IPJ Theatre. See student teams from around the world pitch their ideas. RSVP.


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