16th Thacher Annual
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Graduation Day


The University of San Francisco’s fall commencement took place Dec. 18.

On Campus: Oprah Book Club Author


Born under a palm-wine tree in Ikot Akpan Eda, Nigeria, as the grandson of a man who brought Catholicism to his village, Uwen Akpan, S.J. grew up to become an ordained Jesuit priest, an award-winning fiction writer, and Oprah Book Club author. The acclaimed writer recently visited the University of San Francisco to read from his collection of stories about children, Say You’re One of Them.

USF Honors Murdered Jesuits


Twenty years after the killing of six Jesuit priests by members of the Salvadoran army in retaliation for their work promoting social justice in El Salvador, the University of San Francisco commemorated the priests’ deaths with a daylong conference Nov. 16.

California Prize Goes to Alice Waters


Renowned chef Alice Waters will receive the California Prize for Service and the Common Good for 2009 from the University of San Francisco.

Mentoring Program Connects Students, Alumni


The University of San Francisco’s College of Arts and Sciences recently launched a mentoring program designed to connect students with alumni who share their career, cultural, or social interests.

USF Artist Comforts Market Street


Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, assistant professor of design at USF, has stitched San Francisco’s neglected Central Market neighborhood a cozy sweater.

Honoring Faculty for Teaching, Research, Service


Administrators at the University of San Francisco have created an honorific designation intended to commend faculty who have made exceptional contributions to realizing the university’s core values.

It Doesn't Take a Genius


E=MC2 might be the world’s best-known algebraic formula, relatively speaking. It’s also the name of a new eco-friendly competition underway at USF’s Loyola Village this semester.

Diversity Propels Law School into Top 10


The University of San Francisco School of Law ranked in the top 10 law schools for Hispanics in the nation for 2009, as determined by Hispanic Business magazine.

Green is the Thing


The University of San Francisco is on the up and up when it comes to “living green,” earning an overall “B+” on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010.

Food Service and Recycling Earn “A”


The University of San Francisco has earned top marks on the College Sustainability Report Card for its food and recycling efforts.

USF Welcomes Norwegian Prime Minister


The University of San Francisco recognized the life’s work of Kjell Magne Bondevik, twice the prime minister of Norway and the founding president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, by awarding him an honorary degree Sept. 30.

Prevent H1N1


The University of San Francisco is urging students, faculty, and staff to take steps to prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu, and educate themselves on how to respond should they or someone they know develop flu-like symptoms.

Wetlands v. Greenhouse Gases


With the federal government intent on addressing global warming and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calling for carbon-trading caps, a study underway at the University of San Francisco could turn the tide in the struggle to restore Bay Area wetlands that capture greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.

Erasmus: Stop Paying for Slavery


Pointing a finger at the telltale signs of human trafficking associated with the sex trade, agricultural labor, and sweat shops uncovered in their research, students at the University of San Francisco want San Francisco’s elected officials and residents to pursue new laws and change their habits to rid the city of this underground industry.

Law Students, First Lady in Hunter's Point

06-01-2009Law Students and Obama

On June 22, USF School of Law students, administrators, and staff participating in the Law In Motion Service Program worked beside first lady Michelle Obama and first lady of California Maria Shriver to build a new playground for youth and seniors at Bret Harte Elementary School. Located in San Francisco's Hunter's Point neighborhood, the new playground will offer community space for play and gardening.

USF Sociologist Wins Guggenheim


In spite of being billed as “The Funniest Woman in the World” in her heyday and rising to become one of America’s most recognized entertainers, even playing Carnegie Hall, the life and times of Jackie “Moms” Mabley has been almost entirely neglected by historians and writers outside of standup comedy circles.

On a Winning Streak


A month after winning the national Association for Women in Science’s (AWIS) Ellen Weaver Award, University of San Francisco Assistant Professor of biology Juliet Spencer followed up by receiving USF’s Arthur Furst Award for Outstanding Research Advancing Science for the Betterment of Humanity.

Spain Defends LGBT Rights in Latin America


In a culture best know for machismo and bullfights, an alter ego has emerged in recent years with the Spanish government stepping up efforts to expand human rights for the lesbian, gay, transsexual, and bisexual community, not only domestically, but in former colonial states in Latin America.

USF Lauded for Community Service


University of San Francisco students’ commitment to community continued to draw commendation in 2008, with the university making the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service for the third year running.

Ministering to Faith

02-24-2009Resident Ministry

Jacklyn Gonzalez ’07 knows about the strains of undergraduate life at the University of San Francisco. From pulling overnighters during finals week to being the first female in her family to graduate from college, she’s been there, done that. Now a graduate theology student and resident minister intern for University Ministry, she goes out of her way to offer guidance to younger students.

Jesuit Superior Visits USF

01-12-2009Superior General

Recently elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., is scheduled to visit California beginning Jan. 30, including stops at St. Ignatius Church and the University of San Francisco.

Student Film Debuts in Italy, Travels to Cannes


When junior media studies major Alexandra Platt studied film production abroad last summer in Rome, she had no idea the documentary film she’d make would end up premiering at an international human rights film festival in Italy in April.