March 22, 2012
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Cropper Writing Series

Student Affairs is invited to attend the Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series featuring Rae Armantrout and Katie Farris. The reading will take place on Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Warren Auditorium in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. This event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

Rae Armantrout is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who has published ten books of poetry and currently teaches at UCSD, where she is a Professor of Poetry and Poetics. Armantrout's most recent collection Money Shot, was published in February 2011. Katie Farris' poetry, fictions, and translations have appeared in various journals. She holds an MFA from Brown University and currently teaches Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at SDSU.

UFMC Formal Spring Dance Fundraising Opportunity

Each year, the UFMC hosts a formal spring dance for all student organizations and friends to attend. This year, the formal will take place on Friday, March 30. The UFMC hopes to fundraise for a scholarship that will provide a student with the opportunity to finance their studies in higher education, helping them to achieve their educational and professional goals. One of the chief ways funds are raised is through a silent auction that is held during the formal.

Community members are invited to donate any items for the silent auction by March 28. In the past, individuals and organizations have collaborated by donating:

  • Gift certificates
  • Gift baskets
  • Event tickets (i.e., entertainment, sports, recreational)
  • Collection items
  • Artistic items (i.e., paintings)
  • Admission tickets/memberships (i.e., zoos, theme parks, gyms)

If you are interested in attending the formal, tickets are now on sale for $5.00 at the UC Box Office and the UFMC. The formal will be held at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. on March 30. Tickets at the door will be sold for $10. All processed, including those from the silent auction, will go toward the UFMC scholarship fund.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cindy Cordova at

Reassertion of Race, Space and (Punishment's Place in Urban Sociology and Critical Criminology

Student Affairs is invited to attend a panel discussion about the importance of the intersection of space, place and race in urban sociology and critical criminology. This discussion draws heavily from Robert J. Sampson's "Great American City: Chicago & the Enduring Neighborhood Effect", which is particularly relevant for looking at inequalities of race-ethnicity, residential segregation and related processes of perceived disorder and incarceration, in both Chicago and the US as a whole.

The Reassertion of Race, Space and (Punishment's) Place in Urban Sociology and Critical Criminology
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92010
8:30-10 a.m.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Exact Room To Be Announced

RSVP to Tom Reifer at

Organizer & Chair: Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, University of San Diego, Sociology, Affiliated Faculty Ethnic Studies; Associate Fellow, Transnational Institute

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 Monday, March 19. You may have been recognized in the 2012 MAP-Works Spring Check-Up Survey as being the "most helpful" person in a first-year student's college success. Over 170 faculty, staff, and student leaders were specifically mentioned by a first-year student in this survey.

The CSS appreciates all of the effort from the USD community in supporting our first-year students and hope everyone keeps up the amazing work!

Outdoor Adventures Featured on Spanish Reality Television

During the Intersession guide training trip to the Channel Islands National Park, the Outdoor Adventures group had an unexpected international experience. A Spanish reality/travel TV show interviewed and filmed the group while they were hanging out around a campfire. About 2 minutes of footage made it into their program which was broadcast nationally in Spain. Apparently, their visit to the Lakers game and interview with Pau Gasol was a higher priority.

To view the video, click here. The USD section begins at about the 10:20 mark.

Don't forget that there is limited space still available for the Easter break trip to Utah. The registration deadline is Friday, March 23. Please RSVP to Mark Ceder (

Lessons from Ernie

Having feelings of gratitude has a positive resonating effect in the body. Reminding ourselves of what we are thankful for impacts our well-being. The effects are better than medication!

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

Shout Outs!

Shout Out to Ryan Bennett for his outstanding work this past week in assisting students with special circumstances move and pack their belongings. He worked very hard and it is much appreciated by all our staff! -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout Out to Tonis Manriquez, Chou Vang and Gumaro Lopez for securing the hatches last week in preparation for the rain storm. -Cynthia Avery

Shout Out to Than Tran in Transportation Services for keeping our vans safe and clean! –Greg Zackowski

Shout Out to Ashley Whiting for her outreach and collaboration with the recent Torero Life feature about staying "Fit and Active" on campus. –Barbara Zackowski

Shout Out to Alejandro and Kenny for their ever-growing collaborations to cultivate the engaging voice of USD student life online. – Barbara Zackowski

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 (150 characters or less and before Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.).

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


upcoming events

Greek Week
March 22-23

Movie Screening: The Hunger Games
March 23, midnight
Tickets at the Hahn UC Box Office

Career Expo
March 29, 11:30 a.m.
Hahn UC Forums ABC

UFMC Formal
March 30, 8 p.m.
Westin Gaslamp Hotel

Relay for Life
March 30-31, 6 p.m.
Valley Field

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

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CHR Recognition Award
Due March 23
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Dine and Discover
Salads Lesson
March 28, 11:30 a.m.

Entrees Lesson
April 17, 11:30 a.m.

Employee Yoga
April 13, 12 p.m.
Mission Fitness Center

Couponing Class
April 25, 12 p.m.
Salomon Hall

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Valley Field
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Employee Bible Studies
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French Parlor, Founders Hall (English)

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

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