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Women's March
Jan. 21, 10am
San Diego Civic Center Plaza
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Spring Alcala Bazaar
Jan. 31, 11:30am
Hahn UC Forums

Grandparents Weekend
Feb. 24

Majors and Minors Fair
Feb. 28, 12:30pm
Serra Hall

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Table of Contents
  • Prayer for the Spring Semester
  • Spring Alcala Bazaar
  • Male Engagement Resource Library
  • Food Pantry at USD
  • True Blue Treasure
  • AFA Recap
  • NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program
  • Matthew 25 Award
  • Beyond the Swipe
  • Directory Update Reminders
  • Using Social Media to Listen
  • Shout Outs
Prayer for the Spring Semester

Loving God,
As we prepare to begin again,
We ask you to be with us,
To help us be wise
So that
We will know when to be still
And when to act;
When to let go,
And when to hold on.

Teach us, we pray, how to pray;
Guide us through our restlessness,
Preoccupations and clutter to
Patient listening,
Ardent faith,
Endless vigil.

Steady us,
Strengthen us,
Sustain us,
Especially when we are weary, discouraged,
Amplify our desire for You so that
We might overcome all that gets in our way and
Holds us back.

Help us, we pray, to open ourselves to You,
So that we might hear clearly Your whisper of love
And feel the beauty of your embrace.

May we always be open
To the countless, surprising places and moments
You call us into relationship.

Grant us, O God,
That by receiving Your Spirit,
We will be restored and reenergized
To exercise our ministry this year with
great care and tremendous love.

Inspire us with Your message
And then send us out to others.
May we love them well
And reflect the radiance of Your goodness.

Spring Alcala Bazaar

Please encourage any student organizations, centers or departments to participate in the spring Alcala Bazaar on January 31 in the Hahn UC Forums! The deadline to register is January 27. For more information, visit the Alcala Bazaar website.

Please contact Manda Sayegh if you have any questions.

Male Engagement Resource Library

Happy 2017! The Women's Center has been working on putting together an online reference guide where folks will be able to access books, articles, films, and readings related to male engagement and healthy masculinities all in one place.

As this reference guide comes together, we invite you to send in any resources you have found helpful in your work related to this topic. Resources can be added at any time. Please email Sarah Borger with relevant material. 

We look forward to sending this reference out to you all soon! In the meantime, here is a roundtable discussion of male-identified folks discussing masculinity and what it means to be a man - there are pieces in here that could be great catalysts for conversations, either with colleagues or students. 

Food Pantry at USD

Due to the hard work of Mortar Board and a burgeoning student organization "Host," in coordinating a food drive during fall 2016, USD now has its own food pantry to serve students who are facing food insecurity. 

Our Torero Renaissance Scholars have been informed of this new resource.  If you are aware of other students who are challenged by food insecurity, please let Cynthia Avery or Dayanne Izmirian know.  We can provide access to the pantry for students who are in need of non-perishable goods, and will also discuss with them the availability of additional resources both on and off campus. 

Special thanks to Residential Life for hosting the food pantry within the RA Resource Room. If you would like to learn more about the Torero Renaissance Program, please see

True Blue Treasure

Everyone in Student Affairs is invited to participate in the True Blue Treasure raffle from Parent Relations. Anyone can buy tickets to enter into a drawing for either $5,000 or a San Diego vacation package! The money is for the Parent Partnership Fund to help students who are close to graduating but are having trouble paying for their remaining classes.

This raffle will end on Feb 24 at 6pm. Visit for more information!

AFA Recap

During the last week of November, the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting was held in Boston, MA. While the overall conference experience was energizing and reflective, accomplishments of our colleagues here at USD deserve special recognition.

Monica Schnapp, Graduate Assistant for Sorority/Fraternity Life, competed in the Order of Omega Case Study, which gives participants a scenario and asks them to develop their plan of action and response using theory and best practices. The case Monica and her partner were given addressed an issue of sexual assault, reporting process, and misogyny at a fraternity party to name some of the elements. Monica and her partner received third place in the competition and received a $300 prize.

Many of you know that Mandy Womack was recognized with the Robert H. Schaffer award, given to a professional who has a commitment to service within the fraternity and sorority community. Mandy's acceptancespeech was compassionate, thought-provoking, and timely in our nation's context. It was also a bit of a "drop the mic" moment for many in the room who felt Mandy's call to action.

There are wonderful things coming out of the SLIC!

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program

Residential Life is proud to share that Alexa Layne has been selected for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) for spring 2017. Kevin Melara, also a NUFP alumnus, will serve as Alexa's on-site mentor.

The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ.

Matthew 25 Award

Karen Clark, resident assistant in the Alcalá Vistas Apartments and active student leader in University Ministry was awarded the Matthew 25 Award from the Diocese of San Diego in November, 2016 for her work in dedicating herself to those most in need.  

The Matthew 25 Award is given annually by the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of San Diego, recognizing a "parishioner and individual, nominated by their pastors or their schools, who through their compassionate service exemplify Christ's ministry to those in need."  

The Matthew 25 award is named after chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, specifically verses 35 and 40: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me. ... And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

Beyond the Swipe

Starting this semester, Kenny Eng will be offering 1/1 sessions for anyone who is interested in using communications platforms like Salesforce or any of the social media platforms "beyond the swipe". The capabilities these services offer such as analytics analysis, targeted engagement, etc. can be utilized to continue to build on the successes of previous events and campaigns, while also identifying where improvements can be made and more!

Please contact Kenny Eng for more information.

Directory Update Reminders

Earlier this month, Kathleen Custodio sent out the updated Student Affairs Directory. If there are any changes, please be sure to contact her with those updates.

If you have questions regarding the Student Affairs listserv, website directories, Student Affairs mailing lists, etc. please contact Kenny Eng.

Using Social Media to Listen

This recent article in Inside Higher Ed continues to reinforce the idea that social media channels like Facebook and Twitter can be used for much more than promoting events. By positing questions to our audiences, we can glean some general trends around pressing issues that may not be as relevant in end of the year surveys. This would allow for realtime analysis and understanding of your online community, as well as continue to bolster the social environment of your accounts.

"By asking questions of students on social media, institutions can gain access to realtime responses, threads, issues, suggestions, and ideas that may or may not be found within more formal survey and assessment initiatives."

The unfortunate drawback is that hyperbolic responses may creep into your threads and by effect, might skew the data and perception. But the usefulness of anecdotal evidence should not be ignored when considering the benefits of the simple act of engagement.

To read the full article, click here.

Shout Outs

Want to recognize a colleague for their great work or general awesomeness? Submit a Shout out for the next Student Affairs Newsletter to Kenny Eng at

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