2020: The Year in Review

The top 10 USF stories, plus the year in photos

By Mary McInerney, USF News Posted Tue, 12/22/2020 - 12:16

As we say farewell to 2020, we invite you to review the year — in stories and in pictures. These are 2020’s most read stories by students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff, starting with the No.1 article:

      1. Road to Reopening. It’s important to know this story was published May 22 — what seems like a lifetime ago. Although USF outlined a tentative plan to reopen in the fall, city health officials and the university later decided it would not be safe to do so because of COVID-19.
      2. Eat Like a Don. This feature explores the culinary scene that connects us at USF, with a list of 150 alumni-owned and operated restaurants, cafes, bars, and wineries in the Bay Area and beyond, from USF Magazine’s first Food & Drink Issue.
      3. Coffee Kings. In this USF Magazine feature, we learn the story of two former USF students who founded Starbucks and went on to own Peet’s.
      4. USF Makes Princeton Review’s 2021 Top Colleges. The university is one of 386 colleges and universities recognized by the Princeton Review as a top university in the U.S.
      5. Stopping the Next Pandemic. As the world moved in mid-February to begin tackling the coronavirus, Netflix released a documentary featuring USF alumni working to prevent a catastrophic outbreak.
      6. USF Donates Medical Masks, Equipment to Hospitals. The university donated much-needed personal protection equipment (PPE) to local hospitals in San Francisco that were caring for COVID-19 patients.
      7. New Year, New Progress on Campus Construction. In January, readers enjoyed learning more about the new Lone Mountain dining hall, as well as a new student residence hall that was under construction on Lone Mountain. Both are now nearly complete.
      8. 14 People to Know on Campus. Here are the people who help students make the most of their time at USF.
      9. How Big a Risk is COVID-19? Jeremy Howard and Rachel Thomas, USF data scientists, talked about the significant threat the virus posed —on March 11. Howard went on to start the #Masks4All movement.
      10. How to Cook at Home. Tips and tricks from USF’s favorite French chef during COVID-19 shutdowns.

2020: The Year in Photos at the University of San Francisco