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October 2017

Women of Impact Award Nominations

The Women’s Center is now accepting nominations for the 20th annual Women of Impact Awards. Members of the university community are invited to nominate students, faculty, administrators, and staff who identify as women and have had a profound impact on the USD community through their work and connection with others.

A Woman of Impact is one who lives principles of social justice. Through their work, activities, and relationships they support others in finding voice, developing skills for transformation and understanding who they are called to be. Their community is not merely a place in which they exist; it is a place they actively improve.

All nominees will receive an invitation to attend the 20th Annual Women of Impact Luncheon on Thursday, November 30, where they will be honored as strong women exhibiting leadership and positively influencing the USD community.

A diverse group of USD community members will review the nominations and select one undergraduate student, one graduate student, one staff, one faculty, and one administrator to receive this year’s award.

The Women’s Center encourages you to participate in the tradition of honoring USD women by submitting a nomination. The nomination form can be found on the Women's Center website. Nominations are due by October 30.

Thank you for your support of this important tradition!

Healthy Masculinities

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! In Jackson Katz' TED talk he explores how domestic violence and sexual abuse are also men's issues. He calls for viewers to reframe gender violence issues and question how they impact all.

International Impact Award Nominations

The International Center is now accepting nominations for the 2017 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: Monday, October 23, 2017

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. (Self-nominations also accepted.)

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 13, 2017.

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

CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award

In 2007, the university formed the Community of Human Resources @ USD (CHR@USD) committee. The members of this committee work to create excitement and engagement for the diverse employees of USD by cultivating a culture of care through activities and programs that promote service leadership, rewards and recognition, and community outreach. One way we do this is with the CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award, presented each semester.

The objective of the Employee Recognition Award is to recognize role models by celebrating noteworthy accomplishments and support.  Nominees should exemplify the university’s core values as well as the Mission and 2024 Vision and promote excellence in advancing two or more of the following categories:

  • The USD Way
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Social Justice
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Community Outreach
  • Environmental Stewardship

The award provides cash awards of $250 for up to six deserving USD employees who go above and beyond their job responsibilities.  Additionally, employees nominated for a CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award are eligible for nomination for the Staff Employee of the Year and Administrator Employee of the Year awards.

Please take a few minutes to reflect on the many successes of our university and its employees.  Are there employees, peers or supervisors you would like to nominate?  Co-workers and supervisors alike may nominate deserving employees. The deadline for completing nominations and turning them into Human Resources is Monday, October 23rd.
For more information on this award, or to nominate someone, please visit the CHR website.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

We are fast approaching National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week coming up October 23-27.

This week provides an opportunity for discussions about alcohol and substance use, anxiety, depression and mental health that hopefully can extend far beyond the week. Please take a look at what is planned below and be a part of the conversation!

All week, join Campus Connections and Student Wellness Peer Educators as they #keepitreal by learning about a variety of protective behaviors and how to keep friends safe.

On Monday, October 23 at 12:30 PM, Campus Connections will be hosting a LIFE-sized game of LIFE in front of the UC, where you can test your knowledge of safe alcohol practices.

Then, on Tuesday, October 24, come by the UC Forums from 4-6 PM for a quick, 15-minute Mental Health Check-in with a Wellness Professional to see how you are doing! This is a great opportunity to reflect on mid-semester stress management as well as substance use. Free burritos and churros for participants!

Finally, come Treat yo' self on Thursday, October 25 from 7-9 PM in Frank's Lounge, where you'll find us decorating (and eating!) Halloween cookies, playing video games and more!

Thank you for helping us to spread the word about National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and for keeping the conversation going! #youareusd #ncaaw


Tech. and Comm. Corner

As we continue to develop our digital presence, it is important to spend time analyzing the effectiveness of those efforts. We are able to do this using built-in analytics that platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Salesforce provide at no cost for accounts. However, many professionals encounter common pitfalls when performing any kind of analysis on this data. In Mara Zepeda's article "Is What We're Doing Working? 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Measuring ROI", she argues the importance of 1) performing analysis on a regular basis, even if it is at a basic level, 2) using those metrics correctly to infer behaviors from that data, and 3) the importance of being specific with data. Zepeda notes that "the stark truth is while most offices are doing something they aren't sure if that something is providing value." Hopefully, these simple reminders will help you to better understand how your efforts are making an impact at USD.

Any additional questions or special training requests can be sent to Kenny Eng.


Shout-out to the International Center and STEP Residential Life Staff (Kevin Melara, Maria Villanueva, Scott Thomas, Mariana Ortega, and Carlos Cortés and all the RAs) for a very popular Study Abroad Fair in the Alcalá Vistas Apartments! -Luke LaCroix

Shout-out to Taylor Avery for compiling and sharing the Transfer Target X Outreach roster. - Luke LaCroix

Shout-out to Tess Nunn Eves and Amanda Puetz Taylor for their work in coordinating the collaborative and CCLO informed Student Development Workshop Series for RA, SA, and TSA student leaders. - Luke LaCroix

Shout-out to Tyler Crisman and Manda Sayegh for assisting with the most recent CD candidate process (and shout out to Joe Lasley for accepting the position). - Luke LaCroix

Shout-out to Kevin Melara and STEP/Upper Class RAs for facilitating apartment tours of San Buenaventura for students and their families as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend. - Luke LaCroix

Shout-out to Jen, Kalena, Caitlin and the entire TPB Team for a great job on the Big Blue Bash and tailgate! - Cynthia Avery

Want to recognize a colleague for their great work or general awesomeness? Submit a Shout-Out to Kenny Eng for the next Student Affairs Newsletter.

Upcoming USD Events

CHR@USD Events

Fall Break
Oct. 20
USD's Annual Employee Health and Retirement Fair
Oct. 19, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Hahn UC Forums
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
Oct. 23-27
Benefits 101
Oct. 26, 1-2 PM
MH 114
Oct. 24-25, 12:15 - 1:15 PM
Plaza Menor
2017 Benefits Open Enrollment
Oct. 27-Nov. 13 
Black is Beautiful Night
Oct. 25, 6 - 8 PM
Hahn UC Forum A
Open Enrollment Fitbit Competition
Oct. 27- Nov. 13
Divisional teams, 7 member team minimum
For non-Fitbit users, contact Michelle Rhode
Impact Career Fair
Oct. 26, 12 - 2 PM
Hahn UC Forums
Daily Group Walks
12:15 - 12:45 PM
Meet in front of the Immaculata
Women of Impact nominations due
Oct. 30
Learn more here
USD FIT Employee Fitness Classes
Click here
Empower Retreat Senior Facilitator applications due
Oct. 30
Learn more here
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Intersession web registration deadline
Oct. 30
Majors and Minors Fair
Nov. 2, 12 PM
Hahn UC Forum C
Twilight Retreat
Nov. 2, 5 - 6:30 PM
Founders Faculty Lounge (FH 114)
RSVP by Oct. 27
QPR Training
Nov. 7, 12 PM
Hahn UC 103
2017 Administrator and Supervisor Forum
Nov. 15 @ 1 PM and Nov. 16 @ 10 AM
KIPJ Theatre 
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