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Volunteer Timeline

Volunteer opportunities are happening throughout the year.  Months and dates listed below are accurate based on when events are happening as well as the volunteer recruitment period. Please contact  Erin B. Gunning '05 at egunning@sandiego.edu with questions or to volunteer, or call (619) 260-4819.

STUDENT MENTORING/NETWORKING
Alumni Class Speakers August-May
Alumni speakers are matched with courses from their area of study, to act as a guide for the student experience, and serve as an example of the real world application for the course subject matter. In addition, alumni can provide advice to students on topics such as study skills, adapting to life at college, keeping balance, choosing a major/career, study abroad and more. This is a more in-depth mentor opportunity for alumni; time commitment over the course of the semester will be determined jointly by the alumnus and the professor.
Fall Study Abroad Pre-Departure Events late November/December specifics TBD
Are you a recent graduate who studied abroad during your time at USD? Join current students at their Pre-Departure meetings to share your experience abroad from a participant point of view.
Spring Senior Seminar February 6 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Lend your experiences to current seniors who are anxiously awaiting graduation and thinking about what to do afterwards. Attend a reception and enjoy dinner with students to answer questions about life after graduation and choosing a path.
Alumni Adventures in Service TBD 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Did your post-grad years include a position with a volunteer service organization? Attend a reception and enjoy this mentorship opportunity with current students who are interested in going into volunteer service organizations after graduation. Offer your advice and lend your experience on this unique post-grad opportunity.
Spring Study Abroad Pre-Departure Events late March/April specifics TBD
Are you a recent graduate who studied abroad during your time at USD? Join current students at their Pre-Departure meetings to share your experience abroad from a participant point of view.
Take a Torero to Lunch April 21 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Join our student-alumni networking luncheon in the Degheri Alumni Center where alumni share tips and advice on choosing a major, getting an internship, planning for after graduation, and choosing a career path with students in all class years.
Last Chance Dinner May 6 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Join us for our senior's last chance to connect with alumni before graduation! Lend your experiences to current seniors who are anxiously awaiting graduation and thinking about what to do afterwards. Attend a reception and enjoy dinner with students to answer questions about life after graduation and choosing a path.
Fall Senior Seminar TBD 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Lend your experiences to current seniors who are anxiously awaiting graduation and thinking about what to do afterwards. Attend a reception and enjoy dinner with students to answer questions about life after graduation and choosing a path.

CAMPUS EVENTS
Fall Finals Feeding Frenzy December 11  from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The night before finals begin the Student Alumni Association will host free food for more than 800 hungry USD students in the Degheri Alumni Center to recharge before finals. Come to support the students and help to pass out all the food.
Spring Finals Feeding Frenzy May 13  from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The night before finals begin the Student Alumni Association will host free food for more than 800 hungry USD students in the Degheri Alumni Center to recharge before finals. Come to support the students and help to pass out all the food. 
Commencement May 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Help greet and congratulate the newest members of the alumni family! Volunteers hand out gifts to new graduates and welcome them into the alumni association.
Wine Classic July 19 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Volunteers at this event help to keep our costs low so that we can provide more scholarships for USD students.  Duties include registration, hospitality, assisting the wineries, silent auction, selling opportunity drawing tickets, and selling hats and t-shirts.  A great networking opportunity as well as a fun afternoon for all! Torero Days New Student Orientation August dates  Various time shifts
Help greet and welcome new students and their families to campus during move-in weekend.

SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION
Alumni volunteers read and rank student scholarship applications to provide much needed financial aid to current USD students. All reading and ranking are done online and volunteers are given two weeks to read and submit rankings.
Senior Class Legacy Scholarships-March (must be from the Class of 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014)
Awarded to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students who are impacting future USD students through campus involvement.  Additional consideration is given to students who have financial need.
Alumni Endowed Scholarship-April
Awarded to returning sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional involvement and service to USD and/or the community.  Additional consideration is given for financial need as well as legacy students. 
Terry Whitcomb ’53 Alumni Scholarship-April
Awarded to returning sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional involvement and service to USD and/or the community.  Additional consideration is given for financial need as well as legacy students. 

ADMISSIONS
Summer Send Offs-July/August
The Parent Relations team welcomes our newest Torero families to our community by hosting a reception in their city during the summer before freshman arrive on campus. They provide vital information about what campus life will be like, and families love hearing from alumni about what to expect and how to make the most of being a Torero. 
Prospective Student Receptions-September/October
In the fall, our Undergraduate Admissions counselors travel to locations around the country to host receptions for prospective students and their families to learn about USD.  We invite you to share your story with them so they can get to see what the USD experience is all about.
Congratulatory Phoning-March/April
Congratulations to our admitted students! Help our Admissions team by calling students from your area to congratulate them on being accepted to USD and answer their questions. The alumni network is a main factor in admissions decisions; show them what it means to be a part of the USD community. 
College Visiting Day-Spring date and time TBD
As the largest admissions event of the year, this is an opportunity to engage with students who have been offered admission to USD. Join us for a luncheon where students and parents will have the opportunity to interact with faculty, current students and alumni.

HOMECOMING AND REUNIONS 2015
October 16 - 18

Homecoming Picnic & Tailgate Party October 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (two hour shift)
Our biggest event of the year needs you! Volunteers help with registration, admission, in the beer garden, the mechanical bull, and the kids area.  All volunteers receive free admission to the event to enjoy before or after their shift. 
Homecoming Committee-January to October
The Alumni Association is looking for enthusiastic volunteers from any class to plan Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2014! Committee members will be involved in recruiting volunteers, encouraging attendance at events, and planning and managing events throughout the weekend.
Class Ambassadors-January to October
Reunions are taking place for the classes of ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05, and ’10.  If you are having a reunion, we need you to help us contact your classmates and encourage them to return to campus for the weekend.  Contact information will be provided for your use and can be done at any time.  We also encourage outreach using social media.  In addition, if you would like to give input on how the reunion party should look, we welcome any feedback you have.