Law Student’s Investigation Exonerates Wrongly Accused Community Worker

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Katie Finch ’14, a participant in this spring’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, recently won a case for her client thanks to her dogged investigation skills. The charges against her client were dismissed moments before the courtroom trial was about to begin, and Finch’s investigation also led to another defendant’s acquittal in a related case.

Battling AIDS: Biz Alum Joins Cause After Uganda Immersion 

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Mallory Browne ’13 could have landed a cushy corporate job after graduating as a standout USF business-marketing student. Instead, she saw a chance to make a difference and help save lives working for an international nonprofit that leads HIV/AIDS care and research in 28 countries around the world.

Race, Class, and Gender and How to Dance Them

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USF kicks off its fall Davies Forum with a performance and lecture by celebrated dancer and choreographer José Luis Reynoso on Sept. 18.

Who Benefits? Research Raises Questions About Fair Trade Coffee 

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When USF graduate researchers landed in Guatemala to investigate whether fair trade coffee was benefiting local coffee growers, they never imagined the experience would be turned into a novel about the country’s tug of war between rich and poor, its colonial past, and coffee marketers’ efforts to win international consumers’ hearts and minds.

One USF Nurse’s War on Fracking: A Struggle for Public Health

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USF’s Barbara Sattler is at the forefront of a growing national movement to shine a public light on the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, and its adverse health risks.

San Francisco Poet Laureate and Activist Named USF Diversity Scholar

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If you ask celebrated poet and activist Janice Mirikitani, there’s no better classroom than the streets of San Francisco.

 

Shared Struggle Connects Teacher of the Year with Students

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USF’s Charles Fowler MA '12 is single-mindedly dedicated to creating opportunities both in and out of the classroom for students to learn by improving their community.

Nursing Students Applauded for Service to San Franciscans

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USF’s nursing students are receiving accolades for their work providing free health care to some of the city’s poorest residents.

Vice Provost and Human Rights ‘Hero’ Joins San Francisco Library Commission

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USF’s Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been named a San Francisco Human Rights Commission Hero Award winner. The award comes on the heels of a separate honor: Mayor Ed Lee recently appointed Wardell-Ghirarduzzi to the San Francisco Library Commission.

USF School Counseling Students Coach High Schoolers to Higher College Enrollment Levels

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USF school counseling students are leading the charge to increase college enrollment among San Francisco students from low-income and immigrant families by providing free counseling in public high schools.

Proudly Part of the City That Defines ‘Pride’

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“When we march in Pride, we do it because we know it’s important both for those who march and for those who see us march,” said Andrea Wise ’08, MA ’13. 

Hundreds Flock to USF Nursing Students’ Mobile Health Clinics

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In May, USF nursing students traveled to one of the poorest regions in the country and set up pop-up health clinics to treat local residents who couldn’t afford to see a physician. Children as young as 4 years old, their parents and family members, along with many of the community’s homeless lined up by the hundreds.

The Game They Never Played

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The 1951 Dons is arguably one of the best college football teams of all time. They had a perfect season — nine wins, no losses, no ties — and the players were so talented, the National Football League drafted nine of them and named three to its Hall of Fame, a record for one college team.

A Conversation With San Francisco’s Top Cop

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“I tell my cops on the very first day that if they think it’s all about this uniform or gun, they joined the wrong police department,” says Police Chief Greg Suhr ’88.

Fight on all Fronts: USF Gates Millennium Scholar Puts on the Gloves for Immigrant Rights

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Like most USF students, Marisela Esparza’s service-learning experience started by volunteering for a cause. Unlike most, it ended with her helping to organize a strike to win higher wages for thousands of San Francisco hotel workers. What began as a class requirement became a calling.

Ex-Gang Member Turned USF Grad Student on the Forefront of Fight to Reduce Prison Overcrowding

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Luis Aroche MPA ’15 is on the frontlines of the fight to reduce California’s overcrowded prisons, now at about 144 percent of capacity. 

Law Student Works as Extern for California Supreme Court Chief Justice

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Law student Alyssa Bussey ’14 has worked as an extern for California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye since January, working on petitions for review, observing oral arguments, analyzing draft opinions, performing research assignments, and even contributing to a draft opinion.

April Action: USFers Lend a Hand for Days of Service

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More than 150 USFers tapped into their giving spirit and joined the university’s April Action community service campaign this year.

Graduate Saves Lives and Transforms Health Care in Ghana

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Barbara Demman ’98 is leading a pioneering effort to train Ghanaian nurses in emergency medicine so they can open desperately needed hospital emergency departments and rural clinics throughout the nation. 

School of Law Dean Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

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USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña celebrated the courage of young people pushing for change in his first campus-wide address, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Supreme Court’s Antonin Scalia Offers Tips to Law Students

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and award-winning legal author Bryan A. Garner told USF law students exactly what to do if they want to persuade a judge: avoid jargon, understand the weaknesses of their case, and use only their strongest arguments.

ESPN Tells the Story of Football Team’s 1951 Stand Against Racism

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ESPN aired the incredible true story of the USF football team’s stand against injustice and racism in 1951. When the players were asked to leave the team’s two African American players behind in exchange for a berth in the Orange Bowl, they refused.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Talks Legal Ethics at USF

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and author Bryan A. Garner will be on campus for two events Jan. 31. The pair will discuss the challenges posed to legal ethics by technology, public speaking, and money and talk about their latest co-authored book on interpreting legal texts.

USF Earns High Marks for Research, Community Service, and Student Support

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The University of San Francisco is again ranked among the top universities and colleges in the country for what it contributes to the public good in terms of academic research, community service, and support for low-income students, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

USF Honors Free Clinic With Top Award

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The University of San Francisco has awarded one of its highest honors to the San Francisco Free Clinic, which has provided free medical care to more than 70,000 uninsured patients.

Jose Antonio Vargas Visits USF

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist turned immigrant rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas spoke at the University of San Francisco Sept. 27. He told an audience of about 300 that immigrant rights are the next liberation movement.

Donated Desktops and Laptops Help Close the Digital Divide

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The University of San Francisco donated 151 computers to 16 schools and nonprofits this summer, as part of the university’s ongoing effort to help close the digital divide among underserved students and families.

Students Find Homelessness and Addiction, Even Among College Graduates

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Students at the University of San Francisco spent a week living at a wellness center for the homeless and recovering drug addicts, cooking for them and listening to the intimate details of their lives in support groups and addiction recovery meetings — an experience that brought home the realities faced by marginalized populations and dispelled previously held misconceptions.

USF Remembers the March on Washington 50 Years After

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San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the city's Human Rights Commission honored USF Diversity Scholar Clarence B. Jones at an event Aug. 20, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

USF Wins Distinction for Community Service

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The University of San Francisco rose to the top once again in 2013, making the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll — an award that recognizes the university for helping to solve community problems and for placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Jack Abramoff Offers Crash Course in Combating Corruption

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What can USF students studying government relations learn from “the most evil lobbyist in Washington”? As it turns out, a lot.

 

America's Harsh Criminal Sentences Are Out of Step

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Criminals in the U.S. receive longer sentences for lesser crimes, including life without parole (LWOP) for nonviolent offenders and for juveniles, putting the country at odds with sentencing practices in the rest of the world, according to a recent University of San Francisco study.

Legalize It?

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The California Supreme Court held a special session at the University of San Francisco on Feb. 5 to hear arguments on one of the most controversial issues facing the state: the legalization of medical marijuana.

Doing Enormous Good

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Founded on Sept. 18, 1912 in downtown San Francisco, on the corner of Market and Seventh streets, the school has grown from 39 students to more than 700 today. U.S. News and World Report ranks it 10th in the nation for ethnic diversity.

USF Makes The Washington Center’s Top Five

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The University of San Francisco is one of five universities in the nation to be honored as a 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award recipient, recognizing the university’s outstanding contributions to community, leadership, professional achievement, and enrichment of student learning.

 

USF Dons Sport New Look

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The University of San Francisco Athletics Department has ushered in a new era, unveiling an up-to-date look for the Dons.

Injustice in the Blues

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Looking out the window of the Revolution Café on Seventh Street recently, Patrick Duffey ’14 studied a trash-filled lot surrounded by graffiti-tattooed fences. It was hard to imagine that the area, near the West Oakland BART station, was once a center of the West Coast blues and jazz scene.

To Do: Bike Cross-Country and Build Homes for Families

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Call it enervating or call it energizing — either way, USFers will take to the open road for a second consecutive year, traveling cross-country to raise money for low-income family housing and to build homes for families without them.

Computer Scientists Help Hunt Child Predators

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New software applications created by University of San Francisco computer science students forgo the “gotcha” moment of Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” but are designed to help police capture child sex predators just the same.

Diamond Dons Step Up to the Plate to ‘Strike Out Malaria’

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At the start of a new season, most baseball players are thinking about homeruns and increasing their batting averages. But University of San Francisco pitcher Bob Mott '12 will kick off the 2012 season with an unusual goal for his team — 833 strikeouts.

USF’s Hero in Health Care

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Debbie Zamora, an adjunct professor for the School of Nursing and Health Professions at USF’s Fresno branch campus and a student in USF’s doctor of nursing practice program, was recently honored with a Heroes in HealthCare award for her efforts to feed Fresno’s hungry.

Inspiring Change

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After years of pursuing his dream of becoming a journalist, one USF alumnus stepped away from the daily grind of negative news and turned his attention to the good that people are doing to help others. The resulting work he's done since then is nothing less than inspiring.

USF Ranks as Top 50 University

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The University of San Francisco is among the country’s top 50 universities, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

USF Presents California Prize to Bay Area Activist

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Daniel Lurie, CEO of the nonprofit Tipping Point Community, is the winner of the 2011 University of San Francisco California Prize for Service and the Common Good.

USF Student Creates Life-Saving App

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Helping emergency responders to save lives when every second counts? Yes, there’s an app for that, and it was created by Joseph Ekman, a University of San Francisco junior majoring in information systems.

USF Named to President’s Service Honor Roll

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The University of San Francisco has been named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year.

Teaching Faith to a New Generation

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Teaching third graders about the Bible and why loving their neighbor is important doesn’t always come easy. As Teresa Carino, a University of San Francisco sophomore recently learned, you never know when one of them will interject something about “zombies” into the conversation.

USFers Improving Education for San Francisco Children

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Almost everything about San Francisco’s De Marillac Academy goes against the trend in education these days, from the academy’s deliberate location in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, to its free tuition, to its many close ties to the University of San Francisco.

USF Donates Computers to Close the Digital Divide

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The University of San Francisco and the Tenderloin Technology Laboratory are celebrating a decade of partnership in their effort to narrow the digital divide by providing computer access and know-how to homeless and low-income residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.

Biz Prof. Honored for Furthering Public Understanding of Technology

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Assistant Professor Moira Gunn of the University of San Francisco’s School of Business and Professional Studies is the winner of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for 2011.