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USC 2014: Gifts that keep giving

One in a series showcasing a year of university highlights

From a significant increase in endowed chairs to new buildings springing up across our campuses, USC’s generous supporters are transforming the university’s educational landscape. Here are some of the ways donors made an impact at USC in 2014.

The degree begins disrupting

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A gift from Jimmy Iovine, left, and Andre Young created the USC Iovine Young Academy, which welcomed its inaugural class. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation welcomed its inaugural class of 31 students, a multitalented group of artists, entrepreneurs and inventors. Created by a $70 million gift from music industry icons Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (aka Dr. Dre), the academy offers its students a unique undergraduate curriculum that fuses creative arts, technology and venture management.

USC Kaufman leaps forward

Glorya Kaufman, The USC Kaufman School of Dance,

Jodie Gates, vice dean and director of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, center, places a Trojan pendant necklace on Kaufman as USC President C. L. Max Nikias looks on during the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center groundbreaking in April. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Construction began on the USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, home for the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Established by a gift from arts patron and USC Trustee Kaufman, the school will welcome its first class in fall 2015. The school is already assembling a diverse faculty, giving students the chance to learn from some of the world’s foremost dancers and choreographers.

Living/learning spaces

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USC Trustee Kathleen McCarthy strikes a familiar pose at the USC Village construction site on groundbreaking day. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

Hundreds turned out to celebrate the groundbreaking of USC Village, a 1.25-million-square-foot residential-retail center that will dramatically increase student housing and create a new town square for the entire community. The project is so transformative that it had already received its first major gift before construction began. USC Trustee Kathleen McCarthy ’57 and her family’s foundation gave $30 million to create Leavey Honors Hall, which will provide a living/learning space for as many as 600 freshman honors students.

Anniversary gift

Erna and Andrew Viterbi

Erna and Andrew Viterbi marked 2014 with gifts to their namesake USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

Ten years ago, USC Trustee Andrew J. Viterbi PhD ’62 and his wife, Erna, dedicated a naming gift to USC’s engineering school. But they haven’t stopped there. This year, the couple gave $15 million to support two areas of the university especially important to them: their namesake school, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. Their gift supports endowed faculty chairs and student fellowships.

Social sciences hub

Verna Dauterive

USC Trustee Verna B. Dauterive takes a break after the opening ceremonies for the new Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Social sciences research received a major boost with the opening of Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall, the university’s first interdisciplinary social sciences building. The structure houses researchers in health, economics, human behavior and policy. USC Trustee Verna B. Dauterive MEd ’49, EdD ’66 committed the $30 million gift for the building in memory of her husband, Peter Dauterive ’49. The couple met in the basement bookstacks of Doheny Memorial Library during their student days.

New home for business undergrads

James G. Ellis with Jill and Frank Fertitta

James G. Ellis, USC Marshall School of Business dean, left, presents a Trojan statue to Frank Fertitta and wife, Jill, during groundbreaking ceremonies for Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall in September. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The USC Marshall School of Business celebrated another milestone this year with the groundbreaking of Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall. The building — made possible by a gift from USC Trustee Frank Fertitta ’84 and his wife, Jill — will provide much-needed classroom space and increase the school’s undergraduate student capacity by nearly one-third. The Fertittas’ gift also establishes an endowed faculty chair at the school.

A division transformed

Celebration of the Naming of Mrs.T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy on the USC Health Science Campus

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Barbara Chan, Mrs. T.H. Chan, Trustee Ronnie C. Chan, Adley Chan and Adriel Chan, from left, watch as the name of the USC Mrs.T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is unveiled on the Health Sciences Campus in September. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC’s No. 1 ranked occupational therapy program achieved yet another first with a historic $20 million naming gift from USC Trustee Ronnie C. Chan MBA ’76 and his wife, Barbara. Made in honor of Ronnie Chan’s mother, who worked as a nurse for many years, the contribution is the largest ever made to any occupational therapy program. The gift not only endows and names the division — now known as the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy — but establishes an endowed professorship, as well as an initiative to build a partnership with a top Chinese university to develop a graduate program in occupational therapy in China.

Advancing a global mission

Thomas Barrack

A $15 million gift from USC Trustee Thomas J. Barrack Jr. will fund extensive renovation of USC Marshall’s first building, Bridge Hall. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

USC Marshall will have a new, state-of-the-art home for all of its international business programs, thanks to a $15 million gift from USC Trustee Thomas J. Barrack Jr. ’69 and his family. The gift will fund extensive renovations of the school’s first building, Bridge Hall, which was built in 1928. The school currently operates 15 international programs, which include the innovative World Bachelor in Business degree.

Converging disciplines

Michelson Center groundbreaking

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, left, presents Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya, with a framed rendering at the USC Michelson Center groundbreaking in October. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC declared its commitment to biomedical research with the groundbreaking of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. The building was made possible by a $50 million gift from  Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon who holds more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide. Soon to be the largest structure on the University Park Campus, the building will provide shared lab space for USC’s engineers and scientists as they collaborate on life-saving biomedical devices and treatments.

The digital future is now

(left to right) NBC correspondent Alex Witt, USC President C.L. Max Nikias, philanthropist  and USC Trustee Wallis Annenberg and Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism as they cut the ceremonial ribbon during the Wallis Annenberg Hall Building Opening Celebration, Wednesday, October 1, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

Cutting the ribbon at the Oct. 1 dedication of Wallis Annenberg Hall are, from left, MSNBC anchor Alex Witt, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Trustee Wallis Annenberg and Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The grand opening of Wallis Annenberg Hall began a new era of digital communication education at USC. The building’s cutting-edge tools — complete with a 20,000-square-foot media center — ensure that USC’s communication and journalism students will lead the digital media revolution. Wallis Annenberg, USC’s longest-serving trustee, directed a lead gift of $50 million toward the building, with the goal of creating a facility unlike any other that currently exists.

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