November 3, 2011
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Student Open Forum: Imagining the Core - Instant Design

November 29, 2011, 12:30 – 2 p.m. in UC Forum A

USD is beginning a process of rethinking our Core Curriculum. What are its shortcomings? Its strengths? How can it be improved? As students, you are in the position to provide important answers to these questions, and to shape the future of USD. Come share your views on the existing Core, and learn about possible new models. Take part in an exercise in "instant design" – in which you will get a chance to design the Core that you would like to see at USD. Moderators are Allison Wiese and Daniel Lopez-Perez (Art, Architecture and Art History).

Please encourage students to attend this important forum. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here by November 25th or by calling the CEE at (619) 260-7402 or e-mailing Priority to students, but faculty are also welcome.

Human Resources Development Opportunities and Events

Human Resources is pleased to share the November Human Resources development opportunities and events with you.

Learning Opportunities:

  • 2011 Administrator and Supervisor Forum
  • USD Branded Customer Service
  • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop
  • USD Mail Center: Tips and Techniques for Successful Mailings
  • Expense Reimbursement Training

HR Events:

  • USD Service Awards
  • CHR Free Yoga
  • CHR Monthly Walk
  • Employee Bingo

Just a quick reminder for all benefit-based faculty, staff and administrators, Open Enrollment is here! This year's Open Enrollment period will be from Tuesday, November 1, through Friday, November 18, 2011.

To find dates, room locations and additional information about program offerings, please visit the HR Calendar and our Training and Development Catalog at

To RSVP for a workshop please e-mail us at or call Karey Jacques at ext. 6619.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Essay Contest

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" is an account of the relationship between "Henrietta Lacks" the person and "HeLa cells" the cultured cell line derived from her cancer. This story offers much worth examination, including but not limited to its social, historical, ethical, educational, scientific and spiritual dimensions. Choose one or more of these dimensions as the focus of your discussion, identify the most compelling question(s) raised within it or them concerning the story of Henrietta Lacks, her cells, and her legacy, and justify your position.

You may reflect and write about this book directly, or use it as a springboard into a discussion of a current or recurrent related dilemma.
Your essay should be 1200-1500 words. You may cite outside sources, but it is not a requirement. The winning essay on this campus will be submitted for consideration in the regional competition, which will include essays from students at UCSD, SDSU, USD, CAL STATE SAN MARCOS, POINT LOMA NAZARENE, and GROSSMONT COLLEGE.

A. Submit by e-mail to:
B. Entries Due: December 16, 2011
C. Cash Prizes for First Place - $300.00 - Second Place - $150.00 - and Third Place - $50.00

Wireless Network During Founder's Gala

Just a reminder, our wireless network (usd/usdsecure) will be turned off in the UC and SLP on Saturday, November 5th from 12:01am to 11:59pm. This is by request from the Founder's Gala organizers, who have a vendor bringing their own wireless equipment in and fear interference. During this time, people in the UC/SLP will be unable to use any of our wireless networks (usd/usdsecure/usdguest).

Since ITS cannot guarantee service, they will be requesting students find other areas to study on Saturday. The ITS Help Desk will be posting an alert on our website and Facebook pages about the outage. If you have an area where students often congregate to study (UF, etc) please let Mark Zocher know and he can send you a flyer that you can post.

Residential Life Update

Happy November from Residential Life! The new month marks the end of an exciting week of programming for our department and the residents, much of it surrounding the Halloween season. Highlighted below are two such programs.

Last Wednesday, Manchester Village held their weekly “Weiner Wednesday”, but with a spooky twist. Residents had the opportunity to make smores while taking turns walking the Haunted Trail! Approximately 75 students came out to brave the path that featured four ghostly residents of old, several different masked and frightening creatures, and an appearance from Freddy Krueger. Boo!

Last Friday, the Torero Program Board worked with the Vistas’ RAs and RHA to put together a Pumpkin Carving and Smore’s event for the sophomore class.  Over 130 people came out to carve pumpkins (some for the first time!) and roast smores, with the most residents coming from Laguna, as the “Killer Wales” began their comeback in the Vistas House Cup!

Thanksgiving Break Celebration and Special Invitation

Residential Life would like to extend an invitation for any students who will be staying on campus for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Rosy Mancillas Lopez, one of the resident ministers and RA John Cutter will be hosting this festive meal (with all the trimmings) on Thursday, November 24th at 1:00pm in the Mission Crossroads Lounge. Please RSVP by Monday November 21 @ 3:00pm with Janice Blanton at or 619.767.3700 if any resident students would like to attend the dinner.

Mission Crossroads will be open Thursday from 11:00 – 3:00pm with "Football Munchies" to enjoy while watching all the games!

Please send any news or events for the upcoming week to Kenny Eng by Wednesdays at 12pm to be included in this newsletter.


upcoming events

Service Recognition Lunch
Nov. 9, 11:30am
Hahn UC Forums

Administrator and Supervisor Forum
Nov. 14, 2pm
KIPJ Theater

Nov. 15, 9am
KIPJ Theater

Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 24-25

Imagining the Core- Open Forum
Nov. 29 , 12:30pm
Hahn UC Forum A

For more event information, click here


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Weekends @ USD
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chr@usd events

Nominations for CHR Award Due
Oct. 28
More info here

Free Yoga Classes

Employee Bible Studies
Tuesdays at 12pm
French Parlor, Founders Hall (English)

Thursdays at 11:30am
Facilities Lunchroom (Spanish)

Full Schedule