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The Hortencia “Tessie” M. Torres Endowed Scholarship was established by two USC alumni with a $250,000 gift in honor of their mother, Tessie Torres EdD ’80.

The scholarship will be awarded to USC Rossier School of Education graduates, with special consideration given to those whose background experiences are similar to those of Torres.

Building a Reputation

The Architectural Guild of the USC School of Architecture has selected Mark Rios ’78 as the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

As founding principal, Rios has led the design and business direction of Rios Clementi Hale Studios since establishing Rios Associates in 1985.

The firm’s notable projects include buildings for Woodbury University and the Children’s Bureau; interiors for the Mark Taper Forum; and planning and landscape for Nokia Plaza and the Music Center.

Rios served as the director of the Landscape Architecture Program at USC from 2001 to 2007. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Design Advisory Council. Rios has been a member of the Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles since 1994, serving as president for 1996-97.

The award will be presented on May 6 at the 50th annual USC Architectural Guild Dinner at Town & Gown. Proceeds from the fund-raising event will support scholarships at the USC School of Architecture.

History in the Making

USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss studies will commemorate Women’s History Month with an evening of poems, ballads, prose and music by German author Annette von Droste-Hulshoff.

A reception will follow the performance by actress Nina Franoszek and soprano Christina Linhardt.

The event, co-sponsored by the German-American Cultural Society Inc. and the Goethe Institut Los Angeles, will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100.

Admission is $10. For reservations, call the institute at (323) 525-3388.

Mastering Education

The USC Rossier School of Education has a new program lead for its master’s degree in postsecondary administration and student affairs. ?

Tracy Poon Tambascia, who earned her doctorate in education at USC, has joined the faculty as associate professor of clinical education after more than 15 years as a student affairs professional.

Tambascia, who most recently was vice president of student affairs and dean of students at the Art Center College of Design, succeeded Alexander Jun, who led the program since 2004.

Across Campus

Hawaii 3-0

The USC Hawaii Club will hold its 30th annual luau on April 18 at the McCarthy Quad.

Traditionally, this event has been geared toward students at USC and other universities. This year, the club is extending an invitation to USC faculty, staff, administration and the surrounding community.

Each table, which can accommodate 10 guests, will cost $300. The evening will include food catered by Back Home in Lahaina and music by Natural Vibrations.

For more information or reservations, e-mail the club at

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