Portrait of USD alumna Jessica Hanson York

Rethinking Common Art

- Fall 2022

SOLES GRADUATE TAKES REINS OF MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM

Walking among the glass vitrines inside the newly renovated Mingei International Museum, Jessica Hanson York ’13 (MA) is passionate as she explains what makes the art collection unique. 

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USD alumnus Michael Crawford smiling on one of his job sites

Hard Work Works

, - Fall 2022

FROM COLLEGE FOOTBALL TO PROFESSOR TO DEVELOPER, MICHAEL CRAWFORD ISN’T AFRAID TO GET HIS HANDS DIRTY

To say that Michael Crawford — who earned his undergraduate degree from USD in 2008 with a double major in sociology … Read More

Executive director of the San Diego Ethics Commission Sharon Spivak '95 (JD)

Doing the Right Thing

- Fall 2022

SAN DIEGO ETHICS COMMISSION HEAD IS ALL ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY

Sharon Spivak is a serious person, concerned with critical issues and thorny conundrums. This makes it all the more delightful when she mentions an unexpected early chapter … Read More

USD's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Fall 2022 Class Notes

- Fall 2022

 [1958]

PATRICIA MORTELL related the sad news that her husband, Michael, passed away on Jan. 16, 2022. 

 [1961]

MARY DUGAN (BA) writes,  “I retired from grant writing last August. Now I have more time … Read More

Portrait of USD alumna Karissa Valencia, the showrunner for the new animated show on Netflix, Spirit Rangers.

Forward Motion

- Fall 2022

NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE IS CELEBRATED IN NEW ANIMATED SERIES

There’s a hint of the child she once was when Karissa Valencia ’13 (BA) reveals the genesis of the idea that inspired her animated Netflix show, Spirit … Read More

USD alumni and students smile widely in front of many boxes of food destined to those in need in Ukraine and Tanzania.

Bringing People Together

- Summer 2022

ALUMNI PACKAGE MEALS TO SEND TO UKRAINE AND TANZANIA

It was an unusual sight in the A and B conference rooms of the Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice on April 29, 2022: Two young men ran around in hairnets … Read More

New Adventures Await

- Summer 2022

BORN STORYTELLER JESSICA BECK IS EAGER TO START HER NEXT CHAPTER

Storytelling is a privilege, which is something that Jessica Beck ’03 (BA) doesn’t take lightly. “When you’re working in news, you’re asking people to, at … Read More

USD alumni Joe Gonzales and Amanda Cuellar masked and gowned after Joe received a kidney donation from Amanda.

From One Bro to Another

- Summer 2022

FRIENDSHIP GROWS DEEPER AFTER LIFESAVING GIFT

It’s easy to sense when people have been friends for a long time. For one thing, there’s an easy banter that only comes from decades of closeness. “Bro! … Read More

Matia Robotics CEO Chris Tihansky alongside the Tek RMD, a mobility device for those with walking disabilities

Perspective is Everything

- Summer 2022

ROBOTIC MOBILITY DEVICE CHANGES THE WAY PEOPLE WITH WALKING DISABILITIES MOVE IN THE WORLD

Forget flying cars, personal jetpacks and billionaire rocket junkets. If you want to see the future, look no further than the Tek … Read More

Beauty shot of USD campus

Summer 2022 Class Notes

- Summer 2022

1960s

[1961]

MARY DUGAN (BA) writes, “I’ve recently retired from my part-time job writing grant proposals for a small dance company; before that, I wrote for immigrants’ rights and at one time, … Read More

Close-up of a mariachi violinist

Celebrating a Milestone

- Summer 2022

LATINO ALUMNI NETWORK MAKES GREAT STRIDES

As a student, Kevin Pelaez ’14 (BA) was involved in MEChA, which stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán, an organization that promotes higher education, community engagement, political participation, culture and history.  Read More

USD alumna Grace Cawley smiles alongside a jar of photoplankton

The World is Her Oyster

- Summer 2022

ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCEAN SCIENCES IS THE WAVE OF GRACE CAWLEY’S FUTURE

As kids, most of us had a particular dream job we imagined for our grown-up selves. Grace Cawley ’19 (BA) wanted to be a marine … Read More

USD alumna Karolina Rzadkowolska celebrates the benefits of going alcohol-free

Keeping a Clear Head

- Summer 2022

ALUMNA CELEBRATES BENEFITS OF GOING ALCOHOL-FREE

Alcohol has long been a lubricant in bringing people together to socialize, but an increasing number of people are seeing the benefits of abstaining
from hitting the bottle altogether.Read More