September 27, 2012
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Future of Torero Days

In an effort to further enhance our first year student experience, we are pleased to announce a shift in our new student orientation program. The new student orientation program, Torero Days, a four day program prior to the start of classes, will likely continue in some form, but the major shift is to align the program goals in orientation with the first year experience structure. New student orientation will be aligned with the work of the Retention Steering Committee (expanded membership for orientation) and co-led by Dr. Jim Gump, Associate Dean -- CAS, Dr. Jonathan Bowman, future Associate Dean —CAS, and Merrick Marino, Assistant Dean for the Center for Student Success. The Retention Steering Committee receives direction and approval from the Strategic Oversight Council on Retention (SOCOR), which is composed of Dr. Julie Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Provost; Dr. Mary Boyd, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Carmen Vazquez, Vice President, Student Affairs.

The realignment of new student orientation creates an opportunity for re-imagining the orientation experience. Our hope is that the new structure will enhance the cross-functional work done for students from the time they are admitted to the university through the completion of their first year of college.

We want to thank Marie Minnick, Assistant Dean of Students, for her tireless efforts, commitment, creativity, and passion in leading new student orientation for the past 16 years. During this time, under Marie's leadership, new student orientation has successfully introduced scores of new students to the University of San Diego. Ask any alum who participated in Torero Days or O Week, as a student leader, and you will hear them rave about their experience with Torero Days and Marie's inimitable commitment to their development, and the program's success. Marie's success is also shared by her assistant, Mariann Sanchez, Executive Assistant, and Sean Horrigan, Director of Student Conduct. The demands of managing both orientation and student conduct has been significant for the office, and Mariann and Sean's work ethic, coupled with Marie's high energy, has triumphed despite the challenges.

We are grateful to the staff, who are looking forward to using their time and expertise to enhance both the student conduct and the graduate student life components of the Assistant Dean of Students office.

Sexual Assault Hearing Board Training

On Friday, October 5th from 12-3pm in Hahn UC 104, the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students is holding a sexual assault hearing board training. Brett Sokolow from the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management will be leading the training. This is a great professional development opportunity for any Student Affairs staff member and is required for hearing board members who adjudicate allegations of the university's sexual assault policy. There are a few spots open so if you are interested in attending, please contact Sean Horrigan at Lunch will be provided.

CHR@USD Recognition Request

The Community of Human Resources (CHR@USD) is soliciting nominations for their semesterly recognition award! The award recipients receive a cash prize and lunch at La Gran Terraza with their nominator. To nominate, please visit

Shout Outs!

Shout out to Alejandro for sending out last week's newsletter while I was out! -Kenny

Shout out to the Student Health Center team for the successful grand opening of the new Student Health Center and for expanding on services! -Carmen
*Editors note- click here to see pictures from the grand opening and a tour of the new Student Health Center.)

Show out to the Employee Development and Fun Committee for an excellent, timely and fun breakfast and professional development meeting. -Carmen
*Editors note- click here to see pictures from the Student Affairs breakfast.

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upcoming events

AS Senator Elections
Sept. 28, all day
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Romero Immersion Information Session
Sept. 28, 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Maher Hall, 252
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Graduate School Fair
Oct. 9, 11:30am
Hahn UC Forums

Homecoming & Family Weekend
Oct. 12-14
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Intro to Group Fitness
Tuesdays beginning Sept. 18
5:15-5:55 p.m.
MFC 108

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

"Price is Right" Viewing Party
Nov. 1, 10 a.m.
Manchester Conference Center Auditorium

Employee Appreciation Volleyball Game
Oct. 3, 6 p.m.
Torero Stadium
Pre-game reception at 5 p.m.
Warren Hospitality Suite
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Monthly Walks
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