USC President C. L. Max Nikias and first lady Niki Nikias joined more than 150 alumni and university leaders on Aug. 26 to celebrate the grand opening of the Epstein Family Alumni Center, the USC Alumni Association’s new headquarters in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
Attendees enjoyed champagne and appetizers while touring the new offices on the center’s third floor. For the first time in USC history, the alumni association is united under one roof with four of the university’s multicultural alumni associations: the Asian Pacific Alumni Association, the Black Alumni Association, the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association and the Mexican American Alumni Association.
In his opening remarks, Alumni Association CEO Scott M. Mory thanked USC trustee Daniel J. Epstein ’62 and his family — contributors of the $4 million Alumni Center naming gift — for “their advice and leadership.” He also acknowledged the contributions of the fundraising co-chairs, USC trustee Michele Dedeaux Engemann ’68 and former USC trustees Alexander L. Cappello ’77 and Len Fuller ’68, as well as the generosity of several donor individuals and organizations.
Mory then introduced President Nikias, who expressed heartfelt thanks to the Epsteins “on behalf of the entire Trojan Family.” Then, as a battery of photographers snapped pictures, Epstein spoke of his family’s “long-term vision … of a proper workplace to realize [the alumni association’s] programming initiatives.”
The festivities concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as Nikias, Epstein and Cappello sliced the cardinal-colored ribbon to cheers and applause. They were joined by Mory, Fuller, Life Trustee Verna Dauterive EdD ’66, Niki Nikias, Phyllis Epstein and 2010-11 USC Alumni Association president Carol Fox MS ’62.
According to Mory, the USC Alumni Association’s new headquarters in the heart of the University Park campus “will empower us to further advance our mission of advancing USC.”
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