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USC Alumni Association announces 2015 honorees

Venture capitalist Mark Stevens is among seven Trojans who will accept awards in April

Mark Stevens and his wife founded the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, (Photo/Ziva Santop)

Mark Stevens ’81, MS ’84, one of the nation’s top venture capitalists, will receive the Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award, USC’s highest alumni honor, at the 82nd Annual Alumni Awards on April 25 in downtown Los Angeles.

The USC Alumni Association will also recognize six other Trojans that evening for their achievements and contributions to the university.

Curtis Conway ’94, former NFL wide receiver and current Pac-12 Network studio analyst; Dalila Corral Lyons ’81, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge; and Dickran Tevrizian ’62, JD ’65, the first Armenian-American federal judge in U.S. history, will receive Alumni Merit Awards.

Lizette Salas ’11, an LPGA pro golfer, will receive the Young Alumni Merit Award.

JoAnne Rogers ’60, former Alumnae Coordinating Council chair, and George Stoneman MD ’65, former president and current member of the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Salerni Collegium Alumni Association, will receive Alumni Service Awards.

“Through their many accomplishments and acts of service, these seven alumni have proven themselves to be exemplary members of the Trojan Family,” said Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08, associate senior vice president for alumni relations.

The USCAA will also confer honorary alumni status to Leo and Ivy Chu in recognition of their dedication to extend USC’s global reach in the Pacific Rim.

As founder of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, Leo Chu has leveraged connections to create and cultivate relationships between USC and its Asian counterparts, including partnerships between the Keck Medical Center of USC and China’s medical providers and universities. In 2012, he received the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Global Ambassador Award.

A Forbes fixture

Stevens is a special limited partner and former managing partner at Sequoia Capital, a leading technology venture capital firm. A fixture on Forbes magazine’s annual Midas List of the top 100 venture capitalists — climbing as high as 10th place in the ranking — he is jointly responsible for some of the most top investments in the high-tech industry, including Google, Yahoo! and YouTube.

He is also a member of the USC Board of Trustees and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Board of Councilors. In 2004, he and his wife, Mary, donated $22 million to found the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, which helps turn USC research into products for public benefit through licensing, collaborations and the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Mark Stevens is the epitome of a dedicated Trojan,” said Amy Ross PhD ’86, the president of the USCAA Board of Governors. “We are proud to present him with this year’s Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award.”

Every year since 1932, the USCAA has paid tribute to distinguished members of the Trojan Family. The annual Alumni Awards gala is the premier event hosted by the association.

Past honorees include Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong ’70, architect Frank O. Gehry ’54, mezzo-soprno Marilyn Horne ’53 and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis ’73. All proceeds from the event support the USC Alumni Association’s programs and services.

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