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upcoming events

Last Day of Classes
Dec. 14

Finals Feeding Frenzy
Dec. 15, 5pm
Degehri Alumni Center Courtyard

President's Forum
Dec. 17, 1-2pm
Kroc IPJ Theatre

USD Christmas Celebration
Dec. 17
More info TBA

First Day of Intersession
Jan. 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Jan. 17, 2pm
Register here

All Faith Service
Jan. 28, 12:15pm
Shiley Theatre

Technology Showcase
Feb. 5, 12-4pm
Hahn UC Fourms

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Kaiser Rev Up Car
Dec. 11, 8-2pm
Outside of the Hahn UC

Employee Fitness Classes
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CHR@USD Events Calendar
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Message from VP Vazquez

Dear Student Affairs Team,

This week, like many other weeks, I read the passages from various religious traditions posted on the wall in the Kroc School of Peace and Justice. It seems to be fitting that they are posted on the wall of this school of peace and justice. As I read each one, I felt called to reflect and think deeply about how to be and live with one another in these virtuous and meaningful ways. During this season of advent, hope and light, I invite you to join me in reflecting and pondering the ways of being and living that encourage us to widen our embrace through, hospitality, solidarity and love.

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Wishing you, your family and loved ones, love, joy and peace, Happy Holidays!


All Faith Service

The All Faith Service will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in Shiley Theatre. The theme is "Care for Our Common Home" inspired by the recent letter of Pope Francis and the CST principle, Rights and Responsibilities. As in past years, participants include USD students and representatives of Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Native American faith traditions, who through scripture song, chant, dance and narration highlight their different beliefs.

Supervisor Training

Janice Evelyn, Director of Learning and Development, is preparing to send out a campus announcement for supervisor training available in the Spring semester. Please find attached the curriculum that she will be posting and share it with supervisors and managers within the division.

Curriculum document

NASPA Foundation Scholarships

The NASPA Foundation offers four $500.00 scholarships for graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral program in higher education, student affairs, or a related field to attend the NASPA Annual Conference. Learn more about the Jim Rhatigan Fellowship and apply by Feb. 12, 2016.

NASPA Region VI is also sponsoring four (4) $500 scholarships to attend The Placement Exchange in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 9 – 13, 2016. The scholarship will help to support graduate students within each sub-region of Region VI (Arizona, Hawaii, Northern California, and Southern California) with registration, lodging and travel expenses. This scholarship aims to support graduate students within their professional career. Click here to apply.

Presidential Inauguration Recap

Thank you to all who came out to support the week’s events and represent Student Affairs! It was a great week of celebrating President Harris that was capped off with an exciting win against SDSU Basketball at Petco Park! Check out the ceremony here.

Military Ally Program

Our Veteran’s Center is proud to announce the development of the Military Ally Program.

The Military Ally program was developed by Derek Abbey (USD) and Todd Kennedy (SDSU) to provide insight and awareness to staff and faculty on college campuses of the unique cultural and social background of the military community. Built from a similar program at CSU Long Beach, the Military Ally is based on the "safe zone" concept and generates a network of partners with which today’s military affiliated students can readily identify as understanding their diverse situations.

San Diego County is the most densely populated veteran and military community in the nation, which is paralleled on the college campuses in this region. The Military Ally program provides all levels of the University employees – senior leaders, administrators, faculty, student groups, etc. – with the necessary tools to understand, empathize with, and proctor the success of this large and diverse student body.

Consisting of a four hour seminar, Military Ally is presented by staff who work with military connected students daily, through slide presentations, interactive working groups, student panels, and audience participation to fully engage all learning styles. Participants walk away with a better understanding of not only the challenges military students may encounter while in school, but also the benefits of having this group on campus. Additionally, those who complete the seminar and who are brought into the Military Ally network receive a placard to place in their workspaces as a visible indicator that they are someone who understands this diverse group and values the various cultural communities on campus.

Two special sessions have been reserved for Student Affairs Staff Members. Seating is limited to 24 staff members. Participants must agree to stay for the entire four hours of the session. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP for one of the sessions below. Carmen has graciously agreed to provide lunch for these trainings.

Thurs. 12/17/15, 11 am-3 pm
Kroc IPJ, classroom E
RSVP here

Wed. 1/13/16, 10 am-2 pm
Hahn UC 128
RSVP here

Please bring and wear your USD Nametag.

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!

Christmas Dinner and Holiday Groceries

Annual Christmas Dinner
Pavilion Dining, Student Life Pavilion
December 10, 4:30 - 10pm
This special holiday meal is one meal plan swipe or $13.65 for unlimited access dining. From 5-9 pm Desserts will be available in Frank’s Lounge (get your hand stamped at Pavilion before going to Frank’s). There will also be free cookie decorating at the Torero Store (5-9 pm).

Winter Holiday Grocery Offer
Auxiliary Service’s partnership with US. Foods allows us to once again extend a special offer to the university community to order holiday grocery items at our cost. *You may order via the USD Torero Store website with a credit card. All orders must be placed in advance by Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Happy Holidays from Auxiliary Services!

Dell December Deal

Looking for a new PC? USD receives special deals from Dell during the holiday season for discounted computers. Check out some of the selections below!

Get $100 off select PCs and tablets $799 or more. Use coupon code L5XLVC48RQS3SH at checkout.
Inspiron 17 5000 Series $832.99. Expansive 17.3" laptop featuring Intel(r) processors, a DVD drive and a vibrant FHD display.
- 6th gen Intel(r) Core(tm) i5 processor
- Windows 10 Home
- 8GB memory & 1TB hard drive
- 13.3" LED Full HD Backlit touch display
- Offer valid 12/15/15 - 12/31/15

You're not too late for great gifts at great savings.
Inspiron 15 3000 Series (Intel(r)) $244.99
- Intel(r) Celeron(r) processor
- Windows 10 Home
- 4GB* memory* & 500GB* hard drive
- 15.6" HD display

Inspiron Desktop (Intel(r)) $421.39
- 4th gen Intel(r) Core(tm) i3 processor
- Windows 10 Home
- 8GB* memory* & 1TB* hard drive

Inspiron 15 5000 Series $499.99
- 4th gen Intel(r) Core(tm) i3 processor
- Windows 10 Home
- 6GB* memory* & 1TB* hard drive
- 15.6" HD display
- Free drone

*12/24 delivery when ordered by 12/22 at 3:00 pm EST on Limited to select order codes. Subject to available supply and payment confirmation. Customer must select next business day shipping in cart. Dell is not responsible for carrier errors or delays.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Adan Sanchez for your empathy and helping to support our students through a difficult situation. -Mayte Perez-Franco

Shout out to Kenny Eng for all of his help with the Inauguration week’s video edits and as well as marketing all the events. -Jen Lee

Shout out to Kristie Figone for her tireless support and help with Inauguration week. -Jen Lee

Shout out to Cynthia Avery, Marie Minnick, Jill D’Errico, Kathleen Thomas, Mariann Sanchez, Ariela Canizal and anyone else that came out to the Inauguration Week’s Day in CommUNITY service event. -Jen Lee

Shout out to Monica Schnapp for her help advising a TPB event on Sunday. -Jen Lee

Shout out to Ariela Canizal for all your work with Grad Law Wellness connect week. -Mariann Sanchez

Shout out to Jen Lee for representing, in an impactful manner, Student Affairs on the President’s transition and inauguration week events! -Carmen Vazquez

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the Woman of Impact. A special shout out to the Selection Committee and the Woman of Impact Planning Committee. -Carmen Vazquez

Shout out to Crystal Knight and the UFMC on a wonderful Multicultural Night! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to all of our staff members supporting our students and making space for discussions related to the protests, demands of the intersectional collective, those affected by the Yik Yak comments, etc. while holding personal tensions seeking balance. -Cynthia Avery

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