March 1, 2012
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Shout Outs!

Shout out to Ryan Bennett for helping with all facility concerns in the residence halls. You rock man! -Tony Quezada

Shout out to Sean and Krista Horrigan. Congrats on the new additions to your family! -Tony Quezada

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).

Social Innovation Challenge Presentations

Student Affairs is invited to attend the Phase 2 Presentations for the Social Innovation Challenge taking place from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Kroc IPJ, Room A/B on March 2, 2012. Each USD school will be represented in the 29 teams selected to present (51 applications were received). Students are proposing ideas such as remedying local homelessness, assuaging village conflict in Kenya, addressing excess waste caused by used tires in the United States, fueling entrepreneurship for women in Mali, Africa, and many more.

if you are interested in attending a presentation, please arrive at the time the group begins in order to avoid traffic in/out of the room during student presentations.

To see the full presentation schedule, click here.

Compassion Without Borders Essay Contest

USD students are invited submit an essay for the "Compassion Without Borders" essay contest sponsored by Public Affairs. Contest winners will receive a ticket to see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on April 18.

Students must submit an original essay, maximum of 500 words, and tell us what "Compassion Without Borders," the theme of the Dalai Lama’s historical San Diego visit, means as it relates to them personally.

Submissions are due by Monday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. Submissions should be emailed to

Winners will be notified on Monday, April 2.  Winning essays will be given to the Dalai Lama in a keepsake album presented to him from USD. 

Tickets issued to essay contest winners will be non-transferable and will be available for pick-up on April 17, 2012 between 12:00-4:00 p.m.  

For questions, please feel free to email or call Public Affairs at 619-260-4681.

Spring Break Fitness Classes for Employees

In hopes that next week's Spring Break schedule allows you to catch your breath and rejuvenate, Campus Recreation is offering the following group fitness classes.

  • M (3/5) Power Yoga, 12 - 12:55pm
  • Tu (3/6) Power Pilates, 12:30 -1:2pm
  • W (3/7) Yoga Sculpt, 12 - 12:55pm
  • Th (3/8) Power Yoga, 12:30 - 1:25pm

Classes are free to current Fit & Active/Fit into Spring members. Non-members may enjoy classes for $5/day or $10 for the week.

Register for the Spring Break fitness class(es) at select the desired class option from the "Programs" section.

To learn more about Campus Recreation's semester-long group fitness program options, visit

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Zackowski or 619-260-2530.

Link Peer Mentoring Applications Due

Students who are interested in learning valuable leadership experience and connecting with new USD students are encouraged to apply for the Link Peer Mentoring Program. The Link program assists first-year and transfer students from underrepresented and underserved populations with their college transition by pairing them with a peer mentor who provides guidance, support and resources.

Applications are due on March 2, 2012. For more information or to download an application click here:

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 - 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.

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Holiday Schedule

As you might have read in the email from Human Resources earlier this week, Dr. Lyons has approved the closure of USD during the Christmas holiday, starting December 24, 2012 - January 2, 2013. The Christmas Break is now permanently part of the University schedule.

The University observes a total of twelve (12) holidays (not including the Christmas Break) during the fiscal year. The holidays for the 2012-2013 fiscal year are listed below:

Independence Day - Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Labor Day - Monday, September 3, 2012
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 22, 2012
Friday after Thanksgiving - Friday, November 23, 2012
Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24, 2012
Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Christmas Break - Wednesday-Friday, December 26-30
New Year's Eve - Monday, December 31, 2012
New Year's Day - Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - Monday, January 21, 2013
Good Friday - Friday, March 29, 2013
Memorial Day - Monday, May 27, 2013
Floating Holiday Not Designated


CHR@USD Survey:
To help further future programs and events

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

  • 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!

Lessons from Ernie

Task: Answer the following quetions: How do you know you had a good day? What is your criteria? What are your rules for success?

Why? Because you can always have a good day based on the rules you set-up for yourself.

Please send any news or events for the upcoming week to Kenny Eng by Wednesdays at 12pm.


upcoming events

Women's History Month
Kick-Off Celebration

March 1, 12pm
Hahn UC Exhibit Hall

Safe Sun Campaign
March 1, 12pm
In front of the Hahn UC

Spring Break
March 5-9

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


For more event information, click here

Employee Development

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

DISCovering Self and Others
(1 of 4) 

Tuesday, March 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kroc IPJ-E
Please RSVP via e-mail to or call us at ext. 6619

New Employee Orientation 
Wednesday, March 7
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Please RSVP via e-mail to or call us at ext. 6619

Benefits Orientation 
Thursday, March 8, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Maher Hall, 112


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