USD Magazine Fall 2013

Distinction [2003-2013] A Decade of


2010 November USD flipped the switch during its “Running on Sunshine” event celebrating the installation of 5,000 photovoltaic solar panels on the roofs of 11 buildings throughout the campus to generate 1.23-megawatts of renewable energy. The

installation makes USD the second largest solar energy producer of any private U.S. college and the 10th largest solar facility on a university campus in the nation. It becomes the latest component to President Lyons’ strategic initiative to make the campus one of the most sustainable in the country.

2011 Fall

The Office of Undergraduate Research is established to ensure that students from all disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration have the opportunity to engage in research and creative activities. It offers programs, including the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, and encourages faculty to integrate research projects and scholarly presentations into their courses.

2011 September

USD is designated an official Ashoka U Changemaker campus and joins a select group of colleges and universities that have established themselves as hubs of social innovation throughout the world.

2011 The International Center opens and USD is ranked No. 1 among doctoral universities in the percent of undergraduates studying abroad. Students in USD’s graduate programs are also part of groundbreaking work and research around the world. Examples include the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science’s work in Uganda, the School of Leadership and Education Science’s work in Ghana, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies’ work spanning the globe and the international consulting projects, practicums and internships in the School of Business Administration’s International MBA program.



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