SLE Newsletters: The Phoenix and Dons Connect

The Phoenix and Dons Connect is the campus-wide e-newsletter of Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE). Each week during the school year, it features campus events and initiatives, as well as what is happening in the city. All undergraduate students receive The Phoenix and all graduate students receive Dons Connect by email each week on Mondays between 8—10 a.m. PT. 

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We promote undergraduate and graduate student events, leadership programs, and involvement opportunities hosted by USF departments and student organizations. In order to have your event featured, you must submit your event information before 10 a.m. on Mondays the week prior to its scheduled release. 


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Why The Phoenix?

After a campus-wide poll conducted in Spring 2011, Student Leadership and Engagement selected a new name for its campus-wide e-newsletter that promotes student engagement, campus activities, and involvement opportunities: The Phoenix.

The Phoenix is a creature from Greek mythology that has been long associated with the history and growth of the University of San Francisco. It is closely connected with St. Ignatius himself who encouraged followers to "go forth and set the world on fire."

The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 destroyed St. Ignatius College and Church, but not fatally, until the fire that ensued after the quake. One month after the ruins had cooled, the college bell was raised out of a pit of ashes. It had fallen a hundred feet through the raging fire into the basement. Unbroken, it was carted to a new life in the nearby Western Addition. Two months after the earthquake and fire, like the storied phoenix rising from the ashes, St. Ignatius College began to rise again.

Today, the symbol of the Phoenix is emblazoned on the exterior of the newly renovated University Center, overlooking the new Lo Schiavo Center for Science and Innovation, forming a nexus of the past and present of the University of San Francisco. What better symbol of strength and stability than the mighty Phoenix to represent our efforts to ignite engagement within our University community?

Past editions

SEPTEMBER 26
SEPTEMBER 19
SEPTEMBER 12
SEPTEMBER 5
August 29 
August 22
 

Why Dons Connect?

For years, we titled both newsletters The Phoenix, which led to some confusion within the community. Separating the names of each newsletter helps our readers and our community better understand the distinctions between the content shared in both newsletters as they do not feature the same content given the different needs of graduate and undergraduate students. 

Past editions

SEPTEMBER 26 
SEPTEMBER 19
SEPTEMBER 12 
SEPTEMBER 5 
August 29
August 22
 

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