December 16, 2011
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Message from the President

Dear Students and Colleagues:

Using email to send this message is, I realize, akin to using the pony express to deliver mail! Nonetheless, I want to take more than 140 characters to wish you a blessed and joyful holiday season. Many of you are in the midst of taking or waiting anxiously for the results of exams; others are tackling mountains of papers that need reading and correcting those exams. You all have worked so hard this year, so I am pleased that you will enjoy a well-deserved break. My simple wish for you is that the spirit of Christmas and of the Festival of Lights infuses you with joy and hope.

The many images and symbols of the holiday season break through the darkness of winter and, for many, the darkness of their own lives. The Christ child whom we welcome at Christmas is the source of a great Light that continues to penetrate our world, offering us the greatest gift imaginable: His presence and love among us for all eternity.

As you enjoy the blessings of this season with your family and friends, I ask that you consider the brothers and sisters of our wider community who suffer great anxiety and deprivation. Your generous outreach to them—through material gifts, through prayer, through the witness to their suffering—can also be a source of great light, great hope, and great love.

May you experience an abundance of joy during the holidays and return to our university in 2012 refreshed and renewed!

Merry Christmas!

Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D.

Women of Impact Luncheon

Thank you to all who participated this year in honoring women of impact across campus! We recognized 64 incredible women.

The 2011 Women of Impact are:

Faculty – Dr. Perla Myers (Math)
Staff/Administrator – Maria Estrada (Registrar's Office)
Student – Justine Darling (Peace & Justice Studies)
Student – Eirene Rocha (International Relations)

2011 Faculty Nominees, with winner Dr. Perla Myers (second from left)

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

There is no better time to exercise and exemplify the university's core value of compassionate service like the holiday season. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, be sure to contact the Center for Service Learning or University Ministry. You can also participate in other community service programs offered through organizations like and San Diego Rescue Mission.

Holiday Gift Ideas—Hahn U.C. Ticket Office

Looking for stocking stuffer ideas for your family or a nice gift for your colleagues or student workers? Consider stopping by the UC Ticket Office to purchase reduced rate movie tickets, Sea World, or Zoo passes just to name a few. Spread the holiday cheer!

Ticket Office Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Mark your calendars! The annual San Diego Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: "Living the Dream. Let Freedom Ring" is here again! Join us on Sunday, January 15, 2012, and make this your year to march with USD. It is a family affair! Reserve your complimentary t-shirt now and join students, employees, parents, alumni, and friends for this annual parade and USD tradition.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • County Administration Building, Pacific Highway
  • Parade begins at 2 p.m.
  • Transportation is provided. Those participating in this fun tradition can meet at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Hahn University Center for a ride down to the parade or join us at 1:15 p.m. in the staging area at the County Administration Building

Then on Monday, January 16, at 7 p.m. wear your shirt to the USD Torero men's basketball game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Your USD Toreros will be taking on the BYU Cougars. Wear your shirt and show support!
It is a whole weekend of fun and USD tradition!

Register at

USD Cookbook - Coming Soon!

Starting in January, we will be asking all employees to submit their favorite family recipes to be considered for our USD Community Cookbook. Cookbook recipes will be divided by recipe category. Your submission can include recipes for appetizers, beverages, soups, salads, breads, main dishes and desserts.

Sponsored by Dining Services, from January - April we will be featuring appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts in La Gran Terraza. All of the menu items will be included in the cookbook. Our first Lunch N Learn will be held on January 11, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - featuring appetizers.

Take time during your holiday break to think of any recipes you would like to include. The recipe template forms will be available in the office of Human Resources starting next year. Please note that there is no guarantee that all recipes submitted will be included in the cookbook. All recipes will be due by March 30, 2012.

If you have any questions regarding the cookbook, please contact Nina Sciuto at ext. 2715 or Adriana Garcia at ext. 2718

Become a BACCHUS-Certified Peer Health Educator

Campus Connections and the Peer Education Nation are recruiting! This is an opportunity for students to enhance their resume, prepare for a pre-health degree, learn something new and help their friends. The training is on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Hahn UC 104 and students can pre-register by emailing



This will be the last edition of the Student Affairs Newsletter for 2011! Please look forward to the next edition during the last week of January 2012 and remember to send any news or events for that week to Alejandro Cervantes by Wednesday, January 25 at 12pm.


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chr@usd events

CHR Basketball Tailgate
Men's Basketball vs.
St. Mary's (Televised)
Jan 5, 6 p.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion

Free Yoga Classes
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Employee Bible Studies
Tuesdays at 12 p.m.
French Parlor, Founders Hall (English)

Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Facilities Lunchroom (Spanish)

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