USD Magazine Fall 2013

Distinction [ 2003 -2013 ] A Decade of


in July and was inaugurated in November, following a weeklong celebration with the entire USD community, during which she shared breakfast with alumni, talked with local business representatives over lunch, hung out with students before a basketball game, read a Dr. Seuss book with children at a local elementary school and received the key symbolizing USD’s membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Since then, USD has been recognized as a leader both in and out of the classroom. It is one of the nation’s top 100 universities and is ranked No. 1 for the number of undergraduate students who study abroad. It is also one of only 19 campuses nationwide that’s known, near and far, as a Changemaker campus.

en years ago, the University of San Diego celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences and

the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Academically on the rise, USD made its inaugural appearance in Princeton Review’s student guide to the nation’s top U.S. colleges and had just been granted a charter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. In 2003, the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology opened its doors and Joan B. Kroc bequeathed $50 million to establish the Kroc School of Peace Studies. That was the same year Mary E. Lyons, PhD, was named the third president of USD. She took her post

2003 November

The pomp and circumstance of the installation ceremony inaugurating President Mary E. Lyons, PhD, at the Jenny Craig Pavilion included prayers from Bishop Robert H. Brom and Monsignor Daniel Dillabough while members of USD’s ROTC program led the national anthem. Dr. Lyons offered her future vision of USD, which she said should be “private in its mission and public in its purpose.”

2004 February U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia serves as chief justice for the School of

Law’s second annual Paul A. McLennon Sr. Honors Moot Court Competition, which gives students the opportunity to develop their written and oral advocacy skills — and to test them in competition. Justice Scalia reminds students that many decisions are on “the razor’s edge” and that the oral argument can help judges cement their decisions.



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