16th Thacher Annual
The 16th Thacher Annual student art show "interMEDIA" runs through June 28 in Thacher Gallery.More Info »

AngelHack CEO on Changing the World Through Code

07-15-2015Sabeen Ali

USF’s Sabeen Ali MSOD ’09, the president and CEO of San Francisco-based AngelHack, will be the featured speaker at Change the World Through Code on July 16 — an event for USF alumni, students, faculty, staff, and supporters at the San Francisco Yacht Club.

Alum and Former President of Peru Talks About the Future of Latin America With USFers

04-15-2015Alejandro Toledo

Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo ’71 will return to his alma mater on April 14 to discuss Latin America’s economic rise and growing global influence over the past two decades.

Fostering Interfaith Understanding: USF Conference Examines Muslim Studies and Jesuit Universities 

04-08-2015Muslim UNC student memorial

USF will host the first conference in the nation to examine how Islamic studies and the growing number of Muslim students at U.S. Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities is influencing scholarship, the institutions’ missions, and campus life.

Students Doused in Festival of Spring Colors

03-27-2015USF Holi Festival 2015

USF students welcomed spring to San Francisco in a burst of color on March 26, filling the air and dousing each other’s clothes and hair with bright violets and yellows as part of Holi. 

Business Student Rebuilds Kuwait After Gulf Oil Well Fires

03-05-2015Kuwait oil fires

When business student Dalal AlDilaimi ’16 was 3 years old, her country was transformed into a nightmarish inferno as the retreating Iraq Army set fire to hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells in the Gulf War. The devastating environmental and human health tolls were immediate and long lasting. Two decades later, AlDilaimi is a leading entrepreneur fighting to bring her country back from the brink.

USF Celebrates the Lunar New Year

02-20-2015Lunar New Year lion dance

Students, faculty, and staff kicked off the Lunar New Year at a campus celebration Feb. 19 that included a lion dance troupe performance and traditional Asian dumplings for snacks.

USF Ecologist Races to Save Endangered Cypress from Extinction

02-11-2015Laos Instrument

USF’s Gretchen Coffman is leading an international rescue effort to save an endangered cypress tree on the verge of extinction. Coffman, a restoration ecologist, compares the Southeast Asia cypress to California’s majestic redwoods, and National Geographic is funding her campaign.

Putting Filipino Food on the Map

01-28-2015Nicole Ponseca

Business alumna Nicole Ponseca ’98 owns two successful New York City restaurants, where she introduces diners to the Philippines culture through its cuisine. The Filipina-American started Jeepney and Maharlika, after marketing clients asked for a Filipino restaurant recommendation, and she was stumped.

Healing Hanoi

01-07-2015Healing Hanoi 4Web

A USF program is helping redefine the role of nurses in vietnam, in an effort to improve a health care system that is struggling to meet basic needs. It's working.

Hundreds Honor El Salvador’s Jesuit Martyrs

11-18-2014El Salvador Jesuits

The USF community joined St. Ignatius Church parishioners and San Francisco residents on Nov. 16 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the killing of five Jesuit priests in El Salvador. The priests were murdered in a violent raid at their residence in 1989, for standing in solidarity with the Salvadoran people and opposing the country’s military dictatorship.

Celebrating a New President with a Global Vision

10-27-2014Fr Fitzgerald mic

USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., has a long list of accomplishments that includes two PhDs, but perhaps what qualifies him most to lead the city’s oldest university is this: he’s a fast learner, and he’s intensely curious about the world.

Racing Around the World, USF Alumna Chronicles Women on the High Seas

10-21-2014Team SCA

Corinna Halloran ’07 is tethered to the deck of a speeding 65-foot racing yacht to prevent high winds or a stealth wave from sweeping her overboard. She is part of the first all-women’s team in more than a decade to compete in the nine-month, around-the-globe Volvo Ocean Race — considered by many the toughest sports competition in the world.

New Lo Schiavo Chair Meets Students at the Intersection of Politics and Faith

10-03-2014Lo Schiavo Turner

Frank Turner, S.J., a leading international advocate on issues of poverty, social deprivation, climate change, and foreign policy, has been named USF’s new Anna and Joseph Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought.

Battling AIDS: Biz Alum Joins Cause After Uganda Immersion 

09-24-2014Uganda pig

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.

Elevating the Eccentric, An Unnecessary Woman Makes National Must-Read List

09-19-2014Rabih Alamaddine

Of all the characters novelist Rabih Alameddine MBA ’86 has created, his latest — a 72-year-old woman with blue hair and no friends — is his most autobiographical, he says. 

Who Benefits? Research Raises Questions About Fair Trade Coffee 

09-12-2014Fair trade coffee

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.

USF Fulbright Scholar Builds Solidarity With Indigenous Community Through Art

09-04-2014Atayal dance performance

Christine Yeh’s campaign to preserve a disappearing indigenous culture has landed the USF professor’s work, or more precisely her students’ work, in Taiwan’s national museum — where it’s made headlines and earned applause from the country’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Latest Research: Wheelchairs Raise Employment, Reduce Begging in the Developing World

08-27-2014Wheelchair repair shop

Provide the disabled with wheelchairs and they will switch from begging on the streets to working. They will live better, more productive lives and increase their income by as much as 82 percent. Those are the conclusions Justin Grider ’14 came to after he spent two months in Ethiopia conducting graduate research that made international economists take notice.

Dobles Vidas: USF Gallery Debuts Work by Celebrated Mexican Folk Artists

08-14-2014Dobles Vidas exhibit

From indigenous ceremonial masks to fantastical papier-mâché monsters, the Thacher Gallery’s new exhibit offers a taste of Mexican folk art at its finest.

Minority Fellows Initiative Celebrates 20 Years

07-25-2014Diversity Scholar James Zarsadiaz

They’re USF pioneers. They started educational programs in African American, Asian American, and Latino-Chicano studies, contributing to USF’s diversity in immeasurable ways. This summer, they’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fellowship that brought them to campus — the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellows (EMDF) program.

Meet USF's Newman Civic Fellow and Next Generation Diversity Leader

06-30-2014Taylor Heath

Taylor Heath ’15 thought about withdrawing from USF after her first semester. Today, she’s among the most connected students on campus. She leads the Black Student Union (BSU) as president, recruits USFers to join service-learning classes in her role as an advocate for community engagement (ACE) and works as a resident advisor (RA).

USF Students and Alumni Named Fulbright and Gilman Scholars

06-25-2014Keyaira Lock

Four USF students and alumni will be studying, teaching, and volunteering in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe this summer and next year as part of prestigious U.S. Department of State programs.

Alum Builds Solar Cookers for Afghan Refugees

05-21-2014Afghan Cooker

Jack Howell ’64 is leading an effort to build and distribute thousands of portable solar cookers for free to refugee families in Afghanistan who live without electricity or running water in tents and mud houses. 

Research: Typhoons' Devastation Puts Baby Girls at Risk

04-29-2014Typhoon Haiyan

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan leveled dozens of towns, killing more than 6,000 people and affecting an estimated four million, Filipinos have begun to rebuild. But in the super storm’s wake, one USF researcher worries that thousands of baby girls remain at risk.

Education Dean Wins Two National Scholar Awards

04-07-2014Kevin Kumashiro

School of Education Dean Kevin Kumashiro has been recognized by two national organizations for his contributions to multicultural education and education reform.

Human Rights Take Center Stage at USF Film Festival

04-01-2014Human Rights Film Festival

USF’s Human Rights Film Festival kicks off April 3 and includes an Academy Award nominee for best documentary and more than a dozen films by USF students and alumni. 

Graduate Saves Lives and Transforms Health Care in Ghana

03-26-2014Barbara Denman in Ghana

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. 

USF Undergraduates Win Prestigious International Scholarships

03-24-2014Nick Large

Three USF students have won the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the spring 2014 semester. 

USF Honors Alumna, Fallen Soldier

10-11-20131st Lt. Jennifer Moreno

Dozens gathered at University of San Francisco on Oct. 9. to remember and honor the service of nursing alumna and USF ROTC commissioned officer 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno ’10. Moreno was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 6.

USF Anthropologists Document Last of Ireland's Nomadic People

09-09-2013Tinker Traveller

A documentary starring two University of San Francisco anthropologists reveals that Ireland's nomadic subculture is all but dead. The film became one of the most-watched documentaries to premiere on Irish television.

USF Senior Vice Provost on Prestigious Colombians List

09-04-2013Vice Provost Gerardo Marin

Gerardo Marin, senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of San Francisco, was recently named to the 100 Colombians 2013 list for his academic achievements and contributions to higher education administration.

USFers Help Japanese Rebuild After Earthquake and Tsunami

08-28-2013Japan community center

University of San Francisco architecture students are behind the design of a new community center being built in northeastern Japan, where residents are still recovering from a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

America's Harsh Criminal Sentences Are Out of Step


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.

USF Teachers, Students Ally With People of the Amazon


This summer, 12 graduate students from the University of San Francisco’s International and Multicultural Education (IME) Program traveled to the remote Amazon region of Morona Santiago, Ecuador, to build a bilingual curriculum for an ancient, indigenous people fighting for its survival.

Students Learn From Gritty Reality


Returning to the Philippines to study this past spring, Teresa Cariño ’13 anticipated a kind of homecoming. The Philippines is her parents’ homeland, after all. She had visited many times. What she found were families crowded into shanties and children living on the streets—scenes she had previously only glimpsed from the security of her family’s car.

Justice for the Jesuits


On Aug. 7, 2011, nine former senior Salvadoran military officers turned themselves in at an army base outside San Salvador, rather than face the humiliating prospect of being arrested in public. They did so after Interpol, acting at the behest of a Spanish court, issued an international warrant for their arrest as alleged perpetrators of one of the most shocking human rights atrocities ever committed in Latin America: the assassination of six Jesuit priests, their cook, and her daughter in November 1989.

Building a Generation to Fight Human Trafficking


The child-safe hotel where Kelsey Silva ’13 and fellow University of San Francisco classmates slept in Thailand was familiar, in a studied way. As were the center that housed Thai women who were recently rescued from prostitution and the restaurant where Silva’s class ate that was run by former Cambodian street children.

Casa Bayanihan: Community a World Away


As the daughter of Filipino immigrants, Teresa Cariño ’13 has memories of the Philippines that come mostly from the stories she was told growing up and what she glimpsed on visits from the backseat of the family car.

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


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 Champion of Change at the White House


The University of San Francisco’s Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, assistant professor of politics, has been honored by the White House as one of its Champions of Change — part of President Barack Obama’s Winning the Future initiative.

USF Selected to Help Catholic Relief Services Advance Social Justice


The University of San Francisco is teaming up with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international relief and development agency of the Catholic Church in the U.S., for a new initiative to advance social justice for marginalized communities around the world.

USFers See Hungary From a Roma Perspective


When William Neverman ’11 landed in Budapest as part of an immersion trip to study cultural conflict and human rights violations involving the Roma, he never imagined that his photographs would cause gallery-goers to break down in tears.

World AIDS Day at USF


The University of San Francisco will observe World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, with several on-campus events, including a premiere screening of the Showtime documentary film "Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys,” a workshop about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention, and a panel discussion with individuals who are HIV positive.

USF Alumna Stays Alive in 'The Amazing Race' 


One-time Dons soccer player Sandy Draghi ’99, MSN ’05 and her boyfriend, Jeremy Cline, recently pulled out not one but two dramatic comebacks to make it into the final five teams of CBS’s "The Amazing Race."

Grad Founds 'Glamour Camping' Website


Have you imagined waking up to chirping birds outside your private tree house in Mt. Rainier National Park, Wash., or sipping coffee over views from your deluxe camping tent in Shaba National Reserve, Kenya? The University of San Francisco’s David Troya ’11 has your fix: “glamping,” or glamour camping.

Alum Fundraises For Peace In Ultra Marathon 


Eric Fischer, MA ’10, recently completed a 54-mile ultra marathon in Ifrane, Morocco, raising more than $2,000 for the nonprofit America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA).

USFers Win for Haitian Orphanage Design 


A team of University of San Francisco art + architecture students recently won second place at the de Young Museum’s New Generations Student Showcase for their design of an orphanage to house homeless children in Haiti.

HIV/AIDS in Zambia Today


Lilian Dube, assistant professor of theology and religious studies, has expanded her efforts to educate University of San Francisco students about HIV/AIDS conditions in Africa by leading an international service-learning program to Zambia.

USFers Fundraise For Japan


A University of San Francisco professor, three students from Japan, and the Center for the Pacific Rim staged fundraising campaigns this spring, bringing in $7,500 for victims of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in  their home country in March.

Hope and a Hospital in War-Torn Darfur


The idea for bringing once conflicted sides togther in a health care setting came to Adeeb Yousif while being held and tortured by the Sudanese goverment for his human rights work there. While in custody, the intelligence official who had beat and tortured him over an extended period became ill with malaria. As the son of one of the first pharmicists in Darfur, Yousif decided he had no choice but to treat his torturer and nurse him back to health.