Photograph of Jason Romero running

Unstoppable

- Fall 2016

JASON ROMERO’S REMARKABLE JOURNEY

On May 23, 2016, when Jason Romero ‘92 (BBA) climbed the steps of City Hall in New York City, he completed a 60-day odyssey that began 3,080 miles earlier on the Santa Monica Pier.

He became the first blind man to run across the United States.

It wasn’t easy, …

USD Assistant Provost of Community Engagement Chris Nayve

Community Building

, - Fall 2016

USD’S VALUE AS AN ANCHOR INSTITUTION CAN’T BE OVERSTATED

Chris Nayve is on a roll. He’s thoughtful, articulate and tireless, managing the neat trick of appearing to be in ceaseless movement while emanating good-natured calm. Just now, he’s talking about connection, and specifically USD’s with those in which it has lasting relationships.

“Understanding the …

Illustration of Mother Teresa

The Road to Sainthood

- Fall 2016

FROM ALBANIA TO INDIA AND FAR BEYOND, MOTHER TERESA’S JOURNEY INCLUDED A BRIEF STOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The process leading up to the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta was the shortest in modern history. In early 1999 — less than two years after her death — Pope John Paul II waived …

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Extraordinary Moments

, - Fall 2016

THE SPIRITUALITY OF IMMERSION SPEAKS TO THE DEEPEST LONGINGS OF THE HEART

I lean in, razor in one hand and shaving cream in the other. I struggle for just the right way to place my feet and legs, searching for a position around the wheelchair that will allow me to get as close as possible.

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Hints of Hope in the Middle East

, - Fall 2016

A TRIO OF SCHOOL OF PEACE ALUMNI ARE WORKING TOWARD A BETTER TOMORROW

In a recent speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations, Pope Francis urged the assembled countries to support those “who have no desire to be caught up in hatred and folly, have been forced to witness the destruction of …

Michael Camacho

A Degree of Confidence

, - Fall 2016

COLLABORATION IS KEY FOR MICHAEL CAMACHO

Michael Angelo Camacho was already working diligently for the Diocese of San Diego, putting his accounting degree to good use for an organization that es­pouses his values, when a natural, but personal, question arose. “What do I want to do next?”

He knew he wanted to elevate his skill …

Founders Chori singers with voices raised in song.

Affection For Connection

- Fall 2016

AFFINITY GROUPS PROMOTE SUSTAINED, ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT

Most of us remember Founders Chapel as it appeared from the pews and can still smell lemony polish on hand-carved wood. Homilies focused on love and peace echo, even years later. The sense of history resonates, as we realize that for decades, thousands of Toreros bowed their heads in prayer, …

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Teamwork Sparks Change

- Fall 2016

INTERDISCIPLINARY SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

The world of higher education is changing. There are online classes and newly minted social media degrees, but there’s one change to be particularly excited about at the University of San Diego: interdisciplinary courses.

This past year, three USD professors teamed up to co-teach a sustainability class. The most interesting …

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Let’s Get Out The Vote

, - Fall 2016

CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE NUMBER OF REGISTERED STUDENT VOTERS

Immigration, health care and student debt. These are just some of the hot topics on the presidential campaign trail. With the November elections quickly approaching, the news is becoming ever more saturated with political coverage, detailing changes in policy positions, cabinet choices and new public poll results. …

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Nutritious. Delicious. Ambitious.

- Fall 2016

FOOD AND HEALTH RESEARCH IN THE INSTAGRAM AGE

That decadent meal may in fact taste even better after you snap a picture of it — for sharing on social media or elsewhere — but can the same be said for a simple apple or other healthy staple?

That’s the crux of some recent research …

USD Quarterback Anthony Lawrence

He’s Got True Instinct

, - Fall 2016

QUARTERBACK ANTHONY LAWRENCE IS DEDICATED TO THE GAME

With 8 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter of USD’s 2015 football season opener against San Diego State, Toreros quarterback Anthony Lawrence jogged onto the Qualcomm Stadium field for the first play of his college career.

The Toreros trailed the Aztecs 27-0. In USD’s first …

USD athlete and AS President T.J. Hodges

Getting to Know … T.J. Hodges

, - Fall 2016

AGE: 20

HOMETOWN: Phoenix, Ariz.

MAJOR: Accounting

A CINDERELLA STORY: Despite the fact that he had been a member of a highly successful prep cross-country program (Phillips Exeter Academy), Hodges didn’t draw much interest from college coaches. Just when he was ready to retire his running shoes, USD Head Coach Will Guarino came calling: “Coach [Guarino] told me …