Thomas Nolan '13

Life’s Calling

- Summer 2016

CHANGEMAKING PATH IS A GLOBAL JOURNEY

Three thousand seventy six miles from the University of San Diego, Thomas Nolan ’13 found home. The 27 months he spent with the Peace Corps in Barranquilla, Colombia, is an experience he’ll never forget.

“I forged some great relationships that helped me immensely in my work and in my service,” says …

Softball catcher Mary Grabowski

Playing in the Moment

, - Summer 2016

SOFTBALL CATCHER MARY GRABOWSKI SAYS THE GAME IS HER LIFE

When Softball Coach Melissa McElvain recruited high school standout catcher Mary Grabowski five years ago, it was a big deal. McElvain’s catcher at the time would be a graduating senior, so getting Grabowski in the fold would give her time to adjust and develop her game …

USD President James Harris and Will Tate, who served as President for a Day

President for a Day

- Summer 2016

A WHIRLWIND JOURNEY THROUGH COMPLICATED TERRAIN

On April 12, junior Will Tate was selected from among 58 undergraduate applicants to trade places for a day with USD President James T. Harris III, DEd.

“Would you like to take a breather, Mr. President?” It was a good question. By 1 p.m., I had hosted six meetings in the …

Sherman Gillums Jr. '09

Giving Voice to the Voiceless

- Summer 2016

HEAD OF PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA IS A TRUE CHAMPION

After his car rolled for the third time, Sherman Gillums Jr. ’09 (MSGL) came to a rest upside down and, mercifully, alive. A semi-trailer truck, upon being cut off by a separate vehicle, ran Gillums off Interstate 5 while trying to avoid a crash.

“I was seat-belted …

Jasmine Garcia '17

Dreaming Big, Working Hard

- Summer 2016

JASMINE GARCIA CREDITS FINANCIAL AID FOR HER ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Jasmine Garcia ’17 has a big smile that never seems to leave her face. She’s the first one in her family to go to college, and she’s over the moon to be a Torero.

A math whiz, Garcia, an industrial engineering (IE) major, has worked hard to get …

Buzzfeed writer Albert Samaha '10

Digging in the Deep

- Summer 2016

REPORTER ALBERT SAMAHA HAS NO PROBLEM GETTING HIS HANDS DIRTY

The internet is a good thing.

If you harbor any doubt, imagine what it would be like if a stack of 50 newspapers from cities across the country was delivered to your front door each and every day. Within a month, you’d drown in newsprint.

“I follow 50 …

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Jesse Nebres ’16

- Summer 2016

Double accounting and finance major Jesse Nebres was methodical in working on connections in order to gain a competitive edge in his field. Watch him discuss his path in the video below. Read about his journey and those of other freshly-minted USD graduates.

 

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Mackenzie Dandoy ’16

- Summer 2016

Industrial and Systems Engineering major Mackenzie Dandoy was certain that the happiest place on earth was the place for her. Watch her discuss her path in the video below.  Read about the journey of Mackenzie and others post graduation.

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Jimmy Bried

- Summer 2016

Marketing major Jimmy Bried is excited about the life he’s created for himself and the opportunities that await him now that he’s graduated. Watch a video about his path below. Read more about his journey and that of other freshly-minted USD graduates.

2016 Undergraduate Commencement

Working to Become

- Summer 2016

STUDENTS LAND DREAM JOBS AS NEWLY MINTED GRADUATES

When it comes to actually achieving your heart’s desire, tenacity turns out to be a common theme.

Jesse Nebres, a double accounting and finance major, was methodical in working on connections in order to gain a competitive edge.

Mackenzie Dandoy, who walked the commencement stage to accept her dual BS/BA …

USD Torero Bryson Brigman

Meet Bryson Brigman

, - Summer 2016

AGE: 20

HOMETOWN: San Jose, Calif.

SUPERLATIVES: Brigman announced his presence with authority during his freshman campaign with the Toreros, posting an impressive .339 batting average and earning WCC Freshman of the Year honors. The best part? He’s a willing worker who believes you’re only as good as your last game. “I’m always working on getting better. …

Chris Yanov '03 (MA)

The Long View

- Summer 2016

CHRIS YANOV TURNS DREAMS INTO REALITY

When Chris Yanov ‘03 (MA) spun that wheel  on Wheel of Fortune, 15 years ago, he couldn’t possibly have predicted just whose fortune would be changing. Most people take their game show winnings and reward themselves. Yanov — who then was just 22 and a graduate student at USD — …

USD President James T. Harris III alongside Student Campaign Committee Chair Erin Smith ‘17, Honorary Campaign Chair Darlene V. Shiley, Campaign Chair James D. Power IV ‘85 and Board of Trustees Chair Ron Fowler

The Next Chapter

- Summer 2016

CAMPAIGN AIMS TO IMPACT THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

The most exciting and ambitious fundraising initiative in the history of the University of San Diego was announced in February 2016.

Leading Change: The Campaign for USD will endeavor to raise $300 million and impact virtually every aspect of the student experience, focusing on five critical areas: capital projects, scholarships, …

Joy Brunetti '01

Living La Dolce Vita

- Summer 2016

INTERSESSION IN ITALY OPENS EYES AND MINDS

Attending gelato university. Making and eating pasta from scratch. Hiking the Italian Riviera. Oh, and experiencing another culture on an up close and personal basis.

It sounds like a dream, but it was reality during January 2016 Intersession, when nearly 120 USD sophomores, six experiential learning professionals (including myself) and …