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Nominations for the 2011 Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award are due on Oct. 22. This award honors up to four retired faculty each year for their eminent careers. The awards will be conferred at the 2011 Academic Honors Convocation in April.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available on the USC Emeriti Center’s Web site. Go to and click on the “awards” link.

Make Your Best Pitch

The third annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch, the culmination of a two-month training program for nonprofit organizations creating social change in Los Angeles, will be held Oct. 21 at Town & Gown.

The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation is a sponsor of the event.

At the event, 10 finalists will make three-minute “pitches” to a panel of judges and an audience of business and nonprofit leaders, philanthropists and other members of Southern California’s entrepreneurial community. The finalists will compete for $20,000 in funding.
Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which focuses on breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, will be the keynote speaker.
For registration or information, call (310) 281-7509.
Melguizo Joins Journal’s Editorial Board

USC Rossier School of Education assistant professor Tatiana Melguizo has joined the editorial board of Research in Higher Education, the official journal of the Association of the Study of Higher Education.

Ali Named Chair of Philanthropy Center

Fred Ali, a member of the advisory board for the Center on Educational Governance at USC, has been appointed the new chair of the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, a catalyst for strengthening the nonprofit sector.

Ali, president and chief executive officer of the Weingart Foundation, has more than 35 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government.

In 1999, he was elected the president of the Weingart Foundation. In 2006, he was also designated the chief executive officer of the foundation, among the nation’s leading philanthropic institutions.

Ali also serves as chair of the board of Southern California Grantmakers.

Dentistry Student to Serve as Adviser

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC undergraduate Joan Beleno has been selected as one of four advisory board members to present student issues, challenges and viewpoints to the American Dental Hygiene Association’s committee on student relations.

Beleno, a member of the dental hygiene class of 2011 and president of the Student American Dental Hygiene Association at USC, attended the 2010 California Dental Hygiene Association meeting, where she was elected speaker of the house for the meeting and had the opportunity to network with officials.

Beleno’s position on the committee on student relations will help her bring student perspectives to the forefront and allow her to help plan student events for the association’s annual meeting.

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity Named Best National Chapter

Good things come in threes for the brothers of USC’s Zeta Beta Tau, who won the national fraternity’s award for best chapter for the 2009-10 academic year after previously carrying home the prize in 2003 and 2006.

The USC chapter received the award, known as the Brummer Cup, at the fraternity’s annual national convention in Manhattan Beach.

The competition was stiff, as the fraternity is represented on 90 campuses in the United States. It was founded in 1898 in New York City as the nation’s first Jewish fraternity.

The brothers donated more than $24,000 to philanthropic causes and organized six service events, including an on-campus carnival for more than 120 fourth graders.

The group’s retention rate also rose to 90 percent, reflecting the chapter’s increased flexibility about the outside time commitments of new members.

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