Farewell Mass for Sister Betsy Walsh, RSCJ

- News

BELOVED PROFESSOR BID A FOND ADIEU

On May 16, 2017, university employees and professors, parishioners of The Immaculata, and Sisters of the Sacred Heart gathered for a farewell Mass as they bid a fond farewell to USD Professor Emerita of English Sister Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Walsh, RSCJ, who will be relocating to her new home in Atherton, …

Olivia Gonzalez '17, USD's President for a Day

Meet Madam President

- Summer 2017

OLIVIA GONZALEZ ’17 SHINES AS PRESIDENT FOR A DAY

Every day is a busy one for Olivia Gonzalez on the University of San Diego campus. A graduating senior Communication Studies major, Gonzalez typically wakes up at 5 a.m. for a track and cross-country run workout and then it’s off to class. She participates in meetings and …

Sisterhood Rules: The Sacred Heart of USD

- USD History

On a brisk winter afternoon in December 1949, local dignitaries joined Bishop Charles Francis Buddy and Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill for a groundbreaking ceremony atop a wind-swept mesa overlooking the burgeoning San Diego cityscape.

Mother Hill had a special reason for wanting the campus, which would come to be known as Alcalá Park, to …

USD Professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Authors Anonymous

, - Summer 2017

FACULTY WRITING GROUP HAS A LITERARY LICENSE

It’s one of those gorgeous spring days out of SoCal Central Casting. Birds burst into song, the breeze comes tinged with lemon blossom and dogs forget how to growl. Gathered around a table in the groovy environs of USD’s new architecture pavilion, several young faculty members are describing …

Vijay Patel '19

To Feel at Home

- Summer 2017

EXTENDING A HAND TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Most Thursdays around lunchtime, Aziz Albaijan can be found in the International Students Organization (ISO) lounge on the fourth floor of the Student Life pavilion. Albaijan, a 20-year-old junior from Saudi Arabia, looks forward to these weekly coffee hours where he mingles with friends and connects with kindred spirits.

“Every other …

Jhonnatan chinchilla '17

To Lead by Example

- Summer 2017

Student veteran is a man on a mission

It was early in the Iraq War. Mortars and sandstorms were a daily occurrence for Jhonnatan Chinchilla ‘17.

“We were the support system for the marines going door-to-door,” recalls Chinchilla. “Mortars became an everyday occurrence and you had to adapt to the thought that you might come home, or …

Scott Macdonald

To Pay It Forward

- Summer 2017

MACDONALD SCHOLARSHIPS AIM TO BRIDGE THE GAP

Scott MacDonald lost his father when he was young and grew up on a tight budget. When he applied for college, he knew he’d have to pay his own way. He says even though it was tough it wasn’t impossible.

Per semester, tuition at Indiana University was about $360 a …

Living Our Mission

Students Plan Purposeful Futures

, - Spring 2017

It may take knowledge, grit and a great deal of heart, but Toreros are out to follow their own path and change the world. Here, President Harris sits down with three students whose values and experiences at USD have prepared them for future success and purposeful lives.

Gary Couch, the outgoing president of the Alcalá Club, plans to someday …

Pancakes Provide Powerful Connection

, - Spring 2017

Who doesn’t like a stack of pancakes? Pour a little syrup, add a bit of butter and sprinkle some berries or sliced bananas on top and you’ve definitely got a delicious treat, especially on a weekend morning.

Between about 9:30 a.m. and noon each Saturday, a pair of hotcakes, some cooked just enough, a few that are golden …

Two students with a professor

Boldly Going: Undergraduate Students Grow Through Research

, - Spring 2017

At USD, students don’t just watch from the sidelines of their respective fields; they become practitioners.

In recent years, undergraduate research opportunities have exploded across a variety of disciplines at USD. Now, students can work side by side with professors to experience first-hand the nuances of research, whether in science or English, engineering or history. Here, …

Cheering On the Community: TJ Hodges

, - Spring 2017

Senior TJ Hodges—accounting major, cross country runner and AS President—believes its never too soon to get your voice out there and be heard. Here, he sits with President Harris to share about initiatives to boost Torero spirit and student involvement at USD.

Watch more from the series “Living Our Mission” with President James Harris:

USD’s Annual All Faith …

Caroline Baillie

Watch: When Engineering Meets Social Justice

, - Spring 2017

GLOBAL LEADER JOINS FORCES WITH USD

Professor Caroline Baillie, a global leader in engineering and social justice has joined the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering as a Professor of Praxis. Baillie is a Thomson Reuters highly cited author with more than 200 publications, papers and books on material science, engineering education and social justice. For the Joan B. Kroc …