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upcoming events

Administrator and Supervisor Forums
Nov. 18, 10-11:30am
KIPJ Theatre
Nov. 19, 2-3pm
KIPJ Theatre

Thanksgiving Diner
Nov. 18, 4:30-9:30pm
SLP Dining

December 1
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CHR Fall Social
Nov. 13, 10am
MH 101

Supervisor Forums
Nov. 18, 10 - 11:30am
Nov. 19, 2 - 3pm
KIPJ Theatre

Employee Fitness Classes
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is #GivingTuesday, where people around the world come together for one common purpose - to celebrate generosity and to give back. It’s a simple idea. USD has designated December 1 as #ToreroTuesday, to celebrate USD and welcome the arrival of our new president, Dr. James T. Harris, III! Everyone is invited to participate in this special day. For more information, contact Jen Lee.

Learn more here!

Take What They Need Campaign

Today, your office should have received a container to support the Take What They Need Campaign. The Take What They Need Campaign is one of two ongoing initiatives designed to continue our students’ reflection on the USD Way/Culture of Care Training, and to continue to grow their empathy. The second initiative is the weekly Humans of Student Affairs Email and reflection question.

Empathy can be developed with practice. This campaign prompts our student staff members to focus on others, during a time in U.S. culture when Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook pressures them to focus on themselves.  Please help encourage our student staff to move beyond themselves by turning their lens outward toward others and placing themselves in another person’s circumstances.

Flu Shots

Flu season is here and now is the time to get your flu shot! It takes about two weeks for the body to build up immunity against the virus, so you want to be protected before holiday travels begin. Everyone over six months old should get vaccinated. And yes, you do need a flu shot every year. This vaccine is expected to be more effective than last season’s.

While the flu, the fever, chills, coughing, and body aches that come with it can keep you out of class for a week or longer, for some, it can also be deadly. Last flu season, 146 children and up to 40,000 adults lost their lives to the illness. When you get the flu shot, you not only protect yourself, but you’re helping to protect your little nieces and nephews and your grandparents, who are most vulnerable.

The SHC was able to give over 800 free flu shots to students who took advantage of this limited free supply! Fortunately, we still have plenty of flu vaccine available for only $20 for students, staff and faculty (still free for those with the Student Health Insurance Aetna plan).

Myths & Truth about Flu

"Spelling Bee" Tickets

Please join us for a special presentation of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" by Rachel Sheinkin, words and music by William Finn. This special performance will take place on November 20 at 7:30pm in the Studio Theatre.

Employees can purchase discounted tickets using this link and the promo code CHR (all caps). This promo code is only good for the November 20 performance. CHR will also be hosting a reception in the French Parlor before the show. Please spread the word!

Zero Waste Events

The Office of Sustainability would like to encourage students and staff to participate in making their various campus events a zero waste event. To accomplish zero waste is to divert 90% of trash away from the landfill. On campus, we have the means to divert our trash and sort them into recycling and on-site composting.

Our goal is to have campus leaders who are interested in facilitating a zero waste event to contact the Office of Sustainability Zero Waste Intern Erin Sommer who is tasked with educating others on how to be waste free.

QPR Training

If you haven’t had a chance to join us for a Suicide Prevention Training yet, now is your chance! The next QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training session is coming up on Tuesday, November 17 at 12:15pm in Hahn UC 103.

If you have ever been worried about someone you care about or wonder if a friend or loved one might be considering thoughts of suicide, this training is for you. You will learn how to spot early warning signs, how to begin a conversation with someone who may be struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse and also how make a referral to the counseling center.

Take some time to learn how you can be a resource for someone else, what questions to ask someone who might be thinking about suicide.

Register now or visit You are USD for more information.

Humans of Student affairs: MEET JENNIFER, A VETERAN!

My name is Jennifer and I am currently a sophomore and working on my bachelor’s degree in business economics. Prior to transferring over to the University of San Diego, I served five years in the United States Navy. I am originally from Los Lunas, New Mexico. My job in the Navy was an engineman. I served my time overseas in Japan, and later ended up here in San Diego, where I focused on my higher education while on active duty. During that, time my family grew. I got married and had a daughter. While coming to the end of my enlistment, I was accepted into The University of San Diego and ready to start the next chapter in my life.

My transition into civilian life from military life was like no other, and I will admit that I struggled greatly. During this, time my husband was overseas and I was trying to balance my time as a full time student and a full time mommy. I questioned if I was really ready for the full college experience with balancing my time at home, and being far away from my family. I found it difficult to relate with others and express what I was going through. I felt our lives seemed very different and I had too much pride to admit my struggles. I came across a few other veterans and realized that the feelings were mutual with dealing with the transition from military to civilian life. For me, the Veterans Center was that crutch that I needed for me to open up. School started becoming more enjoyable to me, as I began to branch out. I feel in the end, that those experiences helped me become a stronger person. I still encounter hard times, but I know now that I have support from my peers, staff, and family. I am currently working in Student Affairs as well as the Veterans Center, where I would like to reach out and help others as staff and students have done for me.

Reflection Question: This week, as we honor our veterans, let us consider all that their experiences might teach us about life.  How do we ensure we are including them in our classroom discussions, student organizations, etc.?

Upcoming Auxiliary Services events

1st Annual USD Fashion Show
USD Torero Store, Hahn University Center
November 17, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Stop by the USD Torero Store for a fashion show! See the latest Torero fashions modeled by USD students! Enjoy a free light lunch and prize giveaways.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Pavilion Dining, Student Life Pavilion
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Don’t miss the USD tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner with your Torero family. A vegan menu will also be available. 1 meal plan swipe or $13.65 at the door.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Marina Mantos and Crystal Knight for presenting "#What'sTrendingUSD: A proactive structure to engage in community dialogue about sociopolitical issues affecting the student experience" at the NASPA Western Regional Conference. -Mayté Pérez-Franco

Shout out to Tierney Trujillo and Chelsea Kott for handing some difficult on call situations with great care and attentiveness to our residents and their needs. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to Scott Thomas for doing a great job with Maher social media, and initiating a collaborative training and conversation for all the staff with UR. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to Bernadette Smith for doing a great job with the Res Life Rick birthday party, an event that showcased and appreciated our RA and Hall Council student leaders. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to Cynthia Avery, Janice Evelyn, Amanda Puetz, and Michelle Rohde for developing and implementing the student staff “Culture of Care” Training (includes both the USD Way and Expanding Empathy Training) for Student Affairs student staff. -Carmen M. Vazquez

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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