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                                 uch like incoming freshmen, we here at USD Magazine have a tendency to seek




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                                                                                                                          cpetti@sandiego.edu
                                 validation: how are we doing? Are we producing an “A” caliber publication, or do         [editor/senior director]
                                 we need to step up our game? And even when we’re sure we’re on the right                 Julene Snyder
                      track, we can’t keep ourselves from striving (higher!), learning (smarter!), reaching (farther!).   julene@sandiego.edu

                         Lather, rinse, repeat.                                                                           [senior creative director]
                         As it turns out, our colleagues have a similar need to gauge their performance and               barbara Ferguson
                                                                                                                          barbaraf@sandiego.edu
                      make sure that USD’s tens of thousands of alumni remain happy with their alma mater



                                                                                                                                                                                                             AT OUT
                      (boy, can we relate). And one of the best ways to cut to the chase is to bypass anecdotal           [associate editor]
                                                                                                                          Mike Sauer
evidence and rely on hard data, metrics and analytics.


                                                                                                                                                                                                      E TO bE iOn?
                                                                                                                          msauer@sandiego.edu
   Toward that end, in the spring of 2012, the alumni relations office invited USD graduates to participate


                                                                                                                                                                                                 mUScL TiCiPAT
                                                                                                                          [writers]
in an online survey to gather their opinions on a variety of topics relating to their engagement with the                 ryan t. blystone




                                                                                                                                                                                         nOUgh Mni PAR
university since graduation. Former Alumni Association board member and current USD trustee Jamey                         Karen Gross
Power ’85 — an expert in customer satisfaction measurement — led the effort.                                              Sandra Millers Younger



                                                                                                                                                                                   hAvE E in ALU
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   The response was gratifying: thousands took the time to share detailed opinions about everything from


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their experiences as students to the perceived value of their degrees.
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   Of course, I couldn’t help but turn first thing to the results about the work we here at university


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publications do, and was gratified by what I found: 93 percent of respondents have a good or excellent                    of San Diego for its alumni, parents and friends.
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opinion of the university, and most cited this magazine as one of the most important communications
                                                                                                                          92110. USD phone number: (619) 260-4600.
they receive from USD.
   But even more fascinating is thumbing through the 1,726 stories from alumni about “the person who                      [class notes submissions]

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had a special impact” on their experiences as students. Some highlights?                                                  email them to: classnotes@sandiego.edu.
   “Tom Cosgrove was the ASB advisor when my husband and I were at USD. Tom did a great job of mentor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   is only 13 percent.
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ing the students. He came to our wedding and we still keep in touch to this day (and yes, he talked us into               University Publications
donating a paver with our name on it in front of the new Student Life Pavilion).”                                         University of San Diego
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   “Father Owen Mullen. Friend. Confidant. Mentor. My four-year education and experience would not have
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been the same without Father Mullen as an advisor.”
   “Dr. Del Dickson was the most amazing professor I’ve ever had. Brilliant, kind, took a personal interest               [postmaster]

in my life and academics, prepared me better for law school than anyone else; a wonderful human being.”
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   “Greek advisor Mandy Womack was an amazing resource, friend and mentor and provided such a great
example to the sorority women.”
                                                                                                                          San Diego, CA 92110.

                                                                                                                          [be blue go green]
                                                                                                                                                                                                   over 21 percent, while Gonzaga and
   “Professor Del Rio understood my desire and efforts to work within the political media arena and
actively supported and worked with me to accomplish that goal by connecting me with former students,
                                                                                                                          USD Magazine is printed with vegetable-
                                                                                                                          based inks on paper certified in accordance
                                                                                                                                                                                                   LMU are nearly 20 percent!
                                                                                                                          with FSC standards, which support environ-
past colleagues and others who either were in Washington, D.C., or had connections that might help me.                    mentally appropriate, socially beneficial
I will never forget how much time and effort he put into helping me get my foot in the door in a city that                and economically viable management of
                                                                                                                          the world’s forests.
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is built on who you know.”
   “Dr. Iris Engstrand might be the greatest lady ever invented. She truly is what USD is all about.                      [1012/62000]                                                             4,500 alumni donors by June 30, 2013.
She epitomizes what a teacher should be, cares about her students and cares about USD. She is who
I hope to be like one day.”
   For those of us who spend our days working to keep the connection between the university and its
alumni strong, immediate and lasting, it’s fascinating stuff. Rest assured, in the months to come, we’ll
continue to seek out your feedback on how we’re doing. So drop a line, send an email, keep us posted.
   We’re all ears.
                                                                                            — Julene Snyder, Editor

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                                                                                                                                                 CONTENTS
   W A N D E R




                                                     O N      T H E       C O V E R              HOPPING DOWN THE BUNNY TRAIL.
   W H O




                                                  14 / S H O W m E T H E B U N N Y                                                                      16 / T W O P L U S T W O




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16
   T H O S E




                                                  Practicality isn’t always practical, especially when it comes                                         There’s a common thread
                                                  to finding lasting satisfaction in work. But reaching for                                             that weaves the stories of
                                                  the carrot doesn’t have to mean giving up on happily ever                                             four distinctly different
   A L L




                                                  after. Perhaps the key is to balance resoluteness with spon-                                          University of San Diego
   N O T




                                                  taneity. Then, one day, you might look around and realize                                             alumni together: One of
                                                  that against all odds, you’ve wound up on exactly the right                                           the best ways to find fulfill-   direction. The career of Tara Shiroff ‘02 has taken a dramatic
                                                  road to get you where you didn’t know you wanted to go.                                               ment in work is to make it       twist that she never saw coming. Being famous isn’t the point
M A G A Z I N E




                                                                                                                                                        feel like play. Each of them     for acclaimed TV actor Jim Parsons ’01 (MFA), who’s found his
                                                                                                                                                        has taken advantage of           way back to one of his first true loves. Claudia Dominguez ’03
                                                     D E P A R T M E N T S                                                                              unexpected twists and turns      delved deep inside herself, and then took a leap of faith. And
                                                                                                                                                        in their life paths and wound    Kevin Petti ’06 (PhD) has created a niche that allows him to
                                                  AROUND THE PARK                                                                                       up heading off in a surprising   share his love for interconnection.
                                                  4 / The Global Dimension
                                                  U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Edward Luck
                                                                                                                                                        THE BEST OF US IMPROVES WITH AGE.
U S D




                                                                                                     7
                                                  named new dean of the Joan B. Kroc School
                                                  of Peace Studies.
                                                                                                                                                                                         TORERO NOTES
                                                  6 / High Praise Indeed                                                                                                                 26 / Serve Every Child




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                                                  Faculty members Juliana Maxim and Timothy Clark recognized                                                                             Kathryn Ashworth ’81 (JD) is on a quest to help kids navigate
                                                  with prestigious awards for their disparate academic work.                                                                             more easily through San Diego’s foster care system.

                      ON THE COVER:               7 / The Future is Now                                                                                                                  30 / Endless Possibilities
                      Photograph by               Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair Tammy Dwyer’s                                                                              Jamal Al Sharif ’99 is helping Dubai become a major global player


                                                                                                                                                         24
                                                                                                                    THE VERY FABRIC OF NATURE.
                      Tim Mantoani                extraordinary research maps synthetic DNA.                                                                                             through his work at Dubai Studio City, which offers production
                                                                                                                                                                                         services to film and TV companies around the world.
                                                  8 / 15 Years and Counting
                      Find our pages online at                                                                    WELcOmE BAcK
                                                  School of Leadership and Education Sciences Dean Paula                                                                                 34 / Dulcet Tones
                      www.sandiego.edu/usdmag.                                                                    12 / Stroke of Genius                 ALUmNI UPDATE
                                                  Cordeiro’s long tenure is marked by a passion for education                                                                            Sacha Boutros ’02 has put her USD business education to work
                                                                                                                  Acclaimed art historian,              24 / Paying it Forward
                                                  that’s deep and heartfelt.                                                                                                             in an unexpected way: promoting herself as a jazz singer.
                                                                                                                  scholar and administrator             Major milestone reached
                                                  TORERO ATHLETIcS                                                Derrick Cartwright comes              as Alumni Endowed                36 / Voice Over the Top
                                                  10 / Solid as a Rock                                            home to USD as director of            Scholarship Fund reaches         Renowned actor Martin Sheen cements his longtime


                                                                                                                                                   12
                                                  Blake Oliaro’s blend of size, speed and smarts make             university galleries and              landmark $1 million goal to      connection with USD by providing the voiceover for the
                                                  him an imposing force on the football field.                    professor of practice.                benefit students.                university’s new “Changemaker” commercial.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   [gifts at work]
                            AROUND THE PARK AROUND THE PARK AROUND THE PARK AROUND THE PARK AROUND THE PARK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the media on foreign policy issues.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Throughout his distinctive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           career, Dr. Edward Luck has dem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           onstrated a commitment to both



    AROUND THE PARK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the practice and education of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           peace and justice,” said Julie Sulli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           van, USD’s executive vice president
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and provost, in welcoming Luck to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           campus. “I am extremely confident
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that he will provide the leadership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cynthia Connelly, PhD, from USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Health Science — along with Rachel Manber, PhD, co-principal inves-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tigator from Stanford University, and co-investigators Lois Howland,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   DrPH and Karen Macauley, DNP — received $2,705,000 from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   National Institute of Mental Health for their research on “The Effective-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           needed to increase the distinction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and visibility of the Joan B. Kroc      ness of Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Perinatal Insomnia.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           School of Peace Studies.”               The five-year grant will run from 2012 to 2017. The research is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Luck is eager to do just that.       randomized clinical trial to examine the efficacy of a nurse-delivered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The combination of this world-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) for maternal insomnia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           class facility and San Diego’s ideal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           location — providing a natural          disorder. The study also will examine secondary outcomes of maternal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           portal to continue trans-border         and infant sleeping, maternal depressive levels and quality of life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           work with our colleagues in Mexico,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and also to reach out to the larger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   University of San Diego Trustee Royal W. Carson III, and his wife,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Asia-Pacific region — is quite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           rare,” Luck says.                       Debbie, gave a generous gift of $250,000 to establish the Royal and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “I want to bring some of my          Debbie Carson Family Scholarship Fund, and to support the Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           colleagues from the U.N. out here       for Student Disability Services to help meet the growing needs of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to meet with our faculty and stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   USD students with learning differences. The center’s services include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dents, so that they can see that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           New York is not the beginning           evaluating disability documentation, arranging academic accommoda-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and end of the United States.”          tions and providing disability management or counseling to stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In turn, Luck hopes his U.N. con-    dents with disabilities. The Carsons’ gift would allow the Center for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           nections can offer KSPS faculty and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Student Disability Services to reach out to more students, to provide
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             LUIS GARCIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of how international policy is made.    newer technologies to students and to offer training opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Before you can fix the world,       that will help educate the campus about learning differences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           you have to understand the world.
                                                                                                              [humanitarian]                                                                                                         multiple diplomas from Columbia                       The United Nations is the global
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Richard Shapiro, the parent of an incoming freshman and owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           center for the development of new



                                                                                                              The Global Dimension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     University. He also holds the Certif-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     icate of the Russian Institute.                       principles and standards of inter-      of an investment firm in Scottsdale, Ariz., donated $25,000 toward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While serving on Ban Ki-moon’s                     national law and practice. Those        USD’s Mulvaney Challenge. The university recently met the chal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     executive staff since February 2008,                  are central to what this school and     lenge to raise $450,000 for Community Service-Learning in order to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     he also worked as senior vice presi-                  this university stand for. So we
                                                                                                              Edward Luck new dean of peace studies                                                                                  dent for research and programs at                     should bring the U.N. to San Diego
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   receive a matching gift from Tom Mulvaney ’77 (JD) and his wife,
                                                                                                              by Sandra Millers Younger                                                                                              the International Peace Institute, an                 and take San Diego to the U.N.          Karen, on behalf of Tom’s father, Jim Mulvaney, a former USD School



                                                                                                              T
                                                                                                                      he selection of United         in two resolutions that cleared         inherited innovative programs,          independent policy research center                    It works both ways.”                    of Law professor who dedicated his life to community service. As part of
                                                                                                                      Nations Assistant Secre-       the way for military intervention in    a dynamic young faculty, and a          in New York. His academic experi-                        Luck also sees USD’s emphasis        his generous donation, Shapiro also offered a unique opportunity for two
                                                                                                                      tary-General Edward Luck       Libya, leading to the end of Libyan     strong foundation to build on.”         ence includes several years as pro-                   on values as a natural starting point
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   student internships, including room-and-board in a furnished apartment.
                                                                                                              as the new dean of the Joan B.         leader Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal            “Now, we’re looking at a more        fessor of practice at Columbia’s                      for international dialogue about
                                                                                                              Kroc School of Peace Studies (KSPS)    30-year rule. In less coercive ways,    mature phase,” Luck continues.          School of International and Public                    pressing issues of peace, justice
                                                                                                              opens a new chapter for USD.           the principle was used to help halt     “We have an opportunity to put          Affairs, as well as stints at Prince-                 and human protection. “Tackling         Jane (Rollo) Balousek ’91, who graduated from the College of
                                                                                                                 Before coming to San Diego in       violence in Kenya, Guinea, Kyrgyz-      USD on the global map as an             ton’s Woodrow Wilson School and                       these issues will be an important       Arts and Sciences, and her husband, Jon Balousek, have estab-
                                                                                                              August 2012, Luck served as spe-       stan and Cote d’Ivoire.                 important center of fresh thinking,     Sciences Po in Paris.                                 part of our work going forward.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lished the Jon and Jane (Rollo) Balousek Endowed Scholarship
                                                                                                              cial advisor to United Nations Sec-       So what was it about KSPS that       teaching, research and convening.          Earlier in his career, Luck served                 Peace is more than the absence of
                                                                                                              retary-General Ban Ki-moon, who        enticed Luck away from such an          We can play an important role in        for a decade as president and CEO                     war. I very much want us to focus       Fund. They recognize the value of their respective college
                                                                                                              personally tapped him to take          influential position?                   facilitating international discussion   of the United Nations Association                     on the principles of justice, human     educations and experiences to the advancement and quality of
                                                                                                              charge of the U.N.’s “responsibility      “It wasn’t easy leaving New York,”   about peace and justice.”               of the USA and as an architect of                     rights, and post-conflict peace-        their professional lives and personal development, and they are
                                                                                                              to protect” doctrine, adopted in       he concedes, “but the opportuni-           Luck’s education and experi-         U.N. reform efforts in the 1990s.                     building, so that our students will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   eager to afford other students the same opportunity to prepare
                                                                                                              2005 to help protect civilians from    ties here are quite exceptional. The    ence uniquely equip him to fulfill      The author of numerous books                          make the issues we champion
                                                                                                              mass atrocities. Last year, the U.N.   Kroc School is young, only 5 years      those intentions. He holds a BA         and articles, he frequently testifies                 today core elements of global           personally and professionally to become responsible, contribut-
                                                                                                              Security Council cited the doctrine    old, so it holds great promise. I’ve    from Dartmouth College, plus            before Congress and comments in                       policy and practice tomorrow.”          ing, engaged citizens through their chosen fields of study.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            [groundbreaking]
    AROUND THE PARK                                                                                               Assistant Professor of Chemistry
                                                                                                                  and Biochemistry Timothy Clark ’01
                                                                                                                                                                            expression and the communist
                                                                                                                                                                            political regime in post-war
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    career-development activities of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    teacher-scholars who effectively
                                                                                                                  (left) and Juliana Maxim, an assis-
                                                                                                                  tant professor in the department
                                                                                                                  of Art, Architecture + Art History,
                                                                                                                  recently received recognition for
                                                                                                                                                                            Bucharest, Romania.
                                                                                                                                                                               “The aim is to show specific
                                                                                                                                                                            ways the city and its architecture
                                                                                                                                                                            were shaped by politics and how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    integrate research and education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Clark received a five-year,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $400,000 grant to fund the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    development of metal catalysts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The FuTure is now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tammy Dwyer’s extraordinary
    [brainy]                                                                                                                                                                architecture shaped politics in         that can simplify the synthesis of
                                                                                                                  their stellar work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            research maps synthetic DNA

    hiGh Praise inDeeD
                                                                                                                                                                            return,” Maxim says, “and also          organic compounds which could
                                                                                                                                                                            to show that socialist aesthetics,      be useful in a number of medici-        by Sandra Millers Younger



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            S
                                                                                                                                                                            long understood as anti-modern-         nal applications including diabe-                ix scientists, including James   feels right at home within the
                                                                                                                                                                            ist, are in fact key to a new, ex-      tes testing. His project, which                  Watson and Francis Crick,        DNA molecule.
                                                                                                                                                                            panded definition of modernism.”        began last July, also provides                   discovered the now-famous           The most stable and efficient
    Pair of USD faculty members receive prestigious awards                                                                                                                     Maxim herself grew up in             hands-on research experience            double helix structure of DNA;            synthetic base pair yet discovered,
                                                                                                                                                                            Bucharest, living in one of the         for 15 USD undergraduates and           that marvelous messenger mole-            5SICS and NaM easily take on the
                                                                                                                                                                            communist-era mass-housing              two high school teachers, while         cule containing life’s genetic            work of A, C, G and T, and even the
                                                                                                                                                                            buildings she now studies, before       also introducing high school            instruction manual, written with          critical task of DNA replication.
                                                                                                                                                                            moving with her family to Canada        students to careers in chemistry.       only four letters representing four          Using her expertise in nuclear
                                                                                                                                                                            at age 12. She studied art history         A 2001 USD graduate, Clark           types of molecules — the nucleo-          magnetic resonance spectrometry,
                                                                                                                                                                            at Quebec’s Laval University and        returned to Alcalá Park as a faculty    bases known as A, C, G and T.             Dwyer mapped the 3D solution
                                                                                                                                                                            completed her PhD in the history        member last year. He completed              In the years since — a fantastic      structure — allowing Romesberg
                                                                                                                                                                            of art and architecture at the          his PhD at the University of Califor-   era of genome mapping, forensic           to infer behavior — of the altered
                                                                                                                                                                            Massachusetts Institute of              nia, Irvine, in 2006. His research      breakthroughs and medical mira-           DNA molecule during this delicate
                                                                                                                                                                            Technology in 2006.                     focuses on organometallic chem-         cles — researchers have worked            process of copying and passing on
                                                                                                                                                                               Her research topic crystallized      istry as applied to organic synthe-     to expand DNA’s genetic alphabet          the genetic information.
                                                                                                                                                                            soon after she realized the utilitar-   sis; in other words, using metals       by inventing synthetic nucleobases.          She found that unlike
                                                                                                                                                                            ian concrete architecture that          as catalysts in organic reactions       Their goal: to develop new organ-         A, C, G and T, the synthetic bases
                                                                                                                                                                            emerged in post-war Europe un-          that otherwise could not occur          isms with potentially useful new          5SICS and NaM overlap slightly
                                                                                                                                                                            der socialist regimes — although        as easily, if at all.                   properties and functions. Designer        within the DNA molecule rather
                                                                                                                                                                            not as eye-catching as the concur-         Clark’s primary research goal        life, if you will.                        than meet edge to edge. But dur-
                                                                                                                                                                            rent work of Frank Lloyd Wright,        is to develop catalysts capable of          This futuristic scenario is now       ing replication, they line up their
                                                                                                                                                                            Le Corbusier and other great            streamlining the development            unfolding with the help of a              edges just long enough for the
                                                                                                                                                                            20th-century architects — deserved      of new pharmaceutical products.         San Diego-based research group            normal sequence of cell division
                                                                                                                                                                            attention for other reasons.            But equally important, he hopes         that includes USD Professor of            to proceed uninterrupted.
                                                                                                                                                                               “I think the whole artistic legacy   to provide extraordinary learning       Chemistry and Department                     “This is one of the first times
                                                                                                                                                                            of the socialist regimes in Europe      experiences for his undergradu-         Chair Tammy Dwyer.                        the precise steps of DNA replica-
                                                                                                                                                                            during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s         ate students.                               Scripps Research Institute            tion have been presented with this
                                                                                                                                                                            has been completely understud-             “I enjoy seeing students really      researcher Floyd Romesberg led            level of structural detail,” Dwyer
                                                                                                                                                                            ied,” says Maxim, who counts            get it; I love seeing the light go      the team, which designed and              explains. “The opportunity to make
                                                                                                                                                                            herself among a group of young          on,” Clark says. “Participating         created two synthetic nucleo-             even a small contribution to such
                                                                                                                                                                            scholars who have recently begun        in research gives them insights         bases, called 5SICS and NaM, a            an exciting project is thrilling. I’m
                                                                                                                                                                            to reverse that deficiency.             that are hard to translate in           compatible pair that apparently           very proud of this work.”
                                                                                                                                                                               “These gray housing buildings        the classroom.”
                                                                                                                                                                            seem quite banal, but they’re really       Clark’s passion for providing




                                                                                                                                                        MARSHALL WILLIAMS
                                                                                                                                                                            politically and socially rich with      undergraduate research oppor-
                                                                                                                                                                            messages. They represent a very         tunities also stems from his own
                                                                                                                                                                            different world view in which do-       experiences.
                                                                                                                                                                            mestic architecture was supposed           “I was a first-generation college
                                                                                                                                                                            to transform inhabitants into col-      student,” he says. “When I came
    by Sandra Millers Younger                                                                                                                                               lectively minded participants in a      to USD, I didn’t really know what



    I
       t may seem a long reach across    the distinction of having recently   sponsored by the American           Bucharest, 1947-1965. Maxim                               utopian socialist society. I’m argu-    I wanted to do, but I had great
       the academic spectrum from        received prestigious awards for      Council of Learned Societies        credits USD College of Arts and                           ing that when talking about mod-        instructors who involved me in
       modernist Eastern European        their scholarly work.                (ACLS), a group dedicated to        Sciences Dean Mary Boyd and                               ernism, one should also make this       their research and got me excited
    architecture to organometallic          Maxim, an assistant professor     advancing the humanities.           Provost Julie Sullivan with sup-                          part of the picture.”                   about science. I want to have
    chemical reactions, but Juliana      in the Department of Art,               The $25,000 fellowship stipend   porting her hiatus from teaching                             Clark, an assistant professor of     the same influence on today’s
    Maxim and Timothy Clark, two         Architecture + Art History, is one   will enable her to take a year-     to implement the fellowship.                              chemistry and biochemistry, is          students that my professors had
    young University of San Diego        of three recipients of the 2012      long sabbatical and complete her       Maxim’s book, an extension                             the winner of a National Science        on me. I want to give them a




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LUIS GARCIA
    faculty members specializing in      Fellowship for Postdoctoral          forthcoming book, The Socialist     of her dissertation, explores the                         Foundation CAREER Award,                good sense of how science can
    these disparate disciplines, share   Research in East European Studies    Life of Modern Architecture:        interplay between architectural                           designed to foster the early            contribute to society.”


6       U SD M A G A Z IN E                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FALL 2012                       7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    [ et c .]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           U.S. history — was impressive:
    AROUND THE PARK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More than 16.5 million house-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           holds in San Diego and cities with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           large alumni concentrations, includ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing Los Angeles, San Francisco,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Royal W. Carson III and                Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Minne-
    [staying power]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kevin R. Green ’76 (MBA ’79),          apolis and Chicago, had the oppor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are the two newest members             tunity to view the new 30-second



    15 Years anD CounTinG
    SOLES Dean Paula Cordeiro is just getting started
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the University of San Diego’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2012-13 Board of Trustees. Car-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    son, whose daughter Catherine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    will be a USD sophomore this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fall, is chairman and chief execu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           commercial during the 15 days of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           international athletic competition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The spot, which was themed on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           USD’s recent designation as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Changemaker” campus, can be
    by Ryan T. Blystone                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tive officer of Carson Private Cap-    found at www.sandiego.edu.


    P
           aula Cordeiro’s passion for    worldwide trends in education           to provide custom or alternative                                                                                                                                  ital, a Dallas-based private invest-
           education runs deep. Her       and SOLES’ approach to develop-         learning routes to accommodate                                                                                                                                    ment firm. Green is the founding       The university’s Greek Life
           determination to preserve      ing and preparing students.             different learning styles.                                                                                                                                        managing director at TripleTree,       community recently received
    education’s integrity and effec-         Her research offers up some             Cordeiro’s research has                                                                                                                                        an independent, research-driven        two awards from the Association
    tiveness is heartfelt. Those core     statistical food for thought on         unveiled three worldwide trends                                                                                                                                   investment banking firm.               of Fraternal & Leadership Values
    values resonate as she celebrates     education: 75 million people are        in education: Schools as we know                                                                                                                                                                         (AFLV). USD was awarded first
    her 15th year as dean of USD’s        enrolled in schools from pre-K to       them are not efficient, effective                                                                                                                                 USD has become the 10th                place among peer institutions
    School of Leadership and              Grade 20. There are 6.5 million         and financially sustainable in the                                                                                                                                campus in the U.S. to earn a           for the best differential in GPA
    Education Sciences (SOLES).           teachers, and California alone          age of globalization. There is a                                                                                                                                  designation as a “fair trade” cam-     between the Greeks and the
       Cordeiro’s mindset about edu-      needs more than 20,000 if the           blurring of the lines between                                                                                                                                     pus. The designation, made at          general student population
    cation — that it’s an internation-    present model remains intact.           who provides education and                                                                                                                                        the beginning of the summer,           (the Patrick J. Naessens Educa-
    ally accessible commodity — is a      It’s estimated that 2.2 million         learning opportunities, with                                                                                                                                      came from the national initiative      tional Programming Award).
    reflection of her own experiences     teachers will be needed in the          exponential growth in partner-                                                                                                                                    Fair Trade Colleges & Universities,    Additionally, the AFLV bestowed
    as a student, teacher and admin-      next 10 years under the current         ships with nonprofit, public and                                                                                                                                  which recognized USD’s commit-         a marketing and media award
    istrator in Venezuela and Spain.      system. Nearly 10 million school-       private sectors. Technology — in                                                                                                                                  ment to using goods produced           honoring our Panhellenic and
    She continues to advocate for         age children, ages 5 to 17, speak       particular, mobile devices — has                                                                                                                                  according to rigorous standards        Interfraternity Council’s website.
    the importance of preparing           a language other than English           radically changed opportunities                                                                                                                                   that address fair prices and wag-
    current and future educators          at home. By 2019, approximately         to learn and to teach.                                                                                                                                            es, safe working conditions and        USD’s athletics program cap-
    to meet global challenges.            50 percent of all high school              So how does SOLES approach it                                                                                                                                  environmental sustainability.          tured the 2011-12 West Coast
       Case in point: This summer,        courses will be taught online.          all? Cordeiro points to curriculum,                                                                                                                                                                      Conference (WCC) Commission-
    Cordeiro journeyed to Ghana,             Cordeiro also provided a sim-        pedagogy, faculty research and                                                                                                                                    The School of Leadership and           er’s Cup in June 2012. Given to
    where she gave a presentation         ple picture of the educational          professional learning opportunities.                                                                                                                              Education Sciences (SOLES)             the WCC institution garnering the
    at the International Council on       shift in the U.S. The 1955 educa-          “Through these areas, there’s                                                                                                                                  recently announced the cre-            most success during conference
    Education’s World Assembly at         tion model for children in grades       a greater likelihood of having                                                                                                                                    ation of a Mobile Technology           play, this marks USD’s fifth Cup
    the University of Cape Coast with     1-12 was elementary, junior high        future teachers and school lead-                                                                                                                                  Learning Center (MTLC) to pro-         win and fifth consecutive —
    SOLES Professor Joi Spencer and       and high school, and the options        ers who are globally competent,”                                                                                                                                  vide research-based answers to         both firsts among WCC schools.
    Ghanaian education leaders.           then were simple: public or pri-        she says.                                                                                                                                                         many of the unknowns regard-           The Toreros also captured the
    There, she discussed ongoing re-      vate school. But today’s model             SOLES, which moved into                                                                                                                                        ing mobile technology and learn-       WCC Women’s All-Sports Trophy
    search done by SOLES faculty, staff   has students going from pre-            the technologically advanced                                                                                                                                      ing. This fall, USD will offer a       (44 points) for the fourth time
    and students in partnership with      kindergarten to grade 12 and            Mother Rosalie Hill Hall building                                                                                                                                 MTLC certificate course designed       in the last five years. Three USD




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MARSHALL WILLIAMS
    an international organization dedi-   the road is diverse: elementary,        in Fall 2007, incorporated lead-                                                                                                                                  for K-12 educators and adminis-        women’s teams won or shared
    cated to helping low-income com-      middle and high schools through         ership into its official school                                                                                                                                   trators, the first mobile-tech pro-    a WCC title in 2011-12.
    munities thrive through education.    public, charter, private (for-profit,   name a decade ago. Since then,                                                                                                                                    gram of its kind to provide an
       Closer to home, Cordeiro gave      nonprofit) and virtual (public,         the degree program has suc-                                                                                                                                       accredited certificate through a       The Office of Undergradu-
    a presentation this summer to         for-profit and nonprofit) options.      cessfully attracted students who                                                                                                                                  university system.                     ate Admissions has eliminat-
    participants of USD’s University         This changing world of educa-        apply this trait in various educa-     experience prior to graduation.    and, through student action      mitted to “working with every-                                                                ed its early-action program and
    of the Third Age — life-learners      tion has produced steady student        tion roles. It also complements        The Ghana project is one exam-     research projects, it’s shared   body,” whether it’s meeting with                       USD proved to be a contender           will now have a single applica-
    aged 55 and older — titled,           population growth; different            SOLES’ active relationship with        ple, but study abroad courses      within the education field.      San Diego’s many school super-                         with its latest institutional mes-     tion deadline of Dec. 15, effective
    “Schools as Global Enterprises:       types of students seeking educa-        the military through its Army          in Costa Rica; Kenya; Sri Lanka;   The latest example is the new    intendents, students partnering                        sage, which debuted during the         for Fall 2013 applicants. “Having
    Re-imagining Education for the        tion; an increase in combining          Reserve Officers Training Corps        Mondragon, Spain; and else-        Mobile Technology Learning       internationally or combining                           London 2012 Summer Olympic             a single deadline will allow our
    Age of Globalization.”                work and study; more flexible           (ROTC) program.                        where are offered through          Center, aimed at researching,    efforts with other schools on                          Games. The exposure for the            team to give all students full con-
       In that talk, she provided         learning arrangements; more life-          In Fall 2008, SOLES instituted      SOLES’ Global Center.              and simultaneously, champion-    USD’s campus.                                          university over the course of the      sideration in the application pro-
    statistical information, and          long learners and an emphasis on        a requirement that all students           Centers, institutes and field   ing K-12 innovation.                “We want to engage with the                         games — which NBC says were            cess,” said Stephen Pultz, assis-
    expressed her thoughts about          “learning to learn;” and the need       must have an international             experiences enhance knowledge        Cordeiro said SOLES is com-    world,” she says.                                      the most watched TV event in           tant vice president of enrollment.


8     U SD MA GA Z IN E                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FALL 2012        9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            [momentous]


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ThetbeauTiFul Game SPORTS
                                                                                                                                                                                    morning, then had to sprint to
     TO R E R O A T H LET I C S
                                                                                                                               Reigning Pioneer Football League
                                                                                                                               Defensive Player of the Year                         class, which I was in until noon.
                                                                                                                               Blake Oliaro is a “great example                     Then I had to sprint back to prac-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            USD o host 2012 women’s B R I E F S
                                                                                                                               of what a student-athlete can be,”                   tice, which started at 12:15. Then
                                                                                                                               according to Coach Ron Caragher.                     there were the four-hour organic

     [tenacious]
                                                                                                                                                                                    chemistry labs, and then …” he
                                                                                                                                                                                    shakes his head and laughs, well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            soccer national championship                                                                 Basketball season at USD




     soliD as a roCk
                                                                                                                                                                                    aware that his daily routine might      by Davis Jones ‘14                                                                           always starts in November, but



                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A
                                                                                                                                                                                    seem like a herculean undertak-                   merica’s finest collegiate     NCAA tournament, it has also                        the Torero men’s 2012-13 sched-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ule includes something new for
                                                                                                                                                                                    ing to most. “I know it seems                     soccer teams are about         welcomed the Chivas Soccer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Coach Bill Grier’s program: a tour-
                                                                                                                                                                                    like a lot, and it is, but you learn              to take center stage in        Club, both the men’s and the                        nament at the Jenny Craig Pavil-
                                                                                                                                                                                    to adjust. I can catch up on sleep                America’s Finest City.         women’s U.S. National team,                         ion. The Toreros — in conjunction
                                                                                                                                                                                    later on.”                                 In October 2011, the NCAA             and the L.A. Galaxy to the pitch.                   with Plan BC3, LLC and Triple
     Defensive end Blake Oliaro has got game                                                                                                                                           Recruited out of high school         Championship Committee                      The atmosphere, however,                         Threat Travel — will host a five-
                                                                                                                                                                                    as a safety, it quickly became clear    officially named USD’s Torero Sta-       wasn’t the only draw for commit-                    team event, the NUCDF Basketball
     by Mike Sauer                                                                                                                                                                  to the USD coaching staff that          dium as host venue for the 2012          tee members.                                        Challenge, from Nov. 14-18. Tour-



     B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         nament proceeds will raise aware-
              lake Oliaro is in a hurry — or,                                                                                                                                       Oliaro’s impressive physical skills     Women’s College Cup, the Division I         “Of course, the climate was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ness, support and research for the
              at least you’d think so, given                                                                                                                                        might be better utilized in a differ-   Final Four of women’s soccer. Semi-      very important,” says Greenwood.                    National Urea Cycle Disorders
              the vast tracts of ground he                                                                                                                                          ent position on the field, and that     final games begin on Nov. 30, leav-         And rightfully so, especially                    Foundation. For more informa-
     covers with his brisk, bounding                                                                                                                                                would require plenty of studying        ing two teams on Dec. 2 to battle        when compared with the near-                        tion, go to www.nucdf.org.
     gait. In fact, trying to keep pace                                                                                                                                             on his part. Oliaro would spend         for national supremacy.                  freezing conditions for last year’s
     with the junior defensive end as                                                                                                                                               much of the time during his                “It is an exceptional honor for our   national championship game in                       Construction of Fowler Park,
     he strides across Alcalá Park on                                                                                                                                               sophomore red-shirt year (a term        university and community to get          Cary, N.C., where the College Cup                   the on-campus ballpark sched-
     a sweltering midsummer’s day                                                                                                                                                   used to describe a period of time       such a prestigious event on our          has been played five times since                    uled to open in February 2013,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is ongoing. To see the progress
     proves to be an exercise in frustra-                                                                                                                                           when college athletes don’t par-        campus,” says USD Women’s Head           2000. San Diego will mark the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on the state-of-the-art stadium,
     tion, and ultimately, futility. Sens-                                                                                                                                          ticipate in their chosen sports in      Soccer Coach Ada Greenwood.              championship’s first visit to                       go to www.sandiego.edu/experi-
     ing that his pace might be a touch                                                                                                                                             order to lengthen their period of          Greenwood, a member of the            Southern California.                                ence/fowler_park.php.
     too quick, Oliaro downshifts a few                                                                                                                                             eligibility) learning the nuances       NCAA competition committee,                 Greenwood says his players
     gears and offers an apology sprin-                                                                                                                                             of the defensive end position.          says the bid to host the event in        were “absolutely ecstatic” upon                     The Los Angeles Lakers hired
     kled with a dash of sarcasm.                                                                                                                                                      Surprising to no one, he was         San Diego was well received by           hearing the committee’s selection                   USD alumnus Mike Brown ’93
         “Sorry about that, man. Going a                                                                                                                                            a very quick study. “Moving from        his colleagues.                          of their school. “They are all so                   (BBA) as its head coach last year.
     little too fast for you?”                                                                                                                                                      the secondary to the defensive             “It was pretty straightforward.       excited. Making the Final Four in                   The team posted a 41-25 regular-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         season record and made it to the
         As the reigning Pioneer Football                                                                                                                                           line is a very difficult transition,    With San Diego being such a              our own city would be incredible.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         second round of the playoffs.
     League (PFL) Defensive Player of                                                                                                                                               but Blake managed the move              strong soccer community, the                Will this setting be just what                   While much of the team’s offsea-
     the Year, you get the sneaking sus-                                                                                                                                            very successfully. Actually, he         school is a great environment to         USD needs to make an historic                       son news focused on changes to
     picion it’s a sentiment he’s shared                                                                                                                                            didn’t just manage it, he excelled      host this kind of event.”                postseason run?                                     the player roster, Brown also
     with every offensive lineman                                                                                                                                                   at it,” Caragher says.                     Torero Stadium certainly has a           “There’s a big challenge ahead                   made significant changes to his
     tasked with keeping Oliaro out of                                                                                                                                                 The 2011 season proved to be         history of showcasing the sport’s        of us. We have things we need to                    coaching staff, including hiring fel-
     his team’s backfield. “As a defensive                                                                                                                                          Oliaro’s breakout year, as his rare     most talented players. Besides           work on, but we’re definitely                       low USD alumnus Bernie Bicker-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         staff ’68 as an assistant coach.
     end, it’s one of the things you really                                                                                                                                         blend of size, speed and strength       hosting opening rounds of the            excited for the possibilities.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         While at USD, Bickerstaff was a
     love to do; disrupt the offense’s                                                                                                                                              left many opposing PFL head                                                                                                          player (1964-66) and later, head
     timing by getting into their back-                                                                                                                                             coaches admiring his skillset, and                                                                                                   coach (1969-73) before going on
     field and putting pressure on the                                                                                                                                              admonishing their offensive line




                                                                                                                                                                      LUIS GARCIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to coach in the NBA. Bickerstaff is
     quarterback,” he says, then adds                                                                                                                                               coaches. As one of only 20 defen-                                                                                                    credited with giving Brown his
     with characteristic candor, “If I can’t                                                                                                                                        sive players nationally listed on the                                                                                                first NBA opportunity while the
     do that, then what good am I for                                                                                                                                               prestigious Buchanan Watch List,                                                                                                     former was the Denver Nuggets’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         head coach in the mid-1990s.
     the team?”                                 Blake is just solid,” says USD         living life at breakneck speed, espe-   cal College Admission Test in a few                  Oliaro knows full well that he’s on
         There’s a confidence in Oliaro’s       Head Football Coach Ron Cara-          cially when considering that, as a      weeks, and well … that’s not just a                  everyone’s radar this time around,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The USD Athletics’ website,
     demeanor that’s unmistakable, but          gher. “He’s really a great example     mechanical engineering major            full plate; that’s Thanksgiving din-                 and he’s looking forward to the                                                                                                      www.usdtoreros.com, has been
     it stops well short of the chest-          of what a student-athlete can          minoring in chemistry, he has           ner with all the fixings — and sev-                  challenge of exceeding expecta-                                                                                                      redesigned, with an increased
     thumping brashness displayed by            be; nobody works harder at             hardly a moment of downtime to          eral helpings thereafter.                            tions — especially his own.                                                                                                          emphasis on social media com-
     so many athletes these days. It’s          maximizing their ability than          spare during the school year, let           For the ever-intrepid Oliaro —                      “Last year, I think I might’ve                                                                                                    munication. Many USD teams
     borne of an unwavering belief that         Blake does, and when you con-          alone football season. Oh, and then     who maintains a 3.62 grade point                     snuck up on a few people, but I                                                                                                      now have their own Facebook
     he can accomplish anything he              sider how talented he is, that         there are the pre-med courses he’s      average and is a member of the                       know I’ve got a big target on my                                                                                                     pages and some have Twitter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         accounts, separate from USD
     sets his mind to, as is evidenced by       can only mean good things for          taking with the plan of attending       illustrious national engineering                     back this year. All that does is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Athletics’ main Facebook




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BROCK SCOTT
     the lofty goals he sets for himself        our football program, and for          medical school to become an             honor society, Tau Beta Pi — it’s                    make me want to work harder                                                                                                          page and Twitter account,
     on the field, and in the classroom.        the university.”                       orthopedic surgeon. Add in the          also par for the course. “Last year,                 and prove that last year wasn’t                                                                                                      @USDToreros.
         “As a player and a person,                You really can’t blame Oliaro for   fact he’s studying to take his Medi-    I had meetings at 6:30 in the                        some kind of fluke.”


10     U SD M A G A Z IN E                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FALL 2012        11
     W EL CO M E BA C K
                                                                                                                            Co l l e a g u e s , a c a d e m i c s a n d
                                                                                                                            students of Derrick Cartwright
                                                                                                                            ad m i re h i m on a p erson al
                                                                                                                            level. He tends to make friends
                                                                                                                            wherever he goes.


     [superstar]




     sTroke oF Genius
     Acclaimed art historian Derrick Cartwright comes
     home to USD as director of university galleries
     by Karen Gross


     A
              fter almost 15 years         I got into art history originally.”     collaborating on an exhibit that         where it’s less about finding
              away from academia,             That pressing need to get            will feature the works of American       resources to keep the doors
              renowned art historian       closer to art itself was fueled by      painter Robert Henri. “When peo-         open, and more about sharing
     and museum director Derrick           Cartwright’s most recent stint in       ple think of Derrick, they think         why art is such an important
     Cartwright has returned to his        Seattle. His two-year tenure be-        of the most thoughtful kind of           part of our lives.”
     roots at USD. And his homecom-        gan at one of the most difficult        museum directorship. He’s a man             Cartwright also hopes to
     ing has caused a stir among the       times in recent memory for mu-          of great integrity and has a su-         build lasting and reciprocal
     entire visual arts community in       seums in this country, and he           preme reputation among his               relationships with San Diego’s
     and around San Diego.                 found himself spending much             peers and colleagues.”                   art museums and the visual arts
        “He’s one of the very best,”       of his time dealing with an un-            During his time away, Cart-           community as a whole, so that
     declared his longtime friend          expected budget crisis and tak-         wright curated a USD exhibit             USD might occasionally borrow
     and collaborator Hugh Davies,         ing steps to re-stabilize the           with the help of three under-            pieces of art for display in its
     director of the San Diego Muse-       museum. “We did what we had             graduate students. “Character            own gallery spaces. Similarly,
     um of Contemporary Art. “I’ve         to do to keep the museum go-            and Crisis: American Printmak-           he hopes to send more USD
     been telling people for 20 years      ing, but it was really challenging.     ing, 1920-1950,” is on display           students afield for practical
     that he’s the best museum             But our Picasso exhibition, ‘Picasso:   at the Robert and Karen Hoehn            internships in the community.
     director of his generation.”          Masterpieces from the Musee             Family Galleries in Founders             “The university needs to inte-
        Cartwright — who began             National Picasso, Paris,’ brought       Hall through Dec. 14, 2012.              grate itself well, and be a good
     his career at USD as an assistant     in 400,000 visitors in a single            His return to campus in an            collaborator with these other
     professor in 1992 — left the          year. That was the highest atten-       official role is a thrill for his col-   institutions,” he says.
     university in 1998 for a string       dance for a museum exhibition           leagues. “He was absolutely a               That shouldn’t be a problem.
     of successful museum director-        in the United States, outside of        brilliant professor and scholar,”        Cartwright already has an excel-
     ships in France, Dartmouth Col-       New York,” recalls Cartwright.          says Fine Arts Professor Sally           lent reputation within the local
     lege, the San Diego Museum of            “We ended last year with the         Yard, who first helped recruit           arts world, dating back to his
     Art and, most recently, the Seat-     biggest surplus the museum              him to the university more than          five years as director of the
     tle Art Museum. Cartwright has        had had in many years,” he says.        two decades ago. “He’s always            San Diego Museum of Art. He
     returned to a position created        “I decided after that I was ready       been very deeply committed               is known among his peers for
     especially for him. He will serve     for a change.”                          to the role of museums in the            welcoming partnership and
     as director of university galleries      Seattle’s loss became San            life of a city, a community and          working openly and collabora-
     and professor of practice, over-      Diego’s gain. By all accounts,          a university.”                           tively on projects and exhibits.
     seeing and managing USD’s four        Cartwright is much more than               Cartwright believes his new              “He’s such a bright colleague
     galleries and their collections,      a brilliant scholar and masterful       position will keep him true to           and so generous,” says Davies.
     and teaching several undergrad-       administrator. Colleagues, art-         that commitment, and give him            “To have his intellectual horse-
     uate art history courses through      ists, academics and students            the leeway to channel his pas-           power back in town is very
     the Department of Art, Architec-      respect and admire him on a             sions in positive and productive         good news.”
     ture + Art History.                   personal level. He makes friends        ways. “On a practical basis, the
        “I’m very excited to be back       wherever he goes.                       job is to take the university’s          USD houses four exhibition spaces:
                                                                                                                                                                           MARSHALL WILLIAMS




     at USD,” he says. “I hope by             “It’s a huge catch for USD in        separate gallery spaces and              the Hoehn Family Galleries, the May
     making this move back to aca-         that respect,” says Malcolm             bring an overarching vision to           Gallery, the Fine Arts Galleries and
     demia I can reconnect with the        Warner, director of the Laguna Art      them,” he says. “I’m very eager          the Exhibit Hall. To learn more, go
     art that was really the reason        Museum. The two are currently           to get back into that mindset            to www.sandiego.edu/artgalleries.


12     U SD M A G A Z IN E
                      Show me the bunny
                                                                    HOPPING                    DOWN

                                              UNTR AVELED                         TRAILS

T   here’s a moment that feels like forever. It’s the instant when anything
is possible and all your dreams seem not just attainable, but inevitable.
Then life intervenes, as it tends to. Plans change and happily ever after
starts to look like a childish reverie. So you get practical and do what
needs to be done.
     But if you’re smart, if you’re paying attention, if you take charge of
your own life and keep more or less on the path you’ve set, you may look
around one day and see that against all odds, you’ve wound up on exactly
the right road to get you where you didn’t know you wanted to go.
     For the four alums in the pages that follow, there’s a common thread:
The best way to find fulfillment in work is to make it feel like play. Being
famous isn’t the point for Jim Parsons, who’s found his way back to one
of his first true loves. Claudia Dominguez delved deep inside herself,
and then took a leap of faith. Kevin Petti has created a niche that allows
him to share his love for interconnection. Tara Shiroff’s career has taken
a dramatic twist that she never saw coming.
     They all reached for the carrot, and once they caught it, they held
on for dear life.
                                    [Photorgraphy by Tim Mantoani, Celeste Canino and Mark Mosrie]




                                                                                                 FALL 2012   15
The Lovely                                                                          won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945 over Tennessee Williams’
                                                                                    “The Glass Menagerie” — is a charming period piece about an endearing




                                                 Fellow
                                                                                    oddball with a penchant for cocktails and, of course, that aforemen-
                                                                                    tioned furry, invisible bunny.
                                                                                         Parsons has an authentic niceness about him that made him a
                                                                                    perfect fit for leading the cast of “Harvey.” Elwood P. Dowd wants nothing
                                                                                    more than to truly connect with everyone he meets, from solicitors on
                      Jim         pa r s o n s ta k e s o n                         the phone to sanitarium nurses to taxicab drivers. The actor’s timing and
                                                                                    dynamic range served him well in his performance in the play, a gentle
                                       B r o a d way                                madcap comedy of errors in which Dowd’s sister, Veta (played by Jessica
                                                                                    Hecht), attempts to have him committed to an institution and winds up
[NEW YORK] The heat bounces back and forth between                                  locked up herself through a series of misunderstandings.
the pavement below and the sullen sun above in unrelenting waves.                        Through it all, the character maintains his fundamental sweetness. In
But in spite of the record-shattering temperature — 95-plus degrees and             answer to a question about what he does, the character replies: “Oh, Harvey
rising — the throngs that flock to Times Square radiate more excitement             and I sit in the bars and have a drink or two, play the jukebox. And soon the
than seems reasonable. Just a few blocks away, on West 53rd Street, a               faces of all the other people turn toward mine, and they smile. And they’re
crowd is jockeying for position, cordoned off on the sidewalk by a line of          saying, ‘We don’t know your name, mister, but you’re a lovely fellow.’”
no-nonsense police barricades. Periodically, a just-the-facts-ma’am type                 Clearly, Parsons is in his element on stage, and to hear him tell it,
strides by and tells people to bunch up closer to the stage door.                   he’s loved the spotlight since his breakout role as the Kolokolo Bird in
     Then, without warning, the stage door opens and it’s him.                      a first-grade production of “The Elephant’s Child.”
     When actor Jim Parsons ’01 (MFA) steps onto the sidewalk, it turns out              “It’s come to hit me that it was some sort of divine intervention,
that the crowd really can press closer together … a whole lot closer. He is tall,   because looking back, it crystallized a lot of desires for me. I’ve known
pale (or is that stage make-up?) and gracious, but he’s on the move, signing        from roughly that age that that’s what I wanted to do.” Of course, being
autographs for those pressed against the metal cordons, not pausing for             center stage in bright yellow tights and a breastplate his mother made
photos, nodding and smiling as a voice here calls out, “Jim!” and another yells,    out of paper feathers didn’t hurt.
“Sheldon!” He just keeps moving, signing, nodding, signing, smiling, then                Parsons sees any number of parallels between the work he does on
Mr. No-Nonsense decides that’s enough, and escorts Parsons into the                 “Big Bang” and his longtime love for the stage, especially since the TV show
backseat of a waiting car, which speeds down the street, takes a right              is filmed before a live audience. “It’s so similar to doing theater, in a lot of
and is gone. The crowd — some bereft, some still chattering with excite-            ways. But it’s not like that thing with theater where you work and work and
ment — scatters, clutching autographed “Harvey” programs and posters                work on a play for four weeks, then little things really land, like plot lines and
and Playbills. A few look wistfully in the direction of the car that whisked        moments when the audience is right there. That always surprised me, but it
Parsons away, then slowly make their way back toward 7th Avenue.                    surprises me more that it was a surprise to me. I mean, duh!” His work ethic
     Is there any doubt that Jim Parsons has hit the big time? There                clearly keeps him plenty busy; “Harvey” closed on Aug. 5, and he was back in
really shouldn’t be, what with the pair of Emmys he’s won for his role              Los Angeles taping “Big Bang” by Aug. 14.
as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on TV’s “Big Bang Theory.” Certainly, his star turn on             Back in 2009, Parsons spoke at length with USD Magazine about his
Broadway this summer as Elwood P. Dowd — a dreamy soul whose best                   career trajectory. During that conversation, he waxed nostalgic about
friend is a 6-foot-3 ½-inch-tall white rabbit — proves that his career has legs.    his time in New York, where he had moved immediately after completing
     The reviews have been outstanding: “Mr. Parsons carries the weight             his MFA at USD in 2001. “I miss New York in a lot of ways. As the saying
of a role immortalized on film by the inimitable James Stewart as lightly           goes, ‘there’s no place like it,’ and that’s really true. Even though it can be
as Elwood does the hat and coat he keeps on hand for his furry compan-              very hard.” But as far as developing a sense of home? “Well, I feel pretty
ion,” said critic Charles Isherwood in The New York Times. “His quirky line         comfortable anywhere that I’m working.”
readings and courtly, unfailingly chipper manner bring just the right                    Still, when he took his leave of Broadway for the second time —
mix of graciousness and oddball eccentricity,” gushed David Rooney                  in 2011 he portrayed Tommy Boatwright in a production of “The Normal
in The Hollywood Reporter.                                                          Heart” — and headed back to L.A., it’s easy to imagine that a little piece of
     At a mid-week matinee last July, Parsons lived up to, even sur-                him remained in the Big Apple, perhaps wearing a fedora with two holes
passed, those stellar reviews. The play — which somewhat notoriously                cut in it, the better to fit the long floppy ears. — Julene Snyder


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     The Honest                                                                         Italian department”). Coming to the Carolinas after living in Southern
                                                                                        California, Italy and Mexico brought on a much more intense level of




                                                            Artist
                                                                                        culture shock than her previous move from Mexico to San Diego.
                                                                                              “It’s a very different experience to be Mexican in the South than in
                                                                                        California, so there was definitely some culture shock,” Dominguez says.
                                                                                        “In general, Southerners tend to think of minorities as African-Americans
                                                                                        and not much else. Of course, there’s been a lot of work in the South from
      Cl audia dominguez is exploring                                                   African-Americans about minority roles in society, which was a rich thing
                                                                                        for me to discover. And feeling like I was more on my own here also made
       w H at i t m e a n s t o b e                     FEMalE                          me work harder at searching for who I was.”
                                                                                              Eventually, Dominguez found her artistic identity on a series of trips
     [SOUTH CAROLINA] Striking shapes and colors, boldly                                home to Mexico, where she reconnected with her heritage — and felt like
     rendered. That’s the hallmark of Claudia Dominguez ’03, a visual artist            an immigrant in two places. Themes of connection and self-discovery
     whose work tells tales of her own story as an immigrant and a feminist.            dominated her NC State master’s thesis, an ambitious seven-image visual
     Change and transformation are recurring themes, which is apt; this past            memoir titled, “Transcending Cultural Boundaries,” which used a variety of
     summer found her earning her graduate degree before packing up to move             materials including marble, cotton, tree-bark paper, silk, felt, dried beans,
     to South Carolina to start a teaching job at Coastal Carolina University.          corn husks and even burned pages from a Bible.
           Moving from Apex, N.C., to Myrtle Beach, S.C., may sound like a                    “She was very specific in choosing materials that convey meaning
     short hop to most of us, but it was no small matter for Dominguez, given           along with the imagery,” says North Carolina State Professor Susan
     the large quantity of marble and granite she keeps on hand to use when             Brandeis, one of Dominguez’s thesis advisors. “She made some really
     inspiration strikes. But even in the midst of upheaval, she had to have a          unusual choices, but each is embedded in her meaning. It’s very strong
     creative project going. So she started a still-untitled series exploring           work that tells her own story, as well as the story of people with lives in
     another side of feminine identity.                                                 two different cultures, challenging assumptions about the role of women.”
          “It’s about my relationship with my own mom, and also all women’s                   In “Transcending Cultural Boundaries,” Dominguez depicted
     relationships with their own mothers. If we could all somehow change               herself, as well as various figures from Mexico, including Sor Juana Indes
     together, we could help each other break through the glass ceiling,” she says.     de la Cruz (a 17th-century writer and nun, and the first Mexican feminist)
     “This series focuses on embroidery, which is something I’m trying to get           and La Malinche (another historical figure, and a term that has come to
     more proficient at. I’m already good at stone. Embroidery is very slow, but it’s   be a derogatory term for those perceived to place too much value on
     something I seem to turn to at times when I’m changing and moving.”                foreign ideals). The in-progress series about Dominguez’s mother is
           Dominguez came to USD from her native Mexico to study art and                more personal in its outlook.
     she fit right in academically. Socially, however, she found America to be                “When My Mother Was Everything” represents Dominguez’s mother
     very different from Mexico’s overt patriarchy. David Smith, then chairman          as an iconic, towering figure — almost like a pyramid, framed by a halo.
     of USD’s art department, told her, “There are people who do what they              It’s based on Coatlicue, the “Mother of Gods”; Dominguez herself is
     want and they find a way to do that.” It was valuable advice, since being          represented as a small figure inside her. Another piece, “Hysteria,” looks like
     a self-starter was a skill she had to work to learn.                               the product of a bad fever dream from Dominguez’s stormy adolescence.
           “I thought America was so crazy that way, but now I get it,” she                   “In that one, I’m a monster ripping my mom apart,” she says.
     says. “It was a big moment in my life, in this culture so strange with             “She and I did have kind of a horrible relationship when I was growing
     values I had such a hard time understanding. USD was a place where                 up. Your mother is usually the first person to tell you what you can and
     I could figure that out.”                                                          cannot do, and that was definitely the case with mine.”
            After earning her BA in fine arts from USD in 2003, Dominguez                     So what does Dominguez’s mother think of this?
     did a stonework apprenticeship in Italy. That’s where she met her                        “Oh, she loves it,” Dominguez says, laughing. “She’s so excited
     husband, an academic who teaches Italian. She came to North                        I’m an artist. She grew up in a small town and was a chemist, but she
     Carolina State University’s School of Design when he was at the                    couldn’t find a job, which she figured was because she’s a woman.
     University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a master’s, and                So she left for Mexico City to find a job. Even though I did not know
     then followed him again to Myrtle Beach and a position of her own at               this while growing up, she had her own struggle. And we’ve been
     Coastal Carolina (where her husband is, Dominguez quips, “the entire               able to mend some things through my art.” — David Menconi


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                           The Creative                                                                      significant spots in Italy he’s toured, such as the Luigi Cattaneo Anatomic
                                                                                                             Wax Museum at the University of Bologna and the University of Padua’s




                                                                 Scientist
                                                                                                             Anatomic Theatre.
                                                                                                                  While of course the delights of Italy’s wine, fresh pasta and historic
                                                                                                             beauty are legend, can learning about the history of anatomy along the
                                                                                                             way compare to more mainstream tourist spots? Absolutely, says Petti,
                                                                                                             who holds dual U.S./Italian citizenship.
                               F o r k e v i n p e t t i , t H e s u r Fa C e i s                                 “The University of Padua, outside of Venice, has the oldest dissection
                                                                                                             theater in the world, dating from 1594. William Harvey, the father of
                                           Just tHe              BEGiNNiNG                                   cardiovascular physiology, did his dissection in that room,” Petti says.
                                                                                                             “All these great people that we teach our students about, this is where
                           [ITALY] The room is a lot smaller than one would think. It’s old;                 they worked. I mean, I stood at Galileo’s podium. That’s one of the big
                           it’s not well lit, humble at best. Still, just walking through the door of that   things that people take home from a trip like this. They were in the actual
                           unprepossessing chamber in Ospedale Santo Spirito, near the Vatican,              rooms, at the actual institutions that are still doing this work. And we’re
                           was enough to take Kevin Petti’s breath away. And his reaction had                doing it too, now, in another part of the world. It gives us a connection
                           nothing to do with the fact that back in the late 15th century, the smell         to the history of our discipline. I think that’s very meaningful.“
                           of unpreserved cadavers would have been pungent.                                       How did Petti, a professor in the departments of science and health at
                                “The sense of history alone is enough to make you gasp,” he says.            San Diego Miramar College, come to make the leap from musculature to the
                           “To be in the room where Leonardo da Vinci performed dissections, well,           masters? As it turns out, it’s really not that much of a stretch. “I was part of the
                           everybody gets very quiet. Of course, that’s the thing about Italy. It’s too      first cohort to earn their PhD from the School of Leadership and Education
                           much to digest all at once. That’s why you have to keep coming back.”             Sciences in 2006,” he explains. “And I took full advantage of the interdisciplin-
                                While the group of anatomy and physiology professors from the                ary option. Dean Paula Cordeiro is a big proponent of that approach; fully a
                           U.S. and Canada that Petti shepherded around Italy for 11 days this summer        third of my units were earned through the School of Nursing.”
                           did hit the usual tourist spots — Rome, Florence, Venice — sightseeing was             The notion that seemingly disparate studies are connected is
                           just a side dish to the main course: Petti’s “Anatomia Italiana 2012,” tailor-    interlaced through the courses he teaches at Miramar as well. “With
                           made to provide a below-the-surface anatomical and cultural tour of the           everything I do, every course I teach, I really emphasize the multicultural,
                           Italian Peninsula. “People go to Rome, and flock to the Vatican, go in            the interdisciplinary aspect. It’s all interconnected.” Petti says that for as
                           droves to the Uffizi,” says Petti ’06 (PhD). “But when we go to the Museo         long as he can remember, he’s been intensely interested in bodies, in
                           di Palazzo Poggi at the University of Bologna, we’re the only ones there.”        sport and in fitness. He had initially planned to spend his career working
                                If he has his way, there will be at least one group of tourists coming       with athletes, but once he started teaching, he quickly changed his trajectory.
                           through every summer from now on, eager to wander through cool                         “My dissertation was really the impetus for Anatomia Italiana,”
                           rooms filled with wax models of human organs and bodies — with skin               he recalls. “That’s when I started really thinking about weaving interdis-
                           peeled away to reveal the mysteries beneath. Why? Well, to hear Petti             ciplinary studies into the undergraduate curriculum.”
                           tell it, Michelangelo’s Pietà couldn’t have existed without late-night forays          And his 2012 tour built upon the groundwork he’d laid on a 2009
                           to Florence’s Church of Santo Spirito, where the then 17-year-old prodigy         trip to the Italian Peninsula. “I was astonished at how well it went this time,“
                           first explored human dissection in hopes of uncovering the secrets of the         he says. “Everyone seemed to find it really meaningful, really impactful.”
                           body. It’s fascinating stuff, and Petti revels in getting others as excited            One of the 2012 participants, Peggy LePage, a professor at North
                           about the intersection of art and anatomy as he is.                               Hennepin College in Minnesota, agrees. “It is difficult to describe how we
                                “Italy is the fountainhead of the Renaissance, but it’s also the             felt standing in the exact spot [da Vinci] stood. In awe only comes close,”
                           fountainhead of the life sciences,” he explains. “When you look at the            she said in a blog post about her experience.
                           Renaissance masters, there’s no way that Michelangelo’s David could                    For Petti, it’s really all threads from the same vast tapestry. “Look,
                           have been done without the study of anatomy. That was knowledge                   anatomy as a science, it permeates art, culture, literature. Regardless of
                           that stayed with him throughout his career.”                                      your faith, among all the world’s religions, what’s the greatest of God’s
                                Petti is a dapper fast-talker with a neatly trimmed goatee and               creations? The body. And what is the body? Is it the vessel of the soul?
                           piercing eyes. At a summer lecture for life-learners at USD’s University of       If you’re Christian, is it the vehicle for the Resurrection?” He pauses, waiting,
                           the Third Age, he offered up a rapid-fire overview of the many culturally         then answers his own question. “Well, that’s a big deal.” — Julene Snyder


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     The Genuine                                                                           Reserved by nature, Shiroff suppressed an initial urge to head for the
                                                                                      exit and struck up a conversation with Berman and Wellner. Turns out the




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                                                                                      chat also served as a mini audition. “They asked me what I did, then told
                                                                                      me that they really needed a Nevada attorney who could advise them on
                                                                                      the consistency and the authenticity of their scripts, and asked me if that
                                                                                      would be something I’d be interested in. I figured I’d never hear from
                                                                                      them, but I got a call the next day.” Since then, she’s spoken with one or
               ta r a s H i r o F F ’ s l e g a l a C u m e n                         both of them several times a week. The experience has been incredibly
                                                                                      rewarding on a variety of levels. “They ask me everything under the sun
        Hits tHe             sMall scrEEN                                             in terms of making sure things are authentic, and it’s a challenge to keep
                                                                                      up with all the topics the writers want to cover.”
     [LAS VEGAS] Since the early days of grainy, black-and-white                           Truth be told, Shiroff would’ve been perfectly content focusing
     images and rabbit-ear antennas, television crime dramas have alternately         her energies on her responsibilities with law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard &
     startled, confounded and captivated generations of small-screen                  Smith LLP, and if the folks at “CSI” happened to call, she’d have been more
     audiences. And perhaps no series in the genre’s history has been                 than happy to help. However, in 2009, Berman and Wellner — who had
     more effective in glamorizing the science of catching bad guys than              started their own Los Angeles-based legal research firm — were singing
     “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Strange though it may seem, the                Shiroff’s praises to a group of executives at the Lifetime Network who
     state-of-the-art technology employed by characters Dr. Gil Grissom and           were developing a legal comedy-drama called, “Drop Dead Diva.”
     Catherine Willows in their pursuit of justice has made the formally esoteric     The story centered on a plus-sized female lawyer whose body becomes
     and, occasionally, macabre practice of gathering crime scene evidence            inhabited by the soul of a recently deceased fashion model, and a whole
     seem … well, downright cool.                                                     host of hijinks ensue. Sound like a stretch? Shiroff and her husband
          For Tara (Hamilton) Shiroff ’02, a legal consultant for “CSI: Las Vegas,”   thought so. At least at first.
     that perception has its benefits — and its drawbacks. “I enjoy researching            “I was reading the initial script with my husband, and he was telling
     the questions the show writers have about the correlations between               me how he thought it would never fly, how it was a crazy premise,” she
     developing an interesting script, and following the guidelines of the law.”      recalls, laughing. “But the characters are very relatable, and what do you
     She pauses, acutely aware of the paradox her career path has provided.           know? It’s become one of the most successful shows the network has
     “As a lawyer, I notice that jurors want to know where the DNA evidence is,       ever produced.” Now into its fourth season, “Drop Dead Diva” and its
     and all the cool stuff they see on TV shows that are brought into court          life-affirming plot lines have struck a chord with a broad viewership,
     cases. It’s known as the ‘CSI Effect,’ and it tends to create an unreasonable    and Shiroff, who serves as the show’s lead legal consultant, feels its
     expectation on the value of forensic evidence in some cases.”                    success is attributable to a universal axiom that she embraced during
          For the past six years, Shiroff has adroitly balanced the demands of        her undergraduate years as a political science major at USD.
     a successful career in civil litigation with her work on “CSI,” a gig that the        “It really comes down to feeling comfortable in your own skin, and
     Las Vegas native adamantly declares “is really not as glamorous as it            that’s one of my treasured memories of USD — just how comfortable
     sounds. I’m not on the set chatting with the actors. It’s more research than     and happy I was while I was there,” she says. Shiroff graduated summa
     anything.” Ah yes, but it’s intriguing research — like determining whether       cum laude with a degree in political science, but perhaps even more
     or not casino chips discovered in concrete can be cashed in 50 years after       importantly, she walked away from Alcalá Park with a heightened
     their issuing (yes), or how many women in a house constitutes a brothel          understanding of what it takes to be successful in law — and in life.
     (depends on the county in which it’s located).                                        “I would absolutely credit Del Dickson, my faculty advisor at the
          And it all began with a casual afternoon visit to her law school            time, for some great advice he gave me about pursuing a career in law.
     campus. Back in 2006, Shiroff was just a year removed from receiving             He told me that networking is absolutely critical to the opportunities
     her JD from UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law. While perusing an              you create for yourself, and that you need to be aware of when to make
     alumni newsletter, she came across an ad for an on-campus presentation           those connections.”
     discussing the CSI effect, which would be led by two of the show’s                    And right there, Tara Shiroff’s journey from USD classrooms to
     researchers. While she found the presentation informative, what really           Hollywood courtrooms is perfectly encapsulated: “Who knows? If I didn’t
     grabbed her attention was the fact that the show’s researchers, David            take that advice to heart, I may not have gone up to the podium and
     Berman and John Wellner, were also supporting cast members.                      introduced myself six years ago.” — Mike Sauer


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                                                                                   The USD Wine Classic has helped the Alumni Endowed Scholarship




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                                                                                   reach its $1 million goal. Nearly 70 percent of students at the                                rather, they’re owners, vintners or
                                                                                   university benefit from some sort of financial aid.                                            others who are involved in the
                                                                                                                                                                                  winemaking process. The setting —
                                                                                                                                                                                  the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace &                                                                              B R I E F S
                                                                                                                                                                                  Justice’s scenic Garden of the Sea,
     [generosity]                                                                                                                                                                 which overlooks the Pacific Ocean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Alumna Anna Young’s quest to breathe                                       Homecoming and Family




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                                                                                                                                                                                  — is arguably one of the most           by Krystn Shrieve                                                          Weekend 2012 takes place Oct.



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                                                                                                                                                                                  beautiful in San Diego. And finally,             nce, Anna Young could        can’t say more than a few words      12-14. Events planned for this
                                                                                                                                                                                  the fundraising component is an                  sprint 200 meters in         at a time without stopping to        popular celebration include tours,
                                                                                                                                                                                  integral part of the event. At least             28 seconds. Now she          gasp for air — and the oxygen        talks, open houses and a variety
                                                                                                                                                                                  half of the guests are alumni, who      struggles to walk 250 meters          tank is never far away.              of alumni reunion celebrations.
     Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund reaches $1 million goal                                                                                                                      understand the importance               in six minutes.                           Now her best hope is a dou-      Be sure to attend the tailgate
                                                                                                                                                                                  of scholarships.                            She fights for each breath.       ble lung transplant. She’s fourth    and football game, where the
     by Krystn Shrieve                                                                                                                                                               “Nearly 70 percent of the stu-       It started when she was 8 years       on the list for her blood type at    Toreros will face-off with the



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                ark Hoekstra ’86 knows                                                                                                                                            dents at USD are on some sort of        old. She noticed, out on the          the UCLA Medical Center.             Campbell Camels at Torero
                the importance of schol-                                                                                                                                          financial aid,” Hoekstra says. “The     soccer field, that she couldn’t           “The day I found out was one     Stadium. For more information,
                arships from every angle                                                                                                                                          rallying cry, the thing that reso-      seem to catch her breath. Doc-        of the best days of my life,” says   go to www.sandiego.edu/hfw or
     — as a student, as a parent of a                                                                                                                                             nates with everyone, is scholar-        tors thought it was asthma and        Young. “I’m blessed that the doc-    call (619) 260-4819.
     daughter who graduated in 2012,                                                                                                                                              ships. The biggest growth in our        gave her an inhaler. She’d use it     tors are giving me this chance.
     as an alumnus on USD’s Alumni                                                                                                                                                alumni population was from the          before gym class and it seemed        It’s what keeps me going.”           The Young Alumni Network
     Association Board of Directors,                                                                                                                                              late 70s to the early 90s. They all     to work — for a while.                    Young, an organ donor her-       (YAN), in collaboration with the
     and even as someone who reads                                                                                                                                                recognize the value and impor-              Young, 31, has a rare, degener-   self, can’t express just how         University of San Diego Alumni
     scholarship applications from                                                                                                                                                tance of scholarships.”                 ative lung disease. Each breath is    grateful she’ll be to the donor      Association, aims to create and
     students in the Burnham-Moores                                                                                                                                                  In its inaugural year, the Wine      excruciating. When most people        she’ll never know. “I know some-     maintain an association dedicated
     Center for Real Estate.                                                                                                                                                      Classic drew 400 guests and raised      breathe in, the diaphragm pulls       one will be dying so that I can      to serving the social and profes-
        Each year, from among the                                                                                                                                                 $20,000. In four short years, the       down so the lungs can inflate.        have a new life,” she says. “After   sional networking needs of alumni
     many deserving students, Hoekstra                                                                                                                                            numbers skyrocketed to 700 and          When they breathe out, the dia-       a year, I can write to the donor’s   who’ve graduated within the past
     must pick one to receive a scholar-                                                                                                                                          the event has brought in a com-         phragm goes up, shrinking the         family, maybe meet them and          10 years. Over the past year, YAN
     ship through the California Home-                                                                                                                                            bined total of more than $150,000       size of the lungs and pushing         learn about the person who           has made great efforts in meeting
     building Foundation from the                                                                                                                                                 to help reach the $1 million mark.      air out. Young’s diaphragm is         gave me the chance to breathe.”      its goals through webinars and
     Ernest W. Hahn Endowment. The                                                                                                                                                   “As founder of the Wine Classic,     extremely weak and works                  Finding the perfect donor —      creating a growing social media
     scholarship, which is named for                                                                                                                                              I am extremely proud of how the         against her — pulling up when         who’s the right age, blood type,     presence. Connect with us via
     Hoekstra’s grandfather, a trustee                                                                                                                                            university’s administration, the        it should be pulling down. So         and even the right height —          Facebook at www.facebook.com/
     emeritus for whom the Hahn                                                                                                                                                   Board of Trustees, the alumni           every breath is like a tug of war.    could take anywhere from two         usdyan or follow us on Twitter,
     University Center is named, was                                                                                                                                              office, our amazing faculty and my          Young made it through high        months to three years. The pro-      @USDYoungAlumni.
     established in 1990, prior to the                                                                                                                                            fellow alumni have been so sup-         school, often hiding when she         cedure will cost $1.1 million, and
     launch of the real estate program                                                                                                                                            portive of the event and its goals,”    couldn’t breathe and pretending       Young has applied for grants         The Alumni Association is
     in 1993 and well before the                                                                                                                                                  says Dooley. “This is my final year     she was okay when she wasn’t.         and is raising money to pay for      currently developing other
     Burnham-Moores Center for                                                                                                                                                    on the Alumni Board, but USD is a       She graduated from USD in             the procedure, follow-up care        targeted programs for alumni.
     Real Estate was named in 2004.                                                                                                                                               part of my foundation that can’t        2006, sometimes testing her           and pricey medications.              If you would like to be involved
        “The world is in great hands if                                                                                                                                           be removed.”                            body to see if she could make             “It’s amazing to see the love    in the development of a mid-
     these students are an example of                                                                                                                                                Dooley says it was his parents       it up a flight of stairs only to      and support, and it’s inspiring      career alumni group for alumni
     our future,” Hoekstra says. “The                                                                                                                                             who inspired him to make a differ-      wind up in the hospital. She          to know that even strangers          who are 11 to 40 years out, please




                                                                                                                                                                  LAUREN RADACK
     achievements they have experi-                                                                                                                                               ence as a donor and as an active        went on to work in the media          want to help,” says Young, who       email alumni@sandiego.edu.
     enced and the obstacles they have                                                                                                                                            alumnus. He also volunteers at          relations office for the San Diego    someday hopes to establish a
     overcome in their short lives are                                                                                                                                            Homecoming Weekend and                  Padres. Eventually, working even      foundation for others, like her,     Toreros are sharing their life
     inspiring and motivating to me.”                                                                                                                                             attends Alumni Honors.                  part time became too difficult.       who are looking for someone          experiences and adventures
        It was the stories of so many      love that they have for this univer-    Fund. The next year, while the       Hoekstra says there are several                              “Today, it is the students and           Through the years, her need       who understands what they’re         by submitting class notes to
     students that inspired Hoekstra to    sity,” says Charles Bass, director of   board discussed its annual goals,    things that make USD’s Wine Clas-                         faculty of USD that inspire me,         to use the inhaler became more        going through. “I can’t wait for     classnotes@sandiego.edu.
     think big and challenge his fellow    alumni relations. “It also shows        Hoekstra, then the chair of its      sic special — and different from                          knowing that even a gift of $100        frequent. Her list of medications     the day when I don’t have to         Each issue of USD Magazine
     alumni board members to raise         how every gift, no matter the size,     finance committee, suggested the     other wine-tasting events.                                toward the Alumni Endowed               grew longer and visits to the         think about breathing. I want        is built around the inspiring
     $1 million for alumni endowed         can add up to benefit our students      board commit to a $1 million goal.      First, all of the vineyards are con-                   Scholarship Fund, volunteering at       doctor turned into long stays         everyone to know that I’ll           exploits of amazing alumni.
     scholarships — a goal they reached    for a lifetime.”                           To make it happen, board mem-     nected in some way to USD. The                            Homecoming, or championing the          in the hospital. Her life has been    appreciate each breath, each         Submit your class note today
     during the summer of 2012.               The ambitious seven-figure           ber Kevin Dooley ’93 established     dozens of owners or vintners are                          USD Wine Classic can help a stu-        a series of adaptations. She’s        day, for the rest of my life.”       for the Summer 2013 issue
        “Achieving this milestone shows    quest started in 2006 when Shan-        the Wine Classic in 2009; with       USD alumni, USD parents or have                           dent fulfill their dream of a college   tried every type of medication                                             online at www.sandiego.edu/
     the power of the Alumni Associa-      non Smith ’86 first established         proceeds supporting the Alumni       some other close tie to the univer-                       degree. I hope that my involve-         and given traditional and alter-      To learn more, please go to          publications/classnotes.
     tion, our alumni leaders and the      the Alumni Endowed Scholarship          Endowed Scholarship Fund.            sity. Also, the people who are                            ment will help future Toreros.”         native therapies a shot. She          www.annassecondwind.com.


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     TORERO NOTES                                                                                                         Serve every child
                                                                                                                          Kathryn As hw orth i s on a q uest to h el p k i d s n av i gate
                                                                                                                          m ore eas i l y throu gh San Di ego’s foster c are system
                                                                                                                          by Sandra Millers Younger



                                                                                                                          E
                                                                                                                                  ven now, more than             CASAs, who accommodate near-          uprooted in the middle of the
                                                                                                                                  30 years later, attorney       ly a third of San Diego County’s      night and taken away from
                                                                                                                                  Kathryn Ashworth hasn’t        5,000 foster care children.           your home and parents, not
                                                                                                                          forgotten the disappointing               Kathryn Ashworth recently          told why, not understanding.
                                                                                                                          grade she took away from a sum-        received San Diego’s 10News           Who can stand that?”
                                                                                                                          mer school section of juvenile law     Leadership Award for her semi-           Looking back, Ashworth is
                                                                                                                          at USD. Each student drew a topic      nal role in humanizing the foster     gratified to see so many changes
                                                                                                                          to research during the short ses-      care system, but she deflects         in the way the system works,
                                                                                                                          sion. Ashworth ended up with a         accolades. Her focus remains          including a shift of priorities from
                                                                                                                          real head-scratcher: “Is foster care   on the children. “I’ve always         parental rights to child safety;
                                                                                                                          good for foster children?”             liked kids,” she explains.            a shortened time frame for unfit
                                                                                                                              “Finding out the issues took          Ashworth came to USD’s             parents to “get their act together”
                                                                                                                          the whole time,” she recalls.          School of Law later in life than      and reclaim their children; an
                                                                                                                          “I certainly didn’t come up with a     her classmates, and with a specific   end to cavalier labeling of
                                                                                                                          solution.” But potential solutions     goal in mind. A mother of three,      “unadoptable” kids; and official
                                                                                                                          were exactly what the professor        with years of volunteer experi-       recognition of CASA volunteers.
                                                                                                                          expected; he marked her final          ence in child advocacy programs          “When we started, there was no
                                                                                                                          paper down. Way down.                  behind her, she was determined        legislation regarding CASAs,” she
                                                                                                                              “That really annoyed me,” she      to become the most effective          says. “Now, in California, if there is
                                                                                                                          says, in a tone that makes it clear    possible advocate for children.       a CASA program, courts must con-
                                                                                                                          her annoyance still lingers.           She knew that meant earning           sider the CASA’s report on a child.”
                                                                                                                              Far more upsetting, however,       her law degree, since she’d seen         Voices for Children continues
                                                                                                                          was the insensitive and often          firsthand “that the people who        to grow and recruit more volun-
                                                                                                                          illogical nature of the foster care    got respect were the lawyers,         teers. Just last year, the organi-
                                                                                                                          bureaucracy her research uncov-        even though the volunteers            zation added a special program
                                                                                                                          ered. Reviewing case after horri-      knew more.”                           to better serve infants and
                                                                                                                          fying case, Ashworth eventually           After graduating with her JD       preschoolers, who constitute
                                                                                                                          did conceive of a real solution to     in 1981 and launching Voices          the largest percentage — up to
                                                                                                                          the system’s deficiencies: assign      for Children the following year,      25 percent — of San Diego
                                                                                                                          volunteers as official advocates       Ashworth settled into a career in     County’s foster kids.
                                                                                                                          for foster children.                   family law, eventually co-found-         USD alumna Christine
                                                                                                                              A sympathetic judge put her in     ing the firm Ashworth, Blanchet,      Consecci ’06, who joined the
                                                                                                                          touch with retired social worker       Christenson and Kelemkiarian,         Voices for Children staff shortly
                                                                                                                          Elizabeth Bacon, who loved the         with fellow USD law alumnae           after graduation, directs the
                                                                                                                          idea. In 1982, the two women           Lesa Christenson ‘82 and Sharon       infant and toddlers program.
                                                                                                                          founded Voices for Children, a         Kelemkiarian ‘89. At the same            Kathryn Ashworth is retired
                                                                                                                          nonprofit organization dedicated       time, she continued to push for       now, happy to leave the legal
                                                                                                                          to helping foster children navi-       improvements in the foster care       work to her colleagues at
                                                                                                                          gate a byzantine bureaucracy           system with undaunted zeal.           Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson
                                                                                                                          and find “forever homes.”                 “You can’t treat children the      and Kelemkiarian, and to her son,
                                                                                                                              Voices for Children became         way they’re treated in these          James ‘90, also a USD School of
                                                                                                                          one of the first in a nationwide       systems, embedded in a bureau-        Law graduate. But she herself
                                                                                                                          network of programs that train         cracy created only to process         remains active as a CASA.
                                                                                                                          and deploy volunteer Court-            cases, without any consideration         “I always have a child,” she
                                                                                                                          Appointed Special Advocates            of child development,” she says.      says. “The last one was adopted
                                                                                                                          (CASAs) as champions of foster         “There’s a saying that a foster       by a wonderful couple.”




                                                                                                            LUIS GARCIA
                                                                                                                          children. Today, the organiza-         child’s luggage is a paper bag,          Nothing could make Ashworth
                                                                                                                          tion provides more than 800            and it’s true. Imagine being          happier.


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     1960s                                      thored three chapters in a new book
                                                by Martin N. Davidson titled, The End
                                                of Diversity as We Know It: Why Man-
                                                                                          Diego State University. She lives with
                                                                                          her 13-year-old daughter in Phoenix
                                                                                          and says they just returned from an
                                                                                                                                    and center director of FasTracKids
                                                                                                                                    Preschool in Del Mar, Calif.
                                                                                                                                                                               in December 2011 she was named
                                                                                                                                                                               No. 5 on Billboard’s Best of 2011
                                                                                                                                                                               chart for the top 50 emerging artists
     [1960]                                     aging Diversity Fails and How Lever-      adventure in Uganda. She is a con-        MARINA (CLINE) SMALLEY (BBA)               in the world. In March 2012, her
     JANET (NAIDL) SILER (BA) is a              aging Difference Can Succeed, which       tracts administrator for San Diego’s      writes, “2011 was a big year for the       book, Rocking the Pink, became
     retired anesthesiologist and has been      was published in 2011.                    Genesis Healthcare Partners, a multi-     Smalley family.” On May 10, 2011,          available at all bookstores (both
     a member of the Burlington County                                                    specialty group of 30 physicians.         they welcomed Isabella Sofia into the      online and brick-and-mortar). Her
     Medical Reserve Corps since 2007. She                                                She is also on the board of directors     world and in late September, the           website is www.lauraroppe.com.

                                                1980s
     was named the organization’s 2010                                                    for Efforts to Educate the Needy          family relocated to Houston.
     Volunteer of the Year. Her volunteer                                                 Children of Uganda.                                                                  [1997]
     assignments have included flu clinics,                                                                                         [1993]                                     KELLY (KREISLE) BURKE (BBA)
     a homeless count, a Red Cross shelter      [1981]                                    [1987]                                    SUSAN NUGENT (BA) teaches                  and her husband, Ashley, welcomed
     for flood victims and more. She also       FATHER HENRY RODRIGUEZ                    ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ (BA, MA                 fourth grade at Pepper Drive Elemen-       their second child, Evan James, on
     has served as a chaplain’s aide at Vir-    (BA) is pastor of St. Jude Shrine of      ’92) recently celebrated his 25-year      tary in El Cajon, Calif., where she also   Nov. 30, 2011. The family lives in
     tua Hospital, as a community member        the West, a community organizer           anniversary as a high school teacher.     is working with master gardeners to        Orange County, Calif.
     on an oncology research board, and         with the San Diego Organizing Proj-       He is vice president of the Sweetwa-      bring native habitat to the school.
     assists with family genealogy research     ect, a police and fire department         ter Education Association. “My pas-       Susan has seven beautiful grandchil-       ASHRAF KASTO (BA) is an emer-
     in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.            chaplain, and former FBI chaplain.        sion as an advocate for public educa-     dren and recently celebrated her           gency room (ER) doctor at Sharp
                                                                                          tion has led me to run for office,” he    35th wedding anniversary.                  Grossmont Emergency Room, the
     [1964]                                     [1982]                                    says. “I am a candidate for the Palo-                                                largest and busiest ER in San Diego




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BARBARA FERGUSON
     DELLE WILLETT is planning                  DONNA (HAFF) SKAHILL (BA)                 mar College Governing Board.”             BRIAN POWERS (BA) and his wife,            County.
     an alumni reunion at Homecoming            and her husband, Vince ’83, joined                                                  Elizabeth, welcomed a new baby,
     for all past members of USD’s cheer/       the Peace Corps and planned to trav-                                                Primrose Christine, on Jan. 23, 2011.      [1998]
     spirit/dance teams.

     [1965]
                                                el to Micronesia/Palau in June 2012
                                                to teach for three years.                 1990s                                     [1994]
                                                                                                                                    SCOTT CARR (BBA) and his wife,
                                                                                                                                                                               JEFF CHAPMAN (BA) and his wife,
                                                                                                                                                                               Lisa Nicola ’98, live in the Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                               community of Eagle Rock, and they
     AGNES WEST-KOHLER (BA) writes,             [1984]                                    [1991]                                    Heather Rosing, welcomed their first       recently welcomed their second             [sugar and spice]
     “I’m loving being back in San Diego!”      JACQUELINE (FARNAN)                       DIANA (DUDOIT) RAICHE (MA)                child, Archer Preston, on Aug. 15, 2011,   child, Ryder. Jeff is the director of an
     She has participated in a second           AKERBLOM (BBA) relocated from             graduated from The Catholic University    in San Diego. Scott reports that mother    environmental education center in          JOHN VANDERVEEN ‘09 (MBA) and his wife, Erin, an assistant director of
     session with USD’s University of the       San Jose, Calif., in February 2012 to     of America in May 2011 with a PhD in      and son are doing well, and requests       East Los Angeles.
     Third Age and is involved with the choir   become the Southern California man-       religious education/catechetics. She      any alumni who work at Starbucks,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          university events and promotions at USD, are overjoyed to announce the birth
     and the office at St. Paul’s Cathedral.    aging partner at Grant Thornton LLP,      served as visiting assistant professor    The Coffee Bean, or any other estab-       ANGELA (KIGGINS) Di’LORENZO                of their daughter, Audrey Marie, on April 16. She was 7 pounds, 1 ounce
     “All three children have been to visit     responsible for the firm’s Los Angeles,   of theology in the School of Ministry     lishment that serves caffeine to           (BA) works in the legal field of the       and 20.5 inches. Audrey joins proud big brother, William, who is almost 3.
     and I’ve been to visit them, too, in New   Irvine and San Diego offices.             at the University of Dallas for 2011-12   please contact him immediately.            film and television industry.
     York; Helena, Mont.; and San Francisco.”                                             and was recently appointed assistant                                                                                            “Welcome to the world, Audrey!,” say the proud parents. If you’d like to share
                                                VICTOR TORRES (BA, JD ’88)                professor of theology (a tenure-track     KEVIN SCHULTZ (BA) is preparing            BRIAN SANCHEZ (BA) owns a                  a photo of your own new arrival or other milestone occasion for consideration
     [1966]                                     was recognized as Attorney of the         position) for the 2012-13 academic        to depart on his second patrol as          non-medical in-home care company
     ARDEL NELSON (BA) retired as a             Year by San Diego La Raza Lawyers in      year. From 2003 to 2011, she was ex-      commanding officer of the nuclear          in Orange County and Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for the print edition of USD Magazine, email your class note (along with a
     professor of management and chair          October 2011. He also was awarded         ecutive director of the department of     ballistic missile submarine, USS Ala-      County.                                    high resolution photo) to classnotes@sandiego.edu. Please note that while
     of the management department at            the Pro Bono Service Award by Legal       religious education at the National       bama, homeported in Bangor, Wash.
     American River College due to a            Services Corporation for his work         Catholic Educational Association.         “No, I don’t have a Jack Russell Terri-    [1999]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we are unable to print every photo we receive, we can certainly share your
     medical disability.                        with California Rural Legal Assistance.                                             er,” he writes. “Yes, I do get questions   CHRISTINA (SMITH) GIBSON                   photo and class note with fellow Toreros in the magazine’s Web edition.
                                                Victor is the 2011-12 treasurer for the   [1992]                                    about the movie ‘Crimson Tide’ from        (BBA) and her husband, Lee, wel-
                                                San Diego County Board of Directors       BARBARA McNAIR (MA) has                   just about everybody who visits the        comed a daughter, Emma, on Jan. 24,

     1970s                                      and he is the spokesperson for El Gru-
                                                po, a coalition of human rights organi-
                                                zations in San Diego’s North County.
                                                                                          served as executive director of the
                                                                                          East County Council on Aging, and
                                                                                          as chair and vice chair of the Catholic
                                                                                                                                    boat.” Schultz lives in Bremerton,
                                                                                                                                    Wash., with his wife, Amy, and their
                                                                                                                                    two sons, Brian and Greg. “We love
                                                                                                                                                                               2012, in England.

                                                                                                                                                                               NICOLE (NICKOLOFF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          J. KENT THURSTON (MBA) is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          owner and chef of three restaurants in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Palm Beach, Fla.: Cucina Dell’Arte, Nick &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       boys — ages 3, 6 and 8 — while he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       attends Loma Linda University Dental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       School (Class of 2015).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ryan Elizabeth, 2; and London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kathleen, 6 months. Justin and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Denise both joined the North County
     [1970]                                                                               Charities Foster Grandparent Pro-         the Pacific Northwest environment,         HUMPHRY (BA) and her husband,              Johnnie’s and Cha Cha’s, “a tapas place                                                     San Diego Alumni Group recently.
     RICHARD GARDNER (BS) is an                 [1985]                                    gram Advisory Council for San Diego       especially hiking, snowshoeing and         Tim, own and operate Humphry’s in          partly inspired by time spent at Olé Ma-     MELISSA (MERIWETHER)
     urgent care physician as part of the       MATT McGOWAN (BA) and his                 and Imperial counties since 1992. She     kayaking. Back in November 2011,           San Clemente, Calif. They offer spe-       drid in the Gaslamp, where I met my          SIPOWICZ (BA) and her husband,                 MICHELLE (RICHMAN) SU (BA)
     VCMC network, affiliated with the          wife, Jacinta, have a 7-year-old          also has been president of Pug Res-       I had the privilege to visit USD and       cialty sandwiches, salads, wraps,          wife, Trish, while attending USD!”           Tim, proudly welcomed another daugh-           and her husband, Kevin, welcomed
     University of California, Los Angeles.     daughter who is learning piano and        cue of San Diego County since 1996.       talk to the NROTC midshipmen about         burgers and brew. Nicole is a fourth-                                                   ter, Mila Kate, on Nov. 15, 2011. Big sister   their second child, Colin Alexander,
     He also has been involved in sleep         participating in school drama perfor-     Last year, Pug Rescue celebrated 20       my career in the submarine force.          generation restaurateur and is look-                                                    Meg Rorie was born on March 15, 2010.          on Nov. 28, 2011.
     medicine since receiving board certi-
     fication in 2007. Previously, he was a
     solo practice physician in Moorpark,
                                                mances. Matt is a devout Nichiren
                                                Shoshu Buddhist.
                                                                                          years of service and received procla-
                                                                                          mations from both the San Diego
                                                                                          County Board of Supervisors and the
                                                                                                                                    It was great to see USD and how
                                                                                                                                    much the campus has changed.”
                                                                                                                                                                               ing forward to opening more loca-
                                                                                                                                                                               tions with her husband. The couple
                                                                                                                                                                               lives in San Clemente with their sons,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2000s                                        [2001]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BRETT BANDUCCI (BA, MA ’09)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CHRISTINE MOTSCHMAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WANNER (BA, BBA ’01) moved to
     Calif., for 25 years.                      ROBERTO SANTILLAN (MA) is a               Office of the Mayor of the City of San    [1995]                                     Cole, 9, and Bryce, 7.                     [2000]                                       returned to California in July 2011            Washington, D.C., after earning a
                                                guidance counselor for the Bullhead       Diego. Barbara and her partner re-        MICHELLE (MAROOT) DIEBERT                                                             JAYMIE GONZAGA (MA) is an                    after spending two years teaching history      master’s degree in nursing from the
     [1973]                                     City Elementary School District in        cently returned from an 11-day cruise     (BA, MEd ’98) and her husband,             SHERI ANN FORBES MURRAY                    adjunct counselor at Miramar, Palomar        at the International School of Panama in       University of California, San Francis-
     TIMOTHY HERMSEN (BA, MS ’75)               Arizona. He has accepted a school         in the Southern Caribbean, where          Stan, have twin sons, Rocky and Max,       (JD) joined the Nevada Attorney            and Mira Costa community colleges.           Panama City, Panama. He is now working         co. She is a pediatric, neonatal and
     and his wife, Mary (Kennedy) ’72, cel-     psychologist position in the district     they celebrated their 10th anniversary.   who were born on July 13, 2011.            General’s Office on March 19, 2012,        Jaymie teaches college success skills        at a private day school in Irvine, Calif.      pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse
     ebrated their 38th wedding anniver-        for the 2012-13 school year.                                                                                                   where she is in the Bureau of Con-         at the schools as well.                                                                     at Children’s National Medical in
     sary on Feb. 1, 2012.                                                                KRISTIN INGRAO RUDE (BA)                  LAURA HOFFMAN ROPPE (JD)                   sumer Protection and is working to                                                      JUSTIN PEEK (BA) and his wife,                 the critical care float pool. She also
                                                [1986]                                    has been married for 16 years and         and her husband, Brad ’95, graduated       redress the mortgage fraud cases           CHARLES SCHEIN (BBA) writes                  Denise ’01, have been living in Carls-         volunteers as a pediatric intensive
     [1977]                                     MONICA VAN DER WERF (BBA)                 has two children: a son, 4, and a         from USD’s School of Law together.         that have contributed to Nevada’s          that his wife, Monica (Escobedo) ’00,        bad, Calif., since 2004 and are the            care nurse during her vacations with
     HEATHER WISHIK (JD) co-au-                 earned an MBA in finance from San         daughter, 2. Kristin is the owner         Laura is now a singer-songwriter;          high foreclosure rate.                     is busy taking care of their three           proud parents of two young girls:              International Children’s Heart Foun-



28     U SD M A G A Z IN E                                                                                                                                                     [reunion reminder]                                                                                                                                            FALL 2012                            29
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dation (www.babyheart.org), which          City, Kan., and is a beginning teacher-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            provides free heart surgeries for chil-    mentor. Emily was recently nominat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dren with congenital heart disease         ed Kansas Star Teacher of the Year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and teaches local nurses, doctors          She and her fiancé, Daniel Lalich, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and health care professionals how          cytopathology fellow at the Universi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to care for these patients. This work      ty of Kansas Medical Center, live in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            has taken her to Nasiriyah, Iraq           Kansas City.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (July 2011 and January 2012);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Guayaquil, Ecuador (December 2012);        BONNIE ANN DOWD (EdD) was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Al Najaf, Iraq (February 2012); and        appointed by the Board of Trustees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Benghazi, Libya (March 2012). Christine    of the San Diego Community College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            will be volunteering with ICHF again       District as the new executive vice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            starting in mid-November 2012.             chancellor for business services. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       brings 22 years of experience as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            [2002]                                     faculty member and administrator in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JESSICA DeVREEZE (BA) transi-              California community colleges, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tioned from her job at USAID, Office       served most recently as vice presi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Iraq Reconstruction, in Washington,     dent of finance and administrative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            D.C., to manager of business develop-      services. Bonnie taught business at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ment at the Justice Institute of British   Palomar College for 16 years and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.             now holds faculty emeritus status.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       She also is president of the California
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ROBERT PINTARIC (BA) and                   Community Colleges’ Association of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their        Chief Business Officials.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            first child, Leah Hoffmann, into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            world on July 15, 2011. They live in       RYAN HAMILTON (BBA) says his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Monterey, Calif.                           exotic car dealership, Celebrity Cars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Las Vegas, is inside the Palazzo Hotel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TARA (HAMILTON) SHIROFF (BA)               on the Las Vegas strip. He also has an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            recently joined the law firm of Lewis      Italian restaurant, Dal Toro, which is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith as an asso-      part of the facility. His website is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ciate. She practices in all areas of       www.celebritycarslasvegas.com.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               SUSMIT DEY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            civil litigation, including commercial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            litigation, product and premises           VANESSA (VITELA) JACOBS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            liability, and insurance defense. Tara     (BA) moved across the country after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            has spent her legal career defending       graduation with her husband-to-be,
     [visionary]                                                                                                                                                  language. “In several of my            holding down his executive                         insurance companies, businesses, ca-       Mike. They were married at USD in


     where the poSSiBilitieS are endleSS
                                                                                                                                                                  business classes, we would             responsibilities with DMC, which                   sinos, hospitals, nursing professionals    November 2006 and are now raising
                                                                                                                                                                  work in teams. It really helped        include orchestrating their strate-                and physicians. Since 2006, she has        their 4-year-old twin daughters and
                                                                                                                                                                  me understand the importance           gic and financial objectives, as                   been the legal consultant for the          new baby daughter, 19 months, in
                                                                                                                                                                  of connection, and why connec-         well as making sure that each                      CBS television series “CSI: Crime          Chula Vista, Calif.
     Jamal Al Sharif is helping Dubai become a major global player                                                                                                tion is such a wonderful idea          and every company within the                       Scene Investigation” and since 2009,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            she has served as lead legal consul-       KATE NASMAN REIDEL (BS) and
     by Mike Sauer                                                                                                                                                to carry forward into business.”       massive, 22 million square-foot



     I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tant for “Drop Dead Diva.” (See story      her husband, Chris, welcomed a baby
        n the span of just a few              “His Highness (United Arab         the region. The 37-year-old Al             After arriving stateside,                With his business administra-       business park have optimized                       on page 22.)                               boy, Lincoln Vedder, on Nov. 8, 2010.
        decades, the Emirate of Dubai      Emirates Vice President and           Sharif also oversees Dubai Studio       Al Sharif spent time studying            tion degree in hand, Al Sharif         operational and technical support.                                                            The family lives in Yorba Linda, Calif.
        has grown from a sparsely          Prime Minister Sheikh Moham-          City, a subsidiary of Dubai Media       English, ultimately finding his          then pursued a real estate license     That mountain of professional                      [2003]                                     Kate works for Fontaney Woods in
     populated principality into one of    med bin Rashid Al Maktoum)            City that caters to film and TV         way to Alcalá Park in 1997. Origi-       and began buying and selling           responsibility would be enough                     WINDUS FERNANDEZ BRINK-                    Orange County.
     the planet’s most prolific business   once said that, and it resonated      companies around the world by           nally interested in engineering,         properties in and around San           to keep several people working                     KORD (BA) and her husband, Kurt,
     hubs. Its crown jewel, Dubai City,    with me,” Al Sharif says. “He isn’t   providing studios, sound stages         he decided to take a few busi-           Diego. The endeavor proved a           full time, but Al Sharif remains                   adopted two babies who are siblings,       RYAN STACK (BA, JD ’06) and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            just eleven months apart in age.           his wife, Heather (Barnes) ’04, wel-
     glimmers like an oasis at the edge    afraid to take chances, and his       and other industry-related infra-       ness courses at the urging of            profitable one, but in 2001, a life-   unfailingly positive, and seems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       comed their second daughter, Made-
     of the Arabian Desert; offering the   commitment to Dubai’s develop-        structure for production purposes.      mentor and Associate Professor           changing opportunity appeared,         to relish the challenge.                           BASIL CONSIDINE (BA) has been              lyn Mae, into the world on April 22,
     promise of prosperity through         ment is one of the reasons               Not too shabby for a fellow          of Finance Dan Rivetti. Today, he        and Al Sharif was soon packing            “I’ve got a lot of responsibili-                awarded a fellowship to conduct            2012. Madelyn weighed 8 pounds,
     an ever-expanding economy.            I’m where I am today.”                who, 20 years ago, left Dubai for       is quick to credit Rivetti for helping   his bags for a return trip to Dubai    ties, but I’ve also got a lot of                   ethnographic research on the               1 ounce, and was 20.5 inches long.
        Jamal Al Sharif ’99 has had a         Where he is today is at the        San Diego with little money …           him find his academic footing.           to work as a junior account man-       really intelligent, talented peo-                  island of Mauritius. He is currently
     front-row seat to Dubai’s meteoric    helm of Dubai Media City (DMC),       and even less of an idea of where       “He really challenged me, but he         ager for DMC.                          ple working for me. We work                        a doctoral student in musicology at        COURTNEY CRUMMEL SUM-
     rise since the turn of the 21st       a government-built business           his future would lead him. “When        also went out of his way to help            Just over a decade later,           together, establish goals and                      Boston University.                         MERS (BA, MA ’04) joined Con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       suro Managed Technology in Fort
     century. And when it comes to         park that has become the central      I came to the U.S., I did so with       me. I’ll never forget that.”             Al Sharif has risen to the apex of     organize a plan to achieve those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EMILY COONFIELD (MEd) is a                 Worth, Texas, as marketing director.
     encapsulating the spirit and          media hub of the Arab world.          the intention of advancing my              Al Sharif was also impressed          Dubai’s communication division,        goals.” He exhales heavily, per-                   PhD student in the educational lead-       Most recently, she was a senior
     vibrancy of his beloved home city,    More than 1,800 companies             education,” he recalls. “I struggled    by the work ethic of his peers in        and recently was named chairman        haps reflecting on the enormity                    ership and policy studies program at       account executive for Concussion,
     he shares a phrase that just might    occupy space in the DMC, and          with the language, I didn’t have a      the business administration pro-         of the board of the Dubai Film         of the challenge facing him, then                  the University of Kansas and is cur-       an advertising agency. At Consuro,
     become the region’s rallying cry:     big-name media outlets, such as       lot of money, and it was a very         gram, specifically the students          Commission. He also serves as          adds with a laugh, “Remember,                      rently writing her dissertation. She       she is in charge of marketing,
     In Dubai, everything is possible,     Reuter’s and CNBC, use the facility   challenging time, as I’m sure it is     who, like him, were not just             the film and TV commissioner for       in Dubai, everything is possible,                  teaches the fifth grade at Eugene          advertising, public relations and
     and nothing is impossible.            as the base of their operations in    for a lot of international students.”   learning new ideas, but a new            the Dubai government, while still      and nothing is impossible!”                        Ware Elementary School in Kansas           partner relations for the company.



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                                                                                                                       [2004]                                      opment team for TKF, a nonprofit or-
                                                                                                                       MELISSA (HERRERA) KUDO (BA)                 ganization that works to stop violence.
                                                                                                                       married Ross Kudo in Kauai, Hawaii,



Tim Lynch ’95
                                                                                                                       on Sept. 10, 2011. USD alumni in atten-     KRISTOPHER CARTER (BA) is a
                                                                                                                       dance or in the wedding party were          general medical officer and aviation
                                                                                                                       Natalia Clark, Sarah (Gillis) McPherson     medical examiner in the United



    is loving life
                                                                                                                       and Lisa (Roehl) Walle. Melissa and         States Navy, currently stationed at
                                                                                                                       Ross live in San Diego.                     MCAS Miramar. He graduated from
                                                                                                                                                                   Western University of Health Sciences
                                                                                                                       DANIELLE (DEBLIEUX) McCON-                  with a doctorate of osteopathy in




behind the lens.
                                                                                                                       NELL (BA) and her husband, Brian,           2010 and completed an obstetrics
                                                                                                                       were married on Oct. 29, 2011, at           and gynecology internship at Balboa
                                                                                                                       St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church         Naval Hospital in 2011. When he
                                                                                                                       in Huntington Beach, Calif., followed       completes his term at MCAS Miramar,
                                                                                                                       by a reception at SeaCliff Country          he plans to complete a residency in
                                                                                                                       Club. Danielle has worked for The           obstetrics and gynecology at Balboa.
                                                                                                                       Walt Disney Company for 13 years

What’s your story?                                                                                                     and is currently manager of global
                                                                                                                       documentation. She and Brian live
                                                                                                                       in Anaheim, Calif., across from Angel
                                                                                                                                                                   JONATHAN BANNON MAHER
                                                                                                                                                                   (BBA) is a candidate for the United
                                                                                                                                                                   States Senate in New Jersey. He re-
                                                                                                                       Stadium. “Go Toreros!” she writes.          cently wrote a book, The Destiny of
                                                                                                                                                                   Humanity, and sent it to the leaders
                                                                                                                       STEVE PIRO (BA) is an energy                of every country in the world.
                                                                                                                       efficiency consultant in Bali, Indonesia,
                                                                                                                       with Synergy Carbon, a company he           JONATHAN NOWLING (BA) and
                                                                                                                       founded three years ago.                    his wife, Nicole, were married in the
                                                                                                                                                                   fall of 2011. Jonathan also plans to
                                                                                                                       TAYLOR ERICKSON WORTMAN                     start his own business.
                                                                                                                       (BA, MA ’06) and her husband,
                                                                                                                       Jeremy Wortman, were married on             JOSEPH TONEY (BA) accepted a
                                                                                                                       Feb. 19, 2011, by USD’s Monsignor           new position as a budget and policy
                                                                                                                       Dan Dillabough in Taylor’s hometown         analyst with the City of Long Beach.
                                                                                                                       of Big Sky, Mont. The ceremony was
                                                                                                                       outdoors on a snowy hill. Taylor’s          [2006]
                                                                                                                       maid of honor was Beth Brandsford,          TINA (NOVAK) BURGESS (BA)
                                                                                                                       a floor mate from Founders Hall.            and her husband, Dan, were married
                                                                                                                       Taylor teaches middle school and            in July 2011. Tina joined RE/MAX in
                                                                                                                       plans to begin work on her PhD in           November 2011.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CASSANDRA HEISER
                                                                                                                       educational leadership.
                                                                                                                                                                   DETGEN (BANNIGAN) GREEFF
                                                                                                                       [2005]                                      (BA) was accepted into Columbia
                                                                                                                       SAMIN VALI BERINGER (JD)                    University’s School of International
                                                                                                                       opened The Beringer Law Firm in             and Public Affairs and plans to begin
                                                                                                                       Carlsbad, Calif., specializing in a range   a two-year master’s degree in inter-          [happily ever after]
                                                                                                                       of family law matters, including di-        national affairs in September 2012.
                                                                                                                       vorce, annulment, child support, child                                                    KARA MARSH ’04 married Brendan Proffitt on
                                                                                                                       custody, visitation and domestic vio-       JASPER MALLARD (BBA) moved
                                                                                                                       lence. “After spending several years        to Santa Barbara, Calif., and is a finan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 April 21, 2012, in Founders Chapel. Kara works
                                                                                                                       working for some of the largest family      cial advisor with PlanMember Securi-          in USD’s Office of Alumni Relations and Brendan
                                                                                                                       law firms in San Diego County, I real-      ties, where he specializes in retire-         works at Hunter Industries in San Marcos, Calif.
                                                                                                                       ized that the ‘big firm’ method of op-      ment planning for nonprofits and
                                                                                                                       eration would never allow me to give        school districts.                             Fellow Toreros who attended the wedding
                                                                                                                       my clients and their cases the time                                                       included Marisa (Wilson) Liss ‘08, Sorana (Dobrota)
                                                                                                                       and attention they deserved,” she says.     SERENA PECK McKINNEY (BA)
                                                                                                                       “By opening my own firm, I gave my-         married her husband, Ben, on Aug. 14,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Petersen ‘04, Jerad Petersen ‘04, Leah (Bode)
                                                                                                                       self the freedom and flexibility to treat   2010. They live in the same Dana Point,       Guzenski ‘04, Andy Guzenski ‘04, Jack Kelly ‘87,
When Tim Lynch ’95 submitted a class note, he wanted to let his fellow alumni know                                     each case as though it was my own,
                                                                                                                       and to give each client the individual-
                                                                                                                                                                   Calif., neighborhood as fellow alumna
                                                                                                                                                                   Adriana (Rios) Collins and her husband.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sue (Ventimiglia) Kelly ‘89, Kindra Brownlee ‘04,
   he’d found a foothold in the film industry. What Lynch didn’t know is that a whole lot of the story ideas for       ized attention they deserve.” Beringer      Serena has been an English teacher and        Kathryn Blair ‘04, Erin (Parnagian) Melkonian ‘04,
 USD Magazine come from class notes just like his. Just weeks later, he was being interviewed for a feature story.     is licensed to practice in California       ASB director for five years at a middle       Jennifer Wagner ‘03, Annemarie Scalzo ‘04,
                                                                                                                       state and federal courts.                   school in Irvine, Calif. “This year was es-
                                                                                                                                                                   pecially rewarding because I was hon-         Jennifer (Franklin) Lipinski ‘04, Leslie (Johnson)
       Now an award-winning producer and documentarian for major musical acts like Green Day                           JENNA BIAGINI (BA) returned to              ored as Teacher of the Year!” she writes.     Helmbacher ‘03, Amanda (Thoday) O’Rourke ‘03,
Lynch is traveling the globe in search of the compelling stories that define our times, and he’s loving the journey.   San Diego in January 2012. “I’m thrilled
                                                                                                                       to be home,” she says. She lives in         SARAH WHITAKER (DNSc) lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sarah (Evenskaas) Garro ‘97, Molly Dishman ‘07
  Submit a class note today: Email classnotes@sandiego.edu or go to www.sandiego.edu/publications/classnotes.          Golden Hill and has joined the devel-       Memphis, Tenn., where she is starting         MA, Valerie Attisha ‘94, and Shaunessy Reidy ‘03.

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                                                                                                                                               “I just love the old jazz songs,”    up a new nursing program at Concorde      recently accepted a position with           finished his first year of graduate         performance as course manager and
                                                                                                                                           she explains. “Nowadays, it’s all        Career College. She also is involved      Northwestern Mutual Financial               study at Harvard Divinity School.           primary instructor of the Rapid
                                                                                                                                                                                    with the Medical Reserve Corps for        Network as vice president of finance                                                    Response Planning Process Primer,
                                                                                                                                           so explicit. Back then they told
                                                                                                                                                                                    Shelby County, Tenn. “For fun, I belong   for the San Diego Group.                    ALLISON (VanDeGINSTE)                       Expeditionary Warfare Group, Pacific,
                                                                                                                                           love stories with insinuations. It                                                                                             McCLINTICK (MA) completed her               San Diego, Calif. Jon consumed
                                                                                                                                                                                    to the Grande Krewe of Phoenix, which
                                                                                                                                           was romantic and sentimental.”           is part of Carnival Memphis, support-     AMY EPSTEN (BAcc) and Daniel                master’s degree at USD and then re-         volumes of publications and endured
                                                                                                                                               Boutros never expected a             ing children’s charities,” she says.      Magness ’08 were married on                 turned to her home state, Michigan,         countless learning hours to master
                                                                                                                                           career in music, though she’d                                                      Dec. 11, 2010.                              with her husband and daughter for           the process of fire support coordina-
                                                                                                                                           loved singing since she was a            [2007]                                                                                his Marine recruiting duty. Motivated       tion as well as the Marine Corps plan-
                                                                                                                                           little girl practicing harmonies         REGINA (PEREZ) KUTCHES (BA)               KRISTEN FORD (BA) works in                  by her work with wounded Marines            ning process, tremendously impact-
                                                                                                                                                                                    and her husband, Chris, were married      human resources in Carlsbad, Calif.,        from Afghanistan at Miramar, she is         ing the unit’s competencies. His
                                                                                                                                           in church with her grandfather.
                                                                                                                                                                                    on Nov. 11, 2011, in Santa Rosa, Calif.   while she’s in graduate school earning      concentrating on empowering others          efforts resulted in comprehensive in-
                                                                                                                                           At home, she’d put on a hat                                                                                                    to make the most of their lives through     struction for 26 courses and to more
                                                                                                                                                                                    They bought a home in the area and        a master’s degree from Pepperdine in
                                                                                                                                           and pretend to be Frank Sinatra.         report that they are the “proud par-      clinical psychology with an emphasis        coaching and leadership training            than 670 students. His mentoring
                                                                                                                                           But when she left for USD, her           ents of two dogs and two cats.”           in marriage and family therapy.             programs. In Michigan, she started          and superb knowledge led to his se-
                                                                                                                                           parents urged her to study                                                                                                     FlightLead Leader Development,              lection as the 2011 Expeditionary
                                                                                                                                           something practical.                     BENJAMIN LEE (BA) is a youth              LAUREN (GYLLENBORG) GOLDEN                  leadership coaching for professional        Warfare Training Group Pacific Ma-
                                                                                                                                               Boutros chose business and           minister in Los Angeles at St. Philip     (BA) and her husband, Justin, are           women, and has a life coaching busi-        rine Officer Instructor of the Year.
                                                                                                                                                                                    the Apostle Church. He is a speaker,      overjoyed to announce the arrival of        ness for teen girls. Allison was a guest
                                                                                                                                           took a first job in marketing.
                                                                                                                                                                                    community developer and worship           their first baby, Daphne Elise, on April    speaker at a women’s conference in
                                                                                                                                           By 2005, she’d already had                                                                                                     Lansing, Mich., in February 2012, she’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    leader in the Los Angeles Archdio-        2, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. Lauren is
                                                                                                                                           enough. She recalls her exact
                                                                                                                                           turning point: “One day I said,
                                                                                                                                                                                    cese and the Orange County Diocese.       the alumni director of Notre Dame de        been featured on local radio twice,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and has been hired to train vice pres-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Memoriam
                                                                                                                                                                                    Benjamin is also studying full time for   Sion School.
                                                                                                                                           ‘I’m just going to do music.’”           a BFA in graphic design/interactive                                                   idents of the country’s largest credit      CHRISTOPHER D. BURCH ’01 (BA)
                                                                                                                                               Suddenly, Boutros discovered         design at Art Center College in Pasa-     JOANNA PETERS (BA) is a doctoral            union on leadership and change              passed away in his sleep on June 18,
                                                                                                                                           a better use for all those business      dena, Calif., and expects to be com-      candidate in clinical psychology with       management. Allison is also in Stan-        2012, in Alexandria, Va. He was 33.
                                                                                                                                                                                    pleted in the fall of 2013.               a neuropsychology concentration in          ford University’s Strategic Decision        A San Diego native, he moved to
                                                                                                                                           courses. The strategy, the PR, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the cognitive behavioral therapy            and Risk Management program,                Sacramento after graduation to work
                                                                                                                                           advertising — it all came in handy                                                                                             an executive development program            as a fellow for the California State
                                                                                                                                                                                    DIEGO MANZETTI (LLM) joined               track, Ferkauf Graduate School of
                                                                                                                                           promoting herself as a jazz singer.      Chartis in May 2011 as head of legal      Psychology, Yeshiva University.             offered on campus and via the Inter-        Legislature, then earned his law
                                                                                                                                           She opened a booking agency, too,        for the Italian branch. Previously, he                                                net. “USD changed my life,” she says.       degree from William and Mary Law
                                                                                                                                           and then a production company.           was an associate for the United King-     [2009]                                                                                  School in Williamsburg, Va. Chris
                                                                                                                                               “I’ve used every single thing        dom law firm, Norton Rose.                BRITTANY (WHITE) STRUCK (BA)                CAREY MOELLER (BBA) writes,                 interned at the White House and
                                                                                                                                           I learned at USD,” she says.                                                       completed a master’s degree in              “After graduating in May 2011, I            for the last three years worked in the
                                                                                                                                                                                    BRIAN McCARTHY (BA) has a new             marine affairs at the University of Rhode   moved around the U.S. for a little while,   Office of the General Counsel for
                                                                                                                                               But the fire, the grit, the drive?
                                                                                                                                                                                    job with Allergan in Irvine, Calif. His   Island in May 2011. She works for the       enjoying new places and beginning           the Department of Defense. He was
                                                                                                                                           All pure Boutros. When she                                                                                                     to look for a job. I had been in a long-    an avid traveler and is survived by
                                                                                                                                                                                    previous employer, Biogen Idec in         National Marine Fisheries Service in the
                                                                                                                                           started out, she called a San            San Diego, closed its facility in June    Protected Resources Division in Long        distance relationship for quite a while,    his parents, girlfriend, a large family
                                                                                                                                           Diego jazz club and asked for a          2011. “I have been very fortunate with    Beach, Calif. Brittany’s team works under   so I finally decided to settle down         and many friends.
                                                                                                                                           performance date; she got it.                                                      the Endangered Species Act, managing        and eliminate the distance.” Carey

                                                                                                                             BOB YOUNGER
                                                                                                                                                                                    this new opportunity,” he says.
                                                                                                                                           Emboldened, she went to New                                                        and protecting threatened and endan-        works for Bacardi USA and reports           LORI MURRAY ’83 (BBA) passed
                                                                                                                                           York, told club owners, “I’m a jazz      TWILA NOBLE (MSN) writes,                 gered steelhead trout.                      that she and her boyfriend just             away on May 3, 2012.
                                                                                                                                                                                    “Morning sunrise across the high des-                                                 bought a house in Allen, Texas.
                                                                                                                                           singer,” and they gave her a try.
                                                                                                                                                                                    ert with views of mesas, buttes and                                                                                               MIKE RAMIREZ ’79 (BBA) passed
     [euphonious]                                                                     pianist, drummer and bassist take                        “I just kept singing and singing
                                                                                                                                                                                    hoodoos … Horses in the quad of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2010s                                       MICHAEL NALAN (JD) joined the               away on April 22, 2012 at the age of




     Dulcet tones
                                                                                      a break. “So I finally called them.”                 and singing,” she says.                  high school. These are the images                                                     professional liability practice group at    56, after fighting a valiant battle with
                                                                                         What to say when hoping to                            In 2008, Boutros submitted her       I see now every day. And people who                                                   Klinedinst PC. While at USD, Michael        ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He leaves
                                                                                      land a gig at the famous “Pink                       self-produced CD, “Simply Sacha,”        are varying shades of color, some tall,   [2010]                                      served as comments editor and               behind his wife, Maureen ’81 (BBA),
                                                                                      Lady,” a perennial favorite of                       for Grammy consideration and             and some not so tall, speaking Hopi,      STEPHAN DUPOURQUE (JD) has                  associates editor, social relations, on     and two children. The family rallied
                                                                                      tycoons and movie stars? Just                        earned a nomination for “best            Navajo, Spanish, Tagalog, Farsi and       become owner of Amtech Litigation           the San Diego Law Review Board,             together with friends in hopes of
     Sacha Boutros hits all the right notes                                           the basics: “I’m a Grammy-                           jazz album.” Doors began to              some other languages I can’t identi-      Technologies, an e-discovery litiga-        and as an associate member on the           finding a cure for ALS by forming
                                                                                                                                                                                    fy.” Twila left San Diego in January      tion services provider in San Diego.        San Diego Moot Court Board. During          “Team Godfather,” which to date has
     by Sandra Millers Younger                                                        nominated artist who lives in San                    open. Now she tours in Europe,



     I
                                                                                                                                                                                    2012 to work as an adult nurse practi-                                                law school, he also spent many hours        raised more than $350,000 toward
        t’s a warm Southern California       one silky phrase into the next.          Diego. I tour all over the world,                    Japan and Hawaii, where last             tioner at Tuba City Regional Health-      STEPHANIE LEUNG (BBA) recently              with USD’s legal clinics assisting          that cause.
        night in La Jolla, Calif., but          “The way you wear your                and I’d like to sing for you.”                       year she recorded her latest             care Corporation. “My job is very sat-    moved from New York City to San             low-income individuals in small
        nonetheless the fire in the          hat … the way you sip your tea . . . ”      Frankly, it’s hard to imagine                     album, “Sacha, Live in Hawaii.”          isfying. The benefits are remarkable.     Francisco and was promoted to               claims and civil litigation cases.          JUDITH ANN (STRICKLAND)
     seaside salon of the venerable             About 20 appreciative guests,         anyone turning Boutros down.                             Although she’s clearly savoring      And the life experience is unmatch-       project manager at Insight Express.                                                     STUTZ ’76 (JD) died of cancer on
     La Valencia Hotel is glowing. It’s      tucked into sofas and armchairs,         For starters, she’s beautiful; all                   her jazz journey, Boutros does have      able. I would recommend it for any-                                                   GABBY OBEJI (BA) lives in San               April 19, 2011, at age 64. Following
                                                                                                                                                                                    one who wants immersion in a differ-      CHRISTOPHER LIEPMAN (BA)                    Francisco, where she is a marketing         graduation, she served as the first
     a perfect reflection of the cozy        sip drinks and nibble hors               dark hair and smoky eyes. She                        a definite destination in mind.
                                                                                                                                                                                    ent culture, and for anyone who           is pursuing a master’s degree in            development manager for Coca-Cola.          attorney clients’ rights advocate for
     ambiance jazz singer Sacha Boutros      d’oeuvres under the massive              greets you with a warm hug, as if                        “My goal is to be in every jazz                                                                                            She says there are a lot of USD alumni      the San Diego Regional Center for
                                                                                                                                                                                    wants to make a difference. Thank         accounting and finance at the
     ’02 creates as she eases effortlessly   crossbeams of a brick-red                you’ve been friends for decades,                     lover’s house,” she says. “I want        you, USD, for preparing me for this       London School of Economics and              living in the area.                         the Developmentally Disabled, and
     into a set of vintage love songs. Her   Spanish ceiling splashed with            since the songs she sings                            to bring them something very             fascinating and fulfilling work.”         Political Science.                                                                      then embarked on a career as a
     voice is intoxicating and elastic,      painted flowers.                         debuted. And her passion for                         special. I want to bring romantic                                                                                              CAPT. JON WILKINS (MS) recently             mother and grandmother. She is
     sometimes popping into weightless          “I’ve always wanted to play this      music, especially classic and Latin                  old music to their hearts, to make       [2008]                                    [2011]                                      received the Navy and Marine Corps          deeply missed by her family, friends
     syncopation, sometimes smoothing        room,” Boutros says when she, her        jazz, is contagious.                                 them feel wonderful things.”             EMILY D’AMICO (BAcc, MS ’11)              GIBRAN CHAVEZ-GUDINO (BA)                   Achievement Medal for outstanding           and colleagues.



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