Graduate Saves Lives and Transforms Health Care in Ghana

03-26-2014Barbara Denman in Ghana

Barbara Demman ’98 is leading a pioneering effort to train Ghanaian nurses in emergency medicine so they can open desperately needed hospital emergency departments and rural clinics throughout the nation. 

School of Law Dean Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

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USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña celebrated the courage of young people pushing for change in his first campus-wide address, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Supreme Court’s Antonin Scalia Offers Tips to Law Students

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and award-winning legal author Bryan A. Garner told USF law students exactly what to do if they want to persuade a judge: avoid jargon, understand the weaknesses of their case, and use only their strongest arguments.

ESPN Tells the Story of Football Team’s 1951 Stand Against Racism

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ESPN aired the incredible true story of the USF football team’s stand against injustice and racism in 1951. When the players were asked to leave the team’s two African American players behind in exchange for a berth in the Orange Bowl, they refused.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Talks Legal Ethics at USF

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and author Bryan A. Garner will be on campus for two events Jan. 31. The pair will discuss the challenges posed to legal ethics by technology, public speaking, and money and talk about their latest co-authored book on interpreting legal texts.

USF Earns High Marks for Research, Community Service, and Student Support

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The University of San Francisco is again ranked among the top universities and colleges in the country for what it contributes to the public good in terms of academic research, community service, and support for low-income students, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

USF Honors Free Clinic With Top Award

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The University of San Francisco has awarded one of its highest honors to the San Francisco Free Clinic, which has provided free medical care to more than 70,000 uninsured patients.

Jose Antonio Vargas Visits USF

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist turned immigrant rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas spoke at the University of San Francisco Sept. 27. He told an audience of about 300 that immigrant rights are the next liberation movement.

Donated Desktops and Laptops Help Close the Digital Divide

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The University of San Francisco donated 151 computers to 16 schools and nonprofits this summer, as part of the university’s ongoing effort to help close the digital divide among underserved students and families.

Students Find Homelessness and Addiction, Even Among College Graduates

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Students at the University of San Francisco spent a week living at a wellness center for the homeless and recovering drug addicts, cooking for them and listening to the intimate details of their lives in support groups and addiction recovery meetings — an experience that brought home the realities faced by marginalized populations and dispelled previously held misconceptions.

USF Remembers the March on Washington 50 Years After

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San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the city's Human Rights Commission honored USF Diversity Scholar Clarence B. Jones at an event Aug. 20, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

USF Wins Distinction for Community Service

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The University of San Francisco rose to the top once again in 2013, making the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll — an award that recognizes the university for helping to solve community problems and for placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Jack Abramoff Offers Crash Course in Combating Corruption

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What can USF students studying government relations learn from “the most evil lobbyist in Washington”? As it turns out, a lot.

 

America's Harsh Criminal Sentences Are Out of Step

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Criminals in the U.S. receive longer sentences for lesser crimes, including life without parole (LWOP) for nonviolent offenders and for juveniles, putting the country at odds with sentencing practices in the rest of the world, according to a recent University of San Francisco study.

Legalize It?

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The California Supreme Court held a special session at the University of San Francisco on Feb. 5 to hear arguments on one of the most controversial issues facing the state: the legalization of medical marijuana.

Doing Enormous Good

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Founded on Sept. 18, 1912 in downtown San Francisco, on the corner of Market and Seventh streets, the school has grown from 39 students to more than 700 today. U.S. News and World Report ranks it 10th in the nation for ethnic diversity.

USF Makes The Washington Center’s Top Five

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The University of San Francisco is one of five universities in the nation to be honored as a 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award recipient, recognizing the university’s outstanding contributions to community, leadership, professional achievement, and enrichment of student learning.

 

USF Dons Sport New Look

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The University of San Francisco Athletics Department has ushered in a new era, unveiling an up-to-date look for the Dons.

Injustice in the Blues

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Looking out the window of the Revolution Café on Seventh Street recently, Patrick Duffey ’14 studied a trash-filled lot surrounded by graffiti-tattooed fences. It was hard to imagine that the area, near the West Oakland BART station, was once a center of the West Coast blues and jazz scene.

To Do: Bike Cross-Country and Build Homes for Families

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Call it enervating or call it energizing — either way, USFers will take to the open road for a second consecutive year, traveling cross-country to raise money for low-income family housing and to build homes for families without them.

Computer Scientists Help Hunt Child Predators

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New software applications created by University of San Francisco computer science students forgo the “gotcha” moment of Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” but are designed to help police capture child sex predators just the same.

Diamond Dons Step Up to the Plate to ‘Strike Out Malaria’

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At the start of a new season, most baseball players are thinking about homeruns and increasing their batting averages. But University of San Francisco pitcher Bob Mott '12 will kick off the 2012 season with an unusual goal for his team — 833 strikeouts.

USF’s Hero in Health Care

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Debbie Zamora, an adjunct professor for the School of Nursing and Health Professions at USF’s Fresno branch campus and a student in USF’s doctor of nursing practice program, was recently honored with a Heroes in HealthCare award for her efforts to feed Fresno’s hungry.

Inspiring Change

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After years of pursuing his dream of becoming a journalist, one USF alumnus stepped away from the daily grind of negative news and turned his attention to the good that people are doing to help others. The resulting work he's done since then is nothing less than inspiring.

USF Ranks as Top 50 University

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The University of San Francisco is among the country’s top 50 universities, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

USF Presents California Prize to Bay Area Activist

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Daniel Lurie, CEO of the nonprofit Tipping Point Community, is the winner of the 2011 University of San Francisco California Prize for Service and the Common Good.

USF Student Creates Life-Saving App

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Helping emergency responders to save lives when every second counts? Yes, there’s an app for that, and it was created by Joseph Ekman, a University of San Francisco junior majoring in information systems.

USF Named to President’s Service Honor Roll

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The University of San Francisco has been named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year.

Teaching Faith to a New Generation

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Teaching third graders about the Bible and why loving their neighbor is important doesn’t always come easy. As Teresa Carino, a University of San Francisco sophomore recently learned, you never know when one of them will interject something about “zombies” into the conversation.

USFers Improving Education for San Francisco Children

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Almost everything about San Francisco’s De Marillac Academy goes against the trend in education these days, from the academy’s deliberate location in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, to its free tuition, to its many close ties to the University of San Francisco.

USF Donates Computers to Close the Digital Divide

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The University of San Francisco and the Tenderloin Technology Laboratory are celebrating a decade of partnership in their effort to narrow the digital divide by providing computer access and know-how to homeless and low-income residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.

Biz Prof. Honored for Furthering Public Understanding of Technology

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Assistant Professor Moira Gunn of the University of San Francisco’s School of Business and Professional Studies is the winner of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for 2011.

Courageous USF Nurses Honored

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A group of University of San Francisco nurses who provided disaster assistance when a hurricane hit Guatemala this spring has been honored by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and San Francisco County civic leaders for its courage.

OneCalifornia Bank and Foundation: 2010 USF California Prize Winner

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The University of San Francisco will award the third annual California Prize for Service and the Common Good to OneCalifornia Bank and Foundation at a gala ceremony Oct. 21, with attendees treated to dinner, live entertainment, and glittering views of St. Ignatius Church from inside a transparent tent installed on campus.

USF President Leads Community and Service-Learning Coalition

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University of San Francisco President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. is the new chairman of the California Campus Compact, a coalition of leading colleges and universities that works to advance civic and community engagement for a healthy, just, and democratic society.

Nursing Students Provide Disaster Assistance

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A University of San Francisco School of Nursing immersion trip to San Lucas Mission in Guatemala to provide prenatal care quickly became a disaster relief effort after Tropical Storm Agatha came ashore May 29, turning roads into rivers, causing landslides, and killing dozens.


Dean Heads State Nursing Advocacy Association

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Judith Karshmer, dean of the University of San Francisco School of Nursing, has been elected president of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing.


USF Sends Relief to Haiti

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When University of San Francisco sophomores Kalie Patterson and Annie Tull returned to campus after the Christmas holiday break, one of the first things they did was brainstorm how they could help Haiti after a devastating earthquake there Jan. 12.

USF on President's Honor Roll for Service

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The University of San Francisco has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth straight year, highlighting USF students’ exemplary service on issues ranging from poverty, and homelessness, to environmental justice.

The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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It’s World AIDS Day 2009 and a dozen University of San Francisco students are bundling boxes of multivitamins to be shipped to Zimbabwe, where the disease afflicts more than 15 percent of the country’s population.

USF Ranks High for Civic Engagement

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The University of San Francisco ranks among the top universities in the nation for civic engagement, according to a recently published study, “Saviors of Our Cities: Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships.”

Honoring Faculty for Teaching, Research, Service

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Administrators at the University of San Francisco have created an honorific designation intended to commend faculty who have made exceptional contributions to realizing the university’s core values.

Wetlands v. Greenhouse Gases

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With the federal government intent on addressing global warming and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calling for carbon-trading caps, a study underway at the University of San Francisco could turn the tide in the struggle to restore Bay Area wetlands that capture greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.

Erasmus: Stop Paying for Slavery

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Pointing a finger at the telltale signs of human trafficking associated with the sex trade, agricultural labor, and sweat shops uncovered in their research, students at the University of San Francisco want San Francisco’s elected officials and residents to pursue new laws and change their habits to rid the city of this underground industry.

Law Students, First Lady in Hunter's Point

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On June 22, USF School of Law students, administrators, and staff participating in the Law In Motion Service Program worked beside first lady Michelle Obama and first lady of California Maria Shriver to build a new playground for youth and seniors at Bret Harte Elementary School. Located in San Francisco's Hunter's Point neighborhood, the new playground will offer community space for play and gardening.

Plum Role for Alum in U.S. Higher Education

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Robert Shireman, MA ’86 has been appointed deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

USF Lauded for Community Service

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University of San Francisco students’ commitment to community continued to draw commendation in 2008, with the university making the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service for the third year running.

Dreams of “Roos” and Didgeridoos at World Youth Day

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University Ministry students and staff were among a quarter-million registered pilgrims to share a sense of Catholic camaraderie “Down Under” during a two-week summer immersion to MAGiS ’08 and World Youth Day in Australia, where they communed with the pope, worked with aboriginal children, and labored on a sheep farm in the outback.

USF Nursing Students Attend to Underserved Schools

05-28-2008Nursing Alliance

San Francisco's inner-city Catholic schools have gone without nursing and health care services for years, but graduate nursing students from the University of San Francisco's School of Nursing hope to end that drought by taking up the call to minister to those most in need.

USF Law Clinic Provides Mortgage Counseling

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As many as two million households will be affected by the subprime mortgage debacle: their homes foreclosed on, their equity lost, and their credit histories tarnished, perhaps permanently. How much of that could have been averted if those mostly low-income mortgage applicants had received better counseling before signing on the dotted line?