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This year’s Benefits Fairs will be held 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Von KleinSmid Center Plaza on the University Park campus and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the quad on the Health Sciences campus.

Open enrollment, which ends Nov. 12, is the only time employees can change from one medical or dental plan to another; add or delete dependents to medical or dental plans; change accidental death and dismemberment insurance coverage; enroll for 2011 flexible spending accounts; and add or delete the Hyatt Legal plan.

Changes are effective on Jan. 1.

Awards Abound at Half Century Trojans Event

Nearly 500 members of the Trojan Family gathered to honor USC’s past at the 2010 Half Century Trojans Luncheon on Oct. 15.

Presented by the USC Alumni Association at Town & Gown, the senior alumni group’s luncheon drew a broad cross-section of the alumni and university communities, including the most senior member of the Half Century Trojans: Juanita Feeder ’32, who will celebrate her 101st birthday on Nov. 20.

Dann Angeloff ’58, MBA ’63, chair of the Half Century Trojans awards committee, presented the Distinguished Service Award to longtime volunteer Jea Morf Baran ’48.

Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen Puliafito and Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Dean Avishai Sadan presented the 2010 Half Century Trojans Hall of Fame awards to Norman Levan MD ’39 and Rex Ingraham DDS ’41, respectively.

USC Parents Association Earns Volunteer Award

The USC Parents Association earned the Alumni Volunteer Organization of the Year award at the USC Alumni Association’s volunteer recognition dinner on Oct. 1. The award celebrates organizations that best engage alumni and build a culture of philanthropy.

The association, which shares the award this year with the USC Alumni Club of Austin, was lauded for the $300,000 it raised for the Ronald Tutor Campus Center’s Trojan Generations room and for its contribution to the Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Awards, which recognize three outstanding parent-nominated faculty each year.

Later that night, Gregg and Lisa Gipe, co-presidents of the USC Parents Council, won a President’s Award for their dedication to the university.

USC Annenberg Professor Hits the Books

Miles Corwin, a former Los Angeles Times reporter and USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism professor, has written a police detective novel, Kind of Blue, and will be doing a talk and book signing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Skylight Books at 1818 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz.

Corwin, who earlier wrote two nonfiction books about Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives, “introduces an engaging Jewish police detective in a strong debut,” writes Publishers Weekly.

Corwin’s just-published novel also has received critical praise from Booklist, Library Journal and crime novelists Michael Connelly and Robert Crais.

Documentary to Focus on a Child’s Smile

Hessam Nowzari, director of advanced periodontics at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, will present a documentary addressing the global health issue of early-in-life oral infection.

The Enemy of the Smile describes the impact of a disease that destroys a child’s smile and, consequently, the emotional and psychological lives of a youngster, according to Nowzari.

The screening and discussion will be held Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Edison Auditorium in Hoffman Hall.

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