Hello Fellow Toreros,

Welcome to a new academic year at the University of San Diego. Our Changemaker-designated university provides you with many opportunities to use your God-given gifts to pursue a holistic, liberal arts education at an institution that is the youngest independent university ranked among the nation's Top 100. It's great to see that there's already a developing sense of community and connection to campus, from OLÉ! Weekend orientation and our many athletics events to the Living Learning Communities and your fall classes.


My wish for everyone in our great Torero community is that this year is the best it can be.

James T. Harris

James T. Harris III, President

September 2018

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One of the great benefits of living on campus is the opportunity to take morning walks on campus with students. Many thanks to Victoria, Diana, Clare, Sam, Ernesto, Joseph & Jason for joining me this week. Go Toreros!


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NBC Today Show

The University of San Diego was the higher education institution chosen for an NBC Today story about security tips to stay safe on campus. The Today Show states in the article that USD was picked for the segment because of its low crime numbers, according to the U.S Department of Education.


Logistics, supply chain and transportation are undergoing a sea change. Industry and functional executives recognize they face a nearly unprecedented barrage of challenges and opportunities. Mary Long, USD Supply Chain Management Institute director, talks about more reliance on outsourcing.


School of Law Prof. Orly Lobel’s You Don’t Own Me, recounts "toy wars" between Mattel, distributor of Barbies, and MGA Entertainment, distributor of the Bratz dolls. The book shows how the wars “challenge the right and freedom to leave jobs, compete with incumbent companies, control ideas and innovate.” 



Largest First-Year Class Arrives; Rankings Rise; Ole!

September saw the debut of the largest first-year group of students ever on campus — 1,310 — and, along with nearly 300 new transfers, experienced a great OLÉ! Weekend. USD earned its highest U.S. News and World Report ranking, No. 85, among top national universities, and the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering moved up to 11th among nondoctoral-granting engineering programs.

Shirk on panel at Mexico Summit to talk country's future

David Shirk, PhD, professor of political science and international relations at USD, appeared on a panel at a Mexico Summit event put on by The Economist. The Mexico Summit brought together more than 200 policymakers, senior business leaders, entrepreneurs and leading thinkers to talk about the political and economic future of Mexico.

Humanities Center Gains $1.5 Million Directorship Gift

The Humanities Center, which in just two years has made a big impact on the USD campus community through its varied programming, received a generous $1.5 million gift via College of Arts and Sciences to establish the A. Vassiliadis Director of the Humanities Center. The first recipient is current director Brian Clack, PhD, who is also a philosophy professor.

Office Hours: Getting to Know Your USD Professors 

Meet Greg Prieto, PhD, an associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Prieto is one of several professors featured in a new weekly video series called "Office Hours". Look for more casual conversations with USD professors every Tuesday on the USD News Center.

Fall sports start; Time to Root, Root, Root for Toreros! 

Football. Volleyball. Soccer. Cross-Country. Swim/Dive. Basketball also isn't far away. Fall teams began play in mid-August, but September saw the start of the conference schedule. Catch all results, news, features and info at USD Athletics' newly redesigned website, www.usdtoreros.com. Follow it all on social media — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — join the Bull Pit, the Spirit Team and the Pep Band. Let's Go Toreros!



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