16th Thacher Annual
The 16th Thacher Annual student art show "interMEDIA" runs through June 28 in Thacher Gallery.More Info »

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.

Funky Genes: Alumna Chronicles Decision to Get Double Mastectomy

10-15-2014Rachel Stone BRCA

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

10-13-2014Dean Trasvina Latino Award

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.

Imagining Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, Psychologists Find

10-01-2014Brand Thought

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.

Law Student’s Investigation Exonerates Wrongly Accused Community Worker

09-26-2014Sam Meadows Kamran Meyer Katie Finch

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 

09-24-2014Uganda pig

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!

09-22-2014USF Women 1967

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

09-19-2014Rabih Alamaddine

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. 

Who Benefits? Research Raises Questions About Fair Trade Coffee 

09-12-2014Fair trade coffee

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

09-09-2014CrowdOptic Jon Fisher

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.

USF Fulbright Scholar Builds Solidarity With Indigenous Community Through Art

09-04-2014Atayal dance performance

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.

Latest Research: Wheelchairs Raise Employment, Reduce Begging in the Developing World

08-27-2014Wheelchair repair shop

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

08-25-2014Vijay Mehrotra

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.