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upcoming events

Big Blue Bash
Oct. 7, 6-10pm
Torero Way

Homecoming and Family Weekend
Oct. 7-9

President Harris' Fireside Chat
Oct. 10, 3-4pm
In front of Tu Mercado

Employee Health and Retirement Fair
Oct. 20, 10:30am-1pm
Hahn UC Forums

Faculty and Staff Twilight Retreat
Oct. 20, 5-7:30pm
DAC 112-113
RSVP by Oct. 17

Apple Fest
Oct. 25, 11:30am-1:30pm
SLP Plaza Mayor

Mulvaney Center CASA Fall Fest
Oct. 27, 2:30-6pm
Bayside Community Center
Register to volunteer here

Health Care Open Enrollment Begins
Oct. 28-Nov. 14

Majors and Minors Fair
Nov. 1, 12:30-2pm
In front of the Hahn UC

For more events, visit the Torero Life Website


Student Affairs Newsletter Archive
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Wellness Group Meetings
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University Ministry Events
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Student Affairs Department Newsletters

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Football Tailgate: USD vs. Valpo
Oct. 22, 11:30am-1pm
Eagan Plaza

Employee Fitness Classes
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CHR@USD Events Calendar
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Check out the Being Well @ USD Website here

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Human Resources Workshops

Human Resources is excited to announce the fall schedule for their recurring workshop opportunities, which allows supervisors to engage, motivate, manage, and work effectively with people while also handling necessary administrative tasks. These workshops will provide essential learning and development opportunities to prepare new (and existing) supervisors for success when managing individuals, teams, and groups. All workshops are intentionally linked to support USD’s mission, values, and goals.
All supervisors and managers (regardless of experience level) may benefit from the selection of workshops. New USD supervisors and managers and recently promoted supervisors and managers are strongly encouraged to attend these sessions within the first year of their new position. Employees who are not supervisors or managers are welcome as well per the discretion of their own supervisor.

For additional information, course descriptions, and to register, please visit USD’s Trainings and Workshop site. Please note that capacity for various offerings may vary, depending on topic and location. For a flyer of the Fall 2016 USD Manager and Supervisor Training schedule, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact the HR Learning and Development team at    

Flu Vaccinations Coming Soon

Did you know it takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for immunity and protection to set in?  Please encourage students to get their flu shot this October at one of our free flu clinics.

October 26-28
Plaza Menor
*Vaccinations for faculty and staff- $20

Male Engagement and Healthy Masculinities

Earlier this year, NASPA published a comprehensive post titled Finding Common Purpose in the Discussion on Authentic Masculinity. The post provides a helpful overview as to how the work of male engagement and healthy masculinities applies to our roles as student affairs professionals, and also links to a lot of important studies in the field related to the topic.

We also encourage folks to save the date for the evening of Monday, November 14: campus partners are coming together to host a film screening and panel discussion related to masculinity and empathy. More details to come!

If you are interested in contributing knowledge or information regarding male engagement on college campuses for this space or other opportunities, please contact Sarah Borger at

Matthew 25 Award Nominations

The Matthew 25 Award is presented to a USD student (as well as other students) by Catholic Charities at the annual Matthew 25 Banquet.

This award is intended to honor a student who "exemplifies Christ's ministry to those in need."  Please submit a brief nomination of students who meet this description to Michael Lovette-Colyer by the deadline on October 25 at 5pm.

International Impact Award

The International Center is now accepting nominations for the 2016 International Impact Award. This award, open to both full-time faculty and administration/staff, is for recognition of sustained and deep contributions to promote global understanding through work and connections with others; commitment to internationalization; innovative, substantial and/or continuous contributions to USD's international education goals. 

Deadline for nominations is October 12, 2016.

This is an opportunity for the USD campus community to nominate their colleagues and recognize their individual achievements and contributions toward global education at USD.

The International Center Advisory Committee members will review the nominations and select an awardee. The recipient will be announced during International Education Week, the week of November 14, 2016.

The nomination form can be found on the International Center website.

Every one Counts

As many of your know, we as a community have been working hard to increase awareness about mental health and suicide prevention across campus. As part of this ongoing initiative, we offer regular suicide prevention trainings, which are open to students, faculty and staff. 

This semester, USD is participating in a nationwide challenge - the Every One Counts Suicide Prevention Challenge - led by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) to increase the number of trained students, faculty, and staff in universities from coast to coast and we need your help! 

Whether you have or have not yet attended a QPR training, taken Kognito: At Risk, or are ready to re-certify in order to refresh your skills, REGISTER HERE TODAY and help USD become one of the most highly trained campuses in the nation! 

QPR (question, persuade, refer) Suicide Prevention Training is a one-hour in-person session that covers warning signs of suicide, how to ask someone if they are considering taking their own life, and how to refer them to the resources they need for help. 

Kognito: At Risk is an online, interactive, and self-guided suicide prevention program that allows you to learn about warning signs and resources at your own pace. 

There are three categories that will be judged to win:

  1. Highest Percentage In Person Suicide Prevention Trainings Attended
  2. Highest Percentage Online Trainings Completed
  3. Highest Percentage combination In-Person and Online Trainings

Every one person who is trained in Suicide Prevention has the potential to save a life - join the Every One Counts Challenge today!

Mental health Check Ins

It's that time of year again to show yourself some love! As many of you know, every semester Student Wellness and Associated Students come together to help make sure that each of us is taking the time to care for ourselves and each other.

Come by the Hahn UC forums for a quick 15-minute Mental Health Check-in with a Wellness Professional on Wednesday, October 26 from 4-6 pm to see how you are doing or encourage someone you know who might need a little boost to swing by. We will be in around all afternoon with free burritos, churros and lots of great information on stress, sleep, anxiety, depression, alcohol-use, self-care and more! 

We also invite you to check out the other great events happening for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week by visiting the You are USD website.

Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life Update

USD Colleges Against Cancer is off to a great start building a strong team to plan our annual Relay for Life event. We added five new team members over the summer, and welcomed five more following our outreach at the Alcala Bazaar. We are also very excited to add a volunteer group this year to help students with limited schedules get involved with cancer advocacy and outreach. We held our first team training where we collaborated to connect the mission of the American Cancer Society with the values of the University, and continue to build a strong connection between students of different backgrounds, majors, and years towards an important cause.

Our team is meeting with a variety of student organizations over the next few weeks to raise awareness and excitement about our cornerstone event of the fall semester: Relay for Life Kick-Off on October 18 from 5-9pm at Plaza Mayor. There will be opportunities to register teams, a photo booth, music, craft tables, and an opportunity to win prizes through a raffle! As we continue to get excited about fun events, we need you: please refer any students interested in service or leadership opportunities our way. Students can email us at for more information about how to get involved. Our events are not just for students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to come out and support our FUNdraisers as we come together as a community to celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer!

Lung Force Walk

Join the University of San Diego's Office of Sustainability for our annual 5K Lung Force Walk on Saturday, November 12. Grab your closest friends and enjoy a morning walk or run along the beautiful San Diego Embarcadero as we partner with the American Lung Association to build awareness around Lung Cancer and clean air.

Registration is FREE for the University of San Diego and all walkers will receive a complimentary t-shirt and trolley pass for the day. Click here for more information on the walk. Register here by November 4. Staff and faculty are encouraged to participate!

 *For those unable to physically attend, please consider joining our team as a virtual walker. 

Fundraising is optional for participants. Those who choose to participate in fundraising efforts and raise over $100.00 by November 4th will be entered into the Office of Sustainability's raffle for giveaways. 

Careers in Student Affairs Month

October is Careers in Student Affairs Month. It is an opportunity to reflect on our individual journeys and the experiences that have led us to work in higher education. During the next month, we are reminded to consider ways to promote our own continued professional learning and invited to share our passion for working in higher education with our students. There are three simple ways to participate in CSAM 2016:

  1. Student Affairs Photo Challenge: Celebrate our profession, our students, and the amazing work we do by participating in the Student Affairs photo challenge. Simply take a photo of what inspires you about your work and submit it here or send to Submit as many inspirational photos as you want during the month of October. A photo collage will be shared in the November SA Newsletter.
  2. Student Affairs Purpose and Passion: Share three words or phrases that express your purpose and passion for working in student affairs and higher education. Results will be anonymously shared in the November SA Newsletter. Click here to submit.
  3. "ASK ME ABOUT MY JOB" buttons: Invite our students to think about a career in higher education by wearing an "Ask me about my job" button during the month of October. It's a great way to share your career and vocation with our students. Buttons can be requested by e-mailing Feel free to request enough for your office; supplies are limited.
Ticket Office Update

The University Center Ticket Office is now selling discounted tickets online to Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Visit our website for more information. You can also find discounted tickets to other Southern California attractions, movie tickets, and public transportation. 

The Ticket Office regrets to inform our campus community that we are no longer able to sell Disneyland tickets effective September 15, 2016. This was a change in policy initiated by Disney and impacted universities across Southern California including USD.

Beginner's Guide to Social Media Analytics

With the ever increasing emphasis on using social media to reach students, understanding analytics data from platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube has become just as important. In order to plan our social media engagement more strategically, here is a brief overview of how to use analytic data in order to inform the maintenance of sustainable social media accounts.

Google and USD's Salesforce platform also provide analytics data for website traffic, event tracking and email engagement, and this guide can be used to better understand the behavior of students through those platforms.

If you have any questions about analytics, please contact Kenny Eng.

Marketing Resources

With one month of the semester already behind us, we would like to remind you of all the fantastic marketing resources available for your events and news updates including:

  • Social media campaigns
  • MySDMobile app push notifications
  • Banner and flyer creation (more info)
  • Bulletin board and kiosk postings around campus (more info)
  • Torero Org flyer postings (email for more info)
  • Blue Buzz weekly email to undergraduate students
  • Grad Life Connect weekly email to graduate and law students
  • MyPostings (more info)
  • Digital display screens (more info)
  • Marquee signs (more info)

If you have any questions about these resources, please contact Kenny Eng or visit the Creative Zone in SLP 302!

Correction: USD Dining Ranking Announced

Correction: USD Dining has been ranked (#17) in Princeton Review's Best Campus Food (2017). Congratulations to everyone in Auxiliary Services! Learn more about the Best Campus Food rankings here.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Madeline Kreig, Rama Sabano, Adan Sanchez, Ariela Canizal, and Amber Williams for being a part of the Student Org Conference Planning Committee. Thank you for your collective brainstorming, preparation and problem solving to help coordinate the conference. -Manda Sayegh

Shout out to Adan Sanchez, Amber Williams, Ariela Canizal, Aubrie Cook, Jen Lee, Jill D'Errico, Josh Coyne, Kalena Michalec, Madeline Kreig, Monica Schnapp, Novien Yarber, Rama Sabano, and Victoria Valdes for volunteering during the Student Org Conference. It truly takes a village and I am so appreciative of all of your support! -Manda Sayegh

Shout out to Margaret Leary, Ariela Canizal, Josh Coyne, Edmon Rubi, Monica Schnapp, Kenny Eng, Victoria Valdes, Annie Guanciale, Jen Lee, Rama Sabano, and Madeline Kreig for presenting during the Student Org Conference and helping to prepare our student organization leaders for a successful year! -Manda Sayegh

Shout out to Josh and Novien for advising AS Fall Elections with a record setting turn out- 400 voters among first-year students! -Mandy Womack

Shout out to Kathleen Custodio for your patience and expertise in helping me to convert a .pdf file to Word so I didn't have to retype the entire 5 page document! -Kathe Myrick

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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