February 23, 2012
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NCORE Applications!

The Annual National Conference for Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

Each year, the UFMC and other University departments sponsor students to attend the conference. To learn more about NCORE, go to http://www.ncore.ou.edu/

All applications are due Friday, February 24 at 3 p.m. in SLP-418.
Click here to learn more and download your application to apply.

March of the Toreros and Changemaker Festival

Maher Hall to Institute for Peace and Justice
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

March of the Toreros shows our solidarity and commitment to diversity and inclusion issues at USD. The march leads to the USD Changemaker Festival where different campus organizations that are involved in the creation and promotion of peace and justice will be showcased. Various tables will focus on the ways in which they cultivate peace and justice in their community.

One of the tables will be dedicated specifically to events that pertain to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to San Diego, along with background information on His Holiness.

For more information about the USD Changemaker Hub, visit www.sandiego.edu/changemaker

This event is sponsored by USD Changemaker Hub, Associated Students and CASA (Center for Awareness Service and Action). 

Refer Students for T-Squad!

T-Squad is currently kicking off their recruitment process with a number of informational sessions. Informationals are mandatory meetings that interested students must attend in order to apply.

Applications are available only at the informationals and are due by March 15th at 5pm to Hahn UC 132.

Please refer students to attend one of the following remaining informational sessions:

Mon, Feb 27 - 1:00 p.m. - Hahn UC 103
Tues, Feb 28 - 12:30 p.m. - Hahn UC 128
Wed, Feb 29 - 11:30 a.m. - Hahn UC 107
Thurs, March 1 - 1:00 p.m.pm - Hahn UC Forum B
Wed, March 14 - 12:30 p.m. - Hahn UC 128

For additional information, visit the Torero Days T-Squad page and our Facebook Page.

Outdoor Adventures

OA is offering an exciting series of outings this semester. 

  • Easter Break, April 4-7, trip to Utah, visiting Bryce and Zion National Parks and also includes a day of mountain biking in red rock country.  This trip will return Saturday evening to allow for Easter celebrations at home or in San Diego. 
  • Registration deadline is March 14

Relay for Life
USD’s College Against Cancer club and Relay for Life executive board would like to invite you to this year’s third annual Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society.
USD Relay has helped administration, faculty, staff and students unite through a fun and powerful expression of faith in the fight against cancer and our determination to win. For 24 hours starting on March 30, at 6 p.m., we can all forget about our differences, our struggles, our pains, and come together for one common purpose that is much bigger than all of us: to fight back and save lives.

Who: YOU
What: FIGHT BACK against cancer, raise funds for research, and have fun
Where: Valley Field
When: March 30th at 6 p.m. to March 31st at 6 p.m.

Questions or concerns? E-mail usdrelay@gmail.com
To donate, start a team, or to join one, please visit USD’s official Relay page at: relayforlife.org/usdca

Expanding Your Horizons Conference

The Expanding Your Horizons Conference is a unique opportunity for girls in grades 6 through 10 to engage in hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) led by San Diego’s top scientists, engineers, and specialists. This unique event is designed to foster young girls’ enthusiasm for STEM careers, inform them of professions and opportunities, and encourage them to continue their studies in science and math to reach their goals and objectives.

This year, the conference will be on:
Saturday, March 3
8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

About 425 girls and 75 parents are participating on campus. There are 38 simultaneous workshops planned for this year, filling Shiley Center for Science and Technology, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, and labs in Loma Hall. USD faculty, students, and staff volunteer as well as about 125 other volunteers.  

Please pass on invitations to children of staff members and anyone else. More information can be found online at http://www.eyhsandiego.org.


CHR@USD Survey:
To help further future programs and events http://www.sandiego.edu/chr/survey.php

CHR@USD Employee Recognition nominations:
Due Friday, March 23, in Maher Hall

CHR@USD Cookbook:
Entries due Friday, March 23, and can be submitted online http://www.sandiego.edu/chr/cookbook.php

  • Each entry will be entered in to a raffle for a dinner for two at La Gran Terraza with wine pairing in April (date TBD). There's also a prize for the department with the most entries!

24 Hours for the Rest of Your Life
On February 10-11, Student Affairs, University Ministry, Career Services, and the Alumni Association sponsored the Senior Seminar.  Held twice each year, and marketed as “24 Hours for the Rest of Your Life” the Seminar included a reception and dinner with USD alumni followed by a lifeline activity in which the students are encouraged to identify transitions they’ve made in the past and challenges they’ve overcome. On Saturday, the focus shifted to vocation (what they know about their deepest passions and desires), discernment (how to make wise decisions), and meaningful work (strategies for finding it).  The event concluded with sessions on their hopes and fears for the rest of the academic year and a personal mission statement activity. 

The retreat facilitators included Cynthia Avery and Donald Godwin from Student Affairs, Emily Baxt from Career Services, Mark Peters and Michael Lovette-Colyer from University Ministry, and Erin Gunning from Alumni.

The learning outcomes for the seminar included:

  • Identify past transitions and the tools they utilized to be successful in those transitions.
  • Identify challenges of and fears about their upcoming transition.
  • Demonstrate a greater sense of peace about their upcoming semester and transition.
  • Identify current and future stressors and identify strategies for coping with those stresses.
  • Name campus resources where they can seek assistance and guidance (University Ministry, Financial Aid, Career Services, Student Affairs, Alumni Relations)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the methodology behind “wise decision making” and how they will apply it in future situations.
  • Develop a timeline for addressing their continual transition preparation for their final semester at USD

More information about the Senior Seminar is available online: http://www.sandiego.edu/um/retreats/senior_seminar.php

Lessons from Ernie

Task: Create a gratitude journal. Don't just write what you're thankful for, but feel the gratitude.

Shout Outs!

Shout Out to Emily Cunningham for rocking Fraternity Recruitment with IFC! This was by far the most organized and smooth recruitment in many years! 

Want to recognize a colleague for their great work or general awesomeness? Submit a Shout Out for the next SA Newsletter to Liberty Hebron (must be 150 characters or less and submitted before 5:00 p.m. every Tuesday).


Please send any news or events for the upcoming week to Alejandro Cervantes by Wednesdays at 12 p.m. to be included in this newsletter. Starting the week of March 5, all updates can be sent to Kenny Eng.


upcoming events

Sweet Celebration with the Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Every Wednesday
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Email cid@sandiego.edu for more information

For more event information, click here

Employee Development

CHR Monthly Walk 
Friday, February 24
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meet in front of the Immaculata

USD's Branded Customer Service
Tuesday, February 28
11:00 a.m.
Hahn UC 103AB
Please, RSVP via e-mail to USDtraining@sandiego.edu or call extension 6619

Administrator Performance Evaluations
Wednesday, February 29
1:00 p.m.
Salomon Hall
Please, RSVP via e-mail to USDtraining@sandiego.edu or call extension 6619

The Wisdom of Tibet: Understanding the Dalai Lama Movie Series: Featured Film -
"The Saltmen of Tibet"

Thursday, February 1
7:00 p.m.
Hahn UC 129

CHR Free Yoga
Friday, March 2
12:00 p.m.
Salomon Hall    


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Weekends @ USD
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chr@usd events

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

Thursdays at 11:30am
Facilities Lunchroom (Spanish)

Full Schedule