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upcoming events

Black History Month Candlelight Vigil Honoring Black Lives Lost
Feb. 9, 7:15-8:15pm
Starting in Plaza Mayor

ITS Technology Showcase
Feb. 10, 12-4pm
Hahn UC Forums

"Hidden Figures" Movie Showing
Feb. 12, 4pm
Location TBA

Solidarity March with Immigrant and Muslim Students (Title TBD)
Feb. 15, 7:30pm
Plaza Mayor to Founders' East Patio

Men's Retreat
Feb. 17-19
Register here

Career Expo
Feb. 23
Hahn UC Forums

Grandparents Weekend
Feb. 24

Majors and Minors Fair
Feb. 28, 12:30pm
Serra Hall

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Staff Performance Evaluation Training
Feb. 15, 10-11:30am
Salomon Hall

Employee Fitness Classes
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CHR@USD Events Calendar
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Table of Contents
  • Student Affairs Student Awards
  • WASEA Nominations
  • Knowledge Community Resource Survey
  • Housing Sign-Ups Open
  • USD Selection Toolkit Updates
  • Just Read Contest
  • NASPA's Women in Student Affairs Recognition
  • Technology Showcase
  • Male Engagement at USD
  • President's Day Computer Deals from Dell
  • Tech. and Comm. Corner: Surprises in the Data
Student Affairs Student Awards

One of the great joys of our profession is taking the time to pause and reflect on the amazing students who brought sunshine to the darkest days, have led others through the darkness, contributed their gifts and talents to the USD community, and who are exemplary Toreros overall.  Please review the criteria and take time to nominate students for the awards and scholarships below:


  • Outstanding Service to the Entire Campus through their Involvement
  • Dr. Thomas J. Cosgrove Award for Outstanding Service in Student Government
  • Outstanding Service in University-Sponsored Activities
  • Outstanding Contribution to Multicultural Awareness and Understanding
  • St. Catherine Medal (selected in conjunction with University Ministry)
  • UCSLP Leadership, Spirit, and Service Awards (3 total)
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges


  • Boyce Merit Scholarship Award
  • Nielsen Family Scholarship
  • Bob Hope Leadership Scholarship

Click here to nominate students for Student Affairs-specific awards and scholarships.

You can review specific nomination criteria here. The nomination link is also available there. 
The nomination deadline is Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Custodio. We look forward to your nominations!

WASeA Nominations

The University of San Diego, as a member of the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators (WASEA), will once again be taking part in the Student Employee of the Year campaign. The Student Employment Center is seeking supervisor nominations of worthy student employees for the 2017 award.

Any USD student employee may be considered for nomination as long as that person has worked for the same supervisor for at least six months on a part-time basis or three months full-time. Awards are not limited to Federal Work-Study employees, but may also be submitted for students who are employed as Casual Workers. All of the nominees will be recognized on campus during National Student Employment Week (April 10-14, 2017).  USD’s Student Employee of the Year will be nominated by USD in the competition for the State of California Student Employee of the Year

Please complete one copy of the attached WASEA Nomination Form for Student Employee of the Year for each student that is nominated. Completed nomination forms must be received by the Student Employment Center (Hughes 313) no later than Friday, February 17, 2017. The student honored as the USD Student Employee of the Year will be selected in early March and announced at the Honors Convocation in May.

If you have questions or comments regarding this campaign, please email Anastasia Stabile.


Knowledge Community Resource Survey

The Knowledge Community Co-Conveners met recently to discuss the focus of our work for the spring semester. Each of the KCs will develop resources for the learning strategies and CCLOs. To do this most effectively, we would like your input on where we should focus first. Please take five minutes to share your thoughts here.

If you signed up to participate in a KC, you will be hearing from your co-convener shortly. If you would still like to sign up, please contact Margaret Leary.

Housing Sign-ups Open

Housing sign-ups are now open until the end of February! Please encourage students to consider living on campus for the next academic year. More information can be found on the Residential Life website.

USd SElection Toolkit Updates

The Student Affairs Recruitment and Selection Toolkit has been updated and is available to download on the VPSA website. If you have any questions, please contact Kathe Myrick.

Just Read Contest

The USD Just Read! Student Essay Contest Deadline has been extended to Friday, February 10, 2017.
The contest details are as listed:

Essay Topic & Rules
With a specific argument, consider a modern social challenge with direct relationships to issues raised by the content and/or context of Price of Thirst. Explain the central ethical concern related to this issue; outline the stakes of this issue, and consider who the primary stakeholders are. Finally, offer (at least) some general thoughts on how best to address and solve this issue. As part of your argument, the Price of Thirst should be discussed and cited directly. You may also cite outside sources, but it is not a requirement. Submissions may be individually or group authored.

  • Essay should be 1200-1500 words
  • Entries due: February 10, 2017 via an online submission form
  • Entries will be judged by select faculty and admin involved with USD Just Read!

Essay Prizes
1st Place- $400
2nd Place- $200
3rd Place- $100

Submit your essays here!

Naspa's Women in Student Affairs Recognition

Congratulations to Cynthia Avery who was recently nominated for NASPA's new Women in Student Affairs spotlight! Dr. Avery will be featured on NASPA's social media accounts in the coming days, so please check them out!

"Dr. Avery is the epitome of balance. She balances being a SSAO while being the mom to four young adults and being a CASA (court appointed special advocate) to four children in the foster system. We have never seen her take a day off, unless she is traveling to see a colleague accept an award or supporting a former student in the next endeavor. Dr. Avery strives to meet with staff outside of her office, often going to their spaces or meeting outside when the weather permits. She takes the time to say hello when walking in the halls and is always present at student events. Students often don’t realize that she is the AVP because of how accessible and personable she is."

To nominate someone for NASPA's Women in Student Affairs "Phenomenal Friday", click here.

Technology Showcase

Join Academic Technology Services for their annual Technology Showcase on February 10 from noon-4pm in the Hahn UC Forums. This is a great opportunity to see the various technologies that are being utilized around campus, as well as some interesting technologies that may be finding their way to campus soon! Be sure to stay for the raffle/scavenger hunt. Food will be provided.

Male Engagement at USD

National Geographic has an interesting article in its recent issue with an international lens on rites of passage and what it means to be a man. It's a longer read, although there are a lot sections that could be selected for discussion (as well as a great photo series throughout): The Many Ways Society Makes a Man.

Remember to send recommendations for the male engagement reference guide (articles, books, videos) to Sarah Borger at

President's Day Computer Deals from Dell

President's Day deals are coming up soon and this year we have more deals and more days that are available to you!

Dell brings you 12 Days of Deals for Presidents Day and attached are some of the ones we are most excited about.

  • February 9-22: We will have deals that live for the entire 12 days!
  • February 9-10: You will have exclusive EARLY ACCESS to our President's Day Doorbusters starting daily at 11am EST.
  • February 13-15: You get another chance for exclusive EARLY ACCESS doorbusters at 11am EST in case you missed it the first round.
  • February 16-17: Missed it again??? You get one more chance at doorbusters starting at 11am EST.
  • February 20: And FINALLY, we will have 3 hours of doorbusters running from 8am-9pm EST.

This is your chance to get laptops starting at $129.99 and Dell's Inspiron Small Desktop at its lowest price ever $249. The flyer attached has highlighted just some of the great deals and the times they will be available.

Tech. and Comm. Corner: Surprises in the Data

In this article, Michael Stoner explores surprising insights as to what social media experts and marketers in higher educaiton might classify as "no-brainers" when it comes to content on higher-ed websites, namely that students may not want to see rich media like videos. He makes the argument that ancedotal evidence associated with consumption habits in a student's personal life (e.g. following YouTube accounts) does not necessarily translate outside of that. Surprising data shows that students would much rather have text, articles, and photos that give a more polished sense of the university, though they will often watch videos that are well-executed and presented. Also, official social media sites play an important role in an external audience's understanding of the culture on campus in a more informal sense.

The key takeaways here are 1) to continue to present only the most important information on your websites in easily digestable and accessible content pieces to your audience on the front page, while 2) simulatenously using social media to bolster your community engagement with more rich media.

Click here to read the full article

Shout Outs

Shout out to Kathleen Custodio, Jill D'Errico, Tessa Opperman, Candace Torrey, Dr. Melissa Halter, Chelsea Kott, Margaret Leary, Stephanie Lynch, Ariela Canizal, and Andrea Reyes on your nominations for the 2016-2017 USD Women of Impact Award! -Carmen M. Vazquez

Shout out to Kathleen Custodio for helping with a student employment issue over Intersession. -Kenny Eng

Shout out to Manda, Rama, Madeline, the Involvement Consultants and everyone else associated with this semester's great Alcala Bazaar! -Kenny Eng

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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