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300 Alumni Leaders Return to USC

by Ross M. Levine
300 Alumni Leaders Return to USC
Volunteers receive a round of applause at the 2010 Alumni Leadership Conference.

The 2010 USC Alumni Leadership Conference on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 brought together nearly 300 participants from alumni clubs, women’s groups, multicultural organizations, the Alumni Association Board of Governors, USC schools and USC athletics support groups to the University Park campus.

The conference was launched by USC Alumni Association president Carol Fox MS ’62 and chief executive officer Scott M. Mory, who hailed the participants as representative of the “energy, ingenuity and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of the Trojan Family.”

Interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost Elizabeth Garrett introduced four “Trojans Transforming the World” to highlight the broad range of research at USC.

Topics covered copyright protection (or the lack thereof) in the fashion industry, a promising new cancer treatment involving stem cells, life in the ocean’s darkest reaches and a student’s moving exploration of the Cambodian genocide. The afternoon concluded with a performance by Superaxe, a four-guitar fusion ensemble from the USC Thornton School of Music.

On the evening of Sept. 30, conference attendees checked out the new Epstein Family Alumni Center and attended a grand opening for the art pieces within the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

The next morning, USC President C. L. Max Nikias spoke about propelling USC to what he called “undisputed elite status” and how he’s “looking to our alumni to lead the way” since they are “the engine that drives this university’s progress.”

Following briefings by two relatively new members of USC’s administration – Al Checcio, senior vice president of university advancement, and Ken McGillivray, vice provost of global initiatives – conference delegates heard from former USC Trustee and past USC Alumni Association president Bill Allen ’79.

Allen, president and CEO of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., talked about the organization’s plans to revitalize the local economy.

The conference ended with a presentation on athletics compliance by David Roberts, vice president for athletics compliance, and John McKay, senior associate athletic director.

Following the conference, the alumni association held its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner in the Trojan Ballroom at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

Five hundred volunteers and USC staff turned out to see members of the Trojan Family receive President’s and Widney Alumni House awards.

Danielle Harvey, director of special interest programs, received the Alumni Volunteer Friend of the Year award, while the USC Alumni Club of Austin and the USC Parents Association were named Alumni Volunteer Organizations of the Year.

Fox gave special recognition to Martha Harris, USC senior vice president for university relations, for her exemplary leadership of alumni relations over the past decade.

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