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                                                                                                                     UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / SUMMER 2011
                                                                                                                                             USD MAGAZINE
F R O M T H E P R E SIDENT                                                                             USD MAGAZINE
                                                                                                       UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

                                                                                                       [president]
                                                                                                       Mary E. Lyons, PhD
[insight]
                                                                                                       [vice president of


                                    ARE
THIS IS WHO WE challenging circumstances
                                                                                                       university relations]
                                                                                                       Timothy L. O’Malley, PhD

                                                                                                       [assistant vice president
Finding learning opportunities from                                                                    of public affairs]
                                                                                                       Pamela Gray Payton
                                                                                                       pgray@sandiego.edu




                           A
                                                                                                       [editor/senior director]
                                     s I reflect upon the academic year just past and look to the      Julene Snyder
                                                                                                       julene@sandiego.edu
                                     year ahead, there is so much for which I have to be both
                                                                                                       [associate editor]
                                     proud and grateful. Our students are arguably the best            Mike Sauer
                                                                                                       msauer@sandiego.edu
                          equipped and most capable in the university’s history. They have dem-
                                                                                                       [senior art director]
                          onstrated once again their capacity to learn and to live in a complex,       Barbara Ferguson
                                                                                                       barbaraf@sandiego.edu
                          highly-connected, rapidly-changing world in which the unrelenting            [designer]
                                                                                                       Chika Sasaki
                          avalanche of information challenges them to be the most engaged,             chika@lefttree.com

                          critical, discerning and responsive generation the planet has ever known.    [writers]


                                                                                                                                                                    I’m
                                                                                                                                                            serving in
                                                                                                       Ryan T. Blystone
Their success in being able to meet that challenge and to live responsibly in the world is of more     Nathan Dinsdale
                                                                                                       Karen Gross
than little consequence to the rest of us.                                                             Kelly Knufken
                                                                                                       Trisha J. Ratledge




                                                                                                                                                                                       way
  Our talented and devoted faculty, coaches and staff work daily, supporting our students’ growth      Melissa Wagoner

and development and preparing them for long and productive lives of professional competence,
civic responsibility and personal integrity. Our treasured alumni, parents, donors, corporate part-
ners and other friends continue to encourage us with their extraordinary generosity, loyalty, praise
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and compassionate service. This is “true North” for USD. This is what we are here to do. This is
who we are.
                                                                 — Mary E. Lyons, PhD, President
                                USD MAGAZINE
   G R E A T E R .




                                                                                                                                                                                                          RAISING HALLELUJAH AS WE GO ALONG.
                                                          UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / SUMMER 2011
   S O M E T H I N G




                                                                O N      T H E        C O V E R               SEEKING OUT BRIGHT PLACES.                              F E A T U R E S


                                                             14 / IN THEIR OWN WORDS                                                                                  28 / RIGHT HERE,
                                                             Eleven freshly minted graduates — and one freshman —                                                     RIGHT NOW
   B U I L D I N G




                                                             reflect on their time at Alcalá Park. Among them are a                                                   Over Spring Break 2011,
                                                             United States Marine with four combat tours under his belt;                                              a group of students went




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                                                             a chemistry whiz with a passion for research; a starry-eyed                                              to New Orleans. Their




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                                                             actor who’s already traveled the world twice-over; an athlete                                            journey wasn’t about
                                                             determined to overcome unexpected adversity; a healer                                                    taking a vacation from
                                                             who sees ultimate value in flexibility and a justice advocate                                            their education, but rather,
M A G A Z I N E




                                                             determined to do the right thing. Each is a source of                                                    deepening it. Community
                                                             inspiration through both actions and words, and each has                                                 Service-Learning staff led the students on this life-changing, immersive trip. In some
                                                             a story worth telling.                                                                                   ways, community service is at the heart of the USD student experience. And over the past
                                                                                                                                                                      25 years, leadership has been key, ranging from founder and inaugural director Judy
                                                                                                                                                                      Rauner to former director Elaine Elliott to current head Chris Nayve.
                                                                D E P A R T M E N T S

                                                                                                                                                                                                       SOARING TO GREAT HEIGHTS.
U S D




                                                             AROUND THE PARK
                                                             4 / Revolutionary Road
                                                             Professors Avi Spiegel and Necia Tschirgi use                                                                                             ALUMNI UPDATE


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                                                             their expertise to give insight on this year’s                                                                                            34 / Coming Home
                                                             Arab Spring.                                                                                                                              Fifty years since graduation, the Class of ’61 is coming back




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                                                                                                                                                                                                       to campus; Class of ’86 celebrates 25-year-reunion.
                                                             6 / State of Mind
                                                             Nursing researcher Ann Mayo works with Linda Vista’s Bayside
                                                                                                                                                                                                       CLASS NOTES


                                                                                                                                                                       12
                                                             Community Center to gain insight into cognitive impairment.
                           ON THE COVER:                                                                                                                                                               36 / The Tao of Emalyn
                                                                                                                                   LIFE’S GREAT BALANCING ACT.
                           Photo of Justine Darling ‘11      7 / Gifts at Work                                                                                                                         A glimpse inside the vibrant classroom of San Diego’s 2010-
                           by Tim Mantoani.                  W. M. Keck Foundation donates $250,000; Carol Vassilliadis                                                                                2011 Middle School Teacher of the Year, Emalyn Leppard.
                                                             gives $500,000 for Black Box Theatre, and more.                     TORERO ATHLETICS                     GIVING BACK
                                                                                                                                                                                                       41 / Quality Over Quantity
                           Find USD Magazine online at                                                                           10 / Team Tenacity                   12 / Good Works,
                                                             8/ Dream Building                                                                                                                         Success tastes delicious for Peter Zien, who’s become one
                           www.sandiego.edu/usdmag.                                                                              Twenty-five years later, the         Abundant Grace
                                                             The first pair of graduates from USD’s architecture program                                                                               of the country’s premier craft beer brewmasters with his
                                                                                                                                 USD Men’s Alumni Rowing              The quiet generosity of
                                                             have been accepted to prestigious post-graduate institutions.                                                                             award-winning AleSmith Brewing Company.
                                                                                                                                 Squad is still making waves          Frances G. Harpst still rever-
                                                             9 / The King Speaks                                                 and competing at a high              berates through the many         44 / Peace is Not Enough


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                                                             College of Arts and Sciences Commencement speaker Larry             level. Also in this section,         lives and communities her        Lee Sorensen — who earned his master’s in Peace and Justice
                                                             King talks about his career and the road ahead.                     golfer Gunner Wiebe.                 largesse has touched.            Studies from USD in 2007 — takes a pragmatic approach.

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                      AROUND THE PARK AROUND THE PARK AROUND THE PARK AROUND THE PARK AROUND THE PARK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   engaged, more captivated,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Spiegel says. “As a professor, you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   can’t ask for anything more.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In the days, weeks and months



    AROUND THE PARK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                since the Arab Spring first began,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tschirgi and Spiegel have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   called upon repeatedly to pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vide commentary and analysis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It’s a task for which both are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   uniquely qualified.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Finding Justice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Assistant Ethnic Studies Professor May C. Fu is a founding member of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a national transformative justice network that unites grassroots activ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ists and organizations dedicated to building community-based
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           accountability and alternatives to punitive justice systems, especially
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in relation to sexual assault. She is also the lead organizer of the San
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tschirgi, a native of Turkey,       Diego County Ethnic Studies Consortium, a collaborative of faculty,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   studied political science at the        staff, students and community members in American Indian Studies,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   American University of Beirut,          Asian American Studies, Black/African American/Africana Studies,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   taught at the American Universi-        Chicana/o Studies and Ethnic Studies dedicated to scholarship, teach-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ty of Cairo and has worked for          ing, and community engagement. The consortium is currently creat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   organizations like the Interna-         ing articulation agreements that allow San Diego community college
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tional Peace Academy and the            students to smoothly transfer their courses to USD and other San Diego
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Peacebuilding Support office at         County universities. Additionally, she is the faculty advisor for the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the United Nations.                     Asian Students Association student organization and is writing a book
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spiegel, who is fluent in Ara-      that explores Asian American radicalism and community organizing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bic, has spent years conducting         during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   research (including for his PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   dissertation at oxford) into the        Doing the Right Thing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   changing dynamics of young              USD’s Trans-Border Institute (TBI) has been working in conjunction with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Islamist movements throughout           the School of Law and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     LUIS GARCIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   North Africa and the Middle East.       on a binational training program meant to help practitioners, law pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I’ve been listening to — and       fessors and law students prepare to implement new reforms and changes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   focusing on the mobilizing              to Mexico’s criminal justice system, remaking it into a more rights-based
                                                                                                        [uprisings]                                                                                                                                                                potential of — young people on          accusatorial system. The work is being coordinated by USD School of



                                                                                                        reVolutionary road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the often-brutal subjugation of                      the ground in the Middle East for       Law Professor Allen Snyder and UABC Law Professor Daniel Solorio.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              their citizenries.                                   a long time,” Spiegel says. “A lot      Additionally, TBI’s David Shirk reports that the institute is “working now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “It was entirely predictable,”                    of the signs and rhetoric coming        to make public work we’ve done to survey police in the violence-riddled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tschirgi says, “and yet nobody                       from the protestors were very           border city of Ciudad Juarez, and to survey judges, prosecutors and
                                                                                                        USD professors give insight on the Arab Spring                                                                        saw it coming.”                                      familiar to me. Still, I think all of   public defenders about Mexico’s conversion to new ‘oral trials’ like those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 What shocked Middle East                          us are still trying to make sense       used here in the United States.”
                                                                                                        by Nathan Dinsdale                                                                                                    scholars and foreign policy                          of why it happened, why so



                                                                                                        I
                                                                                                           t’s been a while since Avi Spie-    matters to consider. He did, after     In a matter of days, countries that     experts was how suddenly gov-                        quickly, why now and what it            Meltwater Lingers
                                                                                                           gel crossed paths with a razor.     all, begin teaching a USD course       barely registered on the global         ernments either disintegrated or                     means for the future.”                  A paper published this spring by a team of scientists that included USD
                                                                                                           The burgeoning stubble on his       called “Politics in the Middle East”   radar were thrust into the spotlight.   were severely shaken given the                           Spiegel is in a unique position     Associate Professor of Marine Science and Environmental Studies Ronald
                                                                                                           face is threatening to break out    precisely when conventional               “It’s exhilarating, there’s no       iron-fisted leadership of rulers                     to provide answers with his up-         S. Kaufmann reports that “icebergs influence oceanic surface waters
                                                                                                        into a beard at any moment. His        sociopolitical wisdom about the        doubt about it,” says Necla Tschir-     like Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben                   coming book, The Next Islamist          and mixing to a greater extent than previously realized.” The research,
                                                                                                        brisk gait barely slows as he          region took an abrupt detour out       gi. “When you see a situation           Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.                       Generation: Religion, Politics and      supported by the National Science Foundation, found a persistent change
                                                                                                        unlocks his office door and jetti-     the window.                            that’s basically been frozen in            “It’s not just that these leaders                 the Future of the Middle East. And      in the physical and biological characteristics of surface waters after the
                                                                                                        sons an armful of documents               “The entire class was set up        time change so dramatically, it’s       fell but how quickly it happened,”                   as this chapter in Middle East his-     transit of an iceberg. The changes in surface water properties such as
                                                                                                        onto the desk in one deft motion.      around the question of why             certainly a momentous period            Spiegel says. “To see these regimes                  tory continues to unfold—with           salinity lasted at least 10 days, far longer than had been expected. After
                                                                                                           “It’s been a hectic last few        authoritarianism is so durable         in history.”                            that were so firmly entrenched                       particular uncertainty surrounding      10 days, the scientists observed increased chlorophyll a and reduced
                                                                                                        months,” Spiegel says with an          and democracy so elusive in the           The seismic shift in geopolitics     collapse basically overnight —                       Libya, Syria and the repercussions      carbon dioxide concentrations, compared to nearby areas without
                                                                                                        apologetic grin. “Which you            Middle East,” Spiegel points out.      just happened to coincide with          and by young people literally                        of osama bin Laden’s demise —           icebergs. These results are consistent with the growth of phytoplankton
                                                                                                        can probably tell by looking at        “That’s one of the core questions      the arrival of two professors at        marching themselves free of                          there is an opportunity for aca-        and removal of carbon dioxide from the ocean, a process that could
                                                                                                        my office.”                            that scholars have been looking        USD — Spiegel and Tschirgi —            authoritarianism in a matter of                      demics like Spiegel and Tschirgi        affect the earth’s climate.
                                                                                                           Moving boxes stacked on the         at for years. Which is why this is     whose academic expertise is             weeks — is unbelievable.”                            to provide intellectual context            “We knew that iceberg melting affected the upper ocean in the Ant-
                                                                                                        floor are half-empty. The walls        such a pivotal moment.”                steeped with years of experience           That tangible immediacy —                         going forward.                          arctic,” says Kaufmann. “However, we didn’t expect that the meltwater
                                                                                                        are bare except for unadorned             The groundswell of revolution-      in the region. Given their grass-       along with the use of technolo-                          “This is really the moment          from an individual iceberg would be detectable as long as 10 days after
                                                                                                        picture hooks. only the desk —         ary fervor started in Tunisia, then    roots experience, neither professor     gies like Facebook, YouTube and                      for academics and scholars to           the iceberg had passed.”
                                                                                                        overflowing with papers, folders,      quickly gripped Egypt and con-         was surprised about the underly-        Twitter — has translated into a                      contribute to ongoing policy               “These findings confirm that icebergs contribute yet another dimension of
                                                                                                        books and an Apple laptop —            tinued to spread during this so-       ing causes of the widespread            surge of enthusiasm within USD                       debates,” Spiegel says. “The end-       physical and biological complexity to the polar ecosystems,” said Roberta
                                                                                                        bears any sign of active habitation.   called Arab Spring throughout          insurrection against long-standing      classrooms. “I’ve never seen stu-                    ings of these revolutions have          L. Marinelli, program director of the Antarctic organisms and Ecosystems
                                                                                                           Spiegel has had more pressing       the Middle East and North Africa.      authoritarian regimes known for         dents more interested, more                          not yet been written.”                  Program at the National Science Foundation, which supported the study.


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    A R O U N D     T H E   PARK                                                                                                                                                                                                                           [gifts at work]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The W.M. Keck Foundation awarded $250,000 to establish the Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for Undergraduate Research. The center will serve as the hub for under-
    [interconnected]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           graduate research activities, provide faculty workshops, share best prac-



    State of Mind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tices and encourage the continued expansion of undergraduate research.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mary K. Boyd, PhD, a recognized expert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in undergraduate research, will supervise the center’s development.

    Nursing researcher gets up                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ahern Insurance Brokerage has endowed a scholarship fund at USD.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Established in the name of the late William Ahern, the firm’s founder and
    close and personal for answers                                                                                                                                                                                                                         father of Brian Ahern ’85, the scholarship is designed to help deserving
    by Trisha J. Ratledge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  students finance their studies and achieve their academic goals.



    A
              nn Mayo’s recent research        ed Caucasian professionals. And
              may have used a relatively       while one in seven persons over                                                                                                                                                                             The College of Arts and Sciences received a gift of $500,000 from
              small sampling, but it           age 70 will develop dementia                                                                                                                                                                                Carol Vassiliadis for the extensive renovation of the university’s venera-
    could lead to big answers.                 affecting cognitive abilities, com-                                                                                                                                                                         ble Black Box Theatre. The theatre will be renamed in honor of the
        Mayo, a professor in the Hahn          munity screening for cognitive                                                                                                                                                                              Vassiliadis Family.
    School of Nursing and Health               impairment is rare, especially in
    Science, teamed up with co-inves-          ethnically diverse communities.                                                                                                                                                                             The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded $250,000 for a new
    tigators Jorge Riquelme, executive         Screening can help identify                                                                                                                                                                                 scanning electron microscope in the Shiley Center for Science and
    director at Bayside Community              underlying causes of cognitive                                                                                                                                                                              Technology. This gift joins previous generous contributions from the
    Center, and Connie Curran,                 impairment, prompt early refer-                                                                                                                                                                             foundation, including a gift of $1 million to the Shiley Center and a
    Bayside senior program director,           rals, and help families adapt envi-                                                                                                                                                                         $500,000 gift to the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.
    to screen 104 ethnically diverse           ronments to promote safety.                                                                                                                                                                                 Professor Lisa Baird will coordinate the purchase and use of the micro-
    older adults in the Linda Vista, Calif.,      “This is very new knowledge in                                                                                                                                                                           scope, replacing outdated film-based equipment with improved digital
    community for functional status,           terms of the science of cognition,”                                                                                                                                                                         technology which offers students the use of state-of-the-art equipment.
    cognition and social support.              says Mayo ’90 (MSN), ’98 (DNSc)
        “If you think of those three           of her current study in a multicul-
    things as a constellation, the pri-        tural community. “We’re getting
    mary question I’m looking at is:           a picture of what might be going
    ‘Is functional status affected by          on in a more diverse population.”
    one’s cognitive status and one’s              “We are always looking for new
    social support?’” explains Mayo,           ways to learn about Alzheimer’s
    who describes functional status            or dementia,” adds Connie Curran
    as a seniors’ ability to manage            ’90 (BSN), ’95 (MSN), a former fac-
    finances, arrange transportation           ulty member at the Hahn School
    and prepare balanced meals.                of Nursing and Health Science. “If
    “Would older adults in the com-            you do your testing in one place,
    munity have poorer functioning             it does not give you everything
    if their cognitive abilities were          you are probably looking for.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           NICK ABADILLA
    compromised? Do those with                 This is a beginning.”
    weak social support systems also              While data analysis will be com-
    function at a lower level? I want to       pleted in July 2011, preliminary
    know how all three are associated          findings indicate that factors such




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LoIS MARKoVICH
    with each other.”                          as age, education level and cog-      and then what are the next steps      advanced age, lower educational      vention, provide targeted sup-        years at a big, academic medical
        That the study’s volunteers            nitive score together predict a       in the research?’”                    levels and lower cognitive scores,   port and help them immediately        center to get the right people in
    come from diverse backgrounds              high percentage of the functional        The co-investigators hope to       Bayside can invite individuals       benefit from the research.            for a research study like this. At
    — including Caucasian, Hispanic            status in the volunteers. What can    use the study results to look at      falling within certain parameters       Collaborations such as this        Bayside, it took two and a half                      [ a d v e n t u r o u s ]   
    and Japanese subjects — is sig-            the researchers do with this infor-   interventions that can be tested      to the community center for          research project between              months. That was phenomenal.                         In January, USD President Mary E. Lyons, PhD (center) traveled with two San
    nificant. Studies on cognition, or         mation? Two things, says Mayo.        in additional populations, at         specific programming that can        Bayside Community Center and            “And for the researchers in                        Diego College for Women alumnae from the class of ’59 to South America.
    how people process information,               “You reach a fork in the road at   Bayside and elsewhere, and also       improve their decision-making        the Hahn School of Nursing and        cognition and decision-making                        The trip was part of a Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) tour. On the left
    are often conducted through large          the end of a project like this and    to develop support programs           and functional status, or provide    Health Science have benefits that     — who are primarily at academic                      is Angel Kraemer Kleinbub; Jean Hicks Miller is on the right. Accompanying
    academic medical centers, which            that is: ‘What can we give back to    specifically for Bayside.             a stronger support system, or        go far beyond the two institutions.   medical centers — this study                         them were their husbands, Fredrick Kleinbub and Kenneth Miller. Here, the
    draw a narrower sampling of vol-           the community in terms of pro-           For instance, if lower function-   both. It’s a way to identify the       “This is a really nice partner-     advances the science in this field                   trio is shown along the shore of one of Chile’s largest lakes, with one of its
    unteers, typically highly educat-          gramming that would be helpful,       al abilities are connected to         individuals most in need of inter-   ship,” Mayo says. “It could take      that is desperately needed.”                         many volcanoes in the back ground.



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                                                                                                                                        Milou Teeling (left) and Jordan




                                                                                                                                                                                            King Q&a
                                                                                                                                                                                larryspeaks at Commencement
                                                                                                                                        Anderson have both been accepted
                                                                                                                                        to top-tier graduate programs after
                                                                                                                                        earning their degrees in architecture
                                                                                                                                        from USD this spring.
                                                                                                                                                                                Emmy winner                                                                                 Tonight Show host Jay Leno             up by capturing the Western
    [originals]                                                                                                                                                                 by Mike Sauer                                                                               invited USD students and their         Intercollegiate Rowing Associa-




    dreaM Building                                                                                                                                                              F
                                                                                                                                        weeks in order to succeed.”                   ormer CNN anchor Larry King has been asking famous people                             professor, Knapp Humanities            tion Championship’s All-Points
                                                                                                                                            Eight years ago, when Bilsel              questions throughout his career. In advance of his appearance as                      Chair and historian John Heit-         Trophy. Golfer Alex Ching tied for
                                                                                                                                        arrived at USD, the department                speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony for undergraduate                         mann, into his Big Dog Garage          medalist honors at the WCC Tour-
                                                                                                                                        didn’t offer any architecture           arts and sciences, USD Magazine turned the tables:                                          this spring in conjunction with        nament, and the women’s tennis
                                                                                                                                        courses. Since then, he’s been                                                                                                      their class studying the automo-       team reached the WCC Tourna-
    USD’s first pair of architecture majors graduate                                                                                    dedicated to designing a world-         Q: The Class of 2011 enters a world where the only constant is                              bile and its place in American life.   ment finals. As a result of their
                                                                                                                                        class program, assembling a             constant change. What do you see as their major challenges?                                 “This is one of the best experi-       respective efforts, the men and
                                                                                                                                        curriculum that gives students                                                                                                      ences I’ve had at USD,” said           women’s tennis teams and the
                                                                                                                                        breadth and depth to explore            A: The world of tomorrow is a world of connection. The challenges are                       Ed Hickey ’11. After their tour,       golf team qualified for NCAA
                                                                                                                                        their creativity. Bilsel has also       enormous because technology goes so fast. There’s good in that; the                         students were invited to watch         postseason play. Individually,
                                                                                                                                        attracted a stream of respected         news is instantaneous. The bad in it is the news is instantaneous; you                      Leno’s show at NBC Studios and         Jackson and senior Dean Ching
                                                                                                                                        academics in the program, who           get a lot of things wrong. It used to be that you had to double-check,                      met with him privately after-          were named WCC Player of the
                                                                                                                                        work tirelessly with their protégés.    triple check your information; have three sources. Those days are gone.                     wards. “Such a great experience!”      Year in their respective sports,
                                                                                                                                        They’re certainly off to an auspi-                                                                                                  enthused junior Lexi Deol.             while Allyn DeLozier was named
                                                                                                                                        cious start. “We’ve created an          Q: In many cases, the degree a student earns does not determine                                                                    WCC Coxswain of the Year. Tennis
                                                                                                                                        interesting niche for ourselves,”       what professional path he or she will take. Did you know right off                          The Student Life Pavilion has          Coach Brett Masi (men) and Sherri
                                                                                                                                        he says.                                the bat that you wanted a career in broadcasting?                                           achieved LEED Gold Certification,      Stephens (women) were each
                                                                                                                                            There’s no doubt that niche is                                                                                                  a measure established by the U.S.      named WCC Coach of the Year, as
                                                                                                                                        expanding. The program’s repu-          A: The light bulb went on for me at age 5. I used to listen to every radio                  Green Building Council and veri-       was Kim Cupini (women’s rowing);
                                                                                                                                        tation and the new major are            program I could, and I loved the idea that I could connect to people                        fied by the Green Building Certifi-    Tim Mickelson was named co-WCC
                                                                                                                                        enticing a slew of interested           and places all around the world. I knew I wanted to communicate with                        cation Institute (GBCI). LEED is       Golf Coach of the Year.
                                                                                                                                        students. And success stories           people, and broadcasting was my way to do that.                                             the nation’s preeminent program
                                                                                                                                        like that of Milou Teeling and                                                                                                      for the design, construction and       Two new deans have been
                                                                                                                                        her classmate, Jordan Anderson,         Q: If a recent graduate asked you for a one-word description of                             operation of high performance          named. Stephen Ferruolo takes
                                                                                                                                        have played a key role. Anderson,       what life is like after college, what word would you use?                                   green buildings.                       the helm as dean of the School
                                                                                                                                        a 22 year old from Dallas,                                                                                                                                                 of Law on Aug. 1. He comes to
                                                                                                                                        majored in art history, with            A: I don’t know about one word, but there is a phrase that I use that I                     The university mourns the              USD from the San Diego office
                                                                                                                                        minors in visual arts and archi-        feel really encapsulates what it’s like to be a young adult trying to find                  recent passing of USD trustees         of Goodwin Procter LLP, where
                                                                                                                                        tecture. As it did for Teeling,         your way in the world: Do not be surprised by surprises. Plans will go                      Kaye M. Woltman and Barrie             he was the founding partner
                                                                                                                                        Anderson’s nascent love of              awry. Things will not be given to you on a silver plate. In five years, you                 Cropper. In her time as trustee,       and chair. Jason Lemon, PhD,
                                                                                                                                        design came as a surprise.              very well may be doing something you never thought you’d be doing.                          Woltman served on the executive,       joined the university on June 14
                                                                                                                                            “I realized that I wanted more      Life’s funny that way, you know?                                                            finance and student affairs com-       as dean of professional and
                                                                                                                        NICK ABADILLA




                                                                                                                                        than just the history side of it,”                                                                                                  mittees and as corporate treasurer.    continuing education.
                                                                                                                                        she says. “I wanted to design                                                                                                       Cropper’s term on the board was
                                                                                                                                        buildings and deal with space in                                                                                                    from 2009-2011. He was involved        Speakers at USD’s 2011 Com-
                                                                                                                                        a more hands-on way.” La Jolla,                                                                                                     with the Academic Affairs and          mencement had some high-tech
    by Karen Gross                                                                                                                      California’s majestic Salk Institute                                                                                                Finance Committees. He and             help this year when it came time



    A
             s a junior tennis champi-    she believed until a series of        class,” Teeling recalls. “I was sold.                   is where Anderson says she goes                                                                                                     his wife, Dorothy, honored the         to pronounce the names of grad-
             on in the Netherlands,       injuries sidelined her, forcing her   In love.” Now, she’s earned the                         for inspiration. “I want to learn                                                                                                   untimely passing of their daugh-       uates. USD Senior Web Adminis-
             Milou Teeling didn’t draw.   to find fulfillment in an unex-       very first degree in architecture                       how to do that, how to make                                                                                                         ter, a 1998 alumna, by founding        trator Jerry Stratton developed a
    She didn’t doodle. She fiddled        pected place.                         granted by the University of San                        space impact other people that                                                                                                      USD’s Lindsay Joanne Cropper           nifty application that allowed
    with Legos, but she had nothing          on a tennis scholarship at         Diego. In the fall, she’s headed to                     way,” she says.                                                                                                                     Center for Creative Writing.           students to record proper pro-
    to do with art. Teeling was head-     USD, Teeling had initially chosen     Princeton on a full scholarship to                          Next year, Anderson too will                                                                                                                                           nunciation of their names from
    ed for the pros, and there was        to pursue a bachelor’s degree in      pursue her master’s degree.                             be seeking new sources of inspi-                                                                                                    Torero sports teams and indi-          their computer or a kiosk, then
    simply no room in her busy life       business administration. But a           “She’s very driven,” says Can                        ration, as a master’s student at                                                                                                    viduals in conference play had a       upload that audio to a password-
    for anything remotely artistic.       freshman preceptorial in archi-       Bilsel, associate professor and                         New York’s Columbia University.                                                                                                     banner spring. The men’s tennis        protected website. Commence-
       “It was always the subject that,   tectural history opened her eyes,     chair of the department of art,                         ”I think she’s going to take a                                                                                                      team captured its first West Coast     ment speakers could then listen
    as an athlete, you were allowed       and the next art course she took      architecture and art history. “She                      leadership role in defining, or re-                                                                                                 Conference (WCC) title in 21           to individual MP3 files — along-
    to skip,” she says with a laugh.      sealed her fate.                      has this capacity of starting an idea                   thinking how we inhabit spaces,”                                                                                                    years. Women’s rowing won its          side a photo of each student —




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LUIS GARCIA
    “You were not going to need              “In my sophomore year, I took      and bringing it to completion,                          says Bisel. “She’s going to join an                                                                                                 second straight West Coast Con-        and practice tricky pronunciation
    those skills anyway.” That’s what     my first architectural design         and she’s able to not sleep for                         elite group of designers.”                                                                                                          ference team title and followed        ahead of time.


8     U S D M A G AZ I N E                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SUMMER 2011         9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       [impervious]
     T O R E R O     A T H LE TICS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shot MaKer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dad Mark Wiebe has earned his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           living for the past 30 years on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           both the PGA and Champions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           golf tours, earning four career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       When things can’t get much worse,                                                   victories along the way. He
     [glory days]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          serves as both a mentor and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gunner Wiebe tends to be at his best

     teaM tenacity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           motivator to a son who, after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       by Mike Sauer                                                                       graduating from USD, plans to



                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                s soon as he hit the ball,      nitely one of my favorite                  follow in his father’s footsteps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gunner Wiebe knew he            moments on the course during               and earn a spot on the PGA tour.
     25 years later, the USD Men’s Alumni                                                                                                                                                                                       was in trouble. Big trouble.    my time at USD.”                              Perhaps most importantly, he’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       And we’re not talking about one             And there are plenty of memo-           still got the game to keep the
     Rowing Squad is still making waves                                                                                                                                                                                of those glass-breaking, apologize-      rable moments to draw from.                younger Wiebe on his toes,
     by Mike Sauer                                                                                                                                                                                                     to-the-neighbors baseball acci-          Whether it was becoming only               which has made for some awfully



     A
              nyone who’s ever rowed       Stehly, along with Treak Tasker,                                                                                                                                            dents many of us remember from           the fourth USD player in school            exciting father-son matches.
              competitively in college     Mike Gerhart, Mike Weber, Brett                                                                                                                                             the sandlot days of our youth.           history to win medalist honors at             “Last summer, we played like
              can attest that being a      o’Keefe, Will Creagan, Jamie                                                                                                                                                   This was a high stakes, make-         the WCC Golf Championship,                 eight times in 10 days,” Wiebe
     member of a varsity eight crew        Bea and Erik Henrion rekindled                                                                                                                                              or-break moment at the 2010 USD          being named Amateur Star of the            says. “Dad beat me four or five
     team is not for the faint of heart.   their commitment to crew rac-                                                                                                                                               Callaway Invitational, the univer-       Year by the San Diego Hall of              times, and I beat him about the
        on the contrary, it’s a full-      ing, and made the group deci-                                                                                                                                               sity’s signature golf tournament.        Champions or outdueling USD                same number. I mean, it was real-
     throttle indoctrination into          sion that they wouldn’t just be                                                                                                                                             Wiebe had buried his second              Golf Coach Tim Mickelson in an             ly good golf, and we both ended
     reaching your physical and            happy competing in the Coach                                                                                                                                                shot into a pile of mulch 25 yards       18-hole playoff to earn the lone           up playing really well in subse-
     mental limits and pushing past        Del Beekley Volunteer Cup             STANDING TALL      The 1986 USD Alumni Crew team are, clockwise from bottom center: Mike Weber, Michael                               from the green, and, seemingly,          amateur spot in a PGA Tour event           quent tournaments after that. We
     them. It’s about rising with the      Masters’ C race; they were in it                                                                                                                                            his hopes of winning his match.          at Torrey Pines, Wiebe seems to            definitely keep each other sharp.”




                                                                                                                                                                                                         DAVE GATLEY
                                                                                 Gerhart, Will Creagan III, Treak Tasker, Jaime Bea, Erik Henrion, Neal Stehly, Brett O’Keefe and Leonard Velez.
     roosters and putting oars in the      to win it.                                                                                                                                                                     “I’m a feel player, and I’m           always hit the right shot when it             Which will spell trouble for
     water before most people hit             “You know, a lot of people                                                                                                                                               always tinkering around with the         matters most.                              Wiebe’s future opponents on the
     the snooze button, and learn-         get back together for these                                                                                                                                                 way the golf club feels in my               It’s a trait that runs in the family.   golf course. Big trouble.
     ing how to synchronize a boat         types of alumni races, and it’s      eight of us are still physically    into it and the race was on to                  The Alumni Rowing Squad is,                        hands,” he says, then deadpans,
     full of unique personalities into     all about fun,” says USD team        capable of competing at a high      get in rowing shape. Everyone’s                 clockwise from bottom center:                      “I guess I should’ve tinkered a little
     one, cohesive unit.                   coxswain Len Velez, the man          level. We embraced the chal-        times improved week after                       Mike Weber, Michael Gerhart, Will                  more with that shot.”
        It takes a special breed to        responsible for keeping all          lenge and committed to each         week as everyone posted via                     Creagan III, Treak Tasker, Jaime                      When he arrived to survey the
     excel in that type of environ-        eight members in time and            other to put ourselves through      email. Some of us truly had a                   Bea, Erik Henrion, Neal Stehly,                    lie and his subsequent options, it
     ment. Twenty-five years ago,          on task during their 2,000-          a grueling fitness program that     long way to come, but the                       Brett O’Keefe and Leonard Velez.                   became clear that what he origi-
     just such a group rowed their         meter race. “But when these          has demanded, once again,           encouragement never ceased                                                                         nally deemed a difficult shot was
     way into the USD history books        guys get together …” he smiles,      self-sacrifice and physical suf-    and no one fell behind.”                        diminish with 500 meters to go,                    leaning more towards impossi-
     with an upset win at one of the       shaking his head as he watches       fering on behalf of the team.”         After 16 weeks of intense                    and, ultimately, disappear.                        ble. A right-handed player, Wiebe
     nation’s premier collegiate row-      the reunited crew hoist their           Back when getting to class       training (during which the                         While Stehly and his team-                      had absolutely no chance to hit
     ing events, the San Diego Crew        boat and head towards the            on time was their primary           eight crew members dropped                      mates take no great solace in                      the ball from his normal stance.
     Classic at Mission Bay.               water for a practice run, “they      responsibility, that kind of com-   137 pounds, collectively) a lean,               their runner-up status, losing by                  To take a penalty stroke at that
        “Winning the Cal Cup at the        just don’t know how to do            mitment was a lot more palat-       mean rowing machine arrived                     a boat length to one of the pre-                   critical stage would surely have
     Crew Classic was one of the           anything half speed. It’s all        able. But when there are busi-      fit and ready for battle at the                 mier rowing teams in the nation                    ended any hope of victory, both
     most amazing experiences of           or nothing.”                         nesses to run, mouths to feed       2011 Crew Classic. As the crews                 is certainly nothing to hang their                 for him and his Torero teammates.
     my life,” recalls ’86 team mem-          Yet, in order to get into the     and mortgages to pay, time          swept away from the starting                    heads about, especially when                          But golf is a game where
     ber Neil Stehly, one of seven         kind of tiptop physical condi-       management and personal             line, it quickly became apparent                considering how their fans react-                  nerves of steel and a capacity for
     siblings to row at USD. “Every-       tion required to match strokes       motivation are critical. Thank-     that this four-team final would                 ed as the two crews came ashore.                   creativity are what separate the
     body on that team shared such         with formidable teams such as        fully, those who might’ve           come down to a battle between                      “There were several hundred                     great players from the good ones,
     a strong bond. We’ve all moved        the Kent Mitchell Rowing Club        wavered when realizing the          USD and their arch-rival, Kent                  people screaming for us on the                     and Wiebe capitalized on his con-
     on to different chapters in our       — which is comprised predomi-        enormity of the task could rely     Mitchell. Halfway through the                   finish and it was comical when                     siderable reserves of both; hit-
     lives, but getting back together      nately of former olympic and         on their teammates for support.     race, USD had established a                     we came into the beach                             ting his third shot left-handed to
     to compete in the Crew Classic        national crew team members —            “Man, I hadn’t touched an oar    clear lead, but their lane #3                   because they were going nuts                       within about six feet of the pin,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BILL WECHTER/NORTH COUNTY TIMES
     Master’s Race has really been a       the ’86 team knew they needed        or been on the water since ’86,     position in the middle of the                   for our team,” Stehly says. “Kent                  and draining a par putt that left
     great experience.”                    to take their preparations to a      but some of the boys had and        bay did them no favors down                     Mitchell was baffled as to why                     his opponent reeling and rattled.
        Thanks to the wonders of           new level. That meant lots of time   they were pretty persuasive in      the stretch, as a strong head-                  everyone was cheering for us                          “It was ridiculous to win a hole
     modern technology — in this           in the gym, and on the water.        getting us to come back,” offers    wind combined with the Mitch-                   after they just won the race.”                     hitting that kind of shot,” he says.
     case, a team Facebook page               “Hey, we’re not exactly spring    Tasker. “The training program       ell team’s advantageous posi-                      Even 25 years later, these                      “You don’t practice that. You just
     that served as part motivating        chickens,” says Gerhart, “But I’ve   got progressively harder each       tioning in the faster, shallow                  guys still know how to make                        do it. I went on to win the hole
     influence, part comic relief —        been really impressed how all        week, but everyone bought           waters of lane #1 saw the lead                  quite a splash.                                    and the match after that. It’s defi-


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     GIVING   BACK

     [humility]


     good WorKS, aBundant grace
     The quiet generosity of Frances G. Harpst still reverberates
     by Trisha J. Ratledge



     E
            very Wednesday for more             Harpst passed away peacefully         from the Finance Council to the       complicate her world with micro-
            than 30 years, Frances           in her home on April 7, 2010, at         Altar Society. For decades, she       wave ovens, DVD players or com-
            Goodrich Harpst packed up        age 83. She left a list of gifts that    organized the children’s Mass         puters, and her rotary phone
     the Meals on Wheels van for             reflected her love for Coronado,         every Christmas Eve, and she ran      served her just fine. She was pas-
     Coronado Hospital and motored           for the island’s humanitarian con-       the First Communion and bap-          sionate about her friends and fam-
     the tree-lined streets, delivering      cerns and for her faith. USD             tism registry, filling her dining     ily — which includes her daughter,
     meals to her homebound neigh-           received a gift of more than $3          table with generations of sacra-      three granddaughters and five
     bors. What those recipients didn’t      million, which it used to endow          ment paperwork.                       great-grandchildren — the church
     know was that their steadfast Fran,     the newly renamed Frances G.                Harpst was not only industri-      and peaceful pursuits such as gar-
     fiercely loyal to the community         Harpst Center for Catholic Thought       ous, but she knew exactly what        dening. Harpst would joke with
     she so loved, actually founded          and Culture and to support stu-          she wanted and communicated           friends about the car she drove.
     the Meals on Wheels program             dent scholarships at USD. The            that very clearly.                        “I think her car was older than
     for Coronado, Calif., and bought        bequest advances the work of the            “She was to-the-point,” Gillil-    mine,” says a friend from Sacred
     the van that she and the other          center in encouraging open dia-          and says. “If you got her, you were   Heart, who, much like Harpst,
     volunteers drove.                       logue about Catholicity on cam-          her confidante and colleague          preferred to remain anonymous.
        In fact, Harpst was the silent       pus and in the local community.          because you didn’t take offense       “We used to laugh about who had
     momentum behind countless good             A 50-year resident of Coronado,       to her straightforwardness. That      the worst looking clunker in town.”
     works in Coronado. There will never     Harpst discovered the quaint             is how she got so much done and           An award-winning equestrian,
     be a full accounting of the lives she   island community in her youth,           made sure everything was being        Harpst’s lifelong love for animals
     touched. She certainly didn’t keep      when her family would summer at          run in tiptop shape.”                 led to her continued support of the
     track, and her philanthropic work       the Hotel Del Coronado every year.          Harpst was as thoughtful in        San Diego Humane Society, Horse-
     was almost exclusively anonymous,       Harpst and her daughter, Lynne,          her giving as she was perceptive      manship for the Handicapped and
     so the people whose lives unex-         settled permanently in Coronado          at finding the needs around her.      the Coronado Veterinary Hospital.
     pectedly changed course never           after her marriage ended, and she        Seeing that a fellow parishioner      She donated one of her homes to
     knew that she was the force behind      quickly got to work, serving on          in frail health was having trouble    the Pacific Animal Welfare Society
     their good fortune. That was pre-       Coronado Hospital’s boards and in        keeping up her home’s exterior,       (PAWS), which was able to use the
     cisely how she wanted it.               the auxiliary program. Not content       Harpst anonymously arranged           proceeds from the sale of the
        “She never wanted the notori-        to limit her contributions to board      for her gardener to maintain it.      house to help build a new facility.
     ety,” says the Rev. Michael Murphy,     meetings and bottom lines, she           When the parish hall needed               In her lifetime, Harpst gave self-
     pastor of Sacred Heart Church,          reached out directly through pro-        refurbishing, not only did she        lessly and abundantly. To her fam-
     Harpst’s parish in Coronado. “I think   grams like Meals on Wheels.              help pay for the work, but she        ily, Harpst exemplified the truest
     that for her it was an offering and        “She saw the need, she was            was there pitching in.                form of philanthropy — one that
     she didn’t want to take anything        there to help out, and she did it           A longtime supporter of the        can only come from the heart.
     away from giving glory to God.”         very quietly,” says Harriet Sangrey,     University of San Diego, Harpst           “To me, she wasn’t this person
        “If anyone were to say to her, ‘I    manager of patient/administra-           was a former member of USD’s          who donated considerable
     heard you donated so-and-so,’           tive relations at the hospital. “There   board of trustees and helped fund     amounts of money,” says Gilliland.
     she would shut you down so              are not many individuals who live        a number of efforts, including the    “She was my grandma who was
     quickly and so wittily that you         their lives the way she did. She left    annual Monsignor Portman Chair        involved in the church and the hos-
     wouldn’t know what just hap-            a great legacy of volunteer work.”       in Roman Catholic Theology. And       pital and other things. She taught
     pened to you,” says Sara Gilliland,        Still looking for fulfillment         she is credited with putting “many,   me that you are a doer, not just an
     Harpst’s granddaughter. “It was a       early in her new life in Coronado,       many” young people through            overseer. It’s easy to be wealthy and
     way for her to live under the           Harpst converted to Catholicism          school at USD.                        to donate money, but not everyone
     radar. She was a woman who              and joined the Sacred Heart par-            Through it all, Harpst lived a     is going to go clean out the sacristy.
     lived a simple life.”                   ish, where she served everywhere         simple life. She saw no need to       That’s who she was to me.”
                                                                                                                                                                     ALLAN BURCH




12     USD MAGAZINE
In Their
                                              The ritual is a familiar one: caps and gowns, pomp and circumstance,
                                              tears and smiles. Scores of cameras click incessantly, capturing
                                              this crowning moment when years of hard work are recognized
                                              — at last! — with a firm handshake, a deeply-felt “congratulations”




Own Words
                                              and a suitably ornate diploma.
                                                Yes, there will be hard work and challenges ahead, no matter the
                                              major, whatever the field. Carefully laid plans get changed, and life
                                              is filled with surprises. But whatever is to come, one thing is certain:
                                              The accomplishments represented by each one of this year’s USD
Freshly minted graduates (and one freshman)   graduates are already most extraordinary.
                                                Please join us in congratulating all of those whose efforts we
reflect on their time at Alcalá Park          celebrate at this time of year, and read on to learn what some stellar
                                              representatives of the Class of 2011 — and one up-and-comer from

class of 2011
PhotograPhy by tim mantoani
                                              the Class of 2014 — have to say for themselves.




                                                                                                   class of 2014




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                       “C                                                                               “E
                                        oming into USD,             i also noticed that a lot of my               ver since i was old         ate of the master’s in higher Edu-
                                        i didn’t think i was     freshman friends struggled with                  enough to open a            cation Leadership program at
                                        going to get involved.   not having one-on-one attention                  book, i’ve really           USD’s School of Leadership and
                         i did so much in high school and        and they were not feeling con-         enjoyed learning about history.       Education Sciences, i’ve been

 standard bearer         thought i just wanted to study
                         in college, maybe get a job. but
                         that definitely wasn’t the path
                                                                 nected, especially as underrepre-
                                                                 sented students. So, i co-founded
                                                                 the Link Peer mentoring Program
                                                                                                        the timelines of both classic and
                                                                                                        modern civilizations are filled
                                                                                                        with so many intriguing stories,
                                                                                                                                              lucky enough to work with, and
                                                                                                                                              learn from some amazing profes-
                                                                                                                                              sors, and they don’t just provide
                                                                                                                                                                                     above and beyond
                         that was given to me.                   within the UF. We paired 44 stu-       and there are so many things          you with theories, they really work
                            i’m not the kind of person who       dents with 22 mentors this year,       that we can learn about ourselves,    with you on incorporating the
                         can sit back and do nothing. of         giving the new students some-          both as people and as a society,      ideas of leadership into your own
                         course, i was at USD for school,        one to turn to who’s already           from the exploits of those who        life. i know that people like Dr.
                         but at the same time i wanted to        been through it all.                   have come before us.                  reed and Dr. monroe have really
                         make something of myself here.             it’s kind of a legacy i’m leaving      as a United States marine and      expanded my horizons, but it’s
                            at first, i was part of University   here at USD.                           a veteran of four combat tours in     not just the professors; it’s the
                         ministry and volunteered                   my parents have taught me a         iraq and afghanistan, i’m also        classes themselves, the interac-
                         through my sociology class as a         lot about striving for your goals      acutely aware of the toll exacted     tions with fellow students along
                         freshman. i raised awareness            and doing what you know is             on soldiers as they fight for the     with the faculty, that really get
                         about healthy lifestyle choices         right. Even so, they thought i was     honor of their country in lands       me thinking about applying my
                         the next year through Campus            stretching myself too thin. but        far from home, and the countless      education to real world situations.
                         Connections and was co-chair of         when i received the Woman of           brave souls who never return.            Just this past year, i was named
                         hunger and homelessness                 impact award by USD’s Women’s             in World War ii alone, roughly     mission leader for the bentProp
                         awareness Week.                         Center in December, they real-         78,000 U.S. soldiers are listed as    Project in Palau, and i got the
                            and then i found my home in          ized how much of a difference i        missing in action (mia). many of      chance to put my SoLES educa-
                         the United Front multicultural          was making. they were so proud,        those mias were deployed to           tion to good use. the environ-
                         Center. i remember planning             and that made me want to work          what was known as the South           ment in the Palau islands is
                         multicultural night when we             harder and to overcome anything.       West Pacific theatre; a vast          demanding to say the least,
                         started talking about having a             i spent a lot of time with UF       expanse of islands and atolls         as the daytime temperature can
                         dance for the UF, and now it’s an       and as vice chair of the torero
                         annual tradition. that was excit-       Program board this last year, and      By uncovering the past, DEREK ABBEY has found his future
                         ing. after that, they actually hired    i am putting together a scholar-
                         me to be on staff. i took on that       ship fund for a student who            stretching from the Philippines       soar to 120 degrees, and the
                         position in my junior year and          shows a commitment to diversity        south to australia. Some of the       islands are a mixture of clay, coral
                         also was director of multicultural      and inclusion at USD. that’s           bloodiest battles of WWii were        and mangrove-strewn beaches
                         programming for associated Stu-         something i can still be involved      fought in that area, and the          that give way to dense tropical
                         dents, so all of my work tied           with. i don’t think i could leave      impact can be felt to this day        foliage as you head inland. it’s
                         together. that’s when things got        USD and just not care anymore.         through the stories of the veter-     tough to navigate at the best of
                         really busy.                               i’ve invested a lot of my time      ans who were there.                   times, but when you’re carrying
                            Looking back, i had some             and my efforts here. i’ve learned         those stories are part of the      50-pound backpacks full of
                         struggles. my parents both went         so much from my advisers, and          reason that, over 65 years later, i   equipment for research, things
                         to school in the Philippines and        my friends have said they want         travel thousands of miles to the      can get really dicey.
                         i don’t have brothers or sisters,       to follow in my footsteps. that        remote Palau islands with an             making sure that everyone
                         so the hardest thing for me was         validation pushes me to be             amazing organization committed        in our group communicated
                         to understand how to register           an example that i hope others          to recovering american military       and worked together was no
                         for my psychology and leader-           can follow.                            aircraft shot down by Japanese        small chore, but the knowledge
                                                                                                        forces during WWii. our group is      i gained from my time in the
         JAYZONA ALBERTO is all about doing the right thing                                             called the bentProp Project, and      SoLES program proved invalu-
                                                                                                        we’re headed by Dr. Pat Scan-         able. i’m really proud of the work
                         ship classes and what it would            it’s hard to let go, but i know i    non, a man who shares my pas-         that we accomplished on that
                         take to get into pharmacy               am leaving USD in good hands.          sion for uncovering the clues         trip, and all the work that bent-
                         school. i didn’t have anyone            and seeing that i might have           that will lead to the whereabouts     Prop has done in helping bring
                         to show me the way.                     made a difference in some peo-         of the U.S. planes scattered          lost servicemen home.”
                                                                 ple’s lives really gives me closure    throughout the islands, and, ulti-
                                                                 so i know i can leave and be okay.”    mately, the crews who flew them.      — Derek Abbey ’11, MA,
                                                                                                           along the way, i’ve learned a      Higher Education Leadership
                                                                 — Jayzona Alberto ’11, BA,             lot about the importance of


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                                                                 Psychology                             strong leadership, and how            [aS toLD to miKE SaUEr]

                                                                                                        quickly things can head south if
                                                                 [aS toLD to triSha J. ratLEDgE]        there is none. as a recent gradu-


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                    “I                                                                                  “P
                               ’m not going to lie, when       for feedback and collaboration.                       eople have mistaken           stand how drug molecules inter-
                               i showed up on campus my        in a way, it’s like a Facebook for                    me for a professor            act with Dna. So if you have an
                               freshman year, i thought        aspiring entrepreneurs. i like to                     ever since i was a            anti-tumor drug, we know that it
                      the place was a bit of a country         call it social ideaism.                  sophomore. a couple months                 binds to Dna, but the question is

 self-motivated       club. beautiful buildings. Stunning
                      landscape. amazing views. the
                      vibe just felt different than any-
                                                                  i’m also working on a site
                                                               called chargesocial.com, which
                                                               offers customers the opportunity
                                                                                                        ago i was in the elevator and a
                                                                                                        freshman asked me if i was
                                                                                                        accepting any research students
                                                                                                                                                   how does it figure out where to
                                                                                                                                                   bind? how is the drug actually
                                                                                                                                                   reading the Dna sequence?
                                                                                                                                                                                                     super-achiever
                      thing i had experienced to that          to invest money from their credit        into my lab this summer. i laughed            So what we do is take these
                      point in my life. but, as i’ve learned   and debit card purchases toward          and explained, ‘no, no, i’m a senior.’     molecules that look like Dna
                      since, different is good. no, dif-       a charity of their choice. much              it’s amusing to me, but i also         (but don’t act like Dna necessari-
                      ferent is great!                         of the inspiration for this site         take it as a compliment. i’ve got-         ly) and we use nuclear magnetic       Chemistry. i’ve also been accept-
                          Coming from a liberally minded       came from USD’s commitment               ten to know the faculty here really        resonance spectroscopy and put        ed into the Kappa gamma Pi and
                      upbringing and a cosmopolitan            to social responsibility.                well and i’m around them a lot             them into a sequence to see if        Phi beta Kappa honor societies.
                      city like San Francisco, i never in         We’ve all heard, ‘Every little bit    and i’m always working in the lab,         and how a drug binds to it. We        the running joke in the depart-
                      a million years would’ve imag-           helps,’ or ‘a little goes a long way,’   so maybe people just assume.               analyze the data and make a           ment right now is that i’ll be
                      ined one of my best friends at USD       but as president of USD’s Student        i think that’s really just a tribute       computer model out of it so we        wearing enough cords at gradua-
                      would be a member of rotC. but           international business Council, i        to how open this department is.            can actually see the 3-D structure    tion to potentially choke myself.
                      that’s exactly what’s happened,          got the chance to see firsthand              i took chemistry in high school        of the drug bound to the Dna.            i’m definitely more confident
                      and i’ve learned so much from            just how vital our support can be        for the first time and absolutely             it took about two and a half       now than i was as a freshman
                      him in a variety of areas.               to those less fortunate.                 loved it. i wasn’t deterred by the         years to really get the project       and i’m more certain of what i
                          that’s the really cool thing            about a year ago, i took a trip       difficulty of it; i just found it really   together and working properly         want to do in the future. i came
                      about USD; because of how small          to Sierra Leone in West africa           fascinating. the idea that if you’re       but it resulted in a publication      here thinking i’d maybe get my
                      the campus and the classes are,          with some fellow USD students,           staring at a table and you realize         for us — which was fantastic. it      master’s and go into industry.
                      you really get to know people.           and we worked with a nonprofit           it’s not just a table — it’s made          never crossed my mind that an         now i’m dead-set on continuing
                      my perspectives on life have             organization called Peace-Links          up of all these tiny little atoms —        undergraduate could publish, let      with chemistry, getting my PhD
                      changed so much, and that shift          to provide support for aspiring
                      in thinking has manifested itself        women entrepreneurs in the               Meet uber-nerd SHANNEN CRAVENS
                      in how i approach everything             region. We taught them how to
                      from schoolwork to potential             market the gara, a traditional           i thought that was just really crazy       alone write the manuscript. Dr.       at Johns hopkins, doing a
                      business projects.                       piece of clothing commonly               and exciting.                              Dwyer and Dr. Debbie tahmasse-        post-doc and then hopefully
                          my degree is in industrial and       worn in the country, along with             i think coming to USD was               bi mentored me through the            becoming a professor.
                      systems engineering, which               basic business practices like            probably the best decision i’ve            process and we were published            i love doing research but i
                      sounds pretty niche-oriented in          accounting, inventory and mar-           made so far. it came down to               last october in the Journal of the    also really want to teach and
                      terms of my career path. but to          keting. We had women traveling           USD, USC and UC Santa barbara.             American Chemical Society, ironi-     both of those things were
                      me, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.    from all over the country just to        i visited all three schools and met        cally enough on mole Day — a          facilitated through my
                      i love business, and i’m constantly      hear us talk. that’s when it really      with someone from the chemis-              holiday for chemists.                 experience at USD. i’ve really
                      thinking about new ways to con-          hit me how what we might deem            try department at each one. USD               actually seeing the publication    enjoyed it here — especially my
                      nect the research and problem-           as a relatively simple and               was my last stop. i met with Dr.           with my name on it and knowing        close relationship with the faculty
                      solving components of engineer-          straightforward project could            herrinton and he showed me the             that i was the one who wrote it       and being involved in research
                      ing with the innovation and out-         have such a profound impact.             classrooms, labs and research              … that was probably the best          early on — and i’d like to be able
                      side-the-box perspective you                Sometimes i have to laugh             facilities — and then he told me           experience i’ve had here. after-      to help provide the same kind of
                      need to turn a good idea into a          when i think back to my first            i could get a research project             wards, the whole lab went to PF       experience for my own students
                                                                                                        here my freshman year.                     Chang’s for dinner to celebrate.      some day.”
             DEEP BEDI is rethinking his approach to life                                                  that totally blew me out of the            i’m probably the biggest nerd
                                                                                                        water because it was unlike any-           in the building. if you need proof,   — Shannen Cravens ’11, BS,
                      successful professional venture.         impressions of USD. i never              thing i’d heard anywhere else.             just check out my american            Chemistry
                        right now, i’m developing two          would’ve guessed that a place            the other schools basically said,          Chemical Society (aCS) special-
                      websites that i’m really excited         i kind of wrote off at first glance      ‘Wait until you grow up’ and               edition mastercard with the Peri-     [aS toLD to nathan DinSDaLE]

                      about. one is cloudeas.com, and          could’ve made such a huge                become a graduate student.                 odic table background. i’m also
                      the basic premise is to create an        impact on my life. but i guess it        honestly, i thought Dr. herrinton          president of the chemistry club,
                      online community for people              just goes to show that you can           was just making that up, but it            which recently earned multiple
                      who have some really great busi-         never judge a book by its cover.”        convinced me to come here and              aCS awards. i was lucky enough
                      ness ideas, and who are looking                                                   then i literally got onto a research       to be one of two students
                                                               — Deep Bedi ’11, BA,                     project my freshman year. So i             nationally — and the first USD
                                                               Industrial and Systems Engineering       guess he was telling the truth.            student — to receive the gladys


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                                                                                                           i joined Dr. tammy Dwyer’s lab          anderson Emerson Scholarship
                                                               [aS toLD to miKE SaUEr]                  in January 2008. i was really              from the iota Sigma Pi national
                                                                                                        interested in trying to under-             honor Society for Women in


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                    “I                                                                              “G
                               ‘m about to take the big-     during intersession, the first time                  rowing up, i always
                               gest step i’ve ever taken     i hadn’t taken a trip anywhere in                    kind of had that Cali-
                               in my life. i’m moving to     January. i contemplated just                         fornia dream, that
                      Los angeles to become an actor.        majoring in English, perhaps with      maybe one day i would move             they want you to focus on the

 in the spotlight     i’m getting an agent and going
                      for it. reaching this decision
                      wasn’t easy.
                                                             a minor in theater arts, or adding
                                                             sociology as a major.
                                                                What kept me on course was a
                                                                                                    to California. after i finished my
                                                                                                    master’s in biomedical sciences
                                                                                                    in new Jersey, i was, like, ‘Why
                                                                                                                                           entire learning process of really
                                                                                                                                           digging in and jumping in and
                                                                                                                                           feeling comfortable in the hos-
                                                                                                                                                                                it was meant to be
                         over the past four years, i’ve      slight change of scenery. i was        not now?’ So i packed two suit-        pital. i’ve felt the support from
                      enjoyed rich academic study            asked to do a bit part as a door       cases, got a summer sublet and         all levels and i think that’s part
                      abroad courses in india, Jamaica       boy for a mFa program play. i          i moved to San Diego. i took a         of the reason why everyone
                      and London. i was a tutor in the       had maybe eight lines, but it          risk and it paid off.                  comes out really successful in
                      Writing Center for five semesters      didn’t matter. it really showed           i feel like if this is all that     this program.
                                                                                                    there is — this is your life and          the number-one thing
                CARR CAVENDER is ready for his close-up                                             your one chance — i don’t want         they’ve taught us is to be flexi-
                                                                                                    to get to the end of my life and       ble in nursing, so we’ve learned
                      after absorbing what i learned in      me where i was at — and where i        be like, ‘i wish, i wish, i wish i     how to bend.
                      a mind-blowing class with English      wanted to be.                          would have done this or that.’            i’m part of the board of the
                      Professor Dr. irene Williams. the         i came back and auditioned for      but my parents have always             graduate nursing Students
                      trip to india, studying religious      the fall undergraduate produc-         pushed me to be outgoing, and          association. We try to plan
                      diversity, was the hardest trip i’ve   tion of “rosencrantz and guil-         they’ve always exposed me to a         community service and educa-
                      ever done — i lost 15 pounds —         denstern are Dead.” based on           lot of different things. they’ve       tional workshops, but we also
                      but it was also one of most            two characters in Shakespeare’s        always trusted me to make my           try to do social events. there
                      important. i learned that in every     “hamlet,” it was a play where the      own decisions.                         are opportunities to have fun,
                      religion, there are contradictions     main characters are on stage the          i came to campus, and obvi-         which i think you need. i need
                      and people who contradict every        whole time. i got the part of guil-    ously aesthetically it was gor-        to have balance. i definitely
                      religion. i spent five weeks at the    denstern. i was so happy.              geous. you see people lying on         have developed a really close
                      Daraja academy, a young girls’            i came back my senior year          the grass, and it really looks like    group of girlfriends in my class,
                      school in Kenya created by a USD       and because i’d racked up so           a movie. i went to an open             and we go out and go dancing
                      alumnus. i took courses to             many units, i learned i could          house for the nursing program,         or go watch the sunset and get
                      become Catholic, getting con-          graduate early. the guildenstern       and i met the former director of       out of our ‘nursing brains’ and
                      firmed in Founders Chapel.             role changed that. i took three        our program, Dr. anita hunter,         just remember to breathe and
                         but it’s theater that defines       classes and focused on the role.       and i was sold. i threw out my         have a good time. i’ve definitely
                      me. i was so sure that on the first    after a January trip to new Zea-
                      day of freshman classes i              land, i auditioned for this spring’s   For AKEMI MARTIN, nursing is about flexibility
                      declared it as my major. i was a       “the mail order bride,” and land-
                      dancing skeleton, a kalaka, in         ed another solid role.                 other applications and i only          made some lifelong friends.
                      USD Professor Evelyn Diaz Cruz’s          i think that to be a good actor,    applied to USD. i said, ‘this is          i’m really looking forward to
                      “muertos” play my first semester.      you need to have a good under-         where i want to be’ — just the         the next chapter in my life and
                      my sophomore year i played             standing of yourself, where            feeling i got being inside the         also to exploring the other ave-
                      Schmendiman in “Picasso at the         you’re coming from, who you            School of nursing, the faculty         nues in my life that have been
                      Lapin agile,” an idiot who comes       are. the reason i love acting, the     and the administration that i          put on the back burner during
                      in and makes people laugh for a        reason i love theater and why          met. it was just an amazing            nursing school.”
                      few minutes.                           i’ve stayed in it the whole time is    experience, and i was like, ‘oK,
                         When i didn’t get cast in the       that it ties so closely with the       that’s it. if i could move here        — Akemi Martin ’11,
                      next play though, i kind of ques-      journey that is this life. you’re      and take that risk, then i’m           Master’s Entry Program in Nursing
                      tioned my desire. i didn’t audi-       always trying to figure out, ‘Who      going to take this risk and only
                      tion for anything in the fall of my    am i? What makes me work the           apply there and if it’s meant to       [aS toLD to KELLy KnUFKEn]

                      junior year. i took a biology course   way that i do? Why are things          be, it’s meant to be.’ and i
                                                             this way?’                             guess it was.
                                                                theater arts always answered          it’s been really great. i’ve felt
                                                             those questions for me.”               an enormous amount of sup-
                                                                                                    port, and the faculty really want
                                                             — Carr Cavender ’11, BA/BA             you to succeed. they really
                                                             Theatre Arts/English                   want you to get out of your
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                      “T                                                                                 “I
                                    he year after i graduat-      i have a lot to do. i’ll be in                   ’m from Colorado Springs.    graduate nursing program at the
                                    ed from USD was the        northern ireland soon for an                        actually, i’m kind of from   Uniformed Services University in
                                    hardest, most impor-       internship with their youth jus-                    everywhere. my father is     bethesda, md. i’m very excited.
                        tant year of my life.                  tice agency, which is converting          retired navy so we moved               i get to do anesthesia, i get to

 peace offerings           Working with homeless youth
                        in newark, n.J., i was spit on, hit,
                        pushed … basically, everything
                                                               to a system based on restorative
                                                               justice. i’m working with a medi-
                                                               ation program in San Diego that
                                                                                                         around quite a bit. i was born in
                                                                                                         the Philippines (U.S. naval base
                                                                                                         Subic bay) right at the end of the
                                                                                                                                                teach my trade and i get to do
                                                                                                                                                research. it’s the ultimate combi-
                                                                                                                                                nation for me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                service oriented
                        they did to each other, they did       is studying the effects of restor-        Vietnam War. then we lived in             nothing really drew me to
                        to me too, because they were so        ative justice on our youth and            San Francisco (naval Station           anesthesia other than it’s fun. it’s
                        angry. these kids were from the        advocating for restorative justice        treasure island), Vallejo, Calif.      this strange combination of 98
                        streets of one of the harshest cit-    in the juvenile justice system.           (mare island naval Shipyard) and       percent pure boredom and two
                        ies in our country. i was in court     and for my thesis, i’ll be surveying      Zion, ill. (great Lakes naval Sta-     percent terror because either          becomes important. in my opin-
                        with them every day as their           all of the U.S. universities using        tion) before my dad became a           things are just perfect or some-       ion, these are some of the
                        legal advocate.                        restorative justice to figure out         recruiter in Colorado.                 body is dying. there’s no in-          greatest americans and
                           i believe in justice. i thought     best practices so we can have the             i never wanted to join the ser-    between. i’m also a nerd — i love      we’re not doing them
                        the most powerful way i could          best program in the country.              vice myself. i wanted to go to         the chemistry and biology of it        justice if we don’t
                                                                                                         college but the problem was            —so for me it’s that perfect mar-      try to solve
            JUSTINE DARLING has found her mission in life                                                how to pay for it. the main reason
                                                                                                         i joined the navy — other than to
                                                                                                                                                riage between the art and sci-
                                                                                                                                                ence of nursing.
                                                                                                                                                                                       this issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                          i wrote an
                        create justice would be as a law-          it’s important to start at uni-       serve my country, don’t get me            Something i noticed in my           article published
                        yer, and i wanted to try out the       versities. if our educated youth          wrong — was for the educational        practice — both in navy hospi-         in the Journal of PeriAnes-
                        system. after that year, i realized    — who are ultimately going to             opportunities. So there i was, 17      tals and combat zones — was            thesia Nursing this last Decem-
                        that the juvenile justice system is    be our country’s leaders and              years old, heading to boot camp        the number of young, active-           ber titled ‘risk Factors for
                        broken and i needed to find an         policymakers — understand the             right here in San Diego.               duty service members who               Emergence Delirium in U.S.
                        alternative way to help our youth.     power of restorative justice as a             i started out as a hospital        would wake up from anesthesia          military members,’ and, to
                            the master’s program in peace      way to resolve conflict, then our         corpsman and then became a             confused, combative, agitated          my knowledge, it was the first
                        and justice here was perfect. With-    country’s culture will slowly start       medical technologist for a short       and even belligerent. it’s called      time this phenomenon has ever
                        in the first week or two, i stum-      to change. that’s how we’ll even-         time. i worked in a cell bank          emergence delirium.                    been written about regarding a
                        bled upon restorative justice. i       tually be able to transform the           counting red blood cells, white            the phenomenon is fairly           military population.
                        get so excited when i talk about       juvenile justice system in San            blood cells and sperm. i knew          common in children but very rare          it’s a start. this is all about
                        it. it brings victims and offenders    Diego, the U.S. and hopefully, in         that i liked the medical field but i   in the normal adult population.        doing whatever we can to bring
                        together in a face-to-face confer-     time, around the world.
                        ence so everyone has a voice and
                        together we can address the
                                                                   there are so many people here
                                                               at USD who are making this pos-
                                                                                                         JASON MCGUIRE wants to do the right thing
                        needs of all parties.                  sible. it’s almost like we all have       quickly realized there had to be       however, my own experience             that incident rate down and
                            We mend the harm caused to         had the same vision and now are           something better. turns out, it        suggested young combat veter-          decrease the chance these
                        the victim. We address what led        finally coming together and say-          was anesthesia.                        ans exhibit this condition at a        service members have cognitive
                        to the offender’s actions. it’s a      ing, ‘yeah, i think it’s time.’              i was accepted into an rotC         significantly higher rate. We’ve       problems later in life. it’s an
                        beautiful process.                         i came into USD my freshman           unit at the University of Colorado     been aware of it for a long time       amazing group of people who’ve
                            right now, i’m putting togeth-     year as a very shy, unsure, anxiety-      (earning my bachelor’s in nurs-        but nobody has really studied          sacrificed so much and they
                        er a student-led restorative jus-      filled person. but i knew i had the       ing) in 1992 and then served as a      it in this specific population.        deserve to have those questions
                        tice program at USD through the        passion and the drive to do               general practitioner nurse before      So that became the focus of            answered. So this is my service
                        student conduct system, and we         something really wonderful and            getting my master’s in anesthesia      my dissertation.                       to them.”
                        are working on setting up its          that god would put me on the              at georgetown University and,              my research sample showed
                        home in the Center for Conflict        path to find my mission in life.          now, my PhD from USD — both            an incidence rate of 20 percent,       — Lt. Cmdr. Jason McGuire ’11,
                        resolution at the Joan b. Kroc         i really believe that USD helped          through the navy’s “Duty Under         one in five, far above the 5 per-      PhD, Nursing
                        institute for Peace & Justice.         me find it. i’ve been met with            instruction” scholarship program.      cent rate of the normal adult
                                                               nothing but encouragement to                 USD has been awesome. it            population. Up to this point,          [aS toLD to nathan DinSDaLE]

                                                               do the right thing and to do              really has. First and foremost, it     these episodes are essentially
                                                               what i love.                              was the faculty — their passion        treated as isolated incidents. We
                                                                   now that i know how i will create     and scientific background — that       give the patients medication to
                                                               justice in the world, i have peace        brought me here. and USD’s flex-       calm them down and then move
                                                               in my heart.”                             ibility in allowing me to do my        on. but if an individual has multi-
                                                                                                         research at naval hospital Camp        ple surgeries, those instances just
                                                               — Justine Darling, BA, Psychology         Pendleton was huge. i can’t even       stack on top of each other and


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                                                               ’08, MA, Peace and Justice Studies, ’11   imagine a better scenario for me.      that could have long-term conse-
                                                                                                            i was recently hired as the         quences for brain function.
                                                               [aS toLD to triSha J. ratLEDgE]           newest faculty member in the               that’s where this research


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                       “I                                                                            “I
                                 come from the small town      from captivity with two kids out                n life, the biggest chal-     love with a profession and find
                                 of gulu. it’s in the north-   of forced rape, and my mother                   lenge is to overcome          what i wanted to do with my life.
                                 ern part of Uganda. the       is keeping the kids right now.                  people who tell you that         i toured many law schools
                         district is popularly known for       my sister is back in school study-    what you want to do is impossi-         before visiting San Diego but

 attitude shifter        insurgency because that region
                         of the country experienced war
                         for a very long time.
                                                               ing nursing. She wants to
                                                               become a doctor. We are so
                                                               proud of her. the fact that she
                                                                                                     ble. my family always pushed me
                                                                                                     to achieve my dreams and my
                                                                                                     parents are the living example
                                                                                                                                             none of them convinced me that
                                                                                                                                             i was making the right decision.
                                                                                                                                             When i first came to USD’s
                                                                                                                                                                                  intrepid dreamer
                            During my years in gulu            was able to return back home          that for every dream, there is a        School of Law, i was invited to
                         University, i was interested in       and start studying, it’s really       path to success.                        attend a torts class. Within 10
                         bringing about change in our          something amazing.                       my path to San Diego and law         minutes, i was being asked by
                         community because so many                i like it in Uganda because        school was shaped by my desire          the professor to read a case to
                         children were being abducted by       that’s where i will be able to        to learn English. born in a French      present it to the class. i knew
                         the rebels. When they escaped         effect any change. but i also like    family with no american connec-         where i was going to spend the
                         from the rebels and returned          the opportunity to study here         tion, since childhood, i had the        next three years of my life.
                         back home, some of them were          because i know i’m getting the        inner desire to learn English and          thinking about the last three
                         stigmatized by people. When i         best education to cause change        travel the world. raised in Paris       years, i wonder how time passed
                         was in the university, one of my      back in my country.                   and brussels, i had the chance to       by so fast. i was taught by bril-
                         commitments was that i needed            i am one person who believes       enter an international School in        liant professors and the school
                         to participate in changing peo-       that however hard i work, i should    ninth grade offering the oppor-         gifted me with a sense of legacy.
                         ple’s attitudes toward these chil-    also have fun. Fun is part and        tunity for a native French speaker      one professor in particular
                         dren. i was affected directly         parcel of my life. Fun is part and    to master English within a year.        helped me on this path to the
                         because my elder sister was           parcel of my motivation. that’s          as a high school student, i par-     law: Professor roy brooks. i spent
                         abducted by the rebels. She           what re-energizes me. if i work       ticipated in the hague interna-         countless hours in his office
                         spent close to nine years with        very hard on campus, and i feel       tional model United nations, the        debating the underlying princi-
                         the rebels, and she came back         like my morale is low, i just go      world’s largest United nations          ples of seminal civil procedure
                         home. So you know, when you           downtown and dance and listen         simulation for high school stu-         cases, comparing the american
                         have been affected directly, your     to music, get together with           dents. this experience started my       legal system to the European
                         attitude toward the formerly          friends and basically have fun.       passion for world politics and          legal systems and discussing
                         abducted children also changes.       i’ve been having a lot of fun. i      international relations. being sur-     international human rights law.
                            We came together — some            have also been doing a lot of         rounded by children my age              he influences the life of each of
                         university folks and i and some       hard work. Even in Uganda, that       coming from all around the              his students by his unique teach-
                                                                                                     world was an amazing opportu-           ing style and faith in the legal
                    ALEX OKELLO OUMA will change Uganda                                              nity. i left high school with the
                                                                                                     hope of one day becoming a dip-
                                                                                                                                             profession. i hope that one day
                                                                                                                                             i will be able to give to students
                         community youth members —             is my lifestyle — work hard but       lomat and working at the Euro-          what i received from him.
                         and formed a coalition that we        have fun.                             pean Commission.                           next, my journey will take me
                         called the youth Coalition for            i am being sponsored as a
                         Peace. our main goal was to go        rotary ambassadorial Scholar.         CAMILLE LUCIDI’s adventure is just beginning
                         out there to the community and        When i was coming here, it was
                         tell people that, ‘hey, these are     members of rotary who were               my journey continued at the          to new york City where i will pre-
                         our children. they were abduct-       there to receive me at the air-       University of Warwick in the Unit-      pare for the new york and the
                         ed against their will. they were      port. i am very grateful to them.     ed Kingdom. after graduating            massachusetts bar. in my bag-
                         forced by the rebels to commit        it’s like another home away from      from its philosophy, politics and       gage, there will be amazing
                         atrocities that they did not want     home. you feel you have every-        economics program, i realized           memories from my time at USD
                         to, so there is no need to stigma-    thing that you need.                  that i wanted to pursue my stud-        and the confidence that i have
                         tize them. there’s every need to          i have a very strong feeling to   ies. my mother, who had always          been well-prepared to become a
                         welcome them back home and            get back to my community and          been an incredible support to           successful attorney.
                         make them feel like part of the       help. i believe that the only way     me, pushed me to go to law                 i now depart with new dreams:
                         family and let them find a way of     to transform any community is         school in the United States,            to have an impact on the world,
                         getting back their life.’             through education.”                   because she knew that living in         be passionate about my job,
                            my sister escaped from the                                               this country was the reason i           build a family, teach future gen-
                         rebels in 2004. She returned back     — Alex Ouma ’11, MA,                  learned English in the first place.     erations, write books, discover
                                                               Peace and Justice Studies             i am eternally grateful for her help,   new people and new cultures,
                                                                                                     because she allowed me to fall in       and continue to learn every day.”
                                                               [aS toLD to KELLy KnUFKEn]




class of 2011
                                                                                                                                             — Camille Lucidi ’12, JD

                                                                                                                                             [aS toLD to KarEn groSS]




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                       “I                                                                              “I                                                                        class of 2014
                                  ’ve heard it said that, in    season in 2010.                                 n foster care, there are
                                  every one of our lives,          i was on top of the world, but               families that genuinely
                                  there are a handful of        all it took was a plane flight from             want to take care of you.
                         defining moments that make us          amsterdam to barcelona during          and then there are families

unflappable calm         who we are. Even though i’m
                         only 24 years old, i feel like i’ve
                                                                a study abroad trip to bring me
                                                                quickly back to earth
                                                                                                       whose only intention is to get
                                                                                                       money. i was placed in various                 i am pretty involved here
                         had my share of those already.
                            more than my share, come to
                         think of it.
                                                                   When we landed, i woke up and
                                                                realized that the right side of my
                                                                body from my chest down was
                                                                                                       environments where people did
                                                                                                       not show me any love. i did not
                                                                                                       have a great experience at all
                                                                                                                                                  already. i work with the Center
                                                                                                                                                  for awareness, Service and
                                                                                                                                                  action and i’m in a dance group
                                                                                                                                                                                        forward motion
                            Like the time just after i gradu-   completely numb. i tried to shake      growing up in Chicago. but all             called infamous. i started an
                         ated from high school and real-        it off, but it wasn’t going away.      that’s past, right? it’s about the         organization in January called
                         ized that i had no interest in            When i returned to the States,      present and the future.                    Soar — Student outreach and
                         going to college. i went through       i went through a battery of tests         i’ve always said that god won’t         recruitment — focusing on
                                                                                                       put more on me than i can bear.            improving and retaining multi-
         CORY NORRIS knows all about life’s highs and lows                                             yes, i’ve had a rough back-                culturalism at USD. i do campus
                                                                                                                                                  tours, which i like. i also volun-
                                                                                                       ground. but feeling sorry for
                         the motions and tried to make it       and received a variety of diagno-      myself didn’t get me here. my              teer at a museum and the tous-
                         work at a university near my           ses. it was eventually determined      fulfillment comes from helping             saint academy group home for
                         hometown in Scottsdale, ariz.,         that i had multiple Sclerosis (mS).    others. Various people took the            homeless teens.
                         but all i really wanted to be was      needless to say, the news was          time to help me over the years                 if you see me in the classroom,
                         a mechanic.                            devastating. but i’m a numbers         and why can’t i be that person             i’m the most serious person in
                            my parents were really sup-         guy, and, after a lot of soul-         for someone else?                          there. get me outside the class-
                         portive, and i quickly realized        searching and even more                   i’ve been involved in activism          room and i’m one of the goofiest.
                         that i needed more than just           research, i realized i had a fight-    since i was little. i participated         i like to watch movies. i like to
                         a high school diploma to get           ing chance at keeping the dis-         in high school and even met                hang out. i like to dance and
                         to where i wanted to go in life.       ease in check, and still living as     with the CEo of Chicago Public             sing. and i like to give back —
                         i also wanted to be the first mem-     normal a life as possible.             Schools a few times to discuss             i get joy out of that.
                         ber of my family to graduate from         one of my main goals during         issues. if i see something that’s              i am interested in pre-medi-
                         college, and those aspirations are     my time at the University of San       wrong, i’m not going to be silent          cine — specifically oncology
                         what eventually led me to USD,         Diego has been to put myself in        about it. i guess that’s why Presi-        within osteopathic medicine —
                         where i’m about to graduate with       a position to get the most out of      dent obama mentioned me in                 but i’m also thinking about
                         both a bachelor’s in accounting        my academic experience, and            his speech on education in Sep-            majoring in sociology. What i’m
                         and a master’s in taxation.            while it hasn’t been easy to deal      tember 2009. it was exciting but           looking for is to help underrepre-
                            then there was the time that        with the effects of my condition       there are other students who’ve            sented, underserved communities
                         i knocked on the office door of        and still stay on task in the class-   gone through the same thing                where you find people who can’t
                         men’s Soccer Coach Seamus              room, my professors have been          and they’ve probably done a lot            speak up for themselves or don’t
                         mcFadden, heart pounding in my         super supportive. not only did i       more — they just haven’t been              have the resources to succeed.
                         chest, and told him that i wanted      stay on track to earn my diploma;      singled out yet.                               For now, my passion and my
                         a shot at starting on the team         i’ve also got a job lined up with         most of the schools i applied to        aim is to make USD more inclu-
                         that fall. not just making the         PricewaterhouseCoopers, who            were larger universities. When i           sive and diverse for all students.
                         team; starting on the team.            also have been really great to me      visited USD, i felt like it was a close-   i want to see this university live
                            he looked at me like i was cra-     in the days and weeks since i was      knit community. i also liked the           out its mission statement. i want
                         zy, and, well, maybe i was … but       diagnosed with mS.
                         you never know unless you try,
                         right? Practices were really
                                                                   yep, life can throw some real
                                                                curveballs at you, but the past is
                                                                                                       Freshman SHANTELL STEVE has found her voice
                         tough, and the competition was         the past, and i’m really psyched       fact that it’s far away from Chicago.      all students to feel comfortable
                         intense, but i never lost sight of     about moving forward and expe-            i’m a freshman, i’m a human             on this campus because there
                         my goal, and eventually not only       riencing my share of amazing           and i’m still a child at heart so          are so many people who slip
                         earned a starting spot on              moments after i leave USD.             i definitely miss some things. it’s        through the cracks and they’re
                         defense, but also received WCC            more than my share, come to         been an adjustment but there are           not strong enough to say any-
                         all-academic honors my senior          think of it.”                          a lot of people here who keep me           thing. they’d rather be silent.
                                                                                                       grounded. the Center for inclu-               but i’m somebody who isn’t
                                                                — Cory Norris ’11, BAcc/MTax           sion and Diversity, the office of          afraid to speak up.”
                                                                                                       admissions and Student Support
                                                                [aS toLD to miKE SaUEr]                Services — the people there                — Shantell Steve, ’14,


class of 2011
                                                                                                       have been like my community,               Undeclared
                                                                                                       my family.
                                                                                                                                                  [aS toLD to nathan DinSDaLE]




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                                                                                                                                    USD students kept busy over Spring
                                                                                                                                    Break, helping to build much-needed
                                                                                                                                    items for the New Orleans headquar-
                                                                                                                                    ters of the Fourth World Movement.
                                                                                                                                    Sister Mary Pat White, RSCJ (second
                                                                                                                                    photo from right) lives at the Duchesne
                                                                                                                                    House, where the students stayed.




                                                                                 K      ermit Ruffins could be anywhere. New York. Los Angeles. Chicago.
                                                                                        Miami. Maybe even Europe. Hey, why not? When your musical talent
                                                                                        is immense, you tend to be in demand. A hot ticket, as they say.
                                                                                 But Ruffins chooses to be on his home turf this particular night and just
                                                                                 now he is sitting in a corner of Bullet’s Sports Bar, smack in the middle of




              e,
                                                                                 New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. In about an hour, he’ll saunter over to the spot




            erw
                                                                                 that serves as a “stage” — sans elevation — and just like he always does,
                                                                                 the gifted trumpet player will wow everyone within earshot.




        HT hno
                                                                                   The crowd, made up of the usual Tuesday night bar patrons alongside
                                                                                 a cluster of savvy tourists, has shelled out just five dollars each to hear
                                                                                 a slice of the good stuff, the pure jazz that this New Orleans native has
                                                                                 to offer. They’ll get more than their money’s worth. And as a bonus, in




     RIG HT
                                                                                 about half an hour, Ruffins will unknowingly provide the soundtrack to
                                                                                 a bona fide defining moment for 11 USD students, three Center for
                                                                                 Community Service-Learning (CSL) leaders and two Religious of the
                                                                                 Sacred Heart.




       RIG
                                                                                   When that moment comes, it’s gray-haired, bespectacled Sister Mary
                                                                                 Pat White who delivers it. The barely five-foot tall dynamo is getting her


                                                 ings
                                                                                 groove on, any trace of the doting grandmother she resembles overshad-


                                 t of th
                                                                                 owed by her excitement. Even though virtually everyone in the crowd is


                   e heaOrleansr                                                 taller — much taller — she is not about to miss a beat. She simply steps


              to thNew
                                                                                 up onto a chair, now positioned so that she can see over everyone’s head


        tting old
                                                                                 while continuing to groove to the beat.


     Ge
                                                                                   “Look at Sister Mary Pat!” someone shouts. The USD group obeys,


          n in
                                                                                 turning, en masse, to watch the nun let loose. “Somebody needs to get a
                                                   yder
     dow                             nd J ulene Sn                               picture!”

                    n T. B lystone a                                               But there’s no need; they will most definitely remember this moment.

                        By Rya                                                   It’s Spring Break, and right here, right now, thousands of miles from
                                                                                 USD, these students are committed to soaking up every last thing they
                                                                                 see, feel, taste, hear and touch. They have immersed themselves com-
                                                                                 pletely, and the impact will surely resonate.
                                                   Photography by Will Crocker

28    USD MAGAZINE                                                                                                                                     SUMMER 2011            29
W              ithout the aorta, the ventricles, the left and right atrium,
               human life isn’t possible. each works closely together to
               comprise the nucleus of the human heart, the pump that
provides for everything else.
   and heart, in a very real sense, symbolizes the role that Community
                                                                                      society of the sacred Heart; four rsCJ nuns live there permanently, and
                                                                                      open their doors as housing for high school and college student groups
                                                                                      while they’re in new orleans on service trips.
                                                                                         Duchesne House seemed a perfect home base for eventual usD stu-
                                                                                      dent trips. Best of all, it set the wheels in motion for something greater.
                                                                                                                                                                          As part of the Community Service-
                                                                                                                                                                          Learning trip, students found time
                                                                                                                                                                          for laughter, contemplation and, of
service-Learning (CsL) provides at the university of san Diego. For 25                   “We were very curious about the neighborhood because it had such a               course, hard work. Jennifer “Mama J”
years, CsL’s heart has been beating strong, as personified by founder and             positive vibe and energy to it,” Hughes says. “our first stop was next door         Turner (bottom right photo) helped
inaugural director Judy rauner to much beloved former director elaine                 at the Community Book Center where we met Mama J. In one morning,                   convince CSL staffers that the neigh-
elliott to current program head Chris nayve.                                          Mary Pat and Mama J entered our lives and our hearts.”                              borhood was a perfect fit.
   “Judy always talked in the early days about true community needs,”                    Jennifer “Mama J” Turner runs the Community Book Center alongside
    nayve recalls. “We’re part of the community, not us dictating what the            owner Vera Warren-Williams. It’s a vibrant space that showcases local,




                                                                                                                                                                          T
         issues are, but community having that voice.”                                black and african-centered books, art, fabric and gifts. But in truth, the
                “our intention is to really get the students out there and            center serves as an emotional hub for the seventh Ward. and Mama J is
             connected with the community in a real, meaningful way,”                 at the center of this particular community wheel, offering quotes from                           he email that initially caught Barris’ eye had a most enticing      frankly, pretty boring. My sophomore year I went to san Francisco and
               says CsL associate Director John Loggins. “It’s about chal-            Langston Hughes, stories that connect to the Bible, telling truth about                          subject line: “Free trip to new orleans.” It had been forwarded     that was more fun. This year it was double the fun. I liked that I’d get to
                lenging them to be out of their normal comfort zone. It’s             what’s still not right post-Katrina, all while delivering big hugs to all comers.                to him from a co-worker at usD’s student support services.          do community service and I’d get to travel.”
                 less about doing it for ‘those people’ but for ‘my friends.’”           “What’s missing are the families. If we can get the families back, we get        “I thought, ‘no way. Is this for real?’”                                            Barris, Kathol, arcito, Witt, along with fellow students Marsano, Zaia,
                      Promoting social change and justice by partnering with          the city back,” she says. “We need families so we can strengthen our-                   as Barris continued to read the message, which had been sent by CsL’s        McManus and Larsen, were the newbies of the group. Three students,
                   communities is a big part of CsL’s mission. and the new-           selves. everyone, in a place of disaster, wants to hold on to each other            Hughes, he became even more intrigued. Hughes was soliciting students            Lovano and the Wilhelms sisters, were on the 2010 trip and returned this
                    est example of this is its relationship-building program          and figure out how we keep going.“                                                  to take part in the organization’s second spring Break foray to new              year in a student leadership capacity. everyone attended the fall class,
                     in a post-Hurricane Katrina new orleans.                            recalls Hughes about just this one block: “We left there with 100 per-           orleans. They would enroll in a one-unit fall preparatory class, conduct         Leadership for social Change, which was taught by nayve and Hughes.
                         It started when Chris nayve, CsL assistant Director          cent certainty that we’d come across a very special neighborhood with               fundraising to offset some expenses, and, most important to Barris, the             The class emphasized leadership concepts that would prove useful
                       Brenna Hughes and usD student leaders Kelsey                   beautiful people. We knew we’d be back many, many times.”                           trip would provide both a service and immersion component.                       during the trip, but also offered up ample information about the city
                        Johnson and Chase Tushaus traveled to new orleans                This year marked just the second CsL immersion trip to new orleans                   “That’s what sealed the deal for me,” recalls the 21-year-old junior mar-    through film, readings and guest lectures. Participants also sought a
                         on an exploratory trip in the spring of 2009. nayve          by usD students and staffers. In March, for 11 students — Becca Lovano,             keting major. “I’d done a lot of service stuff in high school and worked         deeper understanding of underlying inequities by attending CsL’s
                         and Hughes had been interested in helping usD                Christopher arcitio, Giovani Marsano, Jared Barris, Kayla Witt, Mallory             with Crossing Borders where we went down to Tijuana and helped build             annual social Issues Conference.
                          develop a connection to the Big easy in the after-          Wilhelms, Meagan Larsen, Megan Wilhelms, nicole Kathol, sean                        homes for families.” But he also admits to having an ulterior motive: “The          “What really attracted me to the service trip was the class compo-
                           math of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. so, from afar,           McManus and Zina Zaia — spring Break wasn’t about taking a vacation                 reason to do service work, to me, is that you can’t know where you’re            nent,” says Witt, a senior communications major. “I appreciated that the
                           they developed a list of contacts, and decided to          from education. It was about deepening it.                                          going until you help other people out. It’s part of the process of learning      CsL staff gave us prior knowledge of the city so we could understand it
                            go for it.                                                   eight were new to both new orleans and the type of community ser-                about yourself.”                                                                 better. and, because the CsL staff was leading both the class and the
                                They got lucky right out of the gate: “at the         vice that would be useful in a city that, while brimming with tremen-                   although Kathol had also been a community service dynamo in high             trip, I knew they’d prepare us mentally for the week and would help us
                              suggestion of (former Center for Christian              dously rich culture, remains at a crossroads.                                       school, it took a trip to Los angeles’ skid row for her to get her first taste   continue to grow in new orleans.”
                               spirituality director) sister Barbara Quinn, we vis-                                                                                       of real poverty. “It was ‘Wow!’ yeah, there are problems in my life and in          Lovano says the class brought the meaning of the trip and the
                               ited sister Mary Pat to see the Duchesne House,”                                                                                           the local community, but this is the world. This is the big picture Jesus        students closer, many of whom didn’t know each other prior to it.
                                                  recalls Hughes. The two-story                                                                                           talks about when building the Kingdom.”                                          “Traveling with a new group of students helped us deepen our under-
                                                  house is owned and run by the                                                                                               The fun factor is what initially interested junior political science and     standing of the meaning of service. and the leadership course allowed
                                                                                                                                                                          sociology double major arcitio to sign up for the new orleans spring             us to strengthen our group dynamic and build personal relationships.”
                                                                                                                                                                          Break trip. “I remember my freshman year, I stayed home and that was,               While the class did a good job of laying the groundwork and manag-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing expectations, nothing, of course, compares to getting up-close and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           personal. upon arrival, the group hit the ground running.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              after getting acclimated to their new surroundings, shopping for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           groceries, and, of course, spending a little time wandering the French
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Quarter, the group’s itinerary got serious. They attended Mass at st.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           augustine Catholic Church, a predominantly black church, toured the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lower ninth Ward and met with local resident robert Green — whose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           harrowing story of Katrina-related devastation has been featured in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           major media such as Cnn.com — and even participated in a second
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Line parade, a celebration that includes a brass band and hundreds of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           people marching and dancing through neighborhood streets. and that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           was just the first 48 hours.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A            ll of the connected strands came together on the last full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                day before students returned to san Diego. Together with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the sisters of the sacred Heart, the group hosted a block
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   party in the Duchesne House’s long driveway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Loggins took charge of the grill for hours and couldn’t wipe the smile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   off his face while he cooked up dozens of hamburgers, heaps of hot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   dogs and mountains of chicken. Picnic tables groaned under their bur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   den of macaroni and cheese, sister Mary Pat’s potato salad, baked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   beans, and Mama J’s red beans and rice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      While reggae grooves competed with the high-pitched noise of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   excited children, Hughes pondered how best to sum up what everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   involved with the CsL project is trying to accomplish. It’s about inspira-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tion and evolution; it’s about a deepening sense of connection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   between the usD community and at least some of the people of new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   orleans’ seventh Ward.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “The program wasn’t an instant response to Hurricane Katrina,” she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   points out. “We really took our time, knowing that when we did go we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   wanted to be very intentional. It’s not about just going there to do ser-




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vice for a week and come back. It’s about building a partnership, a kin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ship with the city. To start it with two student leaders and grow it the
                   t a small yellow house in the seventh Ward on urquhart          process, got to know Danny and Chelsie who were helping us paint,”                           n Thursday morning, Mardi Gras Indian David Montana, who           way we’ve been able to do it is extremely rewarding. It’s creative, it’s
                   street — the new orleans headquarters for an international      Kathol says. “We talked with them all day long. We learned about their                       lives just around the corner from the Duchesne House in one        present and it’s very much alive.”
                   organization dedicated to ending poverty called the Fourth      lives and struggles. We were able to connect really deeply, really quick-                    half of a modest double shotgun-style house, threw open               someone cranked up the boom box so that Bob Marley could be
     World Movement (FWM) — usD students got creative and got inspired.            ly. It made me really feel connected to new orleans.”                          his door and welcomed the throng of young people into his living room.           heard urging listeners not to worry about a thing. sister Mary Pat was
        But mostly, they got to work.                                                 afternoons were spent mentoring children one-on-one and in small               “I was born in Treme,” he tells them. “This is one of the oldest black        deep in conversation with Pastor George Green, Jr., who wanted to
        Building a brightly painted wheeled box — used for transporting            groups at the Freedom school. Housed in a large building split into            neighborhoods in america. new orleans was where they held the slaves.            share news that he’d gotten the go-ahead to start holding sunday ser-
     books to a weekly street library the organization hosts for children —        three spaces — the schoolroom, a reception/kitchen area and offices —          They kept them in cells, guarded them like currency.” The students               vices at the vacant church next door. as the sun started to disappear
     was the job facing Barris, Kathol, Witt and Marsano. But beyond con-          on north Broad street, the Freedom school empowers children, parents           looked shaken, even a little sick. “Hey, it’s sad, but that’s the way the        into dusk’s shadows, the music played on.
     structing the box and painting it with Dr. seuss characters, the workers      and entire communities.                                                        world is,” Montana says.                                                            and as for the students? They were exhausted, they were exhilarated
     seized the chance to build camaraderie, make connections with FWM                In new orleans, the school works with some of the youngest                     The house is a riot of color, filled with feathers and beads and head-        and, most of all, they were changed. a change that began right there,
     volunteers and community members, learn a new skill and leave                 Hurricane Katrina survivors, those who were infants or too young to            dresses and scepters and more feathers and carefully displayed, elaborate        right then.
     behind a physical reminder of their trip.                                     comprehend what happened in 2005. The after-school program mainly              costumes leaning against the walls. Montana wears them with pride
        Full-time FWM volunteer Maria sandvik told the students there were         caters to boys and girls ages 5-11; trained interns tutor the kids, help       during new orleans’ ubiquitous parades and special events.
     three major needs: the book box, creating painting easels and display         them with homework and reading and instill self-esteem through an                 once their eyes adjust to the kaleidoscopic explosion, he gives the           By mid-week, students were feeling at home in the community. They spent after-
     easels for finished paintings, and a beautification project involving pull-   uplifting music and dance program.                                             students a mini-lesson on Mardi Gras history, specifically on the fact           noons mentoring children one-on-one at the neighborhood Freedom School.
     ing weeds and planting a vegetable garden.                                       after putting in an afternoon’s work with the kids and getting              that not that long ago, black people were not welcome to participate.            Mardi Gras Indian David Montana (above, far right photo) welcomed students
        That was all the motivation and instruction the students needed.           together for dinner in the Duchesne House each evening, students and              “The cops said, ‘We don’t want you here in the French Quarter,’” he           into his home and showed off his elaborate, homemade costumes.
     They split up into teams and everyone pitched in with minimal fuss.           leaders and staffers would gather as a group, alongside the sisters of         says, matter-of-fact. “They didn’t accept our costumes at first because
        “I was impressed with the energy, excitement and go-get-it attitude        the sacred Heart, and reflect together on what they’d seen, what they’d        they came from black people. But now, finally in 2011, we are just get-
     they showed,” marveled sandvik. “They came ready to work on whatev-           felt, what they’d done, what they’d learned. The specifics of what hap-        ting on the map.” He talks of the generations before him and those that
     er we proposed and did so with genuine excitement. I was also                 pened each evening behind the closed door of the reflection room — a           will follow, tells stories of his father, his uncle, relates how he names each
     impressed by their ability to work together and organize themselves in        bright, high-ceilinged space that radiated calm and restoration — were         suit (one is called “Hypnotic exclamations”), and with great ceremony,
     a way that people worked on things that interested them and no one            not just emotional and moving, but extremely private.                          he gives each student a long pink feather. They accept the token with
     was left with nothing to do.”                                                    Bonds were definitely being forged. “I could share my quirks and just       serious reverence.
        “I don’t know how we all decided on breaking into teams, but I knew        be myself,” Kathol recalls. she taught the group how to “hand hug,”               Then he talks about Katrina.
     right away I wanted to do the book box,” Barris recalls. “My grandpa          pressing one hand against another person’s opposite hand and having               “after the storm, I didn’t hear a child’s voice for a year,” he says, then
     builds cars and I feel I never got that experience of building things. I      their thumbs grip, or “hug,” the other’s hand. “By the end of the week,        launches into his poem, “Change of Heart Man,” a rhyme that celebrates
     told myself, ‘I want to take this on, I want to build something.’”            everyone was doing it,” she says. “one night when I said grace before          all those who cared about the people left behind after the storm.
        Barris said the experience of working on his project with others also      dinner, we were all holding hands in a circle. after I finished, sister Mary      “God bless all you people that I didn’t know, that held out your hands
     took him out of his comfort zone. “Personalities can be challenged            Pat looked over and air hand-hugged me from across the room.”                  and hearts so. Thank you, thank you, thank you again.” His eyes well up,
     when you have to work together. This trip challenged me to trust other                                                                                       and he’s not the only one moved to tears. “That poem was written for
     people. It was so awesome.”                                                                                                                                  people like y’all,” he says. “I hope there will always be a place in new
        “Kayla and I got to spend our time painting the book box and, in the                                                                                      orleans for people who want to help. especially when I see so many
                                                                                                                                                                  people just sitting on their butts doing nothing.”



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     A L U M N I U P D A TE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ALUMNI
                                                                                                                                                              Revelers are all smiles at a USD sanc-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Live to teLL
                                                                                                                                                              tioned “boat dance in 1960.” Left to
                                                                                                                                                              right: Ken Young, Linda Gary ’61, Tim
                                                                                                                                                              Wilbur ’60, Molly Breen ’61, Dennis
                                                                                                                                                              Halloran ’61 and Marcia West ’61.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  B r I e F s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Class of ’86 looking forward to
     [golden years]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Director of Alumni Relations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     coming back and giving back

     Coming Home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Charles Bass joined usD in mid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     by Mike Sauer                                                                                June. In addition to five years



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     W
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hen looking back on your student experience at usD, are you                      of experience in management,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 suddenly possessed by the need to accent your attire with                        public relations and marketing,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 plaid, paisley or possibly even a little neon? Do you find your-
     50-year reunion brings the                                                                                                                                                                                                      self singing songs by Wang Chung, simple Minds or Bon Jovi at the top
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bass has worked in alumni admin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  istration for 17 years at three pri-
     Class of 1961 back to campus                                                                                                                                                                                                    of your lungs? and, maybe, just maybe, do you find yourself walking                          vate universities; his most recent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     like an egyptian, or, better yet, feeling the need … the need for speed?                     position was associate director
     by Trisha J. Ratledge                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you answered yes to any of the aforementioned queries, then                            of alumni relations at Penn-



     T
              he Class of 1961 smelled          During 2011’s Homecoming                                                                                                                                                             there’s a pretty good chance you’re a member of the Class of 1986; a                         sylvania’s Villanova university.
              the wet paint of those first   and Family Weekend — which                                                                                                                                                              group that loved to live it up without forgetting how to give back.
              buildings, stepped around      takes place from sept. 30 to oct.                                                                                                                                                          “you know, I really feel there was a strong class cohesion amongst                        The Alumni Endowment
     the piles of lumber and brushed         2, and is the first to combine the                                                                                                                                                      our group,” says ’86 graduate and former Vice President of associated                        Fund is more than $765,000, well
     the construction dust off of their      two events — Cassell Farrell and                                                                                                                                                        students Paul Davis (pictured below). “We loved to have fun, but we                          on the way to reaching its
     desks. They knew Bishop Charles         her fellow classmates will return                                                                                                                                                       also really identified with making a difference, getting involved and try-                   $1 million fundraising goal by
     Francis Buddy and reverend              to alcalá Park to compare memo-                                                                                                                                                         ing to give back to the community.”                                                          June of 2012. To contribute,
     Mother rosalie Clifton Hill —           ries as they celebrate their                                                                                                                                                               Those enduring trademarks of conviviality and community are sure                          go to alumni.sandiego.edu and
     usD’s founders — personally.            50-year reunion. Planning is well                                                                                                                                                       to be on display again this fall, as the Class of ’86 return to alcalá Park                  click on “make a gift.”
     Watching the helicopter lower           under way, and the weekend will                                                                                                                                                         to celebrate their 25th anniversary during Homecoming and Family
     the cross onto the dome of The          feature opportunities not only to                                                                                                                                                       Weekend. The three-day event, which runs from sept. 30 to oct. 2, is                         USD Wine Classic tickets are
     Immaculata, they collectively           reconnect with friends but also                                                                                                                                                         chock-full of special events and activities to reconnect ’86 alumni with                     on sale now. Join fellow Toreros
     gasped as a downdraft threat-           to experience today’s vastly                                                                                                                                                            both their classmates and their campus.                                                      on sunday, July 24 to sample
     ened to drive the pilot and the         expanded usD.                                                                                                                                                                              For Davis, the core components of the usD experience remain intact,                       wines from 30 university-affili-
     cross straight into the ground,            For the Class of 1961, the                                                                                                                                                           even though the campus has undergone quite the facelift since the                            ated wineries while raising
     then whispered a quick “amen”           university of san Diego was a                                                                                                                                                           mid-80s. “I bet some of the alums who haven’t been here in awhile will                       money for much-needed usD
     as he swiftly recovered and com-        handful of buildings and a core                                                                                                                                                         be really surprised by the growth of the campus, but when you drive                          student scholarships. To learn
     pleted his mission.                     group of religious who dedicated                                                                                                                                                        up Linda Vista road and see that beautiful blue dome of The                                  more or to purchase tickets, go
        These students of the College        their lives to the students. Bishop                                                                                                                                                     Immaculata, you still feel that strong connection.”                                          to www.usdwineclassic.com.




                                                                                                                                                                                                       CourTesy oF DennIs HaLLoran
     for Women and College for Men           Buddy and the diocesan priests                                                                                                                                                             and connecting is exactly what milestone reunions such as the 25th
     lived their formative years in the      lived at the chancery — today’s                                                                                                                                                         anniversary are all about.                                                                   Maureen Partynski ’82 takes
     earliest days of the university of      administration building. Hungry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      over as president of the usD
     san Diego, and their memories           male students learned early on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       alumni association in July for
     breathe life into the facts and         that they could score a free                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a two-year term, succeeding
     figures of the school’s history.        breakfast by serving at Bishop                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Josephine Bennett ’81, who
        sandy Cassell Farrell ’61 (Bs),      Buddy’s daily 7 a.m. Mass in his                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     served from 2009 to 2011.
     who helped finance her education        private chapel.                       dents joked that it was co-recre-     Women and Father Lanphier            reunion, the Class of 1961 will be                                                                                                                                  To contact either one, send
     by working for Bishop Buddy for            The sisters of the College for     ational. Dances, weekly mixers        accompanied everyone on his          able to revisit many of their favor-                                                                                                                                email to alumni@sandiego.edu.
     five years, vividly recalls a           Women were semi-cloistered,           and athletic events gave the men      lively honkytonk piano.              ite haunts, and also see how their
     moment late one Christmas eve           living among the girls on the         and women a chance to meet, as           “I had my first success as a      alma mater has flourished into a                                                                                                                                    Prost! This year’s european
     outside of The Immaculata.              women’s campus. “We called            did afternoons at the Lark, which     student there,” says Halloran,       nationally ranked institution.                                                                                                                                      alumni reunion is in Heusen-
        “It was a blustery, cold, winter     them ‘mother’ and in many ways        also served as the College for        who had a solo in “The Girl from        “I wish that Bishop Buddy                                                                                                                                        stamm and Frankfurt, Germany
     day and the bishop was heading          they were,” says Cassell Farrell,     Men dining facility.                  Montana” and earned the best         could see what his dream                                                                                                                                            on June 24, 2011. usD President
     down Marian Way to visit the            president of the student body her        “all kinds of nefarious planning   actor award for his lead in          ultimately evolved into,” says                                                                                                                                      Mary e. Lyons, PhD, and Vice
     nuns,” she says. “His purple cape       senior year. “They were so much       went down in that place,” laughs      “Harvey.” “The small environment     Cassell Farrell. “He and Mother                                                                                                                                     President of university relations
     was flapping in the wind, he had        more than teachers. They were         Dennis Halloran ’61 (BBa).            allowed me to be successful in       Hill were an amazing pair. Before                                                                                                                                   Timothy o’Malley, PhD, will be
     his little biretta on his head and      big sisters, they were mothers,          Father Leo Lanphier from the       plays and it gave me a lot of con-   he died, the campus had grown                                                                                                                                       joined by dozens of alumni and
     he was pulling a red wagon with         they were mentors and they            College for Men started an annual     fidence. I learned public speaking   and he saw a shadow of what                                                                                                                                         friends. next year’s european
     his Christmas gifts for the nuns.       were friends.”                        tradition with original musicals      and I actually made my living as     it was to become. When I go                                                                                                                                         alumni reunion will be June 22
     There was a very tender relation-          While the campus was not co-       featuring a “Girl from …” theme.      a public speaker for the rest of     back to the campus now, I know                                                                                                                                      to 24, 2012; the location has not




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LuIs GarCIa
     ship between the bishop and the         educational — the institutions        The men recruited actresses and       my life.”                            he just has to be looking down                                                                                                                                      yet been finalized.
     religious of the sacred Heart.”         operated separately — the stu-        singers from the College for             While on campus for their         and smiling.”


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     CLASS  NOTES                                                                                                        The Tao of emalyn
                                                                                                                         A glimpse inside the classroom of a truly special educator
                                                                                                                         by Mike Sauer



                                                                                                                         T
                                                                                                                                  he dismissal bell announces       Her ever-present smile and           bers. “I had to choose between
                                                                                                                                  the end of another day at      placid persona belie a fierce           working at a juvenile detention
                                                                                                                                  Montgomery Middle School,      commitment to her students’             center or with a local at-risk
                                                                                                                         and the silent hallways are imme-       success, both in the classroom          youth program that was just
                                                                                                                         diately transformed into raucous        and in life. The day-to-day             getting started.”
                                                                                                                         highways of frenetic energy as          challenges that children with              That program, known as Linda
                                                                                                                         students race for the exits.            learning disabilities face are          Vista Leaders, was founded to
                                                                                                                             Navigating the roaring torrent      myriad, but Leppard is a staunch        provide troubled teens an oppor-
                                                                                                                         of humanity towards Emalyn              advocate of the policy that they        tunity to get involved in their
                                                                                                                         Leppard’s Room 102 proves a             learn in their own unique way,          community through service-
                                                                                                                         daunting challenge, but once            and at their own unique pace.           oriented projects. It would also
                                                                                                                         inside, the vibe changes from           “You can’t force square pegs            provide Leppard the opportunity
                                                                                                                         tumultuous to tranquil. Orderly         into round holes. In education          to meld her love of education
                                                                                                                         rows of desks stretch across a          — and especially special educa-         and service into a job that has
                                                                                                                         teaching space adorned with a           tion — you need to be positive          been central to her growth, both
                                                                                                                         kaleidoscopic range of charts,          and patient.”                           as a professional and a person.
                                                                                                                         posters and photographs. In the            No doubt that personalized              “Getting involved with the
                                                                                                                         back of the room, a comfy couch         approach to the academic devel-         Linda Vista Leaders program was
                                                                                                                         beckons. Leppard laughs as she          opment of each and every one of         the best thing I ever did, and it’s
                                                                                                                         settles in amidst the cushions,         her students led to Leppard being       the catalyst for everything I’ve
                                                                                                                         “Whoa!” she exclaims. “I rarely, if     named San Diego Unified School          done since,” she says.
                                                                                                                         ever, get a chance to take in the       District’s Middle School Teacher           And what she’s done since is
                                                                                                                         view from this perspective.”            of the Year for 2010-2011.              establish herself as an innovative
                                                                                                                             That admission comes as no             “I was floored,” she says. “It’s     educator who connects her stu-
                                                                                                                         surprise, as Leppard has made it        such a huge honor. San Diego            dents to the wonders of learning
                                                                                                                         her practice to lead from the front.    Unified is a very large district, so    by utilizing their own creativity.
                                                                                                                         Whether as a thirtysomething            to get that recognition from your       One year it may be assigning a
                                                                                                                         undergraduate at Alcalá Park or         peers and from the panel, which         class a photography project that
                                                                                                                         an award-winning educator, her          were previous teachers of the year      allows them to learn about their
                                                                                                                         work ethic and unbridled passion        themselves, is such high praise.”       respective family lineages. The
                                                                                                                         for learning have earned rave              The daughter of a nurse and          next, creating a community gar-
                                                                                                                         reviews from her teaching peers,        a special education teacher,            den that beautifies the campus,
                                                                                                                         community dignitaries and, most         Leppard was well versed in the          engages the surrounding com-
                                                                                                                         importantly, her students.              value of helping others. She was        munity and emboldens students
                                                                                                                             Leppard radiates a sense of         also inspired by the special            to apply the math skills they’ve
                                                                                                                         serenity and temperance that            connection that exists between          learned in real-word situations.
                                                                                                                         fortify her for the daily, and, on      teachers and learners, and that            When asked how her experi-
                                                                                                                         occasion, hourly challenges of          inspiration led her to USD’s            ences as a special education
                                                                                                                         teaching math and science to            School of Leadership and                teacher have changed her,
                                                                                                                         sixth- through eighth-graders with      Education Sciences. Her efforts         Leppard gazes out the window,
                                                                                                                         mild-to-moderate disabilities.          in the classroom would earn her         seemingly lost in thought. The
                                                                                                                             “I’m probably the most patient      a bachelor’s degree in diversified      effervescent smile returns, her eyes
                                                                                                                         person you’ve ever met,” she            liberal arts in 1998, but her efforts   light up, and she clasps her hands
                                                                                                                         says, matter-of-fact. “I thank my       in serving the community would          together in a gesture that’s equal
                                                                                                                         mom for that, as she seemed to          prove the key component in              parts happy and hopeful.
                                                                                                                         have an inexhaustible reserve of        helping Leppard determine her              “Has it changed my life? Oh my
                                                                                                                         it too. I really feel blessed to have   future career path.                     gosh! I look at life, I look at human
                                                                                                                         inherited some of that … ” She             “I was taking a sociology class      nature totally differently than I did




                                                                                                           PAUL BOWERS
                                                                                                                         pauses, then continues. “You            at USD that required a community        before, and I take such great pride
                                                                                                                         need it for this job sometimes.”        service component,” she remem-          in my students’ successes.”


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     1960s                                      retirement, and recently took a trip
                                                by train from Oregon to Minnesota to
                                                                                            on business and immigration law.
                                                                                            David recently had an article published
                                                                                                                                        vast experience in handling complex
                                                                                                                                        real estate challenges. Since the




                                                                                                                                                                                   Congratulations
                                                visit her son and grandchildren.            in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin pro-       early 1990s, he has been a court-
     [1963]                                                                                 posing a new approach to applying           appointed receiver on numerous
     ROBERT ADELIZZI (JD) was                                                               the Child Status Protection Act to          cases involving industrial parks,
     inducted into the Hall of Fame for the
     California Homebuilders Foundation
     at the June 2010 meeting of the
                                                1970s                                       over-age-21 derivative children of
                                                                                            family, employment and diversity
                                                                                            lottery immigrants.
                                                                                                                                        multi-family housing projects, gas
                                                                                                                                        stations, restaurants, office buildings,
                                                                                                                                        auto dealerships and retail centers.
     Pacific Coast Builders Conference in       [1971]
     San Francisco. Previously, Robert was      BOB BLAKE (BS) decided that,                JOSEPH GHOUGASSIAN (MA, JD                  WILLIAM “JODY” GUNDERMAN




                                                                                                                                                                                   Class of 2011!
     named chairman of the Board of             after a 30-year practice in emergency       ’80) completed a fourth tour of duty        (BBA) was named vice president,
     Visitors for the School of Law, and is a   medicine at Palomar Medical Center          in Iraq. In 2010, he played a key role in   operations, and chief financial officer
     two-time recipient of the School of        and Pomerado Hospital in San Diego          developing the institutional capacities     for John Deere’s financial services in
     Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award.          County, he was ready for a change.          in public administration and public         Reno, Nev. Jody and his wife,
                                                Bob now operates Medical Marijuana          policy formulation for the government       Deborah, have been married for 28
     [1965]                                     of San Diego, where he evaluates            of Iraq, including the offices of the       years. They have two children,
     JAMES MILLER (BS) is retired and           patients to see if they are eligible for    president, vice president, prime min-       Jerome and Erica, who both attend
     living 10 months of the year in            a medical marijuana recommendation.         ister and his deputies along with the       the University of Nevada. In his spare
     Chonburi City, Thailand, a coastal                                                     council of ministers. In 2009, Joseph       time, Jody continues to try to break
     community located roughly an hour’s        [1973]                                      was acting director and senior advisor      par on the golf course, but to date
     drive southeast of Bangkok.                LARRY SYKOFF (MEd, EdD ’88)                 of constitutional and legislative affairs   has yet to succeed.
                                                is headmaster of Ranney School in           at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, and was
     [1966]                                     Tinton Falls, N.J. One of the largest       assigned to develop and strengthen          KENNETH MEDEL (JD) ended “30
     ARDEL NELSON (BA) retired from
     his positions as professor and chair
                                                private prep schools in the area, Ranney
                                                is home to over 800 students in grades
                                                                                            the legislative capacities of parlia-
                                                                                            mentarians in drafting laws.
                                                                                                                                        years of silence” to inform the USD
                                                                                                                                        community about some of his recent         GAINING HIGHER GROUND
     of the Department of Management            ranging from “beginners” to high-                                                       achievements. In 2010, he was
     at American River College in               school seniors. Larry reports that he has   KATHLEEN (EASLER) LIUZZI                    named Attorney of the Year by the          ONE TASSEL AT A TIME.
     Sacramento, Calif.                         several students interested in attend-      (BBA) and her husband, James, have          San Diego Defense Lawyers
                                                ing USD, and that he truly enjoys           returned to Southern California after       Organization (civil practitioners). In
     VERN D. SCHOOLEY (JD) was                  being an advocate for his alma mater.       a two-year stint in Denver. A proud         2011, he assumed the presidency of
     presented the Distinguished Service                                                    parent of five college graduates,           the American Board of Trial
     Medal by the Linn Inn Alliance of the      RICHARD WILDMAN (MA) is                     including daughter and fellow USD           Advocates, San Diego branch, and
     American Inns of Court (AIC) at the        practicing law in La Jolla, Calif. He is    alumna, Lisa ’03, Kathleen is looking       was appointed by former California
     New York Intellectual Property Law         president of the La Jolla Town              forward to re-establishing herself          Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve
     Association meeting in March 2011.         Council, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary and        locally. “Our second grandchild was         as a San Diego Superior Court judge.
     Additionally, Vern has served on the       Promote La Jolla, Inc.                      born in February 2011. We are
     AIC Board of Trustees representing                                                     blessed!” she reports.
     the western states, serves on the
     Leadership Council, acts as the AIC’s
     trademark attorney, is president of
                                                [1974]
                                                MONSIGNOR JAMES TARANTINO
                                                (BA) was recently named a monsignor
                                                                                            DARRYL NYZNYK (JD) authored a
                                                                                            book, Mary’s Son, which endeavors to
                                                                                                                                        1980s
     the Los Angeles Intellectual Property      with the rank Prelate of Honor to His       demonstrate how the story of                [1980]
     Inn and is counsel to the Joseph A.        Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. The            Christmas and the birth of Christ can       DEBORAH WOLFE (JD) attained a
     Ball Clearance S. Hunt AIC. He contin-     monsignor also was appointed the            be significant in modern times. Darryl      Certified Legal Specialty (CLS) certifi-
     ues his practice of patent and trade-      vicar for administration and the            and his wife, Loretta, are the proud        cate in the new specialty of legal mal-
     mark law across the country as senior      moderator of the Curia for the              parents of four daughters and they still    practice and was appointed a mem-
     partner with one of the state’ oldest      Archdiocese of San Francisco.               enjoy dancing to Bruce Springsteen’s        ber of the California State Bar
     intellectual property law firms,                                                       “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.”                   Advisory Commission on Legal
     Fulwider Patton LLP.                       MARK ZECCA (BA) was selected                                                            Malpractice Law. She also continues
                                                by the San Diego Business Journal as        [1978]                                      to practice law, lecture and act as an
     [1968]                                     the Information Technology (IT)             SANDRA BROWER (JD) joined the               expert witness in ethics matters
     MICHAEL WELCH (BA) partnered               Executive of the Year for 2010. Mark        San Diego office of law firm Sullivan       throughout California. “I very much
     with his son and daughter-in-law to        is the senior director of IT and chief      Hill as an of-counsel attorney.             enjoy teaching at USD School of Law
     form Romano Welch Architectural            information officer for Mitchell 1 and      Previously, Sandra was a shareholder        as an adjunct professor in Lawyering
     Corp. in the Bay Area. Previously,         Snap-on Diagnostics. He is also an          in the law office of Wertz McDade           Skills II, and hope to continue to do
     Michael served as an adjunct lecturer      adjunct professor of information            Wallace Moot & Brower. She resides          so for the foreseeable future,”
     for the USD Department of Engineer-        technology for Ashford University.          in La Jolla, Calif.                         Deborah writes.
     ing. He and his wife, Marta, have been
     married 39 years and they enjoy spend-     [1976]                                      [1979]                                      [1981]
     ing time with their two grandchildren.     RUSSELL WATTS (BA) lives on the             GORDON DUNFEE (JD) has been                 PAMELA (HERKNER) CHASSE
                                                island of Samoa, where he teaches           elected president of the California         (BA, MEd ’83) lives in Thousand
     [1969]                                     deaf and hearing-impaired children.         Receivers Forum, San Diego Chapter,         Oaks, Calif., with her two cats, Koa
     MICHAEL RICHARDS (BA) reports                                                          for the 2011 term. A veteran real           and Zippy, and is a principal in the
     that he is now retired.                    [1977]
                                                DAVID FROMAN (JD) is the
                                                                                            estate broker, developer, court-
                                                                                            appointed receiver and attorney with
                                                                                                                                        Conejo Valley Unified School District.
                                                                                                                                        Pam encourages everyone to live life       ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ALL ALUMNI
                                                founding attorney of San Diego’s                                                        to the fullest and enjoy every moment,
     MARGARET (WOLLITZ)
     TOMLINSON (BA) is enjoying                 Froman Law Firm, where he focuses
                                                                                            three decades of professional experi-
                                                                                            ence in real estate law, Gordon has         and she’s also eager to reconnect          USD Torero Store on campus or online www.usdtorerostores.com.
38     USD MAGAZINE                                                                                                                      [reunion reminder]
                                                were very, very excited when they
                                                                                                               [alchemist]
     with her Torero classmates: “I hope to



                                                                                                               QualiTy over QuanTiTy
     see you all again real soon and with       saw the football field,” Linda reports.
     something new to share and learn.
     God bless!”                                KATIE (O’ROURKE) DELANO
                                                (BA, MA ’90) recently celebrated
     MARY (SAFFIAN) WOOD (BA)                   her one-year anniversary as executive                          Success tastes good for craft beer purveyor Peter Zien
     recently earned her master’s degree        director of the Coalinga Area
     in education from Western Governors        Chamber of Commerce in Coalinga,                               by Mike Sauer


                                                                                                               F
     University. She is currently teaching      Calif. Previously, Katie taught history                                 or the better part of two         “When I was 16 years old, I had    Awards. Zien takes great pride in
     fifth grade at Waimea Elementary           at a local community college. “A                                        and a half centuries, a        a 300-bottle beer collection,”        such an impressive achievement,
     School on the big island of Hawaii.        degree from USD prepares one for
                                                                                                                        cornerstone of American        he recalls. “My dad took us to        but kudos are nothing new: he’s
                                                anything!” she writes.
                                                                                                               life has been a fervent belief in       Europe a lot around that time,        racked up more than 400 medals
     [1982]
     ED McPHERSON (JD) is a partner             TOM DOMINICK (JD) completed                                    the value of good old-fashioned         and one of the best parts about       and honors since he began
     at McPherson Rane LLP, an entertain-       his term as the president of the San                           hard work; the kind of roll-up-         it was that I got a good taste of     brewing in 1995.
     ment litigation firm in Los Angeles.       Bernardino County Bar Association,                             your-sleeves, nose-to-the-              what really good beer tastes             “It’s a really collaborative
     He recently was awarded an AV-             the oldest continually active associa-                         grindstone labor that our fore-         like,” he chuckles.                   effort here,” he says, quick to
     Preeminent rating by the Martindale-       tion of its kind in California. Tom is a                       fathers championed, and that, to           What’s no laughing matter to       direct praise towards his hard-
     Hubbell Law Digest, and has been           partner with the law firm of Fullerton
                                                                                                               this day, undergirds our nation’s       Zien is the exacting process by       working staff. “When you drink
     recognized as a Southern California        Lemann Schaefer & Dominick, where
                                                                                                               prominence and prosperity.              which he and his staff create         one of our bottles, at least five
     “Super Lawyer” in Super Lawyer             he specializes in estate trust adminis-
     magazine every year since 2006.            tration and litigation.                                            Peter Zien wants nothing to         some of the best-tasting beers        of our seven employees have to
                                                                                                               do with that blue-collar credo.         to be found in San Diego, or, for     touch it before it goes off the
     [1983]                                     BILL GETTY (BBA, JD ’91) is the                                At least that’s what he’d like you      that matter, anywhere else.           line. They’re all home brewers,
     CHRISTINE MUGRIDGE (BA)                    managing partner of Wilson Getty                               to believe.                                A recent visit to his Kearny       and bring their own unique
     completed her doctoral studies at the      LLP, a civil litigation law firm in San                            “I knew early on that I didn’t      Mesa, Calif., brewery revealed        talents to creating some of the
     Pontifical Salesian University in Rome,    Diego, where he has practiced law
                                                                                                               want to go through the motions          two facts very quickly: Zien is       best beers on the market.”
     where she also sang in the Vatican         since graduating from the USD
                                                                                                               of working a 9-to-5 job that was        hands-on in every facet of the           Zien is also one of only 13
     choir for seven years. Christine recent-   School of Law in 1991. Bill and his
     ly returned to California and serves as    wife, Laurie, have five children and                           all about making money and not          brewing process for each of the       accredited Grand Master Level
     founder and president of Sacred Arts       live in Del Mar, Calif.                                        about happiness. I just didn’t          15 types of year-round, seasonal      One Beer Judges in the world; a
     Communications, a nonprofit organi-                                                                       want to work that hard,” he says.       and barrel-aged craft beers           remarkable accomplishment for
     zation that uses all means of social       DOUG KROLL (MA) recently                                       “I wanted to play.”                     AleSmith produces (he even            a guy who, after graduating from
     communications to educate the pub-         published his third book, A Coast                                  That was then, this is now.         samples every batch of coffee         USD’s School of Law in 1995, really
     lic on Catholic faith and culture.         Guardsman’s History of the Coast
                                                                                                               These days, Zien is all about           that’s brewed specifically for his    had no idea where life would lead.
                                                Guard, through the U.S. Naval
                                                                                                               racking up long hours if that’s         critically acclaimed Speedway            “Yeah, I know it sounds kind
     DAVID RYAN (BBA) has worked in             Institute Press. Doug is an associate
     the travel industry for over 25 years,     professor of history at the College                            what it takes to fine-tune his          Stout); and that he’ll never, ever    of funny, but after I earned my
     and is currently the business devel-       of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.                           skill set as one of the country’s       cut corners in producing his          JD from USD, the one thing I was
     opment manager for Classic Vacations                                                                      premier craft beer brew masters.        product. The latter is something      sure of was that I didn’t want
     travel agency. A resident of Elk Grove,    JENNIFER (PAINE) McKAY (BA)                                    And if the success of his award         that can’t be said for many           to end up in a courtroom,” he
     Calif., David is looking forward to        is an organizational development                               winning, San Diego-based                big-name beer distributors.           admits. “I really loved my time at
     attending USD alumni events in the         expert and has been helping compa-
                                                                                                               AleSmith Brewing Company                   “We’re artists here, and we        USD, but I also know I’m not the
     Bay Area.                                  nies grow, expand and transition for
                                                                                                               is any indication, the truth is         view the brewing of beer as the       first person who graduated from
                                                nearly 20 years. She also teaches fit-
     [1984]                                     ness classes, spends as much time as                           that he has a work ethic that           perfect blend of art and science,”    a law program and realized that
     LAURI MARGESON (BA) has culti-             possible outdoors, and, above all                              won’t quit.                             Zien explains. “Unlike the big        they didn’t really want to
     vated 25 years of management- and          else, loves being a mom. Jennifer                                  “I know it sounds like a cliché,    distributors, beer gets first-class   practice law.”
     executive-level experience in the          lives in Tucson, Ariz.                                         but when you love what you do,          treatment, always. There’s not           The legal profession’s loss
     human resources field, most recently                                                                      it really doesn’t feel like work,” he   going to be a pool party when         became the beer connoisseur’s
     as an executive consultant for multi-      BARBARA (ELLIOTT) SANDERS
                                                                                                               offers, then adds with a laugh,         you open my beer. Frogs won’t         gain, and judging by AleSmith’s
     national operations and service-           (BA, MEd ’88) retired after 25 years
                                                                                                               “I never knew hard work could           talk. What I will tell you is that    impressive growth over the last
     sector organizations in 14 countries       of teaching, mentoring and coaching
     throughout the world.                      in San Diego’s South Bay Union                                 be so much fun.”                        everything we produce is top          few years, it appears Zien and his
                                                School District. Her plans include                                 And so wonderfully tasty, for       of the line, and you get what you     beer-brewing compatriots won’t
     [1985]                                     traveling and starting her own party-                          that matter. A self-described           pay for.”                             be slowing down anytime soon.
     LINDA (EEREBOUT-KASANOS)                   planning business, along with run-                             hobbyist by nature, Zien’s love            This adherence to quality over        “We have 50 distributors
     CORDER (BA) is happy to report             ning for school board. “Right now,                             of a great-tasting ale blossomed        quantity has helped raise             waiting their turn to get our
     that a recent tour of USD with her         I’m enjoying the precious gift of
                                                                                                               during his teenage years in the         AleSmith to lofty heights in the      beers. There’s no way we can fill
     students from the Technology               time,” Barbara writes.
                                                                                                               late 1970s. While his peers were        microbrewery market. In 2008,         all of our orders,” he says before
     Academy drew rave reviews. “The
     students were very impressed: some         ROBERTO SANTILLAN (MA) is a                                    collecting Farah Fawcett posters        they earned the prestigious Small     offering a glass of the caramel-




                                                                                           MARSHALL WILLIAMS
     were amazed at the size of the cam-        behavior support specialist and assis-                         and Kiss albums, Zien was               Brewery of the Year award at the      flavored fan favorite Anvil ESB
     pus, others were very interested in        tant football coach at Seligman High                           amassing an impressive bottle           Great American Beer Festival,         Ale. “It’s certainly a great position
     the building designs, and yet others       School in Seligman, Ariz.                                      display featuring beers from            which is the equivalent of the        to be in, and one we’ve worked
                                                                                                               across the globe.                       brewing industry’s Academy            hard to get to.”


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     KENNETH WINANS (BBA) has
     been selected to write a quarterly
     column online at Forbes.com.
                                                job is that I have a nice view of USD
                                                from my office,” Tom writes.
                                                                                           (BA) lives in Moss Landing, Calif., with
                                                                                           her husband, Dean, and daughters
                                                                                           Lilly, 2, and Kathryn, 1. She works in
                                                                                                                                       math teacher, takes over domestic
                                                                                                                                       duties. The family resides in
                                                                                                                                       Broomfield, Colo.
                                                                                                                                                                                   for child advocacy. As a truancy
                                                                                                                                                                                   diversion judge, Maria seeks to
                                                                                                                                                                                   encourage, motivate and empower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2000s                                     SHARON McGUIRE (PhD) was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           inducted as a fellow into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           American Academy of Nurse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing neuropsychological evaluations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to children and adolescents, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       he is also director of the ANH
                                                JEFF HARMEYER (JD) heads                   advertising, but also enjoys writing                                                    her students. As a pro tem hearing            [2000]                                    Practitioners in June 2010.                 Concussion Clinic. He and his wife,
     [1986]                                     Harmeyer Law Group, APC, a San             fiction and showing her photography         MARY (STETTER) HOLDEN (BA)                  master, she focuses on each child’s           KATHRYN (TANNER)                                                                      Deirdre, live in Mission Viejo, Calif.,
     THERESA DE LA TORRE (BA) is in             Diego-based firm that focuses on the       on the side.                                is back teaching high school English        provision of a permanent, safe and            GRAMMATICO (BBA) and her hus-             MARSHALL WINTERS (BA)                       and love to travel frequently.
     her 12th year with Agriculture Research    areas of business litigation, real                                                     in San Diego’s Sweetwater Union             nurturing home. As a pro tem depen-           band, Joseph, plan to celebrate their     completed an MBA and is a business
     Service, where she runs an entomology      estate transactions, product liability,    [1994]                                      High School District after taking           dency mother’s drug court master,             three-year anniversary on July 12,        consultant for companies and organi-        MARISSA (POST) SCHUBERT
     and agriculture research lab. Theresa      insurance coverage and bad faith,          MOLLY McGLENNEN (BA) had                    some time off for the birth of her          Maria encourages mothers to over-             2011. They relocated to San Ramon,        zations that operate in the high-end        (BA) married Eric Schubert in April
     also teaches CPR for health care pro-      commercial litigation, construction        her first collection of poetry, Fried       daughter, Diana, on Sept. 3, 2008.          come addiction and strengthen the             Calif., and welcomed their first child    retail and luxury sectors.                  2010 in Colorado, where the couple
     viders, along with animal first-aid and    contract disputes, personal injury,        Fish and Flour Biscuits, published in                                                   bonds with their children. “I thank           in October 2010.                                                                      lives. Marissa (Finn) Evans ’02 served
     CPR classes. “Involved with lots of        premises liability, and landlord/ten-      November 2010. Her poems call upon          DAVID MULLINS (BA) is proud                 Jesus Christ every day for the oppor-                                                   [2002]                                      as the matron of honor. Eric works
     exciting science!” she says.               ant and appellate matters.                 personal memories and ancestral             to report that his first book, Greetings    tunity to serve Him through serving           VALERIE M. KENNEDY (BA, MA                JUSTIN ALMEIDA (BA) and his                 in public relation for the NFL’s
                                                                                           antecedents of Molly’s Anishinaabe          from Below, was published in                others,” she writes.                          ‘07) ) gave birth to her first child,     wife joined the Peace Corps in 2007,        Denver Broncos.
     TOM HILLEBRECHT (BA) joined                [1991]                                     heritage as they render the continu-        January 2011. A graduate of the                                                           Alexander Xavier, on Aug. 13, 2010.       serving as volunteers in Romania.
     Torrey Pines Bank as vice president        KATHLEEN (LARSON)                          ance and celebration of the complex         prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop          JUSTIN WASSERMAN (BA) and                     Valerie has worked in USD’s Office of     Justin now works as a resource devel-       TIFFANY (GRIDLEY) TRAVER
     and works out of the bank’s Carmel         BORGESON (BA) and her husband,             realities of Native American life in the    and winner of the Mary McCarthy             his wife, Liz, are pleased to announce        Undergraduate Admissions as a             oper for the Ethiopian Community            (BBA) and her husband, Josh, cele-
     Valley, Calif., office.                    Erik, live in Linda Vista, Calif., with    21st century. After graduating from         Prize in Short Fiction, David is an         the arrival of their first child, daughter    counselor since since 2000. “My hus-      Development Council’s (ECDC) African        brated the birth of their first baby
                                                their two daughters, Emily and Ally.       USD in ’94, Molly went on to earn a         assistant professor of creative writing     Harper June, who was born on July 21,         band, Brian is in his final year of law   Community Center in Las Vegas.              girl, Reese Makenzie, on Dec. 9, 2010.
     [1988]                                     Kathleen works part time for               Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing     at Creighton University.                    2010. The Wasserman clan also relo-           school here at USD,” she reports.                                                     The couple bought their first home in
     KATE DIESFELD (JD) joined the Te           Silverado Hospice in San Diego.            from Mills College (’98) and her PhD                                                    cated to Denver in November 2010.             “Too bad I can’t submit a photo —         AMANDINE AZENCOTT (MBA)                     the Porter Ranch neighborhood of
     Piringa Faculty of Law at the University                                              in Native American Studies from UC          JILL (HASTINGS) SCHULMAN                                                                  Alex looks great in Torero Blue!”         launched her own skin care company,         Los Angeles in April of 2009.
     of Waikato in New Zealand as an            BRAD WEINREB (JD) was named                Davis (’05). Now an assistant professor     (BA) is senior sales manager for Abbott     [1998]                                                                                  Codage, in Paris, France. Attempting
     associate professor of social justice.     one of California’s Top 100 Attorneys      of English and Native American              Laboratories in San Clemente, Calif.        EMALYN LEPPARD (MEd) was                      MARTHA MEDINA (BA) joined                 to “revolutionize the world of beauty,”     [2003]
                                                in 2010 by the Daily Journal, the          Studies at Vassar College, Molly, her                                                   named San Diego Unified School                21st Century HealthCare, where she is     Codage offers made-to-measure               CHRYSALIS AMOUR (BA)
     [1989]                                     state’s largest legal news provider.       husband and daughter live in New            MIKE TANGHE (BA) packed up his              District’s 2010-2011 Middle School            in charge of all quality in the produc-   beauty products according to                reached her longtime goal of becom-
     KEVIN CARLIN (BA) is now a                 Additionally in 2010, Brad was honored     York, but miss California very much.        family and moved back to San Diego          Teacher of the Year. Emalyn has               tion of vitamins, dietary supplements     each client’s skin-specific needs.          ing a self-employed entrepreneur last
     specialty sales executive at Humana,       by the San Diego Daily Transcript as                                                   from Minnesota to open a commercial         taught for 13 years, with six of those        and pet supplements. In January           “Loved my experience at USD,”               November when she opened the
     where he is in charge of sales for         one of the Top 10 criminal lawyers         [1995]                                      insurance agency. While driving his         as a special-education teacher at             2011, Martha ran a marathon in            Amandine writes. “My years there            doors to be*Mused, a boutique gift
     Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino          in San Diego. Brad is a veteran state      DONALD DE ANGELO (MA) was                   car along the 1,500-mile trek from          Montgomery Middle School in Linda             honor of Phoenix Children’s Hospital      were really enriching.”                     store in Portland, Ore., specializing in
     and San Diego counties. “So happy to       prosecutor and is currently a deputy       honored with an induction into the          Minneapolis-St. Paul to America’s           Vista, Calif. (See story on page 36.)         and her new friend, Denise, who is a                                                  locally crafted art, jewelry and cloth-
     have San Diego in my territory             attorney general in the San Diego          San Diego Hall of Champions as a            Finest City, “frugal” Mike was gracious-                                                  patient there. Martha also teaches        BARBARA DENNY (LLM) was re-                 ing. “Lots of change in a short period
     again!” he reports.                        office of the California Department        “Legend of Coaching” in November            ly hosted by USD alumni Herman              LISA (DAHLQUIST) STEPHENS                     kickboxing and expected to com-           elected as councilwoman for the city        of time!” she says.
                                                of Justice.                                2010. Donald has been a highly suc-         Chaves ’96, Craig Weitman ’98 and his       (MSN) retired from the Navy in 2005           plete her MBA from Arizona State          of Coronado, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2010.
     ROSEMARY (MATEY) COATES                                                               cessful coach for the swimming and          wife, Treslynn (Gomez) Weitman ’96.         and currently works as a family nurse         University in May 2011.                   Barbara continues to champion               JESSICA BECK (BA) published
     (MBA) is a managing director at The        [1992]                                     diving teams at Cathedral Catholic                                                      practitioner at the naval hospital in                                                   issues such as land use and water           her first article in the September
     AKA Group, where she consults with         PETER “CHRIS” HOVE (MBA)                   High School (formerly University of         [1997]                                      Bremerton, Wash.                              FABIANA SALIM (BBA) returned              law, and takes great pride in reserv-       2010 edition of Theatre, Dance and
     global businesses in the areas of global   was promoted to executive vice pres-       San Diego High School) since 1996.          DANIEL COBIAN (BA) is in                                                                  to San Diego after a 10-year stay in      ing a spot on her staff each semester       Performance Training, a twice-yearly
     supply chain and manufacturing in          ident and senior lending officer in                                                    Washington, D.C., on a one-year fel-        [1999]                                        Brazil, where she worked in business      for a student in USD Law School’s           academic journal for theater practi-
     China. Rosemary also serves as an          charge of management and commer-           KEITH RANDAHAN (MBA) recently               lowship with the RAND Corporation,          MARINA GONZALEZ (BA)                          development, marketing, sales and         Land Use Clinic “so they can gain           tioners, academics and creative artists.
     expert witness and litigation support      cial banking functions at the Nebraska     joined Baker Electric Solar as opera-       a nonprofit institution that helps          returned to San Diego, where she is a         event management. “Looking for a          real-world experience before gradua-        Jessica is completing a PhD in perfor-
     for supply chain process and software.     Bank of Commerce in Lincoln, Neb.          tions manager. He heads up the solar        improve policy and decision-making          faculty assistant in the School of Law        job in SD!” she writes.                   tion,” she writes. Barbara also cites       mance practice at the University of
                                                                                           company’s project and field opera-          through research and analysis.              at USD. Previously, Marina lived on                                                     her time at USD as a critical compo-        Exeter in England.
     LANCE PELKY (BBA) manages the              KAREN (REUTER) RICE (BSN,                  tions management; his duties include                                                    the island of Guam, where her two             KAYTIE (LEE) WURSTER (BA)                 nent to her tenure in city govern-
     financial services firm Lance Pelky &      MSN ’94, DNP ’06) was inducted             scheduling, forecasting and the daily       CURT HARRINGTON (JD) was                    children were born. “Enjoying my life         lives and works in London, and trav-      ment. “The education I earned at USD        JOHN DZIDA (BA) earned both
     Associates in La Jolla, Calif. While a     as a fellow of the American College        management of the design build of           reappointed chair of the California         as much as possible,” she reports.            els as much as her schedule allows.       is an integral part of my success as        a master’s degree in business admin-
     student at USD, Lance was president        of Critical Care Medicine in January       single and multifamily residential and      State Bar Board of Legal Specialization’s                                                                                           the peoples’ representative of              istration and a master’s degree in
     of the university’s student chapter of     2011 at an awards presentation in          commercial grid-tied photovoltaic           Taxation Law Advisory Commission.           KEVIN McPHEE (JD, MBA ’00)                    [2001]                                    Coronado,” she writes.                      Asia and pacific studies from the
     the American Marketing Association.        San Diego. Karen is an assistant pro-      solar systems. “I am proud and excit-       Curt is a patent and tax law partner        and his wife, Seda (Evis) McPhee ’00,         TYLER ANDERSON (BBA) and his                                                          University of San Francisco in May
     “We raised a ton of money that year        fessor in the Duke University School of    ed to be affiliated with a top-tier local   with the Long Beach, Calif., law firm,      are happily married and enjoying life         wife, Stephanie, are enjoying life with   KODY DIAZ (JD) completed his                2010. John is a credit analyst/com-
     and attended the national confer-          Medicine Department of Pediatrics.         solar firm that’s here to stay — one        Harrington & Harrington.                    with their son, Kaya, and daughter,           their son, Will, 1. Since graduating      fifth year as product liability counsel     mercial underwriter at Mechanics
     ence in New Orleans,” he says.                                                        that’s the product of four generations                                                  Alara.                                        from USD, Tyler has built a strong        for Toyota Material Handling U.S.A.         Bank in the Bay Area.
                                                ERIKA (BRUEGGER) SANCHEZ                   of electrical contracting experience,”      DAVIN HECKMAN (BA) is an                                                                  reputation in advertising and market-     Inc. He manages the defense of all
                                                (BA) joined the Vista, Calif., office of   Keith reports.                              associate professor and chair of the        JUSTINE PHILLIPS (BA, JD ’05)                 ing; his most recent endeavor being       product liability litigation, and assists   CAITLIN (CURRAN) KAVANAGH

     1990s                                      Coldwell Banker, a residential real
                                                estate company.                            [1996]
                                                                                           KATY (PALMEN) GRYBOSKI
                                                                                                                                       Department of English at Sienna
                                                                                                                                       Heights University in Adrian, Mich. An
                                                                                                                                       author and award-winning educator,
                                                                                                                                                                                   is an associate with the law firm of
                                                                                                                                                                                   Baker & McKenzie. Based in San Diego,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Justine is a member of the firm’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the founding of Casual Fridays Inc., a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 digital and social media marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 agency.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           all internal departments with product-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           related legal issues.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (BA, MA ’04) married the love of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       her life, Niall, on July 10, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Caitlin’s sisters Caroline Curran ’08,
     [1990]                                     MIKE WILLIAMS (BA) and his                 (BA) is thrilled to announce the            Davin is the supervising editor of the      Dispute Resolution Practice Group,                                                      ROGER PEREZ (BA) received a                 Colleen Curran and Claire Curran
     TOM DAVIS (BA) has, after 20               wife, Kara (Brady) Williams ’94, are       arrival of her third child, Evelyn          Electronic Literature Directory, a          and she concentrates her practice on          ERIN (FLEMING) BLOCK (BBA)                doctorate in clinical psychology from       were her maids of honor.
     years of flying for the Navy, turned in    busy raising two boys in Carlsbad,         Grace, on Dec. 30, 2010. Evelyn joins       resource for readers and writers of         complex business litigation.                  and her husband, Steven, purchased        the University of Texas Medical
     his wings and retired from active          Calif. Mike is a Realtor partner with      big brothers Sam, 4, and Owen, 2.           digital literature.                                                                       a home in Oceanside, Calif., where        Center at Dallas in 2008 and complet-       JEFF McATEE (MS) was named
     duty. He’s looking forward to the          Keller Williams Realty and Kara is a       Katy is in the second year of a leave                                                   LOUIS WRIGHT (BA) spent seven                 they live with their son, Logan           ed a two-year postdoctoral fellow-          communications director for the
     next chapter of his professional life as   tennis instructor.                         of absence from teaching middle             MARIA PARLADE (BA, JD ’02)                  years in the Army, completing two             Michael, and their two beagles. Erin is   ship in pediatric neuropsychology at        Environmental Protection Agency’s
     a defense analyst, where he’ll devel-                                                 school math, but will return to the         founded the Christian law firm,             tours of combat in Iraq. He has since         a research analyst with the National      Advanced Neurobehavioral Health             (EPA) Office of Criminal Enforcement.
     op and buy the next generation of          [1993]                                     classroom in the fall of 2011 while         Parlade Law, LLC, in Las Vegas, and         joined the U.S Secret Service as a spe-       Association of Music Merchants            (ANH) of Southern California in 2010.       Prior to working with the EPA, Jeff
     military hardware. “One perk of my         PATTY (O’CONNOR) LAURITZEN                 her husband, Dan, a high school             focuses her energies on her passion         cial agent in the Los Angeles field office.   (NAMM) in Carlsbad, Calif.                Roger now practices at ANH, provid-         served in the U.S. Navy and managed



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                                                                                                                                                                            building. Never one to miss an            During his time at KSPS he         public affairs aspects of the Naples        in daily contact with a lot of great
                                                                                                                                                                            opportunity to roll up his sleeves     traveled to Tanzania, Ghana and       Public Health Evaluation in Italy. Jeff,    people who are very, very real and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         his wife, Joanna, and their three           that helps to keep me grounded in
                                                                                                                                                                            and immerse himself in the             the Democratic Republic of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         daughters make their home in                reality,” he says.
                                                                                                                                                                            process of peacebuilding,              Congo. He quickly saw the need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alexandria, Va.
                                                                                                                                                                            Sorensen wound up in Sierra            for mobile medical clinics that                                                   LISA (GANTZ) FARNAN (BA)
                                                                                                                                                                            Leone with the country’s first         would address remote health           MOLLY (KING) OATES (BA) and                 married Jason Farnan on June 5, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                            lady, Sia Koroma.                      care needs, primarily for             her husband, Jordan ’03, enjoy life in      at the Mission Basilica San Juan
                                                                                                                                                                                “President and first lady          expectant mothers. Infant             Denver with daughters Avery                 Capistrano, Calif. The couple recently
                                                                                                                                                                            Koroma have an agenda for              mortality is extremely high in        Kathleen, 3, and Finley McNamee, 1.         purchased their first home in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Molly is a stay-at-home mom and             Encinitas, Calif., and enjoy living in
                                                                                                                                                                            change. I’m impressed with             Africa, largely due to the poor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jordan is an attorney.                      the San Diego area. Lisa and Jason
                                                                                                                                                                            the way they’ve approached             condition of clinics, coupled with                                                met through Lisa’s Alpha Delta Pi
                                                                                                                                                                            rebuilding the fabric in their         the tendency for high-risk            NATHALIA OSORIO (BA) joined                 sorority sister Erin Laverty ’05, who
                                                                                                                                                                            country,” he says. “She’s a leader     pregnancies to go undiagnosed         international law firm Proskauer Rose       was a bridesmaid along with Deana
                                                                                                                                                                            by example, and is evidence of         and untreated.                        LLP, recognized as one of the premier       Riggio ’05 and Rachel Romani ’05.
                                                                                                                                                                            the power of an effective leader          Mobile clinics provide a clean     finance practices in the country.           Other USD alumni in attendance
                                                                                                                                                                            who doesn’t have the same              and safe alternative for women        Nathalia is a member of the firm’s          included: Sheetal (Doshi) Agarwal ’04,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Junior Capital Group, and lives with        Elizabeth Jordan ’05, Ashely (Jones)
                                                                                                                                                                            authority as the president. She        and their babies, as well as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         her husband, Jeffrey, in Boston.            Kaade ’05, Craig Smith ’04 and
                                                                                                                                                                            can be the mother of the country.”     higher level of care. Sorensen                                                    Heather Vento ’05. Lisa currently
                                                                                                                                                                                As accomplished as Sorensen        wanted to share the life-             MEGAN PAGLIUCA (BA) is the                  works at UCSD Extension and manag-
                                                                                                                                                                            has become in the peace commu-         changing experience he’d had          vice president of display media for         es their Nonprofit Leadership and
                                                                                                                                                                            nity, he’s relatively new to the       with his classmates, so he            integrated marketing agency Merkle.         Fundraising certificate programs.
                                                                                                                                                                            scene. A businessman by                sponsored his cohort and              “Throughout my career, I have
                                                                                                                                                                            training, he owned and operated        brought them to Tanzania to live      worked in the new frontier of digital       JENNIFER HIGA (BA) and long-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         advertising, and it’s with my passion       time boyfriend Haydn Mitchell wel-
                                                                                                                                                                            a chain of geriatric health care       and study for a month in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for this field that I look forward to       comed their baby girl Keira Anela
                                                                                                                                                                            facilities in California. Around       Congolese refugee camp.                                                           Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell on Feb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         working at Merkle,” Megan reports.
                                                                                                                                                                            2005, he couldn’t shake the               At the time, KSPS did not have                                                 24, 2011. Her godmothers are USD
                                                                                                                                                                            feeling that something was             a mandate to travel abroad            LILIANA (AVILA) RURUP (MBA)                 grads Claire Sharp ’04 and Jayvee
                                                                                                                                                                            missing, and he embarked on a          during the graduate program,          married Lee Rurup on Oct. 22, 2010,         Pendon ‘04. “We are all doing well
                                                                                                                                                                            journey that would refocus             but Sorensen knew that being on       at Cuvier Park in La Jolla, Calif. Torero   and enjoying the family time,”
                                                                                                                                                                            his interest in health care into       the ground would help bring the       alumni in attendance included: Pilar        Jennifer reports.




                                                                                                                                                              LUIS GARCIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Holley) Ivanov ’98, Val Ivanov ’97,
                                                                                                                                                                            a career serving the needs of          classroom theories he and his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Laurie Coleman ’04, Helena (Wallentin)      JOSEPH McKELLAR (BA) moved
                                                                                                                                                                            the less fortunate. “I thought I       classmates were learning to life.                                                 to New York City to become executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lindstrom ’94, Lorena (Aguayo) Fisher
                                                                                                                                                                            wanted to go to law school and         “It galvanized what we were           and Lynn Hijar ’98.                         director of Queens Congregations
     [trail blazer]                                                                                                                                                         focus on health care policy,”          learning in theory, and it really                                                 United for Action (QCUA), a nonprofit




     Peace is noT enough
                                                                                                                                                                            he says. “But in my research, I        bonded the cohort,” he says.          NICOLE SCHWARZ (BA, JD ’06)                 organization that seeks to galvanize
                                                                                                                                                                            learned of the Kroc School. It            Sorensen continues his work in     resides in San Francisco, where she is      communities through the promotion
                                                                                                                                                                            was a perfect alignment of my          Africa while also staying involved    an associate with Cooley, LLP.              of justice and human rights. Previously,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Joseph was a community organizer
                                                                                                                                                                            interests and goals.”                  with peace and justice issues in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         JENNIFER (NEILL) WHALEN (BA)                with the San Diego Organizing Project.
                                                                                                                                                                                So he sold his business and        San Diego. He serves on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is the owner and operator of True
     Lee Sorensen takes a pragmatic approach to changing the world                                                                                                          applied to the Joan B. Kroc School
                                                                                                                                                                            of Peace Studies (KSPS), in order
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   advisory board of the KSPS and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   contributes to the local nonprofit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         North Adventures, a business that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         facilitates women’s outdoor adven-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     GEOFF STIRLING (BA) is a self-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     described “gnarly California dude.”
     by Melissa Wagoner                                                                                                                                                     to study the connection between        Foundation for Women. The             ture programs and yoga retreats.            The actor/former reality TV star has



     I
        n a sea of female faces, some     show their support for those           are such powerful agents of          this particular program upon                          human security and health care.        owner of seven Sylvan Learning        Jennifer and her husband, Adam, a           appeared in myriad big-screen and
        stand out more than others.       fighting the good fight, but at        social change.”                      which to focus his resources and                          “The only way to sincerely         Centers throughout Southern           helicopter pilot in the U.S. Coast          TV productions, and continues to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Guard, live in Astoria, Ore. “We’re         seek the perfect role that will become
        Their intensity is coupled with   least one is doing a whole lot            A line of people forms to say     time, Sorenson thinks for a                           promote peace and well being           California, Sorensen is well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         loving the Pacific Northwest and all        a character larger than life, and one
     a certain calm; an unmistakable      more than just talking about           hello, hoping to talk to Sorensen    moment, his dark eyes flashing                         is to think in terms of human         recognized across campus as a                                                     where he can “throw caution to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the outdoor playgrounds up here,”
     strength that comes from battles     solidarity. Lee Sorensen — who         about what he’s been up to in        as he searches for the right                          security,” Sorensen explains.          major supporter of USD                she reports.                                winds,” he muses. When not working
     fought and won. Their bond to        earned his master’s in Peace and       Sierra Leone. It’s exciting stuff:   words. “Putting the power in the                      “When populations experience           initiatives and students.                                                         on the screen or stage, Geoff enjoys
     one another is undeniable: These     Justice Studies in 2007 — is           He’s been working with and           hands of the country and its first                    food insecurity, poverty and poor         “All of our students are unique,   [2004]                                      surfing, snowboarding and honing
     women come together each year        changing the world.                    helping fund the African First       ladies is key for the success,” he                    access to education, health            but Lee represents an unusual         RYAN CASTANOS (BBA) is work-                his ninja skills.
     to celebrate their successes and         “International Women’s Day is      Ladies Fellowship Program,           says. He takes great care to                          insecurity and threats of aggression   combination of qualities —            ing for the Saint Anthony Foundation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a San Francisco-based nonprofit             [2005]
     to strategize solutions to the       an opportunity to celebrate and        which brings together some of        explain how minimal his role is,                      or oppression, violent conflict is     he came to our program after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         organization dedicated to providing         JOSHUA BESER (JD) is assistant
     challenges that lay ahead.           recognize what women have              the most powerful female figures     even though he’s clearly the                          imminent. Peace is not enough.         having a successful career in                                                     general counsel for Swiss-based
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         resources and support for homeless,
        Even though most attendees        accomplished to achieve peace.         in Africa to foster relationships,   catalyst for change.                                  Engaged non-violence is bigger         private business,” Dean William       marginally housed and low-income            pharmaceutical corporation Lonza.
     of the International Women’s         It’s a critically important day, and   communication and understan-            Case in point: At a recent                         than peaceful protest alone. It        Headley says. “Now he blends          residents. His professional responsi-       Previously, Joshua served as an asso-
     Day Breakfast are female, there      a reminder that there’s still work     ding so that they in turn can help   meeting in Washington D.C., the                       takes form through the multiple        his business-savvy with his           bilities center on providing computer       ciate at the law firms Bingham
     are a few men sprinkled about        to do in furthering the rights of      lead their countries toward peace.   first ladies made it clear that their                 development actions of many            training in peacebuilding. It’s       education and job readiness to those        McCutchen LLP and Heller Ehrman LLP.
     the gathering. Most are there to     women,” says Sorensen. “Women             When asked why he picked          primary need was capacity-                            promoting positive peace.”             a powerful mix.”                      in need of training. “My job puts me



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     JESSICA (JEBERJAHN) JONES
     (BA) married Brandon Jones on July
     10, 2010, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
                                                Emmanuel College. The couple
                                                resides in Boston.
                                                                                           where she tutored while studying at
                                                                                           USD. “Hopefully my work here will be
                                                                                           successful enough that some of my
                                                                                                                                      RAYMOND GREGORY SAATJIAN
                                                                                                                                      ’71 (JD) passed away on Jan. 13,
                                                                                                                                      2011 at the age of 67.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Where There’s a Will There’s a WAY
     The couple resides in Troy, Mich.,         ERIC SANCHEZ (BBA) worked part             students will have the opportunity to
     where Jessica teaches middle school        time at Wells Fargo Advisors in La         attend college … maybe even at my          SCOTT GAVIN ’63 (BA) passed
     special education.                         Jolla, Calif., as an assistant financial   alma mater!” Erica writes.                 away at the age of 69. A loving part-
                                                adviser for two years after gradua-                                                   ner, devoted father and doting
     ROBERT OSAK (BA) is an AmeriCorps          tion. He then packed his bags and          MELANIE ORMOS (BA) spent                   grandfather, Scott was a dedicated
     member, promoting volunteerism in          headed to London, where he is a            seven months living and working in         doctor and friend to all. A native of
     communities in and around California’s     client group analyst within the            Montreux, Switzerland, after her           San Diego, he attended St. Augustine
     Central Valley. Robert lives in Visalia,   Investment Banking Division of             graduation from USD. Upon returning        High School and the University of
     Calif., and is looking to connect with     Deutsche Bank.                             to the United States, she acquired her     San Diego. He was also the first USD
     USD alumni in the Central Valley area                                                 YA yoga instructing license in Portland,   graduate to be accepted into medical
     “to network, and possibly partner for      ANNIE TOTH (BA) is a program               Ore., and worked in Los Angeles for        school, attending Marquette University
     events,” he writes.                        coordinator for the San Diego cam-         CB Richard Ellis Investors. Melanie is     in Milwaukee, Wisc. Respected for his
                                                pus of the Center for Creative             now in the process of moving to            wisdom and adored for his compas-
     TAMMY (WOODARD) STREETER                   Leadership (CCL). Her duties include       Washington, D.C., to pursue a posi-        sion, Scott will be dearly missed.
     (BAcc) is vice president at the Bank       working with CCL faculty to coordi-        tion in communications and editing.
     of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Happily      nate and deliver leadership training
     married since 2004 to husband and          to corporate and nonprofit execu-          PETER PRENTISS (BA) is based on
     fellow Torero alum, Kale Streeter ’05,     tives from around the world. Annie is      the Big Island of Hawaii and working       Have You Moved?
     Tammy is thankful for “an incredible       also pursuing a master’s degree in         for biofuel company Cellana.
     husband, a wonderful career, great         strategic public relations from                                                       E-mail your new address to alumni@
     health ... so many blessings!”             George Washington University.              [2010]                                     sandiego.edu, or mail it to: University
                                                                                           MEGAN ANDERSON (BA) was                    of San Diego, Advancement Services,
     [2006]                                     [2008]                                     inducted into the AmeriCorps               5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110.
     ALLISON (WOJCIK) L’HEUREUX                 MATTHEW BOWERSOX (BBA) is                  National Civilian Community Corps
     (BA) and her husband, Eric, welcomed       chief operating officer of Good Life       (NCCC) in November 2010. As a
     son Benjamin Steven to the family on       Home Care, a Monterey, Calif.-based        corps member, Megan is responsible
     May 24, 2010.                              home health care agency that helps         for completing a series of six- to         Send Class Notes
                                                transition rehabilitation patients to      eight-week service projects that
     VICTOR SALCIDO (BA) earned a               life back at home. Matthew credits         emphasize teamwork, leadership             Life takes USD graduates in all kinds of
     JD from the University of Arizona in       the business’ success to a skilled         development and service learning.          different directions after graduation
     2009, and, in the process, met the         work force and “wearing a lot of dif-      She says of her reason for joining the     and we want to hear all about the jour-
     love of his life, Megan. The two were      ferent hats,” he says.                     NCCC, “If not me, then whom? If not        ney. USD Magazine wants to connect
     married on Sept. 4, 2010, and live                                                    now, then when?”                           you and your story to the more than
     in Nevada.                                 MONICA PEARCE (MA) is working                                                         50,000 Torero alumni living in all 50
                                                toward earning her license as a mar-       FRANK FERNANDEZ (BA) is a                  states and 88 countries worldwide.
     NICOLE SOLAS (BA) is enrolled at           riage and family therapist.                graduate student in Stanford
     Roger Williams Law School in Bristol,                                                 University’s School of Education,          Send class notes to one of the following
     R.I. She is scheduled to graduate in       MITCHELL RYAN (BBA) played                 where he is pursuing a master’s            addresses and depending on space,
     the spring of 2013.                        football for the Toreros from 2004         degree in policy, organization and         we’ll do our best to get them in USD
                                                to 2008, and earned First-Team All         leadership studies with an emphasis        Magazine as soon as possible. Class
     [2007]                                     Conference honors in 2008. After trying    on higher education.                       notes may be edited for length and
     CRYSTAL CATALAN (BA) left                  to continue his football career for a                                                 clarity. Engagements, pregnancies, per-
     behind a career in the business world      few years, Mitchell decided to leave       JADE GOMEZ (BBA) is living,                sonal e-mail addresses and telephone
     to become a missioner with Cabrini         life on the gridiron behind and focus      working and studying in Montreal,          numbers cannot be published.
     Mission Corps. Crystal works with the      on finding a new career path.              Quebec, Canada. Jade is earning a
     Save Our School Children Foundation                                                   master’s degree in business adminis-       E-mail: classnotes@sandiego.edu             Where There’s a Will…
     Inc. in Baguio City on the island of       NICK YORCHAK (BA) started his              tration for international business.        Web site: www.sandiego.edu/usdmag
     Luzon in the Philippines, where she        own digital marketing agency, Big                                                     U.S. Mail: USD Magazine Class Notes,        • There’s an estate plan
     teaches in a youth program and also        Footprint Digital, in Denver. “Life is                                                University of San Diego, Department of      • There’s assurance that your heirs will inherit what you choose
     spends time working in prison minis-       really busy right now,” he writes.                                                    University Publication, 5998 Alcalá
     try. Prior to her placement in the                                                    In Memoriam                                Park, San Diego, CA 92110                   • There’s a way to leave a legacy
     Philippines, Crystal was a teacher and     [2009]                                                                                                                            Consider making a provision in your will or living trust to create
     campus minister at Mother Cabrini          ERICA MOORE (BA) migrated                  MICHAEL BAILEY ’86 (MBA)                   Please note that Class Notes submitted
     High School in New York City.              from one palm-treed paradise to            died of natural causes at his parents’     after June 1, 2011 will be considered for   your own family scholarship endowment that will live on forever.
                                                another, as she is living in the           home in Watsonville, Calif., on Jan.       publication in the Spring 2012 issue of
     ANDREW McMILLIN (BA) married               Marshall Islands and teaching ele-         22, 2011. A retired naval officer,         USD Magazine.                               There’s a WAY…
     Raelene (Harper) McMillin ’07 at           mentary school English through the         Michael loved all things outdoors:
     Founders Chapel on June 26, 2010.          nonprofit organization WorldTeach.         skiing, hunting, fishing, gardening
                                                                                                                                                                                  • For students to receive scholarships
     Andrew works in the Department of          She is especially excited to report        (except for the gophers), flying and       On the Web                                  • For student athletes to be the best
     Admissions at the School of Theology       that her fifth- and sixth-grade stu-       scuba. Michael was a man of many
     and Ministry at Boston College, and        dents are participating in a pen pal       talents, and his generosity of spirit      Find USD Magazine online at                 • For USD to continue climbing in national rankings
     Raelene works in the Office of             exchange with students from a San          will not soon be forgotten by the          www.sandiego.edu/usdmag.
     Financial Aid and Student Services at      Diego Catholic elementary school           many he touched.                                                                       Give hope. Give an opportunity. Give a WAY.
                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information, call the USD Office of Planned Giving at (619) 260-4523 or e-mail jphillips@sandiego.edu.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  GLORIA GARRETT
                                                                                                                  DIVINE IMAGERY Fine art photographer Gloria Garrett donates 50 percent 
                                                                                                                  of the proceeds from each image she sells to one of four organizations 
                                                                                                                  she feels are creating a peaceful, sustainable planet. One of these is USD’s 
                                                                                                                  Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice’s WorldLink program. “WorldLink 
                                                                                                                  is very near and dear to my heart,” says Garrett, a major donor. The above 
                                                                                                                  image of a delighted little girl, titled, “Joy,” was taken at a festival in 
                                                                                                                  Bhutan. To learn more, go to www.gloriousjourneyphotography.org. 

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