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upcoming events

Faculty/Staff Prayer Breakfast
Mar. 24, 7:15am
La Gran Terraza

Mental Health Screenings
Mar. 24, 4pm
Hahn UC 103

Event Management System (EMS) Training
Mar. 27, 12pm
MH 114

Conversations with Carmen
Mar. 27, 1pm
Outside Tu Mercado

UFMC Formal
Mar. 28, 8pm
Westin Gaslamp Quarter

Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Apr. 7-11

Student Affairs Collaborative Meeting Schedule
Mar 26, 3:30pm
Hahn UC 107

Apr 16, 2:30pm
Salomon Hall

May 21, 3:30pm
Hahn UC 107

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employee development

Creating a Culture of Connection: Engaging Men in the Campus Community
March 21, 12pm
Hahn UC 128


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Yoga Fusion
1st and 3rd Friday of the month 12:30-1:25pm
Mission Fitness Center

Total Body Conditioning
Every Wednesday
Mission Fitness Center

Spring CHR Award Nominations Due
Apr. 4
Nomination form

Employee Bingo Schedule
Apr. 16, 12-1pm
Hahn UC 128

May 14, 12-1pm
Hahn UC 107

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Creating a Culture of Connection: Engaging Men in the Campus Community

Please join us to hear from and engage our colleagues Dr. Melissa Halter and Dr. Chris Burden as they discuss their presentation from a recent NASPA conference.

Creating a Culture of Connection: Engaging Men in the Campus Community
Friday, March 21, 12–1 pm
Hahn UC 128
Brown Bag Lunch

Male gender code socialization discourages men from seeking emotional attachment or connection, which thwarts the ability of men to achieve the developmental tasks of college students. Student Affairs Professionals must raise the consciousness regarding campus gender codes. During this brown bag lunch discussion, strategies and evidence-based interventions will be shared and together we will reflect on how we can create a climate that allows the gender code to be challenged and support male engagement.

If you are interested in presenting/discussing a topic at an upcoming "Brown Bag Lunch", please contact the Employee Development Committee or Nicki Schuessler or Marie Minnick.

Mental Health Screenings

Please encourage students to stop by Hahn UC 103 from 4-6 pm for free mental health screenings! There will be free food, raffle prizes, and more!

Thank You From a First-Year StudenT

Be sure to check your inbox for a special thank you from the Center for Student Success sent on Tuesday, March 18. You may have been specifically recognized in the 2014 MAP-Works Spring Check-Up Survey as being the most helpful person in a first-year student's college success. Over 150 faculty, staff, and student leaders were named in this year's survey. We would like to especially thank those who have been recognized multiple times (you know who you are)!

The CSS truly appreciates all of the effort from the USD community in supporting our first-year students – keep up the amazing work!

CHR@USD Spring Award Nominations

In 2007, the university formed the Community of Human Resources @ USD (CHR@USD) committee to recognize and celebrate the critical role employees play in the life and success of USD. One way of recognizing your colleagues is with the CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award which is presented each semester. The objective of the CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award is to recognize role models by celebrating noteworthy accomplishments and reinforce behaviors important to the university. The award provides cash awards of $250 for up to six deserving USD employees who go above and beyond their job responsibilities. Awardees will be selected from the nominees exemplifying the university’s mission statement, core values and strategic initiative in an extraordinary fashion. Areas of consideration include excellence in advancing two or more of the following categories:

  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Social Justice
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Community Outreach
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Service to Students

Awardees will also be nominated for the Manuel Hernandez Staff Employee of the Year Award which has been presented to an outstanding staff employee every year since 1985. The recipient of this award will be announced and honored at our USD Community Picnic on May 30th. Only employees nominated for a CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award are eligible for nomination for Employee of the Year.

Take a few minutes to reflect on the many successes of our university and its employees. Co-workers and supervisors alike may nominate deserving employees.

The deadline for completing nominations and turning them into Human Resources is Friday, April 4, 2014.

For more information on this award, or to nominate someone, please visit:

Women's History Month Exhibit

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, we invite you to stop by the SLP Exhibit Hall to view the wonderful exhibit highlighting “Women of Courage, Character and Commitment”.

The women featured in the exhibit were chosen by student staff and interns in the Women’s Center. These women stand out as women of courage, character, and commitment in the lives of our students. This is not an all-inclusive display as so many women qualify as women of courage, character, and commitment.

We invite you to consider adding the names and images of women who you believe exhibit courage, character and commitment within the following categories.

  • Politics
  • Religious women
  • Education
  • Motherhood
  • Community leaders
  • Business

You can contribute to the exhibit in one or more of the following ways.

  • Stop by the SLP Exhibit Hall and write the name of a woman in your life as well as a sentence as to why she is a woman of courage, character, and commitment. Cards will be available in the hall.
  • Email the following information to
    • Name
    • Category (see above)
    • Picture
    • One sentence about why she is a woman of courage, character, and commitment within the category you identified
Employee giving Campaign

You’ll soon be receiving many opportunities to participate in our inaugural USD Employee Giving Campaign. Before the related communications pile up, please know USD appreciates what you already give through your service to our students.

We hope the many reminders about this campaign will encourage employees to consider what we value about working at USD. In an attempt to help us all approach the campaign in the spirit that serves the “us” in USD, we challenge all of us to think of one positive thing about USD for each communication we receive. Then we’ll end on a high note no matter what our initial reaction.

If you need a little more encouragement to embrace this campaign, with an attitude that serves you as much as others, we highly encourage stealing away 10 minutes to watch “This is Water” from a commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace at Kenyon College in May 2005.

In this lenten season of reflection and renewal, we hope we will be able to reflect on what we appreciate about USD, choose a positive response, and help all of USD blossom in the season ahead. Thanks for your time and all you already give to our unique university.

Employee Development Committee: Weekly Self-Care Tips

Weekly Self-Care Tip #18: Allow yourself to be a “good enough” Student Affairs professional instead of striving for perfection 100% of the time. Mistakes help us learn and grow.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Cory Immele for his hard work on the EMS transition! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Margaret Leary and Pat Marino for being accepted into the SOLES Ph.D. Program. -Carmen Vazquez

Shout out to Wajma and Edmond for an outstanding implementation of the EMS system. -Carmen Vazquez

Shout out to Residential Life all-stars Rick Hagan, Terrence Shaw, Anthony Zamora and stellar student employee Courtney, for saving my day by collectively helping provide swift access to San Bueneventura and recoding doors to unlock just in time for back-to-back student employee meetings! -Barbara Zackowski

Shout out to Student Life Facilities, Campus Scheduling, and our custodians for being so helpful and making our offices beautiful to work in. -Jacque Morganson

Shout out to Michael Dils and the Student Life Facilities Team for assisting me when I had to postpone our Big Bear ski day. -Greg Zackowski

Shout out to the Student Health Center staff and Luke LaCroix in the exceptional diligence and compassionate care in managing a serious medical situation that impacted a few students, but could have impacted our entire community. Good job! -Pam Sikes

Want to recognize a colleague for their great work or general awesomeness? Submit a Shout Out for the next Student Affairs Newsletter to Liberty at

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