USF News USF News Feed Business Student Rebuilds Kuwait After Gulf Oil Well Fires 2015-03-05 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. oil fires.jpg USF’s Wolfram Alderson is Changing the Way America Eats 2015-03-02 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  2015-02-27 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 2015-02-25 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 2015-02-23 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 2015-02-20 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. Reclaiming Culture: PBS Follows Student’s Journey to Preserve Tribal Heritage 2015-02-17 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 2015-02-13 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 2015-02-11 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. When Walls Speak 2015-02-09 A graduate student in USF’s Human Rights Education program co-directed a short documentary on the celebrated murals in San Francisco’s Mission District and helped paint one himself. Six All-Stars Inducted Into USF Athletics Hall of Fame 2015-02-06 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). Seeing the Personal in the Past 2015-02-04 Next time you tune into StoryCorps on NPR, USF creative writing students may be interviewing a former hippy who moved his family to a teepee on Mt. Tamalpais after the Summer of Love, or a Jewish immigrant who survived the Nazi occupation of France, or a 97-year-old native San Franciscan who remembers when gas street lamps lit downtown. The Chronicle Season of Sharing Wins the California Prize for Service and the Common Good 2015-02-02 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? 2015-01-30,_Is_Your_Physician_Biased_/ 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. Cash 2 Web.jpg Putting Filipino Food on the Map 2015-01-28 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. New Exhibit Spotlights Printing Press’s Role in Changing History 2015-01-26 USF museum studies students are set to premiere a new Thacher Gallery exhibit on Jan. 26, in a first-of-its kind show. On MLK Day, Expert Panel Examines How to Improve Police and Community Interactions 2015-01-23 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. Take 5: Questions With Visiting Professor Janice Mirikitani 2015-01-20 Janice Mirikitani, USF diversity scholar and visiting professor, talks about the power of diversity and whether San Francisco's tech boom is good for residents. USF Salutes MLK's Legacy 2015-01-16 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 2015-01-12 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 2015-01-09 In the spring of 1984, Ramona Pierson MA ’03 was more dead than alive. Healing Hanoi 2015-01-07—_University_Magazine/ 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 2014-12-19$5_Million_Pledge_to_Support_Athletics/ USF Dons basketball and baseball are in line for major upgrades, thanks to a $5 million pledge to USF Athletics — sports.jpg?n=5887 Changing Health Care, Education, Politics, and More: The Class of 2014 Shares its Dreams 2014-12-17 When USF graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas on Dec. 12, their exalted smiles hardly betrayed that many were already thinking ahead to careers intent on changing the status quo — whether in health care, politics, or performing arts. USF Celebrates New Graduates in Winter Commencement 2014-12-10 USF will toast its newest batch of graduates at the winter commencement exercises on Dec. 12. An Education Worth Fighting For 2014-12-08 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 2014-12-05 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 2014-12-04 USF’s Gretchen Coffman waded into two feet of rushing water to rescue a bewildered family from their rapidly flooding home just outside Anaheim. Holiday Spirit Shines at USF With Tree Lighting and Carols 2014-12-02 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 Gears Up to Give Back for the Holidays 2014-11-25 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. USF Senior Founds Sports League for Typical- and Special-Needs Kids 2014-11-21 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. How to Turn a Class Assignment Into a Startup Company 2014-11-19 Entrepreneur Justin Ohanessian’s recipe for launching a successful business calls for two things: a simple idea and abundant determination. Hundreds Honor El Salvador’s Jesuit Martyrs 2014-11-18 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. Are Kids at Risk in the Digital Age? 2014-11-13 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 2014-11-12 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 2014-11-06,_USF_Assists_Unaccompanied_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. A New Era: USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., Inaugurated 2014-11-04,_S_J_,_Inaugurated/ 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 2014-10-30 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. Venture Capitalist Confidence Slides for First Time in Years 2014-10-29 For the first time in two years, Silicon Valley’s startup funders are souring to near- and mid-term investment opportunities, according to USF research. Record Attendance at Parents & Family Weekend 2014-10-28 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 2014-10-27 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.©2014bWeb.jpg Giants in Baseball, Committed to Community Off the Field 2014-10-24,_Committed_to_Community_Off_the_Field/ As the San Francisco Giants chase their third World Series championship in five years, the team’s fan base is at an all-time high. But it’s more than stellar baseball that makes the team the darling of Fog City; it’s their support of causes that are near and dear to San Franciscan’s hearts. USF Boxers Win Big at Hilltop Cup 2014-10-23 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 2014-10-21 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. USF Trustees Welcome New Members 2014-10-17 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. Funky Genes: Alumna Chronicles Decision to Get Double Mastectomy 2014-10-15 Rachel Stone ’06, MPH ’13 needs to get something off her chest and not just, as she calls them, her “ticking time bomb breasts.” Dean Honored With 2014 SF Latino Heritage Award 2014-10-13 San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee presented Dean John Trasviña with the city’s 2014 Latino Heritage Education Award at an Oct. 8 ceremony at City Hall. USF DiversityTalks: San Francisco Leaders Reflect on the Power of Community 2014-10-09 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. New Lo Schiavo Chair Meets Students at the Intersection of Politics and Faith 2014-10-03 Frank Turner, S.J., a leading international advocate on issues of poverty, social deprivation, climate change, and foreign policy, has been named USF’s new Anna and Joseph Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought. Imagining Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, Psychologists Find 2014-10-01,_Psychologists_Find/ Corporate ad execs may want to reconsider their tactics for enticing consumers, in light of recent award-winning research conducted by a team of USF undergraduates.