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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
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
named new dean of the Joan B. Kroc School
of Peace Studies.
6 / High Praise Indeed 26 / Serve Every Child
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
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
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
students a clearer understanding
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
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.
4 U SD M A G A Z IN E FALL 2012 5
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
“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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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.
sTroke oF Genius
Acclaimed art historian Derrick Cartwright comes
home to USD as director of university galleries
by Karen Gross
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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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pouring the wines aren’t sales staff: [fighter]
A L UMN I U P D A T E
The USD Wine Classic has helped the Alumni Endowed Scholarship
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
Keep on paying it Forward
— is arguably one of the most by Krystn Shrieve Weekend 2012 takes place Oct.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 TORERO NOTES TORERO NOTES TORERO NOTES TORERO NOTES TORERO NOTES
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
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.”
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
 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.
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. 
assignments have included flu clinics,  KELLY (KREISLE) BURKE (BBA)
a homeless count, a Red Cross shelter   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
  says. “I am a candidate for the Palo- largest and busiest ER in San Diego
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. 
el to Micronesia/Palau in June 2012
to teach for three years. 1990s 
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,   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
 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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- 
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  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.
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
 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  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
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,
BRETT BANDUCCI (BA, MA ’09)
WANNER (BA, BBA ’01) moved to
Calif., for 25 years. ROBERTO SANTILLAN (MA) is a Office of the Mayor of the City of San  Cole, 9, and Bryce, 7.  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
 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
 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
 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-
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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
 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.
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
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  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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 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 
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.
DETGEN (BANNIGAN) GREEFF
 (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 email@example.com 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  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-
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-  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
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
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,  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,
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   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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natural voice of USD’s new “Changemaker” video, it might be because
he’s already got a connection with the university. He first visited campus
in 2007 to receive the USD Peace Medal from the Joan B. Kroc School
of Peace Studies for his efforts in support of human rights. Sheen has $450,000 $450,000
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Sacred Heart Church in Camden, N.J. Sheen donated the modest and the Mulvaneys helped us EXCEED our goal of $800,000.
honorarium forhis involvement with the latest USD TV spot to support
Dolan’s work in one of the poorest communities in the United States.
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