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A newsletter for the employees of the University of San Diego / April 2004 / Vol. 20, No. 7

Captain Goes On Deck to Make Sure Her Fleet is Ship Shape A s part of her due diligence as USD's new leader, President Mary E. Lyons announced in March that she will happens at this university will be on me, because it's my watch now.

"This is a chance to renew ourselves," Lyons continued. "It's been 10 years or more since anyone looked at how we do business and how we spend money. It's a chance to strip everything away, start from zero and see if we're spending correctly and staffed correctly." The first step in the process, Lyons said, was to update the USO mission statement, a new version of which the Board of Trustees approved in February. The university's mission, Lyons said, should be the engine that drives where the university puts it resources. It's one of the standards against which she and the vice presidents will measure the efficiency of their divisions, she said. "Because we're a community of creative people, a lot of ideas rise to the top," Lyons

conduct a systematic inspection over the next 18 months of how efficiently the university utilizes its time, money and personnel. Lyons announced the study publicly at the March meetings of the Staff Employees Association and the University Senate, and said the review process will be an important step in her larger goal of determining the strategic directions USO should pursue during the next five years. The timing is right, she said, not only because there has been a change in leadership, but also because it's been at least a decade since an examination of this type has been done at USO. "In the Navy, every time there's a change of command there's an inspection," Lyons told SEA members gathered for their monthly meeting in the Manchester Conference Center. "From now on, everything that AHarmless Tease Turns into a Rocky Ruckus T he year was 1961. It was the year Rock Hudson - basking in the glow of an Oscar nomination for "Giant," a nod from Look magazine as star of the year and the popularity of his movie "Pillow Talk," with Doris Day - was filming three movies at once. One Saturday night, he took a break to spend an evening hanging out with friends at a club on L.A.'s Sunset strip. It was also the year college freshman Don McGraw, who was hanging out at the same club with friends of his own, came to believe in hypnosis after a light-

President Mary E. Lyons says she and the vice presidents will review whether their areas are spending resources wisely.

said. "I get phone calls all the time from people who say we should do this program, or we should form that partnership. But we can't do everything. Not everything is in our mission. The mission is our frame." (Continued on page 3) hearted, ever-so-slightly naughty episode that left the movie legend needing a fresh drink and the college kid straightening his tie. McGraw, an assistant provost who has worked at USO for 16 years, went to The Interlude, on an 18-and-over night, to see a performance by hip hypnotist Pat Collins of '60s and '70s fame. Collins - who was a regular on talk shows and game shows, and once hypno- tized Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy" - brought McGraw, a biology student from nearby Cal Poly, Pomona, up on stage with other members of the audience. Collins hypnotized the participants and put them through wacky situations, (Continued on page 3)

Hypnotist Pat Collins ran The Interlude, a nightclub on L.A. '.5 Sunset strip, where she performed her hypnosis act and taught self-hypnosis to audience members.

The Interlude to take a break from shooting three movies, including "The Last Sunset," "Come September" and "Lover; Come Back. "

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