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. 

Art Exhibit Raises Questions About San Francisco Without African-Americans

03-18-2015Hiraeth 3.9 Art Collective

A new Thacher Gallery exhibit dives into the exodus of African-Americans from San Francisco over the past 20 years and the migration’s long-lasting effects on art, community, and perceptions of “home.”

USF Commemorates Muslim Chapel Hill Students

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Members of the USF community gathered at Gleeson Plaza on Friday to remember three University of North Carolina students who were killed Feb. 10 at their off-campus Chapel Hill apartment — a crime that some Muslim leaders suggest reflects a tide of anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.

USF Hosts Teach-In After Ferguson & Staten Island

02-23-2015Black History Month Teach In

Alicia Garza, who co-founded the #BlackLivesMatter movement, will be on campus Feb. 24 for a day-long teach-in to raise awareness about prejudice, privilege, and persecution in the wake of national protests alleging widespread police violence against African-Americans.

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.

Six All-Stars Inducted Into USF Athletics Hall of Fame


USF will induct five players and one coach from six different team sports into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 6. Inductees include Scott Cousins ’06 (baseball), Ed Thomas ’64 (men’s basketball), Glenn Van Straatum ’83 (men’s soccer), Haley Carroll ’09 (volleyball), Jennifer Hartford ’08 (women’s cross country), and Coach Bill Nepfel (women’s basketball).

New Exhibit Spotlights Printing Press’s Role in Changing History


USF museum studies students are set to premiere a new Thacher Gallery exhibit on Jan. 26, in a first-of-its kind show.

USF Salutes MLK's Legacy

01-16-2015MLK Day

With protest marches against alleged police brutality planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in major cities across the country, civil rights icon and USF Visiting Professor Clarence B. Jones believes the United States is living through a watershed period.

USF Receives Historic $5 Million Pledge to Support Athletics

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USF Dons basketball and baseball are in line for major upgrades, thanks to a $5 million pledge to USF Athletics — the largest in the program’s history. 

USF Celebrates New Graduates in Winter Commencement


USF will toast its newest batch of graduates at the winter commencement exercises on Dec. 12. 

Law Student Elected SF Board of Supervisors Interim President

12-05-2014Katy Tang

District 4 Supervisor and USF law student Katy Tang JD ’17 was recently elected interim president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Her six-week term began Dec. 1.

Holiday Spirit Shines at USF With Tree Lighting and Carols

12-02-2014Christmas tree

The University of San Francisco ushered in the holiday season with hot cocoa, carols, and a prayer for hope and guidance that culminated with the lighting of a two-story Christmas tree outside University Center last night.

USF Senior Founds Sports League for Typical- and Special-Needs Kids


Montray Clemons ’16 is still smiling about what happened weeks ago when the Dons forward led basketball drills for a group of typical- and special-needs kids at USF’s War Memorial Gymnasium. Every few minutes one of the kids would light up like an incandescent bulb, their eyes beaming because they’d just learned to dribble between their legs or shoot a basket.

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.

A New Era: USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., Inaugurated

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All Saints Day in the city of Saint Francis was the backdrop for the installation of USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., on Nov. 1, and marked the opening a new era at the University of San Francisco.

USF Inaugurates a New President

10-30-2014USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., will be officially sworn into office as USF’s president on Nov. 1, in one of the largest university celebrations in nearly a decade. Hundreds are expected to descend on campus for the festivities, including U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and University of California President and former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Record Attendance at Parents & Family Weekend

10-28-2014Parents & Family Weekend

USF welcomed a record number of parents and family members to campus over the weekend, where they toured the Lo Schiavo Center for Science and Innovation, heard tips on how to navigate San Francisco’s tough apartment rental market, and learned about career counseling and study abroad classes available to students.

Celebrating a New President with a Global Vision

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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.

USF Boxers Win Big at Hilltop Cup

10-23-2014Hilltop Cup John Felix Gubuan

USF history, chemistry, and data science majors are some of the region’s best college boxers, having slugged their way to wins at USF’s Hilltop Cup Boxing Invitational on Oct. 17.

USF Trustees Welcome New Members

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USF’s Board of Trustees welcomed four new members into its ranks recently, among them a leading voice in the U.S./Mexico immigration debate and the School of Law’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

USF DiversityTalks: San Francisco Leaders Reflect on the Power of Community

10-09-2014Janice Mirikitani

What do San Francisco’s best-known homeless shelter and the online, vacation-booking site Airbnb have in common? They’re built on community, according to Janice Mirikitani, USF diversity scholar, visiting professor, and former San Francisco poet laureate.

USF Alumni Weekend Draws Crowds 

09-29-2014Alumni Weekend Spirit Squad

USF just welcomed its largest gathering of alumni and supporters to campus since the university’s 150-year anniversary in 2005.

Women Invade USF!

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The headline in the San Francisco Foghorn read, “Feelings run high — Coeds invade USF.”

Race, Class, and Gender and How to Dance Them

09-17-2014Luis Reynoso

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

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon Speaks at USF

09-15-2014George Gascon

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon will speak about his rise from high school dropout to become the city’s first Latino D.A. on Sept. 16 at USF.

Rare Book Room Renovated in Time for Earthquake

09-08-2014Rare Book Room historic hand press

The Gleeson Library/Geschke Center’s Donohue Rare Book Room has reopened after a recent renovation opened walls, expanded reading space, upgraded temperature and humidity controls, and hardened the archive and shelves against earthquakes.

Introducing USF’s New Sacramento Campus 

09-02-2014Sacramento Campus

USF’s new Sacramento Campus is now open, in the heart of the city’s historic business district.

USF Involvement Fair Falls Silent in Solidarity With Slain Teen

08-29-2014Involvement Fair

More than 200 USFers fell silent on Gleeson Plaza at 12:30 Thursday afternoon and some held up signs in honor of Michael Brown — the Ferguson, Mo., teen killed by police in early August. 

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.

Flash Mobs, Food Myths, and Fantasy: USF’s 10 Coolest Classes

08-01-2014Flash mob Earth Day

Weave fishing nets, organize the community ’60s-style in Haight-Ashbury and dance through the streets of San Francisco — all for college credit.

Heart Association Ranks USF Healthiest Workplace

07-16-2014Wellness Award

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently rated USF one of the fittest workplaces in the country and has honored the university with two awards. One award places USF among 40 elite innovators in health and wellness.

Excellent Sex, Ethics, and the Lives of Saints

07-07-2014Lisa Fullam

Can ethics help you have excellent sex? Lisa Fullam says they can.


She will explain how in a lecture series on virtue ethics, sex, and the lives of saints, which kicks off July 8 at USF’s Hilltop campus.

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).

Coding Life-Saving Apps in 48 Hours


They were given 48 hours and a challenge: to harness the power of technology to improve mental health and save lives.

Introducing USF’s New President


The six-month national search is over, and a Bay Area native is coming home. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., starts his new job as president of USF on Aug. 1. 

USF’s Class of 2014 Revels in the Moment

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Is there anything sweeter than a post-graduation embrace or riding the Los Lobos wolves on the library lawn, while dad tries to capture your balancing act for the graduation photo album? Probably not, which makes these digital postcards worth hanging on the wall.

School of Management Appoints First Female Dean

05-16-2014Elizabeth Davis

USF has named Elizabeth B. Davis dean of the School of Management, making her the first woman to lead the school in its 90-year history.

Raising Caps for Spring Graduates


USF hosts spring commencement exercises May 15-17, celebrating the achievements of more than 2,000 graduates.

April Action: USFers Lend a Hand for Days of Service

05-05-2014April Action

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

In Living Color: USFers Painted Head to Toe in Holi Festival

04-14-2014Holi celebration

USF students coated each other with fistfuls of powdery violets, blues, and greens in the center of campus April 4, as they celebrated the Indian rites of spring festival Holi. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is an ancient Hindu celebration and takes place just before the vernal equinox.

Find Your Favorite Music at Rock 'N Swap

04-10-2014Rock N Swap

Join on campus April 13 for one of the largest music lovers fairs in Northern California.

Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., Named President of the University of San Francisco

04-08-2014USF President Elect Paul Fitzgerald SJ

Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., has been named the next president of the University of San Francisco, the 28th in its 159-year history. The USF Board of Trustees voted unanimously in a special session April 8 to appoint Fr. Fitzgerald, said Thomas E. Malloy ’61, board chair. Fr. Fitzgerald will take office Aug. 1.

Scientist Who Proved Black Holes Exist Speaks at USF

04-04-2014Penrose Milky Way

Internationally renowned mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, whose work ranks alongside those of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, will speak at USF on April 7. He’ll discuss his theory that the universe is an infinite series of eons and whether new technology might allow us to reveal what happened before the Big Bang.

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. 

‘Hardball’s’ Chris Matthews Talks Politics and the Pope at USF

03-19-2014Chris Matthews event

Political talk show host and USF Distinguished Visiting Professor Chris Matthews predicted a drubbing for Democrats in the November elections and suggested Hillary Clinton is the party’s best presidential candidate for 2016 at the moment, in a wide-ranging public discussion on campus March 18. 

Student EMRs Respond to Campus Medical Calls

03-17-2014Emergency Medical Responders

A new Emergency Medical Response (EMR) service led and staffed by USF students is offering fast, front-line treatment for on-campus medical emergencies.

Chris Matthews of ‘Hardball’ at USF

03-12-2014Chris Matthews

“Hardball” political talk show host Chris Matthews will discuss faith, service, and America’s current political dysfunction with the Most Rev. Bob McElroy, auxiliary bishop for the San Francisco Archdiocese, at USF on March 18.

Diverse Communities a Focus During Mayoral Forum at USF

03-11-2014Bernard Tyson

Electronic medical records are transforming health care for patients, particularly those from diverse communities, Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente CEO told an audience of about 200 at a mayoral forum on diversity, innovation, and jobs at USF on March 7.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Shines

03-10-2014Little Shop of Horrors

USF’s College Players performed the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at Presentation Theater Feb. 28 to March 3, as part of the club’s 150 season.

Generosity Week Celebrates Philanthropy 

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USF is honoring donors this week with a series of events to raise awareness about philanthropy on campus.