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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
a chemistry whiz with a passion for research; a starry-eyed to New Orleans. Their
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.
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AROUND THE PARK
4 / Revolutionary Road
Professors Avi Spiegel and Necia Tschirgi use ALUMNI UPDATE
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
to campus; Class of ’86 celebrates 25-year-reunion.
6 / State of Mind
Nursing researcher Ann Mayo works with Linda Vista’s Bayside
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
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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
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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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
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)
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
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
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-
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.
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.
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
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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A R O U N D T H E PARK
Milou Teeling (left) and Jordan
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
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
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 —
“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.
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T O R E R O A T H LE TICS
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
motivator to a son who, after
by Mike Sauer graduating from USD, plans to
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
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.”
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-
10 USD MAGAZINE SUMMER 2011 11
good WorKS, aBundant grace
The quiet generosity of Frances G. Harpst still reverberates
by Trisha J. Ratledge
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.”
12 USD MAGAZINE
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”
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
SUMMER 2011 15
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
class of 2011
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-
SUMMER 2011 17
’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?
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
class of 2011
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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‘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
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
head. they don’t want you to
class of 2011
[aS toLD to ryan t. bLyStonE] worry so much about grades.
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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.
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.
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
class of 2011
’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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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
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]
SUMMER 2011 25
“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
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
[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
New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. In about an hour, he’ll saunter over to the spot
that serves as a “stage” — sans elevation — and just like he always does,
the gifted trumpet player will wow everyone within earshot.
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
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
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
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
up onto a chair, now positioned so that she can see over everyone’s head
while continuing to groove to the beat.
“Look at Sister Mary Pat!” someone shouts. The USD group obeys,
turning, en masse, to watch the nun let loose. “Somebody needs to get a
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,
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-
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
Charles Bass joined usD in mid-
by Mike Sauer June. In addition to five years
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-
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 email@example.com.
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
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 CLASS NOTES CLASS NOTES CLASS NOTES CLASS NOTES CLASS NOTES CLASS NOTES
CLASS NOTES The Tao of emalyn
A glimpse inside the classroom of a truly special educator
by Mike Sauer
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
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
visit her son and grandchildren. in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin pro- early 1990s, he has been a court-
 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
multi-family housing projects, gas
stations, restaurants, office buildings,
auto dealerships and retail centers.
Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 
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
 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  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
 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
MONSIGNOR JAMES TARANTINO
(BA) was recently named a monsignor
DARRYL NYZNYK (JD) authored a
book, Mary’s Son, which endeavors to
the Los Angeles Intellectual Property with the rank Prelate of Honor to His demonstrate how the story of 
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  to practice law, lecture and act as an
 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-   
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
 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. 
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,
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
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
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
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
 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-
 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
 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-
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
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  Practitioners in June 2010. Concussion Clinic. He and his wife,
 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,  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-  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  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.
 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  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,” 
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)
 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  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  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  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-  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)  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. 
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
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,
 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  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
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.
(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
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,  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 
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.  sandiego.edu, or mail it to: University
MEGAN ANDERSON (BA) was of San Diego, Advancement Services,
  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
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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-
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