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Town & Gown of USC will hold its annual benefit luncheon and fashion show, “Our USC American Treasures,” at The Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on April 6.

This year’s honorees are USC President Steven B. Sample and Kathryn Sample and Bill and Nadine Tilley. The Samples will receive the Town & Gown of USC Lifetime Achievement Award. The Tilleys, benefactors of USC and guarantors of the Traveler Mascot Program, will receive the Town & Gown of USC Lifetime Scholarship Award.

In addition to the presentation of the awards, the program will feature a fashion show of clothing designed by women’s wear designer David Meister.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Town & Gown Scholarship Fund, which this year awarded more than $1 million in merit-based scholarships to more than 200 USC undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information, contact M. Farnsworth at

USC Alum Receives Soaring Spirit Award

Sourena Vasseghi ’01, a businessman and motivational speaker with severe cerebral palsy, received the Soaring Spirit Award at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 16.

The award is presented annually by Looking Beyond – a nonprofit organization dedicated to the awareness and enrichment of the lives of children with special needs – to individuals who have broken through personal barriers, thus opening doors for others and serving as an inspiration to all.

After graduating from the USC Marshall School of Business, Vasseghi opened his own marketing firm. Inspired by requests to share his insight on living with adversity, he wrote the book Love Your Life and It Will Love You Back, garnering the Indie Excellence Award for Best Business Book of 2008.

Despite a speech impediment, Vasseghi began speaking to audiences nationwide with the guide of his translator and partner, Rich Finley.

James G. Ellis, dean of USC Marshall, said his former student “is a total inspiration to everyone with whom he comes in contact as he has the ability to connect the dots of life. We are so proud that he is part of our Marshall family.”

Social Security/Medicare Help on Campus

Representatives from the local Social Security Administration office visit the University Park campus each month to help with federal disability benefits, Social Security retirement claims, Medicare claims and federal benefit verifications.

The representatives will be available on the second floor of the Credit Union Building. Call Teri Aparicio at (213) 821-8106 for information or to schedule a half-hour appointment for yourself or a family member.

USC Annenberg Student Wins Sports Scholarship

The Los Angeles Kings and the Kings Care Foundation named USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism student Karen Goodheart the winner of the Michael Jund Sports Media Scholarship Award.

Goodheart, who grew up in Las Vegas, won the $3,000 scholarship thanks to a resume filled with sports media work at the USC Sports Information office, where she has assisted the media both in the office and at various high-level athletic events.

The award is named after former Kings media relations assistant Michael Jund, who passed away due to a heart condition at the age of 22.

Download Created by GamePipe Lab Grads

Happynin Games Inc., a start-up created by GamePipe Laboratory graduates at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has announced the release of its first title, fowlplay, available on the Apple iTunes App Store for download.

In the game, players take to the skies in the form of pigeons flying over a park, carrying on a “rain of terror” against the humans below.

Developmental Group Strives for Excellence

The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles received a three-year, $675,000 grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to fund a partnership with California State University, Los Angeles.?

Cal State L.A., which has one of the country’s most diverse student populations, is comprised of 51 percent Latino, 23 percent Asian, 9.5 percent African American, 0.5 percent American Indian and 15 percent Caucasian students.

Approximately 68 percent of the students are in the first generation in their families to attend college.

The USC University Center for Excellence will work with Cal State L.A.’s College of Health and Human Services, the Charter College of Education and the Minority Opportunities in Research Program, which will provide faculty resources and a large number of minority students who may be interested in careers in disability and other chronic conditions.?

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