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Beth Saul, USC’s director of parents programs and Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, has been recognized by a national academic Greek honorary with a $10,000 endowment in her name.

The Beth Saul/Gamma Sigma Alpha endowment will support individuals’ professional development by allowing them to participate in the organization’s national conference.

Saul was recognized for her 20 years of service and support to the academic honorary, leading the Greek organization from a single chapter chartered at USC to one that spans more than 200 chapters nationwide.

According to Gamma Alpha Sigma leadership, Saul’s award was created to allow a “lasting legacy for a woman who has dedicated so much during her years of service to higher education.”

Filled With Fulbrights

USC faculty members Allen Azizian, Erna J. Blanche and Andrea Clemons have been awarded 2008-09 Fulbright Scholar grants.

The program is sponsored by the Department of State, with additional funding from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad.

Azizian is a lecturer in the department of psychology at USC College.

Blanche is an associate clinical professor in the department of occupational science and occupational therapy.

Clemons is an assistant professor at the USC Rossier School of Education.

Fresh Artistry, by Design

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $10,000 grant to the USC Roski School of Fine Arts in support of a new Design Collaborative.

The year-long project will be a partnership between the school, the student design club AIGA USC and Ryman Arts.

The collaborative aims to explore a broad range of topics, including design processes and fundamentals, technology as a design tool and cooperation through design.

Working in teams, diverse high school students from Ryman Arts and USC student mentors will take part in workshops with a goal of producing individual and shared designs to be posted on a social network Web site created by the students.

By working with underserved youth and creating mentored relationships with college students, the collaborative intends to foster a sense of community among the youth and connect them with emerging professionals as well as seasoned designers who will prepare them to excel in artistic self-presentation.

Civil Words

Firdaus Udwadia, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has won the 2008 Richard R. Torrens Award given by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Torrens Award is given for outstanding contributions as a journal editor.

Udwadia has served as editor in chief of the society’s Journal of Aerospace Engineering for the past seven years. The journal promotes the implementation and development of space and aerospace technologies and their transfer to other civil engineering applications.

Moving On

Eight USC students conducting research on transportation projects have been recognized with scholarships from two Southern California chapters of the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Six of the students are with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the other two are enrolled in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. They competed against students from area universities for scholarships from one or both of the seminar’s Orange County and Los Angeles area chapters.

The scholarship competitions in Los Angeles and Orange County are separate. USC students entering the contest typically are part of the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; the School of Policy, Planning and Development; and the USC Marshall School’s Department of Information and Operations Management.

One of the Women’s Transportation Seminar’s goals is to provide greater opportunities for women in the transportation industries through professional development and mentoring. Scholarships provided by each chapter range between $2,000 and $5,500.

The Duke of Enrollment

Alex Duke has joined the USC Rossier School of Education as assistant dean for enrollment management and student services.

In his new role, Duke serves as a key member of the senior leadership team, overseeing recruitment, admissions, enrollment and student services for the school’s eight graduate programs in urban education.

Duke comes from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, where he served as assistant dean for academic and student affairs from 2004 to 2008. Prior to that, he oversaw enrollment and student services for the UCLA Anderson School of Management since 1999.

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