September 20, 2012
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U.S. News Best College Ranking

USD has been ranked #92 amongst U.S. News and World Reports's National Universities. According to U.S. News, schools in the National University category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters' and Ph.D. programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research!

Retention Data

Our first-year retention rate for students that entered Fall 2011 is 90%, the highest in USD's history and a 3-percent increase from the previous year.

LLC Retention Rates (Fall 2011-Fall 2012):

92.7% - Honors
92.4% - Social Justice
92.3% - Sustainability
92.5% - All LLCs
90.0% - All first-year students
88.9% - Non-LLC students

CHR@USD Employee Appreciation
Football Tailgate

Saturday, September 22nd vs. Valparaiso
Tailgate from 11:30 a.m. in Eagen Plaza
Game kickoff at 1 p.m.

Tickets to this football game can be picked up from the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office. Faculty and staff members receive free admission to all USD athletic events and are eligible for up to four tickets per sporting event.

Each employee is eligible to receive four food vouchers good for one meal at the tailgate. Food vouchers must be picked up prior to the football game in the Department of Human Resources, Maher 101. The deadline is September 21, 2012.

Graduate and Law Student Welcome Reception


Thank you to all of the Student Affairs representatives who attended the Graduate and Law Student Welcome Reception and Resource Fair on Wednesday, September 12th! A big shout out to the following areas around campus for providing information and resources to the graduate and law students:

Residential Life
Campus Recreation
Copley Library
Legal Research Center
Career Services
Public Safety
Parking Services
Torero Store
Auxiliary Services
US Bank
Women's Center
United Front Multicultural Center
University Ministry
Center for Health and Wellness Promotion
One Stop Student Services
Changemaker Hub
Outdoor Adventure

You all helped to make the event a success!



Shout Outs!

Shout out to the Counseling Center staff for stepping-in to address the needs of students while Steve is recuperating! -Moises

Shout out to Dr. Kim Woodruff, the SHC staff and all the RA's who've worked so hard to ensure incoming students are protected against communicable diseases! -Pam

Shout out to Anna Hamilton who coordinated the fabulous SHC Open House. -Pam

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

Romero Immersion Information Session
Sept. 28, 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Maher Hall, 252
More information

Homecoming & Family Weekend
Oct. 12-14
More information

For more event information, visit the Torero Life Website.

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Weekends @ USD
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chr@usd events

Intro to Group Fitness
Tuesdays beginning Sept. 18
5:15-5:55 p.m.
MFC 108

Employee Yoga
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.
Mission Fitness Center

Employee Bingo
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
Click here for more info

Full Schedule