Standing outside my home, I can see the lights of the Del Mar Racetrack six nights a week during the summer horse racing season. Yet, for a variety of reasons and conflicting schedules, I rarely attend. That changed on Sunday when I joined over 150 USD alumni for a USD Alumni Day at the Races. The event was sold out, and I can see why. It was a pleasant San Diego day, we had an amazing 6th level venue to ourselves, and the races were exciting, with several photo finishes.
I happily pointed out to several alumni that I was “even” through the fourth race – I hadn’t lost a penny. Of course I didn’t put down any bets either….
For me, the most fun was seeing many SBA alumni, meeting several I hadn’t met, and seeing a bunch I know from previous alumni events. I chatted with MSRE alum, Wren Arnett, who works at Ernest Rady’s firm doing major commercial real estate projects.
And a group of undergrad alums, some of whom also earned a USD MBA, including John Thomas, Ryan Hart, and Rakesh Jain. Then there was a group of 2002 MBA alums who were good friends with each other a decade ago and remain so today. They reminisced about faculty they loved, courses that challenged them, and careers that have been fruitful and engaging.
This was the second annual Day at the Races, and it looks like it will be a growing and ongoing tradition.