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Graduate Student Life Newsletter Spring Vol. I Issue I Keeping you connected to USD and the whole Graduate community February 7, 2011


In this Issue:

Graduate Students Building


Fall 2010 Recap – Grad Community

Grad Awards & Announcements

Art Exhibit Stirs Awareness

Grad Program Spotlight – MFA

Graduate Global Study

February Events

The Faces of USD’s Grad Community

Inside USD

Grad Awards & Announcements Peace Building Gets Boost from New Program Congratulations to Kathryn Whitlow, Carissa Western, Breyn Hibbs, Veronica Geretz, Vivien Francis and Lisa Barnhill on becoming the inaugural graduation class of KSPS’s 17-month MA program track.

Business Competition Goes According to Plan Congratulations to MBA students Chris McCoy, Fred Fernandez and Colby Young for earning first place, $2,500, thanks to their presentation on an indoor gardening system called HydrAlchemy. Excerpted from a December 2010 Inside USD article by Ryan Blystone.

Women of Impact Award awarded to Law Student Congratulations to Rosibel Mancillas Lopez, a 1st year Law Student and USD Staff, on your Woman of Impact Award!

Join the SOLES’ KIVA Microfinance Lending Team! The SOLES KIVA team currently has 87 members and together we have made 78 loans totaling $2,050.00. Membership is open to all Graduate students, faculty, and staff. If you are not a member and would like to join us, please visit our KIVA team page at - We are truly partnering around the world for less than the cost of many of your text books—just $25.00 per person! For more information, contact Nathaniel Dunigan at

UFMC Spring Retreat "Uniting the Front: Explore your Status!" Sign-up for this unique opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and collaborate with and meet other students. In addition, you will learn about communication and relationships through social networking and gain leadership skills and practices to bring back to USD. Applications are due by February 11, 2011.

Become a Link Peer Mentor! The Link Peer Mentoring Program assists first-year and transfer students from underrepresented and underserved populations with their college transition by pairing them with a peer mentor who provides guidance, support and resource. The program's goals are to enhance retention among underrepresented and underserved student populations, offer leadership opportunities, provide resources and a support system for new students as they transition into USD's academic and student life, inspire the development of friendship and community and encourage student involvement in campus and community events. Link Peer Mentor Applications for Fall 2011 are due February 25, 2011

Become a Rainbow Educator 2011-2012! Apply to be a Rainbow Educator online at Applications due Friday, April 1st. Interviews will take place April 4-12, 2011. All Rainbow Educators are expected to participate in spring training on April 29th and 30th.Applications are due Friday, April 1, 2001. Apply online at

NCORE Applications! The Annual National Conference for Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations. Each year, the UFMC and other University departments sponsor students to attend the conference. To learn more about NCORE, go to All applications are due Friday, February 25th.

Join the “V-Day Movement” This February, join the Women’s Center in participating in the global “V-Day Movement” to end violence against women and girls. Also, watch for our programs during NEDAW, National Disorders Awareness Week (February 21-25). Please visit to learn more about the Women’s Center, our programs and the ways and the ways in which we can be a resource for you.

8th Annual SOLES Action Research Conference Globalization & Action Research: Bridging the Professional, Political, and Personal May 13th-14th, 2011 in the University of San Diego Event Highlights:      

Keynote presentation by Yong Zhao, PhD, University of Michigan: Re-Imagining Education for the Age of Globalization Panel discussion with Action Research Experts Action Research workshops, consultancies and presentations Poster Sessions Roundtable discussions Free pre-conference event for conference registrants: Action Research Magical Mystery Tour II

Grad/Law Softball and Flag Football entries close Thursday, February 3. SIGN UP NOW! ramurals/signups.php Team Registration Form: /REGISTER/

Art Exhibit Stirs Fire of Awareness The Truth-Compassion-Tolerance International Art Exhibit has toured in more than 40 countries and 200 cities across the globe,including prestigious galleries and universities in Sweden, U.K, France, Turkey, Israel, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South America, and all around the U.S and Europe. Themes Include: Adversity, Justice, Courage & Harmony. Preview-January-24-February 5 Opening Ceremony May 9

“These people have endured so much, for so long, and so many have turned a blind eye and have remained silent.” From January 24th-February 5th,the TruthCompassionTolerance International Art Exhibit in (Dr. Ghao, Chen Jin, and Cyrus)

the University Center Art Exhibit Hall has drawn over 600 USD students, faculty, staff and visitors from the greater San Diego community. The exhibit consists of works from over twelve artists, their backgrounds varied and diverse in terms of professional experience, artistic styles and cultural upbringing; each piece serving as a call to awareness and a celebration of the human spirit of Falun Dafa practitioners’ who have suffered because of their practice. Under the sponsorship of the USD Falun Dafa Meditation Club and USD Graduate Student Council, Cyrus Parsa, a second year SOLES (Cyrus giving a tour to two Nursing students)

Doctoral student, brought the international touring art exhibit to the university in hopes of reaching out to the USD community for support and awareness of a very serious human rights epidemic. The exhibit ended this past Saturday, th February 5 and those who received a tour had the opportunity to meet Chen Jin, a former Chinese government official who spent 8 years in prison being tortured. If you missed it, the Exhibit will return this May 9th with a Grand Opening.

“Former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour and international human rights lawyer and Nazi hunter David Matas have concluded in their new book, "Bloody Harvest:The killing of Falun Gong for their organs" that 30,000 to 40,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been murdered for their organs whilst still alive. They called around the country and audio taped doctors admitting that they have Falun Gong organs for sale and that they are the best and cleanest kind. Immediately after their investigation was made public the Chinese websites advertising organs for sale were shut down. This is still happening now. 100 Million people are being persecuted and demonized with a propaganda campaign that has resulted in concentration camps being formed all around the county. These people are blood tested immediately upon imprisonment. They are known to practice a mind-body Chi Gong Meditation that makes them very healthy, hence they are the perfect candidates. Furthermore, in their practice, they follow the principles of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance. When they are beaten, they do not hit back, when they are yelled at they do not yell back, and if they get angry, they have failed to forbear and be tolerant. If they have failed to be tolerant, are they really a true person? If they are not a true person, how can they display their compassion? Their belief in these principles is interdependent and is used in a non-violent way to counteract the persecution inflicted on to them by the Chinese government. In terms of the organ harvesting, China has been executing prisoners to profit from the sale of their organs since 1984. The practice is not a new phenomenon, but the 12 years of persecution and the rapes, tortures, murders and organ harvesting of so many innocent citizenry is shocking. Mr. Matas has deemed this "The New Holocaust".

As you may know, China and the West have huge financial links worth billions. Although Congress just passed Resolution 605 condemning China's persecution of the Falun Gong, and demanding that they stop the propaganda, organ harvesting and the ongoing persecution, the Western Media has failed to speak out. David Matas and David Kilgour just won the 2009 Swiss International Human Rights Awards and were nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for their courage and support of the Falun Gong. I have made contact and they have agreed to fly down from Canada for a lecture series. They have traveled to more than 40 countries to give talks on this developing issue. As of today, the Western media has not addressed this issue, and academia has not pulled together in a unified way in order to bring understanding and awareness to these persecutions and the organ harvesting of the Falun Dafa practitioners. However, it is simply a matter time that more people will know the truth and they will begin to support a process to bring national attention to the concentration camps, the rapes, the tortures and the organ harvesting of so many. Young and old, doctors, lawyers, students and the common farmers have not escaped the Chinese government's wrath. I predict that not only is the holocaust repeating itself, but many will come to ask why we waited so long to act.”


Cyrus Parsa

For more info, pls. visit these sites: Organ Harvesting Congress- Resolution 605

Interested in joining the Graduate Student Council’s Philanthropy Committee? Want to contribute ideas for philanthropic activities and charitable fundraisers or drives? Please contact Ben Black, Philanthropy Chair at Ugandan kids sporting USD Graduate Student Council t-shirts last Christmas. Great stocking stuffers, indeed!

G S C News La Gran Terraza reevaluates lunch policy for Graduate students After advocating for access to La

The USD Graduate Student Council:

The purpose of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is to represent all USD graduate and law students to the university administration with the mission to:  build and maintain a strong USD graduate student community;  advocate for graduate student issues;  ensure adequate graduate student representation on university committees;  work collaboratively with, and advise university administration to improve the level of graduate studies The Graduate Student Council is composed of graduate student representatives from each of the six major graduate school divisions in USD. Meet the current Councilors: College of Arts and Sciences Ben Black – Karen Dooley – Chelsea Jensen – Juliette Nash (Vice-Chair) – School of Business Administration

Gran Terraza’s main dining area for nearly three months, the Graduate Student Council is proud to announce that the space is now open to all Graduate Students for lunch! Even better, show your coupon and you get a 10% discount off your entire meal! Contact your School Association representatives, GSC, or stop by

Bryan Jones – Melissa Lucas – School of Law Christopher Dibbern – Andrew Gil – Kristen Johnson (Secretary) – Krystal Norris (Chair) – School of Leadership and Education Sciences Rich Bakken – Michelle Kasney – Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Audrey Sanico – Candace West – Jessica Wilson – Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

the Graduate and Law Student Commons (Student Life Pavilion, Rm. 401) for these coupons! Spread the good news! Hello Graduate/Law Students, Welcome back! The Student Leadership and Involvement Center would like to invite you to take advantage of some exciting events and programs our office offers each weekend. We know it’s sometimes difficult to have a social life as graduate students because of academic demands and other responsibilities in our lives. However, it’s important to find time to relax, unwind, and meet new people. Our office hosts a variety of events including Thursday night concerts featuring current students and alumni, pre-home release movie showings on Friday, and gaming tournaments and other events Saturday evenings for you to attend. Some of the upcoming events include: Thursday, February 3rd: Ben Limpic, 7pm, Aromas Friday, February 4th: For Colored Girls, 8pm, SLP Plaza Mayor Thursday, February 10th: Derek Evans, 7pm, Aromas Friday, February 11th: The Social Network, 8pm, SLP Plaza Mayor Thursday, February 17th: Beau Osland, 7pm, Aromas

If you haven’t made plans for the weekend and want something to do on campus, check for latest event information, things to do in San Diego, area attractions, transportation, and updates. Also, if you have any film recommendations and/or would like to perform in our concert series, please contact Nick Kajimoto at Best Wishes! Nick Kajimoto, Graduate Assistant for Student Activities

Graduate Program Spotlight: Masters of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts The Graduate and Law News & Views will feature a Graduate School or Program every month to recognize our graduate schools and to celebrate the 2,813 students who make up our graduate community.

USD’s Business, Nursing, Law, Leadership and Education, and Peace and Justice Schools are well known, but few people are familiar with USD’s MFA Program, a program which is highly ranked in the country, along with Yale and NYU. The USD/Old Globe Masters of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts accepts only seven out of the more than 300 applications it receives each year. Each student accepted into the professional actor training program is awarded a full-tuition scholarship from the University and a monthly stipend from the Globe. The MFA program currently has fourteen students in the 2010-2011 School Year.



The Importance of Being Earnest

March 5-10, 2011 The Studio Theatre, USD Campus map Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 Thursday, March 10 at 7:30

By Oscar Wilde Directed by Kirk Jackson



Tickets: $10 General Admission $8 Student/Senior/Active Military Please call 619-235-2162 for ticket information

Gujarat, India “It’s a life-changing experience to see the world from a different perspective. You realize that power is in your hands and you can be that agent of change you want to see. To create a better world, we don’t have to wait for someone else to do it for us.” – Vivien Francis, M.A. in Peace and Justice Tijuana, Mexico “On this University excursion, I was able to realize the importance of service paired with social justice. It was through our service that we connected and formed friendships. We were able to see the humanity and the pressing needs of the people, thus we were “awakened” to this reality. Complementary to service, we must recognize the injustices occurring in Mexico and begin to form ideas, with our privilege of education, to ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters nearby. The University Ministry trip integrated both of these values, and as we were returning to campus that evening we were left with the joy of newfound friendship combines with lingering concerns which are crucial for evoking further change within ourselves and our community.” – Meghan Walsh, M.A. in Peace and Justice Uganda, Africa “In 1998 I was given the opportunity to travel to Uganda for a month to do HIV prevention education. A month off work plus a free safari – who wouldn’t want to go? At that time there were more orphans in Uganda than in any other country in the world, many of them living with Aids, and yet there was no free medication available to these children. So they were dying a miserable, suffering death… I just couldn’t sit there and let that happen. There were orphanages as well as hospitals and clinics in Uganda, but none of them were equipped to deal with children living with AIDS…Even though there was treatment available in other parts of the world back then, it hadn’t reached these children in Uganda…When I moved to Uganda, I had no concept of the magnitude of hope that would come to me, and that I would come to rely on in the years to come, over and over again. That hope is revealed to me through the laughter of the children, the joy in their hearts, and their great ability to rise above all that has come before.” – Nathaniel Dunigan, PhD, Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, Founder and Executive Director of AidChild ( 3 – UF Community Lunch, Theology-on-Tap 7:00-8:30pm (Commons, SLP 401)

February Calendar

5 – Last day for The Truth-Compassion-Tolerance Art Exhibit “Breaking Ground” Tijuana Day Trip, group meets at 7:30 am. Contact Maria Gaughan at 6 – Last day to enroll in classes and drop w/o a “W” 7 – GSC Welcome Back Spring BBQ from 11:30am-1:00pm (Hahn School of Nursing), Safe Space Allies Training 3:30-6:00pm, Centering Prayer 5:00-5:30pm (Founders Hall Faculty Lounge) 10 – SOLES lecture entitled, “Not your average History Lesson: The Far-reaching Effects of the African Slave Trade” from 4-6pm (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall also called SOLES, Rm.# 102) 17 – Harlem Renaissance at 7pm (Aromas Café)

23 - Keynote Speaker Michelle Lewica, author of "The Religion of Thinness." 7 pm (Forums A&B) 24– Spotlight on Education: Matthew T. Spathas 4:00-7:00pm (SOLES), Coffee w/ MILK 7:00pm (Institute of Peace &Justice) 25-27 –Men@USD – Men’s Retreat (application due on 02/ 11), Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet at 7pm (United Front Multicultural Center, Student Life Pavilion Rm. 418)

21-25 – National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 23 – SOLES lecture entitled, “Made in Africa: The Impact of Slavery on Major Public Works Projects,” from 4-6pm (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall also called SOLES, Rm. #102)

26 – Men’s Basketball vs. Gonzaga at 6pm (Jenny Craig Pavilion)

SAVVVY TIPS TO MAKE 2011 YOUR HEALTHIEST YEAR YET! There is no charge for group counseling. If you have any questions about the groups offered from Student Wellness, please call the Counseling Cener at 619-2604655 or the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion at 619-2607706. More information can be found at s/groups.php

Consider joining one of the following Wellness Groups: • Academic Success Group • The Family Dance: Who's Taking Care of You? • Guy Talk: A Group for Men • Support Group for Helping Professionals • LGBTQ & Allies Discussion Group co-sponsored with PRIDE • Peace of Mind Workshops • Relationship Therapy Group • Strategies for Managing Stress in College • Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group • Women of Color Discussion Group co-sponsored with the Women's Center

Next Feauture: The Faces of USD’s Graduate Community Practicing Nurse / Aspiring Lawyer /

/ Marine / Artist

/ Activist / Mother / Social Entrepreneur / Scientist /

Protect yourself from the flu! It is not too late! Flu shots are available for $15 at the Health Center in 161 Camino Hall.

ACtOR / Athlete / Teacher / Dancer

Do you have medical insurance? A Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, designed especially for USD students, is available through United HealthCare. For more information, contact Gallagher Koster at 877241-4649 or Visit the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion in UC 161 to talk about how you can make 2011 your healthiest year yet!

Interested in being featured or have someone in mind for the next issue? Your recommendations, article, and research/professional activities contributions are always welcomed. Please contact the Grad & Law Commons at (619)260-2227 or e-mail Jackie @ your information.

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