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Loren Ghiglione, director of the School of Journalism, recently served as a member of a five-person jury that judged entries in the editorial writing category of the annual Pulitzer Prize competition.

“Monticello,” an opera written by visiting journalism professor Leroy Aarons, had its world premier in late April at LA Theatre Works Skirball Hall. The opera’s theme centers on President Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings. Los Angeles composer Glenn Paxton set the libretto to music.

Shashank Bengali, Leif Strickland, Manuel Boroquez and Nova Safo will represent USC at the Hearst Journalism Awards Program in San Francisco in the national print and broadcast news championships on May 19-23 In March, Bengali won $2,000 for finishing first in the personality/profile writing category. Strickland qualified by being the top scorer in two separate competitions, winning a total of $2,100. Safo qualified for the national competition by placing first in a December contest for radio news, winning $2,000, and Boroquez qualified for the national competition by placing third, winning $1,000.

Spanish professor Ramon Araluce-Cuena will receive the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts’ El Maestro award May 8 for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the cultural development of young people, as well as his volunteer work as an artistic and historic consultant to the foundation. Araluce-Cuena makes sure BFA productions are historically correct in dress, speech and manners and has helped actors with their accents.

Michael Wincor, associate professor of clinical pharmacy, psychiatry and the behavioral sciences, was one of 50 sleep ex perts invited to participate in the USA Today/National Sleep Foundation Sleep Hotline March 28 in Arlington, Va. Participants handled more than 1,000 questions concerning all aspects of sleep and sleep disorders from across the country. Wincor was quoted the following day on the front page of USA Today regarding strategies for improving sleep.

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