U Magazine, Spring 1987

University o~ San

Spring 1~87




Dear readers:

To the editor:

USD's crown jewel. That's one way to think of the University's sparkling newUniversityCenter, an $11 million focal point ofAlcala Park's daily activities since the building opened on an everyday basis in January. An observer can watch the campus community gravitate to the building from sun-up to sundown like bears to honey. There's something in the Center for everyone - whether it's food, games, music, intellectual stimulation or conversation. And Director of University Design Therese Whitcomb's deft hand in furnish ing the Center has resulted in a happy melding ofUSD's 16th century Spanish flavor with the "living room" atmosphere other adminis– trators wanted to convey. But as student affairs staff members rightly point out, it's not the building itself which will s ignificantly add to campus life - what happens inside is most important. It's a topic Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Burke and his staff have debated and studied for hours. The goal? Creating activities that further enrich the educational experience of USO students. Ifyou missed the dedication of the Center in early March, find an excuse to come to campus and tour the bu ilding. The Center is intended to be the cam– pus "living room" for alumni and friends as well as for students. From its inviting view of Mission Bay on the north patio to its variety of well-designed dining areas, you ·re in for a special treat. * * * * * Speaking of special treats , that's just what Hank Egan's Torero basketball squad provided for all the fans who followed USD 's hoop exploits this season. Not only did the Toreros compile the best record ih school history, they did so with a style and consistency that most teams can only envy. What makes the season accomplishments even sweeter is that in this era of college athletic scandals , USO won the West Coast Athletic Conference regu– lar season t itie and reached the NCAA tournament with student-athletes who are truly student-athletes. In fact, USO and Santa Clara apply the strictest admittance policies for athletes of all the schools in the conference. Hats off to the Toreros for a job well done! * * * * * Charles King '62 is one of those alums who just can·t seem to get enough of his a lma mater. Even though it's been almost 25 years since his graduation, Charlie waxes eloquently and enthusiastically when the subject of conversa– tion is USO. As president of the Alumni Association in 1987, he is also devoted to get– ting more alumni involved in the University's activities during the next year. More alumni, he feels , need to come back to campus and see firsthand the tre– mendous academic and physical growth that has occurred during recent years. "USO alumni ," he says, "have a lot to be proud of." Charlie shares more of his thoughts about the University on page 16.

It is always a pleasure to read your informative magazine, makes one a little nostalgic. I hope old fri ends like Mary Lou (Buenzli '67) Lutz, Sally Sorensen '68, Judi Banks '67, Anita Meihaus and Julie Flores '67 will catch my lit– tle blurb in the "U". It was so very wonderful reading about all of them recently. I have a heart full of love for USO, and a lways will.

Sincerely, Carole Farrell '67 President North Shore Limousine

Thanksfor the bouquets , Carole. if you turn to page 18, you 'llfind your "little blurb ". We hope all of your fri ends see it too. Ed.

John Sutherland Editor

On the cover: The e legant new student Dining Room in the University Center provides a totally new dining experiencefor USD students. Among the students enjoying the new room a re Jim Darcy, Jeanne C lanahan, Chris LaBonte and Dan McNamee. Cover photo by Pablo Mason.


University of San Diego Archives


Spring 1987

Vol. 2 , No. 3

Toreros reach new heights Hank Egan and his band of ballplayers scaled new heights in USD basketball lore this season. And in the course ofwinning the West Coast Athletic Conference regular sea– son title and advancing to the NCAA tournament, they set a host of school records. A new Center of campus life USD's recently dedicated University Center adds a new dimension to campus life at Alcala Park. Students, faculty, staff and visitors now have a central gathering spot on campus dedicated to promoting the art of living.



A push for more alumni involvement Charles King '62, 1987 Alumni Association president, is making increased alumni involvement in USD activities his number one priority for the year.


Departments Alcala Park Alcala Park Sports Alumni Potpourri

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Class Notes Upcoming


President Dr. Author E. Hughes Vice President for University Relations John McNamara Director of Communications Charles Reilly Editor John Sutherland Photography Pablo Mason John Sutherland Contributing Writers

"U" Editorial Board Elizabeth Arnold Dr. Edward DeRoche Sara Finn Dr. Lee Gerlach Dr. Mary Ann Hautman

"U" is published four times annually (Fall. Winter. Spring, Summer). by the University of San Diego for its alumni. parents and friends. Editorial offices are located in Room 274, DeSales Hall. USD. Alcala Park. San Diego. CA 92110. Telephone (619) 260-4684. Copyright 1986 by the University of San Diego. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Third class postage paid at San Diego. CA 92110. Unsolicited manuscripts should include a stamped. self-addressed envelope. Member, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and International Association of Business Communicators (lABC). Opinions expressed in "U" are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration. All materials submitted are subject to editing. Postmaster: Send address changes to "U," University of San Diego. Publications Office, Alcala Park. San Diego. CA 92110.

Joan Murry John Nunes Libby Stroube Skip Walsh Clare White '80

Die Doumanian

John Nunes

Ted Gosen

Clare White '80

Mary Kay O'Connor


ALCALA PARK USDForum: Aggressive way to face pressing issues S an Diego's future growth will be the subject of a highly-charged debate when the University introduces this forum task force which sifted through issues and pushed hard for a dramatic, highly-charged format and a downtown kick-off for the debates. School of Law Dean Sheldon Krantz chairs the commit– spring the first in a series of public policy debates.

tee and will moderate the May forum. "At present there are no continuing forums of high quality to debate and dis– cuss the significant issues facing San Diego," says Krantz, who was a researcher for "The Advocates" series. "This means that these issues often are addressed by policy makers with limited information or are not addressed at a ll." Research papers on both sides of the growth issue are being developed by Wharton and Dr. Dirk Yandell, assistant professor of economics, with assistance from students. The papers will be pub– lished at the time of the forum. Study guides also will be made available to schools, policy makers and the public. Staff from the Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Repertory have been retained to ensure that production values hit the same dramatic plane as the debate. It will be videotaped for possible broadcast at a later date. The forum will be presented free of charge as a public service to San Diego. Invitations will be mailed to selected publics. Following the pilot program on growth, the forum committee plans to debate one subject per semester. Public morality, bor– der issues and airport location are among the future topics under consideration. • !f you are interested in attending the May 13jorum, contact the Ojfice of Com– munications , (619) 260-4681 . Ideasjor juture debates are also invited. Please mail them to USDForum, Ojfice of Com– munications , University ofSan Diego, Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110. region," according to Dr. Hughes. McNamara, who began his duties at the University on February 1, says he is im– pressed with USD and its people. 'Tm very impressed with USD.'s leader– ship and stability, and the humanness of the people working and studying in this university community. " Building relationships between people is a key to successful fund-raising , he feels. "I see the business of attracting financial s upport as a human business." In the coming months, McNamara is looking forward to meeting more ofUSD's alumni, parents and friends.•

Each USDForum will focus on a subject ofvital public interest and discussion. The first forum, to be held at 4 p. m . on May 13 in San Diego's downtown Lyceum Theatre, will address the question: "Should all local governments in the San Diego region adopt a coordinated growth management plan which actively limi ts growth?" The forum will unfold in a manner simi– lar to public television·s "The Advocates" program. Recognized experts on both sides of the growth issue will be ques– tioned on the "witness stand" by USD School of Law faculty. Professor Richard Wharton will represent the growth man– agement forces and Professor Hugh Friedman will lead the pro-growth advo– cates. Following remarks from the experts, time will be provided for "cross examina– tion" and rebuttal. Members of the audi– ence also will be able to participate in the discussion. The growth management experts will include Lynn Benn, chair of the San Diego County Community Planning Committee and a member of the city's Growth Man– agement Task Force; and Dwight Worden '74 (L). a former Del Mar city councilman widely recognized as one of the foremost environmental attorneys in the county. Experts supporting the pro-growth stance will be Fred Schnaubelt, a former San Diego city councilman and well known Libertarian; and Kim Kilkenny, legislative counsel for the Construction Industry Federation. "The USDForum is aimed at helping San Diegans build a better future for them– selves," according to President Author E. Hughes. Last summer Dr. Hughes appointed faculty and administrators to a A man with more than 20 years of fund-raising experience in higher education was named USD's new vice president for university relations in January. John McNamara, former assistant vice president for university relations and director of development at Creighton Uni– versity in Omaha, Neb., was named to head USD's fund-raising and communica– tions division by President Author E. Hughes. McNamara will direct a staffof 37. "John will add, in considerable measure, to the overall strength and commitment of the USD fam ily to serve the San Diego

President Author E. Hughes

Sheldon Krantz

McNamara new University Relations boss

John McNamara


ALCALA PARK Three law profs face challenging new tasks

P resident Reagan, California State Attorney General John Van de Kamp and the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa. recently asked three School of Law faculty members to accept prestigious and challenging new assignments. The faculty are Bernard Siegan , nomi– nated by the President for a seat on the U.S . 9th Circuit Court ofAppeals; Robert Fellmeth, appointed by Van de Kamp to the new state post of State Bar Discipline Monitor; and Michael Navin, named new dean of the Dickinson School of Law. Siegan, distinguished professor of law, has taught at USO since 1973. He is a rec– ognized authority on land use and the Constitution, and has written several law books. If confirmed by the Senate, Siegan will serve on the highest federal court in the West. The 9th circuit decides all federal appeals in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington , Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Siegan's nomination has drawn opposi– tion from liberal critics who contend he has promoted property rights over civil liberties. While acknowledging those criti– cisms , Siegan maintains he is a strong believer in civil rights and civil liberties. "Liberty is what our society is all about. Whatever will maximize liberty is good for the individual and the society," he says. Siegan will resign his USO post if he wins Senate confirmation. Fellmeth's appointment is to a pos ition created by the California legislature to help put the state's legal community back in order. As bar monitor, Fellmeth and the center he directs at USO, the Center for Public Interest Law, will play a major role in deter– mining how the public is protected against improper acts by attorneys and whether the State Bar will be allowed to retain responsibility for disciplining attorneys. Fellmeth and Center staffwill monitor and evaluate the State Bar discipline system and procedures for three years. Fellmeth , according to Van de Kamp , "is a highly respected attorney and brings to the position seven years of prosecutorial experience as a deputy district attorney for San Diego County, including two years as a special assistant U.S. attorney." USD's Center for Public Interest Law, which Fellmeth founded in 1979, has a twofold purpose: to make the regulatory functions of state government more effi– cient and more visible by serving as a pub– lic monitor; and to provide law students with practical experience by introducing

them to a broad spectrum oflegal practice. Fellmeth began his involvement in con– sumer causes in 1968 as one of seven stu– dents recruited by Ralph Nader to help compile a blistering report on the Federal Trade Commission. Navin will become the seventh dean of the Dickinson School of Law on July I. Founded in 1834, Dickinson is a private, free standing law school not associated with any other educational institution. "Mike brings to his new job the perfect blend of academic excellence and practical experience which will be so important in administering the Dickinson program in the future ," according to Dickinson Presi– dent Dale F. Shughart. Navin is professor of law and associate director ofUSD's graduate tax program. He has taught at the school since 1973. 'Tm excited a t this opportunity," Navin says. "Dickinson is one of the best law schools anywhere, and the chance to be its dean is one that cannot be overlooked." At Dickinson , Navin will work with 23 full-time professors, 30 adjunct instruc– tors , 42 members of the administrative staff and 545 students . "These three appointments reflect the growing sta ture of USD's School of Law,.. notes Dean Sheldon Krantz. "It is strong testimony to the maturing of our school a nd to the outstanding faculty who tea ch here.·· •

Law projessors Robert Fellmelh - Be rnard Siegan and Michael Navin recently w ere tappedfor challeng– ing new assignments.



Legendary actress stars at dinner H elen Hayes played the starring role at the University's annual President's Club dinner January 24. The legendary actress. 86. was pre– sented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to honor her humanitarian. philanthropical and career contributions. Now retired from the stage and movies. Miss Hayes said at a press con– ference before the dinner that she finds excitement in new fields . "My new work is full of surprises - many of them pleasant. And I don 't have to face the press any more, .. she said with a smile to the roomful of reporters and photographers. That "new work" includes serving as a volunteer at an orphanage in Cuer– navaca, Mexico run by Fr. William Wasson. who a lso attended the dinner. The orphanage. Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos. has educated more than 7,000 orphans. "She's been like a mother to the chil– dren." Fr. Wasson said of Miss Hayes. "They reach to her and she reaches back to them." Miss Hayes has worked on fund drives for the orphanage since 1954 and has personally sponsored four "godchil– dren" at the facility. A two-time Academy Award winner and a star of stage. radio, motion pic– ture and television productions, Miss

"My new work isfull of sur– prises ... says legendary actress Helen Hayes.

Hayes was presented with the Presiden– tial Medal of Freedom by President Reagan in 1986. The medal is the nation's highest civilian award. More than 300 attended the black tie dinner. which also featured entertain– ment by 31 ofFr. Wasson'sorphans. The dinner honors the University"s top donors. •

gical music program, hopes the challenge grants will help USD become the West Coast center for liturgical music. The Hahn Foundation interest in USD's program stems from the late Muriel Hahn 's interest in sacred music. Witt is president of the local chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians· Association. • Former president dies in January F r. Russel Wilson, S.J., who served as president of the San Diego College for Men from 1959-61, died January 3 in San Diego. He was 75. Ordained in 1943. Fr. Wilson served as pastor at St. Pius X Church , Jamul: St. Joseph , Holtville ; St. Joan of Arc, Victor– ville; and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Ramona: in addition to his tenure as presi– dent of the College for Men. After his retirement in 1978, Fr. Wilson lived in El Cajon. •

Music program could receive $150,000 grant U SD's new liturgical music program may receive up to $150,000 by com– bining two challenge grants offered to the University by the Philip Y. Hahn Foundation and Jerry Witt of San Diego. Under terms of the challenge grant, every dollar donated to the Ii turgical music program will be matched on a dollar-for– dollar basis by the Hahn Foundation to a total of$125,000 and up to $25 ,000 by Witt. Funds generated from the challenge program will be used to develop the liturt– gical music program. Liturgical music is one of several academic programs desig– nated by the University for "flagship" status, meaning funds will be sought to bring those programs to a level of excel– lence. Fr. Nicolas Reveles. who heads the litur-

Fr. Russell Wilson. S.J.



USD, Old Globe to co-produce new program U SD and San Diego·s Old Globe program to a select group of budding actors. The n ew Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program will enroll its first students in the fall. The two-year. 60-unit program will combine practical theatrical work a t th e Globe with academic stud ies offered by USD's English depa rtment. Enrollment will be limi ted to about a h a lf-dozen students in th e fa ll. Sub– sequently. no more tha n 15 students will be enrolled in the program at one ti me. Those enrolled will receive tuition fellowsh ips. "A lo t of people will be watching our prog– ress because it is an extremely innovat ive prog ram ... acco1·ding to Globe Executive Producer Cra ig Noel. "It is our des ire and our hope that this prog ram will produce th ea tri cal a rtists of the high es t caliber ... Simila r joint prog rams with profes– s ional theate rs exist a t only a h a ndful of universities across the country, including Harva rd , Yale, Florida State and Al abama. Sr. Sally Furay, USD provost and vice pres ident a nd also president of the Old Globe Theatre Board of Directors . credits Noel for developing the idea of a joint ven– tu re. "This program began as a seedling in Cra ig's mind 25 yea rs ago ," s he says. "It is Craig 's vis ion , hi s dream. that is becoming a reali ty ... David Hay. Old Globe assoc iate director who a lso holds a doctorate in English. will direc t the program. He says h aving th e prog ram linked to USD's Englis h depart– ment will g ive stude1its the edu cation n ecessary to perform classical theater. "Actors today don ·t h ave the intellectu a l tools to understa nd wha t is s upposed to be h a ppen in·g when yo u start s peaking S h akespeare ," adds Dr. Bart Thurber, ch a ir of the English department a nd one of the program·s a rchitects. Students in th e program will not only act in Old Globe productions and study thea– ter literature at USD , but a lso serve as con– s ultants to the Un ivers ity's underg raduate drama depa r tment. Establishment of the program at USD , which has no g raduate drama depart– ment , allows the Old Globe to tailor the program to fit the n eeds of classical. thea– ter, Knoll points out. "It g ives us th e ab ility to explore the training prog ram without precon ce ived ideas of what the train ing s hould be." • Theater recently inked a n agree- · ment to offer a new g raduate degree

Dr. Bart Thurber

Craig Noel

New taxation program set for fall start Ai new graduate degree program des ign ed to meet the growing emand for tax accountants with a strong background in the legal aspects of th e profession will be introduced by the School of Business Administration in September. The Master of Science in Taxat ion pro– gram will require students to enroll in courses in both the business school and the School of Law·s graduate tax program . Both Dr. James Burns, dean of the School of Business Administration , and law professor Lester Sn yder, director of th e law school's graduate tax program, agree the new program will meet a need of accountants. "We don 't think there is a high quality gradu ate program of this kind in existence on the West Coast," notes Dr. Burns. Adds Snyder, "There h as been a real need for this for a long time. Under the n ew program . we will share resources a nd a llow cross-fer t ili zation of students. Students will come away with a broader perspective. .. • Fr. McDonnell dies F former facu lty member Fr. Henry McDonnell died January 14 in San Diego. He was 77. Fr. McDonnell taught history at the San Diego College for Men from 1963 to 1967. The New Zealand native a lso served as assoc iate pasto r at ma ny Sa n Diego-a rea parishes and as ch a pla in in area detention fac ili ties during his career. He re tired in 1982. •

Dr. David Hay

Fr. H enry McDonnell



Toreros reach new heights

By Die Doumanian E xpec tat ions were running high at Alcala Park las t fa ll when the 1986-87 basketba ll season got underway. People were predi cting. and expect ing. big things out of this year·s men ·s baske tball team - a nd the Toreros did no t disa ppoint. With a tough 62-61 loss to Auburn Uni– vers ity in the first round or the NCAA Tour– n ament , USO completed its most success– ru t season ever . The Toreros fin ished the season with a 24-6 record , the best mark in school his– tory. Along the way , USO won 14 consecu– tive games . won the regu la r-season West Coast Ath le tic Conrerence titie and earn ed a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years . ""All teams in the ruture will now be com– pa red with th is team because or how ha rd it worked a nd because or what it accom– plished ." says Coach Hank Ega n on his team·s success. "It was a n a bs olute pleasure to coach these people because they came closer to reaching the ir poten– tia l than a ny g roup J"ve ever had. "Th ey understood their strengths a nd weaknesses and they understood they had to work h a rd , that it wouldn"t come easy.., h e expla ins . "They a lso understood they had to work together. Whe n it came to games. they were a bsolutely unselfis h. The leam·s performance was the most impor– tant th ing to them. " And perform well they d id . Senior center Scott Thompson led USO in scoring a nd rebound ing and was n a med the WCAC"s Playe r or th e Year. All four senior s ta rters averaged in double fi gures in sc01-ing fo1- th e season. Thompson fin is h ed at 15.9 points per game. Forwards Nils Madden and Ma rk Ma nor were n ext. ave raging 11.1 and 10.5 . respectively. Gu a rd Paul Leona rd averaged 10.2 a nd led the team in ass ists. h a nding out a n average of 4.5 per game. Sophomore Da nny Means was the firth member or the starting unil whi ch began a ll 30 or the Toreros· games this season. But the five starters were by no means the only contributors to USD's success. Senior Steve Krallman was the team ·s sixth man, coming in to spell the front line. Fellow senior Eric Musselman, a guard , played in 28 contests, as did junior Marty Munn. Asa team, USO led the nation formostof the season in field goal percentage defense , limiting opponents to 40. 1 percent shoot– ing. Individually, Maddenjoined

Thompson on the All-Conference team , while Leonard and Manor earned honor– able mention . Thompson, a three-timeAll– WCAC selection , finished his career third among the a ll-time lead ing scorers at USO. The players were not the only ones receiving individua l honors as Egan was named Coach or the Year in the WCAC for the second con secutive year. In his three seasons at USD, Egan has compiled a 59-26 record. With a ll the success of th is year's team , what does th e future hold for the Toreros ? "Next year can best be described as a rebu ilding year," Ega n feels . ·'We're go ing to have to h ave some good recruiting years, especially th is year . "Hopefully the younger kids who were a part of the team this year but didn·t play much , saw what it took and will help estab– lish a tradition of doing those things.·· But let's not rush things. While the coaches may h ave to start looking ahead to next season, the rest of us can reflect on how the Toreros met a nd exceeded some truly h igh expec ta tions. •

Seven-foot center Scott Thompson was the biggest reason the Toreros eryoyed unparalleled success in 1986-87.


A new Center of campus life

By John Sutherland

DeSales Hall and the Immaculata as seenjrom injront of the University Center.

T welve years ago Tom Burke and Sr. Sally Furay sat down at Sr. Furay's kitchen table for a brainstorm– ing session. They brought to the meeting sharp pen– cils, blank paper and ideas about how to improve the edu– cational experience ofUSD students. During the next couple of hours the two administrators fashioned the first sketches for a facility that a dozen years later finally became reality - a state-of-the-art building designed to add a new dimension to student life at the University. "I feel a great deal of satisfaction that the University Center is completed,"says Burke, USD's vice president for student affairs since 1979 and dean ofstudents since 1973. "We now have a quality building that will help student life. " In the years following the initial planning session, other

USD administrators - President Author E. Hughes, Vice President for Financial Affairs Jack Boyce and Associate Dean for Students Tom Cosgrove, to name a few - became heavily involved in the project. Planning, fund-raising and more planning was completed. As the years passed, the size of the building grew from 30 to 40 to 50 and finally, to almost 75 ,000 square feet , according to Burke. "The building is really the fulfillment of a long-held dream ," says Dr. Cosgrove, who also serves as director of the Center. "We 've built a very good foundation ofactivities in the past 10 years , but we 've had to do things in nooks and crann ies. We don ·t have that problem any more." The Center - which opened on an everyday basis at the end of January - gives the campus for the first time in recent years a true focal point for interaction between stu-


dents , faculty and staff. Student dining , meeting and activity spaces formerly scattered across Alcala Park now are centralized in one spot. "And the Center is notjust for students,.. points out chief architect Roy Drew of Mosher/Drew/Watson/Ferguson . "It is for students, faculty and staff to mingle, to get to know one another. I h ave great hope that the people who use the building will find it does something for them." The two-level building takes full advantage of the San Diego climate and is flooded with light. Its natural tex– tures , plants and interior colors communicate warmth and invite visitors to relax and linger. Therese Whitcomb , USO director of design , selected the furnishings and completed the interior design. She sought to maintain the 16th century Spanish Renaissance flavor found throughout campus - and at the same time - project a "living room" feel to the building that student life administrators wanted to convey. "From the moment a student walks into the building he knows it's a totally unique place on campus ," notes John Trifiletti '78, director ofspecial events and a keen observer ofstudent life on campus. "It's a place for leisure and fun, a place for extracurricular activities. Yet all of that plays an important part in a student's life. "We've said for years that much of what a student learns at college takes place outside the classroom environment. With the Center we have all of the elements necessary for student development and personal growth located in one building. "

More than 500 attend March 6 dedication

Dr. Hughes addresses the gathering.

I n termittent rain showers and threatening skies couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of more than 500 USO friends who turned out for the March 6 dedication ceremonies of the University Center. "It's not hard for any of us to imagine what this building means to us ." President Author E. Hughes told those assembled. "It's been called the 'living room' of the campus. It's a vital link." The Center also is a demonstration of how much the University cares about its students, Dr. Hughes added. "You (the students) help keep us in touch with all that's right about us and bright about the future . We hope this building says that to you." The two-level, 74.500-square-foot Center is the largest building on campus. It is the seventh major construction project completed at USO during the past eight years. Dr. Philip Hwang. professor ofeducation and the dedication's keynote speaker. said the Center demonstrates USD's commitment to the develop– ment of the individual student. "As the Center's statement of philosophy put it. .. he said. "this center is a people-centered place. a locus for coming together, a forum for the discussing, sharing and experiencing ofvaiues. " James Colachis, who heads the Board of Trus– tees· building and grounds committee, presented the ceremonial key to the building to Bishop Leo Maher, board chairman. The bishop then blessed the Center, which he described as a place of"great opportunities" for students. Following the dedication ceremonies , guests toured the facility. During the reception which fol– lowed the tours - as though on cue - the dark clouds parted and a rainbow arched across Tecolote Canyon. •

The music listening lounge.


Marie Lalas and Susan O 'Keeje, both comm uter stu– den ts, are spending more time on campus since th e Center opened.

Open less than three months , the Center already has a ltered the daily h abits of students and faculty. The change is particularly evident at midday, when the building acts as a magnet, attracting h ungry students, faculty and staff from all d irections of campus. Other examples abound. Professors stop by the Mar– ketplace for a cup of coffee before class. Students fill the music listening lounge from early morning to late evening. Commuter students spend more time on campus, adop– ting the Center as a home away from class. "Commuter students now have their own territory,"says Burke. "That makes them happier, which means they're "I find myself a lternating back and forth from classes to the center, " says Su san O'Keefe , a junior English major who commutes to USD from her San Diego home. She feels the Center is a good meeting place, attracting a variety of on and off campus students. O'Keefe's favorite area of th e building is the Marketplace, a re-creation of a Spanish ··rambla" housing a bakery/ice cream counter, deli, grocery and sundries store, and indoor and outdoor eating areas. "The divers ity of people and the services available make it a good place to go any time of day," she says . Marie Lalas, another commuter, echoes O"Keefe. "Ifs easy to meet people here. I find myself spending more time on campus ," says th e soph omore accounting major. "I think the Center is going to dramatically improve the social interaction among the student body," observes Trifiletti. "Now we have law students and graduate stu– dents regularly mixing with undergrads. That in itself adds a whole new dimension to student life." Trifiletti sees other, more subtle, changes occurring due to the Center's opening. In the student dining room, for example, students now sit at round tables that seat six. Formerly they dined at rectangular tables pu shed together in rows . "Now it's more like a family dining together, " he says . "People have a better opportunity to carry on conversa– tions with their friends. " more likely to stay at USD." Commuter students agree.

The studen t Dining Room .

"From the moment a student walks into the building he knows it's a totally unique place on campus. It's a place Jorleisureandfun,aplacefor extracurricular activities." - John Trifiletti '78


The Deli offers a salad bar.

Bob Fink, who manages the music checkout desk and the typing/computer room on the Center's lower level, speaks from past experience when he calls the Center's facilities "wonderful. "Fink is former director of the college center and student activities at Stonehill College near Bos– ton and a current student in USD 's doctoral program in educational leadership. "The food service options are great, " he points out, not– ing the variety of menu choices available from the Deli, Grille. Bakery and Dining Room. "Graduate students can come to the building to get a bite to eat before, between or after classes. I see a lot of older students in the Center." In order to meet the diverse needs of the student body, the Center is open from 7 a .m . to midnight Monday through Friday and from 10 a. m . to midnight on weekends. The Center alone , however, won 't improve student life - a point Burke stresses . "It's only a vehicle for conducting student activities," he says. "It's up to us to develop the type ofactivities and prog– ramming in the building that enrich the educational pro– cess. " Burke's commitment to additional and better quality student programming was one of the reasons he added several new administrative positions to his staff last summer. Each of the new administrators is assigned to specific programming areas. Val Pearson joined the student affairs staff in August as director of student activities. Her prime responsibility is the development of educational, social and recreational programs for students . Providing students with leadership opportunities is one of her primary goals, she says. "Involvement in student activities and with student organizations is a laboratory– type experience. Students manage budgets, plan and pro– mote activities and supervise events. They learn skills they can apply elsewhere. "Right now, we have a good group ofstudents involved in student activities ," she says. "But we should have more. And the Center will enable us to do that." The building will help in that regard because of the space it provides for activities. The Forum, located on the Center·s upper level, can seat 500 auditorium-style. When the dividing wall between it and the student dining area is open, more than 800 can be accommodated.

Two stairways as well as an elevator connect the Center's two levels.



"It's a place for students to have fun, to learn something; a place where someone can discover the opportunity to belong." - Val Pearson


Students give 'thumbs up' to Center

By Mary Kay O 'Connor W hat do students think of the Center? All interviewed agree the building has impacted their daily lives. Resident stu– dents now eat all of their on-campus meals in the Center. Many commuter students go back and forth between classes and the facility. And students now have an alternative to the library for late night cramming. The Center also is quickly becoming the place to "hangout" on campus, students say, a popular place to meet friends, study or simply relax after a test. Although student reviews of the building weren 't unanimously favorable, the positive comments far outweighed the negative in this informal survey. Here's what students said:

Kent Kilpatrick , senior, business. Santa Ana, Calif. "The center is a great asset to the students. There are many great opportunitiesfor stu– dents to use thefacilities ofUSD to their maximum potential now.. . I also like thefact that the stu– dent organizations have offices oftheir own, a place to call home."

Angie Bruzzese, senior, international relations, San Diego "The center has brought a lot of benefits to the campus. Thefact that it's open until midnight to study is great. It's also nice to have a variety of food places to choosefrom. "

Alex Stamatakis, junior. business, Winnetka, Ill. "The Center has changed the school. Everything is here now. It seems like the school could never have gotten along without it. I think it will make commuters stay on campus more. I stay all day now."

CathyCogliandro, sopho– more. communications , San Francisco. Calif. ".. .I think thefood is better and it's real re– laxing in here. You can be by yourself and do your own thing or spend time withfriends. "

Pam Haupert, senior, international relations , Laguna Beach, Calif. ".. .shows a lot ofexcellent planning. I really like thegeneral environment and the beautiful view of Mission Bay. Ifind myselfspending more time on campus because the Center is so convenient and close to the valley housing. "

Kathy Histon, sophomore, international relations, Palos Verdes, Calif. "It makes the school better as a whole. We really needed a student union. rm here a lotjust hanging out. I especially like the viewfrom the dining room." BarryWick, senior, accounting, Carlsbad, Calif. "I think it'sfantastic! I really like the location on campus and there isn 't any segregation, everyone is in the same place (at mealtimes]. " The negative responses revolved around common themes. Long lines in the eating areas, higher food prices, a lack of clocks in the building and a certain emptiness on the lower level were the most fre– quently voiced complaints. Students over 21 are disappointed because USD has not yet obtained a liquor license for the Grille. Others complained about the fee structure for using game equipment, typewriters and computers in the Center. • Mary Kay O'Connor is an intern in the Office of Communications. The senior behavioral science majorplans to pursue a career in public relations following hergraduationfrom USD in May.

Brian Berliski, senior, business, Phoenix, Ariz. ".. .It's a real improve– ment. I'm much more willing to come here because of the atmo– sphere. I study, eat and socialize here. I couldn't do all that in Serra."

Grant Williams, sophomore, international relations, Carlsbad. Calif.

"It is something USD has neededfor a while. I find myselfspending a lot oftime in the U.C., eating, playing in the game room, kicking back or Just killing time. The thing I like most about it is the music listening lounge. ·•


In case you were wondering...

A visitor to the University Center may discover on one day a mime, on another, a solo guitarist, on another, a string quartet. Stu– dents may be there to study, type , eat, chat, attend a program or simply relax. Here's a brief rundown of the facilities housed in the 74,500-square-foot building located east of DeSales Hall: Food services The 375-seat Dining Room for students features a 19-foot coffered ceiling, an oak floor and beautiful view of Mission Bay and Tecolote Canyon. The Deli, located within the Marketplace, serves sandwiches, salads, desserts, soft drinks and cof– fee. Across from the Deli is the Bakery and Ice Cream Parlour. The downstairs Grille offers pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and similar fare. The 125-seat Faculty/Staff Dining Room is located next to the student Dining Room. Leadership development The Center houses student government and stu– dent activities directors as well as student publica– tions and offices for both undergraduate and graduate organizations. Programming The Forum is the room that handles the majority ofprogramming activities. It seats 500 auditorium– style and contains three electronic screens as well as sound and lights and staging. The Outdoor Adventures Program extends the Center's programming beyond the campus through the rental of camping and other outdoor equipment, and by the scheduling of outdoor trips and classes. Other services Information Desk personnel located inside the main ent rance can provide information about all campus services and events. Next door, the Ticket Office handles admission to University programs as well as to selected off-campus events. The Office ofSpecial Events handles the schedul– ing of facilities and provides planning assistance for meetings, dances , banquets and receptions. In addition to the 500-seat Forum, meeting rooms are available to accommodate groups ranging in size from 16 to 240. The Game Room features billiards and table ten– nis as well as a variety of electronic games. The Main Lounge is a meeting place for students and also offers earphones for listening to music and a room for television viewing. AQuiet StudyLounge is located across the hall from the Main Lounge. Typewriters, personal computers and computer printers are available in the Typing/Computer Room. The Market is a grocery and sundries store located in the Marketplace. The Offices ofStudentAffairs, Campus Ministry, Volunteer Resources, Residence Life and Dining Services also are housed within the Center. A 24-hour automated bank teller machine is located outside the building·s west entrance. •

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The northwest patio offers sunshine and beautiful views ofMission Bay and Tecolote Canyon.

We recently had a da nce in the Forum that attracted 5- 600 students," Trifiletti says. "That was the first time in about a decade we·ve been a ble to h ave an indoor dan ce. " Besides dances , the Forum can h a ndle events ranging from guest speakers to theater in the round. "Now we have the rooms to put on real sharp-looking programs ,.. adds Pearson. "We h ave professional lighting and staging in the Forum. That gives students more time– to manage their even ts instea d of building stages or arranging lights. " The Center hosts nightclub-type events every other Tuesday night. A coffeehouse series of entertainers is in the works. Student organizations are housed in a large area on the Center's lower level. There is space for graduate as well as undergraduate students. "It's a central place for student groups to meet and exchange ideas," Pearson says. Students interested in community service drop by Judy Rauner's office on the upper level. Director of volunteer resources, Rauner matches the needs of community organizations with the interests of students. The building's Outdoor Adventures and Bike Shop rep– resents a major commitment to the outdoors by student affairs administrators. Outdoor Adventures staff plan group skiing, back packing, camping, bicycling and rock-climbing trips throughout the year to such destinations as Temecula, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Palm Springs. In addi– tion, backpacks , sleeping bags , stoves, tents and other outdoor equipment can be rented from the shop. For a modest fee, the shop services and repairs bicyles. "All of our activities are centered around developing leadership in students," explains Mike Ruthenberg, direc– tor of Outdoor Adventures. "They learn by doing." Ruthenberg, who directed recreation activities at San Diego State University and the Beverly Hills Parks and Rec– reation Department before coming to USO, firmly believes in the value of an outdoor education. "We have fun on our trips. But we also want the kids to learn some wilderness ethics and develop a respect for nature." In the months ahead, students will discover more of the

possibilities the Center offers, administrators agree. They'll find it's a place for personal development, enter– tainment, dining.. . and more . "The University Center is not just a building, but also a program," says Pearson. "It's a place for students to have fun, to learn something; a place where someone can dis– cover the opportunity to belong." Whi ch is just what Tom Burke a nd Sr. Furay intended a dozen years ago. • John Nun es, directorof USD 's News Bureau , also con– tributed to this article.

Melissa Crenshaw and afriend enjoy the east patio.

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King to push for more alumni involvement

C h arles King ·52 is a true-blue USD fan. As president of the Alumni Associa– tion in 1987, he plans to work hard to see that more alumni feel as he does. "My primary goal is to get more people involved with USD, " he says with convic– tion. "I want to make personal contact with as many grads as I can. " King, a partner and vice president of the San Diego investment counseling firm of Rice , Hall, James and Associates, has been actively involved with the University since his graduation 25 years ago, an associa– tion he clearly relishes. But he wants more alumni to feel proud about their associa– tion with USD. And he wishes more a lumni would come back to campus and see firsthand the tremendous growth and increased stature the University has gained in recent years. "Those who haven't been here don·t know what they're missing. Tremendous changes have occurred," he notes , "not only in the physical surroundings, but more importantly, in the scope ofwhat the University is doing. The breadth of the cur– riculum, the major role that USD is now playing in the community, the quality and dedication of the faculty really shine. The word is getting out that USD is a unique place to go to school." King and his a lumni board of directors intend to personally contact alumni to invite them to campus events during the year. They also plan to place more emphasis on the class agent program. ··Alumni can get involved with USD in so many ways ," King says. "We want grads to pick an area they're interested in - say its crew or the basketball team or the busi– ness school or theatrics - and get involved. There's something for everyone." Because ofwhat he gained from his USD experience, King believes he should give some of his time and talent to the Uni – versity. He hopes other graduates feel the same. ·'The University is doing things for alumni all of the time. Much of it is in the community, building a reputation , build– ing a tradition. By doing that USD is in– directly enriching the value of the degrees of all of its alumni." And while he acknowledges that many alumni feel the University is interested in them only when asking for contributions, he points out that all independent univer– sities are financially dependent upon the generosity of their graduates and friends. "The University realizes that many of its alumni are young and not able to give

money at this point in their lives,"he says. "But at the same time, ifUSD is to achieve in the future the kind of academic excel– lence it seeks and build an endowment to ensure long term fiscal health, it will require the support ofa broad segment of our alumni." King worked in the investment manage– ment department at what is now Califor– nia First Bank for 11 years before hejoined his current firm . He serves as president of the Estate Planning Council of San Diego , finance committee chair of University High School's board of directors and is a longtime member ofUSD's trusts and estates committee. King and his wife , Maureen (Pecht '64), are the parents of three daughters and a son . Other Alumni Association officers for 1987 include Clare White '80, vice presi– dent ; Michael Pon '80, secretary; and Delle Willett-Stattin '64, president-elect. New directors who began two-year terms in January are Charles Abdi '83 , Goldie (Sinegal) Dustman '75, Andrew Kozlowski '80, Charles LiMandri '77, Michael Liuzzi '76 , Christine (Lynch) Muecke '78 M. Ed. (education association rep), Lori Murray '83, Bob O'Connell '82 (rowing association rep), and Elizabeth Lennox Reed. They join returning board members Ted Fields '68, Carlton Hoggard '78, Daniel Jacobsen '74, Larry McDonald '85 MBA (graduate business association rep), Jan Mulligan '78 ('81 L) and Virginia Stehly '83 . The Alumni Association and its direc– tors work to involve alumni in the educa– tional, social and financial aspects ofUSD. Board directors are appointed to two– year terms. • I lfyou·rean alum a nd you want to ma ke your voice heard , come to a meeting of the Alumni Association 's boa rd of d irectors , says Charles King "62, associa– tion president. The board meets five times annually and alums are always welcome. Upcoming meetings include April 14 and June 9. Each meeting will begin at5:30 p.m. in the University Center. Call 260-4819 for more information. • You're invited to board meetings

"My primary goal is to get more people involved w ith USD . ·· declares Charles King "62.



Buddy Award recipient stands out from the crowd T om Spencer '77 insists he isn't any different than your average person . The evidence. however, suggests otherwise. For starters , he and his wife , Michele (Oesterle '77), are the devoted parents of seven children. Their six sons and one daughter range in age from 12 years to six months. Then there's his commitment to his community. Spencer has devoted time and energy since graduation to organ izations such as Catholic Commun ity Services , the Golden Hill Mediation Center, Our Lady of Angels parish and the Diocesan Pastoral Council. Finally, here is man who loves teaching and sharing his insights on life with his students at University of San Diego High School. Those are a few of the reasons Spencer was selected to receive USD 's 1986 Bishop Buddy Award. The Alumni Association·s most prestigious honor, the award is pre– sented ann u ally to the a lumnus or alumna who has made a significant contribution to the field in which he or she works and has served the community and the University. Spencer credits his USD experience with playing a large role in shaping his charac– ter. "USD provided an environment where I saw people ofbelief act on their beliefs ," he recalls . "The professors I had really cared about students as people; they gave you a sense of worth as a person. " An undergraduate biology major , Spencer holds fond memories of his many of his professors. "Ross Dingman , Curt Spanis, Sr. Shaffer, John Swanke, Lou Burnett, Dessie Severson, Gerald Sper– razzo; there are so many I probably shou ldn't be naming them. Pat Traylor probably had the most influence on my life. She d id a lot to help me try to get into medi– cal school and then provided support when it didn ·t workout. " The caring teacher-student relationsh ip he experienced at USD has carried over to Spencer's own teaching. He says he tries to instill a sense ofself-worth in his students, and tells them that although they may receive an average grade in class they are still unique persons. Spencer especially enjoys teaching teen– agers. "I tell them the only reason I'm here is because I love teaching and I want to share my experiences with them. 1want them to capture a sense of wonder about science, to realize that I don't have all the answers but that together we can find the answers.

"I really believe that kids today aren·t that different from my day. I th ink that today we just spend too much time telling them what to believe instead of listening to them and sharing with them. I try to do that." He is similarly committed to serving his community. "I want to see people work together to solve their problems. And by becoming involved, people can shape the growth occurring around them ." Unselfish giving. It 's part of what makes Tom Spencer stand out from the crowd.• Another alumni benefit: discount Playhouse ducats lumni can receive a 25 percent iscount on tickets to upcoming a Jolla Playhouse productions , accord ing to Delle Willett Stattin '64, chair of the Alumni Association's benefits committee. The featured plays include "The Match– maker" by Thornton Wilder, May 26- June 27; the West Coast premiere of "AWalk in the Woods" by Lee Bless ing, July 14-August 15 ; and "The Tempest'' by William Shakespeare, August 25- September 26 . For more information and to obtain an order form , contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 260-4819 as soon as possible. The offer is subject to ticket avail– ability. •

"USD provided an environ– ment where I saw p eople of belief act on their be liefs, .. recalls Tom Spe ncer 77.


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