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Rudy Castruita and Dean Karen Symms Gallagher (Photo/Ben Kaatz)

Gallagher honored by California superintendents

USC Rossier School of Education Dean Karen Symms Gallagher received the highest honor awarded by the Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group (DSAG) at its annual dinner in Monterey, Calif., last month.

Approximately 150 active and retired superintendents, many of whom are USC Rossier EdD alumni, are members of DSAG. Every year, the group recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to education innovation and reform in California.

The dinner was held in conjunction with the Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) Superintendents’ Symposium, which brings school leaders together from across the state to examine the governor’s budget, discuss how to transform California schools and engage in professional learning and networking.

Rudy Castruita EdD ’82, USC Rossier professor and former superintendent of schools for San Diego County and ACSA California Superintendent of the Year in 1992, presented the honorary award to Gallagher.

In her acceptance speech, Gallagher spoke of growing up in a single-parent home in Seattle, where her school support system was key to her academic aspirations and success.

“I know what kind of a difference all of you can make in a child’s life because I was one of those children,” Gallagher said.

University Publications gets a high five from CASE

University Publications, a department of Student Affairs, has won five awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The awards, which recognize videography, photography, graphic design and overall publication excellence, underscore the versatility of the University Publications team and its collaborators.

With this quintet of accolades, the department continues a winning streak that has resulted in 11 CASE awards over the past three years.

University Publications won a silver award for its I Am a Trojan video, which brings to life the five words etched on the pedestal of the Tommy Trojan statue — faithful, skillful, scholarly, courageous and ambitious.

Produced by the Office of the University Comptroller and published in collaboration with University Relations, the “USC Financial Report 2011-12: New Beginnings” won three silver awards, recognizing individual photography, design for a multipage publication and overall publication excellence in the president’s reports and annual reports category. The report also earned a bronze for cover design.

The 2011-12 financial report uses a strong, singular concept — commencement, or new beginnings — as a metaphor for the university’s transformation under the leadership of a freshly inaugurated USC president.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the CASE District VII conference in San Francisco next month.

John Mutlow (Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

USC architecture faculty win national awards

John Mutlow and Gail Peter Borden of the USC School of Architecture have received awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

The national association, which includes more than 100 university architectural programs, honors architectural educators for exemplary work in building design, community collaborations, scholarship and service.

Mutlow, professor and immediate past chair of graduate studies, received one of four national Distinguished Professor Awards, which recognizes sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education.

He has been a pioneer in designing affordable housing in Southern California since the 1970s and most recently was honored in 2012 with two Los Angeles Architectural Awards for Stovall Villa, an affordable senior housing project, and The Courtyard at La Brea, a mixed use and mixed occupancy project in West Hollywood for emancipated youths.

Gail Peter Borden (Photo/Philip Channing)

Associate Professor Borden received the Faculty Design Award for his 99K House, designed with Brian Delford Andrews of the University of Arizona. The 99K House was an international competition in 2008 in which participants designed a single-family house in Houston using sustainable building practices and materials with a construction budget under $99,000. The design by Borden and Andrews was a finalist.

Borden is a prior recipient of the national association’s New Faculty Teaching Award and previous Faculty Design Awards. He currently is discipline head of architecture and director of graduate architecture at the USC School of Architecture.

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