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USC has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education for high marks from employees in several categories: collaborative governance, professional/career-development programs, teaching environment, compensation and benefits, job satisfaction, work/life balance, confidence in senior leadership, respect and appreciation, and diversity.

In the publication’s third annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey, employees cited the university’s extensive employee benefits, which include full undergraduate tuition for employees, their spouses and children. The employees also noted USC’s Center for Work and Family Life, which helps faculty and staff members strike a balance between the two.

South African Students Create Multimedia Projects

Over the summer, 16 USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism graduate students working and studying in South Africa under the direction of journalism professor Erna Smith collaborated with high school students to produce videos and slideshows telling the story of what it means to be South African in a post-apartheid world.

The work is part of “Democracy Is …,” a project USC Annenberg is co-sponsoring with the State Department. Since the project was launched two years ago, more than 1,600 people from nearly 110 countries have submitted videos that complete the phrase “Democracy Is …”

The public-private partnership sponsoring the program includes NBC Universal, the Motion Picture Association of America and YouTube.

The next phase of the project is the Democracy Photo Challenge, which individuals from the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy will help judge.

Hentschke and Tierney Help Troubled Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education
highlighted work by USC’s Guilbert Hentschke and William G. Tierney.

Hentschke and Tierney are working with Mark DeFusco ’99, a veteran of the for-profit-college industry, to form a consultancy focusing on saving troubled colleges. They plan to help with short-term strategies, governance and operational audits.

Hentschke and Tierney have written or co-edited two books on for-profit colleges, the article noted.

IEEE Honors Two Trojans

USC trustee Andrew J. Viterbi ’62, whose algorithm is used in all four international standards for digital cellular telephones, was presented with the IEEE Medal of Honor on June 26 in Montreal.

USC professor Barry Boehm received the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal at the ceremony.

The medal represents the highest award from the IEEE, the professional society dedicated to the advancement of technology.

Viterbi, the namesake of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, holds memberships in the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the National Medal of Science in 2008 from President George W. Bush as well as awards and honors from other international organizations.

Boehm, USC’s TRW Professor of Software Engineering, earned the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, which commemorates the engineering contributions of the former executive committee chairman of TRW.

The award was given “for leadership in and innovative solutions to the integration of systems engineering and software engineering.”

Boehm has served on the boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Computer magazine, IEEE Software and other scientific journals.

They’re Just Wild About Harry

Wild About Harry
, an independent feature written, directed, produced and photographed by School of Cinematic Arts alumni and faculty members, took home two awards at the 14th Annual CineGear Expo.

Director and co-writer Gwen Wynne ’94 accepted the award for best feature, and senior lecturer Chris Chomyn won for best cinematography.

The film, co-written by Mary Beth Fielder ’87 and produced by Wynne and adjunct faculty member James Egan, tells the story of a British widower who starts life anew in Cape Cod with his two daughters.

Cazan to Direct Three Decembers Opera

Kenneth Cazan, resident stage director of the USC Thornton Opera, will direct Three Decembers, an opera based on a three-character narrative written by Terrence McNally in 1999.

The story focuses on 20 years in the lives of a Broadway diva and her two grown children.

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