Stories by Robert Doiel:
MSW@USC student to compete in 2012 Paralympics
Eric Hollen, a Virtual Academic Center student at the USC School of Social Work, was tending his horse farm about 10 years ago when his tractor tipped over, pinning him. He spent five months in a hospital being treated for the dislocation of his third and fourth lumbar vertebrae, a ruptured diaphragm, a broken pelvis and a torn aorta.
Buffetts share thoughts on philanthropy
Peter and Jennifer Buffett, founders and co-chairs of the NoVo Foundation, gave their thoughts on philanthropy on March 20 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by the USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy.
USC Annenberg journalists win industry awards
Nearly a dozen students received awards highlighting some of the best of print and visual journalism produced at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Report identifies public health actions for epilepsy
An estimated 2.2 million people in the United States live with epilepsy, a complex brain disorder characterized by sudden and often unpredictable seizures, but a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) highlights numerous gaps in the knowledge and management of epilepsy.
Conference examines how Great Recession impacted immigration
The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, housed at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and New York University’s Immigration Studies project looked at the recession’s impact on immigrants in a recent conference at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
In memoriam: Charles O’Regan, 62
Charles “Chuck” Patrick O’Regan, executive director of operations for Facilities Management Services (FMS), died on March 9. He was 62.
USC scholar named among the world’s 500 most influential Muslims
Sherman Jackson, holder of the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been named for the second time among the world’s 500 most influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
Alumni Association marks first SCervice Day
Trojans from Idaho to South Africa rolled up their sleeves to volunteer for local community service projects, marking the USC Alumni Association’s first USC Alumni Day of SCervice on March 24.
BeWellUSC launches Interactive Wellness Map
Trojans looking for a spot to smell the roses, a peaceful place to study or other locations to enhance their wellness can visit BeWellUSC’s Interactive Wellness Map at usc.edu/BeWellUSC/Initiatives.aspx.
Fubon Financial chairman Daniel M. Tsai is USC trustee
Daniel M. Tsai, chairman of Fubon Financial, Taiwan’s second largest financial services group, has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
USC senior makes memories at El Rodeo
From the day Christina Lee entered the gates of USC, she had a plan to get involved with El Rodeo, USC’s 123-year-old yearbook.
Calling all USC arts schools
Open Call, a new KCET-TV series featuring Southern California schools and arts institutions, will showcase the talent of USC students in the arts, starting April 5 at 9 p.m. with a program of student films.
SCA’s phase III building beamed up
“Topping off” events have become a tradition at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). When the highest piece of steel in a new building is placed, students, faculty, alumni and friends get the opportunity to sign the beam before it goes up.
Sweeney installed as De Laurentiis Professor at SCA
USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Mary Sweeney was installed as the Dino and Martha De Laurentiis Endowed Professor, one of the highlights of a weekend that celebrated the legacy of the late producer Dino De Laurentiis.
Pullias Lecture focuses on innovation in higher education
The 34th annual Pullias Lecture at USC featured remarks by Clayton M. Christensen, best known for his study of innovation in commercial enterprises.
USC named as Healthy Workplace for third time
USC again has been designated a “Psychologically Healthy Workplace” by the California Psychological Association.
Occupational Therapy spotlights World Autism Awareness Day
The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy’s homepage, which can be visited at ot.usc.edu, is lit up blue today in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day.
Seminar studies sustainable funding for China’s infrastructure
Rapid urbanization has created a need for sustainable funding and financial strategy for infrastructure renewal in China, said Richard Little, a senior fellow at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
In memoriam: Albert Brecht, 65
Albert Brecht, former associate dean, chief information officer and John Stauffer Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law, died at his home in Los Angeles on March 26. He was 65.
Finno selected for child abuse and neglect fellowship
USC School of Social Work doctoral student Megan Finno has been awarded a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect to support her dissertation research on the use of formal support services and informal supports among Latino immigrant families investigated by the child welfare system.
USC student wins children’s book award
Donalisa Helsley has been writing since she was in first grade.
Hunger Games soundtrack spotlights USC Thornton musicians
The Hunger Games, the record-setting blockbuster based on the bestselling young adult series, includes a celebrated soundtrack of artists Neko Case, Taylor Swift and The Decemberists.
Strength through adversity
On International Women’s Day, USC students, faculty and the public listened to Rose Mapendo’s harrowing story of living in a death camp with her children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Castells honored with prestigious Holberg Prize
University Professor Manuel Castells has received the Holberg International Memorial Prize, a $775,000 accolade that recognizes outstanding scholarly work in arts and humanities, social science, law and theology.
USC to train Chinese physicians at Keck School
Beginning in July, dozens of senior surgeons from hospitals across China will come to USC for training in minimally invasive surgery as part of a new educational and research exchange agreement formalized late last year.
$10 million gift creates new opportunities for veterans at USC
USC trustee William J. Schoen ’60, MBA ’63 and his wife, Sharon, have made a $10 million gift to the university in support of military veteran scholarships.
USC series stresses educational issues
Each year, 1.2 million U.S. students drop out of high school, with less than 60 percent of black and Latino students making it to graduation.
VetAdvisor to hire USC Military Social Work graduates
The USC School of Social Work and Three Wire Systems’ VetAdvisor, which provides proactive preventative care to veterans, has announced a partnership to recruit and hire military social work graduates for coaching services.
Leaders network in San Francisco
The Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) fellowship program, which promotes community leadership among successful second-generation Korean Americans, heads north this year.
USC Gould dean inducted Into American College of Bankruptcy
Robert K. Rasmussen, dean of the USC Gould School of Law, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in Washington, D.C. The ceremony took place in the Great Hall at the U.S. Supreme Court.
USC Rossier alumna uncovers the mysteries of Congress
Gisela Ariza ME ’11 always wanted to make a difference in the education of underserved students.
Managers, can you hear him now?
“Two years ago when I retired I was asked to write a book, and that was the last thing I wanted to do,” said Dennis F. Strigl, former CEO of Verizon Wireless.
There’s networking, and then there’s the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ Networking Day – an annual event that shows how they get things done at the USC Marshall School of Business.
USC Annenberg study examines best PR practices
The Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has published its seventh biennial Communication and Public Relations Generally Accepted Practices (GAP VII) study.
USC students find alternative ways to spend spring break
More than 150 USC students, staff and faculty members took part in the Volunteer Center’s annual Alternative Spring Break program, a week of service, peer advocacy and team-building activities.