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Action Research Course
Research Assistants Present
Student Updates
Alumni Updates
Scholars Recognized
AERA Participation
Student Affairs Conference
ELDA Student Honored
Department Cohosts Emotional Intelligence Training
Kemerer Publishes 2nd Edition
Faculty Updates
Undergraduate Alumni
Monroe to Guest Teach
ELDA Recieves Grant
Deciphering the Economic Stimulus
Commencement 2009
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After 21 years of singular service to the Department of Leadership Studies, SOLES, and USD, we bid a fond farewell to Mary Woods Scherr.  Mary was honored at her retirment reception in May among colleagues, family and friends.  Dean Cordeiro introduced a new perpetual award in her honor, "The Mary Woods Scherr Service Award".  Mary was the inaguaral recipient of the award, which each year will be bestowed upon a SOLES faculty, staff or administrator who embodies the type of service to SOLES that Mary has through her tenure with USD.  We wish Mary all the best in her future journeys. 

Cathy Hands will be returning to her home and family in Canada after two years of serving on the leadership studies faculty.  We wish Cathy the best in her future endeavors.
Expert in Action Research to Teach Course this Summer
Bill Torbert, Ph.D., a world-renowned expert in Action Inquiry, is teaching  Action Research Methods this summer.  Students interested in Action Research have the unique opportunity to be immersed in this methodology with a practiced professional.

In this course, students will:  (a) become familiar with 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person action research methods through the readings, through in-class practices, and through the three papers they write, (b) learn to understand the distinctions between 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person action inquiry, (c) gain an understanding of developmental theory by using this lens to examine personal life experiences to date, and (d) demonstrate competence using action research methodology by writing a final, potentially publishable action research paper.   This course runs from June 10-13 and July 21-23, 2009.

Bill Torbert, Professor Emeritus of Management at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, earlier served as the school's graduate dean and director of the Ph.D. Program in Organizational Transformation.  He is also one of the founding faculty of the Executive Program Leadership for Change at Boston College, as well as a founding research member of the international Society for Organizational Learning, and a board member of Trillium Asset Management (the first and largest independent socially responsible investing advisor).  Bill also serves as the Director of Research for Harthill Consulting Ltd UK, as well as a writer, occasional speaker, consultant, and convener of Alchemists' Workshops. 
His books include Managing the Corporate Dream; The Power of Balance: Transforming Self, Society, and Scientific Inquiry; Transforming Social Inquiry, Transforming Social Action; and Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership.  For more information, visit Dr. Torbert's website. 
Caster Family Center Updates
Research Assistants and affiliated faculty of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research recently participated in the 2009 Nonprofit West Coast Data Conference at UCLA. Individual presentations included "Nonprofit Wage Data Comparison Studies" by Heather Carpenter and Melanie Hitchcock and An Exploratory Analysis of Race, Class, Gender Effects on Public Perceptions of Nonprofit Organizations by Lindsey McDougle.

The entire team opened Saturday's session with a panel discussion titled "In Search of the Upside in the Downturn: What Do Data Say About How Nonprofit Organizations Can Become More Efficient and Effective in Troubled Economic Times".  The panel was moderated by Robert Donmoyer and included panelists Mary McDonald, Laura Deitrick, Lindsey McDougle, Melanie Hitchcock and Heather Carpenter.

The Center is also proud to announce that doctoral student and research assistant Lindsey McDougle, was selected into the 2009 class of summer fellows at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. The RGK Center Summer Fellowship Program, which is highly competitive, offers doctoral students from across the country a unique academic opportunity to critically examine issues in the nonprofit sector. Lindsey will engage in four weeks of study with noted scholar and nonprofit author Peter Frumkin, Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. Upon completion of the program each student will produce a white paper for the RGK Center's working paper series.
Alumnus Continues Dissertation Research 

For many, the dissertation written to fulfill the requirements of S. Smith
earning a terminal degree is a closed subject after graduation. To one alum, the subject continues to hold his interest after 10 years of ongoing research.  Steven L. Smith, '06 (Ed.D.) persists with his research of Vietnam era POW/MIA wives' experience. This research requires extensive work within government archival files, which began five years ago, and includes 30,000 pages of documents from Melvin Laird's files at the Gerald R. Ford library. To date, about 750 pages have been declassified as Smith continues his requests for official review and declassification. Furthermore, he continues to interview POW/MIA wives and other individuals who worked closely on POW/MIA matters. 

Concurrently, Smith is working on an article for the Journal of San Diego History, which will focus on the San Diego POW/MIA  wives and their initiatives from 1965-67. While Smith admits it's a challenge to take a 350,000 word dissertation (plus post-dissertation research) and develop an article with only 8,000 words, he presses on.  Smith notes, "I have been amazed that my passion for this subject has not waned for 10 years. I continue to speak with the wives, which is indeed an honor."

Smith has taken on the additional task of writing a novel, teaching and developing graduate courses at Wayland Baptist University and exploring other teaching opportunities.  We wish Steve all the best in following his passion for research and his dissertation topic.
Current Student Updates and News

Paige Haber, doctoral student, was recently selected as Head of Conference Creative for the International Leadership Association's Leadership Education Member Interest Group

Nonprofit Leadership and Management master's students, Jennifer LogoMartin, Maureen Guarcello, and Stephanie DeLong (pictured right), have recently joined the Education and Scholarship committees of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter.

Doctoral Candidate, Whitney McIntyre Miller, will be presenting at the 41st Annual International Conference of the Community Development Society in Memphis, TN in late July.  She will be presenting the results of her dissertation research on postconflict community development, which will be conducted in two Sierra Leonean communities from May 19th- June 25th.   Visit her blog to keep track of her experiences:

Doctoral Student, Aned Muniz Gracia was awarded two grants from the California Language Teacher's Association (CLTA) to study at the University of Venezia in Venice, Italy.  The University of Venezia (Ca' Foscari) grant is for a three week, high profile"glottodidattica" course in Venezia.  She was also awarded the LangAbroad scholarship to help with the transportation expenses.

Doctoral Student, Bethan Theunissen has been invited to teach a course at the Vancouver School of Theology this summer.  Transforming Metaphors: Re-imagining a Church for Our Time is a course for congregation leaders who might benefit from organizational change research and training. This course will explore Gareth Morgan's "Images of Organization" learning to apply those metaphors to congregational/denominational challenges that facilitate health and change.
Alumni Updates

Elizabeth Cotter,  '00 (M.A.) will begin doctoral studies at Columbia Teachers' College this summer in the Literacy Specialist program.

Helen Eckmann, '03 (Ed.D.) has been nominated for San Diego Woman Business Owner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Tyrone Glass, '01 (M.A.) is working in NY as the Regional School Partnership Manager of College Summit,

Terrence Hammond, '06 (Ed.D.) has recently been hired as an adjunct professor at Coleman University in the MBA program. He is teaching Strategic Planning and Business Policy.

David Herrera,'05 (Ed.D.), SOLES adjunct Logofaculty member, wrote an article in the San Diego Business Journal (April 20th edition) about his seminar in Mondragon, Spain, offered for graduate credit to SOLES students through the Global Center.  For more information about this course visit our Global Center website.

George and Katherine Pardee Scholars Attend American Humanics Management Institute
Nine George and Katherine Pardee scholars attended the American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI) in Indianapolis, Indiana with Teresa VanHorn, the Director of the American Humanics program at USD.  More than 1,000 students, faculty, nonprofit and corporate leaders took part in AHMI 2009, a capstone educational experience for college students earning American Humanics (AH) Certification.  It was a unique opportunity for AH students to network with nonprofit executives, participate in case studies and a national collegiate dialogue, attend workshops led by experts in nonprofit studies, and participate in interviews for nonprofit professional positions.  

2009 Pardee Scholars:
Clayton Elkin                  Carleigh McDonald 
Kayleigh Dawe                Ana Perez 
Alexis Dombrouski         Nicole Russo 
Breyn Hibbs                    Elenita Santos
Danielle Marchioro
AERA Presentations and Panel Participation

2009 AERA Annual Meeting, titled, "Disciplined Inquiry: Education Research in the Circle of Knowledge" was held in downtown San Diego this past April and the following department faculty, students, and alum participated:

Doctoral student Jeff Bolster was a session participant in Division A's mentoring session, "Why Your Membership Matters".

Paula Cordeiro
was a participant in Division A's: "Administration, Organization, and Leadership Early Career" mentoring session, and chaired the session, "International Educational Leadership Communities of Practice: Laying the Foundation".

Robert Donmoyer was a discussant and session participant in "A Call for Engagement: Educational Leaders as Activists and Public Intellectuals".  Donmoyer also chaired the session, "If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Veterans of the Qualitative Revolution Reflect" and presented his paper, "What if Both Sides in the Paradigm Wars Were (and Are) Wrong? The Search for a More Contextually Appropriate Form of Inquiry for the Education Field".  Donmoyer was also a discussant in "Spanning Boundaries in Qualitative Research: Implications for Policy and Practice".
Donmoyer, with Fred J. Galloway, and June M. Donmoyer presented their paper, "The Impact of a Principal Preparation Program on Its Graduates and the Students in the Schools the Graduates Lead" in the session "Perspectives on Principal Preparation Programs".

Steven A. Gelb presented "Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry as a Tool" in the session "Action Research and Professional Schools: Developing Cultures of Inquiry to Bridge Gaps Between Research and Practice".

Catherine Hands was a discussant in the session, "Issues in Curriculum and Assessment Involving Family-School Relationships", chair of the session, "Navigating Tensions in Educational Change From the Top Down and the Bottom Up" and presented "Efforts to Enhance Parent Engagement: What Can We Learn From an Assemblage of Districtwide Initiatives?" in the session "Relevant Issues in the School-Home-Community Relationship: Multiple Methodologies of Inquiry".

Lea A. Hubbard was the discussant in "Action Research and Professional Schools: Developing Cultures of Inquiry to Bridge Gaps Between Research and Practice ", and presented, with Timothy Rossi (USD) and Rucheeta V. Kulkarni (ASU), "Social Strains and School Response to Students in Need at a California Conversion Charter School".

Doctoral student Mark Silver and faculty member Lea A. Hubbard presented  "Community Involvement and School Change" and "Understanding the District Impact on Conversion Charter Schools" in the session, "The Social Construction of Educational Change in a Conversion Charter School".

Ron W. Germaine '01 (Ed.D.), was the discussant in the session, "The Impact of Taoism and Confucianism on Mathematics Teaching and Learning". 
Faculty and Students Present at Student Affairs Conference

Several doctoral students traveled with the Department of Leadership Studies chair and other USD student affairs professionals to the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Conference in Washington DC.  The following presentations were made by leadership studies faculty and students:

Doctoral student Paige Haber and Department Chair Cheryl Getz presented, "Leadership Development through Authentic Learning and Real Change" which was a study of the the undergraduate leadership minor course on group relations taught at USD.

Paige Haber
and Valerie Johnson presented "Student leadership Development Initiatives: A Reflective History and Look Forward".

Paige Haber
and Craig Slack presented "Reflecting on Leadership Learning: Student Leadership Program Alumni Speak" and Haber, with Marcy Shankman, presented "Imagination to Action: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership and Developing Student Leadership".

Doctoral student Daniel Tillapaugh and Sean Gehrke presented "Meaning-Making Through Supervision: From the Shadows, Into the Light". 
Daniel Tillapaugh presented, "Making the Case for Personal Development Programs: An Interactive Dialogue". 

Daniel Tillapaugh
was elected as Chair of ACPA's Commission for Student Involvement Leadership Education Committee.

haber_panel_group_picPictured right, panelists for the session moderated by Paige Haber, "Student Leadership Development Initiatives: A reflective history and look forward".  All are College Student Leadership Education Pioneers (left to right):  Susan Komives, Craig Slack, Paige Haber, Denny Roberts, and Rob Sheehan.  During this panel, these pioneers and early authors on the topic, examined the roots of college student leadership development and discussed future directions. 
ELDA Student Honored by County Office of Education for Leadership in Biliteracy
Each year districts across San Diego County look to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond in support of English Learners. This year, Patricia Noujaim, ELDA Tier I and masters student, has been honored for her dedication to this end.  Patricia is Santee School District's Data and Assessment Resource Teacher and has developed and maintains the English Learner web page. During District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meetings, Patricia has helped parents navigate the web site, as well as familiarize them with the Digital Path, a component of our K-5 Social Studies program. Patricia has presented this information to the Cajon Park, Carlton Hills and Chet Harritt ELAC committees. Patricia has even led the Carlton Hills ELAC meeting in Spanish. She has also assisted in the disaggregating of data of local assessments in order to provide effective instruction for English Learners.   Patricia was recognized at San Diego's 11th Annual Biliteracy Symposium in May. 
Students and Faculty Trained in Emotional Intelligence Measure
The Department of Leadership Studies hosted a training and certification seminar on the Bar-On EQ-i, a measure of emotional intelligence on April 27-29.  Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) is the first validated and most widely used measure of Emotional Intelligence.  It is a self-report measure of emotionally and socially intelligent behavior that provides an estimate of emotional-social intelligence.  Certification enables faculty and staff to administer, interpret and make optimal use of EQ-i results. Over three days, participants received a thorough introduction to the Bar-On model before delving into interpreting results and giving feedback. Special emphasis was given to understanding profiles, identifying strengths, and developing opportunities for growth.

Special thanks to George Reed for arranging the training at USD and thank you to the SOLES Leadership Institute, for providing partial tuition grants to leadership and SOLES faculty and graduate students to attend this workshop.
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Second Edition Published by SOLES Faculty and USD Law Alum
California School Law, written by Leadership Studies Professor-in-Residence Frank Kemerer, with former USD law student Peter Sansom, is now in its second edition.  This text is the only comprehensive source discussing how federal and state law affects the day-to-day operation of the state's traditional public, charter, and private schools. While the book is comprehensive, the authors have written it for a broad audience. California School Law has become a coveted desk-top reference for administrators, governing board members, school attorneys, union leaders, and policymakers. It also has been widely adopted as a classroom textbook in educational administration and education law classes. In commenting on the first edition, Michael Kirst, Stanford University Education Professor-Emeritus, noted that "The writing style is a blend of law and policy that is easy to follow."  

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Faculty Updates

Cheryl Getz was recently promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure status.  Congratulations to Cheryl on this tremendous accomplishment!

On March 21st faculty member, George Reed chaired a panel entitled "Teaching Complexity at the American Society" for Public Administration National Conference in Miami, Florida. Reed also presented at a professional development event sponsored by the Superintendent of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit April 23-25. The event was held in St. Michaels, Maryland.

George Reed was the keynote speaker at a police leadership conference in St. Louis Missouri on May 6-8, sponsored by Saint Louis University and the United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Missouri and also at the Returning Warriors Weekend, an event sponsored by the United States Navy to aid recently deployed military personnel and their families with their return to civil society.

On June 2nd George Reed presented to the The Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, a unique University-based leadership experience and program in international cooperation. For three weeks, ten young American men and women joined 20 students from a variety of developing countries and regions of social strife.     

Frank Kemerer will have his chapter: "A Legal Perspective on School Choice" appear in the Handbook of Research on School Choice edited by Mark Behrens, M.G. Springer, Herbert Wahlberg and published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Info about it can be found online at the National Center on School Choice website at Vanderbilt University:, click "read more" in the News section.  Kemerer also accepted the invitation to be an associate with the newly established American Center for School Choice. The president of the board of directors is John Coons, Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law, Emeritus, at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. The executive director is Michael Guerra, former president of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Theresa Monroe traveled to Rome during USD's intersession to teach the terri monroecourse: "Organizational Effectiveness and Spiritual Leadership", the introductory course in Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement's new graduate program.  This is the first class in the Master of Science in Community Leadership - Concentration in Leadership in Mission program and is designed to help Catholic sisters step into their challenging roles.  This diverse group of students represented 13 countries, including Brazil, Nigeria, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Poland, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Uganda and Vietnam.  This part-time master's program was developed in consultation with congregations in Africa, Asia and Europe and consists of three six-week residential sessions at Duquesne University's Rome campus as well as a session in the student's home country.  Dr. Monroe was among a small handful of international faculty members asked to participate in this program.  
American Humanics and Leadership Minor Alumni News
Paul Adler '00 (B.A., M.A.'07) was one of the first two educators to receive a Specialization Certificate in Character Development from the University of San Diego.

Daniel Barber '08 (B.A.) is teaching with Teach for America in Las Vegas, NV.

Monica (Rose) Brunner '93 (B.A.) welcomed Cal Su-min Ronald, their adopted son into the family in 2008.  Monica and her husband Tim also have two daughters, Cezanne and Carly.

Kristy Graves '00 (B.A.) works at the Craigslist Foundation, in San Francisco, CA.

Dana (Kessler) Harward '04 (B.A.) works in Human Resources at Target in El Cajon, CA.

Ryan Huntsman '04 (B.A.)  is a Client Service Associate for UBS Financial Services Inc. in Newport Beach, CA.

Jennifer Malkowski '06 (B.A.) graduated with her MA from San Diego State University in May 2008.

Megan Malone '05 (B.A.) works for the Blume Company, a Commerical Real Estate Firm in Seattle, WA.

Ryan Pietranton '96 (B.A., M.B.A. '98) married Anne Bowron in 2008.  They make their home in Las Vegas, NV.  

Lisa Saldias '08 (B.A.) is teaching kindergarten in Miami, FL with Teach for America.

Alexandra Smith '08 (B.A.)  is working at Citrix Online in Santa Barbara, CA.  She is also a member of Junior League and the Santa Barbara Young Professionals Club.  

Arika Wells Suber '02 (B.A.) is working at National University.

Patrick Gill, B.A. '99 (B.A.) is an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain in Mercer Island, WA.   

Enrica Tamar Macklin '06 (B.A.) received her Master's degree from the University of Louisville on May 9, 2009.  

If you are an alumni of the Leadership Minor and/or the American Humanics program and would like to give an update,
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Monroe invited as Guest Teacher at Boulder Integral
Boulder Integral will be offering a multiday seminar titled, "New Wineskins: A Contemporary Pilgrimage Toward the Future of Christianity", with Fr. Richard Rohr and Fr. David McCallum, S.J., with special guest teachers, Sr. Theresa Monroe, R.S.C.J., and Rollie Stanich.

This retreat/workshop is intended for seekers working within the tradition, those who have left the Christian path behind, and those seeking a way to return. In St. Paul's letter to the Philippians, he commands the early Christian community "to have the consciousness of Christ among you." This four-day offering will explore how the Holy Spirit embodys the consciousness of Christ within our being, knowing, and doing in the world.

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ELDA POST Program Receives Stuart Foundation Grant
The ELDA program received a grant from the Stuart Foundation to implement the Principal's Ongoing Support and Training (POST) Program with veteran principals in the Lemon Grove, Oceanside, La Mesa-Spring Valley and South Bay Union School Districts in San Diego County.  POST is a structured professional development program for twelve principals and three members of each principal's leadership team.  POST will also provide one on one coaching for the principal by a qualified, experienced coach/mentor. This training will provide for a renewal of leadership skills and efficacy for the principals in the program while strengthening the influence of the leadership team to help the principal improve the quality of teaching and learning in the school.  The grant will provide $150,000 a year for a two-year period.
Deciphering the Economic Stimulus Package and State Budget: What Nonprofits Need to Know and Do Next
On Saturday, March 21, 2009, a lively discussion took place at the University of San Diego. Congresswoman Susan Davis spoke about the stimulus package and what it means to nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. Karen Baker, California Secretary for Service and Volunteering, spoke about the state strategy for working with nonprofit organizations. Rick Cohen, noted author and Third Sector policy expert, talked about the short and long-term implications of the recovery package for nonprofit organizations. Leaders within the San Diego nonprofit community left the event feeling enthused and ready to tackle today's current challenges.
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Rick Cohen, Karen Baker and Pat Libby                 Susan Davis
Awards and Accolades
This spring the following Department of Leadership Studies faculty and students were bestowed with honors and awards as noted below.

William Foster Outstanding Dissertation Award, selected by the Leadership Studies faculty:  Janice Morris '09 (Ph.D.).

Student of the Year, selected by faculty in the following programs:
Leadership Studies & ELDA programs:  Jaime Norton '09 (M.A.)
Higher Education Leadership:  Sara Headden '09 (M.A.)
Nonprofit Leadership and Management:  Jillian Jepsen '09 (M.A.)
student awardees
Janice Morris, Jaime Norton, Jillian Jepsen, Sara Headden

Oustanding Student Volunteer Award, selected by the GSA:
Laura Shepard, current student, M.A. in Leadership Studies
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Laura Shepard

USD Professor of the Year/School of Leadership and Education Sciences, selected by the 2009 USD Senior Class:  Paige Haber, current doctoral student. 

Leadership Studies Faculty Member of the Year, selected by department graduate students:  George Reed, Ph.D.

LASH Faculty Award:  Liz Shear.
Commencement 2009
Congratulation to all our graduates in the Department of Leadership Studies.

Leadership Studies Doctoral Degree Recipients

Candace Aiani, Ed.D., Developing an Instrument to Measure the Degree of Implementation of School Information Literacy Programs
Phillip Angelini, Ed.D., Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC): The Impact of NJROTC Particiation on Naval Accession and Retention
Kira Espiritu, Ph.D., Campus Internationalization Initiatives: From Policy to Practice in Study Abroad Programming
Janice Morris, Ph.D.,  The Impact of Authentic Leadership and Ethical Organizational Culture on Auditor Behavior
John Mosby, Ph.D., From Strain to Success: A Phenomenological Study of the Personal and Academic Pressures on African American American Male Community College Students
Mark Peters, Ph.D., Exploring Efforts on Two College Campuses to Cultivate a Culture of Vocation
Jensen Shirley, Ed.D., Congregation Activism in the Community: A Study of Faith-Based Leadership
Stephen Velez-Confer, Ph.D., awarded posthumously

doctoral graduates
Candace Aiani, Mark Peters, Kira Espiritu, Janice Morris, Phillip Angelini, John Mosby at the GSA Graduation Luncheon.

Leadership Studies Master of Arts Degree Recipients
Brittany Bohart
Angela Chiarenza
Harlan Klein
Lauren McDonough
Jamie Norton
Cara Ramsey
Karen Seo
Laura Stoia
Melinda Vega

Higher Education Leadership Master of Arts Degree Recipients
Willie Blackmon Jr.
Johan Bodaski
Sara Headden
Shannon Hutchison
Torey Martin

Nonprofit Leadership and Management Master of Arts Degree Recipients
Gregory Anglea
Erika Cornejo
Rachel Borgatti
Lea Carland
Stacie Freasier
Michelle Jaramillo
Jillian Jepsen
Luanne Kanzawa
Kerry Kilber Rebman
Tricia Paré
Paloma Patterson
Christina Piranio
Paige Simpson
Carolyn Smyth
Mark Thompson
Christine Timbol
Marnie Tumolo

Undergraduates earning the American Humanics Certification
Alexandra Adams
Allison Christian
Kayleigh Dawe
Meryl DeYoung
Melinda Ehren
Jennifer Gabelein
Breyn Hibbs
Nicole Holliday
Danielle Marchioro
Carleigh McDonald
Ana Perez
Elenita Santos
Anna VanHorn

Undergraduates with a minor in Leadership Studies
Alexandra Adams
Andrew Castro
Tyler Combs
Matt Couch
Jonathon D'Angelo
Kayleigh Dawe
Scott DeNault
Meryl DeYoung
Melinda Ehren
Danielle Fontes
Jennifer Gabelein
Jennifer Gardner
Alexandra Gardner
Sarah Gleason
Autumn Haber
Kevin Hansen
Breyn Hibbs
Nicole Holliday
Ben Kruse
Danielle Marchioro
Carleigh McDonald
Alyson Melrose
Breanne Ogden
Ana Perez
Brendon Quon
Elenita Santos
Kelly Winther
Jose Valerio
Erin Voyles
Lindsay Yuen

Honors Convocation was held May 5, 2009 in Shiley Theater at USD.  American Humanics certificates were issued at the event.  Several American Humanics and Leadership Minor students were recognized in other areas.  The following students received additional recognition:

Allison Christian is graduating with Honors from USD. She received departmental honors in Psychology and Spanish.  Allison was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the National Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society. She received the award for Distinguished Graduate in Psychology. Allison was also acknowledged by University Ministry with a Student Servant Leader Award.

Andrew Castro received departmental honors in Theology and Religious Studies.  He was inducted into Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society and Theta Alpha Gamma, the National Religious Studies Honor Society.

Tyler Combs received departmental honors in Business Administration.

Meryl DeYoung received departmental honors in Business Administration.

Melinda Ehren is graduating with Honors from USD.  She received the prestigious Anne Catherine Swanke Award from the Honors program.  Melinda received departmental honors in Psychology and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Alexandra Gardner received departmental honors in Communication Studies and was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the National Honor Society in Communication Studies.

Breyn Hibbs is graduating with Honors from USD. She received departmental honors in Philosophy. Breyn was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Tau the National Philosophy Honor Society.  She was awarded the Carlin Book Prize by the Department of Philosophy.  Breyn was given the Outstanding Service in Official University-Sponsored Student Activities Award from Student Affairs.   She is also listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Ben Kruse is graduating with Honors from USD. He received departmental honors in English.  Ben was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society and Phi Beta Kappa.   He also received the Scholastic Achievement in English Award.

Amanda Theis was inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society.

Anna VanHorn received recognition as a Service Learning Scholar from the Office of Community Service Learning.

Erin Voyles received departmental honors in Psychology. She was also inducted into Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.

Lindsay Yuen received departmental honors in Business Administration.
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