Valley A (Formerly Missions A)

Valley A LLC: Advocate

Please note that Valley A has single, double and triple (limited) rooms. Each floor is a suite of 8 residents, with two shared bathrooms with shower, toilet and sinks. All residents in the suite share these bathrooms, regardless of the room occupancy type. 

Valley A Move In Parking Pass
Missions A Aerial - Res Life

The Valley A complex offers suite-style living, providing campus housing for over 250 residents, and is coed by floor. There are twelve, three-story buildings with each floor housing eight residents in single or double rooms. The suites have a furnished common space and two bathrooms.  These bathrooms must be cleaned by the residents. Each resident has an extra-long (80") twin bed, closet, chest of drawers, and desk with chair. Each room has wireless internet. These units are located along the edge of Tecolote Canyon and some have views of Mission Bay. A Community Director, ten Resident Assistants, and a Resident Minister reside in Valley A. The University Alcohol Policy designates Valley A as a no alcohol living area regardless of age or class status.

Valley A was recently renovated with new flooring (all tile flooring, no carpet), new furniture, and new bathroom vanities. The new furniture offers added benefits, such as electrical outlets in both the bed frames and the desks,  and a beautiful, wooden design. 
 
Please note, the height of this bed is not able to be adjusted (bed risers do not support these beds), and the beds come with built-in storage drawers underneath (no need to bring storage bins for under the bed!).
 

Valley RA Office

The RA Office, located at the front desk of Mata'yuum Crossroads, is where you can find Resident Assistants working on programming efforts and performing their on-duty hours. Feel free to stop by and talk with any RA to discuss any concerns and ideas you may have for any of the Valley residence halls. The Valley RA duty hours are daily from 7:00PM - 12:00AM Sunday-Thursday (expect for Tuesdays which is 9pm-12am), and 8:00PM – 2:00AM on Friday and Saturday.  You may contact the RAs at 619-260-4625.

Mata'yuum Crossroads Desk Services

The Mata'yuum Crossroads Desk is the center of activity for the Valley area. The front desk staff encodes room key cards, gives information, and provides toilet tissue and trash bags for residents. There is some sports equipment and cleaning supplies (vacuums, swiffers) for check out at the desk.  You can reach the Crossroads Front Desk at 619-260-4625

Hours of Operation

Day Opening Closing
Monday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.

*Special Holiday hours may apply and will be posted on the front door.

Valley A Community Kitchen

Currently the Community Kitchen is not available but Residential Life will contact Valley residents if and when this space is available for use.

Should this space be available, residents will need to check out the key at the Mata'yuum Crossroads desk.  Residents are expected to clean up after themselves as soon as they are done cooking.  Limited cooking and cleaning supplies will be available in the space.

Valley Laundry Facilities

Please see our Residential Life Services website for more information on laundry services.

Missions Cafe and Fitness Center

This state-of-the-art 8,515 square foot, wellness-focused facility is located in the heart of Valley housing. Designed to strengthen the minds, bodies and spirits of students, the fitness center features a yoga/pilates exercise room, cardio equipment, strength training and more. The Missions Cafe is a full-service coffee/juice bar and sandwich shop featuring an assortment of healthy food choice and late night snack options including fresh organic foods such as sandwiches, salads, plus frozen yogurt.

To see the hours for the Missions Café, please visit the Dining Services website.
To see more information about the Missions Fitness Center, please visit the Campus Recreation website.

Valley A Community Director: Ian Christopher Ulep (he.him.his)

Ian Christopher Ulep is the Community Director for Valley A, overseeing the Resident Assistant staff, Hall Council, programming efforts, and general upkeep of Valley A.  Born and raised in the Hampton Roads (Virginia), Ian attained his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University. After deciding to pursue a career in higher education, he moved to New Jersey to attend Rutgers University-New Brunswick for the Masters of Education in College Student Affairs. Brand new to the West Coast, Ian is excited to further develop his career with the USD Community.

For any questions or concerns, Ian can be reached via email at iulep@sandiego.edu or phone at (619) 260-4647, and his office is located in Mata'yuum Crossroads.

Resident Minister: Amy Gembara

A Gembara

Amy Gembara is the Resident Minister for Valley A. She is originally from the Chicagoland area. Her undergraduate degree is from Fordham University (Bronx Campus) in Classical Languages and English. Post-grad she worked in Campus Ministry and Service Learning for high school and college students in California and Chicago.

She is pursing a Master's of Divinity at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Amy recently worked as an Interfaith Chaplain through CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. Her passions include Praise & Worship, food, Zumba and travel.

Amy is very excited to walk with and serve students and staff as a Resident Minister at USD. She can't wait to meet the students in Valley A! Please feel free to stop by for a visit!