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A second Pink-Slip Networking Mixer will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Remedy Lounge, 800 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.

This free event offering advice for job seekers will be co-hosted by the USC Marshall School of Business and the USC Alumni Association.

Career coaches will be available to review resumes and provide advice on career direction. Attendees are asked to bring several copies of their resume and will have the opportunity for a 10-minute meeting with one of the coaches.

To register for the event, visit

Moving In

In his new role as assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USC’s Raphael Bostic will face a formidable task: helping policymakers come up with ways to bring stability back to the country’s housing market.

Bostic, who was sworn into his government position on July 16, is taking a leave from USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development to help create a blueprint for solid housing policies.

His job will include pulling together research from a wide range of sources and tapping into his own firm knowledge base. At USC, Bostic conducted extensive research projects into housing, mortgage discrimination and credit markets and financing.

Virtual Thoughts

Institute for Creative Technologies research scientist Albert “Skip” Rizzo was selected as the first winner of the Intellectual Leadership Award established by the Los Angeles chapter of Mensa to recognize the region’s leaders in research and innovation.

Rizzo, a research professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the Department of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has developed a virtual reality-based therapy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder in returning soldiers.

The system, currently in use at more than 30 hospitals and clinics across the country, has shown promise in ongoing clinical trials.

Rizzo was presented with his award at a summer reception in Santa Monica.

Fair as Can Be

Elizabeth Garrett, USC vice president for academic planning and budget, has been appointed as a commissioner to the Fair Political Practices Commission, California’s independent political watchdog.

The Fair Political Practices Commission is a bipartisan body of five members. Two commissioners are appointed by the governor: the full-time chairman and one other member, who must be a registered voter of another political party. The secretary of state, the attorney general and the state controller each appoint one commissioner.

If all three constitutional officers are members of the same political party, the state controller selects the new commissioner from a list provided by another qualified political party. There is no confirmation process for commissioners. Each commissioner receives a $100 per diem payment for time spent on the commission’s matters, as well as reimbursement of travel expenses.

First Aid Kit

Award-winning editor Kit Rachlis has been appointed a 2009-10 senior fellow of the USC Annenberg School for Communication’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. In that role, he will help lead a series of discussions and projects in the area of arts, politics and society.

Rachlis joins the center after nearly a decade as editor in chief of Los Angeles magazine. Under his leadership, the publication received seven nominations for national magazine awards and won 39 gold medals from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

Praised as a “writer’s editor” known for building a “constituency for a magazine about ideas,” Rachlis previously served as arts editor of the Boston Phoenix, arts and executive editor of The Village Voice, editor in chief of L.A. Weekly and senior projects editor at the Los Angeles Times. While at the Times, he edited articles that went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, the Ernie Pyle Award and the Livingston Award.

Legal Eagle

Former Warner Bros. executive John Schulman has been selected by the USC Gould School of Law to head its new entertainment law program.

Schulman, who retired from Warner Bros. last year after serving as executive vice president and general counsel for 25 years, joined USC Law on Aug. 1.

As executive director, Schulman will launch the program for J.D. students next fall. The program will include classes at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Marshall School of Business.


The USC LGBT Resource Center is moving to the front lines of the civil rights battle against Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban that has in been in effect in California since the November 2008 election.

On Sept. 12 and 13, USC will host “Education and Empowerment for the Grassroots,” aka “Campaign Boot Camp.” Co-sponsored by the LGBT equal rights coalition OUT West, the event will teach effective strategies for campaigning to more than 200 leaders and activists from campus and the community.

The campaign boot camp will take place a few months before a decision will be made about moving forward on a 2010 ballot initiative to repeal Proposition 8.

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