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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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’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.
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 just welcomed its largest gathering of alumni and supporters to campus since the university’s 150-year anniversary in 2005.
The headline in the San Francisco Foghorn read, “Feelings run high — Coeds invade USF.”
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 will speak about his rise from high school dropout to become the city’s first Latino D.A. on Sept. 16 at USF.
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.
USF’s new Sacramento Campus is now open, in the heart of the city’s historic business district.
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.
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.
Weave fishing nets, organize the community ’60s-style in Haight-Ashbury and dance through the streets of San Francisco — all for college credit.
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.
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.
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).
They were given 48 hours and a challenge: to harness the power of technology to improve mental health and save lives.
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.
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.
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.
USF hosts spring commencement exercises May 15-17, celebrating the achievements of more than 2,000 graduates.
More than 150 USFers tapped into their giving spirit and joined the university’s April Action community service campaign this year.
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.
Join KUSF.org on campus April 13 for one of the largest
music lovers fairs in Northern California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new Emergency Medical
Response (EMR) service led and staffed by USF students is offering fast, front-line
treatment for on-campus medical emergencies.
“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
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.
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.
USF is honoring donors
this week with a series of events to raise awareness about philanthropy on campus.
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.
Eight sculptures from the permanent
collection of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum are on display at USF.
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 faculty show off their recent art and community design work
with images of Iceland’s steam craters, motion-sensing triangles on a computer screen,
and an accordion-style book that stretches 20 feet and is filled with snapshots
from neighborhoods where recent Bay Area immigration raids occurred.
Leading Bay Area scientists and artists will delve into the pros and cons of using synthetic biology to genetically modify organisms, how globalization impacts women’s art, how artists are adapting to meet the growing demand for eco-friendly art, and more at USF on Jan. 13.
USF Magazine is hot off
the presses and in the mail, but you can read it first online.
USF hosts its winter
commencement just in time for the holidays, honoring the achievements of almost
900 graduates on Dec. 13.