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Apr. 21-22

Earth Day Celebration
Apr. 21, 12-2pm
Maher Lawn

Sleep Week
May 2-6

Honors Convocation
May 3, 12:30pm
Shiley Theatre

Diversity Banquet
May 4, 5:30pm
Hahn UC Forums A/B

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Save the Date: Employee Picnic
May 25
Torero Stadium

Employee Fitness Classes
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Associated Students Election Results

Thank you to everyone who supported Associated Students' Spring 2016 election. This election we had 1,433 students vote. Below you will find the results for the elected Associated Students executive positions and senators. Over the next week, appointed positions for Associated Students and Torero Program Board will be chosen.

Executive Team

President: T.J Hodges, former Chair of the Senate Student Life Committee

Vice President: Danielle Priore, Chair of the Senate Student Life Committee

Speaker of the Senate: Shalin Shah will be returning for the 2016-2017 school year

Senate Positions

Alcala Vista Apartments Senators: Jack Campbell and Sara Zamanian

Commuter Senators: Chris Nelson, Chris Hermes, Steve Provenano, Allison Lynch, and Chris Nowlin

Manchester Village Senator: Lina Wallace

University Terrace Apartments Senator: Om Kanwar

College of Arts and Sciences Senators: Vayunamu Bawa, Morgan Wolfrum, Naomi Harding, Laura Hatton, Jordan Rodriguez, Catalina O’Toole, Allison McCall, Dominick Helen, and Shannon Conlon

School of Business Senators: Shayan Emtiaz and Siphat Gujral

School of Engineering Senator: Sarah Gray

Congratulations to all of those elected! We are very excited to see what great things you all accomplish next year.

Sleep Week

With finals week fast approaching, it is time again to find those extra opportunities to remind students of the importance of self-care. Join us for "Sleep Week," a week dedicated to raising awareness of the critical role sleep plays in our overall well-being and academic success, May 2-6, potentially until the next week if supplies last.

Getting adequate sleep is crucial to the physical, emotional, and mental well–being of our students and is a key tip for finals success. Materials will be available around campus featuring sleep tips, benefits, and facts. In addition, students are encouraged to stop by the "Stress Less" Stations that will be available May 2-6 in Frank's Lounge, Copley Library, and the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion. Kinetic sand, Play-doh, coloring pages, chamomile tea, stress balls, and more will be set out to promote stress relief during this countdown to finals. Finally, all are invited once again to "take a paws" from the stress of finals with Therapy Dogs on Friday, May 6, 12-2pm at the SLP Plaza Menor.

During this countdown to finals, please find opportunities to gently reminds students about the importance of sleep and create conversations around sleep and stress management. Here are some conversation starters:
· You can simply ask, "How is your finals week going?" or, "How are you handling all of your classes?"· You can go on to ask, "Do you know of some ways to de-stress and manage your level of anxiety?" or, "Have you talked to a friend, professor, or counselor about feeling overwhelmed and stressed?"
· If you sense that a student is overwhelmed, appears exhausted or emotionally drained, or mentions feeling overwhelmed or helpless, these are signs that the student may need additional resources and support. Let them know that support is available and connect them to on-campus resources.

USD Resources:
· Counseling Center, Serra Hall 300, (619) 260-4655
· Student Health Center, Maher Hall 140, (619) 260-4595
· Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, Hahn University Center 161, (619) 260-4618
· Center for Student Success, Hahn University Center 114, (619) 260-5995

Also, please note that the YouAreUSD website has additional information regarding sleep and stress management.

Student Affairs Employee of the Year Award

It is that time of the year for us to celebrate the efforts in our Division of Student Affairs. By now, you should have received the "Save the Date" notice for our annual End of the Year Breakfast on May 26. At the breakfast, we will honor the efforts of two of our own with the Thomas F. Burke Employee of the Year Award, as well as one of our university partners with the Powerful Partnership award. In order to determine who will be honored this year, we need your nominations!

The Thomas F. Burke Employee of the Year Award is awarded to Student Affairs employees who exemplify the traits and values instilled upon the Division of Student Affairs during Tom Burke's 28 years of leadership: character, sense of humor, common sense, honesty, "others" centered, respectful, focused on employee and student development, competent, consistently supportive of the University's Catholic tradition, helped students and employees to fulfill the potential within themselves, and the gift of love to others. The award is given annually to one staff member and an administrator.

The "Powerful Partnership" award is designed to recognize departments or offices that have worked with the Division of Student Affairs to enhance the integrated learning educational experience opportunities on campus.

More details regarding the awards and nomination forms are available here. Note that all nominations are due May 11. Please let Marie Minnick know if you have any questions.

CHR 50/50 Raffle

The Vice President for Student Affairs office (Hahn UC 232) will have CHR@USD Raffle tickets available. Proceeds from this raffle help fund the CHR events they host for our wonderful employees so please stop and pick up some tickets! The raffle is two tickets for $1, or 12 for $5 and will end on may 24. If possible, please bring exact change.

USd Dining Ranked #18 Nationwide

Congratulations to USD Dining! USD Dining’s program was ranked #18 nationwide for Best Campus Food by Princeton Review.

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 Robert Fackler, cook at La Paloma, for receiving a Silver award for his Culinary Challenge at the Regional NACUFS conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Great job, Rob! -Carol Norman

Shout out to Mike Dils, Cory Immele, and Tonis Manriquez, for their dedication and hard work supporting the numerous theme weeks and external events across campus this past week. -Sean Horrigan

Shout out to Adan Sanchez, Ariela Canizal, Spozmi Nouri, and Vanessa Montgomery for your assistance in making the "First Generation Gathering and Dialogue" a great success. -Mariann Sanchez

Shout out to VP Carmen Vazquez for being a wonderful guest speaker at the "First Generation Gathering and Dialogue" and inviting students to share their story and feel welcome. -Mariann Sanchez

Shout out to Mandy and Katelin for managing sensitive and difficult fraternity and sorority issues. -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

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