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February 2013

Gr a du a te a nd La w Stu den t New s a nd V iew s What’s Inside Welcome Back and Campus

USD Graduate and Law Students,

Recreation Opportunities


Grad/Law B-Ball Tailgate


USD One Challenge and Flu Shot Announcement


CID Sweet Celebrations


Valentine’s Day and UM Opportunities


Scholarships and UFMC Announcements


Community Events and Graduation Info


Upcoming Events & Contributions Stay Connected via Social Media USD Graduate and Law Student Commons @USDGradLawLife


Welcome back and Happy New Year!! I hope you’ve enjoyed the first week(s) of classes so far and are beginning to get back in the swing of things. If you’re someone who likes to set New Year’s resolutions, be sure to check out our Grad Life Blog. And if you’re someone who likes to set New Year’s resolution in regards to staying fit and active, you’re in luck! Campus Recreation has many opportunities for you to stay healthy this spring semester, so explore below and take advantage of all that USD has to offer. I wish you an exciting spring semester and best of luck!! Best, Megan Kennedy Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student Life

Campus Recreation Opportunities Free week of fitness classes (to try out): 1/28 – 2/6, FREE Recreation & Fitness Classes not for credit (Commit to one or two classes such as Women’s Self-Defense or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) Check out the schedule and find time to fit in fitness into your 2013 semester. Intramurals: USD Campus Rec offers Grad/Law only co rec softball and also many more all-inclusive sports such as volleyball, soccer, football, basketball, tennis and more! For $15, you can play in as many leagues throughout the semester as you want. USDFIT Group Exercise: USDFIT Group Ex is a program with over 20 drop-in fitness classes including boot camp, spin, Pilates, yoga, Zumba and more. Classes are FREE to try the first week of the program from 2/4 – 2/10 Check out the facilities and hours at: Campus Rec Facilities Please let Campus Recreation know if you have any questions or comments:, 619-260-7751

V-Day Rose Sale: February 14th from 11am-3pm outside of the SLP, Copley, and the IPJ. Purchase a rose and support VDAY, an organization committed to preventing violence against women. Valentine’s Day Celebration: February 14th from 12-2pm in Grad/Law Commons (SLP 401)! Join us for some holiday snacks and card making.  Valentine’s Day Dinner: La Gran Terraza has a special menu for a special day!

University Ministry Opportunities!! Tijuana Day Trip: Feb. 16 (All day) To help fulfill international requirements, University Ministry offers a monthly day trip to Tijuana. The trip seeks to engage students with the community in Tijuana through a service project, home visits, a border tour, and reflection. If you are looking to explore or grow in the values of solidarity, spirituality, social justice, and simplicity, these trips are perfect for you. Email Erin Bishop at on Feb. 1.

Theology on Tap: Thursday, February 28 (7-8:30 pm) Theology on Tap is a fun and informal way to gather together with other grad students for food, drinks and community. It is a great chance to meet other graduate and law students at USD. This month, Dr. Pilar Cardinas-Gimber, MFT will focus the night on spirituality and relationships. Don’t miss your chance to meet other graduate students, as well as grow in your spirituality and faith. All are welcome, so bring a colleague or two!

Confirmation: Feb. 13- Apr. 14 Haven't been confirmed yet? Want to grow in your faith and relationship with God? Come join our Confirmation program, which consists of 8 sessions on Wednesday nights followed by Mass for Peace. For more information, please come to one of our information sessions (Feb. 6th) at 7:30 p.m. in the Founders Faculty Lounge.

Resident Ministers Wanted University Ministry is looking for a few graduate students interested in working as Resident Ministers, who live with and minister to our undergraduates. The Residential Ministry Program is designed to build community within the residence halls and to provide our students with spiritual and service opportunities to enhance faith, values, and social commitment. The Resident Minister provides pastoral care and presence in the residence halls. Ideally, candidates for the Resident Minister position will have some ministry experience with college students as well as a strong desire to help students grow spiritually. In return for (an average of) 15 hours of ministry per week, the University will provide a furnished apartment and $2,000 annual stipend. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please send a resume and brief statement of interest to

Graduate students are  eligible for:  • Alumni Endowed  Scholarship   • Kyle O'Connell  Memorial Scholarship  Students must be  returning to USD in the  Fall of 2013. 

United Front Multicultural Center Opportunities Community Lunch Thursday, February 7 | 12:30 - 2:00PM | UFMC (SLP 418) Please join us for our February Community Lunch! This month's lunch celebrates Black History Month. All are welcome to attend. Also, please mark your calendars for the first Thursday of every month for the next UFMC Community Lunches. UFMC Spring Retreat Saturday, February 9 | 8:30AM - 3:00PM | Marina Village Conference Center The UFMC would like to invite all USD students to participate in the Spring Retreat. It is an opportunity to participate in a FREE off-campus experience that will enhance your leadership skills, connect with UFMC members, and support each other as members of the USD community. Deadline to submit is noon on February 6th. Download registration here.

USD Torero Store Mark your calendars! If you are graduating in 2013, you’re invited… What: GradFest 2013 Where: USD Torero Store When: March 13 & 14, 10am-6pm For more information visit Details to come in March newsletter!

USD is hosting the Ashoka U Exchange in February of 2013. If you would like to volunteer email sukhpreetbains@sandiego as early as possible to reserve your spot!

TEDxAshokaU comes to San Diego!! Designed as an independently organized TED event on the evening of February 22, 2013, with an anticipated sell-out crowd of 1,300 individuals and hundreds more participating online through a simulcast, the TEDxAshokaU event will feature leaders speaking on the topic of “Find Your Place in the Universe.” For more information visit TEDxAshokaU. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Lace Up Stand Up is an organization on campus looking for volunteers to join and become facilitators to work on their mission to empower and unite youth against bullying through the education of techniques to recognize, confront, and prevent detrimental behavior towards an individual or group. Learn more and get involved!!

Graduate Records Office Announcements: For Non-Law Students ONLY!! 1. February 6, 2013—last day to enroll in classes and drop a class without a ‘W’ (withdrawn) on the transcript; deadline for 100 percent refund. 2. Students who have not filed their petitions for graduation this Spring or Summer must do so ASAP as the deadline has already past. Please check first with your respective academic advisor regarding your degree requirements for approval.

Upcoming Graduate and Law Student Events February 6  FREE Bagel Breakfast, SLP 401, 9:15am until food runs out! February 6  Sweet Celebrations with CID, UC Exhibit Hall, 12-2pm February 7  Community Lunch, United Front Multicultural Center, SLP 418, 12:30pm February 9  Grad/Law Student Basketball Tailgate, JCP Plaza, 5:30-7:45pm February 9  UFMC Spring Retreat, Marina Village Conference Center, 8:30am-3pm February 12  Sustainability Seminar, Maher 205, 12:15-1:30pm February 14  Valentine’s Day Celebration, SLP 401, 12-2pm February 16  Breaking Ground Tijuana Day Trip February 20  FREE Bagel Breakfast, SLP 401, 9:15am until food runs out! February 22  TEDxAshokaU, Balboa Theater, 5-7pm February 28  Theology on Tap, SLP 401, 7-8:30pm February 28  Deadline for scholarship applications For more information about the events and programs please visit our Event Calendar.

Want to contribute to the Graduate and Law Student News & Views? Do you have suggestions on something you would like to see in the Graduate and Law Student News & Views? A graduate or law student event that you’d like to advertise? Perfect! We want to hear from you. Have you done something to benefit the community? USD, San Diego, California, or the globe? We’d love to do a human-interest story on you! Contact Megan Kennedy at

GLNV February 2013  
GLNV February 2013  

February issue of the Graduate and Law Student News & Views at the University of San Diego