USF News USF News Feed 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. USF Alumni Weekend Draws Crowds  2014-09-29 USF just welcomed its largest gathering of alumni and supporters to campus since the university’s 150-year anniversary in 2005. Law Student’s Investigation Exonerates Wrongly Accused Community Worker 2014-09-26 Katie Finch ’14, a participant in this spring’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, recently won a case for her client thanks to her dogged investigation skills. The charges against her client were dismissed moments before the courtroom trial was about to begin, and Finch’s investigation also led to another defendant’s acquittal in a related case. Battling AIDS: Biz Alum Joins Cause After Uganda Immersion  2014-09-24 Mallory Browne ’13 could have landed a cushy corporate job after graduating as a standout USF business-marketing student. Instead, she saw a chance to make a difference and help save lives working for an international nonprofit that leads HIV/AIDS care and research in 28 countries around the world. Women Invade USF! 2014-09-22 The headline in the San Francisco Foghorn read, “Feelings run high — Coeds invade USF.” Elevating the Eccentric, An Unnecessary Woman Makes National Must-Read List 2014-09-19 Of all the characters novelist Rabih Alameddine MBA ’86 has created, his latest — a 72-year-old woman with blue hair and no friends — is his most autobiographical, he says. Race, Class, and Gender and How to Dance Them 2014-09-17 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 2014-09-15 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. Who Benefits? Research Raises Questions About Fair Trade Coffee  2014-09-12 When USF graduate researchers landed in Guatemala to investigate whether fair trade coffee was benefiting local coffee growers, they never imagined the experience would be turned into a novel about the country’s tug of war between rich and poor, its colonial past, and coffee marketers’ efforts to win international consumers’ hearts and minds. The Next Big Thing: USF Startup Founder Powers Google Glass 2014-09-09 Imagine seeing what basketball star Roy Hibbert sees while flying through the air for a layup, as you watch the Jumbotron from your arena seat. Now imagine physicians saving lives by remotely guiding first responders as they see and treat patients at the scene of an accident. That and more is possible with technology created for Google Glass by a startup founded by Jon Fisher ’98. Rare Book Room Renovated in Time for Earthquake 2014-09-08 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 Fulbright Scholar Builds Solidarity With Indigenous Community Through Art 2014-09-04 Christine Yeh’s campaign to preserve a disappearing indigenous culture has landed the USF professor’s work, or more precisely her students’ work, in Taiwan’s national museum — where it’s made headlines and earned applause from the country’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Introducing USF’s New Sacramento Campus  2014-09-02 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 2014-08-29 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. Latest Research: Wheelchairs Raise Employment, Reduce Begging in the Developing World 2014-08-27 Provide the disabled with wheelchairs and they will switch from begging on the streets to working. They will live better, more productive lives and increase their income by as much as 82 percent. Those are the conclusions Justin Grider ’14 came to after he spent two months in Ethiopia conducting graduate research that made international economists take notice. Burning Man 2014: USF Prof. Created the Festival's Mail Service 2014-08-25 Vijay Mehrotra is the kind of guy who will try anything once, whether that means doing improv or taking the Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing to Berlin. USF Graduate Reading Specialists Fight Summer Learning Loss 2014-08-21 USF’s Helen Maniates was recently named Education Partner of the Year for leading a School of Education effort to bolster the reading skills of students from under-resourced San Francisco schools.