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upcoming events

Welcome Week Begins
Sept. 2

USD Football vs. SDSU
Sept. 5, Qualcomm Stadium
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Alcala Bazaar
Sept. 8, 11:30am
Torero Way

Student Org. Conference
Sept. 9, 4pm
Hahn UC Foum C

Hahn UC/SLP Open House
Sept. 11

Job and Internship Fair
Sept. 15, 11:30am
Hahn UC Forums

President's Forum
Sept. 18, 1pm
KIPJ Theatre
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Wellness Group Meetings
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University Ministry Events
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Employee Fitness Classes
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Monthly Walks
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Employee Bingo
Sept. 9, 12-1pm
Salomon Hall

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Breathe Easy at USD

Effective August 18, 2015, USD became a smoke and tobacco-free campus! We would like to thank the USD Smoke Free committee co-chairs Cynthia Avery and Peter Marlow, as well as committee members Stephanie Lynch (co-chair before maternity leave), Marie Minnick, Jacque Gamboa, Dayanne Izmirian, Pam Sikes, Brandon McCreary, Merrill Marker, Alejandro Cervantes, and Kevin Reading for their efforts over the last six months in bringing this important health initiative to campus!

If you are seeking cessation assistance, you can learn more about resources on the Breathe Easy website. Employee and Student “Quit Kits” are also available free of charge at the Student Health Center.


President's Forum for Hourly Employees

On Friday, September 18 at 1-3 pm, President Harris has invited all hourly staff to a President's Forum at the Kroc IPJ Theatre. Refreshments will be served immediately following at the Garden of the Sea. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Linda Long.

QPR Training

Join us on Tuesday, September 22 at 12:15 pm in Hahn UC 107 for the first QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training this semester!

In this session, you will learn how to spot early warning signs of suicide, begin a conversation with someone who may be struggling and make a referral to the counseling center.

Come learn what questions to ask (and what questions not to ask) to help a friend or loved one who might be thinking about about suicide.

Register now or visit You are USD for more information.

#hashtags for upcoming weeks

If you plan on using social media to promote any events or post any updates between now and September 12, please note that we are using the following #hashtags at USD for OLE! Weekend, Welcome Week/Into the Blue, and other campaigns around campus!

#OLEweekend2015- OLE! Weekend posts
#IntoTheBlue- Welcome Week/Into the Blue posts
#USDSpaces- Any photo that has a USD location in the post

If you have any questions, please contact Torero Life.

TMA Work Requests

Staff in the UCSLP can submit requests for repairs and maintenance of our facilities by using the TMA work request found at: If there are immediate concerns, please submit a TMA request and then contact the UCSA Operations Staff by visiting Hahn UC 205 or by calling x4592 and providing your work order number.

Thank you General Services and Facilities Staff

This past Wednesday, UCSA expressed its appreciation for all the dedication and hard work shown by the General Services and Facilities staff over the summer for maintaining and repairing our campus. They had over 230 staff and temporary employees working to keep campus beautiful and functional.

Thank you FM for all you do to support our work in Student Affairs!

Auxiliary Services– Summer Recap

In July Auxiliary Services successfully opened the new USD Torero Store at Hahn University Center. The new store provides all course materials, interactive retail including a virtual “mirror” and mobile check-out, official USD and Toreros apparel and merchandise, state of the art technology and ‘Blue Spoon’ frozen yogurt and smoothie café.  The store also now offers 3D printing and custom t-shirt printing. The completely redesigned, mobile-friendly, USD Torero Store website was also released in July:

For new information about course material/textbook ordering and the pick-up process at the University Center, visit the store’s Book section online.

USD Dining staff participated in a training this August with the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone. Enjoy new menus that were developed with the CIA this fall, including; Mediterranean at Tapenade (lunch and dinner), Thai at Lemon Grass (dinner) - both in Pavilion Dining at the SLP. La Paloma is also offering a new menu featuring Korean cuisine.

This past July, for the fourth year, Hospitality Services hosted a record 5,500 attendees for the annual 3-day Steubenville Youth Conference. In total, we welcomed over 12,000 guests to campus for summer conferences between June and August (over 45,000 bed nights).

University Copy and the Mail Center (located in Maher Annex behind Maher Hall) now accept credit cards! University Copy is also now offering inkjet cartridge refills.

Dean of Students– Summer Recap

Assistant Dean of Students

As many of you are aware, Sean Horrigan has moved into a new role in Student Life. We miss him but appreciate that he stops in for coffee! As a result of Sean’s move, increased efforts with Graduate Student Life and an increase in work in student conduct we have been able to make some interim changes that we are very excited about.

First, we have hired a new Interim Director of Student Conduct. His name is Tyler Crisman. He comes to us most recently from Arizona State University and before that he was at New York University. His doctoral dissertation topic was “Examining the Impact of Residential College Programs on Student Academic Success and Persistence to Graduation.” He has experience with residential life, student conduct, restorative justice and working at an Ashoka Changemaker campus. Help me welcome Tyler when he joins us on September 21.

We have also had the opportunity to create an Interim Coordinator for Graduate Student Life position. Supporting graduate student life was a part of Sean’s position, however, as engagement, programs, services and support increased so did the need for increased staff time. We are lucky to have been able to hire Mariann Sanchez as the Interim Coordinator. Along with the significant work that Mariann had been doing in our office to support graduate student life, she also served as a graduate organization advisor, participated for several years as part of the graduate Tijuana Service trip and served as the coordinator for graduate off-campus housing support over the past few months. Mariann also earned her Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego. Mariann has already transitioned into her new role.

On September 14, Elizabeth (Liz) Stephens, formerly a graduate assistant in the Center for Student Success, will begin serving as the interim Executive Assistant in the Office of Ethical Development and Restorative Practices. Liz is returning to San Diego with her, soon to be, husband. We are very excited that she will be joining our team. She brings great knowledge of USD and was a well respected member of her GA cohort. After leaving USD, Liz worked at Texas A&M University as the Student Engagement Coordinator. Please help me welcome her back!

Note that we have also been assisted by Lisa Banta who is helping as a temporary EA while we are in transition. She has been a wonderful support during this hectic time. Lisa worked most recently at Loyola Marymount University providing support for the Vice President/Dean of Students as well as other student affairs administrators.

Thank you to all who assisted with our interviews and selection of our new team.

Residential Life Update

Staffing Changes

Residential Life is excited to share recent staffing changes in our department. Brandon McCreary has been promoted to interim assistant director for administration. Scott Thomas has accepted a full time appointment as community director in Maher hall. Chelsea Kott ’09 has returned to USD to serve as community director in the Alcala Vista Apartments and Bernadette Smith has joined us as the community director for Missions A. We are also excited to welcome our newest graduate assistant Carrington Lemon, who is filling the role of assistant community director in the Vistas.

El Camino

This week will mark the launch of the El Camino pilot program. El Camino is a new gamification system that helps San Buenaventura residents track their involvement in campus events and monitor their learning related to the co-curricular learning outcomes. The system awards students points which unlock various buildings on a virtual campus map, and help them earn badges in each of the CCLO categories. The points that students earn by participating in co-curricular activities can be redeemed for access to special events and experiences which further their learning. The El Camino system is built into the student portal to make it quick and easy for students to access.

Student Life Area– Summer Recap

The Student Life Area was busy managing multiple programs, initiatives and projects. In the Student Leadership, Involvement and Changemaking area, projects included: Revision of the 2015-16 Fraternity and Sorority Guidelines; creation of the Leadership Coaching program, including 3 large group trainings and student registration, and planning of the 2nd Biannual Student Organizations Conference, scheduled for September 9th.

The UFMC worked diligently on the planning and coordination for two, large-scale OLÉ! Weekend! events: the First-Generation Student & Family Lunch and Belonging @ USD. They also worked to enhance the Language Matters initiative by creating a new poster campaign with USD students, faculty and staff, which will be launched throughout campus in October. In addition, the UFMC worked closely with Residential Life and the Office of Ethical Conduct and Restorative Practices to develop a new 6th week check-in with all nine LLCs. The UFMC also focused on the semester ahead by collaborating with various campus partners to develop a new T.H.I.N.K. Week Speaker and Discussion Series, Greater Than Yourself Retreat, #WhatsTrendingUSD, American Indian Meet & Greet, UC/SLP Open House, Link Peer Mentoring, CREW, and much more.

Hahn University Centers and Student Activities coordinated the development and marketing of the Into the Blue Welcome Week program, and advised Torero Program Board on their specific programs, especially a terrific Taste of TPB. In addition, in partnership with Facilities Management and University Design, UCSA continued renovations of the Hahn UC Forums and 2nd Floor Foyer area, and soon, the 1st floor foyer. The Emerging Leaders Course was also reimagined in collaboration with SOLES. Not to mention transition to a new Director, and the hiring of a part-time Operations Assistant to work in the evenings.

Our Divisional Communications area was also extremely busy this summer, creating 20+ videos and five digital media campaigns. In addition, Kenny planned and hosted the USD Facebook Workshop and SA Social Media Workshop! If you look at the screens in the UC and SLP, you probably noticed that we also transitioned to anew digital signage system.

Wellness Area– Summer Recap

The Wellness Area had an energetic summer and we are excited that the school year is off to a great start!  Below are a few great highlights and important announcements.

Campus Recreation had an amazing summer. Over 330 children in the community learned to be water safe and as always, our Employee Fitness Classes were a great hit. Additionally, sold-out Pre-O Outdoor Adventure trips offered our new USD students great opportunities for community connections and learning directly tied to the Student Affairs learning outcomes.  Finally, the whole Campus Recreation team had an opportunity to join OA on a retreat for their staff while making meaningful connections with students during a Pre-O trip to Laguna.

C.A.R.E. and the Women’s Center spent much of the summer prepping for the implementation of sexual violence prevention efforts.  Launching the C.A.R.E. Ambassadors program for faculty, training new C.A.R.E. Advocates, and engaging in a search process to hire a few more team members to help with this important work are just a few of the many highlights. 

The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion was very busy this summer enhancing the YOU ARE USD campaign, developing a new BE WELL program for Olé Weekend, engaging in planning for many great partnerships and programs with Residential Life, and working to enhance clinical services.  Please send students to CHWP to help engage the community in healthy lifestyles and specifically those who are looking for a recovery community.  Peer Educators wanted!

The Student Health Center implemented a universal immunization requirement for our student community in an effort to protect the health and well-being of our community.  This was an immense undertaking and a successful team effort.  Also, the team is very excited about welcoming new and returning students to campus.  When you have a chance checkout the new “Welcome” signs outside the SHC.  Soon the SHC will be prepping for flu season so plan on helping spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated.      

The Counseling Center is very excited about same and next day appointments.  Over the summer the CC team spent a great deal of time prepping for this new and convenient way to better serve students.  Please encourage students to go on-line and make a same or next day appointment by visiting the MyWellness Portal. The Counseling Center will also continue to support any urgent needs and consultations.  Please call the CC or walk a student over if you are working with a student who needs support right away.  The CC welcomes 5 new team members this year:

  • Laura Portner, Doctoral Intern
  • Stephanie Loftis, Doctoral Intern
  • Jonathan Kodet, Doctoral Intern
  • Beth Sullivan, Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow
  • Lesley Graves, Staff Psychologist

Please take the time to meet our new team members.  Many of our new team members will be out and about during 3rd week check-ins. 

The Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center stayed very active this summer supporting our summer school students.  Additionally, the team has come up with new processes to better support our students with documented disabilities. Due in part to the addition of new team member, Katelyn Martin, the DLDRC will be using enhanced technology this year. This summer also came with some challenges related to accessibility related to construction on campus.  Please know the DLDRC always wants to support if there is an accessibility concern on campus; please let facilities or the DLDRC know if you see something concerning.

The Wellness Area has also been working to ensure our full-time undergraduate and graduate students are informed about the Student Health Insurance Requirement. Through partnerships with various units across campus, including Student Accounts, the Law School, International Center and many others we have enhanced our communication strategy.

Overall 5,300 decision forms submitted and over 450 forms submitted by students that need insurance to enroll. A final reminder is being sent this week about the September 7th deadline and as you interact with students that might not have taken action, encourage them to visit to get their form submitted before the deadline!

Finally, Wellness is welcoming new Practicum Student Counselors and Graduate Assistants.  

  • Parissa Nili, Wellness Practicum Counselor
  • Mark Teles, Wellness Practicum Counselor
  • Paula Hoang, Center for Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Marus Carrington, Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures
  • Andrea Reyes, Women’s Center Graduate Assistant
  • Tamar Cassell, CARE Graduate Assistant

We are excited for the 2015-2016 academic year and looking forward to continued partnerships with you all to support our students’ wellness and success!

Strategic Initiatives and Programs Area- Summer Recap

Thank you for all of your hard work in finalizing the 2014-15 Annual Report! It is complete and posted on our website. Please take a moment to flip through it and note all that the division accomplished last year as well as all that we intend to accomplish in 2015-16. Each of the units received a hard copy as well. Special thanks to Kenny Eng and Kathleen Custodio for all of their work to make the report look fantastic!

Our website is also updated with the most current version of the Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes. Please use this as a reference for the learning outcomes and rubrics. You’ll also see information there about El Camino, we successfully launched the pilot with the 246 residents of San Buenaventura last night. On the El Camino page, you can read about the program and submit information about events that you’d like to add. Special thanks to Kathleen Custodio, Pat Marino, Kevin Melara, John Newhouse, and the San Buen RAs for all of their work in the successful launch of El Camino.

You can find the most current information about our strategic plan on our website, also thanks to Kathleen. Although you’ll see that some of the links are not active yet as we are waiting on some final information from the theme team leads, no pressure…

We would like to formally welcome our 2015-16 SASC Graduate Assistants and our new SASC Coordinator, Grace Bagunu. Please welcome our new and returning GAs!

Ariela Canizal Graduate Student Life
Marcus Carrigan Outdoor Adventures
Graham Davis Student Conduct/Restorative Justice
Ashley Gisiger Dean's Office - College of Arts & Sciences
Paula Hoang Center for Health & Wellness Promotion
Carrington Lemon Residential Life
Emmanuel (Manny) Molin Center for Student Success
Andrea Reyes Women's Center
Monica Schnapp SLIC - Fraternity & Sorority Life (PHC)
Teresa Ta SOLES Admissions and Outreach
Victoria Valdes SLIC - Fraternity & Sorority Life (IFC)
Geralyn Williams Center for Community Service-Learning
Lan Yang Center for Inclusion & Diversity
Jeffrey Cirillo Office of Sustainability
Sinai Cota SLIC - Leadership
Emily Davis SLIC - Student Activities
Crystal Knight United Front Multicultural Center
Marina Mantos United Front Multicultural Center
Martha (Melissa) Montoya Office of Sustainability
John Newhouse Residential Life
Spozmi Nouri SLIC  - Associated Students
Jillian Payne Center for Student Success
Maren Reisch SLIC - Involvement
Hahn UC/SLP Displays and MyPostings

This is just a friendly reminder that if you would like to post any flyers or videos on the Hahn UC/SLP digital displays, visit The displays are also running a ticker of upcoming events that is populated by MyPostings, so please be sure to post your events to, as well!

Instructions for posting to both systems are available on their respective websites.

Newsletter and SA List Serv Directory Updates

If there are any new additions or recent departures from your staff, please send those updates along with email addresses to Torero Life to have the SA Newsletter and SA List Serv directories updated for the upcoming year!

Shout Outs

Shout out to all OLE! Weekend faculty, staff, students and administrators for your audacious hospitality. Go USD Way! -Carmen M. Vazquez

Shout out to Jen, Kristie, Kenny, Andre, Scott and the Catering Team for their hard work preparing for a great student leader reception with President Harris! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to all of our staff who have helped train our student leaders in preparation for the 2015-16 academic year! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Kenny for being featured on the SDSU website for his Masters’ Thesis. -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Merrill Marker for her flexibility in working around Hahn UC flooring renovation projects. -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Jen Lee and Emily Davis for advising TPB on a great Taste of TPB! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to the UCSA Operations staff for managing a very busy opening weekend! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to the Torero Store for a fabulous first move-in weekend in their new location! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Res Life and the Welcome Team for an extremely successful opening! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Lexy McDermott for her first Olé! Weekend! Way to knock it out of the park! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Adan and Manda for assisting with the First Gen Luncheon, it was a full house! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to all the volunteers who helped work at the SIID Desk, and for Mike Dils for coordinating the volunteers. Thank you for demonstrating the USD Way! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to the UFMC Team for helping with the LGBTQ and Allies Welcome Shaved Ice Social and for Coordinating the Belonging at USD Sessions! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to all our SA Colleagues who shared the culture of care this weekend by lifting a box, managing a line, working behind the scenes, encouraging new students, offering someone a drink of water, conducting a presentation, walking students and families to their destination and so many other acts of kindness. Thank you for sharing our Culture of Care to the newest members of our community! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Mark, Kelly and the OA Team for all of the pre-o opportunities they facilitated! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Campus Recreation for providing great opportunities at “Choose Your Own Adventure” during Olé Weekend! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Josh Coyne, Adan Sanchez, Jen Lee, Marina Mantos, Crystal Knight, and Marie Minnick for facilitating the Belonging @ USD sessions to all LLCs during OLÉ! Weekend. -Mayte Perez-Franco

Shout out to Adan Sanchez, Crystal Knight, Manda Sayegh, Ryan Jumamil, and Cynthia Villis for helping our first-gen students feel welcome and coordinating the First-Generation Students and Family Luncheon during OLÉ Weekend. -Mayte Perez-Franco

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