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A Better International Aid Model

A Better International Aid Model | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it
USF students worked with villagers in Goyena, Nicaragua to paint a mural on a community center, plant trees, develop school lessons, build furniture from loading pallets for a computer lab, and conduct a public health survey. 

 

Learn about this service-learning immersion trip.

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Nominate Outstanding USF Grads for the 2016 Alumni Awards

Nominate Outstanding USF Grads for the 2016 Alumni Awards | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Each year, USF honors alumni who are living the mission in their personal and professional lives, demonstrating extraordinary service through work that benefits society and the university. Nominate an exceptional alumna or alumnus by Jan. 25.  

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$8 Million Gift From Remarkable Alumna Supports Student Scholarships

$8 Million Gift From Remarkable Alumna Supports Student Scholarships | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

The University of San Francisco has received an $8 million estate gift from Dolores M. Staudenraus ’54. A celebrated battlefield nurse and public health director, she retained a lasting connection to the university that prepared her to care for critically injured soldiers during the Vietnam War. Learn more about her exceptional investment in student scholarships.

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Alumnus Helps USF Battle Special Education Teacher Shortage

Alumnus Helps USF Battle Special Education Teacher Shortage | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Greg Marvel '92, MS '96 has spent his career pushing for excellence in public education. Now, through a gift to the School of Education, he’s boosting USF’s efforts to provide more highly trained teachers for children with special needs. Read more about what drives him to give back.

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USF Program Propels Alumna to NASA

USF Program Propels Alumna to NASA | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Environmental management program alumna Elizabeth Juvera MS ’15 is achieving her career dreams — thanks in part to ongoing support from her USF community. While at USF, she gained experience at the Exploratorium and on the Ocean Beach Master Plan. Today, she works for NASA Ames Research Center’s Earth Science Project Office. Find out more about how the Master of Science in Environmental Management program prepared her to succeed.

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Alumni Giving Empowers Students Who Make a Difference

Alumni Giving Empowers Students Who Make a Difference | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Scholarships brought Salt Lake City native Julia Pynes ’17 to USF to study business and discover what it means to be a person for others. Every year, giving from thousands of alumni like you supports scholarships for changemakers like Julia. Read about why your generosity counts

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Remembering Former USF President John P. Schlegel, S.J.

Remembering Former USF President John P. Schlegel, S.J. | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Former USF President John P. Schlegel, S.J., passed away in November, following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. During his tenure from 1991–2000, he strengthened USF’s enrollment, diversity, endowment, and campus beauty. Find out more about the lasting impact of his leadership.

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Meet Public Ally Manuel Arredondo MPH ’15

Meet Public Ally Manuel Arredondo MPH ’15 | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Clinical social worker Manuel Arredondo MPH ’15 spent a decade working with San Francisco’s homeless and mentally ill. That experience inspired him to create the Alero Project, which offers free primary care and mental health services to unaccompanied migrant children and teenagers. Learn how Arredondo’s USF experience prepared him to create change.

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Save the Date: Alumni Holiday Party Dec. 3

Save the Date: Alumni Holiday Party Dec. 3 | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Share a little cheer with USF friends old and new, as we celebrate the season and alumni success at Pause Wine Bar in Hayes Valley. You'll meet and hear about eight distinguished alumni recently featured in Oprah Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. We can't wait to see you on Dec. 3 »

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A Combined Passion for Philanthropy

A Combined Passion for Philanthropy | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Alex Rosenblatt ’00 mentions the “mitzvah,” a good deed done, when he talks about giving to USF and the philosophy of philanthropy that he and his wife, Kelly Jane Rosenblatt ’01, share. Find out how these alumni are providing today’s students with the USF experience they had.

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Travel Abroad With USF

Travel Abroad With USF | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

USF Alumni Travel provides an exclusive opportunity for alumni and friends to see the world with others who share your spirit of exploration and adventure. This February, we’re headed to Cuba for a lesson in history and culture, and a special visit to the home of Ernest Hemingway. Find out more about this trip or explore other Alumni Travel destinations in 2016. 

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New Resource: USF Bay Area Event News

New Resource: USF Bay Area Event News | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Whether you graduated five years ago or 50, USF offers a wealth of opportunities to stay connected. We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new monthly digest of USF community events across the Bay Area. You can also always stay up to date with events and more at www.usfca.edu/alumni.

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MFA Alumnus Wins American Book Award

MFA Alumnus Wins American Book Award | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Craig Santos Perez MFA ’06 is a 2015 winner of the American Book Award for his poetry collection from unincorporated territory [guma’], about his home island of Guam. The honor places him in the company of rock guitarist Carlos Santana and bestselling author and journalist Naomi Klein. Read about how Perez draws upon his USF experience.

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it
Across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, nurse and public health veteran Rita Widergren ’66 is changing the way health care is done. She’s dedicated herself to providing better care to homeless patients and dramatically reduced their revolving-door trips to local hospitals — saving up to $1.5 million in health care costs a year in the process. 

 

Explore how Rita is changing her world from here.

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“The Good Dinosaur” Artist’s Path From USF to Pixar

“The Good Dinosaur” Artist’s Path From USF to Pixar | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Three years into a biology degree at USF, Rosana Sullivan ’07 was on track to become a veterinarian. In fact, she was already looking into graduate programs. So how did she end up at Pixar, sketching scenes for the animation studio’s latest hit? An art course changed her life. Learn more.

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Meet Public Ally Manuel Arredondo MPH ’15

Meet Public Ally Manuel Arredondo MPH ’15 | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Clinical social worker Manuel Arredondo MPH ’15 spent a decade working with San Francisco’s homeless and mentally ill. That experience inspired him to create the Alero Project, which offers free primary care and mental health services to unaccompanied migrant children and teenagers. Learn how Arredondo’s USF experience prepared him to create change

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Alumni Deliver Groceries to Low-Income Seniors

Alumni Deliver Groceries to Low-Income Seniors | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

For 16 years, USF alumni have brought wholesome groceries to senior citizens struggling on tight budgets. Today, more than 1,000 San Franciscans benefit from the program every week. Learn more about the community behind this change-making nonprofit.

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180 Families Receive Thanksgiving Dinner from Alumni Food Drive

180 Families Receive Thanksgiving Dinner from Alumni Food Drive | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

In an annual tradition, USF alumni, staff, and students came together to purchase Thanksgiving meals and distribute them to families in the Western Addition and Tenderloin neighborhoods. Learn why USF's volunteers love giving back.

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USF Receives Historic $15 Million Gift

USF Receives Historic $15 Million Gift | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley philanthropists John A. and Susan Sobrato have committed $15 million to the University of San Francisco, the largest one-time gift ever to the institution. Most of the Sobrato family has been touched by a Jesuit education, and they believe they have a social responsibility to give back. Learn more about their extraordinary investment.

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USF Grad Receives Bronze Star After Afghan Attack

USF Grad Receives Bronze Star After Afghan Attack | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

U.S. Air Force JAG Captain Jophiel Phillips JD ’11 demonstrated exceptional bravery when insurgents detonated a car bomb at the entrance to his military base in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since recovering from the August attack, he has been serving as a prosecutor and advising commanders on the rules of war. Learn more.

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Alumni Shine Public Light on Foster Youth’s Stories

Alumni Shine Public Light on Foster Youth’s Stories | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Ray Bussolari, Master’s in Museum Studies ’14, has spent the past year curating exhibits that offer a glimpse into the lives of foster youth, an often overlooked and vulnerable population. He has done it as part of his work for the Foster Youth Museum in Oakland, with help from intern Kevin Clark '15. Their work aligns with the philosophy of USF’s Museum Studies program — that museums are places where "hard truths can be examined." Find out more.

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Alumni-Built Legal Aid Nonprofit Wins Top Google Prize

Alumni-Built Legal Aid Nonprofit Wins Top Google Prize | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal, founded by Adrian Tirtanadi JD ’12 and Virginia Taylor JD ’12, was recognized as one of the Bay Area’s most innovative nonprofits last month. As one of six 2015 Google Impact Challenge People’s Choice winners, the organization will receive a $500,000 grant for their work providing universal legal access in one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods. Learn more about the exceptional difference these alumni are making.

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Nov. 17: Thinking About Graduate School?

Nov. 17: Thinking About Graduate School? | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

Explore your options at our graduate school Information evening. Enjoy light food and refreshments. Meet our faculty and staff. Circulate and ask questions. And enter to win one of three Kindle Fire 3s. Find out more about the application process and financial aid.

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Remember Loved Ones This November

Remember Loved Ones This November | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

The names of departed friends and family will be placed at the altar of remembrance inside St. Ignatius Church and at the altar in the Our Lady of Montserrat in the Jesuit residence. If you wish to participate in this centuries-old Catholic tradition, add names of your loved ones to USF’s online card.

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USF Alumna Protects Your Digital Data from Hackers

USF Alumna Protects Your Digital Data from Hackers | Change the World from Here | Scoop.it

When Michele Robinson ’05 can’t sleep at night, it’s because she’s worried about protecting your personal data from hackers. As California’s chief information security offers, she works to prevent state agencies from falling prey to cyber attacks. Learn how her studies at USF’s Sacramento branch campus led to her success.

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