August 31, 2012
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Thank You RA's, PA's and T-Squad

Every year, our Resident Assistants, Preceptorial Assistants and the Torero Squad work tirelessly to make new and transfer student transitions to USD run smoothly. This year is no exception. All three groups have been working hard behind the scenes throughout the summer to organize and execute amazing events and programs that will lead to lasting relationships and memories for our new students. Please help Student Affairs acknowledge and thank them for all of their wonderful work!


Resident Assistants

Preceptorial Assistants

Become a Safe Space Ally

safespacealliesAs we prepare for the upcoming academic year, the United Front Multicultural Center would like to extend to you an invitation to participate in one of the Safe Space Ally trainings. If you have been thinking about it, if you are new to USD, and/or if you would like to invite your peers or colleagues, become a Safe Space Ally!

By displaying a SAFE SPACE ALLY placard in your working and/or living areas, you provide a visible marker of validation, support, and respect for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community as well as other potentially marginalized populations. The sign serves as an indicator of people with whom LGBT and questioning people can speak openly and seek the support they need to succeed at the University of San Diego.

Visit the Safe Space Ally web page to learn more about the program and to sign up for the training date of your choice.

Grad and Law Student Welcome Reception

Student Affairs is invited to this year's Graduate and Law Student Welcome Reception and Resource Fair. It will be held on September 12 from 4-6 p.m. in Hahn UC Forum C. Those interested in registering for the event can visit:

Residential Life Student Earns LDAC Leadership Award

Leading 226 individuals in a garrison environment, taking a squad on reconnaissance missions, and undergoing chemical, biological and nuclear training might seem like overwhelming tasks. But not to USD student Ryan Vaught, who completed all of the above and more at the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) this summer.

Not only did Vaught complete the course, he was also awarded the Warrior Forge Commander’s Leadership Award as the top-ranked cadet among the 200-plus participants in his training company. During the 29-day course, cadets at Warrior Forge are tested on their physical stamina, endurance, ability to navigate over difficult terrain, and their team-building and leadership skills.

Read Eric Podwill's full article from Inside USD here.

Lessons from Ernie

There are four major brain/learning systems: thinking, feeling, doing, and connecting.

Shout Outs!

Shout out to the Wellness Area's Consulting Psychiatrist Dr. Margaret McCahill for being recognized as one of San Diego's "Top Doctors" in psychiatry by the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine. -Steve Sprinkle

Shout out to the Counseling Center's Dr. Lauren Woolley for her election as Chair-elect of the American Psychological Association Society of Counseling Psychology's Section on College and University Counseling Centers. -Steve Sprinkle

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 Wednesdays at 12 p.m.


upcoming events

Torero Days
Sept. 1-4
More information

Mass of Welcome
Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion

Welcome Week
Sept. 5-16
More information

Student Affairs Division Breakfast
Sept. 7, 8:30-11 a.m.
Hahn UC Forum C

Student Health Center Open House
Sept. 7, 11 a.m.
MH 140

9/11 Interfaith Service
Sept. 11, 10 a.m.
Kroc IPJ 9/11 Memorial

Alcala Bazaar
Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.
Marian Way

Mass of the Holy Spirit
Sept. 13, 12:15 p.m.
Immaculata Church

Study Abroad Fair
Sept. 18, 12 p.m.
Colachis Plaza

San Diego Mayoral Debate
Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Shiley Theatre
More information

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Weekends @ USD
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chr@usd events

Intro to Group Fitness
Tuesdays beginning Sept. 11
5:15-5:55 p.m.
MFC 108

Employee Yoga
Sept. 7, 12-12:55 p.m.
Sept. 21, 12-12:55 p.m.
Oct. 5, 12-12:55 p.m.
Nov. 2, 12-12:55 p.m.
Nov. 16, 12-12:55 p.m.
Dec. 7, 12-12:55 p.m.

Employee Bingo
Sept. 12, 12–1 p.m.
Oct. 17, 12-1 p.m.
Nov. 14, 12-1 p.m.
Dec. 12, 12-1 p.m.
Salomon Hall

Employee Appreciation Football Game
Sept. 22, 1 p.m.
Tailgate 11:30-1 p.m.
Torero Stadium

"Let's Make a Deal" Taping
Oct. 17, 6 a.m.
Email for more info

Alcala Park Readers Book Discussion: "Silent Spring"
Oct. 30, 12:30-2 p.m.
Salomon Hall

Monthly Walks
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Full Schedule