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USF Coding Workshop for Bay Area Girls Gets Big Boost

07-22-2015Girls in Tech

USF’s long-running summer computer coding workshop for girls will double in size and be free this year, thanks to a $20,000 gift from AT&T.

USF in Elite Company When it Comes to Healthy Workplaces

06-29-2015Healthy workplace

USF was recognized as one of the healthiest workplaces in the country and was recently honored for its innovation and overall approach to health and wellness by the American Heart Association (AHA).

USF Trustees Elect Law Alumnus Chair

06-24-2015Stephen Hamill

The university’s governing body, the USF Board of Trustees, has elected Stephen Hamill JD ’78 as chairman.

USF Implements Groundbreaking Sexual Assault Reporting


USF will be the first university in the country to implement a new online system for reporting college sexual assaults, an approach designed to encourage students who are hesitant to come forward in person.

First-of-its-Kind Forum Promotes Arts Education in Prisons

06-16-2015Jail file photo

Can painting, sketching, playing instruments, and other forms of art help rehabilitate prisoners and reduce repeat offenses?

McCarthy Center Names New Senior Director

06-15-2015McCarthy Center Director David Donahue

Award-winning educator and service learning innovator David Donahue has been selected as the new senior director of USF’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.

USF Names University Veteran as Interim Provost

05-29-2015James Wiser2

Former USF Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Wiser is returning to the university in his prior role, while a nationwide search continues for a permanent replacement to fill the university’s top academic post.

Graduates Celebrate After Spring Commencement

05-26-2015USF Commencement spring 2015

More than 2,000 beaming graduates flooded Gleeson Plaza with family and friends after USF’s commencement exercises last week.

USF to Honor Graduates in Spring Commencement

05-20-2015USF Commencement

USF will celebrate the academic accomplishments of more than 2,000 graduating students at spring commencement on May 21-23. 

USF Band Ivory Arrows is On the Way, After Releasing New Album

05-18-2015Ivory Arrows

USF band Ivory Arrows has played numerous shows at university venues, debuted two EPs, and toured California and Oregon over the past four years. Now, the soulful indie pop trio has released its first full-length album — On the Way

Former USF President John Lo Schiavo, S.J., Passes

05-15-2015Fr. Lo Schiavo

Former USF President and USF Chancellor John Lo Schiavo, S.J., 90, passed away peacefully at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos on May 15.

Hawaiian Club Celebrates With Hula Dances, SPAM Eating Contest

05-08-2015Hawaiian dance

The USF Hui O Hawaii club’s annual lu’au on May 2 drew more than 200 attendees and featured traditional Hawaiian dances and a SPAM musubi eating contest.

Alumni & Supporters Contribute $200,000 in 24 Hours

05-05-2015Day of the Dons

USF alumni and supporters crushed the university’s first annual Day of the Dons on April 23, meeting and exceeding the campaign’s 300-supporters goal before lunch and more than quadrupling that over the remaining 12 hours of the drive.

Sounds of Pop, Sounds of Protest 

04-23-2015Greil Marcus

Acclaimed Rolling Stone magazine cultural critic and San Francisco native Griel Marcus will visit USF on April 23 to talk about the state of popular music in the context of modern protest movements, including #BlackLivesMatter.

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. 

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

02-25-2015Muslim UNC student memorial

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

12-19-2014Malloy sports

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

11-04-2014Fr Fitzgerald inauguration

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

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.

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

10-17-2014Serra Falk Goldman 300 x 225

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!

09-22-2014USF Women 1967

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.