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University of San Diego | department of Residential life 2012–13

Life in the Residence Halls

Fall Semester Check Out Information

Continuous Housing Areas including San Antonio de Padua, Manchester Village, University Terrace Apartments and Presidio Terrace Apartments:

At the University of San Diego, Residential Life is focused on creating the best experience for students by combining care, fun and learning into an overall integrated living and learning community. Residential Life staff provides residents with a number of resources, and focuses specifically on the relationships and community building. Equally important are the programs that provide students with the opportunities to meet other residents, take a break from studying, have a good time and usually end up with some free food!

Non-continuous Housing Areas including Camino Hall, Founders Hall, Maher Hall, Missions A, Missions B, San Buenaventura and Alcalá Vista Apartments:

•• You may leave your belongs in your room; however, it is recommended that you take your valuables home or secure them in your closet or desk drawer if it has a hasp closure that can be secured with a lock purchased by the resident. USD is not responsible for any valuables lost or damaged during the break.

Each area enjoys various successful programs. The specific programs depend on the RA and the residents’ interests, while others have become traditions that occur on a regular basis. For instance, “Weiner Wednesday” has become an extremely successful weekly program in Manchester Village, drawing between 50 and 200 students almost every week for a free BBQ dinner. The Alcalá Vistas provide programming for our Second Year Experience students, and these sophomores attend BBQs, potlucks and pizza nights that help them earn points for their “house” in the thriving Vistas House Cup! These programs have all been successfully operating for more than a year.

•• You may leave your belongs in your room; however, it is recommended that you take your valuables home or secure them in your closet or desk drawer if it has a hasp closure that can be secured with a lock purchased by the resident. USD is not responsible for any valuables lost or damaged during the break.

•• All residents living in non-continuous housing areas must check out 24 hours after their last exam or by noon on Saturday, December 22, 2012, whichever comes earlier (this includes those returning for Intersession). •• Residents who fail to leave by these departure deadlines will be charged a $25 per hour improper checkout fee.

•• All residents living in non-continuous housing areas who receive written approval to cancel the Spring 2013 portion of the academic year housing agreement must remove their belongings and check out 24 hours after their last exam or by noon on Saturday, December 22, 2012, whichever comes earlier. Charges and fees will be applied to their student account if the above is not complete (read the Residential Life web page for further details at: residentiallife). •• Any resident receiving written approval for a room change by December 21, must move their belongings into their new room assignment and complete the check out procedures before departing campus (see page 4 for check-out procedures). •• Torero ID cards will deactivate at noon on December 22, 2012. Residents will need to have their Torero ID cards re-encoded at a desk or kiosk when they return to campus after winter break.

•• All residents living in continuous housing areas who receive written approval to cancel the Spring 2013 portion of the academic year housing agreement must remove their belongings and checkout 24 hours after their last exam or by noon on Saturday, December 22, 2012, whichever comes earlier. Charges and fees will be applied to their student account if the above is not complete (read the Residential Life web page for further details at: •• Any resident receiving written approval for a room change by December 21 must move their belongings to their new room assignment and complete the check-out procedures before departing campus (see page 4 for check out procedures).

Open Intersession 2013 The Office of Residential Life is welcoming all continuous and new students for Intersession 2013. No classes? No on-campus work? No problem. We are happy to accommodate your need for housing in your bed space any date throughout Intersession beginning January 2, 2013. Please note: Residential Life daily rates apply for all non-continuous housing areas as listed above. Any student living in a non-continuous housing area must complete an intersession application.

Intersession Any resident living in a non-continuous housing area and requesting accommodations during Intersession must submit an Intersession Housing Application, available online at the Residential Life web page: Again, if you are living in a “continuous housing” area (Manchester Village, UTAs, PTAs or SAP), you do not need to complete this application. All applications must be submitted at least two business days prior to your arrival to avoid a $65 late registration fee. The Residential Life — Central Office will be closed December 22 through January 1 for the holiday break. Any application for a January 2 or 3 arrival date needs to be submitted by 5 p.m. on December 19 to avoid the $65 late fee. You do not need to be taking courses or working on campus to be considered for oncampus housing during Intersession. The full rate for Intersession housing is $400, or the daily rate of $40 per day for a single and $32 per day in a multiple (whichever is a lower total cost for the student, the full or daily rate). These charges will be automatically billed to your student account based on your academic year room occupancy type for the dates requested through your online Intersession application. •• Residents of Manchester Village, University Terrace, San Antonio de Padua, and the Presidio Terrace Apartments still need to notify their RA of their occupancy dates during winter break and Intersession. Your RA or CD will provide you with more information on how to do this via your @sandiego email address. •• Meals on campus during Intersession will be limited. For full dining options, please visit the Dining Services web page at

Spring Semester Check-In Information All returning students in the non-continuous occupancy areas are permitted to check in after 10 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013. If you would like to request an earlier check-in date, you must submit an Intersession Housing Application. You do not need to be taking courses or working on campus to be considered for on-campus housing during Intersession or to arrive early. All applications must be submitted no less than two business days prior to your arrival to avoid a $65 late registration fee. The Residential Life Central Office will be closed December 22 through January 1 for the holiday break. Any application for a January 2 or 3 arrival date needs to be submitted by 5 p.m. on December 19 to avoid the $65 late fee. The full rates for Intersession or early arrival housing are $40 per day for a single and $32 per day for a multiple, or $400 total full rates (whichever is least expensive for the student, the full or daily rate). These charges will be automatically billed to your student account based on your academic year room occupancy type for the dates requested through your online Intersession application. Students who are members of a team or organization which require an earlier check-in date should contact their coaches or group advisers for more information on early arrivals.

What Your Campus Housing Agreement Means The Campus Housing and Dining Services Agreement is for the entire 2012–13 academic year. This means everyone currently living in the residence halls during the fall semester is contractually obligated to reside in the halls for spring semester if they will be fulltime students at USD. If you plan to request other arrangements for spring, please read the following information. Fall residents may be automatically released from the spring semester portion of their academic year agreement without being assessed a cancellation fee if the request is granted based on one of the following four reasons and if a written request is postmarked or emailed by December 31, 2012. Any request postmarked or emailed after December 31, 2012 which receives approval based on one of the following reasons, will result in a minimum late cancellation fee of $250 plus additional daily prorated fees of $32 for a multiple occupancy bedroom or $40 for a single occupancy bedroom as of the last day of the fall semester agreement period for occupancy (i.e. noon on December 22, 2012). 1. WITHDRAWAL OR LEAVE OF ABSENCE This includes transfers to another university, academic disqualification or approved leave of absence. You must notify your appropriate USD school or college (such as the College of Arts and Sciences) of your intention to withdraw or take a leave of absence. You must notify the Office of Residential Life in writing. This includes academic disqualification so we know that you will not be appealing that decision (we do not want to cancel your campus housing if you do successfully appeal your academic disqualification and return for the spring semester, as your contract would be active).

2. STUDY ABROAD — ASSIGNMENT TO A UNIVERSITY SPONSORED PROGRAM WHICH REQUIRES LIVING AWAY FROM SAN DIEGO Any resident leaving USD for the 2013 spring semester, but planning to return to campus housing for fall 2013, should contact the Office of Residential Life by March 1, 2013. A $250 non-refundable prepayment and a completed online campus housing application will be required by established deadline to sign up for 2013–14 academic year campus housing.


Students not returning to the residence halls (for reasons 1–4 noted above) may go online at to complete the Agreement Cancellation Form that will serve as written notification. These forms are available now and should be completed before the end of the semester. If you are unable to complete the form online on or before December 21, 2012 then you must send an email to between December 22–31, 2012 (when the office will be closed) in order to minimize late cancellation fees. Continuing students with reasons for cancellation, other than those stated above, will need to view our web page at

Open Space If you have an open bed space in your room (or your current roommate vacates at some point in the future), you may receive a new roommate at any time prior to or during the spring semester, including Intersession. Please keep the vacant bed, closet space, and furniture available for another student to move in at any time. The room should be welcoming and clean. It is important

to note that all furniture must remain within the room since the occupancy may be increased to its full capacity at any time during the semester. Moreover, the residents of the room would be financially responsible for any missing furniture. Please note: Residents who are approved for room changes prior to December 21, 2012 will need to actually complete the move of all of their personal belongings to their new spring semester room assignment and complete the checkout procedures below before they leave for break. Therefore, before leaving for break, please: 1. Make an appointment with your fall semester RA and CD 2. Clean your fall semester room (charges will apply when rooms do not meet the standards noted in the Terms and Conditions) 3. Check out from your fall semester room by completing the Room Condition Form with your RA 4. Move all your personal belongings from your fall semester room to your new spring semester room 5. Check in to your new room by completing the Room Condition Form with your new spring semester RA 6. Complete a Roommate Agreement form with your new spring semester roommate(s).

Failure to complete any of the above procedures may result in improper checkout fees.

Hoping to Reduce the Occupancy of Your Living Space? During the spring semester it may be possible for some residents to reduce the occupancy of their room. You may request to re-designate your room from a triple to a double or a double to a single (super single) if space permits. If you plan to request a reduction in your occupancy, please fill out the proper forms available at the Office of Residential Life or on our website at on or before December 14, 2012. Please note that increased fees apply if the occupancy in your room is reduced. *Be advised: There are newly admitted spring semester students who are requesting on-campus housing beginning at Intersession. Thus, if you are requesting a double as a single, or a triple as a double, it is recommended that you submit your request by December 14, 2012 to increase the likelihood that we may be able to approve your request. Please note: single assignments will be made if space permits. Filling out this form is NOT a guarantee of a single. You will be contacted by the Residential Life office IF your request can be accommodated.

Spring 2013 Semester Rates Room Only: Camino Hall / Founders Hall Single**.................................................. $5,400 Double.................................................... $4,305 Triple/Quad............................................. $3,805 Maher Hall (Private baths) Single*.................................................... $5,400 Double*................................................... $4,305 Triple/Quad............................................. $4,000 Missions A Single...................................................... $4,975 Double.................................................... $4,305 Double/Single (Super Single) **............... $5,295 Missions B Single...................................................... $4,830 Double.................................................... $4,305 Double/Single (Super Single) **............... $5,295 All Campus Apartments Single Unit*............................................. $6,125 Single Bedroom ....................................... $5,400 Multiple Bedroom.................................... $4,305 Super Single **........................................ $5,610 * very limited ** very limited available mostly in the spring and subject to approval.

Avoid Paying a Higher Rate If you have a vacant space in your room, Residential Life may be assigning another resident in your room. If it is found that you are not being welcoming to your new roommate as a means of trying to keep your room at a lower occupancy, you will be charged the additional higher (i.e. reduced) occupancy fee and will be referred to Student Discipline.

The University of San Diego does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, age, national origin, or disability in its policies and programs.

Residential Life Live — On Staff Associate Director for First Year Areas Patrick Marino serves as the associate director of Residential Life for First Year Housing. Prior to coming to USD Pat served as the assistant director of Residence Life at Niagara University near Niagara Falls and before that as the assistant director of Residence Life at Hamilton College. He has also worked as a hall director at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and was an RA as an undergraduate at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In his current role, Patrick seeks to ensure that all new students have a positive transition to the university and that they are connected to the necessary support systems to ensure success in their first year. Included in this effort is the supervision of the first year area community directors in Camino/Founders, Maher, Missions A and Missions B. Pat truly enjoys working at USD and believes it is an amazing community that focuses on creating intentional experiences for students. In particular, he loves working with the MAP-Works survey designed to support student outreach and working to support the Living-Learning Community program. He also believes in providing programs and outreach in the residence halls to ensure that every residential student has a comfortable, safe and engaging community. Pat and his wife live on-campus and both enjoy being connected closely to the campus community,

and the many wonderful events that happen within the residence halls. As a transplant from the northeast, Pat believes strongly in supporting out-of-state students in their transition to southern California and is always happy to share tips from his experience exploring all that San Diego and the surrounding communities have to offer.

Associate Director for Upper-class Areas Luke LaCroix is the associate director for sophomores, juniors, seniors and grad/law students at the university. He supervises the community directors and assistant community directors in the Alcalá Vistas, Mission Apartments (San Buen and SAPS), Manchester Village, the University Terrace and Presidio Terrace apartments. He also advises the Residence Hall Association (RHA). Luke is really proud of the work his professional staff, student leaders and student staff do in building community and developing relationships amongst each other and with residents. Luke is in his first year working at USD and living in San Diego. He has found it to be a great experience exploring our beautiful campus and wonderful city. Luke is grateful to be at USD and knows that our residential communities are exceptional. He is eager to point out the good attendance and fun enjoyed at RHA and upper class community events as pictured in this brochure. Prior to USD, Luke served as an assistant director for juniors and seniors and directed departmental assessment at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing, NJ. He also worked as a community director for residential colleges at New York

University in New York, NY and as a community director for first year students at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH (Go, Bucks!) before assuming his role at TCNJ. Luke earned a master’s of science degree in Human Resource Management at NYU, a master of arts degrees in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at Ohio State and a bachelor of arts degree in Written Communication and Peace and Justice Studies at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. Luke was born and raised in Brockton, MA (home of Rocky Marciano) and is still loyal to all Boston professional teams. He enjoys the outdoors, urban life, college sports, sight seeing and road trips. Luke looks forward to meeting you in our residence halls and/or on-campus. He really appreciates the opportunity to join USD and hopes you join him in his enthusiasm for residential living at USD! Please stop by to visit Luke in the office in Missions Crossroads as his door is always open. You can reach Luke at ext. 4456 and Thank you and Olé!

Camino and Founders Halls Eric Embacher is in his ninth year as a community director at USD. His goals are to make living in Camino and Founders Halls the best living-learning experience possible for the residents. He works extensively with his RA staff to provide personalized support and community building events throughout the year. Eric came to USD after working in Residential Life programs in Ohio and at Loyola University Chicago where he obtained his master of arts degree in College Administration and Leadership. The Camino-Founders area is a close-knit community made up of all first-year students, and

If you would like to schedule a visit or if you have any additional questions regarding CaminoFounders, please do not hesitate to contact Eric.

Maher Hall

it is located on the main, front part of campus that students like to call “the hill.” Camino-Founders is a beautiful area with a scenic courtyard and a connecting bridge. One of the great benefits about this community is that the residence hall is located closer to classroom buildings than any other living area which makes for a very short walk to classes and the library. Our staff enjoys planning programs and building community through a variety of exciting programs. This year, many students participated in Outdoor Adventure programs such as stand up paddle boarding and intramurals. Our RHA is also very active putting on weekly events with free food! USD’s First-Year Experience (FYE) refers to the entire experience for new first-year students — all programs, services and activities that are offered. The year-long experience is built around a set of objectives and common experiences which helps to transition them into this new environment. Residential Life plays a valuable role in a student’s college experience, especially the Resident Assistant (RA) who works to create strong relationship with their residents. A FYE RA can provide the support and guidance to make a student’s first year as positive and memorable as possible.

Tony Quezada is the community director for Maher Hall. He is beginning his seventh year at USD and he has enjoyed every bit of it. He is originally from Upland, California, which is about 35 minutes east of LA. Tony attended UC San Diego for his undergraduate studies and Azusa Pacific University for his graduate studies. In his spare time, Tony enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, bike riding, going to the beach and exploring all that San Diego has to offer. San Diego has very nice weather year round! Tony’s best piece of advice would be to get involved in something at USD. There are a lot of different opportunities for you to get involved in.  If there is anything he can help you with, please don’t be afraid to ask! Maher Hall is centrally-located on the main campus. It is a five-story building, with the first two floors being administrative offices and classrooms and the top three floors being the residence halls rooms. It is a freshman residence hall and is co-ed by wing. Each room is carpeted and has its own private bathroom and sink, which the residents must clean and maintain themselves. Additionally, each room has wireless Internet, cable television access and an option to order telephone service. Most of the rooms in Maher are triples and/or quads, with a few doubles and a very small number of singles. Maher Hall is known for its splendid views of Mission Bay, Tecolote Canyon and the USD campus. The fifth floor has a small study lounge, a recreational lounge (with a TV and

pool table) and each wing has their own set of laundry machines. Centrally-located on the third floor is the RA office where staff can assist you throughout the day and night. You can also check out numerous items from vacuums, board games, pool equipment, a temporary key if you lock yourself out, etc. Right next to the RA office are vending machines, if you feel like grabbing a snack or a drink. Across from the RA office is Tony’s office.   Located on the first floor of Maher Hall, is Aromas, USD’s award-winning coffeehouse. Aromas offers the perfect environment to enjoy beverages (tea, coffee, sodas, etc.), sandwiches or gourmet baked goods. Aromas has tables and couches to use for relaxing, studying or socializing with others. Maher Hall is home to both the Sustainability Living Learning Community and Social Justice Living Learning Community. Both of these LLCs provide opportunities for residents to enrich their experience living on campus by attending events and programs that connect to the LLC. Maher Hall has eight undergraduate Resident Assistants (RA) that help build a community by creating fun and educational programs, enforce polices and help mediate any conflicts that may arise. The RAs are a great resource and they will get to know you throughout the year. There is also a Resident

University Chaplain, Father Michael White, who resides in Maher and oversees the weekly Emmaus group (a group that’s open to anyone interested in growing spiritually and building a supportive community). Father White is an excellent person to get to know. Other fun social programs within Maher are the Maher Olympics, where floors compete against each other for the Maher Gold, Gong Day (a day dedicated to our custodian, Gong) decorating contests and more. You can also get involved with Maher Hall Residence Hall Association (RHA). Getting involved in RHA is a great way to meet other students, plan great events, become a student leader, and serve and improve the USD community.

Missions A Sarah Molitoris is the community director for Missions A. This is her first year at USD and she is thrilled to be apart to of the USD community. Originally from Michigan, Sarah grew up just north of Ann Arbor. Sarah attended Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan for her undergraduate studies and Northern Arizona University for her graduate studies. For the last two years, she has been working as a resident director for Living Learning Communities at Oberlin College outside Cleveland, Ohio. Sarah loves being outside: hiking, biking, kayaking and camping for fun. She loves San Diego’s perfect weather and that it affords her opportunities to be outside every day. She enjoys being able to serve as a resource for students. Please come visit if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, problems, just want to say hello or find out how you can get involved in the Missions A community and on campus.

Sarah is elated to work in the Valley with both freshman and transfer students. The Valley is unlike any other place to live on-campus. It is home to the Missions Fitness Center and Café where you can grab delicious fair-trade coffee or sweet frozen yogurt. The fitness center is a twostory gym offering stationary bicycles, elliptical, treadmill, weight machines and dumbbells. Missions A Suites have some of the best views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay on campus — a beautiful place to watch a sunset. The threefloor suite buildings give first-year students the opportunity to create a unique bond with up to seven other residents. Suite residents often find friendships that last the duration of their college experience. In addition, the Valley also has a community lounge and kitchen for additional community connection space. Sarah welcomes you to check out the Valley and all it has to offer. She loves the fact that there is always something fun happening. We’ll see you around the circle!

Missions B Jennifer Lee is in her fifth year as a community director here at USD! She spent the first three years in the Camino-Founders community and is now working with the Missions B community. She is happy to be a part of this amazing area and enjoys meeting and getting to know first year students. Jennifer has also been involved in helping with the Living Learning Communities (LLCs) and working with this program for the last few years in Missions B. The LLCs this year include Honors, Natural World and Space, Place Sound. Jennifer attended

the University of Florida and completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology as well as a master of arts degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education. Jennifer chose to take a year off between degrees to be involved with AmeriCorps, specifically with the City Year program in Washington, D.C. She has a huge passion for service and giving back to those in need. Before USD, Jennifer spent three years working at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Residential Life. She enjoys traveling and finding new places to explore in San Diego. Jennifer is so excited to be here and feels very fortunate to work with great people day in and day out. Please feel free to contact her with any questions regarding Residential Life! The Missions B area is centrally-located in the Valley adjacent to Mission Crossroads and the Missions Café and Fitness Center. Each floor has about 30 residents in either double or single rooms. There are 12 Resident Assistants, Jennifer the community director, and the Resident Minister Katie Weesner, who reside in the area. What makes the area unique is that the floor sizes are relatively small and everyone has an easy opportunity to get to know one another. It is one of the best areas for RAs to easily build community and for students to quickly adjust to college life at USD.

The area is also in close proximity to the parking structure, Torero Stadium, a large soccer practice field and a walking path that leads down to Tecolote Canyon where many students like to run, walk, or bike. Mission Crossroads is also a highlight of the area as students are able to easily access our central housing offices, laundry facilities, lounge and study spaces and a flat screen television. In addition, there are items to rent out in our office including movies, games and vacuums. RAs often host their own events on their floors or through the larger hall community. Some examples of recent programs in the area include Sundaes on Sunday, Halloween movie nights, Torero athletic events, Waffle Wednesdays, recycling drives, Outdoor Adventure programs such as moonlight canoe trips and many other exciting activities!

Missions Apartments — San Antonio de Padua and San Buenaventura Brandon McCreary is the community director for the Missions Apartments Community, including the San Antonio de Padua and San Buenaventura apartments. He has been in California all of his life, specifically Sierra Madre

(near Pasadena) growing up, and in San Diego for the last seven years. Those seven years have all been at USD, first as an undergraduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration, and a minor in Leadership Studies, and then as a graduate student with a master of arts degree in Leadership Studies. For his two years in graduate school, Brandon was an assistant community director in Residential Life, gaining valuable experience to become a community director afterwards. In his free time, Brandon likes to take advantage of the San Diego weather and be outside, whether that is biking, hiking or simply exploring the many different areas that the city has to offer. He truly enjoys sports, both following them, and playing soccer and baseball when given the chance. Brandon works to remain active in his fraternity at USD as he transitions into an advisory role for the growing organization. Brandon is extremely excited to be the first community director for the Missions Apartments. Within a predominately freshmen area, such as the Valley, it is very helpful to have an area specifically designed to meet upper class student needs. Those needs are very different than what first-year students look for, so a specific focus on the upper class population in the Valley will be very beneficial. The fact that it is located close to main campus is also a plus, particularly with the Missions Café and Fitness Center and the lively environment that the Valley brings with the Missions A and B communities as neighbors.  Each apartment within the Missions Apartments Community has a kitchen and common living space for the residents in the room, and while

most apartments contain double/triple bedrooms for residents to experience living directly with a roommate, there are also some apartments that contain single bedrooms for students. Overall, approximately 340 residents live within the two buildings combined, with 11 RAs and the community director apartment also located throughout the SAPs and San Buen. San Buen also contains four study rooms, two lounges with flat screen TVs and a conference room for meetings. The SAPs offer conference/meeting spaces for residents to utilize. Some added features include the SAPs pool, located adjacent to the SAPs building, pool table and foosball tables, and pool tables and air hockey tables in San Buen. There always seems to be something to do in the Valley, and we look forward to having you join the community!

The Alcalá Vista Apartments William Andrews is the community director in the Alcalá Vista apartments. He is originally from Columbus, Georgia, but raised in Eastern North Carolina. He graduated from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina with his bachelor of arts degree in Graphic Communication and a master of arts degree in College Student Personnel from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Prior to joining USD, William spent three years working at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri as a Residence Hall coordinator. William has been taking advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that San Diego has to offer as far as great beaches, parks and restaurants. During the day you can find him in his office in Palomar or walking around campus on his way to meetings.

The Palomar Desk is the center of activity for the Alcalá Vista apartments. The front desk staff encodes room key cards, takes messages, gives information and provides vacuums and other sundries for residents. You can also check-out pool table equipment, movies and games for the Palomar Lounge. If you need to mail any items, outgoing mail is picked up once a day, Monday through Friday. Residents can also check out a key for the Borrego BBQ which is a popular location for individual and group dinners. 

working in Residential Life and living on campus in the Vistas. The Vistas have been an amazing place to live and work. Shannon likes working with the RAs and all residential students to create a wonderful Second Year Experience here on campus. Outside of USD, Shannon enjoys exploring all that beautiful, sunny San Diego has to offer.

The lounge is located next to the Palomar Desk. It is a great room for studying or hanging out. The lounge facilities include a pool table, air hockey table, computers and a large screen television. Plenty of seats and couches are available, as well as work tables for projects, studying, or just hanging out with your friends. The lounge is a popular location for Resident Assistant programs that are open to all of our resident students.

Justine Darling is the community director for Manchester Village apartments. Justine grew up in Los Angeles, California and has travelled and lived all over the world, including Italy, Mexico, Northern Ireland, El Salvador, Guatemala, Rwanda Africa and Haiti. She is an alumna of USD with a BA in Psychology and an MA in Peace and Justice Studies. Between her BA and MA, she joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and spent a year working at a homeless shelter for youth in Newark, New Jersey. This is her seventh year on the USD campus and she feels so blessed to be able to give back to a community that has created a space for her to thrive as an undergraduate and graduate student. Her main goal is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for students by always having her door open and planning community events that speak to upperclassmen and grad/law students.

The Alcalá Vista apartments are the home of the Second Year Experience (SYE) program which means that programs and services are geared to the unique needs of sophomore students, both returning and transfer. The Alcalá Vista apartments has one community director, one assistant community director, 15 resident assistants, three resident ministers, one resident faculty and a desk supervisor. Shannon Bradley is the assistant community director for the Vistas. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and completed her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Denver in 2011. Shannon is working towards her master of arts degree in Higher Education Leadership from SOLES at USD. This is her second year at USD and she is excited to be

Manchester Village Apartments

Justine loves living on campus and actually lived in Manchester Village as an undergraduate student. She works with an amazing team in Manchester including the resident minister, Elizabeth Coyle, who is a live-in staff member that leads weekly community gatherings and is a great support to students who are looking to build a deeper faith. Justine supervises seven highly-qualified RAs who are responsible for a respective floor in Manchester and serve as excellent resources for

any questions regarding community building, programming, forms, checkout and quiet hours/ policy enforcement.

of arts degree in Higher Education Leadership at USD in order to pursue a career in residential life in higher education.

One of the programming traditions in Manchester is called Weiner Wednesday! Residents congregate in a beautiful courtyard in the center of Manchester and feast on hot dogs and other BBQ fare. The Mascots, Ketchup, Mustard and Hot Dog, also make an appearance and walk around the halls encouraging all to join the fun. Weiner Wednesday occurs once a month and builds a sense of community by bringing together all of Manchester.

The PTAs are a community of graduate and law residents in single-bedroom apartments. They are particularly convenient as they are a located alongside the law school which can be access by the stairs. Each apartment includes furnished bedrooms with full-sized beds, deep closets, a galley kitchen (stove and refrigerator included) and an eating area, a furnished living room and full utilities included (with Wifi, USD cable and spacious laundry facilities on-site). Adequate parking is also available around the apartment structure. PTA residents enjoy the opportunity to socialize and take a break from their rigorous studies during PTA community barbecues. The PTAs face the south and the Mission Valley area and the view is a welcome respite at the end of the day.

The perks of living in Manchester Village are endless. We have our own fitness room, study rooms on every level of each building, a laundry room, computer room and mail center so residents’ mail is delivered right to Manchester. A front desk worker welcomes residents seven days a week and provides students with the highest level of service. We also have a tram service to get to main campus and a covered parking structure just for Manchester residents. We are located next to Manchester Canyon Field which is a beautiful place to work out or watch a sports team play. There is continuous occupancy in Manchester, meaning residents are free to stay in their apartments during Winter Break, Intersession and Spring Break.

Presidio and University Terrace Apartments Amy Love is the assistant community director for the University Terrace Apartments (UTAs) and the Presidio Terrace Apartments (PTAs). This position gives her the opportunity to work with undergraduates and graduate/law residents as well as advise an amazing RA staff! She is originally from Riverside, California and received her bachelor of science degree in Communication at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Amy is currently working on her master

The UTAs are a community of junior and senior undergraduates in spacious apartments with adjourning terraces overlooking San Diego. All apartments are furnished with one- and twoperson occupancy bedrooms, deep closets, a recently updated eat-in kitchen (stove and refrigerator) and a spacious living room. There is some parking behind the apartment structure. All utilities are included (with Wifi, USD cable and spacious laundry facilities on-site). The UTAs have community space for gatherings and a soon-to-be fitness room. The complex sports amazing views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean and SeaWorld fireworks. The UTA joined with Manchester for Wiener Wednesdays to promote friendships between the UTAs and Manchester and provide more fun community opportunities. Many exciting upcoming events for the UTAs include: a San Diego Chargers Monday Night Football Game, community bonfire at Mission Beach with Outdoor Adventures and a Wellness Week of activities focused on stress relief and relaxation!

DINING: TORERO MEAL PLANS USD Dining is committed to excellence by providing a Meal Plan program that offers significant value, the highest quality and maximum flexibility of dining across campus. We recognize the important role we fill and take great care to honor our position on campus. We show this passion in our operations everyday with a contemporary culinary vision based on flavors that thrill the senses, featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients, global cuisine and healthy options. USD’s residential education program promotes the philosophy that living and learning are integrated and that formal teaching, informal learning, and personal support in residence are integral to a USD education. We are proud to be part of a much larger purpose than simply sustenance. Our facilities are gathering places. Dining — breaking bread together — plays a key role in this mission of community building, leading and learning. Therefore, freshmen and sophomore residents are required to participate in a Torero Meal Plan.

Features and Benefits • All meal plans are tax free (a savings of 7.75%, the current San Diego sales tax) • Save on average 35% with your meals at Pavilion Dining (compared to the cash door price) • The lowest meal plan cost among USD peer schools (by a minimum of 25%) • Dining Dollars roll over from fall to spring semester • We are providing more Dining Dollars for you to use than any of our peer schools • Allows flexibility to bring, and dine with, your guests using your meal plan • Dining Dollars may be used for Webfood — online food purchases from La Paloma

• Add more Dining Dollars at any time • To-go meals available at all five retail locations, Pavilion Dining (breakfast and lunch) and La Gran Terraza restaurant

Savings With the rapidly rising cost of food and an uncertain economy, Torero Meal Plans give you peace of mind to know you are getting high quality meals prepared by culinary certified chefs in comfortable, attractive settings conveniently located right on campus. You are locking in the cost of your meals for the entire year at one low, set price, tax-free. New plans are available for 2012–13 that will help to sustain the low cost. We are proud that 85% of all residents have a meal plan and we have a retention rate of 96%. USD Dining is a non-profit, university-managed auxiliary service that receives no subsidy from the university. Earnings are annually contributed back to the university and its students. *Tuition dollars do not fund any of the Dining Services budget or Meal Plans. We obtain our revenues through our campus dining locations and conference clients, and meet our costs by efficient management of revenue for food served and services rendered. USD Hospitality and Auxiliary Services also help provide additional revenue to USD Dining to keep the increases for the board rate as low as possible. Where else does your money go? Aside from the large portion devoted to the high-quality food we serve, the wide array of facilities we offer for your convenience, the extensive hours of service and the trained and courteous staff we employ at each location, there are some fixed general and administrative overhead costs that need to be

covered for each student, each semester. The overhead expense covers necessary costs like equipment, maintenance and repair, buildings and grounds, asset renewal, building renovations, utilities, labor and insurance for our locations, administrative office and residential education programs.

Torero Meal Plans 2012–13 Freshmen and sophomore resident Meal Plans are included in your housing contract. Freshmen and sophomores may increase their plan at any time, but may not decrease or cancel it. For all students, the plan you chose for fall will be automatically applied to the spring semester. A minimum meal plan will be required for resident juniors in 2013–14 and seniors in 2014–15. Please note: Meal Plans are available for all students — residents, commuters, graduate and law. Students who are juniors, seniors, grad or law may lower or cancel their plan within the first ten class days of the semester.

Eat at any Campus Dining Location Pavilion Dining: Twelve unique dining options offer an array of global cuisine. Food is prepared to order at liveaction cooking stations. Recipes are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and were developed in conjunction with the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday are a la carte and may be paid for with Dining Dollars, cash, CampusCash or credit card. Dinner Monday through Sunday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday are unlimited access with the swipe of one meal. You may return for additional servings during these timeframes, without having to use any additional meals.

On-campus Retail Locations: Aromas coffeehouse, Bert’s Bistro, La Paloma, Missions Café, Tu Mercado and Torero Tu Go food truck. Purchases may be paid for with Dining Dollars, cash, CampusCash or credit card at For 2012–13, Meal Plans for upperclassmen have an added equivalency option so that meal equivalencies (of $8) may also be used during dinner (Monday-Sunday) and brunch (weekends) at designated retail locations. Tu Mercado grocery and non-food items may be purchased with cash, CampusCash or credit card.

La Gran Terraza: USD’s flagship restaurant features California cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Students are welcome to use their Dining Dollars (cash, CampusCash or credit card) for meals purchased at the bistro. La Gran Terraza is open for lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Friday. O’Toole’s Lounge and the Terrace are open Monday through Friday nights serving a lighter menu of tapas and more. Use your equivalencies at dinner! We offer a variety of special events throughout the year including Holiday meals and specialty brunches, cooking classes, International dinners and more. Visit, to sign up for our e-newsletter. You may check the status of your Meal Plan, or purchase a plan, via the USD portal: For additional details about dining on campus, Meal Plans, CampusCash or Dining Dollars, please visit: Don’t miss out on our promotions and special events, like “USD Dining” on Facebook. Prices and information valid through May 2013.

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