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Elected to Lead

07-30-2015London Breed

USF alumni hold public office across America. They exert power and influence and make vital decisions that can affect our lives. Here are six USF graduates who are changing our world as elected leaders.

Army Clinic Named for USF Nursing Alumna Killed in Combat

07-28-2015Jennifer Moreno

An outpatient clinic at Fort Sam Houston Army base in San Antonio has been named the Captain Jennifer M. Moreno Primary Care Clinic, honoring the USF nursing alumna who was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2013.

USF’s St. Ignatius Institute Among the Top “Great Books” Programs in Nation

07-17-2015Great Books

USF’s St. Ignatius Institute (SII) is one of the top university “great books” programs in the country, according to the college review and rankings website Best College Reviews.

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.

Students Program Video Games to Improve Patients’ Recoveries 

07-06-2015Video Game Therapy

USF computer science students and alumni are helping disabled patients stand and walk again with therapeutic video games that build patients’ strength and agility.

Nursing Alumnae Lead Medical Mission to Assist Hondurans

07-01-2015Suzanne Grant

Some families traveled for days to meet USF nursing alumna Suzanne Grant ’71 and her medical team. The patients were children, mostly, with maladies like clubbed feet, poorly healed fractures, and, in the case of one young man, a severe machete wound from being attacked.

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).

Students Transformed by USF Artist’s Mission to Serve the Underserved

06-22-2015Estria Miyashiro Mural Art

Josue Rojas met acclaimed USF graffiti-style muralist Estria Miyashiro ’92 at a pivotal moment, perhaps the pivotal moment of his life. He was surrounded by violence and hanging with the wrong crowd. Today, Rojas is an artist in his own right and just graduated with an MFA degree from Boston University.

USF MBA Student’s Tourism Startup Idea Goes “Off the Beaten Path”

06-11-2015Trey Ratcliff union square

Andy Hunter MBA ’16 wants to help tourists experience San Francisco like the locals do.

Architecture Students Preserving Mission Santa Cruz

06-09-2015Mission Santa Cruz

USF architecture students have teamed with California parks and a cutting-edge preservation group to digitally record, preserve, and, hopefully, restore some of the state’s oldest buildings — California Missions.

Leadership Award Winner Says USF Changed Her

06-03-2015Sascha Rosemond

Communications major Sascha Rosemond ’15 talks about USF in the glowing terms that many reserve for a parent or spouse, saying the university’s impact has been immeasurable. Ask about her USF experience and she’s quick to recount how she unpacked who she was for the first time in Prof. Evelyn Rodriguez’s People of Mixed Descent class.

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.

Nursing Students Learn to Put Chaos Theory in its Place


Does knowing Chaos Theory produce better nurses? The mathematical postulate is an integral part of USF’s online Master of Science in Nursing (RN-to-MSN) program, where nurses learn to take charge of complex and chaotic emergency situations to improve patient care.

USF Women Shine as Most Influential

05-12-2015Elizabeth Davis

It’s no surprise that USF women recently made the San Francisco Business Times’ list of Most Influential Women in the Bay Area for the fifth straight year, says School of Management Dean Elizabeth Davis.

USF Takes Down Competition at Judo Nationals

04-28-2015Hiroshi Yamaguchi

Hiroshi Yamaguchi ’15 led USF’s Judo Club team at the National Collegiate Judo Championships on April 18 and brought home a national title. Sofia Greco-Gyrne ’18 finished in the top three.

USF Boxers Win National Championships

04-17-2015USF Boxing Champs

USF Boxing Club fighters came away with two titles in the U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA) national championship over the weekend. The wins make them some of the best welterweight and light heavyweight amateur boxers in the nation.

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.

Math Undergrads Hack SF and Win

04-06-2015Math Hackathon Winners

USF math students won the nation’s largest challenge-driven hackathon. They did it by developing a breakthrough application that reduced the online storage size of photos, while preserving faces in the images in crystal clear high resolution.

USF’s Tax Moot Court Team Wins ABA National Competition

04-01-2015Tax Moot Court

In USF’s first year fielding a team in the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge, Aaron Miki 4L and Mikkela Sweet 4L won first place in the oral portion of the national moot court competition’s JD division.

Trailblazing Cancer Care From an Alum Ahead of His Time

03-26-2015Dr. Frank Meyskens

Dr. Frank Meyskens ’67 is a man ahead of his time. He’s pioneered preventive cancer care and research since the early 1980s, driven by a belief there must be a better treatment than bombarding cells with toxic chemotherapy — which wreaks havoc on the body.

Doctoral Student is Outstanding Tech Teacher of the Year

03-13-2015Diana Neebe

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has named USF doctoral student and high school English teacher Diana Neebe ’17 its outstanding young educator of the year, for her innovative classroom use of iPads and other technology.

California Senate Majority Leader is USF Alumnus

03-09-2015Bill Monning Cal Senator 2 Web

USF law alum Bill Monning ’76 has been named California Senate majority leader, making him one of the most influential lawmakers in the state. 

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’s Wolfram Alderson is Changing the Way America Eats

03-02-2015Sugar Danger

Wolfram Alderson MSOD ’08 is waging a national campaign to save American lives by changing the way we eat. If he succeeds, it won’t be the first time. As a founding organizer of one of the first farmers’ markets in California and the nation in 1979, he helped galvanize the spread of farmers markets across the country and promote organic, farm-to-table food.

USF Alumna is a National Leader on Solar 

02-27-2015Jeanine Cotter

USF’s Jeanine Cotter JD ’93 is the CEO and co-founder of San Francisco’s largest solar installation firm and a national leader in the green economy, having taken part in a recent White House summit on alternative energy. She attributes her success to principles she learned at USF and to running a business that focuses on improving the environment and supporting the local community as much as making a profit.

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.

Reclaiming Culture: PBS Follows Student’s Journey to Preserve Tribal Heritage

02-17-2015Jordan Dresser

Sometimes following your calling means venturing so far outside your comfort zone that you’ll ache with homesickness.

USF Faculty Honored for Top Scholarly Works & Research

02-13-2015Susan Steinberg

Four USF professors have been named College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholars for 2014. This year’s award honors outstanding publications and research on matters as varied as the role of religion in immigrants’ lives, previously undiscovered molecular species, fictional short stories about broken hearts, and the roots of international conflict in Africa.

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.

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).

The Chronicle Season of Sharing Wins the California Prize for Service and the Common Good

02-02-2015Jeffery Johnson

The University of San Francisco has named the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund this year’s recipient of the USF California Prize for Service and the Common Good. The nonprofit was selected for its commitment to assisting Bay Area families facing financial crisis.

Perks and Payments, Is Your Physician Biased?

01-30-2015Doctor Cash in Pocket

A new website created by two USF professors allows patients and the public to learn whether perks from pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufactures may be influencing the treatments their doctors prescribe.

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.

On MLK Day, Expert Panel Examines How to Improve Police and Community Interactions

01-23-2015Beyond Protests

Community and government leaders came together at the USF School of Law Jan. 20 for “Beyond the Protests,” a panel discussion on how to improve police and community interactions in the wake of controversies surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the lack of indictments against police officers involved in those incidents.

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.

Reading, Writing, and All That Jazz

01-12-2015Margie Baker

Jazz singer Margie Baker EDD ’83 has incredible stories to tell from her 41-year career — how she was discovered by chance the first time she sang in public and how jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie became her good friend and mentor.

Meet Silicon Valley’s Ultimate Comeback Kid

01-09-2015Ramona Pierson

In the spring of 1984, Ramona Pierson MA ’03 was more dead than alive. The then-U.S. Marine was out for a jog when a hit-and-run driver ran her over. She was left bleeding on the side of the road with more than 100 broken bones, a slashed aorta, and a catalogue of other injuries that made survival a miracle at best.

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.

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. 

An Education Worth Fighting For

12-08-2014Maria Poyer

Maria Poyer ’15 didn’t learn to read until she was nearly 14. She never learned phonics, and before she came to USF, she’d never written an essay. In fact, she’d spent less than four years of her life in school.

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.

USF Professor Saves Family From Flooding Home

12-04-2014Flood house rescue

USF’s Gretchen Coffman waded into two feet of rushing water to rescue a bewildered family from their rapidly flooding home just outside Anaheim. 

USF Gears Up to Give Back for the Holidays

11-25-2014Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and Dons everywhere have geared up to give back to those who are less fortunate by distributing food to families, volunteering, and organizing donation drives.

How to Turn a Class Assignment Into a Startup Company

11-19-2014College Labor

Entrepreneur Justin Ohanessian’s recipe for launching a successful business calls for two things: a simple idea and abundant determination.

Are Kids at Risk in the Digital Age?

11-13-2014Parent and child tug at tablet computer

Family therapist Maryellen Mullin ’98, MA ’04 has teamed up with USF faculty and Bay Area experts to offer a first-of-its-kind seminar for parents about raising children in a digital age.

Alumna is Chief Executive in the Fight Against Cancer

11-12-2014Family House

For Alexandra Morgan MNA ’00, the fight against cancer is personal. It played a pivotal role in her decision to become CEO of Family House — a San Francisco nonprofit that cares for children stricken by the disease.

Responding to Humanitarian Crisis, USF Assists Unaccompanied Minors

11-06-2014Immigrant Minors

Late last spring, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras was forced to leave his family and flee his home after his life was threatened by violent local gangs.

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.

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.