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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They’re USF pioneers. They started educational programs in African American, Asian American, and Latino-Chicano studies, contributing to USF’s diversity in immeasurable ways. This summer, they’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fellowship that brought them to campus — the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellows (EMDF) program.
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).
Four USF students and alumni will be studying, teaching, and volunteering in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe this summer and next year as part of prestigious U.S. Department of State programs.
Jack Howell ’64 is leading an effort to build and distribute thousands of portable solar cookers for free to refugee families in Afghanistan who live without electricity or running water in tents and mud houses.
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan leveled dozens of towns, killing more than 6,000 people and affecting an estimated four million, Filipinos have begun to rebuild. But in the super storm’s wake, one USF researcher worries that thousands of baby girls remain at risk.
School of Education Dean Kevin
Kumashiro has been recognized by two national organizations for his contributions
to multicultural education and education reform.
USF’s Human Rights Film Festival kicks off April 3 and includes an Academy Award nominee for best documentary
and more than a dozen films by USF students and alumni.
Barbara Demman ’98 is leading
a pioneering effort to train Ghanaian nurses in emergency medicine so they can open
desperately needed hospital emergency departments and rural clinics throughout
Three USF students have won the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin
A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the spring 2014
Dozens gathered at University of San Francisco on Oct. 9. to remember and honor the service of nursing alumna and USF ROTC commissioned officer 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno ’10. Moreno was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 6.
A documentary starring two University of San Francisco anthropologists reveals that Ireland's nomadic subculture is all but dead. The film became one of the most-watched documentaries to premiere on Irish television.
Gerardo Marin, senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of San Francisco, was recently named to the 100 Colombians 2013 list for his academic achievements and contributions to higher education administration.
University of San Francisco architecture students are behind the design of a new community center being built in northeastern Japan, where residents are still recovering from a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Criminals in the U.S. receive longer sentences for lesser crimes, including life without parole (LWOP) for nonviolent offenders and for juveniles, putting the country at odds with sentencing practices in the rest of the world, according to a recent University of San Francisco study.
This summer, 12 graduate students from
the University of San Francisco’s International and Multicultural Education (IME)
Program traveled to the remote Amazon region of Morona Santiago, Ecuador, to
build a bilingual curriculum for an ancient, indigenous people fighting for its
Returning to the Philippines to study this past spring, Teresa Cariño ’13 anticipated a kind of homecoming. The Philippines is her parents’ homeland, after all. She had visited many times. What she found were families crowded into shanties and children living on the streets—scenes she had previously only glimpsed from the security of her family’s car.
On Aug. 7, 2011, nine former senior Salvadoran military officers turned themselves in at an army base outside San Salvador, rather than face the humiliating prospect of being arrested in public. They did so after Interpol, acting at the behest of a Spanish court, issued an international warrant for their arrest as alleged perpetrators of one of the most shocking human rights atrocities ever committed in Latin America: the assassination of six Jesuit priests, their cook, and her daughter in November 1989.
The child-safe hotel where Kelsey Silva ’13 and fellow
University of San Francisco classmates slept in Thailand was familiar, in a
studied way. As were the center that housed Thai women who were recently
rescued from prostitution and the restaurant where Silva’s class ate that was run
by former Cambodian street children.
daughter of Filipino immigrants, Teresa Cariño ’13 has memories of the
Philippines that come mostly from the stories she was told growing up and what
she glimpsed on visits from the backseat of the family car.
At the start of a new
season, most baseball players are thinking about homeruns and increasing their
batting averages. But University of San Francisco pitcher Bob Mott '12 will kick off
the 2012 season with an unusual goal for his team — 833 strikeouts.
University of San Francisco’s Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, assistant professor
of politics, has been honored by the White House as one of its Champions of Change — part of President Barack Obama’s Winning the Future initiative.
The University of San Francisco is teaming up with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international relief and development agency of the Catholic Church in the U.S., for a new initiative to advance social justice for marginalized communities around the world.
When William Neverman ’11 landed in Budapest as part of an
immersion trip to study cultural conflict and human rights violations involving
the Roma, he never imagined that his photographs would cause gallery-goers to break
down in tears.
The University of San Francisco will observe World AIDS Day,
Dec. 1, with several on-campus events, including a premiere screening of the Showtime
documentary film "Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys,” a workshop about HIV/AIDS transmission and
prevention, and a panel discussion with individuals who are HIV positive.
One-time Dons soccer player Sandy Draghi ’99, MSN ’05 and her
boyfriend, Jeremy Cline, recently pulled out not one but two dramatic comebacks
to make it into the final five teams of CBS’s "The Amazing Race."
Have you imagined waking
up to chirping birds outside your private tree house in Mt. Rainier National
Park, Wash., or sipping coffee over views from your deluxe camping tent in Shaba National Reserve, Kenya? The University of San Francisco’s David
Troya ’11 has your fix: “glamping,” or glamour camping.
Eric Fischer, MA ’10, recently completed
a 54-mile ultra marathon in Ifrane, Morocco, raising more than $2,000 for the
nonprofit America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA).
A team of University of San Francisco art + architecture
students recently won second place at the de Young Museum’s New Generations Student Showcase for their design
of an orphanage to house homeless children in Haiti.
Lilian Dube, assistant professor of theology and religious
studies, has expanded her efforts to educate University of San Francisco students about HIV/AIDS
conditions in Africa by leading an international service-learning program to
A University of San Francisco professor, three students from
Japan, and the Center for the Pacific Rim staged fundraising
campaigns this spring, bringing in $7,500 for victims of the earthquake and
subsequent tsunami in their home
country in March.
The idea for bringing once
conflicted sides togther in a health care setting came to Adeeb Yousif while
being held and tortured by the Sudanese goverment for his human rights work
there. While in custody, the intelligence official who had beat and tortured
him over an extended period became ill with malaria. As the son of one of the
first pharmicists in Darfur, Yousif decided he had no choice but to treat his
torturer and nurse him back to health.
Word of mouth has made the University of San Francisco’s
master’s degree in financial analysis highly coveted in China, where it is
widely considered among the top in the U.S. if not the world.
Akili Dada, an
international nonprofit that provides scholarships to poor Kenyan school girls
and that was founded by Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, University of San Francisco
assistant professor of politics, has been named a winner of the Marketplace of
Ideas competition sponsored by the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations
California could learn a thing or two about bilingual
intercultural education from the Shuar, an indigenous tribe living in the
remote Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, according to Susan Katz, professor of
international and multicultural education at the University of San Francisco’s
School of Education.
If sponsors of needy children in foreign countries have ever
worried that their assistance was assuaging their conscience more than
improving the recipient’s living standards, new research led by Bruce Wydick,
University of San Francisco economics professor, suggests that sponsors can set
those fears to rest.
The University of San Francisco School of Law’s Center for
Law and Global Justice is set to launch human rights courses at several Haitian law schools focused on
preventing child trafficking.