Student looks over the San Diego skyline from the USD campus.

Fall 2021 Class Notes

- Fall 2021

1960s

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RONALD HOUSE (BA), ’64 (JD) spent 25 years as house counsel for the San Diego Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities.

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JOHN McCOY (BA) writes, “After … Read More

USD alumna Hoang Taing '90 (BA)

Becoming a Buffalo

- Fall 2021

SURVIVING THE KHMER ROUGE COMMUNIST RULE

Hoang K. Taing McWilliams ’90 (BA) was a young girl when she was forced from her home in Phnom Penh, when the capitol city of Cambodia was overtaken.

She walked hundreds … Read More

USD alumna Rachel Freeman '09 (BA) holding a copy of her book, The Hunger.

More Than Enough

, - Fall 2021

THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY CONTINUES FOR RACHEL FREEMAN

When Rachel Freeman ’09 (BA) was growing up, her family life was strictly secular. “I grew up very assimilated into mainstream culture,” she recalls. “When I was 11, my dad gave me a … Read More

USD alumna Whitney Buzbee '21 (MSN)

Quite a Love Story

- Fall 2021

FATHER AND DAUGHTER TAKE THE WALK OF A LIFETIME

From an early age, Whitney Buzbee ’21 (MSN) knew she wanted to become a nurse. Her grandmother was an emergency room nurse who later developed Alzheimer’s disease — and  that … Read More

USD alumna Alexandra Steinhaus '15 (BA), '20 (MA)

Ethical Leadership

- Fall 2021

DOUBLE ALUMNA WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH BUSINESS

The beautiful campus may have attracted her to USD, but for Alexandra Steinhaus ’15 (BA), ’20 (MA), the stellar educational experience kept her here. She came to USD in Fall 2011 to … Read More

Aqua Equity co-founders Ryan Morgan ‘08 (BBA), Brandon Espy ‘10 (BA) and J.T. Rogan ‘08 (BBA).

Playing Hard, Doing Good

- Fall 2021

ALUMNI FOREVER CONNECTED BY FOOTBALL, FRIENDSHIP AND FIDELITY

There’s really no earthly reason why J.T. Rogan ’08 (BBA) and Ryan Morgan ’08 (BBA) should be such good friends, especially when considering how they first met.

Back … Read More

Interior of an empty Founders Chapel on the USD campus

Summer 2021 Class Notes

- Summer 2021

1960s

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MARY DUGAN (BA) reports that her Harlequin novels are still in world-wide publication even after 18 years. “Most recently, Sweden has reissued all of my books and Japan has published them in … Read More

USD alumnus Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos ‘88 (BBA)

Not Self, but Country

- Summer 2021

THE MAN IN CHARGE OF THE U.S. NAVY’S SUPPLY CHAIN

With his understated demeanor and down- to-earth manner, it’s a bit hard to believe Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos ‘88 (BBA) is in charge of the U.… Read More

USD alumna nn Lawani ‘18 (MSN), a COVID nurse, with hand on hip in scrubs

On the Front Line

- Summer 2021

COVID NURSE ANN LAWANI FIGHTS FOR HER PATIENTS

Ann Lawani ‘18 (MSN) is the kind of nurse you want caring for you when you’re sick. She’s compassionate, she’s knowledgeable and she understands the pain … Read More

USD alumna Amanda Gates ’16 (BS/BA)

Dare Mighty Things

- Summer 2021

PLANETS ALIGN FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER AMANDA GATES

From sunny San Diego to the windswept Martian landscape, Amanda Gates ’16 (BS/BA) is charting her own path. A nuclear research engineer with the United States Department of Energy’s Idaho … Read More

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria speaking at a podium

Meeting of Minds

- Summer 2021

A CONVERSATION WITH SAN DIEGO MAYOR TODD GLORIA ‘00 AND USD PRESIDENT JAMES T. HARRIS

There’s no denying that San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria ‘00 (BA) is breaking new ground as the city’s first person of … Read More

USD alumnus Bernie Bickerstaff alongside JC Cunningham and Bill McGillis

Unfailingly Generous

- Summer 2021

FUND NAMED FOR LEGENDARY BASKETBALL COACH BERNIE BICKERSTAFF

At  USD, as it did across the country and around the globe, George Floyd’s tragic death sparked a critical conversation, prompting a key question: How could USD — and the … Read More