USC’s student-athletes recently turned their competitive focus to typhoon relief efforts, packing 40,000 meals to be sent to victims in the Philippines.
Former swimmer Fred Uytengsu ’83, namesake of the soon-to-open Uytengsu Aquatics Center, helped organize the Nov. 21 event with Feeding Children Everywhere, a nonprofit that sends nutritious and easy-to-prepare meals, including lentils, six types of dehydrated vegetables and pink Himalayan salt, to people around the world.
Uytengsu is president and CEO of Alaska Milk Corp., the leading publicly listed consumer foods company in the Philippines, where he lives.
“We want to do something tangible, something other than just cutting a check,” said Matt Ackels, community outreach director for USC Athletics.
Athletic Director Pat Haden, who took a job sealing packages at the end of the assembly line, said he was proud of the turnout — about 150 student-athletes and 50 athletic department staffers participated in the effort.
“It really makes you proud to be a Trojan,” Haden said.
Celia Ayala is highly qualified to be the leading advocate for affordable early childhood education for LA County’s 4-year-olds.
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet was performed on Nov. 1 by seniors from Foshay Learning Center near USC in front of a packed house at Taper Hall.
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. honored USC with a 2013 Eddy Award.
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC community service programs received $10,000 in free oral care products resulting from a pledge campaign from Colgate-Palmolive and the Hispanic Dental Association.
USC’s Norman Topping Student Aid Fund scholars volunteered, as they do each year, to give back to the local community in the spirit of a Safe Halloween.
The Foshay Symphonic Band is tuning up and at its helm is Eduardo Mollinedo-Piñon, a comparative literature major in his junior year at USC Dornsife.
The Community Youth Health Education and Action Leaders program teaches youth in the Boyle Heights area about urban agriculture and healthy food choices.
The Garden Gateway Nutrition Project teaches residents how to create their own edible gardens.
The Guggenheim Museum in New York has opened an exhibition on the Participatory City, including a video about “collaborative urban mapping” in South Los Angeles.