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October 2012

Gr a du a te a nd La w Stu den t New s a nd V iew s What’s Inside Welcome Note From Graduate Student Council Chair Grad/Law Commons




Changemaker Initiatves


Election Information


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Conference Opportunity


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Hello USD grad and law students!    My name is Nick Franco, and I am the Chair of the Graduate Student  Council for the 2012‐2013 academic year.  I hope your semesters are off  to a smooth start!  I just want to introduce myself to you all and also  briefly share some of the goals the GSC has for this year.    I am in my third year of coursework in the Leadership Studies PhD  program, and I currently work on campus as a doctoral graduate assistant  in the Office of Student Affairs.  I served on the GSC last year as a  representative for the SOLES Graduate Student Association, and look  forward to serving the GSC again this year.    In case you are not familiar, the overarching purpose of the GSC is to  serve the needs of the graduate and law students at USD by building a  strong and successful graduate community.  The group is comprised of  representatives from each graduate school association and/or program.   As the GSC chair, I am very excited to be leading this amazing group in  achieving three different goals we established collectively during our  annual retreat in August.  They are: (1) explore options for increasing the  graduate and law student activity fee to better support student research  and professional development; (2) consolidate and enhance our  programmatic efforts in order to provide diverse programming options;  and (3) improve our operations and Councilor commitment to the work of  the GSC and their school associations.    Motivating these three goals is our desire to best serve the diverse and  extensive graduate and law student community we have here at USD.  So,  please do not hesitate to let us know how we are doing or how we may  better achieve these goals and meet your needs.  Your school’s GSC  Councilors, as well as the GSC Executive Board, encourage you to provide  us feedback.  We also encourage you to get involved, whether it be  through attending our monthly GSC meetings or participating in our  upcoming events.    Stay tuned for more information, and I hope to meet many of you  throughout the year.  Until then, take care and be well!    Warmly,  Nick Franco, Graduate Student Council Chair

When: Monday, October 8th- Friday, October 19th Where: Visit the Grad and Law Commons and contribute to a collective piece of art that will be displayed in the space. Where do you see peace in your life? In what ways can you be a promoter of peace? What would true peace look like to you? Check out what other graduate and law students have shared by visiting:

Changemaker Fest: A Week You Don’t Want To Miss!! Changemaker Fest is a week dedicated to defining, exploring, and putting change  into action. Join us throughout the week of November 5 – 9, 2012, to become a  part of an energized environment encouraging everyone to be a Changemaker  and to celebrate our one‐year designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.  For more information please visit

Election Day is coming! Make sure to register to vote! Voter registration forms can be found in the Grad and Law Commons!

Upcoming Graduate and Law Student Events October 4  Graduate and Law October Potluck, Presidio Terrace Apartments, 4-6pm October 5  Registration deadline for Silent Retreat (October 19-21) October 8-19  Promotion of Peace Project, SLP 401, 9am-7pm each day October 9  FREE Bagel Breakfast, SLP 401, 9am until food runs out! October 12  2x2 Family Weekend Golf Tournament, Tecolote Canyon, 12-5pm October 15  Monday Night Football, SLP 401, 5:30-9pm October 16  Nutrition 101, UC 103, 12:30-1:30pm (Wellness Day) October 19-21  Silent Retreat (Contact for more information) October 22  Last day to Register to Vote! October 25  USD Entrepreneurship Legacy Conference, SOLES Auditorium, 5:30pm October 25  Theology on Tap, SLP 401, 7-8:30pm October 27  Breaking Ground Tijuana Day Trip For more information about the events and programs please visit

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