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California Pizza Kitchen Inc. has announced a new franchise partnership with USC Hospitality, which operates 38 dining concepts on USC’s two campuses. The eatery is scheduled to open in the new USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center Food Court this fall.

Students were surveyed about which restaurant concepts they most wanted in the new facility. California Pizza Kitchen topped the poll with 77 percent of the vote.

“The USC location will mark the third CPK opening on a university campus within one year,” said Larry Flax ’67, co-founder and co-CEO of the restaurant. “We look forward to building momentum as we further our growth in this segment.”

California Pizza Kitchen recently was named “One of America’s Best 200 Small Companies” by Forbes.

Seib Named Scholar of the Year

Philip Seib, director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the USC Annenberg School, was recognized as Scholar of the Year by the International Studies Association on Feb. 18.??

Seib, who was recognized for his significant contributions to the field of international communication, chaired several panel discussions at the association’s annual convention. Topics included “Terrorism and New Media” and “Politics of Information: Media Freedom and Government Control.”

On a separate panel, he joined other professors from U.S. and international universities to discuss the “Battle for Influence: Great Powers in the 21st Century.”

Jae Jung Honored by Scientific Academy

Jae Jung, professor and chair of the Department Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

The academy, an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality and creativity in the microbiological sciences, and election to this group is a mark of distinction.

Jung will be honored at the Academy Fellows Luncheon and Meeting at the academy’s upcoming general meeting in San Diego on May 26.

Submissions Now Accepted for Wonderland Award

Open to graduate and undergraduate students at USC, the sixth annual USC Libraries Wonderland Award is an annual multidisciplinary competition that encourages new scholarship and creative work related to Lewis Carroll, the English logician, mathematician, photographer and nonsense poet who wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass.

The format for the award entries is limited only by the imagination. USC Libraries will accept a broad range of submissions, including scholarly essays, poems, performance pieces, animation, visual artworks, music, video games, digital compositions and films.

The deadline for submissions is April 1. First prize is $2,000; second prize is $1,500.

Winners will be announced at a Doheny Memorial Library reception on April 21.

For more information, visit www.usc.edu/libraries/wonderland

USC Credit Union Receives Award

The Los Angeles district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration has named the USC Credit Union and David Mellman, its vice president of commercial services, as the 2010 Financial Services Champion of the Year.

The awards will be presented as part of the National Small Business Week awards ceremony this summer.

“I’m honored by the recognition,” Mellman said. “We will continue to work hard to advocate for small businesses and to support entrepreneurs in our communities.”

Since launching its Small Business Administration program in 2007, the USC Credit Union has funded numerous loans for members of USC and Los Angeles communities.

The USC Credit Union, which has 53,000 members, offers business, personal and online financial services.

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