May 3, 2012
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Contemplative Studies at USD

The Center for Educational Excellence is inviting Student Affairs to attend the following presentation:

Professional Learning Community Discussion: Contemplative Studies at USD
Monday, May 7, 2012, 3-5 p.m.
Manchester Executive Conference Center Auditorium

Contemplative Studies at the University of San Diego is a relatively new area with a growing number of courses being offered. Last year, a group of faculty supported by the CEE, developed a professional learning community with the goal of examining the role that contemplative practices have in higher education and specifically at USD. These faculty have been examining their curriculum and the integration of contemplative studies in their existing courses as well as developing new courses.

Contemplative practices have the potential to bring different aspects of one's self into focus, to help develop personal goodness and compassion, and to awaken an awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. The panel discussion will highlight some the outcomes that have been developed by the PLC faculty and provide participants with ideas of how they may integrate contemplative studies in their curriculum. This event is intended for all members of the campus community.

Presenters Include:
• Louis Komjathy, Department of Theology & Religious Studies
• Cheryl Getz, School of Leadership and Education Sciences
• Alberto Pulido, Department of Ethnic Studies
• Margaret McCahill, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
• Karen Skerrett, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

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Strategic Plan Updates

The 2011-2012 Student Affairs Strategic Plan updates are now available online at This updated information may be useful in determining your departmental goals for the 2012-2013 year. Please contact Margaret Leary ( for more information.

Lessons from Ernie

Task: write a paragraph about why you do this work.

Shout Outs!

Shout Out to Daniella, Mandy, Mayté and Stephanie B. for serving as presenters at the recent NASPA Southern California Drive-In conference, 'The Diversity of Today's College Students'. All four did an excellent job, and I appreciate them sharing their time and expertise. -Dayanne I.

Shout Out to SASC graduate assistants Stephanie Lynch, Jaclyn Miller, and Jamie Rosenbloom for completing their Action Research presentations. Great job! -Dayanne I.

Shout Out to Brandon McCreary, Jen Lee, and Tony Quezada for their incredible partnership and support. I'm grateful to have such caring colleagues who looked out for me and put a student's wellness first. You're all incredible! – Liberty H.

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

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