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Strategic Plan Feedback Due
Feb. 12
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Fireside Chat with President Harris
Feb. 16, 1-1:45pm
In front of the Torero Store

Career Expo
Feb. 25, 11:30am-2pm
Hahn UC Forums

Undergraduate Research Creative Collaborations
Apr. 4, 12-2:15pm
Hahn UC/SLP Exhibit Spaces

For more events, visit the Torero Life Website


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Wellness Group Meetings
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Valentine's Day Social
Feb. 12
10am, MH 101

Employee Fitness Classes
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CHR@USD Events Calendar
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Envisioning 2024 Deadline

The deadline for submitting the Envisioning 2024 feedback is Friday, February 12! Please encourage all students, staff, and colleagues to complete the survey as soon as possible!

The strategic plan we develop together will remain committed to the mission and core values our founders articulated, but it will also create a bold vision that positions USD at the forefront of higher education as a model for all Catholic institutions.

Your voice is essential to this collaborative process. We look forward to your active participation as you share your ideas to help shape the headlines in 2024 when we celebrate our 75th anniversary!

Faculty and Staff Twilight Retreat

You are invited to a Faculty and Staff Twilight Retreat on Thursday, February 18. The retreat, entitled Seeking Simplicity: The Pearl of Great Price, will be presented by Sr. Mary Louise Flick, R.S.C.J., staff member of the Spiritual Ministry Center in Ocean Beach,

During this evening of prayer Sr. Flick will focus on "Laudato Si", the recent letter by Pope Francis. She will explore living a simpler life and identifying illusions of our culture, which hold us captive and impede us from expressing our core values.

Thursday, February 18
5:00–7:30 pm
Founders Faculty/Staff Lounge, F141
A light supper will be provided
RSVP by February 15 or ext. 4656

First-Generation Alliance

Student Support Services is launching our First-Generation Alliance on March 2nd at 4:30pm in KIPJ Garden of the Sea. We hope you can attend!

To RSVP, follow this link below. For the ID question, please enter 000000000. Please share with your students and other colleagues.

Rainbow Educator Training

The United Front Multicultural Center would like to remind the members of the University community of the opportunity to serve as a Rainbow Educator (RE) for the 2016-2017 academic year. The REs are comprised of volunteer students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. REs present workshops that are interactive, dynamic, fun and include videos, role plays, visualizations, and personal stories.

In support of the USD mission, the purpose of the Rainbow Educator program is to build awareness, educate, and engage the USD community around identities such as sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, and class, while promoting inclusion and visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Rainbow Educators are committed to holding themselves and others accountable for working against all forms of oppression.

Furthermore, undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply to the new Undergraduate Rainbow Educator Leadership Team who, in addition to serving as Rainbow Educator facilitators, will contribute to the overall program development through one of four roles: Undergraduate RE Advisory Team Member, Diversity Education Development Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator, and Assessment Assistant. The new positions will receive a semester stipend.

Please submit an online application at by clicking on "Become a Rainbow Educator." The application process consists of an online application and a 30-minute interview.

The application deadline is Wednesday, February 17, 2016. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

Student Affairs Night with USD Basketball

Come cheer on the USD Men’s Basketball Team versus BYU on Thursday, February 18 at 8pm in the JCP. You can get up to four game tickets and food vouchers (hot dog, chips and a soda) for you and your family or friends. Student Affairs will be seated together as a group! Some of you may even get to participate in a half-time competition! (See the attached flyer.)

Tickets are available beginning on Wednesday, February 10 at noon through Wednesday, February 17 at noon in UC 132 (we are open between 9am and 5pm). Please come and get your own, do not send others in your place.

Be sure to wear your USD gear!

Please call or email with any questions (x4590 or

Your Toreros will also host Gonzaga on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm! Due to the high demand for tickets for these games, faculty and staff will be limited to two tickets, instead of the normal four. There are a limited number of tickets available to faculty/staff and they will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may pick up your tickets beginning Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00am at the JCP Ticket Office.

You must be present with your USD employee ID to receive your tickets. Tickets are intended for the use of the employee and his or her immediate family and are not for resale.

Cascade Training

Student Affairs and the USD Web Team are hosting a special website management/maintenance training for Cascade users on March 22 at 9am. In this course, we will cover new website features, as well as referesher information on the Cascade website management platform. There will also be time for questions, if there are any outstanding items.

Please RSVP by February 19 to Kenny Eng.

Performance Evaluation schedule

February is when we kick-off another year of performance evaluations. The annual performance evaluation process encourages performance discussions between employees and supervisors. Performance evaluations are an important tool to assist supervisors in identifying meritorious employees. This is also a good time of year to be reviewing job descriptions and making necessary revisions.

Forms, instructions and the timeline for both staff and administrative employee evaluations are available on the Human Resources website.

Workshops on these topics are available:

Staff Performance Evaluation Trainings
-February 11, 10–11:30am, DAC 120
-February 18, 11:30am–1:00pm, DAC 112/113
-February 24, 2–3:30pm, SLP 412

Administrator Performance Evaluation Trainings
-March 3, 10–11:30am, SLP 412
-March 8, 11:30am–1:00pm, DAC 112/113
-March 10, 2pm–3:30pm, SLP 412

How to Write a Job Description Training
February, 16, 11am–12pm, Salomon Hall

Please RSVP for these trainings via e-mail to or call us at ext. 2729.

The goal for completion of staff evaluations is the end of March, while the goal for completion of administrator evaluations is the end of April. The timeline will ensure that supervisors are far enough into the evaluation process to support their recommendations for annual salary increases, which are included in the Budget recommendations due to Budget & Treasury by May 31, 2016.

Completed, signed evaluations should be forwarded to Human Resources.

Thank you for supporting this important program. We understand the time and dedication required to complete performance evaluations and therefore please be reassured that all performance evaluations are reviewed.

If you have any questions regarding performance evaluations, please contact Adriana Garcia at ext. 2718,

Relay for Life

USD will be celebrating our 8th annual Relay for Life on April 8–9 here on campus. The challenge was developed in part to share our campus’ desire CHANGE the reaction to the word cancer and to instill the spirit of completion on campuses here in San Diego (UCSD just joined this year). Our student-led team is made of those who have lost family and friends to this disease and those who are currently winning the fight with their personal battle against cancer. We are hoping you can quickly help us reach our goal of winning the Hope Trophy this year to have one victory under our belt (to benefit American Cancer Society). We are requesting your help in two ways:

1) We are looking for sponsors to underwrite our main expenses: the Relay Stage ($2,000.00), the Arch of Hope ($1,500.00), The Games ($1,000.00), Luminaria Lane ($500.00), and Sundown Jail ($500.00). There are many other expenses related to the event, as well. So, if you have any suggestions on possible sponsors that could help, it would be much appreciated. Any amount will do!
2) For you, your friends, family or colleagues to start a team (more details of the 18 hours of fun we have will follow)

As this competition is this week, we would be thrilled to have any donations made between Friday 2/12/16 and Sunday 2/14/16 at 11:59pm! Click here to donate!


Also, we have challenged SDSU and UCSD to see who is the rightful owner of the Hope Trophy and bragging rights as the most awesome San Diego Campus Relay! From midnight 2/8 to 11:59pm 2/14, all three campuses will raise as much money to help fund the mission of the American Cancer Society. The campus that raises the most in those 7 days will keep the Hope Trophy for the entire year! USD is the champion, two years running.

Let's de-thrown them! How can you help?

-Register your team (if you haven't already)
-Get your team registered and start fundraising!
-Post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and email friends and family for donations
-Follow us on Facebook to participate in upcoming events

Let's do this!

Housing Sign Ups

The Housing Sign Up process for returning students began February 4 and runs through 4pm on Monday, February 29.

As a reminder, all second year students are required to live on-campus.  Sophomores are housed primarily in the Alcalá Vista Apartments, San Buenaventura and Manchester Village.  If they would like to sign up as a group, sophomores may choose to live in a "neighborhood" of 8, 12 or 16 students. These students will be placed in adjacent apartments. This year 82% of sophomores participated in STEP Events!

Upper-class students are encouraged to live on campus. They often choose continuous housing options for their flexibility during the breaks. Those who choose to return to campus for a third or fourth year may desire to return to the same apartment they currently live in. This is permitted with the exception of San Buenaventura and the Vistas (some students in Manchester may be reassigned to a comparable apartment). Graduate housing is still available in the Presidio Terrace Apartments.

In an effort to keep students’ cost of attendance as low as possible, for the past 5 years housing rates have been maintained. This year, however, rates will increase 3%. These funds will be directed toward efforts students have voiced including: heat mitigation, upgrades to common spaces and furniture.  Additionally funds will support increased utility costs and continued work on life safety upgrades (fire sprinklers). Dining rates will not be increasing.

If students have questions regarding the housing process, please encourage them to review the process outlined at or to call the office at (619) 260-4777.

La Gran Terraza Valentine's Day Special

Celebrate with your Valentine - enjoy a special prix fixe dinner on Friday, February 12 (menu). Live entertainment provided by pianist James Johnston. Reservations may be made online at View our 2016 spring events calendar.

Open Monday-Friday 11:30am–1:30pm, Tuesday-Friday 5–9pm
O’Toole’s Lounge: Monday-Friday 11:30am–1:30pm and 5–9pm (21+)

Second Year Graduate Student Spotlight

Each week we will be highlighting a different second year graduate assistant in an effort to help them network in the departmental and geographical areas they will be seeking a job in. Let’s help our outgoing graduate students make connections.

Sinai Cota, Graduate Assistant for Leadership in the SLIC

Areas of Interest: Working with first-generation college students, foster youth, international students, and leadership development

Desired Location: My geographical preferences include San Diego and New York City.

Areas of experience: event planning, student government, leadership development, advising student leaders, supervising students, working with marginalized student populations, and residence life

Who are your professional role models? What are characteristics of an ideal work place?

My supervisor and Director of the Student Leadership and Involvement Changemaking Office, Mandy Womack, is my professional role model. She encompasses the ideal professional in Student Affairs. She has a holistic advising style that embodies the Culture of Care at USD. She also adds style and humor to each workday, creating a fun and interesting work environment. She has built an authentic space where I can grow and develop not only as a professional, but also as a person.

Where is your passion?

My passion lies with first-generation college students, as I am one too. The journey for FGCS is usually obscure and filled with obstacles that stray outside the academic and professional realm. I hope that I am in a position where I can guide and advise FGCS and advocate for their needs.

What skills do you have that make you stand out?

I often struggle with this question as a first-generation college student (FGCS). I pride myself in creating spaces that are welcoming and inclusive for all students. I value the power of storytelling and the learning behind one’s experiences. I believe that there is a lot to learn from each other and realize that this takes time, but that is time that I hope any institution I work with is excited to take on.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Monica Schnapp (Panhellenic Advisor) for all of your help with sorority recruitment! -Katelin Rae

Shout out to Corey, Tonis and Mike (UCSA staff) and the student staff for your tremendous help with scheduling and event set up. -Katelin Rae

Shout out to Women’s Center, UFMC, and Commuter Student Commons! Thank you for your partnership and sharing space for PNMs to rest and relax or recruit! -Katelin Rae

Shout out to our wellness team, comprised of Beth Sullivan, Resident Ministers, Julia Sutton, Julia Campagna, and some Community Directors. -Katelin Rae

Shout out to Dayanne Izmarian, Pat Marino, Luke LaCroix, Chelsea Kott, Tierney Trujillo, Brandon McCreary, and Candace Torrey in Residential Life for you partnership pre-, during, and post- recruitment. -Katelin Rae

Shout out to all preference volunteers that helped us process the MRABA's including Victoria Valdes, Monica Schnapp, Graham Davis, Marina Mantos, Mandy Womack, Madeline Kreig, Luke LaCroix, Melissa Halter, Maren Reisch, Chelsea Kott, Jessica Williams, Jennifer Lee, and Carrington Lemon. -Katelin Rae

Shout out to Victoria Valdes and Monica Schnapp for planning a wonderful Executive Board retreat! -Katelin Rae

Shout out to Victoria Valdes and Monica Schnapp for their help and facilitation during Ultimate Greek Adventure, and Jill D’Errico for helping me with logistics. -Katelin Rae

Shout out to Sarah Borger, Tamar Casell, and Erin Lovette-Colyer for your partnership with the Greek Sexual Assault Task Force training and peer discussions! -Katelin Rae

Shout out to Chelsea Kott, Tierney Trujillo, and Sgt. Ryan Hansen for visiting and sharing critical information in fraternity and sorority life risk management trainings! -Katelin Rae

Shout out to Kathleen Custodio for her ability to anticipate needs! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Maren and the SLIC/UCSA staff for all your help with the Spring Alcala Bazaar. -Manda Sayegh

Shout out to Kenny and Maren for helping to coordinate a successful Spring SLIC Student Employee Training. -Manda Sayegh

Shout out to Madeline for your positive outlook and continuous support to our students and our staff! -Manda Sayegh

Shout out to Jill for living out USD's Culture of Care with your random acts of kindness. -Manda Sayegh

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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