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Nov. 26-27

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Dec. 9, 12pm
Salomon Hall

Kaiser Rev Up Car
Dec. 11, 8-2pm
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Thanksgiving Prayer

Residential Life Thanksgiving

Please remind any students who are staying on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday that there are activities all throughout Thanksgiving weekend. Many events are being hosted by Residential Life including their annual Thanksgiving Feast! Also, if students are travelling, please remind them to follow the holiday check out procedures!

Leadership Training

Do you know any students who want to save the world? Do your students have a passion for social justice and leadership or comics and super heroes? Empower your students to come learn how they can put their super powers to use at the Super Hero Leadership Training December 15 in Serra Hall 204! No experience necessary!

Student Staff Evaluation Tips!

As you know, student staff evaluations were distributed earlier this week. They are due to their next level supervisor by midnight, November 22nd. Please remember to complete FWS evaluations first, and send them to by the December 5 deadline. All other student evaluations must be completed prior to study day (December 15th)

When meeting with student employees:

  • Place the student at ease, for some this may be their first evaluation experience
  • Meet in a quiet, private location
  • Be positive, constructive and open to feedback
  • Explore differences in rating scores, and be sure to offer, and ask for specific examples
  • Spend quality time discussing their reflections
  • Encourage students to consider how they might apply skills they are learning to future employment opportunities
  • Offer suggestions for ongoing growth and development
  • Celebrate their accomplishments!
Continuing the Culture of Care

As a reminder the curriculum for two additional staff exercises located on the Student Affairs website.

You are encouraged to do each of these at upcoming staff meetings. One of the exercises is 15 minutes, and the other is 30 minutes. Additionally, if you need more "rocks" for your "Take what they need" container, please contact Kathleen.

Emergency Preparedness Trainings

The Department of Public Safety is hosting several trainings on emergency preparedness in the event of an active shooter on campus. These hour-long trainings will be every Tuesday in December until December 15. Public Safety is also available to conduct this training at large unit meetings! Please contact Captain Kawahara with any questions.

Humans of USD

My name is Monse, I am currently a junior at USD, Majoring in Music with a Voice Performance emphasis. I attend USD not only as a student but as a mother to my 7-month-old son (Jonathan) as well. I even attended USD during my months of pregnancy. Now as a new mother, I support myself and my son financially with my employment at Res-Life and in my spare time I attend Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority meetings as the Secretary.

My son and I currently live on campus in a single apartment unit, where my significant other Edgar (my son’s father) comes to babysit Jonathan when I work or attend classes. It is difficult to prioritize my studies and work but it is necessary and I want to finish my college goals. Although hard to believe, this is a high point in my life. I am happy to have a steady place to live, though temporary, a steady income and my wonderful son. I have no family nearby and only have my older brother and mother who live in Irvine/LA area.

In my previous years, I was homeless and lived in a group home because my mother was unable to support my brother and me financially and my father was struggling with a mental illness. There were times when I couch surfed or lived in a car. Even though I have a non-typical lifestyle I have found endless support and love here at USD. Whether it be my Res Life family, my sorority sisters, Torero Renaissance Scholars family, or my Music Department family, I know there is always someone I can turn to.

Reflection: In this season of Thanksgiving, who are the family members (biological or not) who you have to thank for supporting you during your time on Alcalá Park?

Shout Outs

Shout out to the entire Division of Student Affairs. Your talents and gifts are true blessings to the USD community and beyond. Happy Thanksgiving! -Carmen M. Vazquez

Shout out to the entire Residential Life team for their work with admissions on the Fall Open House residence Hall tours, with a special acknowledgment to John Newhouse and Scott Thomas for being present during the tours. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to the Restorative Justice Committee for generating the Torero Tuesday dialogues idea, to Tierney Trujillo for the program design, and to the Upperclass A/CDs and RAs for implementing this amazing event. Over 400 resident sophomore students were enaged in discussion and conversation around national and international issues. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to Candace Torrey for helping Residential Life stay organized as we work on our unit review. Her skills in writing and excel are much appreciated. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout out to Mariann Sanchez for her amazing work with graduate students. -Marie Minnick

Shout out to Barbara Zackowski and Kenny Eng for their work on the Student Employee Evaluation form. -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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