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Alumni and Class Legacy Scholarship Applications Due
Feb. 29
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Summer Session Registration Begins
Mar. 1

Summer Study Abroad Applications Due
Mar. 2

UFMC Formal
Mar. 4, 8pm
Tickets at the Hahn UC Ticket Office

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

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Reminder: Student Affairs Student Awards and Scholarships

This is just a reminder to submit your nominations for Student Affairs Student Awards and Scholarships by Monday, February 29 at 5 pm. Please contact Kathleen Custodio if you have any questions.

· Outstanding Service to the Entire Campus through their Involvement
· Dr. Thomas J. Cosgrove Award for Outstanding Service in Student Government
· Outstanding Service in University-Sponsored Activities
· Outstanding Contribution to Multicultural Awareness and Understanding
· St. Catherine Medal (selected in conjunction with University Ministry)

Click here to nominate students for awards.

· Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities Award

Click here to nominate students for Who’s Who.


· Boyce Merit Scholarship Award
· Nielsen Family Scholarship
· Bob Hope Leadership Scholarship

Click here to nominate students for scholarships.


We are also seeking nominations for the St. Catherine's Medal for Student Achievement given by the Kappa Gamma Pi Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. This award is given to an undergraduate student (usually a sophomore) who represents the high ideals of a Catholic college or university and who is outstanding for leadership and service.

Please provide names of nominees with a brief nomination to Cynthia Avery by Wednesday, March 2. Nominees will be contacted to submit their resumes.

To review specific nomination criteria, please click here.

The nomination deadline is Monday, February 29 at 5pm. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen at We look forward to your nominations!

Career Development Center Trainings

As part of the Student Affairs Strategic Plan group focusing on Student Staff Training, a Career Development Committee has been put in place to plan career development workshops for student employees to support the Co-Curricular Learning Outcome: Being, Belonging, Becoming. We are seeking professional staff members as well as graduate assistants to collaborate with the Career Development Center's Student Ambassadors to become "Career Development Facilitators" for these workshops. All student employees will be required to attend one of the two workshops (based upon their interest). The two workshops offered this semester are as follows:

-Building My Dream Career - Self Assessment and Career Exploration
-The Student Worker Advantage - How to effectively articulate your skills to employers (resume writing and interview skills)

The commitment consists of a training on March 8 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. (location TBD) as well as participation in one or more of the workshops scheduled for:

Tuesday March 29: 12:30pm – 2pm
Thursday, March 31: 12:30-2pm
Saturday April 2: 2pm – 3:30pm
Tuesday April 5: 12:30pm – 2pm
Thursday, April 7: 12:30-2pm
Saturday April 9: 2pm – 3:30pm

Please let Mariann Sanchez ( know if you are interested in gaining facilitation experience in this area.

California Peer Leadership Conference

Next Tuesday, March 1 is the deadline to register students for the California Peer Leadership Conference (as well as the deadline to submit a workshop proposal) hosted at UCSD on Friday, April 22. Last year they had over 100 students from 12+ higher education institutions throughout the state in attendance. They would like to see as many Toreros participate as possible!

Please spread the word to your students and colleagues about this great leadership event.

To register, click this link.

ASACCU Best Practices for Mission Integration Award

We are pleased to announce that the call for submissions for the 5th Annual ASACCU Best Practices for Mission Integration Award is now open! 

ASACCU seeks to recognize Best Practices in student affairs area in relation to Catholic mission and identity.  The recipient of this year’s awards (2016) shall receive the following:

-Complimentary 2016 ASACCU Annual Conference registration to no more than two people involved in the award-winning best practice;
-Recognition at the ASACCU 2016 Annual Conference; and
-Presentation of the practice/program in a session at the 2016 ASACCU Annual Conference.

ASACCU Best Practice Awards will be submitted and judged within one of the following three categories:

-Residence Life, Housing, and related (e.g., student conduct and community standards, residence hall programming, learning communities, RA/staff training, etc.)
-Student Activities, Leadership, Orientation and related (e.g., student programming, leadership development, clubs and organizations, orientation and new student programs, etc.)
-Diversity and Inclusion, and related (e.g., multicultural programming, interfaith initiatives, sexual orientation programming, etc.)

The theme for the conference in 2016 is The Way I See It: Catholic higher education through the eyes of our students.  Submissions should relate to the conference theme in some way.

All required application materials must be submitted by February 26, 2016. Please submit application materials to Laura Walker, Executive Secretary for ASACCU, at:

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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.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Paul and Cheance in the Mail Center for your stellar detective work and finding our hidden package! -Serena Gandara

Shout out to Melissa Montoya for being such a great resource to our student interns and helping BBGG set up for their events! -Paula Morreale

Shout out to Jeff Cirillo for helping our student interns with zero waste events, energy meter reading, and green office certification! -Paula Morreale

Shout out to Alexis Dawson for getting into FIVE out of FIVE dental schools and being in the neat place of having to make a very hard decision between your two top schools! You will be very missed at USD but are going on this fall to do such great work! Congratulations! -Your Wellness Family

Shout out to Manda Sayegh for developing a newsletter for student organizations and their advisors. -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Amanda Puetz and Scott Thomas for successfully presenting their first professional conference sessions last week at the California College Personnel Association at their institute last week. -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Terrence Shaw, Chelsea Kott, and Paula Hoang for participating in the half time competition during the Student Affairs night at the Torero Men’s Basketball game versus BYU! They were gamers! -Marie Minnick

Shout out to Breana Lewis because that girl is ALWAYS happy and energetic and positive and laughing and it's just GREAT energy whenever she comes to the Mail Center. -Cheance Adair

Shout out to the FYE CDs for a great response rate for the spring MapWorks survey. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to all the A/CDs for doing a great job with the spring evacuation drills. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to Student Affairs for your support with RA individual interviews as campus partners! We appreciate your support for our RA program. -Luke LaCroix and Bernadette Smith

Shout out to Scott Thomas, Kevin Melara, and John Newhouse in their work on the RA Recruitment and Selection Committee! A special shout out to Bernadette Smith for her diligent work as co-chair!!! -Luke LaCroix

Shout out to Carrington Lemon, Chelsea Kott, Tierney Trujillo Harrison, Bernadette Smith, Kevin Melara, John Newhouse, and the respective RA staffs for hosting multiple open house events of apartment and suite areas for continuing and prospective new transfer students throughout February. -Luke LaCroix

Shout out to Marie Minnick for organizing a fun Student Affairs game night cheering on our Toreros! -Carmen Vazquez

Shout out to Marie for coordinating Student Affairs night at the basketball game. Here’s a picture of our half time free throw team. -Cynthia Avery

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

Please send any news or events for the upcoming week to Kenny Eng by Wednesdays at 12pm.

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